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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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    Passport to La La Land

    Well, after a vile week, I found the perfect antidote on Saturday – a long lunch with beloved friends, followed by watching the gorgeous movie La La Land. I shamelessly hijacked the lunch part…

    January 16, 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
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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