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This week...male domestic negligence!

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

GIVEN that my last column was an expression of gratitude to those who supported me during my recent hospital visit, I found it no coincidence that my mind was occupied with making an effort on behalf of a loved one during the rest of the week.

This week...I am grateful for the support of my family and friends

7:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

IN these days when even the worst person in the world could probably rustle up a few hundred Facebook ‘friends’, it’s nice to be reminded what the word really means.

This week...we have signed up to an on-demand streaming service

10:57am Wednesday 9th April 2014

I ALREADY fret about how much television I watch, so it makes little sense that the husband and I have signed up to add a whole lot more of it to our lives.

This week... our daughter's lost her special comfort toy

7:00am Thursday 27th March 2014

SOMEONE very important has gone missing in our house.

This week... health's on the agenda again

1:32pm Monday 17th March 2014

JUST as I’d been wallowing in a personal pity party re my back this week, along came, as usual, another few pieces of news to knock it all swiftly into context.

This week...there's no harm in dreaming of a lottery win

7:00am Thursday 6th March 2014

THE release of the news that someone in the area could be the winner of a £1million EuroMillions National Lottery ticket has no doubt encouraged quite a number of us to have an escapist daydream.

This week...what's romance, anyway?

12:50pm Monday 24th February 2014

I NEGLECTED to write about Valentine’s Day earlier in the month because I was too bogged down by myriad birthday preparations and our daughter's chicken pox.

This week...we're overdosed with February birthdays

3:20pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

DESPITE the fact that the most popular birthday months statistically are August and September, our family finds itself overdosed with them in February.

This week...applying for a passport (and avoiding certain sites)

3:11pm Wednesday 5th February 2014

A DECADE has flown by and yes, it’s time to renew my passport. But oh how things have changed since I last completed the forms and sent them away.

This week...I'm trying to shake the January blues

9:55am Tuesday 28th January 2014

HANG in there folks – February is coming.

This week...the husband has begun his preparations for the London Marathon

7:00am Thursday 16th January 2014

It’s been a long-held dream of his, and he always yearned to repay the good fortune which saw the sight in one of his eyes saved, after a few years on the transplant waiting list, by a donor cornea when he was 11 years-old.

This week... my mum's pink hair is attracting attention

7:00am Thursday 9th January 2014

WHILST on holiday with my parents over Christmas, my mum and I headed off for our usual haircut together.

This week...we're on the traditional countdown to Christmas Day

7:00am Tuesday 24th December 2013

It’s all part of getting older, but it is increasingly hard to fathom how fast time is ticking by.

This week...we're still not at the stage where our daughter has made a Christmas list

7:00am Thursday 19th December 2013

AS far as Christmas is concerned, this year we are going to get away with it.

This week... I get a lovely surprise from some very valuable contacts

9:53am Thursday 5th December 2013

Chris Evans had encouraged his listeners that it was their duty to always be decent, something I heard as I dragged myself out of bed and into work.

This week... our primary education panic is already starting

6:00am Thursday 14th November 2013

AS A parent, you’re constantly experiencing ‘aha’ moments during which you suddenly realise what other people with children were worried (obsessed) about when you happened to catch snippets of their most fraught conversations.

This week... my all-year round plan re purchasing Christmas gifts

2:42pm Tuesday 12th November 2013

THE spare room of our house gets badly treated all year round, becoming a dumping ground for anything and everything.

This week...I am scared to mow the lawn

6:00am Thursday 31st October 2013

DESPITE the fact that it now needs a trim, possibly one of its last of the year, I am absolutely petrified to cut our back lawn.

This own ode to autumn

6:00am Thursday 10th October 2013

AS result of growing up in a place where the rain lashed down year round and wind from exposed oceans raged down into our little inlet, I feel rather at home with the cold and the wet, especially in combination.

This week...marital spats in the car

6:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013

I LAUGHED heartily at the recent results of one of those ubiquitous surveys, one which announced that drivers are most distracted by the presence of their other half.

This's all about the cat

10:09am Saturday 21st September 2013

THERE is one dramatic member of our family who I think I have previously missed mentioning in this column.

This week... spiders seem to be everywhere

12:00am Monday 9th September 2013

I NEVER saw a really big spider until I moved to Hampshire.

This week...I have started to record the details of my parents' lives to hopefully preserve them for the future

2:30pm Monday 2nd September 2013

IN a few weeks, I will see my parents again – and I will be getting my trusty yellow notebook out.

This week...I have what Anne of Green Gables would have described as a "Jonah day"

10:36am Monday 19th August 2013

Everything manages to go wrong in a pretty rotten few hours.

This week...we must crack down on those who use the 'net to torture others

12:00am Monday 12th August 2013

ANOTHER recent news story reports that a young girl has reportedly committed suicide after harassment by online ‘trolls’.

