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Michelle Obama’s vacation is over. Now she’s claiming her own spotlight. In the coming months, she’ll be matching a pair of policy initiatives marketed by A-list celebrities with a mega-book tour unlike any book tour, well, ever. The preparations mirrored Obama’s approach in the White House, where her team often invested a year in research and networking before rolling out a major initiative As a woman you understand where your voice works best Undeterred, the crowd erupted into a chant, We need YOU! We need YOU!
Why being a Benidorm holiday rep is the most extreme job: Sticky Vicky's famous vagina magic acts, hookers dragging OAPs to the cash point and a monkey pickpocket Who wouldn’t go to Benidorm for a fortnight? Sex, sun and sand for less than a few hundred quid? You don’t even need to speak the lingo. One Benidorm veteran reveals just how wild things can … 2 Alison and top comedian Tony Scott 'There's a monkey that picks your pockets' The Titty Bars or Go-Go Bars only came in at the turn of the decade One married construction worker sat down next to me during one of the drag queen acts – all dolled up in his finest female paraphernalia His wife knew he could come to Benidorm to be him - or her - self and dress as a girl
Scarlett Johansson purchases property for $4M in tony New York hamlet The New York Post reports that the 33-year-old actress closed on the four-bedroom, four-bathroom home — which boasts uninterrupted views of the Hudson River — earlier this month. Features: Luxury features include a glistening swimming pool with a cabana house, brick patios and wrought iron balconies Celebrity residents: Avengers star Scarlett's impending move to the Rockland County hamlet, previously known as Sneden's Landing, would add her name to a long list of celebrities who have called the small neighbourhood home over the years Childhood home: Angelina Jolie and Hayden Panettiere called the upmarket enclave home during their respective childhoods Star: Al Pacino, Aidan Quinn, Bill Murray, Björk, Jessica Lange, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Diane Sawyer have all lived in the area Property: It was recently reported that Scarlett and her boyfriend Colin Jost were eyeing a luxury apartment in the Hamptons A hit with the celebrities: Scarlett and her 36-year-old comedian boyfriend Colin were reportedly spotted viewing the same condo where Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber spent a week over Independence Day weekend Away from prying eyes: Thanks to dense shrubbery surrounding the luxury home, residents will be afforded much privacy According to the New York Post, the pair were spotted viewing the same condo where Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber spent a week over Independence Day weekend
Stuck for a bottle opener in a hotel room? Guest has genius way to open beer AFTER a busy day of sightseeing, there’s nothing better than relaxing in your hotel room with a cold beer. But often the opener is nowhere to be found – thanks to light-fingered previou… AFTER a busy day of sightseeing, there's nothing better than relaxing in your hotel room with a cold beer I can always get one open with a key which was my plan B, but.. If you have a bottle of wine that needs opening , there are also plenty of ways to get the cork out if you don't have a corkscrew
Man in the High Castle is still honoring Philip K. Dick’s big theme Helpless and hopeless, the rebels pointlessly soldier on And even if the mission succeeds, the team may well end up destroying a supposed reality-hopping machine without confirming whether it functioned and without finding evidence that alternate universes are real Dick’s ethos even, or perhaps especially, as its plot stretches far beyond the scope of the original book
British seaside resorts through the ages While we don't often give it much thought, we Britons are lucky to be surrounded by sea, with no shortage of beaches, rather than being a landlocked nation for whom the coast requires a long trek Newquay 1900 Happy looking women ride their bikes along the shore
London's hottest hotel restaurants for food lovers Be the first to learn about the hottest restaurant openings, food news, chef residencies, pop-ups, and masterclasses in London hotels. There's Michelin-starred restaurants, celebrity chefs, and seasonal menus. Sure, there have long been the Michelin-starred grand dames in five-star hotels, but now a whole array of places are getting in on the action Think chef residencies, pop-up events, gourmet masterclasses, themed menus and celebrity chef openings Read on for the latest foodie news in the world of London hotels, from Tom Kerridge's much awaited restaurant at The Corinthia (where meat is hung like artworks in tall glass-fronted fridges) to seasonal menus that range from a three-course roast at Berners Tavern to an all-American feast in the spirit of Thanksgiving at The Curtain...
