Hugh Bonneville is enjoying being part of a "team" to help roll out the COVID-19 vaccine as he enlists as a volunteer.
Hugh Bonneville is enjoying being part of a "team" to help roll out the COVID-19 vaccine as he enlists as a volunteer.
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Stacey Samedi didn’t own many handbags but she was a fan of Telfar so last year she decided to treat herself to a Telfar bag. After two months on the waiting list her bag arrived and she immediately painted dragons around the logo so that it matched her Nike trainers, which she had also personalised. Posing in her customised accessories, she snapped some shots and shared them on Twitter. The post blew up. The artist. The art. pic.twitter.com/kufaqVgQMV— thee customizer (@stayytheartisan) September 5, 2020 One day and 11.9k retweets later, Stacey auctioned her bag on eBay for $800 (its retail price was $202). “Somebody told me I could have sold it for $2,000 if I wanted to because it is artwork, it’s hand-painted. So I’m waiting for the next time one of my designs gets a lot of traction,” she says. With their smooth vegan leather surfaces, Telfar totes are the ideal blank slate. “Because of the way the leather is, it’s just like a canvas,” says Terrell Lomax Russell, who also started painting on Telfar bags last year. He had been painting (on bags and on canvas) for years but Telfar’s popularity caught his attention. He bought four bags, painted them and shared them online. “I decided to gamble on myself,” he says. “The first post did really good, the second did very good, the third one did even better and with the fourth one I knew it was going to do well regardless.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Terrell Lomax Russell (@handpaintedbytlomax) “Customisation is definitely a growing trend and will become more of a movement this year,” says luxury fashion stylist Miranda Holder. She’s noticed that her clients are increasingly looking to have their luxury bags painted on. “Luxury items are becoming more accessible and they’re lacking that exclusivity factor that used to be a large part of buying something high end,” she says. “It’s that uniqueness that makes a handbag covetable. If you can customise your handbag it becomes timeless.” Social media seems to have sparked a backlash against “sameness”, notes Sara Maggioni, head of womenswear at trend forecaster WGSN. “If we think about the past few years, with millennials growing up and the filtered, curated aesthetic of Instagram, there has been a bit of a backlash bubbling up, led by Gen Z, and we are seeing people wanting something different,” she explains. Painting on luxury bags seems to have gained traction during lockdown, too. Laurén Bienvenue, an artist who used to customise leather jackets, noticed over lockdown that far more people were looking to have their designer handbags painted. For her it was mainly vintage Louis Vuitton. “I think during COVID people started cleaning out their closets and going through their stuff,” she explains. “So many women have asked me to revive bags that they’ve had for, like, 20 years. There are those who want a new look for that classic monogram bag or people who have just really used and abused their bags and they need to cover up what’s happened.” This subversive approach can be traced back to the 1970s. Pioneered by Vivienne Westwood, music’s punk scene inspired people to leave their mark on their look, via bleached denim, studded leather and graffitied tees. In the ’90s, Alexander McQueen took the catwalk show to new heights with the live customisation of Shalom Harlow’s gown, while 2001 saw Stephen Sprouse scrawl all over Louis Vuitton bags. Far from being precious about their products, luxury houses have encouraged this DIY spirit over the last few years. Gucci has given consumers the option to decorate their own jackets and trainers, allowing people to choose their favourite printed inner linings and, in true maximalist spirit, a range of appliqué options for the outer leather. Balenciaga has opened the Balenciaga Copyshop, where customers can pick from an archive of graphics and decide how to place them on T-shirts, while Off-White hosted customisation pop-ups in Tokyo. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ONCE UPON A LAURÉN (@onceuponalauren) Luxury brands have long offered consumers the option to personalise their products but it was an add-on – a paid-for extra reserved for a privileged few. Now, though, thanks to social media democratising luxury fashion, the chance to influence the design of your favourite item has become readily available to anyone with a social media account and a flair for creativity. “With self-customisation online, things are a little different to how they were in the past because when you’re making decisions online, you’re not working with the designer, you’re adapting the designer’s work,” says Dr Martin Schreier, who wrote a 2020 paper on customisation in luxury brands. “There’s a trade-off between saving the essence of the designer and making your own mark on the product.” Schreier has also noticed a shift in the way Gen Z views designer labels. “Nowadays younger generations aren’t looking up to the designers in the same way. This generation thinks, I’m confident, I can judge taste and I know what I like, I can co-create.” Perhaps this is why taste-makers aren’t afraid to add bold, imaginative designs to their luxury handbags. Terrell has noticed that his younger customers tend to allow him more creative freedom when painting on their bags. “Older people like more monograms or maybe a little initial or a stripe but the younger the customer is, the wilder the design is. I could do anything from anime bags or flower bags to something with feathers and everything on it,” he says. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Terrell Lomax Russell (@handpaintedbytlomax) We can assume that Telfar is happy to see these elaborate designs on their bags: the official Telfar Instagram account has liked both Stacey and Terrell’s posts featuring their customised Telfars. It’s not surprising that the Brooklyn-based, Black-owned brand has endorsed their artwork; after all, it set out to redefine the meaning of luxury with its inclusive tagline, “Not for you – for everyone”. Telfar’s goal is to democratise fashion by providing luxury handbags for anyone who wants them at an affordable price. It’s a philosophy which chimes with the shift away from deifying gate-keeping heritage houses. People may not hero-worship luxury brands like they used to but Telfar is widely adored for what it represents. It’s a brand which has made space for – and given a platform to – creatives, the LGBTQI+ community and people of colour. “I was able to contribute to this online culture,” Stacey says, explaining that there was something special about putting her own artwork on a Telfar piece. “My bag went viral so it felt like I made a print on it.” The time and space provided by lockdown has helped people breathe new life into old accessories. But more than that, people are putting their own twist on the designs they loved enough to buy, participating in fashion in a communal and collaborative way. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Pandemic Has Us Dressing In All BlackTelfar's Tote Is The Most Important Bag Of 20207 Of The Best Fashion Brands Based Outside London
Thinking back to life before coronavirus, there are countless things I miss, such as weekly catch-ups with friends and after-work drinks. But the one experience I’m pining for the most is a trip to my favourite afro hair salon. My hair would be washed and braided while I leaned into the chatter among hairstylists and clients. No one could have predicted that almost a year since entering our first lockdown, we’d be well into our third. It has been difficult for everyone and especially hard for beauty businesses, in particular hair salons. The National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) has warned that the government may have placed the final nail in the coffin of an already struggling industry, with countless beauty businesses left without financial support and continuing to pay high taxes despite being closed. The NHBF estimates that of the 40,000 salons in the UK, around 5,000 have closed for good. Hairdressers Journal suggests that number could reach 8,000 by the end of 2021, as salon owners struggle to keep up with rent and fall into debt. And Black British hairdressers may have been hit the hardest. Prior to the pandemic, afro hair salons were few and far between on UK high streets, dwarfed by salons catering mostly to Caucasian hair types. Despite L’Oréal estimating that Black women spend six times more on hair than Caucasian women, having no clients through the door has been catastrophic for Black hair salons and freelance stylists. Molecia Seasay from High Wycombe has been a professional hairdresser for four years and tells Refinery29 that it has been a real challenge to keep her business afloat. “Numerous lockdowns have affected me massively,” Molecia says. “If I can’t work, I can’t earn, and I feel as though my industry is falling through the cracks. There’s a constant lingering of uncertainty around our business and we’re having to figure things out on our own.” Naturally, hairdressers are incredibly frustrated, and clients are floundering, too. Black women in particular have had to adapt to new hair routines without the guidance of trusted hair professionals, and everything from styling to treating hair has become a DIY process. Many have got to grips with their new at-home routines but for some it has proven difficult to keep up with the maintenance. “For the past few years, I’ve put my hair into the hands of someone who knows exactly what they’re doing but that has all changed,” says Morgan Smith from Bromley, who finds her new haircare routine an effort. “I’ve been a regular at Elite Hair Lounge for as long as I can remember and have the same trusty hairstylist each time,” she continues. Prior to COVID-19, Morgan would relax her hair every eight to 10 weeks but bad past experiences mean she is reluctant to try it herself and this has made her self-conscious. “I feel as