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Thursday 08 January 2009
It's the Christmas holidays, which means I've got five fun-filled weeks of learning to live with my parents again. It's hard to gauge how well they've coped with my absence – neurotic though mum is, she's always been good at keeping her angst from influencing mine, and dad is far too rational to worry about anything other than global economic collapse. Still, I've heard rumours that for a good week after I left for uni, mum wore sunglasses indoors and out to conceal a stream of tears. All this parental denture gnashing makes me feel strangely empowered: I've proven I can survive without them, but their constant phone calls, texts and occasional "funny" email show that they're having trouble surviving without me. Mum begs to differ. "We're just concerned how you're coping. We want to be supportive," she assures me. It's a theory, I suppose.
Tuesday 30 December 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown today set himself firmly against any relaxation of the law on assisted suicide.
Wednesday 17 December 2008
Divorce, custody and care proceedings in court will be opened to the media to increase transparency and accountability in the family courts, the Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, has announced. Accredited journalists will be admitted from April, and although reporting restrictions will be in place, the reporters may be permitted to identify social workers and doctors who give evidence.
Monday 01 December 2008
I was once told, by someone who knows about these things, that the key to being relaxed and happy is to fill your spare time with an absorbing hobby.
Monday 06 October 2008
Europe's state aid and fair competition rules will not be relaxed despite the scale of the financial crisis, the European Commission said today.
Monday 22 September 2008
Champneys Health Resorts are offering you and a friend the chance to win a luxury three night break at either the glamorous Forest Mere in Hampshire, the modern Springs in Leicestershire or the cosy Henlow in Bedfordshire all set in sweeping countryside.
Thursday 12 June 2008
The Culture Secretary, Andy Burnham, has insisted US-style product placement will not be allowed in UK television programmes, torpedoing the hopes of commercial television companies for a relaxation of existing rules.
Saturday 26 April 2008
Back in the Eighties she was the girl with the hairspray-stiff blonde hair and black cap who intrigued a generation of semi-alternative adolescents.
Saturday 19 April 2008
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Sunday 20 January 2008
'I feel tense and tired a lot of the time and my mood is up and down, which isn't like me. I probably work too hard and have recently been unlucky in love, which I suspect isn't helping. Any ideas?' D.
Saturday 19 January 2008
Alex Marshall, four-times world indoor bowls champion, subsided on to a chair in the press lounge at the Potters Leisure Centre yesterday evening looking distinctly flushed. The 40-year-old Scot had just played the woman who has made history this week in the male environ of the World Indoor Championships, Ceri Ann Davies, and had edged through to the quarter-final only on the tightest of tie-breaks after his 29-year-old Welsh-born opponent, now representing Australia, had recovered from losing the first set 6-4 to take the second by 8-6.
Tuesday 09 January 2007
Until a player has performed in the Premiership, there will always be a question mark about his ability to do so, in his own head and those of potential managers. Some, like Dean Ashton, or Kevin Doyle, immediately take to it, others, like Grzegorz Rasiak, or Jon Stead find the step up more difficult. The question that men like Alan Pardew and Alan Curbishley will be pondering, as they look at signing a Championship player in this transfer window, is how will their target cope? One thing is for sure, they will look into everything about them.
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