I was a dangerous person: Casey Legler on life as a teenage Olympian and raging alcoholic

At 19, Legler broke the Olympic freestyle swimming record. But she was also an alcoholic and drug dealer who had suffered years of abuse from her trainers. She is surprised she is still alive, she says One day, when she was a teenager, Casey Legler woke up with a hangover, then jumped into a pool and broke the Olympic freestyle swimming record. The year was 1996 and Legler was in Atlanta, a member of the French team, having a practice session as she awaited the Olympic finals the next day. Legler, at 6ft 2in, was built to swim. She had been groomed to be an Olympian from the age of 12. But when the finals came the biggest day of …

Slowthai: ‘I’ve got daisies in my stomach’

His live shows, like his music, are infused with furious urgency – but in person, Tyron Frampton (for that is his real name) is quietly spoken, considerate and ever-so-slightly bashful. Ahead of this week’s Mercury Prize, where he’s the bookies’ favourite to win album of the year, the 24-year-old sat down to discuss the making of his album, his friendship with Stormzy, and his five-year career plan. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSlowthai: ‘As an artist I want to go to the limit and then over as far as I can take it.’ Congratulations on being nominated for the Mercury Prize. How does it feel? Ecstatic. It means the world to me. I’m not good at articulating …

The average crowdfunding campaign for cancer care asks for $20,000 — but only gets about $5,000

(CNN)The cost of cancer treatment has gotten so high that patients and their families are turning to crowdfunding websites, like GoFundMe. But a new study found that cancer patients raising money on GoFundMe are only reaching about a quarter of their goal on average. “Although the Affordable Care Act reduced the uninsured rate, cost containment measures have not been realized by all patients,” the study noted. Medical fundraisers make up 1 in 3 of GoFundMe campaigns, and bring in more money than any other category, the company CEO Rob Solomon told MPR News last year. If a GoFundMe campaign doesn’t reach its goal, the fundraiser can still collect the amount that’s raised.

Ford v Ferrari review motor-racing drama gets stuck in first gear

Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in a handsome-looking but dull account of the rivalry between the US and Italian car-makers Ford v Ferrari is a great-looking, handsomely produced but tiringly acted and inert sports drama about two good ol boys from the self-admiring world of motor racing which a character here wryly calls turning left for four hours. This picture goes straight ahead for two and a half. Based on a true story, it is crammed with unearned emotional moments and factory-built male characters whose dedication to their sport we are expected to find adorable and heroic by turns. This is a standard-issue, middleweight biopic-type film, which comes complete with the now mandatory three factual sentences over the closing …

500-Million-Year-Old Minibeast Is Oldest Relative Of Scorpions And Spiders Ever Found

The Aragogs and Shelobs of this world have been scuttling about for more than 500 million years – well, at least their ancestors have. Scientists have uncovered a new ancient species called Mollisonia plenovenatrix, the oldest example of a chelicerate we’ve ever found. Chelicerata is a large group of creepy-crawlies that includes spiders, scorpions, sea spiders, and horseshoe crabs. The new species was identified from fossils in the Burgess Shale rock deposit in Canada’s Rocky Mountains. The area contains a plethora of fossilized critters and is known for preserving soft tissues incredibly well. Dating back 508 million years, the creatures it bears tell us about the life that existed towards the end of the Cambrian explosion, an event 541 million years …

The Year That Broke TV And Paved The Way For The Reality Show Era

Consider this: In 1999, there was no Tiffany “New York” Pollard. The exploits of Bethenny Frankel and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps were unknown to us. Millions of people did not tune in every night to see the sexcapades of twentysomething strangers looking for love on a secluded island. TV — particularly the reality television landscape — was completely different. Variations of what we’ve come to know as reality television date back to the game shows of the 1940s and 1950s, such as “What’s My Line?” and “This Is Your Life,” where guests would be surprised with a retrospective of their life in front of a live studio audience, complete with appearances from old acquaintances and long-lost family. There were also …

‘I almost regret coming to the UK to study’

‘I’m going home with a very expensive piece of paper’ Image copyright Allison Strang Allison Strang, from the US, has been in the UK for two-and-a-half years studying for a degree in fashion journalism at the University for the Creative Arts in Surrey. She’s due to graduate next June so will have just four months from then to get a job. “I feel so stressed and under pressure. It’s do or die – find a job or go back home,” she says. Home is Texas where she wouldn’t be able to find the type of work she’s after so it would mean moving to New York. But, she says, she loves London and wants to stay so she’ll start applying …

The men most at risk from suicide in Scotland

The NHS publishes annual figures, using information from NRS death records, on suicides in Scotland and it has consistently shown men are markedly more likely to take their own lives than women. Using freedom of information laws, BBC Scotland obtained a breakdown of suicide deaths by last known job. ‘We stop people killing themselves’ Between 2011 and 2017, the data shows 1,211 of the 4,661 suicides were by people who were unemployed. Of those who were working, the most affected are in the “elementary trades and related occupations” which primarily covers farm, forestry and fisheries workers – where people are seven times more likely to have died from suicide than those in customer service roles. Other areas where the rate …

