The hot new beauty trend? Cold cream! 

Co-founder of The Seated Queen, Josephine Banks, reveals cold creams are for all skin types prone to dehydration. Victoria Woodhall gives verdict on a selection available to purchase in the UK.
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'Fix welfare system or more will die like my sister after her benefits were cut'
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Covid vaccine does not affect fertility but misinformation persists
Scientists emphasise safety but younger women still hesitantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAmy Taylor was chatting to friends over a Zoom drink when the conversation took an unexpected turn. One of the group – all in their early 30s, mostly university-educated and in professional jobs – mentioned that she had concerns about the Covid vaccine because she wanted to try for a baby in the next year or two.“I was surprised when others said they were also a bit anxious. Then I started thinking maybe I should be worried too – even though I’m pro-vaccinations and I know this is the way out of the pandemic,” said Taylor*. “This really plays into the fertility insecurity that lots of women in their 30s have anyway – have I left it too late, will I need IVF, should I freeze my eggs? We don’t want anything else that could interfere with our chances of motherhood.” Continue reading...
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The most memorable moments in Golden Globe history
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Literary breaks: stay in the former home of a famous writer
From Betjeman’s London townhouse to Keats’ seaside cottage, these atmospheric writers’ homes all have a tale to tellSouth Lodge at Greenway, Devon The main house is so well preserved it’s as if Agatha Christie just stepped outside. In the drawing room it takes little imagination to picture yourself listening to one of her manuscript readings. If you are inclined to detective work, you’ll work out for yourself that the scratch marks on the bedroom door were made by the family dog. Christie’s holiday house, Greenway, is gracious and beautifully proportioned. It sits high above the River Dart, amid extensive grounds that slope steeply down to the water. “The loveliest place in the world,” is how she described it. Christie left it to her daughter, who passed it to her son, and he gifted it to the National Trust in 2005. Staying in South Lodge – once the gardener’s cottage, and one of three NT cottages to rent on the estate – you could spend all day watching light dance on the river, boats passing and the steam train puffing through woods to Greenway Halt. Wander down through the gardens, past the Battery with its two cannons (site of the murder in Five Little Pigs) and you’ll arrive at the Boathouse, which Christie used as a location for a grisly murder in Dead Man’s Folly. It also appeared in the 2013 film adaptation, David Suchet’s last appearance as Poirot. Ring the bell at the quay and a ferryman arrives to take you across to Dittisham for lunch at the atmospheric Ferry Boat Inn, or take a cruise to Dartmouth on the Christie Belle riverboat and look back at the house from the water – elusive, fascinating, like all the best mysteries. • Sleeps 6, from £621 for two nights, nationaltrust.org.uk Continue reading...
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Albert and the Whale by Philip Hoare review – his greatest work yet
The gifted writer summons the eclectic travels of Albrecht Dürer with captivating passion, poignancy, pure wonder and a personal twistAlbrecht Dürer was the first great sightseer in the history of art, travelling Europe to see conjoined twins, Aztec gold, Venetian gondolas and the bones of an 18ft giant. He crossed the Alps more than once and voyaged for six days in the freezing winter of 1520 to see a whale on a beach in Zeeland. The ship was nearly wrecked, but somehow Dürer saved the day and they eventually reached the shore. The sands were empty. The great creature had sailed away.This magnificent new book by Philip Hoare takes its title from that tale, but only as a point of departure. The narrative soon turns into a trip of another kind entirely, a captivating journey through art and life, nature and human nature, biography and personal memoir. Giants walk the earth: Dürer and Martin Luther, Shakespeare and Blake, Thomas Mann, Marianne Moore, WH Auden, David Bowie. Hoare summons them like Prospero, his writing the animating magic that brings the people of the past directly into our present and unleashes spectacular visions along the way. Continue reading...
