R U JOKING, GRANDAD BLOG  9th October 2017


Dolly Parton To Read CBeebies Bedtime Story



Singer Dolly Parton could win over some very young fans – reading a CBeebies Bedtime Story.


The country music star, 71, is following in the footsteps of Tom Hardy, David Hasselhoff, Sir Derek Jacobi, Suranne Jones and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme in signing up for a slot on the pre-school channel.


The Jolene singer will read Dog Loves Books, written and illustrated by Louise Yates, later this month.


Parton, who runs an Imagination Library for young children, said: “It’s an honour to be reading for CBeebies Bedtime Stories as encouraging children to develop a love of books from an early age is very important to me.”

She will not be singing during her slot, but added: “I hope my songs and stories inspire the CBeebies audience in the UK. Thank you for having me.”


Dog Loves Books tells the story of Dog, who loves books so much that he opens his own bookshop, although no-one shows up to the grand opening.


Tom Hardy and his dog Woody on CBeebies (BBC/PA)


Others who have read CBeebies Bedtime Stories include actors Damian Lewis and James McAvoy, Olympic athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain.


Dolly Parton’s CBeebies Bedtime Story will broadcast on CBeebies on October 25 and CBeebies Bedtime Stories is on daily at 6.50pm.


(Taken from a Press Association item)




Our Vision:

In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly's vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.


Making A Difference:

Dolly’s Imagination Library became so popular that in the year 2000 she announced that she would make the program available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her to support it locally. Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has gone from just a few dozen books to over 80,000,000 books mailed to children in the United States, into Canada and across the proverbial pond into the United Kingdom! Currently over 1600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to over 1,000,000 children each and every month. Already statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton's Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program. Further studies have shown improved scores during early literacy testing.




“Just remember there is someone out there that is more than happy with less than what you have.” – Unknown



Happiness is…listening to Dolly Parton read a Children’s story



 Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your kids.



You Do Something To Me – Paul Weller

Highest chart position No.9 22nd July 1995


10 Nice Little Numbers 7.10.2017


1              36,020 Km per year the average mileage travelled by Chinese car. No.1 in world of Average car mileages travelled in a year


2              15,266 Km pa - at No.20 in the same table UK


3              77,526,000 No. of tourists visiting France in a year. France is No.1 destination. UK is No.7 with 29,434,000 visiting tourists


4              11 number of British Nobel prize winners. We were No.2 USA No.1 with 19


5              666 Total if you add up all the numbers on a roulette wheel, also  the Number of the Beast in the Book of Revelation.


6              90% of the world's data has been created in the last two years.


7              122: Age of Oldest Documented Human Jeanne Louise Calment who died in 1997


8              4,239 the average number of times a UK person has sex in their lives.  (Source: 8 Out of 10 Brits by 8 Out of 10 Brits)


9              165 million is the number of cups of tea  British people drink every day.

10              64% of women find clothes shopping depressing and 10% have cried in the changing room.


BOOK OF THE DAY               FRIDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER 2017

King Flashypants and the Toys of Terror: Book 3 by Andy Riley (Author)

King Flashypants and the Toys of Terror: Book 3 by Andy Riley (Author)


Paperback:           192 pages

Age Range:           6 - 8 years

Publisher:              Hodder Children's Books


"Brilliantly original and hilarious. It's nearly as good as one of my books." DAVID WALLIAMS

"Two words - such fun!" MIRANDA HART

"Beautiful, inventive and laugh-out-loud funny." SUE PERKINS


Great to read aloud with children of 5+ and perfect for newly independent readers of 7+.


FOO HOO HOO! King Flashypants is back for his third rib-tickling adventure. Something weird is happening in Edwinland - Emperor Nurbison isn't evil any more! He's doing stuff like smiling and making toys of himself for the peasants. Is he up to something? Probably. But what can it be?









Nothing lasts forever, not even a £10 note or £1 coin. Life is all about change. To make life truly meaningful we need to keep moving forward, experiencing new and different things. Do not become a “stuck in the mud”.


So we are so excited to tell you that we practice what we preach and tomorrow this website is moving onwards and hopefully upwards. We are planning some changes one of which is a change to our domain name. You’ll find full details here tomorrow.


The website will also look a little different too. Hopefully it will be easier to navigate.


