She returned to work six weeks after she welcomed her daughter Marlie-Mae Johnson in June. And on Saturday, Laura Byrne defended going back to her day job at jewellery brand ToniMay, despite being bullied by other women. 'I realised being Laura Byrne and being a new mum could actually co-exist,' she told Stellar Magazine. 'It doesn't have to become my entire life': Laura Byrne (pictured) defended returning to work six weeks after giving birth on Saturday The 33-year-old went on to say that other women - specifically other women with kids - were often behind the negativity. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'I don't feel like a giant t*t at all!' Laura Byrne shares... 'I left a full nappy in her bag since Paris!' The Bachelor's... The Bachelor's Laura Byrne and Matty 'J' Johnson say they... Girls' day out! Bachelor star Laura Byrne cuddles up to... Share this article Share '[They were] almost like, "How could you?" she said. In … [Read more...] about ‘I realised being me and being a new mum could actually co-exist’: Laura Byrne defends returning to work six weeks after giving birth to her daughter Marlie-Mae Johnson
The good old days really did exist and people were happiest in the 1920s, finds a study analysing happiness levels across the UK and US. Living through wars and economic depression the two nations' happiness levels have taken a fair few blows over the last 200 years. But newly analysed data has revealed how happiness spiked in the twenties - only to plunge back into darkness for the second world war - and has failed to rise to the same level since in the UK. National Valence Index plotted from 1820 to 2009. Various important events have been highlighted in red. For all countries the red shaded lines include World War I (approximately 1914-18) and World War II (approximately 1938-45). In the 3 European countries a line is drawn in 1848, the 'Year of Revolution'. In the USA, there is an additional shaded area representing the Civil War (1861-65) and the vertical red lines representing the Wall Street Crash (1929), the end of the Korean War (1953) and the fall of Saigon … [Read more...] about The good old days really DID exist! Brits and Americans were at their happiest in the 1920s and after the end of WW2 – and at their unhappiest in the ‘winter of discontent’ and after Vietnam
This weekend, a film about an unstable loner pushed to the edge by an uncaring society comes to theaters. This figure, a virginal loser whose only female contact comes from tenderly sponge-bathing his elderly shut-in mother, feels like he’s been cheated by a world out of order. He exudes rage outward in every direction: to the girl next door failing to reciprocate his crush, to the absentee father leaving him without a role model, to the celebrity idol he worships until he ends up the butt of their joke. With nothing to lose and a heart full of hatred, the angry white man finally snaps, smearing on some face paint and going on a shocking rampage of gunfire. For all its extreme subject matter, this film has captured one particularly toxic dimension of the national attitude, a vitally relevant work of popular art for better and for worse. I am referring, of course, to Rob Lambert’s new motion picture Cuck. What’s that? They made another Joker movie?! The similarities … [Read more...] about Forget Joker: here’s the film you should see about an extremist loner
Growth is the default setting for modern economies. Humans innovate and improve, find better ways of doing things. Only when shocks occur is this process of steady advance interrupted. One of the long-established adages in financial markets is that business cycles never die of old age, and there is plenty of historical evidence to support that view. The Depression of the 1930s followed the collapse of a speculative bubble and was made worse by a series of policy blunders. In the mid-1970s, the long postwar boom was brought to an end by the sharp rise in the cost of oil. America’s deep recession of the early 1980s was induced by Paul Volcker who was installed as chairman of the Federal Reserve to beat inflation and did so by pushing up interest rates to cripplingly high levels. The slump of 2008-09 was a rerun of the 1930s only without the policy mistakes. Again, the trigger was a financial crisis that led to a sharp contraction of credit. All of which makes the current state of … [Read more...] about With growth this tepid, is it time to give ‘helicopter money’ a whirl?
John and Irene Hays, the husband and wife team who bought Thomas Cook’s 555 high street travel agencies this week, are keen to stress that beneath their folksy charm lies steely resolve and razor-sharp business acumen. “People have portrayed us as country bumpkins,” says John, 70, who founded Sunderland-based Hays Travel from the back of his mother’s childrenswear shop in 1980. “We’ll see what they think in a couple of years’ time.” The pair have a Herculean task ahead of them, picking up at least some of the pieces left over from one of the worst corporate failures in UK history. The demise of Thomas Cook has so far resulted in 8,123 redundancies. The official receiver is still paying 931 staff to help with the wind down. But the Hayses now want to recruit around 2,500 of those who have lost their jobs, quadrupling the size of their business in the process. It’s a daunting prospect but the reality is that the couple behind this … [Read more...] about ‘We’re no country bumpkins’: Meet the couple who bought Thomas Cook