Introducing the Queen’s speech, AKA the beginning of the Conservative election campaign, Boris Johnson this week promised a “momentous new environment bill – a lodestar by which we will guide our country towards a cleaner and greener future”. But what is a lodestar, and can it be momentous? In middle English, “load” or “lode” had the sense of a road or path, or something that guides you down the right path. Hence a “loadstone” or “lodestone” is a stone that shows the way: a magnet, as used in a mariner’s compass. So, too, a “lodestar” is a guiding star, most often (in the northern hemisphere) the Pole or North star. Sceptics might remember that David Cameron promised to lead “the greenest government ever” before reportedly instructing aides to “get rid of all the green crap” in energy bills. Perhaps by invoking a “lodestar”, Johnson wishes to give the impression … [Read more...] about Guided by a ‘lodestar’ – what does Boris Johnson mean?
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Dr Michael Mosley answers your most burning questions Over the past 18 months, since I first began writing my Mail on Sunday column, I have covered a huge range of subjects, from the best ways to age-proof your heart, brain, joints, skin and eyes, to the latest ways to fight diabetes and rejuvenate your sex life. Where possible I try to find evidence-based alternatives to medication because I firmly believe that this is the best way to go. After all, few of us really want to be popping pills every day for the rest of our lives. In response to what I’ve written, I have received thousands of letters and emails asking a wide range of questions. Sometimes I know the answers, often I don’t. I love being challenged, and so I’ll scurry off to look up the research and make contact with a variety of experts around the world who are generous enough to share their knowledge. Often, you want to know about diet, exercise, weight loss and, of course, … [Read more...] about How can I stop forgetting my passwords? Does gum disease really cause heart attacks? DR MICHAEL MOSLEY answers your burning questions
Boxing legend Jeff Fenech has been able to watch his daughter get married despite being in hospital after life-saving surgery in Thailand. The former triple world champion, 55, was rushed to intensive care in Bangkok on October 4 after he began coughing up blood at a training camp. He was set to miss his daughter Jessica's wedding as he recovered from a five-hour operation on an infected heart valve which almost killed him. But Fenech was able to watch his daughter Jessica tie the knot in a wedding ceremony at his bedside after she and her fiance flew to Thailand. Jessica walks down the hospital corridor with her mother Suzee so Jeff Fenech is able to watch her get married Moving memories from the wedding included Jessica leaning down to kiss her father on the cheek Jessica was walked down the hospital corridor by her mother Suzee wearing a veil and short white dress suit, A Current Affair reported. Fenech's wife and three children had … [Read more...] about Boxing legend Jeff Fenech DOES get to see his daughter get married after she and her husband fly to his hospital bedside in Thailand to tie the knot
There’s a nip in the air, the nights are drawing in and soon the clocks will be going back – yes, it’s unmistakably autumn. But while we might miss the lighter nights and (very slightly!) warmer temperatures, there is some good news: it’s time to break out the knitwear. This is truly a season to look forward to, with cosy jumpers and warm wools in gorgeous colours that not only keep you toasty but looking stylish too. As the nights draw in, we can all use the change in weather to look at our Autumnal style Here, top fashion stylist Lucas Armitage talks us through the latest trends and gives his pick of JD Williams’ current autumn range: He says: 'September is a key time in fashion: everyone is editing their wardrobe, taking stock of what they have and adding key pieces. It’s a time of reinvention. 'It’s also a time to work out how to transition from summer into autumn and winter. What I’m seeing is a lot of layering - try wearing … [Read more...] about Think knitwear means shapeless? Think again! Our fashion expert shows you how to look stylish and feel fabulous this autumn
The championship was already decided but the drama had scarcely begun. Scotland, looking utterly bereft at Twickenham once again, resurrected themselves from a 31-0 deficit after half an hour to come within a few minutes of a first championship victory here since 1983. Only a try and subsequent conversion at the very end, both scored by George Ford, saved England the indignity of 36 years. The draw means Scotland retain the Calcutta Cup for the first time since they won in Edinburgh the year after that win in 1983. They have suffered horribly from injury this year but they finish, at least, on the up. England, meanwhile, finish second, the attacking kings with 24 tries and a bonus point in four out of five of their games, but this second-half collapse was a horror show. However slick their attacking game, a tendency to go missing in the very games they light up is the biggest issue for Eddie Jones to solve. Wales had exploited it in Cardiff in round three, England imploding into a … [Read more...] about England salvage Six Nations draw after Scotland’s spectacular comeback