Fashion World Mourns Death of Azzedine Alaïa

PARIS — The fashion community poured out tributes on Saturday to Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, following his death here at age 77.
The cause of death was heart failure.
The diminutive Tunisian-born designer was known for his structured, exacting tailoring and his refusal to bow to industry timetables and marketing pressures, preferring to work at his own pace.
He gained international fame in the Eighties because of the success of his evening dresses, snug knits and sculpted leathers, and he was nicknamed “The King of Cling” because his clothes fit like a second skin.
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Alaïa counted Carla Sozzani, founder of the concept store 10 Corso Como, and supermodel Naomi Campbell – who called him Papa – among his inner circle. Stars such as Tina Turner, Madonna, Michelle Obama, Grace Jones, Raquel Welch, Victoria Beckham, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus were among his customers.

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Sozzani told WWD that Alaïa died peacefully and without suffering. The pair were out and about as recently as Nov. 7, when they attended the opening of an exhibition of Leïla Menchari’s window designs

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Shakira has postponed her El Dorado World Tour, which was originally supposed to kick off in Cologne, Germany, on November 8th. After postponing a few of the early dates, she has

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The unknown wonders of the world

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Our world is full of such beauty, delight, and majesty, and there are so many excellent things to see. People have been traveling the globe for centuries to soak up new cultures and see things they’ve never seen before. Many of us are wholly aware of the jaw-dropping sights and experiences this world has to offer, but, what of the things we know nothing about?

Well, we all know about the Wonders of the Ancient World, not to mention the Wonders of the Modern World. These are remarkable feats of human ingenuity that have left a scar in the cultural fabric of the entire planet. But, you may not be aware that there are actually some hidden wonders as well! These are some of the stunning underrated, and largely unknown, wonders of the world.

Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval

A simply stunning palace in Paris, this is one of the best-kept secrets in France. Work began on this exquisite palace in 1869, when a local postman began building it. Taking several decades of work and remarkable attention to detail, Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval has inspired artists and architects the world over. And, not only does it look amazing, but, it’s an even more impressive feat because of the fact that it was built by Ferdinand Cheval, a man with no experience or training in masonry or architecture!

Banaue Rice Terraces

We bet you didn’t know that rice accounts for over 20% of all the calories consumed in the world! Carbo-rific! Anyhow, the importance of rice can’t and shouldn’t be overstated, and that’s one of the things that makes the Banaue Rice Terraces so important. Dating back to Biblical times, this incredible structure is an invaluable cog in the machine of rice production – and it looks breathtaking as well. Located in The Philippines, this is considered by many to be the 8th Wonder of the World – we insist you check it out right now!

Kizhi Pogost Transfiguration Church

Over 120 feet tall, and not a single nail in sight, Kizhi Pogost Transfiguration Church is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. How this is not classified as a modern Wonder of the World, we’ll never know! Thousands of logs were used to build this UNESCO World Heritage masterpiece, and, there are claims it was built by a single carpenter! Famed for its longevity and durability, this church is simply stunning – looking like something you might find captured in the pages of an old Russian fairytale.

Tower of Hercules

Hercules is a seminal figure in Greek mythology, so it stands to reason that someone, somewhere would have constructed a memorial to honor the fictional demigod. Well, if you want something done, you can always rely on the Romans to do it for you. This ancient lighthouse was erected in Galicia, an area in northwest Spain. Overlooking the North Atlantic coast of Spain, this 55-meter high structure stands tall, a watchful guardian of the deep ocean.

Callanish Stones

We all know about the historical magic and beauty of Stonehenge, and, if you go to the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, and visit Callanish, you will be able to see the mythical Standing Stones of Callanish. This structure of standing stones dates back to Neolithic times and is very similar to Stonehenge, but much less well-known. It is thought the stones were used for rituals in the Bronze Age. This amazing, legendary structure is one of the most bewitching in the world, and it definitely deserves to be discovered!

These are just some of the amazing hidden wonders of the world. Structures and places we never knew about, but ones that deserve to be uncovered and experienced as soon as possible. There are so many incredible spots in this world, and we suggest you try to check out a few of the ones we’ve listed. Not many people know about these places so you can enjoy them without having to worry about the huge crowds.

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Movie News: Christopher Plummer to Replace Kevin Spacey in 'All the Money in the World'

All the Money in the World: Christopher Plummer (The Man Who Invented Christmas, above) will portray billionaire J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World. The film has already been completed, but in view of recent, serious allegations of misconduct against Kevin Spacey, the decision was made to re-shoot his scenes, originally shot over a period of eight to ten days, with Plummer stepping in to play his supporting role. Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg also star; the…

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3 current shows in London — by Arthur Jafa, Laure Prouvost and Yuri Patterson — are exploring modern identity in radical new ways.

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There’s a blank space in the pop world, and it’s where Taylor Swift used to be. The pop starlet releases “Reputation” on Friday — her sixth album and easily this year’s most anticipated record. But since the release of the first single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” in August, Swift has done no interviews,…
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Christopher Plummer replacing Kevin Spacey in ‘All the Money in the World’

Actor Kevin Spacey, who is facing mounting allegations of sexual harassment and assault, will no longer appear in Ridley Scott’s forthcoming drama, “All the Money in the World,” two sources close to the film confirm to CNN.


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Kevin Spacey Removed From New Film ‘All the Money in the World’

Kevin Spacey will be removed from Ridley Scott film, All the Money in the World, Deadline reports. The film is already finished, and in a rare move the

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(LOS ANGELES) — Kevin Spacey is getting cut out of Ridley Scott’s finished film “All the Money in the World” and replaced by Christopher Plummer just over one month before it’s supposed to hit theaters.

People close to the production who were not authorized to speak publicly said Wednesday that Plummer is commencing reshoots immediately in the role of J. Paul Getty. According to the report, all of Spacey scenes will be reshot. Co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are expected to participate.

Scott is intending to keep the film’s Dec. 22 release date.

The film was originally set to have its world premiere at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Nov. 16 but was pulled earlier this week amid the sexual harassment reports surrounding Spacey.

Spacey has also been fired from “House of Cards.”

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Why This Tough, Wild World Series Was So Much Fun to Watch

You could call it the best World Series ever or one of the most heartbreaking, depending on who you root for. But the 2017 World Series was easily up there with the most exciting battles in the history of baseball and the pursuit of the Commissioner's Trophy.

After a seven-game, eight-day slugfest, the Houston Astros came out on top over the Los Angeles Dodgers, four games to three,

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How to Watch Game 7 of the World Series Tonight for Free

It’s been an absolutely epic World Series thus far, so it’s fitting that the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers will play a deciding Game 7 on Wednesday at 8:20 p.m. (E.T.). The Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1 on Tuesday night to tie the series at 3-3, and the Dodgers will host the winner-takes-all game tonight in Los Angeles.

The 2017 World Series is making history in several ways. The two teams have already combined to break the record for most homeruns ever in a World Series, with a total of 24 so far, including seven in Game 5 and an all-time-high eight homeruns in Game 2. If the Astros win tonight, it will be the first-ever World Series championship for the franchise; a Dodgers’ victory will bring the team its first crown in nearly three decades. The 2017 World Series is also clearly a showdown between two Major League Baseball powerhouses, marking the first time since 1931 that both teams won more than 100 games during the regular season, with 101 wins for the Astros and 104 for the Dodgers.

How to Watch Game 7 Live

Fox has broadcasted all 2017 World Series games, and it will air Game 7 tonight across the country. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. (E.T.), 5:20 p.m. (P.T.). Yu Darvish is expected to start on the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers, while Lance McCullers Jr. should be the starting pitcher for the Houston Astros.

To watch the game on regular TV, simply tune in to your local Fox channel. You don’t necessarily need a cable TV package. Broadcast networks like Fox are available for free in most areas if you have a digital antenna.

How to Live-stream World Series Game 7

If you don’t have a TV, or don’t have access to one on Wednesday, check out one of several streaming TV services that make it possible to live-stream Game 7 online. Luckily, these services all have free trial periods, so you can watch on your preferred device without paying a dime. Depending on your choice of service, you might be able to watch via video game console, as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, XBox, Android, and Chromecast, among other options.

Here are services live-streaming the World Series tonight:

DirecTV Now starts at $ 35 per month for a package that comes with 60+ channels, including local Fox stations airing the World Series in more than 50 U.S. markets. New customers can sign up and watch for free for seven days.

FuboTV is a new sports-centric streaming service that lets you live-stream over 70 channels, including the NFL Network, NBA TV, NBCSN, and several Fox stations—including the main Fox broadcast of the World Series. New subscribers can watch for free for seven days during a trial period. After that, it costs $ 19.99 per month, and then goes up to $ 39.99 after two months.

Hulu Live packages, which start at $ 39.99 after a free seven-day trial period, come with live-streams of Fox and other broadcast channels.

