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The Reluctant Celebrity of Sally Rooney – The Cut09.04.21

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Sally Rooneys third novel will be published next week, which means that the grinding apparatus of publicity has long since shifted into gear. Previews, reviews, and interviews have begun running online; branded bucket hats have been promised to lucky winners; a Vogue profile has appeared. The latter includes a picture of Rooney standing some distance from the camera, hands clasped stiffly before her, in a pose that looks archaic or possibly arthritic. She wears a long skirt and a stoic expression. I would describe it as a photo of someone deeply uncomfortable being photographed for Vogue.

To be fair, it is also a photo that suggests the professional good manners required to show up, do what youre told, and listen to the poor publicist who, after all, is just trying to get people to read your book. Once an artist is swept up in the exigencies of fame, it becomes hard for them to object without sounding like a diva, or to complain without sounding like an ingrate. Fame and success are understood as so closely linked that any refusal tends to be regarded as eccentric in the extreme (e.g., Elena Ferrante). As with Ferrante, the question of the writers public role now hangs over Rooneys work and, in her new book, it is a question she addresses directly, in several extended reflections on the culture of celebrity. Reviewing Beautiful World, Where Are You for the New York Times, John Williams called these passagesamong its least inspired. While fame may be a mixed blessing, Williams wrote, everything that rock stars (literary and otherwise) seem to have discovered about that fact is simple and repetitive.

This pat dismissal seems, to me, to neglect two significant things. First: Writing books, unlike being an actual rock star, is not an activity that traditionally takes place onstage. Second: To treat fame as the province of rock stars is to ignore the present reality of fame which has become the kind of pervasive cultural force that makes it difficult to imagine the world any other way. Among actual celebrities, the ability to wield fame effectively has come to figure as a formidable skill, whatever other talents a given celebrity might possess. Among ordinary civilians, for whom the pursuit and management of a public reputation now looms as a duty too, the affirmation of an audience seems to offer a kind of democratically validated self-esteem. For many aspirants, the incursions that celebrities resent would seem to be part of fames allure, or perhaps just the part within easiest reach: the chance to circulate photos of ones latest romance, or broadcast ones skin-care routine. What is sometimes called the wedding industrial complex has been built on the premise that people will spend tens of thousands of dollars to feel famous for a day.

Bemoaning selfies or influencers now sounds slightly quaint, like fretting about selling out.Of the dark side of fame, grim tales abound, but as much as anything these reflect a general inclination to identify with celebrities. The notion of fame as powerfully appealing in itself this seems to persist largely unchallenged. It is, therefore, bracing when one of Rooneys characters issues a flat condemnation of celebrity:

People who intentionally become famous I mean people who, after a little taste of fame, want more and more of it are, and I honestly believe this, deeply psychologically ill. The fact that we are exposed to these people everywhere in our culture, as if they are not only normal but attractive and enviable, indicates the extent of our disfiguring social disease. There is something wrong with them, and when we look at them and learn from them, something goes wrong with us.

The character is an Irish novelist named Alice Kelleher, who shares some biographical contours with the author of Beautiful World, Where Are You. As she nears 30, Alice has already published two fantastically successful novels, met with lavish acclaim and backlash to the acclaim. Alice receives awards and invitations; she gets interviewed, photographed, and recognized. The money shes made has enabled her to do things like pay off her mothers mortgage. It has also enabled her to rent a large country house alone following her hospitalization for a nervous breakdown. Shaken by the roller coaster of literary celebrity and horrified by the state of the world, Alice doubts she can write another book.

While it would be foolish to conflate the character and her creator, Rooney does seem to share some of Alices sentiments regarding their professional terrain. Fame, she recently told The Guardian, is hell. Rooney does an admirable job in the Guardian interview of articulating what shes observed, but even so, Alice has the greater freedom of being fictional and Beautiful World, Where Are You sketches the problem of celebrity for a writer, or at least a writer like Rooney. The issue is more fundamental than the day-to-day hassles of invasive press and publicity headaches. The issue is that fame is hostile to human relationships, which are the essence of her work.

