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A lot to conceal

9. August 2014

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A lot to conceal

It’s probably having teenage daughters, or maybe just because I’m getting older, but these days I am increasingly enjoying buying and trying make-up. I’ve always been a complete sucker for the idea of ‘hope in a jar’ – the excitement of lovely packaging and extravagant promises ….usually followed inevitably by a remarkably unchanged (but poorer) […]

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Paint them black

5. August 2014

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Paint them black

What a tragic story this week about black cats being abandoned because they are less photogenic than other types. It’s true that sometimes, our own black cat can appear as an amorphous blob in pictures, but mostly that’s because of the quality of the photographer (ahem), not the subject, and does not make him one […]

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New York, New York

29. July 2014

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New York, New York

I loved New York as soon as I first stepped out of a yellow taxi in 1990. So it was a huge joy to take Child One and Child Two and share my passion. For me it’s all about the architecture, the huge wide avenues, the vertiginous cliff faces of the office blocks, and the […]

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Washday blues

16. July 2014

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Just before I whisked the girls off to New York (and more of that another time), a nice PR asked me to try Comfort’s new ultra-swish scenty range of fabric conditioners. Of course I said yes, though I didn’t let on that I have a little secret these days about laundry. I make my own […]

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Someone needs a holiday ….

24. June 2014

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Someone needs a holiday ….

Thank goodness, we are entering calmer waters. The exams are over, my stomach seems to have stopped burbling, and the summer unfolds. But, naturally, it’s complicated. As well as four adults who seldom agree on anything, we now have two trainee grown-ups in our midst who have Made Their Own Travel Plans. So, no sooner […]

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Ouch

2. June 2014

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Ouch

Sorry, sorry. Every time I resolve to blog more often, something happens to prevent me. This time …. acute gastritis. My stomach has been misbehaving for a while, but I’ve put it down to the various horrors of the menopause. This time, though, a couple of handfuls of peanuts led to a sleepless night and […]

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A View from the Bridge

22. May 2014

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A View from the Bridge

I was lucky enough to see a View from the Bridge last night at the Young Vic. What a play! I feel as though I am only just recovering. It was a frighteningly good production, pared down to the minimum. There was almost no set, the characters prowled an empty cube, clothes were drab, there […]

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Open house

12. May 2014

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Open house

Great fun at the weekend at the Dulwich Open House. The idea is basically that artists throw open their homes and let you have a look at their artworks – and hope to sell you some. The reality is that a lot of nosy people (like me) potter around other people’s houses making loud comments […]

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Walk the walk?

7. May 2014

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Walk the walk?

Child Two’s theme for her school’s muck-up day (the last day before the GCSE exams begin) was Fairy Tales. But, after a few hours of larking about in tutus draping fairy lights and loo paper all over the school, two of her friends found their own story growing decidedly darker. On the way home, they […]

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Double trouble

21. April 2014

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Double trouble

Back when I was having babies, the two-year gap was the aspiration. You’d recovered enough from the first for it to be a slightly less blood-spattered memory, while still having all the babygros, tiny mittens, changing stations and other baby gear that is highly expensive and only useful for a couple of months. My girls […]

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