Dad Dancing

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Prime Minister Theresa May’s trade-focused trip to South Africa, has been slightly overshadowed this week by the Twitter storm created by her casual stiff dance moves.

But she’s not alone, is she? We all know someone who has the grace and skill of ‘Dad Dancing’. Whether it’s the clap and shake, skillful running man,  mesmerising robot, funky moonwalk, the energetic Carlton spin or rawkin to an air guitar!

Why not tell us about your moves or even share a video of your best moves…

Garden pride

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There are so many benefits of growing your own vegetables and fruit. Just getting out in the open air, doing a bit of gentle exercising as you tend to them and watching them grow, is good for your mental wellbeing. And, adding freshly picked produce from the garden really does make a delicious, healthy meals. Not to mention you can be completely sure that there is no added rubbish in ’em!

It has been a hot summer, which should have bought about a lot more produce than normal, so how has your garden grown? Tell us all about your prize tomatoes or knobbly carrots. Have you grown anything unusual this year? Will you be entering your produce into any garden shows? We would love to know, add a picture too. Go on boast about your home-grown food!

Children’s story

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Once upon a time…. We all love a good story, and appealing to the further reaches of our imagination, we all love a good children’s story. But which is your favourite tale?

There’s the classic bestsellers: The Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, Winnie-the-Pooh, Peter Pan, The Hobbit, Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Harry Potter, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Significantly, all are fantasies.

So, maybe you prefer the children’s classics that deal  much less in magic, and more in realism? Stories like Little House in the Big Woods, The Call of the Wild, Charlotte’s Web, The Yearling, Little Women, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Or perhaps, a modern caricature story, full of larger than life protagonists such as  Horrible Henry, Gangsta Granny, or Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire.

Or do you enjoy reading empathetic stories to your children, such as War Horse, The Explorer or The Girl In The Letter?

There are plenty of literary events this summer and for our September Round & About magazine we have interviews with authors, David Walliams and Katherine Rundell.

Join the conversation and tell us, in the comments below, which is your favourite children’s book and why?

Tipples & Bites

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Our editor has had a very, very tough job testing and tasting local brews, spirits and gourmet for our August Round & About Magazine.

Let us know if you agree with the choices in Surrey or London or Thames Valley.

Let us know if you agree – or if there’s a brew or a venue that’s been missed.

The best comment, wins a prize!

Schools out!

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Schools out! I hear screams of excitement from the little ones, and an audible drawing of breath from their parents. There is so much to do out and about, but how do we not get overwhelmed by it all? More importantly, how do you avoid those ‘I’m bored’ moments?

Tell us what are your suggestions this summer to entertain the kids?

Welcome to our new website

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Welcome to our new website. It’s been a while, but I think you’ll agree, it’s much more fun to visit our website now. You can see our July stories by county or town, or just by subject only.

While you are here, why not enter our July competitions or take part in our poll or test your knowledge with our footie quiz?

We would love to know what you think, so go ahead, enter your comments below.