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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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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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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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Christmas Carols at the Royal Albert hall

It’s not something I’ve done before – gone to a Carol concert that is not in a church. In the run up to Christmas there are always the candlelit Advent and Christmas carol services at St John’s in Notting Hill, … Continue reading

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Top toys for 2015

There was definitely a retro theme at this year’s unveiling of which toys will be the best sellers this Christmas. Every year we spend around £300 on toys for each of our children and buy them 30 to 40 toys … Continue reading

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Paper Planes – Film for Half Term

Paper Planes is a charming Australian film about an 11 year old’s fascination with flying, which leads him to enter the world of Paper Plane competitions. Dylan, played by Ed Oxenbould, is not having the best time – being bullied … Continue reading

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Frieze Masters, 2015

I didn’t know what to expect when I was given an invitation to the Frieze Masters event in Regent’s Park, by the American artist DeWain Valentine, who had an exhibition there. I suppose I thought there would be four or … Continue reading

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THE ADVENTURER: THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX

We’ve just watched The Curse of the Midas Box – a British fantasy adventure film starring Michael Sheen, Sam Neill, Ioann Gruffudd and Keely Hawes. It’s a great thriller for an Autumn evening – tucked up on the sofa under … Continue reading

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