Wednesday, 30 November 2011

God's father is a frog

I do love having conversations with the boys, especially when Harry, Charlie and Jasper are together with me in the car.  I can't get away and the conversations take loads of twist and turns.

This week we were talking about Charlie's nativity - he is an Angel.  He asked how Jesus was born and why he had two dads.  Very confusing to explain to a  5 year old.  Anyway are about 5 minutes we worked out God's father was a frog.  Simple.

Jasper has been a bit naughty this week - He had a hot chocolate in the lounge.  I hate the boys eating and drinking in our lounge, Shelley does not - a bone of contention.  Anyway Jasper spills his drink everywhere.  Charlie spills some of his so no more drinks in the lounge.  The following night Jasper is not allowed a Hot Chocolate.  Harry and Charlie are sitting in the kitchen drinking theirs.

Jasper:    Can I have a drink
Daddy:    Yes, but you cannot have a hot drink
Jasper:     I don't want a hot drink
Daddy:    Ok, what drink do you want
Jasper:     Hot Chocolate

It's great to be a child, I am glad I have never forgotten.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Harry and Charlie in the Papers

There was an article in the Sunday Times today.  I always find it a shame that in the UK we ONLY focus on the financial aspects.  The title of the article is 'Lights, Camera, Moolah for Daddy'  I often answer questions for papers in other countries and they typically focus on the social impact of the clip.  For example from a recent Brazilian journalist.

"At the blog, it's easy to see that you care a lot about letting your children remain just as this, children.
How important do you think is this, especially in these days when we can see so many parents that see their sons and daughters as little adults" 

A couple of other questions;
How did your and your family lives have changed after the video?
Taking from now, four years after the video release, can you can see some negative aspect about 
this whole thing?

Out of interest Brazil is the second biggest viewers of our Channel.

I don't know how many times I need to tell journalist that we view the money from YouTube as a bonus which we bank for the future.  We do not need it to live or make a living from it.
We are in a financial crisis and it is wise to look to alternative models for income.  However is this the horse leading the cart or the cart leading the horse.  Perhaps the problem is not lack of finance in these days but the overriding trend of people to be so focused on it that it drives greed and envy.
If we did not borrow we would not be in debt.  Is borrowing really a necessary model for financial planning?

UK journalist.  How much do you make.  How often.  Yes you can make money but it is similar to playing the lottery or bingo or even being struck by lightning.  Very slim chances of it happening.

I am currently working with Olympus on an article for their magazine.  I am a big Olympus fan and always have been.  Their article writer has asked some of the best questions I have seen.  On par with most of the University thesis papers I am also asked questions for.