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Liz Truss, Who Pledged Not To Talk Country Down, Said British Workers Need 'More Graft'
Liz Truss during a campaign visit to the BenRiach Distillery in Speyside, as part of her campaign to be leader of the Conservative Party and the next prime minister.Liz Truss has suggested that workers in the UK lack the “graft” of rivals in other countries, a leaked recording has revealed.The comment from before 2019, unearthed by the Guardian, is in stark contrast to the Tory leadership frontrunner’s pledge last week not to “talk our country down”.In the recording, Truss also hinted at a belief that workers outside London lacked the “mindset and attitude” to be as productive as those in the UK’s capital city.She was speaking in her capacity as chief secretary to the Treasury when she talked about a combination of “skill and application” that led to British workers producing less per hour than elsewhere.She added: “There’s a fundamental issue of British working culture. Essentially, if we’re going to be a richer country and a more prosperous country, that needs to change. But I don’t think people are that keen to change that.“There’s a slight thing in Britain about wanting the easy answers. That’s my reflection on the election and what’s gone before it, and the referendum – we say it’s all Europe that’s causing these huge problems…it’s all these migrants causing these problems. But actually what needs to happen is more…more graft. It’s not a popular message.” At a hustings in Darlington last week, she took repeated shots at journalists, blaming the press for Boris Johnson’s downfall.She said: “I believe in Britain, unlike some of the media who choose to talk our country down.”Two days later, at the hustings for Tory members in Cheltenham, she said that as prime minister she would “challenge those who try to talk our country down” and imbue “a bit more respect for ourselves and our values”.She said: “I will also challenge those who try to talk our country down; who say our best days are behind us, that somehow we should be ashamed of our history, that somehow we should be kowtowing to other countries around the world.“Quite the opposite is true. I travel the world and I know that people have huge respect for the United Kingdom and what we offer.“What we need is a bit more respect for ourselves and our values, and we need to make sure that we don’t allow the doom-mongers to talk us into a negative cycle.”Labour’s shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said: “Working people are the backbone of our economy and our public services.“They put in £27 billion of unpaid overtime last year. Insulting working people won’t shift the responsibility for 12 years of Tory economic failure away from ministers like Liz Truss.”Working people are the backbone of our economy and our public services. They put in £27bn of unpaid overtime last year. Insulting working people won't shift the responsibility for 12 years of Tory economic failure away from ministers like Liz Truss. https://t.co/qB1kbdhsV3— Rachel Reeves (@RachelReevesMP) August 16, 2022Truss had been referencing a book she co-authored called Britannia Unchained book alongside Thatcherite future cabinet colleagues Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel and Dominic Raab.It set out proposals to strip back regulation and encourage innovation, but caused controversy with a claim that British workers are “among the worst idlers in the world”.Truss has claimed Raab, a supporter of leadership rival Rishi Sunak, wrote the offending chapter.On her leaked comments, Truss told another hustings in Perth on Tuesday: “The point that I’ve always made is what we need in this country is more productivity across the country and we need more economic growth.”Related...5 Urgent Matters The Tory Leadership Contenders Need To Focus On, But Aren'tTories Losing People's Trust To Labour When It Comes To Cost Of Living Crisis, Poll FindsBoris Johnson Bids Farewell To Downing Street To Spend Final Weeks At Chequers
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Academy Apologizes To Native Activist
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Backlash As A Man Is Appointed Scotland’s First ‘Period Dignity Officer’
.Former tennis star Martina Navratilova has led the backlash over the decision to appoint a man as Scotland’s first “period dignity officer”.Critics say the job, which involves promoting access to free sanitary products in schools and colleges across the Tay region, should have gone to a woman.Jason Grant, from Dundee, will also discuss issues around the menopause as part of his role.The announcement comes as Scotland becomes the first country in the world to introduce a law to widen access, free of charge, to sanitary products.Grant’s appointment, as Period Dignity Regional Lead Officer, the first role of its kind, has sparked an outcry across social media.Gina Davidson, of radio station LBC, said the move “is the epitome of mansplaining”.She commented on a photo sent out by Grant’s PRs, Grainger Public Relations, which had a photo of the former personal trainer pictured with a woman and daughter, talking about period products.Navratilova said choosing Grant for the role is “fucking ridiculous”.She added: “Have we ever tried to explain to men how to shave or how to take care of their prostate or whatever? This is absurd.”Susan Dalgety, a newspaper columnist and women’s rights campaigner, tweeted: “I have no idea why anyone thought it was a good idea to appoint a bloke.”The job advert said the suitable candidate needed a “successful track record of engaging and empowering a large range of people from a diverse range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, in particular young people who menstruate”.According to a press release from Grainger PR, Grant will be working with the period dignity working group, which has representatives of Dundee and Angus College, Perth College, Angus Council and Dundee City Council.SNP MP Ian Blackford said a woman would be better for the role.“I think it’s important that we get the policy right, I think it’s important that we implement it and I would have thought, as a principle, it would be far better that women are in these posts than anyone else,” the SNP’s leader at Westminster told Sky News.“It’s a policy that we should all be proud of. At the end of the day, I think there should be a priority of having women in place in these posts.”Jason, Scotland’s 1st period dignity officer (he’s bloke in the blood red polo shirt) mansplaining menstruation to a couple of woman. Wonder if he’s ever experienced the horror of a blood stained dress in public, or the gut-wrenching fear of a missed period? No, didn’t think so. pic.twitter.com/HX7aZ4DBoZ— Susan Dalgety (@DalgetySusan) August 15, 2022Making a man the period dignity officer feels like a bad joke. https://t.co/0JD8s7tB8s— Jamie Klingler (@jamieklingler) August 16, 2022A spokesperson for the period dignity working group defended the move saying Grant was the strongest candidate, adding: “This new role, funded by the Scottish government, was created to promote and implement new legislation, specifically focused on project management.“The role builds on some fantastic work which has been gathering speed across the Tay region for several years, led by a passionate group of people of all genders, ages and backgrounds.“By changing the culture, encouraging debate and removing the stigma around periods, we look forward to supporting the delivery of this important work across the region.”The spokesperson added Grant is not available for interviews.In an earlier statement announcing his new job role, Grant said: “I think being a man will help me to break down barriers, reduce stigma and encourage more open discussions.“Although affecting women directly, periods are an issue for everyone.“We’ll also raise awareness of the menopause which, although a natural process for women, has wider repercussions in the world of work and family.“It’s time to normalise these topics and get real around the subject.“I believe I can make progress by proving this isn’t just a female topic, encouraging conversations across all genders and educating and engaging new audiences.”The Scottish government’s Period Products Act means that councils and places of education must make items, such as tampons, free to people who need them.A Scottish government spokesperson said: “The Scottish government does not have any involvement in these posts or appointments nor do we fund them directly.“Subject to some statutory requirements, it is for each individual organisation to determine how to meet their duties under the Period Products Act and they have been empowered by the Act to decide through consultation what works best in their area responding to local need and circumstances.“Some local authorities are appointing staff to ensure they are complying with their new duties and making free products in line with the Act, ensuring there is information available on where to access the products, and also tackling issues such as the stigma that still surrounds accessing period products.”Related...What The Colour Of Your Period Blood Means, According To GynaecologistsMen Are Still Too 'Embarrassed' To Buy Period Products, ApparentlyThe 'Period Sleep Gap' Is Real. 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'Scary But Not Surprising': The Horrible Spike In LGBTQ+ Hate Crimes
Reports of homophobic and transphobic hate crime are rising at record rates, with charities calling the findings “deeply worrying”. The shocking data was collected and analysed by Vice World News, who sent freedom of information requests to every police force in the UK. Overall, homophobic hate crime reports have doubled in the past five years while transphobic hate crime reports have tripled. The data reveals that police received 26,824 reports of hate crimes based on sexual orientation in 2021-22, compared to 10,003 in 2016-17 – representing an increase of 168%. The most recent reporting year saw the biggest annual increase ever recorded, at 32% in 12 months. The rise of reports for transphobic hate crime was even higher. There were 1,292 reports of transphobic hate crime recorded in 2016-17, but 4,399 in 2021-22– a staggering increase of 59%, which is also the largest increase ever recorded. Nancy Kelley, CEO of Stonewall, described the latest figures as “shocking”.“This data is deeply worrying and shows an alarming rise in lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people being targeted because of who they are,” she said in a statement. “Behind these figures are people who’s lives have been damaged by hatred and abuse. All these figures are terrible, but it is especially shocking to see a reported 59% increase in hate crime targeted towards trans people in the past five years. The constant drumbeat of anti LGBTQ+ sentiment in media and politics has a human cost.”Some police forces told Vice World News the increase in reported incidences actually reflects “increased confidence in reporting, improvements in crime recording and a better understanding of what constitutes a hate crime”. But Arthur Webber, a 24-year-old journalist and former council candidate from London, is not convinced by this idea. “My partner and I have been homophobically abused on the street we live on three times so far this year,” he tells HuffPost UK.