Firebrand co-host of Good Morning Britain, Piers Morgan, had some choice words today during an interview.
Richard La Ruina, a self-proclaimed dating guru, appeared on the ITV breakfast show to be grilled by Morgan and co-presenter Susana Reid, over previous comments about how women in the UK are ugly, fat and too self-entitled – he also says the best women in the world are from Eastern Europe.
This seemed to rile Piers up, who labelled the so-called dating expert a ‘d*ck’, live on TV – causing me to spit out my green tea and say to myself ‘did he just say what I think he did?’.
Check out the interview below:
As La Ruina was defending his rather jaded views on women to the Good Morning Britainpanel, Morgan – who has a few outdated views himself – interjected himself into the discussion in the most ‘Piers-like’ manner possible.
He brazenly asked La Ruina:
You’re a d*ck, aren’t you?
Well you are, your name’s Richard, literally, sorry I didn’t mean anything by that I mean your name’s Richard.
You are literally a d*ck.
Damn Piers, tell him how you really feel!
This comes off the back of La Ruina, who now lives in Moscow with his mum and Russian wife, saying:
British women are very famous for moaning, complaining all the time.
They just ask a lot but give very little in return.
On the show, the ‘dating guru’ went on to say you do find beautiful women in the UK, but they always tend to be from other countries – whereas if you went to Russia, or any other Eastern European country, they are all natives.
He also stated he was very successful with dating British women before he went travelling across the world in 2009, (like a middle-class backpacker trying to ‘find himself’).
Afterwards he met his Russian wife and settled down in the land of hardcore communism.
However, Piers wasn’t impressed and called him out saying:
You’ve got no respect for English women, you have zero respect for English women, you’re a repulsive individual.
I think you are right to seek your future in Russia because your chances of getting sex in this country is zero.
Viewers were quick to take to Twitter to praise him for putting La Ruina on blast. One viewer wrote:
Oh my God, Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain calling that man a d*ck has just made my day!
Another fan was ‘so happy’ when the opinionated host ‘called him a d*ck’.
Me and Piers differ on so many things; our opinions on Donald Trump, the idea of not conforming to gender labels and the love of our beloved Arsenal FC.
However, this is one those ‘rare’ occasions where I’m on his side.
Expect to see hell freezing over and pigs flying in the sky today.
A family who booked a holiday at Pontins with coupons from the S*n said they were forced to cut their trip short after their “prison camp” chalet made the mini-break unbearable.
Chelle Barton, 35, from Wakefield, claims freezing cold wind and rain poured into the chalet thanks to a gaping hole in the front door, leaving them shivering and unable to sleep.
The family had booked their trip through the S*n, which offers a £9.50 holiday scheme to readers.
Despite paying a grand total of £57 for a three-day holiday at the family resort, the family said they were left bitterly disappointed by the quality of their bargain break.
They also claim they were told they had been placed in a “basic” chalet because that was the only accommodation the S*n was willing to cover under the holiday scheme.
Chelle, her partner Craig and children Kiera, 12, and Keegan, 9, were disappointed by what they found when they arrived at the Southport resort on Saturday, November 4.
Speaking to the ECHO, Chelle said: “We dumped our bags and went for a walk but it was only when we came back that we realised how grim it really was.
“The floor was filthy, there was dried food in the fridge and dried noodles down the side of the cooker. There was burnt food on the side of the cooker that looked like it had been there for months.
“The toilet didn’t flush. There was a gap in the door where you could see the daylight through – it was letting a draft in. We were absolutely freezing.”
She said her children branded the holiday resort a “prison camp” and complained of being cold during their November holiday.
Chelle also claims the family walked past “a load of empty chalets that looked nicer” but were told by a member of Pontins staff that worse accommodation was reserved for S*n holiday customers.
A member of staff did offer to upgrade the family to a better chalet, but Chelle said they “couldn’t bear the thought of staying there another night”.
Cutting their mini-break short after just one night, Chelle and her partner took the children into Liverpool for a treat, including a trip to Anfield.
Earlier this year, Liverpool banned the S*n from their stadium over the newspaper’s notorious coverage of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool supporters were unlawfully killed.
Chelle has since emailed the S*n to make a complaint and was asked to fill out a contact form.
