My Weekend: Verity Lush

Verity Lush

Verity Lush

Mike Jackson working out with coach Ray Pharoah at Southern Legion, Hilsea

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Verity Lush, 36, is a Hampshire mum-of-two and a tutor in philosophy, English and maths. She writes about being a parent in the Family Life section of The News on Tuesdays.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

I last went away in August to the Lizard Peninsula in West Cornwall. My family and I stayed in a tin tabernacle on a vintage camping site. We had no electricity for the week, and much as that was strange for the first day, it was absolute bliss thereafter; no e-mails, no texts, no pestering. We were extremely lucky with the weather and visited some outstanding beaches. One of these, Kynance Cove, is a National Trust site and is reputed to be one of the best beaches in the world.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

In December 2013 my husband and I took our daughters to watch Matilda in Covent Garden. We had heard brilliant things about it from friends who had been, and we were not disappointed.

And the last book you read?

The last book that I read was Moranthology by the journalist Caitlin Moran. It’s a collection of her columns and is both funny and touching.

What was the last film you saw?

The last film I saw at the cinema was The Wolf of Wall Street. It’s the true story of Jordan Belfort, a self-made stockbroker, who in his heyday was wealthy beyond most people’s imaginings. The lifestyle that he lived, and his descent into corruption, had my husband and I sat with our jaws balancing on our laps for most of the movie; it was astounding.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

My favourite way to relax is to sit in a clean and peaceful house (my own, for avoidance of doubt), and to read a book. This does not happen very often, but my husband and I do make a point of going for coffee, alone, whilst my mother has the kids on a Sunday.

What do you watch on TV?

I liked The Fall last year with Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. I think that Olivia Coleman is a fantastic actress and watched both Broadchurch and The Thirteenth Tale on the basis that she was starring in them.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

I would love to spend a weekend with Michael McIntyre. I saw a show of his on the television at Christmas and was reduced to a pile of silent, shaking mirth. It made me very pleased that I’ve partaken of my pelvic floor exercises religiously since giving birth.

Where do you eat out?

My family and I often have lunch in the Southsea Coffee Company, or Capers in Southsea. Both places welcome children which is a huge plus for us.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

My favourite bar in Southsea is The Belle Isle, it’s very chilled and has a great menu. My grandad used to own a pub in Denmead, The Fox and Hounds, which locals have recently clubbed together to re-open, so I also like the atmosphere of a country pub. The smell of the barrels and the decor takes me back to childhood.

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