Football legend “King” Kenny Dalglish has become Sir Kenny as he leads more than 1,000 people receiving gongs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The former Liverpool striker and manager, 67, is knighted for services to football, charity and the City of Liverpool. Also honoured are screen stars Emma Thompson and Keira Knightley, ex-University Challenge host Bamber Gascoigne and rapper Ms Dynamite. The list is full of hundreds of unsung heroes, from counsellors and a Holocaust survivor to Britain's longest-serving poppy seller. But there are also fatcat bosses of Royal Mail and Network Rail whose gongs are likely to prompt accusations of rewards for failure. Here is the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List in full. Honours in numbers In total, 1,057 people have received an award. Of the total number recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this year, 210 have been made an OBE, 392 an MBE, and 318 awarded a BEM. There are always rows over gongs for cronies and … [Read more...] about Queen’s Birthday Honours full list for 2018
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0 Have your say Bradford author David Barnett looks set to have his novel Calling Major Tom turned into a film. He tells Aasma Day how redundancy gave him the push to follow his dreams. “I didn’t think working class kids like me grew up to become writers. I thought it was something you had to be posh or clever to do.”Succinctly summing up his views as a youngster, David Barnett smiles wryly as today he writes almost constantly - juggling working as a freelance journalist with writing fiction and penning comic strips, he can’t imagine a world without written words.David who had a long career in regional newspapers in Lancashire and Yorkshire, now works as a freelance journalist and is the author of several novels.His book Calling Major Tom, a heartwarming comedy about an astronaut who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a Wigan family, has sold more than 60,000 copies and has now been optioned for a film.However David, 48, married to Claire with … [Read more...] about Yorkshire author aiming for the stars as astronaut book lands film deal
Author and journalist David Barnett looks set to have his successful novel Calling Major Tom turned into a film. David, a former Lancashire Post and Wigan Post journalist, tells AASMA DAY his story and how redundancy gave him the push to follow his dreams. “I didn’t think working class kids like me grew up to become writers. I thought it was something you had to be posh or clever to do.”Succinctly summing up his views as a youngster, David Barnett smiles wryly as today he writes almost constantly juggling working as a freelance journalist with writing fiction and penning comic strips and he can’t imagine a world without written words.David who had a long career in regional newspapers, including the Lancashire Post and Wigan Post, now works as a freelance journalist for most of the UK national press and is the author of several novels.His book, Calling Major Tom, a heartwarming comedy about an unexpected astronaut who has given up on the world and strikes up an … [Read more...] about “Redundancy gave me the push I needed to follow my dreams”
A SHIRLEY man and a lifelong friend have teamed up for a special inter-generational performance in aid of Age UK Solihull. With half a century between them, Matthew Long from Solihull and friend John Walton from Lincolnshire have formed an unlikely musical partnership. According to the pair, they hope to break down some of the stereotypes, placed on both the young and old, centred on an inter-generational divide. The event takes place on Thursday May 24 at Solihull Methodist Church Hall from 2pm. There will also be a performance from local dance group ‘Ladies Who Dance’. Matthew says: “Our friendship was never highlighted in the first instance by an age difference. We shared much common ground through mutual passions and career paths. The fact that there is a 50-year age gap between us made no difference. “We first made contact through a mutual friend, Malcolm MacFarlane, editor of the International Bing Crosby magazine and first met in person at their 2013 … [Read more...] about Shirley man and friend 50 years older to perform in aid of Age UK Solihull
The government claimed that Universal Credit (UC) would be a ‘fairer and simpler system’ for claimants. But as it continues to be rolled out, more problems come to the fore, and early indications suggest that the move towards UC ‘full service’ across the country will lead to even greater disparities in claimants’ experience. These disparities are likely to be felt particularly harshly by Gypsies and Travellers – yet there’s a paucity of information about them. We already know from the EHRC’s analysis of tax and welfare reforms since 2010, which looked at tax changes, benefits, tax credits and UC, that those on lower incomes are being hit the hardest. But what the EHRC research doesn’t look at is the differential impact on smaller marginalised groups. The survey data which underpins its analysis (the Family Resources Survey and the Living Costs and Food Survey) condenses ‘England/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British, Irish, … [Read more...] about Is Universal Credit ‘Fairer And Simpler’ For Gypsies And Travellers?