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Helen Mason
Self-employed computer buddy, administrator, illustrator and home-educating mum of six
Self-employed computer buddy, administrator, illustrator and home-educating mum of six

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Family Christmas and a new member
** Delay in posting this that I wrote back in January as I have only just received the photos! ** For the first time in a year, we had all our children around us at the same time.  It was marvellous! Everyone seems to act younger when they get together and ...

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New year - new gadget - new approach
    Image courtesy of adamr at For most people, the first full working week back after the seasonal holidays has begun.  Visitors have returned home and daily life starts to fall back into its regular pattern. have a ...

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Look for the sunshine in everything
Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti at Sun plays hide and seek See this sullen Sunday morning The day without the sun is drowning Draw the curtains, look up high The sun has fled the sky to hide. Come on Sun come out to play Don’t be shy ...

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Beating a retreat with a dog-eaten manuscript
Ah yes - 'tis nearly December and we are preparing for the annual pilgrimage to Mallorca.  This will be the 15th consecutive year that Dave will have worked at the International School - Queen's College in Genova near Palma. It is also going to mark the 10t...

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Ebay and PayPal for beginners
Many of my clients tell me they would like to use Ebay - the online auction site.  Ebay is extremely popular but can be a little daunting if you are new to computers.  Many people fear they may buy something by accident but this is actually NOT that easy to...

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Anti-arts stance by new Education Minister and an open letter in response from Jon Payne from Royal School of Church Music
I can hardly believe the latest load of codswallop to come from the Department of Education.  As if Michael Gove wasn't bad enough, now we have Nicky Morgan. I feel so angry  that I am just putting out a short post with some links for you to follow. Read he...

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World Smile Day 3rd October 2014 - join in
One act of kindness to make one person smile World Smile Day raises money for the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation , a non-profit charitable trust that supports children's causes Simple Harvey Ball created the original smiley in 1963.  The image went on t...

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Arts, science, compassion and exercise
Fill your life! Smiling Smiling is something you should do For the people who know you And for the strangers you don’t. Smiling is all about being brave. Suppose they leave you standing With a mile on yours But not a glimmer on theirs Will you risk losing f...

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Thoughts on home education from my 22 year old son
You may wonder what happens to children once they finish home education.  My two eldest went on to Sixth form college, university then employment.  I still have four children at home, aged 10-16 years old and we work towards IGCSEs.  At 16, we consider the ...
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