Miller Harris Rose Silence bath oil - review 

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This week we are all about luxury, but I'm going to leave the gold-plated face packs and million-dollar fragrances alone. We're all weary; worn down by these troubled times. So, from where I'm sitting, you can keep your caviar serums. I'm not in the bloody mood. Let's instead turn our limited attention to everyday luxury. Granular luxury. Democratic, accessible, nurturing luxury. The luxury of a bath. Your bath is your spa, your cave, your mountaintop. Your bath is your sacred space. Get a lock on the damn door and claim that space. I cry in the bath, I think in the bath, I read in the bath and - at this time of year - I eat satsumas in the bath. I add hot and cold and hot and cold, twiddling the taps with my toes. No candles. No whale music. Just me. Alone. It's really hard to feel lonely in the bath because the warm water helps you to feel held. Oh, yes. The luxury of a bath. And, the bonus ball is a beautiful bath oil. Like Miller Harris's Rose Silence. Rose is the red lipstick of the fragrance world. You love it or you can't cope with it. And, if you do love it, one size absolutely does not fit all. So try this absolute sensation on for size. First of all it transforms bath water into a kind of nourishing milk, rich in vitamins A and E. Annabel Rivkin But the smell, dear God, the smell. A modern rose, fresh and clear, enlivened with blackcurrant and mandarin but anchored with musk. I've developed a Pavlovian response whereby I only have to see the damn bottle and I start to feel melty. Now I think it's time you just. left me alone for a while. In a loving way. Rose Silence bath oil, £38 (millerharris.com)... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:15:32 Categories: Evening Standard

Rolf Harris indecent assault conviction overturned 

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Rolf Harris had one of his 12 convictions for indecent assault overturned in a court ruling today. ... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:10:00 Categories: Evening Standard

Man threatened with gun as he took shortcut near Curry Mile 

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The man, 21, was on his way to visit his girlfriend when a gunman threatened to shoot him... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:09:45 Categories: Manchester Evening News

Standard hailed for shining light on slavery in London as Thomson Reuters announces Stop Slavery Award 

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The Evening Standard's Slaves On our Streets investigation was honoured last night by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Before the foundation's annual Stop Slavery Awards the newspaper was celebrated with special recognition for its work in exposing the realities of modern slavery. Monique Villa, chief executive of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, thanked the newspaper for its work shining a light on the scourge. She told 600 delegates at the Trust Conference at Westminster's QEII Centre: "Slavery is no longer discussed in small groups behind closed doors. It becomes centre stage, part of a global conversation. This is particularly true here in London. It is in London that a popular newspaper has launched a very important campaign of awareness, Slaves on our Streets. "Thank you, the Evening Standard and its owner Evgeny Lebedev and its editor George Osborne. They have covered every possible angle of this complex crime." How the Evening Standard has taken action Our investigation: 1. Worked with the Government and police to crack down on offenders. 2. Led businesses to publicly commit to stopping slavery in their supply chains. 3. Worked with victims groups to help free those trapped in slavery. 4. Supported global policy planning through convening business, religious and thought leaders. 5. Promoted a public awareness campaign to inform Londoners how to spot the signs of modern slavery. She added: "Slavery is a crime that people have difficulty to identify and to understand, so the more we talk about it the better shot we have to defeat it. Investigative journalism has an important role to play in this fight." Former Metropolitan police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who was also thanked after the awards by Ms Villa for his part in the Standard's investigation, said: "It's great that the Standard has been recognised, particularly because that's what the press is about. "It shines a light where many people do not want it to be shined -people in power, big business. In this case they shined it on behalf of people who can't speak for themselves." He praised German clothing giant Adidas, which was named overall winner of Thomson Reuters' Stop Slavery Award, and the other three winners: tech firm Intel, global fashion retailer C&A, and the Co-Operative group, whose Bright Futures programme gives paid jobs to survivors of slavery. Read more Business giants join the Evening Standard's modern slavery campaign The winners were selected from a shortlist of 15 firms from a range of industries including mining, hospitality, and electronics, based on their progress identifying and rooting out slavery from their supply chains. "It would have been easier to do nothing and they've chosen to take time and spend money to ensure their supply chains are good," said Sir Bernard. "It shows it can be done." Accepting the award, Aditi Wanchoo, senior manager of social and environmental affairs at Adidas, said: "While we have outsourced our production and manufacturing all over the world, we will not outsource our moral responsibility which is to do right by the 1.3 million workers who make our products." Help eradicate modern slavery by signing up to the Standard's online action platform.... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:08:47 Categories: Evening Standard

