NASA says now is a great time to leave Earth

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When you’re planning on taking a trip it pays to plan ahead, and one of the first things you should do is check the weather forecast. The same is true for space travelers, and with so many missions in the works, NASA is now gazing ahead to see what the space weather forecast is looking like for the upcoming decade, and things appear to be shaping up rather nicely.

Using the most recent data on solar activity and a new predictive formula for forecasting peaks and valleys of solar weather, NASA says that we’re about to experience the calmest decade-or-so of the past two centuries, making right now the perfect time to plan crewed missions to other worlds.

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How to travel with a baby and have a great time


For many new parents it can be a daunting task going on vacation, or traveling, with a baby; particularly if it’s for the first time. However, there are several things you can do that will make the entire experience much more comfortable and more convenient; this will ultimately make your trip more enjoyable for both you and your baby.

Generally, most parents have their own way of doing things, and while these tips will help on your trip, it’s always important to do what you think is best for your child as every person and baby are different with their own wants and needs.

How to travel with a baby and have a great time

Have everything ready, but be minimalistic

Many people like to have hundreds of the same thing ‘just in case,’ but if you think about it logically, you probably won’t need half the stuff in front of you. It would be far more comfortable to you not to have to lug around double the number of things with little to no need. That being said, there are a few things you should keep a constant supply of.

One of those suggestions is having enough of your baby’s favorite formula milk or food. Of course, if they’re still breastfeeding, then you already have that. However, if your child has one kind of food that he or she prefers to everything else, save yourself the trouble and take as much as you need. On the other hand, you can always buy diapers at your destination.

Get an aisle seat

If you’re traveling by plane, then it would make things a lot easier if you had the aisle seat. It saves you from having to walk over people and having to hold your baby in precarious positions. If you have the aisle seat, then you can go to and from the bathroom whenever you need to.

Portable baby bed

This could become a lifesaver more than you think, and you can whip it out whenever you need a safe place to put your baby. It also means you don’t have to rely on your accommodation to provide one. Some parents don’t feel comfortable renting these as they don’t feel they might be up to their standard, but for most, it’s about having the availability without the added cost.

How to travel with a baby and have a great time

Keep to your baby’s routine

This depends on where and how far you’re going. If your time zone isn’t changing dramatically, then many parents have recommended sticking to your baby’s schedule. This is important because, otherwise, you’ll be giving yourself hard work when you get home and potentially less sleep. However, other sources have said that, if you’re going somewhere with a different time zone and you know everyone is going to suffer from jetlag, then try and keep your little one awake as long as you can. However, this isn’t always possible, and sometimes you have to go with the flow.

Separate sleeping areas

If your baby needs to get some shut-eye, and there is nowhere else for you to go, it’s going to be a pretty quiet trip. To give yourself some peace, make sure you book somewhere with separate sleeping areas and, that way, you can get a little adult time while your little angel sleeps peacefully.

There are a whole host of things you can do to help make a trip enjoyable, but as long as you remain prepared, don’t panic, and ready yourself for a couple of sleepless nights; you’re all good!

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It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

BINGE: Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens gets a great adaptation.

Delightful. Yes. I’m going with that particular adjective. It is a good proper British adjective and this is a very British production. As it should be. Good Omens is considered a classic of the fantasy genre, a high-profile collaboration between English writers Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Why yes, this is my second Neil Gaiman recommendation this year (see American Gods). As end-of-the-world Apocalypse viewing goes, this is a hoot. The casting is terrific. Michael Sheen and David Tennant are so much fun to watch here. Credit to Gaiman who, by scripting the series was able to bring the particular charm of the novel to the screen. Do I have a few quibbles? Yes. I keep using old-times adjectives. And some of the F/X are noticeably unfortunate. But none of that gets in the way of the fun. HEADS UP: I wrote this review for Good Omens early last Saturday morning just after bingeing it. Imagine my absolute horror to find that one of my go-to sites used “delightful” in a post about the show on Monday. I stand by my adjective. Even if it is lame. Apparently this is a hill I am willing to die on.

 

EAT: Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil.

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Before I offend a whole lot of people let me state right up front: I realize this is not a real shrimp boil. This is not meant to suggest otherwise. However, not all of us have the ability to pull off a legitimate boil with our schedules (and grocery store options). This takes the concept of the boil and gives us a chance at having a little something special on a weeknight. Aside from using a pot to par-boil the potatoes and corn, the meal comes together on a sheet pan and is about as easy as it gets. The results are super tasty. Don’t forget your favorite hot sauce.

 

WATCH: A genuine musical spectacle that sweeps and soars.

I’m not going to say much about this. You are either in the “Elton John biopic camp” or you aren’t. But damn this is good. This is not a whitewash telling of Elton’s career. This is more of the warts-an-all variety and it is better because of it. Credit to Taron Egerton for taking on a role that seems larger than life. The guy can sing. And does so throughout the movie. The 70’s were often bleak and dangerous, but Elton gave everyone distractions of the highest order.

 

LISTEN: Keep the Rocketman buzz going with this post-movie playlist.

With Rocketman in theaters now, I found myself revisiting some of the music which made up the soundtrack to my youth. Don’t even start in on that math. I beg you. And yes, I know, not all of these songs are an Elton + Bernie gem. Heck, one of them is a WHO song. Still, all good and off the otherwise beaten path of hits collections. This list is heavy on the grand and sweetly epic productions that grab your attention and don’t let go. Except for the disco songs. Or the Philly R&B sessions, or the pristine prog rock. Like I said, all good.

 

VOLUNTEER: You might be surprised how happy it makes you. 

Just so we are clear, there are many reasons for someone to consider volunteering their time. The link above provides a few, and this one does as well. I understand that many of us are pressed for time as it is. But I would argue that by prioritizing a few hours every so often will put you in a better headspace than simply zoning out in front of any kind of screen. I use the example of being a volunteer dog walker because this is something that I find really sweet. The opportunities are endless as the things you are interested in. A quick search of local non-profits will also give you some ideas to consider.

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He’s pretty sure about some of the things most of the time, but totally clueless about everything else all the time. And this sh*t tops the list. Consider this a palate cleanser. You’re welcome


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Last Saturday night, a comedy cabal assembled in NBC’s Studio 8H for SNL’s Season 44 finale. It opened in a dreadfully familiar place: the Oval Office. There, President Donald J. Trump (Alec Baldwin, all violent spasms) crowed with self-satisfied delight, for he was on “cruise control” to a 2020 win and “there’s nothing the Democrats in Congress can do about it.”

With that, Trump and his loyal confederates broke into a parody version of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

“He’s a loose cannon rippin’ up the laws of society,” belted Aidy Bryant’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “But they call him Mr. Bad Advice, cause he listens to Fox News guys,” chimed in Cecily Strong’s Melania Trump, prompting Beck Bennett’s Mike Pence to add, “I want to make a super-straight man out of you!”

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Have you ever sat through a boring presentation or have you ever stood in front of an audience and felt intimidated? Well, I definitely have and I also gave a presentation once where people actually were yawning and sleeping right in front of me and was so distracting and embarrassing but I swore to myself I would only give engaging interesting presentations. Along the way, I learned a few things and today, I want to share my 11 tips on giving a great presentation.

At its core, a presentation is always about sharing knowledge but you want to be engaging. The problem is people have really short attention spans and you have to capture it.

1. Build Your Presentation Around Your Audience.

That means you have to know who that audience is; ask yourself, what do they expect from you? Do they think you show up in shorts or in a suit? Even more importantly, ask what will they get out of my presentation? In our case, it’s hopefully some knowledge and entertainment value. Also, ask yourself, how do they dress and what do they find funny? Because if you can connect with them and their humor, you’re definitely a winner and they find you entertaining. Also in a professional setting, sometimes humor or storytelling can be frowned upon and you have to understand that, otherwise, your presentation may backfire hard. Your overarching goal in a non-professional presentation should be to entertain and engage the audience and just have like one major key point.

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Photo credit: www.forbes.com

2. Focus On Your Core Message.

It is great to have three key points that underline your core message. Otherwise, if you overload your presentation, people find it hard to follow and won’t walk away with anything. Now, at the Gentleman’s Gazette, our goal is to help men to be gentlemen and so everything we do revolves around that topic. If there is something in your presentation that doesn’t support that key focus, simply leave it out.

3. Do Not Rely On Digital Software.

Don’t think of PowerPoint or Prezi or any other digital software to be your presentation. Your presentation is you and how you deliver it and how you speak. PowerPoint is just there to support you, therefore, your screen shouldn’t just repeat what you say, it should be different, it should be ideally funny, have pictures or videos that underline what you say and explain it. Also, don’t read what’s on the screen because your audience can do so much faster and rather have complimentary keywords that help them digest your information more easily.

Over the years, I’ve learned a fantastic rule of thumb is the 10-20-30 rule. That means, the presentation should be no longer than 10 minutes, you should not have more than 20 slides, and the font size should not be smaller than 30, that means bigger font, fewer words, no sentences, keep it brief so people can enjoy and understand what you’re saying all the while being entertained. Also, and this goes back to point number one, if you know your audience, you can style your presentation so it’s visually appealing to them which can be very important.

4. Do Not Script Your Presentation.

Doing so sounds too stiff, it sounds too boring, it’s really important that you use your natural language and that means you have to practice, practice, practice! For example, if you look at TED Talks, they’re not allowed to use a teleprompter or read notes. They simply have to internalize it and once you do that, you can really get through the core and just provide valuable stuff.

A light blue shirt for business casual with chinos and a blazer
A light blue shirt for business casual with chinos and a blazer

5. Dress The Part.

Again, that all starts with knowing your audience but also yourself. For example, showing up in a three-piece pinstripe suit with a bow tie at a Plumber union’s meeting won’t give you any props. So in general, wear something that’s a little bit more formal than what your target audience wears unless, of course, you yourself have a certain brand image. For example, I would always like to give a presentation in a suit or in a combination because we are about helping men be gentlemen and we think classic style is extremely important in accomplishing that goal. For example, if you’re in an office with a dress code, business casual, you probably want to add a blazer. That way, you look authoritative and it subconsciously sends the signal that what you have to say is of value.

