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Many days I wake up in utter amazement at how good I feel even though I have lived with a life-limiting disease for almost half of my life now. In a few months, I will celebrate my 50th birthday, a milestone I was never supposed to aspire to, let alone reach. This year also marks 30 years since the first diagnosed case of AIDS in Los Angeles, California. A lot has happened since then, it is a good time to do some reflecting and I will start by sharing my personal story.
Denmark v England, tonight 7.15pm
Lay Denmark at 5-2
I’m not a big fan of betting on friendlies, but Fabio Capello is not a man to take any international game lightly and more importantly he has instilled an atmosphere within the England camp where everyone, even the big names, think they are playing for their places. All [...]
Would you rather swim in a pool powered by the crematorium next door or not swim at all?
In the last 24 hours, councils in Redditch and Manchester have announced controversial, yet very different plans to cut back on spending. Slashing budgets was always going to be inevitable, but communities are crumpling their noses dissapprovingly [...]
Fraser Nelson is falling back on the old tactic of urging the bond vigilantes to strike. He – and plenty of others on the right – did it when they wanted to be proved right about Labour’s supposedly ruinous borrowing in 2009/10. And now he’s doing it because he wants to be proved right about Mervyn King’s supposedly excessive relaxation over inflation
This week’s award for Best Use of an Eye-Catching Headline in a Press Release goes to the New York area’s oldest plastic surgery practice. Congratulations to the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group. By linking Wall Street, the economy and boobs, the company’s release guarantees to appeal to a cross-section of bloggers, from finance, through health, [...]
Before we turn our attention to a labour dispute between the NFL owners and players that threatens the 2011 season due to a work stoppage and before Aaron Rodgers and the Packers return the Lombardi Trophy to Titletown, USA, take a look at some of these interesting facts and stats from Super Bowl 45:
The third chapter to Rab Fulton’s novel ‘Marcus Marcus and the Hurting Heart’, a ghostly murder mystery set in the distant future. Inspired by Sophocles – with a nod to Erle Stanley Gardner and Douglas Adams – it is a tale of treachery and blood…We’ll be posting two chapters of his new novel on the Independent every week
Last week, ten youths attacked a member of our staff who was on his way home after delivering workshops for the National Youth Theatre’s social inclusion programme. It was a cruel twist of fate that after working with a young demographic that are at risk of offending, he became the innocent victim of youths carrying out a senseless act of violence, in what appeared to be a gang initiation ritual. He survived to tell the tale, and the ten youths were so well disguised they would escape any recourse and no doubt offend again.
Yesterday I took the opportunity to get up the mast and cut the trinquette away. It was pretty badly damaged, about two metres of seaming had come undone. There was no way I could have continued with it as it was, so I spent all day yesterday up in the forepeak stitching and taping the sail. Luckily I have enough sail repair tools onboard.
The nature of what David Cameron was arguing in his speech in Munich is problematic. He claims some young Muslim men ‘find it hard to identify with Britain… because we have allowed the weakening of our collective identity’. The doctrine of ‘state of multiculturalism’ is blamed for encouraging culturally different people to live ‘apart from one another and apart from the mainstream’. It is also said to have prevented a vision of society to which these young men can feel attached. Part of the cure is thus said to be ‘a clear sense of national identity that is open to everyone’.
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