In Conversations With Friends, Normal People, and now Beautiful World, Where Are You, Rooneys interest is intimacy not strictly in the euphemistic sense, although there is plenty of sex. She is interested in the ways people come to understand each other, and she writes novels that render Jamesian convolutions of psychology in prose that goes down like a glass of water. She has said that her ideas for stories always arrive in the form of a particular dynamic between characters. Fame, though, is antithetical to any actual mutuality. Necessarily a one-sided relation, it guarantees a situation in which its object is objectified. Making matters worse, fame produces the illusion that something besides a deadening transaction is taking place. This is what horrifies Alice, she explains in an email to her friend Eileen, after a woman on Twitter airs her disapproval of Alices love life. This woman, Alice writes, is an example of a presumably normal and sane person whose thinking has been deranged by the concept of celebrity:

An example of someone who genuinely believes that because she has seen my photograph and read my novels, she knows me personally and in fact knows better than I do what is best for my life. And its normal! Its normal for her not only to think these bizarre thoughts privately, but to express them in public, and receive positive feedback and attention as a result. She has no idea that she is, in this small limited respect, quite literally insane, because everyone around her is also insane in exactly the same way. They really cannot tell the difference between someone they have heard of, and someone they personally know. And they believe that the feelings they have about this person they imagine me to be intimacy, resentment, hatred, pity are as real as the feelings they have about their own friends.

As if in contrast to this sort of specious overfamiliarity, Rooneys new book at least to start holds its characters at a careful remove. It begins on a blind date, where Alice (first identified only as a woman) and Felix (a man) meet at a hotel bar. The third-person narration takes its time drawing any closer, and when the account of Alice and Felixs date gives way to one of Alices long emails to Eileen, the effusions of long-standing friendship sweep in like a flood. Alice and Eileen have known each other since college, closing in on a decade; while Alice and Felix embark on their stumbling courtship, Eileen is contemplating romance with a childhood friend. This is a book that insists on the power of enduring relationships and also on their difficulty. In certain moments, even as characters draw nearer to one another, their inner lives remain explicitly mysterious. As Felix watches Alice interviewed before an audience: Did Felix find her answers interesting, or was he bored? Was he thinking about her, or about something else, someone else? And onstage, was Alice thinking about him? Did he exist for her in that moment, and if so, in what way?

Onstage, for Alice, is a constricting place to be, and Felixs appeal seems in large part to be that hes the rare person oblivious to her fame. That sounds like the premise for a romantic comedy, which the book is not, but like the rest of the Rooney oeuvre, it has the momentum of a love story. In Everything and Less, his forthcoming study of the novel in the age of Amazon, critic Mark McGurl writes that the urge to post selfies and the urge to publish a novel are on a continuum as modes of self-exposure and attention-getting and would-be self-aggrandizement. The getting and keeping of attention are, as McGurl points out, mechanisms internal to the novels form: Theyre what keep a reader turning pages. Sally Rooneys skill at holding attention in this way has brought her attention of a very different sort. So exhaustingly predominant is this other mode of attention that it threatens to overshadow everything else. Beautiful World, Where Are You offers the same pleasures as Rooneys previous novels, and, in the discursive emails that Alice and Eileen exchange, the additional pleasure of her voice as an essayist. (It is a voice that can be enjoyably sharp-edged: I hate pretending that the personal vanity of attractive young women is anything other than boring and embarrassing, Eileen writes to Alice. Mine worst of all.) Through this structure emerges an argument that celebrity is not merely inconvenient, or unfair, or tacky, but corrosive to everything that makes life worthwhile. The self-protection required for life as a public figure stymies art and intimacy both.

A question that has long dogged Rooneys work (and that the characters here grapple with, too) is why anyone should care about petty personal feelings when the world is on fire. Emotional life and contemporary capitalism converge in the figure of the celebrity and with her new book, this figure helps Rooney make a forceful case for caring about such seemingly insignificant matters as whether people break up or stay together (as Alice puts it in another email to Eileen). I hope that Rooney will tell her publicist to say how kind, but no thank you the next time Vogue comes to call.

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Wild Indian Review: Reckoning With the Past to Save the Present – The New York Times09.04.21

Some time ago, there was an Ojibwe man, who got a little sick and wandered West, the intertitle at the start of Wild Indian states. The camera finds a man stooped and slowly making his way through the woods and follows him for a spell. Little is an understatement: His face is covered with pox blisters. This more-than-cautionary note sets the tone for the First Nations writer-director Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.s symbolically rich and subtle thriller focused on two cousins who share a secret about a rending act of violence.

As boys on a Wisconsin reservation, the cousins, Makwa and Teddo, have lives that are different by degrees. While Makwas home is far more brutal, both boys live in poverty, with empty beer bottles crowding tabletops. Teddos folks seem absent. Makwas are viciously present. The arbitrary violence endured by Makwa doesnt make sense until a priest at the boys school delivers a homily. He tells his young audience that it was the story of Cain and Abel, with its lessons in suffering and worthiness, that introduced resentment into the world.

