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Quizzical

November 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment · finance, hayley, school

The school hall, being prepared for an influx of parents. Last Friday evening came the culmination of weeks of work for Hayley and a good few hours of my own time. It was the quiz night at Oliver’s school. Hayley and two other Mum’s had spent weeks assembling, reviewing and rehearsing questions in readiness for […]

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Fair?

November 11th, 2010 · 2 Comments · education, finance, news, politics, poverty, work

On the radio this morning I heard a report of yesterday’s student protests in London against the increase in university tuition fees, protests which started peacefully but ended in violence. A listener to the program sent in a message to say that the students should take this new price hike as their first lesson in […]

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Your bad news, is my bad news

November 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment · finance, news, politics

So yesterday it transpired that President Obama’s democrats took (what a hard-to-forget Norwegian football commentator would have described as) one hell of a beating. And the victors first announcement? They are going to start cutting spending. That’s bad news for America. Look back at history people: no-one ever cut their way out of a recession. […]

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Tories announce withdrawal of child benefit for “higher earners”

October 4th, 2010 · 3 Comments · finance, politics

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/uk-politics-11464300 So if you are a couple and one of you earns over £44k you lose your child benefit. But if you both earn £43k you keep it. Genius. And they try to claim it is fair. Once again we have a government that prioritises pushing everyone out into the workplace even when they have […]

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Decision

October 4th, 2010 · 3 Comments · finance, lucy, oliver, politics, school, stockport

We have decided what to do about our school situation. Thanks to everyone who sent support and advice via the blog, Facebook or in person in helping us get through what was a very, very stressful week. Before I say what our decision is, let me explain something about the two schools involved in our […]

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Hold on tight to your dream

October 1st, 2010 · 6 Comments · education, Fatherhood Friday, finance, lucy, moving house, oliver, politics, school, stockport

I am picturing a little girl. She has blond hair and blue eyes. She is wearing a polo shirt with her school’s emblem on its breast. Holding a picture she has drawn for me, she shouts “Daddy” as she runs towards me from her classroom, the same classroom in which her brother spent the previous […]

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Backwater Blues

August 27th, 2010 · 18 Comments · biking, conversation, Fatherhood Friday, finance, lucy, oliver, work

Oliver kisses me goodbye through the glass panel of the front door (November 2006). If you read Daddy blogs you’ll have read a lot about SAHDs. And there’s no doubting they are at the forefront of changing attitudes to parenting roles. But have you heard of the GTWDs? That’s right, the Go To Work Dads. […]

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Topical Tuesday: MP’s expenses

March 30th, 2010 · 7 Comments · finance, news, politics

If you live in the UK you would have to have been under a well hidden rock for the past year to have avoided the extensive (or should that be expensive) coverage of the MP’s expenses scandal. But for oversees readers here is a summary. Members of the UK Parliament (MPs) in Westminster, London, have […]

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So long and thanks for all the rides

July 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment · "strolli rider", bike, finance

In an attempt to stem the gushing torrent of money that is flowing out of our coffers in the run up to the wedding, I have started a new policy of selling one thing a week on eBay. This set me to thinking that as I say goodbye to some of these items, I should […]

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If it aint broke…

March 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment · finance

If it aint broke, we probably don’t own it. Here’s a list of applicances that have recently decided to become non-functional. DVD Player/RecorderAfter several months where the drawer wouldn’t open when there was no disc in it (until you tapped it on its top), it finally decided that the drawer was best positioned half open, […]

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