Terrible Twos

The Terrible Twos

“NO!”

 

Sound familiar?

If you are the parent of a two year old, I’ll bet it does! There’s a reason this stage is known as “the terrible twos”. That tiny human being who had been a largely passive participant in their own lives suddenly finds their voice. And one of their favourite things to do with that voice is use it to shout “NO!” at every opportunity.

 

“Wash your hands please”

“NO!”

“Time for a bath”

“NO!”

“Time to get dressed”

“NO!”

 

Speaking from the perspective of a dad who is currently living this period, it can be… challenging. Okay, I’ll be honest, it can be downright infuriating!

I like to think I’m a fairly patient guy. But when Hannah responds to what I believe to be a perfectly simple request with a bold, loud “NO!”, expertly pitched at the exact frequency that can only be described as the make daddy lose his shit tone, I can feel my blood start to boil pretty quickly.

I’m not sure why that particular “NO!” is so powerful, but I’ll bet I’m not the only parent who feels its power. It could be because for the first time it feels like there is a power struggle in the relationship. No longer am I the decider of all the things – someone else wants to have a say, and they say it. Loudly.

 

I understand why the Terrible Twos label exists. Having experienced this stage, a small amount of dread begins to build in my stomach whenever I hear the term Threenager.

I understand why the term exists, but I don’t agree with it. Can two year olds be challenging, infuriating, hard damned work? Yes, absolutely. Is it a terrible time? Absolutely not.

 

The Joy of Two Year Olds

For all the tantrums over cheese and meltdowns over getting undressed, there are a thousand positive moments. Each day with a two year old is filled with precious moments of wonderment, exploration, development and pure joy.

Hannah surprises me daily. She often speaks in full sentences, complex ones even! Most amazingly, she has begun to express ideas that are clearly original thoughts, mashed together from her expanding life experiences.

Hannah’s imagination is a thing of absolute beauty and joy. A piece of cheese can be a triangle, or it can be a car, or it can be a bird (yes, we are cheese-focussed in this house). A couple of pieces of DUPLO can be diligently wrangled for a solid ten minutes while the 2yo utters the words “No, I fix it”, before it becomes doctor’s tool for biping away sore knees and tummies.

We have always loved books, but the older Hannah grows, the more she seems to enjoy them. She is fortunate to have a vast collection of incredible picture books. Even with so many books on her shelves, she can pick out the exact one she wants by its spine. We often sit and read four or five books in a row, and in my opinion there are few better ways to spend an afternoon!

Hannah is full of love and friendship. She adores other people of all sizes. Babies fascinate her, kids her own age delight her, older children seem to immediately take her under their wing. She enjoys interaction with adults and can’t get enough mum and dad time.

 

The Importance of Having a Voice

As frustrating as the “NO”s are, I believe they have an important purpose. Hannah is just beginning to find her voice. She is learning to express her opinions, to state her dislikes and likes, and to be a part of the household conversation. She likes to be listened to, she likes to be included, and she hates to have decisions seemingly arbitrarily imposed on her – a bit like *gasp* a real human!

Hannah’s refusal to get dressed when we have exactly five minutes before we need to be out the door in order to make the doctor’s appointment can be infuriating to me, because I fully comprehend the timeframe and I know the importance of making the appointment.

But for Hannah, she has perfectly valid reasons for not wanting to get dressed. Maybe she feels comfortable in her pyjamas and doesn’t want to get cold. Maybe she likes the owl on her PJs and doesn’t want to wear the cat top. Perhaps she already has enough stickers, so doesn’t need to go to the doctor (because what else could the doctor possibly be for?).

I don’t know what her reasons are as they are not immediately obvious to me. Just like the reasons for my impatience are not obvious to her.

I believe this stage of Hannah’s development is actually extremely important. She is learning to articulate her opinions and to have her voice heard. I see my role in this stage as extremely important – I certainly can’t be a pushover, but I also shouldn’t be trying to squash her newfound voice.

For Hannah to thrive, she needs to be able to both strongly express her opinion and also listen to those of others. She needs to understand and respect boundaries, but she must also be confident in challenging injustice. I strongly believe that those seeds are been sown right now. We parents have a huge job to do at this stage in our child’s development and it sure isn’t easy.

 

The Answers?

I know this is the bit where I’m supposed to impart my magic words of wisdom, so that you may use them with your toddler and experience blissful, conflict-free happy families.

