July 28, 2017

Sexism happens to men too

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Sexism amongst other things is judging people by their sex when sex doesn't matter (that is the most times I've written sex in one sentence, ever).

There has and I imagine always will be Sexism, and in point of this post, always be sexism in retail. For me, I am not talking about sexism between colleagues or management etc I am talking about the sexist acts that happen to me on a near daily basis.

I have worked in retail for 14 years. I started work at 16 years old and it was only until I moved to my current job a few years ago that I actually saw any kind of sexism whilst at work, towards anyone,  no matter of their gender.

I work in what can be considered a female dominated section of the retail world and there are sections of my store that are predominantly female orientated. This, however, doesn't mean that I don't know anything about those areas.

Here are a few examples of sexism that I receive from female customers:

1. People asking to speak to someone from a specific department when they hear my voice (mainly female orientated departments such as knitting)

2. Being actively ignored when I'm stood with a female colleague, even though I have been the one to greet and ask if there is anything I can help with. Customers will literally walk past me to speak to the female colleague or just face and speak to that colleague and act as though I am not even there.

3. Someone actually said to me "isn't there a female around, What can you possibly know about This?"

4. I have heard customers say "Oh I'll wait till we see a female member of staff, he won't know"

I got it today and it really pisses me off! I know just as much and in some cases, more than some of my colleagues. If I don't know, I am always willing to go and find out, no matter what. That is called customer service and has nothing to do with whether I am a man or woman.

I wonder what it would be like if the roles reversed?

A little while ago I needed a new bulb in my car. After YouTubing how to do it and giving it a try I realised there was no way I could get my hands in to change the bulb and I was running out of patience so I decided to go to Halfords and pay the small fee for them to do it.

Once I paid, a female member of staff came out to the car and proceeded to fit the bulb.

What if I had said, "Isn't there a male member of staff to do this, you won't know what to do?"

At no point did I think she wouldn't be able to, after all, she wouldn't be there if she couldn't do it. I also certainly didn't or wouldn't ask for a male member of staff to fit the part. This member of staff was great, she was polite and fitted the part quickly and off I went.Imagine the uproar though if I had have said something?

Sexism isn't right towards anyone. It clearly isn't something many people think about happening towards men but, it does happen. What happens to me isn't a big deal but is enough to annoy me some days when it is so blatant. I now have, albeit a very small, understanding of how women feel when they are on the receiving end of sexism.

It's sad that in 2018, it still happens. Nobody should be judged on their gender etc for any reason.
Has anyone else had to deal with sexism in the workplace, Regardless of whether you are male or female?

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July 25, 2017

The vasectomy chronicles Part 1

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"When are you having another one?" "Time for another one then?"

"Never" and "is it fuck" are my answer to those two questions. They are of course asked in relation to having more children.

More? More of them? But I already have two!

Off with my nuts then! 

July 23, 2017

The Deep, have you been?

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At Dadsquad, we are running a series through the summer of places to go with your family. One of the places I think everyone should try and visit is The deep. It is the worlds only submarium.

The kids will have plenty of fun here! Situated on the Humber estuary, it opened in 2002 and is something that people from all over the country come to see! Children under the age of 3 do not have to pay to get in which is always a bonus. Children aged 3-15 are £10.50 and adults are £12.50, you can get a discount for buying online too. A great feature about going to the deep is that you can pay just once and take advantage of FREE access to The Deep for a whole year!
July 20, 2017

Alice's Adventures! Soft Play

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Hey, everyone, it's me, Alice. Daddy took me to soft play the other day. It was awesome!
Mummy was busy at home so daddy and I went out. It was called Big fun, which is great cause I had a big amount of fun!

When we went in daddy had to get his wallet out, which I'm not sure he was happy about. It's only a few quid dad get a grip! Once we had paid we walked in and I nearly pooped with excitement. It was massive!

Daddy and I took our shoes off and off we went! I saw a slide!! OMFG! A slide! I love slides!! I climbed up the steps, navigated my way past some stupid things that hanging down and off I went down the slide! It was pretty fast, I ended up facing sideways by the time I got to the bottom.


They had a ball pool as well, I dived in there and daddy followed. He covered me in all the balls so I got him back by throwing one at his big fat head!

Through the ball pool I could see a different bigger slide! But I couldn't get to it, it was like being in a foam filled prison! Aarrgh! Daddy, being the legend that he is, took me round to the other side and we went through and found the slide. It was bigger than the last one but I couldn't get up the stupid steps! They were to big! Dad helped me up though. Woop. After a few goes I managed other up the steps myself!

Alice 1 - Big Fun 0

Then I jumped over this raised ramp and fell arse over tit! Daddy laughed! 

I did not.

