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  • Rishi Sunak's Small Boats Pledge In Tatters As Hundreds More Make Channel Crossing

    A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, by a Border Force vessel following a small boat incident in the Channel. Picture date: Monday March 4, 2024. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images) Rishi Sunak’s pledge to stop the small boats carrying asylum seekers across the Channel is in tatters after hundreds more made the perilous journey. Figures produced by the Home Office showed that 327 made the crossing on eight boats on Sunday, with a further 401 travelling on seven flimsy vessels yesterday. It means that so far this year, 2,983 have crossed the Channel on small boats, almost exactly the same as the same time last year, when 2,953 had made the journey from France. It also means that since he became prime minister in October 2022, more than 40,…


  • The 1 Spice You Should Always Smell Before Using

    There are three things I find impressive now I’m in my late 20s that I never thought I’d be wowed by; 1) having a good sleep routine, 2) owning a tumble dryer, and 3) possessing an extensive and varied spice collection.  Those who agree with me will know that saffron, the notoriously pricey spice, is usually the crowning jewel of most spice lovers’ collections. But you might not have known that the spenny strands are often faked ― and you can tell the difference between the legit and fake kinds with just a sniff.  What?  I know! It all has to do with how expensive the spice is ― the substance is more expensive by weight than gold.  Arash Ghalehgolabbehbahani, a research associate at the University of Vermont, explained to Business Insider that “to harvest the saffron, you need a lot of la…


  • Why You Should Never, Ever Use A Massage Gun On Your Neck

    Massage guns have surged in popularity in recent years, and for good reason: They actually work. According to a 2023 systematic review, massage guns can help improve short-term range of motion, flexibility and recovery.  This likely comes as good news to anyone who deals with a lot of muscle stiffness. “I used to think they were just gimmicky things that might feel good in the moment but were not that useful,” admitted physical therapist Ingrid Anderson, founder of Intown Physical Therapy in Atlanta, Georgia. “Now, I believe they have a place for pain relief and treating certain conditions.” But before you whip out that massage gun, are there any parts of the body where a massage gun will do more harm than good? The answer is yes. You should avoid using a massage gun on your neck. If you’…


  • There Might Actually Be Some Science Behind Eldest Daughter Syndrome

    Is eldest daughter syndrome a real thing? A new study gives it credence.  Growing up as the oldest sibling, author Y.L. Wolfe often felt the lines between her role and her mother’s role were blurred.  “By the time my youngest brother was born when I was almost 11, I was overwhelmed with feelings of responsibility for his welfare. I used to sit by his crib and watch him sleep just to make sure he was safe,” Wolfe, the oldest of four, told HuffPost.  “It wasn’t that I thought my mother wasn’t competent ― but more that I felt we were both responsible for the family by that point in my life,” she explained. “As if I was literally ‘other mom,’ rather than big sister.” In other words, Wolfe is deeply familiar with “eldest daughter syndrome.” The internet is rife with thinkpieces about the pligh…


  • 4 Signs You May Have Been 'Parentified' As A Child

    It’s common for parents to gradually give their kids more responsibilities as they grow up. When those responsibilities are age-appropriate, that can be a good thing and help the child build skills like accountability, independence and teamwork. But when a child is saddled with adult responsibilities, it can turn into a damaging phenomenon known as “parentification.”  Parentification is essentially when the child and caregiver swap roles. So the kid is emotionally supporting the adult (known as emotional parentification) and/or managing the logistics of the household (known as instrumental parentification). Emotional parentification tends to be more harmful than the instrumental type.  ″[It’s] the phenomenon that happens when a parent relinquishes the role of parent and a child feels the…


  • This 1 Hobby Is Great For An Ageing Brain, According To A New Study

    Want to protect your brain as you age? Pick up an instrument. If you’re looking to bolster your cognitive abilities and keep your mind sharp throughout your lifetime, you may want to pick up a musical instrument. A recent study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found that playing is good for your brain health as you age.  Researchers examined 1,107 people in the U.K. over the age of 40 with an average age of 67.82. Participants self-reported their musical experience via a questionnaire and took part in a cognitive assessment, which tested their working memory and executive function. Researchers then studied how four aspects of musicality — listening to music, playing an instrument, singing and self-reported ability — impacted cognitive behaviour and compared t…


  • The Truth About Giving Kids Pocket Money Summed Up In 28 Tweets

    Today my daughter left me on read all day when I asked her a simple question, so I hope she’s not angry when I leave her allowance in our checking account for her simple chores.— Sweet Momissa (@sweetmomissa) October 6, 2021 7: hey why don't we get an allowance? don't most kids get an allowance?me: no that's not a real thing7: oh— Dadman Walking (@dadmann_walking) December 8, 2022 My kid: I suck at math. Also my kid: If you raise my allowance by 52.7% for the next 7 weeks, then I'll be able to afford that pair of Air Jordan 4s I want.— Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) April 7, 2023 My 11 y/o daughter wanted an allowance so we started negotiating a chores list but she put up her hand after a couple minutes and said, “Okay, this is great, but like when do we work in some self-care here?”…


  • The 4 Warning Signs That You've Hit Your 'Job Plateau'

