Category: Lifestyle

Only skin deep

Medical Matters   Skin is the largest organ in the human body and its visible appearance often reflects on our health and vitality. If eyes are the window to our souls, so too skin can mirror something deeper about our general health. We subject our skin to sun, rain, wind, deodorants and perfumes and probably…

Family News and Events

Young people 
urged to take it 
easy with sport Too much sport can be damaging for teenagers, a leading surgeon has warned. Patrick Carton, a hip consultant at Waterford’s Whitfield clinic, has revealed he has been operating on 10 patients a week with hip problems caused by arduous training regimes. Some of these patients have…

Family News and Events

Worried about your kids’ texts? There’s an app for that! Parents worried about their children sending and sharing inappropriate texts and images may have a helpful answer in the form of a new app. The Oyoty app, developers claim, detects when pictures show too much exposed flesh, when texts use abusive or bullying language, and…

Coffee, cardamom, pear and walnut cake

Sweet Treats   Inspiration for this recipe came from musing about which flavours best go with pears in the autumn. You can’t beat pear and walnut, or pear and cardamom, and funnily enough, these two also bond wonderfully with coffee. So why not make a cake combining all four! You need to be keen on…

It’s time to prepare your garden for winter

With autumn now stretching well into November and – weather dependent – possibly December, and winters getting milder and wetter, the jobs to be done to winterise your garden are changing. Waterlogging and strong wintery gales are more likely to be the problem, rather than snow or soil frozen solid. Constant heavy rain can kill…

Failure is a powerful motivator

We all make mistakes and we all experience failure. Failure is a painful experience and the conventional psychological advice is that we should not dwell on failure and we should try not to feel bad. However, new research just published by Noelle Nelson and others in the Journal of Behavioural Decision Making found that, when…

Faith in the Family

Dorcas Lane was the village postmistress in a TV series called Lark Rise to Candleford which we used to watch on a Sunday evening when our children were younger. Any time that Dorcas was caught doing something she felt she shouldn’t be doing, like eating a cream cake, buying another new hat or reading a…