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Sue Nicholls

Sue Nicholls
Aylesbury, UK
August 14
hopeful writer, IT trainer, teaching assistant
Mad, middle aged and still very slightly portly. Forgetful and overworked (self imposed).


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FEBRUARY 8, 2009 2:24PM

Snow and Duty

You may have noticed that here in the UK we have had unusual quantities of snow this year, reducing the southern counties of England to a stand still. There is much debate about whether the authorities should have been better prepared to get us back on the move again with claims… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 7, 2009 5:26PM

Kids are very funny!


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A five minute drive from Pebbleditch is the market town of Tinkle. Tinkle has a museum, part of the Natural History Museum, filled to bursting with stuffed animals. Not cute little teddies… Read full post »

JANUARY 30, 2009 5:44PM

Husband sees Stars

We are great aunt and uncle, roles I approach with mixed feelings. I once had a great aunt, she wasn’t a maiden aunt, well at least I don’t think she was, she was certainly married but had no children and, well, I couldn’t imagine her bonking – but anyway… When I… Read full post »

 Part 1: In which we learn the rules

On a breezy day in July, Whiz, Horace with friend, Queasy, Mavis and I set out for our first foreign holiday since Mavis’s birth. We had rented a villa in Poitou, Western France which we planned to share with Whiz’s sister, Fretand… Read full post »

Here in England we have a conception that the bad things in the USA will reach us eventually. Gang wars, Celebrity Presidents  and drugs have all been noted disapprovingly in the USA and then found their way into our own culture, but there is one thing for which we can’t blame… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 28, 2009 5:30PM

Saved by the Yellow Peril

Holidays on a canal can be relaxing in middle age, and entertaining when young. I have only experienced the latter and there are too many stories to recount of meals falling into laps, people falling into canals, me landing in the snow and one outstanding time when something else fell rather… Read full post »

I sent this email to the Top Gear website. I thought it was rather good actually, and perhaps I’d get a stint on TV and even a new car! Oh well:

‘Dear Jeremy [Clarkson],

If I had more control over television viewing I should probably never watch your program but, as… Read full post »

JANUARY 27, 2009 6:00PM

Cat Poo, Yuk!!

For Mavis's (younger daughter) 5th birthday we bought a trampoline, a great big circular thing which dominated the garden. Being conscientious parents we also invested in side walls to prevent her from bouncing off and injuring herself, and a protective cover. The walls are made of aluminium pipes wh… Read full post »

JANUARY 27, 2009 5:22PM

I dated a Beatle

Several years ago, between husbands, I dipped a toe into the world of computer dating. This seemingly unbalanced move was initiated after a rather unsettling experience with a Lonely Heart from the local news paper.

Have you ever rung one up, out of curiosity? Most of the men sound really ordinary… Read full post »

JANUARY 27, 2009 3:35PM

Three Perimenopausal Women

Three perimenopausal women: Speak-Complete-Gibberish, Hear-With-Difficulty and See-Only-With-Glasses (Friends Biggles, Upper and I), went for a cultural weekend in Stratford on Avon.

We agreed to meet for a late lunch and I headed off in plenty of time to arrive… Read full post »

JANUARY 27, 2009 7:39AM

The Gerbil - and Other Pets

Mavis is a disadvantaged child. Well, at least in the pet department she is. Horace, for reasons of guilt, me having a full time career, had a sequence of pets which survived for limited periods. We had:

  • A rabbit which was truly enormous – a New Zealand Blue – with
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JANUARY 27, 2009 4:41AM

I am Wonder Woman

 I wrote this piece for a competition in a food magazine - which I didn't win! It asked for an essay based round food: why it's important, where my cooking roots came from and so on. For those readers (most of you) who are not

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Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 26, 2009 5:43PM

How to live with The Teenager

In many ways it is easy to forget that ‘The Teenager’ is part of the family. She doesn’t want to go out with you – unless there’s something in it for her, she appears only at meal times, she is not often at home as she is staying the night with… Read full post »