I used to enjoy a children’s tv programme based around The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I have never read the book but I did see a great performance based on the book once. I think we all have the ability to become a little ‘monster like’...perhaps not to the extent of … Continue reading Being ‘hangry’.
I once won a poetry award at secondary school. As somebody who liked to ‘fade into the background’ I found this award slightly uncomfortable. It was a big year for me as I also won the English award. The award was presented at the De La Warr Pavillion in front of a full audience of … Continue reading Being a boy
Joe reminded me today of how we got rid of our Christmas tree. For me this was a seemingly insignificant affair but for Joe it must have made quite an impression. On reflection I can understand why that might be the case. My wife and I got a real tree from a local Christmas tree … Continue reading Fly- tipping a Christmas tree
This week Oliver has been really enjoying nursery rhymes. Driving in the car had become rather stressful, however with nursery rhymes playing he mellows. Today Joe, Oliver and I engaged in something supremely middle class. We went to the Paula Rego exhibition at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. It was a great collection that included … Continue reading A trip to the art gallery.
I enjoy gardening. I am a long way from Monty Don but I have fun. This weekend Joe joined me for a stint in the garden. The job was simple; cut the roses down and plant some bulbs. What could have taken me half an hour took close to two hours. Foolishly I thought giving … Continue reading ‘Tip man’.
Three weeks ago my grandad died. I received a phone call from my father to inform me that grandad was unfortunately no longer with us. I would never have expected to receive this news as I sat on a steam engine with Joe ready for an action packed day. Joe loves steam engines; I loved … Continue reading My grandad.
For the first time ever I went on holiday and did not get sunburnt. This was quite an achievement for me as I arrived in the Mediterranean sun looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost and left looking rather like him too... Factor fifty can act as a shield if you apply it with enough regularity. … Continue reading “James, was I a good boy under water?!”
Joe does a very good impression of a robot. To tell the truth his impression is not brilliant but the amusement it causes is. "I am a robot" Joe puts on a special robot voice and adopts a robotic walk to really emphasise the act. Recently I read an article that said that robots will … Continue reading “I am a robot”
Joe loves gardening. More specifically Joe loves holding the lead for the lawnmower, cutting the grass with scissors and watering plants with a water sprayer. Joe is far from Alan Titchmarsh but he gives things a go. Although I am not too keen on being sprayed as I read in the sun. I like to … Continue reading Spinning toys, water sprayers and castles.
I find articulating the notion of anxiety very difficult. The Oxford dictionary outlines it as follows ... 'Feeling or showing worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.' It is interesting when looking at the first part of the definition 'feeling OR showing...' This rather succinctly suggests that anxiety can be expressed (through … Continue reading Anxiety