Justin Theroux on Jennifer Aniston Split: It Was ‘the Most Gentle Separation’

Opening up. Justin Theroux is finally addressing his split from Jennifer Aniston.

In an article published in The New York Times on Saturday, September 22, Theroux spoke out for the first time about his February breakup with the Dumplin’ actress, 49.

“The good news is that was probably the most — I’m choosing my words really carefully — it was kind of the most gentle separation, in that there was no animosity,” the Maniac actor, 47, told the publication. “In a weird way, just sort of navigating the inevitable perception of it is the exhausting part.”

He also gave some insight into what caused distance between the two. “These are actually in reality small events that take place. But everything can feel like 10 on the Richter scale if you make the headline big enough and salacious enough.”

Now, seven months later, Theroux says he’s adjusting well, noting that breakups in Hollywood are of a different beast due to what he called a “kind of carny lifestyle” with frequent scenery changes. “[It] doesn’t have that seismic shift of an ordinary couple, where everything is, like, you have to tear a baby in half,” he said. “Neither one of us is dead, neither one of us is looking to throw hatchets at each other. It’s more like, it’s amicable. It’s boring, but, you know, we respected each other enough that it was as painless as it could be.”

He continued: “It was heartbreaking only in the sense that the friendship would not be the same, as far as just the day to day. But the friendship is shifting and changing, you know, so that part is something that we’re both very proud of.”

Theroux also hinted that he may be dating again, responding to questions about his love life by saying, “Is this the part where I coyly raise an eyebrow and not answer the question?”

Aniston, for her part, isn’t too emotionally broken up, either:  “It’s pretty crazy,” she said in August. “The misconceptions are ‘Jen can’t keep a man,’ and ‘Jen refuses to have a baby because she’s selfish and committed to her career.’”

She continued: “Or that I’m sad and heartbroken. First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken. And second, those are reckless assumptions. No one knows what’s going on behind closed doors. No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me. They don’t know what I’ve been through medically or emotionally.”

A source told Us Weekly in March that the one-time loving twosome had barely spoken since the split. “She wishes the best for Justin. They had some wonderful times together but are better off going in separate directions,” the source said, with a separate insider noting, “After taking a step back, it’s very clear to Jen that they were not suited for one another.”

As Us revealed in July, the Friends alum is also dating again, with a source revealing that she was being wooed by multiple men at the time. “Jen’s group is excited that she’s dating again,” an Aniston insider said.

The former couple, who tied the knot in August 2015 after four years of dating, released a joint statement to Us at the time of their separation: “In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation. This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”

The statement concluded: “Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly. Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.”

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11 of Our Favorite Money Apps — and Their Most Surprising Features


I do this thing where I find a restaurant I like and order the same exact thing over and over. And over.

“Want to try the special today?”

Not a chance, sir.

I’m a creature of habit, and sometimes it’s a good thing. I know I’ll like what I order. But I could also be missing out on something really great — like catch-of-the-day fish tacos.

This if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it mentality seeps into other parts of my life, too — like managing money.

Sure, I use Trim to negotiate my internet bill, Stash to invest and WinWin to save, but they offer a number of other useful features I’m not tapping into.

In the spirit of branching out, here are some unexpected features of our favorite money apps.

1. Negotiate Your Internet Bill — Then Pay off Your Debt

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What we’ve been using it for: Trim is a virtual assistant that helps its users save more than $ 1 million each month.

How? The online tool negotiates your internet and cell phone bills. It works with all major providers, including Comcast, Time Warner and Charter. Upload a PDF of your most recent bill, and Trim gets to work on your behalf.

What we’ve been missing out on: Trim also helps you save money with its debt-payoff calculator.

Simply enter your remaining balances, interest rates and minimum payments — no need to remember passwords or connect each debt-carrying account to the tool. As you play with monthly payment numbers, you’ll notice your debt-free date and total interest will change.

2. Keep Tabs on Your Money — Even Your Crypto

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What we’ve been using it for: Connect your financial accounts to the Empower app for a one-stop money-management shop. Check your balances and create a budget.

We especially like its “find free money” feature, which will help you save on cell phone bills, insurance premiums, credit card interest and more.

What we’ve been missing out on: There are dozens of money management apps on the market, but Empower stands out because it allows you to track your crypto exchanges, too.

Connect with Coinbase, Bittrex, Binance, Kraken and more, so you can manage your bitcoin investments from one app.

3. Dodge Bank Fees — and Get Paid up to 2 Days Early

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What we’ve been using it for: Online-only banks are takin’ over. Varo Money is one example. Its main draw? No hidden fees.

And if you open a Varo Savings Account, you’ll snag 1.50% Annual Percentage Yield. That’s more than 20 times the average interest on savings accounts, based on a 0.06% average reported by CNN Money.

What we’ve been missing out on: When you set up direct deposit through Varo, you can get paid up to two days before your paycheck is typically posted. How? It simply posts your funds to your account as soon as your employer issues your pay.

4. Play Mindless Phone Games — and Start an Emergency Fund

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What we’ve been using it for: WinWin is an easy way to develop a savings habit by playing fun mini-games: pinball, breakout, whack-a-mole, you name it.

What we’ve been missing out on: You might not realize you can save a ton of money playing these mini-games — even win some cash!

Set up auto-save (start with as little as $ 5 a week) and build your emergency fund. The more you save, the better chances you have of winning some extra cash. Use the app for free for 60 days, then it costs $ 2 a month.

5. Save on Groceries — and Travel

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What we’ve been using it for: Ibotta is a cash-back app most well-known for saving you money on groceries.

What we’ve been missing out on: Ibotta has expanded a ton since its 2011 inception.

You can score cash back on just about anything, including travel. Book your flight and hotel through Booking for 7% cash back (at the time we wrote this). Next, book a rental car through Hertz and get 9% cash back. Or opt for an Uber for $ 1 off each ride.

6. Start Investing — Even in Cannabis

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What we’ve been using it for: Stash is a microinvesting app that lets you start investing with as little as $ 5 and for just a $ 1 monthly fee for balances under $ 5,000.

What we’ve been missing out on: Let’s be blunt: The marijuana industry is smokin’.

You don’t have to have tons of money to invest in the cannabis industry. Using Stash, you can invest in increments as little as $ 5.

Stash curates investments from professional fund managers and investors and lets you choose where to put your money. It offers more than 40 exchange-traded funds, including one for those who are already seeing green on the cannabis horizon.

Bonus: Right now, The Penny Hoarder is teaming up with Stash to fund your first investment — so you’ll get a $ 5 bonus when you enter the code PENNYH

7. Earn Gift Cards by Watching TV — and Playing Trivia

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What we’ve been using it for: Swagbucks is pretty well-known around here. It’s a free rewards community where you can earn gift cards for watching videos, taking surveys and redeeming coupons.

What we’ve been missing out on: Are you familiar with the mobile game show trend? Swagbucks has its own show called Swag IQ. Each day, Swag IQ hosts live trivia games.

The host asks 10 multiple-choice questions, which will progressively become more difficult. If you can answer all 10, you’ll split the day’s prize with the other winners — we’ve seen prizes around $ 1,000 a day.

8. Invest Your Spare Change — and Find Money

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What we’ve been using it for: Acorns is a microinvesting app that allows you to invest small amounts into your future. It’s perhaps most well known for its round-up feature, which rounds up your debit and credit card transactions to the nearest dollar and invests your spare change. Think of it like a digital piggy bank.

What we’ve been missing out on: Acorns has a “Found Money” feature.

What’s this mean? Brands you spend money with will invest in you. For example, when you book your next Airbnb through Acorns, Airbnb will invest 1.8% of your service fee. That’s basically cash back into your investments.

Other partnered brands include Apple, Blue Apron, Expedia, Jet, Lyft and Walmart.

9. Snag Your Free Credit Score — and Crush Your Financial Goals

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What we’ve been using it for: Credit Sesame is a free credit-monitoring site. Sign up to receive a monthly TransUnion score alongside a credit report card, which is basically a more digestible credit report.

What we’ve been missing out on: Once on the Credit Sesame site, hover your mouse over “My Finances” and select “My Financial Goals.”

Here, you can set up specific goals, such as purchasing a home or taking out a personal loan. Credit Sesame will offer tailored advice to help you achieve this goal.

10. Discover Ways to Save Money — and Start a Christmas Fund Early

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What we’ve been using it for: Charlie is your BFF (best financial friend) who lives in your Facebook Messenger app or through your SMS text messages (your choice, though Charlie is more fun and reliable on Messenger).

Sign up for Charlie and connect your bank account, and he’ll help you find ways to save money on your monthly bills, avoid surprise bank fees and spend less.

What we’ve been missing out on: Have a savings goal? Want to save $ 500 by Christmas, for example? Charlie’s smart. Just type, “Help me save money!” and Charlie will prompt you to type in a savings goal and deadline. He’ll remind you when to save money and will even suggest how much you can afford to save.

11. Conquer Your Fears — Then Create a Simple Budget

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What we’ve been using it for: It’s Excel, and it’s as intimidating as anything. You might have explored it in a technology class in middle school. Then swore it off for the rest of your life.

What we’ve been missing out on: Excel can actually help you create a budget — and it’s not all that intimidating. The first step is to accept the tool into your life. Then, follow our guide to budgeting in Excel. We promise — you can do it!

Carson Kohler (carson@thepennyhoarder.com) is a staff writer. She’s loves uncovering fun features on her favorite money-management apps.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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More than half of all UN countries will fail to honor their commitment to reduce premature deaths from cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes by 2030, a new analysis predicts.


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ITV bosses ‘eyeing some of the BBC’s most popular shows’

OHMYGOSSIP — ITV bosses are reportedly plotting a move to snatch some of the BBC’s most popular shows.
Hit programmes such as ‘MasterChef’, ‘Pointless’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’ are all being eyed by the broadcaster, which wants to buy Endemol Shine.
The company – which is valued at around £3 billion – is responsible for some of the most popular shows on British TV, including ‘Big Brother’, which was axed by Channel 5 last week.
A source told the Daily Star newspaper: “The BBC and other channels will be watching closely.
“They might lose some of their key shows. And ‘Big Brother’ might find a new place on ITV now.”
ITV made a similar move in 2015, when the broadcaster splashed out £355 million to buy Talpa Media, the production company behind ‘The Voice’.
The buyout eventually led to the show making the switch from the BBC to ITV.
Rumours of ITV’s interest in Endemol Shine have emerged shortly after Sky and Channel 4 both insisted they have no plans to acquire ‘Big Brother’.
When asked whether it would ever air ‘Big Brother’ again, Channel 4 – which dropped the show in 2009 – insisted that it will not be back on the channel.
A message on Channel 4’s Twitter account read: “Hi there, there are no intentions to air #BigBrother on Channel 4 again. (sic)”
And replying to a Twitter user, Sky’s account recently said: “Good Afternoon, there are no plans for Sky One to show Big Brother I’m afraid. (sic)”

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The Orange County District Attorney’s office has received multiple calls from women accusing a Newport Beach surgeon and reality-TV star of sexual assault, one day after announcing a first set of charges against him.

The new allegations came after District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced in a press conference on Tuesday morning that the surgeon and his girlfriend face charges for allegedly drugging and forcing themselves on two women.

A spokesperson told The Daily Beast that the district attorney’s office was still working to confirm the exact number of new allegations, but that they had received “many” phone calls since yesterday.

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J. K. Rowling Confirms One of the Most Lighthearted Harry Potter Theories Once and for All

J.K. Rowling has finally confirmed a Harry Potter theory that many fans have long suspected was true.

The wizarding world author took to Twitter on Tuesday to respond to speculation that she had Viktor Krum pronounce Hermione wrong in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in order to stealthily teach readers the correct way to say her name.

“Theory: included that passage on how to pronounce Hermione’s name in Goblet of Fire just to school all of us who were saying HER-MY-OWN like Viktor Krum,” wrote Twitter user Atulaa.

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Hermione was now teaching Krum to say her name properly; he kept calling her ‘Hermy-own.’
‘Her – my – oh – nee,’ she said, slowly and clearly.
‘Herm – own – ninny.’
‘Close enough,’ she said, catching Harry’s eye and grinning.

“Theory correct,” Rowling tweeted back after a day of suspense, settling the matter for her 14 million followers once and for all.


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These are the most Instagrammable places to go during London Fashion Week

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London fashion week has officially started which means all manner of things – bad traffic, excellent celebrity spotting and a lot of well-dressed people frequenting the city.

One of the most exciting parts of London fashion week however is the Instagram opportunities, which are endless BTW.

Sure, you might not have invites to the hottest shows in town, but even if you’re not actually attending LFW, you can still get in on the buzz, right?

From cool monochrome cafes and fashion week backdrops, to beautifully tiled floors and pop up presentations, there are plenty of Instagrammable ‘fasshuuun’ opportunities to go around.

So from getting an on-trend coffee to a LFW beauty treatment, here are the most Instagrammable places in London to hang out during fashion week.

Duck and Dry

What’s happening? For blow dries in the capital, there are few places more Instagrammable than Duck and Dry. Marble counters, duck egg blue furnishings, bare-bricked walls and the perfect egg-shaped mirrors to take blow dry selfies and Boomerang videos in.

