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Fatherhood: Review – Handmade Burger Co

May 27, 2017 at 3:10 pm

The lovely people at the Handmade Burger Co recently got in touch, asking if we wanted to give their new kids menu a try. It probably doesn’t take a genius to work out what I told them in response – not least of all because you’re about to read my review.

So, on a sunny Saturday lunch time after Freddie had finished football practise, we headed down to Reading’s Oracle Centre (home of our nearest branch) and tucked-in!

If you’re not lucky enough to have tried a Handmade burger already, I can highly recommend you rectify that at the first opportunity. We’ve been to our local one a few times now, and always enjoyed the experience. Today’s visit was no exception.

Fatherhood: Review – Lottoland

May 14, 2017 at 4:30 pm

iew offer was a bit of a new one to me – I was contacted with the offer of reviewing a new Lottery-based website, called LottoLand. I was also give £25 free credit to try out some of the games on offer – gambling with somebody else’s money is definitely a lot more pleasurable after all!!

So, with my credit added to my account, I gave Lottoland a spin (pun intended) to see what they offered.

Now Lottoland isn’t like the regular lotto-based sites (not that I’ve used any others, mind you) as you’re not betting in the “regular” draw – you’re betting on the results of the draw, but with a completely different (and, I assume, smaller) audience base. So if I decide to be on the regular UK National Lotter, LottoLand will use the numbers drawn in the official draw, and will match the top prize on offer, but you’re getting it from their own prize pool, rather than the lottery.

Well, at least that’s as far as I could figure out, anyway!

I already do the National Lottery each week, so I decided to put my money on a draw I don’t usually have access to – the Irish Lottery. I picked 5 random tickets the evening before the draw (because I’m very impatient like that!) and spent my remaining credit on some “instant” win online games, all lotto-based as well.

Now I didn’t win much in the instant win games – or at least I didn’t end up with much, as I took most of my winnings and put them straight back on again. But the Irish Lotto draw was a different matter, with my lines netting me a whopping jackpot of…

£5.93! Which sounds small, but it’s more than I win on the normal lottery most weeks!

Needless to say I instantly rang my boss, quit my job and am now making enquiries about tropical islands I can buy.

The whole process is very simple and easy to understand, and the site has a very mobile-friendly version as well. I’ve even added a bit more funds to my account so that I can try my hand at some of the other international lottery games, especially when they’ve got a big jackpot coming up.

If you’re into having a flutter once in a while, I’d definitely recommend Lottoland as a good place to try.

Snack and finger food ideas to see you through a summer of sport

May 8, 2017 at 8:20 pm

Summer is just around the corner, which means all kinds of sporting events will be on TV and providing great opportunities for a little armchair-referee time. Whether your kids are football crazy or rugby mad, summer sports are great for family bonding. They’re also a great excuse to treat the kids (and yourself) to enjoy some shareable finger food.

Fatherhood: A Lego Mini(figure) Adventure

May 7, 2017 at 3:07 pm

As most people who read this blog will probably be painfully aware, I’m a bit of a Lego fan. Actually, that’s probably an understatement – I’m a huge, geeky Lego fan – and thankfully my children like it quite a bit too.

We have boxes and boxes of the stuff (all sorted by colour, obviously – we’re not neanderthals…!) and our spare room is the defacto Lego display room, with 5 shelves of models on display.

Wishing I Could Take On the Volkswagen Amarok Trailblazers Challenge

April 11, 2017 at 9:11 am

Since starting this blog I’ve had some fantastic opportunities, with the chance to get stuck into some improv Lego building and some cutting edge smart home tech, among other fun stuff.

Having said that, the big kid in me – we all have him, the one who wanted to be a racing driver growing up – is practically stomping his foot with outrage right now.

Time for a great holiday – with no need for exaggeration!

March 30, 2017 at 10:02 am

Have you ever come back from a holiday and found yourself exaggerating some of your experiences when you tell people how it was?

Perhaps you weren’t quite as adventurous with the local cuisine as you might want people to think? Maybe you didn’t get round to visiting the local landmarks, but don’t want your friends to realise you spent the week lazing by the pool? Or maybe the fluent conversations you had with the locals were a little less professional than you might have let on?

Fatherhood: 100 Year Old Organisation, or F1 team?

March 29, 2017 at 8:11 pm

If I were to tell you that my son owns a piece of clothing associated with a world-famous organisation which contains the branding of half a dozen major organisations, I suspect you’d think he was a fan of Formula 1 racing.

Failing that, maybe some major American sport, where sponsorships are more important than the sport itself.

If I told you that the brands in question included Tesco, Hobbycraft, Cotswold Outdoor and Pets at Home, you might be left scratching your head.

The eternal hassle of the painful commute

March 20, 2017 at 9:33 pm

A nice chap recently contacted me asking if I’d share his infographic, which talks about the amount of time we London commuters lose every year thanks to transport delays.

Fatherhood: Review – Lego Guardians of the Galaxy 2: The Milano vs. The Abilisk (76081)

March 19, 2017 at 6:34 pm

Well, after an epic few sessions of Lego building, where we reviewed the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Lego sets “Ravager Attack” and “Ayesha’s Revenge“, we finally come to the grand finale – the biggest set of the bunch.

In case you aren’t familiar with the Guardians of the Galaxy films, the “Milano” is our hero, Star-Lord’s ship – named after 90s acting heroin Alyssa Milano, apparently.

Fatherhood: Review – Lego Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Ayesha’s Revenge (76080)

March 15, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Today we’ll be reviewing the next model in the new Lego “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2” range, “Ayesha’s Revenge”. As with the first set (“Ravager Attack”) it’s a model inspired by the upcoming sequel – and like the other model, features a couple of elements that will probably make a lot more sense once we’ve seen the film.

So, setting aside the question of “Who is Ayesha and why is she taking revenge?”, we set about building the model. Unlike the previous model, this one has a marginally higher “Recommended Age” rating (see box below for all the details) so Robert (8) volunteered for this one.