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Old MacDonald had a Farm (just off the M25)

The old curmudgeon in me used to quite enjoy the fact that we didn't own a car, mainly because the idea of going to places like Peppa Pig World or The Making of Harry Potter used to fill me with dread - hell is other people, right? However, now that we're paying through the nose…

Adventures in A&E

Rugrats, by their very nature, get under your feet. In fact, they get everywhere. I was washing my hands in the downstairs toilet the other morning after a particularly arduous nappy change and my baby daughter Scarlett was crawling around on the floor, trying her best to get into the toilet bowl and unfurl the…

How to stop kids ruining your holiday

Last month we took our first holiday abroad as a family. To mark this monumental occasion, we decided to push the boat out a little bit and grab a week of winter sun in Dubai – cocktails on the beach, luxury hotel bars, shopping malls with aquariums built inside them, the whole 5* shebang. However,…

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 free, bounding around the Serengeti, instead of being gawped at…

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 take part in a three hour workshop at the event…

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 pub and might be a bit late back for a…

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 and exotica, and teamed it with a pair of bootcut jeans,…

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 the sheer amount of lactic acid that’s flowing through my…

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 challenge. However, new seasons bring with them new collections, which means…