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Martha does London Zoo

As an animal lover I’m slightly ambivalent about zoos. I love getting close up to magnificent beasts but at the same time, when you look deeper into larger mammal’s eyes, you do sometimes sense a modicum of sadness; it’s clear they just want to be

Dandy Dad does sewing – GBSB Live competition

“Fancy making your daughter a pair of pyjamas?” they said.  As the only two things in my life currently are children and a love of tailoring, I said of course I do! The good people at The Great British Sewing Bee Live have invited me to

Lunch with Chester Barrie

My life very much feels like it’s in transition at the moment. This sense of straddling the past and the future was neatly highlighted on my last day of full time work in July. I’d swanned off at lunchtime saying I was going to the

Dandy Dad’s Essentials – The Hawaiian Shirt

The Hawaiian shirt (or Aloha shirt as it’s also known) still proves to be popular with the man on the street, which is unfortunate, as he’s taken what should be super cool menswear item that’s reminiscent of affluent, optimistic post-war America with its tiki bars

Dandy Dad does yoga

Being one of those ‘north London metropolitan elites’ that you hear so much about, it’ll come as no surprise that I’ve been known to practice yoga. Cycling to work for most of my adult life has played havoc on my back and my hamstrings, and

Fresh summer looks for girls from Denmark

I’m not a massive fan of the heat. Personally, summer represents the dichotomy between clement weather and the end of layering as a fashion option. It’s tough to make a statement with just a T-shirt, penny loafers and chinos, but hey, I’m always up for a

Scandos do it Better

From progressive politics and flatpack furniture, to crime drama and tax-financed welfare programmes, those nice liberal types across the North Sea just seem to do everything a bit better than us, including parenting. I spoke to Anna Ekman at Swedish company BabyBjörn about the ethos behind the

Martha’s First Cinema Experience: Peppa Pig

Today was a rites of passage. It was my daughter’s first visit to the cinema, and I wanted it to be special. As pathetic as it sounds, some of the most pivotal moments in my life have involved sitting on my own in a darkened

Dandy Dad’s Essentials: Vintage bikes

One of my favourite mottos is, style over comfort. The other is, suffer for your art. And both of these neatly encapsulate the fact that I cycle 18 miles to and from work every day on a 14kg bike (most commuter bikes weigh around 8kg)