All the Feelings I Had During Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, in Order

WARNING: this post contains the sort of mild, vague-detail spoilers that you can find in any of the newspaper reviews that came out this week. You may wish to be completely unspoiled till the script comes out on Sunday, and if so, you have my hearty permission to withdraw.  It's been three weeks since we … Continue reading All the Feelings I Had During Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, in Order

I prefer my summers in the key of Military Operation: don’t judge

I am now physically incapable of saying 'THSUMMER!' without that Olaf-style lisp and intonation, which is a neat coincidence because we've also spent a lot of our time melting since H broke up for the holidays. Oof, July! Bring on the heat! Before August crashes in with thirty-one straight days of grey drizzle, that old … Continue reading I prefer my summers in the key of Military Operation: don’t judge

Why Trump was the last straw that poked me off Facebook

  It was Donald Trump wot did it. Did what? Oh, well, aside from bringing incendiary fascism into public discourse, cultivating a urine-flavoured candyfloss hairstyle, and delivering all his speeches in a voice that sounds like an old man farting into a set of bagpipes, which you'd think would be enough to be going on … Continue reading Why Trump was the last straw that poked me off Facebook

If Brexit’s getting a bit much, here are three things you can watch instead

Oh, my loves. We're all going to hell in a handcart, aren't we? You could've been a junior writer in the tenth season of Lost, and you'd have rejected this weekend as a bit far-fetched. The pound gone off a cliff, the prime minister resigned, the opposition imploding, more money wiped from the markets than … Continue reading If Brexit’s getting a bit much, here are three things you can watch instead

The week in stuff

Hello, you lovely things! You may be out for dinner at a restaurant or clinking glasses together at a swanky bar, but we all know where the REAL action is: here on my sofa, still wearing workout gear from my appalling jog/walk earlier, sporting a fringe that looks like a small, dying patch of forehead … Continue reading The week in stuff

Live a little. Like your body.

On Sunday morning I got up, showered, and put on tights, pencil skirt, short-sleeved blouse. We were travelling to a family baptism, and while Tim's family are, without qualification, the nicest people I have ever come across, I get a bit quivery about these things beforehand. My Stress Items that morning included the 100% likelihood … Continue reading Live a little. Like your body.

The week in stuff

I have rice pudding. There is a boy asleep in the room next door (wearing pull-ups, so come what farting may, literally). The time is ripe for a Week in Stuff, my friends. One day I'll publish H's best auditions for King of the Melodramas. This, yesterday: me: Hen, can you get your socks on, … Continue reading The week in stuff

The week in stuff

  I don't know if I'll do these regularly or even if I'll keep the name: I'm just reading/watching/listening to quite a bit at the minute and like talking about it. And I LOVE other people's weekly round-ups, so here's mine.  Nearly the end of April. Yikes. I spent the past week solo parenting while … Continue reading The week in stuff

How to bake with a toddler without losing it,* in eight easy steps

*totally losing it STEP ONE:  look at how freakishly red and shiny your apples are, come over a bit Snow White, decide that today is the day you will bake an apple cake. 'Do you want to make a cake with me?' 'Oh, YESTH. I wanna mix it.' The drums of doom have already begun … Continue reading How to bake with a toddler without losing it,* in eight easy steps

Harry Potter and my teenaged life

'No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.' J.K. Rowling What makes a story? I am thirteen, and stuck on youth camp for the … Continue reading Harry Potter and my teenaged life