WORLD renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has passed away aged 76.
Married twice, the man described as the greatest scientific brain since Albert Einstein passed away peacefully at his Cambridge home. Here we take a look at his second wife, Elaine Mason.
Reuters Stephen Hawking and Elaine Mason on their wedding day in 1995
Who is Elaine Mason and how did she meet Stephen Hawking?
Elaine Mason was a British nurse who had previously worked at an orphanage in Bangladesh.
She had been married to David Mason, an engineer and self-confessed Hawking super-fan who helped develop Hawking’s speech synthesiser.
Elaine met Stephen Hawking in the 1980s when she took a job as his nurse and caregiver.
Hawking was also married at the time, to his first wife Jane, but the pair grew close and ended up falling in love.
Elaine left David and their two sons after 15 years of marriage to pursue a life with the physicist.
Within a year of splitting from their partners, the pair married in 1995 at the Cambridge Register Office.
Critics claimed Elaine only married the professor for his money, but she has always denied these allegations.
Why did Elaine and Stephen divorce?
The physicist and his nurse wife filed for divorce in 2006, after 11 years of marriage.
The reason for their split remains unclear, but rumours circulated at the time that Hawking had cheated on Mason with another of his caregivers.
These allegations were strenuously denied by his secretary, Judith Croasdell.
Times Newspapers Ltd Stephen Hawking and Elaine Mason married in 1995 in Cambridge
What kind of abuse was Elaine accused of?
Mason was repeatedly accused of “physically and emotionally” abusing Hawking during their 11-year marriage.
A number of people came forward claiming Mason’s treatment was “controlling and manipulative”, with some going as far as calling her a “bully”.
Mason was formally investigated by police over the allegations.
Hawking publicly denied the claims, despite showing up at the hospital in 2000 with “cuts and bruises” that he couldn’t explain.
Three years later, his daughter Lucy called police over concerns that her dad was being mistreated.
Mason was accused of:
Fracturing the professor’s wrist by slamming it on his wheelchair Humiliating him by refusing him access to a urine bottle and leaving him to wet himself Gashing his cheek with a razor Allowing him to slip beneath the water while in the bath, causing water to enter the tracheotomy site in his throat Leaving him alone in his garden on the hottest day of the year for so long that he suffered heatstroke and severe sunburn
Despite extensive investigations by police, Mason was never charged with any crimes.
Who Is Peter Kay’s Wife Susan Gargan, When Did She Marry The Comedian And Do They Have Any Children?
COMEDY legend Peter Kay has been a happily married man since back in 2001.
Here’s everything you need to know about the stand-up superstar’s wife Susan Gargan and the life they have made together.
PA:Press Association Peter and Susan have been married since 2001
Who is Susan Gargan and when did she marry Peter Kay?
Susan Gargan is the wife of comedian, Peter Kay.
Little is known about her and her life away from the spotlight, as the family choose to keep their personal life private.
She met her soon-to-be husband Peter in a nightclub in Bolton in 1998.
At the time, Susan was working in their local Boots and Peter was working in the local cinema.
Peter Kay married Susan Gargan in 2001 after being in a relationship for three years.
In a bid to maintain a normal family life, Peter and Susan have opted to keep their marriage and children away from the limelight.
Rex Features Peter and Susan keep their home life out of the spotlight completely
Do they have children?
Peter and Susan welcomed their son, Charlie Michael Kay, in 2003.
The pair named him after their fathers, with Charlie being the name of Susan’s late father.
Speaking to the Mirror shortly after his son’s birth, Peter praised life as a family man.
He told the paper: “Fatherhood has changed me – it has to change you.
“It makes you much more aware of the minutiae of life, it’s not about your needs any more, its about everyone elses.”
It is reported that Peter has two other children – and in interviews he frequently refers to more than one child – but they have been kept out of the spotlight completely.
Where Is The St Patrick’s Day 2018 Parade In London? Route, Start Time And Performances At Trafalgar Square Revealed
MORE than 1250,000 take to the streets of London for the annual St Patrick’s Day weekend, now in its 16th year.
The city transforms into a melting pot of green with countless events taking place across the city. Here’s all the important info…
Alamy Live News London will host a whole weekend of St Patrick’s Day celebrations starting March 16
First of all, when is St Patrick’s Day 2018?
Each year, St Patrick’s Day falls on March 17.
In Ireland, the day of celebration has been a public holiday since 1903 and the first parade was held in Waterford that year.
In the UK, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother would present bowls of shamrock flown over from Ireland to members of the Irish Guards in the British Army.
The tradition carries on today with the Irish Guards still wearing shamrocks flown over from Ireland.
When is the St Patrick’s Day parade in London and what’s the route?
While the festivities start on Friday, March 16, the parade takes place on Sunday, culminating in a performance in Trafalgar Square.
It begins in Hyde Park corner at 12pm and goes through Piccadilly, Haymarket, Trafalgar Square before and finally City Hall in Whitehall where several talks will take place.
