T LOunge for January 23rd, 2023

Posted on January 23, 2023

Kol Restaurant – Marylebone, London, UK

 

Ooooh, yes please. Today’s LOunge kind of looks like our dream kitchen, but with seating for a couple hundred more than we’d need. The vibe is expansive, cool and soothing. We can’t think of a better place to spend MONDAY, which is a day that needs all the help it can get on the good vibes front. Grab a seat and soak it all in.

 

The Story Behind Beyoncé’s 3 Epic Dubai Performance Looks
With a stage perched on the tip of Palm Jumeriah—the famous 17-fronded palm tree-shaped island in Dubai—the setting for Beyoncé’s show at Atlantis the Royal hotel last night was spectacular to begin with. The invite-only crowd included the likes of Kendall Jenner, Black Panther actor Letitia Wright, and several members of the star’s family, among them her husband Jay-Z, her mother Tina Knowles-Lawson, her father Matthew Knowles, and five-year-old twins, Rumi and Sir.
Fireworks lit up the bay as the superstar emerged wearing a halo-like lucite headpiece and singing Etta James’s “At Last,” a song she memorably performed at President Obama’s inauguration in 2015. She then segued from a triumphant performance of “Halo,” arguably her most rousing power ballad, to a flawless rendition of “Ave Maria.” Behind her, 48 members of the all-female Dubai-based orchestra Firdaus were dressed in red sequins and glittering tiaras.

 

Ariana Grande Sings Cover Of ‘Over The Rainbow’ After Being Told She’s ‘Not A Singer’ Anymore
She’s not back, because she never left.

Over the weekend, Ariana Grande reminded her fans that, despite her many talents, she’s a vocalist first. The Grammy award winner is currently on the set of the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Wicked, just something she’s doing in between albums and hosting The Voice.
Grande shared a TikTok in which she’s responding to people who have been pretty rudely asking, ‘Why aren’t you still a singer?’
Under the video, she wrote, ‘[I’m] literally on set filming two musical movies all day every day,’ along with several crying emojis. In the TikTok itself, she stays on theme for Wicked and sings an unaccompanied cover of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow,’ the most iconic song from The Wizard of Oz, on which Wicked is based. And she sounds stunning.

 

Beyoncé champions emerging designers for first performance in four years in Dubai
The singer eschewed established brands in favour of highlighting lesser-known labels

Beyoncé just performed her first live show in four years, with a spectacular hour-long set in Dubai, to mark the anticipated opening of the new Atlantis Royal resort.
With a 48-piece female orchestra, three costume changes, impressive staging and a guest appearance by her Grammy-winning daughter Blue Ivy Carter Carter, Beyoncé reminded everyone that, when it comes to putting on a live show, she is unrivalled.

 

60 British phrases that will confuse anybody who didn’t grow up in the UK
From “chockablock” to a “full Monty,” the Brits have a wide range of interesting phrases. You don’t want to be described as “dim,” “a mug,” or “a few sandwiches short of a picnic.” If you’re “zonked” or “cream crackered,” you might want to take a nap.

 

Historic British Cities Opened the Imaginations of the Builders of ‘The Batman’ Look
“Matt [Reeves, the director] and I started a global search looking at various cities, mostly on Google Earth,” says production designer James Chinlund. “We found this amazing location called Wellington Square in Liverpool and that really opened a whole door for me to the north of England.” Eventually, that led the team to Manchester as well Glasgow, Scotland.
The historic cities provided the right blend of Gothic architecture and patina for the look Reeves and Chinlund had in mind. With so many prior iterations of Gotham City already preserved in television, film and comic books, Chinlund explains the challenge was creating a new space within the world.

 

In the Age of TikTok, True Crime Goes Live
In response to the murders of four University of Idaho students, the content economy has superimposed itself upon yet another headline-grabbing case.

For better and for worse, the internet has made it possible to turn criminal investigations (overwhelmingly those involving a certain kind of victim) into crowdsourcing initiatives at scale. In the wake of the mid-November murders of four University of Idaho students—Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves, and Madison Mogen—local police reported receiving nearly 20,000 tips over about six weeks before making an arrest; Moscow, Idaho’s official population tops out at around 26,000.
The blaze of attention garnered by the case isn’t surprising. By now we’re familiar with the trajectory of a particularly presentable crime in the public imagination, magnified by social media platforms that incentivize content swarms around a trending subject.

 

Beyonce Wears Ukrainan Designer For Her First Live Performance In Four Years
Queen Bey turned to Ukrainian brand FROLOV for her stunning performance at the launch of Dubai’s Atlantis The Royal hotel.

It may have been four years since her last live performance but Beyoncé is officially back. Queen Bey made a dramatic return to the stage with an exclusive invite-only concert to launch Dubai’s new Atlantis The Royal Hotel and, as expected, blew every other performer out of the water.
Opening the stunning show with her iconic cover of Etta James’ ‘At Last’ backed by Firdaus, a 48-person all-female orchestra, Beyoncé went on to delight the star-studded audience with renditions of ‘Crazy In Love’, ‘Naughty Girl’ and ‘Drunk In Love’ for her one-off hour long concert at the ultra-luxury hotel.

 

Nobody Has My Condition But Me
Medical researchers find my genetic mutation endlessly fascinating. But being unique isn’t a plus when you’re a patient.

In early 2021, Dr. Michael Ombrello, an investigator at the National Institutes of Health, received a message from doctors at Yale about a patient with a novel genetic mutation—the first of its kind ever seen. A specialist in rare inflammatory and immune disorders, Ombrello was concerned by what first-round genetic tests showed: a disabling mutation in a gene, known as PLCG2, that’s crucial for proper immune functioning. It was hard to discern how the patient, a forty-eight-year-old woman, had survived for so long without serious infections. Even more puzzling was the sudden onset of severe joint pain and swelling she was experiencing after years of excellent health. He decided to bring her to the N.I.H. campus, in Bethesda, Maryland, to study her case first hand.

