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Scattered memories: reminiscences about Israel & the West Bank

I don’t want to talk about the current Israel-Gaza conflict. Although a journalist, I have never covered the Middle East so it is not for me to give some badly researched, ill informed diatribe on the current situation.   But this recent escalation of violence has brought back memories – some fragmented, others clearer – of a holiday some years […]

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Children, Feminism, Raising Girls

‘KAPOW: Take that, Cinderella!’ Reading to girls – subverting the Princess norm

Every night at story time, I ask my daughter what she wants to read; depressingly, she makes a beeline to the huge pink Princess book. ‘Really?’ I ask, ‘Wouldn’t you rather have…’ I reel off a list of all the other stuff on her shelves. But no, predictably, Princesses it is then.   As a child you simply can’t escape […]

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Children, Feminism

I HATE BALLET. Why my daughter won’t be donning a tutu any time soon.

I dread tomorrow, when the weekly kids’ ballet class will take place in our apartment block. Predictably, my daughter will stand outside the performance room, paw at the glass doors and salivate as her peers dance around in their tutus. After this, an hour of tantrums will ensue and she will cry, plaintively, ‘Mummy, I want ballet…I WANT ballet…I WANT […]

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Travel, Travel with children

Singapore: alright for the night

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Feminism, Film

If only I were Danish…

I am a woman obsessed. My days monopolised by one omnipresent thought…   “WHO KILLED NANNA BIRK LARSEN?”   That’s the tagline of the amazing Danish detective series, The Killing. It’s a drama about a 19 year old girl (Nanna Birk Larsen) who is brutally raped and murdered – 20 ensuing episodes are spent blundering around Copenhagen as the Danish […]

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