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Photo credit: www.ted.com/talks – Cesar Kuriyama speaks at TED2012

6. Start Strong.

This is the most crucial point of engagement. You want to start with a story, an anecdote, or a controversial question or quote that really gets you the attention of your audience. Just saying “Hello, everyone!” or “Let’s get started” is not the way to do it. Don’t be afraid to show vulnerability or maybe share something embarrassing because it makes you more relatable and people will root for you from the get-go. Again, look at TED talks, no one just rattles off their credentials and why they’re here in the beginning. They make it part of a story.

The story behind Halo Sleep sack is interesting
The story behind Halo Sleep sack is interesting

7. Tell Great Stories.

So first of all, what is a story? Actually, it’s very simple. It is a hero that overcomes an obstacle to reach a goal. The higher this obstacle, the higher the goal, the more compelling the story. Always keep in mind, people root for the underdog but at the same time, your story should always relate to that key focus you have in your presentation. Don’t be afraid to use another person’s or another company’s story if it supports your focus point.

For example, if you look at Halo sleep sacks and you look at their story, you’re much more compelled to buy the product. The father who invented that sleepsack did it because his daughter died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and he believes it may be connected to the fact that she had a blanket and suffocated from it. He had this obstacle to overcome that he wanted to keep the children from dying and so he created that sleep sack and he reached that goal with fewer kids dying now, all the while you feel really connected to him.

8. Aim For A Conversational Tone.

At first, you might think you have to sound authoritative or maybe very passionate and while that’s good, it really helps if you can engage with your audience and have a very conversational tone because that means you gage with them. For example, I never use a teleprompter because I feel it’s too stiff, it’s not me, and it’s just not the way I talk, therefore, I script it and I speak to the camera and if I screw up and trust me, that happens a lot more often than you think.

Make sure to proactively involve your audience

9. Engage Your Audience.

One of them is to make eye contact and while it may seem impossible, you can gaze through the room, you can go with your eyes from left to right, make sure you look people in the eye, however, more importantly, if you can engage your audience in a way that supports your subject matter, that’s really best.

For example, the other day, I was at a presentation where they talked about social pressure creating a diminished performance. Now, instead of just having it on the slide, what the person did was they put up a slide with numbers and it was like “9.32 “and “0.58” and you had to add things up so they would amount to ten. First, he just told the audience “Just do it in your head and figure out what two numbers are correct” then in a second step, he actually said down, the people who were still standing, they became more nervous, they became just not sure about it and then they would take even much longer to find the right answer and so it was very interesting because people really felt that when they had that social pressure they really would perform more poorly which was the subject of this presentation. So it’s always much better to make people feel in a certain way rather than just telling them.

Just own it and the audience will love you for it
Just own it and the audience will love you for it

10. Do Not Worry About Being Nervous.

Simply admit to it. Most audiences, especially larger ones, will expect you to be slightly nervous but if it’s something that’s hindering you, the best thing you can do is to acknowledge it upfront because that way, people will root for you because they can relate to you.

11. Give A quick Summary.

Give a quick summary of your presentation and highlight the major takeaway so people can at least walk home with that one thing that they can apply in their life.

How do you deliver great presentations? Do you have any other tips that we might have missed? Share with us in the comments section below!

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Great places to see wildlife in the UK: readers’ travel tips

Wildlife can thrive in city centres, as well as in reserves, wild moors and remote islands; you just need to know what to look out for, say our tipsters

Cuckoos, kingfishers, water voles, marsh harriers, seals and fantastic views from the coffee shop: inside the M25! Take a bow, Rainham RSPB reserve. A two-mile walk around the reserve (which is only a 20-minute stroll from Purfleet station) yields rich rewards, and even spectacular views of Eurostar trains. Spring is particularly noisy, with warblers of all sorts, and winter, with large flocks of lapwings and a gazillion ducks, is spectacular. There are also rare bearded tits, comfortable hides, simple walking, kids’ events and a great coffee shop with a small playground. The Thames views are wonderful: the sun filling the cafeteria, which has huge windows over the reserve and the river with basking seals, makes one forget the nearby big smoke.
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Great destinations for a 2-day weekend trip


Sometimes in life, we don’t have time for a full-blown vacation, but we can put some time aside for a weekend trip. You don’t have to fly to the other side of the world to have a great time, and these local hotspots are perfect for a 2-day weekend trip.

New York City

The city that never sleeps has to be on your weekend getaway list because there is just so much to see and do. You can spend the entire weekend sightseeing, or you can go on a culinary adventure across the Big Apple. With more restaurants and bars than you could possibly imagine you can have a fun-filled weekend and be back in time for the meeting on Monday.

The best thing about New York City is that you can get there any way you want. You can fly into any of the major airports or flying isn’t for you then the train is a good option, while driving isn’t out of the question. There are plenty of indoor activities like the museums and Broadway shows for when the weather isn’t great, and then there’s Central Park for when the sun’s shining.

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Chicago

If you’re considering the north-east of America, then you might as well think about Chicago. You’ll find great pizza here, though New Yorkers might prefer to call it a pie, but there’s more to Chicago than pizza. There is the iconic Field Museum to take in some of the history of the Windy City, but the best way to see this city is by taking a bike tour.

You’ll come across all the iconic locations like the famous ‘Bean’ installation, plus you’ll coast past Lake Michigan and wonder why all cities don’t have beaches. Wander into Millenium Park and lose yourself for an hour or two in the 25-acre open area and then head to Michigan Avenue to shop til you drop.

Nashville

Nashville is the home of country music, and there is so much to see and do here. You’ll have to check out some music when you’re here of course, and you can head straight to the Grand Ole Opry for a tour. Nashville is best enjoyed on foot, and you should make use of any of the walking tours on offer to tourists.

They will take you along to the best spots in town, including City House, the Tennessee State Museum, the riverfront, and Nissan Stadium. In the evenings make a reservation for the Bluebird Cafe to see the next big thing in country music doing their thing. The Bluebird Cafe is where acts like Garth Brooks made their names, and you’ll find stars of today such as LeAnn Rimes performing today.

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San Diego

There’s not much to dislike about San Diego. It has great year-round weather and around 70 miles of coastline for visitors to enjoy. If you’re looking for somewhere to surf, then you couldn’t pick a better spot for the weekend than San Diego.

You can head there to surf or equally, it’s perfect for relaxing on the beach with some tunes and a cooler. It won’t take you long to find somewhere to eat thanks to the countless Mexican restaurants and to top it all off there is a bustling nightlife for the evenings.

These destinations are perfect for getting away for the weekend. There is so much to do that your only regret will be not taking more time to take in these wonderful weekend hotspots.

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Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is still a lightning rod of controversy for fans, even 20 years after its release (the film celebrates that anniversary this Sunday). And though The Last Jedi seems to be taking its place as the preeminent controversial Star Wars movie, the fact is, love it or hate it, The Phantom Menace rebirthed the galaxy far, far away for a new generation.

But even if you fall into the camp that doesn’t particularly enjoy Episode I, there are still some stories from the early Prequel era of Star Wars, ~30 BBY (Before Battle of Yavin) to be specific, that are incredible and simply wouldn’t exist without the characters, locales, or themes of The Phantom Menace.

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10 great walks on Britain’s tiny islands

In this extract from her new book, Islandeering, Lisa Drewe braves the tides to walk around the cliffs, beaches and historic coastal trails of her favourite small isles

In a nutshell A rollercoaster route along the rocky dragon’s spine of one of the UK’s most exhilarating islands, full of natural wonders
Distance 7.8km
Walking time 2 hours
Difficulty/terrain Moderate/rocky foreshore, easy paths and steeper scrambles

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Will Smith previews his version of ‘Aladdin’ classic ‘Friend Like Me’ and it’s actually great

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It’s the moment Disney fans are waiting for, and one many are coming at with eyebrows raised — Will Smith’s version of “Friend Like Me.”

The star of the new live action Aladdin takes on the coveted role of the Genie, one immortalised by the late great Robin Williams.

“Robin Williams smashed that role,” Smith told Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, and that Smith himself originally didn’t want to touch the role. “Hell no,” he said, when first asked. And fair enough, people have had their eyes critically fixed on any Genie footage of Smith from square one.

Nonetheless, what pushed him over the line? Messing around with “Friend Like Me,” Smith had the team run the drum beat of The Honey Drippers’ 1973 track “Impeach The President” on top. Read more…

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It’s been almost a week now since the airing of The Long Night, the sprawling, bloody, battle-centric third episode of Game of Thrones‘ eighth and final season, and yes, we’re still talking about, pondering and debating all the myriad ramifications of the milestone episode that shattered viewing records. But when you look past the character deaths, that insanely thrilling moment when Arya leaped out of nowhere and shanked the Night King, the drama of the battle between the living and the dead, all of it — probably the most significant concern now is, what’s next?

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Someone Great reminded me to nurture my female friendships as much as my relationship

Someone Great reminded me to nurture my female friendships as much as my relationship


<em>Someone Great</em> reminded me to nurture my female friendships as much as my relationship

As I watched the first few scenes of Netflix’s romantic comedy Someone Great, I felt the thrill of recognition. In the film written and directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, central character Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) and I share a lot in common: We’re both journalists living in New York City who are in long-term relationships that began in college. Montage sequences of Jenny and her beau look a lot like my own love story—kisses on the subway platform, late-night bodega trips, walks through Washington Square Park.

Then our stories diverge.

When Jenny gets her dream job in San Francisco, her partner of nine years dumps her and she recruits her best friends to go on an epic bender. The fundamental romance of this romantic comedy reveals itself to be the love shared between Jenny and her best friends, Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow).

I watched the movie alone on my couch with a bowl of popcorn nestled in my lap. I occasionally paused to check on my boyfriend who was battling the flu in the next room. We’ve been together for nine years. I am incredibly grateful to be in a relationship wherein bouts of illness are fought as a pair—there’s always a live-in nurse to make you chicken soup and deliver tea—but I felt envious of those female friendships on screen.

Jenny, Erin, and Blair are actual #friendshipgoals. They’re the kind of pals who strike the perfect balance of calling each other out on their shit and knowing how to cheer each other up with just a look. “All I feel for you right now is love coursing through my veins and I want to hug it out,” Erin says to Blair after an argument. They have dance parties and fashion shows in their apartments. They encourage one another to drink tequila and tap into their wild sides.

