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Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday: Pop up cinema at New Bailey, Manchester

Film roll, ticket and gummy bears

If you were a child bookworm the chances are you will have enjoyed the dark comedy, villainous adult enemies, and unexpected endings of Roald Dahl’s tales. Everyone has their favourite and mine has to be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It might have something to do with my sweet tooth; I mean just think how amazing it would be if that place was real – a river of chocolate!

It’s 100 years since his birth on 13 September 1916 and events are being organised around the country to mark this special ‘Roald Dahl Day’.

Keep reading to find out what’s going on at New Bailey, Manchester.

10 tips for coping with a heatwave when you’re pregnant

Stack of ice lollies

Swollen ankles, feeling heavy, getting overly hot and sweaty every time you try to do anything strenuous – sound familiar? If you are pregnant you are probably not rejoicing in the sunshine but trying anything to keep cool.

It’s been over 30 degrees in Manchester today and, at almost 38 weeks pregnant, I’ve been doing everything I can to stay as comfortable as possible.

It’s time to talk about miscarriage

It's time to talk about miscarriage

When I established Tall Mum In Manchester I wanted to be honest about my miscarriages. I’m not looking for sympathy. I simply want to tell our story and hope that it will encourage others to talk more openly about miscarriage. But, being open on the internet also means telling people much closer to us – and that seems so much harder.

I wrote the first draft of this post 13 weeks ago. It’s taken me all this time to build up the courage to share it but, with Pea’s due date imminent, it’s now or never.

35 weeks pregnant: Decorating and dates

35 weeks pregnant: Decorating and dates

As I write this post I am half way through week 35 of my pregnancy and Pea is apparently the size of a honeydew melon.

I anticipate that most of this coming week will be spent watching Wimbledon and as I type, Andy Murray has just started his fourth round match against Nick Kyrgios. I’m not sure what I’m going to do when the tennis is over as lying on my side is increasingly the most comfortable way of giving my ribs space and it’s hard to do much from that position.

Guest post: The things I loved & didn’t love in my first 6 months as a Mum

The things I loved & didn't love in my first 6 months as a mum

Krystyna gave birth to her cheeky little boy in October last year. She is loving motherhood and relishing the baby related love and mothering accomplishments.

Reflecting on her experience of her first 6 months as a mum inspired her to write a post summarising the good and the bad to offer encouragement to new mothers.

She has kindly agreed to let me share her thoughts on my blog. So, Krystyna, over to you.