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The Mummy Diaries star Sam Faiers stylishly leads the way on family trip to London as Paul Knightley takes control of Rosie and pram

The Mummy Diaries star Sam Faiers let her partner Paul Knightley take the reigns with baby Rosie during a family trip to London.

The former The Only Way Is Essex beauty visited the ITV studios in Southbank on Tuesday 20 February, and the couple left Rosie’s brother Paul behind for the excursion into town.

Sam, 27, looked effortlessly chic in a faux camel blazer and 70s inspired headband, teamed with a pink jumper and white leggings.

sam faiersSam Faiers looks amazing on a day out with Paul Knightley and Rosie[Flynet]

Paul matched her relaxed style in a padded jacket and a baseball cap, and looked every inch a doting dad as he took over pram duties and held his adorable daughter.

After welcoming second baby Rosie in 2017, Sam has offered help and support to her millions of followers.

However, the former TOWIE star found herself creating a parent debate when she placed her daughter into a baby neck float – a product when used incorrectly has caused controversy in the parenting world.

George And Amal Clooney’s Support For Florida Shooting Survivors Gets Oprah’s Backing

Together, they’ve pledged $1 million to the March for Our Lives demonstration.

Oprah Winfrey donates 500k to March for Our Lives

By Bang Showbiz in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 21 February 2018

 

Oprah Winfrey has pledged $500,000 to March for Our Lives.

The media mogul was inspired by the generosity of George and Amal Clooney and agreed to match their donation to the anti-gun violence

cause, which was organised by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and will see children and families marching in the streets of Washington D.C. on March 24 to protest gun violence and mass shootings.

She tweeted: ”George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’ These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.”

George And Amal – who made the donation in the name of their eight-month-old twins Ella and Alexander – revealed they are planning to march alongside those at the protest, after being moved by the students of Stoneman Douglas High School.

In a statement, the ‘Money Monster’ star said: ”Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School. Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating 500,000 dollars to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it.”

Steven Spielberg and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg have both reportedly donated $500,000 to the cause, while other stars who have raised awareness for the initiative include Lady GaGaJustin Bieber, and Morgan Freeman.

Instead of wedding gifts, ‘Trainwreck’ actress Amy Schumer asked for donations be made to Everytown for Gun Safety when she and Chris Fischer tied the knot last week.

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‘I’M ROOTING FOR EVERYBODY BLACK’: BLACK PEOPLE ON BLACK PANTHER

We visited two theaters to get real reactions on opening weekend.

Wraps in bright patterns and rainbow-colored dashikis fill the lobby of Washington, D.C.’s Regal Cinema 12. Fans are waiting to take a picture with the cast of Black Panther—or, rather, cardboard versions of stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o. “I don’t think we’ve been excited about anything like this as a collective since president Obama’s inauguration,” said 35-year-old local Erika Totten. The crowd waiting for the cardboard backdrop grows so overwhelming a manager has to encourage the queue to move into the ticketed area of the theater.

Black Panther broke records this weekend, becoming the top-grossing film with a Black director and predominantly Black cast. The Marvel blockbuster also made $235 million domestically, the most ever for a February release. It’s remarkable that so many people went to see it, but it’s who ventured out to see it—once, or twice, or even three times—that is even more important.

Even before the movie’s release, it was clear that Black Panther represented much more than an evening’s entertainment (although at a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s certainly an outstanding example of that): This was a movie made by and for Black people. “In superhero culture, you don’t see a lot of Black people. Just like we can be doctors and lawyers, we can be magical superheroes too,” said Jasmine Pittman, a 26-year-old Harlem resident.

We spoke to Black Panther viewers at Washington, D.C.’s Regal Cinema 12 and New York City’s AMC Magic Johnson Harlem theater about what the groundbreaking film means to them.

 

Stacia Weatherford, 26, Queens, NY, Flight Attendant

Why are you excited to be here tonight?

I’ve been a comic book fan all my life, so this is amazing. I still have X-Men Marvel on VHS. I have the Storm comic book series of Storm just by herself. I’ve got Deadpool. I only have one Black Panther because my brothers took the others. Then, it’s an all-Black cast on top of it? Of course, I had to come see it.

