T LOunge for November 2nd, 2022

Posted on November 02, 2022

The Streetfood Club Breda Bar and Restaurant – Breda, Netherlands

It’s WEDNESDAY and we have a lot of content for you today, so we’re feeling the need for a LOunge with boldness, color, and lots of visual stimulation to keep us going. You should not feel compelled to be productive, however. Sit and enjoy the visuals all day, doing as little as possible, while we dance and juggle for you.


16 Fairy-tale Castles in Wales to Inspire Your Next Trip
These Welsh castles were built for royalty, and now you can visit them for a fairy-tale vacation.

Sometimes called the “Land of Castles” and “Castle Capital of the World,” Wales once had about 600 castles. Many of these Welsh castles are now in ruins, while others are open for tours or even overnight stays. Visitors to Wales might notice the seemingly unusual spellings of the castle and city names, so here’s a little information about the fascinating ancient language of the country. The Welsh language (Cymraeg in Welsh) is Celtic in origin and dates back to 600 B.C. The alphabet uses 29 letters that include “ll,” “ff,” and “dd” which explains why these are often seen in Welsh words, including the names of castles (“castells” in Welsh). The language is still spoken in Wales, along with English, and it is taught in most Welsh schools to support its survival. When you travel to Wales to enjoy its scenery, beaches, forests, and of course, its castles, you might also notice its national emblem of daffodils.
Here, find 16 beautiful castles in Wales to inspire your next trip.


Julia Roberts Revealed The Hospital Bill for Her Birth Was Paid for By Martin Luther King Jr.
The revelation came during an interview with Gayle King.

Julia Roberts revealed that she has two familiar figures to be thankful for each time she celebrates her birthday — and it’s for the most wholesome reason. During a segment of the actress’s interview with Gayle King for A+E Networks and History Channel’s HISTORYTalk, she opened up about a remarkable story surrounding her parents’ relationship with Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King.


In Ohio, Trans Students Triumph Against the Odds
An Ohio official tried to introduce anti-trans policies into the state’s school board guidelines. Trans students, their families and friends organized against them–and won.

It was 11 a.m. when I got the first pictures from the Department of Education building in Columbus, Ohio. Inside, the overflow crowd gathered to make their arguments to the 19 board members, most of whom were appointed by a Republican governor. Basic rights for transgender youth hung in the balance. I sent messages to one of the leaders who would plead the case for the dignity of all transgender students in Ohio to gauge the crowd. The response I got back: “This is a live game.”
Just a month earlier, State of Ohio Board of Education member Brendan Shea submitted his proposal titled, “Resolution to Support Parents, Schools, and Districts in Rejecting Harmful, Coercive, and Burdensome Gender Identity Policies.” This resolution was a litany of anti-transgender decrees. Individual parts of the proposed policies could be found in many of the more than 155 anti-transgender bills that were filed around the United States in 2022. Shea’s resolution was unique in that it contained all the discriminatory school policies.


The Showgirl, the Socialite, and the Scandal that Rocked New York Society
An excerpt from the new book Deliberate Cruelty tells the story of Ann Woodward’s rise to fame, fall from grace, and infamous battle with Truman Capote.

William Woodward Sr. was searching for a bit more excitement than his marriage could provide. Ann Eden, dancing onstage, was mesmerizing to him—charismatic and unrestrained, whether dancing provocatively on the stage or circulating among the customers in her little bunny suit. She was absolutely unlike the women in his circle. It was impossible to resist her eyes—they were the color of the stormy Atlantic. He often frequented [Fefe’s nightclub], but when Ann started working there, she made a lasting impression.
The 1930s and the start of the 1940s were not a particularly gratifying time in the life of William Woodward Sr. and his wife, Elsie. Their marriage had become frayed. While William was always valued as a member of the powerful and prominent Woodward family, he was now becoming even more esteemed in New York society for his own accomplishments, including those on the racehorse-breeding circuit.


Emily Post’s Descendants Publish Updated Etiquette Book
This centennial edition of Emily Post’s guide to etiquette has been updated for modern times.

Emily Post has entered modern times. Her great-great-grandchildren, Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning have updated her iconic etiquette guide for 2022. The first edition of the tome was published in 1922, and has been updated in subsequent years, but the centennial edition of Post’s classic guide to etiquette is a total overhaul featuring modern-day manners, including how to use someone’s pronouns.
“You might think someone’s pronouns are easy enough to tell just by looking at them, but the reality is this isn’t always the case,” the Posts write, per the Associated Press. “If you don’t know someone’s pronouns, and you need to know them in order to make an introduction, asking is the polite thing to do: ‘Joan, what pronouns do you use?’ Note that you don’t ask what pronouns Joan ‘prefers’ — an unfortunately common construction for this question.”


