News Unspoken: Netmums’ Siobhan Freegard says child mental health is a taboo subject

Parents are often wide of the mark when it comes to their youngsters’ fears

Hundreds lost to foreign parents

THERE HAS been an explosion in the number of children removed from Britain by a parent and taken abroad. The number of children snatched and taken overseas from England and Wales following a failed relationship rose from 11 in 1986 to 204 in 1997.

Theatre: Wilde at heart


Comment: Quotes of the Week

"I am a bit of a slob. When left to my own devices, I don't necessarily have perfect nail varnish."

Health Check: How tranquillisers turn users into killers

I TOOK a Valium once. Just the one, mind, and it was more than 20 years ago, but I still remember the cotton wool that filled my brain and senses about an hour after swallowing it. It would have been difficult to find my way to a bus stop in that state, never mind get behind the wheel of a car and negotiate the North Circular.

Triple cokes all round!

'Drugs found on Blue Peter presenter'? So that's where they went, sighs Charlie Gramme

Money: Trusty Brown beats Del Boy

The Iron Chancellor tops the poll for financial advice.

Immune system link to chronic fatigue

Royal College of Psychiatrists' conference

LETTER: Rantzen and hospital

LETTER: Rantzen and hospital

Rantzen sticks by her hospital story

Esther Rantzen, the television presenter and consumer rights campaigner, last night defended a controversial programme after it was criticised by watchdogs for being inaccurate.

There is no party like Carole Stone's Christmas party

A pirate, a pioneer, a punk princess

We are all equal ... in fooling ourselves that we believe in equality

The ruling hypocrisy

Governor, garden, pastures new

Chris Patten is a man without a job. The Conservatives are a party in pain. Are these two facts somehow related?


As the big-band music swells, enter Cilla. Cue audience applause. Miss Black (basso profundo): "Surprise, surprise / The unexpected hits you between the eyes / The unpredictable, that's the surprise / Surprise, surprise!" It's not much of a song; yet Surprise, Surprise, the successful TV show in which Cilla explores the Schopenhauerian randomness of human experience, is finding willing imitators beyond these shores. In Britain, we have Cilla; in Italy, they have Raffaella Carra, host of Carramba! Che Sorpresa.

Why would anyone believe this rubbish?


Debate renewed on enigma of chronic fatigue syndrome

No illness inspires stronger passions than chronic fatigue syndrome - which is the first oddity about a condition that supposedly leaves its victims exhausted. Sufferers and doctors dis- agree vehemently over its cause, its treatment and even its name. The claim this week that half of schoolchildren on long-term sickness absence from school are suffering from it will re-ignite the debate.
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