Indeed, she’s been a source of constant amusement and affection during the lockdown, keeping us both busy with her ceaseless demands for walks, and her tireless enthusiasm for chasing (and losing) tennis balls and tearing the stuffing out of her squeaky toys. That’s not to mention her hilarious run-arounds with the neighbours’ beautiful Bengal cat, which towers over her and wins all their disputes about territorial rights to our garden. … [Read more...] about TOM UTLEY: I thought our four sons would break the bank – until we got Minnie, the four-legged light of our lives
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The 17-year-old said: 'Last year I couldn't attend college a lot due to anxiety and mental health issues but any time I did a mock or a piece of work I'd still get a D, a C or a B. The Ds that I did get had been improved to a B and a C at the end of the year, and my predicted at the end of the year was a B-B-B. … [Read more...] about Despair and delight of UK’s Covid exam generation: From the young carer robbed of a university place to twins who scored identical A*s and are now off to Oxford
Unless someone in your family is vulnerable or shielding, a parent who doesn't want their child to go to school is a parent with too much time and money, and too little brain. You're demanding that your child is as stupid as you are, and wasting your taxes to boot. … [Read more...] about Of course children should go back to school. Boris Johnson should do the same
"If just a fraction of the people who usually catch the bus or train get into a car these traffic levels will quickly result in gridlock and a pollution spike, so it's crucial local authorities help people make local journeys on foot and by bike." … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Get cars off the road, government urged
When the history of British policing is discussed, few tend to dwell on the inaugural speech of the last commissioner of the Metropolitan police, Sir Paul Stephenson. But it is discussed in one significant regard, and not much to his credit. In 2009, many longed for the commissioner to show that the Met would lead the way in terms of diversity in British policing. But they found his imperatives different. His predecessor Sir Ian, now Lord, Blair was dogged in office and finally hounded from it by sections of the media and the political establishment who branded him the PC commissioner: less interested in coppering than liberal politics. As Sir Paul set out his stall, he seemed determined to define himself against the supposed deficiencies of his predecessor. I am, he said, moving away from the approach of "identifying diversity as an end in its own right". … [Read more...] about Why are there so few top black British police officers?