Mutterings of a Fool

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Listography – 5 favourite posts

Back in the day when I was a ‘proper’ blogger actually writing regularly and joining in with the community one of my favourite blogging activities was taking part in the Listography. A simple premise; each week there was a theme or topic and we had to write our own list for that topic. Well the wonderful Kate Takes 5 has been reviving this meme and in particular this week to celebrate her 6th anniversary as a blogger. Clearly there was something in the air 6 years ago as I started my own blog a week before Kate (my first ever post is here if you’re interested) and I know that a couple of my other favourites (like Hello it’s Gemma) also started around the same time, late 2010 was a good vintage! Although I’m nowhere near Kate’s milestone from a stats perspective, for whatever reason I’ve never had masses of page views, but as I’ve always said having engaged readers who comment and interact is definitely more valuable to me than any stat.

To celebrate this blogging milestone the theme for the Listography is my 5 favourite posts so without further ado here’s my list. Would love to know what you think of my choices and if you’re a blogger why not join in yourself?

  1. Top of the list HAS to be what I view as my blogging peak, an idea that most likely came to me while out running (like most of my good ideas do) and is probably the post that I’m most proud of. I love that it features some awesome dad bloggers, most of whom I still chat to and have even met in person on a number of occasions. It may also be the only Christmas post ever written that features a singing Sooty. The post is of course the 12 dads of ChristmasChristmas tree decoration
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Listography – 5 things that are better than One Direction

I am not hip, cool, down with the kids, whatever you want to call it. I love music but I listen to radio 2 and radio 4 which thankfully means I avoid most of the stuff that is in the charts. I also do not watch crap factor or any other of those type of shows. However despite all this I do know who One Direction are, one of those things that are quite hard to avoid.

Which leads me onto this weeks Listography where Kate is asking us to list 5 things we want our children to know are better than One Direction. This may well be the easiest and fastest Listography I have ever done so without further dilly dallying here’s my 5.

    1. My foot; potentially my least favourite part of my body, a result of all that running which inevitably leads to pretty manky feet. Still better than One Direction though.
    2. My hair; if you’ve seen a recent photo of me you’ll notice the distinct lack of hair on top of my head. Balding hair isn’t really up there at the top of the hair rankings yet it’s still better than One Direction.
    3. The greatest try never scored; even if you’re not a rugby or sports fan you have to watch this video. Can you imagine the piss take he experienced from his team mates after this. Legendary. Still despite all this still better than One Direction.
    4. Mini disc’s; remember them? Promised a lot, the next big thing after CD’s, yet delivered very little. Now ancient history, long forgotten since Apple launched the first iPod. Still better than One Direction.
    5. Oasis; let’s be honest if the Gallagher brothers appeared in an audition on crap factor they’d never make it through and would get asked back at the end to sing with the other weirdo’s for one last time. The shouty lead singer who can’t really sing and his quiet brother who plays guitar well but that’s about it. Still, I’d rather listen to Champagne Supernova on repeat for the rest of my life than One Direction.


Listography: six songs of me

I do like the listography link up over on Kate Takes 5 and this time she’s even been a bit cheeky and picked a prompt with 6 answers. So here are my answers to the six songs of me questions:

1 – What was the first song you ever bought?

I’m sure there were other songs purchased before this, but the first one I really remember buying was Now 21 on double tape. Those compilations were always top of my christmas list and I used to listen to them over and over again. I can remember learning all the words to Right Said Fred – Deeply Dippy off that album.

2 – What song always gets you dancing?

Quite honestly I am not a dancer, I can throw some mean dad dancing shapes but it’s rare that I’ll voluntarily get on the dancefloor. However I if house of pain – jump around comes on then I may well be tempted. Particularly given that half the song you just have to jump up and down, even I can do that.

3 – What song takes you back to your childhood

Has to be young at heart by the Bluebells, always take me back to being 12 or 13 and signing along in my bedroom. Surely the only time you can ever do air Violin also?

4 – What is your perfect love song

The current lady of the manor and I had you do something to me by Paul Weller as our first dance so that has to be top of the list. In fact there are probably 3 or 4 of his songs that would fit the bill pretty well here like moon on his pyjamas. Such a great voice.

5. What song would you want at your funeral?

Hello by Lionel Richie, because it has to be a tear jerker doesn’t it? People WILL cry at my funeral even if I have to resort to sad songs to do it.

6. Time for the encore, one last song that makes you you

Well it has to be good old Frank, no selection is complete without him surely? This is my dance around the kitchen while cooking up a storm music, my food is definitely tastier when Frank has helped me cook it! Come fly with me would just sneak it as pick of the lot for me.

Why not join in or check out the other entries?

