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Restaurant mistake rendered our four year old child drunk

Seeing our daughter intoxicated was something Kate and I thought we had over a decade to prepare ourselves for. Apparently not – a mistake from a local restaurant meant that we witnessed our four year old child drunk. As if that wasn’t weird and disturbing enough, she had the inevitable hangover the next day. I appreciate this might sound funny to some but think about it – she’s four years old, and she was drunk. It’s wrong… Continue reading “Restaurant mistake rendered our four year old child drunk”

Advice from the future

Advice from the future – a society 10 years from now

The year is 2028. This is a letter from yourself, 10 years on. Some advice from the future, if you like. Use it as a guide, because the next 10 years are going to be a roller coaster. I suppose the phrase you’d use in 2018 is “tread on egg shells”, but since global veganism was declared mandatory in 2021, the phrase has been banned.

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Terrorism, refugees

Terrorism – my thoughts and despairs

Listen, I don’t claim to be an expert on global affairs. I’m not politically minded, despite how opinionated I seem at times. I’m not even claiming to have any suggestions on what can be done to right the wrongs with terrorism we see on an all-too-frequent basis. But I have something to say, and a platform to say it from… Continue reading “Terrorism – my thoughts and despairs”

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Much-needed men’s essentials from bodybranded.com

About a month ago I tweeted out a picture of my big toe obnoxiously sticking through the gaping hole in my sock. It was ridiculous – a greater man would have been ashamed but, you know, it’s me. After seeing the tweet, those awesome guys at bodybranded.com emailed me offering to send some much needed essentials out to me. Continue reading “Much-needed men’s essentials from bodybranded.com”

Problem with blogging

The problem with blogging…is bloggers

I started this blog just over a year ago. I had no idea what a blog was until I saw an advert pop up for a £7 course on “How to start a blog”. I was bored, curious, and had £8.45 left in my account – I was fully qualified to do this! 14 months later, and here’s what I’ve learnt. The problem with blogging is bloggers.

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Does religion have a place in the 21s century?

Religion – does it have a place in the 21st century?

Religion. It’s 2017 and we’re still telling our imaginary friend that we’re not worthy of him, that we’d die for him, that our children are born imperfect (sometimes to the point of mutilation at birth) and need his help. Seriously, what’s wrong with us?! It’s a long one this (there’s a vicar joke in there somewhere).

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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?”

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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”