Luke’s memorial cricket match

  Every year one of Mr B’s oldest friends, Rupe, (met at uni 30 years ago “old”) hosts a cricket match in memory of his son Luke, who died suddenly a few years ago aged 12.   Held on Luke’s birthday it’s a “lads vs dads match” and the day also raises money for Great Ormond Street and ends with a barbecue.  It is the perfect way to spend a

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Why I’ve got a problem with the new CR-UK obesity campaign

Want to know why I have a problem with the new CR-UK obesity campaign?  I will tell you. It is based on statistics that state obese people outweigh smokers in the UK by 2:1 and that whilst smoking is still a leading cause of cancer, being fat is the leading cause of four types of cancer: bowel, liver and kidneys. But we all know that statistics can be manipulated to

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50 things I have learned as I turn 50

Next month I turn 50.  A whole half a century.  In a summer that saw Woodstock and moon landings yours truly arrived into the world in a hospital in Roehampton.   It was the summer that Bryan Adams would go on to sing about and as he was buying his first real six string in a five and dime, playing it til his fingers bled, my parents were working out

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Can we talk about death for a minute?

Sorry, I know that might be a bit of a downer and that nobody ever starts a conversation with “can we talk about death for a minute?” but can we, please? I am a huge champion of having a will.  Everyone should have a will, even if you think you don’t have a home or assets, you do have “stuff”.    It doesn’t have to be about expensive pieces of

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An open letter to Tanya Gold

Dear Tanya Well this is weird, I feel like I am writing to myself.  Maybe I should explain, or at least introduce myself.  This is an open letter to you, Tanya Gold, from me, a woman who shares the same first name as you but I fear that might be where the similarities end. I had the misfortune to read your latest piece in the Telegraph this week that sat

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Beano Time Travellers at Mottisfont

Mottisfont might be my favourite of all the National Trust properties, especially at this time of year.  If you haven’t been, then you really should because the walled garden, full of roses really is  stunning.  You can smell it before you even reach it and I have written about it here: Mottisfont’s Rose Garden but I wanted to let you know about an opportunity to win a day pass to

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Why nobody should be mean online

I read two things this week about why nobody should be mean online.  One was a pithy statement from Em Clarkson on Instagram who was responding to the “just don’t read the nasty comments” sentiment with “what would be better was if people didn’t leave the f*cking comments in the first place”.  So true. Then this morning I read this great article on Medium entitled “Why being mean online is

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Why selling a house is like Brexit

It has dawned on me over the past few months that selling a house is very much like Brexit.    First of all it takes forever.   Much longer than anybody either estimates or claims at the outset.   Of course nobody tells you it will take that long, that you will wonder if you should book things for weekends in the future.  If you can book a foreign holiday

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What I learned at the FA Cup Final

Last Saturday I made my second visit to Wembley to watch the FA Cup Final.  Both times it was to watch Manchester City play against another team beginning with W in an FA Cup Final.   The first time was against Wigan in 2013 and the less said about that result for my Man City supporting husband, the better.   This time the FA Cup final was against Watford and

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Dear Meghan

May I call you Meghan?  I feel I can because I have followed you since I first watched you in Suits.   I might have even done a proper high five into the air when you told Mike exactly how things worked in the officers of Spector Litt (or whichever incarnation of the name was on the door when the series started.  There have been so many changes, and it

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Kids and weddings. A fatal combination?

Let’s be honest, kids + weddings = a screaming toddler in the back of the Church, right as the vicar says, ‘speak now, or forever hold your peace’. Not ideal, really, is it? Whilst it simply isn’t advisable to invite a bunch of screaming toddlers to the ceremony itself (sorry, guys…) there are many ways to keep kids entertained at your wedding reception. In fact, putting in a little bit

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Happy 8th Birthday MummyBarrow

My blog is 8 today. Eight years ago today I took the advice of Sophie at Super Amazing Mum and started telling the stories I’d been sharing on Twitter on my own blog.   As the original tagline said “because 140 characters isn’t enough”. Life hasn’t been the same since then really, I have often said that blogging has changed my life, and I am not kidding.   The opportunities

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