T LOunge for November 18, 2020

Posted on November 18, 2020

Blau Bar – Stuttgart, Germany


Kittens, are you in a dark mood today? Because we have the perfect LOunge selected just for you. Come stand in a pool of light and stare off into the distance! Or hide in a dark corner, muttering insults and obscenities at your enemies! Or pair off with your favorite troublemakers for a good, deep reputation-ruining gossip sesh. It’s a day for indulging your dark side, darlings. Stir that cauldron. Cast those hexes. Why? You know why.

Because today is WEDNESDAY. Make them all pay.

Oh, we’re just kidding. Sort of! We’re off to put the finishing touches on another episodic review of The Crown and we’re busy banging on steel drums to scare up other sorts of distractions for you, so chat amongst yourselves while your hosts line up the evening’s entertainment.


Tracing Pop Icon Kylie Minogue’s Life in Looks, From the Stage to Her Music Videos
Kylie Minogue is synonymous with upbeat music, glamour, and dancing. Listening to the pop icon’s records just begs for a good time. On the style front, the Australian singer, who released her new album, Disco, this month, has pulled out a number of fashion moments over the years that have cemented her status as a legend. Taking into account her dazzling performance looks and memorable music video fits, there’s rarely a Kylie moment that isn’t complete with custom designer clothes—and she’s exploring some of her best moments in a brand-new Vogue video.


Dolly Parton Donated $1 Million to Help Fund a Coronavirus Vaccine
The Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund contributed to the latest breakthroughs.

The Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund was listed as one of the major donors in this latest breakthrough, as reported in a new article published by The New England Journal of Medicine. Earlier this year, the country singer donated $1 million to the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, after being told by her friend Naji Abumrad, a general surgeon, that there were “some exciting advancements” in the search for a coronavirus cure. (The two have maintained a friendship since 2014, after Parton got into a car accident and was treated at Vanderbilt.)


Helena Bonham Carter’s Impressive Career in Photos
From playing Bellatrix Lestrange to Princess Margaret and everything in-between.

Helena Bonham Carter started out as an Edwardian heroine and soon became Tim Burton’s muse. Throughout her career, the British actress has proved that her oddball antics and immense acting talent can handle any role that comes her way. Now, Carter is giving us her take on Princess Margaret in The Crown. In honor of season 4, we’re taking a closer look at her more than 30 years working in Hollywood.


How Bookstores—Including Queen Elizabeth’s Favorite—Are Creatively Dealing with the Pandemic
And what you can do to support the world’s most legendary independent book shops.

Even before the coronavirus pandemic upended all manner of businesses large and small, independent bookstores around the world have been in a form of survival mode. In recent years, they have been valiantly defending themselves against the continued onslaught of e-commerce, buoyed by the devotion of locals and tourists alike, and by anyone tired of the impersonal transactions of online book buying and mega-chains. But Covid-19 has made it hard for many of these stores, which depend heavily on in-person shoppers; booksellers’ encyclopedic knowledge of the latest tomes and their ability to recommend the perfect read just from a brief conversation about your personal preferences aren’t so easily translatable online.


The Rise and Fall of Getting Things Done
How personal productivity transformed work—and failed to.

In the nineteen-nineties, the spread of e-mail had transformed knowledge work. With nearly all friction removed from professional communication, anyone could bother anyone else at any time. Many e-mails brought obligations: to answer a question, look into a lead, arrange a meeting, or provide feedback. Work lives that had once been sequential—two or three blocks of work, broken up by meetings and phone calls—became frantic, improvisational, and impossibly overloaded.


The Crown‘s Erin Doherty: ‘I’m Just A Girl From Crawley Walking Past Meryl Streep’
The Netflix star speaks to ELLE UK about imposter syndrome, football and watching ‘Naked Attraction’ with Olivia Colman

“When I first got the job, I thought, ‘Erin you need to get rid of all your love and admiration, in the nicest way possible, for these people,’ because I would just be staring at them in the scene unable to believe I was in a room with them.”
“You can learn so much about someone by the way they hold their voice. I think because she felt so suppressed, trying to be this princess everyone wanted her to be, it resulted in this restrained, forced vocal display, which was fascinating to imitate.”


The dress of the ’80s: How Princess Diana’s wedding gown defined a generation
‘The Crown’ season 4 didn’t fully capture its impact

Some 750 million people watched the royal wedding of Charles and Diana, so it’s no wonder the dress was an instant celebrity. Per the Fashion Institute of Technology, within hours of the royal wedding, manufacturers recreated the dress for as low as $467 (£350). In 2018, it was chosen by Time as “one of the most influential wedding dresses of all time”.


The Thanksgiving Myth Gets a Deeper Look This Year
For many Native Americans, the Covid-19 toll and the struggle over racial inequity make this high time to re-examine the holiday, and a cruel history.

The holiday arrives in the midst of a national struggle over racial justice, and a pandemic that has landed with particular force on marginalized communities of color. The crises have fueled an intense re-examination of the roots of persistent inequities in American life. This Thanksgiving also comes on the heels of an election in which 110 American Indian and Alaska Native candidates ran for office, according to the National Congress of American Indians, and on the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage.


Shopping for a Diamond Is About to Change
The world’s most productive mine has closed, so your next piece of inexpensive jewelry probably will feature a lab-grown gem.

The mine’s long-anticipated closure is prompting an industrywide conversation about the future of natural, or mined, diamond supplies at both the high and low ends of the market, and how competition from the thriving lab-grown diamond sector will reshape consumer demand in years to come. It’s not something a future bridal couple or jewelry fan might notice for a year or two, but when dealers sell what remains of their Argyle stocks, pink diamonds are expected to become costlier, while lower-end jewelry made with natural diamonds may become more scarce.


The Weird World of Olfactory Training
Once a niche practice, many COVID-19 patients are now turning to olfactory training to combat one of the disease’s long-term effects: the loss of smell.

For the people whose sense of smell doesn’t bounce back quickly, smell training can seem like their only hope for relief. And that would explain the sudden spike in interest in the exercise. For example, UK-based AbScent, an organization dedicated to people with smell dysfunction, reports the traffic to the smell training section of its website has been 30 times greater than last year. With the technique suddenly in the spotlight, here’s a look inside the quest to smell again.


Like Overproved Bread, ‘Great British Bake Off’ Has Lost Some Of Its Form
The challenges are increasingly bizarre, but the show still brings comfort and offers a modicum of regularity in these very irregular times.

“Eleven seasons and hundreds of challenges later, it must be more difficult for the show’s production team to come up with new ideas for each new set of bakers and avoid repeating previous recipes or themes. The bakers often talk about having watched earlier seasons of ‘Bake Off,’ which remains one of the U.K.’s most popular shows. Some of them even reference having baked recipes from the judges’ cookbooks and studied their techniques, so they already know what they’ll be judged on — especially by the ubiquitous Hollywood.”




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