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Live chat with India Knight on Monday 2nd July between 9-10pm

(567 Posts)
UCM Tue 03-Jul-07 22:50:54

I didn't even know who the bloody hell she was, just typed questions about utter bollox. Who was this woman

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 22:34:12

Nah Boco, can't do cryptic

Hathor Mon 02-Jul-07 22:33:53


Boco Mon 02-Jul-07 22:32:53

Lapin that's why i was confused - thought it stood for honest - thought you were being cryptic.

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 22:32:49

Cod's dh is a cowboy, so he appreciates these gestures.

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 22:32:17

IMTWAIO - in my totally worthless and ignorant opinion.

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 22:30:38

LOL, 100x, IMBFLO (in my big fat liar opinion )

Hathor Mon 02-Jul-07 22:30:19

Does anyone's dh dp notice clean sheets?

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 22:29:47

Oh LL thanks for that, I thought it meant, In my not very HONEST opinion.

FluffyMummy123 Mon 02-Jul-07 22:29:19

Message withdrawn

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 22:29:00

Boco - "she certainly had the measure" = yes, she did <slowly rereads post to Boco>

(IMNVHO - In my not very humble opinion, if that's what you meant)

Professorfilthymindedvixen Mon 02-Jul-07 22:28:21

oh bollockytoss! I forgot about this...

<<was watching bizarrey orkshire WI bods on TV>>>

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 22:27:17

How silly to do it on Fridays! Thursday is the day for sheet changing. Everyone knows that.

Boco Mon 02-Jul-07 22:26:05

- and she changes sheets once a week. Should have asked if it was fridays.

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 22:24:37

Oy Cod. Did you see that she thought that Mandarin was the ponciest? Did you?

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 22:24:32

<airily waving hand> oh do give over Cod.

saggarmakersbottomknocker Mon 02-Jul-07 22:24:28


<my idea was so much better>

Boco Mon 02-Jul-07 22:22:23

does that mean she did or didn't have the measure?

FluffyMummy123 Mon 02-Jul-07 22:22:21

Message withdrawn

Boco Mon 02-Jul-07 22:21:49

Thought it was me who usually worries unduly about everyone elses feelings - and you 100x wave a hand and say oh do give over or something like that.

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 22:19:40

I thought she enjoyed it... she certainly had the measure of the MN "vibe", IMNVHO

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 22:19:37

Okay, yes you're right Boco. Was fine.

<slaps self hard across the face.>

Am foolish this way.

Wotznot2know Mon 02-Jul-07 22:19:35

journalist normally have skin thicker than a rhinos, otherwise they wouldn't be journalists! Water off a ducks back I am sure. India is probably having a lovely dinner with guest who are all whopping it up!

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 22:18:45

She sat firmly on the fence on the Blyton thing, 100x, didn't she?

tiredemma Mon 02-Jul-07 22:16:44

Ah glad you got it eventually- I found two more if you want them? let me know.

Boco Mon 02-Jul-07 22:16:36

I'm sure she was fine 100x - no one was rude to her, just a little hectic and random, but not mean.

She said early on that she could't get worked up or upset about what a stranger said or thought - she seems a well balanced and solid sort - i think there was far more gushing and compliments than anything else.

Relax, i'm sure she enjoyed it.

mosschops30 Mon 02-Jul-07 22:14:28

tiredemma, it was fun for a change yes??

(thanks for the voucher BTW)

WendyWeber Mon 02-Jul-07 22:12:07

I thought she read as if she enjoyed herself - it was invigorating at least

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 22:11:58

I am Not Responsible for India Knights Happiness.

Every day in every way I become a less responsible person.
Where's Cod? I'm going to blame everything on her. Not that there is anything to blame or feel guilty about obviously.

Rubyslippers Mon 02-Jul-07 22:11:42

i thought she seemed ok with everything
she answered all the questions
she was pretty feisty too
hope she doesn't feel upset as i think most people on this thread are big fans of hers

charlieandlola Mon 02-Jul-07 22:11:30

But, she solved a few mn dilemmas:

Crocs are Out
Eating Grapes in a supermarket is Not Stealing
SAHM v WOHM - yawn - live and let live

How could she not enjoy it?

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 22:11:29

Oh do share Mossy. 100x needs cheering up and I have to go interview a prospective au pair.

tiredemma Mon 02-Jul-07 22:11:03

I think I know what you mean Mosschops

Wotznot2know Mon 02-Jul-07 22:10:41

LL - They have train stations If I were still a southern girl I'd give you a lift. Sorry too far to come. Hats, you really should try on, not buy online, very tricky!

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 22:10:29

It's like she was a guest or something, and we weren't very hospitable. Oh well, she doesn't care, that's the main thing. I always tell myself this, about everything, because I feel responsible for everything.

mosschops30 Mon 02-Jul-07 22:10:18

there is something great about this thread thats ive wanted to see for a long time, utterly hilarious, wonder if the rest of you spotted it, classic MN history

Great read though I like her.

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 22:09:52

Thought she was happy to help with the SN stuff and perhaps felt a bit of bond? It wasn't all bad 100x. And it was only an hour.

tiredemma Mon 02-Jul-07 22:09:48

I was unaware of India Knight, except for the odd few links that Cod puts up.

She seems cool and good fun.

Will look out for her articles in future.

stressteddy Mon 02-Jul-07 22:09:17

so we're bothered about being rude to celebs but not to each other??

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 22:08:36

Yes I think we were too actually. Was worried about that. Tinge of sadness in the husband/nanny thing too.

Hathor Mon 02-Jul-07 22:08:03
ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 22:07:47

and disorderly.

God, why do I always feel responsible for EVERYTHING?

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 22:07:19

I think we were rude.

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 22:07:05

Wotz - - one would go to Chi, IF one could drive!!!

Rubyslippers Mon 02-Jul-07 22:06:31

why don't you think she did?

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 22:06:13

She is clever though I think. And probably very funny and charming. I hope she had a good time. I don't think she did.

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 22:05:20

Oh you know. Grope a celeb. Being celeb's they have extra insight and wonderful cleverness, and we have a chance to interact with her. I thought it was fun actually. Not as funny as a thread with you and cod on it, minus the minor celeb, but still fun.

Rubyslippers Mon 02-Jul-07 22:04:49

beverly hughes - minister for children
did a live chat a while back

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 22:04:36

There's a wooly answer down below. What was the point of the live chat with India Knight?

Wotznot2know Mon 02-Jul-07 22:04:14

LL Portsmouth <gasp> can't one go to Chichester or Guildford? arf arf !!

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 22:03:37

Xpost. You tell me what exactly you were asking and who Beverley Hughes is.

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 22:03:34

Yes, erm, she was, erm, Minister for Children or the Family or something in Blair's cabinet. I think.

My question was: what was the point of that exactly?

Piffle Mon 02-Jul-07 22:03:08

ask her who she'd rather do
Bush Blair or Brown

gess Mon 02-Jul-07 22:03:07

minty - the correct answer is defintely neither....

Boco Mon 02-Jul-07 22:03:04

Pitchforks / fellatio - it'll be a laugh riot

Rubyslippers Mon 02-Jul-07 22:02:50

quattro - thread here

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 22:02:48

100x Of what exactly? Do you know who Beverley Hughes is?

Hathor Mon 02-Jul-07 22:02:44

OMG not a hat too.

hatwoman Mon 02-Jul-07 22:02:30

what about Cherie? that would be much more fun?

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 22:02:19

Nobody is answering our questions 400. I'll answer yours if you'll answer mine.

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 22:02:08

Wotz, I don't drive and Portsmouth is low on decent shops, plus am busy at weekends and need dress for the 17th (plus I need to find a hat once I've got it!)

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 22:02:01

Yeah, bring on Brown. I'll just be sharpening my pitchfork here .

Wotznot2know Mon 02-Jul-07 22:02:00

Rubby- lolol not quite, Bev's PA couldn't type fast enough me thinks!

Piffle Mon 02-Jul-07 22:01:43

I'm sorry hub I'd bite his (GWB) head off not his man defining portion.
that way I could save the world and my pride...

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 22:01:36

Who's Beverley Hughes?

Boco Mon 02-Jul-07 22:01:25

Well that was fun.

Didn't mn say Gordon Brown might do one of these live chat things? Who will give him the good news?

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 22:01:10

What was the point of that exactly?

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 22:01:09

We're not seriously talking about that gopping dress of Sam Cameron's, are we!!!?!

Tis mingin'!

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 22:01:04

i did want to ask her why she was obsessed with Katie

<nournful emoticon>

Rubyslippers Mon 02-Jul-07 22:00:35

brilliant ... she was just like i thought she would be
erased the memory of the last live event with Beverly Hughes (she didn't quite get MN did she?)

Wotznot2know Mon 02-Jul-07 22:00:24

LL what is it with your dress, are you working the late shift?

MintyDixCharrington Mon 02-Jul-07 22:00:19

[I bet she spends half of dinner trying to work out with her friends whether the right answer was Bush or Blair he he he]

come back and let us know when you are off the fence!

