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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Our pick of the most riotously funny stories ever written

Keep laughing and read on! The final part of our series of best-ever books concludes with our pick of the most riotously funny stories ever written

  • British writer Roger Lewis, collated a selection of the funniest stories penned
  • Among his top picks is Kingsley Amis and his hapless hero Jim Dixon 
  • Elsewhere is the eccentric absurdity of the Starkadders in Cold Comfort Farm 

What we all need in unsettling times like this is a good laugh. And in this cracking collection of comic novels you’ll find the dry, ironic wit of Jane Austen and her meddling heroine Emma; the knife-sharp comedy of Kingsley Amis and his hapless hero Jim Dixon; the eccentric absurdity of the Starkadders in Cold Comfort Farm; the brutal satire of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22; the laid-back charm of Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men In A Boat; and plenty more. From a wry smile to a laugh-out-loud guffaw, these are guaranteed to lighten your mood…

COLD COMFORT FARM by Stella Gibbons

COLD COMFORT FARM

by Stella Gibbons

Though she lived to be 87, Stella Gibbons is known only for this one title — a grisly and hysterical satire of the bucolic existence and the alleged pagan and magical powers of rural life.

Into the maelstrom of Starkadders, Lambsbreaths and Beetles — the interbred, bestial agricultural folk, whose herd of cows are named Graceless, Pointless, Aimless and Feckless — comes metropolitan lass, Flora Poste.

‘On the whole I dislike my fellow beings,’ she tells us. This doesn’t bode well for her attempts to interest the locals in modern fads such as medicine, cleanliness and new curtains.

The characters don’t really mind being ignorant and stupid — it’s how they have survived since the Stone Age, thank you.

The book also contains the famous phrase ‘something nasty in the woodshed’.

It’s a tribute to Gibbons’ spanking comic prose that, when it was first published, critics believed that she was Evelyn Waugh writing under an assumed name.

CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller

CATCH-22

by Joseph Heller

Millions of people who have never picked up Heller’s bestseller know what a Catch-22 situation is — the no-win impasse, the logical dead-end.

The book deals with a U.S. Army Air Squadron, bombing Italy to bits in the 1940s.

Heller dives headfirst into a comic hell of military jargon, bureaucratic shenanigans and legalistic duplicity.

War may be crazy, but ‘a concern for one’s safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind, so what to do,’ wonders Yossarian, the hero. It is said of one of the characters that if he flew more missions, he was crazy and had to be grounded, ‘but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to’.

Heller’s further point is that superiors can be more trouble than the enemy, as the officers have a right to do anything their subordinates can’t stop them from doing — another Catch-22.

This is set in World War II, but the sentiment Heller expresses is a product of the Korean War and the Cold War.

Even the names are works of comic brilliance: Captain Aardvark, Milo Mindbender and Major Major Major Major.

THREE MEN IN A BOAT by Jerome K. Jerome

THREE MEN IN A BOAT

by Jerome K. Jerome

Jerome’s book is as tremendously Edwardian as anything by Kenneth Grahame or A. A. Milne, and is steeped in nostalgia for a world later destroyed on the Somme and in the trenches of Passchendaele.

Whimsy vanished, along with the ability to write books with titles such as Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow — another of Jerome’s.

Three Men In A Boat is his affectionate account of a boating holiday up the Thames with his pals George and Harris, which caught on — especially as it is a disguised pub crawl. ‘For thirst,’ we hardly need reminding, ‘is a dangerous thing’.

It seems to unfold in a time-warp, where jokes can be made about barometers and bagpipes, and where chaps make a hash of trying to fend for themselves without women. They cook frightful stews, for example, to which the dog Montmorency wants to contribute a dead water-rat: ‘What the eye does not see the stomach does not get upset over.’

In Russia, the translation was used in classrooms as a textbook about English life. Do seek out the lesser-known sequel, where the men go by bicycle to the German Black Forest, entitled Three Men On The Bummel — a word that means amble or stroll.

LUCKY JIM by Kingsley Amis

LUCKY JIM

by Kingsley Amis

We are in a provincial university in the post-war era, where Jim Dixon, a probationary lecturer, has to be nice to bores and idiots, especially his boss Professor Welch.

A man keen on madrigals and medieval instruments, Welch is additionally a miser, serving ‘coffee and cakes, intended to replace an evening meal’. Jim has an ugly and frigid girlfriend, Margaret, whose laugh is like ‘the tinkle of tiny silver bells’. He sets fire to a bed, loses his lecture notes, and gets inadvertently drunk.

In this, his first novel, Amis — himself an academic in Swansea — was already making play with life’s small irritations, which mount up. Salvation comes when Jim meets his dream girl, Christine.

