SARAH PULLEN is told her son is going to die. Diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in August 2012, Silas, ten, is given less than 18 months to live. In this raw and honest account, the mother of four reveals the unbearable pain of losing her child. THERE is a moment I wish my son dead. I wish for him to be killed instantly in a car crash. Can you imagine wishing your child dead? It’s not something I would ever have thought possible, not until a stranger in a crisp Italian suit and polished leather shoes tells me that my ten-year-old son is going to die in a matter of months. That he’ll die a tortuous and undignified death that will rob him of his personality long before his heart finally stops beating. We stand in a small hospital playroom, my husband Ben and I. Across the room from us perches a consultant. He asks us: “Do either of you have a heart condition?” We shake our heads. We are here to talk about our son’s health, not our own. … [Read more...] about A mother’s heartbreaking and painful account of losing her son to cancer
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Graham Gooch’s specialist subject is West Indian pace bowling. He is probably the leading authority on what it was like to face the four horsemen of the apocalypse. From 1980 to 1995, when the West Indies dominated Test cricket, nobody scored more runs against them than Gooch, and only Allan Border faced more deliveries. Gooch also played the greatest innings of all time, 154 not out at Headingley in 1991. It is worth listening, then, when he says that only once in his career did he feel unsafe: Friday 21 February 1986 at Sabina Park, the first day of a much anticipated series, and the start of a weekend festival of chin music. England had a bespoke batting line-up full of men who didn’t understand the concept of pain, yet they were still brutalised inside three days. It was horror bingo: they had to contend with a corrugated pitch, a low sightscreen, an umpire with a laissez-faire attitude towards bouncers and the volcanic pace of the debutant Patrick Patterson. “It … [Read more...] about The scariest Test England ever played: terror at the hands of West Indies
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email The hunt for Osama bin Laden took almost a decade and cost hundreds of millions of pounds. When the architect of the horror of 9/11 was finally tracked down to a high-security compound in Pakistan in May 2011, a team of elite US Navy Seals was sent in to action. Among them was Robert O'Neill, who became known as the man who killed Bin Laden. Here, from his book The Operator, Robert tells how he came face to face with the most wanted man on the planet… We were in Pakistan and we knew we could get shot down at any minute. Thoughts start running through your mind: "How does it feel when a helicopter blows up? How long does it take to die?" The copter door opened. We were two minutes out, looking out at a city which had no idea we were coming. The compound came into view. It was dark, as if the power was out, and I had a fleeting … [Read more...] about Soldier describes the night he killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden
The two men accused of butchering two French students today blamed each other for the murders.On his third day in the witness box at the Old Bailey Nigel Farmer accused his co-defendant's barrister of telling "a load of lies". Farmer, 34, claims he was asleep in bed in Deptford when the students were stripped, bound, tortured and stabbed more than 200 times in their flat in New Cross. He said Dano Sonnex, 23, came home covered in blood and later admitted he had been involved in a stabbing and then made Farmer set fire to the flat to destroy evidence. But today Sonnex's counsel Philip Misner said Farmer had carried out the murders and his client had only been the lookout outside the flat. Mr Misner told the jury Sonnex had entered the flat later to find the bodies on the floor. He had tried to undo their ties and asked: "Are you OK?" and "are you awake?" while Farmer stood there claiming they had been like that when he entered the premises, the court heard. But Farmer snapped back: … [Read more...] about Accused blame each other for murder of French students
The phone has rung off the hook all weekend. "Are you OK?" I've asked friends whose husbands have been at Lehman Brothers. No, of course they are not. They just saw everything they've worked for go down the drain. A lunch barbecue with a Lehman executive who has been there 16 years was cancelled. No explanation needed.The Saturday papers predicted the end of other institutions, too: Merrill Lynch, AIG. On Sunday morning one of my savviest investor friends told me not to worry about Merrill Lynch. He said it had too many good parts to implode. He had seen John Thain, the chief, very recently and had a long talk. Thain had said his bank was too valuable to go under. By Sunday night my friend was on the phone again. Now, the news was that the Bank of America was ready to buy Merrill at $29 a share. Given that Merrill's share price had fallen to $17 on Friday, this news, said my friend, proved that he and Thain had been right. Sort of. We live in terrifying times. Even the election is not … [Read more...] about Lehmans collapse rattles the really rich
