christopher james

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Tag: Star Wars

Blog Christmas Special: Do-it-yourself LEGO Star Wars

My six year old son Noah and I are self confessed LEGO and Star Wars addicts. Most Saturday mornings we are to be found in a sea of plastic bricks spread out on a purple blanket making all manner of things while sipping coffee. Like most parents though, I’m terrified of toy shops for the price of the box sets – the LEGO B-Wing Fighter costs £199 for goodness sake. My car only cost a few pounds more. In the spirit of make do and mend therefore, we have attempted to build the whole of the Star Wars universe out of common or garden bricks found in our own LEGO box. So that means recreating Imperial Walkers and X-Wing fighters from bits of Fire Station, castle and snack bars. It’s much cheaper and much more fun. Save yourselves £££ and give it a go!

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I was once like you are now . . .

My son Noah, 4, was the first up this morning.

He climbed into bed with us, and, referring to his slight cold, said: ‘Dad, my nose is out of control.’ After he blew his nose he stared at the ceiling for a time, before saying. ‘When I am an adult, where will you be? If I have my own house, can you live next door?’

Noah is going through a particularly interesting stage with his language. While in the cinema yesterday watching (the excellent) ‘Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists’ he looked around the dark room and said, ‘Dad, it’s peach black in here.’ On the way out, he stood in front of the automatic doors and commanded: ‘Open Seriously!’ It makes ordinary speech sound so dull. We had a discussion about Star Wars this evening.

‘I like Master Yoga,’ he confided, ‘but I do not like Darth More.’