Carmenere Mon 02-Jul-07 22:00:15

I did enjoy this, thanks India, you didn't disappoint

Hathor Mon 02-Jul-07 22:00:10

LOL. Who's next MNHQ?

hatwoman Mon 02-Jul-07 22:00:07

I've never read her stuff anyway. just came here coz everyone else was

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 22:00:03

lol, I mean the firing squad. Lining someone up in front of a range is obviously a sweetly domestic thing to do.

DoubleBluff Mon 02-Jul-07 21:59:54

LL Samantha Cameron wore a nice dress, £280 ou should check it ou on the other thread!

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 21:59:26

It's a bit like lining someone up in front of the firing range isn't it?

Whoooosh Mon 02-Jul-07 21:59:05

Thanks India-but please stay,even undercover-you wil be amazed at what you might learn-and guarantee you will piss yourself or spray your keyboard on occasions!

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 21:58:54

Yes, thanks

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:58:52

Chop the berries, UCM. They have a tendancy to sink to the bottom of the muffin case.

Hathor Mon 02-Jul-07 21:58:31

So, back to LLs dress.....

1Troll Mon 02-Jul-07 21:58:25

Aitch..its going too fast..did not mean U had not said floral..was responding to someone earlier

hub2dee Mon 02-Jul-07 21:58:25

One could always vary the quality of one's standard service offering, one assumes, and simply BITE VERY HARD at convenient time. Might make the situation easier to stomach.

<crumbs, I came to the party late, sorry>

ProjectIcarus Mon 02-Jul-07 21:58:23

hoot at piffle
<am teasing Aitch - am on a high from newly fitting into size 14's>

willow Mon 02-Jul-07 21:58:14

India has left the building.

Well, that was a resounding success, non?

MintyDixCharrington Mon 02-Jul-07 21:57:55

toodle pip!

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 21:57:54

Thanks India. Enjoy your dinner.

That must have been like opening a door and being hit in the face by a hurricane.

Wotznot2know Mon 02-Jul-07 21:57:54

Thanks and enjoy our dinner

<<sips wine>>

UCM Mon 02-Jul-07 21:57:46

I am wondering if the strawberries are any good for muffins.

Mog Mon 02-Jul-07 21:57:35

You've been great India!

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:57:34

Dry boak, Minty.

Frocks a far better thought.

morningpaper Mon 02-Jul-07 21:57:31

thanks India you are lovely and we all love you

<puts knickers back on>

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 21:57:15

Thanks India

Minty - I'm not THAT fond of my family...

woopsadaisy Mon 02-Jul-07 21:57:14

bye india

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:57:09

Thanks v much, and have a nice evening...

Rubyslippers Mon 02-Jul-07 21:57:04

thanks IK!

Piffle Mon 02-Jul-07 21:57:02

thak god no one asked suck or swallow
At least we can hold our collective heads high

hatwoman Mon 02-Jul-07 21:56:58

if my dh does that I'll eat my hat. in front of you all. promise.

I'd also eat my hat if my brother did.

there are plenty of men who wouldn't.

MintyDixCharrington Mon 02-Jul-07 21:56:52

oh she's backtracking. backtracking her way back to reality.. I'm deeply disappointed!

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 21:56:32

It is possible to be unfair to men and with the husband/nanny thing, I think we've got there ...

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:56:31

Thanks, IK.

Piffle Mon 02-Jul-07 21:56:15

not murder expat with both of them on their kness ?

gess Mon 02-Jul-07 21:56:06

blurgh (at Brown). I'm with expat.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:56:03

Oh - no! Am off this week. Plinth week after.

MintyDixCharrington Mon 02-Jul-07 21:55:56

ewwww really? REALLY?

he always looks so sweaty and cross.... I haven't decided yet

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:55:55


Almost a whole hour with no reference to those two fugmos, Brown and Bush.

Minty had to go and blow it.

Lemon voddy over lemon sorbet for pub, IK.

Quick and adult.

Whoooosh Mon 02-Jul-07 21:55:50

Agree-but at least I feel like I am doing a bit more than just walking

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:55:40

Is it plinth? Ok.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:55:26

Yeah, me too, death. Great - now I sound really eager to fellate the PM. Assumed death was not an option.

Mog Mon 02-Jul-07 21:55:18

So can we all buy the Sunday Times this week and look for the word 'plinth'?

rachel(mumsnet) Mon 02-Jul-07 21:55:03

Wow - that was SO fast - Sadly, India does have to sign off at ten this eve, so we'll start to wind down now - sorry to those who haven't had their questions answered. Well done to India though - a good many do seem to have been addressed.

As Abbymumsnet says - tis going to be a right job to transcribe tomorrow, but we'll do this over the next day or two and it should make great reading.

Big thanks again India for joining us.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:54:57

MDC: Brown. Obviously.

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:54:36

Death, Minty. I would chose death.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:54:34

Woosh - yeah. Am in 2 minds. I think they work brilliantly, but then they stop.

1Troll Mon 02-Jul-07 21:54:23

LOL at the Lindy Chamberlain thing. Also Maria Von Trapp. Very strange dress. However am glad to see child being christened at 17 months. Feel less guilty about leaving it 19 months and counting with DD2

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:54:11

Wotz - I have people downstairs waiting for their dinner.

Whoooosh Mon 02-Jul-07 21:54:11

HAve you got a pair of MBT's???????

MintyDixCharrington Mon 02-Jul-07 21:53:54

can't believe nobody has asked the key question.

george bush - gordon brown. you have to give ONE of them a blowjob or something awful happens to your family. Which one?

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 21:53:46

Aitch - same here, cannot do wrap dresses as I am v v petite (ie short)

morningpaper Mon 02-Jul-07 21:53:39

I think that's true about husbands and nannies! FGS whenever anyone on here mentions that their hubby has been out with an old female friend there is UPROAR! People are screaming DIVORCE! That's just a nice friendly dinner date. Lock those husbands in a house with a rather lovely 19 year old all day and no one WORRIES?

Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:53:38

itroll i did say fragrant...

willow Mon 02-Jul-07 21:53:33

Lord, that's depressing. Albeit probably true.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:53:26

I went to the Bodydoctor. I was waiting to get really into exercise, feel high, get totally obsessed etc etc.... never happened. Now I just walk. I believe in walking.

Pan Mon 02-Jul-07 21:53:12

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 21:53:07

Ok I'll have Aitch as my personal shopper. I just remembered the LB article, and was soooo impressed.

Mog Mon 02-Jul-07 21:53:07

Do you know Caitlin Moran well. She seems like a right laugh.

ProjectIcarus Mon 02-Jul-07 21:53:04

hey -- I recommend lilylolo round her!

I am looking forward to a severe clothes binge when at target.(your diet natch)

Oh Oh and some american muppet is using "the idiot proof diet" name


Wotznot2know Mon 02-Jul-07 21:53:02

India - What will you look forward to after 10pm

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:52:53

Size 18 UK, Aitch.

woopsadaisy Mon 02-Jul-07 21:52:49

have you ever met any other authors/celebs at events that are really horrible???

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:52:26

HW: I used to think that. Now I think any man, no matter how lovely, kind, devoted, etc etc, would probably have a shag if he knew for certain he'd never be caught.

Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:52:19

her styling changed daily, hundredx, so as to point up her intellect (suit) shaggability (blousy thing) and demureness (weirdy flower thing). and come on, i'm spot on with the lindy chamberlain am i not.

and PI, the dress is big on teh shoulders and longer than i need too. it's a wrap so you'd think you could just pull it tighter but clever old DVF makes for proper women in bigger sizes, so the whole thing is larger. it'd look FAB on tall, statuesque, buxom beauty. i'm too short for it. [gutted]

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:52:06

Personal trainer?

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:51:34

100 - I used a personal shopper once, when I lost a ton of weight and didn't know where to start. It's not like she calls in once a week with a new wardrobe. ALas.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:50:47

No, I've never met Gina Ford.

UCM Mon 02-Jul-07 21:50:41

But you could bang on about it through your column, the more people who bring it to the fore, the better.

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 21:50:21

Don't you have a personal shopper IK? I remember Lynn Barber used her <swoon>.

woopsadaisy Mon 02-Jul-07 21:50:20

<<silly gushing moment ahead>>

really really love all your books!!

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:50:09

'All men are unfaithful.' - Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, to her daughter, Caroline.

Ooooh and a new beauty website to try - thank you gorgeous India [leaves thread rapidly to find amazing bargain foundation before other buggers get it]

ProjectIcarus Mon 02-Jul-07 21:49:41

Mary had many fragrnat ourfits iirc.

<whooops Aitch - sorry>

cornsilk Mon 02-Jul-07 21:49:38

India - you've been critical in your column of young babies that go to nursery. What do you think is the best option for full time working mums?

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:49:12

PI: I love it A LOT

hatwoman Mon 02-Jul-07 21:49:02

india - do you seriously think that about nannies and husbands? do you really not know anyone who (regardless of whether or not they are beautiful or succesful) are in a fully happy, confident, trusting relationship where infidelity simply doesn;t enter their thoughts?

