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What the new Sky drama series Little Birds is all about and what inspired it – iNews

New TV drama Little Birdsis aSky Atlanticoriginal dramaseriesstarringJuno Temple, which aired its first episode at the start of the month.

The six-episode series is inspired by novelist Anas Nins posthumously published 1979 collection of erotic short stories, Little Birds. The plot amalgamates romantic storylines with drama, political intrigue, and hedonism. The collections 13 stories originally written in French are unrelated erotic shorts featuring a variety of characters exploring sex from a female perspective.

Set in 1955, Little Birds depicts the international zone, which was said to be one of the last outposts of colonial decadence. The story follows troubled American debutante Lucy Savage (played by Juno Temple), who desires an unconventional life free from the restrictive society she has grown up in. Along with Tangier itself, she finds herself on the cusp of achieving independence.

The series is based on a collection of erotic short stories, some of which mirror Nins own life. Born to Cuban parents in France in 1903, Nin lived a colourful life, punctuated with affairs with celebrated members of society including Henry Miller, Otto Frank and John Steinbeck. She is most renowned for her erotic fiction, particularly the collections Delta of Venus and Little Birds, which were published in 1977 and 1979. Both works are said to have been written in the 40s, when Nin was paid as little as $1 per page to write for an anonymous collector.

In 1955, Morocco was one year away from independence from colonial rule. In the 1920s, the city of Tangier had been officially made an international zone as part of the joint colonial regime of France, Spain and the United Kingdom.

After calling for Moroccan independence from the oppressive colonial regime in 1953, the Sultan of Morocco, Mohammed V, was forced into exile in Corsica. Many of the Moroccan nationalists inLittle Birdsare his supporters and wish him to return to power and fight for independence from the colonial forces.

Despite being set in Tangier, Little Birds was filmed on location in Andalusia with studio elements in Manchester. The reasoning behind the choice of location was because modern-day Andalusia is more similar to 1950s Tangier than the Moroccan city itself is today.

In February 2019, it was announced Juno Temple, Yumna Marwan and Raphael Acloque had been cast, with Stacie Passon directing.

Hugh Skinner, Jean-Marc Barr, Rossy De Palma, Nina Sosanya, Dave Constabile, Amy Landecker and Matt Lauria later joined the cast.

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Welcome to Nashville, Where Were Just Realizing Theres a Pandemic – Rolling Stone

Last weekend, in a new building with sweeping views of the citys skyline in a gentrifying neighborhood in East Nashville, organizers advertised a party on social media dubbed The V.I.P. Viewing of the Fashion House. Masks were scarce. Hookahs were plentiful. And bodies by the hundreds packed and writhed in tight. Judging by videos posted to Instagram the next day, Nashville looked like it had opened its own Hedonism resort.

One out-of-town attendee, who goes by DaddysJuiced, appeared in a video that showed him on his knees with his face burrowed in the ass of a woman. Framed in one of the homes massive windows, DaddysJuiced did his thing while being gawked at by a long line of people waiting to get inside on the street below.

Just under three miles away, in Nashvilles Broadway entertainment district, a less analingus-centered though similarly batshit scene was unfolding, one that had been going on for weeks. A sign set up in front of the three-tiered drinking temple Honky Tonk Central flashed, Wear Mask Its the Law! but few heeded the punctuation-be-damned mandate. Tourists milled about with masks below their chin, in hand, or without one at all. A photo on social media showed two barefaced bros hoisting beers as they posed for a selfie with Metro Nashville police officers. On the corner of Fifth and Broadway, a stones throw from the Ryman Auditorium, a stretch pickup truck ferried drinkers and their red plastic cups into the night.

Welcome to Nashville during a pandemic, where the party carries on, unabated.

We should have seen it coming. For nearly 10 years, Nashville has cultivated its image as Las Vegas East (its nickname is NashVegas, after all), a city that advertises itself as a tourist-friendly destination to drink to excess and get rowdy. Romanticized as ground zero for rising country singers who play for tips in overhyped cover bars like Tootsies Orchid Lounge and Kid Rocks Badass Honky Tonk and Rock & Roll Steakhouse, the district on weekends pre-pandemic was typically tense and crowded. The threat of a sucker punch feels imminent. Party buses, wagons pulled by tractors, and mobile hot tubs creep by with drunk tourists crammed inside. Its a sad hell that not even Kris Kristofferson could envision in a song.

Up until this weekend, little of this had changed during the pandemic. Nashville, while publicly trying to combat a raging virus, remained addicted to tourism. In early July, just a few days after the city abruptly canceled its Fourth of July fireworks spectacle because of a surge in Covid-19 cases, the citys Twitter account asked, Whats your first stop in Nashville? Most replies referenced various bars and landmarks; a few tweeted hospital or Covid test. It wasnt an overt call to visit, but nonetheless, tourists came.

The city has been sending mixed signals, says Erin McAnally, a writer and consultant who, with business partner Chelsea Crowell, published a joint op-ed last week about the ongoing Broadway problem in the Tennessee Lookout. They cant have it both ways, she tells Rolling Stone. You cant leave it open to interpretation and have tourists coming or sending out these signifiers that bring more tourists here.

Nashville is making some modest progress in battling the surge infections were averaging around 400 a day last month before dropping to its current daily levels of 250 but not with any help from the rotating cast of partygoers. Only over the past three days, after Nashville mayor John Cooper vowed last Tuesday to get things under control, have masks become a more common sight downtown. Following Coopers lead, Metro police made their first arrest on Wednesday for a mask violation a 61-year-old black man who gave his address as the Nashville Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter. (The charges were later dropped.) On Friday, MNPD issued 20 citations and made one arrest; Saturday saw 18 citations and three arrests.

Along with (finally) enforcing the mask mandate and shutting down the transpotainment industry of party buses that circle downtown, the mayor implemented a new public-health order on Saturday that prohibited restaurants and bars in downtown and midtown from selling to-go alcohol. The inclusion of the midtown neighborhood, near historic Music Row, underscores how the Broadway behavior, like the virus itself, has been spreading. Bars in midtown have been busy, and last weekend, members of a bachelorette party acted out in the citys Gulch neighborhood, with one attendee allegedly intentionally coughing on a restaurant employee after being reprimanded for moving tables in violation of the eaterys social-distancing policy.

Nashville currently has a mask mandate in place, no bars are allowed to be open, and all restaurants must end dine-in service at 10 p.m. Its imperative for our visitors to comply with these restrictions, Dr. Alex Jahangir, chair of the Nashville Covid-19 task force and Nashville health board, tells Rolling Stone. We dont want their trip to Nashville to end with them contracting the virus here and taking it back home. While many of our more healthy and younger visitors may not care if they get the virus, if they take it back to their communities, they can infect family or friends who may not be as tolerant of the virus and end up in the hospital or morgue. One careless weekend of fun in Nashville isnt worth that long-term consequence.

