our obsession with our offspring is at the cost of everything else

A message from Facebook: you have 29 messages, ten friend requests and two group invites.

It’s 6.30am and my phone has kindly woken me up to tell me this. My reaction? Pillow on head, noise like a hippo in distress. Gah! I Am Too Old For This!

I had another at my friend Suzanne’s house one evening last week. Suzanne likes to watch catch up TV while shopping on the iPad while tweeting pithy nuggets on her mobile phone.

From a distance, she looks like she’s playing synth in an 80s electro band. I have half a mind to
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‘You look about 14,’ I say.

‘Fab,’ says Suzanne. ‘LOL. I’m gonna tweet that!’

And she does. Suzanne, aged 46 going on 14. It seems to me that we’re all obsessed with the life of the child these days.

Just lately, we’ve come to fetishise childhood, basking in its technology and its glorious silliness at the expense of all else.

Our high streets are crammed with babies in super buggies, our coffee shops rammed with yowling toddlers, our noticeboards thick with baby massage classes, baby yoga, baby timpani. I expect little Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge is already quite something on the xylophone.

I read
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But ours is the first civilisation to find its deepest fulfilment in our descendants. Our opium is our children.’ Sitting here, surrounded by cricket stumps, fairy cakes and PlayStation games, I’m inclined to agree. While we’re busy kidding about, the elderly are all too often shoved in a corner, with their wisdom and their experience and their dentures a generation on the shelf.

Back on the domestic front, I’m as guilty as the next mother of prioritising my children. My living room, I now see, looks exactly like the youth club I used to go to in 1978 albeit with marginally better dcor.

There’s a ping pong table, a bean bag, a table football, three bicycles, two netballs and a
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‘It’s a bit like running a business,’ said one, ‘only with no pay packet at the end of it, but merely the hope of an A in French or a kid who can play a nice bit of Vivaldi on the violin.’

Effectively, she said, we work for our children, and the kids call the shots with their skate dude clothes and their Instagrammed world beeping away in the background.

Friends of mine have Excel spreadsheets stuck to the fridge detailing who goes where and when ‘Livvy to taekwondo, Max to tennis, Millie over to Rosie’s for French tutoring, Jessica off to venture scouts, mother around the twist’

So what of we women? The movers and shakers, the carers and makers? We come up short changed. As one columnist wrote recently, ‘We haven’t got time to change the world because we’re too busy making sure the kids are OK.’

That, or too busy trying to stay youthful, stay on it, stay wired, keep on top of the friend requests and all the trappings of a child oriented world which moves at the speed of light and has the attention span of a fruit fly.

Surely there’s an app that could sort it all out? A mum app! One that could plot and navigate the intricate web of family life, leaving us to change the world and still have time for a nice cup of coffee and some time alone with a nail file? I reckon I’m exactly the right age for that.Articles Connexes?

