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New Banksy Murals In London Explained On Instagram

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The meaning of Bansky’s latest set of murals has been explained by the mysterious street artist on Instagram.The works, marking the opening of an exhibition by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, appeared in a tunnel close to the Barbican Centre in central London.Banksy described the murals as an “(unofficial) collaboration” in a series of Instagram posts.A post shared by Banksy (@banksy) on Sep 17, 2017 at 5:10am PDTA post shared by Banksy (@banksy) on Sep 17, 2017 at 5:11am PDTBasquiat

first rose to fame as a New York City graffiti artist before turning his hand to painting. He died in 1988, aged just 27, from a suspected drug overdose, PA reported.Alongside an image on Instagram of the first work – a Ferris wheel – Banksy wrote: “Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican – a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls.”A post shared by Banksy (@banksy) on Sep 17, 2017 at 5:28am PDTThe second mural, which bears a likeness to Basquiat’s 1982 work Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump, is captioned: “Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police – an (unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show.”Basquiat: Boom for Real opens at the Barbican Centre on Wednesday.It has been described by the arts venue as the “first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of [the] American artist”.Banksy is thought have been born in Bristol, just 20 miles north west of Weston-super-Mare - where he based a 2015 attraction - in the early 1970s.The artist may have run with one of the city’s prolific graffiti gangs, but Banksy’s own work grew to prominence in the 1990s.[NOW READ: What we know about Banksy - the mysterious street artist] ... read more

Suu Kyi Condemns Human Rights Abuses In Myanmar But Silent On UN Accusations

Suu Kyi Condemns Human Rights Abuses In Myanmar But Silent On UN Accusations

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NAYPYITAW, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned on Tuesday human rights violations in Rakhine state and said violators would be brought to book, but she did not address U.N. accusations of a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the military.The Nobel Peace laureate's remarks came in her first address to the nation since attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on August 25 sparked read more

The Best New Fake Tans (Because No One Sunbakes Anymore)

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We know you don't need a lesson about the many dangers of sun-baking, so we'll spare you the lecture. Even thought we are aware that a tan is a scar, some of us still think we look and feel better with bronzer limbs, and that's okay.With that in mind, we've explored all the cool new innovations happening in the fake tanning market right now. Patchy, orange tans are truly a thing of the past.James read more

Can You Teach Your Brain To Crave Healthy Food?

Can You Teach Your Brain To Crave Healthy Food?

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As much as we can try, healthy food doesn't taste like salty, sugary, fatty junk food. It just doesn't. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying with their pants on fire.If junk food tasted bad, then eating healthily would be a cinch. But what if we could train our brain to crave healthy food? Sounds impossible, right? It might not be.Peta Stapleton, associate professor at Bond University in the Sc read more

6 Super Tasty, Satisfying Vegetarian Recipes

6 Super Tasty, Satisfying Vegetarian Recipes

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Thanks to the rising popularity of going vegetarian and vegan, and to plant-based meat and dairy alternatives, going meat-free is easier than ever.While many of us are already doing Meatless Mondays, this week from September 18-25 is Meat Free Week, an initiative supported by Bowel Cancer Australia, which helps people get thinking and talking about meat consumption and production.Aside from trying read more

All The Best Looks From The Emmys Red Carpet

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The stars of the silver screen lit up the red carpet on Sunday at the Emmy Awards to celebrate another year in television greatness, and they did so in style.Tracee Ellis Ross wowed in long-sleeved, sequined, feathered Chanel, Tessa Thompson wowed in a rainbow Rosie Assoulin show-stopper and Millie Bobby Brown looked delightful in a strapless cream gown. Stars like Matt Walsh and Padma Lakshmi als read more

Elisabeth Moss Finally Has An Emmy

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After seven losses, Elisabeth Moss can finally add an Emmy statuette to her home decor.During Sunday’s ceremony, Moss won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” She’d previously received six nominations for “Mad Men” and one for “Top of the Lake.” Thanking “Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood and others associated with read more

Anna Faris Stuns At The Emmys In First Appearance Since Split With Chris Pratt

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Can we all just take a moment to recognize how amazing Anna Faris is?The "Mom" actress made her first public appearance since announcing her split from husband Chris Pratt after eight years of marriage at the 69th annual Emmy Awards on Sunday, and she totally nailed it.Styling duo Wendi and Nicole shared a photo of Faris on her way to the award show, showing off her stunning look for the read more

Here Are All The Dudes After Sophie Monk's Heart On 'The Bachelorette'

Here Are All The Dudes After Sophie Monk's Heart On 'The Bachelorette'

