How I Turned ‘Great Expectations’ Into a Dating Service

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I fell in love with Estella. It was love at first sight. I was 13 years old and in the 7th grade when we were made to read Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. As soon as the boy Pip reaches the graveyard where his parents are buried and runs into the convict Magwitch, which is to say, by about page three, I became Pip’s staunch ally to such an extent that I identified with him completely.

Pip was a quasi-orphan being raised by his ill-tempered sister and her gentle giant of a husband, the blacksmith Joe Gargery. I was the child of recently divorced parents and increasingly, painfully aware that my mother and I inhabited—tenuously—one of the lower rungs of the economic ladder.

In my mind, Pip and I were one. So when he fell in love with the unattainable Estella, so did I. To a 13-year-old boy with not much money, not much in the way of looks, and with no confidence at all, “unattainable” is the very definition of Miss Right.

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Meryl Streep Reacting to This Intense U. S. Open Game Is the Stuff of Great Drama

At the 2018 U. S. Open, Meryl Streep defended her meme champion title.

As Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic took down Juan Martin del Potro in the U.S. Open men’s final on Sunday in New York City, the internet went wild for another star in the mix: Meryl Streep.

It was an intense game between two top tennis players. Djokovic eventually clinched the victory 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to capture his 14th Grand Slam title. But Del Potro certainly gave Djokovic a run for his money.

Captured by the cameras courtside, Streep was clearly on the edge of her seat — and in distress. And the internet was quick to recognize the meme potential.

It was a little like a play within a play, with every move unfolding on her face.

You’ll see Streep get emotive in character in the upcoming second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies. But until then, here are the reactions to her award-worthy performance.

Some thought she resembled a certain emoji come to life.

Gracious as always, she was aware that cameras and eyes were drifting away from the court and onto her expressive face. On-air commentaros even gave her a “Bravo.” Bravo indeed.

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We Remember the Great Burt Reynolds in Our Favorite Roles

Actor Burt Reynolds (above in Semi-Tough) has passed away, according to multiple news reports. He was 82.

Many in Hollywood have already paid tribute to Reynolds, according to THR, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Wahlberg and Billy Dee Williams. Wahlberg starred with Reynolds in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights; Reynolds earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance.

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Masterchef star Chizzy Akudolu: I’m not a great cook

OHMYGOSSIP — Chizzy Akudolu has admitted she is not a “great cook” ahead of her appearance on the ‘Celebrity MasterChef’.
While the 44-year-old actress “likes to eat”, the ‘Holby City’ star has hinted she could be set to have a few kitchen casualties on the pre-recorded programme.
Speaking on ‘Loose Women’ about what she has been up to, she said: “‘MasterChef’. And just putting myself out to any show that’ll have me.”
Presenter Nadia Sawalha asked: “Are you a good cook?”
Without giving too much away about the new series, which airs on tonight (23.08.18), Chizzy said: “I mean, I like to eat, so you know, I can cook. I can make food. I wouldn’t say I’m a great cook. I mean, I can put stuff on a tray.”
The show will return with judges John Torode, 53 and Gregg Wallace, 53, who will oversee the celebrity contestants’ culinary skills.
When asked if the ‘Holby City’ star had learned anything in the kitchen, Chizzy said: “I did actually, John Torrode and Gregg Wallace they’re very hands on.”
Other stars who are taking part in the cooking competition this year include TOWIE’s Gemma Collins, 37, Lily Allen’s dad, actor Keith Allen, 64, Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard, and ‘Made in Chelsea’ star Spencer Matthews.
‘Celebrity MasterChef’ airs on tonight at 8pm on BBC One.

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VIDEO: GREAT COMET Alum Courtney Bassett Releases Music Video For ‘Sunbeam’ Featuring Familiar Broadway Faces

Courtney Bassett, seen on Broadway in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, has released a music video with her band Starbird amp the Phoenix for their song ‘Sunbeam.’
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It’s not over yet: 20 great late-summer escapes in the UK

Not ready to pack away the shorts and flip-flops? With more warm weather forecast, we pick fun day trips and minibreaks for the final weeks of this memorable summer

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The idyllic traditional seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea has a long beach, colourful huts, crab fishing in the harbour and, opening early September, Wells Maltings a cultural hub and gallery in a tall brick and flint building. One of its first shows, Connection: Open 2018, will feature artists connected to East Anglia. The Albatross, an 1899 sailing boat moored at the quay, is now a floating boozer, with food and B&B rooms. The Blue Skies campsite (pitch £14 plus £4 per adult) is a couple of fields from the coast path, and the Coasthopper bus stops outside.

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Who is Andi Oliver? Great British Menu judge, Sugar Shack chef and star of Eight Go Rallying

Broadcaster and restaurateur Andi Oliver is reprising her role as a veteran judge on Great British Menu as well as appearing on Eight Go Rallying.

But what do we know about Andi and how did she get famous?

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Who is Andi Oliver?

Andi, 54, is a London-based chef who is regularly seen hosting TV and radio shows, usually around food.

The star is said to have a lifelong obsession with tasty cuisine, and would throw her own dinner parties from the young age of 12.

She travelled extensively in her youth, thanks to her dad’s career in the RAF, and this gave her a varied palate with influences from all over the world.

She was announced as the new host of Great British Menu in 2016, starting for the 2017 series.

When she isn’t broadcasting, she co-runs the SugarShack restaurant in London with Kelly Miles.

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What else has Andi Oliver done apart from Great British Menu?

Andi has worked in broadcasting across TV and radio for over two decades.

In 2006, she hosted the BBC show The Truth About Food, and in 2007 she fronted her own show with Neneh Cherry called Neneh and Andi Dish It Up on BBC Two.

She is a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet and has also appeared on Saturday Kitchen and Food Glorious Food among others.

Andi has also presented from Glastonbury Festival and the Brit Awards.

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When is Great British Menu 2018 on TV?

The 13th series of the Great British Menu started on Monday August 13 at 7.30pm on BBC2 and airs 5 nights a week.

Twenty-four professional chefs show off their culinary skills in the hopes of being chosen to cook one course for the four-course banquet to celebrate the National Health Service’s (NHS) 70th birthday.

Andi returns to join food critic Matthew Fort and Irish restaurateur Oliver Peyton on the judging panel.


She said: “I am so absolutely thrilled to be returning to GBM and when I heard that this year we would be celebrating the extraordinary people who work in our beloved NHS I jumped for joy!

“The combination of culinary excellence from our incredible chefs and the hugely emotional and personal connection that we all have to the NHS means that this will be an exceptional year for the competition.”

The feast will be held in the Great Hall of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Britain’s oldest working hospital.

What is Eight Go Rallying: The Road to Saigon about?

The series sees four celebrity teams of two compete against each other in a 2,500 miles rally around South East Asia.

The famous personalities, including Noel Edmonds and his wife Liz and Martin Kemp with spouse Shirlie, will put their driving skills and relationships to the test as they try to conquer one of the toughest rally courses in the world. They’ll be competing Andi who is rallying with her daughter, TV and radio host Miquita Oliver.

The contestants won’t have to complete the entire course of Endurance Rally Association’s Road to Saigon, but they will still spend a considerable amount of time on the road.

They will get to drive classic vintage cars while making their way from Thailand through Cambodia and Vietnam.

The show, featuring some of Asia’s least explored spots, captures the team’s 12-day journey in four episodes, including the beautiful views they came across and the inevitable drama.


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Producer Who Worked With Franklin Recalls Great Performances

 

NEW YORK (AP) — When Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys and other awards shows, worked with the Obama administration on a concert honoring women at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama laid down one rule.

“You aren’t doing a tribute to women in my house without Aretha Franklin,” Ehrlich recalls Obama telling him.

And so Franklin — a longtime friend of Ehrlich — was added to the 2014 “Women of Soul” bill, which included Patti LaBelle, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monae and Tessanne Chin. Despite those illustrious names and subsequent rousing performances, it was Franklin who of course stole the show. In her closing performance, Franklin performed Amazing Grace — while wearing a fur coat — and took the White House to church with a foot-stomping, hand-clapping rendition that continued even after show officially ended.

“When she got going, and she was in the spirit, which she would get when she was singing gospel . you could start her, but stopping her was an entirely different story,” Ehrlich said by phone on Thursday, hours after learning of Franklin’s death at the age of 76.

That moment was just one of the magical moments Ehrlich helped orchestrate with Franklin over the years. The most famous, certainly, was when Ehrlich was producing the Grammys in 1998 and Luciano Pavarotti was scheduled to sing Nessun Dorma during the broadcast — but then bowed out due to illness just as the show was about to air live.

Ehrlich quickly started running through the many performers on hand who could fill the time — he first thought of asking Stevie Wonder to do something amazing, as Wonder is known to do. But then Ehrlich recalled Franklin had performed at a tribute concert to Pavarotti two nights earlier, and sung Nessun Dorma. She was already due to do a short performance of Respect for a “Blues Brothers” anniversary number — perhaps she would fill in for the famed opera tenor?

So he went to Franklin’s cramped dressing room — she had a small one because she was not the main performer — and interrupting her fried chicken dinner to make his last-minute request.

“I think I said, ‘How would you like to sing twice tonight?’” he recalled. “Then there was a silence, and she said, ‘OK, I’ll do it.”

Just before she went on stage, Ehrlich remembers her squeezing his hand and saying to him, “This is gonna be fun.”

It was more than fun: It became one of her greatest performances, part of music history, and added to her already legendary status, with the Queen of Soul so deftly performing the famous aria.

The next day, Ehrlich and Franklin spoke in an emotional phone call that had them both on the verge of tears.

“She said, ‘I knew this was going to be something different, but I didn’t know it would be so great,’” Ehrlich remembers.

Ehrlich produced other Grammy shows and events that featured Franklin performances. He praised her musicianship. A dazzling piano player in her own right, she only wanted the best performing with her, particularly on drums.

“If you weren’t with her timewise, she’d let you have it,” he recalled.

One of his favorite performances was one he orchestrated with Elton John in 1993, where the two played on opposite pianos and performed John’s Border Song — a mesmerizing duet.

Ehrlich said years after that — including this year — when he and John spoke, one of them would always say, “Remember that night with Aretha?”

Ehrlich said no matter what happens in music, Franklin will always be the model that singers and musicians would look to for excellence.

“People are gonna be trying their hardest to both remember her and wanna do what she did” he said. “I’ve seen it all my life now. I saw it with Whitney, I see it with Beyonce . I see it with Carrie Underwood . I see it with every genre. . I think both men and women, but women particularly, will be singing those songs.”

He added: “Just the being that was Aretha Franklin will go on forever.”

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Cuomo Is Right, America Has Never Been ‘Great’ For Many of Us

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking some heat for a statement he made at a conference on Wednesday. His words:

We’re not going to Make America Great Again. It was never that great. We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.

Of course, the right-wing (which loathes Cuomo as well as the state he governs) did not hesitate to twist the governor’s words out of context and use them in full-blown attack mode.

“It’s shocking that Andrew Cuomo would make such an offensive remark that insults the people of this country, the ideals upon which she was founded and the countless men and women who have fought and died to protect her,” said New York Republican Committee Chairman Ed Cox.

Cuomo is up for re-election this year. His Republican challenger, Marc Molinaro said that Cuomo “owes the nation an apology.” Unsurprisingly, President Trump weighed in, tweeting that Cuomo was having a “total meltdown.”

All the furor leads me to wonder, at which moment in history did America become great for African Americans?

Was it during the 1700s when our ancestors were kidnapped, shackled, and sold off? Despite Ben Carson’s delusional depiction of slaves as “immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less” the 1700s were kind of horrific for black people.

Perhaps some may think the 1800s were great for African Americans, because, hey, slavery ended. Ending the practice of human beings as chattel is a pretty low bar for achieving “greatness.” Also, slavery’s end was the beginning of decades of hell for black folk in the form of Jim Crow, the Ku Klux Klan, lynchings, voter intimidation, abject poverty, the Black Codes…etcetera, etcetera.

