PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 February 2018 Sheena Grant Stored pinecones ready for burning as kindling on the winter fire. Picture: GETTY IMAGES This content is subject to copyright. Apparently, it was Blue Monday on January 15, calculated to be the most depressing day of the year, when factors such as the weather, debt levels and low motivation are most likely to come together to make the perfect storm of despondency. It’s a load of rubbish, of course, not least because the idea came about when a holiday company asked a psychologist to come up with a formula for the January blues, presumably to persuade people they needed to book a holiday. Others dislike the term for different reasons, with mental health charity Mind saying it’s “dangerously misleading”. I think it’s misleading too. In my book, every day is blue in January, the coldest, darkest month of the year. I’m always pleased to see the back of it. Among the tools I use to get through are … [Read more...] about Free kindling to keep the home fires burning this winter
PUBLISHED: 18:07 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 06:41 31 January 2018 Glass of gin tonic with lemon. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto This content is subject to copyright. After a successful first event in 2017, a festival dedicated to gin is coming back to Suffolk. Visitors enjoy themselves at the National Gin Festival in Ipswich. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM/RMG PHOTOGRAPHY Gin lovers rejoice. Following a successful first event last summer, Gin Festival is returning to Ipswich, bringing the nation’s favourite spirit to the town in June. The gin tour begins next month in London, travelling around the country and landing at Ipswich Town Hall between Friday, June 1, and Sunday, June 3. The festival visited the Town Hall for the first time last year, where around 3,000 visitors were estimated to have enjoyed a tipple or two. Visitors enjoy themselves at the National Gin Festival in Ipswich. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM/RMG PHOTOGRAPHY Drinkers can expect different gin … [Read more...] about Gin Festival returning to Ipswich this summer
PUBLISHED: 11:09 27 January 2018 Rose Child If you're warm enough at home why not share your winter fuel allowance and help Rennie Grove? This content is subject to copyright. Local resident Ralph Parry is helping to raise funds for Rennie Grove Hospice Care by encouraging people to “Share the Warmth” this winter. Grove House. Grove House in St Albans is now over 20 years old and the heating system is inefficient and needs to be upgraded. Ralph is suggesting that people may wish to consider donating all or part of their Winter Fuel Payment to go towards this upgrade. Ralph said: “Some people are in the really fortunate position where they receive the Government’s winter fuel allowance but don’t actually need it. By donating all or part of their allowance to Rennie Grove’s Share the Warmth fund, people will be making a valuable contribution towards upgrading the heating system at Grove House and helping to keep those people who use the day … [Read more...] about Share the warmth this winter and do your bit for Grove
The Prime Minister will use her speech at the World Economic Forum to demand social media giants crack down on illegal and harmful content or face a backlash from government and investors. Theresa May will focus on the role of technology in modern life as she addresses the main congress.Although she is expected to praise the potential of technology to "transform lives", she will also call on social media companies to do much more to stop allowing content that promotes terror, extremism and child abuse.She will say: "Technology companies still need to go further in stepping up to their responsibilities for dealing with harmful and illegal online activity."These companies simply cannot stand by while their platforms are used to facilitate child abuse, modern slavery or the spreading of terrorist and extremist content."We need to go further, so that ultimately this content is removed automatically. These companies have some of the best brains in the world. They must focus their brightest … [Read more...] about Davos: Theresa May to urge tech firms to ‘go further’ over illegal content
PUBLISHED: 13:55 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:55 19 January 2018 Charlotte Smith-Jarvis Toast Burns Night with a dram of whisky. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto This content is subject to copyright. 10 restaurants and pubs in East Anglia to enjoy Burns Night on January 25 and beyond. Elveden Courtyard, Elveden After being greeted by a piper, sit down on Burns Night for smoked haddock mousse Scotch eggs with kale salad and bacon and mustard sauce, followed perhaps by Dundee venison stew with haggis dumplings and rumbledethumps. And end with an open Scotch rhubarb tart or frozen milk chocolate and Drambuie parfait with crumbled tablet fudge. Three courses are £29.95. The White Hart, Hingham This pub is laying on three Scottish-inspired dishes on Burns Night – as well as an array of one-off cocktails to toast the occasion. Start with parcels of haggis, neeps and tatties with Drambuie cream. Follow that with oat crusted herring on cullen skink broth, and end on a … [Read more...] about Where can you celebrate Burns Night this year?
