Manchester International Festival: Putting women in control of the world – BBC News

July 5, 2017

“I think there would be a different sense of care. Definitely.” Image copyright BBC/Getty Images Image caption Director Vicky Featherstone (left) and writer Abi Morgan have helped create the show “But your question to me was, do you think the world would be a better place if women did [rule it]? “At the moment, it isn’t equal. It is men ruling the world. And I think it would be a…

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Inside the secret and lucrative world of ‘the super tutor’ – BBC News

July 5, 2017

The next thing he knew, he was being woken up by the mother standing over him, shouting “You think this is some kind of holiday?”. Given the high fees charged by such tutors and the intense competition for places at top British schools it’s perhaps not surprising that tensions can sometimes run high. “In an already privileged world, tutoring is an extra level of pushing,” he says. Image copyright Getty…

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Is there institutional racism in mental health care? – BBC News

July 5, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEche explains how he was Tasered when sectioned under the Mental Health Act Black people are being failed by the UK’s mental health services because of “institutional racism”, it has been warned. How does this affect those who experience it? When Eche Ogbuono, who has bipolar disorder, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act, he should have been taken to a safe…

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Listen to review bodies on public sector pay, says Gove – BBC News

July 3, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGove’s quick-fire answers on the Andrew Marr show – Brexit and his return to the cabinet The government should listen to review bodies’ recommendations for public sector pay, Michael Gove has said. His comments come as the prime minister and chancellor face increasing pressure from ministers and backbenchers to end the 1% public sector pay cap. The environment secretary did not call…

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Radio 1: Why is the station struggling to find new DJs? – BBC News

June 30, 2017

Image caption Jameela Jamil presented T4 before joining Radio 1 in 2012 In recent years, Radio 1’s line-up has sometimes resembled a Sunday morning TV schedule. Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw, Jameela Jamil and many more were hired to present on the station after first cutting their teeth on TV. But Cooper says the issue now with hiring from TV is the fundamental change in the type of personalities which fill…

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Avebury neolithic ‘stone square circle’ discovered – BBC News

June 29, 2017

Dr Joshua Pollard, said its “scale and complexity” was “unheard of”. Image caption The survey took place within the bank and ditch and colossal outer stone circle of the Avebury henge “We have detected and mapped a series of prehistoric standing stones that were subsequently hidden and buried,” Dr Gillings said. “Together, these reveal a striking and apparently unique square megalithic monument within the Avebury circles that has the potential…

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Two have ‘life changing’ injuries after acid attack – BBC News

June 26, 2017

Mr Muhktar, who has since been brought out of his coma, has burns across his body arms, legs, back, neck and the right side of his face as well as damage to his right eye. Image copyright Resham Khan Image caption Resham Khan had just returned from a year abroad as part of her business management degree at Manchester Metropolitan Univesrity On social media, Ms Khan said: “I’m devastated. I…

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How Harry Potter enchanted the world – BBC News

June 26, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat JK Rowling said about first Harry Potter book in 1997 Can you believe it’s 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone? Joanne Rowling, as she was known then, dreamed up the story of the bespectacled boy wizard on a train trip between London and Manchester. She finished the manuscript in 1995, writing much of it in…

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Ian Paterson: Why have private patients not been compensated? – BBC News

June 26, 2017

“What he did – it will never go away. When you go private, you think you’ve got the best.” Ian Paterson: Surgeon was ‘psychopathic like Shipman’ Breast surgeon ‘played God’ with women’s bodies Ian Paterson: ‘He took a pound of flesh for money’ Linda Millband, national lead lawyer for clinical negligence at legal firm Thompsons, is acting for more than 500 of Paterson’s former private patients. She said private policies…

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Whaling’s ‘uncomfortable’ scientific legacy – BBC News

June 25, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRichard Sabin: “We actively use this data for marine conservation purposes now” It’s a curious thing to see a group of early whale foetuses up close – to see beings so small that have the potential to become so big. But what really strikes you, especially in those initial developmental stages, is how familiar the forms look. How like an early human…

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10 miscarriages in 10 years: One couple’s heartbreak – BBC News

June 25, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“I want to look at a child and see my husband looking back up at me” Jen Bickel and her husband Andrew are no strangers to heartache, having suffered 10 miscarriages in as many years. The 39-year-old, from Cardiff, has endured several rounds of punishing IVF, two ectopic pregnancies resulting in surgery, and she is still no closer to finding out the…

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Visa refusal leaves mother and toddler 4,000 miles apart – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Image caption Suhail and Riza met on a holiday in Pakistan Irena said: “As he’s growing up he’s forgetting her so we have to remind him all the time on Skype or on email or WhatsApp – ‘that is your mother’. He doesn’t realise that at all.” The family had to mark Umair’s first birthday without his mother: “I cried my eyes out. I really, really cried because she wasn’t…

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‘I kept my daughter’s body at home for three weeks’ – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Gilli’s other children – including Niamh’s twin, Zach – were at school or college. But through the blur of upset and sorrow, Gilli knew one thing clearly: she wanted to donate Niamh’s eyes, the only part of the little girl unaffected by disease. Organ donation is very important to Gilli’s family – as a baby, one of Niamh’s brothers had a heart transplant after contracting a serious chest infection. She…