1Troll Mon 02-Jul-07 21:49:01

Mary Archer wasnt floral, I think the word was Fragrant.

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:48:50

I'm beyond needing airbrushed. I need Botox.

Whoooosh Mon 02-Jul-07 21:48:33

SO-will you stay and be an undercover Mumsnetter like some other slebs???

sniff Mon 02-Jul-07 21:48:30

I think thats a great answer probably because i agree !!!!

done both and enjoyed both

UCM Mon 02-Jul-07 21:48:28

Well said IK! I am bloody sure you are a mumsnetter.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:48:12

Sparkle - changes every day. At mo is mineral foundation. Go to lilylolo.co.uk, where you can get samples for 99p. 99p! It is AMAZING stuff. You walk around looking airbrushed. Plus, all wholesome & crap-free, so you sleep in it too.

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 21:47:57

thank god for that

am so bored of the sahm/wohm "debate"


ProjectIcarus Mon 02-Jul-07 21:47:56

big selling point Aitch. Huge frock, far too big for me oh yes. Would anyone like it?

India I luurve your writing<smarm>

How much do you love shopping now you can buy clothes anywhere?

(1stone down 1.5 to loose)

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 21:47:52

<Aitch, I really think MA wore a suit you know? A demure rather tasteful dark blue one, with a sensible blouse? No? Was she floral?>

Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:47:46

lol that answer NOT to hoxtonchick!!! it was in ref to sam's frock, not mine.
hoxton, email me at aitch at babyledweaning dot com and i'll send you a photo.

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:47:31

Where is Xenia? How could she miss this? She's probably working late.

Peachy Mon 02-Jul-07 21:47:26

(Boco that would be wassyer gertist Sunday?

Or it would if my dad were saying it LOL)

also watched that last night, made me homesick

UCM Mon 02-Jul-07 21:47:05

I do, IK, but I want stuff to be available to everyone who has under 5's.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:47:01

Sniff/UCM: I find whole SAHM/working mum debate really, really depressing. I think women should do what they want to do. If they want to stay at home, that's really, really great - and nobody should talk to them like they've been lobotomised. If they want to go to work, that is also really great, and no one should talk to them like they're Cruella De Vil. I wish everyone would RELAX. It's not a bloody competition. A happy mother makes for a happy child.

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:46:45

He's a MUNTER, saggar. I've been telling you that for years. Give it up!

Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:46:19

it's not unlike one that mary archer wore when she was pulling the fragrant flower stunt in court. with a touch of lindy chamberlain.

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 21:46:18

This thread reminds me of the Two Ronnies' Mastermind sketch, "answering the question before last"

India - though I value your opinions on serious parenting issues....what I really want to know is what is your all-time fave beauty product?!

saggarmakersbottomknocker Mon 02-Jul-07 21:45:59

India - David Tennant - what do you think - sexy or er not?

WendyWeber Mon 02-Jul-07 21:45:55

And where is this garden party, exactly, ll???? I think India needs to know

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:45:53

But, India, they're already paid in Child Tax Credits. Besides, then there's still that gaping hole in the CV that burns a hole in your career.

DoubleBluff Mon 02-Jul-07 21:45:41

India - are you a good ebayer?

hoxtonchick Mon 02-Jul-07 21:45:40

hey aitch, what's the dress like, am interested. (hi india ).

Hathor Mon 02-Jul-07 21:45:25

Littlelapin I can picture you in this

UCM Mon 02-Jul-07 21:45:24

Whilst their kids are still under school age!!!!!

gess Mon 02-Jul-07 21:45:01

Voluptia- Gina Ford- she;s done a live chat already.....

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:44:54

UCM: pay them.

UCM Mon 02-Jul-07 21:44:49

Can you sort of campaign against women going to work type of thing.

ProjectIcarus Mon 02-Jul-07 21:44:26

that Sam Cameron frock is a bit bland no?

sniff Mon 02-Jul-07 21:44:23

do you believe stay at home moms should be more valued in society instead of being seen as women who just dont work

would you rather be a sahm or a wohm

Wotznot2know Mon 02-Jul-07 21:44:20

India have you ever joined a PTA? If so what was your experiences ?

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:44:10

RS, how can you admit that in public? Next thing you know, you'll be on one of those 'Gordon Brown is sexy' threads !

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:44:10

Mog: not much diff. Am glad encountered SN when older - might have gone a bit doolallly at 25. Def more energy when younger, but took it all for granted, and was quite impatient. Now I wish everything would slow down.

bellabelly Mon 02-Jul-07 21:43:54

I don't know what a DVF wrap is...

Rubyslippers Mon 02-Jul-07 21:43:36

am having a big Anita Shreeve phase myself at the mo' ...

Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:43:33

a dvf i mean.

Boco Mon 02-Jul-07 21:43:32

I watched Hot Fuzz last night, and the only question that keeps popping into my head is 'What is your perfect sunday'

(spoken in broad west country accent)

Whoooosh Mon 02-Jul-07 21:43:30

Yay-so you read it-did we tempt you to stay?

Expat-you won't regret it (and not mega ££ either)

Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:43:08

i've got one for sale, actually. i bought a fourteen american by mistake and it's her-uge. ooooh, but lovely. bnwt if anyone's after it.

UCM Mon 02-Jul-07 21:43:04

Sorry IK

Gess - eh?

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 21:43:01

Do you prefer writing your column or the novels? Aren't novels a draaag and a column good fun?

morningpaper Mon 02-Jul-07 21:42:42

Oooh bad luck Abby, I'm glad that's not my job

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:42:29

RS - tons. I mean, really, tons. I like so many diff. kinds of books... would take too long to list here.

gess Mon 02-Jul-07 21:42:03

Voluptia- she's done one already.... (seriously).

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 21:41:58

No I don't think many people do have the choice to stay at home

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:41:53

You could probably find a DVF wrap dress to buy on here.

Just call the thread, 'Ne1 sellng DVF frock?'

UCM Mon 02-Jul-07 21:41:41

I don't read the times, I read the mail.

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 21:41:28

Once a week? That's good. Mine walk down the stairs themselves once a month.

YOur dd answer is good. I like that. Better that than Nelson Mandela, though obviously he is etc etc etc.

AbbyMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 02-Jul-07 21:41:14

This is going to be a **** to transcribe. Could you all slow down a bit

Mog Mon 02-Jul-07 21:41:08

India -you had children when you were younger and then again when older. What differences have you found?

Rubyslippers Mon 02-Jul-07 21:41:02

India - which writers do you really like?
(novelists/journalists ...)

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 21:40:57

Garden party hence the need for sleeves, and also if poss NOT a frock that everyonr and their auntie will be wearing...

Pan Mon 02-Jul-07 21:40:56

India - similar to 100 x

Am doing some work at mo. on Role Models. Who are/were yours. You MUST have one!!!

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:40:46

UCM: dont understand q. Surely it is already a choice?

UCM Mon 02-Jul-07 21:40:42

Sorrry that should have been as a person with media power. Ruth Kelly anyone.

moo Mon 02-Jul-07 21:40:41

littlelapin - Samantha Cameron wore an 'interesting' dress today (sorry, emkana, nicked your link from the other thread)

Wotznot2know Mon 02-Jul-07 21:40:37

I must remember to tell everyone unwashed dishes are chic, especially my mother when she visits. I already make sure the light is off when oven on, if guests are in kitchen, any other tips for stress free hostessing?

Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:40:28

the answer is ALWAYS a dvf wrap, LL.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:40:12

Boco: once a week

Neil Oliver in a frock???

UCM Mon 02-Jul-07 21:40:00

So, what would you do as a journo, to make staying at home with children be a choice?

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:39:32

LL - what kind of dress? To wear where?

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 21:39:19

<newbie confession to Boco: when I first started on MN I thought she was called Cod because her name was actually OCD misspelt. >

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 21:39:07

oh shut it blue mouse. End Of! <tries to be hard>

Sorry, now I am feeling guilty about being silly with all the serious and important SN questions to be answered

Rubyslippers Mon 02-Jul-07 21:39:05

LL - have you tried Coast?

willow Mon 02-Jul-07 21:39:02

Thank you. Her story is really worthy of a proper investigative Jack-Russell-Terrier style worrying. She and her husband are intelligent people with the time (and money) to devote to trying to fight back. God help those who aren't as fortunate.

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:38:49

And are the sheets from The White Company, Boden or Laura Ashley?

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:38:44

WW: Indian mother.

bellabelly Mon 02-Jul-07 21:38:35

LL - why is it so URGENT? Can't you shop around at the weekend?

1Troll Mon 02-Jul-07 21:38:30

little lapin: principles is worth a shot. Got a fab one last year for wedding.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:38:26

100times: do you know, I don't know. How weird. Will keep thinking. I am very INSPIRED by my dd, but that's not the same thing

Boco Mon 02-Jul-07 21:38:08

Well every day 100 is more of an ocd issue. But cod changes sheets on fridays. - she used to have a programme and try to make everyone change sheets on a friday. <<whispers - control issues>>

INdia, how often do you change your sheets?

