This weekend is a big one for Leicester - the Diwali lights switch-on! Tens of thousands of people will descend on the Belgrave area of the city on Sunday to see The Golden Mile lit up - if you've never been before, it's well worth a visit!

First let me wish you a belated happy National Poetry Day! Last Thursday was a particularly significant day for me, as I'd been working on a special project with the BBC to commission 41 poets to write 41 new poems, from the POV of a landmark local to them. The result was wonderfully eclectic - in subject and style. I've posted Birmingham's poet Spoz above, but you can hear/see the others HERE!

On Monday, I saw Louis Theroux's new documentary film at the cinema, which was followed by a live streaming of him and the director being interviewed by Adam Buxton. The film is largely a mix of Louis interviewing former top Scientologists, and then him auditioning and rehearsing actors who are recreating reported incidents. I'm a big Louis fan anyway, but I thoroughly recommend this - it's both fascinating and entertaining in equal measure!


I am a fan of a sensible winter coat. This year any of these High Street offerings will do nicely Dorothy Perkins, New look, Asos

For Local Leicester readers, Carlton and I will be taking part in the Nine bar bake off competition on Sunday, We are very much hoping to gain local star baker glory, hope to see you there!

I suffer from Sciatica, which is a pain in the bum, quite literally! It's currently the worst it's ever been which causes much hinderance to a busy lifestyle, resulting in sleepless nights and me hobbling around like an elderly lady. I'm not sure if it's the sudden plummet in temperature, constantly being on the go or the fact that I have skipped yoga for the past few days but I can't wait to have a rest and get back to my yoga. If you suffer from the same struggle, I highly recommend Adriene, she's just lovely. Also if you have any tips for dealing with this problem please let me know...