As Christmas is now only days away, it seems a little strange to be writing a blog with a title that seems more suited to Halloween. However, the younger husky recently decided he wanted to start and watch some scary films. After much deliberation we decided to keep it festive and watched Krampus. In my opinion it was not the best of films but a couple of jump scares for a younger viewer did the trick and I think we have a horror film fan in the making now in the family.
After we’d finished watching, I expected to have to start and explain that he needed to remember that its just a film, none of it is real and so on to avoid bad dreams. However, the main question asked was “what scares you?” The real honest answer to this is moths. I really don’t like them. However, his question stuck with me as I was preparing for a train the trainer event. I started to consider some of the barriers to learning that can be presented in the training room. Read More
Weekends for us often include the usual fun and joy of “jobs”. You know what I mean. Those wonderful moments in your life where the shed really does need painting or the driveway needs sweeping, or in our case weeding (I know, shambolic really). These are the fun elements that we count down to at the start of the week whilst we’re waiting for that HELLOOO FRIDAY moment. Seriously, please tell me I’m not the only one who looks forward to the weekend only to find that I have a number of household chores to work on? Everyone gets that disappointment, right?
Occasionally there are those tasks that crop up where I do have a moment and think, I can’t do that, I really can’t. This last week, it involved getting the heating working again after the long wonderfully hot summer we’ve enjoyed and the current cold snap we’re experiencing. Read More
I was trying to refrain from mentioning Christmas but with the Black Friday sales in full swing and the family already asking for present ideas I feel that I have no choice! I do love Christmas, spending time with family and the opportunity to cook too much food just for the purpose of having enough left overs is brilliant. Each year I’m also struck by the younger members of the husky pack getting that little bit older.
Gone are the days where a Play-Doh set, and toy cars were sufficient wow factor items and the age of wanting PlayStations, iPads and a myriad of other technological wonders is now upon us. This year though the eldest decided that he didn’t want presents any more and could we just give some money. Of course, we want to please as many people as we can during the festive period, but I will admit to feeling a little sadness at this. For me, everyone should have something to open, to play with and enjoy on Christmas Day. With that in mind I’ve started looking for the right Lego set for him instead. Read More
Last weekend I was taking full advantage of backwards compatibility on the Xbox and introduced my son to some games I had first played many years ago. As you might expect he complained about the poor graphics and sound in comparison to what’s available today. Those complaints had me dredging up stories about how gaming really used to be.
I can remember a time when I was a little younger than he is now and used to spend time listening to the screeching sound that my Sinclair ZX Spectrum used to make when loading a game. Couple that with the amazing flashing colours on display and it was almost like a rehearsal for a migraine. Whilst my son and I waited for a game to install I regaled him with the story about how long games took to load “back in the day” and remembered the many occasions when after almost 40 minutes of waiting the screeching would stop but the game did not start. Read More
Usually it’s the one that you’re a bit embarrassed to answer. There could be numerous reasons for this. Perhaps the night before was a bit “heavier” than expected? Maybe you’re recalling a younger version of yourself that wore some questionable fashion items and listened to a very popular band (popular at the time at least). Or maybe, as the summer holidays come to a close, you’ve been bombarded by questions from younger members of the family that have decided to expand their own knowledge of the working world. Some of those questions really can lead to awkward conversations!
For me, an awkward question is one of the most powerful tools available. It’s not that I want to make people feel uncomfortable, nothing could be further from the truth. For me, it’s when we face into the awkward question that we are really presented with a chance to focus on something that we really need to change but are afraid to do so.
As part of the design and development process for the course we were given the opportunity to go to the school and take photographs that would link in with the different sections of the programme. It’s been more than a couple of years since I finished my last mathematics lesson and stopped messing about with the equipment in science classes. I was wonderfully surprised at the facilities that the school had on offer for their pupils.
Performing arts is a key subject for the school and as such they had a myriad of different studios available for dance, acting and music recording. I started to think back to my own time at school and wondered if I would have paid more attention during drama and music classes if facilities, such as those on offer within this school, had been there for me. Whilst discussing this with a staff member I realised the answer.
Quite simply, the answer is no, I wouldn’t have.
For a long while I’d sat and thought about setting up my own business. Each time I’d seriously consider taking the plunge I would usually find a way to spend some more time thinking rather than actually just getting on with it, much to the annoyance of my partner. Interestingly I would normally consider myself an activist however the deep rooted theorist within me had the louder voice when it came to deciding to make a change.
Given that you’re reading this it might be obvious that something changed.