HBO Is Making a Ton of Shows and Movies Free for Non-Subscribers

Are you a little nervous you might have so much time on your hands that you run out of things to watch on Netflix? Well, you shouldn’t, because their catalogue is outrageous. But just in case if you start to feel that anxiety, there’s some good news: HBO is making over 500 hours of programming, including original series, documentaries, and movies available for free starting on April 3rd.

Some of the best series in the premium cable network’s history will be available in their entireties, including The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and The Wire. Newer favorites, like Bill Hader’s hitman action-comedy Barry, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ political comedy Veep, and The Rock’s Ballers will also have their entire series available free to stream. Additionally, 20 films from HBO’s current deal with Warner Bros. will also be available for free.

All viewers will have to do to tune in will be to go to either the HBOGo or HBONow site, or download the apps wherever applicable. From there, the free content will be in front of the paywall.

Unfortunately, Game of Thrones is not among the shows included on the list—but let’s be real, that’s probably OK; everyone and their grandma has already seen Game of Thrones. Instead of worrying about Game of Thrones, you should watch Succession, which in two seasons has established itself as one of the most exciting dramatic series on television—and also one of the funniest.

Check out the full list of series, films, and documentaries HBO is making available for free below:

Full Series
1. Ballers (5 Seasons)
2. Barry (2 Seasons)
3. Silicon Valley (6 Seasons)
4. Six Feet Under (5 Seasons)
5. The Sopranos (7 Seasons)
6. Succession (2 Seasons)
7. True Blood (7 Seasons
8. Veep (7 Seasons)
9. The Wire (5 Seasons)

Warner Bros. Movies
1. Arthur
2. Arthur 2: On the Rocks
3. Blinded By the Light
4. The Bridges of Madison County
5. Crazy, Stupid, Love
6. Empire of the Sun
7. Forget Paris
8. Happy Feet Two
9. Isn’t It Romantic?
10. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
11. Midnight Special
12. My Dog Skip
13. Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase
14. Pan
15. Pokémon Detective Pikachu
16. Red Riding Hood
17. Smallfoot
18. Storks
19. Sucker Punch
20. Unknown

Docuseries and Documentaries
1. The Apollo
2. The Case Against Adnan Syed
3. Elvis Presley: The Searcher
4. I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter
5. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
6. Jane Fonda in Five Acts
7. McMillion$
8. True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
9. United Skates
10. We Are the Dream: The Kids of the MLK Oakland Oratorical Fest

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Casino is fined £13million over 'VIP' addicts

Casino where Wayne Rooney ‘lost £500,000 in a two-hour spree’ is fined £13million over ‘VIP’ addicts

  • Caesar’s Entertainment will pay £13m for failing to protect its ‘VIP’ customers 
  • Gambling Commission said three senior staff lost jobs over the ‘serious’ failings
  • Listed series of cases showing casino allowed vulnerable players to lose millions

The group which owns the casino where Wayne Rooney is said to have lost £500,000 in a two-hour spree has been handed the biggest fine in British gambling history. 

Caesar’s Entertainment, which runs eight UK casinos including at the Playboy Club in Mayfair, will pay £13m for failing to protect customers it designated as VIPs and prevent money laundering.

The industry’s regulator, the Gambling Commission, said three senior staff had lost their jobs over the ‘serious and systemic failings’.

It listed a string of individual cases between 2016 and 2018 showing Caesar’s casinos allowed vulnerable players to lose millions of pounds between them without adequate affordability or money laundering checks.

The group which owns the casino where Wayne Rooney is said to have lost £500,000 in a two-hour spree (pictured) has been handed the biggest fine in British gambling history 

In one shocking case, Caesar’s allowed a customer to deposit £3.5million and lose £1.6million in three months, without checking where the money was coming from.

A retired postman lost £15,000 in the space of a few weeks and a waitress was allowed to buy £87,000 of chips and lose £15,000.

The Commission said staff had failed to carry out adequate customer checks to see if they could afford their losses.

