Who was Thomas the Tank Engine narrator Michael Angelis? – The Sun

MICHAEL Angelis died suddenly at home with his wife May 30, aged 76, according to his agent.

But who was he and why has he likely impacted your life?

Who was Michael Angelis?

Michael Angelis was born January 18, 1944 (though other sources say 1952), in Liverpool, Angelis was best known as the narrator of Thomas The Tank Engine series Thomas And Friends and for his role as Mickey Startup in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

He left Liverpool to train at the Royal Scottish Acadey of Music and Drama in Glasgow.

His career took off in 1972, when he played roles in The Scobie Man, The Thirty Minute Theatre and Episode 1226 of Corrie.

Arguably the biggest role he played was Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.

Taking over from Ringo Star in 1991, Angelis narrated and voiced all of the characters for 13 seasons of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends through to 2012, including three spin-off video games.

He was a staple of British entertainment throughout his 40 year TV, radio and film career.


Thomas and Mickey aside, he was also best known to adult audiences for his role as Arnie in September Song, Martin Niarchos in GBH and Lucien Boswell in The Liver Birds.

Angelis has 15 film credits, having made his film debut with The Black Stuff, in 1978.

He spent most of his career in TV, where he played characters in 54 titles that include The Bill, Midsomer Murders, Holby City, Gearbeat, Harry Enfield and Chums, A Touch of Frost, Casualty and Coronation Street.

His last credited TV role came in 2012, when he appeared as Robert Rocksavage in Good Cop. He retired in 2012.

In his private life he was married to Coronation Street actress Helen Worth, who played Gail Platt, from 1991 to 2001, and later married Welsh model Jennifer Khalastchi in 2001, who he remained with until he died.

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The Funniest Betrayals From 'Run BTS!'

Anyone who follows BTS knows that the members love to betray each other during games. At this point, it is essentially second nature for the members to lie and try and outsmart each other while taking part in any competition. That is what makes Run BTS!, the band’s variety show, so appealing. The best moments of the show come from the members’ unscripted chaos and betrayals. While this is in no way a complete list, these are some of the funniest betrayals from the show.

Episodes 47 and 48 of ‘Run BTS!’ were chaotic

In Episodes 47 and 48 of Run BTS!, the band members visited Korea Job World which posed as “BTS Village.” Each member had an assigned job like delivery man and mechanic, and as they acted in their roles they also tried to solve the mystery of which members were impostors from the Blue Village.

BTS spent the episodes searching for and deciphering clues. As the game went on, the seven BTS members began to throw each other under the bus. Accusations flew left and right while the impostors did their best to trick everyone else.

All of the members lied to each other in Episode 80 of ‘Run BTS!’

Episodes 79 and 80 of Run BTS! took place in a mall and the members participated in “007 Operation.” As with the funniest episodes of Run BTS!, it was every man for himself in a game with a grand prize. The members searched through the mall to collect cards, each with a different meaning. They then earned points by using the cards to play games.

As they searched for the cards, the members attempted to spy on one another, struck up alliances, and chased each other. In Episode 80 of Run BTS!, the members met after completing the game. During a hilarious sequence, each member lied about how many points they actually had. Each BTS member also thought they won, and a few minutes later it was revealed every single member lied about their points total.

V betrayed Jimin in Episode 87 and Episode 88

In Episode 87 and Episode 88 of Run BTS!, the group played an extreme game of hide-and-seek. Each member had a piece of paper taped to his back and was assigned another member to tag out of the game by placing stickers on their back. The members could not reveal who they were assigned to tag, and they had to try and secretly place the stickers on the pieces of paper without the other member noticing.

Jin was assigned V, RM was assigned Jungkook, V needed to tag out Jimin, Suga was assigned Jin, Jungkook’s assigned person was J-Hope, Jimin needed to tag out Suga, and J-Hope was assigned RM. From the moment the game began, utter chaos broke out.

