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Frankie’s New York Adventure by Frank Lampard

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 25th January 2015

Frank Lampard isn’t your average sort of footballer. For a start he’s written a series of children’s books called Frankie’s Magic Football. And for another thing he’s just been named as a National Literacy Trust ambassador, with the idea that he will help to motivate disadvantaged children to read. Manchester City player Lampard started writing his Frankie’s Magic Football books after his two daughters asked him for stories about football. Their request prompted ...keep reading

Ditch your O levels

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 19th January 2015

I’m a bit puzzled by the news that people over the age of 50 are changing O levels to GCSEs on their CVs in a bid to be considered for job vacancies. They are also, according to The Sunday Times, deleting their early job history in a bid to appear younger than they actually are. The thing that baffles me is that O levels were actually phased out in 1987, ...keep reading

Film – The Theory of Everything

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 12th January 2015

Film awards are a bit of a lottery but the right man definitely won the Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama award at the Golden Globes last night. Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of scientist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything is astounding. I’ve only seen him in roles like Angel Clare in Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Marius Pontmercy in Les Misérables before so I wasn’t sure he could ...keep reading

Lunch at The Pig on the Beach

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 11th January 2015

I can’t think of a better way to spend a wintery Saturday afternoon than lunch at The Pig on the Beach at Studland, followed by a bracing walk to Old Harry Rocks. The Pig on the Beach opened its doors in June last year and has been garlanded with praise ever since. A gorgeous 23-bedroom country house, with stunning views across the Dorset coastline, it received 1,100 room bookings within ...keep reading

My homesick year

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 6th January 2015

David Miliband has admitted in a Vogue interview that he misses Britain and that absence has made his “heart grow fonder.” His words instantly struck a chord with me because it’s not until you go and live in another country that you appreciate the merits of the place you left behind. That’s exactly how I felt when we uprooted to the French city of Orléans, on the banks of the ...keep reading

Monday book review – Please Mr Panda

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 5th January 2015

From Emma Chichester Clark to Oliver Jeffers, children’s picture books are going through a golden age right now. Steve Antony is another artistic talent to watch. His previous book, The Queen’s Hat, was a gorgeous story about the Queen pursuing her hat through the streets of London. I wasn’t in the least surprised when it was nominated for the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal. Now, hot on its heels comes Antony’s ...keep reading

The death of the phone box

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 4th January 2015

Mobile phones are so much part of our lives these days that it’s hard to believe we used to rely on old-fashioned phone boxes when we were away from home. When I tell my children that in my university days I queued outside my college phone box to ring my mum once a week they look at me as if I’m 103. I can still remember my family’s phone number from ...keep reading

The secret of success – times two

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 3rd January 2015

Jools Holland’s annual Hootenanny on BBC2 is synonymous with New Year’s Eve. This year’s celebration boasted a stellar line-up – Joss Stone, Ellie Goulding, Paloma Faith, Paolo Nutini, you name them, they were all there. One of my favourite performances of the night came from the multi-talented Ed Sheeran, who in four years has catapulted from teenage busker to global music phenomenon. His latest album, x (did you know it stands for ...keep reading

Friday book review – The Life I Left Behind

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 2nd January 2015

Colette McBeth is the TV reporter turned novelist whose debut thriller garnered a plethora of glowing reviews when it was published in 2013. I loved Precious Thing and the good news is that McBeth’s second novel is out this week. In less capable hands The Life I Left Behind could have been a confusing jumble of a book. The action flicks back and forward in time and the story is ...keep reading

Happy New Year

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 1st January 2015

2015 has blown in with blustery gales and lashings of resolutions. An old friend of mine makes a point of noting his New Year’s resolutions in the back of his diary each year. On December 31 he re-reads them, checking which ones he’s kept and which ones he’s failed hopelessly at. I’ve never copied his trick – and have no intention of starting now. New Year’s Day should be a ...keep reading

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