Day: December 29, 2019

Photographers capture the urban side of Las Vegas in a series of mind blowing street art pictures


The street art of Sin City: Book reveals the gritty graffiti that decorates the walls, sidewalks and tunnels away from the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas strip

  • William Shea and Patrick Lai captured street art of Las Vegas in beautiful book 
  • Includes impressive full-wall murals of an anglerfish, and snail shaped like skull 
  • The book also boasts intricate graffiti art scattered around the city walls  

Think ‘Las Vegas’ and you’ll likely conjure images of the glitz and glamour of the strip. 

But away from the casinos, gamblers and theatres, there is a rich world of vibrant, gritty street art, which has been documented in a new book. 

Photographers William Shea and Patrick Lai collaborated on Street Art Las Vegas, published by Smallworks Press, which showcases the amazing street art and graffiti that sprouted up around Sin City between 2012 and 2018.   

The book documents works from well-known artist, such as Shephard Fairey, Tristan Eaton, D*face and Retna, as well as anonymous talents.   

Diver mural in the Las Vegas Art District by the Stencil Network. Photographed in 2013. It is one of the examples of street art shared in William Shea and Patrick Lai's Street Art Las Vegas

Diver mural in the Las Vegas Art District by the Stencil Network. Photographed in 2013. It is one of the examples of street art shared in William Shea and Patrick Lai’s Street Art Las Vegas

Mural by Norwegian stencil artist Martin Whatson, in Las Vegas, photographed in 2016

Mural by Norwegian stencil artist Martin Whatson, in Las Vegas, photographed in 2016

This surreal butterfly by Ana Marietta was photographed on Casino Center Boulevard in 2013

This surreal butterfly by Ana Marietta was photographed on Casino Center Boulevard in 2013

Angry Woebots, AF, AOS by Aaron “An - gry Woebots” Martin aka “Woes Martin” in 2012

Angry Woebots, AF, AOS by Aaron “An – gry Woebots” Martin aka “Woes Martin” in 2012

BMD, 2016. Lai and XX noted that street art in Downtown Las Vegas offered something for everyone, from environmental and political messages to absurd art

BMD, 2016. Lai and XX noted that street art in Downtown Las Vegas offered something for everyone, from environmental and political messages to absurd art

A fish painted on a row of bungalows located at Hoover Avenue and Casino Center Boulevard in Las Vegas. The area has seen a high turnover of street art from 2012 until 2018

A fish painted on a row of bungalows located at Hoover Avenue and Casino Center Boulevard in Las Vegas. The area has seen a high turnover of street art from 2012 until 2018

Spray can art by Recycled Propaganda, on Main Street, photographed on an unknown date

Spray can art by Recycled Propaganda, on Main Street, photographed on an unknown date

A skull spraypainted on West Colorado Avenue by an unknown artist. Photographed in 2014

A skull spraypainted on West Colorado Avenue by an unknown artist. Photographed in 2014

An enormous bleeding Iguana by ROA, photographed not too far from Main Street, in 2016

An enormous bleeding Iguana by ROA, photographed not too far from Main Street, in 2016

Writing resembling a tank on South Casino Center Boulevard. Taken on an unknown date

Writing resembling a tank on South Casino Center Boulevard. Taken on an unknown date

Codak, Ras One by modern cubist artist Doze Green. Photographed in Las Vegas in 2013

Codak, Ras One by modern cubist artist Doze Green. Photographed in Las Vegas in 2013

Silhouettes by Matt Ortego, photographed in 2013. He is a born and bread Las Vegas artist

Silhouettes by Matt Ortego, photographed in 2013. He is a born and bread Las Vegas artist 

Snail and skull art by Alexis Diaz, a Puerto Rican artist. Photographed in Las Vegas in 2013

Snail and skull art by Alexis Diaz, a Puerto Rican artist. Photographed in Las Vegas in 2013

Street Art Las Vegas, by William Shea and Patrick Lai and published by Smallworks Press is available to purchase on Amazon. The cover of the book features art by Tristan Eaton

Street Art Las Vegas, by William Shea and Patrick Lai and published by Smallworks Press is available to purchase on Amazon. The cover of the book features art by Tristan Eaton

Street Art Las Vegas, by William Shea and Patrick Lai and published by Smallworks Press is available to purchase on Amazon 

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Five friends who struggled for years to conceive all fall pregnant in the same summer

Five friends who struggled for years to conceive all fall pregnant in the same summer


Five friends who struggled for years to conceive have revealed their delight at all falling pregnant in the same summer – with their babies being born within three months of each other.

Micki Berg, 34, Amie Thomas, 36, Kristin Matty, 31, Kristen Heller, 45, and Celeste Zazzali, 37, couldn’t conceive naturally and turned to IVF to help them become mothers.

The friends, who first met during a support group at their local fertility clinic in New Jersey, met up weekly during their pregnancies and even shared updates during their labors.

They are now raising their children, all born within the summer of 2017, as future best friends and say the experience of finally becoming mothers together has bonded them for life.

Five friends who struggled for years to conceive have revealed their delight at all falling pregnant in the same summer – with their babies being born within three months of each other. Pictured left to right: Kristen with Adam, Kristin holding Layla, Micki and Colton, Amie holding Penelope and Celeste with Annarose

Celeste, Kristen, Kristin, Amie and Micki pictured together during their pregnancies. The group couldn't conceive naturally and turned to IVF to help them become mothers

Celeste, Kristen, Kristin, Amie and Micki pictured together during their pregnancies. The group couldn’t conceive naturally and turned to IVF to help them become mothers

Amie, a school counselor and mother of Penelope, two, said: ‘We wanted to be at each other’s baby showers, we wanted our bump pictures, we wanted to be there for each other.

‘We would chat about our symptoms and ask for advice. There were times where I felt: “will I ever be a mom?” To be able to share those feelings with four women who completely understood was amazing.’

Amie met Micki, Kristin, Kristen and Celeste at a support group run by the Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMANJ).

Doctors at RMANJ had told Amie that her best chance for a baby would be with IVF after a sample showed her husband Philip, 36, a teacher, had abnormally shaped sperm.

Amie said: ‘It was really hard, I was really stressed. People don’t know the terms – like follicles and lining. It was hard even to talk to friends who weren’t going through fertility problems.

The babies pictured together. Annarose in red, Adam in yellow, Layla in green, Penelope in light blue, Colton in dark blue

The babies pictured together. Annarose in red, Adam in yellow, Layla in green, Penelope in light blue, Colton in dark blue

The friends, who first met during a support group at their local fertility clinic in New Jersey, met up weekly during their pregnancies and even shared updates during their labors

The friends, who first met during a support group at their local fertility clinic in New Jersey, met up weekly during their pregnancies and even shared updates during their labors

‘It is exhausting to explain it all. But as soon as I walked into the room, I thought: “wow, these other women have gone through hard times”. I was overwhelmed with emotion but also relief.’

Celeste, a music teacher, of Martinsville, New Jersey, mother of Annarose, two, agreed.

She had been trying to have children with her husband John, 39, also a music teacher, for three years when she walked into the group in October 2015.

Earlier that year she had suffered the agony of losing twins – Robin at seven weeks and Rosa at 30 weeks.

She said: ‘Just being at the group helped. The other people were understanding and knew what I was going through without me going into the whole backstory.

‘As much as my friends wanted to support me, they often didn’t know what to say. It was nice to go somewhere where they understood why Mother’s Day made me sad.

Amie Thomas and baby Penelope shortly after giving birth. The mother was all smiles as she held her little one for the first time

Amie Thomas and baby Penelope shortly after giving birth. The mother was all smiles as she held her little one for the first time

Kristin Matty and her husband Greg as well as their daughter Layla pose together

Kristen Heller holds her son Mason

Kristin Matty and her husband Greg as well as their daughter Layla pose together, left, while Kristen Heller holds her son Mason, pictured right

‘The difficulty of IVF is not just the needles, the needles are not even the hard part, it’s the emotional side of things that is really difficult.

‘The other four ladies and I started a Facebook messenger chat and soon we were seeing each other all the time.’

Micki, 34, mother of Colton, two, and Emma, three weeks, struggled to conceive after she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune condition which can make periods irregular, and was also diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve.

The part-time behavioral analyst for children with autism, of Somerset, New Jersey, said that the women’s positivity helped her remain hopeful when she doubted if she and husband, Lance, 31, a technology salesman, would ever become parents.

‘I kept coming back month after month,’ she recalled. ‘Celeste, Kristen, Kristin and Amie were the most positive and supportive women in the group.

‘We tried to help each other find the silver lining and buoyed each other’s spirits when things didn’t go according to plan.

Doctors at RMANJ had told Amie that her best chance for a baby would be with IVF after a sample showed her husband Philip (pictured together), 36, a teacher, had abnormally shaped sperm

Doctors at RMANJ had told Amie that her best chance for a baby would be with IVF after a sample showed her husband Philip (pictured together), 36, a teacher, had abnormally shaped sperm

Micki Berg pictured cuddling baby son Colton shortly after his birth in the summer of 2017

Micki Berg pictured cuddling baby son Colton shortly after his birth in the summer of 2017

‘We spoke about the medical stuff and the emotional stuff, how difficult it was to see other women pregnant and the anxiety of celebrating holidays when your family isn’t what you want it to be.’

