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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.

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: