Love In A Time of Cacophony

London, 1940. The wail of air-raid sirens signals another attack by the Luftwaffe. The screaming noise is punctuated by the dull percussive thud of bombs. Just on the edge of hearing the angry bee-swarm-hum of propeller engines provide a droning bass note; ceaselessly framing the other sounds in hateful monotone. Nights are spent lying in …

The Lifecycle of a Grandparent

  Time is often described by Buddhists and fantasy writers of a certain stripe as being a wheel. A constant, unending revolving reel of events that, whilst discrete, are connected. One leads inexorably to another. The other is shaped by the first. And so on, and so on. That which was will be. That which …

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 …

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 …

Milestones and Mealtimes

In which Attila the Hun and a trout's anus are used to illustrate the complexities of feeding an infant solid food and the nature of milestones. Milestones. Every part of life is fixated on milestones. They can be the intimate like that first kiss, the loss of virginity or the first time you actually understood …

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 …

A One Year Old Boy

The boy turned one this weekend. One whole year in which we managed to not kill and/or seriously wound our offspring. As he grows older he becomes ever his own person, growing and showing hints of the man he will one day become. That man will, based on current indicators, be a psychotic being of …

A Top 6 Fictional Dads Is Easy…What About Mums?

  In a desperate bid to catch the fleeting attentions of the notification obsessed 15 to 21-year-old demographic I'm doing a Buzz Feed. Woo yeah! Loud Noises. Bants... I feel so old... Dad's in fiction are everywhere. In today's list-pretending-to-be-actual-content we (I mean 'me' but I like to give myself an image of corporality) pick …