SARAH PULLEN is told her son is going to die.Diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in August 2012, Silas, ten, is given less than 18 months to live. In this raw and honest account, the mother of four reveals the unbearable pain of losing her child. THERE is a moment I wish my son dead. I wish for him to be killed instantly in a car crash.Can you imagine wishing your child dead? It’s not something I would ever have thought possible, not until a stranger in a crisp Italian suit and polished leather shoes tells me that my ten-year-old son is going to die in a matter of months.That he’ll die a tortuous and undignified death that will rob him of his personality long before his heart finally stops beating.We stand in a small hospital playroom, my husband Ben and I. Across the room from us perches a consultant.He asks us: “Do either of you have a heart condition?” We shake our heads. We are here to talk about our son’s health, not our own. … [Read more...] about Mum who lost her son to a brain tumour reveals everything about the hell of losing him – from the shocking diagnosis to his harrowing last words
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THE 'devil child' in The Omen escaped jail after punching two cyclists in a brutal road rage attack.Harvey Spencer Stephens was sentenced for the crime on Friday the 13th.So what has Harvey Spencer Stephens been up to since playing the iconic Damien Thorn in The Omen?Harvey Spencer Stephens was born on November 12, 1970.At just four years old he was chosen to play Damien Thorn in The Omen - launching him to worldwide fame.He landed the infamous part after punching director Richard Donner in the testicles.In the film he played the antichrist child who attacked his parents, and killed off other characters by suicide or murder.But it was a short-lived acting career, with The Omen being his only major film role - despite briefly returned to The Omen in a 2006 DVD special features section to play a tabloid journalist.The 46-year-old is now a married dad-of-one who had recently been working at his own security firm which went into liquidation at the end of last … [Read more...] about Who is Harvey Spencer Stephens? The Omen’s Damien who ended up a property developer – here’s what we know
ANTONIO CONTE and Jurgen Klopp will meet for the first time as managers on Friday night.Chelsea and Liverpool clash at Stamford Bridge for what will be the biggest matches in their season so far, with much at stake for two sides expected to make great strides over last season.Both have reputations as being world class managers, but who is better?It's an extremely subjective question, of course, with the Italian and German taking completely different routes to meet on Friday night - even if their style on the touchline is very similar.Conte, 47, and Klopp, 49, are two of the most animated touchline presences in world football, with both highly emotional figures on the touchline.Each wildly celebrates goals and each looks virtually on the verge of tears after a poor performance or unjust defeat.Neither is worried about laying into his own players if they have not been up to scratch.Conte and Klopp go head-to-head for the first time as managers (bar their meeting in pre-season) and … [Read more...] about Chelsea vs Liverpool: Who is the better manager, Jurgen Klopp or Antonio Conte?
THE child actor who played Damien in The Omen and punched two cyclists in a road rage attack has avoided jail — on Friday the 13th.Harvey Spencer Stephens, 46, got out of his flash Audi RS6 to thump the men — smashing one of their helmets.The dad-of-one was today handed a 12 months prison sentence, suspended for two years.He was also ordered to pay £2120 in compensation to victims and carry out 150 hours in unpaid work after he admitted his guilt at Maidstone Crown Court on December 8.Stephens admitted two counts of ABH and one of criminal damage after the assault on Toys Hill, near Westerham, Kent, on August 21 last year.Judge Martin Joy said: "This was undeniably a serious case of road rage."Quite plainly a serious attack."In mitigation, Ben Irwin said: "He achieved some success in his life. As a child he was an actor, but that was not s route a he chose to go down and he became a futures trader."Stephens became world famous … [Read more...] about The Omen star who played devil-child Damien avoids jail – on Friday 13th – for punching cyclists in road rage attack
THE child actor who played Damien in The Omen punched two cyclists in a road rage attack and faces jail when he is sentenced — on Friday the 13th.Harvey Spencer Stephens, 46, got out of his flash Audi RS6 to thump the men — smashing one of their helmets.He has admitted two counts of ABH and one of criminal damage after the assault on Toys Hill, near Westerham, Kent, on August 21 last year.Stephens became world famous when he took on the role of devil child Damien Thorn in the 1976 cult classic movie — where in one scene he circles demonically on a tricycle.The dad of one admitted his guilt at Maidstone Crown Court on December 8 and returns there for sentencing tomorrow.A source said: “This was a road rage offence in which he brutally assaulted two middle-aged cyclists without provocation.“They had been out on a Sunday bike ride when he lost his rag and attacked — punching them in the head and damaging one of the cyclists’ helmets, which was … [Read more...] about The Omen star who played devil-child Damien faces jail for punching two cyclists in a road rage attack – and will be sentenced on Friday the 13th
