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Mother-of-eight who didn't leave the house for years and couldn't look in the mirror due to rare condition that caused her nose to collapse dies at 47 years old

    Nicola Kilby, from Cirencester, sadly passed away last month
    Since her death her son Kieran, 27, has paid tribute to his 'glamorous' mother
    Nicola suffered from Wegener's Granulomatosis (GPA) which attacked her body

By Jessica Taylor For Mailonline

Published: 09:46, 11 August 2022 | Updated: 12:37, 11 August 2022

A mother-of-eight who spent years indoors because she was self-conscious about her appearance has died at the age of 47.  'Glamorous' Nicola Kilby avoided her reflection and refused to be photographed due to a rare illness which affected her entire body and altered the way she looked.  The condition, known as Wegener's Granulomatosis (GPA) attacked Nicola's ears, nose, sinuses, kidneys and lungs. The condition is a type of vasculitis which slows the blood flow to your organs.  Although her cause of death is unconfirmed, Nicola's 27-year-old son Kieran spoke about the way his mother's ailing health impacted her life.  Due to her GPA Nicola, from Cirencester, was deaf in both ears and unable to talk as the condition ate away at her soft palate and collapsed her nose.  After the mother and grandmother passed away last month Kieran, from Sutton Coldfield, paid tribute to the 'amazing person' she was.  Describing her as an adoring woman, Kieran said everyone was always welcome in her house.  He told BirminghamLive: 'She was a very strong woman and even when she was in the worst pain imaginable, she'd never let on.  She didn't want to subject anyone else to what she was going through.'

Nicola leaves behind her husband of 10 years, Kevin, and eight children aged between eight and 27.  Describing his mother's illness, Kieran said it was 'one of the most horrendous things I can imagine anyone going through'.

He said the condition made life very difficult for his mother, who could be severely affected by a common cold meaning the Covid pandemic was a terrible time.  When Nicola was first diagnosed, doctors told her she may be able to live for 10 years with it.  Sadly, Kieran said the condition 'affected her very rapidly' to the point where she couldn't walk up and down the stairs.  As she became self-conscious about her appearance, Nicola stopped leaving the house.  'None of us have any pictures of my mum from the past five years because she wouldn't allow it not even with the grandkids on her birthday,' Kieran explained.

After watching an episode of This Time Next Year, presented by Davina McCall and which followed a woman with vasculitis who was given a prosthetic nose, Kieran said his mother was desperate to look into prosthetics.  While the family tried hard to find somewhere that could rebuild her nose, they didn't have any luck as the clinics were all in the US.  Kieran also described his mother's mental health decline as she became more and more isolated.  At one point she was so lonely she began accepting friend requests on Facebook from people she didn't know, 'so she had some friends to speak to'.

After his mother's death Kieran wants to raise awareness of GPA.  The family has also set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the funeral costs, a memorial bench for Nicola and the charity Vasculitis UK.  Writing on the fundraising page, which has reached more than half of its £5,000 goal from 121 people, Kieran explained a little bit more about his mother's illness.  He wrote: 'Even a slight cold could turn a sniffle into hospitalisation, it’s far from comfortable. She endured this for over five years holding on until she couldn’t no more.'

Explaining why the family had opted to raise money, he said the cost of the funeral was 'unbelievably expensive'.  He added: 'Although there are many of us the cost just isn’t viable for some and this woman deserves the best send off possible.  Unfortunately we can’t do it alone and that’s the hardest and saddest thing to admit.  The last thing we want is for her to leave this world in the opposite way of who she was a person and in life.  She was a woman of glamour and style. A beautiful wife, a loving mother and the best friend everyone deserves!  She always put others above herself no matter what.'

Kieran wrote: 'The majority of funds will go to the charity fighting for support against this horrendous disease, allowing sufferers to live their life more comfortably and for better research into the detection and prevention of the illness.'

He added: 'If you can donate even the tiniest amount then our mum's life meant something and with the money raised can change/help someone else going through the same as she did knowing that they won’t suffer the way she did.  R.I.P mum this one’s for you xx'

What is Wegener's granulomatosis?

