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    Japan's Country Towns Were Dying, Then COVID Happened

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    Rural Japan has been on a long, steady decline for decades, but the pandemic now has some seriously considering a life outside the cities. For three straight months, the number of people leaving Tokyo outpaced those moving in—a new trend that could breathe some much-needed life back into Japan’s dying towns.

    But in a shrinking country where, in some towns, empty homes can outnumber neighbors, can the country dream become a reality?

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    "She had up to 10 lovers a day and carried 100 live snails in her handbag - but, as her diaries reveal, the darkest thing about the Talented Mr Ripley author was she based her amoral murderers on herself" ...



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    #JoolzGuides

    Euston and Mornington Crescent Splendidly
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    In this spiffing walking tour of Euston and Mornington Crescent Joolz takes you on a wander past the big development of HS2 and all the way down Hampstead Road past Mornington Crescent and around Delancey Street in Camden.

    I'll be honest, it's not the most picturesque of walks because of all the building going on but once you're past thCrescent, Charles Dickens' school, Withnail and I, and much much more!!In this spiffing walking tour of Euston and Mornington Crescent Joolz takes you on a wander pasat it has it's pretty corners and, as usual, it's packed full of history and anecdotes, dead people and buildings which aren't there anymore. St. Pancras New Church, where to get Malaysian food and Roti Cenai, Laurence corner, secret KGB spy meetings, Euston Station, Mornington

    All with the soundtrack of Terry St Clair!

    #JoolzGuides are perfect as #LockdownWalks and perfect for your daily exercise.
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    Making $10/Video to Impersonate Jesus

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    He used to work as a wedding videographer. But now he's Jesus Christ.

    In this episode of SIDE HUSTLES, watch the incredible rise of the only verified Jesus impersonator on the internet as he spreads his gospel through custom video messages — and tries to keep his actual life from falling apart.
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    Evangelical Christians in the USA

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    Evangelical Christians often have a huge impact on American politics. Many of these people are socially conservative, consider themselves patriots, and believe that Americans have a constitutional right to own guns.

    This documentary explores the core beliefs of America's fundamentalist Christians - including the concept of creation, as opposed to evolution. Our report features interviews with conservative evangelicals who, for example, believe that God created the world in six days about 6,000 years ago.

    Our reporters traveled to the state of Kentucky to visit a Creation Museum and a Christian theme park that features a life-size model of Noah's Ark.

    Christian churches in the US play a major social role, especially in rural areas. They operate schools and universities, and organize music festivals that celebrate their faith.

    Most fundamentalist Christians are opposed to abortion, pre-marital sex, and homosexuality. They believe that those who engage in these activities will be condemned to Hell. And some have formed paramilitary groups to defend themselves against those whom they perceive as enemies - including non-believers, Communists, and Muslims.
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    FAMOUS GRAVE TOUR - Hollywood Forever #5
    (Valerie Harper, Rance Howard, etc.)

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    Welcome to Hollywood Graveyard, where we set out to remember and celebrate the lives of those who lived to entertain us, by visiting their final resting places. Today we're back at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, to visit such stars as Valerie Harper, Rance Howard, Eva Tanguay, and many more.

    Full list of stars visited today: Anne Bauchens, Edward G. Robinson Jr, Charles Toberman, Gary Corb, Vladimir Sokoloff, Dick Dale, Mary Nolan, Eva Tanguay, Rolfe Sedan, Felix Slatkin, Eleanor Slatkin, Anne Frank Memorial, Rudi Sieber, Rance Howard, Jean Howard, Judy Howard, Joe Mantell, Marjorie White, Harley Hamilton, Johnny Ramone, Harry Haines, Valerie Harper, Curtis Harrington, Larry Siegel, Bob Esty, Herb Jeffries, Larry Drake, Al Christie, Breezy Eason Jr, Breezy Eason, Peter Bruni, Mabel Fairbanks, William Andrews Clark Jr, Andrew Arbuckle, Marion Fairfax, Spottiswoode Aitken.
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    New Radicals perform ‘You Get What You Give’

    (in Biden's virtual inaugural parade)

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    In honor of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, the band New Radicals performed their song "You Get What You Give" as written messages from people across the country flashed onscreen. Gregg Alexander, the former band's lead singer, dedicated the performance "in memory and in honor" of Biden's late son and veteran Beau Biden and "with the prayer of Joe being able to bring our country together again." Their virtual performance was one of many during Wednesday's virtual "Parade Across America.”

