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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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The Lego Movie

What child does not love Lego? What parent does not remember their own experience of Lego?  So The Lego Movie was always going to arouse some interest – and the demands from children that they should be taken to see … Continue reading

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Openhouse London

What a fantastic scheme Openhouse London is. More than 800 buildings and spaces of architectural interest are open to the public over one weekend each year – for free. They might be newly built or Victorian homes modernised by 21st … Continue reading

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Festival fashion 2014

When it comes to preparing for all kinds of weather,  regular festival-goers have it sorted. Headgear and footwear are the important things to get right – especially if you are camping in the mud all weekend and washing, let alone … Continue reading

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Best places to cool off in London

Summer in the city. It can be glorious, if you know where to head to. Here are some of my favourite places: Somerset House, W1. Free admission. Fantastic place to combine a visit to the water exhibition in the original … Continue reading

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Inspired by 35,864 Marathon runners

After living in London for 20 years, last night I finally decided to go and watch the Marathon – live. It was a random decision after I flipped open a route map and realised the route went past my husband’s … Continue reading

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