PUBLISHED: 17:10 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:28 03 January 2018 Liz Rippington Spacious high beamed bedroom HHP web new year ideas own home improvements This content is subject to copyright. Creating something special for your home such as a work of art or decor theme, will not only improve your environment, it will also give you a sense of achievement Young woman holding paint roller while young man preparing color HHP web new year ideas own home improvements With a whole new year stretching ahead of you, instead of making resolutions and not sticking to them, why not pick a fresh interest which will not only hold your attention, stimulate your creativity and keep your mind active, but improve your home, too. Maybe learn how to sculpt or paint, creating a unique piece of art you can be proud of, to enhance your living space. Another option is to discover the basics of home decorating and enjoy the satisfaction of getting the job done yourself instead of relying on other … [Read more...] about If you’re looking for inspiration to transform your home this year, why not do it yourself?
AN ANIMATED Minnie Mouse lookalike injects a knock-off Mickey Mouse character with a syringe, as a blood-curdling scream rings out.Later in the same clip, the camera zooms in on an animated mouse’s bouncing breasts as suggestive music plays.But this video isn’t meant for adults – and neither was it made by them.Instead, it has been created by AI, targeted at children and uploaded to YouTube, where many of its 1.25 million views will have been by kids.The clip in question is just one of thousands of similar videos infesting YouTube.They are made purely to make advertising money, and are cobbled together from a random library of sounds, images and animations by a cold computer program.Their garbled names are generated by the same machine to hit the most popular search terms for kids, and to make sure the clips appear as suggested videos when watching legitimate kids’ shows.The content of these videos doesn’t matter – all that’s important is that … [Read more...] about How YouTube became a breeding ground for violent, sexual and disturbing content targeted at YOUR kids
THERESA MAY was told to stand by a vow to fine web giants after they sparked uproar by flouting a deadline to remove all terror content.Furious MPs said “there can be no more excuses” and told Ministers to follow Germany by introducing legislation to clobber the likes of Facebook with huge penalties.The blast came as the Home Office revealed Daesh supporters had published an extraordinary 67,000 tweets since the start of September and flooded the web with links to propaganda.English speakers are now the second most important audience for Daesh supporters behind Arabic.A month ago, Theresa May told Google, Facebook and Twitter they had a month to remove all extremist content within two hours or face crippling fines. Speaking in New York at the time, she told web giants it was time to go “further and faster”.But last night on the eve of the cut-off date - a G7 showdown with the web giants in Italy - Government insiders admitted they would need to be given yet more … [Read more...] about Theresa May told to kick ISIS offline after web giants snub her deadline to remove terror content
In TV, online and radio reports, this content takes up all aspects of refugees' journeys - from what motivates them to embark on an often life-threatening trip to what awaits refugees and asylum seekers in Germany and Europe. The dedicated subcategory at dw.de includes an interactive world map and numerous infographics. One report is dedicated to the situation in Eritrea ("Eritrea: Africa's land of exodus"), while another examines what's happening in Senegal. In Greece, a reporter sits down with an Afghan refugee. DW journalists in Ghana present a new initiative aiming to combat emigration ("Ghanaians move on after shattered migrant dreams"). A video report also takes a look at the refugee project "Sea Watch." DW Director General Peter Limbourg said of the thematic focus, "For us, the task of providing people with information about the risks of fleeing to Europe is of great significance. We've done that in the past, and we now want to increase our efforts. With our successful … [Read more...] about “Refugees’ hopes – Europe’s challenge”: Deutsche Welle presents special content on the topic
With over 7,000 exhibitors from about 100 countries, more than 9,000 accredited journalists and 4,000 events, the 67th Frankfurt Book Fair is "the largest trading place for content worldwide." The opening press conference was held on Tuesday (13.10.2015) and the event will take place until October 18. Nearly 300,000 visitors are expected during those five days. Literature and publishing as troublemakers Still, beyond the big numbers and the huge business deals, this year's event promises to offer a book fair that's more political than ever. DW's Rainer Traube tweeted from Frankfurt: Setting the tone, the British-Indian author Salman Rushdie was invited to speak at the opening press conference. Earlier this week, Iran's culture ministry had announced it would withdraw from the event because of his presence. A fatwa was issued in Iran in 1989 to kill the author of "The Satanic Verses." Rushdie reminded that freedom of expression is a universal value and stressed the importance … [Read more...] about This year’s Frankfurt Book Fair is more political than ever