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Feline fans flock to London's first cat cafe.
 
Would you like some kitten with your coffee?
 
Feline company is exactly what one of London's newest cafes is offering - and stressed-out city-dwellers are lapping it up.

"People do want to have pets and in tiny flats, you can't," said cafe owner Lauren Pears, who opened Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium last month in an area east of the city's financial district.

"There's not many places in London you can just curl up with a book and chill out with a cat or two on your lap," she said Friday. "I think that's what our success is down to."

Cat cafes first took off 10 years ago in Japanese cities, where many people live alone in cramped high-rise apartment blocks that don't allow pets.

Making feline friends became popular therapy for lonely or anxious workers.

"I can see how this would be good for someone lacking company," said customer Sara Lewis, as she stroked a cat sitting on her lap.

"It's the best idea ever."

The cozy English tea room, named after Alice's cat in "Alice in Wonderland," charges customers 5 pounds (R88) for two hours of kitty company.

Coffee and afternoon tea - sandwiches, cakes and scones - are on the menu at an additional cost.

Lady Dinah's opened March 1, and is fully booked until the end of June.

Pears raised more than 109,000 pounds (R1.9 million) through a crowd-funding campaign to get the cafe up and running.

Despite more than a year of planning permission delays and figuring out how to maintain health and safety standards, she says the hard work has been worth it.

The 11 resident kitties were donated by people leaving the country who could no longer look after them.

Kitty welfare is paramount: the cats get regular breaks away from people, and staff have been trained by animal behaviorists to care for them.

Lisa Vann brought her 8-year old daughter, who has learning difficulties, to Lady Dinah's for a playdate. "She's delighted to be here," she said.

The animal cafe craze shows no signs of slowing, with establishments now open in London, Vienna and Paris.

A dog cafe, House of Hounds, is scheduled to open in London later this year.

And American animal-lovers won't be missing out for much longer.

Two cat cafes are due to open in the San Francisco Bay area by the end of 2014.
Kate Winslet 'haunted' by 'Titanic' nude scene.
 
 
The Oscar-winning actress stripped down for an intimate moment in the 1997 blockbuster, during which her co-star and friend Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Jack Dawson, draws a picture of her character Rose DeWitt Bukater's naked body.

She admits she finds some parts of the movie "very uncomfortable" to watch and refuses to sign photographs or recreations of the original drawing.

The 38-year-old beauty told Yahoo! Movies: "I don't sign that [picture]. It feels very uncomfortable. Why would you do that? People ask me to sign that [picture] a lot.

"There's a photo of it as well that someone has lifted from a still of the film, and that photo gets passed around too. I'm like 'No! I didn't mean for it to be a photograph that I would end up seeing still 17 years later."

The actress, who has a four-month-old son, Bear, with her husband Ned Rocknroll and children Mia, 13, and Joe, 10, from previous relationships, added: "It's still haunting me. It's quite funny really."

The Divergent star recently admitted she often "vomits" before shooting challenging scenes.

She said: "I think you get really good at mind-fucking yourself, to be honest. Acting is bloody scary. I still have moments when I think, 'I can't do this - everybody thinks I'm absolutely shit.'

“There are scenes I absolutely dread - there was a scene in Labor Day; the whole courtroom sequence in The Reader. I often throw up, which I'm a bit embarrassed about. It's the adrenaline."
12 Kinds Of People That Always Seem To Ruin Your Entire Trip On Public Transportation
 
Every day, millions of us across the world subject ourselves to the uncomfortable reality of public transportation.

Regardless of why you’re on board, you’re bound to come across at least one of the following passengers or pests, as they’re more commonly known.

Here is a list of ways that passengers on public transportation can truly piss you off. To prevent becoming the victim of well-deserved disapproving dirty looks, avoid them.
 
1. The Shouter

Universally loathed, there is always someone on board informing you of every sordid detail of his or her dull life.

As lovely as your date to the best taco joint around may seem, the entire bus does not need to know about it. (And we sure as hell don’t need the added info of the romantic romp that followed).

