Michaela Coel is dancing in parks and this is the 2020 energy we need

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Michaela Coel knows how to stay busy in lockdown. 

In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, the writer of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum revealed she’s been spending lockdown dancing in her favourite parks in London. For the self-conscious people among us (I’m one of them), we should clarify what that means exactly. 

We’re not talking about outdoor dance classes with other people. We’re talking Robyn-style dancing on your own in a park like nobody’s watching. 

“One of the times when I was running, I was going through my favourite park and I saw this guy and he was just there, stationary but doing these huge motions, dancing with these huge earphones on and I thought it was so cool that as I was running by I gave him a thumbs up and I blew him loads of kisses,” she explained. 

When Coel’s brother came to stay with her, she asked him if he wanted to dance in the park. They each wear their own headphones and they go to the park and just start dancing. “Every now and then, even though we’re listening to separate music the beat falls in to the same time and then we start doing the same movements.” Coel has also gone to do park dancing on her own.

We salute you! Maybe we’ll even give it a go.

Taylor Swift’s first ‘folklore’ music video leads us into a fairytale world

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Taylor Swift has kept things fairly lowkey for her first “folklore” music video.

It’s pretty much just her, her trusty piano, and a few magical worlds thrown in for good measure.

In the official video for “cardigan” above, Swift is singing in a firelit room when the top of her piano begins to glow golden. She climbs inside it and reappears in a fairytale world, before reappearing in the middle of a choppy ocean and then finally finding her way back home. again.

Is it an extended metaphor for how music can transport us to new places? Or simply a product of the limited filming opportunities created by social distancing?

Either way, it works.

NASA photos of ‘alien’ anomaly on the Moon stagger UFO expert – ‘Looks to be a temple’

The hunter also drew the symbol he saw in the photos, which he thinks is of importance to the aliens supposedly living on the Moon.

He said: “I tried to make the symbol of the tower in black and white seen in the above photo. I think its very close.

“It must have some very important meaning to this species of aliens because that symbol on the tower is huge.

“It looks to be an ancient temple of some serious significance to it… maybe religious, maybe unifying, or even political.”

Life after death: Man says he spoke to Jesus before the gates to heaven – ‘Was very real’

“For a few brief moments, I found myself in what seemed like ‘heaven’s front yard’.”

Throughout the experience, Dan said he could feel unconditional love, grace and freedom.

In front of him, Jesus was speaking to another person.

Dan said: “This person had not been a Christian – by religion, or birth – on Earth, but was given the opportunity to choose now.

“I thought this was fantastic. I did not choose to return, but I left there and returned to Earth.

MH370 bombshell: How plane ‘ended up in Central Asia’ amid BIG problem with Indian Ocean

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. To this day, it is unknown exactly what happened to the plane and those on board, making it the biggest aviation mystery of all time. The official investigation concluded that its final resting place is most likely the bottom of the southern Indian Ocean, yet despite extensive searches in the area, no wreckage has been found.

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Without the black boxes contained in the plane, we cannot understand what was truly happening on the plane on that doomed flight.

Investigators came to their conclusion based on evidence from data collected by British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat.

Inmarsat’s satellite 3F1 was communicating with MH370 that fateful night and recorded seven ‘pingrings’ which have yielded certain metadata to be analysed.

These metadata include the Burst Timing Offset (BTO), which is the measure of the time elapsed between the satellite’s query and the plane’s reply.

READ MORE: MH370: Aviation engineer claims doomed jet ‘landed in Philippines’

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may have ended up in central Asia instead of the Indian Ocean (Image: GOOGLE MAPS / GETTY)

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A relative of passengers of MH370 cries outside the Foreign Ministry in Beijing (Image: GETTY)

Because light travels at a finite speed and the plane’s electronics produces a certain amount of delay, there is always a gap in time that can be used to calculate the distance from the plane to the satellite.

The analysed BTO data yielded an arc, on which each of the points is a possible location for the plane at the time of the last pingring.

According to Jeff Wise in his 2019 book ‘The Taking of MH370’, experts reasoned that the plane’s most likely endpoint was either at the northernmost point of the arc or the southernmost.

This was assuming a likely speed of about 500 miles per hour.

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Families are still left without closure (Image: GETTY)

The southernmost point was a spot in the southern Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia, and many people felt this was the more likely of the two.

