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Aren’t we all a little bit OCD? Exploring the passion & obsession behind collections – The story of my vintage Barbie collection

Feb 14 2016
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Here is my brain dump for the week reflecting on the reasons behind people’s collections and why I think I am a tiny bit OCD – by this meaning a bit obsessed with one collection in particular. And of course I tell the story of my vintage Barbie collection.

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Mark your Diary: HENLEY FESTIVAL 6-10 July 2016 featuring Elton John & other stars – Tickets on sale from 25 February 2016

Feb 13 2016
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HENLEY FESTIVAL, the UK’s most glamorous boutique festival, returns to its stunning setting along the river in Henley-on-Thames from 6th – 10th July 2016 with tickets going on sale to the general public on Thursday 25th February 2016 at 10am. The line up of stars include ELTON JOHN & HIS BAND, BLAKE & DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY, ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS, BRYN TERFEL & WNO ORCHESTRA, WILL YOUNG, RONNIE SCOTT’S, AL MURRAY. TICKETS ON GENERAL RELEASE AT 10AM ON THURSDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 2016.

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Film review: Zootropolis – Top Ten reasons to love this Disney comedy animation

Feb 12 2016
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Zootropolis is by far the best comedy animation of the last 10 or even 20 years. It gets full marks 10/10 from both London Mums and London Kids Club. Even the Dads from our network attending the special screening showed extremely positive reactions to this wonderful film. Zootropolis is one of those movies you want to watch over and over again to spot all the little details that you would have missed at the first viewing. It is full of funny little details that are there but not on your face, therefore only visible to a careful looker such as the iPhone for rabbits which has a carrot instead of an apple on the back (iCarrot) or the iPaw which is the animal equivalent to the iPad for humans. This is exactly what makes Disney so special compared to many other film productions. Read further for my top ten reasons why I think Zootropolis is one of the best comedy animations of all times.

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Win 1 of 3 prize bundles with ODDBALL AND THE PENGUINS

Feb 12 2016
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The heartwarming and hilarious family film ODDBALL AND THE PENGUINS is unleashed in cinemas on 12 February 2012 and, to celebrate, we’ve got three bundles of goodies to give away!

Guaranteed family fun for this half term, ODDBALL AND THE PENGUINS is based on the incredible true story of an eccentric Australian chicken farmer who, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous Maremma sheepdog Oddball to protect a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks, and in the process tries to reunite his family and save their seaside town.

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Three Reasons to Get Involved in Charity

Feb 10 2016
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From expensive dinners to designer clothes, there are many ways you can spend your hard-earned money. While there’s nothing wrong with splurging occasionally as a result of all the hard work you put in every week, there are some things that are worth spending on apart from the usual material things.

A study done by the Harvard Business School titled “Feeling Good about Giving: The Benefits (and Costs) of Self-Interested Charitable Behavior,” talks about the different ways in which doing charity work can lead to a lot of benefits. While the idea of feeling good by giving is a centuries-old concept, there are other things that giving aid to the needy can benefit your emotional and psychological consciousness.

Here are three reasons to donate to charity.

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