A self-employed nanny lost £18,000 despite telling staff she had no savings, while another customer was not questioned as they lost over £320,000 in dozens of five-hour gambling binges.

Another person was allowed to lose £240,000 despite taking official steps to exclude themselves from the casino, known as ‘self exclusion’.

Former England captain Wayne Rooney allegedly lost £500,000 in a two-hour spree after midnight at the firm’s Manchester 235 casino in 2017

Caesar’s Entertainment will pay £13m for failing to protect customers it designated as VIPs and prevent money laundering

Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission, said: ‘The failings in this case are extremely serious. A culture of putting customer safety at the heart of business decisions should be set from the very top of every company and Caesars failed to do this.’

Both land-based and online casinos have to check high-rolling customers can afford their losses, and the source of their funds to protect vulnerable players and prevent gambling being used to launder money.

Empire Casino, in Leicester Square, London, and the Playboy club are jewels in the crown of a firm widely considered to be the UK’s top high-end casino company.

Former England captain Wayne Rooney allegedly lost £500,000 in a two-hour spree after midnight at the firm’s Manchester 235 casino in 2017.

The £13m settlement will be put towards the Commission’s harm gambling addiction research and treatment programmes.

The £13m settlement will be put towards the Commission’s harm gambling addiction research and treatment programmes (Pictured: Wayne Rooney)

The record sanction is the latest in a string of big money fines as the Commission, which has been criticised for being ‘outgunned’ by gambling giants, attempts to crack down on bad behaviour at Britain’s biggest firms.

Since January, the Commission has suspended three operating licences, and handed out fines worth £27million including £3million for Mr Green, which is owned by William Hill.

It is the second time in three weeks the regulator has handed out a record penalty.

Online bookmaker Betway was forced to pay out £11.6million in March after a Daily Mail investigation revealed how it ‘groomed’ its most lucrative customers into spending more by classing them as ‘VIPs’.

There has been growing pressure from MPs and campaigners to ditch controversial VIP schemes, which reward casino’s biggest losers with large cash bonuses, a personal VIP host and free tickets to exclusive sporting events.

‘It’s vitally important that the lessons are factored into the work the industry is currently doing to address poor practices of VIP management,’ the Commission added yesterday.

Earlier this week bookmakers published proposals to ban under-25s from VIP schemes and applying stricter checks on players’ profiles before offering their VIP status.

Critics said the measures, which will now be reviewed by the Commission, failed to go far enough and that only an all-out ban could protect players. It is expected the first new measures around VIP customers will be implemented as early as this month.

The industry also said it planned to put technology in place online to prevent anyone under the age of 25 being targeted with adverts.

Recent research by Ipsos Mori and a consortium of five universities found that advertising had made gambling ‘part of everyday life’ for under-18s, who can not legally gamble.

Adam Bradford, director of the Safer Online Gambling Group, said: ‘This section of the industry has repeatedly expressed its pride at its safety measures and well-trained staff.

‘This is a clear case of exploitation. A small fine like this against the group’s multibillion-pound turnover really is a drop in the ocean and utterly ineffective from the commission.’

Caesars Entertainment UK acknowledged it had fallen short and said: ‘Since discovering, immediately addressing, and reporting deficiencies in 2018, we have enhanced our compliance policies and procedures, and are complying with the license conditions and commission’s guidance for best practice.’

The Mail has long campaigned for the gambling industry to face tighter regulation. The Government is currently reviewing the 2005 Gambling Act to ‘make it fit for the digital age’.

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Professor John Newton is overseeing government coronavirus test vow

The man with the poisoned chalice: Prof John Newton will oversee the government’s plan to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by end April

  • Professor John Newton has been appointed to increase UK coronavirus testing 
  • He will co-ordinate with businesses to expand manufacturing capacity in the UK 
  • Comes as Matt Hancock pledged to carry out 100,000 daily tests by end of April 

Professor John Newton, director of public health improvement for Public Health England, has been appointed by the government to try and hit ambitious new coronavirus testing targets. 

Speaking this afternoon at the daily government press conference, Health Secretary Matt Hancock pledged to carry out 100,000 tests every day by the end of the month. 

