Thursday, January 31

Creme Egg themed apartment where all chocoholics will want to stay.

If you're always stocking up on Cadbury 's Creme Eggs when Easter comes around, then we may have found the ultimate apartment for you. That's because the chocolate company has teamed up with Booking.com to create an entire property themed around the tasty treats - and of course, it's filled with the chocolate eggs themselves. Decorated in red, purple and yellow shades - a tribute to the eggs' iconic wrappers - everything about this apartment is a chocoholic's dream. For a start, there's everything you need for a comfortable stay; a huge double bed, a large bathtub, a kitchen with a fully stocked fridge. Oh, and egg-shaped chairs and dining nooks of course. But then there's the chocolate. Thousands of creme eggs line the walls, fill the sinks, fill the drawers in the bedroom, and even make up the check-in desk.

And somewhere inside, Cadbury's has hidden one of its elusive White Cadbury Creme Eggs, as part of its nationwide egg hunt. Find it, and you could win a prize of up to £10,000. Of course, it could be anywhere from the decorations to the fridge.

If you fancy a stay, you'll need to do a little detective work as Cadbury's has hidden the creme egg listing somewhere on Booking.com, with prices at £9.99 for the night. There's one night going and stays are on a first come, first served basis. Want a clue to get you started? The listing is in a central London location.

Of course, if you don't bag a stay in the apartment, you can still take place in the nationwide White Egg hunt, running until the 21st of April 2019. There are thousands of white and milk chocolate Cadbury Creme Eggs to be found across the UK & Ireland, in addition to those hiding in stores. Clues for where to look and who else is involved can be found at HuntTheWhiteCremeEgg.com.

Nurse is praised after inserting a gastric tube into her nose for a day to empathise with her patients.

Dorcas Boamah has been praised by hundreds of people online after she spent the day with a nasogastric tube - so she could better empathise with her patients. Ms Boamah is pictured on January 7 - the day she had the tube fitted - in an Instagram post that has attracted 196 likes
A healthy nurse has been praised by hundreds of people online after she spent the day with a nasal gastric tube just so she could better empathise with her patients. Dorcas Boamah, 27, often has to insert nasogastric (NG) tubes into her patients' noses, which go down the back of their throats and into their stomachs. Patients often find this daunting and ask Ms Boamah what it is like with her being unable to give them an honest answer. Determined to be more truthful with her patients, Ms Boamah who works at Royal Free Hospital had a colleague fit the invasive tube on January 7. Ms Boamah then wore the tube all day before catching two trains and a bus home and even went out for dinner attracting cruel stares from strangers. After posting a picture of herself with the NG tube on Instagram which has got nearly 800 likes 'the incredible nurse' claims it has helped her be better at her job. Speaking of why she had the tube fitted, Ms Boamah said: 'I just wanted to see how it felt. Now I know so I can go back to my patients and tell them what they can expect.'I wanted to put me in my patients' shoes. Often patients old and young will need an NG tube, and many of them are nervous.
'Ms Boamah often has to fit nasogastric tubes and was unable to answer nervous patients honestly when they asked her what it felt like when the apparatus is being fitted. Since spending a day with the tube, Ms Boamah believes she can better empathise with her patients
NG tubes are fitted to deliver liquid food, as well as fluids and medication if it is unsafe for the patient to take them via the mouth. Ms Boamah now feels she can answer patients honestly when they ask what the tube feels like when it is being fitted.  '[Before] I could say "yes it will be a little bit uncomfortable" but I didn't actually know,' she said.'Now I do. It has definitely made me a better nurse.'Although Ms Boamah felt 'quite anxious' while having the tube fitted, she found taking a deep breath and trying to start calm helped make the process run smoother. 'Now I really understand how taking an extra few moments to chat and relax the patient can make such a difference,' she said. Ms Boamah also understands how daunting it can be going out and about with the tube fitted, something many patients are forced to do.  'It did make me feel quite isolated and tearful,' she said.'[And] I found eating was quite uncomfortable.'
Another posted it 'warmed her heart to see healthcare professionals putting themselves in their patients' shoes'. After having an NG tube for 18 months, she sympathised with the stares
Ms Boamah later posted a photograph of herself with the tube on Instagram in an attempt to 'normalise' NG tubes. 'A lot of people live their lives with them and there is no reason to hide,' she said.'It's a very physical thing you can see on your face, but it doesn't mean you shouldn't live your life.'Impressed by her brave 'experiment', social-media users flocked to praise the 'incredible nurse'.The user feeding tube. fitness said: 'oh my gosh!!!! you're so amazing!!! wow! proud of you. I am so grateful for incredible nurses like you in the world!!! 'And nakeysha-king said: 'THIS IS SOOOO SO POWERFUL ****** THANK YOU..******IF ONLY ALL DRS NURSES ETC COULD BE MORE EMPATHETIC IT WOULD TRULY RESULT MAKE A DIFFERENCE. '[I] WILL HAVE TO HAVE A PEG TUBE PLACED IN TWO WEEKS AND IM SCARED TO DEATH.'Ms Boamah took the opportunity to reassure nakeysha-king, writing: 'It is a common procedure and I am sure your medical team will reassure you'.While the post on her Instagram page has attracted 196 likes, it got 'programmed' by the campaigners NHS Million, gaining a further 599 likes.
After Ms Boamah's post was 'regrammed' by the health service campaigners NHS Million, the praise kept coming in, with Instagram-user dogheadedd calling the 'NHS lot incredible'
Another posted it 'warmed her heart to see healthcare professionals putting themselves in their patients' shoes'. After having an NG tube for 18 months, she sympathised with the stares