After a defining incident in the woods, the cousins paths diverge. Teddo (a sympathetic Chaske Spencer) spends decades in and out of prison. What happened to your face? his sister (Lisa Cromarty) asks with touching sorrow when she sees the paw print tattoo across his cheek after hes been released.

The first time we see the adult Makwa, hes setting up a shot on a golf course. Played by Michael Greyeyes, he has a chiseled beauty. He has done well in California. He has a corporate gig (with Jesse Eisenberg giving a fidgety performance as his boss), a loving wife (Kate Bosworth), a dark-haired toddler and an apartment with gallery-size walls, the better to display Native-themed artwork. He now goes by Michael. The transit from cherubic-faced Makwa to an emptied soul to a corporate striver who leverages his Indigenous identity appears complete although a disturbing encounter at a strip club underscores that Michael is still writing his history of violence.

As for Teddo, much took place while he was incarcerated: His mother died; his nephew was born; life and loss went on. Its no surprise hes coiled and angry. Still, he nearly lets his ache for vengeance recede. Nearly. Teddo asks after Makwa and tracks him down. It takes a nimble and deft compassion to capture the various wounds of individual, familial and generational trauma. What Corbine does with the cousins inevitable reuniting teases his films doleful prologue and the priests Sunday sermon. The ensuing violence and its aftermath are chilling, woeful and utterly consistent with the tragedy that began long before a fateful afternoon in the woods.

Wild IndianNot rated. Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes. In theaters and available to rent or buy on Apple TV, Google Play and other streaming platforms and pay TV operators.

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CSU QB Todd Centeio has second chance to make first impressions in FoCo. He vows to make it count. – The Denver Post09.04.21

FORT COLLINS Every tattoo tells a story. But lets start with the newest one, the one that pops right after you shake Todd Centeios hand:

That giant B-plus.

The one inked in red, tucked between the thumb and the index finger.

A lot of people are like, Why do you have a grade on your hand? the CSU Rams senior quarterback explained. And its not.

One of my coaches at Temple (was) Adam DiMichele he would always talk to me and hed be like, Be positive, be positive.

And at practice, he would write a B and a plus sign on his hands. And Im like, One day, Im going to get that tattooed on myself because its a great reminder to be positive at all times.

For a guy whos never passed for more than 141 yards in a college game, almost every planet in Centeios orbit exudes positivity. Good throw, bad throw, No. 7 flashes the same smile. Same hope. Be positive.

New CSU offensive coordinator Jon Budmayr, who spent the previous six seasons as an assistant at Wisconsin, earlier this year likened Centeio to ex-Badgers great Russell Wilson. Rams coach Steve Addazio, who can be as blunt as a sledgehammer, has compared the Florida natives traits to those of Tim Tebow and Donovan McNabb, two NFL quarterbacks he helped tutor at Florida and Syracuse, respectively.

And when a reporter last month asked The Daz about Centeios offensive numbers 14-for-36 passing, 207 yards, one touchdown, one pick during the 2020 season, the second-year Rams coach got borderline, well, defensive.

You can tell that it kind of bothers me from the standpoint of, What are we talking about here? Addazio countered. He started (the 2020 opener) because he was the best leader and the best competitor and he had done the things necessary to be in that game. Theres a lot of things that go into playing quarterback. You know, everybody looks at one thing, a passing stat. Well, thats part of it. But whats the rest of the story on the passing stat?

Toddy got hurt (at Fresno State) and really wasnt able to play the next two games. That injury lingered. It was on his throwing hand. Then he had an ankle injury. We played four games

Im so impressed with him right now in training camp hes highly accurate. Hes throwing the (crud) out of the ball right now. Never mind the fact that he can beat you with his feet. I think Jon Budmayr has done a fabulous job with Toddy Centeio. I see tremendous growth with him right now in a very short period of time.

In the moments when Centeio cracks a joke, or gets animated about a particular point, he brings his arms up from his lap. Thats when you spot the matching ink across his lower thighs.

Another message. Another mantra.

Right thigh: GOD

Left thigh: SPEED

Thats the time that Im on, Centeio explained. Just whatever speed God wants me to go about.

We know about the legs. Coming out of Dwyer High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Rams quarterback clocked at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash while recording a 33-inch vertical leap. At Temple, Centeio scooted 21 yards on one play during a rout of ECU in 2018 and racked up 45 yards in one jaunt against UConn a year later. The legs, that speed, was never the question.

Now hes on a mission to prove that the injury to his index finger last autumn It was painful to throw, but, you know, I tried to push through it, Centeio recalled was the root cause of those subpar passing numbers.

