Month: December 2015

Daddy Joe Blogs – a review of the year

As 2016 approaches, I want to thank everybody who has visited my blog and offered their support.

I get a lot of enjoyment from recording my random thoughts and musings and it’s great to know that other people appreciate it.

At the end of this very successful year, here’s my most popular five posts of the year. Can you spot any you’ve seen before?


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Sophie’s Christmas Menu

What’s been on Sophie’s menu this Christmas?

Well, quite a lot actually!

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Happy Christmas!

On this very exciting day, my 200th blog post celebrates an event from 2000 years ago.


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Arsenal the real deal?

This time last year I wrote a rather surprising post about my secret love of Arsenal,

It didn’t quite go viral (!); however, it certainly raised a few eyebrows amongst my friends as well as giving me confidence to follow them more obviously in public.

Twelve months on, fresh from a convincing victory over title rivals Man City, is it possible that seasons of unfulfilled promises are finally being fulfilled?

And, if they are, then why?

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Christmas Dinner 2010 – 2011

2010 was a pretty big year for us.

We both graduated into our current careers (me a teacher, wife a doctor), we became official residents of a joint flat in Beeston, we made a LOT of IKEA furniture. Oh and the small matter of us having got married in July!

So when Christmas rolled around, there was only one thing for it. We were going to host!

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Christmas jumpers

Christmas is such an exciting time of the year.

So much going on, beautiful decorations and lights,  everybody excited. You get a host of Christmas parties, delicious food and the chance to give and receive with your nearest and dearest.

Then, of course, there’s the real reason for the season which as a Christian I want to celebrate and uphold above all.

But there’s one particular craze I’ve never really got and I think I’m going to be always in the minority…

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Christmas Dinner 2008 – 2009

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of entertaining some of our closest friends in the latest instalment of our Christmas Dinner institution.

As part of the evening’s festivities, I had created a game looking back on the previous eight years of celebrations.

Here is the first of my posts reflecting on some “cracking” Christmas memories!

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How to teach a 21 month old about Christmas…

This time last year I composed a blog post about teaching Sophie the true meaning of Christmas. It was a lovely year, marked by incredible generosity from friends and family and celebration of Jesus’ birth.

This year, with a 21 month old little girl charging round, chatting away and throwing in the occasional defiant moment, teaching about Christmas is a whole different challenge!

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