Leicester City fans were treated to a free beer and a doughnut at the sell-out game against Southampton.
Foxes fans attending the home game could redeem the offer before the match to celebrate the club owner’s birthday.
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, whose birthday is on Monday, would like to thank fans for their “fantastic support” throughout the season.
Leicester moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium.
Each ticket holder could collect a complimentary bottle of beer or bottled water and a doughnut from points outside the stadium.
Susan Whelan, club’s chief executive, said Mr Srivaddhanaprabha arrived to the UK from Thailand “just to be with us and to support the team” for the game.
“There are many special bonds that exist at our football club – between the players, the staff, the owners and the fans – and that’s been vital to the incredible season we’ve had,” Ms Whelan said.
“Everywhere we go, people are talking about it.
“We’re entering the run-in to the end of the season now, so that bond is going to be as important as it’s ever been in the next games, and the support of our fans is an essential part of the final push.”
Leicester will win the title if they win four of their remaining six games.
The actors decision to stop trying to keep up with getting older is a great one the sooner we stop being repulsed by old age, the better
It was refreshing to hear Courteney Cox boldly admit that she regrets her past efforts to conceal the effects of ageing. The actors realisation that it was all fairly pointless might stop the rest of us down here on the ground from trying it.
Im not quite sure whats shes tried, shes been a bit cagey about it, admitting only to the sort of mistake that dissolves and goes away, but apparently the world has been talking about her ever-changing appearance bigger lips, wrinkle-free forehead, the works. So I had a stare at some of her before and after pictures, but I couldnt tell the difference. She looked fine to me. No calamitous sausage-lips or balloon bosoms; no stretched, stuck-in-a-wind-tunnel face. Whatever she has done must have been fairly modest, and she could presumably afford not to go to any quacks, because cosmetic surgery can be a dangerous game.
But most importantly Cox has decided to stop trying to keep up with getting older [and just] let it be. This is a lesson for us all, because theres nothing we can do about it, and the sooner we stop being repulsed by old age, the better.
Its not easy, though. Im pretty repulsed by my own old age the extra whiskers, moles like saucers, turkey neck, swaths of wrinkles and general last-chicken-in-the-shop body, but I am trying to love and accept it all the same. And anyone, like Cox, whos struggling at 49, 50, 52 (theres a bit of confusion in the press as to how old she is), is going to find it much harder as life goes on. So good for her, for starting now.
Perhaps it is more difficult to cope with old age if you have been considered beautiful in your youth. You have more to lose. But those of us who thought ourselves fairly gruesome from an early age (whether it was true or not) may have got to grips with this problem earlier. I moan about my own elderly looks, but really I dont give half as much of a stuff as I used to. Having been called coconut-bonce, pointy head and a praying mantis by various fellows, I realised decades ago that I was never going to win.
But whatever you do, however hard you try, however beautiful you are, the bar will always be raised when you think youve got there. For Cox and her sort, there will always be some bitchy/slimeball commentator searching for a minuscule flaw that they can sneer at. Particularly if you are a woman, and getting older. And even more so if you are in the public eye. I hear comparatively little moaning about ageing mens beer-bellies, bald heads, comb-overs, and general flab, whiskers and wreckage.
So stuff it. Why slice oneself to pieces, stick potentially leaking jellies into your breast, suck out fat, slap on rejuvenating creams, inject, paint, shave, and scrape away at your skin, at first to look pleasing to God knows who, but most of all, to stop looking old? Why not, as Cox has suggested, let it be, because nobody really cares. No one passing in the street spots you and thinks what a hideous looking old woman! They couldnt care less. Theyre probably too worried about their own mouldering complexions.
Not that Im condemning any interventions. If you are weighed down by gigantic bosoms, or have none to speak of, or satchels beneath your eyes, or your front teeth fall out, then why not improve things if you can, and if it makes you feel better. I can understand the pain of wanting to do something about it. Aged 15 I was desperate to have the end of my gigantic nose cut off. It wasnt allowed.
Now I dye my hair, I have caps on my teeth, my ears are pierced, I remove facial hair, I try not to go out with egg on my T-shirt, but the good news, I find, is that as the years go by, accepting ones looks seems to get easier if like Cox, you can try not to be bothered. Because what did she get for looking great while dining on maggots in the Irish wilds with Bear Grylls?
