A dolphin called Andy Murray

4 Sep

Poor kids. Another week and there will be nothing to watch on TV. Who cares about SpongeBob’s squarepants and Spiderman, when somewhere very close to planet Earth, in fact right all over it, are the real superheroes. Tangible, their superhuman bodies totally normal and perfectly human.
I don’t know about other kids, but the Olympics had a profound effect on mine. So much that a mosaic dolphin in the pool – a lovable creature which was lovably called Gogo has been renamed into Andy Murray (pronounced Handy Marri).

And if i am to continue to be a lovable parent, I am required to immediately find Basketball, Badminton, Beach VolleyBall, Ping Pong, Water Polo sport clubs in addition to Tennis, Judo, Swimming and Football.

I am off on my mission and of course taking recommendations, numbers. Coaches and sport teachers are in for their grteatest year yet.





Watching Olympics with kids: an eye opener

7 Aug

Apart from a superb introduction to the inspiration that sport can be to kids, the olympics 2012 have proven to be an incredibly powerful lesson in the foundations of philosophy, ethics, physics, genetics, fashion, maths, geography, international relations and a host of other very important and fancy adult subjects. Do you want to know why?
Geography is self explanatory: by day 7 of the London olympics my 6 year old was naming the countries correctly, identifying them by the colour of the uniform and the flag on the scoreboard. The 4,5 year old was commenting on fashion, i was surprised to hear that she could settle on anything that is not a pink tutu. A note for the future and excellent role models to keep in mind (perhaps they will go as far as replacing the oinking family).

Now, Philosophy was derived at via geography. here is the statement: ‘Mum, we haven’t travelled at all. We haven’t been to North America, South America, Canada, Bahamas, Africa and other places. We can’t waste time’ I liked it, in his mind it was a smallworld – one world with no boundaries and restrictions and full of powerful, strong and fit people. Even if that statement dismissed having travelled to most countries in Europe, still, it’s a perspective, a healthy one.
Ethics, what does it mean to loose and to win. Are there terms such as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. What place does the old motto of ‘it’s participation that matters most’ has in the world of modern olympics? I couldn’t find it and neither could my son. It’s all or nothing today, winners and losers. Sadly?

Maths, almost as the result of the ethical shift towards the winning – its the endless medal count refresh, it’s the ‘we’ and ‘them’ but at least it’s a healthy maths lesson for the little ones. The one they don’t notice and hugely enjoy.

Physiscs, genetics, some interesting observations on body weight and a certain shape that athletes of each sport have. A fascinated look on their faces when they see an athlete fly in the air for the long jump. How is that even possible? Why do darker people always win the running and where in the world is Bahamas and Jamaica?

Its a brilliant eye opening experience and an interest that i hope will continue even after the games.

Olympic Friday

27 Jul

As all countdowns go, they inevitably get to the magic number and the clocks stops today. It’s a perfect Friday to get all drawn in by the super powers of the athletic sports men and women. Ready boys and girls?

Team Y & O is wearing sportswear by Yummy & O.L.M.P.C and getting ready to watch the real gods of sport in action.

Made in Britain: Yummy & O.L.M.P.C

20 Jun

To be honest it’s not a comfortable situation when designers snigger, fashion lovers raise their eyebrows and seamstress looks at you with a sad nod. But that’s a chain of reactions that anyone, who wants to be ‘MADE IN BRITAIN’ faces. Industry insiders are incredulous and their main question is ‘Why?’

For Yummy & O.L.M.P.C it was important because it had to reflect ‘home’ and there is nothing more valuable and sentimental than a ‘home made’ item.

And, finally, our labels have arrived. Launch is imminent.

Have actually stumbled on a great article by Kate at Make it British. Look at the list of the 10 shoe brands that are produced in UK… not long, but still, inspiring


Kids are ‘Citizens of the World’

19 Jun

Please forgive me or correct me, I may be wrong, but from the viewpoint of a Londoner, there is one thing that is evident and that is how multi-talented, multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-skilled the new generation of kids are.

Given their parent’s wild mix of cultures, the kids inherit a fusion of traditions and languages and schools are doing brilliantly at broadening these horizons even further.

The friends of this new generation come from all sorts of countries, which has a variety of interesting outcomes: from vast knowledge of geography at the age of 4, to loving affinity for travel, new things and traditions.

This new generation is in a sense even more grounded than we are: but in many things. They are curious about the world, about the relationships between different people. They don’t believe in boundaries and they want to do good. They are the natural ‘Citizen of the World’ with multi tasking and tech built in, geared towards progress and entrepreneurship.

A recent series of filming by Yummy & O.L.M.P.C (to be released soon) has shown that even at the age of 3,5-4 kids are curious about all sorts of sports and not just ballet. They know about hockey and long jumps, tennis and Polo, swimming and ice skating, Judo and football.

That’s the spirit. Proud.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe review

7 Jun

It was my son’s 6th birthday, when I suddenly realised that he has the clothes he needs, he has a DS, a football uniform (4), tonnes of wonderful books, my iPad which he shares with my 4 year old and me. In summary, it had to be something different. Thank God for the grandparents!

We all got tickets to see the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the 360 pop-up theatre in Kensington Park. First of all, it is an absolutely stunning production and the whole performance is memerising for kids. They loved it, they wanted to go back, they loved Aslan. It was wonderful.

Before going, i decided to research the reviews and was surprised how negative the comments were. Journalists and theatre critics trashed it. But in the face of all the critics, I can say that grumpy journalists, theatre critics and other people who have forgotten what it is like to be a kid should not be allowed in. There is a certain magic to childhood and children’s theatre, which is far from a Disney perfection. But that’s the beauty. And don’t forget, the play requires one to think like a kid and in order to see the Narnia Chronichles, one has to let go a bit and imagine.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, GO!

A couple of tips:

1. The stage is set in a way that there is no point to pay extra for the premium seats, the view and sound is the same

2. Get the popcorn ahead of the performance, it will keep kids entertained and busy during the build up of the story

3. The characters enter from the main set of stairs, which is section A (in case you want a better view)



How boys invented Football (Chapter 3)

2 Jun

Apollo, Hermes and Zeus were at the big field one afternoon. The weather was sunny but not too hot and they wanted to do something fun together, when they have spotted a colourful ball by the trees.

‘Yey, the ball is my favourite thing in the world, there are so many games to play’! Said Zeus happily as he was getting the ball and throwing it in the air.

‘Like what’? – said Hermes

‘Well, for example, there is one: you just pass it along to each other and the one who doesn’t catch it is the looser’.

‘I can think of a better one’, said Apollo. ‘Each of us needs to balance the ball on our heads and the one who can balance the longer wins’!

‘How about we split into 2 teams and pass the ball to each other so that 1 team wins’ commented Hermes

‘Great idea! we’ll need to put some lines on the field so we know where the boundaries are!’ exclaimed Apollo, already looking for a piece of thread to use as the boundary line

‘ That’s a great game, let’s say that we can only pass the ball with our feet or occasionally with our heads, we can’t throw the ball over the boundaries and to win each team will need to get the ball into the goals on either side of the field’ – Zeus summed up the rules for everyone.

‘Let’s give this great game a name! How about ‘Foot’ ‘ball’ ? – said Apollo happily

‘Football it is’ cried everyone running off onto the pitch!