Was the 20th century when America finally became great for people of color? There certainly were moments of greatness. FDR’s New Deal provided unprecedented assistance to African Americans. The NAACP was formed. And, the iconic civil rights movement forever changed the conversation about race in America.

Yet, all of the above-mentioned things had to happen because life still sucked for black people.

National greatness eludes us even today. In the 21st century, prison is the new plantation. African Americans are incarcerated at five times the rate of whites (and in some states, at 10 times the rate).

The racial wealth gap is a subject we cover extensively at Black Enterprise. Although more blacks now own businesses (in fact, black-owned businesses increased by a rate of 400% this year) and are attaining higher education, the racial wealth gap is not narrowing. In 2016, according to the Census Bureau, the median income for white American households was $ 63,041 in stark contrast to black households at $ 39,490.

Even when we are gainfully employed, climbing the corporate ladder, African Americans are paid less for doing the same work as whites. Black women are paid approximately 63 cents on the dollar earned by a white man even at an equal educational level.

You would think after all the trials and tribulations African Americans have overcome and faced, they would at least let us protest injustice peacefully. NFL players have been a particular bane of the President’s, even calling those that kneel in protest “sons of b*tches.” His supporters often make the same collective jeer; “They make millions, they have nothing to protest!”

OK, black unemployment is at a historical low. That’s got to be a plus-one for a great America. The black unemployment rate is something Trump and his supporters keep touting as a reason America is great for black Americans.

Yet, whether that faction is screaming that NFL players should ‘just stick to football and enjoy your millions,’ or claiming blacks owe allegiance to Trump because of the unemployment rate, it sounds they are less concerned about this country being great for African Americans, but more that we should be grateful for whatever gains we make here.

I am going to take a hard pass on the suggestion that America is great for everyone. In their indignant pre-midterm election apoplexy, Cuomo’s critics are ignoring the entirety of his statement, “We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.”

It’s important we don’t deem America great just yet. Once greatness is achieved, there is no further ascent to be made, nothing more to improve, no reason to keep striving. There is much that is great about our country, but so much more work to be done to truly achieve liberty and justice for all.

 

 

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V.S. Naipaul Was a Great Author Though Not Such a Great Man

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“The lives of writers,” said V.S. Naipaul in 1994, “are a legitimate subject of inquiry, and the truth should not be skimped.” So let’s not skimp.

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, who died Saturday at his home in London six days before his 86th birthday, was “the greatest living writer in the English language.” So thought another V.S.—Pritchett—in 1980. His productivity was amazing: from his first book, a novel, The Mystic Masseur (1957), to his last, The Masques of Africa, a nonfiction work (2010), more than 30 volumes of fiction, essays, memoirs, and, for want of a more precise word, travel books.

He was also selfish, petty, snobbish, jealous of other writers, and utterly lacking in personal loyalty. In support of all this, there was the treatment of his first wife, Patricia Hale, who read and edited all his manuscripts. When she was undergoing treatment for the breast cancer that would kill her within two years, Hale found out that Naipaul had frequented prostitutes—and found out by reading an interview he gave to The New Yorker. “It could be said that I killed her,” he said later, “I feel a little bit that way.” (To be fair, Naipaul rededicated a reprint of his third novel, A House for Mr. Biswas, to her.)

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45 GREAT MOMENTS IN BLACK BUSINESS – No. 6: Maynard Jackson Becomes Atlanta’s First Black Mayor

BLACK ENTERPRISE celebrates the 45th anniversary of its roster of the nation’s most successful black businesses—The BE 100s. To commemorate the significance of this collective’s widespread impact on black business and economic development as well as American industry over four decades, we have presented 45 milestone moments. As part of this tribute, we continue our yearlong countdown.  

Maynard Jackson Becomes a Disrupter as Atlanta’s First Black Mayor 

1974: Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson establishes first Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program, which “sets aside” a percentage of government contracts for minority businesses and encourages major corporations to follow suit. That act creates legions of African American millionaires and expands scores of BE 100s companies, including H.J. Russell & Co., the nation’s largest black construction firm. Jackson would eventually launch two BE 100s companies: T.G.I Friday’s franchisee Jackmont Hospitality and investment bank Jackson Securities.

Confronting the ‘Old Boy’s Network’ 

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Jackson’s plan surfaced when he informed city leaders he was proceeding with the expansion of the then-named Hartsfield Airport. He shook up Atlanta’s old boy’s network with this: 25% of all contracts were allotted for minority firms. That those firms could land a big chunk of the project first valued at $ 450 million.

But some influential men in the South revolted, claiming the act was illegal. They urged the governor and state legislators to seize control of the airport expansion project from the Jackson regime. Yet Jackson did not flinch, reportedly stating: “We simply won’t build [the airport] if you don’t agree to this. You can have 75% of the project or you can have 100% of nothing. What is your choice?”

After a two-year battle, both sides agreed to a re-adjusted set-aside plan: a participation stake of 20% to 25% for minority-owned firms. Jackson action’s also set a benchmark for affirmative action programs nationally, including in big cities with large black populations.

In Atlanta, Jackson boosted the portion of contracts to minorities from under 1% in 1973 to roughly 39% five years later. Jackson’s efforts empowered the black middle-class, helped create many black millionaires and produce many BE 100s companies. Among them: H. J. Russell & Co., the nation’s largest black construction firm and No. 14 on the 2018 Top 100 list with $ 253 million in revenue.

“Jackson was like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when it came to ensuring African Americans got a chance to participate in the nation’s economic marketplace,” the late Herman Russell, chairman/CEO of the construction company, told Black Enterprise in 2009.

Russell added that his then $ 300 million company would not have been that size if not for Jackson’s policy. Russell added Jackson helped spur black development not only in Atlanta, but also nationally in cities including Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Boston.

Another victory for minority firms under Jackson’s watch came when he helped bring the 1990 Olympics to Atlanta. For instance, $ 10.7 million went to minority suppliers, and over 60% of the minority firms were black. Some BE 100 firms tasted the gold, including construction firms H.J. Russell and C.D. Moody, part of the team that won the $ 209 million Olympic Stadium project.

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Mayor Jackson meeting with the International Olympic Committee. (Black Enterprise Magazine, January 1991)

Illustrating his acumen in business, Jackson in 1987 started Jackson Securities L.L.C. It once was (No. 7 on the BE INVESTMENT BANKS list with $ 1.466 billion in senior/co-senior managed issues). In 1994, Jackson, and his daughter, Brooke Jackson Edmond, and food industry veteran Daniel Halpern, launched Jackmont Hospitality Inc., “He had a passion for being in business with his daughter. It was something he really cared about and enjoyed,” Jackmont President Halpern stated.

Based in Atlanta, Jackmont is a food-service management company and one of the fastest growing TGI Friday’s franchisees. It was No. 19 on the 2018 Top 100s list with $ 200 million in revenue.

In 2003, the same year Jackson died, one of the world’s busiest airports was renamed Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as a tribute to him.

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Why Constantine is a Great Addition to DC’s ‘Legends of Tomorrow’

What makes DC’s Legends of Tomorrow so great? Is it the swashbuckling adventures? The ragtag team of misfits? The undeniable chemistry and love amongst the team members? Yes. Yes to all of that! With the action-packed exploits, tender moments of love — both romantic and familial — The CW series hits all the right notes to keep audiences entertained. Which is why we are so excited by the prospects of Constantine joining the show.

After battling an immortal warrior, a speedster, and a demon, not to mention Nazis from Earth X, saving Helen of Troy, and befriending Jonah Hex, the team could use a helping hand on their next missions. While the Legends have never been more solid, their new foes might be a little out of their wheelhouse. In Season 4, as magic prevails, John Constantine is stepping foot on the Wave Rider and he couldn’t be a better fit.

The Embodiment of Constantine


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Matt Ryan has been embodying this character since the original solo Constantine series premiered in 2014 on NBC. He gave viewers 13 episodes of angels and demons, curses and possessions, and of course, cigarettes. Ryan reprised the role in Arrow Season 4 Episode 5 “Haunted” as well as the CW Seed animated series Constantine: City of Demons. Meaning, not only has this actor been living and breathing John Constantine, but he’s passionate about keeping this role on our screens and fully diving into his story.

And if that weren’t enough, like the character of Constantine himself, Ryan is from the UK, which means he gets to use his natural accent (sorry Mick, Amaya, and Jax). Forget Keanu Reeves’ Constantine, Ryan’s version embraces the characteristics set forth in the comics, including his bisexuality. Viewers were given a glimpse of it when he first graced the Waverider, but now that Sara and Ava are pretty much settled down, it’s time to move on and ship Constantine with EVERYONE!

The Magical Mind of Constantine


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While some like to keep their science-fiction separate from fantasy, the Arrowverse prefers to combine and explore both genres, especially on Legends of Tomorrow. Last season launched the magical side for Legends with Damien Darhk and the demon Mallus. But Damien wasn’t the only magical Darhk, he introduced our Legends to his daughter Nora who is set to play a huge part in the upcoming season.

Enter Constantine, occultly experienced lone wolf who is ready take on the magical side of DC. With his addition to the team, the Legends will receive another badass character, but also someone who is informed about and is an expert on the occult and witchcraft. The team is full of brawn but sometimes lacks brains. Yes, Nate is a diligent historian, and Ray is the expert in the sciences, but when it comes to magic, they need John and his array of mystical knowledge.

The Isolation of Constantine


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As for the lone wolf aspect of Constantine, he’s amongst peers. The Waverider has always been inhabited by people who prefer to go it alone. It wasn’t until Rip Hunter gathered them that most of our Legends became a family. Remember when Sara came aboard? And now she’s captain! While Constantine is set in his ways, and “notoriously doesn’t work well in a team”, over time, just as the others have found that they work better together, hopefully, John Constantine will discover this about himself too.


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The addition of John really presents a whole slew of wonderful opportunities and engaging storylines. Ryan himself spoke about the upcoming interactions between Constantine and the team, noting “these are relationships that have not been explored in the comic books, so they’re all being discovered for the first time“. Which means viewers may get to see him challenge Sara’s leadership, become either besties, enemies, or frenemies with the hothead Mick Rory, and probably get quickly annoyed by boy-scout Ray Palmer’s incessant interest in understanding magic. Regardless, the Waverider is about to become incredibly exciting and a lot more magical!

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10 great UK family adventure camps and day trips

It’s action stations in this roundup of activity centre escapes, featuring watersports, circus skills, climbing and campfire cookouts – and with August bank holiday availability

Soak up the views of the Brecon Beacons at this adventure camp in south Wales. Acorn takes advantage of its campsite’s proximity to Llangorse Lake with a variety of watersports, such as Kata Kanu and paddleboarding. Stays range from three to six nights, with a choice between its pre-erected tented village (with a central marquee for eating and socialising) or glamping in more luxurious camping pods. There’s also an indoor area that hosts discos and talent shows in the evenings.
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Money Mondays: GDP Growth Was Great Last Quarter – What Can We Expect Going Forward?

Today we are talking about the economy? The numbers looked good last quarter. What is driving it?

The economy certainly seems to be in high gear at the moment.  On Friday, the Commerce Department reported that gross domestic product – a figure that measures goods and services produced in the economy – grew 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018. A number of factors contributed to this growth.  First, consumer spending, which accounts for 2/3 of economic activity in the US economy, continued to be strong.  Americans opened up their wallets last quarter, buying cars, electronics and clothes, eating out and traveling.  All of this despite low wage growth and rising gas price.

Additionally, the effects of the 2017 tax cut continue to make their way through the economy, and government spending has helped to fuel higher rates of growth.

Should we expect this to continue?

The fundamentals of the economy continue to be strong. Unemployment is very low, corporate profits are high, manufacturers are seeing strong demand for products, and exports have ramped up in recent quarters. Some analysts are increasingly confident that the US economy could see 3 percent annual growth for the first time since the Great Recession. Yet others are not so sure, believing these strong GDP numbers may be short-lived. They point to a number of risks on the horizon that could have negative consequences for the economy, including the looming threat of protectionist trade policy, rising consumer debt, and struggling wage growth.

What types of warnings signs are we seeing?

