Staying in touch with friends and family, business meetings and quizzes – video calls have become a key part of life during the coronavirus pandemic.
And now Danish Superliga club AGF Aarhus are using the technology to bring 10,000 fans to the side of their pitch, despite the season being played behind closed doors when it restarts on Thursday.
At their home game against Randers, AGF will install a giant screen along the side of the pitch, creating what they call “the world’s first virtual grandstand” so fans can support the team for free via Zoom – there will even be a section for away fans.
“It’s about creating an atmosphere around the game so that the players will see that they have the support from the city even though there are no supporters in the stands,” the project’s co-ordinator Soren Carlsen told BBC World Service’s Mani Djazmi.
“They will hear it, they will feel it and see it on this big screen alongside the pitch.”
Carlsen says the idea came from a Danish TV show where artists sing from home and viewers join in via video link.
Three screens have been joined together to make a giant 40×2.8m screen with space for 200 fan images at a time. There will be 22 different sections for fans to choose from and TV coverage of the match will incorporate the virtual supporters.
“It will go alongside the pitch opposite the cameras, so the television station will also incorporate this in the coverage of the game,” Carlsen added.
“For instance, you often cut to the spectators when you have a goal. Here, you will cut to the homes of our supporters and then you’ll see them celebrate the goal whilst the players run alongside this screen.
“We have only had positive feedback from our fans and also from Randers who will have their own away stand in the virtual stadium.
“It’s an opportunity for them to get a sense of the community that they experience around football because it’s also about meeting people at the stadium, and here you’ll get a chance to meet some of the people that you are usually sitting with during the games.
“We will see how it turns out Thursday night, and if it’s fun and it’s working then maybe we will do it again at the next game.”
Any abusive language will result in expulsion from the meeting by a moderator.
“The same rule goes for Zoom as it does at the stadium,” added Carlsen. “We will have some digital stewards and they will be monitoring it, just like the social media platforms at the club. So they can make sure that you don’t see anything that you’re not supposed to see, and you don’t hear any profanities.”
AGF are by no means the first club to try new ways to create an atmosphere behind closed doors.
Fellow Danish side FC Midtjylland are installing a drive-in screen at their stadium, while clubs around the world have used cardboard cutouts of fans to fill stadiums.
While in South Korea, FC Seoul were fined for filling empty seats with ‘sex dolls’.
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Vikings viewers are eagerly awaiting the show’s final ten episodes to arrive on History and Amazon Prime Video. However, they are still reeling from the first half of season six, as they witnessed some of the last remaining members of the Lothbrok household being killed off.
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While it looks like Bjorn Ironside (played by Alexander Ludwig) was killed in the final episode of the show’s first half, the bigger shock involved Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick).
During the final season, Lagertha was struck down in error by Hvitserk (Marco Ilso).
The youngster was unfortunately suffering the effects of some hallucinogenics, leaving him to see Lagertha as a giant snake beast.
This vision prompted Hvitserk to stab the beast – really Lagertha – killing the queen of Kattegat.
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However, could Lagertha’s death have been a fake out?
Viewers are used to seeing members of the Vikings show come and go without explanation, and Lagertha could be the same.
While viewers certainly saw her being killed off by Hvitserk, it was during an odd hallucination.
Hvitserk later went on to be with Ivar the Boneless (Alexander Hogh Andersen) to take down Kattegat once and for all.
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So then, could Lagertha have merely been severely injured, and instead faked her death so the opposition wouldn’t be aware of her existence?
It was beginning to become clear that Lagertha was eager to stop fighting, so she may have well faked her death to continue her life elsewhere.
Although this is a nice thought, viewers did also see her funeral take place – so could she have found some sort of body-double to take her place?
Meanwhile, it has been hinted series regular King Alfred (Ferdia Walsh Peelo) would be making a return in the upcoming second half of the season.
Alfred actor Ferdia recently posted an image of himself as the king with a brand new look.