Oklahoma House OKs Bill To Prohibit Local Oil Drilling Bans

OKLAHOMA CITY Local officials would be prohibited from banning oil and gas drilling in their cities and counties under a bill approved by the Oklahoma House on Wednesday.Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman said he expects the Senate to provide final approval and send the measure to the governor. An earlier version of the bill already was approved in the Senate.Opponents said the bill would hurt Oklahomans by taking away the long held right of local officials to address concerns over drilling practices within their jurisdictions. Backers said any concerns that couldn’t be dealt with on the local level could be brought to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which has broad oversight of the industry.Bill Comes
fake ray bans After Ban In TexasOklahoma is one of a number of states seeking to curtail local regulation of the oil industry after some municipalities have taken steps to restrict industry practices.Some residents of Norman and Stillwater have called for limits or bans on drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Last year, voters in Denton, Texas, approved a ban on fracking.Carolyn Stager, executive director of the Oklahoma Municipal League, said her
discount ray bans organization did not endorse the bill."Local municipal officials elected by people in the community are in the best position to make decisions affecting their specific municipalities," she said. "The state Legislature can’t pass a cookie cutter piece of legislation that benefits every community."The State Chamber supported the legislation."We’ve seen what happened in places like Denton, Texas, which enacted ordinances banning certain activities within city limits and sent the wrong message to a vital industry," said State Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Arnella Karges. "We understand concerns about public safety and this bill provides those protections at the local level while also ensuring that one of the state’s key economic pillars can continue to use the modern techniques that have kept Oklahoma moving forward."Road Use, Traffic, NoiseUnder the bill, local government may pass reasonable regulations regarding road use, traffic, noise and odors, fencing and setbacks associated with oil and gas operations but may not prohibit or ban oil and gas operations.In debating on the bill, House Democratic Leader Scott Inman mentioned a statement released Tuesday from the Oklahoma Geological Survey that the suspected source of triggered earthquakes is the oil industry’s use of wastewater disposal wells. There’s been
fake ray bans a marked increase in earthquake activity in the state over the last several years."The folks pushing this bill are the ones causing the earthquakes in our communities," Inman said."If you’re in the community of Stillwater or Guthrie, for example, shaking like crazy up in Logan County, and you want to make sure your homes are protected from what is clearly causing the earthquakes shaking your foundations and jeopardizing what little life savings you may have wrapped up in your house, what is the best method by which you could receive redress and protection for your property, going down to your local city council member and asking them to pass an ordinance to say please protect my house or going to one of three statewide Corporation commissioners and saying, ‘Please protect my house."’Hickman said the Corporation Commission has been doing a good job of addressing the earthquake problem."We’ve identified a problem.
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Suhag’s appointment as army chief is final

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday said the appointment of Lt. Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag as the next army chief is final and urged the opposition not to politicise the issue. Singh, and demanded his dismissal.

must keep army appointments out of the political realm. As far as the government is concerned, the appointment of the army chief is final, Jaitley said in the Rajya Sabha. Singh was making statements and tweets even as Jaitley himself had put the issue to rest after taking charge as defence minister. Singh are unacceptable and highly objectionable. He demoralising the forces, he should be dismissed, Sharma said. Singh comments are to the forces.

language used by him in the tweet is highly derogatory. The government has chosen an army chief, to call him a criminal, and to call the men under him dacoits. I hope the government is taking note of it and he will be dismissed from the council of ministers, Amarinder Singh said. Singh had imposed a disciplinary ban on Lt. Gen. Suhag in connection with an intelligence operation in Assam. Gen. Bikram Singh later lifted the ban soon after he took over in May 2012, and Lt Gen Suhag is set to succeed Gen. Bikram Singh as army chief.

An affidavit earlier this month to the Supreme Court by the
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According to sources, the defence minister has questioned ministry officials why the affidavit was not shown to him before being sent to the Supreme Court.

(This article was published on June 11, 2014)

Following are the highlights of the Union Budget 2014 15 presented by
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Income tax exemption limit raised by Rs 50,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh and for senior citizens to Rs 3 lakh

Exemption limit for investment in financial instruments under 80C raised
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Investment limit in PPF raised to Rs 1.5 lakh from Rs 1 lakh

Deduction limit on interest on loan for self occupied house raised to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 1.5 lakh.

Committee to look into all fresh tax demands for indirect transfer of assets in wake of retrospective tax amendments of 2012

Fiscal deficit target retained at 4.1% of GDP for current fiscal and 3.6% in FY 16

