Q: MY CHILD doesn't seem to have any friends and gets upset about it. What can I do to help? A: Parenting coach Caroline Maguire, author of Why Will No One Play With Me? (Vermilion, £14.99) says: "Ma[...] You have reached your limit of free articles Registered users get 5 regular articles and 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about Ask the Expert: My child has no friends – what can I do to help?
IN 1984 Bruce Springsteen released a song called 'Born in the USA' from an album with the same title. The album cover featured a baseball cap and the American flag. It quickly become a rock cornerstone, a classic that's instantly recognisable from the opening, thumping, fist in the air cords.Election campaigners played it as a rallying call to Americans everywhere, and Ronald Reagan even referred to Springsteen (in his presidential re-election campaign that same year) as “providing the message of hope in songs so many young Americans admire”. A blue-collar American hero producing a sing-along anthem for the ages, extolling the virtues and greatness of the United States. All gravy. Except for one thing: the fact that the campaigners forgot to actually digest the lyrics properly. Born in The USA was not the modern ‘America the Beautiful' they thought it was. Far from it. The first lines are evidence enough of that: “Born down in a dead man's town. The first kick I … [Read more...] about Hearing but not listening . . .
From Ian Parker in Prague 15 October, 2019 01:00 MICHAEL O'Neill was proud of the way his players hung on as Northern Ireland survived a late fightback to beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in Prague and secure a first friendly away win in 13 years. The North achieved what England could not last Friday as a brace from Paddy McNair, either side of Jonny Evans' strike, gave them a victory which eased the pain of Thursday's late defeat to Holland in their Euro 2020 qualifier. But it did not come easily as Vladimir Darida and Alex Kral scored two in two minutes midway through the second-half to set up a nervy finish. Though he would rather his side did not concede, it was perhaps the perfect scenario for O'Neill: securing a morale-boosting win but seeing a side - including the inexperienced Tom Flanagan, Jordan Thompson and Gavin Whyte - given a proper test: "It was what we wanted from the game," … [Read more...] about Michael O’Neill proud of his players after their win in Prague
IS your pension running at 77 per cent for 514 per cent?In a world of never-ending austerity, making each pound stretch the best it can is everything. It truly baffles me how far we have come with efficiencies of computers, cars, trains and manufacturing, yet prices just seem to keep rising. It's almost by design.So, as we save into pensions, or our ISAs, are there any quick-fire tips to make our money work the most efficiently?Bear with me on this, a subject as exciting as a cardboard licking competition, because the importance of starting your pension contribution early is quite critical.The first time I saw the following calculation was over 30 years ago when a financial adviser was boring me senseless with why I should be taking out a pension. He was my manager! Back then, the first four years of your pension contributions evaporated on paying commissions and fees, but those days are thankfully long gone.I'll use an example of a 20-year-old starting a simple pension of £50 per … [Read more...] about Is your pension running at 77 per cent for 514 per cent?
Willie Frazer is dead. In normal circumstances, as I have written before about Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley, I tend to leave the dead six feet under with their deeds interred with them. Frankl[...] This story is for Premium subscribers only Registered users get 5 regular articles & 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about Tom Kelly: Digging up the past has uncovered inconvenient truths