“It makes you afraid to leave your home because what if it’s not just verbal this time? We didn’t bother reporting them because nothing happened when we reported an incident in 2021.” Webber said the individual officer who initially handled their report last year seemed helpful and disclosed that she was LGBTQ+ herself, which made them feel more comfortable.However, after taking their statements the case was taken no further, despite the incident happening on public transport with CCTV. HuffPost UK has contacted the Metropolitan Police for comment and will update this article with any response. Hayley Speed, assistant director of services at the youth homelessness charity Akt, also believes LGBTQ+ hate crime actually goes underreported. “What we know is that people who are experiencing homelessness are far less likely to report hate crimes directed at them,” she tells HuffPost UK.“This is due to a series of factors that include a lack of a fixed address, lack of internet access, and in some circumstances, a lack of trust in the police. Furthermore, covid has drastically reduced any services dedicated to reporting anti LGBTQ+ hate crimes.”Speed describes the latest statistics as “stark but somewhat unsurprising” and points out that people from that people from intersectional backgrounds are at risk of experiencing multiple oppressions as they deal with the threat ofhomelessness.“48% of the young people we helped nationwide identified as trans, non-binary or were questioning their gender identity. In London, 69% of the young people we supported identified as black, brown or people of colour,” she says.“These are all factors that mean that young LGBTQ+ homeless people are at anincreased level of risk when it comes to anti-LGBTQ+ abuse in public.”Similarly, Webber says the latest figures are “scary but not surprising at all”.“More needs to be done to challenge anti-LGBT+ bigotry in the media, as it is no coincidence that such a stark rise is occurring when trans people are demonised daily by columnists and drag queens are being monstered for reading to children,” he adds. “These ideas don’t appear out of nowhere.”Stonewall’s Nancy Kelley agreed that further action must be taken to protect LGBTQ+ people. “As a society, we all need to do more to combat anti-LGBTQ+ violence and call out abuse, harassment and anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment wherever we see it,” she said. “But we also need a greater commitment from the police to take decisive action to follow up and prosecute these offences.”Related...Pride + Prejudice: Think We’re Living In A Post-Homophobic Society? You’re Wrong5 Ways You Can Start Being A Better Ally To The Trans Community TodayBrits Were Surveyed On Trans Rights. Here's How Trans People Feel About ItThe LGBTQ Youth Homeless Crisis Is Worse Than We Feared'I Screamed For About A Minute!': Lesbian Couples Finally Have Equal Access To NHS IVF
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Darius Campbell Remembered In Tributes Following His Death Aged 41
Darius Campbell pictured in 2018Tributes have begun flooding in for Darius Campbell following the Pop Idol contestant, chart-topping singer and West End performer’s death.On Tuesday afternoon, Darius’ family shared that the 41-year-old had been found unresponsive at his home in Minnesota last week, and was pronounced dead later that same day.After the tragic news was made public, celebrities who knew and admired the Scottish singer – including Lorraine Kelly, Liberty X singer Jessica Pietersen and Rylan Clark – began paying their respects on social media.While Lorraine remembered him as a “really good bloke” who was “funny”, “kind” and “very talented”, actor Sanjeev Bhaskar shared his own memory of having worked with Darius.This is really sad. Thoughts with his family and friends and everyone who loved him. A really good bloke - funny and kind and very talented https://t.co/Opo5y47ibv— Lorraine (@reallorraine) August 16, 2022I’m so sad. Darius was only 41. He was an absolute gentleman & I know all of us who did Popstars with him will remember him with huge fondness. He had a way of bringing us all together & had such a natural warmth about him. Rest in peace lovely man ♥️— Jessica Pietersen (@JessicaLibertyX) August 16, 2022Darius was a lovely bloke. I got to know him quite well twenty-odd years ago. He came across as very confident and ambitious on TV but away from the cameras he was gentle, generous, humble & utterly devoted to his little brothers. What a sad, sad day for them and their family.— James Oh Brien (@mrjamesob) August 16, 2022This is so sad. Thinking of Darius’ family and friends. https://t.co/X1kxzXcmOe— Adele Roberts (@AdeleRoberts) August 16, 2022DARIUS! Oh lord how sad! I loved him...I ADORED that he was half Iranian ❤️ made me proud. God life is unfathamable. So bloody sad— Shaparak Khorsandi
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Darius Campbell, Singer And Former Pop Idol Contestant, Has Died Aged 41
Darius CampbellSinger and former Pop Idol contestant Darius Campbell has died at the age of 41.More to follow.
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5 Urgent Matters The Tory Leadership Contenders Need To Focus On, But Aren't
Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are the final two contenders to be the next prime ministerEither Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss will be in No.10 as the UK’s prime minister in less than a month.But, they are both avoiding some crucial matters which need the government’s focus right now.With Boris Johnson, the outgoing prime minister, on holiday for the second time in two weeks and reportedly already moving out of Downing Street, it’s up to his replacement to come up with new policies to get the UK up and running again.But, Sunak – who was chancellor until early July – and Truss, the current foreign secretary, both seem to be avoiding some of the stickier subjects.Here’s just a few of the looming crises the government needs to face.1. Cost of livingTerrifying forecasts have unveiled a bleak picture for most UK households come October – unless the government steps in.With inflation at a 40-year-high of 9.4% and set to peak at 11% later this year, wages have plummeted at a record pace.This makes it even harder for Brits to keep up with the energy payments, even though annual costs could shoot up to £3,582 for the average household come October. Meanwhile, other everyday costs – from groceries to petrol – are climbing to stay in line with general inflation.So far, only Labour has come up with a fully-costed proposal to ease the financial burden of energy bills in particular, suggesting a freeze on the energy price cap so annual costs do not go above the current level of £1,971.The two leadership hopefuls have come up with some answers when pressed over how to deal with this current crisis, but both have been criticised for not presenting long-term solutions.Truss ruled out giving “handouts” to the most vulnerable, before a quick U-turn, and has been keen to emphasise she would cut taxes.She has promised to reverse the increase to national insurance contributions and temporarily suspend green levies for energy bills to ease the crisis.Sunak did unveil a series of measures to ease the cost of living earlier this year, including a £400 energy rebate, a £150 council tax rebate and a £650 lump sum benefit payment. He has also suggested he would expand existing cost of living schemes.Despite promising not to cut taxes, he has said he would remove 5% VAT on household energy bills for 12 months from October. But, as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said, this package is less than half of the amount vulnerable families need to survive this winter.NEW: The impact of the cost-of-living crisis on low-income families is the gravest issue our country faces. We, along with 70 other charities, have written to @trussliz and @RishiSunak for their reassurance that families will receive sufficient support.
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Longtime Trump Exec To Plead Guilty!
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Florence Pugh Confirms Zach Braff Split After Three Years Together
Florence Pugh and Zach BraffFlorence Pugh has announced that she and fellow actor Zach Braff are no longer together.The Oscar nominee and former Scrubs actor began their romance in April 2019, and privately made the decision to end their relationship earlier this year.Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, the Little Women star said: “We’ve been trying to do this separation without the world knowing, because it’s been a relationship that everybody has an opinion on.“We just felt something like this would really do us the benefit of not having millions of people telling us how happy they are that we’re not together. So we’ve done that.”Over the course of their relationship, Florence and Zach were at the centre of much discussion about their 24-year age gap, which she addressed on several occasions.Discussing media attention that came with being in a high-profile romance, she added: “Whenever I feel like that line has been crossed in my life, whether it’s paparazzi taking private moments, or moments that aren’t even real, or gossip channels that encourage members of the public to share private moments of famous people walking down the street, I think it’s incredibly wrong.“I don’t think that people, just because they have this job, that every aspect of their life should be watched and written about. We haven’t signed up for a reality TV show.”View this post on InstagramA post shared by Harper's BAZAAR (@harpersbazaarus)Florence previously said of the scrutiny her relationship with Zach has been placed under: “I’m an actor because I like acting and I don’t mind people watching my stuff, but people have no right to educate me on my private life.“I know that part of being in the spotlight is that people might invade your privacy and have opinions on it, but it’s bizarre that normal folk are allowed to display such hate and opinions on a part of my life that I’m not putting out there.“It’s a strange side of fame that you’re allowed to be torn apart by thousands of people even though you didn’t put that piece of you out there.“My point to all this is that isn’t it odd that a stranger can totally tear apart someone’s relationship and it’s allowed?”Earlier this year, Florence was forced to dismiss reports that she and her former Midsommar co-star Will Poulter had started dating after they were photographed together while on a group holiday with friends.READ MORE:Florence Pugh Clears Up Will Poulter Dating Claims After Beach Photos Spark RumoursFlorence Pugh Pokes Fun At Instagram's Double Standards With Sheer Dress PhotosZach Braff Praises Florence Pugh After She Hit Back At Relationship Critics
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21 Celebrities Who Turned Down Strictly Come Dancing (And Their Reasons Why)
