Barrister who called woman a 'stroppy teenager of colour' is sacked

Barrister Jon Holbrook had been commenting on the case of Ruby Williams, who won £8,500 in an out-of-court settlement from her school for alleged discrimination.
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‘You can almost paint with them’: a tulip planting masterclass
For three magical weeks in April, this Essex garden is a riot of colour, signalling brighter days aheadIn the old farmyard at Ulting Wick, the jewel-bright colours of thousands of tulips appear luminous against a backdrop of three listed black farm buildings. After a long, sapping winter, it’s a joyous scene. “For me, the tulips are harbingers of colour for the rest of the year,” says Philippa Burrough, owner and creator of this glorious Essex garden.While many tulip lovers stagger their displays, with early- and late-flowering varieties, Burrough concentrates her efforts on three magical weeks of intense colour, usually around the end of April. She combines a variety of planting approaches: clashing shades, such as oranges against reds; complementary colours, such as a rose pink with a creamy white and an intense purple; and waves of colour from soft pink, to dark pink, to purple. “There is such a range of colours with tulips, you can almost paint with them,” she says. Continue reading...
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Will the dotage of Roy Hodgson, English football’s tourist, be haunted by regret? | Jonathan Wilson
Crystal Palace’s manager has enjoyed extraordinary longevity – but if these are the final months of an impressive coaching career, how should he be remembered?The whole dynamic of the game was Brighton attacking. Everything was about whether they could find the goal they so clearly deserved. When Christian Benteke then volleyed a winner for Crystal Palace, it felt so implausible it was impossible not to pause. It didn’t feel right: was that allowed? Had the whistle already gone? On the touchline, a huge grin broke across Roy Hodgson’s face, he gave a little skip, and he turned instinctively to hug Ray Lewington.These are the best wins, particularly in a derby: stolen against all odds, against all justice. Analysis and fretting about midfield shape can wait: first you just have to enjoy the euphoric implausibility of it all. “It’s a wonderful feeling,” Hodgson beamed afterwards, and you could see that it was. He may be 73, he may have been coaching for 44 years, but he still feels an ignition of glee at a moment of the most preposterous larceny. Continue reading...
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Masala roasties and onion tart: Nik Sharma's potato recipes
South Indian-spiced roast potatoes with fennel and white beans, and a potato and onion tart with a spicy fresh chutneyMy oven is like a piano that’s played every day, and I use it partly for the heat it emanates, but also for the ease – pop something in and forget all about it until the timer rings. Right now, I’m craving the comforting texture of potatoes and the warm perfume of spices, and both of today’s recipes, which carry strong influences from southern India, sing to the tune of the oven. In the first, the spicy fragrance of sambar masala – the spice blend used to make sambar, a lentil and vegetable stew – enlivens a mixture of roast potatoes, fennel, and beans, while the second is a simple yet delightful warm potato and onion tart paired with curry leaves, the crunchy, nutty texture of mustard seeds, creamy, salty feta and a soothing herb chutney. Continue reading...
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Adopting older children can be the start of a special bond
For one mother, a potentially challenging choice turned out to be amazingly fulfillingWhen Margaret Reynolds was in her mid-40s, she was a successful writer, academic and broadcaster. One winter’s morning, she asked herself what she would like in her life that she did not already have. The answer was clear and quick: she realised she’d like to have a child. She wanted to be a mother. She was single and had just gone through an early menopause. She decided she would adopt, but this proved to be a long, sometimes difficult journey during which she found herself asking big, far-reaching questions about identity and nationality; about what it means to belong, and what it means to be a parent and a child.Now, 12 years later, Reynolds, who goes by Peggy, and her daughter Lucy are talking to me over Zoom from their cottage in the Cotswolds, the paws of their dog clacking on the floor in the background. Lucy is 18, articulate and passionate about the adoption system and what the role of the child should be within that process. She had recently been on her gap year – “‘gap’ being the operative word,” says Peggy, laughing – in London, volunteering for a charity called Body & Soul. “They work with children who have had adverse childhood experiences, including adoption, so it’s very on theme,” Lucy says. She is spending the third lockdown back at home. Continue reading...
