Dolly Alderton
Alderton’s memoir Everything I Know About Love sold more than 300,000 copies in the UK

Appropriately for an author, Dolly Alderton used to be an open book.

For several years, she wrote a dating column in The Sunday Times, in which she would share all sorts of stories about being a single woman in her 20s – the successes, disasters, mishaps, and everything in between.

Her 2018 memoir – Everything I Know About Love – lived up to its title, offering readers a frank and deeply personal account of friendships, relationships and growing up as a millennial.

It became a best-seller and struck a chord with women everywhere (and quite a few men). Critics praised her for so beautifully capturing what it was like growing up in the noughties – there’s even a section dedicated to the politics of MSN Messenger.

However, Alderton’s latest book, Ghosts, sees her switching to fiction; a decision partly driven by her desire to no longer make so much of her personal life public after the huge success of her memoir.

“Put simply, my first book was all my good stories,” Alderton tells BBC News. “I had a particular story to tell. And that was also a thematic story that fit neatly into a memoir, which was a story about growing up.

“But also, I just don’t want to write about my personal life anymore, I have neither the inclination nor the strength to do that,” she explains. “Not to say that I regret doing that. I’m really glad I did that for that period of my life. But any desire to do that has completely left me now.”

Alderton still writes for The Sunday Times, but now works as an agony aunt, which means the focus is on the many readers who write in

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government upgraded its assessment of the economy on Wednesday for the first time since May 2019 after a key indicator improved for August, pointing to a gradual recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The index of coincident economic indicators, which measures a range of data including factory output, employment and retail sales numbers, rose a preliminary 1.1 points from the previous month to 79.4 in August, the Cabinet Office said on Wednesday.

Based on the index data, the Cabinet Office said that showed economic activity in the world’s third-largest economy had stopped contracting, an upgrade from its previous view that the economy was “worsening” in July.

“There is a possibility that the index will grow further this year as there is room for exports, notably auto shipments, and consumer spending to recover,” said Koya Miyamae, senior economist at SMBC Nikko Securities.

“The economy overall has been picking up after hitting the bottom around May and a gradual recovery is expected to continue.”

The data offers some relief for new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who has pledged to contain the coronavirus outbreak and revive Japan’s battered economy.

The report follows the release last month of more upbeat economic outlook from the Bank of Japan, suggesting that no immediate expansion of stimulus was needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Also on Wednesday, the Cabinet Office reported the index of leading economic indicators, which is a gauge of the economy a few months ahead and is compiled using data such as job offers and consumer sentiment, grew 2.1 points to 88.8 from July.

Still, analysts expect the pace of recovery may not be strong enough to recoup losses caused by the coronavirus outbreak, underscoring the challenge for policymakers to revive the economy.

Japan’s economy sank deeper into

a group of people walking down the street: Ruby Tuesday's restaurant in Times Square in 2016. Mary Altaffer/AP Photo

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Ruby Tuesday’s restaurant in Times Square in 2016. Mary Altaffer/AP Photo

  • In August, retiree Mark Potter suddenly stopped receiving his pension payments from Ruby Tuesday.
  • Documents show that Ruby Tuesday advised its trustee, Regions Bank, to stop paying pensions to at least 112 retirees on July 21, months before declaring insolvency on September 2.
  • But the agreement between Ruby Tuesday and Regions stated the chain had to notify the bank of its insolvency before it could cease pension payments.
  • On September 28, Regions filed a lawsuit against Ruby Tuesday, asking a court to determine whether the chain’s actions were legal.
  • In the meantime, Potter and the other retirees are stuck in pension purgatory, with no idea of when or if their payments will resume.
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Mark Potter did everything he was supposed to.


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After 28 years working his way up the ladder at Morrison’s Cafeterias to become a district manager, Potter retired in 1999 with the knowledge that his pension plan was a lifelong one.

Morrison’s Cafeterias had acquired Ruby Tuesday in 1982 before splitting into three companies: Ruby Tuesday, Morrison Healthcare, and Morrison’s Fresh Cooking — a cafeteria company that was later bought by rival chain Piccadilly Restaurants. When Morrison’s split in 1996, the three entities entered a legal agreement to divide their retirees’ pensions, James Holland, a former Morrison’s Cafeterias vice president, told Business Insider.

Holland also explained that if one company filed for bankruptcy, the other companies assume responsibility for its portion of the pension payments. For example, when Piccadilly filed for bankruptcy in 2004, Ruby Tuesday and Morrison’s Healthcare split Piccadilly’s share of the payments.

In August, Potter’s pension payments from Ruby Tuesday suddenly stopped coming. He called Ruby Tuesday repeatedly to ask why,