WendyWeber Mon 02-Jul-07 21:37:54

India, how did you come to be called India? Colonial family?

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:37:43

BB: Many congrats. Relax and be happy. Dust doesn't matter. Piles of unwashed dishes are quite chic. Just make nests with your lovely babies.

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 21:37:16

lapin, get that blardy phase eight one like everybody else

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 21:36:44

Am trying to think of a sensible question:

Who has been the biggest influence in your life to date?

Sensible, but boring, sorry. Feel free to ignore.

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 21:36:42

(am liking use of colon - will adopt)

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:36:40

The battle for many of us often starts just trying to get a friggin' DX out of the paeds.

And just goes on and on from there.

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 21:36:31

no-one cares about my urgent need for a DRESS!!!!!

<flings self in floor, screaming and flailing>

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 21:36:10

cod: salisbury on crimewatch

ghetto, obv

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:35:56

Willow - get her to email me via the blog and mark her post 'SN' in the subj line, otherwise spam filter will eat. Is outrageous, would gladly do all can to help.

bellabelly Mon 02-Jul-07 21:35:45

India - what advice do you have for soon-to-be mum (my twins are due in 5 weeks...)

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 21:35:41

Not every day Boco, that's just plain guilty.

Wotznot2know Mon 02-Jul-07 21:35:23

If you ever consider doing a style piece "Whizzz' makes lovely jewellery. See her profile. MN has hidden talents.

Boco Mon 02-Jul-07 21:35:15

Cod is your guilty pleasure clean sheets? That's not really very guilty - that's just hygienic surely.

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 21:35:14

<whispers down to wendy: "i know>

Piffle Mon 02-Jul-07 21:35:10

Yes salient point...
Would be much more healthy for body and soul to use writing as a catharthis rather than booze and wall punching.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:34:56

SS - thanks re camping tip.

SS: totally instincts. Tho when had first one was very reassured by Penelope Leach, so not against them per se. Just againt.... bossiness.

WendyWeber Mon 02-Jul-07 21:34:52

(Sorry, missed your self-flagellation, this thread is way too quick )

Have you ever met Gina Ford, in the flesh? Do you think we could ever get her on here for a live chat

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 21:34:27

<trips wendy up>

willow Mon 02-Jul-07 21:34:26

A friend of mine has a beautiful little boy who, until about a year ago, could say about two words. He was 4 at that point. Since then he has been attending a brilliant school in Ealing that's part of Nuffield Hospital (if I am getting this right) and he is now talking and repeating everythng he hears, more or less. But here's the twist. They are shutting the place down because there's only a few kids there - but the problem is hardly anyone knows it exists. If they did there would be hundreds of kids clamouring to get in. THe whole consultation process has been a farce - so much so that all the experts on the pupils' side have removed themselves from the process, rather than be part of something so corrupt. Can you help? Can I get her to contact you?

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:34:23

Oh, no, NOT camping!

Camping's what you do in your twenties when you're a dirtbag hillwalker or climber and still smoking pot.

smellysmelly Mon 02-Jul-07 21:33:58

do you belive people should follow book about parenting or do you believe in mothers instincts

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 21:33:54

gosh you're all talking about sensible stuff

[out of depth]

WendyWeber Mon 02-Jul-07 21:33:53

tutter - privelege????

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:33:51

Yes, and a ponce over in the vodka thread let me in on a tip that Waitrose brand voddy is nice. So I nipped over and bought some for flavoured voddies.

But I'm only making them as gifts.

sallystrawberry Mon 02-Jul-07 21:33:12

camping is great you'll love it,
have a look at our camping thread for ideas and advice

MegaLegs Mon 02-Jul-07 21:33:12

My posts are going to sound like the ramblings of a mad woman as my connection is soslow tonight, by the time I've postedthe thread has moved on.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:32:54

Woosh - I read the GF stuff after someone emailed me to tell me it was happening.

Blandmum Mon 02-Jul-07 21:32:51

re camping ask us for hints on good sites. We are the people who KNOW!

Whoooosh Mon 02-Jul-07 21:32:41

Oh God-post makes no sense due to large intake of clear spirits

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:32:20

All of you people writing about SN are more than welcome to put your stuff in writing and post it to me for my blog. It's very cathartic, if nothing else...

MegaLegs Mon 02-Jul-07 21:32:08

I get frustrated at the way the SN services in this area are all mouth and no trousers. They keep dangling carrots, ds4 can have this, do portage, join the theraplay group, have an MRI scan etcc.. but so far not a sausage

bellabelly Mon 02-Jul-07 21:31:56

BB is my secret addiction, though every year I SWEAR I won't watch it...

Whoooosh Mon 02-Jul-07 21:31:30

Oh am late to this so forgive me if the question has been asked but have you visited MN beofre-so you post?

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:31:28

Dinner = steak and salad. Camping: a major, MASSIVE Nay until now. But I've relented... ask me again in August.

Blandmum Mon 02-Jul-07 21:31:17

The only kids that we now see in y7 with a statment have parents who have fought like mad people.

Those kids who's parents get worn down by the whole damn stupid procedure get bugger all. make me want to punch walls.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:30:48

BB: not this year. Which is weird, because I usually get really into it. It's just not doing it for me this time.

Legacy Mon 02-Jul-07 21:30:40

No - Cassandra is manic depressive American singleton - waif-like, wears black - ALWAYS...

sallystrawberry Mon 02-Jul-07 21:30:38

India - dinner, what was it???

camping yay or nay?

the campers on the camping thread will be interested to know

Piffle Mon 02-Jul-07 21:30:20

snap India
tis grim even for the articulate fighters amongst us...

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:30:14

You see, india, that's why I've got gess .

The statementing process awaits us!

Oh, goody!

Carmenere Mon 02-Jul-07 21:29:58

Do NOT let Cod anywhere near your dieters, they are not ready for her particular brand of tough love.

saggarmakersbottomknocker Mon 02-Jul-07 21:29:57

India - how are you coping with cod's typing? lol

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:29:54

QC: yes. Doesn't have to be diet.

Piffle Mon 02-Jul-07 21:29:40

oh yes statementing...
<shudders and hides head in hands>
Oh and you could ask the Early yrs support teams (If you're lucky <cough> enough to have them) to continue helping your child even if you deem it necessary to put them into a private nursery due to all others BEING useless for a child with severe visual problems.

Statementing has been abandoned here by us, we've given up even though school starts in Sept.

And could they make the DLA forms a little less probing and precise - as if SN fits into any kind of regular daily pattern...
Why can they not take specialists advice for heavens sake...

<rant over> sorry

bellabelly Mon 02-Jul-07 21:29:25

Hello India, are you watching Big Brother? Why / why not?

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:29:05

EIT: the thing that makes me practically hyperventilate with rage is how a) difficult and b) slow it is to get anything done. We're doing the education thing at the mo, and honestly - it fries my brain. And I am tenacious, relatively articulate, combative, good at forms. What really, really bothers me is what you're supposed to do if you're none of these things.

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:28:55

You drinkers buzz off and start using my recipe for lemon vodka. And berry vodka.

Serve over sorbet.

Everyone will think you're a ponce.

FluffyMummy123 Mon 02-Jul-07 21:28:45

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Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 21:28:39

sorry expat

Rubyslippers Mon 02-Jul-07 21:28:37

agree with Legacy
Cassandra is like a black cloud hovering (which i know is the point, but even so ...)

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:28:04

Fuck, folks, I'm trying to do this without my reading glasses because it's bad enough my hair is really grey.

Now you have to razz on my spelling.


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Blandmum Mon 02-Jul-07 21:27:48

Is plinth going to be 'The word'?

I need to know as I'm going to have to go soon and dh could use a larf

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 21:27:38

India this clear spirits thing - can I put a diet tonic in with my gin/vodka?

Legacy Mon 02-Jul-07 21:27:28

India - anything you can do in your power to bump Cassandra out of the ST magazine?

She's sooooooooooooooo depressing...

Carmenere Mon 02-Jul-07 21:27:27

Ok so it is vodka martinis for me then -cheers

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:27:21

MP: I don't - I get so caught up in them and spend hours reading. I'm a mod on our diet website, which takes a up masses of time... also I do my SN blog... other than that, nothing I visit regularly

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 21:27:13

<whispers to expat: privelege>


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gess Mon 02-Jul-07 21:26:50

can you (re drink spirits). Excellent (have been failing badly on red wine).

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:26:45



Cod, call the dogs off!

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:26:17

What is really troubling, india, is that my husband is also disabled. I think about how impossible he may have found this process had I not had the priviledge of education and no learning challenges myself.

Just off a 6 month wait list for OT, and we're lucky. Someone on here is waiting 18 months.

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 21:26:14

But it aint working cod. lol

Blandmum Mon 02-Jul-07 21:26:09

touch typing while wearing crocs

FluffyMummy123 Mon 02-Jul-07 21:26:06

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indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:25:57

Carmenere: I am sorry to say it, but alcohol is FATAL. But the great thing is, you can drink clear spirits until your liver ruptures. Wine, beer, anything else = like eating spoonfuls of sugar.

