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As Tracy Beaker is set to return back to our screens soon, it felt only right to go down memory lane and look back at one of the most iconic kids’ TV series of the 2000s. The Story Of Tracy Beaker introduced us to the brutal but uplifting world of the children’s care home The Dumping Ground, previously featured in Jacqueline Wilson’s popular books. In the 15 years since the last episode of The Story Of Tracy Beaker, the doors of The Dumping Ground have reopened a few times, in successful spin-off shows like Tracy Beaker Returns and The Tracy Beaker Survival Files. But can anything quite beat the original series? As a treat for 00s kids everywhere, we’ve rounded up some of the most memorable characters, and taken a look at what the actors who played them have been up to over the last 15 years...Dani Harmer as Tracy Beaker (Series 1-5)Tracy Beaker is obviously one the most iconic British kids’ TV characters, with one hell of a personality. Her feisty and strong independent self got her in more wrong places than right, but even though she acted tough, Tracy still had a soft side and would often imagine her mother coming back to get her from The Dumping Ground.Dani Harmer played Tracy Beaker for more than 10 years, both in the original show and spin-offs like Tracy Beaker Returns and The Dumping Ground. Even if you never watched Tracy Beaker, Dani may still look familiar because she was part of series 10 of Strictly Come Dancing. She made it all the way to the final of the competition, where she was partnered with Vincent Simone.She has also starred as herself in shows like Dani’s House and Dani’s Castle on CBBC.Dani is soon set to reprise her role in the new show, My Mum Tracy Beaker. Montanna Thompson played Justine Littlewood (Series 1-5, 3) How can we ever forget Tracy Beaker’s arch nemesis Justine Littlewood? After Justine moved into The Dumping Ground, she became friends with Louise Goven, Tracy’s best friend, causing tension between Justine and Tracy.Montanna Thompson played Justine for four years on the hit CBBC series and even returned for an appearance in the spin-off Tracy Beaker Returns. She has starred in many shows since Tracy Beaker, like Doctors, Casualty, The Last Detective and Sugar Rush, as well as starring in 2017 film Kill Or Be Killed.  Chelsie Padley played Louise Goven (Series 1-3)Louise was the one always caught in the middle of Justine and Tracy. Tracy Beaker and Louise were best friends at the beginning of the series, but once Tracy moved out The Dumping Ground after being fostered, they drifted apart. However, as expected, Tracy fell out with her new foster parents returning back to find Louise best friend’s with Justine. Thus, the tension began...Chelsie Padley was only 10 when she first auditioned for the role of Louise Goven.She stopped acting shortly after starring in Tati’s Hotel in 2011, and is now a fitness coach and the founder of Fit Peach Fitness, where she gives wellness and fitness tips.Ben Hanson and Ciaran Joyce played Bradley “Bouncer” Plakova and his brother Lawrence “Lol” Plakova (Series 2-5)This inseparable mischievous duo were known for pulling pranks on all the other residents at the Dumping Ground.Ciaran Joyce, who played “Lol”, is still pursuing acting but has not appeared on screen recently. He has starred in CBBC’s Young Dracula, Holby City and Torchwood.Ben Hanson played Lol’s brother “Bouncer” for three series. He has made appearances in BBC’s Casualty and guest presented for CBBC, and according to his Twitter bio, now works as both an estate agent and actor. Lisa Coleman played Cam Lawson (Series 1-5) Lisa Coleman played the character of Cam Lawson, a struggling author who later on went to foster Tracy from the Dumping Ground, later appearing in various spin-off shows.Since then, Lisa has starred in other notable TV shows such as Hollyoaks and Casualty.Nisha Nayar played Elaine Boyak AKA. Elaine The Pain (Series 1-5)Nisha Nayar starred as Tracy’s care worker Elaine for five series of the show from 2002 to 2005.Elaine faced some big challenges in The Dumping Ground when it came to finding the right foster parents for Tracy Beaker.  Nisha’s first big break on the big screen was in the groundbreaking comedy Bhaji On The Beach, playing Ladhu. Some of her recent roles are on BBC’s Doctors and ITV’s three-part drama Midwinter Of Spirit. You may have also noticed her in The Bay where she played Rahael Malik. Craig Roberts, Sophie Borja-Edwards and Deepal Parmar played The Wellard Trio - Rio, Roxy and Chantel Wellard (Series 4-5)This iconic troublesome sibling trio stuck together through thick and thin in The Dumping Ground, not letting anyone run over them, especially not Tracy Beaker.The bandana-wearing character, Rio Wellard was portrayed by Craig Roberts. Craig has gone onto have a successful acting career, landing roles in high-profile films like Bad Neighbours, 22 Jump Street, Richard Ayoade’s Submarine and 2019′s Tolkien. Roxy Wellard, Rio’s half-sister, was played by Sophie Borja Edwards. Along with her siblings. Sophie went on to star in Casualty and but hasn’t made many TV appearances since. Deepal Parmar, who portrayed Chantel Wellard, has continued her acting career, from playing Doctors in 2016 to starring in two short films, Wordless and Beauty in the Street. Clive Rowe played Norman Ellington AKA Duke (Series 1-4)Duke was the cuddly caretaker and chef of The Dumping Ground. He took great care of everyone and was often the unsung hero. Duke left the Dumping Ground in series four to visit his family in the Caribbean. Clive Rowe, who portrayed Duke, has gone on to have a successful career in the film and TV industry. He has starred in several episodes of Doctor Who, and landed small roles in Hollywood hits such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Beauty and the Beast, alongside Emma Watson, in 2017. Clive has also regularly worked in theatre and pantomimes including performing in the West End.In 2020, he was appointed the patron of the Hackney Empire and is currently campaigning to help it survive during the Covid-19 crisis.Darragh Mortell played Liam “Crash” Daniels (Series 3-5)Crash was one of Tracy’s closest and loyal friends.Actor Darragh Mortell, who portrayed Crash, has gone to have a successful career in film and television. Darragh has starred in Casualty and Hollyoaks as well as acting alongside Dani in CBBC shows like Dani’s House. He is currently a writer and director and has written and directed episodes of Dani’s House and Millie Inbetween.Abby Rakic Platt played Jackie Hopper (Series 3-5)Sports enthusiast Jackie Hopper was brought into the Dumping Ground after her grandad was no longer fit to look after her and went into care. Jackie was adamant there was nothing wrong with her grandad, although he had in fact developed Alzheimer’s.Abby Rakic Platt, who portrayed Jackie, has also starred in Casualty and The Bill. More recently, she has played Kirsty Raven in Michaela Coel’s hit comedy show Chewing Gum.MORE NOSTALGIA: Whatever Happened To The 90s And 00s Presenters Of Kids' TV? 25 Much-Loved Kids' TV Shows From The 90s You'd Probably Forgotten About 12 Things Ant, Dec And CatAbsolutely *Have* To Include In A SM:TV Reunion Special