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The big picture: a brush with greyness in 70s Russia
In 1974, Brian Griffin’s smuggled-out images of life in Moscow contrasted everyday vulnerability with the power of the stateIn November 1974, Brian Griffin flew from Luton airport to Moscow on a three-night Thomson Holidays city break with his flatmates. Griffin, who had spent the first decade of his working life in factories in the Midlands, had not long graduated from Manchester Polytechnic as a photographer. An “ardent socialist” at the time, everything about Moscow both fascinated and troubled him. On the first morning of that trip a military parade passed the Intourist hotel where he was staying. Griffin squeezed through the barrier with his camera and joined the procession as it passed the Lenin mausoleum and the watching President Brezhnev. The parade was the last to feature nuclear missiles. “The whole atmosphere was painted with greyness,” Griffin recalls, in his new retrospective book, Black Country Dada 1969-1990. “It was inspiring.”Over the following days, Griffin ducked out of the mandatory organised tours and wandered around Moscow, followed, he later realised, by KGB agents. He took this picture at the Monument to the Conquerors of Space, the 100m-high titanium sculpture that stands at the entrance to the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy. The image was made by the Muscovite trying to navigate his way down the rain-slicked base of the monument as if caught in the rocket’s backdraft – the defensive briefcase and crouch emphasising a sense that he is a man swept aside by fearful progress. Later in the trip Griffin was confronted by the agents who were tailing him, who demanded his camera and removed the film; the roll that contained this image was safely back at his hotel. Continue reading...
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Workers at firm owned by top Trump donors exposed to higher Covid rates
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Fintech firms want to keep their golden shares. London may be forced to agree
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Teenage girl meeting friends after school never arrived as evil killer pounced
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Chelsea vs Man Utd TV details ahead of Premier League clash
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'My refund has been sent to a credit card that I cancelled' - your rights
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Ryan Garcia reveals what Manny Pacquiao told him about their fight after talks collapse
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Jacqueline Jossa shows off weight loss as she slips into slinky crop top
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Secondary school pupils to get tested twice a week to keep schools open
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Meghan Markle accused of 'exaggerating her problems' as Duchess 'pays price' of privilege
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Sunday with Tim Key: ‘Those comforting evenings in the pub will be back’
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Working from home turns out not to be the dream we were sold | Torsten Bell
Money saved on commuting is eaten up by the need for bigger homes in order to avoid being confined to the kitchen tableHomeworking is all the rage. Apparently, we’ll all be at it permanently. So proclaim lifestyle gurus and HR consultants. Many make a profession out of talking as if only professional work exists, forgetting that only a third of working adults are working entirely from home even in this lockdown. You don’t find many scaffolders working on the kitchen table.The gurus aren’t just predicting that working from home is here to stay, they’re also prophesying that it’ll be great and cheap. Not only will commuting costs disappear, homeworking will make housing cheaper, as not living near the office will mean everyone is paying small-town rents while earning city-centre salaries. Back in the real world, new research shows that homeworking households actually spent about 7-10% more on housing compared with similar non-remote households in the same region. Why? Homeworkers need more space so have bigger houses. The only thing less fun than a pandemic spent at the kitchen table is a lifetime at one. Homeworkers also tend to live in more expensive areas. Maybe you care more which neighbourhood you live in if you never leave it. Continue reading...
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Labour unveils plan for young people sacked after Covid furlough
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Red nail varnish: 10 of the best
Painting your nails is quick, easy and there’s a shade of high-shine red to suit all handsI miss getting my nails done. Especially in reds – pillar box red, pinky red, raspberry red, orangey red… regardless of skin tone, you can always find a red. That I yearn for a professional manicure surprises me. Back when nail salons were open, I could think of a million other things I’d rather be doing. But I liked the end results, so I went. And until nail salons reopen, there’s nail polish. If, like me, you’re terrible at doing your own nails, with a little patience there’s no reason you can’t get great results at home. These are all streak free, easy to use and have high-shine finishes. Where Christian Louboutin falls down in practicality, it makes up for in its sublime gel-like glossiness. For a long-lasting gel finish, try Emolyne (no UV lamp required). It might not compare to the longevity of a professional manicure, but the joy you’ll feel each time you glimpse your hands? That lasts ages.1. Emolyne Metamorphosis Gel Lacquer £11, emolyne.com 2. L’Atelier Green Nail Polish £10.85, lateliergreen.com 3. Nailberry Polish £15, nailberry.co.uk 4. Dolce & Gabbana The Nail Lacquer £22, harrods.com 5. Essie Nail Colour £7.99, boots.com 6. Givenchy Nail Polish £19.50, debenhams.com 7. Nails Inc Vegan Nail Polish £9, nailsinc.com 8. Dior Red Smile £22, dior.com 9. Christian Louboutin Beauty Nail Colour £39.50, cultbeauty.co.uk 10. Chanel Le Vernis Long Wear Nail Colour £22, chanel.com Continue reading...
