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Month: November 2012

KIDS’ BOOK CLUB: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE — Parentdish.co.uk

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You can’t accuse C.S. Lewis of talking down to children. The Chronicles of Narnia are serious books; I remember in childhood being rather in awe of them…

SLOW COOKER RECIPE BOOKS: OUR TOP TEN — Allaboutyou.com

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Slow cooking is perfect for this time of year – pop your ingredients in before heading out for the day and just leave them; when you get home you’ll find a hearty, wholesome home-cooked meal waiting. No wonder ‘slow cooking recipes’ is one of the most popular search terms on Allaboutyou.com. So for this month’s […]

KIDS’ BOOK CLUB: THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS — Parentdish.co.uk

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I have a confession to make. I know The Wind in the Willows is a great children’s classic, but try as I might, I simply can’t get past the first few chapters…

NO SEX, PLEASE: MEET THE ASEXUALS WHO ARE IN THE MARKET FOR LOVE – BUT NOT LOVE-MAKING — Stella, The Sunday Telegraph

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Suddenly, sexuality isn’t black and white anymore. People are coming out as ‘A’, or ‘grey-A’ (semi-asexual), ‘demisexual’ (someone who only feels attraction after an emotional bond has been formed) and/or ‘aromantic’ (someone who feels no urge for romantic companionship). Or, perhaps, ‘homo-romantic’, meaning they are romantically but not sexually attracted to people of the same […]

KIDS’ BOOK CLUB: LITTLE WOMEN — Parentdish.co.uk

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Which was your favourite as a child – Meg, Jo, Beth or Amy? If you’re instantly thinking: ‘Jo, the tomboy, of course’, or ‘sweet-hearted Beth who loves music’, isn’t it amazing how deeply the four heroines of Little Women stay with you over the years?

MY WEEK WITHOUT A MOBILE — Top Sante

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Top Santé challenged me to go phone-free for seven days…I wrote about the experience for the December issue.

NOVEMBER’S BEST CRAFT BOOKS — Allaboutyou.com

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Here’s my pick of November’s best new craft books, including the top Christmas craft titles for 2012. My stand out book this month is Learn to Knit, Love to Knit by Anna Wilkinson (Quadrille) – click here to see why.

KIDS’ BOOK CLUB: THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE

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It’s a weird mark of the success of this week’s book – and also a shame – that if you search for Thomas the Tank Engine on the internet, you find hundreds of spin-offs and related pieces of merchandise, while the actual book itself is oddly hard to track down…

MEET ANEETA PATEL, PROFESSIONAL KNITTING TEACHER — Allaboutyou.com

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The best absolute beginners’ knitting book around, Knitty Gritty, made its author Aneeta Patel a craft legend. And now her new book Knitty Gritty – The Next Steps (Bloomsbury, £16.99) is out, explaining how to move on to try out some more knitting techniques once you’ve mastered the basics. We took the opportunity to ask […]