Margaret, by the way, was based on Philip Larkin’s partner Monica, and Dixon Drive was where Larkin lived in Leicester.

EMMA by Jane Austen

EMMA

by Jane Austen

Note the date of publication —December 1815. The Battle of Waterloo had been won in summer that year.

Emma, who is ‘handsome, clever, rich’, and perhaps in need of her comeuppance, is a kind of emotional Napoleon.

She manipulates the characters into forming emotional alliances; does battle with others; tries to impose herself on neighbouring estates and clergymen; and uncovers and provokes secret engagements. Here in Regency England, clever women could perhaps become governesses — Austen’s satirical joke is that Emma is already a Field Marshal, who gets everything wrong and misreads the territory, until she is put right by Mr Knightley.

There’s much more to Austen than bonnets and dropping lace handkerchiefs. Her novels are about power.

THE GOBBLER by Adrian Edmondson

THE GOBBLER

by Adrian Edmondson

Julian Mann, an ‘alternative’ comic sitcom star, and the anti-hero of this vibrant novel, takes popular acclaim as his due.

He is awash with money, and models materialise wherever he goes, removing their clothes.

He also drinks far too much: ‘He didn’t know where he was, or what time it was, or where he’d been. He wasn’t sure whether he was sober or drunk.’

He has started to receive eye-watering tax bills, many of his fans are psychopaths, home life is hell, and he discovers he has neither friends nor colleagues, only ‘professional enemies’. This novel is as uncompromising as Vile Bodies: it’s Waugh for the 1990s.

TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT by Graham Greene

TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT

by Graham Greene

The retiring, dahlia-growing Henry Pulling is dragged off into a life of adventure and criminality by his domineering and high-camp Aunt Augusta.

Henry and Augusta go on the Orient Express to Turkey, where ‘politics are taken more seriously than they are at home. It was only quite recently that they executed a Prime Minister. We dream of it, but they act’.

The whole caboodle is an opportunity for Greene to make a point about moral relativity. ‘I have never planned anything illegal in my life. How could I plan anything of the kind when I have never read any of the laws and have no idea what they are?’ says Aunt Augusta to the authorities.

If you can hear the swooping delivery of Maggie Smith, you’d be right. She has starred in a film adaptation.

DIARY OF A NOBODY

DIARY OF A NOBODY by George and Weedon Grossmith

by George and Weedon Grossmith

You’d have to be a millionaire today to own the six-room (plus basement) house ‘The Laurels’, in Brickfield Terrace, Holloway, as inhabited by Charles and Carrie Pooter. They are emblems of a struggling lower-middle class — anxious to appear genteel, wanting only (like all of us, in truth) to seem important and distinguished.

Comedy comes from hopes dashed and humiliation dished out. Shopkeepers are rude, cabmen obnoxious. Litigation is threatened over a boot-scraper.

The parties the Pooters attend are full of common sorts, as in the Representatives of Trade And Commerce ball.

The deadpan Charles, writing it all up in his diary, is blissfully not in on his own jokes. ‘I believe I am happy because I am not ambitious,’ he says — yet, a humble clerk, he is desperate to pass himself off as slightly grander than he really is.

To this day it is the staple sitcom format — Captain Mainwaring, Hyacinth Bucket, Basil Fawlty. Charles is also lovable, which is the key to any classic.

BRILLIANT CREATURES by Clive James

BRILLIANT CREATURES

by Clive James

The Australian critic James was supreme at linguistic monkey-business, always able to turn a phrase and find a gag. Take this one, for instance: ‘Beyonce and pathos were strangers. Amy Winehouse and pathos are flatmates, and you should see the kitchen.’

His television reviews were funnier than anything on television, and his autobiography, Unreliable Memoirs, about growing up in Australia, was reprinted often.

James arrived in England in the 1960s, was an extra in a Barry Humphries film, and became a highly paid hack.

This is the world of his novel, Brilliant Creatures, which paints a crowded picture of London’s musing cafe-philosophers and media folk.

‘Achievement without fame,’ we are informed, ‘can be a rewarding life, while fame without achievement is no life at all.’

PUCKOON by Spike Milligan

PUCKOON

by Spike Milligan

Owing to a mistake made by the Boundary Commission during the Partition of Ireland, the fictional village of Puckoon is half in Ulster, half in Eire.

The anomaly gives Milligan licence to make lots of jokes about the nonsensicality of sectarianism, patriotism, and divided loyalties.

He himself was born and raised in India, before ending up in Catford.

His father was Irish, however, so in later life Milligan took out Irish citizenship. When he applied for his passport, the staff at the embassy said, ‘Oh thank God, Spike. We is terrible short of people.’

