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Ode To Breastfeeding

Scotland and England are celebrating National Breastfeeding Weeks between 19th June and 2nd July 2017, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to share this… You arrived with your nose squished to one side like a wonky marshmallow. You had us waiting day after long day and then, without warning, you shot into your dad’s arms like a rocket on ...

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How I Improved My Mental Health During Ramadhan

Ramadhan is one of the five pillars of Islam (Sawm). It is a holy month where every year Muslims fast and abstain from eating and drinking (even water, chewing gum and smoking) during daylight hours. This year Ramadan began in the evening of 26th May, and will fend on 26th June (depending on the moonsighting). The month can have a ...

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I Escaped The London Bridge Attack – I Know How Lives Could Have Been Saved

“Mum, I’m ok. Turn on the news… There’s been a terror attack outside our bar, but I’m ok, I’m hiding, I’m ok.” I was sitting underneath a thick marble table in a bar saying something I never thought I’d need to say. And, something no parent wants to hear. It was a great night up until 10:02pm. My best friend ...

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The Hate Equation

One year after the horrific murder of Jo Cox, the ugly shadow of the extreme far-right has once again emerged in the UK, casting a pall over our Muslim communities and reigniting the debate on how we tackle and prevent this hatred. In a cowardly attack, Muslims in Finsbury Park were targeted by a man driving his van into unsuspecting ...

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Why I'm Urging Ed Davey To Stand As The New Leader Of The Liberal Democrats

This week I joined Tim Farron at a pre-Council lunch with leaders of the liberal family from across Europe. We discussed issues common to us all in Europe: migration, the economy and, of course, Brexit. What I had wanted to hear, but was disappointed it wasn’t mentioned, was the environment. It was the hottest of Brussels days for years, and ...

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Barry Gibb brings Glastonbury to its feet

We’re calling it: Islands In The Stream has become the unofficial anthem of Glastonbury. Kenny Rogers debuted the song in 2013; and Dolly Parton featured it in her record-breaking set a year later. Now Barry Gibb, who wrote the song, has made it the centrepiece of his performance at the festival’s coveted “legend slot”. It was one of a dozen ...

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Istanbul Pride: Turkish riot police fire rubber bullets at LGBT marchers

Turkish police have stifled an LGBT pride march in Istanbul after organisers pressed ahead with the event despite a third ban in three years by authorities.  Police with riot shields and helmets sealed off entrances to Istiklal Street, where organisers had planned to hold the march before authorities announced the ban on Saturday, citing security concerns after threats from an ...

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Dawid Malan steals the show on his debut as England beat South Africa by 19 runs to win Twenty20 series 2-1

A superb debut innings from Dawid Malan inspired England to a series-clinching victory against South Africa in this winner-takes-all T20 decider in Cardiff. The Middlesex batsman, the fourth new England cap during these three matches, was sensational in his first international, hitting 78 from 44 balls to help the hosts to a total of 181 for eight. Malan’s knock was ...

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Minority Report: 6 predictions that came true, 15 years on

We may have arrived at the 15th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s game-changing sci-fi Minority Report, but we’re still a long way off from the film’s dystopian 2054 setting. That hasn’t, however, stopped the film from becoming an eerie prediction of the state of modern technology; all wrapped in the tale of Washington’s DC PreCrime unit, which seeks to prevent murders ...

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World Refugee Day passed almost unnoticed this week, as we forgot about the great humanitarian crisis

Amid the stench of death and the gruesome photos of the Grenfell Tower blaze and the harrowing scenes of terrorist attacks in Manchester and at the Finsbury Park mosque in London, we seem to have forgotten the plight of refugees, the displaced and the dispossessed. The occasion of the World Refugee Day which fell on June 20 has passed without much ...

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