Is it so much to ask to be able to sit in peace and for you to spare me the unnecessary details of your sex life?
 
2. The Slurper/Snacker

This person will be sucking on a straw or rustling a crisp packet — the sound of such actions makes your jaw lock in frustration.

He or she crunches every last bite, slurps up every last sip of smoothie and sucks every finger clean of whatever he or she was snacking on. Did I mention that this will happen directly in your eardrum?
 
3. The Sweater

I know the feeling of being stuck on a crowded, clammy, claustrophobic carriage with a bunch of strangers in ungodly heat — I do not judge a little perspiration.

However, the shelves of supermarkets are stacked with a variety of branded deodorant these days. There is no excuse for bad BO! Whoops, forgot to apply it post shower this morning?

Well, I sure as hell didn’t sign up to being submerged into your sweaty pit when I stepped onto the bus.

There’s a thing called a convenience store located on most street corners; purchase an antiperspirant to save yourself, my nostrils and the shame of your stench. That, or walk because the breezy air might freshen up your foul odor.
 
4. The Couple

You and your better half may have only just started dating, but there is no need for over-the-top PDA — holding hands will suffice. Remove your tongue from his or her tonsils, separate yourselves for 10 minutes and quit with the cute cooing.

Reserve that for behind closed doors or beneath the bed sheets. I’m just trying to concentrate on getting from point A to point B.
 
5. The Drunk

Shrieks from irritating, intoxicated teenage girls, whose piss-infused pants leave residue on the seat for the next person to enjoy… Singing sports fans, who had a few too many and projectile vomit everywhere… Yum.
 
6. Music

Who wants to sit next to the distinct sound of drum and bass at 7 am?! The fact I’m a foot away from you but could sing along with the song blasting in your ears highlights the fact that you should TURN IT DOWN.

And I won’t even comment on the head banging, foot tapping or accidental outbreak of song that accompanies this annoying practice.
 
7. The General Weirdos

When dealing with the greater public, you’re bound to stumble across the occasional oddball. From those whose heavy breathing audible from rows away, to the nose-pickers, this person has a range of attributes that are annoying and sometimes, scary. To the pervert peering over the top of that paper he’s pretending to read — quit staring at me.
 
8. The Younger Passengers

If your journey commences in the early morning, chances are, school children will accompany you on your commute.

As you hear about the latest One Direction sighting and gossip about the girl who sprouted underarm hair before anyone else, you wonder where all the yellow buses are.
 
9. The Selfish Seat Snatcher

Sorry, did you pay for an extra ticket for your feet or bag that are occupying a SPARE seat? No, I didn’t think so.
 
10. The Stander

I know you can’t always help it, as the bus heaves and you have to stand. But standing still isn’t difficult — bend your knees a little and suck in your core so you stop smacking into me as well as aiding your balance. Happy days for us both!
 
11. The Cyber Freaks

Nails clicking on keyboards, fast action fingers pounding poor iPads and phones… Technology-obsessed individuals surround us and yes, it probably is important to complete the latest level of Candy Crush, but do you really have to do it here? With the volume on full bast?

It’s 9 pm, I have a two hour commute home and want some well-deserved shut eye. I don’t need the glare from your gadget keeping me awake.
 
12. The Egotists

I see you, sitting there, staring at your reflection in your mini mirror. I also do not need your elbow in my eye as you attempt to put on mascara or be covered in a cloud of your bronzer.

You have a bathroom back home for this and if you’re running late, use the ones at work. Everyone commuting at this hour is concerned about their own journey and they won’t notice a pimple you forgot to cover up.
10 Signs You Have A Serious Shopping Problem (And Secretly Love It)
 
 
1. You sacrifice meals to buy clothing
 
   Why eat breakfast when you need a new leather jacket? Exactly. Also, if you sacrifice a meal for clothes, won’t       you look better in the clothes, anyway? Seems like a win-win situation to me.
 
