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30 Day Book Challenge

I apologise to all the great books I've no doubt forgotten. You can also check out my post for  World Book Day . 01 – The Best Book You Read Last Year Wild Swans: Three Daughters Of China by Jung Chang . We did a charity thing in work where you were given a book you'd (likely) enjoy in exchange for a donation. Wild Swans is easily one of the best books I've ever read. 02 – A Book That You’ve Read More Than 3 Times The Mennyms by Sylvia Waugh . Rag dolls which come to life - it might sound like the plot of Rosie and Jim but, trust me, this is one kids' book worth reading! 03 – Your Favourite Series   Jeeves & Wooster , the brainchild of P. G. Wodehouse . Nothing is ever mundane in the whimsical upper class world of Bertram Wooster, as his man Jeeves quickly learns to his peril. 04 – Favourite Book Of Your Favourite Series  Okay, so I went with another series to be able to cram more books in: The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole

It's Election Time, Baby

There's an interesting article on BBC news today about campaigning with a baby . Your own baby, that is - the politician kissing infant routine thankfully being consigned to the past, more or less. It has way too much potential for disaster. Obviously council is a much lower level of elected politics, but some of the same problems still apply. Although council business itself takes place in the day, most of the outside bodies (school governors, charitable boards, etc) meet in the evening, which is also the preferred time for party business. On the one hand this is good as it accommodates people who are working during the day. On the other, it's bad because it's the time when your children are returned to your care from nursery, school, or their frazzled grandmother. I don't think it's in any way surprising that the majority of people who are active in local politics are either retired or male (or both). Marianna plotting what mischief to cause Nann

Review: Jumperoo

Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo I had heard loads of good things about the jumperoo, so was thrilled when my cousin offered to get her daughter's rainforest one down from the loft for us. FP don't provide an age recommendation to start from, just that the baby needs to have good head control. Marianna certainly does, and with her number one favourite activity being kicking (preferably a person...) it seemed just the kind of thing she would enjoy. The jumperoo is so bright and colourful her face lit up as soon as she saw it. And when we swivelled the seat around to the lights and sounds workstation she looked positively amazed. She's too young to bother much with reaching out for things, but she enjoys watching the lights and when the more up-tempo tune comes on she likes to kick a bit. I'm sure that she'll work out the joys of actually bouncing in it over the next few weeks! As the above picture shows, the jumperoo is a large and sturdy structure. To m

Magazine Monday: Photo-Love, March 31st 1979

This week we have the very first issue of teen magazine Photo-Love. Photo love stories - romance told through the medium of photo strips - were wildly popular back in the 1970s and Photo-Love promised a veritable 'photo-novel'. It was aimed at older teenagers and young women, and lasted into the mid 1980s before disappearing from the shelves. Offerings in this issue includes a story about a bridesmaid who snogs her sister's groom on their wedding day ( #20 ), the start of a serial about a pretty nurse named Ann Wilson ( #25 ), and an informative piece on anorexia ( #31 ). Click on the thumbnail pictures below to enlarge. (If it just goes into picture viewer mode, right click and opt for view image in a new tab so you can enlarge it to its fullest.) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35