ABOVE: Olympic medallist Louis Smith
I had 100 people over for my house warming party. It got quite rowdy.
Olympic gymnast Louis Smith
23rd May 2013
By Andy Jones
HE S the Olympic star who won medals as well as the hearts of the nation.
Louis Smith dazzled on the Strictly dance floor and the Olympic pommel horse, but there is more to this boy than pirouettes and pikes.
The 24-year-old has been breaking in his plush new pad in Peterborough, Cambs, with raucous house warmings, and Louis reckons he is coping nicely with being a national heart throb.
His new man cave boasts an outdoor hot tub and a secret chill-out room behind a sliding bookcase with a 75in TV and bean bags.
And it has already been the scene of raucous parties, some of which have rather scuffed the Olympic hero s new interior.
He says: I had 100 people over for my house warming party. It got quite rowdy.
I knew the house would get pretty f***ed up but you have to have a party, don t you?
The ice bucket that goes with the hot tub got smashed as soon as we all piled outside. I didn t go mad. I mean, what do you expect to happen when you have a party and a hot tub?
The gymnast has sensibly invested his cash in property rather than cars and flash holidays, and is very pleased with his new pride and joy.
My biggest extravagance has been the house, he says.
It s awesome. I was really keen to get a hot tub.
I originally installed it because it has so many sports benefits like water jets for massaging sore muscles.
But I won t lie, it is also very good for entertaining.
Despite flaunting his buff physique (in and out of hot tubs) there is one part of his body Louis dislikes.
My hair, he laughs. Only because it takes quite a while to maintain and sort out.
I think I d rather just shave it off and start again. So yeah, my hair s quite annoying.
We catch up with the gymnast while he breezes around a 5km urban assault course in London to promote Samsung s new Galaxy S4 phone.
Now a bona fide celebrity, Louis is getting all sorts of off ers, not all of them quite as user friendly as phones.
He reveals: Thankfully my agent sorts out most of the weirder stuff, but I did get a cock ring sent to me in the post.
Not by a fan, but by some company wanting me to promote it. I can t remember what actually happened to it.
We press to find out what became of the saucy gift, but his agent will only add that it has gone missing .
Louis admits he was slightly more tempted by the Strictly Come Dancing sequin suits in which he twirled to victory with partner Flavia Cacace.
He says: They wouldn t let me keep any of them.
They all cost at least 300 each so they are swiped back the moment you finish your dance.
I ll be honest, I m not sure I d have found many places to wear them again anyway.
While we leap over concrete pillars and hurdling steps, Louis gets wolf-whistled and heckled by women and men of all ages.
The grannies are the most screechy, he laughs. People usually react very positively so I enjoy that, but you have to keep your feet on the ground.
While he claims to be shy, Smith admits his new book, out next month, will feature a few topless shots just to keep all the fans happy .
Fellow Olympic hero Sir Bradley Wiggins has bashed Team GB athletes for profiteering through commercials and game shows, but Louis takes this with a pinch of salt.
He explains: I get There s that guy from Strictly! as much as I get spotted for my medals.
But that s fine.
You can t change how people recognise you. It s just nice to have achieved positive things in the first place. I have worked hard, and as long as I don t lose focus I should be able to do other things.
Despite his new-found fame he trains 10 hours each day
I don t do any weights, it s all on the apparatus, he insists, flexing his huge arms.
It s a regime that has taken its toll on the tired star.
Louis says: My lateral ligament on my left knee has needed an operation since way back in 2009.
It hurts quite a lot, as does my Achilles.
It s not the operations that are the problem, it s the recovery time. You just have to get through it.
This hasn t stopped his dancing though.
If I hear one of my tracks from Strictly come on, I do bust out a few of the moves, he says. It s almost a reflex.
Thankfully I don t hear them on any nightclub dancefloors.
Who d be doing ballroom moves in a nightclub?
He auditioned for X Factor in 2008 and got a flat No from Simon Cowell, but Louis hasn t given up on singing just yet.
He admits: I sing but I m not doing anything publicly for a while.
I love singing in the car, in the shower, getting dressed.
But I am not releasing an alb um or anything.
We gently put to him that he could do a collaboration with childhood pal and former JLS member Aston Merrygold.
Louis answers: I am mates with JLS from way back, but to be honest we are both so busy it s almost impossible to catch up with them anyway.
If the young gymnast didn t have the vocals, at least he d have the back flips.