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    The lead singer's voice is similar to the lead singer from Better Than Ezra.
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    Some Seniors Face Shrinking
    Nest Eggs As They Care For
    Loved Ones During Pandemic



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    January 25, 2021


    Anna Romero had to quit her part-time job during the coronavirus pandemic to care for her husband, Ivan, who has dementia.

    "Senior citizens are increasingly finding themselves with new responsibilities and a lot of hard choices because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Those who have savings have to decide if they should dip into their accounts early, potentially eating away at funds they'd earmarked for later. Others are having to calculate how starting to receive their Social Security payments earlier than planned could reduce their checks in the future.

    "Who can even think about it — your retirement? If you're struggling to put food on the table today, you're going to do whatever you have to do that's legal to be able to maintain yourself and your family," says Beth Finkel with AARP New York.

    And in New York state, 2.5 million seniors are taking care of others, according to Finkel.

    On a recent day in Brooklyn, Anna Romero is dealing with a common pandemic problem: finding a quiet spot at home. Her husband, Ivan, wants to watch TV in the living room, but Anna wants to talk on the phone. She's worried he's going to distract her, and she lets him know it.

    "You can't talk to me while I'm on the phone," she says. "You need to stay there and I need to go in the bathroom."

    For lunch, Ivan and Anna ordered a Taco Bell combo. It came with a free Strawberry Freeze, so she brings her plastic cup with her into the bathroom. Matching white and purple hand towels with embroidered flowers hang on the rack behind her.

    The Romeros have been married for 48 years. For more than three decades, Ivan was a school custodian and Anna worked at JPMorgan Chase. After that, Anna got a part-time job. Now, at 68, she's retired, but not by choice. Five years ago, Ivan was diagnosed with dementia and grew increasingly confused. Now when he gets dressed, he'll put on one sneaker and one shoe from another pair.

    "He'll tell you he has no money, no clothes, and nobody loves him," Anna says.

    Ivan forgets where the closet is or even the bathroom, and Anna needs to remind him to brush his teeth.

    "This is my new 24/7 caregiving job," she says.

    When Ivan was diagnosed, Anna found a memory care center. He was picked up every morning and was there for five hours, playing dominoes and checkers, socializing and listening to music. Anna could go to work while Ivan was occupied. But when the pandemic hit, the center had to close and Anna had to quit. Her job couldn't be done from home, and someone needed to take care of Ivan.

    Anna and Ivan saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in a 401(k) for retirement, but all their hard work and planning for the future also means that they're now stuck. With money in the bank, Social Security and small pensions, the Romeros don't qualify for Medicaid, which could pay for help for Ivan. For a while, if Anna needed a break, she hired a friend, someone Ivan was comfortable with, for up to $25 an hour. But between that, the mortgage, medication and all the other bills life throws their way, Anna says she has been forced to slowly withdraw from their savings.

    "I'm not working anymore, so now I need more money out of pocket to be able to buy food and shelter and everything else. Bills. Everybody got bills," she says.

    The husband of the friend she'd been paying to take care of Ivan got COVID-19 and died. Then her friend got it. Anna has some help from her kids, but now she's mostly on her own again. She has started having anxiety attacks. They feel like heart attacks.

    "There's a lot of crying days. There's a lot of angry days. You have no idea. You have no idea how hard this is," she says.

    Some older adults are facing another problem too. Because of job loss from the pandemic, almost half of 18- to 25-year-olds are living with their parents again, says Olivia Mitchell, executive director of the Pension Research Council at the Wharton School.

    "So part of what the older folk are doing is taking care of their children who are back home with them again," she says.

    Mitchell says today's seniors are often more in debt than their counterparts were 30 years ago. They've taken on bigger mortgages and have more medical bills. Then, there are student loans.