though I don’t look like myself,” she says. “As someone who has struggled with body dysmorphia, I have less control over my physicality. With relaxed hair it’s also really important to go for regular touch-ups. Leaving it too long between appointments can potentially cause breakage and make hair much harder to maintain.” Marian Kwei from London is in the same boat as Morgan. “I’ve always seen getting my hair done as a form of self-care,” she tells R29. “I like wearing wigs but I always make sure to maintain my natural hair with a weekly deep condition at the salon before getting it plaited into cornrows to sit underneath. I’ve gone from regular salon visits, where I’d feel really empowered, to feeling overwhelmed by not being able to maintain my hair properly myself.” Prior to the pandemic, afro hair salons were few and far between on UK high streets, dwarfed by salons catering mostly to Caucasian hair types. Having no clients through the door has been catastrophic. Marian says that while it has been difficult to adapt to a DIY hair routine, the pandemic has forced others to be self-sufficient. Black women are learning more about their hair in regard to styling and maintenance. In fact, lockdown has encouraged many women to see their natural hair in a different light. Kirah from Birmingham has turned her hand to braiding at home and welcomes the DIY approach as saving her money during this difficult time. “I’ve been trying lots of different cornrows and I’m currently doing the LOC method (treating hair to leave-in conditioner, oil and styling cream),” she tells R29. Pre-COVID, Kirah says she frequented the salon numerous times a year but is now making do without. “I’m using the hair products that I already own,” she says, pinpointing TikTok favourite Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay as a transformative homemade cleanser. Kirah isn’t alone. More Black women are using this time to practise protective styles and hairstylists are harnessing their expertise to set up savvy digital hair ventures. Molecia recently launched Zoom classes to meet demand from clients who want to braid and style their hair in the comfort of their own homes. TikTok has also been something of a saviour for at-home haircare and inspiration. Alicia from London says she would always get her hair professionally styled but that the popular video-sharing app is now her font of knowledge. Alicia has learned to install crochet twists thanks to TikTok’s numerous Black hair tutorials. “I’ve found their hair techniques to be really easy to follow at home,” she says, “and I’ve been able to order supplies online quickly, too. I’m no expert but practice makes perfect.” More Black women are using this time to practise protective styles and hairstylists are harnessing their expertise to set up savvy digital hair ventures, such as virtual hairstyling classes. Aside from protective styles, lots of Black women are attempting the big chop and documenting the results online. Refinery29’s staff writer Jessica Morgan recently did so, with no regrets. “It wasn’t meant to happen this way,” said Jessica. “Pre-coronavirus, I had booked an appointment to have my hair cut at the Aveda salon in London. I had specifically asked for a hairstylist who had experience with afro curly hair and I was excited to have the professional salon treatment, taking with me my list of Instagram baddies (Zoë Kravitz and Solange) as inspiration.” Then lockdown took hold. “At 8am one morning, before starting work, I picked up my scissors, walked into my bathroom and, with India Arie’s ‘I Am Not My Hair’ playing through my AirPods, chopped it all off,” said Jessica. “I watched in slow motion as each strand of hair fell to my feet. It felt like taking off tight shoes. It wasn’t the big emotional moment I had prepared myself for. I didn’t cry and I didn’t panic. I felt a sudden sense of relief. It’s over, I thought, I’m free. It was empowering. I had finally let myself break free from the bondage of whiteness.” Embracing natural hair is big on TikTok, too, with hundreds of natural, at-home hair tutorials uploaded to the app daily. The comments show that these tutorials provide a sense of solidarity among women who are forgoing relaxer and letting their natural hair bloom. For journalist Fedora Abu, lockdown meant facing the hair she had spent years hiding. “When it comes to hair, I’m anti-DIY; I believe that most things are best left to experts,” Fedora recently wrote. “But in the age of social distancing, this approach has left me ill-prepared.” Fedora continued: “When my scalp started crying for attention, I finally took out my braids and the process I’d been putting off began. Six weeks into lockdown, I thought about how little time I’d spent running my fingers through my hair and how finally sitting down to style it myself began to feel like an act of self-care.” Beyond TikTok, the online hair space has facilitated the launch of new websites and apps which have helped Black women become their own hair experts during the pandemic. Founded by hair pro Winnie Awa, Carra is a digital natural hair concept aimed