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Posted by Nanny Knows Best
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on Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Last week I had one of those “times have really changed” moments when ten year old Tommy asked if he could google some important information.

Intrigued, I asked him to explain what was SO important that he could only find on google.

There’s a boy in my class who likes a girl in my class and he wants to find out how to get her to like him. He can’t google at home because his mum will find out so he asked me”.

Restraining bewilderment, suppressing all out laughter, and with the composure of my inner professional Nanny V, I had to enquire why a ten year old would imagine that google could provide more helpful information than his mum, his tutor, or me, females who know precisely what a girl likes and wants from a boy.

Tommy: “Oh Nanny V, you are SO old fashioned. Google knows everything”.
Me: “Oh Tommy, you have SO much to learn about life that google and computers could never teach you”.
Tommy: “Like what?
Me: “Where do I start?

Where DO I start???

So we discussed a couple of subjects like friendship and the concept of graciousness in winning and defeat when he plays football (also cuddles and how they make you feel good even when you are a ten year old boy who would never publicly admit to such behaviour!), so he could relate and understand, and so he could appreciate that life lessons come from experience and not technology.

I am not sure our discussion gelled. Actually, I wasn’t sure I gave him the correct information, so I googled “how to get a girl to like you” and I can report with great relief, my advice was spot on.

Life lesson #1, Nanny V is always right. #2, some old fashioned ways still apply today (and hopefully never change).

Hot in the city

Posted by Mum About Town
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on Wednesday, 25 June 2014
London is hot, by UK standards.  Positively steamin’.  Men, women and all those uniformed smalls are all throwing their hands up in disbelief, while simply sweltering.  He always said we should get some air con, like our European friends.  But the heat never feels it’s here to stay.  Better to keep those pennies for the Npower heating bill. I retort.

Anyway, fashion is the bigger issue at steak.  We ALL have nothing-to-wear.  A little stripping off leaves us looking more than ridiculous.  That capsule collection offers no alternative.  We bare a little flesh and suddenly feel naked.

The bag of summer togs is in the attic.  Down it comes, rummaging through… nothing’s remotely wearable.  Either too ‘beach’, a little ‘poolside’ or dated last decade from GAP.

Toes, upper arms, cleavage… it’s all translucent.  We pretend self-tanning was our thing.  Smothering ourselves, imagining we will emerge a South of France beach babe.

A quick panic Google.  Many items added to basket while toenails are painted.  The sky starts to darken, and then it starts to rain.  We can all breathe a sigh of relief.


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