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Raising the US minimum wage: what just happened and what comes next?
A Senate official has ruled that the plan for a $15 minimum cannot be passed with only a simple majority but the fight is far from overIt was a major plank of the Democratic plan to “build back better” – raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour as a way of boosting the economy during the pandemic and tackling poverty and income inequality. But on Thursday the much-vaunted plan hit a roadblock in the US Senate, which has knocked the proposal sideways. Related: 'We need $15': US minimum wage ruling a personal blow for millions of workers Continue reading...
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Golden Globes: HFPA pledges to appoint black judge to voting panel amid diversity controversy
Voting panel for award ceremony hasn’t contained a black judge since at least 2002, former president said
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Jesse Lingard transfer plea made as United player's future remains uncertain
Lingard joined West Ham in the January transfer window on a loan deal until the end of the season
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Former Domino's manager shares 'wrong order policy' that gets you free food
Clarissa Hitchcock, a former manager at Domino's has explained why she thinks the pizza company has the "best policy ever" when it comes to getting orders wrong
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Thomas Tuchel names "unique" position to get best out of Kai Havertz at Chelsea
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Shooting victim's body still riddled with pellets 15 years after shotgun attack
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Dancing On Ice 2021: Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer ‘gutted to be told they can never return’ after positive Covid-19 tests
The couple both tested positive for coronavirus.
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Captain Tom’s daughter says his ‘message and spirit will live on’
She gave a touching tribute to her late father as his funeral was held in Bedford.
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Shamima Begum ‘angry and upset’ after court bans return to UK
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It's Been One Year Since Trump Boasted 15 Covid Cases Would Soon Be 'Close To Zero'
The US hit a tragic anniversary Friday, exactly 12 months after then-president Donald Trump gloated that the nation was doing a “pretty good job” against the spread of Covid-19 and that the 15 reported cases would quickly be “down to close to zero.”He declared the following day that “like a miracle, it will disappear.”The US Covid-19 death toll has now surpassed 510,000, with cases in the country topping 28 million.Donald Trump, one year ago today: “And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done...We’re going very substantially down, not up.” pic.twitter.com/Ax8vHY4OOG— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) February 26, 2021The New York Daily News used Trump’s quote on the front page when the US passed a half million Covid-19 deaths on Monday. “So Far From Zero” the headline said.The day before Trump’s 2020 prediction, Dr Nancy Messonnier, director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Centre for Immunisation and Respiratory Diseases, warned: “We expect we will see community spread in this country. It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness.”Trump threatened to fire Messonnier after her warning, The Wall Street Journal reported.Yet Trump admitted to Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward weeks before he claimed Covid-19 would vanish that he knew it was far more dangerous than he had let on.“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a February 7 call with Woodward, who reported the conversation in his book “Rage.” “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your ... strenuous flus .... This is deadly stuff.′ However 2 1/2 weeks before on February 7 this is what Donald Trump told Bob Woodward. Very contagious and it was airborne! Donald Trump helped to kill 500,000 Americans and wreak our Economy pic.twitter.com/Z7XE0ZtSlb— Lillith Alexander (@lillithmind) February 27, 2021He told Woodward in March: “I wanted to always play it down.”Related...US Capitol Suspect's Ex Turns Him In After He Calls Her A 'Moron' For Doubting Election FraudTurns Out Paul McCartney Does A Really Convincing Impression Of TrumpJimmy Kimmel Roasts Trump With Long List Of Words Being Retired By The Biden Administration
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Leeds stabbing: Man seriously injured after daytime knife attack
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Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock to join The Voice as Anne Marie's guest mentor
Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock to join The Voice as Anne Marie's guest mentor
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Ruth Davidson's blistering on-air takedown of Nicola Sturgeon 'She has to go, no question'
CONSERVATIVE Scottish Leader Ruth Davidson called for Nicola Sturgeon's resignation if she was found to have broken the ministerial code and said Alex Salmond had cleverly left "breadcrumbs" which could lead to her downfall.