Wegener's granulomatosis, otherwise known as Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), is a type of vasculitis, which is a blood vessel disorder.

GPA slows down the blood flow to major organs. The affected tissues can develop areas of inflammation called granulomas, which can affect how these organs work.

Some people who are diagnosed early with GPA can be treated and make a full recovery. However if the condition is discovered late it can be fatal.

Symptoms of GPA include:

    Pus from your nose, stuffiness, sinus infections and nosebleeds
    Coughing, sometimes with bloody phlegm
    Shortness of breath or wheezing
    Joint pain
    Numbness in your limbs, fingers or toes
    Weight loss
    Blood in your urine
    Skin sores, bruising or rashes
    Eye redness, burning or pain, and vision problems
    Ear inflammation and hearing problems


This is why Meghan should have listened and learned like Kate had to.  Just because Meghan is a third rate actress who got a role in Suits (I'd never heard of her or watched Suits) didn't mean she 'deserved' more respect than anybody else.  In the pecking order the Queen comes first then Charles and Camilla, William and Kate, then Harry and Meghan.  Harry and Meghan can arguably come lower in the pecking order of succession as it's Charles, William, George, Charlotte, Louis then Harry so it's bizarre how she thought she deserved to be put on a higher pedestal.  Harry is the 'spare' son and still comes lower than his nephews and niece.  Meghan needs to grow up and have an education on British people - we are completely different to Americans.

Fun, Games And Silliness / A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN
« on: August 08, 2022, 05:59:28 PM »

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II  In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.)  Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy).  We will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections. It will of course be someone of proper English lineage, such as Dame Judi Dench or Michael Caine, but most certainly not Simon Cowell.   Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.  To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

2. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut'
without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.' Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up 'vocabulary').

3. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ''like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the elimination of '-ize.'

4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot grouse.

5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.

8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.

9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer.  They are also part of the British Commonwealth see what it did for them.  American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialect in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.

11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full Kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).

12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.

13. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).

14. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

God Save The Queen

Fun, Games And Silliness / Hospital
« on: June 29, 2022, 09:05:32 PM »
Two little kids are in a hospital lying on stretchers next to each other outside the operating room.  The first kid leans over and asks, "What are you in here for?"

The second kid says, "I'm in here to get my tonsils out, and I'm a little nervous."

The first kid says, "You've got nothing to worry about. I had that done when I was four. They put you to sleep and when you wake up they give you lots of Jell-O and ice cream. It's a breeze!"

The second kid then asks, "What are you in for?"

The first kid says, "a circumcision."

The second kid says, "Whoa! I had that done when I was born. I couldn't walk for a year!"

Fun, Games And Silliness / Obit
« on: June 19, 2022, 04:35:33 PM »
A lady sent in a long obituary. The paper called and told her the cost was so much per word.  "Oh, my" she said, "Just change that to 'George died.'"

The paper then told her that there was a five word minimum.  "Well," she said, "make that 'George died, Buick for sale.'"


Prince Harry 'would have gone home feeling depressed about what he has given up' after realising he and Meghan are no longer 'centre stage' during Jubilee visit, royal experts claim

    Duke and the Duchess of Sussex missed the Platinum Jubilee Party and Pageant
    made only one public appearance, despite flying in from US with their children
    couple didn't appear on Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour

By Jessica Green For Mailonline

Published: 09:12, 10 June 2022 | Updated: 09:22, 10 June 2022

Prince Harry 'must have gone home feeling very depressed for what he has given up' after he and Meghan Markle decided not to be more visible in the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations because 'they did not have centre stage seats', royal experts have claimed.  The Duke, 37, and the Duchess of Sussex, 40, missed both the Platinum Jubilee Party and Pageant as well as the Epsom Derby during the four-day festivities.  They made only one public appearance, despite flying in from the US with their two children Archie and Lilibet.  The couple didn't appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour, and were also seemingly relegated to the second row during the Thanksgiving service.  Vanity Fair's Katie Nicholl told True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat that the couple weren't at other celebrations because 'they did not have centre stage seats'.  Meanwhile, historian Hugo Vickers added: 'Harry has given up being Captain of the Royal Marines, who were out in force. I think he must have gone home feeling very depressed for what he has given up.'

