Stratford-upon-Avon LGBT stall shuts over ‘abuse’

Stratford-upon-Avon LGBT stall shuts over 'abuse'

Daniel Browne packed up the stall within three hours due to homophobic comments An LGBT stallholder says he received more than 100 homophobic comments in one morning, including being told homosexuality is an "illness".

Daniel Browne, a member of Warwickshire Pride, set up an information stall at Stratford-upon-Avon market on Saturday.

He said he was told an LGBT+ stall had "no place in Stratford" and packed up within three hours due to the verbal and behavioural abuse.

Warwickshire Police is aware and is treating the incidents as hate crime. Midlands Live: Call for inquiry into sex abuse claims; activists disrupt Crufts grand final

Mr Browne, who was running the stall alone, said he began counting the incidents but stopped once the number passed 100. ‘Deeply upsetting’

He said he was told the stall was "disgusting" and "has no place in Stratford", and that one member of the public claimed to have nothing against LGBT+ people "because it’s an illness that people can’t help catching"."A lot of people walked past tutting, making comments under their breath," Mr Browne said."It was very clear it was against us. There were no other stalls next to us."It was "deeply upsetting and distressing", he said, but […]

‘The story of a weird world I was warned never to tell’

'The story of a weird world I was warned never to tell'

Image caption Pauline Dakin (Photo: Penguin) Pauline Dakin’s childhood in Canada in the 1970s was full of secrets, disruption and unpleasant surprises. She wasn’t allowed to talk about her family life with anyone – and it wasn’t until she was 23 that she was told why.

There was always something unusual about Pauline Dakin’s family.

"My brother and I would say, ‘What do you think is wrong with our family? Why are we so weird?’ But that was the mystery that just didn’t get answered."

Pauline’s parents, Warren and Ruth, had separated when she was five, the summer before she started school. Warren, a successful businessman, was a heavy drinker who could become violent and a point came when Ruth just couldn’t take it any more.

When Pauline was seven, Ruth took the children on a holiday to Winnipeg, more than 1,000 miles (1,600km) from their home in Vancouver. But when they arrived Ruth told them they were never going back.

"There was no opportunity to say goodbye, it was just this abrupt, severing of relationships," Pauline says. Warren, Ruth, Teddy and Pauline, circa 1969 When she asked her mother why she had done this, there was never a good explanation."She would only say, […]

Stars of the silver screen all at sea

Stars of the silver screen all at sea

The sight of photographers crowding around a newly docked ocean liner was nothing new at the turn of the 20th Century. Disembarking celebrities could be photographed jostling for space alongside fellow passengers.

However, the Cunard cruise line was the first to introduce on-board photographers in the 1920s. The ships’ photographers would take snapshots of the passengers, creating prints in the darkroom that were then displayed on long tables the next morning. Travellers were able to put their orders in, and the photographs were then printed in Southampton and posted around the world.

By 1936, when Cunard’s flagship the Queen Mary was launched, the firm employed a fleet of photographers working all night to supply demand.

With access to the archives, photographer Ian Wright has edited down a selection of images of famous faces who travelled across the oceans. Mrs Rudolph Valentino on the Aquitania in early 1920s Actor Rudolph Valentino and his costume designer wife Natacha Rambova were regular passengers on the trans-Atlantic routes, and were often seen on deck exercising their dogs and participating in on-board dog shows.

Rambova stands aboard the RMS Aquitania, a ship that was repurposed as a troop transport and hospital ship during both World Wars.

After the […]

Tracing sickle cell back to one child, 7,300 years ago

Tracing sickle cell back to one child, 7,300 years ago

Sickle cells grow into crescent shapes, instead of the round red blood cells seen in people without the gene New research suggests that the history of sickle-cell disease goes back to a mutation in just one person, a development researchers hope will make treatment less complicated for the many people who suffer from this painful illness. So how have they traced it and why does it matter?

The story of sickle-cell disease is, first and foremost, a study in how a good thing can come with bad consequences.

Once upon a time in what is now the Sahara desert, a child was born with heightened immunity to malaria – important because at the time, this part of Africa was wet and rainy and covered with forest.

It was a great habitat for mosquitoes, which carry malaria, a disease that these days kills one child every two minutes.

With a better chance against an illness that was a major killer, then as now, this child with the genetic mutation lived and had children, and those children spread out, all bolstered with extra defences against malaria and living for longer, and their descendants around the world still have those extra defences today, more than 250 […]

Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, Google Home and more: We put 7 speakers to the test

Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, Google Home and more: We put 7 speakers to the test

Amazon’s Alexa director Daren Gill has called voice "the next great interface" For the last four weeks, I’ve been living in an Orwellian nightmare. One in which I have to watch every word I say because "they" are always listening. And by "they", I mean Alexa, Siri and Google.

It seemed like a good idea – get seven smart speakers and test them in a real house to see how they affected our listening habits and daily routine.

At times, they’ve been pretty helpful. If we’re running low on biscuits, one of us can bark, "Hey Siri, add Hob Nobs to the shopping list" and a reminder appears on our phones.

During Storm Emma, Google kept me up-to-date on train cancellations, while our kids amused themselves for hours by asking Alexa what noise a cat makes.

Thankfully, none of the devices started spontaneously laughing in the middle of the night – but they were all prone to bouts of madness.

