Brits more likely to donate an organ than experiment in the bedroom

Brits more likely to donate an organ than experiment in the bedroom


Lol.

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With February 14th just around the corner, our attention is focused on all things love and romance. Whether you’re loved-up and heading to a fancy restaurant, or you’re a single pringle planning to down a tub of Ben & Jerry’s Valentine’s Day flavour on the sofa, chances are you plan to do something.

For a lot of people, sex is on the cards – right? Well, maybe wrong. A recent study appears to show that we’re not all that fussed when it comes to getting between the sheets. In fact, Brits are more likely to donate an organ than agree to spice things up in the bedroom.

Research by GalaBingo.com asked 2,000 UK residents in long term relationships about the ‘gambles’ we are prepared to make, or have previously made, in the name of love.

The survey found that nearly half of loved-up Brits (42%) would move abroad for their partner, and 41% would give an organ, but less than a fifth (16%) would agree to spice things up in the bedroom.

Just under half (42%) revealed they would be prepared to change their job, and a third (34%) would face a fear if it allowed their loved-one to experience something they always dreamed of.

Of the participants, twice as many men had agreed to greater sexual experimentation for their partner than women (10% versus 5%) and more men had faced a fear for their partner too (40% versus 31% of women).

Overall, the study emphasised a readiness to gamble when in love, and a high probability that it would pay off.

Karina Adrian, Head of Brand Marketing at GalaBingo.com, said: ‘As the nation’s happy makers, we thought it would be really interesting to find out just how much we’re prepared to gamble in the name of our ‘happily ever-afters’.

‘What is great to see is both the level of devotion and the heart-warming outcomes from these inspiring acts of love.’

(Just maybe not when it comes to jiggle balls.)

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White walking is coming (yes, another dating trend)

White walking is coming (yes, another dating trend)


We’re done.

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Office sex

When Game of Thrones fans hear ‘White Walking’, they probably assume it has something to do with the undead army coming for Jon Snow in the icy north.

Actually, it’s yet another dating trend – and of all of them (scrooging, cushioning, the age-old favourite ghosting) it’s pretty outrageous and we can’t quite believe that it’s a thing.

Research by dating app Plenty of Fish showed that, sadly, it is.

Remember cuffing season? It’s the time of year when people attempt to find a significant other so they have someone to stay in and snuggle with when it’s cold outside? Well, White Walking is cuffing season’s frugal cousin.

PoF describe the new dating trend as ‘actively seeking a new date for Valentine’s Day, directly linked to a cold snap or snow storm.’ Great.

In other words, some people are so very concerned with their heating bills in February – around Valentine’s Day – that they try and find a partner to keep them warm instead.

A survey of over 650 British Plenty of Fish users also showed that just under half of singletons claim they have received an anonymous Valentine’s Day gift or card (although this sounds totally made up because does anyone even send anonymous cards once they’ve left primary school?). One in five millennials admit that they’ve received Valentine’s from their parents (sad but can relate), and over a third are done with the whole thing and would tell their partner to skip the day altogether.

We’re not exactly getting into the romantic spirit, with 28% of participants revealing that they’d prefer to pretend the day doesn’t even exist, and 37% of singles believing that it’s the worst day of the year to get engaged because it’s too predictable.

Will it stop the influx of ‘I said yes!’ posts on Facebook come February 15th? Probs not.

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Janice from Friends explains how she mastered her iconic laugh

Janice from Friends explains how she mastered her iconic laugh


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Janice from Friends. Everyone knows her, whether you watch the show or not, thanks to that pitchy, nasal and loud laugh. Despite only appearing in 19 episodes of the show, she’s a fan favourite thanks to her signature bray (as well as her regular ‘OH MY GOD!’s).

Now, actress Maggie Wheeler has opened up about how she developed her character’s iconic laugh.

Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, Maggie explained that Flipper the dolphin, Woody Woodpecker and Arnold Horshack of Welcome Back, Kotter inspired the infamous chuckle.