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Vaccine success: Oxford jab 'reduces serious illness by 90 percent and protects elderly'
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I hate to say it, but Britain's doing OK. Even Germany envies us...
For diehard Remoaners like me, all this endless good news about jabs and carbon emissions is pretty hard to takeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFor those of us who like to talk Britain down, all this good news is hard to take. The vaccination figures are shocking. Nearly 20 million first doses administered. A forward-thinking procurement plan. The leading large nation, far ahead of the US and, more gallingly for us frothing Remoaners, miles ahead of Europe. Nothing could be more depressing for the honest self-loathing liberal Brit. You know the type. Recycle assiduously but fly once a fortnight.We can’t say we haven’t had a good run. The past few years have been wonderful. Any positive stories could be written off as a fluke or a statistical aberration. There has been abundant bad news to confirm what we already knew: Britain is a sad, grey little Plague Island in the Atlantic, incapable of relinquishing its past glories and heading full tilt towards irrelevance. Brexit has been Gloomster Glastonbury. Continue reading...
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We’re Married But Never Moved In Together. Here’s Why It Works For Us
My husband Wayo and I clicked the instant we met. You know that magical moment when eyes lock and everyone else blurs into the background? That was us ― a fairytale romance. Well, kinda. Let’s just say there were a few kinks, starting with he was on a date with someone else that fateful night we met. And, though we ended up getting married in 2017, we still haven’t moved in together. Let me explain. I was coming out of a messy divorce when I first encountered Wayo at a charity event. Though we hit it off instantly, I found it strange he kept interrupting me to announce he was on a date. Fearing the wine caused him to confuse my cordial friendliness for flirting, I stepped away to talk to another group of people and he followed. Again, he announced he was on a date and, since I still hadn’t seen this woman, I commented that it’s trendy to date ghosts in October. It was dumb, but I didn’t care. It was not long before I caught myself smiling while talking to him ― laughing even. In fact, at one point I laughed so hard I accidentally spilled wine all over my shoes and, out of thin air, two beautiful women appeared to wipe up my mess ― that’s how I met Wayo’s date.She was glamorous while I was just a middle-aged klutz who had no interest in playing games. Wayo invited me to join them for dinner and I, of course, declined. The more I resisted, the harder he pursued. It wasn’t until my single 70-something-year-old friend with a ranch full of cats pointed out I was going to end up just like her if I didn’t give this handsome fella a chance. The crazy cat lady was right. So I told Wayo I had no interest in playboys. That’s when he informed me he had dropped his playthings the night after we met to exclusively be with me. In his words, he had waited his an entire life to fall in love. Wayo was unlike anyone I had ever met before. Every word he uttered seemed to be kind, open and true. I had come from a cobwebbed world of sticky manipulations and here was someone who made being together easy. No ulterior motives. No schemes. He was just refreshingly honest. Everything fell into place in such a perfect way, a part of me braced for it all to sour as affairs of the heart so often do ― at least for me, anyway.Turned out I was right to be concerned. It wasn’t long before our whirlwind romance twisted into a tornado. On the morning of our first Valentine’s Day together, we discovered a very stinky surprise. My ex had not only broken into Wayo’s car and stolen everything in it, but had also packed it full of raw shrimp. That’s right ― raw shrimp.It was indefensible. And most important, I felt it was my fault for having such an ex. Left with no other choice, I gave Wayo an out by letting him know I did not blame him if he decided to run for the hills. Crazy exes are justifiable deal killers. But that following year on Valentine’s Day, Wayo proposed to me in Costa Rica. The year after that, after I bungee jumped off Victoria Falls, we tied the knot in Africa. But, unlike most married couples, we never moved in together. Not yet, anyway.  