I got to thinking: If my life as I know it were to change tomorrow, who would be the magical wing women to swoop in and help me?

Who would comfort me when I had the flu? Or even worse, who would mend my broken heart? The last decade of my life has been more date nights than girls’ nights out, so I didn’t have an answer.

The thing about college relationships is that they can be all-consuming. A freshman year romance is a magic solution to the herculean task of making new friends. It’s a salve for homesickness. A first love is filled with a lot of, well, exciting firsts. While my boyfriend and I were building our very own supercut amidst the backdrop of New York City, other friendships in my life became subsidiary. Graduation came and went, and somewhere along the way, time spent with other friends became relegated to birthday celebrations and special occasions.

Reader, I need you to know that I have friends. Some pretty great ones, actually. But my high school comrades are scattered around the globe, my college roomie is in London, and my core friend group in New York is shared with my boyfriend. All of this is to say that dates with girlfriends are few and far between, and many of my friendships are in need of some stoking.

Someone Great inspired me to get on it. I challenged myself to be more intentional with my social calendar, to make plans, and to keep them. (My idea of fun is a little more PG than that of the Someone Great trio: There was no molly popped or joints rolled as part of my friendly experiment.)

I invited two high school friends to meet me in the city, and we spent a rainy afternoon at an interactive museum posing for silly pictures and wading through a ball pit. The rest of the day included some lingerie shopping and lots of laughs.

I also went to a book launch with a dear friend, and we ended the night talking about novels over negronis and french fries.

I planned an early-morning Skype check-in with my friend who lives in Germany, something we now plan to do on a regular basis.

A post-work happy hour with a group of ladies turned into a Lower East Side romp, an 11 o’clock three-course dinner, and, well, a mid-week hangover. It was worth it.

These few friend dates were some of the most meaningful social encounters I’ve had in awhile.

By intentionally focusing on these relationships, I’ve realized the crucial role that female friendships have in my life.

Yes, pitchers of margaritas were consumed, but there were also discussions about a friend’s recent first date, advice to another about how to ask her partner to move in, and encouragement to negotiate a salary raise. Our conversations covered money and self-care and sex and mental health. Beauty products were recommended, recipes were swapped, secrets were spilled. These are topics that don’t come up as pillow talk with my partner.

Someone Great may not have a typical happy ending for a romantic comedy. But it does have an indisputable happily ever after: Jenny, Erin, and Blair’s love will endure. And I have a feeling that my book club, yoga class, and hiking plans with friends—and the girls’ trip now on my calendar—will help my friendships endure, too.

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With The Great Gatsby—the first and only work by Fitzgerald most people read—we’re instructed, starting in high school and then ever after, that only one manuscript by the Minnesota-born author is deemed worth our time. And in Gatsby, there are indeed chunks of perfect writing—velvety stuccoed passages of pure prose poetry that make it seem like this author always had a goldmine at his disposal when other writers were lucky to have pyrite crumbs.

Sometimes these plush veins go on for pages, capturing details of human existence—the ways we all think, at some time or other, which we all recognize with an “aha, yes, I’ve been that way” internal exclamation—and where entire worlds register in the precise manner of how a finger touches a glass, or a pine cone dandles in a breeze. But if you want to experience Fitzgerald the stylistic daredevil, you need to turn to his stories, right from his earliest ones. Get thee to a good compilation, go.

“I have asked a lot of my emotions—120 stories,” Fitzgerald wrote near the end of his life. Clearly that number meant a lot to him, as it should have. A little chest-thumping pride, if you will, like he’d just sunk a three to finish off triple overtime.

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20 great boutique music festivals Europe summer 2019

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Bulgaria’s Rhodope mountains, close to the Greek border, make an atmospheric setting for this multi-genre music festival. It’s a scenic escape with four stages showcasing underground electronic music and acoustic bands, plus zip-lining, a giant hammock in the forest, yoga and other wellness activities – along with hillside gatherings for sunrise. The resident choir from the local village of Polkovnik Serafimovo (around 100km south of Plovdiv) also performs in traditional dress with Kukeri dancers.
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Great places to visit in the US


It’s easy to forget how vast the U.S is and just how much it has to offer. From state to state there is something fantastically unique at every turning, all you have to do is go and find it, and that’s where we come in. Sometimes we can get caught up in traveling to various obscure places in a random corner of the planet, which can be amazing, but you may end up missing something spectacular that might seem too obvious, or even too easy. Our advice to you is to visit the breathtaking places at least once, and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Yellowstone

We’re pretty sure you’ve heard of it, and now it’s time to go finally see it. Yellowstone has been voted number one as the best place in the U.S to go, and it’s no surprise. Yellowstone is a natural wonderland, from the world-famous ‘Old Faithful’ geyser to the ‘Grand Prismatic Spring.’ Yellowstone has some astonishing natural curiosities, the grand prismatic spring is the largest hot spring in the United States, and features some gobsmacking natural colors that will blow your mind. While it will cost you a small buck to get in, everything else is totally free.

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New York City

If you’re a New Yorker reading this, then you’ve officially made everyone jealous. However, it’s no secret that pretty much everyone wants to visit this incredible city, a place that has inspired many artists from across the world, with movies, songs and shows all based in and around. The city itself is filled with so much, just from being able to stand and muse at Time Square, or visiting one of their incredibly tall skyscrapers. Everyone wants a piece of the big apple, and you never know, you might bump into your favorite actor or even get to be an extra in a random scene!

Yosemite

Yosemite is one of America’s oldest national parks after its creation in 1890. This national park gets over 4 million tourists a year, making it one of the most popular attractions around. It’s not difficult to understand either, from the old and beautiful Sequoia trees to the sheer cliffscapes, this place has some incredibly unique rock formations that will keep geologists entertained for decades. If you’re an adventurous spirit, then you also have the option of experiencing the beauty of Yosemite up close and personal. Experts have suggested going a little earlier than most people, to really experience the beauty of the place without the constant hustle and bustle of other keen tourists.

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is as amazing as everyone says it is. This is a vast and impressive natural wonder, with a variety of popular viewpoints to emphasize the scale. Some of the most popular places to experience the Grand Canyon are Mather point, Yavapai point, and Moran point. Travelers have highlighted Yavapai point as one of the most impressive viewpoints, so that might be a great one to prioritize. The Grand Canyon is not somewhere you want to miss, and if you have a fair few spare bucks, you can even pay for a helicopter ride across even more!

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These are only a few of the best places to go in the U.S., but boy are they impressive, no doubt you will make some amazing memories along the way.

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Great places to travel solo


There are so many perks to traveling solo. You can do what you want when you want without having to run it by someone else. You have the opportunity to make more friends. You get to learn about yourself. And, in most cases, you will become a stronger and more confident person. So now you know why to travel solo, where should you go?

Australia

One of the most popular places for backpackers, you are sure to find other solo travelers wherever you go, so although you will be on your own, you certainly won’t be lonely! Learn to surf on some of the gnarliest waves in the world, or go diving at the Great Barrier Reef. If you are looking to backpack long-term, Australia is full of jobs for travelers to make some extra money to fund the next round of travel.

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Canada

Canada is known for being home to the friendliest people in the world, so it is the perfect place to go traveling on your own. If you don’t come back having made a friend or two, you’ve done something wrong! Another huge perk of Canada is that there is so much to see and do and the landscape is so diverse that you could climb mountains, explore lakes and beaches, and visit cities, all in one trip.

Italy

Italy offers so much in terms of architecture, culture and, of course, food which makes it a vibrant and exciting place for solo travelers to explore. Be sure to visit Rome, Venice, Florence, and Milan if you have time for the perfect mixture of art, fashion, romance, and delicious dining. You can hop on a plane to Italy and feel right at home here.

Indonesia

There are so many reasons that Indonesia holds such a draw to solo travelers, from the stunning views to the mixture of cultures. Head to Bali to visit breathtaking temples, swim with jellyfish on Kakaban Island, experience the incredible color-changing lakes in The National Park in Dieng Plateau, and meet orangutans in Borneo.

Norway

Norway is an incredibly beautiful country, and we think that the fjords should be on everyone’s bucket lists to see – photographs just do not do them justice! Of course, the Northern Lights are also visible at certain times of the year, so that should be on your list too. It is also billed as one of the safest countries in the world so ideal for traveling around on your own.

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Thailand

Another staple destination for solo travelers and groups alike, Thailand has something for everyone. Bangkok is a city of hustle and bustle, with noise, color, and excitement around every corner. For a little bit of relaxation and to recuperate from Bangkok, head to one of the islands to spend some time in paradise. Each island has a different feel, so make sure you research before deciding if you want a party island or a secluded haven.

Whether you are a seasoned solo traveler, or you are just contemplating traveling on your own for the first time, hopefully, this has helped you with some places to add to your list!

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20 great agriturismos and farm stays in Europe: readers’ tips

The agriturismo movement started in Italy but readers have had breaks on working farms from France to Iceland and Croatia to Crete

This country is dotted with amazing organic farm stays but we love Pri Plajerju in the Trenta valley. There’s something pure and timeless about Slovenia and this farm. It has self-catering apartments, but we sleep in the hayloft – it’s incredibly good value. The hay beds are warm and cosy and it’s magical after a day walking the Soča trail. The mountain scenery is mind-blowing; you can help feed the animals in the morning, and the home-cooked food is fresh, filling and always served with a smile. It almost makes me want to move to the country.
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Victor Hugo Wrote ‘Hunchback of Notre-Dame’ to Save the Great Cathedral

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You might say that the best fiction exists to disassemble expectations. Nature can be the same way, which is why, even when we understand the realities of fire, we’re still taken aback—in the modern, technologically-ramped-up age—when something like Notre Dame Cathedral becomes a sky-tethered conflagration.

You want to say, “Wait, shouldn’t we be able to stop this?” and “Surely it is possible with all of our advances to keep such a blaze from beginning?”

But that is not how nature works, nor how great fiction works; they’re both going to do what they’re going to do, and then we must adjust.

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Great things to see in India


India is the most breath-taking of cultural experiences. Everywhere you go and wherever you look, there are new unthinkable things to see and learn about. The country is truly a unique and fascinating place, with a rich history and magnificent culture waiting for you to experience.

