After suffering three devastating heart attacks, Gwyn Winter thought that her life as she knew it was over. Unable to walk in the Snowdonia hills surrounding her home, she was also forced to give up her business, designing and selling jewellery. In despair, the mother of three decided to take up art as a form of therapy and just three years later she has won top prize in a national art competition run in conjunction with the World Wide Fund for Nature. Her achievement is made all the more remarkable by the fact that many days Gwyn is in such agony she is barely able to get out of bed, let alone pick up a paintbrush. For just two years after her heart attacks she suffered a further blow when her kidneys failed and she was diagnosed with the chronic disease sarcoidosis. "It is no exaggeration to say that art has been my saviour," Gwyn says. "I've been in chronic pain for many years and one of the ways to manage that is to distract myself by painting. Because I'm not very well my hand … [Read more...] about Mum in constant agony after surviving 3 heart attacks turns to art to help
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It’s 9.30am when I meet Kathryn Thomas outside a production studio in Dublin 2. The area is thick with commuters still rushing to their desks, yet Thomas has already put in a day’s work. “They only finished editing tonight’s episode of Operation Transformation (OT) at 2am, so I’ve been in the studio since the crack of dawn laying down tonight’s voice-overs,” says Thomas, who is full of the joys of spring despite the sleep deprivation. This time of the year is particularly full-on for Thomas because of the filming schedule, but even if you take Operation Transformation out of the equation, she still has enough balls in the air to make you feel dizzy. Last March, Thomas became mum to baby Ellie, a role she relishes, and one which she’s managed to work around her TV appearances, running Pure Results, (a high-end health and fitness retreat which she’s expanding to Spain this Easter) and launching KT Bump Fit, a fitness app for … [Read more...] about ‘There’s something about this spot that always makes me feel like I’m on holidays’
It's been seven years to the day since Liverpool last won a trophy. The Reds made heavy weather of a meeting with then Championship side Cardiff City in the 2012 League Cup final, winning on penalties after a 2-2 draw . Joe Mason put the Welsh side in front inside 20 minutes, and a stubborn defensive display from the underdogs was eventually undone thanks to Martin Srktel on the hour mark. Substitute Dirk Kuyt looked to have won it for Kenny Dalglish's side in extra time before Ben Turner levelled the score with just two minutes remaining. Despite seeing their first two spot-kicks missed, the Reds prevailed to lift the League Cup, and seven years on, we've taken a look at where the players who started that day are now. Pepe Reina Spanish goalkeeper's form steadily declined for the Reds, and he left the club on a permanent basis in 2014 after spending a season on loan with Italian side Napoli. The former Villarreal stopper spent the 2014-15 season with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich … [Read more...] about Where are Liverpool’s League Cup winners of 2012 now?
Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDERwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser RESISTING TRUMP: In Bucharest, the foreign minsters of Germany, France and the U.K. formally announced a long-awaited special purpose vehicle (SPV) for trade with Iran. It’s called the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges, or Instex. David Herszenhorn has the details here. What it is: A kind of clearing house via which companies can trade in humanitarian goods with Iran — and the manifestation of a European resistance to U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. What it’s not: A way to stop the U.S. from sanctioning companies trading with Iran. The risk of sanctions from Washington will still be too high for global players. The missing piece: The euro isn’t (yet?) an alternative to the U.S. dollar as a global reserve currency. NEXT SLAP IMMINENT: Trump will announce as … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook: Europe resists Trump — Romanian presidency, brought to you by Coke — Transparency rules!
The new boss of South Ayrshire’s biggest primary school has bagged her “dream job”. Gaenor Hardy,46, has assumed control at Heathfield in Ayr, complete with its 500 pupil roll and 100 child nursery. And the shining star of the region’s education system confesses she is now “living in a bubble waiting for it to burst”. Gaenor, who joins Heathfield after heading up Dalmilling Primary for five years, said: “I was very happy there and only Heathfield would have pulled me away. “It is always the school I have aspired to. My twins came here and I feel that level of affinity. “All I see is potential. I’ve never been at a school where the surroundings in the community are so rich.” Gaenor cut her teaching teeth in south London before returning north after her sister suffered a severe stroke, aged just 32. She said: “It made me review my life and decide what was important so we relocated back up to Scotland. … [Read more...] about New headteacher has bagged ‘dream job’