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Getting Older

Minecraft

When did you stop wanting to get older? For me it was about 33-35. Until then, I only ever wanted to be a Grown-Up. Being a younger sister, I never felt this was really possible – there was always SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED two years ahead, and I was always playing catch-up. But then everyone around […]

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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 […]

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Tolerance and respect

Tolerance and love

    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 […]

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Be Happy

AFTER Family Links

            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 […]

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Nobody Died

Jeff performing Stand-Up

Nobody died – and nobody left. 12 days ago I was sitting on a bench in Soho, London when I was plucked from obscurity and put on stage as a Stand-Up comedian in central London by the great man of comedy himself, Arthur Smith. Here’s an excerpt from my debut performance   Arthur had been my unpredictable but […]

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Stand Up

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 […]

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The Blogfest Survivors

The Blogfest Survivors

            Last year was my first Blogging conference and it was a bit overwhelming. It was easier this year, as I’ve met so many bloggers in real life since then, but something still felt a little strange. Could it have been anything to do with the fact there was a considerable imbalance of […]

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Blogfest 2014

Blogfest 2014

  Can’t wait to see you at Blogfest 2014, but are you wondering like me what’ll be going on at home? Will they cope? Here are some of my friends’ kids the last time they were left on their own without you.                   NERVOUS NOW ?   Previously    

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Art for kids

Child's drawing of Ai Wei Wei's blue balls

  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 […]

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Treadmills

Treadmill

Ever feel like the education system and life in general is a treadmill ? You’re launched aged 0 and don’t stop till you drop off somewhere along the way. We slept in this morning – half term – until 10.30 am. After 6 weeks of 6.30am starts, 6 days a week, the hours are beginning to […]

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School Parrots

stuffed parrot

    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 […]

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Are you having a laugh?

  “When you sign up for Arthur Smith’s Comedy Workshop, expect the unexpected!” This is what Skyros Head Office told me when I rang them shortly before leaving for my first holiday in a decade with my great friend, Penny*. (Not her real name) She hadn’t had a proper sun and beach jolly in ten […]

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Sat Nav

Sat Nav Gummy Mummy

As you may have seen last week, Plummy Mummy took a last minute holiday on her own when things fell through at home. She asked her boyfriend, Ollie Gorky, to keep an eye on the kids as nanny’s been in and out of the The Priory recently (good grief, ideas above her station!) Just the […]

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Sun, Sea, Sand and Sangria

Plummy Mummy on holiday

My picture this week is about what happens when a desperate Mum chooses R&R over her children. Sun, sea, sand and sangria with a few friends should put Plummy Mummy in a good mood again. I’d probably go along too if Dhani Jones was there, and as well as a few choice competitors from the Glasgow 2014 […]

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Sports Day

Sports Day

                                What’s it like at your school on Sports Day? I was recently thrashed by several much fitter Mums at the 100 metres. But I wasn’t trying very hard to win. Well not really hard. And they were younger than me. […]

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Britmums Live 2014 – What REALLY happened!

Britmumslivem HerMelness

Being a Brilliance in Blogging Award Finalist, I came to London feeling excited. About what? a) Winning the ‘Laugh’ category Award? Maybe b) Meeting many of the real people behind their Blogs and Twitter handles? Maybe c) Having a break from domestic duties and staying in a fabby hotel overnight with a chance to have […]

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Camila’s got too many kids

Camila Batmanghelidjh

  If you do nothing else today, watch this video at www.seethechild.com – it’ll take just over a minute of your time. Sorry if you came expecting a funny illustrated post about Britmums Live 2014, please come back next week for that. But right now, I need to talk about Camila and her ENORMOUS family of kids. […]

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Oh Blogger!

Oh Blogger!

  This is a Britmums Live post IN ADVANCE of the actual event this weekend. Everyone warns me that despite being a brilliant couple of days, it’s emotionally and physically draining. Therefore, in case I’m too knackered to draw straight for a while afterwards, here’s one I’ve prepared earlier! The very people we spend half […]

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