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Sleepless in Barcelona

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We made it. After 10 hours driving through rain and storms, up mountains and through tunnels we arrived in Barcelona. We lost count of the times only son said “are we going to be in Barcelona in 10 minutes”. We got stuck in a traffic jam in Bordeaux and then near Toulouse, but we were […]


Many holidaymakers still working from their hotel room

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One in four workers still communicate with the office while abroad, 19% take work calls and 25% check and answer emails, according to a new survey. The survey of 1,000 workers by call answering service alldayPA shows 8% even pack laptops and plan to finish off work whilst away. Despite higher charges for calls and […]


Summer activities with children

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Looking for things to do with the kids this summer? In the UK you have to have a range of options that cover all weather eventualities, as the past weekend showed. It’s all too easy to rely on tv and computer games, but a website called Unbored, net provides creative ideas for everything your children […]


We will rock you

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It has to be said that Westfield Stratford Shopping City would not be my venue of choice for a birthday meal, but this year my 71st coincided with a trip to the UK by my stepson who my daughter and I haven’t seen since his 21st birthday – he’s now nearly 51. It was his […]


16 hours in a car with four kids…

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We’re off on holiday. Sixteen hours in a car with four kids and 16 hours with no wi-fi and no possibility of receiving email. Hooray. It could in fact be longer than 16 hours given the problems in Dover and Calais and news that the French farmers are blockading the borders. It feels more like […]


Jobless figures ‘underestimate number of women who want to work’

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Official figures used by government underplay the number of women seeking work, according to a TUC analysis. The TUC analysis of Labour Force Survey (LFS) data from the Office for National Statistics headline says unemployment figures only cover people who have very recently applied for a new job and are immediately available to start, and […]


Raising girls

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When I was a little girl, my imagination would look forward to the future, to being a mum, having a family, everything being perfect. The sun would be shining, my family would be full of smiles and giggles and we would all skip through fields holding hands as if from a scene from Little House […]


Gender attitudes become more traditional after birth of first child

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When their first child is born, men and women grow more traditional in their gender attitudes towards mothering, as well as about who does housework and caregiving, according to a new study. The study of nearly 1,800 new parents led by Janeen Baxter, Professor and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for […]


From discrimination to a more equal playing field

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The last week has seen a mixed bag of news. On the one hand, Laura Kuenssberg became the first female politics editor of BBC News in a field of candidates which, if reports are to be believed, was dominated by women. Rachel Treweek was also consecrated as Bishop of Gloucester, becoming the Church of England’s […]


54,000 women ‘forced out of jobs’ due to pregnancy

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Around 54,000 new mothers may be forced out of their jobs in Britain each year, according to a report on maternity discrimination from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Their report is based on a survey of over 3,200 women, in which 11% of the women interviewed reported having been dismissed, made compulsorily redundant where […]


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