IT appears spring has finally sprung and the changing weather can provide an abundance of inspiration for baby names. If nearly due, expecting or recently conceived, the season associated with blooms and blossoms can perfectly capture the hopeful sentiment linked to a new arrival. Flowers and girls’ names have gone hand in hand for centuries, with floral tributes making their way into the top 100 names for last year. Conventional choices include Daisy and Lily, which made it into 14th place on the most popular names for 2017, ranked by BabyCenter. Violet and Jasmine – 69th and 99th respectively – also make the grade, as do Hazel and Scarlett – at 67th and 25th – less commonly linked with spring but still channelling nature. Heather, Iris, Hyacinth, Tulip, Marigold, Poppy and Rose are all firm favourites when it comes to flowers, and make a more original choice with none topping the most popular list last year. Other options which still reflect the season … [Read more...] about Most popular baby names inspired by spring . . . but would you name YOUR baby after the season?
Jedd O’Keeffe, the Middleham trainer who sends second favourite Sam Spinner to Cheltenham next week for the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle, reached a nadir in August 2011. Eight months into debilitating treatment for cancer, he announced to his owners that it would be impossible for him and his wife Andrea to continue. “We really thought we’d have to stop,” he recalled. “But I was mid-40s, a diabetic, was recovering from cancer, any Russian I’d learnt at university had lapsed and I’d spent my life in racing. What else could I have done? I wouldn’t have employed me.” The final straw had been when the VAT man came knocking and spent the afternoon valuing items in the yard. “Andrea had taken on so many roles in the yard while I’d been ill,” explained O’Keeffe. “She was training the horses, riding out, looking after the kids, taking them to school, driving the horses to the races, taking me to hospital … [Read more...] about Cheltenham win for Jedd O’Keeffe would be popular choice
Culture The SimpsonsOn Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department visited actress Tori Spelling's home in response to a 911 "disturbance" call placed that morning. The previous evening, Spelling herself had called 911 to report someone breaking into her home, but it turned out to be her husband, Dean McDermott.According to TMZ, Thursday's caller mentioned "mental illness," aggression and implied that Spelling may have been suffering from a nervous breakdown. The LAPD told Entertainment Weekly that their response to the call was "ongoing," and officer Rosario Herrera added, "We have officers at that location." TMZ also posted paparazzi photos of the cops genially speaking with McDermott in the couple's front yard. Tv personality Tori Spelling attends West Coast Reveal Of The New 2016 Next Generation Chevrolet Volt at Quixote Studios on January 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images / Michael Buckner Keep up with this story … [Read more...] about Cops visit Tori Spelling after mysterious 911 call
THE most popular baby names for girls and boys in 10 UK regions have been revealed. The Office for National Statistics analysed the names of babies born in England and Wales in 2016, the most recent figures available. In eight of the 10 areas, the top boys name was either Harry or Oliver. The exceptions were in London and the West Midlands, where Muhammad topped the lists. Quirky names, such as Sebastian and Felix, appear to be more popular in the city than in other regions. The names Poppy, Florence, Ezra or Milo ranked higher in the South West than in any other region, while Freddie, Reggie and Delilah were more popular in the East of England than across the nation as a whole. Overall for England and WalesGirls Olivia Amelia Emily Isla Ava Isabella Lily Jessica Ella Mia Boys Oliver Harry George Jack Jacob Noah Charlie Muhammad Thomas Oscar For girls, Olivia and Amelia featured in the top two spots of each region. The tables also reveal regional … [Read more...] about These are the top 10 most popular baby names in YOUR region
Alex Salmond, who heads the Scottish National Party, in his office at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland, April 1, 2014. Andrew Testa/The New York Times/Redux World In less than 100 days, the Scots will vote on whether to remain in the United Kingdom. Four million voters will be asked whether they want to separate from the Union. The Scots are split down the middle, but only those living in Scotland get to make the decision. Jim, born in south Edinburgh in 1940, has twin sons voting yes and another son with a job and family in London, who, like the rest of the Scottish diaspora living in other parts of the U.K., will have no voice in the September 18 referendum. Jim is typical. He is undecided, equally irritated by the Conservative government in London’s Westminster and the Scottish National Party (SNP) government in Scotland. “I’ve been annoyed at the manner of [George] Osborne and the rest [of the U.K. government] telling us what we can and can’t … [Read more...] about The Scottish Referendum Could Spell the End of the U.K.