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EASTENDERS newbies Jessica Plummer and Toby-Alexander Smith were seen getting lunch together during a break from filming earlier today.

The pair dressed down as they grabbed some food from Marks and Spencers and a coffee from Starbucks.

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Jessica and Toby-Alexander play husband and wife team Chantelle and Gary Atkins in the hit BBC soap.

The actress, 26, is no stranger to showbiz – she had two top 10 hits with girlband Neon Gungle in 2014 before they called it quits a year later.

A telly source told The Sun’s TV Biz: “Show chiefs have high hopes of some meaty storylines.”

It was first revealed in December last year that the feisty Chantelle will be making her way to Albert Square. 

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The daughter of Karen Taylor and Mitch Baker will arrive in Walford and immediately clash with her mum.

Initially making a positive impact with her kind and bubbly nature, there’s plenty more behind the easy-going girl next door facade.

Karen and Mitch are delighted to see their daughter in Walford but it soon becomes clear there’s some friction between mum and daughter.

Kate Oates, Senior Executive Producer EastEnders, said: “The Taylor family are set to be complete when Chantelle arrives in Walford and Chantelle certainly has that feisty Taylor streak.

Jessica was in girl band Neon Jungle. She old had two top 10 hits with the group in 2014 before they called it quits a year later
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“Things are set to get a whole lot louder in Walford in 2019.”

The Taylor family first joined the Square in May 2017 and have caused plenty of havoc ever since.

Mum Karen – played by Lorraine Stanley – has had to deal with her son Keegan being stabbed in the neck by a gang, as well as ex Mitch messing her around.

Meanwhile son Keanu – played by Danny Walters – has been having an affair with Sharon Mitchell.


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How to escape: Why a cabin break can refresh the soul

Simplicity is key to a cabin stay and while few of us go the full Thoreau, retreating to a spartan, isolated setting is more appealing than ever

A few years ago, I lived in a cabin for several months. It was in a glade at the bottom of a steep-sided cwm (valley) in the Black Mountains, south-east Wales. The single room was furnished with a bed, a table and a chair. Water came from a nearby spring, and I had a wood-burning stove, a gas ring for cooking and an outside, composting toilet. The front deck overlooked a brook, which provided the ambient soundtrack to my dreams.

I lived a pared-down life in a pared-down house. I woke at first light and went to bed at sunset. I cooked everything in one pot and chopped my own firewood. There was no electricity and no wifi. I couldn’t even tune the radio. I had to cross a fence and walk 200 metres up a bracken bank to get intermittent mobile reception. Quietly, I cut myself adrift from all forms of media – and who doesn’t feel like doing that these days? There was, correspondingly, a lot of time: time to read, observe the birds and watch the trees “dreaming out their old stories to the wind” as Thomas Gray wrote. There was time to listen to rain on the tin roof and, for me, time to write. I left with the first draft of a book.

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RHONY Star Bethenny Frankel Reportedly Tried To Break Up With Dennis Shields One Week Before His Death

Bethenny Frankel is opening up about the final days in her relationship with the late Dennis Shields. In a shocking interview, the Real Housewives of New York star revealed that she attempted to cut ties with Shields weeks before his tragic death.

“I mean, it’s really brutal. He was really someone that I went to for everything,” Frankel confessed. “So him being gone is just a massive void and I really can’t believe he’s gone.”

Shields was found unresponsive in his New York City apartment this past summer. He is believed to have passed away from a prescription drug overdose. On the weekend prior to his death, Frankel revealed that she decided to end her relationship with Shields once and for all. After she learned about his passing, the RHONY star admitted that she felt a tremendous amount of guilt over what happened.

According to All About The Real Housewives, Frankel also revealed that Shields believed he was destined to be alone if their relationship did not work out. This is one reason why Frankel decided to remain friends with Shields even after they had broken up. But at the end of the day, she felt like it was time to cut ties with her on-and-off again boyfriend for the benefit of both parties.

Fortunately, Frankel was able to get professional help in the form of therapy in the days and weeks following Shield’s tragic death. In fact, Frankel revealed that she feels much better about the whole situation and understands now that Shields would want her to have some peace of mind as well.

