Monday, 26 October 2015


Morning all.
I've not done a musicmonday in flipping ages, let alone a family or bike related blogpost.
well there's a reason for this that i cant talk about yet, purely for confusions sake. but for now lets ramp things back up with some music on t'blog.
I've been thinking about memories from days gone by and by chance caught this on a 90's online radio station and it's been stuck in my head all week.
so in the hope it brings you good memories. I give you
PM Dawm - Sail adrift on memory bliss

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Zooming with the Emicro One

Hi all,

A few days back I had the chance to go and see with the new
Emicro One from Micro Scooters, one of the sleekest designed scooters for grownups in the market. Thanks to late trains I didn't get a chance to have a try them out, but from what I saw I was very impressed.

From a design standpoint many electronic scooters are large, clunky and look unattractive, whereas the Emicro One has been skillfully engineered by Micro Scooters innovation team to take the fundamentals of a scooter and add electronics while reducing the bulk found with many others yet improving the looks so it looks like a traditional scooter. I think the Emicro One looks extraordinary and could be a seen as an unparalleled method of transport for adults while all the kids will be wanting it.

While comparing it to other scooters, weigh
What defines this from other brands it its unique motion control sensor allows riders to start and control their speed through body movement. Micro Scooters say this is a world first as the motion control also reduces battery consumption and allows the Emicro One to run cable free.

Weighing in at 7.5kg, it is the world’s most lightweight and compact electric scooter to date with all the style of an adult scooter. (The girls think it's an awesome stunt scooter)

As for the battery, there’s a fast charging high capacity battery which can be fully charged in just one hour and has an average lifetime of 1000+ charging cycles and to aid battery life the Emicro One comes with regenerative braking to keep it topped up while on the go and has the option of 3 different ride programs – eco, standard and sport mode – make it easy for riders to control their speed and battery usage, perfect for beginners and the more experienced riders out there.

The specifications are as follows


Hopefully I'll be going back to see the team at Micro Scooters to come and have a play with this in the next few weeks to be able to post more about the Emicro One, but for now click here for more information.


Friday, 2 October 2015

The Filofax Holborn iPad Air Case Review

Hi all,

Two weeks ago I was approached by the lovely people at Filofax to review a case for my tablet, as I've been a fan of Filofax products for many years I jumped at the chance.

On measuring my tablet up we agreed on the Holborn iPad Air case as the closest fit in the range and the one that caught my attention, however my tablet was disappointingly half inch too small for the mount, this was my fault for not measuring properly.

The Holborn case is one of the higher end tablet cases Filofax offer to keep your tablet safe and protected while offering huge versatility with the pockets and compartments to store paperwork, business cards or similar and also comes with an A5 ruled notepad with micro-perforated pages and a pen holder keeping you covered for input both digital and analogue.

Complementing the case's function is a 360 rotating mount for your device with a solid high quality feel to both the casing and the swivel base and for protection, the beautifully crafted case comes complete with svelte touches like the clip to hold the zipper to the case with both form and function.

For those craving film time while on the go the swivel mounting folds out into a stand and works exceptionally well and feels stable, when testing on the train yesterday it held up really well to our bumpy line.

Despite my device not fitting I used the case for the two weeks and found it more than functional for daily use, finding a perfect place for my bus and train smartcards and were read easily through the case without having to remove them, and while traveling the Holborn case fits perfectly into my Cybher satchel with plenty of space for my extended battery, USB cable and other oddities.

In conclusion the Filofax Holborn iPad Air Case is a perfect companion for those out and about giving perfect protection from the elements for your device and paperwork from day to day and offers all the function and style we've come to love from Filofax making this a perfect choice.

Don't have an iPad? Filofax have you covered too with a vast range of cases available.

Click here to see the Filofax Holborn Gallery
Click here for our Flickr gallery

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Join the Keech Disco Starwalk

Hi all
This Saturday it's one of the communities most colourful and awesome charity events - The Keech 2015 Star

This year's theme is Disco and we're ready for an awesome overnight party loaded with 70's funk, 90's ravers (big up exodus/Leviticus) and 00's dance. With this we're looking for more marshalls and ladies to join up to make the event bigger, better and turn luton into a 10 mile discotheque!

Click here to sign up and join the fun - Registration is £15 and includes an awesome goody bag.

This years Star Walk is fast approaching and we need marshals to help keep the route safe and to cheer the ladies on who are taking part

I have decided to organise the marshals in a different way this year in order for it to run more efficiently with marshals being in place before the ladies set off

Would you be able to spare a few hours on Saturday 12th September, the walk starts at 22.30 so Marshals will need to be in place (you will be given an exact location) for 22.00 in order for all the route to be covered, the complete logistics of the night haven’t been finalised yet but I would like for all areas to be manned and then when you see then sweeper walkers come through (they will be identifiable) you can then go home

To Marshall with us: Call Keech on 01582 492339, or come to Barnfield College, New Bedford Rd, Luton LU2 7BF and tell them you heard from Imwellconfused or Paul Hooker (just so I know people saw the post)

Thanks for your help - Paul!

Getting messy with Persil

Hi all,
A few weeks back me, midge and modge embarked on a quest of culinary excellence thanks to help launch Persil's Cook With The Kids 2015 campaign, their yearly promotion to get encourage both parents and children to put down the electronic devices and get cooking together, learn independence skills and have great and messy fun, because you can't have fun without making mess!
The event, was hosted at the prestigious Maggie and Rose in Kensington by the Persil teamPrudence Staite to create a food homage in celebration of Alice in Wonderland's 150th anniversary and the lovely Fiona from Toddler Chef, to teach the kids to make some yummy food and inspired to go home, make some creative food and tasty treats no matter the state of the kitchen afterwards.