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 21:25:45

What's your guilty pleasure cod?

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charlieandlola Mon 02-Jul-07 21:25:29

India - couldn't agree more. . You are a star - great support for MN during the time of need,and a huge advocate for SN. Keep it up! Thank you.

peachygirl Mon 02-Jul-07 21:24:57

woo hoo on the SEN stuff

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:24:51

EIS: it shouldn't be that difficult, tho, should it? I mean, it's not asking much. (She said, STATING THE OBVIOUS

FluffyMummy123 Mon 02-Jul-07 21:24:37

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Carmenere Mon 02-Jul-07 21:24:25

From down below

""India, are you and Neris still corresponding daily about your diets and have you managed to keep the weight off?
Also do you really think that you must give up alcohol for the first few months of any weightloss programme(you can probably guess where my Weight Watchers diet is failing me)?""

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 21:24:18

Thank you Quatt. Cod, drop the strawberry in the glass.

Hathor Mon 02-Jul-07 21:24:05

Oh totally agree with you on SN.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:23:59

Boco - I used to love EB when I was a child, esp. the St Clare's/Mallory Towers books.... I might read my daughter edited versions of these. Maybe. The fairy stories with the horrid black golliwogs, I'll pass on.

morningpaper Mon 02-Jul-07 21:23:58

India what websites do you mostly waste time on?

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:23:57

One of my Lotto fantasies is a fund for respite care AND a fund to tide folks over whilst their DLA apps and statementing processes are on-going.

The fun never stops, does it?

gess Mon 02-Jul-07 21:23:56

mwah mwah- a good three - would agree with that.

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Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 21:23:33

Yes, I'd be interested in an opinion on the Blyton Issue {grin] at 100x

sallystrawberry Mon 02-Jul-07 21:23:25

have looked MB <<sigh>> still no sign of them

Blandmum Mon 02-Jul-07 21:23:17

India, please take over the Education Red Box.


littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 21:23:06

Sorry, was being silly

Serious frock question: I need a teadress. With sleeves, to be worn with a hat. Any suggestions for shops, please?

Hathor Mon 02-Jul-07 21:23:02

You wrote recently "most women, no matter how high-achieving, beautiful or intelligent, have, at the back of their minds, a worm of anxiety about their nanny and her effect on their husband"

Have neither husband or nanny, so no worms here.
You move in privileged circles. I hope your nanny is well-behaved.

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ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 21:22:49

Oh no, let her answer Boco's question. Was good

Blandmum Mon 02-Jul-07 21:22:31

sally, look on top of the loo.

That was where I left mine last......

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:22:31

C&L - completely subjctive answer: 1) stop closing special schools; 2) make it easier to navigate the NIGHTMARE of statemementing and all associated processes; 3) allow all carers respite help.

Twiglett Mon 02-Jul-07 21:22:08

what do you think of Piers Morgan?

Piffle Mon 02-Jul-07 21:21:56

3 mths old is my youngest
But one has to point out that his conception was almost miraculous...

Okies I will send a photo to the blog then
DD loves a photo

why shouldn't it be ok?

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:21:36

You never know! Nannies around here get fired for many things - shagging their boyfriends on the living room carpet, feeding the home-educated children rubbish, refusing to walk 2 hours/day whilst pushing 4-year-olds in buggies . . .

sallystrawberry Mon 02-Jul-07 21:21:36

India - do you know where my dh has put the car keys?

Boco Mon 02-Jul-07 21:21:25

India what do you think of Enid Blyton - will you read them to your children?

Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:21:23

deffo plinth

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 21:21:15

india she means: is it ok for a nanny to read her book while looking after a 2yo

saggarmakersbottomknocker Mon 02-Jul-07 21:20:59

ges - mine is long gone and dd is 13

Mog Mon 02-Jul-07 21:20:50

Cool. Shall we go with plinth?

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:20:37

LL - reading what? While child is doing what?

charlieandlola Mon 02-Jul-07 21:20:29

Thanks India - I hope GB undoes some of the chaos. What 3 things could he do to improve our lot as SN parents???

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 21:20:19

<enthusiastic appreciation of lapin asking my nanny-book question>

gess Mon 02-Jul-07 21:20:11

You already are expat

saggarmakersbottomknocker Mon 02-Jul-07 21:19:58

Oh yes - ditto Piffle's question.

And can you work Saggarmkersbottomknocker into your column? I'd be most impressed.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:19:57

LL - what frock? You want a frock? Frock advice? What?

gess Mon 02-Jul-07 21:19:50

Piffle - how old is your youngest???? How many weeks??? Mine has gorn and ds3 is 2 and a half

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 21:19:35

PMSL at "Moi St Gusset"

India: if you had a nanny, would you be OK with her reading while "on duty"?

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:19:29

Gess, you name-dropper!

Can I be in your gang ?

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 21:19:26

fabulous re mail gusset story

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:19:07

Thanks Piffle. Send me her pic - we need some more blog stars

gess Mon 02-Jul-07 21:18:53

Oh you've answered already, <slopes off>..

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 21:18:28

calm down lapin

if we're looking at selfish personal questions i asked for a name for unborn-ds2 first


Carmenere Mon 02-Jul-07 21:18:20

discombobulated would be good..........

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:18:09

Mog: okay. A friend of mine once worked the words 'moist gusset' into a feature for the mail on sunday. Brilliantly, he invented a Swiss playboy called Moi St Gusset.

Piffle Mon 02-Jul-07 21:18:08

Hi India -

Just wanted to say it was refreshing <simpering sucky tone> to read your SN blog
I have a daughter with Noonan Syndrome and feel like an alien amongst parents most days with my little obsessions about her health and progress (thankfully great and good)
Dipping into your blog was a treat and I loved your blog stars
That's it no great questions...

Unless you have any fab tips on regaining a long lost and heartily mourned libido after 3 kids...

gess Mon 02-Jul-07 21:18:07

Ah we've emailed before India <preen> re <cough> Gina Ford <ahem>, but just to say one of your News Review pieces is in DS1's birth box. 2 days after he was born, I was in hospital post section and you wrote a very funny column about giving birth, pain relief vs candles etc. It was apt.

Ooh good question about Gordon vs David for children with SN (have one myself- severely autistic). So will borrow and ask that as well.

WendyWeber Mon 02-Jul-07 21:18:05


Mog Mon 02-Jul-07 21:17:58

Yes Martian, great word.

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 21:17:33

<stamps foot>

What about my frock!!!

Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:17:32

oooh i also like plinth.

Blandmum Mon 02-Jul-07 21:17:26

Have you ever met She who can now be named?

Does she travel with lawyers?

Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:17:09

yes, crapulous. put that in. we'll all wave back.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:17:01

C&L - v good questions. I feel quite optimistic about SN coming to the fore, which is maybe just wishful thinking... I guess Brown at least has the means of actually implementing stuff now. I hope he does....

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 21:16:55

"moist", MB

well, until I was 6 cm dilated expat

Blandmum Mon 02-Jul-07 21:16:27

If we are doing the word thing, can I vote for 'Plinth'?

Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:16:26

am interested in charlieandlola's qu.

and about the mccanns emails. people are weirdos.

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:16:02


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Blandmum Mon 02-Jul-07 21:15:37

This thread is going so fast it is going to catch fire.

Mog Mon 02-Jul-07 21:15:34

Can we give you a word and you have to work it into your column on Sunday?

Hathor Mon 02-Jul-07 21:15:34

Good question Charlie and Lola

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:15:31

haven't seen Madeleine ad before Shrek. What is feeling on Mumsnet? Am still amazed by the no. of emails I'm STILL getting about how Kate & Gerry McC are terrible people.

BenStiller Mon 02-Jul-07 21:15:23

India - do friends family and fellow mumsnetters HOUND you to get married or are you ( like me) happy with a long term boyfriend?

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 21:15:23

good question, charlieandlola!

Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:15:15

twig! india i beg you, do not type 'bum sex' into the search facility. just don't.

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expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:15:12

You read a book whilst in labour, franca?

charlieandlola Mon 02-Jul-07 21:14:51

Who do you think will do more for SN parents, Gordon Brown or David Cameron, given that they are both parents of children with SN? -

FluffyMummy123 Mon 02-Jul-07 21:14:50

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India Knight, I was reading your book when in labour with my first son.

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:14:28

Just go right for the knickers, Twig. Don't beat around the bush [pun intended]!

Twiglett Mon 02-Jul-07 21:14:23

ahem .. expat .. Scottish surely

Blandmum Mon 02-Jul-07 21:14:07

cod are you drunk?

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:14:02

UCM: smacking: not under 5s. And not smacking, either. But the odd tap on the leg - doesn't make you feel proud, but I wouldn't make anyone's life a misery if they'd done it once or twice.

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UCM Mon 02-Jul-07 21:13:50

What are your thoughts on giving jars to your kids?

FluffyMummy123 Mon 02-Jul-07 21:13:43

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sallystrawberry Mon 02-Jul-07 21:13:41

India - what did you have for dinner and do you like camping?

