Posts for Opinion piece
What’s getting you through lockdown/restrictions?
It is a very strange situation to be in, for people like me, used to their freedom. Yet, here we are 10 months on from March lockdown in exactly the same position but with a rising R-rate and a new hyper-infectious variant of Covid -19. To those who don’t believe […]
The Crown season 4 review: a triumphant portrait of the 1980s with a perfectly wide-eyed Diana
Des Willie/Netflix Giselle Bastin, Flinders University Peter Morgan’s fourth season of The Crown faces perhaps its greatest challenge so far. The 1980s was one of the most documented, catalogued, debated and scrutinised decades of the House of Windsor. Morgan will, no doubt be keenly aware of viewers using telephoto lenses […]
Alzheimer’s society responds to new care home guidance
The Government announced on 4th November, new guidance for care home visitations while national restrictions are in place from Thursday 5 November. Marion Child, Head of Region (South West) at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We’re devastated by today’s new care home visitor guidance – it completely misses the point: this attempt to protect […]
Sunday Thoughts – Week 1 of Social Distancing
By Helen Shingler: Today is Mother’s Day and for many of us it will be the strangest one ever. No family gatherings for a special Sunday lunch at the pub, restaurant or even in our own homes. If Grannie lives even a few miles up the road or we have […]
What is helping you get through this difficult time?
By Helen Shingler: I’ve been spending a lot of time lately just staring out the window at our bird feeders, marvelling at the way life just carries on for our little feathered friends! They aren’t aware of the Coronavirus crisis affecting us globally. They are just going about their daily […]
Paramedic students will benefit from additional NHS funding at uni
This is the first time paramedic students will benefit from additional NHS funding while at university. The funding will be provided on top of existing support, including student loans. The full list of new and continuing students set to benefit from the funding is as follows: dietetics dental hygiene or […]
House sales – time for a change?
Having had 4 house sales fall through for different reasons (most of them mainly to do with the buyers) in the last 18 months, I can tell you that selling houses is a stressful business. I bumped into someone today whose sale had fallen through only last Friday in her […]
Operation Banner – fifty years on
This opinion piece was sent in by a reader: On August 14th 1969, at the request of the Unionist government, British troops were deployed on the streets of Northern Ireland in an attempt to control the escalating riots in the province. This operation, entitled Operation Banner, involved the Royal Navy, […]