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I am the enthused editor of the lifestyle, culture and interiors magazine The Home Style Directory. This journal is a smorgasbord of things that fascinate my tiny brain! I was enlightened about the sexiness of wp by Michael a fellow staff member. So now I come to conquer!!…Or indeed play conkers, whichever is most viable.

In our unfailing support of entrepreneurs, bloggers and creative souls, ALL our various Communities thrive on soulful interaction, but as the numbers become stacked against me here at The Journal, apologies if I haven’t been able to reply at first *hallo.* I’m stubborn. I usually get there!

I’m a stickler. I usually get there!


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Just love these awkward photos on loan from awkwardfamilyphotos.com. I was inspired to show y’all these by the last shot which is wonderful – wait til you see it!

The poochies expressions above and below are priceless! Yes we are human. Yes quite a few of us are nuts. Get used to it Poochies!


Get your coat Nana, you’ve pulled! (Does that phrase travel across the Atlantic and elsewhere I wonder!)


You can just hear the photographer, ‘No, no! It’ll look romantic. This won’t look stupid at all!’



Awkward family photo, 2002

It’s that photographer again!

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Yep. Same photographer!


I’m not that keen on one of my children…I don’t know…he just didn’t grow on me!


Yep! Same photog.


No one will notice!


I know! let’s swing the childre….aaaaagh!


Do I have to say it?


Just wrong! :)

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I promise you…this will look really artistic. It will be you thinking about your lovely bride…


Love the baby above! But the piece de resistance that inspired this whole post was this lady below. She wanted to get a lovely shot of her beautiful newborn. It was all set up and she held him proudly and delicately in front of her and then AATCHOO! She sneezes all over baby! Yeeeees! Just look at that wonderful expression on the little one’s face! :)




Mutilating Animals For Profit

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There’s a new trend in town folks!…In China. Mutilating animals and begging ‘on behalf of the animal’ for money. In this story this camel has been purposely mutilated by having it’s legs cut off by homeless men. They’re homeless…think it was done ‘humanely?’



 Protected Species

Camels are supposedly a protected species in China. The local police said that mutilating people was becoming rather passe and earning less and less money so obviously animals were next. The police also said they could not do anything about this particular once majestic camel or the new trend in general because the people concerned were ‘not breaking the law.’

I however do have a solution – at least for this particular case…it involves 3 bullets.


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Is Smacking A Child Acceptable?

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I Say this Because..

As a Little’ Un, I was smacked once or twice, (clearly it was soooo devastating that I can’t even remember how many times I was hit!) and in spite of this I think I have turned out relatively okay!

I was hardly a hellish child and my crime was forgetting to bring my swimming cap to the swim baths and getting my hair wet, in spite of valiantly trying to keep it dry. (Damn those dive bombers!)


Earlier on this year, in a similar conversation online, I was told by a young gentleman who sounded like he had swallowed a book thin pamphlet on the psychology of child hitting, that despite my insistence that I had not yet hurt any cats or hit people or ‘gone postal’ as a grown up, that I was in fact deeply and traumatically disturbed and hurting inside and just didn’t know it. This was a bit like telling someone they had an incurable deadly disease however, it would never cause pain, it would not in any way alter their life, hurt them or kill them.


I have to also differentiate between a tap on the hand or bottom administered way after the ‘crime’ by a calm, measured parent and horrific, purposeful and sustained child abuse. There is a difference. Your answers will enlighten me as to whether that difference is still considered unacceptable in today’s world.


So School Me People!

Is smacking a child today ever acceptable?

What say you?



24 Confusing Messages For Your Delight!


12Right! Got that …or is it left?

3So…put your invisible pet on a leash. Got it.

4Which will of course inconvenience them greatly, seeing as they are already leaving.


…and of course the back is around the front.

12Clearly a new craze!

6 19I have tried this before. It sucks. Don’t do it.

18 7 17You have to wonder who is proof reading this stuff!…You know, BEFORE it goes onto a billboard!

16 15 14Updated for the recession.

13 11 22 10 21This message was probably written by Doctor Who. In which case it makes perfect sense.

9 20 8Just call the doctor.


Now even certain signs are for the privileged.

10 Notes For Creative Souls And Entrepreneurs


I get a lot of messages like, ‘I wish I could find the confidence to write more, but English is not my first language…’ or ‘I doubt that any publisher would be interested in my silly little story…’ Call me a dreaming fool but I have rarely thought that way. My life has been one of knocking on doors, entering if they are opened or climbing in through the window. If that doesn’t work I call up a carpenter to discuss how I can build my own door.

