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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25th January 2012
Our day at the National Media Museum

It was Sonny's day to choose where we went and after some Derren Brown-esque mind tricks I steered him away from Africa and London Bridge before he settled on a museum, on his proviso that it was a new one.

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29th March 2012
Sunshine and Shame

We've had a lovely few days in the sunshine, which coincided perfectly with Luca finally shaking off his seemingly endless list of bugs and lurgy.

Sunday was their cousin Elizabeth's birthday party with a Pirate & Princesses theme.

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13th March 2016
Alternative Education

alternative-educationI've invested heavily in the boys education. By invested I don't mean financially, obviously. There's no way they're going to a fee paying prep school so long as I'm still watching my football on a not-so-flat-screen TV. It's more of an emotional investment.

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6th August 2013
Birthday Weekend

It was my birthday last week. 39. That's thirty-nine. NOT 40! How can I be so sure? Janet insisted I produce my passport as proof, that's how!

It's become a birthday tradition to go away for a couple of days. A tradition Janet's sister was obviously unaware of when she first agreed to look after the kids three years ago.

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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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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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1st May 2017
Yo-kai Watch 2 - Fleshy Souls & Bony Spirits

It seems like only yesterday that my dreams were haunted by the soundtrack to Yo-kai Watch. The auto-correct on my phone has never fully recovered from the boys incessant searching for the favourite foods of Cutta-nah-nah, Slacka-slash and the talking buttocks that is Cheeksqueek.

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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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4th August 2014
Turning Forty

I made it to forty! I know, I'm as surprised as you are.

Looking back it's been a tough few years. I lost my job, my house and for a year or two my marbles, but I've come out the other side blessed with meeting Janet.

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