T LOunge for January 20th, 2023

Posted on January 20, 2023

Seasalt and Rosemary Restaurant and Amarando Beach Restaurant at Out of the Blue Resort – Crete, Greece

 

Huzzah and hooray for you, darling. You earned this. Grab a seat and call the sun your own for the day.

 

Sister King: How Princess Anne Became Her Brother’s Closest Confidante
Princess Anne has long been a beacon of purpose and honor in the house of Windsor. Now, she wears the pants.

In her youth Anne, who was once third in line to the throne, resented intense media interest in her private life. She too had a reputation for being prickly. She endured trauma, not least an armed kidnapping attempt in 1974. And she lacked the clearly defined destiny of her older brother. Yet somehow Anne sailed through it all, applying a stoicism and work ethic that have been as unshakable as her signature bouffant. Owing to the archaic laws of primogeniture, Anne, who is now 72, has tumbled to 16th in line to the throne. But such a lowly rank obscures her contribution, her popularity—and a likely new prominence. “There are plenty in palace circles who believe she is the best king we will never have,” Tina Brown writes in her book The Palace Papers.

 

Sheila Atim: What you don’t know about me
The actress shares what makes her happy, her guilty pleasure and when she feels most beautiful

Atim loves to laugh, and does so frequently throughout our interview – having previously explained that she “needs fun and jokes in my life”, perhaps as a tonic to the often heavy subject matters that she tackles in her work. As such, self care is also something that she takes seriously.
“Self care to me means doing whatever you need to do to get back to base,” she says, thoughtfully. “I think of it that way because then it can be whatever it needs to be, for you, rather than it being somebody else’s idea of self care. I think it’s literally what it says on the tin: taking care of yourself, checking in with yourself, having a good level of communication with yourself, so that you know what you need at any given time.”

 

The ballet pump continues to thrive as fashion’s new favourite flat
The Noughties’ favourite is more popular than ever and, in an era that is championing timeless design, they couldn’t be better suited

Although the ballet pump was undoubtedly wildly popular in the 2000s, the simple shoe’s place in fashion of course dates back much further than this to the 1950s, which is when the pump first took on a new life away from dance. In fact, most credit Rose Repetto’s designs for the introduction of the ballet flat into the fashion sphere. The footwear designer created a pair for Brigitte Bardot to wear in the movie And God Created Woman and later for Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, the combination of which launched the simple ballet pump into becoming an extremely popular style of shoe for women all over the world.

 

Vintage Photos of Birthday Celebrations at the White House
Even presidents enjoy hitting the dance floor.

Birthdays are exciting no matter where you celebrate them, but there’s something special about partying at the White House. The gatherings are grand, the multi-layered cakes are towering, and the guests include plenty of famous figures. Who could forget the time when First Lady Nancy Reagan danced the night away with Frank Sinatra? Or when President John F. Kennedy threw his daughter a colorful bash fit for a princess? These aren’t your ordinary parties; they’re memorable points in history that only add to the memories made inside the White House walls. For a fascinating look back in time, read on to learn more about how presidents over the years celebrated their own big days—as well as those of their families, friends, and even their dogs—all of which were captured in photos.

 

27 Lunar New Year Recipes to Bring Luck and Prosperity
The Year of the Rabbit starts January 22, when the Lunar New Year is celebrated in Chinese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Tibetan, South Korean, Indonesian, Singaporean, and Malaysian communities around the world. Lunar New Year, also called Spring Festival, is a time for friends and families to gather, feast with dishes that symbolize good luck and fortune for the year to come. From Longevity Noodles, to Whole Fish Drizzled with Hot Ginger-Scallion Oil, and Microwave Bánh Deo (Mochi Mooncakes) with Black Sesame–Chocolate Filling, these recipes will help you ring in the Year of the Rabbit.

 

The Outlander Prequel Series Now Has A Title: Everything We Know So Far
Blood of My Blood will follow the love story of Jamie Fraser’s parents, Ellen MacKenzie and Brian Fraser.

“Outlander: Blood of My Blood is, at its heart, a love story. It will explore what lengths a person will go to find love in a time when love is considered a luxury, and when marriages are made strategically, often for political or financial gain,” Matthew B. Roberts, showrunner and executive producer, said in January 2023, when Starz officially confirmed the series. “The title is a nod to Jamie Fraser’s marriage vow to Claire and there will be several names and faces that Outlander fans will know and recognize. Jamie and Claire’s TV story may be coming to an end with season eight, but Diana is continuing on with their literary journey in her wonderful book series and is working diligently on book ten. With Jamie and Claire, and now Brian and Ellen, there is still so much more to come in the Outlander universe, and we cannot wait to continue sharing these stories with our dedicated fans.”

