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GBBO’s Noel Fielding has another bun in the oven as girlfriend Lliana Bird pregnant with second child
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Cristiano Ronaldo almost joined Valencia after 2006 World Cup row with Rooney
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As Dirty Dancing Gets A Sequel, 11 Times The Follow-Up Film Was Better Than The Original
The old saying goes that a sequel is never as good as the original, and over the years, plenty of films have proved this to be the case.Fortunately for the makers of the upcoming Dirty Dancing sequel – which will see Jennifer Grey return after first playing Frances “Baby” Houseman more than 30 years ago – there are always exceptions to every rule.And Dirty Dancing isn’t the only 80s classic getting a revival, with a third instalment in the Bill And Ted film series set for release later this year.Let’s hope those new sequels can follow in the footsteps of these celebrated follow-ups, rather than the countless “part two” films that can be found in bargain bins the world over...Addams Family ValuesWe don’t use terms like “perfection” lightly, but if there were ever a perfect family comedy then Addams Family Values might well be it. The fact it’s actually a sequel to a less-revered live-action version of the classic cartoon is even more impressive.Obviously all of the cast members playing the creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and, indeed, altogether ooky family shine as brightly as their dark surroundings will allow (special shout-out to Anjelica Huston serving true macabre glamour as Morticia). But Addams Family Values really belongs to new addition Joan Cusack, who stars as Uncle Fester’s love interest Debbie.Toy Story 3Who’d have guessed that an animated buddy comedy about a toy cowboy and a plastic astronaut would have sparked one of the most lucrative film sagas of recent times?And while Toy Story 2 – released four years after the original – kicked things up several notches, it was the third instalment in the series that people really went wild for. Toy Story 3 served up adorable new characters, scooped an impressive Best Picture nomination at the Oscars and, crucially, delivered not one but two ugly-cry moments.Paddington 2Even though the original Paddington film was well-received when it first hit cinemas in 2014 – featuring a CGI version of the classic character interacting with live-action actors – few could predict just how beloved its sequel would go on to become.Not only was it nominated for Outstanding British Film at the Baftas, it’s also one of the few movies with a perfect score on review site Rotten Tomatoes. With 238 positive reviews, it’s also the highest-rated film on the entire website. Take that, Citizen Kane.The Dark KnightLike many, we were sold on The Dark Knight from the moment we saw its infamous viral marketing campaign (back in the day when viral marketing campaigns were actually still new and exciting).We could probably talk all day about how this film is a level up on Batman Begins, from Christopher Nolan’s direction, to the incredible costumes and special effects. But let’s be honest, this film is all about Heath Ledger, who earned a posthumous Academy Award for his unforgettable portrayal of the Joker.AliensAlthough the original Alien divided critics upon its original release in 1979, the film quickly garnered a loyal following, and by the mid-1980s, was revered among fans of sci-fi.Putting out a sequel was therefore always going to be a bit of a risk, but fortunately 1986′s Aliens more than lived up to its predecessor. It earned Sigourney Weaver a game-changing Oscar nomination as the star of a sci-fi film. It has also been named the Best Sequel Of All Time by Empire magazine.Mad Max: Fury RoadListen, we get it, Fury Road was billed as a “revisiting” of the original Mad Max trilogy, rather than a straight-up sequel or a traditional reboot.Still, the film was so well-received – check that 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes if you don’t believe us, not to mention its six Oscar wins – we felt we couldn’t leave it off this list. Plus, who would pass up the opportunity to see Charlize Theron in all her buzzed glory again?Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackStar Wars has so many different instalments, and a fan community that stretches far and wide, that it would be literally impossible to decide which of the numerous sequels is the superior one.So while we’d struggle to pinpoint which of film is the best, we’ve gone with The Empire Strikes Back for the simple reason it contains arguably the most iconic moment in Star Wars history, when Darth Vader’s true identity is revealed.Terminator 2: Judgement DayHe said “I’ll be back”, and apparently he meant it, although it did take seven years.Terminator 2: Judgement Day was hailed as even better than the original film by many critics, who were wowed by the advanced special effects (which went on to win one of the film’s four Academy Awards).The success of Terminator 2 led to a number of additional spin-offs and sequels, although none of these have quite been able to match the original two films.Avengers: EndgameEssentially the sequel to around 100 other films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame was much-awaited when it hit cinemas in 2019, wrapping up stories that began in the Iron Man, Thor and Captain America film series.Fortunately, the majority of cinema-goers felt the ambitious project was worth the wait, with Avengers: Endgame landing rave reviews and becoming the highest-grossing film of all time (that’s second-highest, when adjusted for inflation).The Godfather Part IIThe first sequel to ever win Best Picture at the Academy Awards (the only other being Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King), Godfather II is so revered it was added to the U.S. National Film Registry of the Library of Congress due to its cultural significance, alongside the original