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Celebrities and the stupidity of the not so average person

This is surreal and quite sad really! My boys absolutely love and adore these wonderful little pillows from John Lewis, does anyone care no. Leave them alone


But that is harmless compared to the own Goal the Cosmopolitan scored.


The news that Peaches Geldof had died was only a couple of hours old and cosmopolitan came out with that, really? I suppose it is better than some of the other stuff that has been talked about. The main bad taste rumours going around mention “mental health” “drugs” “unknown life threatening condition”

The best tweet about the whole peaches thing I found came from @fudgecrumpet:

@fudgecrumpet: Apparently someone has died. That’s sad.

Oh, wait, it was a famous person who’s been in the papers a lot, go ahead, make jokes. It’s fine.

Don’t even get me started on the break up of Gwyneth & Coldplay dude! It is ridiculous the amount of media attention there was for them.

That’s just the top of the iceberg how much I hate these sort of stories . So their young daughter died, leave them alone, so they can properly mourn her!

Anyone know if KT Hopkins has been on telly again?


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On receiving the ‘Liebster Award’


This is my version of “Being Liebstered”

the wonderful @michelledavies from lernermother blog nominated me a few weeks ago. in the meantime we’ve been on holiday so i only got it finished now.

Michelle’s version of the Liebster award can be found here: http://learnermother.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/on-being-liebstered/

Like Michelle I hadn’t heard of the Liebster award meme before so after reading her blog it all became clear. The meaning behind it I think michelle surmised brilliantly, she wrote: ” it’s a shout out to highlight new blogs which some lovely person thinks are worthy of a profile boost. Yay! That means today’s reader liked my blog! Bonus!”

In this case obviously Michelle was that reader who liked my blog, so thanks for that! However I can’t say I found 11 new blogs to nominate in return, so I just chose some of my favorite blogs instead.

So the way it works is that you have to answer 11 questions set by the lovely blogger that nominated you, reveal 11 random facts about yourself, set another 11 questions and tag 11 other blogs you enjoy. I *think* that’s the deal.

So here goes nothing, have fun reading:

1 – Mac or PC?
PC although I would like to try out a MAC
2 – What’s your favourite joke?

Here is my favourite joke from my childhood, when you’re a small boy jokes didn’t have to make sense for you to laugh your socks of!! hope it is still slightly amusing after a) translating it and b) adapting it to a British audience:
A scot, an irishman and a Londoner are on holiday in Germany.
The Scot arrives in Dresden and goes to hotel and asks for a room. The receptionist says: Sorry sir we only 1 room left and I assure you, you wouldn’t want this room, it is haunted and many a guest has committed suicide in it. So the scot says in his best William Wallace accent: ‘I am scottish I’m not afraid of anything!’ So the receptionist hands over the key and the Scot goes to his room. Everything seems to be fine as he gets ready for bed. Sometime during the night he is woken up by this strange voice, which he cant quite make out where it is. Suddenly the voice says: ‘First I’ll grab you, then I’ll peel you, then I’ll eat you!’ Fearing for his life, he jumps out the window forgetting the room was on the 25th floor.
Some days later the Irishman arrives in Dresden at same said Hotel and asks for a room. The receptionist gives him the story and he in turn says: ‘I’m Irish I’m not afraid of anything’ The same thing happens to the Irishman during his first night staying in that hotelroom. The voice is saying yet again: ‘First I’ll grab you, then I’ll peel you, then I’ll eat you!’ Fearing for his life the Irishman does the same as the scot and jumps out the window, in turn forgetting he was on the 25th floor.
Some days later the Londoner arrives in Dresden at same said Hotel. Same story all over again. ‘Hey Man I am from Hackney, nothing scares me!’ the Londoner says in response to the Receptionist. So he is in the Hotelroom in the early hours of the morning when he hears that voice and just goes over to the lightswitch and he sees something quite extradonary: There is a monkey in the corner a bunch of bananas in front of him and he says: ‘First I’ll grab you, then I’ll peel you, then I’ll eat you!’