Puckoon captures this warm-heartedness and goonishness. ‘Many people die of thirst, but the Irish are born with one,’ we are told.

Meanwhile, the Boundary Commission make their error because nobody can hold a pencil steady when drawing on the map.

MR LONELY by Eric Morecambe

MR LONELY

by Eric Morecambe

For once, Morecambe without Wise. In this novel, about the rise and fall of a 1970s stand-up comic, Eric reveals a lot about his true feelings for his craft, and what it was like when fans kept asking, ‘Do you make it all up as you go along?’

For Sid Lewis, the protagonist, ‘performing was the only thing he wanted to do’.

We read of horrible nightclubs, the treadmill of summer seasons and panto.

It is quite harsh: the tone, the misogyny, the sexism and racism. An Asian doctor is put down as ‘young different-coloured sir’. When a girl is slapped about, ‘she’ll be fine when the swelling goes down!’

Of the sexual temptations experienced on the road, we are told ‘conscience doesn’t stop you from doing it. It just stops you from enjoying it’.

It is a fascinating portrait of a scurrilous and downright seedy light entertainment scene which lasted all too long.

EXCELLENT WOMEN by Barbara Pym

EXCELLENT WOMEN

by Barbara Pym

Philip Larkin thought her the most underrated author of the 20th century:

‘I’d sooner read a new Barbara Pym than a new Jane Austen,’ he said.

Her novels were about spinsters eking out their tiny lives in the parish church, busy with the flower-arrangement rota, coffee mornings, jumble sales and the garden fete. They flutter their eyes hopelessly at new curates.

In this one, Mildred Lathbury is one of those ‘excellent women’ everybody takes for granted, who cooks for bachelors and does their typing.

Despite the domestic comedy and politeness, there is a massive amount of pent-up, wasted emotion, and soon enough come betrayals and quarrels in the vicarage.

It wouldn’t take much to tip this into Agatha Christie territory.

THE BALLAD OF PECKHAM RYE by Muriel Spark

THE BALLAD OF PECKHAM RYE

by Muriel Spark

Under the guise of conducting market research, the devil is at large in South London, in the person of ‘double-tongued, young and energetic’ Dougal Douglas, sometimes known as Douglas Dougal.

He puts ideas into peoples’ heads, such that brides are jilted at the altar, landladies collapse with strokes, and there are various stabbings. The ‘wicked spirit that wanders through the world for the ruin of souls’ is there to make the point that ‘there’s a dirty swine in every man’ and woman.

The novel is wickedly funny, if cruel. I prefer it to Spark’s The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie.

TRISTRAM SHANDY by Laurence Sterne

TRISTRAM SHANDY

by Laurence Sterne

Nothing happens, everything is jumbled up, and the characters — Walter Shandy, Corporal Trim, Dr Slop, Parson Yorick — go about their business muttering and shuffling.

Stories peter out — indeed this is the original cock and bull story. There are digressions about noses and chamber pots. A character, relieving himself out of the window, is circumcised, or worse, when the window slams shut.

It is strangely modern, with typographical games: the page goes black, or squiggles appear in the text. There is a superb film based upon it, called A Cock And Bull Story, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh

SCOOP

by Evelyn Waugh

William Boot, who contributes nature columns on voles to the Daily Beast, accidentally turns into a foreign correspondent — during slack periods newspapers always want jolly stories about distant wars.

The irreverent novel was based on Waugh’s experiences, contributing to this paper, as it happens, when he covered Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia.

He doesn’t stint on descriptions of megalomaniac proprietors, eccentric editors, and lunatic reporters running up expenses accounts for collapsible canoes, cleft sticks, camels and tropical kit. Journalists love this, as they can see nothing in it is invented.

THE CODE OF THE WOOSTERS by P. G. Wodehouse

THE CODE OF THE WOOSTERS

by P. G. Wodehouse

Where to begin? Where to end? Bertie Wooster, Jeeves, Psmith, Lord Emsworth and his prize sow…

Wodehouse, who spent most of his life in the U.S., created an imaginary and idyllic England — reminiscent, perhaps, of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas — via his 90 books and 40 plays.

The Code Of The Woosters (which is ‘Never let a pal down’), in addition to the usual malarkey about Bertie’s fear of being married off, has a darker subtext. This concerns the upper-classes being infiltrated and seduced by Oswald Mosley, here called Roderick Spode, a rotter who clashes with Bertie over a silver cream-jug.

