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Obituaries - Life After Death

Bob Chaundy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Bob Chaundy

There have been several major deaths recently - singer Lou Reed, broadcaster John Cole and composer Sir John Tavener spring immediately to mind. As the former obituaries editor at BBC News and now a freelance obituary writer, I know from experience the pronounced feeling of self-satisfaction such deaths engender if you have prepared the obituaries in advance.

Roles and Responsibilities

Beth Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

My roles have shifted unexpectedly and quite dramatically, but it is my responsibility to make the best of the situation in which the boys and I now find ourselves. It's a responsibility I intend to take very seriously.

Inquest To Examine Actor's Death

Posted 14.11.2013 | UK

An inquest will be held today into the death of actor Paul Bhattacharjee, whose body was found near cliffs two days after he disappeared. The 53-ye...

We Are Family

Paul Guest | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Guest

Next week, my new short play, You're So London, opens alongside four others at the Creed Street Theatre in Wolverton just outside Milton Keynes. Produced by Carabosse Theatre, the play features in the Real Ale and Drama Shots pub theatre night.

To Eat Well Is to Live Well At London's Tinello

Louisa Daniels | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Daniels

The Italians have many proverbs relating to food and love, all highlighting the crucial importance of taking time, as a family, to eat together, and to eat well, with the kitchen considered the pulsating heart of any home.

Protecting Children's Reading in the Digital Age

Alison David | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison David

We know that reading is challenged but there are families in which it still thrives. Our longitudinal study, Reading Street, aims to understand the changing world of children's reading for pleasure. It follows twelve UK families plus a wider number of parents, children and teachers and releases the findings in theme focused chapters.

Family Fortunes: A Decade of Change in Britain's Households

Fiona Wood | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

For better or worse - if you pardon the pun - marriage is no longer seen as important by many people who want to set up home together. The law in England and Wales does not provide a remedy for what happens when and if cohabiting relationships come to an end which is any way comparable with what is in place for failed marriages or civil partnerships.

Bear and the Toilet Brush

Lana Citron | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

Bear said he was only trying to help. Bear said it was a temptation too much. Bear reached his hand further over the edge, scooped a handful of soil and drew it to his mouth.

The Past... But Here Comes My Superhero!

Catriona Weir | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Catriona Weir

It's funny how one situation can bring back memories of something painful... I've had this happen over the last few months, it's been hard to not ge...

Don't Judge My Family, Mr Cameron

Jenny A Allen | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK Politics
Jenny A Allen

What I don't think I will be getting married for is a £3.85 a week tax break. And neither will many others, it seems. Even the Prime Minister admits that the marriage tax break isn't going to encourage anyone to get - or stay - married.

Switch Your View, Estranged Families and What Really Matters in Life (Part Four)

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Love is both a noun and a verb; it implies an act of doing and a type of being. The nearest relation to deep love is divineness: a God-like act, devoid of all ambiguity yet honest and true.

Ch Ch Changes...

Ruth Harrison Roberts | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Harrison Roberts

Is 36 too early for a midlife crisis? Should I be dressing like a cougar and have a twenty-something hanging off my arm ? Of course not, I look far to young for that. Truth is, life is boring me.

The Bear Breast - A Paean to Breast Feeding

Lana Citron | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

Together Bear and the Milk Lady persevered, practicing every few hours. At times the Milk Lady felt alien - not like an earth mother at all.

Video of the Big Five Divorce Myths - Busted! Number One...

Suzy Miller | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Miller

I'll give it to you straight. The common denominator in adversarial divorce seems to be adversarial lawyers. No matter how much you want to "break up right - please don't fight"™, once you start giving over responsibility to the divorce process to traditional family lawyers then communication often breaks down.

Still Learning

Caroline White | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline White

A couple of days ago I was holding my baby daughter in my arms and something happened that literally took my breath away. I glanced down at her and was struck by how much she looked like her oldest brother. Her eldest brother has Down's syndrome.

Story-telling in the Land of My Fathers

Wendy Jones | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Jones

Tracing family history always throws up stories because people make stories. It doesn't really matter that these people are related to you - I still maintain that - but mining your own family for stories is as good an option as any.

Perspective

Caroline White | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline White

Each child is an equal, with their own set of strengths and weaknesses and the best job any parent can do is nurture them as individuals and make sure they are fulfilled, happy, respectful and kind.

Are Child Free Flights the Answer for Grumpy Travellers?

Emma Rose Black | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Rose Black

We've all been there. Found ourselves stuck on a plane for x hours with a screaming baby nearby. It's not nice, in fact, it's downright unpleasant...but it happens.

Daniel Pelka Could Have Been Given a New Life With New Parents - But People Failed to Trust Their Instincts

Peter Wanless | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK
Peter Wanless

What really upsets me is so many good people would have given anything to provide Daniel Pelka with a fresh start, a new life with new parents. And a swift and decisive intervention at just the right time would mean he'd still be alive now... Instead, today, we have the grim task of poring through a Serious Case Review laying bare the failures that denied little Daniel this second chance.

Dog of the Week

Louise Glazebrook | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Glazebrook

He is a classic case of owners taking on a dog that was wrong for their lifestyles. They all seemed to think that they were going to be taking on a dog that was lazy. In fact they had a dog that loved to play, run, be exercised and be entertained.

Continuing the Good Fight for Dad

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Anders Lorenzen

At 34 years of age, I'm the eldest of the four kids he left behind and should feel privileged that I had him for the longest of all of us. But two weeks after his death and a week after his funeral, I am struggling to feel positive about anything at all.

Effective Genealogy Writing: Tips to Attract Family Members to Family History

Scott Phillips | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

While each family is unique and every writer has her/his favorite tips, I do believe there is an easy path to follow in order to attract more family members to our genealogy work: We need to write about our family histories by following my 'Four E's'.

A Comedian's Take on Parenting

Bytestories | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Bytestories

When it comes to parenting, there are numerous perils a father should be aware of. Answering the dreaded "where do babies come from" question and reading books to your kids when you are terrifically hung-over are two such perils which quickly come to mind.

London Voted 'Best Place to Raise a Family' in UK Mum Poll

Vikki Geary | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vikki Geary

London has been voted the UK's 'best place to raise a family' in a recent parenting poll... "Many young families that we work with move to London to give their children the best possible work opportunities later on."

Waking Up Is So Very Hard to Do...

James Conmy | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Comedy
James Conmy

I roll over and look at my wife, she is staring hard at the ceiling, I recognise that look - unless I'm very much mistaken that's her "I've-just-tutted-to-wake-you-up" look. "Did you just tut?" Silence. "Are you okay?" "I'm FINE" *Tut* "Have I done something wrong?" She gets out of bed and starts stomping round the bedroom, viciously pulling the curtains open.