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As the big beast of the Premier League is released from its cage once again, it's all too easy to forget that football is simply about a bunch of boys (or girls) chasing a ball around, not pampered heroes and image rights. Maybe the game can bring out the worst in people but it also provides an escape.
Suspect ‘believed a device had been implanted in his brain’ according to police
For all the glamour of the Premiership, the real thing that gives the Beautiful Game its beauty is the indelible joy of playing the game. From a kick-about in the park to Villa Park, the actual joy of participation tends to outweigh watching others play the game. Which is why – during summer Olympic, cycling, cricketing or tennis glories – it’s frustrating when the behaviour of a few in the upper echelons of the game gives people a stick to beat football with.
Judge said it may have been a crazy scheme, ‘but it was a very real plan’
In the roll-call of student summer reading certain volumes stand out, including Desmond Morris's body language phenomenon The Naked Ape and Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull. To those can be added a volume by Robert M Pirsig that snuggled its way into every hitchhiker's hand-crocheted body satchel. Unlike Bach, whose books were like being hit with a wiffle bat full of pot-pourri, Pirsig is the real deal. Born in 1928, this precocious university student was eventually expelled for studying too hard, after growing bewildered by the choice of multiple hypotheses in his chosen field, biochemistry. Overwhelmed by the limitations of science, he tackled Eastern philosophy instead, spending time in India before returning to a US college.
If we only ever talk about schizophrenia in the context of a violent murder, is it any surprise that the public think people with mental illness are dangerous?
Sean Rigg, a musician who died shortly after being arrested by police, had a 20-year history of mental illness.
Multiple mistakes by police in dealing with people suffering from mental illness could have contributed to dozens of deaths, an independent commission concluded today.
It's too late for my friend, but hope is there for others. None of us should wait until the funeral of a loved one before we take this seriously
But there are bigger things at stake than the £450,000 he took home
While there are some shining examples of good practice within the mental healthcare system, there is still a huge amount of work to be done.
Doctors have been given permission to perform potentially life-saving cancer surgery on a woman who has a "delusional belief" she does not have the disease.
San Franciscan Will Franken provides the most whistlestop character comedy that you’re likely to see at the Fringe this year.
Regulator's future in doubt as claims of secret psychiatric assessment are greeted with outrage
The Government is diverting money to “sexy” diseases like breast cancer when it could save billions in the long term by tackling the root causes of mental illness, the comedian Ruby Wax has claimed.
The right-wing extremist who confessed to killing 77 people in a bomb-and-shooting rampage in Norway is not criminally insane, according to a psychiatric assessment released yesterday.