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

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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English!

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 … http://heirraising.podbean.com/mf/web/zpnmka/KATHEIRRAISING1.mp3 And here’s the second half …. http://heirraising.podbean.com/mf/web/9qi4kt/KATHEIRRAISING2.mp3 … 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

Talking

    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)

Barbie C flat

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

Rabbit

    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

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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