One of the July 21 bomb suspects claimed the plot was a hoax which aimed to stop military action in Iraq, a court heard. Hussain Osman, 28, told police after his arrest that he thought he was carrying fake explosives in a rucksack. More here... • The would-be suicide bombers • 21/7 suspect 'a fanatic who talked of jihad' • 21/7 suspect 'learned about bombs on his college course' He said he discovered they were real only after the attack. The plan was to alert the public to the violence being carried out by the British and Americans, who were 'responsible for killing innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere', he said. It was also to encourage Muslims and non-Muslims to 'come out and march to put a stop to the war'. 'What happened on 7/7 in London is happening in Iraq every day. They are both innocent people, both are wrong,' he said. Osman fled to Italy after trying to detonate the device on an Underground train at Shepherd's Bush in West London. … [Read more...] about 21/7 bomb plot was a hoax to stop Iraq war
Social policy isn't seen as ‘big boys' politics here. (The gendered label is intentional.) That's one of our polity's major failings and it's no longer good enough. Conflict resolution became a priority because the demand for peace grew across a society which had become numbingly normalised to the routine of people killing each other. Over three and a half thousand killings happened. The 1998 Good Friday Agreement saw politics responding to the burning realisation that armed conflict must be ended. Yet, since 1998, the latest available figures now show that over 8,000 people have died by suicide and by alcohol related deaths. That's well over twice the number killed in the conflict, touching all sectors of society but three-to-four times worse in areas of highest deprivation. Figures for 2015 (released last year) show suicide deaths reached the highest on record – 318; with alcohol related deaths also at the highest annual rate – 310. And those figures are only for … [Read more...] about Jarlath Kearney: Where are the high-level talks on suicide prevention?
MIDWAY through The Guide’s phone interview with Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa, the fire alarm goes off in Argus house. While staff members file down a cramped stairwell and speculate over the potential inferno (it was a drill), the Australian drummer is a beacon of serenity, not to mention thoughtfulness. “Are you ok, do you need to evacuate? Is everyone alright?” Her unflappable response seems to speak volumes about the woman. Mozgawa is the reliable yet propulsive force behind the all-female four-piece. Whether she’s underpinning the band’s early psychedelic jams or creating the disco-orientated beats witnessed on latest album Heads Up, the drummer has become a cult figure in alternative music. Her laid-back mindset is evident today both in her languid voice and the considered way that she talks of Warpaint’s near break-up after their second album. Fatigue had got the better of the four women and a split – or least a lengthy break … [Read more...] about Warpaint’s journey to the brink and back (From The Argus)
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Artificial intelligence will be used by Facebook in a bid to identify members that may be at risk of suicide. The social networking giant has developed algorithms that spot warning signs in users' posts. The new, ground-breaking technology will also be able to monitor and pick up trends in comments their friends leave in response. A suicide helpline chief said the tool - which is only being tested in the US at present - was "not just helpful but critical". The company also confirmed that, following confirmation by Facebook's human review team, they will contact those thought to be at risk of self-harm to suggest ways they can seek help. The pattern-recognition algorithms will recognise if someone is struggling by training spotting similar posts to examples that have previously been flagged. Responses from friends with phrases such as "Are you OK?" or "I'm … [Read more...] about Facebook to use artificial intelligence to spot suicidal users
When people ask me what I do and I tell them I am a storyteller I often get that look of: “Eh?” And I understand that of course. Often when I’m filling in official forms and I’m asked my occupation, storyteller is not in the list of options. So very often my job description goes down as ‘other’. I love what I do and I think that is a secret to a happy life. Being a storyteller is a bit like being a crofter – it’s a lifestyle choice that will bring you little financial wealth, but plenty of riches in other ways. It is also a way of living life as well. I see stories everywhere and within everyone. Stories give meaning and can convey human understanding. A common question once I have said that I am a storyteller is: “What stories do you tell?” Of course, I love traditional tales, ancient legends, folklore and historical tales. Scotland is so rich in these traditions, but there is a world of stories out there as well to … [Read more...] about Standing in memory (From East Lothian Courier)