He captioned the image: “Vikings 6B hitting your screens later this year. Be prepared for the wrath of Alfred 2.0! Photo brought to you by the legend @alexhoeghandersen face work by the divine @puffjockey.”
Fans instantly began speaking out about the photo, and suggested it spelled an upcoming team-up with Ivar.
One wrote: “Hail king Alfred! go kill ivar the boneless…”
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If this is the case, however, could Ivar and King Alfred be working against the Bus people?
This would allow the former leaders to take over Kattegat and indeed Norway once again.
But will they be able to work together peacefully?
Vikings is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
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The latest figures from NHS England have revealed that a quarter of people who died with coronavirus in hospitals in England had diabetes. People with diabetes are not at the moment classed as being extremely vulnerably by the Government, however the World Health Organisation has now confirmed that they are “at risk” during the pandemic. Dr David Nabarro, the WHO’s special envoy on Covid-19, spoke to the BBC’s Today show about how best to protect individuals with the disease.
He told BBC Radio 4: “Each Government makes its own choice about how they categorise individuals.
“But I’m very clear that people with diabetes and cardiovascular disease are at risk.
“It’s not so much that I want them to be shielded, it’s just that I want them to be given the necessary advice and encouragement to be able to keep their distance from other people.
“Wherever possible, if they are forced to be close together, we must do everything possible to avoid them being exposed to infection.”
Dr Nabarro continued: “We look after them, that’s the key point.
“Caring for those who are vulnerable is something all of us in society have to do now.”
Government advice recognises that people with diabetes can be more vulnerable to becoming seriously ill with coronavirus.
However it does not automatically place people with diabetes in the ‘extremely vulnerable’ or shielding group.
National charity Diabetes UK has agreed with this approach.
They state: “While it is true that some people with diabetes may become seriously ill with coronavirus and need to be hospitalised, the available evidence does not show that all people with diabetes are at a significantly increased risk solely because of their diabetes.
“There may be some people with diabetes who need to shield based on other conditions, for example those with cystic fibrosis-related diabetes. But under current guidance, most people with diabetes do not need to do this. If you haven’t had a message from the NHS yet, then you’re not being told to shield and you should follow the stay at home rules.”
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New data also shows a regional breakdown in infection rate with the R, or reproduction number of the virus.
When asked how countries should use this information, Dr Nabarro said: “The R number tells us how many people are being infected by a person who has the disease.
“If movements are restricted through physical distancing and lockdowns, you expect the R number to drop.
“But that doesn’t mean the behaviour of the virus has suddenly changed.
“All it means is that we’ve made it harder to propagate.”
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Rachel Riley has admitted much of husband Pasha Kovalev’s work “has gone” due to the coronavirus panedemic. However, the Countdown presenter and her spouse are reaping the benefits in different ways.
A lot of Pasha’s work has gone, too, because he needs an audience and, by this point of the year, he’d have been away a couple of times
The 34-year-old opened up about whether she misses life as it was in a new interview with Radio Times.
The small screen regular is currently away from the Channel 4 show, and is spending more time with her young family.
Rachel and Pasha wed last year in Las Vegas, six months before they welcomed daughter Maven Aria.
“Maven’s only going to be this young once, so it’s nice to be home with her,” she commented.
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The star continued: “A lot of Pasha’s work has gone, too, because he needs an audience and, by this point of the year, he’d have been away a couple of times.
“So at least we’re both able to play with her. It’s tough on my parents — my mum had coronavirus.”
Saying she had now “thankfully recovered”, Rachel said it was hard for those close to her being unable to see the newest member of the family.
She stated: “This is her first granddaughter and she can’t see her. We can FaceTime but it’s not the same as squidging a baby.”
Rachel went on to discuss whether her outlook on life has changed thanks to the crisis.
“I’m hoping it’ll boost community spirit,” she explained. “You don’t necessarily get to know your neighbours until this kind of thing happens.
