Monthly Archives: December 2014

“Emily, get out the way for the lady… I mean gentleman!”

Whilst Christmas shopping yesterday, I heard a lady shout this at her child as I was barging my way through the shop with the pram. It’s the first case where I’ve noticed the assumption that it would be a woman with a pram rather than a man.

Or maybe it’s just that I look a bit like a woman.

I don’t think this is a problem particularly, and its an assumption that I would have made in the past. I got his riddle wrong first time I was asked it:

http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/english-riddle-can-you-answer-question 

What this means I think is that we’ve got a long way to go before paternity and maternity leave are anywhere near to be considered equal. I realise this is a hell of an extrapolation from a single sentence from a single woman in Swindon, but that’s the way I see it.

As seen on TV

We were featured on a news item on Good Morning Britain. No, we’d never heard of it either – but apparently its GMTV with someone off Strictly Come Dancing. Here’s the full glorious 90 seconds of it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSHQzHhZrzE

Recorded directly off the telly with a camera – there doesn’t seem to be a good way to record stuff any more (or may be I’m getting old?).

It’s a shame they had to turn it in to a negative news item on how dad’s are turning down paternity leave, but that’s the media for you I suppose. Anyway me and Ted are now pretty much famous and that’s the most important thing.