So I’m afraid you’ll have to contain yourself for just over 24 hours and all will be revealed by 12 noon tomorrow!!! Yes, that is SATURDAY 23rd September 2017!




Neil Gaiman is one of Grandad’s favourite writers and the following has been announced this week:


Writer Neil Gaiman has delighted fans by hinting that he will soon appear as the first ever voice of cat Snowball II on The Simpsons.


Usually known for his work behind the camera, he told followers via Twitter that he will feature in this year’s Halloween special of the hit US cartoon, and challenged them to guess which character he will play.


He started by offering the cryptic clue: “I am on the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror this year. I do not play myself this time. Instead I voice a character who has not spoken before.”


While some incorrectly assumed it would be baby Maggie, he retweeted one follower who suggested “Snowball II” and congratulated them with: “You guessed”.


Revealing more about the upcoming special, which traditionally parodies classic horror stories, he shared a picture of Lisa Simpson and her cat crawling through a tunnel leading from a door.


Most guessed the episode will be a take on Henry Selick’s 2009 cult animation Coraline and shared their approval of the choice.


“That is awesome!” wrote Louise Scollay, while Samantha Bosch simply replied: “YES!!!!!”


The idea does not come as a surprise to many, as the film is inspired by Gaiman’s 2002 novella about the young girl who stumbles across a mysterious parallel world when she moves to a new home.


The American Gods creator also made headlines this week as filming began on the TV adaptation of Good Omens, which he co-wrote with the late Terry Pratchett.





"I wonder if we are given kids to teach or to learn from?" Author Unknown, from Big Mud Puddles and Sunny Yellow Dandelions 




Happiness is…looking out of the window through the mist to view autumnal colours of a September daybreak




“It all starts innocently, mixing chocolate and Rice Krispies, but before you know it you’re adding raisins and marshmallows – it’s a rocky road.” Olaf Falafel (2016)

Wednesday 20th September 2017






Ewan: 2½ years old & George 16 months old

Blogg about a couple of things in the news





Ewan:                    Hi Ewan here.


George:                  ...and George, Welcome to my world. Won’t…


Ewan:                    George, you are my cousin, my best mate, but you do talk crap at times. You don’t need to say all this “Welcome to my world… s*** every time.


George:                  I’m afraid, it’s my style, Ewan and I am full of style and always gonna be and you and nobody else is gonna change me. Have you learned nothing from being with Grandad?


Ewan:                    Guess you are not wrong.


                                Anyway, style counsellor, we’ve got the job of looking at the news.


George:                  So, what’s been going on this week, Ewan?


Ewan:                    How about Toys R Us going into administration and applying for Chapter 11.


George:                  Yes, that’s a good one.


                                I don’t know what administration is all about. But more intriguing is them wanting to go into Chapter 11.


Ewan:                    Yes, I know, I thought that, too. They don’t say Chapter 11 of which book. But I assume it’s Toy Story.


George:                  Toy Story is not a book it’s a film.


Ewan:                    Yes but it has to be a book first. All films have to start as books. Look at Snow White, Jungle Book, Thomas The Tank Engine, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Rabbit, Paddington Bear, We’re Going on A Bear Hunt, the Gruffalo…


George:                  …Teletubbies, Twirlywoos and The News.


Ewan:                    No, George I don’t think you’ve quite got the idea.


                                But for some reason Toys R Us particularly want to be in Chapter 11. If it is Toy Story, and think about it, it can’t be anything else, why Chapter 11.


George:                  I love Toy Story and I’m so excited, they are currently working on Toy Story 4 for it to be in cinemas in 2019.


Ewan:                    Chapter 11 must be very, very special. It probably has the greatest special affects of all time.


George:                  Yes, you can imagine it can’t you? Andy was a presidential candidate against  Trump but lost.President Trump has decided to blast earth to pieces.


Ewan:                    And Woody and Buzz Lightyear set out to stop him. It’s the final confrontation in Chapter 11


George:                  Wow, no wonder Toys R Us want to be in that chapter. The final confrontation is in a Toys R Us store.


Ewan:                    Yes, it is all obvious.


George:                  I totally agree. That’s Chapter 11 explained. What’s administration?


Ewan:                    Grandad says that’s a posh way of saying they’ve got no money.


George:                  They’ve got no money? Where’s it all gone?


Ewan:                    Lost their piggy bank, I suppose. In June they reported a quarterly net loss of $164m.


