You know you’re a Doctor Who fan when…


If we chopped you in half would it say Whovian right through your middle?

You know you’re a Doctor Who fan when

  • You wanted to name your first child Romana but it turned out to be a Davros instead
  • You don’t blink whenever you see a statue
  • You speed up when walking past a field with a scarecrow in it
  • You secretly judge people who think that Doctor Who only started with David Tennant
  • You feel like reporting people who say they don’t watch or *weeps* don’t like Doctor Who
  • Your thinking cap says Unit on it


  • The whole of this year is based around your plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who
  • You have actually tried fishfingers with custard
  • You know that fezes and bowties are cool, and bananas are good
  • During your skincare routine you screech Moisturise Me and have a right good chuckle to yourself
  • You think of Richard Dawkins as ‘That bloke who’s married to Romana’
  • You can’t pass a collander without putting it on your head and shouting EXTERMINATE
  • DITTO plungers
  • Ordinary screwdrivers are disappointing
  • You always do an Ood impression when you’re eating spaghetti
  • When your Science teacher says that all life forms are carbon based, you correct him and say that actually the Slitheen are calcium based and that’s why they explode when you throw vinegar at them. And if your Science Teacher is also a Doctor Who fan he will agree with you.
  • You’re thinking of taking vinegar for your holiday on Raxacoricofallapatorius






El & Jae

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

August 14, 2013. Tags: , . Random wisdoms. 2 comments.

Sun and Screaming at Thorpe Park


Are you a roller coaster or a roller can’t-er?

El LOVES going on big high upside downy type rides and having a good scream. Jae likes standing on the ground with two feet nice and solid and stomach where it is meant to be, not churning up inside your neck.

This summer we will find out which is best when we go for a day trip to Thorpe Park as they have given us some tickets. We’re going to go during the Sun Scream event which runs from Wednesday August 23 to Sunday September 1. This will include lots of  free family fun extras, including daytime silent discos, adrenaline-fuelled stunts, plus freestyle hip-hop and beatbox performances and workshops.

If you haven’t been, this is Thorpe Park:

Here are a few facts you may not have known about the theme park also known as the nation’s Thrill Capital:

  • If you buy a full-priced ticket, for a little bit extra you can upgrade it to a Thorpe Park Annual Pass, giving unlimited access to the park for the rest of the season until it closes on 4 November, 2013.
  • There are plenty of rides that all the family can enjoy, such as Zodiac and manic carpet ride Quantum as well as the Flying Fish. Jae likes the sound of Flying Fish.
  • If your kids are after something a little edgier, and if they’re 1m or taller, they can experience the thrill of the newly refurbished X, an illuminated ride through dynamic coloured lighting. Jae also likes the sound of dynamic coloured lighting, it sounds a bit like a roller disco.
  • For extreme thrills, older children over 1.4m can now brave it backwards on the Swarm! That’s Swarm pictured at the top of this post. Jae doesn’t like the sound of that so much, but El does. She would have to hold on to her books pretty tightly though.
  • You can also stay overnight at the park in their newly opened ‘Crash Pad’ accommodation from £64 per person which includes 2 days at the park and breakfast

Are you a roller coaster fan? Do you think Jae should brave the big rides, or stick to embarrassing El by participating enthusiastically in the silent disco?


El & Jae

August 12, 2013. Tags: . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

El meets Animal Crossing New Leaf

animal-crossing-nintendo-dsSomething super exciting happened recently – El was asked if she would like to try out the new Nintendo 3DS game Animal Crossing New Leaf.

And we were sent a lovely Nintendo 3DS XL which came pre-loaded with the game to try it out on. Huzzah!

But be warned if you buy this model as it doesn’t come with a charger, so we had to order that separately which was frustrating. Luckily the charger is only about £4.

So, on to the game.

Animal Crossing is a game that has been around for a while in various formats, but we haven’t played it before. It’s a type of community game where you the player live in a village along with various animals.