To meet these ambitious targets, and reverse criticism of UK testing, Professor Newton has been tasked with co-ordinating a national effort with global manufacturers to try and expand manufacturing capacity in the UK.

He will also be working with the NHS, universities and the government to raise UK testing capabilities as soon as possible.

Professor John Newton has been appointed by the government to try and hit ambitious new coronavirus testing targets

Stewards organise traffic at a Covid-19 test centre for NHS workers which has opened at Ikea’s store in Wembley, north-west London

The number of coronavirus tests being done in the UK has been rising but only to around 10,000 per day – and the number of people being tested is about half as high because individuals are tested more than once. The Government is a long way off its 25,000-per-day target

It is a daunting challenge, with the current 10,000 per day level of testing far below countries like Germany, which is carrying out up to 100,000 daily.

Professor Newton is the man given the poisoned chalice, after a decorated career in the health sector. 

In his role as Director of Health Improvement, he is responsible for advances in screening, alcohol, tobacco and drugs and diet and obesity.

TESTING OUTRAGE SPARKS GOVERNMENT BLAME GAME 

A brutal blame game is under way within government today over the failure to scale up the testing regime.

Fingers have been pointed at the government’s top health experts for holding back the use of wider testing facilities. Chief medical officer Chris Whitty has repeatedly stressed that ‘the only thing worse than no test is a bad test’. 

Prof Cosford said ‘everybody involved is frustrated’ about not reaching the required testing output.

‘We’ve played our part, which is to make absolutely certain that that test is spread throughout Public Health England’s laboratories, throughout NHS laboratories, is available to support the clinical treatment of patients who need it,’ he said. 

He also told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘Our role has always been to – and I speak from Public Health England – make sure our labs are doing what they need to do and we’re rolling tests out to the NHS for clinical treatment of patients.

‘There is some capacity that is available within that in order to start testing NHS staff and that’s being done.

‘You’ve heard about the 2,000 yesterday – nowhere near where we need to get to but it’s a good start – and then there’s the drive-through systems that are beginning.’

Asked why other testing facilities were not being used, Prof Cosford said PHE is most closely involved in NHS testing before adding: ‘The second (strand) is how we can use all of those laboratories, all of that capacity, to boost up at least 100,000 tests a day, hopefully more.’ 

He was appointed to the role in October 2012 and is also the chairman of the WHO European Burden of Disease Network.

The former Regional Director of Public Health for NHS South Central, he was also Director of Research and Development in two large NHS teaching hospitals, Southampton and Oxford.

Professor Newton also served as the Chief Executive of the charity UK Biobank and led England’s contribution to the Global Burden of Disease project, a study into the impacts of diseases on the world. 

But his role in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic is sure to be his toughest yet. 

Speaking at today’s conference, he said swab tests were the most important priority for the NHS as antibody tests work best 28 days after an infection.

He said: ‘The initial priority of course is for the swab tests because those are tests which allow the NHS to manage critically ill patients to the best they possibly can and also to allow NHS staff and other key workers to come back to work when they can.

‘The antibody tests are ideally done 28 days after an infection, so in fact the requirement for the antibody test isn’t really with us yet.

‘So the urgent priority – both types of tests are important, both are urgent – but the most urgent is the swab tests so that we can treat patients better and get staff back to work.’

It comes after Downing Street said earlier: ‘We acknowledge that more needs to be done in relation to testing. We need to be testing more people and we need to be making progress very quickly.’ 

Emerging for the first time since being struck down by the disease himself, the Health Secretary told the press conference he ‘gets’ why there has been criticism as he abandoned the previous centralised approach and urged the wider science industry to help boost capacity.   

Defending the government’s response, a querulous and at times emotional Mr Hancock said that Public Health England had been ‘working round the clock’ and could be ‘proud’ of what it had done.

Taking the press briefing in No10 this evening after a week in isolation recovering from the virus, he listed five ‘pillars’ for the new strategy.

