Long Haul Flight With a Toddler

We are in preparation mode for what may well be the most challenging thing we, as parents, have had to deal with. Flying long haul. For 12 hours. With a toddler. The last time we flew with the boy it was a short hop down to Koh Lanta to attend the wedding of our friends. …

On Manning Up, Mental Health and My Mate John

It's funny the way we speak to kids sometimes. As a teacher I find myself using variations of the theme 'man up' at various points of the day. "Timmy won't stop stealing my pencil case." - man up... "I left my homework at home *sob*.' - man up... "I don't want to do PE because …

Izakaya

"You from?" he said, a little slurred. He looked like a telecoms engineer and had a bottle of Japanese whiskey, labeled with his name, sat on the counter top in front of him. The air was thick with steam and the smell of hot fat. The beer glasses were iced and hurt to pick up. …

Flying Home

I am sorry. There, I said it. The reason for my apology? Well, if you happen to be flying from Bangkok to London tomorrow you'll see a youngish (and somewhat harassed) couple get on board with an infant and you'll know that, for the next 12 hours, you're going to be in earshot of a …