Argh! It’s World Book Day!

A stack of books to symbolise the number of tasks parents have to carry out for World Book Day.

Happy World Book Day. Or commiserations on World Book Day, depending on where you stand. I’m somewhere in the middle. I love books and it’s only right that the importance of literacy is both celebrated and promoted. It’s a nice distraction from all the awful things happening right now too. But, bloody hell, it’s hard …

My best posts of 2021

This time last year, I began my annual roundup post with a comment about how awful 2020 was. Well, 2021 clearly asked its predecessor to hold its beer, didn’t it? Another fundamentally crap year, all said. But it’s always important to look back at the highlights so here’s my yearly review of the blog posts …

My Secret Santa hell

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!

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 …