Dear South West London Mum,
“If Lady Gaga removes the massive plastic flower from her head you can come in.”
Its been a few years since I’ve had to negotiate my way into a pub but as I tried to persuade the Balham bouncer to let my party into the bar, I had a flashback to my student days.
We’d popped in last Friday night after our annual school quiz night, which was as usual, a riotous affair.
It’s parents only, always fancy dress and one of my favourite nights of the year; when the mums and dads go totally over the top with both costumes and merrymaking.
And those costumes were now causing a few issues with the venue we’d chosen for our “after-quiz” party.
Admittedly it’s not every day that Lady Gaga, Russell Brand, Katy Perry and a tribe of cavemen carrying spears ask to look at the wine list and Mr NappyValleyNet wasn’t fooling the other customers with his “I’m a chubby Beckham lookie-likie”, but I really didn’t expect the plastic flower to be the issue.
“You can keep the spears and the bloke in the dress is OK but we have a strict rule over headgear, sorry.”
So if you spotted a large plastic flower sitting forlornly outside a Balham pub that was us and I promise we took it home in the early hours of the morning.
Here’s what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth!):
Banker salary caps, good idea or totally unfair? Lots of you have an opinion on this topic!…click here for details
What should a nanny be doing in terms of housework and other duties? CMDS is having issues with her Mrs Doubtfire…click here for details
Children’s age gaps – is 5 years too long? RK needs your help with a dilemma…click here for details
It’s definitely worth posting your “lost and found” as Hello Jo can testify. Her message simply reads “Scooter Returned! Thanks NappyValleyNet” Delighted we could help!…click here for details
A young man proposed to his girlfriend with a *choir* in a Clapham bar. But who is the third person at the table?…click here for details
A bunch of Belleville school parents have launched a micro brewery. With beer names like “Northcote Blonde” how can it be anything other than marvellous!…click here for details
Emma wants to buy a scooter. Which brand is best?…click here for details
Pod is having issues with gas. She isn’t over sharing, she needs help! More tea vicar?…click here for details
Amumtoo is setting up a photo club. Do you want to join this snapper set?…click here for details
Toddler friendly hotels? Do you know of one? Golfwidow needs to know!…click here for details
The Pipster is writing for Waitrose. Mr NappyValleyNet will be so proud!…click here for details
Which is the best pet for a little one?…click here for details
New2London wants to rent a piano. Can she? Will her neighbours hear her tickle the ivories?…click here for details
Alliek needs a really good cobbler. Her Kurt Geigers need lowering..click here for details
Nozzle is thinking of an au pair when her nanny leaves. Good idea?…click here for details
Looking for a new challenge? Ernest Bevin are looking for a one day a week term time receptionist. Perfect for a local mum!…click here for detail
HTM wants to buy a wine cooler. Recommendations?…click here for details
Ocean Home Designs are a big friends of NappyValleyNet and they’re raising money for St Georges! Great news guys!…click here for details
Our house and garden section is busier than the Vatican’s recruitment department!
JTHomas wants to know if anyone has installed LED downlights? (click here), Mummymoo ordered some wood from Style Ideas in Colliers Wood but they’ve gone quiet.Is that common? (click here), Quirky Dovetail are running another of their HUGELY popular “Colour in your Home” evenings on the 14th March (click here) Great Little Trading have posted details o f a discount code, thanks guys! (click here). Gro anywhere blackout blinds – has anyone used them? (click here)
Holiday questions now…Gwel an mor self-catering in Cornwall, has anyone been?…click here for details
Hayfeversufferer has posted details of a poor girl in Maldives who is threatened with a flogging. Should anyone consider holidaying there with such human
rights abuses?…click here for details
Abi went to Tredethick farm cottages last year and cannot decide whether to go again or try Glynn Barton. Have you been to either?…click here for details
Ameilia is off to Portugal very soon. Which is the best airline?…click here for details
And yet again far far too many nursery posts to mention. Can you help with the latest information on Learning Ladders, Lavender Hill and Shaftesbury Park…click here for details
Our events calendar had FORTY FOUR listings for today alone! FORTY FOUR! (click here). It’s an amazing round-up of activities, events, fetes, open mornings and things-to-do. If you have an event please POST DETAILS FOR FREE! In the calendar this week: Little Sunshine by the Tara Arts Theatre Group, an amazing local production (click here), Sewing classes (click here) and a family quiz night for the Anthony Nolan trust (click here).
That’s it, have a great week!
Annabel and the NappyValleyNet.com Team
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