The Lion King (Loud ‘n’ Proud)
Mar27

The Lion King (Loud ‘n’ Proud)

Every year my younger kids’ school takes a week off timetable to do something amazing. Last year they decorated the walls of the schools with some incredible artwork. This year they performed The Lion King. They had just a week to pull it all together – working with children from reception to year 6 learning songs and dance moves, as well as painting animals to decorate the stage. There was a small number of speaking parts...

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Raising girls’ aspirations with Girl Talk magazine
Mar26

Raising girls’ aspirations with Girl Talk magazine

What does your daughter want to be when she grows up? A doctor, a politician or an engineer? Or does she want to be a popstar or a model?When I was growing up, girls wanted to be teachers, nurses or maybe hairdressers. These days, it’s all about losing too much weight, dousing yourself in bucketfuls of fake tan and wearing skimpy outfits on reality TV. Is that we really want for our daughters?To celebrate it’s 500th issue...

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Goodbye work
Mar26

Goodbye work

Today’s the day. I finally say goodbye to the workplace and the colleagues I’ve always loved.How do I feel?Excited, unhappy, depressed, anxious, elated, happy, sad, stressed, worried… All of these and more. I change from minute to minute. It’s been there with me for weeks now. I don’t feel right. It’s nagging away at me in the background. I’m not myself. I’m not firing on all cylinders.I guess...

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The Gallery: Sport
Mar25

The Gallery: Sport

Regular readers will know I join in with The Gallery at Sticky Fingers every week. I like doing it. It makes me think about something I wouldn’t otherwise write about – remember an old experience or look at things in a different way. From your point of view as a reader, it also breaks up a whole week of posts on my daughter’s birthday or three whole weeks of posts about moving house. But this week I took a decision....

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The MAD Blog Awards – Thank you!
Mar24

The MAD Blog Awards – Thank you!

A few weeks ago, I very politely asked if you would be so kind as to nominate me for the MAD Blog Awards. I was a finalist last year and I really wanted to make it again.A few people told me they’d nominated me in the schooldays category and I was so grateful to them. And just a little bit excited. Could I make it there again? I tried not to build my hopes up. There were 200,000 nominations in the MAD Blog Awards (obviously...

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