Culture Vulture Express Is 7 Today!

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Today is a special day as my baby/blog Culture Vulture Express has turned 7. Happy Birthday my dear blog! 🙂


It is difficult sometimes to believe I set this blog up seven years ago. And yet, when I really think about it a lot has happened in that seven years. I remember at the start I was finding it difficult to figure out how to get a blog up on the internet and figure out the features. Some of that is still going on if I’m being completely honest! 🙂

I have published a lot of books in that time and Culture Vulture Express has always been my website in that time. I’m very proud of my blog. And I look to the next year posting here and hopefully keeping you all entertained one way or another. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported this blog over the years. I appreciate that every day because you don’t have to and the fact that you want to and you take time to come on here means so so much. So thank you immensely. 🙂

Culture Vulture Express Receives The Sunshine Blogger Award!

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I was recently reading a brilliant blog post at Den of Dreams

Everyone who read the post was invited to accept The Sunshine Blogger Award and I thought it would be fun to take part and accept it on behalf of Culture Vulture Express. Thank you to Den of Dreams

Do check out the amazing posts posted on their blog if you get the chance and thank you for the nomination. 🙂


My Answers


If you had a time machine and could go anywhere, where would you go?

The 60s because it had all the social issues revolution, the hippie fashion and culture, the excellent music. The 70s too with all the glam rock. On a more personal level, back to when my Dad and dog were alive because I miss them very much and I would love to see them again.

Three things for deserted island?

My family, my Mum and my sister. But that might unfair to them! So my laptop, book and face cream!

When is your birthday?

22nd of April.

What is your favourite chemical element? (for example, Fluorine, Carbon, Oxygen, Hydrogen)

Don’t know much about these but oxygen to live I guess.

What is your favourite landform? (like hills, valleys, oceans, coasts, delta)

I love lakes and beaches. There was a lovely lake in Virginia, Cavan that me and the family used to visit years ago. Now I live not far from a gorgeous beach area in Wicklow. I have also visited lovely beaches in Clogherhead Beach in Co. Louth and Dun Laoghaire Harbour. I love looking out of the train at all the beach areas from Dublin to Wicklow and I’ve never been but I love Brighton Beach from pictures I’ve seen and would love to see it in reality. I was in Wales a good few years back too and seen some beautiful beach areas on the train to Cardiff.

Something you wish more people would know about you?

I’m very opinionated and I think sometimes some people take it as harsh. I do mean what I say but sometimes I get the impression by some people it is took to extremes of ‘She hates them. She wishes them ill.’ which couldn’t be further from the truth. Certainly there is people I dislike, some I intensely dislike, but I think that’s normal. No one likes everybody but I certainly don’t hate anyone or wish badness on people. Everything I say comes a place of goodness and honesty, at least from my perception so I wish that was more obvious sometimes. Also as an introvert, I don’t always bring out my sense of humour which is nothing like really witty peoples’ but it does exist and I wish I didn’t second guess saying things more often. I tend to bring it more out in my writing than in everyday life and interactions.

Do you have a lucky charm?

I don’t. I should get one.

Where was your childhood home?

My childhood home was in a small town in Co. Meath, Ireland. It was called Oldcastle and I lived in the old part of a council estate.

Your favourite subject to study?

I loved English because I have always loved reading and writing. But I liked history and C.S.P.E too. The latter is Civic, Social, Political Education and I was sad it wasn’t offered after Junior Cert level.

What did you want to become as a kid?

I wanted to be a make-up artist and also a singer. The writing was in the mix too. But it became the main one later on.

Do you wish to go to school again?

No. Courses, yeah but a school atmosphere no. I do love learning but I prefer doing it at my own pace and not in a structured routine. Like through books and the internet is perfect for me!


My Questions

  1. What is your favourite book?
  2. If you could be anyone for the day, who would you be?
  3. Who is your favourite YouTuber?
  4. Where is the nicest place you’ve ever been?
  5. What is important to you?
  6. Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
  7. What is your favourite song?
  8. What is your favourite quality in someone else?
  9. Dogs or cats?
  10. Wealth or success? (If you could only have one)
  11. What’s next for your blog?


