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Mealy-mouthed comments are a real disgrace - Argus Friday 19th August 2016

Posted Sunday 21st August 2016   By Ericka Waller

So Laura Trott’s sister said “She’s not worked harder than anyone else” while being interviewed on Good Morning Britain. For those of you have been living under a rock, Laura Trott is our four-time Olympic gold medalist. Emma went on to say “it was the hours of sacrifice, not just that we made from not going to school discos or going out with friends or the sacrifices that mum and dad made for us." Poor girl. She went on to explain how she was really the deserving medal winner “The amount of times that Laura kicked up a fuss on hills because dad and I were dropping her [and she said], ‘if you don’t slow down I’m going to ring mum, she can come and pick me up’. And I think back to them moments and I think how on earth was she the one that made it to be Olympic champion you know.”

Feel free to tell my children off if they misbehave - Argus Friday 5th August 2016

Posted Monday 8th August 2016   By Ericka Waller

SO THE i360 opened yesterday. I wondered what people would think. According to Harry Mount, from the Daily Mail, the 20-minute journey is “in the end, sheer, vertical fun – the sort of madcap architecture that fits right in with the chintzy, jolly world of kiss-me-quick hats and Brighton rock”. Oliver Wainwright of The Guardian was not as sold. He bemoaned the ground level building which he described as “a rather clumsy glass and steel box” adding that the high-tech look does not sit comfortably with the seaside setting. No-one has complained about the cost. Apparently locals can use their postcodes to apply for a membership card, which will give them a 50 per cent discount, but of course this does not apply at weekends or in the evenings. I will hold judgement until I go on it myself, although lord knows when that will be. Week two into the summer holidays and my kids are already driving me mad.

Don't give us excuses, take responsibility - Argus Friday 29th July 2016

Posted Monday 8th August 2016   By Ericka Waller

So the summer holidays are upon us. Already mums have divided into two camps. Those who claim to enjoy every precious second, and those posting ‘where’s the gin?’ Facebook gags at 9am in the morning. I’m up and down like a bride’s nightie. One minute it’s fish and chips by the rock pools, with marshmallows before bed and the next I’m ranting at them for mixing (all) the sun cream and (all) my prize-winning roses to make ‘perfume soup’. But that is child’s-play compared to the traveller’s behaviour, which caused the café in Wildpark to close. Pregnant Lisa Macmillan said “I have had boys swearing at me and four-year olds swearing at me. There was human faeces outside the café. They had managed to unscrew all of the bolts and take the butterflies that go on the shutters.”

Commuting to work is just like a full time job - Argus Friday 22nd July 2016

Posted Thursday 28th July 2016   By Ericka Waller

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” according to Samuel Johnson. I say, ‘When a man, (or a woman) is tired of getting to London, he or she is tired of life’. My commuter friends have shared some shocking stories and photos with me. A local lawyer said “I had a horrific experience, all the usual cancellations and overcrowded trains, but the scary bit was the mob trying to board the train as we were trying to disembark. There was no crowd control. I was scared I was going to be crushed by the sheer force and volume of people pushing.”

Perhaps its not quality time that brings us closer - Argus Friday 15th July 2016

Posted Monday 18th July 2016   By Ericka Waller

How much quality time do you spend with your family? According to a recent survey, almost half of British families spend just five hours a week together, and modern life is to blame. Long working hours, housework and social media are stopping us from enjoying valuable family bonding time. What qualifies as quality time? I have three young children. By the time I’ve cleaned up from their dinner, lured them in from the garden, washed the day’s grime away, got them in bedclothes and forced them to practise reading, we are all exhausted, and sick of the sight of one-another.

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