You’ll get to marvel at the beautiful architecture and wondrous ancient temples, experience fascinating festivals and set your sights on stunning natural scenery. India is a must-see country for travelers. Here are some of the top things we think there are to see in India.

See Ranakpur Jain Temple

Situated in a remote North Easterly village, the Ranakpur Jain Temple dates back to the 15th century. The temple is remarkably captivating, supported by over 1’400 intricately detailed pillars in which no two one is the same. It’s relatively unvisited by masses of tourists, so it’s a great hidden spot of ancient history to venture around.

Ranakpur Jain Temple

Relax on Palolem Beach

If you like to break up your trip with a relaxing beach day, then Palolem Beach in the state of Goa is the place for you to be. It’s got a clean sandy beach, tropical palm trees, calm waves, nightlife, excursions, and water activities. There’s also an array of affordable beach huts to hire too.

See the Indian Himalayas

The Indian Himalayas offer incredible sights of beautiful scenery, with numerous tracks and paths allowing you to trek the best view spots. The Western ranges from Kashmir to Nanda also feature quaint communities for you to stop off and explore too. Be careful of the snow leopards!

Ride the ancient railways

Indian railway systems are certainly an experience. Taking to the tracks is a must-do thing to do, whatever part of the country you are in. You can hop on board the desert crossing from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer, or ride through the mountainous terrains from Kolkata to Darjeeling. You could even experience one of the longest train routes in India on the Grand Trunk Express from New Delhi to Chennai.

Visit Akshardham

Located near the Yamuna River, this temple is another one to see. It towers above the landscape with vast domed ceilings, impressive architecture, and exquisite carvings. Akshardham complex is also a great place go before or after sunset when it’s beautifully lit up.

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Explore the medieval city of Orcha

This a unique little medieval town dating back to the early 16th century with an abundance of temples, forts and palaces for you to explore. Its derelict streets and ancient ruins make it a magical place to visit. One tip – visit early before any tourist buses and coaches arrive to have it all to yourself and see it in its full glory.

Celebrate the festivals

India certainly has no shortage of festivals. From kite flying to camels, there’s usually some sort of festival to be joined depending on where or when you visit. Most of them are wonderful sights to see – like the lighting up of a million clay lamps at India’s biggest festival Diwali, or the vibrant color powder throwing of Holi which is crazy fun.

India truly does have an endless array of places to visit. Whatever it is you like to experience on vacation, India’s lavish cultural heritage is something everyone should experience. Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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“Jon Snow” and “strategic genius” are certainly terms that don’t seem to go together.

While Jon is one of the most beloved of characters in Game of Thrones, Ned Stark’s bastard son is often viewed like his “father”—a hero, but not a very smart or strategic one. Viewers see this in everything from Littlefinger’s sneering appraisal of him to Jon’s performance in the Battle of the Bastards, where he easily fell into Ramsay Bolton’s trap. Indeed, even the first love of his life, Ygritte, a fiery Free Folk, perhaps best sums up how Jon has generally been perceived: “You’re brave. Stupid, but brave.”

But just as the Bastard of Winterfell’s actual birth history turns out to be more than once presumed, it’s time to reevaluate how Jon Snow is viewed as a strategic leader. Far from just having great hair and sword skills, Jon Snow shares many of the attributes that have made the real world’s great supreme military commanders so successful, particularly one of the most revered in U.S. history, George Washington. Jon Snow serves as a reminder that the qualities of just one man can shape the course of an entire war. As the sellsword-turned-knight Bronn once put it, “Men win wars. Not magic tricks.” Ultimately, leaders make decisions, and decisions make history. And Jon Snow’s personal characteristics suggest that he just might be bound for greatness as a strategic leader.

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Ten Great Sneakers For Spring

In January of 2014, Karl Lagerfeld held a couture show at the Grand Palais in Paris, where he sent a parade of models down the runway wearing corseted midriffs, gossamer dresses, and pastel-colored sneakers. “Look at the shoes!,” Suzy Menkes wrote of the show in The New York Times. “SNEAKERS at Chanel! [..] No more suffering to be beautiful. Off with the vertiginous stilettos and the chunky club-sandwich soles! In with modern footwear and the female freedom that goes with it.”

The sneakers, sixty-five pairs in total, were made bespoke by the 125-year-old French shoemaking firm Massaro. Each pair required about thirty-hours of handwork to produce, with every silvery slither sequin and shining dot set by hand. They were made from python, with lace, pearls, and tweed, and reportedly ran somewhere in the vicinity of €3,000. In terms of craft, labor, and price, these matched the best of what comes out of John Lobb’s bespoke workshop in London.

Chanel’s show is obviously about womenswear, but it’s a good marker to show where fashion was at the time — which includes men’s attitudes towards rubber soled trainers. Dressing well meant dressing up, and as recently as five years ago, sneakers were verboten. Menswear crawled out of the Dark Ages of the 1990s with men trading their ratty gym shoes for polished brogues, and with time, many men learned to avoid sneakers entirely.

In the last five years, sneakers have come back into menswear, just as they have for women, and their virtues are shared across the aisle. They’re squishy, forgiving, and comfortable. They can be affordable. And they’re often better with casualwear than leather soled shoes of any stripe. Even the Duke of Winsor used to wear canvas deck shoes with his double-breasted blazers (both technically naval clothes anyway). Alexis von Rosenberg, the Baron de Redé, who owned hundreds of bespoke GJ Cleverley shoes, had a pair of tri-striped Adidas sitting alongside his black imitation brogues and four-eyelet oxfords. On the fourth row of his floor-to-ceiling shoe closet, which spanned all four walls of his wardrobe, you can see a pair of black trainers.

I mostly wear boots and derbies during the fall and winter months, but every year around this time, when the weather starts warming up, I begin thinking about camp collar shirts and washed denim jeans, as well as the sneakers that would go with them. The challenge is finding something good. For the last five years, we’ve done roundups of great sneakers for spring — sensible, even if at times adventurous, designs with options for workwear, prep, and contemporary wardrobes. Here are ten more if you’re shopping for a pair this season.

 

Sperry Cloud CVO ($ 75)

Most people think of Sperry as a preppy brand for boat shoes and Topsiders, but their Cloud CVO is a much more versatile, three-season option for guys who like Americana and workwear (admittedly prep-adjacent styles). I like how Brian Davis of Wooden Sleepers styles them on his Instagram (he’s also in the main photo at the very top of this post). The shoes, which have been made the same way since the 1930s, go naturally with milsurp, denim, and vintage clothing. During the dawn of skateboarding, kids in Southern California wore CVOs because boards didn’t have grip tape yet and the soles worked well for staying upright. “They’re essentially a vintage shoe that you can buy new today,” says Brian, who sells the CVOs through his shop. “These were issued to sailors during World War II, so they fit in well with vintage militaria and khaki chinos. They also work with the 1960s Ivy Style look, like you’d imagine on Mr. Rogers. When I think of the quintessential canvas sneaker, this is the image I have in my head.” Wooden Sleepers has both the birch white and navy blue colorways available at their Brooklyn-based shop and online store for just $ 75.

 

Nike Killshot 2 ($ 90)

Nike’s Killshot 2 are affectionately known as the Memeshots on Reddit’s Male Fashion Advice, a subreddit community of 2 million people that spans the range of avant-garde dressers to beginners who are just starting to build a better wardrobe. The shoes are popular for good reasons. They’re reasonably affordable at $ 90 a pair, they reference classic 1970s designs, and they go with many of the styles often recommended at Male Fashion Advice (e.g., bizcaz basics, workwear, and prep).

The Killshots are minimal without being boring; sporty without being overdesigned. The gray suede mud-guard and white uppers go with almost any color bottom; the gum soles and navy swoosh (now also available in burgundy) lend some nice detailing. The shoes are a close cousin of Adidas’ Sambas, which Racked dubbed “The Official Shoe of Cute Boys.” Which makes them perfect for a guy like me because I too am just a close cousin of someone good looking. Get Killshots if you want something that’s handsome but not visually obtrusive, relevant without being trendy. They work especially well for casual offices.

 

Nike Air Tailwind 79 ($ 90)

In the 1970s, shortly after Japan fell in love with Ivy Style, the Japanese started noticing that American college students were no longer wearing neckties with tweed jackets to classes. Instead, many were repurposing outdoor brands such as Sierra Designs and Eddie Bauer into their everyday attire. The look was later coined “Rugged Ivy” (or sometimes “Heavy Duty Ivy”). In his book Ametora, David Marx described it as two sides of the same coin. Students at elite colleges still wore blazers, but ones in more rural locales such as Dartmouth were more likely to be found in down jackets and denim.

For that kind of style, you could go with Danner hiking boots or LL Bean boots, but my favorites are retro-running sneakers. Meaning, the sort of track styles you might find in the ‘70s and ‘80s (a look so beloved by the Japanese, the editors of Popeye dedicated a spread to it in their inaugural issue). They lack the heft of true-blue rugged boots, but they’re also better suited to sunnier weather.

Nike’s Air Tailwind 79s are perfect for that sort of wardrobe. When they were first released in 1979, they were Nike’s first shoe to feature the company’s Air Sole, which was invented by a trainer-obsessed aerospace technologist named Frank Rudy. The modern version has been updated a little with a sleek textile upper, foam tongue, and revered Waffle outsole. Wear them with 60/ 40 mountain parkas, Levi’s jeans, and Champion sweatshirts. They can also serve as a nice sportswear foil to jeans and a trim topcoat combination.

 

Nike React Element 87 ($ 185+)

When they first appeared on Jun Takahashi’s Undercover runway show last year, Nike’s React Element 87s became an instant online hit. They fuse two themes in sneaker design happening at the moment: a chunkier silhouette with that molecule-decorated sole and a deconstructed upper with a semi-translucent shell, low-slung Swoosh, and trail-style lacing system. Since the uppers are semi-translucent, your socks will slightly change the colorways of these styles, although most people find they just alternate between gray, black, and white.

On first blush, these sneakers look like they won’t go with anything, but in being so odd-ball and futuristic, they also go with nearly everything. Greg Lellouche of No Man Walks Alone pairs them with contemporary casualwear; Andrew Chen of 3sixteen teams them with workwear. “I wear them with blue jeans, drawstring utility pants, and olive fatigues,” Andrew says. “The sail colorway is actually pretty mellow and versatile.”

