• Electric Bed and a Fridge – Student Rooms French Style

    I’m not kidding. Benj has an electric bed in his room! His accommodation is awesome. My eldest son has landed on his feet following the fiasco of him not sending in a deposit to secure his first choice of slightly cheaper Uni residence. The luck of the Irish I guess....


  • Pasta as Currency – Meet the Kipastalo

    Here is our new unit of currency. The kilo of pasta which, for want of a better word, we’ll call the kipastalo. Let me explain. Eldest son Benj is off to Uni and will be self-catering on a regular basis. His plan is to live on pasta since it’s one...


  • And So The Meetings Begin …

    There was a meeting at Ruadhri’s school Tuesday night so that we parents could get a look at the new teacher and hear what she plans to do to/with our kids this year. I’ve already had a minor skirmish with her over pochettes plastiques in the form of notes to...


  • Books and Cooking Cupcakes

    First up, great excitement on the book front. Do please give Books Are Cool a quick look. You’ll see that I’ve published a free book on Smashwords, now that I’ve finally got to grips with the formatting required to upload your material to the Meatgrinder that converts it.  So grab...


  • Stop Press – New Cover Story

    I was writing a blog about packing for going away to Uni, since that is what our Benj is busily not doing at the moment and he should be, but this arrived in the latest batch of email. Here is the superb cover artwork for Heads Above Water, my forthcoming...