Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bol Bachchan

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Friday, May 25, 2012


Most Beautiful Royals

Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco

This 25-year-old beauty is the second child of  Caroline, the Princess of Hanover and late Italian industrialist, Stefano Casiraghi. She is currently fourth in line to the coveted throne of Monaco and is often seen at various official state functions. She also happens to be an established journalist, and is the founder of Ever Manifesto, a London-based magazine.

Queen Rania of Jordan

This 41-year-old queen has been a media darling for several decades now. Thanks to her good looks, natural grace and that priceless smile, Rania is adored by millions around the globe. However, she's not just riding on her charm, and has been involved in several noteworthy projects over the years, including global education.

Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden

This pretty princess is the heiress-apparent to the Swedish throne, and is in line to become Sweden's fourth queen after Margaret, Christina and Ulrika Eleonora. Since 2010 she's been married to former gym trainer, Daniel Westling, who is one lucky guy, for more reasons than one! 

The couple even have a baby girl, Princess Estelle, who was born earlier this year.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

She is the wife of Prince William and she happens to be one of the most recognizable royal beauties in the world today. This 30-year-old has been in the media eye since her courtship with the prince began almost a decade ago. Despite all the attention, she's always come across as a very graceful lady, and today, she perfect fits the bill of a royal.

Now, after more than a year of tying the knot, she still remains just as charming and pretty as she was when she first started making headlines.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden

This blonde beauty is the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. She is the fourth in line for the Swedish throne, but is No. 1 when it comes to good looks! This 30-year-old was supposed to get married to her fiancé back in 2010, but called off her wedding due to "many things happening in an intense period of time!"

As of now, she's single and lives in New York and works for the World Childhood Foundation, an organization she set up with her mother.

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Female Cricketers

Beautiful Female Cricketers

These hotties can knock you over with their bouncers as well as their good looks!
Trisha Chetty

This 23-year-old Durban native made her international debut back in 2007. Since then, she has played 29 ODIs, 17 T20s, and one Test for her national side. This wicketkeeper-batter has been quite productive on the field too, while making heads turn off it.

Ellyse Perry

This multi-talented Aussie has represented her country in both cricket and football. No wonder she's in prime shape and boasts a killer bod! She even has beautiful golden locks--a quality we greatly admire in a hottie!

This 21-year-old all-rounder has played 2 Tests, 39 ODIs and 14 T20s for her country. We hope she keeps adding to this tally as we'd love to see her in action for a long time to come.

Isha Guha

Most Indian cricket fans know her from her stint as an expert on T20 Extra Innings on Set Max. This hottie of Indian origin plied her trade for England for almost a decade before she retired from international cricket earlier this year. 

At 26, however, she's still very young--and hot--and we truly hope she comes on as a permanent analyst on one of the many Indian cricket channels! 

Laura Marsh

After starting off as a medium pacer, this blonde bombshell gradually switched to off spin bowling and caught the eye of the English selectors. In the process, she has also managed to bowl over hardcore cricket fans like us!

This 25-year-old already has 5 Test, 47 ODI, and 29 T20 appearances as well as a total of 103 international wickets under her pretty little belt!

Rosalie Birch

This 28-year-old Sussex hottie has played 7 Tests and 37 ODIs for her national side, England. A talented all-rounder who bowls right-arm off-break, Rosalie even has a degree in linguistics from the University of Sussex. 

So, she's not only a total knockout who loves our favorite sport, but she's also got quite a brain. Talk about the perfect woman!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Younger Looking Skin

Foods for Younger Looking Skin


Rich in omega-3 fatty acids that have been found to have positive effects on inflammation, depression, heart disease and more, salmon has beauty benefits for your skin as well. Our bodies don’t have the ability to produce some essential fatty acids, so including them in your diet helps reinforce your skin’s barrier and keep moisture in and irritants out. Omega-3 fatty acids can help decrease inflammation, so salmon is a great choice for those who suffer from rosacea or eczema. 

