16. October 2013

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It’s Review Time

It’s Review Time

Sponsored So my lovelies, a quick round-up of some of the delights that I’ve been asked to test run on your behalf this month. And, as it’s Halloween quite soon, I have a truly spooktacular selection for you …. Haribo Who can resist Haribo? My girls, though now virtually grown up (alas) still list their […]

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14. October 2013

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Duck and cover

Duck and cover

Say what you like about Piers Morgan (and people have and do) but he is performing quite a useful function in the States. His quest to do something about the sheer craziness of gun laws is getting right up people’s noses. Where would the US be without us to do their dirty work for them? […]

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11. October 2013

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That’s the ticket

That’s the ticket

I don’t usually use my blog to rant on. Well, sometimes I do, but what on earth’s the point of having a blog if you can’t rant on it occasionally? When I say I’m cross about parking permits, you’ll understand. There is probably nothing in the world more annoying than parking permits, unless it’s parking […]

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8. October 2013

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Last words

Last words

I went to a funeral service the other day for a very inspiring and wonderful lady. The service was beautifully done by a Humanist – I’m almost tempted to become one. It was an uplifting (though very sad) day, and made me think of what I would like for my own funeral. I don’t care […]

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7. October 2013

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Dreamtone?

Dreamtone?

Maybe it’s just because I’ve never got on with foundation, but I find the new Lancome Dreamtone add very surprising. The upshot of it is that, after spending £69 – yes, £69 – on this stuff, you can actually dare to step outside your home without a full face of makeup on. Oh, right. Actually, […]

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2. October 2013

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In pieces

In pieces

Parenting is hard. Step-parenting is HARDER. As hard as a nasty little piece of Lego that you’ve just trodden on. That was certainly my feeling this morning, when I dropped a precariously-balanced pile of the stuff and got some lodged in my dainty instep when clearing up. How is it that they always find the […]

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1. October 2013

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The mists of time

The mists of time

Well, I was roundly abused by my dearest friends from St Andrews yesterday. Apparently I NEVER used to walk along the pier as my daily constitutional. All I can say is that I did, and maybe they just weren’t up early enough due to their own decadent lifestyles to catch me striding through the deserted […]

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25. September 2013

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What I see

You’ve probably heard of the What I See project, which has been running for five weeks now and has been featured on R4′s Woman’s Hour. It’s asking women from all walks of life, from all over the world, to tell the world what they see in the mirror, so that others can look through their […]

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24. September 2013

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Back to the future

Back to the future

Next month, I’m taking Child Two to see my old university, St Andrews. No one is more surprised about this than me. I’m surprised to be going back there for the first time, surprised to have a daughter the right age (or almost) for uni and surprised that she’s interested. Most of my stories about […]

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23. September 2013

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Elizabeth Arden’s Christmas Cracker

Elizabeth Arden’s Christmas Cracker

Sponsored Well, no sooner do I demand make-up for women of a certain age, than the clever old universe drops the answer right in my lap. Elizabeth Arden! Of course. The skincare, scent and makeup brand may be over a hundred years old, but it’s still looking every bit as smart as paint. And, by […]

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