The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart. (Mencius, Chinese philosopher 372-289 BC)

Friday, 29 June 2012

Boys and Girls Are Different

As a father of 1 boy and 2 girls I feel qualified to state the obvious:

Boys and Girls are Different.

It has not always been fashionable to make this assertion. In the world of "Political Correctness Gone Mad" - the risk of saying that boys and girls are just plain different was a frankly dangerous thing to do. But then, that was to avoid the obvious conclusion that boys and girls are, indeed, different.

Here are my 5 reasons for stating the obvious.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

The Weekend Picture No.7

The Simon Bolivar Orchestra

We were lucky enough to be at the Royal Festival Hall this morning to see the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela perform in a special family concert.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Watching Football with kids

"I love those sofa based footy fans with kids." From BBC Sport.

There is a forgotten army of men who continue to play a valued and yet unheralded role in the sporting prowess of this great nation. They sacrifice their time, money and energies in the pursuit of sporting excellence. They are of course, the sofa based footy fans with kids.

Before we had children watching football was straight forward. Open the fridge, find a beer, pop open a bag of Doritos, switch on the telly, sit down and .................. watch.

Aaaah the good old days.

Watching footy now is no longer the straight forward process it used to be.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

The Weekend Picture No. 5

Setting Out by Sue Hoar
This weekend's picture is by my Mum! She is an artist based in South West London and recently completed the painting above.

The subjects are our three children - W, M and E (reading right to left).

Sunday, 3 June 2012

The Weekend Picture No. 4

Hundreds of rowing boats form the advance guard of the Thames Pageant today
The UK has gone Diamond Jubilee crazy.

Everywhere you turn there is union jack bunting, street parties and people with smiles on their faces. There is also a lot of rain - it's all terribly british.

We were lucky enough to have a prime spot for one of the big events of the Jubilee weekend today - atop a friend's office building overlooking the Thames on the approach to London Bridge - armed with flags, cameras, cake, cagouls and smiles on our faces as we waited for the approach of the 1000+ craft that formed the "largest public event London may ever see" (Sky News this morning) - the Thames pageant.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Competitive Kids

The signs of spring before it all kicked off

I had a great idea this morning. My lovely wife is out all day with W and a mate at Thorpe Park. So, it's my turn to pick up the "signs of spring" from school.

"The weather is beautiful so why not collect them by bike" I thought. "It's a beautiful route across Surrey countryside from school to home - we could stop for a snack on the way home, roll peacefully down the hills, do a bit of nature, laugh and joke all the way home."

Well that's what I thought.

That's without reckoning in the phenomenon that hits kids in our family at the age of around 5-7 - COMPETITIVENESS!

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