 

Celebrate Disney’s 100th Anniversary With These 2 New Cereals
Now you can honor your love for Mickey and Minnie at breakfast.

Breakfast is a beautiful thing. It’s often the first landmark of your day, so you want it to bring you a bit of joy. For some, it’s a tried-and-true overnight oats recipe. For others, a single cup of coffee, perfectly prepared with a splash of milk and maybe some time with a frother, if they’re feeling fancy. But soon, Disney fans will be able to celebrate their love of all things Mickey and Minnie with a breakfast cereal inspired by the brand’s generations-long legacy.
According to a press release from Post Consumer Brands — the manufacturer behind your favorite cereals, like Fruity Pebbles and Honeycomb — it’s introducing a line of limited-edition breakfast cereals to commemorate the entertainment giant’s 100th anniversary.

 

Netflix’s ‘The Decameron’ Period Soap Starts Production at Rome’s Cinecittà Studios
Shooting on Netflix’s “The Decameron” has kicked off at Rome’s Cinecittà Studios, where the lavish period soap will be based for the next six months.
The U.S. show, which is being made entirely in Italy, marks one of the biggest international productions lured by the storied studios in recent years.
Hailing from executive producer Jenji Kohan (“Weeds,” “Orange Is the New Black”) and creator/showrunner Kathleen Jordan (“Teenage Bounty Hunters”), the eight-episode drama takes place in 1348, as the Black Death pandemic strikes hard in the city of Florence. A handful of nobles are invited to retreat with their servants to a grand villa in the Italian countryside and wait out the pestilence with a lavish holiday. But as social rules wear thin, what starts as a wine-soaked sex romp in the hills of Tuscany descends into an all out scramble for survival.

 

The Importance Of Knowing When To Walk Away
Jacinda Ardern’s resignation is a prominent reminder that, sometimes, the better move is to bow out and move on

There is a scene from Love Actually that has stuck with me above all others through my adult life. The long-suffering Andrew Lincoln (playing Mark) professes his undying love to Keira Knightley (Juliet) on her doorstep via a series of placards – and as he walks away, resolutely says to himself: ‘Enough. Enough now.’
Rather than the heartbreak, romance or sheer ridiculousness of the scene, it’s this little final phrase that has echoed backwards and forwards in my head at many of the major junctures in my life – when I, like Mark, have realised it’s all gone a bit far, and that it’s time to bow out and move on.
I’d like to think New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern had something similar in her mind when she announced her shock resignation yesterday, after almost six years in office. Revealing plans for her departure during a press conference, Ardern gave a heartfelt speech explaining her decision: ‘I am leaving because with such a privileged role comes responsibility – the responsibility to know when you are the right person to lead, and also, when you are not. I know what this job takes, and I know that I no longer have enough in the tank to do it justice. It is that simple.’

 

Mountain Dew Is Launching a Hot Sauce That Tastes Like Baja Blast
It’s the soda brand’s first-ever hot sauce.

Love to keep things spicy? Mountain Dew has something special for you.
Just in time for National Hot Sauce Day, Mountain Dew is dropping its first-ever hot sauce, known as Mtn Dew Baja Blast.
Made in partnership with iBurn, a hot sauce shop out of Houston that also has a thriving e-commerce shop, the new spicy offering aims to merge the “iconic tropical lime flavor of the beloved Mtn Dew Baja Blast with habanero peppers, green chiles, and jalapeño peppers,” the company shared in a statement provided to Food & Wine.

 

Jack O’Connell And Lesley Manville Are Joining Marisa Abela In The New Amy Winehouse Biopic
On 19 January, another report in Deadline revealed that three more revered actors had joined the project: Jack O’Connell, Lesley Manville and Eddie Marsan. The former has been cast as Blake Fielder-Civil, Winehouse’s erratic husband of two years, with whom she had a famously turbulent relationship. Meanwhile, Marsan will play her father, Mitch, and Manville will embody her grandmother, Cynthia. The latter, a former singer, was particularly close to Winehouse, and her family believe that her death in 2006 was partly responsible for precipitating Winehouse’s descent into addiction.

 

Time to Clean Your Spice Jars—They’re the Dirtiest Part of Your Kitchen, a New Study Revealed
According to the research, cutting boards are the second most contaminated area of the kitchen.

