Talent vs Teaching

Is there such a thing as natural talent?  Or is it purely a superpower like x-ray vision and super speed that is lacking in the genetic makeup of us mere mortals?  Some experts would suggest that there is no such thing as talent.  They propose that if you spend long enough at anything you will…

Health & Safety Madness

I came across a report recently about a beach somewhere in Germany that forbids sandcastle making.  A little odd I thought and surely one that’s very difficult to police.  It seems a natural thing to do when you’re sitting on lovely golden sand, to pile it all on top of each other and make a…

New Year’s Resolutions

So to start the New Year off on a positive note I called a family meeting in order to discuss the value and importance of New Year’s Resolutions.  I waffled on about the opportunity to make a new start, to embrace new practices and pastimes and to cast aside any previous corruptions and duplicity.  I’d…

Christmas Jumpers

  Once upon a time, the only place you would cast your eyes upon a Christmas jumper was on the host of the Late Late Toy Show.  It was part of the whole extravaganza, part of the surprise and a sign that Christmas fever was upon us once more.  Now however, the offending items are…

Bodyguards

When the children are small one of your jobs and tasks as their responsible adult is to protect them from the world and probably to protect the world from them too but that’s a whole other story.  There are dangers everywhere, real or perceived and it is up to you to keep them safe until…

Fish Tales

He was a gorgeous little thing; a delicate shade of orange with great googly eyes and smooth velvety skin.  He greeted us all every morning with a swish of his elegant tail and a shake of his little head, pressing his quivering body tight up against the glass of his small house.   He was easy…