Sunday, 20 March 2011

Sunday supplement

First, something of immediate importance to all dads out there. (Look away for a minute, mums.) Right, chaps, are you listening? I'll whisper in your ear... *it's Mothers' Day in two weeks time*. Now, don't look away, breathe a sigh of relief and think 'that's ages' because you know it isn't, really. It certainly won't be if you'd like to avail yourself of one of these excellent little products. In short, what could be better, more thoughtful or original than one of these...


Yes, a personalised reading book made up of your favourite photos and accompanied by a simple text for your child read along with mum. This really is one of the most amazing personalised product concepts I've come across. What mum wouldn't enjoy being the star of her own bedtime story? The text is based on National Curriculum key words and can be personalised by completing the sentence stems like 'My mum is...' as well as by uploading favourite photos of your own to accompany the text. And if you'd like to give a Mother's Day gift the whole family will treasure forever - as well as help your child catch the reading bug at the same time - you could win a free book by answering this simple question:

  •  How many photographs do you need to upload to create a love2read book?

For further information, to see the range of books on offer (and possibly discover the answer) visit their website at: www.love2read.co.uk then come back here and post your answer before midnight on Thursday 24th March. Charlie and I will choose a winner on Friday; that will give you the weekend to create your book, which will have to be ordered by 28th March to ensure delivery by 3 April, Mother's Day. Good luck!

Next, jury service. No, not at the Crown Court. (I'm tempted to tell you that I've never had the summons but if I did it'd probably be tempting fate, so I won't.) What I have been invited to deliver is a verdict on is the new QuantuMatic dishwasher detergent.

Over the next few weeks, together with eleven fellow jury members (including LunchBoxWorld, AllBabyAdvice, A Thrifty Mrs and JessicaCT) I'll be testing the Finish QuantuMatic to destruction, starting today with the Sunday roast. And I'm warning you - there will be pictures. Before and after pictures. Finish is recommended by all dishwasher manufacturers and the QuantuMatic has just been awarded 'Best Buy' status by Which? magazine, so it starts with several Brownie points already. I'll be letting you know if I'll be awarding any over the coming weeks.

Finally, something I don't think I've ever done before - a museum review. It was actually while getting lost on my way to the QuantuMatic briefing last Wednesday that I stumbled across this:


The Museum of the Order of St John is in the impressive setting of St John's Gate, Clerkenwell. I've walked past this building before, but not appreciated it's history. Still less have I realised what an interesting - free - museum lurks behind its mighty portals, nor what a fascinating history lies behind the Order of the Knights of St John (and their present day representatives, the St John Ambulance Brigade). Based in the Order's pre-dissolution Priory, the museum charts the history of the order from its crusader origins to it's role in providing care and protection to pilgrims and travellers. And for children, there's a dressing up box too!


Need I say more? Well, I'm going to. It's well worth a visit if you're in the area; it's family friendly, small enough to ensure you don't miss anything and - if my visit was anything to go by - so little known you might find you have the entire museum to yourself. Although I suppose writing this might just have done a little to lessen the likelihood of that happening. Oh well, I'm sure they won't mind too much. But you'd better get there quick!

Enjoy your Sunday.
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