Swab tests at PHE labs will be increased dramatically to 25,000 a day; research institutions and private sector firms like Boots and Amazon will be brought into the screening system; antibody tests will be introduced if they can be proved effective; community testing will be bolstered; and the overall UK diagnostics industry will be enlarged.   

TESTING OUTRAGE SPARKS GOVERNMENT BLAME GAME 

A brutal blame game is under way within government today over the failure to scale up the testing regime.

Fingers have been pointed at the government’s top health experts for holding back the use of wider testing facilities. Chief medical officer Chris Whitty has repeatedly stressed that ‘the only thing worse than no test is a bad test’. 

Prof Cosford said ‘everybody involved is frustrated’ about not reaching the required testing output.

‘We’ve played our part, which is to make absolutely certain that that test is spread throughout Public Health England’s laboratories, throughout NHS laboratories, is available to support the clinical treatment of patients who need it,’ he said. 

He also told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘Our role has always been to – and I speak from Public Health England – make sure our labs are doing what they need to do and we’re rolling tests out to the NHS for clinical treatment of patients.

‘There is some capacity that is available within that in order to start testing NHS staff and that’s being done.

‘You’ve heard about the 2,000 yesterday – nowhere near where we need to get to but it’s a good start – and then there’s the drive-through systems that are beginning.’

Asked why other testing facilities were not being used, Prof Cosford said PHE is most closely involved in NHS testing before adding: ‘The second (strand) is how we can use all of those laboratories, all of that capacity, to boost up at least 100,000 tests a day, hopefully more.’ 

Mr Hancock rejected comparisons with huge testing numbers in Germany, saying the UK was building from a ‘lower base’ when it came to biotech capacity.

He said some of the prototype tests he was being urged to buy had failed trials. One missed three out of four cases, he said.

But he admitted that even with his new ‘five point plan’ testing capacity will not hit 100,000 per day until the end of the month – by which point he guaranteed that all frontline NHS staff will have access to checks. 

He said the longer-term goal was to have capacity for 250,000 checks every day. 

That numbers will include any antibody tests – to show who previously had the virus – if they can be shown to be effective. 

‘Our ultimate goal is that anyone who needs a test can have one,’ he said.

‘The new national effort for testing will ensure that we can get tests for everyone who needs them and I am delighted that the pharmaceutical industry is rising to this challenge, putting unprecedented resources into testing,’ he said.

‘We took the right decisions at the rights times on the very best scientific advice.’ 

It comes as another 569 coronavirus deaths were declared in the UK today, meaning Britain’s death toll has quadrupled in six days with 2,921 confirmed victims of the deadly infection.

The rise makes today the worst day so far in the outbreak – which has crippled Britain since it began spreading on British soil in February. 

It is the third day in a row that a new one-day high in deaths has been recorded.

A further 4,244 people were diagnosed with the life-threatening infection in the past 24 hours, pushing the total number of positive tests to 33,718 – but officials are clueless about the true size of the outbreak.

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I discovered my partner is missing some of his Viagra pills…did he cheat? – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: I AM ashamed to say that I checked my partner’s bag when he came home from a work trip last month. I discovered he had taken his Viagra with him and there were a few tablets missing.

He is 55 and I am 53. We have been together for six years and generally we have a good relationship.


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He started taking Viagra a few months ago after being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes.

I know how many tablets he was prescribed and know for certain he had more than he came back home with.

My mind is working overtime.

DEIDRE SAYS: Don’t leap to conclusions.

Maybe he gave some to a colleague in need or used them for his own self-pleasure.

But you will not be able just to forget about this, so you will have to raise the subject.

Just say you saw his supplies were running low.

His explanation will either convince you or not but keep an open mind until then.

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Pregnant Nikki Bella Is 'So Grateful' Fiance Artem Chigvintsev Can Cook

It’s the little things! Pregnant Nikki Bella is “so grateful” that her fiancé, Artem Chigvintsev, knows his way around the kitchen.

The former WWE star, 36, revealed to Us Weekly via the “Watch With Us” podcast that her husband-to-be, 37, “cooks a lot,” which is something she is very thankful for given that she and twin sister Brie Bella are both expecting and quarantining next door to each other amid the coronavirus outbreak.