This vegetable is orange thanks to high levels of beta carotene, which is a precursor to vitamin A (which also happens to be a form of the main active ingredient in Retin-A). This vitamin is an antioxidant has been found to decrease the skin’s oil production, and there’s also some evidence that it can improve psoriasis. You can also find vitamin A in leafy greens, squash and mangoes.

Milk is a great source of vitamin D, which plays a critical role in skin development and repair and helps destroy free radicals that cause the skin to age. Getting your daily dose of “D” from milk also means you don’t have to get it from sun exposure that causes wrinkles and increases your risk of skin cancer.

In addition to the protein you get from snacking on almonds, you also get a big dose of vitamin E. This powerful antioxidant helps prevent signs of aging caused by free radicals and may even bolster your skin’s defense against skin cancer. Studies also suggest that vitamin E consumed orally can increase its levels on the skin’s surface, which is good news for those with dry skin.

Safflower and Sunflower Oil 
Swapping out your olive oil for safflower or sunflower oil can work wonders for your skin. It still has the great taste, but it’s higher in linoleic acid.  Linoleic acid helps your skin hold onto water (by helping your skin produce ceramides.) These oils are great to eat or use topically for those with dry skin.

If you were to only eat one vegetable (although I advise you get a wide variety), make it broccoli. It contains myriad good-for-your-skin vitamins including A (a retinoid); C, which is a fantastic antioxidant that also supports collagen production; and K, which speeds bruise healing and may even help improve dark under-eye circles.

Fruits and vegetables owe their vibrant colors to antioxidants, and berries are a wonderful source. If your diet includes blueberries, raspberries, cherries, and the like, you’ll get a range of protective antioxidants that shield your skin from free radicals.


Dark chocolate
Not only is dark chocolate a treat for your sweet tooth, it’s a treat for your skin, too. Cacao contains high levels of polyphenol antioxidants, but any old chocolate won’t do. Look for high cacao concentrations (high quality chocolates will give a % on the label) because these have less sugar, which can actually be bad for your skin.

Though it may sound counterintuitive, the high concentration of water in watermelon can actually reduce the water retention that leads to puffiness around the eyes. And because watermelon is low in sugar (as compared to many other fruits), you don’t have to worry about glycation, the chemical reaction that compromises collagen and leads to lines and wrinkles.


Pineapple contains enzymes that help break down the purple pigment in bruises.  A herbal pill called Bromelain that is used to treat bruising is actually a pineapple extract that many surgeons suggest using after cosmetic surgery.  If you bruise a lot, eating pineapple may make them clear sooner.
Many foods are good for your skin.  Green tea, red wine, and tomatoes are other foods shown to have skin benefits.  It is important to vary your diet with skin improving ingredients that have been shown to be beneficial for your skin type.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I think that’s because flirting is considered a harmless way of testing the waters; of gauging how interested the woman is in you, without the time and expense of a formal courtship. Colloquially referred to as hitting on someone, flirting is generally harmless, yet quite a necessary skill if one aims to be anyone on the social circuit.
But any article on the subject will concede that flirting attempts to engage the attention of the lovely lady, and (this is as important) direct it towards you. Which is all fine and dandy if intentions are honourable on both sides and each is just looking to pass the time of day, but if you don’t know what you’re getting into, flirting might just jeopardise your other relationships. So let’s talk about when flirting could be risky or even downright dangerous.

Situation 1: You’re already in a serious relationship

No man can be attuned to the vagaries of two women’s minds without favouring one and letting the other exist on the sidelines of his attention. What’s worse is that when you have two women, you tend to compare the two, and then, even try to change certain qualities in each, or pick and choose, like you are at a ‘make your own sandwich’ salad bar.
We’re not superhuman. It’s impossible not to fall for a woman who seems even mildly interested in responding to your quips. IF you are in a serious relationship, don’t flirt with the same woman more than twice. Or do so knowing that your partner might just find out, and your relationship will never be the same again. You will get emotionally involved with the new girl, and you will end up hurting your partner. Ask yourself whether flirting is really worth this risks.

