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We've found the sexiest movies on Netflix in 2020 for when you want some hot, steamy onscreen lovin' that's not porn. There are racy foreign flicks, sexy romantic comedies, erotic period pieces, and everything in between (the sheets) - perfect for solo watching or date night. Whether you're in the mood to appreciate your favorite sexy actor or enjoy a hot-and-heavy romance, hop into bed with one of these raunchy movies tonight. Fair warning: they bring the heat! Looking for even more Netflix recs? Check out more movies and TV shows that are available on Netflix in August here. - Additional reporting by Lauren Harano, Corinne Sullivan, and Hannah Abrams Related: These 60+ Teen Movies on Netflix Will Take You Back to High School
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Life coach and Celebs Go Dating expert Anna Williamson answers your burning questions on everything from sex and relationships to mental health and parenting. Got a question for Anna? Submit it to email@example.com with 'Ask Anna' in the subject line. If you wish to remain anonymous, that's fine - simply request it in your e-mail. Q: My husband left me a month ago. He filed for divorce after two weeks. We have three kids. How do I tell them? Anna says: Firstly, you are incredible. Having three kids and dealing with a break up and parenting solo is tough for anyone, so I hope you’re getting lots of support from friends and family. Honesty and age-appropriate truth is the best way to handle this unenviable situation. If you’re still on some kind of speaking terms with your husband, it’s also worth chatting to him, calmly, about getting his help on this one – he has equal responsibilities here and it’s not ok to simply check out, leaving you to deal with it all – especially when you’re no doubt hurting too. A family breakdown is painful for everyone, not least the kids, but how parents handle it and communicate it is key to being able to move forwards in as agreeable way as possible, it will help your kids feel supported and not torn between two warring parents. Watch the video for Anna's full response
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For those heading abroad this summer, there are certainly a few hurdles to overcome before you reach the beach. Whether it's your holiday destination being struck off the 'safe' list overnight, cancelled flights or turning up to find a closed hotel, there’s no doubt that booking a trip overseas remains a risk. An increasing number of countries, including Cyprus and Barbados, are also demanding arrivals present evidence of a recent negative coronavirus test, leaving holidaymakers scrambling to get a test and certificate declaring them Covid-free. Currently, free NHS tests (either at home or a testing site) are only available to those with symptoms of the virus and the people they live with, patients heading into hospital for surgery or residents of virus hotspots. So, if you feel well but need to prove you are Covid-free, then the best course of action is booking a private test. However, with so many companies selling online PCR tests, choosing a reliable and reasonably priced one can be a mine-field. Here, we break down how they work and what to look out for when ordering one. How do they work? There are two options: Ordering a home test kit or booking an appointment at a clinic. Most home kits will arrive within 24 hours and should be sent back the same day. They will then be analysed in a lab and you should receive your results within 48 hours – various companies have different guarantees. If your test is negative, you should then be sent a certificate declaring you Covid-free. However, concerns have been raised that, as there is no standardised certificate, they could be forged. Furthermore, it is not always clear how much information is required in each country. As the free NHS test results are just a text message and short email, there is no guarantee that border officials would deem this acceptable. Some companies, such as C19 Testing, ease fears with a watermarked example of its certificates online, which include the name, address and telephone number of both the laboratory and company, plus the passport number and date of birth of the recipient. Crucially, the date the sample was taken and processed is also recorded. When ordering a kit, it is certainly worth clarifying what will be detailed on your certificate. Tests at clinics tend to have a quicker turnaround. The Private Harley Street Clinic in London, which offers tests for £250, promises results within 24 hours and will issue a ‘fit-to-fly certificate’ at no extra charge. How much do they cost? This is where things get a little murky - a quick Google search reveals tests on sale for an eye-watering £500. There is no doubt that analysing tests and returning results in an extremely short window is not a cheap endeavour, but the disparity in pricing is stark. As a guide, there seems to be a pricing consensus around £150 for tests that return results within 48 hours, with steep rises for shorter time frames. Nick Burton and Dr Alasdair Scott from C19 Testing, which charges a relatively reasonable £119 for an at-home test, say that some are engaging in “exploitative pricing”. They say: “We are operating on thin margins, but as a collective of healthcare professionals, we are not looking to profiteer.” Dr Scott adds: “I wouldn’t be involved if the company wasn’t honest, transparent and evidence-based”. When choosing a test to order then, it’s certainly a good idea to look at whether doctors are involved and ensuring that the company uses accredited UK lab analysis. What happens if your results don't arrive in time? With some countries, such as Cyprus, requiring a certificate issued no longer than 72 hours before arriving, time is of the essence. C19 Testing guarantees that you'll receive your result certificate within 48 hours of receiving your swab in their laboratory, though it may well be sooner. Their lab “processes samples 24/7”, so it makes no difference when you order and return your test. For reassurance they say: “If we don't deliver on our guarantee, you'll receive a full, quibble-free refund.” For late-planners, a few companies offer same-day results. The London General Practice offers test dispatch 24 hours a day, seven days a week and promises results the same day – if swabs are returned by 7am. The service also includes a follow-up video consultation with a doctor though it is not cheap at £315. If Covid-free certificates are adopted by more countries, timing could become a real issue. Travel specialist Dr Richard Dawood points to destinations with “a very long or complex routing”, which may be rendered off-limits to British travellers. How accurate are the tests? There is some debate about the accuracy of home tests versus those performed at a clinic, as people could self-administer the test incorrectly. However, as the Government itself sends out a huge number of home tests every day, one would hope there is faith in the accuracy. Dr Richard Dawood says that test accuracy is “very good” and suggests that potential problems with the certificate system lie elsewhere, with timings and a potential shortage of tests. However, with any coronavirus test there is also the possibility that your sample might prove inconclusive. Private Harley Street Clinic say: “Sample failure is rare, but if this happens, the sample needs to be repeated which takes another 24 hours. If the second repeat fails again, a brand-new collection is required.” It remains unclear how quickly after exposure to the virus you might test positive. The NHS says the optimal time to get a test is within the first five days of symptoms, with less clarity on the pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic. It is not unthinkable, therefore, that you have your in-date coronavirus certificate, but then start showing symptoms on the way to the airport.
