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Zephany Nurse has been reunited with her birth family after unwittingly striking up a friendship with her biological sister at school
A couple in South Africa have found their daughter 17 years after she was stolen from her sleeping mother’s arms, thanks to an astonishing coincidence, police said on Friday.
Zephany Nurse was abducted from a hospital in Cape Town three days after her birth in April 1997. Her bereft parents, Morné and Celeste Nurse, never gave up hope of seeing their first-born again and celebrated her next 17 birthdays without her.
From credit cards to cameras, ‘tap and swipe’ technology is taking us further from the natural world. But we needn’t be Luddite
Here’s a test that may date you, with the same rough accuracy as counting the rings of a tree. Imagine you need to write something down: a shopping list perhaps, or a reminder to do something, or even a phone number. If you have so much as scrawled on a Post-it today, you’re probably over 35. If you just put all that stuff straight into your phone, you’re probably under 35. If you are already composing a beautifully penned letter of complaint about the implicit ageism in this article, you are almost certainly over 55.
Handwriting isn’t dead, exactly. It’s just that at a press conference the other day, when the usual sheaf of background papers was circulated and I started scribbling notes in the margin, I realised that all the cool kids were just photographing the relevant chunk with their phones. Click, store, move on.
Something about the move from manual to automatic – from shaping each letter to just hitting a button – changes things
People seem to expect irresponsibility or idiocy from me as a father, even after they learn I’m my son’s primary caregiver
There are many horrible lies you tell yourself when you become a parent. The first, if you’re a writer, is: “I will not write about being a parent.” What a pathetic charade. The second is this: “I will never stop listening to advice.” Riiiiight. After a few months, some older parent starts talking, and almost instantaneously your head turns their noises turn into wordless notes, like Mozart’s mother-in-law in Amadeus chirping the Queen of the Night’s Aria.
You won’t even do that out of arrogance. For me, it’s a form of protection against the urge to be rude. Because if there is one piece of advice everyone has felt it necessary to tell me over nine months of my wife’s pregnancy and five of my parenting, it is this: “It is going to change your life.” This truth is revealed to me on a tone scale from lecture to gloating, and it is almost impossible not to wonder if people think I’m too stupid to understand this, genetically incapable of doing so or if they’re just luxuriating in the thought that some part of my life is over. Finding an appropriate, polite response is almost impossible.
“What was the lesson of Three Men and a Baby, Jeb?”
“Uh, I think it’s pretty obviously that when you get three white guys in the same apartment, they have to sing doo-wop together before they can go to sleep.”
Labor says it will remove discrimination against same-sex couples and their children but that any legal changes would be based on the child’s best interests
Victoria has moved closer towards equal adoption rights for same-sex couples, with the state government starting the process of removing discrimination from the adoption system.
The government has commissioned a review, to be headed by Eamonn Moran QC, to establish what legal changes were needed to allow the adoption of children by same-sex couples in the state.