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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10th August 2018
Big Shop with Little Helpers

As a seasoned stay-at-home dad I should know better than to do a big shop with little helpers.

I guess it's like my relationship with KFC; every few years I just need reminding of why it's best avoided.

The warning signs were all there. Their eagerness to help for a start, that's not normal.

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3rd March 2013
House of ill

It's been a grim fortnight with both the boys suffering a week each of fever and phlegm.

It's been so prolonged Sonny has started referring to Calpol as a pudding. Luca has a Calpol dance!?

Two weeks house-bound has meant they've had to draw up a gentleman’s agreement on some house rules.

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14th January 2014
Toffee the Class Bear

On Friday Sonny brought Toffee home from school. Toffee the bear.

He was really excited, Luca was jealous, and me, well I kissed goodbye to my weekend of doing nothing.

Let's face it, nothing inflicts some culture on your weekend quite like your child bringing home the class teddy.

I mentioned him on Twitter and discovered I wasn't alone.

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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 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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29th February 2012
Blue Planet

barry the big bad fishI've never known Sonny and Luca to be so excited; at least not since the recent snow which they assumed meant Santa was on his way back.

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13th April 2013
Hide and Seek Scooby Doo

My childhood was one big game of hide and seek, or more accurately hide, jump out, and measure your success on the pitch of the ensuing scream. Even at 38 I still feel a sense of anxiety if either of my sisters are in the house and I don't know exactly where they are at any given time.

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24th June 2013
toucanBox

One thing I'm not short of is craft ideas. Take a look at my browser history and ... whoa, what are you doing? I didn't mean literally, pass me my laptop back! What you'll find, amongst other things, is a plethora of craft activities I've bookmarked for a rainy day.

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11th May 2015
Post Election Blues

I've got post election blues. It's been four days since the election and I still feel numb. To liken it to mourning is maybe overstating it a little, but the five stages of dealing with grief still resonate.

Stage One - Denial

Denial came and went as quickly as Sunderland counts its votes. Exit polls had been wrong before.

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