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Published13 minutes agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Family handoutA man held in Iran for nearly five years on spying charges, before being released alongside Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, says he is determined to finish the London Marathon. Anoosheh Ashoori, from Lewisham, south-east London, was released in March. Talking to the BBC's Today programme, the 68-year-old said he was dedicating his run to the people of Iran and its prisoners. "I am determined to cross the finish line, if my knees don't fail," he said.He is running for Amnesty International and Hostage International at the race on Sunday.The British-Iranian dual national was arrested in August 2017 while visiting his elderly mother in Tehran and was later convicted of allegedly spying for Israel's intelligence service Mossad, despite having lived in the UK for 20 years. He denied all charges.Mr Ashoori said while being held in Evin prison he started running in circles in a small prison yard, and gradually built up his stamina so he was able to run for up to two hours. Image source, Getty Images"In the prison we had very little opportunity for exercise," he said. "We had a small yard we could run in circles which put strain on our knees. "At one point we were banned from using all the sports facilities, the very little that they had, so we were practicing in a patio but we were determined to carry on."Who are the dual nationals jailed in Iran?Did tank debt cost Nazanin's freedom-Mr Ashoori said physical exercise was a "good remedy" to "fight insanity when you are going through such intense suffering".Image source, Family handoutMr Ashoori, who will be running with his son Aryan, also urged the British Government to do more to help negotiate the release of other detainees held in Iran, like Morad Tahbaz. He added he was running to "let all the ones who are left behind know they are not forgotten". "What will be going through my mind when I'm running is my solidarity with the people of Iran and with the women's movement," he said."My heart will be with them and I hope that it will come into fruition."Follow BBC London on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Send your story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.orgMore on this storyFormer Iran detainee to run London Marathon26 AugustAnoosheh Ashoori: ‘I should have been back earlier’28 MarchWife of freed Iran detainee calls return magical17 MarchIranian-Briton's family delighted at his release16 MarchNazanin on her way home to 'new life' in UK16 MarchJailed Iranian-Briton starts hunger strike23 JanuaryRelated Internet LinksLondon MarathonThe BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.
Published38 minutes agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesDo we really buy more low-cost luxuries in a recession?The so-called lipstick index, coined by Estée Lauder's Leonard Lauder, is the theory that sales of affordable luxuries rise in economic downturns.Consumer psychologist Dr Cathrine Jansson-Boyd said there was evidence people attempt to boost their mood with small treats in difficult times.But she said a bigger factor in what we buy is a subconscious decision about how we want other people to see us."Being short of money is psychologically daunting for people and the way to make yourself feel better, even if it's ever so little, is to purchase something that you think will cheer you up," said Dr Jansson-Boyd, an associate professor in consumer psychology at Anglia Ruskin University. Mini-budget: What it means for youWhat is a recession and how could it affect me?What is the energy price cap and how high could bills go?She said this explains why sales of alcohol and chocolate rocketed in the Covid lockdowns. "The purchase itself might vary depending on your personality," she said. Cardiff fashion blogger Christy Llewellyn believes she is certainly benefitting from the so-called lipstick index. Image source, Style.rarebit / InstagramSix months ago she launched her business Loste, selling false nails that allow people to forgo the salon to do their nails themselves at home."They can't afford it anymore, obviously the price of going to the salon is going up," she said. "When the news came out that bills were going to rise again there was actually a big rise in sales which was interesting."Image source, style.rarebit / Instagram Christy, who blogs as Style Rarebit, identifies with wanting small treats but said her go-to more affordable luxury would be a mascara or coffee from an independent coffee shop rather than a lipstick."They're not going to make a huge dent whereas things like going on holidays, buying a new car, buying a really amazing pair of shoes feels like a huge spend," she said. In July, US market research group NPD said beauty stood alone as the only industry with unit sales on-the-rise this year.UK consumer confidence in the future hit a record low in August, with GfK's Consumer Confidence index saying a "sense of exasperation" about the economy was the biggest driver behind the fall.Image source, Cristian Barnett'It's a treat, isn't it?'Artisan baker Alex Gooch has two coffee shops, a pizza shop and provides bread to seven Waitrose stores as well as delis, restaurants and hotels in Wales and the borders.Despite the cost of living crisis he said business was booming, with customers still prepared to spend £10 on his 2kg (4.4lb) sourdough and up to £4.50 for a standard-sized loaf."People get a lot out of going to their favourite coffee shop, reading a paper, meeting a friend - it is an integral part of wellbeing... it's the last thing people are going to consider giving up," said Alex, who lives in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan.Image source, Cristian BarnettHe has reason to be optimistic, having set up his business during the 2008 financial crisis and despite the current downturn he is in the process of opening two new shops. He said while people may think twice about making bigger purchases such as a holiday, a