“Sometimes I try not to, like, get upset at him and just embrace it because he’ll make all this amazing bread,” Nikki explained.

According to Brie, Chigvintsev recently whipped up a homemade banana bread that was particularly tasty.

“Banana bread with chocolate chips in it,” Nikki clarified. “It’s like, yeah. I’m so grateful for it, but then I eat all of it and then I’m so upset because I’m like, ‘Oh, my God!’”

As it turns out, the Dancing With the Stars pro has a talent for cooking savory dishes as well. The night before baking the banana bread, Chigvintsev prepared a delectable “homemade eggplant Parmesan,” according to Brie.

“[It had] three cheeses in it. It was amazing,” Nikki recalled. “I mean he’s an incredible cook.”

Brie agreed that Chigvintsev is “incredible” in the kitchen but pointed out that his cooking expertise is actually preventing the sisters from honing their own skills. “Every day her and I are like, ‘Today we’re going to start.’ We’re going to and then Artem makes us … homemade bread was three days ago.”

Though Nikki obviously appreciates her fiancé’s desire to cook, she’s actually pleased the Russian dancer no longer has a key ingredient. “I’m happy that right now we ran out of yeast, so he can’t cook anything fresh,” she explained.

Still, the Dancing With the Stars alum insists her partner has been “great” in ways that stretch beyond the kitchen. “I get moments where I want a back rub or a foot rub and I ask a lot and he does it, so that’s really good,” she told Us. [I’ll say,] ‘Please, can I just have a back massage? I’m carrying your kid.’”

While Nikki and Chigvintsev are expecting their first child, Brie is pregnant with her second little one with husband Daniel Bryan. The Total Bellas stars announced in January that they are both expecting and due less than two weeks apart, and now they’re having similar cravings as well.

“Our first trimester all we wanted were açaí bowls and apples,” Brie told Us.

For her part, Nikki noted that while fruit was a big hit for her and Brie early on, their collective cravings have since shifted a bit. “I’ve never had as much bread before and during the past however many months I am, it’s like every day I have to have some sort of toast or something,” she admitted. “Yesterday we were craving cinnamon rolls.”

Total Bellas season 5 premieres on E! on Thursday, April 2, at 9 P.M. ET.

With reporting by Emily Longeretta

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Oprah Winfrey is donating $10 million to assist Americans

Oprah Winfrey announces she is donating $10 million to assist Americans during COVID-19 pandemic

Oprah Winfrey is giving back to America as the pandemic continues to adversely impact life across the country. 

The TV host, 66, announced she will be donating $10 million to support people and cities across the country.

‘I am donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up,’ Oprah tweeted on Thursday.

Doing her part: Oprah Winfrey is giving back to America as the pandemic continues to adversely impact life across the country (pictured February 2020)

‘For more on this Fund and how everyone can be of service, watch this free AppleTV+ conversation here,’ she added, along with a link to her COVID-19 talk series on Apple TV+. 

Oprah said she will be committing $1 million to America’s Food Fund, whose goal it is to make sure everyone has access to food. 

The fund was launched by Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple, and the Ford Foundation.

‘I believe that America’s Food Fund will be a powerful way to make a difference for our neighbors in need and am committing $1 million to this fund to support those facing food insecurity,’ she tweeted.  

Though Americans are limited in the ways they can help nowadays, Oprah knows there is still a desire to give back, despite the obstacles. 

Big announcement: Winfrey shared news of her donation on Twitter on Thursday morning

Self-isolation: Last week, she revealed she and her long-time partner Stedman Graham were sleeping in separate houses after he become a higher risk due to taking numerous flights (pictured February 2015)

She added, ‘I was struck by the work these organizations are doing and while everyone’s priority right now is to stay safer at home, I know there are many of us looking for ways to help.’  

On top of her $10 million donation, Oprah has been helping people get through the pandemic with her Apple TV+ series, Oprah Talks COVID-19.

