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Top Toys and affordable presents for Christmas 2017

Yes Halloween is over and so Christmas is in the air, The shops have filled their windows with tinsel, baubles and fairly lights – as well as a few carefully chosen must-have gifts. And so of course the toy manufacturers … Continue reading

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Swallows and Amazons

Sitting in your arm chair in front of a log fire in a post Christmas haze, you may already be dreaming about the Summer ahead: running around bare-foot on a beach somewhere healthy and in top physical condition. As a … Continue reading

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Summer Reads for Children

We were very excited to be invited to take part in the Summer Reads Book Tour – organised by HarperCollins and have been romping through the fantastic books we have been given. Officially we are reviewing: ” Goodly and Grave … Continue reading

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Grenfell Tower

There are no words. And yet so many have been written. Many friends of ours have lost friends, classmates and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them; all those that I have met in the last weeks, desperately searching for … Continue reading

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Not a Notting Hill Mum and Mr Darcy learn animation – in the style of Kubo and the Two Strings

To mark the release of  Kubo and the two strings on DVD, the latest animation from Laika studios who made Coraline and Boxtrolls, we were invited to an animation workshop run by Chocolate Films in central London –  which showed us … Continue reading

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Christmas Carols at the Royal Albert Hall

Christmas tunes have been pumping – or piping – out (depending on the genre) for weeks now,  but with only a week to go things are getting serious and it is time to bring out the real thing-  proper live … Continue reading

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Affordable Christmas Presents and the Top Toys of 2016

Every year the toys get more incredible: more interactive, more technologically brilliant, more  creative, and  – understandably perhaps –  more expensive. So every year when I go to the unveiling of what will be the Top Twelve best selling toys … Continue reading

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Here be Dragons

It’s odd how effectively something – or sometimes lots of things – can be hidden in plain sight. Take dragons, for example. You would have thought that it would be pretty easy to spot a fantastical creature like a dragon, … Continue reading

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Remembrance

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Not a Notting Hill Mum abroad

Removing the hair braids from Amelie’s hair … a very visual ending of the carefree seven week Summer holidays. When I say “carefree seven week holidays” obviously I mean carefree for the kids. Not their poor mother (that’s me!) . My … Continue reading

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Knickers and other underwear

The V&A’s exhibition of underwear, Undressed, a Brief history is a fascinating look at how and why these garments came about,  from crinolines and corsets to modern day bras and butt separators ( not sure that is the correct technical term, … Continue reading

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Chinese Lanterns at Chiswick House

Triffid size flowers,  flamingos at the water’s edge,  giant squirrels, giraffes, pandas in a bamboo forest and a vast Chinese dragon –  the display of illuminated lanterns at Chiswick House in West London is seemingly never-ending. This is the first Magical … Continue reading

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