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Why school teacher’s killer should NOT have been named

Yesterday, a judge made the decision to allow the press to publish details of the 16 year old boy who killed school teacher Ann Maguire. The Guardian proudly declared how they had lead the campaign (this has since been removed from their website), arguing it was “in the public interest” … but I think they are gravely wrong. Read the rest of this entry


My first ever Weight Watchers meeting

I plucked up the courage to attend my first ever Weight Watchers meeting last night – and I’m really glad I did. I had many concerns before attending. I must confess to being so nervous whilst waiting for the doors to open, I seriously considered turning back. I was worried everyone would know what your weight was, so that you felt you had to lose in order to keep face, but I was wrong. I thought I would be the largest person there, whilst everyone else would be close to their ideal weight, but again I was wrong.
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Let the weight watching commence

I finally signed up to Weight Watchers last night. Here are my first impressions:
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Waiting for the Weight Watchers

An opportunity too good to miss happened my way recently: I’m going to take a 3 month trial with Weight Watchers. There are several reasons why this is important for me:
I am embarrassingly overweight
My blood pressure’s so high, I have to take medication
I have a lot of family with diabetes
I don’t want my kids to be ashamed of me
My husband has high blood pressure & cholesterol, so I hope it might inspire him

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The best things in life are free (or at least freebies are)

With many families struggling to make ends meet, there seems to be a growing make do & mend mentality developing. It may surprise you to discover that there are places which can help you track down items which might just need a little patching up. Better still, a few can point you in the direction of companies offering promotional items for free. Below are a few of these sites, please let me know if there’s any I have missed:
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Arrival of study materials (A275 Reading classical Greek)

It’s been a strange old day. I logged into Facebook this morning, to see people posting that the dispatch date for our module materials had moved from 22nd August 2014 to 2nd September 2015. No, I did not mistype that, September next year. See:

Using a personal organiser (Filofax) for university studies

Using a personal organiser (Filofax) for university studies

One thing that is particularly tough about being a student mum, is time management. Over the last few years, I have been trying particularly hard to hone my organisational skills. Last year I hit upon the idea of trying out a personal organiser, so I could combine various resources together. When searching the internet, I was disappointed how little advice there was regarding university students using personal organisers. (Though I do highly recommend the excellent Philofaxy blog). What follows, is what I’ve been working with so far.

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