The Time I Abseiled Down the UK’s Tallest Sculpture…

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    Whilst this weekend saw people flock to Stratford in East London to enjoy of blue skies, sunshine, shopping and a Guns’n’Roses concert, I took a trip over in order to attempt once again to abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit – the UK’s tallest sculpture – with Wire & Sky Urban Aerial Adventures. It… Read More

Visiting Our Sponsored Child: Uganda – here we come (again!)

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  Our regular readers (both of you, hello!), may well recall a post last year announcing how Caitlin and I would be taking a trip to Uganda with child sponsorship charity Compassion UK. Sadly, after our trip was finalised but yet to be taken my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I, being his… Read More

Why Experiences Make Better Gifts Than Things (And How to Give Them)

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    We have just emerged from a very busy birthday-filled fortnight in our house. Mike’s birthday falls at the end of January and Ben’s, Harry’s and Tim’s follow within the next two weeks or so. In another couple of weeks our first (and currently only) grandchild Oscar celebrates his first birthday, except he was… Read More

A Two-Month Trip Through Europe With 10 Kids? Now That’s What I Call Adventure!

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  You, on the other hand, may call it madness. I could maybe, sort of, perhaps and at a push understand why. With little over five weeks left until our European travels begin, I am once again finding myself in the final throes of organisation and preparation for the event. Co-ordinating and packing for a… Read More

A is for ‘Adventure’, ‘Abseil’, ‘ArcelorMittal Orbit’ and ‘Aargh! I’m really going to do this!’

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  In the last few weeks of my brother’s life he talked a great deal about what he wanted me to remember, what he wanted me to pass on to the children and what he wanted me to do. Through the simple incidence of being my little brother Jimmy knew that I would struggle with losing him… Read More