Family Fun

Ice Rinks open for Christmas Season

I'm not personally a fan of Ice Skating- I tend to hang onto the edge and tiptoe round the ice like I'm teetering on the edge of a precipice. My children and their friends absolutely love it though and for some reason it's even more exciting (for them) at Christmas time. So every year, I plaster the false smile on my face, add layer on layer of buffering clothing and head off to some rink to make a fool of myself. (more…)


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Where did the Nativity Play start ?

Although Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the word nativity comes from the latin word 'natal' which means birth. It is tradition in Primary schools to perform Nativity Play for the parents and friends of the school children. The Nativity Play recreates the scene of Jesus' Birth, in the stable and tells of how Mary and Joseph were visited by the Shepherds and Wise Men. The parts of Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds and the Wise Men are played by children. (more…)


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Keep safe on Bonfire Night.

Tonight, wherever you celebrate and whatever you do there are a few safety guidelines you MUST follow:- Fireworks Safety Guide - as set out by RoSPA (Royal Society of Prevention of Accidents) (more…)


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Remember Remember the 5th of November

Following the Gunpowder Plot of November 5, 1605 when Guy Fawkes and 12 conspirators planned to blow up Parliament and kill King James II, Bonfire Night has remained an annual celebration for more than 400 years . Fawkes was arrested while guarding the explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. (more…)


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News from around the world

Pop star finds spider living in her ear- Katie Melua kept hearing a strange rustling in her ear and was horrified when after a visit to the doctors she was told a spider had taken up residence there. (more…)


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Countdown to Halloween- It’s Here !!!

It's the end of our Countdown and to mark the occasion here is a fab Playlist for your party ; (more…)


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Countdown to Halloween – Day 4

Today we will look at Events in the South West and Wales (more…)


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Countdown to Halloween -Day3

It's Day 3 of our countdown with more places to go and more things to see. We are staying up in the North today: Scotland (more…)


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Countdown to Halloween, Day 2-

Day 2 of our Halloween Countdown. We have seen the best of our London Halloween events. Lets look at some other areas of the country. (more…)


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countdown to halloween – Day 1

5 days of glorious tips, treats, events and spooky designs to choose from. (more…)


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Things you may not know about your favourite Songs.

We all love music of one sort or another and there are certain songs that travel taste barriers, just like those songs that however much you try to ignore- you can't!! Here are a few examples of those and some facts that may surprise you about them (more…)


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10 Fuel Saving Tips

As, (dare I say it) Christmas is approaching we are all looking to tighten our belts and although petrol prices are down around 2p a litre, there are still ways you can save on your fuel consumption:- (more…)


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The Origins of Halloween

The word Halloween is short for All Hallows' Evening also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve. It falls on the night of October 31 and it is traditionally celebrated with trick-or-treating, costume parties, bonfires, visiting 'haunted houses' and carving jack-o-lanterns from pumpkins. The tradition began from the Irish and Scottish Immigrants who carried it over to North America in the nineteenth century. United Kingdom and other western countries joined the scary bandwagon in the late twentieth century. (more…)


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Ball of Snakes- and other news..

World's Largest gathering of snakes. Every year in a cave in Canada 75,000 ( yes you heard it correctly- 75000) Snakes will gather and form balls of up to 100 male red sided garter snakes all trying out their chat up lines on one lucky lady.  Forming a hot writhing ball of frenzy the female snake attempts to get out of the pit, avoiding the advances of the 'hot to mate' males. Lucky Couple Find Buried Treasure (more…)


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Kick out the Monday Blues with funny old news

Fancy Dress Crimestoppers The Police in Devon and Cornwall have been fighting odd cases of crime lately. Over 31 cases of crimes by people in fancy dress have been committed, including a drunken Jesus and a brawling Sherlock Holmes. (more…)


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The Worst jobs in History

Tourist trips around London Loos! There are some odd places to show tourists around but this one would be my worst nightmare.  Rachel Erickson is a London tour guide with a big, big difference. Forget the Tower, forget the Houses of Parliament- Rachel shows visitors around the Toilets of London Town! Rachel, an American, has many tourists sign up for her fact packed tour, but admits that the British are her biggest fans. (more…)


