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Kyle Patterson 2021-07-21
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When you’ve been married for almost 60 years, a new tie or pair of socks just isn’t going to cut it as a birthday gift – but we think Dolly Parton has cracked it.

At 75 years young, the country star proved she’s very much still got it when she gifted her husband of 57 years a very special birthday surprise.

And we don’t think he’ll be asking for the receipt.

Dolly slipped into a Playboy bunny suit to recreate the photo-shoot she did with the adult magazine way back in 1978 for her husband Carl Dean’s 79th birthday.

In a video message, the singer explained she would have liked to have graced the magazine this year to celebrate her own landmark birthday but it is no longer being printed – so she produced a homemade version instead.

In a video shared with her Instagram followers, the Jolene singer said: “Remember some time back I said I was going to pose on Playboy magazine when I’m 75? Well, I’m 75 and they don’t have a magazine anymore, but my husband always loved the original cover of Playboy.

“So I was trying to think of something to do to make him happy. He still thinks I’m a hot chick after 57 years and I’m not going to try to talk him out of that.”

Dolly sat for a photo-shoot and had a new cover made to go alongside the original one.

Dolly Parton

Comparing the two, she said: “I was kind of a little butterball in that one, well I’m string cheese now. But he’ll probably think I’m cream cheese – I hope!”

Dolly included a picture of herself surprising her husband, though only showed the back of his head, seemingly a nod to their famously private marriage.

She captioned the post: “It’s always #HotGirlSummer for my husband, Carl. Happy birthday my love!”

Happy birthday indeed.

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Thin content can negatively impact your search rankings and on-site user experience, leaving searchers hungry for more. Here's how to find and fix it.

The post WTF Is Thin Content? (And How Do You Fix It?) via @ronlieback appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

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Here's how Remote ID and FAA's new drone rules about flying at night and over people will affect you
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Kyle Patterson 2020-07-24
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On 23 July 2010, five lads were thrown together during filming of The X Factor’s bootcamp stage to form a band.

No one – not even Simon Cowell – could have predicted what would happen next, as Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne went from talent show hopefuls to worldwide pop sensations One Direction.  

Despite not winning the series, the group became the most successful act The X Factor ever spawned, with their global popularity further cementing the show’s significance in the pop culture landscape. 

As 1D celebrate their 10th anniversary, we’re rewinding back to 2010 with a closer look at where it all started for them, reliving the heydays of The X Factor’s seventh series. 

In 2010, X Factor’s popularity was at its absolute peak

As viewers, we were hooked on the talent show, with nearly 14 million of us tuning in each week – a ratings record for the show that was never beaten in later series.  

It was the third consecutive year that the panel was the same

Simon Cowell, Cheryl (then) Cole, Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue were once again the judges, but Dannii was missing from the auditions and bootcamp stages, as she was on maternity leave, pregnant with her son Ethan with then-boyfriend Kris Smith. 

With Dannii absent, it was up to a whole host of guest judges to fill in for her

Geri Halliwell was first up in Glasgow, with Natalie Imburgulia joining in Birmingham, Katy Perry in Dublin, Pixie Lott in Cardiff and Nicole Scherzinger in Manchester. Simon, Cheryl and Louis took on the London auditions as a threesome. 

The 2010 series was making headlines before it was even on air 

During filming of auditions in Cardiff, Cheryl was taken ill and was later diagnosed with Malaria. 

Cheryl contracted the disease on a trip to Tanzania, on the east coast of Africa, with rumoured then boyfriend Derek Hough. Cheryl spent four days in intensive care at London’s Cromwell hospital, before being moved to a respite ward for another week. In the meantime, auditions in Manchester went ahead without her.

Those auditions served as Nicole’s first appearance on the panel

With Cheryl still too sick to judge Bootcamp, the former Pussycat Doll filled in for her during filming there too. 

This stint on the show led to Nicole being announced as a co-host of the new US version of the show in 2011, alongside Steve Jones. However, when Cheryl was dropped from the US panel after just a few days of filming Stateside, Nicole moved into her seat, prompting years of reports of a feud between the pair.

Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger, L.A Reid, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole attend the 2011 Fox Upfront

Nicole also took up a permanent position on the UK panel, serving as a judge on and off between 2012 and 2019.

As the auditions began airing in the August of 2010, viewers fell in love with many contestants. Gamu Nhengu’s audition marked her out as an early favourite (more on her later)...

 

While Katie Waissel’s performance made her one to watch – albeit not necessarily for her singing... 

 

A certain Liam Payne returned to audition two years after making it through to Judges Houses’, impressing with his rendition of Feelin’ Good...

 

And four other lads by the names of Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik also tried their luck…

 

A 16-year-old Cheryl look-a-like by the name of Cher Lloyd was told she was “right up my street” by her idol…

 

While no-one could have predicted what happened next when best friends Abi and Lisa took to the stage to perform a tuneless rendition of That’s My Goal

“She punched her in the face!”

 

However, the show faced accusations that it had exploited one contestant

Shirlena Johnson was later asked to leave the show because of concerns over her mental health. 

Producers said the medical report from her general practitioner, requested during bootcamp, arrived late. 

Viewers also picked up on the fact some contestants’ auditions appeared to have been auto-tuned

X Factor bosses later admitted to using vocal enhancement processes. 

A spokesperson said at the time: “The judges make their decisions at the auditions stage based on what they hear on the day, live in the arena. The footage and sound is then edited and dubbed into a finished programme, to deliver the most entertaining experience possible for viewers.”

