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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14th October 2016
The Penny Pincher

Strange things are afoot. Tales are emerging of a grim creature intent on frightening children and adults alike. So terrifying it would give a killer clown the willies.

Rumour has it he's the result of an experiment that went horribly wrong. An ambiguous mix of chemistry and alchemy. One part stay-at-home dad, many parts don't-make-me-get-a-job.

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23rd September 2013
Three Little Words

A few weeks ago I read a fab post on the wonderful 'Hurrah For Gin' blog, where she asked the question 'Is it bad to not enjoy playing with your kids?' and it struck a real chord.

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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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23rd October 2013
A London Adventure

A couple of weeks ago we were invited down to London for a Tesco Toy Casting; at RADA no less.

Our travel expenses were paid for and as the boys had never been to London we decided to make a weekend of it and visit some friends we see all too rarely.

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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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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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13th July 2014
I aint gettin' on no plane

My recent trip to Paris with the Canvas Bloggers brought back memories of my last trip to France three years ago, particularly as we passed through passport control before boarding the ferry.

You see last time I went to France I nearly didn't get beyond this point, but then why would you if you were suspected of human trafficking?

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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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10th May 2016
Yo-Kai Watch Review

Yo-Kai Watch ArtworkI think I once ate at a restaurant called Yo-kai. It was memorable for paying ten times the price for raw fish as my local chippy would have charged me to batter and fry it, but my sushi rant is probably better served in a different post.

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