She told Emma Barnett: ‘There was a character called Arnold Horshack and he used to laugh and he would say [laughs].

‘Then I grew up watching Flipper which was a fantastic show about a dolphin, and I was in love with that dolphin and of course the dolphin sounds like a dolphin…

‘So I sort of say she’s a combination of Arnold Horshack and Flipper and Woody the Woodpecker. I don’t know, I think Janice was some kind of conglomeration that I invented on the day.

‘That laugh was a really organic life-saver, because Matthew Perry [Chandler] was so funny and I had to work with him and I knew he was going to crack me up. I knew that if Janice couldn’t laugh on set or laugh at that moment, I was going to be in big trouble and that is why that laugh exists.’

Add that to the list of things you never knew about Friends.

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The Queen ‘will be evacuated’ in the event of no-deal Brexit riots

The Queen ‘will be evacuated’ in the event of no-deal Brexit riots


There’s a plan in place for the monarch

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As the 29th March looms, some are speculating that that there will be no-deal Brexit riots, and if this is the case the royal family will be removed from London for their own safety, according to an insider.

During the cold war, plans were put in place to ensure that the Queen and her family would be relocated in the event of rioting, and now that same plan has been ‘repurposed’ to protect the royals in the event of ‘civil disorder’ following a no-deal Brexit.

A cabinet office source told The Sunday Times: ‘These emergency evacuation plans have been in existence since the Cold War, but have now been repurposed in the event of civil disorder following a no-deal Brexit.’

The paper also revealed that Dai Davies, the ex-police officer formerly in charge of royal protection, believes the Queen will be removed from London if tensions rise.

He said: ‘If there were problems in London, clearly you would remove the royal family away from those key sites.’

During her annual Christmas Day speech, Queen Elizabeth called for the nation to come together despite our differences. She told 6.3 million viewers that  ‘peace on earth and goodwill to all’ is ‘needed as much as ever’ and highlighted the importance of people with opposing views remaining respectful to one another.

While she is not permitted to take make political comments, many believe that she was referring to the divide caused by Brexit as she asked the UK to find ‘common ground’ and ‘never lose sight of the bigger picture.’

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Create amazing fashion shots every time with the help of this nifty little camera.

Create amazing fashion shots every time with the help of this nifty little camera.


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When it comes to learning and developing your skills nothing quite beats hands-on experience and a healthy dose of trial and error. So with that in mind, we teamed up with Fujifilm to host a fashion photography workshop to enable everyone to create amazing perfect Insta-ready images and fashion shots every time, powered by the new Fujifilm X-T100 camera (RRP £549).

We assembled a team of experts, as well as eight keen photographers and spent the day road testing the X-T100, from discovering the ins and outs of flat-lays, getting a first hand insight into shooting a fashion shoot, plus learning how to nail those edgy street-style shots.

With everyone usually reaching for their phone to take images, it’s easy to forget about the art of photography and using an actual camera. That’s what makes the FUJIFILM X-T100 so special, not only is it super easy on the eye, featuring classic retro styling and is lightweight to boot, it also features a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor which basically means you can achieve the amazing photo that Fujifilm is renowned for – think super-sharp with incredible detail.

After a quick Photography 101 where we learnt about aperture, composition and lighting led by Jamie Stoker, who has covered fashion weeks for the likes of Burberry and Dior, it was on to start the three segments of the day and for everyone to finally get their hands on the goods and test out the camera.

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Stil life

It takes a keen eye to master still life photography – just because you’re snapping an inanimate object, it doesn’t mean it’s easy. It takes a keen eye for detail, a steady hand and a sharp focus to take flat lays that are going to stand out. We challenged our photographers to work between three ‘live’ flat lay sets, which they could modify using different light set ups and props to get their ultimate professional set up.

What makes a static image come to life on Instagram? The device you use. Yes, you can get amazing shots with a smart phone, but nothing can beat the precision of an actual IRL camera. The Fuijifilm X-T100 has a high res electronic viewfinder and intuitive swivelling touchscreen which takes the guess workout of getting the perfect frame. Yes, this camera has your back.