In a previous episode of RHONY, Frankel told Dorinda Medley that Shields proposed to her last spring. The two ultimately decided to put the engagement on the back burner because things were too complicated in Frankel’s life. Frankel, of course, has since moved on and has a new man in her life.

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These 21 Apps Will Prevent Your Spring Break Turning Into Spring Broke

If you’re a college student, the best part of your year is quickly approaching: spring break, baby!

Your goal? To have as much fun as you can.

But you know what can quickly put a damper on that fun? Worrying about money.

21 Apps That Help You Save Money on Spring Break

While you could always figure out a way to earn money during spring break, another strategy is to simply keep your costs as low as possible.

Put your money concerns aside, and save money on spring break with these apps.

Apps for Transportation

1. Hopper

Buy your flight now? Or wait? This old favorite takes the guessing game out of when to purchase tickets by analyzing billions of flights and telling you whether the price is likely to go up or down.

2. GasBuddy

Driving to your destination? Don’t leave home without this app. It lists the cost of gas at nearby stations so you can easily find the best deal.

(Want other options? Check out this list of apps that help you find cheap gas.)

3. Uber / 4. Lyft

Instead of paying for a taxi, get a safe (and cheaper) ride home with one of these services.

5. What3Words

Never get separated from your friends again.

When you’re in a new city with unfamiliar landmarks, it can be tough to describe where you are to your companions — especially if you’ve had a few drinks. This app aims to change that by dividing the world into 57 trillion 10-foot squares.

6. Parkmobile

In a big city or a beach town that’s littered with parking meters? Rather than digging up your quarters reserved for laundry, pay for your spot through this app.

7. Citymapper

You can save big by taking public transportation. However, that can get tricky — especially if you’re not used to it. Citymapper helps you plan trips from point A to point B the cheapest and most efficient way possible.

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8. Airbnb

If you’re traveling with a group of friends, renting a house with Airbnb is both economical and fun. Check out these awesome places under $ 100 per night across the U.S.

And if your own place will be empty while you’re away, why not consider listing it on Airbnb and making some money while you’re partying?

9. Roomer

Want to book a hotel, but don’t want to pay hotel prices? Try Roomer. This innovative app allows you to book deeply-discounted hotel rooms from people who had to cancel their trips.

10. HotelTonight

If you’re really bad at planning ahead or find yourself in a pickle, book a hotel through HotelTonight. It promises last-minute deals for top-rated hotels.

11. Couchsurfing

If you’re down with staying on strangers’ couches, you can snag some awesome, free sleeping spaces. It’s a great way to meet other travelers and gain a local’s point of view.

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12. Price Per Pint

One of the best ways to save money on food and drinks? Hitting up happy hour. But in an unfamiliar city, it’s hard to figure out where to go. Enter this app, which allows you to search by drink type, day, time and city for the lowest priced drink in your area..

13. Drizly

Because the bar can get expensive, you probably want to spend a few nights drinking at home with your friends. Use this app to compare prices at local stores and order booze for delivery.

14. Open Table / 15. Yelp

These two staples help you find nearby restaurants, peruse customer reviews and survey menus and prices.

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16. TUN Student Discounts

Embrace your student status. Use this app to help you find all of the student discounts available in your destination.

17. Groupon

You probably subscribe to Groupon updates in your home city — but what about when you’re traveling? Though some of the discounts may only be available to local residents, you’re bound to find some great deals on tickets or activities in your destination.

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18. Whatsapp

If you’re traveling internationally, this app is a must. Don’t get slammed by exorbitant international data charges and keep track of your friends by using this app to text over WiFi.

19. Wifi Finder

You use a lot of data when you travel. Avoid going over your limit by connecting to wifi whenever possible; use this app to find hotspots near you. You can also find passwords, so you don’t have to ask your barista.

20. Cost Split

If you’re traveling in a group, figuring out who owes what can be a royal pain. This handy app does it for you, so nobody ends up unfairly paying more than their share. At the end of the trip, it’ll even email out a detailed report.

Then, check out these five money-sharing apps.