What to order: A blow dry and a glass of Prosecco, or if you manage to get an invite to a party or show, get yourself a professional updo.

Glow Bar

What’s happening? While this isn’t a London Fashion Week exclusive, plenty of influencers will be hanging out in the new Instagrammable health and beauty shop over the weekend to browse the self-care drinks and take advantage of the Wifi and photographic decor (we’re talking pastel pink furnishings and rich green plants).

What to order: A moon milk – yes, it’s a thing and it’s packed with superfoods. Take your pick from chill, glow, yoni, golden or siren, and be sure to snap it against the marble table.

The Shop at The Bluebird

What’s happening? Covent Garden’s The Shop at The Bluebird has got a pop-up London Fashion Week area. We’re talking vitamin IV drips, rails of Rixo dresses and Bella Freud jumpers to browse, complimentary Kombucha and pop-up agile work stations with every phone charger imaginable. Did we mention the extra strong WiFi?

What to order: A vitamin IV drip and a complimentary bottle of Kombucha.

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What’s happening? NAC is the place to go to for an Instagrammable brunch – and the food lives up to the hype. Expect the fashion crowd to head to NAC this fashion week season – and it’s not just because of the French bistro’s Mayfair location, situated near a lot of the shows. Decor-wise, we’re talking whitewashed bricks, pink backdrops and dark green plush sofas, and to eat, every brunch dish imaginable from churros and french toast to banana pancakes, acai bowls and all kinds of avocado concoctions.

What to order: The banana pancakes of course – they’re the most popular to Instagram and will give you a sugar hit before your day of fashion week oggling.

Saint Aymes

What’s happening? What’s not happening at Saint Aymes? Almost every fashion blogger you’ve ever heard of has had the obligatory Instagram snap on the black and white tiled floor in front of the wisteria-framed cafe. Flower walls, stunning tiles for downwards shoe shots and of course the pastel crockery to laden with whatever Instagrammable food you decide upon.

What to order: A signature unicorn latte – yes there is such a thing as a unicorn latte, and yes, as its name would suggest – it’s Instagrammable AF. Also on the must-try list are the pastel heart-shaped biscuit and the blueberry pancakes.

Farm Girl

What’s happening? Given the central locations of all three Farm Girls, they tend to be an obligatory stop for fashion bloggers and YouTubers – especially given the excellent lighting and photographic coffees. Whether they’re covered in lavender seeds or decorated with pug faces, their lattes might just be the most Instagrammable in history.

What to order: After bracing the cold weather for street style photo opps, we’d recommend a warming chai latte, but the liquid gold latte featuring a pug’s face and the rose petal latte are the most Instagrammable by far.

DryBy

What’s happening? DryBy has just had a revamp, turning it into an Instagrammable glam preparation hub. We’re talking agile working stations, allowing you to work on your laptop during a blow dry. Then head on downstairs for a gel manicure, with specialist technicians offering customised metallic designs and lettering.

What to order: A signature blow dry and a manicure of course.

Sketch London

What’s happening? Sketch has always been one of London’s most Instagrammable eateries, with each room offering different photographic opportunities. Fashion week is no exception, with influencers flocking to Sketch for the ‘gram. The Gallery offers the most photogenic afternoon teas, from its pink plush decor to the zigzag floors and monochrome drawings on the walls and the Glade is best if you feature a lot of greens on your feed. Maybe a trip to both is necessary? Just saying.

What to order: Afternoon tea at the Gallery, and an obligatory visit to the Sketch bathrooms for a photo in front of the iconic pod toilets. Trust us.

Dandelyan

What’s happening? For a post-fashion week cocktail, there are few places more on-trend. The Art Deco inspired decor (that lavender leather sofa), a soundtrack of 70s/ 80s rock mixed with funk and disco, and of course the most Instagrammable cocktail menu around – from the Nemo Old Fashioned and HMS Hi-ball, to the Nitrate Manhattan and Concrete Sazerac.

What to order: For Instagram purposes, the King Pig Sour or the Monkey Puzzle – solely for glass choice, cocktail colour and garnishing.

See you there! And happy Instagramming over fashion week!

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Inside Nicolas Cage’s Most Insane, Hell-Raising Performance Yet

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Mandy is the greatest psychotropic prog-metal blood-orgy revenge nightmare ever committed to film, and credit for its dark, trippy majesty goes to writer/director Panos Cosmatos.

Teaming with stars Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache, cinematographer Benjamin Loeb, and acclaimed composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (who passed away shortly after completing his score), Cosmatos’ follow-up to his 2011 cult hit Beyond the Black Rainbow is yet another mind-melting effort that defies easy (or reserved) categorization. The story of a lumberjack named Red Miller (Cage) who goes on a hell-raising rampage after cult lunatics, led by wacko folk singer-turned-guru Jeremiah Sand (Roache), prey upon his wife Mandy (Riseborough), it’s a dreamy descent into pits of despair, a furious explosion of unbridled rage, and a sexualized journey through a demonic 1980s netherworld populated by fanatical degenerates and unholy blood-guzzling biker-assassins.

In short, it’s a one-of-a-kind freak-out that head-bangs to the beat of its own deranged drum. That, in turn, makes it a fitting companion piece to Black Rainbow, as well as additional proof that the 44-year-old writer/director (son of Tombstone helmer George P. Cosmatos) is one of genre cinema’s true visionaries. Employing hallucinatory aesthetics and alternately spacey and intense-to-the-point-of-insanity performances—led by a phenomenal Cage turn of mounting fury and hysteria—Cosmatos conjures up an entrancing mood of ethereal apocalyptic dread, perverse desire and unstoppable wrath.

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Mandy is the greatest psychotropic prog-metal blood-orgy revenge nightmare ever committed to film, and credit for its dark, trippy majesty goes to writer/director Panos Cosmatos.

Teaming with stars Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache, cinematographer Benjamin Loeb, and acclaimed composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (who passed away shortly after completing his score), Cosmatos’ follow-up to his 2011 cult hit Beyond the Black Rainbow is yet another mind-melting effort that defies easy (or reserved) categorization. The story of a lumberjack named Red Miller (Cage) who goes on a hell-raising rampage after cult lunatics, led by wacko folk singer-turned-guru Jeremiah Sand (Roache), prey upon his wife Mandy (Riseborough), it’s a dreamy descent into pits of despair, a furious explosion of unbridled rage, and a sexualized journey through a demonic 1980s netherworld populated by fanatical degenerates and unholy blood-guzzling biker-assassins.

In short, it’s a one-of-a-kind freak-out that head-bangs to the beat of its own deranged drum. That, in turn, makes it a fitting companion piece to Black Rainbow, as well as additional proof that the 44-year-old writer/director (son of Tombstone helmer George P. Cosmatos) is one of genre cinema’s true visionaries. Employing hallucinatory aesthetics and alternately spacey and intense-to-the-point-of-insanity performances—led by a phenomenal Cage turn of mounting fury and hysteria—Cosmatos conjures up an entrancing mood of ethereal apocalyptic dread, perverse desire and unstoppable wrath.

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The most romantic spots in 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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The most beautiful wild swimming spots in the UK

From picturesque countryside swims to the cliffs of Dover…

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Now that the summer’s gradually drawing to an end, we’ve been trying to make the most of the blistering heat with weekly trips to the lido and picnics in the park. There’s no doubt that the weather’s getting chillier, but if you want to make the most of a sunny weekend then there’s nothing better than a road trip to a secret oasis. We’re always going to be partial to a gorgeous swimming pool, but there’s something about splashing about in nature that’s utterly magical.

From picturesque seaside harbours to hidden stretches of the Thames, the expert swimmers in the know over at Selkie Swim shared their favourite places to practice your backstroke. We’d definitely recommend bringing a few ciders and your camera, since many of these places are basically screaming to be posted on Instagram.

Here’s the ten best spots for wild swimming in the UK below…

1. Blea Tarn

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Fay said, ‘This spot always has the “wow” factor, no matter how many times you return. It is a site of special scientific interest and is good for wildlife spotting too. It’s quiet, remote, rather untouched and turns icy in winter. There are a few shingles beaches from where to enter the water and the Langdales make a wonderful backdrop.’

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There’s a National Trust car park nearby (LA22 9JU) and a good access path which goes most of the way around the tarn, with benches. You can also head on over to Sticklebarn pub to refuel after a day spent swimming, plus grab a sneaky pint if you’re so inclined.

Address: Blea Tarn, Langdale, The Lake District, Cumbria

2. Tor Bay

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Andrew said, ‘[Tor Bay] is a large horseshoe shaped, sheltered, sandy beach, at the eastern end of Oxwich bay. It sits gloriously between the limestone headlands of Great Tor and Little Tor and the water is some of the best quality in the UK. The beach is at its best between mid and high-tide, and there is always sand even at high tide. It’s a lovely for a coastal swim with the possibility to swim out and around the headland to Three Cliffs (avoid the headland on the outgoing tide as there are strong rip currents forming then).’

The nearest Parking is in Penmaen and Tor Bay beach is accessed via a good coastal clifftop path, followed by a steep sandy path down to the beach. It’s dog-friendly all throughout the season, however do bear in mind that there aren’t any lifeguards if you’re bringing little ones.

Address: Tor Baoy, Penmaen, Swansea, SA3 2HJ

3. Kingsand Beach

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‘Kingsand Beach is located in what’s known as ‘the forgotten corner’ of Cornwall,’ Becky said. ‘It’s lovely, quiet and sheltered, as it is located in Plymouth Sound and there are even swimming buoys out in the bay. You can venture further out to Pier Cellars or all the way out to Penlee Point, but must watch out for water traffic. ‘The Devonport Arms’ pub is right on the beach as well, which is rather handy.’

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This child-friendly beach is reachable from Plymouth either by a small boat that runs from the Mayflower Steps in the Barbican to the adjoining village Cawsand (seasonal), or by road. Parking-wise, there’s two decent car parks in both villages. If you’re super lucky, you might even be able to spot the neighbourhood dolphins who occasionally make an appearance.

Address: Kingsand Beach, Kingsand, Cornwall, PL10 1NA

4. Chichester Harbour

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Stephen said, ‘Chichester Harbour is a beautiful stretch of water running from the ancient city of Chichester, all the way to East Head and finally out to West Wittering Beach. Sheltered from the wind, it has several places to get in for a dip, Dell Quay, Itchenor & Bosham Hoe, all steeped in tales of smuggling and local folklore. [If you go] swimming in the harbour, you will always find new things to see and explore. And if you have had enough, you can take the Itchenor ferry back to the shore.’

On a more practical note, he also advised swimmers, ‘Watch out for marine traffic and make sure you’re visible. Early morning and late evenings are the quietest. [It’s] also the best time for stunning sunset swims. If it’s windy, the sailing clubs are out, but you can hug the banks on higher tides and swim under the branches of the old trees which is pretty idyllic.’

According to Stephen, there’s also a few nice old waterside pubs and cafes for food and refreshments. For more information, you can check out Chichester Harbour Conservancy for local information, maps and harbour tides.

Address: Chichester Harbour, Chichester, PO2 07EJ

5. Old Harry Rocks

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Stuart said, ‘Studland is a beautiful, scenic and popular National Trust series of beaches. Although coastal swims along the beaches are lovely with amazing views, the longer, tide dependant, swim to Old Harry Rocks is a bucket list must-have. Knoll beach, home to Studland Watersports, is a good starting point, as you can hire kayaks for someone to paddle as you swim for support and get tide information and tips; and the views of Old Harry rocks and the Purbeck hills from there are amazing.’

Parking is available in the two National Trust car parks a few metres from the beach. There’s also a cosy café for refreshments and food.

Address: Old Harry Rocks, Studland, near Swanage, Dorset

6. The Flower Pot

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‘At the very end of Aston Lane is a lovely bucolic spot, from which to enter the Thames via a small slipway, for a dip or a longer swim in the Hambleden Valley,’ Jon said. ‘It is a long stretch of river with an island to swim upstream to or around, and a pontoon with water usually deep enough to jump or dive in.’

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He continued, ‘The flow can be high at times, making it a challenging upstream swim with an easy float back. And there is a cold spring stream running into the river by the slipway, making the entry point a little chillier than the rest of the river.’

Easy parking is located right by the river at the very end of Aston Lane. For refreshments and pub grub, the Flower Pot pub is signposted and just up the lane.

Address; The Flower Pot, River Thames, Henley on Thames, RG9 3DG

7 and 8. Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-Sea, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4BG and Bantham Swoosh

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Di said, ‘Burgh Island and the Bantham Swoosh are iconic South Devon landmarks, directly opposite Bigbury-on-sea beach, which is only accessible by a strip of sand at low tide. The island is famed for its links to Agatha Christie, the art-deco inspired hotel and as a one-time haunt for pirates and smugglers.’

She added, ‘From the beach at Bigbury-on-Sea you can swim around Burgh Island. The level of the tide determines the extend of the beach and thus the length of the swim.’

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‘You can also do mini swooshes from Bantham Sands, running up the sandy banks as far as you like on an outgoing tide, plop in and swoosh down, get out with a big smile on your face and repeat!’ she finished.