Bootcamp saw former judge turned creative director Brian Freidman put the contestants through their paces

While some rose to the challenge, others struggled with his choreography. 

Zayn Malik in particular had an aversion to dancing, and walked out of one class, not wanting to throw any more shapes...

 

During bootcamp, it was Nicole who suggested raising the age of the Overs category from 25 to 28, as she believed there was so much talent in the older group. 

But that wasn’t the only ingenious suggestion Nicole had.

 

After a number of contestants were sent home in Boys and Girls category, she suggested forming a new boyband and a new girlband out of them. 

For the girls, Geneva Lane, Rebecca Creighton, Esther Campbell and Sophia Wardman were selected to form a band who later became known as Belle Ami, while Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles were picked as the boyband. No prizes for guessing what they later became known as. 

Both Dannii and Cheryl staged triumphant returns to the show as it reached its Judges’ Houses stage

The Boys were flown off to meet Dannii in Melbourne, where she was joined by guest judge Natalie Imburglia, while Cheryl stayed closer to home following her health scare, as she and will.i.am hosted the Girls at Coworth Park in Berkshire. 

Meanwhile, Louis was joined by former judge Sharon Osbourne in County Limerick in Ireland.

Simon’s judges’ houses in Marbella, saw him joined once again by Sinitta

Because, who else?

There were plenty of memorable performances at Judges Houses

One Direction took on Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn and went from cobbled-together group to serious contenders. They later performed this song again in the live final, prior to being eliminated. 

 

Wagner took on Florence + The Machine...

 

While Treyc Cohen and Cheryl’s ‘readiness’ earned a parody on Harry Hill’s TV Burp…

 

But like most things with The X Factor, there was controversy when Cheryl did not pick Gamu as one of her final four acts

Despite Gamu giving an impressive performance, Cheryl instead picked divisive contestant Katie Waisel along with Cher Lloyd, who had messed up her audition.

 

The subsequent media storm became known as Gamu-gate, with around 1,000 people complaining to ITV, and over 200,000 joined a Facebook page called Gamu Should Have Got Through. Cheryl was also reported to have received death threats over her decision to send Gamu home. 

After Judges Houses, the final 12 were...

Aiden Grimshaw, Matt Cardle, Nicola Festa, Rebecca Ferguson, Cher Lloyd, Katie Waissel, John Adeleye, Mary Byrne, Storm Lee, One Direction, Belle Ami and F.Y.D. 

However, there was a surprise in store, the introduction of a wildcard twist

This meant that four previously axed contestants returned to the competition. They were: Paije Richardson, Treyc Cohen, Wagner and Diva Fever. 

Throughout the live shows, there were some absolutely iconic performances. Wagner singing Love Shack has stayed very much with us for the last 10 years… 

 

As did Rebecca Ferguson’s dance version of Sweet Dreams… 

 

And Cher Lloyd doing Shakespeare’s Sister’s Stay With Me…

 

Then there was Aiden Grimshaw doing Mad World… 

 

One Direction doing Something About The Way You Look Tonight was also A Moment...

 

As was Matt Cardle singing First Time Ever I Saw Your Face…

 

Having failed to endear herself to the British public, Katie Waissel was a constant presence in the bottom two

After landing in the bottom for the third time, things got the better of her during a performance of Please Don’t Give Up On Me, as she sat on the floor and proclaimed “oh, sod it”. 

 

After her fourth time singing for survival, she underwent a dramatic transformation in the hope of inventing herself…

And while she was safe the following week, she was finally axed from the competition in week eight thanks to a double elimination

 

There was an infamous showdown between Cheryl and Wagner

Cheryl was less than impressed with comments Wagner had made about her upbringing during a press interview, and made sure he knew exactly what she thought during a live show. 

 

Cheryl also found herself at the centre of controversy during week five of the competition

After two of her acts – Treyc Cohen and Katie Waissel – landed in the bottom two, Cheryl abstained from voting, and therefore the result had to be decided by a majority vote. 

 

The move was criticised by many, who claimed Cheryl was paid in her role as a judge to make difficult decisions, while there were also allegations that the show was fixed to save Katie, which were vehemently denied by The X Factor.

Over on The Xtra Factor, Konnie Huq’s time as host didn’t go completely to plan

After succeeding Holly Willoughby, the former Blue Peter presenter made a number of gaffes during her one series hosting the ITV2 spin-off show. 

The most memorable of which saw her tell all the finalists that they would get to go on tour, only to have to backpedal after realising it would only be the top eight contestants. 

She also royally annoyed Dannii live on the show...

 

There were some incredible guest performers during the series, most notably Lady Gaga doing Bad Romance in a bathtub dressed as a bat…

 

Cheryl took the the stage to showcase Promise This…

 

Rihanna had a full-on food fight as she performed Only Girl In The World...

 

Jamiroquai had a less than warm reception from Cheryl and Dannii

Frontman J Kay had made some comments about them in the press during the week prior to the band’s performance, which led to the pair refusing to applaud. 

 

Nicole Scherzinger gave us this iconic performance of Poison (which is still a 10/10 banger and deserved better)...

 

The cast of Glee performed Don’t Stop Believin’ during the semi-final...

 

When the final rolled round, it was Matt, Rebecca, One Direction and Cher who vied to win the show

During the famous duets, Matt Cardle teamed up with none other than Rihanna

It was a performance that rivalled Alexandra Burke’s duet with Beyoncé, as many viewers noted the electric chemistry between Matt and Rihanna. 

 

In fact, over 2,800 complaints were made to TV watchdog Ofcom over performances in the finale, which also saw Christina Aguilera perform Express from the Burlesque soundtrack. 

