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The crazy things kids say

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I have two amazing, bright, funny, gorgeous boys. Over the years they’ve said some crazy sh*t – as I’m sure all kids do. And I write them down. As their knowledge and experience grows, these weird conversations happen less frequently. But I love looking back … [read more]

How to choose a gym you’ll actually use

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I’ve been on a bit of a fitness journey over the last few months. After the physiotherapist told me to stop jogging last year, I came to the conclusion it wasn’t doing me any good anyway. For every couple of minutes of jogging, there would … [read more]

A day trip to Shakespeare’s England

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We all need a break from our routines once in a while. In my opinion, none more so than my sister, whose world was turned upside down by the death of her husband earlier this year. I invited her away for a short break, so … [read more]

10 top tips for budding gardeners

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I know I’ve said it before, but I kill plants. I don’t intentionally set out to kill, but that is the result – every time. My parents bought me a big green thing in a pot (don’t ask me for names) for my last birthday, which … [read more]

An ordinary life: the best plot there is

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How do you write a biography about an unnamed person, who you’ve never met and who seems to have discarded their life’s work, in a skip? That was the question addressed by Alexander Masters, author of A Life Discarded, at last week’s book launch. Alexander … [read more]

A restorative weekend in the New Forest

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I’ve just returned from a relaxing weekend with my oldest friend, a rare event indeed. The last time we were away together without partners or kids was in 1990, when we spent a week with a group of Mormon lads in Turkey. The Mormon bit … [read more]

9 ways to boost your blooms

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I kill plants. Even the most hardy of flora cannot survive in my custody. I’m currently trying to nurse an orchid back from the brink. It brought much needed colour to our hallway for less a month. It is now just a bare stick in a … [read more]