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It's been almost an entire week since we last saw a Bachelor and Bachelorette on television but the unbearable wait is almost over, with Sophie Monk taking the plunge this week.Sophie has already said she's just looking for someone to settle down with and someone who could be a good father so we're super interested to see what her first impressions are of the boys. Let's get to meeting them, shall read more

Nicole Kidman Pashed Her 'Big Little Lies' Co-Star At The Emmy's And So She Shou

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Nicole Kidman was probably the biggest winner at the 69th annual Emmy Awards. Not only did she win the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, but her HBO series 'Big Little Lies' also won Outstanding Limited Series'.Oh yeah, she also got to pash her co-star Alexander Skarsgård, right in front of her husband Keith Urban.Skarsgård also won for his role in 'Big Little Lies read more

Canadian Hot Spots That Featured In Your Favourite Movies

Canadian Hot Spots That Featured In Your Favourite Movies

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Ah, Hollywood. Masters of deception and camera trickery. If you think movies are really filmed in the locations they're set then think again. Chances are several of your favourite films -- wherever they pretend to be set -- are actually filmed in Canada. Why?"Canada has amazing and varied scenery, cities and landscapes that can double for almost anywhere in the world," Film Commissioner read more

See How London Fashion Week Models Get Ready Backstage

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The Nicopanda beauty look at London Fashion Week involved a strong 80s influence and smudged red, bold silver and blue lips.Watch the video above to get an exclusive peek backstage at the vast team of stylists at work wielding Dyson hairdryers and makeup brushes to get the models runway ready.Or scroll down to see some of our favourite looks from the show on Saturday 16 September. read more

How To Make The Best Choc Chip Cookies, According To Expert Bakers

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There’s no cookie more universally loved than the chocolate chip cookie, so we all owe it to ourselves to bake the best darn chocolate chip cookies we can possibly make ― for us, for our friends and family, and for the dignity of the chocolate chip cookie itself. We’re here with help. We reached out to some of our favorite bakers and got some invaluable tips on how to make the best possible read more

15 Mum Fails Proving Every Parent Has Bad Days

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If we know one thing about parenting, it’s that nothing is ever perfect.We’ve rounded up 15 “mum fails” from parents on Instagram, which prove everyone has bad days (as well as the good days). Despite being dubbed “fails” by these parents, they’re just minor hiccups in the rollercoaster ride of parenthood. So give yourself a break mums, these fails do not make you failures. A post sh read more

Alex Lahey On Punishing Tours And 'I Love You Like A Brother'

Alex Lahey On Punishing Tours And 'I Love You Like A Brother'

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"It definitely feels like the calm before the storm."Alex Lahey is at home in Melbourne. The singer-songwriter indie star is taking a moment to relax -- well, as much as anyone can relax in the weeks leading up to releasing a debut album, in the middle of a hectic press schedule, planning a music video shoot, and staring down the barrel of a mammoth tour of at least 42 concerts across th read more

Nicole Kidman's Emmy Speech Was Absolutely Perfect

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During the 69th Annual Emmy Awards it was all eyes on Nicole Kidman, a front-runner to win the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, and our Nic didn't let us down.Accepting the award for her role in the HBO miniseries 'Big Little Lies', Kidman tearfully thanked her family for sacrificing so much as she pursued her artistic endeavours."I have a huge artistic family who have s read more

Gym Member Gets Penis Stuck In Weight Plate For Three Hours

Gym Member Gets Penis Stuck In Weight Plate For Three Hours

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It's the latest installment of the 'Free Willy' franchise you never saw coming.What should have been a simple trip to the gym has culminated in a man having a team of firefighters, equipped with a cutting grinder, vibrating saw and "hydraulic rescue device", free his penis from a 2.5 kg dumbbell disc.The curious gym goer from the German town of Worms, south of Frankfurt, was caught in th read more

Fake News Is Now A Sexy Halloween Costume Because Everything Is Stupid

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You know you’re in 2017, living that ‘woke’ life, when you realise there’s a fake news Halloween costume. Yandy.com, a US-based underwear brand that also specialises in fantasy lingerie, is getting real with their customers and reminding them of what kind of world they live in. Seriously, Dracula’s got nothing on these terrifying headlines.The ridiculous costume has even gained the atten read more

Andy Murray: Women In Tennis Make The 'Same Sacrifices' As Men

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Andy Murray may not have set out to be a spokesperson for women’s equality, but he’s definitely more than happy to take on the role.On Monday, the British tennis star published an essay in BBC Magazine on the importance of gender equality in tennis and in all sports. Murray has been an outspoken advocate for women in tennis over the years, regularly calling out sexist questions from reporters. read more

