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Rents in London have fallen “significantly” for a third consecutive quarter, according to the latest report from SpareRoom. The average room rent in the capital in the final quarter of 2020 was £715 – an 8% drop from £781 a year earlier. Eight out of the ten postcodes where rents fell most sharply are in Zone 1. This reflects the fact that Covid-19 has dented the appeal of central London most severely of all. In fact, rents in EC3 (Aldgate) and SW1 (Westminster, Belgravia and Pimlico) dropped by around 25% in just 12 months. In EC2 (Bishopsgate and Cheapside) and W8 (Holland Park), they fell by around 20%. Overall, SpareRoom found that 13% of renters are planning to leave the capital after the pandemic. As Covid-19 has transformed our work and home lives, the pull of coastal towns and peaceful villages has never been greater. Rents in two other major cities, Birmingham and Manchester, fell by 6% and 5% respectively in the final quarter of 2020. The cheapest areas to rent a room in London in the final quarter were SE2 (Abbey Wood), E6 (East Ham) and N18 (Upper Edmonton). Average room rents in these areas are around the £550 mark. Check out the most and least expensive London areas to rent below. “London rents continue to fall and, as has been the case throughout the past year, it’s the expensive areas where they fall the fastest,” said SpareRoom’s director, Matt Hutchinson. “We’re now seeing the biggest drop in London room rents since spring, and there’s no immediate sign of a recovery.” Noting that “the first national lockdown made people think twice about living in cities, especially London,” Hutchinson predicted: “With another lockdown now underway it’s hard to see that changing any time soon.” He added: “In the short term it means cheaper rents for those who stay in the capital, but longer term it’s going to be more about how quickly industries like entertainment, hospitality and tourism, which London relies so heavily on, recover from the pandemic.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Most Popular Towns For London LeaversHow To Decorate Your Rented HomeRent Is Due. What If You Can't Pay?
There aren’t a lot of people in South Dakota, so it seems like there are connections between every small town and every family. It’s the US’ seventeenth largest state at 77,121 square miles, with a population around 900,000. That’s similar to the urban population of Liverpool spread across a massive area; not many residents for a large expanse, but in some ways, we’re like one community. Everyone seems to know someone who knows you. With so few people in the state, the number of Covid-19 cases has caused pain in most households. We’ve had more than 94,000 people diagnosed with the virus, meaning more than 10 per cent of the state has had it. We all know someone who died and someone who lost their job. The death toll continues to mount. As of mid-week, it was at 1,667, according to the South Dakota Department of Health. On December 21, Dr. Michael Elliot of Avera Health, along with Sanford Health, one of the two healthcare giants that dominate medical treatment in the state, said the pandemic was still rampaging across South Dakota, with 12.4 deaths per 100,000 people. “In the last seven days, South Dakota has had the highest daily reported death rates per 100,000 population of the United States,” Dr. Elliot said. Healthcare experts have been imploring people to wear masks, wash their hands and practice social distancing. South Dakota is, incidentally, one of very few states without a mask mandate; along with North Dakota, Nebraska, Mississippi, Missouri, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Idaho, Oklahoma, Florida, Arizona and Alaska. The role mask-wearing plays in controlling the spread of coronavirus remains up for debate. As 23,000 more Americans died from the coronavirus last week, setting a record for the third straight week, rates rose in eight states, compared to 40 the previous week, according to Reuters. The top five (Wyoming, Virginia, Maine, Washington and Connecticut) all have mask mandates. The three states with the most new cases (California with 277,058, Texas with 153,843 and New York with more than 106,980 new cases) also require masks in public.
