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Mason Jars Aren’t Just for Jams, They’re For Cheesecakes and Pizzas Too

On this episode of “easy recipes for lazy days,” we’re going to talk about using mason jars for our meals. Just like mugs, you can quickly put ingredients in a jar and heat it inside a microwave or oven to cook. There are also no-cook recipes which mostly require refrigeration. We rounded a few that […]

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Big Ben will chime for the final time today ahead of 4 years of renovations

Silence at noon: Big Ben's scheduled four-year absence from British lives has stirred a worried debate© AFP Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

London (AFP) – London landmark Big Ben will fall silent for four years from Monday as a political revolt rumbles on over renovations that will rob Britain of a cherished symbol at a time of national uncertainty.

Westminster’s Elizabeth Tower, one of Britain’s most popular tourist attractions, is due for conservation work.

The famous clock’s bells are set to stop ringing at midday over safety concerns, silencing an emblem of continuity as Britain grapples with Brexit negotiations.

The decision will protect builders working on the site, amid fears that prolonged exposure to the 118-decibel bongs from the 13.7-tonne Big Ben bell, which chimes out the hour, could damage hearing.

But the debate has swiftly moved into the political sphere. 

The shutdown will coincide with Britain’s impending departure from the European Union — a period set to be politically turbulent and economically fraught.

The bongs are a venerated part of British life, used at the start of radio and TV newscasts and the midnight countdown to New Year’s Day. The sound is also familiar to many people beyond Britain, as it is broadcast on the BBC World Service.

Pro-Brexit members of parliament have criticised plans to shut down the chimes for what would be the longest duration in the clock’s 157-year history.

Prime Minister Theresa May is among those who have raised concern.

“Of course we want to ensure people’s safety at work, but it can’t be right for Big Ben to be silent for four years,” she told reporters.

She hoped a House of Commons commission would “look into this urgently so that we can ensure that we can continue to hear Big Ben through those four years.”

The Commons has said that it “will consider the length of time that the bells will fall silent”.

“Of course, any discussion will focus on undertaking the work efficiently, protecting the health and safety of those involved, and seeking to ensure resumption of normal service as soon as is practicable,” it says

Under the plan, a lamp at the top of the neo-Gothic bell tower is also set to be turned off for the first time in more than 70 years, but it is not yet known when it will go dark, or how long it will be off for.

Brexit bongs?

Andrea Leadsom, the Leader of the House of Commons, held emergency talks on Friday with Speaker John Bercow, who chairs the Commons panel that approved the measures.

The commission has agreed to meet next month to review whether the bongs can be heard on certain exceptional days.

Under current plans, the bells would still ring on important occasions such as Remembrance Sunday in November, which commemorates Britain’s war dead, and New Year’s Eve.

A trio of MPs from May’s Conservative Party are calling for the clock to be back in action on the eve of March 29, 2019, when Britain is due to leave the European Union.

“It would be very fitting if Big Ben was to chime us out of the EU. We need to go out with a boom as we regain a sovereign parliament once again,” said MP Andrew Bridgen.

The 96-metre (315-foot) high tower is the most photographed building in Britain. The renovation is estimated to cost £29 million ($37.7 million, 31.9 million euros).

But politicians have claimed that when they agreed to the work, they did not know the chimes would be silenced for four years.

A YouGov poll published Saturday found that 44 percent of Britons believe Big Ben should be silenced during the renovations, except for special occasions, while 41 percent said it should operate as normal.

Some MPs have suggested the bells could ring outside of the conservation team’s working hours.

But the Commons said starting and stopping the clock took around half a day, and this would be neither practical nor “a good use of public money”.

Some commentators have dismissed the Big Ben debate as superficial or a distraction, given the far greater stakes of Brexit.

In March, May triggered the two-year countdown for leaving the EU — but critics say that as the clock ticks to the crucial deadline, her government is adrift and divided.

“(P)erhaps the cabinet room could be relocated to within six feet (two metres) of the bell,” suggested The Guardian’s Marina Hyde.

This way, she said, ministers could be provided “with a frequent reminder of the need to acquire a clue, like, months ago.” 