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Tiger Woods ‘in good spirits’ after suffering serious injuries in car crash
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Queen pays heartwarming tribute to Captain Tom – Monarch has wreath laid on her behalf
THE QUEEN has paid a heartwarming tribute to Captain Tom as his funeral takes place today.
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Kevin Campbell urges Arsenal to sell Reiss Nelson on one condition
'Go away, get minutes, prove yourself.'
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Mum wants daughter to have surgery as breast implants are 'slowly killing her'
Gina Evonston is fundraising for her daughter to have emergency surgery to remove her breast implants
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Alex Salmond could publish messages from SNP figures which he claims 'put pressure on' witnesses
'In my opinion there has been behaviour which is about not just pressuring the police… and pressurising witnesses, collusion with witnesses,' he said at yesterday's inquiry.
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Shoppers are paying up to 180% more for vegan food than for meat equivalent, research finds
Four in five vegan goods are more expensive than their meat versions, according to a UK study. It was noted that M&S' Plant Kitchen 'No Pork' sausage rolls cost £1.45 more than their meat counterpart.
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'You're not ready for independence!' Newsnight host savages Blackford in fiery BBC clash
BBC NEWSNIGHT host Faisal Islam took the SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford to task amid the emerging SNP civil war.
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Covid case puts New Zealand’s largest city Auckland back into lockdown
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Derby report racist abuse of Colin Kazim-Richards after East Midlands derby
Striker targeted following late equaliser of James Garner's goal in Rams' clash with Nottingham Forest
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Teenager killed after being struck by lorry’s oversized wing mirror on country road
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'I felt a strange grief when I found my birth mother': Jackie Kay on The Adoption Papers
The poet explains how researching her history led her to tell the story from three perspectives: the birth mother, the adoptive mother and the daughterIn one way, I’d been writing the poems in The Adoption Papers for my whole life. I’d been making up an imaginary birth mother and father with my adoptive mother for years, since I was a kid. She would say of my birth father: “I’m picturing a Paul Robeson figure, Jackie, perhaps with a bit of Nelson Mandela mixed in.”In another, I started writing the book when I was pregnant. It’s difficult when your writing infiltrates your life and vice versa, difficult to work out what actually happened and what didn’t. Your imaginative life is your reality. Continue reading...
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WWII plane flypast marks Capt. Tom Moore's funeral
A World War II-era plane has flown over the funeral service of Captain Tom Moore, in honor of the veteran who single-handedly raised millions of pounds for Britain’s health workers by walking laps in his backyard
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Pippa Middleton spotted following reports 'she's pregnant with second child'
Pippa Middleton, 37, showed a possible hint of a baby bump as as she was spotted holding two-year-old son Arthur's hand in London on Friday.
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Fred Segal dies aged 87: LA fashion and retail icon dies following stroke
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Woman praised for raising awareness of the normality of having an 'outie labia'
Gabriella Scaringe, 23, who lives in New York, has gone viral on TikTok after posting a video explaining how vaginas differ in shape and size.
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Oh dear, Diane! Abbott blunder as MP still listed as Shadow Home Secretary on her website
GAFFE-prone Diane Abbott is still calling herself Labour's Shadow Chancellor on her website - more than a year after she quit.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has been a failure at Juventus, claims Antonio Cassano
The Old Lady haven't fared well in the Champions League since signing the former Real Madrid star.
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Nando's fan gets his favourite meal back on menu after persistent campaign
The popular chicken chain had to run a reduced menu due to various restrictions leaving Andreas Health, 17, devastated
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Little Mix's Jesy Nelson starts the solo chapter as she heads to the studio
Two months after sensationally stepping down from Little Mix, Jesy Nelson looked confident and stylish as she arrived at a west London studio on Friday
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Aguero gives update on his fitness ahead of Man City return vs West Ham
Sergio Aguero makes his first start for Manchester City since the reverse fixture vs West Ham.