For a host of celebrities, the idea of learning a new skill, boosting your public profile and stepping out of your comfort zone is a huge draw when Strictly Come Dancing come calling.However, not everyone finds the idea of the Strictly ballroom so irresistible.Indeed, every year big names from the worlds of music, TV, sport and politics turn the BBC down flat. Here are 21 of those stars who gave Strictly the thumbs down, and their reasons for saying no...Gyles BrandrethThe Celebrity Gogglebox star and Countdown regular has spoken candidly about turning down Strictly down on multiple occasions, revealing there’s one major thing holding him back from saying yes.“I ain’t got rhythm… I REALLY ain’t got rhythm,” he tweeted in August 2022.Diane AbbottIt seems that Gyles isn’t the only one to have refused Strictly due to concerns about dancing in public.When Jacqui Smith signed up for the show in 2020, Diane Abbott admitted she’d also been approached in the past, but wasn’t interested.“You’ll be surprised to know I’m not someone with natural rhythm and I didn’t want it exposed to millions of television viewers,” the Labour MP commented at the time.Steph McGovernThe daytime favourite told HuffPost UK in 2022 that she’d been approached about signing up for Strictly Come Dancing several times, but had never been able to make it work with her schedule.“I love the show and so many of my mates have been on it and they’ve all loved it,” the Steph’s Packed Lunch host said. “If I do it, I want to totally commit to it and as things stand, it would be near on impossible. I would worry about my little girl and not seeing her for so long.“It’s interesting because the very first time I was asked to do it was probably when I should have done it, but then I had a baby. I’ll always say never say never but I’d just want to give it my all if I ever do it.”Piers MorganThe former Good Morning Britain host told The Sun in 2018 that he has no desire to “humiliate” himself on Strictly, despite the apparent vast amounts of money he claimed producers were willing to offer him.“Dancing is not for me,” Piers explained. “They’ve offered me vast sums of money to go and humiliate myself on national TV.“But I prefer to do it with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s in the privacy of my own home.”Melanie CHowever, Sporty Spice has a rather different experience of being offered a spot on the Strictly dance floor to Piers.She claimed in 2016 that a major factor for her turning down Strictly “every year” was the fact that the money they offer is, in her words, “shit”.“I have had a meeting with them – they ask me every year to do it,” she told the Daily Star. “The problem is if you do Strictly it’s so high profile and you’ll find yourself in the [Daily Mail’s] sidebar of shame every day. And the money’s shit!”Melanie later followed in the footsteps of bandmate Mel B by appearing on the US version of the show, Dancing With The Stars, in 2021, where she and partner Gleb Savchenko (ahhh, remember him?) finished in 11th place.Patrick StewartIn 2017, the Star Trek legend was guest hosting Have I Got News For You when he let slip that he was a Strictly fan, and had even considered signing up for it when the BBC made him an offer.“It’s a wonderful show, it’s delightful. I wanted to [do it] at the beginning,” he explained, before cryptically adding: “And then the tone, it changed somewhat, and I thought.... yeah, I’ll pass.”Dawn FrenchOn their podcast Titting Around, the Vicar Of Dibley star told comedy partner Jennifer Saunders she’d only be up for taking part on Strictly on one condition.“If I did it, I’d want to properly dance. I’d want to be taken seriously and you can’t. At this age, you’re not taken seriously,” she claimed.“I want the nicest dresses, the most elegant other dancer and to take it seriously, and nobody would want that.”Jennifer agreed: ’We’re up for making people laugh. We’re not up to be laughed at, that’s the big difference.”Dawn reiterated this point in 2022, telling Graham Norton on his talk show: “I might have been asked to do Strictly, but I fear I would be regarded as the funny one and made to do silly things.“I take dancing seriously and I would like to do proper dancing.”Alan CarrMeanwhile, fellow comic Alan Carr had a rather x-rated concern that led to him saying no to Strictly.He revealed on his podcast Life’s A Beach: “I get asked about what I think about same-sex dancing and I say no… I say no because I’d get a lob on if I dance with Aljaž [Škorjanec] or Gorka [Marquez].“If I get on a bus, the vibrations make me hard. So doing the Argentine tango, forget it – that’s a sexy dance.”He did agree with Dawn in a previous interview with Radio Times, though, insisting: “They always ask me to do Strictly and I say no because I want to be sexy doing the Argentine tango; I don’t want to be a joke.”Nadiya HussainUnlike fellow Bake Off winner John Whaite, Nadiya declined Strictly’s offer to learn to dance, as she simply loves the show too much.“I got asked to do Strictly, but I said no,” she told The Guardian. “I love the idea, but have no rhythm and I enjoy watching it too much; once you see how a programme works from the inside, it changes how you see it. That’s why I can’t watch Bake Off like I used to.”Mary Berry Nadiya’s pal, former Bake Off judge Mary, has also turned down multiple offers from Strictly.“My husband and children would kill me!” she told Radio Times in 2016. “I have two left feet and would make a terrible fool of myself.”Alan TitchmarshGardening expert Alan said he prefers a cosy night in front of the box to being on it these days.“I’ve been asked to go on both Strictly and I’m A Celebrity and you won’t see me on either,” he insisted in 2021. “I’m very flattered to have been asked, but all things considered, I’d rather sit down and watch Doc Martin, which my children call ‘old fogey television’. I’m happy to be an old fogey.”Maya JamaBack in 2018, the Glow Up host revealed she declined the opportunity to appear on Strictly as she felt she’d be one of the lesser-known contestants.“I don’t think now is the right time, maybe later in life,” she told Good Morning Britain.Two years later, she told Hello! magazine: “I love a dance, so I wouldn’t say no forever.”Greg JamesDuring 2020’s “pandemic” series, several celebs who’d previously turned Strictly down because they were too busy found themselves with a freer schedule, and therefore signed up.However, Greg was not one of them.Although Strictly did make him an offer, the Radio 1 host said the last 12 months had left him “too tired” to say yes.Kate Humble Kate HumbleUnlike many of the stars on this list, the Springwatch host got pretty far through the process of trying out for Strictly, only to change her mind when things started getting a little bit too real.“My agent phoned me up to tell me Strictly wanted me to do the show,” she told The Mirror in 2017. “I hooted with laughter at the thought and then went back in to tell the Springwatch team what I had been asked to do. They looked at me and said ‘you have to do Strictly’. It started to make me wonder if I was being really stupid as it is such a great show.”Kate continued: “When we got to the meeting, the more talk there was of sequins, make-up and It Takes Two, the more I could feel myself pouring with sweat… I was literally about to have a panic attack at the thought of wearing make-up and dresses! My agent realised and gently put her hand on my knee as if to say ‘it’s OK, don’t worry’.”Matt WillisThe Busted star told OK! magazine in 2021 that he’d rebuffed Strictly every time they came knocking due to the “pressure” of being on live TV.“The idea of Strictly terrifies me,” he admitted. “I’ve been asked a few times and always said no. Can you imagine standing there and suddenly you hear: ‘Tonight, dancing the cha-cha-cha, it’s Matt Willis!’“You know something like 12 million people are watching – no thanks.”However, it doesn’t sound like Matt had much choice in the matter.His wife Emma Willis claimed in 2016: “He’s an amazing dancer… but I don’t want him grinding against hot women. I do get jealous, but I think that’s normal.”Noel Edmonds  Meanwhile, it seems Noel also couldn’t shake the infamous Strictly “curse” from his mind when the BBC came knocking.He previously claimed: “I have been asked to do Strictly. [Noel’s wife] is a fully-trained singer and dancer and a couple of years ago she said, ‘Why don’t we cheat? Why don’t we say you’re a novice and I’ll teach you before’.“Then I think there was one of those curse moments and I said to her, ‘Are you comfortable with me spending five or six days a week with a half-naked woman draped all over me?’ And it’s funny how the conversation just changed.”He added: “I would be a cross between Ann Widdecombe and John Sergeant. But in my head I’m Fred Astaire. I don’t know why, nothing works — it’s hopeless, so I’d never do it.” Louis WalshBack in the days when X Factor and Strictly were still considered TV rivals, long-serving judge Louis admitted that there was a time he came close to jumping ship, during one of his and Simon Cowell’s numerous spats.He told Heat magazine in 2007: “The funny thing was, the day before the call from The X Factor [asking him to return], I got a call to be a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing! I thought: ‘I’d love to do it, just to annoy Simon!’.”Michelle KeeganUndoubtedly one of the most-rumoured celebs in Strictly history, Michelle is named in the press as a potential contestant pretty much every single year, but has never actually made it into the ballroom yet.“I have [been asked] a few times,” she told Jonathan Ross in 2021. “But for me, it’s the live audience… it’s a skill. It takes a lot of dedication and skill.“[Mark Wright, Michelle’s husband] did it, like, five years ago. It’s the music before it happens and the audience is really quiet and the lights come on. My heart was in my mouth for him. I couldn’t be on the dance floor, I’d be too scared, too nervous.”Gordon RamsayAlthough the TV chef’s daughter Tilly Ramsay made a big impression on Strictly in 2021, the man himself is less keen to take part, even refusing a one-off appearance in the Christmas special.“I would love to do it, though,” he admitted. “Secretly, I’d love to do it. I’ve always wanted to dance.”Noel GallagherThis is a tough one to imagine, but the former Oasis star was contacted about taking part during what he described as his period of “not doing anything”.“It was just when Oasis split up and I didn’t do anything for like a couple of years,” he recalled to BBC Radio 6. “There’s obviously someone there going ‘You know what. He’ll be up for it now. He’ll be desperate now’.“My manager called me up, saying I don’t really want to, legally, I have to inform you of this. Are you aware of Strictly Come Dancing?’. ‘Eeeeeeee, the phone goes’.”Meghan MarkleOK, we’d probably take this one with a pinch of salt, but it was too good not to include anyway.In Tom Bower’s book Revenge: Meghan, Harry And The War Between The Windsors, the author claimed that the future Duchess of Sussex first travelled to the UK in 2013, where she apparently set up an audition for Strictly.Unfortunately, she was still acting in Suits at the time, and her schedule – which required her to be in the US for nine months out of the year – meant she had to “reluctantly” decline.Strictly Come Dancing returns for its landmark 20th series in September.MORE STRICTLY:Here Are All 15 Celebs Confirmed For This Year's Strictly Come DancingStrictly Come Dancing's Biggest Behind-The-Scenes Feuds And Fall-Outs EverThe 16 Most Controversial Strictly Come Dancing Moments
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Sacheen Littlefeather Receives Apology From Academy Nearly 50 Years After Oscars Abuse
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Labour Extends Lead As Party Most Trusted To Manage Cost Of Living Crisis, Poll Finds
Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer meets people at Park Life Heavitree community group cafe, to talk about Cost-Of-Living Crisis, on August 15, 2022 in Exeter.The Labour Party is pulling ahead of the Tories as the party most trusted to reduce the cost of living crisis, according to a fresh poll.A survey by Ipsos found the opposition has started extending its lead over the Conservatives on managing the budget.They found that 44 per cent of the public trusted Labour to manage Britain’s taxes and spending, up from 35 per cent in July, and a seven-point lead over the Conservatives.On cutting the cost of living, 45 per cent trusted Labour while only 30 per cent trusted the Conservatives - more than doubling the gap between the two parties reported in July. The Labour Party are now pulling ahead as the party most trusted to reduce the cost of living and manage Britain’s taxes and public spending, but still only by a minority.Trinh Tu from IpsosThe poll of 2,000 British adults was carried out between August 9 and 11, before Labour announced its policy of freezing energy bills for six months on Monday.The survey found that 66 per cent of people think the government is not providing enough help as rising energy bills hit the headlines, while only 28 per cent think current measures are about right or too much.These figures represent a worsening of the government’s position in the eyes of the public since it last announced measures to help households weather the cost-of-living crisis in late May.Following that announcement, the proportion of the public saying the government was not doing enough fell from 76 per cent to 49 per cent.But a deteriorating economic picture now appears to have reversed that trend, as forecasts from the Bank of England suggest inflation will peak higher and later, while energy bills are set to exceed £4,000 next year.Boris Johnson himself admitted on August 12 that current support measures are insufficient, but has ruled out taking further action before his successor as prime minister is announced on September 5.Under fire ministers are said to be working on a new cost of living package that will be put to Johnson’s successor. Trinh Tu, managing director of public affairs at Ipsos, said: “The Labour Party are now pulling ahead as the party most trusted to reduce the cost of living and manage Britain’s taxes and public spending, but still only by a minority, highlighting Keir Starmer’s own challenges as he finally sets out Labour’s plans to relieve cost-of-living pressures.”Earlier this week Starmer set out Labour’s £29 billion emergency plan to stop energy bills rising over the winter - paid for in part by an extension of the windfall levy on the profits of the oil and gas companies.The Labour leader said that under his party’s “fully-funded” proposals, consumers would not pay “a penny more” for their gas and electricity over the coming months, saving the average household £1,000.However the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) questioned Labour’s explanation as to how it would fund the support package, saying some of its proposals were an “illusion”.His intervention ramped up pressure on the contenders for the Tory leadership - Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak - to spell out what they would do to help families struggling with soaring bills, if they become prime minister.Related...How Europe Is Shielding People From Soaring Energy Bills As UK Waits For New LeaderAs Energy Prices Are Set To Soar To £4,000, What Are Politicians Proposing To Do About It?Boris Johnson Not Working Day-To-Day While On Holiday, Says No.10Keir Starmer Pushes Back Against Concerns Labour's New Energy Plan Is An 'Illusion'Keir Starmer Dismisses Criticism Over His Holiday During Cost Of Living Crisis
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Got A Summer Cold? Try These Pick-Me Ups To Feel Human Again
All the little things that will make fighting a cold & feeling better easierWe hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, HuffPost UK may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.Take it from me, there’s nothing worse than being under the weather when it’s warm and sunny outside. Sigh.I’m just getting over some kind of nasty summer lurgy (not Covid, thank goodness), and I can tell you, in 30 degree heat it has been an experience. FYI, having a fever in sweltering weather really is not the one.  Lucky for you, I used my misfortune to try and test out all the best go-tos for making life a little more bearable when you get sick in summer. Here’s a roundup all the little things that have helped me boost my immune system and get myself back to feeling healthy again. You’re welcome.More HuffPost Shopping17 Little Buys That'll Boost Your Day When You've Fallen Into A Rut11 Cooling Products To Help You Sleep In This Heat, With Or Without a Partner18 Hacks For Organising Your Fridge And Saving On The Food Shop15 Summer-Proof Products To Keep You Cool While You’re On The Go
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Your Wage Is Plummeting At A Record Pace, Here's Why
Wages are falling at the sharpest rate since records began as the cost of living crisis continues to squeeze bank balances, according to the latest official figures.With inflation at a 40-year-high and energy bills expected to continue climbing – possibly up to £3,582 in October – these findings from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) add to the already bleak picture emerging for the UK economy.Here’s what you need to know.What’s happening to your wages?While inflation soars to a 40-year-high at 9.4% (and is expected to peak at 11% within a few months), the ONS has found that workers’ pay is lagging significantly behind.The ONS found that regular pay outside of bonuses grew by 4.7% between April and June.This is a slight increase on the analysts’ predictions that wages would increase by 4.5%, but still a long way off the inflation rate.It means that, overall, there was a 4.1% drop in regular pay for employees once this inflation rate is taken into account – the largest fall for workers since records started in 2001.Darren Morgan, the director of economic statistics at the ONS said that it showed the “real value” of UK wages was still dropping.How pay growth compares to inflationWhat about employment rates?It’s not entirely bad news – plenty of people are still in work.The number of UK workers on payroll increased by 73,000 between June and July, up to 29.7 million.Vacancy numbers were found to be at 1.274 million between May and July, a decrease of 19,800.But, the unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.8% for the quarter compared to 3.7% for the previous period.Morgan added: “The total number of hours worked each week to have stabilised very slightly below pre-pandemic levels. Redundancies are still at very low levels.“However, although the number of job vacancies remains historically very high, it fell for the first time since the summer of 2020.”In response, chancellor Nadhim Zahawi claimed that the stats show the jobs market “is in a strong position” as unemployment levels are so low. He also praised the “resilience of the UK economy” for creating new jobs.Related...Which Grocery Items Have Gone Up (And Down) In Price Over The Last Year?Lack Of Workers Leaves £60m Of Food To Rot In Fields During Cost-Of-Living CrisisAs Energy Prices Are Set To Soar To £4,000, What Are Politicians Proposing To Do About It?Keir Starmer Dismisses Criticism Over His Holiday During Cost Of Living Crisis
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Jeremy Paxman Quits University Challenge After 28 Years
Jeremy PaxmanJeremy Paxman has announced he’s stepping down as host of University Challenge after almost three decades at the helm of the BBC quiz show.Announcing his exit on Tuesday afternoon, the 72-year-old said: “I’ve had a blast hosting this wonderful series for nearly 29 years.“I’ve been lucky enough to work with an amazing team and to meet some of the swottier brains in the country. It gives me hope for the future.”Meanwhile, Kate Phillips, the director of unscripted content at the BBC, said: “Since the BBC revived University Challenge in 1994 Jeremy has been at the front and centre of the show’s success and is without doubt one of the world’s finest, and most formidable quizmasters.“We are hugely grateful to Jeremy for his dedication to the programme for an incredible 28 years, he will be much missed by us all and the show’s millions of viewers.”Jeremy Paxman is stepping down from University Challenge after 28 incredible yearsRead more ➡️ https://t.co/wWEDPVCeM1pic.twitter.com/m3ifWABvM8— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) August 16, 2022Jeremy’s final season of University Challenge will begin airing on BBC Two and iPlayer later this month, with his last episode set to be filmed in the autumn.Earlier this year, the veteran broadcaster shared that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, saying at the time: “I can confirm I have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.“I am receiving excellent treatment and my symptoms are currently mild.”He added that he intended “to continue broadcasting and writing for as long as they’ll have me”.Jeremy was previously host of the BBC’s Newsnight for 25 years, before leaving the topical show in 2014.Since then, he has fronted occasional segments on Channel 4 News, including coverage of multiple general elections.READ MORE:Jeremy Paxman Reveals Parkinson's Disease DiagnosisUniversity Challenge Introduces 'Gender Neutral' Questions After Complaint
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Millie Bobby Brown's College Choice Has A Connection To Stranger Things
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Boris Johnson Bids Farewell To Downing Street To Spend Final Weeks At Chequers
Reports suggests Johnson is also eyeing up a property in Dulwich, south London, after he leaves office.Boris Johnson has finally moved out of Downing Street as he prepares to spend the final few weeks of his premiership out of London.Removal vans were pictured collecting Johnson’s possessions yesterday as he heads to his country retreat Chequers with his wife Carrie and their two children.Reports suggest Johnson is also eyeing up a property in Dulwich, south London, as the family seeks a life out of the public eye following their turbulent time in No.10.A source told the Sun: “Carrie and Boris are looking for somewhere they can put down roots away from the glare of central London.“Now they have Wilfred and Romy, a family home with a large garden is a must. That’s exactly what Dulwich can offer.”The prime minister has been criticised for taking two holidays in as many weeks just as the scale of the worsening economic crisis became clear.Johnson spent his first holiday on a delayed honeymoon to Slovenia before travelling on to Greece, where he was filmed shopping for groceries in Nea Makri, a coastal town near Athens.Boris Johnson with his wife Carrie.As experts released predictions suggesting that energy bills could rocket to £4,000 in January, the prime minister was accused of being “missing in action” and of presiding over a “zombie government”.Labour has accused Johnson of having “one big party” during his final days in No.10.The PM also celebrated the first anniversary of his wedding with a lavish party in the grounds of a multi-millionaire Tory donor last month.Yesterday former Cabinet minister Brandon Lewis insisted Johnson was continuing to work while on holiday, telling LBC:  “Being out of the country does not mean the prime minister stops working.”But his account was later contradicted by the prime minister’s official spokesman who said his input would only be given to “urgent decisions” and that he was not undertaking the usual “day-to-day work” of the prime minister.Johnson is due to leave office at the beginning of next month when either Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak will be chosen as his successor.Related...How Europe Is Shielding People From Soaring Energy Bills As UK Waits For New LeaderAs Energy Prices Are Set To Soar To £4,000, What Are Politicians Proposing To Do About It?Boris Johnson Not Working Day-To-Day While On Holiday, Says No.10