Women's Stories Won The Emmys In 2017

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When Lena Waithe took the stage on Sunday night to accept the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series alongside Aziz Ansari, she became the first black woman to win in the category. She’d already made history when she was nominated for her work on the “Thanksgiving” episode from Season 2 of “Master of None” earlier this year, since no other black woman had even received a nod in read more

Welcome To The New Era Of Cub Sport

Welcome To The New Era Of Cub Sport

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Every band needs that great story of overcoming adversary in the rise to fame, and for Cub Sport, it all started with a cease and desist from Scouts Australia.Years ago when they were starting out, the band released two singles under the name "Cub Scouts", but as they were in the middle of releasing their EP 'Paradise', Scouts Australia got in touch and the band made the switch to become read more

The Best Ways To Boost Your Collagen Production For Better Skin

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Over the past few years, collagen-boosting products have popped up in the form of powders, supplements, lotions, serums, gummy bears and even beer.More and more people are spending money on collagen, seeking out fillers or buying special creams in the hopes of minimizing wrinkles and achieving more supple skin. But what’s actually the best way to make sure you’re getting all of the added colla read more

The Best Ways To Boost Your Collagen Production For Better Skin

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Over the past few years, collagen-boosting products have popped up in the form of powders, supplements, lotions, serums, gummy bears and even beer.More and more people are spending money on collagen, seeking out fillers or buying special creams in the hopes of minimizing wrinkles and achieving more supple skin. But what’s actually the best way to make sure you’re getting all of the added colla read more

28 Hilarious Parenting Hacks From Crafty Mums And Dads
28 Hilarious Parenting Hacks From Crafty Mums And Dads

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Parenthood has a way of bringing out people’s crafty sides.Many parents like to share the clever hacks they come up with to ease the stress of caring for tiny humans (or just to find some comic relief).We’ve rounded up the best (and funniest) “parenting hacks” that moms and dads have tweeted. Keep scrolling for some hilariously real and useful advice. I've convinced our 8-yo that I hate t read more

How Long Does It Take To Absorb Nutrients From Food?

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When you think of the digestive process, you might picture the (pretty creepy) plastic human body in the Healthy Harold van with their stomach lighting up. Or perhaps you see a diagram of a mishmash of worm-like intestines, like the image below.Although we eat (and get rid of waste) every day, not everyone has a clear idea of what's actually happening in the digestive system, if at all. In reality read more

What's The Deal With Those Random Yellow Bicycles Popping Up Everywhere?

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If you've ventured outside in the last couple of weeks, chances are you've noticed some random yellow bicycles scattered throughout your neighbourhood.At first glance, it may seem as though someone abandoned their bike in the middle of the path (or, if you're really lucky, you might glance one up a tree or in a pond) but make no mistake; that bike has been left there on purpose.Meet oBike, a Singa read more

Ben Affleck And Girlfriend Lindsay Shookus Take Their Love To The Emmys

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Ben Affleck was at Sunday night’s Emmys to support girlfriend and “Saturday Night Live” producer Lindsay Shookus. Affleck and Shookus attended the ceremony at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater together, marking their first major public appearance as a couple, even though they skipped the red carpet and decided to enter through a side VIP entrance instead, according to E! News.A post shared by read more

Chris Pratt Said Something Really Nice About Anna Faris At The Emmys

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Anna Faris absolutely stunned at the Emmy Awards — even estranged husband Chris Pratt thinks so.The "Mom" actress made her first public appearance since announcing their split after eight years of marriage at the ceremony on Sunday night. Faris walked the red carpet in a floor-length fuchsia Marc Jacobs gown with matching accessories.She later appeared onstage with co-star Allison Jann read more

When Should You Give Your Child Sugar?

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Sugar. At the moment, it's a complex subject, particularly when you add children to the mix.There's no denying Australia has an issue with obesity that needs to be addressed (two thirds of Australian adults and a quarter of Aussie children are classified as overweight or obese), and there's no point in trying to pretend sugar isn't a contributing factor.Should we try to reduce our sugar intake to read more

Ellen Fights For Marriage Equality With Beautiful Tribute To Her Wife

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Ellen DeGeneres has spoken out in support of marriage equality in Australia in a very romantic way.The Australian Bureau of Statistics began sending out ballots for the legalization of same-sex marriage last week.The ballots, which are non-binding, cannot change the current law, which does not recognize same-sex marriage. But based on the results, they could lead to a vote to change the law in Par read more

Emily Ratajkowski Calls Out Magazine For Photoshopping Her Breasts And Lips

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Emily Ratajkowski isn't happy with one of her most recent magazine covers.The model and actress called out the French publication Madame Figaro for altering her cover photo and changing the appearance of her breasts and lips. Ratajkowski shared the before and after photos of the cover on Instagram and pointed out the differences in her caption."Everyone is uniquely beautiful in their own ways read more