Thom Sweeney: the tailor of choice for today's discerning A-list gentleman 

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It's hard to think of a better way of spending a Tuesday afternoon than undressing Hollywood's leading men with Thom Whiddett, 37, and Luke Sweeney, 38 - the British tailoring duo who founded Thom Sweeney, and whose A-list clientele includes Michael Fassbender, Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling. 'I can tell you his inside leg,' Sweeney says of Gosling with a twinkle in his eye. I soon learn that these two could charm the pants off anyone: although it turns out Bradley Cooper did the reverse at their first meeting. 'He actually took my suit, didn't he? My favourite navy!' Sweeney exclaims. 'He loved it so much and said, "Can I have it?" and I was like, "Yeah, all right".' Hanging around with these two at their Weighhouse Street atelier, it's easy to see why clients often pop in for a fitting and end up staying for drinks. The vibe is akin to a contemporary gentlemen's club (if you ignore the paper patterns neatly hanging from the ceiling), complete with a fully stocked bar and truffle-infused nut mix. But just how did two nice blokes from Essex (Sweeney) and Kent (Whiddett), who skipped college to become apprentices at east London tailor Timothy Everest some 17 years ago, end up suiting the stars? 'You know, we're quite relaxed guys,' Sweeney explains of their unpretentious approach. 'It's not superficial. You try to build decent relationships,' Whiddett adds. The bond between a gentleman and his tailor, his partner notes, has always been an intimate one: 'It's like going to a barber. The key part is understanding where he likes to go out to eat, what he doesn't like about his old clothes, how he wants to look. They get to know and trust you. It's always been that way.' Photographs by DunjaOpalko The pair met Fassbender, for example, through Whiddett's wife, who is friends with Alicia Vikander. 'He's genuinely interested,' the Battersea resident says of Fassbender's penchant for a well-cut, three-piece suit. 'He's got opinions. He'll be like, "Can we get a bit more shape here or there?" He's into putting his own thing together.' Sweeney's sartorial prowess, meanwhile, recruited former England footballer Jamie Redknapp during dinner at Zuma. 'I was with my wife and he was sitting next to us and kept looking at my suit,' the Kensington local recalls. 'Then he goes, "Excuse me mate, your suit is really nice. Where'd you get it from?" I said, "I made it myself", and he goes, "Oh wow, I'd love to come and see you." I gave him my number and the next day he came.' 'Their clothes make you feel special, especially if you are into fashion like I am,' Redknapp tells me down the phone later. 'They are very young, but they are the best in the business.' They've since done some 60-70 pieces for him, and he later passed on the recommendation to comedian Jimmy Carr. 'Some guys get protective and they won't introduce,' Sweeney adds. 'Jamie's not one of those.' Photographs by DunjaOpalko Now a booming bespoke, made-to-measure and ready-to-wear menswear brand, Thom Sweeney was founded with six clients a decade ago. Sweeney grew up in the rag trade - his dad was a trimmings merchant, his mother a factory seamstress - and he learned everything on the job. 'I just fell in love with it,' he says of that Timothy Everest apprenticeship. 'Everyone was dressed so beautifully and I just wanted to be a part of it.' Whiddett came to tailoring via work experience at Esquire magazine. He met Everest through a piece that the publication was working on. An internship led to an apprenticeship, the pair got on, and a few years later they were out on their own. At the time 'Savile Row would look at City tailors as not as good, but Tim was kind of in-between, and made a point of being in his own area in Spitalfields - a destination,' Whiddett reflects. That gave the pair the confidence to repudiate a Savile Row address. 'Dougie Hayward was on Mount Street,' says Sweeney of the thinking behind their Bruton Place retail space. 'He's an icon of our industry and he made it work.' Michael Fassbender (Lia Toby/WENN.com) In addition to their two Mayfair locations, the duo now have their first New York outpost opening this week. To man the Soho location Whiddett is upping sticks with his wife, two-year-old and four-month old baby for three months to set up shop in Manhattan, while Sweeney, who has a seven and nine-year-old, holds the fort back home. They are both incredibly busy. Today, for example, Sweeney has seen six clients already. Is it hard to retain the personal touch? 'It's really important that no matter how many stores we open we still take care of our bespoke customers,' he says. So just how does one join the club? 'You book an appointment' - which takes between half an hour and 45 minutes, moving from fabrication (weight, durability, feel) to styling details and fit. Two or three more fittings will follow, while the whole process takes 12 to 14 weeks and starts at £2,850 for a two-piece suit. A made-to-measure version starts at £1,475 and is based on an existing block with the same Italian construction as their ready-to-wear pieces. The latter was introduced in 2013 when Mr Porter came knocking and starts at £1,395. 'They have taken the underpinning of what makes a good piece of clothing - the balance, fabrication, texture and cut - and continuously create timeless and seductive tailoring,' says Mr Porter style director Olie Arnold. 'Simply put, Thom and Luke understand their customers' evolving needs from both ready-to-wear and bespoke tailoring, making them some of the nicest and most successful British tailors around.' Ryan Gosling (PA Wire/PA Images) Serving up impeccable style without snobbery, Thom Sweeney proves that the art of tailoring is anything but an endangered craft. 'When I first got into the business my dad said I was mad because it was a dying trade,' Sweeney recalls. 'It was an old man's business, quite stuffy and there weren't many young guys. But we don't hear that anymore. Tailoring is in a really good place. London College of Fashion is inundated with tailoring students. It's a vibrant trade that young kids want to be involved with and prosper in.' 'When we were young, it was all about dress-down Friday,' Sweeney adds. 'Now more than ever, if you pick up any magazine, social media, blogs, people are dressing up.' Bradley Cooper (AKM-GSI / Splash News) There's no doubt that the charismatic duo would like to return the modern man's wardrobe to the glory days of style icons such as Steve McQueen, Michael Caine, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. The framed suited-and booted images watching over clients from the walls of their workshop are reflected in their designs. 'It's grown-up, but modern,' explains Sweeney of their signature double-breasted suit that features a soft shoulder line with high armholes and slim sleeves that give shape to the waist. Read: polished yet relaxed enough to reveal the hint of a bulging bicep. 'Thom's been working out,' Sweeney jokes, turning to his friend and adding, 'It's actually a really wide sleeve.' And with that, they are off. Just like their clientele, you'll find them after hours at 5 Hertford Street, The Arts Club or Soho House. Either that or back at work, burning the midnight oil while dutifully measuring the inside leg seams of Messrs Gosling, Fassbender or your good self.... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:08:47 Categories: Evening Standard

