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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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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10th January 2012
Posh Apple Juice

When I first met Janet I claimed I lived in Sale Barns and referred to Urmston as Outer Partington. In a similar vain I used to joke that I wouldn't use buses until they had a specified 1st-class section, in fact the whole problem with public transport was the public element.

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2nd December 2013

It's easy to forget how deeply disappointment can be felt as a child.

As a thirty-something dad (thirty-nine and a half still qualifies), disappointment for me is largely due to my own cynicism and grumpiness. A splash of sarcasm is all that stands between me and an eternally miserable old git.

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17th August 2014
Azteca Hotel Review - Chessington

azteca hotelLast week we were invited to the launch of the new Azteca Hotel at Chessington World of Adventures.

The boys have never stayed in a hotel before, and with Luca having FINALLY broken through the 0.

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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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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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20th July 2015
In Support of Jeremy Corbyn

jeremy corbyn labour leadershipWhilst watching the recent budget announcement, something troubled me.

It wasn't anything George Osborne said, I'd actually expected far worse.

It wasn't even the fist pumping of Iain Duncan Smith, like a teenager who'd just groped his first boob.

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10th February 2013
Bloggers to watch in 2013

I received a lovely email on Friday from 'A New Generation'.....blogging award

It's lovely to appear on a list in such good company. I already love following Rock 'n 'Roll Mum and Man in his Pyjamas. Both are brilliant.

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10th November 2014
Hari Ghotra Curry Kit

hari ghotra spice kitI love cooking. As the stay-at-home parent it offers a rare respite from the post-school squabbles, at least until they discover it doesn't really take half an hour to prep beans on toast.

That's not to say we don't share time in the kitchen.

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