I dont regret being messy and imperfect Constance Wu on Crazy Rich Asians, Twitter storms and acting with J-Lo

Constance Wu stars in new heist movie Hustlers. Martha Hayes hears how she made it to the top and why shes not seeking approval from anyone Like many struggling actors, in her early 20s Constance Wu waited tables and toyed with the idea of getting a proper job. In her case, retraining to be a speech therapist. Wu is visibly embarrassed when I bring it up, which has less to do with her chosen field, and more with her motivation behind it. Its really the most pathetic reason of all, she says, rolling her eyes. I had a boyfriend I was in love with, who wasnt too psyched with the idea of being with an actress, because it wasnt stable. …

Hustlers review J-Lo’s stealing strippers saga is a vicarious thrill

The multi-hyphenate star delivers a standout turn in a snappy, fact-based caper about strippers scamming Wall Street bankers After the dog days of August, littered with one lazily patchworked Hollywood product after another, theres something wickedly indulgent about the arrival of Hustlers, a slick, flashy, seductively entertaining segue from one season to the next. Its ideally positioned, premiering at the Toronto film festival before a mid-September release: it matches the immediate gratification of a summer movie with the artful substantiveness of an awards contender yet remains not quite definable as either. Based on The Meddler was a warm surprise at Toronto in 2015, a world traditionally seen through leering male eyes is now blessed with a canny, incisive female lens. …

30 Times People Spotted Exciting Creativity In Bars And Restaurants And Just Had To Share (New Pics)

Probably not. That’s why when we do find a joint with a ton of character, we like to celebrate it. This list of bars and restaurants, compiled by Bored Panda, comes from customers that just had to share the funny, kooky and unique things that they’ve encountered on a night out – these spots go the extra mile to make sure their visitors get a truly memorable experience! #2 ‘The Restaurant Of Order Mistakes’ Employs Waiters With Dementia, And You Never Know What You’re Getting #3 This Restaurant In Austin Is Catching The US Up With The Rest Of The World Lighting: The lighting should not be too bright that it blinds your customers and also not so dim that …

Ban children from gambling in games, MPs say

‘My son spent £3,160 in one game’ EA games: Loot boxes aren’t gambling, they’re just like a Kinder Egg Loot boxes should be banned, says US senator The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s inquiry into addictive and immersive technologies heard stories of young adults who had built up debts of thousands of pounds through spending in games. Jagex, the company behind online game RuneScape, admitted players could spend up to £1,000 a week or £5,000 a month. But the MPs found the industry was reluctant to accept responsibility for intervening when a player was over-spending or even to put a figure on how much was too much. And some had been “wilfully obtuse” in answering questions about game-play, which …

The National Weather Service is standing strong against politics

(CNN)To fully appreciate the significance of what happened last week with Hurricane Dorian, Alabama, a reckless President, and a federal science agency, you have to understand the trajectory the National Weather Service has been on. The Weather Service has been developing and executing a plan they call Weather-Ready Nation. Fundamentally, the change is simple: take how they communicate and how they provide information to local decision-makers just as seriously as getting the forecast right. As the entire weather enterprise has painfully learned, our science is only as good as our ability to get people to take action based on it. The Weather Service staff — there are thousands of meteorologists stationed at local offices — has spent eight years prioritizing …

Queen Olivia Colman, an epic budget and a cast of thousands: a year behind the scenes on The Crown

With its 50m budget, army of experts and Oscar-winning Queen, The Crown is gearing up for another blockbuster season Watching a days filming for the new season of The Crown, I had the dizzying impression that organising a shoot of Winston Churchills state funeral must have been only marginally less complex than organising Winston Churchills state funeral. On a sunny September day last year there was a cast of 300, many of them in full military costume, and a crew of 250. The congregation was issued with perfect facsimiles of the real order of service used on 30 January 1965. Dozens of people, their functions mysterious, busied themselves in the side aisles: everything was done with hushed precision and respect …

Big and bold Abba exhibition revisits 70s UK and nul points

Immersive show at the O2 will have music, memorabilia and a homage to Brighton Dome It became an instant hit and helped propel four unknown Swedes to superstardom, but the opinion of the British jury at the Eurovision song contest in 1974 was a less enthusiastic nul points. The British vote proved irrelevant. Everybody else seemed to love the performance by show at the Southbank Centre staged by its then artistic director, Jude Kelly, to mark the end of a year of Nordic arts and culture. The Abba team loved how seriously we took their story, Kelly said. They asked how would I approach it if it had a much bigger footprint. While the Southbank show was in a small …

New ‘Day of the Dead Barbie’ celebrates Mexican holiday

(CNN)There’s about to be a new Barbie doll on the shelves, with flowers on her dress and a skull painted on her face. Monarch butterflies typically migrate in Mexico for the winter and arrive around the same time as the festival, and they have come to symbolize the souls of loved ones coming back to visit. Marigolds are often used to decorate homes during the holiday. This year, Dia de los Muertos will take place on November 1 and 2. On top of parties and parades, families often set up ofrendas, or altars, featuring photographs of late relatives as well as their favorite food and drinks. People also leave representations of human skeletons and skulls, and other offerings, along roads …