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House Of The Dragon First Reviews: Here's What The Critics Said After The London Premiere
The cast of House Of The Dragon at the show's London premiereWith less than a week to go until the debut of House Of The Dragon, it’s understandable that Game Of Thrones fans might be feeling a little nervous about exactly how the new prequel is going to play out.Fortunately, if the first round of early reviews are anything to go by, then Thrones’ devotees really don’t have anything to worry about.Monday night saw the London premiere of the long-awaited drama, where its core cast were joined by a host of VIPs and invited media (including HuffPost UK) who were all lucky enough to be among the first in the world to watch the new show.And while we’ll still have to wait a few more days until the first full reviews are in because of strict embargoes put in place by HBO, those who’ve seen the first episode were allowed to share their first impressions on social media, and the initial reviews are pretty glowing.So far, early critics have hailed House Of The Dragon as “terrific”, “absolutely brilliant” and “a pleasant surprise after season eight” of Game Of Thrones – although many have also warned that, much like its predecessor, it’s not for the faint of heart:First eps are hard work - so much narrative paperwork! But I enjoyed House of the Dragon a lot. Review coming soon for the i paper but it looks incredible and enjoyed the allegorical, almost biblical propositions about the pursuit of power. #HouseoftheDragon— Chris Mandle (@chris_mandle) August 15, 2022Y’all…. #HouseoftheDragon is WILD. It doesn’t start off slow like #GameOfThrones … they choose violence EARLY.GIRD YOUR LOINS! pic.twitter.com/WEiTwHmqRm— MBali
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The Disappearance Of Owami Davies Demands Our Attention. Here's Why
Owami Davies has been missing for weeksOwami Davies has been missing since the start of July, but there’s been little discussion about her tragic case.The 24-year-old student nurse from Essex was last seen on CCTV in West Croydon, South London, on July 7, and police are yet to find her.What we know so farOwami was reported missing by Essex Police on July 11, and the Met Police launched an appeal for information towards the end of the month.CCTV footage was also released by the police on August 10, showing the young woman walking in a dark jacket, red top, grey joggers and slider type shoes while walking down London Road at 12.30pm on July 7.Five men have been arrested, two on suspicion of murder and three on suspicion of kidnap. They have been released on bail. Her mother, Nicol Davies, previously told PA news agency: “It is obvious that someone out there has seen something, someone out there knows something, someone. out there heard something.“I am begging, I am asking for the public’s help, from the people, to say if you know, if you have heard or seen her, or she passed you, please speak up.”She added that she was a “desperate mother” whose family was not “complete” without her daughter.Davies added that Owami was “really happy” before she disappeared, with two months left of her studies and having secured a job with Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in London.She had also worked in A&E through the pandemic, and was interested in researching diseases.Why there needs to be more conversation about her disappearanceOwami is sadly not the first woman to go missing over the past few years. Sarah Everard’s disappearance back in 2021 sparked nationwide concern over women’s safety. It was later discovered that she had been kidnapped, raped and killed by a then-active police officer.Sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicola Smallman, Sabina Nessa, Ashling Murphy and Zara Aleena also all hit the headlines after they went missing, and furthered the conversation about women’s safety.But, despite the last sighting of Owami dating back to July 7, there’s been notably less publicity around her case.The feminist direct action group, Sisters Uncut, tweeted about its concern for Owami on Monday, writing: “The racist disengagement and lack of urgency from media and state means people who may have vital information to help find Owami could have missed these callouts.“Answers to her whereabouts remain unclear.”Owami Davies has been missing for over a month, last seen in Croydon. We pray for her safe return. Media; why is there no coverage of her case? Institutional racism puts black women at higher risk of gendered violence, and the state doesn’t even pretend to care. #FindOwamiDaviespic.twitter.com/SCbzVGM0Ld— Sisters Uncut (@SistersUncut) August 15, 2022The organisation wasn’t the only one to point out the lack of coverage.I devoted an hour of my @LBC show to the search for #OwamiDavies; exploring with experts & listeners the “hierarchy of victims” i.e. why some women’s cases are afforded more attention than others. Help change that. Anyone with information pls call the Met Police 020 8721 4622 https://t.co/hvOolsMXKv— Sangita Myska (@SangitaMyska) August 15, 2022Owami Davies is still missing. Unimaginable pain for her family. Please please call if you have any information. https://t.co/hu8Lcau2L0— Jess Phillips MP (@jessphillips) August 16, 2022Sarah Everard is trending again... While Owami Davies has still not been found, she was last seen 7th July, London Road, Croydon. The lack of coverage is outrageous. Her face should be everywhere!! #FindOwamiDaviespic.twitter.com/qZ7L7G1PpZ— AloneNeverLonely (@AloneNottLonely) August 14, 2022Have tweeted this from Owami’s mother for weeks. Someone knows something. We need her found. Five men have been arrested and still no resolution for her poor family. #OwamiDavies five weeks. Please share. Please please help. https://t.co/4bbZ09slML— Jamie Klingler (@jamieklingler) August 16, 2022Owami Davies, a 24-year-old student nurse from Essex has been missing for over a month, she was last seen in Croydon. There is a lack of media coverage, so please share to spread the word and get her home #OwamiDavies#StudentNursepic.twitter.com/qlNsP7wkYC— Kirsty H (@Kirsty_H220) August 14, 2022
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Why Everyone's Talking About This Bizarre Advert For Crown Paints
A new advert for Crown Paints has divided the internet and sparked dozens of complaints for song lyrics some have branded “misogynistic”. Others think it’s just plain weird. The jolly little ditty tells the story of Hannah and Dave, a couple who apparently met at an illegal rave. At first, Hannah said “nah never” to having a baby. But we’re told that “one day out the blue” she changed her mind. The lyrics then continue: “Now a baby’s coming and they don’t know what it is... Hannah’s hoping for a girl, Dave’s just hoping that it’s his.”And it’s these lines – designed to sell yellow nursery paint – that have seriously divided potential customers. Hannah and Dave’s big news has meant a big change to their previously grey spare room ?Whether you’re renovating an old home, or welcoming a baby into a new nursery, we’re here for you. For us, it’s #notjustpaint, #itspersonal? Discover more: https://t.co/ZiFAko4cHepic.twitter.com/g5B4o5fgGW— Crown Paints (@crownpaints) August 8, 2022The Advertising Standards Authority has received 58 complaints and will now investigate. In the meantime, comedian Jenny Eclair has called on Crown to get that “offensive baby ad off air”. “What on earth possessed you?” she asked in a tweet that’s gained more than 1,000 likes. Hey @crownpaints get that offensive baby ad off air - what were you thinking !!!? What on earth possessed you?— Jenny Eclair (@jennyeclair) August 10, 2022Others have also shared their gripes about the ad, with some saying it plays into the “false narrative” that women who don’t want children will inevitably change their minds. A number of people have gone as far as calling the advert “misogynistic”. Seriously bad advert. Women who don't want children are constantly told they will change their minds. This advert just plays to that false narrative.— Jenny Scott (@la_bella_moo) August 8, 2022Two things piss me off about this misogynistic crap: 1. Hannah was like “no way do I want a baby…. But then she changed her mind” playing into that whole “biological ticking time bomb” assumption 2. He hopes it’s his?!! Wtf??!!! ?? https://t.co/ZUMFMeEpRq— Emma Bacon (@Shr0pshirelassy) August 16, 2022This is a disgusting way to advertise. An absolute mockery of #childfree people and their choices. We already have to deal with the “oh you’ll change your mind” crowd. Stop feeding into that narrative ???— SB (@Mowgs2016) August 10, 2022It’s annoying as well as offensive, especially when statistics say men cheat more than women— ?? Helen Rhodes ?? (@RDZ_photo) August 10, 2022I always used to use @crownpaints....but it'll be @duluxuk from now on....well done on losing so many customers with one ill thought out & misogynistic ad.— Kath Dixon (@kdnightporter) August 11, 2022This advert is a total disgrace. Misogynistic and in extremely poor taste. For paint! Plus it’s really really bad!— Aileen B ??????? (@aylab333) August 11, 2022The advert is part of Crown’s ‘Life Stories’ campaign and on its website, you’ll also find a song dedicated to Jen (who’s decorating her bedroom in a bid to end her ‘relationship drought’) and Luke (who just wants impress his mum, bless).Though Hannah and Dave’s story has sparked some controversy, plenty of others on social media have said they’re not offended by the ad, even if they are confused by the rather bizarre plotline. You’ll also find the odd person sheepishly admitting they quite like the tune. I’m not offended by it just thinking why on earth they’d choose to say that,some weird brainstorming behind that ad!— Sinéad Murphy (@nadeymurph) August 10, 2022It’s “different”— Suzanne lonsdale (@LonsdaleSuzann1) August 11, 2022Apart from just being awful I don’t see what’s offensive about this ad.— john wendels (@WendelsJohn) August 11, 2022I’m the only one that likes this advert I think ?— F (@_cambridgegirl) August 9, 2022....its alright. Catchy.— Renaissance Manchild..... (@HeathSandbach) August 10, 2022In a statement, Crown Paints said its ad was “intended to be a humorous celebration of special life moments that prompt people to paint their homes, in this case focusing on Hannah and Dave, a happy couple expecting a baby together”.“Whilst the ad has been broadly well received, we appreciate that people have differing views on humour and we apologise if any of the lyrics have caused offence,” it added.Well, at least we’re all talking about it. Related...One Of These Missguided Ads Was Banned For 'Objectifying Women'. The Other Is Allowed To StayA Plan To Tax Women For Being 'Childless'? Welcome To GileadCrap At DIY? Here's 15 Foolproof Ways To Spruce Up Your Space