Everything About Britney Spears' At-Home Fashion Week Is Perfect

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Some people dream of sitting front row at fashion week. Our new dream, though, is to sit front row at Britney Spears' fashion week instead.Spears proved once again that the entire world is her runway by putting on a "fashion show" on what appears to be a balcony in her house.Who says you can't do fashion week at home! 😜 👠👗 pic.twitter.com/5kzczTj7Wf"Who says you can't do fa read more

Elisabeth Moss Hid A Message To The Patriarchy On Her Emmys Outfit

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Elisabeth Moss stepped up her feminism game at the Emmy Awards.The actress, who took home an award on Sunday night for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on "The Handmaid's Tale," had a secret message to the patriarchy hidden in her outfit.Moss' stylist, Karla Welch, posted an Instagram photo on Monday that showed off the bottom of a shoe the actress wore on the red read more

The 'Thor: Ragnarok' Trailer Got An Epic '80s Makeover
The 'Thor: Ragnarok' Trailer Got An Epic '80s Makeover

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In case the marketing for the third film following the god of thunder, 'Thor: Ragnarok' wasn't epic enough for you, the good folks over at 'Nerdist' have you covered.Giving the already incredible trailer a full VHS-style 1980s overhaul, the new and improved version takes everything great about modern movies and makes it just that little bit more dodgy.'Thor: Ragnarok' sees Chris Hemsworth return i read more

Watch: How To Make Parmesan-Crusted Brussels Sprouts
Watch: How To Make Parmesan-Crusted Brussels Sprouts

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Brussels sprouts have to be the most-hated vegetable out there. This is most likely due to the fact that our parents and grandparents boiled them until they met their grey, soggy death.Most of us also don't know how to cook brussels sprouts properly. The first and main tip to make brussels sprouts taste better: don't boil them. Ever. Just don't let them enter a body of water. Instead, lightly saut read more

Someone Was Literally Flushing Heaps Of Money Down Swiss Toilets

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Swiss authorities are investigating reports that someone flushed tens of thousands of euros down the toilets of a bank and several restaurants in Geneva, clogging their pipes.Several months ago, toilets near a bank vault in the city were stuffed with 500-euro bills, which had apparently been chopped up with scissors. More bills were discovered clogging nearby restaurants' toilets in the following read more

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 Is Pretty Impressive

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Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note8 in Sydney on Tuesday. After an eventful 12 months the electronics brand is confident it's presenting the most impressive mobile phone (or phablet, if you prefer) on the market.The first thing that stands out is the screen. It's a bigger Infinity Display than ever before at 6.3-inches (but you can still hold the device it in one hand), making it actually viable read more

Watch: Legendary Crab Jumps Out Of Cooker And Turns It Off To Save His Mates

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A crab in China has committed the ultimate life-saving favour for his mates.Facing the daunting prospect of becoming a hungry human's dinner, all the crabs were put in a hot wok where they would slowly cook to death. One of the crabs however, was having none of it.In a daring act, the hero crab acrobatically jumped out of the pan and leaped straight for the wok's on-switch.After a little fumble an read more

What The Hell Is Going On With Lara Croft's Neck In This 'Tomb Raider' Poster?
What The Hell Is Going On With Lara Croft's Neck In This 'Tomb Raider' Poster?

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There's no greater Hollywood curse than video game adaptations. The entire genre is full of terrible, underwhelming or downright awful movies (remember 'Street Fighter'? 'Mortal Kombat'? That insane 'Super Mario Bros.' movie?).Hoping to break the curse is the new adaptation of 'Tomb Raider', based on the relaunch of the classic Sony games following adventurer Lara Croft. The original games, first read more

Uber Apologises For 'Let Your Wife Take A Day Off From The Kitchen' Promotion

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Uber has apologised after its food delivery service sent out a message urging men to "let" their wives "take a day off from the kitchen".The fast-growing tech company admitted the Uber Bangalore promotion was "totally inappropriate" after it stated that Sunday was "Wife Appreciation Day"."Order on uberEATS and let your wife take a day off from the kitch read more

Bride's Wedding Party Holds Rescue Puppies Instead Of Bouquets

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Weddings are a great place to meet a potential partner ― but one Iowa wedding was also a wonderful place to find a pet.When Samantha Duckert and Kendel Clark got married in Mason City on Sept. 9, the bride and her wedding party didn’t walk down the aisle carrying flower bouquets. Instead, they carried rescue puppies in an attempt to help the animals find homes.“I originally wanted to use my read more

Hillary Clinton Fought Back Tears Watching Kate McKinnon On 'SNL' After Election Loss

