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3 weeks ago
As BBC4 film Speechless marks World Stroke Day, documentary producer Nick Fraser reflects on his own recovery following a brain attack in FebruaryI was just finishing a talk about documentaries I was giving in Soho. I’d been asked a question about why so many films are seriously depressing. I reme[...]
7 weeks ago
Scale of damage revealed as five men receive sentences of up to nine years for their parts in mutiny at privately run jailA 15-hour riot at a prison cost the taxpayer and jail operator more than £6m, the sentencing hearing of five “instigators” has been told.Luke Mansell, 24, and John Burton, 3[...]
Criminal Justice
8 weeks ago
My friend and colleague Ian Williams, who had died of cancer aged 67, was a miner in east Kent. He was born into the industry: his grandfather was one of the many who walked from South Wales to find work in the county’s new fields during the 1920s. When coalmining ended, Ian had a vision for a new[...]
Children and ParentingEducation
9 weeks ago
Adverts will have visual filters applied so viewers can experience macular degeneration and cataractsTV viewers will have the opportunity to experience what their sight would be like with various eye conditions on Monday night when Channel 4 airs a unique advert break.The broadcaster will show five [...]
Health
11 weeks ago
Michael Meadowcroft says British governments have played their part in the rise of gambling and are now hooked on the revenues it generatesYour editorial rightly highlights the need to act on the excesses of the gambling industry (Problem gambling has reached crisis point. Time to regulate, 1 Septem[...]
13 weeks ago
Wendy Berliner of Education Media Centre says she is ‘horrified’ by programme that purports to identify Britain’s cleverest childChild Genius, the Channel 4 series that will claim to identify the country’s cleverest child, has been compared to a circus exploiting children by educational expe[...]
ChildrenEducationChildren and Parenting
13 weeks ago
Wendy Berliner of Education Media Centre says she is ‘horrified’ by programme that seeks to identify Britain’s cleverest childChild Genius, the Channel 4 series that will claim to identify the country’s cleverest child, has been compared to a circus exploiting children by educational experts[...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingEducation
14 weeks ago
Inspection reveals that Rainsbrook secure training centre, run by US firm MTCnovo, saw 500 incidents where harm was inflicted in six months
Levels of violent incidents and use of force by staff have increased at a privately run child jail, according to a report by inspectors. The jail was sold of[...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingCriminal Justice
16 weeks ago
From Swansea semi to London bedsit, Jude Rogers has called many places home. For a new radio series, she decided to ‘time‑travel’ through them all – a journey that stirred both memories and emotionsWhen I was 18, just before I left home, I used to repeat a peculiar, magical ritual. I’d bor[...]
HousingChildren and Parenting
23 weeks ago
NHS staff shortages | Channel 4’s new head | Word misuse | Science and engineers | Adnan KhashoggiSeveral people of my acquaintance have told me that they are seriously considering taking out private health cover, in order not to have long waits for diagnosis. Is it possible that the staff shortag[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
31 weeks ago
“Most refugees sent to the poorest parts of the UK” (Front page headline, 10 April). Here are suggested headlines for the remainder of the week: “Lowest life expectancy in the poorest parts of the UK”; “Proportionately highest levels of indirect taxation…”; “Worst maintained pri[...]
PovertyCharitiesHealthHousing and PovertyE
37 weeks ago
Presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour sparks outrage with article on transgender women in Sunday Times magazine A chorus of protest – and some support – has greeted an article by the broadcaster Jenni Murray, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, that questioned the claims of transg[...]
Womens Issues
38 weeks ago
Everyone who heard Steve Hewlett’s moving account of his oesophageal cancer will be sad to know that, for him, there was no cure (Report, 21 February). But I write as the wife of a survivor of this disease. My husband, now 81, was diagnosed in November 2011.After a course of chemo, he was operated[...]
HealthHealth and Care
41 weeks ago
MPs have slammed the disgraceful state of accommodation for destitute asylum seekers, which has had huge impact on their health and wellbeing What happens to asylum seekers once they’ve reached the UK? Asylum seekers with no family and friends in the UK, and no means of supporting themselves, are [...]
HousingHousing and PovertyHealth and Care
45 weeks ago
Chemo may have spoiled the Christmas lunch but 2017 holds the promise of a change in treatmentSo here we are – Christmas proper is upon us and I have to drive to the Isle of Wight to see the kids and lots of their aunties, uncles and cousins. I’ve got over the disappointment of the rather exciti[...]
Health
49 weeks ago
Black and minority ethnic people make up 17% of English arts workforce and disabled people account for 4%, report findsThe proportion of black and minority ethnic people working in England’s subsidised arts and museums sector is increasing but more needs to be done to improve representation and em[...]
PovertyMinorities and Immigrati
51 weeks ago
Broadcaster Steve Hewlett’s continuing account of his illness. This week: on the BBC Breakfast sofa, back in hospital for tests, and a big night on stageTuesday 15 NovemberAfter four days of in-patient treatment – intensive rehydration, intravenous antibiotics and two units of blood, not to ment[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and Care