Monthly Archives: February 2012

I had to share this with you…the world’s most embarrassing family photos!

A mate emailed this lot. I have no idea what the original source is (and neither does he) but I’m going to hazard a guess that they’re all Americans  I’m … Continue reading

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I’m often asked: ‘Would you like another baby?’

They say women forget the pain of childbirth pretty darned quickly, otherwise no-one would be insane enough to go through it again. Except for masochists. Well there is an equivalent … Continue reading

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My son’s the new Gerald Scarfe. What do you reckon?

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5 Ideal Home Show tickets to be won: What would you like to change about your home?

Our home is far from ideal. Aside from the wet towels, the mountains of plastic junk that clutter our children’s rooms, the thick layer of dust that coats every surface … Continue reading

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A quick interrogation by a middle-aged matronly vicar’s wife!

I love this Interrogation Meme from  Middle-aged Matron, the only nicest vicar’s wife I know.  I had to dig my thinking cap out and put it on. And it fits. Let … Continue reading

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Dads: Are you a hugger or a shaker when it comes to your sons?

  This morning, as I dropped my sons off at school, my seven year-old reached his arms up, grabbed my waist and squeezed. A micro-second later, he was joined by … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Carrot, ginger and orange soup

We have all been as sick as dogs in our household this week because of the Winter Vomiting Bug. It started with the four year-old last Friday, moved to his … Continue reading

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My wife’s first day off work in months turned into two – laid to waste by the Winter Vomiting Bug

Last Friday, my wife took a rare day off to spend the last day of half-term with her family. What a mistake! She never takes time off, my missus. A … Continue reading

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What should I do with this massive bag of leeks?

My brother-in-law visited from Wales yesterday, clutching two huge bags of freshly picked leeks. Well, it makes a change from a box of chocs or a bottle of wine. He … Continue reading

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‘Dad, please don’t make me eat it. Please!’

‘No, Dad, honestly, I don’t want it.’   ‘Look, seriously, Dad. I just don’t want it.’ ‘It’s not good for me. Please, take it away.’   ‘No, Dad, I won’t … Continue reading

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I’ve got a drill and I (don’t) know how to use it *sinister laughter* A 21-point guide to being a Real Man!

Today we fell into the roles Darwin designed us for. Instead of stomping round the office in her power suits and barking orders to all and sundry (OK, OK, sitting … Continue reading

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Name that tune: What are my lads singing?

I caught my boys singing this while I was busy making their lunch today. Can you name that tune? And the movie it’s from? Scroll down for the answer…   … Continue reading

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Am I being verbally unreasonable over my son’s ‘non-verbal reasoning’?

I bought a couple of homework books to keep my kids on the straight-and-narrow during this long, painful February half-term week. One of them is called Non-Verbal Reasoning, which tests … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: An experiment in steak: Dry-aged vs Freshly cut

When I go to the butchers to buy beef, I always choose a joint that has been aged the longest – for 28 days, or longer, if possible. Meat shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Listography: 5 Best Mugs

The stuff in our cupboards says more about us than any words we can write. And a lot of that stuff has a story behind it. Take MUGS, for example, … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Chicken Pad Thai

This is a very simple midweek supper – and healthy too (I imagine!) Serves 2 Dried medium egg noodles 2 chicken breasts, sliced 2 tbsp Teriyaki sauce 1 tsp fish … Continue reading

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Is your home making you and your kids sick?

For the last couple of months, my family and I have all been afflicted with what appear to be symptoms of a severe cold. Sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath, itchy eyes. … Continue reading

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Now THAT’S what I call a cheese board #2

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#SaturdayCaption: Death by snowball

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Snowy Britain: The sights on the school run this morning

Do you have a SNOWY BRITAIN PHOTO to share? Then share it on the linky below. Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets — Auto-Linky widget will appear right here!This preview will disappear … Continue reading

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Gallery: A picture that tells a story – The Final Kiss

Mum died the next day. I’ve linked this photograph to Tara Cain’s Sticky Fingers’ Gallery. Share your picture that tells a story.

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Recipe Shed: Heston Blumenthal’s six-hour roast beef

This is the simplest recipe for roast beef you will ever try – and also the best. It comes, of course, courtesy of Heston Blumenthal. This is low-temperature cooking, which … Continue reading

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Interview: Secrets to becoming a successful author…by Amanda Egan aka Mummy Misfit

Amanda Egan has something I want – something that many of us bloggers want: published books. She’s the brilliantly successful author of Mummy Misfit and The Darker Side of Mummy … Continue reading

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Is my son doomed to a lifetime of failure because he can’t speak properly, aged four?

Children with poor speech at the age of two are doomed to a lifetime of failure, according to a Government adviser. When I saw this pearl of wisdom in newspaper … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed Review: Testicle Pie (aka Charlie Bigham’s Valentine’s Cock & Bull Pie)

The foodie friends I used to work with at the cookery magazine Eat In have never forgotten me. Every now and then, they toss me a few crumbs of comfort … Continue reading

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Listography: 5 phrases that grind my gears

Irish curmudgeon KateTakes5 is having a rant over at her Listography this week. Phrases that drive her crazy. These are mine. 1. Innit Two youths talking. First youth: ‘I was … Continue reading

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A fickle child and a pack of White Lies

My seven year-old son was invited to a party on Saturday, start time: 2pm Friday 6pm: Me: So, are you excited about the party tomorrow? Him: No. I don’t want … Continue reading

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Snow! It’s what childhood memories are made of…

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Recipe Shed Review: How to make…Hare’s Moor Onion Bhajis

Sometimes, though very rarely, life can feel a bit too short, a little too rushed, to have have the time to blend spices. Sometimes, though very rarely, it’s nice when … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Heston Blumenthal’s Braised Chicken

This is a deep, rich, luscious beast of a dish. A classic winter warmer. The chicken falls of the bone and the sauce is so unctuous you could spread it … Continue reading

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