Bowie, Rickman and living life to the full
Jan14

Bowie, Rickman and living life to the full

A quick glance at Twitter this afternoon revealed another shock – coming hot on the heels of the sad news from Monday morning of David Bowie’s death. Alan Rickman is dead. Snape is dead. The one from Love Actually who was married to Emma Thompson and bought that young woman a necklace is dead. Both Bowie and Rickman were 69. They both died of cancer. The news of Rickman’s death is very sad. Coming so soon after...

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Emma’s Army: Loud ‘n’ Proud
May22

Emma’s Army: Loud ‘n’ Proud

When I signed my kids up to walk part of the Cotswold Way for Emma’s Army against cancer, I told them about it briefly, then didn’t mention it again. I didn’t want to pressure them into it. If they chose not to do it, that would be fine – 8.6 miles is a long way when you’re 8 or 10. But my kids are determined and committed. They got up on Sunday morning and both of the younger two told me they...

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Emma’s Army against cancer
May20

Emma’s Army against cancer

When I signed up to walk part of the Cotswold Way for Emma’s Army against cancer with my friend Emma Crazy with Twins to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research, I decided I wanted to walk two days and I wanted to walk with the kids. Looking at the dates, locations and distances, it all worked well for us. The route closest to home fell on the first weekend – and also included the shortest day on the Sunday. My...

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Walking the Cotswold Way for Emma’s Army
Apr20

Walking the Cotswold Way for Emma’s Army

Blogging has done many things for me – it’s given me a hobby and confidence in my own writing, but it has also made me some real friends. Who would have thought you could make friends just by writing stuff on the internet? It has also made me do stuff for charity – first running Race for Life  to support my friend Emma, then running 10 miles as part of the Team Honk Relay  raising money for Sport Relief. This is all...

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Penpal
Jan31

Penpal

I still remember the first words I read from her, 31 years ago: Mfwako’s friend’s sister Barbara gave me your letter…I’d written to a 13 year old girl in Canada called Mfwako (yes, really) whose details I’d found in Jackie magazine. I was only 9. I don’t know why I was reading Jackie, which was for teenagers. No doubt Mfwako wrote back to all the 13 and 14 year olds who got in touch with her. She gave the...

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