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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16th November 2016
Reflections on 2016

It may seem a little premature to be writing a review of 2016, but I'm not sure what my internet signal will be like if I need to bunker down with a four-year supply of tinned sardines and a wind-up torch. If Vodafone's coverage in my kitchen is anything to go by, it's not looking good.

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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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19th June 2018
Rules of the Pool

Everyone knows the rules of the pool.

No running, ducking, bombing or heavy petting.

The latter might seem laughable to any younger readers, but before Easyjet flew you to Magaluf for a sleazy weekend, swimming pools were a hotbed of inappropriateness. A heady mix of plastic palm trees, wave machines, speedo's and verruca socks.

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2nd March 2012
Quarry Bank Mill

We had a lovely day in the sun yesterday at Quarry Bank Mill.  We parked a nice walk away through the woods so we could follow the river (and the ducks) to the mill.

For once the day was shame-free for everyone.

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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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30th September 2012
Weekend in Tarn

tarn outdoor sports centre

tarnEvery few years we have a weekend away with our extended family of Bryce/Mackies. The Mackies head South of the border, and we drive North until we meet half-way; in a beautifully converted barn in the Lake District.

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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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9th July 2012
Parking Rage

Another day, another battle over a Parent and Toddler (P&T) parking space... I really need to direct my anger in a more productive way.

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4th November 2016
Middle-aged Spread

Do you remember when this blog used to be about the kids? Nope, me neither.

I should probably just change its name from The Tales of Sonny and Luca to The Miserable Mutterings of a Middle-aged Man and be done with it.

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