Kristin, a project manager at an accounting firm, of Denville, New Jersey, found herself at the group because her husband Greg Matty, 37, a sales rep for a meat company, had a low sperm count after undergoing radiation treatment for testicular cancer.

The mother of Layla, two, said: ‘Greg was a chef at the time and working late hours and I felt so helpless. I felt odd about going to the group at first because I knew most of the women were there because of reproductive issues.

‘But even though I have working eggs, I couldn’t have kids with my husband without the help of a doctor. I felt instantly connected. The group would end after one hour and we would stay and talk. We had so much to talk about.

‘Quickly we all started meeting up outside of the group. We wanted to get together more often and we began grabbing dinner before the group.’

Micki, of Somerset, New Jersey, said that the women's positivity helped her remain hopeful when she doubted if she and husband, Lance (pictured with their little one), 31, a technology salesman, would ever become parents

Micki, of Somerset, New Jersey, said that the women’s positivity helped her remain hopeful when she doubted if she and husband, Lance (pictured with their little one), 31, a technology salesman, would ever become parents

She added: ‘When you are going through infertility, it consumes your whole life. It is all you think about. You keep thinking about how you are going to have a kid, when you are going to have a kid, if you’ll ever have a kid.

‘We were all going through the same thing – that’s how our bond formed.’

Kristen, 45, mother of Adam, two, and Mason, two weeks, was going through IVF without a partner and appreciated the support of Kristin, Amie, Micki and Celeste.

The teacher, of Bedminster, New Jersey, said: ‘When I was turning 40 and I was single, I decided to pursue becoming a mother on my own and that was what brought me to RMANJ.

‘Everyone was really accepting and I didn’t feel out of place at all. It was a different circumstance that brought me there.

‘I didn’t think the odds were in our favor that all five of us would have babies. My fear was that one of us wouldn’t become a mother. We just hoped and prayed that it would work for all of us and by some miracle it did.’

On June 2, 2016, Celeste announced surprise news: she was pregnant.

They are now raising their children, all born within the summer of 2017, as future best friends and say the experience of finally becoming mothers together has bonded them for life

They are now raising their children, all born within the summer of 2017, as future best friends and say the experience of finally becoming mothers together has bonded them for life

She said: ‘I told them the second I found out. They were with me every step of the way. To be honest, sometimes those women knew updates from my doctor’s appointments before my husband.’

Three months later, Kristen discovered she was also pregnant and a fortnight later Amie, Kristin and Micki also found out they were expecting.

Celeste admitted that she was nervous when she realized that she and the other four women were pregnant.

She said: ‘I’ve heard that one in four pregnancies result in a loss and from a mathematic perspective, I was nervous.

‘There were five of us in the group and I didn’t want anyone to be left out or deal with the devastation of a miscarriage. Each step of the way we celebrated with each other.

Adam, Layla, Penelope and Colton play games with each other as their parents get together

Adam, Layla, Penelope and Colton play games with each other as their parents get together

‘We were crossing fingers and saying prayers, keeping each other occupied, we were really rooting for each other.’

The mothers-to-be graduated from the group and soon started taking prenatal yoga classes together as well as sharing every detail of their pregnancy in their group chat.

Kristin said: ‘We graduated from the group and all we talked about was our pregnancy, we went to yoga together, we attended each other’s baby showers, we spoke about our aches and pains.’

Kristin, Kristen, Celeste and Amie even threw Micki a surprise baby shower in April 2017.

‘I wasn’t going to have a baby shower but the girls surprised me with one,’ Micki remembered. It was at Celeste’s house. I thought we were just going to hang out and do some crafts but they threw a little shower for me.’

On February 1, 2017, Celeste gave birth to little Annarose. Kristen was next when her baby boy Adam arrived on April 20.

The group still see each other regularly and have no doubt that little Annarose, Adam, Layla, Penelope and Colton will grow up to be firm friends

The group still see each other regularly and have no doubt that little Annarose, Adam, Layla, Penelope and Colton will grow up to be firm friends

The last three babies arrived within a week of each other when Kristin gave birth to Layla on May 18, Amie had Penelope on May 21 and Micki’s son Colton was born on May 25.

Micki recalled: ‘We were all updating each other as we were in labour. We were sharing pictures as soon as the baby was born and we were all on baby watch when we were due. We got all the newborns together for a mommy and me class.’

The group still see each other regularly and have no doubt that little Annarose, Adam, Layla, Penelope and Colton will grow up to be firm friends.

Celeste said: ‘I can’t imagine that we will drift apart because all five of us have this connection. Our children are going to be celebrating milestones together. I foresee a lot of playdates and birthday parties and I see this group sticking together for life.’

Both Kristen and Micki are now mothers-of-two and Amie, Kristin and Celeste hope to have another baby.

Dr Maria Costantini, reproductive endocrinologist and attending physician at RMANJ, added that she was not surprised the five women were still in constant contact.

She said: ‘I think it is very understandable that they remained friends. Any individuals who survive traumatic experiences together are bonded.

‘A diagnosis of infertility is traumatic in the sense that it throws your whole world upside down. No woman expects to be there.

‘You’ll never forget the pain you’ve gone through – and you’ll never forget how important those other women are. I think it makes complete sense that these women stayed friends.’



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Woman is told to propose after her child's father fails to present a ring on Xmas Day

Woman is told to propose after her child’s father fails to present a ring on Xmas Day


Mom is remaining devastated following her very long term husband or wife fails to suggest on Christmas Working day inspite of dropping hints – but is encouraged to ‘simply established a marriage day herself’

  • Nameless British woman shared the disappointment of not receiving engaged
  • She expected her companion of five years to propose to her on Christmas Working day
  • She said the father of her little one, has been indicating he won’t be able to manage to obtain a ring 
  • Mumsnet people urged her to just take control alternatively of waiting around for him to propose  

A woman who certain herself that her companion would propose on Xmas Day, has been urged to take matters into her have fingers after she was still left disappointed.

Writing on British parenting internet site Mumsnet, the woman spelled out that she and her husband or wife have been with each other for 5 decades and have a little one together, and have discussed getting married when their finances in order.

Outlining that he had completed enough overtime to save for a ring and had even dropped hints, she was still left disaappointed when he did not propose at Christmas. 

Even so buyers on the internet site reported she should really simply established a day without having waiting for the proposal, with one particular consumer crafting: ‘You are not a passenger in your personal life. Just convey to him you want to get married and strategy on placing a date. He’ll both go along with it or refuse. Either way you’ll know the place you stand.’ 

A British lady took to Mumsnet to reveal her despair that her partner of 5 many years, who she has a boy or girl with, did not propose on Chirstmas Working day – irrespective of them talking about marriage at excellent lengths

The lady had uncovered in the thread that her husband or wife has saved plenty of income to be able to pay for a ring more than the previous year, in spite of earlier economical struggles – in addition to talking about ring measurements.

‘There’s been so lots of hints and I am just confused like for instance about a thirty day period in the past me and DP had been chatting abut a ring that he’d brought me years ago, I was saying how I come to feel I need it mounted lead to pf a little diamond falling out. 

‘He randomly arrived out with ‘I wager you you should not know what your ring sizing is now do you?’ He then asked to search at the ring and set it on his child finger although he was wanting at it… AIBU to be sensation so down about this or am I just been genuinely silly?,’ she questioned.

One particular individual responded: ‘If it signifies that substantially to you why cannot you propose? To be trustworthy however, him stating he did not have the income for a ring sounds like an excuse. You should not require an pricey ring to suggest to someone if you definitely want to.’

One more wrote: ‘Why would not you question him? I ‘proposed’ to mine. As with almost everything in daily life, if you actually want a thing you have to do one thing for it.’

Woman is told to propose after her child's father fails to present a ring on Xmas Day

Woman is told to propose after her child's father fails to present a ring on Xmas Day

Woman is told to propose after her child's father fails to present a ring on Xmas Day

Woman is told to propose after her child's father fails to present a ring on Xmas Day

Woman is told to propose after her child's father fails to present a ring on Xmas Day

Many responses to the post came from those urging the woman to take control by proposing to him instead of waiting for a ring

Numerous responses to the write-up arrived from those people urging the lady to get command by proposing to him as an alternative of ready for a ring 

Others urged the woman to take into consideration that her companion may well not want to get married, or may perhaps choose a considerably less popular time of calendar year to suggest. 

‘OP you are sad because deep down you know he does not want to marry you and forget about all this BS about contemporary women of all ages, contemporary adult men, we never need to have a piece of paper – adult males will always, constantly, marry the woman they truly appreciate – for the reason that they want the lawful motivation to her,’ wrote 1.  

Another claimed: ‘Have you at any time considered that potentially your DP would like to strategy how HE proposes to you with out you consistently dropping hints and expecting it?