My Nominees

Anyone reading this. 🙂




Culture Vulture Express Turns 6!





Yesterday my blog Culture Vulture Express turned 6! 🙂

We have gotten old (ish, ok?! :-)) together and it has been amazing so far. I absolutely love updating this blog with a little bit of everything and it’s really not a chore to do so. I would like to thank every reader past and present who has given Culture Vulture Express a chance and much support throughout the years. It is more appreciated than I could properly put into words. I love what I do and to share what I love doing with you all is a dream come true.

So I hope everyone enjoys reading the future content or finds it a good read. Thank you to you all.

Belated Happy Birthday Culture Vulture Express! 🙂

Culture Vulture Express Receives It’s Fourth Sunshine Blogger Award!

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Culture Vulture Express has received it’s fourth Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much to Rylee from Hermits Odysseus for the nomination. Much, much appreciated. Be sure to get out their blog when you get the chance. 🙂




Rylee’s Questions & My Answers


What’s the first book you remember reading?

It was a book called A Winter’s Tale by Jenny Dale and it was actually my favourite book from my childhood. It was part of the Puppy Patrol books and had the sweetest dog on the cover.


What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it?

I’m currently reading Father Figure and Academic Curveball (Book 1), both of which are by James J. Cudney. The second I’ve just started and I’m reading between the two of them at the moment. Yes, I am enjoying them. There’s a mystery involved in both books which I like in a book.


What fictional world would you choose to live in and why?

I think the world of Hercule Poirot would be interesting. Could be a bit of an amateur sleuth. Marple’s world would be an option too but I got out of a small town and Mary Mead may not always suit me. 🙂


What do you think and say when people ask you to choose a favourite book?

Both think and say: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. If they asked a top five that may be tougher as there’s so many!


Who are some of your favourite authors? And have you met them in person?

Well there’s a lot! A few would be Oscar Wilde, Evelyn Waugh, Agatha Christie, James Patterson, John Grisham, Mark Billingham, Truman Capote and Olivia Helling. They tend to be the authors I read the most but there’s lots of others I love too. And no, I’ve met none of them! A lot of authors I like too are dead so it’s pretty impossible!


Aside from reading and blogging, what do you enjoy doing? What hobbies do you have?

I like listening to music, singing, going to theatre and concerts (when I can afford to!) and watching TV and movies. I love watching Rupaul’s Drag Race and documentaries on everything and anything on YouTube as well as old movies. I love dog-watching when I’m out around town and stuff, “oh there’s another one” and I love to be involved in charity work and activism though I haven’t done nearly enough of either as of yet.


Are you an early bird or a night owl? 

I’m a night owl and it kind of makes me an early bird too if that makes sense.


What book has been on your TBR the longest?


Emma by Jane Austen. Actually I’ve read a few of the Jane Austen’s but I’d like to get through the six of them.


What book do you think has had the biggest impact on you?

I have read a couple of true life books and I think because they are real it puts a new spin on it. Because you can’t say it’s sad but it’s only fiction. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote had a huge impact because the fragile nature of life was so put down in print by Capote in such a raw fashion. It was a very harrowing, detailed read but a book written in a very human and raw way.


What’s your favourite song (or album) right now?

Gagged by Violet Chachki. Vanguard is my favourite song on the EP.


What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?

I get told I’m gentle a lot. Which I think is a good quality so that’s nice to hear.


What is your astrological sign and do you agree with what it says about you?

