Monthly Archives: November 2011

The day the Green Giant high-fived Manchester’s Trafford Centre

He’s big, he’s green, he’s jolly, and he gave kids a giant thrill when they saw him at the Manchester’s Trafford Centre last month. The Jolly Green Giant and Olympian … Continue reading

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A confession: I’m jealous of my wife’s success

  The other day I was ironing my wife’s dress when I received a text message from her. ‘Home late. Still at lunch,’ it read. It was 5pm and lunch … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed Special: How to cook (and eat) Chinese chicken feet and cow peas

As culinary challenges go, this one was plucking outrageous. But it certainly gave me claws for thought. OK, I’ll stop now. I’ve been sent some chicken feet and cow peas … Continue reading

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Review: Hawksmoor Steak House. A better steak than wagyu?

My colon feels like it’s blocked by a bowling ball, but for all the discomfort, I can honestly say: It was worth it. For this month’s Dads’ Supper Club, a … Continue reading

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This week’s…Reason To Be Cheerful #R2BC

1.Just one ginormous reason to be cheerful this week, and it’s this…the making, steaming and wrapping 56 Christmas puds for my sons’ school fair. 2. Oh, and another…the wonderful sleep … Continue reading

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#RecipeShed: Slow Cooker…Pork Vindaloo

On a cold winter’s night, what we all need is a bit of fire. And there is nothing more fiery than a vindaloo. Actually, even though this dish delivers on … Continue reading

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A brilliant idea to make money from blogging…*

Money has become something of an obsession of mine just lately, and it’s nothing to do with the fact that the very average Chief Executive takes home £3 million-plus a … Continue reading

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#SilentSunday

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Listography: Top 5 Gadgets

For this week’s Listography, KateTakes5 is asking us for our favourite gadgets, define as… 1. a small mechanical device or appliance 2. any object that is interesting for its ingenuity or novelty … Continue reading

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Saturday Is Caption Day…

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This week’s Reasons To Be Cheerful #R2BC

1.My stepdaughter’s return from Australia. She’d been out there for three weeks, attending a family wedding with her dad. She had a great time but it’s great to have her … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Roasts…Six Hour Aromatic Shoulder of Pork

Don’t want to miss out on future Recipe Sheds? Then sign up for my email alerts Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurner I could have posted half a dozen … Continue reading

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I never used to cry, but I now burst into tears at the drop of a hat!

I’ve been crying a lot lately. I noticed this when I filled up watching the cynically manipulative John Lewis Christmas ad for the first time. I appreciate this confession will … Continue reading

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A letter from a runaway son to his anxious dad….

* Courtesy of my mate Mark… A father passing by his son’s bedroom, was astonished to see the bed was nicely made, and everything was picked up. Then, he saw … Continue reading

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Through the Keyhole: Where I do my business…

I’ve been tagged by TheBoyandMe for this Through The Keyhole-type meme asking us bloggers to reveal where we do what we do. Here’s mine, a tucked away corner of our … Continue reading

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Should kids be allowed in pubs?

While I was visiting my dad in Manchester, I had a difference of opinion with the manageress of a Wetherspoons pub in Ashton-under-Lyne. We’d just finished shopping and had stopped … Continue reading

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Listography: Randoms

KateTakes5’s Listography this week is Top 5 Randoms. She has focused on Random Things She LIkes. Mine are even more random than that – stuff that’s just popped into my … Continue reading

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#SilentSunday

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This week’s…Reasons To Be Cheerful #R2BC

1. I know, it’s a strange reason to be cheerful, remembering the dead, but let me explain. This week I bought poppies for my sons. Their faces beamed with pride … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Flavours of the Sea: Scallops and White Pudding with Leeks, New Potatoes and Bacon Butter

Let’s start with a confession: I am allergic to fish. It makes my lips blister and throat swell. It’s so bad that I can’t even kiss my missus or I … Continue reading

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Review: Royal Crescent Hotel (aka a dirty weekend in Bath!)

And so we finally did it. I dug the tunnel, the missus rode the motorbike over the barbed wire fence, and we did it. We escaped. Escaped to victory aka … Continue reading

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Look what happened when we left our kids with the neighbours for the weekend…

[smooth=id:2;] Just lately, I’ve felt too much of a ‘Dad’ and not enough of a ‘Husband’. My wife works long stressful hours while I run the home as a housedad, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Arthur Christmas

Normally, Sunday mornings are for having a lie-in and shouting at the kids not to come anywhere near our bedroom, but I was recently made an offer that even trumped … Continue reading

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This week’s…Reasons To Be Cheerful #R2BC

1. My sons going back to school after half-term. It was a fun week, lads, but you’re old dad’s not getting any younger! 2. Fantastic Skype conversation with my stepdaughter, … Continue reading

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#Gallery: T is for Take Off

    For more terrific photos beginning with T head over to Tara Cain’s Sticky Fingers’ Gallery.

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The foodie Mecca that is the World Famous Bury Market

It is one of the North’s best kept secrets, a foodie paradise that is completely under the radar of the rest of the country: Bury Market – or, the World … Continue reading

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Family heritage is important, but should you ever return to your roots?

My seven year-old son has just entered a new phase of self-awareness which has rather taken me aback. Suddenly, from nowhere, he wants to know not just who he is, … Continue reading

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