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!

The Car Fire Conundrum

Last weekend after dropping James back with his Mum, Vicki and I drove home. We clocked a car on the other side of the road, stopped with hazard lights on. Inside was a young woman, on the phone, and looking a little panicked. It wasn’t just someone broken down – …

6 Simple tips to Improve your Blog’s SEO

I’ve been blogging for over 10 years now, and there are thousands of posts here. Generally I can still get hundreds of views through Google each day without even publicising my posts. Why? Good SEO. SEO is Search Engine Optimisation, and with a few simple steps, you can dramatically improve …

The 15 things that happen in every episode of Don’t Tell the Bride

A TV show I’ve been watching for YEARS is “Don’t Tell the Bride“. It’s been running since 2007, and despite moving TV channels FOUR times BBC Three (2007–15); BBC One (2015); Sky 1 (2016); E4 (2017–) – it’s still going strong, and episodes are still being made. The thing is, …

Give yourself a try

I’m going to write a little piece about using my Samsung Note 9 for a week soon, and to add to this I needed some sample photos. I hadn’t tried a selfie with it yet, so after I did my hair this morning – I took a snap. I whacked …

We’re off to Pup Aid 2018!

Our new addition to the family has introduced us to a new world of fun things – one of these things is Pup Aid 2018! If you’re not aware of Pup Aid, it’s the UK’s favourite star-studded dog show and world’s biggest anti-puppy farming event. Pup Aid 2018 is next …

Preview – Inside Alton Towers – Channel 4

On the 23rd August at 9pm Channel 4 are screening a new documentary called “Inside Alton Towers“. The documentary looks at the impact of the The Smiler accident at Alton Towers and how, three years on, they are trying to lure guests back with the launch of a new ride …

Am I too old for Radio 1?

This is something that has been playing on my mind for a while. I used to listen to a lot of Radio – I did so much driving in the past, and generally my car was locked on to Radio 1. Now though, I’m constantly floating from station to station …

A month of puppy ownership – Duggee is settling in nicely!

It’s been just over a month since we collected Duggee from the breeders. It’s been a fun journey so far. It’s fair to say he’s very settled here, and he’s getting used to us, as much as we’re getting used to him! He had been sleeping from when I go …

Fancy a Doctor Who Escape Room? Escape Hunt have you covered!

Escape Rooms are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Something that generally started off as a horror themed halloween attraction is now becoming mainstream. There are many companies creating new and exciting Escape Room experiences, including ‘Escape Hunt’. Escape Hunt is a global provider of live escape room experiences. The …

Introducing Duggee Hakes

A few weeks ago I wrote about our Family Expansion Situation.. Well, our new Cavachon puppy is now here, and his name is Duggee Hakes! He’s 9 weeks old, and on Wednesday Mrs H and I drove to Hartlepool to collect him. It was a VERY long day, with over …

Focus on WeBuyAnyBike.co.uk – Interview with the Collections Team

I’ve been taking a look at Oldham based We Buy Any Bike to see how they operate, and speak to some of the key people behind the scenes at the company. It’s a lovely family run firm, it’s been interesting getting to know some of the characters. A lot of …

Can a die hard Android user be tempted to iOS?

I’ve had an Android phone since around 2009. I started my journey with an HTC Hero – it was an odd looking phone with a ‘chin’ and trackball. However, the Android OS was a revelation to me. Since then, aside for around 6 months with an iPhone 4 – I’ve …

The Family Expansion Situation

No. Not like that. For a while now, Mrs H and I have been discussing expanding our family with the addition of a dog. I’m largely at home all day and it will be great to have a little bit company. We’ve both grown up with dogs in the family …

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