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Autism Ambassador

When I was offered the opportunity to become an Autism Ambassador I leapt at the chance. I think I am already a positive voice for people with autism, and I am always looking for new ways to raise awareness of autism in the community and my workplaces as well as supporting …

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Duathlon race three, done!

Well, we managed to complete all three duathlons in the series! The weather was even warmer than the last one and there was next to no wind at all which is nothing short of a miracle for Southsea. The distances had increased to running 10k, cycling 25k and then finishing …

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Duathlon race two, done!

  It was another 4.30am start but as you can see from the photos below, the weather was much more welcoming for the duathlon this month. The mileage for race two in the three race duathlon series was 7.5k run, 18.5k cycle and 5k run. My knee is still not run …

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Duathlon race one, done!

My physio has had me on a running ban ever since I injured my knee in a cross country race on Dec 28th. When she first told me that while I ‘might’ be allowed to run by March but that I certainly wouldn’t be duathlon mileage fit in time, I …

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The Rules

I am delighted to be able to introduce you to my latest book – The Rules. Sometimes the only way you can win is to put your own spin on the rules. For as long as he can remember, Cody has lived by the three rules his father insists they …

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Special Deliveries: Unusual Places

I am nearing the end of writing this book which will be less than half the size of Special Deliveries: Life Changing Moments because I am writing about a topic which is naturally limited by the fact that such occurrences happen only occasionally. As with the first book the stories are …

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Bajamawammers & Fartknockers

A few years ago a reader challenged me to fit the words “Bajamawammers” and “Fartknockers” into a future book. I’ve done it (go me) but cannot remember who the reader was and am therefore unable to acknowledge their contribution. If you were the person who set me the challenge please …

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Review of 2014

Last year Caroline Smailes wrote on her blog: “I have a jar, it sits on my desk. When a small moment makes me smile, I write it down on a piece of paper. I’ve managed to do this all year. I’ve written down every single moment of happy, I’ve folded …

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Tween Ambition

Our tween was given art homework which encouraged him to “produce a colourful and vibrant Christmas scene, presented in any way you like, out of any materials you have available”. Did our tween choose an easy and stress free option like drawing, painting or even making a collage? No, he did not. …

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Catch up time

Hello lovely readers, I think point form might work best for this update: I haven’t blogged for ages because  I have been distracted by designing  two reading programmes for local schools – one fiction based and one nonfiction – and you can find out more about these on my website …

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