Christmas Is Cancelled - The Yorkshire Dad of 4

Christmas Is Cancelled

Christmas is cancelled. This is not a drill or a joke, and certainly not a hoax. The secondary school that two of our children attend has cancelled Christmas. This means that cards, gifts, carols and Christmas activities are banned. The students now have to write to the head of RE before the end of November […]

They Shall not Grow Old

They Shall Grow Not Old

Every now and then you see something that is truly mind-blowing. A film, a TV show, a play or even a musical. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does you revel in it. One such thing, that I implore you to seek out and watch, is Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old. If you’ve not […]

Red Poppy or White Poppy - the Yorkshire Dad of Four

Red Poppy or White Poppy

11th November 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War One. In 1921, poppies began being worn as a symbol of remembrance of those who fought in war. I wear, as I always have, my red poppy during each season of remembrance. The reason I wear it is just that, to remember those who […]

Poseidon on Plati - Greek Island Boat Tour

Posidon on Plati

This a shot of the Poseidon anchored off the island of Plati. We’ve just returned from a fantastic holiday on Kos with our girls, two of my sisters, their husbands, nieces, nephews and some of their friends. My niece got married over there which is why there were almost 30 of us in the group! […]

David Beckham No Longer A Role Model

David Beckham – No Longer Role Model

For so long now, David Beckham has been a role model for so many people. Not only while he was playing football, but since hanging up his boots too. He clearly wants to portray himself as being a person of good standing, and someone who does things the right way. Until now we’ve believed it. This business […]

Pompeii – Our Time in the Roman City

Tomorrow, August 24th, is Mount Vesuvius Day. The day marks the anniversary of Mount Vesuvius erupting in AD79 destroying the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae. In 1999 Helen and I visited Pompeii on the tourist trail when the cruise ship we were sailing on docked in the port of Naples. At the time we went on […]