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    Were You a Child of the 70s?

    My son and I were discussing his primary school the other day and how times have changed. I showed him an old photograph I had of a classroom from my junior school, many moons ago, and he couldn’t believe that our teachers used a blackboard. I remember my childhood very well and have fond memories of my time at Junior school in the 1970s. I do work in schools, and when I compare the differences from then and now, it is quite significant the way lessons and school life has changed; often quite dramatically. With this nostalgic frame of mind, I had a good look on the web the other…

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    My Bucket List-Valley of the Kings

    The Tomb of Seti l   When I was 10 years old I was given a book by a family friend called ‘The splendour that was Egypt, by Margaret Murray. She was an Egyptologist, archaeologist and a historian and became the first woman to become appointed as a lecturer in Archaeology in the United Kingdom. She was an authority in her field, excavating temples and being the first woman to unwrap a mummy publicly. Toward the late 19th century, the interest in anything Egyptian was gaining momentum; therefore, she wrote several books aimed at the interests of a more general audience. That’s why I found the one I was given…

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    My Doppelganger

    Almost 3 weeks ago, I was walking out of a coffee shop, and stopped in my tracks. A woman was sitting eating a pastry of some description…we glanced at each other, and smiled in total recognition. We looked exactly the same!!! I had found my doppelganger, my double, my sister from another mother. It was really strange – a feeling I’ve never experienced. There is a saying, that’s been around for years, that we all have a double somewhere, and I know I’ve finally seen her. I thought the word ‘doppelganger’ was relatively new, yet it’s from a 19th century German word which means ‘double-goer’; an apparition or a double of…

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    My Last 4 Spectacular Falls

    This is no exaggeration, but I have fallen over 4 times in the last 8 weeks. It started to worry me on the third fall as I felt there must be some sort of medical  explanation – I’m losing the plot, some hormonal problem, unexplained (‘idiopathic’…thanks, Dr. House!) giddiness, or my age. I had a discussion about this a few days before Fall Number 4, with my mother, who actually hit the nail on the head and informed me that is was quite simple: “The reason why Pip, is because you don’t look where you’re bloody going!” And she was correct. As I stumbled into the wall during Fall Number…

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    10 Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day

    So life can be pretty crap at the best of times. We may be going through money worries, health problems, work problems and love, or the lack of it. A feeling like we could be doing more with our lives or doing less, because we are experiencing some sort of work-related burnout. Or maybe, beating ourselves up every day because we may worry that we have spoken out of turn to someone or done something wrong and upset a family member, friend or a partner. To have negative feelings and be self-deprecating is not good for our well-being. However, to be positive and to look at the good stuff we…

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    2 Year Anniversary for my Blog

    Various anniversaries usually stay imprinted in our brains so that we automatically buy a gift or a card to commemorate the occasion. Unfortunately, I have hit the tip of the nose end of the menopause (medical science informs me that I’ll approach the tail-end in about 8 years). This has therefore created in my 47 year-old brain the inability to remember certain things. It doesn’t scare me in the slightest. I just get a bit forgetful sometimes. Like remembering where I’ve left something, and going upstairs to find that I can’t for the life of me figure out what it was I went up for. But I’ve had this since…