at providing everything from professional one-to-one advice via video to product recommendations and hair routines for people with textured hair. The platform has proven so popular, it already has big fans in influencers and beauty journalists. Hair website Blaqbase is also making waves. It gives visibility to Black-owned beauty brands and was dreamed up in response to limited local access to Black hair salons on the high street. On site you’ll find much-loved hair brands such as Flora & Curl and Equi Botanics. YUTYBAZAR, a Black-owned online beauty destination, has also surged in popularity over lockdown and boasts brands like AIRFRO and The Afro Hair & Skin Co, which can be delivered to your door. Apps and websites like these have been something of a lifeline for Black women struggling with interruptions to their normal hair routines. While Black women have adapted, the burning issue of dwindling salons can’t be ignored. With the industry in crisis, campaigns such as Save Our Salons and #BeautyOnTheBrink on social media are calling on the government for urgent financial support for hairdressers, beauty salons and mobile traders until salons reopen on 12th April. There are a number of ways in which you can support afro hair businesses right now, too, from leaving Google reviews to purchasing gift cards. Beautystack, for instance, allows users to buy a voucher, valid for up to 12 months, for beauty treatments with a range of professionals. It’s also worth checking in with your local salons and favourite hairstylists, as plenty are selling hair products online (delivered directly to your door, contact-free) or via a click and collect service. The pandemic will never erase the love and appreciation that Black women have for afro hair salons but, for many, at-home haircare has been empowering. Time will tell what the future holds for Black hair businesses but we’ll no doubt book appointments in our droves when they reopen in the spring. For now, though, haircare is in our hands and like Jessica and Kirah prove, making do might not be so bad. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?What These 12 Natural Oils Do For Black Hair8 Hair Products Black Beauty Editors Always BuyWhy I Gave Myself The Big Chop In Lockdown
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Baby name trends often reflect what’s going on in the world right now, which means predictions are generally quite short-term. In recent months we’ve seen cottagecore-inspired names and Bridgerton-themed names tipped for popularity in 2021. It’s a lot more unusual to see baby names tipped for longer-term popularity. However, baby naming website Bounty has really pushed the boat out and compiled a list of baby names it expects to trend for the next 10 years. Nellie, Elodie and Anastasia lead its list of girls’ names predicted to enjoy a decade of popularity, while Chester, Levi and Hudson head up the list of boys’ names expected to last the distance. The names Margot and Idris make the list too, presumably reflecting the popularity of two of the world’s most famous actors. A representative for Bounty said of its bold predictions: “Having assessed over 300,000 names for the stand-out highest climbers over the last 12 months, we can predict which exactly which name trends are set to take off. “This is because, outside of official birth registration lists (which are published 18 months behind) ours is the largest, most up-to-date baby names list in the UK – making it guaranteed to bring you the latest trends in baby names.” We’ll have to wait a few years to find how whether the predictions are accurate or not, but either way, they’re definitely packed full of naming inspiration. It’s also interesting to cross-reference them with the UK’s most popular baby names of 2020, which includes familiar favourites such as Amelia, Isla, Ethan, Muhammad and Oliver. Girls’ names predicted to be popular for the next decade: NellieElodieAnastasiaMargotAubreyAyda Remi Alayna Aurelia Winnie Dorothy Kyla Maeve Dottie Liyana AddisonBlossom Adeline AveryNola Boys’ names predicted to be popular for the next decade: ChesterLevi HudsonEddieMylesRioVincentOtisAbelCobyTravis Robbie Idris MontyRomeo Raphael Barney OsianDante Troy Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?A Photo Story Of Two Girls Growing Up TogetherThese Cottagecore Baby Names Will Be Big In 2021Black British Motherhood & Me
