6. October 2014

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Monday!

Monday!

So far today (and it’s not even lunchtime yet) Child Two has missed the school bus and needed driving across town; TL lost his wallet and needed picking up from the station, bringing back home, help finding his wallet and then another lift back to the station, and the water filter man, after saying he’d […]

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3. October 2014

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Small world

Small world

Slightly more than a week ago I had a minor operation to remove a mole which had gone a bit odd. Well, it had been odd for a while, and then it seemed odder still, and I’d shown it to my GP in Dulwich, a nice, no-nonsense woman whom I liked and trusted. ‘The good […]

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2. October 2014

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GOSH Bake it Better

GOSH Bake it Better

I’ve always been a firm believer in the power of cake. Now I’m glad to see that Great Ormond Street hospital, too, has put its faith in cake’s miraculous ability not just to raise the spirits, but money too. £125,000, to be precise, for a new clinical building. Bake it Better week is taking place […]

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1. October 2014

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Review time

Review time

Sponsored post  Ok, I admit it, I am consciously Keeping Busy in order to get over the strangeness of a house without Child One needing conversation and an endless supply of bananas. TL did say in the run-up to uni that we should let all the supermarkets near us know that Child One was leaving […]

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30. September 2014

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Up North

Up North

I’m so proud of my lovely Child One. She worked so hard and got brilliant A levels, and now she’s off to a fantastic university. How did the tiny girl who had such trouble reading ‘allosaurus’ in those Oxford Reading Tree Biff and Kipper books get so far? I sat pondering this miracle at the […]

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30. September 2014

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The Misanthrope

The Misanthrope

If you were planning a great night out at the theatre today, you might well hesitate before choosing a French play that had its premier several centuries ago. After all, the Misanthrope by Moliere was first performed in 1666 – the year of the Great Fire of London. But a new English version, showcased at […]

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24. September 2014

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Knowing me, knowing you

Knowing me, knowing you

‘It’s the start,’ said my lovely friend B. ‘It’s the start of Not Knowing.’ It was after the Book Club had met at my house, and B was trying to return a coat she said Child One had left at her place after visiting her daughter last week. But I took one look at the […]

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19. September 2014

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MeTube

My teenage daughters – and even my nine-year-old stepdaughter – love those self-help videos you get on YouTube offering make-up tips. They are pretty much addicted to them. And, I admit, I’ve seen a fair few myself and find they’re usually helpful and often funny (intentionally or not). It struck me that there was no-one […]

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16. September 2014

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Leaps of faith

Sponsored  Anyone who knows me, and many who don’t, will understand that the lure of chocolate is STRONG. And I mean STRONG. I eat it more or less incessantly, I often wear the colour and, for goodness sake, I’ve written a novel about it. So when Cadbury’s offered to send me a little gift, it […]

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12. September 2014

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It’s not you, it’s us

It’s not you, it’s us

The whole issue of Scottish independence is like being involved in a slow, bitter break-up – with someone you didn’t even know you were having a relationship with. At first, I felt pretty indifferent. Scotland was complaining again. So what else was new? But that’s when I assumed that Scotland was just having a tantrum, […]

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