Writer and project manager from Cork, Ireland. Past jobs include: PA, games store manager, Zombie steward, promo person, carnie and Santa’s sweariest Elf.

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Use project management tools to colla-boo-rate with your family for a frightfully great night.

Three carved pumpkings, lit up at night. The middle one says RIP.
Three carved pumpkings, lit up at night. The middle one says RIP.
Don’t abandon all hope! With a little out-of-the-coffin thinking, we can bring Halloween back from the grave. Photo by Sudan Ouyang on Unsplash

Thanks to coronavirus, it looks like Halloween parties and trick or treating are dead to most families this year. But that doesn’t mean that Halloween can’t be frightfully fun. If you get your brains together and colla-BOO-rate you can still have a night so good it’s scary.

For the fiendish families out there, here is a project and event manager’s guide on how to reanimate the spookiest night of the year and leave your kids screaming for more.

It’s okay to be a bit sad but try to think about what your kids really enjoy about Halloween as an event. …


Every. Single. School. Morning.

Adam Mansbach’s sweary bedtime tale, Go the F**k to Sleep, has sold millions of copies since its release in 2011. But now his kids are older he is probably cursing a different problem, same as our family.

Inspired by another shouty morning, here is the song I sing every day as I haul my children out of bed with a forklift. I don’t want to do this, or to sing it every day, but this is my life now.

So, without further ado — because we are already running late, will you please put your shoes on and get in the car — I give you the ballad of every school morning* in our home, “Get Out of F***ing Bed”.


Leave that mask on; I’m a lipreader, and here’s how we can make this suck less.

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Image credit: Drazen Zigic

So as coronavirus won’t take the hint and leave already, it looks like face masks are going to be a thing for a while. This is good — not catching or spreading coronavirus is a definite win — but for people who lipread, mask use in public spaces makes communicating a hell of a lot harder.

And that’s probably more people than you’d think. Research suggests about 15% of the population has significant hearing loss but — as anyone who works in retail can tell you — many more people use some assistive lipreading to smooth things along.

Children and older adults commonly rely on visual communication, often unconsciously. It’s only now the masks are on that some people have realized they lipread at all. And as communication is a two-way street, it’s not just harder for lip-readers but also for anyone trying to interact with us. …

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