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Introduction:  Attila's Here


Article:  Why we should all be more like Liz Hurley


Check it out: Mother of three paints her laundry


Review:  The Playstation 2 Console





Thank you for your warm responses to the first outing of ATTILA! Thank you for NOT deleting me immediately.


September time in the Western hemisphere, kids are back at school and us mums are heaving great sighs of relief that the chaos of summer hols are over. Time to have time for ourselves once again.  For those of us with kids at school all day, those little windows of opportunity are swinging open. Little windows in which to indulge ourselves, to think, and to not be someoneís mum for a little while.


I couldnít wait for summer to end so that I could get to work on my own big project: to learn how to use Dreamweaver, the website-authoring programme, and give my website a facelift.


Itís been really tough working out how to use Dreamweaver, trying to design on a platform that is so different from the DTP software Iím used to. But I think Iíve finally done it! You can see the results of my efforts on:


Click on one of the features and dig my new navigation bar which took me ages to figure out!


I also learned how to view the webalizer supplied by my webspace provider. The webalizer analyses the traffic you get on your website. I was surprised by the results.  Here are Septemberís  top five most-visited pages at Mum at Work:


1. Pregnancy Cartoons

2. More Pregnancy Cartoons

3. Feature: If you can raise kids you can write a story

4. Story: The Tigerís Meow

5. Story: Seal Boy


And here I was trying to beef up the Features section! Indeed, I have not included any of these pages in my revamp. But now that I know what visitors want, Iím going to spend some time improving those pages (and Iíd better draw some new cartoons quickly!).


Till next time,


Candy Gourlay


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"How women must hate her."


The husband was sneering at a photograph of Liz Hurley dangling from gym rings in spectacular gravity-defying stilettos.


But it was not the foot high stilettos that prompted his disdain, nor even the spectacular PVC swimsuit which will take its place in fashion history next to the celebrated Versace safety-pins Hurley wore to the opening night of Four Weddings and a Funeral.


It was the revelation of Liz Hurley's shiny new, flat-tummied, super-toned figure - four months after the birth of baby Damian Charles.


The brief caption somewhat snidely reported that Hurley achieved this on a diet of brown rice and steamed fish.


Should we hate Liz Hurley for having a flat tummy?


Well, although one's first instinct is to glue the photograph to a chopping board and spend the afternoon attacking it with a meat cleaver, I don't think we should hate Liz Hurley. We should congratulate her.


Indeed, we should all try to be more like Liz Hurley.


As a model, Liz Hurley's currency is her face and her body. Now, she is a single mother. She has done well to pursue the thing that defines her most. She may have had a baby - but she has not lost herself in the process.


We should all do the same. We should never forget that, before motherhood wonderful though it may be, we were individuals with our own personalities, interests and talents. Motherhood can be so overwhelming that many of us forget who we were. So instead of enhancing our identities, the babies take over.


Why should we hate Liz Hurley for achieving what she wanted to achieve? We should embrace her because she is now one of us. And just like us, Liz Hurley is going to be wiping small people's bottoms for the foreseeable future.


Have you achieved something Liz Hurley-like (not necessarily a flat tummy)? Mum At Work would love to hear from you. Reply to


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Yes, really. And very beautifully too. Mother of three Emily Patrick is a much garlanded artist who paints life as we mums know it. Sneakers on the table, fresh faced children, a basket of unironed laundry, a chair draped with teatowels. Check out her most recent work (including the painting of laundry) on Or even better, visit the exhibition from Oct 7 to 19 at Air Gallery, 32 Dover Street, London W1.




I can hear your collective gasps. Why the hell would Mum At Work be interested in the Sony Playstation 2? Well, there are many reasons why mothers ought to have a little think about this contraption which has achieved iconic status in the eyes of most children under the age of 13. And yes, I confess, I recently capitulated and acquired the thing that I swore would never grace my television shelf.


My excuse is: our CD player died. And the DVD player on the computer couldnít take it anymore. And my PC was developing a phobia towards kids whose games software cause so many crashes.


I told the kids I wasnít buying a PS2, I was buying a CD player and DVD in one that could, by the way, play Playstation games. Indeed, we didnít even tell the kids we were getting it. We just set it up on the shelf and waited to see if they would notice.


So hereís what they donít tell you about the PS2:


It doesnít come with a remote control though it comes with a game control. So you have to buy the remote control for £20 extra.


The remote control doesnít work unless you buy some memory, which comes for £20 extra.


The games you can buy at a discount when you purchase the PS2 are inappropriate for younger children besides being older versions of new games. We couldnít bring ourselves to buy any of the discounted games on offer.


It hums all the time. It hums so loudly you have to turn the volume up to drown out the humming.


To listen to CDs, you have to hook your TV to your tuner and speakers. When you listen to CDs, you have to switch on the PS2 (humming along), the television set, AND the stereo.


The kids fight over who gets to play what, when and for how long. For peace of mind, I have instituted a strict rota and only THREE PS2 days a week!


And here are the good things about the PS2:


Itís cheaper than buying a new multimedia PC so the kids can play games.


It plays old Playstation games and the quality of gameplay is pretty slick.


The kids get a kick out of being the first people on the street to own one.






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