Situation 2: She’s married, or engaged to be married

Women aren’t as good as men at handling multiple relationships. What’s innocent flirting for you might just be something completely different for her. If she takes your amorous overtures seriously and calls off her wedding, or breaks off her engagement, she will be so much more difficult to get off your back when you tire of her. Moreover, your name might get implicated in the breakup, and you don’t want to fight the scorned man who used to be her husband/fiancé. Flirt with a married woman only if she seems happily married and will dismiss your come-ons as innocuous flattery. (Isn’t this the best kind of flirting, the real no-strings-attached kind?)

Situation 3: She and you are on different wavelengths

What if she’s just teasing while the you’re planning on taking it a step further? Women really don’t get the signal that a man’s looking for a more physical relationship; she might respond to your advances, even return your compliments, and not want to get down and dirty at all. For most women, flirting is a very bold step, one that requires much daring: progressing so far as to flirt back might be an accomplishment for her.
A man must be careful, especially if the woman is a co-worker. She might seem to be giving you the eye, but try to get closer and she might well cry sexual harassment, and then it will be both your job and your ego that’s put on the line.
Flirting with too many women can be serious, because as soon as you let one woman occupy your attention, you unconsciously behave differently with other women–you have to be sneaky, you must delete evidence of calls, texts, and WhatsApp messages, and some part of you resents this. You don’t want this game of hide and seek to enter your consciousness and make you an inherently suspicious person: suspicious of your paramours, and also raising suspicion in the female population at large.
At the end of the day, it’s the shy guy that wins all the votes, not the blatant flirt. That’s why Hrithik Roshan and John Abraham elicit such fervour among women…yes, because of their six packs, but also because they come across as genuinely nice guys. Flirting is a skill–-make sure your overtures seem complimentary to the woman and not just selfish and amorous!

Female Health

Top 10 worst female health habits

From workouts to healthy diets, many of us make an effort to look after ourselves. However, we could be compromising our health on a daily basis without even knowing it. From carrying heavy handbags to wearing crippling heels, here are the top 10 female habits you should try to break.

Wearing heels

More and more of us are opting to wear heels on a daily basis, and this could be bad news for our health. High heels affect our posture, put pressure on joints, and can lead to a range of conditions including arthritishammer toesback pain and tendon injuries – and that’s before you take into account any heel-related accidents! To minimize damage, limit your heels to 1.5 inchesfor daily wear, and wear insoles to help reduce the pressure on joints.

Carrying a heavy handbag

With the rising number of gadgets and accessories the majority of women haul around, many of us are carrying around several pounds of weight on our shoulders every day. As a result, lots of us are also putting our long term health at risk. While you may not feel the effects right now, lugging around a heavy handbag can lead to serious back problems and neck pain as well as poor posture. Don’t wait until the damage is done – do your health a favour and try clearing out all non-essential items and switching to a smaller bag.

Sleeping in makeup

Most of us have succumbed to the temptation to sleep in our post-party makeup at some point. However, leaving makeup on overnight – along with the dirt and oil that naturally accumulates on skin throughout the day –is a quick route to clogged pores, congested skin and spots. Sleeping with mascara and eye makeup on can also affect your health by causing eye irritationbloodshot eyes or even infection.

Matching men drink for drink

From networking drinks to first dates and social events, there are many instances when women may feel compelled to keep up with the drinking habits of the opposite sex. However, women not only tend to weigh less than men but they have less body water to dilute the alcohol, which means they tend to get more drunk more quickly. To minimize the risks of alcohol on your health, try to keep within the recommended guidelines for alcohol consumption and alternate alcohol with soft drinks.

Wearing the wrong bra size

It is thought that more than 70 per cent of women are wearing the wrong bra size. However, wearing a badly fitted bra can not only affect the look of your clothes, but research suggests it can cause a range of health problems including back, neck and breast pain, breathing difficulties, poor posture, skin irritation, circulation problems and even irritable bowel syndrome. Rather than guessing your size, make sure you get measured to ensure you are getting the support you need.