The first thing I learn from One America News Network is that there is a new Rolling Stones flagship store opening on Carnaby Street, where “you can always get what you want.” The next is that Donald Trump has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and held a massively successful rally in North Carolina where he condemned mail-in voting. OAN will then tell me that The Atlantic magazine is full of lies and owned by “America’s new George Soros.”What I don’t know at this point on Wednesday morning, only 20 minutes into a 16-hour straight viewing of far-right conspiracy network OAN, is that I will watch its highlight reel of Trump’s rally seven times and the attack on The Atlantic eight times. I will watch a segment on Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize nomination, a meaningless stunt by a far-right Norwegian parliamentarian, at least 10 times. I will watch multiple different hosts recite the same introductions and same scripts, sometimes saying the words along with them in my empty apartment. Because OAN blends its outlandish coverage with everyday banality I will come to know that The Rolling Stones memorabilia store is, at its heart, “about the music.”This has been a breakout year for OAN. For most people, the network is infamous for its conspiracy theories, its employment of far-right activists and White House correspondent Chanel Rion’s absurdly sycophantic questions to the president. (“We’re watching Joe Biden slip very gently into senility, while you’re at the top of your game. What’s your secret?”)  Fact-checking OAN, especially 16-straight hours of it, is basically a Sisyphean taskOAN is ostensibly a news network, with 24-hour coverage and a multimillion-dollar budget. It’s available in at least 35 million households through multiple service providers and has its own streaming app for smart televisions. Trump has repeatedly tweeted praise for the channel and encouraged his followers to watch it. He gave the outlet an exclusive interview during the Republican National Convention, and Trump family members and top associates have repeatedly appeared on its programmes. As the election quickly approaches, it is effectively a media arm of the Trump campaign.Pro-Trump media is often viewed only through brief moments that highlight its most egregious disinformation. This can obscure that part of its function: to produce a kind of information pollution that warps viewers’ perception of reality. It creates an alternate universe where baseless conspiracies mix into legitimate news, major events are ignored and the president can do no wrong. So I’ve decided to binge-watch my way into that reality. As it happens, I chose the day that CNN and The Washington Post score a massive scoop: audio from Trump’s interview with Bob Woodward, in which the president admits – in the early days of the pandemic, which will soon claim 200,000 American lives – that he is purposely downplaying the coronavirus. If I was keeping an eye on Twitter or flipping channels I’d know about this bombshell right away, but on OAN, it barely exists. 7am to noon OAN’s daytime shows typically feature a single host sitting at a desk or a couch in front of a city backdrop or stock market-themed green screen. It should look like any other channel, but even with all the trappings of cable news, there is always an uncanny valley between OAN and a regular network. The lighting and graphics are somehow slightly off, and awkward stock footage such as faceless businessmen shaking hands is embedded in reports. There are minor technical issues and hosts flub their lines along the way. The live ticker at the bottom of the screen for hours has no news; it just constantly scrolls “VISIT OANN.COM | FOLLOW @OANN ON TWITTER.”OAN’s morning programming is incredibly repetitive. Although the hosts change each hour, much of the scripts they read remain the same, and pre-taped news segments air multiple times. What host Stephanie Myers presents just before 7am is sometimes identical to what host Lilia Fifield says an hour later, which is repeated again on Wall to Wall with Greta Wall later in the morning. There is no context or analysis for many news events, such as a fire at a refugee camp in Greece, often just repurposed footage from news agencies or local stations and voiceover that sounds aggregated from news wires like Reuters.These more generic segments are the closest OAN comes to being a straight news channel, which is how its owner Robert Herring Sr. promoted the network when he launched it along with his son Charles in 2013. Herring Sr., a multimillionaire Republican donor, initially touted the network as just-the-facts news without biased commentary. Herring Sr. reportedly played a significant role in making the network’s coverage increasingly right-wing and pro-Trump, and several anchors anonymously told Politico that many on staff are not diehard conservatives but dejected liberals who are simply trying to hold on to a job in broadcasting. OAN quickly morphed into an outright pro-Trump outlet that aired his rallies in full during the 2016 presidential election campaign and now lauds his administration. The shift has made OAN a rising star in the right-wing media ecosystem, resulting in the president repeatedly praising the station on Twitter and giving OAN closer access into Trump World. Ratings are allegedly up 55% compared with last year, Charles Herring told Politico. (OAN doesn’t subscribe to industry-standard Nielsen ratings, making it hard to know exact viewership numbers.) Even when OAN isn’t promoting outright misinformation, its choice of what to cover helps shape a world that its conspiratorial coverage then distorts. Portland police being paid increased overtime during protests is elevated to national news and manages to fit in mention of “violent rioters.” A story about a federal ban on imports from China’s Xinjiang province and another on the Pacific nation of Palau inviting the US to build a military base frame America as boldly countering China’s influence. It doesn’t matter that the Palau story is almost a week old, or that the Customs and Border Protection has not made any formal announcement on Xinjiang imports.Where OAN really begins to deviate from reality, however, is in its programming that features guest interviews or pre-taped segments from its better-known personalities. Just after 7am, Fifield introduces a segment from Rion, the White House correspondent, that is an absurd defence of Trump against The Atlantic’s damaging report that the president called Americans who died in war “losers” and “suckers.”