The truth is I don’t have all the answers. In fact, I have barely any. The word “no” flows thick and fast in our house, and the inevitable frustration from both sides follows.

One thing that I can say is that communication has been the key for us in successful outcomes, and it has probably been the thing that has most gone AWOL during the confrontations. That real human constantly surprises me by how capable she is of listening and comprehending, if only I take the time to explain things to her. Too often I am rushing and that explanation isn’t offered. I can imagine how upset I would become if the same thing happened to me.

The final point on communication is that it goes both ways. Hannah is becoming better and better at explaining her needs and wants to Emma and me. If we take the time to listen to her, we can often find out what it is that she most wants to do. We can then try and find a compromise, or negotiate a solution in which we do her activity at a later time. Again, Hannah is surprisingly receptive to this and more than one meltdown has been avoided by taking the time to listen.

 

Parenting a two year old isn’t easy, but there is no situation I would rather be in right now. I love Hannah to bits, through the fun times and the challenges. I feel that even with (or perhaps even because of) the disagreements our relationship continues to strengthen each day. Terrible Twos my arse.  

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Backyard August 2018 Picture Book Roundup

August 2018 Picture Book Roundup

Winter finally arrived in August. What better way to escape the cold than with a great book?… How about with 14 of them! Here it is, the August 2018 Picture Book Roundup!

 

Tom’s Magnificent Machines – Linda Sarah and Ben Mantle

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Tom and his dad love making things together, especially things that move. It started with simple go-karts but soon their inventions got bigger faster and crazier. Their home filled and became a wonderland. Then things changed in an instant. Tom’s dad lost his job. They needed to move out, they could no longer afford their home. Tom’s filled with sadness and anger. A while later, he had an idea… They would pay to live in their house by turning it in to a museum. At first Tom’s dad was too down and distracted to consider it, but soon enough they did it and people came from near and far. When the whirlwind came and destroyed the house, Tom was distraught and felt defeated but this time dad led the way.

Tom’s Magnificent Machines is about family. It is about joy and sadness, resilience and being there for one another. After all, isn’t that what family is all about? Let Tom’s Magnificent Machines take you on a wonderful journey, with magical highs and crushing lows that are worked though with a little help from loved ones.

You can find Tom’s Magnificent Machines on the Simon & Schuster website.

 

You Can’t let an Elephant drive a Digger – Patricia Cleveland-Peck and David Tazzyman

Let me start with complete disclosure that Hannah loves diggers. And elephants. (But if she had to choose she would probably choose the digger.) She also loves books. So this this book was a winner before we even got past the title.

This sequel to You Can’t take an Elephant on the Bus is an absurdly funny read. An array of improbable creatures try to be helpful. But would you let a polar bear cut your hair? Or let a shark take a bath with you? How about letting a seal prepare you a meal? Careful, it may all go horribly wrong!

You can find You Can’t let an Elephant drive a Digger on the Bloomsbury website.

 

Backyard – Ananda Braxton-Smith & Lizzy Newcomb

Backyard

Backyard is a nod to the great suburban backyard. Not the postage-stamp-sized ones that can be found out the back of today’s McMansions, but the old-school, quarter-acre blocks of my childhood.

In those backyards, “sleep-moony” children and “star-eyed” dogs sit and watch the world. And there is a world – an entire ecosystem of flora and fauna interacting as the night takes hold.

I may just be a nostalgic old fool, but I found the imagery of Backyard deeply evocative. I very much hope that someday Hannah will know how it feels to be that star-eyed child on the back step, watching the world.

You can find Backyard on the Walker Books website.

 

Welcome to our World: A Celebration of Children Everywhere – Moira Butterfield and Harriet Lynas

Welcome to our World A Celebration of Children Everywhere

Did you know that there are nearly 200 countries on Earth and over 7000 different languages? Welcome to our World is a celebration of the diversity and similarity of people across the globe. There are 64 pages of interesting facts about children all over the world, including snippets of language.

Welcome to our World: A celebration of children everywhere is a great book for curious toddlers who are beginning to notice that the world is much bigger than they are!

You can find Welcome to our World: A Celebration of Children Everywhere on the Murdoch Books (Allen & Unwin) website.

