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Education experts call for term time fines to be abolished

Just when parents were getting used to the idea of a fine if they take their children out of school, education experts have urged headteachers to look at each absence on a case-by-case basis.Until last September, heads could grant up to 10 days' leave a year for family holidays in 'special circumsta... Read more

Greek strikes set to affect Athens airport tomorrow

Greece will shut airports for a full day for the first time this year as the union representing at least 400,000 state workers plans a 24-hour strike to protest austerity measures aimed at winning European Union rescue funds. The country’s largest public-sector union, known as ADEDY, called the str... Read more

Chemmy Alcott Interview - What's Next?

As a proud sponsor of Chemmy Alcott we were thrilled to watch her race at Sochi, her fourth Olympics, and place 19th. To come back from a leg break in August and perform so well for Team GB in February is a prime example of a strong women who just does not give up. So we can't imagine she preparing ... Read more

Keeping the kids entertained this Easter holiday

Easter is fast approaching, and although a few chocolate-based goodies will keep the kids entertained for a while, you'll only have so long before they start asking what you've got planned for the break. Research has shown that keeping kids entertained during the Easter holidays - with the likes of ... Read more

Help Columbus make a difference this Christmas

This Christmas, we’re joining with both Rainbow Trust children’s charity and Crisis, who work with homeless people, to raise vital funds at what can be a difficult time of year for those in need. We’re inviting you to help us make a difference, by making sure we reach our target of £1,000 for each c... Read more

Top destinations for a ski weekend short break

Why more people don't consider a skiing mini-break is incomprehensible. Honestly. We're stumped. With so many incredible resorts not that far from our doorsteps, a ski break isn't one that needs to be confined to the annual two-week getaway. Imagine telling your colleagues at work that instead of w... Read more

US north-east braces for historic snowstorm

8 February 2013 Last updated at 03:15 GMT The north-east US coast is braced for a big snowstorm that has already caused hundreds of flight cancellations. The storm is set to cause power cuts and transport chaos as it arrives from the Great Lakes and brings blizzards to parts of New England on Frid... Read more

Bahrain Anniversary Protests

14th February 2013 Last updated at 10:15 GMT Hundreds have taken to the streets to mark the second anniversary of an uprising in the Sunni-ruled kingdom The Bahraini government has announced an investigation into the death of teenage boy during protests marking the second anniversary of a failed u... Read more

Great holiday ideas to get away from it all

The daily commute and demands of juggling a hectic social and family life can leave you in the doldrums at this grey old time of year.  What you need is a pick-me-up – so what about planning a getaway that’s both rejuvenating and good for the soul, to set you back on track?  Here are a few of our f... Read more

Why Chemmy Alcott gives 100% in Olympic training and interviews

If you saw the Clare Balding show on BT Sport on Friday night, you would've heard Chemmy Alcott rush through the story of her near death experience, then launch into an exuberant description of the single-mindedness that drives her towards her fourth Olympics. She even ending up putting words in Mar... Read more

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