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(WJ) The price of a baby – missed productions

I’m delighted to be a mum but this is one of those moany blog entries. I list the performances / events I’ve been unable to attend as it may feel better to get this off my chest. It may also help prevent me from booking so many things without having formalised childcare arrangements first.

Webber Douglas - family history

I was recently told that the Amherst in my husband's family (whose name we gave to our son as one of his middle names) was Amherst Webber who co-founded the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, which merged with the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2006. He is my great great uncle-in-law!

Favourite X-Factor singers tonight

My favourite acts tonight were Misha Bryan and Sami Brookes. Great singers.
I'm interested to see how the newly formed girl group Rhythmix get on in the competition.
My guilty pleasure is 2 Shoes because of the fun factor – I’m fascinated with Essex girls at the moment, although I noticed one of them ate her microphone - lipstick ish (issues).

Updates and some to come (listen up)

Hello, there's a new baby diary update at Frost magazine - baby is six months old http://frostmagazine.com/2011/10/wendys-baby-diary-six-months-guilt-isol... on Female Arts we have news about the Windsor Fringe Festival http://www.femalearts.com/node/117, The Darling Collective http://www.femalearts.com/node/121and Nataylia Roni explains how to get ahead in children's TV presenting http://www.femalearts.com/node/120

Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

Hi, we're back with new posts at Female Arts - after a great holiday in Scotland with no internet, believe it or not it was hard to get back into using the laptop when I got home - then I was struck with a heavy cold and bad sinuses, so I've been (uncharacteristically) a bit quiet while I recuperate.

Female Arts on hols

Female Arts is going to have a slow week as the editor is going to a part of Scotland where there is no internet connection or mobile phone reception - not sure how we'll cope!

Service will resume on the 6th September 2011

Welcome New Writers

Female Arts is delighted to welcome our new reviewers Kay Dixon, Kathy Cakebread and Bianca Lorena onto the team and our new feature writer Nataylia Roni .

You can see their first reviews here:

http://www.femalearts.com/node/109 Lady Gaga album Born This Way reviewed by Kay Dixon
http://www.femalearts.com/node/110 Dirty Dancing film review by Kathy Cakebread
http://www.femalearts.com/node/114 The Magdalene Sisters film film review by Bianca Lorena

20 weeks of baby joy and posset

It’s so tempting to give nicknames to the baby as he changes so quickly and looks so cute. Recently, we’re calling him The Tooth, The Overlip, The OverLord, Churchill, and since he got the scratch on his head, Gorbachev, Harry Potter and Zorro.

Baby column at Frost Mag - 19 weeks

This week I talk about childcare: I’m finding the childcare situation hard. I love being with my son and he is my responsibility. At the same time, childcare is so demanding that, occasionally, I want a break to be ‘me’ again and not the constant food source / entertainment / companion.

Panic on the streets of London, panic on the streets of Birmingham

Have to comment on the destruction in London and other parts of the country - think it's disgusting and a slow reaction from those in charge as all leading political figures are on holiday (including Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron). BBC news suggests the thugs are excusing their actions because of poverty as they arrange another night of theft and arson via their blackberries! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-14453143.