The children were paired up into two teams ready to do what kids do best - having messy fun! Our little group started with the homage while the younger team learnt how to cook Sweet Potato, Apple & Cinnamon Pancakes and also  Cheese & Salmon Lunch box Scones, with sneaky added greens. 

Armed with breakfast, tea, fruit juice and a room full of happy children we set off paired up ready to do what kids do best, making a mess while having lots of fun, our little group started with the homage, the scene pulled straight from the pages of Alice in Wonderland and created in fruit, veg and chocolate outlines, presented as a blank canvas for the children to create come colourful yet tasty art, full of flavour and tasting was encouraged too!
I know Vee and Lissy were nibbling as was everyone else. I'm not going to complain, fresh fruit and veg are important to a child's development and meant less on the floor too. (OK - who swapped my girls for tidy lumps? - All parents in the universe!!)

Once they'd partially completed the Murial and the other team had made pancakes and scones, the children got to pile together, have lunch with the pancakes and scones, colour in and chat about their experiences I took a look around in wonder at all the amazingly wonderful things on the shelves.
I must say Maggie and Rose, has a beautiful layout and d├ęcor that I can only describe as photogenically beautiful and a fantastically family friendly, giving it a homely welcoming feeling backed up by lovely staff and the Persil team.

Once refilled the kids regrouped and our little team took to the kitchen to make scones, pancakes and try come fantastic fruit and veg smoothies. I've never hidden the fact Lissy is fussy when it comes to veg, until this day when she tried some drinks with veg inside them - she loved it and went back for more. A proud moment for any parent of a fussy child (and I'm prouder to report it's kick-started her to try more!)

Fiona and her husband were on such a level with the children the kitchen was awash with mess and smiles, perfect for any growing child, encouraging the older kids to flip pancakes and thanks to Vee I had the chance to flip some too, once I get my camera back I'll upload the videos and photos to Flickr and YouTube from this, but the children loved cooking, making mess and having a huge laugh with lots of other children. 

Persil's Cook With The Kids campaign was created to encourage parents to let children in the kitchen and learn or nurture their independence and culinary skills. And, to help with this they are giving away some awesome rewards with promoted packs, meaning children have the chance to take home chef hats, colourful whisks, silicone cupcake cases as well as vouchers from Haven holidays and a £250 supermarket prize draw to help your children flourish in the kitchen.

We've been in the kitchen ourselves, letting the girls make cupcakes, help with curry and they even want to try bread-making next. On top of this they've began to learn how to respect appliances, and dangerous items like knives and the such. Skills all children need to learn from an early stage to help them flourish later on in life. The team from Persil told me: "We believe that mess equals worry-free fun."
I believe this to be true and mess should be encouraged for both children and adults, after all a mess can be cleaned up but the happy memory of making the mess will live on with you forever. And much, much more fun than staring at a tablet (this coming from a tech parent blogger!!)

For more information and recipes from Persil's Cook With The Kids and to get your hands on some fantastic goodies click here and take part.


(Sidenote: Nametags blurred on press photos for privacy) 

Monday, 22 June 2015

MusicMonday - cloudy

Morning all,

It's seeming to be a cloudy one today with the rain trying to come out to play, spoiling park fun time later, I know it'll cause havoc as a result - oh well he says smiling. I've still made cakes.

However the first thing I hear on the radio is this little gem from the 90's making a glum day good
I give you 4 Non Blondes - What's Up live, to brighten up your Monday

Friday, 19 June 2015

Getting your game on with the Arcadie #DadApproved

Hi all, 
With fathers day zooming towards us the lovely people at Moonpig invited me to join the Dads' Institute, testing fathers gifts to give your dad the best gift possible. We love hugs and pancakes too, just saying. 
In the name of retro fun we were sent the Arcadie Arcade cabinet from Zeon Tech. While not a full size cab with a Jamma board slapped inside, it makes use of the Apple iPhone and iPod touch to become your portable arcade machine with the ability to play your tunes or make calls in between game time. 

On first appearance it looks true to arcade cabinet from the 80's thankfully without the CRT burn in and cigarette burns on the side. Using this is as simple as loading the game you wish to choose and inserting your device into the docking connector nestled inside when prompted. Once calibrated it's ready to go with this taking very little time in total before playtime.

The Games are all in the Apple A

The controls feel solid, with a satisfying click many of us will remember from the arcades or from posh joysticks with microswitches.

pp store with a mix of free and paid apps from a host of developers and the vast majority are real good fun to play with easy controls.

There is the odd issue with some games, and this with the third party ones - some seem to struggle with the controls. This varied with the iPhone 4s and iPod 4th Gen with the iPod liking more games, I assume this is from the screen protector as some games use carefully positioned touch pads inside the unit to control games.

Even with this in mind, it's an enjoyable addition to your iDevices bringing with it lots of fun and a growing catalogue of  games that ask for nothing more than your imagination and attention. We've been having score contests here. With the loser having to do the housework (me again - pfft!) I can happily say it's Approved by me and the kids! If your dad loves 8bit, arcade and has an iDevice - he'll love this. Click here to buy one from your dad. To learn more about Moonpig's Dad Approved gifts for fathers day click here