In Indonesia, there's an underground punk scene where they upgrade Vespa's into crazy Mad Max style rides.
In Indonesia, there's an underground punk scene where they upgrade Vespa's into crazy Mad Max style rides.
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In the last year, Helen McCrory became a close colleague as we worked alongside her, her husband, Damian Lewis, and actor Matt Lucas on the #FeedNHS campaign. At the height of the first lockdown we spoke nearly every day and served over a million meals to NHS workers on the frontline. On Friday afternoon, I was in my office when I heard the news. My immediate thought was, no, they’ve got that wrong. People must have confused her with someone else. Just the day before, I had been writing about Helen, Damian and Matt, for Letters From Lockdown, a compilation of notes to two children about people’s lives in the past year. How could it be that she had passed away? I was shocked. I didn’t know Helen was ill. I don’t know how long she was receiving treatment, nor what type of cancer she had. Part of me wondered if I should have known, if other people knew and I didn’t. Was there something I missed? I have a deep respect for how much Helen contributed in the last year, during the time she had. It adds a poignancy to the work she did to lead #FeedNHS and makes it even more impressive. Helen was brave, sparky, determined, positive and loving. Billy Bragg wrote, “A virtue never tested is no virtue at all,” in his song ‘Must I Paint You A Picture’. If ever there was a test of character, it is in going through what Helen did whilst making such a huge contribution and maintaining her ballsy sense of humour. My first contact with Helen was a year ago. She and Damian had a friend who was a doctor – and the friend said there was no food for staff at their London hospital. NHS workers were starving and it was affecting their performance. Leon, of which I’m chief executive, was still open and had been offering a 50 per cent discount to NHS workers. Helen and Damian got in touch and said, ‘Can you help us?’ My first thought was, oh gosh, the guy from Homeland and the woman from Peaky Blinders want to speak to me. It was a rollercoaster. But I was eager to help. We worked together intensely from then. Every day in the first lockdown we had a 10am planning call about fundraising, deployment and logistical issues.
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London rents may be dropping as the pandemic causes people to seek a different lifestyle outside of the capital, but according to new research, it remains the best place for women to work. The numbers were crunched by folks at SmartSurvey, who factored in each area’s gender pay gap, average salary and the percentage of women in managerial, directorial and other senior roles. Five of the top locations were London boroughs, with Wandsworth and Westminster leading the way in first and second place. In Wandsworth, the average women’s salary is just over £40,000, but is less than the average men’s salary, but only by 0.6%. In Westminster, the average women’s salary of £37,000 is 1.5% higher than the average men’s salary. Across the UK as a whole, the gender pay gap is slowly closing, but still stands at a totally unacceptable 15.5%. Recent research has also found that women reach “peak earnings” earlier than men. The London boroughs of Camden, Merton and Lewisham also made the top ten. Wales also performed well with Carmarthenshire, Anglesey and Conwy all making the top ten too. Check out the top 10 in full below. Globally, the UK is named the 12th best country for women to work, behind Norway, Finland and Denmark in the top three positions. The global rankings also factored in each country’s total maternal and parental leave, which amounts to 39 weeks in the UK, but 91 weeks in Norway. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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If you’ve really missed live music and festival vibes during the pandemic, today brings super-encouraging news. An outdoor gig will take place at Sefton Park in Liverpool on 2nd May as part of a series of pilot events to bring back mass gatherings. The pilot concert will host a crowd of 5,000 – two-thirds of the outdoor venue’s 7,500 capacity – and gig-goers won’t be required to wear a mask or practise social distancing. However, to gain entry to the concert site, gig-goers will have to take a lateral flow test at a local centre and provide proof of a negative result. They’ll also be asked to take a test after the event so that data on the safety of mass gatherings can be analysed by the government. The gig will feature performances from local acts Blossoms, The Lathums and Zuzu (pictured above). Claire McColgan MBE, Director of Culture Liverpool, said of the pilot gig: “This isn’t an easy thing to do and I’d like to thank those promoters who have agreed to be part of this massively important research project.” We should all be proud of the fact we’re part of this brave endeavour which looks to get this vital sector back up and running and resilient once again,” she continued. “For many cities, towns and villages events are a major part of the economy, and once we develop resilience through learning, we can look forward to jobs being supported and once again enjoying those much longed for experiences.” The pilot is being produced by Festival Republic, the promoters behind popular UK summer music festivals including Reading and Leeds, Wireless and Latitude. The company’s director Melvin Benn added: “I’m delighted to be able to support the Government’s efforts to get the live music industry back up and running. This gig is about our absolute commitment to demonstrate that we can and will open on June 21st.