Nando’s restaurant: our first time

Nando's restaurant review

You go into McDonald’s and most people will know what to do, what to order, right?  Well not always!   Despite McD being a massive chain. (Heck, we even have an economic index based on one of its products, the Big Mac index.) Yet, the restaurants are laid out to make it easy for the […]

Madventures: putting up a new awning in the dark

Vango varkala awning easy to put up and take down

How do you really test how easy an awning is to put up? Give it to someone who has never seen it up, never seen it taken out of the bag, in the dark, on a cold winter evening!   Do you think that would be a fair test? That’s exactly what happened when we put […]

Smartening up our playroom with Farrow & Ball


Mumsnet mission was accepted:  refresh our family and play room. (Here’s how project playroom refresh started) On the surface it didn’t seem such a large project.  The room is 4m x 4m (13ft x 13ft). The walls were good, plasterboard skimmed and painted with emulsion. However, since being built 4 years ago the structure has […]

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Lindos, Rhodes- an excursion with Mark Warner holidays

Lindos Rhodes MW 03

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New to cruising? 15 things to expect on the Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas  012  ©Mumonthebrink

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The Levante Beach Resort, Rhodes a Mark Warner holiday

Rhodes Levante beach resort Mark warner arrival and room  8  ©Mumonthebrink

Stepping off a plane to be hit by warm, humid air in the dark of the night always makes me existed: … [Read More...]

A postcard…with love: Würzburg, Germany

Würzburg Residenz

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A postcard…with love: Nieuwpoort, Belgium

Nieuwpoort belgium seaside beach postcard

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How to listen to the latest hits for free AND without adverts

Nokia Mix Radio

There’s a little smilie icon on my Nokia Lumia 1020.  It took me over a month after getting my phone to discover what it was:  I was sitting in the car, in a traffic jam into London just before Christmas.  My car stereo is broken and I was bored.  I search music on my phone […]

The first Formula E test day- was it what we expected?

Max stroking the car Formula E first test day Donnington Park 2 © Mumonthebrink

How ironic is it that on a day all about the electric revolution I have few pictures to show because both my windowsphone and Dadonthebrink’s iPhone have let us down?  Both our batteries died early on during the first day of Formula E. Nonetheless we had a memorable day.  On the public testing days access is […]

Window 8.1 update on my Nokia Lumia 1020- first impressions

Windows 8.1 upgrade new notifications icon

There I was sitting in the car, on my way to Brighton, desperate to access my Nokia Drive app for directions. My phone screen told me: Almost there… …it will be worth the wait! {Grrr!} I had my Nokia 1020 telling me this for most of the night before and that morning.  I was so frustrated, […]

Creating music with Microsoft

A couple of days ago The Microsoft Apartment hosted an exciting panel discussion with music leaders from Deezer, the Music Managers’ Forum (MMF) and the Featured Artists’ Coalition (FAC), as well as artist Nate James, to talk about how Microsoft is driving change in the creation and consumption of music. We even had David Rowntree from Blur attend to join the debate!  I was lucky enough […]

Phone camera test: The Nokia 1020 vs iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s versus Nokia 1020 camera image quality

Well, I’ve had lots of practice taking pictures with my Nokia 1020. And while I was taking my time sorting out photos for my review of the Nokia 1020 camera, Dadonthebrink’s work went out and got him and his colleagues each an  iPhone 5s.  I set straight to work and used the opportunity for a […]

The truth about the Nokia Lumia 1020 camera #timetestedreview

Nokia 1020 in case

The bright yellow phone in a bright red jacket, that’s my Nokia Lumia 1020, my new companion gadget for the past couple of months. The question I get asked most often (especially from technically-minded dads at the kids’ school or out and about) is whether the camera really as good as it’s made out to […]

Date night shared with a mega tablet

Lenovo Horizon family gaming friends games table PC

On the last day of my parents staying with us Dadonthebrink and I finally managed to go out. It was our date night. However it was a date night with a difference: I dragged him to London to a product launch by Lenovo. In the early evening traffic it took nearly 2 hours to navigate our […]

An ear thermometer that works… and more bargains


About a month ago I went to a press event for Aldi. It was also a round table for mums and their buyer of baby products, introducing their range and talking about the things they are doing. ​ As Aldi is on the other side of town I probably only go once every 3-4 weeks, […]

Half term- What have you got planned?

50 things natural childhood

What have you got planned for this half term? Outdoor adventures or indoor fun? (Let me disclose in advance- this is NOT a sponsored/paid for/featured post,an advertorial or how ever you can call it!) Over past weeks I’ve been receiving emails about things we can get up to over the bank holiday weekend and the […]

Guest Post: Skylanders Swap Force Family Introduction

Skylander swapforce update

A couple of weeks ago we were sent the starter pack of Skylander Giants to review and try as a family as part of a family gaming challenge.  As it’s PEGI 7 and not a kinect game I have been reluctant to introduce the Littlins to it.  Instead Dadonthebrink has had many evenings playing with it.  He […]

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