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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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What a smoothie

16. April 2014

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What a smoothie

I have a confession to make – there’s something new in my life. Tall, dark and handsome, brooding in the kitchen, dominating meal times and, to be honest, my every waking thought … it’s my new Vitamix mixer. We met, of all places, at a demonstration at the Ideal Home exhibition. I never go to […]

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A day in the life ….

8. April 2014

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A day in the life ….

1. Woken at 7am by Child Two yelling in my ear: ‘it’s 7 o’clock!’ Damn. The alarm clock hasn’t gone off. She is the only child in the world not already on her Easter holidays and she is going to be late. I am a bad mother. I stumble out of bed to have a […]

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The ideal home

1. April 2014

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Sponsored Lovely John Lewis very kindly sent me tickets to the Ideal Home Show at Earl’s Court and, as I’ve never been before, and all the advertising featured Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen, (I have a soft spot for flamboyant men, as you’ll know if you’ve met TL) I whizzed down with a friend. It was not what […]

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Prince charming?

17. March 2014

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Prince charming?

Have you seen the documentary, Good Swan, Bad Swan? It’s narrated by former prima ballerina Tamara Rojo, the artistic director of the English National Ballet, and is really fascinating. If you have the least interest in ballet, music, art, or even love, you’ll be gripped. I confess, I was one of the zillions of little […]

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It’s review time

10. March 2014

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It’s review time

I love getting surprises in the post. These days it’s more likely to be things I’ve forgotten I’ve ordered than actual genuine presents out of the blue, but it’s exciting all the same. So I was very thrilled to get a huge box from coffee folk Carte Noire. We’ve had an Nespresso machine for years. […]

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By the book?

3. March 2014

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By the book?

Interesting piece in the Observer yesterday about authors scrabbling to make ends meet. Admittedly, he didn’t produce many examples of writers gnawing crusts in garrets, and the lady in the photos lived in a hugely charming, shabby-but-chic house in Oxford. If that’s grinding poverty, most of us would say bring it on. I think he […]

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Fembook?

24. February 2014

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Fembook?

There was a whole bunch of stuff in the papers at the weekend about students or, more specifically, the kind of abuse that female students are apparently routinely exposed to when they go off to uni. This is on my mind a lot, as Child One is now poised on the edge of the nest, […]

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Watery end?

12. February 2014

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Watery end?

While the rest of the country battles with its own (infinitely more serious) water woes, I have my own little fountain of troubles here at Blended Towers. The £4,600 water bill, taken out of my account by Thames Water without so much as a whisper of warning, was the first intimation that something was Not […]

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What’s in a name?

31. January 2014

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What’s in a name?

Strange news from France, where married women will now be addressed in official correspondence by their maiden names.  The idea is to correct gender inequality. I’m sorry, but referring to a woman by her father’s surname instead of by her husband’s is not going to shake the foundations of the patriarchy, is it? Their intentions […]

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