Katie said: 'I honestly think it’s [because] they knew that they wouldn’t be in that front row.  And why did they leave the Royal Family? They left because they weren’t in the front row. I believe that’s why they weren't at the other celebrations as they did not have centre stage seats.'

Elsewhere, royal biographer and journalist Duncan Larcombe said the Platinum Jubilee celebrations will haunt Prince Harry for the rest of his life, as he and his family were relegated to minor roles and decided not to participate in some events.  He said: 'Those four days will haunt Prince Harry for the rest of his life. They [The Duke and Duchess of Sussex] were relegated to sitting behind the Duke of Gloucester [at the Thanksgiving service].  They didn't take part in any way, shape or form visibly at the Trooping of the Colour [Harry] will be fuming about the way he and his family were treated if it was Prince William and the Royal Family who said, "you’re not coming to the royal box", whilst other minor non-working Royals were at those events.'

Discussing the key images from the celebration, Katie told the programme: 'If you’re going to take one image away from the weekend, it has to be [the one of the Queen and her three heirs standing on the Buckingham Palace balcony].  A Jubilee isn't just a moment to reflect on the 70 years, but to look forward to the future. The Queen’s message is very clear, this is the future and for the first time in history, we have four generations of royalty.  It is extraordinary. Also, it was deliberately engineered. If you watch the sequence of this, Camilla steps to the side, whilst Kate takes the two youngest children, and leaves the Queen with her three heirs.'

I cannot understand how these so called chritian cults can justify their way of life.


Mum accused of murdering Logan Mwangi retches in dock as extensive injuries read out

WARNING DISTRESSING CONTENT: Logan Mwangi was found dead in a river next to a park after suffering the kind of injuries usually found in car crash victims, Cardiff Crown Court has been told

By Philip Dewey

17:46, 21 Mar 2022 Updated 19:27, 21 Mar 2022

A mother accused of murdering her five-year-old son cried and retched as prosecutors detailed the full extent of her son's catastrophic injuries.  Logan Mwangi was found dead in a river next to a park after suffering the kind of injuries usually found in car crash victims, Cardiff Crown Court was told.  His mum Angharad Williamson, 30, and her partner John Cole, 40, alongside a youth are accused of murdering the youngster.  Logan suffered more than 56 injuries before his body was dumped like "fly tipping". All three deny being responsible for his death and are on trial at Cardiff Crown Court.  On Monday, jurors were warned that the evidence will be "difficult to listen to" ahead pathologist Dr John Williams' testimony, reports WalesOnline.  Dr Williams performed a post mortem on Logan on August 1, 2021, the day after his body was found in the River Ogmore near Pandy Park in Bridgend.  The witness told the jury he found 56 external injuries on Logan’s body in total.  Dr Williams later added: “The court heard there were features indicating a period of survival following injuries being sustained which may have been up to several hours.  The findings do not indicate death occurred immediately after injuries were sustained."

He said the severity of these injuries may be expected with a fall or collapse, and absent of a high velocity accident, the injuries are consistent with “a blow or blows, a kick or kicks or impact of impacts with a weapon”.

The medical cause of Logan’s death was given as blunt force abdominal injury and cerebral injury including brain swelling, hypoxic ischemic neuronal injury and traumatic brain injury.  At a number of points during the evidence, Williamson could be heard crying the dock - and retching at one point.  As part of its case, the Crown says while it cannot show exactly what happened, all three defendant's had tried to "desperately cover up their involvement in his death".

The trial has previously heard that Willamson phoned 999 at 5.46am on August 31 to report her son missing a call that the Crown alleges Logan's mum was "playing the part of a distraught mother to the full extent of her acting abilities".