If you shop for a pair, beware of counterfeits and fishing sites that are just trying to steal your credit card info (if the site doesn’t have any contact information beyond an empty “submit form” page, that’s a red flag). Your best bet is to bid for a pair through StockX, where there’s an in-house authentication process. I like the sail and green mist colorways best, but they’re the most expensive at about $ 500 per pair. Desert sand is a good, semi-affordable alternative for around $ 200. “I have a pair of the desert sands and find they go well with olive drab or khaki bottoms,” says Greg. “They also look better with beige or grey socks, rather than white.”

 

Diadora Game Low ($ 90)

Diadora is an Italian company that started out making mountain boots in the 1940s before they switched to athletic gear and sneakers in the 1960s. I like their throwback designs, which are often rooted in 1960s and ’70s running, soccer, and tennis culture (often considered to be the Golden Era of many classic sportswear styles). Sid Mashburn, one of our favorite retailers, sells them alongside their Chelsea boots and tassel loafers. The sneakers go well with the sort of Americana and prep clothing you can find at Sid Mashburn’s stores — slim-straight jeans, oxford cloth button-downs, rain macs, field jackets, and chunky sweaters. Amazon has some on sale right now for as little as $ 30, but be aware that some have distressed and waxed soles, which I think look less compelling.

 

New Balance CM997HCB ($ 100)

The 997H has all the things we love about New Balance: a classic runner style with off-white and gray suede paneling, as well as a lightweight outsole that combines comfort and stability. It’s a little more modern looking than some of New Balance’s chunkier silhouettes and isn’t as dad-styled as the company’s techy-heavy options. As Pete recently wrote in his New Balances guide, these runners have impressive relevance across the men’s style spectrum. “Maybe in part because there are so few connotations with New Balance — unlike, say, basketball or tennis sneakers — they can be worn in nearly any current sneaker-friendly context. Fashion dudes wear them to runway shows. Minimalist wardrobe palette guys wear them. Workwear guys wear them. Ivy guys wear them. Americana guys wear them. I guess maybe people still wear them to run?”

 

Moonstar All-Weather Shoes ($ 285)

Japan’s Moonstar factory makes some of menswear’s factory niche sneakers, including those from Huf Classics and Shoes like Pottery. Like modern Vans Authentics or Chuck Taylors, the shoes are made using a vulcanization method: shoe soles are bonded (glued, essentially) to uppers with a wrapped piece of rubber tape, then baked in a kiln, enabling a chemical reaction that seals the sole, tape, and upper. The difference between these and cheaper vulcanized-rubber-sole sneakers isn’t massive, but Moonstars stand out a little more in that they’re made in relatively small quantities, in a country with reasonable labor practices, and you don’t see them every day. They’re also, on the whole, more solidly built.

I particularly like their All-Weather sneaker high-tops, where the rubber sole wraps around the top of the shoe, forming a mudguard that protects the wearer from early spring showers and low Instagram like counts. The shoes are kinda goofy looking, but in the best of ways, and they go well with similarly off-beat workwear — rolled olive-green fatigues, chunky sweaters layered under field jackets, shallow five-panel caps, and naturally, slim-tapered jeans.

 

Karhu Aria ($ 130)

Karhu is a somewhat obscure Finnish brand focused on sports performance products, but they also have a small line of lifestyle shoes. Their sneakers feature something they call their “fulcrum technology,” which was developed in the 1980s in collaboration with the University of Jyväskylä. Their soles have a V-shaped spring that supposedly allows you to run faster, farther, and easier because of how it softens your step and gives you a better mid-foot landing. For lifestyle shoes such as the Aria, however, the technology is mostly a marketing bullet point. I mainly like them for their slightly chunkier silhouette and retro-inspired styling, which does a good job of riding the line between tech-heavy ’90s running shoes and ’70s era nostalgia. They also come in some handsome and slightly unusual colorways, which gives you options beyond the usual creams and grays. Wear them with outdoor and workwear-inspired brands such as Engineered Garments, Orslow, and Patagonia. They’re available at Barney’s, East Dane, Huckberry, Peggs & Son, and Bows and Arrows.

 

Comme des Garcon x ACG Mowabb ($ 290)

If you want something more unusual than just retro-inspired sneakers, Comme des Garcon’s take on Nike’s ACG Mowabbs is a great look. They’re a more directional design with slightly mismatched panels, felted fabric uppers (which look like suede but aren’t), and a Neoprene sock liner. Nike’s trail-ready Air Mowabb has been a favorite of sneakerheads, techwear guys, and actual hikers for years, but CDG’s version brings it into a more fashion-forward look that works well with both contemporary and workwear wardrobes. The mid-top design looks great with cropped trousers and fatigues; the chunky midsole and plastic heel counter lend some interesting detailing. The sneakers sold out quickly last year when they first appeared at Dover Street Market, End, and SSENSE, but they were recently re-released at Barney’s.

 

Salomon’s Speedcross and Others ($ 220+)

What began a few seasons ago as pushback against the all-white, minimalist sneaker obsession of the early 2010s has mutated into what Vanessa Friedman at The New York Times recently described as “peak sneaker silliness.” “The pressure is on to up the ante with each new design — to make it crazier! and bigger! and artier! (and, sometimes, uglier) — the form has begun to flirt with being a parody of itself,” she wrote. Salomon’s trail runners are admittedly smack dab in the middle of that hype. They’ve been featured in Palace lookbooks and CMMN SWDN runway shows; they’ve collaborated on special edition sneakers with Boris Bidjan Saberi and The Soloist; and they’ve been imitated by Balenciaga.

At the same time, they also have genuine performance pedigree. Salomon is a French manufacturer of skis, snowboards, and technical running shoes that just so happens to fit neatly into the tech-heavy and overengineered looks that are popular right now. I like them in reasonably subdued and semi-classic looks involving similar outdoor brands such as Patagonia or outdoor-inspired labels such as Nonnative. They also work with more expressive forms of contemporary minimalism, such as the things you’d find at Totokaelo. Their Speedcross offers great support and comfort, as well as a unique and easy-lacing system, while their appearance looks techy without having the bulkiness of some (admittedly ridiculous) designer options. Check out models such as the Speedcross, XA-Comp ADV, and S/LAB series at Mr. Porter, Totokaelo, and SSENSE.

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But lost in all the praise over how mature and thoughtful and boundary-pushing these films can be is the fact that, well, superheroes are kid stuff. Most of us first fell in love with these larger-than-life crusaders as children, over comic books or Saturday morning cartoons or family trips to the multiplex.

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6 Great Books to Read During Black History Month

During Black History Month, we encourage you to reflect on the contributions of our past leaders as well as current ones. We encourage you to seek knowledge from a mix of platforms. February is a powerful month, because Black folks worldwide collectively celebrate our achievements, so why not feed your soul with content. This month, we recommend 6 books that’ll pull at your heart strings or at least inform you of our accomplishments. Check out our booklist: 6 Books You Should Read During Black History Month!

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Bold. Beautiful. Poetic. Meet Xiomara Batista, a beautiful Afro-Latina from New York City who is deeply invested in poetry. Once she starts to grow into her bodily figure, her fierceness emerges. It is then that a Harlem star is born. Armed with a leather notebook, Xiomara jots her passions and frustrations down unapologetically. Struggling with feelings she has for a boy in her bio class as well as family issues with Mami, Xiomara puts it all on the line when she joins a slam poetry club.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Inspired by a short story she wrote in college about the police shooting of Oscar Grant, author Angie Thomas turned a brief narrative into a debut novel, The Hate U Give. The book, which follows Starr Carter, a 16-year-old girl who joins the activism set after she witnesses the police shooting of friend. Painful, yet inspiring, The Hate U Give shows how adversity can lead to action. In 2018, The Hate U Give was adapted and it premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Marley Dias Gets It Done And So Can You by Marley Dias
Reign on Ms. Dias! Marley’s debut book is inspirational. We get to see a young and determined influencer in rare form. In Marley Dias Gets It Done And So Can You, readers get an up close look at the young phenomenon who is committed to activism, equity and inclusion, social justice and knowledge. The New Jersey native, who is the brainchild behind the dynamic campaign #1000BlackGirlBooks uses this book to promote literacy, diversity, and the importance of community support.

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They Came Before Columbus by Ivan Van Sertima
The story of Christopher Columbus is a classic one and his journey is a staple in the classroom. However, many have questioned his story. What is truth? Did Columbus get here first? In They Came Before Columbus readers discover (from the authors point of view) that Africans were already present in ancient America long before Columbus. Supported by journals and oral accounts, author Ivan Van Sertima makes a powerful claim backed with real sources that Africans made a mark in the New World and shaped our current civilization.

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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Inspirational and empowering, get to meet 40 powerful Black women who made a difference throughout U.S history. Short and sweet, Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History provides quick biographical notes about phenomenal leaders who include filmmaker Julie Dash, Gwen Ifill, and more. If you are among little researchers, we advise this book for their collection.

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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women And The Space Race
Based on the Academy Award-nominated movie Hidden Figures which starred stellar actresses Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, we get the bold narrative which explores four African-American NASA mathematicians. During their tenure, they shattered glass ceilings by providing calculations that were necessary to support space missions. A great read for STEM-focused students, Hidden Figures shows that Black Magic is found everywhere.

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Why volunteering at a hostel is a great idea for young travelers

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Hostels once conjured up many images, but they can now be the accommodation that lets many of us explore all around the world on a shoestring budget. Plus, it seems as though they can come with a whole host of other benefits, too. Here’s why volunteering at a hostel is a great idea for young travelers.

You might stay for free

Believe it or not, but a lot of hostels won’t pay their volunteers. The shock, right? It seems not. Although you might not be walking away with a pocket full of cash after a shift at the hostel, you could be in for another treat. That’s right; many hostels will offer up free accommodation in exchange for your help. This can be perfect for any young traveler on a budget looking to save even more money. Perhaps this might also offer the chance to extend your trip even further?

You could save money

It’s not just the accommodation costs that might go down – there are several other ways that volunteering at a hostel can cut back on the pennies. Some are generous enough to offer up meals as part of their deals depending on how long you work at the hostel. Plus, cleaning out the rooms might uncover some food that has been left behind by the previous occupants, while some other guests might even tip you for your hard work. An added bonus to your paycheck? That sounds like a pretty good deal to us.

