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Gifford Circus – A circus like no other

Giffords Circus – A real treat Every year since my daughter was two years old, (she is now 11) her grandparents have treated the family to tickets to see Giffords Circus. And it is a treat. Giffords is unlike any circus I remember as a child. The tent is a very intimate performance space which allows the audience to immerse themselves completely in the story unfolding before their eyes. There is a live, quirky band who accompany the action at all times. The music sets the pace and enhances the overall magical atmosphere. This year has been no different,...

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Fidget Spinners – why the controversy?

Many children with attention disorders find it difficult to sit still for any length of time. In a traditional classroom setting, this is often expected, and any fidgeting is discouraged. As you may know or can imagine, this can be a very challenging environment for a child with an attention disorder, often resulting in anxiety or disciplinary consequences if not managed properly, making school life very difficult. At the school where I work, we allowed Fidget Spinners for children with attention disorders, autism and anxiety. Unfortunately, they soon became popular with the students without an attention disorder, and so we...

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A tale as old as time is as charming as ever

If you have children, you will probably have watched the animated Disney version of Beauty and the Beast at some point. I did about 30 times some ten years ago (it was released in 1991) and we all loved it, although my son was frightened of the Beast for a long time. The songs were brilliant, especially the one with Gaston and the story is exciting but charming. Now Disney has released the new non-animated version with Emma Watson as Belle, and it is easily as wonderful, if not better. Overall, it has stuck to the original version, with...

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