“We’re certainly now seeing more of them than we ever have before, and Pasha’s keeping his eye on an old lady across the street.”
Rachel added: “But I don’t think I can judge yet how things will change because it feels like we’re still right at the start of it all.”
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The couple walked down the aisle in a secret Las Vegas ceremony in June 2019, a matter of weeks after they revealed they were expecting.
Little Maven came along in December, with the pair announcing the exciting news on social media.
Rachel wrote at the time: “2 weeks after we were expecting her this little one finally made an appearance!
“Miss Maven (one who understands) Aria (lioness) Riley Kovaleva arrived on Sunday morning weighing in at 7lbs 4.”
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She also captioned a snap of the three of them, with: “After keeping us waiting she came so quickly we didn’t have a chance to get to the hospital and was born in our bathroom with our amazing doula and wonderful St Mary’s midwives rushing over to be with us in the nick of time!
“She’s absolutely perfect and Pasha and I are in newborn bliss. Couldn’t be more in love.”
Rachel was previously married to Jamie Gilbert, who she met while studying at the University of Oxford.
Read the full interview in the Radio Times – out now.
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The Walking Dead fans saw the introduction of Negan (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in season seven of the AMC show, and he instantly made his mark on the residents of Alexandria. During his first arrival on the show he killed a number of Rick Grimes’ (Abraham Lincoln) team – including Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz).
Negan eventually got out of the situation alive, though, when he was bested in a fist-fight by Rick.
After this, Negan was imprisoned for years, giving him some time to turn over a new leaf.
Since then he has been working alongside Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) to take down the Whisperers’ leader Alpha (Samantha Morton).
But even though Negan has been on the side of good in recent episodes, it looks like his time may be up on the show.
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Negan star Jeffrey recently interviewed a number of The Walking Dead cast members on his show, Friday Night In with the Morgans – in which he speaks with actors alongside his wife.
One of these interviews saw Jeffrey talking to Michael Cudlitz – who has now been taken on as a director on The Walking Dead’s season ten, and the upcoming season 11.
During his appearance on the lockdown chat show, the director was quizzed on whether he would put Jeffrey’s character Negan “through the wringer” during his episodes as a form of revenge for killing Abraham.
To which he replied: “No. No. I want to put him through the wringer because it would be fun to watch, but not for revenge.
“That’s the thing, is that people ask this question a lot when we do panels and stuff at conventions and they ask: ‘What was the hardest scene you’ve ever done?’
“We loved that. When you guys think, ‘that was so hard,’ we love being emotionally available and going through things that we haven’t gone through before.
“Or things that we have gone through before in a different way with amazing scene partners.”
While it doesn’t sound like Michael is going to intentionally take down Negan for revenge, it does seem like he wants to make him “emotionally available” whilst “going through” new things.
Negan has survived his ongoing ordeals by the skin of his teeth so far – could his time be up in the upcoming episodes directed by Michael?
Meanwhile, a recent podcast saw the reveal of a secret backstory of Axel (Lew Temple).
Axel star Lew recently spoke to the Talk Dead to Me podcast where he explained the character was originally going to be involved in killing off Beth Greene (Emily Kinney).
He said: “There were some episodes that were written where I do take Beth out into the woods and slaughter her.
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“And so we didn’t get to any of those. That was why I kept buttoned-up [in costume], he was gonna come undone and be totally Henry Rollins tattooed.”
Lew went on to add: “The whole thing about being a drug addict was all a facade, the thing about the squirt gun and pistol is all b******t.”
Could other characters have narrowly avoided a similarly gruesome death in the past?
The Walking Dead season 10 is hoped to continue on AMC in 2020.
(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)
Right now, in another life, the Cannes Film Festival would be showing hundreds of attendees the most prestigious arthouse films in the world. But since we’re not living that life, why not brush up on some international classics from the comfort of your home? Pop Culture Imports is here to provide you with all your subtitled needs, whether it’s a surreal French New Wave comedy or the latest Netflix K-drama. Or you might not even need subtitles at all, but just a love for cinema at its most nostalgic. Whatever you desire, let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming.
