The Milk Ladder: Albie’s journey to his first milkshake

We were sitting in the dietitian’s office learning about a really important step in Albie’s allergy journey and all he was trying to do was reach the tempting mountain of toys behind us. Of that meeting, I can tell you far more about the contents of the brightly coloured plastic house than the words of…

First shoes lead to fascinating trip down memory lane

When the battered old suitcase comes out and your other half and mum are present, it’s usually a signal for the dust to be blown from those pictures of you in the bath. It was therefore a relief to me (and readers of this blog, no doubt!), that a post-Christmas visit to my home town…

Producing a newspaper at Christmas: behind the scenes in journalism

Christmas is a time to unwind – but for many local journalists, the big day is not so relaxing. Depending on their newspapers – and breaking news – reporters drawing the short straw this year would at the very least be expecting an unwelcome phone call to draw their lunch to a swift conclusion. Let’s…

Merry Christmas from Headline Spews

We’re sat on the lounge floor looking like we’re giving CPR to a semi-inflated rubber dinosaur. A family quiz has been penned which is odds-on more likely to trigger World War Three than Trump and Kim Jong-un. And most of the family have the dreaded lurgy which is striking new victims down so rapidly it…

How tragic losses left a legacy which paved the way to our new home

Owning our own home was a distant pipe dream when we found out we were expecting a baby. Living on the high-rent south coast and shelling out more than £40,000 in rent since early 2013, saving for a deposit was going to be a ten to fifteen-year ordeal, if we were lucky. Our rent-sapping situation…