21. Noonlight

You can’t put a price on your safety. This app (formerly known as SafeTrek) has several features to give you (and your mom) peace of mind. Hold down the safety button until you’re safely where you need to be. When you get there, release the button and enter your pin. If you’re in danger, release — don’t enter your pin — and it’ll contact 911.

With a few downloads before you leave, you’re bound to enjoy your trip without breaking the bank. Appy Spring Break!

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Best places to travel for Spring Break that won’t break the bank

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Few events in the yearly calendar are more exciting than Spring Break. For college students everywhere, it’s the time to leave classes behind and party until they can’t party anymore. It’s the last moment of freedom before they have to buckle down and complete their exams, so students rarely hold back when it comes to having fun. Unfortunately, the best Spring Break destinations aren’t always the cheapest. Undergrads aren’t exactly known for having much money, which means finding somewhere affordable to travel to is of the utmost importance.

Cabo San Lucas

Anyone living near, or looking to visit, the West Coast should find all they need at Cabo San Lucas. The gorgeous getaway offers many all-inclusive deals that will ensure you get everything you need without blowing your budget. With so much money saved on accommodation, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself more when you’re out and about. Luckily, the area is super lively, so you’re never short of things to do here, even when your wallet starts to look a little thin.

Myrtle Beach

If you intend to be on the beach during your Spring Break – and why wouldn’t you? – then Myrtle Beach has you covered. 60 miles of coastline means there’s plenty of space for you to do your thing without having to spend a cent. Plus, with some great nightlife options that typically cater to a younger population, you know you and your money will definitely be in good hands here.

Key West

Perhaps not the place that most people would think to visit for Spring Break, it’s lower popularity is exactly why it’s great to visit. Not only are crowds less of an issue, but prices are a lot more affordable. There are plenty of great budget hotels in the area, so accommodation is never a problem either, leaving you more money to spend on having the Spring Break of your life.

New Orleans

No-one does food quite like the South. Eating might not be the top priority on your Spring Break list, but you’ll be wanting something good to fill you up between nights of non-stop partying. New Orleans has plenty of great comfort food on offer to keep you going, and it’s a pretty cheap place to visit too. There are loads of rental deals to help you find somewhere affordable to stay, especially if you don’t mind lodging further away from the center.

Puerto Vallarta

With so many all-inclusive packages available, you’ve got to wonder why you’d have your Spring Break anywhere other than Puerto Vallarta. There are so many rental choices here that make staying in the area cheap and easy, especially if you book in advance. What’s more, with sun, sand, and sea as far as the eye can see, do you really need anything else for your Spring Break vacation?

 

You don’t get many opportunities to do Spring Break, so it’s important to make the most of each one while you can. Thankfully, you can still do that even if you’re low on funds; you just have to be a bit more picky about where you go to enjoy them.

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Let’s be honest; college is pretty darn stressful. You have deadlines, you have essays, you have exams, and you have 9am lectures (whose bright idea was that?). Because of this, college students often need to give themselves a break, let their hair down, and let their worries simply float away. More specifically, they need to let these worries float away as they jump on a giant inflatable unicorn on spring break. Go hard or go home, right? Spring break is an unforgettable college experience, and these are the hottest spring break destinations.

Cancun

Cancun is perhaps one of the most popular spring break destinations out there, and it’s not hard to see why. This Mexican city offers endless beaches and resorts that are perfect for college revellers. Don your all-inclusive band for limitless drinks, enough food to fill you up for the next semester, and entertainment that will leave you with ringing in your ears. In a good way, of course. Could you pick a better destination for your spring break? We think not.

Dominican Republic

Considering the United States is so close to the Caribbean, it’s easier than ever for students to cross the ocean and set up their spring break shenanigans on these beautiful islands. The Dominican Republic is one of the top spring break destinations on the list and is also one of the most beautiful. From rolling sand to bending palm trees, the beaches here are screaming out to be used for party games, drinking contest, and friendly frolics.