NASA'light echoes' of gigantic new black hole which it gobbles up a nearby star.

An artist's impression of the event: Waves of X-rays formed 'light echoes' that reflected off the swirling gas near the black hole and revealed changes in the environment's size and shape.
Nasa has revealed a stunning insight into what happens when a black hole gobbles up a nearby star.NASA used an instrument mounted on the International Space Station to detect X-ray light from the recently discovered black hole MAXI J1820+070 (J1820 for short). They were lucky enough to study the black hole as it consumed material from a companion star. The resulting waves of X-rays formed 'light echoes' that reflected off the swirling gas near the black hole and revealed changes in the environment's size and shape. Scientists have charted the environment surrounding a stellar-mass black hole that is 10 times the mass of the Sun using NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) payload aboard the International Space Station. NICER detected X-ray light from the recently discovered black hole, called MAXI J1820+070 (J1820 for short), as it consumed material from a companion star. The researchers will give astronomers a new glimpse into the inner working of a black hole.'NICER has allowed us to measure light echoes closer to a stellar-mass black hole than ever before,' said Erin Kara, an astrophysicist at the University of Maryland, College Park and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who presented the findings at the 233rd American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle.
A black hole can siphon gas from a nearby companion star into a ring of material called an accretion disk.
'Previously, these light echoes of the inner accretion disk were only seen in supermassive black holes, which are millions to billions of solar masses and undergo changes slowly. 'Stellar black holes like J1820 have much lower masses and evolve much faster so we can see changes play out on human time scales.'A  paper describing the findings led by Kara appeared in the Jan. 10 issue of Nature and is available online.

South African artist gets the picture by tapping her roots.