Originally El was horribly conflicted as all the little animal people seemed to think she was the new mayor. Plus there was an over friendly dog on the train. But when she got a letter (because despite living in a tent in the game El has a postbox) from the guy who was SUPPOSED to be mayor her conscience cleared.

It is kind of annoying to walk everywhere because although the fictional town of Ledworth (named by El after the Leadworth of Doctor Who except without the a as only 8 characters were allowed) is very small but it is split in half by a river which has ONLY ONE BRIDGE! It can get a little tedious. So far, El’s just put down the down payment on her house (yet to be built) and her approval rating is 92% so she’s almost got a permit thingy she needs for some reason. It’ll all be clear soon. There are quite a few animal neighbours

We are off on holiday to France soon, and there will be lots of travelling time in the car and on the ferry so El will have plenty of time to explore the Animal Crossing world. So we’ll report back soon on how things are going in Ledworth and what fun times Mayor El is having with her animal subjects.

Au revoir!

El and Jae
Channel Crossing

August 1, 2013. Reviews. 2 comments.

The Benedict Cakerbatch

It’s the end of term and El has done very well at school. She has been made Technology Commissioner and won an award for being the person to borrow the most books from the school library.

To celebrate, Jae has splashed out a whole £1.69 on Benedict Cumberbatch (as Sherlock) cake toppers. Yes, that’s a thing.

This is because Sherlock is El’s new obsession, and also because if somebody went to the trouble of making Benedict Cumberbatch cake toppers then it would be rude not to.

So this is how we ended up making a Benedict Cakerbatch.


So far so ordinary. What these cakes need is Benedict Cumberbatch


The Sherlock Holmes of Fairy Cakes


Warning: May lead to Benedict Cakertongue



El & Jae
The Hounds of the Bloggervilles

July 25, 2013. Tags: , . Funnies, Stuff we love. 1 comment.

Catherine of Aragon – she rules!

You might have seen some blog posts and news stories about the lack of women on UK banknotes. This is normally an honour given to people of merit. So are there really so few women of merit in UK history who deserve to be remembered?

When we were at Cybher everyone was challenged to write a blog post arguing  for a woman to be on a banknote.

El is a history FIEND and here she argues for one of her historical heroines:


El likes to read a lot of historical fiction and there was a series written from the perspective of servants to all of Henry VIII’s wives. The first two books focus on Catherine Of Aragon’s struggle to marry Henry after her first husband (his older brother, Arthur) died and she was left in England, a widow. She could have gone home to Spain but she was determined to marry Prince Henry and become Queen Of England.

She had many difficulties on the way. There were dowry problems. Should the rest of it be paid now that Arthur was dead? Henry VII wanted to marry Catherine himself after the death of his wife despite the massive age difference. There were ambassador problems which left Catherine to become Spanish ambassador. She was the first female ambassador in European history.

Finally King Henry VII died and whilst he lay dying he and his  son Henry discussed important state matters and one of the things they decided on was that Henry should marry Catherine. After years of poverty, pawning her gold plate and worrying about money she was finally going to marry the man she had dreamed of.

I could go on and on and on about her role as Henry’s wife, her struggle to give him children, how she ran the country when he was away at war, how she lost a child fighting a war for him, how she learnt to accept his mistresses and how his love for her faded and how he began to hate her and changed an entire country’s religion just to get rid of her. He told her that not only was she no longer Queen but she had never been Queen. Many important men discussed whether she and Arthur had you know… done it. Her husband, the man she loved so much was leaving her for a manipulative woman who would happily see her dead.

Even that quick over view was quite long. Sorry. But just don’t get me started because I could be here forever. It’s why this blog post has been taking so long! (Sorry…) But instead I’ll skip to here end. She was left alone with just a very loyal servant, growing ever more ill, away from her husband and her only daughter. She was hated by the man she loved most and she was utterly abandoned after a life devoted to him as the Queen of England she was now just Dowager Princess. After someone asked Henry if she could move to a more comfortable castle he merely sent her to an even damper, colder castle. She eventually died aged just 50.