Jimin tried to form an alliance with V, and V agreed. A few minutes later in Episode 87, he placed a sticker on Jimin’s back. Later in Episode 88, V stuck several stickers to Jimin’s back while he pretended to adjust the piece of paper. Ultimately, V won the game because Jimin never suspected V’s betrayal.

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Honorable Mention: ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’

BTS’s appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Jan. 28, 2020 was essentially Run BTS! but on late-night TV. During the episode, BTS played a game of hide-and-seek with Corden and Ashton Kutcher. The members of BTS hid throughout the studio, while Corden and Kutcher searched for them. The first person who found four members of BTS won.

During the game, audience members betrayed RM by showing Corden where RM was hiding. Then in return, RM betrayed Jungkook by giving away Jungkook’s disguise as a camera operator to Kutcher.

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Win a copy of A Wedding At The Beach Hut by Veronica Henry in this week’s Fabulous book competition – The Sun

WHEN Robyn discovers she’s pregnant, she and Jake start organising an idyllic wedding at his family’s beach hut on the Devon coast.

But all that planning for the future makes Robyn want to explore her past…

The perfect feel-good summer read.

10 lucky readers will win a copy of this new novel in our book competition this week.

To win a copy, enter using the form below by 11:59pm on June 13, 2020.

For full terms and conditions, click here.

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The truth about Noel Gallagher’s drug use

Former Oasis frontman and guitarist Noel Gallagher might be known for his music (who hasn’t been to a party and heard a half-drunk rendition of “Wonderwall” from a random person playing guitar while hammered, after all), but he might equally be famous for a few other things, too. His on-again, off-again feud with fellow ex-bandmate and brother Liam Gallagher has made tabloid headlines for nearly his entire music career, and his claim that Oasis was even bigger than the Beatles is the stuff of rock and roll legend.

Once the spearhead of the Britpop movement, the singer-songwriter has been candid that many of his most famous songs — most of which were featured on Oasis albums Definitely Maybe, (What’s the Story?) Morning Glory, and Be Here Now — were written during periods of heavy drug use, namely cocaine. While Gallagher reportedly quit the drug in 1998 (according to the Telegraph, he stopped out of sheer boredom), the performer has been candid about his coke-fueled past, even throwing a cocaine-themed party for his 50th birthday in 2017.

Despite this, it’s only recently that Gallagher has opened up about the darker side of his cocaine days — more specifically, that his euphoric highs fueled a distressing inverse for the star.

Hospitalization was Noel Gallagher's wake-up call

During a recent appearance on Matt Morgan’s How Funny?, Noel Gallagher confided to the comedy podcast’s titular host that at the height of his drug usage (and Oasis’ heyday), the musician was once hospitalized during an American leg of a past tour for a panic attack — one which was directly cocaine-induced.

“I did have to check into hospital once,” Gallagher said, describing the experience.

“Imagine having the psychosis and having to have to go to hospital,” he continued. “They don’t understand a word you’re saying because of your accent and you’re like ‘I think I am on my way out.'”

Gallagher also cited the incident — as well as “a few brutal panic attacks” like it — for spurring the “Champagne Supernova” singer to part ways with cocaine once and for all.

“You just know that when the coke comes out the night is going to take a s–t turn,” the performer joked.

As to how he feels about the drug now? According to Gallagher, he’s more or less apathetic.

“It’s always like fun and games and once someone gets the coke out,” explained Gallagher, “then all of a sudden it’s, ‘Well, it’s time for me to go anyway, because this is now boring.'”

According to Noel Gallagher, cocaine use was integral to the band's first few albums

Despite Noel Gallagher’s ultimate repudiation of cocaine, his use of the drug has famously been romanticized not only by the guitarist and singer but also by his fellow Oasis ex-bandmates and even by others who worked on the Britpop group’s albums.