Christina also duetted with Rebecca Ferguson on Beautiful… 

 

While One Direction teamed up with Robbie on She’s The One...

 

And Cher Lloyd got to perform with Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am on a mash-up of Where Is The Love? and I Got A Feeling...

 

After an incredible final, it was Matt who was crowned the winner

It was also the second win for his mentor Dannii. 

Rebecca finished as runner-up, with One Direction in third place, and Cher fourth. 

 

Matt’s winner’s single was a cover of Biffy Clyro’s When We Collide

It charted at number one and managed to stay there the following week to be crowned Christmas number one. 

But the final moments of the series were remembered for a very different reason

 

This was thanks to Harry Styles whispering “just think about how much....” (we’ll let all you lip-readers fill in the blanks) in Matt’s ear, which was caught on camera.

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Kyle Patterson 2021-07-19
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All you need to know is Sexy Beasts arrives this week.
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Kyle Patterson 2021-03-03
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Warning: This article contains spoilers for the latest episode of WandaVision.

Throughout the time-spanning Disney+ series WandaVision, viewers have seen references to all kinds of classic sitcoms, from old favourites Bewitched and The Dick Van Dyke Show to more recent offerings Malcolm In The Middle and Modern Family.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Matt Shakman revealed that nods to even more old shows were considered for WandaVision, but didn’t end up making the finished product.

In the most recent episode of WandaVision, viewers discovered that the title character’s love of sitcoms stems right back to her childhood in Sokovia, and that she turned Westview into a town like those in her favourite shows to help process her trauma and grief.

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff

Explaining how it was decided which sitcoms the show would pay homage to, Matt explained: “We were looking at family sitcoms. There are a great many wonderful shows like Taxi or The Office that could’ve been inspirations, but the ones that we focused on were the ones that were about family because that’s obviously what Wanda yearns for.

“She loses her family when she’s young, she loses her brother, she loses Vision and the family that might have been. So the family sitcoms were the strongest thematic connection to that.”

Asked which other shows could have been referenced – including Full House, which starred Elizabeth Olsen’s twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley – Matt then revealed: “We took inspiration from all kinds of different shows, and we were picking the shows that we felt were incredibly timely and timeless.

“They were so popular in their moment and their era when they came out, but they also continued to be really good and live on.”

Modern Family is one of the more modern shows referenced in WandaVision

He added: “We did look at Full House, we did look at Family Ties, we did look at Growing Pains. We looked at so many different shows, and I have some small nods in there.

“There’s an opening title sequence to episode 5, where we do the crane shot from Full House, where they’re having the picnic, or we run through the park with them as a nod to Lizzie growing up just behind the camera on that show.” 

WandaVision’s final episode debuts on Disney+ on Friday, with Marvel boss Kevin Feige recently casting doubt on whether it would be back for a follow-up series.

The final episode of WandaVision debuts on Disney+ on Friday

He explained: "Some of the shows that we are about to start filming, we are keeping in mind a structure that would lead into a season two and a season three in a more direct way than, say, a show like WandaVision, which clearly goes into a feature.”

The “feature” in question is the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel Multiverse Of Madness, which Elizabeth will star in once again as Wanda Maximoff.

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Kyle Patterson 2020-12-30
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Researchers found no significant differences in hospitalizations or deaths for the coronavirus variant compared with the original "wild-type" virus.
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Kyle Patterson 2020-07-17
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Drones and satellite imagery probably better than sending out four helicopters at a time – or counting poop

Herbivores may not be the first things that spring to mind when devising the latest application of the technology world's overflowing toolbox, but there it is.…

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Kyle Patterson 2021-05-24
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Roman Protasevich, 26, was arrested after his Ryanair flight was forced to land in Belarus, where he was arrested and accused of terrorism.
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Kyle Patterson 2021-02-20
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These twin sisters started their own brand of cigars, Tres Lindas Cubanas. Even as the only Afro-Cuban women in a room full of men, they now ship their blends to all 50 states.
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Kyle Patterson 2020-10-08
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When he was VP, Biden helped turn the 2008 financial crisis into an era of environmental funding. Here’s what he could do if he gets another shot.
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Kyle Patterson 2019-10-28
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has always argued that data collection is his car company’s secret sauce, and he did it again on Wednesday, on a call with investors.

Having a big fleet of Tesla vehicles on the road is nice, he said, “because it allows us to collect these corner cases and learn from them.” Every so often, Tesla will push out an over-the-air software update, suddenly giving its cars the power to, say, fart on command, or play Netflix movies over the center console screen, or change lanes by themselves on the highway.

(Musk has said that a Tesla purchased today has all the hardware needs to become a totally self-driving car—once, of course, the company pushes out the right software update.)

Then it will suck back information about how that feature is working in the real world, and use it to perfect the product.

Last month, Tesla pushed out a feature called “Smart Summon,” which allows drivers to beckon their vehicles straight to them using the Tesla app, Knight Rider\–style.

And though “Smart Summon” is still in beta, Musk said on Wednesday that it has now been used over 1 million times.

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Kyle Patterson 2021-04-27
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Privacy problems, tech issues and fears of being overheard by family or housemates have been just some of the hurdles people with mental health issues have faced when attending therapy remotely during the pandemic.

After the March 2020 lockdown was announced, many saw their face-to-face therapy appointments swiftly moved online or conducted over the phone.

A year on, while some have benefited from this way of communicating, more than a third (35%) of people surveyed by the mental health charity Mind said online or phone-based support from NHS was difficult to use, while a quarter (23%) said their mental health had actually got worse as a result.