All three defendants also accused of perverting the course of justice, including moving Logan’s body to the river near Pandy Park, removing his clothing, washing bloodstained bed linen, and making a false missing person report to police.  Williamson, from Sarn, Bridgend, and the youth pleaded not guilty to both offences. Cole, of Maesglas, Ynysawdre, Bridgend, has denied murder but admitted perverting the course of justice.  Williamson and Cole were also charged with causing or allowing the death of a child, which they both denied.  The trial continues.

Fun, Games And Silliness / The Handyman
« on: March 31, 2022, 04:04:58 PM »
A handyman was working for a temple in Allentown, PA, had asked for a raise and was turned down. He decided to quit and went out to look for work.  First he went to a Catholic church and was told that in order to work there he would have to answer one question.  The priest asked, "Where was Jesus born?"

The man answered, "Pittsburgh," and was shown the door.

He then went to a Baptist church. The minister told him that in order to get a job there he would have to answer a question.  He was asked, "Where was Jesus born?"

The man answered, "Philadelphia."

He was dismissed.  Walking away, he encountered the rabbi who was looking for him. The rabbi exclaimed, "The board approved your raise. Please come back immediately."

The man said to the rabbi, "I will come back only if you answer a question. Where was Jesus born?

The rabbi says, "Bethlehem."

"HA!," cries the man. "I knew it was somewhere in Pennsylvania."

Fun, Games And Silliness / Cookies
« on: March 31, 2022, 04:02:11 PM »
A husband took his young daughter to the grocery store with him. In addition to the healthful items on the carefully prepared shopping list, they returned with a box of sugar-laden cookies.  The man noticed the glare of his wife and said, "This box of cookies has one-third fewer calories than usual."

"Why is that?" the mother asked.

"We ate a third of the cookies on the way home," he replied.


'Edward VIII's treachery is mind-boggling': Viewers of Britain's Traitor King question 'why Duke of Windsor wasn't executed for treason' after he told Nazis to keep bombing England during WWII

    Edward is said to have encouraged the Nazis to bomb Britain into submission
    He then wanted to be re-installed as King of a puppet state in Britain
    Claims were made in Channel 4 documentary Edward VIII: Britain's Traitor King
    Many were horrified by the claims and said his 'treachery was mind-boggling'

By Harriet Johnston For Mailonline

Published: 12:47, 28 March 2022 | Updated: 16:08, 28 March 2022

Viewers of Edward VIII: Britain's Traitor King last night questioned 'why the royal wasn't executed for treason' after learning he told Nazis to keep bombing England during WWII.  The former king, who abdicated in 1936 to marry the divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson, also passed information to Germany that aided the fall of France in 1940, according to the Channel 4 documentary which aired last night.  It used evidence such as captured German documents that are held in the Royal Archives to support the claims.  The damning allegations come after years of academic research into how close to the Nazis the Duke of Windsor was and the effect of his friendships on the war.  Andrew Lownie, upon whose book the documentary was made, explained: 'The Duke definitely believes the continued severe bombing would make England ready for peace.  It is extraordinary here is the former king of Britain saying if you bomb his family and country, it's the best way to bring the pursuit of peace.   He's prepared to go to those lengths to achieve those aims. It's chilling and sinister and very shocking.'

Later the same year, the Germans bombed Buckingham Palace, literally missing the King and Queen by feet.  One stunned viewer commented: 'Mind boggling the treachery and vanity of the man.'

Another wrote: 'Can't believe what I'm waiting. shocking what a traitor to the country he was.'

Appearing in the documentary, A.N. Wilson explained how the Duke was attracted to Hitler who was 'flashy' and 'trendy.'

Anna Pasternak said the former king was 'blinded' by the fact Wallace 'hadn't experienced the pomp of the royal tour.'

He explained: 'He was so susceptible to that kind of flattery and he succumbed.'

Wilson continued: The Duke once said to one of his friends in exile, he didn't have a drop of English blood in him. He was pure German.'