She advised planning the swim beforehand and to ask the advice of the lifeguards on the East beach in season.There are paying car parks both in Bigbury and Bantham, depending on where you would like to start from and they do get pretty busy in season. After finishing up your swim, you can also finish off with some awesome food from the Gastrobus at Bantham Beach or a burger to die for at the pastel coloured old school Citroen van.

Address for Burgh Island: Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-Sea, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4BG

Address for Bantham Swoosh: Bantham Swoosh, South Devon

9. Dover Harbour

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‘Despite being a major port, [Dover Harbour] has a surprisingly pleasant (sharp) shingle beach, clean water and an attractive seafront behind,’ Nick said. ‘It is overlooked by the imposing medieval Dover Castle and the fortifications in the cliffs, the stunning white Cliffs themselves, the Western Heights Napoleonic defences and you can watch the ferries come and go.’

‘There is a designated recreation area and away from the ferries is the harbour used by swimmers which is about 1 km across,’ he said. ‘It is special as it is packed with history of Channel crossing training.’

There’s parking behind the promenade and a water sports centre on the beach that rents out equipment, if you’re keen to jump on a kayak. It’s also surrounded by cafes and shops as it’s super close to the centre of town.

Address: Dover Harbour, Dover, Kent, CT161LA

10. Clifton Hampden Bridge, Clifton Hampden, Oxfordshire, OX14 3EE

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Katie said, ‘[Clifton Hampden Bridge] is a distinctive 19th century bridge, stepping over the still narrow river Thames in a pretty picturesque Oxfordshire village. The banks are covered in wildflowers and majestic trees, there is a lot of wildlife around and the river quickly finds its way away from the traffic and into the quiet countryside.’

‘You can swim for as long as you want,’ she explained. ‘There are entry spots on both side of the river, although the “post office lay-by” side has a couple of benches carved out of tree trunks and a table for a picnic. Swim upstream under the arches of the bridge, and back down again, or you can carry on upstream until you reach the lock channel and even further if you stay left. Downstream is also a nice swim through trees and fields.’

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She also shared a handy secret, ‘The post office sells local fruit and veg, cakes and the best pain au chocolat for miles, but you will need to be early!’

If you’re looking for a spot to park your car, there’s spaces in the layby by the post office.

Address: Clifton Hampden Bridge, Clifton Hampden, Oxfordshire, OX14 3EE

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5 Most Resilient Women in Video Games

Throughout gaming history, there have been women who display an inner strength — a dignity and a will that won’t back down to adversity and won’t buckle under pressure. They can bounce back from the most painful of events and still keep their heads on straight. This is about the strength of the mind and will of the spirit. Here are five of the most resilient women in gaming.

Jade — Mortal Kombat


Jade in Mortal Kombat(2011)

Since its release in 1992, Mortal Kombat has been entertaining players of all ages. The creators Ed Boon and John Tobias have created characters that connect to the players, like Jade. The best friend of series staple, Kitana, and General of the Edenian Army, Jade is someone who not only values loyalty but practices what she preaches.

When Kitana escaped from Outworld, Jade and Reptile had orders to retrieve her. Jade has to bring her best friend back alive and unharmed. But Reptile’s orders are to kill Kitana on the spot. After learning this, Jade makes the decision to stick by her friend, no matter what. She thwarts Reptile’s attempt on the princess’ life without hesitation. At the time, Jade’s duties as one of Shao Kahn’s soldiers hung over her head. Yet she chose her lifelong friend Kitana over her orders as a mercenary of Shao Kahn.

Kasumi — Dead or Alive


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Dead or Alive has been a staple in the arcade style fighting genre since it first came out in 1996. Its story is about a group of adept fighters who take part in the Dead or Alive tournament to further their goals, like Kasumi, the missing ninja on the run from her former clan.

Kasumi left her village to avenge her brother Hayate, after their uncle, Raidou, beat him and left him comatose and paraplegic. Since Kasumi had left her village against orders, her clan considered her rogue. She now had a target on her back and no home to return to. Both the brother she set off to avenge and her cousin Ayane were to find and kill her.

This saddened Kasumi but she never gave up hope. She didn’t hold a grudge against Hayate and Ayane, even though they attacked her at almost every occasion. She only asked that they allow her back home and for them to not fight her. Kasumi stayed kindhearted even though her world was crashing around her.

Yuffie Kisaragi — Compilation of Final Fantasy VII


Yuffie in Final Fantasy VII Advent Children

Final Fantasy VII is the most successful of the series by Square Enix. It tells the story of a young former SOLDIER, Cloud Strife, and his journey of self-discovery. While on this journey he links up with old friends and new ones, like the eccentric ninja Yuffie Kisaragi.

Even though in the original game Yuffie is an optional character, she’s still a bright spot for her friends during dark times. She first comes off annoying with her energetic nature and her quick verbal jabs. But when the team gets to know her, they see the loving and protective person that she is, like when she rescued Vincent Valentine from the WRO after he was shot in the chest.

As a kid, Yuffie heard about the powerful nation that Wutai was before it went to war with Shinra Inc. She grew up wanting to do something about her homeland’s treatment as a tourist resort. Her solution: become a materia hunter in the hopes that the orbs of mako would help her homeland and her people. Yuffie went headfirst into conflict to help her people, and she stuck to it. She’s a great support both as a friend and as a leader for the people of Wutai.

Aqua — Kingdom Hearts Series


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Kingdom Hearts is the successful series by Tetsuya Nomura. It’s a story that speaks of friendship and inner balance, teaching that darkness and light should coexist and not eclipse one another. A character that exemplifies this is Aqua.

Aqua, along with her friends Ventus and Terra, have what has to be the saddest hand dealt in the series. She watched as both of her friends lost their hearts to the darkness and even had to face them in battle. In the end, she made the ultimate sacrifice to save what’s left of Ventus and Terra’s beings — thus trapping herself in the Realm of Darkness, cursed to wander the desolate place for years.

Many people would buckle under this kind of fate, but Aqua never did. She never regretted her sacrifice or fighting for her friends. But she didn’t accept her fate either. Aqua showed a sense of resilience and will to not give up or give in to despair. In Kingdom Hearts 0.2, we see that she never gave up on finding a way out. It’s that kind of perseverance that shows why she’s such an important figure in the fandom.

Makoto Nijima — Persona 5


Makoto Nijima in Persona 5

Persona 5 is the latest installment in the Shin Megami Tensei Persona series. It tells the story of the protagonist, a young man who’s accused of assault and sent to live in Shibuya with his new guardian, Sojiro, for a years’ time.

One of the people he meets during his stay in Shibuya is Makoto Nijima. She’s an honors student and the class president. But this doesn’t stop her from having her share of insecurities. Makoto’s journey is one of the most relatable as she overcomes her fear of being useless and a burden.

In the beginning, we see she’s told that she has to be useful and an asset or she’s nothing. She gets these hurtful words from her older sister, her principal, and even her future friends. Instead of letting these jeers bring her down, she rises to the occasion. Makoto uses her intellect to establish herself as one of the most valuable assets to the Phantom Thieves. She proves that other people’s assessments of you don’t have to define you — that you define your own value and set your own benchmarks.

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ROXANNE Pallett will disappear from the spotlight after telling pals she wants to quit showbiz following her disastrous stint in Celebrity Big Brother.

The actress, 35, called herself the “most hated woman in Britain” and admitted she’s “scared for the future” during an emotional interview with Emma Willis yesterday as she addressed the fall out from her claim she was assaulted by Ryan Thomas.

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Roxanne Pallett is disappearing from the spotlight and quitting showbiz after her disastrous stint in Celebrity Big Brother[/caption]

A source exclusively told The Sun Online: “Roxanne will turn her back on showbiz.

“She understands she’s upset many people and wants to step out of the spotlight to focus on herself.

“She’s not interested in anything to do with fame now and is convinced time away is the best thing for her.”

The former Emmerdale star vomited after appearing on The Jeremy Vine Show earlier in the day as the stress of “punchgate” got to her.

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The punch row so far


Today it was revealed she will not be returning to Emmerdale after she falsely accused Ryan Thomas of assaulting her.

The 35-year-old quit the house after “punchgate” and has faced a furious backlash from viewers and former co-stars who have sprung to Ryan’s defence.

Roxanne wants to spend time focusing on herself

Soap bosses have ruled out a returns for Roxanne in the Dales, despite a public apology during last night’s CBB.

A spokesman for Emmerdale said: “There are no plans, nor have there been, to bring back the character of Jo Sugden.”

Roxanne’s performances in the soap between 2005 and 2008 drew critical acclaim, and she was involved in a major domestic violence story line.

Her tearful interview with Emma yesterday has been called “insincere” and a “publicity stunt” by viewers convinced she only did it for damage limitation.

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Fans praised the show’s host for not holding back when she questioned the 35-year-old over the allegations.

Roxanne winced and started to cry after Emma challenged her on the statements she made against Ryan.

Emma, 42, said: “You could have ruined him”.

An emotional Roxanne replied: “It’s a lot to deal with. I’m the most hated girl in Britain right now.

“I am scared about the future… I just want to say I’m sorry.”


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A few weeks ago, Red delayed the release of its Hydrogen One smartphone to November 2nd and announced that early adopters that had already preordered the device could exchange their preorders for the “Houdini Development Model,” which would ship weeks earlier than the production model. The first Houdini units began arriving today, and popular YouTuber Marques Brownlee has already published a hands-on unboxing video.

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The Most Extravagant, Instagram-Worthy Moments at #TheFerragnez Wedding

The veritable king and queen of Instagram, Chiara “The Blonde Salad Never Stops” Ferragni and Fedez, the premiere Supreme collector in all of Italy who is also a musician, tied the knot with the wedding of the century — or at least of the digital age — in Noto, Italy on Saturday. The …

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Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace says Roxanne Pallett is ‘most dangerous and vile Celebrity Big Brother housemate EVER’

ROXANNE, quite possibly the most vile, narcissistic and DANGEROUS housemate to ever enter the CBB house!

I was absolutely disgusted with this wretched girls behaviour this week.

Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace has plenty to say about Roxanne Pallett in the Celebrity Big Brother house
Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace has plenty to say about Roxanne Pallett in the Celebrity Big Brother house

This revolting human is ready to potentially RUIN another human in her need for being the centre of attention.

Women need to be listened to and believed in REAL domestic violence situations and then here’s Roxanne dramatising and lying and fantasising about it. SHE NEEDS TO BE LOCKED UP!!!

She makes me so sick, she only asked to sleep in another room because she was confronted by Ben about his feelings.

Nothing to do with Ryan she just used him as a pawn in her pathetic soap opera in her head. She is so transparent it’s a joke!

Roxanne accused Ryan Thomas of punching her 'like a boxer'
Roxanne accused Ryan Thomas of punching her ‘like a boxer’
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As long as there is a drama around her she’s happy. Even if it’s a negative drama that could ruin a mans reputation and potentially his career.

Luckily for Ryan Big Brother sees EVERYTHING, and so did we… her lies are actually mentally disturbing.

Ryan is such a nice guy I’ve met him loads and we have a mutual close friend who is absolutely disgusted, as we all are at Roxanne and her drama and lies.

He’s genuinely such a nice guy. I bet his mind is doing somersaults, worried about all sorts as a result.

Roxanne said: 'Ow that bloody hurt' and rubbed the left side of her body during the incident
Roxanne said: ‘Ow that bloody hurt’ and rubbed the left side of her body during the incident
Aisleyne says Ryan Thomas is 'such a nice guy'
Aisleyne says Ryan Thomas is ‘such a nice guy’
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I know he is because that’s what the house does at the best of times let alone at the worst.

Who on earth voted to save her this week? You all need your phones confiscated!

All this drama has deflected from the fact that Jermaine (germ by name GERM by nature) has totally plummeted in my personal opinion.

The man is MARRIED and made a mockery of his wife his marriage and of Chloe this past week.

Jermaine's antics have been forgotten in the wake of Roxanne's behaviour on CBB
Jermaine’s antics have been forgotten in the wake of Roxanne’s behaviour on CBB


Banter? The excuse was banter?? What the hell is funny about any of that mess?

He really should have gone tonight but I’m actually glad Ben has gone because it will be interesting to see how Roxanne will act now she doesn’t have her go-too to run to.

I felt for Ben he was completely used by Roxanne, maybe that’s his karma though after all he’s admitted to being a cheat and even has a child on the way! Morals of a broken compass….


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6 of the Most Ridiculous Videogame Titles

Videogames are, and always will be, an inherently ridiculous entertainment medium. They can tell virtually any kind of story and let the player do nearly anything. So, of course, games routinely go to extremely imaginative places and tell some pretty high-concept stories. However, an underappreciated aspect of videogames is how strange some of the titles are.

With so many games being developed all over the world, when a truly bizarre title pops up, it’s hard not to notice — especially when it’s a lesser-known game. But you might be surprised to learn that there’s a certain level of depth to these strange titles. So, here’s our list of six ridiculous videogame titles — and what makes each of them uniquely odd.

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This name and the actual DLC are a bit over the top.

