31st October 2018
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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13th March 2016
Alternative Education

alternative-educationI've invested heavily in the boys education. By invested I don't mean financially, obviously. There's no way they're going to a fee paying prep school so long as I'm still watching my football on a not-so-flat-screen TV. It's more of an emotional investment.

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7th September 2014
Birthdays

birthday pictureI'm thinking of changing the kids birthdays. It's for the best.

I mean it's not like they remember their date of birth yet. They still work off the 'how many days until' calendar.

It's not like I remember their date of birth yet.

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5th December 2014
Christmas Traditions

Santas KeyYou'll have to excuse my grinchiness(?) for this one blog post but I need to get my Christmas gripes out of the way before any festive spirit can prevail.

I'm a big fan of Yuletide traditions, I have a few of my own.

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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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13th July 2014
Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont

la croix du vieux pontI love everything about France, even if my last trip was memorable for very different reasons. But then who's not nearly been arrested for human trafficking at some point in their lives? Really, just me?

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29th February 2012
Blue Planet

barry the big bad fishI've never known Sonny and Luca to be so excited; at least not since the recent snow which they assumed meant Santa was on his way back.

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26th September 2018
Duinrell Family Park - Canvas Holidays

Which came first, the campsite or the amusement park?

As is often the case, my question fell on deaf ears as we arrived at the fabulous Duinrell Holiday Park in the Netherlands, courtesy of Canvas Holidays.

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27th September 2015
Super Mario Maker

Somewhere, deep within Nintendo HQ, there's an echo chamber filled with the anguished cries of gamers like me, who, having lost untold days on any number of Super Mario courses created by the genius that is Shigeru Miyamoto, threw down their controller in a sulk of mumbled expletives and decreed it impossible.

Or maybe that's just me?

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4th July 2017
Community Partner Award - Pride of Britain

I didn't write about the horrific attack on the Manchester Arena at the time. I tried, on numerous occasions, but everything I put down on paper seemed desperately inadequate, blurred further by a myriad of emotions that fluctuated between anger, despair, defiance and sorrow.

This was my city. My streets. My community. It felt personal.

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