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The untold truth of Bill Goldberg’s wife

WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg — known simply as “Goldberg” in the ring — appears to have it all. Not only is the Oklahoma native an accomplished athlete, but he won the coveted WWE Universal Championship Title in February 2020. The icing on the cake? Bill has an amazing family, which includes his wife, Wanda Goldberg, and their son, Gage. Talk about an incredible life.

As for how Bill and Wanda met, they first crossed paths while filming the 2005 horror movie, Santa’s Slay. “She had no idea who I was,” the famous wrestler joked to the Sun-Sentinel. “It’s a terrific story. She’s changed my life. She makes me smile every day. That’s kind of hard to do when you’re me.” The couple tied the knot in April 2005, three months after they announced their engagement in February. 

Although Bill is arguably more famous than Wanda, her accomplishments — which we review below — are as equally impressive. 

Wanda Goldberg is an accomplished stunt double

Wanda Goldberg has worked as a stunt double and performer since 2000, participating in a variety of projects, including Texas Rangers, Ararat, and Hollywood Flies. Wanda now co-owns Hide and Chic Boutique with her friend Danielle, which sells “handcrafted, cowhide purses,” per the company’s Instagram page. It’s pretty impressive how Bill Goldberg’s wife was able to transition from stunt performing to business ownership, right? 

When Wanda isn’t working on her business, you can catch her hanging out with a variety of farm animals. The mom’s Instagram page is filled with snaps of horses, goats, and donkeys. 

Wanda’s chill life might have something to do with her small-town background, as she grew up in Montmartre, a village in Saskatchewan, Canada. “Some people think that growing up in a small town holds you back,” she told the Regina-Leader Post in 2009. “I say it’s the opposite. There’s a certain value that kids with farming backgrounds have, and that never leaves me no matter what.”

Now that we’ve introduced you to Wanda Goldberg, why not check out the untold truth of Brock Lesnar’s wife, Sable.

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The untold truth of John Mayer and Jessica Simpson’s relationship

For nearly two decades, John Mayer has entertained fans with his raw lyrics and guitar riffs. Yet while the “No Such Thing” singer’s extensive catalog continues to inspire aspiring musicians, Mayer’s personal exploits haven’t done his career any favors. And now with the release of her memoir Open Book, Mayer’s ex-girlfriend Jessica Simpson has launched their tumultuous relationship into the spotlight once again. 

In her book, Simpson detailed her “unhealthy and manipulative” relationship with Mayer, calling attention to his toxic behavior. So, when Mayer joined Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live on April 1, the host jumped at the chance to get the “Gravity” singer’s take on this reveal.

“I’ve heard about it. I’ve heard some bits,” Mayer told Cohen as they played “Never Have I Ever” via video chat, per Us Weekly. “But as Pee Wee Herman says in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure before the movie of his life is about to play out at the end, he’s not watching the movie, and the reason he’s not watching the movie, he says, ‘I don’t have to watch it, Dottie, I lived it.’ And I think that’s prescient here.”

While it might seem wise for Mayer to remain mum on the subject, the damage was already done years ago.

John Mayer ranted about his relationship with Jessica Simpson to 'Playboy'

John Mayer and Jessica Simpson dated from 2006 to 2007, after the Newlyweds star’s divorce from 98 Degrees frontman Nick Lachey. However, the couple didn’t completely dominate headlines until the two parted ways. In an interview with Playboy (via E! News), Mayer unloaded all the intimate details of his time with the “I Wanna Love You Forever” singer.

“Yeah, that girl is like crack cocaine to me. Sexually it was crazy. That’s all I’ll say. It was like napalm, sexual napalm,” he said in 2010. “There are people in the world who have the power to change our values. Have you ever been with a girl who made you want to quit the rest of your life? Did you ever say, ‘I want to quit my life and just f**kin’ snort you? If you charged me $10,000 to f**k you, I would start selling all my s**t just to keep f**king you.'”

Understandably, Simpson refused to forgive Mayer. “I’ll walk in to a restaurant or something, and I notice that more men are looking at me, and I feel like they’re undressing me, and that’s embarrassing,” she told The View back in 2010 (via The Blemish). “He did apologize, but at this point, it doesn’t really matter.”

Ten years later, Simpson shared the unfiltered truth about their relationship in her tell-all.

Jessica Simpson's 'Open Book' offers her take on the rocky relationship

Earlier this year, Jessica Simpson rocked Hollywood with her Open Book. In this tome, Simpson revealed she and Mayer broke up nine times — via email! — throughout the relationship, but their connection drew her back in every time. “The connection was so strong and made me feel seductive, and he spoke about sex and my body in a way that made me feel powerful, at least physically,” Simpson wrote (via Us Weekly). “He studied every inch of my face and body.”

