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Arts & Culture Round-up: World Book Day special

World Book Day. Has it become yet another marker to test whether we are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ parents? This year, Brummy Mummy of 2 agonised over the ‘first world’ problem she has. Crafting – and making fancy costumes for her children – don’t feature in her repertoire of Mummy skills. And on the Guardian’s blog, […]

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Arts & Culture round-up: The cruellest month

TS Eliot wrote that April is the cruellest month. But I reckon the toughest weeks of the year lie in February. Cold, dark and gloomy, with the Christmas festivities a dim and distant memory. And author Jay McInerney happens to agree. So there. Everything feels a bit deflated on the arts and culture front this […]

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Arts & Culture Round-up: It’s behind you!

Wow. December and January have been the busiest months for blogging about the arts. Tons of you have managed to fit in trips to the theatre, cinema and museums. I’ve read so many posts about these Christmas treats, that I’m already dying for next year to come around…. First up, it’s Panto. What would Yuletide […]

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Arts & Culture Round-up: What’s in your Christmas stocking?

Sigh….I’ve been thinking a lot about Benedict Cumberbatch recently. Those leonine good looks, that well-balanced voice, his piercing, intelligent eyes….since hearing him dramatise Kafka’s Metamorphosis on Radio 4, he’s been on my Christmas stocking wish-list. Imagine waking up on Christmas Day, to find him at the foot of your bed, reciting Shakespeare’s sonnets……. Perhaps there […]

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Arts & Culture Round-up: Looking forward, looking back

November is a month of remembrance. This month, several bloggers have been looking back in history, and taking inspiration from commemoration. At 11am on the 11th day of this month, I was sitting in a cafe with my son, who was recovering from a trip to hospital. The radio quietened and people stopped their chatter; […]

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Arts & Culture Round-up: Museums, memories and more

This month’s round-up comes at an inbetween stage. It’s rainy old October. The weather’s often too grim to make the great outdoors seem inviting. But even though theatres and cinemas have begun to crank up their shows, there’s still not as much entertainment on offer as there is in the run-up to Christmas. So: what’s […]

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Arts & Culture Round-up: kids, art and Edinburgh

Who says kids can’t enjoy art? Jake Chapman, for one. Half of the renowned Chapman brothers duo, he caused sparks to fly in the art world by suggesting that art galleries weren’t a place for children. It was best to keep them away. A Family Day Out wrote a great post explaining how – while […]

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Arts & Culture Round-up: Slowing down for summer

Phew. We’re nearing the end of the year. Not the end that falls in the middle of winter, heralded by a whole load of Christmas cultural shenanigans (Panto, blockbuster films, tons of West End shows….and – ahem – Strictly Come Dancing). No, I mean the high-Summer lull, before the start of a new school year. […]

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Arts & Culture Round-up: Summer is a-coming

The days are warming up. Summertime adventures are on their way. Like holidays abroad and staycations. Rambles through the woods, and excursions to the park. Afternoons spent with the children, splashing around in the paddling pool, squirting icy water at each other from a hose. Hurray for everything these sunny days brings to childhood (and […]

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Arts & Culture Round-up: TV, Gruffalos & a bit of cheese

High culture it isn’t. But you can’t beat a bit of children’s telly for generating some quality entertainment, and a good time had by all. These were sentiments shared by a few bloggers this month. Emily at A Mummy Too posted her 12 Reasons why you should take the family to CBeebies Live! The Big […]

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Arts and Culture Round-up: Spring into the holidays

Our clocks have sprung forward. Nights are shortening. Easter is almost upon us and, with it, a two-week break from the daily grind of school runs. It seems that we bloggers have been doing some pre-planning on ways to keep the youngsters occupied when they’re not guzzling chocolate eggs or dodging April showers. This month’s […]

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Arts & Culture Round-up: World Book Day

Welcome to the new BritMums Arts & Culture Round-up. To kick off, I thought I’d gather a collection of posts on a topic close to the hearts of many bloggers: books. Or – more specifically – World Book Day. As well as scouting round the blogosphere, I put out a request for WBD posts and […]

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