Playstation Vue offers several streaming packages from $ 39.99 per month, and all are available for free during a five-day trial period. Take note that local Fox broadcasts are not available for all subscribers, however: According to CutCableToday.com, which offers a comprehensive guide to watching the World Series without cable, Fox live-streams are available from Playstation Vue only in 34 markets around the country.

Sling TV offers two different basic streaming packages, and the Sling Blue option comes with 40+ channels including Fox in most markets. Sling Blue costs $ 25 per month, and new subscribers can try out the service—and watch the World Series—for free for seven days.

YouTube TV is yet another streaming service that includes Fox in its packages. Prices start at $ 35 per month, but the service is available with a longer-than-usual free trial period—stretching 14 days before you’re charged. So, if you sign up today, you watch Game 7 tonight and check out everything else YouTube TV has to offer over the next two weeks, for free.


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The Internet Could Not the Handle the World Series Happening on Halloween Night

With the Houston Astros in position to clinch the 2017 World Series on Tuesday, the Internet was forced to come to terms with Game 6 of the MLB championship falling on Halloween night.

We now know that the Oct. 31 matchup was not the final one of the series, as the Los Angeles Dodgers forced Game 7 with a 3-1 victory. However, that didn’t make the double-whammy holiday any less stressful for Halloween and baseball enthusiasts.

“I had ONE friggin trick o treater and I have staged skeletons climbing out on my lawn,” Mindy Kaling tweeted during the game. “Meanwhile Verlander keeps pitchin excellent yeesh.”

But while tensions were high, some Twitter users couldn’t help but joke about the situation. “The world series … on halloween? i bet the bat is. i bet the baseball bat is like a bat, like the ah. like the bat type of an animal,” wrote Jon Bois.

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Houston Astros Clinch Their First World Series, Defeating Dodgers 5-1

(LOS ANGELES) — From laughingstock to lift off.

George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday night, winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.

Playing for a city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and wearing an H Strong logo on their jerseys, the Astros brought home the prize that had eluded them since they started out in 1962 as the Colt .45s.

For a Series that was shaping up as an October classic, Game 7 quickly became a November clunker as Houston scored five runs in the first two innings off an ineffective Yu Darvish. Hardly the excitement fans felt during the Cubs’ 10-inning thriller in Cleveland last fall.

Well, except for everyone wearing bright orange.

Jose Altuve, one of four carry-overs from a club that lost an embarrassing 111 times in 2013 after switching from the NL to the AL, and this collection of young stars silenced Dodger Stadium from the get-go. Charlie Morton finished up with four stellar innings of relief for the win.

Springer led off the evening with a double against Darvish, and soon it was 2-0.

Springer hit his fifth homer — tying the Series mark set by Reggie Jackson and matched by Chase Utley — when he connected for a record fourth game in a row, making it 5-0 in the second.

That was plenty for Astros manager A.J. Hinch. He pulled starter Lance McCullers Jr. soon after the curveballer crazily plunked his fourth batter of the game, and began a bullpen parade of four relievers that kept the lead.

Forever known for their space-age Astrodome, outlandish rainbow jerseys and a handful of heartbreaking playoff losses, these Astros will be remembered as champions, finally, in their 56th season.

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The club that wears a star on its hat also filled out the Texas trophy case. Teams from the Lone Star State had won most every major crown — Super Bowl, NBA and NHL titles, championships in college football, and men’s and women’s hoops — except the World Series.

Built on the skills of homegrown All-Stars Carlos Correa, Dallas Keuchel and more, and boosted by the slick trade for Justin Verlander, general manager Jeff Luhnow completed the ascent that some predicted.

Famously, now, there was the Sports Illustrated cover in 2014 — after Houston had lost more than 100 games for three straight years — that proclaimed: “Your 2017 World Series Champs” and featured a picture of Springer in a bright Astros jersey.

Houston won 101 times this year to take the AL West, then won Games 6 and 7 at home in the AL Championship Series. The Astros joined the 1985 Royals as the only clubs to win a pair of Game 7s in the same year.

For the Dodgers, the quest to win a Series for the first time since 1988 fell short. They led the majors with 104 wins and a $ 240 million payroll, yet it didn’t pay off for part-owner Magic Johnson or manager Dave Roberts.

Longtime ace Clayton Kershaw provided four shutout innings of relief for Los Angeles, but it was too late. What the Dodgers really needed was a better starter than Darvish, someone more like the lefty who tossed out a ceremonial first ball: the great Sandy Koufax.

After Springer lined a leadoff double, Alex Bregman hit a bouncer that first baseman Cody Bellinger threw past Darvish for an error, allowing a run to score. Bregman aggressively stole third and scored on Altuve’s grounder, and it was 2-0 after eight pitches.

A double by Marwin Gonzalez helped set up perhaps McCullers’ biggest contribution, a slow grounder for his first pro RBI. Springer followed with a no-doubt, two-run drive into the left-center field bleachers.

That was the Series-most 25th homer in a Major League Baseball season that set a record for home runs. It was easily enough for the Astros to offset pinch-hitter Andre Ethier’s RBI single in the Los Angeles sixth.

Only once have the Dodgers clinched a crown at home, that coming in 1963 when Koufax outpitched Yankees star Whitey Ford to finish a sweep. They’ve never won Game 7 of the Fall Classic at their own park, dating more than a century ago to their days on the streets of Brooklyn as the Trolley Dodgers.

As pockets of Houston fans got louder and louder in the later innings, the crowd at Dodger Stadium was left to repeat the sad, but hopeful cry that used to echo in Brooklyn: Wait till next year.

Just 106 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training.


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5 Reasons Why This Year’s World Series Is the Weirdest in Recent History

During the 2016 World Series the Chicago Cubs, and their fans who had suffered heartbreak for more than a century, charmed the country. Unless you were a fan of their American League opponent, the Cleveland Indians, odds are you pulled for the Cubbies last year. The Series had a clear theme: Go Cubs Go! And Chicago delivered.

The winner is less crucial in this year’s Fall Classic, which the Houston Astros leads 3-2 over the Los Angeles Dodgers entering Tuesday’s Game 6 in L.A. (though Astros and Dodgers fans will think differently). But an even more compelling theme has emerged: unprecedented drama, unpredictable zaniness. Though some of the World Series hubbub isn’t so alluring — more on that below — if you love baseball, or just surprising storylines in general, you can’t help but hope the weirdest World Series in memory continues to throw curveballs.

Here are five reasons that the 2017 World Series won’t be one we soon forget:

The Longball Lives

The Fall Classic has seen an historic October power surge. Through just five games, the Astros and Dodgers have combined to smack 22 home runs, which already breaks the prior World Series record, 21, set in 2002. That series, between the San Francisco Giants and Anaheim Angels, went a full seven games. If this series goes the distance, the Dodgers and Astros may hit more than 30 homers. Fourteen different players have hit homers during the World Series, another record.

The Game 5 Marathon

Sunday night’s classic, a 13-12 Houston victory, clocked in at 5 hours and 17 minutes, making it the second longest game in World Series history. The game ended at 1:38 am Eastern Time; fans who fell asleep regretted it. Houston overcame 4-0, 7-4, and 8-7 deficits, and the Astros tied the game on three different occasions with home runs: a three-run bomb one by Yuli Gurriel in the fourth inning, another three-run shot the very next inning, from Jose Altuve, the new Mr. October (even the old Mr. October says he’s the best player in baseball), and then a solo blast to left from George Springer in the seventh. The Dodgers trailed 12-9 entering the ninth and rallied for two runs, courtesy of a Yasiel Puig home run, but were still down to their last strike when Chris Taylor punched a single up the middle to score the tying run from third and send the game to extra innings. The instant classic came to a delirious end in the bottom of the 10th; with two out, Houston third baseman Alex Bergman hit a single to left. Pinch runner Derek Fisher, who was on second base, rounded third and sprinted home. The throw: not in time. Minute Maid Park erupted. Houston’s Carlos Correa was downright giddy.

What’s more, two of the the best pitchers in baseball — Cy Young award winners Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel — were the starters for the highest scoring World Series game in 20 years. Good luck trying to figure this series out.

A Second Classic

Amazingly, Game 5 outshone Game 2, a 7-6 Houston win in 11 innings on Oct. 25; that contest alone had enough twists to fill an entire series. Los Angles took a 3-1 lead into the top of the 8th; but Houston scored a run in both the eighth and the ninth, when a leadoff home run from Marwin Gonzalez off of Dodger All-Star reliever Kenley Jansen tied things up at 3-3. In the top of the 10th, Altuve and Correa hit back to back home runs to make it 5-3 Houston. (check out Correa’s bat flip). But then Dodgers responded with a Puig home run and an RBI single from Enrique Hernández. Onto the 11th: Springer hit a two-run blast to make it 7-5 in the top of the 11th, and though the Dodgers added a run in the bottom of the inning — on a home run, naturally — Puig struck out swinging to end it.

