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The Only Way Is Essex alum Gemma Collins, 40, has opened up about having her Botox and filler treatments resolved as she pursues a more natural look
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Harry and William will 'behave' at Prince Philip's funeral, says royal expert
Prince Philip's funeral will bring Harry and William together for the first time in a year, but they will not walk together in the funeral procession
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Minute-by-minute breakdown of Prince Philip's funeral - that he helped to plan
Prince Philip was at the centre of arrangements for his final exit from the world from the Land Rover he specially commissioned to the haunting echo of the choir inside the majestic St George’s Hall
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Today’s pop industry cheats songwriters | Björn Ulvaeus
It’s the song, not the album, that rules modern pop – but payment for writers is dysfunctional at best. We urgently need a new modelIn 1973, Abba were invited to submit a song as Sweden’s entry to the Eurovision song contest. We had a perfect song: it was called Hasta Mañana. It was a ballad, it was catchy, it sounded like the kind of thing that did well in the Eurovision song contest. So we didn’t enter it. We chose Waterloo instead, which sounded like nothing we had ever heard at Eurovision before. That was the point: I thought we might come sixth or seventh, but people who saw the show – people outside Sweden, who had never heard of Abba – would remember us. It was a huge, calculated risk, and it paid off in a way we could never have imagined. Related: Songwriters fight to be heard in streaming revenues debate Continue reading...
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Sharon Osbourne breaks silence since forced exit from The Talk after defending Piers Morgan
Sharon Osbourne has broken her silence since her forced exit from her show The Talk after defending Piers Morgan amid his own forced exit for comments he made about Meghan Markle.
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Harissa lamb and seafood noodles: Jane Baxter’s 15-minute savoury recipes
Three wildly different plates, and all doable in about 15 minutes: harissa lamb chops with spiced aubergine and yoghurt, seafood on rice noodles and a warm chicken and bread salad Prep 5 minCook 15 minServes 2 generously (or 4 light meals) Continue reading...
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What links Diana Ross, Audra McDonald and Andra Day? The Weekend quiz
From Koch to Kronk to Kings Oak, test your knowledge with the Weekend quiz1 Which French chemist was guillotined for selling adulterated tobacco?2 Which bear is named after an Alaskan island?3 Who was known as the London Bach?4 What is Scotland in Scottish Gaelic?5 Which TV programme’s original theme tune was Barnacle Bill?6 One of the world’s busiest, where is Europoort?7 What is said to be an Indian game accidentally discovered by the British?8 Whose ancestry is depicted on a Tree of Jesse?What links:9 Christina Koch and Jessica Meir (in orbit, 18 October, 2019)?10 Chi; Col; Dor; Man; Ro; Sil; Win?11 Griffin (optical experiments); Perseus (cap); Harry Potter (cloak)?12 Tolomeo; Arco; PH Artichoke; Anglepoise?13 Diana Ross; Audra McDonald; Andra Day?14 Kronk; Gleason’s; Wild Card; 5th Street?15 Blues standard; Kings Oak motel; hypermarché chain? Continue reading...
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‘It’s about keeping safe’: Peak District welcomes visitors as Mansfield cases rise
As Britain inches towards normality, school outbreaks reveal socially distanced caution still wiseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOn the coronavirus map of Britain, the Derbyshire Dales has reached epidemiological nirvana. The region of 72,000 people has recorded only nine Covid cases in the past fortnight, making it one of the least-infected places in the country.But as shops, beauticians and beer gardens reopened for the first time in months, a reason for caution is on the horizon. In the market town of Mansfield, 15 miles from the Peak District, cases have rocketed after two large school outbreaks. It now has the highest infection rate in England. Continue reading...
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15 UK market towns you’ll want to discover
These lovely and lively towns – for a day trip or spring getaway – also make great bases for exploring the nearby countrysideAs one of the country’s celebrated foodie hubs, Ludlow will become a battle zone for outdoor table slots now that lockdown has relaxed. Continue reading...
