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Secret places in London – Horniman Museum

Big name museums are all well and good but sometimes its good to step off the beaten path and discover something new. Dad without...
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Get an Arts Council grant for UK art & culture projects

Grants for the Arts is our Lottery-funded grant programme for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. Grants...
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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying, Marie Kondo

I had heard a lot about the book 'The Life Changing Magic of Tidying' by Marie Kondo from various social media sites and decided to...
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London’s grisly crime museum opens

In the final room of this grisly exhibition, which is comprised mostly of murder weapons borrowed from the Metropolitan Police’s 140-year-old Crime Museum, you...
Compton Verney

Take another look at Compton Verney

Everybody smiles at Compton Verney. Don’t ask me why, they just do. The ladies who sold tickets were lovely. Walking from the carpark to...
Cardboard dolls

Cardboard dolls through the ages – remember those?

One of my childhood memories are of what I did on days when I was off sick from school.  A cardboard doll would appear,...
Films for Autumn 2015

Films to watch Autumn 2015

Keen movie-goers won't want to miss this Autumn's upcoming line-up. I have yet to see the much acclaimed 45 Years with Charlotte Rampling and...
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This book just ate my dog, Richard Byrne

This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne was purchased in our local bookshop and it’s been a huge hit chez Mummyshire. I love this book because it’s inventive, funny &...
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Wolfie ‘Citizen Smith’ in glorious return

Citizen Smith is back: Classic 1970s BBC comedy starring Robert Lindsay set to return. Robert Lindsay is to return to his much-loved role as an aspiring,...
Inside Buckingham Palace

Inside Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace HQ and the British Monarchy throws its doors open to the paying public every summer. Most us are kept behind velvet ropes...
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Banksy’s Dismaland – art, amusements and anarchism

Banksy says in rare interview: ‘I think a museum is a bad place to look at art.’ What is Dismaland? In essence it’s a festival of art,...
Book, The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern, photo credit Tattooed Mummy

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern begins with a competition between two people who we barely know, though of course we learn more about them...

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Hang-ups

We all have hang-ups. Mine is unfairness, the origins of which are lodged in my childhood. There was the time it was suspected a...
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What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
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How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...
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Very first visit to the cinema

We liked Sue's treatment of our writing prompt No. 107 (First cinema experience). Her simple telling of walking out with her dad without, uncommonly,...
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Inner conflict – a writing prompt

This week's writing prompt is about inner conflict. Are you wrestling with a problem, for instance, that has a solution, but you're reluctant to take it?...
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Your personal elevator pitch

This week, we're asking you to sum up in 140 characters or less (actually in about 122 characters or less with the hashtag we give...