Ben Mackay

Ben Mackay is a writer and blogs at http://www.benrossmackay.blogspot.co.uk/

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Rick Perry resigns: A career of contradictions, bigotry and ineptitude

Here's a look back to some of his most infamous statements

Sales today is an unpopular job, in stark contrast to the 50s when one man declared himself King of street traders

The dearth of the salesmen: A career failing to sell itself

There are 20,000 posts advertised a month, but the job can't shake off its negative image

A TV screen shows Edward Snowden appearing on the news, at a restaurant in Hong Kong

Snowden's case shows it's not easy to gain refugee status

If you read the tabloids you might think the UK is full of asylum seekers lazing about in Hampstead council mansions

From Uncle Tom to Uncle Sam: a jubilant Democrat delegate, dressed
head-to-foot in the Stars and Stripes

Happy 4th July Independence Day...wherever you are

Today the United States of America is celebrating its Independence Day. But at 237 years old, Uncle Sam is actually relatively elderly. Here are the four young whippersnappers of international relations:

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On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

Weather warning

Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

High hopes for LSD

Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral