A quarter of us haven’t spoken to our neighbours in at least a month. One in ten over 65s are always or very often lonely. Weak communities mean a drop in health, happiness and security. The power for change is in our hands, and the need is pressing. We must do something about the threadbare fabric of our society.
Yesterday some idiots celebrated the possible end of Page 3 girls in The Sun as a victory against female sexual objectification.
They’ve got it wrong. We need more images of pretty, healthily slim, natural-looking girls smiling confidently at the world. Yes, they’ve got their boobs out. But they aren’t aggressive, sexually explicit or peddling infantile vulnerability as desirable.
The challenge of researching a so-called feral child case is that it’s quite likely a hoax. Someone has dragged out a disabled kid whose wordless vocalisations can be interpreted as the howling of a wolf-child; their spasticity becomes evidence of imitating the wings, claws or paws of their host species. How DO you know when it’s real?
Scuba diving the German shipwrecks in Orkney offers privileged access to one of the most remarkable chapters of World War One.
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