Best Foreign Movies and TV Streaming Now
Céline and Julie Go Boating – Criterion Channel
Genre: Surrealist comedy
Director: Jacques Rivette
Cast: Dominique Labourier, Juliet Berto.
The film that famously inspired Desperately Seeking Susan, Jacques Rivette’s dreamy surrealist French New Wave masterpiece Céline and Julie Go Boating wears its own inspirations on its sleeve: Lewis Carroll’s fantastical adventure, Alice in Wonderland. But despite its labyrinthine plot and a Russian nesting doll of narratives within narratives, Céline and Julie Go Boating is an infinitely watchable deep dive down the rabbit hole. Much like the Lewis Carroll classic, Céline and Julie Go Boating follows a curious young woman who follows a stranger unwittingly dropping objects — first a pair of sunglasses, then a scarf, then more. As the bored librarian Celine (Juliet Berto) chases after this free-spirited bohemian Julie (Dominique Labourier), she becomes more fascinated by the woman. The two soon strike up a pseudo-romantic, codependent relationship, with the pair of them moving in together and spontaneously switching identities. But the lackadaisical nature of the first half gives way to an even more trippy second half, which drops Celine and Julie in a murder mystery melodrama through the use of psychotropic candies. Despite its pretentious sheen, Céline and Julie Go Boating plays like a chill hangout movie that lazily switches genres and tones at the drop of a hat. But it’s so fun to watch Berto and Labourier work their onscreen magic — in some cases, literally, as Labourier’s Julie is a stage magician — that you barely even notice when the third hour of the film flies by.
Watch This If You Like:Big Fish, Desperately Seeking Susan, Mulholland Drive, stage magic.
The Artist – Netflix
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo.
The Artisthas somewhat fallen out of favor in film circles since it won Best Picture at the Oscars in 2011. But despite all the criticisms that have been levied at Michel Hazanavicius’ black-and-white silent film — it was a gimmick, it was self-congratulatory Hollywood nonsense, it was overly simplistic — The Artist is still a delightfully charming ode to a bygone era. Starring Jean Dujardin as a matinee idol in 1920s Hollywood, The Artist follows Dujardin’s George Valentine as he discovers and falls in love with a bright young ingenue named Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo). But as Peppy’s star begins to rise, George’s begins to fade. Yes, we’ve seen everything in The Artist before, and yes, the film plays on our nostalgia for the glamour of classic Hollywood, but the charisma of its leads (Dujardin in particular gives an all-timer performance that should’ve landed him the lead role in every major Hollywood movie to follow) and an adorable little dog makes The Artist a wonderful trip down cinematic memory lane.
Watch This If You Like:La La Land, A Star is Born, Singin’ in the Rain, cute dancing dogs.
Cinema Paradiso – HBO Go
Genre: Coming-of-age period drama
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Cast: Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret, Leopoldo Trieste, Marco Leonardi, Agnese Nano, Salvatore Cascio.
Was there ever a more lush and emotionally rich ode to cinema than Cinema Paradiso? None at least that have as beautiful a score as the one by Ennio Morricone, whose majestic music transports you away to a small Sicilian village where a young boy’s love for the movies becomes the driving emotional force of Giuseppe Tornatore’s gushing love letter to cinema. One of the most popular Italian films of all time, Cinema Paradiso follows young Salvatore Di Vita (Salvatore Cascio as a child, Marco Leonardi as a teenager, Jacques Perrin as an adult) as he comes of age in post-World War II Italy. A mischievous young boy who avoids schoolwork and his duties as an altar boy, Salvatore loves nothing more than spending time at the village’s lone movie house, Cinema Paradiso, where he befriends the curmudgeonly projectionist, Alfredo, who eventually teaches him how to run the projector. A sprawling coming-of-age story riddled with the pains of tragedy and the ecstasy of first love, Cinema Paradiso is nostalgia transformed into a two-hour feature film. While a little sentimental at times, its a wonderful depiction of the pure, unadulterated joy of cinema.