Miami

What could be better than rollerblading down Miami beach with a drink in each hand? Not a lot. Miami has largely been associated with celebrity hangouts, but it’s becoming more accessible and affordable for college students on a budget. Yes, you can hang out on the beach, on rooftop bars, or even quirky dive bars to quench your thirst, before hitting the town and keeping an eye out for

South Padre Island

South Padre Island is just a short drive away from Texas, but it seems as though it’s a world away. While everyday travelers do make their way to this destination, the tourism board of South Padre Island knows they’ve got a good thing going on with their college students. They put on concerts for their spring breakers, they provide them with awesome accommodation, and more than enough water sports to keep them busy.

Las Vegas

Just like Vegas, what happens on spring break stays in spring break. This infamous city is becoming more and more popular with college students across the country because this Sin City is where anything goes. Although you might not be able to enjoy the beach, there are more than enough hotels and casinos that will keep you entertained for hours. As if that wasn’t enough, the nightclubs in Vegas are off the chain.

With spring break just around the corner, you should probably start thinking about where you’re going next. Are you going just down the road? Or are you going a bit further afield? These destinations will certainly spark your interest.

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The best places to travel for winter break

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If you live in a cold climate, it is common to want to flee to a warmer place as soon as the snow begins to fall. Some people plan a long vacation from work in order to take a trip to warmer climates in the middle of winter. Relieving the chill for a few weeks in January or February can really help break the monotony of winter, and give your face the necessary sunshine. And with so many destinations battling for your holiday dollars, it can be hard to choose from a variety of holiday offers. Here are some of the best places to travel during winter break.

Mexico

Mexico is a warm destination for a winter vacation. No matter where you live, you can always find package deals if you want to travel to Mexico. Depending on your tastes and interests, you might want to look into taking a holiday in Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Mexico City or Cozumel. Figure out what you want to get out of your vacation and choose your destination based on that. For each location, there are packages with activities and services that appeal to your specific interests.

Cuba

Another popular winter escape is Cuba. Plan ahead, however, because even though Americans can travel to Cuba, there are some restrictions that you must look into. Cuba is also a popular destination for Canadian travelers. Holidays in Cuba offer the luxury of sun, sand, and resorts, as well as beautiful cities and fascinating culture. A trip to Cuba can be very rewarding, relaxing and affordable.

Florida

Florida is a popular vacation spot for spring break, of course, but is still suitable for a warm winter vacation. You should not have difficulty finding a variety of interesting Florida vacation rentals during the winter season. Places like Miami Beach, Key West, and Daytona Beach are the favorites for tired winter travelers who love the sun and the beach. Take a look at each package so you can choose a destination that suits your interests. For families, Florida has the best resorts in the city of Orlando. Places like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld are great for children of almost all ages.

Hawaii

If your budget is a bit higher than average, the Hawaiian Islands have a beauty that can not be surpassed anywhere else. Places like Maui or Kauai offer sun, sand, beaches, and history lessons. Hawaii is often better suited for adults, but you can also find holiday offers with activities for children. Whatever you are looking for in warm winter weather, think about your budget and choose the destination and package that best suits your interests.

London

If you want to travel to Europe, the city of London is a great place to take a break. Many hotels offer seasonal discounts so you can surround yourself with luxury without breaking the bank. This is the perfect time to attend the Winter Wonderland celebrations held every year at Hyde Park, when skating on the huge ice rink will give everyone a cause to smile. Do not forget to go to Regent Street to take advantage of the huge savings during the annual January sales.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wendy Williams is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues related to her immune system disorder, her family said Friday.

The family wrote in a statement that Williams has suffered complications from Graves’ disease in the past few days.

Treatment is necessary and will include “significant time” in the hospital, according to the family statement provided by show producer and distributor Debmar-Mercury.

Williams has a strong desire to return to work but must focus on her “personal and physical well-being,” the family said, adding a request that her privacy be respected.

Williams, 54, is married to Kevin Hunter.

She is on the mend from another health problem, a shoulder fracture she suffered in December, the statement said.

The host revealed the Graves’ disease diagnosis on her show last February, when she announced a three-week hiatus.

Graves’ disease leads to the overproduction of thyroid hormones and can cause wide-ranging symptoms and affect overall health.

In October 2017, Williams fainted on stage during her show, saying later she became overheated while wearing a bulky Halloween costume.

