Monthly Archives: September 2011

This week’s Reasons To Be Cheerful #R2BC

1. My two best friends are called Mark. I’ve known them both for more than 20 years, but I don’t get to see them nearly often enough. But Wednesday was … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Sous Vide Wagyu Sirloin and Thrice-Cooked Chips

  ‘I’m not really a fan of simple cooking. It’s too quick and easy, allowing far too much time to devote to other chores like ironing and cleaning. I’d rather … Continue reading

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#Gallery: Home is at the end of the rainbow

  • What does your home mean to you? That’s the theme of Tara Cain’s Sticky Fingers Gallery this week. Head over and share your photos.

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Recipe Shed alert: Thursday’s theme will be: 5 INGREDIENTS OR LESS

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Listography: 5 Celebrities Called Keith I’d Like To Have A Beer With

Bit disappointed not to be on katetakes5’s list on her world famous Listography this week, 5 Celebrities I’d Like to Have a Beer with, given my previously described associations with … Continue reading

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#SilentSunday

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Restaurant Review: The ultimate meat and cheese experience: Bistro Du Vin, Soho, London

On the rare occasions I am allowed out of the house for good behaviour and relieved of my ironing and child-nagging duties, I like to do it in style. When … Continue reading

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5 Songs To Live Your Life By (*warning: contains heavy doses of nauseating schmaltz)

I’m very flattered to be tagged by Karen from CrunchieMummy for this music meme, 5 Songs To Live Your Life By. Unfortunately, I rarely play music: I’m a tedious listen-to-the-news … Continue reading

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Blogger Insights: Fellow Housedad Gooner Jamie

For an Arsenal fan (I think he is; might be wrong ;), Jamie Harding ain’t half bad. His blog, The Life and Times of a Househusband is funny and sharp, … Continue reading

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Listography: 5 Things That Make Our Flat a Home

Mother Porridge has been burdened gifted with KateTakes5’s Listography this week. She’s chosen a great theme: What Makes Your House a Home? We don’t have a house – more like … Continue reading

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Make a Difference in 30 Seconds: No Child Born To Die – Health Workers Campaign

Read the above story and ask yourself: how far away do I live from a hospital, a GP’s surgery, expert health care? In my case, it’s about ten minutes. I … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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This week’s…5 Reasons To Be Cheerful #R2BC

This is my first time linking to Mummy From the Heart’s Reasons To Be Cheeful (#R2BC) and I really need it because I’ve had a frustrating week – it would … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Stuffed Peppers, Cous Cous, Mushrooms and Feta

I  was concerned about falling foul of my own theme this week with this recipe, but then I checked on the Vegetarian Society website where it defines a vegetarian as: … Continue reading

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The Gallery: A happy memory

What a task this week’s Gallery is from the delightful Tara Cain. Choose A Happy Memory. Just one. I’m sure all us parents immediately flick to images of our children … Continue reading

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Listography – Games I used to play

KateTakes5’s Listography theme this week is a trip down memory lane, reminiscing on the games we used to play when we were children. I’m struggling to remember that far back … Continue reading

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My birthday boy and a Naff Dad joke that backfired

Our middle son turned seven yesterday. But before I tell you about his birthday, let me tell you about a door. Yes, a door. On the outside wall of our … Continue reading

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My Missus Monday: Does your Tweenage girl have body image issues? And if so, who’s to blame?

A post from my wife’s archives when she was a columnist on Take a Break, Britain’s biggest-selling women’s weekly magazine. This week’s theme: At eight years old, my little girl … Continue reading

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9/11…and why I will always remember a small-part Coronation Street actress

Naomi Russell was her name. She had a small role in Coronation Street, playing factory girl Bobbi Lewis, and who knows what she is doing now. But I will never … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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How did your kids cope with starting school for the first time? Perhaps my story is typical…

So here we are yesterday, man and boy, father and son, enjoying each other’s company for the last time in two months. My youngest boy has hardly been away from … Continue reading

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After-Bathtime Tip: Don’t throw away that holey towel…turn it into a fetching housecoat

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Recipe Shed: Lemon & Garlic Chicken with Chorizo Sausage

Well, here we are on week 4 of the Recipe Shed. It’s had a great response and I hope more of you will join in, either by sharing or cooking … Continue reading

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The Gallery: Shoes

Tara Cain’s Gallery challenge this week is SHOES.  Now, I thought I would give the Gallery a miss this week because I only own two pairs of shoes – one … Continue reading

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Listography: 5 Things I Did This Summer

I thought the summer holidays had been a bit of a non-event until KateTakes5 suggested we all reflect on what we’d done over the past six weeks for the Listography … Continue reading

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Blogger Insights: Ben Wakeling – nostalgic for pert breasts!

Dad, blogger, author, quantity surveyor..and waver goodbyer to pert breasts. Is there no end to the talents of BEN WAKELING, this month’s main man in the Blogger Insights’ spotlight? Let’s … Continue reading

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My Missus Monday: All 3 kids are at school and I can’t wait to get ‘Me’ back!

With the kids going back to school this week (Hurray!!), I thought this rather poignant article my wife wrote about our youngest son starting nursery last year was worth an … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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Back To School Special: My boys’ last day of summer holiday freedom…and some freshly-picked blackberries for the Recipe Shed

It’s quite sad, isn’t it (for them, not us!) After six weeks of stress-free summer holidays, our children return to school. My middle son starts on Monday; my stepdaugther Wednesday; … Continue reading

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A crafty solution for bored kids that costs nothing!

Yesterday, I asked for inspiration for something to do with my kids. ‘Something crafty!’ came the reply. Believe me, my kids don’t need even more lessons in being crafty. But … Continue reading

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