Theres life in your eyes, said he. Was that meant to be a compliment? Is that what all the anti-ageing efforts were for? Is it worth it?
Stearns County Police responded to the domestic assault call wherethey found Jamie Elrod and her husband in shady situation.
The officers reportedly found Elrod’s husband with part of his right ear missing, which they then found on the floor amongst blood.
According to thecomplaint, the victim told officers his wife had been arguing with himover a beer when she followed him into the bedroom and allegedly “went off.”
When officers asked Elrod, who had been drinking, what happened to the victim’s ear, she said she did not know.Since being held at Stearns County Jail, Elrod’s incriminating phone calls reveal her admitting to biting off her husband’s ear.
Jamie Elrod, 37, faces a first-degreeassault charge and $30,000 bail bond.
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A brief glance at the cartoon version of America makes you think the South is pretty racist. Look at them, with their Confederate flags and voter ID laws! But while you were sleeping, the blue states were up to some pretty racist shit too. It’s just that they’ve got better PR.
For example, one of the biggest and most violent anti-segregation fights in US history didn’t take place in 1950s Mississippi or Alabama, but 1970s Boston. The 70s! In Massachusetts! The land of Kennedys, Afflecks and liberal arts colleges was faced with the desegregation of schools and was like, “yo George Wallace, hold my beer!”
To discuss some of the secretly f#&*ed up modern history of the United States, Jack O’Brien and Michael Swaim are joined by the guys from ‘The Dollop’: Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. They discuss the Boston busing riots of the 70s, the comically-liberal blue state with secret ties to the KKK and why we’re about to live through the Enron crisis all over again.
Let’s pretend I’m looking for a job in tech. I navigate to your careers page, and the first thing I see is a photo. In the photo are 10 people hovered over a ping-pong table. Sometimes it’s a foosball table, or a pool table. There are people drinking what looks like beer, laughing, foosing all over the place, having a great time. One is petting a dog. Some have their hands in the air, though I cant exactly tell why. Is there music in the background? Are they cheering for the game? Who are these people? Ten out of ten of them are male, and 100 percent of them are white. Hell, even Rick’s dog made it to the photo. But women? People of color? Nope.
Let’s update the photo. The photo now has some women, or some people of color, but not both. (This seems to be common in technology companies’ career pages.) This is better, but has problems. You are still asking me to be the first one, the test dummy, the litmus test.
I say to myself, “The photo they have chosen with intent does not reflect the company culture. It’s just a photo.” I decide to stay on the site, and read the section where you list perks of working at your company. You list the industry standards; competitive salary, medical and dental, etc. Thats fine; I keep reading.
You describe your employees as ninjas, and silly. Silly ninjas. Or maybe superheroes. You offer up free snacks, free beer. There is no mention of work-life balance, funding for education and training, maternity leave, or paternity leave.
I’m pretty sure I’m never going to be a parent. Which is fine; Ive been told I’m the world’s best auntie. However, I want to work at a company that takes care of people who do. Not just snack-eating ninja superheroes. Actual real-life, human parents.
Let’s pretend that you do add maternity leave, paternity leave, and education to the site. Is alcohol a perk I see before, or after maternity leave? Why? What message does this send?
You describe the work as meaningful, even though your product doesn’t solve any real-world problems, or put your customers in a better position than they were before they used your product. Not that it has to; products are products and people need jobs. I get it.
I’m not saying that your product has to fix climate change, end poverty, or prevent reality TV stars from running for president. Meaningful work can be something as simple as providing folks a way to support themselves, people from other cultures to connect, or help keep a business running. When you say that the work is meaningful, but we would both agree that it is not, I side-eye your career page. And so do some people looking for jobs.
Now that you’ve read this, go to your career page. Look at the photo. Consider the benefits, what order the benefits are in, how you describe your ideal candidate, and current staff.
Who are you trying to hire? Why might your career page not attract the talent you are looking for, or folks who empathize with them? Why are you so obsessed with ninjas?
A version of this essay previously appeared on Medium.
Now, a Florida brewery is adding a new weapon to the arsenal: free beer.
In advance of a planned speech by notorious white nationalist Richard Spencer, local hop-smith Alligator Brewing Company is offering a draft on the house to anyone who brings in two tickets to the event to throw away.
