HBO has responded to Donald Trump's "Sanctions are coming" posting (a "Games of Thrones" look-a-like) with a "we were not aware of this messaging and we would prefer our trademark not to be appropriated for political purposes". Pharrel Williams has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the president – hey Donald, please stop playing my song Happy at your rallies, it's not really an appropriate piece of music to play shortly after something awful like the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, and besides I own the copyright. Others have done the same – the estate of Prince complained about unauthorised use of "Purple Rain", Aerosmith about unauthorised use of "Livin' on the Edge". You know how it is, from time to time you need to remind your head of state that there is a thing called decorum, that there are things called laws!
In a decision about an estranged couple's land dispute, a Ugandan judge put his finger on what makes a man happy. The judge's frank view about the joys of sex appears to coincide with that held by the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba.
Judge detains defender for "acting like I'm some kind of idiot"
A Wisconsin judge ordered a short detention for an assistant public defender, saying he was in contempt for "acting like I'm some kind of idiot". The accused was on bail, for culpable homicide resulting from a vehicle accident, on condition that he remained free of drugs and alcohol. Prosecutors asked for his signature bond to be replaced by a cash bail because a urine test showed high levels of water which can be an indication of attempted tampering. The public defender asserted his client's innocence in relation to the accident, which the judge said was irrelevant to the bail issue. When the public defender repeated the innocence argument the judge said, "No kidding. I get that. Sit down," and then ordered him to be detained for rolling his eyes, throwing his hands in the air and "acting like I am some kind of idiot". The defender subsequently returned to the courtroom after his supervisors had discussed the matter with the judge. He apologised and was released. The public defender's office has complained about their attorney being taken into custody and being handcuffed for doing his job, saying it undercuts the basic tenet of the justice system which requires zealous advocates for the rights of clients. This is not the first time the judge has detained lawyers for contempt.
- Debra Cassens Weiss October 30
Best known as a fashion designer, not least for his Polo shirt, Ralph Lauren has been made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. Antony Phillipson, British Consul General to New York and Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner for North America, said, "I warmly congratulate Ralph Lauren on this award that recognizes these efforts and achievements over the past 50 years. In his storied career in fashion, business, and philanthropy, Mr. Lauren has played a key role in forging transatlantic cultural and economic connections. As creator and visionary of the Ralph Lauren brand worldwide, Mr. Lauren has been a vanguard for the global fashion industry and American style for nearly half a century. In addition, monumental philanthropic efforts, especially in the realm of public health, cancer research, and treatment in both the U.S. and the U.K., have led to benefits felt by citizens around the world".
My mouth was dry, my palms were sweaty and my heart was racing; all normal symptoms for that first date. The text message had read "lunch, Friday" so my anxiety had doubled. I did not know what to expect. Would I be pleased? Would I be comfortable? Would the experience be pleasant? I surveyed myself in the rear-view mirror. Well, at least I looked comfortable and relaxed.
The distillation and maturation of whisky in theoretical terms tends to follow the same general scientific principles: fermentation, distillation and then maturation in casks. Most whisky-producing countries have rules and regulations governing the process; Scotland, the USA and South Africa are among those who regulate "what" their whisky is, and how it is made.
Whether you are a frequent traveller, haven't travelled at all or, like me, have had the opportunity to travel but not as often as you would like, there is something in it for all of us. For me, travel has been a way to nourish the soul. The people I meet, the fresh perspectives I come across and the natural and man-made wonders I encounter, centre me in a frenetic world.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) of the United Kingdom was officially formed on 1 April 1918, collectively out of the first British Air Force, the Royal Flying Corps, created in 1912 and then comprising three wings: naval, military and a central flying school. Until 1918 there were two military air wings, the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps, and accounts during the First World War show some rivalry between the two. It is acknowledged that Jan Smuts, then member of the Imperial War Cabinet, played a role in laying the groundwork. His report on the two air services and recommendation that they amalgamate influenced the thinking behind the creation of the united service.
Summer is upon us, and as we are accelerating toward the end of the year, our social calendars become jam-packed with multiple year-end functions, celebrations and vacations. At this time of the year, it's often necessary to stock up on a few new pieces for various occasions. Summer fashion is light and a little playful, so it's the perfect time to try something new. If we were to narrow down a list of summer essentials, we would most likely settle on three must-have dresses.