“John loved me when I was shining and he drew inspiration from that light,” Simpson added in the book. “When he tapped me dry, he looked at me like I was withholding something from him.”

It wasn’t until his Playboy rant, however, that Simpson could finally give up the infatuation for good. “He thought that was what I wanted to be called. I was floored and embarrassed that my grandmother was actually gonna read that,” Simpson recalled (via Refinery29). “He was the most loyal person on the planet and when I read that he wasn’t, that was it for me. I erased his number. He made it easy for me to walk away.” Smart move, Jess!

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'Healthy' mother of six-year-old twins dies of coronavirus

Mother, 48, of six-year-old twin boys dies of coronavirus three days after first showing symptoms despite having no underlying health conditions

  • A healthy mum of six-year-old twin boys has tragically lost her life to coronavirus
  • Caroline Saunby died on March 29 at the age of 48, three days after symptoms 
  • After collapsing at home she was rushed to a Middlesbrough hospital by air
  • Family members have paid tribute and warned of the severity of coronavirus 

A mother of six-year-old twin boys has tragically lost her life to coronavirus, succumbing to the deadly illness despite showing no underlying health conditions.

Caroline Saunby died on Sunday, March 29, at the age of 48, after initially falling ill and collapsing at home before being rushed to James Cook University hospital in Middlesborough by air.

The family of the victim have outlined how the symptoms worsened and Caroline soon struggled to breathe before later losing her battle with the sickness. 

Caroline Saunby, mother of six-year-old twin boys, has tragically lost her life to coronavirus, succumbing to the deadly illness after struggling to breath and being rushed to hospital

The 48-year-old tragically lost her life at James Cook University hospital in Middlesborough leaves behind her two twin sons Joseph and Elliot and grieving husband Vic (pictured)

She leaves behind her two twin sons Joseph and Elliot and grieving husband Vic.

Now her devastated twin sister Sarah Jarvis has spoken out in a bid to encourage others to take the coronavirus threat seriously and take all the precautions necessary as laid down by the government.

The message of Sarah and the family of ‘healthy’ mum who died days falling ill states Caroline ‘was full of life; the most amazing mum and wife.’ 

It is believed the 48-year-old, who had no prior health problems, noticed discomfort and fell ill on Thursday with suspected tonsillitis.

However her symptoms worsened over the weekend and she found herself battling sickness and struggling to breathe, before then collapsing at her family home. 

In a Facebook post, Caroline’s sister added: ‘Our lives have been ripped apart forever by this horrendous virus that people still are not taking seriously enough.

‘Caroline was 48, fit and healthy with no existing conditions and she was taken from us in four days. When will people start to take this as seriously as it needs to be?’

‘She was just the most kind, selfless generous loyal person you would ever meet.

‘Nothing was ever too much trouble; she couldn’t help being kind to all creatures and was loved by so many. 

‘My only solace is knowing that she achieved her biggest goals in life meeting the love of her life and getting married and having her beautiful boys.’

Sarah outlined the additional heartache now being suffered by the Saunby family, as they have to remain in isolation due to safety measures around virus are unable to mourn together as a result.

She added: ‘Every part of our family in lockdown and we can’t console Caroline’s boys or our parents or each other.

‘We can’t have a funeral to celebrate her life. This is our reality waiting to see if her husband will get ill.

‘Please listen to this and take this as a warning to us all what is happening right now.’

To ease the Saunby family of any financial worries during this difficult time, a fundraising page has been set up. So far, a staggering £14,000 has been raised in just two days.

Donations can be made on JustGiving, via this link. 

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Dozens of US students contract coronavirus on beach resort holiday

Austin: Two weeks ago, amid the coronavirus pandemic, about 70 students from the University of Texas at Austin partied in Mexico on spring break. The students, all in their 20s, flew on a chartered plane to Cabo San Lucas, and some returned on separate commercial flights to Texas.

Now, 28 of them have tested positive for the virus and are self-isolating. Dozens more are under quarantine and are being monitored and tested, university officials said Wednesday.

Spring break revellers party together, ignoring restrictions, in Florida last month.Credit:AP

The Austin outbreak is the latest to result from a group of college students who ignored social-distancing guidelines, went on traditional spring break trips and have now tested positive for the coronavirus. Many of them appeared to be under the mistaken impression that young people are not as likely to get the coronavirus as older people are. Students at the University of Tampa, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and other colleges have tested positive after returning from spring break trips to Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and elsewhere.

The defiant attitude, at a time when millions of Americans were hunkered down at home and staying away from school, work and relatives, was embodied by Brady Sluder, a young man on spring break in Miami who declared from a packed beach: "If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I'm not going to let it stop me from partying." Sluder, whose television interview was shared widely, later apologised on Instagram.