Godfather film.The same can not be said for the follow-up, Godfather III.SkyfallAlthough Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace proved popular, many 007 fans still breathed a sigh of relief when Skyfall was released, as they felt it was more in keeping with the James Bond franchise than Daniel Craig’s first two outings.Skyfall won largely positive reviews from critics, many of whom praised the decision to give more material for Dame Judi Dench to work with, and became the highest-grossing film in the UK ever at that time. Follow-up Spectre was similarly well-received, with the Daniel’s fifth and final Bond film, No Time To Die, set to hit cinemas... soon. Let’s just say soon.MORE FILM: The Big Picture: Can Cinemas Survive Coronavirus? From La La Land To Chicago, A Countdown Of The 20 Best Movie Musicals Of The 21st Century 21 Films And TV Shows To Stream On Netflix If You Need Some Escapism In Your Life
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How To Figure Out Your Sexual Fantasy, According To Sex Therapists
Maybe a sexual partner once asked you what your fantasy is and you didn’t know what to say. Or perhaps you want to get in touch with your erotic side. Whatever’s driving your questions, don’t be discouraged that you’re not entirely sure what turns you on. “Keep in mind, fantasies come in all different stripes,” New York City sex therapist Ian Kerner, the author of “She Comes First,” told HuffPost. “Some of my patients have kinky fantasies, some have sensual fantasies, some fantasise about sex with others, some fantasise about sexual situations with their current partners.”Common fantasies include role-playing, power dynamics like dominance and submission, threesomes or group sex, “forced” sex, voyeurism and (if you identify as straight) having sex with someone of the same gender ― just to name a few.It’s worth noting that not everyone is interested in acting out the sexual fantasies in their head. Many people have fantasies about having sex in a public place, for instance, but they aren’t necessarily interested in doing that in real life.“A fantasy is first and foremost a ‘thought,’ which means it doesn’t have to become an actual thing you do, and most of my patients don’t actually want their fantasies to come true,” Kerner said. “They just want to enjoy them in the comfort of their own erotic imagination or share them with a partner.” If you want to tap into your fantasies, start by thinking back to your early sex-related memories. Ask yourself what you thought sex was at that time and what about it seemed appealing to you.“Your actual experiences with sex might also contain clues about what turns you on,” sex therapist Vanessa Marin, creator of the online course Rediscovering Desire, wrote for Bustle. “What are your top five sexual experiences? Is there anything that most of them have in common? Or is there anything that really stands out?” “This might seem obvious, but so few people actually do this,” she told HuffPost. Then, think about the sex scenes in TV shows, movies, books or porn that stand out or excite you. What do you think about when you masturbate? Are there any recurring themes? Kerner said many of his patients will tell him that they don’t think they have any fantasies, “but once we start talking about the porn they like to watch or the erotica they like to read, or even the peak experiences they can recall, it becomes clear there are consistent erotic themes bubbling beneath the surface.”Start with reading some erotica, watching some sexy movies, listening to an erotica podcast or watching some ethical porn.Ian Kerner, a sex therapistTake a little time to cultivate and play around in your erotic imagination and see what comes up. “Don’t worry about having to plumb your inner depths,” Kerner said. “Start with reading some erotica, watching some sexy movies, listening to an erotica podcast or watching some ethical porn. And just spend time noticing what turns you on.”And if nothing in particular jumps out at you or you find that your fantasies are pretty vanilla, that’s OK, too. “Plenty of people are happily satisfied having sex without a fantasy element,” Marin wrote for Bustle. “Or you may have fantasies that are simple and straightforward, and not very intense. For example, you might occasionally daydream about having sex in reverse cowgirl, but not feel that passionately about it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with you if you don’t find yourself fantasising about sex on a regular basis.” Solo, YOLO is a series on solo sex from HuffPost US. From masturbation to porn habits, sex toys to safe virtual sex, we’ve curated expert tips on getting it on ... with yourself.Related... 6 Steps To Better Solo Sex, According to Sex Therapists My Narcissist Ex Still Casts A Shadow Over My Life. But I’m Healing After My Husband Died, I Was Terrified Of Sex With Anyone Else Also on HuffPost
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Fit in my 40s: I thought I could use YouTube to learn skateboarding. I was wrong | Zoe Williams
You’re not going to kickflip immediately, but after weeks of practice, you’ll certainly have better absSome sports have a high barrier to entry – perhaps you need a horse, a boat or a resting heart rate of 50 – and this generally means that the first time you try, you’ll be in the company of an expert.Skateboarding is not like that. If you’re in your 40s and complaining about your steady creep toward decrepitude, the chances are you have a child who has a skateboard. But I was being complacent when I thought I could just YouTube it and hope for the best. I could have done with a mini-expert (the world’s skateboarding champions are incredibly young and it’s not unusual to hear a 12-year-old talking about having reached their career high). I could have done with some elbow and knee pads. I could have done without taking my child with me, who was even mortified by the sound of the wheels turning. But I didn’t really want to go out on my own. Continue reading...
