Secrets of a Reception Veteran

I’ve done the time.. Darcie and I began ‘big school’ last year. We were rookie novices back then; eyes wide, shoes polished (her) make up always on (me) all ready and uncreased for every drop-off. Well my friends, times have changed, let me tell you. We are now old hands, reception veterans, if you will. […]

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Gender Neutral?! Oh please…

I’ve been hearing this term faaaaaar too much recently:                   GENDER NEUTRAL?!  Oh please… Zzzzzz. Who comes up with this stuff?  Why do we have to find a label for everything these days?  Can’t we just rejoice in the fact that we live in a society that will […]

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Get A Life, Not A University Place.

Maybe it’s just me, but…  I need to talk about results day.  On Thursday, hoards of rabbit-in-the-headlights teens will be opening envelopes up and down the country, which they believe will dictate their future.  To a degree those results will. No pun intended…  But I want to make a suggestion: There is more to life […]

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“What if I fall?”  -“Oh but my darling, what if you fly?”

“What if I fall?” “Oh but my darling, what if you fly?” The stakes are high. ‘Falling’ would mean that I have failed; Failed to pass my NCTJ diploma in journalism and failed to re-enter the world of work as a journalist. It will mean a huge waste of money, and thousands of pounds down […]

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Formula haters- you did not pick a good day to mess…

I’m in a seriously sweary mood today, it’s 3 weeks since my last silent coffee. Ordinarily sweary wouldn’t  be a problem. You’d never have known that I’ve shouted expletives into the fridge with the frequency of a bad case of Tourette’s today. Usually you’d be none the wiser…. But I saw a blog post judging […]

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Hello Black Wednesday. 

Some might think that stating the obvious is a pointless task. I however believe that if you are stupid enough to trudge your kids, and one of their friends through the pouring rain and into your local zoo’s soft play on a day where Noah is on the edge of his seat, then you deserve […]

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