Hannah on Freddy What were you hoping for? First impressions? What did you talk about? Any awkward moments? Good table manners? Best thing about Freddy? Would you introduce him to your friends? Describe Freddy in three words? What do you think he made of you? Did you go on somewhere? And... did you kiss? If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be? Marks out of 10? Would you meet again? Freddy on Hannah What were you hoping for? First impressions? What did you talk about? Any awkward moments? Good table manners? Best thing about Hannah? Would you introduce her to your friends? Describe Hannah in three words? What do you think she made of you? Did you go on somewhere? And... did you kiss? If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be? Marks out of 10? Would you meet again? • Hannah and Freddy ate at Scarlett Green, London W1. Fancy a blind date? Email [email protected] If you’re looking to meet someone like-minded, visit … [Read more...] about Blind date: ‘I think we would have fallen in love at a festival’
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My first ever gig was at a Pontins holiday camp when I was nine. It had a talent competition and I decided to enter as a standup, with a book of jokes from which I took all of my material. A lot of the jokes seemed to have no problem playing with the stereotype of Irish people being stupid. They were incredibly racist, but the bigger crime here, comedy-wise, was that my set was entirely built on stolen material. There was a joke about a man buying a Rolls-Royce who is a bit short of cash. He goes out into the street to see if someone can lend him 10p to make up the price. He bumps into an Irish man – we know he’s Irish, because his name is Paddy. Paddy says, “Here’s 20p. Buy me one as well.” The point of that joke is that Paddy is incredibly stupid, because he’s assumed that Rolls-Royces cost 10p. I’d never even met an Irish person, but I had the clear impression that they were all thick – and the Pontins crowd seemed to agree: the joke … [Read more...] about Romesh Ranganathan: ‘I’ll stop talking about race when I stop experiencing racism’
Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper. My brother and his partner (in their early 30s) live in a one-bed flat and never host the family Christmas – they always come to us. We’ve never asked for cash before, but it’s quite a burden, given they eat and drink a lot, and stay for a week or more. How do other people handle this situation? Do you have a problem readers could solve? Email your suggestions to [email protected] or write to us at Money, the Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU. Topics Money You're the expert Christmas features Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this content … [Read more...] about Can you ask family to contribute financially at Christmas?
A London couple who were forced to cancel a trip to Uganda after their son was unexpectedly diagnosed with hepatitis have described their incredulity after InsureandGo refused their £1,440 cancellation claim because he had a pre-existing condition: teenage acne. Tom Bennett* and family say InsureandGo, one of the biggest travel insurers, used a clause buried in its terms and conditions to say that because he was being treated for the skin condition before they bought the policy, it won’t pay the cancellation claim. The trip was cancelled because of the hepatitis, which had not been diagnosed before they bought the insurance. After taking several further weeks to re-examine the case, InsureandGo told Money it stands by the decision. It said paying out “would be highly unethical and unfair to other customers”. The Bennetts had hoped to spend August on a two-week independent tour of Uganda. After making several bookings, including the flights, in June, they did the … [Read more...] about ‘The insurer won’t pay our claim because our teenager had acne’
When the Empire Windrush docked in Tilbury in 1948, it brought 802 passengers from the Caribbean. Any who returned to Jamaica after a life spent working in England and paying national insurance rightly received a UK state pension, and it went up every year. It still does for the estimated 13,000 British retirees in Jamaica. But if those from the Windrush generation returned to Antigua or St Lucia, they faced a special cruelty: their UK state pension was frozen at the level on the day they left Britain. So if they retired in the mid-1990s and are still alive, they receive a UK state pension of about £58 a week, while those who went to Jamaica pick up £129 a week. The way Britain pays state pensions to those who retire abroad is weirdly capricious. There are 134,000 retirees in the US now entitled to a UK state pension after paying their contributions here, and they enjoy annual increases. But across the border in Canada, there are 135,000 UK state pensioners – and they … [Read more...] about ‘Frozen’ pensioners need Labour largesse more than Waspi women