Debmar-Mercury said that it “wholeheartedly” supports Williams’ decision to take the time she needs. She will be welcomed back when she is ready, the company said.

Repeats of “The Wendy Williams Show” will air during the week of Jan. 21, to be followed by original episodes with guest hosts.

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Pack your bathing suit and take your family to one of these easy-to-reach sunny destinations in the United States and the Caribbean that are as easy on your wallet as the warm sun is on your skin.

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Winter does not have to be a time of hibernation. On the contrary, it may be the ideal time to explore what there is to see in Europe. So pack up your coats and boots and take a journey to one of the following locations for a wonderful winter break getaway. Here are the top winter destinations in Europe.

1. Vienna, Austria

The Austrian capital is a must-see in any season, but the truth is that in winter, its magic increases, making it the ideal destination for colder days. With various markets scattered throughout the city, classical music concerts, and ice rinks for adventures on skates, Vienna is a kind of winter paradise. Lose yourself among the white-washed houses and enjoy some of the city’s historic buildings, such as the Homburg Palace and the Belvedere.

2. Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy, with its immense canals and buildings that transcend history, is one of the most popular getaways for winter break in Europe. Venice is beautiful all year round, but in winter, the city is covered with a mystical fog. The streets empty out a bit during the off season, giving you the chance to explore even the most famous sights free of the masses. Take the opportunity to visit St. Mark’s Basilica and the markets that dot the streets at this time.

3. Budapest, Hungary

With buildings that will leave you breathless, Budapest is a charming city that undoubtedly deserves a visit when the winter cold sets in and the snow begin to fall. There are many Christmas markets that pop up in the city, where it will not be difficult to find delicious food and handicrafts to take home with you. Explore the river on a small boat and, if you dare, experience the famous thermal baths.

5. Abisko, Sweden

Have you ever dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights? Abisko is a small village in Sweden, near the border with Norway, and one of the best – if not the best – sites to witness the unparalleled beauty of the Northern Lights. With sparkling lakes and a huge green mantle, it is the perfect place to escape the buzz of big cities and immerse yourself in nature.

4. Lucerne, Switzerland

Nestled on Lake Lucerne in a breathtaking mountainous setting, this Switzerland town is one of Europe’s best winter gateway as it is during this season that it really comes to life. There are many activities to do once in Lucerne, such as skiing or hiking on the paths that surround the medieval city. But there’s more here than just natural landscapes – lose yourself in its streets and you will see that the architecture is also fascinating.

5. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is a city whose canals contain unparalleled magic. The city is small for a capital, and therefore has a unique, picturesque character which makes it a great destination for a winter getaway. Wander the streets, take a stroll through the Christmas markets, and, if you have the time, take a trip over to Lake Bled, which looks like it’s taken straight from a postcard, especially when the surrounding mountains are covered with snow.

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BODYGUARD fans will have to wait until at least 2020 for a second series, according to one of its stars.

Richard Madden, 31, has dashed hopes of returning to the screens as protection officer David Budd anytime soon.

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He told the Daily Mail: “Budd needs a break a sort his life out.

“You just can’t slap a script together and throw it onto the screen.

“It has to be carefully thought through. First of all, what is the story?”

Richard won a Golden Globe for best actor in a TV drama this weekend for his role on the Bodyguard.

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His star is rising and he has even been linked with taking over the role of James Bond.

Richard’s ever rising popularity also means the show may risk him not being available.

He added: “What’s the next step for a character like David Budd? The thinking is for all of us to have a break and come back to it fresh maybe in a year or so.

“I enjoyed playing him and I think the public liked him. We’ll get together and see what’s there.”

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Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio revealed he’d be interested in returning to the political thriller.

He told the Daily Mirror: “I have got some ideas for a second series, but it is worth waiting until the run is finished to see which bits worked and which bits didn’t work for the audience.”

After the last episode ended on September 23, 2018, The Sun exclusively revealed that Jed is writing FOUR spin-off shows from Bodyguard.


After Juliet was killed in an explosion in episode four there has been much speculation that Julia is still alive.

