Dinnertime Symphony

Mummy, what’s this? Chicken What’s this Mummy? Chicken I don’t want chicken. But you love chicken Mummy, what’s this? I don’t want this. What’s this?  Chicken Water Water what? Give me water What’s the magic word? Water ? No -  chicken? No, I would like some water please. Water please. Me too and me. What…

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Sindy is every girl’s dream

Sindy has also got a big birthday coming up, next year she will be 50.  In her heyday Sindy was the best-selling girl’s toy in the UK outselling her American playboy girl rival Barbie.  Apparently the Brits liked Sindy’s more innocent and wholesome look.  Let’s face it Barbie with her ginormous bosom, miniature waist and incy wincy face was a…

‘Tis the season

Christmas is coming, but here in the birth place of the guy we are celebrating the birth of, Christmas is just a regular day.  For my first few years here it was indisputably odd to me that Christmas does not exist (in my part of Israel at least).  Before the arrival of the childers I…

Congratulations & Mazal Tov

I love a good wedding, actually I love any wedding, good bad or indifferent.  I love the dresses, the sense of occasion, the emotion.  Even bad weddings are good in my view.  Unfortunately at my age the majority of future weddings I will attend will not be those of my peers, but their children; where…

Nice People

Would it be weird if I said I had a crush on Barack Obama? I'm not American so it’s nothing to do with his politics (although if he were a Republican I probably wouldn't like him so much), it’s mostly because he seems like such a nice person. If he's really a nasty piece of…

Reasons to Celebrate #5: Love

It seems only fitting that while the world around me goes mad, I should remind myself of the reason I am here in the first place.  Love.  Yeah you can scoff, but as life ticks on its worth remembering, as da Vinci said, ‘Life without love is no life at all’. Fifteen years ago in…

The Fear Factor

It’s not easy living here.  There are a million reasons why, if you’ve seen the news in the past few days you know one of them.  I am not political, I don’t think I am smart enough to understand the intricacies of the situation here.  What I do know is that I live here and…

Last week a hoover saved my life

Age creeps up on you.  It manifests in the most unexpected ways. My life has been changed by a hoover, well an electric Ewbank - remember them? No more down on the knees with a dustpan, the childers are now encouraged to make as much mess as they like, then they can whizz round Mummy's new  toy…

Lady Shoes

What is it about women and shoes?  I'm seeing first hand how it begins, my 2-year-old daughter is already trying on every pair in the rack, actually my 2-year-old son wears flip-flops 2 sizes too big for him every day (and in bed)  and for his 'at home' look he wears a pair of silver wedges.  Damn, I've just…

Reasons to Celebrate #4: Musical Nostalgia

When the rain starts here every other song on the radio is about rain.  It’s a rare occurrence you see. It’s Raining Men, Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head and Why Does it Always Rain On Me get a little repetitive so I was excited when I heard an old favourite  by a former heart-throb, Shakin’ Stevens.  Yes…