Is it weird? Sure, if by weird you mean not mainstream. Most people meet, get married and then move in, though not always in that order. And if we’re being honest, there was a time when not following that exact succession was considered scandalous. We never set out to break any moulds or rewrite societal norms, we just chose to create our own life’s journey with each other instead of following any particular script.Of course, you’re probably wondering how this all works since my husband lives a solid four-hour drive north from where I reside. Right now we are both where we need to be to thrive in our careers. We have never actually had a conversation on the nuts and bolts of how our relationship would work, we’ve just been winging it. And so far, we’re still flying together through blue skies, storm fronts and everything in between.What started out as a temporary inconvenience has now turned into our way of life. Wayo’s job is far more flexible than mine, so he’s the one who commutes the most, but even still, we never actually cemented any rules outlining when and where we spend our time. Though we talk on the phone several times a day, we typically only spend about two weeks out of the month sleeping in the same bed.Most, if not everyone, finds our situation questionable. We get it. Truth be told, many of our friends didn’t think our unconventional union would survive more than six months, yet, here we still are ― together, just not together all the time. It’s really not that different from couples whose jobs split them apart. And that got me to thinking, shouldn’t marriage be defined by those who entered into it? The terms should be set by us, not “tradition.”Let’s face it, marriages are as unique as the people in them. For example, there are those who’ve lived together for over 30 years yet never married. Does that make their union any less legitimate or loving? I know of a couple who divorced only to reunite after they married and divorced other people. In their case, they didn’t realise how perfect they were for each other until they recognised that different isn’t always better. So why not redefine marriage in a way so genuine, it’s perfectly customised for our imperfect lives? Regardless of how a coupling is defined or logistically plotted out, a partnership can only work when there’s unshakable trust and open communication. That may be easier said than done, but it gets easier with practice ― lots and lots of practice.Living four hours apart would never be possible if either Wayo or I had pretended to be okay with it when one of us was truly not okay. Thankfully, we were both brutally honest with our expectations, wants and needs from the very beginning. It’s also crucial that neither of us is jealous or has trust issues. I think the fact we were both in our 40s when we met allowed us to explore, know ourselves and understand what we want more than perhaps if we’d met when we were younger.Wayo and I are fiercely independent and perfectly comfortable taking separate excursions with our friends. I have taken off to Australia, Fiji and New Zealand without him and he’ll periodically go out of town without me. Most find this unacceptable, but for us it’s perfect to be with someone who understands the need for friendship and space. We’ve been warned that this behaviour will open us up to being cheated on, but the fact is cheaters are going to cheat no matter what the conditions. We are both of the mindset that we have no control over one another. For us, getting married meant being monogamous so if one should stray, we both understand that action will bring an end to our union. I don’t want to be with someone who isn’t willingly committed to me, and my husband feels the same way. Knowing this allows us the freedom to enjoy each other fully as best friends should. Marriage is hard enough without the added pressure of making it one size fits all.Sharing space and time with another human being is agreeing to share head space, mood swings, dramas, quirks, families, pets, jobs, hygiene and so much more. Wayo’s pantries and refrigerator are pure chaos whereas anyone who’s opened a kitchen cabinet in my house might consider my obsession with organisation to be the work of a psychopath. On the seldom occasion that Wayo and I do happen to argue, he’ll purposely move things around in my fridge just to drive me crazy. I’ve warned him this tactic could put his well-being in danger. Living separately means I know things will be exactly as I left them when I return home at the end of the day and I love that. Wayo does try to adjust to my way of doing things by washing a dish immediately after he’s finished with it, but I can see it’s uncomfortable for him; and I, too, try to be less stringent by pretending to ignore the collection of glasses he leaves on his nightstand, but it’s not easy (and if I’m being honest, I start tidying up the moment he falls asleep).Even though we’re like aliens from different planets, we’ve sworn to love each other forever and that love exists despite our differences, and, I believe, is even stronger because we choose to accept each other exactly as we are. Sure, I’m sometimes wishing for a magic wand to bippity-boppity-boop him into my idea of tidy perfection and, yes, he’s disappointed there’s no remote to make me more laid-back, but none of that