HIV stigma: ‘Why Gareth’s example is important’

He’s said he now wants to show that people with HIV are misrepresented. “Anyone who speaks publicly about living with HIV is incredible and wants to achieve the same thing,” says George. “They want people who are living with HIV to live truthfully and authentically. “The stigma still does exist. And I think it takes people like Gareth to battle and remove that stigma.” Image caption Gareth Thomas is taking part in an Ironman challenge as a way of demonstrating his physical and mental strength “I’ve been refused two tattoos and refused a piercing just based on my HIV status,” says George, who studies in Birmingham. “Every person living with HIV will experience negative things, but it’s just about pushing …

Forget Brexit – what else does Cameron’s book tell us?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The former PM avoided expulsion from Eton College over drug use Mr Cameron said he and two friends would take one of the Berkshire school’s rowing boats to Queen’s Eyot island in the middle of The Thames to smoke joints, spending the afternoon “gently off our heads”. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Cameron would regularly discuss gay marriage with his wife Samantha The former PM writes in his memoirs that his wife had helped convince him to come out in support of gay marriage – an issue he would “worry and even wobble over”. He said Samantha Cameron would argue: “It’s not going to make me feel any less married if two …

The hidden dangers of magnet fishing

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMagnet fishing: England rugby star James Haskell’s unusual hobby Incidents like this are now a frequent consequence of magnet fishing, which involves dangling a magnet attached to a rope into water to locate metallic finds. It has found popularity on social media, in particular, YouTube, where there are more than 500,000 results relating to the hobby. Enthusiasts point to two factors for its appeal. Firstly, unlike traditional angling, you rarely go home empty-handed. Secondly, there is the mystery of the unknown. Both of these appear to outweigh the dangers. Grenades, like the one found in July in Lancashire for example, are regularly turned up. Some catches can be even more alarming – …

Retailers shut 2,870 stores in first half of 2019

Green secures rescue for Topshop empire Debenhams creditors back turnaround plan Lisa Hooker, consumer markets leader at PwC, said: “The decline in store numbers in the first half of 2019 shows that there’s been no let-up in the changing ways that people shop and the cost pressures affecting High Street operators.” She said retailers had to invest more in making stores “relevant to today’s consumers”, but added that “new and different types of operators” needed encouragement to fill vacant space. According to PwC, 1,634 stores opened in the six months to the end of June – a 4% increase on the same period last year – while 2,868 stores shut. The data looks at retail chains with more than five …

Ban children from gambling in games, MPs say

‘My son spent £3,160 in one game’ EA games: Loot boxes aren’t gambling, they’re just like a Kinder Egg Loot boxes should be banned, says US senator The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s inquiry into addictive and immersive technologies heard stories of young adults who had built up debts of thousands of pounds through spending in games. Jagex, the company behind online game RuneScape, admitted players could spend up to £1,000 a week or £5,000 a month. But the MPs found the industry was reluctant to accept responsibility for intervening when a player was over-spending or even to put a figure on how much was too much. And some had been “wilfully obtuse” in answering questions about game-play, which …

Sport and arts figures join independence rally

“I’ve been waiting for this moment, this awakening, for a long time,” said broadcaster Butler, a former Wales and Pontypool rugby captain. He was joined by former Wales and Everton goalkeeper Southall and poet and playwright Patrick Jones. Welsh independence rally brings large crowds out in Cardiff Crowds march on Caernarfon for Welsh independence rally “The shenanigans in Westminster this week are the best recruitment tool for Welsh independence,” said Phyl Griffiths, chairman of the Yes Merthyr group, which organised the event. Image Copyright @LSRPlaid @LSRPlaid People started gathering in Penderyn Square from early morning and it was the location for a later rally, after the march through the town. Merthyr Tydfil-raised singer Kizzy Crawford said she was taking part …

Flintoff ‘fine’ after Top Gear drag race mishap

Richard Hammond injured in Swiss crash I’d love to be England coach – Flintoff Tuesday’s incident happened as Flintoff took part in a drag race with fellow presenters Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris. It took place at the same airfield where former Top Gear host Richard Hammond was seriously injured during filming in 2006. Flintoff was believed to have been driving a motorised trike known as a Time Bandit and was dressed in full motorcycle protective clothing and crash helmet. A BBC Studios spokesperson said: “The health and safety of our presenters and crew on Top Gear is paramount. “As viewers of the recent series will have seen, Freddie is often keen to get ‘off the beaten track’. “Tuesday’s filming …

