Freddie Figgers: The millionaire tech inventor who was ‘thrown away’ as a baby

Freddie Figgers: The millionaire tech inventor who was 'thrown away' as a baby

He started out providing services in rural areas of north Florida and southern Georgia, not far from Quincy, and the company has steadily grown. In 2014, Freddie launched a smartphone, the Figgers F1, with a device that detects motion and switches to “safe mode” above 10mph, preventing people from texting while driving. The Figgers F3, … Read more

The Motherload: How pandemic anger almost destroyed a mums’ support group

The Motherload: How pandemic anger almost destroyed a mums' support group

Kate Dyson set up a Facebook group for mums when she was suffering from post-natal depression. It helped her recover, and running The Motherload – which now has 107,000 members – has been a rewarding experience. But as the pandemic wore on, abusive messages started flooding in, and Kate came close to shutting the whole … Read more

‘A meme that almost made me quit my family WhatsApp group’

'A meme that almost made me quit my family WhatsApp group'

Later the purveyor of the maid meme, my cousin in Kerala, messaged me privately to clarify that he had definitely not intended any disrespect towards Indian maids. It was a joke, he said, maybe not even a very funny one, that was pointing to a more hopeful future, where familiar routines would return. Life wasn’t … Read more

Bobby Sands: The hunger strike that changed the course of N Ireland’s conflict

Bobby Sands: The hunger strike that changed the course of N Ireland's conflict

Forty years ago, on 5 May 1981, 27-year-old Bobby Sands, the IRA’s leader in the Maze prison outside Belfast, starved himself to death. Peter Taylor, who covered the story at the time, says it marked a watershed in Northern Ireland’s Troubles, helping to pave the way for the IRA’s political wing, Sinn Fein, to become … Read more