A spokesperson for Pontins Southport said: “We were disappointed to hear of Ms Barton’s experience at our Southport site. We thank her for bringing it to our attention so that we can ensure our service lives up to the standards our customers expect in future.”
A S*n spokesman said: “Our £9.50 holidays include basic accommodation and that is made clear throughout the booking process – during which it is also possible to upgrade to other classes of accommodation. We do also ask guests to bring their own bed linen.
“All this said, we take every complaint seriously and we have a dedicated telephone line set up for queries and questions about our holidays. We will of course be working with the management at this particular resort to ensure that all families enjoying our holidays in future are able to have the relaxing break they deserve.”
Unless you actually need to hang up your coat, when you use a shared toilet you probably don’t give a single thought to the hook on the back of the door.
But if you see one that looks like this, leave immediately and report it to the police.
It looks like a regular coat hook and is readily available to buy online on sites like Amazon.
But this particular hook contains a hidden camera – which you can see on closer inspection.
And last year a police force in Florida warned that the hooks with tiny cameras inside them were being attached to walls in women’s public toilets, including one at a beach.
The ‘spy camera coat hooks’ film through a small hole at the top of the plastic. Reviews of the hooks online say the video produced is good quality, with one reviewer suggesting it was a “great way to check on the babysitter when you’re not home”.
Whoever has placed the hook can download anything it has filmed to their computer, as The Mirror reports .
At the time it issued a warning last year, police in the Florida Keys said: “Anyone who has a public restroom on their property needs to check them closely.
“If you find anything suspicious you think might contain a hidden camera, don’t touch it. Call us right away and we will respond.
“Keep in mind, though, that these are very small cameras that can be mounted in many locations and hidden in many seemingly every-day items.”
British jihadis suspected of fighting in Syria could be offered help with finding jobs and counselling, it has been reported.
A Government strategy named Operation Constrain could see extremists jump the queue for council houses , according to the Mail on Sunday (MoS).
The newspaper said it has seen official documents which show up to 20,000 fanatics previously investigated by the security services, will be targeted to persuade them to reject violence.
According to the MoS the Home Office, police and local authorities have drawn up the plans, which will start next year, and could see suspects visited by MI5 and counter-terror officers.
A panel would then decide on what interventions would work for the individual – this could include help with housing, finding work or getting education, and referrals for any mental health issues, the newspaper reports.
A Home Office spokesman said the Government is “committed to doing everything possible to protect our communities from the threat of terrorism “.
“To respond to this threat, it is vital that we use all the means at our collective disposal to divert people away from terrorist-related activity and we are exploring the best ways of doing this with our partners,” he added.
“We are also reviewing our counter terrorism strategy to make sure we respond to the evolving threat in the most effective way we can, both now and in the future.”
A report released this week said Britain has one of the largest populations of returning fighters and others who travelled to join Islamic State.
If you haven’t come up with your travel plans this 2017 yet, you might want to include China on your list. Why? Because it happens to be home to the Bailong Elevator, the world’s tallest outdoor elevator located in Zhangjiajie, China.
The Bailong Elevator is set against a cliff located in the Wulingyuan area of Zhangjiajie. When translated to English, the word ‘Bailong’ translates to “Hundred Dragons Elevator”.
Construction of the structure started in 1999 and was finished right away in 2002. This was a surprise considering how large-scale the work had to be. The cost for building the elevator amounted to around 120 million yuan or about $17 million.
The Bailong Elevator stands at 1070 feet high.
From the onset, the people behind Bailong Elevator marketed this tourist destination as the tallest outdoor elevator in the whole world. However, the Guinness Book of World Records only gave its ‘seal of approval’ in July 2015.
We keep saying it’s the tallest there is, but just how tall is it really? Bailong Elevator stands at 1,070 feet or 330 meters in height! It’s taller than the Eiffel Tower which stands only at 984 feet.
Also known as the Hundred Dragons Elevator, the Bailong Elevator is made up of 3 individual elevators with large glass windows.
The Bailong Elevator is made up of three elevators, featuring glass windows making it perfect for gazing out into the open and beautiful scenery. Wlingyuan, Zhangjiajie has one of the most spectacular views in China. The huge quartzite sandstone pillars could pass as a movie location in Lord of the Rings.
The Bailong Elevator is constructed in a World Heritage Site, stirring up controversy because of this.
