01/08/2017 London News


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A family desperate to bring their ill mother home

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after she suffered a suspected heart attack on holiday

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say they're facing huge medical bills because of what they say

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was an innocent mistake when taking out travel insurance.

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The 62-year-old is currently is on life support in Turkey,

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For ten days now, 62-year-old Heather Pyke has been in a coma in a

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hospital in Turkey following a suspected heart attack while on

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holiday with her two daughters and granddaughter.

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It was horrible, me and my sister just broke down.

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My poor niece was outside, with one of

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We had to put our sunglasses on, because I did not

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They discovered that their mother did not have travel insurance.

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She had what is known as a European health insurance card, which gives

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access to state provided health care in EU countries, but Turkey is not

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The money will just get higher and higher.

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About one quarter of British travellers go

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abroad without insurance and today, experts warned of the need for

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Am afraid it isn't unusual, people go away

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EHIC card or do not understand that cover that the card provides.

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Wherever you go, it is worth checking that

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you have a EHIC, everybody should have

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won, it is applicable in the

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place you are going to but you should underpin it with travel

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While a EHIC card provides valuable health insurance

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cover, it does not provide the rest of the benefits proper travel

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office do not pay

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medical bills or the costs of flying people home by air ambulance.

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The family set up a Just Giving page to raise money.

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it, another reason we have to get her home.

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If anyone is going abroad, make sure you have travel insurance.

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It was their first family holiday together

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and one they will now remember for all the wrong reasons.

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More and more young people are seeking advice about what to do

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in the event of an acid attack - that's according

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It comes after the recent spate of incidents here in the capital.

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St John Ambulance already run an education over, giving advice on

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things like knife and gun wounds. This is the first time they've

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included anything on acid attacks. It is driven by young Londoners,

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evidently they have more and more been approaching first a desert

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festival is on that type of thing and asking what they should do in

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the event of an attack. I teach in schools every single day and hear

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about lots of different things happening to our young people. This

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is the biggest shocker, I believe. We do a lot around gunshot and knife

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wounds but the acid attacks are so very damaging. This type of attacks

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do seem to be on the rise. Yes. We have had 12 alleged attacks in the

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last month. Police believe that is due to tougher legislation around

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nice. They believe there should be an outright ban on carrying

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corrosive substances. These classes are all about educating. You could

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be selected because you are the first person at the time because it

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is random makes it scary. What she said can be quite useful. It is

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unfortunately had to learn about bad and could possibly potentially have

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to implement it. If it does happen, and hopefully it does not, I would

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know how to help them. Community leaders we have spoken to say they

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believe outright bans are short-sighted and do not tackle the

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cause of this worrying kind of trend. They think more social

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policies are needed. Until then acid attacks are real, live issues. St

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John Ambulance say it is responding from young people for calls for

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practical advice about how to deal with an acid attack. Hanky. That is

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what this thank you. A special opera performance has

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taken place in Holland Park this evening - to raise money to help

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support those affected The production company behind it,

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which is mourning the loss of one of its own, has been criticised

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in the past for being Birdie's Requiem is often used in

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memoriam. Tonight in Holland Park it is being performed for those who

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lost their lives and homes a couple of miles up the road in Grenfell

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Tower. It directly affected one of their own, a member of staff, Debbie

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Sample, who lived on the 16th floor, missing, presumably dead. It is

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difficult for me to talk about. The last time I saw her was sitting at

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this bench on the night of the fire. You're listening to the end of the

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opera we were performing that night. We said good night at the end of it.

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It was lovely and that was it hit helps the feeling about why we

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wanted to make such an impact on why we wanted to do something. Grenfell

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lies to the north of Kensington, the poor part of Kensington. The part of

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the borough the council has been accused of neglecting. Until two

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years ago, the opera in Holland Park with the council service, the same

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as any other council leisure facility like Jim Morrison mean

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pool. That has led to criticism about those who have questioned the

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authority of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. They have

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misspent government and council taxpayers funds on countless vanity

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projects and hand-outs as we have heard while underfunding essential

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services. Those who run the opera insist that there's is the

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accessible opera company in the country. It has had direct

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involvement with the community. When you pitch it as opera is not as

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important as homes and living standards in the borough but that is

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not an argument I would ever have with you or anyone else. They spent

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millions on what sort of other services. It is the word, opera,

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that is clearly a problem for people. Perhaps if we were straight,

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theatre company, it would not be as controversial. In this country opera

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generally as this stereotype that people tend to hold. Stereotype or

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not, tonight was my one-off performance was a sell-out with all

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proceeds going to help the victims of Grenfell Tower.

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They go back hundreds, if not thousands of years as a way

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of preserving the image of a loved one.

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Beethoven, Oliver Cromwell and Napoleon were all rendered

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Now death masks seem to be making a come back.

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So you've got the guy laying here dead and I literally just

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pour it out of the bowl, and the whole of his head

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is literally covered in this thick blue moulding substance.

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This was the former manager of a Soho club.

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The mask was commissioned by his friends.

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That's exactly how he looked when he died.

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And as you can see, it picks up every detail.

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Nick Reynolds says he's now made almost 100 death masks.

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And in the kitchen, which is Nick's workshop,

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One so recent, we've been asked to hide the face,

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But Nick says a death mask helps some people deal with their grief.

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Some people take the death mask to bed with them.

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They wake up in the morning, roll over and bingo,

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But they are tremendous cathartic tools and they help people come

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I have had moments of, you know, of just talking to it, you know.

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Joe Corre, who runs the company Agent Provocateur, commissioned Nick

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to make a death mask of his father, the artist and performer

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A copy of the mask is now in Highgate Cemetery.

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It was made while his body lay in a morgue in Chalk Farm.

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My exact thought, I walked in, wow, that's Malcolm,

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Nick's masks can cost upwards of ?2,000.

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The Highgate Cemetery Trust says if more death masks

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are more being made, it would be good to

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Time for me to say goodnight and as August begins I'll leave

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you with Wendy for a look at the weather.

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It was not too bad today. There were some decent spells of sunshine once

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again but there were tell-tale signs in the sky that things were about to

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change that there is a bit more cloud and some rain on the way at

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the moment. It is out in the Atlantic that the low pressure

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system developed. A beautiful swirl of cloud you can see that it has

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been pushing its way towards us. There is cloud in the sky at the

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moment and the rain is about to come onto the shores of Cornwall. For the

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time being, we do have a bit of high cloud around which is keeping the

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warmth of the day came. Temperatures not much lower than 13, 15 tonight.

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It will feel muggy in the morning. A bit of brightness. The cloud begins

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up. The rain will be on and off throughout the afternoon. Some of it

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will be heavy. The brutal pick-up and temperatures will struggle

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between 17 and 19. Something heavier through the evening. On Thursday it

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is back to sunshine and showers to end the week. Fewer of them

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is back to sunshine and showers to end the week. Fewer of them over the

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weekend. Hello. We have changed the month but not the weather. You will

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know that if you got caught in a heavy downpour. The Met Office says

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July was wetter than average in the UK. Perhaps when it comes to

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sunshine, in one of the few yellow areas that you have more sunshine

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than average. It continued today on the first day of August with blue

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sky on view at Lerwick. Some cloud in Cornwall. A funnel cloud, a

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tornado that has not touched the ground. Quieter overnight but not

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for long. Low-pressure is about to come in. It will be wet and windy

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