This week...potty training

12:00am Monday 5th August 2013

A PARENT’S life can, if you’re not careful, come to be dominated by the multitude of milestones which mark a child’s development.

This week... my daughter comes up with a novel way to attract her mother's attention

11:17am Monday 29th July 2013

AS A parent, you get quite used to suffering indignities, quite frequently in public.

This week...Basingstoke Live. Could we reduce the cost by reducing the security?

1:38pm Tuesday 23rd July 2013

BASINGSTOKE Live has proved itself, once again, to be the highlight of the local music calendar.

This's not great news on the health front

3:37pm Thursday 18th July 2013

I DO apologise for boring you all about my own health, but it’s all that has been on my mind this week.

This scold or not to scold (other people's children)

10:09am Thursday 4th July 2013

HOLA amigos!

This week... my claustrophobia means I am dreading a forthcoming MRI scan

12:00am Monday 10th June 2013

I’VE just received a letter informing me that I have to have another MRI scan - and I am terrified.

This week... how is a girl supposed to dress for this weather?!

6:00am Monday 3rd June 2013

IT’S nigh on impossible to know what to wear to work these days, all thanks to the unpredictable phenomenon that is the glorious British weather.

This week... I am glad my parents drummed a work ethic into me

12:00am Monday 20th May 2013

TURNING 16 meant one thing in our house – getting a job.

This week...road rage

12:00am Monday 13th May 2013

VERY few things raise my hackles more than driving.

This week...I'm stunned at the research that apparently concludes women don't need to wear a bra

12:00am Monday 22nd April 2013

APOLOGIES to any male readers of this column, for my return to an area of the body mentioned in last week’s My World. 

This week...breastfeeding is not 'best' for everyone

11:04am Monday 15th April 2013

I HAVE so far resisted writing a column on breastfeeding but recent experiences of friends have now forced me to succumb.

This week...good journalism is worthy of a wage

11:05am Wednesday 10th April 2013

SINCE time immemorial, people have traded stories.

This week...old school photographs have reminded me of my more-than-awkward adolescence

Basingstoke Gazette: This week... the baby misbehaves in the bath and the water turns a really rather awful shade of brown...

12:54pm Monday 25th March 2013

“WHEN I am an old woman, I shall wear purple...”

This can be good for adults to talk to strangers!

2:31pm Wednesday 20th March 2013

AFTER almost two years of attending my weekly Pilates class, I finally have class ‘friends’ to talk to.

This week...the husband's in trouble. Again.

12:13pm Monday 11th March 2013

THE other half is definitely going to come off worse in this week’s column, given that I am presently fuming with him.

This week... will my now retired parents be able to share house space again?

12:00am Monday 4th March 2013

MY parents have managed to remain married for 45 years. But - and it’s a big but - my mother is now officially retired and they will have to go back to sharing house space full-time.

This week...we're broken by a toddler tantrum

12:00am Monday 25th February 2013

JUST when you think your toddler has already delivered her best shot re humiliating you in public, then she whips something even more devastating from her paint-spattered sleeve.

This week... I'm enraged by Terry Deary's comments about public libraries

12:00am Monday 18th February 2013

THE author Terry Deary, famous for the Horrible Histories series, has made a multitude of enemies in the last week, thanks to his having a go at public libraries.

This week... should we have a second baby?

12:58pm Thursday 14th February 2013

AS A young person, I always assumed that, as in the song which advertised the board game The Game of Life, I’d “find a job, money maybe/Get married, have a baby.”

This week... town centres aren't just somewhere to shop

12:00am Monday 4th February 2013

I CAN’T be the only person concerned about the future of our town centre.

This week... the toddler's bowel movements cause a mini-commotion

12:00am Monday 17th December 2012

AS PARENTS, we seem to stagger blindly from one drama to the next.

This week...I'm championing actual, not virtual Christmas cards

12:00am Monday 10th December 2012

LAST week, I made the annual festive pilgrimage to the post office, laden down with cards and presents.

This week...we must fight to save Basingstoke Live

11:59am Thursday 29th November 2012

AS I wrote a few weeks ago, culture has an importance for our lives which is hard to quantify.

This week... I am worried about our daughter's iPad obsession

12:00am Monday 5th November 2012

WE, I am afraid, have a system addict on our hands. Our two year-old daughter is currently in the grip of a serious obsession with our iPad and we have only ourselves to blame.

This week...I wax lyrical about Halloween - and Asda's amazing spooky aisle

Basingstoke Gazette: This week... the baby misbehaves in the bath and the water turns a really rather awful shade of brown...

9:30am Sunday 28th October 2012

CHRISTMAS may be the most wonderful time of the year, as the impeccable Andy Williams once sang, but I have always had a soft spot for Halloween. 

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