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April 21, 2005


Sally Codman and her family are deeply moved by the BBC's Comic Relief programme - a fund raising effort to help people world-wide who stuggle to maintain life.

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April 14, 2005


The word "fire'' brings back alarming memories for Sally Codman.

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April 07, 2005


Sally Codman receives a text message which throws her into red alert.

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March 17, 2005

Daylight Robbery

Sally Codman bemoans the fact that many folk have to pay to draw their own money from the bank.

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March 10, 2005

The Worst Day

Tell people why they should be miserable and they will delight in telling you why they shouldn't be, says Sally Codman.

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March 03, 2005

The Three Ps

"By the time polling day is upon us we've lost the will to live, never mind vote...'' In a British General Election year, Sally Codman is fed-up with politicians and their muck-raking ways.

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February 24, 2005


Sally Codman has some serious and sensible thoughts about romantic love - and true love.

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February 17, 2005


When Sally Codman returned to the gym she started gently, swimming a few lengths then sampling aqua-aerobics - "great fun if you don't mind wallowing about looking like a hippo in a mud pool''.

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February 10, 2005


As a mum who has spent many years trying to fit together the intricate jigsaw of child rearing challenges, Sally Codman is far from impressed by the latest political proposals to help families with the soaring costs of childcare.

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February 03, 2005


Sally Codman compares family likenesses and mannerisms - a certain glance, a lift of the head, a wave of a hand, a smile, a familiar saying, a way of looking at life.

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January 27, 2005


Sally Codman rallies brilliantly from after-Christmas blues and grumpiness by writing a Reasons to be Cheerful list.

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January 13, 2005


Sally Codman considers the dating game and decides that a good man would be hard to find.

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January 06, 2005


Sally Codman dreams of huge Lotto wins.

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December 30, 2004

Red Tape

Sally Codman finds herself entangled in red tape as she tries to sort out a pensions problem for an elderly relative.

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December 23, 2004

Ya Gotta Have A Dream

There's a fine line between being supportive and encouraging youngsters and being realistic and honest, says Sally Codman.

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December 16, 2004

Christmas Cards

"How I envy those super-organised people who buy their cards and wrapping paper at the January sales and order their organic hand reared turkey in August,'' says Sally Codman.

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December 09, 2004


Sally Codman deplores the idea of more Las Vegas-style casinos in Britain.

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December 02, 2004


As Eldest Daughter makes plans for a Gap Year, mum Sally Codman is dreaming of also taking time out to travel and see the world.

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November 25, 2004


Sally Codman discovers that the film Finding Neverland is a must for everyone who likes to nurture their inner-child.

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November 18, 2004

Poppy Day

On November 11, Remembrance Day, millions of British people wore a poppy with pride - glad in the knoledge that the money raised by the Poppy appeal goes to alleviate some of the pain and trouble caused by wars. Among them was Sally Codman, who points out in this column that it is still possible to give money to the British Legion - organisers of the Poppy appeal - at any time of the year.

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October 27, 2004


In an ideal world all parents would stay cool and calm under extreme pressure and provocation, says Sally Codman as she discusses the fraught question of whether, or not, to smack children.

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October 20, 2004


Sally Codman dreads attending a speed awareness course - then is pleasantly surprised.

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October 13, 2004


Students who had buried their heads in the sand- or should that be in their pillows - after completing the dreaded exams were forced to confront the fact that their future hopes and dreams could depend on the contents of an envelope. Sally Codman and her family live through that most nervous time - the arrival of exam results.

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October 06, 2004

Bird's Eye View

"I began to wish I'd stayed in the lakeside restaurant drinking cafe-au-lait and reading yesterday's papers...'' Sally Codman tackles a climbing-adventure circuit.

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September 30, 2004

Bank Holidays

"No one likes me in a traffic jam,'' says Sally Codman. "I don't even like myself...'' And that is why she stays close to home on Bank Holidays.

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September 08, 2004


Being a teenager isn't a bed of roses, says Sally Codman, highlighting the fact with statistics on the sad plight of youngsters who are thrown out of their own homes.

