BritMums Live and the Ten Commandments

BritMumsLove16

Hooray I’m off to BritMums Live on 25th June. Will we behave when we get there? I give myself a little talking to before Blog conferences which pretty much involves:- “Now Jo, only have ONE small glass of white wine and wait until the sun is over the yardarm.” That’s my talk. But in case you weren’t sure of what to […]

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Kate Middleton loves my blog, YEAH!

Kate Middleton loves Heir Raising - YEAH!

In my dreams!! But AMAZING NEWS ….. Heir Raising has been Shortlisted for a Brilliance in Blogging Award! Please click on badge and vote to get me into the Finals … There are some outstanding blogs so it’s a real honour to be in Reader’s Choice next to such talent. I’ve been out of range near Hambledon Hill, […]

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International Women’s Day 2016 …

International Women's Day 2016

What do these women have in common? Angela, Hillary, Melinda, Christina, Sheryl, Michelle, Malala, Mishal, Libby and Lyse ? They get out there and do stuff. They probably don’t say, “Can I get everyone coffee before we start?” And if they do, they do it mindfully without letting themselves be distracted from their true goals. […]

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Trophy Kids

Trophies and Oscars

  It’s that time of year again. One hour after the envelopes flopped onto the doormat the phone rang. It was Mish from down the road whose DELIGHTFUL daughter Persephone plays with my son Oscar when there’s absolutely NO ONE else around. They’ve both sat the 11+ Exam for a highly selective private school in our town. […]

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Phenomenal Women

The Queen & 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 […]

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All in the genes

Then and now

I moved to a new school when I was 7. Everyone else had started the year before and knew what the hell was going on. My first ballet class: stretched into a pink leotard, pink ballet skirt and pink satin pumps from Freeds, THE ballet suppliers of London – standing in the Assembly Room surrounded by huge […]

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Showing Off !

Painting on stage Comedy night

Did I die on my arse as Arthur Smith my esteemed comedy teacher might ask? Well the most important thing for a middle aged female comedian was not having bingo wings flapping out of a sleeveless dress ready for flight front of stage. No laughs I could handle. Unless they were going to laugh at […]

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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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