Babyproofing – Have you neutralised these 7 danger zones?

Your first job as a parent is keeping your baby alive. Which means 1. feeding, and 2. turning your home into an impenetrable babyproofed fortress! Babies are small, defenceless and – let’s be frank – pretty stupid when it comes to safety. Every year tens of thousands of them are injured or worse when they crawl … Read more

Five things it took me five years to figure out

In early 2012 I found myself thrust into the teeming ranks of unemployed journos attempting to transition to freelancing. Spoiler alert: I seem to have made a go of things over the subsequent half decade. But not without plenty of mistakes and missed opportunities along the way. Here are five of the most important lessons … Read more

Cryotherapy: the ultimate chill-out

Lindsay Lohan loves it. So does soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in the days leading up to a soccer match. Daniel Craig reportedly did it during the filming of Skyfall. Curiously, Gwyneth Paltrow hasn’t done it, but she’s reportedly keen. ‘It’ is cryotherapy, and involves blasting your body with liquid nitrogen cooled to between minus 150 and … Read more

First Nepal, now the world

Disproving the old saw about shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations, Nirvana Chaudhary is set on expanding his great-grandfather’s business across the globe. In Nepal, Chaudhary Group (CG) is an inescapable conglomerate, and the family that owns it, business royalty. To summarise, it is by far Nepal’s omnipresent company (imagine a combination of AT&T, Bechtel, … Read more

Mindfulness in the workplace: have we had a gutful?

The news from the home of mindfulness – that’s California, not the exotic east – is grim. Both erstwhile true believers and long-time sceptics have begun questioning whether corporate mindfulness programs are unarguably A Good Thing. In the US, think pieces about the mindfulness backlash are now appearing in the same publications that five minutes … Read more

The great porn war

Government plans to introduce mandatory internet filtering have enraged – and mobilised – the blogosphere, and no one knows where it will end, reports Nigel Bowen. Clive Hamilton is keen to establish he is not a wowser. He did, after all, strip naked at Jim Cairns’s Down to Earth hippie festival in 1974 and fought … Read more

“I’ve always focused on relationships.”

Taking over a business based on distributing newspapers and magazines just as print was being declared ‘dead’ was a challenge. Mark Cashmore rose to it. Henry Smith started a news vending company in London in 1792. Over the next two centuries, the family business, named WH Smith in 1846, became part of the fabric of … Read more

What’s your baby trying to tell you?

While babies can’t talk, there’s loads they’re trying to say. Here’s how to read between the lines. Not only do they come with no instruction manual, but babies arrive in the world with zero capacity to take care of themselves and perform the most basic tasks — like walking, talking, or even lifting their heads. Compare this to other species, … Read more

Settling down to raise a family… with your ex

Two years ago, my wife and I decided to go our separate ways. The problem was that we had a two-year-old and three-year-old, so it wasn’t feasible for those ways to diverge overly much. After selling the family home, we both moved into the same apartment block — separate apartments, on different floors. We didn’t think … Read more

Dads parent differently. And experts say it’s a good thing

Different parenting styles can spark a power struggle between new dads and mums. Here’s how to meet in the middle. “No, you’re doing it all wrong! Just give the baby back to me!” It rarely takes a new dad long to hear these words, and sadly, some of us don’t push back. Instead, after repeated cut … Read more