31st October 2017
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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18th July 2012
Another new playgroup

We've found a great new playgroup that's within walking distance; although I'm not sure we'll be going back.

For once it was Sonny who took the family shame, and Luca and I who brought it upon him.

Everything was going well until a mother made the mistake of making conversation.

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8th September 2012
Talking to myself

"Are you OK Sunshine?"

"Not bad thanks, could do without College tonight, but can't cry off again."

The question was aimed at Luca.

The reply came from a young lady stood behind me in the supermarket queue.

Seriously, who answers a stranger stood with his back to them? In fact, who answers to Sunshine over the age of three?

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14th October 2016
The Penny Pincher

Strange things are afoot. Tales are emerging of a grim creature intent on frightening children and adults alike. So terrifying it would give a killer clown the willies.

Rumour has it he's the result of an experiment that went horribly wrong. An ambiguous mix of chemistry and alchemy. One part stay-at-home dad, many parts don't-make-me-get-a-job.

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17th August 2014
Azteca Hotel Review - Chessington

azteca hotelLast week we were invited to the launch of the new Azteca Hotel at Chessington World of Adventures.

The boys have never stayed in a hotel before, and with Luca having FINALLY broken through the 0.

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26th September 2017
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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5th September 2016
Not Another Back to School Post

Sorry, I lied, it absolutely is another back to school post. What can you do, I called it The Tales of Sonny and Luca. You make your bed, you lie in it.

Sonny started Juniors today, but he'll not forget his time in infants, not least because those memories are still etched across his tie in gravy.

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24th April 2017
How outraged are you, I mean really?

I'm outraged. Outraged I tell ya! Outraged by the amount of mock outrage there is on social media. It's nothing short of, well, outrageous.

What ever happened to being a little annoyed? A tad miffed? Moderately irked?

I might be wrong but I'm pretty sure this level of mock outrage is a modern phenomenon. It wasn't always such.

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18th December 2013
Super Mario 3D World

Due to hand-held technology the dexterity of our thumbs is evolving at a frightening rate.

In fifty years they'll apparently have superseded the forefinger as the preferred digit with which to point.

Well most people, I suspect my boys are going to persevere with their lazy nod.

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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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