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Re: dreading xmas because of my mean sister in law

I fully sympathise. I think introducing the awkward pause/asking them to repeat is a good strategy, but it very much depends on the individuals involved. I know in my case they absolutely wouldn’t care if they had to repeat themselves. The only strategy that has worked wonders for my sanity is to co...
Forum: Chat Here
Replies: 16
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:05 am

Re: NEWTON PREP 2019

We live in Balham and my children are at Newton Prep. We are v happy with the school, and the commute is v easy. Obviously it depends how far you live from the station, but the train journey itself is very easy and extremely civilised 95% of the time. The remaining 5% is down to train delays, but So...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 5
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:36 am

Re: Parkgate vs. Newton Prep - how important is being local?

My children are at Newton Prep and we are very happy with the school. The downside is definitely the fact there isn't a residential area nearby, so 95% of pupils have some sort of commute. The fact that there are 2 train stations and several buses that serve the school means the pupils do travel sig...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 12
Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:01 am

Re: Parkgate vs. Newton Prep - how important is being local?

My children are at Newton Prep and we are very happy with the school. The downside is definitely the fact there isn't a residential area nearby, so 95% of pupils have some sort of commute. The fact that there are 2 train stations and several buses that serve the school means the pupils do travel sig...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 12
Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:00 am

Underfloor heating repair recommendations

Hi Our underfloor heating has stopped working and was installed by the previous owners a while ago. I know what is required, ie a new manifold and a new pump, but can anyone recommend someone who can fit it? UFH seems to be more specialist and "standard" plumbers seem to struggle with it/not underst...
Replies: 0
Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:58 pm

Re: Boiling water tap

I am considering a Quooker tap too, but what is it like for boiling water for cooking (eg pasta, veg etc)? I don't drink much tea so my main use would be for cooking. I've used it at my MIL's house and haven't been impressed as it does splatter the hot water onto your arm etc while filling a pan, bu...
Replies: 17
Tue May 31, 2016 8:41 am

Re: Clapham common enclosed area reserved!

Hi I had exactly the same problem on a different day last week. I turned up for a picnic and was denied access. I took their word for it but then I rang the council to complain. I don't mind sharing, but I don't see why the nursery/school can't have, say, half of that area and everyone else can have...
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Replies: 11
Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:45 am

Re: kissing kids on the lips

Has anyone successfully managed to stop the practice? My husband's family all kiss on the lips (also Northern), and hence my in-laws do the same with my daughters. I have always found it gross, but since it's normal to them, I have never found a way of telling them to stop. My eldest is now old enou...
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Replies: 17
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:28 am

Re: The Willow 'v' Pixies Nurseries

I can only speak for Pixies as when I was looking round nurseries The Willow was in the old location, which I disliked and hence I never even went to have a look. My daughter is currently at Pixies and she loves it. I like the fact they have their own outdoor space (which a lot of nurseries round he...
Replies: 1
Thu Feb 12, 2015 2:22 pm

Re: Chelsea&Westminster or St Thomas's privately?

I would also recommend Con Kelleher. He delivered both of my children and I highly valued his care and skill. I don't know if things have changed since I did the research (about 4yrs ago), but St Thomas' was a better "class" of hospital than C&W at the time, ie had more departments such that if you'...
Replies: 13
Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:54 am

How do people get to Newton Prep?

Hi My eldest daughter has a place at Newton Prep starting next year. My husband is keen to move to Balham/Wandsworth Common and of course the best way of getting to Newton Prep from there is the train straight to Battersea Park station. However, I also have a younger child who has only just started ...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 3
Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:09 pm

Re: Scam Warning!! Stuck at home with no electricity

I fell for this about 7 years ago and I've also had the man who had locked his keys in his van, though he was so unconvincing that I told him I had no cash on me. The latest one to beware of though is a guy who rings doorbells at about 8-9pm (and he rings for ages so no chance of kids sleeping throu...
Replies: 23
Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:14 pm

Re: In laws visiting post baby

Realistically the best option is to get your husband to take a firm stance. However, I know from personal experience that isn't always easy. My MIL basically always gets her own way. I have tried the passive aggressive tactic and somehow she is miles better at it than I am, so always outfoxes me! Ho...
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Replies: 6
Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:09 am

Re: Thinking of changing hospitals...

I believe C&W has both ICU and NICU but is a smaller hospital overall, so my understanding is that it can't deal with as wide a range of complications, should they arise. Obviously in most cases they don't arise and hence that isn't as important to some people. I also had a work colleague with a hor...
Replies: 23
Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:40 am