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Concert-going

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Having spent Saturday evening just gone by at a huge venue purpose built for music concerts, watching a band I adore for the third time, I was once again intrigued by the individuals within the arena. Firstly for myself, the evening was planned ahead of schedule.  I knew at what time to leave home to […]


Facebook family

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I’m not big on Facebook. Daughter one says it is for people who are “pretending to be happy”. I just find the big empty box asking you what’s on your mind a little offputting. My mind is like a spaghetti junction where thoughts whizz in and out and round and round and to extract one […]


Sandi Toksvig to join Women’s Equality Party

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The comedian Sandi Toksvig has left BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz to co-found the Women’s Equality Party which will press for greater equality between the sexes after the general election. The Party is the idea of Catherine Mayer, author and editor-at-large at Time magazine. She attended a women and politics talk at the Women of the […]


From little seeds…

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Around 18 months ago Suzie Walker was looking for a healthy snack for her daughter. Fast forward to the launch of her paleo snack bar company last year when she sold 20,000 bars on pre-order alone and to today when her bars are stocked around Europe and in South Africa and she is working with […]


Companies more willing to negotiate over salary

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Companies are increasingly willing to enter into salary negotiations to secure top talent as the war for talent heats up, according to new research. A survey by recruitment specialist Robert Half, based on interviews with over 200 senior HR directors, shows two-thirds of HR directors are more willing to negotiate salary rates with top candidates […]


Sockgate

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Socks have become a battleground in our house. Last week there was a minor skirmish over short black socks which I nicked from daughter two’s drawer in a moment of panic at circa 8.43am. Daughter three told me that it was too hot for tights and her system of filing socks is stress-inducing at the […]


Majority of low income families see no sign of economic recovery

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Some 79% of low income families have seen no sign of their financial situation improving in the last year despite the economic recovery, according to a survey by charity Turn2us.org.uk. The survey of over 2,000 families, released to coincide with Turn2us’ annual Benefits Awareness Month, found that in the last year, over four-fifths of parents […]


Women not taking promotion despite flexible working

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Nearly three-quarters of women in Australia believe having a child impacts a person’s ability to achieve career goals, compared with slightly more than half of men, according to recent research from Morgan McKinley Australia. The poll of 873 professionals  shows that whilst only 15% of survey respondents had opted out of the workplace for more […]


Trying to avoid a trip to A & E

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I read the news. I know the NHS is under pressure so I’m trying to do my bit to avoid going to GPs or doctors as much as humanly possible, but with four children sometimes events conspire against you. Take Saturday. I was doing the washing or something equally interesting downstairs when daughter three loomed. […]


The pros and cons of hiring an au pair

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Being a working mum can be hard! Achieving a work/life balance can be a tricky juggling act and while you may be excited about going back to work or starting a new role, the thought of leaving your children with someone else can be a very daunting prospect. We’re going to walk you through one […]


Explaining the news

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Far from being apathetic, the kids seem to be quite interested in the election campaign. Daughter three came home from school proclaiming that she was the only one in her class who knew the name of the leader of the Conservative Party. Daughter one was onto Milifandom before the press and has been following Ed […]


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