The Good and the Bad

While cycling home from work this evening through the early-evening darkness, an entire family walked out in front of me. The family comprised of two adults in warm coats, followed by a rag-tag train of small witches, zombies, and superheroes. Ah yes – of course – it’s Halloween. Along the way I passed many other … Continue reading The Good and the Bad


There was a knock at the door a few moments ago. A rather loud and confident knock. I made my way to the door, wondering if it might be the little boy that lives across the way, hoping to play football with our children. I would have to tell him that they had gone out … Continue reading Unbeliever

The Invention of Lying

After playing a spirited game of “Settlers of Catan” with the children last night, I sat down late in the evening with my other half and said “shall we watch a movie?”. We rarely sit and watch movies together at home – either the children are wandering in and out of the room, we are … Continue reading The Invention of Lying

Continuing a Tradition

Our youngest just received a phonecall from Santa en-route. He got our postcode wrong. We heard the shouted conversation on the upstairs landing, and the thundering of feet as she rushed to tell us. The image of her bursting into the lounge to tell us that she had been right to keep her mobile phone … Continue reading Continuing a Tradition

Lack of Belief

A friend challenged my apparent lack of faith earlier this evening, causing me to really think about my opposition to “faith”. It’s worth pointing out that I have no problem with people believing whatever they want to believe – as long as they respect my freedom not to share their belief. In the process of … Continue reading Lack of Belief

Scout Elves and Chromebooks

When the children wake up tomorrow morning they will discover we have a visitor perched in the upstairs landing window. Our scout elf, “Grace”, has arrived via hot air balloon from the North Pole. She has attached a grappling hook made from candy canes to the dirty washing basket, and is balanced precariously in the … Continue reading Scout Elves and Chromebooks

Opening a Can of Worms

Somebody I have known for quite some time, and respect enormously has requested repeatedly over the last few months for me to expand on some of the subjects I typically try to avoid in the blog. I guess the elephant in the room is always going to be my lack of belief in any of the organised … Continue reading Opening a Can of Worms

Lacking Belief

I was going to title this post “I don’t believe in anything, and I’m fine with that”, but it seemed a bit long. It’s already 1:30pm. After working straight through lunch yet again, I’m trying to force myself to stop for a while. Writing a few words into a forgettable blog post should at least … Continue reading Lacking Belief