The ‘One Day’ project: May 15th, 2024
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by Tim
1w ago
Inspired by the Netflix series One Day, I’m recording the events of my day on the 15th of every month. Here’s my entry for May 15th, 2024. Just another Wednesday. And yet there’s a lot on my mind at the moment. With my work hat on, it’s very much situation normal. I’m in a perpetual state of being slightly behind on everything – too many projects, too much complexity, overly ambitious timelines, urgent issues that hurl themselves into my path from left-field – but that’s standard. In the modern corporate world where everyone is doing what used to be two or three people’s work, the notion of ‘i ..read more
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A birthday letter to my 12-year-old daughter
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by Tim
2w ago
Hi Kara. Another year, another birthday letter. You turned 12 on Sunday, and yet again I can’t believe that a year has passed so quickly. Perhaps more than any other, this has been a year of significant change and growth for you. So here are a few reflections on the past 12 months in your life. A bigger pond The single biggest thing that happened this past year was your transition from primary to secondary school. It’s a big step, not just because you have to learn to be much more self-reliant but also because of the big size difference. Your primary school had three classes per year group; yo ..read more
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Earworms: April 2024
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by Tim
3w ago
Certain songs at certain moments get stuck in your head. It might be a song you love. Sometimes it’s one you can’t stand. Either way, they end up on constant repeat for hours or even days afterwards and no matter how hard you try, you can’t dislodge them. Here are four earworms that have been living rent-free in my mind over the past month. Go West – Pet Shop Boys Released 1993: Number 2 (UK). Originally a top 20 single for Village People in 1979, the Pet Shop Boys’ 1993 cover version is still their last top five single to date. It’s also a tune familiar to fans of several European football cl ..read more
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The ‘One Day’ project: April 15th, 2024
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by Tim
1M ago
Inspired by the Netflix series One Day, I’m writing a regular series of posts about the events of my day on the 15th of every month. Here’s my entry for April 15th, 2024. My intention for this project was to focus on a set date each month – I picked the 15th simply because One Day visited the characters on July 15th each year – and capture ordinary life in all its randomness. And then my entries for February (travelling to Barcelona) and March (RAYE gig) coincided with days that were anything but ordinary. That’s not the case this month. April 15th has been a day of epically ordinary proportio ..read more
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Earworms: March 2024
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by Tim
2M ago
Every now and then, you hear a song that you just can’t get out of your head, don’t you? A song from years ago that’s playing on the radio. Or a fellow train passenger is humming it under their breath. Or you catch a snippet in the background of a film or TV programme. Once they’re lodged in your mind, there’s no getting them out. (At least, not until the next earworm comes along.) Here are four songs that have been on repeat in my head over the past month. Oscar Winning Tears – RAYE Not released as a single. I managed to get to a couple of gigs this month, so unsurprisingly I’ve been listenin ..read more
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The ‘One Day’ project: March 15th, 2024
Slouching towards Thatcham | One dad, three kids and a blog
by Tim
2M ago
Inspired by the Netflix series One Day, I’m writing a regular series of posts about the events of my day on the 15th of every month. Here’s my second entry, for March 15th, 2024. I’m not a cool dad. My kids certainly don’t think so. Even I don’t think I am. I don’t have any outlandish or extravagant hobbies. 90% of my wardrobe is plain blues, greys and blacks. I have no notable skills, unless you count a brain full of random trivia that’s useful for Only Connect or pub quizzes and the ability to solve virtually any Countdown numbers game before the clock expires. My musical tastes aren’t parti ..read more
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A long time ago in an office far, far away
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by Tim
2M ago
How much has your life changed since Covid? And do you even remember what life was like before then? Four years ago today – March 13th, 2020 – I walked out of the office on a Friday evening. I didn’t return until 31 months later. Life has never been quite the same again. Work life pre-Covid versus post-Covid In early 2020, I worked from home no more than two or three days a month. My regular daily commute involved a 35-40 minute drive each way, At home, my ‘workspace’ was our bedroom. I’d sit on the bed with my laptop perched on my thighs and papers spread out around me and dial into a few cal ..read more
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The ‘One Day’ project: February 15th, 2024
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by Tim
3M ago
Inspired by the Netflix series One Day, I’m writing a regular series of posts about the events of my day on the 15th of every month. Here’s my first entry, covering February 15th, 2024. A second for me, a first for Isaac and a first for us. Today we flew out to Barcelona for a long weekend, our first-ever holiday as a father/son pair. An overseas trip is always exciting, so the adrenaline rush compensated for the lack of sleep resulting from being on the road to Heathrow by 5am. Settling down to a full English breakfast at Terminal 5 – Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food is my eatery of choice – was a ..read more
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Introducing the ‘One Day’ project
Slouching towards Thatcham | One dad, three kids and a blog
by Tim
3M ago
Now that I’m refocussing my blog to be more about me than my children, I’m taking inspiration from the recent Netflix series One Day and recording snapshots to capture the ordinary as well as the extraordinary moments in my life. For anyone who hasn’t read the original David Nicholls book, watched the (apparently not very good) 2011 film, or seen the current TV adaptation – judging by my social media, that’s about 16 people in the entire UK – One Day follows the lives of Dexter and Emma on the same day, July 15th, over 20 years. It’s a clever framing concept for a story; I loved it. And so, I ..read more
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A birthday letter to my 16-year-old son
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by Tim
6M ago
Happy birthday, Isaac. It’s time for my annual birthday letter to you. And this year it’s not just any old birthday: it’s your 16th. Oh. My. God. Honestly, where has the time gone? It seems like only the blink of an eye since you were setting off to primary school for the first time. Next summer you could in theory walk out of school and never return to full-time education again. Blimey. 1986 vs 2023: The years we turned 16 I turned 16 in 1986. That year, Madonna dominated the pop charts. The UK and France announced plans to build the Channel Tunnel. An upstart tech company called Microsoft st ..read more
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