Mystery Good Samaritan donates £10,000 to help replace befriending charity's stolen caravan 

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A rural befriending charity that had its caravan stolen has been left stunned by a mystery donation of £10,000. The Rural Coffee Caravan launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £25,000 after thieves pinched the caravan packed with coffee-making equipment, games and information leaflets, used to serve isolated communities in Suffolk. Ann Osborn, the charity's director, told the Standard: "Can you believe it? I have absolutely no idea who gave it. "I would love to know who it was because I'd give them a great big hug. The mystery donor remains unknown "It really cut deeply that anyone would take what was obviously a charity vehicle." Mrs Osborn added that the crowdfunding target would cover a new vehicle purchase but also the replacement of its contents. Describing the charity as "small but mighty", running on 2.5 staff and a group of volunteers, she said she had been overwhelmed by messages of support and donations of £10, £20 and £100. The mystery Good Samaritan wrote simply on the JustGiving page: "I hope this donation will go a long way to helping you reach your target. "Although I live in a town I realise how rural isolation can affect people and what a difference the visits of the caravan makes." Suffolk is made up of large swathes of arable land with lots of small market towns and villages. The Rural Coffee Caravan was founded in 2003 by the Reverend Canon Sally Fogden, who was the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich's rural chaplain. Last year the caravan made 185 visits to villages and other isolated communities, handing out coffees, advice, and items like tips for walking sticks to prevent slipping and falls. "It's really about talking to the lady who hasn't had a conversation for several days, it's about seeing the elderly man who's lost his wife, it's about getting out to the single mum whose village isn't served by rural buses," said Mrs Osborn. Since the theft of the caravan on July 15 or 16, the charity director has been making visits in her car, setting up gazebos, and asking villagers to bring chairs so that meetings can go ahead regardless. Mrs Osborn added: "By hook or by crook, we're going to make every visit in the diary."... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:56:52 Categories: Evening Standard

Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer 'resigns' 

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer has resigned over the hiring of a new communications aide, according to AP sources.... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:56:50 Categories: Huffington Post UK

Watching Halle Berry chug whiskey will get you in the Friday mood 

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She hardly bats an eye... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:56:48 Categories: Esquire UK

David Beckham shares sweet photo of Harper on his motorbike 

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David Beckham took to his Instagram page to share a story of his little girl Harper posing on his motorbike. ... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:56:45 Categories: Hello!

Facebook's secretive hardware division is exploring modular smartphones 

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Facebook's Building 8, the secretive skunkworks division led by former DARPA director Regina Dugan, is looking into developing modular smartphones, according to a report from Business Insider. ... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:56:42 Categories: The Verge

Maria Menounos says her brain tumor was a 'gift' 

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More than one month after undergoing a complex, seven-hour surgery to remove a brain tumor, Maria Menounos is opening up about the life-changing experience.  ... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:56:39 Categories: People

Ex-slave who trained Jack Daniel gets new recognition 

The substantial contribution of a former slave on Jack Daniel's history is being thrust into the limelight as Tennessee's whiskey industry explodes.... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:40:16 Categories: USA TODAY

Beyoncé's wax figure gone from Madame Tussauds after backlash 

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The statue was denounced on social media because it seemed to whitewash the pop star. On Thursday, it could not be found at the museum in Manhattan.... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:40:13 Categories: The New York Times

If aliens send us a message, here's what scientists will do 

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What do scientists do if they receive alien signals from another planet outside our solar system? Keep calm and send back dog videos.... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:27:02 Categories: International Business Times

Australia's Matthews sews up green jersey 

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<p>Michael Matthews will become the third Australian rider to win the Tour de France's green jersey providing he makes it to the finish in Paris on Sunday</p>... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:27:00 Categories: Reuters

'She didn't have to die' 

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An Australian woman shot dead by a police officer in the US "didn't have to die", the chief of the Minneapolis police department has said.... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:26:59 Categories: Sky News

Spicer resigns after Trump makes new appointment 

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Sean Spicer resigned Friday as White House press secretary.... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:26:57 Categories: The New York Times

Juror in Three Musketeers terror trial discharged after 'jokingly asking if detective was single' 

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Defendants, from the West Midlands, are accused of plotting Lee Rigby-style attack on British soil before their arrests... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:26:55 Categories: Birmingham Mail

Former Doctor Who companion Deborah Watling dies aged 69 

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Watling was best known for playing Victoria Waterfield opposite Patrick Troughton in the popular sci-fi series between 1967 and 1968... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:26:54 Categories: Birmingham Mail

In 2017, why is nudity still taboo? 

