Hong Kong police have raided a church, just hours after its pastor said HSBC had frozen bank accounts belonging to him, his wife and the church’s charity. On Tuesday the Good Neighbour North District church said officers from the financial investigations and narcotics bureau had executed a search warrant on its Kwun Tong branch, and would also search its Fanling church. Police are yet to comment, but the raid took place after the church’s pastor, Ray Chan, said the accounts had been frozen, which he described as an act of “political retaliation” by authorities for assistance provided by his church to young protesters. Hong Kong police arrested eight more opposition figures on Tuesday as their crackdown on dissent in the city continued. In an open letter to HSBC and its executives, the Good Neighbour North District church urged the bank to unfreeze the accounts of pastor Chan, his wife and the church’s charity. The church said the HSBC accounts were their … [Read more...] about Hong Kong police raid church hours after pastor said HSBC froze accounts
Religion in the middle ages
Reeling from a failed engagement on the long boat home to England from India in 1938, Mary Oliver had a brainwave. She had cancelled her wedding just weeks before the ceremony after realising she had simply nothing in common with the man she was about to marry. Clearly, finding the perfect match couldn't always be left to chance. What she, and others just like her, needed was help. That flash of inspiration was to lead to Britain's first dating agency, the Marriage Bureau. While matchmaking sites may be common today, with around a third of new couples meeting digitally, in the 1930s the idea of paying a stranger to find you a soulmate was alien. Yet the Marriage Bureau, set up in London in April 1939 by Mary (a pseudonym for Audrey Parsons, to spare her family's blushes) and her aristocratic friend Heather Jenner, was an instant success — despite another war looming. World War I and the Spanish Flu had left Britain with an excess of two million unmarried women, yet until … [Read more...] about The women who match made Britain: From society girls in search of a husband to VERY choosy hunks, a delicious memoir about the first UK dating agency tells all
The police phone call to Margaret Nelson came one Monday morning around breakfast time. It was as unexpected as it was unwelcome. An officer from Suffolk police was investigating an anonymous tip that the pensioner had committed a hate crime by posting on Twitter her personal view that you die the same sex as you are born. The force later dropped their inquiries — apologising and saying they 'got it wrong'. Yet controversy surrounding this 76-year-old former teacher did not end with that police call two years ago. An officer from Suffolk police was investigating an anonymous tip that the pensioner had committed a hate crime by posting on Twitter her personal view that you die the same sex as you are born She is at the centre of a fresh Twitter brouhaha because British soft drinks giant Innocent took umbrage over her tweets too. The new complaint against Margaret originated from an anonymous person — just as the original one did: a Twitter user called only … [Read more...] about Why NO ONE is safe from the woke warriors trying to stamp out free speech: SUE REID reveals the pensioner publicly shamed by a drinks giant and an Asda worker who lost his job sharing a Billy Connolly skit. So are you next?
C eridwen Dovey has published to acclaim both fiction (Blood Kin, Only the Animals, In the Garden of the Fugitives), and non-fiction (Writers on Writers: On JM Coetzee and Inner Worlds Outer Spaces: The Working Lives of Others). She moves easily between the parameters of the two forms. Life After Truth is a marked departure from these previous works in terms of tone, style and content. It was inspired by a passage in her youth when she was a scholarship student at Harvard and the subsequent emotional ructions following a reunion there years later. The novel begins with the Harvard class of 2003 and an anniversary report of five of its alumni 15 years later. Dovey assembles them in middle-adult form, wearing the fancy accoutrements of their achievements. There’s Jomo, now the director of Gem Acquisitions, a purveyor of luxury jewellery. Jules, a famous actress; Eloise, a professor of hedonics (the science of happiness and pleasure), and Mariam and Rowan, a married couple with two … [Read more...] about Life After Truth by Ceridwen Dovey review – lifestyles of the remarkably privileged
Survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) have spoken out about their horrifying and painful experiences in the hope their stories will prevent it from happening to others. Performing FGM, also known as female circumcision or cutting, as well as taking girls abroad for it is illegal in the UK but more than 6,400 women and girls were affected from April 2018 - March 2019 in England, NHS Digital figures show. Since the pandemic, the numbers of women and girls being referred to the NHS with FGM has dropped. Reports of physical abuse of children up 53% during lockdown - with older kids more at risk As the practice is so secretive it is not known whether that is because it is still happening but as schools are closed teachers cannot pick up on it, or whether the lack of overseas travel means it is happening less as girls are often taken abroad for it. FGM is not required by any religion but many communities from Africa, the Middle East and Indonesia believe … [Read more...] about FGM: Survivors tell their stories as female circumcision referrals drop during pandemic