In My Own Time

22nd February 2013 at 00:00
Aileen Kelly, Speech, language and communication teacher at Mayfield SLC Provision, Midlothian


- With two young children, "my own time" is rare. Most of the TV I see is on CBeebies. Luckily, there are a lot of good shows for children now, my favourite being Charlie and Lola (pictured). I also use CBeebies at work: Alphablocks and The Numtums are great for P1 literacy and numeracy. If I have downtime, I enjoy a quality drama, such as The Big C, Homeland, Call the Midwife, or my all-time favourite, The West Wing.


- I am currently enjoying The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood and would love to read more of her novels, such as The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace. My favourite book is The Time Traveler's Wife - I cried for some time after finishing that one. I love Audrey Niffenegger's ability to subtly convey a sense of foreboding.


- I can't do music chat like some people can. I just know what I like - depending on whether I can dance, cry or sing my heart out to it. Some of my favourites are Mika for the former, Jack Johnson for the latter, and Emeli Sande to tug on the heartstrings. My four-year-old is a huge Katie Melua fan, so it's all we listen to in the car.


- Again, my children have put my film viewing on hold for now, but I have a growing list of films I must catch up on. Just from the current box office top 10, I am looking forward to The Impossible, Skyfall, Django Unchained and Lincoln (pictured) - anything I can get totally lost in for a while. If I were in the market for a new box set, I would look for one of my favourite directors: Baz Luhrmann, Pedro Almodovar or the Coen brothers.

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