‘Generally males like to be the a person to control this factor so if you carry on talking about it, it will practically consider even longer. I think you can find nothing even worse than being proposed to on Xmas Day. It truly is not primary at all! Just take pleasure in investing time as a household and the rest will slide into position.’

A third added: ‘The trouble is you’re caught now mainly because you have experienced a boy or girl and he is aware of it. He appreciates he can go on not to propose and you would not (are not able to) go away. He isn’t going to want to marry you.’

Woman is told to propose after her child's father fails to present a ring on Xmas Day

Woman is told to propose after her child's father fails to present a ring on Xmas Day

Woman is told to propose after her child's father fails to present a ring on Xmas Day

Woman is told to propose after her child's father fails to present a ring on Xmas Day

Others told the woman that her partner may not want to get married or might suggest a different time of year to propose

Other individuals informed the girl that her companion may possibly not want to get married or may advise a diverse time of calendar year to propose 

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Lady Kitty Spencer shares throwback of her childhood as she celebrates her 29th birthday 

Lady Kitty Spencer shares throwback of her childhood as she celebrates her 29th birthday 


Lady Kitty Spencer shares a glimpse at her lavish 29th birthday celebrations in a sun-soaked villa as she calls it the ‘most special day’ and shares a childhood throwback snap

  • Kitty Spencer, of London, turned 29 yesterday and took trip down memory lane
  • The socialite, who’s made name as a model is the niece of the late Princess Diana
  • She shared a picture of herself celebrating her birthday as child to mark the date
  • Posted pictures of a birthday lunch by the sea in an unknown location thought to be South Africa 

Lady Kitty Spencer has shared a glimpse at her sun-soaked birthday celebrations surrounded by friends and family this weekend. 

Princess Diana’s niece,  who turned 29 yesterday, celebrated in style, posting a picture of her lavish lunch by the sea in a luxury villa with a pool, thought to be in South Africa – where she was born. 

The D&G model also shared a throwback picture of  a childhood birthday with her 503,000 followers on Instagram, calling it ‘the most special birthday’ she could remember. 

Kitty, cousin to Harry, 34 and William, 37, shared the snap showing her enjoying a piece of cake and some candy as a child during a previous birthday.   

Lady Kitty Spencer celebrated her 29th birthday yesterday and shared a throwback snap on her Instagram. Pictured at the Summer Party 2019, presented by Serpentine Galleries and Chanel the Serpentine Gallery on June 25 2019

In the sweet picture, a much younger Kitty plays with toys and eats cake during a previous birthday

In the sweet picture, a much younger Kitty plays with toys and eats cake during a previous birthday

‘Thank you for such beautiful and kind birthday messages today,’ the post read. ‘I couldn’t have asked for a better day surrounded by the people I love.’ 

‘Thank you to everybody who made it the most special birthday I can remember (although this Barbie party looked pretty cool too!),’ Kitty added. 

In the snap, the young Kitty was surrounded by toys, and dolls, including a brand new Barbie doll, and a blush-pink heart-shaped card addressed to ‘Kitty’ sat next to a paper crown. 

Kitty's sister Eliza Spencer shared snap of the birthday party on her Instagram story, showing the beautiful venue

Kitty’s sister Eliza Spencer shared snap of the birthday party on her Instagram story, showing the beautiful venue

Kitty said this year was 'the most special birthday' she could remember as she shared the throwback snap

Kitty said this year was ‘the most special birthday’ she could remember as she shared the throwback snap 

The young aristocrat seemed in her element as she sat in the middle of her Barbie party, and her bold choice of accessories – a colourful hair clip and long necklace – already promised a flourishing career in fashion.  

Several friends of the socialite took to Instagram to wish her well on her birthday, including her best-friend and fellow model and TV personality the Viscountess Emma Weymouth, 33. 

Kitty celebrated the special day with her friends and family by the sea in a sunny location.  

Eliza's boyfriend Channing Millerd was also at the event and took some snap of the venue

Channing's Instagram story revealed Kitty wore a beautiful floral gown from Dolce and Gabbana for the occasion

Eliza’s boyfriend Channing Millerd was also in attendance and took some snap of the event (left) and videos of Kitty herself (right) 

Pictured attending the Dolce and Gabbana show at the Milan Fashion Week on September 22 2019

Pictured attending the Dolce and Gabbana show at the Milan Fashion Week on September 22 2019

The glamourous niece of the late Lady Diana is currently dating fashion tycoon Michael Lewis, who is six years older than her father, Earl Spencer, since the spring. 

The couple went public with their relationship during a stroll through New York City in May and were seen kissing after leaving Club 55 in St Tropez in August. 

Lady Kitty, is active on Instagram, recently defended social media against naysayers who blame it for a rise in children’s low self-esteem.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Lady Spencer said: ‘Social media doesn’t have a conscience – it’s how you use it. You give it the power.

‘I think rather than being overwhelmed and knocking social media, maybe people should be working on their own self-esteem. Maybe the problem started before that – if you are so easily made to feel bad, what’s that about, where did that start?

Kitty's guests could enjoy the pool at the lavish venue during her birthday party yesterday (pictured)

Kitty’s guests could enjoy the pool at the lavish venue during her birthday party yesterday (pictured)

Pictured attending the Fashion For Relief at the British Museum in London on 14 September 2019

Pictured attending the Fashion For Relief at the British Museum in London on 14 September 2019

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The Queen is joined by members of her family for a church service in Sandringham

The Queen is joined by members of her family for a church service in Sandringham


The Queen introduced a splash of color to a gray working day when she stepped out in a lively, yellow ensemble for church in Sandringham this morning.

Her Majesty, 93, was joined by Prince Charles, 71, Princess Anne, 69, as very well as her partner Sir Tim Lawrence, 64, a retired Royal Navy officer, and Prince Edward, 55, and 16-12 months-outdated Woman Louise Windsor. 

Wanting a picture of elegance, the Queen donned a lemon hat with a black rim and feathers, matching it with an eye-catching coat in the identical shade.

Sitting down future to the Countess of Wessex in the back seat of a motor vehicle, the Queen appeared in outstanding spirits as she arrived for the support at St Mary Magdalene Church, in close proximity to the royal estate in Norfolk.

The Queen (pictured sitting following to the Countess of Wessex in the again seat of a car or truck) brought a splash of colour to a gray day when she stepped out in a lively, yellow ensemble for church in Sandringham this morning

The Queen leaves the church after attending the Sunday service with her family members.

A security officer holds a blue blanket ready to hand to the monarch as she steps into her car

The Queen leaves the church after attending the Sunday services with her family associates. A safety officer retains a blue blanket all set to hand to the monarch as she ways into her car or truck

Her Majesty, 93, was joined by Prince Charles, 71, and Princess Anne, 69, when attending the service at St Mary Magdalene Church, near the royal estate in Norfolk

Her Majesty, 93, was joined by Prince Charles, 71, and Princess Anne, 69, when attending the provider at St Mary Magdalene Church, in close proximity to the royal estate in Norfolk

Joining Prince Charles and Princess Anne, was the royal's husband Sir Tim Lawrence, 64, a retired Royal Navy officer, and Prince Edward, 55, plus 16-year-old Lady Louise Windsor

Signing up for Prince Charles and Princess Anne, was the royal’s husband Sir Tim Lawrence, 64, a retired Royal Navy officer, and Prince Edward, 55, plus 16-yr-outdated Woman Louise Windsor

She accessorised with her signature pearls and an tasteful brooch as she and her spouse and children built their way to the neighborhood church.

Even now on her winter split, the monarch added a minor much more glamour to her ensemble by pairing her vivid outfit with a vivid pink lipstick and dainty pearl earrings. 

The Duke of Edinburgh, 98, who was discharged from hospital on Christmas Eve, is still thought to be at Sandringham but did not show up at church.

He experienced invested four nights at the King Edward VII Healthcare facility in London to get treatment for a ‘pre-current condition’.

Also absent from the service was Prince Andrew, who is experiencing continued backlash about his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, as perfectly as his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

Looking a picture of elegance, the Queen donned a lemon hat with a black rim and feathers, matching it with an eye-catching coat in the same shade

Searching a picture of magnificence, the Queen donned a lemon hat with a black rim and feathers, matching it with an eye-catching coat in the exact same shade

Still on her winter break, the monarch added a little more glamour to her ensemble by pairing her bright outfit with a vibrant pink lipstick and dainty pearl earrings

Continue to on her wintertime crack, the monarch extra a minor far more glamour to her ensemble by pairing her brilliant outfit with a lively pink lipstick and dainty pearl earrings

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, sat next to the Queen as the pair headed back to the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, following the church service this morning

Sophie showcased her fashion prowess in a cream coat and spotted scarf

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, sat subsequent to the Queen as the pair headed again to the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, subsequent the church assistance this early morning

Sir Tim Lawrence, 64, Lady Louise Windsor, Prince Edward, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne, appear in good spirits as they all walk towards the church together

Sir Tim Lawrence, 64, Lady Louise Windsor, Prince Edward, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne, look in superior spirits as they all walk towards the church collectively

Even so, other household users had been on hand to attend the support now which includes the Queen’s son Prince Edward who walked together with his daughter Woman Louise Windsor.  

