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…

We’re finally home owners…after a seven-month saga!

November 20, 2018. Today marks a momentous milestone in our family – we completed on our first house! We thought having a baby would be a baptism of fire, but all the poo rivers and spew spates in the world were no comparison to the rocky road that became our house-buying journey. We had it…

How family life inspired a bid to live a healthier life…sort of

Having a baby in itself is a life-changing decision and I viewed it as the pinnacle when it came to focusing on what’s important. But as I’ve learned in recent months, buying a house also has a habit of sharpening your mind. Perhaps it was the depressingly serious life insurance chat, in which we explored…

Why pumpkin success comes back to haunt me on Halloween

When it comes to pumpkin carving and I, the phrase ‘peaking too soon’ hits the nail on the head. I was as good at art at school as Albie is at standing up currently without falling on the floor with a dramatic thud. But education failed to uncover my niche, instead trying to hone my…

The photography fails which prove things rarely go to plan…

They say never work with children – but that’s quite tricky to avoid if you’re a parent. When you’re a parent sharing your journey with the interweb, it’s tempting to pursue the perfect pictures. But like family life, things don’t always go to plan. Albie’s all-round charm and trademark smile will work wonders in later…