Rod Liddle 12 January 2019 9:00 AM 12 January 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp There is a satirical website called ‘Guardian headline generator’ which purports to offer a service to aspirant journalists who wish to be published in the floundering, godawful rag. Press a button on the site and it will give you your subject matter for a typical article, such as: ‘Islamophobic white men will soon be widening the gender pay gap. This shouldn’t happen in 21st-century Britain.’ It even gives you a suitable name for your byline — in this case Jessica Veryangry. The problem, however — as the website rather forlornly admits — is that increasingly it is out-satirised by real Guardian headlines. It simply cannot match the woke idiocy and hysteria, nor the craving for victim-hood. Indeed, just before writing this piece I clicked on the Guardian’s site and immediately saw this headline: … [Read more...] about Can the National Trust please forget about ‘heteronormative privilege’ and just look after houses?
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FT Seasonal Appeal 2018 Tuesday, 20 November, 2018 Habitat for Humanity, the FT’s Seasonal Appeal partner, is a global non-profit housing organisation that builds or improves homes for those affected by disaster or inequality.Habitat runs volunteer programmes across the world. Volunteers generally offer their services for anything from a few days to a fortnight. Working alongside experienced craftsmen, they assist with various stages of the house-building process at whatever level of difficulty they are comfortable with.Volunteers are drawn both from the countries where they live and overseas. Last year, a total of 12,700 international volunteers worked on projects around the world. They participate in teams - either with friends, family, colleagues, or as part of open groups. Many workplaces encourage team trips. Volunteers are expected to raise the funds for their trip, though Habitat provides resources and advice to help fundraisers.Together, volunteers help those less … [Read more...] about Volunteers’ stories: helping Habitat for Humanity change lives
Ethan Donnell for The Spinoff Ethan Donnell, director of Sick Homes, the latest in the Frame documentary series produced for the Spinoff by Wrestler and funded by NZ on Air, describes the people he met, and the reality of the places they live. Once a week, Brett Johnson takes apart the small machine that pumps air through a mask and into his lungs, helping him to breathe more easily while he sleeps. He unclicks the plastic filter from its housing and holds it up to the light for a closer look. Sometimes the black particles are hard to distinguish from the dust. Usually, the mould soaks through in dark splotches, like a tea bag steeped too long. "I can taste it – that damp, mouldy smell," he says. "Each breath I take through the mask, it goes through the filter, onto the water tank, and to my lungs." Dunedin students challenge landlord over mould-ridden flat Landlords reportedly hiking rents after students' living costs allowance increases Lance O'Sullivan takes on NZ's poor … [Read more...] about Mould, sweet mould: inside New Zealand’s damp housing crisis
Robot lawn mower have been around for decades now but have never really caught on in the UK. In Europe and round the world they are fast establishing themselves as efficient time-saving helpers that take care of what is for many a necessary weekly chore. Maybe it is the British pride in our green and pleasant land for stripes and an immaculately kept turf. But as the technology and design has got smarter Mirror.co.uk decided it was time to test one out. Garden machinery specialists Husqvarna has been making robotic mowers for more than 20 years and have sold over a million. Their models start at £1,000 and go up to £3,100 depending how big the area to be shorn is and what level of tech it has. Read more: Gardeners replaced by robots called Spider by 'cash-strapped' council As we had a complex one and quarter acre (5,000 square metres) garden with multiple flower beds, play areas and wooded areas to be tackled we were given a top of the range model to trial. The Husqvarna … [Read more...] about Husqvarna Automower reviewed to see if robotic lawn mowers make the cut
Plymouth is full of inspirational people who go above and beyond in their respected fields. From local mums, hair stylists, and charity workers, to multi-million pound business owners, Olympic athletes and war heroes, there are so many people who deserve recognition. They embody everything that is great about our city - and they deserve to be celebrated. That's why today we have chosen to shine a light on all of those who we feel YOU need to know about. This list is in no particular order, because none of these remarkable people are more important than any other. Jennifer and Ellie Brunt Kind-hearted Jennifer Brunt, 23, and her little sister Ellie, 12, left 25 kind notes around the city centre over the space of 24 hours in an incredible series of random acts of kindness. They placed the notes in shops, cafes, a busker’s hat and even dished one out to a traffic warden, so he could give it out instead of a parking ticket. The pair have been involved in other great activities, … [Read more...] about The Happy List: 100 people who make us proud to be from Plymouth