2. You are a member of Gilt, Rue La La and ideeli but you never actually buy anything from them
 
   Shopping on these websites is basically the equivalent of window shopping, since you know you’re never going to    actually buy anything.
     
   When you make your purchases for full retail price elsewhere, you can at least tell yourself you looked for a          bargain.
 
3. You play credit card roulette with yourself
 
   You think by splitting your purchases across a variety of cards, you are spending less money. In reality, all you       are doing is paying more bills and spending the exact same amount of money.
 
4. Your family asks, “Are you budgeting?” on a constant basis
 
   Your family is well aware of your shopping problem, and as a result, feels the need to constantly check up on you.

   They know you’d sacrifice weekly groceries for a new pair of jeans so their concerns are more than valid. They       try to compromise with you with the “spend half, save half” mentality regarding your paychecks.
 
5. You think Seamless is the best form of online shopping there is
 
   This is the only form of delivery that appears at your door within an hour of placing the order. If only Nasty Gal       could do the same, our lives would be that much better.
 
6. You have no qualms about paying $15.95 for next-day shipping for a weekend outfit
 
   If you know you have absolutely nothing to wear for the upcoming weekend, you’ll be sacrificing $15 to get new       items delivered to your doorstep ASAP.
   You don’t care that you could use that money for dinner; you need a new shirt and you need it now.
 
 
7. When you are sad there is nothing a new outfit or pair of shoes can’t cure
 
   They don’t call it retail therapy for nothing! Shopping may make you feel better temporarily, but hey, it’s better       than nothing, right? Money may not be able to buy happiness, but I’d rather cry while wearing a pair of Christian    Louboutins.
 
8. Shopping is your favorite form of cardio
 
   Whoever said shopping isn’t exercise has never entered a mall or fitting room. Walking the entire span of a mall       is like five miles, right? Maybe it’s more like two, but I’ll keep telling myself it’s five.
   Also, doesn’t trying on a ton of outfits count as some form of cardio? That sh*t is tiring, especially under those       burning hot lights.
 
9. You either check your bank account daily or are too scared to ever check it.
 
   There are people who meticulously check their bank accounts when indulging in shopping sprees, and then there    are those who spend blindly, hoping and praying they don’t overdraft. Either way, you’re a shopaholic by    anyone’s standards. 
 
10. Online shopping gives you another reason to live for three to five business days
 
   You’re addicted to retail; you can’t drag yourself away from a good sale or a good department store.
   Your family is concerned your addictive traits will cross over into other aspects of your life and fear for your       sanity (more like they fear they are going to have to bail you out of credit card debt).
 
 
 
 
5 reasons Gwyneth and Chris may have decided to ''consciously uncouple''
 
 
Gwyneth Paltrow and her hubby of ten years decided to "consciously uncouple" on Tuesday.

Which means break up, if you were wondering.

Shakespeare in Love star Gwyneth, 41, and Coldplay frontman Chris made the announcement in a joint statement posted to Gwen's Goop website.

It wasn't long before rumours of infidelity began to surface.

Gwyn was linked to entertainment lawyer Kevin Yorn and Elle Macpherson's husband Jeff Soffer.

Both allegations she has furiously denied.

So we decided to try and work out the real reason behind their split.

And we've whittled it down to five.

1. They were from different places


He was a British musician, she was a Hollywood actress - there were always going to be differences.

Gwyn struggled with some of his quirky ways. She once said:

"I definitely have to coax things out of him when we talk. You know, he’s British, so it’s a different lexicon totally."

Well, it's not totally different, is it Gwyn?

2. She was too New Age for him


She called their daughter Apple (either after the fruit or the brand, we're not sure) - We highly doubt that was Chris' choice.

3. He wasn't cool enough for her

The Coldplay frontman once said: "I've never been cool and I don't really care about being cool. It's just an awful lot of time and hair gel wasted."

He also admitted to "drooling all over the place."

