• Top Ten Tips for Teens 24 Mar 17

    1. GET PLANNING Before you do anything, sit down and work out a realistic revision timetable, with plenty of breaks and time for social stuff too. One way you can do this is divide however long you... Read More

  • Filling the Empty Cradle 24 Mar 17

    Like being on a blind date but with the odds stacked against you… is how one IP (Intended Parent) describes the whole process of meeting a surrogate. “You go along to the social events organised... Read More

  • Look At Life: Dystopias 24 Mar 17

    It’s January 1984 and I’m eleven years old. George Orwell’s most famous novel is all over the media. I’m far too young to understand it properly, but I’m reading an extract printed in my... Read More

  • Taking Time to Talk And Listen 24 Mar 17

    There’s a picture at home, of me in my graduation robes, proudly beaming into the camera. I thought that exams and revision were far behind me. How naive. Two decades and two children later, I’m... Read More

  • Look at Life: Torpedoes in Speedos 10 Mar 17

    Why does everything have to be a competition? Every time I turn on the television or open a webpage, people are competing for something. Singing, dancing, sewing, cooking, baking, painting, gardening... Read More

  • Look At Life: Swimming in the Medium Lane 24 Feb 17

    Why does everything have to be a competition? Every time I turn on the television or open a webpage, people are competing for something. Singing, dancing, sewing, cooking, baking, painting, gardening... Read More

  • Look at Life: Grand Gestures 10 Feb 17

    I was never one of ‘those’ schoolgirls who could expect a flurry of Valentine’s Day cards thudding on her doormat. Nor was I alone in that amongst my friends – but that still didn’t take the... Read More

  • Big Day… Dream Team 27 Jan 17

    BRIDESMAIDS There’s absolutely no doubt that you have one of the most important jobs of the day, which is to help the bride look exactly how she’s always pictured herself. You might be... Read More

  • Look at Life: Resolutions 27 Jan 17

    By the time you read this I bet you the price of a year’s advertising in Optima that you will have abandoned your New Year’s Resolutions. Do you even remember what those resolutions were... Read More

  • Look At Life: Quizzes 13 Jan 17

    Postman Pat’s surname? The answer to this fundamental question was the lowest point of my twenty years attending that most intellectual of social evenings – the Quiz Night. Because I knew it... Read More

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