Was Michael Jackson Really Bad? By Emily Smart

A Moonwalk Down Memory Lane There’s been something of a Michael Jackson Renaissance in this house of late, as the kids have discovered the man in the mirror via YouTube. Hours are spent watching the creative genius moonwalk and dance his way through endless pop videos, from Blame it On the Boogie to Black or White. They love him. My eldest – just about to turn eight – daughter announced this morning, “You know Mum, I’m not so worried about death, ‘cos I’ll get to meet Michael Jackson.” Possibly one of the… Read More

The Sentimental Shopper by Emily Smart

Half Term Hell It’s half term here in New Zealand and we’ve just completed week one of the ‘holidays.’ I use the term holidays advisedly as I have been running around like a blue bottomed fly for the last seven days. Forget the lie-ins, not making packed lunches and being able to lounge around in your jarmies ‘til 3 o’clock in the afternoon. No sirree. Apparently, the kids still wake up early, they still need to eat and they want entertaining outside of the home. I found myself at the local supermarket,… Read More