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Album: Various artists, A Complete Introduction to Chess (Chess /

There aren't many story arcs which begin with Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88", cruise through a succession of plot developments as brilliant as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Etta James, Dale Hawkins, Sonny Boy Williamson and, yes, Rotary Connection, and then conclude exactly 100 episodes later with "My Ding-a-Ling".

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"Stepmothers often find their role confusing," says Dr Lisa Doodson, who is a stepmother herself as well as a psychologist. "This can cause huge levels of anxiety, much higher than anything found in biological parents." Is the stepmother a friend? An extra parent? Or a replacement parent? Should they discipline straight away? Should they attend school plays? The relationship with a new partner may be clear-cut, but one with a new child is not. Agree with your partner what your role is. Maybe at the beginning they can be the disciplinarian and you can spend time getting to know the children, having fun, winning their trust. "The partner might think his new girlfriend will do everything his ex did," says Doodson. "She might not be thinking that. She might be thinking what she's dealing with isn't everything she signed up for. Be clear on your role. Once you have done that the anxiety will decrease."

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