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What a delight...

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Anne Diamond | 12:51 UK time, Friday, 30 March 2012

... to meet the fantastic actress Josephine Tewson!

She has, I reckon, one of the most recognisable faces in television - possibly across the world - because she's spent over forty years in prime time comedies.

From the early David Frost shows, when she was first used as the straight actress in Two Ronnies sketches, to Elizabeth, the lady next door to Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances.

She's doing a one woman show in Wokingham on May 13th. It'll be fantastic. After having met and chatted, I couldn't recommend it more highly!

And this is how it turned out!

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Anne Diamond | 10:20 UK time, Friday, 23 March 2012

Anne's home made lego man

It was touch and go for a while yesterday when I found that my local toy and hobby shop had disappeared - and it's the only place I could think of to find spray paint. Then, after driving around in a fluster, I found it had moved to an industrial estate quite near my home. Thanks goodness. So the Lego man head was quickly sprayed bright yellow, and I turned to construction of the body - which was much, much easier!!!

So here you go. One (possibly rather hastily constructed so flimsy) Legoman costume.
Over to my son, who is using it to take part in a balloon debate at school - between superheroes like Barbie and Ken, Superman and Buzz Lightyear.

Lego man a superhero, I hear you ask?

Well, that's entirely up to his debating skills, methinks.

I'll let you know how it goes.

BTW - the new toy and hobby shop is the most fantastic model railway emporium. I have always, always wanted a really fantastic layout. When the kids are all grown up and off to university, that's where I'll be spending my money.

Our Lego man outfit!

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Anne Diamond | 10:50 UK time, Thursday, 22 March 2012

Anne's lego head

Well, this is just the head!

The good people at Legoland Windsor must have thought I was quite mad when I rang yesterday and asked a: if they had any Lego man outfits for sale in their shop and then - when they said no - b: did they (the guys in the Public Relations department) have any Lego man costumes that perhaps they use for PR purposes?

No, they said, we don't do much dressing up here.

So I just had to go home and start making one.

This is one of the bits about parenthood I just absolutely love - and to be quite frank, I've missed it since my boys grew big and don't seem to want to go to fancy dress parties anymore dressed as Supermen, baddies from The Lord of the Rings or Thunderbirds pilots.

So out came the homecraft scissors, off I went to the DIY store to beg for some big cardboard boxes (they were very sweet and gave me several) and I got gluing, sellotaping and cutting. My son hardly got a look in - though he's going to have to help a lot tonight with the spray painting.

Honestly - you won't believe how many people in America (they're very into dressing up, aren't they?) have posted really really helpful hints and tips online about how to make a great Lego outfit.

Thought you'd like to see how the head looks at the moment. We think his face isn't quite right - gotta get the proportions better cos at the moment, he looks a bit weird!

The endless challenge of parenthood!

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Anne Diamond | 14:59 UK time, Wednesday, 21 March 2012

lego man

There I am, working away at the day job, interviewing people and playing music on my radio show, and I get a text from one of my sons. He needs a Lego man costume for something he's doing at school on Friday.

Two days to make a Lego man costume.

Any ideas?


Well, at least it's taking my mind off the Budget.

Should little ones get their own mobile phones?

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Anne Diamond's Blog Administrator | 12:50 UK time, Tuesday, 20 March 2012


How old were you when you got yours?

If you're my generation, you probably held out for as long as you could, believing that mobiles would never catch on!

But as we bring up our kids, I don't know about you, but I'm finding that the mobile is fast becoming a vital part of parenting. I don't know what I'd do without!
But just when do you give them their own?

My guest this morning was one of the big chiefs at O2, Ben Dowd (pictured with me) and he's facing the same question. His littl'un is 7.

I think when your dad's a big cheese for one of the biggest mobile phone providers in the world, you need to have a very cool, shiny, smartphone, don't you?

Would you go into work if you just won the lottery?

