Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin
Mar25

Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin

I’d heard of Ian Rankin and I’d heard of Rebus, but I didn’t know much about either of them. Certainly I didn’t know Ian Rankin had written the Rebus novels – and that there’s rather a lot of them! It turns out my dad is a fan and he’d bought himself a box of 12 at a bargain price, but he’d already read the first four. What to do with them? Give them to his bookworm daughter, of course!...

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The drinking competition
Mar24

The drinking competition

After a triumphant morning of rugby, my younger son went to help out at the school fair. As I was finishing my lunch, I got a text ‘I don’t feel well. Can you pick me up now?’ I dropped everything and went. Trying not to panic. But I’m a real worrier when it comes to illness. I had a lot of thoughts running through my head. The first was – Please don’t let him be sick in my car. He was going to a...

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Sport Relief 2016 – Feeling proud
Mar23

Sport Relief 2016 – Feeling proud

On this year’s Sport Relief medal it says I did myself proud for Sport Relief, which is appropriate, because I couldn’t have been more proud of my kids for what they achieved in this year’s Sport Relief. When we signed up for my daughter, younger son and I to run 3 miles and my eldest to run 6 miles, I had concerns about both of my boys. My younger son is not a long distance runner. He runs a mean 100m and can go up...

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A good day for sport
Mar22

A good day for sport

When my son had a Saturday morning rugby match which, very inconveniently involved him being dropped off at 9am, I thought I might have to miss Parkrun. I’ve missed a few lately due to rugby matches and my daughter’s ballet exam. I’ve set myself a target of earning my 50 Parkrun Tshirt by autumn and things aren’t looking great for that at the moment. But then we came up with the genius plan of just dropping my...

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Grade 3 ballet fast-track
Mar21

Grade 3 ballet fast-track

It was during my daughter’s Grade 2 ballet exam that the teacher came to us four mums with a proposal. There are nine or 10 girls in their ballet class, but only four did the exam. Of the others, some are too new and therefore too far behind for exams and others just don’t like exams. They all move on together as a class, but the four girls who did the exam were edging away from the others. For a start, they’re the...

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