The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Jul26

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

I’ve read a few Julian Barnes books over the years (including one as a teenager, which was way too complicated for my young brain!), so I thought I’d give this one a go. Especially as it won the Booker Prize in 2011. That’s got to be good, hasn’t it? It’s a simple story (and VERY short at just 150 pages) of a middle-aged man trying to piece together part of his past. It starts in the 1970s with the man...

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Walls closing in
Jul25

Walls closing in

We live in a pretty small house for five people. Most of the houses on our road are bigger than ours. And most are occupied by widows living on their own. We love our house, but we really need somewhere bigger. Lately, it’s really felt like the walls are closing in on me and I’m starting to get desperate to get out. It all started with a new dining table. The old dining table had a dodgy leg and, although it always stood...

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The Gallery: I made this
Jul24

The Gallery: I made this

In the last few years there’s been a real renaissance in the stuff our mums did – and our grandmothers. The stuff that our mums probably decided after a while was actually a bit uncool, and gave up doing in favour of more convenient ways of getting through life. You know, buying cakes instead of making them, picking up a nice dress in M&S rather than running one off the Singer… But now this stuff is all coming...

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Special letter
Jul23

Special letter

Our school gives out a special letter to reward really outstanding behaviour. This isn’t for being clever or being good, it’s for going that extra mile, for trying incredibly hard or doing something so good it is out of the ordinary. Getting a letter warrants a mention in the school newsletter and in the school governors’ meetings. Not to mention the all too important letter home to parents – each of which is...

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What I’ve learned about year 7
Jul22

What I’ve learned about year 7

Well, we’ve survived it. A whole year of  secondary school. And what have I learned about year 7 and secondary school? We could keep this pretty brief. We could sum it up in one word. Nothing. Secondary school is a big place. In our case it’s not just down the road. We don’t take our son there every day or pick him up. So we don’t feel a part of it. And in our eldest, we have a child who is unwilling to share...

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