About Sonya Cisco

Sonya Cisco is a 42 year old mum of three from Dorset. She spent 15 years playing in bands at various festivals and insalubrious locations throughout Britain and Europe. These days she is more of a home bod hence the title of her blog 'The Ramblings of a Formerly Rock'n'Roll Mum' , but she can still be persuaded to strap that bass guitar back on for special occasions. Has an opinion on everything, but always open to discussion. Likes biscuits a little bit too much.

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Current Affairs Round-up: Responses to the EU referendum result

Sometimes it can be hard to find enough posts for my round-up. Politics isn’t always at the top of the list of things to write about for those with busy lives and young families. Not this time though, this time I could probably fill several round-ups just with posts from the last 4 or 5 […]

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Current Affairs Round-up: In the news this month

The EU referendum is just a couple of weeks away now. Have you decided which way to vote? I think it is very hard to find unbiased facts, with both sides constantly contradicting each other. I am voting on gut instinct, as are many others I know. One friend on social media suggest we vote […]

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Current Affairs Round-up: Elections, strikes, football & obituaries

There were some elections held last week, and as usual the turn-out was rather poor. I ponder why in my post, and wonder if the promise of a biscuit would encourage more to turn out. Man Vs Pink discussed the importance of fostering an interest in politics in our children and making sure they understand the […]

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Current Affairs Round-up: Bloggers tackling topical issues

Welcome to April’s round-up of topical issues. This month has seen an important campaign, led by The Children’s Society, calling for the government to strengthen the law to protect 16 and 17-year-olds from sexual exploitation. A bill, introduced by Government in February, could see changes that mean older teenagers are better protected. As the law […]

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Current Affairs Round-up: A fresh start

I have been writing the Politics Round-up for BritMums for a few years now, and the time has come to give it a bit of a shake up. The round-up will now be titled ‘Current Affairs’. It will still cover politics, but also be broad enough to take in any topical news stories in all […]

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Politics Round-up: Paris and Syria

It has been a month of sadness and confusion. The events in Paris moved many of you to write, and then the decision for Britain to join those bombing Syria in response had you writing in equal quantities. Starting with Paris, something a lot of us wondered was how much to tell our children. Mine […]

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Politics Round-up: Tampon tax & tax credits

A couple of weeks ago MPs rejected a move to cut tax on sanitary products. Currently they are taxed as luxury items, well my tweet on the matter sums up how I feel about it… Enjoying my luxury period, luxury period pains and luxury tampon use today. Lap of luxury me. #tampontax — sonya (@SonyaCisco) […]

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Politics Round-up: Pigs, new leaders and tax credits

Well. It has been quite a week in politics. Shall I mention the pig? Well. I guess I can’t not really – but like I said in my piece here , it is important to focus on what our politicians are doing right now rather than what they may have done in the past – however […]

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Politics Round-up; Budget Responses

Last week saw a new budget from the Conservative Party and in terms of what got parent bloggers talking, it was the promise of an introduction of a new rule that will see families unable to claim any welfare support for third and subsequent children post April 2017. Most people feel that, while it is […]

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Politics Round-up; Post Election

There is a bit of a political lull at the moment, post election come down or calm down whichever way you look at it. We had the Queen’s Speech so have an idea of what the next year looks like politically, but I think most of us are more concerned with the forthcoming budget speech. […]

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Politics Round-up: Election response

The votes have been counted and verified and we have a new government. Reactions to this news are definitely mixed, and as such this months round-up is just in list form – I am deliberately avoiding grouping them into ‘sides’, as I am hoping that when push comes to shove, we are all on the […]

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Politics Round-up; Have Your Say

With the election just a couple of weeks off politics is on the agenda everywhere you look at the moment. Are you getting hot under the collar or just plain bored? Have any of the parties said what you want to hear or are you still unsure who to vote for or even if you […]

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Politics round-up: Bloggers standing for election and more

Welcome to this months politics round-up. I am starting with a big shout out to two bloggers who I hugely admire. They have both taken the decision to stand for election as councillors in their local area in May. Their ability to put themselves forward, to find time, to want to make a difference – […]

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Politics Round-up: Page 3 and other stories

Welcome to the first politics round-up of 2015. This should be a fascinating year politically, and as we head towards the general election I am hoping to be able to share the views of plenty of parent bloggers – on the issues that worry them, what they would like from politicians and how they will […]

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Politics Round-up: Homeless or hungry at Christmas

Hello and festive greetings to you all. Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but for many it is also a huge struggle as they attempt to manage to celebrate with their children in temporary accommodation or cannot find the money to stock the food cupboards – so I would like to start this round-up […]

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Politics round-up: Equality in Parliament and austerity bites

Did you know that women make up 51% of the population but 77% of MP’s are men? I wrote about the lack of women in politics a few months ago and wondered what could be done to encourage more women to get involved. I am not sure how best to achieve balance, but I do […]

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Politics Round-up: A no, payment cards & MPs behaving sadly

I left you last month with a feeling that Scotland was going to vote Yes. This was purely based on the fact that in my little corner of the blogging world YES was the resounding theme. As you will all know, the answer given by Scotland to the question of independence was NO. I was […]

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Politics Round-up: Scotland decides!

The Scottish Referendum takes place a week today. This momentous vote could change things for all of us in Britain, whichever side of the border you live on, so it is something I have been watching with interest. As an English person my urge is to beg them to stay, but equally if I was […]

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