Category: FAM CHAT

Wedding Season Part 2: Get me to the church with wine

This was it. The big day. All was in hand. The dress fit like a dream, the shoes had arrived in time and unscathed, and I was ready to walk down the aisle polished and mentally prepared for the barrage of extended family that would inevitably follow post-ceremony. It’s a hard life being a wedding

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Stuff Sam Says Part 6 – I’d just be easier to spot in Hide & Seek

  In between watching Game of Thrones, having my hair cut, and building my Beauty Bay wish list, I’m pleased to say I’ve had chance over the weekend to spend some quality time with my favourite (only) nephew and his ma. When I say quality time, I do of course mean time spent catching up

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London Part 2: Ghost Stories & gift shops

  I can only apologise for the hideously inconsiderate way in which I’ve carried on about my business this past fortnight without posting so much as a sausage – or even a witty remark about a sausage. It’s been a bit of a funny one in that I was away the weekend before Easter for

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Stuff Sam Says: Part 4 – Individual liberty and freedom

  It’s been a pretty good start to the year for Sam. He’s returned to school with all the enthusiasm you can expect from an 8-year-old. He’s firing through maths and English like Oscar Pistorius through a bathroom door, and this year he’s going on his first grown-up holiday abroad with his mum and some

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Highlights from the family WhatsApp group

  WhatsApp is both a blessing and a curse. You can keep in touch with your nearest and dearest daily (without paying text message premiums), but it’s also another outlet via which people can let you know what they’re having for tea, whether you like it or not. A few years ago, we decided it

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A post of two-halves: What I learned in 2018 PLUS Stuff Sam Says, Christmas Edition

  Almost everyone I’ve spoken to throughout December has uttered the same phrase traditionally wheeled out when we’re another year older, none the wiser, and it feels like our lives are going by in a flash. “I don’t know where this year’s gone!”   Well, thanks to Instagram, we do. The #2018bestnine hashtag and accompanying

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Stuff Sam says: Part 2

  We are now careening towards Christmas at break-neck speed, which means one of several things. On Boxing Day my nephew, Sam, will morph into an eight-year-old. I still vividly remember the day that my sister told me that she was expecting. I was stood in the kitchen of the house I was sharing with

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Stuff Sam says: Chronicles of a 7-year-old

  Listening to some of the totally and utterly mad shit that children say is one of the simplest joys in life. I discovered this in 2010 when my nephew, Sam, was born and subsequently started talking. I thought the best way to introduce him would be to share some of the pearls of wisdom

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