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Love may be blind but it still has optics. Having reached an age more suited to mother-of-the-bride than bride-herself, a meringue-gown wedding and Peter Jones registry was out of the question. So I grabbed my groom and eloped to Africa. Our wedding for two at the edge of Victoria Falls slid in just under the Covid wire last year. News of the escalating crisis penetrated our safari tent flaps, alongside the butler-delivered Champagne and private pool-side lunches. Yet even before social distancing started a trend for the tiniest possible weddings, the idea of swerving the stress and expense of traditional celebrations was already gaining traction. The UK wedding industry is valued at over £10 billion a year and an average special day rings in at just over £30,000. An elopement not only damps down the chatter (handy for grooms such as mine who are already two weddings to the bad), it also cuts the costs. We cross the churling Zambezi River in a small tin boat, alighting on the sandy bank of Livingstone Island. With the bride in hot pink pleats and the groom in a natty Ted Baker suit, we were travelling in the footsteps of the intrepid. Scottish missionary David Livingstone made the same journey in 1855, viewing the precipice of the “Smoke that Thunders”. I take the hand of purple-robed Presbyterian Pastor Chris and aim for the billowing mist that rises before us like an atomic cloud. A stone’s throw from the 100m abyss, seven young men in T-shirts sway to their sonorous acapella songs in the local Tonga language. A small marquis tent is beautifully laid for lunch and an arch is adorned with ribbons and white roses. Champagne lies in icy wait while a photographer discreetly nymphs about capturing the angles. All this, and much more, comes to both of us as a grand and glorious surprise. It’s this Livingstone thunderbolt moment that underlies the joys of eloping. Giving over to the unknown, taking a leap of faith… isn’t that what getting married is? We’d asked for “the bare minimum” and – magically curated behind the scenes by the brilliant African specialists at Micato Safaris – received the full monty.
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Warning: This post contains spoilers for The White Tiger on Netflix. Despite its dramatic aesthetics and larger-than-life moments, the story at the heart of Netflix’s new drama, The White Tiger, doesn’t seem that far from reality. Set in modern-day India, the film follows a poor man named Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav), who uses his wit and charm to become a driver for a wealthy landlord’s son, Ashok (Rajkummar Rao) and his wife, Pinky (Priyanka Chopra Jonas). However, after realising how obedience and “goodness” can be used against you, and how they won’t necessarily help you get ahead, he changes his tack (for better or for worse) to turn his life around. It’s a classic rags-to-riches story, but without its naiveté — that is to say, more Parasite than Slumdog Millionaire. However, despite exploring the very real issues of class and virtue, the story itself is entirely fictional. The White Tiger is an adaptation of the 2008 fiction novel of the same name by author Aravind Adiga. That year, the book was a New York Times bestseller and won the Man Booker Prize. Even though the plot and characters are made up, Adiga has said he was inspired by “young men he met” as he travelled around India. Some have pointed out, however, that the White Tiger story does share some similarities with a real-life incident that occurred. In 2015, massively famous Indian actor Salman Khan was arrested for a hit-and-run that killed one homeless person and injured three others. When the fatal accident first occurred in 2002, Khan’s driver, Ashok Singh, initially testified that he was the one at the wheel, but was later charged for perjury. Khan pled not guilty, but 13 years later was convicted of the crime and sentenced to five years in prison. The exact same thing basically happens in the film (minus the convictions), and even more coincidentally, Khan’s driver shares the same name as the fictional Balram’s master. Adiga, however, has neither confirmed nor denied his story’s similar details. That would be a pretty cunning move — perhaps even white tiger-esque, you could say. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?You Have 6 New Netflix Treats To BingeEverything Coming To Netflix In February 2021Everything Leaving Netflix In February 2021