Forward of the pair was Prince Charles, who seemed intelligent in a match and coat, together with Princess Anne and her partner Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence.

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, was also in attendance and looked normally chic in a product coat and chocolate coloured hat, adorned with placing feathers. 

Although both of those Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Cambridge relatives had attended the Xmas Day assistance before this 7 days neither appeared to be present for church currently.

The Queen arrived at the St Mary Magdalene Church, a quick stroll from Sandringham Household, to hoards of well-wishers who experienced assembled in hope of catching a glimpse of the royals. 

Looking delightfully bright in her lemon ensemble, the Queen accessorised with her signature pearls and an elegant brooch

The Queen and her family leave the local church following the service

On the lookout delightfully vivid in her lemon ensemble, the Queen accessorised with her signature pearls and an exquisite brooch as she and her household still left the nearby church following the support

Prince Charles and Princess Anne stop to talk to well-wishers as they attend the church service today in Sandringham. The siblings both looked sophisticated, dressed in shades of brown

Prince Charles and Princess Anne cease to talk to very well-wishers as they go to the church service today in Sandringham. The siblings each seemed advanced, dressed in shades of brown

While both Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Cambridge family had attended the Christmas Day service earlier this week neither appeared to be present for church today. Pictured: Prince Charles and Princess Anne

Although equally Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Cambridge spouse and children had attended the Xmas Day provider before this week neither appeared to be present for church now. Pictured: Prince Charles and Princess Anne

Royal enthusiasts stand outside the church to try and catch a glimpse of the royals as they attend the Sunday service this morning near their Norfolk estate

Royal lovers stand outdoors the church to test and capture a glimpse of the royals as they go to the Sunday support this early morning in close proximity to their Norfolk estate

A woman gets checked by police and security as she passes through the gates into the church. The Queen arrived at the St Mary Magdalene Church to hoards of well-wishers who had assembled in hope of catching a glimpse of the royals

A lady will get checked by law enforcement and stability as she passes by means of the gates into the church. The Queen arrived at the St Mary Magdalene Church to hoards of well-wishers who had assembled in hope of catching a glimpse of the royals

Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending a morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham

Queen Elizabeth II leaves right after attending a morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham

Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending a morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham

Queen Elizabeth II leaves following attending a early morning church company at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham



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Royal wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason made the New Year's List of Honours and received a MBE

Royal wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason made the New Year’s List of Honours and received a MBE


The cellist who moved the nation to tears through the wedding day of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in 2018 has been given an MBE in the New Calendar year Honours for his support to songs. 

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 20, from Nottingham, mentioned he was ‘absolutely thrilled’ following obtained the difference for his provider to new music. 

The cellist was hand-picked to participate in at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding on 19 Could 2018 in Windsor. 

He was also the to start with black musician to earn BBC Musician of the Year in 2016. 

Sharing the information on the internet, Sheku stated he was thrilled by the appointment and thanked his moms and dads for their assistance in a touching put up. 

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 20, carrying out at the marriage ceremony of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in Might 2018 in Windsor. The musician was honoured with an MBE on the New 12 months Honour record, for his company to music 

The Duke of Duchess of Sussex had hand-picked the cellist to play on their big day, two years after he won the BBC Young Musician competition in 2016. Pictured exchanging a kiss as husband and wife on the step of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on 19 May 2016

The Duke of Duchess of Sussex had hand-picked the cellist to engage in on their significant day, two a long time after he won the BBC Young Musician competitiveness in 2016. Pictured exchanging a kiss as husband and spouse on the step of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on 19 Could 2016

In an Instagram put up, he wrote: ‘I was so blessed to have the dedicated assistance of my dad and mom in supplying me the chance to have professional music classes from a younger boy or girl,’ he reported.

‘I also had incredible support from the condition educational institutions I attended in Nottingham where music was promoted for its worth in creating listening competencies, teamwork, self-expression and challenging perform.’ 

‘The like and enjoyment for this wonderful art is something that ought to be out there to every person, irrespective of track record,’ he extra.

‘I am fully commited to continuing my do the job with organisations such as London Songs Masters and Future Talent to enhance the advantages of obtain to tunes,’ he said. 

In an Instagram post, Sheku shared how 'absolutely thrilled' he was at the news he had received an MBE and thanked his parents for their support

In an Instagram publish, Sheku shared how ‘absolutely thrilled’ he was at the information he experienced gained an MBE and thanked his dad and mom for their support 

Just after creating the rounds on numerous range reveals together with Britain’s Obtained Talent where by he appeared with his siblings in 2013, Sheku’s debut album ‘Inspiration’ grew to become one of the greatest-offering classical audio albums of 2018.

His visual appearance at the royal wedding ceremony only boosted his revenue more and that exact same yr, Sheku turned the youngest cellist ever to make the Inspiration turned a person of the most important-marketing classical music albums in 2018.

Sheku, who analyzed at the Royal Academy of New music in London, has earlier spoken out about funding cuts in state educational facilities for songs classes.

In 2018, next continual revenue, he donated £3,000 to his previous college – matched by an additional £3,000 from his report label Decca – to fund music tuition for ten pupils to find out cello. 

Sheku wowed crowds on Britain's Got Talent in 2015, before winning the BBC Young Musician competition a year later. Pictured performing at the T.J. Martell Foundation in New York on October 15 2018

Sheku wowed crowds on Britain’s Received Expertise in 2015, prior to profitable the BBC Younger Musician competition a yr later on. Pictured accomplishing at the T.J. Martell Foundation in New York on October 15 2018

In 2015, Sheku and his siblings wowed the crowds of Britain’s Got Talent with with workforce overall performance, which led him to contend on the BBC’s Young Musician programme. 

He received, getting to be the to start with black man to gain the competition given that its 1978.   

Sheku stated his functionality at the royal wedding day beneath the course of renowned conductor Christopher-Warren-Eco-friendly was ‘amazing.’ 

On that day, the cellist moved 18 million of British isles viewers with a few tracks picked out by the couple as they signed the wedding sign up out of the audience’s sight.   

It was revealed that Meghan termed him personally to ask him to complete right after Prince Harry observed him engage in at an celebration in support of the Antiguan charity the Halo Foundation. 

He admitted he would almost certainly would not have picked up the telephone, had he not been told beforehand that she would be calling him.  

He done for the couple once more afterwards in the yr at the Royal Range Functionality.

‘They were being happy to see me yet again and savored the overall performance and thanked me for executing in Could,’ he advised the Guardian It was truly nice to conduct for them and this time they have been in a position to enjoy it.’

The cellist is now touring in the US and his new album is predicted to be produced on 10 January 2020. 

 



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Meet the inspirational women who lost 70st between them in 2019

Meet the inspirational women who lost 70st between them in 2019


Within a week or so countless Britons will be putting themselves on a diet to tackle the Christmas excess.

A year ago each woman here resolved to tackle her weight and has now reaped the benefits for their health, too, from banishing chronic back pain and depression, to putting asthma and type 2 diabetes into remission — as well as shedding an amazing 70 stone between them.

As a result each is facing a far healthier, happier future than they were last year. From Christmas puddings to Christmas crackers, here they tell their stories . . .

A year ago each woman here resolved to tackle her weight and has now reaped the benefits for their health, too. Pictured left to right: Debbie Chesters, 51, Kate Mincher, 54, and Georgie Cox, 33

Lost: 5st

Debbie Chesters has lost 5st since joining a slimming club

Debbie Chesters has lost 5st since joining a slimming club

DEBBIE CHESTERS, 51, a mother of two, works in a café. She lives in Connah’s Quay, North Wales, with husband Gareth, 55, a machine operator.

WEIGHT LOSS IN PAST YEAR: 5st (from 17st 7lb to 12st 7lb; height, 5ft 4in).

DEBBIE SAYS: Two years ago I was asked to get off a ride at Alton Towers theme park because I was too large for the attendants to shut the safety bar over me. It was soul-destroying.

My weight affected everything — in my late teens I developed asthma that got worse as I put more weight on.

I had to use an inhaler regularly and couldn’t do any exercise or walk very far because it would trigger an asthma attack.

Eight years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes too — which meant doing fingerprick tests twice a day to monitor my blood sugar levels and taking two types of medication.

Even then, trying to control my blood sugar was a nightmare and I developed complications such as numbness in my feet, caused by nerve damage, and this will never repair.

But since joining a slimming club, I’ve lost 5st — it’s reversed my type 2 diabetes, so I don’t have to take medication any more and I don’t suffer from asthma attacks either! I’ve got loads of energy — so much I walk 30,000 steps each day. My doctors are amazed by what I’ve done.

Lost: 6st 3lb

Kate Mincher has lost 6st 3lb and said her blood pressure is now normal and her acid reflux is gone

Kate Mincher has lost 6st 3lb and said her blood pressure is now normal and her acid reflux is gone

KATE MINCHER, 54, a mother of one, is a business development manager for an animal health company, and lives in Stockport, with partner Andy, 54, an engineer.