Alissa, 31, who lives in Warrington and preferred not to share her surname, has been dealing with mental health problems for some time. Her wellbeing deteriorated dramatically in September 2020 when she tried to take her own life.

When she was discharged from hospital, she was told to contact her GP to access ongoing mental health support, but wasn’t sure where to begin.

The 31-year-old was put in touch with a counselling service through her work’s occupational health team, and was encouraged to self-refer for therapy. Her first three sessions were over the phone and Alissa notes that although these were swapped to a Zoom call, she felt they lacked a “personal touch”.

On top of this, she was struggling to get to grips with the tech. “For someone who isn’t competent in technology, accessing Zoom calls was quite stressful due to microphone and connection problems,” she says. “This again takes the personal element away from the service. I ended up asking them to postpone my counselling session, due to the type of support being offered not working for me, but this left me without any sessions for the last three months.”

During her lowest points, Alissa felt incredibly isolated. “I didn’t leave the bed and I hardly saw anyone,” she says. “I think face-to-face therapy helps with the isolation [if you’re] struggling with your mental health.”

She isn’t the only one who sees in-person support as a better option. Mind’s survey found that of those who took up the offer of therapy by phone or online during the pandemic, almost two in three (63%) would have preferred to have met face-to-face. One in 10 said they often or always had technological issues, while one in three (34%) were worried about confidentiality.

When you’re discussing your life and mental health, you want to feel safe in the knowledge that nobody else can listen in – and privacy helps the mental health professional conducting the session, too, but for some, it has been an issue.

Katie, 30, lives with borderline personality disorder, generalised anxiety and mild depression. Before lockdown, she was being supported by a perinatal mental health team and receiving weekly home visits in east Devon from a community psychiatric nurse (CPN) after experiencing postnatal depression.

In March, her mental health deteriorated and she tried to take her own life. Around the same time, she was discharged from perinatal mental health services and home visits because of the pandemic. With the virus spreading rapidly through society, appointments began to happen remotely instead.

Katie experienced a series of confidentiality issues during online video calls. “At the first appointment, my CPN couldn’t log on properly or get me out of the virtual waiting room, so they agreed to continue by phone,” she says.

In one video appointment, a health professional she didn’t know joined the call by mistake, while another time she found herself online with a second patient due to an administrative error, she adds. “These incidents made me incredibly concerned and anxious about the safety and confidentiality of the system,” she says. In-person home visits with the community psychiatric nurse have since resumed which she is “very happy” about.

Those who took up remote support did cite a number of positives, including not having to travel to appointments, greater flexibility over appointment times and shorter waiting times.

For Rohan, 40, from Manchester, this helped ease his anxiety. At first he was concerned about being overheard at home and it took some time to get used to having the sessions in his kitchen. But he found online counselling “very useful” when his anxiety was high and couldn’t leave the house. “It helped not having to worry about factoring in time for getting ready and travelling to appointments easily,” he says.

However, these kinds of sessions don’t work for everyone – which is why Mind is calling on the UK government to make sure people who need support for their mental health are offered a range of treatments, including face-to-face appointments, so they can choose the options that best suit them. 

“During the pandemic, services have quickly adapted to help stop the spread of coronavirus,” says Leila Reyburn, the charity’s policy and campaigns manager.

“NHS mental health services delivered over the phone or online have been a lifeline for many, with lots of people telling us having the choice helped with things like childcare responsibilities and working schedules, particularly for those struggling to get to face-to-face appointments.

“Others, however, told us about stressful experiences and concerning breaches of confidentiality. Nobody should have to worry about the wrong healthcare professional or another client attending a confidential therapy session.”

Reyburn says the NHS has done an “amazing job” during such a difficult time, but adds that it is “worrying” that one in four of those surveyed said their mental health had worsened through accessing remote treatment.

“Online therapy cannot be seen as an easy answer to fixing growing pressures on overstretched mental health services,” she says. “There is no cheap fix.”

HuffPost UK has contacted NHS England about when face-to-face appointments will be resuming and will update with any response. 

Useful websites and helplines

Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393.

Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).

CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) offer a helpline open 5pm-midnight, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58, and a webchat service.

The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email [email protected]

Rethink Mental Illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached on 0808 801 0525 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm). More info can be found on rethink.org.

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A charity logged more than 21 million reports of online child sexual abuse imagery, much of it hosted by Facebook.
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Jake Paul finally commented on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s raid on his home last week, saying that the search was related to a “looting” incident at an Arizona mall in May. “There are rumors about it having to do with so many other things that have nothing to do with me or my character, and the shit that people are making up is absolutely absurd,” Paul said in a video that appears to have been deleted but was captured by TMZ.

The FBI raided Paul’s home in Calabasas, California, on the morning of August 5th. The bureau later confirmed that it was investigating “allegations of criminal acts” related to the incident at the mall. Police in Scottsdale, Arizona, had previously called the incident a “riot” and filed misdemeanor...

Continue reading…

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Last week it felt like the news would never stop, and we say that having survived the news event onslaught that has been 2019 up until this point.

If it wasn’t Bernie Sanders being hospitalized, it was Rudy Giuliani working with imprisoned Donald Trump campaign official Paul Manafort.

(Or maybe it was Rudy Giuliani getting temporarily banned from Twitter for sharing a Ukrainian official's phone number; there’s just so much Rudy going around.)

Perhaps it was the IRS whistle-blower who’s reported concerns that political appointees are standing in the way of the release of President Trump’s taxes, or the president publicly asking China to investigate Joe Biden’s family.