The said view and surrounding wilderness is a World Heritage Site. There have actually been some concerns raised by the people of Zhangjiajie and other areas of China and a controversy has stirred as to the environmental impact of the structure.
The Bailong Elevator opened to the public in 2003.
A ride from the bottom to the top will only take you a minute. If you’re not afraid of heights and will be somewhere in China soon, you might wanna drop by the Bailong Elevator and reach new heights – like literally!
An increase in tourism is normally a very good “problem” to have, but lately, in Japan, the increase is actually leading to a shortage of their legendary ninja warriors. While they’re known for being stealthy and “disappearing,” this time, their disappearance is not welcome.
The increase in tourism has lead to ninja-themed villages and restaurants, leading to a heightened demand for ninja performances. That demand is leading to a shortage, as there just aren’t enough people wanting to be ninjas in Japan.
“With the number of foreign tourists visiting Japan on the increase, the value of ninja as tourism content has increased,” Takatsugu Aoki, the manager of a martial arts squad, told Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun. “There are more employment choices, while ninja shows across the country have become popular. I feel there is a ninja shortage.”
Those who do decide to become ninjas lack the basic skills needed for the job, Aoki says. Those skills? Being able to use throwing stars and swords, as well as engage in unarmed combat, acrobatics, concealment and first aid. Despite what you may think, you do not have to have supernatural abilities. No actual vanishing skills needed here, folks.
Despite any preconceived notions you may have about ninjas, they have actually traditionally been focused more on getting information (or disinformation) than just assassinating people. Today’s ninjas of pop culture may be a bit more PR and less spy-like, but it’s how we think of them today that is leading to this uptick in demand.
Darnell Lamont Walker is the sort of guy who’s used to carrying his biography on his back. His idea of traveling is less about staying up on the most posh resorts, and more about seeking out new corners of strange lands, and he spends the majority of his time doing just that.
Walker picked up a love for backpacking early on, which later turned into his life’s work: now, he runs Passport Required, a travel company that offers a round-trip flight, lodging and spontaneous adventure for less than $900. The company’s website claims it hopes to “make this world smaller, better, and more delicious.” But, Walker has also used it to make the backpacking world more inclusive—a movement that he refers to as “blackpacking.”
I sat down with Walker to discuss Passport Required’s origins, the nuts and bolts of how their trips actually work, and how he’s worked to tear down stigmas related to backpacking in the black community.
A MUM has revealed she could be caged if she does not vaccinate her son in two weeks.
Rebecca Bredow, from Detroit, Michigan, said she “feels like her rights as a parent have been taken away”.
Oakland County Court heard Rebecca was first asked to immunise her child in September last year, ABC News reports.
Initially, she and her ex-husband, Jason Horne, agreed the child would not have all his vaccines during a short space of time.
But after docs “grouped the immunisations together”, the mum of two changed her mind.
Ms Bredow told WXYZ she would rather go to prison than back down on something she believes in.
“I believe in the choice of the parent to make the right decision based on their knowledge of vaccines,” she said.
“I feel angry. I feel backed into a corner.”
Rebecca said she had applied for a “waiver” which allows parents to refuse immunisations on the grounds of “religious convictions or other objections”.
Michigan schools require students to receive vaccinations before entering Kindergarten, and up until 7th grade, year 8.
Her husband’s lawyer, said the case was not “truly about vaccinations”.
Benton G. Richardson told the broadcaster: “It is a case about Ms Bredow refusing to comport with any number of the court’s orders and actively seeking to frustrate Mr Horne’s joint legal custody rights.”
A man went to a local auction and bought 10,000 undeveloped negatives and discovered one of the most important street photographers in history – Vivian Maier. She is considered to be one of the most talented street photographers of the mid 20th century, with photos taken in the 50’s and 60’s in New York, Chicago and Florida.
The huge enigma behind Vivian Maier’s work, who was a nanny and photographer, is that she kept all her street snapshots to herself and she was completely unknown until her death.
Historical hobbyist John Maloof is the man that purchased the 10,000 undeveloped negatives at a local auction for $380, in 2007. After he started developing the negatives, he was simply stunned by the amazing street photographs he found inside the box.