South African artist gets the picture by tapping her roots
Falling”, a song about stone birds, captured and released in Great Zimbabwe, with the exception of one. The song is performed by 27-year-old artist Sethembile Msezane who also happens to be a professional photographer. At the Tyburn Gallery in London, she opens her first solo exhibition entitled “Speaking through Walls”.Nine photographic works from South Africa and Zimbabwe are on display under the theme dreams and ancestral worship.“Showing my work here in London means that there is a different audience, but that doesn’t mean that people can’t necessarily connect to that work. And in the work, you know, there are people who find their own humanity, who feel loneliness in a landscape, but also who find themselves and capture the reflections that occur in these spaces. And so, I don’t think showing it in a different context means that the message won’t be heard.”Images showing either South Africa or Zimbabwe have been widely distributed in both countries, but with a wider appeal. Sethembile says that the deeper philosophical ideas of solitude and reflections in different settings transcend geography. Two photographs, entitled ‘Water Body – Ishinquomo I and II’, show the living Sethembile accompanied by her spirit embodiment in a boat, on a body of water – free from all connection with a particular country. The artist may not be a spiritual medium in the usual sense of the word, but her encounters with her own ancestors, whether in dreams or in her daily life, inform much of her work.“I love her work. There’s a very good interaction with her spirituality and her ancestors, where she comes from and the roots – her roots. And also the politically charged circumstances in which she takes photographs, where she places herself and how she places herself.”The general themes of his work are mostly influenced by dreams and spiritual encounters.

Breakfast Isn't Always the Most Important Meal of the Day, Says Scientist.

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There was a time when skipping breakfast was nothing short of dietary blasphemy. But recently, breakfast’s status as the “most important meal of the day” has come under some scrutiny, especially its key role in common weight loss strategies. Proponents of the idea that eating breakfast is important for weight loss to have just dealt another blow. An analysis of 13 studies published Wednesday suggests there’s no reason to force breakfast upon yourself if weight loss is your goal.
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Lead study author and clinical epidemiologist Flavia Cicuttini, Ph.D., tells Inverse that breakfast’s reputation for weight loss is built on two main pillars: the idea that eating breakfast can keep you satiated for longer (which leads to less overall caloric intake) and the idea that eating in the morning actually increases the rate of calorie burning throughout the day. While there are numerous studies that have demonstrated this individually, her analysis of 13 of them, published in the BMJ, suggests that the combined findings actually don’t support these two concepts.“The key message is that if a person likes to eat breakfast, that is fine,” she tells Inverse. “However, there is no evidence that we should be encouraging people to change their eating pattern to include breakfast in order to prevent weight gain or obesity.”Cicuttini, a professor at Australia’s Monash University, adds that although previous studies have shown that eating breakfast leads to weight loss, many of those conclusions were based on observational studies. This makes it impossible to completely rule out the idea that weight loss can’t be attributed to other aspects of the participants’ lives, like healthier eating patterns or healthier lifestyles. That’s not to say that their findings aren’t legitimate, but maybe it’s enough to warrant taking a second look at whether breakfast promotes weight loss.
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When Cicuttini grouped all the data from the past observational studies together, she found that, on average, people who ate breakfast ate approximately 260 more calories per day than those who didn’t and that those who skipped breakfast were actually slightly lighter — but only by a very small amount (roughly one pound). Still, her paper indicates that these results are enough to cast doubt on the two pillars of the breakfast for weight loss dogma. It’s not a surefire way to curb calorie intake throughout the day or jumpstart metabolism.“Over the years I was often struck by the number of patients who sought help for their weight and were advised to eat breakfast as part of their weight management plan, some who even felt obliged to force themselves to eat breakfast, even if they didn’t feel like doing this,” says Cicuttini. Importantly, Cicuttini’s study is not evidence that abandoning breakfast is a good idea for everyone. For some people, breakfast may still have important implications for health, regardless of what a morning meal may or may not do for weight loss. As examples, she suggests that children who need to concentrate in school benefit from a morning meal, as do athletes who find that a meal helps improve a workout. Diabetics may also need to maintain a certain eating schedule to manage medications and blood sugar spikes.Image result for BREAKFAST
The Case for Eating When You Want to the point of Cicuttini’s paper is that the evidence suggesting that breakfast isn’t the silver bullet for weight loss that it may have once appeared to be. Rather, it might be better to embrace your preferences when it comes to food timing, which Tim Spector, Ph.D., professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, adds in his accompanying commentary. Spector is also the scientific founder of a personalized nutrition company, Zoe Global Ltd. In his commentary, Spector adds that the circadian clocks that help our bodies regulate when to burn energy and when to intake more are highly individualized. If your specific biological rhythm doesn’t leave you craving an early morning meal, he suggests it’s not worth forcing one down for the sake of weight loss.