Anne Diamond's Blog Administrator | 13:15 UK time, Monday, 19 March 2012


Can't make up my mind whether to laugh about it, or moan in protest!

There I was on breakfast TV this morning, reviewing the papers and of course, they're all full of the 12 Corby bus drivers who didn't turn up to work this morning because they'd won the EuroMillions lottery - all 38 million quid of it!

Some reckon the drivers should have turned up for work anyway, and that it wasn't fair on others to simply pack it in. Perhaps they should have thought of their workmates having to fill in the gaps.

On the other hand, think of it. You've been working long 14-hour shifts just to make ends meet, you hear the great news last thing on a Friday, and you've still got to wait until Monday morning to actually see proof of your winnings in the bank.

I wouldn't be fit to drive a car, let alone a bus, with the excitement of it all.

So even if it isn't the best of British behaviour, cut the lads a little slack. You don't become a multi millionaire every day, do you?

Have a lovely weekend!

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Anne Diamond | 15:00 UK time, Friday, 9 March 2012

highclere castle

It's going to be nice weather. I'm off to visit Highclere Castle, home of Downton Abbey, then next week I'm on the telly. Sarah Walker will be looking after the show on BBC Radio Berkshire. Have a great time!

Nearly half way through Lent, and I'm gasping...

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Anne Diamond | 14:55 UK time, Thursday, 8 March 2012

glass of water

...for a drink - of anything!

I've given up alcohol for the past two weeks now, and I was expecting that, by now, I would be feeling brimming with energy and all healthy and definitely sanctimonious!
But all I feel is tired. Been googling it and I gather that tiredeness is a common side effect. Apparently I've got to just grit my teeth, keep going and drink lots of water.
I guess because I'm not drinking at all in the evenings (my tipple being Bacardi and coke), I'm actually not drinking as much fluid as I have been used to - and so I have got to make up for it by drinking pints of water. Ugh. Hate water.

I wonder how many people are struggling with their Lenten challenges. Interviewed the Bishop of Oxford this morning. He's given up meat, and becoming veggie for Lent, but nearly scoffed a sausage on a stick at a party the other night. Mind you, he did manage to successfully walk on flaming coals the other day.

So I think I can get on with a few more days without booze.

Isn't it lovely when the designers think of us busy housewives?

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Anne Diamond | 14:57 UK time, Tuesday, 6 March 2012

shopping bags

Unveiled at the Geneva motor show is a car that shows the designers really love us harassed mothers.

You know what it's like. You pop into the supermarket for a pint of milk and a newspaper, and you end up staggering out under the weight of bags and bags of shopping. Then you get to the car, and have to fumble for your keys, dropping everything onto the tarmac.

Well, now the designers of a new car have put years of thought into a special rear bumper that's designed to open obligingly - when you kick it. Yes, it's programmed to respond to the human kick (as long as it senses you also have the key in your pocket! Quite how it does that, I don't know!)

Looking forward to a test drive!

Plenty of bright stars in the night sky.

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Anne Diamond | 15:18 UK time, Monday, 5 March 2012

Never mind the telly, if you want to see stars, just find a dark spot and crane your head heavenwards - the night sky is particularly appealing at the moment.

You may not see the likes of the meteor the other night, which trailed a blaze across skies from Scotland to the South West Coast, and provoked hundreds of calls to the police, but you will see a happy juxtaposition between Venus, Jupiter and Mars (and a bit later on in the evening, Saturn). I'm no astronomer, but they're unmissable. Look for two bright spots in the western sky. Lower one is Venus (very bright) and to its top left (very scientific) is Jupiter. Then literally turn around, and there'll be a pink/red point of light, which is Mars.

I got so excited about it, I rang up my son to tell him to look out of the window. He lives bang in the middle of London, so couldn't see a thing. It suddenly makes you appreciate what the experts mean when they bang on about 'light pollution'. Happy stargazing...

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