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Zumba won’t improve the health of NHS staff – changing working practices will | Andre Spicer

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Zumba won’t improve the health of NHS staff – changing working practices will | Andre Spicer
NHS employees suffer high levels of stress and sickness. ‘Wellness initiatives’ won’t help while so many are under-resourced and on zero-hours contractsThe NHS is supposed to improve the wellbeing of all, but many of those working for the service don’t feel well themselves. Stress is endemic. Employee absence due to illness costs £2.6bn a year – and then there are the NHS employees who turn up to work despite the fact that they are ill. The NHS would seem, ironically, ... more

Review finds 'dangerous and pervasive bullying' at Essex fire service

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Review finds 'dangerous and pervasive bullying' at Essex fire service
Report commissioned after claims of intimidation describes culture at fire service as ‘toxic’ and says staff do not feel safeAn independent review of claims of intimidation at a fire service has found evidence of “dangerous and pervasive bullying”.The cultural review was commissioned by Essex Fire Authority last year after reports of bullying and two serving firefighters took their own lives. Continue reading...

Contact sheets: where the magic and chaos of photographs comes alive

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Contact sheets: where the magic and chaos of photographs comes alive
From the D-Day landings and Tiananmen Square to Salvador Dalí’s flying-cat hijinks, contact sheets reveal the hidden secrets of unforgettable imagesHenri Cartier-Bresson, co-founder of the famed Magnum agency, once likened the contact sheet to the analyst’s couch. “It’s all there: what surprises us is what we catch, what we miss, what disappears.”Today, the contact sheet has all but disappeared as digital technology has rendered the analogue camera a thing of the past, beloved only of purists and a coterie of ... more

Whatever happened to the battleaxes? | Lucy Mangan

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Whatever happened to the battleaxes? | Lucy Mangan
Alan Bennett is right to lament the disappearance of these indomitable matriarchs – they were a wonder of my childhood‘She’s no better than she should be.”“If we had some ham we could have ham and eggs, but we’ve no eggs.” Continue reading...

London tycoon David West 'controlled' son accused of murdering him

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London tycoon David West 'controlled' son accused of murdering him
Jury at Old Bailey told that millionaire businessman lived by the motto ‘my money, my rules’, and that rows with his son were commonplaceMillionaire businessman David West patronised and controlled his son – who is now accused of his murder – and lived by the motto “my money, my rules”, a jury has been told.West, 70, labelled the “king of the booze cruise” after he built a business empire on his Calais-based alcohol and tobacco warehouse, EastEnders, regularly argued with ... more