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You may have read about that young woman who was arrested in Saudi Arabia earlier this week for walking around an ancient village in a mini-skirt. You were probably shocked and appalled. You may have also read the good news that 'Model Khulood' was subsequently released without charge. You probably thought, like me, that it was a massive step forward for a country where women are still not allowed to drive a car, or go out without a full-body robe and a headscarf, or go about their business without a male guardian. So we should applaud this tentative step into... I was going to say the 21st century but much of Saudi's sharia law is rooted in the 6th century teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, so there's still a long way to go. Khulood was dressed in a fashion that would be perfectly normal on a street in London or Paris or New York or just about anywhere outside those states with a strict interpretation of Islam. But before we start slapping ourselves on the back for our enlightened views, perhaps we should stop and think about how we'd feel if Khulood had not merely worn a miniskirt and crop-top but had gone topless. And, for example, done so not in Saudi Arabia but in London or Paris or New York. Or imagine that Khulood was a pop singer, onstage at the SuperBowl, and she - accidentally or otherwise - flashed a nipple. The fact is that our own attitudes towards nudity - or partial nudity - are a taboo that seems not to have changed much since the 6th century either, even in what we like to call 'the Western world': a term that increasingly seems pejorative, and designed to make us feel superior, much like 'First World' (where's the Second World, by the way? We never hear about it). Michaelangelo's David (1501-04) (Getty Images) Although it is not strictly illegal in many parts of the world for men - or, in fact, women, if you look up the laws - to be topless in public, we all have a massive difference in attitudes depending on which sex is involved. However enlightened you may think you are, stop and ponder the difference in your attitude towards, for example, a bloke wearing nothing but a pair of jeans and a tool belt on a building site, or a man jogging around your local park in a pair of shorts and trainers - no one gives them a second glance, do they? - and a woman doing the same thing. You can't, can you? Because you just don't see it. And if you did, someone would complain. And she would probably be arrested, even though the law is full of grey areas on this particular point. It's something to think about while we're pondering notions of equality, which we've all been doing this week due to the BBC salaries scandal, which is either scandalous because so many men are being paid so much for doing things a lot of people don't think merit such a high salary (Lineker, Evans, Shearer... especially Shearer), or because so many women (Winkleman, Balding, Jones) are being paid not so much for doing the same sort of thing, or just because we're all jealous of how much money you make if you're on the telly, even if it pales into insignificance against people in Hollywood films, or tennis players, or footballers (where the men are still paid more than the women). Read more Arrested Saudi Arabia mini skirt model is released without charge Because we're all hypocrites at heart. We all want to see equality as long as we're not threatened by it. Just as we all think we should have the same rights, so long as nobody else has more rights, or better rights. And that includes the right to be naked. I mean, do you walk around naked in your home? If so, do you do so when your partner is there or only on your own? When your children are there? When you have guests? Of course not, you're probably saying to at least one of those, but why not? What's so shameful about the human body? After all, we've all got one, and artists have been depicting them in various states of undress from the dawn of time. I mean, have you ever seen a picture of Adam and Eve wearing anything except a fig leaf (or three fig leaves in her case)? As for Michaelangelo's David, let's face it Dave hasn't got much to brag about but he's still the most famous sculptor in history. These questions came into sharper focus for me this week when a friend of mine, a photographer called Anna, fell foul of what seem to me unnecessarily puritanical rules governing what can and cannot be seen on social media. First she posted a Facebook invitation to her first photography show, an exhibition called 'Gender Trouble' consisting of black-and-white photographs of men and woman exploring gender stereotypes: men dressed as women, women dressed as men, that sort of thing. A topical subject in the week that trans rights were enshrined in TfL policy. Her invitation was overlaid on the image of a male torso and she posted it on her profile, inviting friends to the opening. The next morning she opened her account to find a notification that it had been removed for violating 'Facebook community standards' along with a warning that if she posted it again her account would be suspended, with the stern words: "To keep your account active, please remove any photos that contain nudity." Anna was baffled because the man in the photograph was not nude: he was wearing hold-up stockings and a mesh body stocking and he was not engaged in any sort of sexual activity (something that was abundantly clear from the photo). But by then the story had moved on. Anna posted some more of her photographs, as she often does, on her Instagram account. This time the black-and-white images were of naked women, but were clearly 'artistic' rather than 'sexual'. Despite more than 300 'likes' and no complaints at all, they were removed overnight as well, and Anna was only able to re-post them by photoshopping pink hearts on to her subjects' ladyparts, which made them look silly. She believes they were removed as a result of a complaint by someone who saw them. "It's happened at least ten times over the past 18 months," she said. "Always with nipples. Always with women. Never with men." I contacted Instagram's press office, which is not as easy as it might be, and spoke to a woman called Charlotte who promised to look into it. She confirmed that the sites is a "self-reporting platform" and that someone must have complained about Anna's images (although not directly to the artist, in the comments, which would have been the obvious thing to do). Instagram's online guidelines shed further light. They state categorically: "We don't allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too." So there we go. But who decides that the naked male form is permissible but the naked female form is unacceptable to be shown in public? Who decides that it's OK if it's a sculpture by someone who died centuries ago but it's banned if it's a photo made by someone in the 21st century? More than anything, why is nudity not allowed? What are we afraid of? After all, we've only been wearing clothes for the last 170,000 years. Before that we were all naked, and some tribes in Africa and South America still are. When there's a debate going on about social media facilitating terrorism by allowing material that could encourage jihadists, it seems odd that there's a flat-out ban on showing naked people when they're not engaged in anything sexual. Especially when it would take you only a few seconds on your phone to find plenty of images of naked people engaged in all sorts of sexual activities. It simply doesn't make sense, and societies... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:26:51 Categories: Evening Standard