stuff matters. We have each other, we have lives we love and we have found a way to share all of it without driving each other crazy or compromising who we are.Seeing how different we are from other married couples can be intimidating, and I admit sometimes I wonder if our partnership is “good enough.” I worry about this most often after some dumb fight we’ve had that usually leads to questioning all my life’s decisions but I’ve learned that comparing our marriage to others and trying to live up to other people’s standards does not work.When we got married, we had seemingly perfect couples tell us we were doomed because we were doing it “wrong.” I even had a close friend tell me my marriage wasn’t a marriage at all because it didn’t fit into his narrow view of what one should be like. Never mind he’s been married four times; he acted as if our choice somehow personally insulted him. Ironically, many of these couples are no longer together. Many of them have dealt with strings of affairs while others live in perpetual misery by continuing to lie to each other, the world and themselves. That’s not to say that traditional relationships can’t or don’t work. Of course they do! But we know what works for us and, though Wayo and I sometimes fight and we have tough times ― just like any two or more humans trying to make a relationship work do ― but we’re still happily creating our ever-after four years later.At the end of the day, we keep choosing each other whether we’re chatting over our morning coffee in the same room or over the phone. A true happily ever-after is never perfect or always happy. But it is lasting. And it lasts because it inspires us both to be better by being honest, understanding and caring enough to care enough. No two relationships are alike, and for Wayo and me, what we have now not only works, it allows us to be ourselves and support each other without the pressure to try and be or live in a way that just isn’t us. We simply embrace what is.Will we one day move in together? Maybe. When it feels right. But for now, we’re too busy living our lives and loving each other just the way we are. It’s not always easy, and it isn’t like the marriages of any of the other couples we know, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s who we are ― together, apart, and everything in between ― and we love it and each other. And that’s what really matters, right?Susanna Maddrigal is an author and columnist. This article first appeared on HuffPost Personal.Have a compelling personal story you want to tell? Find out what we’re looking for here, and pitch us on ukpersonal@huffpost.comRelated...I’m A Paramedic. I’ve Seen The Mental Health Toll This Pandemic Is Taking On Us AllI Help Covid Patients Learn To Smell Again. 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6 Subtle But Serious Signs You Have A Heart Problem
Many people are totally unaware of the small, insidious signs that could indicate cardiovascular issues.“Many look to chest pain as a warning sign of cardiovascular disease,” said Mariko Harper, a physician in Seattle who specialises in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. But, he added, “While more than one-half of people present with chest discomfort when they are having a heart attack, up to one-third of patients — especially women — don’t have any chest symptoms at all. They may present with more atypical or subtle symptoms.”Ignoring these signs means ignoring your entire wellbeing.If the body were considered a machine, the heart would be the battery that powers it, said Aeshita Dwivedi, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. “In essence, without a properly functioning heart, the rest of the body cannot perform optimally,” she said.Here are some subtle but serious signs that you may be dealing with a cardiovascular issue, plus some advice on how to better improve your heart health:Swelling in the lower extremitiesChristine Bishara, founder of the integrative medical practice From Within Medical in New York, said swelling in the lower legs, particularly the ankles and feet, can signify a heart condition. This issue is also known as an edema.“If your heart loses its ability to pump blood to the rest of the body — either through weakened cardiac muscles or damage to heart tissue from a silent heart attack — blood flow can slow down and get backed up in the legs leading to swelling,” she said.Shortness of breathAs mentioned, some people won’t experience chest pains when dealing with heart issues. While this can happen to anyone, Bishara said this is particularly true for those with diabetes. Instead, they may experience trouble breathing.