Bob Crow was the greatest trade union leader of his generation and his death came as a devastating shock to me and millions of trade unionists. I would like to send my union's heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. I can't imagine how they are feeling and I hope the media respect their request for privacy... Bob once asked why it should be just the bankers, the politicians and the idle rich who enjoyed the finer things in life. While some try to beat us by sowing the seeds of envy, Bob offered hope that a better world is possible.
I won the Champion of Champions final of the last ever ITV1 show and I've got to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for me. It's the greatest of privileges for me and I simply could not have done it without your votes. This week's blog is going to read like a rather emotional Oscar's acceptance speech and apologies for that in advance but it has to be said.
The key to starting to unlock a young person's potential really can be as simple as treating them as such - not succumbing to stereotypes and really listening to them. It may sound obvious but it is a large part of the reason why three in four young people supported by The Trust move into work, education or training.
Why have we made exercising - at least the way we do it in the places that have come to be known as "health clubs" - such an awful experience? If we're going to redefine success to include well-being, we also need to redefine getting in shape to include mental and soul fitness.
The furore over the executive pay levels of senior Co-op employees hits those of us who believe in mutuality hard. We are Co-op members because we believe it does things differently. We must now wake up to what happens in the organisations we own.
Personality tests are enjoying an online resurgence. Previously a staple of tabloids, they fell out of favour as sceptics began to doubt the veracity of the 'If You Answered Mostly B...' scoring system... We're embracing these quizzes like someone who's filled in a 'Which Online Meme is For You?' questionnaire and got the answer 'Personality Tests'.
We have all wondered how Western people look like in everyday situations, behind the veil of exoticism that surrounds their mysterious culture. Photographer Adam Vaijan has spent years documenting everyday life in the West and the results are a startling mix of the magical and the ordinary...
I have spoken to women who wanted to nurse their babies but couldn't, or decided enough was enough after a few weeks. Many women have perfectly healthy infants and decided right at the start that breastfeeding just wasn't for them, and others are still feeding five-year-olds. I was lucky in that I decided to nurse and, with help, was able to.
Wes' development is less a question of reinvention than maturing into his own prodigious grammar. His last two films in particular, Fantastic Mr Fox and Moonrise Kingdom, were retro, anarchic delights that coalesced boundless visual ambition with a miniaturist melancholy. But The Grand Budapest Hotel, his latest, trumps everything he's done so far.
After the long battle to get same-sex marriage introduced in law in England and Wales, this month will see couples celebrate throughout the country as the first same-sex weddings in England and Wales take place on 29 March, 2014. Here's what all same-sex couples intending to marry need to know...
With the common mantra that "sex sells" and the idea that we have now reached a cultural peak of sexual openness and opportunity, a so-called 'post-feminist' outlook might argue that women today are now more sexually empowered to make a broader range of sexual choices. But whilst it's laudable that women are allowed to be sexual and openly enjoy sex; surely empowerment would be doing that on our own terms?
With the injury to Theo Walcott in mind there is currently a space up for grabs on England's right flank. He faces competition for a place in the starting XI but Lallana's performances of late should certainly have seen him jump to the front of the queue.
So many fitness enthusiasts tell the same story. They work out for hours in the gym and yet nothing happens to their body shape, it stays the same. There could be any number of possible explanations for that, but to help you narrow down some of the causes, here now are some of the worst fat burning mistakes.
Want to stay slim long term? Simple - eat real food, limit added sugar and fat, and get used to feeling hungrier than usual. Weight loss triggers the release of ghrelin, an appetite stimulating hormone, and it takes six months of weight maintenance for levels to return to normal.
One of the bugbears of being a politician is the risk that a controversy might erupt at any time about things that have little or no direct connection with their day-to-day work... Other stories down the years have concerned politicians' finances, sexual affairs, family connections and youthful indiscretions. What really irritates voters? YouGov set out to find out in a survey...
There is much talk today that so-called "unspun" political figures - Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage - are the only ones to win significant personal popularity. But the apparent spontaneity and geniality of these two politicians is in fact carefully considered, and rehearsed. It is only skin deep. What Bob Crow displayed was that other, elusive quality of authenticity. What you saw was what you got.
Three years on since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima: 160,000 people may never return home. The area remains a "post-apocalyptic landscape"... The decontamination operation will cost unknown billions and is expected to last at least 30 years. It is a grim legacy.
The NHS is changing rapidly but care for all patients, including those diagnosed with breast cancer, must remain a top priority. There are around 570,000 people thought to be living with breast cancer in the UK, and each one deserves the best quality care at every stage of their diagnosis and treatment.
The menu at La Serre - written first in French, and advertising a large splash of Mediterranean flavour - offered up a tomato, goat's cheese and hazelnut starter. It was staggeringly good. So simple, but the tomatoes were bursting with sweetness. Someone here has their hands on a good supplier...
Much has been reported in recent months about providing food to families who are struggling to make ends meet, but unfortunately there is a much broader and deeper side to this story: a desperate need for everyday essentials, items that are getting left off the weekly shop long before people turn to food hand-outs.
Student activism was once a force to be reckoned with. It changed the world, visibly and profoundly... But today, in the face of genuine and widely felt grievances, students are impotent and apathetic. Universities are businesses, education is job training and a degree is a holiday.
I had heard that women in their third trimester get emotional, only the other day I sprayed my face with too much fake tan and burst into tears (looking back THAT, was funny) but no one warned me of the gut wrenching, heart smashing 'end of an era' come down that I spent the weekend with.