The Dead Rising franchise, where a single character can easily decimate hordes of zombies, is known for its bizarre gameplay. Violent to the point of hilarity, the series embraces its odd nature by never taking itself too seriously. It’s why Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha, a piece of DLC for Dead Rising 3, was the perfect addition to this outlandish series.

The title is actually a reference to the Street Fighter franchise. Capcom owns both the Dead Rising series and the Street Fighter property. This allowed the DLC creators to use one word from each enhanced edition of Street Fighter in the title (as well as feature costumes from other Capcom properties). It’s a good thing the gameplay is as fun as it’s over-the-top title.

Super Smash Bros.


Exceptionally popular, but no less ridiculous.

What even is a Smash Brother? Is it using late-’90s slang to convey that it’s a fighting-party game hybrid that you can play with your friend? Is it playing into the subtle sexism and gatekeeping common in the videogame industry of the ’90s by suggesting that this is a game played by male siblings? Did they just name the series Super Smash Bros. because it sounds cool? It’s impossible to say for sure, but no one can deny that this is a ridiculous videogame name.

Nothing in the title suggests this is a Nintendo crossover fighting series for casual and hardcore players alike. But it works. Even those with barely any videogame knowledge know what people mean when they say “smash.” It truly is a testament to Nintendo’s marketing skills and the quality of the Smash Bros. franchise that this name is accepted by essentially everyone.

Final Fantasy


The contradiction builds with each new installment.

If you play Final Fantasy games and talk to people about them, the first question you’re inevitably going to hear will be, “Why is it called Final Fantasy (insert whatever entry in the series you’re playing).” Supposedly, the name Final Fantasy stems from the original being the last game the development company Square could make before going bankrupt.

However, Final Fantasy I did so well that the company avoided closing down and the smash hit became a franchise. However, this comeback story also had the unintended effect: each entry in the series has a contradictory title. The series gets more and more inaccurate with each new game.

At the end of the day, though, Final Fantasy is still a really cool name for a videogame, and at this point, it’s ubiquitous with the JRPG genre. It’s just not the most appropriate name for one of gaming’s longest-running franchises.

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together


This name is the furthest thing from tactical.

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is the second game in the Ogre Battle franchise. While you will find solid isometric strategy gameplay in this title, you aren’t going to see any Ogres. Also, instead of people clinging together, you’re going to find a story of civil and political dissonance brought on by decades of ethnic discrimination and a sudden leadership vacuum.

Evidently, this game’s name comes from the 1976 Queen song “Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)” from their album A Day at the Races. While musical references in media can be loads of fun — just look at the success of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and the popularity of Super Mario Bros. 3’s Koopalings — they only work if the reference is appropriate for the media or character. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is ultimately an interesting game that fails to convey its entertainment potential in its title.

Big Mutha Truckers 2: Truck Me Harder


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Yup, this game actually exists.

Videogames went through a weird transitional period in the early and mid-2000s. The majority of gamers were suddenly old enough to appreciate and desire more adult content and themes in games. But many developers weren’t quite sure how to tastefully fill that newfound niche. Enter Big Mutha Truckers 2: Truck Me Harder.

This game and its title are, perhaps more than any other game on this list, a product of their time. The graphics are rather dated, the gameplay loop of delivering truckloads while dodging law enforcement and UFOs is a bit tedious, and the humor is crass and exceptionally on the nose. However, Big Mutha Truckers 2: Truck Me Harder is now a fascinating snapshot of a very weird time in the history of games. It certainly wouldn’t have been made today.

Thief


That’s it. Just ‘Thief.’

In a lesson of less not always being more, Thief is a ridiculously minimalistic and vague title for a game. Released in 2014 as one of the first triple-A games on the PlayStation 4, Thief is a stealth-focused game that will appeal to fans of the genre — but not many others. It’s also a reboot of the Thief series of games which contains titles with longer, but equally generic, names like Thief: The Dark Project and Thief: Deadly Shadows.

Beyond the title, other aspects of Thief’s lore and setting feel strangely bland. You play as a master thief, known only as Garrett, who sneaks through a steampunk locale called the ‘The City’ on a mission to take power and wealth away from the society’s elite. While videogames are known and often chastised for having titles that are lengthy or adjective heavy, they can also be far too dull. Thief definitely falls into the latter category.

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How to Make the Most of a Long Weekend

How to Make the Most of a Long WeekendWhat’s everyone doing for the long weekend coming up? In general, how do you like to spend long weekends like this, and what historically has been your best long weekend ever? What are your best tips for how to make the most of a long weekend if you don’t have plans?

For my $ .02, I’ve employed a few tactics over the years to make the most of long weekends:

  • The Add-On. If you have one or two days off work, you can add a few days on either end and take a legitimate week-long vacation.
  • The Road Trip. Whether you drive, train, bus, or Zipcar it, this is a great time to get away to outlet malls or other far-flung but close destinations. You can stay with a friend, use Hotel Tonight or a similar service if you’re really feeling adventurous, or plan to head back before the end of the day.
  • Tourist In Your Own Town. Again, check out Hotel Tonight and do other tourist-y things like museums, tours, and more. You don’t have to stay anywhere other than your own apartment, but if you can get a great deal it can be really fun to mix it up for one night.
  • The Staycation. I’ve rounded up my favorite ideas for a staycation before (and we just shared great tips for a family staycation over at CorporetteMoms) — this is honestly one of my favorite ways to spend a long weekend!

(Psst: if you’re near NYC, here’s our guide to shopping in NYC.)

Readers, what are you up to for this long holiday weekend? What are your favorite ways to make the most of a long weekend? 

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The 5 Most Anticipated Games of September 2018

September is here! Students will hit the books once more, and working adults will need to hustle to hit those end-of-year goals. Luckily, there are plenty of exciting games coming up to help make this month of transitions more manageable.

September has a fun combination of niche games and triple-A titles, with a healthy amount of nostalgia bait thrown in as well. We may not be at the end-of-year barrage of titles quite yet, but these upcoming games are a taste of things to come. These are the five games releasing in September 2018 that we’re looking forward to the most.

Dragon Quest XI


Dragon Quest XI protagonist
  • Release Date(s): September 4
  • Developer(s): Square Enix
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch (TBA), and 3DS (TBA)
  • Genre: JRPG

After eight long years, gamers outside of Japan will experience a brand new Dragon Quest game! The series, seemingly as old as the gaming medium itself, has a brand new entry, Dragon Quest XI. With one of the most influential and beloved JRPGs returning to the world stage once again, it’s a great time to be a fan of the genre.

If you’ve ever played — or even heard of — Dragon Quest, chances are you know what you’re in for with this upcoming title. Dragon Quest XI will feature a fantastical story where a boy of humble origins is destined to save the world. This time around, though, you can expect zero random encounters, stunning graphics, and loads of callbacks to previous titles. If Octopath Traveler’s unconventional storytelling was a bummer for you, Dragon Quest XI is set to bring things back up with a solid dose of the traditions the series invented.

SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy


SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy
  • Release Date(s): September 7
  • Developer(s): SNK
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Arcade Machine
  • Genre: Tag-Fighter

Wow, fighting games became mainstream again overnight, didn’t they? Between the highly anticipated release of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, the phenomenal EVO 2018, and Dragon Ball FighterZ’s commercial and critical success; now’s a great time to get into or start following the fighting game scene. Entering the stage during this resurgence is SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. It will feature female characters from several SNK series — and a considerable amount of fan service. The combat system will allow players to combine different fighters in attack and support roles.

Fighting games tend to be better in both story and execution when they lean into more ridiculous elements. SNK Heroines is definitely going for that over-the-top tone. The story centers on numerous characters waking up in an alternate plane of existence and will feature a genderbent Terry Bogard. It’s too soon to tell if this title will become a mainstay in the competitive scene, but even if it doesn’t reach those heights, it’s still sure to be a fun and silly experience.

Marvel’s Spider-Man



  • Release Date(s): September 7
  • Developer(s): Insomniac Games
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4
  • Genre: Action-Adventure

First revealed at E3 2016, the highly anticipated Marvel’s Spider-Man for PlayStation 4 is finally dropping in early September. Taking place in a universe where Spider-Man wasn’t erased by Thanos, this game will have players take control of the successful and well-established crime fighter. Players will battle some of Spider-Man’s greatest foes, as the Sinister Six escape from prison and try their best to exact their revenge against the web-slinger.

While there is some worry over the presence of quick-time events, many gamers are interested in this upcoming title because of its web-swinging mechanic and entertaining combat. If exploring this New York-based open world feels as good as the trailers make it look, then Spider-Man is on track to be one of the best PlayStation 4 exclusives yet.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider



  • Release Date(s): September 14
  • Developer(s): Eidos Montreal
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Genre: Action-Adventure

The third installment of the Tomb Raider prequels and the twelfth entry in the franchise overall is set to end this summer with a bang. Raising the already high bar set by the previous reboots, Shadow of the Tomb Raider will improve the swimming mechanics, place more emphasis on stealth, and offer more optional tombs to explore than ever before. However, the astonishingly detailed and realistic graphics present in previous games will thankfully remain in this new title.

It’s shocking how far the Tomb Raider series has come since the original PlayStation games. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is set to push the series to even greater heights, and further cement it as a juggernaut of the gaming medium. Now if only we could get a better-than-mediocre movie adaptation.

Life Is Strange 2



  • Release Date(s): September 27
  • Developer(s): Dontnod Entertainment
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Genre: Graphic Adventure

At long last, the next entry in perhaps the greatest graphic adventure series currently in production is right around the corner. Life is Strange 2 Episode 1 is the third entry in the series and will bring back the paranormal elements absent in the prequel, Before the Storm. While there isn’t a ton of information on this upcoming game, we do know that the events of The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit will influence the story and that Chris Eriksen will appear in the sequel.

It’s fair to say that fans of this series have some pretty lofty expectations for Life is Strange 2. The first game was a masterful blend of compelling characters, small-town drama, and a terrific time travel mechanic. If the same level of charm and passion is poured into the sequel, it’s sure to be as big a hit as the original. Although, it would be nice if it had one less Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within reference than the original Life is Strange.

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Coronation Street and Emmerdale ‘most important shows on ITV’

OHMYGOSSIP — ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Emmerdale’ are the “most important” shows on ITV.
Kevin Lygo, head of studios at the channel, insists ITV’s two soaps play a huge role in the network’s success, and he personally “loves” ‘Corrie’ – which features the likes of Bill Roache (Ken Barlow) and Helen Worth (Gail Platt) – and couldn’t wait to step foot on the cobbles when he landed his job.
He said: “The soaps are probably the most important things on the channel.
“I absolutely love ‘Coronation Street’. I’ve watched it all my life, I love it.
“The thing I was most excited about when I got the job was I could walk onto the cobbles and say I was in charge.”
Kevin has also revealed Leeds-based ‘Emmerdale’ has a massive 80 per cent share of viewing in the north of England when the show airs, and while ‘Corrie’ is also based up north in Manchester, the soap has a “broader” share across Britain.
He said: “People do sit down as a family with soaps. With ‘Emmerdale’, in the north, because it’s on at seven o’clock, it has something unbelievable like an 80 per cent share of viewing.
“But in London it probably has a 12 per cent share of viewing. That time doesn’t quite fit the lifestyle, it’s obviously a northern thing.
“‘Coronation Street’ is a bit broader. But that’s fabulous for us.”
Kevin joked he is a “pushover” when soap bosses approach him for money, and admitted the channel have invested heavily in ‘Corrie’ and ‘Emmerdale’ recently to ensure they stay at the top of their game.
Speaking at The Edinburgh International Television Festival in Scotland today (23.08.18), he added: “Knowing their place in the schedule, knowing their role within the entire company of ITV was important.
“We’ve put more effort and energy in, we’ve invested a lot of money.
“I’m a pushover when the people run them come to me and say, ‘We need a bit more money.’ I say, ‘Yes!’
“They’re so important it seems mad to penny pinch in that area.”

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If you want to get in on the sous vide craze, there are dozens of different precision cookers out there for you to choose from. If you ask us though, the decision is fairly simple. The Anova Culinary 800 Watt Sous Vide Precision Cooker is the most popular model on Amazon for so many reasons. It’s easy to use, it connects to your smartphone, the free app that controls it is awesome, and it’s a terrific value at $ 149. Did we say $ 149? Buy one today on Amazon and you’ll pay just $ 89.99!

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Most beautiful airports in the world

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Whenever we go on vacation, we seem to spend hours in airports. We’re always advised to get there well in advance so that we don’t end up running late, but that usually just means we’re sitting around for ages. It doesn’t help that our flights always seem to be late too, so we’re just waiting there even longer. Although being stuck in an airport can be a drag, some of them are a lot more exciting to explore than others. If you’ve never seen these beautiful airports for yourself, it might be time to book yourself a vacation.

Kansai International Airport (Japan)

Fancy a weekend break in Japan? The country is known for its technological innovations, and it’s no different with their airports. The Kansai International Airport in Osaka is a work of genius. It took over three years to build and is located on an artificial island in Osaka Bay. Yes, it’s an airport on the water. The structure was built using incredibly resistant materials, so if a natural disaster strikes, it’s unlikely to be affected. This airport is worth seeing just for its bizarre water-based setting, although the modern infrastructure is also pretty great to look at too.

