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Posted on 9:24am Wednesday 2nd October 2013
With nurseries being told to replace play with learning, six year olds expected to be "school ready" with "academic skills", and the NHS telling parents how to play with their kids, Jo Chipchase asks: is the Nanny State going too far with its involvement in parenting? And, meanwhile, compared to 40 years ago, is there too much pressure on parents and kids?
Posted on 11:14am Friday 5th July 2013
The Summer Break is approaching, it is officially my first as the mother of a schoolchild. I’m not exactly dreading the length of time my offspring and I will be forced to spend together (I might be) but I am considering how to keep him occupied every day without resorting to just offering up the iPad and my password every afternoon for a bit of quiet.
Posted on 1:58pm Thursday 18th April 2013
I haven’t enjoyed a full, uninterrupted 8 hours sleep in nearly six years. I know this because I have had a lot of time to think about that fact. A lot of time spent lying in bed in the dark, eyes wide open pondering how long it has been since I have slept a full night and since when.
Posted on 11:50am Saturday 29th December 2012
As we head into the New Year, Jo Chipchase has her annual festive holiday rant-up
Posted on 1:00pm Tuesday 9th October 2012
Jo Chipchase throws in her 'two penneth' on the Jimmy Savile case and, in particular, the material found on the internet - dating back many years - that hinted towards Jimmy Savile's unsavoury activities. With this content existing in the public domain, it seems unlikely that the BBC could be blissfully unaware of the situation. This poses the question: why did hordes of people and the media collude in a large-scale cover up?
Posted on 6:18pm Monday 17th September 2012
What do you do with your little darlings’ bits of art? You know the endless bits of paper and card that have been marked by your offspring. Which ones do you deem to be ‘special’ and worthy of putting aside to get out again when they’ve grown up and left home? And which ones can you with a clear conscience throw away?
Posted on 3:14pm Thursday 26th July 2012
Jo Chipchase has her usual rant-up... this time it's the question of why UK ladies' clothes sizes are hugely inaccurate, to the annoyance of those who buy fashion online.
Posted on 3:59pm Monday 21st May 2012
No wonder Brighton and Hove City Council failed to find anyone to advertise on its bins. Aside from the obvious branding problems of being the company everyone associates with dog-doings, masticated chewing gum and free newspapers (*shudder*), I doubt they’d get any exposure. Nobody is using the damned things!
Why ‘Made in China’ could eventually be good for consumers and bad for corporates seeking cheap labour
Posted on 9:26am Saturday 19th May 2012
Some people consider Made in China to be a bad thing. But, really, it's not all bad! Jo Chipchase looks at how the tables could turn on big corporates, with consumers going directly to Chinese merchants to buy cheap items that are identical to the more expensive ones sold in UK stores.
Posted on 1:14pm Tuesday 15th May 2012
We needn’t have gone to Rye and Lamb House in the east, or Plumpton in the north, or for that matter, Chichester and Goodwood in the west. Nor was there probably any need to see the Steine or the Palace Pier, Preston Park or meander through the Lanes. No, because we had everything we required in the Zimmer Zone.
Posted on 8:57am Wednesday 11th April 2012
Never afraid to be 'irreverent', Jo Chipchase picks up her pet topics of the hype surrounding public events and how they attract tonnes of plastic tat made in China.
First the West Pier Saga and now “Billy Bunter’s Postal Order” – is Brighton and Hove a place for prevarication and to be stuck in your car?
Posted on 3:00pm Wednesday 28th March 2012
With the nine-years-in-the-pipeline proposed redevelopment of Black Rock in the news, Jo Chipchase can't help recollecting the West Pier scenario and how it literally fell apart. She poses the question: shouldn't Brighton resolve its traffic congestion and parking issues before attracting even more people to get stuck in their cars?
Posted on 2:47pm Wednesday 28th March 2012
My son, like most four year olds, has a big imagination. In his head he plans to visit many countries, can speak many different languages and has over 100 brothers and sisters. But he is also rooted in an unshakeable reality that whatever he sees has to exist or be happening somewhere and be accessible to him. Which makes watching adverts a bit of a problem…
Posted on 5:57pm Monday 6th February 2012
Last Halloween my husband and I went on a tour of the ‘Haunted’ Preston Manor, billed as a Ghost Tour we thought we’d certainly get to see or sense something spooky. But despite being conducted in the dark on the night of the year the veil between the living and the dead is supposedly at its thinnest the only scary thing that happened was the fact the pubs were already shut by the time it was over.