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Who smoked a pipe before his execution in 1618? The Weekend quiz
From the Gulf of Guinea to the Golden Boot, test your knowledge with the Weekend quiz1 Which writers attended the Clergy Daughters’ school at Cowan Bridge?2 What is the world’s most biodiverse country?3 Who smoked a pipe before his execution in 1618?4 Which quartet debuted as Festfolk?5 Which footballer won the English Golden Boot with three different clubs?6 What name means “she who must be loved” in Latin?7 In UK honours, what is the RVO?8 Which great circles meet in the Gulf of Guinea?What links:9 Open; training; local; high-security?10 Sacha Dhawan; Michelle Gomez; John Simm; Anthony Ainley?11 Brail; jackstay; halyard; sheet; warp; whip?12 Dover and Wroxeter, via London and St Albans?13 Third molars; Salvia officinalis; Hiram K Hackenbacker?14 Soldier; Terrorist; Shepherd; Earth?15 South China; Amur; Sumatran; Indochinese; Bengal; Malayan? Continue reading...
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‘The virus piggybacked on racism’: why did Covid-19 hit BAME families so hard?
Ida lost two brothers in 10 days, and Ken’s teenage sweetheart died at 44. Now, they’re looking for answersSir Oyaseh Ivowi sits in front of a poster of two of his three boys. Olume, the older brother, hovers over Isi; both wear traditional Nigerian dress. Underneath are the words: “Gone too soon, but not forgotten. Olume Godfrey Ivowi, 7 November 1973 to 10 April 2020. Isi Benjamin Emitsemu Ivowi, 17 November 1985 to 19 April 2020.”Olume, 46, and Isi, 34, died in Luton and Milton Keynes respectively. Their passing made headlines because it was so shocking: two brothers killed by Covid-19 in such a short space of time. A third brother, Osi, also caught the virus, but has recovered. Continue reading...
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How part-time commuters can save money on peak-time rail travel
Flexible season tickets and carnets cut costs for people making fewer journeys due to coronavirus crisisWhen offices all reopen there is a good chance that many workers will still spend at least some of their week at a desk at home – whether through choice or because their employers do not have room for everyone to be in at once.But for those who take the train, a part-time commute can be the worst of both worlds: they face the choice of buying pricey daily tickets for rush-hour travel or paying for an annual season ticket they will use for only half the week. Continue reading...
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10 of Britain’s best wild beach walks
Magnificent sands that, even in summer, are wide enough to swerve the crowds and enjoy lungfuls of salty airWe are blessed with vast open beaches all around our mainland that are perfect for wild walks in salty air – and many are linked to wildlife reserves and wildflower havens (look out for campion, which is at its best at the height of summer). With sea temperatures at a peak in August, pack a towel too. This is a personal list, check out the UK Beach Guide and the exceptional Wild Guides for many other possibilities. For tides and surf forecasts use Magic Seaweed. Continue reading...
