Category: Blog

For the last ten years Kip Hakes has blogged his thoughts, ramblings and musings. There’s blog posts on all manner of subjects right here. From technology, theme parks, days outs to parenting, it’s all for the reading! Enjoy!

Aren’t school nativities a bit shit?

This week was James’ school nativity. This isn’t my first rodeo. I’ve watched all of James’ and Georgia’s too, and my word, they are shit. Gone are the years of some Christmas Carols with the ‘Christmas Story’ intertwined within. There’s no longer a barebones cast of Mary, Joseph, an Inn …

An Interview with Anna Danshina

After the screening of Love Possibly that I attended a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to speak to the leading lady, Anna Danshina. We had a chat about Love Possibly, how she got into acting and what she’s been up to recently. Anna was born in Siberia in …

Better brushing with the FOREO ISSA Mikro and Mini

A few weeks ago the cool kids at FOREO invited me and James down to a FOREO ISSA Mikro Event. Foreo makes a wide range of skin care and oral care products. This event focused on the ISSA Mikro and Mini toothbrush ranges for children. Leading cosmetic dentist Dr Mark Hughes was …

Are you getting the best deal on your Broadband?

Ahhh man, I remember back in the day excitedly fitting a 28.8 kbps modem into my computer and having ‘the internet’. Having my Mum and Dad complain that the phone line was always engaged, and shouting at them when they picked up the phone and whatever I’d been downloading stopping …

Is Sharing, Caring..?

Share this. Like this. Retweet this. We’re constantly being asked to push people’s content. Sometimes it’s because it’s sharing something that might be helpful, or useful to others. Sometimes people share nonsense to breed hate. Should we always share though? I remember there was a post knocking around a year …

How To – Replace Light Switches with Philips Hue Switches

I LOVE my Hue Lights, I really do. Every light fitting in the house has a Hue Bulb. The only issue I’ve had is with the Philips Hue Switches. They work magnificently, however, because they are so wildly different to UK Light Switches it’s very difficult to replace them. Until …

The 6 rides that made me

I’ve been wondering recently where my love of rides and rollercoasters came from. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t enjoy them. So I thought I’d take a little trip back down memory lane and talk about ‘the rides that made me’. Many of these rides are consigned to …

What happens inside Room 13 at the House of Horror in Brentwood?

What happens inside Room 13 at the House of Horror in Brentwood? This is a question I've been asked a LOT over the past month or so. I've not really told anyone, because I didn't want to spoil it, and also - it's taken some time to process it all.

How we celebrate events BC (Before Children) and AC (After Children)

There’s no doubt about it, life changes once you have children. For me the biggest change was the big annual “holidays”. I don’t mean your two week break to Ibiza, I mean Christmas, Halloween et al. Let’s go back in time and examine how we celebrated before children, and how …

Room on the Broom – A Magical Journey new to Chessington in 2019

These theme park announcements seem to be coming in thick and fast at the moment! This morning it’s been revealed that Room on the Broom – A Magical Journey is coming to Chessington World of Adventures Resort in 2019! It’s another tie in with Julia Donaldson after their successful project …

The Alton Towers Dungeon – New for 2019!

It looks like the rumours are true – in 2019 The Alton Towers Dungeon will open to the public at Alton Towers Resort! This page has just appeared on the Alton Towers website, allowing visitors to sign up for more information. There’s very little information known right now about The …

Maker Faire Rome – An Autumn Escape To The Future! #MakerFaireRome

Later on this month (between the 12-14th October) is the Maker Faire Rome! It’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness that celebrates the ‘Maker Movement’. The “Maker Movement” is a technology influences DIY community, building a myriad of wild and wonderful creations. Makers are often designers, hobbyists, researchers …

Alton Towers Stargazing Pods – New Accomodation for 2019

The cool kids from Staffordshire have got in touch about the Alton Towers Stargazing Pods. The Alton Towers Stargazing Pods are new accommodation for 2019, and you can book them NOW! Visitors to Alton Towers Resort in 2019 can get closer to nature, and wonder at the night sky, by …

Upping my Vlogging Game with custom music from Nick Hutson

I’ve been vlogging for a while now and trying to do it ‘seriously’ for over a year now. I’m slowly feeling more confident in what I do. When I’m out and about filming, I usually can map everything out in my head, and get all the shots and sequences I …

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