Model shots

There’s nothing like being on set with a full team of creatives; from photographer to hair and makeup artist to stylist and model, when everyone comes together it really can be something special. With the help of the camera’s built in advanced hybrid autofocus system and speedy 6frames per seconds shooting mode, no moment was missed and everyone was able to capture the perfect shot. The lightweight and nifty camera really is easy to use and the built-in flash works well in this setting but should you need to add an external flash, handily there’s a hot-shoe connection.

Street Style

Street style imagery is one of the most popular types of content you’ll see on Instagram. You get more candid shots than a studio set up, and they’re often more fluid and let’s face it, more fun. We were all excited to get out on the streets of Shoreditch, London’s (unofficial) street style capital and put our amazing model Alex to work. This is where the camera came into its own. For a start, it’s light and compact. If you’re opting for a simple pancake lens, you can easily slip this camera in a jacket pocket or bag, so no excuses for not having your camera on you at all times.

We shot in multiple locations – from contemporary graffiti-lined streets to shooting outside 18th century-fronted shops – which resulted in a lot of images. The ‘always on’ Bluetooth function was a lifesaver – using the camera’s in-built WIFI connection, we could easily connect to our smart phones to instantly transfer the images, upload them and share on Instagram, which is basically the dream.

Scroll through for a look at some of the shots taken on the day. If this sounds like the perfect day out stay tuned because we will be hosting another workshop in the coming months.

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This Twitter account just live tweeted the SAG Awards and provided the best trivia

This Twitter account just live tweeted the SAG Awards and provided the best trivia


Who knew maths could be so interesting?!

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Following certain awards shows can seem like a minefield. With so much coverage on social media, your favourite website and the next day in print, it can seem like overload. But luckily for us, Ben Zauzmer, who tweets from the account @BensOscarMath, simplified things for us at the SAG Awards while providing some fun trivia. 

Ben, who is a contributor to The Hollywood Reporter, says in his Twitter bio that he uses ‘math to predict and write about entertainment awards shows.’ Essentially, he uses former statistics to analyse what will happen in the current run of awards shows. Pretty cool, huh?

So on to his coverage of the SAG Awards 2019: as well as live tweeting the winners and making it simple for fans to follow along with what was happening (especially if they were unable to stream it live like many Brits), Ben provided some interesting trivia for each category.

For example he revealed, perhaps most interestingly, that Game Of Thrones has won the ‘Best TV Stunt Ensemble’ category for the last EIGHT years until now (GLOW won this time around). The last show to win before GoT was True Blood. #Throwback.

He also shared some stats-based trivia, such as the fact that 83% of winners in the lead male actor role go on to win best actor at the Oscars. With this in mind, things are looking pretty damn good for Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Rami Malek!

Similarly, the film that wins best cast at the SAG Awards has a 48% chance statistically to win Best Picture at the Oscars. So slightly less of a done deal, but it’s an interesting stat!

For more awards season coverage and cool stats about previous awards shows, give Ben a follow and take a look at his Twitter feed.

Take a look at a selection of Ben’s best trivia, while catching up with the SAG Awards winners 2019:

 

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The three types of phone notifications that make us feel nervous

The three types of phone notifications that make us feel nervous


Relatable.

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We’re inundated with smartphone notifications every day. Hands up if you’ve received a work email out of hours and then spent the whole evening stressing about it? How many times have you declined when that dreaded iOS update message pops up? And let’s not get started on the myriad of WiFi related frustrations.

Research published in The Telegraph shows that a third of notifications we get on our smartphones have a negative impact on our mood. It revealed that there are three particular types that leave us feeling nervous, hostile and upset.

Can you guess what they are?

Apparently, we’re affected by any non-human activity such as work-related notifications, WiFi availability alerts and general phone updates. All very relatable.

