SAN DIEGO — Tough guys playing pickleball feels a bit like an oxymoron, but tell that to the couple dozen veterans working up a sweat Saturday afternoon at the San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club.There, muscled vets wearing white T-shirts and do-rags were pounding the courts, whipping a plastic ball with a small wooden paddle in a rapid volley. Each time a player hit the small wiffle-like ball, a sharp “crack!” brought grins to everyone’s faces. The game — an amalgam of badminton, tennis and ping pong — was new to everyone playing Saturday. What they lacked in technique they made up for in zeal. “I’ve never played this before, but it’s fun — and it’s harder than it looks,” said Erich Allman, a former U.S. Navy corpsman everyone calls “Doc.” “I’m super competitive, so I’m trying to win.”These 25 or so veterans and service members were brought together to learn the … [Read more...] about Injured veterans in San Diego embrace an unusual sport: pickleball
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PUBLISHED: 18:00 22 March 2019 | UPDATED: 18:28 22 March 2019 Steve Russell Its 1949 and Margaret Thick has qualified as a state registered nurse Picture: FAMILY COLLECTION Archant Margaret Thick was a Woodbridge district nurse and also worked at Ipswich Hospital. Her funeral is on April 1 A 1929 photograph of Margaret Thick as a toddler with brother Lawrie (father of Sylvia and her sister Angela), her mother Helen and father Thomas Picture: FAMILY COLLECTIONIt’s straight out of Call the Midwife. Margaret Thick is delivering her first child after starting work in Suffolk. The county in 1953 has its fair share of poverty, and she finds herself on the top floor of a double-decker bus. It’s home to travellers, sleeping on blankets. “You don’t forget that!” says niece Sylvia Hook. Auntie Margaret was a major influence on Sylvia and her family – virtually a one-woman recruiting officer. “When we used to go to … [Read more...] about Did Suffolk midwife Margaret Thick deliver your baby?
In the continuing adventures of Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt) and Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), what once were surprises in the plot become predictable dramatic notes. An unrelenting fourth-wall breaking meta humor grows tiresome. A reliance on these lazy kind of jokes also betrays a lack of character building within the context of the film’s story, which tries to say something about staying in touch with one’s wholesome side despite scary experiences and cynical forces. Extend that theme into four endings, and you will find one restless audience where bringing your kids will test your own patience. Continue ReadingWriters Phil Lord and Christopher Miller give up the directing helm to Mike Mitchell, the man behind a string of second-rate animated movies like Trolls and sequels including Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and Shrek Forever After. When the film isn’t making self-aware asides to superhero movies, Mad Max and Jurassic Park, it features heavy-handed … [Read more...] about The Lego Movie Sequel Disappoints, While Oscar Shorts Range From Rave-Worthy to Racist
At first, it seemed like the stomach flu. Weeks before his 24th birthday in May 2015, Alec Raeshawn Smith was overcome by troubling symptoms. His body ached, his stomach hurt and he wasn’t sleeping well. Laine Lu, a co-worker at his restaurant job, urged him to see a doctor. “This is not normal,” she recalls telling him. “Go get checked out.” His mother, Nicole Smith-Holt, worried too. He called her when he decided to go to a health clinic near Minneapolis. He said, “Seriously, Mom, I think something is really wrong with me.” The diagnosis was surprising: Type 1 diabetes. Alec’s blood sugar levels were nearly twice the healthy limit. His family didn’t have a history of diabetes, and lanky, 6-foot-3 Alec looked like the picture of health. At 23, he seemed too old for Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes because it often strikes children. But as Alec discovered, Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune response that can appear at … [Read more...] about Twin Cities mother fights for lower insulin prices after death of diabetic son believed to have been rationing