In conversation with Shannon Leone Fowler

From grief to reckoning to reflection to solace, a marine biologist shares the solo journey she took—through war-ravaged Eastern Europe, Israel, and beyond—to find peace after her fiancé suffered a fatal attack by a box jellyfish in Thailand. What made you decide to become a marine biologist? How did your relationship with the ocean change after Sean’s death?  My grandpa was a physical oceanographer at Scripps Institute in San Diego, California. Growing up, I spent summers on the beach there, … [Read more...]

Fab Iphone Workshop with Emily’s Family Workshop’s

I have just finally got round to upgrading my Iphone. I’d been putting it off for a good 6 months in part because I simply couldn’t find the time to go to the shop to sort out a new contract and partly because I was really comfortable with the Iphone I had. It wasn’t happy though as it was slowly losing the will to live (battery wouldn’t hold its charge).  Armed with my new phone, I was delighted to find myself invited to one of Emily’s Family Workshops focusing on all things Iphone. Perfect … [Read more...]

Miracle baby Abi survives op at 23 weeks

Zahid founded Magdalen Nursery in Earlsfield with his brother in 2012. Magdalen Nursery has gone on to be one of the most respected and advanced childcare settings in Wandsworth. It has unparalleled facilities and care whilst providing essential support and platforms for new mothers. Zahid made a decision to with his family to dedicate his life to children following the untimely death of his baby sister aged 3. He is fulfilling his aspirations for children to be cared for in all ways including, … [Read more...]

Tardy goes to Animal School. An interview with the author Dan Keegan.

Dan Keegan was born in 1973 in Millbank and now lives a mile away in sunny Elephant & Castle, but swears he's more adventurous than that...  . Why did you write the book? I was working in marketing for a famous paint company (not Farrow and Ball - another one! )  when I started to write Tardy goes to Animal School if I'm honest I was feeling a bit wounded from a start-up that hadn't worked.  . One summer's … [Read more...]

School of rock – Lessons in laughter

So this week I’m not writing a restaurant column, well don’t worry there’s plenty of reviews coming up, but right now I wanted to share an experience that I enjoyed so much I didn’t want to keep it to myself. So for one night only (for now,) with the delightful dining companion transformed into delightful theatre goer (DTG) we made our way to the New London theatre to take in a performance of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s new(ish) musical ‘School of Rock.’ We’d dined earlier at somewhere so delicious, … [Read more...]

Interview with Archie Fitzherbert, founder of local initiative Voucher Local (

What is Voucher Local? Voucher Local is a website and community platform to make life easier for those who want to discover and support independent businesses around Wandsworth and Clapham. Businesses can promote what they are doing, along with special offers, to local people. We hope this will encourage people to consciously change their spending habits from chain stores to small independents, which will make a real difference to the community. What inspired you to set up Voucher … [Read more...]

The hunger games

Oscar Wilde observed that “it is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating”. Well maybe? But the question of income and where to find it has become an increasingly frustrating exercise for many investors, whether it is for funding school fees, university costs or further down the road, retirement. People are talking about the “destruction of yield”. Which means what? “Yield is effectively the income return on an investment, such as the interest or dividends received from holding a … [Read more...]

Staying Safe During Firework Season

Human injury Prevention Fireworks Each year, over 1,000 people suffer injuries due to fireworks during the 4-week period around November 5th. About 60% of these accidents occur at home or at private parties and about 400 usually involve children under the age of 13. * The safest way to enjoy fireworks is by going to an organised display. If you are going to use them at home instead, ensure you have enough space both for them to be set off safely and for people to stand far enough away. … [Read more...]

Building Confidence in Children

My child is shy and struggles to communicate, what can I do? My child is really confident but won’t share or work well with other children, help? These are constant struggles that parents have with their children as they grow and become more independent. We all know that Drama and Musical Theatre are great for developing speech patterns and communication but did you also know performing arts helps children to-   Build on their listening skills At the beginning of our … [Read more...]

It Takes Two

It's no surprise that here at NappyValleyNet we're big fans of families - after all, we're a parenting site!  But as a small business we're also big fans of start-ups, as in the business kind. So during our last editorial meeting (OK, OK, over a glass or three of Brinkley's finest Prosecco), we wondered if we could combine the two and look at family teams who also run local businesses.  And once we started digging we soon realised there are a LOT of them around.  From interior design to soft … [Read more...]

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