This is because the northernmost point would have meant the plane had to fly over Asia and it seems unlikely it would have gone completely undetected flying over multiple countries’ airspace.

However, there is one huge problem with this and it is that the sophistication of the hijack, along with what a difficult feat it would have been to carry it off, it seems unlikely that the person responsible simply wanted to kill themselves and anyone on board without telling anyone why they did it.

What’s more, this is also the pessimistic option, and it supposes that everyone on board died.

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Malaysia Airlnes suffered two catastophies in 2014; MH370 and MH17 (Image: GETTY)

Mr Wise wrote: “For me, there was a big problem with the southern option.

“If the plane went south ,then everyone on board must have died, and my gut was telling whoever carried this out was too talented and motivated to quietly snuff themselves.

“With so much still unknown about the case, I found it easy to imagine all sorts of dark scenarios.

“Since no one had yet claimed responsibility, I wondered if the perpetrators were readying in secret of a 9/11-style attack.”

Of course, these were Mr Wise’s immediate thoughts in March 2014 and it is now clear that no such terror attack followed the MH370 mystery.

However, that does not mean it was not the intention of whoever hijacked the Boeing 777 ‒ it may have just not gone to plan.

If the plane actually flew north, it likely ended up in the central Asian country of Kazakhstan.

This area contains the Baikonur Cosmodrome, a now-unused spaceport, where it would be possible to land the plane.

However, data that was later analysed called Burst Frequency Offset (BFO), indicated that the plane flew the southern route.

There are dozens of theories as to what happened to MH370, none of which have been completely verified.

The Taking of MH370 was written by Jeff Wise and published by The Yellow Cabin Press in 2019. It is available here.

Michigan Man Wins $2M Lottery Jackpot After Clerk Gives Him Wrong Ticket

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — A man in suburban Detroit was given the wrong lottery ticket. But there was no mistake about the result: a $2 million winner.

The Michigan Lottery said the man stopped at a gas station in Eastpointe, Michigan, to put air in a tire. He needed change for the air machine and also asked for a $10 Lucky 7′s scratch-off ticket.

“The clerk handed me the $20 ticket by mistake. He offered to exchange it for me but something told me to keep it. I am sure glad I did!” the man said in a statement released Tuesday by the Lottery.

The name of the 57-year-old man wasn’t released. He decided to take a lump sum of about $1.3 million instead of $2 million spread over many years, the Lottery said.

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If you’re a photographer, you need one of these

Photographers need a website to showcase their work in the most beautiful way. We found the best website builders, with all kinds of photog-friendly features, to do just that.

Best Overall

Wix

One of the most straightforward website builders out there, Wix also works well for photographers thanks to some relevant features.

Best for event photographers

Zenfolio

With a focus on making it easy for existing customers to access your work, Zenfolio won’t be for everyone, but it’s certainly useful for some.

As a photographer, you know that the most important thing to showcase to any potential client is your portfolio of work. It’s essential then to have an online presence that displays your talents in an attractive way that immediately sells your skills to a potential buyer. While there are many website builders out there, not all truly highlight visual media like photographs or videos in the way that they deserve. It’s vital that you use a website builder that considers the needs of photographers and other creative types so that you (and your visitors) get the best experience. 

What do you need to look for though? Is it worth spending more on premium services or will a more general website-building experience help? Read on, and we’ll help explain what to look for when buying a website builder for your photography and recommend excellent options for different budgets and skill levels. 

Why do I need a specific website builder?

If you’re running a photography business or planning on becoming a professional photographer, your images look fantastic, right? You want them to look just as beautiful online, and you want to be able to showcase them clearly and attractively. Many website builders are great for general purposes, but not all do an excellent job of highlighting a creative portfolio, such as the kind that a photographer would need. They also might not be able to protect your images from theft. 

There’s also the small matter of complexity. Sure, you’re great with a camera, but do you know how to design a website? Many website builders aimed explicitly at photographers appreciate that you have a creative eye. You might not be technically proficient in website design, so they offer simple drag-and-drop tools, so your work looks as great as it deserves. 

What should I look for in a website builder, as a photographer?