Friday 22 July 2011We’ve been gadabouts for the last few weeks. Things always get so busy at theWe went through all our DVDs and donated about 5,000 to the school. Jim gave aWe were extremely proud their painting was on the flyer for the fair AND theyThis made it easier to bear the fact our vegetable sculpture, Ronnie TheHow sweet is that?So back to June. I’ve been helping my friend Virginia, a breast-feeding guruJim and Bob have also been on the ‘net. They’ve come up with a viral show: VicOn the 24th Jim and I took ourselves off to Brighton. We’ve been spendingWe walked round the Lanes and treated ourselves to some bits from the shops.I went to visit the girls in my fave store, Get Cutie. Because I’ve modelledWe stayed at Hotel Du Vin, which is divine.They’ve got all these different cognacs. We tried one each from the year weThe next day Jim decided we should take the girls to the Oare Gunpowder Works.It is the greatest place, really … [Read more...] about Double the fun with Nancy
EID AL-ADHA is a major celebration in the Islamic calendar which marks the sacrifices made to God.Here is all the information on Eid al-Adha, when it takes place and what it's all about...In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha takes place on the 10th day of the 12th month and lasts for four days until the 13th day.This year it began on Friday, September 1 and will end on the evening of Tuesday, September 5.Different interpretations mean that Greater Eid falls on a different day depending on the sect, mosque or region.In some countries, Eid-al-Adha will be marked from September 2.The phrase Eid al-Adha translates as the “festival of the sacrifice” and is also known as the Greater Eid.It is a holy time of sacrifice and generosity to friends, family and the needy.Muslims honour the Eid al-Adha as the time Ibrahim - known as Abraham to Jews and Christians - was going to sacrifice his son Isaac.Instead, Abraham was ordered by God to kill an animal instead.The … [Read more...] about What date is Eid al-Adha 2017, how long does it run for and what is the Islamic festival?
INSTAGRAM went down this morning, stopping thousands of people from using the app.The outage is the second to affect the picture-sharing app this week.It is not clear what has caused the problem with the Facebook-owned app.The issue affected users around the world, with the UK, US Australia, Japan, Europe, South America and parts of South East Asia all suffering.Instagram's issues began at about 9.20am this morning, when more than one thousand people reporting problems to Down Detector, a website which collates reports of outages and websites crashes.The issue now appears to have been resolved.On Twitter, one person wrote: "Friday the 13th is already happening guys. Instagram is down."Facebook and Instagram went down across the UK, Europe and America earlier this week.Some people said there had been a "total blackout" which stopped them loading the site.Others claimed to have had difficulty sharing pictures or writing postsThe problem affected the UK as well as mainland Europe and … [Read more...] about Instagram went down AGAIN for the second time in a week after suffering apparent outage
Pope Benedict XVI returned to his homeland for the first foreign trip of his pontificate Thursday saying he hoped his visit would mark a step towards reconciliation with other religions and unity among Christians. Against the backdrop of the city's dramatic 13th century cathedral and ahead of a landmark visit to Cologne's synagogue on Friday, the pope offered a "warm greeting" to representatives of other Christian denomination and religions at the Catholic World Youth Day festival. "I thank all of you for our presence in Cologne at this great gathering, in the hope that it will mark a step forward on the path towards reconciliation and unity," said the German-born pope, formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. By using his visit here to meet with the leaders of Jewish and Muslim communities, Benedict has underscored a pledge made in his first speeches after his election in April that he would use his pontificate to work for Christian unity and to build bridges with the other … [Read more...] about Pope Reaches Out to Youth of the World
DW: We're all aware of how horror films can affect us, but you argue that we benefit from them as well? Mathias Clasen: The attraction people feel to situations that give them experience with danger - but in a safe context - is biologically adaptive. And I base that hypothesis on comparative studies done on other mammals. Which mammals, and what are they doing? Primarily, mammalian infants. They're apparently hardwired to find great pleasure in situations that would be dangerous in real life. So when kittens play-fight, they build muscle tone, they develop evasion strategies. And there are parallels with human children: kids love being chased, or peek-a-boo, or hide and seek. Those are basically simulations of very dangerous scenarios, but which clearly exhibit cues so the kids can enjoy flirting with danger and with their own responses to danger. And horror films provide the same for adults? A cheap but effective horror film will give us nothing but an ephemeral buzz, a little … [Read more...] about Use spiders, use the dark: Why horror films and the Walking Dead are good for you