Getting three grandsons, a grandpa and a grandma into a middle-sized family car is turning out to be a bit of a problem.

A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of judging public toilets for excellence and, at the other end of the scale, for ghastliness. The best and worst were awarded Boggies.

Fashion at the school gate

Thursday, August 16, 2018

New school year - what will mums and dads be wearing?

Exam glory or disappointment? As students receive their A-level and GSCE grades, here’s a bit of perspective.

I-Spy books are 70 years old this year - did you spot that?

As The Beano celebrates its 80th year, Lynne Mortimer looks back at the kids’ comic which has entertained generations of children.

Celebrating Sooty at 70

Monday, August 13, 2018

Sooty, the glove puppet has been entertaining children for 70 years. Lynne Mortimer is privileged to have met him.

It was our first time looking after all three small grandsons overnight... so that’s what it’s like to be up with the lark

After the loss of a Chuckle brother, Lynne Mortimer pays tribute to the great comedy double acts.

Keeping it in the family

Friday, August 10, 2018

There have been more stories of a rift between the Duchess of Sussex and her father but what can you do when it’s family?

It was Jackie, then Cosmopolitan, followed, until its demise, by Punch. Teen mags, women’s issues... and then anything for a laugh

It’s not funny...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Lynne examines her lack of a sense of humour

Look lovely for your husband... why not massage his feet? (Reasons on a postcard, please)

A seven-fold increase in applications for citizenship EU countries has panicked Lynne Mortimer into looking for lost ancestry

In her official capacity as grandma of the winner of the obstacle race, Lynne gets to go to the school fete

How the school summer holidays work

A Cure for World Cup Fever

World Cup: over. Now we can reflect on what we’ve learned.

Sharing knowledge with one’s grandchildren is one of the joys of being a grandparent but be careful what you tell them – things keep changing and where you used to be right, you may now be wrong.

Rats can be so cute

Monday, July 9, 2018

Lynne watches her grandson star in the school play.

American dreams

Thursday, July 5, 2018

July 4 is America’s Independence Day - here are ways to celebrate our Special Relationship

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