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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
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    Bridget Jones: Wonder Woman?

    What a year it’s been for women. And NOT in a good way. We’ve had to watch a smart, capable woman being bullied by, frankly, a total arse of a man for months. Remember…

    December 15, 2016
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    The cat’s WHISKAS this Christmas

    Sponsored post Now that Child One and Child Two are more of a peripatetic presence at home, I spend a lot of time fretting over the cats instead – I suppose I have a…

    December 12, 2016
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    The Greatest Gift

    Sponsored post There’s a rather lovely Christmas campaign from Sainsbury’s this year all about spending time with family, which I heartily approve of, or will do until we all fall out (probably around 10am…

    December 12, 2016
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    Bridges to cross

    I’ve been thinking a lot about competition, or competitiveness, of late. This is partly because I’ve embraced the inevitable and joined a bridge club, and partly because our beloved cat, Blackjack, keeps getting into…

    December 11, 2016
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    Water Main Event

    It’s all been going a bit pear-shaped since the weekend when Something Bad happened to our local water main and the taps dried up. Though the supply got going again by nightfall, we had…

    November 30, 2016
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    Boxing clever at the Royal Opera House

    We went to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden last week and had a gorgeous time that for me, naughtily, had very little to do with what was on stage. The show we were…

    November 21, 2016
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    Wake me up before you go-go

    Had a terrifying dream last night that somehow I had ended up sharing a uni flat with Child Two, who is going to start her degree next autumn. How on earth this ever seemed…

    November 16, 2016