Justin Verlander, and three Houston relievers, gave up just three hits through nine innings; but they were all home runs. Houston’s first non-home run hit — Hernandez’ game-tying single — came in the 10th. All sorts of other stuff happened in Game 2. For example, a Houston pickoff attempt hit an umpire, preventing a runner from advancing. A base hit bounced off Taylor’s cap in center — he was trying to make a diving stop — and bounced right to left fielder Joc Pederson. The deflection likely saved the Dodgers a run.

Houston’s Game 2 win was the first World Series victory in the the 56-year history of the franchise. It was worth the wait.

An Ugly Incident

Add a little controversy to the World Series mix. During Game 3 Gurriel, the Houston first baseman, made a racist gesture directed towards Yu Darvish, the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher who is of Japanese and Iranian descent, after hitting a home run off Darvish. Gurriel also uttered a racial slur. Houston won the game, 5-3, but Gurriel’s antics overshadowed the action. Gurriel apologized and Darvish expressed a desire to “move forward rather than focusing on anger.” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Gurriel for five games, but his punishment starts at the beginning of the next season, not in the World Series. Manfred’s decision raised eyebrows; Gurriel got off fairly easy, and he hit a crucial home run in Houston’s Game 5 victory. If Houston holds on to win the title, we may be debating Manfred’s call all offseason.

Slick Baseballs

As if 2017 wasn’t already loaded with oddities, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated dropped a report after Game 4 explaining how pitchers and coaches from both teams were complaining that the baseballs used in the World Series were slicker than usual. The slicker surface makes the balls more difficult to grip, especially when trying to throw a slider. Verducci pointed out that in Game 3, not a single batter swung and missed Darvish’s slider. That hadn’t happened in 34 prior starts. In Game 4, Jansen gave up his first home run of the year on a slider. Dodgers hitters swung and missed on Verlander’s slider just once in Game 2, equaling the fewest whiffs on a slider against Verlander in any start of two innings or more this year. Major League Baseball has said that the only difference is the gold stamping on the ball, which is a switch from a blue ink in the regular season.

Verlander’s starting for Houston in Game 6. Will he get a grip? First pitch: 8:20 eastern.


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The best lodges in the world

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When you go on vacation, you need to think about the sort of vacation you want to have. We love adventures in the wilderness, exploring the world, and looking at things from a different perspective. There’s something so rewarding about getting out of the city now and again and exploring off the beaten track. But, if you’re going to do this you need to be sure you choose the perfect accommodation for your trip.

This is easier said than done because it can sometimes be tricky to find somewhere with great accommodation that is precisely what you’re looking for. At least you have options in the city, right? Well, that’s true, but you don’t get the breathtaking landscape and serene surroundings there. So, why not check out these incredible lodges so you can be sure you have an excellent experience every time you go away.

Sonora Resort, Canada

Canada is a land of so much natural beauty, and this is one of the best outdoor lodges to illustrate that beauty and majesty. The luxury resort is a jewel in the wilderness, and will really go a long way towards making your visit extra special. You can enjoy the stunning beauty of British Columbia, and enjoy the perfect eco-adventure. The resort is nestled in the Desolation Sound, where you have some of the best salmon fishing in the world, not to mention unbelievable wildlife. This is a must for anyone traveling in North America, and wanting to enjoy the wilds of Canada.

Lapa Rios, Costa Rica

Check out this amazing private resort, spread over a staggering 1,000 acres of tropical rainforest. In fact, this is some of the last tropical rainforest in the wilds of Costa Rica and is amazing for wildlife enthusiasts, and there are even beaches here as well! Holing up in one of the 16 private bungalows on offer is the best way of making certain you have a sensational time of things. Sustainable tourism is a big thing here, and the lodges are a great way of helping you embrace that.

Bushmans Kloof, South Africa

We’ve got to admit, this is one of the most idyllic places we’ve ever seen – when can we move?! Situated in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, this ecological oasis is the only way to enjoy a country as stunning as South Africa. The open plains and wonderful rock formations really make this a place that’s unlike anywhere else in the world. The lodge has the perfect mix of modernity and retro and has made a big effort to integrate with the natural surroundings. We have no doubt you’re going to love this amazing place.

Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia

Australia is a country with so much elegance and staggering natural landscape, and you want to experience as much of it as you can. The best way of achieving that is to head to Kangaroo Island and check out this phenomenal resort. Positioned on a secluded cliff, this is like having your very own beachfront property, in one of the most amazing places in the world. There are 21 eco suites in the lodge, but, you’d better make sure you start saving because this place ain’t cheap!

As you can see, there are so many amazing lodges in the world – some desert, some coastal, and some nestled among tropical rainforests. Whatever you look for in a vacation, one thing is certain, you’re likely to find at least one of these stunning lodges to be right up your street – we know we did!

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World Series 2017: Why America’s Pastime Is Fun Again

Everywhere you look, everywhere you listen, every newscast you've watched has told you the same thing: That 2017 is nothing but a shit sandwich so far.

One month after an unpopular president took office, North Korea celebrated Donald Trump's admission into the World Leaders Club not with fireworks but with missiles fired into the Sea of Japan. War raged in the Middle East; cholera broke

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San Clemente Surf Boys For The LA Dodgers This World Series

Let’s Go Dodgers Let’s Go!

The LA Dodger’s have finally made it to the playoffs in what feels like years and are taking a shot at the win since 1988! Every now and then, us surfers travel inland to support our landlocked west coast teams and this World Series is no exception! Kolohe Andino, Ian Crane, Griffin Colapinto and friends were spotted cheering on the Dodgers throughout the season. So shoutout to these San Clemente surfer boys for always cheering on our boys in blue year after year, win or lose.

Let’s go boys, make the west coast proud!

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‘World of Tanks’ and ‘Crossy Road’ Developers Get Behind Loot Box Regulation

At PAX Aus, a panel about microtransactions had to deal with some hairy (but respectful) questions from the audience.

Matt Hall, co-creator of Crossy Road was present, as well as executive publishing producer at Wargaming Artem Safronov, and Zynga‘s principal data scientist Luke Dicken.

Loot boxes dominated the discussion throughout. Matt Hall mentioned while he wasn’t completely against considering “whales” (large spenders, sometimes uncontrollably so) in a game’s design, Crossy Road was intentionally made to eliminate whale behaviour.

Every character is $ 1, so there isn’t really any way to overspend.

But the toughest questions came during the audience Q&A. The first of which was about how developers could identify players who spend too much, and prevent the game from being a loot box simulator.

“Obviously with Crossy Road being a game that’s played by kids as well, that’s super important to us,” said Hall. “With Crossy Road, we banned all ads for anything that looks like a casino, you’re not allowed to see those ads in our game. And we’ll shut down any providers who do it.

“For me, 10% of the population is going to be addicted to gambling. We don’t want to expose those people to it.”

He then acknowledged that some government intervention on loot boxes might be necessary.

“I think possibly government legislation would help in this case. Let people know per country what should and shouldn’t be allowed. And they’ve done it in China.”


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“I think it’s coming,” concurred Artem Safronov. “And it’s a natural evolution as well. We’ve seen some games being banned in certain countries because it really is very close to gambling. And so far away from what a game should be.

“But it’s how you build it into your game design. And if you start building it into the core of your game design, then you’re getting into very dangerous territory I think.”

The audience clearly wanted to stay on the topic, as more questions along the same lines came in. Matt Hall was happy to talk about it some more.

“At Hipster Whale we’re not data scientists, like the most we know is that Skinner boxes help people play longer,” he continued. “The most detestable thing I find in video games is the slot machine simulators that sit atop the charts in Australia, because they are made by the same people who make gambling machines.

“But you can say okay, we’re going to make the odds here — where people can’t win money — really good. And when they take their skills to the casino, their life savings go away.

“I absolutely agree with you that government legislation needs to come. And I’m interested in having that dialogue with anyone who wants to talk with me.

“But those are just my battle lines that I’m drawing. Other people, like my uncle, says if people want to gamble away their life savings then good luck to them. But I don’t take that approach because I know some people absolutely can’t help themselves.”

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Though now rightly regarded as one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Queen were experiencing something of a midlife crisis in the summer of 1977, when Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor reconvened to begin work on their sixth studio album.

Their previous record, 1976's A Day

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MLB Player Suspended for Making Racist Gesture During World Series

(HOUSTON) — Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros was suspended Saturday for the first five games of next season for making a racist gesture at Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish during the World Series.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the penalty Saturday, a day after Gurriel’s actions during Game 3.

Manfred acknowledged some people believed Gurriel should have served an immediate ban.

“I wanted the burden of this discipline to fall primarily on the wrongdoer,” he said. “I was impressed in my conversation with Yu Darvish by his desire to move forward, and I felt that moving the suspension to the beginning of the season would help in that regard.”