 

Learn How to Make This 3D Floral Canvas Wall Art, a DIY That’s Perfect for Valentine’s Day
Bring a still life to real life with this three-dimensional display of beautiful silk blooms.
When Valentine’s Day comes around each year, flowers are top of mind—they’re typically our go-to gift on the day of love. Instead of shopping for a bouquet of blooms this February 14, consider this floral craft idea from La Petite Fête. She displayed this eye-grabbing piece of floral wall art at a Galentine’s Day party, but it works just as well as a present for your best friends or partner, too.

 

31 One-Pot Chicken Dinner Recipes That Are Perfect for Busy Weeknights
Chicken is so versatile. Its juicy, tender texture and quick cooking time make it a staple for weeknight meals. Even better? When you can cook an entire chicken dinner in just one pot or pan—which is where the recipes in this collection come in (they also come together in under an hour). These one-pot chicken dinner recipes are quick to prep, short on cleanup, and big on flavor. They’re the perfect solution when you need to get dinner on the table fast.

 

Flat-Leaf or Curly Parsley? Experts Say There’s a Clear Winner—and Share How to Best Use This Popular Herb
Learn more about this versatile powerhouse that adds fresh flavor to everything from omelets and osso buco to soups and sauces.

Has any other herb been taken for granted more than parsley? Though relied upon for its looks—a sprinkling of finely chopped parsley or a sprightly sprig enlivens countless savory dishes—this deep green herb is rarely lauded for its subtle taste or versatility. Still, once you add it to your repertoire, it’s clear that this biennial herb, one of the most commonly used in the world, deserves accolades. Its aromatic leaves can be consumed fresh, dried, or cooked, and its culinary and medicinal uses are seemingly infinite.

 

Betty Lee Sung, Pioneering Scholar of Chinese in America, Dies at 98
U.S.-born, she lived for a time in China and then fled as Japan invaded. She later broke academic ground in New York in the study of the Asian American diaspora.

Betty Lee Sung, an American-born daughter of Chinese immigrants who was taken back to China by her parents during the Depression, escaped the invading Japanese as a teenager and then made her way back to the United States, where she pioneered research into the Asian diaspora, died on Thursday at her home in Silver Spring, Md. She was 98.
Her death was confirmed by her daughter Cynthia Sung.

 

The Many Lessons of Kouign-Amann
I made this Breton-style cake at least half a dozen times to perfect it. Here’s what it taught me about grief.

On Avenue du Mont-Royal Est in the heart of Montreal’s Plateau neighborhood is a patisserie called Au Kouign-Amann, specializing in a classic version of the pastry that gives it the name.
The kouign-amann (Breton for “butter cake”) has always been among my favorite pastries for how it manages to convey comfort with a few simple ingredients, but I’ll never forget my first bite of the bakery’s version. I leaned against the slate-blue framed glass windows of the brick storefront on a warm late-June afternoon, holding two slightly warm slices tucked neatly in a brown bag, and took my first bite. I walked away wondering what had just happened to me. That delicate slice had managed to balance light buttery layers with a deep nutty flavor and slightly caramelized crust.
And, in that moment, balance was just what I needed.

 

How scientists discovered the universe is really freaking huge
Edwin Hubble’s name is everywhere in astronomy. Henrietta Leavitt’s should be too.

In the early 1900s, the universe seemed to be a much, much smaller place. Back then, astronomers believed the Milky Way galaxy was all there was. They didn’t know there were billions of other galaxies; they didn’t know how small we really are.
They didn’t know this because they couldn’t measure distances to far-flung stars. Why? There was a pretty simple problem in astronomy: A bright, faraway star looks almost the same as a dim star that’s close by.

 

The “zombie” fungus in The Last of Us, explained by a biologist
The good news: You’re safe if you’re not an ant.

In the show, which premiered last Sunday, it’s not a virus that turns people into brainless automatons but a kind of fungus called Cordyceps. The fungus takes over their minds and bodies and makes them want to spread the fungus to the uninfected. This fungus is real.
In tropical, subtropical, and even temperate forests around the world, there are many species of fungus in the genuses Cordyceps and Ophiocordyceps (these fungi were formerly called just Cordyceps) that infect insects like ants and other invertebrates. And they do essentially turn them into zombies. The fungi take over their minds and bodies, causing them to behave in such a way as to spread spores to others of their kind.

 

45 Popular Irish Songs to Add to Your St. Patrick’s Day Playlist
From old ballads to classic folk tunes to rousing Irish-inflected punk, make these the soundtrack to your March 17 and beyond!

No matter what your plans are for this St. Patrick’s Day — you can be planning an Irish feast (complete with Irish desserts), making green beer to serve your guests, watching one the best Irish movies of all-time or taking part in one of the honored St. Patrick’s Day traditions — you’re going to need a soundtrack to go with it. And what better than music from the Emerald Isle?
Whether you’re looking for classic folk tunes, Irish rock, amped-up punk songs or a combo of all of the above, these are the best Irish songs to add to your St. Patrick’s Day playlist. There are famous Irish artists, including U2, Van Morrison and Thin Lizzy. There are songs that have stood the test of time, getting reinterpreted by different bands and ensembles throughout the years. And there are songs with just the merest hint of an Irish connection, but they’re great when you want to rock out. Add these to your playlist, and get ready to dance (and no, it doesn’t have to be a jig).

 

 

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