A study carried out at Nottingham Trent University asked fifty participants to download a specially-developed app, NotiMind, which monitored all of their notifications and collected details of the alerts over a five-week period. Between them, they received half a million notifications. They were also asked to log their reactions to the notifications throughout the day, allowing researchers to find a link between the number of smartphone alerts and the participants moods.

The research claims that ‘out of more than half a million notifications… 32 per cent resulted in negative emotions, triggering users to feel hostile, upset, nervous, afraid or ashamed.’ It also found that our phones make us pretty unhappy in general. However, when participants received messages from friends it ‘created a sense of belonging and feelings of connection to a social group.’

Researcher Dr Eiman Kanjo said: ‘These digital alerts continuously disrupt our activities through instant calls for attention.

‘While notifications enhance the convenience of our life, we need to better-understand the impact their obsessive use has on our well-being.

‘It is clear that social notifications make people happy, but when they receive lots of work-related and or non-human notifications, the opposite effect occurs.’

Might be time to update our notification settings…

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The 8 dating trends we’ve all got to look forward to in 2019

The 8 dating trends we’ve all got to look forward to in 2019


There are more!

Just when you thought that you knew about all the dating trends out there – cushioning, stashing, the age old favourite ghosting – we’ve been told there are eight newbies just waiting to be unveiled.

Yay.

The new terms were coined by experts at dating app Plenty of Fish after a survey of over 800 users*.

Want to know about all the ways you might be snapped up and/or dumped this year? Let’s take a look…

Grande-ing: ‘A personal celebration after a break up, recently made popular by pop sensation Ariana Grande. Practicing gratefulness at the end of a relationship and rejecting negativity and bitterness as you move forward with your life. Thank u, next.

According to the research, 46% admit to this behaviour with women being significantly more likely to do it than men (53% for women, 40% for men). It’s also more prevalent older generations, with 41 – 45 year olds most likely to look back fondly.

Instagrandstanding: ‘Curating your Instagram feed with one person in mind – specifically posting pictures that will appeal to your crush.’

Also known as ‘Gatsbying‘, over half of those surveyed admit to tailoring their Instagram feed with another person in mind, with 22 – 25-year olds being the most guilty age group.

Scrooging: ‘Breaking up with someone shortly before the festive season just so you don’t have to get them a gift.’

It’s bad news for couples as Christmas approaches – nearly a quarter (23%) of those surveyed have been Scrooged in the past. To make things worse, three quarters (74%) feel should break up with your partner whenever you feel is right, even if it is Christmas time. Couples should be on their guard against Scrooging this winter!

Banksying: ‘Just like ‘Girl with Balloon’ was shredded and ruined on purpose, this is a breakup that is carefully planned way in advance.’

A quarter admitted to planning the destruction of their own relationship way before it happened. Sadly, nearly double that (48%) suspect they’ve been on the receiving end.

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Throning: ‘Dating someone just to boost your personal profile or reputation.’

Only 7% of singles admit to Throning themselves, but three times more (18%) suspect that someone has done it to them. Men are actually more likely to Throne than women (10% for men, 3% for women)

Cohabidating: ‘Shacking up with your new partner in a hurry just to relieve financial stress, even though you may not be quite ready yet.’

Apparently, 4 in 10 singles know of someone who has rushed into co-habiting for financial reasons.

You-Turn: ‘Falling head over heels in love with someone but suddenly changing your mind for one reason or another.’

More than a quarter of those surveyed have experienced a sudden change of heart with a partner. Women are more likely to You-turn and suddenly bail on a relationship than men are (37% for women, 23% for men).

Vulturing: ‘Becoming much more romantically interested in someone when you sense their current relationship is about to breakup, then swooping in to pick up the pieces…’

So 16% admit to ‘swooping in’ after sensing a love interest’s own relationship might be about to end. Brutal.

Are you guilty of any of these? Or have you ever been on the receiving end?

All we know is that the number of dating trends that have emerged in the last few years are giving us a headache.

*All statistics are taken from a survey of 822 Plenty of Fish users in December 2018.

