The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
Feb17

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

I first read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas myself years ago. It is a children’s book and it is a brilliant read. It is just as good for adults as for children. But the ending! Oh the ending… I never could have seen anything like that coming and it had me in absolute bits. I’ve rarely cried so much over the ending of a book. And, as I recall, I was sat in public watching swimming lessons at the time. My daughter is...

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Being invested as a Scout
Feb16

Being invested as a Scout

My daughter has recently been invested as a Scout. The normal length of time from joining Scouts to being invested is about 4-6 weeks, but it had been a lot longer for my daughter. Our Scouts tends to give out badges in bundles once or twice a year, rather than awarding them every few weeks, and they tend to invest Scouts somewhat later than the 4-6 weeks. But it doesn’t matter. They are a brilliant Scout group and they are too...

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Grade 3 Ballet – Distinction!
Feb14

Grade 3 Ballet – Distinction!

Doing her Grade 3 ballet exam only eight months after her Grade 2, meant my daughter and I had to face up to reality. She might not get distinction. I’d prepared her (and myself) and reminded her that it was a very short space of time to get up to distinction level and that there would be no shame in getting a merit after working on Grade 3 so briefly. But then I saw her practising in the kitchen and she was good. Very good....

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Operation Teddy Bear Destruction
Feb13

Operation Teddy Bear Destruction

My daughter might be nearly 11, but she is still very attached to her teddy (known only as Teddy). She always sleeps with him at night and she always takes him with her when she gets up in the morning. This year is a big one for her. She has her year 6 residential and a week-long Scout camp. For a girl who has difficulties settling down to sleep, that is a pretty big deal. But I also think that it’s absolutely the right thing...

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Silent Sunday 12.2.17
Feb12

Silent Sunday 12.2.17

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