Carrie Gracie was the BBC's China editor for several years. Like most of her female colleagues, she recently discovered she was paid less than her male equivalents and decided to take on her bosses in public. She resigned from that post, refused to take hush money and stirred up a massive, collective rebellion at the corporation. Yesterday she gave evidence to the digital, culture, media and sports select committee. Calm, principled and steely, she filleted her bosses who looked dazed through it all. They thought they could neatly 'manage' the situation. They couldn't. They thought they could discredit Gracie. They only augmented her reputation.I was watching this unmissable drama at the gym where I bumped into a male BBC producer of a certain age. He was aghast: "This is unladylike, unnecessary, un-BBC. We are a family. We don't wash dirty linen in public. Nothing will ever be the same. Glad I'm retiring." Me too.In his own clumsy way, this bloke, let's call him Stan, explained how … [Read more...] about 100 years ago the suffragettes got us the vote
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PUBLISHED: 06:30 20 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:03 20 January 2018 Linda Foy on her damaged mobility scooter which was in a collision with a bus on the crossing at Wendene at Bowthorpe. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant A disabled woman was sent into the path of a bus when she allowed an eight-year-old relative to partly control her mobility scooter. Linda Foy's damaged mobility scooter which was in a collision with a bus on the crossing at Wendene at Bowthorpe. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Linda Foy and the child narrowly avoided serious injury when the scooter struck the side of the vehicle on Wendene Road in Norwich on July 3, 2017. The 43-year-old was charged for driving without due care and attention, and pleaded guilty to the offence at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Monday. Speaking after the hearing, Mrs Foy and her husband Alex, of Montgomery Close, Bowthorpe, explained the circumstances surrounding the accident. In 2014 Mrs Foy was diagnosed with functional neurological … [Read more...] about Mobility scooter crashed into bus after woman let eight-year-old steer
Police in the US city of Indianapolis are investigating claims that a mother left her two young children, both under the age of eight, alone in a car in freezing temperatures while she attended an 80-minute job interview. Fox59 reported that the 26-year-old woman, who has not been named, was being interviewed at a hospital while her children, aged four and seven, stayed in the car in outside temperatures of -15C. A laser thermometer used by authorities after the children were found showed that the interior of the car was barely warmer at -12C. The report said that the woman said she had left the car engine running although the children "appeared to be cold with a pale skin tone and slightly shivering" when they left the vehicle and entered the hospital to look for her. They allegedly told staff that they were cold and scared. Sgt John Perrine of Indiana police said: "No matter what temperature it is, it's always a bad idea to leave young children in a car by themselves. "I know finding … [Read more...] about Mother ‘left kids in freezing car’ for 80 minutes during job interview
DUSTIN Hoffman is a prolific and much-loved Hollywood actor who's been on the big screen since the late 60s.Here's all you need to know about his glittering career, and the allegations made against him by three different women.Dustin Hoffman is an 80-year-old, 5ft 5in American actor born in Los Angeles on August 8, 1937.His father was a set decorator at Columbia Pictures before becoming a furniture salesman - and he named his son after silent screen actor Dustin Farnum.Dustin has an older brother Ronald, who is a lawyer and economist.As a youngster Dustin was told by many people, including his own aunt, that he wouldn't be able to become an actor as he wasn't good-looking enough.And indeed, many critics remarked on his looks when The Graduate - his first big movie - came out.Early in life Dustin planned to be a classical pianist but he caught the "acting bug" while studying at Santa Monica College.He was friends with Bette Midler, Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall early in his career and … [Read more...] about How old is Dustin Hoffman, who is alleged victim Cori Thomas and what has Anna Graham Hunter accused him of?