The 33-year-old Gurriel, completing his second season in the major leagues after leaving Cuba, will lose $ 322,581 of his $ 12 million salary next year, which the Astros will donate to charitable causes. The first baseman will be required to undergo sensitivity training during the offseason.

Gurriel pulled on the corners of his eyes after homering off Darvish during Houston’s 5-3 win in Game 3 on Friday night. He also used a derogatory Spanish term in reference to Darvish.

“I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible,” Gurriel said in a statement released by the Astros. “I sincerely apologize to everyone that I offended with my actions. I deeply regret it. I would particularly like to apologize to Yu Darvish, a pitcher that I admire and respect. I would also like to apologize to the Dodgers organization, the Astros, Major League Baseball and to all fans across the game.”

Said Manfred: “There is no place in our game for the behavior or any behavior like the behavior we witnessed last night.”

“There is no excuse or explanation that makes that type of behavior acceptable,” he said.

Manfred decided against imposing a suspension during the World Series, which the Astros led 2-1. Game 4 was Saturday night.

“I understand that people may have different views. But it was my best judgment that this timing was appropriate,” Manfred said.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the team was “surprised and disappointed” by Gurriel’s behavior and supported Manfred’s decision.

“Yuli has always demonstrated respectful behavior and is extremely remorseful for his actions,” Luhnow said. “Appropriately, Yuli has apologized for his gesture. He had no intention of offending anyone, but now recognizes the perceived offensiveness of his actions.”


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The world is simply stuffed full of so much natural beauty these days, and there’s so much you need to try to experience. If you don’t get out and see the world, you’re going to be seriously missing out. Make sure you do a bit of traveling and experience all the wonderful beauty and majesty the world has to offer. Start with some of the most stunning natural pools on Earth. These are the perfect places to visit for either a spot of secret swimming or to just marvel at the magnificence of them.

The Devil’s Pool

Judging by the name, you’d imagine this to be a pretty intimidating place, and you’d be exactly right. The Devil’s Pool is an infinity pool located in Zambia, which overlooks Victoria Falls, one of the world’s biggest waterfalls. You’d have to be quite the daredevil to swim atop these amazing falls. Yes, it might be the best experience of your life, but, we don’t like the idea of falling over the edge of that waterfall! When the water levels drop, the Devil’s Pool has minimal current, making it perfect for swimming and getting a stunning view.

Figure Eight Pools

If you want to enjoy one of the great natural wonders of the world, make sure you visit Sydney and check out the Figure Eight pools. These pools, aptly named for their shape, are located in Royal National Park. They are naturally formed this way, and definitely an experience well worth having. Once a secret hotspot, the pools have become more popular with tourists in recent years, but, that’s no reason to shun them. Bear in mind it is in an isolated location, and you may well have to hike to get there – totally worth it though.

Barton Springs Pool

There is another great natural pool in Texas (Hamilton Pool Preserve), but this is our favorite. Dating back centuries, and once used by Native Americans, this pool is formed by freshwater underground springs. It covers more than 3-acres, and holds a temperature of around 65-degrees all year round! Admission is free during the day as well, so this is the perfect place to come for a wonderful swim, and a serene environment.

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Mexico has loads of natural pools, but there are none quite as iconic and breathtaking as this one near Chichen Itza. Surrounded by lush greenery, hanging vines, trees, and rainforests, it’s 85-feet deep, and one of the most stunning natural swimming holes in the world. You will feel like you’re in a different world when you pay a visit here. It will almost feel like time stands still as you swim and bask in the natural beauty of the exceptional surroundings. And, you can even go visit Chichen Itza afterward too!

Jellyfish Lake

Located in Palau, this lake might seem like everyone’s worst nightmare, but bear with us! Have you ever wanted to swim with jellyfish?! Okay, probably not. Well, what about if they couldn’t sting you? That’s the big appeal of Jellyfish Lake, and one of the main reasons to come swimming here. Because of this unique opportunity, and the truly stunning surroundings, it makes our list as one of the most beautiful natural pools in the world.

So, there we have it, some of the most gorgeous natural pools in the world. These are places you can go swimming, or simply lounge around and relax for a while. One thing is sure though, these places are so iconic that you’re not going to forget them in a hurry!

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We’re sure you’re familiar with Beauty and the Beast, after all, it’s a tale as old as time! Disney World has long provided us Disney fans with the chance to get our dose of all things Disney related. There is so much you can see, do, and experience at this amazing resort and Disney fans the world over flock here every year. If Beauty and the Beast is right up your street, there is plenty for you to enjoy at Disney World. Here are just some of them!

Gaston’s Tavern

The Magic Kingdom section of the park is kitted out to be almost exactly like the sets from the movie so you will have the opportunity to visit Gaston’s. This is a wonderful tavern near Beast’s Castle, in which you can indulge in this family-friendly restaurant. There is plenty of tasty food on offer, including cinnamon rolls, vegetable cups, fruit cups, and hummus. You can also enjoy the tasty LeFou Brew, the non-alcoholic signature beverage offered in the restaurant. This is a place to relax, unwind, and enjoy some food and drink, as Gaston would have!

Be Our Guest Restaurant

If we were going to come up with a Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant, this is pretty much the best name we could think of. This restaurant is so glamorous and opulent you will feel like you’ve actually stepped into the movie yourself. Lunch will be a quick affair, but dinner, where you have table service, is the best way of getting the full experience. You can end your meal with a delicious cupcake or tart to cap things off. The restaurant features the ballroom, the wilting rose, and falling snow – seriously, it’s like being in the castle!

Festival of Fantasy

This is a huge parade that is thrown each afternoon, across the Magic Kingdom. Not only does it feature Belle and Beast, but it’s an excellent way of getting to see all your favorite Disney characters in person. This fun and charming parade is the ideal opportunity to take a break from your busy and action-packed day, and enjoy the visual beauty of this place for a bit. Take the opportunity to enjoy a few refreshments while you’re doing it as well.

Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage

You’re also going to be able to enjoy a live stage production of the timeless tale. It’s a 25-minute stage production, giving an abridged version of the story, with all the characters and songs featured. This is definitely something that fans will not want to miss, and gives you a bit of extra bang for your buck. Seeing the story on stage is different to watching it on film, and this is the perfect experience for both children and adults.

Enchanted Tales Experience

You simply must check out the Enchanted Tales With Belle experience, perfect for families, and aimed at the younger audience. This is an opportunity to get fully immersed in the world of Beauty and the Beast, as guests can volunteer to play iconic roles from the movie. This interactive storytelling is a fun and immersive way of making sure you get the best possible experience. At the end, the kids will get to queue for a photo with the star of the attraction, Belle. Just make sure you get in line as soon as you can, that way you can be surer of getting a photo.

When you visit Disney World, you can’t pass up the opportunity to check out the Magic Kingdom. It’s the place all Beauty and the Beast fans gravitate toward, and the perfect location to get your fix of Belle and Beast. These are some of the best places for fans to visit when they go to Disney World.

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Polar bears, rare wolves, aye-aye and gorillas – our readers share heart-racing encounters with the world’s wild ones

Growing up on a diet of Gerald Durrell books, it was a childhood obsession to see an aye-aye – one of the most unusual and elusive primates on the planet. And so there I was in north-east Madagascar, in the pouring rain and inky blackness, thrashing through wet undergrowth, with squadrons of mosquitoes homing in. To my astonishment, from out of the darkness the aye-aye suddenly appeared on a branch above! Like some mystical gremlin, with blazing amber eyes, radar dish ears, monstrous front teeth, a bushy black witch’s cat tail and that thin, bony finger probing the bark. To add to my enchantment, a second, much smaller aye-aye then revealed itself, tap-tapping its way along the branch behind its mother. A dream come true. I travelled independently and stayed at Aye Aye Hotel, Mananara, visiting Aye-Aye Island. Naturetrek also leads trips to northern Madagascar to look for aye-aye.
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‘One Piece: Unlimited World Red’ Sails on Nostalgia

One Piece is arguably the most successful anime and manga series in the history of either medium. Fans the world over have been enticed with the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his lovable crew since the first chapter debuted in 1997. One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe is the latest video game adaptation of this monumental franchise and allows players to revisit some of the best moments in the series. While UWR comes incredibly close to capturing what made the manga and anime so special, budget constraints and a somewhat uninspired story make the game feel a bit weaker than the source material.

The deluxe edition of One Piece: Unlimited Word Red is available now for Nintendo Switch. As One Piece games tend to range from occasionally solid to lackluster, it’s refreshing to see Unlimited World Red trying so hard to match the style and energy of the original material. Living up to one of the best manga/anime of all time is a pretty steep task, though. While fun and nostalgia triggering, UWR isn’t quite up to this challenge.

Sailing Through Memory Lane


Set sail to the best destinations in the series.