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September 01, 2004


"Anyone who has ever had to deal with a major tantrum from a terrible two-year-old whilst trying to feed or change a new baby and read to their four-year-old, all at the same time, after weeks of severe sleep deprivation, will know that sometimes keeping your cool isn't so easy.'' says Sally Codman as she discusses the contoversial issue of whether or not to smack a child.

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August 25, 2004

Wearing The Trousers

Sally Codman is determined to go on wearing the trousers, even if she hates the task of buying them, as she reveals in this ebullient column.

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August 18, 2004

Beggars Can Be Choosers

When Sally Codman tries to give away two old-fashioned wardrobes she finds that beggars can be choosers.

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August 11, 2004

Missing Billions

Sally Codman encourages us to help older folk by joining the hunt for the missing billions - the 2.5 billion that deserving pensioners, for a variety of reasons, have failed to claim from the State.

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August 04, 2004

Nanny State - Sometimes

"I don't see why I should have my meal ruined by the addicts at the next table who chain smoke between courses...'' Although Sally Codman is suspicious of Nanny State policies, she finds herself supporting public smoking bans and the banning of adverts directed at children for sweets and fast food.

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July 28, 2004


Just the thought of Middle Daughter on the loose in the wilds of the countryside is enough to have the sheep, never mind her mum Sally Codman, reaching for the tranquillisers.

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July 14, 2004

Time Travelling

Sally Codman goes on a school trip - and finds herself going back in time.

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July 07, 2004


Sally Codman points out that the "horrible habit of clubbing'' is robbing millions of worried parents of a good night's shuteye.

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June 30, 2004

Football? - No Thanks!

Every aspect of football has escaped from the usual safe prison of the sports pages says Sally Codman as she contemplates fleeing to Mars to escape from the excessive converage of the 2004 European football tournament.

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June 02, 2004

Frozen Spinach

You struggle out of the door at 8.15 am to do a double school run when Middle Daughter suddenly demands spinach. Sally Codman thinks about getting a magician-style pointy hat to help her perform the magical tricks required of a Super Mum.

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May 26, 2004

A Famous Bird

Sally Codman meets Dickie Bird, the famous cricket umpire - and also recalls interviews with other famous authors.

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May 19, 2004

A Ginger Bundle

Sally Codman introduces us to a tiny bundle of ginger kitten called Monty, who has joined in the fun at Castle Codman.

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May 12, 2004

Tired Of Waiting

Sally Codman has spent so much time in waiting rooms that she has adopted a Kinks song as her personal theme tune - "Tired of waiting for you''.

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May 05, 2004

The Passion

Sally Codman weeps silently as she watches Mel Gibson's film The Passion Of Christ. Be brave, she says, see it for yourselves.

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April 14, 2004


Sally Codman suggests that if Martin Luther King was alive today he would be horrified to see that people of every colour still live on lonely islands of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of world prosperity.

Continue reading "Dreams" »

March 31, 2004

The Eye Of The Beholder

Sally Codman muses on feminine beauty - and wishes she had been alive at the time when Rubens was painting curvy, rounded women.

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March 24, 2004

No News Is Good News?

Sally Codman considers the news - bad and good.

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March 17, 2004


Sally Codman writes about sleep, dreams, and a kitchen swamped with accounts of weird night-time visions.

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March 10, 2004

A Birthday Surprise

Sally Codman tells of a birthday present which led to a surprise get-together of the Living Flame.

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March 02, 2004

Holidays - And After

Sally Codman reflects on the fact that a Canadian holiday broadens more than the mind - then faces up to the harsh reality of returning home.

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February 25, 2004


This week Sally Codman considers possible careers for her offspring. Could the answer be chocolate?

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February 18, 2004

Mum's Taxi Service

Despite all the stresses and demands of running Mum's Taxi Service for her family, Sally Codman is determined to hang on to her wheels.

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February 11, 2004

School Trips

Sally Codman shares some witty thoughts and advice on the often contentious subject of school trips.

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February 03, 2004


Sally Codman has discovered a renewable energy source that could save the world.

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January 27, 2004

Financial fears of Uni

Sally Codman takes a witty but sobering look at financing the costs of university education for her family.

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January 19, 2004


Sally Codman discovers that home-working involves finding some place for a bit of peace and quiet.

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January 09, 2004

The Calendar Girls

Sally Codman muses on whether or not she would allow herself to be featured in a nude calendar.

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