BRAVING THE RELAUNCH

My late wife, Desreen, was very funny. She had a completely different take on the world to anyone else I’ve ever met. For instance, after she’d given birth to our son she never really spoke negatively about wanting to lose weight or build back the stomach muscles that were cut open during her emergency caesarean. […]

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‘WE CAN DO ANYTHING TOGETHER’: THE TRAVELS OF A FATHER AND SON

‘We can do this can’t we, Jackson?’ ‘Yes, Daddy. We can do this together.’ I asked my son this fairly rhetorical question when he was two and half years old and I was totally lost, trying to hold everything together just five months after his mum’s premature death. His response, I’ve since discovered, was characteristically […]

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I QUIT MY JOB TO SPEND THE SUMMER WITH MY SON

A shorter version of this piece about was first published in The Times in July 2018, before the trip detailed below.   One of the hardest things about being a sole parent, I keep telling anyone who will listen, is that you have to make all the major life decisions alone. “I can’t imagine how difficult that must […]

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WHAT SHALL I BE WHEN I GROW UP?

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” – Woody Allen  Life’s weird. To some degree, you have to have a plan, but, aside from numerical ageing, very few aspects of life are linear enough to rely on as truly determinable. I decided I wanted to work in public relations when […]

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