Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Giving it away...

We're good at giving things away here. I've never sold a thing on eBay; I've given away so many copies of my book I'll never get to buy that yacht, and my one experience of car-booting will definitely be my last. Sally's had a sort out recently and - as soon as my weight-training programme takes effect - I'll be hauling these sacks of her old toys to the charity shop.

I think she's making room for Christmas!

Anyway, you didn't come here today to read this prattle did you? No. You came to see who'd won a hot date with Stewart Copeland('s book) and bagged the little people's gardening kit. Well, I won't disappoint you. In true time-honoured fashion, the lucky winners were drawn at random from a Tombliboo truck and then stuck to Charlie's t-shirt.

And the winners are (in case you can't see properly - Charlie stuck it upside down)...

GoonerJamie (Strange Things Happen)
Catharine Withenay (gardening kit)

It might not be the £90 million Euro-lottery, but hey - congratulations anyway!

I'm going to call a halt to giveaways for a while. (I've nothing left!) But before I do, a plug (and a giveaway) of Marsha Moore's new book 24 Hours: London, the book that lists what you can do in London hour-by-hour and day and night.

But who would want a guide to the capital that tells you what you can do at five in the morning?

That's right, folks - EVERYONE with young kids! I've been that parent, wandering the streets at first light with a pushchair in order to give the other half a bit of sleep. If only I'd known that Bar Italia was open, or that Smithfield Market's buzzing from 4a.m., that all the park gates are unlocked at six, or that the Woolwich Ferry's plying back and forth from seven every morning. The book is packed with things to do in London. And there really is something for everyone, at all hours of the day and night. I thought New York was the city that never sleeps. Well, Marsha Moore has proved that London's right up there with the Big Apple. And... she has very kindly donated a signed copy of '24 Hours: London' to readers of this blog. All you have to do is leave a comment, saying what you're favourite London destination is before midnight on Thursday, after which one lucky entry will be drawn at random. Only, I think I'll do that job myself this time!


  1. Favourite London destination? Why Selfridges of course, but not with a child. Can I add a second? Oh good. Regents Park, just love the lake!

  2. Wow, thanks very much Charlie (and of course your Dad). I knew the power of positive thought would work. Now to start thinking about the lottery.

  3. Rather than lug it to the charity shop, have you thought about joining a freecycle or Freegle group in your area? Then you just add it to the list of offered posts and people email you saying they want it, then you tell them when to collect it from your house! That's what I do.

  4. Sally has done a very good job. She definitely deserves lots of Xmas presents to replace her kindly donated things. Pity about the StCop's book but it would have been more painful if it had been the hot date with him! Favourite destination in London? Carluccio's Caffe' in South Kensington. Delicious! All the best. Ciao. A.

  5. I am in the process of sorting out excess, everything, I am such a procrastinator too so it never gets done. ;0)
    Ooo- favourite place in London is hard. So many.
    Covent Garden. ;0))

  6. Congrats to the winners! Your blog is like Saturday Superstore when I was a kid - loads of kiddy based fun and great competitions. You don't know Sarah Greene do you?

  7. We just finished a huge sorting out here:) It feels quite liberating!

    I would love to see London period!

    Congrats to the winners!

  8. I keep want to start this comment with ‘good’ or ‘nice’ or ‘great’ but none of these seems strong enough, or appropriate enough for what you just posted.Just fantastic and mindblowing blog keep it up..!!!

  9. Is Sally sure that she wants to give all those toys away? I gave away my teddy then regretted it.

  10. Tough one. Love Selfridges but Zara Home and Habitat are next door to each other on Regent Street and bang opposite Anthropologie so that little triangle is my favourite spot...sans kids.

  11. That gooner Jamie gets everywhere! Tsssk ... he's supposed to be in training to be my house bitch not winning books that I should be winning. Double Tsssk!

    As for favourite places.... Im stealing Nat above's location! Is that allowed?

  12. He's growing up so fast - and you remain a great dad! good on ya! They DO grow so fast... one of my sons turns 13 today... and it only seems a few months ago he was Charlie's age! Woosh! Time flies.

    If you'd like to read my new blog, just drop me a line and I'll let ya know how. Thanks.
    Mal :)

  13. Ah, starred this post to come and leave a comment before midnight yesterday. Um....doh!

    Never mind.

    For the record, favourite spot in London is on Hampstead Heath where we planted an Oak tree for my Grandad.


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