Members of the band have stated in multiple interviews that its first three albums were fueled by the amount of cocaine they consumed at the time, the culmination of which more or less manifested in their third record, 1997’s Be Here Now.

In the 2003 documentary Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Brit Pop, Gallagher categorized the album’s production as “the sound of a bunch of guys, on coke, in the studio, not giving a f–k” — going so far as to call cocaine, not music, his “major obsession” in an interview he gave around the time of the album’s release.

Producer Owen Morris, who worked on and helped with the release of Be Here Now, reportedly corroborated Gallagher’s account of the process (and the drugs they did along the way). As Morris put it in a 2010 interview with Q magazine (Pitchfork), “In the first week, someone tried to score an ounce of weed, but instead got an ounce of cocaine. Which kind of summed it up.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse and mental health, please contact SAMHSA’s 24-hour National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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The truth about Bob Kulick’s relationship with his brother Bruce

It was with a heavy heart that Bruce Kulick announced his older brother, Bob Kulick, died at the age of 70. Bob Kulick (pictured) was a legendary guitarist who performed with KISS, Lou Reed, and Diana Ross, according to the Daily Mail.

Bruce took to Twitter on May 29, 2020 to announce the sad news. He said: “I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick. His love of music, and his talent as a musician and producer should always be celebrated.”

Bruce added: “I know he is at peace now, with my parents, playing his guitar as loud as possible. Please respect the Kulick Family’s privacy during this very sad time.”

Bob had a remarkable career, beginning with a studio gig in 1976 playing the Lou Reed hit, “Coney Island Baby,” according to the Daily Mail. Bob also appeared on Meat Loaf’s album Bad Attitude (1984) and toured with him.

Meanwhile, Bruce is also musically inclined. According to the Daily Mail, he “is also a KISS guitarist who is currently in KISS cover band Kuarantine with AEW pro-wrestler and lead singer Chris Jericho.”

While Bruce is obviously devastated at the loss of his brother, the two were famous for their feuds. Read on to find out the truth of Bob’s relationship with his brother, Bruce.

Bob Kulick calls his brother, Bruce, a backstabber

Despite their connection over music, Bob Kulick and his younger brother, Bruce Kulick (pictured), had a reputation for feuding. Back in 2019, Bob took to social media to notify fans that Bruce was selling Kulick Brother merchandise without his permission.

Bob said on Instagram: “I have NOT given permission for this and have not been accounted to or paid for merchandise SOLD bearing my name and photos with my likeness. This is called COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT and an indication to all of you as to where my backstabbing Brother Bruce is in all this!”

Interestingly, in the post, Bob also noted that Bruce had a restraining order against him, so there was clearly trouble long before the merchandise drama. Bob also added in the post: “These are people who will lie, cheat and steal just for the all mighty dollar… These people are so pathetic that I had to give them $750.00 to start the merchandise operation and now they refuse to pay or acknowledge me.”

Yikes! But Bruce was quick to defend himself. Read on to hear what he said.

Bruce Kulick says his relationship with Bob "wasn't healthy"

In an interview with music journalist Miles “The Shoe” Schuman in April 2020, Bruce Kulick (pictured) spoke about his side of the argument. When Schuman asked if Bruce had gone into it further with Bob, Bruce answered: “Of course, in every family dispute or business dispute that people have, there’s two sides to the story. And I decided not to get into the sandbox kind of thing in this situation. So I laid out, and I’m gonna remain laying out.”

Bruce added of his relationship with his older brother: “Unfortunately, my relationship’s not healthy with him, but it’s better just to say that there’s nothing more to say about it.”

Bruce added: “It’s unfortunate that it went that way. I took the high road, and that’s why I’m not gonna really discuss any details about it. But I would imagine anybody who sees it as an outside person would go, like, ‘All right. Well, what is the other side? What’s going on on the other side?'”

We wish the Kulikc family our sympathy in their time of loss!

