Dementia doesn't stop at UK borders and stigma is still rife in parts of the world.
In some countries, people with dementia are locked away or seen as being "mad". I've heard about people losing relationships, jobs and friends because of misconceptions that exist around the condition. I've raged on my sofa at comedy panel shows and TV sitcoms that have reduced a person with dementia to a poorly drawn caricature or the butt of a lazy joke. At the moment, there's not nearly enough awareness around dementia and as a global society we have a duty to change that.
When you are the parent of a child with autism you have a choice to make about schooling: whether to send your son or daughter to a special school or to a mainstream one. Special schools, where your child will be around only children with special needs, will have more knowledge; mainstream schools have kids that can relate "normally" and good habits hopefully to be copied... I think the system as is stands at the moment is failing these wonderful children who have so much to offer in this world and with the increase of diagnosis are not going anywhere and it will be a great loss to society if they are overlooked.
I'm having a lot of very mixed feelings about the new Lady Gaga song, so I'll do my best to get them all in some class of order.
The talented young people below need little introduction, so I will get right to it. This is a list of my top 5 young, up-and-coming actors & actresse...
I thought of him constantly throughout the day. How is he getting on? Did he bother to eat lunch? Has he made friends? At quarter past three I was to get my answers but as he walked out and I prepared myself to hit him with every imaginable enquiry a parent could make, he simply declared "it's ok Dad you can drive home, I'm walking back with my mates." Perfect, I thought.
One man who has lived, seen and experienced it all, is Irish entertainment journalist Alan Murphy. The 34 year old will now spill the beans this weekend in a new book containing his top celeb interviews. The west of Ireland native has sat down with everyone from Charlize Theron and Enrique Iglesias to Louis Walsh and Janice Dickinson.
People often ask me what it's like to live with a genetic disorder, which is a difficult question to answer because I have no point of reference as to what 'normal' is, what it's like to live without a genetic disorder. I am me, and this is all I've ever known. I could talk about the pain, the surgeries, the complications and the difficulties but that's not my style. All those things, along with my genes, make me who I am. They determine my personality, my attitude to life, my resilience in the face of adversity.
Amber has been forced to defend her reputation in a way that Depp has not, and this is just the latest instance of this happening. If she had instead chose to keep the cash and invest in a new private jet - or whatever it is that mega-rich celebrities are doing these days - then it shouldn't have mattered. But the fact of the matter is, if Amber had spent the money, or even just left it to sit in her bank account, the 'gold-digger' whispers would never have gone away.
I was almost hopeless and had run out of money trying to start up the Tom Cridland brand two years ago, aged 23, when I sent an offer of a complimentary pair of our trousers to Nigel Olsson, who has been Elton's drummer since 1969 and was one of my favourite musicians, via his rep. Much to my surprise, I had an email from Nigel himself the next day, saying he loved the look of my designs.
I have never experienced the extreme highs and lows of addiction first hand, but whilst recording my new podcast I spoke to author Amy Liptrot, who's immensely compelling story made me realise how incredibly restorative nature can be when battling addiction. My late ex-husband had a complicated relationship with alcohol and would often speak about how alcohol added a colour to his life that he worried would not be there if he stopped drinking. It even overshadowed the conflicting darkness of the shame, guilt and regret he also sometimes felt.
I'm not opposed to work pals sitting in the canteen or grabbing a sandwich to eat at their desk because people are pressed for time - but this is a totally different kettle of fish, a kettle of fish that's smells and has been devoured by Jim in accounts and its one that is causing a work place divide between two camps.
I have become alarmed by the sexist attitude towards Orlando. I have seen whole newspaper articles dedicated to Orlando's willy. There are wars going on; people being killed, but we all need to know if Orlando's willy is an aubergine or a chipolata - apparently he is an aubergine. The world has gone mad for Orlando's aubergine and that is sexist.
For a child to find their way into education and into learning the basics through play excites me - the idea that education is fun. So a great environment is one that you walk into and respond to based on what you are seeing around you - the colours, the drawings, the way in which children are inspired to do things. When I walk into my son's classroom, for example, it's a hive of creativity, play and fun - as if they are almost of tricking him into learning. He doesn't even know that he is learning when he is. They are very clever about that. That's an environment I find exciting and wish there was more of.
Sometimes it's hard to understand why they're attacking you, and it's bad enough when the keyboard warriors come for you in their scores... but what if a fandom comes for you? What if it's a celebrity you respect? What if someone says something that could really affect your brand? What if they try to destroy you, your business, your puppy, and the horse you rode in on?
Another year - 2016 and I can't help but ask- HOW is "Celebrity" Big Brother still going? The word celebrity is used lightly here considering the last...
Lack of clean water and safe sanitation and its direct link to disease is the second biggest killer of children worldwide. That lack of clean water also keeps girls out of school and keeps women away from work, either because they are sick or because they are spending hours each day walking to fetch water leaving many in poverty. World leaders have pledged to end malnutrition and reach everyone everywhere with clean water and basic sanitation by 2030. If by giving children a start in life that includes access to clean water and decent toilets, then we are a step closer to a healthier, happier generation.