Twiglett Mon 02-Jul-07 21:13:29

India knight .. you strike me as a real person .. so honestly how long after birth did you resume sex life (personally feel anything within first year is weird )

morningpaper Mon 02-Jul-07 21:13:23


<throws pants onto stage>

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:13:21

He's SCOTS, you morons! Not 'Scottish' or 'Scotch'.

FluffyMummy123 Mon 02-Jul-07 21:13:11

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expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:12:47

I warned you people not to feed them toffees, either! A university mate once fired a toffee into a man's hair whilst we were in a cinema watching some poncetastic French film. She choked most ungracefully .

MegaLegs Mon 02-Jul-07 21:12:45

me neither - it's all a blur

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 21:12:39

If Aitch is talking about him, he must be welsh (she's a well known welshie, Aitch the Blog )

FluffyMummy123 Mon 02-Jul-07 21:12:39

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Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:12:37

he's the guy who defeated osama bin laden on the front steps of glasgow airport.

Rubyslippers Mon 02-Jul-07 21:12:30

shame - i love dipping in and out of stuff like that
so, you say you are going to be kept busy with stuff for the next few years - can you let us know more?

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:12:26

I can't keep up. Sorreeeeee

Wahhhhh I asked a grown up question ages ago and it's moving too fast. Wahhhhh Wahhhhh
(has a tantrum, toys out the pram)

cremolafoam Mon 02-Jul-07 21:12:14

what is your postion on froot shoots?

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:12:09

Weirdy yes, stalky no...

Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:11:57


UCM Mon 02-Jul-07 21:11:47

Forgive me, Ruby slippers, she aint the queen

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:11:39

Need to know - who is JOhn Smeaton?

Grapes are not theft. Neither are Jaffa cakes. BUT beware grape choke- happened to my daughter.

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Nbg Mon 02-Jul-07 21:11:19

and dont forget feeding your children sausage rolls and cheese straws in the pushchair.
They have to come from Greggs though.

Please tell us you've done it

Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:11:01

true ll. there must be a better way.

anyway, do you love smeato? write about him this week, please.

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:10:56

Holistic playgroups, cod. And golf.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:10:45

RS: no, I don't think so. Chip paper, etc...

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indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:10:22

My agent's life??? Um, no.

Rubyslippers Mon 02-Jul-07 21:10:21

forgive me if this has been asked, or if it has happened, but are you going to publish a collection of your articles?

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:10:16

That's you on your own, Enid. Meaning, you'll have to use your own brain !

UCM Mon 02-Jul-07 21:10:15

What are you views on smacking children?

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 21:10:05

MNHQ, we need a better way of doing this, I keep having to scroll down to see the question after I've read the answer!!! <prods Tech>

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indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:09:51

BL: yes, am writing one now. The playgroup in that book was a majorly toned-down version of a real place, btw.

Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:09:48

lol, yes i forgot smoker. he is a dish i think.

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:09:39

[stuffs face with Dorritos]

I knew this giving up wine was a bad idea! I was supposed to be losing weight!

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:09:34

Enid: A mumsnet book about parenting is a brilliant idea, but isn’t there one? Thought I saw it the other day. I’m sadly signed up to write various things for the next four years or so…
Re criticism: it is impossible to care about the opinions of complete strangers - you don’t know them, they don’t know you, they’re excitable enough to confuse your newspaper persona with the real you… It’s really hard to make yourself mind. Also -- although I like fan letters, I wouldn’t be doing my job if there weren’t any nasty ones.

UCM Mon 02-Jul-07 21:09:26

Sorry, hangs handbag in shame corner.

ahundredtimes Mon 02-Jul-07 21:09:25

India, do you use your agent's life to fill your columns? Or any of your other friends?

FluffyMummy123 Mon 02-Jul-07 21:09:25

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Blandmum Mon 02-Jul-07 21:09:18

But what are your views on the 'Big Issues'?

Like Fruit Shoots, and stealing grapes?

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:08:55

Guttersnipe: I don’t know what I think about this. Theoretically, yes. In practice, makes me feel v uneasy. I like to think I’d somehow find out (though how? By osmosis?) or feel something was not quite right… Sorry, bit of a crap answer.

John "We just get stuck intae them" Smeaton???

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oliveoil Mon 02-Jul-07 21:08:38

have to go now

not a member my arse, you know you are on here lurking

toodle pip x

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:08:35

Oggsfrog: Congrats on the 2 stone. Come and ask on pig2twig.co.uk – I need to know exactly what you’re eating to give you a proper answer. Known stallers include wine and sugar-substitutes, but it could be other stuff… Post a typical few days’ menu and we’ll have a look.

Rubyslippers Mon 02-Jul-07 21:08:29

thanks Lulu! wouldn't miss this

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:08:29

You forgot 'smoker', Aitch

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UCM Mon 02-Jul-07 21:08:04

Do you use MN?

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:07:56

Puddle: It works like this – you read the papers all week, tear things out if they appeal to you, call your editor on Friday morning and suggest two or three topics. Hopefully you have opinions about all three. But yes, there are weeks when you have zero opinions about anything, or when “your” topic is being done by someone else.

LadyTophamHatt Mon 02-Jul-07 21:07:51

just thought I'd say hello, I know alot of Mners rave about your bits in the paper.

I constantly suffer from brain fog so The Times is waaaaay too much for me.

I bet this chat will go down a storm....

Aitch Mon 02-Jul-07 21:07:45

India. what are your thoughts on John Smeaton, baggage handler, skiver, banjo-er and have-a-go-hero? i love him, but then i can understand what he says.

littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 21:07:43

Hurrah, India is a <pedant>!!!

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:07:42

Thanks, India. Top marks for being observant .

I wouldn't know about war, thankfully, but from what I hear and have heard, it does indeed suck.

oliveoil Mon 02-Jul-07 21:07:40


DoubleBluff Mon 02-Jul-07 21:07:36

HAve you ever met Cherie Blair and what is she really like?
Is she a real life alpha mummy?

mumto3girls Mon 02-Jul-07 21:07:30

Thanks for answering my q India. Would you recommend writing for s living now or do you think there is too much chick lit now with everyone jumping on the Bridget Jones band wagon...?

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:07:16

BS I'm not a member here. Would take over my life.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:06:38

ExpatinScotland: Most things are incredibly obvious. Nurses should be paid more. Stay at home mothers should be paid (and revered). We need more cheap housing. War sucks.
And it’s ‘Dickensian’.

TheArmadillo Mon 02-Jul-07 21:06:34

DO you think that we still live in a very sexist society?

Has feminism fulfilled its aims?

Who do you believe are good role models for women today?

I don't always agree with your colimn, but think it is very good - makes me think

lulumama Mon 02-Jul-07 21:06:34

rubY was just about to text you ,make sure you din;t miss this!*

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:06:15

Dear MMJ, good question. I used to think it was absurd to pretend that no-one used those words when clearly thousands of people did, so I bunged them in. Also, they used to make me laugh, because they’re just so babyish. I now have a child with special needs myself, so I’m not so keen anymore. And I feel uneasy about having used them. But not penitent.

I always had to cover the photo of Christa D'Souza coz she scared the bejasus out of me. Like her column though.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:05:53

Back to earlier Qs...

Hello Lareda. I don’t know what to suggest – obviously I’m not a doctor, or indeed a diabetic, and I’m wary of advising an insulin-dependent diabetic . Are you sure Dr B is complicated? The two people I know who’re following it seem to find it fairly straightforward… Come over to pig2twig and ask on there, I’m pretty sure someone ought to be able to help.

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:05:49

Probably just off in Brazil recovering from some 'procedures', cod.

BenStiller Mon 02-Jul-07 21:05:49

india what is your posting name on Mumsnet?

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 21:05:42

india where do you stand on the feeding children grapes in supermarkets issue? theft, or necessary act of motherhood?

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littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 21:05:28

God poor India, trying to keep up with the loons

India - very important and serious question - where can I get a decent "tea dress" with sleeves for a summer party? (oh real Queen of Shops )

Rubyslippers Mon 02-Jul-07 21:05:27

hello India
lurve your column <<smarm emoticon>> - why did they move you from news review????
pleased to hear that A A Gill is fab
he makes me larf a lot

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Twiglett Mon 02-Jul-07 21:04:53

Oh I have no questions .. but I picked up an old copy of a magazine in playgroup today (yes I'm the kind of mother who reads magazines at playgroup .. leave me alone) .. and have to say you looked bloody GORGEOUS in a slinky black number (with your friend) .. think you were promoting your diet

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charlieandlola Mon 02-Jul-07 21:04:49

Which is better - Mumsnet or Alphamummy??

Does your daughter wear crocs?

pollyanna Mon 02-Jul-07 21:04:42

India do you post on here at other times?

(btw, I met you at the Bodydoctor last year but in your diet articles you never mentioned that you were going to see him - isn't this cheating slightly?)

oliveoil Mon 02-Jul-07 21:04:41

do you think everyone has a book in them?

and if so, how do I get it out?