In Austin, health officials with the city government and the university have contacted every young person who was on the chartered plane, using flight manifests shared by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the authorities said. City health officials used the case to urge residents of all ages to stay home and to avoid nonessential travel. Four of the 28 students who tested positive had not shown any symptoms of coronavirus.

"The virus often hides in the healthy and is given to those who are at grave risk of being hospitalised or dying," Dr Mark Escott, the interim medical director and health authority for the city of Austin and Travis County, said in a statement. "While younger people have less risk for complications, they are not immune from severe illness and death from COVID-19," the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The University of Texas at Austin cancelled classes March 13 and resumed instruction online Monday.

"The incident is a very strong reminder of the importance of taking seriously the warnings of public health authorities on the risks of COVID-19," said J.B. Bird, director of media relations at the university.

The state's flagship university has been hit hard by the virus. Its president, Gregory Fenves, announced last month that his wife had tested positive, and that his family was self-isolating. Fenves' wife, Carmel, began exhibiting flu-like symptoms after the couple travelled to New York City for events with alumni and students. Fenves' tests later came back negative.

Bird said that as of Tuesday, 38 students and seven faculty members had either tested positive, were presumed positive or had self-reported having the virus. That figure includes the 28 students who went to Cabo San Lucas.

"I'm not going to judge those students' decision," said Camron I. Goodman, 24, the university's student government president. "A lot of students had to make some tough decisions about their spring break plans."

The group of roughly 70 students departed from the Austin airport March 14 and many of them returned March 19. The trip was organised by a company called JusCollege, which bills itself as a "one-stop shop" for spring break and college-oriented trips. On Wednesday, the company's website still included an event listing for "Cabo Spring Break 2020" from Feb. 23 to April 10. "Join us as we take over Cabo San Lucas for Spring Break 2020!" the listing reads. "Place your deposit to lock in best pricing."

The Austin television station KVUE posted emails that the company sent to students in the days before the trip, assuring them that spring break was still on and was still safe.



One of the emails, sent by the company March 3, read, "We believe that our travel destinations remain among the safest and most enjoyable places in the world to visit right now." In another, sent March 12, the company wrote that "we're currently in our 2nd week of Cabo and have had almost 5000 travellers, all with no issues."

A statement later posted on the JusCollege website told travellers that the remaining spring break trips were being postponed until a later date in 2020.

"We are committed to building solutions that connect people and provide safety and security for our community while sustaining our love of adventure," the company's statement read.

The New York Times

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Adam Schlesinger dies of coronavirus complications at 52

Adam Schlesinger, a musician and songwriter highly regarded for his work as a member of Fountains of Wayne and an Emmy-winning songwriter for TV’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” has died as a result of coronavirus complications, “Variety” has confirmed. He was 52.

Schlesinger passed away Wednesday morning. He was divorced and is survived by two daughters.

More details will be reported shortly.

Schlesinger had previously been reported Tuesday morning as “very sick and heavily sedated” by his attorney of 25 years, Josh Grier. Schlesinger had been in an upstate New York hospital for more than a week at that time, Grier said.

An EGOT contender, Schlesinger has been nominated for Oscars, Tonys, Grammys and Emmys and won the latter two awards. At the 2018 Emmys, he was up for two trophies for his “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” work and picked up one, winning in the outstanding original music and lyrics category for the song “Antidepressants Are So Not A Big Deal” (shared with the show’s star, Rachel Bloom, and Jack Dolgen). He was a 10-time Emmy nominee in all, five of those for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” for which he served as executive music producer. Five more nominations came for his contributions to the Tony Awards, “Sesame Street” and a Stephen Colbert Christmas special.

His Oscar nomination in 1997 was for co-writing the theme song for the Tom Hanks-directed film “That Thing You Do!,” one of his first successful forays outside the realm of his own music-making with Fountains of Wayne. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe at that time.

Fountains of Wayne, the band he co-founded with Chris Collingwood, earned two Grammy nominations in 2003, for best new artist (many years after the band’s actual recording debut) and for best pop performance by a group for the Top 40 single “Stacy’s Mom,” a cheeky MTV staple that became the band’s biggest hit. His lone Grammy win, though, came for best comedy album for his work on “A Stephen Colbert Christmas.”

His two Tony nominations were both for the musical “Cry-Baby,” an adaptation of the John Waters film, in 2008. He had recently collaborated with Sarah Silverman on his first full stage score since then, for an off-Broadway musical, “The Bedwetter,” which had been scheduled to open at the Atlantic Theater Company this spring. Tony winners Linda Lavin and Stephanie J. Block had been set to star in the limited-run production from April 25 through May 20 before pandemic-related shutdowns put a halt to New York theater efforts.

