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A short break in France

What a close-to-perfect week the Fanning clan had in a remote French farmhouse, miles from the nearest shops with no Internet, no phones and no English language TV – we watched the French version of Wheel of Fortune twice and didn’t quite get why a small white dog was part of the proceedings.

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It’s grim up north

This month, Manchester fails to charm, silly season gets too silly, I have an old fart moan about students and the book comes slowly together.

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My world is full of dead birds

Sorry for the dreadfully irregular updates, but it’s been a dark and miserable time, which I hope I’m coming out of.

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Get thee to a gym

So this month, I joined a new gym.

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Life in Amsterdam

June is the month to prepare for family visits – Mr. Fanning’s sister and my own mother are book-ending the summer months.

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A RIPE Meeting diary

Every now and then, my job takes me away from home for a week at a time.

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Resolving for change

January is the time when the Fanning family makes their resolutions.

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Oberhausen – it has it ALL

Oberhausen is twinned with Middlesbrough. And before venturing there, that was the sum total of my knowledge.

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An agent came a-calling

Guilty as charged. Months have flown by with no diary update. I am truly sorry. I never meant to be such a lazy sod, it just happened.

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Take a seat Mo Fanning

It finally happened to me this month. The moment I’d been dreading – and I should be honest and say I didn’t deal with it particularly well.

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