One Piece: Unlimited World Red takes players to numerous classic locations from the series and lets them relive some of the most memorable fights in the anime and manga. It’s amazing to see the half fire and half ice island of Punk Hazard again as well as the dessert nation of Alabasta. Little details from the Straw Hats‘ exploits are also present in these levels, such as the slashed gate to Punk Hazard or the destroyed buildings on the judicial island of Enies Lobby.

These levels also have fun nods to events from the source material; like needing to dig for water in Alabasta or Franky’s hair changing depending on what kind of attack he’s using. Secret treasures or useful items hide in places that are only reachable by using abilities related to specific characters, such as Brook’s ability to run on water. These levels are really well designed and it’s great to see these locals once more as they will probably never appear in the show or manga again.

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Competent combat that’s true to each character.

The best feature of One Piece: Unlimited World Red is being able to take control of each member of the Straw Hat Pirates. Each character feels unique to control and has move sets closely tied to their abilities from the source material. Franky, a cyborg, is very durable and delivers powerful ranged attacks by shooting fireballs and laser beams. On the other hand, Usopp – the sniper for the Straw Hats – can temporarily turn the game into a first-person shooter.

The way new abilities are equipped and unlocked is also a nice nod to the source material. Characters become more powerful by assigning them “strong words” or iconic quotes that they uttered at some point in the series. This is a nice touch, and the quotes are diverse enough to show that the people behind the game put the time and effort into researching the series.

Depreciating Deviations


As the game is pretty solid, the weaker aspects stick out more.

The places where Unlimited World Red starts to feel weaker than the original One Piece manga and anime overlap with the areas where creative and budget constraints are the most apparent. The main antagonist in this game – Red the Aloof – is an older man who was once on par with the likes of Gol D. Roger and Whitebeard, and escapes from the prison Impel Down so that he can achieve his dream of becoming the Pirate King. This is incredibly similar to the canonical villain from the tenth One Piece movieShiki the Golden Lion. In a series that has hundreds of characters with such distinct motivations and backgrounds, it’s frustrating to see Unlimited World Red feature a primary character that overlaps so much with another classic antagonist.

This game also only has full character animation in cut-scenes, with every other line or interaction a character performs only featuring a static image of them. While animation is expensive, this decision is rather disappointing as a key feature of OP’s art style is character models being pushed to their absolute limit when a character is being expressive. The decision to deviate from this art style makes the game feel a bit flat and story beats a little underwhelming.

The Best So Far, But Still Limited


A lot of fun, but just one coat of polish short of the manga/anime.

One Piece: Unlimited World Red is definitely one of the best One Piece games ever made. Any die-hard fan of the series should check it out and will almost certainly get their money’s worth. However, it’s clear that the creators of this game did not put the same amount of passion and effort into this game as Eiichiro Oda puts into writing and drawing his monolithic series. If you are able to overlook these shortcuts, though, you’re in for a wonderful nostalgia trip.

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When I was a child growing up in North Carolina about an hour away from the Blue Ridge Parkway, nothing made my blood run cold like a grown up saying, “Oh, what a fine day to go up to the parkway and see the leaves changing color.”

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World Series 2017: How and When to Watch Dodgers vs. Astros

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros are the two top MLB teams who will be vying for the 2017 World Series title this fall, with seven games scheduled from Tuesday through the beginning of November.

This past Thursday, the Dodgers cinched their spot in the World Series after beating out the reigning champions, the Chicago Cubs, making it the first time that the team has gone to

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Baseball is Hot! World Series Opens in L.A. Amid Record Temperatures

(LOS ANGELES) — The fastballs aren’t the only things hitting triple digits at the World Series.

This Fall Classic is going to feel like summer.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros will meet on what’s expected to be a 100-degree Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, beginning possibly the warmest World Series ever.

An October heat wave slugged Southern California on Monday, with the temperature reaching 104 degrees shortly after lunchtime in Chavez Ravine. It was still blazing when the Dodgers and Astros showed up at Dodger Stadium for brief late-afternoon workouts that stretched into the early evening.

The heat isn’t likely to bother the players much: Both of these warm-weather teams are used to sweating it out all summer long.

“Love it,” said Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, a Southern California native and the co-MVP of the NL Championship Series. “I’d rather be playing in the heat than in the snow, so it’s great.”

Still, the players didn’t take the field Monday until the sun was partly blocked by the left field grandstands, and they took batting practice after sunset — when it was still a toasty 94 degrees. Similar heat is expected Tuesday.

“This weather is always beautiful,” said Dallas Keuchel, the Astros’ Game 1 starter. “It’s that dry heat, so it’s going to be hotter than normal to play. At the same time, I like to sweat. I like to get that perspiration and make sure I have a firm grip on the ball. It’s the World Series, so if it’s a little bit hotter than usual, that’s fine with me. There’s no place I’d rather be.”

Game 1 has a chance to be the warmest World Series game on record. Back in 2001, the temperature was around 94 degrees in Phoenix for the Oct. 27 World Series opener between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees. The Chase Field roof was left open, and the temperature had dropped to 76 degrees by game time.

Some forecasts expect Los Angeles to be hotter than 94 degrees for the first pitch at 8 p.m. EDT on Tuesday — and there’s no roof on Dodger Stadium.

“Never would I have expected that at the end of October, going into November,” Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor said. “That’s LA for you, though.”

The Dodgers are in the World Series for the first time since 1988, and the temperature feels just fine to the boys in blue.

“Everything is hot in LA!” Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said with a grin. “The Dodgers are hot. Everybody is excited. It’s been a while since Kirk Gibson. Of course it’s hot today.”

The Astros are also used to a little bit of heat — and in East Texas, they’ve got humidity that can wear out most Californians.

“It’ll be hot, but I don’t think anybody is going to be thinking about the weather too much,” Houston right-hander Will Harris said. “I’m pretty sure our training staff will be on us with making sure we’re hydrated, and they may have some cold rags in the dugout.”

The 56,000 Dodgers fans will be more vulnerable to the elements when they crowd into their venerable stadium to witness the end of their team’s 29-year World Series drought. Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson offered advice to fans and teammates alike.

“Hydration is going to be key, and trying to cool off is going to be key,” Granderson said. “But I think if you would poll everybody, everybody would definitely like it to be a little bit warmer than they would be cold.”

The World Series hasn’t visited the three open-air ballparks in the southern half of California since 2002, when the then-Anaheim Angels won it all.

The sun is scheduled to set about one hour after the first pitch in each of the first two games, so the heat will drop after that. But the temperatures could even knock out the marine layer — the thick air mass caused by cooling temperatures near the Pacific Ocean and often blamed for fly balls falling short of the fence from San Diego to Oakland.

“I think it’s going to benefit the hitters,” Dodgers utilityman Kike Hernandez said. “The hotter it is here, the better the ball carries.”

The Astros are familiar with a whole different level of heat combined with humidity during their long, hot summers in Houston, but the roof is usually closed at Minute Maid Park, where the air-conditioned temperature is always around 73 balmy degrees. The weekend forecast in Houston calls for temperatures perhaps topping 80 degrees.

Yet there’s no denying some players will be slightly more comfortable in the heat than others: Turner and Keuchel are among several regulars on each team who sport thick, lustrous beards.

So would a heat wave be enough to send Keuchel looking for relief in a barbershop?

“If it’s hot enough for four wins, I’ll shave it for sure,” Keuchel said with a laugh.


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Great bike races around the world

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Professional road cycling may not be a big sport in the United States right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s not one of the most fascinating sports out there. Gruelling to take part in, and fascinating to watch, road cycling has become one of the most followed sports worldwide. Lance Armstrong brought a lot of attention to professional cycling, both in the US and across the world, and despite the issues surrounding him, he deserves recognition for his influence.

Sure, most cycling fans know of the Tour de France, and that’s about it, but there are plenty more cycling races around the world that are hugely popular and iconic. If we’re going to get to the heart of what really makes road cycling so great, then we’re going to need to saddle up and take a look at some of the truly great bike races around the world.

Milan-San Remo – Italy

This is one of the most grueling races because of the fact that, at 185 miles, it is the longest one-day race in professional cycling. While the Tour de France is a marathon spread over several days, Milan-San Remo is about putting all your energy and ability into one day and making it count. Long and flat, the course definitely favors sprinters and is the ultimate race for those who are conditioned over one long, intensive course. There are strong winds and unpredictable weather to contend with, so it’s most definitely one of the most exciting races.

Amgen Tour of California – USA

This is actually a pretty new race, having only been launched in 2006, but it certainly makes the most of the sheer magnificence of the Californian wilderness. This is, without question, the most important and popular bike race in America, and it attracts all the big cycling teams. It’s 8 days and 700 miles of some of the most gorgeous scenery the United States has to offer, including vineyards, farmland, and incredible coastline. If you want a picture-perfect cycling race to watch, this is definitely the one you choose.

