Search

A Little Thought

A Little Thought Is Better Than No Thought

A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

PRINCE ANDREW: POLL RESULTS SAY IT ALL

Prince Andrew: Just 6% believe duke’s answers over Epstein – Sky News poll
— Read on news.sky.com/story/prince-andrew-just-6-believe-dukes-answers-over-epstein-sky-news-poll-11864288

A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

TERRYO’NEILL

Terry O’Neill, the photographer who rose to fame in the 1960s as a chronicler of the celebrities and public figures who defined the era, has died at the age of 81.

O’Neill, who was awarded a CBE last month for services to photography, died at home on Saturday night after a long illness, his agency said. He had prostate cancer.

He was known for his pictures of musicians, models and actors, from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to Brigitte Bardot and Sean Connery. He later photographed Amy Winehouse, Nicole Kidman and Nelson Mandela, as well as the Queen.

A spokeswoman for his agency said: “It is with a heavy heart that Iconic Images announces the passing of Terence ‘Terry’ O’Neill, CBE. As one of the most iconic photographers of the last 60 years, his legendary pictures will forever remain imprinted in our memories as well as in our hearts and minds.”

A biography of the photographer on the agency’s website said: “O’Neill realised that youth culture was a breaking news story on a global scale and began chronicling the emerging faces of film, fashion and music who would go on to define the swinging 60s. By 1965 he was being commissioned by the biggest magazines and newspapers in the world.”

He was married to the actor Faye Dunaway, with whom he had a son, for three years. He later married modelling industry executive Laraine Ashton.

A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

CHILDREN IN NEED 2019

If you are taking part this evening in raising funds for this fantastic charity, have a super time.

NEWSNIGHT: PRINCE ANDREW INTERVIEW

Prince Andrew has been given airtime tomorrow evening on the BBC to put his side of the story across in relation to his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.

Any interview that Prince Andrew gives is very much one sided and it would be more beneficial for him to help the investigating authorities in the USA rather than give a so-called no holds interview.

Personally if nothing to hide why would he not help the authorities, perhaps they could come and interview him here in the same way the UK police travelled to the USA to interview the driver of the car that resulted in the death of Harry Dunn.

I do not think the BBC should be giving the airtime as they would not do the same with other people and hopefully they are giving his accuser the right to reply.

GENDER NEUTRAL UNIFORMS AT SCHOOL

Schools would be ordered to allow children to wear gender-neutral school uniforms under new plans put forward by the Liberal Democrats.

Layla Moran, the party’s education spokesperson, said the existing rules were “totally out of date” and vowed to legislate to force schools in England to revise their uniform codes to ensure they are more inclusive.

Under plans to be unveiled in the Lib Dem election manifesto, headteachers would be compelled to allow children to wear shorts, trousers or skirts, regardless of their gender.

Schools in Wales have already adopted a gender-neutral policy, which means there cannot be separate dress codes for boys and girls

The move came after in the wake of a heatwave in 2018, when some parents claimed school uniform policies were too strict.

Ms Moran, who tabled a bill on the subject in the last parliament, said: “Too many school uniform policies look totally out of date in 2019. It is time to support all children in wearing what they are happy, comfortable and confident in.

“This will give every single child the freedom to choose what uniform they wear. Dictating what they can and cannot wear because of their gender is outdated and harmful.

“By helping them be happy in what they’re wearing, we can improve learning outcomes.

“Removing the association of ‘boys’ or ‘girls’ with particular clothes in a school uniform policy may not change the way pupils dress, but it could be hugely important for many young people. It’s time to build a culture of acceptance in our schools.”

The Oxford West and Abingdon candidate previously said she had taken up the issue after hearing a 15-year-old Lib Dem member tell the party’s conference that she was forbidden from playing football on her lunch break as she could not switch her skirt for trousers.

The move was welcomed by the equality charity Stonewall, who said young people should be allowed to wear whatever was most comfortable for them.

A Stonewall spokesperson said: ‘It’s important young people aren’t forced to wear something that makes them uncomfortable, so school uniforms should include dresses, skirts and trousers and these items should be available to all students.

“Gender-neutral policies shouldn’t be about banning any particular type of clothing, but making sure every young person can wear what’s most comfortable for them.”

The prospect of gender-neutral uniforms has proved controversial in some quarters.

Parents and pupils protested outside the school gates of Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex, after it made trousers compulsory for new and existing pupils.

The school introduced the policy over worries about the length of skirts and apparently in response to the concerns of a small number of transgender students. 

The Lib Dem plan would not make any garment compulsory, allowing children to choose.

Senior Lib Dem figures will announce the plan at a launch of the party’s equality blueprint on Thursday, which will include measures to protect places of worship, tackle hate crime and improve LGBT+ rights.

The party is also expected to announce plans to make it easier for people to change their gender, which Theresa May’s government kicked into the long grass.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