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Kate McKinnon's portrayal of Hillary Clinton on "Saturday Night Live" won her an Emmy Award Sunday night and a shoutout in the former Democratic nominee's new book about the 2016 presidential election.As McKinnon took to the stage to accept her award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, ABC News' Chris Donovan tweeted a page from Clinton's recently released memoir, What read more

Wear Your Identity With Pride: A Style Tip From London Fashion Week

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If you take just one style lesson away from London Fashion Week, let it be this: wear your identity with pride.The Ashish runway on Monday 18 September proved that fashion can be fun without being frivolous - it can play an important part in fighting hate.At a time when incidences of LGB hate crime are soaring, designer Ashish Gupta sent a model down the runway in a sequinned t-shirt proudly embla read more

How To Break Up With Someone If You Hate Conflict

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Look, unless you're some kind of serial heart breaker who gets off on that kind of thing, nobody likes having the break up chat.Even if you have the ick and can't wait for them to get out of your life, the actual process of telling someone you don't like them anymore is awkward, painful and likely to end in tears.But tempting as it may be, if you have had an intimate relationship with that person, read more

Most Dangerous Sex Position For Penis Fractures Revealed

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Today in wince-inducing news, the most dangerous sex position for men has been revealed as ‘doggy style’. A study published in the journal Nature discovered this particular position, where a man penetrates a woman from behind, was the worst for causing penile fracture, closely followed by missionary or ‘man-on-top’.For the study, researchers looked into the sex lives of 90 patients, aged 1 read more

Even Netflix's Cease And Desist Notices Are Really Great
Even Netflix's Cease And Desist Notices Are Really Great

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A Chicago pop-up bar called "The Upside Down" promised to end the Summer with '80s classics, and everything to do with Netflix's smash-hit 'Stranger Things'.Unfortunately for them, they didn't quite get the permission of the streaming service and according to 'DNAInfo Chicago', the folk behind the bar were so pleased with how Things were going they planned to extend the run of the bar wh read more

In Praise Of The 'Mother!' Marketing Campaign

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Fewer and fewer movie releases feel like true phenomena these days ― a Marvel joint here or a “Star Wars” sequel there, with a name-brand killer clown tossed in to keep cash flowing as summer fades. Not even established franchise properties are guaranteed towering success, which leaves little room for original films to strike gold across the heartland, especially ones that aren’t animated read more

James Corden Is 'Disappointed' In Himself For Kissing Sean Spicer

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James Corden has apologized for drunkenly kissing former White House press secretary Sean Spicer at the Emmys after-party.The “Late Late Show” host faced a backlash after Variety magazine shared this snap of him embracing Spicer on Sunday:A post shared by Variety Magazine (@variety) on Sep 17, 2017 at 9:47pm PDTCritics accused Corden of “normalizing fascism,” and likened the move to “Ton read more

How To Spot The Symptoms Of Stroke, Plus Tips On Prevention

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It’s estimated there’ll be a 59% rise in the number of people suffering a stroke over the next 20 years, according to a study by the Stroke Association.The charity blames high blood pressure, linked to inactivity and poor diet, as well as the fact people are living longer for fuelling the rise.Dominic Brand, director of external affairs at the Stroke Association, said we must act now “to pre read more

This Is The Correct Way To Apply Antiperspirant And It's Blown Our Minds
This Is The Correct Way To Apply Antiperspirant And It's Blown Our Minds

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Technically it's still summer, and that means we're still getting those annoying sweat stains.But we've been dealing with sweat our whole lives, and as a result, we've come up with some kind of plan of attack to mask the smell and/or prevent it from happening in the first place, usually by being very liberal with the deodorant or antiperspirant.But according to "Embarrassing Bodies" doct read more

Piers Morgan Is Livid Jeremy Corbyn Spoke Spanish In Front Of Him

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Jeremy Corbyn has scored a late winner in his footballing feud with Piers Morgan after confirming he snubbed the TV presenter in a conversation with an Arsenal star.The Labour leader took to Twitter to ridicule the Good Morning Britain host over the encounter with Spanish fullback Hector Bellerin at last week’s GQ Man of the Year Awards.Corbyn revealed that he had deliberately spoken Spanish to read more

A Writer Whitesplained Chopsticks And Asian People Are Not Having It

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A writer for Lifehacker, a popular tech and lifestyle blog, has issued an apology after running a short article about chopsticks that stirred up some feelings within the Asian community.Claire Lower published the article for Skillet, a blog that operates under the Lifehacker umbrella, on Monday. Her piece, “Chopsticks Are an Underrated Kitchen Tool,” attempted to introduce chopsticks as a do-i read more

Scientists May Be ‘Vastly’ Underestimating The Extinction Risk Facing Some Species

