Weather and more weather. Looks like an incoming horror storm.

Son was trying to understand why Stephen Kings ‘IT’ Book was not a great choice for a school book. I suspect it will be making an appearance on the school system as soon as I turn my back.

Dad do you remember that time I got you told you off not the teacher.”

How could I forget it.

It was very funny.”


I think that he was about 7 and in class his teacher asked what things the kids watched on TV. Most of the kids mentioned things like football, Peppa Pig, Dora the Explorer, Spongebob and Finding Nemo. That was until it came to a certain boy

My Dad lets me watch Dracula, Frankenstein, Ghost and Zombie movies…”

Understandably Teacher was not impressed. So I was asked to see the teacher after school. I was suitably nonplused until the penny dropped. Yes that is true but son failed to mention the fact that these were all with Scooby Doo….

Top Cat Trumps

Our son has always loved Top Trumps. It’s the same ritual every time. Before we play he loves to line the cards up in order for each of the categories. Clearly the girl cat is not a fan of straight card lines. Apart from the cat the other thing which frustrates our son with the game is that he has to rely on me to read out the text on each card.

We continue to try and work together on our son’s dyslexia. Some progress is being made. Although he still struggles in general he now can just about spell the player names from his favourite football team. He can spell my teams player names as well. ‘Loser’ covers that one.

But for all the progress he still can’t read the books he is so desperate to enjoy. This is made worse when he hears other kids talking about the stuff they have read. So I have bought him a reading pen. Basically it’s a pen shaped scanner with a headphone. It reads out scanned text. He has used them sporadically at school and they do give him a sense of independence.

We have opted for the C-Pen Exam Reader. Will report back on its performance. However today a very happy boy enjoyed reading a comic by himself. Plus the scanner works on Top Trump Cards. The signs are good.

Jelly Bean Challenge: How many ScoobyDoo movies and episodes have been made?

Different sites have different numbers but going to use these as our marking scheme

Shows (not including cross overs and stuff not including Scoobie) – 406

Films – 39

Specials – 11

Total about 456

My guess was 350. Son’s guess was 399. So again I visited the Jelly Bean Lounge. This time no bullet in the chamber – lucky to select normal apple flavour. However due to earlier attempted cheating I was forced to select a second bean. This time I can confirm blood flavour is revolting.

The next challenge was set by a random question setter we have found on the internet. The question is how many types of poisonous snakes live in Australia. Apparently the answer “too many” is not specific enough.


I received a card from a university friend who is currently climbing in the Alps. Switzerland is one of places that just stays with you. Gets into your soul. Makes you realise what a beautiful piece of rock we are so fortunate to live on. Shame it feels like such a leap of faith to return there without my partner.

Mad couple of days (& nights) and I’ve finally just about caught up with work (sort of). So its time to completely focus on Christmas and our son. First stage was to undertake the family ritual of me humiliating myself on the Xbox. Even with the use of his weaker hand he still wipes the floor with his Dad. During a particularly one sided football match he asked some more questions about my time at University. I would like to say I was the perfect student. Would be a lie and he wouldn’t believe it. Yes too many hangovers, too much time spent playing sports and sadly not enough dedication to studying. At the time I thought that was really cool.

During an equally one sided Star Wars Jedi Fight the subject moved onto the future. Clearly our son dreams of going to College. But he is so worried about how Aspergers and Dyslexia could limit his opportunities. It doesn’t help that he’s been put in the bottom set – seems a long way to climb. It also doesn’t help that some of the kids name call him. But that happens to far too many kids. We talked through some of the brilliant people that have succeeded in life. We talked about the stories of hope fellow bloggers had shared with me. The mountains that were successfully climbed. We discussed some of the new things we could try. How IT can increasingly help level the playing field. I told him that if a pillock like me could get to University then someone as gifted as he was could certainly do it.

Now we entered the world of ScoobyDoo. Unfortunately my Shaggy Character is no match for this adventure. My points frustratingly remains at 0 as our son’s points moves past 100. Eventually Shaggy gets lost and finally stuck in the maze. At which point our son points out:

“Dad when you where at University you were like a Really Drunk Shaggy”.

That’s not so cool…..

Sunshine Bloggers Award – The Scooby Years

sorry this should have been posted last night.

After visiting the Hospital our son is enjoying his second TLC movie marathon. Today’s entertainment is provided by the 4 live action ScoobyDoo movies. Let’s see what impact the ghosts, ghouls and Scooby Snacks have on my responses.

Thank you to Sadje for the Sunshine Blogger Award nomination.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award for bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring – people who spread “sunshine” to the blogging world! Very much like Sadje.

The Rules:

1.Thank the blogger/s who nominated you.

2.Use the “Sunshine Blogger Award” logo on your post and list the rules.

3.Answer the 11 questions the selector asks of you.

4.Nominate 11 bloggers you want to give the award to.

5.Ask the bloggers 11 questions of your own.

The Questions from Sadje

Which one, do you feel is your best post?

Funnily it’s one I’ve not got round to posting yet. It’s the one where me and the gang manage to solve the old lighthouse mystery. Waiting for the really cute Thelma to unmask the Zombie Headless Horseman (still trying to work out how you get a mask on someone headless, maybe it’s for the horse).

How do you get inspiration for writing?

Just real life events or son or crazy dreams or pets or food disasters or Scooby Snacks

If given a choice would you choose traveling by train or ship?

Love train journeys. So did my partner. Tended to always get the train from Yorkshire to Switzerland. Many hours and 4 changes but so relaxing.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

My preference is night owl and late bird. But those days went out of the window when our son was born.

Which would you say is the best part of your life?

Being a parent.

How was life in childhood for you?

Privileged to have a loving family. Privileged to go to a war zone of a school. So many great TV shows ScoobyDoo, Star Trek, Captain Scarlet, BananaSplits, UFO, Joe 90, Captain Pugwash, Doctor Who.

Are you a coffee person or a tea addict?

Definitely a coffee person. But was overdosing on caffeine so have recently switched to tea. Now feel properly English.

Food that you cannot resists?

Apple crumble and custard.

What should be the first thing a child be taught?

To change their own nappies.

How are you enjoying blogging?

After the world changed I found it really difficult to connect with people. Started to lose touch with the world. But I found it much easier to blog. Blogging makes me feel connected.

What are your ambitions for your blog?

Solve as many mysteries as I can. Keep the pesky meddling gang together.

My Questions

  1. Do you believe in 🛸 UFOs?
  2. Thing you like the most about your country?
  3. Thing you hate the most about your country?
  4. Favourite type of holiday?
  5. Which character from ScoobyDoo are you most like?
  6. What book have you read the most?
  7. Which movie have you seen the most?
  8. If an entry exam was introduced for world leaders what would be the first and last questions?
  9. What was your dream as a child?
  10. Did you achieve your dream?
  11. Your favourite character from ScoobyDoo?


Again I’m opening this up to everyone. Jinkys it’s time to watch the 4th movie.