Recently I’ve been obsessing about karma. Like everyone else, I’m fearful about certain things. For example: Every time my cyclist son takes his bike out on the roads, my heart is in my mouth; ensuring all my kids reach adulthood happily; avoiding financial ruin. These irrational fears are a form of anxiety that we all have, don’t we? But I know I’m not alone in taking steps to try to focus on the good stuff. There was my gratitude diary. Each day you’re meant to jot down three good things for which you should be thankful – which is proven to make people feel happier. I started in January one year, sitting in bed each night chewing a pen and wracking my brain, self-consciously writing things I should be grateful for that day: 1. We all have our health. 2. The car didn’t run out of petrol before I made it to the petrol station. It felt contrived and was abandoned before February. I know how fortunate I am without writing it down in … [Read more...] about Counting your karma points one handbag of crystals at a time
A murderer who killed his ex's new girlfriend boasted about his "what goes around comes back around" tattoo in a series of twisted Facebook posts. Sick Andrew Burke posted a number of troubling messages on social media in the months prior to slitting Cassie Hayes's throat in January, even a petition calling for a change in the law for carrying knives. "Evil monster" Burke posted the sinister Facebook posts, repeatedly saying "what goes around comes back around", and in one Instagram on the day itself saying "too late". Every post on his page, which is still public, has been covered in comments from members of the public, calling him "deluded", "sick" and a murderer. Burke has been sentenced to a minimum of 26 years behind bars for the "cowardly act of revenge" in front of terrified children and families in a Tui travel agent in Southport, Merseyside. In a Facebook post in April 2017, twisted Burke appeared to make threats towards the couple, and said: "Thanks to everyone who … [Read more...] about ‘Monster’ who murdered travel agent bragged about ‘karma’ knuckles tattoo
Our feature on the acts of kindness experienced on our travels prompted a lot of responses, some of which are published here. Pilgrim’s progress To walk from Pershore, Worcestershire, to Rome, to follow in the steps of countless pilgrims... well, that is a special blessing. I had announced before setting off in 2010 the intention of “knocking on doors” in the hope of being offered accommodation. When I tried a door in Conches-en-Ouche, Normandy, a large woman immediately berated me for trespassing. To then ask for a bed for the night did not seem very hopeful but, in my best schoolboy French I had a go. About 20 minutes later I found myself sitting at a full dinner table with a glass of champagne singing “Happy Birthday” to Michel. Fate had decreed that I was to join a family celebrating the birthday of the woman’s husband, a rocket engineer with the Ariane European Space programme. After a sumptuous meal the men retired to … [Read more...] about The kindness of strangers: 17 times travel restored your faith in humanity
HOMEOWNERS have a right to defend their properties and are able to protect themselves in the "heat of the moment" in a home invasion. But after an elderly man was quizzed on suspicion of murder after a suspected burglar died in a confrontation between the pair in Hither Green, questions have arisen around what the law is. According to UK legislation, a person can protect themselves during a home invasion, including being allowed to use an object as a weapon. If a crime is taking place inside a person's home, they don't even need to wait to be attacked before defending themselves - able to defend themselves preemptively. Homeowners are also allowed to try to stop an intruder from running off. However, the definition of "reasonable force" can vary when it comes to homeowners stepping out to protect themselves and their properties. There is no specific definition of what amounts to reasonable force, as it depends on the situation and are considered on case by case basis. According to … [Read more...] about Acting in self defence or murder? What are the laws for defending your home from burglars?
IF you're a fan of medical dramas, ITV's Good Karma Hospital is definitely one to watch. The series has returned to our screens for more "life-affirming and optimistic" viewing - but what time is it next on, who's in the cast and what's it about? When does series two of The Good Karma Hospital start on ITV? Series two of The Good Karma hospital continues with episode three on Sunday, April 1 on ITV at 9pm. This season has seen the return of the well-meaning Doctor Lydia Fonseca played by Amanda Redman and junior doctor Ruby Walker played by Amrita Acharia. Speaking to the Radio Times ahead of the premiere, ITV commissioner Victoria Fea said: "We’re very excited about developing a second series of The Good Karma Hospital. "It’s brought the warmth, colour and vibrancy of India to our wintry Sunday nights." Viewers can catch up on the first series online at the ITV hub. Who is in the cast? Amanda Redman Amanda Redman, 59, is a BAFTA-nominated actress from Brighton, known … [Read more...] about When is The Good Karma Hospital on ITV tonight, who is in the series two cast and what’s it about?