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Dear Virginia,

My wife and I have been married 12 years and have always wanted a child. By living pretty frugally – not smoking or drinking, no foreign holidays and so on – we've got to a point where we could afford one. She is 38, so her biological clock is ticking. But she now says it's too late, she'd be too tired, and she doesn't want to perpetuate her parent's genes – her mother was mentally ill. She says I should have a child by someone else, but I love her, and I'd love my own child. What can I do?

Yours sincerely, Patrick

Murder detectives reopen blaze investigation

Detectives today announced they have reopened a six-year-old murder investigation into a house fire which killed a mother and her teenage daughter in a seaside town.

A grand way to take to the skies

There’s no doubt that the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne is a place which evokes a bygone era, but it seemed a bit much that you could lie on your four-poster bed, look over your balcony onto the English Channel and see a Lancaster bomber rumble past your window, flanked by a Spitfire and a Hurricane. Attention to detail, you think to yourself, that’s the beauty of these old-style hotels. They think of everything ...

Ljubicic's tournament ended by ankle agony

Former world No 3 Ivan Ljubicic limped out of the Eastbourne International yesterday after injuring his ankle in a heavy fall.

Seeds squeezed out at revamped Eastbourne

The Seeded players Paul-Henri Mathieu of France and Italian Andreas Seppi bowed out in straight sets on the opening day of the ATP grass-court tournament at Eastbourne yesterday. A week before the start of Wimbledon, the third-seeded Mathieu fell 6-4, 6-2 to Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, and the seventh-seeded Seppi was beaten 7-6, 7-5 by Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic.

Couple who jumped with dead son are named

A grieving couple who placed the body of their dead son in a rucksack before plunging to their deaths from cliffs at Beachy Head were named today by police.

Parents leap to death with body of son

A couple killed themselves by jumping to their deaths from a notorious suicide spot with the body of their five-year-old boy in a closed rucksack. The parents were said to have been unable to come to terms with their son's death, believed to be the result of an illness.

Dead child found with Beachy Head bodies

The bodies of a man, woman and child were found at the foot of a cliff today, police said.

South Downs get protected status

The South Downs, the 627 square-miles of undulating chalkland that spreads across Sussex and Hampshire, were designated Britain's newest national park yesterday – more than 60 years after the area was first recommended for protection.

Leading article: The case for sex on television

The proposals to allow advertisements for pregnancy advisory services to be aired on television and radio, and for condom adverts to be shown before the 9pm watershed, have reactivated a familiar debate about the official approach to sex education in this country.

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