As a photographer looking for a great portfolio site for your work, you want a website builder that looks attractive. Some websites provide relatively flat designs or designs that look a bit too much like other websites. Neither is attractive when showcasing your work. A website builder explicitly aimed towards photographers can provide a unique touch that your potential clients won’t already see everywhere. You’ll notice we’ve included some general website builders, and that’s because they provide features that are ideal for a photographer. 

Before you dive in, consider what your budget is and what you’re looking for. Do you just need somewhere to showcase your wares, or do you want a site that allows you to make online sales through it? This can drastically change both the price of your plan and the best option for you. In all cases, we’ve made sure to pick out website builders that are simple to use and provide attractive results. 


Simple to use • Stylish portfolio templates • Possible to sell photos online
Can be overwhelming • Not the cheapest
Wix is generally an excellent option for anyone looking to build a website. For photographers, it guarantees stylish results.

1. Wix

One of the most straightforward website builders out there, Wix also works well for photographers thanks to some relevant features.

  • Combo:
    $13/month
  • Unlimited:
    $17/month
  • Pro:
    $22/month
  • VIP:
    $39/month
  • Free trial:
    14 days

Wix is a well-known name in the website builder space, and it’s immensely flexible in its approach. Start a website and you have access to the Wix Art Store, a Wix plug-in that makes it easy for you to showcase your artwork simply and clearly. The plug-in helps you manage everything from how you want your images to be sold (right down to attaching them to mugs and other items if you wish to), all while protecting your image with a custom watermark so they can’t be stolen easily. Wix also doesn’t charge commission fees, which is a welcome inclusion. 
Elsewhere, Wix offers a powerful drag-and-drop editor for designing your website. It’s almost too powerful, as it can be a little overwhelming if you just want something that you don’t have to overthink. Still, it’s simple to use, and the results look just as good on a small mobile screen as they do on a desktop PC. The eCommerce plans aren’t necessarily the cheapest out there, but for pure effectiveness, you can’t go wrong with Wix. 


Does all the image resizing for you • Attractive templates • Password protection for galleries
Not as intuitive to use as Wix
Squarespace always produces gorgeous results, but it can take a little effort to get there which may be off-putting.

2. Squarespace

A very popular website builder that also has excellent features for photographers.

  • Personal:
    $12/month
  • Business:
    $18/month
  • Commerce:
    $26/month
  • Advanced Commerce:
    $40/month
  • Free trial:
    14 days

Squarespace is one of the biggest names in website builders, and it’s not just for regular websites — it’s also useful for photographers. That’s because it has some critical features like the fact that it automatically resizes and crops images for you so that everything looks as good as it should. You can also password-protect individual gallery pages which is ideal if you want to set up galleries for specific customers, such as wedding photography clients. Pretty much all of Squarespace’s templates look gorgeous too but if you want to customize things, it is a bit trickier than with other website builders.
That’s the only downside to Squarespace really — it relies on you having more advanced knowledge than other services as it’s not quite 100% drag-and-drop. If you’re reasonably tech-savvy, that’s less of an issue, but it does mean that everything takes longer to get right than with something like Wix. 


Very quick to set up • Free trial available • Free domain name included
Too simple for some purposes • Little buggy
Relatively new to the portfolio game, Format provides clean and straightforward portfolio sites for photographers, even if it is a little buggy at times.

3. Format

A clean and straightforward portfolio site that’s ideal for speed.

  • Pro:
    $12/month
  • Pro Plus:
    $18/month
  • Unlimited:
    $25/month
  • Free trial:
    14 days

In a rush or just don’t want to spend hours on end tweaking your portfolio? Format is a good up-and-coming name when it comes to simple portfolio creation. It doesn’t offer as many advanced features as some of its competitors, but there’s still room for over 60 different themes that can be easily customized within seconds. There’s image protection across the board so you don’t have to worry about anyone stealing your work, and a free domain name is also bundled into all plans. 
Format offers help for your business in other ways, too, via business masterclasses, site building services, and the ability to create mailing lists. It’s also eager to promote artists wherever possible. It can get expensive though, with services such as email costing extra, and commission-free sales only limited to a set number of products each month. Still, it’s certainly simple to get started with. 


Extensive support for client accounts • Lots of storage • Booking support
Not the most intuitive • Not many templates
If you simply want somewhere easy for your clients to access for checking images, Zenfolio is a great bet, but it’s not ideal for portfolios.

