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NANNY OF A CERTAIN AGE

Posted by Nanny Knows Best
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on Monday, 10 February 2014
If I had to create the quintessential nanny I’d want someone with a degree in child psychology and teaching, someone with the energy of a professional football player, someone who cooks like Jamie Oliver and sings like Julie Andrews, curious, happy, loving and all things Mary Poppins.

Hollywood characters and reality are at spectrums which do not exist. However, it does not mean that a professional child carer cannot be a little of everything and also everything your child needs.

Maturity and experience are the two key elements when the nanny you seek may not have a medical degree or an interest in rocket science. I have neither and yet I kept calm and collected when young Luke suffered a febrile convulsion (actually comforting his mum was almost more stressful). And I have no desire to fly to the stars but I do know how to stimulate a young mind and hope one day to shake the hand of an astronaut I once read “The Magic School Bus: Lost In The Solar System” every day for weeks and weeks.

I am in no way disregarding the efforts of an educated mind and the value of a degree and other credentials. It is a great starting point and also demonstrates a determined individual.

And yet, parents recognise the maturity of a nanny who has raised a family of their own and appreciate the value of wisdom. A Recruitment Consultant at The Lady Magazine, confirms that “qualifications are not as important to families as are life experience and an ideal fit of personalities and philosophies”.

“Examining family dynamics and logistics is part of my job when I help to find the right nanny, because a new family member has to be more than just an employee. Age is not really the issue”, she added.

So just like Alice from The Brady Bunch, Carol and Mike Brady valued her love and attention to their children. When mum and dad weren’t around or didn’t understand, Greg, Marsha, Peter, Jan, Bobby and Cindy turned to Alice to talk to or help them with their problems. Like the time Alice helped Jan with being the middle sister just like her. She was also quite adept at backyard basketball games despite the confines of that blue uniform she wore.

Hmm, maybe Hollywood did get it right this time.

And just for the record, if there was a degree for Lego construction I could blitz it with my eyes closed.


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Ginbilee!

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Friday, 20 April 2012

Jubliee fever is gathering pace. At London's The Rib Room, this infusion of spirit has inspired a literal spirit infusion.

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Bombay Sapphire expert mixologist Sam Carter has worked with five of the nation’s most creative people to invent the niftily-named ‘Ginbilee’ celebration. Florist Robbie Honey, interior designer David Carter, event designer Fiona Leahy, product designer Anna Bullus and art director Rhea Thierstein have each added a personal twist to the standard Gin & Tonic. I was delighted to discover that you need only very simple additions to take this popular tipple up a notch, and even the most novice of mixologists (a.k.a me) can recreate the concoctions.

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Grapefruit and sunshine

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Friday, 13 April 2012

A dull chilly day in April was brightened up thanks to a cookery master class with Lisa Faulkner run by Florida Grapefruit.

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The day started with a grapefruit master class. My years as a GCSE Food Tech student came flooding back to me as we were taught the correct way to segment a grapefruit. This was also an opportunity for us to taste a Florida Grapefruit. Not being a huge fan of grapefruit, I tentatively tasted a segment. But Florida grapefruits are much sweeter than other grapefruits, so I was pleasantly surprised and managed to eat the whole thing!

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Ocean Liner parties

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Wednesday, 11 April 2012

The 1930s, an age of jazz, decadence and gin. Fast forward to 2012 and on board the SS.Atlantica it was once again all about jazz, decadence and gin.

On Saturday night I boarded the SS.Atlantica for a Champagne-sodden foray into the glamour of yesteryear’s most luxurious form of travel, with a magnificent Ocean Liner party. Boarding at The Savoy Pier we were then went off down the Thames, taking in the sights of London.



Men all looked dashing in top hat and tails, while the women, dressed in their furs and evening gowns looked like figures straight out of an Agatha Christie novel. There was live music to keep us entertained, an all-girl ensemble singing modern songs with a 30s sound. And then there was the roulette table...

Away on a sea of Gin Fizz, just one of Bourne & Hollingsworth’s signature cocktails, I danced the night away, even managing to find some chaps who could Charleston!

Fancy being transported back in time too? Blitz Party and Prohibition throw fabulous vintage parties every month, with cocktails and music themed around each era.

For more information visit www.prohibition1920s.com or www.theblitzparty.com

Words by Melonie Clarke.

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Whisky tasting

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Wednesday, 11 April 2012

With Father's Day getting ever closer, our thoughts are heading whisky way. With this in mind, last night a friend and I went to a Diageo whisky tasting in the Penthouse Suite, Dukes Hotel, Mayfair.

When we arrived we were greeted with a refreshing Johnnie Walker Black Label with Ginger Ale, ice and a wedge of lime and an array of canapés from mini cheese burgers to quails egg scotch eggs.

We sat on the balcony taking in the sights of London, which looked even more beautiful framed by the setting sun...I wished all work days ended so!



Colin Dunn was our whisky tour guide for the evening, taking us on a journey of whisky appreciation. Not only did he beautifully explain the process of distilling the whiskeys but he also taught us the correct way to taste them (and happily that didn't mean we had to spit any out).

Our tables had four whiskeys to taste: Talisker, The Singleton of Dufftown, Dalwhinnie, Glenkinchie - all single malt whiskeys and, flavour wise, range from a full bodied smoky, to a delicate and fruity.

The correct way to taste whiskey, Mr Dunn informed us, is to firstly swill it in the glass - this awakens the flavours. Then sniff it and then finally sip it.

The age of the malt will dictate how long you should keep it in your mouth to get the best flavour, for example a ten year old malt meant 10 seconds in the mouth.

The evening culminated with the tasting of the pièce de résistance of Diageo's collection, the Blended Whisky, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, and that's when I had my Meg Ryan moment! Having been taught how to taste whiskey correctly I can now safely say that I am a whisky convert.

Words by Melonie Clarke



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