WEIGHT LOSS IN PAST YEAR: 6st 3lb (from 19st 1lb to 12st 12lb; height, 5ft 6in).

KATE SAYS: At the start of last year, I was so fat I would lie awake at night worried I was going to die and leave my son [aged 19] without a mum.

From the age of 49, I’d be puffing and panting even just walking a few steps. My knees were really painful, and I suffered from bad acid reflux and needed daily medication for it — the doctor said I might have to have pills in the future for my blood pressure, too.

This worried me as we have a history of heart disease and type 2 diabetes in the family — and my mum had a stroke in her 50s and my dad had a heart bypass.

I knew nothing was going to change if I didn’t change myself, so in January I went on a diet.

Within ten months I’d lost six stone and I feel fabulous. Now I play badminton regularly, and I think nothing of swimming 30 lengths at a time.

My blood pressure is now normal, my acid reflux is gone and I don’t pant when I walk.

I’ve turned my life around and have given myself the best possible chance to see my son grow up.

Lost: 9st 1lb

Georgie Cox lost 9st 1lb. She said she struggled with her weight all her life

Georgie Cox lost 9st 1lb. She said she struggled with her weight all her life

GEORGIE COX, 33, who collates cancer patients’ treatment plans, lives in Manchester with husband Trevor, 50, a computer analyst.

WEIGHT LOSS IN PAST YEAR: 9st 1lb (from 21st 4lb to 12st 3lb; height, 5ft 3in).

GEORGIE SAYS: We were about to take off on a flight last year when I had to ask for a seatbelt extension. I was mortified — I felt that everyone was staring at me.

It wasn’t just embarrassing — over the previous three years, my feet had become swollen and painful because of my weight. I limped and could only wear soft fitting shoes — and I was taking eight anti-inflammatory painkillers every other day. My doctor told me the best thing I could do would be to lose weight.

I’ve struggled with my weight all my life — I was a secret eater. I would sit in the supermarket car park and gorge on chocolate and florentines before driving home.

After the seatbelt incident I changed my diet: my plate was always a third fruit and vegetables, and I didn’t snack.

Since losing weight, my feet aren’t swollen any more and I don’t need painkillers. We went on a cruise in May and I did every activity going — rock climbing, bungee jumping, and ice skating. It was amazing.

Lost: 9st

Cath Young lost 9st after cutting out cheese, butter, chocolate and crisps, pizza and ice-cream and eating more home cooked veg dishes and fresh fruit

Cath Young lost 9st after cutting out cheese, butter, chocolate and crisps, pizza and ice-cream and eating more home cooked veg dishes and fresh fruit

CATH YOUNG, 56, a retired nurse and mother of two, lives in Cheadle Hulme, with husband Alan, 55, a computer design engineer.

WEIGHT LOSS IN PAST YEAR: 9st (from 19st 3lb to 10st 3lb; height, 5ft 6in)

CATH SAYS: Two years ago my back hurt so much that I was taking codeine four times a day, and in October 2017 I had to stop working for three weeks.

I asked my GP if my weight was making my back problem worse, and she said that it was.

I’ve struggled with my weight all my life, but on holiday in Wales last year, when I could barely walk a few steps on the beach, was the moment I realised that things had to change.

Because I have a family history of type 2 diabetes I asked a doctor where I work to check my blood sugar levels, which showed that I was pre-diabetic, too — I really didn’t want to go on to develop diabetes; as a nurse I knew where it could lead.

After cutting out cheese, butter, chocolate and crisps, pizza and ice-cream and eating lots more home cooked veg dishes, with fresh fruit, the weight just dropped off.

And as soon as I lost even a few pounds my pain improved.

My blood sugar is now normal, I don’t have back pain, and don’t need the paracetamol and anti-inflammatories I had been taking daily. A year ago I could only shuffle down the beach: now I run 5km three or four times a week.

I can hardly believe it.

Left to right: Cath Young has lost 9st, Michelle O'Neill has lost nearly 7st and Michele Rogers has lost 8st

Left to right: Cath Young has lost 9st, Michelle O’Neill has lost nearly 7st and Michele Rogers has lost 8st

Lost: 6st 4lb

Michelle O'Neill joined the Cambridge Weight Plan and lost nearly two stone in the first month

Michelle O’Neill joined the Cambridge Weight Plan and lost nearly two stone in the first month

MICHELLE O’NEILL, 45, lives in Manchester with her fiancé Dominic Risk, 43, a supervisor for a bus company. She has two children Kaya, 20, and Cenk, 24.

WEIGHT LOSS IN PAST YEAR: 6st 4lb (from 20st to 13st 10lb; height, 5ft 7in)

MICHELLE SAYS: Eight months ago I had my first proper night’s sleep since 2017. That’s when I developed sleep apnoea — when I lay down at night, the fat around my neck would crush my airway and briefly interrupt my breathing, meaning I woke around 30 times a night.

Dominic never slept properly either as he was terrified I was going to die, so he would keep checking on me.

The doctors said sleep apnoea put me at a greater risk of dying from heart disease because it was putting pressure on my heart. I was also always tired during the day, and would fall asleep anywhere. That wasn’t my only issue.

In 2017 I needed a right knee replacement after an accident at work — but because of my weight I needed a wheelchair for a year: both knees caused me horrific pain and my doctor warned me in the summer of 2018 I might need it permanently unless I lost weight.

That really worried me, so I joined the Cambridge Weight Plan — and lost nearly two stone in the first month. By the time I’d lost five stone, the pain in my knees had reduced so much I didn’t need a wheelchair any more.

And my sleep apnoea had gone, too. I wake up feeling refreshed — life is normal again.

Lost: 8st 1lb

Michele Rogers said staring at photographs of herself at New Year last year shocked her into action

Michele Rogers said staring at photographs of herself at New Year last year shocked her into action

MICHELE ROGERS, 46, a housewife, lives in Stockport with husband John, 48, a parts manager for a car company. They have two children Danielle, 22, and James, 19. 46, a housewife, lives in Stockport with husband John, 48, a parts manager for a car company. They have two children Danielle, 22, and James, 19.

WEIGHT LOSS IN PAST YEAR: 8st 1lb (from 20st 1lb to 12st; height, 5ft 7in)

MICHELE SAYS: Staring at photographs of myself at New Year last year I couldn’t believe how big I’d got. It shocked me into action. It wasn’t just about how I looked — I’d also had a long battle with breast cancer, and doctors told me that losing the weight would lessen the risk of it returning.

I’d been diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form, in December 2014. After chemotherapy and a double mastectomy I also had my ovaries removed because I was at raised risk of ovarian cancer, too. It was terrifying and I comfort ate a lot when I was first diagnosed.

But that picture made me confront my weight: I wanted to be around for my children. I threw out the white bread, and stopped buying biscuits, cakes and crisps — and I reached my target weight in August.

I feel fantastic. I’ve just celebrated five years in remission. Originally I was told I had an 80 per cent chance of the cancer coming back, but now doctors say losing weight has drastically reduced that figure.

Left to right: Georgia Lawton has lost 7st, Elanor Darman has lost 10st and Rebecca Mellor has lost 6st

Left to right: Georgia Lawton has lost 7st, Elanor Darman has lost 10st and Rebecca Mellor has lost 6st

Lost: 7st

Georgia Lawton said for years her mood spiralled down as her weight increased

Georgia Lawton said for years her mood spiralled down as her weight increased

GEORGIA LAWTON, 22, lives in Stockport with her partner Louis Waldron, 24, an accountant. Georgia, a support worker, has dropped from a size 26 to a 10/12.

WEIGHT LOSS IN PAST YEAR: 7st (from 18st to 11st; height, 5ft 7in)

GEORGIA SAYS: For years my mood spiralled down as my weight increased. At times my depression could be so crushing I couldn’t get out of bed. Just over a year ago I hit rock bottom and needed six months off work.

My doctor prescribed antidepressants — Prozac and citalopram — but they didn’t help and I was comfort eating even more. I’d have takeaways several times a day.

My weight affected my relationship with Louis — I never wanted to go out, so he had a separate social life. Then, just before last Christmas, a friend begged me to go with her to a slimming club.

I didn’t have any intention of joining, I was going to keep her company. But one of the members had lost half a stone and was so excited, I joined.

For the first time in years, I felt a spark of something positive. The next day I changed what I was eating — breakfast was now fruit and yoghurt, and a jacket potato for lunch. No more takeaways.

Within four weeks I’d lost a stone: stepping on the scales was giving me such a buzz I realised I didn’t need antidepressants any more so I stopped them — my doctor was happy for me to do this.

By August I’d lost 7st and for the first time in years, I’m really enjoying life. Depression and anxiety are in the past now.

Lost: 12st

Ellie Darman said she always wanted to lose weight but struggled to control her eating

Ellie Darman said she always wanted to lose weight but struggled to control her eating

ELLIE DARMAN, 44, lives in Leicester and works as a configuration and data engineer for Rolls-Royce.

