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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29th March 2012
Whats yours is mine

kids compromising I don't want to make a sweeping, racially stereotypical generalisation (...but as always, I will); Sonny has most definitely inherited his negotiating skills from the Yang dynasty.

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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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5th December 2014
Christmas Traditions

Santas KeyYou'll have to excuse my grinchiness(?) for this one blog post but I need to get my Christmas gripes out of the way before any festive spirit can prevail.

I'm a big fan of Yuletide traditions, I have a few of my own.

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23rd February 2012
Wythenshawe Park

wythemshawe park playgroundEveryone has their favourite teddy (unless you're Janet with a heart of stone!?!)  Mine is still going strong in Sonny's cot, albeit if it were human it would definitely qualify for a blue badge.

Sonny has numerous favourites, teddy one, teddy two, elephant, chicken, rabbit one, two, three ...

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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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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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4th September 2015
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

sam-and-dave-dig-a-hole-coverWe've reached a difficult stage with our bedtime reading. Sonny wants a lengthier story, Luca still wants a picture book, and if I'm honest, I just want to be done before Great British Bake Off starts.

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14th December 2014
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

captain toad treasure tracker coverDespite the Toad Brigade being a mainstay of the Super Mario series they rarely get a lead role, more likely to be seen loitering like lost tourists or offering words of wisdom like wizen weary travellers.

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13th December 2014
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Review

sonic boom rise of lyric coverAs a gamer of a certain age the early nineties were a golden era. Legendary characters born, classic titles released, and more pertinently less buttons to press!

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