That Lyon is a sterling choice for bon vivants becomes evident within seconds of tucking into coq au vin in a jam-packed bistro, admiring fine art in a Renaissance abbey, or getting deliciously lost in a traboule (secret passageway) used by 19th-century silk weavers. It's a enthralling, richly storied city.
At least 25 British people drown in holiday pools each summer, and more than 500 serious incidents – including near-drownings – occur around swimming pools, according to comprehensive industry-wide statistics on the accidents that befall UK citizens on holidays abroad.
An insider's guide to Marrakech's top five-star hotels, including the best for beautiful architecture, sumptuous spas, Moroccan fine dining, huge villas and pools set in Moorish gardens, in locations near to the souks and the Djemaa el-Fna, and The Palmeraie.
Shares in Asos plunged by a quarter on Thursday after the out-of-fashion retailer issued its third profit warning in just eight months.The online operator is dealing with chaos at its warehouses and is in the midst of an IT overhaul.Chief executive Nick Beighton admitted: “Embedding the change from the major overhaul of infrastructure and technology in our US and European warehouses has taken longer than we had anticipated, impacting our stock availability, sales and cost base in these regions.”Profits for the year will be no more than £35 million, compared with £102 million last time. The City was expecting profits of £55 million until now.Beighton says the warehouses transition is more expensive than thought, but insists this is a “short-term” problem.The shares tumbled 25% at first, but recovered some ground. They were off 14% at 2365p, which leaves Asos valued at £1.95 billion. That’s £600 million less than upstart rival Boohoo, which has grabbed market share.Beighton added: “We are clear on the root causes of the operational challenges we have had, are making progress on resolving them, and now expect to complete these projects by the end of September.”Asos’s status as a stock-market darling was already dented by profit warnings in December and March.City analysts are watching it closely for signs that the strife on the high street is transferring to online retailers as consumers tighten spending. Nicholas Hyett at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Asos can be a bit of a Cinderella stock, struggling against the odds and still making it to the ball in the end. “Growing pains have been a consistent problem at Asos over some years and this quarter is no exception. Not having stock available is a massive faux pas for a retailer and the cost of resolving the problems will eat into profits.”
The walkie-talkie was never over, over but recently it has been crackling back to louder life over the airwaves. Whether you’re slinging a two-way Nestling radio set into your backpack for a summer festival as a smartphone substitute, or aping Netflix’s Stranger Things, the surge in interest in the humble handset is striking. “Year-on-year sales are up 15 per cent”, says Giles Toman, managing director of Amherst Walkie Talkie Centre in Kilburn. “In the summer in particular, our radio hire business goes crazy.”The yearn for pared down analogue-but-instant communication is understandable. “Walkie talkies carry an old-fashioned spontaneity lost in the modern tech-saturated world”, says Ben Newbury, one of many Glastonbury-goers who packed a set to stay in touch with friends at this year’s festival. When telecoms base stations are overwhelmed by large crowd numbers, phone calls and texts using normal data plans, handsets can be impractical, and nigh on impossible to use. Most of us will have faced the unbearable agony of waiting four hours for a text to go through in a mobile blackspot — only for the phone to run out of juice.That’s not the only benefit: “they are fantastically low-tech and easy to use. And therefore you can interfere with other people’s conversations...” Newbury points out. An eavesdropping element is part of a wider problem. Apple watches run a wildly popular Walkie Talkie app feature. List yourself as available to chat, then hold down the Talk button on your watch while you issue voice messages to friends, like WhatsApp voice notes. Endless fun. But the tech giant had to suspend the app briefly last week after identifying a backdoor that could — in theory — have been used to eavesdrop on conversations through microphones. Fear not: there are alternatives. Zello, pictured below, allows open communication across the world, with public channels on popular topics and for geographical areas (storm tracking is one example). Two Way, meanwhile, is a speedy way to make your own channel with no personal information collected.Of course, the Stranger Things bounce has helped: the sight of Dustin stringing together a ham radio tugs at the nostalgic heartstrings. Save the world, buy a walkie-talkie. “The walkie-talkie is a different animal to a mobile phone because the technology is truly instant”, says Toman. “It doesn’t rely on anyone else’s network or anyone else providing a service. If you’re cycling 50 miles out of London on a weekend, which isn’t uncommon, chances are you’ll be heading down little country lanes, losing phone coverage because you’re in the middle of nowhere.“Then you can just press one button and talk to all your mates” And also, they’re fun. Embrace your inner child, save the world, and downgrade to a walkie-talkie.
