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…)

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. (more…)

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... (more…)

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... (more…)

Total Fitness Gym Review

Review: Total Fitness

If you took one look at me you'd instantly conclude that I'm not someone who is likely to have a gym pre-programmed into their sat nav. I've been a dad for over three years now and the combination of a crappy diet and lack of sleep has lent itself to me sporting the stereotypical "dad-bod". Imagine, then, my surprise when Total Fitness asked me to review their gym... (more…)

Don't ask me what I got for Christmas

Why I dreaded starting the school term after Christmas

I was never bullied at school, but I was never one of the popular kids either, I was in that happy medium that required the least effort - I could just go by unnoticed if I wanted to. I was right where I wanted to be. No matter what position you held in the shitstorm of a school social-rank though, there was one question in January you could never avoid: "What did you get for Christmas?". (more…)

Hands covering womans face

5 undignified moments of parenthood

Pregnancy is the wrecking ball that obliterates both the internal structures of a woman and the foundations of both of our dignity. I started this blog with a view to being intolerably honest, and I feel I've not done this ethos justice if I skip this part. Here are the top five undignified moments of parenthood that we've endured. (more…)

Philips OneBlade Razor review

Review: Philips OneBlade QP2530

The Philips OneBlade (QP2530) is Philips's (Philips'?) answer to bridging the gap between an electric shaver and a beard trimmer. It's aimed at those of us who want to style their facial hair (hence the funky shape). Philips claims the OneBlade is able to shave, trim and edge all lengths of hair. For me, the best part about the Philips OneBlade is its gentle shave - especially given my issues with shaving. (more…)

One peg isolated from the group

Social life after becoming a parent

Friends are for life, not just prepartum

Friendships shift and change at different stages of life. We make childhood friends, then we start school and make new friends. Some friendships stick with us for years while others are discarded at the drop of a hat. Some friendships make it through the tough times and survive and they're the unchanging constant in the equation of a turbulent timeline. That is, at least, until you have a child... (more…)