The full horror of the human tragedy unfolding on the shores of Europe was brought home on Wednesday as images of the lifeless body of a young boy — one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned attempting to reach the Greek island of Kos — encapsulated the extraordinary risks refugees are taking to reach the west. A second image portrays a grim-faced policeman carrying the tiny body away. Within hours it had gone viral becoming the top trending picture on Twitter under the hashtag KiyiyaVuranInsanlik humanity washed ashore.
But cooped up for nine days during Israeli bombardments, the children defied their parents and went out Wednesday afternoon, the eldest shooing away his little brother, telling him it was too dangerous. As they played on and around a jetty in the late-afternoon sun, a blast hit a nearby shack. One boy was killed instantly.
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She turns 49 in a few days, but Julia Bradbury barely flinches at the thought. It is five years since the presenter left Countryfile, the show that cemented her as a national favourite, and she is the middle of another successful TV year. Yet middle age?
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