MY brother has always been a good man, but over the past few years, he's become a very heavy drinker. It's changed his whole personality and now he drinks nearly all the time, which makes him aggressive and intolerant.My sister-in-law has been patient with him and says that he's tried to give up, but that it never lasts long; when he starts again, he is often worse than before he stopped.He runs his own building company and I'm sure the pressure is part of the problem, but it's not winning him any friends or customers. The more he drinks, the more he puts people off and the less customers he gets. This means that he worries about money, so he drinks more – It's a vicious circle.My sister-in-law says that, although he hasn't actually threatened her or their children yet, the kids don't like being around him anymore. I've tried to speak to him so many times but, just as when we were younger, he thinks he is always right and won't listen to what I have to say.I'm at my wits end and … [Read more...] about Ask Fiona: What can I do about my brother’s heavy drinking?
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MANILA -- Weeks after admitting that she is pregnant and engaged, actress Nathalie Hart shared photos of her soon-to-be-husband. On Instagram, Hart uploaded photos of her baby's father, who is an Indian businessman. "Missing my partner in life and enemy," she said. Hart, one of the stars of the movie "Sin Island," said in a previous interview that she wanted to have a private wedding this year for her family and close friends in Australia. The actress said she is also planning to give birth in Australia. … [Read more...] about Meet Nathalie Hart’s future husband
Hi Meredith, A recent letter from a single father inspired me to finally ask you and readers for advice. I am a full-time working single mom of a toddler (recently divorced). It's been over a year since my ex and I split, so I have taken time to grieve the loss of a relationship that I thought would last forever. I don't ever want to live with another man under the same roof, never mind getting married! So I want to meet someone who feels the same way. Now that I am back "on the market," I occasionally go out to meet people. It seems that when I say at the beginning that I have a child, there are two outcomes: 1) Some men are simply not interested; 2) Some feel like they are doing me a favor by talking to me. As in, "There are not that many men who would be willing to date a single mom, which makes me a hero, special, or a public benefactor if I do date one." While I understand Group 1 and respect their decision, I absolutely can't stand the mindset of the Group 2. So I'm considering … [Read more...] about How soon do I mention my child?
SINCE my ex-husband's remarriage, our 11 year-old-son has always got along well with his stepmum. I'm on a perfectly friendly footing with my ex, but I struggle to talk with his new wife, and as she and I are the ones that tend to organise the visits, it's really hard for me. I'm normally great at talking to people, so I have no idea why I feel like this – especially as she's gone out of her way to be polite and friendly on the phone. I could really do with some advice as to how to get along better with her as it's obviously important we maintain a good relationship for my son. Why can't I do better at this? SR FIONA SAYS: I'm really not that surprised that you find it difficult to deal with your ex-husband's new wife. In a real sense, she's taken your place and, however amicable your divorce was from your husband, it must feel strange. Although you don't mention it, could there be a little jealousy that she has managed to bond with your son too? You have both got important roles … [Read more...] about Ask Fiona: How can I get on better with my ex’s new wife?
PUBLISHED: 14:32 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:50 11 July 2018 The moment James Parr proposed to girlfriend, now fiancee, Alexandra Barclay. Picture: Loganair Loganair A flight attendant from Norfolk has had the surprise of a lifetime as she left her plane to find her boyfriend waiting on one knee on the runway below. She said yes! Picture: Loganair Alexandra Barclay, 24, had just finished a four-flight shift when her partner James Parr, 31, met her at the steps of the aircraft. The bride-to-be said: “I have waited a long for the best moment of my life and I couldn’t have imagined anything more special. “It really took me by surprise but after the initial shock I was absolutely overjoyed.” She added: “Thanks to my colleagues for making it all happen, my parents for giving him permission and also, of course to James, for putting such a clever plan together.” Mr Parr had help picking the ring from Alexandra's mum. Picture: Loganair The couple … [Read more...] about Air hostess proposed to on Norwich Airport runway having met future husband on Tinder