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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It’s a big-budget movie waiting to happen. Virile working men with gritty personalities are pitched against landed aristocrats resistant to change. An epoch-making vision of the future of the world is hatched in a windswept corner of northern England. Blood, sweat and blueprints. A huffing, puffing machine made with man’s bare hands is born. “The Invention of Railways” – starring British A-listers and a legion of extras from Co Durham. The Stockton and Darlington Railway (S&DR) was granted Royal Assent 200 years ago on April 19. The line would open four years later; no doubt, come 2025 and a pandemic-free planet, there will be celebrations galore. But the build-up to the Assent and the document itself – a manifesto for a brave new world – are worthy of more attention than they might get in the midst of the eked-out easing of lockdown. But then this world-altering feat of engineering never got the attention it deserved. While the Rainhill trials and Stephenson’s Rocket remain familiar to schoolchildren in a world of cyber-networks and e-cars, scant attention has been given to the promotion of the North East’s unlisted world heritage marvel. “Perhaps it gets overlooked because the railway at Rainhill was more the finished article,” says Niall Hammond, chair of the Friends of the S&DR. “By contrast, the S&DR was where George Stephenson learnt his craft and where all the ideas about railways came together for the first time. It was the crucible in which the modern railway was forged. “The builders of the Liverpool to Manchester Railway came to visit the S&DR to see how it was done, as did railway engineers from France, Prussia and the USA. The first stations, the first coach for passengers, the first commuters, the first complaints about overcrowding – all these happened on the S&DR.”
While the beauty of technology connects us with friends and loved ones, gives us the privilege of working from home, and the ability to discover funny as hell TikToks, there are many downsides. Recently, a common one is the premature aging or condition of your neck, better known as “tech neck,” which may come in the form of pain and discomfort or more prominent lines and wrinkles. Jessica, the star of Macro Beauty’s newest episode, went to facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kay Durairaj to get filler for her tech neck lines. “I want to get tech neck filler because I have deep grooves around my neck that have been there since I was a teenager,” Jessica says. “Getting filler would boost my confidence.” Dr. Durairaj has over 15 years of experience in facial aesthetics and says that the millennial generation is more prone to tech neck due to its phone use. “This generation is going to have the most tech neck issues because of the amount of time they’re looking down at phones,” she says. “Luckily, we have a good solution.” To minimise Jessica’s lines, Dr. Durairaj used Revanesse Versa hyaluronic acid filler. “Your skin is like a piece of paper,” she explains. “The more you fold and crease it, the more those lines become permanent.” Filler in the neck area could last Jessica up to a year and gradually reduce the appearance of lines. Dr. Durairaj started the procedure by numbing her client with lidocaine at the injection site. Once the area was numbed, she proceeded with the filler. “One syringe per neck line is typically required,” Dr. Durairaj says of the procedure. “The filler needs to be carefully placed to where it’s visible enough to fill in the lines, but not too superficial where we see visible bands of filler along the neck.” After a few syringes and injections, Jessica’s treatment was completed. Dr. Durairaj stressed that aftercare, including massaging the injection area and refraining from looking down at your phone, would be critical for optimal results. A few days after her treatment, Jessica gave an update on her results, and they were impressive. Click play to see her complete transformation. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 01: Selena Gomez attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) There are many different ways to draw attention to your collarbone. You can style yourself in a sleeveless top and then look up a YouTube tutorial on how to use makeup to highlight and contour your décolletage. Or, you can take a more permanent approach and accent your collarbone with a teeny-tiny tattoo — á la Selena Gomez. The Revelación singer just debuted brand-new body art: a fine-line cross symbol placed just below her left collarbone. For the latest addition to her growing tattoo collection, Gomez visited the artists at New York City’s Bang Bang tattoo studio, who posted a clip of Gomez and her fresh ink on the brand’s Instagram page. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bang Bang Tattoo (@bangbangnyc) To complement the minimalist design, the tattoo studio offered a barely-there caption: “We heart Selena Gomez,” with the white-heart emoji. For her part, Gomez has yet to post, Story, or publicly comment on the tattoo. So for now, the meaning of the cross and the reason she chose to get it on her collarbone remain mysteries. But one thing’s for sure: fans are into the aesthetic. Many Bang Bang Studio followers have commented their support, that they “love the placement” — and we have to agree. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Travis Barker Got A "Kourtney" TattooJustin & Hailey Bieber Get Matching Peach TattoosAdam Levine Shows Off A Fresh Leg Sleeve Tattoo