George:                  I do sympathise, it is so easy to lose things, I’m always losing my dummy.


Ewan:                    Tell me about it. I constantly lose my favourite horse, and this week I lost my favourite Thomas the Tank Engine coat at nursery.


George:                  But I’ve learned you have to get on with life and Mum and Dad always find it in the end.


Ewan:                    That’s what happens to me. And Mamma is a brilliant finder.


George :                 Not Grandad, though. I think he is the world champion loser.


Ewan:                    Ha, ha, ha!. Too true.


                                May be Toys R Us should ask Mamma to find their money. I bet she will. She finds mine.


George:                  Or they could go to a car boot sale and make lots more money like my Mum does.


                                When my Mum and Dad are short of money Mum takes all Sister Freya’s and my toys and some clothes to a car boot sale and makes millions of pounds so we can buy loads more toys at Christmas and go on holidays in the summer.


Ewan:                    My Mum doesn’t. Does she take even your best ones?


George:                  Everything.


                                But Toys R Us have so many toys they’d not find a car boot big enough to put them all in.


Ewan:                    The Land Rover Range Rover has a boot space of 909 litres, that would hold a lot.


George:                  Still not big enough.


                                But I think you can take small vans.


Ewan:                    Toys R Us have 1,600 stores worldwide. How many have you visited, George?


George:                  Wow, loads, one at Lincoln and two at Nottingham.


Ewan:                    We’ve visited most of them, except the odd one or two American ones. Well to be completely honest, none outside of the East Midlands.


George:                  Grandad says their stores will probably disappear.


Ewan:                    That’s because they overstocked on magicians sets.


George:                  I’m not panicking, but where will we buy our toys, now?


Ewan:                    Smythes, Mr Entertainer, Mothercare, John Lewis.


George:                  Oh yeh! And Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose  and Amazon.


Ewan:                    The problem with Amazon is that you have to get the cardholder’s permission first. You try getting my dad’s permission


George:                  Try getting your hands on a phone, tablet or PC in our house. They have eyes of a hawk and speed of lightning.


Ewan:                    Word limit is up, George and we’ve only looked at one item of news.


George:                  Yes, but it’s a key one that affectseveryone’s lives big time.


                                The other items, hurricanes, earthquakes, Trump’s Rocket Man Speech to UN threatening total destruction of North Korea  and Paul Gascoigne in court getting 100 hours community order, pale into insignificance.


Ewan:                    Although I fully agree, I don’t think Grandad does.


George:                  I love him, dearly, but you have to say he’s lost the ability to see things through the eyes of a child.


                                Bye, Bye!


Ewan:                    What you say is not wrong.


                                Bye, Bye!


See previous weeks:








18th September 2017






Hi George here. Welcome to my world. Won’t you come on in?


Yes, it is George. It has been a long time since I blogged by myself. Ewan has been hogging it all and pulling rank. Ok, I have done some blogging with him, but not me as an individual, of late. The last time was the end of July and an awful lot of life experiences good and bad have floated down the toilet since that date.


Most of these experiences involve mischief or food or Books/TV/Films which means life has been good, no excellent.


Someone on Twitter, Twittered (Tweeted) that you can tell somebody’s age by the language they use when they write. Do you think that is true? Can you tell this is being written by a 16 month old (yes, it is official I am now 16 months old. I have had an upgrade.). I bet when Grandad writes something his language is totally different to mine, so you know straight away.


So what have I been up to? What haven’t I been up to? That question has a shorter answer. I’ve still not been to the park by myself yet. I’ve not quite managed to stay awake every single minute of the night, but I’ve been close to it. Just give me time, a little more practice to perfect the routine.


When you get to get really old like nearly in your teens you get to go to amazing places like Wembley Stadium and New York and Disneyland. But I have been to somewhere more amazing than all these places put together. Krew Cuts in Newark. Yes, that’s right my hairdresser. Wow, what a fantastic experience.


And there I was given my first certificate, which I have put in a file starting my portfolio of accomplishments to show to my first employer, when I reach that age.


My hair has been growing for a long time. Nine months growth in the womb. There is a fundamental flaw there you know. You cannot get your haircut in the womb and you are in there, if you are lucky, for nine long months. I know, crazy. There was, then, an additional 16 months out of the womb which makes two years, one month without a hair cut. Can you imagine what Dad or Grandad would look like if they went that long? I suppose Grandad would look just the same.


