ITV Leaders’ debate: Paul, Leanne and… Natalie?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Twitter/@RhysCaerdydd It’s one thing for someone to mispronounce your name, but calling you by an entirely different one is something else altogether. Leaders of five political parties – the Liberal Democrats, Green Party, Plaid Cymru, SNP and UKIP – took part in a live election debate on ITV on Thursday. During the debate, [...]

‘Dying taught me how to live’

Warren Fyfe

Lisa, Jolene and Kevin were told they may only have months to live and although this meant death could be just around the corner, they decided to make the most of the life they had left. Lisa’s diagnosis gave her a “heads up” so she could “do things instead of talking about them”, while Kevin [...]

Trump supporters defensive amid Comey claims

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Reuters/Twitter/ThePatriot143 Image caption Supporters of US President Donald Trump have come to his defence over the Comey claims It hasn’t been an easy week at the White House. US media reported in recent days that the president revealed highly classified information to Russian officials. It also quoted a memo by former FBI chief [...]

Rainbow flags fly for diversity day

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Twitter/@canadadownunder The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) has been marked worldwide to celebrate sexual and gender diversity. Tens of thousands of Twitter users celebrate on 17 May, using the hashtag #IDAHOT, to share messages of solidarity and support. Since 2004, the IDAHOT has been commemorated to “draw the attention of [...]

Spring-cleaning India’s most magnificent tent

Warren Fyfe

Rajasthan’s Royal Red Tent is as tall as a double-decker bus, made from silk, velvet and gold – and it’s getting its first proper clean in more than three centuries, says Melissa Van Der Klugt. High up on the ramparts of Mehrangarh, in one of Rajasthan’s most famous forts – one of the most visited [...]

Let’s talk about why I had to terminate my baby’s life

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Last year, stand-up comedian Lou Conran had to end her pregnancy at 22 weeks – five-and-a-half months. She is now preparing a show about the experience for the Edinburgh festival, hoping this will encourage people to talk about a subject that is often covered in a blanket of silence. Last year [...]

I acted as a man to get work

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright UN Women/Deepika Nath Pili Hussein wanted to make her fortune prospecting for a precious stone that’s said to be a thousand times rarer than diamonds, but since women weren’t allowed down the mines she dressed up as man and fooled her male colleagues for almost a decade. Pili Hussein grew up in a [...]

We should have listened to the broken teenagers

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Sophie Mutevelian Image caption Former detective Margaret Oliver is played by Lesley Sharp in the drama Three Girls Child sexual abuse has never been a higher police priority. But too many rapists avoid justice, argues former detective Margaret Oliver. As her role in prosecuting the Rochdale grooming gang is marked in a new [...]

Maori haka and language may keep dementia at bay

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Facebook/Te Matini Society Incorporated Image caption ‘Kapa haka’ means line dance in Maori but performances of it involve choral singing and chanting as well as different dances. Researchers at the university of Auckland in New Zealand are wondering if performing the kapa haka is one of the things that helps stave off dementia [...]

Saudi authorities nix romance in the staff room

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright YouTube/UrgentNews Image caption Money, cake, jewellery and flowers – one man’s way of saying sorry in Saudi Arabia A principal at a girls’ school in Saudi Arabia was perplexed this week to open the door to her staff room one morning and find it covered in elaborate declarations of love. Rose petals and [...]