You may have seen me recently on Good Morning Britain, debating with the irrepressible Johnny Ball about whether the over-70s should have to retake driving tests. I must pin my colours to the mast – I’m keen on repeat driving tests as we get older. A few weeks ago I renewed my driving licence and when I received it I wondered what the DVLA was doing giving me a driving licence when they don’t know if I’m fit to drive? Whether I’m a danger to myself and others? After all, when you’re driving a car you’re in charge of a lethal weapon. Johnny Ball, who’s clearly an exceptional driver, decries the curtailment of driving freedom, be it a curfew or a restriction on journeys beyond a 30-mile radius from home, or a ban on night driving. I’m not in favour of bans but I’m definitely in favour of tests to see if we’re competent in modern driving conditions, new road layouts and modern road signage. In fact I’d welcome a refresher course. Every older driver should be asking … [Read more...] about Dr Miriam Stoppard: ‘Older drivers should face a competence test for everyone’s safety’
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PCSO Julia James was murdered more than a week ago while she was out walking her dog - and her killer remains at large. The mum-of-two, 53, was bludgeoned over the head near Akholt Wood in Snowdown, Kent on April 27. She had left her house in the hamlet at around 3pm to take her Jack Russell Toby for a walk after a day working from home. The grandmother-of-one, who had worked for Kent Police since 2008, was found dead an hour later. The force launched a probe in the immediate aftermath, with it quickly ruled that PCSO James had been murdered. Do you have a story? Email [email protected] or let us know in the comments below. Sign up to our newsletter to get the day's biggest news straight to your inbox The Mirror's newsletter brings you the latest news, exciting showbiz and TV stories, sport updates and essential political information. The newsletter is emailed out first thing every morning, at 12noon and every evening. Never miss a moment by signing up to … [Read more...] about Everything we know about murder of PCSO Julia James – nine days on since her death
"My child is not a lab rat." The words are from a 25-year-old woman, Susan, and they're in reference to her three-year-old twin girls. While she speaks to DW, her eyes flicker between them as they begin to meander away — first together, then in different directions — in a large, open park in Bonn, Germany. "It just hasn't been tested enough," Susan insists. "A few months [of testing]? That isn't safe." So no, she says. Her kids are not getting vaccinated against COVID-19. And she isn't, either. Her husband had to, and she didn't like that. At a nearby playground, another mother, who does not want to share her name, feels very differently. "I'd vaccinate them. If it were allowed, or doable, then definitely." Her 12-year-old daughter, she says, has had two different kids in her classroom get COVID-19. That led to a two-week quarantine — each time. "That's where you realize it affects them too." At some point in the coming weeks, the European Medicines Agency is expected to … [Read more...] about COVID: How many parents will actually vaccinate their kids?
ODEON is reopening 105 cinema venues on May 17 and we have the full list of locations. Only a handful of the picture-houses won't be reopening when the rest of indoor business return and lockdown restrictions are eased this month. The next stage set out in the government's roadmap out of lockdown will see indoor mixing allowed, and the Prime Minister has so far said the UK is on track to meet the May 17 date. That means cinemas can reopen and host audiences at venues across England. On the same date, pubs and restaurants can welcome customers indoors too. The vast majority of Odeon sites will return for the opening day, including the flagship venue in Leicester Square, as well as the branch in Trafford Centre and at Birmingham Broadway Plaza. Carol Welch, managing director of Odeon said: “We've all missed the magic that the cinema brings to movie watching, and we know our guests are excited about coming back." But there will be rules in place for movie-goers … [Read more...] about Odeon to reopen 105 cinemas on May 17 – see the full list
WE'VE decided that it’s not blondes who have more fun, it’s blondes who have the right hair products to keep their shade looking its glossiest and feeling its healthiest. No matter your blonde hair colour – icy platinum, ash blonde, honeyed caramel – the right shampoo is essential for preserving your mane. The first port of call for blondes when it comes to choosing a shampoo? Purple shampoo, which acts as an at-home toner of sorts to cancel out any yellow, brassy tones and to minimise discolouration. Purple shampoos can be found everywhere these days, from supermarket budget buys through to expensive prestige brands. Pros recommend using a purple or silver shampoo once a week to keep your blonde shade looking its best and brightest. Just beware - with some purple shampoos, if you leave the product in for long enough, the shampoo can tinge your hair lavender, which is only handy if you’ve been thinking about pastel lilac-hued hair for summer festival season. Blondes should … [Read more...] about 11 Best Shampoos For Blonde Hair 2021 – From L’Oréal to Kérastase here are the best products to banish brassy tones