Sarah Harding once turned down a date with Robbie Williams, and has said she regrets not agreeing to go out with the former Take That singer.
Sarah Harding once turned down a date with Robbie Williams, and has said she regrets not agreeing to go out with the former Take That singer.
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Even if international travel turns out to be possible this summer, many of us have been firmly bitten by the staycation bug. After all, destinations in the UK aren't just quick and convenient to get to; they also make travelling sustainably a little easier. With this in mind, it's interesting to check out Airbnb's list of the top trending staycation destinations for 2021. These aren't necessarily the most popular destinations overall, but the ones that are seeing the biggest increase in search traffic. Basically, if these holiday spots aren't big yet, they definitely will be.Amanda Cupples, general manager for Northern Europe at Airbnb, said of the list: "Our trending destinations show that travel this year is likely to be a little different, with many using a summer closer to home to explore lesser-known rural destinations in addition to the well-loved favourites."Check out the top 10, including pretty coastal spots in Devon, Cornwall and North Yorkshire, in this slideshow.St Clears, PembrokeshireThis small town on the River Tâf is something of a hidden gem in South Wales.Forest of Dean, GloucestershireThis ancient forest offers 42 square miles of peaceful woodland to explore. Popular villages located around the forest include Brockhampton, Alvington and Lydbrook.Clovelly, DevonWith its cute cobbled high street, traditional buildings and stunning views of the Bristol Channel, it's easy to see why this Devon town is a staycation favourite.Bosham, West SussexThis coastal village on England's south coast has its own, very charming harbour.Primrose Valley, Filey, North YorkshireHome to one of the UK's best-rated beaches, this is definitely a destination on the rise.Mullion, CornwallThis picturesque Cornish fishing village has its own uninhabited island which is home to large colonies of seabirds. Cawsand, CornwallLocated on the Rame Peninsula, which is often called "the forgotten corner of Cornwall", this village remains a bit of an undiscovered gem... for now.Noss Mayo, DevonLocated just six miles from Plymouth (and its handy train station), this tiny village is considered one of Devon's prettiest. Saunton, Devon This Devon village is known for its sizeable beach, Saunton Sands, which is where Robbie Williams shot his iconic "Angels" video.East Wittering, West SussexLocated just 60 miles from London, this West Sussex village is especially popular with the surfing community. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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Despite the unappetising, gnarly appearance of oysters, their primeval, necrotic-looking shells are of course considered to contain edible utopia. In the west coast of Denmark, wild oysters fuelled Viking rampages and were used as currency before coins were around. King Frederick II, who ruled around the same time as Tudor King Henry VIII, was so fond of the molluscs that anyone who dared pick them, depriving him, was subject to the death penalty – a law that was only abolished in the 1980s. In recent times, oysters have been successfully marketed as a supposed aphrodisiac and the ultimate protein supplement, not to mention a sophisticated and decadent food fix. Given the considerable cost at which every creamy, metallic-flavoured slurp comes, an oyster free-for-all excursion sounds like a great idea.
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Major spoilers and descriptions of violence are ahead. Amazon Prime Video’s Them ends to the tune of Nina Simone’s “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.” The first season of the horror anthology’s heroes, the Emory family, line up proudly in front of their suburban L.A. home. Dad Henry (Ashley Thomas) may be down a finger, mum Lucky (Deborah Ayorinde) may have narrowly escaped a lobotomy, and their daughters (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Melody Hurd) may be forever traumatised — but they’re all still standing. That theme — of unshakeable fortitude — is the final message the Emorys telegraph as they deliberately stare into Them’s camera, in the face of the racist mob surrounding their house. This parting visual should feel triumphant. Instead, it’s infuriating — a faux empowerment paean that refuses to reckon with the buffet of white supremacist trauma built by Them over 10 episodes. The issues with Them’s ending goes back to season 1’s penultimate episode, “Day 9.” The chapter follows flashback episode “Covenant II.” When we check back in with the Emorys, it feels as if multiple scenes of connective tissue between “Day 9” and its timeline predecessor “Night,” Them’s seventh episode, are missing. Lucky is trapped in a mental hospital after Henry finds the corpse of their murdered son Chester in a box. It’s a macabre reveal — but not a crime. The doctor in charge of Lucky’s mental hospital, Frances Moynihan (Kate McNeil), confirms authorities do not believe Lucky killed her child. Therefore, there is no real reason to keep her locked up, or for Lucky’s daughters to say they believe their mum harmed Chester. Still, Lucky remains in a psychiatric hold, and the Emory girls suspect their mother of heinous misdeeds. With Lucky sequestered, the Emorys’ racist neighbours capitalise on the opportunity to terrorise her family members. Marty (Pat Healy) and Roger (Zack Daly) beat Henry, hold him at gunpoint, and clip off one of his fingers. The entire time, the threat of sexual assault hangs in the air against eldest Emory daughter Ruby as the men mention how “grown” she is; in the Them premiere, Compton’s racist dads panic about the idea of Ruby, a child, tempting their white sons at school. The men claim their abuse has a righteous purpose — the recovery of missing white woman Betty Wendell (Alison Pill) — but it’s simply unmitigated racist hate and paranoia made actions. The already sickening situation escalates when Marty and Roger become displeased with Henry’s answers (they were always going to be displeased with Henry’s answers). The white men drag Henry into the basement and attempt to lynch him in front of his daughters. It is likely one of the most upsetting and unnecessary scenes you will see in 2021, if not your lifetime. The finale, “Day 10,” fails to mesh the true-to-life terror of the Emorys’ neighbours with the supernatural white supremacy that is also haunting the family home. Ruby heaves a hatchet into one of her father’s white assailants, killing him. Over at the mental hospital, Lucky bashes racist Dr. Monyhan’s skull in to save herself (and the other black women in Moynihan’s “care”). At this point in the series, Henry, afflicted by the otherworldly manipulation of Hiram Epps (Supernatural demon Christopher Heyerdahl), has already shot a police officer to death. It is difficult to watch the minutes tick down on “Day 10” and not fixate on how the Emorys will escape violent retribution for these self-defence killings. As Them takes great pains to prove, there is little justice, or understanding, for Black people in America — especially in this slice of America. The finale ignores its own vicious pillar, turning its attention away from the discord on Palmer Drive and towards the terror inside the Emory house. Lucky arrives home and lights a fire perimeter with a psychic power she hadn’t previously possessed. In earlier episode “Covenant II,” viewers see a similar flicker of ability in Martha (Nona Parker Johnson), the pregnant Black woman in the flashback instalment. Yet, Them never takes the time to make a concrete connection between Martha and Lucky at any time over its 10 episodes. Inside the house, Lucky must help her family step away from the violent indignities inflicted upon them by Hiram. Gracie is abused by an imaginary teacher; Ruby imagines being choked to death and actually bloodies her hands on shards of glass; Henry is forced to rewatch “film” of his wife’s rape and his son’s murder by unrepentant racists. It is unclear why Them believes it is essential to show us the extensive brutalisation of Black bodies once again, when there is so much plot to wrap up (no one even knows Betty was actually kidnapped and killed by the milkman). In one last gasp to add more inexplicable “twists” to Them, Lucky enters the basement for a final showdown with Hiram. She rebuffs his attempt to trap her in the dark forever and screams “I see you” at Hiram repeatedly, banishing him to hell. Considering the prime placement and intense music, this moment should be meaningful. But that supposedly integral phrase — “I see you!” — has never been uttered in Them before. It holds no meaning or bearing in this series. Why those, of all the words in the world, are what finally defeats Hiram is a quickly discarded mystery. The last time the audience sees Hiram, his spirit is burning in the basement. Although Hiram has been eliminated, there is still the matter of the angry white mob outside of the house, the multiple killings the Emorys committed to survive, and the reveal of Betty’s fate — all subjects Them has asked viewers to care about. “Day 10’s” closing sequence drops each of these threads entirely and purposefully. The Emorys leave the house on Palmer Drive and come face-to-face with their enraged neighbours and three police officers, who are on the other side of the fire barrier Lucky (somehow) magically enacted. The cops have their guns pulled and trained on the Emorys. Despite the intensity of the fire, the officers could still easily shoot through it to kill the Emorys, after everything they have been through. Them does not grapple with the fatalistic sadness of that reality or work to give its protagonists a shred of hope. It plays “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” and urges Henry, Lucky, Ruby, and Gracie to pose for the camera like they’ve just pulled off the greatest Fast and the Furious heist in history. But their lives are still in danger, and there is no clear route for escape. After all that fight, their future could still be cut down in the middle of the street. This kind of demoralising horror is the furthest image Miss Simone had in mind when she sang, “Oh what a lovely precious dream,” a few seconds into “Young, Gifted, and Black.” If you have experienced sexual violence of any kind and need help or support, please visit Rape Crisis or call 0808 802 9999. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Black Film School Wants To Diversify The CanonSelah & The Spades Is About Teens Being TeensStranger Things' Caleb McLaughlin Is All Grown Up
