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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

Naughty

This Christmas, I’ll be surprising Amélie by taking her to see Matilda the Musical in London. Matilda (the book) is one of my most favourite ever reads, so this musical has a lot to live up to. And just to add to the pressure, it will also be the first time I’ve ever been to a musical (why do people look so shocked when I tell them this? Is going to a musical yet another of those rites of passage that I missed out on? Like getting skunk drunk or waking up next to someone you don’t know?). What we didn’t know when we booked the tickets was that Amélie would be performing a song from Matilda with her tap-dancing class in their Christmas “spectacle”. And guess who’s playing Matilda… Yep. I think her mind might actually blow when she realises we’re going to see the real thing (is it bad that I’m very excited about seeing my daughter’s mind being blown?). In the meantime, practice continues for her show. She has learnt way more than she needs to (which will probably mean she won’t stop singing when she’s meant to on the day) and has sung the song so SO often that even Charlie – who doesn’t say much most of the time – is beginning to know the words off by heart. Never gets boring though, especially when Charlie joins in. I can’t sing. I’m completely tone deaf. COMPLETELY. But I’m told that Amélie is in tune. This amazes me. Anyone who can sing amazes me. But mostly I just love seeing her so happy and confident.

9 December 2013 - 6:13 AM Katie - They're the best!!

9 December 2013 - 4:22 PM Ronnie Bell - I truly hope that this all goes the way you plan and minds are blown to the ultimate degree. I am not a great fan of musicals but have this to offer, they are either super fantastical experiences or they are awful. Guess which are the more prevalent? The ones I remember as good include Joseph, Cats & Blood Brothers. I'm hoping you will be able to tell me to add Matilda to this list!!! Every good wish to you all!!! Ronnie

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