Watch This If You Like:Hugo, The 400 Blows, Pain and Glory, nostalgia.
Extracurricular – Netflix
Country: South Korea
Genre: Crime K-drama
Director: Kim Jin-min
Cast: Kim Dong-hee, Jung Da-bin, Park Ju-hyun, Nam Yoon-soo, Choi Min-soo, Park Hyuk-kwon, Kim Yeo-jin.
Extracurricular is Risky Business for the rideshare era, if Risky Business dropped its ’80s comedy antics and became a gritty crime drama that actually leaned into the consequences of teen prostitution. The rare lean K-drama (I have a fondness for the genre, but it tends towards melodramatic bloat), Extracurricular is more electric and current than most of its contemporaries. The premise sounds like the stuff of soap: Extracurricular follows a genius-level high school student (Itaewon Class‘ Kim Dong-hee) who runs an online prostitution ring to make ends meet, but is blackmailed by a fellow student who discovers his scheme. Gritty and unflinching, Extracurricular is an addicting crime drama that is a step apart from most other K-dramas you’ll find on Netflix. As nice as their production values have become and as global a phenomenon as they are, K-dramas are still heavily indebted to their cheap soapy predecessors and rarely intersect with the tonally sharp, comically violent Korean cinema that is so beloved on the world stage. But Extracurricular does. Balancing taut suspense with dark, offbeat humor with a dash of social commentary, Extracurricular makes a great intro to K-dramas for those looking to scratch that Parasite itch.
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Into the Night – Netflix
Genre: Apocalyptic sci-fi thriller series
Creator: Jason George.
Cast: Pauline Etienne, Laurent Capelluto, Stefano Cassetti, Mehmet Kurtulus.
Into the Night starts with a really, really silly premise: the sun is killing people. But somehow, this Belgian apocalyptic sci-fi series manages to turn a premise that sounds like an SNL comedy bit into a taut apocalyptic thriller. A midnight flight to Moscow from Brussels begins to board its first-class passengers — an odd, diverse assortment of rich jerks, influencers, nurses, and conveniently, a former military helicopter pilot — when it is hijacked by a frantic man (Stefano Cassetti) claiming to be with NATO. The frightened passengers and pilot are held captive by the armed man, who demands that they fly west or risk being killed by the sunrise. The first episode of the six-part series plays out like a tense terrorist thriller, until it slowly dawns on the passengers (pun intended) that the man is telling the truth. The series doesn’t get too flashy with its oddball premise, wisely keeping the story simple: continue flying west, as the airplane is chased by the ticking time bomb that is the rising sun, while contending with unruly passengers and slowly depleting fuel. Think Speed on an airplane.
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Chris Evans, 53, has appeared to take a massive swipe at his Top Gear predecessor Jeremy Clarkson, 60, after he and his co-stars Richard Hammond and James May departed the show in 2015. After an altercation with a BBC producer, Jeremy stepped down from his duties as host, shortly followed by Richard and James.
They had their big Who Wants To Be a Millionaire cliffhanger last night and apparently we massively overshadow it in the morning
Executives then asked Chris and US actor Matt Le Blanc to come on-board as the new hosts, but unfortunately it wasn’t in the stars and Chris quit after the first series aired.
He took to Twitter at the time to announce the news: “I have never worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last 12 months.
“I feel like my standing aside is the single best thing I can now do to help the cause.”
Sadly, Top Gear’s viewing figures had fallen dramatically with Chris in charge and the underwhelming stint didn’t go unnoticed by Jeremy, who along with Richard and James, set up rival motoring show The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime.
