My Couch to 5k journey

I’ve lost count of the number of days – or even weeks – since the start of the coronavirus lockdown. Despite this, the number 88 will stick in my mind. It’s the number of days it took me to complete the Couch to 5k programme, a hell of a journey which saw me progress from…

Futile MasterChef and unlikely runner: my coronavirus lockdown crisis

I fear the coronavirus pandemic has triggered some form of  early ‘midlife’ crisis, at the tender age of 29. I’m not sure why the lockdown has had such a profound effect. In many ways it’s my ideal lifestyle. Zero chance of a foreign holiday, no struggling to squeeze through obstacles at horrific softplay centres and…

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…

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…

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…

Consumed by illness, while Brexit consumes others

Apologies that this blog has not been updated for a few weeks – it’s increasingly felt like our household has been gripped by the Black Death. It’s no secret that babies and toddlers are magnets for illness. And while Albie has yet to master walking or consuming milk, neither has he got to grips with…