Although he was a member of the bands Tinted Windows and Ivy, he is best regarded among rock fans for the five albums he recorded with Fountains of Wayne between 1996 and 2011. Dissent between him and Collingwood during the recording of “Sky Full of Holes” led to that being their apparent swan song, although reviews for that final album were, typically for the group, raves. “Welcome Interstate Managers” in 2003, the album that generated “Stacey’s Mom” (and its Rachel Hunter-starring video), remained their most popular work.

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Win a copy of Never Saw You Coming by Hayley Doyle in this week’s Fabulous book competition terms and conditions – The Sun

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1. Open to United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland residents aged 18 or over only, except employees of the Promoter, News Corp UK & Ireland Limited, and their associated, affiliated or subsidiary companies, their families, agents or any other person(s) connected with the competition, including third party promotional partners.

2. Competition closes at 11.59pm on April 18, 2020 (the “Closing Date”). Entries received after the Closing Date will not be counted.

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8. The prize is a copy of STRANGERS Book in hardcover, paperback or e-book format, at the discretion of the Promoter.

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Spooky, apocalyptic images of NYC during the coronavirus lockdown

New York City street photographer reveals spooky, apocalyptic images of the empty city gripped by the coronavirus pandemic during lockdown and says the ‘enforced quiet’ makes it more scary than after 9/11

  • NYC-based British photographer, Phil Penman roamed the desolate streets of the city amid coronavirus pandemic for his new series titled: ‘Portrait Of A City On Lockdown’ 
  • The stunning collection of images show bustling iconic establishments now ‘devoid’ of all life 
  • Penman who snapped the Twin Towers on 9/11 says the pandemic lockdown feels ‘different’ and described it as an ‘enforced silence’ that has taken over the city; NYC corornavirus death toll surpasses 1,000 
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The soul of New York City is on the ropes. The statewide mandate shutting down all nonessential businesses and ordering residents to stay indoors turned the ‘City That Never Sleeps’ into an overnight ghost town.

New York based photographer Phil Penman took to the desolate streets to capture a portrait of the city on lockdown. From the Staten Island Ferry and all through Manhattan, Penman snapped recognizable establishments that now seem like relics of their former self.

Gone are the chess players in Union Square, gone are the lunchtime idlers on the steps of the New York Public Library, and gone is the 24-hour traffic on the Avenues. Grand Central’s iconic clock ticks for no one and Times Square looks like an abandoned mining town after all the prospectors have fled. ‘It’s like being in a movie that’s not entertaining,’ said Penman.

A person walking their dog, crossing Tenth Avenue, March 23, 2020. ‘It’s so foreign to walk out onto the street and see no people,’ said Penman

The Statue of Liberty seen from the Staten Island Ferry, March 25, 2020. Penman said this was his favorite photo from the series, ‘just because normally you would never get to take that picture because there would be too many people on the boat’

A man returning from fishing in Central Park, March 24, 2020

A passenger wearing a mask on the Staten Island Ferry, March 25, 2020. ‘It was just horrible to be on the boat and you look around and everyone’s wearing a mask. Nobody is saying a word, it’s just brutal,’ said Penman

A shuttered business window sign in Hells Kitchen reads ‘Stay Strong New York,’ March 22, 2020

A rat on 42nd Street near Grand Central Station, March 19, 2020. Penman who lived in New York during 9/11 said that the coronavirus lockdown feels different. He said after 9/11, the sidewalks and streets were packed with people trying to help. ‘Back then you couldn’t get away from it, but this is different because it almost feels like an enforced quiet,’ said Penman

In a city with 8.6 million people, Penman said he was struck by the ’emptiness.’  

Penman said that there have been few occasions where he suddenly felt overcome by the city’s drastic change. Born in the UK, he said that New York City has been his home for the last 20 years, ‘It’s where my heart is.’

‘The city that’s normally hustling and bustling and is now just empty. Devoid of everything. People are walking around and nobody is saying a word, they keep their heads down and now it’s even scarier because everyone is wearing a mask,’ he told DailyMail.com.   

Penman, who photographed the Twin Towers when they fell on 9/11 drew a comparison to the tragedy but struggled to put his finger on what feels different. ‘Back then you couldn’t get away from it, but this is different because it almost feels like an enforced quiet.’   

‘After 9/11 you’d walk around the streets and people were everywhere. Everyone was doing their bit to try and help out, you would walk down West Side Highway and volunteers were  giving water out,’ said Penman to DailyMail.com. ‘But with this, you don’t see anybody.’    

