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Fatherly Advice
Parenting

Fatherly Advice

Bacon. It exists to celebrate certain days like Father’s day. Offered up as a delicious porcine sacrifice to the great god of fatherhood. Mother’s day is a bit more granola and croissant based, which is fine in its way. But it isn’t a bit of pig lovingly and greasily slapped on a plate with extra … Continue reading

Wide-Eyed Wonder
Parenting

Wide-Eyed Wonder

  It must be wonderful to view the world through the eyes of a toddler. Everything fresh and exciting and new. Every day bringing its own adventures. Laughing as you run away from your parents who are trying to stop you falling down a hole. What japes. Yes, we’ve moved firmly into the developmental period … Continue reading

Order and Chaos
Parenting

Order and Chaos

There is an overwhelming compulsion in humans to create order out of chaos. It goes someway to explaining the popularity of games like Tetris and Candy Crush Saga – there is a mess which is getting worse and your job is to sort it out. It also helps to explain the sense of satisfaction one … Continue reading

Heat
Thailand

Heat

  During April and May the heat of Thailand is oppressive. It is not the gentle warming heat of the Mediterranean, nor the dry stone heat of the desert. It is a rolling, viscous omnipresent force. It sits heavily on the shoulders, creeps under the skin and makes vigorous movement hard. Seed pods crack, plants … Continue reading

The Bionic Parent
Parenting

The Bionic Parent

  A recent article on the BBC pondered on whether or not people would choose to have amputations so their birth limbs could be replaced with bionic ones. Apart from sounding like a brilliant idea in itself (who doesn’t occasionally wonder what it would be like to have super strength) it opens up a huge … Continue reading

One Year Today
Blogging

One Year Today

  Tastehitch has now been ‘a thing’ for one year! Much has changed in twelve months. I left my twenties behind to grow ever closer to the icy grip of death, had a son (well…by proxy), became a writer of sorts and am preparing to be a dad for the second time. This humble little … Continue reading