I know Ewan has mentioned Krew Cuts and talked about haircuts in his Blog. But I mention it because we all have different experiences. That is life.


My hair was long and curly and I looked like a girl. At the moment there is loads of controversial stuff going on about being gender neutral, both nationally and within my family. I’m not bothered about all that I just wanted to experience having my hair cut.


Krew Cuts, the children’s hairdressers, at Newark, Nottingham is a mega place. The room is huge and surreal looking like the inside of a New York warehouse with its exposed brick walls and Banksy type street art. There is so much freedom with masses of unrestricted space. There are 3 cars, pink, green and red that hover mid air that you sit in. Only my size. Not Grandad although he would try.


Krew Cuts Hairdressers is like stepping into a Disney, Pixar or Dreamworks animated film. I have been to the Harry Potter Experience and for kids my age Krew Cuts is a better experience. It is A-MAZE-ING.


I was able to choose anyone of the mid air hovering cars to sit in. I chose the red one. Why would anyone choose a different colour? The cars are real ones, just like Mum and Dad’s. I know they are real because they have a steering wheel, a handbrake, 4 normal wheels and even a gear stick. I think if you chose you could drive to Cornwall in it.


There was a TV in front of each car and I could choose to watch anything on the TV that I wanted. I chose Peppa Pig. I always watch Peppa Pig at home, so it made me feel comfortable.


My experience of life to date is very definitely, that you do not get anything for nothing. That was to be the case here. I was given all this on a plate but in return the lady wanted me to let her cut my hair. Although I have said what I said about my hair growth I was a bit doubtful. I was attached to my hair both mentally and physically.


In the end I thought I’ve seen Sister Freya have hers cut many times, it never seemed to hurt  and it always grew again. So I was quite chilled about it, especially after all the effort the lady had gone to just for me. And once I had made my decision I think she appreciated me allowing her to.


 What I did not realise, is that I was sitting a test or exam like a SAT or an A Level exam. Mum and Dad probably didn’t tell me because I’d freak out and need to do some revision. I still don’t know what I was tested on: how I drove the car, my sitting position for my haircut, my choice of TV and quality, how I reacted to the lady, colour and style of my hair and my behaviour, probably all of them.


As I said at the beginning I got a certificate at the end. If all exams are that easy through life I don’t think I shall have much trouble. I don’t know why people get so uptight about them. They are easy peasy and I look forward to taking them all: SATs, GCSEs, A Levels, Degrees, Driving Tests, Swimming tests, Medicals, eye tests, and blood tests.


Everyone needs to experience Krew Cuts in their life time and do it quickly as I fear it will be turned into a World Heritage Centre and then no one will be able to get in due to the crowds.


Just a little tip, don’t confuse Krew Cuts, Newark with Krew Kuts (cuts with a ‘K’) at 2709 Hubbard Road, Madison, Ohio, USA. The USA is a long way to travel to get there to find it’s the wrong one and believe me the experience just will not be as good.


After the haircut I looked so good. I’m sorry they do not do Bonniest Baby Competitions any more. They don’t for Health and Safety reasons, I think. Oh no, Grandad says PC reasons, whatever. But I would win hands down with this haircut. Probably just as well they don’ do them, it would leave a lot of kids disappointed and crying.


Well, best leave it there. I had loads of other things to lay on you, but got carried away on my haircut. They’ll wait for another day.


So Bye, Bye, George.






19th September 2017







1              Morris Villarroel is a life-logger. For six years he has been recording his life in minute detail using a log-book, a camera and a fitness tracker.


2              The name for the shape of Pringles is called a ‘Hyperbolic Paraboloid’.


3              There are no bridges over the Amazon River.


4              Over the last 13 years of his life, Andy Warhol stored 300,000 everyday objects including a fan letters, a lump of concrete, used condoms and thousands of postage stamps in 610 cardboard boxes.


5              The largest hunting dinosaur probably ate whole sharks.  Find out more (New Scientist)


6              There are warehouses so big they have their own WEATHER.


7              When a male bee climaxes, their testicles explode then they die.


8              Blue whales heart is the size of a VW Beetle and that you could swim through some of its arteries.


9              You replace every particle in your body every seven years. You are literally not the same person you were 7 years ago.


