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Debbie Flint

A touchy subject - do you know a Big Little Liar?... And when's the baby arriving!??
11 January 2018

So no news yet! I have a bit of an update though - they've tried all the old wives tales - except spicy food! My first grandchild is well and truly holding on - just like Bradley himself did, actually. He was two weeks late. And something happened that made me very glad of that - did this every happen to any of you? Back in the day - I'm talking in 1987 - if a baby was late, the expectant mum kept getting her weekly benefit. So I was eligible for another two weeks money - around £30 a week if I recall. So when Lauren was due on August 26th, and wasn't born until September 6th, I held on and didn't get her induced so she could go into the year above at school. I believed I'd get the same allowance, but I should have checked as they'd stopped doing the benefit extensions by then. Eeek! So for all her school life she was the oldest in the year, instead of the youngest. Nowadays if it's within a week of the cut off, I'm told they give you a choice. My great-nephew Arthur for instance is going to be eligible to choose being the youngest or the oldest when it's time to go to school, well, his mother Heather will choose. Matters were made a bit worse by my lovely lollipop being a big girl - 10lb9oz, yes really - and she kept that pace throughout her school years, mostly being a third taller than most in her year when she was little. But it means I guess she had the advantages that apparently the older ones get in learning and ability and grading. 

So back to Brad and Kari and they are doing well, Kari is understandably exhausted now and I hope for both of them the new arrival comes earlier rather than later! Much love to my family and hope to have some other news soon! 

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Meanwhile.,... here's a video I took of a little bubba - my niece Izzy - when she was a baby eight years ago - so cuuuuuute!! click here to watch it. 

Book of the week - Dear Mrs Bird

Launching on april 5th, it's currently on pre-order on amazon here, including on a very well narrated audiobook. I love anything vintage, and this is right up my street. I finished it - the hard copy (paperback publicity copy) - in three sessions. And each night I looked forward to re-joining the blitz spirit, rooting for the heroine Emmy, and adoring some of the turns of phrase befitting of the 1940s wartime setting. Blimmin' loved it - with bells on. Please go pre-order it, you won't be sorry. More here on my RiWiSi blog.


Plus my clever author pal AJ has also been listed in the annual Guardian Faces to Watch 2018 author list - go here to see more - congrats AJ!

Big little lies bingeing

Well I did it - I watched the whole series - and it was amazing. It's led to another round of discussions about real people who have the same sort of bullying experiences in their lives and some super heart-warming stories of triumph over adversity. On Facebook I put a post which basically mentioned emotional bullies and was inundated again with messages from people glad this topic is being highlighted. And as I said - if it helps ONE person, that's fine by me. If you're interested, or interested in forwarding it to someone in particular in your life, go here to see the latest Facebook strand.

And go here to see Narcissus, part one of my four part series filled with stories, links and resources to help those who think they're alone in their plight. They are not - there's always help and support out there. I hope this rings true for anyone feeling victimised.

Meanwhile, do go watch Big Little Lies - bullying is not the only plot and the acting is amazing - no wonder it's award-winning. On catch up /box sets / DVD.


Facebook Vlog of the week  - go here to see one of my many regular 'vlogs' - this one when we went to #Narnia - kind of - via Banstead Woods! 'Like' the page to keep up to date on my general life!


QVC this week - 

Here's a fab early bird look at tonight's (Sunday/Monday) TSV dress from Joe Browns - not their usual style at all is it? Very affordable and very stylishly classic. Watch out for several more sneaky peeks via my latest QVC blog - go here.

And watch out next week for a super massive bumper bundle competition you could win by RT and follow or 'like' and share my new Facebook page and twitter handle just for QVC! Launching next Friday (19th).

Have a great week!





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