Nice

But we'd say Gwyn's a pretty cool woman. She stared in Iron Man 3 and did her own stunts at 40. Nuff said?

4. She made too many rules

Gwyn said she'd rather die than give her kids a Cup a Soup, and she'd rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin.

It's all a bit OTT, and self-indulgent.

5. They couldn't compete with Jay and Bey


They were big fans of name-dropping their celeb BFFs.

Maybe they realised they would never obtain their level of happiness, so they just gave up.
The poorest president in the world
 
A former guerrilla fighter and a member of the Broad Front coalition of left-wing parties, Mujica was Minister of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries from 2005 to 2008 and a Senator afterwards. As the candidate of the Broad Front, he won the 2009 presidential election and took office as President on 1 March 2010.

He has been described as "the world's 'poorest' president", due to his austere lifestyle and his donation of around 90 percent of his $12,000 (£7,500) monthly salary to charities that benefit poor people and small entrepreneurs.
 
 
He has turned down the offer to live a life of luxury in a state owned house and instead, lives his life in his ramshackle farm close to the capital city.
 
 
 
This is the car he drives. Classic.
 
 
He has no bank account. When declaring his wealth, Mujica stated that his most valuable possession is his aged Volkswagen Beetle.
 
8 Ancient Beliefs Now Backed By Modern Science
Here are eight ancient beliefs and practices that have been confirmed by modern science.

Helping others can make you healthier.
 
 
 
In their never-ending search for the best way to live, Greek philosophers argued over the relative benefits of hedonic and eudaimonic happiness. Hedonic well-being sees happiness as a factor of increased pleasure and decreased pain, while eudaimonic ("human flourishing") happiness has more to do with having a larger purpose or meaning in life. A recent study from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill psychologist Barbara Fredrickson may reveal which form of happiness is more beneficial for health and well-being.

The study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year, found that while both types of happiness can make you feel good, the latter could promote physical health and longevity as well. Using phone interviews, questionnaires and blood samples, the study explored how the two forms of happiness affected individuals on a genetic level. Participants with more hedonic and less eudaimonic well-being were found to have a lower production of virus-attacking antibodies, while those with more eudaimonic well-being experienced an increase in antibody production.

Acupuncture can restore balance to your body.

The traditional Chinese medicine technique is believed to address imbalances in a person’s qi (pronounced chi), the circulating energy within every living thing. Whether or not you believe in the existence of this energy flow, a new study published in Archives of Internal Medicine found that the age-old practice may be an effective way to relieve migraines, arthritis and other chronic pains.

Analyzing previous research data from approximately 18,000 subjects, researchers found that acupuncture was more effective than sham acupuncture and standard western care when treating various types of pain, including migraines and chronic back pain.

We need the support of a community in order to thrive.
 
 
 
Traditional Buddhist teachings suggest that community is a key component in any happy, fulfilled life. A 2010 study conducted by Brigham Young University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers confirmed this belief, concluding that a healthy social life promotes longevity.

In analyzing the 148 studies -- involving more than 300,000 individual participants -- available on the subject, the researchers discovered that those with stronger social relationships maintained a 50 percent increased likelihood of survival. The effect of social relationships on mortality risk is even greater than the effect of exercise or obesity.

Tai chi can help alleviate a variety of health conditions.

This ancient Chinese martial art is based on the belief that achieving balance with one’s mind and body creates an overall sense of peace and harmony, naturally inspiring a long life. A report in the May 2009 issue of Harvard Women’s Health Watch summarized several studies confirming that this “moving meditation” practice can help prevent and treat many age-related health problems alongside standard treatment in older adults. A number of studies in the past decade have found tai chi to be helpful for those suffering from arthritis, low bone density and heart disease.

Meditation can help you reduce stress and discover inner peace.
 
 
 
Stemming from ancient Eastern origins, the practice of meditation is believed to help still the mind and reach a heightened level of awareness, improving health and well-being as a byproduct. Science is now proving the health benefits of meditation. The latest study from a team of Harvard Medical School scientists reveals how this mind-body practice can affect genes that control stress levels and immune function.