Given the role consumer spending plays in fueling our economy, the signs that Americans are overextending themselves could have big consequences. Currently, consumer spending has been growing faster than take home pay, meaning that Americans are saving less and, in many cases, taking on more debt. Savings as a percentage of disposable income is 3.2%, near its all-time low of 1.9% in 2005. After ten years of moving in the right direction – canceling cards and paying off debt –people are once again breaking out the plastic and starting to struggle to pay them back. As people save less and spend more on accrued debt, that threatens consumer spending on other things.

 

The trade war also looms large. While the effects of the current tariffs the White House has levied seem to have had a small effect on growth, future tensions could quickly ripple through the economy. Last quarter, exports grew by 9.3 percent, accounting for a quarter of the total G.D.P. growth. Looking forward, we are unlikely to see a continuation of that trend. As a result of continuing trade disputes, exports will almost certainly fall in coming quarters, and may drag down overall G.D.P. growth rather than boosting it.

What does all of this mean for everyday Americans?

Well Tom, the tight labor market should continue to benefit everyone. Not only does it mean steady, if not spectacular wage growth, but we are likely to see more Americans who had stopped looking or who were only able to get part-time work participate in the labor force. For those of us are invested in the stock market, the continued strength of corporate America is also good news.

There are some negatives that are on the horizon too. Due to the strong fundamentals, the Fed is expected to continue to steadily raise interest rates. This will make borrowing money – for a house, for a card, your credit card debt – more expensive. In addition, higher tariffs mean more expensive goods for consumers on everything from agricultural imports to electronics to washing machines.

In general, the current strong economy is good news and should benefit most Americans. However, the current rate of growth is not something we can take entirely for granted.

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5 great graffiti tours around the world

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When you visit a new city, you want to explore the nitty-gritty of its culture – but in today’s day and age, that’s pretty difficult. Because tourism is the main priority for some of these cities, the ancient ruins are quite literally ruined by ice cream vans and restaurants, beautiful churches are blocked by hordes of people all clambering around with their selfie sticks, and cobbled streets have been broken into pieces by tour groups that didn’t wear the right kind of footwear. So, how the heck do you see the REAL city? Well, it turns out that you might need to look at the present to truly appreciate the past, as modern graffiti can reveal hidden sides of the world’s most famous cities…

Bogota Graffiti Tour

When you think of Bogota, you probably think of the binge-worthy Netflix show, Narcos. If you’ve seen this show, you’ll know that Bogota looks in no way inviting – but times have changed! Bogota is now an urban hub that has made a name for itself across the world for its street art. In fact, some of the best graffiti artists from across the globe make their way to Colombia each year to leave their mark, many of which portray messages of a political and social nature. It’s well worth a look.

Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour – New York

The Big Apple is famous for many reasons, and its street art is just another reason to add to that list. Only recently has this city realized that graffiti is not vandalism, but rather an expression of art, and art buffs around the city are now doing everything they can to showcase this to the rest of the world. It’s now the job of The Bushwick Collective to showcase all of the best street art around the city and show off what their artists have had to say about the past, present, and future of the United States.

Camden Street Art Tours – London

If you’ve ever descended upon Camden in London, England – you’ll know that this place is the quirkiest of the lot. With vintage and retro street markets snaking their way along the streets and people from all walks of life merging together in one, it should come as no surprise to note that the place is also overrun with street art. From poignant political pieces to British culture, the street art here is so varied you will definitely need a guide to help you make sense of it all. It will be well worth it.

Colorful Streets of Lima

Peru probably doesn’t spring to mind when you think of street art, but Lima is actually covered in color and paintings, and it’s truly beautiful. Every year, people from all across the world descend on the village of Barranco to check out the area that is covered head-to-toe in intricate and expressive street art. Not only is it incredible to look at, but it will also impress all of your friends back home. You’ll have an Instagram feed to be jealous of, that’s for sure.

Vienna’s Street Art Tour

The Vienna Street Art Tour takes place during the evening rather than the day, which means you avoid all of the crowds and get to check out the uninterrupted views of the walls and the buildings that are covered in graffiti. Vienna has the pleasure of hosting some of the greatest street artists in the world within their city, which means that their tags are immediately recognizable. This tour is a cut above the rest.

Looking to check out what really goes on inside each city? This is where you need to scrap the tourist spots and head to where the locals hang out – on the streets. These street art tours will help you get started.

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45 GREAT MOMENTS IN BLACK BUSINESS – NO. 8: Black Business Leaders Rebuke Japanese Prime Minister’s Racist Remarks

BLACK ENTERPRISE celebrates the 45th anniversary of its roster of the nation’s most successful black businesses—The BE 100s. To commemorate the significance of this collective’s widespread impact on black business and economic development as well as American industry over four decades, we have presented 45 milestone moments. As part of this tribute, we continue our yearlong countdown.  

1986: Black Business Leaders Clapback at Racist Statement

After making what many considered derogatory remarks about blacks and other American ethnic groups, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone got a strong rebuttal from some of the nation’s top black business leaders infuriated with the comments.

The controversy came in 1986 when the former prime minister was speaking to his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, reportedly telling them that blacks, Latinos, and, other minorities tug down the educational levels of the United States.

Responding to the Japanese leader’s speech suggesting that the racially homogeneous country was “intellectually” superior to the U.S. because of “black people, Puerto Ricans and Mexicans,” African American business leaders led by BE 100 CEOs including Clarence Avant, Comer Cottrell, George Johnson, Byron Lewis, and Earl G. Graves, pressed for an apology and reciprocal trade in a full-page ad in The New York Times.

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Nakasone apologized for his remarks a week after making them. “Let me make one thing very clear,” Nakasone said in the apology. “I have always firmly believed that America’s greatness derives from the dynamism and achievements of her many ethnic communities. It was not my intent whatsoever to imply any racial discrimination nor to criticize any aspect of American society.”

Still, Nakasone never recanted his statements, attracting strong negative reactions from African Americans across the country and members of Congress. At the same time, the then Reagan administration did not offer an immediate reaction, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Rep. Esteban Torres (D-Calif.), chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, urged Nakasone to retract the statement. The Congressional Black Caucus sent a telegram to the Japanese Embassy in Washington asking for an urgent clarification of the remarks.
Prominent black leaders, including Earl G. Graves, founder and publisher of Black Enterprise; Clarence Page, a member of the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board; and, civil rights leader, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, were among those who denounced Nakasone’s statements.

Some Japanese-Americans joined black, Hispanic, and other leaders in demanding an apology from Nakasone. During a meeting at the time with the Japanese Ambassador, Nobuo Matsunaga, the leaders, spearheaded by Jackson, called Nakasone’s remarks an ”insult” to all Americans, but especially the mentioned groups, and demanded an immediate apology.

”Whether the meaning of the words had to do with intelligence or literacy, it was an insult,” Jackson said in a letter delivered to Ambassador Matsunaga. ”We in this country have spent too much time fighting stereotypes, including those against Asian-Americans, to tolerate the perpetuation of stereotypes from Asians against our own people.”

 

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Great Highway Movie Shown in Santa Cruz Honoring Surf Pioneer Jack O’Neill

Have you seen this great film about the history of surfing in California and those who braved the elements to establish a great pastime and lifestyle?

Yesterday night in Santa Cruz – Surf City USA, this film was shown honoring Jack O’Neill, Santa Cruz local and inventor of the first effective wetsuits and contemporaries who helped shape the world of water sports forever.

Many surfers and ocean lovers came together to commemorate the surf icon. For those that weren’t able to see the film, we have attached the trailer.
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The First Black Woman to be Crowned Miss Universe Great Britain Speaks Out

Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers, a dark-skinned beauty with dreadlocks, became the first black woman to be crowned Miss Universe Great Britain in the pageant’s 66-year history on Saturday. As a result, the 25-year-old will go on to represent the United Kingdom at the international 2018 Miss Universe competition later this year.

Originally from Anguilla, a British territory in the Caribbean, Rogers never aspired to be a beauty queen. Instead, she played competitive sports, dreamed of becoming an Olympic heptathlete, and competed in the Commonwealth Games twice. However, a knee injury deterred her from the Olympics. That’s when she decided to pursue pageantry while simultaneously studying for the bar exam—which she recently passed—in order to become a barrister.

“My dream kind of reinvented itself and it shifted into pageantry because in pageantry you have the same reach,” she told BBC News. “Miss Universe Great Britain was the pageant equivalent of becoming an Olympic athlete for Great Britain.”

Ironically, Rogers says preparing for the Miss Universe Great Britain competition was more challenging than training for a sports match. “They’re very similar, but being in a pageant you have to undergo a kind of surgical examination of yourself, your ambitions, things that people don’t do until they’re very, very old.” She added, “most of the preparation for the Commonwealth Games is done on the track…but in pageantry, the mind is the focal point, and the mind is, I think, the hardest muscle to master.”

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Following her historic win, she received an outpouring of support from around the world via social media, which she admitted “kind of startled” her. “Although I’ve been preparing for this pageant for a long time, I’ve just been preparing as Dee-Ann,” she said. “Now that I’ve won the pageant, I’ve come to the realization that I’ve not only won the pageant as Dee-Ann, but as a black woman.” Nevertheless, she described the win as “a great achievement.”

Prior to her win, the University of Birmingham graduate told Pageants News that she believes she is the first woman to compete in Miss Universe Great Britain with dreadlocks. “To my knowledge, I am the first dreadlocked woman to walk across a Miss Universe Great Britain stage and that is absolutely most exciting to me,” she said. However, she also admitted that she was questioned on whether or not she’d consider straightening her hair for the competition. She refused. “I felt that it was very important for me to represent my cultural identity and to represent myself truly on this platform. This is a part of who I am. If you’re going to take one part of me, you’re going to take all of me.”

Should she win the Miss Universe pageant in December, Kentish-Rogers would join this list of women of color who earned the crown.

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10 great road trips around the world: readers’ tips

Our tipsters drive through Transylvania bear country and the bayous of Louisiana, stargaze in Chile and enjoy the solitude of Siberia

This is a wonderfully underrated road-trip destination. From Bucharest, take Road 1 towards the Carpathian mountains, to the well-preserved medieval towns of Braşov and Sighişoara. On the way, you’ll often be surrounded by dense, dark woodland and craggy peaks, where there are bears and wolves, and pass the time spotting castles and horse and carts. In Zărneşti, we stayed at Pensiunea Hora cu Brazi (doubles from £28 room only) near Piatra Craiului national park and enjoyed a slower pace of life, sitting in the farm’s garden and enjoying the homemade and traditional food, wine and spirits.
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The Weekend Reset: American Classics, great grilling, and some Dusty inspired heartache.

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.

 

LISTEN:  Shannon Shaw and Dan Auerbach make a little magic.

Shannon Shaw fronts Shannon & The Clams, a band that, according to their Wikipedia page, is an “indie garage punk quartet based in Oakland, California. Known for a vintage sound that incorporates elements of doo-wop, classic R&B, garage psych, and surf…” Shaw’s voice is smoky and sultry and perfectly suited to Auerbach’s desire to make a Dusty In Memphis kind of record with her. Success. Shaw’s voice makes for a grittier update on Dusty Springfield’s classic and the material here is perfectly suited to her big personality. This is perfect for hot summer nights with friends, drinking beers and loving life.

 

ESCAPE: A pretty cool way to have fun and feel like an idiot.

There’s a good chance you might have already done an escape room before. Or, maybe, you give these places the side-eye. Yes, escape rooms are a favorite activity for corporate team building exercises (this is exactly how I was introduced to them), but that doesn’t mean they aren’t legitimate entertainment options. Mostly. It’s always good to do some research on places before you commit. There can be some pretty big swings on the quality control spectrum if you know what I mean. If you can’t find much about a particular company, ask to see a room first. But, back to the fun. And they are fun if you like puzzles and challenges and getting your little grey cells working. The video above does a good job of explaining how they work.

 

WATCH: H. G. Wells gets the Art Deco treatment in a B&W classic.

