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Corgis, snakes and ladders

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 7th June 2012

It’s 20 years since I threw caution to the wind and swapped a steady (ish) job and salary for the precarious life of a freelance. But right at the start, I made a solemn promise – and it’s one I’ve never broken. I would not, I told myself, ever sneak out of my office to watch daytime TV. If I did it once, I knew I’d be doomed. But daytime ...keep reading

The Famous Five’s Sapphire Jubilee

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 5th June 2012

The Queen isn’t the only one celebrating a major anniversary this year. The Famous Five are too. Did you know that Enid Blyton’s classic stories of Julian, Dick, Anne, George and George’s mongrel Timmy have been entrancing generations of children for a magnificent 70 years? I was one of them. I loved Enid Blyton books so much that every Saturday morning I’d spend the whole of my two shillings and ...keep reading

Giant image of the Queen beamed across Buckingham Palace

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 21st April 2012

The best-read blog I’ve ever written was about Face Britain, a stunning initiative that challenged children and teenagers across the UK to help create a giant image of the Queen. Well, I thought I’d better bring the story up to date. On Thursday night, the artworks – more than 200,000 photographs, paintings, 3D images, graphic designs, you name it – were put together and beamed right across the front of ...keep reading

My favourite Emma Bridgewater mug

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 25th March 2012

My son gazed at the kitchen shelves, silently counting the rows and rows of colourful mugs. “Do you know?” he said finally. “We could invite 100 people to tea and not have to borrow any cups.” Most of the cups he’s talking about are from Emma Bridgewater, the eponymous potter whose china adorns kitchens the length and breadth of  the country. Manufactured in Stoke-on-Trent and sold all over the world, ...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