Should Eric get a new friend?
Sep19

Should Eric get a new friend?

When our lovely guinea pig, Daisy, died unexpectedly at the age of just 2 a couple of weeks ago, our thoughts immediately turned to keeping Daisy’s friend, Eric, happy and alive. The kids would have rushed out and got a brand new guinea pig the very next day if they could. Because guinea pigs are sociable creatures, they need to be with other guinea pigs. And they should live around six years. Eric could be looking at a long and...

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Silent Sunday 18.9.16
Sep17

Silent Sunday 18.9.16

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Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
Sep16

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

Ever wished you were prettier or weighed a bit less? Ever felt you weren’t good enough for the best looking men? Ever wished you could be friends with the coolest girls? This is pretty much every teenage girl ever. And it’s the basis of Only Ever Yours, the stunning debut by Louise O’Neill. Only Ever Yours is a YA book I was reading for work. And it got under my skin in a big way. I wanted to read it all the time. It...

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The grammar school test – how did it go?
Sep15

The grammar school test – how did it go?

I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous about my daughter sitting the grammar school entrance exam. I think most parents are. It wasn’t about the questions. What would be would be on that front. If they were too hard and she wasn’t able to answer them, that would be a fair assessment of her abilities and she wouldn’t be good enough for grammar school. But she had worked hard in the run-up to the test, doing some...

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Cheltenham half marathon – back in action!
Sep13

Cheltenham half marathon – back in action!

I was forced to pull out of the Cheltenham half marathon last year, due to injury, which I wasn’t happy about. I like to do a half marathon every autumn and had done the previous two Cheltenham half marathons. I took a slow and sensible approach to my recovery. I saw a private physio several times and was very good about doing my exercises. She recommended some orthotic insoles for me (I winced at the £40 price tag, but...

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