June 5

Lots of arty party fun with Mister Maker

Took the children to see Cbeebies favourite Mister Maker and the Shapes live on Sunday and we were all thoroughly entertained. The television show is a firm favourite in our house and it’s hard not to be swept along on a tide of creative energy that is Mister Maker.

He’s very clearly crazy about craft and the fast-paced television show transfers well to the stage. Mister Maker is joined by four enthusiastic and energetic dancers and, of course, the enigmatic Shapes. There are also songs, some nice audience participation and the show has enough quick-witted repartee to keep us adults entertained.

The script is slick and anything that encourages children to be creative with art is good in my book – but then I am a stationery addict myself! My two older children loved it and our six-week-old baby didn’t seem to mind either. Highly recommended. 🙂


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April 18

Freedom of Information release: South Downs National Park’s Share The Path initiative

My article about how the South Downs National Park Authority has just spend £35,000 of taxpayers’ money telling people to be friendly to other park users was published in The Mail On Sunday yesterday.

It has since been followed up here:

Daily Telegraph

Daily Echo

The Times

Here is the original Freedom of Information response which sets out full details of the SDPNA initiative.



Response to request for clarification: