Ally bally, Ally bally bee: the disturbing nature of nursery rhymes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNsqZEKkzRQ Can we all acknowledge that the world of nursery rhymes is as grotesque and barbaric as that of Grimms’ Fairy Tales? We’ve got Humpty Dumpty, broken beyond repair. There are blackbirds which peck off noses, and did you know that the woman who lived in the shoe with all those children resorted to whipping … Continue reading Ally bally, Ally bally bee: the disturbing nature of nursery rhymes

Travelling with a toddler: is the answer just not to do it, ever?

E's first flight, a deceptively calm affair. People warned me about travelling with a baby. More than twenty minutes in her car seat would surely be instantaneously fatal, if the forums I read were anything to go by. Bus and train trips were equally perilous, fraught with all manner of unknown risks, such as broken … Continue reading Travelling with a toddler: is the answer just not to do it, ever?

Sundays in Starbucks or: how I learned to stop worrying and love soulless corporate coffee chains

I grew up in a pre-coffee shop universe. It seems almost impossible to believe now, but just as the internet was something you could access only when you’d been able to negotiate thirty minutes unfettered use of the phone line, there was a time and a place where your only hot beverage options were ‘coffee’, … Continue reading Sundays in Starbucks or: how I learned to stop worrying and love soulless corporate coffee chains

Review: Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

Around thirty years ago, Hairy Maclary scampered straight into my heart, where he has resided ever since. As one of my own childhood favourites, this was one of the very first books I bought for my daughter, when she was still watermelon-sized and bobbing around on the other side of my uterus. I had fond … Continue reading Review: Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd