Uni wins £1.25m funding to design transformative exoskeleton suit for disabled young people

The University of Liverpool has been awarded more than one million pounds in funding to design a “revolutionary” assistive device to support and enhance upper body movement in children and young people living with progressive neuromuscular diseases. The university was awarded £1.25 million from the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund to design the first-of-its-kind exoskeleton […]

Uni wins £1.25m funding to design transformative exoskeleton suit for disabled young people

Are you aged or old?

Photo of old copy of As You Like It, featuring a sorry picture of old age. The sixth age shifts/ into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,/with spectacles on nose and pouch on side;/ His youthful holse, well sav'd, a world too wide/For his shrunk shank; andhisbig manly voice,/turning agan toward childish treble, pipes/And whistles in his hound.  Last scene of all [...]/Is second childishness and mere oblivion;/ Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
A profoundly cynical vignette of old age, in a very old book: All the world’s a stage in As You Like it

“I never seriously considered using the word aged as a synonym until I read a post in Engaging With Aging called Thoughts on whether “Old” is different from “Aged.” Retired Professor Carnevali starts with definitions. I’m not sure of the source, but they make sense and the difference instantly jumps out at you:

  • Old: ancient, long-lived, geriatric. long-standing
  • Aged: seasoned, experienced, weathered, matured, mellowed, in full bloom, venerable”

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Write Into Life Source: Are you aged or old? — Write Into Life

Managing Marginality in Railway Stations: Beyond the Welfare and Social Control Debate


How to rid railway stations of the marginalized people who congregate in them? This is the problem faced by railway companies which are seeking to maximize the commercial drawing power of their spaces. The limitations of a strictly repressive policy are prompting railway companies to fund non‐profit community‐based organizations to carry out social policies aimed at the marginalized. Based on two studies in the railway stations of Lyon and Milan, the article analyses how this strategy was implemented

Source: Managing Marginality in Railway Stations: Beyond the Welfare and Social Control Debate

Masterclass with Dayashankar Sharma

With three decades of experience working in the hospitality sector, Chef Dayashankar Sharma is one of the best Indian chefs in the country, having won Best Chef at the Asian and Oriental Chef Awards in 2020 and chef of the year at the Asian Food & Restaurant Awards in 2019. His success hasn’t come easily however, hard work and dedication to his craft are at the foundations of his career which spans the Oberoi and Taj group of hotels in India to the Tamarind Group which owns many of London’s best-known Indian restaurants in the UK. A master of delivering dishes featuring subtle, balanced spices, Chef Sharma runs Heritage in Dulwich, showcasing the very best of traditional regional Indian food.

Read the interview in full at Stiritup source: https://stiritupmagazine.co.uk/masterclass-with-dayashankar-sharma/

Hidden Histories: Atherton’s Council Houses

“You lived on Hag Fold? You were posh you!…”

April 2020 marks the centenary of a forgotten event but an event which nonetheless changed thousands of lives. On the 14th April 1920, Atherton’s first four council-built houses were occupied by their tenants. Nowadays this might seem trivial but we cannot underestimate the huge impact social housing had on living conditions. This was a ground-breaking […]

Hidden Histories: Atherton’s Council Houses

With shared power comes shared responsibility

Framing research has found that it is common for campaigners, in their communications, the media in their reporting, and the public in their thinking and understanding to omit the human-designed systemic factors shaping people’s life experiences and opportunities.   As a result, we can too often attribute people’s life situation, such as poverty, homelessness, or obesity, […]

With shared power comes shared responsibility