You know, it could also be the US attorney general wanting access to WhatsApp messages, or the attempt to create a sex scandal around Elizabeth Warren of all people.

Really, this week has been so busy that we’ve not even had time to get outraged at the new season of Bake-Off.

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When you’ve been married for almost 60 years, a new tie or pair of socks just isn’t going to cut it as a birthday gift – but we think Dolly Parton has cracked it.

At 75 years young, the country star proved she’s very much still got it when she gifted her husband of 57 years a very special birthday surprise.

And we don’t think he’ll be asking for the receipt.

Dolly slipped into a Playboy bunny suit to recreate the photo-shoot she did with the adult magazine way back in 1978 for her husband Carl Dean’s 79th birthday.

In a video message, the singer explained she would have liked to have graced the magazine this year to celebrate her own landmark birthday but it is no longer being printed – so she produced a homemade version instead.

In a video shared with her Instagram followers, the Jolene singer said: “Remember some time back I said I was going to pose on Playboy magazine when I’m 75? Well, I’m 75 and they don’t have a magazine anymore, but my husband always loved the original cover of Playboy.

“So I was trying to think of something to do to make him happy. He still thinks I’m a hot chick after 57 years and I’m not going to try to talk him out of that.”

Dolly sat for a photo-shoot and had a new cover made to go alongside the original one.

Dolly Parton

Comparing the two, she said: “I was kind of a little butterball in that one, well I’m string cheese now. But he’ll probably think I’m cream cheese – I hope!”

Dolly included a picture of herself surprising her husband, though only showed the back of his head, seemingly a nod to their famously private marriage.

She captioned the post: “It’s always #HotGirlSummer for my husband, Carl. Happy birthday my love!”

Happy birthday indeed.

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Roman Protasevich, 26, was arrested after his Ryanair flight was forced to land in Belarus, where he was arrested and accused of terrorism.
Kyle Patterson 2021-03-19
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Thin content can negatively impact your search rankings and on-site user experience, leaving searchers hungry for more. Here's how to find and fix it.

The post WTF Is Thin Content? (And How Do You Fix It?) via @ronlieback appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Kyle Patterson 2021-02-20
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These twin sisters started their own brand of cigars, Tres Lindas Cubanas. Even as the only Afro-Cuban women in a room full of men, they now ship their blends to all 50 states.
Kyle Patterson 2021-01-19
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Here's how Remote ID and FAA's new drone rules about flying at night and over people will affect you
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On 23 July 2010, five lads were thrown together during filming of The X Factor’s bootcamp stage to form a band.

No one – not even Simon Cowell – could have predicted what would happen next, as Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne went from talent show hopefuls to worldwide pop sensations One Direction.  

Despite not winning the series, the group became the most successful act The X Factor ever spawned, with their global popularity further cementing the show’s significance in the pop culture landscape. 

As 1D celebrate their 10th anniversary, we’re rewinding back to 2010 with a closer look at where it all started for them, reliving the heydays of The X Factor’s seventh series. 

In 2010, X Factor’s popularity was at its absolute peak

As viewers, we were hooked on the talent show, with nearly 14 million of us tuning in each week – a ratings record for the show that was never beaten in later series.  

It was the third consecutive year that the panel was the same

Simon Cowell, Cheryl (then) Cole, Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue were once again the judges, but Dannii was missing from the auditions and bootcamp stages, as she was on maternity leave, pregnant with her son Ethan with then-boyfriend Kris Smith. 

With Dannii absent, it was up to a whole host of guest judges to fill in for her

Geri Halliwell was first up in Glasgow, with Natalie Imburgulia joining in Birmingham, Katy Perry in Dublin, Pixie Lott in Cardiff and Nicole Scherzinger in Manchester. Simon, Cheryl and Louis took on the London auditions as a threesome. 

The 2010 series was making headlines before it was even on air 

During filming of auditions in Cardiff, Cheryl was taken ill and was later diagnosed with Malaria. 

Cheryl contracted the disease on a trip to Tanzania, on the east coast of Africa, with rumoured then boyfriend Derek Hough. Cheryl spent four days in intensive care at London’s Cromwell hospital, before being moved to a respite ward for another week. In the meantime, auditions in Manchester went ahead without her.

Those auditions served as Nicole’s first appearance on the panel

With Cheryl still too sick to judge Bootcamp, the former Pussycat Doll filled in for her during filming there too. 

This stint on the show led to Nicole being announced as a co-host of the new US version of the show in 2011, alongside Steve Jones. However, when Cheryl was dropped from the US panel after just a few days of filming Stateside, Nicole moved into her seat, prompting years of reports of a feud between the pair.

Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger, L.A Reid, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole attend the 2011 Fox Upfront

Nicole also took up a permanent position on the UK panel, serving as a judge on and off between 2012 and 2019.

As the auditions began airing in the August of 2010, viewers fell in love with many contestants. Gamu Nhengu’s audition marked her out as an early favourite (more on her later)...

 

While Katie Waissel’s performance made her one to watch – albeit not necessarily for her singing... 

 

A certain Liam Payne returned to audition two years after making it through to Judges Houses’, impressing with his rendition of Feelin’ Good...

 

And four other lads by the names of Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik also tried their luck…

 

A 16-year-old Cheryl look-a-like by the name of Cher Lloyd was told she was “right up my street” by her idol…

 

While no-one could have predicted what happened next when best friends Abi and Lisa took to the stage to perform a tuneless rendition of That’s My Goal

“She punched her in the face!”

