Sometimes I think that this column shouldn’t have my name as a byline, but rather “a granny writes”. It’s an annoying thought, given that in my head I am so achingly modern that it’s practically a curse, but sometimes the granniness just takes over and I feel like writing whole chunks in incredulous, shouty uppercase. Here is what granny wonders during the week that Colonel Muammar Gadaffi was killed: when did it become acceptable to show pictures of dead people on the front pages of newspapers and on the home pages of websites and on television, where you get not only phởtographs but explicitly gruesome footage, too?… [continue reading]
It’s sort of shaming when you think about the kind of social unrest that’s been going on in Egypt or Syria or Libya, where people are demonstrating against something. The riots didn’t seem to be about anything, they were just focused on violence and looting … or have I missed something?
It’s no way to make any point, smashing windows and stealing shoes. And I don’t think it’s reflective of Britain today, I really don’t. That’s the upsetting thing about it: people in other countries will think of these troublemakers as being symbolic of what Britain’s like at the moment. And that’s not been my experience at all.
It’s all very well to say people in Peckham or wherever don’t have any money, but the people who were out on the streets were not stealing food.”
Since retiring from ballet in 2004, dance star Rex Harrington has been busy as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance Canada – and plans for his wedding to Robert Hope. It’s fitting, then, that he’s chosen the theme of “partnership” for his stage time at Toronto’s Top Ten Event on Thursday, where 10 notable Canadians will each spend 10 minutes revealing the secrets to their success. Also not surprising: his support for this week’s slew of marriages in New York, which just legalized same-sex unions.
What are your reflections on why same-sex marriage is such an important right? You’re about to get married…
We were, but now we postponed it another year or so. [He laughs.] It’s not that I’m getting cold feet!… [continue reading]
Why do we think longevity so natural and right? In part, I think, it’s because we think of it as the byproduct of living well: We like to think the traits that make life sweet are those that make it long. But this long-term study of longevity over decades suggests that’s not so. Over 20 years, Howard S. Friedman, a psychologist at the University of California, Riverside, and his colleagues studied 1,500 “gifted” children identified in 1921 by Louis Terman, a psychologist at Stanford. Friedman’s team looked at the lifetime data on these kids, who were about ten when first identified—their relationships, their personalities (as reported by teachers and parents) educations, work history and so on.… [continue reading]