19th July 2017
100 Years Young

The boys Great Grandma turned 100 this week. 100!

The secret to her longevity? No idea, she doesn't speak a word of English.

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2nd December 2013

It's easy to forget how deeply disappointment can be felt as a child.

As a thirty-something dad (thirty-nine and a half still qualifies), disappointment for me is largely due to my own cynicism and grumpiness. A splash of sarcasm is all that stands between me and an eternally miserable old git.

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14th November 2014
Feminist dad

When I first became a stay-at-home dad I always intended to write a retrospective post about my experiences. Of how I entered a traditionally mothers environment as the 'minority dad' and came out the other side.

In my head I already knew what I was going to write. How facilities aren't geared towards dads.

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5th February 2012
Walking Past Greggs...

“Can I have a sausage-roll please? I LOVE sausage rolls!”

“We can do better than that” I suggested, ignoring the '2 for £1' posters. We'll make our own!

An hour, and £10.80(?!) later … we finally had our lunch.

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30th August 2014
Are We Nearly There Yet?

A couple of days before our drive up to Edinburgh 'someone' left the keys in the car overnight and drained the battery. I'll not say who, other than to repeat a phrase I overheard Janet say to the AA man,

“... yeah, he's a tit!

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30th August 2016
Altomincio Family Park with Canvas Holidays

altomincio-poolOur trip with Canvas Holidays to Altomincio Family Park near Lake Garda was to be a holiday of firsts. First time on a plane; first time abroad; our first proper holiday as a family.

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2nd March 2012
Quarry Bank Mill

We had a lovely day in the sun yesterday at Quarry Bank Mill.  We parked a nice walk away through the woods so we could follow the river (and the ducks) to the mill.

For once the day was shame-free for everyone.

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20th October 2015
Manchester City Stadium Tour

Man-City-Tour-1Were you to ask Sonny and Luca to describe me, their options would be plentiful.

Father, caregiver, storyteller, teeth-brushing inspector, school-on-time deliverer, comic in residence, Mario Kart Grand Master ...

… but you don't need to ask them, because I've done it for you.

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19th January 2016
Technologically Challenged

I'm technologically challenged. There, I've said it.

Just before Christmas we switched from Sky to Virgin, since when I've spent an inordinate amount of time staring blankly at menu screens on the TV. I find change difficult; finding channels more difficult still. Has anyone seen BBC4?

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14th April 2013
LEGO City Undercover - Wii U

Lego City Undercover Wii UFor Christmas I gave Sonny my old Nintendo DS. He'd played with his cousins before and had somehow convinced me it could be educational, helping with his alphabet, namely A, B, X, and Y.

He loved it. A little too much.

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