There is madness, there is hysteria and then there is the suggestion that travellers in France might soon, once again, be quarantined on their return to Britain. Oh, for heaven’s sake.
Just a few weeks ago, Netflix added to its teen rom-com empire with Kissing Booth 2, a lovably daffy sequel to a Joey King and Jacob Elordi classic. Now, on Friday, August 7, the bustling young romance genre is about to get yet another addition from the streaming service: Work It, a dance film starring battle-tested Netflix crush magnet Jordan Fisher. Yes, To All the Boys 2 debuted less than six months ago and Fisher is already back to steal more hearts. Some things can still be good right now. Speaking of quick returns, Netflix is also premiering a new season of Selling Sunset — less than three months after the release of the real estate reality show’s second season. As celebrity gossip fans might be able to guess, Selling season 3 will follow the abrupt divorce announcement of star Chrishell Stause and her estranged husband/This Is Us leading man Justin Hartley. Elsewhere on Netflix you’ll find the end of yet another international YA saga, conversation-starting stand-up comedy, a few extremely different docuseries, and much more. These are all the new Netflix offerings broken down by plot, genre, and whether you should watch something immediately or skip for now. Keep reading for the lowdown on all of these Netflix treats, including their trailers. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?This New Dating Show Has Some Familiar FacesThe Top 10 Titles Streaming On NetflixDid Netflix Just Cancel Your Favorite TV Show?
Belgium is officially off the FCO’s ‘green list’, meaning anyone arriving into the UK from the country, as of August 8, will have to self-isolate for 14 days. However, there is an exception for travellers who drive through Belgium, as many do from Germany and the Netherlands, to reach the UK via France. Provided the car makes no stops during the entire journey within Belgium, no passengers get out and no new passengers get in, then the occupants of the car will not need to quarantine upon their arrival into the UK, the Department for Transport has confirmed. This means that if you’re driving through Belgium en-route to Britain, you won’t be able to stop for petrol or supplies if you want to avoid self-isolation. It takes between two to three and a half hours to drive across Belgium from the borders of Germany or the Netherlands to reach France. The rules for driving through Belgium The FCO states the following for people travelling in private vehicles through a non-quarantine exempt country, including Belgium: If you do make a stop, you don’t need to self-isolate if: No new people get into the vehicle No-one in the vehicle gets out, mixes with other people, and gets in again You do need to self-isolate if you make a stop and: New people get into the vehicle, or Someone gets out of the vehicle, mixes with other people and gets in again Check for updates from the FCO regarding this here. Will my travel insurance be invalid while I’m in Belgian territory? It depends on the policy (they vary widely) and when you bought it. Fiona Macrae, head of Travel Insurance Explained, tells Telegraph Travel: “In order to return home to the UK, if you have no alternative but to drive through a country which has been removed from the FCO safe to travel list, and your journey started before the change of advice was issued, then should you have an accident, in general your travel insurance will offer cover for any emergency medical treatment required.” Broadly speaking, however, once a country has been removed from the FCO’s green list, you’ll struggle to get cover. But it’s not impossible; Oliver Smith explains how: How to get travel insurance should you choose to ignore Foreign Office advice What about the Eurotunnel? Many people enter France from countries including Belgium to use the Eurotunnel, in order to reach the UK. As it stands, France does not impose border checks on travellers arriving from Belgium, so you shouldn’t face problems crossing the line from Germany or the Netherlands. But this could change if France decided to restrict arrivals from Belgium in response to the rising cases. Make sure to check the French Ministry’s advice for foreign nationals page before you travel. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is today (August 7) dealing with high call volumes following news that Belgium was removed from the FCO’s safe list, and stated on Twitter: “Phone lines and live chat are extremely busy at the moment. We have brought in extra staff to help our customers with their queries.” Eurotunnel is currently operating up to four services an hour from Folkestone to Calais. And since the UK lifted its restrictions on arrivals from France, it has proved popular. Late June saw the operator’s biggest day for bookings ever, with three times as many passengers securing a crossing compared to the same date in 2019. At the time John Keefe, director of public affairs at Eurotunnel, said: “Travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is proving very popular as you can go from home to holiday without leaving your car: no crowds, no contacts, 35 minutes to cross from Folkestone to Calais and you are on your way.” The company is also offering refundable tickets, to reassure holidaymakers who fear