Lunchbowl Network

Lunchbowl Network

With Lunchbowl Network, 33p goes a long way… What can possibly be more fundamental to life than food on the table each day and clean water to drink? In the UK most of us take both of those for granted, and try to forget that in some parts of the world, there are children who […]

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Friday night again!

Friday night again!

It’s a funny thing, I think, when the chap you lived with for twenty-one years, had two children with and who was once your closest companion, can stalk past you venomously, without a word. So another busy, less than average week, punctuated with my sister’s wedding in sight of Wembley Stadium, me holding the bouquet […]

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The never-ending chaos of motherhood

The never-ending chaos of motherhood

The Chaos of Motherhood: Another blissful 24 hours! 12.45am Gloriously asleep, it’s a hot night, I’m tired and then, really like a dream, two figures appear on the threshold of my room: daughter and boyfriend, who stays with us. They’re in their ‘jamas holding hands and requesting Raid, the noxious insect killer spray. I stir, […]

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Home educators: busting the myths

Home educators: busting the myths

When I tell people I’m a home educator, one of two things usually happens. Either the horrified person steps back with an audible gasp, or they ask conspiratorially whether it’s legal and look around as if expecting Michael Gove to jump out ready to drag me off to prison. The latter doesn’t bother me. In […]

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Notes from the Auvergne: women, work and parenting

Notes from the Auvergne: women, work and parenting

After recently reading Carolyn Lazarus’ article in The Daily Mail, it made me reflect about various things surrounding women, work and parenting. When I got married back in 1998 we both had, what I would call, decent jobs. I didn’t have the same high flying career as Carolyn, but whilst mine was office-based, my husbands’ required frequent […]

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Mothers leaving work rather than behave like men

Mothers leaving work rather than behave like men

Middle-class working mothers are leaving work because they are unwilling to behave like men, according to a research paper co-written by a University of Leicester management expert and a senior television producer. Mothers in professional and managerial jobs are expected to stay late or get in early even if they have negotiated reduced working hours, […]

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The pain of separation

The pain of separation

The sensation of strength. Feeling the fierceness of their protection, the tenderness of their hold. The warmth of skin that is not your own. The wonder and the miracle of each freckle, each eyelash like hair that brushes you. The feeling in your heart and your stomach and your mind. The belonging. The melting and […]

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