This was a revelation. An H.G. Wells story adapted for the screen by a British movie studio. For a black and white film from 1936, this is Sci-Fi AF. The design, from sets to wardrobes, are fantastic. As befits the era, much of the design is Art Deco inspired. All of this in a film that promotes big concepts of what Wells expected for his future and our now. Much of it resonated with what we see today. Some, not so much. But visually it’s a hoot. Added bonus: philosophical discussions of man’s place in the world.

 

EAT: Summer chops for your next BBQ.

Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic, Chiles and Anchovies from Food & Wine

Talk about a great way to impress friends at a summer gathering. This recipe, terrific for this time of year, makes for a Pinterest perfect platter of delicious chops. What prep there is can be done in advance (the day before) leaving just the grilling for the big show. The list of ingredients is fairly limited and easy to find. And even if you can’t locate the baby lamb rib chops in your area, regular lamb chops would suffice. I would suggest throwing those small sweet multi-colored peppers on the grill (lightly marinated) along with the lamb. Not only are they great grilled, they would make for a good side dish for the meal.

 

READ: It’s an American classic for a reason.

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Joseph Heller’s Catch -22 is, according to just about everybody, one of the greatest American novels. I admit it. I never read this until last week. Some English major I am. If I am being honest, I think I have pretty much avoided it because I thought it was a war novel. I am an idiot. Yes, it is a novel that takes place in the second world war. It is also laugh out loud funny. It is satire at its best. And I would go on but there are lots of places you can find eloquent essays about why you should read this. Just, you know, don’t be like me. Just read it.

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Family Financial Centers Franchise: A Great Investment for Owners and Communities

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Until sitting down to speak with Jack Wilson, chief development officer of the Family Financial Centers franchise, I knew the “money” business was big, but not in excess of $ 100 billion. (yes, that with a “B”).  Wilson has been in the financial services industry for many years, and after learning more about the potential in serving the under and unbanked population in the US, he got on board with Family Financial Centers (FFC). FFC offers a full menu of financial services to their customers, which are typically middle-income working families. Their services include check cashing, money orders, wire transfer, electronic bill payment, pre-paid debit cards, gift card buyback programs, gold and precious metals purchasing, and a host of other financial related products. All with the look and feel of a neighborhood branch bank.

To better understand why owning a piece of the financial services industry is something you should be seriously considering, just look at the numbers. Wilson shared with me that while there are 13,000 financial services businesses across the US, they are supporting 30 million customers with 350 million transactions, resulting in $ 106 billion annually. In other words—there’s plenty to go around. A subset of that population is the un/under-banked. There are 17 million unbanked, and 51 million underbanked people living in the US. Family Financial recognized that the unbanked and underbanked were not only underserved, but the services provided needed to be enhanced and the standards raised. That means no predatory lending practices. Currently, FFC has 50 locations in 13 states. In 2017, FFC cashed approximately $ 330M in checks and conducted over 1 million transactions. 2018 estimates are even more impressive, with $ 450M in checks and over 1.5 million transactions.

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But why a franchise? This is a question I get frequently as it relates to an array of industries. However, when it comes to financial services, this question becomes much more critical. Financial services and the banking industry are very challenging to get into, due to the number of state and federal regulations. To provide certain banking services, you must be a U.S. citizen, no history of bankruptcy, and you must have a Money Banking Services (MBS) account. Qualifying for and securing an MBS account is exactly what FFC are experts in. They are one of only two firms franchising in the MSB industry. Doing this on your own as an independent is virtually impossible. Lastly, if you were successful in getting up and running and unknowingly skipped any steps (not knowing what you don’t know), a government inspector or auditor could come in and shut your business down immediately. FFC provides complete back-end support—including frequent reviews and audits, daily, monthly, quarterly, and annually.

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FFC has three primary models, each of which satisfies an array of investor profiles. Acquisition, Store-in-store, and Tellerless Check Cashing kiosks. Acquisitions are for the investor interested in owning a community-based financial service center, potentially expanding with multiple locations, and who wants a business that already has existing cash flow and has access to capital in the $ 350K–$ 450K range. Store-in-store is for investors that currently have a store location and want to provide additional service to their customers. Tellerless Check Cashing kiosks are the newest offering from FFC, which allows customers to cash a payroll check without having to interact with a live teller and can be placed in a variety of high traffic locations. Tellerless Check Cashing kiosks give a newer investor an opportunity to get into the financial services industry, passively, with about $ 50K.

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Wilson would like to see many more African Americans enter into the financial services business and hopes to facilitate that in his role at FFC. If the high revenue potential isn’t enough of a draw, being an FFC owner enables investors to provide much-needed services in a professional setting to our communities, as well as jobs. And ultimately, with its high rate of return, it’s the type of business that enables parents to build a family legacy for generations to come. A legacy goes beyond a mere inheritance. A legacy is something that continues to build and grow, year after year. Not only providing wealth but empowerment. Wilson’s biggest piece of advice? “If your gonna build a family legacy, do it in the $ 106B money service industry.”

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‘Fallout 76’ Isn’t an MMO — And That’s Great for Roleplayers

The wait is over. Fallout junkies finally have Fallout 76 to sate their post-apocalyptic desires — and together, for once. The dream of multiplayer Fallout lives!

Just one thing: it’s not really an MMO. Everything we know so far about Fallout 76 indicates it’s not quite as “massive” as we’ve come to expect our online multiplayer games to be. We’re not going to see hundreds of fellow survivors roaming the West Virginian wasteland alongside us. But that only spells promise for the roleplayers among us, who don’t just want to play a game but tell our own stories in it.

Tighter-Knit Communities


Player characters in Power Armor journey through irradiated ruins at sunset.

Roleplaying is a gnarly business due, in part, to the size of roleplaying communities. As an MMO roleplayer, your characters exist in a shared world where no one person can be the hero or the star. Wrangling a horde of co-collaborators — each with their own ideas, opinions, and agendas — is a recipe for logistical and diplomatic nightmares.

It’s simply easier to work with fewer players, with a focus on quality over quantity. That’s where Fallout 76 will shine; 24-32 players per server isn’t even a small-town. It’s more like a dormitory where nearly everyone knows each other, which helps foster closer bonds and greater depth of roleplay. Besides, what’s survival in the post-apocalypse without the brutal solitude of just you and a few trusted buddies?

Look no further than Secret World Legends for an example of how to pull this off. Although MMO-like, the game defines itself as a “shared-world action RPG,” limiting player count in field areas to just over a dozen per server. This preserves the feeling of being largely alone in an occult hot-zone and lends itself well to tight, character-driven roleplay. Delving into the creative side of the player base will reveal little circles of roleplayers weaving their own tales in the game world, giving it life beyond what its developers intended.

Sure, it’d be nice to have an army of helpers to build a new West Virginia with. But building stories, especially with other people, involves a lot more than mouse clicks and keystrokes. Roleplayers will want to keep their circles more manageable — and Fallout 76’s small servers do just that.

Anti-Griefing Measures


Two player characters approach a fallen Power Armor helmet in the wastes.

Of course, other people can also be hell. Online roleplaying games tend to attract jerks who delight in “griefing,” or disrupting other players’ fun. This deplorable side of online gaming is almost as old as the MMO genre itself. In fact, it has moved some developers to consider countermeasures. Thankfully, Bethesda is one of them.

We know by now that Fallout 76 will come with anti-griefing measures baked in, including a “Revenge System” that operates on consent. “Opt-in” was the word used to describe the system, and it’s a very important one. It means roleplayers likely won’t have to worry about their campfire nights or wasteland treks being ruined by mischief-makers with far too much ammo and free time. (No sir, no sniping me mid-sentence over and over, not without my say-so!)

Naturally, you can’t fully jerk-proof a multiplayer game. And nobody’s expecting Bethesda to crack the secret formula to that, but they certainly have their priorities straight — which is reassuring for roleplayers long tired of malicious impositions on their storytelling.

Official Private Servers — A Roleplayer’s Nirvana 


A player character walking through an empty town in post-war West Virginia.

Of course, sometimes all else fails. Sometimes a game’s player base is just too large or toxic for roleplayers — ever a small and overlooked minority — to flourish. Wouldn’t it be nice, then, to have the game world all to themselves to build their ideal roleplaying environment in?

It would indeed, and that’s where private servers come in. Like griefing, they’re hardly new. World of Warcraft, notably, has seen over the years a slew of illegal player-hosted servers, some dedicated to roleplaying. However, legal, official private servers created by and for paying players are fairly new. They’re not something you’d expect to find in a proper MMO, but, luckily, they’re on developer to-do list for Fallout 76.

This move isn’t breaking any new ground. Conan Exiles, a similar not-MMO, did it just recently. But who came first doesn’t matter. Official player-run servers are literally the be-all and end-all of roleplaying enablement. With access to these, Fallout 76 roleplayers will be able to curate their own communities — and possibly even tailor fundamental aspects of the game world and gameplay to their liking, as in Conan Exiles.

Some might call withdrawing into private servers an “insular” or “exclusive” thing for roleplayers to do. But with Fallout 76’s small server sizes, there isn’t much to exclude in the first place. And there’s nothing stopping roleplayers from vetting and inviting new blood into their carefully curated slices of roleplay heaven. What’s important is that roleplayers have control over their immersion and the stories they wish to tell — without the legal risks.

Empowering Players

The history of roleplaying in MMOs has never been a smooth one. That’s why it’s great for all of us Fallout-loving roleplayers that the series didn’t get an MMO after all. MMOs don’t offer a tight-knit, manageable community and control over the game world — things that help roleplay thrive in online games. Fallout 76 does. Good thing war never changes.

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Great Pizza places in New York

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Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good pizza? Wherever you go in the world, you won’t need to travel far to find a cheesy slice. Whether you like a thin crust, stuffed crust, an Italian-style pizza, a calzone or Chicago-style Pizza, New York has some of the best pizza joints around. But with so many to choose from, choosing which one to try out is a bit of a mammoth task. So here’s a lowdown of the 5 best pizza places in New York.

Roberta’s – 261 Moore Street, Brooklyn

If you’re feeling adventurous, then Roberta’s has the pizza – but be warned, there are often hour-long waits (especially if Bill Clinton decides to go there again, as he’s done many times before!). Although this pizza place does serve your average Margherita or pepperoni slice, they pride themselves on their creative toppings. They import authentic spices, vegetables, and cheeses from all across the globe to make all of their pizzas different, and they’re not scared to try anything new. Past pizzas have even had the likes of kale, caciocavallo cheese, and honey on them.

Motorino – 139 Broadway, Brooklyn

Some people just loved the charred crust of a wood-fired pizza (we definitely do), and Motorino chars their crusts to perfection – and use it as a developed flavor that compliments their pizza toppings. Expect the likes of Brussels sprouts, spicy sausage or stracciatella to balance out the bitterness of the crust, and you’ll honestly think you’d gone to pizza heaven. But if you want to keep it clean and simple, there’s nothing better than their traditional Margherita, complete with basil leaves.

Paulie Gee’s – 60 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn

If you’re looking for a good sit-down menu, Paulie Gee’s is the one for you. Their menu is full of cheesy puns (get it?) with references to a whole load of American pastimes and popular culture. One of their most celebrated pizzas is the Brunch Pizza – complete with melted gouda, Canadian bacon, and maple syrup. Here at Paulie Gee’s, they’re all about the taste, so don’t expect an Instagram-worthy beauty shot here.

Prince Street Pizza – 27 Prince Street Avenue, New York

If you’re fed up with the traditional triangle pizza slices, then Prince Street Pizza offer you some of the best square slices in the business. The owners take their inspiration from Sicilian and family recipes, with a twist. You can either go for their world-famous Spicy Spring Pie complete with Fra Diavolo sauce, fresh mozzarella, and pepperoni or try one of their wacky boozy pizzas. Who doesn’t want to try a vodka pizza sauce?

Lucali – 575 Henry Street, Brooklyn

Lucali has gained worldwide recognition for its incredible pizza slices – and Jay-Z and Beyonce even skipped the Grammy Awards once to eat here! Lucali only has two options on the menu: a calzone or a pizza. But to be honest, you don’t need any more option than that. With their thin and charred crust, special sauce, mozzarella and the toppings of your choice, you and Lucali can join forces to create the perfect pizza.

