A Japanese magazine that advised women to compliment men on their intelligence by saying “You sound like Socrates” has been ridiculed in the country ranked one of the world’s worst for gender parity.“JJ”, a major fashion magazine targeted at young women, encouraged readers to compare men to the classical Greek philosopher when they say something complicated.A picture of the page sparked mirth when it was shared on Twitter -- with some users noting that Socrates did not live happily ever after, as he was sentenced to death by drinking poison.Users of both genders poured scorn on the technique to attract men, with one saying: “If a woman told me I sound like Socrates, I would wonder if she’s sane.”The tips were based on a comic book by a female manga artist, the magazine said, playing on a popular trope where women compliment men and feign stupidity.In 2018, Japan ranked 110th out of 149 countries in the … [Read more...] about You sound like Socrates: Japanese magazine ridiculed for absurd dating advice for women
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In her own words, Kym Marsh reflects on the lessons she's learnt so far... My mantra for life is tattooed on my foot. ‘Everything happens for a reason’. That’s what I live by. I believe there’s a reason things don’t work out the way you thought they might. I sometimes think – why did that happen? Then you workout why later down the line. The biggest influence in my life is my dad Dave. He’s one of life’s fighters, and he’s always giving me bits of wisdom. He had a cardiac arrest aged 49 and battled heart problems all his life, he lost his business then re-built it, but he’s always been so positive regardless. He says, ‘Just live your life, you never know what’s round the corner’, and ‘Sink or swim’. My children are the greatest loves of my life. I adore the fact they all still live at home, because that says something about me, I think. I know it’s not going to be long before Emilie, … [Read more...] about Kym Marsh was forced to live in ‘horrible’ home with ‘flying ants’ and ‘damp’
The father of the alkaline diet, Robert O Young, is hailed as an inspiration by one of the UK's most popular food writers, Natasha Corrett, but he faces a jail sentence for practising medicine without a licence. One patient who believed he could cure her cancer, British army officer Naima Houder-Mohammed, paid thousands of dollars for his alkaline treatment, which consisted mainly of intravenous infusions of baking soda.In May 2009 Naima Houder-Mohammed was commissioned as a captain in the British army. The following year, tragedy struck. Naima was diagnosed with breast cancer. She received treatment and was declared cancer-free. But in 2012, while training with the army skiing team, it was discovered the cancer had returned. Her condition was so serious she was offered end-of-life care."She refused to accept that this was the end," recalls her friend and former fellow officer, Afzal Amin. "Naima was a fighter. She fought to get through selection for Sandhurst. She fought through … [Read more...] about The dying officer treated for cancer with baking soda
Many countries are in the throes of a debate about the amount of surveillance a government should be allowed to carry out on its own people. But in other countries, where there are few, if any, checks on the state's powers, a potential dictatorship of data is already on the horizon. The grey, drab former headquarters of the Stasi - East Germany's Security Service - is famous for its miles of paper files. Those files recorded the detailed information kept on the citizens of the former Communist state, drawn from a wealth of human informers and bugging devices. Parts of the former office complex are now a museum open to the public, but in one corridor normally closed to the public there is a jumble of dated-looking equipment - a primitive computer looking more like a spin-dryer for clothes and old magnetic discs the size of a football, which held a fraction of what you can now fit on a USB stick. This is all that remains of the Stasi's dreams of what computers could do for them. "I think … [Read more...] about Will Big Data lead to Big Brother?
The French president, François Hollande, has threatened legal action over claims he is having an affair with an actor. The glossy celebrity magazine Closer published a special edition on Friday including a seven-page report on the leader's alleged relationship with Julie Gayet. In a statement from the Elysée Palace, Hollande did not directly deny the report but accused the magazine of breaching his privacy. He said advisers were looking at what action to take against the magazine, which caused a storm in 2012 after publishing paparazzi photographs of the topless Duchess of Cambridge on a private holiday in the south of France. The statement said Hollande "deeply deplores the attacks on the principle of respect for privacy, to which he, like every citizen, has a right". However, it did not directly deny the story of the affair. Closer published photographs showing a man in a motorcycle helmet outside what it said was Gayet's Paris apartment, along with a man reported to be the … [Read more...] about François Hollande threatens legal action over affair claims