• Reclaiming lost child benefit – because you need it more than the state

    By Al Rush on September 24, 2013
    You don’t need me to tell you.  For service families these days, life is grim.  No wage increases, longer absences, pension decimation, career uncertainty, lower budgets all round.  To add insult to injury, if you or your partner earns more than £50,000 per annum (and you won’t need me to tell you this either) the government has taken away some […]
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  • Labour party buying military votes?

    By Al Rush on September 23, 2013
    Lots of talk this morning in the Labour party conference about naming streets after those who die in our names and making it an offence to beat up servicemen (isn’t it already then?).  Isn’t this grasping at straws and I wonder what Labour has in mind for the families, spouses and partners?  I wonder where the money for more childcare […]
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  • Sisters.. aren’t doing it for themselves

    By Al Rush on September 23, 2013
    And that’s the problem. In a brutally honest moment, I ask myself.  If I was interviewing for a job and a candidate told me that she was trying to start a family and may want time off to have a baby in 12 months time, however enlightened I might be, however hard I might try to safeguard that person’s rights, however […]
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  • Aysgarth Falls – A Magical Holiday Spot in the Yorkshire Dales

    By A Modern Military Mother on September 23, 2013
    We have been looking at UK holiday destinations to take the kids for a staycation. When I was a 11 years old, I went on holiday with my aunty and uncle, staying in a static caravan, in the Yorkshire Dales, very close to Aysgarth Falls. The memories of this holiday have never left me. A river ran through our campsite; […]
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  • Are you paying too much to retire?

    By Al Rush on September 22, 2013
    I overheard a chat at a wedding this weekend, it went something like this. “Do you know what we pay those *^~#%*^$¥€ing bankers for our pensions?” “No, but it sucks.” “Yeah.” Ok, so I paraphrased a little. But they wouldn’t be far from the truth – the OFT has just published a damning report of pensions which charge too much. […]
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  • Trick or Treating: great tradition or greedy kids?

    By A Modern Military Mother on September 22, 2013
    Whether you favoured the witch, ghost or vampire look, many of us have fond memories of knocking on neighbours’ doors and stuffing ourselves with sweets. These days, however, it’s not the costumes that have people scared, but the thought that this treasured tradition might encourage anti-social behaviour in children and an unhealthy relationship with sugary treats. In the wake of […]
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  • #BreakingNews #AudioBook #Amazon #iTunes release date 10th October A Modern Military Mother – Tales from the Domestic Frontline

    By A Modern Military Mother on September 20, 2013
    Coming Soon: 10th October Available via Amazon and i-Tunes Read and written by Me Watch this space for more details! Cover design: http://www.kificreative.co.uk          
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  • A quick introduction..

    By Al Rush on September 20, 2013
    .. Clare has kindly asked me if I’d like to post the occasional blog. I won’t be posting about weekends away (although this Saturday, I will be spending a couple of days here with my girl), making jam or choosing trendy wellies.. or like Clare seems to do; casually hanging out with the rich and famous.  But I do hope to be […]
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  • Family friendly Scotland: Our 5 favourite attractions

    By A Modern Military Mother on September 20, 2013
    There’s just something about Scotland that keeps us coming back year after year. Even when the weather is dreich, as Hagar, A Modern Military Mother’s Scottish husband would say, it’s a green and gorgeous country steeped in history and soaked in not just rain, but atmosphere. And, with adventure and attractions galore for all the family, we don’t need much […]
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  • JUST EAT Order Takeaway Service Review

    By A Modern Military Mother on September 19, 2013
    Most of us do our best to keep our children healthily fed while sticking to a budget. We obsess over making sure that they’re eating their five-a-day rather than gorging on sweets, we try to establish routines about mealtimes (a good meal schedule helps cut down on eating between meals) and we do our best to keep their diet varied. […]
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