A retired M&S cook who spent a quarter of a century serving up lunches to staff has revisited the store for a final time.Marjorie Guard, 98, worked in the kitchen at the Deal High Street shop from 1956 and 1981.In a trip organised by her friend Jill Solley, she was given a special one hour tour of the premises, led by clothes and home manager Nicola Marsh, last Wednesday ahead of its closure on Saturday. Describing the outing as "lovely" she noted how much the building and its operations have changed since she retired 38 years ago.She said: "They showed me the kitchen where I used to work and I can hardly imagine it now."Now, they get a cup off the wall and help themselves. They have to wash their dishes themselves and put them away. There's no cooked meals now, they have microwaves."All the staff paid was one threepence each for a three course dinner - Marjorie GuardMs Guard had been working as domestic staff at Deal Hospital when she saw an advert for a cook in the East Kent … [Read more...] about Former M&S chef, 98, pays one last visit
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By Stephanie Armour The Wall Street Journal Thu., Dec. 27, 2018 John Stockman thought he just had a terrible stomach ache when he went to the emergency room at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Center while on vacation in Colorado Springs, Colo., last year. It was a clot that had partially blocked the flow of blood from his intestine. By nightfall the next day, Mr. Stockman, 62, was on a ventilator after emergency surgery to remove 4 feet of damaged bowel. Over the next months, the Tennessee resident’s heart would stop. He would have seven more surgeries. He would survive weeks in intensive care with an open belly wound. He would beg doctors to let him die. And he would learn firsthand how confounded patients feel in a U.S. health system where a fast-moving stream of procedures and tests can lead to an avalanche of bills most people can’t understand and never expected. Over the course of the out-of-state treatment for his illness, Mr. Stockman had more than 400 … [Read more...] about John Stockman’s medical bills topped $1 million. What happened?
By Heather Haddon The Wall Street Journal Wed., Dec. 26, 2018 Blue Apron Holdings Inc., the meal-kit pioneer, is betting its future on dieters. The food company entered a partnership on Wednesday with WW Inc., formerly known as Weight Watchers International Inc., giving it potential access to millions of customers interested in healthy eating. Blue Apron Chief Executive Brad Dickerson said in an interview the arrangement will help his company stabilize its customer count without having to spend tens of millions of dollars on advertising and promotions that have hurt its bottom line. Blue Apron’s stock, which made its debut at $10 a share in July 2017, closed at 69 cents a share on Monday. A few years ago, Blue Apron and other meal-kit makers vowed that much of America would cook meals from pre-apportioned packs of ingredients delivered to their door. Packaged Facts, a consulting firm, predicted last year that the industry would reach some $12 billion in … [Read more...] about Blue Apron links with dieters in comeback effort
Eric D. Lawrence Detroit Free Press Published 12:02 PM EST Dec 18, 2018 She was once the No. 2 person in the UAW's Fiat Chrysler Department, but now, Nancy Johnson will be headed to prison for using her training center credit card to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in meals, clothing and travel in what prosecutors say was a betrayal of her union brothers and sisters, much of it at the direction of her bosses. U.S. District Court Judge Paul Borman sentenced Johnson Tuesday in Detroit to one year and one day in prison followed by one year of superwevised release, and ordered her to pay a $10,000 fine. "It's a very serious offense, corrupting a labor union," Borman said. Johnson, who dabbed her eyes repeatedly with tissues, apologized for what had happened, saying she takes responsibility for her part and offered a message for her union. "I love my organization. I love the membership, and for that, I'm truly sorry for being here," she said, noting that … [Read more...] about UAW scandal means 1 year in prison for union’s No. 2 in FCA unit
By Mehreen Naveed Chawla Published: December 18, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Four months after I’d received the Cambridge offer, a “good” proposal came. In Pakistan, and in my native language Urdu, woman translates into aurat, which comes from the Persian awrah, meaning “parts to be protected”. Literally, too, in my present Muslim, closed-knit, patriarchal society, women like me are guided — by their fathers, husbands, brothers, sons — to be protected from threats against their body and family honour. While these men encourage “western” trends to an extent — like education at reputable schools, recreational sports, or even temporary employment — cultural traditions halt these prospects after marriage. You are born, our men tell us, to marry fast, and vouchsafe both yourselves and your future daughters under our protection. Because culture is reinforced by practice, and because most girls … [Read more...] about The road not taken: Going to Cambridge or getting married