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  • What a difference!

    This picture shows the football kit I bought for Louis in February 2012

    Man of the match

    Here are the very same shorts worn at last week's school sports day!

    Sports Day 2

  • As a cucumber!!!!

    As you may have read from my previous post, Aimee is off to London tomorrow for a casting interview for Junior Masterchef. Talk about being cool .... this is a message from her mum:

    'Dress rehearsal' went well. She seems quite relaxed about it all – I think she’s looking forward to a girly day out more than anything

    She basically said if they don’t put her through it’s their loss – how old is she again?

    I'll let you know how she gets on ...... :yes:

  • Junior Masterchef

    Aimee (my 12 year old granddaughter) has applied to go on Junior Masterchef. Following her application form both she and her mum were subjected to telephone interviews. Aimee is one of 25 out of 700 to go through to the next stage. This from the person who interviewed Aimee:

    Dear Aimee

    We were very impressed with your audition and we are pleased to invite you to attend our casting day.

    I can confirm that your appointment is on Saturday 21st June at 13:40. We ask that you please arrive 15 minutes before.

    The address is:

    Shine Soho, Suite 1.1, Moray House, 23-31 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PA - please see map attached for directions and local parking facilities.

    The audition will last approximately 15-20 minutes and there will be 2 people from the Junior MasterChef team in the room during you audition. We will be filming the audition for our purposes (we will not use this footage for use on the TV or show it outside of the Junior MasterChef team) and you may choose if you would like your parent or guardian to join you in the audition.

    Please bring a dish with you that you love to cook and that you think is delicious so that we can taste it.

    You only need to bring one dish which you will need to prepare/cook in advance

    It does not need to be a big portion and it can be sweet or savoury but it must be something we can eat cold and will travel well

    There are no heating or cooking facilities at the venue so please remember to bear this in mind – we will take into account when tasting your food that it is cold and you have travelled with it
    It would be great to see you present the dish on plate so please bear this in mind when planning the dish

    Plates, knives, cutlery and a chopping board will be provided (PLEASE DO NOT BRING THESE WITH YOU)

    Absolutely no fish, seafood or shellfish raw or cooked

    I asked her mum what she's decided to make and this is her reply:

    She is going for South African Bobotie, yellow rice and tomato and onion salad – as it’s got lots of flavour and will travel well.

    She said it would also be a good dish because she could talk about how she first had it 4 years ago during World Cup from SA and that she also loves sweet / savoury dishes (it’s got sultanas and mango chutney in the bobotie and sugar in the rice)

    So she’s thought it all through bless her!

    Train booked – we get into Euston at 12.15, she’ll be finished by 2.15 and we get train home at 17.30. So gives us a couple of hours to go and get something to eat. Exciting!

  • This I like........

    It's like all of the bad stuff, Marian, is just training so that you can fly higher into the light, on magic wings, over the rainbow, on a white unicorn, with your best friends, and live happily-ever-after.

  • Makes sense to me .......

    If you have to ask for "signs," let this need of yours be a "sign" that you should make haste very s-l-o-w-l-y.

  • Going Wilde in Dublin


    I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. ~Oscar Wilde

  • Hello hello ......

    Just thought it was time to catch up on my blog.

    I know it's been ages since I wrote anything on here but here goes.

    I've just returned from spending 5 days in Dublin which was a lovely break. Went to the Abbey Theatre on Thursday evening and saw a fantastic production called "Sive". The play was set in 1950's Ireland. Sive is a beautiful young orphan who lives with her aunt, uncle and grandmother in rural Kerry. An elderly local farmer offers her guardians a large amount of money in return for her hand in marriage. The story is one of greed and passion and I highly recommend it.

    My poetry reading is proving very popular and I am hoping to get an open mic slot at Zefferelis in Ambleside on Wednesday evening. Failing that my next one will be at The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal the following weekend. I gave some readings at The Mortal Man in Troutbeck the other week where I received a warm and generous welcome from Kate Barkes the lovely landlady there. Thank you Kate!

    I am still enjoying life back in the UK and have been rediscovering parts of Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire as well as discovering a few hidden gems such as Semer Water near Aysgarth. It's also great to be able to go and see live theatre and recently enjoyed a wonderful production of "An August Bank Holiday Lark" at The Duke's in Lancaster. This play is currently on tour in the UK and is well worth seeing.

    My 'personal life' continues to be complicated and I am struggling to make sense of it. Thankfully I have friends and family I can share some of the issues with. The remainder I deal with the best I can.

    In the meantime I am looking forward to my trip to the Fjords with Murphymole in early May - nothing will get in the way of us enjoying every minute of that!

    That's about it for now folks ~ I could moan about the very painful sore throat I came back from Ireland with .... but won't!!!! :no:

  • Box and Cox

    Or something like that!!!!

    My daughter came back from shopping the other day and said "I’ve just had to buy Louis some ‘boxers’". He’s always worn what they call ‘slips’ (much like swimming trunks) and they really suit his lean frame (a bit like his grandma then!!!). It seems that at PE lessons the other boys in his class have been commenting on his undergarments saying “Louis is wearing his ‘ball stranglers again.’” Louis said he wasn’t bothered by this but my daughter didn’t want him to be made fun of. Though she did say she hoped that the boxers stayed up on his small waist. Trolleys round the ankles are not a good look!!!!! :oops:

    Next thing we know he'll be wearing his jeans half way down to display his undies!!!

  • Colonic Irritation!

    I have to confess to being afraid of punctuation and in particular the use (or misuse) of colons and semi-colons. I think I must have been absent from school or not paying attention when we were being taught how, when and where to use them. I so envy my blogfriends who use them with such apparent ease. Perhaps there are simple 'rules' I should learn?

    Cue "Google"

    Some joker once observed that the semicolon is "a comma that has gone to college." Maybe that explains why so many writers try to avoid the mark: too highfalutin, they think, and a little old fashioned to boot. As for the colon--well, unless you're a surgeon, that one sounds downright scary.

    Semicolons ;

    Use a semicolon to separate two main clauses not joined by a coordinating conjunction:

    Those who write clearly have readers; those who write obscurely have commentators.

    We can also use a semicolon to separate main clauses joined by a conjunctive adverb (such as however, consequently, otherwise, moreover, nevertheless):

    A great many people may think that they are thinking; however, most are merely rearranging their prejudices.

    Basically, a semicolon (whether followed by a conjunctive adverb or not) serves to coordinate two main clauses.

    Colons :

    Use a colon to set off a summary or a series after a complete main clause:

    It is time for the baby's birthday party: a white cake, strawberry-marshmallow ice cream, and a bottle of champagne saved from another party.
    (Joan Didion)

    Notice that a main clause does not have to follow the colon; however, a complete main clause generally should precede it.

    => Can anyone give me some simple tips on this matter?


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