I’m a taurean and while I don’t believe in horoscopes and that I find them extremely interesting to read about. I think there is elements that are true of my personality. I wouldn’t say bull in a china shop but I could be mildly fiery. I like to be calm so I have to kind of shut that fiery element up because it is there. It’s not being false. It just is a part I wish wasn’t there but I know it is. Could be worse though, I could be a raging bull and thankfully I’m not. I read taureans are supposed to be honest and I think I am which can get me into bother at times. We are supposed to have empathy with others which has always being a strong part of who I am. I can’t stand injustice, unfairness, inequality and would never go on the side of someone doing something wrong or have sympathy for them. My empathy lies with someone who is in the firing line, not the one doing the firing ever from the smallest to the biggest situation. They say we’re ambitious, definitely I am and it’s said that we like to get our way. I like to get my point across but getting my way, not really. As long as I’ve had my say, the ball is in their court. They are free to feel what they feel as long as I’m free to feel what I feel too.


Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:
-Thank the blogger who nominated you.
-Answer the 11 questions asked.
-Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
-List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.


To anyone reading this feel free to accept the award for your blog & answer the questions above. Congrats in advance! 🙂

Culture Vulture Express Receives It’s Second Awesome Blogger Award!


Hello everyone!


Culture Vulture Express has received it’s second Awesome Blogger Award. Thank you so much to Mark from Mark Anthony’s Blog for the nomination. Very much appreciated. Be sure to check out their blog when you get time! 🙂


The Awesome Blogger Award was originally created by Maggie from Dreaming of Guatemala.



Mark’s Questions & My Answers


What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?


Depends on the day whether it’s getting in to work in my job of almost nine weeks as a secretary or either sitting chatting with my sister or throwing on an Agatha Christie TV adaptation on days off. Either way I usually first light up a cigarette which is not the most healthy way to start the day! 🙂


Your current favorite song?


I have lots of favourite songs from the past. I’m 28 now and I often lately can’t keep up with what’s current. I usually think something’s current enough that is five or six years old! I think the most current song I’m listening to at the moment is Burn Rubber by Aquaria because I’m watching season 10 of Rupaul’s Drag Race and she’s one of my favourites in the show alongside The Vixen. There’s an almost current song I’m listening to as well by Shea Coulee ft. Lila Star and The Vixen called Cocky from 2017.


Crush from a book or movie? Why?


I have tons of crushes! Makes life more fun! A good fantasy is very healthy! But specifically from a book or movie, I’m sure over the years there has been a few but the main one I can think of at the moment is Damon Snow from Olivia Helling’s Damon Snow series. So broodingly dark & handsome and if he was real very sexy I’d imagine! And most importantly a lovely person with a heart of gold!


Tell a secret


I have quite a few teddies especially dog teddies. They are just too cute & hard to resist!


What was the most embarrassing moment that happened to you yesterday?


Something embarrassing nearly always happens when you work in reception and have never worked in an office before but I always get through in the end usually with a smile and some sweetness!


Why do you think you’re an amazing human being?


I’m not amazing but I am a good person. I have good qualities and I think they outweigh my bad qualities by some way. I have compassion for people. I tend to often take peoples’ problems on as my own so I definitely care. I can’t stand prejudice, ignorance and bigotry in all it’s forms. Life is hard enough sometimes without all that shit! I think my heart is basically good. If I can help someone I’m there.


3 things from your bucket list


  • Live in Brighton, England
  • Get my BA (in literature, writing)
  • Get a stamp on my passport first and foremost!

And I’m saving towards these things at the moment.


Look behind you. What did you see first?


I’m at work so the work radio that is currently playing LeAnn Rimes Can’t Fight The Moonlight. I was a kid when the movie that came from Coyote Ugly was out. The years are flying by quicker than I wish them to! 🙂


What motivational message would you tell yourself if you were a different person?


I’d tell myself:

Take each day at a time, not to take heed of the poisonous people out there and you as you is OK.


What are your thoughts about blog designing? Do you find it hard to do it? How do you know if it’s “the one” already?


The design of Culture Vulture Express hasn’t changed since it was launched 5 years ago except possibly minor little changes. I did put a bit work into it at the start and I was pleased with the result but I’m more interested in the content part of the blog so I don’t think too much about it. I feel if I changed it now it wouldn’t feel as much like Culture Vulture Express anymore.

