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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14th November 2014
Feminist dad

When I first became a stay-at-home dad I always intended to write a retrospective post about my experiences. Of how I entered a traditionally mothers environment as the 'minority dad' and came out the other side.

In my head I already knew what I was going to write. How facilities aren't geared towards dads.

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28th July 2015
Quest to the Bottom of the Basket

washing basketOn a recent quest to the bottom of the washing basket, I made a remarkable discovery.

Not only could I carbon date my housework from within the mountain of clothes, but also my life.

I don't think I'm giving anything away by saying both peaked around 2009.

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19th August 2013
Table Manners

Whilst on holiday in Edinburgh we met up with an old friend of Janet's for lunch.

table manners childrenOn being seated Sonny immediately picked up a knife and held it aloft.

"En garde!

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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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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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3rd July 2012
Summer Holiday

For two weeks prior to going away we'd been using CBeebies as our blueprint for our summer holiday, little did we know how much had been filmed in Scarborough ... and so began our CBeebies Summer Song pilgrimage!

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19th November 2014
Post 40 Denial

I have my 40+ health check this week.

It's not helping with my post 40 denial but it'll be fine because I'm sat here drinking herbal tea, and everyone knows that replacing coffee with Chinese green tea for a couple of days can reverse twenty five years of abusing your body.

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3rd August 2014
40th Birthday Picnic

I've been in a stubborn state of denial about turning forty. I only acknowledged the date in order to insist on no boozy nights out, no "Look who's 40!" scrawled on a bed sheet and left to litter a local roundabout, and definitely no surprise party!

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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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