But I get it. Rejection is horrid and it is that fear of it that frightens people from moving forward. I get it and my ‘ballsiness’ is not from lack of fear of rejection, it is more from perspective.

I always put it this way:

I may produce crap, but there are people who produce even bigger crap than I do who have been very successful producing their crap, so therefore there is room for me!

It’s all about perspective. You must find YOUR audience, not someone else’s. If you need a manager, partner, investor or agent for what you do, you must find the one who is right for YOU i.e the guy that likes YOUR crap, not the one who rejects you!

Of course I’m not suggesting that with this mindset you should produce sub par work either!

So with that in mind, here are:

10 Notes For Creative Souls And Entrepreneurs to help fight the fear.


1. Do you.

It doesn’t matter that someone else has made it as a top Mommy Blogger. That’s their schtick. What’s yours? What can YOU bring to the table that is essentially uniquely about you?

2. Where you are now is where you need to be to move forward.

You needed all the ‘errors’ and confusion and mis-steps just to get where you are now. None of it is wasted time. it’s learning time.

3. You have 2 choices.

Give up or go on. Simple. Guess which one JK Rowling took.

4. Action builds empires not talk.

Just get on with it. Stop with the chatting about what you hope to do and just start doing it now.

5. Find a coach.

I had loads of coaches for whatever thing I wanted to accomplish. The good thing is that I didn’t even have to pay them as they had no idea they were coaching me! From family members to Tony Robbins to Warren Buffet to Whitney Houston. Imagine the bill if they knew!

6. Rejection is good for you.

I firmly believe that if you are not getting rejected then you are not working hard enough. Every single successful person I know had to face rejection, why would you be any different?

7. No one gets to build muscle without breaking sweat.

I’m sure the good Lord will forgive me here but I’m going to name drop! I apologise upfront. We were going to dinner and I once asked Pele how he came to be considered one of the best football players ever. He said ‘Practise! Practise! Practise!’ People often like to throw around the old accusation disguised as a back-handed compliment, ‘oh that person is just naturally gifted or lucky.’ I’ve had it! And it’s bloody annoying and incredibly dismissive, because those folks are not around when you are busting a gut to get what you want. Sometimes it just takes sheer hard work and your hard work behind the scenes is what makes it look easy out front. Want folk to read your books? Don’t wait for a publisher, work your socks off and build your audience reader by reader. Want your online business to take off? Prepare not to sleep a lot.

8. You are stronger than you think.

A lot of people writing to me and doubting their abilities – and it has to be said, although men do it, it is mostly women – miss what I am seeing. I will mosey on down to their blog and spend some time getting to know them and in my eyes these women (and men) are performing little miracles everyday and yet they don’t see it. I read stories of them raising children, some with learning difficulties or physical issues, or just children period in a fairly crazy world. This requires more guts than a rejection from some nobody online or a book publisher who hasn’t even bothered to read your book, surely? Again, it’s all about perspective.

9. As long as you keep on trucking things will keep moving in the right direction.

If you just do a little bit every day those little bits will add up to something. Do nothing. Nothing will happen.

10. Goals.

I can’t emphasize goal setting enough. Without them you are just doing a comedy wander in the desert, i.e going round in circles and loops and not even being aware of it.

Grief Is A B*tch!

Grief is a b*tch eh?
But thank you all who left your super kind messages. I really appreciated reading them all, you really are the most kindly folk.

No amount of querying my great WordPress community will find answers for this one.

It is what it is. We live. We die.

Still a bit numb and in a strange head space but we press on don’t we?

And what a way to press on! I have for you some amazingly bizarre books – which are absolutely not fake! I’ve seen a few of them!

Enjoy!…And thank you all again!


Not sure why these three go together…buy hey!


This one is clearly a must-buy and a real holiday beach read!

3aIf only I had this sage advice a few days ago! I could have constricted my anus ’til the cows came home.




Umm…what x2?!


This is the 3rd edition I’ll have you note!


This has to be my favourite! Yay! Jesus looks so happy!


Sometimes…there are no words.

9Fun and profit. Why else would you smuggle marijuana?







I was always under the impression that live one’s couldn’t?








D’you know something? I don’t think I want to know the secret.






I love how terribly reasonable this girl looks. Balanced, smiling, practically asexual and reasonably thin…like so many teenagers. (Must be a very old book!) :)