January 2016 Archive

Daisy Ridley is a good role model for our children - Argus 15th Jan 2016

Posted Monday 18th January 2016   By Ericka Waller

So I finally made it to the cinema on Friday to see the New Star Wars film, the Force Awakens. We booked a sofa at the Duke of York, Komedia. I was impressed until I found out they did not sell pick ‘n’ mix or popcorn. How can you enjoy a film without picking half popped corn out your teeth and then slurping on Seven-Up to rehydrate your salty mouth? The lead character Rey, played by relatively unknown actress Daisy Ridley made it all worthwhile.

New Year brings new found hope and optimism - Argus Friday 8th January 2016

Posted Friday 8th January 2016   By Ericka Waller

So Christmas has been and gone. The recycling van is creaking with mountains of toy packaging, wrapping paper and glass bottles. Browning Christmas trees lie in puddles on the pavements, gasping for air like flapping fish laying on canal banks, their majestic glory long forgotten. In hindsight maybe they would have preferred the chipper to this slow ungracious death. Baubles, wreaths and tinsel are replaced by restrictions, reductions and resolutions. I love the optimism of the first week of January. Hope, determination and short-lived optimism rises inside us, like a Phoenix from a pile of ashes.

My family trip to Cumbria turned into a nightmare - Argus Friday 1st January 2016

Posted Friday 1st January 2016   By Ericka Waller

So I am finally home from Centreparks. I thought I was so clever, going miles away to a cheaper resort. Of course I never took the cost of fuel into account, or the weather warnings. It took nine hours to get to Cumbria. My Sat-Nav kept suggesting routes that avoided traffic but ended in a no entry signs due to the horrendous floods. The Harry Potter audible story had ended. The children were killing "We wish you a Merry Christmas”. I’d admitted eye-spy was a rubbish game three hours back, after feeble protests from me that it was "education and fun".