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Facts, entertainment: 16 fascinating things we’ve learned from podcasts
The bizarre and brilliant facts podcasts have taught us, from the truth about McDonald’s fries to Ed Miliband’s badger fearsModern Toss on podcasts ...Podcast: Revisionist HistoryEpisode: McDonald’s Broke My Heart Continue reading...
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Just 10 enforcement orders issued for breach of UK quarantine rules
Fears measures may be extended to France, but little enforcement appears to be taking placeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJust 10 enforcement orders have been issued to people for breaking quarantine rules after arriving in the UK, it has emerged, as fears of an extension of the measures to other parts of Europe led to a surge in last-minute enquires from customers desperate to get away before any further crackdown.This week travellers arriving from Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas were told they would have to quarantine for 14 days following a rise in Covid-19 cases in those countries. Spain and Luxembourg had already been removed from the travel corridor list. Continue reading...
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'A dangerous first step': Simon Armitage among poets to blast GCSE decision
Poet laureate joins Michael Rosen and Imtiaz Dharker to criticise Ofqual announcement that poetry will be optional next yearPoet laureate Simon Armitage and former children’s laureate Michael Rosen are among the top UK poets decrying the government’s decision to make poetry optional for GCSE students next year, describing it as “a dangerous first step”.Ofqual announced on Tuesday that, due to the impact of coronavirus on education, it would allow exam boards to change their assessment criteria for GCSE English literature next summer. While students will still be assessed on a Shakespeare play, they will only have to focus on two out of the three remaining areas – poetry, the 19th-century novel, and fiction or drama from the British Isles after 1914. Continue reading...
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'Music is as good as gold or oil': meet the man spending billions on old hits
Former Elton John and Beyoncé manager Merck Mercuriadis on championing artists and his business buying over 13,000 songsLivin’ on a Prayer, Heart of Glass, Copacabana, Single Ladies.They’re all huge pop songs and dancefloor favourites of the past 50 years. And according to one music industry veteran, they are more valuable than gold.Merck Mercuriadis is the founder of Hipgnosis, a London-listed company offering investors the chance to make money from the royalties generated from these and thousands of other songs by famous artists. Continue reading...
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250,000 young mums missing out on £3.10-a-week food voucher - how to apply
EXCLUSIVE: Take-up of Healthy Start vouchers - for expectant mums and kids under 4 to buy fruit, veg and milk - has plunged from 73% to just 48%. Here's how to find out if you're eligible and get your hands on them
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Inside Kerry Katona's new home as she moves in with boyfriend Ryan Mahoney
Kerry Katona has given fans a tour of the new abode that she moved into with beau Ryan Mahoney in March
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Kelly Osbourne's gorgeous body transformation as she celebrates four-stone loss
Former reality TV star Kelly Osbourne looks almost unrecognisable after dropping four-stone thanks to a vegan diet and regular exercise
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Gemma Collins and partner left 'not speaking' after she loses money on game show
Stephen Mulhern returns with Saturday night game show Rolling In It, where contestants answer questions then roll a coin, helped or hindered by celebrity guests
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Bayern Munich vs Chelsea kick-off time, TV and live stream information
Frank Lampard's Chelsea need a miracle if they're going to beat Bayern Munich and reach the Champions League quarter-finals. Here’s information on how to watch and whether the likes of Timo Wener can play
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Dark truth of Elvis Presley's drug addiction including dodgy deal with a dentist
The King died at just 42 in 1977 after suffering a heart attack brought on by his addiction to prescription drugs - it was a tragedy that rocked the world
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Last 10 players Liverpool signed from relegated clubs as Lewis transfer eyed
The Reds are not averse to plucking players from relegated sides in order to strengthen their squads, and as these additions show, they usually get it right
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Princess Diana's bad memories of unhappy childhood impacted on William and Harry
Channel 5 documentary Diana: A Mother's Love shows why her childhood inspired her to devote herself to William and Harry until her tragic death in Paris in 1997
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More than 8,000 high street jobs slashed this week as bloodbath continues
It comes as Chancellor Rishi Sunak is preparing to wind down the job retentions scheme from October, with a new compulsory 5% contribution coming into force this week
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Man United and Solskjaer have been given perfect motivation for next season
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Man City unexpected strength makes them Champions League favourites
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U.S. mercenaries sentenced to 20 years by Venezuelan court for failed attempt to oust Maduro
Luke Denman, 34, and Airan Berry, 41, have been sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Venezuelan court, the attorney general, Tarek Saab, announced on Friday evening.
