Talking Points: Cornwall, Syria, and some charitable giving

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Protecting the pasty

The Cornish are finally recognised as a minority national group, on a par with the Scots, Welsh and Irish. ‘I think it’s about time that people recognised that the Cornish people existed' says Loveday Jenkin, deputy leader of Cornish political party Mebyon Kernow. ‘We’re not English; Cornwall is not England.’

Police plea to women

Counter-terrorism police are appealing to women living in the UK to convince their relatives not to travel to Syria to join the fight against President Assad. The campaign follows reports of up to 20 British men being killed in the conflict, and 40 linked arrests.

Take care

According to a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research, by 2017, there will be more than two million older people without family nearby to care for them. They say that the country must ‘build new community institutions’ to solve the problem.

Wedding bells

Jodie Foster has announced her marriage to Alexandra Hedison, a photographer and actress, which took place this weekend. Foster publicly came out in a speech at last year's Golden Globes, saying "I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the stone age. In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family, coworkers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her."

Small change

19 year-old terminal cancer patient Steven Sutton has raised over £1.6 million for the Teenager Cancer Trust, after setting himself a £10,000 target after his diagnosis in 2012. He tweeted “tonight's show of love and support epitomises how great people can be”