Q. My lovely grandson is six years old and not at all a typical boy. He's obsessed with Disney films, and when I used to take him to playgroup he always rushed to put on the girls' dressing-up clothes. I know he likes to wear his sister's clothes, too.
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Saturday 18 April 2009
We all want a vacuum cleaner that effortlessly picks up dust and dirt, but the latest models offer much more than that. From dinky, space-saving models to those that come with hi-tech electronic dust sensors, there's a shape and size to suit every household. It's not all about style and features, though a great vacuum cleaner needs to perform well on the floor surfaces you have in your home and be reliable, too.
Wednesday 25 March 2009
Wednesday 11 February 2009
Outlook Recession or depression? A year ago, the debate was still about whether we might avoid a recession. Today it is about whether there will be an outright depression. There appears to be no dictionary definition of the difference between the two. My thanks, therefore, to a regular US correspondent, Henry Liebman, who points out that before the Great Depression of the 1930s, debt obliterations of the type we are now going through used to be called "panics". Herbert Hoover changed the term to "depression", thinking it would be more palatable. Harry Truman didn't want to go back to depressions so he started the term "recession". And the next five years? Maybe we should start using an even more old-fashioned term – "slump".
Monday 19 January 2009
31st president - 1929-1933
Sunday 11 January 2009
Tuesday 06 January 2009
At first glance it looked like a storm in a tea-cup – a newspaper report suggesting that concerned citizens of Worthing, alerted by a local historian to Oscar Wilde's insouciance about the modern age of consent laws, were minded to strip the playwright of the blue plaque which marks the lodgings in which he wrote The Importance of Being Earnest.
Tuesday 23 December 2008
Tuesday 21 October 2008
Jonathan Ross has revealed that his first sexual experience was with a vacuum cleaner - and he must have been pretty attached, because he refers to the Hoover he mounted as a 'she'.
Sunday 05 October 2008
My taste is quite minimalist, which is why lighting is so important to me. If you don't have a lot of things, you need to use light to create the atmosphere in a room. I think lights themselves should be interesting to look at. I hate what I call "morphous" design, where a shape is imposed on something for no reason. The visual should be worked out around the mechanics of an object, rather than trying to cover them up.
Friday 15 August 2008
Friday 08 August 2008
The inventor Sir James Dyson has threatened to scrap his £50m plan to build an engineering school of excellence in Bath over "bureaucratic" delays to the project.
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
Anachronistic and iniquitous, grammar schools are a blot on the British education system
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- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 4 Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
- 5 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile