Get Fit !

Get Fit !

Get Fit !

I’m on stage at The Oxford Playhouse next week and need to shape up. I found an excellent way of both having the toned muscles of a Wimbledon champion and getting to embarrass my child at the same time.

Watched a Get Fit video from the USA and have been religiously copying Mrs Workout to get those firm arms in time for the gig. Just why I bought a dress with no sleeves is a mystery, but in defiance of those winter bingo wings, I’ve been working out something rotten.

1.    A heavy saucepan in each hand, stretch out your arms to the side and make 20 small circular movements first forward and then backwards. If the saucepans are different weights, just bung a few lemons or a bag of flour in the lighter one.

2.   You can also ‘bench press’ a desk or kitchen cabinet with locked elbows. Surprisingly hard but effective. On the way back from drop-off this morning, I popped into my local bookshop and did a few of these on the counter while chatting with the lovely woman who works there. She didn’t express surprise as most of the people who live around here are a bit on the eccentric side. I’m not of course.

If you haven’t booked already, make sure you come along and laugh at me on Friday 23rd January


Tolerance and respect

Tolerance and respect

    I am posting this illustration in the hope that even if no one sees it, my little drawing of the fictional town of Cattleford with its university and many places of worship, (from the front cover of my children’s book), may radiate some its harmonic image into the real world.   Previous post  Also … how…Continue Reading

Be Happy

            My 9 year old son didn’t believe he’d won a prize for his illustrated poem last week, but when we arrived at The Story Museum in Oxford last week, and saw his work mounted and framed on smart black display panels, he looked hugely relieved. The charity Family Links…Continue Reading

Stand Up

    How do you get your family to do what you want them to? Embarrass them. Always works for me. Recently – on the Comedy Workshop in Greece – we got the chance to show off big time. It was fun. I loved it. Came back home with a whole set of tools to make relations…Continue Reading

Art for kids

  How did you amuse the children during Half Term?  Entertaining them is a job and a half but just how hard could it be? A spot of culture shouldn’t go amiss.  Ah, we thought, let’s take them to see the Poppies Or Rembrandt at the National Gallery Constable at the V&A Turner at Tate Britain…Continue Reading

School Parrots

    We’ve had a half term report and there’s been much tearing out of hair and critical analysis of where it’s all going wrong. Our 9 year old son has scored below average in one of his tests and the teacher’s comments were very ho hum indeed. ‘Could do better’ didn’t even begin to…Continue Reading