Prince George all smiles for helicopter tour as Royals head home from Germany and Poland tour 

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Prince George finally cracked a smile after his parents went to the extreme length of arranging a helicopter to be at the airport as they left Germany. George, who turns four on Saturday, has appeared glum at every moment he has been thrust into the spotlight during the Royals' five-day tour of Poland and Germany. But he was all smiles and waved as the family took to the tarmac where the choppers, worth an estimated £12million combined, were waiting at the Airbus site in Hamburg. They were a special treat for little George who palace sources say is "helicopter crazy." Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk with their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as they visit Airbus in Hamburg (PA) It was Charlotte who had a tantrum this time - throwing herself to the ground in a huff at one point. The two-year-old stamped her feet and looked on the brink of tears - but the strop passed as quickly as it began when her parents cunningly distracted her with the impressive choppers. Prince William, who flies the H145 for the air ambulance, proudly gave demonstrations to his family. The Fab Four looked at the H145 before heading to the H135 where George eagerly clambered on board. Video not available for syndication Kate's fashion on tour of Poland and Germany William was seen showing his son how to open and close the door. They then headed to the private jet with Charlotte's bad mood completely evaporated as she skipped towards the steps. They were seen off by the British ambassador Sir Sebastian Wood and the mayor of Hamburg Olaf Schulz. Diplomatic Charlotte shook hands with both and the youngsters were handed a book each with a red ribbon wrapped around. Princess Charlotte with the Duchess of Cambridge at the airfield (Getty Images) George bravely bounded up the steps - ready to start his birthday celebrations. Charlotte was helped up the steps by her dotting dad while Kate said a final goodbye to the ambassador and mayor. They colour coordinated in shades of red and purple. George in his trademark navy shorts and a shirt and Charlottle in a pretty summer floral frock.... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:26:49 Categories: Evening Standard

Olympic cyclist Dani King says body 'will never fully recover' from crash three years ago 

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Cyclist Dani King says her body will never fully recover from a training crash three years ago, and she checks it "every day". The London 2012 Olympic gold medallist suffered five broken ribs and a collapsed lung during a 2014 session when a fellow cyclist hit a pothole and collided with her. The pain was "excruciating" after the accident in South Wales and at one point she thought she was "going to die", King, 26, told the Standard. She said the crash still plagued her fitness, adding: "I do not think [my ribs] are going to be normal again to be honest. I check my ribs every day. I don't know yet what my lung capacity will be now in competition compared to before. "It is not something that I think about too much. I am very lucky that I came off when I did, it could have been a different story." Despite this, the two-time team pursuit world champion said she was training harder than ever while at the same time planning her wedding to a fellow cyclist, Welshman Matt Rowe. Dani King says she checks her body 'every day'. King said she has had two hen celebrations, one in Cardiff and another in Marbella. "I am getting married in September so planning and training is all I am doing. It [planning] is taking up a lot of my time. I have just got back from Marbella with a few friends so that was a lot of fun. I had two hen dos - one at home which was a bit more messy." One bridesmaid is Laura Kenny, King's Olympic teammate. Kenny is expecting her first child with fellow Olympian Jason Kenny. "Laura is one of my best friends," said King. "She is close to her due date now, so I cannot wait to meet her baby." Read more Alistair Brownlee sets sights on double gold at 2020 Tokyo Olympics King, who grew up in Hamble, Hampshire, said she was taking "each year as it comes" with her career after being left out of the Team GB track cycling team for the Rio 2016 Games. At the time, she told reporters the news was a "devastating blow". She appealed against the decision, claiming the selection process had been unfair, but the appeal was rejected. She said: "I stand by everything I said at the time. I am back working with British Cycling now, though as a road rider, and there is lots to be going on with. It is all very positive. "What I took from it was not to focus too much on one competition. I am not thinking as far ahead as the Olympics. The Olympics is obviously a big aim for me always. If I get there it is a bonus." King is preparing to defend her title at the Red Hook criterium, which returns to London for the third time tomorrow. Competitors race over a short, technical circuit on brakeless fixed-gear bikes. She said: "I am really excited, I loved being part of it last year. It is so adrenaline charged and so unique. It is a real spectator sport." Visit read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:26:48 Categories: Evening Standard

These foods will help you sleep better 

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Diet affects sleep probably more than you realise... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:26:46 Categories: Netdoctor

Bride tells her best friend she's too fat to be in the wedding 

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A woman has asked for advice after her friend Jane kept her out of her wedding party because she was overweight. The woman wrote into Slate's advice column, Dear Prudence, and Mallory Ortberg read out her dilemma on the column's podcast.... read more
21. heinäkuuta 2017 21:26:44 Categories: Indy 100

Hammond held secret talks with bankers 

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Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, has offered private reassurance?s to one of Wall Street's most powerful investment banks that he is pushing for a lengthy transition deal to help the City prepare for Brexit.... read more
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