In his capacity as a newspaper editor, the former chancellor George Osborne last week commissioned a special back page of London’s Evening Standard emblazoned with the slogan “London stands together”. God knows, in times as dreadful as these our capital city could do with as much solidarity and mutual care as it can get. But I also wonder about the infamous speech he made in 2012, all cheap misanthropy and cynicism: “Where is the fairness, we ask, for the shift worker, leaving home in the dark hours of the early morning, who looks up at the closed blinds of their next-door neighbour sleeping off a life on benefits?” While imploring the young and strong to stay in their homes in the interests of the old, infirm and vulnerable, we now want those same neighbours to be embracing their common humanity, and checking on each other’s welfare. We had better hope they will. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus means we really are, finally, all in this together
Wimbledon final 2014
Kohei Horikoshi’s breakout hit My Hero Academia has been on the tip of every manga fan tongues since it launched in 2014. Gaining huge popularity overseas in the US and UK the superhero sensation has spun off into games, novels, and the anime which is currently airing its fourth season. Following the success of the first film My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, Heroes: Rising looks to increase the already huge fan base. … [Read more...] about My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising review – anime is “heartfelt story of heroism”
Health impacts are widely touted: people can get more exposure to sunlight through the summer DST months, boosting their vitamin D levels. But critics argue that disruption to circadian rhythms (sleep patterns) can negatively impact on human health. Studies have found that the risk of having a heart attack increases in the first three weekdays after switching to DST in the spring. … [Read more...] about When do the clocks change around the world? And why?
Cameroon’s World Cup campaign was magnificent and no more so than on day one when in beating Argentina 1-0 at San Siro they pulled off arguably the greatest upset in World Cup history and one that put African football on the map. Before then teams from the continent had been dismissed and derided, with Zaire’s farcical display at the 1974 tournament, particularly at free-kicks, doing much to shape opinions. Cameroon were not expected to change that given they arrived in Italy as a squad largely made up of journeymen from France’s lower divisions who were in poor form and riven by division. There was no doubt – they were going to be blown away, and especially so by the reigning champions. But on a warm Milan evening, Cameroon torched the odds. … [Read more...] about My favourite game: Argentina v Cameroon, 1990 World Cup
“It’s important to let people know how serious this pandemic is but also to give everyone a little hope that it won’t be forever and they will get all the support they need.” … [Read more...] about UK coronavirus home lockdown must last until JUNE and keep social distancing for ‘many months’, top health chief warns