News: Russell Crowe separates from his wife

October 16, 2012 0 comments

New Zealand-born actor Russell Crowe is reported to have separated from his wife of nine years, Danielle Spencer, with a view to divorce. The couple, who married in April 2003 on Crowe’s cattle ranch in New South Wales, have not commented on the reasons for the split, although stories suggest that Crowe’s hectic filming schedule…

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Women and the bad news blues

October 15, 2012 1 comment

I’d like to ask my female readers a question: do you sit mesmerised and horrified as news of the latest tragedy, murder or disaster flickers across your TV screen? Have you ever lain awake at night thinking about the suffering victims? And while all this has been happening, have you found your husband or boyfriend…

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News: Complex domestic life of French journalist detailed in new biography

October 12, 2012 0 comments

According to a newly published book, French political journalist Valérie Trierweiler had simultaneous affairs with politicians François Hollande, now Prime Minister, and opposition minister Patrick Devedjian. Both M. Devedian, 68, and Mme. Trierweiler, 47, were married at the time, while M. Hollande was living with former partner Ségolène Royal, a fellow politician and the mother…

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Is marriage set to become a minority pursuit?

October 10, 2012 7 comments

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Marriage is on the way to becoming a minority pursuit, according to a new report from think tank the Centre for Social Justice. The report, called Forgotten Families, suggests that conventional marriage has become increasingly associated with affluence and the middle and upper classes: while only 50 per cent of couples on low incomes are…

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A father’s rights?

October 8, 2012 6 comments

Last week the Court of Appeal was the venue for a stark clash of cultures. One the one side stood members of the Haredi Jewish Community and on the other stood 21st Century secular Britain. The Haredi (also spelled ‘Chareidi’ or ‘Charedi’) community is the one of the most religiously conservative within Judaism, although they…

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