The people who won, meanwhile, are happy the 50p is even happening in the first place, because it’s the only physical token of Brexit that actually exists. For over three years Brexit has been a concept in the air, a 55-comment Facebook status, a surefire pub argument, but it hasn’t actually been anything because it hasn’t happened. Is a clear and intelligible relationship with Europe sorted? No. Are we any closer to the Island of Utopia Brexit promises? Not really. But in getting sucked into a culture war over a coin, both Remainiacs and Brexiteers create the illusion of Brexit being “done” in a single moment on Friday, when, really, it isn’t. It’s almost like a test administered by some experimental arm of the government: after three years, here’s a low circulation coin. Your emotional reaction to it reveals your true feelings about Europe. … [Read more...] about A nation divided over a 50p. Is this the most Brexit Britain thing ever?
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Many people find that a short period of celibacy is enough, but others make it a way of life. Shirley Yanez gave up sex in 2005, after serious health problems led to a hysterectomy. She also experienced financial difficulties, which kicked off a period of self-reflection and a career change. “I wasn’t able to have sex for a year after my operation. But I came to realise that I would rather focus my energy elsewhere in life,” she says. “The best part of being celibate is there are no distractions. I can focus fully on my passion, my purpose and my work.” In the past 15 years, she has set up a business to support British manufacturing; she also offers life-coaching services for homeless and young people. “I teach young people about the positive mental health benefits of celibacy,” she says. “I never tell them what to do, but I talk to them about the importance of making their own decisions rather than being influenced by media or peer … [Read more...] about The power of celibacy: ‘Giving up sex was a massive relief’
'Likewise, if I want to try something new, I need to first be clear on my intentions, like, "Why do I want to explore new things in the bedroom?", before telling my partners about those intentions and why I have them.' … [Read more...] about Woman who’s in a ‘throuple’ with her husband and a woman they met at yoga insists SHE was the one who persuaded her husband to welcome another person into their marriage
As part of the test, the staff employed by Atos Healthcare, the French-owned company paid £100m a year to carry out the tests on behalf of the government, ask claimants sideways questions about their life, entering the data into a computer, which uses their answers to build up a picture of their capacity to hold down a job. Questions about which television programmes a claimant regularly watches might, for example, be taken as evidence of their ability to sit and concentrate for half-hour periods, and by extension their employability, while the answer to the question "do you clean your teeth regularly?" might be used to understand both someone's manual dexterity and their mental state. Marie thinks that her admission that she reads stories to her three-year-old son (born shortly after the car accident) was taken wrongly as evidence that she was able to sit for extended periods of time. … [Read more...] about Sickness benefit: ‘They try their damnedest to avoid paying’
Rereading the collection of Gill’s Sunday Times writing, Table Talk, now – if you haven’t, stop here and go and buy it now – is to relive that glee, which sometimes ran away with itself, in cackles of metaphor, but always lasered in on some oddity or delight. The book removed the names of the restaurants Gill skewered, partly, I guess, from a sense of common humanity: nowhere ever needed kicking twice. But also, because the writing – those streams of natter about yaks, or Eminem, or vegetarians or the English (or, unforgivably, the Welsh) generally refused to be located in a particular dining room or tethered to a particular meal. The collected columns were prefaced with a series of favourite amuses bouches: … [Read more...] about OFM Awards 2017: Editor’s Award – AA Gill