During an episode, while he was testing a BMW M4 GTS, the former host seemingly took a dig at Chris.
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“I admire BMW for really trying with that car, I really do. But my god, they made a hash of it,” he said.
“In fact, I’m trying to think of a metaphor for someone who’s really tried their hardest with something and it hasn’t worked…”
Clarkson then turned to his co-hosts but they too appeared to draw a blank: “No, nothing’s coming to mind,” he mocked.
And even though both presenters have stepped away from the motoring show altogether, there still seems to be that animosity between them.
Jeremy now hosts Who Wants To Be A Millionaire over on ITV, after the show was reprised two years ago following a four year break when Chris Tarrant stood down in 2014.
And after this week’s episodes, Chris couldn’t wait to make a little dig of his own.
“We must apologise to ITV,” Chris said on his Virgin Radio show to his co-star Vassos Alexander.
“They had their big Who Wants To Be A Millionaire cliffhanger last night and apparently we massively overshadow it in the morning.
“People woke up in the morning looking forward to and thinking ‘Will the guy win million pounds?'”
Chris explained that people were so “blown away” by something else that they “didn’t even bother tuning in”.
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“It’s like we’ve had our fill of quiz and game shows this morning,” he giggled.
“We can only apologise to you Mr Tarrant!”
Vassos picked up on the swipe and chuckled: “Very funny.”
Chris pretended not to know what he meant: “What do you mean?”
Vassos replied: “Well it’s not Chris anymore as you know, it’s Jeremy.”
“Is it? OK. No idea.” Chris smirked, seemingly unbothered.
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Jeremy, Richard and James’ departure proved detrimental to the show, as they had co-hosted the program for over a decade and their chemistry was undeniably infectious.
After the controversial presenter was fired, he revealed in his latest column for The Sun, that he had met with a representative of the BBC and was offered his job back in 2016.
Jeremy wrote: “I had a meeting with a BBC executive last week and they asked if I’d come back to Top Gear. Too much has gone on. After I’d been compared to Jimmy Savile by someone from the BBC and it was splashed all over a Sunday newspaper, how could I go back?” he said.
“I hope Chris enjoys running what, for the next couple of weeks, is the world’s biggest car show,” he scoffed, as The Grand Tour was a work in progress at the time.
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Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield are treasured nationally for hosting on This Morning,Express.co.ukhas compiled a list of the top 15 questions you need for your TV themed home pub quiz to honour the presenting duo.
Question 1: When did Phillip and Holly first appear on This Morning together?
Question 2: What other show have Holly and Phillip presented together?
Question 3: Who has previously tried their hand at the theatre?
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Question 4: How many children does Holly have?
Question 5: When did Phillip first appear on This Morning?
Question 6: What are the names of Phillip’s two daughters?
Question 7: What commercial has Phillip recently been the face of?
Question 8: What year did the pair pull an all-nighter after winning at the NTA awards?
Question 9: How old Is Phillip Schofield?
Question 10: Name a game show that Phillip has presented on
Question 11: What other show is Holly known for being a part of?
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Question 12: How did Holly start her career?
Question 13: Out of the presenting duo, who is an author?
Question 14: If Holly hadn’t gone into presenting, what would she have liked to have studied at university?
Question 15: Phillip is nicknamed the “silver fox” but when did he go grey?
Answer 1: September 2009 – The pair first presented the morning show together in September 2009 during Holly’s first appearance.
Answer 2: Dancing on Ice.
Answer 3: Phillip – He played Joseph in the West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat from 1992-1997.
Answer 4: Three- Belle, Harry and Chester.
Answer 5: 1998.
Answer 6: Molly and Ruby.
Answer 8: 2016.
Answer 9: 58.
Answer 10: The Cube, Gold Rings and All-star Mr and Mrs.
Answer 11: Celebrity Juice
Answer 12: 2000 where she appeared on S Club TV on CITV.
