The discreet charm of social media and the choices we don’t have
Within the course of one month Netflix released the dystopian documentary “The Social Dilemma” and the romantic cliché-ridden TV soap, “Emily in Paris”, that have since trended together. These two productions offer two completely opposing visions of social media that coexist in an absolutely unproblematic way not only on Netflix but also within our perceptions and attitudes. On the one hand, we have the “Delete everything. They are watching us” – syndrome. On the other hand, “I just got 20,000 likes. I am revolutionising everything”- euphoria. It is the persistent tension between these two wor...
Brighton full of Christmas charm with sea breeze and screeching gulls
Suddenly you're standing in her kitchen, looking at pots, a bowl of fruit and a pair of wellington boots in the corner. The lady of the house is stirring mulled wine in a saucepan, a big, fat orange floating in it. "Careful, it's pretty strong, and sweet as well," says Jessica Christie-Miller, chuckling as she hands you a mug.The 49-year-old calls herself a feather designer and is taking part in the Artists Open Houses festival in Brighton in the run-up to Christmas. Christie-Miller gets the material from her friend's pheasant farm, half an hour's drive away. She presents her art on the dining...
Growing charm of Chinese market
Photo taken on Nov. 9, 2020 shows the scene of a story about Chinese New Year built by Lego bricks at the booth of Danish toy giant LEGO Group during the third China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, east China. Lego Group has participated in the CIIE for three consecutive years, and has released several world's first toy sets during this year's event. (Xinhua/Chen Yehua)A considerable consumption upgrade and focus on higher-end products was the theme of the third China International Import Expo (CIIE), exhibitors told the Global Times, as the annual import fair reported a 2-percen...
New on DVD: Geraldine Viswanathan's charm is a fine art in 'Broken Hearts Gallery'
A heartbroken heroine whose down-in-the-dumps vibe is transcended by her spirit tops the new DVD releases for the week of Nov. 17.“The Broken Hearts Gallery”: After a rough breakup, Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan) spirals into slob territory. One night, she drunkenly gets into a man’s car, mistaking him for her rideshare app driver. As is rom-com law, she later randomly runs into the man, Nick (Dacre Montgomery), who plans to open a boutique hotel. Lucy has the idea to use part of the hotel as a museum dedicated to heartbreak, and the two begin a creative partnership.The script, written by direct...
Tribune News Service
Third time unlikely to be a charm as Armenia and Azerbaijan agree to another ceasefire
Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev on his way to deliver a speech on October 25. (photo: president.az)Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed on a third ceasefire in as many weeks, and given the failure of the first two to stop the fighting hopes were slim that this one would have much of an effect, either.The new ceasefire was agreed on October 25 under the mediation of the United States, where the foreign ministers of both warring countries have been meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other American officials, as well as with one another.The two sides “reaffirmed their countries’ comm...
There is no mystery about the charm of the real 'Three Pines'
KNOWLTON, Quebec — Louise Penny adores her adopted village of Knowlton in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. And she’s delighted that her Three Pines mystery series has inspired fans to make the trek southeast from Montreal, searching for sites mentioned in her books and hoping, magically, to stumble into the real Three Pines.In reality, Knowlton and surrounding towns seem more than happy to embrace the celebrity status gained via their most famous resident. “Bienvenue a Three Pines,” welcome signs on business doors say. Brome Lake Books, owned by Danny McAuley and Lucy Hoblyn, Penny’s close friends,...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Third time's NOT the charm: Ryan Seacrest and Shayna Taylor split for 3rd time
Ryan Seacrest and Shayna Taylor have broken up for a third time. The couple decided to go their separate ways "some time ago", but the pair's split was amicable as they are still "good friends" and have fond memories of their time together. A rep for the TV presenter told E!: "Ryan and Shayna decided to end their romantic relationship amicably some time ago. "They remain good friends, each other's biggest supporters and will always cherish their time together as a couple." It comes as the 45-year-old star has been spotted on holiday in Mexico with a mystery woman. The star is said to have to h...
Photos Of The Instagrammable Spot For Those Of You On A Tight Budget
There are places with a natural charm that lures us and makes us want to take out our phones, find the perfect light, do some dope poses, and post it immediately on Instagram to wow our followers. Some famous spots attract millions every year to their iconic landmarks, but who really needs another lazy, boring picture in front of the Eiffel tower?The world has a lot to offer, and if you really want to level up your Insta game, you should really start by looking at unique and mesmerizing locations that won’t only make your photos unique, but will also enrich your life in unimaginable ways. One ...
Soccer: VAR takes the "charm" out of the game, says Denmark's Eriksen
Denmark star Christian Eriksen said on Tuesday that soccer's showpiece event is hurting from the impact of the Video Assistant Referee and that technology is taking the charm out of the game.Speaking after Denmark booked their spot in the round of 16 with a drab 0-0 draw against France, the man who scored 14 goals in all competitions for Tottenham Hotspur last season was plain about his distaste for VAR."We have played two games, and we have had two penalties against us. So, of course, we are not really pleased with it," the 26-year-old said, referencing two rulings that have gone against his ...