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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

Blog Category: Mummy's Adventures

Where's Mummy?

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Published: Friday, June 20, 2014

Where is Mummy? For over two weeks the Mummy File has gone underground. No calls, no emails, no shrieking Pop Ins, of which my mother is famous. Well, I can play this game. No news is good news? I will not buckle. OH, OK, I did try my father's cell, but he didn't pick up. And when he does it is daunting to have a conversation with an older gentleman throwing his device on the floor and screaming, How does this Bloody thing work? But getting back to my Mother, yes, it has been quiet, Clarissa Cadbury has gone dark.

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Art Basel

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Published: Monday, December 9, 2013

Art Basel, Miami Nothing like a quick trip to South Beach! The weather, the food, the nightlife! Add to that the wonderful annual Art Extravaganza, Art Basel and you have arrived! This year I am meeting friends who have a home in South Beach, June and Johnny, two of the funniest people I know! So the fun will begin and who knows? I might just buy some ART!

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Mummy and Prince George

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Published: Friday, November 1, 2013

Mummy & Prince George It was bound to happen. First the grumbling, then the sighing, arms thrown in the air. Yes my Mother is having a Fit. A Royal Fit, that is. She wants to meet the new Royal Baby, Prince George. Only, the Royal families are keeping him to themselves and who could blame them? He is an infant.

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Mummy Dances With The Stars!

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Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mummy Dances With The Stars! Where to begin? As I told you prior to our Easter Ham fiasco, my parents had been visiting Len Goodman and treated to VIP status at Dancing With The Stars. Accompanying them were my mother's BFF, Evelyn and her new husband and my former live-in painter, Miguel.

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Mummy and the #@%$ Ham!

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Published: Friday, March 29, 2013

Mummy and the #@%$ Ham! Don't get me wrong, I love my mother-but our Easter was nearly ruined by her display at the Honey Baked Ham Store. My parents, Evelyn and Miguel are joining us for Easter weekend. They are returning from LA where they met up with their old pal Len Goodman on Dancing With the Stars! (More about that at a later date!)

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Mummy and the Branson Wedding!

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Published: Friday, March 8, 2013

Mummy and the Branson Wedding! I was just perusing the Daily Mail when my cell phone started ringing in that old familiar tune of Mummy! (I have given her a special ring tone, The Theme from Jaws). Staring at the phone I ponder, what is she up to today? Well, let's find out! Cate: “Hellloooo? Mummy?”

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Mummy Meets Miguel Part 2

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Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mummy Meets Miguel Part 2 It has been two short weeks and Miquel, Evelyn and my mother are having a ball. First they went to Palm Beach to spend a few days and see a few friends. I noticed Miguel has a new wardrobe and is looking very sharp! What is even more telling is the way Evelyn has wrapped herself, quite literally around all things Miguel.

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Mummy Meets Miguel

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Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mummy Meets Miguel Well, you know it had to happen sooner or later. My glorious Mother would some day descend into town and there would go my magnificent Miguel. Or as he likes to say, “Painter of the Stars”. Truthfully, I am not a Star, nor do I know any, and neither does Miguel, but this is our little joke between Miguel, Mr. Clarke and me. Miguel has been painting our house for months, now. He lives in our guest house and busies himself around all day. He drives Mr. Clarke’s new car, with permission, of course, and has taken to cooking many of our meals. Hmmmm perhaps that is why my husband is so happy with Miguel being onsite? But I digress.

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Meet Miquel!

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Published: Friday, October 19, 2012

Meet Miguel How I found Miguel is quite usual, a recommendation from another satisfied friend so I decided to look at his website on the internet: Michael’s Painting. Hmm, Michael’s? I called, arranged an interview and instantly a new friendship was formed.

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Mummy and the Queen's Jubilee

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Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mummy and the Queen’s Jubilee Back to Merry Ole England for the party of the year! Yes, we missed the Royal Wedding, please refer to Royal Wedding Post on Divas’ Diaries, damn that Food Poisoning - but I digress. We all and by all, I mean, Alexandra, her husband, Mr. Clarke, myself and my daughter, Fiona descended on London in a plethora of excitement! After all, it is not everyday that Queen Elizabeth celebrates for the entire weekend her 60 years as Monarch! Oh, what fun.