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Hill figures: The stories behind the scars on England’s skin – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Image copyright National Trust Image caption Is it a horse or a dragon? It is said that when King Arthur awakes the hill figure will rise up and dance The Uffington Horse, in the Berkshire Downs, is considered the oldest hill figure of them all. Carved in the Iron Age, there has been an unbroken chain of people caring for this prehistoric monument for the past 3,000 years. Image copyright…

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Britain’s ‘longest-married’ couple celebrate anniversary – BBC News

June 19, 2017

Image copyright Peter Rhys Williams Image caption Ken and Margaret Harris celebrated their oak anniversary at their Powys nursing home But after spending a month in hospital, Mr Harris was given the all clear to leave and was found a room in the same care home as his wife in the Brecon Beacons. “Ken went to war and Margaret stayed home working as a doctor’s secretary but he always had…

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London fire: Queen reflects on ‘sombre national mood’ – BBC News

June 17, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen met local people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire during a visit to a temporary shelter Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to “get to the bottom” of the west London tower block fire amid mounting criticism of her response to the disaster. The prime minister was jeered when she visited the Kensington site on Friday Mrs May was criticised for not speaking…

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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey meets disease survivors – BBC News

June 16, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEbola nurse Pauline Cafferkey: The Western world has moved on Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey has returned to Sierra Leone for the first time since contracting Ebola there in 2014. She went back to fundraise for children orphaned by the epidemic and to close a chapter of her life. The last time Mbalu met Pauline, the teenager was sick with Ebola and fighting…

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Going Wonder-ground: How Oh Wonder were inspired by conversations with strangers on the Tube – BBC News

June 16, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOh Wonder perform their single Ultralife for the Radio 1 Piano Sessions. Two and a half years ago, at the start of their career, Oh Wonder singer Josephine Vander Gucht fell over a gate, smashing her front teeth and breaking her nose. It forced the band to remain anonymous for almost a year: No photographs, no interviews, no videos. But there was…

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Why do we spend less on Father’s Day than Mother’s Day? – BBC News

June 15, 2017

So why do we spend more on our mums? Image copyright Truefitt & Hill Image caption Sales of male grooming products rise ahead of Father’s Day “Retailers have long made a big push on Mother’s Day because demand for gift-giving was strong, and Father’s Day more of an afterthought,” he says. With traditional gender roles continue to break down, and fathers are doing more housework and hands-on parenting “it is…

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images This was Theresa May’s election – the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May’s former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the Times, she said: “If you run a presidential-style campaign with…

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Remembering Jo Cox: Her family one year on – BBC News

June 13, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJo Cox’s parents: ‘We have to stay positive’ On 16 June 2016, Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed in her constituency. Now, as the anniversary of her death approaches, her parents and sister say they are still learning to cope with the loss. As Jean Leadbeater, Jo’s mother, waits to welcome us at her front door, the first thing she…

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Photographs reveal forgotten Manchester and Salford slums – BBC News

June 11, 2017

Image copyright Shirley Baker Image caption This boy’s attention appears to have been drawn to an abandoned blackboard Mary Sullivan, Sally Sheldon, Kate Withington and Bridget Cunniffe grew up in Honduras Street in Chorlton-on-Medlock, which features in some of the photographs. Ms Cunniffe said: “We didn’t have much room to play in our house, because it was just a two-up, two-down, and we had just a little back yard where…

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Merkel says EU is ‘ready to start Brexit negotiations’ – BBC News

June 10, 2017

A spokesman for Mrs Merkel had previously refused to be drawn on the issue out of “politeness and respect” while the process of forming a new UK government was under way. Mrs May says she will form a government with the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland, which won 10 seats. Can Theresa May stay as PM? May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks What the election result means for…

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Obituary: Peter Sallis – BBC News

June 7, 2017

Image caption Peter Sallis (third from right) as Snug in a 1958 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream When hostilities ceased he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada). His first professional appearance came in 1946 and for the next six decades he was rarely out of work. Throughout the 1950s he made a name for himself as a reliable character actor playing everything from Shakespeare to Chekhov….

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EY report: Scottish economy ‘stuck in slow lane’ – BBC News

June 6, 2017

However, manufacturing output is predicted to grow in line with the overall economy for the first time since 2013, as weaker sterling and a pick-up in global demand “ultimately provide a boost to exports”. Image copyright PA Image caption Many Scottish infrastructure projects, including the Queensferry Crossing, are nearing completion He added: “Consumer spending, which last year proved surprisingly resilient and helped buoy the economy, is fading. “A weak labour…

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Election 2017: What do leaders do in their spare time? – BBC News

June 4, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May often heads to the hills with her husband Philip Prime Minister Theresa May likes to stretch her legs up and down hills and mountains, saying she decided to call the current election while walking in the Welsh mountains. Mrs May has also said she and her husband Philip enjoy “quite strenuous walking up mountains in Switzerland”. It may be worth remembering that the…

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