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Random thoughts from Susanna, co-founder of BritMums and blogger at A Modern Mother

Do you say Cali?

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The first time I heard the apocopation Cali I cringed. I almost broke London etiquette and corrected the offenders on the tube. They had smart Prada bags, looked like they were in PR, and were discussing a recent trip to “Cali”. Erm, no one in California would actually use the term Cali. They might name their cat Cali. […]

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Good Reads: 11 fantastic book club suggestions

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  I’ve belonged to all different types of book clubs. There was the couples only book club a while back, led by a literature graduate. Each session was a mini dissertation on the selected book (oh the pressure). Then there was the book club where we only picked classics. I left after I didn’t finish […]

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A glimpse into the future

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It’s quiet this morning. None of the usual arguing over shoes and hair bands. No asking for pancakes. No un-flushed toilets. Just silence, sweetened occasionally by late spring chirps. A clock ticking, car whirring, tummy rumbling. Waiting. The girls were all away this weekend. The youngest two at Brownie camp (oh the tears, that’s a […]

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Expat conversations at Tesco’s Fresh & Easy

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Tesco’s Fresh & Easy has been in the news lately, having failed to capture the US market. Some say the Tesco formula just didn’t translate. I found myself there recently, in search of mint sauce. After passing through the produce section, and stocking up on Peeps from the Easter display, I finally found the British food aisle. […]

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Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking

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I’ve just finished Quiet – The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking, by Susan Cain. It’s a fabulous feel good book for introverts and I can’t stop thinking about it. The premise is that while introverts make up 1/3 to 1/2 of the population, society is biased towards extroversion. Introversion is […]

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A river runs through it; a walk in the Thames

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Do you remember my friend Charlene? You might remember seeing her at BritMums Live. She’s always in my back pocket – either I’m at hers or she’s at mine. We don’t let little things, like a flood, stop us! She invited me to her house for a cup of coffee. There was just the small […]

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I feel safer living in the UK

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In addition to holding a British passport, I have an American one. I spent my first 24 years in Silicon Valley, but call Blighty home, living here for 20 of my 47 years. We travel to the US regularly, spending holidays with my ageing parents in California. Being raised by teachers, I was taught to […]

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An online contract with your tweens?!

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Wow. I’ve been blogging for more than four years. I really need to update my about section; this blog no longer has anything to do with nappies, fish fingers and endless loads of laundry! Now it’s carting the kids around to five million clubs and trying to get them off You Tube. All my kids […]

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Khaled Hosseini’s flea market

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  The San Jose Flea Market, made famous by Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, is not far from where we are staying in California. One of the reasons the book resonated with me was because of the author’s connections with Silicon Valley, where I grew up. I visited the flea market as a child, and remember […]

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What do you get your 84-year-old father for his birthday?

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My dad turns 84 tomorrow. He moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Los Angels in the 50s to be a tennis star (really). His claim to fame is winning a set off the Number 1 seed of the time. Like many first generation Americans, he was the first in his family to go to university, studying […]

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