I just feel like I can make a play (at) anytime in the game, the Rams quarterback said. I feel like I have a great relationship with a lot of people. I hang out with the linemen. I hang out with even the defensive (guys) so I feel like we just built that relationship with everybody. Everybody trusts me and I trust them. Respect, it goes both ways.

After falling short on his preparation by his own admission in 2020, Centeio doubled down on the classroom side heading into this year. And that cramming hasnt gone without notice by his teammates.

(Centeio) might see something that I dont see, and he switches the protection, he might make an audible, offensive tackle Barry Wesley said. Hes a very smart guy, hes very intelligent, hes able to make those decisions at a very fast rate.

The left arm is devoted to faith. Across the forearm, you can just make out Isaiah 41:10: Do not fear, for I am with you.

Left bicep: A sacred heart.

Youve got the spirit wisdom, Centeio continued. And up here, it (reads): The world is yours.

FoCo could be his, too, starting Friday night against South Dakota State. A game that comes with the rarest of gifts: a second chance to make a first impression.

Ill randomly walk by (teammates) and say, Yo, whats this? And see if they know (the play), Centeio said. And (Ill) go, Hey, good job, you know it, youre really in the P.B., youre really in the playbook, getting it done.

So thats my focus. It feels like everybody, across the board, is just being prepared and playing relentless. The skys the limit for us.

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The Beautiful Reason Guy Fieri Was Brought To Tears Before Getting This Special New Tattoo – Mashed09.04.21

As Guy Fieri explains in the Facebook clip, "I've had a lot of tattoos."Among them is a Botticieli-inspired designhonoring his late sister Morgan,who died in 2011from metastatic melanoma (via Her son, Fieri's nephew Jules, was just 11 years old at the time of her death. As Fieri, Jules, and Hunter sit with tattoo artistSulu'ape Pili Mo'o so he can, in Fieri's words, "look inside our spirits to come up with the most meaningful symbols" for their Polynesian tattoos, Fieri recalls the loss of his dear sibling: "I really loved her so much. The last thing I said to my sister Morgan, I got Jules. I will take care of him like I take care of my kids. He is my son, I've got this."

Overwhelmed with emotion, Fieri begins to cry. Thetattoo artist adds, "Because she's here, we talk about her. She's coming, magic is on."Mo'o went on to say,"We gonna create a tattoo to join 3 person. About family, connection, together, we were talking about magic." Guy gets one on the back of the leg (above), as does Hunter, while Jules receives an arm tattoo. The designs are distinct but interconnected, symbolizing how the father, son, and nephew are related and relating the story of the Hawaiian adventure they share. Adding to the specialness of the experience, it marks the first-ever tattoo for Jules, who touchingly says, "Us three are connected now."

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Cyclist uses new bike lane…almost taken out by two drivers; Dame Sarah Storey wins record-breaking 17th Paralympic gold; La Vuelta ready for…09.04.21

Plenty of reaction to the morning blog story, including some discussion on what could be done to avoid situations like it...

Seagull2 commented: "I am resigned to just cycling defensively, because while i could be in the right, i could also be injured or worse."

AidanR wrote in: "This is a fundamental problem with cycle lanes and road junctions. Drivers don't give way to pedestrians crossing side roads, and don't expect to give way to cyclists in the same way.

"Obviously there's an element of driver education required, but getting angry at drivers and/or expecting them to act in a way which is counter-intuitive to them isn't going to make cyclists any safer. Is this a problem which could be solved with better design? I can't think what it might be, but I'm sure some bright spark has come up with something better."

Chrisonatrike made the case for a public information campaign: "Getting everyone 'educated'when we don't even require a 'refresher'of your driving test - unless you've beenverynaughty - will always be a hurdle. Maybe we should look to examples of public information campaigns on seat belt wearing and not having a few 'light ales'before driving?"

Over on Facebook, Blythe Storm questioned if we could even call it a cycle lane: "That's not a cycle lane, its some paint and a bit of coloured tarmac, as illustrated by the fact it doesn't work."

Ed Gibb added: "No way I'd ride that. Drivers not even looking the opposite direction to the road traffic flow. Most probably don't realise what the lane is."

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Extreme Ink: Local adventure athletes share the stories behind their tats – Chattanooga Times Free Press09.04.21

Extreme outdoorspeople belong to a unique tribe, banded together by a drive to conquer the world one climb, one ride, one paddle at a time.

And like warriors throughout history, many choose to commemorate their victories with a tattoo.

Here, a local climber, paddler and cyclist share the stories behind their ink, and eight others show off their outdoor-inspired tats and the meanings behind the designs.


