On a winning streak – but victory tastes bitter when the game’s already fixed

Image via: http://www.toonpool.com/user/1631/files/equilibrazil_2028315.jpg   Over the last month, the world has changed. Or rather, it’s changed for us. We are back in the game, and I don’t mean football. Where I was, if not exactly poor, I am now, if not exactly rich, at least relatively comfortable. We have been offered a lifeline out of the…

Seven year hitch

The seventh anniversary for many couples can sound alarm bells for choppy waters ahead. But it wasn’t infidelity that made this one a disaster. Tom’s lost his job. Again. I dragged it out of him during the celebratory meal we’d planned to thank my mum, freshly arrived from the States, who’d taken the kids for a…

Time to let go of the guilt: new research into hormonal causes of autism in boys finally puts my mind at rest

So according to new research by Professor Baron Cohen at the University of Cambridge, autism in boys is linked to higher testosterone exposure in the womb, particularly during weeks 15 and 16 or pregnancy, a crucial time for fetal brain development. Although higher testosterone levels are linked to the stress hormone cortisol, this very specific…

Kirstie Allsopp does have a point: Society isn’t set up for women to have babies when they are at their most fertile

  Image: Now Magazine The furor yesterday about comments made by handmade home design guru Kirstie Allsopp in this article, in, of all places, The Torygraph, that young women should concentrate on settling down and having babies rather than going to university struck rather a chord with me. She’s wrong about the education bit of…

Isle of Delight

Something pulls me back to the Isle of Wight year on year. Perhaps it’s the first real holiday I remember: the one that haunts my dreams in technicolour: snatches of Blackgang Chine by lamplight from the time before bits of it fell into the sea; the coloured sands of Alum Bay, fragmented like the glass…