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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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Silent Sunday

  No words. From an original idea by Cosmic Girlie

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Nutcracker on Ice

We are still catching our breath after this afternoon’s show – The Nutcracker on Ice – at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s an incredible mix of ice dancing, acrobatics, trapeze artists, magic tricks and even dancing with fire – and … Continue reading

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How (not) to ice your first Christmas cake

So.. the cake was there waiting to be iced with an almost perfectly smooth covering of marzipan. I knew from memory that what I needed was Royal Icing. Again mum’s icing was famed from one corner of the globe to … Continue reading

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How (not) to marzipan your first ever Christmas cake

Making and decorating the Christmas cake has always been an important ritual in our family. The recipe was handed down from my Grandmother and handwritten in my mother’s college recipe book. In modern times my mother has always made the … Continue reading

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