4. Zenfolio

With a focus on making it easy for existing customers to access your work, Zenfolio won’t be for everyone, but it’s certainly useful for some.

  • Starter Plan:
    $5/month
  • Pro Plan:
    $20/month
  • Advanced Plan:
    $30/month
  • Free Trial:
    14 days

Zenfolio approaches photography differently from other sites. Crucially, it’s best for photographers who deal with events such as weddings or any other scenario that involves you being hired by someone for private photos. It offers extensive features that make it simple for you to allow your customers to log in and check their photos before agreeing to a purchase. Effectively, you create mini-sites within your main site so that they get a personalized experience. However, it’s not geared towards showcasing your portfolio for potential new clients, right down to some limited SEO tools. 
Zenfolio also doesn’t offer the highest number of templates, so while it looks good, it might not look as original as you’d like it to. For event photography, it makes up for that with some useful features such as the ability to arrange bookings via your site and then take payment instantly. Zenfolio might not be for every photographer, but it’s sure to be useful for those who already have an existing clientele or main website. 


Stylish portfolios • Great customer service • Free trial available
Limited number of templates • Not the cheapest
Stylishly simple, PhotoShelter is ideal if you know your way around a camera but not a website, even if it can get expensive.

5. PhotoShelter

A growing name in the business, PhotoShelter offers some attractive results for a price.

  • Basic:
    $10/month
  • Standard:
    $25/month
  • Pro:
    $45/month
  • Free trial:
    14 days

PhotoShelter prides itself on excellent customer service, pointing out that many of its staff are professional photographers themselves, so they know what they’re doing. That’s kind of the ethos of PhotoShelter. It only offers a handful of different templates, and its customization options are a little limited. Still, if you simply want to quickly set up a portfolio without feeling overwhelmed, it does the job admirably. Every template looks good and your images can be placed behind password-protected galleries any time you want. 
Integration with various forms of social media such as Instagram, WordPress, Tumblr, and Vimeo are useful, plus you get helpful SEO tools. PhotoShelter can get a little expensive, both in terms of monthly fees and commission when you make a sale, but if you want to spend less time in front of the PC getting set up, it’s hard to beat. 


Simple to use portfolio builder • Very simple to switch between themes • Well priced
Too simple for some purposes • No password protection
For a quick and relatively cheap solution, Carbonmade is a great choice. It simply just works.

6. Carbonmade

Simple to use with basic features, Carbonmade will make your images look great.

  • Beginner:
    $8/month
  • Pro:
    $12/month
  • Expert:
    $18/month
  • Free trial:
    Unlimited

Want to spend hours designing a website? If so, Carbonmade isn’t the place for you, but it’s great for everyone who simply wants to showcase their work. Rather than using templates, Carbonmade uses a mixture of layouts that you can manipulate. That sounds complicated, but it doesn’t take long at all. Best of all, you can simply upload all your content and the website does all the hard work to make it look good. That’s perfect for the photographer short on time or technical abilities. You can easily divide up your images according to different galleries too, although don’t expect to be able to password-protect any of them. 
Yes, that’s the downside to Carbonmade. It’s a little short on features such as password protection as well as online sales features. If you plan on selling your wares online, this isn’t for you, but if you simply want to make it easy for potential clients to browse and see what you’re capable of, Carbonmade is an attractive option. 


Unlimited storage on all plans • Extensive security features • Online shop facility
Limited customization • Not cheap
With extensive security options for your work, SmugMug is a reassuring presence, even if it can be expensive.

7. SmugMug

With useful security tools and unlimited storage, SmugMug is a good bet for a portfolio site.

  • Basic:
    $7/month
  • Power:
    $11/month
  • Portfolio:
    $27/month
  • Pro:
    $41.99/month
  • Free trial:
    14 days

SmugMug has been around for a while and knows one of photographers’ main concerns — theft. That’s why it offers features like right-click protection so that no one can save your photos. There are custom watermarks in effect for all your images too, plus you can password protect individual pages, folders, galleries, and even the whole site if you want. With unlimited storage, there’s real peace of mind here. 
SmugMug isn’t perfect when it comes to unique sites, as you can’t customize templates as well as with other websites, but if you simply want a straightforward place to host your artwork, it does the job well. Just bear in mind that it can get a bit pricey if you choose to sell through the service, with some expensive fees. 

