Month: November 2015

My favourite festive ads

The lights are going up, the crowds are forming at shopping centres and Noddy Holder is eagerly anticipating his next load of royalties. Yes, Christmas is under a month away and the battle for what has become the coveted title of best Christmas ad is already being keenly contested. John Lewis has put a man on …

Welcome Amelie!

It gives me immense pleasure to welcome Amelie to the world! If her arrival is anything to go by, she’s going to have a flair for the dramatic. We were planning on a nice, chilled-out home birth but ended up in a densely populated operating theatre 40-odd minutes away. She knows how to make an entrance! Starting at …

In defence of International Men’s Day

Mars symbol.

I tend to avoid writing about divisive issues on here but I’m going to today because I was saddened to see International Men’s Day being treated with such ridicule and contempt on social media this morning. International Men’s Day should be regarded as an opportunity to discuss problems faced by men and boys. For instance, the biggest killer of males under …

Staying safe online

The internet is, without doubt, a modern wonder of the world and has transformed the way we communicate but, as it’s relatively new, we’re still discovering the true extent of some of its biggest dangers. The rise of cyber crime in recent times, for one, has been alarming. The prospect of having your personal information published online is incredibly …

Just call emu

As the birth of our third child draws ever nearer, we’ve been attending more regular appointments than in previous months. Last week we were at a one of these and, as we’re having a home birth, I was asking a few more questions than I usually do. One of which was about who I should phone when …