‘How can we mindfully move through a crisis while holding on to ourselves and our humanity?’ reads the synopsis. ‘In this series, Oprah has remote conversations with experts and everyday people to provide insight, meaning, and tangible advice for the human spirit.’ 

Having an outlet: On top of her $10 million donation, Oprah has been helping people get through the pandemic with her AppleTV+ series, Oprah Talks COVID-19 (pictured August 2019)

Guests on the show have so far included Idris Elba, who tested positive for coronavirus, Oprah’s long-time friend Pastor Wintley Phipps, and DJ D-Nice, who has been performing sets for fans on Instagram Live during the pandemic. 

Oprah has also been taking steps to ensure she has been remaining safe during the pandemic as well.

Last week, she revealed she and her long-time partner Stedman Graham were sleeping in separate houses after he become a higher risk due to taking numerous flights. 

Oprah, who contracted pneumonia last year, revealed Stedman was staying in their guesthouse as she posted video of their interaction on social media. 

Quarantine: Oprah, who contracted pneumonia last year, revealed Stedman was staying in their guesthouse as she posted video of their interaction on social media

 

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Why is China bullying Taiwan in the middle of the global pandemic?

In yet another telling aspect of Beijing’s response to the global coronavirus crisis, China is now busy bullying Taiwan.

Beijing has always claimed sovereignty over the island, even though the democratic republic has largely dropped its claim to be the mainland’s legitimate government. But China’s rulers seem especially eager to intimidate Taiwan in the wake of the global pandemic that began in Hubei Province.

According to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, China in early February flew a number of H-6 bombers over the sea just southwest of the island and then into the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines.

The next month, Beijing sent several J-11 jet fighters and KJ-500 early-warning aircraft over waters southwest of Taiwan, nearing the country’s air-defense zone.

The mainland described the latter incursion as carrying out “air-ground assault and fire support drills to further refine and test” combat capabilities.

Meanwhile, Beijing has insisted on keeping Taiwan out of World Health Organization work on the COVID-19 outbreak — even though the island managed to do a fantastic job of containing the virus.

Are China’s rulers worried that Taiwanese experts would spot their lies? Or do they fear that the republic, whose example shows that China could be free, would win global gratitude for offering more effective strategies for fighting the bug?

On that note, Taiwan is donating 10 million face masks to the United States, European nations and others. Unlike Beijing, it wants to be part of the solution.

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Grandson, 32, is given a treasure trove of 46 handwritten love letters

Grandson, 32, is given a treasure trove of 46 handwritten love letters sent by the grandmother he never knew to his grandfather in 1948 after they were rediscovered in an attic

  • Letters written by Byddig Mai Williams to Ieuan Gwynfor Jones found in an attic
  • Ann Huws found the 46 notes in Bodedern and put out appeal to find relatives
  • Craig Johnson, 32, was alerted to post and realised it was his grandparents story 

A grandson has been given a treasure trove of handwritten love letters penned by the grandmother he never knew – 72 years after they were written.

Craig Johnson, 32, rediscovered the 46 letters written by Byddig Mai Williams in 1948 after they were found in an attic in Bodedern on Anglesey, North Wales last month.

The letters, penned to Mr Johnson’s grandfather Ieuan Gwynfor Jones, were written every day for a month, with each starting: ‘Hello my Darling’. 

They were discovered in the attic of Ann Huws, who had put out an appeal on social media to locate relatives of the lovestruck couple.  

Pictured: Byddig Mai Williams who penned the letters to Ieuan Gwynfor Jones in 1948 on their wedding day

Mr Johnson then realised the letters told the love story of his grandparents and got in touch.  

Ms Huws said: ‘I was looking through old paperwork when I found them, and I wondered what I was holding on to them for, but I didn’t want to throw them away.

‘There were 46 handwritten letters in total but I only read through a few of them. They’re definitely so in love.

‘If they were written by any of my family, I know I would want to have them, so I asked on Facebook if anyone knew their family members.


The letters (pictured), penned to Mr Johnson’s grandfather Ieuan Gwynfor Jones, were written every day for a month, with each starting: ‘Hello my Darling’

‘I never expected such a big response, and it’s fantastic that we were able to give them back to their rightful owner.’

