Behind The Blogger – A Bit About Me

Behind The Blogger – A Bit About Me

I'm often loathed to take part in quick fire Q&A blog tags because all of the questions generally seem to be the same as those security questions you have to try and remember when you forget your login details; you're opening yourself up to significant security risks....

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Death and Taxes

Death and Taxes

We recently visited my nan, and in her 90s she has an exceptionally different view of death than you or I.  She’s confessed that she believes next Christmas may be her last, and it’s deeply upset my daughter, but how must my nan feel?  I’ve never stopped to consider what goes through the mind of someone who is as near to death as my nan and is essentially waiting to die.

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My Vasectomy Story

My Vasectomy Story

Deciding to have a vasectomy was easy.  I never wanted kids, I just wasn’t parent material.  I watched how natural other men were around children, both theirs and others, and I didn’t get it.  It was alien to me.  While they were rolling around in the dirt talking in a strange language that children seemed to respond to, I was giving 5 year olds a firm hand shake and asking them what their views on the latest news story were.  I point blank refused to hold someone else’s baby, and desperately tried not to be left in a room with a child with as much eagerness as one might have if it were suggested you’re getting locked in a room with a starved tiger. But was it easy? Here’s my story.

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Oxfords, Not Brogues

Oxfords, Not Brogues

The time has come for me to fill my wardrobe with the sorts of clothes that would make me fit in at an afternoon tea party in Sandringham or Sandhurst.  Time to buy those mustard coloured corduroy trousers, check shirts, and tweed blazers, but do you know what?  I’m glad.  For too long now I’ve let parenting be an excuse to not throw away that shirt with the many food stains on the belly; for too long now I’ve held on to those tracksuit bottoms that are older than my eldest child, but are so damn comfortable; for too long now, I’ve put up with looking like a student who’s fallen on hard times and had to live on the streets for a few weeks just because I’d rather be “comfortable”.  It’s time for me to look smart and professional again.

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How Not To Use Social Media

How Not To Use Social Media

I’ve been blogging now – albeit part time and less than whole heartedly – for almost five years on four separate (but not concurrent) sites.  I’ve been using social media for just a little longer, so you’d think I would know the etiquette by now, but just when I think I have it nailed, I learn something new; either that or I realise that I’ve been doing things incorrectly all along.  That’s why I love posts like Tim’s The 7 Don’ts of Social Media Etiquette For Bloggers.  Some extremely valid points that, quite refreshingly, I’m not guilty of; but it did get me thinking, what am I guilty of that really isn’t cricket?  Well in a twist to conventional blogging tradition, rather than preach to you lot about what you should be doing, I’m going to tell you what I’m doing wrong.  It will probably ignite a forest fire of paranoia and I’ll almost certainly lose some followers, but let me reassure you that the things I list below don’t apply to you, I’m not really that malicious.  I use them on other people, not you, you’re special.

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Are You A Metrosexual Male?

Are You A Metrosexual Male?

As I approach 40, I wonder if I’m too old before my time or whether it’s just family life that has knocked the ‘bothered’ out of me.  The average 30-something has admitted to spending over £100 per month on expensive eye creams, luxury moisturisers and trips to the spa, which is three times as much as a standard gym membership.  This seems like a ridiculous amount of money to be spending on toiletries, but I remember spending much more than this in my early twenties.  It has got me thinking though.  How does my toiletry stock compare to yours?  Am I the average 30 something year old, or am I actually using more than I thought?  Have a think about what you have in your bathroom, bedroom, and man bag and let me know how your stockpile compares to mine.

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Do you want to be fit, or do you want to be fit?

Do you want to be fit, or do you want to be fit?

When I used to work in a gym, people would ask for advice on exercise, I would ask the questions “why do you want to work out, and what are you hoping to achieve?”  More often than not, the answer would be “I just want to tone up a bit, you know, get healthier.”  Well which is it, do you want to tone up or get healthier, and what do you mean by healthier anyway?  Believe it or not, they are not always achieved in the same way, depending on how fast you want to achieve the results.  If you want to burn as much fat, in as fast a time as possible, you can pretty much throw health out of the window.  If you want to be healthier, you are unlikely to get to single digit fat percentages.

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#BurgersofBritain – Exmouth

#BurgersofBritain – Exmouth

The first stop on my #BurgersofBritain tour is Exmouth.  Over the years, I’ve seen this place expand and grow into the fairly modern pedestrianised area that it is today.  The place where trainee Royal Marine and Army Commandos, based at Lympstone, can go to get a much needed KFC bucket; the place where lunatics who decide to go swimming on Christmas Day can get an all you can eat breakfast buffet; and now, the home of London priced burgers. But which establishment serves the best burger in Exmouth?

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Nobody Likes Doing The Dishes

Nobody Likes Doing The Dishes

Apologies to all of the die hard fans of Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, but I’m about to paraphrase and potentially misquote one of your favourite films because I’m fed up of having those “I want you to want to do the dishes.” from The Break Up moments. Now I’m not naive enough to believe that when a woman says she wants her partner to want to do the dishes, that she actually wants them to want to do the dishes.   She more likely wants him to want to do something to show her that he isn’t taking her for granted and that they are in a partnership, sharing the chores equally because looking after the house isn’t her role…or something.  I think Jennifer Aniston is trying to say that doing something you don’t particularly want to do, for the person you love, shows that not only do you appreciate them but you’re willing to do something you really can’t stand just to please them.  So in a sense the man isn’t wanting to do the dishes, he’s wanting to please the woman.  Any women reading this can correct me if I’m way off the mark; I’m trying to understand but struggle significantly with the female psyche.

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Push Up Challenge 2018

Push Up Challenge 2018

Whether you’ve never done a push up, or are a seasoned presser, I invite you to take part in the Getting Dad Fit Push Up Challenge 2018. Do them wherever you want, whenever you want, just do them. Read more for details.

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