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What is American gun violence teaching children? As I write this post the news headlines are dominated by the latest mass shooting in America. As if that weren't sad enough it's yet another school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in Florida. My initial feeling about the breaking news notification on my phone what that of normality - this is becoming normal. [ 709 more words ]

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What is American gun violence teaching children? As I write this post the news headlines are dominated by the latest mass shooting in America. As if that weren’t sad enough it’s yet another school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in Florida. My initial feeling about the breakin...
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If you read yesterday's post about my nervousness to see my doctor then thank you, if you didn't read it go read it now before reading this post. Okay so now you know all about why I was nervous to go see my GP yesterday - good. So off I went after work to the local surgery and my first task was to request all my blood results for the past year. [ 502 more words ]

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If you read yesterday’s post about my nervousness to see my doctor then thank you, if you didn’t read it go read it now before reading this post.  Okay so now you know all about wh…
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I've never had, nor do I have, a fear of doctors or hospitals or anything like that. Even throughout my many visits in the lead up to my diagnosis with rheumatoid arthritis I wasn't phased by my visits to the doctor nurse or hospital. It's a bit like some people are scared of the dentist but again I aren't. But today I see the doctor and for the first time I am very nervous. [ 953 more words ]

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I’ve never had, nor do I have, a fear of doctors or hospitals or anything like that. Even throughout my many visits in the lead up to my diagnosis with rheumatoid arthritis I wasn’t pha…
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Every parent wants to see their child do well at school, right? Every parents wants their child to fulfil their educational potential in order to set themselves up for whatever it is that comes after, right? Yes, this is right, but what is wrong is parents wanting this but doing nothing about it. What is wrong is parents sending their children off to school each morning without a care for what happens whilst there. [ 524 more words ]

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Every parent wants to see their child do well at school, right? Every parents wants their child to fulfil their educational potential in order to set themselves up for whatever it is that comes aft…
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There’s nothing better than quality daddy daughter time. As your little daughters grow, the time you’ll be able to spend with them will gradually decrease. Before you know it they’ll be going through the troublesome teenage phase where dads are seen as the most uncool people on the planet, despite you maybe thinking you’re captain cool pants. It is unavoidable, and something all parents will go through, not just dads. [ 466 more words ]

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There’s nothing better than quality daddy daughter time. As your little daughters grow, the time you’ll be able to spend with them will gradually decrease. Before you know it they’ll be going throu…
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With more and more workforce stuck in offices, it could seem like a good idea to consider the health risks related to a desk position. While you may encounter a lot less work-related injuries – and that even includes pointy scissors and strong staplers – it doesn’t mean that working in an office is safe. In fact, it’s the opposite: Office works are a serious risk to your health. [ 723 more words ]

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With more and more workforce stuck in offices, it could seem like a good idea to consider the health risks related to a desk position. While you may encounter a lot less work-related injuries – and…
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I'd like to say this is a firm family favourite that we all love - but that would be lying. Carrot and coriander soup is one of MY favourite soups and judging by today protestations from the family it seems there's only Grace and I that actually like it. But, you know what, I don't care! I love it so I'll make it. [ 279 more words ]

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I’d like to say this is a firm family favourite that we all love – but that would be lying. Carrot and coriander soup is one of MY favourite soups and judging by today protestations fro…
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Let's put one thing to bed right at the outset of this post - croque monsieur (which is of course French) is basically a cheese and ham toastie. There, I said it. However, it's more than just a cheese and ham toastie - it is heaven in toasted bread form! Here's my take on this classic dish which a few twists from the norm. [ 291 more words ]

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Let’s put one thing to bed right at the outset of this post – croque monsieur (which is of course French) is basically a cheese and ham toastie. There, I said it. However, it’s mo…
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Anyone who follows me on Instagram can't fail to notice that I post quite a few photos of food that I cook. I do so unashamedly because part of the reason I do it is because I am proud of myself and blowing your own trumpet now and again is a good thing. Celebrate your successes and be proud. But the reason I am proud is that I believe that I have become a really good cook and someone who can produce a top quality meal. [ 754 more words ]

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Anyone who follows me on Instagram can’t fail to notice that I post quite a few photos of food that I cook. I do so unashamedly because part of the reason I do it is because I am proud of mys…
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I might not be able to run with the dogs but I can enjoy some lovely morning walks. Whilst out with them both this morning Duke was loving chasing his ball. We stopped for a whilst to watch a barn own swooping around us before heading home. Unfortuanley Duke has scraped his carpal pads on both front paws so we had to do some first aid on him when I got home.
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You may or may not know that I also have a YouTube channel. To be honest The Yorkshire Dad channel came before the blog, even though I've blogged for quite some time I never really focused on the written word. I then changed my Instagram name to match and my on-line persona grew. I was watching lots of vlogs and enjoyed making my own, but there was a problem. [ 495 more words ]

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Last year I made a video about running with my dog Duke. Here is is - I hope you enjoy it.

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Distance this week: 10.9km Number of runs this week: 2 Distance to goal: 1949.2km I started this week with a dogged determination that I would run and get rid of the knee injury. I was sure it was just an injury and maybe running it off was the way to beat it. So, with my knew brace on I set out to run. [ 400 more words ]

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Distance this week: 10.9km Number of runs this week: 2 Distance to goal: 1949.2km I started this week with a dogged determination that I would run and get rid of the knee injury. I was sure it…
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When I was a lad money was tight for my parents, it's only once I became an adult and parent myself that I realised just how big a struggle they had. My mum invariably bought clothes from charity shops and it never bothered me until one Saturday a rather unpleasant lad from school saw me in the local Oxfam store with my mum. [ 432 more words ]

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When I was a lad money was tight for my parents, it’s only once I became an adult and parent myself that I realised just how big a struggle they had. My mum invariably bought clothes from cha…
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Back in 1999 I took Helen on a cruise around the Mediterranean. I was 19 and Helen was 17, hardly a holiday of choice for a couple of teenagers. You see I won the holiday with my season ticket at Huddersfield Town at the last game of the season. It did involve me going onto the pitch at half-time and picking aplayers shirt off the pitch; I went with number 3 (Tom Cowan's shirt) and that was the number that won it. [ 345 more words ]

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Back in 1999 I took Helen on a cruise around the Mediterranean. I was 19 and Helen was 17, hardly a holiday of choice for a couple of teenagers. You see I won the holiday with my season ticket at H…
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Last night I experienced something I hadn’t experienced before. Initially it made me laugh, but then I thought about it and the funny side soon wore off........

Last night I experienced something I hadn’t experienced before. Initially it made me laugh, but then I thought about it and the funny side soon wore off. You see I was doing an Instagram Live…
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