Phenomenal Women

 

HRH The Queen and Prince Charles

You’ve heard about the King of Spain?

King Juan Carlos is going to abdicate in favour of his son. 

Could it happen here? Doubt it (see pic)

Seems to me that everything in the end boils down to the relationship between one generation and the next. Life is a flow of power and influence down the ages and through the genes. But bringing up children is never easy, even when they’re grown up. Not even if you’re Royal. 

Queen:               “Charles, has one washed one’s hands?

Prince Charles: :  Yes, Mater” 

The Queen:         Well go and do them again, they’re filthy!

Prince Charles:    “One will do them later

The Queen:         One said NOW, Charles. If one’s asked one once, one’s asked one a hundred times

Prince Charles:    “Ooh kaayyy. Don’t nag. One will go and find a nailbrush and a valet

The Queen:         “Good Grief. The times one’s told those Nannies to tell one’s children!

  It’s quite clear who has the power and influence in this relationship, but if I told you that you were more important than The Queen, would you believe me? For instance, do you ever boast about writing a Blog? Being a stay-at-home Mum or Dad? Ever been to a party and had this happen?

 

 

Mummy Bloggers Britmums Awards

No, me neither. But us Bloggers have more power and influence than anyone. How is this remotely possible? I’ve done a chain of command from the top to the bottom. Let’s see who’s really in charge.

Mummy Blogger

Mummy Bloggers    Power ***** Influence *****

1. Supplies children for the teachers.
2. Directly influences the next generation. Want to screw them up? We’re in charge!
3. Bloggers are major lobbyists. No.10 are terrified of online petitions and campaigns.

 

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RoundTeacher

Teachers    Power **** Influence ****

Without them, there would be no one answerable to the Education Secretary. He’d be left twiddling his thumbs. He may well end up doing this anyway. Also, if the teacher goes on strike, no one can get to work on time and the economy breaks down.

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Michael Gove Education Secretary  –  Power ** Influence **

Without him, the PM wouldn’t know what the hell was going on in the schools. Actually he still doesn’t know what the hell is going on, but then again, neither do we.

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Prime Minister

PM   –  Power ****  Influence ***

Without the Prime Minister, the Queen would have no one to ask to form a government, and things would be in even more of a mess than they are already.

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The Queen

The Queen    Power *    Influence *****

Without us Mums and our families, she’d be out of a job because we’re her subjects, and there’s not much point sitting on a throne if there’s no one left to see you doing it. Let’s also remember she is our servant. However, like Plummy Mummy I’ve never found this to be quite as useful as it sounds.

This means MUMMY BLOGGERS are at the top of the tree in terms of power and influence.
The extraordinary Maya Angelou wrote this poem which I think belongs to all Mummy Bloggers! Phenomenal Women every one.

ps. By the way, I think the Queen is also a Phenomenal Woman and *a pretty nice girl, even though she doesn’t have a Blog. Now there’s an idea, Ma’am …

 

*Thanks to Paul McCartney

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(Since I originally posted this, Nicky Morgan has replaced Michael Gove as Education Secretary)

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Emma Clark Lam - June 11, 2014

Love this! So inventive. Quite agree – Mummy bloggers rock!

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    Jo Sandelson - June 11, 2014

    Thanks Emma 🙂 It’s about time we shout it out from the rooftops. In fact maybe I’ll go and make a flag … x

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katie - June 11, 2014

Fabulous Jo – too right Mummy bloggers rule ok.
I know phenomenal women too and i absolutely dig it x

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Complicated Gorgeousness - June 12, 2014

I love that we are top of the tree. Brilliant post Jo – your should send it to the palace ha x

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    Jo Sandelson - June 12, 2014

    On the whole, I think women are not the best at promoting themselves. Just thought it was about time we stop hiding our light under a bushel! Will consider sending it to the Palace Ally, it might encourage The Queen to start a Mummy Blog or even a Great-Granny Blog x

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Sara (@mumturnedmom) - June 12, 2014

This is brilliant Jo! Mummy bloggers are absolutely the top of the chain… 🙂

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    Jo Sandelson - June 12, 2014

    It’s important we all recognise that and start shouting it from a rooftops, or wherever we hang out. Thanks Sara, really glad you like the post x

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Suzanne3childrenandit - June 12, 2014

Ah, but how do we know she doesn’t have a blog? Perhaps the queen goes incognito on the web! Genius post, your drawings are amazing! Thanks for linking up to #loudnproud.

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    Jo Sandelson - June 13, 2014

    You know, you could be right! I’ve seen some blogs that could be ‘fronts’ for Her Majesty – especially the ones that complain alot about their naughty family. Thanks for commenting Suzanne, it’s lovely to get feedback on my drawings too (don’t think Messrs Gove and Cameron would be so positive tho..)