 

However, the show faced accusations that it had exploited one contestant

Shirlena Johnson was later asked to leave the show because of concerns over her mental health. 

Producers said the medical report from her general practitioner, requested during bootcamp, arrived late. 

Viewers also picked up on the fact some contestants’ auditions appeared to have been auto-tuned

X Factor bosses later admitted to using vocal enhancement processes. 

A spokesperson said at the time: “The judges make their decisions at the auditions stage based on what they hear on the day, live in the arena. The footage and sound is then edited and dubbed into a finished programme, to deliver the most entertaining experience possible for viewers.”

Bootcamp saw former judge turned creative director Brian Freidman put the contestants through their paces

While some rose to the challenge, others struggled with his choreography. 

Zayn Malik in particular had an aversion to dancing, and walked out of one class, not wanting to throw any more shapes...

 

During bootcamp, it was Nicole who suggested raising the age of the Overs category from 25 to 28, as she believed there was so much talent in the older group. 

But that wasn’t the only ingenious suggestion Nicole had.

 

After a number of contestants were sent home in Boys and Girls category, she suggested forming a new boyband and a new girlband out of them. 

For the girls, Geneva Lane, Rebecca Creighton, Esther Campbell and Sophia Wardman were selected to form a band who later became known as Belle Ami, while Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles were picked as the boyband. No prizes for guessing what they later became known as. 

Both Dannii and Cheryl staged triumphant returns to the show as it reached its Judges’ Houses stage

The Boys were flown off to meet Dannii in Melbourne, where she was joined by guest judge Natalie Imburglia, while Cheryl stayed closer to home following her health scare, as she and will.i.am hosted the Girls at Coworth Park in Berkshire. 

Meanwhile, Louis was joined by former judge Sharon Osbourne in County Limerick in Ireland.

Simon’s judges’ houses in Marbella, saw him joined once again by Sinitta

Because, who else?

There were plenty of memorable performances at Judges Houses

One Direction took on Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn and went from cobbled-together group to serious contenders. They later performed this song again in the live final, prior to being eliminated. 

 

Wagner took on Florence + The Machine...

 

While Treyc Cohen and Cheryl’s ‘readiness’ earned a parody on Harry Hill’s TV Burp…

 

But like most things with The X Factor, there was controversy when Cheryl did not pick Gamu as one of her final four acts

Despite Gamu giving an impressive performance, Cheryl instead picked divisive contestant Katie Waisel along with Cher Lloyd, who had messed up her audition.

 

The subsequent media storm became known as Gamu-gate, with around 1,000 people complaining to ITV, and over 200,000 joined a Facebook page called Gamu Should Have Got Through. Cheryl was also reported to have received death threats over her decision to send Gamu home. 

After Judges Houses, the final 12 were...

Aiden Grimshaw, Matt Cardle, Nicola Festa, Rebecca Ferguson, Cher Lloyd, Katie Waissel, John Adeleye, Mary Byrne, Storm Lee, One Direction, Belle Ami and F.Y.D. 

However, there was a surprise in store, the introduction of a wildcard twist

This meant that four previously axed contestants returned to the competition. They were: Paije Richardson, Treyc Cohen, Wagner and Diva Fever. 

Throughout the live shows, there were some absolutely iconic performances. Wagner singing Love Shack has stayed very much with us for the last 10 years… 

 

As did Rebecca Ferguson’s dance version of Sweet Dreams… 

 

And Cher Lloyd doing Shakespeare’s Sister’s Stay With Me…

 

Then there was Aiden Grimshaw doing Mad World… 

 

One Direction doing Something About The Way You Look Tonight was also A Moment...

 

As was Matt Cardle singing First Time Ever I Saw Your Face…

 

Having failed to endear herself to the British public, Katie Waissel was a constant presence in the bottom two

After landing in the bottom for the third time, things got the better of her during a performance of Please Don’t Give Up On Me, as she sat on the floor and proclaimed “oh, sod it”. 

 

After her fourth time singing for survival, she underwent a dramatic transformation in the hope of inventing herself…

And while she was safe the following week, she was finally axed from the competition in week eight thanks to a double elimination

 

There was an infamous showdown between Cheryl and Wagner

Cheryl was less than impressed with comments Wagner had made about her upbringing during a press interview, and made sure he knew exactly what she thought during a live show. 

 

Cheryl also found herself at the centre of controversy during week five of the competition

After two of her acts – Treyc Cohen and Katie Waissel – landed in the bottom two, Cheryl abstained from voting, and therefore the result had to be decided by a majority vote. 

 

The move was criticised by many, who claimed Cheryl was paid in her role as a judge to make difficult decisions, while there were also allegations that the show was fixed to save Katie, which were vehemently denied by The X Factor.

Over on The Xtra Factor, Konnie Huq’s time as host didn’t go completely to plan

After succeeding Holly Willoughby, the former Blue Peter presenter made a number of gaffes during her one series hosting the ITV2 spin-off show. 

The most memorable of which saw her tell all the finalists that they would get to go on tour, only to have to backpedal after realising it would only be the top eight contestants. 

She also royally annoyed Dannii live on the show...

 

There were some incredible guest performers during the series, most notably Lady Gaga doing Bad Romance in a bathtub dressed as a bat…

 

Cheryl took the the stage to showcase Promise This…

 

Rihanna had a full-on food fight as she performed Only Girl In The World...

 

Jamiroquai had a less than warm reception from Cheryl and Dannii

Frontman J Kay had made some comments about them in the press during the week prior to the band’s performance, which led to the pair refusing to applaud. 