Tourists taking the virus home with them is an ongoing concern, and one that remains difficult to track. Contact tracing is abysmal, says McAnally, who contracted Covid-19 alongside her husband.

With mandates now being enforced, there are signs the party culture is migrating to escape the restrictions. At least three beer buses including one called the Rowdy Rona were spotted 16 miles south, in the Cool Springs neighborhood this weekend. They were quickly shut down by local police, but tourists clustered in the areas bars. A video taken outside one establishment showed dozens of people drinking in the parking lot.

Crowell, the daughter of Rosanne Cash and Rodney Crowell (and Johnny Cashs granddaughter), says Nashvilles history of prioritizing downtown tourism comes at the expense of the citys culture, small businesses, and, now, the health of its residents. In response, she spearheaded an online petition calling for the city to close Broadway bars until the pandemic is controlled.

The truth is that in the last decade or so, give or take, there were a lot of sweetheart deals given to developers and a lot of incentives to create this different incarnation of the tourism industry downtown. It was always touristy downtown and always tourist-driven, but its totally different than it used to be, she says. As long as these bars are open, they are going to draw in tourists that want to have a good time and dont care about wearing masks and get close to each other all of the things that scientists are advising against.

Small-bar owners are beginning to raise their voices too. The proprietors of Dees Country Cocktail Lounge, the Fox Bar & Cocktail Club, and Chopper Tiki each forced to close since March held a press conference recently asking the mayor to enforce health regulations downtown. While some honky-tonks and restaurants have remained closed, like Roberts Western World, Acme Feed & Seed, and the Southern Steak & Oyster, other drinking establishments have circumvented the mandates via their classification as a restaurant.

Dees owner Amy Richardson, a favorite bar and live-music venue among locals like Margo Price, calls it a direct slap in the face to all of us who have been following the rules.

The citys feeling is that [Broadway] triumphs everybody. Keep the money flowing in, and nothing outside of that matters, Richardson says.

She and her husband, Daniel Walker, have taken out disaster loans to keep their bar afloat and are redesigning a backyard beer garden with social distancing in mind for when they are allowed to reopen. Neither of them know when that may be. Luckily for us, our costs of being closed per month arent too prohibitive, Walker says. But [with] some bars and venues, thats not the case. They have astronomical rents and cant keep throwing money at their landlords.

The Nashville music community is starting to mobilize as well, with artists like Caylee Hammack, Maren Morris, and Cassadee Pope speaking out in support of small businesses and neighborhood bars. I get that the tourist trap is our money [maker], but if you kill all of the locally owned businesses, by the end of this, youre not really helping anyone, Hammack tells Rolling Stone.

Broadway bars taking advantage of these loopholes right now are cannibalizing our Nashville small businesses who have been following the health orders since day one, Morris tweeted on August 4th.

Paramore singer Hayley Williams, a longtime Nashville resident, addressed tourists directly. Please dont come to Nashville. Plan your bachelorette party somewhere else this time, she said in an Instagram video. If you really believe in Nashville, dont come here until this shit is handled.

Slowly, glacially, the message seems to be getting through. Downtown, midtown, and the Gulch neighborhood all tourist hot spots had minimal foot traffic on Sunday afternoon. While there were diners on some patios and rooftops, Broadway bars like Tootsies and Kid Rocks were closed. Of the pedestrians that were out, about half were properly wearing masks a statue of Elvis in front of a gift shop sported a mask to help get the point across.

But skeptics like Crowell remain dubious. While shes encouraged to see Broadway moving in a safer direction, she stresses that the progress doesnt rectify whats happening elsewhere in the city, away from the tourist epicenter. Richardsons Dees Lounge and others like it remain closed, and Nashville is still recording new Covid-19 cases daily. The Nashville Health Department added 190 new cases on Sunday, bringing Davidson Countys total to 22,904.

City leaders have responded to our pressure and outrage, and the result is that the lower Broadway party scene is moving in a safer direction, Crowell says. The Broadway bars continue to be the squeaky wheel, each weekend getting more grease resources, media coverage, and city dollars. While I respect the new efforts to create a safer area, I am adamant that the rest of Nashville is treated with the same importance as downtown and that the people who live here are prioritized over those who visit.

There is at least a glimmer of hope. On Sunday, Crowells petition surpassed its 25,000-signature goal.

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How this year’s freshers are feeling about picking the wrong year to start university – iNews

Freshers for many people is a loaded word. Hazy memories of nights out, twelve new numbers in your phone by the morning, and a secret cry in your new room as you miss your mum are all part of the experience so they say.

Year 13s edge towards the end of their schooling years having been fed tales of this thrilling time, and sold the promise that they will love this period. That it will categorically be the best time of their lives.

For this years first year cohorts, however, things will be different. Thanks to Covid-19, kissing someone from your block on a night out and pointedly ignoring them for the next three years looks like it is no longer an option. Sex and parties are out of the question. Students will even receive sanctions and potential fines for breaking universitys safety rules, The Sunday Times reported. This years freshers experience is clearly not what they signed up for.

For Millie Richards, the hedonism of freshers isnt something she is particularly sad to miss.

A lot of people I know have that worry, like its built up to be this amazing week and everything, but for me it wasnt the thing I was most looking forward to, she said.

The 19 year-old is about to start international politics and policy at Liverpool, and said that shes heard friends who are worried the new freshers wont live up to expectations but for her, shes especially concerned about the impact on societies.

More so than drinking, she was looking forward to joining the riding club as she wanted to compete in equestrian competitions. On top of that shes especially worried about is whether the virus would impact her living away from home, as lessons move to just online.

I am really looking forward to moving out and gaining some independence so if coronavirus measures were to impede on that it would be really disappointing, she said.

On the other side of this, Hannah Elizabeth made the choice to forgo halls and study from home before she knew coronavirus could impact freshers. The 22-year-old has an unconditional to study criminology at Bournemouth University, and decided to live at home as she couldnt afford halls on top of the course fees.

She has already received an email to say her first term is online, so it is unlikely she will get the freshers she imagined.

I 100 per cent think the pandemic has messed up freshers week, she said.

In many ways this has made living away from halls easier however.

I have to admit also that if the first semester was not online I would have been more inclined to go for halls but knowing the first semester was online that was a massive factor for me as I wouldve had to pay 4-5k of my own money, she said. I was really looking forward to freshers week, the events that go with freshers week and also meeting friends as I feel itll be so much harder to meet friends now.

With so many changes, and the first term already set to being online, she feels the university should have reduced fees too.

I think its a bit bad they havent when its not the same experience.

For many international students, the fact lessons are remote adds another layer of knowing whether it makes sense to relocate to the UK too.

Liu Yasi is studying theatre design in London but is currently based in China. Shes sad to be missing out on the actual class experience as her course requires a lot of experimenting that cant be replicated through an online medium.

Ultimately the 20-year-old thinks doing it online is the safest bet, and is still planning on coming to London as some of her classes are offline.

