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The Witcher season 2 back filming in Surrey after relocating for lockdown

The Witcher season two has resumed filming in Surrey, United Kingdom after the show relocated to a studio during lockdown.

Star Henry Cavill confirmed earlier this month that work on the Netflix fantasy series would be moving.

The actor was previously filming in Yorkshire.

New photos from set show Henry in character as Geralt of Rivia, wearing a hooded cloak.

The outdoor shoot took place on a windswept hill as the crew, all wearing face masks due to the pandemic, got to work.

The long white haired wig Henry wears as Geralt was just visible beneath the wide hood of his costume.





Netflix got fans chomping at the bit for more episodes, which has suffered delays due to the pandemic, with a new teaser showing Henry going into battle with new monsters.

The hero will come against fearsome creatures while on a quest with Princess Ciri (Freya Allen) and Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra).

After filming was shutdown in March in the first lockdown, the cast and crew have been back on set since August, with the script tweaked to allow for social distancing measures.

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In March it was reported that the season two set at Arborfield Studios underwent a ‘deep clean’ after cast member Kristofer Hivju tested positive for coronavirus.

The Witcher is expected to return to Netflix in 2021 but an official release date hasn’t been announced.

A jokey recent teaser from Netflix sees Geralt’s companions convince him to get into the spirit of Witchmas (aka Christmas).

The Witcher season one is on Netflix.

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Australians back the Paris Agreement and want a net zero target

The vast majority of Australians support both the government taking action to meet Paris Agreement climate targets and seeking to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

A total of 71 per cent somewhat or strongly support action to meet Paris agreements and 69 per cent back a net zero target according to a survey of 1000 people conducted by research firm Ipsos. Nine and 10 per cent oppose the two measures respectively.

Many Australians believe governments should be doing more to act on climate change.Credit:Jonathan Carroll

But the research last month showed the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the relative importance of the environment in the minds of many.

Asked to name the top three issues facing the nation at the beginning of 2020 in the wake of the unprecedented bushfires, the environment was the main issue for the first time, with more than 40 per cent of respondents rating it in their top three.

However, in October the economy (56 per cent) and unemployment (44 per cent) are the top two issues facing the nation by a comfortable margin. Concern about healthcare and cost of living was also ranked higher, leaving the environment fifth.

But unlike in the period following the global financial crisis, support for general action on climate change has continued to trend upwards through the pandemic, said Ipsos director, Stuart Clark.

“This highlights the degree to which Australians are taking onboard the idea of a green recovery led by government. It’s very different from the situation in 2010 and 2011. At that time, support for climate action dropped away as people prioritised the economic recovery,” he said.

Further data collected in January 2020 shows over half of Australians agree the nation will be better-off in the long run if it meets the Paris Agreement targets, indicating many see long-term benefits to involvement in international efforts to reduce emissions.

In January, 60 per cent of respondents agreed Australia should be a global leader in emissions reduction with the aim of encouraging other countries to take similar actions.

The research also revealed the potential impacts of a transition to renewable energy concerned many, with 69 per cent rating reliability of supply as a top-three priority in transitioning. Ensuring energy prices remains low is a top-three priority at 58 per cent.

Ipsos found the institutions that Australians believed had the most power to act on climate change were governments and large multi-national companies, and most believed governments, including Australia’s, had performed poorly on the issue.

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Tommy Cannon fights back tears at funeral of comedy partner Bobby Ball

‘Rock on Bobby’: Tommy Cannon fights back tears at funeral of comedy partner Bobby Ball after his death aged 76 as mourners pay tribute with his trademark red braces

  • Tommy Cannon today fought back tears at funeral service of beloved comic Bobby Ball, who died aged 76
  • Mourners wearing red braces congregated at Hope Church in Lytham Saint Annes, Lancashire this morning
  • Ball had been at Blackpool Victoria Hospital with breathing problems where he had a Covid-19 positive test
  • Comic’s family discouraged his fans from paying their respects to the icon amid England’s shutdown 

Bobby Ball’s comedy partner of six decades Tommy Cannon today fought back tears at the beloved comic’s funeral after the entertainer died aged 76, just weeks after a positive coronavirus test.  

Fans lined the street outside Hope Church in Lytham, Lancashire, to pay their final respects to the Cannon & Ball star, who passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on October 28.

Mourners wearing red braces – a nod to Ball’s trademark twang of his braces while saying: ‘Rock on, Tommy’ – congregated outside the church to honour the iconic UK entertainer. 

His comedy partner Cannon, 82, was among the mourners at the service, which was private and invite-only due to England’s ongoing shutdown and restrictions on funeral gatherings.  

Cannon said after Ball’s death: ‘Rock on, my good friend, I can’t believe this, I’m devastated.’ He later tweeted: ‘I’m absolutely devastated, I’ve lost my partner, my best friend and the funniest man I know.’  

A table with a book of condolence, hand sanitiser and donation box for the Blue Skies Hospital Fund and Lowther Pavilion was set up on the pavement where fans gathered.

Tony Callison, who was among those lining the streets, said he used to drink with Ball in local bar The Sunday Club. He said: ‘You had a good laugh when he was in because you couldn’t not. 

‘He was a true gent and a funny man but he was also very helpful. I had a hard time last year where I needed help and Bobby was there for me as if he was a friend. He still had an awful lot to give, it wasn’t his time.’

Zoe Robertson, who owns apartments which Ball stayed in with wife Yvonne when he moved to Lytham, said: ‘They were just the nicest people ever and since they’ve been in Lytham they’ve just become part of the community.  

Comedian Tommy Cannon arrives at Hope Church in Lytham Saint Annes, Lancashire, ahead of the funeral of Bobby Ball

The coffin of entertainer Bobby Ball is taken into Hope Church in Lytham Saint Annes, Lancashire, for his funeral service

Bobby Ball’s wife Yvonne attends Ball’s funeral at the Hope Church after the beloved entertainer died aged 76 

The funeral cortege of entertainer Bobby Ball arrives at Hope Church in Lytham Saint Annes, Lancashire

Mourners wearing red braces in honour of comedian Bobby Ball outside Hope Church in Lytham Saint Annes, Lancashire

People outside Hope Church in Lytham Saint Annes, Lancashire for the funeral of entertainer Bobby Ball

Ball was born Robert Harper on January 28, 1944 and found fame on the The Cannon & Ball Show from 1979 to 1988 opposite Cannon. Oldham-born Ball met Cannon, real name Thomas Derbyshire, while he was working in a factory as a welder

Tommy Ball at the final of Britain’s Got Talent in Wembley, North West London, in June 2010

‘He was one of the kindest guys. He will be so missed and it is so sad. He couldn’t help himself from telling jokes. In the last lockdown we used to see him sitting on his bench and he would always have a joke.’

Memorial cards left outside the service said Ball was a deeply loved husband and an adored grandfather and great-grandfather. They called him a ‘much-loved friend to many and a hugely respected character’. 

Bobby Ball’s 40-year career in TV and film 

  • The Cannon & Ball Show (1979–88)
  • Summer Royal (1980)
  • The Boys in Blue, film (1982)
  • The Kenny Everett Show (1982)
  • Mr H Is Late, film (1988)
  • Plaza Patrol (1991)
  • Shooting Stars (1996)
  • The Big Stage (1999)
  • Rex the Runt (2001)
  • Revolver (2004)
  • The Royal (2004)
  • It’s a Boy! (2005)
  • I’m a Celebrity (2005)
  • Last of the Summer Wine (2005-8)
  • Heartbeat (2005–2006)
  • The Afternoon Play (2007)
  • The Fattest Man in Britain (2009)
  • Not Going Out (2009-19)
  • All Star Mr & Mrs (2010)
  • Show Me the Funny (2011)
  • Mount Pleasant (2011–17)
  • Coach Trip (2012)
  • Casualty (2012)
  • Strictly Come Dancing (2012)
  • The Security Men (2013)
  • A Little in Tents (2017)
  • Last Laugh in Vegas (2018)
  • Benidorm (2018)
  • The Cockfields (2019)

Cards read: ‘Things Bob loved… his family, friends, being creative, making people happy, entertaining, music and a chilled glass of Chardonnay! He will be truly missed by all who knew him.’

Floral wreaths reading ‘Bob’ and ‘Grandad’ were laid in the hearse with the coffin.   

Lee Mack, who played Ball’s son in BBC comedy Not Going Out, called the late comic ‘joyful, full of fun and mischievous’, adding: ‘I’m utterly shocked and devastated to lose my mate Bobby like this.’

Ball’s family have discouraged his fans from paying their respects to the icon today amid England’s ongoing shutdown, which prevents funeral gatherings of more than 30 people.  

A statement from his family said that police and council authorities will be enforcing coronavirus restrictions, with Covid wardens out to ‘make sure people adhere to the rules’.

They added: ‘The response to Bob’s funeral announcement has been overwhelming and the love and support from you all has been wonderful and a huge comfort. A heartfelt thank you from us all.’

BBC comedy controller Shane Allen previously said: ‘We are devastated to hear the sad news of Bobby Ball passing away. He was a powder keg of comedy who entertained audiences of all ages for decades.

‘He was funny to the end, having just completed his work on the forthcoming Not Going Out series and we all feel immensely privileged to have enjoyed the benefit of his talents.

‘Our thoughts are with family and friends at this sad time.’