Meanwhile Andrew explained: 'The Duke was very firmly pro-Nazi and a firm supporter of Hitler.'

Wilson added: 'He felt like a wounded child and the person who came into the playground to pick up the wounded child was Adolf Hitler.  In May 1939, the Duke, who had an office in Paris, made a broadcast in which he said Britain should be doing all in its power to come to terms with Nazi Germany and not have a war.'

Anna added: 'He didn't listen to advice that didn't suit him, he was a naive fool.'

In a May 1939 speech which was never broadcast, and accessed by the historian through the BBC Sound Archive reference card, the Duke asked the British to surrender to Hitler before the war began.

Wilson said: 'The BBC were furious, they felt the impartiality of the BBC would be infringed and they felt the Nazis were using the duke for their own propaganda, which they were of course.  No one quite knew what was going to happen in May, but later it was fairly obvious.'

Anna explained the Duke was 'terrifyingly open to Germany and 'what they could offer him.'

Meanwhile Andrew said there were repeated references to the Duke's 'hope to be restored to the throne' by the Germans in telegrams.   Anna explained: 'Anyone who could make him feel powerful and important, he succumbed to that.  His motivation was his sense of rejection from England. i think he never really got over that.'   

The documentary goes on to detail how the Duke gave information on weaknesses in the French military to a Nazi informant.  The former King was living in Paris and had written four reports on the French First Army describing its poor leadership and morale.  The reports were ignored by British officials but captured German diplomatic cables showed that Edward then gave the information to his close friend, Nazi informant Charles Bedaux.  The subsequent German invasion of France targeted the weaknesses Edward had identified.  During the invasion, Edward and Mrs Simpson fled to Lisbon, Portugal where they socialised with German agents and sympathisers.  In another captured diplomatic cable from the German ambassador to Portuguese authorities, the Duke is said to have told representatives of Francoist Spain that 'continued severe bombing would make England ready for peace'.

Andrew said: 'Edward wanted to come back as a pro-Nazi leader. He characterizes himself as a firm supporter of a peaceful arrangement with Germany.  'He was so disloyal to his brother, he was calling for the bombing of Britain as a way of subjugating them.  The Duke encouraged the Germans to bomb London and indeed, that's what they do.'

On 13th September 1940, they bomb Buckingham Palace, literally missing the King and Queen by feet.  He continued: 'Let's look at it in personal terms, this is a man who will stop at nothing to usurp the throne, even if it requires the death of his own brother.'

Meanwhile Wilson added: 'In my mind that is the most appalling thing he ever did to say the people of your own country should be bombed.'

Freddie Sayer, editor of Unherd, questioned if he had a sense 'vindication would be delivered' if the 'whole house of cards come crashing down.'  Then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill removed the Duke from Europe, making him the Governor of the Bahamas.  While travelling there, Edward sent a coded telegram to a Nazi associate saying he was willing to return to Europe.  Dr Lownie argues that this indicates Edward was aware of Operation Willie, the German plan to put the Duke back on the throne as the head of a puppet state.  The allegations are also detailed in Dr Lownie's upcoming book Traitor King, which will be published in May.  The documents used by Dr Lownie as evidence have been in the Royal Archives for decades but a recent policy change allowed greater access for researchers with new documents emerging.  In 1937, Edward and Wallis, met Hitler and his officials during a tour of Germany.  Whilst there, Edward was infamously photographed giving a Nazi salute and later also toured industrial facilities and even a concentration camp, whose guard towers were said to have been explained to him as meat stores.  The former king was reported to have said as late as 1941 that Hitler was the 'right and logical leader of the German people'.

Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII: A scandal that rocked a nation

January 1931 - Wallis meets Prince Edward in January 1931, after being introduced via her friend Lady Furness

1931- 1934 - The American divorcee and the heir to the throne see each other regularly at various parties

August 1934 - Wallis admits she and Edward are no longer just friends, after joining him on a cruise

January 1936 - King George V dies. Edward asks Wallis to watch the proclamation of his accession with him from St. James's Palace

August 1936 - The pair enjoy a cruise around the Adriatic sea with friends. Details of their relationship appear in the American press

December 11, 1936 - Edward announces his abdication

June 3, 1937 - The couple get married in the south of France. Wallis was formally known as the Duchess of Windsor, but was not allowed to share her husband's title of 'Royal Highness.'


