Robert Elms must have his commute down pat. When I leave the Telegraph offices to meet him on a recent weekday afternoon, I switch him off in full flow, still broadcasting live on BBC Radio London – specifically, I had to leave an engrossing segment in which Elms was interviewing a man about all the different shoes he owns – from the corporation’s headquarters. But by the time I reach his home, just a few miles across town, there he is, opening the door in his socks. Time travel? “Ah no, I don’t hang about, you see. From the moment I take my headphones off at the end of the show, I’m out of there in about half an hour,” he says, shuffling around to make coffee. “Get in 25 minutes before. I’ve... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one … [Read more...] about Robert Elms: ‘It’s tougher to be white, male and middle-aged at the BBC now’
High Speed 2 (HS2) will connect London, the West Midlands, Leeds and Manchester with a new and faster rail network. It is meant to bridge the north-south divide, but most of the benefits could still go the capital. A new report calls for HS2 to be scrapped and the money used to help improve rail services in less well-off areas, Perspecs report. However, some argue that the high-speed rail project could help the UK reach its full potential by "bringing our country closer together". The Claim HS2 will make the UK even more divided and it should be scrapped, the Guardian reports. A report by the New Economics Foundation found that 40 per cent of the benefits of the high-speed rail project would go to London. The thinktank argues that the budget would be better spent on upgrading the existing network and boosting services in less affluent areas. Andrew Pendleton, director of policy at the thinktank and one of the report's authors, argues that HS2 is "an expensive answer in search of … [Read more...] about Will HS2 bridge the north-south divide?
A chip shop has hit back at a Tripadvisor reviewer who criticised a member of staff for having tattoos. The troll said that the chippy was "low grade" for employing people with visible ink. But the Fenham Fish Bar in Newcastle hit back at the reviewer, standing up for their colleague. Venue bosses told ChronicleLive : "Tattoos have NOTHING to do with how good you are at your job." The takeaway posted the one-star review on Facebook - along with a scathing response. In it they defended the "hard-working, loyal individual" who was singled out in the one-star review. Explaining the decision to publish the exchange on Facebook, Amy Dorman - who runs the venue's social media - said it was to show support to the staff they feared may be put off from returning to work. And she fumed: "What difference does a tattoo make to the quality of the food? "I'd understand if they were wearing mountains of jewellery, but to call someone for their tattoos is just disgusting. "We would usually … [Read more...] about Chip shop hits back at Tripadvisor troll who criticised staff member’s tattoos
Houses next to a new housing development in West Yorkshire are being continually flooded, say residents. People who live on the Moorlands estate in Scholes have said that flood prevention measures are not working, and the problem started when Edinburgh-based developer Miller Homes began work last year. The situation is made worse by residents not being able to contact Miller Homes when flooding occurs and the company's slowness to act, according to Examiner Live. Hazel Stead, a 70-year-old former textile worker whose property has been flooded nine times since February 2018, said: "I've had a year of this. It's not getting better, it's getting worse, and it's making me poorly." Despite embankments and soakaways being added to prevent flooding, torrential rain has caused residents gardens to be flooded in from the adjacent building site. Clr Donald Firth, an outspoken critic of allowing building on the land, said: "The area suffers every time we get a lot of rain as the soakaways are no … [Read more...] about Pensioner slams developers for flooding her home 9 times
No game this weekend, but plenty still happening in and around Stoke City Football Club. Not least last night's Fans Forum which lived up to its billing as vice chairman John Coates made his first public appearance of its kind. He and chief executive Tony Scholes held court for just about an hour-and-a-half in front of well over 100 supporters in Delilah's Bar - and it seemed to go down well. They couldn't answer all questions fully, but were open and honest where they could be, and we will be reflecting on that throughout the day. Later, we'll also be bringing you coverage of England's opening Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic when Jack Butland will, as expected, be starting the evening on the bench. We will bring you all the latest Stoke City debate, news and gossip throughout the day. But we would also like to hear from you, so send us your views via our Stoke City Facebook and Twitter accounts, or have your say by joining our new Stoke news and gossip group . Read … [Read more...] about Stoke City news and transfer rumours LIVE! John Coates opens up, Jack on bench