Posted on 11:35am Monday 16th January 2012
Customer service from airlines and other companies in the UK has taken a nosedive during the last few years. Jo Chipchase casts forth on why they should stop treating us like wallets to empty, naughty children and prize chumps.
Posted on 6:21pm Thursday 22nd December 2011
I'm always thankful to live where I do, I love Brighton and Hove and all that goes on here. And there is no greater time than Christmas to remind me just how diverse, archaic, fun, exciting and lovable this place is.
Posted on 7:53pm Thursday 24th November 2011
Elton John once sang “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”. Well personally I struggle to successfully emit words such as “capitalist”, “corporate”, “conservative” and otorhinolaryngologist. Anyway, I dig Elton’s jive. And today readers, you find me in a strangely apologetic mood. I’m not the sort of man who regrets what he has or hasn’t done, as, to be perfectly honest, I have lived (and am living) the kind of glamorous, on-trend, uber cool, organic and creative lifestyle that most of you, stuck in your bland open-plan offices and depressing “dress-down” Fridays, can only dream about.
Posted on 9:58am Friday 28th October 2011
Did you know that the UK spent £280m on Halloween 2010, in the midst of a recession? Jo Chipchase takes her usual 'humbug' stance to explain why the scariest part of Halloween is its price tag and all the plastic tat it involves.
Posted on 11:17am Thursday 22nd September 2011
Following the recent Argus news story about how Coca Cola made Worthing-based Innocent Vitamins drop "innocent" from its brand name, Jo Chipchase takes an amusing look at the multinational companies that are trying to stake claim to generic words.
Posted on 10:06pm Tuesday 20th September 2011
On the way home from a wonderful traipse over the Downs with ma famille (wifey Jocasta and twins Lex & Nimsie), we drove by the massive construction that is the Amex Stadium, sat on the edge of said beautiful landscape like a gigantic alien robot beetle, ready to strike at the heart of the Falmer countryside.
Posted on 6:56pm Monday 19th September 2011
This weekend saw the family visit PupAid 2011. An annual event on Brighton’s dog calendar and a must- attend for anyone who loves or owns a hound. PupAid is a like a mini one-day festival that takes over Stanmer House and its private garden and everyone is welcome, especially our four legged friends.
Posted on 6:23pm Tuesday 13th September 2011
I recently travelled by tube. I took London ’s famous underground train from Victoria to Oxford Circus, only a couple of stops with no changes. No big deal you might think? Well maybe not for you but I haven’t travelled by tube for over ten years! Which is odd considering up until recently I had lived in our nation’s capital for the better part of two decades. No, I don’t have a problem with transport in general, I am claustrophobic.
Posted on 6:51am Saturday 20th August 2011
Jo Chipchase casts forth her thoughts on how Britain spawned a generation that thinks a real-life riot has the same lack of consequences as popular electronic games such as 'Grand Theft Auto' and 'Doom'.
Posted on 7:00pm Tuesday 26th July 2011
Apparently I travelled on the Bluebell Railway as a child, I don’t remember it, which I know does little to recommend it, but as a nearby attraction on a rainy day we thought it was time to check the fully functioning steam railway out as adults - and take our 3year old along for the ride – maybe he’d even remember it!
Posted on 7:25am Sunday 24th July 2011
In light of Sussex police officers having their knuckles rapped over their inappropriate use of Facebook, Jo Chipchase takes an ironic look at the downside of social media, the news we don't want to hear but will have fed to us anyway, and the practise of "fraping".
Posted on 1:02pm Wednesday 29th June 2011
Crying babies cause us all anguish, whether they belong to us or not. In a waiting room, a shop, an aeroplane – the appearance of a red-faced little squealer has us all wincing and grimacing. But would you attack someone who suggested you took your wailing baby home?
Posted on 11:19am Wednesday 22nd June 2011
Often accused of talking rubbish, Jo Chipchase throws in her two penneth about the idea of fortnightly refuse collections in Brighton and Hove, combined with more frequent collection of the city's food waste...
Posted on 7:54pm Monday 20th June 2011
Jo Chipchase has a rant about the rise of child free holiday 'experiences', and those who would rather leave their offspring at home, lest they should whine, make noise and splash water in a resort swimming pool.
Posted on 6:15pm Monday 20th June 2011
I’m back! Like a cyber Lazarus, I’ve retaken my place slap bang in the middle of the digital landscape. After months away from the blogosphere, Twitterverse and erm… Facebook-o-sphere, I’ve finally plugged myself back into the matrix.