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Monthly arts and media column

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a Pampered Chef cooking show by one of the mums at my son’s school. I thought it would be an excellent chance to get to know some of the other mums, so off I went, determined to spend absolutely no more than a tenner.

Eleanor Margesson

The evening was run by a very experienced ‘consultant’ who was able to multitask extremely efficiently as she showed us the products, gave us fireproof reasons for buying £40 knives and cooked up a clever-but-simple delicious chicken and broccoli ring. I developed a variety of skills while I was there. The skill of saying ‘I don’t need that’, the skill of saying ‘Well, maybe that would be quite useful’, and then the skill of handing over my card details at the end of the evening.