Madrid-Barajas International Airport (Spain)

The architects definitely had a vision in mind when they built the Madrid-Barajas International Airport in Spain. In particular, their plans for Terminal 4 were something not often found in an airport. They wanted the infrastructure to convey peace and tranquility for all passengers passing through it, which isn’t an easy thing for an airport to do. However, they managed to pull it off by using integrated steel and bamboo, a rather bizarre mix of materials. The end result is something that’s environmentally friendly and allows a lot of light into the building, which creates a pretty calming atmosphere.

Beijing Capital International Airport (China)

When Beijing was chosen for the 2008 Olympics, China knew they had to dazzle in every possible way. That included their airport, which would be the first thing that visiting athletes and tourists would see when they landed in the city. The airport’s Terminal 3 was opened in 2008 and just like in Madrid, natural light is an important feature. The ceiling is formed of mesh skylights which bring down splashes of red, yellow and white. It’s a pretty great sight to behold and a wonderful way to be introduced to the city.

O’Hare International Airport (Chicago)

Few airports have a design quite as mind-blowing as O’Hare International. We love a good injection of color, and this is one airport that has that in abundance. Natural light is great, but so too is a neon tunnel where you’re surrounded by every color under the rainbow. This airport isn’t always the easiest to navigate, but it’s worth getting lost in to see this beautiful sight.

Menara International Airport (Morocco)

If you visit Marrakech, you’ll always fly to the same airport. While Menara International might be the only airport in Marrakech, the architects responsible for it made sure that it’s one of the best out there. All it takes is a glimpse of the outside to see that. The intricate design of the roof is incredibly eye-catching, and it filters the light down to passengers making their way inside. The efficiency of the inside is super important when it comes to an airport, but what good is that if the outside isn’t attractive?

Your impression of airports might be big spaces with blank walls and lots of iron, but that’s a design of the past. As airports are built or redesigned, a greater focus is now placed on creating something that will entice passengers coming in and out of the city. If you’re going to spend hours there, you want something nice to look at.

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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Named No. 2 on Modern Healthcare’s Most Influential People in Health Care

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” in 2018. Tyson is ranked No. 2, along with 11 other leaders, as “disrupters” shaping the future of health care. This is the fifth consecutive year Tyson has been named to the prestigious list.

Tyson is an advocate for reimagining the health care system and its total health model to deliver more affordable, accessible, high-quality care. He also is leading Kaiser Permanente to improve health outcomes by expanding its role to proactively address the social determinants of health — focusing on areas such as gun violence research, mental health and wellness, thriving schools, food insecurity, and affordable housing and homelessness.

“This recognition is a tribute to the more than 216,000 employees and 22,000 physicians who work tirelessly every day to make lives better and improve health in the communities we serve,” Tyson said. “Our strategies are consistent with our legacy of continual innovation that ensures better care, better access and greater affordability. To make a significant difference, we must now go beyond what is traditionally expected of a health care organization, and I’m passionate about how we are extending our reach in new ways to make our members and communities even healthier.”

Two Kaiser Permanente leaders were named to Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list this year. In addition to Tyson, Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD, dean of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, is ranked No. 100.

Now in its 17th year, Modern Healthcare’s annual “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list continues to honor individuals for their leadership and impact in the health care industry.

“Last year was unlike any other in the health care industry, and that is reflected in our unique take for the current list,” said Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare. “The disrupters on our list aren’t waiting for cues on how to transform the industry. Their leadership is bold, visionary and ripples across the economy.”


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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Emma González had the most savage response to the NRA going broke

Emma González had the most savage response to the NRA going broke


Emma González had the most savage response to the NRA going broke

In one beautiful example of karma, the National Rifle Association recently announced it’s losing money. (Cue the world’s smallest violin.) The NRA alleged in a series of court filings in late July that “negative statements following mass shootings”—as well as actions by the state of New York and Gov. Andrew Cuomo—have put the organization in such financial jeopardy, it may be “unable to exist as a not-for-profit or pursue its advocacy mission,” Teen Vogue reports. When Parkland survivor Emma González heard the news that March for Our Lives contributed to the NRA’s financial woes, she had the perfect clapback to end all clapbacks.

González was asked about the NRA’s announcement during an appearance on BuzzFeed News’ morning show, AM to DM. Her epic response? For starters, she LITERALLY took a sip of tea. Then, she continued.

“They are, and I’m happy about that,” González said after her savage tea sip. “Because the National Rifle Association used to stand for safety. And now it’s like, ‘We’re going to take money from the gun companies, the companies that manufacture weapons of this caliber, and when there is mass shootings, we’re going to make more money, so we going to encourage politicians to say what we want them to say, so that we will continue to get more money in the long run and not be the company that people used to think we are.’”

Emma González emerged as a leader in the gun control movement after surviving the February 14th mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where former student Nikolas Cruz killed 17 students and staff members.

González was one of the organizers behind the March for Our Lives, a march on Washington that took place just weeks after the Parkland shooting to demand legislative action on gun control. She’s also participating in this summer’s Road to Change, a two-month nationwide tour to encourage young people to register to vote. The tour comes to an end on August 12th in Newtown, Connecticut, the site of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

González, who appeared on AM to DM ahead of Road to Change’s New York stops, also talked about her famously inspiring March for Our Lives speech. If you’ll remember, the activist stood silently on stage for several minutes to honor the victims of the Parkland shooting.

“It was a low place for everybody,” González said. “The whole point of that silence was to create an environment where people could be upset because it was a rough time period. And I’m getting emotional talking about it now because I’m remembering that mindset. But it was important to do.”

Watch Emma González’s full AM to DM appearance below.

Keep fighting the good fight, Emma. We’re with you every step of the way.

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Friends is officially the most streamed TV show in the UK

Better luck next time, Stranger Things.

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Though Ross and Rachel may (or may not have been) on a break, one thing’s for certain: the UK’s love for Friends has never waned. Ever since the noughties sitcom hit Netflix, it’s easier than ever to just fall down a rabbit hole on the weekend and stream hours of the gang’s antics – and well, a new survey has noticed. According to its results, Friends is actually the most streamed show in the UK – beating other in demand Netflix series like Stranger Things and The Crown.

Now, Netflix famously never releases its streaming data but Ofcom stepped in, did the groundwork and released a Media Nations Report. They surveyed 2,500 viewers about their viewing habits on services including Netflix, Amazon and NOW TV, ranking the most watched shows accordingly.

It seems like the newer kids on the block still have a lot to learn from Friends, as fourth fifths of those queried (1985 people) said they had streamed the show on Netflix. In contrast, the next most popular show Amazon’s The Grand Tour captured just under half of the audience with 911. Clearly, people can’t get enough of the American series and to be honest after reading those stats, it’s probably prime for that Friends reunion movie people keep hinting at. I mean, we already know what Monica’s apartment from Friends would look like now – we might as well keep the ball rolling.

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A few Netflix originals managed to work their way onto the chart, with The Crown and Stranger Things neck and neck in third and fourth place respectively. It seems we’re not the only ones who have fallen for Cillian Murphy’s baby blues though as Peaky Blinders slid comfortably into fifth place. Some of our personal favourites, Brooklyn Nine Nine (which thankfully has been renewed) and The Good Place, also snapped up spots in the top ten.

The full ranking of shows is below, if you’re keen to see if your favourite made the cut:

Most streamed TV shows in the UK

1. Friends

2. The Grand Tour

3. The Crown

4. Stranger Things

5. Peaky Blinders

6. Black Mirror

7. The Big Bang Theory

8. Brooklyn Nine Nine

9. The Good Place

10. Vikings

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11. Lucifer

12. Altered Carbon

13. Orange is the New Black

14. Designated Survivor

15. Grey’s Anatomy

16. Breaking Bad

17. Homeland

18. Paw Patrol

19. Riverdale

20. Peppa Pig

As you can see above, shows that are either on Netflix or are bonafide Netflix originals tended to dominate the chart and their global takeover certainly doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. It’ll be interesting though to see what happens early next year when Disney releases its own competitor streaming service Disney Life.

Just imagine: every single Disney animated film, Marvel feature and Star Wars film ever all in one place. We’re saving up our annual leave for the binge fest to end all binge fests once it drops.

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China’s most popular tourist attraction

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If you’re the kind of person that just can’t sit still, there’s a high chance that you just love to find new and exciting destinations to visit. So, where are you going next? Well, if you want our advice, you should definitely go to China. Of course, you don’t need to take our advice, but this country has so many attractions to visit. You could walk the Great Wall of China, you could check out the Terracotta Army, or you could wander past the Summer Palace. However, if you’re planning on visiting The Forbidden City, these are the things you must know before visiting China’s most popular tourist attraction…

It’s the largest imperial palace in the world

Pretty neat, huh? The Forbidden City is one of a king for various reasons, but the main reason is that it’s the largest imperial palace in the world. It took a whopping 1 million workers to build this impressive 7,750,000-square-foot palace! This is because the palace is so much more than one simple building. Instead, there are 980 intricately designed buildings, complete with nearly 9,000 rooms, as well as 90 courtyards and quarters. Do you reckon they need a little extra space? Getting a little squashed, isn’t it?

24 emperors lived there

We would do anything to live in this palace, but we don’t think we have enough cash to fit the mortgage. Alongside this, the palace is not actually in use any longer – but has since been handed over to the government and has been in its hands since China became a Republic in 1912. Before that, however, 24 emperors called this place home. In 1406, Emperor Yongle decided to make a palace that would top any other palace, and it was completed in 1420. The palace than moved from hand to hand, until it was handed over.

It’s full of treasure

Considering The Forbidden Palace is one of the most famous attractions in China, it should come as no surprise to learn that it’s full of treasure. In fact, there is nowhere else in the world that holds as many ancient Chinese artifacts and documents! With intricate and colorful pottery and bizarre statues, this palace is well worth a visit just to get a glimpse of these things.

You can’t see the whole thing

Although the Forbidden City is the most popular tourist attraction in China, you can actually only see 60% of the palace with your own eyes. If you try to explore the other 40%, you will be greeted with large railings and security guards, This is because the 14 million people who trundle through the palace every single year have had an effect on the palace, and it is need of repair. These important repairs are said to be completed in 2020.

It’s covered in Chinese architecture

As soon as you set your eyes on the Forbidden City, you will be amazed at how beautifully detail the whole palace is. The buildings are covered in ornate gold finishings, as well as wooden carvings that take you back in time to the 1400s. Amazingly, this tourist attraction has taken the world record for the largest collection of medieval wooden structures in the world, and you can see them up close and personal. Well, we’re sold.

There are no trees in the outer court

When you go to the Forbidden City, you’ll see just how beautiful the palace looks up against the trees of the Inner Court. Yet, it may surprise you to know that there is absolutely no greenery in the Outer Court. Although there has been no confirmed reason for this, many historians believe it gives those who wish to gatecrash the palace fewer chances to hide. Makes sense.

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The most affordable countries to study abroad in

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So you’re thinking about studying abroad? There’s a lot to be said for boosting your education in another part of the world. It exposes you to new cultures and offers an experience you could never have back home. However, while studying abroad might seem like an exciting prospect, it can set you back a fair bit concerning money. There’s no need to worry though. Some countries are surprisingly affordable to live in for when you want to take your education to the next level.

Taiwan

If you’ve thought about studying in Asia, then Taiwan might be the place to go. Costs here aren’t too crazy, with accommodation averaging around $ 2,500 per year, while tuition fees are upwards of $ 3,000. There are more than 40 universities on offer covering a vast range of subjects, more than 100 of which are taught in English. If you don’t mind being a long way from home, Taiwan could be the perfect place to study abroad. You can even get in some Mandarin lessons while you’re there and return home with a whole new language in your repertoire.

Poland

Another country that has very reasonably priced tuition (averaging $ 2,000 to $ 3,000 per year), this cultural hub can offer you one of the most exciting experiences abroad. There are plenty of historical sights to see and explore during your free time, as well as an excellent nightlife scene. Warsaw, Poland’s capital city, has regularly been named one of the best cities for students because of its affordability, with yearly living costs around $ 8,500. If you’re hoping to save a little money, you might want to try learning Polish before you study there. People who study in Polish and pass the entrance exams can go to college for free.

Germany

Students have long celebrated Germany as an excellent place to study. Its popularity has continued to rise over the years, and we think we know why. If you’re an undergraduate, then you don’t have to pay tuition fees, apart from if you’re studying in Baden-Württemberg. Living costs are a fair bit higher here than in other places, averaging around $ 10,000 on a yearly basis, but the lack of tuition fees makes this country highly affordable. Plus, there are few places better for the ultimate educational experience. Germany is rich with culture, but it also knows how to throw the best parties.

Argentina

For students looking to stay on this side of the globe, you might want to set your sights on Argentina. This South American country also has no tuition fees for anyone looking to study at a public university, with private establishments charging around $ 5000 per year. One of the significant benefits of Argentina is its affordable living costs, with rent available from just $ 350 a month. You’ll probably only need $ 5000 to last you throughout the academic year. Not only is Argentina affordable, but it also has some of the most incredible sights. If you’re the outdoors type or you love exploring, you’ll have a great time here.

