The ballet show 2015
Mar26

The ballet show 2015

My daughter’s ballet school does a show every couple of years. The ballet school is a one-woman band, so the show is a massive undertaking with choreography, costumes and all the logistics and administration to sort. The kids had been practising their routines since the exams in the autumn. My daughter had four routines – two for her ballet class and two for her tap/ jazz class. She’d really been looking forward to...

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The Gallery: Boys 2015
Mar25

The Gallery: Boys 2015

I’ve been a mum of boys for 11 and a half years. It’s been hard work, but I’ve pretty much enjoyed every second of it. There’s something special about boys. Boys in the plural. Two boys. I LOVE having two boys. Boys are kind of challenging. They’re noisy and they’re untidy. They’re muddy, they eat too much and they don’t care about personal hygiene. They leave socks under the settee,...

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The rugby tournament (not going to plan)
Mar24

The rugby tournament (not going to plan)

The end of the rugby season is in sight. Just the County Cup to come this weekend and another big tournament the weekend just gone. Obviously my younger son’s under 11s team would win them both. Obviously. They’ve always been a good team, right from under 8s and under 9s when they hardly had enough players to sustain a team, but this season they’ve been even better. Before this weekend, they’d scored 159 tries...

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In praise of the NHS
Mar23

In praise of the NHS

Regular readers will know that my daughter and I have had a tough couple of months, health-wise. My husband and my mum have been a great support. They have watched us suffering and they’ve been there to help. They think we have both been let down by the NHS. But I disagree. Yes, we’ve been pushed from GP to one hospital department to another hospital department. Yes, I’ve had to chase up one or two things. But we...

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Silent Sunday 22.3.15
Mar22

Silent Sunday 22.3.15

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