The love letters were written by Ms Williams from her home on the island of Anglesey to be sent to her sweetheart who worked as woodwork teacher 60 miles away in a grammar school in Dolgellau.

They were collected by Ms Huws’ husband, who used to work for a house clearance business, and were only rediscovered last month.

The couple’s grandson was alerted to the appeal and realised the letters belonged to his grandparents – his grandmother he called Nain and grandfather Taid.

The pair married in 1950 and had one daughter – Elenna Dwynwen Jones – in 1955 who married Mr Johnson’s father.

The letters were discovered in the attic of Ann Huws, who had put out an appeal on social media to locate relatives of the lovestruck couple (Pictured: Byddig Mai Williams and Ieuan Gwynfor Jones in the 1980s)

Mr Johnson then realised the letters told the love story of his grandparents and got in touch

Ms Williams sadly died of pneumonia in 1985 aged 69 before Mr Johnson was born.

Her husband died ten years later from cancer aged 82.

Mr Johnson, an engineer from Llangefni, Anglesey, said: ‘I didn’t see the Facebook appeal myself.

‘I was messaged by one of my mum school friends as she recognised the names and address. It was lucky really.

‘Sadly, my Nain died from pneumonia in 1985, so I never got to meet her.

‘My Taid died in 1995 after a battle with cancer, but I remember bits about him because he lived with us for couple of years before his death.

‘It’s great to be able to have these letters.

‘Sadly, my mum also passed away three years ago from cancer and I started a memory box for my two sons, so that’s where I’ll keep these letters.

‘I’m so glad to have them back in the family.

‘It’s definitely something to show the kids when they’re older to help them understand who our family was.’

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Masturbation Is the Only Winner of This Terrible Sh*tstorm

People are dealing with the reality that we’ve been commanded to stay at home inside our teensy apartments for the foreseeable future a couple different ways: Some of us couldn’t feel less horny. Others are getting kinky with our live-in partners, even if we want to feed them to Carole Baskin’s tigers the rest of the time. Well, ladies and gents, I’d like to make the case for the magical thing that’s been getting me through the monotony and occasional waves of all-encompassing panic: more masturbation. Like, so much more.

Now, I’m a pleasure-seeking person, to be sure. I love sex in almost any form—talking about it, watching it, writing about it, thinking about it and, of course, having it, whether it’s with my partner or by myself. During a normal week, AKA a week in which we have not been crushed by a global pandemic, I probably get myself off at least two or three times. But now that I can’t leave the house, ever? And that I’m working from my bed fairly often, to give my partner some space? And that a feel-good activity that requires total concentration so as to distract from the literal and existential crisis before us feels extremely necessary, even urgent? In this time of need, I’ve turned to my vibrator—a lot.

And yeah, there’s science to back me up on this being a rly, rly good idea. “Pleasure is an excellent stress reliever,” says sex coach and educator Ashley Manta, “and many are understandably feeling intense worry in the midst of the pandemic.” But masturbation is about way more than just delivering physical pleasure while in isolation—it can help you unwind in ways that even watching your fave Netflix show or cracking open a bottle of wine can’t.

According to sex toy company Satisfyer’s Director of Education Megwyn White, orgasming “releases ‘feel good’ factors like endorphins, serotonin, and oxytocin, which help to relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and balance moods.” She adds that orgasming has been shown to keep brain function sharp and focused, help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and—get this—decrease the risk of catching a cold or the flu by activating cells known to fight off illness and infectious diseases.

Can your glass of vino do all that? Methinks not.

And if the law of ~supply and demand~ is any indication, plenty of people seem to feel the same way. Seemingly overnight, er, at least since we’ve been forced inside, the market for self-love is booming. A rep for the sex toy company Emojibator, which makes cheeky remote-controlled vibrators in the shape of popular emojis, told me that they’ve seen a 345% increase in sales since March 13, when many major cities asked its residents to stay home. PornHub made access to its $9.99/month premium site (which hosts all the stuff people *actually* want to watch enough to pay for it) free on March 24, until further notice. Sex-positive podcast Private Parts Unknown has seen over double the downloads the past ten days as compared to weeks before social isolation became the norm.

