The cartoonists making mental health their muse

Comics are not just about superheroes. Emily Oomen meets the artists shaping graphic medicine – a genre focused on the experience of living with illness. Ellen Forney was in her twenties and working as a professional cartoonist when she stumbled into the world of graphic medicine. The artist had been working for one of Seattle’sContinue reading “The cartoonists making mental health their muse”

Lai Chi-Wai raises HK$5.2m for charity climbing Nina Towers

A man has scaled a Hong Kong skyscraper in his wheelchair to raise money for spinal cord patients. Lai Chi-Wai, who became paralysed after a road accident ten years ago, climbed 250 metres (820ft) of the Nina Towers building.Before his accident, Lai Chi-Wai was a rock-climbing champion in Asia and eighth best in the world.Continue reading “Lai Chi-Wai raises HK$5.2m for charity climbing Nina Towers”

Steelers: How anti-gay row inspired rugby film

Conventional perceptions around sexuality, gender and manliness are challenged in a new documentary about Kings Cross Steelers – the world’s first gay rugby club. The feature, it was announced on Thursday, will get its UK premiere online next month at the virtual Glasgow Film Festival, after last year’s BFI London Flare Festival- where it wasContinue reading “Steelers: How anti-gay row inspired rugby film”

‘Discriminatory’ mental health system overhauled

Plans have been announced to overhaul the mental health system – with the aim of making it less discriminatory towards black people. Ministers say changes to how people are sectioned in England and Wales will see them treated “as individuals, with rights, preferences, and expertise”. Black people are over four times more likely to beContinue reading “‘Discriminatory’ mental health system overhauled”

Cling film artist ‘overwhelmed’ by Pershore reaction

Large nature-themed murals have started to pop up in a Worcestershire town, painted on cling film. The impromptu works in Pershore have been created by a graffiti artist who goes by the name of Mr Sce.He said he wanted to “make people happy” with his creations, after rediscovering a love of art during the Covid-19Continue reading “Cling film artist ‘overwhelmed’ by Pershore reaction”

Stammering: ‘I thought it made me a failure

Next week Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States. He will also become the first president to have a stammer. It’s a condition that affects around 1.5 million adults across the UK. The BBC’s Felicity Baker reports on what it’s like to live with this often hidden disability.

Milton Keynes robot used for lockdown couple

An app developer used a delivery robot to propose to his partner because of their shared love for the technology. The machines usually deliver groceries and takeaways in Milton Keynes but Ben Hogan arranged for one to bring a ring to the home he shares with Sherri Dawes in Kempston on Christmas Eve.The Covid pandemicContinue reading “Milton Keynes robot used for lockdown couple”

Terra Carta: Prince Charles asks companies to join ‘Earth charter’

The Prince of Wales is urging firms to back a more sustainable future and do more to protect the planet, as he marks 50 years of environmental campaigning. Prince Charles wants companies to join what he is calling “Terra Carta” – or Earth charter. It aims to raise £7.3bn to invest in the natural world.TerraContinue reading “Terra Carta: Prince Charles asks companies to join ‘Earth charter’”

Coronavirus: Virtual Mass tour across Ireland for 107-year-old

A 107-year-old woman from Clonard, County Meath is attempting a virtual Mass tour across Ireland while in lockdown. Nancy Stewart and granddaughter, Louise Coghlan, have been shielding together since March last year, and have set themselves the spiritual challenge.They are attending Mass services across the 32 counties on the island from the comfort of theirContinue reading “Coronavirus: Virtual Mass tour across Ireland for 107-year-old”

Dad-to-be hopes embroidered scans will help blind parents

A blind father-to-be, who was given an embroidered picture of his baby scan as a gift, plans to set up an organisation to help other blind parents. Nathan Edge, from Mansfield, was given the tactile stitched picture of his baby son’s 12-week scan by his friend Deb Fisher. He said he had “sort of accepted”Continue reading “Dad-to-be hopes embroidered scans will help blind parents”