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:04:38

iCod, don't waste her time with questions whose answers are glaringly obvious. All you have to do is look at that touched up photo of Christa to know she has a hotline to ever plastic surgeon in Harley Street programmed into her mobile.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:04:36

Mumto3: It's not happened to me. But it happens to loads of people, eg JK Rowling, who go on to become major successes

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littlelapin Mon 02-Jul-07 21:04:06

India - thanks for flagging up our Mile for Maude on your blog . We raised almost £15,000.

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oliveoil Mon 02-Jul-07 21:03:37

I love AA Gill as well

I love all of The Times

although style has gone downhill but that may be because I am old and bitter

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:03:35

Aargh, moves too fast. Ponciest act: mandarin, surely.

AA Gill: he's nice. And funny.

cremolafoam Mon 02-Jul-07 21:03:29

Cod have you had wine?

Blandmum Mon 02-Jul-07 21:03:21

Just bitch slap cod if she gets too much, India

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mumto3girls Mon 02-Jul-07 21:03:20

How many times did you get a manuscript returned( if ever) before someone agreed to publish you?

lulumama Mon 02-Jul-07 21:03:17

<<sob >> at croc hating

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 21:03:07

pmsl cod re aa gill

now leave it - stop hogging india and bog off to crimwatch

Hello India. You comment a lot on parenting so what do you think is the biggest challenge, hurdle, 'thing' (call it what you will) facing parents today?

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DoubleBluff Mon 02-Jul-07 21:02:19

India - which women do you admire at this time? And why?

rachel(mumsnet) Mon 02-Jul-07 21:02:07

you beat me to it

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expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:01:44

I'm a fast reader, mb. I had to take speed reading in second grade.

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:01:33

Oliveoil: only know Omega mummies. Not terribly interested in the old Alphas.

cremolafoam Mon 02-Jul-07 21:01:31

India - a quite rude question-
are you still slim and doing your eating plan?

Pan Mon 02-Jul-07 21:01:27

thought India was an alpha mummy

Blandmum Mon 02-Jul-07 21:01:14

how can you tell expat?

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 21:00:53

cod's typing is degenerating fast.

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 21:00:52

ooh i have one

i am about to have a baby boy. dh and i cannot agree on a name. please suggest soemthing non-poncey-yet-suggests-future-success-in-life

rachel(mumsnet) Mon 02-Jul-07 21:00:46

Hi everyone and a big welcome to India Knight who will attempt to answer as many of your questions as possible over the next hour. This is evidently going to be a busy hour, so we can’t guarantee that everything will get answered but she's going to give it a good try.

Over to you India....

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 21:00:38

Cod: I despise Crocs.

Don't quite know where to start... really sorry if I miss anyone out. Apart from the people I am deliberately missing out, obviously.


Hi Marina, and thanks for asking after Nell. She’s on brilliant form at the moment – well, she would be if she didn’t have the cold from hell. She’s been waking up at 5 every morning for the past 3 days, heigh ho.

oliveoil Mon 02-Jul-07 20:59:57

they don't exist!


I love your columns <slobber>

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oliveoil Mon 02-Jul-07 20:59:08

dh wants the computer, do I tell him to a) pi$$ orrf or b) feck orrrf

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lulumama Mon 02-Jul-07 20:58:21

and even better if mary jane crocs !

oliveoil Mon 02-Jul-07 20:57:55

do you know any alpha mummies or, like me, do you think they are a figment of the medias imagination to make us all fight against each other?

lulumama Mon 02-Jul-07 20:57:53

'Don;t you want me?'

is the ginger love interest based on anyone in real life??

best i can come up with, after a loooong day, and 2 big glasses of wine

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 20:57:52

don't believe a word cod says - she isn't going anywhere

she larves you


CodHun Mon 02-Jul-07 20:57:22

sheepy coutn yourslef lucky i think my paper boy nicks our review scetion - not a sniff of it fo TWO weeks

CodHun Mon 02-Jul-07 20:56:50

adn you are part of my troika of wimmin in journalism
you saint caitlin ofmoran and janice tuner


( alhtough i have to pop off to crimewatch in a mo i LOVE it_)

notasheep Mon 02-Jul-07 20:55:51

India-love your column but why have you moved from News review section?

Carmenere Mon 02-Jul-07 20:55:50

Please say you are wearing crocs. please, please, please

oliveoil Mon 02-Jul-07 20:54:59

I can't think of any questions...

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 20:54:46

Carmenere - yes, I know. Am just checking it all works. Off to make cup of tea, back in 5 mins.

CodHun Mon 02-Jul-07 20:54:32

pleaase say no please say no please say no

indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 20:54:09

Mumbles - what, like an elderly thesp? Yaaaaaaaarse. That is indeed what I sound like. The dirty laugh = fags. I stopped on Saturday, so no doubt will soon laugh cleanly.

Carmenere Mon 02-Jul-07 20:53:58

You're early

mumblechum Mon 02-Jul-07 20:53:43

Miss, Miss, answer m y question first, it's the easiest (about 5 posts down)

lulumama Mon 02-Jul-07 20:53:28

yes, it does work!

oooh...<<shy too , emoticon>>

Tutter Mon 02-Jul-07 20:53:05

ooh hello


mumblechum Mon 02-Jul-07 20:53:04

Reading you loud and clear your bumptiousness!

lulumama Mon 02-Jul-07 20:52:39


indiaknight Mon 02-Jul-07 20:51:58

does this work?

mumblechum Mon 02-Jul-07 20:51:30

(airhead question, sorry)

How would you describe your voice? I've only ever seen your photo by your column and I think you sound sort of fruity/gravelly with a very dirty laugh.

Is this right?

<<<<<Mumbles realises she sounds like a very very weird troll and wonders whether to post.....>>>>>>>>

AbbyMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 02-Jul-07 20:36:06


willow2 Mon 02-Jul-07 20:29:06

Mandarin; synchronised swimming; invitation only mother & daughter book clubs... what do you consider to be the ponciest activity for kids?

JoolsToo Mon 02-Jul-07 20:19:05

I hope Cod isn't going to dribble all over this thread?

yajorome Mon 02-Jul-07 20:17:04

I loved the fashion advice and moral support in your diet book and have a question: what did you do about the ever changing bra sizes when you were losing weight? I've dropped a couple in both cup size and, erm, whatever the around the body size is called. My breasts are like lumpy custard, so I need something I can pour them into and give them a bit of shape. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

saltire Mon 02-Jul-07 19:51:44

Well what I know of the woman is purely what I've read on links that Cod has posted. I've liked most of what I've read.

here's my questions - am I allowed more than one.

How does someone become a columnist?

I have fibromyalgia and I childmind The two have never clashed much, but recently had a few flare ups, and need to lose weight, but can't do much exercise. Any tips?

How long does it take to write a novel? I'd love to get mine off the ground

FairyOnTheChristmasTree Mon 02-Jul-07 19:39:53

Hello India, Do you base your characters in your books on real life people who you know?

Pan Mon 02-Jul-07 19:37:30

Fio. <<ahem>> am I due an apology??

BellaLasagne Mon 02-Jul-07 18:47:23

India, are you planning to write any more novels? How much research do you do (as I believe you've been spying on me taking my children to school in my PJs and have been to all the same playgroups as me!)

WideWebWitch Mon 02-Jul-07 18:40:31

Apart from eat less, exercise more that is

WideWebWitch Mon 02-Jul-07 18:40:10

India, if you could pass on ONE tip about losing weight (for my 10year younger thread), what would it be?

AbbyMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 02-Jul-07 17:17:09


TranquilaManana Mon 02-Jul-07 15:44:01

ooh yes, thats a good question; how do you deal with criticism of your work?

Enid Mon 02-Jul-07 14:13:21

Shall we get together and write a book about parenting? You are famous, clearly I am a mumsnet guru, what's not to like?

Do you ever genuinely get upset about people criticising what you write? And how do you get over it?

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 12:44:42

Well of course, you do, Cod!

You're a ponce.

CodHun Mon 02-Jul-07 12:40:00

i like inida
i LOVE saitlin adn janice

TranquilaManana Mon 02-Jul-07 12:38:08

yes, but she means, 'most women [in my sphere of existence], not all the irrelevent nobodies of the world at arge'

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 12:27:25

I reckon 90% of all women have no such niggling worry.


Because they don't have nannies and/or couldn't afford one even if working full-time.

Hathor Mon 02-Jul-07 12:23:39

"It is a strange fact of life that most women, no matter how high-achieving, beautiful or intelligent, have, at the back of their minds, a worm of anxiety about their nanny and her effect on their husband."
Yes quite.
From the Sunday Times column.

Guttersnipe Mon 02-Jul-07 12:10:17

Hello India. I read your ST column every week and agree with you most of the time, though I do think you often state the bleeding obvious (perhaps that is necessary these days though? )

I would like to ask you if, when you met your new partner and he began to be involved with your family life, would you have welcomed the opportunity to know if he had a criminal record with regard to child abuse?