And what really makes me sad is that most people don’t know what she went through. All that kids at school learn about her is that she was the 1st wife of Henry VIII, she was divorced, that she gave birth to Mary I and that she couldn’t give Henry a son. That’s true but there’s so much more to her than that.

So, should we have more respect for Catherine of Aragon and give her a space on a banknote?

You can also join the #Banknotes campaign by signing the petition. There’s a post to link up to on Nixdminx blog and a #Banknotes Pinterest board where all campaign faces will be featured. You can also tweet your suggestions using the #Banknotes hashtag.

El & Jae

July 18, 2013. Tags: . Random wisdoms, Rants. Leave a comment.

Baby You Can Drive My Car

Cars are big. Cars are scary. El is fine riding but driving must be terrifying!

Of course El is too young to drive a car. Right…..?

Do you recognise the driver?

Driving a car as a kid is scary because it feels like you are in control of this massive thing and you are worried that you might kill everyone.

But other than that it was wonderful!

Beep beep beep beep yeah!

El & Jae
No one was killed in the making of this blog post

July 14, 2013. Tags: . Funnies, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Teenager Translation


El has now been a teenager for 6 months. Jae has been parent to a teenager for a similar amount of time. In fact, eerily enough, it’s the same time.

Are you mystified as to why your teenager behaves or talks as they do? Allow us to explain:

TEEN SAYS:   I hate you!!!!

TEEN MEANS:  I am angry with you/your decisions and I mistake that for hating you.  

TEEN SAYS: I love you

TEEN MEANS: I love you/I want something. 

TEEN SAYS: You’re so mean!!!!

TEEN MEANS: You don’t give me things! You don’t let me do what I want! I am not your main priority! 

TEEN SAYS: Go away

TEEN MEANS:  Stay to prove you love me. The more I say it, the more I need proof. 

TEEN SAYS: Of course I’ve done my homework. Duh-uh!

TEEN MEANS: This depends on teen. If teen is nerd then teen means: Yes/I will but I want to do it without you nagging. If teen is not nerd then teen means: I’ll do it tomorrow/will tell teacher my printer broke and give it in next lesson. 

TEEN SAYS: Ohmygodohmygodohmygod!!! (usually accompanied by flapping hand movements around face)


TEEN SAYS: *eyeroll*

TEEN MEANS: Your stupidity amazes me. 

TEEN SAYS: Mu-uuuuummmmm!!!/Da-aaaaaaaadddd!!!

TEEN MEANS: Paaaaaaaaaareeeeeent. I neeeeeed youuuuuuuu. A thing has arisen and I’m annoyed and you are neeeeeeeedeeeeeed!!!!

We hope this is of assistance in your teenage translationals.

El & Jae


June 27, 2013. Tags: . Random wisdoms. 1 comment.

A #W1ndows phone for teens!

A few weeks ago a very mysterious package arrived at House of Eljae. What could it be? Possibly a mindmeld from Derren Brown?


But no, it was a very special smartphone for teenagers and it was sent to us for El to try out. It’s a Huawei Ascend W1 Windows phone in a very lovely blue colour. Sherlock not included:


Would it survive the teen stinkeye? Not many things do.

Over the last few weeks we’ve been using this phone. Well, not exactly ‘we’. Basically El has kidnapped the phone and not let Jae get a look in, except for occasionally taking a picture of her with the phone.


(She’s frowning in the second one because she’s attempting to do some homework) And here are some of the pictures El has taken. There are also lots of shots of her friends pulling silly faces but we have omitted those out of courtesy. Also we need them for Facebook.


El’s opinion of the Huawei phone:

It’s a really sleek and easy to use. It looks lovely and I really enjoy having it (although I refuse to give up the Blackberry so I’m double phoning at the mo). It’s really awesome and so, just, brillopads. It’s basically just like those Windows phones in the ads except the brand name is really nice to say: wah-way!

