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The missing – Daniel Morcombe (2)

Today has been chosen to mark the disappearance of Daniel Morcombe, one of the first tragic cases I highlighted in this series of missing people, and one of the most unforgettable because of the normal circumstances surrounding it. It is feared Daniel was abducted and may have been murdered after disappearing 7th December, 2003 while waiting to catch a bus for a shopping trip along the Sunshine...
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Why dancing should be made compulsory

   I would like to propose that dancing should made compulsory, that there is a dance suitable for everyone to enjoy, whatever their age and fitness level. That was the theme of my latest Toastmasters speech at Cambridge Speakers’ Club last night. I mentioned how Strictly Come Dancing was one of my favourite programmes, that dancing would help improve our health and well being,...
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Adoptions and paternity leave

Congratulations to David Miliband and his wife on the adoption of their second son Jacob. The Foreign Secretary’s flying visit to the States clashed with an important Saudi state visit – but he has put family first and still taken his paternity leave. I wonder what the Saudi guests make of our Foreign Secretary’s paternity leave, I don’t suppose it happens in their...
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Argentina and Oman’s contrasting results for women

Two very contrasting results have been announced for female political candidates. While Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner swept to victory as Argentina’s first elected female president, there were no women elected in Oman. It’s particularly disappointing because a record 21 women out of a total of 632 candidates competed for 84 seats in this year’s election for the...
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My Starbucks experience

After listening to Clifff Burrows, president of Starbucks for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, speak at this event about inspired leadership, I thought he might like to read my post about my son David’s first request on waking up in hospital. It was for a Starbucks banana Java chip coffee based Frappaccino, with no whipped cream. I mentioned how I was a traditionalist when it came to...
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Mandelson reneges on trade agreements

My MEP Robert Sturdy is fuming at the way EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson has reneged on vital trade agreements with ACP countries. We have issued the following press release condemning Mandeleson’s proposal for regional agreements to be reached instead: Conservative MEP Robert Sturdy yesterday condemned Mr Mandelson’s u-turn over the critical trade agreements between the EU...
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Is Tech "Guys" a sexist name?

This very interesting comment has been made on my post where I wrote about my difficulties with Tech Guys: You do realise just how sexist dixons group and pcworld are being, don’t you. tech ‘guys’!? I’m a woman and I am a technician. I am not a guy! As a woman and a journalist with clout, can you not join the many women who are already picking up on this and state that it...
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The missing – James Nutley

It is three years today since James Nutley vanished while on a golfing holiday with friends in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, aged 25. That evening they went out in town, but at about 11.00pm James left the group and headed back to his hotel alone. He has not been seen since. Some of his possessions were found on the beach. Despite local searches and appeals for information, James’s whereabouts remain a...
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An unplanned tooth extraction

I had toothache all weekend and managed to get an emergency appointment this morning (private with Denplan). How else these days? It turned out I had nasty abscess and the root of the tooth was fractured so nothing could be done to save it and it was whipped out. I had been warned before that I was on borrowed time with this tooth, that it was very iffy. Because it was fractured, it came out in...
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James’ European football debut

The England-South Africa rugby match isn’t the only important game being played this weekend. My youngest lad James will be playing football in The Netherlands with his team, Soham Town Colts FC U15s. They are heading for Heemskerk on a four day trip and have two games planned against Zwaluwen Vooruit U15s and RAVA Houtwijk U15s. They will also have a tour of Amsterdam Arena – pity...
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How green will our gardens grow under these new EU proposals?

I have just issued a press release for Euro-MP Robert Sturdy warning of the wide-ranging impact of the controversial Pesticide Directive which will be voted on by the European Parliament in Strasbourg next week. It is a directive which will affect all our daily lives and is causing Robert much concern. As it stands, the proposals could lead to food shortages in the European Union, and even...
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Can a divorce fair ease the pain of parting?

Surely anything that helps ease the pain of divorce – both emotionally and financially – has to be good idea. Or is it? The world’s first divorce fair is being held in Vienna this month as the divorce rate in Austria hit an all time high of 50% in 2006, with 66% of marriages in Vienna ending in divorce. Forever optimistic, the two day fair is being plugged under the motto...
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The missing – Natalee Holloway

Natalee Holloway went on a celebratory graduation trip to the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba in May 2005 – and never returned home. She was 18. The disappearance caused a media frenzy in both the U.S. and Aruba. Natalee was with a group of 124 graduates on a 5 day trip to the dream island when she vanished. The honours student was last seen leaving the vicinity of a club in the early...
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