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Green investment bond offers 9% return – but there is a risk
While the climate-themed product seems attractive, it is not for the faint-heartedGreen-minded individuals with an appetite for risk are being targeted by a new investment paying an eye-catching 9% interest a year.This five-year green bond, launched this week by the crowdfunding platform Abundance Investment, seeks to raise £4m for a private company called Iduna to finance the installation of 50 new electric vehicle charging points in Greater Manchester, provided in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester. Continue reading...
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Radical proposals to Church of England call for bishops to declare extra income
Lay member of synod says bishops should be ‘moved out of palaces’ and their salaries cut to match priestsChurch of England bishops should be forced to declare extra earnings and outside interests, according to radical proposals submitted to the church’s general assembly.The call for bishops to state any income on top of their salaries and membership of clubs, organisations and political parties on a register of interests comes amid growing concern over cronyism and conflicts of interest at the heart of government. Continue reading...
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Nasa picks Elon Musk’s SpaceX to build spacecraft to return humans to moon
Space agency breaks with tradition by awarding $2.9bn contract to single company in ‘big step’ for moon-to-Mars strategyNasa has chosen SpaceX to build the next-generation spacecraft that will return humans to the moon, further strengthening Elon Musk’s grip on the burgeoning public-private space industry.The $2.9bn contract to build the lunar lander that will spearhead the Artemis program, Nasa’s ambitious project to return to the moon for the first time since the final Apollo mission in 1972, was announced on Friday. Continue reading...
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‘We love foie gras’: French outrage at UK plan to ban imports of ‘cruel’ delicacy
UK officials are exploring restrictions on product after minister described it as ‘unbearably barbaric’The head of France’s foie gras producers’ association has said she is “shocked and outraged” that the British government is considering banning imports of the product.And she has invited MPs to visit French farms producing foie gras to see the force feeding of ducks and geese and judge for themselves whether it is “cruel and torturous”, as animal rights campaigners claim. Continue reading...
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Spring gardening: savvy tips to save you time and money
As Covid lockdown rules ease and Britons head outside, here’s how to create a beautiful plotBuying plants by mail order: what are your tips?Gardening is always a process of experimentation: you will kill some plants along the way while others thrive in a way you may never have expected. But by doing some research before you head online or to the garden centre, you can save yourself wasting lots of time and money on projects that will only disappoint. The key to being a savvy gardener is weighing up your time, budget, expertise level and the nature of your space to work out what you can grow and how.Here’s an example: it may seem cheaper to grow tomatoes from seed, given a packet sets you back about £2, but do you have space to nurture dozens of small plants? You will need to find a warm, light spot for your seedlings to grow indoors in the period before they can safely live outside 24/7 (mid to late May in the UK). Then consider how many of the plants you have room for outside, and how many tomatoes your family eats. Rather than starting from scratch, you may conclude it is wiser to wait a few weeks and buy the exact number of young plants you need that can go straight outside. Starting this way also means you could grow a few different varieties, one plant of each. Three large plug plants will set you back about £5-£10 via mail order when they go on sale soon. Suttons offers three tomato plug plants of different varieties for £9.99, while the Organic Gardening Catalogue has a Tutti Frutti collection of three different small tomatoes for £4.99. Continue reading...
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‘All the usual channels of support have been curtailed’: How the pandemic has reshaped our experience of grief
As the royal family prepares for Prince Philip’s funeral, Olivia Petter examines what it means to lose someone in the midst of a global crisis
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A stark, socially-distanced affair – Prince Philip’s funeral will be worlds apart from traditional pageantry
The Duke will have a royal ceremonial funeral on Saturday 17 April. But the pandemic means proceedings will be a striking departure from those of the Queen Mother, Princess Diana and royalty before them, says Victoria Murphy
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Three ways could Man City line up vs Chelsea in FA Cup semi-final
Manchester City are looking to go one better than last season and reach the FA Cup final, with Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea side hoping to stop them.
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What time Prince Philip's funeral is today
The Duke of Edinburgh will be laid to rest on Saturday - here are the timings of the funeral
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The Manchester United cult hero who had to leave to be loved
"He was an example of a player who was a brilliant lad, really talented player, but just needed to play at a different club in a different environment to excel."
