Now Joseph Nattrass, her long-term lover, moved in as her lodger. However, she also found work as a nurse to an excise officer called John Quick-Manning, who was recovering from smallpox. As was her habit, she swiftly became pregnant by him (their daughter Margaret was born in prison while Mary Ann awaited execution) but, of course, she was still encumbered by her children from her third marriage. One of her stepsons died in March 1872 and her own son Robert soon after. Shortly after revising his will in her favour, Nattrass became sick and died in April. … [Read more...] about She poisoned 21 people including her own mother, children and husbands. So why has no-one heard of Britain’s FIRST serial killer, Mary Ann Cotton?
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Roughly 75% of member firms are expecting their European revenues for this year to fall. In January-March, the sector "did not feel the full force of the coronavirus pandemic," as demand for certain pharmaceuticals, "various hygiene products" and packaging remained high. But as the true force of the pandemic didn't hit Europe until March it is in the sector's second quarter that the true impact is likely to be felt. Indeed, now "falling orders, disrupted supply chains and lacking transport capacity are all posing problems for companies," the VCI said. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus latest: Angela Merkel says Germany has ‘gained better control’ over virus
The fusion made Modern Day Jazz Stories one of the Mercury music prize albums of the year in 1996, and won Pine a MOBO (music of black origin) for best jazz act two years running. The single of Cassandra Wilson's cover of I've Known Rivers was in the UK charts, and her Don't Explain was on the Kiss FM playlist for 10 weeks. But jazz purists were "stumped", he says. "Guys are the self-proclaimed experts. Women in this country have no need to know the ins and outs of the mechanics; they just like the music, it moves them. But men get all anal about it and try to impress their friends." … [Read more...] about Fusion visionary
One initial, sensible proposal for re-opening Britain to tourism was the idea of ‘safe’ air corridors between the UK and France and other European destinations with low transmission rates – but that was shot down almost as soon as it was mentioned. … [Read more...] about ALEX BRUMMER: Decision to quarantine all incoming passengers for 14 days is a profoundly stupid act of economic vandalism
Hong Kong students and Taiwanese supporters hold slogan reading 'Evil Law Under the Pressure of the Border, Work Hand in Hand' and 'The asylum mechanism is clearly in place' during a protest against Beijing's national security legislation in Taipei on Thursday … [Read more...] about Hong Kong’s freedoms die with the press of a button: China’s parliament rubber-stamps national security law giving Beijing sweeping powers amid international uproar