Ball was born Robert Harper on January 28, 1944 and found fame on the The Cannon & Ball Show from 1979 to 1988 opposite his lifelong friend Cannon.

Oldham-born Ball met Cannon, real name Thomas Derbyshire, while he was working in a factory as a welder. 

After the success of The Cannon & Ball Show, Ball appeared in a string of TV series including as Lenny in Last Of The Summer Wine from 2005 to 2008.

He also played Topsy Turner in Heartbeat and appeared in Mount Pleasant, Benidorm and The Cockfields.

In 2012, Ball competed in a Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.  He also appeared in TV series including Last Of The Summer Wine, Heartbeat, Mount Pleasant, Benidorm, The Cockfields and Not Going Out. 

Bobby Ball’s comedy partner of six decades Tommy Cannon teared up as he paid tribute to his late friend whose death has ripped a ‘big chunk’ out of his life.

Cannon described feeling ’empty’ since learning that Ball had passed away in hospital.

The duo together made up comedy double act Cannon and Ball which shot to fame in the 1970s and 80s, landing their own TV show. 

Choking on his words, he told ITV’s This Morning: ‘It’s a very sad time… and this moment and time, I don’t know where I am. 

‘I can’t believe he’s passed away. I can’t make any sense of it yet, I really can’t. I miss him terribly, I loved him to bits. 

‘We had a great career. With great memories to look back on… and I know one day I’ll meet him again. Oh rest in peace, lad.’

The duo starred together in the films The Boys in Blue 1982 and Mr H Is Late in 1988, and appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2005.  

He is survived by two sons, Robert and Darren, with his first wife Joan Lynn, as well as his daughter Joanne with Yvonne Nugent.

The couple, who have been living in Lytham, Lancashire, and have been married for 46 years, have 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Ball was patron of the local NHS Blue Skies charity and the couple recently organised a variety event which raised £30,000 towards the development of the dementia garden at Clifton Hospital in Lytham.

In March, he starred in a video posted on the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s YouTube channel singing the Cannon and Ball theme song Together We’ll Be OK. 

The trust wrote that the video aimed to unite everyone in the earliest days of the pandemic, with medical staff also featuring. 

At the end of the song, in a now poignant message, Ball said: ‘Now I mean that – together we’ll all be OK if we pull together. See you later!’ 

Ball’s manager Phil Dale said: ‘It is with great personal sadness that on behalf of Yvonne Ball, and the family, and Tommy Cannon, I announce that Bobby Ball passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on October 28, 2020 (at) approximately 9.30pm. 

‘Bobby had been taken to the hospital for tests as he started with breathing problems. At first it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for Covid-19. 

‘His wife Yvonne said the hospital and staff could not have been more wonderful, as they were outstanding in their care of duty and they did everything possible for him and she cannot praise them enough.

‘She said that the family and Tommy would like to express their sincere thanks to the many, many people who have been fans of Bobby and they know that they will all share in part the great loss and total sadness that Yvonne, the family and Tommy all feel.

‘Yvonne added that their need for privacy at this time has to be a priority. No further announcements or statements will be made.’

Mr Dale added: ‘Bobby was a true comedy star who loved entertaining people and he loved life itself. I spoke to him every day and it would always end in laughter.’ 

A book of condolence for comedian Ball outside Hope Church in Lytham Saint Annes, Lancashire, ahead of Ball’s funeral

Cannon and Ball sing together at the London Palladium in the West End on ITV in June 1987

Ball, wife Yvonne and their daughter Joanne are pictured for the Daily Mail in January 2007

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No10 'will hand back control of special advisers to ministers'

The Cummings clearout: No10 ‘will hand back control of special advisers to ministers’ as maverick aide’s legacy is dramatically torched

  • Special advisers had to report directly to Dominic Cummings under old regime
  • But new regime led by acting chief of staff Edward Lister is tearing up old rules
  • Means special advisers will once again report directly to ministers, not No10 

Downing Street is set to hand day-to-day control of Government special advisers back to ministers as the new Number 10 regime takes a sledgehammer to Dominic Cummings’ legacy. 

Mr Cummings changed the contracts of special advisers – politically appointed aides who help ministers – when he first took the job as Boris Johnson’s right hand man.  

The changes meant that special advisers reported directly to him and he was in charge of discipline. 

The set up caused massive tension and distrust across Whitehall because some ministers feared their aides were effectively spying on them and reporting back to Mr Cummings. 

But just days after Mr Cummings left Number 10, the new regime led by acting chief of staff Sir Edward Lister is said to be preparing to relinquish control of advisers in a bid to boost morale.  

Boris Johnson’s Downing Street is undergoing an internal reset following the departure from the Government of the PM’s chief aide Dominic Cummings

Special advisers reported directly to Mr Cummings during his time in Number 10 but the new regime is said to be scrapping the system to put more power back in the hands of ministers

The Times reported that Downing Street is planning to revert back to the pre-Cummings way of working. 