 

Nicole Scherzinger gave us this iconic performance of Poison (which is still a 10/10 banger and deserved better)...

 

The cast of Glee performed Don’t Stop Believin’ during the semi-final...

 

When the final rolled round, it was Matt, Rebecca, One Direction and Cher who vied to win the show

During the famous duets, Matt Cardle teamed up with none other than Rihanna

It was a performance that rivalled Alexandra Burke’s duet with Beyoncé, as many viewers noted the electric chemistry between Matt and Rihanna. 

 

In fact, over 2,800 complaints were made to TV watchdog Ofcom over performances in the finale, which also saw Christina Aguilera perform Express from the Burlesque soundtrack. 

Christina also duetted with Rebecca Ferguson on Beautiful… 

 

While One Direction teamed up with Robbie on She’s The One...

 

And Cher Lloyd got to perform with Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am on a mash-up of Where Is The Love? and I Got A Feeling...

 

After an incredible final, it was Matt who was crowned the winner

It was also the second win for his mentor Dannii. 

Rebecca finished as runner-up, with One Direction in third place, and Cher fourth. 

 

Matt’s winner’s single was a cover of Biffy Clyro’s When We Collide

It charted at number one and managed to stay there the following week to be crowned Christmas number one. 

But the final moments of the series were remembered for a very different reason

 

This was thanks to Harry Styles whispering “just think about how much....” (we’ll let all you lip-readers fill in the blanks) in Matt’s ear, which was caught on camera.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has always argued that data collection is his car company’s secret sauce, and he did it again on Wednesday, on a call with investors.

Having a big fleet of Tesla vehicles on the road is nice, he said, “because it allows us to collect these corner cases and learn from them.” Every so often, Tesla will push out an over-the-air software update, suddenly giving its cars the power to, say, fart on command, or play Netflix movies over the center console screen, or change lanes by themselves on the highway.

(Musk has said that a Tesla purchased today has all the hardware needs to become a totally self-driving car—once, of course, the company pushes out the right software update.)

Then it will suck back information about how that feature is working in the real world, and use it to perfect the product.

Last month, Tesla pushed out a feature called “Smart Summon,” which allows drivers to beckon their vehicles straight to them using the Tesla app, Knight Rider\–style.

And though “Smart Summon” is still in beta, Musk said on Wednesday that it has now been used over 1 million times.

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All you need to know is Sexy Beasts arrives this week.
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Privacy problems, tech issues and fears of being overheard by family or housemates have been just some of the hurdles people with mental health issues have faced when attending therapy remotely during the pandemic.

After the March 2020 lockdown was announced, many saw their face-to-face therapy appointments swiftly moved online or conducted over the phone.

A year on, while some have benefited from this way of communicating, more than a third (35%) of people surveyed by the mental health charity Mind said online or phone-based support from NHS was difficult to use, while a quarter (23%) said their mental health had actually got worse as a result.

Alissa, 31, who lives in Warrington and preferred not to share her surname, has been dealing with mental health problems for some time. Her wellbeing deteriorated dramatically in September 2020 when she tried to take her own life.

When she was discharged from hospital, she was told to contact her GP to access ongoing mental health support, but wasn’t sure where to begin.

The 31-year-old was put in touch with a counselling service through her work’s occupational health team, and was encouraged to self-refer for therapy. Her first three sessions were over the phone and Alissa notes that although these were swapped to a Zoom call, she felt they lacked a “personal touch”.

On top of this, she was struggling to get to grips with the tech. “For someone who isn’t competent in technology, accessing Zoom calls was quite stressful due to microphone and connection problems,” she says. “This again takes the personal element away from the service. I ended up asking them to postpone my counselling session, due to the type of support being offered not working for me, but this left me without any sessions for the last three months.”

During her lowest points, Alissa felt incredibly isolated. “I didn’t leave the bed and I hardly saw anyone,” she says. “I think face-to-face therapy helps with the isolation [if you’re] struggling with your mental health.”

She isn’t the only one who sees in-person support as a better option. Mind’s survey found that of those who took up the offer of therapy by phone or online during the pandemic, almost two in three (63%) would have preferred to have met face-to-face. One in 10 said they often or always had technological issues, while one in three (34%) were worried about confidentiality.

When you’re discussing your life and mental health, you want to feel safe in the knowledge that nobody else can listen in – and privacy helps the mental health professional conducting the session, too, but for some, it has been an issue.

Katie, 30, lives with borderline personality disorder, generalised anxiety and mild depression. Before lockdown, she was being supported by a perinatal mental health team and receiving weekly home visits in east Devon from a community psychiatric nurse (CPN) after experiencing postnatal depression.

In March, her mental health deteriorated and she tried to take her own life. Around the same time, she was discharged from perinatal mental health services and home visits because of the pandemic. With the virus spreading rapidly through society, appointments began to happen remotely instead.

Katie experienced a series of confidentiality issues during online video calls. “At the first appointment, my CPN couldn’t log on properly or get me out of the virtual waiting room, so they agreed to continue by phone,” she says.

In one video appointment, a health professional she didn’t know joined the call by mistake, while another time she found herself online with a second patient due to an administrative error, she adds. “These incidents made me incredibly concerned and anxious about the safety and confidentiality of the system,” she says. In-person home visits with the community psychiatric nurse have since resumed which she is “very happy” about.

Those who took up remote support did cite a number of positives, including not having to travel to appointments, greater flexibility over appointment times and shorter waiting times.