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Ezra Miller Begins Treatment For ‘Complex Mental Health Issues’ After Series Of Controversies
Ezra Miller pictured in 2019Ezra Miller has announced they have begun treatment to help with what they have described as a series of “complex mental health issues”.The Justice League actor apologised to those they had “alarmed and upset” with their recent behaviour and said they were “committed” to recovery.It comes after Ezra was charged by US police over an alleged burglary in the state of Vermont, for which they are expected to appear in Vermont Superior Court in September.Ezra has been embroiled in multiple controversies in the past several months, including being arrested twice in Hawaii on charges of second-degree assault and disorderly conduct at a karaoke bar.The 29-year-old has also been accused of the abuse and grooming of a young girl.“Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment,” the actor said in a statement shared with US media outlets.“I want to apologise to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behaviour.“I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life.”EXCLUSIVE: Ezra Miller has broken their silence about the troubling behavior that they have exhibited in recent years, which has led to a series of legal issues and assault and abuse allegations. Miller also apologized for their actions. https://t.co/5XOu0UIUKYpic.twitter.com/VrabyRJEos— Variety (@Variety) August 16, 2022It comes as Warner Bros confirmed that superhero blockbuster The Flash is still going ahead amid the ongoing controversies with its lead star, with DC franchise boss David Zaslav saying he was “very excited” for the movie to be released.As well as playing The Flash in various DC films, Ezra’s additional credits include the Fantastic Beasts franchise, the coming-of-age drama The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and the psychological thriller We Need To Talk About Kevin.Help and support:Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393.Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) offer a helpline open 5pm-midnight, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58, and a webchat service.The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email help@themix.org.ukRethink Mental Illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached on 0808 801 0525 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm). More info can be found on rethink.org.MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:Bryce Dallas Howard Made 'So Much Less' Than Chris Pratt On Jurassic TrilogyHouse Of The Dragon Star Steve Toussaint Shuts Down Racist Trolls Over CastingWarner Bros. 'Strongly Condemns' J.K. Rowling Death Threats After Salman Rushdie Attack
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Monkeypox Vaccine Supplies Are Running Low. So What Happens Now?
Vaccines being given to people at risk of catching monkeypox are expected to run out by the end of next week, according to the UK’s leading health body.Global supply issues mean the UK won’t have access to another batch of the vaccine until later in September, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said.It comes as cases show signs of slowing. The latest data shows there are now roughly 29 cases being confirmed each day on average, compared to 52 daily cases during the last week in June. Some sexual health clinics are already warning they’ve run out of the vaccine. So where does this leave at-risk groups, who are already experiencing huge levels of “fear and anxiety” over the spread of the disease?Monkeypox cases are predominantly appearing in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, with studies showing the virus is mostly being passed on through very close skin-to-skin contact, often during sex.The vaccine – which is actually a smallpox vaccine – has been prioritised for men at higher risk of catching the illness, as well as some contacts of cases and some healthcare professionals.The UKHSA secured 150,000 doses of the vaccine and has already been given 50,000 of those, which the NHS has been distributing to those in need.The next batch of 100,000 doses, which are being made to order, will not be received until later in September, although the health body said it is working “to expedite delivery”.As of August 10, around 27,000 people had been vaccinated by the NHS and in sexual health services in England – of these, just over 25,000 are gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. The UKHSA said it will hold back some doses of the vaccine to give to people exposed to the virus in a bid to try and reduce symptom severity, according to a leaked document seen by the BBC. A public health worker, who wished to remain anonymous, told the BBC they are turning away men in Yorkshire for the vaccine: “It’s unconscionable. More people are going to be getting monkeypox and it will be transmitted in our communities.” Dr Claire Dewsnap, president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), said the organisation is “concerned” about the time it will take to receive more vaccines and “will continue to work hard with national agencies to make sure the next round of delivery is as smooth as possible”.Men who are at risk of monkeypox are being advised to continue to access local sexual health services, who will keep a record of those eligible for vaccination and invite them forward for the jab when new supplies become available.Those waiting for the vaccine are encouraged to be vigilant of the symptoms of monkeypox, which include: fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, swollen lymph nodes and development of a new rash.The rash itself could look like: a single blister-like spot (or a small number) on the genitals, anus and surrounding area, or lesions in the mouth. Anal or rectal pain or bleeding is another symptom being experienced.Symptoms can take up to three weeks to develop, so at-risk groups are being urged to keep checking themselves after intimate contact with others. Anyone feeling unwell should contact their sexual health service, UKHSA has said.Those who are notified by a health protection team or directly by a previous partner that they’ve been in contact with monkeypox are being urged to take a break from sex and intimate contact.Related...We’ve Had Monkeypox. This Is What We Need People To KnowIs Monkeypox Airborne? It's Not Quite As Simple As You ThinkMonkeypox 'Will Become Endemic' In UK Without More Action, Health Secretary WarnedWhy Scientists Think This Wave Of Monkeypox Is Different To Previous OutbreaksThis Is Why People Under 50 Are More Susceptible To Monkeypox
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Dog Catches Monkeypox In France In First Suspected Human-To-Pet Transmission
!function(n){if(!window.cnx){window.cnx={},window.cnx.cmd=[];var t=n.createElement('iframe');t.display='none',t.onload=function(){var n=t.contentWindow.document,c=n.createElement('script');c.src='//cd.connatix.com/connatix.player.js',c.setAttribute('async','1'),c.setAttribute('type','text/javascript'),n.body.appendChild(c)},n.head.appendChild(t)}}(document); (new Image()).src = 'https://capi.connatix.com/tr/si?token=ff7fdddc-5441-4253-abc4-f12a33fad58b'; cnx.cmd.push(function () { cnx({ mediaId: "5ea3da2f-0ecd-4fcd-b919-28f732373cb8", playerId: "ff7fdddc-5441-4253-abc4-f12a33fad58b" }).render("62fb547ee4b0c8c57f55d46a"); }); A dog in France has tested positive for the monkeypox virus, the first suspected case of human-to-pet transmission, according to a medical journal.The Lancet published a study this month after the dog, a 4-year-old Italian greyhound, was infected after living with two men in France that were diagnosed with the disease.The dog had no previous medical disorders but presented with lesions and pustules on its abdomen 12 days after the men. The pair said they had kept the dog away from other people and animals, but that it had slept in their bed with them.DNA testing showed the lineage of monkeypox between one of the men and the dog matched.“Our findings should prompt debate on the need to isolate pets from monkeypox virus-positive individuals,” the researchers wrote.The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance for pets after the report to say dogs can be infected with the disease. The CDC currently says any animal that had close contact with a symptomatic person with monkeypox should be kept at home, away from other people and animals for 21 days. “Infected people should not take care of exposed pets,” the agency says. “The person with monkeypox should avoid close contact with the exposed animal, and when possible, ask another household member to care for the animal until the person with monkeypox is fully recovered.”Health officials said the report could result in new guidance for how people should respond if they test positive for monkeypox, although they stressed it’s still unclear if the dog could transmit the infection to any other people or animals.“This is the first incident that we’re learning about where there is human to animal transmission,” Rosamund Lewis, the World Health Organization’s technical lead for monkeypox, told The Washington Post this week. “This has not been reported before, and it has not been reported that dogs have been infected before. So, on a number of levels, this is new information. It’s not surprising information, and it’s something that we’ve been on the watch out for.”Cases of monkeypox have been primarily seen in gay and bisexual men, and infections usually spread through close contact. There have been 3,017 confirmed cases in the UK.Related...We’ve Had Monkeypox. This Is What We Need People To KnowMonkeypox 'Will Become Endemic' In UK Without More Action, Health Secretary WarnedIs Monkeypox Airborne? It's Not Quite As Simple As You Think
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Viola Davis Lands Role As Lead Villian In Hunger Games Prequel
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Gap Between Poor Pupils And Well Off Sees No Change In 20 Years, Report Finds