Is this the world's most beautiful bike route? For two hours, from the foot of the Passo delle Erbe to our lunch stop at the little town of San Pietro, we barely see a soul - and not a single cyclist Not only is it on the Sellaronda route, but it offers vast top-notch breakfast buffets, sumptuous four-course dinners in a pleasantly formal setting (the waiters still wear bow ties), an old school cocktail bar headed by a mischievous old Italian waiter, and a plush spa offering saunas and rub-downs
Florida counts the devastating cost of Hurricane Michael ahead of peak holiday season The view from a hotel room in Panama City Beach todayCredit:AFP The small town of Mexico Beach – population 1,200 – took the full force of Michael and first reports indicated the community had been all but wiped out, with evacuated residents urged to stay well away from the area
Queen Elizabeth net worth: Reigning Queen of United Kingdom’s mammoth fortune REVEALED QUEEN ELIZABETH II is the reigning monarch for the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms. As the head of the royal family, it’ll come as no surprise that she has quite a large fortune in the bank - but how much is the head of state actually worth? Queen Elizabeth’s portrait is on the head of the UK’s currency, so it’ll come as no surprise that she’s worth quite a lot This grant is derived from the profits of the Crown Estate - with 15 per cent of profits being made available Earlier this year, Prince Harry, 34, who is now the sixth heir to the throne, married American actress Meghan Markle, 37
Poland vs Portugal: Live stream, TV channel, team news and kick-off time PORTUGAL travel to Poland for their second UEFA Nations League game on Thursday. Fernando Santos’ side currently top the table after beating Italy 1-0 in their first game whilst Poland drew t… Sky subscribers will be able to get this online and on the Sky Sports Mobile app After Cristiano Ronaldo’s rape accusations he will not feature in the squad after not being in the Juventus squad in the Champions League This will give Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva a bigger role to play as the creator in the team UEFA's brand-spanking new tournament the 'UEFA Nations League' explained
How To Thrive in Early Retirement The rare Americans who happily quit working before 50 rely on a mix of frugal living, smart financial planning and the occasional relocation. Throughout his brief career, he saved 50% to 80% of his after-tax income, he said, enabling him to build a portfolio of income-producing stocks, bonds and real estate The model assumes annual living expenses won’t rise beyond inflation, and it is possible to generate consistent returns averaging at least 7% annually
Are these seven spooky spots the most haunted places in the UK? WE’VE taken a look at some of the most haunted places in the UK. And the histories recounted might make your blood run cold this Halloweeen. Ancient ruins and ghoulish graveyards, chilling villages… The rectory even inspired the Borley Haunted Mansion in the horror videogame ‘Silent Hill 3’ The rectory is long gone, but visitors to Borley village, the old rectory site and the surrounding churchyard have reported unusual supernatural happenings Check out great deals on creepy costumes, spooky snacks and devilish decorations on The Sun Vouchers
Amazon scraps 'sexist AI' recruitment tool Members of the team working on the system said it effectively taught itself that male candidates were preferable Eid al-Adha is the holiest of the two Muslims holidays celebrated each year, it marks the yearly Muslim pilgrimage (Hajj) to visit Mecca, the holiest place in Islam Support free-thinking journalism and subscribe to Independent Minds As the tech industry creates artificial intelligence, there is the risk that it inserts sexism, racism and other deep-rooted prejudices into code that will go on to make decisions for years to come Amazon did not immediately respond to The Independent ’s request for comment
Cheap flights to America: Tickets to USA just £135 in Norwegian's five-day flash sale BUDGET airline Norwegian have launched a huge flash sale on flights to the USA. This is how to get your hands on the best deals. The deal also incorporates Norwegian’s latest route from London Gatwick to Tampa, Florida The airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world with an average age of 3.7 years, and more than 150 new aircraft on order Norwegian was awarded the world's best low-cost long-haul airline in 2018 for the fourth consecutive year at the SkyTrax World Airline Awards
