My sister was abducted and murdered – but I came to forgive her killers

‘HOW can a person find inner peace without denying the reality of human atrocity?’ It’s a haunting question posed by author Marian Partington – and one she is still trying to answer herself.

On 27 December 1973, Marian’s 21-year-old sister Lucy left her friend’s house in Cheltenham intending to catch the 10.15 pm bus to the family home in Gretton, a nearby village. She was never seen again. Fearing the worst but hoping desperately for the best, relatives, friends and police wondered what happened to her.

Money matters

ANYONE with the slightest trace of Irish blood in their veins will know that today (Saturday 17 March) is St Patrick’s Day. For some it will be just another day, but for others it will prompt a 24-hour party. In Dublin, the celebrations have been spread over a five-day period with the St Patrick’s Festival concluding on Monday.

Jenny's story

She spent most of her teenage years being groomed by her elderly neighbour and registered sex offender ‘Keith’.  At  17, Keith moved away and she was pawned off to a gang of men, who illegally traded her as a sex slave. Although she was never paid - except in phone credit, cigarettes, or drugs -  the gang made a lot of money out of her services, while she endured unimaginable horror, and was thrown out of the family home.

Questions come in waves

WHO? Why? What? When? Where? How?

According to a study reported on the website of The Independent, four-year-old children ask their parents up to 73 ques­tions a day, beginning as early as 6 am and not stopping until bedtime. You may recognise some of them: ‘Why do peo­ple die? What is God? How was I made? Why do I have to go to school? Why can’t I stay up as late as you?’

Planet earth: Handle with care

 Dr Moo, what is your academic background?

As an undergrad, I studied biology and English literature in Chicago. I then spent a year working in a seminary. While I was there, I enrolled on a theology course. I then did a master’s degree in wildlife biology at Utah State University, followed by time studying the New Testament and the Old Testament in Boston, before completing a PhD in early Judaism and the New Testament at Cambridge University.

Weathering the change?

COMPETITORS at the Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang will have been glad to see snow when the competitions began on Thursday (8 March). But in parts of the UK last week the wintry weather caused significant disruption.

Hundreds of people were left stranded as roads became impassable and public transport ground to a halt. The National Grid was fearful that it would not have enough gas to meet the demand. And one woman had to give birth at the side of the A66 near Darlington because the snow stopped her from getting to the hospital in time.

London to Brighton Cycle Ride 2018

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The London to Brighton Cycle Ride is an unforgettable 54 mile adventure. Join over 4,000 cyclists and embark on this incredible challenge taking you from London’s Clapham Common, through Surrey’s beautiful country and lanes and stunning Sussex scenery.

Your epic challenge will come to an end as you race through the flag-lined finish towards Brighton seafront. 

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Musician fine-tunes work with addicts

MORE than 50 years ago, Jackie Pullinger realised her childhood dream of being a missionary. It had gone on hold while she was studying at the Royal College of Music, but after she became part of a Christian house group, her youthful ambition was reawakened.

Jackie’s minister advised her to buy a ticket for a ship travelling to many destina­tions and pray throughout the journey that God would tell her when to disembark. So in 1966 she bought the cheapest one-way ticket she could find. She left the ship at Hong Kong with just £10 in her pocket and no idea what to do next.

TV singing judge happy to say a little prayer

BBC ONE’S Saturday evening music show All Together Now is the 100-1 shot worth singing about. Eager vocalists stand centre stage in front of 100 music experts and performers, hoping that their song will get the panel on their feet and joining in. The more who jump up, the closer the singer will get to the £50,000 prize on offer in the final tonight (3 March).

Poultry provisions

 THERE was a chicken-shaped hole in the buckets of customers at fast-food outlet KFC last week.

Changes to the company’s distribution arrangements resulted in a shortage of chicken supplies and the closure of some 700 of the company’s 870 restaurants. Some customers contacted their MP to complain while others took to Twitter with the hashtag KFCCrisis.