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If Carlsberg did Saturdays........

It’s been a belter. Textbook. Perfection. My Saturday has been top drawer. The best. Woke to my little girl asking for me. Big hugs. Straight into stories and games. My darling wife with us.... Read more

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Brexit and Ireland; what a mess

As someone who voted ‘remain’ in the 2016 EU referendum, it is fair to say that I see Brexit as a mess from start to finish. I find the decision to leave the EU totally wrong-headed,... Read more

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We've exchanged

Well that was quick. House on the market. House sold. House bought. Contacts exchanges. All in five weeks. We move one week from now. Even as experienced house movers – this will be our fifth... Read more

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The refreshing addiction

I heard about a restaurant today that pays its customers to lock away their mobile phones during service to create a serene and peaceful eating environment. I am one of those people who would... Read more

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Mental health struggles; hiding in plain sight

Tonight is the 2017 Virgin Money Giving Mind Media Awards. This high profile and glitzy event – hosted by Fearne Cotton, who herself has opened up recently about her own battles with mental... Read more

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Plenty of frills with EasyJet

It’s one of the oldest sayings around; you get what you pay for. That notion that the best way of securing a great product, service or experience is to pay for it; to pay top dollar. In the... Read more

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Two great cities on the up

Last time we were made the trip from Liverpool to Belfast I blogged about the similarities between two great port cities. Built by the hands of working class folk, in the heat of industrial... Read more

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Travelling stress a thing of the past, nearly 

In days gone by, the night before a trip – in this case a long weekend in the north of Ireland – was a source of great stress and anxiety. My OCD was at its height and my mind was racing... Read more

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Death by a thousand cuts

When someone dies the best that can often be said of them was that they went in the night, quietly, painlessly; just closed their eyes and went to sleep. No dramas. No gut wrenching deathbed scene... Read more

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Just write.........and be alive

I heard Jeffrey Archer interviewed once discussing his approach to writing. He doesn’t plan out what he is going to write, he just sits down and lets the pen – he still writes out his work... Read more

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Six months in; half time report.

An old boss of mine once gave me a brilliant tip when making presentations or speeches. Look up halfway through your sentence or the point you are making, see how it is going with the audience before... Read more

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Theresa May’s dog’s dinner

As expected, Sunday’s cornflakes and toast will have gone down very badly at a number of MPs’ kitchen tables. Perhaps the most indigestion will have experienced at No 10; Mrs May will surely not... Read more

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Date night (lunch)

Dr J and I went out for lunch today. We went to the wonderful Arts School in Liverpool; one of the finest restaurants we have been to and our current favourite. There is no great drama in that but... Read more

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Now for something completely different

As discussed, this has been a week dominated by politics, Westminster, sleaze and extreme grubbiness. Tonight feels like a good time to break free from that mess and blog about something different;... Read more

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What a week in politics and it's not over yet!

As Harold Wilson famously said “a week is a long time in politics”. It is only Thursday and it already feels like we’ve had a month’s worth of political movement, manoeuvrings... Read more

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Thought for the day; the big debate

The BBC is doing what it likes doing best; talking to itself, about itself. The latest topic; BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme Thought for the Day slot. I listen to Today every day and like many... Read more

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