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    Jo Sandelson - June 13, 2014

    You have a point there Suzanne. There are lots of blogs out there one of which may be a ‘front’ for Her Majesty. You know, the ones that complain alot about their families! Happy you like my drawings too, so lovely to get feedback on them, tho don’t think Messrs Gove and Cameron will be commissioning me any time soon … xx

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Ali Simpson - June 12, 2014

Fanbloomintastic! I love that! X

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    Jo Sandelson - June 13, 2014

    Thanks Ali – glad to hear from you 🙂 X

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Amy Ransom - June 14, 2014

Fabulous! I just love your drawings. Queenie is spot on! X

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    Jo Sandelson - June 14, 2014

    Aww thanks so much Amy! Wondering whether to send Her Madge the drawings or whether it might jeapordise the chance of a future gong! X

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Lucas James - June 14, 2014

Never thought about it quite like that before, but you’re right! I guess bloggers in general need to become more aware of the power we hold and what we can do with it – as you say, joining up together to get something done can be very difficult for others to ignore!
Take care
Lucas

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    Jo Sandelson - June 14, 2014

    I’ve been blogging since last Feb, and the usual response when asked what I do, is one of those fob-off ‘how interesting’ replies. So, alone in a garret, it felt like I was singing to an empty concert hall. (Actually if I were singing, the concert hall really would be empty). Few of us realise the individual and collective power of our blogging platforms – it’s all relatively new in the world of online publishing isn’t it? It feel good, and important to be able to share and disseminate our worlds and add to the knowledge out there, therefore although it’s a bit jokey, my underlying message is what it says on the post. Have looked at your blog and you have a gorgeous family. You all seem very supportive of each other which is the most marvellous thing. I laughed at your ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ post. So familiar! Thanks so much for your comment, Lucas 🙂 Jo

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Kanchan@ The Intrepid Misadventurer - June 16, 2014

Firstly, WOW! I love your blog…why have I not got here sooner?! I love the cartoons, the sardonic writing and the things you write about! When I was younger, I used to be so crazy about illustrating and wanted to make it my career but wasn’t allowed to…very often I think that’ll be my new thing I do with my life at 37..you’ve given that dream a BIG lift 😀
I think blogging holds a very interesting place in media and society and isn’t understood entirely, loved your take on it! 🙂

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    Jo Sandelson - June 16, 2014

    Thank so much Kanchan! It gives me a thrill every time someone like you reads and comments like this. Would love to hear more about your frustrated career as an illustrator – perhaps you’re heading towards that time now. You certainly have an excellent eye if the design of your blog and photographs are anything to go by – if pictures could emerge from the internet, that asparagus and egg dish would be inside me by now. I do hope there’s time to chat at Britmums – anyone who loves Leonard Cohen is a good’un. If not, some other time perhaps 🙂 x

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Honest Mum - June 16, 2014

Bang on-love this post. We are truly influential!

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    Jo Sandelson - June 16, 2014

    Hey Vicki – great to hear from you and glad you concur !! x

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Honest Mum - June 16, 2014

Ooh just seen you linked this up to #brilliantblogpost thanks for that. Please do add my badge or link back too. Cheers!

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Frances Taylor - June 14, 2016

All the power and influence eh? I must say I never thought of it like that. Maybe you’re right. I will inform my husband immediately.

Poor old Charlie, Liz will outlive us all I reckon.

Thanks for coming along to #chucklemums!

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    Jo Sandelson - June 14, 2016

    Yes we are the establishment. We just haven’t quite realised it. thanks for stopping by Frances #chucklemums

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Beta Mummy - June 14, 2016

I’ve just recently started following you and love your blog – your writing and cartoons are brilliant and so “on it” – inspirational 🙂
Nice to see an old post lifted out of the archive – when I get a chance (?!) I will have a read through your back catalogue.

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    Jo Sandelson - June 14, 2016

    thanks for kind words and for at least thinking about going thro back catalogue. We’re all too busy tho that’s the truth, never enough time to blog and live in unison. I’d be delighted if you did though. Let me know how long you’ve been doing this shit and whether Beta is your real name. Jo 😉 #chucklemums

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Lucy at occupation: (m)other - June 15, 2016

Haaa! This is so completely logical, I have been blind until now – hiding my blogging under a bushel. I love the Phenomenal Women poem…quite stirring #chucklemums

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    Jo Sandelson - June 15, 2016

    “I am woman watch me roar; in numbers too big to ignore..” Helen Reddy c. 1975
    There’s another inspirational number, if you don’t know it look it up. Used to listen on my portable gramophone (i know). Thanks for stopping by Lucy. Jo:) #chucklemums

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Sarah - June 16, 2016

I like your additional linky instruction! Hurrah, one must come to #chucklemums this instance!

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    Jo Sandelson - June 17, 2016

    thanks Sarah. I shall pop around asap – can never have too many chuckles Jo x #chucklemums

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