Ben Platt Is Back on the New York Stage in a Timely Production of Parade
“What I’ve learned over the years is that the impossibly difficult ideas are the best ideas,” Harold “Hal” Prince told Playbill in 1998. The legendary theater director and producer had already brought the likes of Cabaret and Sweeney Todd to Broadway, musicalizing the rise of Nazism and the tale of a demon barber to tremendous acclaim; now, his attention was trained on the 1913 trial of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory worker dubiously accused of raping and murdering a 13-year-old girl in Marietta, Georgia. That disturbing case—which prompted the formation of the Anti-Defamation League the same year—became Parade, which opened at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater in December of 1998, with a book by Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and a score by Jason Robert Brown, who would go on to write The Last Five Years and 13.
Nearly 24 years later, New York City Center is mounting Parade for its annual gala presentation, with a cast led by Ben Platt—in his first major stage role since Dear Evan Hansen—and Micaela Diamond (The Cher Show). Michael Arden (Once on This Island; the 2015 revival of Spring Awakening) directs, while Brown himself will conduct the 24-piece orchestra.


Julie Powell, Food Writer Who Inspired Nora Ephron Film ‘Julie & Julia,’ Dies at 49
Julie Powell, a prominent food writer whose popular blog the “Julie/Julia Project” inspired Nora Ephron’s final feature film, “Julie & Julia,” died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 26 in her home in Olivebridge, N.Y., her husband Eric confirmed to the New York Times. Powell was 49.
On her blog, Powell embarked on cooking every recipe in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and writing about it. Her food blogging journey served as the narrative basis for “Julie & Julia,” which starred Meryl Streep as Child and Amy Adams as Powell, in a story that oscillated between the 1950s and early 2000s. Streep was nominated for best actress at the 82nd Academy Awards for her performance.


Ghetto Gastro’s Black Power Kitchen Is This Year’s Most Important Cookbook
In a cultural moment when the word “activist” is thrown around constantly, Ghetto Gastro founders Jon Gray, Pierre Serrao, and Lester Walker are genuinely deserving of the accolade.
Since establishing the Bronx-based collective in 2012, the trio has become a favorite of both Hollywood and the fashion industry. Case in point: earlier this year, Ghetto Gastro collaborated with Wolfgang Puck on the Governors Ball menu for the Oscars, while Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy have had them cater their Thanksgiving dinners. “Nowadays, we might have the best party of New York Fashion Week, too, and we’re not even a fashion house,” Gray says, laughing, over the phone from New York. Yet the group has never lost sight of its original mission: social justice reform.


Kit Connor Didn’t Owe Us Anything
Connor has been a star of stage and screen for nearly a decade, but it’s his recent role as Nick Nelson in the TV adaptation of Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper that has won him the most plaudits. The series sees Nick falling in love with a schoolmate called Charlie (Joe Locke), whilst starting to figure out his own bisexuality. The series was not only groundbreaking for the way it handled the everyday experiences and relationships of LGBTQIA+ youth, but for having a cast comprised primarily of openly LGBTQIA+ actors. It was a form of casting that had been pioneered by Russell T Davies with It’s a Sin last year, bringing an extra and necessary authenticity at a time when adequate representation was still lacking on television.
Yet, while inclusivity was at the heart of Heartstopper, such casting did not in any way mean that the actors, who were just becoming adults, were under any obligation to disclose their sexuality publicly. Not only is our sexuality a part of us that is intrinsically personal, it may also be a part of our identity many of us do not wish to label publicly. Sexuality itself exists on a spectrum. Then there may be people who choose not to publicly label themselves because they are in the process of figuring out their sexuality in the first place.


27 TV Shows With The Best Soundtracks Of All Time
An avid binge-watcher but overwhelmed by too many series choices? Read our ultimate TV list ranked by the accompanying soundtrack only…

Having already ploughed our way through the best new series, funniest films, browsed the offerings of the new streaming service Disney Plus and learned a whole lot from unmissable documentaries since the days have started getting shorter, we’re taking a new approach.
Combining our love for TV and music along with the cosy colder months, why not revisit or watch for the first time a series which is acclaimed for its soulful soundtrack among other credentials?
We can even perhaps ignore cheesy acting or questionable plot twists, if we focus on the music alone (though many of our recommendations below are incredible TV viewing, music aside).


The Case of the Upside-Down Mondrian
A great work of art always produces a vital disorientation.

