Hanging out in a playground where the only entertaining structures were two sad swings and some dangerously high monkey bars, returning home from jumble sales with Debenhams carrier bags stuffed full of home-made woolly octopus toys and jars of Fruit Salad sweets, rooting around the fields hunting for the soggy paper carcasses of exploded rocket… Read More Country dweller to urbanite: Why I made the move and why BBC3’s This Country is spot on
My bowl of home-made sweet potato soup, (a little on the spicy side if I’m honest), has been delicately splashed by a small tear of laughter falling down my right cheek. The reason? As well as doing some soup-slurping, I’m using my lunch hour to greedily devour the new series of This Country and have… Read More Genius! Why this Cotswolds mockumentary is one of my favourite TV shows EVER….
If you’re a working parent who’s filled with a mix of guilt and a trickle of regret that you can’t be there to greet your offspring at the school gates every day with a sunny smile and a small snack squashed about your person, STOP RIGHT THERE! Here’s what I’ve learnt about pick up…… 3.30… Read More The Joys Of School Pick-Up: Don’t You Just Love Them?
Having trodden the muddy fields of Glasto a few times pre-kids, I’m always hit with pangs of longing, a hefty dose of FOMO and a small seeping of simmering resentment reserved for those who chirpily announce they’re off to revel in the hallowed Somerset fields near where I grew up. Do these emotions prompt me… Read More Glastonbury 2017: Middle-aged mutterings from the safety of the sofa
Once upon a time there were two children: Big Sister and Little Brother. And they were so excited when they were given this… Their eyes lit up with delight and expectation as they excitedly drank in the sight of thousands of brightly coloured beads – “10,000” beads to be precise according to the boasty label… Read More Hama Bead Hell: When creative play goes bad….very bad indeed….
Half term saw us with the usual blank spaces to fill: where to go, what to do, what wholesome, vaguely educational or entertaining activities could be inserted into the week to ensure a pause from Fifa on the Xbox or a break from rummaging through BBC Iplayer to watch Gary Barlow and his Let It… Read More Bottoms up: Why my children enjoyed the new Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain almost as much as me
I’ve done some funny things for work; had my hair cut by David Beckham’s sister Joanne, propped up the bar with Larry Hagman aka J.R. Ewing and visited a sex shop in East London to talk to slightly embarrassed and disarmed customers about their recent purchases. However, one of my most entertaining jobs was a… Read More Why working with Tara Palmer Tomkinson was frenzied, frustrating but always fun.
Lip gloss. Check. Crop top. Yup. OTT accessories including weird headband possibly on upside-down? Why of course! Oh the glamour. It can mean only one thing: Rosie Webster is back in Weatherfield. After five years away, tonight Kev gets a double whammy when his youngest Sophie returns to the Corrie cobbles with more than a… Read More Rosie’s back in Coronation Street…hurray.