31st October 2017
Blackpool Illuminations

For us Northerners, Blackpool illuminations is a rite of passage. It's a coming of age moment. Right up there with your first Greggs pasty, chip barms and rickets.

I'll not lie, I had high expectations. So much so I may have bigged it up a little too much.

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26th July 2015
Summer Holidays

time you enjoy wasting isnt wasted timeThe impending summer holidays mark the end of what may have been the longest and most protracted gardening leave on record.

Who knew being a full-time stay-at-home dad came with a twelve month notice period? Not Janet, that's for sure.

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26th February 2014
Friends

For the purposes of this post, all kids names are fictional. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental, albeit blindingly obvious to those who know them so I should probably stop right now, but ...

I have a confession to make.

I'm already judging Sonny and Luca's friends at school.

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11th October 2015
Class Bear Manifesto

On Friday, Luca emerged excitedly from school with the class bear tucked under his arm, along with a book chronicling its previous adventures. A book that reads more like the ultimate '50 things to do before you die' than any weekend I've ever experienced.

My weekend plans were in tatters.

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16th September 2015
Manchester Hidden Gems

Richmond-tea-rooms-6I was recently asked if I'd like to contribute to an infographic on the foodie hidden gems of Manchester. I'll not lie, my first thought was that I was being mocked.

Me? A stay-at-home dad? Eating out?

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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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17th August 2014
Azteca Hotel Review - Chessington

azteca hotelLast week we were invited to the launch of the new Azteca Hotel at Chessington World of Adventures.

The boys have never stayed in a hotel before, and with Luca having FINALLY broken through the 0.

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29th May 2013
Uncool Dad

I'm not going to be a cool dad. There, I've said it!

Maybe not news to anyone who knows me, but recently the boys had convinced me otherwise.

Sonny thinks it cool that I can remove his nose then screw it back on.

Luca finds it cool that I can juggle.

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13th April 2013
Hide and Seek Scooby Doo

My childhood was one big game of hide and seek, or more accurately hide, jump out, and measure your success on the pitch of the ensuing scream. Even at 38 I still feel a sense of anxiety if either of my sisters are in the house and I don't know exactly where they are at any given time.

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20th July 2015
In Support of Jeremy Corbyn

jeremy corbyn labour leadershipWhilst watching the recent budget announcement, something troubled me.

It wasn't anything George Osborne said, I'd actually expected far worse.

It wasn't even the fist pumping of Iain Duncan Smith, like a teenager who'd just groped his first boob.

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