For my friends who are also going to the UK and have the option to choose to study online at home in China, many are considering staying here for their health and safety, she said.

My family and I talked a lot on whether to defer or not, and decided not to because we couldnt find much to do for me staying here.

Overall shes excited for the change,even though its not what she thought it would be.

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Opinion: Robert McNeil: All the lonely people: are they taking the bliss? – HeraldScotland

OF course, Im not as miserable in real life as I am when writing this column, which I do in character. If you believe anything in this column, theres a bridge over the Firth of Forth I can sell you.

Most people I encounter find me friendly, like a daft wee waggy-tailed dug. Frequently, I get sharp looks from onlookers for laughing too much. Its true that, when I get home, I drop the mask and burst into tears, but the Good Lord invented drink to take care of that.

I say all this because, no word of a lie, I have trouble with happiness and pleasure. On the few occasions these have come my way, Ive always assumed there must have been some mistake, and that I should return the concepts to their rightful owners.

The only time I genuinely feel anything approaching these states is when Im alone in nature. I used to think it was just me, Henry Thoreau (author of Walden) and Kenneth Grahame (author of The Wind in the Willows), who felt like this.

But two things: (1) its more contentment than laugh-out-loud joy; (2) the internet, YouTube vlogs (which I now watch more than television) in particular, has revealed that there are many people like me out there and, where before we had to shut up, now we have a voice.

However, as ever, discombobulation stirs at the heart of this discovery. All the people I admire most in the world right now Jonna Jinton, Rosina Espig, Aurora, Lana Blakely, Miss Northern are women. Its not just that they too love nothing better than being alone in nature. Theyre also all self-confessed introverts.

It would be facile to conclude from this that, ergo, I am like a woman. I have a beard, I drink beer. I watch football. I have testosterone-related prostate problems. Ive been in fist-fights. Still, the news is troubling.

You say: In a surprise development, all the burdz you mention above are kinda easy on the eye. But that has nothing to do with it. Im not a simp, as the new term has it someone who dotes emotionally on internet women. No, Im not. Im really not. All right, I am.

I should add that I am capable of fleeting moments of contentment in the real world among friends. Ive had that hygge feeling after a couple of snifters in their sumptuous and cosy homes (all my friends have sumptuous and cosy homes; I do not; I believe its to do with their having been successful), as candles flicker, light jazz tootles, and the aroma of proper, sensual food fills the air.

Sometimes, my hosts invite me to stay the night. Youll recall perhaps that, after one such invitation, I stayed for seven months. Theres an adage about a stinking fish in there somewhere, but I cannot bring it to mind at present as I am too busy writing.

Speaking of which, as usual, my preamble has turned into a rambling amble, and Ive barely space left to provide the hook for these witterings.

It is that psychologists from the University of Zurich have discovered that giving in to temptation is the key to happiness. This is grim news indeed.

It means we can now eat something sweet that actually tastes nice. We can have another dram. We can sit all night on the sofa watching vlogs.

The psychologists say: Of course, self-control is important but research on self-regulation should pay just as much attention to hedonism or short-term pleasure.

Now they tell us. Its enough to make a grown man weep.

Voices off

HOW almost enjoyable to read in Her Majestys English Press headlines about Edinburgh having one of the worlds best-loved accents.

Perusing the small print, it turned out that the survey by dating site eharmony named received pronunciation proper, posh English as most alluring accent because of its association with intelligence.

This struck me as odd. One of the same English newspapers had the headline, Britains new-build revolution, and the first sentence, Every new housing development in England Same thing every day. Not intelligent.

Edinburghs third placing, after New Zealand, was attributed to the rich, mahogany burr of Sir Sean Connery. It certainly wouldnt be attributed to my reedy educated Leith.

I sound like a dustman emulating royalty. And, oh, the droning. Its like one flat note played endlessly on kazoo. Thats why I always see friends attention drift when I tell a funny story or explain the economy.

Once, I gave a five-minute talk on BBC Radio 4. Never invited back. I listened to it with mates, who all laughed as soon as I started speaking. A professional broadcaster present said I should have drunk whisky first to deepen my timbre. Fool. I did drink whisky first. Hence all the burping.

Five things weve learned this week

Bald people were dancing in the streets of Baldonia after US scientists claimed theyd reversed hair loss in mice. The experiment utilised ribonucleic acid molecules which could be used in lotions, leading to bald people being reintegrated into mainstream society.

Fears are growing that enterprising criminals could soon use wee robots to break into properties via cat flaps or even letterboxes. Once inside, theyd scan rooms to see what was worth nicking before the propertys own security bots clouted them.

Conflict has broken out between England, sorry Britain, and the United States over tea-making. Hostilities began after a video showed an American person look away now, Martha! microwaving tea. Boiling mad Brits said this proved America had gone to pot.

Much debate was sparked by small Scottish football clubs charging 20 for Covid-exiled fans to watch games on television. Many fans said this was good value and fair, leading to calls for a Government crackdown on the overpaid working classes.

Bardcore is the new rock n roll. The latest musical craze, also called Tavernwave, takes rock and pop classics, and minstrelises them with harps, tabors, crumhorns, lutes and sometimes even Latin. Honestly, its enough to drive a man to mead.

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9 Perfect Scotches To Sip In The Summertime – The Manual

Famous for its layered flavor profile often featuring a smokey funk described as peaty and the signature bite that accompanies its finish, Scottish whisky (commonly known as Scotch) possesses powerful warming properties that make it a popular choice for brown liquor enthusiasts during the colder seasons. However, theres no reason to abandon your Scotch preference in the summertime, especially because numerous distilleries make versions with a lighter texture and a more delicate presence, which taste wonderful when served neat in a chilled glass, poured over ice, or even when incorporated into a summery cocktail. These nine bartender-approved summer Scotches all serve as prime examples.

The flavor particulars of Scotch rely heavily on individual palates; some drinkers consider blended whiskies gentler and softer-edged than their single malt equivalents, while others detect an appealing natural sweetness in single malt Scotches. Beverage manager Grace Skarra of Harrahs Resort Southern California falls into the latter category, telling us that personally, if I am looking for a summertime Scotch, I am going to lean towards a single malt Scotch. Glenfiddich 12 Year is a great one to drink. Single malt Scotches tend to be sweeter and lighter, and they help bring out the citrus side in a summertime cocktail.

Single malt Scotches from the island of Islay tend to feature bold flavors of smoke and peat, but that doesnt prohibit them from providing a light and easy drinking experience. Jeff Josenhans, the director of food & beverage at Garibaldi in San Diego, recommends Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie to Islay single malt fans looking for a Scotch to sip on a hot summer night: My Scotch choice for summertime would be Bruichladdich Classic Laddie. While this is an Islay single malt, it is fresh, crisp, and approachable enough for both warm weather sipping and for cocktails. It retains the complexity a whisky drinker would expect from a single malt, but its subtle enough in its floral character to allow for ample playroom behind the bar or for sunny afternoon sipping on its own.

