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Writing to prisoners unlocks more than you would think 10 Nov 2018, 9:59am Writing to prisoners unlocks more than you would think
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Prison letters are a treasure trove of stories – filled with both honesty and humour Eight years ago, I saw a job ad on a local website. A small charity was looking for a PR officer. The ad was brief, but it struck me as sweet. In it, they said that through yoga and meditation, they offered hope and healing to prisoners. I liked the sound of that. Unfortunately, I had no experience at all in the criminal justice sector, and I had also never done yoga and meditation. When they asked me why I wanted the job I said that I wanted to leave work each day feeling as if I’d made the world a little bit better rather than a little bit worse. I still work there today. On my first day I was sent to the filing cabinet room and told to have a look through some of the old correspondence to get an idea of how the letter-writing element of the charity worked. It was a treasure trove of stories – conversations between a prisoner and a letter-writing volunteer stretching over years, occasionally decades in some cases. The things that the prisoners wrote really jumped off the page – they were sad or angry, or despairing, or filled with excitement and hope about the future. They were often very funny. And they were honest. I had never encountered that level of honesty in conversation before – and I haven’t since.
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I crave great big gulps of fresh air – how do I leave this clogged-up city? | Hannah Jane Parkinson 10 Nov 2018, 4:00am I crave great big gulps of fresh air – how do I leave this clogged-up city? | Hannah Jane Parkinson
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I love the wind whipping up the salty ether of the Cumbrian coast It must look as though I am a thief, or at the very least up to no good. You see, I can no longer expose my lower face to the streets of London. When I was younger, and Converse soles beat city streets, I’d hop from bar to bar exposing many things: legs, torso, an adolescent need for acceptance, a too-high tolerance for alcohol. Now, walking on city pavements, it feels as though I have put an exhaust pipe in my mouth and sucked hard, like the final cigarette I had. I have gone from mocking tourists who wear masks – looking as though they are about to embark on vigorous floorboard sanding – to browsing shops for similar.
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Skater Adam Rippon: ‘I’ve always tried to live like a superstar’ 10 Nov 2018, 3:00am Skater Adam Rippon: ‘I’ve always tried to live like a superstar’
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The Olympian and TV host on not having much sleep, spray tans and eating cheeseburgers I’m so busy at the moment that I alternate between getting a full night’s sleep and getting one to two hours. I’ve realised that you can still get a lot done on very little sleep, but you do feel as if you’re melting. Before bed, I wash my face and apply lotion, usually something from a goody bag. I just pack it on and hope for the best. I have a big problem with scrolling before bed, so I try to charge my phone on the other side of the room. Otherwise, I’ll start Googling to see if a mole on my arm could be cancer and end up watching someone reviewing a heated blanket, not knowing how or why I got there.
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Fit in my 40s: ‘Will spinning with 80 other people make me work harder?’ 10 Nov 2018, 2:00am Fit in my 40s: ‘Will spinning with 80 other people make me work harder?’
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There are rows of bikes as far as the eye can see: it’s the church of spin
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Fitness tips: spinning for beginners 10 Nov 2018, 2:00am Fitness tips: spinning for beginners
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Be brave and sit near the front, says Boom Cycle’s head instructor Bangs
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