My Secret Santa hell

A man looking grumpy in a Christmas hat, thanks to Secret Santa.

My latest job is entirely remote and, while there are downsides such as missing out on getting to know my colleagues properly, these are generally outweighed. One such positive is the fact I don’t have to do a Secret Santa this year. Or so I thought. You see, fresh from capitulating on when the tree …

500 not out for The Phoenix comic!

Several copies of The Phoenix comic with issue 500 taking centre stage.

Disclosure: We received a renewed annual subscription to The Phoenix comic. My three children love The Phoenix. Ever since we were introduced to it last year, they’ve really looked forward to it landing on our doormat every week. There’s something fantastic about getting mail addressed to you when you’re a kid. So much so that …

Limping over the finish line

A running track with the number 2021 in one lane.

Another school year is almost over and there’s definitely a strong sense of limping over the finish line. Last week, my three kids had their respective transition sessions with their teachers for next year, followed by their sports days this week. Ordinarily, this is a time of excitement but, this time around, things have been …