Here is my favourite joke from when I was a little older, again this is translated and adapted to a British audience:
David Cameron and his driver are out and about in the countryside. The driver unfortunately runs over a chicken. The driver then says that he was going to see the farmer and explain what happened. Dave ever so smarmy said ‘No,no,no I’ll go and talk to the man. After all that’s what I do for a living.’ When he comes back a bit later, he has a black eye. So nothing more is said about this and they drive on. A while later a rabbit tries to run across the road and gets mowed down by the Cameron car. Dave insists yet again to go and explain things. This time he comes back with a fat lip. So the driver insists if they were unfortunate to hit anything he was going to go and appologize.
A couple of hours later and seemingly out of nowhere a pig runs into the road which the Driver can’t avoid so he hits it. So the driver goes and tries to explain things to the farmer. A while later the driver comes back with loads of gifts, clearly having had a few drinks. ‘What did you say to the farmer to get in this state?’ dave then wants to know. The driver says: “Well all I said to the farmer was: I’ve got David Cameron in the back of my car, and the pig is dead!”

3 – What’s your favourite city and why?
Has to be Bad Kreuznach because someone who I am rather fond of once called it ‘bad crusty snatch’ lol

4 – Marmite – love it or hate it?
Cant I have another option of ‘don’t mind it’

5 – Are you friends with your exes?
Not my exes, does it count that my wife’s first husband is Godfather to one of our sons?

6 – Do you believe in horoscopes?
Not really, I read them now and then but don’t really believe there is anything in them

7 – What would you change about yourself, if you had to pick one thing?
Be more empathetic towards other people and situations

8 – Is your life turning out how you thought, or totally different, or better, or worse? Why?
If you asked me that 5 years ago I would have said it was turning out totally different but in a bad way. Nowadays I will say it was turning out totally different, but in a really good, amazing way!
Why? Well for one I finally found what I would call ‘The one’ come End of November we’ll have been together for 4 years. Also the fact that we have 2 wonderful little boys, that run me ragged and are quite exhausting, is really the best thing that ever happened to me!

9 – Is blood thicker than water?

Well when you look at my family you certainly would think Blood should not be thicker than water! If you however look at the family I married into then this certainly is the case. There is never a week where we don’t get phone calls from some members of the family or indeed go round and see them.

10 – Where’s your heart – city or country?

A bit of both really, slightly suburban with some farms and beautiful scenery virtually on your doorstep!

11 – Have you ever eaten anything you’ve grown?
Does the rhubarb in the rhubarb crumble that my Mother in law made from Rhubarb they’ve grown in their garden count, if so the answer is Yes!

Now to the 11 random facts about me?turned out to be more difficult that I thought it would, but here they are:

1 I can’t stand Bananas. The smell, the texture, the taste, everything about the banana full stop.

2 even though living on an island I can’t actually swim

3 my parents aren’t bad parents per say, they are inept human beings, therefore you can’t actually judge them for being bad parents.

4 there is a picture of me from about 4/5 years ago which my love categorized as ‘cancer stricken lesbian’

5 one of my all time favorite songs is “paint it black” Rolling Stones

6 passed my driving test on the 5th attempt December 2009

7 I lived in eastbourne for about 2 years

8 was born & raised in Germany but only made it to Berlin when I lived here in the uk

9 the name of my blog is a little humourus dig at my loves ex-husband

10 seen Metallica live 3 times so far ( which so isn’t enough )

11 don’t think I ever told him but I think my Brother in law is a really great and immensely intelligent guy and the way he is with our boys is just wonderful! Paul you are brilliant, in my opinion anyway!

Now to the 11 question to give to my nominees:

That’s a tough one! Lets see??

1 marmite – love it or hate it
2 Nutella or peanut butter
3 android or apple
4 PC or MAC
5 why and when did you start blogging
6 were your children planned or more of a if we do we do, if we don’t we don’t type of thing?
7 attachment parenting yay or nay
8 cat or dog person and can you give a reason why?
9 do you prefer summer, sun, beach or winter, snow and piste?
10 do you prefer WordPress or blogger
11 five items you never leave the house without?

And now to nominate 11 fellow bloggers:

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Guestpost by Heidi aka anewmother: Five things my child will never do

Five things my child will never do

In those heady days prior to parenthood, I had ample opportunity to ponder the future brilliance of my child-rearing skills.

Here is a selection of things I smugly assumed I would never allow my child to do:

1. Cover himself in Sudocrem when I wasn’t looking.

Honestly, how difficult is it to keep a small tub of nappy cream out of reach of curious fingers? Quite difficult, actually. Nay, impossible.