 

Norman the Knight Get a Fright – Mark Sperring and Ed Eaves

Norman the Night gets a Fright

Wouldn’t it be amazing to work for a brave knight? Wouldn’t it be brilliant to spend your days in the presence of greatness? Sure, you might have to do a few dirty jobs… and you might have to pander to his shallow ego… and you might have to rescue him when it turn out that he’s not so brave…

Perhaps the job of knave is not so great after all. I wonder what other jobs are around…

You can find Norman the Knight Gets a Fright on the Bloomsbury website.

 

You Can Never Run Out of Love – Helen Docherty and Ali Pye

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This is an adorable book for helping your toddler learn about love. Packed full of rhyme and engaging pictures, You Can Never Run Out of Love conveys a simple message about the limitless nature of love.

In our house, love is a concept that Hannah is just beginning to explore, so this book it a handy one to have around.

You can find You Can Never Run Out of Love on the Simon & Schuster website.

 

How Did I Get Here? – Philip Bunting

How Did I Get Here

Philip Bunting is an author/illustrator who has recently burst onto the picture book scene. He has quickly become one of my favourites. Mopoke, Kookaburras Love to Laugh and Errol! have been some of the most enjoyable picture books of this year.

How Did I Get Here? is a delightfully simple explanation of the extremely complex mechanisms at work in our very existence. While Hannah is not yet at the “Where did I come from?” stage, the fun illustrations in this book are highly engaging for her. She also loves space (even if she doesn’t comprehend it… Jupiter is her favourite planet), so the planets page grabs her attention. When she does begin asking those deep questions, this book will be where we begin to answer them.

Philip Bunting’s books tend to be packed with great humour to engage adult readers, while simultaneously holding the attention of the young reader. This makes them highly enjoyable to read together. How Did I Get Here is no exception – I enjoy several chuckles each time I read it through.

You can find How Did I Get Here? on the Scholastic Store website.

 

Bonkers About Beetles – Owen Davey

Bonkers About Beetles

Narratives are great for toddlers, but never lose sight of the deep curiosity that they have about the real world. Hannah seems to absorb information in ways I never imagined a toddler would. For example, she can differentiate between all of the common types of birds in our local area.

Bonkers About Beetles is the ideal early reference book for insect-interested children. It has bright, detailed pictures and plenty of information to satisfy curious young minds. The information ranges from simple facts to complex descriptions, so it should remain an engaging resource for Hannah for many years to come.

You can find Bonkers About Beetles on the Walker Books website.

 

Maya & Cat – Caroline Magerl

Maya and Cat

Maya notices a cat on a rooftop in the rain. Coaxing the cat down is one thing, but finding her owner is quite another. Fortunately, Maya is a tenacious young girl. Eventually she follows Cat’s nose to find her owner on a boat at the end of a rickety pier. Maya is pleased to have helped Cat return home, but she feels sad because she will miss her fury friend. Cat, however, has seen the goodness in Maya and she knows that she is the perfect person to look after a very special little bundle.

Maya & Cat is a lovely story with engaging illustrations for little people.

You can find Maya and Cat on the Walker Books website.

 

The Cat Wants Kittens – P.Crumble & Lucinda Gifford

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Kevin the cat is bored. Like any good cat, Kevin makes his boredom known to all around him by destroying things and generally being a nuisance. Naturally, Kevin’s owners get the message and act to cure his boredom… by acquiring two new kittens. The new kittens may cure Kevin’s boredom, but they don’t appear to be exactly what he had in mind. Can he reclaim his domain?

Kevin the cat may be grumpy, but his adventures (misfortunes) a good fun for toddlers.

You can find The Cat Wants Kittens here.

 

Play this Book and Pet this Book – Jessica Young and Daniel Wiseman

Play this Book

These wonderfully captivating books encourage interactivity. With thick pages, big bold illustrations and a simple engaging premise, they are perfect for toddlers. The rhythmic rhyming words carry you along. In one book we play our way through a band’s worth of instruments. In the other, we care for a menagerie of pets. These books are bound to be on frequent repeat in toddler households.

You can find Play this Book and Pet this Book on the Bloomsbury website.

 

The Heart of a Whale – Anna Pignataro

The heart of a Whale

The Heart of a Whale is a beautiful imagining of a story behind a whale’s song. The stunning images and equally evocative words create a heart-warming story about a whale and his song, and the impact that song has on the entire ocean.

Even though the whale’s song brings great joy and comfort to the other ocean creatures, he begins to feel a great loneliness. He heaves a great sigh, that drifts away into the ocean like a wish. Will his wish be heard?

