Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One (which received its European premiere in London on Monday night) is a nerd’s delight. It is a sci-fi film crammed so full of pop culture references that it could easily have risked sagging under the weight of its own nostalgia. Tasters of everything from Atari video games to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, from John Hughes bratpack movies to Saturday Night Fever, from John Boorman’s Excalibur to King Kong, are thrown into the mix.
Travellers to, from, through and over France face disruption over the next few days and weeks. At 6pm British time on Thursday 21 March, some French air traffic controllers will begin a strike that continues to 5am on Friday 23 March. The French government normally sets a maximum number of flights allowed to take off, land or overfly during air traffic strikes.
With the worst of winter behind us and Easter around the corner, here’s a look ahead at the upcoming bank holidays and some ideas of where to go to make the most of your time off. The Easter bank holiday weekend gives you a clear four days out of the office, so book a couple of days either side and you can go further afield for guaranteed sun. Sri Lanka is a good bet – Easter falls at the end of the dry season and temperatures are likely to be in the high 20s.
A mum has written a heartfelt plea to her husband requesting his help taking care of their two young children - rather than starting a fight and yelling instead. Celeste Erlach is the primary caretaker of the couple’s infant and toddler - and although she wishes “she could do it all and make it look effortless,” she penned a letter to her husband where she explains why she cannot. Help,” and posted to the Breastfeeding Mama Talk’s Facebook, Erlach describes what she needs from her husband during this busy time of no sleep and crying babies.
You wouldn’t think my holiday requirements were that fussy. All I want is a relaxing holiday in the sun – without dropping my fitness levels. I’m a gym fanatic in London, you see – but every time I go on holiday, the lack of access to good training facilities means I come back feeling out of shape.
Jim Carrey has faced criticism for a portrait he painted which is thought to be of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The actor shared the painting on Twitter on Saturday with the caption: “This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. The apparent caricature of Ms Sanders sparked an immediate backlash - critics arguing the comedian’s painting was “unflattering”, “insulting”, and “disgraceful”.
On a Sunday night in early February, Agneris Berríos found herself suddenly surrounded by darkness in her apartment. An explosion at a power plant in San Juan, Puerto Rico, led most of the northern part of the island to lose power — again. José Daniel being rushed to a hospital the day after the storm, both slowly realising the devastation everywhere was worse than they thought.
While the high street is rife with collaborations this spring, one we always look forward to is & Other Stories’ ‘co-lab’. In the past, the high street brand has joined forces with Sonic Youth musician Kim Gordon to create printed tees and sweatshirts, with Rodarte on a capsule collection of piped shirts and flippy skirts, and with Toms on beach-ready sandals and swimwear. Today, our high street hero announced an upcoming collection with luxury British interiors and lifestyle brand House of Hackney.
The elusive male contraceptive pill has been in development for decades, and news about it pops in and out of the headlines every few years to remind us how wonderful life could be without the unpredictable side effects of being taking the pill. A new prototype pill, tested in a small trial by researchers at the University of Washington, has been found to be effective and safe, avoiding common side effects including low sex drive and liver damage. Like most contraceptive pills available to women, DMAU contains a combination of hormones – an androgen such as testosterone, and a progestin.
People who suffer from depression may have difficulty distinguishing between similar memories, a study has found. Living with depression can lead to a number of issues, including sleep deprivation and increased levels of stress. Researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah, United States decided to explore whether there is a correlation between depression and memory interference.