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'The Last Kingdom': Why Brida Manipulates Sigtryggr and How It Changes Things for Uhtred

In the hit Netflix series The Last Kingdom, Brida (Emily Cox) is known to hold a grudge. She’s held a huge one against Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) in particular for years. When season 4 starts, Brida has found happiness with Cnut (Magnus Bruun) and is even pregnant with his child. Then Uhtred drops a massive truth bomb on the whole thing.

Brida learns the truth about Young Ragnar and she acts on it

Cnut believes that Uhtred killed his son, which of course hedidn’t, but he wanted him to think he did. During battle, Cnut and Uhtred fightand the truth comes out. Uhtred confronts Cnut about how Young Ragnar (TobiasSantelmann) really died, since Haesten (Jeppe Beck Laursen) revealed the truthto him.

Cnut admits that he persuaded and manipulated Aethelwold (HarryMcEntire) into killing Ragnar, which was the love of Brida’s life. She runs upand hears Cnut admit the truth. She decides to stab him to death even thoughshe carries his child. She tries to run away, but the Welsh catch her and takeher as a slave.

Brida is taken to Wales and is eventually rescued

Brida is fuming at Uhtred for not killing her and sendingher to Valhalla, but instead she is taken to Wales where she faces unimaginablycruel treatment. Luckily for Brida, Sigtryggr (Eysteinn Sigurðarson) comes withhis Danish army and slaughters them all. Brida is freed andjoins Sigtryggr in his destruction.

Brida learns from Eardwulf (Jamie Blackley) that Wessex is undefended and holds riches that may be useful and ready for the taking. Sigtryggr isn’t convinced, but Brida tells him they can take Winchester without losing any of their men. They’ll simply take it easily, which they do.

Brida manipulates Sigtryggr which will change things for Uhtred. She chooses to make the move on Wessex because she holds a grudge against the Saxons and Winchester in particular is very important to them. She knows its significance and what taking it will mean.

With Brida and Sigtryggr in Winchester, Uhtred is taken by surprise when Haesten and his men find them in the woods. They abduct Stiorra (Ruby Hartley), Uhtred’s daughter, Aethelstan, and Lady Aelswith (Eliza Butterworth) and take them to Winchester. It’s then that Sigtryggr forms an attachment to Uhtred’s daughter.

A deal is struck for the Danes to leave Wessex, but there’s a catch Uhtred won’t like

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King Edward (Timothy Innes) is ready to burn Winchester andeveryone inside, but Uhtred manages to get Sigtryggr to talk with Edward andAethelflaed (Millie Brady). They make an agreement, but there’s a stipulation includedthat Uhtred won’t like. Sigtryggr wants to take Stiorra with him. Stiorra ismore than inclined to go, and she tells her father this.

How things change for Uhtred

When the Danes leave, Stiorra goes with Sigtryggr and Uhtred’slife changes forever. He finally regained his daughter just to have her takenaway to start a life somewhere else away from him. He has to face the harshreality that it’s something his daughter wants and he’s powerless to stop itbecause it’s all part of the deal struck between the Danes and Saxons.

Uhtred now has to go on knowing his daughter is somewhereelse without him. He’ll have even more time away from her, since she was forcedto grow up away from him at King Alfred’s (David Dawson) request. His life willnever be the same, as he probably thought he was going to live alongside his daughter,but she chose a new path.

If Brida hadn’t manipulated Sigtryggr to go and takeWinchester, then Uhtred would never have lost his daughter and things would bemuch different for them all. Brida’s choice changes Uhtred’s life in ways noone could have imagined.

Brida’s decision impacts Uhtred’s life, which she probably considers a punishment that he deserves. After all, Brida has a huge grudge against Uhtred in The Last Kingdom.

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Paul McCartney: The Song He Wrote That Was Inspired by Taylor Swift

As a member of the Beatles and as a solo artist, Paul McCartney is a world-class musician. To reach grand artistic heights, he’s inevitably taken inspiration from other artists. Some fans might be surprised to know he once took inspiration from Taylor Swift.

