I’m Sorry Son

I’ve seen other posts like this but today I felt it was time to write my own. Dearest 8 year old, Son No 3… While your brothers may be older than you, they have at least had a long period of their lives where they were innocent. When they obsessed over Monsters Inc and were…

My Shinklves Hurt

I recently downloaded a new fitness app on my phone: Nike+ Run Club. I have to say it’s actually pretty good and one of the few apps I have found that gives you a coaching plan to follow for free. It does have the odd thing that’s annoying but for the price (yes free!!) it’s…

2 Down 1 To Go

So, today was emotional. It may sound silly but it was my middle son’s year 6 leavers assembly this morning, his final day at Primary school. There were bound to be tears from kids and parents alike, but having missed my eldest son’s, I didn’t quite grasp how emotionally charged it really would be. The…

Memories of loss

I woke up this morning feeling fairly ok, but then I read something which made me into captain grumpy. I should explain that the content was not what upset me or made me grumpy. No, in fact it triggered a memory that I didn’t even realise I was recalling. A memory I didn’t consciously think…

Goodbye Prince

I sit here in shock and disbelief. Few artists had such an effect on my late teens and early 20s as Prince did. Now he has passed aged just 57. 2016 in general seems to have been a fucker of a year in terms of losing legends but for me Prince was THE legend. I…

Only For Geniuses

Okay so tonight it’s another soap box one, I may start tagging them actually… good call me! So Soap box out, up on top and away we go… Is it just me, or are there an inordinate number of “Only For Geniuses” posts floating about on Farcebook at the moment?

Happy 60th

Today was my Mother-in-laws 60th Birthday. Although we celebrated it in our own way, she never got to see it. You know the old saying: “Only the good die young”. I’m starting to think there’s something in that.

There is Nothing Like a Dame

My wife recently finished directing a pantomime for a local theatre group, Trimley Saints Players, called “May the Farce be With You!”. It was an unusual mix of Jack and the Beanstalk and Star Wars… yes I know, but trust me it worked really well. The show was a great success and was very funny…

Suicide

Last night I caught a documentary on BBC3 about Suicide. It was a very personal documentary hosted (is that the right word?) by UK rapper Professor Green who lost his own father to Suicide. Not only was it very eye opening it was also very sensitively handled and in some ways inspiring. Suicide is the…

It’s Not Easy Seeing Green

What the hell is going on? I’ve hunted high and low… but can I find one? No, no I cant! They are harder to find than Wally (Waldo if you’re from the US) in a red & white striped jumper factory. Thinner on the ground than acting awards for black people (topical humour, I thank…

I Remember When This Was All Just Fields!

I was reminded the other day that I am now in the unenviable position of working with people who are less than half my age. This is a sobering thought as until recently I had been under the impression I was still young and sprightly, despite the repeated abuse from my children about how old…

Play That Funky Music White Boy

It was recently our middle son’s 10th Birthday and following on from the Piano theme of my last post, we decided to also get him a musical instrument as we did his brother. He already had a kids guitar, which, to be frank, was shocking, and he said he would like a proper one and…