The procession will feature Irish marching bands, energetic dance troupes and spectacular pageantry, the Mayor of London claims.
“London is home to the biggest Irish population outside of Ireland, and this is when we gather to celebrate!” said Gary Dunne, Creative Programmer of London’s St Patrick’s Cultural Festival.
A parade starting on Hyde Park corner will go through Trafalgar Square and end in Whitehall
What events and performances are there to enjoy?
London Mayor Sadiq Khan vowed to the most “impressive showcase of Irish culture, heritage, food and talent the city has ever seen”.
It will include Irish dance performances in Hackney, Jazz in Enfield, music classes in Croydon and open air gigs in Camden Market.
Trafalgar Square will host the focal point of the festival on Sunday with a world-class line-up of Irish culture and community on the main stage.
Brave Victim Of Male Rape Comes Forward To Reveal Harrowing Ordeal By Two Men
A VICTIM of male rape who worked on Coronation Street’s David Platt rape storyline, has bravely come forward to tell his experience of being attacked.
In the soap’s storyline the character David Platt is drugged and raped by a new friend Josh Tucker.
MEN Media Sam Thompson has come forward to speak about his ordeal of being raped
While the long-running drama is fictitious the harrowing experience of Sam Thompson, a 23-year-old DJ, his experience of being raped is all too real.
Sam, who was a script adviser on the storyline, was raped by two men after a night out in Manchester in 2016.
Sam told the Manchester Evening News that at first he didn’t realise what was happening to him and only remembers snippets of the ordeal.
It was only when the pain kicked in that he fully realised.
MEN Media Sam Thompson worked as a script adviser on Coronation Street
Sam, then 22, had lived in Manchester for just a few weeks when his horrific ordeal occured.
He had moved to the city from Newark, Nottinghamshire, with his then-girlfriend, to pursue his dream of becoming a professional DJ.
Keen on exploring the city’s nightlife, he and his best friend Brady hit the pubs and clubs in the city centre.
After a series of vodka shots, they ended up losing each other.
Sam, who had also lost his mobile phone, started chatting to a group of people outside a club.
Thinking nothing of it, he accepted an invitation to join around seven people for another drink.
It was now the early hours of morning and Sam followed the crowd and found himself in a hotel room.
Sam eventually was left alone with just two men, who persuaded him to stay for a final drink.
Then the ordeal started.
Sam said: “My memory is hazy, but the next thing I remember is one of them pulling off my trousers.”
What followed was an ordeal which lasted hours – with the two men taking it in turns to rape him.
He didn’t fight back but froze.
He has since been told by a therapist that people respond to trauma in different ways and the ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response kicks in.
He remembers leaving the hotel at around 8am, after the men had finished.
After finding his bearings, he staggered towards his home in a daze. At that point, he was unable to comprehend the enormity of what had just happened.
MEN Media Sam Thompson has spoken out in an attempt to help other men come forward in the same situation
When he got back to his flat he found his girlfriend and best mate Brady waiting for him, worried about where he had been.
At that point, he “just came out with it” and told them he’d been raped.
“I just burst into tears,” he said. “They didn’t know how to react. Brady put his arm around me and my girlfriend just broke down in tears.
“I just hadn’t expected this to happen. I just wanted to have a shower but they told me to go to the police.”
As the three friends made their way to the nearest police station, his girlfriend managed to intercept two PCSOs, who advised them to make a statement.
Injuries to his arms were photographed and he was asked to give details of what he could remember to a specially trained officer.
He says he was also asked questions about his sexuality and if the complaint was genuine.
Sam now realises that the questions he was asked were necessary for the police investigation, but he found it a harrowing experience.
He was taken home by a police officer and told not to shower or change his clothes until his appointment at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre at 10pm that night.
Corrie’s David Platt, played by Jack Shepherd, who is raped in the soap
Exhausted after his ordeal, he managed to sleep only briefly before the forensic examination, where he was internally examined, given blood tests and advice on sexually transmitted diseases.
“It was not a nice ordeal to go through and being given things like HIV advice is horrible, but at that point I had already made a report.”
Desperate to leave Manchester, Sam was driven home that night to Newark, where he spent the next month ‘dazed’ in front of the TV.
But Sam slowly became determined not to let the attack destroy his life and now say his attitude was not to let the rapists win.
Sam returned to Manchester, started DJing again and got a job as a recruitment consultant But avoiding the issue just made the problem worse and Sam’s relationship became a casualty of what happened to him.
Having lost interest in sex and finding it difficult even to kiss another person, his relationship ended in January 2017.
Not long after, he was told by police that the case had been dropped against two men who had been arrested in connection with his rape.
He was told that it would be difficult to prove he had not consented to what had happened.
Shortly afterwards, however, Sam suffered a breakdown and was advised by the specialist officer who had handled his case to contact Survivors Manchester.
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