To be honest it’s so long ago that I put up the design I’ve forgotten how to do it but WordPress made it easy at the time! 🙂



  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include the reason for the award.
  • Include the award banner in your post.
  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward.
  • Answer the questions you were given.
  • Nominate at least five other awesome bloggers.
  • Give your nominees ten questions to answer
  • Let your nominees know!



To anyone reading this feel free to accept the award for your blog & answer the questions above. Congrats in advance! 🙂












Culture Vulture Express Turns 5!

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On the 10th of August this year, Culture Vulture Express turned 5!


It is so wonderful to get to this milestone and I feel like the years have just flew by! Over the next year I plan to continue doing a little bit of everything as Culture Vulture Express has always prided itself on and I hope everyone continues to enjoy reading and finding interesting the output on here.


This blog for me has never been a chore. It is one of the things I am most proud of. Some people scoff at blogging but I have found it a very enriching and liberating experience. I want to take this opportunity to thank all my followers on here and anyone who has took time to go through one of my articles or even part of it. I appreciate all your support more than I could ever put into words. Thank you for supporting my baby! 🙂

Culture Vulture Express Receives It’s Second Real Neat Blog Award!

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Culture Vulture Express has got a second Real Neat Blog Award from Mark at markanthonysblog. Thanks so much Mark. 🙂





1. Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hanks?

Both great actors but I have a bit of a crush on Benedict so I’m going to say him! 🙂


2. If you could go back in time, where would you go?

The 60s because it was a time of so much social change beginning and I love the music and the clothes.


3. Hot or cold weather?

Cold weather, not freezing but cooler weather. I’m Irish, I’m not used to the sun! 🙂


4. Things that remind you of your childhood?

Furbies, tamagotchis, Pokemon, Rugrats, troll dolls, Toy Story, Tellytubbies, Cindy doll, Barbie, Polly Pocket.


5. What show are you currently watching?

I’m catching up on the Rupaul’s Drag Race seasons gradually. I hadn’t watched the show and then I started watching season 6 because I became a fan of Courtney Act in Celebrity Big Brother in the UK and I got hooked and now I’m going through the seasons.


6. Favourite blogger(s)? and why.

Everyone’s blog that I follow because you’re all amazing! 🙂


7. What subjects are your most and least favourite?

Well when I was at school my favourite was English because I always loved reading and writing. My least favourite was Maths. I was never any good at them and a close second for least would have been PE. I quite liked hockey and tennis but the rest especially the fitness tests, no.


Feel free to use the same questions and comment below if you would like to be a nominee and take part. 🙂



Culture Vulture Express Wins Another Sunshine Blogger Award!


Culture Vulture Express was nominated for another Sunshine Blogger Award by James from the wonderful blog This Is My Truth Now. Be sure to check out his blog and his brilliant book Watching Glass Shatter which has previously been reviewed here on Culture Vulture Express and thank you once again James for this kind award. 🙂



Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:
-Thank the blogger who nominated you.
-Answer the 11 questions asked.
-Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
-List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.


My Answers

Which Disney princess do you relate yourself with? 

Belle. She was gentle and she fell in love with the heart of the person. A part of me relates Belle’s experiences to pansexuality whether she is or isn’t.

What would the world be like if you are leader? (Be as detailed as you like)

It would be more kinder and compassionate and every single person would have the exact same rights in every way.

You have the power of re-animation to bring back anyone from the dead. Who would you bring back?

Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone.

When would you say you became a reader?

My family encouraged me to read as a child and I fell in love with it. After that, I kept with it and the love of it has never went away.

What is your favourite genre?

Mysteries and romance.

What is your dream vacation location?

San Francisco and Brighton.

What are 5 ways to win your heart?

  • Compassion
  • Open-mindedness
  • Gentleness
  • Sense of humour
  • Ambition (in moderation!)

What are 5 of your pet peeves?