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 26: DaniLeigh attends the 2020 Grammy after party hosted by Universal Music Group on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sarah Morris/Getty Images) Dominican-American singer DaniLeigh faces backlash on social media after previewing her upcoming song “Yellow Bone,” an AAVE (African-American Vernacular English) term that refers to a light-skinned Black person with yellow skin undertones. The song’s questionable lyrics sparked an online conversation on colourism, the fetishtisation of lighter skin, and the normalisation of non-Black Latinas exploiting Black culture. In the initial Instagram clip, which was posted on January 21 and has since been deleted from DaniLeigh’s account, the singer dances along to the song, repeatedly saying, “Yellow Bone is what he wants.” As the clip circulated online, people called out DaniLeigh for perpetuating anti-Black discourse at a time when people are denouncing America’s deeply-rooted history in perpetuating whiteness and protecting white supremacy. “Yall still makin songs that enforce colourism and fetishisation of light-skinned ppl in 2021,” asked one Twitter user. There is also speculation that this song is a diss track for the ex-girlfriend of DaniLeigh’s rapper boyfriend DaBaby, who is the mother of his daughter and a dark-skinned Black woman, which further angered people as it feeds into the myriad of attacks towards Black women, who remain unprotected and constantly attacked. It didn’t take long for DaniLeigh to respond to the backlash as she wrote in a now-deleted comment: “Why can’t I make a song for my light skin baddies? Why ya’ll think I’m hating on other colors when there are millions of songs speaking on all types…why ya’ll so sensitive and take it personal…gahhh damn.” The controversy continued to unfold when she took to Twitter to address her ethnic background in light of the heat she was getting. “I’m Dominican… I’m Spanish. I’m black I’m white… leave me alone,” she wrote, insinuating that being Dominican makes her Black. Let’s be clear: Dominican is an ethnicity, not a race, and while its population is inextricably linked to the African diaspora, it does not automatically make you Black. The Dominican Republic’s complex history with racial identity, where most native Dominicans identify as “Indio” or Spanish instead of Black — even when they are Black — on the census, often creates blurred lines on who truly is of African descent. These blurred lines allow non-Black Latinx people like DaniLeigh to pick and choose their Blackness at the expense of actual Black Latinx people. When that is not enough, they will attempt to show off their African ancestry results or tokenise a distant Black relative to justify their anti-Black and colorist behaviour, such as saying the “N” word without facing backlash or exploiting terms like “Yellow Bone,” that are exclusive to the Black community. These same blurred lines also appear in conversations surrounding race in the U.S., where non-Black people use the one-drop-rule, which developed in the 19th century as a way to make sure white people knew who was property and ensure that any child of a female slave would be slave, too — no matter the shade of their skin. Now, non-Black people use this rule to pretend to be Black under the assumption that if they have the smallest percentage of African ancestry, then they are fully Black. They’ll make the case that they deal with the same oppression as their Black counterparts to take advantage of the limited privileges afforded to Black people while simultaneously using their proximity to whiteness when it conveniences them. “These blurred lines allow non-Black Latinx people like DaniLeigh to pick and choose their Blackness at the expense of actual Black Latinx people.” At the base, white Latinas like DaniLeigh benefit from their ability to pass as solely white or racially ambiguous for personal gain. They’ll also use the same one-drop-rule to justify their racist actions, as we’ve seen with recent cases such as Miya Ponsetto, also known as “Soho Karen.” This concept is extremely harmful and problematic due to its racist roots. During the early 1900s, Arkansas passed Act 320 (House Bill 79), which criminalised interracial marriages and defined a person as Black if they had even one drop of “any Negro blood whatever.” While this law is now obsolete, its racist rhetoric has made its way into the modern-day culture, where many people claim to be Black without facing the same level of oppression as Black people. But DaniLeigh’s “light skin anthem” doesn’t just further perpetuate the misconceptions that exist within Latinidad; it’s also extremely problematic in that it feeds into the erasure of dark-skinned women. Historically, light-skinned women have always been favoured in society and mainstream media, facing fewer microaggressions at work, earning higher salaries, being deemed as more attractive, or getting the opportunities to be “the first.” We’ve seen it in Hollywood, where light-skinned actresses are often cast in roles meant for a darker-skinned women. Colourism is nothing new. This