0.3 seconds later I was over it and I wooshed down the slide. It was amazeballs! Daddy was videoing me playing which I'm sure he'll have sneaked Into this blog post somewhere.

(Yep, I added it in)

After I'd had 6443 goes on the slide I decided to go for a wander. I saw some go karts but daddy said I was too small for them, apparently there was a height chart. I didn't see no stinking height chart! I'm sick of this sizest bullshit! 

Anyways, we went on the trampolines! Dad took a video of me on them as well. I loved these, until I stubbed my stupid toe on the side of the mat!

F**k S**t B*****ks!!

After the trampolines we did the slide/ball pool bit again which was awesome. Daddy was getting antsy cause it was coming up to dinnertime and he wanted to fill his big fat face with food so we decided to go. I didn't want to but he bribed me with a slush puppy. Gets me every time! 


July 18, 2017

Who doesn't love Diggers?

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With the summer holidays coming up, there is always that dreaded thought, "What are we going to do with the kids for 6 weeks!" That's right, 6 weeks! There are plenty of places to go in this country and there are lots of theme parks. One of the theme parks I've wanted to go to for a while is Diggerland. This is because, one, I'm a bloke, two it has diggers. What other reasons could there be?

Being a Digger when I grow up has always been an ambition of mine since I was about five. Naturally, when Diggerland got in touch and asked if we would take some complimentary tickets and write a review of their park I took a moment to think about it (and by that I mean 3.2 seconds) then emailed back saying I would love to.
Diggerland is about 50 minutes down the road from Hull which was good news. It opens at 10 am so we set off about 9 as we wanted to get there for them opening.  Upon arrival, we were met by some "Digger operators" who had strangely large heads.

There was plenty of parking and it was filling up nicely just before 10 am. We got through the queue fairly quickly and then headed outside into the park. We were greeted by a "Little Tikes" section on the right straight out the door. 

Alice quickly shot over to this area to play with all the cars and water pits. Joseph was having a good time with the water also. With it being a boiling hot day already this was a good start. 

The only thing that put me off this area was on the picnic table that was situated next to this area. A plate was let on the table with a knife on it. Considering we got in the park as it opened I knew it couldn't have been left by a customer, or it was left from the night before. This was still there when we left later that day. Thankfully my children were too busy playing to even notice. Alice had fallen in love with a car and was refusing to leave it, even though we have the exact same one at home!

Once we peeled Alice and Joseph away from this area we made a start around the park. You could see, as you might expect, lots of Digger related rides. Looking at the park as we walked in I thought, is this it, we'll do this in an hour. I'm happy to say I was wrong! There were plenty of little cars that children can go on which they can drive themselves or there are somewhere they can go on with an adult. Joseph loved going on the cars by himself.

There is a height restriction on most of the rides and thankfully Alice was just big enough to go on most of them. One of Josephs particular favourites was the Skittles ride. You sit on a digger and use the controls to knock over skittles. I didn't think he would be able to do this on his own with him only being 5 but he did very well, better than some of the adults. 

Further down there was a similar type of ride but instead of knocking down skittles you had to dig and find 3 bricks. I took Alice on this whilst Joseph went on one on his own. I don't mean to brag (well I do, obviously) but I found the three bricks in what clearly would have been a record time. Some people were taking 15 minutes plus. I don't think I even got 5 minutes before I was done! Boom!

After lunch, we decided to go on a sky shuttle. This took us up high into the air. It didn't look that high from the floor but once you were up in the air we realised just how high it was. We thought the kids would hate it but they loved it! It was the Mrs and I that were papping our pants!

After the excitement of being ten thousand feet in the air, we decided to take the digger train. This was just a short journey through the trees and back but this relaxing ride was just what we needed plus there were lots of dinosaurs hanging around which is always good.

Around 2 pm we had done everything we wanted to do outside so we headed inside so the kids could play in the soft play section for a little bit before we went home. This area was a lot bigger than I expected and the kids loved it. It was a great end to our trip.

I asked my son Joseph what his best part of Diggerland was?

"Everything!" he said. 

What more evidence do you need to hear from a child to know that the day was a success?

We were given free tickets to review the Diggerland park in Castleford. All the opinions have been our own

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July 08, 2017

I saw Batman hanging from the ceiling!

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Last week we visited Sewerby Hall and Gardens. It is a great place on the coast. As you can guess from the title it is a hall and has some gardens. The house is massive (I have some photos on Instagram you can see here).  Joseph took this week's photo and it wasn't of the gardens as you might imagine, it was a Batman picture that was hanging from a ceiling in the pub we went to for tea!

It was pretty cool seeing framed pictures of movies hanging from the ceiling and I also love Batman just like Joseph so this seems like a good photo for this weeks childseyeview!