From 2009 - 2013 I wrote a regular weekly column 'Distracted Dad' for Brighton Magazine, The Latest. (I still do occasional ones online, here's that link
. The columns hopefully covered many of the frustrating, random, idiosyncratic - and life-affirming - aspects
of being a Dad. (I have the rough draft of a book on the same topic, agents or publishers can contact me here
!). Sometimes I diverted onto non-parenting themes such as daydreams about Google Streetview, how to be a millionaire, or betting on the Grand National.
Here's a selection of direct links below, and here is the first column "How Star Wars ruined my son's maths"
- printed in February 2009. Plus, Paul Lewis, who did the excellent illustrations, has his own website 'Pointless Rhino'. click here.
Here's a few example columns
PLUS here are two early columns only viewable on this website:
Alcove Pre-Parenthood Time Machine DIY and nostalgia over 2 by 1
Supermarket expeditions incl. bladders, shoelaces and the perils of Postman Pat's van
A Thank you letter to The Boy A rare sentimental excursion
Seeing Red Home decorating Hannibal Lecter style
Why The sharpened tool that is Youngest's use of the word
Question: Is Youngest lucky? Answer: England go out on penalties
FlapjackA messy culinary adventure.
Star Wars Maths
Explaining which film came first.
Bigger than a virus, smaller than an Airbus 380
The Boy learns about scale