By supporting Lukashenka, the West is financing Putin’s peaceful life. The head of the European Parliament’s Committee on Security and Defence, former Foreign Minister of Poland, Anna Fotyga, gave an exclusive interview to Natalia Radzina, the editor-in-chief of Charter97.org.- Pani Anna, in 1981, when you were only 24 years old, you worked in the international negotiations department of the Independent Trade Union „Solidarity”. Why did you decide to join the resistance against the communist dictatorship?- Probably, there were some deep family traditions originating from pre-war times. I was a scout (“Harcerz” in Polish national scout organization - editor’s note by Charter97.org), I never liked communism.It happened in some natural way, I never thought much about it. I think I was also greatly influenced by the events in Gdansk, the August strikes (a strike began on August 14, 1980, at the Gdansk Shipyard, which led to the creation of the … [Read more...] about Anna Fotyga: EU Needs A Clear And Bold Policy
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We asked the dancer and choreographer Akram Khan, 43, what his younger self would make of him today... My early life was a collage of so many forms of inspiration, taken from different cultures. That’s something that feeds the way I think now. A lot of my work is reflective of my experience as a child; my parents’ Bangladeshi origin, being born and brought up in Wimbledon and inspirations like Michael Jackson, Charlie Chaplin, Baryshnikov, Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali and Fred Astaire. They were all my superheroes. One of the most important things I remember as a child was being involved with my dad’s Indian restaurant. That had a huge impact on me and was part of the more challenging side of my childhood. A lot of racists would come to the restaurant. People would be normal outside on the street, but then come to the restaurant after the pubs closed and things would turn ugly. It does leave a scar and impact the way you think. I’ve been fortunate that in the … [Read more...] about Akram Khan: I love my children but I wish I was a better father
TELLY fans have to shell out for a TV licence and even those who use the iPlayer to watch any BBC programmes need to cough up. But what exactly is the licence for and how much does it cost? Find out here. When is the TV licence fee going up and how much by? The cost of a full-colour TV licence for 12 months is £150.50. It rose on April 1 2018, and applies to anyone buying or renewing a licence after that date. The charge means people will be forking out £2.89 a week - up from £2.83 - or £12.54 a month. If you pay via a monthly or weekly plan which stared before April 1 then you'll continue paying the old fee until your licence is up for renewal. Who doesn't have to pay for a TV licence? Some people are entitled to a free TV licence: For example if you're aged over 75 or you're a resident in a care home. You can pay for your licence all in one go or spread the cost throughout the year using direct debit. Watching live TV or catch-up through the BBC iPlayer on … [Read more...] about Do I need a TV licence to watch TV, how is is the BBC funded and can I watch BBC iPlayer if I don’t have one?
'I need a car to accommodate the Carony wheelchair' Independent.ie Car-value expert Gillian Keogh teams up with Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham to help you make the right choice with your next purchase. Gillian is Editor of a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars produced by the Motor Trade Publishers team. The team supplies a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses. https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/i-need-a-car-to-accommodate-the-carony-wheelchair-37175527.html https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/car-news/article35103122.ece/cbc95/AUTOCROP/h342/2016-10-05_lif_25209076_I1.JPG Email Car-value expert Gillian Keogh teams up with Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham to help you make the right choice with your next purchase. Gillian is Editor of a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars produced by the Motor Trade Publishers team. The team supplies a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance … [Read more...] about ‘I need a car to accommodate the Carony wheelchair’
A disabled man was left waiting for weeks for a carpet purchase refund he needed to contribute to his stepson's funeral. Mark Bull had a calamitous experience ordering several floor coverings for his new bungalow home in Cambridge. The 44-year-old was left waiting for £360 from Carpetright and with a carpet in his bedroom he never ordered. Weeks of delays left him feeling distressed and distraught as he also grieved the loss of his stepson. Mark, who has arthritis, osteoporosis, restless leg syndrome and an artificial knee, needs crutches, leg braces and a wheelchair to move around. He has had several falls recently and still faces operations to insert new hips and rebuild his knee. On March 9, before he moved into a specially equipped home, he ordered several carpets from Carpetright costing more than £1,000. But when the fitters came they installed the wrong carpet for a bedroom and Mark's carpets for the hall and another bedroom had already been sold to someone else. … [Read more...] about I waited weeks for a Carpetright refund I needed for my stepson’s funeral