T LOunge for August 3rd, 2021

Posted on August 03, 2021

Maggie Choo’s Cocktail Bar – Limerick, Ireland


We didn’t think such a thing was possible (in truth, we never gave the matter much thought before now), but Lorenzo managed to scout out a LOunge for today that manages to be both cozy and stimulating at the same time. Think of it as daycare for grownups. Oooh, damn. Why isn’t there daycare for grownups? Somebody could make a fortune. Then again, maybe Starbucks got there first.

Anyway, today is Tuesday and boy does that suck. Let’s all be irresponsible in observance of the day. We’re off to the content mines, so order a round on us and chat amongst yourselves.


‘Lord of the Rings’ Amazon Series Sets Premiere Date, Drops First-Look Image
“The Lord of the Rings” series at Amazon officially has a premiere date.
The highly-anticipated epic fantasy series will debut on the streamer on Sept. 2, 2022, with new episodes dropping weekly after that. Filming was completed on the first season of the show on Aug. 2 in New Zealand. Amazon has also released the first official image from the series, which can be seen above.
Little is known about the plot of the series to date, including its official title, but it is known that it will take place during the so-called Second Age, thousands of years prior to the events of both “The Lord of the Rings” books and “The Hobbit.” The series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth.


70 Movies You Have to Watch at Least Once in Your Life
The essentials. (Netflix password not included.)

The popcorn’s been popped, the sweatpants are on, and the evening is your oyster. Your next challenge: Figuring out exactly which of the great movies available to you is the one you’re going to commit to tonight. No matter what you’re looking for—romance, drama, comedy—there are plenty of classics to watch in your spare time. After all, if the past year-and-a-half cooped up in our homes has taught us anything, it’s that there’s nothing better than a movie to take us to a place that’s far, far away from our current one. These are modern classics, the best of the best, the essential movies that millions of people are probably jealous that you’re getting to see for the first time. There are a few that might be outside your comfort zone, and a couple that’ll introduce you to cultures and environments you know nothing about. This list may be long, but FOMO is eternal. Here are the essential films absolutely everyone should see (and if you’ve seen them, ones to watch again and again).


The Cast of ‘Friends’ Just Dropped a Line of Iconic Show Merch
Jennifer Aniston wearing a Monica sweatshirt = peak Friends.

Could we BE any happier about this news? On Monday, the cast of Friends delighted fans by revealing they had secretly been working on an official line of merch (in collaboration with Represent) that features iconic lines and scenes from the hit TV show.
The limited-edition collection was fully curated by the cast, featuring their favorite moments and jokes, including (of course) a T-shirt of the fountain scene and the words “We’ll Be There For You” (in the Friends font) to hats and sweatshirts that read “We Were SO Not on a Break.” (It’s safe to assume Jennifer Aniston created that one on behalf of Rachel.)


This Unearthed Video of the Royals Socializing at a G7 Cocktail Reception in 1991 Is Fascinating
It’s rare that we normals get a real, inside look at the royal family, but an unearthed clip from 1991 is offering exactly that.
In the video, taken at a G7 cocktail reception at Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Princess Diana all drink and mingle with other world leaders and VIPs. It’s a rare (and deeply fascinating) chance to listen in on the private conversations that royals have during events the general public just doesn’t get to see.


How to Make Next-Level Homemade Pizza
From the tools you’ll need to a simple no-cook tomato sauce, Miriam Weiskind lays it all out on this week’s installment of Chefs at Home.

Fresh, homemade pizza can be supremely satisfying, and this week’s episode of Chefs at Home shows you how to make not one, but two next-level pies. Miriam Weiskind, a creative director-turned-professional pizza baker, walks through the process from start to finish, from assembling all the tools you’ll need to forming the dough. She also explains how she got started making pizza, and how sharing it with her community has been a way to honor the kindness of her late mother.


Emily Mortimer Takes Charge in The Pursuit of Love
The actor and writer helmed Amazon’s adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s wartime novel, and found a new sense of well-being in the process.

