"And so that he will forever remember me as I always was, before I get out of the car I make a superhuman effort to swallow my tears, and give him my last, fleeting kiss, the last of my radiant smiles, my last couple of affectionate pats, and a look that can only offer him all those simple things that Billie Holiday's dreamy voice sang in I'll Be Seeing You." … [Read more...] about Real story behind Loving Pablo – Cocaine king’s secret lover reveals reality of life with cartel boss
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The Labour opposition chuntered that the terms of membership were poor. Ted Heath, the Tory prime minister who had negotiated entry, was absent abroad at a funeral. Pyrotechnics were conspicuous by their absence. Under the headline “We’re in – but without the fireworks”, the Guardian reported: “Britain passed peacefully into Europe at midnight last night without any special celebration. It was difficult to tell that anything of importance had occurred, and a date which will be entered in the history books as long as histories of Britain are written, was taken by most people as a matter of course.” An opinion poll suggested that 38% of the public were happy to embark on what Mr Heath described as a great adventure, 39% were upset and 23% had no feeling either way. … [Read more...] about There is triumph as well as tragedy in the story of Britain and Europe
Maudling - like Macleod and Enoch Powell - began his real political life as part of the Conservatives' Opposition Secretariat, which was set up under Winston Churchill's leadership but without much enthusiasm from the great man. Maudling was secretary of the group, which wrote the Tories' Industrial Charter, an attempt to move the party into the 20th century by accepting some of the economic prescription (including public ownership) that had been worked out by the Labour government. Maudling told me that, when he drafted a passage on the subject for the leader's conference speech, Churchill told him: "I don't believe a word of it." Nevertheless he read out Maudling's draft to the appreciative, if bemused, party delegates. … [Read more...] about Tory story
I had to put on a striped dress and wooden clogs, no socks, nothing else. They cut off my beautiful plaits and threw them into a pile with the rest of the hair, and then shaved me bald. I was given a tattoo, No 26877, on my left arm. It was 3 November, and as I discovered later we were the first transport in which people were not automatically sent to the gas chambers. Maybe the system was already starting to break down. In any case, I was told not to cry “because a tattoo means you’ll live”. I remember a female guard coming up to me and bending down: “You are 16, and under no circumstances do you let it be known that you are younger than that,” and then she was gone. She was really strict, but she probably saved my life. Later, I realised 16 was the age at which they considered you capable of being able to work. My job was to haul heavy stones and to clean munitions. During the daily so-called Zählappeln – the roll-calls – I recall how my … [Read more...] about ‘I see it as a chance to finally say goodbye’: Auschwitz survivors tell their stories
There is a suspicious lack of diversity in literary fiction and non-fiction, and, perhaps most of all, in commercial fiction. And the same is true in publishing houses, where things are improving but not fast enough. The noise that #diversedecember is making is certainly helping. But here are six things that every publisher should be doing now. First, pay all interns and junior staff a living wage. If people aren’t paid, only those whose mums and dads can help out can work. Second, look hard at conscious and, even more, unconscious bias in recruitment. There are simple steps to take to make sure that unknown prejudices aren’t creeping into the selection process. There are lots of great schemes out there but let me plug much the best operation around: Rare Recruitment, a specialist recruiter who “connects exceptional people from diverse backgrounds with great jobs in top organisations”. In fact, the media should be on to this – publishers are bad, but none … [Read more...] about How do we stop UK publishing being so posh and white?