During the nearly two and a half hours of Billie Eilish’s new documentary, Apple TV+’s Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry, we learn a lot about the 19-year-old star. There are some things longtime Eilish fans will likely already know: her favourite car, how close she is with her family, how much honesty she pours into her music, and how devoted she is to her fans. Other things, like her genuine hate for the songwriting process (she leaves that to her brother, Finneas), the bittersweet relationship that occupied much of her thoughts while on tour, and intimate details about her history of depression and self-harm. The first half of the film focuses on Eilish’s life before she released her Grammy-winning debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, and the second (post-intermission — yes, there’s an intermission) is basically her continued upward trajectory after. There’s not much of a plot, per-se, nor do the filmmakers seem like they’re trying to beat the audience over the head with an agenda. In fact, The World’s A Little Blurry feels more slice-of-life film than Celebrity Documentary. But there are a few particular moments — intimate habits caught as if by accident, bits of off-handed conversation — that reveal Eilish’s ethos in surprisingly clear ways. One of these is an exchange between Eilish’s mother, Maggie Baird, during the latter half of the film. Eilish used to be a serious dancer, but suffered a hip injury when she was 13 that prevented her from continuing. “Everything I’ve ever loved, I’ve had to give up,” Eilish says. The injury however continues to flare up, and is especially exacerbated by the singer’s constant on-the-go lifestyle and penchant for jumping up-and-down at her shows. During a show in Milan in 2019, she twists her ankle during the first song and has to wear a boot for the rest of the performance. Backstage, her mum chastises her for not keeping up her physical therapy and encourages her to try to mend her body. “I gave you the exercises to do it but you actually do have to do it. Every day,” Baird says. “And the days when you don’t have a show, you have to almost do more because you have to work out. We’re trying to make it so you don’t get injured anymore, we’re trying to heal your body so you don’t go on interviews and say, ‘my body is broken.’ We’re going to heal your body.” Eilish’s face, at this point, looks incredibly sombre and frustrated. “My body is always going to be broken, even if I heal it,” she says adamantly. “It will have been broken a million times.” “But it can be healed!” her mum interjects. “If something breaks a bunch of times it’s broken,” Eilish replies. “Even if you fix it, it’s still been broken.” It’s a disheartening thing to hear from a teenager — to so clearly see that she’s not just talking about her legs. This outlook is further underscored in a scene in which we see the notes and thoughts scribbled on her bedroom wall. One line reads: “No matter what happens, I will always love be broken” While it does suggest a rather pessimistic perspective — that Eilish doesn’t feel like she’s whole, and has a hard time moving beyond the sad or difficult things that try to hold her back, you could also say that, in some ways, it’s also very realistic. It’s true that in many cases, things change once they are broken: replaced bones and healed muscles are technically not the same as before they were hurt, even after they do get “fixed.” Traumatic events still colour a person’s life, for better or worse. Following this exchange, Eilish eventually goes to physical therapy more regularly and makes an effort to take care of her injury. But it likely isn’t because she suddenly has a change of heart — as you learn in the film, despite being a superstar, Eilish is still very much your classic stubborn-yet-somehow-charming teenager. It’s because the only thing stronger than her own convictions is her love for her fans, and her determination to always give them the best show she possibly can. Theirs is one bond, at least, that will never be broken. If you or someone you know is considering self-harm, please get help. Call the Samaritans on 116 123. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Billie Eilish We Don’t See Takes Center StageBillie Eilish Opens Up About Her "Identity Crisis"The $13 Coconut Lip Gloss Billie Eilish Swears By
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TikTok isn’t just the place where Sylvanian Families unleash the dark side we never knew they had. It’s also a wellspring of skincare advice, sleep hacks and cooking inspo – thanks to the app, feta cheese has never been more popular. Morning routines have already become a big thing on TikTok, so it was only a matter of time before breakfast recipes followed suit. And the latest breakfast to trend on TikTok is both simple and delicious: baked oats. @bakedoats cake for breakfast?! save this for your next breakfast inspo😍 #bakedoats #fyp #foryoupage #bakedoatsrecipe #oats #choc #porridge ♬ Fantasy – Alina Baraz / Galimatias What is baked oats? Well, it’s neither a bowl of porridge nor a slab of flapjack, but something in between. As TikTok user @m0rganbeattie demonstrates in the video below, it involves mixing a portion of porridge oats with an egg, baking powder, mashed banana and some milk, then baking in a loaf tin until it firms up into a warm and squidgy treat. @m0rganbeattie seeing as everyone asked for the raspberry and cinnamon flavour 🤍 all I post is food now on my tiktok 🥺 ##fyp ##healthyrecipie ##bakedoats ##food ♬ Pop Smoke candy shop – EZD One of the great things about baked oats is the slow-release energy it provides – just like regular porridge. Another is its cake-like texture, which makes it feel slightly more indulgent than plain old porridge. If you scroll through the #bakedoats hashtag on TikTok, you’ll find a whole range of recipes ranging from the relatively sensible – blueberry and cinnamon, for example – to more playful options like Jammie Dodger baked oats. Hey, if you can’t have Jammie Dodger baked oats during a pandemic, when can you? And if you prefer to bake from a written-down recipe than a TikTok video, BBC Good Food has a tasty-looking blueberry baked oats recipe here. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Reason Sylvanian Families Took Over TikTokThis Simple Sleep Hack Is Going Viral On TikTokTikTok Is Obsessed With This High Street Mascara
