Parental Geekery
Episode 49 - Shivs, Serial and the Birthday Party of the Year

Welcome back to another epiosode of Parental Geekery. We open this week with a discussion as to what a Shiv is. Random I know, but that's how we roll sometimes!

Our friend Richard has posted a video in the Parental Geekery Google+ community that is supposed to be the next "Gangnam Style". We're not convinced, and we're certainly not going to play it on the show, but it has inspired us to share our latest obsession with you all. We play an excerpt from "Gimme Chocolate" by Babymetal.

It was Catherine's birthday party this weekend. We talk about why it came so long after her birthday, and what the party actually entailed. We also think we may have cracked that age-old problem of how to get kids to write their thank you letters.

Discussion moves to sweets, and in particular how to get more (according to a 7 year old). That 7 year old nearly got run over today.

We've both been listening to the Serial podcast, and are very much enjoying it. We also make the most of an opportunity to mention Game of Thrones again :)

John's playing Valkyria Chronicles, and wants to tell you all (again) about his revamped Photowalkthrough site.

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Episode 48 - Nestling in Your Lugholes

Well would you look at that. Two episodes in the space of two weeks? We are spoiling you! As the show opens we talk a little bit about why we're so busy at the moment, and a little bit about our hard summer.

We didn't go to Alton Towers today. But we did get to see The Boxtrolls at the cinema finally. We then talk a bit about The Book of Life which Ruth took the kids to see recently, and compare both movies from a parent's point of view.

We lead into talk about superheroes, covering Disney Infinity 2, John watching Rise of the Dark Knight on Amazon Instant Video and we then talk about superhero movies for kids.

Thanks to Ruth winning a competition through the Tots100 blogging network we've had the loan of a Kia Carens for the last two weeks, and we talk about how we found it.

We touch briefly on Music streaming and bemoan the lack of a family plan for Google Play Music. We can but hope it's coming soon.

There is some discussion over Trick or Treating. Ruth wrote about how we are a family divided over this activity on her blog last week. John talks about his experiences of taking the kids Trick or Treating for the first time, and how they found it.

Finally john talks about the re-launch of his Photowalkthrough site - he'd love you to check it out as he's very pleased with it!

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Episode 47 - A Bit of a Catch Up

Welcome back to a long overdue episode of Parental Geekery. We've got a lot of catching up to do. First of all, someone had a birthday last month, and we talk about that.

We were lucky enough to get tickets to the recording of the CBeebies Christmas Panto this year - we can't tell you anything about the actual show, but we talk a bit about the day. John bemoans confusing Cat and Gem, and we express our love for Dr Ranj. There's a quick mention of Little Fun Fest in there too.

David's latest obsession is Team Umizoomi, which we're watching on Netflix (UK). We give a couple of talking book recommendations for kids as well - Catherine is enjoying the Horrid Henry books whilst David wanted How To Train Your Dragon (Ruth's happy about this one as it is narrated by David Tennant :)

We talk about how David's getting on with his reading and writing. We had a trip to see Matilda in the West End. Both kids took part in a musical theatre workshop during Half Term, and we discovered that the trick to getting Catherine to attend was to tell her she would be putting on a show at the end! We also talk about the kids swimming lessons.

John is taking part in Movember again this year. He's set himself a really aggressive target, so he would be very grateful of any donations towards his mo. You can find out more on his Mo-Space Page.

John also talks about his involvement with The Arcanum

We talk about Apple's recently announced new iPads and iPhones, and close off by geeking out about Google's new Gmail client, Inbox.

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