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Sylvania’s $45 LED light strip is a great alternative to the $90 Philips Hue model

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We love Philips Hue’s smart lighting products as much as anyone else. In fact, we even use some Hue products ourselves. That said, smart lighting can be a tough pill to swallow when it costs so much money to get in on the action. For example, the Philips Hue LightStrip Plus is one of our favorite Hue products, but it costs almost $ 100! If you’re looking for a good alternative that still plays nice with smart home systems but won’t break the bank, check out the Sylvania Smart+ ZigBee Flex Strip Starter Kit.

Here’s what you need to know from the product page:

  • A compatible ZigBee hub is required to control this lightstrip. Pair your smart lights to a compatible ZigBee hub such as SmartThings, Wink, or Amazon Echo Plus.
  • Choose from over 16 million available colors and adjustable white color temperature ranging from 2700K-6500K. Create a colorful light scene, dim the lights, or shut them on and off right from your smartphone.
  • Integrate voice control by pairing an Amazon Echo or Google Home device to your compatible ZigBee hub. Enjoy the benefits of hands free lighting control by asking to turn the lights on and off, dim, change the color, and more.
  • Ideal for decorative lighting behind TV’s, bookcases, under cabinets, bars, and more.
  • Starter kit includes three 2-foot flexible lightstrips, controller, and power supply. Expand your Indoor Flexible Lightstrips up to 20 feet by adding additional lightstrips, sold separately.
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Great romantic locations around the world

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When you’re truly in love, you will find romance wherever you and your partner are in the world. However, there are a myriad of breathtaking spots that make for a dreamy romantic trip together, perhaps to celebrate an anniversary, honeymoon or to make a proposal. Here are 5 of the world’s most romantic spots.

Bali

Bali. The legendary Island to eat, pray and love. It’s also a stunning place for a couple to celebrate their love and enjoy views that will leave them speechless.  The Udug Hanging Gardens Hotel is known to be one the best with its Panoramic Deluxe Pool Villa.   Check out a photo or two before you book, and you’ll be completely convinced that this is the most romantic place in the world.

Easter Island

Easter Island provides what is the absolute epitome of sunsets. The sunsets over the Pacific Ocean in and of themselves make the Island incredibly romantic. The gorgeous Island also has unique statues that make it all that more charming.  This romantic destination is ideal for couples who want to see the world together and experience an unforgettable adventure.

Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia is the most southern city in the world. Which means it is literally located at the end of the world. So if you tell the love of your life that you would go to the end of the world for them, and really mean it, then this is place for you. The Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse offers a perspective you never thought was possible. This place is where you and your partner will start everything together.

Bangkok, Thailand

Exploring the temples, cruising the rivers on a tuk-tuk, taking in the culture in the street markets and having a gourmet meal while enjoying the view of the Bangkok skyline screams romance. This city never sleeps and never fails to keep travelers busy and excited.  Thai massages are among the world’s best and are the perfect way to end a romantic afternoon together. Bangkok is a romantic getaway for those that want both culture and big city life.

Paris, France

Well, Paris is actually known to be the city love, so there should be no confusion here as to why it’s one of the most romantic places in the world.  This enchanting city is wonderful to visit all year around. Talking a stroll through the city streets, indulging in the chocolates and pastries from the endless bakeries and visiting the Eiffel tower are only a few of the unique romantic things to do in Paris.

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There is something about music festivals that, as opposed to one-night concerts, has a way of bringing people together. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that it’s usually a three or four day carnival that makes everyone feel more opened, free, happy and just excited that they don’t have to go home at the end of the night. While they are originated in the hippy times, these days, music festivals go beyond the cliche of rock and other typical genres. In fact, in recent years, it has mostly become more about the fashion, the colors, the themes and pretty much the whole spectacle, rather than the music itself.

While we can still hear the sounds of the desert echoing from the recent Coachella festival, we’ve rounded up 5 music festivals that are not only different in their tunes, vibes and colors, but are also spread around the globe and some will also take you back to the seventies, should you decide you want to pay a visit to one of these eclectic music heavens.

Bestival – Dorset, England (September 7-10, 2017)

This four-day festival takes place in the southern part of England and it’s suitable for both kids and adults. It has been held every year since the summer of 2004 in a park on The Isle of Wight, however, this year the festivities will relocate to Lulworth Estate in Dorset. In its first years, around 10,000 showed up and within 5 years it grew to more than 50,000 people. The producers and founders of the Bestival are hoping that the same vibes that have been around for 13 years, will remain in the new location.

Exit – Novi Sad, Serbia (July 6-9, 2017)

Exit has been around since 2000 and has mostly attracted rock, metal, electronic, punk and reggae lovers. This award-winning festival (yes, there is such a thing) has been named the ‘Best Major European Festival’ and it is held in the second largest city in Serbia, Novi Sad. This music festival actually has some political and social roots and it goes back to the 2000, when a student movement was fighting for its democracy in the Balkans and in Serbia. Last year, artists like Ellie Goulding, Wiz Khalifa and David Guetta were performing at the festival.

Splendour in the Grass – Byron Bay, Australia (July 21-23, 2017)

If you happen to hop to the Land Down Under this summer (which is actually their cold months in the Aussie continent), then you should definitely make a musical stop at the globally famous music festival, Splendour in the Grass that has been taken place annually since 2001 at the beach town of Byron Bay in New South Wales. It has evolved from just a one day festival to a three-day thing over the years. The music genres that  are usually played are hip hop, indie rock, electronic and other eclectic styles.

Mawazine – Rabat, Morocco (May 12-20, 2017)

The African festival is one of the coolest and most interesting festivals that are held in the world. Also known as Rhythms of the World, the festival held in Rabat, has actually known two different areas. Between 2001 and 2007, the music genre was mostly ‘music of the world’ and it was a time where the producers were finding a hard time to recruit sponsors. However, in 2008, when the Moroccan King’s personal assistant took over, it became more mainstream and drew more and more people. Last year, the festival hosted artists like Iggy Azalea, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera and more.

Fuji Rock – Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, Japan (July 28-30, 2017)

This annual event that is actually held at a ski resort in the mountains is a three-day carnival and it’s one of the biggest music events that take place outdoors not only in Asia but around the world. It features performers from the rock and electronic genre and has hosted bands like Beck and the Red Hot Chili Peppers as well as artists like Ben Harper, James Blake and more. This year you can expect Lorde, LCD Soundsystem and even Bjork.

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This Mother’s Day, we are celebrating with a huge giveaway with our friends at DAVIDsTEA. From May 3rd through to May 13th we’ll be giving away five 150$ MATT & NAT online gift cards, alongside some beautiful canisters and tea from DAVIDsTEA. Follow us & DAVIDsTEA on Instagram to win one of the packages for you or your mom.

To enter:

Follow us on Instagram @Matt_and_Nat and follow @DavidsTea

Tag your 3 besties in the comment section beneath the prize photo(s)

See below for full Rules & Regulations.

 

The Girly-Girl Mom – Featuring BLOSSOM

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Wallet 1: MAY in Blossom
Wallet 2: NOLLY in Blossom
Key Chain: BENE in Rose Gold

 

The Bohemian Mom – Featuring KOALA

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Wallet: ILDA in Koala
Key Chain: GEMA in Koala

 

The Sophisticated Mom – Featuring BLACK

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Wallet: TWIN in Black
Coin Purse: LU in Black
Sunglasses: SAVA in Black
Key Chain: BENE in Antique Nickel

 

The Minimalist Mom – Featuring WHITE

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Notebook: MAGISTRAL in White
Sunglasses case: SOLAR in White
Pencil Case: TECKEL in White
Coin Purse: LU in White

 

The Artistic Mom – Featuring SKY

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Wallet: VERSO in Sky

 

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

1. CONTEST PERIOD

The “Mother’s Day” contest (the “Contest”) begins at 12:00:00 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, May 3rd 2018, and ends at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on Sunday, May 13th 2018 (the “Contest Period”).

There are five (5) phases to this Contest: A random draw of one (1) participant per contest post from all the eligible entries during the Contest Period. Each phase consists of one (1) photo publication on DAVIDsTEA and/or Matt & Nat Instagram page which will be published May 3rd 2018, May 5th 2018, May 7th 2018, May 9th 2018 and May 11th 2018.

2. ELIGIBILITY

No purchase necessary. Access to a computer and Internet access are required. The Contest is open to legal residents of Canada and the United States who have reached the age of majority in their Province, Territory or State of residence as of the date of entry. Excluded from eligibility are employees, agents and sales representatives of DAVIDsTEA Inc. (“DAVIDsTEA”) and Matt & Nat (“Matt & Nat”), and promotional agencies, fulfillment houses and Prize suppliers, each of their respective parent, affiliated and related companies, suppliers of the materials and services related to this Contest, and members of the immediate families (defined as parents, siblings, children and spouses, regardless of where they reside) or households (whether or not related) of such employees, agents and sales representatives.

3. HOW TO ENTER

There is one (1) way to enter the Contest. During the Contest Period, participate by:

• Following both DAVIDsTEA (@davidstea) and Matt & Nat (@matt_and_nat) Instagram page.
• Tagging three (3) friends in a comment on one of the Contest posts of DAVIDsTEA or/and Matt & Nat Instagram page.

4. LIMIT

Multiple entries per Instagram account on DAVIDsTEA’s Contest publications and Matt & Nat Contest publications per person are accepted in the context of the Contest during the Contest Period. Participants cannot share the same Instagram account. Should the identity of a participant be contested, the social media account’s designated authorized owner will be deemed the participant. The “Social Media Account’s Designated Authorized Owner” shall mean the person related to the social media account by the social media provider, the online provider or the organization responsible to provide the social media account in question. Selected participants can be asked to provide proof of ownership of a social media account. All entries must be received by the end of the Contest Period in order to participate.
5. PRIZE

There are a total of five (5) Prizes to be won. Each Prize is valued at CAD$ 299.00. Each Prize consists of the following:
• From Matt & Nat: one (1) Matt & Nat gift card valued at CAD$ 150.00
• From DAVIDsTEA: one (1) Nordic Mug ($ 23), one (1) 18 oz Tea Steeper ($ 20), one (1) Perfect Spoon ($ 7), one (1) pack of Reusable Straws ($ 8), one (1) Bottle of Organic Agave ($ 12), one (1) mega tin of Caribbean Crush tea ($ 34), one (1) mega tin of Just Peachy tea ($ 34), one (1) tin of Mango Fruit Punch tea ($ 16)

(Collectively defined as the “Prize”)

PRIZES MUST BE ACCEPTED AS AWARDED. ALL AMOUNTS ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS (CAD). THE PRIZES MAY NOT BE SOLD, TRANSFERRED AND ARE NOT CONVERTIBLE TO CASH. DAVIDsTEA RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SUBSTITUTE A PRIZE OF EQUAL OR GREATER VALUE AT ITS SOLE DISCRETION. DAVIDsTEA MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, AND DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, WITH RESPECT TO THE PRIZE.

6. HOW TO WIN

At the end of the Contest Period, one (1) random draw of all eligible entries per Contest phase received during the Contest Period will take place at 5430 Ferrier, Town of Mount Royal, Canada, on Monday, May 13th, 2018 for a total of five (5) draws. The public announcement of the winners will take place on Monday, May 14th, 2018 on DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat Instagram Page. Chances of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received during the Contest Period.

7. PRIZE CLAIM CONDITIONS

Before being declared a winner, the selected entrants must first correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical, electronic or otherwise, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question to be administered at a reasonably prescribed time by private message on their Instagram account.

By participating in the Contest, the entrant declares that he / she is eligible to win the Prize pursuant to this Agreement, and releases DAVIDsTEA, Matt & Nat and Instagram, as well as all their directors, officers, owners, partners, shareholders, Representatives, heirs and assigns from any and all liability in connection with this Contest, or with the use, misuse, or possession of any Prize or any related travel. Prizes will be awarded only to winners who have been audited.