“A once-respected journal now finds itself exposed as a privately funded fiction factory for the DNC,” Rion says, claiming that The Atlantic’s reporting, which has been backed up by multiple other outlets including Fox News, “went down in journalistic flames.” The segment baselessly accuses Atlantic journalists of being puppets for owner Laurene Powell-Jobs, whom Rion describes as “America’s new George Soros” who hired a “coterie of pet writers” to do her bidding. Rion, who is also the “curator-at-large” of a word appreciation website that claims to be the “premier destination for lovers of fine words,” lingers on pronouncing “coterie.”The segment airs multiple times just in the first few hours of the day, and as Rion talks about “truth” and “reality,” the words begin to lose any meaning. I become fixated on why there is a large gray smudge in the second “o” of a sinister “anonymous sources” graphic. I watch Powell-Jobs’ headshot slowly pan across the screen over and over.“Society’s only hope against such bad actors is the truth, in the hope that it ultimately prevails,” Rion says in a sentence that will slowly sear its way into my mind over the course of the day.Another piece repeated throughout the morning is a report from OAN’s Pearson Sharp, who sounds like the voice of Moviefone, promoting Trump’s claims that mail-in voting will result in fraud, giving the impression “illegals” will receive ballots and falsely suggesting Hillary Clinton only won the popular vote in 2016 because “almost 6 million ballots went missing” and “just vanished.” Sharp’s source in this segment is a right-wing advocacy group with a history of misleading and debunked statements that is run by a former Trump administration official. OAN will air it six times on Wednesday. Fact-checking OAN, especially 16-straight hours of it, is basically a Sisyphean task. There are simply too many pieces of misinformation per minute to catch up, and the central premise of its coverage is often so misleading that it defies any good faith engagement.Between 7am and noon, OAN runs interviews with right-wing think tankers under the banner “Economists Warn A Biden America Would Destroy Economy” and Sharp talking with a California pro-gun activist who claims billionaires are coming to take away the second amendment. (“Including George Soros?!” Sharp asks.) OAN also brings on Trump pollster John McLaughlin, who condemns “skewed media polls” showing the president trailing Biden and talks about pro-Trump boat parades.“If more people owned boats we’d win this in a landslide,” McLaughlin says.News consumers in the rest of the country, even viewers of Fox News, are seeing a succession of major stories that Wednesday: massive wildfires engulfed large parts of California, where OAN is based, and turned the sky above San Francisco an apocalyptic orange. A Rochester, New York, police chief and his top officials resigned after allegations of covering up police involvement in the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who suffocated after officers put a bag over his head during an arrest. But meanwhile, at around 11:20am, OAN airs an unbroken feed of Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad Wolf delivering a “state of the homeland” address where he defends the agency’s crackdown on nationwide anti-racism protests. A few hours after this address, it will become public that a DHS official filed a major whistleblower complaint that claims Wolf twice told him to stop reporting on the Russian threat to the US election because it “made Trump look bad.” I will not find out about this until the next day, because OAN will not cover it during the 16 hours I’m watching.Noon to 6pmWhile the rest of the news media covers the Woodward revelations, which broke just before noon, I am looking at OAN still showing a live feed of Wolf’s speech even though he has now stopped talking and left the podium. “There are shuttles waiting outside,” one official helpfully tells the attending audience.When OAN cuts back to the studio, host Jennifer Franco summarises Wolf’s speech and then goes on to introduce a series of stories that include a poll showing Portland’s disapproval of its mayor, a Republican bill to increase pay for law enforcement officers and a Belgian magazine accused of using blackface on its cover. The Atlantic segment airs again. “Society’s only hope against such bad actors is the truth, in the hope that it ultimately prevails,” Rion says.At around 12:10pm, OAN runs a segment bashing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for “flip flopping” on mask policy, and I realise despite multiple stories condemning him, this is the first time in five hours I have heard Biden speak.  It’s exceedingly rare to actually hear from any Democrats or people with dissenting views. Trump is everywhere – on b-roll, speaking at length at his rally and giving live pressers – but Kamala Harris and Biden are only ever mentioned and function as unspeaking villains. A few-second clip of Harris during a segment on former Fox News host Megyn Kelly condemning her for praising police shooting victim Jacob Blake’s family, and another brief clip of Biden talking about masks, are essentially all we hear from them all day.About 5 hours into watching OAN my television asks if I am still there and begins a countdown to turn itself off. I watch for a few seconds then press a button on the remote to stop it. I will solely watch OAN all day, only getting up from in front of the TV to grab food or go to the bathroom. During one commercial break later in the day, I run down to the corner store to buy beer.In the bottom left corner of the screen, OAN has a live feed previewing the upcoming White House press briefing. Before it cuts to the presser, OAN will cover luxury giant LVMH possibly dropping its deal to acquire Tiffany, rerun its segment on Trump being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize – now with a quote from the Norwegian far-right politician stating that “Barack Obama did nothing” to receive the award – and report that the Oscars is adding a diversity component to its selection process. The channel will tease a segment promising to reveal the reason the Baylor vs. Louisiana Tech college football game has been postponed. (Several players tested positive for coronavirus, which is not given any broader context.)When the network cuts to the live White House briefing, it only takes a few minutes for reality to Kool-Aid Man its way through the wall of OAN. As soon as White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany opens up the floor to questions, almost every reporter asks about the Woodward tapes. “I’d like to ask you about the Woodward interviews. Did President Trump intentionally mislead the American people about the threat of Covid – a pandemic that has now cost the lives of nearly 200,000 Americans?” CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid says.I don’t know exactly what has happened at this point, but it’s pretty obvious that it’s not good for Trump and has become a big enough story to be simply referred to as the “Woodward interviews.” It also makes me hyperconscious that there are likely a number of important stories that I don’t know about because I’ve instead watched three segments on Eric Trump declaring that the NFL is “officially dead” because Dallas Cowboys players may take a knee. Toward the end of the briefing, McEnany cuts off a question about Trump drawing down troops in Iraq – something I can’t remember if I’m also hearing about for the first time – and calls on OAN’s Rion at the back of the briefing room. Rion asks if Palestinians have “expressed any interest in distancing themselves from Iran, in the interest of Middle East peace.” The biggest story to OAN is still Trump’s peace prize nomination. When OAN cuts back to the studio, Fifield briefly summarises some of what McEnany said in the briefing and then moves right along to other news. Fifield announces that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has praised Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize nomination. The news ticker at the bottom of the screen is working now, and it also reports that Trump has been nominated for the prize.  