Of all the former soldiers in the Conservative Party, who would Johnny Mercer MP choose to be on patrol with? Mercer was in 29 Commando (“two-nine”), did three tours in Afghanistan including time with Special Forces, and I ask this question because there are a lot of ex-army about (some, arguably, on “manoeuvres”). I begin listing them: Ruth Davidson, Tom Tugendhat... But Mercer interrupts. “Um, there’s a difference between reservists and regular,” he says. And those two are? “Reservists.” What about Rory Stewart? “Gap year commission.” He reels off the regulars. “Leo Docherty, Bob Stewart, Tobias Ellwood, James Heappey.” OK, so of them, who would he go on patrol with? He thinks about this for a second. Then smirks: “Nice try.” Even if he won’t play the political patrol game, he has played the Channel 4 game Celebrity Hunted, for which he and Sky News presenter Kay Burley teamed up as … [Read more...] about Johnny Mercer: I’m speaking out about my OCD to help boys like me
Children just like me
By Nathaniel Percy | [email protected] | Daily BreezePUBLISHED: October 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm | UPDATED: October 18, 2018 at 9:34 pm Drake Walker heads out for patrol on his police motorcycle at a park near the family home. (Courtesy of Leslie Walker) After his first five-day hospital stay in July 2018, 7-year-old Drake Walker immediately hops on his police motorcycle and heads out for patrol after returning home. (Courtesy of Leslie Walker) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Walker family sits in chambers before Torrance PD Chief Eve Irvine swears in Drake Walker, 7, as an honorary police officer at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Drake has wanted to be a police officer like his father, James, who is a sergeant with the Torrance Police Department, but was diagnosed recently with an aggressive, inoperable tumor at the base of his brain stem. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) The Walker family sits in chambers before Torrance PD Chief Eve … [Read more...] about 7-year-old boy battling cancerous tumor becomes Torrance cop, just like his dad
The sermon had been preached, the last prayers offered. Now, Mike Yoder decided, the time had come to share unsettling news. As congregants at Silverwood Mennonite Church chatted around a potluck spread, Yoder, a Republican county commissioner, huddled with Pastor Jeremy Shue. There was a good chance, Yoder confided, that a 1,200-bed immigration detention center would soon rise north of Goshen, Indiana. "One of the only positives is that it would be less of a drive to protest," Shue said. Yoder had paid attention when Elkhart County voters backed Donald Trump for president after a campaign lambasting immigrants. He knew, too, that the county seat and the largest employers had made a place for thousands of immigrants, a number in the U.S. illegally. Undocumented immigrants like Letty Stegall often were allowed to stay in the latter part of Obama's presidency if they had regular check-ins with ICE, paid processing fees, were fingerprinted and stayed out of trouble. An executive order … [Read more...] about How One Indiana County Debated Hosting an ICE Detention Center: ‘It’s for People Like Me’
0 Have your say IT is no wonder that the National Health Service has come to be treasured by so many – healthcare which meets the needs of everyone, free at the point of delivery and based on clinical need. Yet, as it celebrates its 70th year, we need to reinstate these founding principles and steady the ship in the face of growing pressure and uncertainty. As a country we are rightly proud of our NHS and the majority of us, at some time, have been helped by the NHS. After all, most of us were literally born in the NHS, with either a midwife or obstetrician assisting our mother through childbirth.As a junior doctor working in paediatrics in the NHS, one of my greatest privileges is being invited to share in the most heartfelt moments between parents and their children. I recently attended the birth of baby Lola. Her mother’s pregnancy had been normal but things started to get more complicated during labour. Lola came out completely floppy and blue; she … [Read more...] about Melody Redman: Just like the babies I care for, our NHS is vulnerable
Get the Think newsletter. SUBSCRIBE There are a few reasons that I think there's been a surge of interest in Dungeons & Dragons in the last few years. The cultural icons of my generations — and I'm now in my 40s — have all become nostalgic. For example, if you look at "Stranger Things," you'll see all the movie posters that my generation had on the walls, all the games we played and even the bikes we rode (in addition to the characters playing the game). I also think that there's been a return to analog for the young generation. Just look a the number of kids that are buying vinyl records; there's a purity to it. And I think the game is part of a movement away from the isolation of computers and mobile devices: People want to get together on Friday night or Saturday night with their friends around a table, and be social and play a social game, rather than staring at their phone and netting zero for the next five hours. Dungeons & Dragons is part of a movement … [Read more...] about Dungeons & Dragons isn’t a weird game for nerds. It’s a creative outlet for people like me.