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World book day, Willy Wonka



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March 7, 2013 · 9:30 am

Roll out the red carpet….

A couple of weeks ago I was given a Liebster blogging award by Nicola at Around Britain No Plane.  How lovely and surprising! Took me right back to GCSE Geography and that A-plus I got for my project on regeneration in Eastbourne. Thank you Nicola, for reminding me how nice it is to have your work appreciated.

Acceptance of the award is conditional on the following:

1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

2. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.

3. Choose five other blogs to award with less than 200 followers and leave a comment for them.

So, I’d like to present a Liebster Blog award to:

1. Homemade Kids

I’m not sure I’m allowed to nominate Nicola at Homemade Kids as it is indeed the same Nicola who gave me the award in the first place. However, since she has two blogs – and this is a different blog to the one she nominated me from – I think I’ll get away with it. This blog’s tagline is ‘thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise kids’. It’s full of interesting ideas and great tips. I have this blog to thank for saving my rainy Devon half-term holiday by introducing me to Geocaching. (More on that later in a separate post).

2. Up Yours Gina Ford

Makes me laugh out loud – not many things can do that.

3. Child’s Own Studio

Blog of a woman who makes soft toys based on drawings by children. Very amusing to browse the drawings and toys side by side. One talented woman. (Sorry, I’m pretty sure this one breaks the 200 followers rule.)




4. Piemummy

Beautiful baking and crafting blog from new blogger on the block (and great neighbour) Suzanne. Check out her cardboard dolls’ house.

5. Love Theatrics 

Amusing musings from a friend of mine who is a reformed actor, now living and teaching in Thailand.


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I heart London parks – Stationers, Mayfield Road, N8

Stationers Park map

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and that was certainly true when we left London to live in Shanghai for a year in 2009. In China entertaining Stanley usually involved a sweaty 45-minute cab ride across the city just to visit a soft play area, such was the dearth of accessible and affordable things to do with kids. Here in London there is an embarrassment of freebies – museums, galleries, children’s centres, city farms etc etc. But my favourite of all, is the parks – specifically, local playgrounds. Continue reading


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Blogging is paying off!

I’m very pleased that off the back of a blog post I wrote last month,  I have managed to get a piece in The Guardian today on febrile convulsions. You can read the Guardian article here and the original blogpost here. Spot the difference!

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Why start a blog in the first place?

There’s a New York and London comedy night called Cringe where members of the audience are invited on stage to read aloud their childhood diaries entries or angst-ridden teenage poetry. A head-in-hands humiliation jam, it’s bearable (and hilarious) because we can all enjoy laughing at our younger self-indulgent ramblings safe in the knowledge that now, we are grown ups.

In my opinion writing a blog is not much different to keeping a diary, just with a bit more subject focus. (Though my teenage diaries were pretty focused on boys and whether they fancied me or my bf Alison). But the thing that’s really self-indulgent about a blog is that posts are written in the expectation that other people will read them. You’ve got to be pretty confident to put yourself out there like that. And have something to say. Continue reading


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