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Some people just aren’t made for Lelli kellys

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It was a difficult lesson for DD to learn, but I feel it was probably necessary…

Although I try not to let my children watch too much TV in Dubai, they got into a bit of a routine in the UK of getting up early, walking down the stairs holding hands and singing “bananas, in pyjamas, are coming down the stairs,” turning on M..m..m..m..m…m..m..m..More Milkshake on Channel 5 and settling on the sofa for some prime-time viewing while I stole a few extra precious minutes in bed.

The downside of kiddie TV in the UK is, of course, the advertising. Not only did DD want every single toy in Argos (thanks, Ch 5), but my two-year-old DS could sing the Lelli Kelly shoes song word- and pitch-perfect.

Honestly, there’s something wrong with a little boy singing, “Lelli Kelli they’re the coolest shoes – oh yeah!”

You may remember that this time last year DD had been begging for a pair of LK’s following last year’s trip home. I’d managed to palm her off with some Clarks but this year I thought I’d indulge her, so off we trogged to Russell & Bromley Kids, took our ticket and waited in line for DD’s feet to be measured and the LKs fitted.

But disaster struck.

DD’s feet were too dainty for the clompty great LKs. Even with the interchangeable strap pulled as tight as it would go, the assistant could still yank the shoes clean off DD’s feet.

“It happens to a lot of girls, you know,” she said, as reality hit DD and she sat, sobbing, her big, hot tears splashing the floor. “I’m not going to let you buy them. They’re unsafe.”

(Can you imagine a shop assistant telling a customer that in Dubai?)

So DD was palmed off with yet another pair of well-fitting and, frankly, much prettier Clarks shoes, that came with free stickers, but she’s still damaged by the LK incident.

“When I’m old and have four children [two girls and two boys], I’m going to tell them about the day I couldn’t get the Lelli Kelly’s,” she told me at bedtime tonight. “I’m never going to forget it. It was the worst day of my life.”

Bloody ads.

Things I Miss About England

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Okay, I know I’ve lived in Dubai since time itself began (at least in Dubai) and I moved here chiefly because I didn’t much like England in the first place, but there are a few things I miss about it, especially at this time of year, when many of my friends are filling Facebook with blissful little updates about life in Blighty.

So, here goes – this is what I miss:

–          Light summer evenings, when the last orangey hues of the sunset finally, finally leave the sky long after 9pm.

–          Big, juicy roses that grow on bushes not in cellophane packets, and the smell of them on a long summer evening (see above).

–          Fish & chips with ‘real’ chips and ‘English curry’ take-aways.

–          The buzz in the air on a warm Friday evening in London, when everyone spills out of the pub and onto the streets with their drinks and everybody likes everybody else.

–          ‘M…m…m…m…m….m….m…m…More Milkshake’ on Channel 5. A saviour when your kids wake far too early because they’re still on Dubai time.

–          Pubs. Pubs that have kids’ menus, colouring and really good grub.

–          Shopping in Tesco, where everything’s in stock and cheap as chips, too.

–          Licensed cafes in shopping malls. A glass of wine and a sandwich after a spin around GAP? How civilised is that!

–          Customer service in shops. These guys seem genuinely happy to help you!

–          Fresh air and sky that, when it’s blue, is really truly sparkly blue.

–          Marks & Spencers food section.

And, linked to that, here are pictures of two things I’m not going to miss in Dubai. 

Things I won't miss from Dubai: paying £6.80 for an average pack of own-brand breakfast cereal

Things I won't miss: air so clogged with dust and humidity the sky is as white as the endless sand

Written by mrsdubai

July 28, 2010 at 7:51 pm