'Some Women Have Penises': Placard-wielding trans rights protestors besiege feminist campaigners' meeting held to discuss women-only spaces

    Women's Place UK were holding meeting to discuss single-sex spaces
    Event in Manchester was protested by around 200 trans-rights demonstrators
    They claim the women's rights group is 'transphobic' and 'exclusionary'
    Police officers were called to the event as a 'precaution', but no arrests made

By William Cole For Mailonline

Published: 10:42, 26 March 2022 | Updated: 15:11, 26 March 2022

A women's rights group meeting to discuss single-sex spaces was protested by trans activists leading to police being called.  Around 200 protestors holding up placards that read 'Some women have penises' and 'If you are transphobic do one' gathered outside a venue in Manchester where Women's Place UK were holding their discussion.  The group was hosting its annual conference to consider 'the importance and future of single-sex provision in policy and law'.

The protest was organised by the Manchester Trans Rise Up group, which described Women's Place as a 'transphobic hate group'.  Later, Greater Manchester Police said that officers attended as a 'precaution', but no arrests were made.  Police did help move the crowd apart so the Women's Place attendees could leave the building safely.  Activists at the protest said some group were trying 'to push a narrative that trans women are predators' adding that they saw Women's Place's stance on single-sex spaces as 'b*******'.  'We believe Woman's Place UK is trying to make women-only spaces that exclude the existence of trans women,' two attendees told the Manchester Evening News. 'We feel that it’s important to stand up against that.'

In a statement, Woman’s Place UK denied they were 'transphobic'. They also said they welcomed those with opposing views to attend their events and 'debate with us directly'.

A Woman’s Place UK spokesperson said: "We are a grassroots women's campaign. Accusations of transphobia are entirely unjustified and are often used as a tactic to shut down discussion which many women have valid concerns about the retention of our right under the Equality Act 2010 to single sex spaces, services and sports.  Our last meeting in Manchester was held in 2018, where Kristina Harrison, who is trans, spoke from the platform alongside Ruth Serwotka and Bea Campbell.  Our events are public and we welcome people with opposing views to attend, listen to our concerns and debate with us directly.'

The feminist group thanked Greater Manchester Police for what it said was a 'very supportive police presence'.  Joanna Cherry, the SNP MP, said: 'The women holding this meeting have a right equal to those of the protesters to freedom of speech and freedom of expression.  'We support the right to protest. But the right to harass, intimidate, abuse or silence? No.'


Young rugby player tragically dies after suffering injury scoring try

Talented young rugby player Jack Jeffery suffered an injury while scoring a try during a match for Evesham RFC against Berkswell and Balsall on Saturday and has tragically died

By Nathan Ridley

12:51, 13 Feb 2022Updated13:28, 13 Feb 2022

A talented young rugby player has tragically died in hospital after he suffered an injury while scoring a try during a match.  Jack Jeffery was playing for Evesham RFC against Berkswell and Balsall in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, when he was hurt on the pitch on Saturday.  He suffered the injury while gaining points for his team and was rushed to Walgrave Hospital.  Jeffery sadly died later that day and has received tributes from Premiership stars Freddie Burns and Elliott Stooke as well as the RFU.  In a club statement, Evesham labelled him "too good for even the All Blacks" as a gifted rugby player, and was also described as "calm, respected and highly thought of."

"It is with immeasurable sadness that we have to report the tragic loss of our beloved Jack Jeffery following our Seniors League fixture at Berkswell and Balsall yesterday, February 12," they added.