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Highlights: An interview with China's vice foreign minister
China’s Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng spoke with The Associated Press on a range of issues from U.S.-China relations to human rights
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Chelsea's core of six players for Thomas Tuchel to build around next season
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is starting to find the most reliable players in his squad, and is set to tinker around with the playing staff at Stamford Bridge this summer
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Key timings for Prince Philip's funeral today - from procession to service
Prince Philip's funeral will take place this afternoon, with 30 guests at St George's Chapel. Here are the key timings for the day - from the procession through Windsor Castle through to the service
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Covid events from tomorrow could help pave way for vaccine passports - full list
A string of venues will open - often for one night only - as part of an ‘Events Research Programme’ to see how they could be run in future
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What channel is Chelsea vs Man City? Kick-off time, TV and live stream details
Last season's finalists Chelsea and quadruple-chasing Manchester City face off at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening with a spot in next month's FA Cup final on the line
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7 driving laws you'll have to follow if you go on holiday to Europe this year
While the chances of getting to the continent this year seemingly increasingly slim, British motorists should be aware of changes to the rules for when mainland Europe does open up for drivers again
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The Young Ones - where stars are now from Star Wars to Spongebob and tragedy
The Young Ones burst out of their student accommodation and onto our screens in the early 80s, launching the careers of the likes of Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson in the process
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Victoria Beckham's odd diet plan includes monster smoothie and 4 avocados a day
Victoria Beckham often gives fans a glimpse of what she eats, and there isn't a bad carbohydrate in sight
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London Grammar’s Hannah Reid: ‘Artists feel guilty talking about these things. You don’t want to come across like a victim’
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Sheffield United chairman quits suddenly for 'personal reasons'
With Sheffield United staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship, Blades chairman Prince Musaad Bin Khalid Al Saud has resigned from his role for “personal reasons”
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Solskjaer responds to rumours Bailly is refusing to sign new Man Utd deal
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Queen will say private farewell to Prince Philip in last moment before funeral
The Queen, 94, will get one last moment alone to say farewell to her beloved Prince Philip after more than 70 years of marriage
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TV tonight: in front of the camera lens with Elizabeth Taylor
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‘Her eyes stay shut. She doesn’t respond. But nothing feels real until I tell her’: visiting my mother’s care home after a year
For the past year, the pandemic stopped novelist Katherine Heiny from seeing her mother. Now that she can, where will she start?In Boolean logic, a syllogism is a valid deductive argument having two premises and a conclusion. (I know this because logic is the only even vaguely mathematical class I ever understood.) For example, apples are fruit; all fruit is delicious. Conclusion: apples are delicious.Or in my case: I am eager to visit my mother; my mother has advanced dementia. Conclusion: I am eager to visit someone who won’t even know I am there. Is it a logical conclusion? Maybe not. Is it a valid one? Yes. Continue reading...
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Blind date: ‘How did the call end? I needed to feed the cats’
Claire, 33, global regulatory affairs, meets Chris, 33, senior statisticianWhat were you hoping for?Belly laughs, mutual interests and chemistry (albeit virtually). Continue reading...
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Tim Dowling: is the monster in the mirror how people see me?
‘Why are you looking in that mirror?’ my wife says. ‘Never look in that mirror’About four years ago, my wife bought a cheap full-length mirror and left me to put it up. The frame had four fixing points which, when screwed into place, caused the thin glass to buckle and warp slightly. The peculiar geometry of its surface makes it, by some margin, the most unflattering mirror I have ever looked into.Our bedroom is a converted attic, with not much wall space to accommodate a 4ft mirror. It went the only place it could go: next to the window on my side of the bed. Every morning as my feet touch the floor, I am greeted by a full seated portrait of myself as a misshapen monster: stubby-legged, hollow-chested, with puffy eyes and a runaway beard dotted in white, like a hawthorn bush coming into bloom. Continue reading...
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Cameron’s ‘insurgents’ under scrutiny amid row over lobbyist influence
At least four senior civil servants were allowed to keep second jobs in private sector between 2010-15Among experienced civil servants, they were jokingly referred to as “the insurgents” – a group of executives lured from the private sector by David Cameron’s government to shake up Whitehall.But now that same group is under intense scrutiny amid a growing row about the influence of lobbyists and business on senior Cabinet Office officials once held up as impartial and untouchable. Continue reading...