Worrying and harboring regrets

Stress is damaging to both our physical and mental health, and women are twice as likely as men to suffer from stress-related disorders, as well as having higher rates of depression and anxiety. While it is thought there may be biological reasons for this, worrying about the future and dwelling on regrets can also add to our problems, with research suggesting that women are more than twice as likely as men to harbor regrets over lost loves and broken relationships.

Obsessing over appearance

While both genders suffer from body insecurity, many women tend to overly obsess over their idea of the “perfect” body. Research findings published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that 16 per cent of the normal or underweight women studied believed themselves to be overweight, while a study commissioned by Dove found that 90 per of women wanted to change at least one aspect of their appearance. Body insecurity not only affects our mental health, but it can also lead to physical damage caused by extreme diets, yo-yo dieting, eating disorders and cosmetic surgery.

Emotional eating

While comfort eating affects both genders, research has suggested that men are more likely to reinforce positive emotions with food, while women comfort eat when they’re sad. Women are also more likely to satisfy their cravings with sweet, high calorie foods. Rather than letting your waistline suffer next time you’re feeling blue, try distracting yourself from cravings by doing something you enjoy, or boost your endorphins and health with an uplifting workout.

Not getting enough sleep

Not only can lack of sleep make us look and feel at our worst, but insufficient shut-eye can also lead to increased accidents, calorie consumption and heart disease risk. Unluckily for women, statistics suggest that sleep problems affect more women than men, while a study by the University of Michigan found that women are more than twice as likely to give up sleep to care for others. Unfortunately, sleep has been found to affect women’s blood pressure and mood more than men’s, making it imperative that you do your best to get a good night’s sleep.

Putting themselves last

Not only are women more likely to compromise their sleeping habits to care for children and others, they are also prone to putting their own wants and needs at the bottom of a hectic to-do list of chores and obligations. To avoid running yourself into the ground, learn to sometimes say no to those requests and commitments that are less than essential, and make sure you set aside some “me” time each week to do something enjoyable just for you.