Listography: Top 5 things I’d like to be reincarnated as

Haven’t joined up with the listography for a while but I quite like this top 5 prompt from Kate, tells you quite a lot about someone I reckon. However not sure what my choices say about me? Here’s my top 5 things I’d like to be reincarnated as;

  1. A dog; or more specifically a springer spaniel. Have you ever watched on run about a field and then discover some water? Thesheer joy and excitement they get from the simplest things has to be amazing. Plus once you’re done with running free you just curl up and sleep. Awesome.
  2. Cheddar; think about it you get better wi
  3. th age, you just chill out with your mates all day on a nice rack AND you’re cheese!
  4. Kevin McCloud; how much fun would it be to get paid to visit people building crazy homes and ask them with a sly grin on your face “so you’ve sacked youarchitect and are project managing are you” or “you’re how much over budget now”. Shame that he has to drive a crappy Vauxhall hire car each time he visits somewhere.
  5. A fly on the wall; how many times have you said ‘I wish I could have been a fly on the wall’?Well here’s your chance, where would you go first? I’d head straight for Downing Street, love to know what really goes on in there.
  6. Me right now; cheesy maybe but I love being 30, I earn a good wage, I’m healthy, I have 2 fabulous children and a beautiful wife. Why would I want to be anyone else really? Regrets or wishing to be someone else are just a waste of time and energy.

So there you have it, if you feel like joining in then go a link up to the other entries on Kate’s blog.


Listography – Top 5 songs I grew up with

I’ve been meaning to join up with the Listography this week but hadn’t got around to getting the post written, but reading all the other entries has given me the push I needed. The idea is to choose the 5 songs that we listened to and sang along to as children. Now I don’t really remember music being a very big part of my life while at primary school, all I remember are the story tapes we listened too while driving to Scotland or Devon for holiday. They were truly fab, but no doubt drove my parents mad listening to them over and over again.

However when I went to secondary school I fell in love with music like all soon to be teenagers do. Some choices showed excellent taste and judgement, others well, not so much. So here in all their glory are my 5 songs that remind me of being a child (which is pretty much the same as songs I grew up with right?)

1 – The Bluebells – Young at heart

This song was massive when I was just beginning big school and was on the very first now album I bought on double tape with one of those back to back tape cases. Absolutely loved this song, fun to dance to and being a fast song no pressure to try and dance with a girl.

2 – 4 non blondes – what’s up

I knew every single word to this song (still do I think) and did a mean guitar impression using a tennis racket also. In my head I looked and sounded great, in reality I would have definitely got through to face the judges on the Xfactor as a freak show.

3 – N Trance – set you free

I only have to hear the rain at the start of this album to take me back to being a 13 year old again, then at university attending 90’s nights at clubs and dancing like a crazy man (notice a theme here? Dad dancing started early, I’m so cool)

4 – Fun Lovin Criminals – Scooby Snacks

Not only does it contain clips from two of the greatest films of all time in Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs it also is written by one of the coolest men alive. Great album, the first CD I ever bought I think.

5 – Mr Blobby – Mr Blobby

Oh yes I was one of THOSE people, the ones that got the crazy pink dude to christmas no.1 and you know what? If it’s a choice between him and some Xfactor crap I’d do it all again. Plus Noel’s House Party was awesome Saturday night TV. In case this piece of TV gold passed you by here it is in all it’s glory

Listography – top 5 beauty products

So Kate has set a prompt this week that she thinks is just for girls, well not one to duck a challenge I thought I would share my words of wisdom on all things beauty. After all one look at a photo of me will tell you that I take pride in my appearance….

  1. Shower gel; washes your body AND your face, 2 for the price of 1 what more can you want? Plus if you get that mint original source stuff it really wakes you up in the morning, especially if you get it on your ‘bits’.
  2. E45 cream; forget oil of olay this is the only moisturiser you’ll need. It’s about a 10th of the price of those fancy creams which apparently have all sorts of scientific research behind them and is just as effective at moisturising your face.
  3. Vaseline; chapped lips? cracked skin on your hands? A perfect solution, oh and if you’re a runner it has many other uses….
  4. King of Shaves shave gel; in all honestly the best shave gel/foam you can buy. Much better for your skin than any Gillette crap and gets you that smooth bum feeling.
  5. ummm I’m out, that exhausts my list of beauty products unless you count deodorant of course..

Listography – mugs

I hadn’t planned to join up with the listography this week but this topic is right up my street, or to be more exact the lady of the manors. She is obsessed with mugs and despite my protests new ones seem to appear at regular intervals. So I have just popped next door to snap my personal favourites from the cupboard, of course even though we have this massive collection of china the lady of the manor uses only 1 almost exclusively.


  1. Firstly my favourite and the one I am using right now for a nice cup of Earl Grey. This one appeared in our kitchen while we were away on holiday courtesy of my mum (see what I have to contend with?). A charity shop find no less and a fine one at that as its a John Lewis mug.
  2. This one has a lot of sentimental value, it’s from Tintagel pottery in Cornwall. Tintagel was where I proposed to the current lady of the manor you see. She can never resist stopping off at small potteries and we spotted this one on the drive home after the question was asked. We also have a matching tea pot 🙂
  3. Ok, so not technically a mug but I do enjoy a cup of espresso and this is my favourite one for those afternoons of working from home when a little kick is needed.
  4. The 4th in this little selection is my go to mug when I’ve got a caffietiere on the go. Another local pottery purchase, this time from Port Isaac a couple of years ago when on holiday with a 8 week old Bracken. Turns out holidaying with a very cute puppy means a lot of people want to say hello to you.
  5. Finally is this monster cup, the perfect one for a hot chocolate 🙂

Oh and in case you’re interested, here’s the full collection;


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