People are even figuring out how to channel the “alone, together” sentiment in their sexy me-time. New York sex club NSFW has migrated their erotic and sex-positive shows and parties online in the form of video cams, online viewing parties, and a number seriously sexy WhatsApp chats for members. Spaces like that are incredibly important for more than just fun, says publicist Melissa Vitale, who works directly for NFSW:

Since being at home, I’ve realized that, while stress in normal situations doesn’t usually make me horny, being locked up with my partner definitely does. My sex drive has been insatiable. He and I are having plenty of good sex, but I’ve still been feeling the need to supplement with some solo play at least once a day. I recently received a new toy in the mail, so between that and, you know, needing to research for this piece, I’ve definitely been hard at work, and have a whole lotta zen to show for it.

But I know that getting in the right mindset can be easier said than done, perhaps now more than ever, for some peeps. If you’ve been reading this piece thinking “SMDH, I couldn’t feel less like masturbating,” this whole time, allow me to introduce you to some tricks to help ya get there: “It’s harder to get inspired when you’re stuck at home—that’s why watching some lusty movies can be useful to get into the mood,” says Erika Lust, the Barcelona-based ethical porn director of XConfessions and LustFilms. And if you want to work it truly solo, sans virtual community or kinky website, just set up your favorite comfy zone—Manta suggests a bath—and get down to business with a waterproof vibe.

The next time you feel yourself slipping into a COVID-19-inspired anxiety spiral, or you’ve simply run out of yeast so whipping up a ninth loaf of sourdough bread is out of the question, remember: there’s another way to stay busy. Just touch yourself. And while baking bread does lend itself better to a smug Insta (mhmm, I see y’all), there’s something to be said for doing an activity that’s literally just for you. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a very busy day planned.


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What is Tiger King on Netflix about? – The Sun

PEOPLE can't stop talking about new controversial Netflix show Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

The life of wild animal man Joe Exotic has be thrown fully into the spotlight, and here's why…

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What is Tiger King on Netflix about?

Tiger King is the insane true crime story about Joe Exotic.

The seven-episode series is directed by Eric Goode who also features in the documentary.

He is a wildcat enthusiast who owned numerous tigers, lions and other large animals that he kept at the G.W. Zoo in Oklahoma.

But this isn't just what the series is about.

The series focuses on Joe’s undying hatred for animal rights activist Carole Baskin – something which in the end will see him behind bars.

The pair have a mutual disdain for one another, with both hellbent on taking the other one down.

This hate campaign on both sides takes over their lives.

Joe accuses Carole of murdering her husband and feeding him to her own collection of wild cats.

But his loathing for her takes a much darker turn when he pays a hitman to bump her off.

In addition to Joe and Carole's story we also meet a bizarre cast of real-life characters and scandals.

This includes another big cat owner who is accused of running a cult, and a drug lord who says he may have inspired Scarface.

Joe Exotic is of course the main focus and underlying narrative of this Netflix series.

His real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage and he is a self-proclaimed “gay, gun-toting cowboy with a mullet”.

He started his career in exotic animals after he purchased a pet store with settlement funds after his brother, Garold Wayne, died in a car accident.

He then opened and operated a big cat exhibit called the G.W. Zoo in Oklahoma in his late brother’s honour.

The G.W. Zoo gained popularity in the early 2000s, with tourists coming for photo ops with Joe’s lions – we even see Shaquille O'Neal meeting him at the zoo.

 

However, Joe’s tiger breeding made him a target for animal activist groups, including Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue – which ended up seeing Joe bankrupt and in jail.

In 2014, Joe married John Finlay AND 19-year-old Travis Maldonado, though many questioned the legitimacy of the union.

Joe's name may also be familiar because in addition to his animal work, he also attempted television and political careers.

He unsuccessfully ran for President in 2016 and governor of Oklahoma in 2018.

 

 

 

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