  • People being hurt
  • Prejudice
  • Bullying
  • Cricket
  • The Rodent Family

Who is your favourite author?

Oscar Wilde, Agatha Christie, Brendan Behan.

Have you ever thought about writing a book?

Yes, I’ve written and published 13 books, currently writing my 14th.

And lastly the most important question: cats, dogs, both, or neither?

Cats are sweethearts but my heart is with dogs.


My Questions

What reason did you have for starting your blog?

What always manages to cheer you up?

What is your favourite food?

What is your favourite part of history?

What song would you sing at karaoke?

What piece of advice that you’ve received would you like to pass on?

If you wrote a book, what genre would it be in?

What is your dream job?

If you won the lotto what is the first thing you would do?

How do other people describe your personality and does it differ from how you feel about yourself?

What is your hopes for the future of your blog?


My Nominations






Culture Vulture Express Wins The Sunshine Blogger Award!


Culture Vulture Express was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Nicole from the wonderfully interesting blog Barrier Island Blues. Make sure to check out their blog and once again thank you Nicole for this kind award. 🙂

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:
-Thank the blogger who nominated you.
-Answer the 11 questions asked.
-Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
-List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.


My Answers

What is your blog about?

Culture Vulture Express is basically about a bit of everything from the cultural spectrum. There is a lot of fiction and poetry on it and quite a lot about social issues. It’s really a mixture of a lot of things.

If you could have an answer to just one universal question, what would you want to know?

I think I’d want to know why there is still so much prejudice in the world. Part of me thinks I know the answer to that. Power. And when I look at the history of prejudice that seems to be the answer. But as I’m a good person, not perfect but good nonetheless, I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand why it exists and what people actually get bar  hardness of heart from wanting to have power over other people.

What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

My favourite thing would be to keep warm on the sofa with a hot waterbottle in my Pjs while either watching TV, reading or writing. Yes, I love my comforts!

What is your favorite season of the year?

Spring. It was my late father’s favourite season too. I love seeing all the newborn lambs running around. My birthday also falls in Spring too so I’ve got to stay loyal.

What frightens you?

Prejudice frightens me just because of the evilness of it. The idea of me not doing enough against it frightens me too. I’m also frightened of rats or the rodent family in general, snakes and any kind of daredevil performance act like knife throwing even though I can appreciate the skill involved in such acts. I’m also both frightened and excited at the same time by the future because I don’t know what lies ahead.

If you could recommend just one book for your fellow bloggers to read, what would it be?

My favourite book is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Though as of yet I haven’t did a review of it on my blog here, I did review it for the LGBT Irish magazine Eile Magazine that I write for. The book is a classic with so much depth and humour too. I think people think Oscar Wilde and think high-brow but his writing is actually very accessible.

What animal fascinates you the most, and why?

Dogs. I adore them. They are my favourite animals. I had a dog called Cookie who sadly died in 2010 and he was so bright. My Mum always used to wonder what was in his head because he always seemed so alert to everything. So it fascinates me what goes on in their heads and what they think of all us crazy humans!

What is your earliest memory?

I can sort of remember memories from when I was six of drinking 7Up and of also rummaging through stuff in the house like a nosy, sorry curious, little child. My earliest fuller memories come from when I was eight. The first was when I was reading books on the floor and Cookie came to join the family residence. He walked all over the books and I instantly adored him. He had a gentleness and a mischief about him. There was some sad memories from that year too as my Granny on my Mum’s side, my Grandad on my Dad’s side and my Granny on my Mum’s side’s sister all died within a short period of each other. I had never met my Grandad on my Dad’s side but the three deaths were a very sad time.

Though I’m an Atheist now, I was raised Catholic so another of my earliest clearer memories are of the run-up to and the day of my Communion. Me, my Dad, my Mum and my Sister had a lovely meal in a local chipper in Oldcastle where I originally come from called The Windmill that day. Later that night, we had a house party at home while watching the Eurovision which Dana International won with her song Diva.

