Category Archives: Beta Mum’s Blog

The ramblings of a trapeze artist turned journalist who ran away from the circus to join the BBC… and then ran away from the BBC too.

Match Attax are not Topps

What do Man of the Match, Hundred Club and Limited Edition have in common? They’re the only answer I ever get these days to questions like – “How was school today?” “What did you do for lunch play today?” “What … Continue reading

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Blog Fodder tackles Darwin

What links Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin and Blog Fodder? It’s not another lateral thinking puzzle, it is a real question with a truthful answer. They were all born on the 12th of February – exactly 200 years ago in the … Continue reading

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Nits, worms and verrucas…

Where do I start? I haven’t even mentioned the rats yet, and I can only blame the children for them if I use the guinea pigs as an intermediary. First – the nits. I noticed them when we got back … Continue reading

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Hope for the future?

I’m a fan of lateral thinking puzzles, and now my children like them too. You know the kind of thing – a man, a puddle of water and a measuring tape. The children were reading them out to each other, … Continue reading

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A Day’s Work

Some people arrive at work feeling fresh and ready to face their e-mails with humour and enthusiasm, after a restorative evening of relaxation. I imagine those people are not parents. Not of my children, anyhow. I arrive at work feeling … Continue reading

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Slacker Dad

Back to work for me. Another day off for the children. And that means back to sole supervision of the children for Blog Fodder – without the handy intervention of school to take the strain. You may have heard of … Continue reading

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No, Minister

Having recently metamorphosed into a civil servant, it’s sometimes hard to remember that this is what I now am. Or, at least, that it’s what I spend my working hours doing. I do try to maintain some kind of out-of-hours … Continue reading

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Tackling Terrorism

In which Blog Fodder leaves the comfort of his own home and gets very cross… It’s gratifying to know that the stable doors at Exeter Airport are still firmly bolted. It’s more than two years now since they were closed … Continue reading

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Children and Chores

We’re back to the pocket money question. It’s been more than a year since we first experimented with the concept, but we gave it up because Ben said he didn’t want pocket money any more, and Hannah was too young … Continue reading

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Jersey Drivers

I don’t suppose many people have spotted any similarities between Brixton (South London, not Devon) and Jersey (Channel Islands, not USA). I’ve lived in both places (and quite close to the alternatives in Devon and USA too) and I can … Continue reading

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