reality all traces back to Spain’s caste system in the 16th century, where characteristics like height and hair, mouth, nose [shapes] would play a role in how you’d be racially classified — with a tighter focus on the colour of your skin. “Yellow bone is what he wants” sends a harmful message to young Black women that they need lighter skin to be desirable, which not only encourages this mindset to exist further, but it can also provoke some women into using lightening filters or even take dangerous measures such as skin bleaching. Ultimately, a light-skinned anthem has never or will never be needed, especially from a non-Black Latina, who has seemingly benefitted from being racially ambiguous. Not only is posing as Black forgery, not flattery, it’s also harmful when it’s done to allegedly attack Black women who are, as Megan Thee Stallion recently best put it: “still constantly disrespected and disregarded in so many areas of life.” Like what you see? 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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 02: Zayn Malik (L) and Gigi Hadid attend the “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com) Four months after officially becoming a mum, Gigi Hadid has finally revealed the name of her baby girl: Khai. The news came on January 21 when Hadid spruced up her Instagram bio with an important new title, quietly adding “khai’s mom” to her social media overnight. It’s the first time Hadid has shared her daughter’s name anywhere, following her and boyfriend Zayn Malik‘s pattern of intense privacy where their child is concerned. Days after Khai was born in September 2020, her parents shared photos of her tiny hands but were intentional about leaving the newborn’s face out of the images. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) “Our girl joined us earth-side this weekend and she’s already changed our world,” Hadid captioned a black and white photo of her holding the newborn’s hands. “So in love.” Months later, we now know that Baby Zigi officially goes by Khai, which could definitely be connected to her parents’ heritages (Malik’s father hails from Pakistan, and Hadid’s father is Palestinian). In Arabic, the name Khai translates to “chosen one” or “royalty.” The name could also be a powerful prophecy over who Khai’s parents hope for her to be in the future; it’s also a popular Vietnamese boy name, meaning “strong warrior.” It seems that Zayn has gotten a new tattoo of his daughter’s name خاي(Khai) on his wrist. pic.twitter.com/qBfkdUWj0p— Zayn Malik Updates (@ZaynReport) January 22, 2021 Though she was born just months ago, Khai has understandably become the centre of her parents’ universes. Eagle-eyed fans of the former One Direction singer noticed that Malik recently got his daughter’s name in Arabic tattooed on him. And Hadid is “obsessed” with her baby girl. “4 months in & THE BEST KID,” she captioned a mirror selfie of herself with Khai. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Gigi Hadid & Zayn Malik Share Baby PhototsGigi Hadid Clarifies Filler Rumors Amid PregnancyA Timeline Of Gigi Hadid & Zayn Malik's Love
Welcome to Money Diaries, where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking a cross-section of women how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period – and we're tracking every last penny.This week: "I’m 26 and finally trying to get a grip of my finances after roughly seven years of getting into stupid, unnecessary debt. I have finally paid it all off and I'm starting to build some savings. I have roughly £2,500 and am trying to save as much as I can this year, especially the next few months of lockdown. I’m very impulsive and very extravagant so I'm trying to get a handle on that, too. We’ll see how it goes!" Industry: Political communications Age: 26 Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland Salary: £27,000 Paycheque amount: Approx £1,800 Number of housemates: One (my mother!) Monthly ExpensesHousing costs: £250 (limited as I live at home – my lovely mum doesn’t take much as 'rent' to help me save up).Loan payments: Roughly £40 on a store card. Utilities: Roughly £50. Transportation: Limited now working from home. I don’t drive (trying to learn but COVID keeps cancelling). Phone bill: £36 Savings? £500 into a savings account, which is a car/house fund. Recently set up a 'vault' on Revolut which I will start to pay £100 a month into for an emergency fund. Don’t want to have to use my savings every time I'm a bit broke. Other: I usually put £150 worth of stuff on my credit card and pay it off monthly to try and improve my credit score. If you are interested in completing your own (paid) money diary, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a bit of information about yourself. Unfortunately we aren't able to reply to every email.Day One 6.30am: V early start this morning as my boyfriend (J) and I drove to his house to work remotely here for a few days. We both live at home so try to split up the time so we don’t annoy either family too much. Our households are in a bubble so within lockdown rules. 