ZAINAB Deen has been named as one of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire - with her family still fearfully awaiting news about her son.The 32-year-old was confirmed as one of the 80 people whose lives were claimed in the horrific blaze that ripped through the West London tower block last month.Zainab's father Zainu and step-mother Maria Deen said: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm we have been notified by the police that our daughter Zainab Deen died in the tragic Grenfell Tower fire."Zainab has been missing with her son, our grandchild, Jeremiah, who we still await news on. We respectfully ask to be allowed to grieve privately at this time."Funeral arrangements will now be made and all further updates will come from Zainab's immediate family only."The young woman is one of 32 to have been formally identified by authorities, but the death toll is feared to be higher than 80.The final death toll from the Grenfell Tower tragedy “will not be known this … [Read more...] about Devastated dad confirms his 32-year-old daughter died in Grenfell Tower fire
DUSTIN Hoffman is a prolific and much-loved Hollywood actor who's been on the big screen since the late 60s.Here's all you need to know about his glittering career, and the shocking allegations made against him by a female former co-star....Dustin Hoffman is an 80-year-old, 5ft 5in American actor born in Los Angeles on August 8, 1937.His father was a set decorator at Columbia Pictures before becoming a furniture salesman - and he named his son after silent screen actor Dustin Farnum.Dustin has an older brother Ronald, who is a lawyer and economist.As a youngster Dustin was told by many people, including his own aunt, that he wouldn't be able to become an actor as he wasn't good-looking enough.And indeed, many critics remarked on his looks when The Graduate - his first big movie - came out.Early in life Dustin planned to be a classical pianist but he caught the "acting bug" while studying at Santa Monica College.He was friends with Bette Midler, Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall early in … [Read more...] about How old is Dustin Hoffman, what are his biggest movies and what has Anna Graham Hunter accused him of?
A SERIES of age-defying snaps are bound to leave you reeling.The people pictured in the mind-boggling photo look decades younger than their DOB dictates - but can YOU guess how old they are?These men and women have become social media stars because of their youthful appearances.While some get mistaken for their children, others are more fighting fit than those who are half their age.Here are the most jaw-dropping examples that will leave you reaching for the anti-ageing products.But how many ages will you get right?Lure Hsu, from Taiwan, works as an interior designer, but it's her Instagram presence which has caught everyone's eye.The sister of actress Sharon Hsu, Lure first came on to most people's radars as a result of her famous sibling.And nobody could believe it when Sharon recently revealed Lure's age on Facebook.She may look like a twenty-year-old student, but Lure celebrated her 42nd birthday this August.The fashionable lass says her main tips for staying young are … [Read more...] about You’ll never guess how old these people are – prepare to be stunned by their real ages
WITH her glowing wrinkle-free skin, slim figure and on-trend clothes, Xu Min could easily pass for a woman in her 20s.But she is in fact a 50-year-old retired mum who often gets mistaken for her 25-year-old daughter's sister.Glamorous Xu, who is reportedly from Yunnan Province in China, has taken Chinese media by storm after amazing people with her youthful appearance.And she puts her age-defying looks down to the fact she has regular facials, is often at the hairdressers, goes to bed every night at 9pm and keeps a 'calm mind'.She also always wears her best jewellery and high heels - even if it is just to go to the supermarket - and is often spotted out and about with her daughter.She told MailOnline: "My daughter and I are like best friends. There is no age gap between us at all."I dye my hair once every two months. Otherwise, you'll see my grey hair."And one person who is a massive fan of her youthful looks is her husband, who says people often think she is his 'young mistress.'He … [Read more...] about One of these women is 25, the other is her 50-year-old mother… can you guess which is which?
A 24-year-old woman has shared her tips on organising an arranged marriage on Facebook – and her post has been shared more than 2,000 times.Nazreen Fazal, who is originally from India but now lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with her husband Ameen, said she was thorough with her prospective groom from the onset.She wrote online: "When I was first introduced to my husband, I sent him a two page profile of myself by email. On one page was 'who I am' and on the next was what I am looking for in a partner.“In return he sent me three points about himself and asked me three straightforward questions.”The two then exchanged around 80 emails over the course of one week.“We weren't flirting or indulging in small talk. These were serious back and forth discussions about our priorities in life, where we see ourselves in a few years, our expectations of a partner etc,” she wrote.Nazreen, a London School of Economics graduate, “bombarded” Ameen with questions … [Read more...] about Indian woman entering an arranged marriage shares list of dos and don’ts before ‘sealing the deal’
A FIRM supplying fundraising “chuggers” for some of Britain’s biggest charities employs drugged-up former criminals using aggressive sales techniques to pressure elderly donors on their doorsteps.Save the Children, Unicef and Action for Children last night all cancelled contracts with NEET Feet after a Sun investigation exposed disturbing practices.The company was also forced to suspend operations in its Bristol office after being handed details of our dossier of evidence.And the new Fundraising Regulator - created after a string scandals hitting Britain’s charities - pledged an immediate inquiry.Our investigator spent a month working as a chugger for NEET Feet and witnessed shocking scenes of ex-convict chuggers taking drugs before pursuing donors for cash.He was told during one training session: “Morals in this job tend to piss off out the window.”And he was also advised to turn into a “right-wing t***” when pitching to older residents … [Read more...] about Charity firm hires drugged-up ex-criminals to ‘squash’ old and vulnerable for donations