Matt & Nat and DAVIDsTEA will attempt to contact the potential winners by Instagram Direct Message to the username that was used when you entered the contest within twenty four (24) hours of being selected to schedule the administration of the skill-testing question.

Matt & Nat and DAVIDsTEA will send for signature the Declaration and Release to them by Instagram Direct Message, which will need to be returned electronically within twenty-four (24) hours of the time it was sent. If a potential winner (a) cannot be reached by email within twenty four (24) hours of being selected; (b) fails to correctly answer the mathematical skill testing question; (c) fails to provide any required proof of eligibility; (d) fails to return the properly executed Declaration and Release within the specified time, or (e) fails to comply with any term and condition of these Official Contest Rules, then he/she may, at DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat sole discretion, be disqualified and another potential winner, who will be subject to disqualification in the same manner, will be randomly selected from among the remaining eligible entries for the Contest Period. Matt & Nat and DAVIDsTEA will not be responsible for failed attempts to contact a potential winner. The Prizes will only be awarded to verified winners. Allow 2 to 4 weeks delivery for the Prizes following the date of the public announcement of the winners on Instagram.

In the event of a dispute regarding an entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the Instagram account (i.e. the person assigned to the email address linked to the Instagram account by an Internet service provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

8. PERSONAL INFORMATION

The Personal information that you provide when you enter this Contest is being provided to DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat and its authorized agents and not to Instagram. DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat and its authorized agents will only use and disclose the personal information you provide when you enter the Contest for the purposes of administering the Contest. By accepting a Prize, winners agree to DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat use of his/her name, city/province of residence, and likeness in any advertising and publicity DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat may conduct relating to the Contest in any media or format, whether now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to the World Wide Web, at any time or times in perpetuity, without further compensation or notice. For further information about DAVIDsTEA privacy practices, please see DAVIDsTEA’s Privacy Policy at: www.davidstea.com.

9. RIGHT TO VOID/TERMINATE/SUSPEND/MODIFY

Any materials used in this Contest which have been tampered with, mutilated, altered, forged, reproduced, not legitimately obtained, are illegible or which contain or reflect computer, software, printing, production or other errors will be void. DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat reserves the right to terminate, suspend or modify this Contest, in whole or in part, at any time and without notice or obligation if, in DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat sole opinion, any factor interferes with its proper conduct as contemplated by these Official Contest Rules.

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, if the Contest, or any part thereof, is not capable of running as planned for any reason, including but not limited to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, printing errors, programming errors, seeding errors, technical failures, or any causes beyond the reasonable control of DAVIDsTEA or Matt & Nat, which, in the sole opinion of DAVIDsTEA or Matt & Nat, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat may, in its sole discretion, void any suspect entries and: (a) terminate the Contest, or any portion thereof; (b) modify or suspend the Contest, or any portion thereof, to address the impairment and then resume the Contest, or relevant portion, in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Contest Rules; and/or (c) award the Prizes from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment in accordance with the winner selection criteria discussed above. No more than the above-stated number of Prizes will be awarded.

Should any error of any kind, whether technological, printing, production, human or otherwise, or any other event result in more Prizes being claimed than the number stated above, the Prize not yet awarded may be awarded in a random drawing from amongst all eligible claimants who have not yet received a Prize. In any such drawing, the selected entrant must correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical, electronic or otherwise, a mathematical time-limited skill-testing question to be administered by telephone, email or mail, and execute any documents as may be required before being declared a winner.

10. GENERAL CONDITIONS

Winning a Prize is contingent on fulfilling all the requirements set forth herein. All entries become the property of DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat and will not be returned or acknowledged. Mass entries, automated entries, entries submitted by third parties, and any entries or Prize claims that are late, incomplete, fraudulent, illegible, unidentified or delayed will be void. All entries and Prize claims are subject to verification. By entering this contest, entrants agree to abide by these Official Contest Rules. Decisions of DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat will be final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, state and municipal laws. Each of DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process, the operation of the Contest and/or Contest Webpages, violates the Official Contest Rules, or acts with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND DAVIDsTEA AND MATT & NAT RESERVE THE RIGHT TO PROSECUTE AND SEEK DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of the person who submitted an entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at registration will be deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an e-mail address by an access provider, service provider, or other person or organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the account associated with the submitted address. The potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder. All information provided by the participant must be complete and accurate. DAVIDsTEA and Matt & Nat will not be held responsible for any or all computer problems or a late/incomplete/erroneously sent Prize claim.

11. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASES

BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS CONTEST, ENTRANTS AGREE THAT DAVIDsTEA, MATT & NAT, INSTAGRAM, THEIR PARENT, RELATED AND AFFILIATED COMPANIES, THEIR ADVERTISING AGENCIES, PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, FULFILLMENT HOUSES AND PRIZE SUPPLIERS, AND ALL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, OWNERS, PARTNERS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES (COLLECTIVELY, THE “RELEASEES”) HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR, AND SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS BY ENTRANTS AGAINST, ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURIES, LOSSES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES) TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY RESULTING FROM: A) A PRIZE, INCLUDING THE ACCEPTANCE, PARTICIPATION IN, MISUSE OR USE OF THE PRIZE; B) ENTRY OR PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST, INCLUDING ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE CONTEST WEBSITE, OR C) ANY CLAIMS BASED ON PERSONALITY OR PRIVACY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION OR MERCHANDISE DELIVERY.

Without limiting the foregoing, the Releasees shall not be responsible for: (a) any incomplete or inaccurate information that is caused by DAVIDsTEA or Matt & Nat Contest page or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions in the Contest; (b) lost, interrupted, or unavailable network, server, service provider, on-line systems, telephone networks or telephone lines, or any other connections; (c) the theft, destruction, loss or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; (d) any problems with, or malfunctions or failures of, telephone networks or lines, computers or computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, viruses or bugs; (e) garbled transmissions or miscommunications; (f) failure of any e-mail to be received by or from DAVIDsTEA or Matt & Nat for any reason, including but not limited to traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or combination thereof or technical incompatibility; (g) damage to a user’s computer equipment (software or hardware) occasioned by participation or downloading of materials related to this Contest; (h) printing, distribution, programming or production errors, and any other errors or malfunctions of any kind, whether human, mechanical, electronic or otherwise; or (i) technical, pictorial, typographical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

12. RESIDENTS OF THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC
Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of the Contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (the “Régie”) for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of the Prizes may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.

 

 

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Banned Fan Goes to Great Lengths to Watch Soccer Game by Renting a Crane

Nothing can stop the world’s most dedicated sports fan from supporting his beloved team.

Ali Demirkaya, a soccer fan in Turkey who was banned from Denizli Atatürk stadium for unspecified reasons, has taken the only reasonable course to watch the game. He rented a crane.

From high above just beyond the stadium limits, the diehard Denizlispor fan watched his team vanquish Gaziantepspor 5-0. He even led the crowd in a chant.

Nicknamed “Yamuk Ali” or “Irregular Ali” by the internet, the guy was suspended for a year, according to local news reports. But he just couldn’t miss the game, so he decided to get on that crane quickly.

“That match was very important for our team,” he explained to Yeni Asir newspaper. “I had to go to the police station to sign a paper to show that I am not watching the match in the stadium. Then I quickly went to rent the crane.”

According to him, the stunt only cost him $ 86. And from his vantage point, he was sitting pretty.

The fact that he took the love for the game to such impressive heights has inevitably captured the internet’s whimsy across the world. Eventually, his special VIP viewing party perch had to, like all great things, come to an end. Police lowered the crane.

Was it legal? Was it rational? What did he do to get banned for one year? Whatever the answer, the pictures are internet gold.

Sometimes you just have to rise above it all.

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Former Detroit Lions general manager and NFL linebacker Matt Millen reportedly has a rare disease that forces him to undergo weekly chemotherapy and may require a heart transplant. The Morning Call in Pennsylvania reports that Millen, 60, was diagnosed last summer with amyloidosis, a rare disease that often goes undiagnosed because of symptoms resembling many…
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eBay RoundupThere’s a lot of great menswear on eBay, but to find…

eBay Roundup

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Great things to do in the Caribbean

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So you’re going to the Caribbean for your first time, and you’re super excited. Maybe you’re going on a cruise, or maybe just for a little bit of rest and relaxation. While it may be fun to just sit at the hotel and not leave even for a little bit, for the more adventurous soul, there is a ton to do. Here are five of the best things to do in the Caribbean.

Scuba/snorkel

Yes this may seem simple, but it is super cool. You will be able to go to where the most colorful fish and coral in the world are and see them in their natural habitat. It’s really amazing to see the snapper you are about to eat swimming in and out of coral.

Its equally amazing to see the circle of life down there. You may seen a fish eat a shrimp, then see that fish get eaten by a bigger fish which gets eaten by a shark. Not to mention all the cool animals like octopi and trumpet fish and dolphins you can see. You can even dive through ship wrecks.

Offroading

A lot of the islands in the Caribbean are mountainous and full of jungles. There is no better way to see the jungle than by taking an off road adventure in an ATV, getting to see the sights and the sounds of these tropical paradises. In the eastern Caribbean you may even see green monkeys. Watch out though, they have a big taste for pina coladas.

As you head into the southern Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) the islands are more deserty in nature. But it is still a ton of fun to atv through these scrub lands, and see the amazing hills, valleys, and cliffs these islands have to offer.

Try local cuisine

Every single island in the Caribbean has their own local cuisine. Whether it is jerk chicken and coconut rice in Jamaica or fried flying fish and rice in Barbados, the Caribbean has a huge abundance of foodie diversity and all for a good price as well.

The best restaurants to go to aren’t even going to be on trip advising websites. They will be the stand alone shacks which look like they could fall apart at any time. These shacks are typically where the fishermen go to get a drink after being out at sea, and usually get the first pick of the fisherman’s catch.

Go to the market

What better way to get a souvenir than by going to a local market in the Caribbean. It is here that you will be able to get the best hand made items at the best price – as long as you work for it. Haggling is the preferred method of negotiating a price in these places, and you bargaining the seller down only adds to the story of your unique tropical treasure. Beats the airport shop by a long shot.

Check out the architecture

The architecture in each and every one of the Caribbean islands is different from the other. This is because many of these islands were or still are colonies of one of the former european powers. In Trinidad, Barbados, and Jamaica for instance, the buildings are very British colonial style, just like in the state of Virginia.

Meanwhile, the buildings in Guadeloupe, the north side of St. Martin, and St. Bartholomew look like villas which would be more at home on the southern coast of France. Finally, the Dutch islands of Aruba, Curacao, and the southern half of Saint Maarten look like someone plucked a road in Amsterdam out of the city and dropped it on a Caribbean isle.

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Who is Shelby Tribble? New Towie 2018 girl, Pete Wicks’ current girlfriend and former Miss Great Britain

SHELBY Tribble is set to join the cast of Towie – and she’s also rumoured to be dating Pete Wicks.

But, what else do we know about her? And when did she win Miss Great Britain? Let’s get the lowdown…

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Who is Shelby Tribble?

Shelby Tribble is the girlfriend of Towie star Pete Wicks.

She won Miss Great Britain – the oldest female pageant in the UK – back in 2014.

Shelby used to date Premier League footballer Danny Simpson.

She will join the cast of Towie for the 22nd series.

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When will Shelby Tribble appear on Towie?

Shelby is expected to film her first Towie scenes next week as part of the first episode of the new series.

She was seen at the series launch party, cosying up to boyfriend Pete Wicks.

Shelby may make an enemy of Megan McKenna after sources close to the model reveal she has already been on dates with Pete.

A TV insider told The Sun’s Bizarre column: “Shelby is absolutely gorgeous and fits in perfectly with the cast.

“She’s already very well-known on the Essex scene after living there for years – but is originally from Plymouth.

“Shelby made a name for herself after winning Miss Great Britain in 2014 before she briefly dated footballer Danny last year.

“But in recent weeks she’s been getting close to Pete and mutual pals of the pair predict their romance will be filmed for the new series.”