You can find The Heart of a Whale on the Scholastic Store website.

 

Cinderfella – Malachy Doyle and Matt Hunt

Cinderfella

As you might expect, Cinderfella is a reimagining of the classic fairy tale, with gender roles switched. It’s also been given a modern-day make-over.

When karate-champ Kayleigh decides to throw a big party, Cinderfella’s brothers tell him he’s not invited. At the last minute he finds the invitation and realises that he had been invited after all. Has Cinderfella got what it takes to impress Kayleigh on the dance floor?

You can find Cinderfella on the Walker Books website.

 

Want to Play Trucks? – Ann Scott and Bob Graham

Want to play trucks

Jack likes trucks. Alex likes dolls. The two young boys meet in the park almost every morning. Can they possibly be friends, with such different tastes?

Want to Play Trucks is a great reminder of the simplicity of childhood. Differences of opinion matter little to these great friends, and even when it looks like an argument is about to break out, things aren’t as bad as they seem.

You can find Want to Play Trucks on the Walker Books website.

 

Disclosure – these books were provided to Blog of Dad free of charge for the July 2018 Picture Book Roundup. For further information, please visit my disclosure statement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Father's Day

My Sunday Photo – Father’s Day

Today is Father’s Day in Australia (just in case anyone hadn’t seen me banging on about my excellent gift guide for the past month…)!

What better day to dig a photo out of the archives – one that reminds me just how quickly time passes. Now that Hannah is a full-of-life 2.5 year old, it is sometimes hard to remember just how tiny and fragile she was in those first few weeks. I used to sit for hours and look at all of her tiny little details, with equal parts shock and amazement that somehow I had been entrusted with looking after this tiny human being. Back then she was easy to photograph, because she stayed still for hours at a time.

One thing that I have learnt over the past 2.5 years is that being dad is the greatest thing in the world. Today may well be a (deserved) day for dads all over Australia to be celebrated, but for me it is also a reminder of just how lucky I am to be Hannah’s dad.

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Happy Father’s Day to all the Australian dads! For all of my international dad friends, today is a great opportunity to try on your thickest Australian accent and claim that you are 1/18th Australian. Come join the celebration!

 

 

As always on a Sunday, I’m linked up to the excellent #MySundayPhoto linky. It’s hosted by Darren Coleshill on the website Photalife. I highly recommend you click on the link (or the badge below) and check out everyone’s photos.

If you want to see more photos from me, head over to the Blog of Dad Instagram page.

 

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Logitech Harmony Elite

The Future is Brilliant

Disclaimer – the products featured in this post were provided to Blog of Dad free of charge. All opinions expressed in this post are based on my experiences with these products.

 

When I was a little boy, I dreamed about the future. Shows like The Jetsons and Back to the Future II left me spellbound and convinced that one day I would live to see flying cars, robot servants and automated homes. I distinctly remember sitting down for hours to design a hoverbike and my favourite fantasy was that I could ride it to primary school.

Now here I am, living in the future. Sure, it hasn’t all happened quite as planned – my hoverbike is still the glorious figment of a young boy’s imagination (I still sometimes fantasize about its existence when stuck in traffic) and I’m yet to see any flying DeLoreans. But in other ways, the future has delivered so much more than was ever promised.

Smartphones are the obvious example of this. That small device we carry around in our pockets and take for granted is a marvel of modern computing. Even ten years ago, such a device would have been considered close to witchcraft.

There are other examples too. My robot vacuum (Barry) is a handy little helper who does a thoroughly decent job of helping keep the house clean. He’s by no means perfect, but I still marvel at his existence in my house.

 

Then there are my latest technological additions – the two products that work hand-in-hand to remind me once again that I am living in a truly incredible age. The Logitech Harmony Elite universal remote and the Ultimate Ears Blast.

 

Harmony ELite and Ultimate Ears Blast

 

A Brief History of Universal Remote Controls

In those dark days that we now know as the past, I found it hard to get excited about universal remote controls. I’d tried a few, but I always ended up returning to the faithful remote controls that were shipped with each device. The reason was simple – the universal remotes that I tried universally failed to make controlling my devices easier. Most of the time, they actually made control more complex.

That was frustrating, because using three different remotes to perform the simple task of watching a Blu-ray was absurd. But at least I knew that each button press with the OEM remote would deliver the desired outcome.