What do you usually think about first when you wake up in the morning?

Probably my books most mornings. My mind is on the alert most of the time for ideas for my books. My Mum and Sister always know when I’m thinking of my stories as I momentarily go into the world of the story. My characters actually have conversations with each other in my head. If I was in any other profession someone would probably lock me up!

Where is your favorite place to be?

Any time I spend with my family is fantastic or typing or writing my stories and pieces. Wherever I’m doing either of those things I’m happy.

If you could spend one day with a person from history who would it be?

There’s so many people! Writers like Oscar Wilde, Agatha Christie, Brendan Behan, Truman Capote, Harper Lee and Tennessee Williams. Or activists like Emily Pankhurst, Harvey Milk and Rosa Parks. Or people in music like Freddie Mercury, Phil Lynott, David Bowie, Janis Joplin and Marc Bolan. And in fashion I love Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge. Sorry, slight dodge of the question with so many but I suppose I’d have to get a lot of trips to meet people sorted if it was possible. There’s actually so many more I can think of too but I’ll stop there. 🙂


My Nominations


My Questions


What is your blog about?

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

What is the thing you are most passionate about?

What is your favourite TV show?

Who do you admire most and why?

If you could take three things to a desert island, what would you take?

Which character in a book, TV show, film, play, etc … do you relate to most?

What is the first thing on your bucket list?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Love or money?

What is your hopes for the future?




Culture Vulture Express Wins Awesome Blogger Award!

What’s a guilty pleasure of yours?

Reality TV. I grew up watching it from I was about 10 and I watch lots of shows like The X Factor, Big Brother, Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing With The Stars, I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! etc … so yeah, that would be my guilty pleasure.

Last series you found yourself addicted to?

It was the last series’ of X Factor, I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! and Strictly Come Dancing. Now it’s Celebrity Big Brother, Dancing With The Stars in Ireland and Dancing On Ice. It’s the Reality TV seasons at the mo. I do watch other types of show during the year though! 🙂


What is one thing you don’t think you could live without?


My family who I love to bits and would be lost without.


If you could travel to the past, what would be an era you would like to live in?

The 60s or 70s because I love the music from those decades and the clothes and the way freedom was beginning in those times. I would probably have been involved in protests! 🙂

iPhone, Samsung,  Android, or something else?

Probably just a phone and a computer. I’m not technologically savvy outside of that.

First album/CD you remember owning/buying?

The first single I had was Westlife’s version of Uptown Girl which my Dad purchased for me when I was a kid. Soon after the first single I purchased myself was Shakira’s Whenever, Wherever.

What was your day like?

I’ve had the flu so it’s been up and down! But I did win 25 Euros in the bookies so that was good.

If today was your last day, how would you live it?

I’d spend it with my family. And I’d probably spend it not caring too much. I think we all care more than we should about the future and stuff at times and if it was the last day I’d probably not worry about anything.

Out of all 50 states, pick one you would travel to and a reason why you picked it.

California, San Francisco particularly. I think it’s known as a place of freedom and has a lot of history.

Fantasy or Sci-Fi? What would you rather watch/read?

I recently started reading the Damon Snow series and other fantasy books by Olivia Helling. But I also was a huge Torchwood fan when I was younger. But in general my favourite genres are mysteries and romance.


I am nominating the following blogs because I want to show that I appreciate their work but they are under no obligation to accept and/or complete the questions.

My nominees:



  1. What is the latest book you’re reading and are you enjoying it?
  2. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Other?
  3. What is your favourite word and why?
  4. Dogs or Cats?
  5. Is there any song that holds any special meaning to you?
  6. What do you feel strongly about?
  7. If you could grant one person in your life one wish, what would it be?
  8. What is your favourite film?
  9. What is your favourite book?
  10. Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions?


Thank you so much to Dazed and Still Dreaming for nominating me for the Awesome Blogger Award. Make sure to check out her amazing blog at the above link. And congratulations everyone! 🙂