About Sonya Cisco

Sonya Cisco is a 40 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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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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Politics Round-up; A mixed bag.

A variety of different topics got you talking this month, making it hard to pick a general theme for this round-up, so I haven’t, instead here are snippets from the best political posts from our bloggers. Jayne from Mums The Word looked at the housing crisis :- “So, what if our landlord hadn’t had a change […]

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Politics Round-up: Elections, books and when to have a baby

I will start with the big political story of the past month, the recent elections which saw UKIP do well both in local council and European elections. Swazi from Chocolate Is Not The Only Fruit posted about the UKIP mini carnival near her home, and ‘exception’ reporting  just before we went to the polls. Single […]

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Politics Round-up: Young voters & food poverty

My daughter turns 18 in three months time, just a little too young to vote in the European and Local elections at the end of this month. Mary from Keynko‘s daughter has hit the milestone just in time, and Mary’s post talks about her pride in her children’s interest in politics and looks at the broader […]

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Politics Special – Scottish Independence

I recently received an email in my capacity as politics editor for BritMums. It was enquiring as to whether we would be writing about the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence. Of course we will be, I replied. Then feeling rather under-educated on the matter myself I asked some fellow bloggers who are far more informed to […]

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Politics Round-up; Budgets and Striking

George Osborne announced his 2014 Budget on the 19th of March. You can read the key points in this piece in The Guardian. But what did bloggers make of it? Well, the fairly tactless and now infamous ‘Bingo and Beer’ posting by Grant Shapps on Twitter was what got my goat, and inspired me to […]

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Politics Round-up; Changes, Childcare Costs and Boobs.

I will start with something I missed last month. Jax at Live Otherwise added her post on the concept of basic income, and her follow up on the same theme to last months linky, and I found it such a fascinating and different idea that I wanted to include them this month. They also inspired […]

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Politics Round-up: Big rows & women in politics

Hello, and welcome to the first politics round-up of 2014. The major thing that got you all talking this month was the prospect of longer school hours. I wrote my thoughts on the topic here, and this post would be packed with your reactions to the suggestion, except that we have a special BritMums post […]

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Politics Round-up: Mandela and more

This past week saw the passing of one of the greatest politicians of the last century. Mandela’s life was long, difficult and ultimately triumphant. He provided us with proof that change for the good is possible, and he was a great believer in the power of dialogue and forgiveness, as well as being a powerful […]

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Politics Round-up: Vouchers for breastfeeding and more

It always throws me into disarray when a government announcement results in a flurry of blogposts just as I was about to submit the months politics round-up. Sometimes I pick them up the following month, but the business of vouchers for breastfeeding has taken up my twitter and blog feed so completely today that I […]

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Politics Round-up: #educationmatters Save The Children

It has been a busy month in the political arena- America has shut itself down, it has been party conference season, there was a fairly major press vs politicians spat, and all sorts of other bits and bobs have been going on. As such please bear with there not being a cohesive theme to this […]

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Politics Round-up: Back to business

Hello, I am back after being allowed the summer off for good behaviour. This round-up features fewer posts than usual as it seems many of you, like me, were struck down with a lack of time/energy to vent over the summer. For me my lack of political outpourings has been partly lack of time, both […]

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Politics Round-up: Hot under the collar

Phew! It is boiling isn’t it? But what has got you lot hot under the metaphorical collar this month? I will start where I finished last month, with BritMums Live. The Feminism discussion panel that I was so nervous about went well, it was fabulous to see lots of you there, and to hear your […]

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Politics Round-up: Notable women

An important date was remembered last week, Keynko wrote her post on the 100th anniversary of the death of Emily Wilding Davison. It is less than a hundred years since woman got the vote, and we owe it to Emily and her suffragette colleagues to ensure we make use of it.  Perhaps she is a fine […]

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Politics Round-up; Extraordinary commentators

I am adopting a slightly different approach to this months round-up and taking a closer look at the BiBs shortlist in the commentary category. Politics can mean many things beyond simply the activity of those in parliament, and the thing that binds all of the nominees in this category together is a desire to improve […]

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