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Bare legs and blue lips

10
Dec
2014

My winter uniform doesn’t vary much. When the weather turns Arctic I dig out my old Jigsaw coat, scarf and Brora fingerless gloves. And that’s just for when I’m inside. For walks along the beach I’ve been known to wear ...continued

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01
Dec
2014

I’ve been a fan of Mick Manning and Brita Granström’s books for quite a few years now. The husband and wife team have written and illustrated a stack of award-winning ...continued

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30
Nov
2014

I speak to my son on the phone several times a week but one day I looked at the calendar and realised that it was a whole two months since ...continued

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25
Nov
2014

It’s not every day that you get the chance to chat to a government minister so I didn’t hang about when the Department for Education email arrived. I stuffed my ...continued

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10
Nov
2014

Crooked Heart is a gem of a book – funny, endearing and beautifully written, with characters so well drawn that you can picture them in your mind’s eye. Set during ...continued

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