croissant and a cup of coffee costs about £6, a relatively small amount of money compared to other indulgences. "It's a very simple thing that is actually, very, very important to people," he said."It's a treat isn't it? It's a big treat."Image source, Cristian BarnettRecent months have seen a surge in energy, petrol and grocery costs, then last week's mini-budget sparked a fall in the pound and a surge in borrowing costs."People are really feeling confused, but I think what is easy for them and very tangible is the fact that they have less money generally," said Dr Jansson-Boyd.She said price "always comes into the equation if you don't have money to spend" but "people actually purchase things to represent who they are"."Most things are no longer purchased for the practicality of them," she explained. "They're actually bought because they represent some sort of symbolic value... from which supermarket you want to be associated with to what sort of vacuum cleaner you have."People look at what you wear, what brands you have, what car you drive, and the handbag you use, even the suitcase you have, and we made judgments - we're not aware of making judgments because it happens subconsciously."Image source, Dr Cathrine Jansson-BoydShe said in a downturn people tended to invest in more widely-recognisable brands and items that others get to see - so they may buy a branded lipstick that can be applied in public over a moisturiser that is usually applied at home. She said not having as much money as you used to also had an emotional impact that can lead to "irrational choices" such as impulse purchases and taking on credit card debt. "They're not thinking it through, they kind of want stimulation immediately," she said. "That is concerning because with interest rates going up it is actually a trap for many so it's very worrying."More on this storyMore mortgage lenders pull deals on rate rise fears3 days agoWorkers take second jobs: 'I felt I had no choice'3 days agoWhy has the pound tumbled?4 days agoWhat the mini-budget means for you23 September
Published7 hours agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, HannahWhen Hannah Delmas was diagnosed with a rare ovarian cancer in 2020, she didn't think she'd be running a marathon just a few years later."With my chemotherapy, I spent a lot of time lying in bed or at home, and lost quite a lot of muscle mass through because of being in intensive care," she says.The 25-year-old doctor will be running for the charity Young Lives vs Cancer, which helps young people going through cancer treatment and the aftermath.Like Hannah, Chris Reid will be lacing up his running boots and taking on the iconic 26.2-mile route around London.Chris, also 25, has a learning disability and bipolar disorder, but that hasn't stopped him from competing in running events. His latest though, for the charity Mencap, will be the hardest yet."I'll actually give back to the charity that's been part of my history," he says.The organisation, he says, has supported him with things like communication, Maths, English and work experience.Chris, who previously lived with his parents, has since moved into supported housing and the help he receives has contributed to him becoming more confident with everyday activities such as managing his own money.Image source, Mencap'I'm not a runner'Hannah graduated early from medical school in 2020, because of the Covid pandemic, to help "ease some of the pressures on the NHS".But she was then hit by the news that she had a rare ovarian tumour, having to pause her career to start chemotherapy.After several rounds of treatment, surgery and a stay in intensive care to remove the tumour, she was back caring for patients six weeks after her final treatment.Then, between work and follow up check-ups, she signed up to run the marathon despite her lack of experience in running.'I've always had a dream of running a marathon'The family who prompted a London Marathon change'We are running for our country, our people'"I'm not a runner, I think I've ran once in primary school and secondary school, but I've never really done much since." There have been challenges in training, such as building up fitness levels after intensive treatment, and her busy schedule as a doctor.Another challenge was finding sportswear that didn't rub on her scars from her surgery."I think my preparation probably could have been a little bit better. But it's now too late." Image source, HannahChris, on the other hand, feels he is more than ready, with his prep ranging from light 5k park runs on Saturdays to a training programme of 16 weeks.But he emphasises it's not just about the running, as his nutritional diet of "brown rice, eggs and avocado" is just as important.Chris was inspired to get into running because of Sir Mo Farah's double gold medal-winning performances at London 2012.His first run after seeing Sir Mo's success was tough and incomplete, but he persevered after a friend encouraged him and told to "keep on going".He says running and taking in the air "clears things out" of his head and helps his mood.And while some may be worried about completing the marathon, Chris confidently says he'll channel his inner Mo Farah and "be able to complete it".Image source, MencapCrossing the finish line is what Hannah is looking forward to most."Just having the relief of finishing and knowing that I've completed a marathon as well as seeing everybody else at the finish line."For people in a difficult situation like Hannah has been in, she says it's important "to take it one day at a time"."Make little goals that you can complete because I know how frustrating it is to finish treatment, and then think it's fine for everything to go back to normal.""Don't give up on your dreams and keep going even through tough times," Chris adds.Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 weekdays - or listen back here. More on this story'I've always had a dream of running a marathon'4 October 2020The family who prompted a London Marathon change1 day ago'We are running for our country, our people'2 days ago