2. Fall into an ornamental pond three times in the space of half an hour.

Honestly, what sort of parent lets that happen? The sort of parent who is far too busy conducting a risk assessment of their immediate surroundings to intercept their toddler’s nosedive, thank you very much.

3. Introduce a cup of tepid, forgotten tea to its intended life partner, a cream coloured carpet in previously pristine condition in a rented house.

Honestly, who isn’t going to spot that potential hazard? Someone who is recovering from clearing the remains of the award-winning Worst Nappy of All Time. Pass the air freshener please.

4. Throw a series of tantrums, each more diabolical than the last, in a room full of strangers and their (angelic) children whilst demonstrating quite definitively how not to share.

Honestly, who’s going to be fooled by “I’m so sorry – he’s not normally like this”? Nobody.

5. Refuse all forms of vegetables, especially those most cleverly disguised, except for the odd kidney bean and the inside of tomatoes.

Honestly, what kind of parent can’t persuade their child to eat a nutritionally balanced meal? The kind who is falling asleep into the bolognese.

At least I can still be certain my child will never pick his nose in public. Ahem.

You can find out more about Heidi here: http://heidigee.blogspot.com


Guestpost by Kathrine aka mummypinkwellies: Awkward Moments

Recently we’ve had a number of “awkward moments” with our daughter Littlebit and the assumptions people make about premature babies.

When Markus asked me to guest post over here for him I thought this would be the prime place to have a rant about what not to say to the parent of a toddler who was born prematurely. All of the thoughts listed below have actually been said to me in the last 6 months, yes really!?

I wrote a similar post over on my own blog, which you can find here: http://www.mummypinkwellies.com/2011/08/what-not-to-sa…preemie-parent

this was written when Littlebit was just shy of 1 year old and we’ve had some absolute corkers since. So here goes. Here’s what not to say to the parent of a child who was born prematurely:

1. I know someone who was born 10 weeks early and he’s got all sorts of problems. Which problems do you think she’ll have?
Don’t assume that my child has problems, and even if she does is it really any of your business?

2. So, does she have cerebral palsy?
Take a look at her, what do you think?

3. Oh, her eyes do look really bad. She’ll get teased in school because of that. What a shame!
Yes, yes it’s a shame she has a bit of a squint but you know she’s alive and well. I’ll take a squint any day!

4. Well, at least you got to bring your baby home. Some people aren’t that lucky.
Do you seriously think I don’t know that? Really?

5. I know she was born early and you were really quite poorly but I do think you’re being a bit selfish not giving her a brother or sister.
No comment!

6. But she seems so clever and ahead of her peers. How is that possible when she should be so behind?
I don’t know, but shouldn’t we all just be proud of her achievements rather than dwell on what might have been?

7. When will you know if she has learning difficulties like most preemies?
Well, she’s showing no signs of it yet so I dunno. But so what if she has? Again is it really any of your business?

8. I know a boy who was born 15 weeks early and he’s huge now. He plays Rugby for the Borough. She’ll be fine.
Brilliant, good for him. Stop generalising though.

9. It must be awful having a premature baby?
Well yes, of course it was awful at the start. But actually no, we’ve learned so much through this experience. Met some amazing people who we wouldn’t otherwise have met. It’s not all rainclouds and storms actually. There are some amazing rainbows we have seen as well.

10. Does that mean she won’t be able to have children?
What? Why?

11. But she’s so normal looking?

And I’ve saved the best for last…
12. Does that mean she’ll die prematurely as well?
Do you know when you’re going to die. No! I can’t predict her death either but no, being born early doesn’t mean she’s fated to an early death too!

What senseless things have you heard said about children who were born prematurely?

This is my girl now:


So, I’m Katherine, known as K to my friends and online as pinkwellies79 or Mummypinkwellies.

My daughter, known online as Littlebit was born 10 weeks prematurely back in September 2010 and weighed just 2lb 4.5oz at birth. A lot of my blog is about her. She is my life!

I blog about:
* bringing up a 30 week preemie turned feisty toddler
* life in a small market town
* campaign and fundraising work for Bliss – for babies born too soon, too small, too sick and Tommy’s – researching problems in pregnancy amongst other charities close to my heart
* the things that I love
* baking and cooking
* shopping
amongst other stuff and probably a fair bit of fluff

You can find my blog at http://www.mummypinkwellies.com

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Guestpost by DorkyMum: Accupunture and me

The wonderful, multi talented Ruth D. of DorkySon agreed kindly to do a guest post for my blog. In this post she talks about her own experiences with Accupuncture:

You know those annoying people who get something in their head and they go on and on about it, using any and every opportunity to bring it up in discussion?