10 Surprising Sources of Antioxidants

About to hit the weights? First munch on some watercress. The dark, leafy green can protect against the DNA damage from a tough workout, according to a new study in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Watercress is packed with antioxidants, which snatch up DNA-damaging free radicals.
While all non-processed foods contain antioxidants, some have more than others. But certain foods, like spinach, blueberries, and tea, hog all the antioxidant-packing glory. No more. With the help of Alexandra Caspero, R.D., owner of weight-management and sports-nutrition service, we dug into the research to discover these 10 surprising superfoods. (For more delicious ways to instantly upgrade your health, read the 10 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating.)
1. Watercress: This leafy green, a member of the cabbage family, has a light, peppery flavor.
Why it’s healthy: One cup of watercress has just 4 calories, but it’s loaded with vitamins A, C, and K. It also contains lutein and zexanthin, two antioxidants that are beneficial for eye health.
How to eat it: Swap watercress for the lettuce on your next sandwich, or toss a bowl of the leaves with goat cheese, toasted pistachios, and your favorite vinaigrette.
2. Vanilla Beans: Growing off climbing vanilla orchid plants, these fruits have a famously sweet fragrance and flavor.
Why they’re healthy: These little beans pack big phenolic compounds, which work as potent antioxidant, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammation agents.
How to eat them: Drink them. Combine 1.5 cups pear juice, 6 oz. vodka, and seeds from 1/2 of a vanilla bean. Shake it all up, pour it over ice, and start sipping. (Learn how to make more great drink recipes in one minute or less.)
3. Cocoa Powder: The commercial name for cocoa solids, it’s the low-fat component of the cacao bean.
Why it’s healthy: It contains several minerals including calcium, magnesium, and sodium, and can contain up to 10 percent of its weight in flavanoids, which may prevent heart disease and stroke.
How to eat it: Make a mole sauce with unsweetened cocoa powder or add a small amount (a little goes a long way) to savory sauces.
4. Sorghum: This gluten-free grain is similar in taste and texture to wheat berries.
Why it’s healthy: With 70 percent starch—and a good chunk of protein—it’s a solid energy source. What’s more, it lowers cholesterol and packs B-complex vitamins.
How to eat it: Try it in your Tabbouleh salad instead of bulgur wheat, or sub sorghum syrup for honey in any recipe. (Is Gluten Making You Fat? Find out the truth about this hot controversy.)
5. Raisins: We assume you know what a raisin is.
Why they’re healthy: While dark raisins pack anthocyanins that provide the same carb boost as an energy gel, all are a top source of boron, which helps to build and keep strong bones.
How to eat them: Kick your oatmeal up a notch by sprinkling a handful of raisins on top.
6. Ginger Root: The horizontal stem of the ginger plant, it has a slightly hot, citrus-like taste.
Why it’s healthy: Nine compounds found in ginger can improve your gastrointestinal function. Even better, the plant eases muscle pain associated with exercise.
How to eat it: Grate a little fresh ginger root on anything from your stir-fry to your morning mimosa.
7. Kidney Beans: Also known as chili beans or red beans, they have a dark red skin and curvy shape (hence their name.)
Why they’re healthy: A quarter cup of red kidney beans has more than 6,000 antioxidants, plus 3 grams of cholesterol-fighting fiber. What’s more, they pack plenty of muscle-boosting protein.
How to eat them: Mash them up and mix them into ground beef when making hamburger patties. Or go the southern route by whipping up beans and rice.
8. Coffee: America really does run on Dunkin’: Good old Joe is the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet.
Why it’s healthy: A cup of java—both caffeinated and decaf—contains a host of antioxidants, including chlorogenic acid, which prevents the oxidation of bad cholesterol. (Learn Which Is Best: Coffee or Tea?)
How to drink it: Espresso, Americano—order whatever you like. Just take it easy on the sugar and whip.
9. Barley: A major cereal, its small, oval-shaped grains are fun for more than feeding livestock.
Why it’s healthy: This fiber jackpot lowers your cholesterol and carries a heap of nutrients including molybdenum, folate, and manganese. It might even boost your brainpower.
How to eat it: For a grain, this thing is pretty darn versatile. Add it to soup, use it for risotto, or sprinkle it on salad for an extra crunch.
10. Eggs: How many times can we say it? Eating eggs does not raise your risk for heart problems.
Why they’re healthy: Where do we start? Whole eggs contain more vitamins and minerals per calorie than pretty much any food. They’re also one of the best sources of choline, a chemical your body needs to break down fat for energy.


The Sandwich of the Year

2011 was all about dressed-up comfort food—hot dogs topped with kimchi, prosciutto-laced pea soup. The easiest way to bring that kind of cooking into your kitchen? The Michelin-worthy grilled cheese


