Weekend Doldrums And The Entertainment Vacuum

Entertaining children at the weekend is a bit of a challenge, isn’t it? What DO people with them at the weekend? It is mid-afternoon and…

Review: The Tragic Tale of Dwayne The Eating Monster – A Lift-The-Flap …

Just occasionally, when reading to your children, you are introduced to a character who automatically wins your heart. As a refreshing change to the somewhat…

Walking The Dogs: A Rumpus And Bedlam In The Countryside

My walking campaign around the local beauty spots of the Vale of Glamorgan started abruptly one afternoon when my long-term friend (known since the tender…

Shouty Mummy Is In Da House

Back from the school run, I am slumped in a guilt-fest on the sofa, nursing a coffee whilst the judgemental image of Supernanny Jo Frost…

Lib Dems Propose Free School Dinners For Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 …

At today’s Lib Dem conference in Glasgow, Lib Dem Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, revealed his “showstopper policy” – that the Government is…

Autumn – A Poem

My father, John Brooks, is a wonderful poet and I find his poems very relaxing and peaceful.  I thought this one, about Autumn, might bring a…

Review: Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring

Despite the fact that snoring is usually portrayed in full comedic glory and we’ve all chortled at partners so desperate to get a good night’s…

Bad Budgeting or Bad Santa?

The tribe and I have just returned from Mothercare (impromptu feet measuring and welly purchasing) and things were going relatively peacefully until the Boy spotted…

Review: Justin’s World Jigsongs App for iPad / iPhone

You know that moment when you’re in the doctor’s surgery or a restaurant or – let’s face it – anywhere with small bored children who…