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iPad app review: Naxos Records’ My First Orchestra

As a musician myself, albeit a keen amateur one, I’m always looking for ways to involve Elliot in listening and talking about classical music. We watch concerts on TV, we listen to it around the house and talk about how the music makes us feel, maybe about which instruments we can hear. Sometimes if I’m feeling brave, I get out my cello and let him bow while I stop the strings, or we drag out the accordion for a bit...

The 100 things list

Fifteen years ago, I ended up in a nutrition counsellor’s office. I don’t really remember how I got there, but after chatting with me for a bit, she asked me what I wanted for myself. That stumped me. Even 15 years ago I wasn’t very good at putting my needs first, that was before I got married and started a family. You can imagine my skills in that department have not improved. The task she set me is one I’ve...

The self-cleaning fish tank that also grows herbs on top

My husband said to me once, whilst flipping through Kickstarter, that he wished we were rich mainly so we could be modern-day Medicis and fund everything that looked cool. Now this is something that’s worth sharing – the Aquaponics Garden. It’s a fish tank that grows herbs on top. A learning tool that has an entire closed-loop ecosystem on your table. The plants feed on the fish poop, so there’s no cleaning the tank. I love this idea, and I...