"Jack was adding another try to his phenomenal record and during the act and subsequent challenge of scoring he was injured. He was taken to Walgrave Hospital where he tragically lost his fight.  A more committed, loyal 'Clubman' is hard to find. He would often return from London for training and was always at the heart of club activities.  He served his club, his teammates and the county with distinction and provided much satisfaction to the club supporters in knowing exactly where the whitewash was.  As a club, we have been overwhelmed by the messages of support and goodwill from the rugby community. Jack was calm, respected and highly thought of.  Our club and community have lost such a bright light."

Worcester Warriors shared their condolences, with their tribute reading: "The thoughts of all at Sixways are with the family, friends and team-mates of Evesham RFC player Jack Jeffery who tragically lost his life after yesterday's match at Berkswell and Balsall."

The Rugby Football Union then tweeted: "On behalf of everyone at the RFU, we extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Jack Jeffery who tragically died yesterday. The thoughts of everyone in the game are with @EveshamRFC, their players, members and the wider rugby community."

London Wasps star Stooke also posted on Sunday: "Thoughts are with the family of jack Jeffery and everyone @EveshamRFC this morning. An old school colleague and team mate of mine."

He was followed by Leicester Tigers fly-half Burns, who said: "So sad to hear about the passing of Jack Jeffery. A young rugby player who sadly lost his life whilst playing the sport we all love. My thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone @EveshamRFC #RIP."

And the North Midlands RFU wrote: "It is with immeasurable sadness that we have to report the tragic loss of North Midlands player Jack Jeffery from Evesham Rugby Club yesterday 12th February 2022. The whole of North Mids sends their sincere condolences to all those who knew Jack and affected by this tragic loss."


Meghan Markle 'really upset' Kate Middleton in 'foot-stamping rant', author claims

Royal author Tom Quinn described an alleged incident where Meghan Markle felt she was not being treated with the same respect as Kate Middleton while she and Prince Harry lived at Kensington Palace

By Dimitris Kouimtsidis

19:53, 11 Feb 2022Updated21:43, 11 Feb 2022

Meghan Markle's treatment of one of Kate Middleton's staffers during a “foot-stamping rant” at Kensington Palace left the Duchess “really upset”, a royal author has claimed.  Tom Quinn, author of Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir from Queen Mary to Meghan Markle, has claimed palace insiders told him about an incident when Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, “lost her temper” at a staffer.  Speaking to the Daily Star, Quinn described an alleged incident where Meghan felt she was not being treated with the same respect as Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, while she and husband Prince Harry lived at the Palace.  "Meghan and Harry were living in what's called Nottingham Cottage and it's probably the only bit that you genuinely really could say, is actually quite small,” Quinn said.

"And so, I think that reminded Meghan that she was, as it were, second place or as the runner-up.  So, when Harry and Will got together and sometimes Meghan and Kate as well because there was this tension occasionally, famously Meghan slightly lost her temper with a member of Kate's staff in front of Kate.  And it was that incident, that I was told by someone who was actually there, who said it was really uncomfortable because Meghan just lost it with this person.  The reason she lost it with Kate's member of staff was that she, Meghan, didn't feel that this person was giving her the sort of attention she deserved.  It was almost as if in that one encounter, it encapsulated for Meghan the problem that she had, that she's a Princess and she's number two."

He added: "She was very successful, coming into this alien environment where people behave towards you according to where you are in the status of who becomes King or Queen next, that's just alien to her.  The way it was described to me was, there were raised voices and foot-stamping."

It is further claimed that the incident left Kate feeling "really upset".  Mr Quinn continued: "Meghan asked this person, I know who it was, but I can't say because it will give away my source, who works for Kate who was basically asked to do something by Meghan and said, 'I'm really sorry I can't do that because I work for Kate'.  And Meghan really felt she had been slightly put in her place because if you become a Princess, you kind of assume that staff when you ask them to do something, they are going to do it."

He added: "She (Kate) was horrified, she was really upset because she's very fond of this particular member of staff and she thought that Meghan almost bowling out this person was just completely unacceptable.  She's very sensitive about not being treated with the same respect that she feels Kate is, so can react badly and doesn't take it lying down."

The Duchess of Sussex has been contacted for comment.

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