Carrie Bickmore always looks professional and polished while hosting The Project. But the 38-year-old TV presenter reminded her Instagram followers on Tuesday that life isn't always so glamorous behind the scenes. Carrie shared a rather unflattering candid photo of herself sleeping on the couch alongside her newborn daughter Adelaide. Scroll down for video 'Instagram vs reality!' Carrie Bickmore revealed the less-than-glamorous side of motherhood by sharing this candid photo of herself sleeping alongside her newborn daughter Adelaide The magic of Instagram! She contrasted this with a posed picture of herself and her baby girl to demonstrate that photos on social media don't always reflect reality She contrasted this with a posed picture of herself and her baby girl to demonstrate that photos on social media don't always reflect reality. 'Instagram versus reality,' she wrote in the caption. 'The first picture was taken on a flattering angle, with … [Read more...] about ‘Instagram vs reality!’ Carrie Bickmore reveals the less-than-glamorous side of motherhood as she shares a candid photo of herself sleeping alongside her newborn daughter Adelaide
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About seven years ago, I started losing my sight. Not that I realised. I was a 50-year-old mum living in Sussex with three teenage children, and I didn’t have time to think about it. When my world started to look foggy, I just assumed I was getting more short-sighted, or long-sighted, wore grease-smeared glasses, had the wrong prescription or a dirty windscreen. I’d watch my children’s school sports matches and mistakenly cheer for the wrong team, think our side had lost the game and brace myself to tackle their disappointment. Then they’d come over, flushed with victory, and demand: ‘Did you see my catch/rounder/dribbling? Wasn’t it amazing?’ No I hadn’t seen it, even though I’d been paying close attention. Susannah Constantine (pictured) details having eye surgery, after being unexpectedly diagnosed with cataracts aged 55 But I’d say: ‘Yes, darling. Magnificent!’ Lies. At the opticians I felt rage and resentment … [Read more...] about My panic as I realised I was going BLIND at 50: SUSANNAH CONSTANTINE shares the terrifying drama as she fought to save her sight
No one in Oli Khan’s family had ever lived in Scotland, or anywhere near it. But when, aged 23, Khan first set eyes on Linlithgow, a modest West Lothian town near Falkirk, he saw a prize greater than home. He saw opportunity. This chilly Scottish town – whose name means “lake in the damp hollow” – was the perfect place, Khan decided, to set up a curry house: it had a decent sized population, around 9,000 people, but no Indian restaurant. With help from his brother-in-law, who was in the restaurant trade in Birmingham, he opened his curry house in 1995 and named it Kismet – destiny. Khan’s father, who arrived in Britain from Bangladesh as a waiter in 1962, had taught him that there was good money to be made in selling curry to the British, if you could adapt it to their taste for predictable sauces on a sliding scale of heat (mild korma, medium Madras, fiery vindaloo). For thousands of Bangladeshi immigrants in the 60s and 70s, working in … [Read more...] about Who killed the great British curry house?
Hippies in a slate quarry in Wales are celebrating four decades of green revolution this weekend, having transformed the character of a local town, pioneered new energy technologies and constructed a water-powered railway. The Centre for Alternative Technology (Cat) near Machynlleth also created hundreds of jobs and a tourist attraction that draws in around 70,000 visitors a year. Many of the radical ideas from the centre in mid-Wales are now thoroughly mainstream. Alternative technologies are no longer alternative, as the world seeks to tackle climate change and diversify energy supplies. But the centre’s original aim to democratise technology remains unfulfilled, and there is a realisation that its mission is far from complete. Its radical recipes for achieving a zero-carbon Britain remain unpalatable to politicians and the public. The pioneers of Cat were inspired by the Club of Rome’s 1972 warning of dwindling resources in an over-populated world. They took over the … [Read more...] about Turning a slate quarry green: 40 years of Centre for Alternative Technology
Strong British prime ministers, such as Margaret Thatcher, Harold Macmillan and Tony Blair – to the frustration of Whitehall and the Foreign Office – frequently commandeered UK foreign policy, leading to inevitable inquests about the mistakes made owing to either secretive or informal policy-making. David Cameron tried to rectify the danger of disjointed government by establishing the National Security Council, a formalisation of the Whitehall foreign policy process. But ever since Theresa May became prime minister, and all foreign policy oxygen was sucked up by Brexit, a new problem has emerged – the absence of a strong No 10 hand on the wider foreign-policy tiller. It has left two Eurosceptics, the foreign secretary Boris Johnson, and the international development secretary, Priti Patel, with an unusual amount of latitude. Patel has filled the void with her own freelance policy towards the Middle East while Johnson has struggled to grip a coherent foreign policy. … [Read more...] about Foreign policy mistakes betray lack of a firm hand at No 10