Boycott ‘doesn’t give a toss’ about award critics

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSir Geoffrey Boycott told Today he ‘couldn’t give a toss’ about knighthood criticism Geoffrey Boycott has said he “couldn’t give a toss” about criticism over Theresa May awarding him a knighthood in her resignation honours list. Domestic abuse charities and Labour said the honour should be removed from the ex-cricketer, who was convicted of beating his girlfriend in 1998. Boycott, who has always denied the assault, later questioned why the issue had been raised by the media. Mrs May’s list of 57 names was made up of mostly political figures. Every departing prime minister can draw up a resignation honours list. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Boycott scored 8,114 runs in …

Ken Clarke: Five decades in Parliament

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Mr Clarke is known for his love of cigars Born on 2 July 1940 to what he describes as an “impeccably working class” family in West Bridgford, Mr Clarke went on to win the seat of Rushcliffe in 1970. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Clarke is a lifelong cricket fan and is often seen supporting Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club Mr Clarke came to prominence under Margaret Thatcher’s government, where he served in several ministerial positions. He eventually became health secretary, despite his love of beer and cigars. MPs to vote again on early election motion next week Jo Johnson quits May government over Brexit Ex-Labour MP Berger joins Liberal Democrats During his …

The extreme lifestyle of a strongman in pictures

Mikey Lane eats 8,500 calories a day and trains five days a week in his bid to become one of the strongest men in the world. Image copyright Richard Hancox His journey has seen him compete nationally and internationally, with his ultimate quest to compete in the World’s Strongest Man contest. Mikey’s interest in weight training began when he was at school, after finding that sports like football did not appeal to him. He would cycle 10 miles to train at his nearest gym. Image copyright Richard Hancox Mikey used to train at a commercial gym, but found he outgrew the equipment and weights. Three years ago he decided to take his mission to the next level and create his …

14 things we found out about Strictly’s stars

1. Alex Scott doubts she’ll remain the bookies’ favourite for long. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alex Scott and Will Bayley “I think I’m only the favourite because I did the Sport Relief [Strictly special]. And I was up against Chris Kamara, who had a bad back and couldn’t train. And David Ginola flew in on the day and Karen was trying to teach him. “[Whereas] I’d had a couple of days with Pasha, so I was always gonna stand out, so I think that’s the only reason why.” 2. You don’t have to address Viscountess Emma Weymouth as Viscountess Emma Weymouth. This isn’t a Lord Sugar situation. “I’m Emma. Just Emma,” she clarifies, referring the the title she …

Ex-footballer told police ‘I only had one pint’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDean Saunders was filmed by an officer’s body camera after his Audi was stopped Ex-Liverpool striker Dean Saunders was filmed telling a police officer he had drunk “one pint” before refusing to give a breath test. The BT Sport pundit, 55, was later jailed for 10 weeks for the offence before being freed pending an appeal. The officer who stopped Saunders told him his driving was “atrocious” before adding: “You can’t even stand up.” Chester Magistrates’ Court heard he had to prop himself up and was slurring his words as he got out of his Audi A8. When asked whether he had drunk alcohol, he told the officer he had consumed “one …

Chelsea to the City: Goalie who joined Goldman Sachs

“The main one was – I had come to a point in my football career where I had achieved a certain amount that I was happy with. In order to take the next step and be one of the best in the game, it would have taken five years or so – if I was ever going to be fortunate enough to actually achieve that top level.” Image copyright Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC/Getty Image caption Durack spent two separate spells with top flight club Everton Born in Australia, she was the only girl in her school football team, went on to study at Harvard in the US for four years, won a full international cap for her mother’s homeland England, and …

Jeremy Kyle guests ‘treated like police suspects’

Mr Davison, who became known as Kyle’s “most-hated guest”, told the committee he was exploited by the show, and that it “ruined my life”, receiving death threats and losing two jobs as a result. Image copyright PA Media Image caption Love Island’s Yewande Biala and Marcel Somerville spoke to the committee Earlier on Wednesday, former Love Island stars Yewande Biala and Marcel Somerville gave evidence about their experiences on that show. Both told the committee they were given psychiatric evaluations by ITV before they appeared on the show and saw doctors in the days and weeks after the series ended. “The whole time on the show is fine, when you come off it’s fine, but because you are in the …