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Thousands of baby turtles released into sea off Bali
The Olive Ridley turtles are part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population and promote environmental protectionMore than 10,000 baby turtles were released into the sea off the Indonesian island of Bali, as part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population of a vulnerable species and promote environmental protection.Conservation groups carried crates each full of dozens of tiny turtles to the island’s Gianyar beach on Friday and encouraged local people and volunteers to line up on the sand and release the hatchlings together. Continue reading...
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Xanadu at 40: a mesmerisingly messy musical failure
The bizarre 1980 flop starring Olivia Newton-John remains a fascinatingly misjudged attempt to combine a classic musical with the roller-discoFilm anniversaries tend to prey on a kind of incredulous public nostalgia for a past that doesn’t seem nearly as distant as it is. “How can Gladiator/Clueless/Pretty Woman be 20/25/30 years old?!” we’re supposed to cry, before grumbling to eye-rolling youngsters that we remember seeing them like yesterday. Very occasionally, the reverse applies, as we sheepishly marvel that Robert Downey Jr’s Oscar-nominated blackface stunt performance in Tropic Thunder wasn’t of a more bygone era than 2008. Related: Dressed to Kill at 40: Brian De Palma's thrilling yet problematic shocker Continue reading...
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UK weather forecast sees Brits braced for 36C Saturday scorcher
Yesterday, a scorcher with hot air from Sahara pushed temperatures in the high 30s, with highs of 37C in London. Today it will be a similar day, with sunny spells and warm temperatures
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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard details extent of Christian Pulisic injury
Pulisic is one of several Chelsea players missing for Saturday's Champions League clash against Bayern Munich - and will face a battle to get back in the team once he is fit again
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Bayern vs Chelsea, Champions League preview: Prediction, team news, TV channel, time, live stream, h2h, odds
Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from their FA Cup disappointment this evening as they face a difficult test away to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16.
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'I can send $100 to Mr Trump': senior Chinese official ridicules US Hong Kong sanctions
China’s most senior figure in Hong Kong defiant after US takes action against leaders over crackdown on freedom in city The head of China’s Hong Kong Liaison Office, Luo Huining, has mocked sanctions announced by the US over the crackdown on freedoms in the city, offering to send Donald Trump $100 so he can freeze the asset.Luo, whose statement appeared on the liaison office’s website on Saturday, is the most senior Chinese figure in the city. “Being put on the US sanctions list just means that I have done what I should do for the nation and Hong Kong,” it read. “Isn’t such a ‘sanction’ in vain as I don’t have any assets abroad? Of course, I can also send $100 to Mr Trump for freezing.” Continue reading...
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The Stages Of Getting Ready For A Night Out As A Parent (Even In A Pandemic)
We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.It’s tough, getting ready to go out when you’re a parent. You’re so desperate for your “night off” to begin, it can be tempting to pour yourself a gin at 9am – even though you’re not meeting until at least 8pm, because nobody can get away until after baby bedtime. What used to be a relatively simple process before you had kids – shower, shave, makeup, dress, go – somehow becomes a fine art. It’s a meticulously planned out, multi-tasking effort that takes only the most experienced of us to get right.So, you’re going out on Saturday night? In the midst of a pandemic, things are a little different – there’s a lack of dancing, for sure – but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a BNO (that’s Big Night Out, if you didn’t know already).Whether you’re going round a mate’s garden for drinks, or heading to your local pub, you still want to get glammed up – especially after spending months in your lockdown pyjamas (just me?).Here’s the reality of getting ready to go out when you’re a parent. Related... The Secret To Successful Playdates? I've Found The Perfect Formula 5.40am“Mummy, wake up! I had a scary dream about a chicken.” You look at the clock and groan: it’s not even 6am. How are you going to stay out until midnight (or beyond) when you’ve been up since the crack of dawn?9amYou’ve been up long enough to tidy the kitchen and make several rounds of breakfast. You start thinking about that first drink. Trouble is, it’s 12 hours away and you’ve got a two hour round-trip, ferrying one child to gymnastics and back again, to get through first... and a playdate. But here’s where step one of BNO prep commences: painting your nails. You only manage a first coat before you have to get the kids in the car. Still, it’s the