With winter approaching, we’re getting into the flu season – and right on cue, NHS England has announced that every primary school child in England is to be offered vaccination against it. This year’s vaccination campaign will be the biggest ever, with 25 million people being offered free vaccines, including 600,000 schoolchildren aged between 10 and 11. Children, who are given the delightful term “super-spreaders”, are particularly liable to infect others, so all of them aged between two and 11 will be offered the nasal spray vaccine in the coming weeks. Fears that a no-deal Brexit would jeopardise flu jab supplies have also been eased. Although there is a delay in supplies for those who are under 65 (older people and younger patients with chronic conditions are targeted with different jabs), most of the vaccines needed will arrive in the UK before 31 October. All this is excellent news. Flu is often thought of as nothing more than a week of feeling … [Read more...] about The flu jab saves lives. This is a fact worth spreading
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Not every young person devoted to posting their travel adventures on their social media accounts is misguided and naïve, but sometimes it seems that way. Instagram bloggers Jolie King and boyfriend Mark Firkin are facing ten years in a notorious jail in Iran for flying a drone without permission near Tehran. Or so local reports suggest. They had no idea about the drone law — or any other Iranian law, it seems. Did they even check? Iran is certainly a stunning country with plenty of Instagrammable scenery to make online followers shiver with awe, but it also harbours one of the most oppressive regimes on the planet. Jolie King and boyfriend Mark Firkin are facing ten years in a notorious jail in Iran for flying a drone without permission near Tehran Tensions against the West have risen recently with missile launches, pirated tankers and the unrelated arrest of a female British-Australian academic several months ago. Were Jolie and Mark aware of any of this? Or were they … [Read more...] about JAN MOIR: Why risk your life for that Instagram moment? It’s worth far more than a photograph
A Kiwi canoe shop owner unknowingly had an extremely rare Tasmanian tiger pelt worth $250,000 sitting in his shop for three decades. John McCosh, who runs Kahutara Canoes and Taxidermy about 80km east of Wellington, had been keeping the distinctive pelt of the now extinct species in a drawer. He and his wife had been looking after the haul as part of a wider collection of stuffed animals. Scroll down for video A Kiwi canoe shop owner unknowingly had an extremely rare Tasmanian tiger pelt (pictured) worth $250,000 sitting in his shop for three decades But it was only when university students from the area visited his store and passed the findings on to their lecturer that news of the extraordinary specimen spread around the world. 'They went back and told their lecturer - people in London were then involved too. It went around the world,' Mr McCosh's wife Karen told Daily Mail Australia. Mrs McCosh, 69, said the pelt's original owners, who had entrusted the rural North Island … [Read more...] about Almost 100-year-old rare pelt from an extinct Tasmanian tiger worth $250,000 is discovered in unwitting shop owner’s drawer after 30 YEARS
Last month, as summer plummeted to an end, my skin looked as if it had enjoyed a fortnight of sun and sea, and 50 years on the planet. A selfie revealed my face was dry, with fine lines, huge pores and an uneven tone. I had the indignity of appearing harassed and tired even when happy and well-rested. But not for much longer, I hoped, because I was about to start using The Cream. The Cream commands the definitive article, because it is, apparently, the definitive face cream. And it has a matching price tag — a palpitation-inducing £205 for 50ml. Since it launched, quietly, last year, The Cream has become a cult product, slowly acquiring celebrity fans. Demi Moore, Naomi Campbell, Victoria Beckham, Amber Valletta, Courteney Cox, Carla Bruni, Kate Bosworth and Leonardo DiCaprio (yes, really) have enthused about it. Augustinus Bader's The Cream has become a must-have skincare product, after being developed from a wound cream for burn victims So what could justify this mighty … [Read more...] about Created by a biomedical professor to heal burns, it’s become the celebrity must-have – so, can a £205 cream REALLY be worth it?
Swathes of Britain were put on flood alert today amid warnings that more than two inches of rain could fall in just two hours today. Forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning stretching from Devon up to Leeds to run from midday to midnight, with the rain due to batter the country for much of the day while moving north. The heaviest outbreaks are set for the afternoon and evening, and the Met Office predicted 2.3in (60mm) of rain could fall in some areas while many others would see up to an inch (25mm). The Environment Agency has issued five flood warnings and 45 flood alerts for England, including for the area of West London around the River Thames from Putney Bridge to Teddington Weir. Morning commuters wait in the pouring rain for a Southeastern train at Petts Wood train station in South East London today A wet weather morning for these London commuters at Petts Wood railway station in South East London today A wild horse captured in the early … [Read more...] about Britain is set for a soaking as a fortnight’s worth of rain is set to fall in just two hours today with 50 flood alerts in place including on the west London stretch of the Thames