Paul’s most recent album is called Egypt Station. It features a song called “Who Cares” which was inspired by Swift’s public life. In addition, Swift has had quite a bit to say about Paul.

How Taylor Swift inspired ‘Who Cares’

A lot of Paul’s most famous post-Beatles songs, from “Silly Love Songs” to “Wonderful Christmastime,” are very bouncy and upbeat. “Who Cares” is no exception. However, it has more of a rock edge than many of Paul’s 1980s hits.

“Who Cares” doesn’t sound like a Swift song. Despite this, it was directly influenced by Swift and her young fans. Paul told the BBC “I was actually thinking about Taylor Swift and her relationship to her young fans and how it’s sort of a sisterly thing. And I was imagining talking to one of these young fans and saying, ‘Have you ever been bullied? Do you get bullied?’”

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In the song, Paul tells listeners to shrug off the mean people in their lives. In addition, he tells fans he cares about them. While “Who Cares” doesn’t sound like a Swift song, it’s lyrical sentiment is pretty similar to Swift’s hit “Shake It Off.”

Why Paul McCartney influenced Taylor Swift

Swift influenced Paul. In addition, Paul influenced Swift. According to Country Music Channel, Swift has described how Paul’s work as a Beatle and a solo artist meant so much to her.

“I discovered his music on my own as a child, then bought all of the Beatles and Paul McCartney tapes and CDs I could find. Paul writes about his life and the things he’s learned about love in such a brilliantly simple way. I feel as if I’ve been let into his heart and his mind.”

Why Taylor Swift is impressed with Paul McCartney

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Swift is also in awe of Paul’s ability to go on stage and bring the house down as a senior citizen. Metal Head Zone reports she also likes how Paul tends to play his hits in concert instead of focusing on new material. However, she also has a soft spot for his newer songs. It’s amazing to think that Paul is influencing artists who were born many years after the Beatles broke up!

Swift also has a fond memory of meeting Paul. “ When I met him backstage at his 2010 concert in Nashville, I remember being excited that he was such a kind person. Seeing him sing ‘Blackbird’ live will always be a moment I won’t forget.”

Swift has a wide-reaching influence. She even managed to influence an artist as revered as Paul. That’s a huge testament to her prominence.

Also see: Are Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono Friends?

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The Lord Of The Rings Cast Reunion Is Going To Feel So Good (Here's A Trailer)

It’s been 17 years since the final film in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King, hit theaters. And although we’re currently living through dark times, there’s a ray of light on the horizon: The cast is reuniting soon for actor Josh Gad’s web show Reunited Apart. The episode will arrive Sunday, May 31.

Gad has revealed a trailer featuring Lord of the Rings cast members Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee), Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Dominic Monaghan (Merry), Billy Boyd (Pippin), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), and Ian McKellen (Gandalf). Watch the full trailer if you want to get a taste of just how warm and fuzzy this reunion is going to feel–it should hit you around the time the final guest comes in at the end. And it appears these aren’t the only cast members who will be joining the virtual reunion: In an Instagram post by Karl Urban (who played Éomer in The Two Towers and Return of the King), you can also glimpse Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Liv Tyler (Arwen), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Miranda Otto (Éowyn), Sean Bean (Boromir), and others.

Gad, who’s probably best known for his role as Olaf the snowman in Disney’s Frozen movies, has been reuniting casts on his YouTube channel for weeks, focusing on cult favorite films including The Goonies, Back to the Future, and Splash.

If you want to catch up on the Lord of the Rings trilogy before the reunion–or if, Gandalf forbid, you’ve never seen them to begin with–all three films are streaming to subscribers on the newly launched HBO Max. In our HBO Max review, we celebrated the service’s mountains of highly watchable movies and shows, though we also lamented the lack of Roku and Amazon Fire access, and the lackluster selection of original programming. Just make sure you’re clear on the differences between HBO Max, HBO Go, and HBO Now before you sign up (no, they don’t make it easy).

