My dad abused me when I was 10

August 22, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Growing up, our house always seemed pretty normal. Mum and Dad would take us on regular holidays and my sister, *Lorraine, and I would always grumble about sticking to the rules. Dad was pretty strict and liked things to be just so but Mum was suffering with MS and, during her relapses, she would be…

My wife wanted a baby but got a death sentence

August 22, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

“I’m pregnant!” screamed my wife Melissa, running over and throwing her arms around me. It was April 2007 and I’d been married to my sweetheart Melissa for a year. “I can’t wait to have a family,” she beamed. “It just feels so right.” I agreed. We’d been dating for seven years before we married and…

My carpenter ex tried to carve me up

August 22, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

The music was pumping and the punch was flowing. As I danced with mates at a house party in my home town, I noticed a man eyeing me up. Smiling flirtatiously at him, I turned back to my friends and said: “Who’s that?” “Oh, I wouldn’t go near him, he’s trouble,” said Kelly. But that…

The boy with spray-on skin

August 22, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Dressing her two-year-old son, Zed, Nicky Merrick can’t help but stare in wonder at his clear chest. Just five months ago, Nicky, 33, feared he would be scarred for life after he knocked a cup of tea over himself. The steaming hot liquid drenched the toddler, leaving him with horrific scalds to his shoulder and…

Britain ‘increasingly likely’ to leave EU as coalition rift deepens

August 10, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Britain is increasingly likely to leave the EU before the next general election in 2015, bankers have warned. Deepening coalition rifts, increasing EU interference and British strength make a ‘Brixit’ more plausible, according to investment bank Nomura. Such a move would cause the coalition government to collapse with Europhile Lib Dems vehemently opposed to an…

Food for thought: High-earners ‘have the worst diets’

August 7, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Earning a big salary is bad for your waistline – with those who pocket £45,000 a year among the unhealthiest wage bracket, it emerged yesterday. A study of 2,000 Brits found bigger earners are more likely to see their waistline balloon amid a dizzy round of boozy lunches, nights out, take-aways and ready-meals. They are…

The £200 hidden cost of ringing visitors to Britain

August 7, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Mobile phone companies are hitting customers with up to £200 in unexpected charges when they phone friends and family visiting from abroad, according to a study. The report by telecoms firms Lebara reveals that one in ten UK households will host visitors from abroad during the Olympic Games alone. They could fall victim to charges…

Birthday cards are the biggest rip-off, say consumers

August 7, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Brits think milk, bus travel and iPhone apps are good value for money – but birthday cards, takeaway pizza and printer cartridges are a rip-off, a study revealed yesterday. Predictably, petrol was also deemed a rip-off, as is paying 60p for a stamp or being forced to shell out to go to the toilet at…

One in ten homeowners regrets buying their property

August 7, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Ten per cent on of British homeowners claim buying their house was the worst financial decision they have made, new research shows. The study of 2,000 British adults details the most unfortunate spending decisions that leave us feeling out of pocket, with cars, gambling and stock-market risk also featuring highly. Findings show that despite the…

Laziness costs us £17k each over a lifetime

August 7, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Laziness costs the typical Brit almost £17,000 over the course of their lifetime, a report revealed yesterday. A study found using the car wash when a bucket and sponge would do, not taking advantage of price comparison sites and driving rather than walking are the biggest drains on our finances. Not cancelling direct debits, putting…