That will mean that while special advisers ultimately report to the Prime Minister, day-to-day control over conduct and discipline will be delegated to ministers.    

One source told The Times that the move would allow advisers to ‘do the best for their ministers’ and would give them ‘more day-to-day independence’.   

A senior Government source told the newspaper the hope is the move will ‘make the Government a nicer place to work’. 

They said: ‘The culture towards special advisers as well as the contracts are going to change. 

‘There is an acknowledgement that government has been quite a demoralising place to work sometimes.’ 

The shake-up is part of a wider internal reset inside Number 10 following the departure of Mr Cummings. 

Politico reported that Mr Johnson yesterday told aides to increase engagement with Cabinet ministers and Tory MPs. 

The PM is said to want to get ministers more involved in the decision-making process after many felt sidelined under the old regime.

Mr Johnson has made Sir Edward Lister his acting chief of staff and he is overseeing the shake-up

He also wants to win over disillusioned Conservative backbenchers who have rebelled against the Government on a wide selection of issues in recent months. 

Mr Johnson held virtual talks with the Northern Research Group of Tory MPs last night and he is expected to meet with more groups in the coming days. 

Private talks with Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the powerful 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs, are also believed to be in the diary.    

A Government source told Politico that ‘none of this would have ever happened before’ under the old regime and that the operation had ‘opened up literally overnight’.

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Kailyn Lowry Claps Back at Photoshop Allegations: Those Are My Real Abs!

Back in October, Kailyn Lowry posted nude photos to show off how far she’d come with her fitness goals in the few weeks since she’d delivered her fourth child.

The results were impressive, so say the least.

But like everything involving Kailyn, the pics attracted a surprising amount of negativity and criticism.

Lowry’s stated goal in posting the photos was to celebrate how far she’s come in her fitness journey, while at the same time reminding herself of how far she still wants to go.

In other words, this was no vanity project.

Honesty and transparency were the goals here, which makes it that much more insulting that Kail is being accused of retouching the pics and then lying about it.

“Curves. Stretch marks. Cellulite,” the mother of four captioned the revealing photo above.

“And Photoshop!!!!” a random hater commented, according to a new report from Life & Style.

Understandably, the accusation — which was offered with zero proof and seems to have no basis in reality — left Kail rather pissed off.

“PHOTOSHOP WHERE??? To the rolls on my back??????” Kail replied.

Not surprisingly, the troll didn’t have anything to say when asked for specifics.

Now, it’s fairly common for celebs to clap back when they’re accused of photoshopping their pics.

What’s less common is the professional photographer who took the photos coming forward and confirming that the pics have not been altered.

“The only things that get Photoshopped out are bruises, blemishes or marks that won’t be on the body in two weeks,” photographer Hannah Rachel remarked.

“I do not Photoshop bodies, I do not remove stretch marks and I do not alter what makes you YOU,” she added.

“[Kail] was amazing. She was so sweet, honest and we laughed the entire time! We also had some honest conversations about how society and the media expects so much of her,” Rachel continued.

“She’s a mom of four adorable boys, running an empire of businesses and needed a day to feel good about her[self].”

For her part, Kail made it clear that she hoped to pay tribute to other moms with this pictorial.

“Moms don’t get enough credit. Women, in general, don’t get enough credit,” she wrote on Instagram in October.

Kailyn Lowry Poses in Lingerie, Denies Photoshop Claims as Chris Lopez Pines For His GirlStart Gallery

“We are expected to do all the things. Carry our babies for 9-10 months, breastfeed, (for some of us) raise other kids, be up all hours of the night, hit the ground running with work and then are mom-shamed when we want/need time to ourselves,” Kail continued.

“I’ve birthed four humans, and people expect my body to snap back immediately. When it doesn’t, I get body-shamed, when I go to the gym, it’s selfish. When I love my body, it’s unhealthy. There is no ‘winning’ for me in the court of public opinion.”

So yeah, someone saw Kail pouring her heart out like that and still decided to make her situation worse by tossing out more anonymous hate.

Look, folks, we know 2020 has been tough on everyone, but we’re gonna need to start going easier on one another if any of us are gonna survive this thing.

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How you can… Turn back the clock on menopause face

It’s not just hot flushes, the menopause takes a toll on your complexion too. In a groundbreaking new book, ALICE HART-DAVIS reveals how you can… Turn back the clock on menopause face

  • Alice Hart-Davis describes how skincare routine can battle effects of menopause
  • She was prescribed hormone replacement therapy which kept her skin hydrated
  • One tip she recommends is to try an online dermatologist to help with skincare

The first I knew of the menopause was 11 years ago when, aged 46, I began feeling a bit fuzzy around the edges — both in my brain, which felt dull, as if it was struggling with a slight, ongoing hangover, and in my body, which began steadily layering more fat around my middle.

