When kids go back to school there is more needed than just uniform and shoes. Pencil cases, stationary, bags, watter bottles and more are considered essentials. But what if your children had all these items last year. Do they automatically need new ones? One mum has been labelled 'mean' by her kids after she refused to buy them new things that they'd already got. Posting to the popular Mumsnet "Am I Being Unreasonable" thread online, the mum said that her kids say she is being mean as it's a given that everyone has new school essentials. She wrote: "My kids think I'm being unreasonable. "I've replaced some clothes that they've outgrown or worn out last year, but lots of things still fit and are wearable. "I got them lunch bags during the summer term last year, so they are nearly new. Their water bottles and book bags from the last year are still fine. "Does everyone really completely replace all their kids school stuff every single year? "My kids are determined that all of their … [Read more...] about Kids say mum’s ‘mean’ after she refuses to buy new uniform
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SYLVIA Plath's The Bell Jar has gone down in history as a novel that was light-years ahead of its time. The only novel written by the troubled poet before her untimely death in 1963, The Bell Jar follows its young female heroine as she struggles with mental illness and many literary critics argue that it provides readers with insight into Sylvia's own depressive episodes. What is the book's meaning? Although The Bell Jar is not an autobiographical work, there are many parallels between Sylvia and her heroine Esther Greenwood. In the novel, Esther embarks on a summer internship at a best-selling women's magazine in New York City just as Sylvia did at Mademoiselle magazine in 1953. The harrowing work follows Esther as she plummets into depression while trying to forge her own identity at a time when women were expected to become mere housewives and mothers. The book also mirrors Sylvia's own experience with electroshock therapy which involved sending mental health patients … [Read more...] about What are The Bell Jar’s key quotes, what’s the book’s meaning and when did Sylvia Plath write it?
The Duke of Richmond has put Honda’s Mean Mower V2 to work to help prepare for the Goodwood Festival of Speed Before the Mean Mower sets off to reclaim the world land speed record for a lawnmower later this year, the Duke tasked it with cutting the grass of his famous estate.With the Festival grounds prepped, the Mean Mower V2's next task was to make its public debut and tackle the famous hill.Experienced racing and stunt driver Jess Hawkins, currently appearing in Fast & Furious Live, will be at the wheel as it undergoes final preparations before its world record run.The original Mean Mower broke the world lawnmower speed record in 2014 hitting 116.575mph but that’s since been surpassed.The new model is estimated to be capable of 150mph thanks to its 999cc four-cylinder engine from a CBR1000RR Fireblade delivering 189bhp - double the power of the original.Celebrating 40 years of Honda making lawnmowers, the Mean Mower V2 has been built by Team Dynamics – the … [Read more...] about Honda’s Mean Mower V2 mows the Duke’s lawns for Festival of Speed
WHILE some emojis are simple smiling faces, others are fancy objects and symbols - and it often seems like there's a picture for everything. Here’s everything you need to know about the tiny text images, and why you should always be careful before suggesting aubergine for dinner. Where did emojis come from? Emojis originated on Japanese mobile phones in 1998, but became popular in the 2010s when they were added to more mobile operating systems. Apple introduced it into all their IOS keyboards in 2011, and their versions are usually the most recognised. Before the text icons existed, people would use emoticons – creating facial expressions with punctuation marks such as ‘:-)’. However, now emojis can include objects, weather symbols, transport, and symbols. In 2015, the Oxford English Dictionary named Emoji (more specifically, the Face With Tears Of Joy emoji) as their word of the year. How do they differ between different operating systems? There are currently … [Read more...] about Emoji meanings explained – here’s what the aubergine and circus tent really mean and where the icons come from
A convicted fraudster pleaded guilty to stealing money from a vulnerable man at Harrogate Magistrates Court this week. Ali Bakhtiary, 30 of Franklin Mount admitted to stealing money from a man suffering from mental health issues.The second-hand goods dealer took £400 from the his vulnerable victim, to buy a television which he never delivered.The court was told that the victim’s social workers got involved after they found out what had happened but Mr Bakhtiary lied and told them time and time again over several months that the television would be delivered.Prosecuting, Marie Walsh said: “The TV was never delivered and that increased his anxiety. This defendant took advantage of his mental health difficulties.”Sentencing on November 10, magistrate Michael Jeffries said: “This was a very mean theft from a very vulnerable person.”Bakhtiary ordered to repay the £400 in compensation and sentenced to 24 weeks in custody which he will serve alongside … [Read more...] about Fraudster’s ‘mean theft’ from vulnerable Harrogate man