Vuelta a Espana – Spain

Spain is the perfect location for professional road cycling, as it is beautiful, with amazing weather, and some grueling mountain riding. Because it happens late in the cycling season, it is most commonly overlooked by fans and doesn’t always feature the best riders. But, in many ways, it’s one of the most challenging races. The intense heat and humidity mean riders must condition themselves perfectly, and there can be some pretty aggressive riding. It’s definitely the most underrated of the grand tours, and well worth checking out.

Tour de France – France

We went and saved the best for last. The Tour de France is an institution in global sport, and sacrosanct among those in the cycling world. At 21 days and more than 2,000 miles, it is considered the pinnacle of competitive road cycling. It pits the best in the world against one another in an epic quest for cycling immortality. Many of the most famous names in the sport have worn the famed yellow jersey, and this is the most watched bike race in the world.

Cycling has many great races around the world, but we have chosen the ones we feel best represent the sport as a whole. Some people might think that road cycling is dull or time-consuming, but, it can actually be one of the best sports to watch. Compelling, fascinating, and incredibly tactical, these races are truly won by those who have prepared the most and used their strengths to their advantage when it counted.

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Welcome to our world: Introducing Nesting Story’s mom-life video series

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Sharing my life through blogging is not only exciting, it’s a privilege. I love sharing my ups, downs, and triumphs with so many other parents who may be going through something similar, or just want a glimpse into what parenthood’s really like.

So I’m excited to announce the launch of a new video series starring me and my family, on BabyCenter’s YouTube channel starting Thursday, October 12, with new videos each Thursday. Join me, my husband Mike, and our four kids on some of our family’s routines, like laundry, morning, bedtime, dinner, and even an outing.

Here’s the first chapter.

We hope the series is not only entertaining, but full of tips and tricks we’ve engineered along the way, including laundry hacks, how we’ve created great sleepers, and how we deal with our picky eaters.

Why would you be interested in getting a look into my life? Here is my story.

Before actually becoming a mom, I was consumed with the idea of it.

As a child I would stuff pillows under my shirt and pretend I was pregnant. I would mimic my mother breastfeeding my little sister, holding my doll up to my chest. I would turn tissue boxes into little cribs for the tiny baby dolls my mother would buy me.

For me, motherhood was the end game.

It didn’t matter that I had a big-city interior design career, or that I would paint in my spare time. It didn’t matter that I had dynamic friendships, a sense of purpose, or a uniquely defined identity. I would give it all up for motherhood.

And I did.

Becoming a mother might not have been the end game for me, but it was definitely a game changer.

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The first few years of motherhood with my son were exciting, but also dark. I lost myself as I tried to live up to the standards I had set, and struggled through a language delay and sensory issues with our son Holden. During that time we had our second child, Beau.

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Although Beau was a bright light in the darkness and Holden was starting to blossom and enjoy life, I was fading away.

I was struggling with the fact that my intense version of motherhood made me miserable. It took a while to find my own path, and just because mine looked different than my mother’s, or some of my friends, it didn’t mean I had failed.

So I went back to work part-time, and found myself again. Or I should say, found a new version of myself. I was thriving, loving motherhood, and still investing in my marriage and myself.

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A couple years later, another curveball was thrown our way…I found out I was pregnant with spontaneous twins!

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During my twin pregnancy, work had to stop, and I was an incubator. I lay there on my sofa for days on end, trying to parent my older kids as best I could. I felt an intense loneliness. I just wanted to connect with other moms who understood how I felt.

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I could see that I was losing myself again, but this time I made myself a promise. After my twins were born, I would live fearlessly. I would love intensely. I would be whatever I wanted to be without worrying what anyone thought. I would share my story, my experience, and my honest feelings, in hopes of connecting to other moms going through something similar.

So I started my blog Nesting Story, where I was able to connect with parents all over the world, and find my voice.

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Eventually there were a couple more detailed stories I wanted to tell, and I decided that telling those stories through video would bring them to life. So, I picked up a camera and haven’t turned back since, growing a community on my YouTube channel, Nesting Story.

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My hope is that my family can connect with moms who are trying to find themselves again, who wonder if it’s okay if she takes her own path. Dads who are finding their journey very different and a little more terrifying than they anticipated. Parents who are lonely and just want to feel a little more normal. Moms who are lying on their sofas, growing life inside them, not knowing what is about to become.

Welcome to our home, and see you soon!

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LONDON (Reuters) – A group of Britain’s most successful contemporary artists has donated valuable works to sell at a charity auction for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed about 80 people at a London social housing block in June.


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Abandoned castles around the world

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We all associate castles with the kings and queens of old, and, of course, high fantasy novels like Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings. But, there are still loads of stunning castles around the world today, and many of them are abandoned. You might have been to visit the odd castle in your life, but, can you imagine living there? A select few wealthy people across the world actually count castles as their place of residence – imagine the spring cleaning job on a place that size!

But, there are also loads of castles that have sat empty and disused for as long as we can remember. Sometimes, it can add to the magic and appeal of a castle to see it abandoned now, versus knowing what it was like back in olden times. Shrouded in the mystery of time, these castles stand alone, uninhabited and lifeless, but, at the same time, filled with an atmosphere and character impossible to recreate. Check out some of these stunning abandoned castles from around the world.

Bannerman Castle – United States

Okay, we’re starting close to home, with Bannerman Castle in New York! Yes, we bet you never knew that New York had an abandoned castle, let alone one as beautiful and grandiose as this one. Construction on Bannerman began in around 1901, and it is located on Pollepel Island in the Hudson River, around 50 miles north of the city. The state currently owns the castle, which lies mostly in ruins now, but it is one of the most stunning and unforgettable things you’ll see in New York.

Spiš Castle – Slovakia

Spiš Castle is one of the most iconic abandoned castles in the world. Interestingly, the castle began life as a fort in the 12th Century before renovation and expansion gave it the more Gothic style it has today. The castle was completely rebuilt a few centuries later, and then became a Renaissance family residence. Tragedy struck in 1748 when the castle burned down, and the ruin has remained ever since. In more recent years, archaeological research has been carried out on the site to find out more about the castle.

Carew Castle – Wales

Wales is home to some of the most opulent and stunning castles in history, and Carew Castle is one of them. Located in the picture perfect Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park, this beauty is a popular tourist attraction. It was originally constructed in 1270 by Nicholas de Carew and proved to be a major military stronghold for over 2,000 years. The castle is now abandoned, but is a vital part of the backdrop of Pembrokeshire, and is definitely eye-catching.

 

Muromtzevo Mansion – Russia

Legend has it that Vladimir Khrapovitsky had this castle built in response to a Frenchman’s complaints that the castles in France were much more grandiose than those in Russia. This sensational castle was the result of his labor, and we have to say, it looks like Vladimir made his point! Following the Russian revolution, the building was used as a college but has been abandoned for some time now.

Aren’t these castles just stunning?! We don’t know about you, but if they’re available, we’ll move in tomorrow! This is just a selection of some of the most jaw-dropping abandoned castles around the world. They have left a lasting legacy of beauty, grandeur, and durability, and will probably still be here long after we are gone!

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The United States will not be joining the party at next year’s football extravaganza in Russia. Bruce Arena‘s side, who began the night in third place in their qualifying group, put in a lacklustre performance as they were defeated by Trinidad & Tobago 2 goals to 1. Even in defeat, USA could’ve claimed fourth place and a position in the playoffs. However, wins for Honduras against Mexico and more pertinently an 88th-minute winner from Román Torres for Panama meant that USA was relegated to fifth place and out of contention for a spot at the World Cup. The last time the USA missed out on the World Cup was 1986.

After a promising campaign, under Jürgen Klinsmann at the 2014 event in Brazil, it appeared as if USA was starting to flex its muscles in the world of football. Yet appearances can be deceiving and in reality, this recent qualifying campaign has been a bit of a nightmare. It was only after Christian Pulisic inspired a 4-0 win over Panama last weekend that the USA had been propelled back into contention. Unfortunately for the Borussia Dortmund teenage starlet, he’s going to have to wait another four years before getting the chance to impress on the world’s biggest stage.

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The nightmare scenario has played out for the U.S. men’s national team.

A roller coaster of a qualifying campaign ended in shambles, with a stunning 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago, coupled with wins by Panama and Honduras over Costa Rica and Mexico, respectively, has eliminated the USA from the World Cup. The Americans will not be playing in Russia next summer.

Trinidad and Tobago, which hadn’t won in its last nine matches (0-8-1), exacted revenge for the 1989 elimination at the hands of the United States, doing so in stunning fashion. An own goal from Omar Gonzalez and a rocket from Alvin Jones provided the offense, while Christian Pulisic’s second-half goal wasn’t enough to save the Americans.

Trinidad & Tobago conceded much of the early possession to the USA but still carved out an early chance, only for it to be spoiled by an offside call. Shahdon Winchester snuck behind the U.S. back line too soon and beat Tim Howard, but the goal was waved off in the fifth minute.

