Will the coronavirus story I tell my son be positive or negative?

In my virtual scrapbook of family life, this blog chapter on the coronavirus chaos could be relayed to our now two-year-old son in one of two contrasting ways in years to come. I could tell him the tale of the night I tucked him into bed and headed to the supermarket, recall the locust-plagued shelves…

Bluebell Railway visit signals Christmas is here

The festive season is upon us – confirmed for me yesterday when Santa rocked on up on the vintage steam train we were on. Albie is obsessed with his trains at the moment, to the extent that he’s climbing atop his train table and taking apart the track like a Gozilla figure (climbing not so…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar takes over bedtime

Reading a book a day will expose Albie to hundreds of thousands of words by the time he starts school, according to research, but I’m not sure he’ll manage that considering The Very Hungry Caterpillar contains just 240. Not all of those are unique, either… The arrival of Albie’s second birthday last weekend coincided with…

Love Island: why are my papers covering it?

There’s plenty of things in this world I don’t like – and ITV’s Love Island is firmly on the list. The programme divides opinion. Of all the ways to find love, it must be among the more questionable options. At one time, though, internet dating struck me as an odd concept and I can no…

A milestone for Headline Spews – and an update

Just over a year ago I set up Headline Spews as a way of providing a family scrapbook, informing people about Albie’s allergies and shining a light on the world of local journalism. Some 86 posts and thousands of views later I think we’ve generally hit the mark on all three – and thanks so…

Wotsits, flapjack and more projectile spewing

Albie’s current TV favourite is Hey Duggee – and the notorious Stick Song is a hit. For the uninitiated, the Stick Song is largely based on the lyrics ‘Stick, stick, stick, stick (x2), sticky, sticky, stick stick’. But in our house at the moment, it’s more a case of ‘sicky, sicky, sick sick’. Our old…

Life as a journalist: behind the scenes on election day

Such is the political climate at present, precious little comes as a surprise. But after more than six years of covering politics in the traditional Tory heartlands of Sussex, yesterday’s local elections results really did go beyond the predictable. One of the councils I’ve spent many an evening at, Arun, has been under Conservative rule…