You can meet new people

Many youngsters are beginning to travel more than ever with plenty using hostels as a place to rest their head. The chances are that volunteering at a hostel will give you the opportunity to meet plenty of people in similar situations. Plus, some may even be volunteering themselves giving you a perfect chance to meet new faces. As if that wasn’t enough, you might be about to make some friends for a lifetime or even find yourself a new travel buddy!

You can learn new things

Meeting new people is one of the many ways we can learn new things. After all, they might know about a secret destination spot that offers up some incredible views or the best restaurant to try out the local cuisine. That’s not all. Many guests will know plenty of skills they might want to share with others. This could be anything from how to surf to crafting the perfect origami animals. If you’re really lucky, then the other hostel workers might want to share their skills as a thank you for your volunteering.

It seems as though traveling no longer has to be just about seeing all the local sights on offer; it can also be the chance to offer up our time while getting a whole host of benefits in return. All you need to do is hand over a few hours a day, and you could be walking away with enough memories to fill the bank for a lifetime. So, what are you waiting for?

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Well, it seems Russian military officials don’t want to just stop with that fearsome new hypersonic intercontinental ballistic missile that was tested last month, which we told you about and which Russia claims there’s no defense against. It would appear the country’s military forces have also been testing the feasibility of having AI-powered wingmen fly alongside Russian fighter pilots, executing commands issued by the human pilot an inaugurating a scary new chapter in aerial military combat.

News accounts of Russia’s efforts here are the result of images spotted on social media of a drone called Hunter, an unmanned combat vehicle, along with images of a jet called the Sukhoi Su-57. Of particular interest is that fighter jet’s tail. As you can see below, on the tail you can see the shape of a jet as well as an image that seems to be the “Hunter” drone, along with the image of a lighting bolt.

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The Weekend Reset: A great food hack, a new Beck track and why the internet is wack.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

READ: The Internet of all things is fake, mostly.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/bizarre-click-farm-10000-phones-10419403

But you probably already guessed that? This explains how this comes to be. And it is as depressing as you might imagine. We are nearing the point where there are more bots than actual people on the web and that is where things like Skynet catch up with us. Fascinating (and depressing) stuff. Anytime I hear about how many streams a band has, or video views, I understand that those numbers are mostly meaningless. It’s all about cheating money out of people.

 

WATCH: Because sometimes Jenga just isn’t enough fun…

First things first: I am still catching up on movies released last year. And occasionally I end up watching something with friends I had skipped for whatever reason. Game Night is one of those movies. It had surfaced on streaming services recently and I finally got around to watching it the other night. I ended up watching it again the next day. If you have ever done game nights with your crew then this is immediately relatable. Until it isn’t. This is a clever, funny, fast paced movie that really works because the acting ensemble shines (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are so good here) and the characters are genuine. And yes, sometimes you will have to rewind things just to catch lines that you missed. It’s worth it.

 

EAT: An overnight one-pot chicken to eat off all week.

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Yes, there is the multi-paragraph origin tale before you get to the helpful parts. And yes, you are looking at a picture of how you should plan meals around said chicken. Ultimately, it is literally a bird in a pot. Nonetheless, for myself, this is kind of a game changer. It makes it easier to get more out of the chicken, especially if you need protein for the week ahead. There’s that. And the fact that you get a broth out of the whole deal is kind of a big deal.

 

CREATE: Yeah, you can. This suggests you should.

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I have no doubt that this isn’t the sort of thing that will resonate with everyone. But, for many of you it might spark a change you’ve been thinking about or looking for. If nothing else, it serves as a reminder about the importance of art in our civilization.

 

LISTEN: This is not your grandfather’s Beck.

I’ve had this on repeat for a couple days now. This is not “Loser” Beck. It’s not “Up All Night” Beck. Or “Lost Cause” Beck. It’s a cover of an obscure 1982 b-side that would find a bigger audience via This Mortal Coil. And by bigger audience, I mean artsy introverted liberal arts majors who bought anything that came out on the 4AD record label. The This Mortal Coil version (which Beck pretty much replicates) remains one of my favorite songs from that era for reasons which are impossible for me to convey. It’s all hormones and melancholy. This song has been released as part of an upcoming collection of songs inspired by the Oscar nominated movie Roma, which is on Netflix.

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After winning one-sided semi-finals that few will remember in years to come, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal will face off in a blockbuster Australian Open decider on Sunday that offers much more than a clash of great players.


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10 great European art anniversaries in 2019

From 100 years of Bauhaus to 500 years since Leonardo’s death, a host of landmark art events and exhibitions open around Europe this year

It is 350 years since the death of Rembrandt van Rijn. There is a year-long programme of events in nine Dutch cities, focusing on Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age (listings at holland.com). In Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum (15 Feb-10 June) will display all of its 22 paintings, 60 drawings and 300 engravings – the biggest Rembrandt collection ever seen in a single exhibition. Later in the year it has a Rembrandt and Velazquez show (11 Oct-19 Jan), while the Rembrandt House Museum has three exhibitions and the City Archives tell his personal story (until 7 April). In the Hague, the Mauritshuis (until 15 Sept) is showing 18 paintings attributed to Rembrandt; there’s a display of the painter’s early work at Leiden’s Museum De Lakenhal (3 Nov-9 Feb 2020, lakenhal.nl); and the Fries Museum (to 7 March) has an intimate show devoted to his wife, Saskia . Exhibitions are also taking place in Germany and the UK.
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19-Year-Old Boy Attacked By a Great White By San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly student Nick Wapner was attacked by a 15-foot great white shark while surfing at Sand Spit in Montana de Oro State Park, just south of Morro Bay.

“Wapner received 50 stitches on both his legs after the shark clamped down from his right ankle to his left thigh. Luckily, Wapner was able to kick the shark off and didn’t sustain serious injuries to his limbs — and was able to get himself to the hospital by car. Montaña de Oro State Park Ranger Supervisor Robert Colligan said that Wapner was shaken up.” – San Luis Obispo News

State Park Supervisor Robert Colligan said it could have been an exploratory bite then let go.

Wapner did suffer a couple of deep wounds from the attack, but nothing life-threatening. The surfer has already expressed his interested in paddling back out after her recovers.

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Great tips for visiting Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is one of the coolest places in the world. Whether you want to see Elton John in concert, go on a crazy shopping spree, stand at the top of a half-sized replica of the Eiffel Tower or gamble your life savings on red, there is so much to do, see and explore in Vegas. Here are some top insider tips on how to make the most of your fantastic trip!

Never pay full price for a hotel room!

One of the biggest attractions in Vegas is the hotels, and because there are so many, the competition is hot, and so there is never any reason to pay the full amount for a room. Do some research on the best deals you can get for when you go, and remember that part of the fun of Vegas is nosing around other hotels so it’s not like you will miss out!

Get that room upgrade

So, you’ve found yourself a great price for a hotel room, but why not be a little cheeky and ask for an upgrade too? When you check in, handover a twenty and ask if there are any upgrades available. If there are, fantastic, they will keep the tip and upgrade your room. If there aren’t any upgrades, they will usually give you your twenty dollars back, and you won’t have lost anything. Also, if you are celebrating a special occasion such as a wedding, anniversary or birthday, make sure you let them know, and often you will get a little treat such as a bottle of champagne!

Escape the strip

The strip is the main stretch of Vegas and is where most of the action is happening, however, if you want to buy a bottle of water, for example, just walk one block away from the strip, and you will be able to get it for much cheaper! Locals will often avoid the strip due to the tourist markups, so look for discounts (and quite often better offerings regarding food, drink and even casinos!) just off the strip where the locals tend to go.

Catch the Deuce

Although the strip looks walkable, it’s a lot longer than it looks and in the desert heat, it can be a real struggle. The Deuce bus goes all the way along the strip, and even downtown so get one of the passes that allow you unlimited journeys over several days and hop on and off as you please. It’s also a great way to see all the sights and different hotels without shelling out for a pricey cab!

Choose the slow season

Vegas is always going to be busy; however, July, August, and mid-December are known as the slow season when things are a little quieter. This means prices should be a bit lower at least and queues for attractions will be somewhat shorter. You’ll have a much better time if you go during a quieter period, but unlike a lot of other places with off-season periods, the atmosphere will still be there!

Full doesn’t always mean full

If you are driving around Vegas and looking for a parking space, do not be disheartened by a “full” valet parking sign. If you slip the valet 20 bucks, they will usually manage to find a spot for you. Money talks in Vegas!

The most important tip for visiting Vegas is to enjoy every second! There is so much more to explore than just the casinos, so make sure you pack in everything you can and have an amazing trip!

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President Donald Trump on Saturday hailed a court decision against Obamacare as “a great ruling for our country,” while a U.S. government official said the decision by a Texas judge would have no immediate impact on health coverage.


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Disrespectful: Photographer Fakes Having Sex Atop Great Pyramid, People Are Outraged [Video]

There’s a photo going around of two people having sex on top of the Great Pyramid.

Despite the act itself being fake, Egyptian authorities are investigating and people all over the world are outraged by the disrespect.

To be clear — they did scale the pyramid, but they say the sex was simulated.

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It was taken by Danish photographer Andreas Hvid, who did scale the Great Pyramid of Giza outside of Cairo, Egypt in November with a model. He took a video of their stunt, blurring out the model’s face. The video ends with the anonymous woman taking off her top. Other photos show the two posing as if they were having sex.

The images and video immediately sparked outrage. People pointed out that not only is the stunt immensely disrespectful—it’s illegal. As Newsweek reports, Egypt’s antiquities minister Khaled al-Anani said scaling the pyramids is “strictly forbidden,” and the images from Hvid were a “violation of public morality.”

The footage is still being investigated for its authenticity, but Hvid admitted the photo of him having sex on the pyramid isn’t real. They were, per the Guardian, just posing.

Why someone would illegally scale a 460-foot, 4,500-year-old national treasure to pretend to have sex is the most puzzling part of the whole ordeal, and Hvid provided little insight on that aside from describing the “euphoric” feeling he had on top of the pyramid. “We did not have sex and we never had it,” he said.

In response to the video and photos on both Instagram and Facebook, locals are asking the government to ban tourists, and people from across the globe expressed rage toward Hvid’s stunt.

