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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22nd March 2012
Car Wash

"Can we go through the car wash?" Sonny asked expectantly.

"Yes, can we?" added Janet.

"Why not!" I replied (it was mothers day after all!?!)

And so began another experience to leave Sonny scarred for the remainder of his life.

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8th December 2015
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

… and it's difficult not to be swept up by it all.

To be honest, I think the kids may have already peaked. Wake up any earlier and they'll be eating their breakfast yesterday.

I blame the advent calendar. Who doesn't want to wake up at 5am for a suspiciously greying chocolate from a traditionally festive Marvel Avengers calendar?

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1st February 2012
Science Lessons

Monday saw the return of our science lessons, or if I'm honest, an excuse to visit the Science & Industry Museum.

Sonny's tantrums have slowly gone from traumatic, through being funny, and are now at the stage of just being damn annoying.

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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 August 2016
Altomincio Family Park with Canvas Holidays

altomincio-poolOur trip with Canvas Holidays to Altomincio Family Park near Lake Garda was to be a holiday of firsts. First time on a plane; first time abroad; our first proper holiday as a family.

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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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18th September 2013
Mini Micro Scooters

Mini Micro scootersI don't remember having a scooter as a child.

We had what could loosely be described as roller-skates although they were little more than rusty bear traps on wheels. Health and safety consisted of a loose strap across the foot and a parents neglectful shrug.

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7th July 2015
Yoshi's Woolly World

Yoshi_Woolly_World_CoverIf you were to judge a game by the amount of housework I get done over the subsequent days, then Yoshi's Woolly World scores very highly. Just ask Janet, if you can see her through the dust storm that's engulfed our front room.

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31st January 2016
Modern Art Post Kids

There was a time I quite liked modern art. I actively sought it out.

Many a weekend was wasted interpreting the uninterpretable, hours spent looking for meaning in the meaningless.

With the Guardian's 'what's on' guide as my bible, I considered myself cultured. A patron of the most pretentious 'art spaces' Manchester had to offer.

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