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Recent content by Rachel Caldecott-Thornton

  1. Rachel Caldecott-Thornton

    Darn it. Too white, too middle class, too straight. Would being old and poor count?

    Darn it. Too white, too middle class, too straight. Would being old and poor count?
  2. Rachel Caldecott-Thornton

    Working on building my author website (should have done it years ago). Got up to stick a pizza...

    Working on building my author website (should have done it years ago). Got up to stick a pizza in the oven, but husband helps himself to the computer. So now I'm twiddling my thumbs waiting for him to get off. I might burn his pizza in revenge.
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    A second teacher from the local lycée has phoned to asked whether they could base next year's...

    A second teacher from the local lycée has phoned to asked whether they could base next year's English curriculum on my book!!! Of course, with my luck the school may never open again thanks to a certain virus. ;)
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    Luckily glass blowers rarely wear anything that needs ironing.

    Luckily glass blowers rarely wear anything that needs ironing.
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    Once, while staying with a friend, I thought I'd help by hanging out her laundry while she was...

    Once, while staying with a friend, I thought I'd help by hanging out her laundry while she was at work, given it was a lovely sunny day. Her response was, "It's not you, it's me. Sorry. I'll have to do it all again. I need a space of exactly two inches between each item on the line."
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    We don't have a garden and in winter it is a pain to dry clothes on our terrace, which tends to...

    We don't have a garden and in winter it is a pain to dry clothes on our terrace, which tends to be cold and damp at the best of times. But in the summer it is a delight.
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    I have not trained my family well. My fault. They never help with the dishes. If we could share...

    I have not trained my family well. My fault. They never help with the dishes. If we could share the work, I'd happily do without a dishwasher. But they don't and now my back is in agony doing them, and my legs go to sleep. I don't have a dryer and agree that line-dried clothes are the best.
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    We moved into this house in July 2003. The washing machine we'd brought with us was finally...

    We moved into this house in July 2003. The washing machine we'd brought with us was finally plumbed in that November. Until then I did all the laundry in the bath tub. Hot water to the kitchen was finally installed 8 months later (so July 2004). Yesterday, during lock down 2020, my kids, tired...
  9. Rachel Caldecott-Thornton

    That doesn't exist in France. I've looked into the French social security situation but we need...

    That doesn't exist in France. I've looked into the French social security situation but we need to be officially resident. They will only grant us residency after all this time (17 years) if we earn enough and don't need benefits. The problem is the same If we return to the UK. We couldn't...
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    Frustrated that our only source of income (me working on street markets) had gone up the spout...

    Frustrated that our only source of income (me working on street markets) had gone up the spout. The French government are giving payments of up to a max of 1500€. They will replace what your earned last March. Sadly, because of the Yellow Jackets, last March was terrible and I only earned 150€...
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    Also just found a photo of me and my parents with the writer Fritjof Capra in California, 1978.

    Also just found a photo of me and my parents with the writer Fritjof Capra in California, 1978.
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    I know, and a whole load of articles about him :)

    I know, and a whole load of articles about him :)
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    Confinement tidying... Going through the family archive, discovered that on 28 October 1974 my...

    Confinement tidying... Going through the family archive, discovered that on 28 October 1974 my dad had been nominated for the Publisher of the Year Award. Who knew? Not me. Woops.
  14. Rachel Caldecott-Thornton

    My book cover has been nominated for the "Cover of the Month" contest on AllAuthor! I need as...

    My book cover has been nominated for the "Cover of the Month" contest on AllAuthor! I need as much support from you guys as possible. Please take a short moment to vote for my book cover here: Vote for The Panopticon Experiment: The Siklus Series, Book 1 in Book Cover Competition April Thank you!
  15. Rachel Caldecott-Thornton

    Yeah, you are probably right. French schools are odd though. They have very rigid curriculums...

    Yeah, you are probably right. French schools are odd though. They have very rigid curriculums. I'm surprised he is daring enough to bring in non-standard texts. I'm very flattered. But you are right it is an opportunity. Anyway, I have time. It doesn't look as if he's talking about before September.