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And the Lord of the Rings Amazon show is still coming at some point in the future–though production has, predictably, been halted for now.

Speaking of things you should be watching, consider listening to GameSpot’s weekly TV series and movies-focused podcast, You Should Be Watching. With new episodes premiering every Wednesday, you can watch a video version of the podcast over on GameSpot Universe or listen to audio versions on Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, and Apple Podcasts.

And don’t forget: Starting June 1, GameSpot will be hosting Play For All–a celebration of all things gaming. Join us as we bring you the summer’s hottest news, previews, interviews, features, and videos, as well as raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts with the help of our friends from around the gaming world. Check out the Play For All schedule for more.

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How the whole family can help save on energy bills

FROM the TV, to wifi, the cooker and the lights, the chances are, we're all using more household energy as we spend more time at home and higher household energy use equals higher household bills.

But here’s the good news: our hacks are here to help and none of these small changes cost money, involve climbing a ladder or demand really  very much effort at all.

Sure, we know mums and dads will be in charge of most of the chores, but why not make it a family affair and get everyone involved with these energy saving tips?

Energy savers for Mum and Dad

Reduce your laundry piles
While we’re not going out in our glad rags just now, is there really a need for a completely new outfit every day? Try saving yourself at least one washing load a week by getting the family to think a bit harder about whether something needs to go straight in the laundry when it’s only been worn briefly (although Dad’s socks probably really, really do).
Keep your cool
Avoid leaving the fridge door open as you unload shopping or decide what to eat, and defrost the freezer as regularly as the manual advises. All of this will ensure they aren’t working harder than they need and using excess energy.
Fire up the BBQ
We can’t party with the neighbours right now but if you’ve got a garden or a patio, why not give the weekend a holiday vibe by having a barbecue instead of your usual Sunday lunch plans? It’s also a great way to cut your spending as it won’t add to your household energy bills. Anyone for a burger?

Get the kids involved

Off means off
Gadgets are not the biggest drain on your energy costs, but between them, TVs, set top boxes and games consoles are among the most common electrical items in the home that we’re all guilty of leaving on standby. You could save £35 a year simply by reminding the kids (and grown-ups) to turn things off at the switch.
Cook up a treat
Got a mini Mary Berry or a junior Jamie Oliver in your house? Making biscuits or cakes is a fun boredom-beater (when you’ve got the time to help them and do the clearing up afterwards), but do your DIY bake off at the same time as making the dinner. One oven on, two jobs done and half the energy used. Get them to peek through the glass door if they want to see how their sweet treats are doing – opening the door will cool the oven down and use more energy.
Create a work of art
Fancy a quiet half hour? Download our “I’m a little energy saver” poster for the kids to colour in then put it on the fridge door to remind the whole family to make those easy little changes to their home habits that can save energy and save money.

Click here to download and print. 

Calling all you teenage eco heroes!

Speed up your shower

Your time is precious, why are you spending so much of it in the shower? Only joking!
Though actually… did you know that shaving just one minute off your shower time could save as much as £8 a year on your parents’ energy bills? That’s quite a saving if the whole family made an effort.

Be a keen coffee maker

Boiling the kettle doesn’t have to take as long as a call to your best friend. See if you can hone your skills so you’re only filling the kettle with enough water for one mug.

No more hanging round in the kitchen wasting energy when you could be feet up with your brew, and by only ever boiling the water you need, you could save a nifty £6 a year.

Put your wifi to bed

Did you know your wifi router uses as much energy when you’re offline as when you’re online? Let’s face it, you’re probably the last to go to bed, so unless you’re recording something in the middle of the night, make sure the wifi is switched off and getting its beauty sleep, too.