Ticket become available this Saturday, October 14th and each person can get two with a valid ID. This is our town. This…
The brewery hoped to dispose of enough tickets to confront Spencer with a host of empty seats.
“The thought of putting tickets in the hands of those who may have opposing ideas was already bouncing around town, and we realized we were in a position to up the ante a bit,” Aaron Kahn, Alligator’s head brewer and operations manager, tells Upworthy.
Kahn says his neighbors and customers overwhelmingly oppose the event, which is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19.
“Most everyone we spoke to were against [Spencer’s] arrival,” he explains. “Violence seems to follow him and his words suggesting that this nation belongs to one race are dangerous.”
He believes Gainesville is “smart and prepared” to deal with any fallout from the speech.
A black sheet covers the statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images.
After Alligator Brewing’s post went viral, the National Policy Institute, the Spencer-led group sponsoring the talk, went ahead and picked up all the tickets, which it now plans to distribute first-come, first-serve in person before the event.
Despite the last-minute roadblock, the brewery hasn’t given up. Their customers may have to line up the morning of the event to snag the tickets, but they can still exchange them for beer.
Perus President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said hell name the head of beer company SABMiller Plcs local unit as cabinet chief when he takes office later this month.
Fernando Zavala, 45, who worked alongside Kuczynski in the 2001-2006 government of Alejandro Toledo, will take the post as head of the 19-member cabinet Kuczynski plans to swear in on July 28. Zavala is an economist with an MBA from the University of Birmingham in the U.K.
Zavala has great knowledge of what happens in Peru, Kuczynski said in an interview with RPP Noticias. He knows how the public administration functions, which is of great importance.
Zavala has worked for the international beer company for the past decade, including four years as president of Cerveceria Nacional in Panama and more recently as chief executive officer of its Backus and Johnston unit, which has 95 percent of Perus beer market. Before that he spent a decade in government, first as head of Perus competition watchdog and then as deputy finance minister. In 2005, he was named finance minister, taking over from Kuczynski, who then became cabinet chief.
In his new post Zavala will coordinate policy making within the cabinet, present Kuczynskis main legislative proposals to Congress, and oversee more than a dozen agencies that report to his office.
The only other cabinet member Kuczynski has named is his future finance minister Alfredo Thorne. Hes said hell name the rest of his cabinet on July 15.
Kate Young riffs on the last hot meal the hobbits eat before embarking on a huge journey which takes her back to her dads affectionate storytelling
One to two other hobbits belonging to the farm-household came in. In a short while fourteen sat down to eat. There was beer in plenty, and a mighty dish of mushrooms and bacon, besides much other solid farmhouse fare. The dogs lay by the fire and gnawed rinds and cracked bones.
My dad is a great teller of stories. My sister and I would demand one each time we went for a long walk wed give him a group of characters (a mouse, an elephant and a girl call Alice) and hed create an incredible world for them to inhabit. Wed be rock hopping through a creek or winding our way up a mountain while he told us stories of Alice sneaking into a circus late at night, or journeying to India with a mouse in tow. When he and mum divorced, he recorded himself (on an old school tape recorder, I think) reading our favourite stories The Minpins, The Mirrorstone, Wombats Dont Have Christmas out loud, so we could listen to them wherever we were. I still have a copy on CD.
I also have vivid memories of him reading to us at night, relaxed into a chair next to our bunk beds, sharing his old favourites: Jim Hawkinss adventures on the Atlantic, Bilbos in Middle Earth. I still associate all of Tolkiens writing with these memories, though I didnt read The Lord of the Rings until many years later.
Without more than a mighty dish of mushrooms and bacon to go on, Ive had to be creative here. This pie is just the kind of thing Id want as my last hot meal before heading off on an adventure sustaining, warm and comforting. Its humble, homely food, easy to make, and elevated by the quality of your ingredients. On Mr and Mrs Maggots farm it would be glorious, with mushrooms picked earlier that day, leeks from the garden and bacon from a local pig. My Cotswolds ingredients (the area was apparently part of Tolkiens inspiration for Hobbiton) proved worthy substitutes.
