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How Many Toys Do Your Children Need?

How Many Toys Do Your Children Need?

According to all almost everyone I interviewed for this BBC feature – children don’t need many toys at all. OK, this message won’t make me popular with children, grandparents or Toys R Us at Christmas… just call me Scrooge.


If you’ve got any good photos of your kids ‘colonizing’ your stuff into inventive toys, then do post them on Twitter to #whatmychildmade and the BBC might publish them. Continue reading


  • 26 Jun: Why does the boy child think that singing 'twinkle, twinkle' in the style of Johnny Rotten is going to help him get to sleep?
  • 8 Jun: I'm thrilled to make my debut over at Mums On the Blog today with my post about being 'hangry'. Check out their other lovely contributors too: http://www.mumsontheblog.co.uk/.
  • 26 Apr: iGameMom visited little ol' me recently, which is how I discovered her brill blog: she reviews and recommends kids' games and apps and the like. I just downloaded a free a Curious George app, which is well worth a click. Enjoy.
  • Apr 2: You know your kids are terribly middle-class when they put all their farm animals into the tractor and then make up a song entitled "we're all going to a restaurant".
  • Feb 27 - It is so nice when you get a surprise birthday present and so un-nice when you lose it five minutes later. Someone in Volketswil Kindercity found and enjoyed some very special Vollenweider choccies this morning. I only hope they pass on their good fortune - as opposed to, you know, handing in their good fortune at reception so that the real owner of the good fortune could claim it, take it home and stuff it into her greedy little face while congratulating herself on what thoughtful friends she has and, simultaneously, feeling consoled for the fact that her husband is away for the entire week (again) which means she can’t watch the next installment of House MD or get any help around this place and with these pesky kids. That is all.
  • Feb 21 - It's some kind of bad timing when you've just slathered on a bright green face mask and then your two-year-old promptly wakes, screaming, from a bad dream. Five quid's worth of Dead Sea scraped off onto a tea towel and I rush in to comfort him: apparently, it was a walrus. Terrifying things, walruses. Probably something to do with all those wrinkles.
  • Dec 12: Very flattered that m'lovely colleagues over at Newly Swissed are taking some guest posts from my good self. Here's the latest - Boring Becomes Beautiful, a peek at the Becher exhibition at the Fotomuseum in Winti.

Singapore Slung…

I’m a British writer and journalist based in Singapore.

My debut novel, All the Little Children, is being published by Lake Union Publishing (an Amazon imprint) in August 2017. A second novel is due for release in 2018.

I’m also a freelance journalist and mother of two young children.

I've previously lived in Switzerland, Cameroon and several unfashionable English towns, but didn't blog as it hadn't been invented yet. I'm that old.

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