7am: J bribed me with a Starbucks drive-through – an iced vanilla latte helped me wake up a lot. His treat, £6.80. Perks of the job means I make about 10 phone calls before 7.30am, morning news shows are the best... 9am: Started working (and listening to Evermore on repeat). Can’t stop reading the news from the States, where protestors have broken into the US Capitol. I got to intern there in 2014 and it’s genuinely so sad to see such an important building desecrated so much. 9.40am: Another coffee expense (this will happen a lot). I recently got a cold brew maker (it uses coffee grounds) on Amazon, highly recommend for delicious iced coffee at home and so easy. Get some Dunkin' Donuts ground coffee, vanilla flavour to try. Hopefully it’ll stop me buying sugary syrups. £8.85 12.30pm: Homemade vegetable soup for lunch. The benefits of having company when working from home: get to watch an episode of Friends with J before he has to go back to work. I use his mother's treadmill for a walk for 15 minutes until I get bored. Better than nothing! 2pm: Get a notification from ClearScore that my credit utilisation rate has updated, so quickly pay £55 off my credit card so it’s back below 50%. Not sure if this makes a difference. Will pay the rest on payday and not use the card for a few months. 3pm: My mum bought a treadmill (£299 in the sale) for our house as both of us are trying to lose some weight and generally get healthier. Offer her some money towards it but she refuses. Agree I'll send her a contribution towards it when I get paid in a few weeks. January is a long enough month without any unexpected expenses. 5pm: J’s parents come home from work and his mum makes us burritos for dinner. Delicious! I’ve had a very Mexican-themed few days with my eating but I am here for it. 7pm: Take J’s dog out for a walk but it is freezing cold. Manage about 30 minutes before heading home into the heat again. 9pm: J and I laze about all evening, watching old episodes of The Inbetweeners. Have a Fibre One brownie as a snack, both of us are trying to lose some weight so attempting healthiness... We’ll see how that goes throughout the week! Total: £63.85 Day Two 8am: Needed a lie-in today! Glad it’s Friday. Had a scare last night with my work laptop which shut down and was making scary noises. Tried it this morning and it seems to be working fine. Touch wood! 9am: Start work for the day at J’s kitchen table. I bought him a coffee machine for Christmas because he loves the one at my house so much. When he made me a caramel macchiato this morning I felt like maybe it’s a present for me, too... Nature Valley bar for breakfast, bulk bought on Amazon a few weeks ago. 12pm: Leftover chilli for lunch. Delicious but way, way too spicy. J has a choc ice lolly after his and I manage to resist but so jealous! 6pm: Just finishing work at this time on a Friday, brutal. Since we won’t be here for Sunday dinner, J’s mum makes us a delicious roast chicken with roast potatoes and vegetables for dinner, amaaaazing. She spoils us rotten. 8pm: Drive back to my house for the weekend. Cup of tea and Fibre One brownies with Wolf of Wall Street in the background. Bliss! Total: £0 Day Three 8am: Up early for a Saturday but awake to the news Trump has been banned from Twitter. Laugh my head off for possibly a full hour. Serves him right! 11am: Have a slow morning and get showered, dressed and walk to a local coffee shop to get some coffees. Decide to bring some to my grandparents (socially distanced at the front door). Two lattes, a cappuccino, an iced latte for me and three brownies for grandparents and J. Costs £19.80 which is a bit steep but nice to support local business. Plan to steal at least half of J’s Biscoff blondie. 1pm: A lovely but cold walk in the park and we stop at the shop for a few bits for lunch and snacks for later, as we’re on a movie day now. £12.84 on crispy chicken, wraps, raspberries, blueberries, ice and some crisps. Ordering a Chinese for dinner and I can’t wait! 5.30pm: £16 (!) on a Chinese for me while J gets pizza. Our cheat day cravings were different so we didn’t try to compromise. Salted chilli chicken, fried rice and chips with a Diet Coke (lol). 8pm: Laze about all evening watching Wolf of Wall Street on Netflix. Have sudden urge to become a squibillionaire but it looks a bit stressful, to be honest. Total: £48.64Day Four 10am Happy Sunday! A slow, lazy morning for us today. Coffee and toast for breakfast and we watch the Hunger Games movie. Forgot how easy to watch it is. Cuddle on the sofa and don’t move for a couple of hours. 