If you associate summer drinking with tropical-influenced, rum-based cocktails, then youll be interested to learn about this single malt Scotch from Balvenie, which can easily fit into that theme. I love Balvenie 14 Year Caribbean Cask. It has flavors of rum, honey, spices, and oak. Since it was aged in rum casks, it can act like rum [in] a mojito or a daiquiri, explains lead bartender Ellen Talbot of Fable Lounge in Nashville.

Old Pulteney hails from the Highlands region of Scotland, and these single malts famously feature citrus notes and clear hints of sweetness. When describing Old Pulteney 12 Year, assistant director of food & beverage Alex Pendergrass of Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island says that this Highlands sipper is great in the heat, having a wonderful dominant note of honey that adds to the rich mouthfeel. Some orange zest and a bit of coffee on the nose also make this an ideal candidate for a highball. I always get a touch of brine on the finish, especially while enjoying over ice. Theres a reason that this label is referred to as the Maritime Malt.

When it comes to drinking Scotch in the summertime, beverage director Gail Westmoreland of Serea Coastal Cuisine in San Diego splits her preferences into two categories: daytime summer Scotches and evening summer Scotches. In the first category, Westmoreland consistently chooses Dalwhinnie 15 Year [Single Malt] with one giant, melty ice cube. With this [Scotch], youll get refreshing hints of fruit salad on the nose, creating a pairing fit for a light lunch.

For nighttime carousing in balmy weather, Westmoreland goes with a different single malt: A smoky, peaty Scotch such as Talisker 10 Year would be the best fit to elevate a summer sunset beach bonfire. The finish on this scotch almost mimics smores the quintessential bonfire treat.

Compass Box isnt a venerable heritage Scotch house, since its first whisky release happened only 20 years ago. However, this distillery claims an ardent fanbase among professional bartenders, who gravitate to Compass Boxs unique and well-rounded spirit portfolio. For summer imbibing, Anthony Caporale, the director of spirits education at the Institute of Culinary Education, opts for Asyla, a limited-edition blended whisky. My go-to light-bodied Scotch is Asyla by Compass Box. Since its a blended whisky as opposed to a single malt, only half the grain base is barley and the rest [consists of] grains like wheat, corn, and rye that give it a softer character. It also has a lot of contact with new American oak barrels that contribute sweetness and vanilla notes, which are perfectly complemented by a cube or two of ice to open them up on a hot summer afternoon! Caporale tells us.

Another Compass Box devotee, Spirits Director & Head Bartender Jordan David Smith of HALL by ODO in NYC chooses the brands flagship whisky, Hedonism, for warm-weather enjoyment: [Hedonism is] light and relatively soft, with notes of lime zest, vanilla, and white peppercorn. Overall, it strikes a wonderful balance between citrus and spice, the finish is elegantly clean, and its sufficiently complex for use in cocktails. I consider it the perfect summer Scotch. Hedonism is a blended grain Scotch that doesnt contain any malt, which is unique, but considering Compass Boxs history of boundary pushing and experimentation, is unsurprising.

For a blended Scotch with plenty of summer-appropriate flavors and the ability to blend easily into a cocktail, look no further than Harleston Green Blended Scotch. According to beverage director Rob Long of Emilies in Washington, D.C., Harleston Green is a blend from most of Scotlands famous Scotch producing regions, including the Highlands, Speyside, the Lowlands, and Campbeltown. With all the unique regions combined together, it creates a mellow yet complex Scotch that makes for an enjoyable summer sip. Served neat, the light peatiness and reviving notes of vanilla, sweet spice, and citrus make the long summer afternoons easier. If youre feeling adventurous, add this blended Scotch in a smokey cocktail.

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Living in Clerkenwell:the Zone 1 neighbourhood with house prices on the up and Crossrail on the horizon – Homes and Property

Clerkenwell has a remarkable reputation as the nerve centre of British creativity.

There are more creative businesses per square mile in this medieval central London enclave than in any other part of the UK, from architects, designers and tech firms to eco-tea brewers and ice cream makers.

But Zone 1 Clerkenwell today is also rapidly evolving, from start-up capital of Britain into a thriving urban village with new bars, restaurants and galleries opening despite Covid-19, and luxurious new homes on offer.

Plans were unveiled last month for an 8 million illustration and graphics gallery, featuring the archive of Quentin Blake, best known for his iconic collaboration with Roald Dahl.

Work is due to start on the site, near Sadlers Wells Theatre, next year ahead of a 2023 opening.

Next year Clerkenwell will firm up its transport links when Crossrail finally opens at Farringdon.

And the Old Sessions House, the Clerkenwell Green landmark where Charles Dickens began his literary career as a cub court reporter, has been newly repurposed as the Sessions Arts Club, with restaurant, bar, exhibitions and events.

New life for a landmark: Old Sessions House at Clerkenwell Green, once the criminal court where Charles Dickens was a cub reporter, is now Sessions Arts Club

Clerkenwell was recently named as one of the last three Zone 1 pre-gentrification locations, the others being Elephant & Castle and Kings Cross.

Average prices stand at 843,000, according to research from Hamptons International, up just over three per cent between 2018 and last year, and up 12 per cent in the past five years. At the turn of the Millennium the average Clerkenwell home cost less than 270,000.

Dominic Fletcher, branch manager of Winkworth estate agents, says typical buyers these days include first-timers with about 500,000 to 600,000 to spend this would buy a one-bedroom period or purpose-built flat and overseas parents buying digs for children studying at one of Londons nearby universities.

Families come to the area in search of its elegant Georgian townhouses at a comparatively affordable price.

The most sought-after option is a home on one of the garden squares just off Amwell Street, priced at 2.5 million to 3 million.

Some of these buyers are rippling out from nearby Bloomsbury, where a similar home would cost 3 million to 4 million.

When Nick Horowitz was 17, his family decided to swap leafy Crouch End for gritty Clerkenwell. The two locations could barely have been more different.

What was so exciting for me, was we were close to the trendy parts of London, says Nick.

Although Clerkenwell itself was very much a lost and forgotten space then, only at the beginning of being up and coming, now everyone wants to come here.

Nick, now 31, shares his flat with his dog, Boss, and works at the creative agency he set up with his younger brother, The Clerkenwell Brothers, enjoying the bars and restaurants and a quieter community atmosphere at weekends.

Amwell Street itself has become a village within Clerkenwell, with a primary school, independent shops and small galleries, making the perfect antidote to hectic Exmouth Market.

From 955,000: flats at Postmark London

New homes tend to be warehouse conversions in small boutique schemes.

But the big new story is Postmark London, a 1.2 billion redevelopment of the former Mount Pleasant Sorting Office with 681 homes on a 6.25-acre site.

One-bedroom flats start at 955,000, with two-bedroom flats from 1,345,000 (postmarklondon.co.uk). There will also be 163 lower-cost homes on the site, either to rent at subsidised levels or to buy on a shared-ownership basis. They will be marketed by One Housing Group (onehousing.co.uk).