    "In fact, something like 6% of retirees are now having part of their Social Security checks garnished because of student loans they haven't paid," she says.

    Some of that student loan debt is for themselves; some of it is for their kids. Anna doesn't have to worry about that — her kids are settled. College is paid for, and they're out of the house.

    But she hopes to keep Ivan at home as long as she can handle it. If his dementia gets worse, care could cost thousands of dollars a month, and at that rate the couple's savings would be gone in about five or six years. Then what? Anna has her own health conditions. She had a heart attack in 2001 and has coronary artery disease. And even when she's able to hire someone to take care of Ivan, she's worried. What if they don't understand him?

    Anna has joined a number of support groups for women like her whose husbands suffer from early-onset dementia. And she's looking for a memory care center where Ivan's bills might be partially covered by a grant. She's hoping President Biden will release his own version of a health care plan that would provide more generous coverage for patients coping with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

    But she also hopes that when the pandemic ends, she can go back to work just enough to try to ensure that the couple can afford their future."

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    Why Berlin is so Huge

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    The reasons why Berlin has gotten so damn big.
    What other city can tell such a story?
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    Fun and Interesting London Memorial Benches - Lockdown Walk

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    "Well, here's a walk around some of my favourite memorial benches in London.

    Most of them are in central London but some are a bit further out. I think it's a nice way to remember people who have departed this life. There's also the usual banter and other bits and pieces as we wander around London."


    Jan 31, 2021

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    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIpiGjI-_iw

    Featured:

    Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in New Bond Street.

    Kirsty MacColl in Soho Square.

    Spike Milligan in Finchley.

    John Thaw in Covent Garden Actor's Church.

    Oscar Wilde in Charing Cross.

    Camels and Sphinxes on the Embankment.

    The Beatles in St. Pancras Gardens.

    John Keats at Guy's Hospital.

    Alfred Salter in Rotherhithe / Bermondsey
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    Botticelli — Dante's hell in art

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    Botticelli's paintings still fascinate people more than 500 years after his death. But the artist also had a dark side. He painted and drew hell as described by the poet Dante. The work was considered lost for centuries.

    Even during his lifetime, the works of Renaissance painter Botticelli were highly regarded - the powerful Medici family were his patrons. Today, his famous works attract hundreds of thousands of gallery visitors.

    But Botticelli, known for paintings like "The Birth of Venus" and "Primavera," also had a dark side. He painted and drew Hell as the poet Dante had described it, and it took him more than a decade to do so. One of his works inspired American writer Dan Brown to pen a bestseller. The painting in question is the "Mappa dell' Inferno," the Abyss of Hell. The work was lost for centuries, the original sketch locked away in the Vatican.

    For the documentary "Botticelli Inferno," the vaults of the Vatican were opened, allowing the filmmakers to tell the story of this masterpiece. The way to paradise leads through the nine circles of hell ("Inferno" in Italian,) as well as purgatory. Only those who experience the torture of hell will get into paradise - possibly! Botticelli brought to life Dante’s descriptions of the nine circles of hell in a total of 102 detailed drawings. The central, lavishly colored work is the "Abyss of Hell” - a kind of map through the Inferno, showing the various circles. It’s a fascinating work whose depicted cruelty makes viewers shudder, but which also arouses our curiosity about the secrets it conceals. What more does this mysterious picture still have to reveal to us? Botticelli is considered one of the most important artists of the Renaissance. He repeatedly broke with convention and brought numerous innovations to painting. More than 500 years after his death, he still influences popular culture, inspiring artists as diverse as Lady Gaga and Dan Brown.

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    The continual conflict ...

    Sri Lanka and the scars of the civil war

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    The pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, is a popular tourist destination. Nevertheless, but behind its natural treasures and pristine beaches, the country is still recovering from more than 25 years of civil war.

    Between 1983 and 2009, the island was torn apart by a bloody conflict between two communities: the Sinhalese Buddhist majority and the mostly Hindu Tamils, including the separatist rebels known as the Tamil Tigers. They aimed to establish their own state in the north and east of the country.

    More than a decade on, the army is once more in control, but the north of the country remains off-limits to tourists.
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    Everybody Wants to Rule the World

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