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Things seem to be going well between Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker. Two months after making their relationship status Instagram official, we have an important Friday update: Barker just went and got himself a “Kourtney” tattoo. To celebrate her boyfriend’s very permanent tribute, Kardashian posted a photo of Barker’s fresh piece to her Instagram feed. Across the musician’s chest, “Kourtney” is seen inked in a large cursive-script font overlaying his existing body art. For her part, Kardashian included her hand in the closeup image of the tattoo, showing off another manicure with romantic undertones: red French tips with cherry hearts. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) In addition to the grid post, Kardashian gave Barker a shoutout on her Instagram Stories, telling fans that the former Blink-182 drummer sometimes braids her hair. While nobody can say for sure what will happen next with this relationship, its trajectory sure is sweet. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Justin & Hailey Bieber Get Matching Peach TattoosAdam Levine Shows Off A Fresh Leg Sleeve TattooVanessa Got A New "Mambacita" Tattoo To Honor Gigi
At just after 9.15pm each weeknight, I hear a familiar sound from outside the window of my north London flat. The gentle whine of the locomotive pulling the Caledonian Sleeper as it passes through Camden Town a few minutes after its departure from Euston station. Sometimes I open the blind and look down to the cutting below, watching the dark green metal snake, 13-carriages long, as it begins its journey north. During the first lockdown, I would ponder who was travelling, who was permitted to make the overnight journey to Dunkeld and Birnam, Dalwhinnie or Aviemore. Now I view the train’s nightly passing as something reassuring, a symbol of continuity in confusing times. Not even Covid-19 can stop the London to Inverness night express. The last time I took a sleeper was on Jan 1 2020, part of a journey from Vienna to eastern Slovakia. An unprepossessing suburban shuttle carried me across the Austrian frontier to Bratislava’s Soviet-era railway terminus, its main hall dominated by an elaborate mural showing workers being freed from their chains. The smell of gently sweating hot dogs from a würstelstand hung heavily in the air; a small group of passengers sat on the plastic benches around the digital departure board, surrounded by their suitcases, overpacked plastic bags and sleeping children.
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What many fans love about the first of Taylor Swift’s rerecorded albums, Fearless (Taylor’s Version), is the way it stays so faithful to the original. However, that doesn’t mean that some of the songs haven’t taken on new meaning in the past decade. According to Swifties, that evolution is especially evident in the aptly-named “Change.” In the original iteration of the 2008 album, “Change,” the final track, was about working with her then-small record label, Big Machine Records, and its owner, Scott Borchetta. “I wrote this song about being on a small record label, being a 16-year-old girl, and having a lot of odds stacked up against all of us,” Swift told Country Aircheck in August 2008. “A lot of people, if given those odds, would say that’s not going to work.” Swift said that she wrote the song after a significant moment in her early career, when she won the Horizon Award at the 2007 CMAs. “I looked over at Scott Borchetta after I won, and he was crying,” she continued. “It was absolutely the most amazing night of my life, getting to see the emotion of all the people who worked so hard for me. So I wrote that song about that.” However, a lot has changed since then. Notably, Borchetta has turned into Swift’s second-worst enemy for letting her No 1. worst enemy, Scooter Braun, buy Big Machine Records in 2019, and with it her masters (a move she heavily criticised). That was the reason she announced she would re-record her first six albums — in order to prevent Braun and Borchetta from profiting off of her work. In “Change,” Swift originally sang about getting through challenges that nobody believed he could overcome: getting signed at 16, making it big coming from a small Nashville label. Now, “Change (Taylor’s Version)” seems to allude to a whole new set of obstacles: taking control over her life’s work and getting screwed over by the people she trusted most. “So we’ve been outnumbered, raided, and now cornered/ It’s hard to fight when the fight ain’t fair/ We’re getting stronger now, finding things they never found/ They might be bigger but we’re faster and never scared,” she sings in the second verse. And even though Borchetta and Braun “might be bigger,” Swift still found a way to fight back and reclaim her power. “Tonight we stand, get off our knees/ Fight for what we’ve worked for all these years/ And the battle was long, it’s the fight of our lives/ But we’ll stand up champions tonight,” she sings on the bridge.” Fans agree that “Change” certainly hits different in 2021, and they believe its new meaning isn’t lost on Swift. In fact, she even announced the Fearless (Taylor’s Version) drop using a lyric from the final track: “It was the night things changed.” A little cheeky subtweeting? Some things never change. taylor swift just said “those walls that they put up to hold us back fell down” after finally taking back ownership of her music and that’s exactly why we respect change (taylor’s version) in this house— niall horan (@exilenarry) April 9, 2021 MISS @taylorswift13 I DONT KNOW WHAT YOU DID TO #Change (Taylor’s Version) BUT IT HITS SO DIFFERENT!😭#fearlesstaylorsversion #TaylorsVersion pic.twitter.com/dn1chBqf4O— 𝓝𝓸𝓪𝓱¹³ 🌙 | Fearless Taylor’s Version (@ThisIsMjTrying) April 9, 2021 Thinking about how change (Taylor’s version) is track 13 and how symbolic it is.— Haley💛💛 (@mywavesmeet) April 9, 2021 idk why but for me, Change is the most nostalgic song from Fearless album (Taylor’s Version), it made me tear up listening to it.🥺 And it hits different now that after all those years, Tay is taking her masters back.🤧💛— 冬美 🎭 (@_maraericka) April 9, 2021 Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Taylor Swift Brings An Ex From The VaultAntonia Gentry Responds To Taylor Swift BacklashJohn Mayer Responds To Taylor Swift Fans Criticism