The snow-ice weather warning for all of Ireland has been extended.

The snow-ice weather warning for all of Ireland has been extended
Met Éireann has extended the country-wide, snow-ice weather warning ahead of another "very cold" evening. The status yellow weather warning was due to end at noon on Saturday, February 2. It will now end at the same time on Sunday, February 3.
A forecaster has now said it will continue to be very cold until Sunday, with severe frosts at night and ice on untreated surfaces. Regarding the forecast for Thursday, the warning continued: "Some snow accumulations today on high ground over Leinster, Connacht and south Ulster. Tonight there will also be some accumulations of snow on lower levels over central and southern parts of Leinster and over east Munster."It will be another "very cold" evening and overnight, with more wintry falls, mainly in the south and east, with some snow accumulations on lower levels as well. There will be frost and ice that form, resulting in some slippery surfaces, as temperatures drop to -6C in some areas of the country.
Friday, meanwhile, is looking to be a brighter and mostly dry day, with a few wintry showers, possibly happening in coastal areas. There will be "extreme cold with a widespread severe frost and ice" overnight, with temperatures ranging from between -2C to -5C, but even colder overlying snow. The snow and ice are forecast to clear on Saturday, with dry, bright sunny weather for much the day. Some cloud will begin to build across Atlantic countries in the afternoon, with temperatures reaching highs of 6C in some areas. It will be "bitterly cold" overnight, reaching as low as -5C in parts of the country. The forecaster continued: "There will be a widespread severe frost for a time too, with icy roads. But later in the night, clouds will stream in off the Atlantic bringing some rain, possibly preceded by a little sleet and temperatures should rise in the western half of the country."Sunday will see early frost in northern and some eastern areas clear, with all areas of the country seeing some rain - but it should dry out by the afternoon.

Middle-aged man will listen to you moan about your life - for £7 an hour.


Whether it be Donald Trump or a stranger on the tube that's gotten you all riled up, you can now rest assured that there's always going to be someone there to listen to your furious rants. That's because you can now pay someone to listen to you complain about anything and everything. If your friends, family and partner are fed up of your constant moaning, then fear not, you can always turn to online service Ossan Rental and hire yourself a middle-aged man who is all ears.

Set up by Japanese businessman Takanobu Nishimoto, the service launched in 2012 and allows people to rent an "Ossan" or "uncle" who will listen to you talk about your problems and provide you with some life advice, for just £7 an hour. On occasion, the "Ossan" have been known to help clients move their furniture and even pretended to be someone's boyfriend. Speaking about his business, Nishimoto told The Japanese Times that he was overwhelmed by the response it had. He said: "A lot of people need advice on their lives, their careers and their relationships.

"I'm not a counsellor, but I thought my experience might help someone out there."The fifty-year-old went on to explain how he hoped his service would help change the way people viewed middle-aged men."I realised middle-aged men, in general, were considered 'gross'," he explained. "I wanted to do something to restore our reputation and prove that middle-aged men were useful, that we were cool."So he created a website, uploaded a photo of himself and offered to help people with their problems. The requests quickly poured in and for three years he offered his own services, working with around 3,000 clients.

One of his first paying customers was an 88-year-old woman who he still sees regularly. He has been visiting the woman almost every week for the last six years, and the pair chat and walk together. Eventually, Nishimoto decided to hire other men to be "uncles" and now claims to receive an endless stream of CVs from men who wish to join the team. In order to ensure his clients who are mostly young women - are treated properly, he says he screens candidates very carefully, inviting all of them for a face-to-face interview once he's looked over their profiles and photo. Unfortunately for them, many of those applying don't actually make the cut.

