Courage only a mother could have: The brave story of a woman with rare disease who may not see next ChristmasSam Crawford, 38, faces a grim and uncertain future due to the ravages of MSA, a rare neurological diseaseThe mother-of-one's bodily function are deteriorating rapidly, including her voiceSam is the youngest person in the UK to be diagnosed with MSA Her teenage daughter has vowed to fundraise tirelessly to try and spare another family her painThe pair have chronicled their experiences in a heart-rending blog | UPDATED: 22:44 GMT, 25 December 2012 Love: Multiple System Atrophy sufferer Sam Crawford with her 16-year-old daughter Rhanna Sam Crawford admits she went ‘a bit nuts’ on the Christmas decorations this year. ‘Andy’s not amused,’ she says, throwing a glance at her husband who is doing that traditional man thing of rolling his eyes and muttering about the cost. ‘But I keep telling him we can use them all next year, if I’m around.
Paramedics called to performance of Shakespeare after drunken student actors began staggering on stage and smashed up the set Sussex University student actors staggered on stage and had to be held up by their friends 'Lady Macbeth smashed a glass jug on the ground' Student Union investigating incident after ambulance was called for actress in her early 20s | UPDATED: 14:45 GMT, 9 December 2012 Enlarge Paramedics were called to a drunken Shakespeare show performed by Sussex University students Paramedics were called to help student actors who had more than their fair share of Dutch courage before a Shakespeare performance, which saw them staggering on stage and smashing up the set. The boozed-up thespians, members of the Sussex University Drama Society (SUDS), had deliberately downed drinks just minutes before their show which featured scenes from Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream. One audience member told The Badger, the student newspaper for Sussex University: 'I saw Lady Macbeth smash a glass jug on the ground.' Others reported the director had to take one actor off stage after he entered at the wrong scene, during the show at a bar in Falmer, East Sussex
Reprimand for judge who told burglar he needed 'a huge amount of courage' to steal from homes and set him freeJudge Peter Bowers faced criticism from David Cameron over his commentsThe PM said burglars were 'cowards' and their crimes were 'hateful'Serial burglar Richford Rochford burgled three houses in five daysJudge told his remarks were 'offensive' and a serious error of 'judgement' | UPDATED: 16:14 GMT, 4 December 2012 A judge who told a burglar that stealing from homes took 'a huge amount of courage' before setting him free has been formally reprimanded. Judge Peter Bowers admitted he could be pilloried for sparing Richard Rochford from prison at Teesside Crown Court when he made the comment in September.