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11:27am Thursday 10th April 2014
IT’S never easy thinking of presents for my wife – but I really think I excelled myself this time. Forget the usual last-minute bunch of garage flowers and a quick lunchtime dash to Thornton’s for a box of chocolates, I masterminded a much better surprise for Mother’s Day.
10:26am Thursday 27th March 2014
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11:08am Thursday 24th October 2013
AFEW years back, during a visit to my Mum and Dad’s house, one of our kids ran into the lounge in a state of great excitement and shouted: “You’re not gonna believe this – Grandma’s making chips out of these!”
10:59am Thursday 10th October 2013
IT has been back-to-university month – emotionally tough, physically even harder. I’m not one to complain but I have a stressful job, with long hours, and I need the weekends to rest. But all I’ve done lately is drive up and down the A1 like someone on an unpaid work experience placement with Pickfords.
11:32am Thursday 26th September 2013
GETTING old is hard work. But I’m doing my best to hold back the tide. At the start of 2013, the year of my silver wedding, I set out to get fit. More than that – I wanted to be irresistible to my wife by the time we embarked on our anniversary cruise in the summer.
11:12am Thursday 12th September 2013
2:55pm Thursday 29th August 2013
IT is the blink of an eye since they weren’t big enough for their own bikes. When we went to Center Parcs for holidays when they were little, they had to have seats on the back of our bikes, or ride around like royalty in those little carriages specially designed for franticallypedalling dads to pull behind them along hilly roads through the forest.
11:46am Thursday 1st August 2013
DON’T get me wrong, I really miss Jack when he’s away at university. I worry about whether he’s eating enough, well enough, warm enough, happy enough. I look forward to having him home again, counting the days until the holidays.
12:03pm Thursday 18th July 2013
IWAS off to the gym on Sunday morning, so – being the thoughtful husband that I am – I asked my wife if she needed anything from town. “I just need some broccoli,” she shouted from the kitchen, then paused before adding: “But I’d better get it myself.”
10:45am Thursday 20th June 2013
2:33pm Thursday 23rd May 2013
WHEN it comes to computers and the internet, I tend to rely on my children to guide me through problems. But the time is rapidly approaching when the brood will all have flown and my wife and I will have to fend for ourselves. So, when our internet connection stopped working last week, I decided to be brave and try to sort it out myself.
4:36pm Thursday 9th May 2013
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11:01am Thursday 3rd January 2013
6:07pm Thursday 20th December 2012
4:48pm Thursday 6th December 2012
THIS is probably the hardest column I’ve ever had to write –- but after more than 30 years, our relationship is finally over. We’ve tried to make it work, to see each other’s point of view, but it’s over.
4:37pm Thursday 22nd November 2012
5:21pm Thursday 25th October 2012
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12:32pm Thursday 30th August 2012
12:38pm Thursday 16th August 2012
IT was a long drive – 384 miles to be exact – so I set off at the crack of dawn. As reported in my last column, my wife had decided it would be a good idea if I drove the luggage down to Cornwall for our family holiday while she travelled by train with three of our four children.
12:28pm Thursday 2nd August 2012
12:20pm Thursday 19th July 2012
IT is one of the great regrets of my life that I never had a child who was into football. Out of four offspring – three boys and a girl – none of them is in the slightest bit interested in the beautiful game.
12:11pm Thursday 5th July 2012
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12:27pm Thursday 26th April 2012
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1:20pm Thursday 29th March 2012
ONE day, when they’re all gone, the house will be tidy. That’s how we console ourselves when we look around and see the mess they create: the dirty marks on the cream wallpaper, the smudge marks on the windows, the plates left on the floor, the computer game boxes scattered everywhere, the half-full jars littering the kitchen, the muddy stains on the carpets, the mountain of shoes flung haphazardly in the hall, the coats hung on the backs of chairs.
8:22pm Thursday 15th March 2012
WE have a shopping list system in our house. It is managed with an iron fist by my wife and designed to ensure we never run out of anything. It is not rocket science. It simply involves a notebook left on the kitchen worktop and all of us are required to make a note of any commodity which we’ve noticed is nearly out of stock.
5:03pm Thursday 1st March 2012
3:16pm Thursday 16th February 2012
- Barnard Castle
- Bishop Auckland
- Crook & Weardale
- Durham City
- York & Harrogate
- Newton Aycliffe
- Richmond & The Dales
- Tyne & Wear
- Whitby & Scarborough