But what was most surprising was my skin, which was rapidly losing its remaining bounce so that it looked drab and flat — and, to add insult to injury, was beginning to throw up spots I hadn’t seen since I was a teenager.

We might have become more familiar with the idea that, as our levels of sex hormones begin to dwindle, women often experience hot flushes and night sweats, along with mood swings, weight gain and anxiety, but we rarely hear about what those declining hormone levels are doing to our complexions.

Alice Hart-Davis (pictured) describes how a good skincare routine can battle effects of menopause

It is when our oestrogen levels take a nosedive — usually around the age of 50 — that women really notice the onset of ageing in the skin. If you look at a graph of how female hormone levels decline over time, the line for oestrogen, which has been on a slow downward trend, suddenly drops off the chart when women hit full menopause.

Oestrogen stimulates the production of collagen, the protein that provides the firm ‘scaffolding’ in the skin, and also of hyaluronic acid, which helps the skin hold on to water. Take that oestrogen away and the skin becomes thinner, drier and more fragile. It loses its elasticity and radiance and collapses more easily into wrinkles. It’s all very normal but it’s not great news.

Even though I had been a beauty and health writer for years, it took a few months before the penny dropped. I booked in at a clinic where I had done a specialised hormone blood test a few years ago. Back then, the results were all in the normal range. Now, the test showed my hormone levels were dropping. The doctor prescribed bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), a chemical cocktail adapted whenever necessary to keep pace with my falling hormone levels.

It has kept me feeling sane as I’ve crawled through the menopause over the past decade — and helps my skin enormously, keeping it stronger, fresher and better hydrated.

She shared a range of her favourite products that keep her skin hydrated and looking youthful

In the UK, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is available on the NHS, via your GP; or as the more personalised BHRT form, which is usually only available privately. But not everyone wants to use it; and it’s also a no-go for anyone who has had an oestrogen-related cancer and some other conditions.

However, supplementation is not the only way to address the effects of the menopause, as I’ve discovered. Good skincare can be utterly transformative. Here’s my tried-and-tested guide to what will really keep your skin radiant when you feel anything but.

TURN OVER NEW LEAF WITH SKIN-BRIGHTENING ACIDS

Light, regular exfoliation will make your skin look fresher and keep your pores from blocking up, which is useful if the hormonal swings that come with the menopause start giving you breakouts. Your new best friend should be an acid toner with alpha hydroxy acids. This will give your skin a gentle, chemical exfoliation without scratching up the surface.

If you find your skin becomes actively oily, it’s worth trying an acid toner based on salicylic acid (a beta rather than alpha hydroxy acid) because that will reach into oily pores and clear them out, as well as exfoliating the skin surface.

Whichever you choose, start by using it just twice a week to see how your skin gets on with it. Then build up to using it more often.

My favourites include:

With 5 per cent glycolic acid, this popular ‘acid toner’ boosts radiance

pixibeauty.co.uk 

Nip+Fab does a great range of decongesting easy-to-use acid-soaked pads in different strengths and acid combinations

nipandfab.com 

This is my go-to salicylic acid 

paulaschoice.co.uk 

HARNESS A HYALURONIC

Scientific studies show the close relationship between the presence of oestrogen and the thickness and hydration of the skin. When we are younger, our skin thickness is lower at the start of our menstrual cycle, when oestrogen levels are less, then it increases for the rest of the month.

The menopause is making your skin thinner and drier, but hydrating serums will help to keep your skin feeling more comfortable, plump and smoother, so wrinkles look less obvious. Plus, the extra hydration enables your skin to function better.

My favourites include:

Lovely formula which is easily absorbed and sits nicely on the skin. Will suit anyone

vichy.co.uk 

Get past the complicated name (‘multi-molecular’ means it has big molecules of moisturising hyaluronic acid that sit on the surface of the skin, as well as smaller ones, which sink in deeper) and see how well it works for you 

cultbeauty.co.uk 

GIVE YOUR VITAMIN C CONTENT A BOOST

Vitamin C serums help skin defend itself against environmental pollution and also reduce pigmentation, making skin brighter, too. They are a great daily addition to your skincare routine if you are looking to combat menopausal dullness.