The first Postmark London residents are expected to move in this year a mix of young professionals from the tech and creative industries. Health and leisure facilities on site include a wellness centre.

Monastic Clerkenwells earliest residents were a sisterhood of nuns. Its reputation for holiness began to crumble in the 17th century as hedonism took hold.

In 1683 the entrepreneur Richard Sadler opened a music hall and spa, now known Sadlers Wells.

Rich Londoners including the Duke of Northumberland and Oliver Cromwell built fine houses close to Clerkenwell Green, treating the area as a pleasant resort close to the City.

Historically, small businesses such as jewellers, clock makers and printers were drawn to the local warehouses. Clerkenwell also had some notorious brothel keepers, beggars and thieves and prisons of brutal correction followed.

After the Second World War the areas industries declined and it went to sleep until the Eighties, when artists and creatives began to take studio space in cheap, semi-derelict industrial buildings while developers began to experiment with early loft flats. Clerkenwells reputation was cemented in 2009 with the launch of the annual Clerkenwell Design Week, showcasing local and international talent.

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What the new Sky drama series Little Birds is all about and what inspired it – iNews

New TV drama Little Birdsis aSky Atlanticoriginal dramaseriesstarringJuno Temple, which aired its first episode at the start of the month.

The six-episode series is inspired by novelist Anas Nins posthumously published 1979 collection of erotic short stories, Little Birds. The plot amalgamates romantic storylines with drama, political intrigue, and hedonism. The collections 13 stories originally written in French are unrelated erotic shorts featuring a variety of characters exploring sex from a female perspective.

Set in 1955, Little Birds depicts the international zone, which was said to be one of the last outposts of colonial decadence. The story follows troubled American debutante Lucy Savage (played by Juno Temple), who desires an unconventional life free from the restrictive society she has grown up in. Along with Tangier itself, she finds herself on the cusp of achieving independence.

The series is based on a collection of erotic short stories, some of which mirror Nins own life. Born to Cuban parents in France in 1903, Nin lived a colourful life, punctuated with affairs with celebrated members of society including Henry Miller, Otto Frank and John Steinbeck. She is most renowned for her erotic fiction, particularly the collections Delta of Venus and Little Birds, which were published in 1977 and 1979. Both works are said to have been written in the 40s, when Nin was paid as little as $1 per page to write for an anonymous collector.

In 1955, Morocco was one year away from independence from colonial rule. In the 1920s, the city of Tangier had been officially made an international zone as part of the joint colonial regime of France, Spain and the United Kingdom.

After calling for Moroccan independence from the oppressive colonial regime in 1953, the Sultan of Morocco, Mohammed V, was forced into exile in Corsica. Many of the Moroccan nationalists inLittle Birdsare his supporters and wish him to return to power and fight for independence from the colonial forces.

Despite being set in Tangier, Little Birds was filmed on location in Andalusia with studio elements in Manchester. The reasoning behind the choice of location was because modern-day Andalusia is more similar to 1950s Tangier than the Moroccan city itself is today.

In February 2019, it was announced Juno Temple, Yumna Marwan and Raphael Acloque had been cast, with Stacie Passon directing.

Hugh Skinner, Jean-Marc Barr, Rossy De Palma, Nina Sosanya, Dave Constabile, Amy Landecker and Matt Lauria later joined the cast.

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How this year’s freshers are feeling about picking the wrong year to start university – iNews

Freshers for many people is a loaded word. Hazy memories of nights out, twelve new numbers in your phone by the morning, and a secret cry in your new room as you miss your mum are all part of the experience so they say.

Year 13s edge towards the end of their schooling years having been fed tales of this thrilling time, and sold the promise that they will love this period. That it will categorically be the best time of their lives.

For this years first year cohorts, however, things will be different. Thanks to Covid-19, kissing someone from your block on a night out and pointedly ignoring them for the next three years looks like it is no longer an option. Sex and parties are out of the question. Students will even receive sanctions and potential fines for breaking universitys safety rules, The Sunday Times reported. This years freshers experience is clearly not what they signed up for.

For Millie Richards, the hedonism of freshers isnt something she is particularly sad to miss.

A lot of people I know have that worry, like its built up to be this amazing week and everything, but for me it wasnt the thing I was most looking forward to, she said.

The 19 year-old is about to start international politics and policy at Liverpool, and said that shes heard friends who are worried the new freshers wont live up to expectations but for her, shes especially concerned about the impact on societies.

More so than drinking, she was looking forward to joining the riding club as she wanted to compete in equestrian competitions. On top of that shes especially worried about is whether the virus would impact her living away from home, as lessons move to just online.

I am really looking forward to moving out and gaining some independence so if coronavirus measures were to impede on that it would be really disappointing, she said.

On the other side of this, Hannah Elizabeth made the choice to forgo halls and study from home before she knew coronavirus could impact freshers. The 22-year-old has an unconditional to study criminology at Bournemouth University, and decided to live at home as she couldnt afford halls on top of the course fees.

She has already received an email to say her first term is online, so it is unlikely she will get the freshers she imagined.

I 100 per cent think the pandemic has messed up freshers week, she said.

In many ways this has made living away from halls easier however.

I have to admit also that if the first semester was not online I would have been more inclined to go for halls but knowing the first semester was online that was a massive factor for me as I wouldve had to pay 4-5k of my own money, she said. I was really looking forward to freshers week, the events that go with freshers week and also meeting friends as I feel itll be so much harder to meet friends now.

With so many changes, and the first term already set to being online, she feels the university should have reduced fees too.

I think its a bit bad they havent when its not the same experience.

For many international students, the fact lessons are remote adds another layer of knowing whether it makes sense to relocate to the UK too.

Liu Yasi is studying theatre design in London but is currently based in China. Shes sad to be missing out on the actual class experience as her course requires a lot of experimenting that cant be replicated through an online medium.

Ultimately the 20-year-old thinks doing it online is the safest bet, and is still planning on coming to London as some of her classes are offline.

For my friends who are also going to the UK and have the option to choose to study online at home in China, many are considering staying here for their health and safety, she said.

My family and I talked a lot on whether to defer or not, and decided not to because we couldnt find much to do for me staying here.

Overall shes excited for the change,even though its not what she thought it would be.

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Opinion: Robert McNeil: All the lonely people: are they taking the bliss? – HeraldScotland

OF course, Im not as miserable in real life as I am when writing this column, which I do in character. If you believe anything in this column, theres a bridge over the Firth of Forth I can sell you.

Most people I encounter find me friendly, like a daft wee waggy-tailed dug. Frequently, I get sharp looks from onlookers for laughing too much. Its true that, when I get home, I drop the mask and burst into tears, but the Good Lord invented drink to take care of that.

I say all this because, no word of a lie, I have trouble with happiness and pleasure. On the few occasions these have come my way, Ive always assumed there must have been some mistake, and that I should return the concepts to their rightful owners.