The beauty of Vivian Maier’s work lies inside the places where she chose to take street snapshots, covering all the bad and shady neighborhoods of New York and Chicago from the 1950’s and 1960’s.
John Maloof started looking for Vivian Maier, trying to track her down, and he stumbled upon her obituary in 2009, in a newspaper. She slipped on ice and died at 83, after a head injury, because she never fully recovered.
John also started a documentary about the very enigmatic Vivian Maier and her work was exposed in a lot of prestigious galleries from London, New York, Oslo, Hamburg, Los Angeles, given her the well-deserved credit she never received throughout her lifetime.
Surf the gallery above to view the street photographs taken by Vivian Maier in the 50’s and 60’s in New York, Chicago and Florida, and get a glimpse of what lied inside the mind and vision of one of the most important street photographers in history.
There are a few spices that grow well in containers right at home, and ginger happens to be one of them. Popular in tasty Asian dishes and in many favorite baked treats, ginger adds zingy flavor to culinary delights of all sorts. And, ginger is super easy to grow in a container. In fact, it’s so easy to grow; you may not be able to stop yourself from running out today to get this simple gardening project started. You can have fresh ginger available to add to your own recipes in no time flat.
Ginger has been a useful plant since before historical records even began. It’s believed to originate in India. It’s been a popular spice on the worldwide scale, second only to pepper, throughout time.
The ginger plant’s adaptability has allowed the most humble of folks all the way to the fancy rulers to enjoy it throughout history. For example, Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) is credited with enjoying the appearance of gingerbread men popular still today at Christmastime. Ginger’s rich history goes right along with its impressionable flavor, and millions continue to enjoy its flavor and its medicinal properties today.
HOW TO PLANT GINGER: CONTAINER SELECTION AND SPROUTING
The healthiest ginger plants are grown from reputable nurseries or from quality online gardening sources. But a ginger root can also be purchased from your local grocery store. Grocery store ginger roots may be coated with a growth inhibitor, which prevent it from sprouting in the grocery store. Grocery ginger root may also be treated with fungicides and/or pesticides. So, to clean your ginger, soak your new ginger root for 24 hours before slicing it up to plant.
Choose a wide, flat container to plant. Ginger’s roots grow horizontally, so width is more important than depth. Containers that are small enough to easily be moved inside and out are the perfect choice for ginger. Fill your container with a rich potting soil that will drain well.
Slice your ginger knob, into thin pieces. Select pieces of the knob that have “eyes” on them. Eyes are indentations in the surface of the root, where sprout will begin. Place the piece of ginger with the eyes facing up into the soil, and cover with about and inch and a half of soil.
HOW TO CARE FOR GINGER PLANT
Water your ginger well in the early stages of planting. Continue to water or spray your plant’s soil often to keep the soil moist but not soggy. And be patient. Ginger can take several weeks to sprout.
Ginger is a good plant to enjoy indoors in colder climates. While it will enjoy the outdoors during warm months, any frost will kill a ginger plant. Choose a location with indirect light for your ginger.
After about eight months, your ginger plant will be mature. At that point, you can separate the rhizomes by pulling off a section of the plant including a piece of the rhizome. Transplanting is as easy as setting that rhizome into a new container of soil. Ginger is an easy root to share with a friend.
HOW TO HARVEST GINGER
Although the ginger plant may take many months to mature, you can harvest ginger when the plant is three or four months old. When you push away the soil from around the rhizome, you’ll notice that ginger rhizomes look knobby. You will also see roots reaching outward and downward from the rhizome. The rhizome is the edible portion of ginger. The roots can be cleaned off as you clean the rhizome to eat.
To enjoy a bit of ginger, simply uncover a piece of rhizome, and trim off one of the finger-like extensions. You can harvest ginger in this manner anytime you wish. However, you may find that you love it so much that you’ll need more than one rhizome planted at a time. You can alternate snipping from your plants if you grow more than one.
Before you eat ginger, you should rinse it and peel the skin off with a potato peeler. Then, enjoy your ginger freshly sliced or grated. Or, dry your ginger by slicing it paper thin and setting it on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in an oven or outside in a dry, sunny location. Ginger may take several hours or several days to dry. When it’s completely dried, it can safely be stored in plastic bags. You can also grate your dried ginger with a coffee grinder. Grated ginger is a delicious result of an easy gardening project!