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Monitoring the monitors – is internet privacy now a thing of the past?

Sometimes I feel like I’ve had it with technology. As a kid, I found myself getting get stressed out with its fallible nature  – when a project at school called for a piece of work designed in Quark Xpress, of which my tech-loving mother always had the latest version in her home office, there was…

Bittersweet obsolesence

It’s been an enviable few days, catching up with old friends and family, from one of the bridemaids at my wedding who is ready to pop with her own baby (now born) a decade and a half after mine, to my sister, who’s tiny little one arrived three weeks early, but whose delicate perfection belied…

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Actually, World Book Day is not a fun day when you’re on the autism spectrum

This morning I packed Ava off to school happy as a sparrow in the hand-stitched dragon costume I made this week from felt and a red hoodie. It was a picture perfect moment of parenting glory, with accolades pouring in on social media for my prowess with the sewing machine. But it wasn’t Ava who…

The model child? Is getting your child a modelling contract a good idea – especially if they have additional needs?

  All parents think their children are beautiful. It’s a clever evolutionary tactic that kids are adorable to their parents – if they weren’t, perhaps parents wouldn’t be quite so willing to be their slaves for so many years of their lives. But it’s quite another thing for other people to think your child is beautiful. In…