“I think that everyone can contribute in their own way and do something. I have a great belief that every individual can make a difference and help a fellow human being, said the princess, who is expecting her first child with husband Prince Carl Philip in April 2016. … [Read more...] about Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf Joins Princess Sofia in Efforts to Help Syrian Refugees, Offers Royal Land to Migrants
Refugee mother and child
Although my schooling came to an end when I was only 14, it afforded me the opportunity to take an engineering apprenticeship. Through this I went on to be involved in the manufacturing of everything from paper-clips, screws and nails to aircraft, trucks, buses and ocean-going ships. I was privileged to have had such an interesting career. Most importantly, aged just 18, on an evening during the blackout, I met a beautiful young girl called Beryl. She became my wife, my lover, my best friend and mother to our five children. I always knew I was lucky to share my life with such a wonderful woman and when I lost her to cancer after 60 years of happy marriage, I wished my life could be over too. The only good thing about losing Beryl was the knowledge that she wouldn’t have to go through the pain of losing me. … [Read more...] about ‘Caring for my elderly parent from afar risks turning him into the child’
Both Sara and Richard are academics: she is a sociologist who specialises in autism and learning disabilities, he is a political scientist. Connor was a kind and loving child, but at 18 he became aggressive and unhappy. “Maybe he was beginning to get a sense that his life was very different from his brothers’ and his sister’s,” Sara says. “They were leaving home, going to university, and nothing like that was happening to him. No job, no prospects, no qualifications, nothing. He was just surrounded by professionals talking about his future. It was as if his social work team had forgotten that there was a boy, or young man, attached to their care budget. There was no one asking, ‘What do you want to be?’” … [Read more...] about ‘We never thought he wouldn’t come home’: why did our son, Connor Sparrowhawk, die?
Supposedly watershed cases of abuse inside ATUs have mounted up: 2011’s Winterbourne View scandal, and last year’s case centred on Whorlton Hall in County Durham. In 2013, Connor Sparrowhawk – who was autistic and had learning disabilities – died after having an epileptic fit in a bath at Slade House, an NHS-run ATU in Oxford. His family have campaigned for justice ever since. In late 2018, the wider story should have reached a tipping point when, even if identities and locations could not be established, Sky News discovered via freedom of information requests that 40 people with a learning disability or autism had died in ATUs over the previous two and a half years. … [Read more...] about Locked away: the national scandal you may have missed
Gaiman’s book verges on classic status and Henry Selick’s 2009 stop-motion animated film brought this tale of a lonely but resourceful 11-year-old to an even wider audience. But its familiarity is a blessing and a curse. The sense of ownership people feel towards a favourite story means they will come to the show with fixed ideas. Couple that with the fact that adapting a book for the stage always involves cutting and condensing, and you risk infuriating what should be your biggest fans. … [Read more...] about Neil Gaiman on Coraline the terrifying opera: ‘Being brave means being scared’
Bennelong is tough, but also intensely beautiful and stirring; Page's expressive choreography is matched by evocative design and costumes (by Jacob Nash and Jennifer Irwin, respectively), and a soundtrack that blends traditional Indigenous songs and instrumentation with classical European music, Waltzing Matilda, a sea shanty, contemporary rap — and even live recordings of protest chants: "No pride in genocide". … [Read more...] about Perth Festival opening week showcases nationwide resurgence of Indigenous art, theatre and music