Malaysia

There aren’t many countries that come cheaper to live in than Malaysia while still offering a world-class educational program. You can easily survive on $ 3,000 to $ 4,000 per year in the country, with the same amount usually required for the courses on offer. Kuala Lumpur has regularly ranked near the top for affordable student cities, so it’s clearly doing something right. What’s more, many international colleges have campuses in Malaysia, meaning you can earn a degree from an institution respected around the world.

Everyone deserves to see more of the world, and studying abroad is a great way to do that. Never let the cost stand in the way of such a unique experience, because there are so many places to attend at an affordable price. This is something that money can’t buy.

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Once upon a summer: celebrities’ most memorable holidays

Cerys Matthews slept in a Hebridean phonebox and Michael Rosen in a communist’s cupboard. Musicians, authors, TV presenters and comedians tell of their life-changing trips

Last year, rock band Thunder invited me and my wife, Lil, on a two-week charity motorcycle ride. They’ve done this for the past six years: it is open to anyone – you just have to cover your costs and guarantee to raise £1,000 for Childline Rocks. There were about 40 of us – on bikes provided by Harley Davidson. There were people from all walks of life: some retired, two ex-SAS members, a young couple (she was pregnant), and an Irish orthopaedic surgeon who kept getting lost.

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Let’s be honest, if we could have a six-month vacation twice a year we totally would – but sometimes ‘adulting’ gets in the way, and we have to just settle for one epic getaway with our significant other. We get to relax on golden sands, drink pina coladas until the place runs out of pineapple juice, and spend some quality time with our partner. That’s the life, right? You get to take yourself away from reality and bask in the glory of the exotic for a while. Yet, have you ever wondered where to go for this romantic getaway? Luckily, we have you covered.

Constance Moofushi Resort – The Maldives

If you’ve never seen a photograph of the Maldives, you should probably stop reading this right away and Google it. It’s alright; you have our permission – because this place is what dreams are made of. The Constance Moofushi Resort in the Maldives is one of the most magical places in the world, and you genuinely won’t believe what you’re waking up to. In this resort, you get to stay in a villa that sits atop the ocean on stilts, complete with a straw roof, hammocks, and your very own swimming pool at your feet (AKA the ocean!).

Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens – Costa Rica

Have you ever wanted to sleep underneath a volcano? Okay, that sounds a lot more dangerous than it seems, but a stay at the Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens certainly would be something to tick off your bucket list. Located in the middle of the Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica, this resort offers everything you could possibly want from a romantic getaway. You’ve got the birds singing in the trees, you’ve got an awesome rainforest, beautiful villas, breathtaking views, and most importantly… The love of your life.

Fogo Island Inn – Newfoundland

If you’ve never heard of Fogo Island before, we don’t blame you. This place is so secluded people rarely venture that far, but this does mean that your romantic getaway will be even more intimate and romantic. With 29 suites to choose from, the Fogo Island Inn has many impressive selling points, but in our eyes, nothing beats the floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to look out over the water. As if that wasn’t enough, the hotel also boats numerous saunas, a restaurant, an art gallery, and even a movie theater, so you definitely won’t get bored.

Yasawa Island, Fiji

What’s more romantic than having your own little slice of paradise for the week? If you take a trip to Yasawa Island in Fiji, you will have just that. With your very own villa, complete with your own private beach and pool, you literally have everything you need to have a ridiculously romantic vacation. Couple that with nights looking out at the stars and picnics on the beach, you’ll be smooching the days away in no time. However, it’s probably best to try and pry yourselves off of each other at some points. You know, to enjoy the view.

Caves Resort, Jamaica

If you hadn’t already guessed by the name, the Caves Resort in Jamaica is actually located in a cave! The actual resort and all of the rooms are nestled into the rock face, and all look directly out onto the ocean, so as well as looking at your loved one, you also have the best view in the world right in front of you. As if that wasn’t enough, this resort also boasts its own swimming pool and restaurant, and you can almost touch the ocean from your window. What more could you really want?

Are you looking to go on a romantic getaway? Well, luckily there are loads of secluded getaways to choose from. The only problem you’ll have is deciding which one you want to visit first…

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For many men, dress shirts are an essential part of their wardrobe. It’s probably one of the first things they put on in the morning before they go to work.

There’s an endless choice between colors, fits, collar styles, cuff styles, and lots of other details that you can and must choose. At the moment, I have about 100 dress shirts in my collection and over the years, I had many more. I sold them and got new ones and so I learned a thing or two about dress shirts.

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A Pink dress shirt must be worn with extra attention to details

To key to wearing pink is finding a shade that suits you

1. Pink Shirts

In my experience, pink shirts or a hit or miss. They can look well if you have a good tan and if the pink is quite light. They look really bad if it’s a strong pink and if you choose the wrong accessories. Most people don’t associate the color pink with masculinity and so if you wear that color, you definitely make a statement. In my experience, pink works against you and is overrated when the only purpose of wearing it is to get attention.

Eton dress shirt in pink

Eton dress shirt in pink

On the other hand, if you wear a very pale pink shirt because it’s part of the combination, it’s softer than a white shirt and it just shows that you’re comfortable with the way you wear it, then it can actually work in your favor. If you decide to wear pink shirts, try to stay with solid colors that are very pale, avoid bold pink stripes because that’s over-the-top in terms of color and pattern. Also, if you want to wear pink shirts, make sure to tone down the other items in your outfit specifically the accessories.

Avoid widespread Cutaway Shirt Collars

Avoid widespread Cutaway Shirt Collars

2. Extreme Cutaway Collars

These white collars have been quite popular with brands like Ralph Lauren, they are still around today and people wear them a lot. It’s definitely an extreme look and if you wear a neckwear of any form, it just doesn’t work in your favor. If you go with a regular necktie, you can see the band on the side and just looks odd unless you tie an extremely big Balthus knot which ends up in a very short tie, which looks odd too.

If you wear a bow tie, on the other hand, the bowtie usually covers up the area of the collar so you can’t really see the extreme cutaway style of the collar. When you wear a suit with a dress shirt in that collar and a tie, you truly create Vs or inverted Vs. When you have this extreme cutaway collar, it kind of throws off that balance and usually, it looks odd. I definitely have a few extreme cutaway collared shirts in my wardrobe but I find that I usually only wear them without a tie or with a bow tie because with the regular tie, it just looks weird.

Eton Shirt Displays & Accessories

Eton Shirt Displays & Accessories

3. Non-Iron Shirts

I get it, most men think of ironing shirts is a huge pain in the behind, so of course, if someone promises you a non-iron shirt, you are naturally interested in it. The problem is most dress shirts are made out of cotton and cotton inherently wrinkles. To prevent cotton from wrinkling after it’s being laundered, you need to really work on the fiber itself and treat it with many chemicals including formaldehyde. Now when you do that, even a high-end cotton doesn’t stay soft and luxurious anymore. It becomes cheap and also less absorbent. It almost has a plasticky feel and touch. The problem is when you wash the shirt a dozen or two dozen times, the non-ironing properties are literally washed away and you still end up having to iron your shirt in order to get a clean, crisp dress shirt.

The Eton Shirt Assembly Line

The Eton Shirt Assembly Line

The only company that I’ve found that provides a shirt that stays wrinkle resistant for a long time, which doesn’t mean it’s non-iron, but you need to iron it less is from Eton in Sweden. Unfortunately, these shirts cost about $ 300 each or more which makes it unaffordable for most men out there. In collaboration with the high-end Swiss shirt cloth maker Alumo, they’ve developed an exclusive process that allows them to create a wrinkle-resistant fabric that has fewer chemicals than a cup of black tea. I do have one of their shirts and I’ve had it for years and it really does a good job so when I travel and I need something where I know I may not have the chance to iron, I bring it along, otherwise, I stick with regular shirts because again, you get a custom shirt that costs less than an off-the-rack shirt from Eton.

Do you find this monogrammed shirt classy?

Do you find this monogrammed shirt classy?

4. Visible Monograms

Originally, monograms on dress shirts or garments were used to identify the owner. Oftentimes, people had staff and shirts were usually white so it was hard to determine whose shirt it was. A little monogram on a shirt told the valet whose it was and so everyone would have the proper shirt that they could wear and that would fit. In recent years, online custom shirts and regular custom shirts have become increasingly popular which provided the option to add monograms. Now for a lot of people, this is kind of a status symbol and they want to show off that they’re wealthy enough to afford a custom-made shirt or a shirt that was made for them.

Unwanted Monogrammed Cuff

Unwanted Monogrammed Cuff

Back in the day, a shirt monogram was stitched either by hand or by machine at around your waistband so it was never visible to anyone. It was simply there for the people who did the laundry and your valet. Today, people are placing the monogram on their shirt cuff, ideally in a contrasting thread, so everyone can see that they can buy a bespoke shirt. In my opinion, it’s gaudy on the one hand and showing off is never part of a gentleman’s personality. Now, there’s nothing wrong with having a shirt monogram; if you want to have that, I suggest getting it in the original place which is just on the left side on the waistband around that level. You can also get into tone in tone so if you have a white shirt, you can get a white monogram, so only you know it’s there and no one else. Maybe you could even have it monogrammed on the inside of your collar band, that way, no one will ever see it other than you and your partner and it’s a nice thing to have but it’s not showy at all and very gentlemanly.

Floral dress shirt

Floral dress shirt

5. Bold Printed Patterns

I’m not talking about stripes or classic patterns like checks, I’m talking about bold floral and paisley prints which have become increasingly popular in recent years. Technological advances and changes in fashion have allowed dress shirts to become a lot louder and more vibrant. I think it’s a trend that won’t stick around and it’s something that is popular now but probably 10-15 years from now, other things will have come and gone, but your solids, your checks, and your stripes, will remain in your wardrobe, you’ll be able to wear them, whereas the floral print is probably something that would look very dated at that point.

An untucked dress shirt looks downright sloppy

An untucked dress shirt looks downright sloppy

6. Dress Shirts That Are Meant To Be Worn Untucked

Honestly, I see it all the time when I go to parties or in the airplane catalog. People promote and wear dress shirts that are not tucked in. Now traditionally, a dress shirt was cut so it was longer in the back and front so it was less likely to come untucked, but it is also shorter on the sides so it looks extremely unflattering when it gets untucked. For example, if you want a summery casual linen shirt that you can wear untucked, you want a hem that is cut evenly, however, there are a lot of people out there who want to wear dress shirts but want to appear more casual and then they wear these untucked shirts in combination with a jacket and it just looks weird.

Why? Because the shirt sticks out from underneath the buttoning point which is never advantageous. Personally, I don’t like untucked shirts and even my summery shirts are ones that I can tuck in but I wear with a belt because it provides a visual contrast that is pleasing to the eye. My long torso can be shortened by creating a visually longer leg line. So if you want to wear shirts untucked, I suggest to go with polo shirts and to stick with tucked in shirts when you go with dress shirts. If you want to go with untucked shirts, keep it to very casual occasions and never pair it with a jacket.

Ruby red dress shirt

Ruby red dress shirt

7. Jewel Tone Dress Shirts

What I mean by that is very extreme and bold colors that I usually see worn by men who are very new to clothing who think they need to make a bold statement with the choice of shirt color so they end up getting a vibrant ruby red shirt, something that is extremely pink, turquoise, blue. It’s very vibrant and may be suitable for a techno party but it’s nothing you should ever add to a classically inspired wardrobe. Why? Because they’re too bold, they’re hard to combine with other accessories and they simply scream cheap and I don’t know what I’m doing.

Short sleeve dress shirts are a huge fashion faux pas

Short sleeve dress shirts are a huge fashion faux pas

8. Short-Sleeved Dress Shirts

If you live in a warmer climate or you suffer from hot summers, you may be prone to wear a short-sleeved shirt underneath your jacket. The problem is you won’t see the sleeves and so it would always look weird and orphaned because traditionally, a jacket looks better if you show a little bit of shirt cuff that usually matches the amount of shirt collar you see in the back of your jacket. On top of that, wearing a short-sleeved dress shirt with a necktie makes you look like a little schoolboy.

Short sleeved shirts are never a good plan

Short-sleeved shirts are never a good plan

In my opinion, there’s not a real place for short-sleeved dress shirts in a man’s wardrobe because if you want to go casual, opt for a polo shirt or maybe a Henley shirt. Both of them are short-sleeved, you can get them with a proper collar even like a shirt style collar, and they are something that just looks good, they’re meant to be worn that way. A dress shirt, on the other hand, usually has sleeves, it has the button front. If it’s too hot, you can just roll up your shirt sleeves and you can roll them back down. So actually, there’s no real need for short sleeve dress shirt unless maybe you’re a four-year-old boy.

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9. Pastel Colored Dress Shirts

Most men out there buy white shirts and light blue shirts. While white and blue built the foundation of any gentleman’s dress shirt closet, pastel colors can really help to add a note of individuality to your outfits without being over the top. When I say pastel, I mean tones that are very soft and just have a hint or a hue of color that is different than white.

