Cycling with Kids: A Parenting Masterclass.


Cycling is pretty much the most virtuous thing you can teach kids to do, I reckon, short of treating leprosy. It’s environmentally friendly, inexpensive, good exercise, and it’s fun. So a couple of months back, I made the decision that I’d buy myself a bike, so that Flea and I could go riding together. My […]

Valentines Day: Sharing the (blog) Love.


Happy Valentine’s Day! So, here’s the thing:  I’m not a big believer in Valentine’s Day. Over the years, frankly, I’ve had some shocking Valentine’s dates. I count my blessings that only two ended up in hospitalisation. But that’s a story for another time. Preferably after several stiff drinks. Anyway, this year, we’re stopping home. It’s safer […]

Back to Earth with a Bump


It’s the little things, that let you know you’re not on holiday, isn’t it? You were enjoying late nights and lazy mornings… and now you’re lying on the sofa, being told it’s “okay if you’re too jet-lagged to take me to school tomorrow” You were getting gently sun-burned in 37 degree weather… and now you’re scraping […]

What Boyhood reminded me about Parenting


This weekend, we re-watched one of my favourite movies of the past year, Boyhood. In case you haven’t heard of it, Boyhood is a coming-of-age story with a difference – filmed over 12 years, it follows the same cast through the boyhood of the film’s central character, Mason. We follow Mason from being a six-year-old […]

Worst day ever?


Long-time readers will know that I have, let’s call them, “issues” with teeth. While some people have anxiety dreams about being naked and missing exams, I wake up in a cold sweat after dreaming all my teeth have fallen out. This, combined with a less than ideal dental experience in my early 20s (I had […]

Sartorial Panic Attack.


So rather wonderfully, someone has nominated me for the Debrett’s 500 – a list of the UK’s 500 most influential and inspiring people across a range of industries. Thanks, Mum. As with all these things, it’s nice to be nominated, and although the final list won’t be published for a few weeks yet, I’ve been […]

Well, this sucks.


It’s a little after 10am, and I’m sitting at my desk, sipping coffee and trying to pry toast crumbs from between the keys on my keyboard. I am not eating a mince pie, lounging on the sofa watching an 80s movie, or heading out for an adventure. And I’m not with Flea. Here’s the thing: […]

2014: Little Moments


For me, life is all about little moments. I’m not one of those people who thinks happiness is a destination – it’s a moment, a day, a feeling. One of my favourite things about blogging is the ability to capture those moments and turn back to them during times when life isn’t quite so much fun. […]

20 Movies from the 80s Your Kids will Love


You have a few important jobs as a parent. There’s feeding, clothing and protecting your child from physical harm, of course. And (very) close behind these things is ensuring you don’t allow your children to think that Beverly Hills Chihuahua represents what good cinema is all about. Over the past couple of months, Flea and […]

The Mean Reds and other Imagined Problems


Maybe it’s the changing seasons. The lack of light; short days, which start and end in darkness. Maybe it’s the fact we’ve not had a working bath or shower for four weeks, now. Maybe it’s because I can’t remember having had a proper, actual night out in months. Maybe it’s because I’m bickering with one […]