Louis was taking part in the Phones 4u Urban Boot Camp, launched to celebrate the new Samsung Galaxy S4 s health feature.
Boot camp runs every Tuesday and Thursday until June 4.
To book your slot go to facebook.com/Phones4u.
Was just watching the 7pm project and this made me giggle a little bit…
43% of women would rather a cuddle with their pet than their partner.
Tamamica and Ocky are two cute friends we met in Harajuku, both wearing caps and military jackets . We also found out that they re both 20 and they re students.
Tamamica is pictured to the right, with the backwards cap . She is wearing a resale parka and a resale denim romper, over a plaid shirt .
She likes listening to electro and house music in her spare time.
Ocky, the girl in the left, is wearing a resale camouflage print jacket . She layered a Ships shirt with a Comme des Garcons Play top, and paired them both with white resale shorts . She bought her backpack from Adidas, the cap from Mishka and the boots from Dr .
Her favorite designer is A.P.C, and her favorite bands are Rosso and White Ash .
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By Bill Briggs, NBC News contributor
A “direct threat” against a U.S . congresswoman posted on a military-oriented Facebook page that graphically belittled her and her efforts to stem sexual misconduct within the branches has been referred to U.S . Capitol Police for investigation.
The threat was made last week against Rep .
Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and her husband shortly after Speier sent a letter May 8 to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informing him of the Facebook page which, according to Speier, helped “contribute to a culture that permits and seems to encourage sexual assault and abuse.” U.S . Capitol Police have asked Speier and her staff not to divulge the nature of the threat.
Before that page was taken down Friday afternoon by Facebook, Speier’s staff was able to confirm that several active-duty Marines had posted messages on the page, which disparaged the congresswoman and made numerous sexual jokes about women in the military . At least three people who had “liked” the page and who had posted comments there supporting its content list themselves as active-duty service members on their personal Facebook pages .
As of Friday morning, the page called “F*** You Jackie Speier was active and had 182 “likes.”
Speier’s staff has not been able to determine the identity of the person or people or who created the Facebook page or several earlier versions of the same page (with other names) that contained the same content, commentary and photos . Those previous iterations were also dismantled by Facebook.
In her May 8 letter, also sent to Gen . James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, Speier said it was her “understanding that not only is the Marine Corps Inspector General aware of this page and monitoring it, but they have been doing so for over three years.”
Speier has authored three bills aimed at transforming the military justice system s treatment of sexual assault cases .
Those include the STOP Act (HR 1593)1, which seeks to take all cases of sexual assault outside of the chain of command by creating an independent office within the military to handle the reporting, investigation, and prosecution of such crimes . The bipartisan bill has 122 co-sponsors but has not been placed into consideration for a House vote.
Before the anti-Speier Facebook page was removed, it displayed a banner photo of a topless woman holding up her middle fingers as well as multiple posts and pictures making fun of military rape, including an image posted Friday morning with a caption that joked about raping a pregnant woman.
In addition, there were photos posted mocking Jewish concentration camp prisoners, African Americans, and President Barack Obama, shown with a rope around his neck . But the page’s primary theme involved deriding women in the military, particularly those within the Marines .
The administrator posted pictures titled “this is my rape face,” and “I can ‘bang’ even when I’m not on my back!!” atop the image of a woman holding a gun in her camouflage uniform.
A screen grab shows one of the photos posted on a page about Jackie Speier.
There also was a picture of Speier, photoshopped with a black eye . One poster whose personal Facebook page lists his occupation as “Military infantry” wrote of Speier: “I still firmly believe someone needs to struggle snuggle the s*** outta her.”
The Pentagon acknowledged that it is aware of the Facebook page.
“Secretary Hagel made clear that sexual assault is a despicable crime and one of the most serious challenges facing the Department of Defense,” Cynthia O . Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said Friday in reaction to the page. “Leaders will be held accountable for preventing and responding to sexual assault in the ranks .
The Secretary will respond directly back to Congresswoman as appropriate.”
“Unfortunately, we cannot offer comment,” added Shennell Antrobus, spokesman for the U.S .
Capitol Police. “As a matter of Department policy, we do not discuss information relating to the security of Senators, Members of the House, or the Capitol Complex.”
“We maintain a robust reporting infrastructure that leverages over 1 billion people who use our site to keep an eye out for offensive or potentially dangerous content,” said Alison Schumer, a Facebook spokeswoman. “This reporting infrastructure includes report links on pages across the Facebook site, systems to prioritize the most serious reports, and a trained team of reviewers who respond to reports.”
