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I've never been so happy to be in my own home - Argus Friday 7th October 2016

Posted Tuesday 11th October 2016   By Ericka Waller

So we Air B&B’d our house and went to Chessington Theme Park for the youngest’s 5th birthday. Cleaning your house for total strangers to stay in is depressing. By the time I’d scrubbed the house from top-to-bottom, been to the dump twice and cleaned the oven out I became resentful. I wanted to stay in my nice clean house by the sea, not in a gaudy safari-themed hotel, but such is life. I was pleasantly surprised when we got to our room. It had a welcome quiz, which ended in a combination code that opened a safe of goodies.

Empty buildings should be used for the homeless - Argus Friday 30th September 2016

Posted Monday 3rd October 2016   By Ericka Waller

SO Tents are popping up all over parks in Brighton. This is homeless problem. Needles are being found in parks. This is not a homeless problem. “Needles in the parks is not something that should be confused with rough sleeping. Drug use impacts on people of all classes, housed or homeless, but needles disposed of carelessly should be condemned by all, as they pose a danger to all, not least rough sleepers” as Andy Winter, executive of Brighton Housing Trust succinctly explained

Raising daughters to be illimitable - LOTTIE DOLL REVIEW

Posted Monday 26th September 2016   By Ericka Waller

I am not very good at being a girl. I think it’s because I grew up with boys and a mum who is not very good at being a girl either. I’ve never minded this. She is amazing with horses, and gardens. She can do the Telegraph cryptic crossword and has read James Joyce’s Ulysses. I grew up lugging bales of hay and buckets of water at the stables. I grew up between the hard elbows of my big brothers. My early childhood influenced me. I don’t wear nail varnish. I hate brushing my hair. I care more about my house being clean than looking clean on the school run. I didn’t play with dolls as a kid. I made dens with my brothers and went fishing. Because of these things, when it came to wanting children, I hoped for boys. I got three girls.

Families must be so proud of selfish train pair - Argus Friday 23rd September 2016

Posted Monday 26th September 2016   By Ericka Waller

Would you give up your place on a train? Disabled 43-year-old Cat Lee posted a photo of the two men who refused to get out of her reserved seats online with the comment ‘Meet these two gentlemen. Charming fellows took seats reserved for Rach and I. As a disable passenger I stated why I needed my reserved seat. They did not budge. I’m sure their wives and mothers would be proud of them.’

Writing children off are the age of 11 is not fair - Argus Friday 16 September 2016

Posted Tuesday 20th September 2016   By Ericka Waller

SO Brighton and Hove Council are opposed to Theresa May’s proposal to reintroduce a grammar school system.+ Grammar schools are secondary schools which select children based on their ability to pass an exam, the 11 plus. The exam is designed to sort the wheat from the chaff, or in education terms, those likely to make it to university, and those that won’t. They were banned in 1998 and replaced with Comprehensive school who teach children of all abilities together with no academic entry requirements.

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