Harvard psychiatrist John Denniger and his team used neuro-imaging and genomics technology to measure potential physiological changes in each subject more accurately. After observing the high-stress individuals as they followed the study’s prescribed yoga and meditation practices, the team noticed an improved mitochondrial energy production, utilization and resiliency, which help to reduce the stress linked to health conditions like hypertension and infertility.

Compassion is the key to a meaningful life.

Tibetan Buddhist tradition includes a practice called metta, or loving-kindness. A 2012 study from Emory University found that compassion meditation based on this Tibetan model can effectively boost one’s ability to empathize with others by way of reading their facial expressions.

Another loving-kindness meditation study from 2011 found that, over time, this practice increased participants' positive emotions that allowed them to find a deeper sense of mindfulness, their purpose in life, the network of support surrounding them, and their health. These components helped increase their overall life satisfaction.

Accepting what you can’t change is key to reducing suffering.
 
 
 
According to Buddhist teachings, one must accept the things they cannot change in order to reduce suffering. Now, scientists have found that this belief rings true, especially for older adults who are working through difficult life changes.

Researchers from Deakin University in Australia found that facing the realities of living with assistance and losing a degree of independence helps seniors live longer and feel far happier. Their study, which was published in the Journal of Happiness Studies last year, compared feelings of life satisfaction and perceived control of older adults living with assistance and those living in the community. Their analysis revealed that the ability to accept the inevitable (as well as maintain low-level control) in an assisted living setting was a significant predictor of life satisfaction. The researchers concluded, "In order to protect the well-being of older individuals, adaptation involves both a sense of control and the active acceptance of what cannot be changed."

All you need is love.

If there is one thing that a variety of ancient wisdom traditions can agree on, it’s the value of love in maintaining a happy, meaningful life. And a group of Harvard researchers, on a mission to uncover the true roots of life fulfillment, conducted a 75-year study that reached the same conclusion.

The Harvard Grant Study, led by psychiatrist George Vaillant, followed the life trajectories of 268 male students in order to answer life’s universal questions of growth, development, value and purpose. Vaillant considers the most meaningful finding of the study to be that a happy life revolves around loving relationships. He explained that there are two pillars of happiness: "One is love. The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away."
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Capturing Love In A Photograph.
 
A group of children watch as a walrus performs and then waves to them.
 
 
 A picture of my grandma and my young cousin.
 
 
A couple embracing each other at the beach.
 
 
 
 What's more precious than capturing the love of mother and children in one shot? Priceless moment.
 
 
 
Clint Eastwood still a hero.
 
Clint Eastwood added another starring role at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am — life saver.

Eastwood attended a volunteer party on the eve of the PGA Tour event when he noticed tournament director Steve John choking on a piece of cheese. The 83-year-old actor quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver Wednesday night at the Monterey Conference Center.

"I was drinking water and eating these little appetizers, threw down a piece of cheese and it just didn't work," John said Friday. "I was looking at him and couldn't breathe. He recognized it immediately and saved my life."

Eastwood is a prominent figure at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, formerly as an amateur contestant and now as chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. It has raised over $100 million for charity as the host of the PGA Tour event.

He's often in the CBS tower on the weekend and presents the trophy to the winner, a list that includes Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker in recent years.

The Hollywood star wasn't expecting an additional duty this week.

"I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes," Eastwood told The Carmel Pine Cone. "It looked bad."

He said it was the first time he had used the Heimlich maneuver.

"I can't believe I'm 202 pounds and he threw me up in the air three times," John said.

The party is one of the biggest nights of the week. Volunteers are entertained by the celebrities such as musician Kenny G and comedian Tom Dreesen.

The 50-year-old John said it was the second time in his life someone had to perform the Heimlich on him.

"It was in Colorado about seven or eight years ago. But it wasn't Clint Eastwood," he said. "I haven't talked to him since that night. It was crazy."
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