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Hands up who's guilty of this parenting fail

As a Busy Working Mum™, I am constantly looking for statistics to make me feel better about my parental fails. This week, I found some. According to research conducted by YouGov, lots of Busy Working Mums™ and busy stay at home mums and our (doubtless far less busy) male counterparts are pretty damn slack. In a survey of over 200 parents of school aged children, nearly three quarters admitted to missing major school events. “With no disrespect to my kids’ school or to parenting in general, most school events are…

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Premier League top four contenders assessed – who's heading for the Champions League places?

Current points: 28 Results against other top four contenders (excluding Man City): P3 W0 D2 L1Fixture congestion? Only have the FA Cup left to contend withOdds of finishing in the top four: 100/1Comment: The rank outsiders, but the only team outside the big guns with a genuine chance of gate-crashing the top four. Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Manchester City appear to have the Premier League title race all but sewn up. There are still plenty of points to play for, but with an 11-point lead, it is highly unlikely City…

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US frees African asylum-seeker who's on life support

As the eldest son among 15 children, Senegalese tailor Saliou Ndiaye was his family’s greatest hope for a better life in a city rife with unemployment where many still travel by horse-drawn cart. He learned to sew as a child, and for years sent money to his parents – first, from his country’s capital and later from a factory job in Brazil. But after Ndiaye embarked on a lengthy journey to the United States, their dreams were dashed. A U.S. immigration judge denied Ndiaye’s asylum application in July, and after…

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England 'won't be intimidated', Stokes sends a message & vote on who's on top

Media playback is not supported on this device First Ashes Test, Gabba, Brisbane (day one of five) England 196-4: Vince 83, Stoneman 53 Australia: Yet to bat Scorecard England “sent a message” on the opening day of the Ashes that they will compete with Australia, says former captain Michael Vaughan. The tourists recovered from 2-1 to reach 196-4 in Brisbane, thanks to James Vince’s 83, Mark Stoneman’s 53 and an unbeaten 28 from Dawid Malan. “I was concerned that England might get blown away,” Vaughan, who captained England to an…

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Who's on I'm A Celebrity this year?

Boris Johnson’s father Stanley, former footballer Dennis Wise, boxer Amir Khan and Coronation Street’s Jennie McAlpine are going to the jungle for this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here. Ten personalities will try to last three weeks with each other, and the local wildlife, in the Australian camp. Other contestants include footballer Jamie Vardy’s wife Rebekah, The Saturdays singer Vanessa White and Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas. The ITV show launches this weekend. Here is the full line-up: Stanley Johnson – former MEP and father of foreign secretary…

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Harassment in Hollywood: Who's been accused?

Since early October, some of the biggest names in arts and entertainment have been caught up in a Hollywood sexual harassment scandal. Here, in alphabetical order, is a summary of some of the key people who have been accused to date and what they have said in response. Ben Affleck On 11 October, Oscar winner Ben Affleck “sincerely” apologised for acting “inappropriately” towards MTV presenter Hilarie Burton in 2003. Having condemned producer Harvey Weinstein for his “unacceptable” behaviour, the actor was reminded of and criticised for groping Burton on air….

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Who's going to be on the Strictly Christmas special?

Judy Murray and Kimberley Walsh are among the stars set to sparkle on the Strictly dance floor this Christmas. Murray, mother of tennis star Andy and a tennis coach herself, promised to be “every bit as bad as before”. She starred in series 12 of Strictly Come Dancing, when she was partnered with Anton Du Beke. Former athlete Colin Jackson, football pundit Robbie Savage and presenters Katie Derham and Jeremy Vine will also star in the Christmas Day BBC One show. This time Murray will dance with professional Neil Jones….

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