At a time when any reasonable news outlet could have gotten it together to address the major breaking news story making international headlines, OAN cuts to an unbroken feed of vice president Mike Pence giving a fireside chat to anti-abortion organisation Susan B. Anthony List. Pence laments that the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law restricting access to abortion and vows that it means “we need more conservatives on the Supreme Court of the United States.” Pence wraps up after 2pm, and then it’s back to Greta Wall with the top story that air travel is down over Labor Day. The Atlantic segment airs again.It’s not until around 3pm that OAN addresses the Woodward interviews, which it frames as “the White House shuts down the mainstream media over Bob Woodward’s book.” A short clip of Trump telling Woodward he likes to play down the severity of coronavirus airs, and host Jennifer Franco repeats nearly the same talking points that McEnany used hours earlier during the White House briefing.After a perfunctory acknowledgement of the Woodward interview, the network quickly moves on. Donald Trump Jr. has defended the 17-year-old militia supporter accused of killing two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during anti-racism protests. Trump Jr. tells Extra “we all do stupid things at 17” and OAN states that Trump Jr. is “waiting for due process” before making judgments. I am getting the impression this is not a banner day for the Trump administration, though on OAN there’s no cause for concern.Trump makes his first live appearance of the day just before 4pm, when he is announcing his list of possible nominees for the Supreme Court. As he goes through his choices, I think I hear senator Josh Hawley called, but wonder if perhaps there is a judge with the same name. I hear senator Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz listed as well, and realise something strange has happened.  OAN moves past Trump’s nominations so fast that I wonder if I had misheard them, and I start to consider what other networks look like. I imagine Twitter is melting down while OAN airs a segment on Walmart considering drone delivery. I don’t know that Cotton has also tweeted “it’s time for Roe v. Wade to go” just moments after Trump named him, and OAN will never mention it for the entire time I’m watching.It is obviously an extreme to get information solely from watching OAN, let alone 16 hours of it, but it’s at least partially reflective of how conservative audiences consume news media. Right-wing audiences tend to receive their information from fewer sources than left-wing audiences, according to Pew Research Center reports, and have high degrees of trust toward those sources while distrusting established news outlets. Media analysts argue that this dynamic makes conservative audiences more susceptible to falling into right-wing echo chambers rife with misinformation.6pm to 11pm Watching OAN for this long gives you the feeling like you’re stuck in an airport in some alternate version of America where press freedom and media independence have evaporated. Even more than Fox News, it’s probably the closest the United States has to something that would feel natural in an authoritarian-leaning country.In Hungary, far-right nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban hollowed out the media to the point where most news outlets are under the control of sympathetic oligarchs who have fired or pushed out anyone critical of the government. It’s not that these outlets have stopped carrying any news, it’s that it is devalued or unreliable and only toes the party line. Meanwhile, the more extreme tabloids traffic in conspiracies and outright government propaganda, and this is what OAN’s prime-time news lineup feels like. Apart from pre-taped segments like the ones Rion and Sharp deliver, the really outlandish conspiracies and intense spin happen during OAN’s nighttime broadcasts. It takes a couple hours of coverage that includes Ohio governor Mike DeWine appearing as a guest to defend Trump over the Woodward interviews and a few ad breaks teasing “what familiar faces from the Senate” made Trump’s Supreme Court list, but by 8pm, the channel is in full swing.“When you have a cold, do we close down the country?” Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway of the duo Diamond and Silk, coronavirus conspiracy theorists and former Fox News pundits, asks OAN host Stephanie Hamill. “I’m getting real tired of science.” Diamond and Silk, who were cut from Fox News after promoting coronavirus conspiracies, go on to falsely suggest that Covid-19 death tolls are being inflated. (Medical experts believe that we are actually undercounting them.)Society’s only hope against such bad actors is the truth, in the hope that it will ultimately prevail.Hamill’s other guests include far-right conspiracy theorist Dinesh D’Souza and several other conservative activists who attack Black Lives Matter and The Atlantic, and go on to call for “strict criminal penalties” for “false rape claims” while discussing the sexual assault allegations against Trump. At one point, Hamill condemns tech platforms for taking down “second amendment groups.”“When they don’t like your ideas they call you a racist. They call you a white supremacist,” Hamill tells one guest.Hamill is followed by Liz Wheeler, whom Trump has singled out for praise on Twitter, and who hosts the show “Tipping Point” with an unblinking intensity. Wheeler’s first segment is a lengthy condemnation of an unknown Rhode Island high school civics teacher, whom she accuses of promoting “anti-Trump indoctrination” for making her students read critical articles from HuffPost, The Daily Beast and The Atlantic. This is a prime-time national news story on OAN.“This teacher is a perfect example of the rot in public schools,” Wheeler says.  “Tipping Point’s” other targets include The Atlantic (again), Kamala Harris and Facebook, which Wheeler accuses of “censoring” one of her videos that was flagged for misinformation. Wheeler’s show mercifully ends at 10 p.m., bringing up the final program of the night: “After Hours” with host Alex Salvi. Although all of OAN’s late-night talent resemble off-brand Fox News hosts, none are less convincing than Salvi, whose show has the cobbled together feel of a last-minute grade school book report.  “Tonight, Donald Trump is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee,” Salvi announces at the top of the show. Salvi claims that Trump did not win his first nomination in 2018 “despite historical precedent being on his side,” giving the nonsensical comparison of president Theodore Roosevelt winning the prize for brokering peace in the 1904 Russo-Japanese war.After playing a clip from Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show addressing the Woodward interview, Salvi goes on to dismiss Woodward as simply promoting “another resistance grifter book deal.” Republican National Committee spokesperson Cassie Smedile appears as a guest to back him up.I have now been watching OAN for over 15 straight hours, but even I take notice at Salvi’s next chyron, which reads “Christian Walker: BLM Is KKK In Blackface” and “BLM Is A Domestic Terrorist Organisation That Hurts Black Americans.” The guest is Christian Walker, son of GOP convention speaker Herschel Walker, who tells Salvi that media and elites are on “a campaign to destroy Western civilisation.”  After that hint of far-right extremism, Salvi ends his program by playing part of the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which he says he saw over the weekend and was “pretty entertaining to say the least.” It all feels like a fever dream, but then the next show begins with the grounding promise to reveal “what familiar faces” Trump has nominated for the Supreme Court. It’s past 11pm and I turn off OAN, knowing that the network’s churn of disinformation will begin again tomorrow and hoping that it hasn’t burrowed into my brain. Society’s only hope against such bad actors is the truth, in the hope that it will ultimately prevail.Related... Trump’s New Campaign Strategy: Declare The Election Illegitimate Trump’s Latest Coronavirus Comment Slammed As ‘So Cruel And Cynical’ Trump Keeps Retweeting An Obviously Fake Joe Biden Clip
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Covid-19 cases are rising in the UK. We’re watching government briefings, navigating new restrictions on our social lives and speculating – without any certainty – where we’ll be in a few months’ time. We’ve been here before. The past fortnight has eerily resembled early March, when rumours circulated that a nationwide lockdown was imminent, but we had no idea what it would entail – or how long it would last.This time, though, we’re painfully aware of how difficult it is to be cut off from friends, family and normality for a sustained period of time.“It’s one thing to be faced with lockdown, but another to be faced with the possibility of doing it all over again,” psychologist Dr Tara Quinn-Cirillo tells HuffPost UK. “Like standing at the bottom of a mountain we just climbed and have to climb again.”READ MORE: Why You Should Embrace Autumn, Even If You're Feeling A Little Wobbly News of a possible second wave may produce feelings of fear or anxiety, adds Dr Quinn-Cirillo, especially for those with pre-existing mental health issues, who’ve only just been able to reconnect with their support networks. Having new restrictions imposed, such as the six-person rule, could be a “traumatic experience” for many people, adds counsellor and psychotherapist Lucy Fuller. “The new announcement has also taken us back to the idea that we don’t know how the future will look as there is no given date when restrictions can lift again,” she tells HuffPost UK. “This put us back into a state of not-knowing for a second time, which can feel unbearable.”  The feeling couldn’t juxtapose the joy of the past two months more, where we ate out “to help out”, got some long-awaited haircuts and spent some carefree time with our grandparents again, breathing a collected sigh of relief. READ MORE: The Rule Of Six: All Your Questions, Answered Anxiety may be mixed with frustration for some because of the recent happier times, points out Dr Quinn-Cirillo. Facing new restrictions can feel like an unjust consequence of following the rules, for those who’ve diligently worn face masks and abided by social distancing. “What we know about human behaviour is adhering to rules is dependent on many factors, including how we are rewarded for sticking to the rules,” she says. “Many of us were of the belief that sticking to the rules in lockdown and in the weeks after would be rewarded with a more gradual loosening of restrictions. Fairness also plays a huge part in rule compliance.”Some have questioned the fairness of the “rule of six” in relation to family life, when larger groups are being encouraged to gather in the workplace or at pubs and gyms. “When we’re faced with a lack of clarity or clear rationale on how and why we should behave in a certain way, this can impact on our emotional wellbeing,” adds Dr Quinn-Cirillo. READ MORE: How To Force A September Reset During This Chaotic Year So, what can we do to improve our feelings towards the latest restrictions and concerns for the winter months to come? Simply acknowledging your feelings of uncertainty is a good place to start, says Dr Quinn-Cirillo. “Trying to ‘battle’ to ‘get rid’ of your unwanted feelings can be emotionally and physically exhausting,” she says. “Try making room for them instead.”Next, you should aim to live in the present moment. “Try your best to focus on what you are able to do, rather than what you are not able to do,” says Fuller. “This is difficult, but the circumstances of the ‘six rule’ are actually very different to the strict lockdown we were subjected to back in March.”One positive step is to make plans that abide by the rule of six. If you’re worried about the virus, focus on keeping face-to-face contact with those you’re closest to as best you can, says Fuller. Turn down invitations you’re not comfortable with, but stay connected with those you love most. “It would be easy to throw away all your plans and fester in your angry and frustrated feelings, but that would be a step backwards,” she says. It would be easy to throw away all your plans and fester in your angry and frustrated feelings, but that would be a step backwards.psychologist Dr Tara Quinn-CirilloIf you’re hit by a wave of panic, try a grounding exercise to bring you back to  the present moment. “Take a deep slow breath in through your nose and out again through your mouth,” suggests Dr Quinn-Cirillo. “Try and name three things you can see, hear, smell. Push your feet into the floor and focus on how it feels. Find what coping style works for you.” Now is not the time to skimp on everyday self-care, she adds, so make sure you’re getting the basics right. “Keep hydrated, well nourished through healthy mindfully chosen food. Exercise as often as you can as this is proven to positively impact on your emotional wellbeing,” she says. “Even just a short walk, cycle ride or run, playing a game in an outside space with your children.”Finally, be kind to yourself – you’ve navigated a hell of a lot over the last six months and it’s okay if your resilience is reaching its limits. “Take time to acknowledge this and take pressure off yourself where you can,” Dr Quinn-Cirillo says. “This may be reducing chores, deadlines, or asking for support from others.”READ MORE: Yes, We've Been On Holiday In The Pandemic – Don't Shame Us How To Prepare For The Uncertainty Of A Recession What We Know About The Long-Term Impact Of 'Mild' Covid-19 Useful websites and helplinesMind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393.Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) offer a helpline open 5pm-midnight, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58, and a webchat service.The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. 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Blue Ocean Apartment is a budget family water front holiday accommodation in Palm Beach on the Gold Coast, offering comfortable and relaxing waterfront holidays in the picturesque spot of New South Wales and enjoy the balcony views.Blue Ocean Apartment is a 5 star 2 bedroom apartment loaded with all the extra's families with young children need as well as extras for the not so young, to make your holiday easy and relaxing.On entering the apartment you will immediately see holiday views of palms, beach, sand and surf.Opening the sliding doors lets the ocean sounds and the cool sea breeze fill the apartment giving you the feeling that you have arrived at your beach holiday.You are spoilt for choice with more than 5 corses in close proximity to Palm Beach.You have Burleigh Golf Club and Robina Woods and Glades Gold Club to the north and Club Bonora and Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club to the south.All are about 10 minutes way by car.The 2 closest corses I would recomend are Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club and Robina Woods Golf course.Both welcome visitors for casual games and are fairly easy to get a round on even in peak times.
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In 2014, a study found that three-quarters of white people don’t have any non-white friends.The study, reported by The Washington Post and conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, found that for every 100 friends a white American had, 91 were white. On average they had one Black friend, one Asian friend, one Latino friend, one mixed-race friend and three friends of unknown race.By comparison, the average Black American had eight white friends and 83 Black friends, in a 100-friend scenario.The sad reality is that, as adults, we tend to be racially segregated in our friendships. While interracial friendships are fairly commonplace during our school years, studies have shown that children entering adolescence are less likely to maintain cross-racial friendships as they grow older. If a white child has a friend of colour, it’s likely that the friend is a minority in a mostly white community, said Beverly Daniel Tatum, a psychologist and author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations About Race.”“Then, as those friends of colour approach adolescence, they start to become aware of experiences with racism, from name-calling and racial profiling in stores or by police, to social exclusion ― not being invited to teenage birthday parties, for instance,” she told HuffPost. If the child of colour is being teased or excluded, and the white friend doesn’t speak up, or worse, participates in the teasing or excluding, “the cross-racial friendship will eventually unravel,” Daniel Tatum said. Developing cross-racial friendships is even more difficult in adulthood. Outside of maybe bonding with a co-worker of a different race, we mostly adhere to our geographic segregation and stay socially segregated, too. The barrier to befriending someone is even higher when the person of colour thinks their otherwise friendly white co-worker or neighbour is closed off to learning about what it means to be white in a race-conscious society. “It’s possible to learn some of that in the context of a cross-racial friendship, but it’s easier to become friends with a person of colour if some of that work has already been done,” Daniel Tatum said. “If one friend is always in the role of teacher and the other is always in the role of learner, their friendship lacks reciprocity.”When it comes to friendship, it takes two to tango ― and two to understand the racial heaviness of this current moment. As anti-racism protests broke out in America this spring, many white people probably told their Black friends, “I had no idea this kind of stuff was still happening. Why didn’t you tell me?” It speaks to the superficiality of many cross-racial friendships. As mixed-race best friends Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman write in their new book, “Big Friendship,” genuine friendship requires honest dialogue across colour lines. “There is no way to be intimately close with people if you refuse to engage in the truth of how the world is organised,” Sow said recently in an interview with The New York Times. “For a lot of people, conversations about race are new. Most of those people I would venture to guess are white.”Ketsia Gustave, a Haitian American writer in South Florida, has only two interracial friendships for that very reason: It’s hard to see someone as an emotionally supportive friend when they’re ill at ease talking about the racial micro-aggressions (and worse) you encounter regularly. How aggressive a police officer acted while pulling you over, for example, or the white woman at the store who cut in line as if you didn’t exist.“I think the real reason these friendships are hard to maintain is that in order to be truly authentic, I need to feel like I can share all the parts of myself with my friends,” she said. “If I can’t do that, our ‘friendship’ isn’t as close as the ones I have with my Black friends and other POC.” White people tend to think that the answer to racial injustice is to foster cross-racial friendships while POC are often, in my experience, looking for friends who will join the struggle for genuine equity.David W. Swanson, a Chicago pastorGustave has a white friend at work whom she’s close to, but she’s wary of bringing up her own subjective experiences with race because of how past conversations about politics played out. “She disagreed with Colin Kaepernick kneeling in peaceful protest duringthe national anthem a few years ago, so from then on, I steered clear of politics or anything that could lead to it,” she said. David W. Swanson is a pastor and the author of “Rediscipling the White Church: From Cheap Diversity to True Solidarity.” His closest and longest cross-racial friendship is with an African American man he met in graduate school. The two instantly bonded over church ministry experience and have remained close since.