The Pursuit of Love, a three-part series released July 30 on Amazon Prime, is Mortimer’s baroquely imaginative take on Mitford’s own sharp perspective. “Reading the book again, getting ready to write it, I felt like, Wow, this really feels like it speaks to me now,” Mortimer says. “And more than I imagined it would, even knowing and loving the book as I did. I read it and I sort of felt forgiven.”


Has Bennifer rebranded middle age?
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are casting an aspirational sheen over growing older

There are many reasons so many of us are irrationally invested in the reunion of Lopez and Affleck. There is of course the nostalgia factor – we are living in an era where the Noughties is currently undergoing a renaissance. We’ve had the Friends reunion, the much-needed conversation surrounding Britney Spears and, perhaps regrettably, the return of low-rise jeans and crop tops. Now we have Bennifer 2.0, the ’00s most headline-grabbing A-list couple, rekindling their romance almost two decades after they called time just days before their wedding.


The world will see a shortfall of 5 million girls over the next 10 years due to sex selective practices, study says
There will be 4.7 million fewer girls born over the next 10 years due to sex-selective practices in some countries, according to a new study published Monday in the medical journal Global Health BMJ,
Researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia used data from 3.26 billion births from 204 countries over 50 years. They then narrowed their study to the 29 countries where a preference for sons had been documented.
Sex selection documented in Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia has already led to a higher ratio of males to females at birth since 1970. If it continues apace, the study’s authors say there will be 4.7 fewer females born over the next ten years. That could compound to 22 million fewer girls born by 2100.
In 12 countries — including China, India, and Vietnam — the male-to-female ratio had increased since 1970. While for 17 others — such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria — the ratio was projected to increase.


The Epic Style of Kerry James Marshall
The artist, a virtuoso of landscape, portraiture, still-life, history painting, and other genres of the Western canon since the Renaissance, can do anything.

For the first thirty years of his career, Kerry James Marshall was a successful but little known artist. His figurative paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and videos appeared in gallery and museum shows here and abroad, and selling them was never a problem. He won awards, residencies, and grants, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 1997, but in the contemporary-art world, which started to look more closely at Black artists in the nineties, Marshall was an outlier, and happy to be one. He had an unshakable confidence in himself as an artist, and the undistracted solitude of his practice allowed him to spend most of his time in the studio.


Congress wants to make going to the airport less miserable
Going to the airport can be an unpleasant experience. The bipartisan infrastructure plan could help.

Not only are few US airports among the world’s best, but overall, they are in bad shape: In 2021, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave America’s aviation system a D+, largely because airports’ basic inefficiencies and lack of space lead to problems like delays and overcrowding. The airport grade was worse than those of other, oft-maligned parts of US transportation infrastructure, like bridges, which earned a C, and roads, which were given a D.


What empty offices mean for America’s cities — and workers
Who wins and who loses in the remote work revolution.

There’s a lot of potential good in the rise in remote work. It can provide flexibility, cut down commuting time, and make many workers more productive and happier. But the work-from-home shift has important implications for people who can’t, and many of them are negative. Some of the businesses and workers that have struggled the most over the past 18 months are those that count on business from people who are currently working from home — the local lunch spots, nail salons, coffee shops, office maintenance crews. And as the future of remote work remains in flux, so does the future of some of those in-person positions, at least in their pre-pandemic iterations.


A new documentary on ‘Salvator Mundi’ alleges political discord over the world’s most expensive artwork
Supposed insights from within the Macron government, allegations of Saudi political pressure, and an investigation into a 450 million dollar trophy with a last-minute twist. Need we say more?

Since its record-breaking sale at Christie’s New York in 2017 for an eye-watering $450 million, Salvator Mundi (Latin for ‘Saviour of the World’) has been the topic of global debate – with scholars casting doubt on whether it can be fully attributed to Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519). The Frenchdocumentary The Saviour for Sale: The Story of Salvator Mundi, which recently made its UK debut at the Sheffield DocFest, makes shocking allegations surrounding the geopolitical turmoil the painting reportedly caused between France and Saudi Arabia.





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