    Don't ignore the warnings that you've hit your job plateau. Jobs that are OK-but-not-great have their own unique challenges. The longer you stay at these jobs, the more comfortable you may get ― even if it does feel increasingly like your career is stalling. And that’s where you might hit the dreaded “job plateau.” It’s a period of time in a long-term job where you feel stuck, frustrated or bored by what you do.  Lisa Orbé-Austin, a licensed psychologist who focuses on helping professionals manage their careers, said she sees a lot of people who will ignore for a long time that they are in a job plateau because it’s often a job they know how to do well.   “The beginning of a plateau doesn’t feel terrible,” Orbé-Austin said. “But it’s when that ... becomes kind of a feeling of ‘I’ve done t…


  • Gary Goldsmith's Casting On Celebrity Big Brother Comes Under Fire From Women's Abuse Charity

    Gary Goldsmith makes his way into the Celebrity Big Brother house The decision to cast Gary Goldsmith in the current series of Celebrity Big Brother has raised eyebrows not just for his connection to the Royal Family, but over an incident from his past. Gary, the uncle of Kate Middleton, pleaded guilty in 2017 to punching his wife in the face during a fight outside their home, for which he was sentenced to a 12-month community order and a £5,000 fine. After he was revealed on Monday night to be one of 12 housemates on the new series of Celebrity Big Brother, the domestic violence organisation Women’s Aid spoke out against the casting choice. “The decision to include a man who has been charged, and pleaded guilty to, assaulting his wife, in the Celebrity Big Brother house demonstrates the…


  • Oh Good ― Here's How Cortisol Levels Affect Your Dementia Risk

    You may already know that early signs of dementia can show up when you brush your teeth, cook your dinner, or even eat your meals.  You likely already also know that drinking too much alcohol, a poor diet, and physical inactivity are all associated with a higher risk of the condition.  But ironically, it’s some potentially stressful news for my fellow anxious Annies ― it turns out that cortisol, a hormone your body releases when under stress, is linked to developing dementia.  How? A 2017 study looked at the cortisol levels in the urine samples of 1,865 participants who did not have dementia at the start of the research. They then looked at the development of dementia among participants and linked it to their cortisol levels. They found that “Elevated cortisol may affect age-related cogni…



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  • Nothing Phone 2a review: a standout budget Android

    Funky design, fun software, decent performance and long battery life provide a lot of phone for the money London-based tech firm Nothing’s latest Android attempts to shake up the budget phone market with something a little more interesting. Costing from £319 (€329/A$529) the Phone 2a aims to take the cool design and intrigue that made its higher-end models stand out and package it up into something cheaper but still novel, sits alongside the full-fat Phone 2 costing £579. Screen: 6.7in 120Hz FHD+ OLED (394ppi) Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro RAM: 8 or 12GB Storage: 128 or 256GB Operating system: Nothing OS 2.5 (Android 14) Camera: 50MP main and ultrawide, 32MP selfie Connectivity: 5G, eSIM, wifi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.3 and GNSS Water resistance: IP54 (splash resistant) Dimensions: 16…


  • Mirror publisher Reach cuts sum set aside for phone-hacking payouts

    High court case has clarified time limit for cases, as group reports fall in profits amid advertising slump Business live – latest updates Reach, the publisher of the Mirror and Express newspapers, has cut the amount set aside to deal with legal claims relating to phone hacking and unlawful information-gathering by £20m as it seeks to draw a line under the scandal. The company, which owns scores of newspapers and websites across the UK including the Express, the Daily Record, the Manchester Evening News and the Liverpool Echo, said it had set aside £18.2m to deal with such claims, which it said was its best estimate of the amount needed to settle the long-running legal controversy. Continue reading...


  • World Book Day: cost of living pushes schools to ditch dress-up plans

    Some schools report that the annual call for children to wear book-themed costumes has been dropped to avoid further stretching family budgets Some schools have scrapped costumes for World Book Day on Thursday, citing the cost of living crisis. While in the past many schools asked children to dress up as their favourite book character for the event, in recent years some schools have adopted more flexible policies, asking children to wear pyjamas or comfortable clothing instead. Continue reading...


  • ‘He hates failing’: mother describes lack of help for autistic son

    Kirsti Hadley’s son, 12, had been looking forward to a new school but became burnt out and anxious Autistic pupils in England denied right to education as absenteeism surges, says charity Kirsti Hadley is still reeling from how quickly her autistic son’s education has crumbled and how she cannot access help to get him back on track. Since November 2022, 12-year-old Sonny has only managed to spend a few hours a week at Varndean school in Brighton. Continue reading...


  • St Paul’s Cathedral to host guests in ‘secret’ 300-year-old library

    Guests can delve deeper into history of London landmark in one-of-a-kind stay to mark World Book Day It adds a whole new meaning to bedtime reading: St Paul’s Cathedral is opening its hidden library for a once-in-a-lifetime overnight stay in honour of World Book Day. For one night only, two guests will be able stay in the “secret” room of the historic London landmark on 15 March. It is the first time anyone has officially slept inside the cathedral since the second world war, when a voluntary organisation protected the venue from bombing raids. Continue reading...