I am silently* correcting your grammar (*not silently)

I should start with informing anyone who doesn’t know me in real life, or on Facebook, that I am something of a grammar pedant. I like to make sure that the correct spellings and punctuation are used even in texts / emails / postings etc. (Obviously now people will start correcting my grammar on here – but never mind!) In fact one of my lovely friends made me this cross stitch because of my reputation:

Cross stitch

This may seem random at the moment – but all will become clear later!!

Last night the husband and I went to see the fabulous Take That at the Genting Arena at the NEC. The venue is huge – not sure on capacity – but we’re talking thousands. As we arrived we randomly bumped into one of our friends – Mandy – had a quick chat and went on our separate ways. Then, as we’re going into the stand, we see her again! Quick ‘hello’ and on our separate ways again. We go to our seats (lovely ones, front row – we’re far too old for standing now!) and then spy Mandy and her friends in the super special middle standing bit. Cue ‘Where’s Wally Mandy?’ photo:

Where's Mandy

Then – just before it started – there was much excitement near us, as a certain Mr James Corden and his Mum had arrived!  I could see Mandy and her friends trying to see who it was, and so sent her a quick text.  Obviously she also heard who it was and texted me to tell me who was just behind me.  However, as often happens at such events when the whole world is trying to send messages / upload selfies / check in on Facebook, the messages took a while to go through – so Mandy didn’t get my message until after sending hers – hence this very amusing message thread:


And just to prove it – here’s a hideous photo of me – but with James and his Mum in the background behind me!

James Corden

Memories: Never Forget by Take That

Isn’t it weird how one play of a song can transport you back to a specific memory?

This morning Ed and Rachel on Heart played Never Forget by Take That.

Now for my immediate family – and my sisters and their families – there is a lasting memory of this. Back in 2010 (4 weeks after I’d given birth to our 3rd child!) we all went on holiday to a campsite in France. This was to celebrate my Dad’s 65th, Mum’s 60th and their ruby wedding anniversary. It was also my youngest sister’s 10th wedding anniversary whilst we were there. Her husband had been away in the Gulf with the RAF until a few days beforehand, and so went to buy her an anniversary card whilst we were in France. He was amazed at what choice the French supermarche had for 10th anniversary cards – not realising that the French for birthday is anniversaire and they were actually birthday cards! Oh how we laughed when she opened that one!

Anyway – I digress – back to Take That.

One of the days we all trooped off to a water park (I will save you from the photos of the boys in speedos – got to love French swimwear rules!) I went on one of the big scary rides – and part way down whacked my head REALLY badly – I felt sick and almost passed out. My brother in law (he of the card purchasing amusement) had watched my descent and commented that he just thought I was doing the dance moves to Take That’s ‘Never Forget’!!! And oh how lucky that someone got a photo to evidence this……..

Never Forget


Yep – we will ‘Never Forget’ that one!!