It wasn’t all bad

The Week Middle East - - News -

Hun­dreds of dog lovers turned out last week to join a whip­pet on his fi­nal walk. Wal­nut, 18, had suf­fered from a se­ries of ill­nesses, and Mark Woods had de­cided it was time to ask a vet to put him down. But first, he re­solved to take him on one last walk on Porth Beach, in Newquay. On social me­dia, Woods asked if any­one wanted to join them; the re­sponse was over­whelm­ing: thou­sands of peo­ple sent messages of sup­port, and hun­dreds came to bid farewell to Wal­nut in per­son.

A cou­ple who were forced to break off their en­gage­ment in the 1950s have fi­nally tied the knot, 65 years later. Davy Moakes, 86, and He­len An­dre, 82, met when they were study­ing at art col­lege. Moakes pro­posed in 1951, but An­dre’s par­ents re­fused to give the cou­ple their bless­ing be­cause they feared that as an artist, he’d be un­able to pro­vide for their daugh­ter. They each went on to marry other peo­ple, but af­ter their spouses died they were re­united. The cou­ple (pic­tured) got mar­ried last week in Ri­p­ley, Der­byshire, be­fore spend­ing their hon­ey­moon in Cyprus. “I have loved Davy my whole life, but now I’ve got him,” said An­dre. “I feel like a teenager again.”

A year af­ter ter­ror­ists stormed the venue, killing 90 peo­ple, Paris’s Bat­a­clan theatre has re­opened. Bri­tish pop star Sting gave a con­cert to mark the oc­ca­sion, hav­ing first led the au­di­ence – which in­cluded sur­vivors of the at­tack, and rel­a­tives of its vic­tims – in a minute’s si­lence. One sur­vivor, a 25-year-old who gave his name as Aure­lien, whose friend died that night, said it was the first time he had been in a con­fined pub­lic space since. “I’m here be­cause it’s im­por­tant to fin­ish a con­cert that was never al­lowed to end,” he said.

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