The theory was strengthened after eagle-eyed fans spotted that Keeley Hawes was listed on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com) as appearing in the final episode.

But however, there was no sign of her in the season finale and she is in fact really dead.


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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is taking a self-care break, and she needs your advice


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is taking a self-care break, and she needs your advice

Since her election to Congress in November, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been busy in Washington. She’s not even officially a congresswoman yet, but she’s already been working tirelessly for the Green New Deal, which calls for a radical shift to renewable energy and has overwhelming bipartisan support, and fending off haters online.

Understandably, though, she’s getting tired. So she’s taking a much-needed self-care break to refresh and reenergize before the New Year kicks off and her job officially starts.

She announced her intentions to take a self-care week on Instagram today, December 17th:

“I’m starting a week of self-care where I’m taking the week off and taking care of me. I don’t know how to do that, though, so I would appreciate any and all self-care tips, because sometimes people are like, ‘Top 10 tips for self-care: Go to Cancún!’ And I’m like, is it a face mask? I don’t understand. I just don’t understand.”

She revealed that before she started campaigning, she did yoga three to four times each week and cooked healthy meals for herself. During the campaign, though, the yoga came to a grinding halt, and fast-food meals became de rigeur.

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She noted that self-care is especially hard for women, who are expected to give themselves fully and selflessly while men take time for themselves to enjoy their lives. The fact is we should all have that same time and space for ourselves—it’s critical to avoiding burnout.

She also mentioned on Instagram that for activists, self-care is especially important, pointing to this resource from Amnesty International that offers tips for organizers (and everyone else!), such as “spend time with the people you love,” and “eat healthy foods, exercise, and try and get enough sleep.”

She asked her social media followers to share their tips, too, and they suggested that she meditate, break out into dance, get outside, and take an epsom salt bath.

Ocasio-Cortez wrapped up her Instagram Story by saying that she’s spending her week in the “middle of nowhere” in upstate New York, bringing with her pens, music, epsom salts, lavender oil, and more self-care essentials. If you have other recommendations for self-care, send her a note!

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I’m on the metro, Line 1 of Oslo’s T-bane, but instead of shopping bags and briefcases, people are getting on with skis and snowboards. The train heads north, emerges from the tunnel in a forested suburb covered in thick snow then climbs up and up. At Midtstuen station a crowd of excited children get on with their sledges. They have clearly just toboganned down the hill.

“Stay on the train until the last stop,” a 12-year-old tells me. “You rent a sledge and helmet. The run ends at Midtstuen.”

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Yesterday, Sarah Hyland revealed that her 14-year-old cousin had died in a drunk driving accident, and she urged her social media following to keep their nasty and ignorant comments to themselves. Unfortunately, however, Sarah’s request for civility didn’t go as planned.

Today, the Modern Family alum announced she was taking a break from social media for the next little while. Following the revelation that her young cousin had passed away, some people on Twitter criticized her for the manner in which he tragically died.

At first, Hyland accused her followers of talking negatively about something which none of them had any knowledge – a fair point considering exact details haven’t been released.

The star said, “and how dare you attack when a beautiful life has been lost.” On a more positive note, Sarah and her Modern Family co-stars shared a link to a GoFundMe page and it has since garnered more than a few dollars for both medical expenses and funeral fees.

Unfortunately, thousands of people die in drinking and driving related accidents every year. However, in the modern era, drunk driving has since become a massive social faux-pas. It is no longer a social norm as it once was due to years of activism and raising awareness.

According to a study from the Port of Springer Nature, a majority of car accidents, especially fatal ones, are caused, in part, by drinking and driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that approximately $ 37 billion in damages are caused every single year as a result of drinking and driving-related accidents.

Moreover, someone dies in an alcohol-related crash every fifty-one minutes. Most drunk drivers are men, although some are women. However, there is a significant disproportionate ratio.

Ever since the legalization of marijuana in several states in the United States, as well as the legalization of the substance nationally in Canada, the risk of more fatal accidents has been a subject of discussion. As the years go by, authorities say road-side tests will increase in sophistication regarding what substances they test for.

