29 May 2014

Clever adults make great parents? Discuss

Just because you have a string of qualifications under your name, it doesn’t mean you are going to be a great parent. So goes the latest pronouncement from Chancery, in the guise of Mrs Justice Parker, who made it during a custody hearing involving a mother who has a learning disability

7 May 2014

No more lost beauty stuff at Airport Security!!

On our Trunkies...packed full of Clarins Beauty Flash and Chanel No 5 !!

Deep, untrammelled joy at the news that some UK airports, including Heathrow and Gatwick, have invested in new scanners which can tell the difference between suntan lotion, and bomb-making fluid, and thus means a lifting of the ludicrous 100ml cap on all pastes and liquids taken onto planes.

25 Mar 2014

Hurrah for the Pushy - or should that be Supportive - Parent

I think he's enjoying himself in here...

I'm currently recording all sorts of interviews for my new R4 documentary In Defence of Pushy Parents. Only nobody wants to be cast in the same terms as this title. Or not many people.

12 Feb 2014


I am an embarrassment. It’s official. This was an embarrassing moment. Getting my children to stand beside The Hof and taking a picture. Look at the face of the youngest. There are other moments. School dinner time. 

9 Jul 2013

Violin Saga

Honey playing Monopoly after her Grade Five exam

You'd think that getting your child to take a violin exam was simple.

24 Jun 2013

Dressing up

Of all the cities in the world, London is probably the most accommodating for the possibility of change, difference, variety. But did you know it's also tops for the chance to dress up and travel in time?

29 May 2013

The Dread That is Tutoring

Tutors. They are, without doubt, the secret weapon of the modern day parent. School is not enough these days.

23 May 2013


Honey’s off with the Second South Islington Brownies to District Camp tomorrow evening

15 Apr 2013

Top Ten Tips for Paris with Les Enfants

Well, I’ve just come back from 5 days in Paris with two of my children, the 10 year old and the 8 year old, and here is my list of dos and don’ts

9 Apr 2013

Scotland the Brand

This picture really makes me laugh. A friend of mine put it on Twitter but I couldn’t resist putting it on my blog.