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July 11, 2011

Finally – it’s a girl

By Helen Briggs Health editor, BBC News website Girl and boy playing Parents have different expectations of sons and daughters The Beckhams are about to welcome their fourth child into the world, rumoured to be a girl, after three sons – Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.

So what’s it like to swap muddy football boots and dinosaurs for all things pink – and how far will parents go to try to improve their chances of having the boy or girl they long for?

When Karen started trying for a third baby after two boys, she jokingly asked her doctor for tips on conceiving a girl.

The doctor joked she had heard a rumour that the nursery rhyme “What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice, and all things nice,” had had positive results.

Karen admits that, somewhat unscientifically, she started eating a sugar lump every morning, encouraging her partner, Rob, to do the same.

“Neither of us wanted not to eat it in case there was some truth in the nursery rhyme,” she wrote in her blog.

“We were both prepared to get very fat, have grotty teeth and a boy baby! Once I was pregnant we stopped eating sugar lumps.”

Continue reading the main story
Boys, I know: mud, bundles of energy and heart on sleeve personalities. No hidden motives or emotions”

End Quote Heather Mother of four They decided not to find out the baby’s sex until after the birth. As it turned out, they were granted their wish.

“When she was born, we were both obviously delighted but my main concern was whether she was breathing, did she have 10 fingers and toes et cetera,” Karen says.

“At the time my desire for a healthy child certainly was stronger than my desire for a girl.”

Other mothers have strong feelings about having one sex or the other.

Heather had her daughter, Lily, after three sons. She admits to being “devastated” when she found out, at her 17-week scan, that she was having a girl.


“It hadn’t been planned, but I felt that as long as I was having another boy I would cope,” she says.

“I felt that I was pregnant for the first time again, carrying this alien being. I didn’t know what to prepare for.

“All the little girls I knew were manipulative, evil creatures hell bent on mental torture and showing off.

Newborn baby girl Research shows girls are seen as more passive

“Boys, I know – mud, bundles of energy and heart-on-sleeve personalities. No hidden motives or emotions.”

Two years on, Heather says raising a girl has been the source of constant surprises.

“We didn’t do it, didn’t force [toy] irons and babies on her, but yet with identical parenting she is this strongly feminine creature.

“She loves make-up and having her toes painted, she fusses over her brothers, interfering and coddling them.

“She twists them round her every whim, bats her lashes and sings in a crystal soprano that makes them smile at tiny girly perfection.

“Although I am the same species I don’t recognise this different being quite yet.

“Sixteen years of boys, Pokemon, dinosaurs, Scooby-Doo et cetera is ingrained too deep. But we are enjoying getting to know her.”

Great expectations

Experts say little boys and little girls are much more similar than parents think.

According to Dr Helen Barrett, developmental psychologist and research fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London, studies suggest even when baby boys and girls are lying in a cot kicking their legs at the same rate, boys are seen as more energetic.

And a newborn boy’s cries are seen as more forceful and may be responded to quicker, even when there is actually no difference.

“If you dressed a little boy in pink no-one would be any the wiser,” say Dr Barrett.

Physical differences, which are slight in the early years, are outweighed by the expectations of parents and peers, she says.

“No matter how hard you try to make boys not be boys and girls not be girls, they tend to pick up a lot of stereotypical things from their peers.

“Parents can get quite disgruntled about things like boys playing with guns.

“It’s a big thing psychologically for parents to have children of different sexes rather than just one sex.

“Usually the difference in sex ties in with a lot of your own experiences, hopes and expectations.”

For Janine, 38, from York, having a baby girl was a chance to splurge on pink. After four boys and a string of miscarriages, she thought she would never have a girl.

“I would have been more than happy with another boy,” she confesses. “I didn’t think I could have a girl anyway.

“I went a bit pink mad and even now she is 16 months old I can’t resist a pretty pink dress. Everything is pink from carseat to high chair!”

Despite the abundance of pink, her little girl has defied gender stereotypes.