When I think back to the dark age universal remote controls, there were two things that frustrated me to the point of sending the device to landfill. The first was programming the remote and the second was that it never quite managed to smoothly complete the assigned tasks.

The reason that universal remotes were hard to program was simple. It is near impossible to ship a remote that comes pre-programmed with the exact controls for the hundreds-of-thousands of devices on the market. Universal remotes had to “learn” commands (usually by a tedious process of pointing the old remote at the new one and pressing buttons). Inevitably there would be something that didn’t quite match up (in my experience, it was usually input selection).

Things got a little better when you could plug the universal remote into a computer and download the controls, but they were still often fatally flawed. Little quirks meant that regular viewing could usually be set up to work well, but when something out of the ordinary happened I still had to reach for the OEM remote. My golden rule with a universal remote is that if I feel the need to keep the original handy, then the universal remote is a waste of money and space.

 

Thankfully, we now live in the future. And Logitech have persevered with the concept of the universal remote to the point where we finally have a device that works – the Harmony Elite.

 

The Logitech Harmony Elite Universal Remote

I have long admired Logitech. The leather-clad, brushed-metal G25 Racing Wheel was something I coveted and was a strong indicator of the company’s desire to make the best possible products. I never realised my dream of owning that beauty, but I spent enough time drooling over it at the local computer games store to know that I was in the presence of greatness.

When Logitech offered to send me their Harmony Elite universal remote control for the Father’s Day Gift Guide, I expected nothing less than greatness. I expected the same commitment to user-experience that drove them to developing the G25. I expected… a universal remote that actually made my life easier!

Did I get it?

Absolutely. In fact, the Logitech Harmony Elite was even better than I had dared hope.

 

Harmony ELite

 

 

Logitech Harmony Elite – Programming

Let’s start with the pitfall of the predecessors – programming. In the past, programming a universal remote was an exercise in pain. It would take hours to try and get it right. I’m pleased to say that programming the Logitech Harmony Elite is a much smoother process.

The key is the Harmony app. It takes the heavy lifting away from the remote control its self. Entertainment, home control, computer and Wi-Fi devices can easily be added through the “Add Device” screen. The Harmony catalogue includes a staggering 270,000 entertainment and smart home devices. This means that chances are your equipment is covered.

My ancient (eight year old) television was on the list (you can check your devices here). I did, however, find that I needed to have the specific model details. When I first entered “Sharp Aquos” the Harmony app found an Aquos model. I assumed it was correct, or at least close enough. It worked, but not as well as I had hoped. Specifically, the Harmony struggled with the dreaded input selection.

That was slightly frustrating, but eventually it dawned on me that perhaps I had made an error. I found the specific model number of my television and, sure enough, it was different. I switched it over and it worked like a charm. The lesson was useful – be specific when searching for devices.

Finding the rest of my devices was a breeze. They all had the model number written on the front, so I quickly had my Yamaha receiver, Sony Blu-ray and Altec DVR all connected. The Harmony even discovered my Sonos One over the Wi-Fi.

 

The Remote of The Future - Hramony Elite

 

 

Logitech Harmony Elite – Activities

Activities is where the Logitech Harmony Elite really begins to show its value.

I use the Altec DVR to control channel selection on my television. I do this because it allows me to pause and rewind live TV, which is great for when I’m watching the football and want to get really angry about something that the referee has missed (because it’s 2018 and that’s what we do). That used to mean that even just the simple act of watching TV required two remotes.

Things get more complicated when I want to watch a movie. I have to turn on the television and select the correct input, then turn on the Yamaha receiver and select the correct input (I have to remember which one it is), then finally turn on the Blur-ray player. If all goes according to plan, after three remotes and several attempts I am ready to watch a movie.

The Logitech Harmony Elite simplifies those tasks brilliantly. Once you have set up some activities, the simple push of a single button does everything for you. In my case, I now have a button that says “Watch Blu-ray”. When I press it, everything happens. That’s at least five steps across three remote controls, all taken care of.

The Harmony continues to show its worth throughout the movie. Pause, fast forward and rewind are all controlled via both traditional buttons and swipe gestures on the touchscreen. When I set up the “Watch Blu-ray” activity, the Harmony asked me which device controls volume. When I press (or swipe) for volume control, it is the Yamaha receiver that does the heavy lifting.

