Smoking when pregnant

Smoking when pregnant – is it ever ok?

I tweeted something earlier this year about smoking when pregnant. The tweet both garnered support and ruffled some tobacco-stained feathers. It was inflammatory and accusing, as you’d expect, but it kicked off a debate and that’s always a good thing. It opened my mind, to an extent, but I don’t think my opinion has changed on the matter. Continue reading “Smoking when pregnant – is it ever ok?”

How to use a DSLR, Using a DSLR, ISO, Aperture, Shutter speed

Photography tips – How to use a DSLR

I know so many people (on and offline) who have a DSLR, but don’t know how to use a DSLR. They use it as a point-and-shoot camera and it’s permanently on automatic mode. While they’re satisfied with the pictures they’re taking, they don’t get why the pictures aren’t amazing given the money they spent on the camera and lens setup.

If you want to irritate a photographer, compliment one of their photographs by saying “wow, you must have a really good camera!” – watch their face. It’ll be funny, but you won’t win a friend there, a good photo is so much more than the kit used to capture it. It’s not rocket science though, it’s easier than you think. Here are the basics of how to use a DSLR… Continue reading “Photography tips – How to use a DSLR”

How to be confident, how to not be shy, beating shyness

Secrets to Self Confidence – beating shyness

You might find this hard to believe, but I was a shy youngster. I know, right? This guy, no self confidence?! Well it’s true – there were times where I’d be sat in class almost having a panic attack at the thought of being asked a question in front of everyone. I craved to just be alone and feel shielded in my own company, away from the exposure. Continue reading “Secrets to Self Confidence – beating shyness”

Twitter impressions

10 tips for Twitter success

Twitter is a great platform to be on. It’s fast-moving and quirky, the variation on there is incredible and it connects you with a huge range of people. I’ve made some fantastic friends on there. Having said that, there are some things on twitter that will trigger me so much my scowl makes my face cave in on itself. Specifically, some actions on Twitter really piss me off. I’m no expert, but I think I understand it well enough, so here are 10 handy Twitter tips I’ve picked up in the 8 months I’ve been on there. Continue reading “10 tips for Twitter success”

third life crisis

1/3 life crisis – Turning 33 – now what?

I turned 33 in April 2017. On the face of it, it’s an unremarkable number. I can’t think of anything special about it, other than the fact it’s a palindrome (same forwards and backwards), and that it’s the only number I’ve ever guessed twice as the next number on a lottery draw. Why, then, does this year feel so different to the rest? Continue reading “1/3 life crisis – Turning 33 – now what?”

Pram Rage – it’s a thing

We’ve all heard of road rage – it comes as standard these days. Someone cuts you up – you give them the finger. Someone in a white BMW doesn’t indicate – you give them the finger. Some old dear going at 40mph on the motorway – you let that go, they’ll probably make it to their own wake at that rate. Since 2013 it’s all been about Pram Rage for me. Vein-popping, face-reddening Pram Rage. Continue reading “Pram Rage – it’s a thing”

Engie car diagnostics review

Engie Review – Diagnose Your Car’s Error Codes With Your Phone

Have you ever had the warning light come on in your car? You know – that ambiguous little LED. The one whose meaning could range from “I just feel like having a moan” to “CAR ABOUT TO BECOME A JIHAD JEEP, GET OUT!”. I’ve had it come on before and I’ve been too afraid to drive the half mile to the garage. Then there’s the charge for the garage connecting the diagnostics machine to the car. Irritating eh? Luckily there’s a solution now, and it’s more reasonable than you’d think… Continue reading “Engie Review – Diagnose Your Car’s Error Codes With Your Phone”

Tired of looking mediocre by The Honest Father

Dress code: Dad – I’m tired of looking mediocre

I’ve committed to some changes in the last few weeks that should stop me looking mediocre. Not New Year resolutions as such – I’m crap at them – but just changes that I need to make. I have an impressive track record of going through phases, but this is not one of those times. Unlike my previous efforts I’m hoping these changes last longer than one of Katie Price’s marriages…

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The Money Pit 2: Choosing a wedding venue

After four years of being engaged, it’s about time we started looking at actually getting married. We have seen friends get together, get engaged and get married all in the time that we’ve been engaged. If we left it much longer then one of us would die of old age, and the other would be left in a legal battle proving financial dependence… Continue reading “The Money Pit 2: Choosing a wedding venue”

Driving with a newborn – the journey home

Ok, so the pregnancy was officially over – the baby was born and was breathing actual air. We had a tangible product after nine months of manufacturing, but with no warranty or distance-selling regulations we had to take care of it. The first step was to get Evelyn home safely from the maternity ward and driving with a newborn did not come without its worries…

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