Project 365 2015 Week 30
Jul25

Project 365 2015 Week 30

The first week of the school holidays has been an emotional one and even slightly boring at times. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 199 – Sunday 19th July – my husband took the kids to Snowdon camping (again!), so it was just me and the furry dudes at home. Day 200 – Monday 20th July – the first day of the school holidays and the kids came back from camping. This is one of the two baskets of washing...

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How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
Jul24

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

How to Build a Girl is Caitlin Moran’s first work of fiction and it is every bit as funny as her non-fiction. Possibly funnier. She makes it clear that it definitely IS a work of fiction, but it doesn’t take a rocket science to work out that it draws heavily on her own unusual early life – being about a big family growing up in Wolverhampton and a teenage girl working as a music journalist in the early 1990s. It also...

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New curriculum – First report
Jul23

New curriculum – First report

You may or may not have noticed, but at the start of this academic year our (I’m trying to think of an appropriate adjective, but I can’t right now) government saw fit to thrust a new curriculum on primary schools. Now maybe I’m being naive here, but as a parent with 10 years’ experience of kids in primary school, the curriculum didn’t appear to be broken. So I’m not sure why it needed fixing....

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First half marathon training run of the year
Jul22

First half marathon training run of the year

I run all year round. I love it. For most of the year, I run just over four miles, three times a week (or four if the exact alignment of the planets means I don’t have too many hospital appointments or urgent shopping trips interrupting my working day).  But about 12 weeks before a half marathon, I increase my distance. I also cut down my number of runs to twice a week – partly so I don’t overdo it and partly because...

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Leavers’ assembly (again)
Jul21

Leavers’ assembly (again)

My son’s leavers’ assembly was brilliant, it really didn’t disappoint. It started with one of the most appropriate hymns ever – One More Step Along the World I Go. The the kids all said a few words – from earliest memories (almost all about Lego), to most embarrassing memory (two pairs of forgotten pants and resulting nudity, one pant-wetting incident and one calling-the-teacher-mummy incident) to...

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