What’s so special about Eric?

Warren Fyfe

Eric is transforming lives in his community. As a therapy dog, he offers friendship and he is helping Karen recover after she had a stroke. Eric is one of 12 short films commissioned for Listen to Britain. Viewers in the UK can watch the programme at 21:00 on Sunday 24 September on BBC Four or [...]

The island where people eat puffins

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images The seabirds’ cute appearance is a big lure for tourists. But for inhabitants of a remote corner of Iceland, the taste of puffin is a reminder of home, writes Ros Jones. You need a strong stomach to take the boat to the Arctic island of Grimsey. When you board the ferry [...]

‘I want to get rid of my Polish accent’

Warren Fyfe

Kasha moved to the UK from Poland 27 years ago, but recently started to feel some people are hostile towards her because of the way she speaks. She’s decided she wants to get rid of her accent. Kasha’s story is featured in Accents Speak Louder Than Words, one of 12 short films commissioned for Listen [...]

Why are posts by Rohingya activists getting deleted?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Shah Hossain Image caption Shah Hossain’s social media channels were curtailed in the wake of the conflict in Myanmar A number of Rohingya activists have had their social media accounts curtailed during the recent conflict in Myanmar, leading many to question whether they have been targeted by a co-ordinated campaign. Shah Hossain is [...]

7 days quiz: Where was Elisabeth Moss’s secret message hidden?

Warren Fyfe

It’s the weekly news quiz – have you been paying attention to what’s been going on in the world over the past seven days? If you missed last week’s quiz, try it here Picture credits: Getty Images, iStock Join the conversation – find us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41339514

‘It’s OK to make mayonnaise while on your period’

Warren Fyfe

In some countries myths have developed about what women can and can’t do when they have their period – for example, in Madagascar some have grown up believing they can’t make mayonnaise while they are menstruating. One scoutmaster and science teacher, Lahatra, is on a mission to teach Madagascan scouts the truth to make sure [...]

Hell in a bottle: I survived an acid attack

Warren Fyfe

On average in 2016, there were two acid attacks a day. 2017 is now projected to be the year with the highest number of attacks ever recorded in the UK. Over the past few years there has been a change in the way acid has been used. No longer just associated with shame or honour [...]

The women who fed the UK in World War Two

Warren Fyfe

During World War Two, tens of thousands of British women and girls volunteered for farm work to produce vital food supplies. Even with rationing, Britain was in danger of running out of food because of blockades and bombardment. Mona K McLeod was just 17 years old when she joined the Women’s Land Army. Witness: The [...]

My dad jokes about my first period

Warren Fyfe

Gary Meikle is a single dad and when his daughter got her first period he’s the person she turned to. Now he’s a comedian and uses the story in his routine. Watch more Life Stories. Filmed by Sharon Meighan; produced and edited by Clare Spencer. Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41324799

The island people with a climate change escape plan

Warren Fyfe

The low-lying Caribbean islands inhabited by Panama’s indigenous Guna people are threatened by rising sea levels and increasingly unpredictable weather. But unlike many island communities facing such problems, the Guna have an escape plan. The tiny port of Carti on the mainland of Panama is the jumping-off place for day trippers who come to swim, [...]