The Wonder Stuff and the time machine
Dec20

The Wonder Stuff and the time machine

The other day I went to The Wonder Stuff in Bristol. The Wonder Stuff were my favourite band in the lower 6th (as we called it then, you would probably call it year 12). There’s nothing quite like seeing your teenage idols to remind you how old you actually are. I know that I’m 46 and that I have three teenagers (one of whom is actually an adult), but in my head I often feel somewhere between 19 and 23. I was into The...

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My favourite Christmas songs
Dec11

My favourite Christmas songs

I’m the first to admit that, when it comes to Christmas, I’m a bit of a grumpy old Scrooge. But there is one thing I absolutely love about Christmas. Possibly it is the thing I love most – Christmas songs. This is perhaps surprising for someone who has nil musical ability or understanding and who is a terrible singer. But I just absolutely love the sheer joy of them. I love that they are here for just a few weeks, we...

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Wychwood Festival 2018
Jun04

Wychwood Festival 2018

The Wychwood Festival, at Cheltenham Racecourse, has become an annual event for our family – and one of our favourite days of the year. It takes place every year on the second weekend of May half-term (aka the first weekend in June). We don’t stay over as our group ranges from my 3 year old nephew to my 73 year old dad. We always go on the Saturday, whoever is headlining. Sometimes we get lucky (like when the Levellers...

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Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, the Wonder Stuff and not growing old
Apr13

Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, the Wonder Stuff and not growing old

We know a bona fide rock star. I can’t imagine how cool my 17 year old self would have thought that was. You have to be of a certain age and been into a certain type of music to know his band, but in the indie and alternative scene of the 90s, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin were big. I’d heard of him before I met him. When I did meet him, he was nothing like you would imagine a ‘rock star’ to be. He’s a dad...

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Things I don’t understand – and things I do
Nov07

Things I don’t understand – and things I do

The other week I went to my younger son’s school concert. I love the school concert because everyone takes part, even the cool boys. At my younger son’s school you can do anything you want to and nobody judges you. Whereas at a lot of secondaries a boy taking part in a school concert would instantly be dismissed as a geek or nerd. My son isn’t musical, but he’s happy to join the boys’ choir once a year...

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