‘It’s funny cause I used to go out and I would purposely wait until when it was quiet to take pictures because I didn’t want too many people in the photos and now of course before there’s nobody anywhere.’ 

New York City is now quiet as a postcard – the kind that tourists used to send back home and Penman longs for the city he loves. ‘I always kind-of looked at New York as being a person. I just miss it.’

A man walking across Madison Avenue, March 13, 2020. Penman said the city is ‘Devoid of everything. People are walking around and nobody is saying a word, they keep their heads down and now it’s even scarier because everyone is wearing a mask’

An empty intersection in Midtown, New York City, March 22, 2020

A person passing the Ambassador Theater in Midtown, March 24, 2020. Broadway cancelled all performances beginning on March 12

Midtown, Manhattan during the coronavirus outbreak, March 24, 2020

A delivery man on a moped brings groceries to isolated New Yorkers from the local bodega in Midtown, Manhattan, March 24, 2020

Empty benches on the Hudson River, March 18, 2020

A man walks his dog through Madison Square Park which is usually packed with entertainers, chess game players and revelers on any given day, March 18, 2020. ‘We are fueled by human interaction. In a city filled with unpredictability, we rely on daily routines to ground us. These certainties have been up-ended,’ said Penman

An empty shopping cart  is chained to a post on East 54th street in empty Midtown, Manhattan, March 22, 2020

Radio City Music Hall can be seen in the distance while looking east down 51st Street, March 22, 2020

Usually packed with rush hour traffic, the Chambers Street subway station is eerily empty on March 25, 2020

Seagulls fly behind the Staten Island Ferry, March 25, 2020

A movie theater on Third Avenue, March 22, 2020

A relic of the Bad Boy Worldwide offices with retail spaces have been completed shuttered. The now defunct record label was launched in 1993 by Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs 

Satin Dolls, a New Jersey strip club featured in the Sopranos still advertises ‘Open Now’ on their sign despite having been forced closed in the state mandated coronavirus shutdown

A doorman for a  luxury Midtown, Manhattan apartment duty shows up to work wearing gloves and a mask

Park Avenue, approaching Grand Central Station, March 22, 2020

Passengers on the 6 train heading uptown, March 25, 2020

The FDR Drive, looking down from Brooklyn Bridge, March 25, 2020. New York is the third most congested city in the world and second worst in the United States 

Churches have been forced to conduct service online after the coronavirus shutdown banned gatherings larger than ten people

 

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Video shows huge queue of NHS workers for drive-thru coronavirus testing centre at IKEA in Wembley – The Sun

INCREDIBLE timelapse video shows a huge queue of NHS workers at a crucial drive-thru coronavirus testing centre at IKEA.

Hundreds of drivers can be seen waiting at the store in Wembley, North West London, after it donated the space to vital healthcare staff.


The hero workers are all self-isolating but want to be tested so they can return to work on the frontline battling the deadly disease.

Any health workers who are found to be clear but are staying away from work will know they are safe to return.

A swab is taken from the nose or throat before it is tested in a laboratory, with results taking at least 24 hours to come through.

But there was chaos after some staff were turned away despite being told to attend by employers, The Times reports.

There were also just six cars admitted in the first hours – causing huge queues to snake around residential streets.

IKEA opened the testing site yesterday and is now hoping their other locations could be used as Covid-19 testing points.

A spokesperson said: "Today, a drive-through NHS Covid-19 test centre has opened in the car park of our Wembley store.

"We are incredibly proud that we are able to support the government and the NHS in this small way, and are working with them to identify any additional sites that could also support the national effort.”

IKEA has also donated food to local hospitals, food banks, and shelters during the crisis.

The site is one of many that has opened up across the UK to help get vital NHS workers back on the frontline.

Chessington World of Adventures last week set up facilities to test NHS workers for coronavirus, with nurses taking swabs through car windows.

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It comes after it was revealed around a quarter of frontline NHS staff were off last week because of coronavirus – heaping more pressure on ministers to hurry up and roll out testing for every nurse and doctor.

Medics have warned that London is already being swamped by a “tsunami” of Covid-19 cases which risks overwhelming the capital.

The growing army of medics forced to stay home amid fears they are infected heaps yet more pressure on hospitals.

NHS England's chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has said they will be able to double the number of coronavirus tests it has available for staff by the end of this week.

It was announced last week that around 800 samples would be processed over the weekend at the first of three new hub laboratories set up by the Government for the duration of the crisis.

He said: "NHS staff are affected just like people across the country as a whole and so we are seeing staff who are doing the right thing and having to self-isolate at home.

"That's one of the reasons why it's so important that we are ramping up staff testing, but it's also why it's so vital that all of us take the medical advice and stay at home."




 

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