Gran and Grandad’s energy saving mission

Who’s watching the TV?
On-demand TV has changed the way many of us use our televisions, but on average, the TV, DVD player, set-top box etc still account for about 33 per cent of the energy gobbled up on electronics in our homes. Some of us are bigger TV users than others, and it can be a lifeline for news and entertainment, but it’s worth thinking about those times you leave it on when no one but the dog is in the room. Switch it off when you’re not watching.
DIY draught beating
Around 80 per cent of the energy we use at home is taken up by heating our rooms and our water. It’s good to stay cosy – just by draught proofing doors you can save an average of £37 per household. Use your downtime in the warm months to make a draught excluder for the front door using the filling from an old pillow and some fabric. Also go round your windows and check there are no gaps where heat can escape.
Lights out
If everyone remembers to switch the light off when they leave an empty room you could save up to £15 a year. That might not seem much, but spending even an extra £1 you don’t need to seems like a waste, doesn’t it?

It all adds up

By making a few small changes throughout the year, you could achieve some pretty impressive savings on your household bills. And if you have a smart meter, you can keep track of how much energy you are using every day in near-real time.

All these changes are things you can do without spending any money. Search #energysavingtips or go to SmartEnergyGB.org for more energy saving advice.

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We May Have Found the Unofficial Dress of Summer

It may sound counterintuitive to claim to know the unofficial dress of summer when summer just started and when most people haven’t left their homes for the past two months. Not to sound inelegant, but you would be wrong.

So just how do we know Cult Gaia’s Serita dress is well within the running to claim “dress of summer” status? There are a few key points. Its knitted fabrication, fitted silhouette with cutout detail, and two color options (tan and a sort of burnt umber), easily fall under the current fashion zeitgeist. No, it’s not sweatpants, but, yes, it is comfortable; it’s neutral in either hue option; and it’s giving us that ’70s-meets-’90s silhouette that just feels right right now.

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WE’RE HAVING A BABY 💗 2 years ago I got diagnosed with PCOS after not getting my period for 7 years. I was devastated because being a mom and starting a family with @laurensvleeuwen is my biggest dream.. I was so scared that I would never be able to because I got told it was harder to get babies in a natural way.. I started to research PCOS and came to the conclusion that mine was not the typical pcos.. Mine was because of my body being in fight or flight mode.. which means my body was under constant stress. I never felt mentally super stressed so it was hard te understand this, but my life consisted of travelling all the time (no biorhythm), working out every day, eating super clean (restricting foods). I think I pressured my body to much, and honestly every body is so different but I think my weight was not good for my body to function properly and couldn’t handle the constant traveling. This was the point where I started to research natural healing for PCOS and came to the conclusion that I should do way less high intensity training, don’t restrict foods, be nice to myself, and take breaks when needed. I also tried some natural supplements, acupuncture and we got a place back in the Netherlands as well, so we could spend more time with Family (since im such a family person). I’m so happy and grateful to say that I got my period back last november AND that WE’RE SOON A FAMILY OF THREE ❤ ❤❤❤ & to the women trying to conceive, believe in yourself and be nice for yourself and your body and don’t let those thoughts get to you to much 😚

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Also, ladies like Candice Swanepoel started flaunting the Serita on the red carpet even before shelter-in-place began. Which may or may not have influenced the large array of influencers who have been wearing the style at home or in their backyards, including a lovely and pregnant Romee Strijd, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Camille Charrier, and more. Because the dress of summer doesn’t need an audience to be appreciated, it just needs a girl, her iPhone, and a legion of followers who can bear witness to the dress.

And it looks like all is not lost this summer on wearing dresses outside. Stay-at-home orders are being gingerly lifted, so the ladies who helped the dress sell out everywhere from Shopbop to Fwrd can wear their new maxi in front of actual other people, too, safely and perhaps outdoors, al fresco. Let’s face it, dresses of summer were not built for indoor life anyway. Luckily, it’s not sold out everywhere. Shop below and on Moda Operandi.


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