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Discovering ancient history – why Jurassic World is an older kid must-see (but not for the faint-hearted)

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of taking my son Jonah to the ever-wonderful Hackney Picture House for a matinee of Jurassic World, the latest and greatest of the Jurassic Park films. It wasn’t something I was particularly bothered about seeing myself, having grown up with the franchise and worn it out with re-runs over…

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Just let your kids go the fuck out and play

Some parents think I’m crazy. I let my kids just wander to the (shock) park, all by their (gasp) selves. Oh there are no roads to cross, and the cars that use the cull de sac leading directly to the green space yonder are as seldom as in any suburban dead zone, despite us being…

Practice does not always make perfect: why sometimes, just getting older can make you better at things without even trying – and why testing small children sets them up to fail

Yesterday, I picked up a pad, some of the kids’ crayons and drew a portrait. It’s probably only the fourth or fifth picture I’ve produced with any real effort since I took an art A level some 17 years ago. I’ve doubled my lifespan since then, and yet, without putting in any effort at all,…

Summer weekender

I’m rebelling. The problem with restriction is it makes you kick back against it sooner or later, and I’ve been feeling mutinous of late. It started on Wednesday where, following a pent up after work jog, I came home in desperate need of alternative company. I invited myself over to the Aussie neighbours’ who spent…