What does it mean for you to have a movie that celebrates Blackness this much?

I hope it wins Oscars. For the first time someone Black could win an Oscar for being a hero and not a crooked cop, a slave. They would win for being articulate, smart, successful and loving. It’s just such a positive image for once.

FOR THE FIRST TIME SOMEONE BLACK COULD WIN AN OSCAR FOR BEING A HERO AND NOT A CROOKED COP, A SLAVE.

Do you feel Black Panther is hyper-relevant in 2018?

Yes, most definitely. It paints Black men, for one, in a positive image. I’m originally from Indiana and they [white people] like to use the word “thug” instead of the N-word, but you know what they really mean. I think the movie is a great way to show we are more than what you say we are. We always have been, we always will be, and you’re going to see more of this.

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Pastor Richard Hayes, 44; Professor Bridget Hayes; Issa Hayes, 9, New York, NY

What does it mean for you to have a movie that celebrates Blackness this much?

Bridget: With the particular political climate that we’re in, especially in the shadows of the comments that have recently been made, I think it recasts Black folks as overcomers, which we are. We have a strong history of overcoming—no matter what we’ve been given, we rise above and beyond it. We have a strong history of overcoming—no matter what we’ve been given, we rise above and beyond it. I think it’s such a beautiful narrative to have put forth on a global stage, especially in light of what we’re dealing with right now.

WE HAVE A STRONG HISTORY OF OVERCOMING—NO MATTER WHAT WE’VE BEEN GIVEN, WE RISE ABOVE AND BEYOND IT.

Richard: I would echo much what my wife says; I think it’s important that Africa receives what is due. I think in many instances we’ve overlooked the immense contributions that have come from the African continent: contributions to math, contributions to engineering, contributions to science. And I think this story, seeing how advanced Wakanda is being portrayed as, almost kind of tells us about the ability that we were able to build pyramids when other folks were struggling in caves.

The Hayes Family

Shaun Harrison, 34, Art Director, New York, New York

How have you embraced the film with your style?

So I learned earlier that I was Maasai—that’s a tribe in Africa, in Kenya—so I wanted to take [that on] a little bit, and modernize it and bring it to today’s world.

Who would win in a fight: Black Panther, Superman, or Batman?

That’s a good question. Between Batman and Black Panther, definitely Black Panther because he’s richer—the only thing that Batman has is white privilege and money. So it would be between Black Panther and Superman, and I’ll give it to Black Panther because I’m rooting for everybody Black.

Sajdah Sabree, 50, and Raisah Jordan, 8, Harlem, New York

Why are you excited to be here tonight?

Sajdah: I think it’s important that Black people see a superhero. When I grew up, all we had was Superman. We had the real-life superhero which was Muhammad Ali but never anybody on screen to see. I’m the first generation of black women who grew up with dolls; my mother didn’t have black dolls, her mother didn’t have any—so every step we’re going further and further, and I just think it’s beautiful.

WE HAD THE REAL-LIFE SUPERHERO WHICH WAS MUHAMMAD ALI BUT NEVER ANYBODY ON SCREEN TO SEE.

What does it mean for you to have a movie that celebrates Blackness this much?

It’s monumental. I just think Black people are the most beautiful thing in the world…. It’s a good story, because it’s showing what would happen if we were never colonized, if we were never enslaved, where we would’ve taken it. We can tell just by the super people in our own background—Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Muhammad Ali, all these people who are real superheroes—that we would’ve been something else. I think it’s great for [Raisah] to see. That’s why I made sure to bring my daughter out—she’ll remember it and her generation will take it even further.

Tiffany Smith, 34, Maplewood,New Jersey and Kwabena Ofosu, 34, Ghana

Do you feel Black Panther is hyper-relevant in 2018?

Tiffany: It’s definitely relevant. With our president nowadays, he’s really not for us, I would say, so this just enables us to show who we are and what we represent. Being in the theaters is awesome, because we don’t really get that chance to represent in this type of way.