“She is always filthy – five minutes after having a bath – and she is very rough and tumble. However she is also a woman in practice in that she is a stroppy little madam!”

July 1, 2011

News Corp finally sells MySpace

  MySpace's music homepage

MySpace had been a leader in the social networking revolution News Corporation has sold its ailing social networking site MySpace to online advertising firm Specific Media.

News Corp paid $580m (£361m) for MySpace in 2005, but users and advertisers left the site for rival social sites like Facebook and Twitter.

The sale terms were not disclosed, but there were unconfirmed reports that price paid was as low as $35m.

Pop star and actor Justin Timberlake will take a stake in the business, Specific Media said.

He will play “a major role in developing the creative direction and strategy for the company moving forward,” the company said.

Specific Media was founded in 1999 by three brothers – Tim, Chris and Russell Vanderhook – and is based in Irvine, California.

MySpace was a leading social networking site when it was bought by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

But the business was eclipsed by rivals, and despite attempts to revive MySpace’s fortunes the site has been a financial millstone.

Continue reading the main story image of Rory Cellan-Jones Rory Cellan-Jones Technology correspondent, BBC News
Mr Murdoch can comfort himself by reflecting that if his social adventure ended badly, another media giant fared much worse”

End Quote The Reuters news agency cited a News Corp-owned blogging site as reporting that MySpace was sold for $35m.

Specific Media said: “We look forward to combining our platforms to drive the next generation of digital innovation.”


News Corp’s chief operating officer Chase Carey said in November that the losses at MySpace were “unsustainable”.

Although News Corp does not publish specific results for MySpace in its accounts, the “other” segment, which includes the social network, reported a second quarter operating loss of $156m – $31m worse than a year earlier.

According to tracking firm comScore, MySpace had 21.8 million unique monthly US visitors in August 2005 compared with Facebook’s 8.3 million.

By May 2011, Facebook’s monthly US visitors had risen to 157.2 million compared with MySpace’s 34.9 million, comScore said. Facebook has nearly 700 million members worldwide.

June 30, 2011

Naval base raid: Finally, report admits inside job in Mehran attack

Standing Committee on Defence told that evidence of “inside help” has been found in the PNS Mehran Base attack.


It took more than a month after heavily-armed terrorists mounted a brazen attack on Pakistan’s biggest naval airbase in Karachi, but investigators have finally concluded that the attackers had support from within the Pakistan Navy.

The terrorists sneaked into Pakistan Navy’s airbase PNS Mehran on May 22, destroying two P3-C Orion surveillance aircraft and holding off military commandos for 15 hours before they were killed in a final predawn assault the next morning. At least 10 security personnel were killed in the attack.

According to a preliminary investigation report tabled before the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence on Wednesday, some navy officials were in custody for questioning over their possible links with the attackers.

Senior officials briefed the committee about the investigations into the PNS Mehran attack – one of the most potent terrorist attacks on the country’s security installations.

The briefing was confidential, but some participants speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that the navy officials admitted that  the terrorists received help from people working at the airbase.

The report indicates that some people had conducted reconnaissance of the base before the attack. It also points out that closed-circuit TV cameras installed at the base were not working, making it easier for the attackers to slip through.

However, navy officials would not comment on the report. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Dr Azhra Fazal Pechuhu, head of the defence committee, said that the naval authorities had completed their internal investigations into the PNS Mehran attack.

“According to investigations, four terrorists were involved in the attack,” she said, adding that the mastermind would be brought to book after the completion of the probe.

She said the investigators were now looking into the external aspects of the probe where they would also try to ascertain if there was any foreign hand involved.

The May 22 attack on the well-guarded base raised questions about the ability of the security forces to protect their key installations from terrorist raids. And security analysts said it wasn’t possible for terrorists to launch such an attack without inside help.

Despite the briefing, committee members from the PML-N expressed dissatisfaction over the findings of the report. “What we have been told is nothing new as lots of information has already appeared in the media,” said an opposition member, who requested not to be named.