only time it has any chance to dry, because your hands are on the steering wheel and blissfully child-free. 11.30amYou’ve dropped one child off at gymnastics and made it home again, giving you one whole hour before you have to do the exact same trip, in reverse. The multi-tasking skills you’ve learned as a parent kick in.You sit your remaining child(ren) in front of CBeebies, armed with a peanut butter and marmite sandwich (kids are weird) and dash upstairs. It’s time for a hair wash. After, you slather on a face mask, which must stay on for 10 minutes, so you’ve got enough time to shave under your arms, and maybe a leg, too.By the time you’re done, it’s 12.30pm: gymnastics pick-up. Paint another coat on your nails, get back in the car. Related... How To Get Your Child To Play Alone When They're Used To Having You Around 1.30pmYou’re home from gymnastics, time to give the exhausted child lunch, and the child who’s been helplessly ferried back and forth (without actually doing any gymnastics), a second lunch. By the time you’ve finished answering requests for snacks and drinks, it’s 1.45pm – just enough of a window to dash upstairs and shave the other leg before a 2pm playdate begins. 2pmOver the next two hours, the house is wrecked, your stress levels rise, the remaining snacks you had in the cupboards are eaten, and your nails are smudged. Accept this as an inevitability. Do not try to fight it. There’s beauty in surrender. 4pmThere is light at the end of the tunnel... once the playmate goes home. Won’t the other parent please come and pick them up? Please?5pmThe child’s parent finally comes at 4.30pm, and stays for half an hour, chatting. They ignore your hints about needing to get ready to “go out”, because they simply don’t understand what you mean. Is it even possible to have a night out in a pandemic, they’re thinking. Once they’ve gone, you whack the oven on, tell both kids it’s time to “sit down and watch a film”, and run upstairs to do your hair. You leave your curlers heating up while you race downstairs to put a turkey dinosaur and potato waffle in the oven. The other child wants something different (of course), so you bung some pasta in to boil, run back upstairs and curl half your hair before having to go and break up a squabble – the first child has now decided that they, too, want a turkey dinosaur. Swear under your breath and repeat the process. 5.30pmMiracle of miracles: your hair is curled and you have half an hour to do your makeup and get dressed. Both kids are quietly eating dinner, and you’re only interrupted two – maybe three – more times to get them a variety of different desserts. On the third trip downstairs, you pour yourself a pre-BNO gin.You overhear one child saying to the other, “Mummy’s having a 5 o’clock gin”, and some associated giggling. You decide you do not care, because you deserve this. 6pmYou hand your children to the other parent, grandparent or babysitter with a high five and leave the house, smiling at everyone you see on the street.You’re free. You forget you ever had children (for an hour, max, until you get the urge to check to see how bedtime is going). You meet the ones who managed to escape as early as you did, and wait for the others who are doing bedtime first. You drink, chat, relax, laugh, gossip and swap stories about your children with your other, similarly-giddy, parent pals. You don’t care that you’re two metres apart in someone’s garden – you dance anyway. You’ve earned this time off, and you tell each other so, repeatedly. “We deserve this!” you tell one another, clinking glasses from a distance. MidnightYou are asleep. Related... I Let My 8-Year-Old Give Me A Makeover. Here's How It Went. 12 Wacky Ways To Occupy Kids That Require Very Little Effort How To Cut Down On Alcohol If The Quarantinis Got Out Of Hand
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These Are The Coffee Chains Allowing Reusable Cups Again
We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.After weeks of guiltily buying coffee in takeaway cups, we’re allowed to resume  our former green habits, because coffee chains are starting to allow reusables once more. Coffee chains began to ban the use of reusable coffee cups in early March, in a  bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus. But Starbucks announced reusable cups would be permitted in the UK again from Friday 7 August. It follows the move from Costa Coffee, which reintroduced reusable cups back into stores on June 4. However, other chains are remaining cautious, keeping the bans in place for now.READ MORE: How Covid Waste Is Affecting The Planet In March, Dr Edward Wright, a senior lecturer in microbiology at the University of Sussex, explained why reusable cups might be a problem for the spread of the virus.“SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, is a respiratory virus. This means the virus replicates in cells that line the airways and given the proximity of the airway and mouth, new virus particles produced can readily contaminate the saliva,” he told HuffPost UK.