So Santa visits Braehead…

Posted by Craig on Monday Dec 10, 2012 Under Being a dad, Dear Daughter..., Reviews

It’s that time of year when – as well as far too many adults making drunken trips to the panto (seriously, what is that about?) – Santa comes to many a toy shop and shopping centre and children line up to visit him.

But here’s a hook for you: how about seeing Santa in real snow? (Note, this is quite a long post but the Darling Daughter has a shorter take on the day out in her little blog.) Read More

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Great, my daughter is trying to kill me.

Posted by Craig on Thursday Nov 22, 2012 Under Being a dad, Dear Daughter..., Reviews

Just look at that face of innocence in that picture below… that’s my daughter trying to kill me. Read More

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Why I never wanted to be Neil Armstrong

Posted by Craig on Monday Aug 27, 2012 Under Being a dad

Anyone that knows me knows I’m a space nut – from spending £50 on books about the Space Shuttle system to the glee at receiving a NASA cup from the brother/sister-in-law and trying to talk the wife into parting with £7,000 at the weekend for some NASA autographs – so no surprise that I think it’s really sad that Neil Armstrong has died.

And while I’ve known his name longer than the names of half my family, I tell you one thing, I would never have wanted to be him.

Don’t get me wrong, I would still like to think that I might walk on the moon one day – or at least get into space – but in his first marriage, Armstrong lost a daughter Karen (and many wonder if he left a tribute to her on the moon. Notoriously private Armstrong never said publicly if he did) to a brain tumour when she was under three years old.

Now I know the two aren’t related, but I look at the three bundles of chaos and energy I have running about the house (well, one’s reading a book to avoid tidying her room, the other two are being hurricanes) and I can’t imagine a life without them. It would be easier to imagine a world without a moon.

So RIP Neil Armstrong, thank you to you and your team for all you did, but I would never have wanted to be you.

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(Sorry been away from the blog so long, three children and being self-employed will do that)

A heads-up – don’t buy from Arnold Clark. Here’s why…
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(sorry this blog has been so quiet for, oh, give or take seven months…)

They really are you know. And here’s the proof…

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Picked up a Kodak Zi8 for work purposes the other day, but I’d be a liar if I didn’t say that I’ll be using it for personal uses as well, but how does it shape up as a video camera for capturing the family moments? What’s the good points and the bad points? Is it worth the £120 or so that it costs?

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Flip Mino HD Review

Posted by Craig on Friday Apr 23, 2010 Under Being a dad, Reviews

I’ve managed to have a quick and dirty test with the Flip Mino HD and compare it to what I call the PR/journalist mobile workhorse, the Nokia N95, but which comes out better? Or should you stick with an iPhone? (Yes, I know, including the iPhone was cruel.) Heads-up, lots of YouTube video in this.
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T-shirts for pregnant geek types

Posted by Craig on Friday Apr 23, 2010 Under Being a dad, Bits, bobs, odds, sods

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I’m riffing this off of Tara Cain’s blog post 3 reasons why being a mum hasn’t made me a better person as it struck a chord. As Tara says, there’s a lot of highlights to being a parent but there are downsides. And as this cold/cough won’t let me sleep, it seemed like a decent idea for a blog post… Read More

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Golden Oldie: Kids and the apocalypse: a cheerful post

Posted by Craig on Thursday Apr 22, 2010 Under Being a dad

It’s one of those things that I keep trying to put out of my head, but posts like this don’t help (for those too lazy to click: Dan worries about looking after his kids if civilisation broke down) and I must be more of a doom-and-gloomer than him because I worry about the next step: what happens if some bad stuff goes down and junior is left on her own?

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