My favourites include:

This award-winning brightening serum also includes hyaluronic acid, so it hydrates as well as softening the look of uneven pigmentation.

balanceme.com 

A one-step multi-tasking product that produces particularly good results for both pigmentation and wrinkles. It’s created by two top dermatologists. There’s 20 per cent vitamin C in here, along with niacinamide (to help with pigmentation, wrinkles and hydration) and skin-strengthening peptides.

belgraviadermatology.co.uk 

This classic high-strength cosmeceutical (a product with bioactive ingredients that has medical benefits) combines vitamin C with vitamin E and ferulic acid — which, like vitamin C, are both antioxidants — with impressive results. If your skin is oilier, go for Phloretin CF, which has a lighter texture (but, sadly, a similarly high price).

skinceuticals.co.uk 

PLUMP UP YOUR COLLAGEN

The collagen content of our skin decreases by as much as 30 per cent in the first five years after menopause. Adding a retinoid into your skincare regime will encourage skin renewal and generate more collagen to keep skin firm.

Retinol, and its close cousins such as retinaldehyde or retinyl retinoate, all fall into the category of retinoids —ingredients which are derived from vitamin A and are well-proven to have a regenerating effect on the skin.

Start slowly with any retinoid, using it twice a week as your skin adjusts to it, and use plenty of moisturiser on top to stop your skin from becoming dry while it adjusts.

My favourites include:

The TR stands for time release. This makes it easier to tolerate as the retinol is drip-fed into your skin cells overnight, rather than being dumped in all at once.

lookfantastic.com 

You know that an ingredient has reached a tipping point in popular awareness when No7 includes it in its signature range. This product, with 0.3 per cent retinol, softens wrinkles without aggravating skin.

boots.com 

An easy-to-tolerate product from Hollywood dermatologist Dr Howard Murad. There’s a cream version if this isn’t moisturising enough.

murad.co.uk 

SWITCH ON YOUR SKIN

A peptide-based serum can help firm and strengthen menopausal skin. Peptides such as Matrixyl 3000 are chains of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, and work like chemical messengers to switch on particular processes that encourage skin renewal.

My favourites include:

The Regenerist range is powered by pentapeptides and an ‘advanced amino-peptide complex’. The point is that it is well proven and, thanks to regular tweaks to update the formula, is as popular as ever.

boots.com 

Since this serum shot to national prominence in 2007, it has become something of a national treasure. It is based on the powerhouse peptide Matrixyl 3000+ (No7’s specially ‘tweaked’ version of Matrixyl 3000) and has been shown to reduce fine lines in the same way a prescription skincare product would.

boots.com 

TRY A TARGETED MENOPAUSAL RANGE

Here are three skincare ranges formulated specially for menopausal and post-menopausal skin. While certainly not cheap, these brands offer genuine benefits.

My favourites include:

A luxurious cream based on phytoestrogens (plant-derived ingredients that have a hormone-like effect on the body), which bind to oestrogen receptors in the skin to kid it into thinking there is still oestrogen around, so it continues making collagen.

phytomone.com 

This range is based on plant oestrogens, also known as phytoestrogens, which mimic the effects of oestrogen on the skin to boost its fading glow.

cultbeauty.co.uk 

Impressive new skincare collection that combines all the key actives — antioxidants, peptides, niacinamide and retinol — with a branded ingredient it calls ‘MEP technology’, which makes the skin behave as if it still had pre-menopausal levels of oestrogen. The clinical results show brighter, clearer, better hydrated skin within eight weeks.

empelle.co.uk 

TRY AN ONLINE DERMATOLOGIST

If you want to try prescription-strength creams without the cost of visiting a private dermatologist, try an online dermatology service such as dermatica.co.uk or skinandme.com.

Through these websites you can upload photos of your face to be scrutinised by a consultant dermatologist, who will then advise on which ingredients should be included in your personalised prescription product from £19.99 a month.

Start With Skincare: What You Really Need To Know About Looking After Your Skin by Alice Hart-Davis (£9.95, thetweakments guide.com) is out now.

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The Good Doctor boss hits back at coronavirus complaints and insists future episodes will come with a warning

THE Good Doctor boss has hit back at complaints about its coronavirus storyline and insisted future episodes will come with a warning.

The ABC medical drama returned last week for its fourth season with a two-part premiere which saw the staff at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital tackling the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

However, some fans have took issue with the subject matter, as many watch TV to escape the real life pandemic, not be reminded of it.

Addressing their complaints, show boss David Shore revealed the pandemic will not be the main focus of the rest of the series, but will still be present in the background.

He told TVLine: "We will allude to it on occasion, but it is a post-COVID world [moving forward]. Our decision in that regard, it was a very difficult decision.

"In my opinion, there is no simple answer to this one… no perfect answer to this one. If we embrace that COVID is still among us, that it’s still with us and we are still dealing with it, I think that would overshadow all the other stories we could tell.


"Watching our characters wearing masks as they are dealing with somebody who needs, say, something as serious as brain surgery, would be a distraction. The distancing would be a distraction."

However, David was also keen to make it clear to viewers that the world is not "back to normal" as the series progresses.