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White People Keep Apologising To Me And It’s Exhausting
You’re probably aware that the Asian community has been experiencing a surge in horrific hate crimes. In this environment, a lot of well-meaning white folks are thinking about what they can do to help. As a result, many are taking to their phones and “checking in” on their Asian “friends.”The week of the shootings in Atlanta, my phone lit up with a Facebook messenger notification. I opened the app, which was probably last updated in 2016, and saw a name I didn’t recognise. There wasn’t a profile picture either. “Definitely a bot,” I thought. I was about to swipe the message into the trash can when I stopped. With a furrowed brow, I read:“Hey Julie, just wanted to let you know I’m holding space for you. Sorry the world is garbage. Let me know if you want to talk.”I had no idea who this was for 20 minutes. Eventually it dawned on me that it was somebody I went to college with many moons ago. We had only one class together, yet she thought that meant she was close enough to me to call me “Ling Ling,” a stereotypical Asian name she selected randomly.She was also insufferable whenever I happened to sit by a specific guy in our class, making jokes suggesting that I was in love with him (because he also happened to be Asian). She never seemed to say anything when I sat by one of the other 50 students in our lecture hall though.Yes, people are terrible in college and they’re capable of change, but I think she needed to acknowledge her treatment toward me before offering to “hold space” for me. And even then, that would have been putting the cart before the horse. I would have preferred that she led with, “I don’t know if you remember me, but we went to school together.”It was jarring that she messaged me out of the blue, but acted like we were buddies, or that I would instantly know who she was ― sans profile picture and all. It felt like the same entitled attitude with which she used to call me “Ling Ling.” I decided I didn’t want to give her my time in the year 2021, so I put my phone away.Later, it lit up with another notification. This time from Instagram. Without opening it, I saw a little preview of a direct message.“I want to apologise for playing ‘Asian or Old Person’ in the car all those times. I know it made you uncomfortable, but that was never my intention. I’d love to know how you’re doing in all this.”Just in case you didn’t know, “Asian or Old Person” is a game that awful white people play in the car. When they see a bad driver, they try to guess if it’s an Asian person or an old person. Double points if it’s both. So that was a former roommate of mine.She never seemed to ask herself, “Hmm, should I be playing ‘Asian or Old Person’ in the car with my Asian roommate who has told me to stop playing that before?” I didn’t bother opening her DM. I thought it could wait.I did screenshot the notification (because it was truly an insane opening line) and send it to my cousin. She called me immediately and we discussed the sudden flurry of “check-ins” and “apologies” we’d been getting.She described how her company had sent out one of those “We stand in solidarity with the Asian community” emails, but otherwise just went about its business as usual, interrupting all the women of color in meetings.Some of her white colleagues did reach out and say that if she needed anything, to let them know. “What, like give me a ride to the airport?! I don’t get it!” she told me in disbelief. “What I need from them is to stop dismissing me like I’m new and don’t know what I’m doing. If that’s too much to ask for, maybe they could just learn to spell my last name correctly.”After much needed catharsis, I hung up my phone and looked down at the screen. There was an Instagram notification from an hour ago.“This message is no longer available because it was unsent by the sender.”My brows furrowed so hard I got a migraine. “She did WHAT?!” I shouted. My former roommate quite literally took back her apology. She must have thought I hadn’t seen it. But I had the receipts! “Do I really wanna go there?” I asked myself.“Yes.”I sent them to her and asked if she wanted to clarify why she unsent it.Crickets.Maybe she changed her mind and thought it was better not to open old wounds. Maybe she took it back because I didn’t respond right away and she decided she had nothing to apologise for anymore. Maybe she was embarrassed. I’ll never understand! Or maybe this backpedaling and silence kind of already tells me everything I need to know.One thing I know for sure is that being checked in on or apologised to is new for me. I am much more used to being ignored and dismissed, but now suddenly I feel responsible for telling white people, “Don’t worry, I know you’re not one of those white people.” I don’t know how I am supposed to respond honestly to all of this without sounding rude (I, too, wish not to upset people) and it is exhausting.It’s not enough to just say you’re an ally. Your actions have to match your words too. If someone says “I’m here for you” after the same meeting where they didn’t value our input, we’re going to be very confused and suspicious. If