The only time I genuinely feel anything approaching these states is when Im alone in nature. I used to think it was just me, Henry Thoreau (author of Walden) and Kenneth Grahame (author of The Wind in the Willows), who felt like this.

But two things: (1) its more contentment than laugh-out-loud joy; (2) the internet, YouTube vlogs (which I now watch more than television) in particular, has revealed that there are many people like me out there and, where before we had to shut up, now we have a voice.

However, as ever, discombobulation stirs at the heart of this discovery. All the people I admire most in the world right now Jonna Jinton, Rosina Espig, Aurora, Lana Blakely, Miss Northern are women. Its not just that they too love nothing better than being alone in nature. Theyre also all self-confessed introverts.

It would be facile to conclude from this that, ergo, I am like a woman. I have a beard, I drink beer. I watch football. I have testosterone-related prostate problems. Ive been in fist-fights. Still, the news is troubling.

You say: In a surprise development, all the burdz you mention above are kinda easy on the eye. But that has nothing to do with it. Im not a simp, as the new term has it someone who dotes emotionally on internet women. No, Im not. Im really not. All right, I am.

I should add that I am capable of fleeting moments of contentment in the real world among friends. Ive had that hygge feeling after a couple of snifters in their sumptuous and cosy homes (all my friends have sumptuous and cosy homes; I do not; I believe its to do with their having been successful), as candles flicker, light jazz tootles, and the aroma of proper, sensual food fills the air.

Sometimes, my hosts invite me to stay the night. Youll recall perhaps that, after one such invitation, I stayed for seven months. Theres an adage about a stinking fish in there somewhere, but I cannot bring it to mind at present as I am too busy writing.

Speaking of which, as usual, my preamble has turned into a rambling amble, and Ive barely space left to provide the hook for these witterings.

It is that psychologists from the University of Zurich have discovered that giving in to temptation is the key to happiness. This is grim news indeed.

It means we can now eat something sweet that actually tastes nice. We can have another dram. We can sit all night on the sofa watching vlogs.

The psychologists say: Of course, self-control is important but research on self-regulation should pay just as much attention to hedonism or short-term pleasure.

Now they tell us. Its enough to make a grown man weep.

Voices off

HOW almost enjoyable to read in Her Majestys English Press headlines about Edinburgh having one of the worlds best-loved accents.

Perusing the small print, it turned out that the survey by dating site eharmony named received pronunciation proper, posh English as most alluring accent because of its association with intelligence.

This struck me as odd. One of the same English newspapers had the headline, Britains new-build revolution, and the first sentence, Every new housing development in England Same thing every day. Not intelligent.

Edinburghs third placing, after New Zealand, was attributed to the rich, mahogany burr of Sir Sean Connery. It certainly wouldnt be attributed to my reedy educated Leith.

I sound like a dustman emulating royalty. And, oh, the droning. Its like one flat note played endlessly on kazoo. Thats why I always see friends attention drift when I tell a funny story or explain the economy.

Once, I gave a five-minute talk on BBC Radio 4. Never invited back. I listened to it with mates, who all laughed as soon as I started speaking. A professional broadcaster present said I should have drunk whisky first to deepen my timbre. Fool. I did drink whisky first. Hence all the burping.

Five things weve learned this week

Bald people were dancing in the streets of Baldonia after US scientists claimed theyd reversed hair loss in mice. The experiment utilised ribonucleic acid molecules which could be used in lotions, leading to bald people being reintegrated into mainstream society.

Fears are growing that enterprising criminals could soon use wee robots to break into properties via cat flaps or even letterboxes. Once inside, theyd scan rooms to see what was worth nicking before the propertys own security bots clouted them.

Conflict has broken out between England, sorry Britain, and the United States over tea-making. Hostilities began after a video showed an American person look away now, Martha! microwaving tea. Boiling mad Brits said this proved America had gone to pot.

Much debate was sparked by small Scottish football clubs charging 20 for Covid-exiled fans to watch games on television. Many fans said this was good value and fair, leading to calls for a Government crackdown on the overpaid working classes.

Bardcore is the new rock n roll. The latest musical craze, also called Tavernwave, takes rock and pop classics, and minstrelises them with harps, tabors, crumhorns, lutes and sometimes even Latin. Honestly, its enough to drive a man to mead.

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Living in Clerkenwell:the Zone 1 neighbourhood with house prices on the up and Crossrail on the horizon – Homes and Property

Clerkenwell has a remarkable reputation as the nerve centre of British creativity.

There are more creative businesses per square mile in this medieval central London enclave than in any other part of the UK, from architects, designers and tech firms to eco-tea brewers and ice cream makers.

But Zone 1 Clerkenwell today is also rapidly evolving, from start-up capital of Britain into a thriving urban village with new bars, restaurants and galleries opening despite Covid-19, and luxurious new homes on offer.

Plans were unveiled last month for an 8 million illustration and graphics gallery, featuring the archive of Quentin Blake, best known for his iconic collaboration with Roald Dahl.

Work is due to start on the site, near Sadlers Wells Theatre, next year ahead of a 2023 opening.

Next year Clerkenwell will firm up its transport links when Crossrail finally opens at Farringdon.

And the Old Sessions House, the Clerkenwell Green landmark where Charles Dickens began his literary career as a cub court reporter, has been newly repurposed as the Sessions Arts Club, with restaurant, bar, exhibitions and events.

New life for a landmark: Old Sessions House at Clerkenwell Green, once the criminal court where Charles Dickens was a cub reporter, is now Sessions Arts Club

Clerkenwell was recently named as one of the last three Zone 1 pre-gentrification locations, the others being Elephant & Castle and Kings Cross.

Average prices stand at 843,000, according to research from Hamptons International, up just over three per cent between 2018 and last year, and up 12 per cent in the past five years. At the turn of the Millennium the average Clerkenwell home cost less than 270,000.

Dominic Fletcher, branch manager of Winkworth estate agents, says typical buyers these days include first-timers with about 500,000 to 600,000 to spend this would buy a one-bedroom period or purpose-built flat and overseas parents buying digs for children studying at one of Londons nearby universities.

Families come to the area in search of its elegant Georgian townhouses at a comparatively affordable price.

The most sought-after option is a home on one of the garden squares just off Amwell Street, priced at 2.5 million to 3 million.

Some of these buyers are rippling out from nearby Bloomsbury, where a similar home would cost 3 million to 4 million.

When Nick Horowitz was 17, his family decided to swap leafy Crouch End for gritty Clerkenwell. The two locations could barely have been more different.

What was so exciting for me, was we were close to the trendy parts of London, says Nick.

Although Clerkenwell itself was very much a lost and forgotten space then, only at the beginning of being up and coming, now everyone wants to come here.

Nick, now 31, shares his flat with his dog, Boss, and works at the creative agency he set up with his younger brother, The Clerkenwell Brothers, enjoying the bars and restaurants and a quieter community atmosphere at weekends.

