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The Planet Ixos

The Planet Ixos

In the 80s my Dad threw the best kids parties in South Cambridgeshire. Our birthdays were legendary. Each one had a full-on theme… we’re not just talking about a couple of hats and a paper tablecloth. No, these parties involved several months of preparation and a full...
The Great Cards of Britain

The Great Cards of Britain

One of the board games we played a lot as children was The Great Game of Britain. At the start of the game, players are dealt a certain number of destination cards, some indicating places close to London, others further away. During the game, players travel on the...
Timetables

Timetables

As a child I got bored very easily. This wasn’t helped by the fact that my little sister managed to occupy herself perfectly well for weeks on end and often was more interested in books than in keeping me entertained. If she relented and spent some time with me,...
The Car Treasure Hunt

The Car Treasure Hunt

When I was three, my parents bought a timeshare. Every summer and many new years would be spent in a ‘villa’ at Plas Talgarth in deep Wales. On the drive over from Cambridge, the anticipation would be palpable. In the first 10 years there was a lot of development on...