Travel

10 of the best beach bars in Greece

Step out of the sea and straight into one of these drinking dens, many offering top-notch food and cocktails – plus a party atmosphere after sundown

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From modest beginnings as a few friends who learned to catch the waves at Kolibithra beach, Tinos Surf Lessons has become a scene. Yiannis Vidalis and his crew have made something fun and friendly at the surf school that is also chic – a VW campervan converted into a bar, with driftwood furniture and umbrellas woven by local basket-makers. Everything is made to be packed up during the winter and leave the sands of one of Tinos’s longest (and windiest) beaches untouched. The daytime menu is hearty with toasties, salads and crepes. Locally brewed Nissos beer and fruit juices give way to good cocktails from the VW bar as sunset approaches.
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Give Yourself Piece of Mind: Getting Life Insurance in Hong Kong

Give Yourself Piece of Mind: Getting Life Insurance in Hong Kong A life insurance is one of the ways you can give yourself peace of mind. It does not matter if you are the sole provider in your family or you and your husband share the financial burden. Your loss will be devastating enough for your family. The financial consequences of your passing will make things much worse.   Although talking about death is an uncomfortable topic, it is one that we need to consider. We are all hurtling towards this event in our life. Some take a long route, while others take the shorter road towards it. Since death is guaranteed to happen any time, we need to make sure that our family will be well provided for when it happens. While the finances will not be enough consolation after you pass away, it will ensure that your family will have something to live on as they grieve.   An insurance is one of the best ways to have peace of mind. That peace comes from the financial protection that you and your family will get once something happens to you. It is all about managing the various risks

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All your favorites are meeting in the ‘Game of Thrones’ finale and there’s gonna be a rumble

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The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 was a doozy: One of Dany’s dragons is dead — and resurrected into a gnarly ice dragon — at the Night King’s frosty hand, but Westeros’ Magnificent Seven (now six; sorry Thoros) still succeeded in capturing a wight, which means Dany and Jon are taking their loveboat south to King’s Landing for a meet-cute with our other favorite incesty power couple, Cersei and Jaime. 

HBO has released a first look teaser trailer for the Season 7 finale, which kind of sees Dany fulfilling a prediction that Robert Baratheon made back in Season 1 — that the Mad King’s daughter would lay siege to King’s Landing with “a horde of Dothraki screamers,” and they would be powerless to stop her.  Read more…

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A guide to coping with the latest death on ‘Game of Thrones’

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 6, titled “Beyond the Wall.”

So tonight I learned that my worst nightmare was watching a dragon spiral to his death while spewing fire (and a boatload of blood) like a falling star before sinking down into his icy grave.

Oh, only to then have his carcass dragged out and touched inappropriately by a White Walker.

To those still in shock and horror at the death from Game of Thrones‘ “Beyond the Wall,” we’re here to help. Because we suffered much more than just the death of a CGI reptile. In the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, we lost a (literal) beacon of hope in the otherwise hopeless war to come. Read more…

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Ariana Grande Showed Some Love to Filipino Fans on Her Twitter Spree

Ariana Grande‘s second show in Manila is tonight and fans have been anticipating her arrival since yesterday. But before she lands on Philippine soil—or landed (we’re not sure if she’s already here)—she made sure to interact with the Filipino Arianators. And look at funny memes while she’s at it. In case you missed it, Ariana […]

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Lifestyle

Things I Miss, In No Particular Order

Half of the outlets didn’t work and we had a cupboard that specifically housed a nest of spiders that we never properly dealt with and one roommate used a baseball bat to smash our smoke detector when it kept going off and I’ve never been more sad to leave a place.

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Elon Musk and 115 other experts ask the UN to ban killer robots in open letter

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Elon Musk, Google DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, and 114 other leading AI and robotics experts have joined together to ask the UN to ban the use of so-called killer robots in an open letter published today.

The group is concerned about the potential use of lethal autonomous weapons and how they might be applied in the future, and they penned a short note released by the Future of Life Institute. The text was made public to kick off the opening of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) in Melbourne, Australia, according to a press release.

“Lethal autonomous weapons” refers to the drones, autonomous machine guns, tanks, and other forms of weaponry controlled by AI on next-generation battlefields.  Read more…

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You probably think your dog is cool and yet, can it even shop for groceries?

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There’s not much to this post, and yet it is perhaps the most important thing I have ever written.

Here is what I know: there is a dog, somewhere (perhaps the Bay Area, California), and that dog is pushing a shopping cart around in a grocery store. The dog appears to be a German Shepherd, and the grocery store appears to be well-stocked.

You may be thinking, “So what? It’s a fluke, the dog just happened to jump up on the cart.” Wrong. Exhibit B:

Look, that’s it, okay? That’s all I have for this one. The dog is pushing a shopping cart. It is one of the best things I have ever seen in my life and more than 70,000 people have faved the dog. Read more…

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