The Danish photographer told tabloid Ekstrabladet he’d been dreaming of climbing the giant structure “for many years,” but was saddened by the negative reaction. “I’m sad that so many people have become so angry,” he said, cluelessly. “But I have also received a positive response from a lot of Egyptians—something I think is worth remembering.”

So far, Hvid and the model have not face any consequences for the stunt, as authorities continue to investigate.

They deserve to face ALL the consequences.

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A new hostel in low-key Les Menuires provides easy access to great ski areas but is more about beanies and live bands than expensive designer gear

In Courchevel 1850, there’s an eight-bedroom chalet that costs €295,000 a week. The price includes two chefs, two butlers and a massage therapist, but not helicopter transfers to the resort’s altiport, ski equipment or lift passes.

Given that kind of excess, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Trois Vallées, the biggest linked ski area in the world, was an exclusive, mega-rich enclave. Yet here I am in Les Menuires, just two valleys to the east and on the same lift pass, staying in a bunkhouse-hotel hybrid where a dorm bed costs as little as £22 a night.

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10 great pubs, chosen by Santa and other Christmas workers

From a turkey farmer to a choirmaster, we ask the people who help make Christmas special where they go for a festive pint or two

Sarah Mitchell, assistant manager at the Churchill Arms, Britain’s ‘most festive pub’
Every Christmas the Churchill is decorated with loads of Christmas trees and lights. In 2016 we got a lot of media coverage in the UK and abroad, so suddenly everyone was talking about us as the most festive pub in the country. This year we have 95 trees; inside the walls are draped with lights and we play Christmas songs on a loop. I love it, but I think some staff get sick of hearing Mariah Carey 20 times a day. The pub we all head to after work is the Mall Tavern, two minutes away. It’s completely different to the Churchill – we are a cosy, traditional pub with a fire, whereas the Mall is a craft-beer gastropub with 20 beers and ales to choose from. At the moment they have a beer and burger pop-up with a choice of about five burgers.
71 Palace Gardens Terrace, London W8, themallw8.com, open 24 Dec midday-10.30pm, closed 25th and 26th. The Churchill (119 Kensington Church Street) is open 24 Dec from 11am-midnight, 25th noon-2pm (drinks only), 26th 11am-11pm

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MINI-PREP PLUS PROCESSOR Grind or chop ingredients instantly at the touch of a button. Features a 3-cup bowl with handle and auto-reversing SmartPower Blade. – Cuisinart, www.cuisinart.ca

SUPERSTEAM + It’s 3 ovens in one: whether you’re cooking with Superheated steam, regular steam, or convection heating, you can cook anything just the way you want. – Sharp, www.sharp.ca

MICROWAVE DRAWER The microwave drawer allows you to focus on your kitchen’s design and workflow by offering flexible installation options that declutter your counter space. Sharp, www.sharp.ca

CONVECTION MICROWAVE Combination convection and microwave oven gives you the best of both worlds. Convection technology gives you perfect roasting, baking and browning while the microwave provides the speed you desire. – Sharp, www.sharp.ca

SLO-PRO RED COOKER The Thinkkitchen Slo-Pro Red Cooker lets you prepare everything from chili and meat sauces to tender pork and beef roasts without spending hours in the kitchen. Treat your loved ones to an easy, delicious comfort meal perfect for warming up after an evening of caroling! – Stokes, www.stokesstores.com

PURDY’S CHOCOLATES With over 100+ years of excellence behind them, Purdy’s offers a delicious variety of unique treats, traditional favorites and fun gift ideas like this Chocolate Survival Kit. – Purdy’s, www.purdys.com

NOLAA GRANOLAA Organic, gluten-free, vegan, locally sourced granola in great flavors like Choconana and Almonds & Apples makes a delicious and healthy snack. – Nolaa Granolaa, www.nolaagranolaa.ca

PASTA BASKIT Gift baskets like this Pasta Baskit are a thoughtful gift for any foodie who loves to cook and eat! – Baskits, www.baskits.com

LAKEVIEW CELLARS VIDAL ICEWINE Bursting with aromas and rich flavors, pair this delicious dessert wine with any of your holiday treats. Lakeview Wine Co., www.lakeviewwineco.com

WHISKEY BARREL AGED MAPLE SYRUP The complex whisky and barrel notes of this aged maple syrup make it excellent for cocktails, ice cream, cooking and, of course, pancakes. – Kinsip, www.kinsip.ca

JACEK ARTISAN CHOCOLATE Designer couture chocolates are a sweet treat for the gourmet aficionado on your list. – Jacek Chocolate, www.jacekchocolate.com

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Andalusia, or Andalucia as it is known, is an area of Southern Spain that is full of natural beauty. It’s one of the best parts of Spain to visit if you want to experience real Spanish culture. However, it’s also the second largest autonomous community in the whole of Spain, so there’s a lot of places to choose from. To help make deciding a little easier, here are five great cities to visit in Andalusia.

Granada

Found in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is one of the most jaw-dropping cities in the whole of Andalusia. It is renowned for some of the most beautiful medieval buildings and palaces. Known as the Land of a Thousand Castles, you’d be hard pushed to find anywhere else in Spain with such grand architecture. One of the most famous spots to visit is the Alhambra. This stunning building is part palace and part fort, along with being a World Heritage Site. Culture lovers visiting Granada certainly won’t be disappointed.

Seville

The Capital of Andalusia is Seville, but being a capital city is not all this incredible place has going for it. According to mythology, Seville was created 3,000 years ago by Hercules, the Greek God. And it certainly looks as though it has been created by Gods! Yet again, this is the perfect place to soak up the Andalusian culture while being dazzled by the gorgeous sun, pretty much all year round. If you do visit Seville, make sure you check out the Alcazar Fortress, which is yet another World Heritage Site.

Cordoba

Cordoba was an important hub for the Romans thousands of years ago, but it was also an important Islamic Center back in the Middle Ages. Because of this, it has one of the World’s oldest and most dazzling mosques which is thought to date back as far as 784 A.D. Mezquita, as it is known, features stunning archways, Byzantine Mosaics, and a Renaissance style nave which was added when it became a Catholic church in 1236. Once you’re done soaking up the sights, head to one of the best Flamenco museums in Andalusia; Centro Flamenco Fosforito.

Cadiz

Want to be near the sea? Then you can’t get much better than the old port city of Cadiz. Built on a strip of land, just connected to the mainland, you’ll feel as though you’re a million miles away in this city. What used to be home to the Spanish Navy is now the perfect tourist hotspot, filled with over 100 watchtowers to explore. Cadiz is thought to be the oldest inhabited settlement in Europe, having been founded in 1100 BC. If you’re looking for history by the sea, then this is it!

Malaga

If the thought of all this sightseeing has got you running a mile, fear not. There is always Malaga, which is renowned for its luxury all-inclusive hotels, sandy stretches of beach, and plenty of nightlife. If you do want to get a bit of culture in, between beach trips and bar crawls, then you’ll be pleased to know Malaga doesn’t disappoint. There are two beautiful citadels in Malaga, perched atop the hill and looking over the city. Malaga is the perfect mix of culture and party atmosphere.

As you can probably tell, Andalusia is a pretty diverse Spanish region! No matter what type of vacation you’re looking for, you’re bound to find the perfect city in this beautiful part of Spain.

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Three years into his stint hosting The Late Show, Stephen Colbert is finally starting to feel “a little bit like Jon Stewart.”

For a change of pace Tuesday night, CBS aired a pre-taped episode of the late-night show in which the tables were turned as Colbert sat in the guest chair and took questions from friends like Jake Tapper, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Kerry Washington, Charlamagne tha God and most significantly, his former boss at The Daily Show.

Stewart began his interview by asking Colbert, “Who the hell do you think you are?” That prompted the host’s admission that he is beginning to feel like he is able to pick up Stewart’s mantle as the most trusted man in political comedy.

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Some of the big tech companies leading the way when it comes to foldable phones aren’t exactly flexing their creative muscles when it comes to choosing a name for their novel handsets.

Ok, granted, there are probably only so many naming conventions that accurately convey what you as a consumer are getting when you buy a phone with a bendable screen. Nevertheless, possible names for the first foldable handsets coming out of LG, Huawei, and Samsung have all started to leak out. None of those companies has made a firm decision yet, but it’s interesting that they’re all considering similar names for their devices. Like, really similar.

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4 great places to visit in Scandinavia

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Some of the best things in the world come from Scandinavia. Over there, they write captivating thriller novels and produce addictive TV shows like it’s second nature, and they’re not afraid to think outside of the box. If that wasn’t enough, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden are also home to some of the world’s most captivating scenery. You could never run out of places to visit while on vacation here, but which of them ranks as the very best?

Preikestolen, Norway

We must admit that in order to truly appreciate this place, you have to do a fair bit of walking first. It can take you several hours to mount the steep path leading to Preikestolen, but it’s well worth the effort. Once you reach the top, you’re gifted with a photographer’s dream location. Crystal clear water and sloping mountains stretch around you as far as the eye can see, giving you views you can’t help but admire. Thankfully, with Preikestolen growing in popularity, work is being done to improve the path to the top. So, whether you’re someone who loves Base jumping or you just want to take a pretty picture, a trip here is highly recommended.

Råbjerg Mile, Denmark

If you thought you had to visit the Sahara to see the desert, think again. Although the Råbjerg Mile might not be quite the same, it offers you the closest experience you’ll find without the overbearing heat. It’s a coastal dune that regularly migrates, sometimes reaching heights of over 130 feet. Imagine encountering that during a stroll along the beach. The sands move around so much that you’re sure to see something new every time you visit. Just be prepared for all the walking to take it out of you.

Ice Hotel, Sweden

If you’re going to visit Scandinavia, you have to be prepared to face the cold. In fact, you might as well embrace it, because these countries aren’t exactly known for being warm. With that in mind, you ought to consider booking a night or two at the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. The establishment offers seventy luxury suites all crafted from locally-sourced ice blocks. You’ll be amazed at what the sculptors achieve here year after year, especially in such chilly conditions. Plus, if you’re looking for peace and quiet, the Icehotel is set some miles away from civilization, allowing you to enjoy a relaxing break from the world.

