‘Im such a big fan of the menstrual cycle! the women asking whether its possible to have a better period

Exhausted with doctors not taking periods seriously, a new wave of authors is asking whether menstruation can ever be tolerable even enjoyable A tiny drop of blood on our bathroom floor was what gave me away. My mother took it as a sign that, at the age of 15, my period had arrived. After popping out to the shops, she came to my room with sanitary pads and a bunch of flowers; the pads came with a brief lesson on how to use them while the gerberas were left behind without explanation, some unspoken symbolism for my blossoming womanhood. The truth was, I had had my period for two years. It had arrived without fanfare when I was 13, but, …

Welcome to the Departure Lounge. Destination: death

An innovative project backed by the Wellcome Trust aims to help people come to terms with their mortality Images of sandy beaches, sun-kissed swimming pools and azure blue skies gleam from the window and walls of what appears to be a new travel agent opening in a London shopping centre. But browsers may be surprised by the destination, for it is a journey every one of us will one day take: death. Look more closely at the posters and it becomes clear that the words are all about passing away (half of British adults prefer to avoid the word death, apparently). The Departure Lounge, in Lewisham, south London, is the brainchild of the the Death Caf phenomenon, the growth of …

David Lammy says comparing ERG to Nazis ‘not strong enough’

Labour MP defends comments likening group to Nazi party and white supremacists David Lammy has said comparing the hard Brexit European Research Group of Tory MPs to Nazis and proponents of South African apartheid was not strong enough, and suggested that the Brexit debate has allowed proponents of hard right views to flourish. The Labour MP, who is a vocal campaigner for a second EU referendum, was asked on the BBCs Andrew Marr Show whether a comparison he previously made to the election of Adolf Hitlers party in Germany and to South African white supremacists was appropriate. I would say that that wasnt strong enough. In 1938 there were allies who hatched a plan for Hitler to annex part of …

Brett Kavanaugh: backlash after US university hires justice to teach in UK

George Mason University selects justice accused of sexual assault for post at Runnymede, birthplace of modern democracy The US supreme court justice Magna Carta and called the birthplace of modern democracy to teach a course on the US constitution for an American university. But the appointment is sparking uproar among some students and they are demanding the school rescind its invitation. The judge, who faced a tempestuous and hugely divisive confirmed on 27 March and the Washington Post late supreme court justice who relished his position as a conservative bulwark on the court. Kavanaugh will be teaching the course with Jennifer Mascott, an assistant professor of law at George Mason who served as Kavanaughs clerk on the US court of …

The confusion around Russian meddling means theyre already winning | Gabriel Gatehouse

Among the legitimate questions is a swirl of speculation. Vladimir Putin and Vladislav Surkov have got in our heads, says Gabriel Gatehouse, a BBC foreign correspondent It is the fashion these days, in certain circles, to see the hand of Moscow behind all of the political turbulence of the present moment: Brexit, Trump, the rise of the European right. John McCain once even suggested that Vladislav Surkov, also known as Putins Rasputin (in the west) or the grey cardinal (in Russia). He rose from a background in the theatre and PR to become the architect of Putinism the undisputed master of Russias internal politics. At the height of his power, he represented a sort of Kremlin svengali, controlling most of …

‘Unusual activity’ at Russian embassy before novichok attack

UK intelligence investigated frantic comings and goings at time of Skripal poisonings Intelligence services investigated unusual activity at the Russian embassy in London in the days before and after the novichok poisoning, it has been reported. MI5, MI6 and GCHQ looked into frantic comings and goings at the building in Kensington in the days leading up to the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, a source with knowledge of the investigation told the Press Association. The source was quoted as saying: The intelligence agencies have been investigating unusual and increased activity at the Russian embassy in Kensington in the days leading up to and after the attack on the Skripals. The lines of inquiry …