There has been a lot written lately about how much it would cost if stay at home mums were to charge their time out at an hourly rate. The figure ranged between £45,000 to £65,000 or $79,000 to $100,000. That was for a stay-at-home mum. If you take into account pay inequality, the so called gender-gap, you can add nearly 20% on to that for a stay-at-home dad. Of course there shouldn’t be a gender gap but the statistics don’t lie. You need to also remember that a lot of these statistics are are compiled by men who are naturally inclined to add an extra 20% when measuring things!
Imagine you’re in a coffee shop with your toddler, desperate for a latté. That’s you, not the child. You’ve found a table, cleared the last person’s mess, sunk into the leather seat, the great coffee smell is in the air, you’re about to enjoy that first sip…Continue reading
These five flash fiction stories were written on the train to work so excuse the shaky handwriting.
Some of them are inspired by the mundane, stuff that never gets any air play, see if you can guess what I’m writing about.
Others are about love and life, being a couple and all that. Some mix the mundane with a subtext of love, yeah it’s deep, but fun.Continue reading
I sent out a link to my latest kids picture book the other day to friends and family. Three people bought it - including me!
Is it me? Does the book suck? Do we both suck!?
Then it struck me, they don't hate me (do they?). They just don't know how to read a Kindle ebook on their phone or tablet.
Not everyone had a Kindle eReader that's true, but not everyone knows that you don't need a Kindle device to read Kindle ebooks.Continue reading
There are so many interesting facts about Liverpool that you could impress or bore your friends for hours. Here are a few of the good ones and some you will have never heard before.Continue reading
“Streuth, you know six people died in that race only the other year mate,” said Brian nearly dropping his ice cold stubby.
“Well I haven’t come half way round the world just to get a winter sun tan and a souvenir kangaroo testicle money bag,” I replied, not too happy at having the wind taken out of my sails.
“Why can’t you just go for a ride on the Manley Ferry, like everyone else?” chipped in Janet.Continue reading
Beauty and the Butcher was my first short film and won the first Wirral International Film Festival in 2008. It went on to appear in many Film Festivals including Liverpool Film Night, the Portobello Film Festival and a festival in India, not sure how it went down there!Continue reading
Dave the lodger sank back into his tiny sofa, glass of warm rosé in hand. The first date was going well and was about to get better.
‘Pizza will be here in a minute.’
‘Perfect Dave. You know how to show a girl a good time.’
‘You’re perfect Jade.’
‘Do you really mean that?’
Dave’s cheeks suddenly matched his wine.
‘Of course, yeah.’
‘Oh good. I do think honesty is the best policy in a relationship, don’t you?’
The doorbell echoed up three flights of Victorian stairs.
‘Saved by the bell,’ thought Dave.Continue reading