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Clare F Hobba
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Encouraging my twins to apply for university - does that make me a nag or just a VERY active facilitator?
Encouraging my twins to apply for university - does that make me a nag or just a VERY active facilitator?

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Weekend Stew
When the twins fell back to earth after graduation / gap year , they
landed at our house. Office hours plus commute means they are not home much.  Fortunately very many of their friends have ended up living and working
nearby in London.  So weekends are par...
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Storm Eleanor
I come from Cornwall where the weather’s important. It’s important for farmers when they take in the harvest. It’s important for fishermen so they don’t sail right into a
storm. It was a common practice for a fishing village to have a communal
barometer in ...
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How to get straight to the top without New Year Resolutions
Feeling slightly seedy after Christmas feasting, we are easy
prey for the New Year’s Resolution. We will make a promise to eat less/exercise more/ read
improving literature/ take up fretwork. The aim is to become better people. The result will be that most ...
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God With Us
At Christmas, we have only two firm family traditions. On Christmas Eve we attend the beautiful sung evensong at St
Albans Abbey – or The Annual Festival of Coughing, as we call it. On Christmas morning we go to our own church, St Luke’s. At quiet moments i...
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Not too Christmassy
We always had a Christmassy outing with the children.  We have continued, but sometimes I miss their
youthful awe and excitement. The train into London was packed with families.  Nigel, Pascoe, Carenza and I were split up
down the carriage. (Perran was arri...
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Where Lost Balloons Go
Months ago I began to photograph lost balloons. I didn't really know why. They don't seem very photogenic. But each one carries a story we shall never fully know. Once they were part of somebody's plan for jollity. But they slipped from captivity and escape...
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Whatever Happened to Nigel and Clare?
When the children left for University it was the end of
twenty-one years of family life.  We would be brave and stand back while they found their
wings. We expected to be sad, and for a short time we were. But soon we found compensations. Just to go out on ...
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Just Stop
A few years ago when I trained as a teacher, I had a
placement in rural North Hertfordshire. 
Showing me round,  the pupils focused on the most important thing of all –
the procedure for snow days.   It was only
September, but they already had an eye on a d...
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Happy Hair
The order in which information is delivered really matters,
and this Saturday proved it. We had just been en famille to see the Tove Janssen (Moomin)
Exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery. I find it particularly poignant to revisit activities which
I associ...
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The Sound of God Laughing
They say “If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your
plans.” The plan was that I was to have a foot operation to relieve
painful wear and tear.  I would be off my
feet for six weeks.  I had painstakingly arranged my teaching work around the
operation. I h...
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