Category Archives: children

Mr Dandy And The Milkshake #flashfiction

Millie waited for her father at the back of the class. ‘That’s all. 500 words by Tuesday, okay?’ Millie wondered why they all groaned. Were they hungry like her? As the class filed out, she eased forward to her father’s … Continue reading

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Dickhead tours – revisted #holidays

A while back I posted about my experiences as a holiday organiser and why it was not a complete success. As we enter the summer holiday season I thought I might return to the subject for those of you who … Continue reading

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Listing hopelessly… Ten things they fail to tell you when you are about to become a parent

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about parenting and that is that the advice you receive is guaranteed to be wrong for you. But you will still receive it by the bucket loads. All well meant and thoughtfully given – … Continue reading

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When I was nine…

… I loved the rain, real pouring, can’t see your feet from the splashing rain. I would walk up the gutters letting my shoes fill with water until the socks slip-slid inside and imagined floating on the surface of the … Continue reading

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So you want a dog, do you?

I’ve written recently about interviewing and being interviewed, in connection with a job but the most tortuous interview process I’ve been through involved our first toe-dipping into the world of dog re-homing. The Le Pard home, circa 2002 comprised four … Continue reading

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Neutered by technology

I have been in the south of France for a few days. Skiing. Poor me, eh? This was a long arranged  dad’s and daughters trip (the inappropriately named ‘Double Dees’, using a friend’s house just outside Bourg St Martin. We skied … Continue reading

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Airports and Quilts

  Airports bother me. They’re too large and too redolent of Big Brother wrapped up as a shopping experience. To start with, as a Brit, I detest seeing anyone wandering around openly totting a submachine gun. I get that I’m … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about sex…

That’s got you reading, hasn’t it and before you spend time awaiting titillation it’s not an R or 18 rated post. Kristen Ploetz blogs at Little Lodestar and recently discussed her latest parenting dilemma. How much and when do you … Continue reading

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My Debt of Gratitude to a Bear called Paddington

This is my 150th post and it deserves something special, I think. What is fitting for such a momentous little moment? Well, perhaps soemthing that, without which I wouldn’t be writing this post (or mangling my grammar). If I look … Continue reading

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In Memoriam – Sam Harper 1989 to 2013

In April 2013 a delightful young man, Sam Harper took part in the Brighton marathon. It was his first and destined to be his last. It was a warm day and through a combination of uniquely awful factors Sam died. … Continue reading

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