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Guilherme dos Santos was 36 when he first noticed clumps of his brown hair falling out in the shower. His father had gone bald as a young man, and a panicky dos Santos became convinced he would meet the same fate. After some gentle encouragement from his wife, he began stocking up on hair-thickening shampoos and, when they failed, he took to Google and came across a clinic in Turkey advertising “miracle” hair transplants. They even offered to pick patients up from Istanbul airport, plus a night of recovery in a five-star hotel, all for £2,000 – significantly less than the £6,000 to £13,000 charged for similar procedures at UK clinics. “It was so cheap, it stunned me,” remembers dos Santos, a taxi driver who lives in Bracknell, Berkshire, with his wife and nine-year-old daughter. “It doesn’t feel great when you look at your hands and see your hair falling out. I didn’t think twice.” He flew to Turkey last year and, as you may have predicted by this point, did not receive the swanky, professional service he had been promised. The nurses at the “clinic” smelled strongly of cigarettes and did not wash their hands, he remembers, and the transplant itself was fairly rudimentary. He remembers blood dripping from his anaesthetised scalp during the procedure; afterwards, the back of his head turned a strange blue colour. He was left with severe scarring – “I couldn’t go outside without a hat, I looked like a monster” – and now has to pay a further £2,000 to have his scalp returned to normal. It is easy to roll your eyes at a story of such apparent foolishness. The dangers of getting cosmetic treatment ‘on the cheap’, at an unregulated clinic in a poorer country than the UK, have become so well-known that it is almost a cliche. But it is an easier mistake to make than you might think, it seems, and it is not just those who travel abroad who are complaining. Doctors now report a worrying rise in British clinics offering similarly shoddy treatment. Many of them look and sound far more reputable than the average Turkish “miracle” clinic you might see advertised online, but they still leave patients with unnatural-looking hairlines and serious scarring, in some cases. This week, a London clinic offered £15,000 in compensation to a Royal Opera House actor who claimed he was left with a wonky hairline following a procedure in 2015. Ivan Luptak, 38, paid £5,000 for the 11-hour operation, which involved the replacement of 3,000 hair grafts, at Rejuvenate Hair Clinics on central London’s Harley Street, one of a number of clinics in that area that uses ‘Harley Street’ on its website, although none have any connection to The Harley Street Clinic, a well-respected trichology specialist that has treated various leading lights, including footballer Wayne Rooney. Luptak hoped that “thicker hair” would give him confidence, but he emerged from surgery to find his hairline was “obviously higher” on one side, according to court papers.
A man snapped the toes off a 200-year-old plaster cast statue while posing for a picture at a museum in Possagno, Italy, authorities reported, sharing video of the incident. Police said that they had identified an Austrian tourist as a suspect,
The royals visited the arcade made famous as the location of Nessa's slots in Gavin and Stacey
As quarantine rules continue to dampen appetites for travel, the UK’s airports are lobbying intensively to try to find viable alternatives to two weeks in self-isolation for arriving travellers.Newcastle airport is one of several hubs that is assessing passengers’ attitude to the idea of paid tests.
I am not available for sex. Unbelievably these are words I had to write on my LinkedIn profile this week. Like many freelancers I am used to being out of work for periods, so when lockdown came I thought “I’ve got this”. Working in PR & events my industry was totally shut down due to Covid - and is only just starting to show shoots of recovery now. I expected this. What I did not expect was to be sat in floods of tears after a potential work message left me feeling shaken and violated, with two tear-dampened basset hounds refusing to leave my side. The cause was a What’s App message I received, asking if I was still looking for work. As most of my jobs start this way I felt hopeful. Maybe at last things were returning to normal? I excitedly told my boyfriend and happily trotted out of the door for my morning waddle feeling like we might be OK after all. As someone whose mental health has, like so many, been battered by lockdown this message suddenly had made me feel better; lighter on my feet, the water looked clearer, the skies more blue and even the dogs less pudgy. When I returned to the desk, I continued our correspondence. “Morning Emma, are you still looking for work?” it began. “Morning, I sure am,” I replied. “Would love to know more, apologies for the late reply, early morning hound walk!” “That’s ok, what are you looking for tho?” Should alarm bells have rung then? I replied that I was open to anything and had lots of transferable skills… “Where do you live?” Fair enough, I suppose. “Ok, how would you feel if I paid you for some company and some time of yours?” Sorry, what? It soon became clear that these messages were from an unknown man looking for sex. He had used the phone number from my CV, which I have emailed out to various potential employers, to solicit me via What’s App.
The boss of the Norwegian cruise line that has seen at least 40 cases of Covid-19 has blamed “several deviations from procedures” for the outbreak.
Transport for London (TfL) has launched a new app to help people navigate the city more easily and safely.TfL Go will enable users to “plan the best routes and travel outside peak times to help with social distancing”.