Physics and superheroes

Physics and superheroes do not mix

Sometimes my train of thought gets so carried away that it's amazing the measly mind powering it manages to cope. This happens a lot when I watch superhero films. I love them, but I find myself somewhere between "Wow cool" and "...but hang on - that can't happen". Physics and superpowers don't generally go well together. (more…)

Why Playing the Lottery Is a Man’s Thing

(This is a sponsored post, written by a company that requested to use my platform for exposure).
These days, one must take care not to discriminate by gender. Men and women were created equal after all and it would not be politically correct to suggest otherwise. Therefore it may come as a surprise that when it comes to online gaming, there is a distinct difference in behaviour between the sexes. And it may be even more surprising to learn that men play the lottery more than women! (more…)

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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... (more…)

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. (more…)

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Photography tips – How to use a DSLR

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... (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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? (more…)