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The IUCN Red List paints a grim picture of the biodiversity loss we are facing as a planet. In 2016, tens of thousands of mammals, birds, insects, plants and other organisms were found to be under threat from extinction, according to the list. Of that number, more than 5,000 were considered critically endangered, including iconic species like the leatherback turtle, the Antarctic blue whale, and b read more

Making Of The 'Nationalist' Muslims In RSS Schools

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AGRA, Uttar Pradesh -- Rabul Hussain, Mohammed Adil and Shoaib Khan do their morning prayers differently from most Muslims. The three teenagers don't sit on the floor and bow westwards in the direction of Mecca. Instead of praying to Allah, they pray before the images of Saraswati and Durga, Hindu godesses of knowledge and power.They recite hymns devoted to Hindu gods and goddesses, chanting Sansk read more

10 Awesome Eateries In Shimla You Must Visit At Least Once
10 Awesome Eateries In Shimla You Must Visit At Least Once

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The quirky thing about Shimla's restaurants is -- there are either tiny diners or cafés offering fast food, tea and cold drinks, or fancy eateries that feature overpriced alcohol menus -- there's no middle ground.But there is no dearth of places to eat in this colonial town if you're looking for a hot, fulfilling meal. And what they lack in fancy gourmet fare, most of these restaurants make up in read more

Amitabh Bachchan Saw Nothing Wrong In This Picture He Shared To Celebrate 1 Year Of 'Pink'
Amitabh Bachchan Saw Nothing Wrong In This Picture He Shared To Celebrate 1 Year Of 'Pink'

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Amitabh Bachchan, who by now has established himself as a fair-weathered feminist, recently shared a picture to celebrate one year of the film, Pink.In case you don't recollect, Pink was a critically-acclaimed and commercially successful film on women empowerment that released in September, 2016.A hard-hitting drama with a strong message ("No means No"), Pink earned rave reviews for the read more

Online Suicide Game Blue Whale Challenge Allegedly Claims First Life In UP
Online Suicide Game Blue Whale Challenge Allegedly Claims First Life In UP

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LUCKNOW -- The fatal online Blue Whale game has claimed its first victim in Uttar Pradesh's Hamirpur district, police said on Monday.Parth Singh, 13, was found hanging in his bedroom in Maudaha village on Sunday night.The police said the class sixth student had his father's phone in his hand in which the game, that directs the player to commit suicide after 50 challenges, was on when the body was read more

There's A Real Chance That The Goa Drinking Ban Will Become Another Tool To Harass Ordinary People

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The nanny state strikes again?Goa will ban consumption of liquor in public places. "Sun sets on full moon beach parties as Goa cracks down on public drinking" says one headline.Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar says "If someone wants to drink (liquor), they should drink inside and not in public places... Liquor shops will face music if people are found drinking in the open spaces near read more

Why August 2017 May Well Have Marked The Beginning Of The End Of Modi’s Honeymoon
Why August 2017 May Well Have Marked The Beginning Of The End Of Modi’s Honeymoon

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), given its penchant for headline hunting, might have thought August 2017 was nicely set up. July had ended with the swearing in of a Dalit President and Bihar's return to the National Democratic Alliance fold. The event line-up for August included Venkaiah Naidu's vice presidentship, Narendra Modi's Independence Day address and Amit Shah's Rajya Sabha (RS) entry. P read more

A 65-Year-Old Woman In Tamil Nadu Allegedly Hacked Her Son To Death To Stop Him From Raping His Daughter

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A 65-year-old woman in Tamil Nadu landed in jail after she hacked her own son to death with a sickle to prevent her grand-daughter from being sexually assaulted by him. According to Newminute, 47-year-old Veerasamy used to often return home drunk and try to sexually abuse his 19-year-old daughter. The only other person in the house was Veerasamy's mother. When he returned sloshed a few weeks back, read more

This Indian Bride Stitched Her Love Story On Her Bridal Lehenga
This Indian Bride Stitched Her Love Story On Her Bridal Lehenga

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When Indian designer Kresha Bajaj took on the mammoth task of stitching her love story on to her bridal lehenga, she didn’t realise that she was setting in motion the next big Indian wedding trend for the year. The designer who was married to Vanraj Zaveri, scion of family that runs the jewellery chain Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri & Sons, in an intimate ceremony claimed she had driven herself read more

BJP Leaders Turned Up With Brooms To Clean Kolkata Street, But TMC-Led Municipal Body Had Other Plans

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The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, along with a few party colleagues, took the trouble of waking up early last Sunday morning to teach their rivals by example, but were — much to their dismay — trumped in their own game by a political masterstroke.As English-language and local papers gleefully reported, a group of BJP leaders and their followers read more

