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    Little book of treasures

    Sponsored post Life seems full of lovely treats at the moment – as it always should be, I feel – and one of the nicest has been this Little Book Of Necklaces, below: I…

    February 7, 2017
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    Last year’s model?

    I didn’t know whether to applaud or sigh at a feature on Woman’s Hour about over-50s modelling. On one hand, it’s great that these women are getting work, on the other, it’s pretty tragic…

    February 2, 2017
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    You can’t always get what you want

    I’ve never been a massive Jagger fan. There was a historic moment a couple of years ago when I turned down not one, but two, separately offered tickets to some enormous Stones jamboree. People…

    January 25, 2017
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    Evening All

    I’d hoped to have some news for you by now about our horrible robbery. Hell, I hoped I’d have some news for me. But unfortunately the wheels of justice turn slowly. I suppose it’s just…

    January 19, 2017
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    K9ATWALK show

    My great friend, the artist Magda Hunt, has always been a stalwart animal lover and is a great supporter of IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection and Welfare of Animals). She has designed a…

    January 18, 2017
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    A thief in the house

    I feel completely sick as I write this, but I think someone has been stealing from us. Child One was back briefly from art school over Christmas, and raised the alarm – some pieces…

    January 11, 2017
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    Shakespeare – Upbardly mobile?

    I rather loved the reports at the weekend that manuscript scholar Dr Heather Wolfe has now proved beyond doubt that William Shakespeare wrote all his own plays. For centuries, people like Mark Twain, Sigmund…

    January 11, 2017
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    Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

    Child 2 is starting an actual JOB today so last week was all about saying goodbye to things like lie-ins, Netflix and a carefree youth … well, not really but it does seem like…

    January 9, 2017
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    Compare and contrast

    I have a good feeling about 2017. Compare these two scenes: The first, in the dying days of 2016, was a special festive outing with the wider family. A show had been chosen to…

    January 3, 2017
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    5 Things I’ve Learned about Nativity Plays

    Things I’ve learned about school Christmas and Nativity shows over the years: It’s a very brave primary school that runs a string quartet for year 4 kids. It’s an even braver school that lets…

    December 22, 2016