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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2nd July 2013
Religious Miseducation

We talk about religion quite a lot. Luca loves church buildings and mosques, Sonny is fascinated by the Hindu temple we occasionally drive past.

Despite being an Aetheist I like to think I treat them all equally and with the respect they deserve.

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8th October 2015
Fickle Five to Sulky Six

Maybe I'm suffering from selective memory, but I don't remember having any problem dealing with the terrible twos. The threes were memorable only for their feral grunts, and by the time they'd reached four I'd largely become immune to their insolence due to sleep deprivation.

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8th October 2015
Fickle Five to Sulky Six

Maybe I'm suffering from selective memory, but I don't remember having any problem dealing with the terrible twos. The threes were memorable only for their feral grunts, and by the time they'd reached four I'd largely become immune to their insolence due to sleep deprivation.

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30th June 2013
An Edinburgh Adventure

edinburgh graduationWe found a fabulous deal this year for our summer holiday. A weeks all-inclusive stay at the Yang Apartments in Edinburgh. There was even a holiday club for the boys provided by The Incredible Ben-Presto.

All this and more for the lowly price of their Auntie Jackie's sanity!

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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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3rd July 2012
Summer Holiday

For two weeks prior to going away we'd been using CBeebies as our blueprint for our summer holiday, little did we know how much had been filmed in Scarborough ... and so began our CBeebies Summer Song pilgrimage!

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26th May 2015
Mario Party 10 - Review

Mario Party 10Ain't no party like a Mario 10 Party!

OK, so there's Mario Party 9, and the eight prior to that, but how often do I get the chance to reference S Club 7?

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24th April 2017
How outraged are you, I mean really?

I'm outraged. Outraged I tell ya! Outraged by the amount of mock outrage there is on social media. It's nothing short of, well, outrageous.

What ever happened to being a little annoyed? A tad miffed? Moderately irked?

I might be wrong but I'm pretty sure this level of mock outrage is a modern phenomenon. It wasn't always such.

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21st October 2014
Austerity bites

I admit I'm guilty of the odd rant. Mostly it remains in my head. Sometimes Janet makes eye contact and immediately wishes she hadn't. Occasionally it spills over onto Twitter, and rarer still onto my blog.

This one falls into the latter category so I can only apologise, but it's for good reason.

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