WEIGHT LOSS IN PAST YEAR: 12st (from 24st 3lb to 12st 3lb; height, 5ft 11in)

ELLIE SAYS: I’ve always been overweight but ten years ago, I was diagnosed with an auto-immune condition, psoriatic arthritis — my joints became really painful and because I was carrying an extra 12 stone, I struggled to move.

All my joints are affected — knees, ankles, elbows, wrists and hips — and I will probably need multiple joint replacements at some stage, but being so overweight meant that I’d have them sooner.

I’d always wanted to lose weight but struggled to control my eating. Then a year ago, I decided to join WeightWatchers as I’d finally had enough of my weight making my problems worse.

As well as making better choices — swapping my cereal and toast for granola and yoghurt — I started batch cooking food from scratch.

As soon as the weight started to fall off, my joints became more flexible. My consultant has told me my weight loss has significantly delayed the need for joint replacements.

I still have this condition — it will never be cured, but now I can move around without getting out of breath and have halved my medication, which is fantastic because there are side-effects to it — sickness, hair loss, even an increased risk of cancer.

It’s by far the best thing I’ve ever done.

Lost: 6st 3lb

Rebecca Mellor said aged 32 she could only crawl up the stairs as her knees were so painful

Rebecca Mellor said aged 32 she could only crawl up the stairs as her knees were so painful

REBECCA MELLOR, 41, a deputy head teacher, lives in Cheadle, Cheshire, with husband Stu, 42, a decorator.

WEIGHT LOSS IN PAST YEAR: 6st 3lb (from 18st 11lb to 12st 8lb; height, 5ft 11in)

REBECCA SAYS: Aged 32 I could only crawl up the stairs as my knees were so painful. I had to take two anti-inflammatory painkillers every day just to walk around. My GP said if I didn’t slim down I could be looking at knee replacements.

I also had very high blood pressure and since I was 39, I’d been on two types of blood pressure tablets.

My diet was very unhealthy. I wouldn’t have breakfast — lunch would be sandwiches and crisps, and I’d have a pizza or a takeaway at night.

I joined Slimming World last year and my diet is much healthier now.

Losing weight has given me a new lease of life. My knees aren’t painful — we’ve just got a dog and I walk him for hours each day, no problem.

And my blood pressure medication has been halved. Brilliant.

Naomi Osborne said it’s hard to believe how much life has changed since losing weight

Naomi Osborne said it’s hard to believe how much life has changed since losing weight

Lost: 7st  

NAOMI OSBORNE, 36, a school examiner, lives in Poynton, Cheshire with husband Simon, 34, a data analyst, and their children Finley, six, Matilda, four, and Felix, two.

WEIGHT LOSS IN PAST YEAR: 7 stone (from 17st 13 to 10st 12; height, 5ft 3)

NAOMI SAYS: It’s hard to believe how much life has changed. A year ago my knees throbbed so much walking was incredibly painful and I need painkillers every day.

I originally damaged my knee aged 14 doing the long jump at school, but it hadn’t troubled me until I started putting on weight during my first pregnancy.

Then when I was pregnant with my youngest I developed gestational diabetes and the doctor warned me that unless I lost weight I was likely to develop full diabetes.

I didn’t want that to happen – and struggling to keep up with the kids was getting me down – so last October I switched from convenience foods to cooking from scratch, using no fat. The weight soon started to shift.

Not only is my old knee injury not painful anymore, I’m off the painkillers and can run around after the children. I’ve now set up a cook yourself slim group on Facebook to share my recipes to help others like me.

Ali Birks said carrying around her extra weight really hurt her back

Ali Birks said carrying around her extra weight really hurt her back

Lost: 5st 7lbs

ALI BIRKS, 33, who works for an estate agent, lives in High Lane, Cheshire, with husband Neil, 36, a director of an air conditioning company and their one-year-old daughter, Willow.

WEIGHT LOSS IN PAST YEAR: 5 1/2 st (from 15st to 9 ½ st; height, 5ft 1)

ALI SAYS: I’ve been a yo yo dieter for many years but really piled on the weight after I had a caesarean and couldn’t do anything: people would come round with cakes every day, and I’d eat the lot. 

My extra weight really hurt my back and when Willow was a few months old, it suddenly went as I was getting her out of the car seat: I felt a muscle snap underneath my left shoulder blade. 

It was absolute agony and I had three months of physiotherapy to try to help, but I knew the only thing that would work was to lose some weight. 

I stopped eating bacon sandwiches with cheese for breakfast, triple decker sandwiches for lunch and pizza for dinner and the weight started to fall off. 

My back is fine and in May I started going for a run nearly every day – I’ll be going on a Christmas morning run with the pram. I feel so much healthier.



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Heartwarming moment Tennessee chemotherapy patient and nurse sing duet of O Holy Night

Heartwarming moment Tennessee chemotherapy patient and nurse sing duet of O Holy Night


A heartwarming video clip of a chemotherapy affected person and his nurse singing a Xmas carol has gone viral.

Penn Pennington, 67, a veteran musician, is now battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, for the second time.

Earlier this month, he was admitted to the Sarah Cannon Most cancers Institute at TriStar Centennial in Nashville, Tennessee, for his initial chemotherapy session to take care of this bout of most cancers.

Nurse Alexandra ‘Alex’ Collazo, who admitted him into the facility, acquired he of Pennington’s musical qualifications and promised they would do a jam session collectively.

On December 15, she brought her guitar to the healthcare facility and the two sang a rendition of O Holy Night in Pennington’s hospital area, though Pennington’s daughter, Brandi Leath, filmed their transferring performance.   

A movie has gone viral of musician Penn Pennington, 67 (remaining), a chemotherapy affected person from Nashville, Tennessee, and nurse Alex Collazo, 24 (right), singing O Holy Evening

Collazo admitted Pennington into the hospital and, when she learned of his music background, she promised to bring her guitar in for a jam session. Pictured: Pennington and Collazo singing

Collazo admitted Pennington into the healthcare facility and, when she uncovered of his tunes background, she promised to convey her guitar in for a jam session. Pictured: Pennington and Collazo singing

Pennington was a guitarist at the renowned Grand Ole Opry in Nashville for 23 years Leath advised DailyMail.com.

‘He picked up a guitar at [age] 9 and hasn’t place it down ever considering the fact that,’ she explained.

Leath remembers her dad singing to her in advance of bed, going backstage to see him after shows and – on her 14th birthday – her father bought state musician Jack Greene to sing Satisfied Birthday to her in front of the whole audience of a single of his exhibits.

The relatives was stunned and devastated when Pennington was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, in 2009. 

Symptoms and signs normally include swollen lymph nodes, a painful and swollen stomach, difficulties respiratory, exhaustion and fever.

Cure generally is made up of either chemotherapy, radiation treatment or a bone marrow transplant.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a very common most cancers in the US, creating up 4 p.c of all situations of the illness. 

An believed 74,200 men and women will be diagnosed in 2019 and about 19,970 will die, in accordance to the American Most cancers Modern society.

Leath explained her father experienced small-quality chemotherapy treatments during his very first bout with the disorder but, even at a lesser efficiency, they often still left him drained.

‘He went to chemo treatment plans throughout the working day and then, at evening, went to engage in the Grand Ole Opry,’ she reported.

‘I would have his guitar to the phase due to the fact he was so weak.’

For 9 many years, Pennington has been in remission. Nonetheless, in November, he informed his daughter he was emotion unusually lower-strength. 

Pennington was a guitarist for 23 years at the famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Pictured: Country musician Jack Greene (left) and Pennington (right) in fall 2009 at the Grand Ole Opry

Pennington was a guitarist for 23 yrs at the popular Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Pictured: Country musician Jack Greene (left) and Pennington (proper) in fall 2009 at the Grand Ole Opry

The musician was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, in 2009. Pictured: Pennington playing at Layla's bar in Nashville in 2019

The musician was identified with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, in 2009. Pictured: Pennington actively playing at Layla’s bar in Nashville in 2019

Right after a several doctors’ visits and some considerable blood do the job, he was informed his most cancers experienced returned, and he experienced a tumor expanding on his liver.

‘This non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is powerful and fast escalating so he wants superior-grade cure,’ Leath reported.

Two weeks in the past, he was admitted to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at TriStar Centennial for powerful rounds of chemotherapy. 

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Nurse Alex Collazo of Sarah Cannon Most cancers Institute at TriStar Centennial

That is in which he achieved nurse Collazo. 

‘I often like to ask new people: “Explain to me one thing entertaining about yourself,”‘ she told DailyMail.com.

‘He stated: “Well I’ve been skydiving 1,252 times” and I was like: “Holy Cow!”‘

Collazo, 24, said she was surprised when Pennington questioned her the identical question in return. Patients didn’t usually flip her question all-around on her. She instructed Pennington she played guitar.

Immediately after understanding about his qualifications as a musician, Collazo promised to convey in her guitar so the two could have a jam session.