Latoya Coleman, 31, Harlem, New York

Why are you excited to be here tonight?

There’s so many reasons, but I’m excited to see people that look like me as superheroes on the big screen. I’m excited to see people that look like me as superheroes on the big screen. I think there’s a lot of narratives around Blackness that have to do with slavery and history, but this is more like Afrofuturism. I’m just really happy to be here, and it’s a prideful moment.

I’M EXCITED TO SEE PEOPLE THAT LOOK LIKE ME AS SUPERHEROES ON THE BIG SCREEN.

Do you feel Black Panther is hyper-relevant in 2018?

I think the fact that this movie is coming out during this time with this president just shows how resilient we are as Black people. Trump is not our first “Trump” for people of color. Trump is not our first “Trump” for people of color.I think that a lot of white people are shocked and appalled, but we’ve dealt with all those other presidents, like Nixon and Bush, and we prevail through all of that. I think this movie and all the things that have been happening with our culture and our representation and the Academy Awards and all that show that no matter who the president is, what the climate is, we’re always gonna rise to the top.

TRUMP IS NOT OUR FIRST “TRUMP” FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR.

Shavonne Tweh, 33, and Brooklyn Tweh, 4, Queens, NY

Why are you excited to be here tonight?

Shavonne: We’ve been waiting for this movie for a couple years—we’re big comic book nerds in our house.

What does it mean for you to have a movie that celebrates Blackness to this extreme?

That was why we picked [Magic Johnson’s Theater]. We live in Queens, but came all the way to Harlem to be in this all Black-owned theater. This is the thing I want her to see, this kind of representation.

Brooklyn Tweh

Do you feel Black Panther is hyper-relevant in 2018?

We’re in a time where it’s almost frowned upon to celebrate your Blackness. People are really conflating pro-Black with anti-white, and that’s not what it is. People are really conflating pro-black with anti-white, and that’s not what it is. That’s why it’s so important and so special we give our little ones this type of representation. We’re being told we aren’t allowed to celebrate at times.

PEOPLE ARE REALLY CONFLATING PRO-BLACK WITH ANTI-WHITE, AND THAT’S NOT WHAT IT IS.

How have you embraced the film with your style?

My bag is in the shape of Africa. She’s wearing a patch on her jacket that says “Warrior of Wakanda.” We put our natural hair out, we did the whole thing.

Melanie Habwe Dickson, 31, Washington D.C.

What does it mean for you to have a movie that celebrates Blackness this much?

I grew up here but my parents didn’t, so we’ve had very different experiences of race. They grew up surrounded by people who look like them on TV and in culture and I just haven’t had that. It’s really meaningful to have that influence and have it rooted in my African roots. To have Lupita starring in the film, who is from the same tribe as me in Kenya, is incredible. It’s beautiful to see everything come together in a really powerful, yet mainstream way.

How have you embraced the film with your style?

My scarf is by a Kenyan designer who I love that is based in New York. My outfit by a Nigerian-American designer who is based in Texas. I’m wearing waist beads that come from my East African culture. I’m wearing jewelry that comes from all Kenyan designers.

Jasmine Pittman, 26, Harlem, New York

What does it mean for you to have a movie that celebrates Blackness to this extreme?

It means everything to me, especially in superhero culture you don’t see a lot of Black people. Just like we can be doctors and lawyers, we can be magical superheroes too.

JUST LIKE WE CAN BE DOCTORS AND LAWYERS, WE CAN BE MAGICAL SUPERHEROES TOO.

It’s excellent for our kids to see. It’s a boost for our community and our culture.

Do you feel Black Panther is hyper relevant in 2018?

Absolutely. I think you see a lot of Black bodies on the street. We seem so defeatable and one bullet we are out. To see this character from this land of Wakanda, which is the richest area of the marvel universe, and see how they are strong and survive. We are strong, we are survivors. It’s a great reflection of who we are as Black people.

How have you embraced the film with your style?

I didn’t have any traditional African garb which is what i wanted to go for. I figured all black was the next best thing. I found this beret online from this woman named Leticia Hunt. She sells these super dope berets and mine says “Hella Black.”