Once Bitten

Stiles Tate's dream was to become a raft guide on West Virginia's Gauley River. He had rafted the river in 2013 with friends and been awestruck by its deep gorge, powerful rapids and "all the hype" surrounding the Southeast's most infamous Class V big-water run.

He devoted the next several seasons to honing his skills as a guide on the Ocoee River. Then, in 2016, he was given the opportunity to begin training as a Gauley guide.

In the weeks leading up to his move, Tate barely slept.

"I was too excited. It felt like Christmas," he remembers. "The whole drive up to West Virginia, I was just buzzing."

Day one of training went swimmingly, Tate says. So did his second day.

That evening, he returned to camp happy and exhausted, stepped out of his truck and felt what he describes as "the worst wasp sting I could imagine."

Tate had been bitten on his foot by a copperhead.

"I knew it was a snake because I could feel it wiggling under my shoe," he says.

An hour later, at the hospital, a nurse told Tate, "Your Gauley season is over." He was unlikely to recover in time.

But Tate refused to give up his dream.

"I was eating Motrin like candy," he says.

Five days later, he was walking.

He returned to camp and begged the river manager not to send him home. And one week to the day of his bite, Tate guided his first trip down the Gauley River.

That season, says the now-29-year-old, "was life-changing for me. It opened up so many worlds. It kicked off a really adventurous time in my life."

To commemorate the experience, on his inner thigh, Tate got a tattoo: a coiled copperhead above a dedication, "Gauley River 2016."

A reminder, he says, to go for your goals. No matter what.


What Strength Looks Like

Coleman Spinks wanted a meaningful tattoo. Especially following the rainbow narwhal he had inked across his lower back in 2018.

"The result of a lost bet," laughs the now-28-year-old.

So, in 2020, he chose the image of a carabiner, an important piece of gear used in rope sports, framing the face of a lion and inscribed with the word "Emerson," the name of his 2-year-old son.

As Spinks explains, the carabiner, the lion and even the name "Emerson" all stand for strength.

A lifelong climber, Spinks says part of why he loves the sport is that it keeps him strong. It also keeps him on his toes.

"The risk of falling is real," he says.

He remembers his first crack climb, which he attempted earlier this year at the Tennessee Wall in Prentice Cooper State Forest. A crack climb involves following a crack in the rock and using a specialized technique to find holds within it.

"I didn't know if I was remotely capable. I didn't know if I would be able to get off the ground," he says. "But I just shot right up."

That sense of pride following a climb, says Spinks, is rivaled only by the accomplishments of his son the first time he rolled over; the first time he crawled.

"I can't wait to see [Emerson] top out his first wall," Spinks says.


A Fork in the Trail

David Snyder says his first tattoo serves as a daily reminder to embrace change though it didn't always.

Across his forearm in black ink is the image of a bicycle crank arm and the words "LIVE THE RIDE."

Bicycling has always represented freedom for Snyder, from the rides he took as a child to nearby Booker T. Washington State Park, to the steep dirt jumps and downhills he dedicated himself to as an adult.

"Finding flow and being able to ride the ideas I had built was big," says Snyder, now 35.

For 20 years, Snyder helped build trails across Tennessee, including some on Raccoon Mountain that are especially near to his heart, he says. But the profession and the extreme riding took a toll on his body.

Over five years, "I threw my back out eight or nine times," Snyder says.

Eventually, he was diagnosed with a herniated disc and a pinched sciatic nerve. His doctor recommended he find a new hobby.

"I spent at least a year pretty depressed. I sold all my bikes and haven't ridden since," Snyder says.

But he did eventually find a new hobby: kayaking.

"I'm making new dreams in the water trails of Tennessee and North Georgia," he says.

And as for the words inked on his forearm, Snyder says, "I'm still living it. Life is a ride. So many twists. So many turns. I couldn't have predicted any of this."


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Im constantly trolled for my tattoos, theyre all over my body and I have 9 on my face but theres only… – The US Sun09.04.21

A SELF-confessed tattoo addict has faced abuse for her heavily-inked face - but only regrets getting her ex's name on her BUM after just two weeks of dating.

Sarah-Jane Sinclair, 25, has covered most of her body in tattoos after getting hooked on them at 18.



The ink-lover, from Harlow, Essex, has nine on her face with phrases such as 'stand out' and 'be original'.

Sarah-Jane's dramatic look often prompts lots of strangers to stare at her in public and she has had online abuse thrown her way, saying she's 'ruined herself'.

But, she says she loves her unique look and only regrets her 'impulsive' decision to get her ex's name tattooed on her rear end just TWO WEEKS into their relationship.

The bloke did try to persuade Sarah-Jane not to get the tattoo on her behind, which she later realised was because he was seeing someone else at the same time.

