The family and close friends of Ruislip girl Jess Shepherd, who passed away on September 7 after a seven-year battle with cancer, have got matching tattoos to remember her forever. Ranging in age from 22 to 62, they had Jess' hashtag #roarforjess, which supporters across the world and some celebrities tweeted in her honour, tattooed at a West Drayton parlour. Close family members even had some of Jess' ashes mixed with the ink to create a more tangible connection to her. Jess' aunt Cheryl English had a large piece done with one of her favourite quotes - "Don't be sad, it's a waste of a day" - as a tribute to her relentlessly positive attitude. Steve Evans from Mantra 2 Tattoo wanted to help them create a lasting memorial and raise awareness of neuroblastoma, the rare cancer Jess suffered from, having followed her story for years. Jess' grandmother Louise Walker said: "As a family we wanted to do something unique that would leave us a permanent reminder of our beautiful Jess. "We … [Read more...] about Loved ones of Ruislip girl Jess Shepherd get matching tattoos
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1. Up and at it – what is your morning routine? My alarm goes off at 6.15am every day. I hit the snooze button for five minutes – every day – then it's up to get shaved before heading downstairs to get the kettle on and catch the 6.30am news on BBC Radio 2 with a cuppa in my hand. 2. What might you eat in a typical working day for... Breakfast? When I'm leading groups in the mountains for Walkthemournes.com, breakfast is usually porridge with some added flax, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, with a good dollop of honey for fantastic natural energy. If I'm not out in the Mournes, I might have some toast with Marmite and red onion – don't knock it until you've tried it. Oh, and a mug of tea. Lunch? Lunch is usually a sandwich, like a ciabatta roll with cheese or some fruit loaf with jam – great fuel for the mountains. Evening meal? My wife Siobhan is a fantastic cook and usually prepares a beautiful meal which we eat together with our three children. But if I'm … [Read more...] about It’s hard to beat a mug of coffee and some fruit loaf on top of one of the Mournes
WILLIAM Shakespeare is arguably the greatest playwright to ever live - and deserves to have his birthday celebrated accordingly. But when is it - and how does his proud home town of Stratford-upon-Avon mark the big day. When is Shakespeare's birthday? The exact date is unknown but it is most often celebrated on April 23, the same date he died aged 52. We do know that he was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1565. His baptism is recorded in the Parish Register at Holy Trinity Church on Wednesday, April 26, 1564. These usually took place within three days of birth, according to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. How dose Stratford-upon-Avon celebrate Shakespeare's birthday? Unsurprisingly, his home went all out in celebrating the famous writer's 454th birthday with a parade and city-wide carnival. There were live street theatre and music, vintage singers, street food and craft demonstrations across the weekend, according to local media. On Sunday, the head boy of … [Read more...] about When is Shakespeare’s birthday, how is it celebrated in his hometown Stratford upon Avon and what are some of his best quotes?
When I first wrote last summer about Chris Cook losing a job he'd held for 25 years, I received impassioned responses from across the country.Some people were incensed that Cook, who is 51 and has an intellectual disability, was losing a packaging job because the company was getting rid of what many refer to as "14c" jobs.Those used to be called "sheltered workshop" jobs, a term that has fallen out of favor. It refers to a workplace where people with disabilities, under careful supervision, do tasks like applying labels to envelopes, packing boxes and putting screws in bags. They get paid less than minimum wage, according to how many units they complete.Other people, while sympathetic to Cook's plight, applauded the underlying progress in the field of the disabled. The working world is moving toward more integrated, competitive settings for people with disabilities that give them better opportunities to move up and pay at or above the minimum wage. What I learned is that the topic … [Read more...] about Virginia Beach man who lost “sheltered workshop” job of 25 years gets a new one
BELLEVUE, Neb. — "I just enjoy killing. Simple as that."That is how Airman 1st Class Timothy Wilsey described what he called "a hunger, a thirst, a craving" to kill people.In the days after he strangled an acquaintance, Airman 1st Class Rhianda Dillard, Wilsey poured out his thoughts, and his murderous ambitions, in the handwritten pages of his journal.Some of the quotes from Wilsey's journal were displayed on a television screen Tuesday as Maj. Ryan Reed, one of the military prosecutors, gave his 75-minute closing statement in the sentencing of the 21-year-old airman. Wilsey pleaded guilty last week to charges of premeditated murder in the killing of Dillard, 20, as the two watched TV in her Offutt Air Force Base dorm room: D112, Turner Hall. He also pleaded guilty to desertion.Reed described how Dillard — a high-achieving member of the 55th Strategic Communications Squadron — met Wilsey at a basketball game, and the two exchanged phone numbers. According … [Read more...] about ‘I just enjoy killing. Simple as that.’ Quotes from Nebraska airman’s journal shared at sentencing in air base slaying