 

Harmony Elite

 

In testing the Harmony Elite, I wanted to push it to see if it would break. Universal remotes have got my hopes up in the past, only to prove inadequate and frustrating. A little voice in the back of my mind kept telling me that there would be a flaw somewhere. That flaw, most likely, would appear when switching between inputs.

I had thought perhaps I was right, too, until I figured out that I had chosen the wrong model of television. Once I had that sorted out, the Harmony Elite couldn’t be phased.

I tried switching from watching a Blu-ray to watching regular television. I was sure that it would get lost in the intricacies of input selection. Much to my amazement, the Harmony Elite did exactly what it was supposed to do. Each time, the single press of a button turned on and off the correct devices. Each time, the devices selected the correct input. I threw the Sonos into the mix with a quick listen to ABC Sydney radio. Again, each device performed exactly as expected.

This is the magic of the Logitech Harmony Elite, and the reason that I’m so thrilled to have it in my house. The Harmony has done what it needs to do to prove its worth – it has completely replaced my other remotes and made the task of controlling my devices easier. Crucially, through the Harmony Elite I still have the full functionality of each device. The Touchscreen can be used to drill down and access any of the controls available on the original remote.

It did take me some time to perfect the initial setup of my activities. It took slightly longer than necessary because of my television model mistake. If I have one piece of advice worth listening to here, it is be precise with your model selection. While setting up activities requires a small amount of time and effort, the end result is something brilliant.

 

Harmony ELite and Ultimate Ears Blast

 

Better Together – The Logitech Harmony Elite and Ultimate Ears Blast

The life-changing (or at least enjoyment-enhancing) tricks of the Harmony Elite don’t stop there. There are many, many more amazing things that it can do. Have you begun to investigate smart home devices? The Harmony Elite can be programmed to control many of them too. These can even be incorporated into activities (dim the lights when starting a movie is one that would be pretty great!).

One of the smartest things the Harmony Elite can do is integrate with Amazon’s Alexa. This is where the Ultimate Ears Blast comes in.

The Ultimate Ears Blast is a legitimately brilliant speaker all on its own (full review coming soon), but when it is paired with the Harmony Elite magical things happen. Specifically, voice-controlled television.

Pairing the two devices is simple – just add the “Harmony Skill” to your Alexa app (the Harmony Elite can connect with any Alexa device) and log in with your Harmony details. From there it is a simple matter of commanding your AV equipment with your voice.

 

Ultimate Ears Blast

 

“Alexa, turn on the TV,” activates the above-mentioned activity. Like magic, the television and the DVR turn on. Inputs are correctly selected and ready to go. From there you can control volume, change channel, turn on the games console and many more commands – all with your voice. Bring smart home devices such as blinds, lights and climate control into the mix, and you can set the mood by simply uttering a sentence.

The control gets even better when you begin to add “Friendly Names” to activities and TV Channels. For example, I have given channel 90 (9HD) the friendly name of “The Footy”. Now all I have to do is walk into my living room and say “Alexa, watch the footy,” and BOOM! The television turns on, the DVR turns on and channel 90 is selected.

In fact, with the Ultimate Ears Blast I don’t even need to enter the room. The portable nature of the Ultimate Ears Blast means I can have Alexa’s voice control of the Harmony Elite handy anywhere in the house.

I can be upstairs on the computer, madly trying to type out a blog post and listening to Bob Dylan on Spotify when I realise that I’ve missed the first two minutes of the Roosters V Broncos blockbuster! With a simple phrase yelled in the direction of the Blast, I can have the television on and tuned in before I’m even half way down the stairs. Incredible!

 

Ultimate Ears Blast

 

Final Thoughts

I’ll be publishing detailed reviews of both the Harmony Elite and Ultimate Ears Blast in a little while, once I’ve had the chance to put them both through their paces. My initial impressions of both devices are extremely positive and, frankly, they have me excited. 2018 is truly the year that the Blog of Dad household has entered the future and it is glorious, my friends, glorious!

 

 

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My Sunday Photo – Bob Dylan

Last night I was lucky enough to see Bob Dylan live in concert at the ICC Theatre in Darling Harbour.

It was the fourth time that I have seen Dylan perform, and it was his best concert yet. The set list was packed full of incredible songs and, in true Bob Dylan style, many of them were reworked magnificently. I have included some Bob Dylan Spotify links throughout this post, for your listening pleasure!

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