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Storytime

March 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment · books, local, lucy, photo, politics, reading, stockport

Lucy had a story read to her today at the library. The reader was our Member of Parliament, Ann Coffey! Apparently Lucy turned up late to proceedings, dragging over a chair to sit right in front of Ann (as pictured). Hayley reported that Ann read the story very well and Lucy enjoyed it.

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Fatherhood Institute: “UK lags behind in new family fairness league table”

December 3rd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Fatherhood Friday, gender roles, parenting, politics

UK lags behind in new family fairness league table “First ever international Fairness in Families Index places UK 18 out of 21 countries The UK ranks in the bottom 4 in a groundbreaking new ‘Fairness in Families’ index showing countries’ ability to support equal parenting, launched by the Fatherhood Institute today. UK families get a […]

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Daddy used to be a veggie

November 12th, 2010 · 6 Comments · food, health, lucy, oliver, politics

This is going to be a long post, but as it has taken me nearly 3 decades to come to the point where it has to be written, I’m hoping you’ll bear with me. I stopped eating meat just before Christmas 1982. I recall it clearly, not least through the memory of my Mum’s dismayed […]

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Fair?

November 11th, 2010 · 2 Comments · education, finance, news, politics, poverty, work

On the radio this morning I heard a report of yesterday’s student protests in London against the increase in university tuition fees, protests which started peacefully but ended in violence. A listener to the program sent in a message to say that the students should take this new price hike as their first lesson in […]

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Your bad news, is my bad news

November 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment · finance, news, politics

So yesterday it transpired that President Obama’s democrats took (what a hard-to-forget Norwegian football commentator would have described as) one hell of a beating. And the victors first announcement? They are going to start cutting spending. That’s bad news for America. Look back at history people: no-one ever cut their way out of a recession. […]

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Tories announce withdrawal of child benefit for “higher earners”

October 4th, 2010 · 3 Comments · finance, politics

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/uk-politics-11464300 So if you are a couple and one of you earns over £44k you lose your child benefit. But if you both earn £43k you keep it. Genius. And they try to claim it is fair. Once again we have a government that prioritises pushing everyone out into the workplace even when they have […]

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Decision

October 4th, 2010 · 3 Comments · finance, lucy, oliver, politics, school, stockport

We have decided what to do about our school situation. Thanks to everyone who sent support and advice via the blog, Facebook or in person in helping us get through what was a very, very stressful week. Before I say what our decision is, let me explain something about the two schools involved in our […]

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Hold on tight to your dream

October 1st, 2010 · 6 Comments · education, Fatherhood Friday, finance, lucy, moving house, oliver, politics, school, stockport

I am picturing a little girl. She has blond hair and blue eyes. She is wearing a polo shirt with her school’s emblem on its breast. Holding a picture she has drawn for me, she shouts “Daddy” as she runs towards me from her classroom, the same classroom in which her brother spent the previous […]

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Topical Tuesday: MP’s expenses

March 30th, 2010 · 7 Comments · finance, news, politics

If you live in the UK you would have to have been under a well hidden rock for the past year to have avoided the extensive (or should that be expensive) coverage of the MP’s expenses scandal. But for oversees readers here is a summary. Members of the UK Parliament (MPs) in Westminster, London, have […]

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A cautionary tale

February 4th, 2009 · No Comments · alcohol, heaton moor, politics

It was a Friday evening in winter. I shall be no more specific than that. Hayley went out for a few drinks with some friends, many of them fellow Mums from our area. All went well during the evening, though she noticed that one of their party, we’ll call her Alex, seemed a bit tipsy […]

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