This week, British fashion retailer ASOS quietly introduced a new model to its roster, Natasha Ghouri, whose cochlear implant — a surgically implanted hearing device for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing — was as much on view in the brand’s e-commerce photos as the mushroom-shaped hoop earring she was modelling. Naturally, the responses on Twitter were overwhelmingly positive. “Definitely not crying because of ASOS using an earring model with a hearing aid,” tweeted Asia Smith. “It’s so refreshing to see this kind of representation for people like me.” Smith’s tweet now has over 32,000 likes and more than 1,000 retweets. Another user, Samina Sheikh, wrote, “This is fantastic to see… My daughter is a cochlear implant-user, [who is] also deaf from birth. This is so inspiring, well done, ASOS,” while another, Georgia May, wrote, “This hits so deep! We need more models [who are deaf or hard-of-hearing]. We need more real-life models. It isn’t something to hide. It makes people with hearing aids, like myself, feel so good.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tasha Ghouri (@tashaghouri) “Assistive technology is normal, and it’s great to see it in the zeitgeist,” Stephanie Thomas, of disability fashion styling platform Cur8able, tells Refinery29. Howard A. Rosenblum, the CEO of the National Association of the Deaf, too, thinks normalising the use of models who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in campaigns is one of the keys to destigmatising it. “When we, deaf and hard-of-hearing people, see other deaf and hard-of-hearing people out in the mainstream, we feel seen,” he says. “Such representations celebrate our ‘differences’ which help others realise that we’re not so different.” Well done @ASOS for their positive decision to include Natasha, a model with a cochlear implant, on their website. We still have a long way to go but great to see such refreshing & empowering representation & embracing a positive inclusion agenda https://t.co/VpEQlfp5Tb @Femail— Richard Kramer (@RichardKSense) April 15, 2021 As Richard Kramer, the chief executive of Sense, a U.K.-based charity for people with complex disabilities (including people who are deaf-blind) pointed out in a tweet, this is a meaningful step: “We still have a long way to go but [it’s] great to see such refreshing and empowering representation and [brands] embracing a positive inclusion agenda.” He’s right. As we saw when artist Chella Man, in partnership with fashion brand Private Policy, launched an ear jewellery collection, designed to celebrate the beauty within the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, one collection can make a significant impact. (50% of the proceeds from the jewelry items went to the Deaf Queer Resource Center, the non-profit organisation dedicated to deaf, queer people, and the capsule collection was covered by major outlets like Vogue, HypeBae, and The Cut.) Given the reach that ASOS has — the company recently purchased Topshop, reported 24.9 million customers in the six months ending in February 2021, and has 11.4 million Instagram followers — this one could be even greater. “Biggest love to ASOS for welcoming me in and breaking boundaries as this will really help and inspire people out there,” wrote Ghouri in a post on her Instagram. If the scale of responses is any indication, it already has. Refinery29 reached out to ASOS, but the brand was not available for comment at this time. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Importance Of Nike’s First Hands-Free SneakerModels With Disabilities Are Gaining RecognitionI Grew Up Latinx & Disabled — & We Need Change
On Friday, London-based menswear designer and 2020 LVMH Prize finalist Priya Ahluwalia announced her womenswear debut as part of a collaboration with Ganni. The result is a collection that’s both sustainable — it was designed with upcycled deadstock fabric that went unused in Ganni’s fall ‘20 collection — and the life of the party — Ahluwalia was inspired by London’s Garage scene in the ‘90s. The collection is made up of 19 pieces, many of which were created in Ganni’s signature silhouettes, but with Ahluwalia’s unique touches, making them unlike any pieces we’ve come to expect from the Copenhagen fashion darling. Think: square necklines on midi dresses and buttery soft leather mini dresses, but with tighter fits and patchwork patterns. “To be trusted to design the collection using Ganni’s liability materials was something that was very important to the design process,” Ahluwalia said in a press release. “The project has been great in showing how leftover materials can be totally transformed and are worth cherishing.” The Nigerian-Indian creative wasn’t kidding about a transformation. Where we often associate Ganni with cottagecore vibes — the poofy sleeves, pastel colours, and soft plaids — this collection shows an edgier side to the brand. “I looked at photography from the U.K. Garage scene, as well as photos from my own personal history and culture and wanted to create clothing that women will feel sexy and strong in whilst on the dancefloor, whether at a club or at home,” Ahluwalia said. Ahluwalia’s 19-piece womenswear debut will be available for purchase on Friday, 23rd April. In the meantime, sign up to be among the first to shop at ganni.com. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Score Up To 80% Off At Net-A-Porter’s Sister SiteGanni’s New Collection Was An Ode To Princess DiI Tried Out The Ganni x Levi’s Rental Program