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Your essential five day party hair guide for the festive season: a must-read

Your essential five day party hair guide for the festive season: a must-read


Essential reading

‘Tis the season of the party. Yes there are presents to be wrapped and carols to be sung, but there are also many, many parties to be attended. Which means that you your party makeup and party hairstyles need to be on point. However, this can prove tricky when you have an event every night of the week.

Thankfully, Adam Reed – ghd brand ambassador and co-founder of one of the best hair salons in London Percy & Reed – has come up with a five-day hair plan to get you from party to party. ‘If you’re partying all five nights of the working week, you’ll want a different look for every night without having to spend much time styling your hair,’ he explains. ‘Your hair plan is just as important as your outfits.’

Day 1 – Get a blowdry

Reed suggests getting a blowdry to set the foundation for the week ahead. ‘Starting the week with a good blowdry will create a base that will last all week as you won’t have time to wash and blowdry your hair mid-week and those extra 30 minutes in bed each day can take priority.’ Book in on your lunch break, or on your way to your first party.

Day 2 – Tong your hair

On the second day, your blowdry should still be going strong, so you’ll just need to joozh. Reed recommends adding in a few loose waves, ‘Tong sections of your hair using the ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong. I would wrap your hair around the tong, facing away from the face, then massage the roots and brush through the curls using your fingers.’

ghd curve soft curl tong, £120 Fabled

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Day 3 – Texturise

You’re about halfway through now, so your hair will most likely be a little flat, so it’s time to refresh. You want to add texture and volume to the roots, so spritz around the crown with a texturising spray. ‘This will add instant glamorous volume and a more beachy texture than the day before.’

Percy & Reed Big, Bold & Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray, £15 John Lewis

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Day 4 – Straighten

You’re on event four, your hair is most likely looking a bit greasy now, so Reed says don’t fight it, work with what you’ve got: ‘disguise greasy roots by creating a super sleek, straight look with a statement centre parting. Straighten you hair, then tuck behind ears and smooth down.’

SachaJuan Straight and Shine Spray, £22 LookFantastic

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Day 5 – Pop in a ponytail

You’re on the final day, so you’re either falling asleep as you walk or dangerously hungover. Make things easy for yourself and go for a simple ponytail. Reed says, ‘This strong party look actually holds better on hair that isn’t super clean.’ Pull hair into a high, tight ponytail, then tie it off with a pretty ribbon. This will draw focus and attention away from the front of your hair.

So there we have it, your five-day party hair plan. On the sixth day we recommend binge-watching Xmas films on your sofa.

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Prince George has the most adorable nickname for Prince William

Prince George has the most adorable nickname for Prince William


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We love knowing about all the royal family’s nicknames for each other because it proves that, really, they’re just like us. Prince Harry has a very sweet nickname for Kate Middleton – he reportedly calls her ‘Cath’ – and he refers to his wife, Meghan Markle, as ‘Meg’. And Meghan’s pals call Harry ‘Haz’. Cute? We think so.

We also know that Kate calls Prince William ‘babe’, and that he calls her ‘darling’.

On the slightly more hilarious end of the scale, we recently learned that William used to refer to the Queen as ‘Gary’. Lol.

But when it comes to royals and their nicknames for one another, Prince George definitely wins. He’s one of our favourite royals – did you see how he comforted a crying bridesmaid at Harry and Meghan’s wedding? – and this will make you love him even more.

During a recent royal engagement, Kate revealed that George doesn’t call William ‘dad.’ He actually prefers the very endearing ‘pops’.

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A fan of the royal family, Fiona Sturgess, who met the Duchess of Cambridge, told reporters: ‘Kate said that William was playing football with the children last night and one of them said, I think it was George, “Are you playing football tomorrow, Pops?”’

It’s not the only nickname he has dished out, either. A few years ago, Kate told ITV’s The Queen at Ninety: ‘George is only 2 ½ and he calls her “Gan-Gan.”

‘She always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay, and that just shows her love for her family.’

Adorable.

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