Pupils sit an exam.The attainment gap between poor pupils and their wealthier class mates is just as large now as it was 20 years ago, according to a damning new report.The study said the gap had seen “virtually no change” in two decades and the Covid-19 pandemic had “significantly worsened overall outcomes”.Sixteen-year-olds who are eligible for free school meals remain far less likely to earn good GCSEs than less disadvantaged peers and make slower progress through secondary school, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said.Failure is “baked in” from an early age, research economist and report author Imran Tahir said.The Nuffield Foundation, which funded the research, said the report shows the “lifelong impact that the disadvantage gap can have on people’s life chances”.Josh Hillman, director of education at the foundation, said it was “crucial” that any reforms addressed the socio-economic factors that lead to disadvantage.The report stated: “Despite decades of policy attention, there has been virtually no change in the ‘disadvantage gap’ in GCSE attainment over the past 20 years.”It found that while GCSE attainment has been increasing over time, 16-year-olds eligible for free school meals are still around 27 percentage points less likely to earn good GCSEs than less disadvantaged peers.It also found that in the 2019 GCSE cohort, just 40 per cent of disadvantaged children who achieved the expected level at age 11 went on to earn good GCSEs in English and maths, compared with 60 per cent of their non-disadvantaged peers.While the vast majority [95 per cent] of non-disadvantaged pupils who achieved above the expected level aged 11 went on to earn good GCSEs, one in six primary school high achievers from disadvantaged backgrounds missed out on the GCSE benchmark.The report said the pandemic had “significantly worsened overall outcomes as well as widening inequalities”.The proportion of pupils leaving primary school meeting literacy and numeracy benchmarks fell from 65 per cent in 2018–19 to 59 per cent in 2021–22.Children from more disadvantaged backgrounds may have fallen twice as far behind as the average child, in part due to worse experiences with learning from home in lockdown, the report added.The gap early on carries through when it comes to wages, with people who have lower levels of qualifications also more exposed to slow earnings growth over their lives.Tahir said: “Among pupils who are behind expectations at the end of primary school, fewer than one in 10 goes on to earn good GCSEs in English and maths - meaning that we bake in failure from an early age.“And the fall-out from the Covid-19 pandemic has moved us in the wrong direction, lowering attainment and widening inequalities.“If the government is to meet its mission to have 90 per cent of pupils attaining the expected level at the end of primary school, it needs to prioritise the education system and especially the disadvantaged pupils within it.”Professor Sandra McNally, director of the Centre for Vocational Education Research at the LSE and a co-author of the report, said: “The options for young people who do not earn good GCSEs at age 16 are limited, confusing and often not very lucrative.“Pathways to higher levels of learning are opaque for such learners. The post-compulsory system in general can lead towards narrow choices with little opportunity for second chances later on.“Big cuts to adult education budgets over the past two decades have squeezed the sector even further.”Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the research “reflects the fact that we remain a deeply-divided, class-ridden society with a depressingly close alignment between family income and educational attainment, such that it is in fact a vicious circle which contributes to generational disadvantage”.A spokeswoman for the Department for Education insisted that, since 2011, the government had “narrowed the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers at every stage of education up to the pandemic, and recent figures show that a record proportion of the most disadvantaged students are progressing to higher education”.She also said almost £5 billion had been invested “to help young people to recover from the impact of the pandemic” as part of Government efforts to “level up opportunities for all”.Related...These Students Want To Make Domestic Abuse Lessons Compulsory In Sixth FormJames Cleverly And Richard Madeley In Cracking Row Over Government's Response To Soaring BillsJames Cleverly Opposes National Insurance Rise Months After Supporting It
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Bryce Dallas Howard Made 'So Much Less' Than Chris Pratt On Jurassic Trilogy
Please adjust your Hollywood Chris rankings accordingly, because Bryce Dallas Howard has revealed that her Jurassic World co-star Chris Pratt was instrumental in fighting for pay equity.Despite having the most iconic scene across the trilogy (yes, you can outrun a bloodthirsty tyrannosaurus rex in high heels), the actor said she was paid “so much less” than her male co-star for the blockbuster franchise. Speaking with Insider in a recent interview, Howard shared that initial reports about her earning $2 million less than Pratt’s $10 million payday for the 2018 sequel “Fallen Kingdom,” were greatly exaggerated in the worst way.Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt arrive at the premiere of "Jurassic World Dominion.''“The reports were so interesting because I was paid so much less than the reports even said, so much less,” Howard told the outlet. “When I started negotiating for ‘Jurassic,’ it was 2014, and it was a different world, and I was at a great disadvantage. And, unfortunately, you have to sign up for three movies, and so your deals are set.”Howard shared that when she brought Pratt into a conversation about their pay gap, he took it upon himself to ensure that they were paid the same rate for the various deals orbiting the franchise, including theme parks and video games.“What I will say is that Chris and I have discussed it, and whenever there was an opportunity to move the needle on stuff that hadn’t been already negotiated, like a game or a ride, he literally told me: ‘You guys don’t even have to do anything. I’m gonna do all the negotiating. We’re gonna be paid the same, and you don’t have to think about this, Bryce,’” Howard said.“And I love him so much for doing that,” she continued. “I really do, because I’ve been paid more for those kinds of things than I ever was for the movie.”Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Universal Pictures "Jurassic World Dominion" on June 06, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)The franchise concluded this year with Jurassic World: Dominion, which underwhelmed critics and fans alike, despite raking in a sizeable global box office return of $974 million.Howard’s story is, of course, the norm when it comes to Hollywood and beyond. A team of economists determined in 2019 that on average male actors earn approximately $1 million more per movie than their female co-stars with similar amounts of experience.Stars, including Michelle Williams, Patricia Arquette, Jennifer Lawrence, Taraji P. Henson and Amy Schumer, have all advocated for equity within the industry in recent years with each sharing their own stories about glaring pay disparities.READ MORE:It Turns Out Chris Pratt Doesn't Want You To Call Him 'Chris'People Have 'Utterly False Beliefs' About Chris Pratt, Says Guardians DirectorArnold Schwarzenegger Accidentally Trolls His Son-In-Law Chris Pratt In The Worst Possible Way
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The Rudest Things You Can Do In Group Chats
Group chats can be fun and efficient -– or the very worst thing that ever happens to your notifications.Whether it’s your family WhatsApp group or your office Slack channel, there are a lot of unwritten rules to group chat etiquette. Rude exchanges can go from mildly annoying to insanely disruptive, and others in the group may very likely create new groups to exclude an offender rather than to confront transgressions. When group chats go from random banter to jabs, it can turn ugly. Avoid muted chats, blocked participants and reported messages by steering clear of these group chat and group texting no-nos.Do not ask everyone to summarise the chats you missedIt’s fine to check your group threads after a few hours or even days, but if there’s a long discussion, it’s polite to at least skim the messages before asking for a conclusion. Questions like “What did I miss?” or “Catch me up?” are perceived as rude if all that info has already been outlined before your latest login. Do everyone a favour and pretend to care by reading the messages already in the group chat before launching back into the chatter. Do not send inappropriate images and videosThis is not exclusive to unsolicited nudes, à la vintage Snapchat. Instead, avoid anything violent, gory or gross without fair warning and firm confirmation that everyone wants to see it. Trust me, not everyone wants to see your surgery pics or links to videos that merit trigger warnings. Remember, people often share devices with children and partners, so inappropriate images can snowball into major issues offline.Do not add new people without asking the current membersMany of us don’t like being around strangers in real life. The same is true in group chat. It is rude to add new people into groups without consulting the existing members first. On the flip side, it is also rude to invite people to groups without explanation. It is just plain silly to add people to groups with people they don’t know, with no introduction, or to groups about topics they’re not interested in. Groups in WhatsApp boldly display when members leave, drawing even more unwanted attention. Adding the wrong people to the group can make the new addition feel trapped and the other members supremely uncomfortable.Do not have one-on-one conversations When a group conversation descends into a one-on-one, it turns into a train wreck for the other members who can’t turn away but are completely turned off by what they’re seeing. Sometimes two people can’t reach a consensus, and the convo turns into a public fight, complete with personal insults and name-calling. Other times, friends exchange inside jokes that only a few people in the group know. Either way, the appropriate thing to do is to use direct messages or, if you know the person, pick up the phone and talk. When group chats turn into a one-on-one, it is an indication that it might be time to do away with the group altogether.Do not give one-word answersGroup chats are meant for speedy communication that is so clear it’s not worth opening your mouth. Miscommunication and hurt feelings can result from one-word answers like “OK,” “Sure,” “No,” “Yes” and “Right” after someone else has poured their heart out. Unless you’re writing laudatory statements that convey clear tones, take the time to write out what you mean. Change “What?” to “I don’t think I understand what you mean. Can you explain?” or “Where?” to “Where Should We Meet?” Use the “reply thread” options to loop back to the exact part of the chat you’re responding to. Leave voice notes if you need to go hands-free. Reserve one-word answers to “Congrats,” “Yasssssss” and well-understood facial expression emojis.Do not assume they won’t get the notification until laterAnother thing that really ticks people off is a poorly timed message. Early morning and late-night messages can be perceived as rude, especially to parents of young children or people who work night shifts and rotations. This is because some people rely on notifications and alarms to keep them abreast of important information, and these ill-timed messages can be very disruptive. If your group is for work, consider the messages you send outside of normal work hours. Some people are protective of their time and mental space when they’re off the clock. Be sure to ask if anyone in the group has preferred blackout times or if they put devices on sleep mode. Armed with this knowledge, you can avoid agitating people unnecessarily.Do not forget that what happens in the group stays in the groupIt’s weird to expect a semblance of privacy online or between texters, but the truth is that most of us want group chats to be safe spaces, even if no one has verbalised it. Very rarely is info from group channels meant to be shared openly. This means that personal data, photos and videos shared in the group are not to be forwarded without permission. If it’s unclear, ask the sender directly. If you feel compelled to take screenshots, better known as “receipts,” then know that the group isn’t safe. Rather than put yourself in a position to out people from the group, consider exiting the group or reporting the content if it violates platform rules.  Do not be rude, seriouslySome actions may be perceived as rude, like the ones above, while others are intentionally so. It should go without saying, but don’t actually do or say anything rude. This includes repeatedly ignoring valid questions or comments from one or more individuals, launching into personal attacks, turning disagreements into full-on arguments, using profanity or slurs and taking any other offline action that a normal person would consider threatening or offensive. If you know the group members personally, keep their personalities in mind, and don’t push buttons or provoke animosity.Do not forward suspicious contentJust like you’re not supposed to forward a phishing email to your work buddies to ask, “Hey, does this look real to you?” avoid dropping links to sketchy sites in group chat. A sure-fire way to anger everyone in the group is to send malware, ransomware or anything that could lead to identity theft or device failure. Run cybersecurity checks on your own devices regularly, and only share content from reputable sites and individuals.Related...Why A Single Phone Call To A Pal Can Beat 10 Zoom Video CallsWhatsApp Will Soon Let You 'Silent Exit' From Annoying Group ChatsWhy People Are Deleting Period Tracker Apps, And How To Do It Right