Shelby’s signing on the show comes after seven members of the cast were axed in a dramatic New Year’s shake-up.

Chris Clark, Amber Dowding and Mike Hassini were three of the names to be given the boot as part of a move from producers to revamp the series.

Jack Rigden, Jordan Brook, Maddie Hooper and Ruby Lacey were also cut – leaving plenty of room for new additions.

Towie bosses have also signed Vicky Pattison’s ex-boyfriend Jordan Wright and Dean Ralph, who used to date Love Island’s Chloe Crowhurst.

Who is Shelby Tribble’s boyfriend Pete Wicks?

Pete Wicks, 28, is from Harlow Essex.

He joined the cast of Towie in 2015.

In March 2017 he had a high profile split from Megan McKenna.

He said that in a game of snog, marry, avoid he’d kiss co-star Gemma Collins because she’d be a “demon” in bed.

Things must be serious with Shelby though since he’s introduced her to his dog.

However things have been a bit tense between them lately after Shelby was seen grinding up against Liam Gatsby. 


Is Shelby Tribble on social media?

Of course she is! She’s on Twitter and Instagram.

She’s on Twitter @Shelby_Tribble

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What’s So Great About Bone Broth?

They say chicken soup can sooth your soul, but Bone Broth just might be able to soothe so much more.  Touted as the newest health drink — and maybe even the “soup-er food” of 2016 — Bone Broth is full of vitamins and minerals.  It’s readily attainable, too; now you can even buy it boxed at the grocery store!  There is nothing really new about Bone Broth, so we set out to learn just why is it becoming so popular right now.

Broth is made by cooking meat, and perhaps a small amount of bones, for hours along with acidic ingredients, like vinegar and tomatoes. Stock, on the other hand, is made by cooking bones with only a small amount of meat. Bone Broth is a unique melding of the two — made with bones, but also solid amounts of meat adhering to those bones. Cooking the bones for such long periods apparently breaks down and releases more protein than the bones would yield with regular stock.

Bone Broth is not a new phenomenon. Historically, this soup, with herbs and perhaps a vegetable or two, has been an integral part of many traditional Chinese meals, acting as a digestive, a palate cleanser and a drink. Its current popularity, though, may be due to societal lifestyle changes and consumers’ growing desire to return to wholesome, whole foods.

That, and… it’s a taste that trending. Among the current evangelists of Bone Broth are celebs and pop culture personalities, like Kobe Bryant and other members of the Los Angeles Lakers.  These sports stars tout Bone Broth as a workout recovery drink, claiming that it helps to replace lost electrolytes, repair and build muscle.  These claims have led many of their fans and followers to turn to the broth to hydrate (and warm up!) after their own winter workouts.

No specific studies have been done to solidify the health properties of Bone Broth, but as a generality, these benefits have been put forward:

  • minerals and compounds like the anti-inflammatory carnosine (which relieves cold and flu symptoms) and alkylglyerols (immune boosting ingredient) strengthens your immune system.  It’s like chicken soup on steroids!
  • Bone Broth helps protect your joints. It has glucosamine and a host of other ingredients — like chondroitin sulfate — that help keep your joints happy, healthy, and pain-free, and have been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.
  • Bone Broth helps strengthen your bones. Phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in the cooked bones seeps out into the broth leaving you with the essential building blocks for healthy bones.
  • Bone Broth may help heal and seal your gut. The gelatin in the Bone Broth helps seal up holes in our intestines. This helps cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances. The collagen in it also repairs damage to the gastrointestinal tract, helping to avoid bloating and food sensitivity.
  • Bone Broth may give you younger, healthier skin. It is exceptionally high in the aforementioned collagen, a protein that is supposed to make your skin smoother because it helps to form connective tissue, heal bruises, and repair injuries. Now, Bone Broth likely won’t actually help to restore any collagen, but instead of putting it in or on your skin via so many different kinds of “plumping” products currently available, you’ll find drinking it will certainly be cheaper… and can make your skin, hair, and nails look just as radiant.
  • Bone Broth may help you sleep better, feel better, and give you more energy.  Glycine — found in bone broth — has been shown in several studies to help people sleep better and improve memory.  It also supports your body’s detox process, digestion, and secretion of gastric acids.
  • Bone Broth may aid your weight loss goals.  The broth is full of glutamic acid, an amino acid that helps you experience savory flavor more intensely.  This intensity boosts satiety… which might make you eat less!

Despite its popularity, Bone Broth isn’t the answer to all of life’s ills.  It can be made with different animal bones (some with fatty marrow, some without), with different added flavors, and with different cooking methods. These variables in Bone Broth recipes impact its nutritional properties and other benefits. Still, Bone Broth has its merits, and it’s tasty, too!  Best to consider it not a miracle cure, but rather, part of a well-balanced and nutritionally sound diet.

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7 essentials for a great road trip

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The season for road tripping is upon us and there’s no better time than the hot summer days to grab a friend, or two and hit those long, endless windy roads. There is something so liberating about taking a road trip. It gives you an opportunity to explore the country (whether you decide to go local or travel abroad) from a different side and perspective. On a road trip you get to see the sides of the country that you would have never been able to otherwise. It’s also about taking some time for yourself and your thoughts, just because you are traveling with another person, it doesn’t mean there has to be talking 24/7. As much as a road trip can seem like a spontaneous adventure to embark on, it does take some planning before you hit that road. So if you are planning to embark on a nice long road trip any time soon, don’t forget to bring along and pack these essential items.

Audio books

Road trips can be a long and journey, and so you might find it more interesting to listen to some audio books instead of the radio while you’re in the driver’s seat. Moreover, it you called shotgun and you’re not driving, reading while in motion can make you feel nauseous, so it could be a great alternative.

Snacks

Preferably healthy ones. One of the greatest things about going on a road trip is that you don’t always know when your next stop for freshening up will be (unless you’re using a special app for that). In case you get hungry or just craving some sweets, you’ll have those snacks ready right by your side.

Baby wipes

Once you use those baby wipes, you really won’t understand where they have been your entire life. Baby wipes are useful for pretty much everything. From cleaning your seat, to making you feel like you just washed your hands. Trust us, you would probably want to take more than one pack of baby wipes. You’ll thank us later.

Spare car keys

Do yourself a favor and take along another pair of keys, especially when traveling with kids. The last thing you want to happen is getting licked outside your car. Always make sure you carry those spare kids in your bag every time you leave the vehicle.

Games

While smartphones and other devices that can be held with your hands are nice, there’s nothing like working your creative juices while driving through the country. Put aside those digital devices and you will realize how nice it could be to connect with the people around you by even playing ‘stupid’ car games. You have travel bingo, cards, word games and counting games.


Cash for those road tolls

It might sound like an obvious tip, but you don’t want to get stuck without any cash when you hit a toll road. They can really pop out of nowhere and you don’t always know what their fares will be. Just stock your front drawer with some coins and you’ll be good and ready to go.

First Aid kit

Just like you won’t forget your portable phone charger, that’s how you should treat a first aid kit. It contains all the basic essentials in case of a small scratch or a bigger emergency. You can get those ready-to-go kits at AAA and it will seriously be a lifesaver.

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There’s a lot of great menswear on eBay, but to find the good stuff, you have to search for hours. Which is why we do these roundups, so that our readers can find good deals easily and quickly. For those looking to get an extra round-up each week, subscribe to our Inside Track newsletter. We not only cover the best of eBay, we also list each week’s store sales.

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There’s always an occasion worth celebrating with wine — a birthday, a holiday, or just a night off to unwind. But you don’t need to pay an astronomical amount to enjoy a high-quality vintage, or spend a ton on expensive glassware. These great deals on wine and wine-related bar tools are perfect for anyone who enjoys a glass of the good stuff. Check them out below.

1. Winc Wine Delivery: 4 Bottles

Winc takes the guesswork out of which wine to buy by sending a variety of different blends straight to your doorstep. Each delivery includes four bottles customized to your specific tastes; go with Winc’s recommendations, or swap them out for something else if you’ve already found a bottle you love.

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Great gardens to visit in Florida

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While many people visit Florida for their beaches, there is plenty more on offer from the ‘Sunshine State’ than first meets the eye. Once you are bored of all the white sand and blue waters, what do you do? Luckily, Florida has plenty of green for you to enjoy too… We’re talking about the gardens, of course! With lush landscapes aplenty, Florida is the kind of place that is perfect to unwind, surrounded by nature. We have rounded up our favorite gardens to visit, the next time you’re visiting the Sunshine State.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

The mission of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is to give guests an insight into Japanese cultural experiences – and they certainly do that! Situated in Delray Beach, this beautiful museum and gardens will transport you to Japan, with their musical events, exhibitions, Japanese architecture, and, of course, beautiful greenery. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am until 5 pm, but are closed on Mondays and major holidays.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

What is simply so impressive about the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is the jaw-dropping villa in the heart of Florida, which plays home to the museum part of the attraction. The gardens are all European-inspired, to match the continental style villa in the heart of it. One of the best times to visit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is during the evening, when they are open, for their Gardens by Moonlight event. This is truly a sight to behold! Situated in Miami, Vizcaya is open Wednesday through Monday from 9.30am until 4.30pm.

Bok Tower Gardens

If you are looking for stunning gardens, which are open 365 days a year, then you have to visit Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales. This National Historic Landmark is the perfect place for a romantic picnic, family adventures, or even a wedding ceremony! You can hike one of the many trails here, or just lay on the grass enjoying a good book. We think Bok Tower Gardens is one of the most serene areas of greenery in Florida, so make sure you check it out when you’re in the state.

Naples Botanical Gardens

Naples Botanical Gardens highlights some of the best nature that South Florida has to offer, with a stunning lake in the middle of it. This is another garden that puts on a real show in the evening, during certain times of the year, so if you can make it to their ‘Night Lights’ then make sure you check it out. There are also plenty of trails to enjoy if you fancy a real trek through nature and the waterfalls here are seriously Instagram-worthy.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

One of our favorite parts about the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is that you can enjoy a tram ride through the scenery, which makes it perfect for those with mobility problems. The ethos of the FTBG is to conserve and educate when it comes to tropical plants, so you will find plenty of fun and educational activities for all ages. You can visit this garden all year-round, other than Christmas day.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are situated in Sarasota and are open 10 am until 5 pm every single day (other than Christmas day). You will find a ton of events and exhibitions at these gardens, including Warhol Nights, the Garden Music Series, and Andy’s Art Factory. This makes it the perfect place to take the children on school vacations or visit with friends.

There are plenty of amazing gardens to visit in Florida, but we feel as though these are definitely some of the best. The next time you find yourself in the ‘Sunshine State,’ give the busy beaches a miss and head to these gardens instead. You definitely won’t regret it!

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Great Care the Easy Way: Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare Website Honored

For the sixth consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare health plan website, kp.org/medicare, is rated one of the top Medicare websites in the nation for providing consumers with an easy, positive and high-value experience, according to HealthMetrix Research Inc., an independent research firm.

HealthMetrix evaluated 160 Medicare Advantage websites for Medicare WebWatch national certification in 2018, and Kaiser Permanente’s is one of nine given “top benchmark” status, the highest rating. To achieve this status, 50 website features were analyzed including: plan-specific content, external content resources, member connectivity, design and navigation, and transparency and privacy disclosure.

“Making it easy for consumers to learn about their Medicare coverage options is crucial when one considers that approximately 10,000 baby boomers across the nation become eligible for Medicare each day,” said Agnes Strandberg, senior vice president, Kaiser Permanente Medicare program.

Growing numbers of older adults benefit from Kaiser Permanente’s not-for-profit status and from being the nation’s largest integrated health system. They prefer to shop online and those who are eligible can enroll in a Kaiser Permanente Medicare health plan directly on the website.

“We continue to enhance our online capabilities and navigation features to ensure the best possible experience for consumers,” said Strandberg. “Every year we see an increase in visits and enrollments through our Medicare website.”