Amwell Street itself has become a village within Clerkenwell, with a primary school, independent shops and small galleries, making the perfect antidote to hectic Exmouth Market.

From 955,000: flats at Postmark London

New homes tend to be warehouse conversions in small boutique schemes.

But the big new story is Postmark London, a 1.2 billion redevelopment of the former Mount Pleasant Sorting Office with 681 homes on a 6.25-acre site.

One-bedroom flats start at 955,000, with two-bedroom flats from 1,345,000 (postmarklondon.co.uk). There will also be 163 lower-cost homes on the site, either to rent at subsidised levels or to buy on a shared-ownership basis. They will be marketed by One Housing Group (onehousing.co.uk).

The first Postmark London residents are expected to move in this year a mix of young professionals from the tech and creative industries. Health and leisure facilities on site include a wellness centre.

Monastic Clerkenwells earliest residents were a sisterhood of nuns. Its reputation for holiness began to crumble in the 17th century as hedonism took hold.

In 1683 the entrepreneur Richard Sadler opened a music hall and spa, now known Sadlers Wells.

Rich Londoners including the Duke of Northumberland and Oliver Cromwell built fine houses close to Clerkenwell Green, treating the area as a pleasant resort close to the City.

Historically, small businesses such as jewellers, clock makers and printers were drawn to the local warehouses. Clerkenwell also had some notorious brothel keepers, beggars and thieves and prisons of brutal correction followed.

After the Second World War the areas industries declined and it went to sleep until the Eighties, when artists and creatives began to take studio space in cheap, semi-derelict industrial buildings while developers began to experiment with early loft flats. Clerkenwells reputation was cemented in 2009 with the launch of the annual Clerkenwell Design Week, showcasing local and international talent.

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The reason why the BBC banned A Day In The Life by The Beatles – Far Out Magazine

The Beatles song A Day In The Life, taken from Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, was once dramatically banned by the BBC following its release in 1967 in controversial circumstances. The decision showed that the corporation was run by an iron fist and, even if you were the biggest band in the world, if your music was deemed offensive then it would not be given air time.

This particular period of time arrived during The Fab Fours well-documented LSD period, a time which seeped into their foray into the psychedelic world for Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band which was a dramatic move considering their whiter than white image. It was a moment that captured the band at the peak of their hedonism.

The band received a letter from BBC director of sound broadcasting Frank Gillard on May 23rd, 1967, detailing his reasoning for banning the song which opened with the line: I never thought the day would come when we would have to put a ban on an EMI record, but sadly, this is what has happened over this track.

We have listened to it over and over again with great care, continued Gillard, And we cannot avoid coming to the conclusion that the words Id love to turn you on, followed by that mounting montage of sound, could have a rather sinister meaning.

The recording may have been made in innocence and good faith, Gillard added. But we must take account of the interpretation that many young people would inevitably put upon it. Turned on is a phrase which can be used in many different circumstances, but it is currently much in vogue in the jargon of the drug addicts.

Lennon, however, refuted this claim that the track was actually nothing to do with the substances that were aiding him during the recording process and about two stories that he read in a newspaper. I was reading the paper one day and noticed two stories. One was about the Guinness heir who killed himself in a car. That was the main headline story. He died in London in a car crash, he told David Sheff.

On the next page was a story about four thousand potholes in the streets of Blackburn, Lancashire, that needed to be filled. Pauls contribution was the beautiful little lick in the song, Id love to turn you on, that hed had floating around in his head and couldnt use. I thought it was a damn good piece of work, he added.

Although that was the motivation that inspired Lennon to initially come up with the premise for the track McCartney has later said the track was the only one in the album written as a deliberate provocation. The lyrics they used to try and spark a reaction did work in this case, with Frank Gillard, taking their bait which ended up making the song even more notorious than if he had allowed it airplay in the first place.

Check out Gillards letter that he sent to the band, in full, below.

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Hedonism – Wikipedia

School of thought

Hedonism is a school of thought that argues seeking pleasure and avoiding suffering are the only components of well-being.[1]

Ethical hedonism is the view that combines hedonism with welfarist ethics, which claims that what we should do depends exclusively on what affects the well-being of individuals. Ethical hedonists would defend either increasing pleasure and reducing suffering for all beings capable of experiencing them; or just reducing suffering, in the case of negative consequentialism and negative utilitarianism.[2][3][4][5] Ethical hedonism is said to have been started by Aristippus of Cyrene,[6] a student of Socrates. He held the idea that pleasure is the highest good.[7]

Hedonistic ethical egoism is the idea that each person should do everything in their power to achieve the greatest amount of pleasure possible to them.[8] It is also the idea that every person's pleasure should far surpass their amount of pain.[8]

The term hedonism derives from the Greek hdonismos (, 'delight'; from , hdon, 'pleasure'), which is a cognate from Proto-Indo-European swhdus through Ancient Greek hds (, 'sweet') + suffix -ismos (-, 'ism').

Opposite to hedonism, there is hedonophobia, which is an extremely strong aversion to hedonism. According to medical author William C. Shiel Jr., hedonophobia is "an abnormal, excessive, and persistent fear of pleasure."[9] The condition of being unable to experience pleasure is anhedonia.

In the original Old Babylonian version of the Epic of Gilgamesh, which was written soon after the invention of writing, Siduri gave the following advice: "Fill your belly. Day and night make merry. Let days be full of joy. Dance and make music day and night. These things alone are the concern of men." This may represent the first recorded advocacy of a hedonistic philosophy.[10]

Scenes of a harper entertaining guests at a feast were common in Ancient-Egyptian tombs, and sometimes contained hedonistic elements, calling guests to submit to pleasure because they cannot be sure that they will be rewarded for good with a blissful afterlife. The following is a song attributed to the reign of one of the pharaohs around the time of the 12th dynasty, and the text was used in the 18th and 19th dynasties.[11][12]

Let thy desire flourish, In order to let thy heart forget the beatifications for thee.Follow thy desire, as long as thou shalt live.Put myrrh upon thy head and clothing of fine linen upon thee,Being anointed with genuine marvels of the gods' property.Set an increase to thy good things;Let not thy heart flag.Follow thy desire and thy good.Fulfill thy needs upon earth, after the command of thy heart,Until there come for thee that day of mourning.

Democritus seems to be the earliest philosopher on record to have categorically embraced a hedonistic philosophy; he called the supreme goal of life "contentment" or "cheerfulness," claiming that "joy and sorrow are the distinguishing mark of things beneficial and harmful.[13]

The Cyrenaics were an ultra-hedonist Greek school of philosophy founded in the 4th century BC, supposedly by Aristippus of Cyrene, although many of the principles of the school are believed to have been formalized by his grandson of the same name, Aristippus the Younger. The school was so called after Cyrene, the birthplace of Aristippus, and was one of the earliest Socratic schools.

