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I shall try to define myself in a sentence with a pithy comment at the end:
I'm just an English bloke who lives in Canada after marrying a Canadian lady he met while living in Japan. Yeah, that old cliché.

Shameless Self-Promotion:
My utterly hilarious blog is here
And another one is here


Wow! I'm on Twitter now!
Averaging three stars a tweet since the death of Favrd!

Still Want More?
Email me for fun and frolics*! My address goes along the lines of Japanese (dot) smoth (@) gmail (dot) com. *Actual ratio of fun to frolics may vary.
Sep 14 '14

Gigs

Today: the wiggles.
Tomorrow: Russian Circles, instrumental post-metal melodic noise trio.

Sadly I could only take my daughter to one.

Sep 14 '14
This is the face of someone who’s very excited to see The Wiggles. 

STM: they did play Hot Potato. And Fruit Salad.

This is the face of someone who’s very excited to see The Wiggles.

STM: they did play Hot Potato. And Fruit Salad.

Sep 14 '14
Parenting. #thewiggles

Parenting. #thewiggles

Sep 13 '14
"Having taken actor David Niven’s advice to visit Venice, [Robert] Benchley wired back on arrival, “Streets full of water. Advise.”"
Lapham’s Quarterly, Winter 2014 issue
Sep 12 '14

The Tunnel

We’re going to have a picnic on the bed, she says, so she puts Tigger in the stroller and gives me Piglet and a small rabbit toy. We stop off at the “shop” (food cupboard) for “lunch” (five individual bags of  uncooked oatmeal, one for each of us).

On the bed, we sit in a circle, eating our oatmeal, then she says we need to go under the bedsheet. This is a game she plays with Mummy where the two of them hide, whispering ‘shh’ loudly until I come and look for them, loudly asking myself where Audrey and Mummy are, before they suddenly pull the sheets away to reveal themselves with a big “Here we are!”.

I pull the cover over our heads, holding it up so some light can get in. She looks around us, Me, her, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and says “oooOOOooh, it’s like the tunnel!”

I’m wondering what she means, and she points up. Look Daddy, a ray! He’s smiling! She points off to the side. Ooh, a shark! She points in the other direction. Look, a moray eel!

We are in the tunnel of the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium, where she visited several weeks ago. Here, sitting in the darkness under the bed sheet, she is reliving her favourite part of the trip. I almost see the wavy light reflecting on the sheet above me as she describes what swims beyond the glass.

She points at Yellow Tang. Over there, a Kikakapu. And look! A humuhumunukunukuapua’a! The rays swim above, the sharks to the side and now the moray eel is hiding “in his house”.

We stay under the covers for what feels like a long time, especially in the afternoon heat. She shuffles down the bed and puts her hand on a starfish, like in the touch tank in the aquarium. She asks me to touch the sea cucumber again, because she was too scared in Maui. Then Tigger and Piglet have to touch them too. We see the hammerhead shark tank, the turtle pool and the coral, all under the sheet of Mummy and Daddy’s bed.

Then we get out, put Tigger back in the stroller, and go and tell Mummy about our adventure.

Sep 12 '14

redcloud:

fuiru:

redcloud:

bloodredorion:

knock knock

Who’s there?

Aidunnap.

Aidunnap who?

HA HA HA YOU DONE A POO

Sep 12 '14

redcloud:

bloodredorion:

knock knock

Who’s there?

Aidunnap.

Sep 11 '14

bagofdelights:

Classic childhood books from yesteryear

"Scientology"

Sep 10 '14
"You have to buckle up, Bear! We’re going to the aquarium!"

(We’re not actually going to the aquarium, we’re going to sit in the driveway and she’s going to point at imaginary rays, yellow tang, and moray eels, but still, it’s best that Bear buckles up.)

"You have to buckle up, Bear! We’re going to the aquarium!"

(We’re not actually going to the aquarium, we’re going to sit in the driveway and she’s going to point at imaginary rays, yellow tang, and moray eels, but still, it’s best that Bear buckles up.)

Sep 7 '14
You know how smart people show off by playing many games of chess simultaneously? That’s what she does with shape puzzles.

You know how smart people show off by playing many games of chess simultaneously? That’s what she does with shape puzzles.