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Lullaby

November 9th, 2010 · 1 Comment · bedtime, lucy, music, oliver, video

Back in 2005 I wrote a lullaby. A mere 5 years (and probably 2500+ performances) later, I get round to recording it – very roughly – along with some introductory nattering. Apologies: I am speaking quietly because Lucy is asleep in the next room (and occasionally stirring). The annoying beeping is introduced onto the audio […]

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The up-side

November 8th, 2010 · 4 Comments · parenting, reflections

Although I started blogging on the premise that I was not only becoming a father but becoming a father at forty, I don’t tend to think of myself as an older Dad. I’m not really sure whether others see me as an older Dad either. I’m not even sure myself that I am an older […]

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One Percy Penguin! There’s only one Percy Penguin!

November 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments · boys, oliver, school, toys

When Oliver started school we soon heard about a new and important character: Percy the Penguin. Percy is a soft toy given to a boy or girl from his class each evening if they have been very good. Within days we were hearing about just how very much he wanted to be chosen to have […]

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Oh Nora!

November 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment · hair, health, illness

When I went to school a nurse would visit. She would check us all for nits. Or fleas if you prefer. I don’t recall anything of what was done afterwards were the little creatures to be found, all I recall is what we called the kind lady who visited us and inspected our scalps: “Nitty […]

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Bonfire Night

November 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Tonight in the UK is Bonfire Night, or Guy Fawkes Night if you want to be posh. It is a strange celebration, best thought of as a bizarre excuse for standing around a bonfire to keep warm and for setting off fireworks. (And while Wikipedia is full of interesting facts about this event, it has […]

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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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Wordless Wednesday – Love is… cuddling your big brother

November 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · lucy, oliver, photo, wordless wednesday

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Please read now!

November 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

I had plans for a fun post today to keep up NaBloPoMo, then I received an email, saying that Sakineh Ashtiani, is facing imminent execution. For those who don’t know this case, I will summarise by saying that she was found guilty of the murder of her husband, in an unfair/unsafe (take your pick) trial, […]

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On the night-shift

November 2nd, 2010 · 3 Comments · illness, sleep

I have an important meeting this afternoon, so last night I obviously went to bed early on fluffed up pillows and slept the sleep of the just. Not on your nelly. I stayed up too late browsing twitter, mostly laughing at @sassiepiehole and working out if Stephen Fry was absent or deleted, before finally turning […]

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Oh no, it’s offical – I am a blogging bore

November 1st, 2010 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

“Yeah, like we hadn’t noticed!”, I hear you cry. But that was just me being amateurishly boring about blogging. It’s not enough to post lazy news items with a few lines of opinion (as regular registered readers are subjected to). Nor is it sufficient to bore people with the trivialities of my children’s lives. (“Guilty […]

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