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Russell Brand speaks about recovery from addiction in a funny but serious way

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Not many celebrities would talk as candidly about their personal struggles as Russell Brand has.

The film and TV star has already published two memoirs, and he’ll soon be adding a self-help guide (Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions) to his growing list.

“I reckon the thing that I used to get me off heroin and stop me being obsessed with sex will work for anyone, with anything,” Brand told Mashable during a recent Facebook Live interview.

“It’s like we’re all on a scale of addiction, and using these tools — the 12 step tools — it’s possible to change the way you think and the way that you feel.” Read more…

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J.K. Rowling totally annihilates Fox News interviewer in less than 140 characters

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Sometimes J.K. Rowling uses a whole series of tweets to take someone down. Sometimes she only needs a couple of tweets.

And sometimes, as in this case, she doesn’t even need to use the full 140 characters.

On Tuesday evening, journalist Natasha Bertrand shared the following image, taken from an interview between Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson and “Oracle of Los Angles” and self-proclaimed witch Amanda Yates Garcia:

This can’t be realpic.twitter.com/WEAkFSMFuS

— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) September 20, 2017 Read more…

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Kate Middleton explains in simple terms what mental health means in candid video

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Kate Middleton has spoken out about the difficulty in opening up about one’s mental health in a video aimed at children and parents. 

Appearing in a video for charity Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, the Duchess of Cambridge explained in simple terms what “mental health” means. 

“Mental health is how we feel and think, things that can’t really be seen but affect us everyday. And talking about them can feel difficult,” she said. 

The Duchess’ words act by way of introduction to a short animation aimed at children to help them find the words to talk about mental health. The Duchess explained that the animation can help figure out “what to say and who to talk to when we have feelings that are too big to manage on our own.”  Read more…

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How one charity is using skateboarding to changing lives across the world

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SkatePal is a non-profit in Palestine that provides support to young people through skateboarding. Cultural, educational, and sporting opportunities are limited for many children in the region. Volunteers gather from all over the world to teach classes and help build skate parks for the organization.  Read more…

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Equifax’s pretty basic fail means the data of 400,000 Britons are at risk

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We already knew that Americans weren’t the only ones to be rightly concerned about the Equifax hack, but the latest statement from the company’s UK branch is quite something. 

Equifax Ltd has confirmed to Mashable that a file containing personal data of “fewer than 400,000 UK consumers” was stolen in the 7 September breach. 

That happened because of a “process failure” — or an epic fail as we normal humans say — which saw UK data being stored in the U.S. for a good 5 years, between 2011 and 2016. It was only corrected last year. 

The information included the customers’ name, date of birth, email address, and a telephone number, according to Equifax, which added that the data “does not include any residential address information, password information or financial data.” Read more…

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Banksy is back with artwork that expertly skewers how institutions treat street art

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Banksy’s artworks are a perfect commentary not only on the socio-political situation — Brexit or the refugee crisis, for example — but also on the way institutions are trying to control the revolutionary power of street art. 

His latest murals, which have appeared at the Barbican centre in London, are an ironic take on the centre’s latest exhibition of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who started as a graffiti artist in New York. 

“Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican — a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls,” Banksy said in the Instagram caption accompanying a pic of his first Barbican mural.  Read more…

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1951: Shepherds in the mountains of Wales gather their flocks for shearing

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Sheep farmer Pyrs Williams with his flock at Hafod-y-Llan.

Image: Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Named for Snowdon, the country’s highest peak, the Welsh region of Snowdonia is a land of open, mountainous terrain and glacially carved valleys.

With climate and soil unsuitable for most agriculture, the area has been a center for sheep farming for centuries.

In 1951, the same year that the Snowdonia region was designated as a national park, Picture Post photographer Grace Robertson documented shepherds as they gathered their flocks from the mountainsides for the late-summer shearing. Read more…

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Mum hits out after Instagram deletes photo of child with disability

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A mother has criticised Instagram after a photo of her son, who has a physical disability, was deleted after it was reported for breaching the platform’s guidelines. 

Charlie Beswick, from Stoke-on-Trent, UK, posted a photo of her 12-year-old son Harry’s face on Instagram on Sunday. But, the post was deleted on Tuesday after it was reported by a community member. 

Harry was born with Goldenhar syndrome, according to Beswick’s blog. She explained that this means” he has no eye, eye socket, nostril, ear and a short jaw.”  Read more…

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