TranquilaManana Mon 02-Jul-07 11:48:06

well, that does sound a Litle on theself absorbed and shallow side...
not that id know anything about that <innocent face>

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 11:47:27

So far, it's looking like 1 September for our move, Boris!

But the landlord is still working out the details with his future employer.

Here's hoping!!! The sooner, the better.

india used to write in the observer and spent an inordinate amount of time moaning about how fat she was, and then when people wrote in recommending places to buy size 18+ clothes, got terribly offended because she was only about a 14 or 16! she wrote a very sniffy column about it!

TranquilaManana Mon 02-Jul-07 11:45:04

Caitlin Moran is not a real Caitlin. shes a boring old Catherine.
I am a real deal Caitlin <and oddly possesive today > (cheers mum)

BorisofWales Mon 02-Jul-07 11:43:53

That's it expat, well done you.

Have you moved yet? I'm going to be in Edinburgh next Feb/March for the rugby. I went there for my 21st, best weekend I ever had. <oh the bruises!>

oggsfrog Mon 02-Jul-07 11:34:31

India, two stone down, two to go, and I'm sort of stuck on a plateau (losing/gaining the same bloody 6lbs for months now) - do you have any tips for moving on?

puddle Mon 02-Jul-07 11:28:19

India I like your column a lot (it's the only bit of the sunday times I read. I thought your recent ones on internet child porn and on the McCanns were great.

My question is - how does it work when you are are columnist? Do you choose what to write about or do you sometimes have to force an opinion on something you don't really give a toss about, just because it's current and in the news?

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 11:26:43

Caitlin Moran, Boris.

She loves Caitlin.

BorisofWales Mon 02-Jul-07 11:26:20

Cod loves her doesn't she?

Who's the other one Cod likes? Posts on here sometimes?

Hathor Mon 02-Jul-07 11:19:58

Quattro. That doesn't encourage me to read the link.
How about asking why she writes bigotted claptrap?

TranquilaManana Mon 02-Jul-07 11:15:47

thx quattro

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 11:05:19


Sunday Times journalist with Opinions. Some of which are well informed, some of which read suspiciously like bigoted claptrap, all of which do get you reading.

TranquilaManana Mon 02-Jul-07 11:02:00

<apols for completely off-topic post, but i've no idea who india knight is really...>

TranquilaManana Mon 02-Jul-07 11:00:18

er, the ...galore trademark is mine, actually. i might have to get my solcitors onto you, y'know...

Hathor Mon 02-Jul-07 10:59:25

Never heard of her. Can't bring myself to read the Sunday Times or any novels about small children <yeucheehhuucuhcu>
Get enough of that in real life.

Quattrocento Mon 02-Jul-07 10:59:23

Do you still follow your diet and if so, what is your BMI now?

<possibly could be interpreted as naughty. nearly as naughty as cod's>

meandmyflyingmachine Mon 02-Jul-07 10:56:18

I like her colums, but I don't see how the "don't put your children in childcare" and "don't take a career break" opinions can be reconciled.

Or perhaps the answer to cod's question will illuminate things...

expatinscotland Mon 02-Jul-07 10:54:21

She's okay most of the time. Until she starts pontificating about the fucking obvious.

As in her column yesterday.

'Little Thug Johnny needs more space to play in.'

No shit, India?

What a novel idea in today's twisted parody of Dickensonian Britain.

Tell me, India, pray, do you have any clever ideas how to pay for low-income working families to all have gardens and space to play in?

CodHun Mon 02-Jul-07 10:52:30

how many au pairs and nannys do you have india

charliegal Mon 02-Jul-07 10:51:41

It was Kathryn Flett, Liz Jones and India Knight...yawn.

Carmenere Mon 02-Jul-07 10:43:55

Oh God no India is a much finer journalist than Liz Jones, who would hardly be on mn as she considers her cats to be her 'furry children' <vomit emoticon>

India, are you and Neris still corresponding daily about your diets and have you managed to keep the weight off?
Also do you really think that you must give up alcohol for the first few months of any weightloss programme(you can probably guess where my Weight Watchers diet is failing me)?

meandmyflyingmachine Mon 02-Jul-07 10:34:46

I thought it was Kathryn Flett who did the whole divorce by column thing. Or perhaps it was both of them. It does seem to be rather the thing...

geekgirl Mon 02-Jul-07 10:21:35

has she? well, once more won't hurt.

FioFio Mon 02-Jul-07 08:30:32

Pan that was liz jones you dick, I really wish you would read the thread properly

India Knioght has publicly apologised for her earlier use of sn words alot hasnt she already

WideWebWitch Mon 02-Jul-07 08:12:43

I've often disagreed with India's ST columns (easily fixed, that, I stopped buying the paper) but other than that I like her. And her first novel made me laugh a lot (was it don't you want me baby? Anyway, I liked it) And I want to know her chat name too, gwan, gwan.

TrinityRhino Mon 02-Jul-07 08:05:43

When is Pan leaving?
and what happened to your other 'n'?

cupcakesgalore Mon 02-Jul-07 08:02:18

I really enjoy reading India Knight's column, so thankyou India.

Pan Mon 02-Jul-07 06:46:41

Is it India Knight who made her divorce a regular feature, blow-by-intimate-blow in the newspaper she was writing at the time? Little by way of confidentiality. A bit poor.

IF not, deeeeepest apologises.

geekgirl Mon 02-Jul-07 06:22:01

oooh, good one mmj! I really, really loathed india's books mainly for that reason. Would really love to know how she feels about it now.

India- in your novels you used to use lots of words like 'spaz' and 'retard' as an insult. Do you still feel it's ok to use these words in that way?

toomuchtodo Sun 01-Jul-07 19:16:13

I like her too

hope I remember!

littlelapin Sun 01-Jul-07 19:12:49

I love her. There's a great line in one of her books about being full of "go on my son foxiness" - I use that all the time

Mog Sun 01-Jul-07 19:09:01

I like India Knight - often disagree with her ST column but love a good shout at the paper on a Sunday morning
Have a question though - IK has often spoken out against older mothers. What does she think are the differences between older and younger mothers?

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Laredo Sun 01-Jul-07 18:43:54

Dear India.
many thanks for your fantastic diet - have lost over a stone so far and feel great. Only trouble is my darling husband has put on 3/4 of a stone. We sent for Dr Bernsteins as mentioned in pigtotwig but it is very complicated and seems to need medical input. Any ideas for the way forward for him? Do you know anyone who could support us with his way forward - he is insulin dependent for over 25 yrs? I am loathe to cook two different meals but feel I may have to, one with and one without cream etc.... What do you think?
also, should my pee be lime green? (a lot of the time) I feel great!!.....
Many thanks to you for such an easy diet to follow.

Aitch Sat 30-Jun-07 00:38:52

and o'hagan is good too, even if he has a touch of the student priest about him.

Aitch Sat 30-Jun-07 00:37:59

i like 'er. although the diet looks like a right pita.

ProjectIcarus Sat 30-Jun-07 00:33:32

india knight - phenomenal. I saw her on Matthew Wright v briefly and since then I can actually hear her in my head when reading her books. Of which I have three.

Will hopefully be here on Monday.

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edam Fri 29-Jun-07 18:56:18

She was brilliant over the whole Gina Ford debacle, very supportive. So I'm pleased she's coming on.

Aloha Fri 29-Jun-07 18:56:11

I really liked 'The Shops'.

MrsBadger Fri 29-Jun-07 18:55:05

She's my role model in the narrow field of Shopping Guruism...

VeniVidiVickiQV Fri 29-Jun-07 18:50:13


satine Fri 29-Jun-07 18:48:26

Also a big fan, I'm trying to think of a witty and original question. Hmmm.....

lulumama Wed 27-Jun-07 09:27:39

yay !! she rocks ! I love her novels.......

I will be looking forward to that very much

thanks for arranging that ,MNHQ


Enid Wed 27-Jun-07 09:27:20

I remember you from Cambridge. You were very glamorous and wore a big straw hat.

oliveoil Wed 27-Jun-07 09:26:37

your diet book that is

oliveoil Wed 27-Jun-07 09:26:18

I think India Knight is fab, why so mean, what has she done to anyone on here?

Can I have some commission from you, I have linked your book several times iirc...

Marina Wed 27-Jun-07 09:18:05

I'd really like to know how her little dd is getting on, as I don't always remember to catch up on her blog
Oh and tell us your chat name, India, gwan gwan gwan gwan you know you want to

Carmenere Wed 27-Jun-07 09:17:33

If you can't say something nice.............

moondog Wed 27-Jun-07 09:16:37

God,I could think of nothing worse.

Shall be steering clear therefore.

Carmenere Wed 27-Jun-07 09:16:01

Oh good idea, I love India Can we ask her diet questions too?

rachel(mumsnet) Wed 27-Jun-07 09:14:21

Sunday Times columnist India Knight will be joining us here on Monday 2nd July from 9-10pm for a live chat. India has just published her first children's book 'The Baby' which is about a big brother's relationship with his new baby sister - an absolute must for second-time parents. If you can't make the chat you can post your questions in advance here.
Hope to see you here on Monday.

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