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10 Most common superstitions

As someone who was brought up in a  house ruled by superstitions it was inevitable that I have carried some of them through to my children's lives. Somewhat deliberately though, I have abandoned many of them -with glee! I get a strange, childish pleasure from deliberately flaunting the crossing on stairs and placing brand new shoes on the table- Gosh Horror!! (more…)


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News from around the world

Here we bring you a few of the most exciting and interesting stories from around the world which are currently circulating. (more…)


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Some of our favourite jokes

Q: What do you call a fake noodle? A: An Impasta Q- What do you get from a pampered cow A- Spoiled milk (more…)


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School curriculum changes

Changes in the school curriculum are being made for primary school pupils, aged five to 11, and secondary schools pupils up to the age of 14. Further changes for secondary pupils aged 15-16 will be introduced in September 2015. These changes are being made to thin out the bulk content of the curriculum in almost all subjects, excluding English, maths and science. (more…)


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Dogs = Man’s best friend for a good reason.

A dog walks into a bar.... (more…)


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Back to School

As the Summer Holidays fade away it’s the start of a new school year, and for some the start of School. Unfortunately I’m not one of life’s organised Mum’s, in fact throughout the Summer Holidays our life is pretty shambolic. Every year I say I’m going to buy the kid’s school uniform and shoes in plenty of time for the new school year - and yes, every year I forget and end up rushing around trying to find stuff at the last minute! (more…)


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15 Secrets to a perfect relationship

Admitting you're wrong after a row Saying "I love you" before you go to sleep Sharing the household chores Having regular date nights Taking turns to cook- or cooking together (more…)


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Amazing photos of milky way

See the stars as you've never seen them before The Milky Way, over Colorado (more…)


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Animal goodies

Happy Hamster (more…)


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The YoYo World Champion

Gentry Stein displays his flawless winning performance at the 2014 World Yo-yo Contest in Prague, earlier this month. The 18-year-old American executed a mind blowing three minute techno-inspired routine in front of more than a thousand yo-yo fans to take home the World title. Stein, defeated 200 contestants from more than 30 countries to become the first American to win the championship in six years.     (more…)


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How to make flying with children fun for everyone

It's the same every time you board a plane with small children in tow, no one wants to sit next to you, behind you, in front of you or even on the same row as you. People twitch, tut, shake their heads, plead with the air stewardesses to change seats and that's even before the kids have said anything. Locked up in a confined space with bored children can be a living hell, so how can you make flying with children as enjoyable as possible for everyone. (more…)


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Weird and wonderful news stories

Professor of Chocolate wanted Cambridge are seeking a researcher whose task will be stopping chocolate melting in warm climates by studying the ‘fundamentals of heat-stable chocolate.’ (more…)


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Giggles Galore

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Salmon Salad

Not all Salads are for dieters. Here is a favourite of mine that's delicious, healthy and filling! Along with my special sesame seed dressing it's also different. Take a salmon steak, sprinkle with sea salt and grill under a medium flame. If desired, squeeze half a lemon over the fish just before it's cooked. (more…)


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Which vegetables are in season?

You can put pretty much any vegetable in a salad, so it's nice to try using vegetables which are in season. It can be quite hard to know which vegetable is 'in season' in the UK because so much food is imported. Look at prices! If they're on offer you can be sure they're in season and will taste so much better too! Here is a little guide to help you: (more…)


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Reason for Rhyme

What is the reason for writing in rhyme - it’s quite simple! It’s fun to read and fun to hear. Children love to rhyme words, and even when a sequence of words don’t actually fully rhyme (professionally known as B rhymes) children still love them. (more…)


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School holidays – heaven or hell?

The last day of school has been and gone and the prospect of six long weeks juggling activities, cooking three meals a day, stopping the inevitable sibling squabble and fitting in work around the whole lot is looming ominously. (more…)


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Tuna fish Salad

So what's a healthy alternative to a tuna fish sandwich? A tuna salad with seeds, goodness and loads of flavour! Tuna is a great source of protein but it's always best to use fresh tuna as tinned can contain a lot of salt. If you wish to use tinned tuna, choose one in oil, not brine. (more…)


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