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Wallis Simpson famously said, ‘a girl can never be too rich or too thin’ – well I don’t agree with that, but my motto is ‘A Girl Can’t have too many shoes’!!

Imelda Marcos allegedly had 3000 pairs of shoes in her ever expanding wardrobe.  Can you really blame her, as she had so many functions to go to and certainly had to match the different outfits, besides which it was a bit of a passion for her too.

We have learned in recent years with reflexology that our feet represent different areas of our entire body, so why not nurture them.  Shoes should be added to our list of psychological wellbeing ‘must haves’ for the sheer bliss of wearing comfortable but beautiful adornments on our feet.

I have found as I get older, I am struggling to wear the shoes I proudly donned in my teens and early twenties, and would never be seen dead in a pair of Clarks or wider fit shoes.  But then to be fair, these brands have upped their game and made their designs far more elegant and catwalk friendly.

If you are struggling with wearing heels, invest in a pair of Dr Scholls party heels at only £4.49, and wear shoes around the house days before the party to break them in and get used to the height and balance, you so that you can enjoy them to the full.  I recently spotted a gorgeous pair of stilettos and wanted to buy them anyway, in spite of the fact I knew they would probably kill me.  The shop assistant just flung me a throwaway line as I walked out the door – ‘don’t forget to practise’.  It made a big difference.

Here are some party ‘must haves’ for you in the shoe department:

Clarks – Ellis Ruby – Rose Gold Leather party shoe, lovely to look at and easy to wear.  £69.

Shoe Embassy – hand crafted shoes are an investment – blissfully comfortable and made from comfy leather, one review said ‘I’m having an affair – this is my second pair’ I spotted this gorgeous shoe aptly entitled ‘Exotic’ now only £47.50.

New Look have some amazing bargains as always, and one I thought you would like is this sexy black faux snake pointed court for only £19.99.

Very.co.uk have a multitude of wonderful choices, and I just fell in love with this unique pair of ‘Irregular choice Nick of Time party heel shoe’.  Yes, that is its name and well worth considering for its sheer style and comfort at £82.

So get in there girls, and start practising!

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Reading Time: 6 minutes


They say that every successful creative enterprise is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration, which brings me to the ingenious invention of Nibble Protein Bites, by its founder Erin Moroney.

I say this because Erin is a true creative, having successfully run and co-owned a photographic business for more than 12 years, and was also an agency Art Director and Producer, so nothing to do with food – but she knew there was something wrong when she was constantly tired with low blood sugar, and her nails and hair suffering in the process.

As an avid vegetarian Erin felt she was doing everything right, but when she was told by her nutritionist that she was ‘protein deficient’, and as she was about to run a marathon, she knew it was time to take action for herself, her family and ultimately the rest of the world.

She had previously spent weeks trolling the supermarkets and health food outlets, and discovered there was a serious crack in the market for protein rich snacks.

Erin knew absolutely nothing about creating a food product, let alone launching it onto the competitive market place, but through sheer determination, serious research and her own creativity and passion, she now has her own Brand, which can be purchased in a number of leading outlets, including Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Ocado, to name but a few.


As Erin says ‘We use the finest natural ingredients including antioxidant-rich dried plum purée and a blend of toasted pumpkin/sunflower seeds and crunchy protein crisps (TELL ME MORE. .. ). The bites are super nutritious, with less sugar and more yummy flavours. Perfect for healthy eating on the go.’

Erin has now been nominated for the prestigious Catherine Awards from the Variety Club of Great Britain.

We are really excited to announce that Nibble’s founder, Erin Moroney, is a shortlisted nominee for a prestigious VARIETY CATHERINE RISING STAR AWARD.

Founded in 2016 by Variety (the children’s charity), the Variety Catherine Awards recognise the contributions of women in business. The Rising Star Award honours women who are making a difference in their chosen field and are “women to watch” for the future.

With awards across a range of sectors (including finance & banking, professional services, creative industries, science & tech, and retail/fashion), Erin is the only nominee from the food industry.

Erin started developing our innovative bites two years ago, after a long career in the creative industry.

The Variety Catherine Award judging panel includes:

  • Paula RadcliffeMBE
    • Lisa Francis – CEO, Barclays Private Bank, UK and Ireland
    • Kanya King MBE – Founder, MOBO Awards
    • Lesley Batchelor OBE – Director General, Institute of Export and International Trade
    • Lucy Choi – Owner, Lucy Choi London
    • Dr Maggie Semple – Owner, Maggie Semple Limited
    • Suzan Antonowicz – Head of International, Beauty, Fashion and Luxury – ESI Media – The Independent and Evening Standard
    • Christina Blacklaws – President, Law Society of England and Wales

This year’s nominees include Dame Natalie Sara Massenet, founder and former CEO of Net-A-Porter (Retail and Fashion Award); Charlotte Tilbury MBE, creative director of her eponymous beauty and skincare brand (Retail and Fashion Award), Anne Boden OBE, CEO of Starling Bank (Finance and Banking Award) and Joy Haizelden, team GB Paralympian (Sports Industry Award) amongst many others.

The awards are being held in London on the 13th of November 2018.

Made with lots of love for Austin & Julie x

Well, this is a slightly different story! Nibble Brownie Bites were inspired by Erin’s 12 year-old American niece, Julianna. Julie is a notoriously fussy eater who rarely ate any protein (but loved brownies). To help boost her niece’s protein intake (and lower her sugar consumption!), Erin set out on a mission to develop a brownie recipe that passed the Julie-test (ie. it couldn’t look too healthy otherwise she wouldn’t even try it!). Erin’s older nephew, Austin, is a chocoholic (and already a Nibble Protein addict) so he’d love these too. Roughly based on the original recipe, these bites would only include “brownie-stuff” (no seeds or healthy looking bits)—with some sneaky protein snuck in. The brownies proved so popular, they sparked a whole range (with a note to Austin & Julie on the back of every pack)!

