30th July 2016 Helen

My kids are nerds, being raised by nerds with a taste for all things nerdy. Their taste in music is no exception. Amidst the warbling of One Direction, Katy Perry and (gah) Justin Beiber their playlist also features Stevie Wonder and Kate Bush. They frequently lose it to Tina Turner’s Proud Mary and they were quite downbeat when David Bowie died. Literally people my work here is done.  You can understand so why I was chuffed at news that the latest Netflix offering – Beat Bugs, which launched in early August, and is loaded with hits but the very fabulous…

22nd June 2016 Helen

While himself has been away, I’ve been indulging in a whole host of Netflix programmes that he’d never partake in! Yay! I was on a bit of a documentary roll and gorged on the ever brilliant Louis Theroux back catalogue – with everything from alien hunting desert dwellers to religious zealots getting the quirky and charming Louis’ treatment. ‘Hot Girls Wanted’ may sound like I was really, really enjoying all this ‘lone time’ but I hate to burst any bubbles. It’s the well put together documentary by the very fabulous Rashida Jones on the amateur porn business in the States. Unsurprisingly it…

14th February 2016 Helen 4Comment

I’m a bit meh about Valentine’s Day. It’s all very nice and that but – maybe a bit like I find the ‘in your face’ sexiness of Fifty Shades oh-so-unsexy, I’m less than excited about the slightly embarrassing obviousness of it. That said I have had some truly memorable Valentine’s encounters.  There were, of course, many years of telling childish fibs about stacks of cards that had never actually arrived.   In my late teens I had the Dawson’s Creek style overly-elaborate, rose-filled Valentine’s that only a (well-intentioned) teenage boyfriend could have thought was a great idea.  In my twenties I traveled with a…

28th July 2015 Helen 3Comment

  Oh Netflix how I miss you and all those programmes on demand The movies and the cartoons, always ready and on-hand. You were always there to mind the kids so I could do a wee And run around and do some jobs, and even make the tea. But without you during this cold July, it’s hard to get a rest From endless kiddie questions, and a house that’s always messed. The monsters miss Babar, Gadget, George and friends The questions about when you’ll return never bloody end. I miss my favourite House of Cards and those messed up biker Sons, What’s going on in Charming,…

11th March 2015 Helen 15Comment

My February Netflix post was going to be a very humdrum whinge about how moving house and having no WiFi had conspired to rob me of the next season of House of Cards.  Then someone had the inspired idea of inviting myself and a gang from the Netflix StreamTeam to London for a day of drinks, pampering, drinks and a few more drinks to celebrate the premier of the new Netflix Show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  So, assuming that no-one really wants to see my slightly blurry photos of London, hear about a lovely day away from the kids, work and reality, or…

2nd December 2014 Helen 10Comment

This month the kiddies have been staying retro and still enjoying Inspector Gadget. Car journeys have become actually enjoyable (my three are real car whingers) since they like to imagine that we are being followed by M.A.D. agents working for the evil Dr.Claw. Clearly, it’s anything for a quiet life round here.  They’ve also being going mad for The Smurfs (spot my influence once more!) and a new one called Oscar’s Oasis whichhas them falling around laughing. It’s a short non-verbal cartoon about a little lizard living in the desert, with lots of calamitous accidents and slapstick humour. I have to admit it’s very…