Bad Sex in Fiction: US writer Christopher Bollen wins

Bad Sex in Fiction: US writer Christopher Bollen wins

Image copyrightGetty Images US author Christopher Bollen has won the Bad Sex in Fiction Award for his novel The Destroyers. The judges voted him the winner after reading a scene depicting the book’s protagonist, Ian, with his ex-girlfriend on the island of Patmos. He wrote: “She covers her breasts with her swimsuit… The skin along her arms and shoulders are different shades of tan like water stains in a bathtub.” Bollen – editor-at-large of Interview magazine – did not attend the ceremony. Image copyrightWilbur Smith Image caption Wilbur Smith’s War…

Read More

Commuting problems

Commuting problems

Image copyrightGetty Images The government had vowed to help one million disabled people into work over the next decade. But for many people, the challenges of work begin before they even get to the office. The commute to work can be a battle for millions. However, for people with disabilities, transport inaccessibility can make the struggle even harder. Wheelchair user Yaragael Drouet lives in Haggerston, east London. He works in Brixton, in south London – a commute of less than six miles (9.6km). Yet he says the fact he uses…

Read More

Labour leader calls bankers speculators and gamblers

Labour leader calls bankers speculators and gamblers

Image copyrightGetty Images Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has hit back at investment bank Morgan Stanley, telling the company it was right to regard him as a threat. His comments came after the bank said in a report earlier this week that the risks of an incoming Labour government could be “as significant as Brexit”. On social media, he said bankers were the same “speculators and gamblers” who crashed the economy in 2008. Bankers like Morgan Stanley “should not run our country”, Mr Corbyn added. Earlier this week, Morgan Stanley’s European…

Read More

Russell Simmons: Music mogul steps down after sex allegation

Russell Simmons: Music mogul steps down after sex allegation

Image copyrightGetty Images Russell Simmons, the music mogul who co-founded Def Jam Records, has stepped down from his companies after being accused of sexual misconduct. Jenny Lumet has said he directed his driver to take her to his apartment after she’d said she wanted to go home, before they had sex, around 1991. Simmons said her memory of that evening is “very different from mine”. But he apologised for being “thoughtless and insensitive” in some relationships over the years. In a statement, he said: “While I have never been violent,…

Read More

Ireland demands 'significantly more clarity' from UK over Brexit border

Ireland demands 'significantly more clarity' from UK over Brexit border

DUBLIN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ireland needs Britain to provide “significantly more clarity” on its plans for the Irish border, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Thursday, denting hopes that London was on the verge of a deal to move on to the second phase of Brexit talks. A sign advertises a bureau de change in Derrylin, near the border between Fermanagh in Northern Ireland and Cavan in Ireland, November 26, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne But British Prime Minister Theresa May’s room to offer additional concessions to Dublin appeared extremely limited as the…

Read More