You shoved it into your face as a little kid and used it to soak up cheap beer in college, but now it's time to elevate your grilled cheese sandwich to grown-man territory. "Think of it as a blank canvas," says Thomas Keller, who serves a buttery Gruyère-and-brioche version at Bouchon Bakery in New York City. In other words, experiment. Once you upgrade from Kraft Singles and Wonder Bread, you'll realize there's nothing Keller can do to a grilled cheese that you can't. Just remember a few tricks: Use a low, even source of heat—too hot and the bread will burn before your Gruyère gets a chance to melt—and let the finished product rest for a minute, like you would a fresh-off-the-grill porterhouse. It's not 3 a.m. after a frat party, and patience, like a quality Gouda, is a sign of maturity.
 The French Evolution
Chef Thomas Keller, The French Laundry, Yountville, California, and Per Se, N.Y.C.
1 Tbsp. butter
2 slices brioche
2 oz. Gruyère, thinly sliced
 Southern Comfort
Chef Harrison Keevil, Brookville Restaurant, Charlottesville, Virginia
1 Tbsp. butter
2 slices rustic bread
3 thick slices high-quality pre-cooked bacon
3 thin slices Granny Smith apple
2 Tbsp. Duke's mayonnaise (optional)
2 oz. Swiss cheese or Gouda, thinly sliced
 The Crispy Caprese
Chef Terrance Brennan, Artisanal, N.Y.C.
1 Tbsp. butter
2 slices pagnotta (Italian country bread)
1 ripe tomato, sliced
Several sprigs fresh basil
3 oz. fresh burrata or mozzarella
1. "Take your cheese out of the refrigerator an hour ahead of time," says Keller. "It will melt more evenly that way. And use butter at room temperature."
2. Preheat the oven to 350.
3. Preheat an iron skillet over medium heat.
4. Assemble the sandwich on a plate. Butter the outside of the bread and place the non-cheese ingredients—bacon, basil, whatever—between 2 slices of cheese to keep the bread from sliding off.
5. Add 1/3 tablespoon of the butter to the skillet and cook to brown.
6. Lay the sandwich in the pan. "Pay attention," says Keller. "You're looking for a really crusty dark brown on this first side." This usually takes 1 1/2 minutes.
7. Flip, then cook for an additional 30 to 45 seconds.
8. Spread the remaining butter on the just-browned side, transfer the sandwich to a baking sheet, and place in the oven for a few minutes—how long you keep it in depends on how melty you like your cheese.
9. Pull out your masterpiece and let it sit for a minute before devouring.

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Common beauty beliefs: Fact or fiction?

It’s time to debunk the most common beauty myths. Ever feel baffled by the amount of conflicting beauty advice on offer these days? With so many beauty tips and tricks doing the rounds, it can be difficult to cut through what’s fact and what’s fiction. So allow us to debunk some of the most common myths and shed light on what’s actually true.

Waxing or shaving makes hair grow thicker
Fiction! Waxing or shaving removes the hair but doesn't actually make it grow back thicker. What actually happens is that after it's been shaved or pulled out, the hair is coarser, so appears to be thicker than long hairs.

Cucumber banishes puffy eyes
Fact! Cucumbers certainly do help banish the appearance of puffy eyes. Since cucumbers are cold, they will help diminish the water retention under the eyes that causes a puffy appearance.

Chocolate gives you spots
Fiction! Hooray, the truth is that chocolate won't actually cause a breakout, but it is true that a poor diet can irritate your skin.

Toothpaste can clear a blemish
Fact! Toothpaste can clear a blemish due to its ingredients which dry the skin. Applied on the spot only, toothpaste will help dry it, thus speeding up the healing process. However, there’s also the possibility that it will irritate your skin, causing dryness and flaking, so be warned.

Lots of face washing can eliminate acne
Fiction! Over-washing your face will dry it out and remove natural oils, which will put your face into over-oil production mode. Stick to washing your face twice-daily, once in the morning and once at night.

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The New French Prez unveils his cabinet of beauties

THE arduous role of providing elegant sophistication to an Indian Parliament seriously deficient in the glamour quotient might solely fall on actress Rekha. But the French parliament faces no such dilemma. The newly sworn in cabinet under the leadership of French President Francoise Hollande boasts of a bevy of high profile beauties who are both fashion conscientious and impressively sophisticated. (By Tanya Banon, Mail Today)

Yamina Benguigui, the junior minister for expatriates and Francophone, arrived for her first cabinet meeting dressed in a grey pant-suit paired with a Louis Vuitton tote. She completed her outfit with a pair of high black peep-toe pumps and oversized red frames.

While Benguigui, a film director, had almost a movie star-like appeal, France’s culture minister Aurelie Filippetti, a novelist of Italian descent, looked no less than the lead protagonist of a novella. The 38-year-old, who had previously been in the news for allegations that Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to grope her, showed off her natural beauty in a chic knee-length black dress which she paired with a stylish blazer and laced ankle boots.

Joining their stylish ranks in a printed floral dress paired with a black Gucci shoulder bag, knee high boots and a blazer was junior minister for small business, innovation and digital economy, Fleur Pellerin.