The recent discovery that a picture by the Dutch (and, latterly, New York) painter Piet Mondrian has been hanging upside down in the German museum where it has lived for half a century seemed to evoke, nostalgically, an earlier and more predictable era in the polemics of museums and modernism. “Ha, ha! You see?” the wags used to mutter on these occasions. “They can’t even tell which way is up!” And the defenders would feebly mutter fixed avant-gardisms in return. At a time when the fashionable art world has gone all in for the weirder shores of grotesque or cartoonish realism, from John Currin to Takashi Murakami, a mixup about an abstract picture made of lines and blocks of colors has a nicely old-fashioned feeling. The time lag between avant-gardism and popular reception still remains long: in Yasmina Reza’s play “Art,” the abstract picture causing all the controversy was older in style than the people arguing about it, and, in “Sunday in the Park with George,” that still unrivalled first act proceeds to a second act featuring a supposedly advanced plug-in work of multimedia spectacle of a kind that was already dated thirty or forty years before its supposed launch.


The 20 best psychological horror movies of all time
These must-see psychological horror movies will leave even the most reverent scary film fans questioning what’s waiting out there in the darkness.

Psychological horror films span back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, with Universal Pictures’ two biggest stars playing a part in the subgenre’s inception: In The Black Cat (1934) Bela Lugosi’s Dr. Vitus flays Boris Karloff’s Hjalmar, while he’s still alive, but viewers can only witness the crime via the characters’ shadows.
Picking the crème de la crème of this horror subgenre proves most difficult with such a rich wealth of selections to choose from. Ingmar Bergman’s Hour of the Wolf (1968) or Roman Polanski’s Repulsion (1965) seems good starting places for novices, while the more mature scary film fan might appreciate classics like The Killing Kind (1973), Jacob’s Ladder (1990) and Don’t Breathe (2016). Now, enjoy EW’s list of the 20 best psychological horror movies of all time.


All 229 of Taylor Swift’s Songs, Ranked
From teen country tracks to synth-pop anthems and rare covers, a comprehensive assessment of her one-of-a-kind songbook through the Midnights era.

Taylor Swift the celebrity is such a magnet for attention, she can distract from TAYLOR SWIFT THE artist. But Swift was a songwriter before she was a star, and she’ll be a songwriter long after she graduates from that racket. It’s in her music where she’s made her mark on history — as a performer, record-crafter, guitar hero and all-around pop mastermind, with songs that can leave you breathless or with a nasty scar. She was soaring on the level of the all-time greats before she was old enough to rent a car, with the crafty guile of a Carole King and the reckless heart of a Paul Westerberg — and she hasn’t exactly slowed down since then.


Tiara of the Month: The curious history of the lost Leeds Tiara
Once owned by the wife of a wealthy American industrialist – who went on to become Princess Anastasia of Greece and Denmark – the whereabouts of the tiara is now a mystery

In 1913, before becoming Her Royal Highness Princess Anastasia of Greece and Denmark, American-born heiress Mrs Nancy Leeds commissioned Cartier to create a stunning tiara composed of interconnecting loops, each featuring sizeable suspended pendants of alternating pear-shaped diamonds and pearls. She can most famously be seen wearing the impressive diadem in a portrait by the go-to society painter of the day, Giovanni Boldini.


16 Creative Cupcake Decorating Ideas for Every Occasion
From cute to beautiful, these cupcake decorating ideas transform a simple treat into something extraordinary. Some use basic frosting, turning a cupcake into an apple or mint-chocolate football field. Others require some piping skills to create a sunflower or a rose. But many of our cleverest cupcake decorating ideas don’t rely on frosting for their good looks—instead they use candy to create snowmen, Thanksgiving turkeys, and more.
Among our favorite seasonal ideas for fall is a pumpkin cupcake topped with miniature marzipan pumpkins. For Valentine’s day, we’ve got heartfelt and heart-shaped cupcake decorating ideas that are as delicious to eat as they are gorgeous to look at. Easter brings chicks in coconut nests atop vanilla cupcakes.
There’s no end to how creative you can be with your cupcake decorating. We hope our ideas will inspire you all year round.


Caramel Apple Pie Cake for the Best of Both Worlds
Try the dessert from Ovenly in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, read a history of accidental culinary discoveries, and more.

Oscar Farinetti, the founder of Eataly, has assembled a diverting, book-length collection on how some famous foods and drinks came about. He digs deep into food trivia like the mistake that became chocolate ganache, the family feud that birthed cornflakes and the transformation of Recioto wine into Amarone. History and happenstance meet in 48 well-researched examples.





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