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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1st May 2014
On the School Run

A few months ago I read what was possibly my favourite ever tweet …

school run tweet

At the time it really made me chuckle. Not so much now.

You see that 68-year-old man is a comrade; a true brother in arms.

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22nd March 2012
Car Wash

"Can we go through the car wash?" Sonny asked expectantly.

"Yes, can we?" added Janet.

"Why not!" I replied (it was mothers day after all!?!)

And so began another experience to leave Sonny scarred for the remainder of his life.

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8th February 2017
It Started with a Dab

At first I thought he'd had a seizure. Then I assumed it must be a tribute to Thriller. An attempt at the YMCA in the style of his own illegible handwriting?

He wasn't entertaining my questions.


Ooh, I know this one. You can put your urban dictionary away, this dad has skillz in the spoken word of the yoof.

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27th February 2016
Operation Alphabet

tower-of-londonLast week we embarked on a top secret mission to London. Code name: Operation Alphabet.

It was based on a book by the same name which had really captured the boys imagination.

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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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23rd February 2012
Wythenshawe Park

wythemshawe park playgroundEveryone has their favourite teddy (unless you're Janet with a heart of stone!?!)  Mine is still going strong in Sonny's cot, albeit if it were human it would definitely qualify for a blue badge.

Sonny has numerous favourites, teddy one, teddy two, elephant, chicken, rabbit one, two, three ...

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22nd September 2013
Tonka Fire Station

Tonka have launched a new range of toys under the umbrella of Tonka Town which I'm sure you'll have seen the adverts for, and they kindly asked if the boys and I would like to review the Fire Station Playset.

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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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11th May 2016
Sanctuary of the Shower

I don't want to sound overly dramatic, but you know that image of a polar bear clinging to an iceberg? That's me in the shower that is. And if you're thinking hippo in a bathtub, shame on you!

It all began when the kids first scaled Mount Stair-gate. Until then, upstairs was a savannah of sanity.

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