Kylo, Leia and Finn among popular baby names in 2016

Star Wars, super moons and superheros were among the trends when it came to naming babies in 2016.



Janet Christie’s Mum’s the Word

Saturday morning, day off, time for a snoozathon. But what am I thinking, I have children.

Last year 500 children aged under 16 were adopted, with 284 of these being 'stranger' adoptions. Picture: Contributed.

New measures announced to speed up adoption in Scotland

Adoption in Scotland is to be streamlined to cut down the amount the time children have to wait before becoming part of stable families.

Claire Foy as the Queen in the Netflix drama The Crown.

Aidan Smith: Royal drama is an everyday tale of boozy, bickering, lustful telly addicts

A strong and sexy HRH in the Netflix drama The Crown has made a belated loyal subject of Aidan Smith

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Broadcaster Nicky Campbell. Picture: Contributed

Nicky Campbell speaks on the reality of adoption

SCOTS broadcaster Nicky Campbell has called out to couples to embrace the ‘Reality of Adoption’ during the first ever Adoption Week Scotland.

A Virgin America flight similar to the one the father and daughter were on. Picture: Wiki Commons

Dad hands out sweets on aeroplane so daughter can go trick-or-treating

A dad won hearts the world over - after going the extra mile to make sure his daughter could enjoy Hallowe'en.

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The baby box will include essential items

Design competition launched for new Scottish baby box

Students are being urged to take part in a competition to design a baby box which will be handed out to parents in Scotland from the new year.

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5 year-old calls Celtic to apologise for missing game

A five-year-old Celtic fan who missed a match due to it clashing with a friend’s birthday party has phoned the club to apologise.

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A survey for Which? magazine showed that callers had been kept on hold by companies for up to 37 minutes. Picture: Getty Images

Jane Bradley: Don’t leave me hanging on the telephone

Long waits on hold are made worse when a recorded voice tries to kid that you are a ‘valued customer’ says Jane Bradley

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Janet Christie’s Mum’s the Word

Middle Child returns with useful skills



Janet Christie, Mum’s the Word: Come home Middle Child, we need you

I’m walking home from work when Eldest texts.

“What’s for tea? Might go to Other Parent’s.”

Discount Hamleys toy store set to open in Livingston

Discount Hamleys toy store set to open in Livingston

Iconic toy retailer Hamleys is to open a branch in Livingston Designer Outlet, its first discount venture in Scotland.

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Janet Christie’s Mum’s The Word Cunning sibling tactics – blame the absent brother

Eldest and Youngest are munching away. It’s a happy teatime tableau, albeit missing Middle Child. I muse about what Middle’s having for tea, poor wee mite, on his organic farm in the Algarve, surrounded by nature’s fecundity and a massive pizza oven.

It's now unlikely many Scots women will be looking for a date with Ash. Picture: PA

Dating site ‘creep’ brands Scots women ‘very overweight’

AN Australian has been branded a “creep” after he rejected a Scottish woman on a dating site for being, in his words; too old and obese.

A stressed dad. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

Quarter of Scots parents miss putting their children to bed

A quarter of parents in Scotland miss out on putting their children to bed due to work pressures, according to a new survey.

Being online can help guard against isolation. Picture: Dmitry Berkut/Getty

Sandra White: A day to celebrate number of elderly online

A key point raised in this year’s Scottish Household Survey came from the section on internet use. This found that, overall, 80 per cent of Scottish households had internet access at home in 2015, unchanged from 2014.

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Caught up in the sensational split of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are six vulnerable children. Picture:  Justin Tallis/PA

Dani Garavelli: Brangelina’s brood add pathos to final cut

I was in Sarajevo when the big news story of the week broke. I am not referring to #Buttongate. Kezia Dugdale’s failure to vote on the SNP’s council tax reforms, which allowed the government to avoid defeat was, alternatively, a gripping tale about the limitations of technology or a exposé of personal ditziness, but I doubt it made global headlines.


Janet Christie: Mum’s the word There comes a time to run

I’m walking home when a car stops beside me. It’s a friend from across the bridge. “I was round the corner, thought I’d drop by for a cup of tea.”

Oh good. Oh no. This morning Youngest Child described the house as “an explosion in a laundrette”. A laundrette that judging by the scattered plates has hosted a Greek wedding. And in the kitchen are three Fender amplifiers, one blocking the fridge, another the washing machine and a third the door. Where else would Eldest Child store them?

Pic Lisa Ferguson 25/08/2015

New Magazine byline pics - Janet Christie

Janet Christie: Don’t forget key facts from a bunch of advice

I’m in bed, it’s nudging midnight and I’m about to lull myself to sleep with a crime drama on my laptop when Eldest Child arrives back from work.

Lee Nelson showing the TV comedian and his team renaming Sir Philip Green's prize �100million super yacht

Sir Philip Green’s superyacht renamed ‘BHS Destroyer’

RETAIL billionaire Sir Philip Green has had his superyacht renamed “BHS Destroyer” in a prank by comedian Simon Brodkin.

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