A birthday trip to Dismaland
Sep25

A birthday trip to Dismaland

Living in land-locked Gloucestershire, Weston-super-Mare, at about an hour away, is our ‘local’ beach. We went there as kids and now we take our own kids there. It’s no Cornwall, but it’s nice enough for a day out. Back in the day, there were times when we didn’t bother with the beach, we just went to The Tropicana for the day. In the 1980s, The Tropicana was the best thing ever – an outdoor pool...

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Overwhelmed
Sep24

Overwhelmed

There was a week or so towards the end of the school holidays when I wanted it all over. I wanted the kids back at school. They were arguing, fighting, bullying, niggling. They were being nasty to each other and they were driving me mad. They needed the routine. So did I. But be careful what you wish for… Because being back at school means letters and cheques and emails. It mean dance lessons and Scouts and football. It means...

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The Cheltenham half marathon: Missing my running
Sep23

The Cheltenham half marathon: Missing my running

In a few days, it will be the Cheltenham half marathon. And I won’t be running it. Sometimes I’m OK with that, sometimes I feel desperately sad about it. I keep seeing posters, adverts and even road signs about it. And I really, really wish I was doing it. I have run a half marathon in September for the previous four years (Bristol in 2011 and 2012 and Cheltenham in 2013 and 2014). It gives me something to work towards and...

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Looking like sh*t (and feeling OK with it)
Sep21

Looking like sh*t (and feeling OK with it)

On the morning of the MAD Blog Awards last week, as everyone shared their frantic beauty preparations on Twitter and Instagram (there were an awful lot of roots being done), I felt compelled to share this. Because my roots weren’t done. They haven’t been done since May. I’m not sure that they will ever be done again. And I had a massive spot in the middle of forehead. By the standards of all the groomed ladies at the...

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Silent Sunday 20.9.15
Sep20

Silent Sunday 20.9.15

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