Sarah-Jane said: "As soon as I turned 18 I hit the tattoo shop and I couldn't tell you how many tattoos I have now.

"It's definitely an addiction, once you start you don't want to stop.

"I've got nearly two arm sleeves, half a leg sleeve, a bit on my lower back and stomach, all my chest, neck and fingers, the back of my thighs and obviously my face."

Sarah-Jane says she plans to be fully covered in tattoos.

She adds: "In public I mostly get stares and online about 75% of what I get is hate - they call me Post Malone, say I've ruined myself and ask 'what are you going to look like when you're old'.

"Someone even said 'I've never seen anyone use a tattoo to get rid of a double chin' - that got me that one, it's really personal.

"But I love my tattoos. The only one I regret getting is my ex's name on my bum earlier in the year - we'd only been together for two weeks but I just thought 'this guy is amazing' and I'm very impulsive with tattoos.

"Then two weeks later this girl messaged me on TikTok asking for my number after seeing my videos with the guy in. She phoned me and said he's been seeing her for months as well.

"He told me not to get the tattoo at the time but I did it anyway - now I know it was obviously because he was with someone else as well. I've not got it covered yet but I'm going to."

Among the self-professed tattoo addict's facial tattoos are the word 'peace', a mandala design, a sad angel, a love heart, the word 'vanity' in Latin and the quote 'love is pain.'

Two other quotes tattooed on her face are 'stand out' and 'be original', which she says signify the reason behind her tattoos in the first place.

Despite negative comments about her 'job stopper' face ink and the 'horrible' pain of getting them done, the mum of one vows not to stop getting them until she's fully covered.

Sarah-Jane said: "People say it's ruining your body but I believe your body is a temple and you should decorate it, so I'm decorating myself.

"I don't like the pain. Some people enjoy it but I hate getting my tattoos done, it's so painful but no pain no gain.

"I don't fit into society but we shouldn't all be the same - I just like being me and free.

"My lips before were like Rizla papers, just non-existent. I think I look better now - big lips are beautiful and I love being tanned."

"I feel sorry for people who have to be negative about other people, it probably means they're sad themselves and live a very boring life.

"Do they want everyone to look the same? Because it would be a boring world if they did.

"A friend said to me recently 'everyone's got the same look, the same haircut and the same style, but you're you and you'd never get a replica of you'."

The beauty fanatic has also faced criticism about her bold pout and tan after getting lip filler 15 times and using the sunbeds heavily over the last year to maintain her 'stand out' look.

she says even her loved ones are concerned about her daily use of sunbeds and controversial nasal tanning spray, but Sarah-Jane has no intention of quitting her beauty regime.

She has had 15 millilitres of filler injected into her face, spread over her lips, nose and chin, resulting in a massive change in appearance and a huge confidence boost for Sarah-Jane.

She has also used sunbeds for 15 minutes almost every day for the past year, using a controversial tanning nasal spray that contains the unlicensed compound Melanotan.

This stimulates melanin production in the skin and allows a darker tan to develop.

Sarah-Jane said: "I get comments all the time about my filler and tan as well.

"My lips before were like Rizla papers, just non-existent. I think I look better now - big lips are beautiful and I love being tanned.

"People say my lips look like a baboon's arse or like I've been stung by a wasp and some friends have told me I need to stop.

"Even (a recent) boyfriend said my lips walk into the room five minutes before I do so when I go to get them topped up he says you don't need it but I still do.

"He also said I need to stop going on the sunbeds every day, he's concerned I'll get skin cancer but I'm alright."

Despite constant online abuse and concerns from her loved ones, Sarah-Jane remains committed to her extreme beauty regime of endless tattoos, filler and tanning, as well as PT sessions which help boost her confidence.

She refuses to let negative comments get to her and encourages others to be their true selves and ignore haters.

Sarah-Jane said: "I just see negative commenters as unhappy, negative people and I just live my best life. Some people take it to heart but you've just got to ignore it

"I believe in the law of attraction so if I ignore negativity and just think positive then positivity will come back to me.

"It's only those people being negative that will have negativity coming to them."



Plus, meet the self-proclaimed world's cheapest mum who collects breast milk from friends and got her changing mat free from a petrol station.

And woman reveals she didn't have sex for 12 years and had to be taught how to do it again after forgetting how.

Meanwhile, a woman faces trolls over her hairy face and is told she looks like a man, but knows she is sexy and attractive no matter what they say.

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Athens’ Sandy Creek Nature Center hosts Zoo Day – Red and Black09.04.21

Visitors flocked to Memorial Park for the annual Bear Hollow Zoo Day on Saturday morning.