He started feeling lethargic in November and, after doctors' visits and blood tests, he was told his cancer had returned. Pictured: Pennington playing at Layla's bar in Nashville in 2018

He started emotion lethargic in November and, right after doctors’ visits and blood tests, he was advised his most cancers had returned. Pictured: Pennington playing at Layla’s bar in Nashville in 2018

After six chemotherapy treatments, Pennington was declared in remission. Pictured: Pennington, second from left, playing at AJ's bar in Nashville in 2018

Right after 6 chemotherapy therapies, Pennington was declared in remission. Pictured: Pennington, second from left, playing at AJ’s bar in Nashville in 2018

Two days later on, she visited Pennington, who was starting up to feel much better from his treatments.

Initially, the two sang Elvis Presley’s Won’t be able to Enable Slipping In Appreciate.  

‘And then he reported: “Let’s do an additional 1” and he claimed: “Let us do a Xmas song,”‘ Collazo reported.

‘O Holy Evening was the 1st a single that popped into my head.’ 

Pennington’s daughter, Leath, was in the place with them and instantly commenced recording on her telephone.

‘I you should not know how my very long dad has, but I wished to catch as many memories as I could,’ she reported.

‘When they ended up accomplished I was like: “That was amazing, I gotta share it.” So I set it on my Facebook and produced it community.’ 

As of Monday afternoon, it’s been seen a lot more than 681,000 occasions and shared more than 10,000 times. 

‘Not in a million several years did I visualize it would get to this stage,’ Collazo stated. 

‘I truly feel like I’m dreaming. It’s such a good emotion to know that I have provided this occupation, even just for [a] 7 days, these types of a very good title.’

Pennington was admitted it Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute two weeks ago, where he met nurse Collazo. Pictured: Collazo graduating from nursing school

Collazo (pictured) said that the moment Pennington picked up a guitar, he became much happier

Pennington was admitted it Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute two weeks back, in which he fulfilled nurse Collazo (remaining and right). She reported that the second Pennington picked up a guitar, he grew to become significantly happier

The video has gone viral with more than 681,000 views and more than 10,000 shares. Pictured: Pennington (left) and Collazo singing O Holy Night

The video clip has gone viral with much more than 681,000 views and a lot more than 10,000 shares. Pictured: Pennington (still left) and Collazo singing O Holy Night time

Leath claimed she attempted to reply to just about every single comment, but before long they topped more than 1,000. 

She said that the instant her dad commenced actively playing the guitar, he seemed happier than he’d been in weeks.

‘In his intellect, he was not in the healthcare facility,’ Leath explained.

‘Sitting there, listening to him enjoy, we did not truly feel like we were in a cancer hospital. We felt like we ended up at dwelling.’

Collazo additional that she feels that audio has a certain healing electricity.

‘Songs find words and phrases you cannot discover oneself to specific how you happen to be feeling,’ she explained.

‘Music is so highly effective and when you happen to be sick, you can’t do what you normally do at home to cope. So you try out to convey [patients] their enthusiasm.’ 

A GoFundMe web site has been started off to support protect the price of Pennington’s healthcare costs. As of Monday, additional than $3,200 has been elevated out of a $5,000 aim.



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Utah grandfather who has played Santa for 40 years gets his hearing back

Utah grandfather who has played Santa for 40 years gets his hearing back


Kid’s eyes twinkle as they impatiently wait around their flip to climb on to Santa’s lap and tell him a important secret: what they’d like for Christmas. 

But, for far more than a 10 years, all 1 Utah Santa Claus was retaining a mystery of his own. 

‘Every child desired the exact matter, and that was a mumble,’ Mark Woodmansee, 57, instructed DailyMail.com. 

Woodmansee has been taking part in Santa for 40 many years (because he was just 16), but some 18 a long time back, his hearing started to vanish. 

He tried examining lips, hearing aids, and the normal smile-and-nod, but almost nothing created kid’s wishes or his family’s text any clearer. 

At last, in 2016, Woodmansee acquired a cochlear implant surgically placed – and a transferring movie captured the to start with time the the unit was switched in and Woodmansee read all he’d been lacking for so lots of a long time. 

Every single 12 months, Mark Woodmansee (proper) dons his Santa suit to spread joy to local households in Provo, Utah and deprived children. But 18 a long time back, he started to get rid of his hearing 

Currently being Santa runs in the loved ones for Woodmansee, who carries on the custom his father begun – of listening to the desires of deprived young children. 

Significantly of what the Woodmansee Santas do is charity get the job done for young children with mental or actual physical disabilities. 

But when the younger Woodmansee was just 16, relatives close friends asked, as they normally did, for his father to enjoy Santa for a holiday occasion. 

Considering the fact that his father was already booked for the night, he requested his teenage son if he’d fill in for him. 

‘Of training course, I stated, no, I did not want anything at all to do with that,’ Woodmansee mentioned. 

‘But then, I stated, “what the heck, I will do it.”‘ 

And that was that. Woodmansee ‘found it to seriously be a large amount of fun,’ and then he just kept accepting requests and, 40 decades later, he’s continue to performing it.  

Some things did get started to alter, however, in the early 2000s. 

Woodmansee was dating his wife, Nena, when she questioned if he had issues listening to. 

He’d under no circumstances recognized, but Nena mentioned she typically experienced to repeat herself to him. 

However, Woodmansee shrugged it off, right until it began to have an effect on his other work, as a salesman for an expedited freighting company. 

He couldn’t make out what was becoming claimed in meetings. Far more and additional, he sat in the again straining to hear what his colleagues reported, but not finding a great deal. 

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Nena (left) first noted to Mark (right) that she had to repeat herself to him when they were dating nearly 18 years ago

Nena (remaining) 1st noted to Mark (suitable) that she experienced to repeat herself to him when they had been dating virtually 18 decades ago 

At very last Woodmansee gave in and got listening to aids, which authorized him to limp together for some five a long time. 

When these aids began failing him, Woodmansee swapped them out for a different pair. 

‘I experienced them about two or 3 months, and they did not perform incredibly well. I thought, these are garbage, you will find no sweet place on them,’ he recalls. 

So, again to the physician he went. Points have been considerably far more dire than Woodmansee had realized. 

His still left ear was fully deaf. Fewer than 10 % of his ideal aspect listening to remained, and he could only recognize about six per cent of the words stated to him. 

Woodmansee (left, as a child) inherited the role of Santa from his father (right) beginning at age 16

As his hearing started to fade, Woodmansee said every child's Christmas wish became just a 'mumble.'

Woodmansee (significantly remaining, as a child) inherited the role of Santa from his father (right of still left) beginning at age 16. As his listening to started off to fade, Woodmansee (ideal) reported each and every kid’s Xmas would like grew to become just a ‘mumble’ 

Almost a quarter of more mature adults – people aged 65-75 – have disabling listening to loss, in accordance to the National Institutes of Health. 

But Woodmansee was nevertheless in his early 50s. Only about two percent of Us residents among 45 and 54 have this sort of bad hearing. 

Woodmansee’s hearing experienced degraded outside of the arrive at of listening to aids. If he wished to hear, he’d need to have a cochlear implant. 

Hearing aids simply just amplify audio, so that you will find much more stimulus for a person’s remaining internal ear hairs to decide up. 

A cochlear implant successfully replaces that biological system entirely. A microphone photos up sound and a little processor translates them into alerts that are delivered by electrodes implanted inside the ear to the auditory nerve so the brain can course of action auditory facts. 

In February of 2016, Woodmansee had surgery to place his cochlear implant

A month later, he was healed enough for the device to be 'activated'

In February of 2016, Woodmansee experienced surgical treatment to spot his cochlear implant. A month later, he was healed plenty of for the unit to be ‘activated.’ Pictured still left and appropriate: The day his implant was switched on 

After so many year's straining, hearing fully again for the first time was an 'emotional' moment for Woodmansee

Immediately after so several year’s straining, hearing totally yet again for the to start with time was an ’emotional’ instant for Woodmansee 

‘I was terrified to death, but I did analysis just after a whole lot of soul seeking and pondering and, I imagined, “I’ve gotta do anything,”‘ Woodmansee claimed. 

In February 2016, he bit the bullet an underwent small surgery to have the gadget implanted. 

Choclear implants absolutely replace the ear’s hearing method, so when the gadget is not switched on, individuals are completely deaf – which Woodmansee was for the very first thirty day period immediately after the operation, whilst he healed and the inflammation subsided. 

By March, he was properly more than enough healed for the unit to be switched on. 

‘I was activated for the to start with time, and that was extremely emotional,’ Woodmansee remembers. 

‘Now, I sit and imagine about all the blessings of acquiring it, and what it is performed for far more not just skillfully, but personally.’ 

With the implant, Woodmansee has regained the potential to hear children’s wishes, is back again to full ability at get the job done and has listened to priceless words and phrases from cherished kinds. 

Not long right after he obtained the implant, Woodmansee’s son-in-legislation, Allah, was diagnosed with leukemia. 

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‘I was equipped to be in that struggle with him the 12 months I experienced of his life,’ Woodmansee suggests. 

‘One of the very last conversations I experienced with him, I was so grateful that I was capable to recognize the recommendations that he was offering me for having treatment of my daughter, his spouse.

