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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: I go on dates but don't get asked out again - what am I doing wrong? Anna says: It sounds like you haven’t met the right people – yet. It’s not about doing something ‘wrong’, it’s about focusing on what you can do ‘right’ – for you. Ask yourself: 'what do I want? What am I looking for in a relationship?' And remind yourself what makes you fabulous, appealing - a great catch. When we’re feeling confident with who we are it radiates out. Watch the video for Anna's full response.
"There are no tourists in Thailand, which elephant tourism relies on to feed elephants at camps and sanctuaries. A high percentage of the elephants are going hungry, many are chained most of the day, with some camps on the verge of closure," said Louise Rogerson, the Project Director at Tree Tops Elephant Reserve in Phuket. On a regular day, Tree Tops would welcome about 40 visitors a day, each spending £70 to enjoy a hands-off ethically-led experience with elephants rescued from riding camps and the illegal logging industry. But with Thailand's borders closed since 25 March and the tourist tap turned off, funds have dried up. "It is very worrying for us here at Tree Tops with seven elephants to feed and mahout salaries to pay. We need 200,000 (£5000) just to feed our seven elephants each month," says Rogerson. Veterinary costs would come on top of that. Previously working in fashion, Rogerson has launched a series of fundraising initiatives including opening an online clothes store, wildandgrey.com, and collaborating on graffiti elephant designs with artist and musician Goldie, who lives in Phuket. Tree Tops is one of a small number of ethical camps in Thailand but for every do-gooder there are dozens of less scrupulous elephant riding camps, where the situation is far bleaker. As their businesses fold, elephants are being sold into the black market or, if the elephants are lucky, taken to rescue organisations which still have some funds. But, with between 2,500 and 4,000 captive elephants in Thailand even the largest charities are going to struggle to care for more elephants than they already have. "The future seems to be very uncertain,' said Rogerson. "The reality is that tourism won’t return to the way it was for a long time. We were hoping that tourists would be coming back in time for Christmas, but this doesn’t seem likely. We just have to sit this out and do the very best we can to care for our elephants and fund ourselves until a new normal is established." To make a donation to Tree Tops visit treetopselephantreserve.com. Elsewhere, The World Elephant Foundation has launched a 'Help the Starving Elephants' campaign to support elephants across South East Asia.
Make-up artist Rose Gallagher talks us through her favourite products to use on an oily complexion - from prepping your base to setting your finished make-up.
In the pantheon of 90s supermodels Helena Christensen, the Great Dane, she of frolicking in the waves with Chris Isaak in the Wicked Game music video (voted MTV’s sexiest of all time) fame, has always stood apart. Christensen seemed somehow more accessible, coveted for her off-duty model style and the eclectic vintage wardrobe she adopted aeons ahead of anyone else. She certainly never showed an interest in propagating the pouty stereotype of someone who wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day, instead preferring to harness her celebrity and work as a photographer to champion animal rights, climate change or her role as an UNHCR Goodwill ambassador. And yet, those good causes are not what many people want to talk about. Mostly, we prefer obsessing over how Christensen looks quite the fox at the grand old age of 51 - I’ve found it to be a subject of fascination among men and women alike, but it’s something she deplores discussing. She is on record as saying that she doesn’t want to talk about age in any interview, because that’s what always happens to women. Why, she wonders, does it never happen to men? When Alexandra Shulman, the former editor of British Vogue remarked on Christensen’s outfit, a black lace bustier and jeans, for Gigi Hadid’s birthday party last year - “surely you should call time on Ann Summers style,” she opined - the episode was widely referred to as ‘bustier-gate’. Christensen’s elegant riposte was: “Let’s continue to elevate and support each other, all you beautiful, smart, fun, sexy, hard-working, talented, nurturing women out there”, quickly quelling the flames that could have continued to smoulder on social media.
Locals in Venice are planning a party to celebrate the announcement that two cruise lines will not be stopping off in the city for the rest of 2020.Italian lines MSC Crociere and Costa Crociere both confirmed they would drop Venice from their itineraries in favour of Trieste or Genoa when cruising restarts, reports The Guardian.
Viking Cruises have cancelled all voyages for the rest of 2020 as the cruise industry continues to find its restart a challenge.
‘It’s known as the ecology of fear,” Our guide, Laurie, grins. “The sense something might leap out from behind a tree and eat you.” In truth, I’m not expecting a lion or a leopard to leap out in front of me, but I am enjoying the frisson of walking through an emerging wilderness that just 20 years ago was a monoculture of grain fields and dairy herds.
As travellers wait anxiously to see if quarantine will be imposed for key destinations, the scale of damage to airlines and airports in the UK from the coronavirus pandemic has been revealed.The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has calculated that British aviation has suffered much more than any other European country since the Covid-19 started disrupting travel.
