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So. Which books should our kids be reading for the GCSE syllabus in the UK? Our esteemed Education Secretary is scrapping some of the best books written in English. Why? Because they’ve been penned by foreigners. According to Michael Gove’s scheme, some of the most stunning sentences ever composed in the English language by Arthur […]

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My BBC Radio interview about Heir Raising!

This is me being interviewed last Tuesday on BBC Radio Oxford. The lovely Kat Orman and I talked about Heir Raising, Britmums, Blogging and cartoons … And here’s the second half …. … Do put your head around the door and have a listen. Near the end, I made the mistake of pretending […]

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Mobile kids


    Heard the news? There’s going to be a major government study of 2,500 children into whether mobile phones are dangerous for their health. Doesn’t it feel like we’ve been here before? So why hasn’t anything been done since this was last flagged up five years ago? Oh, not the mobile phone companies’ tax […]

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Bugger off Barmie (Dolls)


Do you or your well-meaning relations buy dolls for your children? If so, are they the sort that come in boxes and drive you mad with their skinny, long-legged siren call to mass anorexia? Their distorted forms leading to a warped self-image for girls to comply with in order to satisfy imagined or real male […]

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Get off the Blog and vote!

Shortlisted happy

I’ve been Shortlisted for a Brilliance in Blogging Award!! Apart from one or two tweets and a BiB Badge on the Blog, I hadn’t done a great deal to ask for votes. Frankly, I was a bit embarrassed to ask. Well, I did canvas the local shopkeepers and coffee bar people who get most of […]

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Down the Rabbit Hole


    How much time do you spend on your Blog and telling people about it? 1.  Up to 2 hours a week? 2.  6-8 hours a week? 3.  Over 8 hours a week? It’s very much a matter of opinion when an interest becomes a hobby, and a hobby becomes an obsession. However, when […]

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Postnatal Bonks

 Unusual things happen in the school holidays. Like sex.   Tell me it’s different for you, but intimate relations with your Other Half during term time is for me like running the London Marathon, then someone asking you at the finishing line to pop over for a bounce on their trampoline. NO WAY But a […]

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Easter Holidays 2014

Easter holidays

What are WE doing in the Easter Holidays this year? Ha Ha! If ONLY we were going skiing. Well actually maybe not. I love the idea of us all flying off to the Alps and shwooshing elegantly down snowy pistes in the bright Spring air, then gazing out of a chalet window over a crisp mountain […]

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A shortcut to Times Tables

TIMES TABLES I’ve found the quickest ever way to learn your Times Tables! My son’s class are at different stages, and the teacher’s insisting they know them asap. So she wouldn’t be impressed with me. Embarrassingly, I still struggle with a few of the middle ones, though felt better when a friend told me she […]

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Higher Flyer’s intimate moment

Back to the Mummies this week after a very self-indulgent couple of posts about cakes. This is from the archives but I think it deserves another airing. It’s a snapshot of Higher Flyer’s intimate moment with her son. They only get together a few times a year as she always seems to be at a […]

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Birthday Delights 2

Birthday Cake Barmie

This is a picture of Mr and Mrs Barmie from my book, The Barmies. As you probably aspire to creating something just a leetle bit more generous than a digestive biscuit with a candle stuck down with chewing gum, here are some more edible looking cakes and money saving tips for parties I promised you last […]

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Birthday Delights

Birthday parties aren’t meant to be disastrous. Like holidays. Top-up fibs embellish what would otherwise be a well forgotten event.  Too much time and effort has been invested to admit otherwise, and anyway most of the time my family and I try to look on the bright side. Until now. Life’s too short not to […]

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Caption Competition!

Pregnancy Pilates

…. AND THE WINNER IS …. KATIE at HURRAH FOR GIN!  For her winning caption … “Its like she positions herself purposely to fart in my face!” CONGRATULATIONS! A £15 Amazon voucher is headed your way 🙂 (We enjoyed all the entries, but in the end had to choose the one that made us all […]

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Gifted & Talented 2

      As I was drawing this, I remembered being told off by my son last year for using a “VERY rude word”. Couldn’t think what it could be as I never, EVER swear. Well not that day, and not THAT rude. Anyway, he’d seen a letter I’d written and at the top of […]

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Gifted & Talented

Is your child clever? I mean REALLY clever? Plummy Mummy, seen at the top with Serial Mum, is convinced her own daughter Izzy is an undiscovered genius. Though, in fact, I don’t know any Mums, ANYWHERE, who would be surprised if their child were put on the G&T register*. I think Plummy would like a bit […]

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Mission: Possible

Mission Mum Flood

The night after we left our friends in Sussex recently, they had to swim out of their house at 3am in the pitch black. It was Christmas Eve and my son had been helping his Godmother decorate the tree only three days earlier. What my friends managed to rescue: Their dog Passports Mobile phones What […]

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Internet Shopping


Happy New Year to all and a warm welcome back to Heir Raising – the Blogsite that gives you tips on how to and how not to raise your heirs. We’ve just finished all our Thank You letters and my good friend Serial Mum wanted to publish hers on my my site. Here it is: […]

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Santa’s Coming to Town

Have you taken the kids to see Santa at a Department Store near you? Here is a piccy of him without the fancy dress. Actually this is a 13th-century depiction of Saint Nicholas of Myra who has morphed over the centuries into Santa Claus. As any fule kno, he was a 4th-century Greek Christian bishop from Lycia, […]

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Late for School

It’s that time of the year – exhaustion all ’round and the festivities haven’t even begun. The days are dragging until the end of term, and the mornings seem to be getting darker and earlier. Getting out of bed with alacrity is not a quality I have been gifted with. But have you ever been […]

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