Facebook, which also lists its “law enforcement guidelines3,” has been known to cooperate with police agencies with active investigations that may delve into a suspect’s Facebook accounts and activity.
Hi guys, I had an interesting conversation with a group of friends recently, all who i might add are either married or in a relationship regarding what makes a relationship . I have been single for a while now after a very long marriage so dont have a lot of dating experience but i still believe in there being someone out there who will make my heart beat madly and make me go weak at the knees . I dont think your ever to old for that to happen .
My friends disagree, they say that if you meet someone and if you get on and enjoy each others company that is good enough at our age (50s) so what if the sex is ordinary, so what if your just happy to go out and enjoy yourself but there is nothing more .
I dont want that, i still think lusting after each other is totally ok .
So i was wondering do we just settle for “its ok we have a good time together” or do you still think that “the one” is out there somewhere.
Remember im a newbie so please be kind
When the male asks, “Will you marry me”…..
has anyone ever asked, “Why do you want me to marry you”.
IF you did have the wisdom to ask them “Why”, what would be a qualifying answer for you?
One of the only entertaining things about tax season has to be the crazy deductions. Because honestly, what other joy can be reaped from this most dreaded of days? Well, besides a refund, if you get one.
While you might not be able to write off a nose job or your excessive sweating as tax deductions, somewhere out there, someone can. We salute you, crazy deduction-takers.
Last year around this time we noted a few oddball deductions1, and this year CNNMoney has even more maybe-it ll-work, maybe-it-won t plans from taxpayers in all walks of life. We ve rounded up a few below, check out their complete list for more head-scratchers.
Air conditioning:Who doesn t like a nice cool home in the hot summer months?
We all do, but not everyone can deduct air conditioning from their taxes. One CPA had a client who was able to write off the cost of more than $10,000 in central AC for his house and cottage. He had the medical backup to carry off such a feat, however a note from his doctor regarding a condition that causes excessive sweating.
Nose job: Many a taxpayer likely indulges in self-improvement, but it s a rarity for procedures that could be seen as cosmetic changes to be tax deductible.
The owner of a wine store and wine bar in California wrote off his nose job as a business expense, all because he was having issues with his sense of smell. He argued that he had to smell things for his job, as he goes on buying trips to Europe to pick out the best wines. He was able to get it written off with a doctor s note that prescribed the nose job.
Sexy tools of the trade: There are certain professions which require a set of special skills and tools, and one exotic dancer was able to include her webcam business in that special category.
Her CPA says she wrote off $200 in vibrators, lubricants and lingerie as a business expense involved in her video work.
If a roofer can deduct the cost of his tools used in his line of work, then an actress may deduct her tools used to generate revenue as well, he said. As long as she was not doing anything illegal, then we could support the deduction.
A whole lot of fish: One man deducted hundreds of pounds of tuna from his taxes, as he takes fishing vacations every year and donates the extra fish to a local cannery. That cannery then gives proceeds from the sale of the fish to a religious institution, which allows for the man to claim the value of all that fish as a charitable deduction.
His deductions would often add up to several thousand dollars.
Hey, it s the giving back part that counts, doesn t matter if it s money or of the swimming variety.
Now s a good time to issue a reminder your taxes are due today so you should be filing those pretty darn soon.
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By Agence France-Presse
Friday, April 5, 2013 7:41 EDT
Shackles, whips, chains and even a stretching rack will go on sale next week, with the reputable auction house Lawsons charged with selling off the contents of a closed Australian brothel.
About 250 items of furniture, clothing and books and accessories from Salon Kitty go on sale on April 12, after the Sydney establishment closed its doors last month after dominating the city s bondage scene for 27 years.
Lawsons Shauna Farren-Price said her first instinct on being approached about the sale which includes unusual items such as a fat suit and genital weights was that it might be a bit too racy.
My second reaction was why not? , she told AFP.
It s a reflection of the human psyche.
At the end of the day, it s just stuff.
Farren-Price said there had already been interest in the sale, but she was unsure whether this would translate into high bids, even though buyers have the option of making their purchases anonymously online.
She also said some of the items would have been expensive when new because in many cases they were imported from overseas.
It s really hard to determine whether people are going to put their money where their mouth is, she said.
But there s certainly something for everyone.