1pm: Eventually get up and J drives me to the local shopping centre to go to Sainsbury's and get a big shop in. First time I've done it in ages and I don’t love the experience. See six or seven people blatantly not wearing a mask and it really bothers me. Anyway, idiots aside, £60.84 in Sainsbury's. Stock up on a lot of bits so more expensive than normal but should keep me going for a while. They have an offer on so a huge gammon is only £1! Needless to say, I get three. Can’t even remember if I like gammon but I love a bargain. 1.45pm: Treat J to a coffee at Caffè Nero in the shopping centre. £6.80 for two sugar-free caramel lattes but free as I got a gift card for Christmas, woohoo. 3pm: Home to vegetable soup (made by my granny) and crusty bread for lunch. 3.30pm: More cuddles on the sofa and we watch Instant Family on Netflix. Such a great movie! I laugh and cry and then some. Definitely recommend. 5pm: J goes home after spending the week with me and I always feel a bit sad. I know we’re much luckier than a lot of couples but it's still hard to be apart. I know he’ll be back in a couple of days so try to cheer up by watching some TikToks. 7pm: Text from my friend, S, about our friend M’s birthday. She’s had a tough time lately so we agree to send flowers to cheer her up. Send S £15 to cover half. 10pm: Bed, rewatching Pretty Little Liars on BBC iPlayer.Total: £75.84Day Five 8.30am: Drag myself out of bed and into the shower to start another week working from home. Wake myself up with a big glass of water and coffee from the cold brew machine. Spent quite a lot the last few days so hopefully a less expensive couple of days. Still more than two weeks to payday...gotta love January.10am: Just looking at my Revolut account. I’ve set up a 'vault' with the 'spare change' function. Highly recommend, I've got £48 in there already, less than two weeks in, and I didn’t notice the round-ups a lot. Great little emergency fund! 1pm: A very busy day with new website stuff, uploading content and chasing people for bios and headshots etc. Nice little mindless task though so lots of Taylor Swift and that new "Drivers License" song. I’m in a healthy and happy relationship but I’m still devastated at this song... Vegetable soup for lunch. 1.30pm: Get out for a really quick walk before it starts to rain. 5pm: A busyyy afternoon. Hectic five minutes of throwing a random combo of outfits into my well-used overnight bag before J comes to pick me up. Head up the road to his house. 6.30pm: J’s mum makes us a gorgeous dinner, pepper chicken with roast potatoes and vegetables. One of my favourite dinners.8pm: Watch some of The Office, do a bit more work and go to bed. What a dull day! Total: £0 Day Six 7am: Early start at J’s. His parents head off to work and we get ready for a day of working at home. He makes the first coffee of the day. 9am: Have a lot of Zoom calls today so I need another coffee. Try to make it on J’s new machine but it’s too hard to use so I give in and call him for help. Standard granola bar for breakfast. Try to eat it covertly on a Zoom but get called on to speak and have a mouth full of crumbs. Professional! 11am: I'm making a slow cooker chicken curry for J’s family today. The first time I've cooked for them properly (in six months lol) so a bit nervous but how wrong can a chicken korma go? Run to the shop for a few ingredients for dinner. £9.80 1pm: J makes us sausage sandwiches for lunch. Soooo good. Back on Zooms for the afternoon. Got my chicken curry simmering away in the slow cooker. I don’t know why I'm so nervous about cooking this but we’ll see... 3pm: More Zooms and more coffee.6pm: Dinner goes down well, thank goodness. Not sure how hard a chicken curry, rice and naan bread really is but I get lots of nice comments! Lots left over for lunch tomorrow too. Have a positive chat with J’s parents about us buying a house and our next steps. They are so lovely and really supportive so I feel great afterwards. 7.30pm: Take Jessy, J’s Labrador, out for a walk and call past his friend's house. L comes out to say hi. It’s freezing cold so we don’t spend long chatting but still nice to see a friendly face. 9pm: Home to make tea and get into bed. I know this lockdown has been so hard for so many people but I feel blessed I get to spend so much time with my favourite person in the world, without running around crazy busy. I think when life goes back to normal I'll definitely enjoy a slower pace. 10.30pm: Bedtime! We are such old people now. Total: £9.80 Day Seven 7.30am: We all sleep in a bit today so it’s a bit of a rush for the shower and to get ready for work. I try to put some makeup on every day as it genuinely makes me feel a bit better and more productive, especially on all the Zooms. My skin is fighting with me at the minute too so wouldn’t feel the most confident bare-faced. 