Hands off my stuff

. That is, essentially, my mantra to my teens.   We have all read or heard stories of children borrowing stuff and it coming back broken, bits snapped off, or not at all, so I now have a real “hands off” approach. Even to borrowing to be honest.   My dad let my teens borrow

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Happy 50th Birthday to Canvas Holidays

. My memories of summer holidays when I was growing up are sketchy.  They all tend to merge into one, with the specifics blurred.   One thing I do remember though is that they were always a huge amount of fun and involved tents.    But not tents we had dragged with us from England,

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Judie Tzuke at Ravenscourt Arts — A Review

. I’m a cheery sort of chap, quiet when I’m grumpy, but generally fairly easy going I think (WHAT????? Ed) so when I was grumpy for about 3 weeks last year, it was quite noticeable. I had seen that Judie Tzuke was playing the Union Chapel in Islington at a midweek gig, bought some tickets

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The Gallery — Colour

. I have been meaning to write about this ever since we got back from Kenya and I think it is the perfect topic for this week’s Gallery theme of colour. HOVIC, was a hive activity, in fact one of the noisiest and busiest projects we saw during our time in Kenya.  The boys were

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Pens – why we should start writing again

. I know we’re all mad busy running around after people, chasing work and doing what our boss “needs” (sometimes I think our bosses actually need something else entirely but that’s another story) but I want you to do something for me, dear reader. I want you to write a letter to someone. A nice

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The Lumie Iris Bodyclock — A Review

.   I was offered one of these amazing gadgets as part of my Valentine’s Gift guide and loved it so much that I have decided to do a whole review on it because, well, because it could be life changing. It landed on my doorstep at a time when I didn’t know which way

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A Love Story

. You first came into my life in a dark, wet and gloomy November. There was another at the time, you knew that, and actually, the other knew that and that once you were in my sights they didn’t stand a chance.   The other knew that once I knew you were mine they were

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Ranty Friday — 50 Shades of Meh

. God I hate this film.  And I haven’t even seen it.    I hated the books and I hate that we now can’t move for having it rammed down our throats.   Twinnings made a tea (but have since back tracked after a huge furore), Tesco are selling dressing gowns, Walmart in the US

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