Monthly Archives: October 2011

‘Watchoo looking at, Pumpkin head?’

Just got back from Trick or Treating with my boys and their classmates and it was brilliant fun: running with a pack of screaming wild animals, terrorising the neighbours. No … Continue reading

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Should we get a puppy for Christmas?

Every boy should have a dog. Growing up, I had a dog called Sam. I even named my youngest son after him. It’s a rite of passage, teaches your children … Continue reading

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#Silent Scream Sunday

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At last, a way to get rich quick. This time next year I’ll be a millionaire…

Ever since I was made redundant in June last year, I have dreamed of a day like today. But could things come to he who waits and, at last, the … Continue reading

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#Gallery: Faces

Tara Cain’s Sticky Fingers Gallery theme this week is FACES.  These are the three whose blood runs through my veins, separated, yet connected by 70 years.. I created two; the … Continue reading

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Meet the Jolly Green Giant at Manchester’s Trafford Centre on October 29-30. Plus your chance to win an Abel & Cole veggie hamper

I’m writing this as I sit with my dad in Manchester while he flicks through a dozen channels looking for something to watch. In a valliant attempt to distract him … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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Win an organic veggie box – share your tips on how to get kids to eat 5-a-day

At the risk of sounding smug, I’ve always been lucky when it comes to my kids’ eating habits. They get their 5-a-day and more because of a simple tactic I … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Aromatic Chicken Biryani

The theme of this week’s Recipe Shed is PASTA, PULSES AND RICE. I opted for rice because I’ve never been able to cook the damn thing very well and I … Continue reading

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Sweets that taste like dog food? ‘We’ll have ’em,’ said the kids!

Kids, eh? They’re pretty simple creatures, aren’t they? Some might even say stupid. Well, mine have their moments, anyway. As epitomised by this example… On Friday night, my wife came … Continue reading

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‘Turn the computer off, Son…I’m going to teach you to be the Rock God I never was!’

Gary, of HimUpNorth fame, wrote this excellent post last week about our children’s reliance on gadgets and gizmos that we couldn’t have even dreamed of when we were kids. When … Continue reading

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Playdates: Why do we bother?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, *this is the definition of Playdates: ‘Best avoided; source of ingratitude and frustration; creator of mess and stress.’ I tend not to have a … Continue reading

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Listography: Top 5 Keyword Searches For My Blog

There are some weirdos out there, and no mistake, and fortunately we don’t have to acknowledge that fact until faced with a Listography task like KateTakes5’s this week. So I’ve … Continue reading

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#SilentSunday

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This week’s Reasons To Be Cheerful #R2BC

1. This wonderful story cheered me up no end. A friend of mine and his girlfriend went with her brother and his pal to this restaurant to celebrate his girlfriend’s … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Herby Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts wrapped in Parma Ham

Sick of spag bol, sausage and mash, fish fingers and chips and any other of the fallback recipes the majority of we Brits call on every weeknight for dinner? This … Continue reading

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#Gallery: Inspirational People

The theme of Tara Cain’s  Gallery this week is INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE which has inspired some of the post moving posts you will ever read on her Sticky Fingers blog. Bloggers … Continue reading

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Alphabet Challenge: The A-Z of Me

I have been tagged in the latest meme going round, by the rather funny Jo of Frankie-Parker fame, the lovely SunnivaAnne who is TheKitchenMechanic. and the semi-beard wearing Ben from … Continue reading

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My Missus Monday: ‘How stressful are kids? Let’s put it to the test’

I’ve always thrived on stress – the right kind of stress, that is. Workplace stress. Meeting deadlines, dealing with difficult people, getting stuff done. But parental stress is a whole … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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This week’s Reasons To Be Cheerful #R2BC

1. Sneaking up on my two sons as they watched TV together and capturing this photograph. 2. Holding my youngest in my arms as he fell asleep on the two-hour … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Rustic Baked Lamb and Butternut Squash Parcels

Leftover slow-roast lamb is so versatile. You can use it to make curries, shepherd’s pie, crispy pitta pockets (watch out for that next week) but today I’m making pasties. Well, … Continue reading

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The Gallery: Blue

These photos were taken on Monday afternoon, after school. October 3. Unbelievable, isn’t it? • Do you have a COLOUR themed photo to share? head over to Tara Cain’s Sticky … Continue reading

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Listography: 5 Worst Jobs

I’ve only ever had one job up until being made redundant last year. I was a journalist, from the age of 19 until 46, so I thought I’d have to … Continue reading

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The day I forgot to pick my stepdaughter up from school (and how she made me pay for it!)

There are two women in my life and until yesterday, I was only terrified of one of them. The first is my loving wife, my beautiful and Successful Other Half, … Continue reading

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Housedad’s Homework Club

A couple of weeks ago, my seven year-old son started to complain that he hated school and didn’t want to go any more. I’m not a Helicopter Parent and have … Continue reading

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#SilentSunday

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