13-year-old girl has made history by becoming the youngest ever US skating champ.

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The 13-year-old dominated some worthy opponents at the US figure skating championships on Friday and became the third woman to land a triple axel cleanly at a US national after Tonya Harding (1991) and Kimmie Meissner (2005). On Friday, she became the first to land two in a program. And the exceptionally talented young woman was only competing with one person on the day - herself. She told NBC:"I was just happy that I beat my personal record, and I did a clean long program."
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At under five foot, Alysa is a small but mighty force to be reckoned with. In a moment of exceptional sportswomanship, Tennell and third-place winner Mariah Bell helped the champion climb onto her prime podium position. On the day, Tara Lipinski who previously held the record for youngest U.S. women’s champion, winning the 1997 championship when she was just 14 congratulated Alysa on her win saying, "records were made to be broken."Indeed, the future looks bright for Alysa Liu. By 2022, she will be 16 and able to compete in the Olympics and we're already looking forward to that stellar performance.




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This GENIUS hack for defrosting car windows will honestly change your life.

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Spending 15 minutes trying to defrost your car windows in the morning before work. Honestly, there's no bigger pain in the ass. But now, those freezing infuriating mornings could be a thing of the past, thanks to one genius. A brilliant man on Facebook has shared his unbelievable hack for defrosting car windows. Daniel Harris shared his hack in a video on Facebook, and it has since gone viral for obvious reasons. He simply filled a plastic food bag with warm water and slid it across his windscreen.
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And like MAGIC, it appears to defrost half of the glass in under 30 seconds. The caption read: "Hot water in a food bag and bam you've got a de-icer and a hand warmer. Works a treat, and it's fast!""I used warm tap water so I could safely hold it and lower the risk of cracking my screen! The de-icer cans are so cold in the morning and this way keeps u nice and toasty!!! Oh and yes it was ice, hot condensation. I know it looks it but try it and you won't be disappointed!"

Killer polar vortex leaves 12 dead as -26C cold snaps rail lines.


While the UK faces it’s coldest temperatures of the winter so far, in the US, Hell has literally frozen over. Residents of Hell in Michigan have experienced temperatures as low as minus -26C, according to the National Weather Service, as northern states are gripped by a deadly Polar Vortex.
Elsewhere, in Chicago, the average temperature -17C, making it the second coldest day in 150 years. Locals have been warned "not to breathe deeply" outside as the freezing temperatures have led to Lake Michigan to solidify with mesmerising effect. The polar vortex is wreaking havoc across the States leaving at least 12 people dead, including a college student who was found in the freezing cold at the University of Iowa. Authorities said the body of Gerald Belz was found behind an academic hall just before 3am on Wednesday by campus police. The 18-year-old was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The blast of polar air that enveloped much of the Midwest on Wednesday closed schools and businesses and while straining utilities with some of the lowest temperatures in a generation as low as minus -45C with wind chill. The conditions snapped rail lines and saw thousands of flights cancelled.

Nigeria's main opposition PDP party halts campaign over suspended chief justice.