Radesha Piles and Naeem Holman

Radesha Piles, 26, Naeem Holman, Bronx, New York

Do you feel Black Panther is hyper relevant in 2018?

Radesha: I do, but I think that it’s hyper relevant that it exudes Blackness in a more positive way. I think from an economic side, it’s bringing out people who don’t usually watch Marvel out to watch the film to show support for more Black representation, movies, directors, actors, etc.

I’M ROOTING FOR EVERYONE BLACK.

Naeem: I do think so. With the political climate and just in regards to the conversation around how exclusion is going. Recently, they came out with a Black Spiderman. Marvel is pushing the envelope with a Black women who is playing Iron Man now. They are pushing the envelope with a Black Captain America. They finally have Muslim superheroes. So it was only a matter of time.

How have you embraced the film with your style?

Naeem: It says it all. “I’m rooting for everyone Black.” I’m rooting for everyone Black.

Aaron Humphrey, 31, Trinidad and Tobago

Christon Wolfe, 29, Dominican Republic

Tiffany Swifat, 29, Miami, Florida

What does it mean for you to have a movie that celebrates Blackness to this extreme?

Aaron: We we’re talking about that earlier and what separates this movie from other superhero movies or any other Black superheroes, is that it’s actually about Black royalty and black excellence and seeing people represents us in positions of power, especially on this sort of scale.

Tiffany: I think it’s also important that we’re putting our money where our mouth is. Supporting Black actors, movies, and making sure we’re putting ourselves in a position that people know that we are a market that people should be catering towards is the most important thing to me.

How have you embraced the film with your style?

Aaron: I’m wearing traditional clothes from Nigeria. I have a lot of Nigerian friends and I got this as a gift from one of my closet Nigerian friends.

Marjorie McCowan, 30, Fort Worth, Texas

What does it mean for you to have a movie that celebrates Blackness to this extreme?

I love it. I love that Black people are loving their culture right now. We are in love with our hair, we are in love with everything. I teach my students all the time, you’ve got to love who you are and stop trying to be other people. Be you, and you are gorgeous.

Do you feel Black Panther is hyper relevant in 2018?

Yes, they planned this. They did not just wake up and release it in Black History month. I think they planned this and I think they released it at the perfect time. Black people are loving themselves right now and it’s gorgeous. Black people are loving themselves right now and it’s gorgeous.

BLACK PEOPLE ARE LOVING THEMSELVES RIGHT NOW AND IT’S GORGEOUS.

Erika Totten, 35, Travis Totten, 37, Washington D.C.

Erika Totten

Why are you excited to be here tonight?

Travis: It’s great hearing the story told by our own people and not having others tell it for us. It’s refreshing.

IT’S GREAT HEARING THE STORY TOLD BY OUR OWN PEOPLE AND NOT HAVING OTHERS TELL IT FOR US.

What does it mean for you to have a movie that celebrates Blackness to this extreme?

Erika: It means everything. Representation, everything. We have our kids out here to see people who look like them reflected on the screen. To be a part of this really big cultural event. I don’t think we’ve been excited about anything like this as a collective since president Obama’s inauguration. I don’t think we’ve been excited about anything like this as a collective since president Obama. It’s been a long time for us to be excited about something collective.

I DON’T THINK WE’VE BEEN EXCITED ABOUT ANYTHING LIKE THIS AS A COLLECTIVE SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA.

Do you feel Black Panther is hyper relevant in 2018?

Erika: Absolutely. We we’re just talking about what it would look like or where we would be if we didn’t have the African continent colonized. It’s allowing us to vision what liberation could be. It’s kind of bittersweet too, because it’s like if ya’ll would have left us the hell alone, this is where we would be.

The Totten Children

How have you embraced the film with your style?

Erika: We kind of dress like this all the time too. This was just another way and opportunity to dress up and have our kids dress up too. It’s a dashiki dress with a fitted waist and long skirt. I have combat boots because I stay ready. The necklace I have reminds me of the female warriors in the movie. I got my hair done for the event. I have gold wire to represent royalty. The green in my hair for the land, all of it.