The late night hosts all had something to say about Trump’s bizarre Ghislaine Maxwell comment

There were two key talking points that came out of Trump’s Wednesday press conference.

The first was the shift in tone he used when talking about the coronavirus, which gave the address a much more somber air than we’re typically used to.

The second was his incredibly breezy response to a question about Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently facing charges for sex trafficking after she was arrested by the FBI earlier in the month.

“I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach, and I guess they lived in Palm Beach,” said Trump, who has previously been photographed with Maxwell and her close associate Jeffrey Epstein, who died in jail last year while awaiting trial on his own charges of sex trafficking. “But I wish her well, whatever it is.”

“I wish her well.” As you can probably guess, that sentence – which Trump said twice – raised more than a few eyebrows, not least of all from pretty much all the late night talk show hosts.

Here’s Stephen Colbert, for instance, expression disbelief at the president’s choice of words (skip to 5:00 in the clip below). 

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“He wishes her well?” said Colbert. “So, okay, if you’re keeping score at home: If you’re accused of spray-painting a statue of a confederate soldier, you’re human scum who should be billy clubbed in the trachea. But if you’re accused of recruiting middle schoolers to be sexually assaulted by millionaires, you get a greeting card.”

Colbert went on to talk about Trump saying he knew Maxwell, playing a clip of the president’s “I guess they lived in Palm Beach” quote.

“I guess they lived in Palm Beach,” mimicked Colbert, putting on his best Trump voice, “And I’m saying ‘I guess’ even though I already said I saw her a lot because we all lived in Palm Beach, and I’m just wondering if I say it kind of softly and casually, will I sound less panicky? Is it working? No? Anyway, let’s just get back to a more comfortable subject: I let 140,000 people die and I wish them well.”

Meanwhile, Daily Show host Trevor Noah made a similar point about Trump’s selective criticism (4:10).

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“Okay, so just to recap: Colin Kaepernick? Son of a bitch. Accused child sex trafficker? ‘I wish her well.’ This is the one time when nobody would have been upset if Trump had used one of his trademark insults,” said Noah. “Instead, this is the time that Trump chooses to suddenly become a feminist?”

Fallon also took some jabs at Trump during his Tonight Show monologue (3:00).

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“Later on, Trump had everyone sign a Hallmark sympathy card that said ‘Sorry for your sex trafficking arrest.’,” the host said, after watching the press conference clip in disbelief.

“Right after he finished, Trump’s staff was like, ‘Oh yeah, this is why we stopped doing these.'”

Finally, Seth Meyers also drew attention to the ridiculousness of Trump’s comments (1:00).

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“Check-mate, Joe Biden!” the Late Night host remarked, after playing the clip. “Just like the Trump team drew it up on the chalk board, in front of millions of Americans, the president publicly sent well-wishes to an alleged sex trafficker, while reminding everyone he’s been friends with her for years.

“I mean, you just can’t teach that kind of political talent. Now all Trump has to do is sit back and watch the votes roll in.”

End of the world: Jesus warned of deadly pandemic as sign of the apocalypse – claim

More than 13 million people have been infected with since the pandemic began this year, leading to the loss of more than 600,000 lives. But as if the disease was not bad enough in itself, some Christian conspiracy theorists also believe it could be a sign of the end of the world. Furthermore, some are even claiming that Jesus warned of a deadly pandemic which would bring with it the apocalypse.

According to conspiracy site End Times Truth, several verses in the Bible warn of “pestilences” – fatal epidemic diseases – as a sign of the coming apocalypse.

The verse Matt. 24:3-8 reads: “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?’

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, ‘I am Christ’; and shall deceive many.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers [various] places.”

The claim Jesus supposedly warned of a deadly pandemic as a sign of the end is enough for some to believe COVID-19 could be the harbinger of the apocalypse.

End Times Truth said: “Jesus in this prophecy was thus referring to the pain that this current world will go through to birth the new world system when He comes again, which will then give rise to the glorious Kingdom of Heaven.

“Jesus was saying that these pains of suffering would occur throughout this present time, but that the existence of any one of the events would not immediately signal the End of the Age.