Doing it for the Kids?

I honestly have no idea whether I want a child. I’ve just read an article where someone described their childbirth as “…birthing a hurricane. A spiked mace. A heap of barbed wire…”. Why on earth would I want to put Lucy through that? The potentially horrific aspects of childbirth have been spelled out to me…

Goals for 2017

Yes it’s a cliché but I really want to set some goals for this year. It might work and it might not but I want to give it a go. Let’s get going. 1) Get a new job or find a way of making current role more enjoyable. This is open ended. I honestly have…

Why the student hall invasion of Commercial Road is no bad thing.

Portsmouth’s Commercial Road looks, at best, tired. A mismatch of interesting architecture and downright ugly shop fronts mix together to form one of the most average looking city centres I’ve seen. The failure of the northern quarter redevelopment is an utter joke and something needs to be done to improve the overall look of the…

2016 was a bit shit…

Ah the classic understatement – such a British thing to do. Not that being British is a bad thing. Indeed being British at the moment is clearly the right thing to be as we push forward with our big ‘red white and blue‘ Brexit that’s full of Bakewell tarts, steam trains and relentless rhetoric. I…

Advice for my Guide Daughter (when you’re a little older)

Hi Minerva. My name’s Andy Smith. I, along with my wife Lucy and a few lucky others have been chosen by your parents to help guide you through your life. I’d never heard of guide parents before because I’m ignorant of many things. I’m also forgetful, as both Ben and Sophie told me why they…

Samus Aran – gender blind adventure

It is the future. On a brooding planet filled with danger a solitary figure strides through the darkness. The only signs of life are outwardly violent and your only support comes from those long since dead. You stride on regardless of the danger, your mission forcing you to explore further and your successes empowering you to push…

People are Awesome

A few years ago someone shared a video of human beings doing stuff that looked relatively hard to achieve. The video was titled People are Awesome and involved humans doing above average stuff like jumping off the side of buildings and on to another one nearby; albeit 25 storeys up. Or throwing a basketball into a hoop,…

Where have you been?

Its been 2 months since my last blog. Two months of news and I’ve neglected writing about any story; even personal ones. The world has been rocked by huge events from Brexit, multiple terrorist attacks and even Pokemon Go and I’ve not posted about a single one; well until now I guess. Brexit – boo. Terrorist…