I’m afraid I’ve turned into one of those people. And my obsession is, of all things, acupuncture.

A friend will post on Facebook that she’s suffering terrible morning sickness in pregnancy….

“Oooh!” I’ll say. “Have you tried acupuncture?”

Another friend will tweet about her bad back…

“Have you tried acupuncture for that?” I ask her.

I realised I might have taken it a little far when I intervened in a conversation between two women in front of me in the supermarket queue, who were debating the merits of various migraine treatments.

“You might want to try acupuncture for that,” I whispered. “It can be very effective.”

I don’t know if either of them ever tried it, but at least it made them pack up their shopping a little faster and finally move on.

Acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine which is based on traditions that go back two thousand years, although there is currently a growing body of evidence-based clinical research proving that it is an effective and safe way of tackling a range of health issues, from back pain to fertility issues.

I first had acupuncture when I was pregnant, and suffering from severe morning sickness. Despite the reassurances of my midwives, the vomiting and constant nausea didn’t stop at twelve weeks, and I was starting to feel a bit desperate. When a friend recommended trying acupuncture I was fairly sceptical, but decided to give it a shot.

I was shocked by the results. After spending the previous three months unable to keep food down – existing mainly on a diet of Schweppes Bitter Lemon and fizzy Haribo – I came out of my first appointment and walked straight across the street to a Mexican restaurant, where I sat down and ate a big plate of enchiladas. I wasn’t sick again for the remaining six months of my pregnancy.

Over the next year I went back to the same acupuncturist on two different occasions, and on both occasions, it helped me out where conventional medicine had failed.

The first time was to induce labour when I went two weeks overdue and was truly feeling like my pregnancy was never going to end. Pineapple hadn’t worked. Curries hadn’t worked. Long walks hadn’t worked. Several attempts at that delightful procedure known as a sweep hadn’t worked. It was worth a shot, right? I had an appointment at lunchtime on a Monday, and was in labour by 7pm that evening. I couldn’t believe acupuncture had worked so well for me again.

The second time was several months after the birth of my son, when I had been struggling with postnatal depression. Given my previous successes with acupuncture, it’s probably what I should have tried first, but in an exhausted and emotional fog I just didn’t think of it. I went to my GP and was prescribed with antidepressants, but it became obvious fairly quickly that they weren’t the solution and actually made things worse rather than better. Two sessions of acupuncture were all I needed to lift the terrible black cloud that I’d had hanging over me since having my son, and after that, everything about motherhood clicked into place.

Acupuncture may not be the right treatment for every person or every medical condition, but it is now almost always my first point of call. It is not prohibitively expensive, and I always feel like I am getting my money’s worth. Rather than rushing in and out in ten minutes like you have to with your GP, you can sit down for forty minutes or an hour and talk in detail about how you are feeling. Acupuncturists see connections – between your physical, emotional and mental health – that a GP may not. They look for the causes of problems, rather than just trying to treat the symptoms.

Recently I’ve had a run of colds and been feeling quite run down. With a young son in nursery and a husband who commutes on a crowded train every day, there have been far too many sniffles and sneezes in this house, and my immune system has been suffering. A year after moving house, I finally made the effort to track down a new acupuncturist in the area where we now live.

After just a couple of sessions I’ve been feeling much more full of energy, I’ve shaken off my colds, I’m sleeping well, and I’m feeling ready to get outside and take full advantage of spring.

Having friends and family roll their eyes at me when I bring ‘the A word’ up for discussion yet again feels like a small price to pay.

If you’d like to find out more about acupuncture, visit http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/

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I’m glad that Ruth had such a positive experience with Accupuncture. It certainly is an interesting and well written opinion. Being married to a GP I am perhaps a bit more skeptical about the true efficacy of Accupuncture, but we should always keep an open mind!

