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Half-term admin

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Half term is the time to do admin stuff. That meant a visit to the dentist and passport photos, two outings which I bigged up quite a bit as high spots of the week. Inevitably we arrived the customary three minutes late, after people decided to spend long sessions cleaning their teeth, flossing and gargling […]


Non-stop questions

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I have been doing an in-depth study over the weekend. It seems that only son asks around a million questions a day and is only quiet for around 3% of his waking hours. Here is a one-minute snatch which provides the general gist: “Look at the worm woman, mum. She looks really cool. Don’t you […]


Let’s hear it for Loic Nottet

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I went to the library on Saturday. I had a list of requests. Daughter three was heading off to her gran’s and had left her reading books at school, including the homework book. She is also down to meet the author Cathy Cassidy in the next few weeks as part of a school trip and […]


Techno challenge

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It’s been one week since we got the laptop back and a message keeps pinging up with some American woman in a suit telling me we may have a virus and that we need to call a toll free number in the US. The page with the number on takes over the whole screen and […]


Long-haul granny

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DHL be afraid, be very afraid – there must be loads of grans and grandads out there globetrotting about who, like me, have become a kind of alternative international courier service when they travel to visit their children and grandchildren who live overseas. Why is this, you might ask? Is it because our offspring are […]


Where’s the tv remote?

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One of the key skills of a mum is finding things. I’m not sure how this skill is developed, but it is one of my few successes as a parent. Invariably I can find things, even teeny tiny things like the legs of Loki from the Kinder Surprise egg, that no-one else in the house […]


Birthday celebrations

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It was daughter three’s 10th birthday this weekend and, being the organiser of the family, she had arranged the whole thing herself. After several weeks of looking on the internet, she found a cheap deal at a Holiday Inn in Swindon for one night only. The bonus was that the hotel had a pool. Daughter […]


Extreme Masterchef

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Daughter two is back from her school trip to France. She was due to return at 6pm, which is usually 7pm, based on past experience, but this time I got a call at around 2.30 to say she would be back between 4.45 and 5.15. Which would have been fine if I didn’t have work […]


Surviving the school trip

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Daughter two is returning from what feels like a decade away, but is in fact a week and a day. She has been allowed no communication whatsoever with her family bar one postcard, which I am thinking is probably way worse for her parents than for her. I am assuming she is still alive as […]


Gender roles in transition

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Are boys suffering unduly from a “feminised” school system and from women forging ahead in the workplace? It is clear from statistics that girls’ grades are increasing and that women now make up the majority of university graduates. Why is this? It’s not a simple thing. A lot has been said about changes in the […]


School trip

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Daughter two is on a school trip to France in a rather drastic attempt to beat the election. She’s been gone since Tuesday and I’m counting the hours till she’s back. There is an itinerary on my desk so we look at it every night to imagine what she’s up to. When she left she […]


Grandparent power

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I wonder what would happen if grandparents in the UK went on strike for a day and refused to do childcare. I read in the paper recently that in Spain in 2010 this is what grandparents were encouraged to do to highlight their children’s low wages and the lack of state-funded childcare as part of […]


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