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Seeing My Grandpa Was the Hardest Part About Coming Home

Ashleigh Davis | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ashleigh Davis

I notice a difference in him immediately. His blue eyes are less focused, and he looks confused when he first sees me. As if he's thinking "I know that girl, but I just can't place her". His soft, wrinkled hands are shaky when he grasps mine in his, as I help him up from his chair. His smile is wide, but uncertain.

Why You Should Book Next Year's Family Holiday Now

Mark Hodson | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

If you have school-age kids there are some good arguments for booking your holidays well in advance. For a start, it's rare to find late deals during the school holidays - and who wants the stress of waiting until the last minute and hoping that something suitable and affordable shows up?

The Pressure Builds in 'Running on Empty' Britain

Stephen Burke | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Stephen Burke

But if people aren't stocking up for the future, then come a crisis or emergency, many will come unstuck. If you have to make an unexpected journey or have a major illness or fall or face sudden unexpected bills for example, then a lack of supplies or petrol could be disastrous. 'Running on empty' is fine until that moment hits.

The Joy of a Jewish Row

Grant Feller | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Grant Feller

We met my parents in a swish restaurant. I thought the evening went well until, in a taxi later, Sian asked with a worrying frown: "Do you actually like your parents?" "What do you mean?" "All you did was argue, pick faults and were all so rude!" "Really? I thought we were just talking."

Becoming an Empowered Care Consumer

Beth Britton | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Beth Britton

None of this will come as any great surprise. Following on from the scandals of Mid-Staffs, Morecambe Bay, Winterbourne View and others, the public are now largely conditioned to hearing about problems in health and social care services. There arguably remain more good news stories than bad ones, but of course the gravity of bad news travels far further.

Five Quick Things to Do When You're Feeling Stressed

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

This is probably one of the hardest articles that I've written, simply because stress is highly personable and there are so many different external factors that can influence the stress-state; however with this being said, when in that state there are some quick and easy things that you can do.

Spotify's Family Plan Is Music to My Ears

Andrew Denham | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Denham

Over recent years we've seen a move away from purchasing music to having access to an always-on supply of all our favourite tracks. Ten years ago we would have bought a CD and shared it between us. Up until now, digital and streamed music has been aimed at the individual and it has been difficult to share it, even with those under the same roof.

Salon del Gusto - Good, Clean, Fair Food

Danny McCubbin | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

Carlo Petrini's message was clear in his opening speech He said that indigenous races and the delegates at Salone del Gusto are the true intellectuals of the world. His request to all of us and to many more people around the world who were listening in was to protect Bio Diversity.

Does Anybody Really 'Lose Their Battle With Cancer?'

Paul M. Davies | Posted 25.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul M. Davies

The expression is often used to express regret or in a context of celebration of the deceased, however, it carries ulterior implications, even if they are unintended by the user. Describing people to have 'lost' to cancer suggests that they could have done something differently and the outcome could be changed.

The Death of Professor Ghulam Azam in Custody, a Fresh Wound for Bangladesh

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

I wasn't quite sure how I should respond to the death of Professor Ghulam Azam, the name I remember from nearly two years when it was suggested to me that the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh was set up to destroy the prominent figure...

Three Things You Can Do to Reduce Stress After Work

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

Stress is normal - and something that is experienced by everyone, no matter how relaxed they may seem on the outside. It is however how we manage and control our stress that separates us from each other...

Six Signs You Were Raised by a Narcissistic Mother

Alexandra Massey | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

But people who were raised by a narcissistic Mother are depleted of these traits and, as adults, are left with a legacy of difficulties which manifest themselves in all areas of life but particularly in relationships.

The Magic of the 47th Chromosome

Aslihan Agaoglu | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aslihan Agaoglu

When it comes to Down's syndrome, the most common genetic disorder effecting one in every thousand babies in the UK, we usually hear the stories through the parents' perspective. To them, it is nothing short of a "near-death experience": once it happens, you have a complete different outlook on life, everything you think you know changes and you have to learn how to live and love your new circumstances but in the end, you wouldn't have it any other way...

But You're Married and You Have Kids... Why Did You Get Depressed?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

I'm tired of being asked why I got depressed. I have no problem talking about how it has impacted on my life, and that of my family and friends, I think people need to know exactly how much mental illness can take over and infiltrate every aspect of life. But I have a very big problem with the perception that this could somehow be my own fault

Think You're All Grown Up?

Becky Walsh | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Walsh

If you didn't get that kind of supportive love in childhood, then you are even less likely to get it as an adult. It can be heart breaking watching your children be more loved than you were by their now Nanny and Grandpa, in a way you yourself wanted to be loved by Mum and Dad.

How to be a Calm Parent - Body Language Expert Reveals All

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

No matter what anyone says, the stresses involved with parenting are unlike any other stresses that exist. As a father of two, I know that despite the best parenting efforts, boiling point will be experienced with a number of situations no matter what you do to keep your emotions under control.

Sibling Confessions - 'I Ate Six Tacos So My Brother Couldn't Have One'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

There is no one on the earth we enjoy winding up more than our siblings (mainly because we know they'll always forgive us). And it seems we're not...

Eight Signs You Were Raised in a Dysfunctional Family

Alexandra Massey | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

What is a dysfunctional family? Well, there is a huge span when it comes to the term 'dysfunctional'. It ranges from mildly dysfunctional to completely nuts. There is really no guide when it comes to determining how dysfunctional a family is but, for the purposes of this article, we are leaning towards the 'completely nuts' end of the spectrum.

For the Flourishing of Young Minds: The Mindfulness Toolkit for Tough Times

Richard Burnett | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Burnett

Mindfulness is not enough on its own; it is no silver bullet. Schools are complex places and people more complex still - teachers, pupils and parents alike. Mindfulness must be part of a broader pastoral net, not only in terms of social and emotional learning, but also child protection.

Where do We Draw the Line on Help and Support for People With Mental Illness?

Phill Hudson | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phill Hudson

Where do we draw the line on help and support for people with Mental illness? I ask this question because I have seen what happens when families and friends say enough is enough you're in this on your own!

Muddling Through - Mental Illness and Parenting

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

But how about my kids? How am I with them? At my worst, I'm unable to cope with them. I can't engage, I don't want to play, getting myself up, dressed and fed is sometimes beyond me. Often, all I'm capable of is sitting and staring at a wall for hours on end. I resent every demand that's made of me, I want to be left alone, utterly and completely.

How Not to Stress About Money

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

The feeling of being trapped is a horrible feeling, when pushed into the corner we usually make irrational choices that further worsen the situation and prolong the suffering. If you're feeling trapped, with debts increasing and that light at the end of the tunnel is appearing further away then GET HELP! Remove any pride from your situation and reach out; you'll thank me if you do!

The 'Cost' of Dementia

Beth Britton | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

I am always immensely uncomfortable when anyone tries to put a monetary value on dementia, purely because I know that there is so much more to calculating the 'cost' of dementia than could ever be accurately represented by the use of pound signs. The emotional, all-encompassing, life-changing (and life-shortening) effects of dementia reach far and wide into every family affected.

Do You Eat Dinner While Glued To The TV? (You're Not Alone)

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Good news! Almost half of British people still eat a meal together, every day. The not-so-great news? Two-thirds of us are watching at least one sc...

Run of the Mill Workaday Feminist

Lucy Frederick | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Lucy Frederick

As a comedian, feminism is something that pops up in discussion for me relatively often. I'm often asked to comment in blogs or interviews on whether there are enough women in comedy, whether we are treated differently and even whether or not we are actually very funny (I mean, I know right?!). So it's obviously a subject that I think a lot about.