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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.

Fatherhood: Review – Lego Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Ravager Attack (76079)

March 13, 2017 at 9:07 pm

When it comes to blogging, I’ve always told myself that I need to maintain an even mix of reviews and other less-commercial content. Partly because I didn’t start blogging to review products – I started because I wanted to share some of the joys (and challenges) of parenting with my fellow parents. But also in a large part because I didn’t get many opportunities to review stuff – so it wasn’t really an issue.

With the realisation that reviewing stuff is actually quite good fun, though, I’ve decided to loosen my reins a little and take a few more opportunities. And when it comes to what must be my favourite brand in the world – LEGO – I’m definitely not going to turn down the opportunity to get building.

Fatherhood: Taking the Redex Fuel Challenge

March 12, 2017 at 1:18 pm

With the last frosty days of Winter now behind us, thoughts inevitably turn to the Spring and all the opportunities it holds. In our house, one of those opportunities is the chance to get back in the great outdoors.

Whether it’s some camping trips, days out at the local National Trust properties, seeing friends or making trips further afield, our car gets a lot more use in the warmer months – so keeping it running well is a definite priority.

Fatherhood: The Debenhams Big LEGO Challenge

March 6, 2017 at 9:32 pm

As most of you will have gathered by now, our family are quite big fans of Lego. Whether it’s Ninjago, Superhero, Star Wars or Creator (and many more in between) we love them all – and I love reviewing the sets too.

But the crafty people at Debenhams had a different challenge in mind – one which test our creativity and cunning. And who can say no to a challenge like that?

The lovely folk at Debenhams (who have a great range of Lego both in store and online) sent us a Nexo Knights model – the one you can see below, to be precise – and asked us NOT to build it.

Fatherhood: Review – Lego Super Heroes Iron Man: Detroit Steel Strikes

February 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm

When I first heard that this Lego set was being released, I got way more excited than you’d probably imagine a grown-up man getting. Not because I’m a huge “Detroit Steel” fan, but because of the other Marvel Hero introduced in this set.

The character in question is possibly the most pivotal in the entire Marvel cinematic universe, having played a key part in numerous movies – either present or in the background. He’s the former director of SHIELD, the man who “Assembled” the Avengers and possibly my favourite character of all – Agent Phil Coulson.

Fatherhood: Review – Lego Super Hero Mighty Micros 2

February 4, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Having bought the kids the complete set of Super Hero “Mighty Micros” sets last year for their birthdays, we have been eagerly awaiting the release of more from the series. Thankfully, we weren’t disappointed – this year sees the release of a whole new set!

Just like the first series, this line comprises of 3 Marvel and 3 DC Good vs Evil match-ups – and they’re just as good as the first set, let me tell you.

Series 2 (I don’t think they’re officially calling it that, but if we keep doing it they might bring out a third next year!!) comprises of the following sets:

Fatherhood: How-to – Make a Lego Minifigure Storage Display for under £5

January 29, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Home-made Lego Minifigure Display CaseIf you are a collector of Lego Minifigures – either the ‘blind bag’ collections or perhaps a particular range – you might struggle to find a good solution to storing them all in a nice display case. Sure, you can buy a variety of options that do the job, but they’re all very expensive and not particularly nice looking.

So when I was looking to solve this problem for myself – and to find a place to store the nearly-200 figures I’ve collected over the past 5+ years – I decided to make my own instead. I found a few different designs on pinterest, and one my favourites is really easy to make – and can cost under a fiver! All you need is a “Ribba” 23x23cm frame from Ikea (currently £3.50), some spare 2×2 Lego bricks, paint and some superglue.

Fatherhood: Review – O2 Smart Home (Pt 1)

January 3, 2017 at 1:55 pm

o2-smart-homeJust before Christmas, a lovely chap got in touch from O2, to ask if I’d like to take part in a home test/trial thingy for their snazzy new “Smart Home” technology.

Designed to connect and automate many of your regular tasks around the home, the start of Winter seemed like the ideal time to give this a spin, so I jumped at the chance.