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What The Colour Of Your Period Blood Means, According To Gynaecologists
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Below you’ll find the colours of your period blood that aren’t a cause for concern, and those that gynaecologists say might warrant a trip to the doctor’s office.Bright redFor those with a period, a bright-red colour is probably the most recognisable. Whether you noticed a bright-red bloodstain on your bedsheets or through your underwear, it’s typically this colour. This is normal and nothing to worry about in most cases during a regular monthly cycle.“Bright-red period blood is associated with fresh blood that has not been in the uterus or vagina for a long time,” says Dr. Luis Murrain, a doctor and co-founder of Dreams Fertility.Dr. Alyssa Dweck, a gynaecologist and co-author of The Complete A to Z for your V, adds that a bright-red flow is typical during the active, heavier days of the cycle. If you experience red period blood between cycles, that is something you’ll want to take up with your doctor because it may indicate other internal issues.Bleeding in between cycles (various shades of red) might signify pre-cancer or cancer, uterine anomalies such as a polyp, vaginal growth or pregnancy, Dweck says.Dark red, brown or blackIf it’s been a while since you’ve last changed your pad or tampon, then you might notice the blood is darker and this is normal.“Dark brown or black typically suggests older blood,” Dweck says. “The process of oxidation occurs over time and turns blood a darker colour, a common finding at the tail end of the cycle.”The general rule of thumb is the older the blood, the darker the colour. While black period blood is likely a sign of older blood, it could also be an indicator of a vaginal blockage. These types of blockages are usually accompanied by a fever, smelly discharge and swelling around the vagina.Light pinkFor period blood that is light pink, you might want to take a trip to the doctor to run some tests.“Very light pink, with a watery texture could signify anaemia or low blood count or iron,” Dweck says. “This typically occurs with chronic and excessive flow or in those with iron-poor diets.”Light-pink colour could also be the result of period blood mixed with cervical fluid, along with significant weight loss.Grey or greenUnlike shades of red, grey or green period blood may be a red flag. “Grey or greenish hues might signify infection; this colour might be accompanied by an odoyr, itch or irritation,” Dweck says.Grey period blood might indicate bacterial vaginosis, for which you’ll want to visit your doctor for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.Shades of red typically are nothing to worry about — even black can be considered normal in some cases.What else to considerYou know your body better than anyone else. If you’ve had a period for a while, then you’re probably familiar with the colours and smells that accompany your cycle.“Learning your cycle and its consistency, the colour, the smell and any other features of it will help when looking for inconsistencies,” Shepherd says.While changes in colour are important for acknowledging potential issues, Murrain says to keep an eye on “heavy bleeding, requiring the need to change pads or tampons more frequently than two hours, lightheadedness or dizziness associated with menstrual cycle, excess fatigue and weakness associated with the menstrual cycle.”Additionally, be on the lookout for “multiple large clots larger than a quarter, severe cramping associated with a menstrual cycle, bleeding lasting longer than eight days, bleeding in between your menstrual cycles and abnormal discharge with your bleeding,” Murrain adds.If any of these arise, it’s important to schedule an appointment with a doctor or get a gynaecologist referral to rule out any further problems. Booking your smear when it’s due or a GP’s appointment to make sure everything is healthy in relation to your cycle and reproductive health is also critical. For additional questions about period blood and your cycle, consult with your doctor to keep them updated on your specific issues and observations.Related...It's Not All In Your Head: A Covid Infection May Have Affected Your PeriodThe 'Period Sleep Gap' Is Real. We Just Didn't Know How Big It WasMen Are Still Too 'Embarrassed' To Buy Period Products, Apparently
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Steve Toussaint Shuts Down Racist Trolls Who Sent Abuse After His House Of The Dragon Casting
Steve ToussaintHouse Of The Dragon star Steve Toussaint has spoken out about the racist abuse he was met with from some Game Of Thrones fans after his casting in the new prequel was announced.Steve – whose past credits include Doctor Who and Line Of Duty – plays Corlys Velaryon, a brave and adventurous nobleman known as the “Sea Snake”, in the new series.In the original Game Of Thrones books, the Velaryons are described as having “white skin, ghostly pale hair and purple eyes”.However, for this new adaptation producers made the decision for the family to be Black, in what was described by Radio Times as an “acknowledgement of the cultural shift that has taken place since Game Of Thrones first emerged in 2011”.In a new interview with the outlet, Steve shared that he began noticing a racist backlash to his casting almost immediately after it was made public.Steve Toussaint in character as Lord Corlys Velaryon“When they announced [my casting], one of the first things I saw on social media was a drawing of the character [from the books] next to a picture of me,” he revealed. “And then there was the racist abuse that came with that.”He continued: “I kind of thought, ‘Oh, I get it. When we were criminals and pirates and slaves in the other show, you were OK with that. But as this guy is the richest in the show and he’s a nobleman, now you have a problem with it’.”Steve added: “I don’t want this to be my story. But I’m not going to deny that it happened. Because it does.“It’s out there. And it should never be something that puts someone off from doing something they want to do.”Joining Steve in House Of The Dragon are Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith as members of the Targaryen family.The new show is set two centuries before the original Game Of Thrones series, which came to a divisive end in 2019.Read Steve Toussaint’s interview in full in the latest issue of Radio Times.The cover of this week's Radio TimesHouse Of The Dragon will be available to watch on Sky and Now from Monday 22 August.HuffPost may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Prices and availability subject to change.READ MORE:Matt Smith Reveals Questions He Had About Sex Scenes In Game Of Thrones PrequelGame Of Thrones Writer George RR Martin Slams ‘Toxic’ Fans Over Backlash To Series FinaleFirst Full Trailer For Game Of Thrones Prequel Series House Of The Dragon Roars
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Why Date Nights Are Sometimes The Last Thing Your Relationship Needs
You know the drill: dig out a half-decent outfit, slap on some makeup and make a pact not to discuss the work/kids/both for the next two hours. Couples are often told that ‘date night’ is crucial to maintaining the spark in longterm relationships. And yes, sometimes we do need a gentle reminder to carve out time for one another when life feels hectic. But Julia Goodall, a psychotherapist and host of the Grounded Families podcast, argues that “sometimes, the date night format can do more harm than good” – especially if you have a fixed idea of what ‘date night’ should look like. “Something about sitting across a table from our partner will evoke our ideas of traditional romance, what love looks like in the movies. How we’re ‘supposed to’ stare lovingly into each other’s eyes, forgetting the world’s problems, and plunging into hours of deep, meaningful discussion,” she says. “In reality, unless you’re in the first six months of your relationship, this is just not what date nights look and feel like – that is okay, nothing has necessarily gone wrong!”Forget lovingly splitting a bowl of spaghetti Lady and the Tramp-style, most couples will be slumped over from sleep deprivation rather than gazing at each other dreamy-eyed, says Goodall. But when we’re “failing the impossible bar that is date night”, some big feelings and fears can arise. These include: “How come we can only talk about bills and kids?”“Omg, this is nothing like it was when we met…that holiday in Greece.”“They’d rather be anywhere but here…they keep checking their phone for ffs.”“How did I marry someone who thinks…!?”And these thoughts should not be dismissed as trivial worries. “Feelings of actual panic, grief and loss can flood our nervous systems somewhere before the starter has even arrived,” Goodall adds.If date night has left you feeling wobbly in your relationship instead of boosting it, rest assured you’re not alone. But if you do still want to prioritise spending some time together, Goodall recommends choosing activities that aren’t reminiscent of Hollywood love or “personally loaded to you both”.Some ideas might include: ✨ A walk and a coffee✨ Exploring somewhere you’ve wanted to for ages ✨ A swim✨ Taking a class together where you can be lead by someone else✨ Fish and chips on the beach, bringing a book and relaxing together✨ Going to a gallery. “Think low-decision making, moving your bodies, and without needing to sit across from each other,” says Goodall. “This can heighten expectations and even feel combative.” And if all you want to do is crash in front of a good movie and fall asleep, that is absolutely okay too. Related...We Always Say Marriage Is 'Hard Work', But Should It Be?My Husband's Stopped Drinking And It's Impacting Our Social LifeThe Recipe For A Happy Relationship Has 50 Key Elements, Apparently
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