It was a feminine A-line dress paired with a white blazer for the charming junior minister for handicraft, tourism and trade, Sylvia Pinel. She accessorised the ensemble with bangles, a broach and a messenger tote.

Cecile Duflot, the minister of territorial equality and housing, chose to dress up in her denims and white shirt with a trench coat, a brown leather shoulder bag and matching brown heels.

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, 34, showed off her affable style in a navy blue pant-suit. The Moroccan-born politician was bang on trend as she teamed her outfit with a pop of neon and laced loafers.

The President’s partner Valerie Trierweiler has already matched former First Lady Carla Bruni in the fashion department, but she might just have got more than she bargained for with all the in-house competition. (With inputs from Daily Mail)

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ek Tha Tiger

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Jenna Talackova

Jenna Talackova creates history after becoming the first transgendered Miss Universe contestant.

The Miss Universe pageant has changed its rules and has allowed transgender women to take part in all of its competitions following follows a media outcry over the disqualification of Canadian contestant Jenna Talackova from the Miss Universe Canada contest because she was not a "naturally born female."

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Sunday, May 13, 2012


5 types of people to have in your social circle

They say that friends are the family we choose for ourselves, and choosing the right friends can significantly improve your life in many ways. In terms of friendship, quality is more important than quantity, and it is important to surround yourself with the right people to boost your happiness. Here are the five types of friends everyone should have.

The agony aunt or uncle
The agony aunt or uncle is the perfect person to have onboard when you are facing a crisis - no matter how big or small. If you need some advice, or just a listening ear, this is your guy or girl! Not only is this friend happy to sit and listen to all your problems without passing judgement, but they know exactly when to butt in with advice, and the advice they do give is usually peppered with love.

Furthermore, you can call this friend any time day or night with your problems, safe in the knowledge you're reaching a sympathetic and willing ear. With this friend by your side, you can sail effortlessly through all of life's crises, without ever having to paddle alone in the murky depths of despair. Just don't forget to offer up your ear and repay the favour from time to time!

The laugh-a-minute mate
The party pal, the group comedian, the life and soul of the party... We all know one of these people - or if you don't, you should. The laugh-a-minute-mate is that person who never fails to cheer you up and get you laughing, no matter what you're going through. Whether you're on a night out, travelling the globe or just sat watching TV, this friend will make sure you always have a great time.

While this friend is spontaneous and fun, it's best to bear in mind that they may not the best person to go crying to with your problems, as they will most likely make a joke about your breakup and may be far too busy partying to answer that 3am call. However, a little distraction is often what you need, so if you need to take a break from life's stresses, try giving this friend a call.

The painfully honest pal
Although complete, uncensored honesty is not always welcome, sometimes it is necessary if it will only save you further pain along the road. This truthful pal may not always tell you what you want to hear, but they will usually tell you what you need to know. The key thing with this friend is that there is no malice behind their truthfulness; they are genuinely trying to help.
If you want an honest opinion on whether that person you've had your eye on really fancies you, whether you should dump your latest fling, or how you should deal with a tricky situation, this is the friend to go to. This is a great person to have around when you are facing a big decision, and equally good for advice on your fashion decisions - so long as your ego can take it.

The finishes-your -sentences friend
Sometimes in life you come across a person so completely on your wavelength you could have been separated at birth. This is that friend. The finishes-your-sentences friend does exactly what they say on the tin; they know you inside out, you share the same random interests, and they always know exactly what you're talking about - even when you don't.

Maybe you've known this person for years, or maybe you just clicked instantly. Regardless, this is a true friend; the person you feel most comfortable with and can really be yourself around. You know you can relax with this friend and that they're never going to judge what you say - in fact, they were probably just thinking the same thing.

The inspirational motivator
Otherwise known as Little Miss or Mr Perfect, the inspirational motivator makes you feel inspired and infuriated in pretty equal measures. The likelihood is this friend is thriving in some area in which you are lacking. Perhaps they have a better job than you or they earn more money; maybe they have a better social life; or perhaps you feel they have better values than you.

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