someone acknowledges that their racist games made us uncomfortable, wants to apologise for it, but then takes back the apology ... of course we will think they are that white person!White people must examine their apologies. They need to ask themselves if they’re really sorry and want to do better, or if they just need a person of color to exonerate them for their racism so that they can go about their day guilt-free again. If it’s the latter, sorry but you don’t need to further damage the AAPI community by “checking in” on your Asian “friends.”If they’re the former, and they really believe their apology is genuine and sincere, the hard part will be for them to understand that they are still not entitled to forgiveness.Despite that, they must continue to use their privilege to hold their white friends accountable. If white people really want to help, they’ve got to do that on their own. Marginalised people are not here to take on the burden of getting white people up to speed, nor are they responsible for holding their hands and patting them on the back.These check-ins and apologies are just another way for white people to center themselves in the conversation and make it about their own emotions. Ultimately, they need to take up less space, because this isn’t about them.This article first appeared on HuffPost PersonalHave a compelling personal story you want to tell? 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Study Says Women Use 4 Specific Techniques To Up Their Pleasure During Sex
Enjoying sex so often comes down to good communication, and new research provides specific names — and descriptions — for four techniques women use most often to boost their pleasure during vaginal penetration. The findings, which were drawn from the second “pleasure report” by the instructional website OMGYES, and published in the journal PLOS ONE, come from a survey of more than 3,000 women, ages 18 to 93, from across the United States. Women were asked how they tend to increase their own pleasure during sex. (This particular study focused specifically on vaginal penetration, and the majority of the respondents identified as heterosexual.)When the researchers analysed the women’s answers, four techniques emerged: Angling Nearly 90% of the respondents said they use “angling,” which involves rotating, raising or lowering their pelvis and hips during vaginal penetration in order to adjust where a sex toy or penis rubs in the vagina.ShallowingRoughly 84% of women said they make vaginal penetration more pleasurable by using “shallowing,” or some kind of penetrative touch just inside of the entrance of the vagina. RockingAbout 76% of survey respondents said they increase their own pleasure during vaginal penetration through “rocking,” where the base of a penis, or a sex toy, rubs against the clitoris during penetration by staying completely inside the vagina, rather than thrusting in and out. PairingLastly, roughly 70% said they use “pairing,” which refers to when a woman or her partner reaches down to stimulate the clitoris (with a finger or sex toy) during penetration.While the findings do not necessarily present new or groundbreaking information, the study researchers said they hope that simply giving women clearer language around specific techniques will make it easier for them to recognise and communicate what they want, and empower more women to advocate for their own sexual pleasure. “Holistic approaches to sexual health increasingly emphasise the positive contributions that sexual pleasure — particularly for women — provides to physical, social and emotional well-being across the lifespan,” the study’s authors write. “For example, research has shown that sexual pleasure contributes to women’s reports of greater happiness, and lower levels of depression, stress and anxiety.”In a press release, Julia Robinson, a senior editor with the journal PLOS ONE, also argued that it is critical for scientific journals to publish this kind of research. “It contributes to the base of academic knowledge and explores an under-studied topic that is related to women’s health and well-being,” she said. Outside experts agree, and hope that women find information in the study that will be helpful to them.  “What’s so interesting about this study — and so needed — is the ability of women to read this and feel legitimised in their ability to govern pleasure, and have language for it,” Kate Balestrieri, a psychologist and certified sex therapist, told HuffPost. (She did not work on the study.)“Women are often taught to be receptacles of sex ... when we talk about changing the language about how to tilt hips or move your own body, it’s a gift to ourselves. We are now in control of our own bodies. It’s not a passive experience,” Balestrieri added. “There’s nothing wrong with having a passive experience if that is your ‘jam.’ But for many women, they really would like to take more ownership about what’s happening.”Related...He Cheated On Me. That's When I Realised I Was PolyamorousParkinson’s Changed Our Sex Life Forever. Here’s How We Make It Work11 Empowering Reads, Recommended by Women-Owned Bookshops
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