India Asks Pakistan To Back Off, Says Kashmir Is 'Integral And Inseparable' Part Of Country

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NEW DELHI -- India today hit back at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for raking up the Kashmir issue at the UN, saying the grouping has no locus standi to comment on its internal affairs.In a strong reaction to a statement made by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC at the UN, India said Jammu and Kashmir is an "integral and inseparable" part of it, and advised the organisation t read more

My Daughter Was Not A Number, Cries A Father Of The Forgotten Gorakhpur Tragedy
My Daughter Was Not A Number, Cries A Father Of The Forgotten Gorakhpur Tragedy

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GORAKHPUR, Uttar Pradesh — Rihana Khatoon turned to her husband and said she loved the name Jasmine for their daughter. Mohammad Zahid preferred Khushi, the name he gave her when she was born."He's just being stubborn," his wife said, "I thought Jasmine would be a lovely name for school.""I'm not being stubborn," Mohammad replied. "Khushi is the name that descr read more

Had Rahul Gandhi Been A Dynamic Leader, No One Would Have Bothered About Dynasty
Had Rahul Gandhi Been A Dynamic Leader, No One Would Have Bothered About Dynasty

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"That is how India runs." Speaking at the University of California, Berkeley, Rahul Gandhi had this to say when asked about dynastic politics in India.He pointed out that Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Stalin is a dynast. Kanchan Chandra who edited the book Democratic Dynasties writes that in the 2014 Lok Sabha, 22 percent of the MPs had a dynastic background. Among the larger parties, Cong read more

EXCLUSIVE: Text Messages Show How Kangana Ranaut, Hansal Mehta And Apurva Asrani Fell Out Over 'Simran'
EXCLUSIVE: Text Messages Show How Kangana Ranaut, Hansal Mehta And Apurva Asrani Fell Out Over 'Simran'

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When Simran went on floors, none of the three parties — writer Apurva Asrani, actor Kangana Ranaut and director Hansal Mehta — imagined that a lighthearted comedy about a Gujarati immigrant in the US would permanently change the interpersonal dynamics between all of them — to the point that the three would vow never to work with each other in the future.Anyone who is familiar with the filmma read more

Why Mohan Bhagwat's Message To Right-Wing Extremists Is Unlikely To Be Heeded
Why Mohan Bhagwat's Message To Right-Wing Extremists Is Unlikely To Be Heeded

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The sarsanghchalak or chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) began the week by demanding an amendment to the Indian Constitution to reflect "Bharatiya ethos". He argued that the document owes its existence to Western values, namely those of the colonial lawmakers, and needs to be revised to reflect our contemporary realities.He may have a point there, not with regard to the Const read more

If You're Singing 'Aunty Ki Ghanti' At A Flash Mob, You're Actually Celebrating Misogyny
If You're Singing 'Aunty Ki Ghanti' At A Flash Mob, You're Actually Celebrating Misogyny

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If a woman encounters a louche singing these lines — "dekh ke jawani teri jhatka meinu lagta hai, neeche wala dekh mera saltue tenu karta hai," (your youth electrifies me, my nether regions are saluting you) — to her on the road, the reaction would expectedly be shock, disbelief and anger.Now imagine hundreds of people in different places coming together to sing a song that celebrate read more

How Do You Stamp Out Child Marriage? Start With The Wedding Singer

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VAN, Turkey — The men came unexpectedly, in the middle of the night. Gülmay Gümüşhan was fast asleep in her apartment in the easternmost Turkish province of Van, some 1,000 miles from Istanbul. They were allegedly sent by her estranged husband — a man she was forced to marry; a man who had long refused her requests for a divorce. Most likely, they were sent to scare her, to punish her for read more

California Close To Banning Pet Shop Sales Of Non-Rescue Cats, Dogs And Rabbits

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California will become the first state to ban pet stores from selling cats, dogs or rabbits that don’t come from a shelter or rescue group if Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs the bill sent to him this week.The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act, AB 485, passed the California State Senate with a 32-0 vote on Tuesday, NBC San Diego reports. It had passed the State Assembly in May on a 55-11 vote. More than 30 read more

As Kashmir’s Wular Lake Diminishes, So Do Livelihoods
As Kashmir’s Wular Lake Diminishes, So Do Livelihoods

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By Athar Parvaiz*, Bandipora, Jammu & KashmirWhen 67-year-old Mohammad Subhan Dar fished in Wular Lake in his youth, fish were abundant in the expansive lake tucked in the lap of lush green mountains in north Kashmir's Bandipora district. The fish, Dar and other villagers said, are on their way to vanishing. "Earlier a fisherman could catch up to 15kg of fish in a single day."These d read more