“Because diabetes affects and blunts nerve sensations, [someone who is diabetic] with a serious heart condition may never experience symptoms of chest pain,” she said. “This is why shortness of breath should never be ignored — especially if it’s a new onset.”FatigueA tired feeling that you just can’t seem to shake might be another subtle sign of heart issues, according to Bishara. Especially if it has seemingly come out of nowhere. “If fatigue symptoms are an acute onset or without any identifiable underlying cause, consult with your doctor,” she said.Unexplained upper back, left shoulder or arm painBishara said these pains “should not be ignored, as they also may be signs of a heart blockage or impending heart attack. Back symptoms are frequent in women and may sometimes be the only symptom.” This is particularly true if the pain is random (for example, you didn’t strain something during exercise).Palpitations that come out of nowhereThe timing of such palpitations matters just as much as the symptom itself. Keep in mind that exercise, caffeine and anxiety can all cause a quickened pulse. However, say you’re sitting down or in another relaxed state and your heart starts racing, that could be a sign that something is wrong. Dizziness and lightheadedness can also be symptoms.Jaw painCardiovascular issues may manifest as jaw discomfort. Marcus Smith, a physician at CardioVascular Health Clinic in Oklahoma, said he has had patients complain about jaw pain that they initially believed to be linked to their teeth. Later they learned it was related to angina, which can be a cardiac issue.“The nerves that innervate your heart and pick up the sensation of pain are the same nerves that pick up the same sensation for orthopaedic issues, gastrointestinal issues, and dental issues; it’s the same distribution of nerves,” he said. “People who have heart issues many times will say they felt pain in their jaw. That’s why no symptoms should be pushed to the side because it could represent a cardiac symptom.”What you should do if you’re having these symptomsIf you find yourself experiencing any of these issues, it’s best to seek medical care. (If you believe you’re having a heart attack or stroke, definitely call 999.)Smith said that your doctor will first ask you questions about your lifestyle habits and behaviours to assess your risk factors. From there, you may undergo an exam (or could be referred to a cardiologist) to get a better look at what’s going on.There are also things you should do outside of your doctor’s surgery. Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist in New York, recommended taking steps to improve your overall heart health. The first is to keep an eye on your blood pressure. A normal range is at or below 120/80.“High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” Steinbaum said. “Watching your diet and exercise, and incorporating stress management are key components of lowering your blood pressure.”Cholesterol also plays an important role. For adults, total cholesterol should be around 200 or below (the lower the better). LDL cholesterol (known as bad cholesterol) should be less than 100 for women and men. HDL (the good cholesterol) should be at 40 or higher for men and 50 or higher for women.“High cholesterol contributes to plaque, which can clog arteries and lead to heart disease and stroke,” Steinbaum said. “When you control your cholesterol, you are giving your arteries their best chance to remain clear of blockages. Cholesterol can often be managed with dietary changes, increasing the amount of vegetables, whole grains, fruits as well as incorporating healthy fats. Cutting back on saturated fats is also an important part of this.”Finally, try as best as you can to get some movement you enjoy. The American Heart Association recommends around 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. (Here’s a list of activities that you can do to reach this goal ― no boring cardio required!)“Living an active life is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself and those you love,” Steinbaum said. “Simply put, daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life.”Related...Is It Better To Have Sex In The Morning Or At Night?Nasal Sprays Are Part Of The Fight Against Covid-19. Here's HowThese New 'Second Class Citizen' Stamps Send A Powerful Message
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David Attenborough’s Life In Colour Fulfils The Broadcaster’s Lifelong Wish
