Sport, Euro 2022 and inspiring a generation
Aug02

Sport, Euro 2022 and inspiring a generation

Do you remember the slogan for London 2012? Inspire a generation. Part of London hosting the Olympic games was that it should have a legacy, in terms of its transformation of the local area, but also in participation rates of sport. All those cyclists, swimmers, athletes and gymnasts were supposed to inspire us all to get off our backsides and get active. There was certainly a spike in cycling for a while, but that has tailed off. Can...

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Return to Disneyland Paris part 2
Jul26

Return to Disneyland Paris part 2

My husband, daughter and I recently went to Disneyland Paris for the first time in over 10 years. A lot had changed and a lot had stayed the same, but it was still magical and I still loved it. You can read about the hotel and the rides here… Parades One of the best things about Disneyland Paris is the parades. Every day, pretty much everything stops for these fantastic floats depicting Disney characters and films to pass up...

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Return to Disneyland Paris
Jul19

Return to Disneyland Paris

At the start of July, my husband, daughter and I spent three nights/ four days at Disneyland Paris. It was our first trip there in over 10 years. My husband and I have actually visited five times before. The first time was in 2002, with a 15-month-old toddler. In 2011, we visited with a 10-year-old, an 8-year-old and a 5-year-old. This time, it was just us and a 16-year-old. We’d talked about going again many times over the...

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Return to English Schools national athletics championships
Jul14

Return to English Schools national athletics championships

Last week, my son competed in his final English Schools national athletics championships. This is the biggest and most prestigious athletics competition available to young people. My son first qualified in year 10, but he wasn’t able to go because he fractured his hip. Of course it didn’t take place in year 11 (2020) and there was a slightly scaled down version in year 12. This year, it would be the proper English Schools...

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A very good few days
Jul12

A very good few days

My husband, daughter and I recently had a very good few days. It was well deserved, as my daughter has just finished her GCSEs and worked really hard for them. As I wrote recently, it feels like life is finally really getting back to normal and we can properly enjoy the summer for the first time since 2019. (Apart from my brief Covid blip.) I’ve also discovered a fantastic life hack which I would recommend to anyone. Buy concert...

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The guinea pigs’ new life
Jul05

The guinea pigs’ new life

Ever since we got our first guinea pigs, eight years ago, they’ve always lived on the patio right outside our patio door. I liked them being there, because I could always see them in the hutch. For nearly as many years, I’ve wanted new patio furniture. We were given a set of patio furniture by our friends in 2005, because they were getting rid of them. Seventeen years later, we finally replaced them. For the last three or...

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