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Could you give up Twitter or Facebook?

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 16th January 2012

Blimey. I thought I’d set myself a tough challenge for the New Year by giving up alcohol for January (successfully so far, but we’re only halfway through!) and resolving to blog every day for a month. But one thing I’ve never contemplated is relinquishing Facebook and Twitter. But that’s what writer Tom Cox has done. Well, he doesn’t exactly say he’s given up Twitter but he’s deactivated his Facebook account ...keep reading

Working mums and latchkey kids – the debate goes on

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 15th January 2012

My jaw drops with astonishment when I see pictures of high-profile women just a few days after they’ve had their babies. Svelte in designer outfits and killer heels, they look like they’ve come straight from the health spa rather than the maternity unit. When my daughter was born it took weeks for me to have the oomph to leave the house, let alone contemplate getting dressed up to the nines and going ...keep reading

Pret A Manger goes to Paris

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 14th January 2012

The most memorable lunches I’ve ever eaten have been in France. From a posh restaurant lunch in a medieval hilltop village near Cannes to a freshly baked baguette and some brie de meaux under the plane tree at the House With No Name, le déjeuner in France is special. It’s certainly not something to be gobbled at top speed in between phone calls at your desk. When my daughter started ...keep reading

The Iron Lady – a tough film to watch

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 8th January 2012

The Iron Lady should come with a health warning. Yes, Meryl Streep gives the performance of a lifetime as Lady Thatcher (all other contenders for the Oscar might as well give up now) but if one of your loved ones has dementia it’s a very tough film to watch. “That was a bit hard to cope with,” whispered my husband as he left the cinema at top speed. I looked ...keep reading

Stella McCartney and the mysteries of make-up

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 7th January 2012

The February issue of Vogue lands on the doormat with a huge thump and it’s a corker. It boasts a fascinating tribute to the painter Lucian Freud by friends and acquaintances and a report on what happened when 17 Vogue editors met in Tokyo. But the most enthralling piece of all is an interview with Stella McCartney, who comes across as engaging, family-minded and refreshingly down-to-earth. One of the most ...keep reading

Friday book review – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 6th January 2012

A whole year has whizzed by since I reviewed the six books on the 2011 Romantic Novel of the Year shortlist. But I vividly remember reading The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes for the first time and predicting in a flash that it would win. Her heartrending tale of passion, adultery and lost love was “everything a romantic novel should be,” I wrote in my review, and ...keep reading

When children struggle with reading

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 5th January 2012

“If you could effect one major policy change in the governing of your country, what would it be?” That was one of the questions the writer and academic Norman Geras asked me in a profile for his excellent Norm’s Blog a few months back. Every Friday he puts interviewees on the spot by asking them to answer a pithy list of questions, from their favourite novels to their most treasured ...keep reading

Laura Marling, Saunton Sands and the last day of the holidays

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 4th January 2012

It’s the last day of the holidays and everyone’s feeling grumpy. So grumpy that you could cut the air with a knife. My son’s revising polymers (I’m not sure what they even are) and my daughter’s trying to write an essay on nineteenth century French philosophy. Our Cumbrian Christmas (above) seems another world away. Tomorrow my son will be back at school and my daughter will catch the Oxford Tube ...keep reading

The Dangerous Book for Boys – everything a 21st century boy needs to know

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 3rd January 2012

The New Year has arrived with 85 mph winds lashing the country, driving rain and a clutch of ultra-depressing surveys. Why are we so addicted to surveys? The papers are full of them – and the crazier they sound the more column inches they get. Today’s batch is as eclectic as ever. So far I’ve clocked that only one in three of us bother with breakfast these days and more ...keep reading

Children’s self portraits for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 2nd January 2012

It’s amazing to think that the Queen is celebrating 60 years on the throne. The year’s celebrations will range from a Diamond Jubilee Pageant in the grounds of Windsor Castle in May to a magnificent flotilla of 1,000 boats sailing along the River Thames in June. But I reckon one of the most imaginative and creative tributes of all is Face Britain. An initiative launched by the Prince’s Foundation for ...keep reading