When it comes to deep cleaning your kitchen, you likely spend extra time scrubbing your sink, refrigerator, countertops, and other commonly used areas. But a new study published in the Journal of Food Protection found that the highest amount of bacteria lurks in a surprising place: your spice jars.
The study, which aimed to uncover the prevalence and degree of cross-contamination of a variety of kitchen surfaces, found that spice containers have the highest amount of cross-contamination. To obtain their findings, the study authors asked 371 participants to prepare a meal consisting of turkey patties and prepackaged salad. To trace the movement of a pathogen, the researchers infused the meat with a bacteriophage called MS2, which isn’t harmful to humans.

 

Brooke Shields on Her Sundance Doc ‘Pretty Baby’: “I’m a Conduit to a Bigger Conversation”
In the doc, directed by Lana Wilson and destined for Hulu, Shields talks about the sexualization of young girls, her relationship with her mother, and, for the first time, her experience with sexual assault.

Brooke Shields agreed to participate in a doc about her life and career not because of what it would say about her, but for what it could say through her — namely, a discussion about the sexualization of young girls.
By now, the celebrity bio-doc is well-trod territory, but Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, which premieres Jan. 20 at the Sundance Film Festival, aspires to be more than a career retrospective. “I’m not interested in famous-person problems. What I am interested in is how fame can amplify and supercharge relatable problems,” says director Lana Wilson, who most recently directed the Taylor Swift Netflix doc Miss Americana. “[Brooke’s] life has been extreme and utterly unique, but her experience of being a woman in America is horrifyingly relatable.”

 

How to Grow and Care for Basil Plants, a Summer Annual You Need in Your Culinary Garden
This aromatic herb is one of the most popular and easiest to grow.

All a basil plant needs is sun, water, and a bit of pruning in order to grow long, luscious, and aromatic leaves. Basil comes in several varieties, from sweet to spicy, and it can be found in shades like dark green and deep purple. Because basil is an annual plant (meaning it lasts just one season), you can try out a few different varieties every year.

 

David Crosby, Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash Co-Founder, Dies at 81
Singer-songwriter-guitarist David Crosby, a founding member of two popular and enormously influential ’60s rock units, the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (later Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), has died, his representative says. He was 81 years old. A cause of death has not been revealed.
The death came as a surprise to those who followed his very active Twitter account, which he’d kept tweeting on as recently as Wednesday. One of Crosby’s final tweets the day before he died was to make a typically jocular comment about heaven: “I heard the place is overrated… cloudy.”

 

Madonna and the mystery of the $440k Langlois painting that could be worth a fortune
The French city of Amiens has issued a little prayer to Madonna, after it was claimed a painting in her home might have been stolen during the First World War

The French city of Amiens has issued a little prayer to Madonna – the original material girl, not the virgin. It wants its painting back.
In 1918, amid the throes of the First World War, the Germans bombed the fine art museum in the small northern city of Amiens. Among the losses sustained was Diane et Endymion, a neoclassical painting by Jerome-Martin Langlois. Experts presumed it destroyed, or perhaps stolen. That is, until Madonna turned up in the pages of Paris Match in 2015, wearing a black gown, a smouldering pout and posing in front of the very painting. Perhaps. A police investigation was launched: was this the real painting and who was the rightful owner?

 

Read Your Way Through Boston
Paul Theroux, the quintessential travel writer, has also enshrined his Massachusetts roots in his writing. Here are his recommendations for those who come to visit.

Boston is less a city than a cluster of neighborhoods. The house in Roxbury where Malcolm Little was a troubled teen — before becoming Malcolm X, the author of “By Any Means Necessary” — is a world away from the mayor’s office in Edwin O’Connor’s “The Last Hurrah,” or the South Boston of George V. Higgins’s “The Friends of Eddie Coyle,” or the Dorchester of “Sacred,” by Dennis Lehane. Lehane’s “Mystic River” is quite a different take on the river where, upstream, I was a dreamy youth inspired to travel. Each of those books matter to an understanding of Boston.

 

Midcentury Train Travel Is Making a Comeback Thanks to These 1940s-inspired Trips Along the Hudson River
Tickets to book start Jan. 20.

The dream of stepping back into time to the days of 1940s train travel is becoming a reality thanks to Hudson River Rail.
The company, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, is offering rides on restored railroad cars from 1948. The first departure, which travels between New York City to Albany, will begin on Feb. 10 according to the company’s recently announced 2023 schedule.
“Our train runs on the very same tracks on which the train ran in the 1940s,” Kevin Phalon, Executive Director of the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ, Hudson River Rail Excursions told Travel + Leisure. “Folks in 1948 looked out the very same windows at the very same view that we see 75 years later. It really is as close to time travel as you can get.” Tickets will become available on Jan. 20th.

 

 

 

 

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