Section: UK

Stories of general interest to the whole of the UK


Healthy Eating on a Limited Budget

TC Callis

Most people know that vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fats are important for our overall health, but, again, they may not know the details about why. These substances are known as micro-nutrients because we need them in really small amounts, but those small amounts pack a mighty punch. They are so important that the World Health Organisation calls them “magic wands” because they give the body what it needs to grow, develop, and function properly.

No Trams in Kent – How Long Must We Go On Waiting?

Nicholas Kerr
Modern Tram

While urban areas across the country have been reintroducing tramways, as well as other forms of light rail, Kent has shown little sign of interest. But not none! For my idle grazing among the pages of the World Wide Web revealed two separate and unrelated schemes for tram systems in the county.

Protests, Marches, and the PCSC Bill

Magdalena Williams

The new PCSC Bill clause 4 amends Part 2 of the Public Order Act 1986, which provided various powers to manage processions and assemblies. The Bill broadens out the range of circumstances in which conditions can be imposed on public assembly including noise generated by persons taking part.

Poverty, obesity, and malnutrition

TC Callis

When we hear the word ‘malnutrition’ most people visualise stick-thin children with protruding bellies. The idea of extreme overweight being malnutrition is too unfamiliar to feel real. But malnutrition simply means too little or too much intake of energy and nutrients. It is a scale with starvation at one end and obesity at the other.


Shortage of lorry drivers: PM dodges the question

Charlotte Mbali
Female Lorry Driver

One possibility is recruiting more women as drivers. This sounds like a great idea, as mature women might be steadier drivers than young males under 25. But then there are doubtless lots of the usual problems when formerly male occupations open to females, starting with lack of enough loos.