Join me on Daybreak on ITV this morning

Daybreak

    A couple of weeks ago we wrote an article highlighting the research which showed that the average child’s Christmas list came to £900 and asked our readers whether they were planning on spending that amount on their kids. The overwhelming majority said no. And I agree. I’ll be on the Daybreak sofa this… Read More

My Channel 5 News debate with Population Matters

Group of people making a earth planet shape

    Last night I was invited along to Channel 5 News to debate Sir David Attenborough’s thoughts on large families and overpopulation.  I was debating against Simon Ross from Population Matters, the overpopulation think tank for which Attenborough is Patron of. You can see the arguments they use to try to persuade people to… Read More

Our Big Family Road Trip: Mount Vesuvius and Herculaneum

Mount Vesuvius

      As we were staying only an hour or so away, one of the main places we had hoped to visit during our stay in Caserta was the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum. Herculaneum, or Ercolano as the modern locals call it, is situated southeast of Naples at the foot of Mount Vesuvius.… Read More

Our Big Family Road Trip: Orvieto

Orvieto Cathedral

      From Padua we travelled down to a tiny area called Sermugnano in the Umbria region of central Italy. The property we rented was set within the owner’s private estate and was close to the small town of Orvieto, which is set high on vertical cliffs upon a mass of tufa rock.  The… Read More

Our Big Family Road Trip: Lake Garda… in the fog

Lake Garda

    We have had plenty of opportunities to practise the finer art of patience during this trip.  We have also had to deal with disappointment of plans going awry for one reason or another, most usually through poor weather, or parking or accessibility issues with Jalopy. This was one of them. We decided to… Read More

Our Big Family Road Trip: My Favourite Place

Villa Zadra Torreglia

    I knew we would be seeing several places during our time away.  Of course I knew it, I booked it all!  And I knew that I would probably prefer some places to others.  What I hadn’t expected was falling completely and utterly in love with somewhere, and for it to happen so early… Read More