Answer 13: Holly – Holly has written a variety of different books, including parenting advice books.
Answer 14: Psychology- Holly told Cosmopolitan: “I was going to university to study psychology and my big ambition in life was to open treatment rooms for psychotherapy.”
The “Nothing Fancy” author had some choice words about Chrissy Teigen‘s trajectory in the food world.
“What Chrissy Teigen has done is so crazy to me,” Roman recently told The New Consumer. “She had a successful cookbook. And then it was like: Boom, line at Target. Boom, now she has an Instagram page that has over a million followers where it’s just, like, people running a content farm for her. That horrifies me and it’s not something that I ever want to do. I don’t aspire to that.”
Roman did note, however, that the “Cravings” author’s approach is probably earning her tons of income.
“But like, who’s laughing now? Because she’s making a ton of f–king money,” Roman said.
The food columnist also took a swing at organizing consultant Marie Kondo for being a hypocrite.
“The idea that when Marie Kondo decided to capitalize on her fame and make stuff that you can buy, that is completely antithetical to everything she’s ever taught you,” Roman said, referring to Kondo’s online store where fans can purchase household items like crystals and storage bins. “I’m like, damn, bitch, you f–king just sold out immediately! Someone’s like ‘you should make stuff,’ and she’s like, ‘okay, slap my name on it, I don’t give a s–t!’”
Roman’s remarks drew ire online but she didn’t back down.
“When women bully other women for being honest about money and how much they do or do not make, well, thats amore,” she tweeted Friday. “Just wishing I had someone to hold my hand during baby’s first internet backlash.”
In another tweet, she wrote, “I want to clarify, I am not coming for anyone who’s successful, especially not women. I was trying to clarify that my business model does not include a product line, which work very well for some, but I don’t see working for me.”
New York’s frontline healthcare workers have contracted the coronavirus at a rate significantly below that of the general population, according to antibody testing results revealed Thursday.
In what Gov. Andrew Cuomo called “amazingly good news,” 12.2 percent of workers screened in the five boroughs had antibodies to the bug, as opposed to 19.9 percent of those tested from the city’s overall population.
The presence of antibodies in one’s immune system indicates that they were infected with the disease at some point, and may have built up some level of immunity to it.
In Westchester County, 6.8 percent of healthcare workers tested positive, versus 13.8 percent of the general population.
On Long Island, the margin was much thinner, but healthcare workers still came out ahead, 11.1 percent versus 11.4 percent.
All told, the state screened approximately 27,000 healthcare workers across 25 facilities in the three downstate regions, Cuomo said.
“What we found out is really good news,” he said during a press briefing at the New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. “And one of the few positives that I’ve heard in a long time.
“I mean, that is amazingly good news.”
The governor said that the findings underscore the importance of taking proper precautions, such as covering your mouth and nose with a mask or other covering, and using hand sanitizer.
“It’s not that the front-line workers get anything especially more sophisticated than the masks that people wear,” he said. “But they follow protocol.”
The glimmer of good news came one day after another study yielded the “shocking” finding that two-thirds of New Yorkers hospitalized had been admitted from their homes.
Another round of testing detailed last week revealed that nearly 20 percent of FDNY/EMS members and over 10 percent of NYPD cops screened came up positive for antibodies.
“One of the top priorities for us has been protecting our frontline and our essential workers,” said Cuomo on Thursday. “They showed up and went to work and put their lives in danger.
“Look at the courage that those frontline workers had to show.”
The good news of the antibody testing was juxtaposed with a grim addition to the state’s death toll.
Another 231 New Yorkers succumbed to the coronavirus in the 24-hour period ending at midnight Thursday, running the overall tally to an unthinkable 20,828 fatalities.
The daily death toll have stubbornly hovered in that range for days, with 226, 230 and 232 deaths reported on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, respectively.
“This is the worst number, every day,” said Cuomo. “You can see how slow that has come down, and how painfully high it still is.”