Miami ‘Townhouse in the Sky’ Asks $48 Million Real-estate developer Ian Bruce Eichner is listing his massive penthouse in a Miami Beach building he built. Mr. Eichner described the complex being like a golf resort without the golf, with two pools, gardens, a gym and three clay tennis courts More from Mansion Miami ‘Townhouse in the Sky’ Asks $48 Million October 11, 2018 Brooklyn Ultraluxury Penthouse Set to Break a Record October 10, 2018 Penthouse in Hollywood Legend’s Building Asks $15 Million October 9, 2018
Review | ‘The Romanoffs’ is a lavish-but-empty return to TV from Matthew Weiner The creator’s first series since “Mad Men” is beautiful to look at, but is that all there is? Corey Stoll and Janet Montgomery in The Romanoffs (Jan Thijs) The mood shifts with The Royal We, which stars Corey Stoll (The Strain) and Kerry Bishé (Halt and Catch Fire) as Michael and Shelly Romanoff, an unhappily married couple in Ohio who run one of those test-prep tutorial centers in a strip mall (Disclosure: The Washington Post is owned by Amazon founder Jeffrey P
Nineteen hours, 9,534 miles and no economy class – the facts and figures behind the world's longest flight This world-changing achievement lasted for a full 12 seconds and 120ft (37m), at a speed of 6.8 miles per hour You might think that the latter would make more sense, but Singapore Airlines has said that today's launch flight will take the NOPAC route And then someone really will have to hire a medium and contact the Wright brothers for a quote..
Should airlines sell you a seat on a flight they know will be late? The ability to book a flight with barely an hour’s notice and fly around the world that same day is one of the wonders of modern travel Easyjet initially rejected a claim for compensation on the basis that it was delayed just two hours and 52 minutes, rather than the required three-hour threshold
Singapore Airlines passengers check in for the world's longest flight Four pilots, a special 'wellness' menu and more than seven weeks' worth of film and TV entertainment will be accompanying travellers on the 10,400-mile journey to the Big Apple. The flight from the city-state to Newark Airport can take up to 18 hours and 45 minutes under normal weather conditions, but the pilots will have something in reserve in an aircraft capable of flying more than 20 hours non-stop The Australian carrier explained how it is considering an order for ultra-long-range jets such as the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 777X to carry out the service, which is expected to take 20 hours and 20 minutes
British travellers escape hurricane devastation in Florida hotspots In Orlando, almost 300 miles away from the storm, the international airport is operating as normal as are the city's famous theme parks such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. There have been disruptions at airports closer to where the hurricane hit  While an ABTA spokesman added: Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend regions and into portions of southeast Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina and southeast Virginia
Touring America in an RV That’s Basically a Five-Star Hotel Affluent and adventurous retirees (and soon-to-be retirees) hit the road in Class A motorhomes with plenty of comforts—and a fuel bill that rivals a small mortgage If anything, the RV life allows couples to spend quality time together and share experiences on the road Custom touches include specialty shelving in the wardrobe, an office suite instead of a dinette, and storage space converted into kennels to house pets Social life: Cooking classes, billiards tournaments, movie screenings, and manufacturer-motorcoach parties
Children in Need's Rickshaw Challenge is back - here's the full lowdown CHILDREN in Need 2018 is here and with it comes the annual Rickshaw Challenge, headed up by a team of teen cyclists. Here is the lowdown on what the challenge is all about… What is the Ricksh… Harry, 17, is from Plymouth and was diagnosed with quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and Worster-Drought Syndrome at the age of one You can order a fundraising kit on the official website which includes items such as a poster, sponsorship form and Pudsey collection box
15 remote hotels in Scotland for an off-grid stay We round up the best remote hotels in Scotland to go off the grid, from castle hotels to lodges, in places such as the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Romantic, majestic, utterly hypnotic – there can never be enough words to describe the beauty of Scotland’s countryside, which ranges from dramatic rolling moors to far-flung islands The hall, with large open fire, is furnished as a sitting room, and the wood-panelled library, with complimentary selection of whiskies, is also at guests’ disposal
