I want to tell you about my friend Lyra McKee. By now, you’ve probably read about her senseless murder on the streets of Derry on Thursday night during riots ahead of this weekend’s commemoration of Irish independence. Her death has drawn condemnation from all sides of Northern Ireland’s fractious political spectrum, and has left a gaping hole in the lives of everyone who knew her. She was just 29; a beloved friend, sister, aunt, daughter, and partner.
Nothing quite prepares you for the moment you find yourself face to face with a polar bear. In my long career filming nature documentaries, I have encountered grizzly bears in Alaska and silverback mountain gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda, one of whom knocked me to the ground when he thought I threatened his family. But that didn’t make it any less frightening when I was stood less than ten metres from a polar bear, perhaps the most dangerous predator in the world.
Life sometimes feels as though it’s all about risk management. And this is because risk – though unnerving – is the magical thinking, the component in our most subliminal calculations that tells us relentlessly: go on, do it. Or lose the chance. So maybe that’s why we go and do crazy stuff like this? Never let it be said that we are not rock stars…
We asked the 48-year-old Olympian what her younger self would make of her life today...
Just over a year after her split from Liam Payne, Cheryl is a new woman. Frank, focused, fired up – and ready to talk. She tells Louise Gannon about break-ups, breakdowns and how motherhood has helped her find happiness at last
Because if you eat chocolate sitting on the sofa in your lying-down-wear then, despite all your best attempts to embrace the body-positivity movement, you will feel calorie guilt. On top of the ‘Jesus died on the cross for us and look what we are doing to the planet’ guilt. However we all know that if you lean up against the counter and annihilate a Caramel Egg it doesn’t count. In fact, you are probably burning calories with the strength it takes to stand up for long periods of time these days.
Dr Katie Bouman, the 29-year-old scientist who this week created the first ever picture of a black hole, is humble about her achievements.
The profile read, simply: ‘Mike S, 45’. It took me a moment to realise that the screenshot of a Tinder dating profile that my friend Emma* had sent me showed my husband, Mike*. There he was, standing with his pride-and-joy Jaguar saloon, looking for a date. Stunned and shaking, I ran out of my office into the toilets, just as my phone pinged again. It was Emma. ‘Sorry for the shock, but is this your Mike?’ I slumped to the cubicle floor and threw up.
Having celebrated an ultra-lavish and highly exclusive baby shower in February, co-organised by Serena Williams and Amal Clooney (no big deal), rumours of a second UK-based affair to mark the imminent arrival of the Royal baby are now in circulation - and it seems the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s fans want in on the action.
The only way to build a better future is to imagine that future. I’d always envisaged a democracy that worked for everyone by representing the whole population, so four years ago I co-founded the Women’s Equality Party. Now I’m collaborating with 16 great women, including my WE co-founder Sandi Toksvig, and two titans of festivals, Jude Kelly and Joanna Baker , to create the Primadonna Festival, a riotous three-day event that, as the name implies, tilts the balance in favour of work by and about women.
Nigel Dando was in the newsroom of the local Bristol newspaper where he worked, when he got a call about his younger sister, Jill, from a colleague in the national press. “He said, had I heard Jill had been involved in an accident in London?” he recalls. “I said no. I rang her phone and couldn’t get any reply. Then the colleague called me back and said, ‘have you spoken to Jill? Because I think it’s more serious.’ Panic bells started to ring.”
A 23-year-old woman sexually assaulted on a train to work, is today launching a campaign for all carriages to have CCTV. The communications executive was groped and assaulted on a packed commuter train on London's Central Line, as she travelled just after 8am on Tuesday, March 19.
The Lord is my shepherd, but He also has a sideline as an Instagram influencer. As congregations dwindle in mainstream churches, “hipster” worshipers are spreading the word on social media, bringing a young, cool crowd to Christ.
It’s an unusual way to spend a midweek morning, but here I am discussing the merits of silver nipple caps with Alex Jones in a smart London hotel tearoom.
Being a grown-up comes with a fear checklist: cancer? Death of someone you love? Clowns (once funny and now so inexcusably disturbing you can’t quite work out why anyone ever invented them)? Running-out-of-money/time/road/chances?
The Church of Scientology has been back in the news this week after the eldest daughter of Hollywood actor Tom Cruise appears to have stepped up her involvement in the controversial religion.
Are you waiting for fate to bring you your soulmate? You shouldn't. Chance is being removed bit by bit from romance, as more people are matched by the secretive algorithms behind dating apps.
Ravening Hunger - The moment it’s jumper-not-coat weather, our jeans sigh with relief in anticipation of ‘salad mode’, rather than just-ate-the-fridge mode. We shake off the cheese and it becomes all about seeds and raw kale and emergency flossing. Except. Just the vaguest hint of a cold front moving in and our hibernation muscle memory rears up, then… BOOM. We are all ‘bring me the pasta and the steak and the cheese now, please’.
“I know how people look at us. They think we’re bad, we’re fundamentalists, we’re violent - all these things,” 26-year old Moudi tells me as she pours us each another thimble-size cup of bitter cardamom coffee.
Shocked by the X-rated material available online, four mothers set out to direct their own positive film in Mums Make Porn, a four-part series that starts tonight on Channel 4. Here Anita, 43, explains what she learnt from the experience.
Last year, when Tina Daheley left her newsreader role on Nick Grimshaw’s Radio 1 show, it was meant to be the end of her decade-long stint on breakfast radio. But, to her own surprise, the 37-year-old went on to “the role she thought she’d never do” – read the morning news on Radio 2 for Zoe Ball.
As a young girl, I was considered a gifted child. I won a scholarship for private education at one of the country’s top schools at the age of 11. It was incredible for my family, none of whom had been to university. They were astonished at the educational establishments I kept finding myself within. No one would ever have thought I could become a victim of domestic abuse.