Saturday, 22 November 2014

Working Mum: Taking a Punch from little madam Judy

By Tabitha Ronson

I was called in to see Master A's teacher at pick-up on Friday. Although small in stature, she has an almighty presence and is thoroughly intimidating.

She just has to look at me, with her withering stare, to reduce me to a quivering wreck. Heaven knows how my little boy survives in class.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Book review: How We Got To Now, by Steven Johnson

How We Got To Now
Steven Johnson (Penguin)

The world is rich with academics with a good turn of phrase exploring the history of ideas and innovations, making the mundane endlessly fascinating.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Working Mum: My boy is a magnet for nasty critters

By Tabitha Ronson

When I think we are safely over one thing where Master A's ailments are concerned along comes another.

I have spent hours researching Molluscum Contagiosum. It may sound like a spell cast by Harry Potter but this horrible little critter is not the stuff of fairytales.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Film review: Third Person (15)

Third Person
(15) 137mins

There's something wrong here. You ask yourself, how come something that reeks of quality, with a quality cast and a quality writer-director reprising - structurally at least - his finest hour, feels so limp and insipid?

Monday, 10 November 2014

Book review: The Story Of The Human Body, by Daniel Lieberman

The Story Of The Human Body
Daniel Lieberman

This book was published in October. It  has taken me several weeks to complete. This could be for two reasons.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Stage review: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, Gielgud Theatre

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Gielgud Theatre

The torment of living in a world that is threatening, jagged and strange is given full expression in this inventive and intelligent adaptation of Mark Haddon's award-winning book.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Working Mum: All dressed up with one particular place to go

By Tabitha Ronson

It was a last-minute arrangement, and one that I had mixed feelings about, but MCM London Comic Con turned out to be an absolute blast.

I managed to get some tickets to the Sunday of the three-day event as I knew it would be Master A's Nirvana.

Spiral Notebook: Bridging the gap between now and the climate apocalypse

2014_06_30_BridgeEastLondon_02.jpg"Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors," said Jonas Salk, the polio vaccine pioneer.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Stage review: Shakespeare In Love, Noel Coward Theatre

STAGE_shakes480.jpgShakespeare In Love
Noel Coward Theatre

The genius conceit of Shakespeare In Love - plunging the young Bard into the sort of fictional, farcical world that he might have concocted - is endlessly delicious.