Monica, 26, Charles City, Virginia

Nick, 27, Virginia Beach

What does it mean for you to have a movie that celebrates Blackness to this extreme?

Monica: I think right now with the political and social climate we are in and racial tensions being so high, it’s just Trump universe right now, this movie is important. It’s important to have a powerful and positive depiction of us, and not just the men, the powerful Black women who are not just strong and warriors but are feminine and beautiful. We can have that duality.

Who are you most excited to see in the film?

Monica: Danai Gurira. I think that her character stood out to me. For me personally, just seeing her being able to define her movie, a scene where she literally took off her wig when she was in the midst of the battle. I think that’s so powerful. We have been forced, especially as Black women, to kind of adhere to European standards, you got to have short hair, you got to have long hair, and this or that, and she was like no I’m bald and I want to wear it and I can still kick some ass. That was my favorite character hands down.

Red Sparrow photocall proves Hollywood is a very cold place for women

Posted byKayleigh Dray

 

The internet is incredibly angry about these “quietly depressing” pictures of Jennifer Lawrence and her Red Sparrow co-stars.

Jennifer Lawrence wore a glamorous velvet Versace gown to the Red Sparrow photocall in London on Tuesday (20 Feb), alongside her male castmates.

arrived in a velvet gown with gold Medusa buttons and a high front split at the ‘Red Sparrow’ photocall in London. http://Versace.com 

While there’s no denying that she looks fierce AF, many have pointed out that her red carpet attire left her rather vulnerable to the winter elements. Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts and director Francis Lawrence, though, rugged up for the 3 degree climes with shirts, boots, jumpers and thick, heavy coats.

These photographs of Lawrence and her male co-stars have since sparked a debate online, with many people suggesting that the image highlights the differences in how men and women are treated in Hollywood.

“This is such a quietly depressing (and revealing) image. Not least because I’ve been outside today and it’s bloody freezing,” tweeted one user, later adding: “True equality means either Jennifer Lawrence getting a coat, or Jeremy Irons having to pose in assless chaps.”

Another, punning on the lyrics of Mary Poppins’ rousing feminist anthem, Sister Suffragette, wrote: “Coats for women! (and a good pair of tights).”

The comments didn’t stop there, either.

One wrote: “And just because she’s a woman she has to show skin and that gets dollars rolling in? Wow so much equality and non-oppression.”

Another shared the images into their newsfeed, remarking: “For those of you dreaming of a career in showbiz…”

And still one more said: “At least the guys look really embarrassed.”

However, there were those who were quick to defend the images – and many pointed out, fairly, that there’s every chance Lawrence wanted to wear this dress and look fantastic.

Elsewhere, others claimed that Lawrence had been given every opportunity to say no to wearing the dress… y’know, despite not being involved in the discussions or decision process whatsoever.

“[The men] look embarrassed for her because I’m sure she can afford to buy a coat. I’m sure she knew what the weather was like before she walked out the door. Seriously.”

Another said: “She gets to wear Versace for free. In return she models it. Yeah she’s outside. Yeah she’s probably cold but all of us have aspects of our jobs we don’t like. I’m not losing sleep over it. There are worse jobs.”

However, Helen Lewis, a London journalist, has come back against these comments with a blistering reminder about how “difficult” it is to be a woman in Hollywood.

Quoting an interview from Lawrence herself, in which the actress said she can’t always “stand up for myself” because it gets her branded “difficult and a nightmare”, Lewis wrote: “Who knows how many other things she’s already said ‘no’ to? This is the stuff that gets you branded ‘difficult’.”

Her message has been retweeted a whopping 383 times in under 24 hours – and counting.

Yes, maybe Lawrence wanted to wear the dress. Maybe she didn’t get the memo and thought this was a more formal affair. Maybe she really did forget to pack a coat. But maybe, just maybe, she is contractually obligated to show up for photo calls in full glam instead of a loose weave sweater.

No wonder, then, that Anna Brüggemann has been using the hashtag #NobodysDoll to urge female actors attending film festivals to “ditch high heels and tight dresses” in favour of trainers and comfortable clothes.

