Some time after midday on Sunday 18 August 2013, a young Egyptian film-maker called Mohamed el-Deeb made his last will and testament. It was an informal process. Deeb had no paper on which to sign his name and there was no lawyer present. He simply turned to the man handcuffed next to him and outlined which debts to settle if he should die, and what to say to his mother about the circumstances of his death. Deeb had good reason to fear for his life. He was among 45 prisoners squashed into the back of a tiny, sweltering police truck parked in the forecourt of Abu Zaabal prison, just north-east of Cairo. They had been in the truck for more than six hours. The temperature outside was over 31C, and inside would have been far hotter. There was no space to stand and the prisoners had had almost nothing to drink. Some had wrung out their sweat-drenched shirts and drunk the drops of moisture. Many were now unconscious. Most of the men inside that van were supporters of Mohamed Morsi, … [Read more...] about How did 37 prisoners come to die at Cairo prison Abu Zaabal?
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CHRISTMAS is almost here, but shoppers who might be planning a last-minute food run will need to know what time supermarkets are open. Everyone deserves a rest over the holidays, and most big-name brands change their hours so workers can enjoy some much-needed time off. But it does mean customers will need to plan their festive trips carefully so they don't miss out on food or final presents. Most stores across the UK will be shut on December 25, but hours will vary shop to shop on the days surrounding Christmas. We've rounded up the Christmas and New Year opening hours so you can plan ahead. Here's what you can expect.When is Aldi open over Christmas and New Year? Aldi shoppers will find the opening times of their favourite store will change slightly from December 24. Click here to find where your nearest Aldi is. There are 830 branches in the UK so be sure to check your local's opening hours before heading down. What are Aldi's opening hours for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Most … [Read more...] about Christmas and New Year supermarket opening hours for Tesco, Lidl, Asda, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons
MANY of us are not putting enough away for a rainy day. One in three has less than £1,500 squirreled away, while 15 per cent have no savings at all, according to a study by comparison site finder.com. But using an app could be the key to speedy money-saving. Hopefully these ideas can put you on the track to financial ’appiness . . . SUBSCRIPTION SAVING: The average person wastes £640 a year on unwanted subscriptions, recent figures show. The Free Trial Surfing feature on the DoNotPay app works by automatically cancelling your subscription once your free trial comes to an end, thanks to an algorithm. The app is currently only available for iPhone users, but there are plans to launch an Android and web version in the future too, so it might be worth keeping an eye on. Another simple way to do it is to use your phone’s calendar app and set alerts for the end of trial day, I do this a lot. SUPER SAVING: One of the new features if you get a Monzo card … [Read more...] about Boost your rainy day savings digitally with these top cash-saving tips — plus win £50k on the Sun Savers Raffle
Spike Milligan, who has died aged 83 of kidney failure, was once talking about Eccles, his favourite Goon Show character. "Eccles represents the permanency of man, his ability to go through anything and survive. They are trying to get off a ship on the Amazon and lower a boat. When they get to the shore Eccles is already there. "'How did you get ashore?' "'Ho hum, I came across on that log.' "'Log... that's an alligator!' "'Ooh. I wondered why I kept getting shorter.'" That brief exchange, recognisable instantly as something only Milligan could have written, does tell us something about this troubled, gifted man, with his unique mind and puzzled pity for humanity. Jimmy Grafton, who co-wrote many of the early shows, maintained that Eccles was the nearest thing to Milligan's own id - a very simple, uncomplicated creature who doesn't want to be burdened with any responsibility and just wants to be happy and enjoy himself. Grafton added: "Spike achieved a reputation for eccentricity … [Read more...] about Spike Milligan
While warnings that the UK will soon be a cashless society may be going a bit far, it’s true that we are increasingly happy paying for anything and everything with a card or mobile phone. According to figures from UK Finance, cash accounted for just 28% of payments last year, with one in ten of us choosing to live an almost entirely cashless life. However, it would be a mistake to assume that other nations are quite so happy for everything to be paid with using a debit or credit card. While some are just as cashless as us, others are much more cash focused. And this is an important thing to think about when sorting out your holiday spending money. Do you take card? Currency exchange firm WeSwap has crunched the data to find which nations across the world are most dependent on each form of payment. Here’s how the top ten nations for card payments measure up, based on the popularity of use. Card-friendly nations WeSwap As you can see, there is a real Nordic flavour to the … [Read more...] about How much you should be tipping on holiday and where you really should carry cash