last-minute border closures. Prices start at £72 per car for up to nine passengers. The Eurotunnel: what to expect when using the shuttle this summer What about Eurostar? Rail travellers arriving to the UK from services that include a stop in Belgium will have to self-isolate for 14 days, according to the Department for Transport. This means that Eurostar passengers arriving into London from Amsterdam will have to go into quarantine, since the route involves a change of trains in Brussels. Check Eurostar's dedicated coronavirus page for updates. What if France is removed from the FCO’s green list? There are fears that France could be the next on the red list due to a spike in infections; it recorded 1,604 cases on August 6, marking the first time since April that it saw more than 1,600 new infections on two consecutive days. If the FCO did remove it from the quarantine-exempt list, you would no longer be able to arrive into the UK from France via services including the Eurotunnel without having to quarantine for 14 days. For now though, France remains on the the green list. What if Covid-19 spoils my holiday? Key questions answered, from cancellations to local lockdowns
“I have the rest of my life to be old, don’t I?” It was just a quip. The kind of happy-go-lucky one-liner that summed up everything people loved about Caroline Flack. But it’s the hardest part of an old interview I did with the late Love Island presenter to listen back to – the cackle of laughter she follows it up with, now unbearably poignant. Because on February 15 the 40-year-old must have decided that she didn’t want to live another day, let alone the rest of her life, despite all the joys it held in store – joys that would have far outweighed that immediate pain. Not that it will have been that rational or coherent. Suicide never is, and a verdict of suicide was inevitably what the coroner came back with on Thursday, at the end of a two-day inquest into Flack’s death. “I find the reason for her taking her life was she now knew she was being prosecuted for certainty,” said Mary Hassell, in reference to the CPS’s decision to charge the TV presenter with the assault of her boyfriend Lewis Burton, “and she knew she would face the media, press, publicity..” Citing her “fluctuating mental ill health,” and past “struggles” as contributing factors, Hassell concluded that “the more famous she got, the more [they] increased.” Flack herself admitted, “Fame doesn’t make you happy,” after her 2014 Strictly Come Dancing win. It certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. I don’t believe it’s for the normal-hearted, either: for anyone with even the smallest vulnerabilities or the most deeply buried insecurities. In fact, of the hundreds of famous people I’ve met and interviewed over the years, only a handful have had the constitutions necessary to withstand the pressures of fame – and those people were in no way ‘normal’. J-Lo immediately comes to mind: “Whenever I feel like I can’t do all the things that I’ve taken on, I just say to myself ‘yes you can’,” she told me when I asked her about those pressures. Rita Ora was another: “If you want to do this, you have to suck it up,” she said when I asked her how she dealt with the public scrutiny, “because it goes hand in hand with what you’re doing.” And I’ll always remember the advice Dame Helen Mirren offered up to younger women in her industry in an interview we did: advice she’d clearly lived by herself. “The only way we can help them get through it is to remind them that life continues, and you will be many things in that time.” Rhino-skinned and ambitious to a point that was awe-inspiring, those who ‘won’ at fame, seemed to feed off their own failures, using them to energise, motivate and push themselves ever forward. Flack didn’t have the freakish self-belief necessary to navigate her level of fame, let alone the kind of show trial Johnny Depp and Amber Heard almost seemed to have enjoyed taking part in, last month. Well before Flack attacked her 27-year-old boyfriend in a fit of insecurity over another woman in December 2019, it was obvious that the TV presenter had fragilities: chinks in her armour.
For anyone in pursuit of overseas travel, there is one essential quality: relentless optimism. You must believe that not only your journey will happen, but that it will prove a fulfilling and joyful experience – enriched with indulgence and embroidered by chance encounters.This summer, that mindset is proving increasingly elusive. Two weeks ago, thousands of hopeful holidaymakers touched down in Spain. As their phones burst into cacophonous life, they discovered that, as they flew south, their destination had been designated a “unacceptably high-risk” destination by the UK government – and that they would need to self-isolate for two weeks when they returned, as they will be presumed to have contracted coronavirus while away.
The Government seems determined to dissuade us from heading abroad this summer. Last month, after a spike in cases in the north of Spain, it announced that 600,000 Brits in the country – even those 2,000 miles away in Lanzarote – would have to unexpectedly quarantine for two weeks when they returned to UK soil. Now it is thought to be closely monitoring the situation in France, where cases are also on the rise.
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