This week begins with a new moon in Aries and, for as long as we want to believe it, everything is possible. The Aries new moon is a bonfire bash, with Mercury, Chiron, the Sun, and Venus all under the constellation of the ram. There’s something irreverent and unstoppable in the air, something teenage, something earnest, something that believes in a thing called love. With Mercury in Aries and Mars in Gemini, people are very likely to say what they mean and do what they say. While no one is guaranteed to like the results, they are likely to hear something along the lines of “don’t say I didn’t warn you.” Just think about Aries Lil Nas X responding to “Montero” haters with the reasoning, “Y'all love saying we going to hell but get upset when I actually go there lmao.” With Pluto squaring Venus and Neptune squaring Mars, it’s important to remember that just because we can say something, just because we want something now, doesn’t mean we should go for it. Aries is great at shooting their shot, but isn’t always prepared for what comes after the game is won. Set your sights a little farther in preparation for the week ahead so that when temptation knocks, you’ll have something to measure it against. Aries Sun & Aries RisingEveryone knows that an Aries birthday lasts all month, and for troopers who have had not one but two solar returns in the midst of a pandemic, a month-long birthday is well-deserved. Celebration, of course, is a whole other story. Aries is a sign that loves to share their joy and their pleasure and is well-equipped to find a way to do that, no matter what tries to tamp down their flame. You’re encouraged, dear Aries, to bring your hot energy into the week following the Aries new moon — your moon. You’ll find that the more you tune in to what matters, the more time you’ll have for it. Your word is gold and what you speak sparks with life, becomes real and possible.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoTaurus Sun & Taurus RisingIt’s easy enough to say, in a moment of humbleness, that you have all that you need and a whole other thing to truly believe it. Waves of gratitude, opportunities to peer behind the veil of daily life and see your life for all that it is, are as beautiful as they are rare — an eagle perching where you rest your eyes. But, just because these feelings aren’t easy to access doesn’t mean you can’t help them along. Start by making space for them. Sweep away the cobweb remnants of old ideas of what you should be doing and what you should have to your name. Shoulds are a pervasive clutter. What feels good today, what feels right? Can you make space for more of it, more often?Illustration by Stefhany LozanoGemini Sun & Gemini RisingThe common saying is “practice what you preach,” which, generally, you’re very good at doing. But, sometimes, things don’t happen in that order. Sometimes, our faith gets a little fuzzy and the world we believe in stops making sense to us. In those instances, you might find yourself having to act toward what you want to believe in before your heart’s all the way there. A practice of building your own new vision and belief system through new encounters, a kind of stumbling forward. There are people out there who would balk at this process of discovery and cling to a way of being with which they no longer resonate. But you, dear Gemini, are not one of those people.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoCancer Sun & Cancer RisingThe relationships we nourish take energy. If we’re not careful, they can take up so much energy, they become our job. Even if our ideal self is independent, accomplished, and open to new experiences, our lived experience can quickly become one centered around others. Not only are we communal animals, we’re raised to believe that solitude is failure. We’re driven, consciously or not, to fight off the threat of that failure, showing up for others at a cost to ourselves. Trouble is, no one benefits when you run yourself down because there’s no water in any empty cup. Let yourself regenerate, let your offering come from a place of abundance, not fear.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLeo Sun & Leo RisingJust because your work takes up a huge portion of your time, doesn’t mean it has to define you. There are people who love what they do, there are people who loved something up until it became their job, and there are people who keep what they love and what they do for money separate. Each and every one of those people has a choice in how they feel about it. Devoting your time to something changes your relationship to it. What’s familiar can fade into the background and become rote. Leo, even if you can’t change your circumstance, you can break the spell. Start by noticing each time you’re given the opportunity to choose and how often you’re tempted to act like you didn’t have a choice. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoVirgo Sun & Virgo RisingOf course you’re highly perceptive. How could you be anything but, when you’re practically programmed to assess all the details in any given situation and process them, archiving whatever’s relevant for future reference and research? But, being gifted with a keen sense of perception can be a blessing and a curse. For one, you notice anything that’s slightly off, anything that could be improved. For another, you are equipped with everything you need to get in your own way. What if, this week, you gave your perceptive powers free rein instead of distracting them with needless re-edits and self-criticism? What are you afraid to see beyond yourself? Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLibra Sun & Libra RisingMaybe there’s still people out there who have only one definition of home and it’s a town they’ve never left. That rom-com idea is lovely, but it’s far from the experience most of us have, especially those of us who have had to move all our lives: away from family, against small-minded small towns, and toward work or lovers or anything that promised us a sense of belonging. Home can be a complicated, ever evolving thing, and still be valid. Home can be what you feel in someone’s arms, and also what you long for when you’re in them. This week, when homesickness arises, ask yourself what home means to you now, not what it meant when you were someone else.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoScorpio Sun & Scorpio RisingIt’s true that Scorpio, as a sign, is often misunderstood. Their reputable tails are no match for their tender hearts. While you do your best to hide it, the misunderstandings and assumptions don’t go unnoticed. It’s only human to get hurt. Hurt is a valid feeling but it’s troublesome too, because hurt floods our reasoning. You’ll find that it hurts double when you work double time over-explaining yourself and trying to teach someone how to see you. Sometimes, someone’s failure to be accountable to you has nothing to do with you. Sometimes you’re better off showing yourself why you deserve to be treated differently than convincing someone else with your good deeds. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoSagittarius Sun & Sagittarius RisingWild how fear of loss can really get in the way enjoying something, huh? Easy enough, intellectually, to admit that change is a constant and nothing is forever. Much harder to regard what brings us pleasure and joy with the same detachment. Especially not when feigning detachment results in us withholding some vital part of ourselves. Of course, it’s neither one extreme nor the other, neither intellectual distance nor clingy obsession, that allows us to have the full experience we yearn for. Finding middle ground is hard, but it’s doable. This week, do your best to make choices based on how you feel in the moment, not how you expect you’ll feel later. Feeling good now can be good enough.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoCapricorn Sun & Capricorn RisingPerhaps it’s a necessary arrangement that what makes us feel challenged and alive is also what contributes to our feelings of isolation. If we take it all at face value, it’s easy to come away feeling like the universe wants us to choose between feeling loved and feeling free, between feeling the safety of the pack and the loneliness of an open road. Deep down, you know that these feelings have their own cycle. That feeling secure is what prompts you to take more risks, that risk-taking feels good when you bring your rewards home to someone. Whatever part of the cycle you’re in — forging ahead or fortifying — it’s a necessary part, and it will enrich you if you let it. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoAquarius Sun & Aquarius RisingYou know how Annie Lennox sings “No more I love yous, language is leaving me”? Well this week is the complete opposite of that, Aquarius. Language is returning to you like the rays of the sun, breaking through a long dark night. Language, the ability to express yourself without doubting if you mean it, without fearing you’ll regret it later, is knocking on your head and hoping to catch a ride to the town of complete sentences and meaningful exchanges. Let it in and carry it around, Aquarius; let it marinate. Let it take you around like a tour guide, reminding you of the name of that tree you always pass, asking you to smell the air. Everything is a sign, but you’ve got to translate it.Illustration by Stefhany LozanoPisces Sun & Pisces RisingIt’s natural to feel left out sometimes, Pisces. Especially in this moment when social gatherings are limited and those we love have to enforce difficult boundaries. It’s only natural to feel a little hopeless when the ongoing calamities of human existence are not ameliorated by waves of distracting pleasant company. Longing for community, for the pleasure of acquaintance, and the bubbly feeling of stumbling into a like mind is valid longing because these things are the cream of daily life. Just don’t let that longing distract you from what you have. It’s tempting to resent what we depend on. Remind yourself that what surrounds you was something you chose for a reason. Illustration by Stefhany LozanoLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Your 2021 Horoscope Is HereYour Love Horoscope For 2021 Is HereYour April Horoscope Is Here
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