9am: At my desk ready for more Zooms and more website updating. Grateful to be able to work from home though. J’s mum is at her desk (the kitchen table) too so nice to have some company. More Taylor Swift to keep me happy and LOTS of listening to "Drivers License". I’m way too old to be invested in this teen drama but I am. 10.30am: More coffee and a granola bar for my standard lazy breakfast. 1.10pm: Slightly later lunch as I have a Zoom at 12.15, we have leftover chicken curry and a cup of tea. Eat quickly so we have time for a cuddle on the sofa too. I’m such a sap but I'll really miss this when I'm back to the office. Not sure any of my colleagues are up for big hugs during the day. 4pm: A reasonably quiet day becomes completely crazy with a couple of later announcements about exam cancellations that we have to respond to. At my laptop, typing frantically, and I feel my vision start to go and realise I have a migraine. Awful! I take medication daily to prevent them but still get one every couple of months. Feel very nauseous and get into bed with an eye mask on to shut out any light. 6pm: Sleep for a couple of hours and wake up feeling a bit better. Vision is okay now but my head is still hurting. End up being sick a couple of times (sorry, TMI) but it makes me feel a lot better. J’s mum makes us a pasta bake for dinner. Lovely even if I don’t keep it down.8pm: Drive home to my house where we’ll spend the next few days. Feel a lot better but so hungry as I've been sick. Feel like snacks so we share a big bag of Wotsits (J is eating snacks in moral support lol) and a tub of Halo Top ice cream. The sugar definitely helps. Watch half of the second Hunger Games movie, love a good trashy series! 10.30pm: Into bed early. J reads his book and I scroll through some TikToks, which sounds a bit cringe as I type. I love to read too, just don’t always feel up to it at night. 11pm: Asleeeep. Total: £0The Breakdown Food/Drink: £128.13 Entertainment: £0 Clothes/Beauty: £0 Travel: £0 Other: £70Total: £198.13Conclusion"I think this is generally a typical week for me but I did spend a lot on food. To be fair though, when I read back there is nothing I regret. Spending 20 quid on supporting a local coffee shop and treating my grandparents in the process feels like money well spent to me. I think maybe because this is January and I know it’s tight (a six-week month), I am extra careful with money but generally I don’t regret any of my purchases. I’m trying to consider things more and not impulse buy, which is hard when you’re definitely a treat yourself kinda gal. No spending on clothes this week but I've set myself a little target that when I hit a health goal and lose a certain amount of weight, I'll treat myself to a few nice bits." Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Money Diary: A Pharmaceutical Scientist On 38kMoney Diary: A 25-Year-Old Radiographer On 31k
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Some say they are the best years of your life.And Prince Charles certainly appeared to enjoy his time as a student, in the late 1960s.The Prince of Wales went to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he started by reading archaeology and physical and social anthropology, but ended up finishing his degree in history.He arrived at the University of Cambridge in 1967, and went abroad on archeological digs in France the following year.But he decided not to continue with archaeology and anthropology in 1968, and swapped to history.At university Charles found a love of the stage, and joined Trinity's drama group, the Dryden Society. He was in sketches the students performed as part of the annual revue, playing a weather forecaster, a sports commentator and an antiques expert.In June 1970, Charles became the first heir to the throne to be awarded a degree, getting a 2:2 from Cambridge.As well as spending most of his time in Cambridge during his student days, he had one term at the University College Aberystwyth in Wales, where he learned Welsh, which meant he was able to give a speech in Welsh during his investiture as the Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle.Have a look back at Charles living his best student life in Cambridge and North Wales.
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Danish-language drama about the 2017 death of Kim Wall elevates true crime into something more far more engaging
For anyone who’s been through the agony of coming out, especially to a hostile family, or who lost loved ones to Aids, this series will be especially moving
Story and video from Newsflare An out-of-control three-wheeler did doughnuts on a road after being hit by a car in eastern China. The CCTV video, filmed in the city of Nanjing in Jiangsu Province on January 14, shows the vehicle being hit by a