The USA answered immediately with a great chance of its own. Paul Arriola found DeAndre Yedlin on the right wing, and he carried forward before cutting back a cross for Jozy Altidore in the center of the box. The two-goal hero from Friday had a clear look but fired over the bar, letting T&T off in the seventh minute.

Trinidad & Tobago came up with a stunning opener in the 17th minute after a Gonzalez own goal. In trying to clear a cross to Winchester, Gonzalez had the ball loop off his shin and over Howard, sneaking in just under the crossbar. Moments after the goal, Gonzalez was nearly at fault for a penalty, though nothing was called. The T&T goal also came moments after Oribe Peralta scored for Mexico vs. Honduras, which was helpful at the time.

Honduras pulled even with Mexico on a free kick soon after, though, shrinking the margin for error.

Things then somehow got worse for the USA, with Alvin Jones scoring his first international goal in stunning fashion, ripping a rocket that left Howard with no chance.

All that did was make the USA more reliant on Mexico and Costa Rica, and the two rivals obliged. Johan Venegas scored a go-ahead goal for Costa Rica vs. Panama, while Carlos Vela restored Mexico’s lead over Honduras.

The USA started the second half on fire through 19-year-old Christian Pulisic. His laser from the edge of the box sliced the deficit in half, bringing the USA within 2-1.

That goal proved to be vital given what happened elsewhere in CONCACAF. Honduras and Panama both scored equalizers, making things quite interesting. Panama’s in particular, was controversial, as it never appeared to cross the line in full but was given to Blas Perez.

At that point, one more goal from each would eliminate the USA altogether, but in the live standings, the USA was still in position to go through–temporarily.

That reprieve was short-lived. Honduras tallied again, provisionally bumping the USA down to fourth place.

Clint Dempsey came off the bench again for the USA and nearly delivered the equalizer that would have saved the USA on a pair of occasions. First was off a set piece designed play, with his chance from the top of the box tipped over the bar. In the 78th minute, his 18-yard, bounding effort clanged off the post, missing by inches.

The USA would be made to rue those close calls. Panama’s Roman Torres scored a late stunner vs. Costa Rica to send the USA to fifth and out of the World Cup altogether.

It’s the first World Cup the USA has missed since 1986.

Here are the rosters for both teams:

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GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas),Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)

FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)

Trinidad and Tobago

GOALKEEPERS: Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Greg Ranjitsingh (Louisville City FC), Glenroy Samuel (Morvant Caledonia United)

DEFENDERS: Daneil Cyrus (Juticalpa), Kevan George (Jacksonville Armada), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Triston Hodge (W Connection), Kareem Moses (North Carolina FC), Josiah Trimmingham (Club Sando), Kevon Villaroel (North East Stars), Mekeil Williams (Colorado Rapids)

MIDFIELDERS: Neil Benjamin Jr. (W Connection), Levi Garcia (AZ Alkmaar), Khaleem Hyland (Al-Faisaly Harmah), Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders), Jared London (Club Sando), Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh), Leston Paul (Pasaquina FC), Kathon St. Hillaire (St. Ann’s Rangers)

FORWARDS: Trevin Caesar (Sacramento Republic), Akeem Roach (Vida), Shahdon Winchester (Murcielagos)

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Climbing the highest mountains in the world

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We all have a bucket list of goals and achievements we want to fulfill, even if it’s just in our heads. For many of us, it might be traveling, or, it could be some kind of physical achievement, such as scaling a mountain. Well, the good news is that you can kill two birds with one stone by doing this, as many of the highest mountains in the world are based in locations you’ve probably always wanted to go to!

Scaling the highest mountain peaks in the world is the ultimate battle of man vs. nature, and the ideal way of ticking off a personal goal. You have to make sure you think hard about this, and decide if it’s something you want to do, because climbing the world’s highest mountains takes preparation and dedication. These are some of the world’s highest peaks, and how you can tackle them safely.

Mont Blanc

The second-highest mountain in Europe (behind Mount Elbrus), and the highest peak in the Alps, Mont Blanc is definitely accessible for tourists. It’s not as grueling or intimidating as some of the larger peaks, and this makes it a little more scalable. The mountain has proven popular for hiking, mountaineering, and, even skiing as well. If you’ve never climbed a mountain before, Mont Blanc is definitely the place to start to work your way up to the larger mountains.

If you’re serious about wanting to scale Mont Blanc, you’re going to need to prepare. Now, the mountain straddles both France and Italy. So, you should make sure you choose the route you want to take. Voie des Cristalliers is considered the most popular route, and it includes travel through the Gouder Corridor. Research the mountain before you choose to commit, and make sure you have everything you need for the climb.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, often referred to as Kili, is Africa’s highest mountain, and one of the biggest challenges for a lot would-be mountain climbers out there. Kili is the perfect opportunity to go to an exotic location and combine it with climbing a mountain at the same time. With an elevation of 5,895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro is an impressive and imposing mountain, and climbing it would be a huge achievement for anyone.

If you want to put Kili on your list, you’re going to need to prepare yourself properly for the feat. This means understanding the weather in Africa, and how it differs from what we have at home. You need to condition your body and make sure you are training at a higher altitude, or, at least, making your body feel like you are. This is crucial for allowing you to adapt to the conditions, and to have a safer and more successful climb.

Mount Everest

Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world and the ultimate achievement for mountain climbers across the globe. The mountain is a grueling and dangerous challenge and has claimed many lives in the past. That’s why you have to make sure you are properly prepared in every way. Be sure you get a clean bill of health and make sure you have all the best possible equipment. This means boots, coat, helmet, backpack, warm sleeping bag, not to mention rope, rappels, and other devices, though some places will provide that.

You will be provided with oxygen, which is essential when trying to tackle Mount Everest. Most people don’t attempt the peak, but, instead, choose to attempt the base camp challenge – still an enormous feat in itself. This is likely to be more suited to those who are not mountain climbing experts. Nepal is a beautiful country, but the mountain can be treacherous, so make sure you treat her with respect.

The highest mountains in the world are there to be conquered, but they should never be attempted unless you’re properly prepared. This is something that can result in injury or accidents, so make sure you thoroughly research the peak you’re going to attempt before you actually set out and achieve it. Good luck!

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Song dynasty bowl shatters world record for Chinese ceramics, fetches $37.7 million in HK sale

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A nearly 900-year-old porcelain Song dynasty bowl smashed the world auction record for Chinese ceramics on Tuesday, selling for HK$ 294.3 million ($ 37.68 million) at a Sotheby’s sale in Hong Kong.


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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The creators of satirical animated series “The Simpsons,” who once eerily predicted Donald Trump would become U.S. president, cannot keep pace with the comedy he is now inspiring and have decided instead to take family back to medieval times.


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J.K. Rowling has an otterly adorable way of dealing with the depressing state of world affairs

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If you’re a politically minded person, then it’s a given that the world’s current state of affairs are probably getting you down. While J.K. Rowling may not be able to magic you away to Hogwarts (or you know, any alternate universe), she does have a temporary cure for your Trump or Brexit-related depression. And it’s adorable.

The outspoken author is renowned for her politically charged quotes and tweets, particularly her Twitter feuds with the likes of Donald Trump, Pewdiepie and sexist authors. However this time she used her powers for her own good, tweeting, ‘Incompetent clowns in power and the opposition turning into a solipsistic personality cult. I’m so ****ing depressed. Send otter pictures.’

If ye ask the Twittersphere, ye shall receive and it wasn’t long before cute otter pictures (and a few other animals) began flooding in.

However, even that smiley face couldn’t keep J.K. happy as she sullenly tweeted back, ‘Nice pic, but having had a week of abuse from people who think using ‘incomer’ instead of ‘immigrant’ makes them ‘civic’ nationalists…’

Another Twitter user tried their best, making do with what they had around them. One user sent a picture of their sleeping cat, but JK still wasn’t impressed. The woman is in a crisis, send her what she wants.

Some hit the nail in the head, with other users taking to drastic measures to put a smile on the Harry Potter author’s face.

As time passed, J.K. Rowling began retweeting as many otter pictures as she could – if you scroll down, her feed’s basically an otter appreciation society. She gradually opened up to other animals, with one user’s fluffy puppy swaying her away from otter territory.

After hours of otter-related madness, eventually J.K. Rowling called an end to the spree and thanked her fans for brightening her day. She snuck in a pun and tweeted gratefully, ‘Thank you, kind and lovely people, for your otter gorgeousness xxxxx’.

We wish we had a few hundred thousand Twitter followers, ready to spam us with cute animal photos when we have a rough day. In the mean time, we’ll have to settle for living vicariously through J.K. Rowling and saving otter pictures to our phones…

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EBONY’s HBCU Campus Queens Have a Magical Time at Disney World

Presenting the 2017 EBONY HBCU Campus Queens…

For several decades, EBONY has celebrated Black collegiate women who attend historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) through its highly sought-after editorial and photo content series, “Campus Queens.”

