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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10th March 2013
World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day we've been recycling old books to create new stories.

In our defence of it not being outright sacrilege, they were the type of dull books you get free with a jigsaw. No worthy books were harmed in the making of our new story, I promise.

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11th May 2012
All things animals...

dinosaur eggIs a dinosaur an animal? Is that as stupid as it sounds? I did ask my font of all knowledge but Sonny either didn't know or thought the question beneath him.

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22nd January 2013
Damn you Dyson

We are no longer allowed within 100 yards of any public toilet. Not on legal grounds I should add (although worrying I felt that necessary), but because Sonny lost a fight with a hand-dryer.

Not your standard namby-pamby hand-dryer that gently tickles the water from your hands, no, Sonny chose to battle a Turbo powered Dyson hand-dryer.

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16th July 2013
Alton Towers

alton towers sonicA couple of weeks ago I saw an advert for Gulliver's World and thought what most people do, lets go to Alton Towers! Lets face it, they don't need to advertise as every other Theme Park does it for them.

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26th September 2017
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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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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18th December 2013
Super Mario 3D World

Due to hand-held technology the dexterity of our thumbs is evolving at a frightening rate.

In fifty years they'll apparently have superseded the forefinger as the preferred digit with which to point.

Well most people, I suspect my boys are going to persevere with their lazy nod.

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18th March 2014
Janet's Birthday

As a cash-strapped stay-at-home dad it was a relief when for her birthday Janet asked for a Brief History of Time.
brief history of time
In hindsight, and given she was watching a documentary on Stephen Hawking at the time, she probably meant the book but hey ho.

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19th November 2013
Crucial Challenge

I've crossed an electronicals line this week. Twice. Thrice if you include my insistence on using the word electronicals (but lets not).

The first was with my phone. I was trying to take a photo of the kids but no matter how I held it I couldn't get my finger out of the shot.

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