He explained: "The real world is not back to normal, and we do not want to be seen as endorsing not wearing masks, or endorsing not social distancing.

"The compromise we’ve reached is we are going to have a statement [by Freddie Highmore] before upcoming episodes [saying] that this episode takes place in a post-COVID world — that this episode represents our hope for the future."

This will hopefully appease viewers who were unhappy having to watch the pandemic on TV while still living through it in real life.

Taking to Twitter, one fan had wrote: "WHY does the #TheGoodDoctor have a coronavirus storyline? We’re already living it. People watch tv for an escape. Is creativity that low??"

Another added: "I wish #TheGoodDoctor wasn’t about #Covid19 this season. Sometimes we watch TV to escape this crazy time."

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Tiger Woods fights back tears as he recalls celebrating fifth Masters win with son just like he did with his dad in 1997

TIGER WOODS says he still gets “chills” thinking about his incredible fifth Masters triumph – 19 months after he pulled on the green jacket.

Woods had to fight back tears yesterday as he talked about how emotional it felt to complete his victory with son Charlie waiting to embrace him – just as his dad did after his first Masters win in 1997.


He said: “As you can see, I’m getting a little teary just thinking about that win, even though it was quite a while ago now.

“It’s hard to describe the feelings I had coming up 18, and knowing that all I have to do is just two putt that little 15 footer to win the Masters 14 years after I last won at Augusta.

“And to see my family there and my mum and my kids and all of the people that helped support me or were there for me in the tough times, I was walking up there just trying not to lose it emotionally.

“Then I walked off the back of the green, and to see Charlie there, and we just opened up our arms to each other, it meant a lot to me, and still does.

“It just reminded me so much of me and my dad, and to come full circle like that. It still gives me chills just thinking about it.”

Woods admits he finds it difficult to choose between his first Masters success and his most recent one as the most satisfying of his 15 Major victories, because they both meant so much

He added: “I think that 1997 was probably the one that always stood out, with my dad and his heart surgery, and coming to the Masters and winning my first Major, and the way I did it.

“But last year was more emotional in a different way just because of the struggles I've had. And I had never, ever won a major coming from behind.


“And here I am in a three-ball, which we had never done before on the final day, and we've never teed off that early. There were all a lot of ‘never happened before’ elements to the win.

“Plus my kids were there, and it was just so special. As I said, to come full circle from me being with my dad and seeing my son there and the same embrace, 22 years apart – pretty good bookends.”

This is the 25th anniversary of Woods’ first Masters appearance, as a 19-year-old amateur, and he was far from complimentary about how he was back then.

He grinned: “I was just a little punk college student, got a chance to play on Wednesday with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Imagine that.

“And we're playing for some skins, and I didn't have any cash in my pocket, and you know, Arnold makes a putt on 18 and takes all the skins away from us.

“And then Jack and Arnold asked me: ‘Hey, do you want to go play the Par 3 Contest?’ So I said I was due to play later, but Jack said just follow us and we played together. It was an awesome introduction to Augusta.”

I expect to contend here this week and for quite a few years to come, because a lot of past champions have shown it is possible to do that on this course at quite an advanced age.

Woods is just a month away from his 46th birthday – the age at which Nicklaus memorably captured his sixth Masters title.

And the defending champion insists he is in it to win it again this week, despite showing virtually no signs of form this year.

Since he clocked up a top ten in his first event of the year back in February, Woods has played just seven times, and his best finish was a share of 37th place at the USPGA Championship.

He finished 72nd out of 78 starters in his last event, the Zozo Championship two weeks ago – when he was also defending the title – but said that will count for little this week.

He added: “I expect to contend here this week and for quite a few years to come, because a lot of past champions have shown it is possible to do that on this course at quite an advanced age.

Hopefully, this will be the week

“Yeah, I haven’t played much golf this year, and my results haven’t been great, but I haven’t been that far off.

“I just haven't put all the pieces together at the same time, whether it's because I've driven well but hit my irons poorly.

"Or I've put the ball striking together, and I haven't putted well. And then I've had it where I've putted well and I've hit it poorly.

“I haven't played a lot,only six events since we started up again after the coronavirus shutdown, because I concentrated on trying to understand what we have to deal with this year, and trying to be safe.

“I was hesitant to come back and start playing, and that's why I waited as long as I did and then it was pretty much straight into the Majors, the PGA and the US Open.

“And from there, as I said, I really haven't put all the pieces together. But hopefully, this will be this week when I do that.”

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Kelly Clarkson hits back at former father-in-law with lawsuit

Kelly Clarkson has hit back at her former father-in-law with a lawsuit, after his management company filed documents claiming she owes $1.4 million (£1 million) in unpaid commissions, after she already paid $1.9 million (£1.4 million).

