The lucky song
Dec22

The lucky song

I don’t believe in luck or fate or ‘signs’. I’m not in tune with the spirit world. I have my feet firmly placed in the here and now. But I think I’ve got a lucky song. Shut Up and Dance was the opening song in last year’s panto. I was aware of it before the panto, but it wasn’t a song I particularly loved. But seeing it on stage, with my daughter’s smiling face, dancing her heart out,...

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Menswear wardrobe overhaul
Dec21

Menswear wardrobe overhaul

Regular readers will know that my eldest son, who is 15, never seems to stop growing. All of a sudden, he is about 6′ tall. He towers above me (there’s something very strange about walking with your child when he is so much bigger than you) and is taller than most men. And he’s still growing. And when boys keep growing? They keep needing new clothes! He’s been wearing Tshirts and hoodies from men’s ranges...

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(Final) Christmas performances
Dec20

(Final) Christmas performances

This is a year of lasts for us. My daughter is in year 6 at school and not only is it her final year at primary school, it’s our final year of going there as a family. It’s been a long time – my eldest started there in 2005. And my eldest is in year 11. He would like to go to grammar school next year, so he may well be in his last year at his comprehensive. And even if he doesn’t move, life will feel very...

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How many pantos?
Dec19

How many pantos?

When my daughter got into the panto for the first time last year, I said she could do it in year 5 and then not again until year 8. Because year 6 is important, with SATs, and year 7 is important, as she will be settling into her new secondary school. I’d changed my mind about year 6 before the first week of rehearsals had even ended. Year 6 isn’t THAT important (shh – don’t tell any teachers I said that!)....

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Silent Sunday 18.12.16
Dec18

Silent Sunday 18.12.16

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