10           A pencil has the potential to draw a line 38 miles long.


Taken from various internet sites


Checkout more:  8. I DIDN'T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK



18th September 2017






1 - 5+ YEAR OLDS


18th - 24th September 2017


Monday                18-Sep-17             The Very Noisy Night by Diana Hendry and Jane Chapman 

3-5 years old 32 pages Little Tiger


Tuesday                19-Sep-17             Fidgety Fish  by Ruth Galloway (Author)

3-5 years old 32 pages Little Tiger


Wednesday 20-Sep-17       Tiickly Octopus by Ruth Galloway (Author)

3-5 years old 32 pages Little Tiger


Thursday21-Sep-17            I Don't Want to Go to Bed! by Julie Sykes (Author), Tim Warnes (Illustrator)

3-6 years old 32 pages Little Tiger


Friday 22-Sep-17                 The Shopping Basket by John Burningham (Author)

5-7 years old 32 pages Red Fox


Saturday 23-Sep-17            Through the Magic Mirror by Anthony Browne (Author) 

4-5 years old 32 pages Walker


Sunday 24-Sep-17              Shopping with Dad by Matt Harvey

3-5 years old 32 pages Barefoot Books Ltd






Sunday 17th September 2017







17th SEPTEMBER 2017







1              MISTY BLUE                                                                                 LAVERN BAKER

2              JEAN GENIE                                                                                  DAVID BOWIE

3              I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING                                CHIMES

4              GIVING IT ALL AWAY                                                                    ROGER DALTREY

5              IT AIN'T ME BABE                                                                          JOHNNY CASH

6              YOU'VE GOT YOU'RE TROUBLES                                                  FORTUNES

7              TIRED OF BEING ALONE                                                               AL GREEN

8              THRILLER                                                                                     MICHAEL JACKSON

9              HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT                                      GLADYS KNIGHT

10           ROCK YOUR BABY                                                                         GEORGE MCCRAE

11           WONDERWALL                                                                             OASIS

12           ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT                                                   ELVIS PRESLEY

13           YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING                                          RIGHTEOUS BROS.

14           WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM                                                  SEARCHERS

15           ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL                                                         SPOTNICKS

16           HERE COMES THE NIGHT                                                            THEM

17           SATURDAY NIGHT                                                                       WHIGFIELD

18           TOBACCO ROAD                                                                         NASHVILLE TEENS

19           GASOLINE ALLEY                                                                         ROD STEWART

20           COME ON IN                                                                       WAYNE FONTANA & MINDBENDERS

21           ALBUM OF THE WEEK - ONE OF THESE NIGHTS                            EAGLES              

                Side one

                1              "One of These Nights"

                2              "Too Many Hands"

                3              "Hollywood Waltz"

                4              "Journey of the Sorcerer"


                Side two

                1              "Lyin' Eyes"

                2              "Take It to the Limit"

                3              "Visions"

                4              "After the Thrill is Gone"

                5              "I Wish You Peace"



Saturday 16th September 2017




A new series that looks at important numbers


1              10 trees were needed to make the paper to print the 2013 repoert on the enviromental impact of the British HS2 rail scheme. (QI)


2              6 the number of pints of tea British soldiers were rationed to in the First World War. (QI)


3              2.3million the number of gallons of milk a herd of 800 cows produces in 1 year


4              2,303,500,000 Total number of Beatle albums sold


5              4,000 total number of different versions of the classic Beatles tune Yesterday have been recorded by other artists. It holds record for most recorded versions of a song


6              9 is the number of golf courses eligible to hold The British Open Golf Championships


7              2000 the number of elephants that weigh the same as the railway tracks that were used through the Channel Tunnel that is 6000tonnes


8              8¼ mile long M6 Preston By-pass was the first motorway to be opened in the UK . It was opened on the 5th December 1958


9              67 the number of miles (107km) which was the length of the M1, between Crick and Berrygrove,The third, and first major inter-urban, motorway to be opened in the year 1959


10           193.5 mi[1] (311.4 km) The length of the M1 today

14th September 2017




Normally there will be one review of a children’s TV programme or children’s film. Here, as a starter on films, is a list of some of the good children’s films around.


