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I feel Jeremy Clarkson has probably done it this time. I understand he is one of the few BBC stars that actually has a decent audience outside of the UK. But hitting your boss is never a bright move.

I am one of only twelve males in the UK who does not get Top Gear. It strikes me as an awkward, over-scripted and unfunny program. It is not really helped by the fact you have one presenter who feels he can keep pushing the boundaries of decency. Perhaps he thinks he is bigger than the show, but I am not sure where else he can go. He is hardly the young face of telly that ITV or Channel Four would be looking for.

Bottled Water

I hate the idea of bottled water. I am sure it has its place, less developed countries perhaps or somewhere where you are far from a tap.

But live in the developed world and the water supply is basically always drinkable. There are many people who don't have the luxury of clean water. One such country is Fiji where only 47% of the population have access to clean drinking water(source:The Guardian)

So for some reason you can actually buy bottled water from Fiji!

You can buy it for just £1.76 per liter from Ocado. Slightly more expensive than petrol.

Daniel's Pizza Express Party.

We were casting around for an ideal for Daniel's birthday party. The main one everyone seems to do is at Newbury Leisure center. Basically it consists of 30 minutes on a bouncy castle, 30 minutes of soft play and then lunch. It is a pretty well organised affair and they probably run several a day. But everyone seemed to do it. The other option was some sort of village hall/ entertainer but that is quite expensive.

WE have made pizza a few times with Daniel, and he seems to quite enjoy it. Laura found out Pizza Express do Pizza making parties and so Laura decided to book one for him.

Waiting for a late arrival.




Getting ready to add the tomato to the base.


Adding the toppings.



Making a wish.


It was a good idea, as the kids seem to enjoy creating something. It was also pretty good value. £166 for eight kids with some pizza and drinks for the adults.

I think we may try it again next year, it will probably be a different crowd as none of his friends are going to the same primary school as him.

It was a good idea, didn't involve messing up our house and was a little bit different from what everyone else seems to do. The kids were surprisingly good, they all seemed engaged and most of the parents said to help. I say most as one dad just left his daughter. We found that a bit odd as he did not know him or his daughter. I think at three it is a bit young to leave a child with someone you don't know. But perhaps we are over cautious.

Laura has a more detailed write up on her blog.

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Apparently livejournal have a new owner and a new manager. They don't seem to announce it, and they have had a bit of a make over. I suppose the new look is ok, I am just not sure if it will really lead to an upswing in posting. Perhaps there is a niche for a blogging site focused on smaller audiences, longer posts and with tighter security. But equally it is very possible there is not.

Daniel is now four which is good. We went to Lego Land with Laura's dad. It was raining and a school day so the place was quiet. Daniel is over 90cm so he had the chance to do a lot of the rides.

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He pretty much enjoyed everything, and it was a fun day out. It was kind of expensive, but we managed to use vouchers to get in a bit cheaper. We completed the trip with purchases of a lot of lego, this is his new favourite hobby.