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1st haircut

Some of you may not know yet that we’ll be off on our very 1st two week holiday with our boys. To get ready for said holiday ( in lovely Spain ) we went to our favorite hairdressers in Reigate. Used to be sort of our local hairdresser as we used to live in Redhill. I went to ‘The Barber Shop’ Reigate for the first time not long after I got together with Dr Becky. Since then I haven’t been anywhere else!

Jenny & Toby and the rest of their team run the show in their little hair salon they like to call a Barbers, well it certainly is set up like a Barbers. Then there is a little tucked on at the back where Jenny spends most of her time as it is Affectionately called Jenny’s of Reigate a little, understated Ladies Salon.

Unfortunately when I went in there with my boys on Wednesday Jenny & Toby were not around. Jenny’s Daughter and another member of the team called Gina were holding the fort so to speak.

I didn’t have to wait long fortunately and all 3 of us needed a haircut so Alex went first to have his very first haircut courtesy of Gina.


When Jenny’s Daughter finished what she was doing, she asked if she could help and as Alex was being such a good boy and was just sitting there without any problems whatsoever we decided that she could go ahead and start with Eddie’s first ever haircut and what was surprising Eddie didn’t make any fuss either.


We certainly got high praise from the two Ladies, saying that this most probably was the best behaved boys ever to have had their very first haircut there.

Once the boys were done I strapped them back into their buggy and it was time for Daddy to have his hair cut. The boys were even very well behaved for this. Only thing they did do was throwing the toys they were playing with on the floor repeatedly.

So all in all quite possibly the best behaved boys in the history of 1st haircuts ( but then I maybe a tiny bit bias ).

Anyway a big big thank you goes to Jenny’s Daughter and her colleague Gina. There should also be another mention of Jenny and Toby have been styling us for a few years now and the hair and the service has always been first class.

You can find Jenny & Toby’s ‘The Barbershop’ in Reigate and in Dorking. Here is their Website: http://www.barbershopreigate.co.uk/

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#Wednesdaywords 08/05/13

I found a translation to my favorite ever spanish music video: Heroes Del Silencio “Entre Dos Tierras”

As we’ll be off on holiday very soon, to lovely Spain, I thought this was quite fitting! The next two Wednesdays the Wednesday words should either come from Dave Chapman or Rachael Chapman! See you soon!

Entre Dos Tierras

Te puedes vender,
cualquier oferta es buena
si quieres poder..
qué fácil es
abrir tanto la boca para opinar,
y si te piensas echar atrás
tienes muchas huellas que borrar.

déjame, que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer,
si yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer.

Pierdes la fe,
cualquier esperanza es vana
y no sé qué creer;
pero olvídame, que nadie te ha llamado
ya estás otra vez.

déjame, que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer,
si yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer…
Entre dos tierras estás
y no dejas aire que respirar
entre dos tierras estás
y no dejas aire que respirar

Déjalo ya,
no seas membrillo y permite pasar,
y si no piensas echar atrás
tienes mucho barro que tragar.

déjame, que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer,
si yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer…
Entre dos tierras estás
y no dejas aire que respirar,
entre dos tierras estás
y no dejas aire que respirar

Déjame, que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer,
si yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer…
Entre dos tierras estás
y no dejas aire que respirar,
entre dos tierras estás
y no dejas aire que respirar

Between Two Worlds

You can sell out
any offer is good
if you want power. ..
It’s so easy
to open your mouth that much and make an opinion,
and if you think about going back [to where you came from]
you have many footsteps to erase

Leave me. It’s not my fault you were seen falling [failing],
It’s not my fault you were seen falling [failing] …

You lose faith
any hope is vain
and I don’t know what to believe;
but forget me, nobody has called you
yet, there you are again.

Leave me. It’s not my fault you were seen falling [failing],
It’s not my fault you were seen falling [failing]
you are between two worlds
and leave no air to breathe
you are between two worlds
and leave no air to breathe

Give it up,
don’t be a quince [a sticky candy] and permit one to pass,
and if you’re not thinking about going back [where you came from],
you have to swallow a lot of clay [to do something difficult].

Leave me. It’s not my fault you were seen falling [failing],
It’s not my fault you were seen falling [failing]
you are between two worlds
and leave no air to breathe
you are between two worlds
and leave no air to breathe

Leave me. It’s not my fault you were seen falling [failing],
It’s not my fault you were seen falling [failing]
you are between two worlds
and leave no air to breathe
you are between two worlds
and leave no air to breathe