Activist, actress and model Yara Shahidi has done a stunning unretouched beauty shoot for Harper Bazaar’s August issue, a 'Real Beauty' special which also features tennis superstar Serena Williams. Shahidi has activism in her genes – her grandfather befriended the Black Panthers, her aunt was the first Iranian-American woman to go to the International Space Station and her grandmother founded an animal shelter. Now Shahidi is continuing their work by using her platform of more than three million Instagram followers to advocate for women, immigrants and people of color. In the accompanying interview, Shahidi says her decision to take the role in recent movie The Sun Is Also A Star was cause-driven. “It’s not often that we see a story that humanizes immigration for a young audience,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. Shahidi is also a new face of Bobbi Brown, which has just diversified its shade range. “I love that more brands are doing this,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “There have been times when I got out of the makeup chair and my skin looked gray. It’s why I think every single person of color usually brings their own makeup kit to set.”The actress has gained the support of Michelle Obama for encouraging voter registration and taking a stand for the causes she holds close to her heart. The former First Lady even wrote a letter of recommendation for the actress to attend Harvard, which she did while working on Black-ish and Grown-ish.Shahidi says she even makes a statement with the tracksuits she wears off-screen. “By not showing skin, I’m making a statement,” she explained.
Scarlett Moffatt has apologised to online fashion brand MySuitcase Boutique amid claims that she ‘ghosted’ the label after requesting a custom made skirt.MySuitcase Boutique owner Michaela Lui told MailOnline that the former Googlebox star had asked her for a customised tulle skirt to wear for the Virgin Atlantic Pride flight to New York on June 2018.Lui claimed that Moffatt had suggested she would post about the skirt on social media, but instead wore another outfit for the event.The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here winner addressed the row in a series of Instagram Stories shared yesterday, describing it as a “misunderstanding” and imploring followers not to “believe everything you read.”“I have spoken to @mysuitcaseboutique and honestly can’t believe the way the article reads,” she wrote.“This is a misunderstanding - I’ve been super busy and intended to wear @mysuitcaseboutique but instead will be returning the skirt.”The reality star said that she does not “google [her] name” so “knew none of this until [Wednesday]” and sent “massive apologies” to the brand.She also cleared up reports that she had “quit Twitter” following the incident, telling fans: “Also side note haven’t used Twitter in 7 month apart from links to insta that’s why I deleted it nothin to do with this incident [sic]. Imagine lol!!”Moffatt claimed that the row escalated because she gets “so busy and bombarded with admin.”Writing on Instagram shortly after, Liu said that she has “accepted” the apology and believes it to be “completely genuine.”She asked social media users to “stop with the trolling and the hate mail towards [Moffatt].” adding: “The post was never intended to cause any nastiness. It was purely an attempt to get a response from her.“Now that we have spoken we have agreed for the skirt to be sent back.”
There was once a time when the height of ambition for many children was to be fireman, police officer or even an astronaut.But now, in the age of Generation Influencer, it seems youngsters have other ideas as a third of young Britons and Americans want to be vloggers, new research reveals.To honour the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing on 16 July in 1969, the Lego Group conducted a survey of children regarding their thoughts on space exploration.The poll asked 3,000 children aged eight to 12 to choose from a list of five professions to answer which they would prefer to be when they grew up, including an astronaut, musician, professional athlete, teacher, or vlogger/YouTuber.The results showed British and American children were three times as likely (30 per cent) to want to be YouTubers or vloggers as astronauts (11 per cent) when they grow up. The preference to become a vlogger was followed by teacher (25 per cent), professional athlete (21 per cent) and musician (18 per cent). By contrast, children in China showed a clear preference for being an astronaut over any other potential profession with 56 per cent saying they would like to be the next person in space. This was followed by teacher (52 per cent), musician (47 per cent) and professional athlete (37 per cent) with vlogger/YouTuber coming last (18 per cent).Despite British and American children not wanting to pursue a career in space, the survey did reveal that the majority are interested in space exploration (86 per cent), with 90 per cent stating they would like to learn more. “We are thrilled that children continue to be interested in space exploration and can't wait to witness their 'small steps' and 'giant leaps' in decades to come,” said Michael McNally, senior director of brand relations, LEGO Systems, Inc. In 2018, a similar study conducted by telecommunications services provider O2 found that a growing number of children are aiming for careers in technology.The study of 2,000 parents and 2,000 children aged five to 16 found that the majority of British children are intent on pursuing jobs such as vloggers (30 per cent), animators (15 per cent) and software developers (14 per cent).