‘How to talk about it? That’s been a struggle from the start.” Jeff Edwards, 58, pauses and shifts his weight in the armchair. We’re sitting in the front room of his house in Aberfan where for the past hour Jeff has been describing for me some of the difficulties experienced by the village in trying to negotiate the ongoing tightrope between memorial and healing, between sharing and silence, in the wake of the disaster that befell them 50 years ago. “Personally I found speaking about it better for me,” he continues, “in terms of my recovery. But other people, well, they just cannot speak about it at all.” It was the last Friday before half term – 21 October 1966 – and, like hundreds of other children across Aberfan, Jeff set off for school that day looking forward to the holiday ahead of him. School would finish early, at midday, after which lay the promise of a whole week of playing with his friends in the orchards and farmed … [Read more...] about Aberfan 50 years on: how best to remember the tragedy?
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Original EastEnders star Alexandra 'Sandy' Ratcliff died aged 70 after overdosing on morphine while suffering from two terminal lung conditions, an inquest heard today. Ratcliff, who played the much-loved character Sue Osman in the soap before falling from the public eye, died at a care home in Stoke Newington, North London. Appearing as Osman from the first episode of the BBC soap in 1985 until 1989, she took on a number of tough storylines including when she lost her baby to cot death syndrome before divorcing her husband, Ali, soon after. Alexandra 'Sandy' Ratcliff (left, in an undated image), who played much-loved character Sue Osman in the soap, (right, with her husband Ali) was found dead in a North London care home This prompted a years-long exploration of mental health on the popular show as Sue struggled with the grieving process, depression and the breakdown of her marriage. But off screen, she struggled with heroin addiction for about 20 years, an inquest at Poplar … [Read more...] about Original EastEnders cast member Sandy Ratcliff, 70, died from an accidental overdose alone in her care home, inquest hears
Rebekah Vardy looked emotional as she was supported by husband Jamie at a friend's wedding in Leicester on Monday, amid her ongoing war with Coleen Rooney. The pregnant WAG, 37, appeared tense as she climbed out of a car and was shielded from the rain by a minder, with footballer Jamie, 32, wrapping an arm around her as they entered the venue. Rebekah has recently returned to the UK from Dubai after being accused by Coleen of leaking stories about her to The Sun newspaper, which the expectant I'm A Celebrity star has fiercely denied. Drama: Rebekah Vardy looked emotional as she attended a friend's wedding in Leicester on Monday, amid her ongoing war with Coleen Rooney There for you: The star's husband, footballer Jamie Vardy, 32, appeared to wrap an arm around his wife as they walked into the venue. Appearing to fight back tears as she arrived, Rebekah failed to raise a smile as she spoke with Jamie briefly before hurrying away from the car park. The … [Read more...] about PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Pregnant Rebekah Vardy looks emotional as she is supported by husband Jamie at a friend’s wedding in Leicester… after jetting back to the UK in tears amid WAG war with Coleen Rooney
He's been focusing on his solo music career, since One Direction went on 'hiatus' almost four years ago. And in The Daily Telegraph's Stellar magazine on Sunday, Louis Tomlinson said he will 'definitely' be going on tour in Australia next year, for debut album Walls. The 27-year-old also revealed what he misses most about his days in the pop band. 'It's a no-brainer': One Direction's Louis Tomlinson (pictured), 27, told Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph on Sunday, that he's touring Australia next year. Pictured in June 'What's a no-brainer is I'll definitely be coming to Australia. I think that's going to be the middle of next year,' Louis said of his upcoming Walls promotional tour. Aiming to speak directly to his fans, Louis added of the songwriting process: 'My fans already know a lot about me, but by the time they listen to the record, hopefully they'll know a bit more.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Seeing double! Australian rock … [Read more...] about ‘It’s a no-brainer’: Louis Tomlinson says he’s ‘definitely’ touring Australia next year and reveals what he misses most about One Direction
Former football agent Ricky Nixon gave all the warning signs that he wasn't quite coping with the death of his great mate Danny Frawley. When the man lovingly known as 'Spud' took his own life on September 9, those closest to him looked back and thought they too probably missed the signs. Nixon, 56, was taken to The Alfred Hospital by police for assessment from his Port Melbourne flat on Tuesday afternoon after threatening self harm. The former top player agent in the AFL and father-of-two made three Facebook posts between 5.40pm and 5.54pm on Tuesday indicating he wanted to take his own life. The first said he had broken up with his fiancee Melissa Huynh and that she had 'no idea how bad he was struggling'. Ricky Nixon (left) has been taken to hospital after making suicidal threats on social media. The former St Kilda star made three Facebook posts between 5.40pm and 5.54pm on Tuesday indicating he wanted to take his own life Kim Duthie, who was … [Read more...] about Inside story of how the death of ‘best mate’ Danny Frawley sent fallen celebrity football agent Ricky Nixon’s life spiralling into despair – ending in him being rushed to hospital