Patients and doctors were conspicuous in their absence
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Saturday 14 January 2012
IMHO... We'll miss bookshops when they're gone, if only for the weird things customers say in them
Tuesday 10 January 2012
As a psychiatric orderly, Dennis O'Donnell encountered violence and despair – but also strength and compassion. His new book offers a moving insight into this unseen and little reported world
Friday 06 January 2012
Bob Holness, best known as the genial host of hit quiz Blockbusters, died today aged 83.
Wednesday 28 December 2011
Youths have turned their noses up at a woodland drink and drugs den after it was spread with pig dung.
Sunday 18 December 2011
What should you do if someone is foul mannered on public transport? It is spirit-crushing for everyone who witnesses it, yet intervention feels thankless or dangerous. You can report someone swearing or smoking or ranting to an official, but they are as fearful as everyone else. The signs in stations, or hospitals for that matter, warning that staff must not be threatened or abused by passengers or patients, suggest an institutionalised dread of the public. You could call the police, but that means lock-down and nobody getting to work. Furthermore, nobody expects it to lead to a conviction. The result is that we are wretchedly complicit in an uncivil society.
Thursday 01 December 2011
"To stay in a caravan. To meet Take That. To go to Cadbury World and eat loads of chocolate." Since Alice Pyne from Cumbria – 16 years old and dying from Hodgkin's lymphoma – published a "bucket list" online almost six months ago, almost all her wishes have come true.
Saturday 17 September 2011
On Monday, in a local shop, I cried. I cried because I was saying goodbye to a sweet, kind man whose smile has brightened almost every morning of my life for two years.
Friday 02 September 2011
The mother of a six-month-old boy with Down's Syndrome has spoken of the human impact a planned mass eviction of travellers will have.
Sunday 05 June 2011
Thursday 02 June 2011
Union leaders representing thousands of staff in Southern Cross care homes staged a demonstration today outside a meeting attended by private equity companies.
Thursday 02 June 2011
Wednesday 20 April 2011
Wednesday 06 April 2011
Wheelchair users have been amazed by robotic legs which could help them to walk again.
Monday 28 February 2011
Government acts in the wake of neglect exposed by The Independent
Friday 25 February 2011
The heroine of Margaret's Forster's new novel has a curious name. Her parents have called her Isamay, named after both her grandmothers, Isa and May.
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