I’ve been all over Africa, but last summer I went to Botswana for the first time and I fell in love with it straight away. I had a mission in mind (for my next television series), which was to follow the biggest annual African elephant migration – from the salt pans of the Kalahari to the Okavango Delta – on foot, a route that covered 650 miles. Makgadikgadi Pans is one of the largest salt pans in the world and it’s the most amazing place. It’s bonkers – three million years ago it was under water, now it’s salt pans. There are huge rocks and wonderful ancient baobab trees there, and evidence that this was where humankind originated 200,000 years ago. The Okavango Delta is one of the last great wildernesses on earth – and it certainly didn’t disappoint in terms of scenery: it’s probably the best wildlife viewing I’ve seen anywhere. If you’re travelling by foot along the banks of the Okavango River, or indeed by boat, you simply cannot fail to see the most amazing animals. My team (our director, cameraman, safari guide and cook) and I had some of the closest encounters I’ve ever had, all in the space of a few weeks. I was there to see elephants (for the migration and because I am an ambassador for the charity Tusk) but I was walking alongside hippo and had an extraordinary encounter with a whole pride of lions. Our guide – a San bushman by the name of Kane Motswana, who grew up in the area – would make the call of a dying waterbuck and the lions would literally come to us, we didn’t need to go look for them. We saw three lions killing a buffalo and our guide told us about how, when he was growing up, his family would sometimes share a lion kill – they’d just go and help themselves to the meat. I’d heard these sorts of stories before and thought they were a myth, but we actually tried it – just walked up to three male lions and they backed off, went and sat under a tree, and let us inspect the buffalo they had killed – then they came back afterwards.
Steve Dagworthy had never received so much as a school detention when, in 2009, he was escorted into HMP Chelmsford to begin a six-year sentence for fraud. Until then, the 44-year-old had lived a quiet, middle-class existence with his wife and two children in Essex, where he worked as a financial broker. But he ended up in prison, an environment he knew only from television. Dagworthy was staggered by just how little his lawyers had prepared him for life behind bars. He was a stranger to what his fellow inmates called “cell etiquette”, for example, like the rule that whoever arrives first in a cell gets the bottom, “senior” bunk. And he was appalled to witness bloody knife fights among his fellow inmates, some of whom planted ‘shivs’ in the handles of toothbrushes. Upon his release in 2012, Dagworthy founded Prison Consultants, the UK’s first jail time advice service, which teaches wealthy clients how to adapt to life inside. The bizarre (and expanding) world of these “prison preppers” was highlighted this week by Harvey Weinstein, who hired his own prison consultant shortly before his conviction on Monday for third-degree rape, for which he faces up to 25 years in prison. For thousands of dollars, experts say, the unnamed consultant will most likely explain to Weinstein how to survive life in the slammer as an ultra-recognisable sex offender, going into everything from how to deal with his fellow inmates to how to fill his long, empty days. It is a lesson that the Hollywood mogul may have taken from Bernie Madoff, the disgraced financier who reportedly hired his own consultant to help him adjust to his 150-year federal prison sentence. And it is a service for which Weinstein will be grateful: when he leaves the hospital prison ward to which he was rushed after suffering heart palpitations following his conviction, the 67-year-old will be held at Rikers Island, a notorious New York jail which housed Tupac, Sid Vicious and Mark Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon. Rikers has been plagued by overcrowding, gang brutality and allegations of human rights violations, and conditions are so brutal that in 2017 mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to shut it down within a decade. Dagworthy tells his British clients that their first six months inside will be dominated by fear and bewilderment. “The prison van might as well have been a spaceship, because it put me into a whole new world. I liken it to arriving in North Korea. The sights, smells, sounds, the language the other prisoners speak was all alien to me. Most middle-class prisoners will come across as slightly different to the rest. They’re not of the villainous nature, they probably speak slightly differently, they probably don’t understand the language.”
Smoking and drinking alcohol have also been found to impact the health of unborn children.
Well, here we are again. Almost a full year has gone by since we were last panic-buying heart-shaped chocolates and forging 'love vouchers' out of the sexiest-looking card at the corner shop.
Science has confirmed what our younger ‘Twilight’ loving selves knew all along that Robert Pattinson is the most handsome man in the world.Research into what constitutes the 'perfect face' has found the ‘Batman’ actor, 33, to be 92.15% ‘accurate’ to the Golden Ratio of Beauty Phi, which measures physical perfection.His eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, chin, jaw and facial shape were measured against other celebrities and his make-up meant he came closest to the ancient Greeks’ idea of perfection.The list was compiled using the latest computerised mapping techniques by Harley Street facial cosmetic surgeon Dr Julian De Silva, who utilises the technology in his work. ‘The Witcher’ star Henry Cavill came a close second with 91.08%, Bradley Cooper was third with 91.08% and at 56, Brad Pitt, proved he can still cut it in the handsome stakes coming in fourth with 90.51%.Previous winner George Clooney, the oldest star on the list, slipped back to fifth place, largely because of the effect of ageing on the 58-year-old had resulted in a loss of volume in the face.Owner of the most chiselled chin in the top ten, David Beckham came in a very respectable seventh with a score of 88.96%.The former footballer also had a near-perfect ratio in the size of his nose and his lips. Commenting on the results Dr De Silva, who runs the Centre For Advanced Facial Cosmetic And Plastic Surgery, in London, said: “Robert Pattinson was the clear winner when all elements of the face were measured for physical perfection.“These brand new computer mapping techniques allow us to solve some of the mysteries of what it is that makes someone physically beautiful and the technology is useful when planning patients' surgery.” Click through to see who else made the top ten...
According to new research, women are trying to establish equality on the dating scene, whilst men are more old-fashioned.
“I think eating disorders are often about perfection, an unrealistic idea of how we should look.”
With Christmas only 12 weeks away, you may be wondering what to gift the man who brought you into this world.Last year you bought him a razor and shaving cream, perhaps. Or maybe you dug deep into your pockets and treated him to a brand spanking new watch. Or the safer option: his favourite cologne.If you’re looking for a slightly different, off-the-beaten-track, gift this year we have you covered. We’ve searched high and low for special gifts for your dad that he will love and cherish this festive season.From high-tech accessories to stylish trainers and even a bottle of his favourite drink themedIf you’re looking for a gift which isn’t all of the above, we have you covered. We’ve searched high and low for special gifts for your dad that he will love and cherish this festive season.From high-tech accessories to stylish trainers and even a bottle of his favourite drink wrapped in his favourite TV show, it’s guaranteed you’ll find something here your dad will absolutely love.
In the cold winter months, when temperatures drop below freezing at night, there's nothing better than sitting snug by a fire with a pair of comfy slippers.
Royal Ballet star Gary Avis knows exactly how Prince George felt last week when an American TV host mocked the six-year-old for taking ballet lessons. It brought back memories of his own childhood, when he was a teenage boy with a passion for ballet.