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Dubai Part 3

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Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dubai Part 3 Dubai shopping offers amazing opportunities. The age-old souks, ultra-modern shopping malls and promise of tax-free prices redefine the whole concept of retail therapy. Dubai is known as the shopping capital of the Middle East, and the best bargains are generally in the souks. Even luxury items such as carpets, electronics, gold and textiles can be bought relatively cheaply if you know where to look when you are shopping in Dubai. No wonder that for many, Dubai shopping is practically a way of life. Alexandra has just read me the above.

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Dubai Part 2

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Published: Friday, April 27, 2012

Dubai Part 2 Alexandra was immediately responding to the Body Guard restraint with blood curdling screams! (She is so good at that!) Note: From our flight attendant days and emergency training they told us to say and do anything that would get them off of the plane in 90 seconds or less! I once heard Alexandra in an emergency situation scream the following; “Hey you, Lady! Haul ass! NOW!” It worked! She hauled ass off of that plane immediately.

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Dubai Part 1

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Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dubai Part 1 After three or four meals, two showers each, (we just loved the Shower Spa in First Class), Alexandra and I have landed in Dubai. We have now rested and studied local etiquette at the Hotel Heaven of the Burj Al Arab! Extraordinarily lavish, the Burj Al Arab bills itself as the world’s only Seven Star hotel. Every floor at the Burj has its own reception desk, and butler service! All rooms are duplexes! Well we are in love! This hotel does not disappoint. We have decided to tour the hotel with the Manager! He was quick to extend this kind invitation!

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Checking In With Mummy Part 2

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Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012

Checking In With Mummy Part 2 After speaking to my mother, I immediately called my father’s cell. Daddy: Helllloooooo Cate, my dear!!! Moi: Daddy, what is going on??? Mummy has told me she has left you and going to Dubai in a BURKA?

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Checking in With Mummy Part 1

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Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Checking in With Mummy Part 1 My mother has been very quiet of late and I felt I had to pick up the phone to check in on her. One never knows what she might be up to, so I dialed England. Ring Ring, Ring Ring, I do love the European Phone rings, don’t you? Mummy: Hellloooooo? Whooo is calling?

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Checking in With Mummy Part 1

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Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Checking in With Mummy Part 1 My mother has been very quiet of late and I felt I had to pick up the phone to check in on her. One never knows what she might be up to, so I dialed England. Ring Ring, Ring Ring, I do love the European Phone rings, don’t you? Mummy: Hellloooooo? Whooo is calling?

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Mummy and the Mysterious Christmas Snake!

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Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mummy and the Mysterious Christmas Snake! Well, my parents, Cleland and Clarrissa are in town for the Holidays. What could be more fun? Lots planned: dinners, parties, gifts exchanged and the like. All is well, all is bright, right? NOT SO FAST!

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Dishing With Ralph

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Published: Monday, October 3, 2011

Dishing With Ralph Mummy is back in Chicago for a week and I thought I would join her. Nothing says High Holiday as a stint with my mother! So here goes.

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Mummy and the Grand New Bed!

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Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mummy and the Grand New Bed! Upon arriving, I went directly to Mummy’s Chicago East Lake Shore Drive abode. It did not disappoint. James Swan had done it again! Another masterpiece! But leave it to my mother to put her own touches on her Chicago pied a terre.

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Mummy Takes On Reality TV!

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Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mummy Takes on Reality TV Well, I would have never thought that my mother, all 82 years of her could be bitten by the Hollywood Bug, but it might just have happened. I recently got a call that the old girl was in LA and seeing some friends. Harmless enough, I thought. WRONG!

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Oprah's Last Show with James Swan and Mummy!

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Published: Thursday, May 19, 2011

Oprah’s Last Show with Mummy and James Swan!! Oh, the squeals of laughter and merriment when Mummy got the call that she and I were invited to Oprah’s Last Show in Chicago!! Now, we were not among the Celebs, just guests in the audience, mind you, but you would have thought we were on our way to the Royal Wedding!!

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James and Mummy Part lll

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Published: Monday, May 16, 2011

Dear Cate, News of your travail in London has reached these shores. Your friends here have sworn off Indian food in solidarity with your great discomfort and I’ve personally stored away my mementos from that part of the world. I found them too painful to look at after considering you wedding spoiling misadventures. So close and yet so far, I do hope your recovery is complete.