‘And to have that trade, where I listened to him explain to me he loves me and he read me tell him I appreciate him…without the need of [the implant], I truly would not have been in that struggle.’ 

Woodmansee however grieves for Allah, who died in December 2018. But he’s grateful for people final precious times with them, to be ready to hear what his wife states (most of the time) and the Disney flicks he shares with his 17 grandchildren. 

And he proceeds to have on the tradition of instilling some magic into Xmas for youngsters and family members in Provo, Utah. 

‘Dad explained to me, “you can have the Santa match that you go on to have on custom of browsing drawback youngsters and families that don’t have significantly for Xmas,”‘ Woodmansee suggests. 

Now, Woodmansee can hear every word children say to him, and repeat back exactly the color and kinds of toys they want - a feat that was impossible before the implant

Now, Woodmansee can listen to each individual word young children say to him, and repeat back just the colour and sorts of toys they want – a feat that was difficult ahead of the implant 

‘And I’ve held that guarantee and completed that every single single calendar year.’ 

In advance of he bought the cochlear implant, when he was playing Santa, ‘I would desperately consider to examine [kids’] lips and a great deal of periods I wouldn’t assure anything at all and just notify them to keep staying great,’ Woodmansee stated. 

‘Now I can listen to what color of car or truck or doll they want, and repeat it back again to them.’ 

This season’s been as chaotic as ever, and once he’s read ever would like and unfold a lot of cheer, Woodmansee seems ahead to comforting at home, surrounded by cherished kinds. 

‘Once I get that Santa match off on the evening of the 24th – becoming in the crisis freight business enterprise and then participating in santa December is a [busy] month, and I am fatigued – so I appear ahead to downtime among the holidays.’ 



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Mummified Inuits that lived 500 years ago had clogged-up arteries despite omega-3 rich fishy diets

Mummified Inuits that lived 500 years ago had clogged-up arteries despite omega-3 rich fishy diets


Scans of mummified Inuits from 16th-century Greenland discovered that the historic hunters endured from clogged-up arteries even with a eating plan abundant in omega-3 fatty acids.

Atherosclerosis — the build-up of plaques of excess fat, cholesterol and calcium in one’s arteries — is a leading bring about of death currently in the world’s wealthier nations.

Though normally observed as a product or service of contemporary existence, evidence of the condition has been discovered in human remains relationship back again as much as around 4,000 BC.

Nonetheless, none of these illustrations appreciated a diet regime rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which has been proposed can aid defend versus plaque construct-up.

Researchers turned to four amazingly well-preserved Inuits, who would have eaten a marine-centered, omega 3-rich diet program, to see if the fatty acid improved arterial overall health.

The conclusions advise that diet plans rich in omega-3 may not guarantee versus plaque buildup — nonetheless, the researchers warning that it is unclear what other variables were at perform.

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Scans of mummified Inuits from 16th-century Greenland revealed that the ancient hunters suffered from clogged-up arteries despite a diet plan abundant in omega-3 fatty acids

Cardiologist L. Samuel Wann of Ascension Healthcare in Milwaukee and colleagues examined four Inuit mummies taken from the collections of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Cambridge. 

Preserved mostly by the cold, the mummified men and women were uncovered on the island of Uunartaq, off of the coastline of Greenland, in 1929. 

Dependent on their clothes and encompassing grave merchandise, archaeologists have concluded that the mummies have been buried in the 1500s.

Throughout their life, the team would have lived in huts produced from stone, whale bone and seal pores and skin and would have hunted from kayaks with spears, bows and arrows.

Their prey would have included fish, birds, marine mammals and caribou — with this marine-dependent eating plan likely to have been loaded in omega-3 fatty acids.

Centered on their skeletal and dental attributes, the industry experts determined that the mummies included two adult men and two ladies involving the ages of 18–30. 

The researchers utilised a CT scanner to consider in-depth photos of the mummies’ insides, which have been then analysed by Dr Wann and his staff of four other cardiologists and two radiologists with expertise decoding scans of mummified stays.

Three of the mummies have been discovered to have so-called ‘calcified atheroma’ — an accumulation of plaques of fatty material in the arteries which appeared as large-density locations in the CT scans.

The buildups have been viewed to be comparable to individuals in dwelling humans with atherosclerosis — whilst in the mummy’s scenario, it was unclear if this problem led to their demise.

Atherosclerosis — the build-up of plaques of fat, cholesterol and calcium in one's arteries — is a leading cause of death in the world's wealthier countries. Pictured, a 3D reconstruction of one of the mummies' abdomens. The arrow points out a calcified atherosclerotic plaque

Atherosclerosis — the develop-up of plaques of body fat, cholesterol and calcium in one’s arteries — is a top bring about of dying in the world’s wealthier nations. Pictured, a 3D reconstruction of a person of the mummies’ abdomens. The arrow factors out a calcified atherosclerotic plaque

While often seen as a product of modern lifestyles, evidence of atherosclerosis has been found in human remains dating back as far as around 4,000 BC. Pictured, a 2D reconstruction of one of the mummies' abdomens. The arrow points out a calcified atherosclerotic plaque

Whilst generally viewed as a merchandise of modern-day life, proof of atherosclerosis has been observed in human stays dating again as much as about 4,000 BC. Pictured, a 2D reconstruction of just one of the mummies’ abdomens. The arrow factors out a calcified atherosclerotic plaque

Researchers turned to the four preserved Inuits, who would have eaten a marine-based, omega 3-rich diet, to see if such a lifestyle resulted in improved arterial health. Pictured, 2D (left) and 3D (right) reconstructions of one of the mummies' chests. The arrows point out calcified atherosclerotic plaques

Scientists turned to the 4 preserved Inuits, who would have eaten a marine-dependent, omega 3-rich diet, to see if this sort of a way of living resulted in improved arterial overall health. Pictured, 2D (remaining) and 3D (correct) reconstructions of one of the mummies’ chests. The arrows level out calcified atherosclerotic plaques

The findings suggest that such diets may not guarantee against plaque buildup — however, the researchers caution that it is unclear what other factors were at play.Pictured, 2D (left) and 3D (right) reconstructions of one of the mummies' necks. The arrows point out calcified atherosclerotic plaques

The results counsel that these types of diet plans may not ensure versus plaque buildup — nevertheless, the scientists caution that it is unclear what other elements ended up at perform.Pictured, 2D (still left) and 3D (proper) reconstructions of one of the mummies’ necks. The arrows stage out calcified atherosclerotic plaques

‘This [study] provides evidence for the presence of calcified plaques in the mummified remains of 3 young Inuit individuals residing 500 many years back,’ the researchers wrote in their paper.

This, they included, suggests ‘the presence of atherosclerosis in spite of [the mummies’] vigorous way of life and marine-dependent diet.’

However, the scientists cautioned that the advanced nature of atherosclerosis helps make it tough to pinpointing the actual impact of certain components, such as the preventative outcome of an omega-3-prosperous diet plan.

Other variables — like environmental smoke developed by the use of indoor fires — could have helped produce atherosclerosis in this historical Inuit inhabitants. 

The full results of the analyze have been revealed in the journal JAMA Community Open up.

Cardiologist L. Samuel Wann of Ascension Healthcare in Milwaukee and colleagues studied four Inuit mummies taken from the collections of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Cambridge. Preserved largely by the cold, the mummified individuals were found on the island of Uunartaq, off of the coast of Greenland, in 1929

Cardiologist L. Samuel Wann of Ascension Healthcare in Milwaukee and colleagues researched 4 Inuit mummies taken from the collections of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Cambridge. Preserved mainly by the chilly, the mummified men and women have been located on the island of Uunartaq, off of the coastline of Greenland, in 1929

WHAT IS ATHEROSCLEROSIS? 

The stages of plaque development in atherosclerosis

The stages of plaque growth in atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis occurs when plaques produced of fats, cholesterol, calcium and other substances accumulate in artery partitions.

In excess of time, the blood vessels harden and slender, which restricts the stream of blood all around the system.

When these plaques rupture, they type a blood clot that can additional block the movement of oxygen-prosperous blood.

Atherosclerosis is most really serious when it decreases blood supply to the coronary heart or mind, which can end result in a heart attack or stroke, respectively.

The situation, and the illnesses it can lead to, is the single major cause of dying in the produced globe, with it remaining dependable for one in a few fatalities.

Atherosclerosis usually begins in childhood and worsens with age, nonetheless, most do not expertise indicators until finally middle age or more mature.

Risk components include things like:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Significant blood tension
  • Elevated cholesterol degrees
  • Inactivity
  • Being overweight
  • Diabetes
  • Poor diet
  • Too much liquor intake

All the earlier mentioned can problems the slim layer, the endothelium, that retains the inside of our arteries clean.

As soon as ruined, ‘bad’ cholesterol accumulates in the artery wall.

The entire body sends immune cells to clean up up this cholesterol, which can then get trapped in the ruined site. 

This will cause plaque to construct-up over time. 

Resource: Heart Study Institute 



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