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Katie Stanton is just one of hundreds of people living with or affected by cancer to seek support from the multi-million pound Maggie’s Manchester. The 29-year-old was diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma two years ago, which has since spread to her lungs. She regularly visits the state-of-the-art facility, which opened last April in the grounds of the Christie Hospital, and says the support she has received has been invaluable during her cancer journey. “When I first walked into Maggie’s I immediately felt it was a safe space where I could talk about things that really scared me and where there was no need to put on a brave face. “I felt I had bottled up all my feelings over time so as soon as someone said “are you ok?” I immediately burst into tears. “I talked to the volunteers and Angela the cancer support … [Read more...] about ‘Maggie’s makes me feel grounded, I don’t feel like a victim’ says 29-year-old facing cancer battle in Manchester
LATE in 2013, more than two years into promoting her multi-platinum-selling debut album Our Version of Events, Emeli Sande took to the stage for yet another headline show. It was clear to many of those present at the north London venue, me included, that something wasn't quite right. I remember thinking: "Uh-oh." Much, much thinner than she had been, the singer belted out hits such as Next to Me and Heaven. Technically, her performance was proficient, as you would expect from someone blessed with such a huge voice and a reputation for professionalism. But it all seemed too mechanical and worryingly detached. She looked lost. Emeli's memory of that night is vivid. She said: "There were these two fans in the audience - they sent me a note and it said, 'Are you OK? If you need to talk about anything, we're here.' The 29-year-old tells me this as she shows me round Alford, the Aberdeenshire town where she grew up with her Zambian father Joel, English mother Diane and younger sister … [Read more...] about Emeli Sande returns to Alford and reflects on tough times as she prepares for new single launch
The world's most powerful central banker, US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, abruptly stopped a speech on inflation and was treated by medical staff after an episode put down to dehydration. Yellen had been delivering a speech at a US university when she appeared to lose her concentration and cough. She resumed talking but seemed to stutter, before saying "Let me stop there". The audience applauded as Michael Ash, chairman of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst's economics department, came on stage and asked "Are you ok?". Soon after she walked slowly off stage and medics were seen near the backstage doors. One was carrying oxygen equipment. Source: Fed's Yellen resumes schedule after struggling to finish speech by ReutersNews on Rumble "Chair Yellen felt dehydrated at the end of a long speech under bright lights," Fed spokeswoman Michelle Smith said. "As a precaution, she was seen by (emergency medical) staff on site at UMass Amherst. She felt fine afterwards and has … [Read more...] about Chief US central banker Janet Yellen suffers health scare during speech
Mathew Imaging/WireImage.com It was a horrible story with a horrible and violent ending for Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, with whom I was friendly. When she was gunned down two weeks ago on Sunset Boulevard, nobody knew who did it. Well, they still don't. And while there are several intriguing (albeit bizarre) theories, including the one that Ronnie's death was a "hit" to help pay for a relative's gambling debts, Hollywood remains bewildered. Well, something Ronni told me at a party a couple a years ago just might possibly be a clue: TWITTER: Follow Ted We were both attending a premiere at the Academy Theater on Wilshire, about a half mile where Ronni was gunned down November 16. She was her usual effervescent self—breezy, friendly, chatting in a heavy New York accent—but she was even a bit more animated than usual. She was describing having just been robbed at gunpoint. "These two men came into my garage and held me up," Chasen told me. "And they had guns! I was … [Read more...] about Hollywood Murder Clue? Ronni Chasen Was Threatened With Guns Before
justintimberlake.com When Justin Timberlake accepted the call, he wasn't kidding around. On Saturday, the actor and singer made good on his promise to attend the Basic School Instructor Battalion 236th Marine Corps Birthday Ball in Richmond, Virginia, after being invited via Youtube. Timberlake had such a great time that he blogged about his evening with Cpl. Kelsey De Santis and the marines, saying the night "changed" his life... MORE: Justin Timberlake Accepts the Call to the Marine Corps Ball "I knew I would have an evening that I wouldn't forget...Something I could tell my friends about," Timberlake writes. "What I didn't know was how moved I would be by the whole experience." The "SexyBack" singer wrote that he was almost brought to tears by a video about Pearl Harbor, World War II and the September 11 terrorist attacks, which featured firsthand accounts from Marines. "It was a surreal moment to be in that room with so many of our great Marines who have such a different type … [Read more...] about Justin Timberlake Attends Marine Corps Ball, Writes About a Night Spent Among His “Heroes”
