December 4, 2022

UK weather: Britain braces for snow and ice as temperatures plummet

Snow could fall in Scotland, Northern Ireland and north-east England from Wednesday, with travel disruptedThe Met Office has issued its first snow warning of this winter, as Britain is expected to face icy temperatures this week.A yellow weather warning for snow has been issued for northern Scotland on Wednesday, with snow showers likely to disrupt travel. Continue reading...
December 3, 2022

How England ‘pulled it out of the fire’ against Milla’s Cameroon at Italia 90

The only time the Three Lions faced African opposition in a finals knockout match was 32 years ago – and they nearly blew itItalia 90’s accepted place in football history is that of a poor tournament where the crosswinds of geopolitics coloured a World Cup with a deeper cultural impact than any other. The final appearances of West Germany and Yugoslavia, a post-Ceausescu Romania throwing off the shackles and the Republic of Ireland’s days of heaven under Jack Charlton represent a small sample of myriad narratives.When England take on Senegal in Al Khor on Sunday, further memories of 32 years ago will be conjured, for that was the first – and last – time England faced African opposition in a World Cup knockout match. Cameroon in Naples on 1 July 1990 in the quarter-finals ended the Indomitable Lions’ thrilling run as a 3-2 win forged English hopes of going all the way. Continue reading...
December 2, 2022

I gave years to the UCKG evangelical church before realising I had to escape its clutches | Rachel Reign

I was young and vulnerable when I first joined the organisation. Now I’m helping other survivors of its practices‘Exposed to horrendous things’: young people in UK speak out against evangelical churchIt was a Sunday, and I was out and about in west Croydon. I was 13. A young stranger called out to me, “Hey! What are you doing now? Why don’t you come in, we are having an event now. There will be singing and dancing, it’s really fun, come in!”Never in a hundred years would I have thought that accepting their invitation would change the course of my life, twice.Rachael Reign is founder and lead campaigner of Surviving Universal UKIn the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email or For more information visit In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is at 800-273-8255 or chat for support. You can also text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis text line counselor. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at www.befrienders.orgDo you have an opinion on the issues raised in this article? If you would like to submit a response of up to 300 words by email to be considered for publication in our letters section, please click here. Continue reading...
December 2, 2022

Giant clitorises, sex parties and porn addiction: Cara Delevingne’s eye-opening journey to Planet Sex

Women lick salt off her thighs at an erotic gathering, she poignantly confesses her struggles with homophobia and is hugely funny throughout. The model is an absolute TV naturalFor a period in the early 2010s, it was impossible to turn a newspaper page or open any form of social media without seeing the voluptuous eyebrows of Cara Delevingne and, beneath them, her tongue sticking out of her mouth, giving off a manic puppy energy. She’d make gang signs despite growing up in well-heeled Belgravia, and wear beanies at slouchy, Smurf-like angles. Delevingne became a sort of lovable if OTT caricature, one her friend Kate Moss captured perfectly when she dressed as her for Halloween.This ubiquity wasn’t entirely Delevingne’s fault. What 20-year-old thrust into fame and (even more) fortune would not take advantage of the endless work opportunities, invites and access that came her way? And even more so: we have a media that will see any new thing, especially if that thing is young and female, and hound it, in some cases, to death.In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, or email or In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at Continue reading...
December 1, 2022

Ian Blackford stepping down as SNP’s leader at Westminster – UK politics live

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon pays tribute after Scottish MP announces he will not stand again for positionThe Guardian’s political editor Pippa Crerar has the full story so far on Ian Blackford’s stepping down – one party insider told her it was a “generational” issue and there was a “need to look to the future”.Rory Carroll, the Guardian’s Ireland correspondent, has some detail on an interesting report in the Irish News: Continue reading...
November 30, 2022

The Guardian view on NHS strikes: a last resort and a cry of despair | Editorial

Conservatives cannot deflect blame for a crisis that has been building for the 12 years they have been in governmentIndustrial action can have many causes, but there are two responses available to governments – negotiation or confrontation. Which path ministers take depends on a calculation about public opinion. Sympathy with the strikers will encourage compromise; suspicion that their demands are excessive permits intransigence.Frontline health workers are generally held in high esteem, and the Covid pandemic reinforced national affection for the NHS. That sentiment will extend to support for striking nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but compassion will compete with anxiety about patient care. Mindful of that balance, the government has adopted a stance of calibrated intransigence, signalling readiness to talk, but not about the main issue – pay. Continue reading...
November 30, 2022

According to the census, we’re now a land of many faiths. There is no place for an established church | Simon Jenkins

The king and Anglican leaders should take note that if the country is changing, so should its institutionsEngland and Wales are no longer Christian: shock. Christians a minority for the first time since the dark ages. We are among the most godless nations on Earth. According to the 2021 census, the number of us ticking the Christian box has fallen to less than 48%. While Christian Pentecostalism is booming, barely 12% are members of the national Church of England. More of us now go to a mosque each week than to a parish church. Those of “no religion” have tripled since the millennium, to 37%.Ethnic minorities now comprise 18% of the population, and form majorities in cities such as Birmingham and Leicester. This means Muslims and Hindus have made up some ground for religion, as such. In one sense, the picture that emerges from this census is improving. Daily headlines may condemn racism and discrimination, but this should not conceal the advances in diversity, equal rights and opportunities compared with England and Wales in the 20th century. According to Opinium research, more of us regard our society as being more tolerant now than it used to be. In few overseas cities do you see such a mix of races as on a our streets or television screens. The politics of Northern Ireland seem so archaic only because it is one part of the UK where religion was until recently a matter of life and death. Continue reading...
November 29, 2022

Belfast doctor Michael Watt misdiagnosed 45% of cases, review into deaths finds

Inquests could be reopened after review into records of 44 patients who died under care of disgraced former neurologistA review of the clinical records of 44 patients who died under the care of the disgraced former neurologist Michael Watt has found a misdiagnosis rate of 45%.In 2018, more than 2,500 of Watt’s neurology patients in Northern Ireland, including children, were recalled for a case review. Continue reading...
November 27, 2022

Anna Mieke: Theatre review – the Irish singer-songwriter’s spellbinding follow-up

(Nettwerk)Mieke mines a rich seam of nostalgia and loss – and her extensive travels – on a dreamlike second albumIt’s often joked that hearing about other people’s dreams is boring. While the scattered poetics of Anna Mieke’s lyrics are indeed dreamlike, the mesmeric artistry of her second album, Theatre, means that Mieke’s images, her sense memories, start to feel like your own: from “trees evergreen blinking in the car lights” to “plastic flowers cast across the Tarmac”. In part, it’s the power of the words themselves (one imagines Mieke’s notebook crammed with scribbled gems). But it’s also the music: rippling Spanish guitar fingerpicking and swirling melodies; delicate piano notes and flickers of clarinet.Born in Wicklow, Ireland, Mieke spent part of her childhood in New Zealand, later moving to Bulgaria, Bangladesh, Switzerland and Spain, and her songs teem with motifs from her travels. Go Away from My Window is one highlight among many; a salty heartbreak ballad where her river-clear voice dips in and out of classical Indian phrasing. When memories are mined, there’s often a mixture of nostalgia and loss – we can never be fully back in the moment – and Mieke’s songs are coloured by this. “Nothing’s ever meant to stay the same,” she sings on Mannequin, a sigh rather than a lament. Continue reading...
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