The event featured craft stations, educational booths and animal encounters, all focused on encouraging environmental conservation awareness.

In 2020, the event was postponed due to COVID-19. This year, precautionary measures like mask enforcement, sanitization and one-way walkways were implemented. Attendees were asked to register for a 30 minute time slot in advance to limit the number of people in the park at once.

Megan Hong, the zoos Program Specialist, explained how this years theme Guardians of the Zoo-niverse focused on conservation efforts.

Each year has a different theme, so [with] this theme Im just focusing on conservation, Hong said. Especially with the way the world is right now, we want to make sure we are bringing that education message home for kids, whether its as simple as, like, planting a plant.

Booths included informative demonstrations on water pollution, a craft table making planters out of recycled newspaper and a meet and greet with the parks ambassador opossum, Pocket.

At the first booth, the ACC Water Conservation Office gave out conservation tips and prizes beside a pool of otters. The Water Conservation Office and Bear Hollow have previously partnered to make improvements to water usage in the park, particularly within the otter exhibit.

Sandy Creek Nature Center provided an exhibit showing different animals, including snakes, turtles and hissing cockroaches, and how they protect themselves. The booth also displayed how we use some of the same techniques, like wearing hard hats and camouflage.

As participants walked through the exhibits, they stopped to enjoy the wildlife. Otters, black bears, owls and many more species native to Georgia were on full display.

Conner, age 3, pridefully showed off the Spider-Man tattoo he received at the park. When asked what his favorite thing to see today was, he energetically replied, Alligators!

The day's events were possibly most exciting for the black bears, who were thrown a species-specific picnic, complete with a cake. Along with the treats, Zoo Coordinator Kelly Garrison provided bear safety tips and anecdotes about the zoos residents.

For some, the event was a welcome surprise. Carter Nicholson was unaware that Zoo Day was taking place when he decided to take his two kids to the zoo this morning.

Weve been coming a lot. Its great for the kids, Nicholson said. We had a blast.

The zoo is located at 293 Gran Ellen Dr. and is open, with free admission, daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Doctor’s Orders’ On Discovery+, A Docuseries About A Biker Gang, A Drug Dealing Doctor And His Murdered Wife – Decider09.04.21

Doctors Orders is a 3-part docuseries about the murder of radio talk show host April Kauffman, who in 2012 was shot in her home in a tony suburb of Atlantic City, NJ. Most of the series is told from the perspective of Andrew Glick, a former member of the Pagans (or as their jackets say, Pagans) biker gang, which dealt drugs and violence through South Jersey and the Philadelphia area.

Opening Shot: An animated shot of tattooed arms holding a rather large bunny rabbit.

The Gist:Glick tells much of the story as hes getting his Pagans (er, Pagans) tattoo covered over by a New York tattoo artist. Through his testimony and animated reenactments, he talks about his initiation into the Pagans revolving a late night at a biker bar and the leader threatening to cut off his nipple and how Ferdinand Fred Augello became his mentor.

As the drug dealing empire the Pagans were operating got bigger, they found out about an endocrinologist named Dr. James Kauffman, who was prescribing oxycodone pills as part of a pill mill operation. Fred, wanting to continue to deal the oxy for Dr. Kauffman, gets wind that the good doc will pay them $50,000 to kill his wife April, a salon owner and local radio talk show host.

For his part, Glick thought this was a bad idea; the Pagans dont kill random women, for one, and for two, she posed no real threat to them at all. The doc just wanted her silencedjust in case she ratted him out. Kim Pack, Kauffmans daughter, details how domineering James was after the two of them entered a relationship and got married. To say she mistrusted her stepfather was an understatement.

Glick talks about how Fred was going to get a junkie and wannabe gang member to do the killing, seeing that no one in the Pagans would touch the job with a ten-foot pole. Are they that dumb? Glick asks the camera. He knows that the first people the police will be looking at will be James Kauffman and Fred Augello. But the money that is being thrown off by the pill mill is too good for Fred to resist.

After a worker at the Kauffman house finds Aprils body face down, and James calls it in, Kim goes to the house and tells the cops that the first person they should look at is her stepfather. But no one in Atlantic County even comes close to questioning him or finding him a person of interest. Pack files a wrongful death suit against Dr. Kauffman, and he cries during his deposition, but Kim finds those to be crocodile tears. Finally, a new DA is elected in the county, and Kauffman and others start to be investigated.

What Shows Will It Remind You Of? Because most of this story is told from Glicks perspective, we get moreTiger Kingvibes than anything else. And the animated recreations that make biker gang funerals and cocaine-fueled sex romps look like an Archie cartoon dont help allay that feeling.

