Say Hello to Heaven

Since Chris Cornell's death on 18th May this year I have been considering whether to write about it or not. I decided to reflect on this decision for a while and consider what it was I actually wanted to express, discuss and disclose. As a music fan I first came across Chris Cornell as a … Continue reading Say Hello to Heaven

Parental Alienation, Happiness and Personal Growth

All too often I find myself reflecting on recent events in my life. Arguably, this could be called pro-crastination, but I prefer to see it as self-reflection. During such a recent period of self-reflection (okay, lets call it pro-crastination for arguments sake!) I considered the recent positives in my life that have come out of … Continue reading Parental Alienation, Happiness and Personal Growth

Does Thinking About Your Children Less, Mean You Love Them Less?

Before discussing this question, please allow me to put this into context for those readers that may not be familiar with this blog. I am what is known as an alienated parent. Following the breakdown of my marriage my ex has 'successfully' prevented me from having any contact with my three beautiful young children for what … Continue reading Does Thinking About Your Children Less, Mean You Love Them Less?

Given to Fly

In 1998 Pearl Jam released their fifth studio album Yield. It marked a return to the band's earlier straightforward heavier approach to albums. The stand out track is the soaring epic Given to Fly, a song that carries underlying themes of existence and rebirth. A subtle, yet sublime guitar riff from Mike McCready opens the song. The … Continue reading Given to Fly

Parental alienation, one year on. What have I learnt? 

It is now a year since I have had any contact with my three beautiful young children. My ex continues to deny me any contact with them.  My ex continues to take advantage of a flawed system. A system that enables her to ignore and breach court orders for contact and engagement in interventions, with … Continue reading Parental alienation, one year on. What have I learnt? 

To live a life any less than challenging

Too many of us spend far too much of our lives trying to fit in. Some individuals are lucky enough to be born with an enviable, but healthy disregard for what others may think. Individuals that do not need the validation, recognition or reassurance of others. Individuals that are happy enough with themselves. Individuals that understand … Continue reading To live a life any less than challenging

Peace at Last

There are numerous behaviours one can 'get away with' by being a Dad. No, I do not mean childbirth, nor do I mean parental alienation. For example I love climbing trees, however it is not deemed socially acceptable for a grown man to walk over a forest alone and then proceed to climb trees, and … Continue reading Peace at Last

Everybody Hurts

In 1992 R.E.M. released their eighth studio album Automatic for the People. Back then I was a mere 18 years of age, living and growing up in North London. During this time my friends and I would meet outside the local offy (off licence/liquor store) every Friday evening prior to 'going out on the town'. Due to there … Continue reading Everybody Hurts