Savor a rustic-chic weekend escape in Santa Barbara wine country - Los Angeles Times The recently renovated and reopened Skyview Motel in Los Alamos, once a quick overnight stop on the 101, now is a boutique resort with a restaurant and bar, spa services and a vineyard. Since the 1950s the Skyview Motel in Los Alamos has been a quick overnight stop for travelers making the L.A.-San Francisco run on U.S. 101 On a recent visit, I discovered that its big yellow sign still looms over the 101, visible for miles, but the rebranded Skyview Los Alamos is more than a roadside motel Norman has swank midcentury décor with a bar that opens onto the pool deck
Avengers 4 LEAK: Does THIS prove Avengers will go back in time to find Captain Marvel? AVENGERS 4 may see the Avengers time travel to get Captain Marvel from the 1990s after a toy leak teases plot spoilers. Your theory of them going back to the 90s to get her might be right But just as she sees that she’s needed, she begins to turn to dust and is confused as to what is happening This also lends the story to be more core-Avengers focused and have it be up to them to save the day Avengers 4 is released in UK cinemas on April 26, 2019
Holidaymaker blasts Ryanair for offering for £3.50 food voucher for 14 HOUR delay A HOLIDAYMAKER delayed by more than 14 hours in airport strikes has blasted Ryanair for offering up two meagre £3.50 food vouchers to compensate for the wait. Sheridan Bywater, 53, was stranded at … She said they had been left no option but to go to the airport during the strike action Refreshment vouchers and overnight accommodation were provided and this customer chose a refund of her air fare, which was processed Ryanair sincerely apologised to those customers affected by these unnecessary strikes, which we did our utmost to avoid
Strictly’s Katya Jones and Neil Jones' relationship in pics amid ‘Strictly Curse’ THE Strictly Curse has hit once more, but it appears Katya Jones and Neil Jones are still as close as ever. Since Katya Jones and comedian Seann Walsh were spotted kissing passionately at the weekend, the story has sent to web everyone into meltdown with tongues wagging about another Strictly Curse KATYA JONES/INSTAGRAM SEX APPEAL: Katya Jones and Neil Jones know how to pose for a red hot selfie (Pic: KATYA JONES/INSTAGRAM) Only in July, the couple shared a pulse-racing photo in an embrace on the beach as they enjoyed time away in Thailand
How to get to Windsor to watch the Royal Wedding - London Paddington and Waterloo train timetables for Windsor & Eton Riverside PRINCESS Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s long-awaited wedding will be broadcast live on This Morning tomorrow. But if you’re keen to see the bride and groom in the flesh after they’… PRINCESS Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's long-awaited wedding will be broadcast live on This Morning tomorrow Getty - Contributor 3 Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are getting hitched at the same venue as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Can I drive to Windsor for the Royal Wedding
Britain's best hotels with vegetable gardens Whether it's an organic raised garden bed, herb garden, vegetable garden, kitchen garden, potager or plot, here are some of Britain's best hotels with vegetable gardens. In the middle of Soho, Ham Yard Hotel's rooftop is a haven of raised beds which grow seasonal vegetables, fruit and herbs (all used in the restaurant's daily specials, cocktails and sauces); flower pots, whose flowers flourish the rooms inside; and even beehives
Avengers 4 LEAK: Toy picture reveals Quantum Realm uniform suits for TIME TRAVEL? AVENGERS 4’s seen a toy leak featuring surviving superheroes in white suits. Are these for time travel in the Quantum Realm? And now a new toy leak looks like it could very well be hinting at this plot line (Image: MARVEL) New Leaked Avengers 4 Promotional Art from r/marvelstudios Noticeably Cap is wearing one of the white suits, but Captain Marvel isn’t Avengers 4 is released in UK cinemas on April 26, 2019
Stanfords to close Long Acre store, launchpad for explorers young and old, after 117 years Sometimes a headline punches you in the stomach. Sometimes a headline punches you in the stomach The travel emporium, founded by Edward Stanford in 1853, is home to the world’s largest collection of maps, travel books and globes, and also sells maritime charts and travel-inspired gifts However, thankfully for anyone like myself who fondly remembers their first pilgrimage to the London store, Stanfords will live to kickstart plenty more trips in the future
