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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…

Don’t be another Crouch End parent

For those of you not part of the sneering, metropolitan elite, Crouch End is a much sought-after hamlet of north London, and home to many solvent, middle class, bohemian families. And as such, it exhibits some of the most extreme examples of attachment parenting anywhere in the UK. The one single event neatly encapsulates the area's unique combination of insouciant parents and entitled children. My wife and I were having Sunday lunch recently in a pub called The Maynard Arms – think battered, overstuffed Chesterfield sofas, original timber flooring, and a single wilting gerbera in an old milk bottle on all the tables. Anyway, in keeping with the rest of the décor, there’s also a working upright piano in the corner – how authentic. This particular afternoon, the place was heaving and an unfortunate couple had been seated on a hastily assembled table next to the piano. ...