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‘The NHS turned its back on mum‘

Spending on vital care services for the elderly has been cut by a quarter per head since 2010, a analysis shows. It has left growing numbers of families struggling to get the help they need. One family caught in this trap told the about their struggles. Fifteen years ago Russell Byfield retired. He had worked hard all his life building […]

by December 14, 2019
The shop where it‘s OK to be different

The shop where it‘s OK to be different

Two brothers on the autistic spectrum were looking for work when one had the idea of opening a comic shop. It turned out to be an inspired choice. When Adam Makey told his mother that he wanted to open a comic shop, she laughed out loud. The idea seemed “ridiculous”, Angela Makey says. She knew he‘d been obsessed with comics […]

by December 14, 2019
Downton Abbey: The sole survivor of a stately home air disaster

Downton Abbey: The sole survivor of a stately home air disaster

Highclere Castle is the setting for the blockbuster TV series Downton Abbey, but the English stately home has had its share of real-life drama. During World War Two its grounds were the scene of several plane crashes – including one from which a single airman would miraculously survive. Disorientated and barely conscious, Technical Sgt Leonard J Nitti was found slumped […]

by December 14, 2019
Is the ‘pooch pound‘ out of control?

Is the ‘pooch pound‘ out of control?

The UK‘s known as a nation of dog lovers, but with ever more opportunities to spoil our best friends, is the “pooch pound” getting out of control? “Living the life of a wealthy, middle-class dog must be wonderful. If I‘m reincarnated I hope it‘s as that.” Victoire Frencia is a 25-year-old living in London and working in marketing. She‘s talking […]

by December 14, 2019
Carl Beech: Accuser of ‘VIP paedophile ring‘ named

Carl Beech: Accuser of ‘VIP paedophile ring‘ named

A man who claimed he was the victim of an alleged VIP paedophile ring can now be named as Carl Beech. A judge at Newcastle Crown Court has lifted an order barring publication of his name. He had previously been known by the pseudonym Nick. Mr Beech, who is 50, has been charged with 12 counts of perverting the course […]

by December 14, 2019