Rs 150 crore allocated for increasing safety of women in large cities

LCD, LED TV become cheaper

Cigarettes, pan masala, tobacco, aerated drinks become costlier

5 IIMs to be opened in HP, Punjab, Bihar, Odisha and Rajasthan

5 more IITs in Jammu, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

4 more AIIMS like institutions
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February 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine year old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer
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February 21, 2013 at 8:35 am

oThink infinity and recycling with the Big Bang expansion followed by the shrinking reversal called the Gib Gnab and recycling back to the Big Bang repeating the process on and on forever. Human life, good and bad, and Earth are simply a minute part of this cha otic, sto cha stic, expanding, shrinking process disappearing in five billion years with the burn out of the Sun and maybe returning in another five billion years with different life forms but still subject to the va ga ries of its local star. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superst ition, bigotry, and persecution. Moreover, given that he was writing in 1785, the Christian religion had been trial for almost eighteen, as opposed to fifteen, centuries. Madison was presumably dating the legal establishment of Christianity to the reign of Constantine, the first Christian emperor of Rome, in the early fourth century, that is, fifteen centuries earlier. Madison words were taken from a lengthy argument against a specific bill in Virginia legislature which would have levied a tax in order to financially support the teaching of Christianity, and he argued against such a tax on the grounds that past legal support of Christianity had led to its corruption. Was that your point?

February 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm

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Become a Fabric Expert

Your best bet is a natural fiber. "If it’s not from the earth or from an animal think silk, cotton, and wool the material often looks inferior," says Beth Amason, a fabric coordinator for New York City clothing manufacturer Vandale Industries who has sourced materials for Anthropologie and Topshop. Still, not all finer fabrics are necessarily fine; make sure the material is soft and smooth and has a nice luster. To test the resilience of silks and knits, pull the fabric across its width and lengthwise. Lesser quality materials will sag, an effect that will get more pronounced after multiple wearings, says Amason.

But don’t rule out all synthetics. Textile manufacturing has improved dramatically since the 1970s, the era of leisure suits it’s now possible to find polyester, nylon, and rayon that resemble natural fibers. Polyester versions of satin and chiffon can be especially luxurious, as long as they’re not too shiny or stiff. When it comes to blends of natural and man made fibers, like silk and nylon, check the tag, which lists the proportions of each. "Make sure that there’s a higher percentage of the natural fiber," says Amason.

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Choose Your Color (and Pattern) Carefully

Wear one neutral head to toe. Going monochromatic can instantly elevate a look, according to New York City based celebrity stylist Amanda Sanders, who says black, ivory, taupe, and gray are particularly sophisticated. The shades don’t have to match exactly unless you’re pairing black with black, in which case mismatched shades cheapen the outfit, says Samantha von Sperling, a stylist and the director of Polished Social Image Consultants, a wardrobe advising service in New York City.

Expand your palette with deep tones. Go for burgundy, eggplant, or indigo instead of pastels and brights.

Stick to classic prints. Opt for simple, uniform patterns stripes, polka dots, plaids, or color blocking which are nearly impossible to mess up. Splashy florals and abstract designs have the potential to look like projects from an amateur art class.

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Check the high stress points. Clothing that has been tried on over and over again may be damaged before it leaves the store. Inspect each item for holes in the underarms,
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You Can’t Go Wrong With Simple Shapes

Think clean lines. A lines, shirtdresses, wrap styles, sheath dresses, and straight leg pants always look polished. Generally, the more complicated the design, the greater the margin for error in the execution. If you have to choose between a sleek pencil cut or something with a more elaborate structure, such as a tulip skirt or a trendy jumpsuit, "go for the basic silhouette every time," says
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Alterations can make an average piece outstanding. Even a $1,000 Prada creation looks sloppy if it’s ill fitting so imagine the effect with a $30 dress. Luckily, you can upgrade a budget buy with a relatively low cost visit to the tailor. Keep in mind: You have more leeway to take a garment in than to let it out. These alterations yield the highest payoff.

Lowering the hem. The most flattering skirt hemline is at the knee. If you have two inches folded at the hem, a tailor will be able to extend the length by an inch.

Narrowing a bodice. There shouldn’t be excess fabric under the arms or the bust.

Stitching up bulging pockets. Have the linings removed and the slits sealed for a streamlined look.

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But don’t bother with these pricey fixes: A droopy crotch area, too big shoulders,
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Find Costume Jewelry That Wows

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