“The red carpet is like a throwback to the Fifties,” she told the Guardian.

“Women are expected to squeeze into tight-fitting, low-cut dresses and totter on impossible heels in order to serve the gaze of those who’ll judge whether they are marketable or not. It’s time we had different images to look up to, of headstrong, unconventional women.”

Anna Brüggemann wore a turtleneck to the red carpet. The German actress started the campaign that questions why actresses almost always wear revealing, low-cut dresses and high heels on the red carpet.

Brüggemann said the #MeToo movement inspired her campaign. “It’s about asking when does a woman become that object that men feel they have the right to take for themselves, to decide everything from how she looks, to how low-cut her outfit is,” she said.

“When #MeToo happened, and all these beautiful Hollywood actresses said ‘it’s time for more equal rights and we should all be feminists’, I thought, well, equality begins when we women really stop thinking about our bodies as something we have to improve.”

She also pointed out the frequent outfit changes women are expected to undergo during a film festival or premier.

“An actress friend of mine recently said she was fed up changing into at least four different outfits for the opening parties. She pointed out it was in that time the men were doing all the important business deals.”

Paddington director in talks for Disney’s live action Pinocchio

By Bang Showbiz in Movies / TV / Theatre on 21 February 2018

 

 

‘Paddington’ director Paul King is in talks to direct Disney’s live action remake of ‘Pinocchio’.

After thrilling audiences with two instalments of the movie based on the fictional talking bear, Variety reports that the filmmaker is the leading choice to helm the re-imagining of the classic 1940 cartoon, after Bond director Sam Mendes pulled out.

It comes after King – who is married to Eloise Moody – was reported to be in talks to direct ‘Willy Wonka’.

Sources told The Tracking Board that ‘Spectre’ helmer Mendes stepped away from production for unknown reasons.

‘Pinocchio’ follows the story of lonely and impoverished woodworker Geppetto who makes himself a wooden marionette puppet, who is brought to life by the Blue Fairy, and is given the chance to become a real boy if he proves himself to be brave, truthful and unselfish.

In Disney’s version, he is assigned a miniature friend, Jiminy Cricket, to act as his moral conscience.

The original was based on Italian writer Carlo Collodi’s 1883 book ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’.

The film went on to become the first animation to win an Academy Award; scooping two Oscars for Best Music, Original Score and for Best Music, Original Song for ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’, which has become a beloved anthem for Disney and is played at all of the company’s theme parks.

The studio has been working on recreating the tale as a live action film for many years, and already have a script from Chris Weitz who is also on board as a producer.

As well as the new Disney version, Guillermo del Toro and Robert Downey Jr. and Ben Stiller were reported to be working on a ‘Pinocchio’ adaptation for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Disney has already rebooted many of its beloved animations including ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’, and the company has a number of films lined up for live action updates such as ‘Mulan’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Winnie the Pooh’ and ‘Aladdin’.

 

The Queen bans plastic in the royal estates following David Attenborough documentary

Buckingham Palace said there was a “strong desire” to tackle the issue

 

The Queen has banned plastic bottles and straws from the royal estates as part of a plan to cut back on the use of plastics “at all levels”. Buckingham Palace said there was a “strong desire to tackle the issue” as it outlined new waste plans for the royal residences.

It is thought that the Queen became interested in the problem after working with Sir David Attenborough on a documentary about conservation in the Commonwealth. The pair have teamed up to work on the Commonwealth Canopy initiative, which aims to create a network of forest conservation projects across the countries within the Commonwealth.

The Queen West Sussex visit

The Queen is banning plastic straws and bottles at the royal estates

The changes will include gradually phasing out plastic straws in any public cafés on the royal estates, and removing them completely within staff dining rooms. Takeaway food items in the Royal Collection cafés must now be made of biodegradable or compostable packaging, while caterers at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse will only be allowed to use china plates or glasses, or recyclable paper cups.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: “Across the organisation, the Royal Household is committed to reducing its environmental impact. As part of that, we have taken a number of practical steps to cut back on the use of plastics. At all levels, there’s a strong desire to tackle this issue.”

