London (CNN)The return of Netflix's hit drama "The Crown" after a two-year hiatus spotlights a dark chapter in modern British history: the Aberfan disaster. The third season charts the royal family between 1964 and 1977, with the Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy, who portrayed the monarch in her youth between 1947 and 1964. The latest season, which was released in full on November 17, focuses on key events of the period, from the death of Winston Churchill to the Apollo moon landing. Episode three centers on the harrowing tale of a mining disaster that struck the Welsh village of Aberfan in 1966 and the Queen's response to the crisis. Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth in series 3 of 'The Crown.' She is pictured visiting a memorial for the victims of the Aberfan disaster. The collapse Read More Disaster struck at about 9.15 on the morning of October 21, 1966, when a colliery waste heap -- a pile of mining … [Read more...] about What was the Aberfan disaster, seen in ‘The Crown’ episode 3?
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As the dramatic proceedings to impeach President Donald Trump unfold in the United States Congress, one expression that has been heard over and over again is “quid pro quo” — something that the President and his supporters have insisted cannot be established in his dealings with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, thus absolving him of blame. So what is quid pro quo, the Latin expression that describes the issue at the heart of the Trump impeachment inquiry? Explained: What is Quid pro quo? Quid pro quo, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, means “something given or received for something else”. In the 1500s in England, it was often used in the sense of apothecaries substituting one medicine for the other, by accident or design. It has also been part of trade lexicon as a term for the barter system. Advertising Quid pro quo, like many Latin phrases, made its way into legal terminology, where it is now used to imply a mutually … [Read more...] about Explained: What is quid pro quo?
The essentials according to ALT. Photo: Courtesy of the vendor, Getty Images If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the ground coffee and the bathroom rug. We asked Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley which items he can’t live without. Ugg Australia Scuff Slip-On Shoes These are my bedroom slippers. They’re like a black mule, but made for a man: thin-soled and sheepskin-lined. I like the black matte leather, not the suede. They are the most comfortable things. My feet have become bigger because of them, I think. They’ve spread like a platypus because I wear Uggs. But there’s nothing like them. I didn’t want to wear Uggs for years. I thought, “Oh, Uggs.” But four years ago, I decided to get Ugg boots to walk around in winter snow, and I discovered that they were very comfortable, like bedroom shoes for the street. I ordered … [Read more...] about What André Leon Talley Can’t Live Without
Melissa Blake is a freelance writer and blogger from Illinois. She covers disability rights and women's issues and has written for The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Glamour and Racked, among others. Read her blog, So About What I Said, and follow her on Twitter. The views expressed in this commentary are solely hers. (CNN)I was about five years old when I wrote my first fan letter. It was the 1980s, but it wasn't addressed to a pop star of the day like Madonna or Cyndi Lauper. It was to Fred Rogers -- the host of PBS' "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," my favorite show at the time. Melissa Blake What was I dying to tell him? I wrote about how much I loved watching his show. I told him about myself and how I was in a wheelchair, having been born with a rare genetic bone and muscular disorder. To my surprise, he wrote back, telling me how nice it was to hear from me. He also sent me a book about a boy in a wheelchair. When I got that package in the mail, I felt like I'd … [Read more...] about What America needs now is Mr. Rogers
I knew What The Golf? was brilliant just a few minutes after it began. An early hole was structured such that I could bank a shot off a mound and a get a hole in one, as opposed to sloppily shooting around an obstacle—in this case, some cats chilling out nearby. Setting up this shot made me feel clever. I charged up my meter and sent the ball soaring. It bounced off the mound and into a nearby cluster of explosive barrels, which proceeded to blow up all of the cats. I laughed out loud in surprise. Since then, many What The Golf? levels have made me do that. Laugh out loud in surprise, I mean, not blow up cats, although that’s happened a fair amount, too. What The Golf?, which is out now on PC and the Apple Arcade, posits two ideas that seem contradictory at first: Regular old golf is boring, but also, with a little bit of ingenuity, anything can (and should) be golf. Moving furniture around? It’s golf. Avoiding traffic? It’s golf. Propelling your own fleshy bone … [Read more...] about What The Golf
By Charlie Ridgely - November 22, 2019 12:19 pm EST Share 0 Comments 0 Marvel Studios is bringing back many of the most popular stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a new animated TV series called Marvel's What If...?, that will air on the Disney+ streaming service. Based on the comics of the same name, the new series will explore a slew of important moments from the MCU and what would've happened if one thing went differently. For instance, what would've happened if Peggy Carter took the Super Soldier Serum instead of Steve Rogers? These are the self-contained stories What If...? will explore, and they will be voiced by Marvel's biggest stars. However, the involvement of MCU cornerstone Robert Downey Jr. is now in doubt. During an interview with BuzzFeed last week, Thor: Rangarok star Jeff Goldblum said that he had just recorded an episode of What If...? in which he reprised his role as the Grandmaster. He went on to name Downey as one of the other … [Read more...] about Robert Downey Jr. May Not Be in Marvel’s What If? After All