20 Nov 2017

Digital Kids Show, Manchester

It was our first time at the Digital Kids Show, and I was not sure what to expect. Was J too young to attend? Will there be enough to keep his attention through the day? What will we parents do while the child is having fun?

Turns out, the Digital Kids Show surpassed all expectation. We spent the entire day trying out a variety of toys, games and gadgets and generally having a good time.

The Digital Kids Show, Manchester, is a fun and fantastic family day out. It is where you get a chance to play with all the latest gadgets, tech toys and games. If you are planning a visit, here are things to know before you go.

The Hallé in Concert at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

We may not have had formal training, but music has always been a big part of our lives. M and I are fond of classical music and there was a time before parenthood when we routinely attended live concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and the Sage. 

We had heard wonderful things about the Bridgewater Hall after moving to Manchester, but never had the opportunity to visit. Until now.

The Hallé has been Manchester’s orchestra for more than 150 years. We were privileged to watch the choir and orchestra perform at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. If you are planning a visit, here are things you need to know before you go.

15 Nov 2017

How to Design a Brand Logo with Logojoy

I have recently been giving the blog an overhaul. I have updated the header and social media buttons. I have changed the layout and colour scheme. Next on the list was a brand new blog logo. Logojoy, a blog designing website, invited me to try out and review their software.

Logojoy uses artificial intelligence to generate beautiful, unique logo ideas to suit your business. You can design a logo for free and keep refining it till you are completely happy with the result. You only make a payment once you are satisfied with your logo.

Logojoy uses artificial intelligence to generate beautiful, unique logo ideas to suit your business. You can design a logo for free and keep refining it till you are completely happy with the result. You only make a payment once you are satisfied with your logo.

13 Nov 2017

Meccano M.A.X - the Interactive Toy Robot, Review

I grew up in the 1980s watching The Terminator movies and reading Isaac Asimov’s principles of robotics. It was a time when artificial Intelligence (AI) was the stuff of sci-fi fantasies. I never thought that one day I would own an intelligent, learning robot that can tell a joke!

Meccano M.A.X. by Spinmaster is the new AI-powered smart robot designed to learn through interaction. The more you play with it, the smarter M.A.X gets! As a personalised STEM toy, M.A.X. has the capacity to stimulate young minds and foster a passion for science and critical thinking.


Meccano M.A.X. (Meccano Advanced XFactor) by Spinmaster is the new AI-powered smart robot designed to learn through interaction. The more you play with it, the smarter M.A.X gets.

12 Nov 2017

170 mile Cycle Ride - Training and Weight Loss (Week 6 Update)

I am at the end of week 6 of training for The Way Of The Roses and after missing all of week 5 to a nasty cold bug, I am glad to say this week has been a lot better. I managed an average speed of 21mph on a stationary bike at a level 9 tension. This session may have lasted only 25 minutes, but it is the fastest I have ever ridden on any kind of bicycle.

My on-going struggle with chronic sinusitis affects cycling performance. I have introduced kapalbhati pranayama into my morning routine in an attempt to overcome this. I am also practising mindfulness because the mind plays just as big a part in performance as physical training.

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