The last post

This little blog, though anonymous, has been associated with me at school and caused great upset. That’ll learn me for putting it on Facebook once, a long time ago. I would like to unreservedly apologise for any offence I have caused Blue’s teacher, who is very kind, dedicated and extremely able. She has shown exceptional … Continue reading

Cooking up a storm

Blue and the Dood both love to cook. It’s something I have encouraged for all the right reasons – it can be very enjoyable (when I don’t have to do it), it’s creative, productive, it requires some organisation (usually a big ask) and they learn and practice countless skills as they whisk, fold and beat … Continue reading

Reasons To Be Cheerful

Originally posted on BECKY SAYS THINGS:
Oh, brave Listener. We’ve all had a bit of a rough time recently. There are several reasons why we are all feeling a bit peeved, irked, and somewhat vexed: 1) It is February. February is an obnoxiously depressing month, it knows it, and it doesn’t care. February is insufferable.…

Farewell Family Futures

After several months’ almost total abstinence, it is a crying shame (emphasis on the crying) to revisit me old bloglet for this reason, but as it says on the tin, this week was our final session at Family Futures, and I feel the occasion should be marked. We first went there in the spring of … Continue reading

Keep calm and…

It’s the 14th February! The Day of St Valentine! And the first dance at our wedding! (on Billy Bragg’s William Bloke album for those who wish to delve deeper). All rather ironic, given that the Wave is a true cynic when it comes to this celebration of cheesetoting slush to the tune of ringing cash … Continue reading


My thoughts this week have been with the people of Turkey. Apologies if this sounds like the Queen’s Christmas Message, it really won’t be. Last week a peaceful protest against the demolition of a park in Istanbul (a city with little enough green) was met with such excessive force by their police that hundreds of … Continue reading

God and other options

Within two days of our return from the hot lap of love and Western civilisation, a cold-blooded atrocity of huge cultural and religious significance had taken place a stone’s throw from our homestead. I am not religious but ever since I realized that the words ‘good’ and ‘God’ were basically the same thing, I have … Continue reading

Blue sky thinking

Two separate blogs in one – I started the first bit last Thursday… Since the finger incident, things have improved somewhat chez Stick. Whether this is a reaction to my rage or due to Blue’s utter shame at seeing my bent blue digit, I don’t know. Maybe he is just bored of being violent. We … Continue reading

And breathe…

After all Blue’s birthday excitement, two home parties and a hundred vain attempts to agree a limit on Xbox usage, we are just pushing all that cr@p behind us for 4 days in the lap of luxury, courtesy of our friends Mara and Karcus. Karcus, who earns a bob or two, is 40 and yowzah, … Continue reading

Down to basics

A relatively successful few days! We are still getting a lot of verbal abuse, a smattering of bitten arm and boom boom jump the room but bedtimes have gen-er-ally improved and we feel like we are starting to be taken seriously by CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and the various local authority Social … Continue reading