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A visit to a dinosaur theme park – and happy, if embarrassing, memories…

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I don’t think my wife has ever liked dinosaurs, which makes our happy marriage all the more impressive. Like many precocious, bowl-cut-sporting children, I spent an unfortunately large portion of my childhood carting ...

How clever deal making triumphed at bedtime

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It was my wife who first professionalised things. It took place in the common scuffle that kicks off around bedtime, wherein our son insists on one more final book and, inevitably, reneges on the promise the second we...

Irish outrage at Pontins obscures the truth about anti-Traveller racism

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I was well into my adult years when I realised a word that I, and every other Derry child I knew, had been using as an insult was actually a name. The word, which I won’t repeat here, was used to denote people or acti...

Now we’re adults, our father doesn’t need to buy his own gifts

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Each year for my father’s birthday, we usually bunch up and get him something nice. It’s partly so we can avoid doubles – I think his current record is receiving four copies of one album by Northern Irish folk singer ...

The pros and cons of a trip to the playground

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‘I love slide,’ cries my son with greater emotion than he has ever mustered for me, the man who has fed and clothed him since birth, not to mention facilitated 90% of every slide interaction he’s ever had. We’re at th...