Our Take: Sometimes a case is just way too straightforward to be given the docuseries treatment, even if that docuseries is only a few episodes. Thats the case withDoctors Orders. April Kauffman died because Dr. James Kauffman got greedy, and he thought he could bend the bikers in the Pagans to do his bidding. The reason why Glick is giving most of the information in this documentary and the reason why hes a former Pagan is that hes the one who sold Fred and everyone else out to the police.

To be honest, this is more a story about Glick, whose Pagan nickname was Chef and who went on to become the executive chef at a retirement community, than it is about the Kauffman murder. And there isnt enough about Glick and hes not a compelling-enough storyteller to cover the near-three-hour runtime. So the filmmakers, Billy Shebar and David C. Roberts (Joe Berlinger is an executive producer), have to resort to tricks like the scenes in the tattoo chair and the animated reenactments in order to gin up some momentum.

The biggest pieces of drama in the story are how authorities at first didnt look at Dr. Kauffman despite him being the most glaringly obvious person of interest, and how Glick escaped prison by becoming a rat and an outcast. Either one of those might have made for a better docuseries, but by combining the two neither is given enough room to really breathe, and all we have is mostly Glick with his right arm out, either showing his Pagans tattoo or getting it covered up.

Sex and Skin: None.

Parting Shot: Police surround the entrance to Dr. Kauffmans office. Because its a hot day, theyre not wearing bulletproof vests. And as we see on a body cam, that came back to haunt them when Dr. Kauffman exited his office holding a gun.

Sleeper Star: Kim Pack felt like the only person on the show with a level head. How she recounts being around her stepfather during her mothers funeral made us really feel for her.

Most Pilot-y Line: We werent really sure that Glick was actually getting a tattoo in those scenes where hes telling the story to the tattoo artist.

Our Call: SKIP IT. There is a compelling story in the murder of April Kauffman, butDoctors Orders finds the most boring way to tell it by centering the story on its least compelling character.

Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about food, entertainment, parenting and tech, but he doesnt kid himself: hes a TV junkie. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Salon,,, Fast Company and elsewhere.

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Mandy and Brian’s NYC Love Story Is Rom-Com Worthy, and It All Started With a Pastrami Sandwich – Yahoo Lifestyle09.04.21

Mandy's career was thriving and she loved her life in New York City, but there was one thing missing: love. At 36, Mandy was ready for a committed relationship, and despite the pressure society pushed on her to date, she wasn't ready to commit to just anyone. One night under a full moon in 2020, Mandy wrote down all the things she wanted in a partner: someone who is generous, kind to waiters, and even specific details, like "a New Yorker with a New York accent." Two weeks later (was it fate?), Brian slid into her messages. "Hi. I like sandwiches. What's your favorite sandwich? And, what would your last meal on earth be?" It turns out his answer was a classic pastrami sandwich from the iconic Katz's Delicatessen (of When Harry Met Sally fame).

"What's for you will never ever miss you and, believe me, the stuff that does miss you was never ever meant for you because something else is ahead."

After a few negative PCR tests and rescheduled dates, Mandy and Brian finally met, and sure enough, Mandy had Brian's favorite sandwich from Katz's waiting on the table. "To come into your apartment and see the exact sandwich I had been craving that I mentioned in our first conversation waiting for me from Katz's Deli, I knew this was it." Brian told POPSUGAR. The pair's connection only deepened from there, and a mere six months later, Brian proposed to Mandy surrounded by 40 of their friends on a rooftop in Manhattan (on his birthday weekend!). ". . . because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."

"I was shocked," Mandy said. "It took about a minute of 'WTFs' and really ugly crying before he could get an answer." The pair sealed their love with an engagement shoot at Katz's Deli, where it all started. "I wouldn't have changed a thing. Being surprised was priceless (and a rare occurrence) and something I will always cherish."

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While her happily ever after may sound like a literal rom-com come to life, Mandy is open about how her road to love wasn't an easy one. She shared some encouraging words for anyone out there struggling with where they're at in life right now:

"When the best day of my whole life happened, I immediately wanted to scream about it off of every rooftop, not to brag, but because I've been right where someone you know, or you yourself, might be right now. It really does get better when you hold on and refuse to give up. What's for you will never ever miss you and, believe me, the stuff that does miss you was never ever meant for you because something else is ahead."

Keep reading to see Mandy and Brian's NYC engagement photos at Katz's Delicatessen, which even includes a peek at Brian's When Harry Met Sally-inspired pastrami sandwich tattoo.

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