The Breakaway hitmaker has filed the suit against Starstruck Management Company, which is owned by her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock’s father, Narvel Blackstock.

She claims the company violated the California Labour Code by ‘procuring, offering, promising, or attempting to procure employment or engagements,’ according to PEOPLE.

Clarkson, 38, reportedly goes on to claim that any agreements, including an alleged verbal contract in which she agreed to pay them 15% commission on her gross earnings, should be ‘declared void and unenforceable’.

She alleged that the company did not meet ‘requirements’ set out by the Talent Agencies Act and that her ex-husband, 43, and his father, 64, acted as unlicensed talent agents.

Starstruck’s attorney told the site in a statement that the suit ‘conveniently ignores the fact that Kelly had her own licensed talent agency [Creative Artists Agency] at all times’.

They added: ‘While Starstruck Management Group provided talent management services on her behalf, it did so at all times that CAA was her agency of record.

‘It is unfortunate that Kelly is again attempting to avoid paying commissions that are due and owing to Starstruck to try and achieve some perceived advantage in her ongoing custody and divorce proceedings.’

Clarkson did not officially comment when Starstruck filed its suit against her, only taking to Twitter to post a GIF of The Matrix on Twitter as the news broke.

The image sees character Morpheus getting into a fighting stance and fans believed the singer shared the post in response to lawsuit going public.

Clarkson and her husband surprised fans earlier this year when they announced their decision to split.

The pair tied the knot in 2013 and they share two children – daughter River Rose and son Remington Alexander.

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Kelly Clarkson and Starstruck Management Group for comment.

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Christina Anstead Bites Back At Parent-Shamers Over Claims She's An 'Absent Mother'!

Christina Anstead‘s got a scathing new message for the parenting police: lay the f**k off!

Amid the fallout of her divorce from estranged husband Ant Anstead, the momma of three has been trying her best to manage emotions, ignore outside noise about the split, and take care of her kids — while also working to support her family amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite her efforts, the Flip or Flop star has been on the receiving end of harsh criticism suggesting she’s an “absent mother”! Well, Christina took to Instagram on Thursday to address followers and set the record straight!

The 37-year-old began her defense by sharing just how difficult it’s been to navigate our new normal as the world continues to battle the COVID-19 health crisis:

“This year has been incredibly isolating. Activities like church, travel, dinner, movies, sports- canceled. No longer seeing my friends smiling faces on set (all covered by masks) it all feels like s**t. So many changes for so many people. So despite what you see on Instagram most people are struggling.”

So true. People from all walks of life are suffering in one way or another — even if you are a well-paid television personality like she is!

Then Christina shifted gears and directly called out haters who unfairly assumed she hasn’t been spending as much time with her kiddos lately. As you’re likely aware, the proud momma shares daughter Taylor El Moussa, 10, and son Brayden El Moussa, 5, with her ex-husband Tarek El Moussa. She’s also mom to 13-month-old son Hudson Anstead, whom she shares with ex Ant. The HGTV star wrote:

“When I get told ‘you must be an absent mother because you are not with your kids’ – smh wake up people. I hardly post anymore and I def do not want to post my kids every freaking day to make it a contest of who’s a better parent f that. This doesn’t mean I’m not with my kids – it means the opposite – I am with them- I’m present. So stop parent shaming people, stop choosing sides when there is no side to choose.”

She concluded:

“My point being – when you see stuff on here take it all with a grain of salt. There is a whole lot of Filters and fake smiles. I’ve been guilty of faking it too. We are all struggling – some of us are just better at ‘masking’ it.”

Wow. All of this is supposedly over a lack of picture-perfect mommy-and-me IG posts?!? Jeez, people really do need to lighten up a bit.

A quick glance at Christina’s feed will show you she’s got plenty of those photos and more, although the lastest upload with any of her kids came a week ago when she documented “Fall vibes” in a photo (below) with little Hudson. But as she just stated, fewer posts likely means she’s just being present in the moment!

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The parent-shamers out there really want to argue with that, it seems. The shade is also coming in from Ant’s supporters amid their split, who’ve been flooding his social media posts of their son (as recently as this Wednesday) with comments that his estranged wife abandoned Hudson. But without signs of abuse, neglect, or anything even remotely insidious going on, our friendly piece of advice would be to shift that unnecessary attention elsewhere.

As fans may recall, the real estate investor announced her split from Ant in September after less than two years of marriage. And in her statement, she reiterated their kids would always remain a top priority:

“Ant and I have made the difficult decision to separate. We are grateful for each other and as always, our children will remain our priority. We appreciate your support and ask for privacy for us and our family as we navigate the future.”

Perezcious parents and relationship experts out there, what do U make of Christina’s powerful little PSA? Tell us what you’re thinking (below) in the comments.

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