Johanna, 27, is Britain’s top female tennis player and will be competing at Wimbledon next week. She lives in London with her boyfriend, Jackson Wade. Here, she talks us through her gruelling schedule I usually wake up at 6am. When at home, I love to cook, so I make my own breakfast, which is something like scrambled eggs with vegetables. Then I fit in some court time, between two and four hours a day, and I have lunch at 12.30 – a mix of protein, carbs and veggies. I started playing tennis when I was five and was lucky with the way I was brought up. My mum would always make me fresh fruit salad and I was the kid who would sit eating a tin of tuna or celery sticks. I have my parents to thank for raising me with good habits and these have followed me through my life – even after I discovered Nutella and gummy bears. You’ll reach a point where you feel tired, but you have to keep pushing and tolerating that uncomfortable feeling As well as … [Read more...] about A day in the life of Johanna Konta, Britain’s top female tennis player
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The great 10th century Iraqi poet Abu Tayyib al-Mutanabbi once lived, O fated city, in the Emirate of Aleppo. He even led a revolt in Syria which was – familiar stuff, this – put down with great ruthlessness. Al-Mutanabbi actually spent two years in prison before reconciling himself to his loss and was subsequently released. Most Arab children in Syria can quote the man by heart and one of their favourite poems begins with these words: When you see the teeth of a lion, Don’t think that the lion is smiling at you. Read more The search for truth in the rubble of Douma I was reminded of this lion while clambering through the ruins on the side of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre in the Damascus suburb of Barzeh last week. This was the centre – now famous from so many satellite pictures – destroyed by Donald Trump’s missiles when they struck at “the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons programme”. Did they? Anything with a … [Read more...] about What mysteries lie in the ruins of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre in Damascus?
1 The title said “Real”, and the opening moments promised us “candid… unprecedented… exclusive… access”, which was being brought to we lucky viewers “for the first time”. This was “Camilla as you’ve never seen her before.” You can guess what’s coming: The Real Camilla: HRH the Duchess of Cornwall (ITV) was only revelatory if you had literally never seen her before. It was “real” inasmuch as the footage of Camilla it contained certainly appeared to be pictures of the Duchess of Cornwall filmed at various charity functions last year. Other than that, this 70th birthday celebration was precisely a puff piece with about as much bite as a desiccated mollusc. Its access was so intimate that it never once managed to get Camilla on her own for interview. It was wholly reliant on biographers, royal watchers and friends for some exclusive speculation and platitudes. As usual, whatever new news it … [Read more...] about The Real Camilla: HRH the Duchess of Cornwall was only revelatory if you had never seen her before: review
Barbara Bush, who has died aged 92, was never quite what she seemed. The image of her etched in American minds is of everybody’s dream grandmother: unaffected, devoted to her family to the exclusion of all else, in her own words “the nester” – about as far from politics as the wife of one president, and the mother of another, could get. The image was artfully cultivated by such devices as 1990’s Millie’s Book, a first-person account of life in the White House from the perspective of the Bush family dog. But the reality was rather different. Read more Nancy Reagan: Actress who helped shape Ronald Reagan’s presidency Within the Bush dynasty, she was the uncontested matriarch. Behind the halo of permed white hair and the signature multi-strand artificial pearl necklace lurked a tough mind, a cutting tongue and a domestic political grasp on occasion more acute than that of her sometimes out-of-touch husband. She passed on … [Read more...] about Barbara Bush: Remembering the matriarch of most powerful US first family in recent times
PORTRAITS of the three Western leaders who launched air strikes on Syria were burned in Crimea. Photographs of Theresa May, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron were set on fire in the main square of Simferpol, which was annexed by Vladimir Putin in 2014. Ruslan Balbek, who represents the region in the Russian parliament, said: "About 50 people took part in this action by Crimean youth. "The aggressive politics of the West against the Syrian nation, a sovereign state, is not acceptable. "But unfortunately, today international law is completely ripped up. "It is replaced by the domination of only one opinion, the will of the West." Eivaz Umerov, head of Crimean Tatar organisation, said the three politicians "will go to hell for what they did". A Crimea News agency report said: "Crimeans consider this attack of the Western coalition on Syria to be a true crime committed against UN rules. MOST READ WORLD NEWSTROLL-IN-CHIEF Inside world of billionaire accused of financing Putin's troll … [Read more...] about Portraits of Theresa May, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron burned in disputed Russian region of Crimea over Syria air strikes