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James Swan and Mummy Go Shopping!

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Published: Monday, May 2, 2011

Dearest Cate, Just returned your Mother to her suite at the Carlyle and thought I’d fire off a note and catch you up on our foray into the world of NYC antiques.

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James Swan and Mummy!

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Published: Monday, April 25, 2011

Dearest Cate, A quick note to say I have survived meeting your dear, dear Mother. It appears I have been drafted into service. It’s safe to say that the mold was shattered shortly after the gods on high whipped her into existence.

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Back to Chicago with Mummy!

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Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Back to Chicago with Mummy! So, Mummy has healed and her new “face” looks lovely. Now she and her BFF, Evelyn, want to stop off in Chicago to see the new apartment and do some decorating! That is hiring some decorating. We travel easily to ORD and limo downtown.

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Mummy Takes the Colony Club!

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Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mummy Takes The Colony Club! It has barely been a week since our wild night at Mummy’s New York Hospital! Most of you will remember that I got a late night call declaring Mummy as “missing”! Turns out she was in NYC to have some “work done” before the Royal Wedding. She was caught with Boodles smuggled in by her BFF, Evelyn.

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Mummy is in Hospital!

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Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mummy in Hospital! It was in the middle of the night, I was dreaming of my next Caribbean vacation, you know sand, surf, lobster dinners, when I was rudely awakened by the ringing of our phone. My husband answered sleepily and leaned over, “My dear you better take this, it is your mother.” I jumped to an alert position and took the phone.

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Mummy weighs in on the Princess de Polignac obittuary in the London Telegraph! My mother returned home from our Hong Kong trip to find an old “acquaintance” had passed away. Mummy never wants to speak ill of the dead, but in this case her tongue was a little looser. I could not resist asking a few questions!

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Mummy’s Big Dilemma

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Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mummy’s Big Dilemma The Wedding of the Year is coming closer. My mother has a big decision to make. Which of the two receptions for the marriage of William and Kate, will Mummy attend?

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Art Basel Part Two

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Published: Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Art Basel Part Two: Waking in Sunny Florida is different than California. Cannot explain, just is. After a lovely cup of tea in my Ritz suite, I went back to Art Basel to shop a bit! I was Hugely Successful and so pleased with myself. Lovely piece purchased for my home in NYC. Note: Everyone is still in black, very chic, however for so early in the morning!

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Art Basel Surprise!

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Published: Friday, December 3, 2010

Art Basel, Miami Nothing like a quick trip to South Beach! The weather, the food, the nightlife! Add to that the wonderful annual Art Extravaganza, Art Basel and you have arrived!

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Mummy is coming for Thanksgiving!!!

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Published: Monday, November 22, 2010

Mummy is coming for Thanksgiving!!! I just got off the telly with Mumsy. She has totally hijacked the American Holiday of Thanksgiving and was notifying me of her eminent arrival stateside for Turkey and all the Trimmings! Yikes, call the caterers!

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Mummy is at the Four Seasons and there is a Fire!

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Published: Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mummy has stayed on in Chicago to attend a HUGE ball on the weekend. Imagine my surprise when I get a frantic phone call that the Four Season’s is on FIRE!!!

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RL in Chicago, Land of the See and Be Seen!

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Published: Friday, November 12, 2010

Oh what fun! I entered the beautiful RL restaurant adjacent to the Chicago Ralph Lauren store which brought back such warm memories of English Clubs in London. The maitre d’ immediately seated me at what I was told was a key table. “Who would know me?” I asked.

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Cate's Chicago Adventure @ The Saddle

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Published: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

“Oh Good God.” screamed Mummy when she was told there were NO STABLES at the Saddle and Cycle Club. Thank the Lord that I discouraged her from wearing her new Hermes boots and jodhpurs!

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Cate's Chicago Adventure Cont.

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Published: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

“Oh Good God.” screamed Mummy when she was told there were NO STABLES at the Saddle and Cycle Club. Thank the Lord that I discouraged her from wearing her new Hermes boots and jodhpurs!

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Cate's Week in the Windy City!

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Published: Sunday, November 7, 2010

I have taken my mother to Chicago. Mummy is seeing a top doc at Northwestern. She as many Brits, believe that medical science is best in the States. So off we fly and land at O’Hare Airport. Quite lovely in the lighted musical passage in the United Terminal.

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