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hints at new role at Manchester United 

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Man Utd will welcome back Zlatan Ibrahimovic soon and the striker has hinted at a new role in his second season at Old Trafford.... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:07:40 Categories: Manchester Evening News

London restaurant serving up five-bird roast burger for Christmas 

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Burger joint Meatliquor have unveiled what could possibly be the meatiest - and worst named - burger in the world: The Burgducken. Yes, the Burgducken. It's basically an entire five-bird festive roast wedged in between a posh burger bun. The five cluckers and quackers in the burger include turkey, duck, chicken, pigeon and pheasant, taking inspiration from the very British technique of roasting birds of increasing size one inside the other. Confusing, but tasty. Though it might look like a heart attack on a plate, it comes from the Michelin-starred Tom Kerridge and Nick Beardshaw, which should persuade punters to take a risk on the mammoth thing. In addition to all the poultry, the patties are stacked on a classic Meatliquor bun and laced with brandy and cranberry mayonnaise. If that's not already enough, the monster burger also comes with Brussel sprout coleslaw and XXXmas pudding ketchup, and is topped with free range pigs-in-blankets to finish. Absolutely quackers - let's hope it doesn't taste fowl. The Burgducken is available at MEATliquor King's Cross from Monday November 20, and from all other branches on Monday November 27... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:06:49 Categories: Evening Standard

Cycling group left devastated after thieves pinch ALL of their brand-new bikes 

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It's believed offenders broke into a secure compound in the Walsall Arboretum to take the cycles... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:06:46 Categories: Birmingham Mail

Family of missing dad-of-three plead with him: "Come home for Christmas" 

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Trevor Farthing, who vanished five months ago, has not been seen since June... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:04:07 Categories: Liverpool Echo

This is Carl Madigan who Sam Cook murder detectives want to urgently speak to 

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Mr Cook, from Crosby, was killed celebrating 21st birthday in Empire bar... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:01:25 Categories: Liverpool Echo

What are GOP senators considering to stop Roy Moore? 

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Republicans fear the options for keeping Roy Moore from the U.S. Senate are few and unappealing... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:00:00 Categories: CBS News

Man critical after being struck by lightning 

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A 50-year-old man is in a critical condition after being hit by lightning at the Northam racecourse in WA.... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:00:00 Categories: AAP

Get ready to check into the 'anti-Trump' hotel 

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Having staged marches and boycotts to little avail, America's liberal left are now taking the fight against Donald Trump to the next level - the hotel trade. ... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:00:00 Categories: The Telegraph

China sticks by 'freeze-for-freeze' Korea de-escalation proposal, contradicting Trump 

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The U.S. policy to entice North Korea away from its nuclear and missile program is not entirely clear.... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:00:00 Categories: The Washington Post

Why no North Korea missile tests in two months? 

