Visa refusal leaves mother and toddler 4,000 miles apart – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Image caption Suhail and Riza met on a holiday in Pakistan Irena said: “As he’s growing up he’s forgetting her so we have to remind him all the time on Skype or on email or WhatsApp – ‘that is your mother’. He doesn’t realise that at all.” The family had to mark Umair’s first birthday without his mother: “I cried my eyes out. I really, really cried because she wasn’t there to have a look at his first birthday,” …


Saving the twins: Health scares and rehab for once-conjoined boys

June 23, 2017

Valhalla, New York (CNN)Nicole McDonald eases her silver minivan across Bear Mountain Bridge and hooks a right onto the steep two-lane highway. Nicole makes this trip every day from her home in upstate New York to see her twin sons, Jadon and Anias. The 21-month-old boys are at Blythedale Children’s Hospital 40 miles to the south, where they’ve been undergoing rehabilitation since mid-December. The twins, born joined at the head, captured the world’s attention after a …


Why do we spend less on Father’s Day than Mother’s Day? – BBC News

June 16, 2017

So why do we spend more on our mums? Image copyright Truefitt & Hill Image caption Sales of male grooming products rise ahead of Father’s Day “Retailers have long made a big push on mother’s Day because demand for gift-giving was strong, and Father’s Day more of an afterthought,” he says. With traditional gender roles continue to break down, and fathers are doing more housework and hands-on parenting “it is not surprising to see more emphasis on …


Gulf crisis threatens to separate Qatari mom from her children

June 12, 2017

Doha, Qatar (CNN)In a large villa on the outskirts of Qatar’s capital Doha, one family gathers to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, handing out candy and singing songs. Dr Wafaa al-Yazeedi, a mother of three, is a Qatari single mother. Bahrain has asked her children, all Bahraini citizens, to leave Qatar. Food, fuel and flights: How Qatar may suffer …


Michael Morpurgo wins Children’s Book Award for fourth time – BBC News

June 12, 2017

‘Magical storyteller’ An Eagle in the Snow begins in 1940, when a boy called Barney and his mother find themselves on a train forced to shelter in a tunnel during an air raid. In the darkness, a stranger on the train tells them a story of Bobby Byron, a hero of WWI who had the chance to kill Adolf Hitler. “Michael Morpurgo has demonstrated once again that he is a truly magical storyteller,” said Jane Etheridge, chair of the Federation of Children’s Book …


Election 2017: What do leaders do in their spare time? – BBC News

June 4, 2017

… from the can” to save time. Tim Farron likes curry but is a vegetarian, and his strict eating habits have led some of his colleagues to describe his campaign trail as a “rubber tofu circuit”. Caroline Lucas is also a vegetarian, while Nicola Sturgeon’s takeaway of choice is Indian. Paul Nuttall is a fan of “proper milk”. “Forget your Earth mother, lentil-loving, leftie alternatives like soya and almond milk. Give me the real stuff. I drink milk with …


Election blind dates: John Whittingdale and Jess Phillips – BBC News

June 2, 2017

… particular election, whether that’s about just getting on with Brexit, and consensus around how Theresa May is appearing, and some of the policies she’s trying to put out. Best thing: It is always interesting to sit down with people who don’t agree with you and have a bit of rough and tumble with them about your views. I think that actually he probably was more compelled by some of my own personal experiences of caring for my dying mother, of facing caring for my father as he …


Election 2017: What if I can’t afford to pay the rent? – BBC News

… Despite claiming housing benefit, tax credits and child benefit, there is always a shortfall at the end of the month. She wants the next government to introduce significant change: rents that can only rise in line with the National Living Wage, housing benefit that covers the rent, and more security of tenure. Conservative promises Image copyright Kate Stanworth Image caption Longer leases would give tenants more security, says Tracy Strassburg Tracy Strassburg – a mother of two …

May 28, 2017

Josephine Bowes: The forgotten ‘pioneer’ of the art world – BBC News

Image copyright The Bowes Museum Image caption The Bowes Museum is celebrating its 125th anniversary Her journey from Parisian clockmaker’s daughter to wealthy wife of a British aristocrat began in 1847, when she was introduced to John Bowes, the illegitimate son of the 10th Earl of Strathmore and a distant ancestor to the Queen mother. Image copyright The Bowes Museum Image caption John financed the Bowes Museum while Josephine filled it with works of art Josephine’s …

May 27, 2017

The struggles of war babies fathered by black GIs – BBC News

… winter’s day in the early 1950s,” John explains. “I was playing football and I collided with another guy. By this time I was quite fiery, I wouldn’t take it, and a blow was struck. I made his nose bleed. To this day I can see the blood on the snow. “My mother lived less than 100 yards from the school, and she was summoned to the office with me. I remember her shaking next to me, holding my hand. The secretary told her what had happened and he said to my mother: …

May 22, 2017