HAVE you noticed something is up? A lump or bump that wasn’t there a few weeks ago, or maybe you’ve suddenly lost weight despite not really trying. Have you been to see your GP, or at least called for a phone consultation? If the answer to that question is ‘no’, then book an appointment right now. If you have noticed a symptom that could be cancer it is vital you see a doctor, and fast. What’s really worrying is that since the start of the Covid pandemic thousands of people have delayed seeing their GP. There are lots of reasons why, from a fear of catching Covid to not wanting to heap more pressure on the NHS. What matters is people just book an appointment and get any worrying signs or changes checked. Cancer is the forgotten 'C' Cancer hasn’t gone anywhere just because Covid is around. This isn't the first time I have made this plea, I’ve been banging on about it for the last year. I might as well have ‘Check your body, go to the GP and catch cancer … [Read more...] about Thousands have ignored cancer symptoms in Covid lockdown – are YOU one of them?
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NUMB with grief, Voletta Wallace looked out at the crowds lining the streets of Brooklyn to pay their respects to her son, Christopher - but didn’t shed a tear. The single mother had just buried her only child - known to the world as the Notorious B.I.G - after his tragic death at the age of 24. But, as she reveals in the new Netflix documentary Biggie: I Have A Story To Tell, it was not until she heard his album, prophetically named Life After Death, that she was able to cry. “Coming from that funeral I felt I was in a dream,” she says. “I wasn’t crying. That day it was just too heavy. I never shed a tear. I didn’t have any. “I saw the crowd. And thought ‘Oh my God, this kid was well loved. That’s when I saw the love.’ “It only really hit me when I listened [to his album]. I only listened to his album once, I didn’t want to listen twice. Then the tears came.” With exclusive access to family and childhood friends, the documentary looks at the life of B.I.G, … [Read more...] about Biggie Smalls’ mother reveals why she didn’t cry at his funeral as Netflix doc charts his rise from drug dealing teen
It was 3am when Amanda Barrie was woken by her landline ringing. She knew a call at that time is hardly ever good news. Half awake she answered, relieved but bemused to hear the excitable voice on the other end. “We have worked together before,” exclaimed a delighted Johnny Briggs. “I’ve just seen us!” This was the late Eighties, and just a few years into what would be Mike and Alma Baldwin’s 20-year love story, the pair were already one of the nation’s favourite Coronation Street couples. Off-screen, Johnny relied just as much on charisma and cheeky-chappy charm to get him out of scrapes as his alter ego. Scrapes such as ringing his co-star in the middle of the night to report they had unknowingly been in the same film – Doctors in Distress – in 1963. It makes Amanda laugh even now. “I said to him, ‘What are you talking about? It’s three o’clock in the morning!’. But he’d just seen the film on TV, and decided to phone me right then to tell me,” recalls Amanda. “But … [Read more...] about Amanda Barrie pays tribute to ‘naughty’ on-screen Corrie husband Johnny Briggs
Wall Street shares rallied on Wednesday as investors took positives from the prospect of gridlock in Washington after the US election. New York's Dow Jones closed 1.3% up while the S&P 500 climbed 2.2% and the Nasdaq was ahead by 3.8%. Big tech firms such as Facebook, Amazon and Alphabet - owner of Google - were among the major winners after the prospects of a Democrat "blue wave" taking both the White House and the Senate receded. Live updates as US election results unfold Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player The economic arguments as the US votes Investors were betting that meant a lower likelihood of tax increases or tighter regulations that could prove costly to some of America's biggest companies. Advertisement That was enough to rally Wall Street despite the fact that, on the other hand, a divided Washington would make it harder for legislators to agree on a fresh tranche of stimulus that many … [Read more...] about US election 2020: Wall Street shares rally as ‘blue wave’ prospects fade
On average, female friendships last 16 years, which is six years longer than the average romantic relationship, so it comes as no surprise that whether good or bad, friendships have a significant impact on our mental health. Life is too short to have unsupportive or manipulative friends. They might judge you, gossip behind your back or even compete with you. You might not even realise that a relationship has turned toxic or unhealthy. Sometimes we accept emotional abuse from a friend in a way we never would a romantic partner. Toxic friendships are hugely detrimental to our lives and confidence so you need to register the signs early on to be able to nip them in the bud. It is vital to your happiness and wellbeing to walk away from a toxic friendship before it meta-sizes. Scarlett V Clark, founder of the Smart Girl Tribe, says 'toxic friendships are hugely detrimental to our lives and confidence so you need to register the signs early on to be able to nip them in the … [Read more...] about Is YOUR best friend toxic? Take the quiz to reveal the warning signs of a manipulative and controlling relationship