I always knew I needed to keep an eye on my breasts. I lost my mother to breast cancer when she was just 43 (Dad also sadly died from cancer in his late 30s), and as I grew up I was determined to make sure that if it ever happened to me I caught it early. I lived in America for 20 years, where I could get regular mammograms easily – the Americans are much hotter on preventative medicine than we are. Over there they seem to have everything you could possibly want when it comes to women’s health. Every year they take your full history and look at what your risk factors are, and they assign you any treatment and testing that needs to be done. So religiously they sent me a note every year inviting me for a smear and a mammogram. But when I moved back to the UK in my 40s I was dismayed to find the NHS didn’t screen women until they hit 50. I learned that a charity in Belfast (I live in Strabane, Northern Ireland) called Action Cancer offered free screening services for women aged 40 to 49. So along with my best friend Frances, we would go every year to get tested. We’d make a day of it, going out for lunch and to the shops in Belfast. It was on one of those routine visits to the Action Cancer HQ (they also have a bus which drives around Northern Ireland, pitching up in car parks for women to get screened) that a mammogram showed up an irregularity. Within days, I was told I had four tumours and was given a double mastectomy. I am living proof of the importance of giving women mammograms before they hit 50. I’ve always banged the drum for early screening, but especially now that I have been through what I’ve been through. The mammogram I had found one tumour in my left breast. But a further ultrasound discovered two more in my right breast. I could see them while they were doing the biopsies. The nurse said: “Are you alright?” I said “yes I’m fine, but I can see there are three tumours there, not one”. She clicked and said: “you’re a nurse aren’t you?” As a nurse, I could assess my own prognosis better than most. I thought well, that’s it then. I’m done for. Thankfully, my oncologist was more optimistic. He told me I’d only need hormones, that he was confident he could get it all out. He planned to give me a mastectomy on my right breast and a lumpectomy on my left, but I insisted he take them both off. “I don’t care at this point,” I said, 49 and unsentimental about my breasts. “They’re poison, I don’t need them. Why wait for something else to come back later? Just get rid of them.” Being a nurse, you know too much about worst case scenarios. And given my family history, I wasn’t taking any chances. I wanted a full mastectomy. It’s a good job I was so insistent, because a few days later when I was under the knife, they found another tumour at the back near my ribcage. I was given a double mastectomy and had reconstructive surgery all at the same time. Three years on, I’m fighting fit and relieved to be rid of the cancer. But it isn’t lost on me that it could have all been so different. It seems nonsensical that women aren’t screened until they hit 50, particularly as some forms of breast cancer are associated with hormonal changes and the onset of the menopause. You can start going into the menopause in your early 40s. Why not start scanning then? The Action Cancer bus came to Strabane where I live a couple of years ago. Within a week they had diagnosed nine women in the area. I once asked one of the nurses who was scanning me what might have happened if I hadn’t had the early mammogram when I did. Would I have felt the tumours eventually? She took my finger and pushed it into my left breast. “Do you feel that now?” I did, but I would never have pushed that hard, and I’m someone who is used to checking my own breasts. Six weeks, she said. That’s the difference between being fully cured or having to have chemotherapy and radiation. If that isn’t a good enough reason to lower the mammogram age, I don’t know what is. As told to Eleanor Steafel Read more: Earlier breast cancer screening could slash death rates by 25 per cent, study reveals
You can always rely on Ernest Hemingway for a travel reference. Especially in difficult times. In his 1929 book A Farewell To Arms – loosely based on his own experiences as an ambulance driver on the Alpine Front in 1918 – the American novelist has his protagonist Frederic Henry flee military police and charges of desertion by rowing his pregnant girlfriend Catherine up the middle of Lake Maggiore in the night – swapping wanted status in Italy for safety in Switzerland.
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'I need to walk into an event, and, literally, it was like somebody put a furnace in my core and turned it on high, and then everything started melting.'
You don't need to look far to know that there is a deep historical gender bias in literature.Many women have famously disguised their gender and used male pseudonyms for their writing in order for them to be published or taken seriously – Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte famously published some of their work as Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell, while Mary Ann Evans used George Eliot for Middlemarch.
'Christmas just isn't complete without a festive candle adorning tables and the scent of sweets and spice filling the air.'
“We’re supposed to be on the P&O; Azura now, going around the Baltic,” mourns Craig Hanlon.His wife, Tracey, is sanguine: “This is the next best thing.”
A British holidaymaker and their family have been forced to self-isolate for two weeks in Greece after testing positive for coronavirus.The traveller, who was asymptomatic, was tested at Corfu airport as part of the country’s health screenings and random testing measures for all arrivals.