'Simran' Is No 'Queen' But Kangana Ranaut Is Worth Every Penny You Spend On The Movie
'Simran' Is No 'Queen' But Kangana Ranaut Is Worth Every Penny You Spend On The Movie

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The only triumph of Simran is the fact that an idea like that managed to exist, long enough to make it to the silver screen.It's not every day that an entire Hindi movie is mounted on the idea of woman like this -- one who has nothing to offer to the popular male gaze by performing a sizzling dance number, who is not going to play a Salman Khan and break a few bones, who doesn't have a love intere read more

Modi Inaugurates World's Second Biggest Dam On His Birthday
Modi Inaugurates World's Second Biggest Dam On His Birthday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat, the world's second biggest dam, nearly six decades after its foundation stone was laid.The inaugural event in the Kevadia colony of Narmada district coincided with Modi's 67th birthday and the culmination of the fortnight-long Narmada Mahotsav launched by the Gujarat government to celebrate the completion of the work read more

The Assault On The Rohingya Is Not Only About Religion — It's Also About Land

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PARIS — Religion and ethnicity have been the major focus in local and international news coverage of the persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar. Such persecution is part of a long and cruel history suffered by the Rohingya people.But there are limitations to this explanation for the current phase of that long-standing violence. Two recent developments make me question whether religion gives us t read more

Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh Will Be Remembered For Leading A Young IAF During The 1965 Indo-Pak War

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Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh, an icon of India's military history, died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Saturday. He was 98-years-old.He will always be remembered as a war hero who had successfully led a young IAF during the 1965 Indo-Pak war.The only officer to attain the highest post of Marshal, the Air Force equivalent to the Army's five star field marshal, Singh was a fearless and excepti read more

IAF Marshal Arjan Singh Cremated With Full State Honours

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NEW DELHI -- A fly-past of Sukhoi-30 fighters and a 17-gun salute for Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh were held at his last rites ceremony at Delhi's Brar Square on Monday.Last rites ceremony of Marshal of Air Force #ArjanSingh continues at Delhi's Brar Square. pic.twitter.com/VwyRTdNHQb Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday stated that along with a state funeral and an appropr read more

Narendra Modi's Heart Beats For The Poor, Says Amit Shah On PM's 67th B'day

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NEW DELHI -- BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday bracketed Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sardar Patel and BR Ambedkar and said Modi had started India's economic integration after Patel and Ambedkar respectively achieved the country's territorial and social unification.Lavishing praise on Modi on his 67th birthday, Shah said the PM's life in many ways was a "personification of the spirit of read more

Goa To Ban Drinking Liquor In Public Places, Says Manohar Parrikar
Goa To Ban Drinking Liquor In Public Places, Says Manohar Parrikar

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GOA -- Goa Chief Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that the state will ban drinking of liquor in public places to curb the nuisance created by people in drunken state.He said necessary amendments to the excise act will be done next month."We need to come out with the notification banning drinking of liquor in public places. The notification will be issued by October end for which we will amend read more

Donald Trump Retweets Joke About Violence Toward Hillary Clinton

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President Donald Trump shared a tweet Sunday morning that included the image of him hitting a golf ball and striking Hillary Clinton.The tweet came from a user named @Fuctupmind, whose Twitter bio indicates that he wants Clinton to be in prison and believes the conspiracy theory that Democrats had something to do with the death of former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. Donald Trum read more

Exclusive: New Report Offers Proof Of US Hate Crime Rise In The Trump Era

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The number of hate crimes rose across the United States in 2016, marking the first time in over a decade that the country has experienced consecutive annual increases in crimes targeting people based on their race, religion, sexuality, disability or national origin.Data collected by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, and provided exclusiv read more

People Who Revere Cows Don't Resort To Violence Even If Their Sentiments Are Hurt, Says RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat
People Who Revere Cows Don't Resort To Violence Even If Their Sentiments Are Hurt, Says RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat

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JAIPUR -- RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that those who revere cows do not resort to violence even if their sentiments are deeply hurt.Rearing of cows is financially beneficial for us, he said to a question asked by a volunteer during a meeting in Jamdoli near Jaipur yesterday.Bhagwat, who is on a six-day tour of Rajasthan, said, "People who revere cows devote themselves to rearing cows.The read more

Apple Makes A $999 Gamble On Its Aspirational Brand
Apple Makes A $999 Gamble On Its Aspirational Brand

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Apple is taking a calculated risk with the pricing of its new phone. The US$999 iPhone X is a bet on users' loyalty and wealth and is on the surface consistent with the company's longstanding strategy of differentiation and exclusivity. The danger lies in how the phone sells in the world's huge and growing emerging markets; Apple clearly thinks it is a risk worth taking.And it's not without reason read more