“Therefore, reusable cups that have not been cleaned and have the virus on their surfaces pose a potential route of transmission for respiratory infections if the cup comes into contact with the coffee machine.”But Starbucks says it has trained staff to use renewables safely, with no contact between the cup and the barista.A video on the company’s website shows how this works: customers will be asked to place their personal cup into a tray or larger mug, which will be used to transport the cup, without staff touching it.Baristas will make your coffee and pour it into your cup, within the larger carrying vessel, before passing it back to you. “This new procedure will be introduced across all stores and is integrated into the upweighted cleaning measures already in place,” Starbucks said. “Starbucks will continue to honour the 25p discount to customers who bring in a reusable cup.”Costa Coffee also says the safety of customers and staff is a “priority”, confirming that customers can bring reusables into stores. “We have temporarily updated our instructions for teams members around how to manage and handle reusable cups in light of COVID-19 - with minimal contact and enhanced hygiene procedures,” a spokesperson said. “Customers can also continue to benefit from 25p off any handcrafted drink when purchased using a reusable cup, regardless of brand.”Greggs told HuffPost UK its stance hasn’t changed and it currently isn’t accepting reusable cups in stores. HuffPost UK has also contacted Caffè Nero and Pret regarding their current policies and will update this article when we receive their responses. READ MORE: We Tested 9 Of The Best Reusable Coffee Cups (And Yes, We're Still Slightly Buzzing) The Most Common Long-Term Symptoms Of Covid-19 Upgrade Your Go-To Vegan Dishes With These Tasty One Pot Recipes
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‘Work Culture’ Is Code For White And Western. So Where Do People Like Me Fit?
I remember sitting on the couch at night, scrolling through job postings and LinkedIn profiles. I felt overwhelmed and disillusioned at the thought of being another unemployed or underemployed PhD graduate, but not for want of job openings.Reading through job descriptions, I would often see diversity statements expressing an employer’s commitment to equitable and inclusive hiring practices. Yet, I didn’t see racialised names like mine in their employee directories. Their purported mission failed to materialise in the sea of white faces I saw as I walked through their offices. As I searched for work, I did so with the understanding that my starting a PhD program would do little to insulate me from hiring practices designed to exclude racialised people. Few jobs outside of academia require a PhD, and people of colour are underrepresented in higher education and across different industries. From the beginning, my status as a PhD candidate drew negative attention from hiring managers who would say things like: “I’m sure you’d rather sit around all day theorising.” “This job is pretty routine.” “Won’t you find it boring?” Their questions struck me as odd, especially since they had known about the PhD from my resume.I wondered if white candidates, who represent 76% of PhD holders and 84% of faculty hires, had to justify their pursuit of an advanced degree. I thought my PhD would make me a well-rounded applicant with practical work experience, and strong communication and critical thinking skills. Nevertheless, I was passed over repeatedly for less-qualified applicants who I was told were a “better fit” for the position or the organisation.White-centering attitudes at the heart of Western office culture are weaponized daily against people of colour.Were these hiring managers concerned about my boredom, or whether I could fit in to their “work culture” — the coded language of professionalism which privileges white and Western values? My guess is the latter.The lack of racialised people in leadership positions and the persistence of employee referrals almost guarantee that a predominantly white workforce will continue to recruit people who look and think like them. Such practices come at the expense of racialised candidates who are denied opportunities, despite having the same or higher credentials as white candidates. Applicants with white-sounding names are 39% more likely to be invited for an interview than those with Indian, Pakistani or Chinese names.I managed to land a full-time job in research grant development. My elation turned to dread after six weeks when my new boss reprimanded me about our office’s scent-free policy. She said that a co-worker had complained about me “wearing a lot of scent.” My face felt red hot. All I could muster up was “I don’t wear perfume. It must be my lotion?”