In his new BBC series, Sir David Attenborough explores a lifelong passion he’s never previously documented on TV before: colour.“He was absolutely thrilled and excited, and that was lovely because that meant it was a subject he was hugely interested in,” explains Sharmila Choudhury, executive producer on new BBC series David Attenborough’s Life In Colour.“He tried to make a series about colour right at the beginning of his career in the early fifties, but at the time there was no colour television.”The two-part series reveals for the first time how animals view colour and how in some cases, their world looks entirely different to the world we see.Viewers may feel equally excited, because the veteran broadcaster appears on location with animals – something he hasn’t done in several years. Exotic shoots took place in far flung destinations including Costa Rica, where he delivers lines alongside an A-list line-up of co-stars: Macaws, hummingbirds, and frogs. “We haven’t seen him with animals for quite a while now,” says Sharmila. “You’ll enjoy it just from the amount of David there is. I think he’s really extraordinarily good when he’s interacting with animals and his passion for the subject really shines through.”The episodes reveal the mind blowing ways animals use colour for survival. They change colour to protect themselves from prey, attract mates, hunt, to trick and to manoeuvre – or to find the strongest food source. “We hope this’ll give people a new perspective and understanding of the natural world, something they haven’t talked about or known about before,” says Sharmila. Startling scenes depicting the secret world of colour animals experience were shot using some cameras developed specially for this series.In one memorable encounter, a group of vulnerable chital deer fail to see a tiger encroaching on their turf because their eyes can’t recognise its iconic orange stripes. It’s shocking to learn that their eyes cannot process the colour, but see a green-greyish tone instead. Of course, the tiger has a higher chance of making its kill by camouflaging itself until moments away from its prey. Working in partnership with scientists at Bristol University, production company Humble Bee Films were able to reveal on screen how a tiger is seen by both human eyes and deer eyes.“I think, like us, he was absolutely amazed,” says Sharmila of David’s response to the tiger scene – filmed in response to new research from Bristol University, which reveals how orange stripes help tigers discreetly approach their prey. “I think you’ll agree when you see the difference – how the tiger literally disappears – that is quite extraordinary.”“We’re always trying to find new ways of telling stories about the natural world,” explains Sharmila, who has worked with David on documentaries for over 20 years. “The one thing that struck us is that nature is so infinitely colourful and yet we tend to take it for granted. Have you ever thought about why tigers are orange or why zebras have stripes or why flamingos are pink? For us, the infinite variety of colours in the natural world, generally it’s wonder and beauty – but for the animals, it’s usually a tool for survival.”It’s a story that hasn’t been told before. “We’ve known for some time that many animals see colour very differently to the way we do,” continues Sharmila. “Some see fewer colours, there’s some mammals that have less colour receptors than we do, but then again there are birds and insects which see the same colours that we do, plus they see extra colours.”Pioneering ultraviolet and polarisation cameras helped the crew capture the most astonishing scenes, revealing colours viewers couldn’t ordinarily see with the naked eye. In one scene utilising new UV-camera technology, the crew capture a crab spiderchanging colour from yellow to white to mimic the flower it’s perched on to catch its bee prey.In another, polarisation camera technology helps us understand more of the world from the perspective of a mantis shrimp, which has a staggering 12 colour receptors in its eyes. By contrast, humans have only three. Other sequences reveal how zebras use their stripes to employ a phenomenon called motion dazzle to confuse their prey, and cuban snails which practice polymorphism: appearing in many different colourful forms to confuse the birds that eat them.David’s 70-year interest in the story of the secret natural world of colour meant he was “completely involved” in the creation of the series from pre to post-production. “He has a lot of books on his book shelf about it, he reads scientific papers, he is very knowledgeable and that’s what makes him such an inspiration to work with, he really sets the standard for all of us,” says Sharmila.In his nineties, he is absolutely up to scratch with the technology. “He has been involved in discussions about cameras we were going to use, he knows many of the scientists we’re working with himself.” While Sharmila and the team say they were “very fortunate” David was keen to accompany them on shoots (other locations included the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland and Richmond and Windsor parks), a number of stories from international territories had to be shelved due to the pandemic and replaced with scenes shot in the capital. To keep safe during post-production, David installed a home recording studio. “A dubbing editor sits in his car, feeds a cable through his window to David’s dining room while the rest of the production team is back in Bristol,” explains Sharmila. “David hangs up all these duvets around the walls for extra sound proofing. It’s quite