Kindness has its rewards

 PARENTS’ efforts to make the right choices for their child’s development begin early, with them seeking the most suitable nursery or reception class.

Chaplain helps students face their university challenge

THE man wearing a Salvation Army jacket in the foyer of the university library is – he says more than once during our conversation – ‘not at all academic’. But he is ready to discuss all kinds of subjects with students.

Chris Sands is a Salvation Army minister and part of the chaplaincy team at Canterbury Christ Church University. ‘Our aims are to support students and staff,’ he says. ‘We’re here to listen to them and help them in any situation they’re facing.’

Taxing questions

 NEXT Wednesday (22 November) the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, will present his latest budget to the House of Commons.

He will be speaking against a backdrop of uncertainty regarding how much the UK will pay as it leaves the European Union in 16 months’ time, as well as concerns over growing inflation and this month’s first interest rate rise in a decade.

It pays to be right on time

ACCUSATIONS. Allegations. Denials. More accusations. More allegations. More heated denials.

On the weekend of Remembrance Sunday, it would be fascinating to know how many disputes, wars and conflicts, large and small, have started with an exchange of words – and even more intriguing to discover which diplomatic words were instrumental in restoring peace.

To distant observers of the Brexit negotia­tions, it can appear as if entente cordiale is not living up to its name, with neither side appearing willing to compromise.

My dad survived Dunkirk

LESLEY LEWIS knew from childhood that her father, Stanley Patrick, had served as an Allied soldier during the Second World War. She understood that when he was 20 years old he survived a torpedo attack in the evacuation of Dunkirk. But she had no idea just how close he came to death – until earlier this year when she watched the Channel 4 documentary Dunkirk: The New Evidence.

We must not forget the future

 IT was at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month that the First World War ended in 1918.

In the years since then, that date and time has become synonymous with the nation pausing for two minutes to remember military personnel who have lost their lives in the service of their country.

Public scrutiny reveals imperfections

IT seems to happen nearly every day. Another celebrity or public figure is exposed for dubious behaviour, with their subsequent fall from grace bringing a loss of status, respect and prestige.

Living in the public eye has its pitfalls and temptations as well as attractions. Never before has someone’s life been so open to scrutiny – and never before has it been so easy to discover when that someone starts thinking they are above the law.

Baby doctor faces questions of life and death

Professor Wyatt, what is your practitioner and academic background?

For many years, I was a consultant neonatologist at University College Hospital, London. Essentially, I was a specialist in the medical care of newborn babies. I was also the academic lead for the hospital’s large neonatal intensive-care unit. At this point, a lot of the babies are premature. Also, some are born at term but have serious illnesses.

Violent episodes

FROM the start, BBC One’s drama series Gunpowder set off a reaction among viewers. Turning to Twitter, some said they thought the scenes of torture and execution were too brutal, too graphic. Radio Times magazine ran a poll on its website, asking whether the drama, which retells the story of the plot to blow up Parliament, was ‘too gory’. A narrow majority thought that it was ‘just a fair reflection of what happened’.

Anger needs to be under new management

WHAT makes us angry or see red? We may like to think we can control our tem­per, but occasionally we have to admit that we lose it.

Mostly we tend to lose our rag when we’re tired, upset or worried. It takes only an innocent remark to highlight under­lying tensions in a relationship or work situation and set off all those other inner resentments and hurts that have been just waiting to explode. Whatever the trig­ger, saying things in haste can lead to bro­ken friendships and divided families. That kind of anger can be destructive or even dangerous.