Britain is divided, by 12 regions, a statistical arrangement designed to help governments see the life of the population in graphs, charts and tables. I’m looking at Britain through these regions too, but not statistically, not through numbers that ignore the brilliant details of everyday life, but through the lens of my camera, on the ground, up close. Northeast England Middlesbrough achieved the impossible feat of both discovering and making the world. The manager of the Cleveland Centre – a shopping mall claiming to be “The Centre of the Community” – tells me so. Join Independent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent Without the ads – for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a … [Read more...] about Britain Before Brexit: a portrait of northeast England and its people
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When the clock strikes midnight this evening, many of us will be reaching for a loved one to give them a kiss. Although it's a nice way to ring in the new year, the tradition has origins rooted in ancient cultures and superstition. According to German and English folklore, the first person you encounter in the New Year determines whether you have good or bad fortune in the year ahead. So kissing your partner at the stroke of midnight is meant to indicate that your relationship will be strong throughout 2019. But if you're too busy at the bar when the clock chimes then this could jinx your love life for the next 364 days. This obviously isn't true, but it can be a fun superstition. The tradition has also been traced back to the Romans, who would indulge in a booze-fuelled party for the pagan celebration Saturnalia towards the end of December. The debauched festivities involved costumes, lavish feasts and group sex according to GQ . So some believe that giving someone a smooch at the … [Read more...] about Strange origins behind the New Year’s Eve midnight kiss tradition
Party-goers will welcome 2019 with exceptionally mild and dry conditions at a host of festivals and events across the country. Temperatures will reach as high as 9C or 10C and, critically, there will be generally dry conditions over Dublin and the east coast where the biggest New Year's Eve festivals are planned. Met Éireann's Liz Walsh said the mild conditions will last for most of the week, with New Year's Day also set to prove dry but cloudy. The weather will turn cooler by Friday with a risk of frost in some inland areas. However, Met Éireann played down fears that Ireland could now be heading towards another spell of Siberian weather comparable to the 'Beast from the East' as claimed by some internet forecasters because of "sudden stratospheric warming". This is when there is an abrupt hike in temperatures high up in the stratosphere which can sometimes lead to a spell of cold and snowy weather. But the national forecaster warned it is far too early to make any … [Read more...] about Revellers to ring in 2019 with mildest weather in decades
It is that time of year when we put on our best glad rags and enjoy the festive season but some will be wearing less than others. Hull’s alternative clubs and groups will be celebrating Christmas and New Year like anyone else. But swingers, naturists and strip club regulars will all be enjoying the festivities in their own unique way. From naked runs to sharing hot tubs with porn stars, we take a look at what cheeky and risqué events have been lined up in the next couple of weeks. HU9 Swingers Club There are no shortage of events taking place at Hull’s only swingers club with fancy dress parties and even the chance to share a hot tub with porn stars. Saturday, December 22 - sexy Saturday HU9 Christmas Party, 9pm - 3am. Couples £25 single males £25, single females £5. There will be a sexy Santa theme with £5 off in fancy dress. Sunday, December 23 – a more relaxed event to recover after the Christmas party with Chilled Out Sunday, 5pm – … [Read more...] about How Hull’s nudist and swingers clubs are celebrating Christmas
EMMERDALE fans have seen beautician Bernice Blackstock have it off with dishy Dales doctor Liam Cavanagh, But why did she do the dirty on Daz Spencer? - here's everything you need to know... Who is Bernice Blackstock in Emmerdale? Bernice Blackstock is the owner of Beauty & Bernice beauty salon in Pear Tree Cottage in Emmerdale village. She’s the only daughter of Rodney Blackstock and his ex-wife Diane Sugden. Bernice has a half-sister, Nicola She is the ex-wife of late vicar Ashley Thomas, with who she shared a daughter, Gabby. Bernice is also mum to Dee Dee who lives in Australia with her dad Charlie. She was married to Lawrence White before finding out he was secretly gay. Bernice had a fling with Andy Sugden before he reunited with his wife Katie. Bernice and Katie had several cat-fights in the village due to their love rivalry. She’s been dating Daz Spencer – played by Mark Jordon – for the past year but recently dumped him after falling for village GP … [Read more...] about Who is Bernice Blackstock in Emmerdale and when did she cheat on Daz Spencer with Dr Liam Cavanagh?