After a full two years of idling rooms, dwindling guests, and shrinking services, hotels across Asia are turning on the fairy lights once again. Returning guests gratefully collapsing at the altar of this renewed five-star devotion would do well to examine the miracles of 2022 with a healthily jaundiced eye. As with the nouvelle cuisine trap, the art of the restart revolves around the promise rather than any proffered tangibles. That one buttered pea rolling around your expensive bone china plate in an orgy of solitary ecstasy and the boast of a brand marquee that excites smartphone shutters, is considered enough to silence any dissenting murmurs. But we do recall that 500-thread count linen in finest Egyptian cotton, the Bose surround sound, the Carrara marble that moans, “prego” every time you step on it with calloused feet, and the butler service (to turn on your taps): “I know naathing... I’m from Barthelona.” Well, perhaps we might do the flamenco as someone explains to me … [Read more...] about The disappearing hotel: Where has all the service – and the butter – gone?
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When Lola-Rose Curtis was forced to quit her job in the cut-throat world of recruitment because of a stress related breakdown she didn't work for seven months. Facing an unpaid rent bill the 27-year old, from Windsor, Berkshire, was prepared to try a new career. She had discovered a friend was working as a 'cam girl' and, encouraged by her sister, decided to give it go and hasn't looked back. She has now been a cam girl for several months and earns hundreds of pounds each day for a few hours' work talking online to men about their sexual fantasies and sometimes taking her clothes off or using sex toys. Working as a camgirl has given her body confidence ( Image: Lola-Rose Curtis) She said: “I used to have low self-confidence and body insecurities but since taking up camming my self-esteem has rocketed. “What I used to see as imperfections are loved by my viewers. I believe that women should be entitled to do exactly as they please with their bodies without having … [Read more...] about ‘Cam Girl’ who earns £150,000 a year reveals what really happens behind the screen
Stunning dishes, a gruelling competition and witty John Torode and Gregg Wallace - MasterChef has all the ingredients for a recipe to success. While sitting on our sofas at home, it's easy to end up starving as people whip up delicious meals in what seems like seconds. But is the MasterChef experience all it seems? Former MasterChef semi-finalist Liz Cottam , who appeared in series 12, has shared how the show really works. She now runs three restaurants with a 67-strong team and predicted revenues of £3.2M for the year ahead. But in 2016, she bravely went on MasterChef - and has shared how the gruelling process works - with contestants filming their tasks at the crack of dawn. Liz said: "It was pretty awful, I put so much pressure on myself to win, that was the only thing I wanted. "I just wanted to cook things that I was super proud of and I enjoyed cooking and that was stuff that was fairly advanced for an amateur cook. Get the news you want straight to … [Read more...] about ‘I was on MasterChef – contestants have a secret FB group and there’s a strict suitcase rule’
After the Ayodhya verdict, a sense of anticipation and tension was quite unmistakable in Bhendi Bazaar, one of the most sensitive areas here. But people said they were happy with the verdict. “We want this to end here. Bas ab appeal mat karo [Don't appeal further in the Supreme Court],” said Gulam Mohammed Shaikh, member of the Pydhonie mohalla committee. “This is the most secular judgment. Kanoon ne sab ka saath diya hai . In judges ke photos har chowk mein lagane chahiye . [The law has been on everyone's side. The photos of these judges should be hung on each crossroad],” said Vinod Divecha, a resident. But many people preferred to stay indoors. More than half the shops were closed. “ Sab log kaam chhodke TV dekh rahe hein . Ye sab media ka kaam hai, warna kisko itna waqt hai ? [Everyone's at home watching the verdict on TV. The media has hyped it; who has so much time these days]”, a policeman asked. S.V. Pathan, senior Police Inspector, Pydhonie Police … [Read more...] about “Judges should be worshipped”
Performing an abortion will be a felony in Oklahoma once a bill signed into law Tuesday by Governor Kevin Stitt takes effect in August after it passed through the state House last week. The new law would put medical professionals who perform abortions at risk of being charged with a felony and possibly facing up to 10 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines. The only exception provided in the bill is for abortions performed because the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother. Dozens of states have introduced or passed bills placing restrictions on abortion ahead of a highly anticipated Supreme Court ruling in a suit fighting a Mississippi abortion ban that some have warned could significantly alter or overturn the legal precedent set by Roe v. Wade in 1973. The new Oklahoma law has been condemned by reproductive rights groups and Democratic lawmakers, with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki saying in a statement that the "unconstitutional attack on women's … [Read more...] about Oklahoma abortions set to be felonies after Governor Kevin Stitt signs bill