I once asked Alexa "what’s the weather in Yemen" and got the reply: "’Das wetter’ is German for ‘the weather’."And when I told Google to "play music in the kitchen", it responded by streaming Lee Brice’s Songs In The Kitchen to a speaker in […]

Greater Anglia sued by passenger over ‘continuous’ delays

Greater Anglia sued by passenger over 'continuous' delays

Mr Pochin made a daily commute to Ipswich railway station A commuter fed up with "continually" delayed trains has won a legal bid for compensation against the rail company.

Seph Pochin, of Halesworth, Suffolk, had described the service between his home and Ipswich as "woeful", with one train delayed by 100 minutes.

A warrant has now been issued for bailiffs to seize Greater Anglia (GA) property after it failed to pay him £350 compensation.

GA confirmed it was in a legal dispute with Mr Pochin but could not comment.

Mr Pochin, an ecologist, who moved to Halesworth a year ago, said he was considering moving to Ipswich to avoid the delays, which he claims added up to almost 28 hours over 12 months.

Between February 2017 and February 2018, he made 550 journeys and recorded 183 delays. Greater Anglia has been ordered to pay Seph Pochin compensation According to his figures, the majority of trains were between one and 10 minutes late.Mr Pochin said 26 journeys were late by more than 15 minutes, with the 100-minute delay on a journey last August.GA has a delay-repay scheme, paying out compensation for journeys more than 30 minutes late.Mr Pochin, who corresponded regularly with the firm about […]

Pansexual rapper Angel Haze has just officially changed her name

Pansexual rapper Angel Haze has just officially changed her name

Roes fka Angel Haze. | Photo: Facebook/Angel Haze New York rapper, formerly known as Angel Haze, has just announced they have changed their rapping name.

The rapper whose real name is Raykeea Raeen-Roes Wilson made the announcement on social media.

‘[sic]As I get ready to start releasing new music, I wanted to announce that im changing my name,’ she wrote on Instagram.

‘I WILL NO LONGER GO BY ANGEL HAZE, but instead would like to be called ROES. This means a lot to me, guys! And in no way does it erase the past 5 years of truth ive lived out in front of you all.

‘Reservation, Dirty Gold, and Back To The Woods will remain so fucking close to my heart. Im happy for all the memories we shared in that phase of my artistry! Lets make a new wave!! .’ Seriously tho, i thought it was fitting to end the Angel Haze era w/ Back To The Woods since the bitch was so desperate to go. Who i am now & who i was then do not relate, therefore i wanna be called Roes…like a rising, like a growing, like becoming. So say ur byes — ROES (@AngelHaze) March 10, 2018 […]

Firm grew with LGBT clients who had nowhere local to go

Firm grew with LGBT clients who had nowhere local to go

"You don’t often find financial advisers so aligned with their clients." Dorie Fain, founder and CEO of &Wealth When Jennifer Hatch started working at JP Morgan in 1985, she couldn’t help but think she was the only gay person on Wall Street. Feeling alone, for years she dreamed of working for a firm like Christopher Street Financial , a company created in 1981 specifically to serve the LBGT community.

​ In 1997, her dream came true. Sadly, the owner of Christopher Street had recently died of complications from HIV, and Ms. Hatch, who by then had moved to Bear Stearns, was able to purchase the practice. Initially, she saw her primary role in the firm as an investor, but advisory services soon turned out to be her calling.

Originally focused on mutual fund sales and individual retirement accounts, at the time Christopher Street — the firm is named for the site of the Stonewall riots in New York that launched the gay liberation movement in 1969 — had 3,000 clients spread out across the country.

"People sought us out because they had no one locally to work with," Ms. Hatch said. Unlike many planning boutiques, Christopher Street offered specific financial, legal and […]

Claudette Colvin: The 15-year-old who came before Rosa Parks

Claudette Colvin: The 15-year-old who came before Rosa Parks

In March 1955, nine months before Rosa Parks defied segregation laws by refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin did exactly the same thing. Eclipsed by Parks, her act of defiance was largely ignored for many years. She herself didn’t talk about it much, but she spoke recently to the BBC.

"There was segregation everywhere. The churches, buses and schools were all segregated and you couldn’t even go into the same restaurants," Claudette Colvin says.

"I remember during Easter one year, I was to get a pair of black patent shoes but you could only get them from the white stores, so my mother drew the outline of my feet on a brown paper bag in order to get the closest size, because we weren’t allowed to go in the store to try them on."

Going to a segregated school had one advantage, she found – her teachers gave her a good grounding in black history.

"We learned about negro spirituals and recited poems but my social studies teachers went into more detail," she says. "They lectured us about Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth and we were taught about an opera singer called […]

Why is spitting so bad?

Why is spitting so bad?

There’s been outrage over a video of footballer turned TV pundit Jamie Carragher spitting towards a family in a car in an angry outburst in response to being "goaded".

Carragher has been suspended from his job as an analyst at Sky Sports.

But why is spitting seen as so offensive? The front page of the Mirror Yuck factor

"Disgusting", "vile" and "doesn’t get any lower than spitting" are among the comments posted about the video.

To some people, spitting is in a class above everything – even violence.

It’s often seen as an action of anger and disrespect, but it hasn’t always been the case.In the past spitting was a socially acceptable habit in Europe, but by the 19th Century manners changed.This coincided with greater awareness of the transmission of contagious diseases that could be spread by spitting, so public health campaigns were launched against it.During the 1940s, when tuberculosis (TB) was widespread, it was common to see "spitting prohibited" signs on buses. Health risks Today the risk of catching a contagious disease if you’re spat at is very low.You do stand a small chance of catching a cold or possibly the flu.Other diseases that are spread through saliva include TB, hepatitis, viral […]