Today is International Women’s Day #iwd2014, and to celebrate this fact 3 incredible women are in Tanzania, right now, meeting female entrepreneurs who have received support from last year’s Comic Relief donations.
You may remember me talking about a national blogging effort called “Team Honk” (the force behind my 15 mile walk round London for Sport Relief on my birthday), well behind it are these 3 inspirational women: Annie from Mammasaurus, Tanya from Mummy Barrow and Penny from A Residence. They have been working with Comic Relief on raising money through the world of blogging, and they are now in Tanzania seeing exactly where some of last year’s money went.
So what is Team Honk all about then?
Team Honk is about bloggers raising money and awareness for Comic Relief, and this International Women’s Day #iwd2014, Tanya, Annie and Penny are in Tanzania finding out how donations to Comic Relief last year have created female entrepreneurs and #lastingchange for women, their families and communities and beyond – rippling out #lastingchange in Africa.… Read more
In this day and age pretty much everyone I know, from teenagers to pensioners, has a smartphone of some sort or other. We live in a time when it is normal to be able to do EVERYTHING on the go. I, for one, am addicted to my smartphone, it is like an extension of my right hand. Scrap that, it’s like my right hand. So imagine my dismay last week when I found myself without my smartphone. Not just for an hour or two, but for up to maybe 2 weeks!
My phone has been playing up and not charging properly, so I decided to take it back to the shop to get it repaired while it’s still under warranty. In exchange I was thoughtfully provided with a replacement phone:
I nearly sobbed when I left the shop, with this cigarette packet sized phone in my pocket.… Read more
This week’s gallery theme on Sticky Fingers is “Guilty Pleasures” which is very apt as this weekend saw me indulging in one of my biggest guilty pleasures: themed parties, in particular musical themed parties. That’s right, I’m the person you love to hate, as there is nothing I like more than a 70s disco party (last year’s birthday party), or an 80s party (this weekend’s party).
I’m nowhere near trendy when it comes to my music taste, I love cheesy music, and I especially love cheesy music from decades gone by, in particular the 70s and 80s. Couple that with my love of themed dress for parties – what? It totally breaks down the barriers at a party! – and you have my guilty pleasure: a 70s or 80s party with music and dress from that era.
Last Friday night saw us holding a house party to celebrate my birthday (late) and Hubs’ birthday (early).… Read more
Or in other words the craziness that was Honkopoly/London’s leg of Team Honk Relay.
The evening before D Day saw me zooming across south London on the tube with L, dressed as a cat, (I was in my onesie in preparation for the big day) to collect the baton from Stephanie from Was this in the plan?.
Honkopoly day dawned bright and sunny, which gave me great (unfounded) hope that we would be walking our 15 miles round London in the sunshine. But before I could get the baton on its way I had some important business to deal with – opening my birthday cards and presents!
I have never opened my presents so quickly, but I had business to attend to – I had to get the baton to Comic Relief HQ to start Honkopoly.… Read more
Our food blog is aimed at all parents who ask themselves day in, day out what to cook for themselves, their children and their babies. Franglaise Cooking showcases everyday French and English (and some non Franglaise) food for all the family, the idea being that you cook one family meal which everyone eats (either at the same time or separately as work and lifestyle dictate).
In France we always ate with L as a family, pretty much from when she was weaned as a baby; we would eat altogether, the same food at the same time, and possibly thanks to this L now eats pretty much anything you put in front of her, from radishes, to curry, to artichokes, to olives, to mussels and much more.… Read more
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post in memory of my paternal grandfather who would have been 100 that day. Now I am writing a similar post about my maternal grandfather who would have been 100 years old today.
I didn’t know my Grandpa as well as my Grandad as sadly he died a few weeks short of his 71st birthday, just before I turned 9. Whereas my Grandad lived 20 years longer, dying the same month, but just short of his 91st birthday. So the memories I have of my Grandpa are childish ones: I remember a very old man – it is funny I saw him that way as he was only slightly older than my parents are now, and they seem so much younger – and I especially remember him calling us children “ducks” or “duckie”.
Most of this tribute to Grandpa comes from things I have learnt about him as I got older, mostly from my mum and an uncle, and I think he was also a pretty remarkable man, like my Grandad.… Read more
In a couple of weeks, on the 5th February, it will be my 38th birthday. Now anyone who knows me will tell you that my birthday is all about the celebrations, no matter what age I am, be it a lovely dinner out, a boozy night at the pub with lots of friends or a big house party. However this year I will be celebrating it – if that is the right way to describe it – by walking 15 miles around London, pretty much non-stop, for charity. As you do.
If you have been following me on social media over the last few weeks you will have heard me reference #TeamHonk, #TeamHonkRelay and #Honkopoly a fair amount. Team Honk is made up of 3 outstanding UK bloggers: Tanya from Mummy Barrow, Annie from Mammasaurus and Penny from Aresidence who got together last year to see what bloggers could do to raise money for Comic Relief; this saw them witnessing Comic Relief’s work first-hand in Ghana, as well as climbing Snowdon with pants on their heads to raise money.… Read more
If you are a regular visitor to this blog you’ll know that I often write about France and the French, comparing it/them to the UK and the Brits, and various people have asked me what makes me such an expert on the subject, so here goes:
I am bilingual and have a French (and Spanish) degree; I studied French culture, society, history and politics as part of my degree. I lived in France for 7 months as a student, and upon graduating I moved to the French Riviera where I then lived for the next 12 years. I am married to a Frenchman and we raise our half French/half English daughters bilingually and biculturally (in London now but previously in France).
Despite living in Nice and the surrounding area and having some non-French friends I didn’t live the expat life; I generally worked for French companies, alongside mostly French colleagues, or ran my own company in the French system.… Read more
It was a lovely surprise to be tagged by the lovely Lou’s Lake Views in this meme, which is a blog review of 2013 (if you’re not a blogger or into blogging you may want to stop reading now!). Kerry at Oh So Amelia started it, and it’s a great way to look back over your year of writing and reading other blogs.
- In your post link back and thank the blogger that previously tagged you.
- Answer the questions below and tag at least 5 other bloggers.
- Include the above badge in your post.
Your top 5 favourite blogs to read in 2013
100 years ago today my paternal grandfather was born. He lived through 2 world wars, had 3 children (one of whom became a bit famous, working on Doctor Who, amongst other things), 8 grandchildren and knew one of his (now 5, soon to be 6) great-grandchildren before he died in 2005 just short of 91. Today’s blog-post is a tribute to Grandad, also known as Magic Grandad.
Grandad was not your usual grandad, here are some pretty cool things about him:
- He was an actual magician, and a member of the magic circle, so used to entertain us with magic tricks whenever we saw him. Can you imagine how AMAZING that was for us kids?
- He was a ventriloquist and had a dummy called George. He performed with George during the second world war, when he was stationed with the RAF. He appeared with Sir Harry Lauder when he was based in Scotland during the early war years, and then with Sir Noel Coward when he was stationed in Southern Rhodesia.