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Fiona Parker

Freelance journalist

London

Fiona Parker

Freelance journalist for Metro.co.uk, The Telegraph and The Sunday Times.

Formerly National News (SWNS)

Contact me on fionaparkerfreelance@gmail.com

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Greedy seagull impales bread on its beak during epic fight for food

A seagull’s eyes proved too big for its beak, after it got its head stuck on a whole slice of bread. The white slice became impaled on the greedy gull’s beak as a group of birds fought over food. It’s not the first time an overenthusiastic seagull has become the victim of its own lunch. Only last year, one bird turned bright orange after falling into a vat of chicken tikka masala curry.
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What we know about the suspects arrested after the Manchester terror attack

Ten people, including a 16-year-old boy, have been arrested by Greater Manchester Police in relation to Monday’s terror attack. Salman Abedi killed 22 people and injured 120 in his attack on Manchester Arena. Since then Greater Manchester Police have carried out raids and arrested several suspects thought to be connected to the 22-year-old.
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12 things you shouldn’t do when talking to a deaf person

This week is Deaf Awareness Week and with 11 million people in the UK living with hearing loss, it’s important to be deaf aware. Around 900,000 people in the UK are severely deaf and 24,000 use sign language as their main method of communicating with others. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of us out there who don’t really know how to talk to people who are deaf and this can come across as pretty offensive.
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Excessive use of social media is now being used as a reason for divorce

Unhappily married couples are now citing excessive social media use as a reason for divorce. Family lawyers are seeing an increase in women and men arguing that their spouse’s constant texting or social media use constitutes ‘unreasonable behaviour’. Solicitors expect the number of these cases involving social media will continue to rise.
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MP calls for end to violence after battle bus windows smashed

An MP has called for an end to politicians being ‘targets of abuse’ after his car was vandalised while he was campaigning. Tory Andrew Rosindell’s comments come ahead of the anniversary of Jo Cox’s murder, the Labour MP stabbed to death outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire. Mr Rosindell was canvassing in Romford, the East-London constituency, when he heard two loud bangs and found his car with smashed windows.
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Ed Miliband has a new job – as a bingo caller

It’s not so long ago Ed Miliband was leading the Labour Party in the last General Election. But now the MP has taken up a new leadership role – as a bingo caller. The Doncaster North MP, who is currently campaigning to retain his seat, was filmed calling out the numbers at a bingo night in one of his constituency’s town halls.
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Mum claims daughter’s love of tinned tuna left her paralysed

A mother whose daughter was left paralysed and unable to talk believes her condition may have been caused by tinned tuna. Lexi-Mae, eight, from Hull, was, according to her mother, ‘perfectly fine’ until three years ago when she was given antibiotics for an ear infection. But the next morning her face was lopsided and she was unable to move.
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Losing wig on a rollercoaster helped woman learn to love herself

A young woman with alopecia has described how she learned to accept herself after she lost her wig on a theme park ride. Gemma Nelson, 22, said she was on a ride at Alton Towers when her wig came loose and fell away. She couldn’t get it back, and was ‘mortified’ as she never usually let anyone see her natural hair.
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Jeremy Hunt faces ‘serious challenge’ for seat by GP

Labour, Green Party and Liberal Democrat activists have joined forces with the aim of unseating Jeremy Hunt, replacing him with a GP. The Health Secretary is facing a significant challenge from Dr Louise Irvine, leader of the National Health Action party, who is now being backed as a progressive alliance candidate.
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Pictures recreate last meals of death row inmates

Capital punishment, or ‘the death penalty’ is still in place in 31 states in the USA. Last month, the state of Arkansas scheduled eight executions over 11 days before one of its lethal injection drugs expired at the end of April. The concept of the ‘last meal’, a final privilege offered to inmates due to be executed, has fascinated many for decades.
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Here comes the bride (and she's carrying cacti and sweetcorn)

Wedding bouquets are getting heavier as modern brides are chosing cacti, succulents and even vegetables over traditional flowers, industry experts have said. Echeveria, a green succulent from Mexico, has become ubiquitous at trendy wedding ceremonies, with other similar plants proving popular for their unusual colours such as grey.
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Fight breaks out between two women ahead of UKIP leader visit to Hartlepool

A fight broke out between two women at a mini-rally of UKIP supporters in Hartlepool today where Paul Nuttall, the UKIP leader, announced he will contest the Lincolnshire seat of Boston and Skegness in the General Election, The two women, who have since been arrested, were photographed scratching and grabbing each other outside a pub in the town in County Durham.
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About

Fiona Parker

Contact Fiona at: fionaparkerfreelance@gmail.com

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Skills

  • surveys
  • opinion writing
  • reviewing
  • interviewing
  • feature writing
  • editorial
  • proofing
  • news reporting
  • investigations