My reverse advent calendar
Dec24

My reverse advent calendar

A few weeks ago, I pledged to myself and my readers that I would do a reverse advent calendar for the local food bank this year. I get fed up of the pointless commercialism and consumerism of Christmas, not to mention the environmental impact. My particular dislike at the moment is advent calendars full of expensive stuff that nobody needs. So I decided to do a reverse advent calendar. It’s actually something I’d been...

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Panto chorus: Being on the other side
Dec23

Panto chorus: Being on the other side

I’ve had less excited chatter from my daughter about panto this year. I suppose it’s to be expected. She’s 13 and in year 9. This is her fourth professional panto and she’s four years older than when she first did it. I feel I know less about the girls on the chorus than usual. So I asked her, are they still a nice group of girls? Oh yes! They’re definitely a better team than her team from three years...

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Silent Sunday 22.12.19
Dec22

Silent Sunday 22.12.19

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Project 365 2019 Week 51
Dec21

Project 365 2019 Week 51

The school holidays have started and panto performances are coming thick and fast. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 349 – Sunday 15th December – our Christmas tree is up! We always put out our tree up around the 15th, it doesn’t feel late at all to me, it feels like the right time. I would have liked to put more decorations on it, but my daughter and husband were being strict! They also insisted on only...

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The Wonder Stuff and the time machine
Dec20

The Wonder Stuff and the time machine

The other day I went to The Wonder Stuff in Bristol. The Wonder Stuff were my favourite band in the lower 6th (as we called it then, you would probably call it year 12). There’s nothing quite like seeing your teenage idols to remind you how old you actually are. I know that I’m 46 and that I have three teenagers (one of whom is actually an adult), but in my head I often feel somewhere between 19 and 23. I was into The...

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