For Rohan, 40, from Manchester, this helped ease his anxiety. At first he was concerned about being overheard at home and it took some time to get used to having the sessions in his kitchen. But he found online counselling “very useful” when his anxiety was high and couldn’t leave the house. “It helped not having to worry about factoring in time for getting ready and travelling to appointments easily,” he says.

However, these kinds of sessions don’t work for everyone – which is why Mind is calling on the UK government to make sure people who need support for their mental health are offered a range of treatments, including face-to-face appointments, so they can choose the options that best suit them. 

“During the pandemic, services have quickly adapted to help stop the spread of coronavirus,” says Leila Reyburn, the charity’s policy and campaigns manager.

“NHS mental health services delivered over the phone or online have been a lifeline for many, with lots of people telling us having the choice helped with things like childcare responsibilities and working schedules, particularly for those struggling to get to face-to-face appointments.

“Others, however, told us about stressful experiences and concerning breaches of confidentiality. Nobody should have to worry about the wrong healthcare professional or another client attending a confidential therapy session.”

Reyburn says the NHS has done an “amazing job” during such a difficult time, but adds that it is “worrying” that one in four of those surveyed said their mental health had worsened through accessing remote treatment.

“Online therapy cannot be seen as an easy answer to fixing growing pressures on overstretched mental health services,” she says. “There is no cheap fix.”

HuffPost UK has contacted NHS England about when face-to-face appointments will be resuming and will update with any response. 

Useful websites and helplines

Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393.

Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).

CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) offer a helpline open 5pm-midnight, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58, and a webchat service.

The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email [email protected]

Rethink Mental Illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached on 0808 801 0525 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm). More info can be found on rethink.org.

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Warning: This article contains spoilers for the latest episode of WandaVision.

Throughout the time-spanning Disney+ series WandaVision, viewers have seen references to all kinds of classic sitcoms, from old favourites Bewitched and The Dick Van Dyke Show to more recent offerings Malcolm In The Middle and Modern Family.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Matt Shakman revealed that nods to even more old shows were considered for WandaVision, but didn’t end up making the finished product.

In the most recent episode of WandaVision, viewers discovered that the title character’s love of sitcoms stems right back to her childhood in Sokovia, and that she turned Westview into a town like those in her favourite shows to help process her trauma and grief.

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff

Explaining how it was decided which sitcoms the show would pay homage to, Matt explained: “We were looking at family sitcoms. There are a great many wonderful shows like Taxi or The Office that could’ve been inspirations, but the ones that we focused on were the ones that were about family because that’s obviously what Wanda yearns for.

“She loses her family when she’s young, she loses her brother, she loses Vision and the family that might have been. So the family sitcoms were the strongest thematic connection to that.”

Asked which other shows could have been referenced – including Full House, which starred Elizabeth Olsen’s twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley – Matt then revealed: “We took inspiration from all kinds of different shows, and we were picking the shows that we felt were incredibly timely and timeless.

“They were so popular in their moment and their era when they came out, but they also continued to be really good and live on.”

Modern Family is one of the more modern shows referenced in WandaVision

He added: “We did look at Full House, we did look at Family Ties, we did look at Growing Pains. We looked at so many different shows, and I have some small nods in there.

“There’s an opening title sequence to episode 5, where we do the crane shot from Full House, where they’re having the picnic, or we run through the park with them as a nod to Lizzie growing up just behind the camera on that show.” 

WandaVision’s final episode debuts on Disney+ on Friday, with Marvel boss Kevin Feige recently casting doubt on whether it would be back for a follow-up series.

The final episode of WandaVision debuts on Disney+ on Friday

He explained: "Some of the shows that we are about to start filming, we are keeping in mind a structure that would lead into a season two and a season three in a more direct way than, say, a show like WandaVision, which clearly goes into a feature.”

The “feature” in question is the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel Multiverse Of Madness, which Elizabeth will star in once again as Wanda Maximoff.

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A charity logged more than 21 million reports of online child sexual abuse imagery, much of it hosted by Facebook.
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Jake Paul finally commented on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s raid on his home last week, saying that the search was related to a “looting” incident at an Arizona mall in May. “There are rumors about it having to do with so many other things that have nothing to do with me or my character, and the shit that people are making up is absolutely absurd,” Paul said in a video that appears to have been deleted but was captured by TMZ.

The FBI raided Paul’s home in Calabasas, California, on the morning of August 5th. The bureau later confirmed that it was investigating “allegations of criminal acts” related to the incident at the mall. Police in Scottsdale, Arizona, had previously called the incident a “riot” and filed misdemeanor...

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Drones and satellite imagery probably better than sending out four helicopters at a time – or counting poop

Herbivores may not be the first things that spring to mind when devising the latest application of the technology world's overflowing toolbox, but there it is.…

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Last week it felt like the news would never stop, and we say that having survived the news event onslaught that has been 2019 up until this point.

If it wasn’t Bernie Sanders being hospitalized, it was Rudy Giuliani working with imprisoned Donald Trump campaign official Paul Manafort.

(Or maybe it was Rudy Giuliani getting temporarily banned from Twitter for sharing a Ukrainian official's phone number; there’s just so much Rudy going around.)

Perhaps it was the IRS whistle-blower who’s reported concerns that political appointees are standing in the way of the release of President Trump’s taxes, or the president publicly asking China to investigate Joe Biden’s family.

You know, it could also be the US attorney general wanting access to WhatsApp messages, or the attempt to create a sex scandal around Elizabeth Warren of all people.

Really, this week has been so busy that we’ve not even had time to get outraged at the new season of Bake-Off.