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Friday 06 May 2011

Jenni Murray presents. Insistent rumours are growing in sections of the French press that Carla Bruni is pregnant. Might being a new dad provide Sarkozy with a much-needed 'paternity bounce' in his campaign to become French president again next spring? The women of Liverpool have been criticised recently for their looks at Aintree - the fake tan, the amount of flesh on display. Is such criticism justified? It's every parent's worry when teenagers pass their driving test and go solo behind the wheel. So how can parents survive this nerve-wracking time? And Irish Children's Laureate, Siobhan Parkinson, talks to Jenni about her new book, Bruised.


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  • The Paternity Bounce

    As rumours spread that Carla Bruni is pregnant, are voters softer towards a leader who becomes a new father whilst in power? Anne Elisabeth Moutet and Mary Ann Sieghart discuss.

  • Is There a "Liverpool Look"?

    After Liverpudlian women pictured at Aintree were criticised for their bad taste in clothes, Carol Midgley and Shelagh Fogarty discuss why Liverpudlians now get the most stick for the way they look.

  • Teenage Drivers

    Motoring correspondent Carmel Stewart and driving instructor Richard Hampson discuss the best way of ensuring your teenager remains safe once they’re driving solo.

  • Siobhán Parkinson

    The first ever Irish Children’s Laureate joins Jenni in the studio to discuss her latest novel Bruised.

  • Teenage Drivers

    Whilst any teenager is usually jubilant to pass their driving test, for their parents it can be a double edged sword. Throwing away the L plates may mark an end to costly lessons and supplying lifts in the early hours but given that statistically, one out of every five young drivers has an accident in their first year of driving, many parents worry far more once their teenager has passed than when they were learning. What’s the best way of ensuring your teenager remains safe once they’re driving solo? Jenni discusses with motoring correspondent Carmel Stewart and approved driving instructor, Richard Hampson.

  • The Paternity Bounce

    When Leo, Tony Blair’s son, was born in 2000, the first baby for a serving British Prime Minister in 150 years, it marked a new trend. Every occupant of 10 Downing Street since has taken on the challenges of early stage fatherhood as well as running the country. Now the French President’s wife, Carla Bruni is strongly rumoured to be expecting a child this autumn. Sarkozy supporters are hoping the news will provide him with a much needed ‘paternity bounce’ when he campaigns to be re-elected next spring . Are voters any softer towards a leader who becomes a new father whilst in power? Jenni asks French Political Commentator Anne Elisabeth Moutet and Columnist for the Independent, Mary Ann Sieghart.

  • Is There a "Liverpool Look"?

    Is it Open Season on women from Liverpool? The ‘Essex Girl’ used to be short hand for the vulgar and over the top. But with recent pictures of Liverpudlians from Ladies’ Day at Aintree, and publicity around their apparent enthusiasm for a new tanning drug, do the women of Liverpool now get the most stick for the way they look? They have already hit back, but do they care? They say that everyone else just looks drab. Is it about class, snobbery or a north/south divide? Jenni is joined by Carol Midgely and Shelagh Fogarty.

  • Siobhán Parkinson

    The writer Siobhán Parkinson was appointed as the first ever Irish Children’s Laureate in May 2010 and will hold the post for another year. She has written about 20 children’s books. She joins Jenni in the studio to discuss her latest novel Bruised.

    Bruised by Siobhán Parkinson is published by Hodder Children's Books on 5 May


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