Christmas gift ideas for your baby

Your baby’s first Christmas is a magical time for the whole family. OK, she may be too young to believe in Father Christmas, or even know it’s Christmas at all, but that’s nothing to stop you making her first Christmas one to enjoy. Take a look at our gift guide …

Christmas gift ideas for your baby: 6 months +

You’ll probably find your baby is far more interested in the packaging than the presents, but now she’s becoming her own little person her toys will become much more interactive – that means more fun for mum and dad too! For some great ideas of what to wrap up for your …

In need of new scenery

“Where do you want to go?” Ticket-man asked. “Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.” Cool-guy said. Ticket-man bent his head down and started clicking away on his keyboard. “I can’t believe you woke up today itching for new scenery.” I said. “Hey. I heard they have great surfing off the coast of Africa. …

Relationship test

“Look. There’s another.” Cool-guy pointed, tourist fashion. I laughed. “That’s about four fighting couples per block.” He said, aghast. “That’s Seville’s job. To mess with relationships.” “So. That’s why you wanted to show me around Seville? He asked. “To test our relationship?” “Seville’s layout encourages arguing. The streets are all …

Sand flies

“Welcome to the Canary Islands.” She said. “Thanks.” Cool-guy smiled. “I’ll need information on surfing.” She frowned. “Surfing schools?” “Sure. Where can I rent equipment?” “Hmmm.” She started flipping through computer screens. “We don’t have much surfing here on Fuerteventura because it’s so windy.” “Windy?” I asked, a little breezily. …

Taking a joke too far

In the last blog I argued that jokes are delicate, fragile, precious little things, and that this can be true – especially so – when dealing with themes of a more sensitive nature. In this blog, I’d like to try and prove that to you, or at least show how …

Who you laughing at?

There’s a big difference between laughing at the funny things that get said, and sharing a joke, and laughing at somebody because they have a disability, or do something in a different way. Tourettes is a condition that, I think, inspires a lot of polarised responses. Generally speaking, we either …

And….Christmas is over!

Well, that was a longer than anticipated Christmas break. Thank you to those who have shown interest in the podcasts, I’m now back in the saddle, and looking forward to interviewing more comedians. Yesterday, ApexJazz and I recorded a tribute to Peter Bergman – founding member of the psychedelic comedy …

A chat with Julian Dutton

Julian Dutton popped up on Twitter recently, and has been tweeting brilliantly surreal streams of whimsy – a blessed relief from the contrived puns that are so popular on the social networking site. Follow him at @JulianDutton1 and see for yourself. Julian Dutton was the first person I interviewed – …

Helping hand for hedgehogs

The great escape Last spring, the rousing theme music from ‘The Great Escape’ accompanied groups of threatened, and possibly mutinous, inhabitants from the remote northerly Scottish isles of Uist. But before you imagine a scene from a re-make of the classic Steve McQueen film depicting imprisoned Americans and a baseball …