Koli National Park, Finland

Although Denmark, Norway, and Sweden are generally considered the main Scandinavian countries, Finland and Iceland are also included in there sometimes too. We don’t see why they shouldn’t be, especially when they offer wonders like this. Koli National Park has some of the best hiking opportunities you’ll ever find, from the route up Ukko-Koli Hill to the trail leading to Paha-Koli Hill. Aspiring and professional photographers alike will be blown away by the views on these walks, especially once they reach the summit. Scandinavia definitely doesn’t disappoint with its scenery, and Koli National Park proves why.

Pack your hiking boots and camera because Scandinavia is calling and there’s a lot it wants you to see.

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It’s the second most wonderful time of the year: new iPad and MacBook season! (The first obviously being new iPhone season.)

Since Apple unveiled the iPhone XS and iPhone XR in September, we’ve been waiting with bated breath for the next generation of iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini.

Well, that day has come, and it means one thing to Penny Hoarders: deals on gently used and refurbished Apple products.

That’s right. Those of us who don’t care about having the latest and greatest tech can catch some great deals on upgrading our slow-as-molasses MacBooks and first-generation iPad Bricks.

How to Find Deals on Used Apple Laptops, iPads and More

But before you buy the first MacBook you find in an unmarked van, there are some simple but important steps you need to follow if you want to avoid the duds and get yourself a deal.

1. Know Where to Look

New Apple products are never cheap, so most people will try to sell their old models on sites like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist or OfferUp, because it’s where they can make the most money.

If you meet a seller one-on-one, always meet in a public place, like a police station or Starbucks. You should feel safe, and there should be other people around.

You can find deals at pawn shops or online trade-in shops like Gazelle. If you want to buy from Apple, you’ll start to notice newer models on its “certified refurbished” page. As of this writing, you can find refurbished MacBook Air models made as recently as June 2017.

2. Research the Product You Want

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There’s no store associate to guide your Craigslist journey. You’ll need to do your own research on what you want, what you don’t need and what’s a fair price for it.

There are some great guides online that can help you decide between Apple’s lineup of MacBooks, iPads, Apple Watches, etc.

Ultimately, you’ll probably have to be a little flexible on your desired specs if you want the best deal. But who knows, you could get lucky.

3. Test It Out

This is the single most important part of buying used or refurbished Apple products. On sites like Facebook Marketplace, you should always try before you buy. If you’re buying online, always get a warranty and try all these features ASAP:

  • Turn the device on and off.
  • Test the camera.
  • Test the sound.
  • Test internet connectivity and browsing.
  • Test the ports with a USB drive, headphones, etc.
  • Check out the tightness of the hinge.

You’ll also want to make sure the model and specs listed are accurate by checking the serial number on the product.

4. Make a Call (or Two)

Give Apple a call to see if the product you’re buying is refurbished or has been reported stolen. You’ll find suggestions online to call Apple store customer service at 800-676-2775 to find out if your product is refurbished.

When I tried it with a laptop I purchased recently, the customer service representative couldn’t answer my question, but he was able to talk to someone who could confirm my laptop wasn’t refurbished. So be persistent, even if the first person you talk to doesn’t know what you want.

You may also want to call the local police station to make sure the serial number doesn’t match with an item that’s been reported stolen.

5. Make Sure the Product Is Restored and Removed From Account

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Once you’ve decided you want to buy the product, it’s your responsibility to make sure the product is restored to factory settings.

If you’re purchasing an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or even an iPod Touch, you’ll also need to make sure the seller removes the product from their Apple account so that you’ll be able to add it to yours.

6. Don’t Bring Cash

And finally, never bring big wads of cash to a one-on-one sale. If you’re buying anything that costs more than a couple hundred dollars, get a free money order from Amscot.

Pro tip: If you want to negotiate the price, get multiple money orders so you’re not tied down to the asking price.

Jen Smith is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She gives money-saving and debt-payoff tips on Instagram at @savingwithspunk.

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Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

So we haven’t talked about affordable cashmere for work in a while — let’s discuss! I was intrigued, upon looking around at the stores, how many “weekend” options for cashmere there are. Hoodies! Boyfriend sweaters! Ponchos! Duster cardigans! If you want more of a classic, sleek look to wear with beneath blazers or on top of blouses (or both!), it can be a bit tricky to find them in stores right now. So we rounded up some favorites! Ladies, what sweaters are you reaching for the most on chilly mornings? Have you bought anything in years past that you still love — or have you bought anything recently that was a great find?

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great cashmere sweaters for work - Uniqlo

Pictured above: Uniqlo is always a great spot to check for affordable cashmere sweaters for work — they’re warm, classic, and come in a zillion colors. (Pro tip: check out Uniqlo’s Heattech line if you’re looking for a lot of warm options, especially for commuting clothes!) The red V-neck pictured above is $ 79.90, comes in __ colors; the brand has similar options in a turtleneck, crewneck, and cardigan.

great cashmere sweaters for work - Inhabit

This sweater may look basic, but don’t be surprised if it’s one of the softest cashmeres you’ve felt — I was thrilled to find several Inhabit sweaters at Nordstrom Rack. The pictured sweater (above) comes in black in sizes XS-L for $ 79 (originally $ 368!).

great cashmere sweaters for work - HalogenThis Halogen sweater is only $ 89 and has close to 500 super positive reviews at Nordstrom. I love how simple it is — it’s very easy to throw on beneath a blazer, add a statement necklace on top or a dickey beneath it (or an actual blouse!), and wear it to work. It comes in 8 colors, regular and petite sizes, XXSP-XL. The brand has a ton of more casual cashmere options as well.

great cashmere sweaters for work - jcrew

For $ 99+, J.Crew has a ton of great “everyday” cashmere sweaters. (Sadly, they are all excluded from the 40% off promo happening today!) The sweaters are available in sizes XXS-3X, which is great; the pictured crewneck comes in 23 (!) colors. They’ve also got a great everyday cashmere turtleneck. (To discuss: are turtlenecks “back” in style or have I just not noticed how many there were in recent years? I’ve always thought they’re a great basic look — certainly great background for a brooch or two! — but they felt like they were rarer in years past.)

great cashmere sweaters for work - Everlane

I often get asked about Everlane, and I will say that I’ve always been happy with their cashmere and merino sweaters — everything I’ve had has been great quality, and felt like a very current but classic take (so, for example, the longer cuffs here feel very au courant but the sweater itself is classic — not a ruffle in sight, thank goodness, and it’s a polished enough look that you can wear it to work or on the weekend.) The pictured sweater is $ 100, comes in 18 sizes (including some fun stripey options), in sizes XS-XL.

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Travel blogs that are really great reads

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Do you love traveling as much as we do? There really is no better feeling than jumping on an airplane and letting the pilot take you to a brand new destination where you can check out the local cuisine, get to grips with the biggest attractions, and expand your horizons. The world really is your oyster. Of course, traveling the world one country at a time can be difficult if you work full-time, and you have to make the most out of your vacation days and your weekends. But if you struggle to make it through the day without thinking about travel-related-tidbits, you’ll love these travel blogs that are really great reads…

Nomadic Matt

Nomadic Matt is perhaps one of the biggest and most successful travel bloggers in the world. As if that wasn’t cool enough, he’s also written a book that has made its way onto the New York Times best-seller list! After making his way into the world of full-time work and using all of his free time to see more of the world, Matt eventually decided to take the plunge, give up his job, and travel the world full-time. He has since been traveling for over a decade and uses his blog to show off his adventures, provide fans with travel tips, and even help them plan their own traveling adventure on a budget.

Alex in Wonderland

Do you ever just find yourself dreaming of a travel experience? Well, you’re not alone. That’s exactly what Alex went through while she was living and studying in Brooklyn. After growing tired of her everyday life, she decided that enough was enough and bought a one-way ticket abroad. Since then, she has spent six years traveling the globe and seeing what each new destination has to offer. Her travel blog is all about getting the most about a traveling adventure and living your best life.

Roads & Kingdoms

If you’re the kind of person that likes to be clued up about travel and culture, then Roads & Kingdoms is right up your street. This travel blog was set up by two established journalists who decided to give back to those who had caught the travel blog. Within this amazing website, these guys give you all the information you could possibly want to know about a country or city, from the food recommendations to the attractions and natural wonders you really need to see, to the music you need to listen to and the drinks you need to try. It’s the ultimate site of facts and figures, with a little bit of fun thrown in for good measure.

Fearful Adventurer

The Fearful Adventure blog is the blog for all of the worriers out there because traveling can be stressful and scary. Torre uses her blog to help those people out there who struggle with traveling on their own or with other people, to show you that you are in control of your own traveling experiences and that only you have the power to determine how you will make the most out of seeing the world and experiencing new things.

The Blonde Abroad

If you’re a strong, sassy woman who loves to do things off their own back, then you’ll love The Blonde Abroad. This travel blog was set up by Kiki, a California native who decided to take a break from work and try and ‘find herself’ during a summer abroad. However, what she didn’t realize was that she would be sucked into the travel lifestyle and feel totally empowered by going it alone and embracing her female power. From that, The Blonde Abroad was created, and she now advises and helps other women embark on their own solo journey of self-discovery. It will give you massive FOMO but is so worth it.

Looking for a cool new travel blog to keep you company on the commute home from work, or one to give you inspiration? These are a good start.

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The Great Eros recently opened its third store, a 600-square-foot unit at 66 Greenwich Avenue in Manhattan’s West Village, which embodies its ethos of comfort and beauty.
“I wanted to create an environment for the clothing to sit in,” said designer and cofounder Christina Viviani. “It’s the intimate experience I felt was missing in retail.”
Viviani’s bras, panties, bustiers and bodysuits are manufactured in Italy at a family-owned factory operated by the third generation. The matte Italian fabric of the Sonata bralette is edged in a custom geometric lace woven by a third-generation lacemaker in Como, Italy. Hang tags for the collection are printed on paper milled in Fabriano, Italy. Talk about attention to detail.
Viviani spent 15 years working in design capacities at Donna Karan and other brands before launching the business with cofounder Emilio Ramirez. She test-drives every product. “I’m a size DD,” she volunteered. “The Great Eros is wearable sensuality in modern, timeless pieces. It’s for a woman who’s dressing for herself. The store is a very safe place for women to explore themselves.”
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