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NY Resolutions

Posted by Mum About Town
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on Tuesday, 07 January 2014
The pressure is on. That new year, new you type of pressure that is only conjured up by… yourself. But, as I sit here trying to work out what on earth my resolutions should be, I’m wondering why I didn’t feel compelling to improve myself on 30th November. I mean, what’s the big deal, this is only a new month. A new month which just so happens to fall at the beginning of the year.

2013 was just fine. My tax return was (almost) late, I lost both car keys and had to have the car towed away (at huge expense), I told a hideous client to take a running-jump and I had to have yet another boob operation, but the year really was just fine.

Anyway the statistics are bleak: only 8% of those who resolve actually stick to their plan. Mostly the resolutions we aim for are unrealistic, sadistic and plain old boring. Who wants to feel that they HAVE to read four books a month, send a handwritten letter to an old aunt or give up something fun that they enjoy (despite it being terrible for their health)?

If your new year’s resolution is to diet, I bet you’re reading this with an empty tummy and a sour face. And if you’ve promised yourself to visit the gym more often over the next 12 months, then I’m afraid you’re the worst statistic of all. You’re absolutely destined to fail.

Honestly, I don’t resolve to change too much of myself this year. And I’m welcoming 2014 with open arms.

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Happy 2014

Posted by Nanny Knows Best
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on Monday, 06 January 2014
Johnny: "Tomorrow when I grow up I’m going to fly a plane."

Nanny V: "Can I come too?"

Explaining time to a child is as mindboggling as, well, explaining time.

Seconds, day and night, weeks and years seem eternal when you are seven and race by terrifyingly fast by the time 40 hits. And then there’s the concept that life becomes a collection of decades rather than years. Aaaaarrrgh.

So revel and savour and share in the joy of timelessness that children show us. We have to be adults with responsibilities but remember the one gift you can give your children that cannot be wrapped in shiny paper and is never too indulgent, is your time.

Don’t just plan or intend. Do. And make 2014 your “Pooh” year.

"What day is it?"
"It’s today," squeaked Piglet.
"My favourite day," said Pooh.

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Banana smoothie

Posted by Nigel Brown
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on Friday, 03 January 2014
Nigel Brown Banana Smoothie recipe
Get 2014 off to a healthy start with this nice and easy Banana smoothie...

  • 1 whole large banana
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 450ml skimmed milk
  • 6 ice cubes


Peel and slice banana.
Add all ingredients to blender.
Blend until smooth.
Pour and serve with a twist of lime juice.

A very happy Christmas

Posted by Patricia_Marie
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on Friday, 20 December 2013
Dear readers,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for sending me your problems and dilemmas over the recent weeks since I began my Agony Aunt Column. I take time to read each and every one of them and feel privileged that you have trusted me with your most intimate concerns.

Over the past few weeks, I have received numerous emails relating to Christmas, highlighting that this time of year, for various reasons, can be a very stressful time. Many of us are extremely busy, and once all the shopping for gifts and food has been completed, the cards written, the house decorated, and presents wrapped, we can all be left feeling completely exhausted.

While Christmas inevitably is about compromise, finding time to visit numerous friends and relatives, having to entertain at home, it is also a time when many are facing loneliness... All of this can place an emotional strain on us.

My recommendation to you, would be that you all find some quality for yourselves away from the hustle and bustle the festive season brings. Relaxation is most important for our wellbeing, more so at this time of year.

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and sincerely hope that Christmas magic finds each and every one of you.

I look forward to being here for you next year throughout 2014 whenever you may need me.

Patricia Marie

Got a dilemma, please email

Please note, while Patricia cannot respond to all emails, she does read them all.

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Patricia Marie offers a counselling service in Harley Street, contact details as follows


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