Nigeria's main opposition PDP party halts campaign over suspended chief justice
The president said he had suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen who has been asked to appear before a tribunal over allegations of breaching asset-declaration rules. Onnoghen has not responded to the charges and his lawyers say the tribunal does not have the authority to try him. Buhari, who was a military ruler in the 1980s and voted into office in 2015, is seeking a fresh term in an election scheduled to take place on Feb. 16. At stake is control of Africa’s top crude oil producer and one of the continent’s biggest economies. We call on all well-meaning Nigerians and members of the international community to rise in defence of democracy and save our nation from this imminent slide into tyranny. Nigeria’s judiciary has helped resolve electoral disputes after past votes, some of which have been marred by violence and vote-rigging. The chief justice could preside over a disputed election result.“In the first instance, we are suspending our campaign for 72 hours. It is our hope that President Buhari will listen to the voice of all lovers of democracy the world over and restore democracy in Nigeria immediately and without qualifications,” the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said in a statement. A spokesman for the Buhari’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party and a presidency spokesman both did not immediately respond to phone calls and text messages seeking comment following the PDP’s campaign suspension. Buhari on Friday said a court order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal, which is looking into the asset declaration allegations, directed him to suspend the judge.The action of President MBuhari represents a constitutional breach and a direct attack on our democracy. This must never be allowed to stand, as there is no way by which democracy can survive under these autocratic tendencies.The PDP, the main opposition party which was in power from the start of civilian rule in 1999 until Buhari’s 2015 election victory with his APC, said the judge’s suspension was a “brazen assault on the constitution”.“We call on all well-meaning Nigerians to rise in defence of democracy and save our nation from this imminent slide into tyranny,” it said in its statement. The party’s candidate, businessman and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, is the main challenger to Buhari in the upcoming poll. At the moment, President MBuhari has effectively suspended the constitution under whose basis the elections are being contested.

Alarming rise in number of flesh-eating night crawlers invading Irish homes and Dublin is the worst affected.

Dublin has seen a dramatic rise in infestations of skin-eating bugs, a leading Irish pest control company has revealed. Rentokil is reporting a shocking 32% increase in the number of callouts it had to make to homes to get rid of silverfish last month compared with the same period in 2017. And in the capital, the infestation is at epidemic levels, with Rentokil experiencing a staggering 53% increase in visits to homes in December 2018 to deal with the flesh-eating nightcrawlers.
Silverfish are the oldest known pests on earth and they love to feast off dead skin cells and hair. The little bugs, which can jump up to two feet and live for eight years, have also been known to eat through wallpaper, books, curtains and cereal boxes. Approximately the same length as the diameter of a one euro coin, the insects come out at night and they've been thriving in bathrooms and kitchens around the country as homeowners sleep. The most affected counties include Dublin (53%), Kildare (9%), Meath (5%), and Galway (4%). These ugly, wingless, torpedo-shaped insects are characterised by a silvery-blue colour, tiny scales and 3 bristles at the end of their abdomen. Once silverfish access a property, they lay up to twenty eggs every day, so a small problem can quickly become a large one with this disgusting insect species. Rentokil's Colm Moore said homeowners should act to proof their homes to prevent the bugs from settling in. He explained: "Silverfish require damp and humid conditions and thrive in kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms and other dark, isolated areas."Fixing leaks in pipework, improving ventilation and using dehumidifiers can help discourage silverfish.
"They feed on starch, cellulose, and sugar so they can damage a variety of common items such as books, paper, wallpaper, and paintings."In small numbers, silverfish are not really a problem and you can easily get rid of them, but a large infestation can be a serious issue for your home or business.”Eggs are hidden in tiny cracks or crevices, making them extremely difficult to find. Silverfish thrive in cool, moist and damp areas and can feed on human debris such as dead skin and hair. A leading property maintenance expert in the UK, Ranjan Gohri, from 24/7 Home Rescue said of the bugs: "Silverfish are actually the oldest known pests on earth."And if you're spotting tiny holes in your clothes or curtains, you might have an infestation without even realising it."They'll eat anything. But skin cells are a delicacy to silverfish."And they like to leave their calling card - in the shape of tiny yellow stains wherever they've been."As we don't tend to open windows and doors during the colder months, moisture from cooking, showering and drying clothes indoors can't escape. Thankfully, the good people at Rentokil have some good tips on how to keep your home free of the disgusting little critters.
 
Top spring-cleaning tips to banish silverfish:
  • Deny them food by vacuuming and keeping dust and debris to a minimum.
  • Store food in containers with tightly sealed lids.
  • Homes and businesses should also dehumidify their premises through the use of fans, dehumidifiers, or by opening windows to air them out.
  • Make sure all cracks in walls and skirting boards are filled.

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