The journey into Mordor takes Frodo and Sam six months, during which time they eat little but Lembas, a sweet Elven bread wrapped in leaves. This farmhouse feast, enjoyed by the hobbits before they begin on their journey, speaks to what theyre leaving behind, and what they dream of returning to.
Mushroom, Bacon and Leek Pie: the recipe
Ingredients Filling 125g pancetta/lardons/streaky bacon (chopped into small bits) 3tbsp butter 4 medium leeks, sliced into thin discs 450g button mushrooms, sliced into quarters 8 springs thyme Salt and pepper 2tbsp flour 3tbsp sherry 500ml vegetable stock Handful dried wild mushrooms Handful chopped parsley 2tbsp double cream Pastry 200g flour 100g butter Pinch salt 1 egg yolk 2tbsp iced water Glaze 1 egg
Equipment Large frying pan Wooden spoon Mixing bowl Measuring jug Food processor (optional) Rolling pin Pie dish Pastry brush
1 Place the frying pan over a medium heat and, once hot, add the bacon/lardons and fry until golden. Remove them from the pan and drop them into mixing bowl.
2 Leave the bacon fat in the pan and add 1tbsp of the butter. Cook the leeks until soft and translucent, then remove them to the bowl too.
3 Add another tablespoon of the butter, and half the mushrooms. Dont crowd the mushrooms, or they will steam rather than brown if youre doing this in a narrower, deep pan, you may want to do it in three batches. Once browned, transfer to the mixing bowl, and cook the second batch of mushrooms. Add a generous amount of pepper and a pinch of salt to the mixing bowl. Strip the sprigs of thyme and put the leaves into the mixing bowl too.
4 Prepare the vegetable stock (warm it if using homemade, or prepare your favourite stock pot/cube), and add the dried mushrooms. Set aside.
5 Tip the mushrooms, bacon and leeks back into the pan. Sprinkle the flour in and cook, stirring constantly, for two minutes. Add the sherry and cook for another minute. Pour the vegetable stock in, lower the heat and simmer until thick, which should take around fifteen minutes.
6 Tip the filling back into the mixing bowl. Stir in the chopped parsley and the cream, then set aside to cool completely.
7 To make the pastry, put the flour and cold, chopped butter into the food processor and blitz until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Alternatively, if you dont have a food processor, you can rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips. Add the egg yolk, and mix or blitz. Trickle some of the water in, stopping as soon as the pastry comes together. Wrap the pastry in cling film and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.
8 Preheat your oven to 200C and place a baking tray into the centre of it to heat. Take the pastry out of the fridge and roll a bit more than half of it out into a circle that will fit into the pie dish, ensuring there is some overhang. Patch any tears or holes, and pour the cold pie filling into the dish. Roll the remainder of the pastry out into a disc to put on top. Wet the edges of both pastry discs with water to ensure they stick together. Place the second disc on top of the pie and pinch the edges together to seal.
9 Paint the top with a beaten egg, adding decoration if you life. Make a couple of cuts in the top for steam to escape through. Place the pie into the oven, onto the heated baking tray. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
KFC is at it again, using technology in strange ways to entice people to eat greasy fried chicken.
This time, a store in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou is deploying facial recognition—a technology increasingly used for smartphone authentification—as a new payment method. Dubbed “Just Smile,” the system lets customers pay by scanning their face and entering a phone number at an ordering kiosk. Annoyingly, customers will need to force a smile as grease settles to their stomach and fast food funds get deducted from their bank account.
Joey Wat, president of Yum! China, said the store is for “young, tech savvy consumers,” according to Reuters. It’s also for people willing to give a close-up selfie and phone number to a fast food chicken place. At least KFC is aware people will inevitably try to trick its new machines.
“Combined with a 3D camera and liveness detection algorithm, Smile to Pay can effectively block spoofing attempts using other people’s photos or video recordings and ensure account safety,” Jidong Chen, director of biometric identification technology at Ant Financial, said in a statement.
We all know Siri is pretty useless. Good thing she’s not your mom.
The system is one piece of a concept store filled with odd tech ideas and uncharacteristically healthy food options. It’s practically a Panera, described by Reuters as having seasonal produce, made-to-order salads, and paninis. Also, the chicken is “roasted,” something that’s sure to tick off the Colonel. It even has freshly squeezed juices, gourmet coffees, and best of all: beer.