on buying and selling and his own shrewd property moves
As an American citizen, Meghan Markle may not be aware that, up and down the land, the British public is preparing to celebrate her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19 in its own special way. Or that (whisper it) not all of us are that interested in the actual event, but see it as a great excuse to close the road, get the bunting out and do what we do best: sit about on plastic chairs, feasting on Victoria sponge and warm prosecco while discussing the state of the nation, possibly under a light drizzle, and wearing a Union Jack apron.
The volunteer patrol groups trying to keep communities safe as police numbers fall.
Swanky apartments for discerning octogenarians. Just don’t call them retirement homes..
“The family is often doing everything to avoid the conversation going to ‘the worst place’ in case it gets emotionally horrible. But actually it becomes a lot calmer once you start asking: If she is so sick, she can’t be saved what sort of things should we all be doing now so we don’t regret anything? I don’t want them to wish in two week’s time, when they’re suffering agonising grief, that they’d had that conversation.” Palliative care consultant, Dr Kathryn Mannix.
Felix’s parents, Matt and Colleen allowed scientists to draw his blood after he died. His cancer cells were subsequently used in the lab to develop new drugs which are now being put forward as frontline treatment for children with Felix’s disease.
The self-made businessman and entrepreneur Lawrence Wosskow on the crippling anxiety that dogged his personal and professional life
The world champion marathon runner Ron Hill, reflects on his dementia diagnosis
is approved for use in the US and Europe, but flaws in the way medicines are approved in the UK, means children here are missing out.
Expert in paediatric diabetes and Britain’s most inspiring health worker
An approach that originated in the United States, its central premise is that suicide is not an inevitability for some people, but wholly avoidable and preventable.
Launching the Mail’s new awards campaign to honour unsung medical heroes, Westminster terror victim Stephen Lockwood nominates the surgeon who saved him
Why does the ‘miracle’ new cancer therapy help people like Charlie – but not others? This groundbreaking treatment shrinks tumours by ‘switching on’ the immune system to fight foreign cells, but data so far suggests it won’t work for the majority of cancers
Alan Bennett’s house (minus the van) could be yours for £3m
The quality of student rentals is a disgrace with letting agents cashing in.
Long abandoned, this grim orphanage for the children of Liverpool seamen has reopened — as a tourist attraction for believers in the paranormal. I went back to the institution that made my own mother’s childhood a misery.
Unearthed in the Scottish Highlands, an old shoe box contained letters from a generation of lonely and desperate illegitimate mothers confiding in an agony aunt who was not what she seemed
Anorexia nervosa in primary school children is on the rise, I spoke to mothers who face a daily battle to keep their children alive
The Royal College of Midwives has reversed it’s policy on natural labour but it’s too late to help the thousands of women damaged for life by instrumental deliveries
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A group of former miners and engineers are healing the scars of Yorkshire pit closures with a state of the art mine and revolutionary business model …
Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong and potentially lethal affliction that has reached epidemic proportions. It is incredibly difficult to manage — young sufferers and their families tell their moving stories.
Tough love. Critics say it is demanding and cruel, and the Department of Health won’t recognise it. But a high pressure autism treatment is changing these little boys’ lives.
When Tom was killed in a tragic accident playing hockey, his parents gave permission for all his organs and tissues to be donated.
I had thought about fostering for years. Alex, mother of the then children’s minister, inspired me to get on with it.
How disadvantaged and vulnerable children are given the chance to shine alongside the sons and daughters of the wealthy.
While foster families look after children, the charity Shared Lives applies the model to challenged adults..
Every year, hundreds of children are smuggled into vans like this and end up in foster homes – only to disappear again
Five foster carers talk to me about how it feels to care for other people’s children..
Fives years’ ago I met musically talented children from poorer families all over London who had been chosen to receive financial support and mentoring so they could continue to play their instruments. I went back to find out whether the scheme had been a success
Rigid discipline and academic vigour are helping to transform the lives of students at a school in an area scarred by deprivation and gang violence.
My sister describes how she and her two kids came out.
Fathers often lose contact with their children after divorce, but more and more mothers are going through the same searing experience
Autistic children are a magnet for media attention, but what sort of lives do they lead when they grow up?
Strictly Speaking, I won.. The unforgettable Nancy del Olio on Strictly and why it’s nothing without her.
The interviewee who got up and stormed out..
Lucian Freud was an obsessive task master and father of 15 – His daughter, Annie and others remember what it was like to sit for him.
Joely talks about losing Natasha and the future of the Richardson dynasty.
These victims of locked-in syndrome are unable to move or speak, yet determined to life to the full.
What happens after you almost win X factor? And can you make a career out of losing?
Martin Amis and Christopher Hitchens discussed true love, friendship and each other.
It costs £123,000 a year to send severely traumatised children who have been multiply excluded from primary schools to The Mulberry Bush School in Oxfordshire, where experts help unravel years of abuse and neglect.
Life in the Day is always a treat to interview but this one with the fabulous Clare Lomas on getting on with paraplegia is one of my favourites.
If you are still dithering about joining the organ donor register, read Dr Mary Black on Tom’s story here. It’s the most moving and informative piece I’ve read read on organ donation.
In many parts of Africa, the most prolific killer of young girls is pregnancy. Those who don’t die in childbirth, suffer appalling damage. I met pregnant twelve-year-old girls facing child birth in a Sierra Leone Slum.
Fifty years after the Thalidomide scandal broke, thalidomiders talk about their fight for justice and their battle to live normal lives.
Read this young couple’s heartbreaking story
Talented children who might otherwise slip through the music education net are being helped to fulfil their potential by mentoring and financial support
Art collector Doris Saachi on how to downsize the minimalist way
My rudimentary guide to online sales.
Inside Uri Gellar’s £15M mansion
Doga.. It’s a thing. But we weren’t very good at it..