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You can dance, you can jive…

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I’m not afraid to say it: I’m a diehard ABBA and Mamma Mia fan. As my exasperated pals can attest to, I would not shut up about Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again when it came out and I’ve been low-key trying to sneak 70s inspired pieces into my wardrobe ever since. While the summery dresses won’t work for the winter cold anymore, I have been noticing a pretty surprising fashion trend around a lot recently: the return of the white go go boot. And honestly, I stan.

Although in the past I’ve typically only seen them at costume parties, they’ve cemented themselves a little niche amongst the fashion forward this season. From chic leather pieces to jaw-dropping white snakeskin, a number of them were spotted all over the fashion week just gone.

With some of my favourite high street retailers and luxury brands jumping on the bandwagon, I’m genuinely tempted to join in – even if they’re not the most practical colour. (Needs must when it comes to looking cool AF.)

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While they might seem pretty daunting to style, they’re a total dream if you pair them with another big winter trend: patterned midi dresses and midi skirts. And seeing that shock of white underneath a statement winter coat will have you Instagram ready in no time with a kick ass OOTD.

If you’re a go go boot purist, this might not be 100% the right edit for you as I’ve popped in a few pieces that take the staple into 2018. Don’t @ me on Twitter for steering away from the latex please, I’m just a girl in love with white boots.

And cowboy boots.

And ankle boots.

Just, boots.

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Before I fall down a boot-related rabbit hole, here’s my edit of the best white knee high boots for the season.

If you end up buying a pair, sticking on ABBA’s Dancing Queen and having a little boogie, I’m right there with you. We should grab a coffee sometime.

FIND White Leather Slouch Boots

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FIND is fast becoming one of my favourite new brands, as they’ve been knocking it out of the park with their footwear recently. After I fell in love with our Digital Fashion Editor Penny’s faux snakeskin cowboy boots, they had me falling in love all over again with these beauties. (P.S. They’re currently 30% off and also come in red and black.)

Priced at £72.10, available at Amazon.co.uk/Find

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New Look White Limited Edition Knee High Western Boots

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New Look has really stepped up their game with this piece which brings the best of both winter trend worlds together: white footwear and Western-style boots. With subtle embroidery and a faux wood block heel, they look ultra expensive and won’t set you back too much.

Priced at £49.99, available at New Look

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Tibi Logan Patent-Leather Knee Boots

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These are about as close as you’ll get to a traditional go go boot, as they’re made of the same shiny patent leather we’ve come to associate them with. That said, the pointed tip and rounded top bring it more into 2018 – so it’s more a chic throwback than a dated reference.

Priced at £780, available at NET-A-PORTER

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Mango Snake Effect High-Leg Boots

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These are the shoes that kicked off my obsession with white boots, if I’m being perfectly honest. I saw them in Mango and they actually look a little paler than they do here, so IMO they still belong in the shade territory. Animal print is the trend that just doesn’t want to die this season and with faux snakeskin like this, why would you ever want it to?

Priced at £59.99, available at Mango

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Gabriela Hearst Linda Croc-Effect Leather Over-The-Knee Boots

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Gabriela Hearst may be better known for their bags which swept Instagram into a frenzy, however these faux croc boots are a great case for why they’re nailing the broader fashion game. Pair it with a cosy long dress and you’ll be a total winter goddess.

Priced at £1,220, available at NET-A-PORTER

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& other stories Knee High Leather Boots

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It came out recently that & other stories’ white cowboy boots were amongst the most in demand styles this season and they show no sign of slowing down with these boots. With a blockier heel for extra support, these boots were truly made for walking and are the epitome of Scandi-chic.

Priced at £199, available at & other stories

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Julia Mays Faux Fur White Nappa

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I can never resist a bit of faux fur. These boots aren’t quite as tall as the others on the list and come to about your mid-calf. They’re giving me total Parisian chic vibes and while they’re a bit pricier, the quality speaks for itself as they’re made from Nappa leather and lined with faux fur inside to boot.

Priced at £495, available at Julia Mays

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TBH these boots aren’t made for walking, but that’s still what they’ll do.

I’m just going to bite the bullet and commit to buying a pair, who needs Christmas presents for the fam anyways?

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