Leaves and twigs fell across the deck. The sounds of scraping and snapping combined with a confused throttle setting and a desperate whine from the bow thrusters. The excited “whoop, whoop” of a Second World War destroyer’s hooter played, too, albeit in my head. Just three knots’ headway, sustained laughter from Parks Canada lock staff, and the steady hand of Le Boat’s Lisa McLean reaching over to reset the rudder calmed the momentary storm. “There. That OK?” It was. Out of the trees, under control and back in the channel. All ahead full. The 126 miles and 47 locks along Ontario’s Rideau Canal allow normally tranquil passage between Kingston, on Lake Ontario, and the heart of downtown Ottawa. Of course, indigenous traders navigated the Rideau and Ottawa rivers for centuries, but the origin of the contemporary waterway dates from the war of 1812, between the British Dominion of Canada and its less polite neighbour, the United States. An hour’s taxi ride from Ottawa, through unprepossessing middle-Canada, Le Boat’s reception occupied a brick-and-white clapboard former lockmaster’s house in the small town of Smiths Falls. “Down on Dock” declared a note pinned to the door. I worked my way to the company’s mooring, where Le Boat’s Heather Whiting was hurrying to provision my home for the next three nights: a sleek 44ft three-cabin Horizon cruiser.
Astrology is the belief in and study of universal territory. The sky, its expanse, and the dark mystery beyond it are ungovernable. No matter how many shuttles and satellites compete to make a claim, the planets claim themselves. In astrology, we write the story of their relationships over and over. Because one body is near another, because one planet is illuminated by a grouping of stars. On Earth, our relationships are just as valuable but, on the only planet that sustains life, we destroy it. We say we love each other, but what good is what we say compared to what we allow? This week the police killed yet another unarmed person, a 13-year-old Latino boy. This month, 33 states have introduced over 100 bills against rights of transgender people. Bills that ban trans people from participating in sports, bills that keep trans kids from accessing affirming healthcare, bills that want to remove trans kids from their supportive families. A people policed to death is a people for whom the carceral state is a past life. What if we began our new life now, and agreed that there will be abolition? We, who can feel the rumble and pulse of it begging beneath the concrete. What if we refuse the law of the land when it means to harm the people of the land? What if we are to become ungovernable, like planets, we who know another way is not only possible but inevitable. If you feel small, if you feel far from it, take a look at Pluto’s distant influence. If we are to believe that the planets and asteroids and stars have their power, then imagine what the influence of all our bodies might be. While Pluto works on our values, pitting fear against faith, Saturn and Uranus continue to square off. A minor trine between Mars, Jupiter, and the Sun plus Mercury is our weekly reminder that our actions and rituals have a far-reaching impact, especially for the younger ones who will survive us. Each step we take presses down a new path. Aries Sun & Aries RisingWhen the world gets heavy, people reach for something big to believe in, but you don’t have to believe in God, if God doesn’t suit. You don’t even have to believe in The Universe or anything invisible above or below you. You just have to believe in yourself — in what you see for yourself, and what you want badly enough for yourself to go hard. You have to believe that you have what it takes to raise the child in you and that you’ve earned the right to let the protector rest. What some think of as divine is no bigger, no more sacred, than the work of loving your whole self.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoTaurus Sun & Taurus RisingYou are allowed to feel like one of the lucky ones and still be unsatisfied. You’re allowed to want something more for yourself, even if you can’t articulate what that something is quite yet or how you’re gonna get it. What if dissatisfaction is a sign of life? What if it’s proof of all the pleasures waiting for you on the other side of complacency? It’s better, Taurus, for you to be honest than be humble, better for you to be human than a hero. Otherwise, you might find yourself subconsciously bulldozing what you have to make way for something that you don’t. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoGemini Sun & Gemini RisingIt’s not all a crapshoot, even if it feels like one on days when nothing plays out like you’d rather it did. While it might not be evident right away, there are always a few stakes in the game and consequences to your actions. It’s like Neko Case sang, “time’s a revelator” — eventually, we come to the end of a thread we’ve been holding without realizing it. Don’t let this stop you in your tracks, Gemini, let it give you perspective. Yes, the hurt matters, the mistakes you’ve made matter and they won’t pass unnoticed. But so does the good you’ve done and want to do.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoCancer Sun & Cancer RisingIt can feel selfish to trust your gut instincts and make decisions about what’s right for you — not what you wish felt right, or what someone else needs you to feel. In fact, when someone else’s feelings are in the mix, prioritising your own viewpoint and values can feel like discounting theirs. But, it isn’t. No one benefits from your decisions to do things that don’t feel good or right to you. No one gets to experience you at your best that way. Besides, you should know by now to trust your intuition and never underestimate it. It’s a tool that works better the more you use it. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLeo Sun & Leo RisingIf healing isn’t linear then neither is the path we take toward it. If we can fall off the wagon and get back on, if we can cut ties with people who cause us harm and then hastily sew those ties together in a moment of desperation before remembering why we left to begin with, we can forgive ourselves for losing faith in our ability to learn a new way to live and relate to others. When you get angry at yourself for all the ways you wish you could show up, slow down and find one way. You don’t have to be all in all at once, but when you’re up for it, your ride is here to pick you up.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoVirgo Sun & Virgo RisingIt’s only natural that what felt good to you once might no longer do the trick. Human beings are agents of change and under certain world-defining and delaying circumstances, only more so. With all that time for introspection, some personal shifts might have experienced an acceleration process. But, it takes a while for the mind to catch up with the body, to put into language what might have at first seemed like a hiccup in the spirit. It can feel like the body knows something that we don’t. What you feel is more trustworthy and valuable than what you want to feel.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLibra Sun & Libra RisingA body needs to use or release what it stores. The materials are easy enough to identify: tears, mucus, waste. But the body is full of systems that produce responses harder to see, like the endocrine system, the sympathetic nervous system, and our immune systems. Like Libra people, these systems work as mediators, communicating between stimulus and stimulated. But, unlike Libra people, these systems want to process and let go, because when they can’t release, they suffer. When you’re wondering whether to hold on or let go, look to your body for guidance. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoScorpio Sun & Scorpio RisingLike the dream of a past life, hopeful buds are showing up along the wintered tree of you. A week full of beautiful reminders, that relationships and projects you thought dead were simply dormant, germinating under the cover of darkness. It’s enough to welcome what returns, to regard the cycling nature of all things — including the patterns of others. A budding tree will come to bloom whether you watch it or not and after its bloom, it will shed and go on about the business of greenness. If certain absences hurt you, if opening again scares you, just hang back and let time do its work.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoSagittarius Sun & Sagittarius RisingOf course you know how to stay busy, how to lend your time to whatever problem crops up. And, it’s true that staying busy can do wonders for those of us who, left to leisure, are also left with an emotional state we’d rather let alone. But busying oneself with whatever is furthest from the spirit is a fool’s errand, you know that. You will never stay busy enough. This week might be full of people and places demanding you make good on your work, and you will. But if you don’t make time to keep the promises you’ve made to yourself, your word won’t be worth very much to you.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoCapricorn Sun & Capricorn RisingIt’s time for you to express yourself, Capricorn, to stand in the light of the golden hour. So much of this month has been about setting your limits and figuring out what you don’t want. Don’t you think it’s time for you to not only figure out what you DO want, but actively set out after it? Of course the time between invocation and reception can be slower than some might like, but you know how to be patient if the reward is good enough. You’ve been putting the pieces in place for everyone else long enough, set the dominoes to spell your own name and give the first one a push.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoAquarius Sun & Aquarius RisingThere are months that ask you to rest and months that show you what that rest was for. Rest is a process necessary for both body and mind. Rest can be sleeping in or declining invitations or taking trips to the seaside for salt air. Rest is, no matter how you come to it, a gathering of strength, and it can be taken alongside the daily grind or outside of it entirely. My hope for you, Aquarius, is that you’ve taken your rest seriously and sacredly, because within it were lessons for the work you’re endeavouring upon now. The work comes from that rest; it’s possible because of it.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoPisces Sun & Pisces RisingWe shouldn’t have to choose between what makes financial sense and what makes sense collectively and, in a perfect world, our lives could be easily built in service to the communities we love and care for. But, because this isn’t a perfect world and because some resources are finite, it’s important to approach long-term plans as if they are exactly that — long term. While some situations require immediate response, your present day solutions need not define your vision for the future. You can take care of yourself now without jeopardising your big beautiful dream.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Charge Your Vibrators: Venus Is In TaurusObsessed With Astrology? Thank TikTok — & COVIDHow Important Is Your Roommate's Zodiac Sign?
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The celebrity chef died in 2018, with his planned book on world travel unwritten, but his co-author Laurie Woolever has put it together from many sources. Kevin E G Perry talks to her about this labour of love for the man she remembers with a legendary capacity for generosity and crankiness