Category Archives: Family

The Land Before Time

I miss Littlefoot. Or rather, I miss my children. That’s not to say my children aren’t around. They live here with me. We spend lots of time together. They’re just a little older, and ever more interesting. But I miss … Continue reading

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Belgian Seaside

I love the seaside but in the 12 years living here I’d only been to the Belgian coast on a couple of day trips. I didn’t know what I’d been missing until we went for a week – in February. … Continue reading

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School Photos

If there’s anything calculated to bring me out of a blogging stupor it’s a case of parental dotage. October is school photo time – so here they are. These are pretty cool compared to the horror cases produced by Cecil … Continue reading

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Time Team

My Dad and I have a new joint project – family tree building. Not immediately exciting and entertaining I'll admit, but interesting and maybe even fascinating. Ok. It may just be a sad guy thing, but then… Since I can … Continue reading

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Congrats Lil’ Sis’

Emma, my mad-as-a-madhatter-on-nitrous-oxide youngest sister, has a little boy! Born yesterday, the 'little' fella weighed in at over nine pounds and was eventually delivered by c-section. Presumably that was a bit painful. But then, it's a girl thing. No name … Continue reading

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Dave Challens – 30 Today

Star of stage and screen (extra in BBC's Pickwick Papers and Casualty), Dave Challens celebrates his 30th birthday today. This is my favourite picture of him, playing Constable Ping alongside brother Steve, as the Windsor Davies like Constable Pong, in … Continue reading

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Ben Nureyev

My son Ben (almost 10yrs), has just come home from his second ever ballet class. Somewhat amazingly, he was keen to show off his new leotard, vest and ballet shoes (all black). What a man! He's pursuaded that taking up … Continue reading

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Thick Parent

Schools are much more scary now than they used to be. My son Jake has just started secondary school here in Braine l’Alleud in provincial Belgium. This is always a big transition but I have been amazed at how much … Continue reading

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Return of the Photo-Crashers

Those Japanese tourist’s thirst for revenge knows no bounds. Not content with turning up in the most serene republic, now they’re all over my snaps of the French alps. Having taken 2 days of fairly relaxed driving down the Paris-Rhine-Rhone … Continue reading

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Les Grandes Vacances

We’re off on a summer holiday for the next few weeks, so nothing much is gonna happen here. Being really hard up (or tight-fisted – take your choice) I shopped around for a cheap summer break and discovered a fantastic … Continue reading

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