This year, EBONY collaborated with Walt Disney World Resort to bring the HBCU Campus Queens franchise to life in a unique and epic way. For three days, our Top 10 Queens—chosen via online and text-to-vote campaigns—embarked on a one-of-a-kind experience throughout the wonderful world of Disney.

From intimate experiences at Disney Animal Kingdom’s newest land, Pandora: The World of Avatar, to  cameo appearances in the colorful energetic Carnavale street party to fun on the signature attractions at Magic Kingdom, “the Queens” (as they are affectionately referred to) were treated to a royal experience. If this weren’t enough, the Queens were also specially invited by the official Grand Marshals for Magic Kingdom’s daily Festival of Fantasy parade–a dream come true!

But why come to a magical place like Disney World and not take advantage of your very own photo shoot? These are royal gals, after all. Throughout their visit, the Queens were photographed at beloved sites within the Disney parks, which provided backdrops that were nothing short of spectacular.

But this experience was so much more than fun and games. Thanks to Disney World, our majesties spent an action-packed day promoting empowerment in celebration of some very lucky young girls, ages 6 to 15. The little ladies, aka “princesses,” were showered with royal treatments during EBONY’s first Tea with the Queens event at Disney World.

Our 20 princesses, joined by their moms and guardians, were treated to beauty preps, inspirational mentoring, scrapbooking and a traditional tea and lunch with the HBCU Queens, a day fit for all the royalty permeating the walls in a decorative ballroom at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The icing on the cake was a special guest appearance by Miss America 2004, Ericka Dunlap, a native of the city of Orlando, who moderated the tea. But the piece de resistance was a “surprise and delight” visit by Disney Princess Tiana! Thank you to our Disney family for a truly magical weekend, and for an experience our Queens and princesses will not soon forget! Learn more about EBONY’s HBCU Campus Queens here.

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From climate change to poverty, these are trying times. But these challenges are not insurmountable. If companies, countries, and citizens all come together in search of attainable solutions, this generation can leave this planet better than we found it. Read more…

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World tours that will make you a photographer

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It’s important to have hobbies and dreams, especially those that are creative. You get a sense of calm and enjoyment, and you can tap into other parts of your brain. You might be looking for your next creative hobby, but perhaps you’ve not yet settled on something. Well, why not consider photography? It’s an amazing way to get a snapshot of the world and gives you an excuse to jet off on vacation more than you normally would.

Going away on tour is an excellent way to experience new worlds and different cultures. But, there are some tours so incredible that they will inspire you to turn from a traveler into a photographer. In fact, this has become such a popular pursuit that travel companies have begun offering tours directly aimed at aspiring photographers. There has never been a better time to get into photography than now, so check out these amazing world tours that will inspire you.

Strabo Photo Tours

Strabo offers around 50 different tours per year for aspiring photographers, so it’s perfect for choosing something a little different. Something you’ve not seen or experienced before is always the perfect occasion for photography. Capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments is essential for the purposes of posterity, and you can get all around the world with these tours. The majority of trips last around 10 days, and your tour guide will be a professional photographer – so it’s an excellent way of learning the craft at the same time.

andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

The perfect slice of African wildlife and beauty, this camp offers an embarrassment of riches to aspiring photographers looking to bolster their portfolio. The breathtaking views of the sweeping plains of Kenya’s Masai Mara offer ample photo opportunities. This is not exactly a bad place to cut your teeth, and, even an average photo is going to look better than most. Start your African adventure off in style by booking a tour in an area rich in safari wildlife.

Quasar Expeditions Photo Safari Galapagos Cruises

If we could make a list of some of the world’s best photography destinations, there’s no doubt the Galápagos Islands would make the list. You can enjoy a seven-night cruise to this amazing part of the world, and capture amazing photos of the deep blue ocean, sea turtles, and abundant wildlife on the islands. You can also learn techniques for capturing the best shots and photographing animals in their natural habitats. Sure, the price is pretty high, at close to $ 5,000 per person, but, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will change the way you approach photography forever.

Vermejo Park Ranch

This is one of the best destinations for those who are after a perfect photography getaway. The ranch, owned by Ted Turner, boasts almost 600,000 acres of incredible terrain – including a prairie and an alpine tundra. You can get a package here for four nights of incredible shooting, snapping pictures of supreme natural beauty and grandeur. And, you can choose different packages with different focuses depending on what time of the year you want to visit. There is so much opportunity here that you simply can’t ignore it.

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The team behind the stage version of Frozen that had its world premiere in Denver Thursday night promised a show that would offer adults a deeper exploration of the Disney tale of two orphaned princesses who learn to let go of the pain in their hearts.

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Best places in the world for surfing

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If you’re a keen surfer, you’ll know that there’s so much more to surfing than simply taking your board down to the beach and hoping to catch a few waves (although we wish it were that simple). Instead, everything about your surfing location has to weigh up – the wind has to be just right, the tide has to be at the right position, and the swell has to be in the right direction. It’s not easy, you know! Some of the best surfers travel the world trying to find the perfect surfing spot – and here are just a few of the best:

Superbank – Gold Coast, Australia

There’s a reason Superbank is called ‘Surfer’s Paradise’ – and that’s because this area has 70 km of glorious beaches and serious swell for surfers to enjoy. Superbank has often been dubbed one of the best point breaks in the world and will give you a solid wall and circular tubes for you to rock. Many professional surfers travel to the Gold Coast to practice their craft, and thousands of amateurs follow in their footsteps each year. Not only is the surf incredible here, but the whole area is a major surfing hotspot, so you can hang out with other surfers, hang out in surfing lodges and live the full surf life.

Bundoran Beach – County Donegal, Ireland

Most people exclude Europe from their surfing list, as they believe there’s nothing there for them. Oh, how wrong they are! If you don’t mind the cold, County Donegal offers one of the best European destinations for surfing – Bundoran Beach. On the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the already tough waves pound against the rocky reef of the beach to create the perfect swell for surfers. On average, the waves here will reach around ten-foot – if you think you can handle it. Just remember your wetsuit!

Costa Rica

Yep, the whole of Costa Rica is a surfing haven! If you’re more of a hardcore surfer, Costa Rica will have everything you could possibly need from a surfing destination – mainly because you can go any time of the year, and the waves will still be rolling in. However, the best time to visit Costa Rica is between April and October, when the waves at Playa Naranjo and Potrero are at their biggest and can produce around 30-meter waves. You don’t get much better than that.

Cloud Nine – Siargao Island, Philippines

If you’re looking to really push yourself, the Cloud Nine break at Siargao Island in the Philippines is bound to get your blood pumping. This break is not suitable for beginners, as the reef produces powerful breaks and crashes that could prove fatal for the untrained surfer. Because of the epic swell, you can really catch a great wave here, and it’s the perfect location, too! This area is like a tropical paradise and is a great hotspot for hardcore surfers. So catch a few waves, and catch up with some likeminded people on the beach afterward.

Supertubes – Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa

Jeffrey’s Bay is one of the most famous surfing hotspots in the world, and is where Billabong often hold their annual surfing championship – which means the waves must be good! There are so many breaks in this area, including Magna Tubes, Point, Kitchen Windows, Boneyards, Albatross and the most immense of them all – Supertubes. Even if you’re not prepared to ride them yourself, you just have to see a Supertube in action. Jeffrey’s Bay is perfect for surfers of all levels, which makes it incredibly popular and pretty busy all year round!

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Pushing for an invite into a Big Wave World Tour event was lots of fun and was my goal for about 2 years. Being part of the 24 man international invitees at the first ever Nazare challenge left me feeling very proud and hungry to do well in the event.
Perhaps a bit too hungry. The heat didn’t start great for me. I like to steady the nerves and get off to a fast start catching a good wave within the first 5 minutes of a heat. This is how most good events start for competitors. From there on you build on that first score. Time went by during my heat and I hadn’t caught a good wave. Through frustration and adrenaline, I turned and went on a big ugly wave and took a heavy wipeout!
The result was 5 days in hospital, I suffered a Pneumothorax and nearly lost my left ear. Until you go you don’t know! Many lessons have been learnt from this incident. My love for the sport is at an all time high and i’m really looking forward to returning back to Nazare to tackle the monster at the end of this filming series. For now…Enjoy the breakdown of my Nazare challenge experience, plus watch a few completed waves from past big wave seasons surfing Nazare.

Think Bigger was made by Tom Butler

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

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RPT-UPDATE 1-Will Saudi Aramco deliver world record profit for next year’s IPO?

LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – When oil giant Saudi Aramco
discloses its financials for the first time next year, it must
either surprise investors with world record profits or reduce
its aspirations for a $ 2 trillion valuation in its initial
public offering (IPO).


Reuters: Company News

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