For example, you can go with a very pale yellow, a pale green, a pale pink, a pale lavender, and these tones help to tie together accessories and overall, they’re very easy to combine, they make your outfits, your suits, and accessories look different without being over-the-top. You can also wear it with much more casual combinations such as a sport coat or a tweed coat where a white dress shirt would be too stark and would provide too much contrast.

A few of Sven Raphael's striped dress shirts

A few of Sven Raphael’s striped dress shirts

10. Striped Dress Shirts

Stripes are very popular in dress shirts for men, particularly some that come in blue on a white background, or maybe in white on a blue background. You can find them in slightly different sizes going all the way from superfine to medium to bolder but it’s very hard to find a bolder stripe in a different color or a bolder stripe that is just much bigger. Usually, you have to go custom but once you have shirts like that in your wardrobe, it’s really easy to spice up that solid suit

So if you have a lot of solid jackets in your wardrobe, I strongly suggest investing in a few bolder striped shirts. If you don’t know where to start, I suggest going with a white and blue stripe that is bolder because that’s closest to what most people are comfortable with but then down the line, I really encourage you to be a little more daring and go with different colors such as green, orange, or yellow.

Winchester shirt with Wool Challis Navy Bow Tie with White Polka dots paired with Blue Cornflower Boutonniere Buttonhole Flower Silk - Handmade by Fort Belvedere

Winchester shirt with Wool Challis Navy Bow Tie with White Polka dots paired with Blue Cornflower Boutonniere Buttonhole Flower Silk – Handmade by Fort Belvedere

11. Winchester Shirts

What I mean by that is a shirt with a contrasting white collar on a different colored shirt body. That can either be a solid such as gray or it can be a stripe but the mix of that white collar gives you the resemblance of a classic white dress shirt and when you wear a jacket, you only have that V that shows a little bit of the stripe. You can either have the cuffs be matching the collar in white or have the cuffs match the shirt body; the choice is up to you.

Prince Charles in his 3 piece morning suit with black silk top hat & winchester shirt with cornflower boutonniere

Prince Charles in his 3 piece morning suit with black silk top hat & winchester shirt with cornflower boutonniere

Personally, I prefer having matching cuffs and collar that contrasts the shirt body. Winchester shirts are particularly suited for businesswear, they’re not casual wear and you can even wear it with a formal morning coat ensemble, you can wear it to a wedding, or to just a board meeting. So if you don’t have a Winchester shirt in your wardrobe yet, I suggest you invest in one. Start out maybe with a solid color such as light blue and later on, you can advance to stripes, maybe checks, or other things.

Open Weave Horizontal Stripe Shirt

Open Weave Horizontal Stripe Shirt

12. Open Weave Cloth Dress Shirts

Most shirts in the market today come in a medium heavy weave that is quite tight, however, during the summer, an open weave shirt is much more pleasant to wear because it allows a lot more air to your skin. That way, you’re less prone to sweating, you stay cooler, and you are just more comfortable. The problem is most over the rack shirts do not offer those fabrics and even a lot of custom makers don’t offer those fabrics. So if you go to Italy, in the areas where it’s quite warm, all the bespoke shirt makers will have those fabrics because they know how comfortable they can be and they’re just a godsend.

Personally, I have a range of different open weave dress shirts and sometimes they’re so open that my chest hair pokes through so they are not meant for a super formal board meeting but that aside, they’re extremely comfortable in all kinds of summer situations where you want to stay as cool as possible. Pair that with a fresco jacket or other open weave suiting fabrics and you stay a lot cooler than in a regular suit with a regular dress shirt.

Wearing a collar pin is something you should consider if you want the classic look

Wearing a collar pin is something you should consider if you want the classic look

13. Pin Collar Shirts

In the 90s, when power suits were popular, a lot of people would wear tab collars and pin collars. In recent years, they’ve fallen somewhat out of favor but it’s a great way to add a different accessory to your outfit that elevates your tie knot and makes you look a little more debonair. So what is a pin collared shirt? Pin collared shirts are essential for collar bars because with those, you can just pin a hole into your shirt collar.

If you have a safety collar pin, you can in theory, just punch a hole into any kind of shirt collar and while that works, I suggest to get a pin collar shirt because you can use it with a bar you can even use it with a clip and particularly with a safety pin, it always looks good . It just looks sophisticated and different from what other people wear yet it’s not a very loud and ostentatious.

If you want to buy a pin collared shirt, I suggest you get a custom shirt; even online custom shirtmakers offer them today. It’s just important to place the hole at the right height and ideally, you want it very close to the edge of the shirt collar, otherwise, you can’t wear it with certain items such as a safety pin and it usually looks best when it’s kind of in the middle of the collar vertically, that way, you just get the nice look and you still have enough space for your tie knot and overall, you create a harmonious outfit that is quite unique.

What are your go-to dress shirts and your dress shirt pet peeves? Drop a comment below!


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Puppets are creepy. But they’re even worse when they’re Nazis.

Consequently, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich should be 2018’s runaway winner in the least likable villain department—and also in the most ludicrous villain department (not to mention in the most bizarre reboot department). Because as genre aficionados will undoubtedly know, Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund’s horror film, in theaters and on VOD August 17, provides a fresh start to producer/director/mastermind Charles Band’s Puppet Master franchise—which began with David Schmoeller’s 1989 original, and now includes twelve installments in total, if one is generous enough to count 2004’s (non-canonical!) TV crossover effort Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys.

Given that prodigious lineage, you’re undoubtedly wondering to yourself, “Do I have to watch the first dozen Puppet Master movies to understand The Littlest Reich?” Rest assured, fellow gorehounds, you do not. While featuring many of the famous puppets from Brand’s predecessors, Laguna and Wiklund’s film (released under the Fangoria label) rewrites the saga’s origins for an all-new stand-alone tale that anyone can comprehend from the outset. To be sure, enjoying The Littlest Reich does require that viewers have a fondness for ethnically intolerant homicidal toys. But then, who doesn’t?

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It’s almost the business end of the year. Full of… business. Also games.

August provides the last relatively quiet window for a few indies to release before the proper madness starts, and we’re starting to see some of the bigger releases of the year as well. Namely, you’ve got Marvel’s Spider-Man and Shadow of the Tomb Raider landing very soon.

We’re right around the corner of the delayed PC release of Monster Hunter World of course — a game which is definitely on our radar for Game of the Year so far. As for all the new stuff, here are our picks for the next couple of months.

Dead Cells

August 7th – PC/Mac/Linux, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

This is the final release version of the game that we’ve already been playing for a year. A platformer with a Dark Souls-ey combat system, you’ll try to escape an island that shifts every time you die. Its randomised levels and satisfying fights would’ve been worth the price even in the early stages of its beta. Since then, it’s kept updating its brawlers, biomes, and bosses. This is Early Access done right.

Funnily enough, Dead Cells was originally going to be a tower defence game. There’s an abundance of these 2D pixel art Soulslike roguelite/metroidvanias, and we have no problem with that at all.

We Happy Few

August 10th – PC/Mac/Linux, PS4, Xbox One

We get some serious Bioshock mashed up with A Clockwork Orange vibes from this one. A futuristic, dystopian city requires everyone to take their “joy” to be happy, productive citizens.

What happens when you stop taking it? Presumably, Taye Diggs starts chasing you. The seemingly “beneficial” nature of the city’s drug has nearly resulted in the game being banned in some territories. Let’s hope it’s worth all the trouble.

Death’s Gambit

August 14th – PC, PS4

I mean, when we said there’s an abundance of these games, we meant it. Death’s Gambit is another 2D pixel art Soulslike metroidvania, seemingly a niche genre but hoo boy is it populated.

The biggest twist here is every time you die, you actually drop one of your healing items as well as your “souls.” Returning to your point of death is that much more important, now that it’s necessary to regain that healing charge.

That’s pretty cruel. Imagine if death lost you an Estus shard in Dark Souls. But Death’s Gambit is also letting you invest excess healing items to upgrade stats, sacrificing a heal or two to buff your damage or something else.

There’s also the ability to challenge a boss again right after you’ve defeated them, which is fantastic — we always felt the bonfire ascetic should’ve been carried over from Dark Souls 2 into other games.

PES 2019

August 30th – PC, PS4, Xbox One

Slated a full month before its main competitor, PES likes to be the first to market every year. Though it has to be said, a lot of the features it was spruiking at E3 this year were implemented by FIFA a year or two ago. It doesn’t help that it lost the Champions League licence as well, but people who play PES don’t play it for the licences.

We’ll still be putting this one through it’s paces because what’s important to us is under the hood. After the handful of games we’ve had it was hard to isolate and test the newer AI functionality PES 2019 is supposed to have. Things like players reading the play a few steps ahead, and responding in a way that more accurately represents their style. It’s the type of thing we’ll have to really sit down and analyse, and that’s alright with us.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

September 7th – PS4

No surprises seeing the mighty web-slinger here, as we’re pretty sure it’s the game many people are most looking forward to this year. This PS4 exclusive has many debating who the final boss could be. Who’s capable of bringing this who’s who of villains into one plan as if they were mere henchmen?

This one features combat that’s looking oh-so-Arkham, some baller Spidey suits, and – most importantly – getting across town feels great as you sling like it ain’t no thing.

We’ll be previewing this one soon, so keep FANDOM bookmarked and wait for your Spidey sense to tingle.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

September 14th – PC, PS4, Xbox One

My goodness, how much of a beating will Lara have to take before she becomes the Tomb Raider? We’re still smarting from seeing a lead pipe go right through her gut in the first reboot.

It sure looks purdy though, as long as we never have to wear the haptic suits from Ready Player One to feel every shank and bullet bothering the new, always-wounded Lara Croft, we’re up for a bit of tribal island madness.

Valkyria Chronicles 4

September 25th – PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch

We’ve been jonesing for this one since… well, 2008, when the original Valkyria Chronicles came out. The mix of World War I and anime was a surprisingly engrossing setting for first-person, turn-based tactics.

It was fantastic fun, but for some reason the gods of gaming saw fit to limit the next two games to Sony’s PSP. No shade to PSP owners, but it’s a travesty these games weren’t available to more people.

Now at last, we get the multiplatform release we’ve been waiting for. We’re sure there are many who will see this as the proper Valkyria Chronicles 2 in a way, and we can only hope the developers have factored that into their storytelling.

FIFA 19

28th September – PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PS3, 360, Android, iOS

A full month later than its rival, the dominant football franchise lands. FIFA releases are up and down — sometimes the franchise coasts with a bunch of fluffy, cosmetic features like improved grass and spectator clapping. Other years you’ll get hyper-intelligent AI improvements and important balance tweaks.

If you’re not the sort to buy every release anyway, it’s worth paying attention to see whether that year brings one of the “good” ones.

All told, the feature list doesn’t look too disruptive this year, but the timed shots will have a massive, unignorable effect on how you play. We liked the pace and the feel of what we played at E3 this year, but much like PES, we’ll need some more time with this one before singing its praises.

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Blac Chyna’s Estranged Mom Asks Iyanla Vanzant To ‘Fix Her Life’ In The Most Awkward Way [Video]

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Blac Chyna‘s mother, Tokyo Toni, is not afraid to say what’s on her mind. She has made it a habit to throw shade and air dirty laundry on social media.

In her latest social media stunt, she got on Instagram to beg Fix My Life host Iyanla Vanzant to help her get it together. There is nothing wrong with seeking help, but she did it in the most cringe worthy way imaginable!

Tokyo Toni often uses her Instagram account beg Chyna to let her see her grand kids, King Cairo and Dream Kardashian. This time she decided to request the help life coach, Iyanla Vanzant. She hysterically yells in an Instagram video, saying, “Eevana Yan Van Sant, save my life! Chyna! Let’s go on Eevana Yan Van Sant!”

It gets worse, After calming down, she in a calmer tone pleaded, “Evona, please change my life.”
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Feminists Aren’t Done Fighting Back Against Rape in the World’s Most Dangerous Country for Women

The Thomson Reuters Foundation this year declared that India was the most dangerous country for women in the world—and though government agents in the region are pushing back on the decision, women’s rights activists are pushing on in their fight to end an epidemic of sexual assault that continues to draw international headlines.

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The Indian National Commission for Women Chairperson, Rekha Sharma, rejected the survey results, claiming the sample size was too small and cannot be the representative of the whole country. But feminists in India said sensitizing lawmakers to the issue, breaking the silence and building collective consciousness are the keys to combat violence and discrimination against women—and they’re not backing down for the sake of national pride.

ElsaMarie D’Silva, one of the 548 people surveyed for the Reuters’ study, is the founder and CEO of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity), an organization that crowdmaps sexual harassment in public spaces. “Whilst we can debate the ranking, the sample size and the methodology,” said told Ms., “we have to wonder if these cases of sexual violence are acceptable or not and if it puts the rest of us at risk.” D’Silva recommended ensuring justice ecosystem where women suffering from sexual harassment and assault don’t face judgement, but instead find supportive and efficient legal processes at their disposal. She also emphasized encouraging bystander intervention and teaching sex-ed in schools and colleges in order to create social norms for non-violent communication, understanding consent and respecting boundaries.

