The abbey is currently closed, meaning the celebratory peal which has taken place in her honour on her actual birthday - April 21 - every year since 2007, will not be able to go ahead, the abbey told the PA news agency. … [Read more...] about Captain Tom Moore wishes the Queen a happy 94th birthday as he is flooded with 25,000 cards ahead of turning 100 – as his daughter says her ‘heart is bursting’ over his £27m for the NHS
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Snacks for staff in County DurhamCath Scott has just finished a six-week stint on a Covid-19 ward in Darlington Memorial Hospital when she picks up the phone. She usually manages a specialist ward for patients suffering from stomach and liver problems. But when the outbreak began, she found themselves redeployed around the hospital, working with new faces in uncertain territory. … [Read more...] about Capt Tom donations: What is the £33m actually being spent on?
Though there are migrants in this novel, it doesn't follow the familiar trajectory of characters escaping a place of brutality for the safety of the west – characters flee to Italy, Germany and America, but it is always Iran that remains central. In the safety of a Turin cafe, when Neda hears Reza talk about the green revolution, instead of feeling gratitude for being in a place of greater security, she feels "a shiver of envy at the thought of him having been there, having partaken in that moment when history turned". It makes her question her own right to "tell any story, speak of any memory that is larger than that". But by the time the book draws to a close, with far greater power than it opened, Delijani has done the work of showing us how those stories and memories are all entwined, and should never be forgotten. … [Read more...] about Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani – review
“We didn’t have these catastrophic events 10 years ago,” said Dr Youssef Awadallah, a psychiatrist in Rafah, a city on Gaza’s border with Egypt. Mental health professionals and relatives of the deceased blame the effects of the siege, which they say is far more damaging to the wellbeing – mental and physical – of the population than successive wars have been. Doctors in Gaza are warning that the prolonged siege of the territory has caused a mental health “epidemic” of which the growing number of suicides is only one part – citing increases in schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, drug addiction and depression. For the first time, UNRWA, the United Nations agency responsible for Palestinian refugees, has started screening all primary healthcare patients for possible suicidal tendencies following what they describe as the “unprecedented increase” in deaths. … [Read more...] about A suicide in Gaza
In a blistering takedown in the Guardian, Ms Nowell reflected on not being able to comfort her parents, in their 80s, as they shielding at home, writing: “The apparent insouciance with which he travelled the length of the country for reasons most people would judge less pressing than the death of an immediate family member. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus LIVE blog: Dominic Cummings to give public statement as calls to quit mount