Foster Carers Are the Custodians of Memories

Martin Barrow | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Martin Barrow

One day children who have been in our care will ask questions about their past that simply cannot be answered in a memory book. Above all, we hope that they understand that they were loved and cherished. And we hope that they know that they can come to us for those elusive answers. We are, after all, merely custodians of their memories.

First Things First!

Elaine Benton | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

There are certain wonderful memories that stick firmly in my mind and one particular occasion always makes me smile. Some years ago, my parents-in-law were staying with us during a particularly wet winter.

Death of the Postcard?

Katy Gough | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Gough

In this modern age we expect and want everything right now. Not after your suntan has faded, slightly gnarled through the postbox, from a trip that you took over two months ago. The rising cost of stamps, too slow snail mail and instant digital information are all affecting these little cards lives.

The Little Old Man Who Lived in a Shoe Box

Jethro Shirley-Smith | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK Parents
Jethro Shirley-Smith

It's a strange old sensation watching your retired, aging parents clearing out their house, painfully filling endless boxes for the charity shop and the local recycling centre with the ever-eclectic mix of objects that have come to define who they are.

Will You Post Me Rose Petals? In Remembrance of Loves Lost..

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

A recent house move has necessitated a ruthless clean out of those old boxes lurking under stairs and in the loft and which contain memories of a past long gone. My dream of living in a very small space is about to become a reality but more on that later.

Finally! Science May Soon Be Able To Erase Bad Memories From Your Brain

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Tech

We've all had the desire to erase bad memories - the ones that keep coming back and we can't seem to get rid of them. Soon that may actually become...

A Coast Full of Memories

Mike Collins | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Mike Collins

These memories of days at the seaside as children are part of our national DNA. Millions of Brits head to the coast every year. And there is a rich social history of the connections between the big cities and the nearest stretch of coastline.

School Reunion - To Go or Not to Go, That Is The Question

Cameron McCulloch | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Cameron McCulloch

I am today a much different person to that child. In some respects I would like to tell him it will be alright and deal with it for him, in others I am glad it has made me the man I am today. I honestly have to be hard pushed to fear anyone so it certainly did one thing for me, it built character.

Artist Photoshops Old Photos To Show Her 'Growing Up' With Her Mother

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Tech

Imagine being able to go back in time and visit your parents when they were your age, would you have got on? Would you have laughed at the same things...

Grieving From a Distance: Another Perspective

Sonja Lewis | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

Expat-living raises many questions... coping with loss from a distance is one of the most challenging aspects of expat-living.

The Flight to Mumbai

Ben Dalton | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Dalton

Now I'm in the departures lounge at Mauritius airport. Beth has just left on her shining Emirates jet to Dubai to catch her connecting flight, leaving us lesser mortals at gate 2: Air Mauritius to Mumbai.

When a Teacher Opens Worlds

Noam Schimmel | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

Because of her and her stories as that boy grew up and was able to visit the lands of these myths, to study these stories, to try to live out some of the lessons learned, he, I, remains rapt with attention, enchanted, and grateful beyond words.

Memories of My Mother

Caroline Keetch | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Keetch

Thirteen years ago today my mum died. It all feels like a lifetime ago, and actually I can't really remember what life looked and felt like with her in it. I wish I had been given the chance to get to know her, to appreciate her and, of course, I would do anything to thank her for all the things I can now see she did for me and my sister, and all the little ways in which she showed us that she loved us.

Kids, Teens and Peter Andre

Naomi Hefter | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Naomi Hefter

I did a gig last night and I asked some comedians what they missed most about Woolworths and why THEY thought it had vanished from our high street. They all said the same two words to me - pick n mix and shoplifting.

Quiet, Please: Play.

Caragh Little | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

It's Glastonbury weekend, and I spot one of those online quizzes: What Sort of Festival-Goer Are You? The sort who doesn't go to Festivals, I think, as I turn on the TV. It's Wimbledon fortnight too, which, here in Northern Ireland, means the end of the school year, with children, teenagers and exhausted teachers rejoicing or collapsing in a heap.

Your Legacy: What do You Stand For?

Sonja Lewis | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

Stephen Sutton's untimely death puts the matter into perspective. While we remember him publicly, and his family and friends remember him privately, we will all remember one thing for sure: what he stood for.

There Are Places I Remember....

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Samantha van Dalen

I can remember almost nothing of my primary school days because I hated school. Did I learn anything back then? All a mystery to me, although someone clearly taught me to read and write.

Scientists Are Now Able To Film The Brain As It Forms Memories

Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Tech

Scientists have announced they are now able to 'film' the brain as it forms memories. Scientists have announced they are now able to 'film' the bra...

Air From Another Life...

Caragh Little | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

I can never sleep on Sunday nights. I've tried it all - within reason. Dimmed lights. Extinguished screens. Abandoning 'real' coffee for decaff, from midway through the afternoon. Music. Relaxation exercises - learned strategies of breath.

The Year In Review

James Thomas | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Comedy
James Thomas

Remember the year? Well, now you can, with the help of this: this year's Review of the Year, called "The Year In Review" - the year being This Year. This is the review, beginning now.

To Preserve the Power of Paper We Need to Turn to Technology

Christian Toon | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

There's something about paper. Not the crisp-sheet-of-A4-fresh-from-the-printer kind of paper, but the slightly crumpled, much-read kind that carries precious words or a faded picture of someone no longer part of our lives, but who once meant everything. The kind of paper that dreams and memories and even history are made of.

Women Over 60 Give Advice to Their 18-Year-Old Selves

Margaret Manning | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Margaret Manning

I recently reached out to our Sixty and Me community and asked them, "If you could travel back in time and give one piece of advice to your 18 year old self, what would it be?"...

What Was the Most Memorable Experience?

Linda Barker | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Barker

"What was the most memorable experience from your childhood?" is a question that is often asked of us and I think that no matter what the answer is it is usually something which we did for the first time which pushed us into the unknown in some way and gave us our first adrenaline rush.

Life in the Arts Lane: Willy Rizzo Week 16

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I am very proud of the time Willy and I worked together. We always used to joke about him being 'pere et fils' to himself. His own life offering up two careers but in truth he was not just a creative genius, he was mainly a really lovely man who was full of fun and generosity.

Nostalgia - Not What It Used to Be

Rob Atkinson | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Atkinson

Nostalgia has spawned virtually an entire industry, making zillions out of the ever-increasing urge to regress to what we think of as happier times, flogging us kitsch memorabilia and useless antiques at premium prices. All this, for a concept as hollow and insubstantial as a bubble.