Indian poet, fiction writer and womanist Kavya Sharma wasn’t shocked by the survey results. To her, they showcase the strength of a backlash to growing activism around ending violence in the country. “With it being the most unsafe country in this regard, it’s honestly no shocker,” she told Ms. “While after the heart-wrenching Nirbhaya case people were on streets fighting for their most basic rights, things only got worse. It’s so traumatizing to realize that most of the sexual harassment and rape cases are not even reported. On the ground level, I feel the police needs to be sensitized on the issue, many people shun these incidents away with the fear of being ‘judged’ by the society. Women, instead of fighting, are taught to just ignore the red signals, it’s a shame but sadly it’s the reality too.”

Award-winning author and feminist activist, Meghna Pant, has a simpler call to action: “Stop the silence so that you can stop the violence,” she told Ms. 

“It is difficult to start a constructive and proactive dialogue on sexual violence because our country makes it nearly impossible for women to speak out,” she observed. “A woman who does speak out is subject to harassment, criticism and, sometimes even, disbelief. She leaves herself open to public scrutiny: she is called names, she is judged for the clothes she wears, the job she does and the boyfriend she has. Her family is also drawn into this fracas. No wonder then that there’s always been this cloak of silence surrounding sexual molestation.”

Regardless of ranking, it’s clear that a culture shift is in order for the men and women of India—and feminists on the ground will not stop speaking out until they are heard and believed.

Kohinur Khyum Tithila is a journalist based in Bangladesh. She is a Fulbright scholar and received her second master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper, & Online Journalism from Syracuse University, first master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Dhaka University, and bachelor’s degree in English from East West University. Kohinur writes about LGBTQ and women’s issues, feminism, crime, secularism, social justice and human rights. She is also addicted to anything caffeinated.

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Bryan Cranston Used to Pull the Most Walter White Prank on Aaron Paul During Breaking Bad

Not only did Aaron Paul dress his baby daughter up in a mini hazmat suit for Breaking Bad‘s 10th-anniversary panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, but he also regaled fans with a hilarious behind-the-scenes story from the award-winning drama.

After explaining that showrunner Vince Gilligan had told him that the writers originally planned to kill off Jesse at the end of season one, Paul revealed that co-star Bryan Cranston frequently used this information to convince him his character was done for.

“He came up to me the first time he did it and just gives me a really long, exaggerated hug. He’s just not letting me go [and I’m like], ‘What’s going on?’” Paul said. “He’s like, ‘Hey, man, it’s been a fun ride.’ I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ He’s like, ‘I thought you read the script, right?’ [I was like,] ‘No.’ He’s like, ‘Oh,’ and then he just walks away. And I run into the production office, and I’m like, ‘Where’s the script?!’ And they’re like, ‘It’s not available yet,’ and I’m like, ‘Please, god, tell me.’ And then I read it and I was alive still.”

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Paul went on to recount another instance where Cranston pranked him into thinking Jesse was not long for this world.

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Hotels in America that are most dog friendly

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Taking a vacation can be great, but seeing our four-legged friend’s face at the doors as we head off with our packed bags can be heartbreaking. So why not bring them with you? Believe or not, several hotels now allow you to take your dogs, too. Now, we can enjoy our vacation with the entire family at the hotels in America that are most dog friendly.

The Peninsula, Beverly Hills

If you’re looking for the ultimate relaxation hotel for you and your dog than look no further. While you are enjoying the hotel’s rooftop pool and fancy cars on offer, your pooch can be soaking up a pawdicure or doggy massage. This is all before they choose a meal off the specialized dog menu that includes a dog-friendly burger or pooched salmon (gettit?). To top it all off, your little pup can enjoy all of this from the comfort of their complimentary dog bed.

W South Beach, Miami

The Sunshine State is famous for just that – its incredible weather. So if you’re looking to soak up the rays and want your best friend there for the ride, this could be the hotel for you. The W South Beach hotel has everything you could need for your furry friends, including litter boxes, leashes, and pet beds. Plus the beach is just a short walk away meaning the entire family can enjoy fun in the sun. If you need some time to yourself, the hotel can also arrange pet sitters or dog walkers to keep your pooch company.

Aloft, Asheville

This could possibly be doggy heaven. “Why?” we hear you scream? Sit back and let us explain. The hotel has added artificial grass over the entire rooftop to create its own puppy path to explore. Plus, Aloft also works with the local pooch bakery that can deliver fresh-baked local treats right to your room. As if that wasn’t enough, the hotel is also located right next to a variety of mountain walks as well as many dog-friendly restaurants meaning you never have to be parted from your companion.

Topnotch Resort, Stowe

The Topnotch Resort is perfect for those looking to give their dogs an outdoor adventure teamed with a chance to relax and unwind. Not only can you take it all the sights and sounds of the local hiking trails, but you could also sign your dog up for a spa treatment or Reiki massage. As if that wasn’t enough, the hotel has a range of dog-friendly baked goods available to snack on after all the adventures of the day. Don’t feel left out, the Topnotch Resort has plenty of treatments available for owners, too!

W Hotel, Scottsdale

There is no stopping these American Dog-friendly hotels. The W Hotel runs doggy yoga as well as pooch boot camp classes to get you and your little friend active. Plus, they are greeted with an exclusive welcome pack that includes treats, a toy, and a dog tag as well as a letter explaining all the pet-friendly activities in the area. If you head down to San Francisco, you could also enjoy another hotel in the chain that even offers up bedtime doggy beer!

These hotels in America that are the most dog friendly almost sound too good to be true. In fact, it seems as though our four-legged friends will have an even better time than we will. No longer do we have to worry about waving goodbye to our pooches; they are part of the family too and should be there for all those special memories!

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World Cup Fans Continue to Do the Most With England’s ‘It’s Coming Home’ Chant

With England just one game away from reaching their first World Cup final since 1966, English fans’ cries of “It’s coming home” are only growing stronger.

The chant has its origins in The Lightning Seeds’ 1996 single “Three Lions,” a track that was released to commemorate England hosting the 1996 European Football Championship. But while the song originally poked fun at England’s numerous soccer disappointments, its chorus is now a rallying cry for all those hoping to see the English squad come out on top on Sunday.

As the phrase has risen in popularity throughout the World Cup, fans from around the globe have begun hopping on the “It’s coming home” bandwagon. Even Justin Timberlake tried the cheer out during his Monday concert at London’s O2 Arena.

And because it’s 2018, the chant has also been turned into a meme, with Twitter users superimposing “Three Lions” over famous movie and TV scenes.

See some of the best creations below.

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Kaiser Permanente Receives Women’s Choice Award as California’s Most Recommended Health Insurance Plan and America’s Best Hospital Awards

PASADENA, Calif. Kaiser Permanente Southern California has received the Women’s Choice Award® designation, “California’s Most Recommended Health Insurance Plan,” as well as its medical centers throughout the region receiving multiple “America’s Best Hospitals” awards that include: Best Patient Safety, Best Hospital for Obstetrics, Best Stroke Care, America’s 100 Best Hospital, Best Bariatric Surgery, and Best Breast Center.

The Women’s Choice Award® identified “America’s Best Hospitals” across the nation to help women make smart healthcare choices. The Women’s Choice Award® methodology is based on surveys of tens of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of Business on what drives the consumer experience for women vs. men.

In addition, the organization distributed a statewide survey to more than 10,000 women who reside in California, these women were asked to identify which health insurance plan they would highly recommend to their friends and family. Kaiser Permanente received its evidence-based designation, “California’s Most Recommended Health Insurance Plan” from these results.

“We pride ourselves on our patient-centered, integrated approach that creates high quality care,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Inc., for the Southern California Region. “It’s gratifying when data supports our approach and show us that our members choose Kaiser Permanente with confidence, knowing that we put their health and safety first.”

According to the Women’s Choice Award®, market research shows that women influence more than 90 percent of family healthcare decisions; and a national survey conducted by the Women’s Choice Award® determined which hospitals and services women would highly recommend in today’s marketplace. These hospitals had to meet exceptionally high standards regarding women’s unique needs and preferences.

The following Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers received one or more designated Women’s Choice Awards®, to view the detailed list please click here:

Kaiser Permanente Orange County Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente Moreno Valley Medical Center.

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Teen Boy Who Took a Whiff of a Player’s Sneaker at Wimbledon Had the Most Appropriate Reaction

A boy had a hilarious reaction after sniffing a tennis shoe he received from Dutch tennis player Robin Haase during a Thursday morning Wimbledon match.

The Netherlands player Robin Haase handed a young boy a sneaker and photos captured his delight to receive the shoe, then taking a whiff and finally sticking his tongue out in disgust.

The funny set of photos taken Thursday morning at the match between Robin Haase and Nick Kyrgios have been shared on Twitter. Kyrgios beat Haase 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 in the second round.

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America’s most iconic boardwalk foods

Boardwalks are living nostalgia, and the memories families and friends make on them are ones that last a lifetime. While the rides and the kitschy shops are all part of the experience, the food is perhaps what we remember most. Here are America’s most iconic boardwalk foods.

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10 Of The Most Generous Black Women In Hollywood

Hollywood can be a place associated with the superficial, but many stars use their platforms and their fortunes to help those in need. For many Black actresses who’ve made it to A-list status, staying in touch with the community is a way of life.

Here are our top picks for the most generous Black women in Hollywood.

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Beyoncé:

Beyoncé has quietly donated to causes special to her heart for years, choosing to keep her charitable actions under the radar. But they’ve still been extremely significant. From helping the victims of the Flint water crisis to the homeless, she’s given away millions of her own money to help those in need.

Most recently, when a devastating hurricane struck her hometown of Houston, Texas, the Grammy-winner’s charity BeyGOOD provided aid in the form of baby products, blankets, toiletries, cots and food to the victims who lost their homes and belongings. She also personally handed out food and posed for photos with the victims before hosting a star-studded telethon to raise millions for recovery,.

Oprah Winfrey:

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From her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa to the Angel Network to fueling the careers of entrepreneurs like Rachael Ray, Nate Berkus, Ava Duvernay and Iyanla Vanzant, Oprah is one of the world’s most renowned philanthropists.

 

Rihanna:

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Far from just her music and fashion, Rihanna has quickly become one of the most generous women in Hollywood, donating millions to build a cancer research facility in her native Barbados and raising massive amounts of donations from her Diamond Ball for women pursuing their education around the world. She’s been so generous with her wealth that she was named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of The Year.

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The 8 Most Memorable Animated Cats in Disney History

“Everybody wants to be a cat because a cat’s the only cat who knows where it’s at.” These wise words were first sung by Scat Cat in the 1970 animated Disney film The Aristocats. And while the movie is the only Disney cartoon totally dedicated to felines (whereas dogs get 101 Dalmations, Lady and the Tramp, etc.), you can still find Disney cats popping up in some form in almost every movie the company makes.

And just like in real life, the cats in the Disney canon come in a variety of personalities. From mischievous to mysterious, cuddly to cunning, no two Disney cats are alike. Some can talk, while others can only purr. Some take center stage while others simply live as pets. But all of them manage to find a place in our hearts.

Take a look at eight of the most memorable Disney cats and let us know if your favorite feline made the list.

Marie from The Aristocats


Marie from Aristocats

There are plenty of cats to choose from in the aforementioned Disney flick The Aristocats, but we have to highlight cute kitty Marie here. That white fur! Those pink bows! That sass!!! Duchess’ daughter may be one of the cutest cats on the list, but don’t think for a moment that she can’t go toe-to-toe with the fiercest of felines. This kitty doesn’t take anyone’s crap, including any tormenting from her brothers Berlioz and Toulouse. She’s ladylike, but with an edge, as proven with her quote, “Ladies do not start fights, but they can finish them.”

Rajah from Aladdin


rajah from Aladdin

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but Princess Jasmine‘s pet tiger Rajah proves that a giant jungle cat can be pretty dang loyal, too. Without ever saying a word, Rajah is seen all throughout Aladdin protecting his owner in any way he can. And since Jasmine is the most eligible bachelorette in all of Agrabah, Rajah spends most of his time scaring away potential suitors who don’t deserve his owner’s attention.

Tigger from Winnie the Pooh


Tigger from Winnie the Pooh

Tigger is a wonderful creature, as he’ll be the first to tell you, adding that he’s “bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!” Sure, it’s redundant, but he certainly gets the point across. While the rest of the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood are in a constant state of fear of Heffalumps or are clinically depressed with a penchant for losing their own tails, Tigger is the one friend Winnie the Pooh can count on to be full of energy and positivity. And in these trying times, that’s a really beautiful thing.

Oliver from Oliver & Company


Oliver from 'Oliver & Company'

The little orange Tabby kitten from the 1988 movie Oliver & Company may have started out as a lonely orphan, but ends up a hero, all while singing some catchy tunes with his dog pal Dodger (Billy Joel). Oliver was raised on the streets of New York by a pack of dogs before eventually being taken in by a little girl named Jenny. And luckily for her, the brave little kitty was around to save her from the evil loan-shark Sykes. Best of all, Oliver was voiced by a young Joey Lawrence in his pre-Blossom days. Woah!

Bagheera from The Jungle Book