In addition to providing eligibility requirements, cost and coverage options, and easy online enrollment, Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare website offers:

  • A Medicare Learning Center with easy access to useful information including downloadable checklists, frequently asked questions and answers, and helpful videos for consumers to learn more about Medicare, when to sign up, and how to make an informed plan choice
  • A search tool to help consumers find and register for a Kaiser Permanente Medicare seminar in their area
  • An online enrollment form for Kaiser Permanente Medicare members to enroll in optional supplemental benefits such as dental, hearing, vision and fitness
  • A section that provides a streamlined Medicare educational and enrollment experience to Kaiser Permanente members turning 65
  • Consumer surveys to gather information and apply learnings to optimize the website
  • New capabilities that include a link to health and wellness articles specifically curated for older adults, and look-up tools to find a sales representative in the consumer’s area and to find employer groups that offer online enrollment for their retirees

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Snack Ideas for Work: Great Snacks for the Shelf, Office Fridge & Freezer

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It’s been ages since we talked about healthy snacks for the office — let’s hear about your favorite snack ideas for work, ladies! During my legal eagle days I spent so much time at the office that snacking was par for the course — I used to keep a banker’s box on my window filled with random snacks (mostly 100-calorie pouches and things like Fruit Gushers). I also splurged on a teeny fridge so I could keep cold water, a Diet Coke, a string cheese or two, and possibly sandwich fixings or yogurt nearby. I tried to avoid the office fridge where possible (things tended to… disappear in there…) but I kept a few things in the freezer on our floor, also. (My office weirdly kept the microwave on another floor entirely so I didn’t keep as much in there as I might have otherwise!) These are some of the best snacks I’d recommend you look into keeping at the office, both to keep your energy up for long-haul days, as well as to keep you from wandering to the local Starbucks (bad for your budget and your waistline)… I’ve never been much for packing a lunch daily, but I would bring several things in at the beginning of each week (yogurt, sliced cheese to add to bagels, etc). How about you, ladies — what are your favorite snacks to bring to work? What do you pack each day, each week — and what do you keep at the office? Do you pack a lunch regularly, or try to cut costs by bringing the “expensive” part of a lunch (e.g., meat, cheese, a more exotic ingredient like artichoke hearts, etc. to add to an affordable plain salad or bagel)? 

Shelf-Stable Snack Ideas for Work

Even if you have access to a fridge, sometimes it’s easiest just to keep a few things in your desk drawer.

  • Peanut butter or powdered peanut butter like PB2 – I’m a fan of the powdered peanut butter for portion/calorie reasons (I add it to greek yogurt, oatmeal, and sometimes just mix it with water to eat with apples) but it’s hard to beat a jar of peanut butter and some crackers in your office for an “I have no time to go get lunch today!” lunch.
  • Yogurt or applesauce pouches like GoGo Squeez – (sure, your toddler loves them, but they’re also a relatively healthy choice for you too — and they’re shelf stable!)
  • Premier Protein or other muscle drinks — these can fill you up for those days where you really “can’t leave your desk” but need to drink something — I like to add a splash to coffee or tea for a teensy midday snack, but once opened do note that you have to refrigerate. Some people on Weight Watchers LOVE to take Premier Protein and add an entire container to a shot or two of espresso for a DIY Frappuccino.
  • Oatmeal – oatmeal packets are the easiest, but I have a friend who keeps a cup of old-fashioned oats in a baggie in her purse and just asks for hot water when she needs a quick snack. I like to add powdered peanut butter to plain oatmeal, maybe with a splash of Premier Protein… you can also add dried or freeze-dried fruit,
  • Jerky – an important note, though: once you open a jerky packet it has to be refrigerated. (This was recent news to me and I’ve been eating jerky as a main snack for a thousand years!) For portion control/no refrigeration requirements I’m a fan of the Pacific Gold packets of beef jerky.
  • Fruit – All uncut fruit is shelf stable in that you don’t HAVE to refrigerate it, and I’m a big fan of grabbing an apple or banana for a quick snack. Both are great to mix into oatmeal, or to eat with a bit of peanut butter. You can also keep prepackaged fruit cups (I just saw some with chia added…)
  • Protein Bars – I just saw that Labdoor proclaimed Quest bars to be the best in terms of nutrition and price; I’ve also been a fan of RX Bars, Good Greens, Luna, KIND bars, and Oh Yeah bars.
  • Tuna or other canned/pouched seafood – They make a lot of flavored tuna pouches now, but I’m a big fan of mixing tuna with wing sauce (also shelf stable) — it’s weird but it’s so good! You can add these to salads or sandwiches, or eat by themselves. A tip: be verrrrry careful if you’re opening a can; you don’t want it to spill on you or (gasp) the office carpet near your desk. Also be wise in finding a place to dispose of the can or pouch.
  • I wouldn’t call them healthy, but there are obviously a ton of portion-controlled snacks to consider, like my 100-calorie pouches, Fruit Gushers, or more. If you prefer to make your own portion-controlled snacks or otherwise want reusable lunch containers, we’ve discussed this a bit at the moms’ site — these snack bags are great for dry snacks, as are these Bento boxes (I tend to fill them with popcorn for my son at school).

Snacks To Keep in the Office Fridge

Whether you’ve got a mini fridge at your desk or you just make good use of the office fridge, there are a lot more snack ideas for work once you can refrigerate. A lot of these can also be brought in with an ice pack for lunch — but then you have to generally eat them that day.

  • Yogurt – I eat a lot of yogurt, what can I say?
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cheese Slices, String Cheese, Babybel Cheese – years ago when I just started and was on a crazy budget, I used to buy a bagel at the deli for $ .50 and add my own cheese or meat from home to make a really cheap sandwich.
  • Hummus (I’ve even seen hummus in single portion containers)…
  • Overnight oats
  • Turkey pepperoni, rotisserie chicken, or other meats — add to salads, eat plain
  • hardboiled eggs (but watch out for the smell factor if you store them in a public fridge)
  • egg frittatas/egg muffins you make at home – I love eggs but just can’t get into these, but if you can they’re great.
  • Salad fixings – If you feel comfortable leaving things in the office fridge for multiple days, this is a great way to save on salads and sandwiches for lunch — you can keep artichoke hearts, olives/pickles/pepperoncini/jalapeños, shredded cheese, salad dressings, and more.

Great Snacks for the Office Freezer

If you have access to a microwave or toaster oven your world opens up substantially — keep bags of broccoli or green beans to bulk up frozen meals, keep frozen meals, bring canned foods that are better heated (green beans, soup, beans). If you DON’T have

  • Vitatops – If you like a carby snack, these are great — portion controlled and full of fiber. (You can also make your own!) They’re frozen, but if you don’t want to use a microwave you can just get some hot tea and put the Vitatop on top to defrost.
  • Frozen fruit, like grapes or bananas – I’m a big fan of freezing bananas once they get too ripe. You can freeze them whole if you’re going to be using them for baking, but for office purposes I’d break it into pieces before freezing. These are great to add to oatmeal for a nice hit of sweetness. Frozen grapes make a great snack by themselves, particularly in summer months.
  • This can be a bit messy, but you can also make smoothies at home, freeze them into ice cube trays, and then bring them in to keep in the office freezer, too…

How about you guys — what are your best snack ideas for work?

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USA Women’s Hockey Team Is Now the Great American Olympic Hope

As expected, the United States women’s hockey team defeated Finland, with ease, on Monday afternoon at the Olympic tournament semifinals in South Korea. The 5-0 win pushes the U.S. into the gold medal game. Let me speak for all Americans when I say … Whew.

If Finland had upset the Americans — and a Finland victory would have been a monumental upset — panic would have overswept the nation. Enraged fans would have lit sticks (hockey) and stones (curling) on fire.

Yes, the great Olympic meltdown of 2018 would have been all but complete. But don’t go berserk quite yet. The women’s hockey team is here to save us.

You may have heard that Team USA hasn’t exactly been rocking the medal count. As of late Sunday in the U.S., the Americans were tied for sixth in the total medals standings, with 10, a full 16 pieces of hardware behind medals leader Norway. Sure, Norway’s a cross-country skiing factory, and a general winter wonderland. But Norway’s up by like seven touchdowns in the third quarter.

Even a Norwegian freestyle skier, Oystein Bratten, won the slopestyle event on Sunday. Events like extreme skiing was pretty much invented to pad the American medal count. The Americans swept the slopestyle podium in Sochi, and won just a silver here.

For context, Team USA won 28 medals four years ago in Sochi, to Norway’s 26. The measly totals in PyeongChang are particularly embarrassing because the United States sent the largest Winter Olympic team in history — 242 athletes strong — to South Korea.

But don’t panic quite yet. While the American women’s hockey team won’t singlehandedly make up the medal difference, its pursuit of a first hockey gold in two decades is something worth cheering for. The American onslaught of Finland in the semis started early, when Gigi Marvin, on an assist from captain Meghan Duggan, scored just over two minutes into the game. Later in the period, Dani Cameransi picked off a pass and fired an unassisted shot past Finnish goaltender Noora Raty to give the Americans a 2-0 lead.

In the second period Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson — who scored two goals in six seconds against the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) during round-robin play — put the Americans up 3-0 when she fired a slap shot into the net while the Americans held a 5-on-3 advantage on the ice. And as in the Russia game, Team USA came back with a quick goal, though it was Hilary Knight who joined the fray: Knight scored 34 seconds later on a power play to effectively clinch it. “You had to have a gold-medal mentality today,” says U.S. coach Robb Stauber. “There’s no way you can go out there and do what we did if your foot’s not on the gas. We did things right from start to finish.”

So now, the U.S. likely faces arch-rival Canada, winner of every Olympic tournament since the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, in Thursday’s gold medal duel. (Canada plays the OAR squad in other semifinal late-Monday in South Korea) Canada hasn’t lost an Olympic hockey game in 20 years, since Feb. 17, 1998 in Nagano, when the Americans won 3-1 and took the first-ever Olympic women’s tournament.

Americans besides the women’s hockey team could win gold. Skier Lindsey Vonn will race in the downhill event on Wednesday; she won the downhill in Vancouver. Mikaela Shiffrin — already one of five American gold medalists with her giant slalom win last week — could join her in that race, and Shiffrin’s a favorite in the combined (slalom and downhill) event, which is scheduled for Friday. Americans could grab gold in women’s and men’s halfpipe skiing; Maddie Bowman and David Wise are the defending champs in those events. Medals in bobsled and ice dancing are also up for grabs.

Read More: Why the USA vs. Canada Women’s Hockey Rivalry Isn’t Over Yet in PyeongChang

Still, a women’s hockey gold medal would just feel better than the others. Canada beat the U.S. 2-1 in a preliminary round contest; players like Duggan and Knight and Lamoureux-Davidson have lost two straight gold medal games to Canada. The Sochi defeat is still bitter. In that gold medal game, the American blew a late 2-0 lead and lost in overtime 3-2. These American players leave little doubt that they’re seeking vengeance. “Everything’s at stake,” Duggan said before the Olympics even started.

Though the four straight snowboarding golds the Americans won in the first week of the Games — by Red Gerard, Jamie Anderson, Chloe Kim and Shaun White on successive days — were at times electrifying, another win outsides the X-Games genre would be nice. Speedskating, for example, has been a bust. The American men have come up empty in alpine skiing, and Shiffrin missed the podium in slalom, her best event.

A hockey win over a tough opponent adds an extra sweetener. We celebrate rivalry victories in hockey like no other. But the Russian men’s hockey team crushed the U.S. 4-0 in a preliminary round game. The men start their elimination games on Tuesday. The U.S. men are still in the mix, but haven’t looked all that strong.

So hockey hopes falls on the women. Some of the players have had casual conversations about U.S. underperformance at these Olympics with their teammates. But they’re not using it as some sort of rallying cry. Let’s Do It For Those Suffering American Fans! “We’re at the Olympics, there’s enough pressure as it is,” says Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Jocelyn’s twin sister, and another veteran of those two straight gold medal game losses to Canada. But Stauber, the team’s coach, and his players are not blind to reality. “At the of the day, we have very proud players,” he says. “We can feel that we have a lot of people pulling for us. There’s nothing we’d love more than to deliver what they’re pulling for.”

A panicked America would be grateful.

 

 

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