“We’ve been there for our children’s births and through many ups and downs,” Swanson said. “I simply cannot imagine my life without this friend.” The friendship itself is built on shared experiences and trust ― race certainly isn’t something that’s constantly discussed ― but that trust wouldn’t exist if Swanson hadn’t been interested in learning about his friend’s experiences, even at the expense of his own comfort. “You have to choose to prioritise racial justice, even when it’s outside of your comfort zone,” he said. Too often, according to Swanson, white people seem to struggle with cross-racial friendships because they don’t need to be cross-culturally competent in this society. “While POC have the skills to navigate diverse relationships, white people often lack the experience and empathy to do the same,” he said. “White people tend to think that the answer to racial injustice is to foster cross-racial friendships while POC are often, in my experience, looking for friends who will join the struggle for genuine equity.” How cross-racial friendships can make us better people, if we’re willing to get real about race. We all benefit from cross-racial friendships, but if we’re being honest, white people may benefit a little bit more ― at least currently, said Deborah L. Plummer, a psychologist and author of “Some of My Friends Are... : The Daunting Challenges and Untapped Benefits of Cross-Racial Friendships.”“When a white person travels through life with a friend of a different race, they get to understand and witness how the dynamics of privilege plays out,” Plummer said.“It allows them to really find a way to claim their white identity apart from that of a historical oppressor,” she explained. “They get to practice being anti-racists. They gain a positive white identity that is aligned with being a fully authentic human being.”So then, what do people of colour gain from befriending a white person?“I think many BIPOC have done the emotional work of racial identity resolution independent of having cross-racial friends,” Plummer said. “But it’s a far more nuanced, layered and conclusive resolution when we have cross-racial friends.”The psychologist believes that cross-racial friendships can reduce the widening racial divide that affects the quality of our lives ― but only if friends are mutually learning from each other and listening with humility. The white friend in particular has to learn to be OK discussing uncomfortable aspects of race, said Tabitha Purple, a pastor in London whose oldest friend is white. “We have a genuine friendship, one that’s full of honesty and love,” Purple said. “When we were younger, she was probably way more aware of the world than me, to be honest. This friend is comfortable talking about systemic racism and never writes off whole groups of people.” What’s more, Purple’s friend accepts that sometimes she might get things wrong. The pastor said she often hears white people say they fear they’ll say something that could be interpreted as racist in conversation with someone who’s Black. “White people need to accept that making a mistake is part of the process to learn and grow to be anti-racist,” she said. “Fear of saying the wrong thing props up the system. That fear shouldn’t be used as an excuse to not make real friends across the colour lines, so to speak.”That’s something Danny Richardson and Erin “Big Debo” Ridgeway have learned in their eight years of friendship. The pair host the podcast “My Black Friend,” where they discuss race-related issues in a lighthearted way.Over the years, Ridgeway has nudged Richardson to think beyond his own experiences as a white person.“I think the main thing I learned through our friendship is just listen,” Richardson said. “Stop trying to assume you know what everyone is going through. You may hear their experiences, but that doesn’t mean you know what it’s like to actually experience them.”Ridgeway says that many of his relationships with white people feel one-sided and inauthentic, but that’s not the case with Richardson. “That’s because we have had those tough conversations dealing with race and racial injustice. Danny is more aware,” Ridgeway said.Knowing what he knows now, Richardson tries to encourage others to recognise their privilege and understand the covert ways race works in our society. That’s the biggest benefit of truly listening to someone’s lived experiences and contrasting it with yours, he said.The bottom line, Ridgeway said, “is you can’t call yourself someone’s real friend if you’re OK or all right with them being mistreated.” Blissed Connections is an editorial series from HuffPost US that explores practical ways to strengthen and deepen the relationships you have — or want to have — with the people in your life.Related... The 'Work Staycation' Is On The Rise. Here's Why People Are Doing It How To Turn An Acquaintance Into A Good Friend 20 Things We've All Learned From Am I Making You Uncomfortable? Also on HuffPost
Planning a wedding is an exciting, yet testing, time for many couples. Venues booked months in advance, countless dress fittings, mass invitation send-outs, and figuring out a seating plan for the big day – it can be a logistical nightmare. But this year, thousands of couples tying the knot have had to contend with the added stress of a pandemic that no-one could’ve seen coming.For months, coronavirus halted weddings and civil partnerships across the country, with plans postponed or cancelled altogether. Current guidelines now allow up to 30 people to gather indoors for a ceremony and reception if social distancing can be maintained.Even though it may not have been the wedding they’d originally planned, many brides and grooms across the UK decided not to delay their special day any longer. With reduced guest lists, receptions in the back garden, and live stream Zoom video calls walking down the aisle, we asked people to share photos of their Covid weddings in a post-lockdown world. Related... I'm Planning A Pandemic Wedding – These Tips Have Helped So Far ‘We were able to make it a more intimate day that was incredibly personal to us’Kelly Wainhouse, 30, and Andrew Parkes, 31, based in Lewisham, London, got married in September at Southwark Registry Office. It was followed by a small celebration at a few bars in Peckham with eight guests. They’d originally planned a big outdoor woodland ceremony in Kent with 150 people. “With a small group, we were able to walk through and celebrate in areas of south east London that were significant in our relationship,” Wainhouse tells HuffPost UK, “including cutting our wedding cake in the venue where we met and walking by our first flat.“Although the changes were difficult, we feel very lucky we were still able to get married as we know many people still haven’t been able to tie the knot. I had originally bought a big wedding dress but it didn’t feel right walking around Peckham in that, but I fell in love with this suit in the end!”‘We had our dogs as best men and maid of honour’Ruby Winchester, 26, and her wife Kristen Winchester, 27, from North Carolina, US, originally planned to get married on June 6 with a venue at the park they met – a typical wedding. “Once the pandemic hit, we were going to move it to next year but with things growing increasingly difficult with moving plans back for another year, we decided to just leave a date in the door until we knew when the pandemic was going to be over,” they tell HuffPost UK.“Until spontaneously my wife and I decided to have a small quick get together with the two of us, our dogs as best men and maid of honour, two witnesses and our officiant, who was a mutual friend and my wife’s coworker. Masks and social distancing all happened during the short, 15-minute ceremony. And that’s about it. The officiant read what they had to read, we said ‘I do’ and then we were married!”