1              Room on the Broom


2              Gruffalo


3              Gruffalo Child


4              Paddington


5              Going on a Bear Hunt


6              Brum


7              Lego Batman


8              Shuan The Sheep


9              Wallace & Gromit (Various)


10           Harry Potter Films


11           Shrek


12           Charlie & The Chocolate Factory


13           Babe


14           Monsters Inc.


15           ET


16           Toy Story


17            Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs


18           Beauty and the beast


19           Frozen


20           Winnie the Pooh


21           Cinderella


22            Dumbo


23            Sleeping Beauty


24           The Lion King


25           Jungle Book


26          Fantasia


27          Up


28           Trolls


29           Madagascar


30           Moana

Friday 8th September 2017









Hi, Ewan here.


Wow, what a traumatic week. I’ve sensed this was coming for some time. I’ve felt it in my water. (Grandad says that. What does it mean exactly, my water feels either hot or cold and always wet, but not a lot else.).


On Thursday Rory started school without me!


No I can’t believe it either.


Mum and Dad dressed him up all fancy like, left me in my civvies took us both to the school. The school was a place we do not normally go, but it had a familiar ring I think we might have gone once before. I just expected to stay with him. There were so many exciting things to get into and play with, there. Far better than nursery. And millions of different books, far more than there were children there,


I did think it was a bit odd that there was no one my age.


When it became clear Rory was staying without me I screamed and screamed and screamed. If my name had been Violet Elizabeth I would have made myself sick, but my name is Ewan, so I didn’t, just nearly. – For those who do not know Violet Elizabeth is a character in Just William books.


When I was born, no before I was born and lying comfortably in my mum’s womb, my brother Rory and I made a pact. We decreed that we would always be there for each another, through thick and thin. We would never ever leave one another’s side. All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.


Yes, all for one, one for all - that is our motto, is it not? United we stand divided we fall.


We even sang this Paul McCartney song together: Win or lose, Sink or swim, One thing is certain We'll never give in, Side by side, Hand in hand, We all stand together. Play the game, Fight the fight, But what's the point On a beautiful night? Arm in arm, Hand in hand, We all stand together .


And if we were sisters we would sing: “Sisters, sisters, There were never such devoted sisters.” But we are not girls we are boys and “Brothers, brothers, There were never such devoted brothers” doesn’t quite flow the same.


Anyway we are a duo like Batman and Robin, Sarah and Duck, Peppa Pig & George, Jack & Jill, Lucy and Tom, Wallace and Gromit. We are Rory and Ewan, see.


So I think I’ve made the point. We are inseparable. Always have been, and always will be. So I had to go to school with him.


And look at all the new life experiences I was missing out on that Rory was going to be doing at school whilst I was at smelly nursery. Nursery which is so yesterday.


Mum dragged me outside screaming. No, she wasn’t screaming I was. Then, once we were out of school leaving Rory in there, to enjoy life whilst I was inconsolable, things quickly went from bad to worse. My dad, yes, my wonderful, devoted daddy, walked away from me and went to work. Devastated is not a strong enough word to describe my feelings.


All that was left was me and Mum against the world. There was no sign of Granny or Grandad David, even Cousin George had left me in my hour of need. And where were Mamma and Grandad when I needed them most?


So Mum took me to this horrendous club thing called “Terrific Twos”. It was a joke, more like “Terrible Twos”. There were all these little babies there none above my age. Infact it was so horrendous everyone was a boring two year old and no older children for me to look up to, or learn from or give me a challenge. All my nightmares come true in one session. I was a broken kid.


I had to hide myself in the toy kitchen to get relief. A kid came to help me and she was OK, on my wavelength, thought my imaginary drink and food was fantastic. She really looked up to me and thought I was an amazingly talented guy.There was this amazing tepee. If you don’t know a tepee is a cone shaped tent. In the tepee were loads of animals. Not real ones, toy ones, farm animals and zoo animals. I was able to create my own Madagascar.


Then we played outside on brilliant tractors. I met some real cool guys out there. This was followed by cart loads of toast, satsumas and apple pieces and an incredible JCB, dream machine digger just for me to play with.


This place was just so amazing the best place in the world ever to play in with the best toys and even better eats ever.


And do you know what’s even better…?


No big brother to interfere or take things off me! And for once in my life I did something he’d not done better.


The best day of my life ever.















©2017 Phil Robinson –




26th February 2017


Snoopy's writing career very definitely mirrors my own

Been there done that many, many times Even got the Tshirt


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