This 'invisible' £200m superyacht is covered in mirrors so it VANISHES in the sea A BOAT designer has unveiled plans for the ultimate purchase for privacy-hungry billionaires – an ‘invisible’ superyacht which he says will appear to completely vanish into the se… From our side, it was developed with just a team of two, however, there was a whole team to support us from Fincantieri boat builders That list is currently topped by the £4 billion History Supreme, which is owned by Malaysia's richest man, Robert Knok, and is made of solid gold
Gino D'Acampo leaves Holly Willoughby cringing with penis bombshell WITH Gino D'Acampo on This Morning, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield had probably already prepped themselves for some trouble. But we're not sure if they were quite ready for the TV chef's unexpected outburst [We had to spoon] because he's a big boy in every way You were the only one who got naked on the nudist beach, Holly Willoughby asked ITV CRINGE: Gino revealed a little too much about his road trip (Pic: ITV) ITV SHOCKER: Holly and Phil were taken back by Gino's story (Pic: ITV) We used to get naked in the caravan and Gordon had this thing in the morning to wake me up – seriously he actually admitted this – he used to bash his w***y on my foot Gino D'Acampo He replied: We used to get naked in the caravan and Gordon had this thing in the morning to wake me up – seriously he actually admitted this – he used to bash his w***y on my foot
Is it safe to travel to Majorca? Official travel advice as floods hit popular Brit hotspot FLOODS in Majorca have led to devastation and travel disruption – but is it safe for Brits to travel to Majorca? The Brit holiday hotspot of Palma de Majorca is not affected We will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with local authorities A spokesman said: As further heavy rains re expected over the next 24 hours, travellers are advised to anticipate continued disruptions
Take eight days to explore Portugal's architecture, culture and culinary traditions - Los Angeles Times The country has emerged as one of the hottest destinations in Europe. G Adventures offers an eight-day tour of cities and a Douro River boat trip. Portugal has emerged as one of the hottest destinations in Europe Highlights include a fado (Portuguese singing) performance in Lisbon and visits to Tomar, Porto, Evora and Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its medieval palaces and lush gardens
Holland America is latest cruise line to hike daily service charges on ships Holland America is the latest cruise line to announce a hike to daily service charges, which have been rising fast at lines across the cruise industry. Effective December 1, the Seattle-based line is hiking the hotel service charge it tacks onto final bills by 7.4% to $14.50 per person, per day for passengers staying in most cabins River lines Uniworld, Tauck and Scenic Cruises are among those that now include gratuities for crew members in the base fare
The Romanoffs review: Mad Men creator's new show is curiously one-note Pleasing though it is to see people overcome their differences in this fractured world, 'The Violet Hour' feels a little shallow Almost as good are a support cast including Alison Brie (Glow, Mad Men), Aaron Paul, of Breaking Bad, and Amy Sedaris as a pampered Persian cat who is also BoJack’s agent The Romanoffs season 1 consists of eight episodes, with Amazon Prime releasing a new instalment each Friday from 12 October
'What a forgotten shipwreck in Ireland can teach us about Brexit' An independent Ireland which deliberately erased its First World War history after its brutal war for freedom has only in recent decades felt able to acknowledge its people’s sacrifice in British uniform A Somali police officer says a number of people were wounded after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a checkpoint outside the headquarters after being stopped by security forces AP 39/50 1 September 2018 A Utair-operated Boeing 737-800 which skidded off the runway and caught fire during landing, at Sochi international airport, in the Russian Black Sea resort
WATCH: Shocking moment a great white attacks shark right in front of divers A DRAMATIC viral video as captured the moment a great white shark attacks a smaller shark as the pair fight over food in the sea off the coast of South Africa. Great white sharks are the largest predatory fish in the world and can grow up to 15 feet in length, according to National Geographic They can reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour and even breach the water like whales when attacking prey from underneath A boy was recently mauled by a shark in California while diving for lobsters
Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Might Miss a Big Part of Princess Eugenie's Wedding Two key players may be missing from a portion of Princess Eugenie's royal wedding weekend — but for a good reason Two key players may be missing from a portion of Princess Eugenie‘s royal wedding weekend  but for a good reason Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is unable to head down for Friday’s ceremony from Scotland, where she and Prince Charles are currently staying, because she has a day of duties
This D.C. monument is ‘virtually impossible’ to reach. Here’s how I found it — past the hornets, snakes and swampland. My two-mile expedition to locate the SE9 boundary stone took three hours. (Washington Post Staff Illustration) By Michael J. Gaynor October 11 at 8:00 AM The hornets almost made me turn back They hovered perniciously over my head, their nests blanketing the bridge’s underside There were flies and mosquitoes and what I can only assume to be an innumerable amount of ticks
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner stars in Flight of Dreams attraction in Japan The Dreamliner is the celebrity centerpiece of the Flight of Dreams attraction, which also features branches of some of Seattle’s most iconic shops. The wings and other major structures manufactured by our partners in the region literally took flight from here, said Brett Gerry, president of Boeing Japan Admission: Adults: 1,200 yen (about $11), Children (3 years to 6th grade): 800 yen (about $7) Seattle Terrace: Food and dining venues open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Shops open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Prince Andrew dines at Mayfair club ahead of Eugenie's wedding The Duke of York, 58, looked dapper in a tux as he arrived at the Cavalry and Guards club for dinner on Wednesday ahead of Princess Eugenie's wedding on Friday. Camilla hasn’t forgotten.’   Despite these reports Camilla is insistent that her absence is due to a long-standing commitment to visit the pupils of Crathie primary school in Balmoral The reception ends at 3pm, but many will be back for the evening party at Royal Lodge, the home which Andrew still shares with ex-wife Sarah
Here’s where to go for the best Tex-Mex in Dallas (and a nod to a Fort Worth icon) “Every region of the country has its  comfort food, and Tex-Mex is ours." Michael Hiller for USA TODAY Fullscreen La Comida specializes in equal parts Tex-Mex and Yucatan cuisine, and the menu hasn’t veered off-course since brothers Mario and Ivan Urtecho opened the restaurant in the North Dallas suburb of Addison four years ago
The world’s most colorful cities and towns From a cheerful fishing village in Italy to a walled colonial city in Colombia, these places will add a jolt of vibrancy to your next vacation. The buildings here were originally used as rental homes for slaves, who weren’t allowed to change the white exteriors of the houses Cartagena, Colombia Surrounded by sturdy stone walls, the historical center of Cartagena is a feast for the eyes This story originally appeared on
Paddy McGuinness races ahead in betting to be next Top Gear host BOOKIES reckon Paddy McGuinness is a racing cert to become the new host of Top Gear. Such a move usually follows a flurry of wagers or rumours that official news is about to leak Take Me Out host Paddy, 45, was a 45-1 long shot for the job behind petrol-heads Guy Martin, Jodie Kidd, and chef James Martin LeBlanc, 51, revealed in May that he would not be extending his £1million-a-year contract However, Paddy's agent last night declined to comment
Evelyn Cheesman: the 20th century entomologist who helped to open the door for women in science To celebrate 100 years since British women were given the right to vote, The Telegraph – alongside the Mayor of London’s#BehindEveryGreatCityCampaign – is running a weekly series. An independent spirit, she soon separated from her group to explore and collect on her own, and would continue with this style of travel while collecting in Marquesas Islands and Tuamotu Atolls in 1924 and an expedition to the Society Islands in 1925
Mythbusting facts about your cruise trip From dress code to sightseeing, we take a look at what it's really like to go on a cruise holiday Learn how to paint in the art studio or play croquet on a real lawn At the Anturus Explorer Academy the interactive sessions are so exciting that kids won’t realise they’re also being educated I’ll be stuck on the ship Not unless you want to be For more information, visit