I am close to my younger brother and we speak at least once a week. These exchanges usually include his referring to money problems. He and his wife are in their 40s, on good salaries, have two young children and a mortgage. At the end of each month, cash is unavailable and they have been caught out by repayments and large bills. I have happily bailed them out on a couple of occasions, but worry about their long-term stability. … [Read more...] about Should I give my brother financial advice or mind my own business?
'We go over and open the air fryer and it smelled exactly like fried dim sims…I'm on a diet and when I bit into them to find they also tasted like dim sims, I almost died,' she said in the post. … [Read more...] about Mum wows with her ‘mind-blowing’ $3 hack that makes broccoli taste exactly like ‘deep fried dim sims’
Doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, on the other hand, were reeling. From top to bottom, with dizzying alacrity, the NHS had transformed itself into a single-minded, pandemic-focused, pared-down field service. For armchair critics of the “lumbering”, “monolithic”, “bureaucratic” NHS, it was a stunning example of local teams working with fearlessness, urgency and vision to deliver high quality pandemic medicine. Operating theatres, recovery areas, normal wards and even conference rooms were transformed into makeshift ICUs. Psychiatrists, surgeons, dermatologists and medical students were co-opted from their day jobs to staff them day and night. In nine days, a London conference hall mutated into a 4,000-bed hospital. Everyone, everywhere threw themselves into action. We were proud and eager to do our part. We tried not to think about catching coronavirus. The trickle of dead colleagues began. … [Read more...] about ‘This man knows he’s dying as surely as I do’: a doctor’s dispatches from intensive care
Since my nomination for the Literary Review’s bad sex in fiction award it’s a question that’s occupied my mind. For me, the truth lay in between. There are many reasons why your characters have sex and many more why you ought to try to describe it. Sometimes the author steps back: a curtain falls, a door closes and a row of dots makes the reader do the work, but mostly you need to get into the minds, and bodies, of the people you’ve invented and see what happens when they get together with the metaphorical lights on. … [Read more...] about Why I deserve a Blue Peter badge for my description of sex
The text was sent to Houston rap star Cal Wayne nine months before Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on Monday during a violent arrest by four Minneapolis police officers who have now been fired. 'They locked Malcolm and Martin up because pf thete abilitu [sic] to reach the people. They don't want you on that next platform but what,' Floyd wrote … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: George Floyd’s last message to rapper friend was to be a voice for the black community like NFL baller Colin Kaepernick – in haunting foreshadowing of his deadly arrest where white cop kneeled on his neck