El also showed this phone to her feral teenage tribe and this is what they thought:

Everyone really seemed to like it. Some people thought it was a Nokia and it was mostly referred to as a “windows phone”. But quite a lot of people seemed to like it and a certain someone became obsessed with taking many selfies and changing my lock screen so that every time I turned it on I would be greeted with her face (which I’ve changed to Sherlock because it’s sooo good and omg Sherlock and I might have to blog about it because I have become slightly obsessed).

Jae’s opinion

At first I barely got to see this phone.

In order for El to download apps I had to go to the Windows website and do a thing I didn’t quite understand.

As a Windows phone it does lack some of the apps that I enjoy most – Instagram and Twitpic. And the Dropbox app is read-only and won’t let you upload files, which kind of misses the point of Dropbox somewhat.

But you can’t blame the actual handset for this. As a parent I would definitely recommend this to other parents looking for a smartphone for their teenager. The price is pretty low but it does an awful lot for that. It’s reliable, works well and has a long battery life. The touchscreen is great, really responsive.

What is good about a Windows phone is that it has Microsoft Office, so you can create documents and Powerpoint presentations then access your work later via your laptop or PC. This was useful when El remembered that she had some homework to do when we were away from home.

The phone was given to us with £50 worth of credit and after several weeks of use it’s still got over £35 remaining. As far as we can tell it doesn’t seem to be charging for calls as the rest of the family is on 02 as well. We are mega meanie parents who get El to pay for her phone credits so she is very pleased about this. But it does seem to be charging £1 when El goes on the interwebs even if she does have wifi which is supa dopa annoying.


The Huawei Ascend W1 is available in blue or pink from 02. The screen has toughened Gorilla Glass which is useful for monkeys. It has a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with flash. It costs either £129.99 to buy on Pay as you Go, or from free on monthly contracts. We were given this phone for free for the purposes of review.


El & Jae
Smart as phones

June 18, 2013. Reviews. 1 comment.

We Came, We Saw, We Cybher-ed


Woo! Cybher!

We are very tired but we survived Cybher! Do you like our special Cybher haircuts?


Jae & El – not normally this purple, honest

First super surprise of the day was that El’s entry to the bag design competition had been successful. An actual design she made is now a real thing! And check out the cute little moustache keyring.

cybher-bag-designThank you to Leather Satchel Co for creating this.

We were super chuffed to meet up with the amazing Cath AKA The Kraken Wakes. Jae says El can read Cath’s blog when she’s 18 as it is very sweary.


Also, sweets

Just like last year El did some sketches. Here are a few to give you a flavour of the day:


We even got to cuddle one!

During the first session there was mention of a Google bomb. We don’t know what this is but it sounds immense.



Lunch was nice but every thing was teeny weeny!


The important stuff


True that

El was sceptical at something one of the speakers said…


So said a lawyer so it must be true

Another thing that El found a bit odd…


We learned about starting a business


Why can’t it last forever?

Also Sian (the wonderful lady who runs Cybher) is so amazing that El just has to say it…


Worth pointing out

All Cybher-ed out

June 2, 2013. Tags: , , . Stuff we love. 6 comments.

Are you Cybher? We are

Next week is the tip top blogging conference they call

Cybher (WOO!)

Leave us a comment if you are going! Here’s a little video we made to introduce ourselves.

If you are going to Cybher for the first time, check out our post from last year which will tell you all about it.

El drew special Cybher pictures last year and intends to do so again this year so watch out for them apples.

And if you are bringing a baby to Cybher but need your hands free or to go for a wee, simply tap either of us on the shoulder and say:

“You are Eljae and I claim my 10 minutes’ babysitting”

and we will be happy to oblige.

They don't teach us this stuff in school!

They don’t teach us this stuff in school!


El & Jae
Very Excited, yes we are


May 23, 2013. Tags: . Stuff we love. 8 comments.

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