Category Archives: In Praise Of…

Things which have pleased me, or are just generally amazing

Oliver Jeffers

Do you ever hear a piece of news about someone you admire but don’t know and you’re SO happy for them, like they’re your best mate or a family member?  Well, that just happened to me when I read the news that the artist and children’s book writer Oliver Jeffers and his wife Suzanne have just had a baby boy, called Harland.

This is a man who understands children.  His books are about friendships, loss, adventure, not being afraid to stand out, and the general ridiculousness of life.  His illustrations are beautiful, and instantly recognisable.  AND he grew up in Belfast. You can probably tell I’m a huge fan.  If you’re not reading his books to your wee ones, you should be.

That is one lucky kid right there – just imagine the bedtime stories he’s going to enjoy.

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An ode to Calpol

calpolOh Calpol, how do I love thee, let me count the ways.
I love your purple syringe thing
And your sickly scent
I love your effectiveness
In giving temperatures a dent
I love the brief respite
From a fever that you bring
And that instead of crying
My baby might just sing
I love the relationship
With Nurofen you have
Without you in the cupboard
I’d need a hell of a lot more Jav(a)

 

After two nights of pretty much NO sleep due to a baby with a temperature veering between 38.5 and 40, I frickin’ LOVE Calpol.

Without it I am nothing…