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How are we to travel now? Our dreams vanished into winter, and even now journeys to far-flung places are on hold until late spring. When grounded, as we have been for so long, watching travelogues on TV, or looking at holiday snapshots, returns us to a seemingly bygone age. For travel writers, enforced immobility stirs up footloose fantasies. The closer the confinement, the more extravagant the wanderlust. After an accident fractured my spine in 1978, I was forced to lie motionless on a hospital bed for two weeks. In that period, perhaps in unconscious relief at my survival, I conceived driving around the Soviet Union and walking the length of the Great Wall of China. In my healthier days, such plans would have seemed pipedreams. In lockdown, we may throw out the lapsed holiday brochures and instead read the books of those foolhardy souls (myself included) who travel in places you would never go. Then you are seeing the world not with your own eyes, but through the mind and sensibility of someone else. And you can choose your terrain and companion at will. Hours later, perhaps, you surface unscathed. The author has undergone the journey’s hardship for you. But in these days of bankrupt airlines and clearer skies, and in the hiatus of lockdown, travel writers may be wondering about their effect on the world by which they earn a living. What pollution have we wanderers been spreading, and how many have we enticed to follow us? After travelling in Asia for 60 years, I must have racked up an ugly greenhouse gas total. My chief defence is that nobody much follows me, except in print. My descriptions may have deterred more people from travelling than they have ever encouraged, and if readers make for Tuscany or the Costa Brava instead, I don’t blame them. My footprints (carbon and otherwise) wander too erratically. Sometimes they are ecologically innocent. After flying to Mongolia recently, my transport for weeks was by an elderly horse (which collapsed in marshland), then by hitchhiking in Siberia and a series of underpowered buses along the Amur river (where, you ask?) – which for more than a thousand miles forms the border between Russia and China in the Far East. My horse was breathing out methane, but for weeks the only other pollution I incurred came from the outboard motors of fishermen and poachers.
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We've reached the fourth instalment of our journey around the world in 80 objects – things, great and small, famous and obscure, which shed a particularly revealing light on a place or culture. Our last edition looked into a classic car, a cheesy logo and a death mask. Here are three more. 17. Galileo’s Telescopes, Italy The history of Florence is overloaded with extraordinary intellectual and artistic achievements – from Brunelleschi’s dome on the cathedral, to Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia. So relatively little attention is given to two rather unglamorous tubes in a glass display case in one of the city’s lesser-visited museums. One is just under a metre long, the other just over. They are patched together out of leather, wood, paper and copper wire – but the critical elements are the glass lenses at each end. For these are two of the original telescopes made by Galileo Galilei in 1609 and 1610 and represent one of the greatest technological advances in the history of science. In 1609, at the age of 45, Galileo had already revolutionised the design of navigational compasses, learnt how to strengthen magnets and made huge experimental strides in better understanding gravity. Then he heard about a new spy glass that had come from Flanders to Venice and could magnify distant objects by two or three times. Galileo was fascinated and immediately started to consider how he might make a better version. He quickly learnt how to make stronger lenses and how best to combine them at the most effective focal length. Within a few months, he had managed to make a telescope that increased magnification 20-fold. And when he turned it on the night sky, he was astonished. He could see the moon, the stars and the planets in a way no other human being had done before. Through his lenses, the received wisdom of millennia was turned on its head. The moon was not smooth, but covered in craters and mountains and craters. The shadows were so clear, Galileo used them to estimate the height of the peaks.
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