‘Having a micro wedding meant we really focused on the marriage itself’Matheus Matioli and Naomi Richardson, both 29, originally planned to have a London church wedding with 180 guests, followed by dinner and dancing. Instead, they got married at a tiny chapel in the Sussex countryside where Naomi grew up. “We decided to still get married because it didn’t feel right not getting married, as simple as that sounds,” says Richardson. “With the world so uncertain at the moment, we didn’t want to postpone everything in case a second wave of Covid stopped us getting married again!“We had nine people and, after taking some photos on the South Downs, we had fish and chips in my parents’ garden! Sadly, my husband’s parents flew all the way from Brazil for the wedding, but were on day 11 of their quarantine on the day of the wedding. They Zoomed into the wedding from Vauxhall, which was pretty devastating for us all that they were so close but couldn’t be there.” ‘We weren’t able to get married in the church, so the priest came to us!’  Anna Kennedy, 29, and Giovanni Malatesta, 31, chose to get married in their living room in Qatar. “Of course, we were disheartened that we weren’t able to get our dream wedding in Scotland,” says Kennedy.“However, not knowing how long Covid-19 was going to last for, we decided to get married anyway. We weren’t able to get married in the church, so the priest came to us! Living abroad meant our friends and family couldn’t join us, so we did a Zoom call instead. We had two witnesses (three including our dog Betty!) and it was a lovely afternoon.” ‘Becoming husband and wife was the most important thing, it’s an incredible feeling’ La Braya Richmond, 25, and Daniel Richmond, 27, from London had their big ceremony with 200 guests scrapped due to Covid – and their original venue even closed down completely due to the detrimental effects of the pandemic.Instead, they decided to get married in their local church with just a few guests.  “It was a really devastating experience and took me a while to process that something we had worked so hard towards had been taken just like that,” Richmond tells HuffPost UK.“But eventually I realised our union was the most important thing and we could not let this stop us becoming husband and wife. Marriage is a beautiful covenant and we knew we didn’t want to wait any longer to share that union with each other. ”‘It was a pure elopement and no one knew beforehand’Matthew Mee and Gema Bate, both 31, from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, were due to get married on their fifth anniversary of being together at Central Park in New York City. They’d originally planned to get married on their joint hen and stag do at Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds on May 23 – but unfortunately, everything got cancelled. “It didn’t feel right waiting, so we talked about eloping,” Bate tells HuffPost UK. “We drove to Leeds, walked over to the registry office, and did the deed. We had Ryan (our photographer) and his girlfriend as our witnesses, then went for a bottomless brunch at an NYC-themed restaurant, dressed in our wedding gear.“We wandered around Leeds Museum and finished up at Five Guys. We had an amazing day celebrating just us and were amazed we managed to get it all together and aligned so well and so quickly.”‘Our wedding day was still so happy and special’Sabrina Nordlund, 24, and Angus Gibson, 27, got married in Edinburgh, and had to cut their guest list right down, as well as change the venue. “We made a lot of sacrifices to what a ‘normal’ wedding would look like, but our wedding day was still so happy and so special,” Nordlund explains. “It was the first time we saw any family after lockdown, and was truly just a beacon of happiness that brought us through the end of lockdown. It already feels like it was a lifetime ago! Definitely not a day we could ever recreate, and I love that.”‘After two months of lockdown, it felt like such a treat to say I do’Gina Rooke-Rendell and James Rooke-Rendell, both 33, got married at Cardiff Registry Office. Originally, they were due to get married on May 9 and had planned a humanist ceremony in a small seaside town in south Wales, with 80 of their closest friends and family. “After two months of lockdown, it felt like such a treat saying our ‘I dos’,” says Gina. “We are still planning to have the our wedding in 2022 but we wanted to get legally married as soon as possible. As everything else we’d planned wasn’t able to go ahead, such as our honeymoon, we just wanted to be able to celebrate something this year.”‘When we found out we could have an intimate wedding, we just felt sheer joy’Emily Smith, 29, and Ben Watts, 35, got married at the Ash Barton Estate in north Devon. “Ben and I had come to the conclusion that our wedding wasn’t going to happen,” says Smith, “so, when we found out that we could have an intimate wedding with 30 guests or less, we just felt sheer joy.“Knowing that our original date [July 4] could happen, and we could make that commitment to one another was an amazing feeling. As we were confined to our homes for so long, it was extra special to see our closest friends and family again. Knowing we couldn’t give our family hugs on the big day was difficult. It’s all those small details that we take for granted.”‘It was the most romantic fairytale setting ever’Domini Hooper, 50, and her partner Peter Hooper, 50, from Bath, got married at Manvers St Baptist Church. “There were no guests, no extended family, just the bride, groom, our three children, the Baptist Minister and someone to film it all,” says Hooper.“The church was going to be very empty and slightly eerie without a congregation or guests to fill the pews. So, as a complete surprise, my partner filled the sanctuary with the most beautiful blossom trees, flowers, and luscious plants, transforming the sanctuary into the most romantic fairytale setting ever! “When it looked like the ceremony might be possible with major changes, we realised it felt right to go ahead”Deya Dasgupta, 36, and Sam Leigh, 31, from south London had their wedding in August at Battersea Park bandstand, followed by a socially-distanced picnic with 20 guests.“When it looked like the ceremony might be possible with major changes, we realised it felt right to go ahead,” says Dasgupta. “We did consider postponing the entire event, but given how unpredictable the pandemic has been, any future date also carries some degree of uncertainty.“We were lucky in many ways: our siblings and close friends have been healthy and live nearby. We are still hoping for a delayed reception celebration with all the other important people in our lives who couldn’t be there next spring, but until then, we’re happy we’ve had our ceremony.”Related... Like Princess Beatrice, We Wore Hand-Me-Down Dresses For Our Weddings Couple Celebrate 65th Wedding Anniversary With Cuddle Cushions No Singing, Touching Or Trombones: The Government's New Covid-Safe Wedding Guidelines
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