The Queen David Attenborough Buckingham Palace

Her Majesty is believed to have been inspired by her work with Sir David Attenborough

The Queen is not the only member of the royal family who is passionate about the environment; Prince Charles also speaks about the damage plastic is causing to the oceans, and said the world was facing an “escalating ecological and human disaster”.

In January, Theresa May announced an action plan to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042, saying we will look back on it as “one of the great environmental scourges of our time”.

People Who Eat Pasta Are Healthier And Eat Less Fat, Study Says

Those who eat pasta are more likely to have higher levels of some under-consumed nutrients

Pasta lovers rejoice! A new study shows this beloved carbohydrate – much shunned and shamed by dieters the world over – could actually be quite good for you (*fist pump*).

Research conducted on behalf of the, ahem, National Pasta Association found that regular pasta eaters are more likely to have a greater intake of vital vitamins, minerals and otherwise under-consumed nutrients.

The study

Although it seems likely the findings would be biased in favour of pasta, the data analysed by the scientists working on the study came from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) which, in theory, should have provided a relatively neutral sample.

They looked at the diet quality of US adults aged 19 and above from the years 2001-2012, and concluded that those who ate pasta had higher levels of folate, iron, magnesium and dietary fibre – all of which form an important part of a healthy, balanced diet. On top of this, pasta eaters were also shown to have a lower intake of saturated fat and added sugar, two factors that can lead to weight gain.

However, neither the sample set of data nor how often participants ate pasta was identified – another reason to take the findings, perhaps, with a pinch of salt.

A balanced diet

It is important to remember that this shows pasta to be beneficial as part of a varied, balanced diet. Diane Welland, registered dietician and Nutrition Communications Manager for the National Pasta Association, highlighted this:

‘Pasta can be an effective building block for good nutrition, as it serves as a perfect delivery system for fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish and legumes. This analysis underscores the nutritional importance of grains, such as pasta, as consistent with a healthy diet. It shows that pasta eaters have better quality diets than those who don’t eat pasta.’

This report is not alone in championing pasta as part of a healthy diet. Last year, a survey of 23,000 Italians (yes, we know) found pasta consumption to be linked with a lower Body Mass Index (BMI). Indeed, it was even suggested that those with higher pasta consumption were slimmer than their carb-curbing counterparts.

However, it is worth remembering that we tend to eat far larger quantities of pasta in the UK than we need, with the recommended healthy portion being about the size of a tennis ball.

Tallia Storm responds to Brooklyn Beckham’s claims they never dated

by Polly Foreman

 

 

 

She’s not happy

Yesterday, heatworld broke the frankly alarming news that Brooklyn Beckham denied dating Tallia Storm – something she’s spoken spoken extensively about in the press and this series of Celebs Go Dating.

He took to Instagram Live for the sole purpose of denying Tallia’s story that they dated for a year and a half, slamming her claims and proclaiming he wasn’t a ‘liar’.

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Blimey.

Fans were quick to respond to the vid on Twitter, with one writing: “Lmao so @brooklynbeckham and Talia Storm didn’t acc date according to Brooklyn in his insta live, who the fuck is she then😂😭 #CelebsGoDating” [sic].

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Another added: “Brooklyn Beckham at Tallia is savage m8 😩😂” [sic].

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And now Tallia has responded to Brooklyn’s claims, telling the Mail Online: “I couldn’t be more angry. You dump me once three years ago, and now you dump me again! Why is he bringing it back up again? It’s exhausting.”

She also argued that Brooklyn must be ‘bitter’ about her success, saying: “This proved he is just a boy and I am looking to date a man… He’s trying to close me down again. I am moving on and he doesn’t like it.

“Maybe I saw our puppy love as something more than he ever did.”

All this dramz comes after Tallia gushed about Brooklyn on Celebs Go Dating, telling Eden Blackman and Nadia Essex: : “I would say it was the biggest crush of his life. I used to get butterflies, and ‘it was the one’. I was so young.

“All of my songs that I still perform now or just released I wrote three years ago. I was just too young.”