“It’s an easy fix,” she said, getting up to leave.I closed the door, called my mum and cried. I thought about going home to have a shower.This may sound like an overreaction, but it’s hard to overlook being told that your presence causes discomfort when you’re the only Brown person surrounded by white or white-passing co-workers. Professional standards like that scent-free policy can perpetuate white supremacy in workplaces. Urgency, paternalism, the “right to comfort” — some of the white-centring attitudes at the heart of Western office culture — are weaponised daily against people of colour. As a result, I often find myself accommodating white people’s comfort. I smile at racial microaggressions, such as when a faculty member assumed I was the receptionist though I was introduced as “Dr. Maharaj.” Or how a recent colleague would always leave an empty seat between us at meetings, look down when I was speaking, and make eye contact with everyone but me. White fragility calls upon me to not be offended when Brown colleagues are referred to as “lazy,” and Black colleagues as “difficult to work with,” and your boss laments the lack of diversity in the office (“But that isn’t why we hired you”). I wonder if my former colleagues think this kind of behaviour is well-intentioned, or at the very least benign. It might offend them to hear otherwise, but their words and actions are loaded with hurtful sentiments that have harmed my self-image and self-worth. Not just at work, people of colour and Black people, in particular, carry an unequal burden of having to prove their identity and justify their presence in traditionally white spaces regardless of credentials, status or education. As a third-time graduate of the University of British Columbia, I was disheartened by the incident involving master’s student Savoy Williams, who experienced alleged racial profiling by campus security. Williams was denied access to his supervisor’s office despite having written permission and a valid student ID. Sadly, his experience is not uncommon. In 2018, a white student called the police on Lolade Siyonbola, a Yale graduate student, for napping in the common room of her dorm. Police wanted to verify that Siyonbola belonged there. In Toronto, lawyer Selwyn Pieters was refused entry to his law society’s headquarters by a security guard who readily buzzed in white visitors without asking for ID. More recently, a Miami doctor, Armen Henderson, was handcuffed in his front yard while loading his van with supplies for homeless residents.In undergrad, I was accused by a white professor of accessing an office without permission, cheating on a final exam, and rifling through personal belongings when I was simply leaving a note.Our schools and workplaces provide the means to perpetuate racism inasmuch as they can act as bastions of equality. Education, the “great equaliser,” is no match for institutions safeguarding white spaces through hiring discrimination and racial profiling. Public commitments to inclusion and diversity are meaningless without acknowledging how individuals and organisations participate in systemic racism. Racism lives and thrives in the actions of people and how they treat others. While I’m aware of the privilege that comes with an advanced degree, I worry that employers will use it to conceal their racial biases. I worry that my colleagues will overlook my humanity and see me as difficult and aggressive. I worry that people moved to anti-racism by police brutality will remain wilfully ignorant of the subtle and not-so-subtle harms they inflict on racialised people.I worry that I have been complicit by internalising white supremacy and performing whiteness to succeed in a professional world. And I regret that I have made it harder for racialised people to be their full, true selves.This article first appeared on HuffPost Canada PersonalHave a compelling personal story you want to tell? Find out what we’re looking for here, and pitch us on ukpersonal@huffpost.comMore from HuffPost UK Personal I Live In Beirut. 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Blind date: ‘We were both flirting with the waiter’
Zachary, 24, audiologist, meets Laura, 25, conservation biologistWhat were you hoping for?A break from the enduring monotony of lockdown. Anything to get me out of the house for an evening. Continue reading...
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Tim Dowling: we’re looking after a puppy. It’s riding our dog
The cat takes up a position on the step, effectively pinning both dogs inside my office. The possibility of getting any work done seems remoteMy wife’s advice to friends who are thinking of getting a dog always contains a line that makes the hair on my arms stand up.“If you get stuck, we can always have it,” I hear her say on the phone. I’m in the other room, but the hairs on my arms don’t lie. Continue reading...
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How to make the most of past-their-best aubergines | Waste not
Slightly old and wrinkled aubergines are perfect for charring in this smoky, spicy mashed curry that’s great scooped up with naanIndia is a country that’s close to my heart, and I feel fortunate to have been able to spend more than a year of my life there, travelling, surfing, learning yoga, meditating and, most recently, fundraising for the charity Action Against Hunger. On that last trip, we cycled through Rajasthan, visiting AAH projects and learning how it tackles hunger on the ground with local solutions. Aubergine was a regular on the menu, and this wonderful purple fruit brought us much-needed sustenance on the road, served with other curried vegetables and roti.Today’s dish is one I learned on that trip. As in baba ganoush, the aubergine is cooked over hot coals, on an open flame or in a griddle pan until the skin is charred and the insides soft and smoky. Because the outside is essentially cremated, it’s a great way to use up ageing aubergine with wrinkly skin or bruising. Continue reading...
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