By Ian Warelow’s own admission, his life was a train wreck fuelled by heavy drinking, gang culture and hooliganism up until the age of 25. He had a wife and kids but that did not stop him from leading a toxic lifestyle and having a disgusting attitude towards others. “I was bored with life,” Ian said. “I was a bit of a Jack the Lad and a heavy drinker. I was earning good money and had a wife and kids but I’d led a very small life. I started committing crime before I was 18 and it was out of boredom. “I was unruly, disrespectful and prone to solvent abuse and drinking. It was selfish and toxic and I ended up quite aggressive to the point where I was strangling a football manager once because he put me out of position. “Up to the age of 25 I was no different to most of the people in The Quadrant now in terms of the lifestyle I was leading but when I became a Christian my whole world was turned upside down.” Becoming a Christian Not everyone … [Read more...] about ‘I was a Jack the Lad criminal
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PUBLISHED: 23:32 15 January 2019 Jessica Hill Gabrielle James of Style Council CLARE BANKS Imagine owning more than 200 pairs of shoes, and not feeling able to part with any of them, or having so many mountains of clothes that you have to house them in a lock-up storage unit miles away from your home. Gabrielle James, from Coggeshall, has come across extreme fashion hoarders such as these, and through her business, Style Council, she has been able to persuade them to purge themselves of those pesky only-worn-once outfits lurking in the backs of wardrobes. Gabrielle also provides services as an image consultant and personal shopper, but says the wardrobe detoxing is the most popular request she gets. “People can let their wardrobe clutter spiral out of control... a most common mistake is simply having too many clothes, and not being able to know your best outfits because of this,” she says. “It’s a case of not being able to see the … [Read more...] about We find out what the job of ‘wardrobe detoxer’ really means
As soon as the train rumbles past, the men heave their home-made pushcarts back onto the tracks and passengers hop aboard -- cheating death and beating Manila's notorious traffic. Scores of commuters in the city of about 12 million are propelled to their destinations daily by so-called "trolley boys" pushing metal carts that ply a few segments of the sprawling capital's railroads. Passengers save time and money -- paying just 10 pesos (20 US cents) a trip -- but must face the constant risk of being crushed by a passing locomotive if they or the trolley boys don't move fast enough. "Our job here is very dangerous, you need to know what time the train will pass by," said 57-year-old Rene Vargas Almeria, who has been at it for nearly 20 years. Commuter trains travel nearly two dozen times a day along this 1.2-kilometre (one-mile) stretch of rail in the Santa Mesa district, where authorities grudgingly tolerate the carts due to their popularity. The trolley boys also ply a few other … [Read more...] about Dodging traffic, and death, on Manila’s railway carts
NORAK, Tajikistan -- As dusk falls, when most of the townsfolk are deserting the streets and heading home for dinner, Olimshoh Khudoynazarov is preparing for watch duty. He slips on a red armband and affixes a badge identifying him as a member of Norak's "Volunteer Patrol," a makeshift line of defense against extremism for the south-central Tajik town of just over 50,000. "Each night, a group of eight men watch Norak's streets to help the police keep law and order," the 52-year-old says of the 250-strong band of state-backed vigilantes. Many have backgrounds as police or other security bodies, and initially helped authorities maintain the peace until 10 p.m. But their roles and numbers expanded after four foreign cyclists were killed and two others injured when they were mowed down in a vehicular attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group in July. "Now we stay until midnight and beyond, sometimes till 2 a.m.," Khudoynazarov says. "Many things have changed since summer." Dim … [Read more...] about Deserted Streets, Anxious Parents: The Tajik Town That Spawned The Cyclists Attack
THOMAS MANCH Last updated 09:40, August 30 2018 ROSS GIBLIN/STUFF Nory Mosquera Daza, second left, and her family compare the life of danger they once faced in Colombia with the security and friendliness of New Zealand. When Nory Mosquera Daza speaks of her job at a Wellington food manufacturer, where she arrives before her 7am start to set up the day's ingredients, her hands dance in tandem as she mimes operating two machines at once.The job is a joy for the Colombian refugee, but it's more than an offer of a better life. For Mosquera Daza and her children – four of the 5.7 million displaced by 60 years of civil war – it's part of an answer to a question: how they will contribute?Eldest daughter Leidy, 25, is studying English and has in mind a postgraduate degree in human resources as she scans groceries part-time. ROSS … [Read more...] about The cost and value of refugees: are we ready to take on more from troubled lands?