What cheating scandal? Judging from his jam-packed schedule, Robert Pattinson isn't letting Kristen Stewart's jaw-dropping infidelities trample his plans as he charges full speed ahead to promote his new flick Cosmopolis. Indeed, within the last two days, the dashing Brit has stepped out for the film's NYC premiere, had breakup ice cream with Jon Stewart and rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. But that doesn't mean the rabid media scrunity in the wake of K.Stew's affair isn't gnawing away him. Jon Stewart offers Robert Pattinson breakup ice cream on The Daily Show In an interview with Showbiz Tonight, the 26-year-old opened up about the surreal nature of his life post-Twilight—and post-scandal. "Since the first Twilight you enter this kind of realm where you get stuff reported about you and it's weird," Pattinson said when asked about the intense attention he's recently received. "You start having a total disassociation," he added, laughing. R.Pattz makes … [Read more...] about Robert Pattinson Opens Up About “Weird” Reality Post–Kristen Stewart Affair
Jason Merritt/Getty Images Jennifer Garner is making it very clear that her marriage to Ben Affleck is perfectly fine. Some questioned whether the Hollywood couple were having some rocky times because of Affleck's acceptance speech at the Oscars, where he stated, "I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It's good. It is work, but the best kind of work and there's no one I'd rather work with." But Jen wasn't worried, even if her loved ones were. "I know,'" Garner told The Telegraph about people interpreting Ben's speech a certain way. "I had a friend call and say, 'Are you OK?'" NEWS: Brooke Burke-Charvet and Jennifer Garner are carpool buddies! "I know Ben, I knew he meant it as the hugest, warmest compliment in the world," she continued. "I think he was saying, 'Look, what we have is really real and I value it above all and I'm in it with you and I know you are in it with me.' That's the way I took it." The actress and mother of three added, "Poor guy. … [Read more...] about Jennifer Garner Explains Ben Affleck’s Oscar Speech: “I Knew He Meant It as the Hugest, Warmest Compliment”
Kelly Ripa may be flattered that Justin Bieber admitted he was crushing hard on the morning talk show host, but she's also a bit weary. During today's Live With Michael and Kelly, the bubbly co-host broke her silence on the Biebs' Instagram homage to her earlier this week. "Justin, I love you, you know that I've taken my daughter to 400 Justin Bieber concerts," she began by explaining to the audience. "I do believe this is a cry for help. I'm worried about him." And right as she cracked the joke, Michael Strahan nearly choked on the water he was sipping on. "Are you OK?" Ripa asked, "Did you just throw up?" WATCH: Kelly Ripa makes a strong case for granny panties Strahan replied, "I just spit up a little bit because that was not what I was expecting to hear." Ripa, meanwhile, continued with a heartfelt message to the singer, telling the camera, "If you need me, I am here and you can call me and we will work it out. We see each other, we'll work it out!" Her co-host suggested that … [Read more...] about Kelly Ripa Responds to Justin Bieber’s Instagram Crush: ”It’s a Cry for Help!”
Getty Images/Facebook When Sandra Lee encountered a baby seal scared and stranded on the beach in Malibu, Calif., Tuesday morning, she didn't just feel sorry for him or her: She did something to help! The 48-year-old chef and TV personality posted a video of her fateful, life-saving encounter with the marine mammal to Facebook. In it, she approaches the helpless, motherless baby seal with caution, asking him sweetly, "Are you OK, honey?" She quickly saw that he was not. "I just couldn't believe it when I saw the little seal was making movements as if he wanted to nurse," she wrote, so she "started to Google seal rescue and animal rescue in Southern California." VIDEO: Top 9 favorite movie animals! Seal pup gets four new human mothers! I love the girls at California Wildlife Center!Posted by Sandra Lee on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Unfortunately, Sandra discovered that "most numbers had recorded messages explaining that the rescue teams may not be able to return your call for as long … [Read more...] about Sandra Lee Rescues a Baby Seal—Watch Now!
YouTube Paula Abdul experienced what many would consider a nightmare: She was vomited on while judging So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. Chi Tahani, 12, danced to Beyoncé's "Countdown" for Abdul, Jason Derulo and Nigel Lythgoe, and it was quite a dance. She received a pass to the next round and hugs from the judges, but that's when things turned, well, pukey. "I'm so proud of you," Abdul said to the young contestant as a shocked look overtook Tahani's face. "Are you OK?" And then the vomit came. "It's OK honey," Abdul said. "It's OK." An embarrassed Tahani profusely apologized to the "Straight Up" singer. "I've never had anyone just vomit on me like that," Abdul said to the crowd. Tahani wasn't fazed, she ran out of the theater screaming. Host Cat Deeley caught up with the contestant who explained Abdul just hugged her too tight and "all the happiness came out on her jacket," she said with a laugh. There's a first time for everything, even getting puked on on … [Read more...] about Paula Abdul Vomited on by Overexcited So You Think You Can Dance Contestant