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An island among the six; my Ireland.

Christmas is class. Easter is excellent. And the summer holidays are superb. But there is a annual event – a festival – that stands out for me every year. It is my favourite time in the... Read more

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Time to take a break from blogging

Today marks the end – the early end – of my year of daily blogging.  I am also taking something of a social media sabbatical. It feels like time for a break. Time to step back. Time for... Read more

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Bedtime fun and games

As parents of little ones know, bedtime is a precious time. The perfect way to end the day with your perfect person. Stories.  Snuggles. I love you Daddy. That desire for you to secure them, to look... Read more

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Back in the saddle

It’s the start of the week and it’s good to feel more or less back to normal. I’m running at around 90% but that feels a million miles from how I felt over the last week or so. It... Read more

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Day of (more) rest

We’re getting there. Feeling brighter and stronger today. Not the same levels of pain or discomfort and a gradual feeling of all returning to normal. I have now spoken with many friends and... Read more

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Progress

It’s deja vu. Another day; another blog post about not feeling great. Some progress today. More reading. More rest. A trip out – to fulfil a long-promised visit to the Lowry in Salford... Read more

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A day of rest

Another short one today. Feeling a little better – only a little – but I am certainly feeling better than I felt this morning, when I felt awful. Lots of rest. Lots of ginger and decaf... Read more

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Doctor's note

This is going to be a short post today. I am under the weather. I’ve had this painful and recurring heartburn/chest pain for a few days which I took to the doctor’s this morning –... Read more

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A happy life is about all the biscuits in the box

One of the things I learnt after my challenges – a lovely euphemism for ‘my breakdown’ – over recent times is to be clear about what makes you happy and what keeps you well and to do... Read more

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Peppa Pig has a lot to answer for

Today’s biggest news story was to be found in the pages of The Daily Telegraph. Not the impending US Senate election in which a candidate endorsed by President Trump is accused by multiple... Read more

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Expectant parent

As regular readers of this blog will know, I have been teaching every Tuesday at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) – since September. We are approaching the end of the semester and the... Read more

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Classless conduct at Anfield

I am a Liverpool Football Club fan. I am a fan of Jurgen Klopp. I know a decent amount about football – I have been watching it since I was five and talking about it, debating it. reading about... Read more

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The Gover: worth his weight in communications gold

Even outside of the world of politics Michael Gove is famous for ending Boris Johnson’s leadership hopes after the Brexit referendum in one of the most dramatic u-turns in political history.... Read more

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