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North Korea has gone two months without test firing a missile, the longest such dry spell this year. ... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:00:00 Categories: USA TODAY

Why no North Korea missile tests in two months? 

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North Korea has gone two months without test firing a missile, the longest such dry spell this year. ... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:00:00 Categories: USA TODAY

China sticks by Korea de-escalation proposal 

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The U.S. policy to entice North Korea away from its nuclear and missile program is not entirely clear.... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:00:00 Categories: The Washington Post

How to Tell When Literally Every Baked Good Is Done 

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From pies and cakes to cookies and muffins, you'll never have to guess again.... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 15:00:00 Categories: Bon Appétit

Why you need to invest in a Puffa jacket this winter 

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Puffa jackets scream practicality. They are the ultimate functional coat, transcendent of gender and age. Look around any London street and you will see countless puffas bouncing along, in varying shades of shiny taupe and navy, keeping commuters warm as they wait in sleet for the 159 to Brixton. Such pedestrian objects of necessity aren't what we're talking about here, of course. This season is all about the luxe puffa, worn as a fashion statement by people who never have to worry about internal combustion on the Central line. Puffa sales on Net-A-Porter are up 864 per cent on last year, while earlier in 2017 Harvey Nichols was selling one Canada Goose jacket every 38 minutes. And there are myriad iterations: subtle army chic at Isabel Marant, Mira Mikati's millennial-approved technicolour dreampuffa and Dalston's Marques'Almeida's asymmetric safety-pinned puffas. Camille Charrière (Getty Images) Brands such as Canada Goose, meanwhile, which has just opened a flagship store on Regent Street, have turned their coats into bona fide fashion icons - while keeping firm roots in premium outerwear for weekend warriors cross-country skiing in Antarctica. CEO Dani Reiss describes the brand's down-filled jackets as 'function-first': 'Sure we want our products to look good, but they have to work.' Makes sense - it has been 60 years since it first started making seriously warm coats for people working near the North and South Poles. The sartorial central heating comes from the down with which jackets are padded: soft, fine, quill-free feathers that trap air and therefore provide insulation. Down has an actual technical 'fluffiness' measurement, known as fill power; its 675-fill Snow Mantra is supposed to be 'the warmest coat on earth'. 'Once people put on our jackets they understand, often for the first time, what it means to be truly warm,' says Reiss. Gigi Hadid (Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock) A Balenciaga Outerspace, on the other hand, is not advisable outerwear for a GoPro-ed ascent to base camp, although it will keep you toasty when sashaying from the front row to a Michelin-starred restaurant. It was Balenciaga that kick-started the super-luxe, non-functional puffa love. The French fashion house is king of luxing up things previously thought solely functional - see, for example, AW17's Ikea shopping bags - and Demna Gvasalia's debut AW16 collection of off-the-shoulder puffas were immediately sucked up by fashion bloggers and street-style girls. Witness Camille Charrière waltzing about in her brown vegan leather Nanushka jacket, now a long sold-out Insta hit. Anna Dello Russo The luxe puffa is the non-polyester equivalent of a Slanket: a coat for people who don't get out of bed for less than £10,000 but, when they do, like to take their down quilt with them. We might have just spent an uncomfortably sticky October sunbathing in shorts but temperature is irrelevant. Rihanna rocks summer puffas from the likes of Rick Owens with the self-assurance of someone who has futuristic air conditioning in their limo, while Canada Goose also boasts a flagship in Dubai (average annual temperature nearly 30C). The puffa is less about warmth, more an emblem of survivalist dressing in the time of climate change, Trump and Brexit - a buffer against predators, human or otherwise. Kendall Jenner (STB / MEGA) And life can be measured in puffa jackets. A silver-blue lurex puffa as a spherical six-year-old; a navy regulation faux Barbour crushed daily into a secondary-school locker. As a teenager, possession of a Jack Wills padded gilet determined your social status. Then there was mud-caked Duke of Edinburgh's Award, clad in The North Face. The outdoors brand has squashed damp memories of weekends lost in the New Forest with its super slick collabs from the likes of Sacaii, Junya Watanbe and, obvs, Supreme. The last of which it has worked with for 10 years, blending rock climber with A$AP Rocky in the latest Supreme x The North Face Nuptse, made of leather with 700-fill goose down insulation. Clearly, when it comes to luxury this winter, it's all filla, all killa.... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 14:59:24 Categories: Evening Standard

Historic sexual abuse cases against children RISING as survivors "find their voice" 

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More than 1,000 cases of historical sexual abuse against children have been reported to Merseyside Police in the past four years... read more
 
16. marraskuuta 2017 14:56:31 Categories: Liverpool Echo
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