a remarkable sight.”A home studio set-up might be the most ordinary thing about this extraordinary series, which is as escapist as it is educational and reveals so much little known information about the hidden ways colours can deceive, protect and bring strength. More than that though, the series is a shimmering visual delight, revealing the incredible extremes of colour found both in plain sight and undercover.In its concluding segment, the ultraviolet greens of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef look unfathomable – it’s the latest surprising way nature is resiliently responding to climate change, given the detrimental effect increased heat has had on the reef. When it comes to climate change, Sharmila says it was a very deliberate decision to not focus on it in this series. “You can’t just continue with doom and gloom messages in every single programme because it becomes wearisome and you lose the impact,” she explains. “Life In Colour has very little in there - that’s not part of the subject matter. I think sometimes people do need to see programmes that are about something else.“At the same time when there are clearly stories that need to be told and are relevant, if we’re making a series about habitats, for instance, you need to point out that these habits are going, they’re gone.”There’s plenty of other programmes for that – namely David’s recent masterstroke, A Life On Our Planet, filmed in part in derelict Chernobyl, a location which acts as a metaphor for the dystopian future we may face if climate action isn’t taken now.But Life In Colour offers something different – as well as being a totally fresh perspective for a nature documentary, it is joyous to see the broadcaster back filming alongside the animals he so loves. In these most trying of times, David Attenborough casting a cheery smile at a macaw and lifting a giant leaf to reveal a tiny poison dart frog is the tonic we all need.READ MORE:'Red Wall' Voters Strongly Back Green Policies, Study FindsSir David Attenborough Has One Simple Request For Any Fans Who Want To Get In Touch With HimWhat Do Chernobyl And Climate Change Have In Common? 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All The New Original Films Coming To Netflix In March 2021
Netflix announced at the beginning of 2021 that they’d be gifting us a brand new original film every single week, and they’ve delivered on that promise.So far this year, we’ve had dreamy teen romance with To All The Boys: Always And Forever, heavy and heartbreaking drama in Pieces Of A Woman, the high-stakes twists and turns of I Care A Lot and 106 minutes of serious tension courtesy of Malcolm And Marie.The streaming giant is keeping the wave of new films coming in the month ahead, with a new teen comedy from Amy Poehler (fresh from her stint hosting this year’s Golden Globes, no less), family fun in Yes Day and the dark new period drama Coven Of Sisters.Here’s the full list of new Netflix original films set to arrive in March… Moxie (3 March)Netflix says: “Fed up with the sexist and toxic status quo at her high school, a shy 16-year-old finds inspiration from her mother’s rebellious past and anonymously publishes a zine that sparks a school-wide, coming-of-rage revolution.”Sentinelle (4 March)Netflix says: “Transferred home after a traumatising combat mission, a highly trained French soldier uses her lethal skills to hunt down the man who hurt her sister.”Coven Of Sisters (11 March)Netflix says: “Basque Country, 1609. To postpone their execution, a group of women accused of witchcraft lure their inquisitor into witnessing the witches’ Sabbath.”Yes Day (12 March)Netflix says: “Always feeling like they have to say no to their kids and co-workers, Allison and Carlos decide to give their three kids a ‘yes day’ – where for 24 hours the kids make the rules. Little did they know that they’d be going on a whirlwind adventure around Los Angeles, that would bring the family closer to each other than ever before.”A Week Away (26 March) Netflix says: “Troubled teen Will Hawkins has a run-in with the law that puts him at an important crossroad: go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp.“At first a fish out of water, Will opens his heart, discovers love with a camp regular, and sense of belonging in the last place he expected to find it.” Bad Trip (26 March)Netflix says: “From the producer of Jackass and Bad Grandpa, this hidden camera comedy follows two best friends as they go on a cross-country road trip full of hilarious, inventive pranks, pulling its real-life audience into the mayhem.”READ MORE:Bridgerton's Phoebe Dynevor Sets The Record Straight On Regé-Jean Page Romance RumoursGillian Anderson Weighs In On The Crown Disclaimer Row: 'It's Drama For The Sake Of Drama'Bridgerton Fan Spots Something The Show Has In Common With The Crown That You Probably Missed
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