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It only took a lockdown, but age 25 I’ve finally learned how to feed myself
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Sue Perkins Reflects On The High Drama Of Bake Off's Bin Gate: 'He Really Lost It'
Sue Perkins has claimed Great British Bake Off contestant Iain Watters “really lost it” during the show’s infamous Bin Gate debacle. In one of the hit baking competition’s most infamous moments ever, Iain dramatically binned his Baked Alaska after it failed to set during the 2014 series. Reflecting on the incident, which made front page news when it aired, former Bake Off host Sue revealed there was also a lot going on behind the scenes that didn’t make it into the show. Appearing on Ed Gamble and James Acaster’s Off Menu podcast, Sue said: “I had to talk to him. Yeah, he was effing and jeffing. There’s a lot of effing and jeffing which was the first time we’ve had that on camera in Bake Off.“Obviously there’s a lot of it going on backstage, mainly because I’m just foul of mouth but normally it’s very mellow, as you know. He really lost it.“And in that moment I was with him, it was life and death, but then slowly this creeping contextualisation of just… I’m with a man in a tent, whose ice cream has melted. This is… Meanwhile in Syria…”  Sue continued: “I had to take him out, and we had to have a little chat, be nice guy, and just say, ‘Come on, let’s bring some perspective to this. Maybe, maybe not, somebody opened the fridge door, it might have affected the temperature.’“But I have to say the aplomb with which he just got the foot on the pedal of the pedal bin. It was like something out of Thelma and Louise, when you see that close up of it going down.”The ramifications of #BinGate were huge, mainly for Iain’s fellow contestant, Diana Beard, who found herself on the receiving end of a torrent of abuse, when she was accused of sabotaging Iain’s Baked Alaska.However a statement from the BBC insisted she was not to blame for the ice cream melting. “Diana removing Iain’s ice cream from the freezer for less than a minute was in no way responsible for Iain’s departure,” the broadcaster said at the time. Sue co-hosted the first seven series of The Great British Bake Off with comedy partner Mel Giedroyc prior to the show’s move from the BBC to Channel 4 in 2017. It is now hosted by Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding, while long-serving judge Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith cast an eye over the contestant’s bakes. The latest episode of the Off Menu podcast is available to stream now. READ MORE:Bake Off Unveils Star-Studded Line-Up For New Celebrity SeriesMel Giedroyc Did The Absolutely Unthinkable To Someone's Meal While Working In CateringSue Perkins Rages At 'Utter, Smirking D**k' Matt Hancock Over Squirming GMB Interview
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Leicester star Harvey Barnes close to new deal with Premier League high-fliers
Midfielder set to sign improved terms at King Power Stadium after links with Manchester United and Liverpool
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One million Covid vaccine doses administered in Wales
Public Health Wales says more than 38% of adult population have received first doseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered in Wales, with more than one in three adults in the country receiving at least one dose.Data from Public Health Wales shows that more than 38% of the adult population, 916,316 people, have received their first dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. So far, 89,053 people have received their second dose. Continue reading...
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Sophie Wessex praised for 'getting on with the job' with 'no fuss' as she starts new role
THE Countess of Wessex has been praised for "getting on with the job" with "no fuss" and "no fanfare" after she started her new role as a volunteer at a coronavirus vaccination centre.
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Lionel Messi's future takes fresh twist amid Man City and PSG transfer interest
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Real Madrid's Odegaard transfer stance as they outline hope amid Arsenal spell
After a frustrating first half of the season at Real Madrid during which he made just five starts, Martin Odegaard has featured regularly at Arsenal since joining on loan
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Peter Andre rocks the Mysterious Girl look as he goes shirtless on 48th birthday
Singer Peter Andre is "48 and feeling great" as he celebrated his birthday 26 years after finding fame with his 1995 shirtless music video
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