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Prince Harry

Even republicans approve, surely?

Microwaving tea

Recommended by scientists, apparently. Disgusting

No televised election debates

Disappointing; we were rather looking forward to May vs The Sturge


Olivia Coleman = nailed-on Future National Treasure

Spring Bank holidays

Too close together! Very bad!


“I queued for THREE BLOODY HOURS at B&Q for a new recycling bin! The entire town’s in CHAOS”


To be listened to whole on a long journey for maximum effect

Using a proper paper map

Strangely satisfying

The “Flash” Flash ad

It’s back! Possibly the best ever singing dog in an advert ever

Crap tacos

Reheated, with too much chilli: middle-class kebabs, basically

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    The Friday Question: Screaming, kicking, tantrum-throwing, Barbie-hurling brats: if you can’t smack ‘em or shout at ‘em, what ARE you supposed to do?

    Flickr: Dan HughesA few months ago I was in a restaurant in Edinburgh with my family and extended relatives, when my three-year-old daughter started kicking off.  She had had enough kiddie-portion pasta, she was bored, and her tantrum was going off the scale. In the end, under the disapproving gaze of Scottish diners, I dragged her outside and made her stand there with me until she cooled down.
    We had been outside crying (her, not me, but I was close by this point) for about, ooh, 1 minute when a passing stranger stopped to ask her what the matter was, and then went into the newsagent next door to buy her a Cadbury’s Twisted bar, which he presented to her with a dodgy glance at me. Apart from thinking he was a cheeky git, I also wondered what exactly I was supposed to do with a misbehaving kid so as to NOT get disapproval from somebody.
    Can I ask - what is the acceptable way to discipline, or at least to try to control, your kid? What do YOU do when the  reasoning and naughty steps don’t work? I think a lot of parents genuinely struggle with this problem; not just the acceptability question, but also of what actually works on impossible infants. If anyone would care to share, I for one would be all ears.