A woman who issued a plea for Twitter to help her find her 'best friend' she met on a Hawaiian cruise in 2006 was reunited with her within 11 hours, leaving people in tears at the sweet online reunion. Brianna, from Mississippi, who goes by the Twitter handle Briannacry, posted a photo of her smiling younger self wearing a lei garland alongside another girl in a blue floral dress, asking for help finding her. She had no name for the girl but said she missed her and wanted to know how she was doing. Within a matter of hours the girl named Heidi, an artist who appears to live in California, responded to her with a picture of herself holding a holiday snap as proof, along with the comment 'I heard you were looking for me'. People who had been closely following Brianna's search said that the result had them 'crying' with another sharing the post saying 'I love the internet'. Brianna, left, from Mississippi as a young girl posted the photo on Twitter asking for help finding her … [Read more...] about Woman launches an online search for the cruise ship ‘best friend’ she met on a family holiday as a child 12 years ago – and Twitter is left in tears when she’s found within HOURS
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World-renowned holiday advice website TripAdvisor has named its top ten beaches in Australia. While Sydney's Manly beach takes the top spot thanks to its glorious sandy shores and prime location, the world-famous Bondi beach doesn't even scrape the top five. TripAdvisor announces the Travellers' Choice beach awards every year and they are based on the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and ratings gathered over a 12-month period. Scroll down to see the full list of the top 10 Australian beaches according to the review website. 1. Manly Beach Manly Beach topped the TripAdvisor list, and it's no surprise the iconic beach bagged the top spot, thanks to its glorious sandy shores and prime surfing location Manly Beach topped the TripAdvisor list. Nestled among the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Manly has plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy, from picnics on the promenade to surfing and snorkelling in the sea. The curved shape of … [Read more...] about From the pristine sands of Whitehaven to the crystal clear waters of Turquoise Bay: TripAdvisor reveals the best ten beaches in Australia – and Bondi doesn’t even make the top five
A bride was punched, grabbed and pulled down a flight of stairs by her dress on her wedding day by her new brother-in-law - who was also the best man, a court has heard. Tomos Rhydian Wilson, 29, from Swansea, went on a drunken rampage at his brother's reception, believed to have taken place on July 27 in Wales, saying his sibling should never have married the bride, it is claimed. Wilson threw punches at bride Erin Mason-George and even grabbed her by her wedding dress, causing her to fall down a flight of stairs, the court heard. During the attack, he assaulted his brother's new wife, her two sisters and her mother, and hurled abuse at the family, a court was told. Tomos Rhydian Wilson (pictured outside Aberystwyth Court) , 29, went on a drunken rampage at his brother's reception and assaulted the bride Wilson began hurling abuse at guests after the bride’s family tried to get his brother Steffan (left with bride Erin) to bed as he was drunk Following the incident, … [Read more...] about Best man at his brother’s wedding ‘punched the bride, dragged her down a flight of stairs by her dress and shouted the marriage should never have happened during drunken rampage’
You only have to think of all the sayings dedicated to winning and losing to realise how much much importance as a society we place on them. Not just the acts themselves, but also how we deal with the outcome - and how we participate. Sore loser, conquering hero, 'it's the taking part that counts' are but a few phrases and adages we have coined. Much of how we roll with life's triumphs and punches as adults is fostered in us as children. And let's face it, whether it's a board game or a debate, it can be very tempting to let your child win. But according to Lyn Fry, a practising educational psychologist for over 30 years, a child should not always be allowed (rigged) victories. A mum-of-two herself, Lyn tells Mirror Online: "Life's not like that. A parent should be preparing their child to be a socialised adult, they need to prepare them for life's losses." So whether it's at a simple card game, a kick-about or during a serious conversation, here's why allowing your child to win - when … [Read more...] about Should you let your child ‘win’ at things? Psychologist warns it could be doing them more harm than good
"People think that child sexual abuse is something that happens to some other person's child at some other school," says Jonathan West, a leading campaigner for tougher law on child protection. Judging by the enormous reaction to Alex Renton's examination of abuse at his and other private schools in the Observer magazine last week, the physical and psychological mistreatment of children inside institutions is deeply concerning to many and shocking numbers in this country have experience of it. Yet people, including the education secretary and leading schools' groups, believe that times have changed. Thanks to modern regulation, the mistreatment, sexual abuse and cruelty that tarnished the education and care system throughout the 20th century is near impossible now. This is dangerously complacent. Recent revelations about the behaviour of a trusted teacher at the private Southbank International School in London show that even the best-run – and most expensive – institutions … [Read more...] about Boarding schools: Is it wise to send your young child away from home?