And in total contrast to the first range, the brownies came together very quickly (most of the painful points had already been worked out!). You’d never know these little bad boys were 20% dried plum purée (and 18% plant protein).


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Reading Time: 4 minutes


I have just ordered my all-time favourite film IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE for Christmas, so that the entire family can enjoy one of the most brilliant tear jerking movies ever made, which has certainly survived the test of time.

Do you believe in angels?  If you don’t now, you certainly will after meeting George Bailey, who has given up on life after losing all his money and is about to end it all when he bumps into Clarence, his guardian angel, who has been sent down to earth to save him.

George has created a lot of good will in his community, and done good for a lot of people, so it is payback time literally, and the entire town rally round and restore his faith in humankind.

Christmas is a magical time of year, and it is when miracles happen, but it did not seem so wonderful last week when a 90 year old lady, well known to her community as a kind and outgoing lady, was sitting in her communal gardens outside her home of 20 years.  She was approached by a lady who pretended to befriend her and was robbed of her entire Christmas savings of £1000 from her handbag, which she did not notice until the lady had gone and was looking for her house keys at her front door.

Betty called the police straight away, but it was too late and she was left distressed and devastated that she couldn’t buy gifts for her children, grandchildren and great grandkids.

Fortunately a living Angel, who is a close neighbour of Betty’s and a young mum herself, Hannah Hammond, stepped in and restored Betty’s faith by running a fundraiser in her name, and has managed to raise the entire £1000 from close friends and neighbours.

A few years ago friends of mine got together and decided to spend Christmas at our local shelter to help cook Christmas Dinner for the homeless.  We may not all be in a position to extend to this sort of help in our community, but we can certainly all make a difference perhaps by listening to a friend or neighbour who may benefit from just a few minute of your time.

So let’s all believe in angels this Christmas, and of course keep a very close ear for ‘Every Time a Bell Rings an Angel gets its Wings’ and that very angel could be you.

If you want to help Betty the ‘go fund me’ page is at https://www.gofundme.com/6adjh1k

It’s a Wonderfull Life available on DVD & Blu-Ray from Amazon Its-Wonderful-Life

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Reading Time: 4 minutes


We hear sighs from the middle aged to the elderly bemoaning their woes with Social Media, the youth of today, how values have changed.

Every generation has been condemned by their elders, from the revelry of the Rolling Stones to the depravity of the punk era.

As I was about to jump on the band wagon of groaners and seriously turn into my Grandmother, I decided to find a positive in today’s attitudes and if you look hard enough you can find it.

I remember seeing an episode of Mad Men where an elderly secretary died at her desk, and as the Advertising moguls were trying to impress a potential client, they hid the fact and practically carried her out in a bag to disguise the mortality on their premises, as if somehow it tarnished their glittering reputation.

Nowadays of course, everyone would get involved, in trying to revive her, in contacting her relatives, and it would be on social media within seconds, with the Agency would being commended upon their lack of ageism in employment.

Similarly with scars, both inside and out, and particularly the latter.  Years ago a top model ‘It’ girl told me that if you had a slight blemish or mole on your face you would be banned from the catwalk, and never be employed as a model or appear in a fashion magazine.  Scars were taboo.

In recent years however, scars have been celebrated more and more, with acid attack victims on the catwalk, as well as survivors from Breast Cancer revealing their scars instead of hiding them away.

In the recent Royal Wedding, Princess Eugenie celebrated her own special day choosing to wear a wedding dress that showed her scar, saying she hoped it would honour those who had helped her and inspire others with the condition of scoliosis.

Similarly, catwalk icon and Victoria’s Secret Angel, Martha Hunt required her spine realigned as a teenager, and she is proud to reveal the scoliosis scars of her operation as she says it confirms her strength.

As the years progress, the World as we know it changes beyond recognition, and sometimes not to our liking.  It is too easy to criticise and see doom and gloom – but if we look hard enough we can always find something beautiful in the darkness, and the celebration of scars really makes it all worthwhile and in fact binds us all together.

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It hardly seems possible that one of our all-time favourite kid’s shows, Blue Peter, has turned 60 this month.

Most of us can remember growing up with this wonderfully inspiring programme, and many of us can recall the time when Anthea Turner showed us all how to make the FAB Thunderbirds Headquarters, Tracy Island out of cardboard boxes in the mid 1990s


I have got to know the lovely Anthea over the years and she told me recently that one of the highlights of her career was the Tracy Island project on Blue Peter, as it brought so much joy to so many families, and indeed Anthea herself.

Here is Anthea making the Tracy Island model


This was way before computer games like Fortnight took over the World and years before social media, but we are still assured by Mums and Dads and Grandparents that they still get involved with their offspring in home crafts, away from the computer or iPad to give kids a taste of how they can still have fun, in their very own retro world, light years away from the internet.

So for once I would advise DO TRY THIS AT HOME and enter our competition for the most inventive Tracy Island or homemade project of your choice for Glotime.tv and you could win a ticket to the Silver Screen Ball at Pinewood Studios and meet Dee Anderson daughter of Gerry & Sylvia Anderson creators of Thunderbirds along with some of the original team behind the classic series.

All you have to do is make your own Tracy Island either free form or following the Blue Peter instructions and send 3 photos of your ‘make’ to competition@sylviaanderson.co.uk and we will select one entry to be our guest on the night.
click for more details of the event ‘ silver screen ball at pinewood studios ‘

Click to download the original Blue Peter plans to make ‘ Tracy Island ‘

Final date for entries 18th November


here is a look back of all the presenters of Blue Peter


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