THERE’s a confidence about Helen Flanagan that often comes hand in hand with baby number two. There are none of the new-mum worries she had first time round, and she’s no longer remotely bothered about the opinions of others. Her baby, her choice. Cream silk shirt, £29.99 from Mango — buy now “As long as you’re a loving mum, whatever decision you make, that’s what’s right for your baby,” says the actress, 28. “We’re all just trying our best.” Amen. She recalls an incident when she was breastfeeding her daughter Delilah, now 15 weeks, in Starbucks, which would have left her feeling vulnerable and humiliated had it happened with her eldest Matilda, now three. “A girl about my age came to sit across from me. I was feeding quite happily with my blankets and I could see her saying to her boyfriend: ‘Oh, that’s disgusting.’ She eventually got up and made a big deal of having to leave, like: … [Read more...] about Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan ‘doesn’t care if people dislike seeing her breastfeed’ as being a mum gives her purpose and ‘puts things into perspective’
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Charles Moore 11 August 2018 9:00 AM 11 August 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp President Trump has ended US participation in the Iran deal and imposed sanctions. No doubt this is annoying to the British and other Europeans who mistakenly helped devise it, but why are they — especially we — clinging to it still? Without the United States, it cannot work. Trump’s move is supported by our allies in the Middle East — Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Israel — who are constantly threatened by Iranian-backed terrorism. Inside Iran, once again (but little reported), people seeking freedom and work are protesting, yet we actively support a regime which has, for 40 years, been bitterly hostile to our interests and way of life. The EU has even gone so far as to threaten European firms which withdraw from dealings with Iran because of US sanctions with legal suits unless they have Commission authorisation. Some … [Read more...] about Why do we support the Iran regime when it is bitterly hostile to our way of life?
Women at the prayer meeting. Violetta Kryak In the 19th century, the Doukhobors in southern Russia were labeled “people of the 25th century” by writer Leo Tolstoy. In the 21st century, however, these religious dissidents struggle to preserve their way of life in rapidly modernizing Canada. “Things are changing: for example, the way that you come to Sunday school is more relaxed. When we went to Sunday school, men couldn’t wear jeans and girls always had to wear skirts and platki; there was a way to do things. That tradition might end up going by the wayside,” said Tasha Kanigan, 28, who was raised a Doukhobor and now has her own children. “I like those customs; it's a part of what makes me a Doukhobor, not just the values,” Tasha added, one of many young Doukhobors who share such sentiments. Even after more than a hundred years, their settlements are reminiscent of … [Read more...] about Why do Russia’s mysterious ‘spirit-wrestlers’ continue their struggle in Canada?
Privacy is something of a luxury in China, a land with a population of 1.4 billion. Personal space is not a concept that ordinary Chinese are familiar with. Pushing and shoving is a basic survival skill in cities. If you fail to push with fellow commuters to get on a packed underground train, you’ll be met with impatient stares. Privacy is also political: the concept of “private property” or “private space” was castigated in the Mao era as an evil of the bourgeois class – and this communist ideal is very much alive today. Throughout China, people are happy to lie down for a nap just about anywhere: in an office pantry, on a park bench, even in a museum or concert hall foyer, looking as comfortable as if the public space were their own living room. So it is a surprise to see Matti, a socially awkward Finnish cartoon character in the Finnish Nightmares comic series become something of a celebrity in China’s cyberspace. A new term in Mandarin has … [Read more...] about Why do millions of Chinese people want to be ‘spiritually Finnish’?
PARIS — I am a citizen of nowhere. Or that’s what Brexit Britain would have me, and millions of others like me, believe. I was denied the right to vote in the 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union because I had lived too long … in the European Union. Under a law passed by Tony Blair’s Labour government, people who live abroad more than 15 years lose the franchise. That’s why I’m applying to become a citizen of France, the country where I reside, and which allows its citizens to vote wherever they live, and no matter however long they’ve been abroad. I’m not seeking French citizenship in a fit of pique because I believe my countrymen made the wrong choice (although I certainly do). Nor am I motivated by material considerations like health care, tax, residence rights or property ownership. As the spouse of a French citizen, I am entitled to public health care and have the right to reside here indefinitely. I … [Read more...] about How Britain made me a citizen of nowhere