The Cyrenaics taught that the only intrinsic good is pleasure, which meant not just the absence of pain, but positively enjoyable momentary sensations. Of these, physical ones are stronger than those of anticipation or memory. They did, however, recognize the value of social obligation, and that pleasure could be gained from altruism.[14]

Theodorus the Atheist, a disciple of younger Aristippus, was a latter exponent of hedonism,[15] while becoming well known for expounding atheism. The school died out within a century, and was replaced by Epicureanism.

The Cyrenaics were known for their skeptical theory of knowledge, reducing logic to a basic doctrine concerning the criterion of truth.[16] They thought that we can know with certainty our immediate sense-experiences (for instance, that one is having a sweet sensation), but can know nothing about the nature of the objects that cause these sensations (for instance, that the honey is sweet).[17] They also denied that we can have knowledge of what the experiences of other people are like.[18] All knowledge is immediate sensation. These sensations are motions which are purely subjective, and are painful, indifferent or pleasant, according as they are violent, tranquil or gentle.[17][19] Further, they are entirely individual and can in no way be described as constituting absolute objective knowledge. Feeling, therefore, is the only possible criterion of knowledge and of conduct.[17] Our ways of being affected are alone knowable, thus the sole aim for everyone should be pleasure.

Cyrenaicism deduces a single, universal aim for all people: pleasure. Furthermore, all feeling is momentary and homogeneous; past and future pleasure have no real existence for us, and that among present pleasures there is no distinction of kind.[19] Socrates had spoken of the higher pleasures of the intellect; the Cyrenaics denied the validity of this distinction and said that bodily pleasures, being more simple and more intense, were preferable.[20] Momentary pleasure, preferably of a physical kind, is the only good for humans. However some actions which give immediate pleasure can create more than their equivalent of pain. The wise person should be in control of pleasures rather than be enslaved to them, otherwise pain will result, and this requires judgement to evaluate the different pleasures of life.[21] Regard should be paid to law and custom, because even though these things have no intrinsic value on their own, violating them will lead to unpleasant penalties being imposed by others.[20] Likewise, friendship and justice are useful because of the pleasure they provide.[20] Thus the Cyrenaics believed in the hedonistic value of social obligation and altruistic behaviour.

Epicureanism is a system of philosophy based upon the teachings of Epicurus (c.341 c.270 BC), founded around 307 BC. Epicurus was an atomic materialist, following in the steps of Democritus and Leucippus. His materialism led him to a general stance against superstition or the idea of divine intervention. Following Aristippusabout whom very little is knownEpicurus believed that the greatest good was to seek modest, sustainable "pleasure" in the form of a state of tranquility and freedom from fear (ataraxia) and absence of bodily pain (aponia) through knowledge of the workings of the world and the limits of our desires. The combination of these two states is supposed to constitute happiness in its highest form. Although Epicureanism is a form of hedonism, insofar as it declares pleasure as the sole intrinsic good, its conception of absence of pain as the greatest pleasure and its advocacy of a simple life make it different from "hedonism" as it is commonly understood.

In the Epicurean view, the highest pleasure (tranquility and freedom from fear) was obtained by knowledge, friendship and living a virtuous and temperate life. He lauded the enjoyment of simple pleasures, by which he meant abstaining from bodily desires, such as sex and appetites, verging on asceticism. He argued that when eating, one should not eat too richly, for it could lead to dissatisfaction later, such as the grim realization that one could not afford such delicacies in the future. Likewise, sex could lead to increased lust and dissatisfaction with the sexual partner. Epicurus did not articulate a broad system of social ethics that has survived but had a unique version of the Golden Rule.

It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly (agreeing "neither to harm nor be harmed"),[22] and it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life.[23]

Epicureanism was originally a challenge to Platonism, though later it became the main opponent of Stoicism. Epicurus and his followers shunned politics. After the death of Epicurus, his school was headed by Hermarchus; later many Epicurean societies flourished in the Late Hellenistic era and during the Roman era (such as those in Antiochia, Alexandria, Rhodes and Ercolano). The poet Lucretius is its most known Roman proponent. By the end of the Roman Empire, having undergone Christian attack and repression, Epicureanism had all but died out, and would be resurrected in the 17th century by the atomist Pierre Gassendi, who adapted it to the Christian doctrine.

Some writings by Epicurus have survived. Some scholars consider the epic poem On the Nature of Things by Lucretius to present in one unified work the core arguments and theories of Epicureanism. Many of the papyrus scrolls unearthed at the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum are Epicurean texts. At least some are thought to have belonged to the Epicurean Philodemus.

Yangism has been described as a form of psychological and ethical egoism. The Yangist philosophers believed in the importance of maintaining self-interest through "keeping one's nature intact, protecting one's uniqueness, and not letting the body be tied by other things". Disagreeing with the Confucian virtues of li ('propriety'), ren ('humaneness'), and yi ('righteousness'), and the Legalist virtue of fa (law), the Yangists saw wei wo (, '[everything] for myself') as the only virtue necessary for self-cultivation. Individual pleasure is considered desirable, like in hedonism, but not at the expense of the health of the individual. The Yangists saw individual well-being as the prime purpose of life, and considered anything that hindered that well-being immoral and unnecessary.

The main focus of the Yangists was on the concept of xing (), or human nature, a term later incorporated by Mencius into Confucianism. The xing, according to sinologist A. C. Graham, is a person's "proper course of development" in life. Individuals can only rationally care for their own xing, and should not naively have to support the xing of other people, even if it means opposing the emperor. In this sense, Yangism is a "direct attack" on Confucianism, by implying that the power of the emperor, defended in Confucianism, is baseless and destructive, and that state intervention is morally flawed.

The Confucian philosopher Mencius depicts Yangism as the direct opposite of Mohism, which promotes the idea of universal love and impartial caring. In contrast, the Yangists acted only "for themselves," rejecting the altruism of Mohism. He criticized the Yangists as selfish, ignoring the duty of serving the public and caring only for personal concerns. Mencius saw Confucianism as the "Middle Way" between Mohism and Yangism.

The concept of hedonism is also found in nstika ('atheist', as in heterodox) philosophy such as the Charvaka school. However, Hedonism is criticized by stika ('theist', as in orthodox) schools of thought on the basis that it is inherently egoistic and therefore detrimental to spiritual liberation.[24][25]

Judaism believes that the world was created to serve God, and in order to do so properly, God in turn gives mankind the opportunity to experience pleasure in the process of serving Him (Talmud Kidushin 82:b). God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of EdenEden being the Hebrew word for 'pleasure'. In recent years, Rabbi Noah Weinberg articulated five different levels of pleasure, of which connecting with God is the highest possible pleasure.[26] The Book of Ecclesiastes (2:24) in the Old Testament proclaims: "There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God..."

Ethical hedonism as part of Christian theology has also been a concept in some evangelical circles, particularly in those of the Reformed tradition.[27] The term Christian Hedonism was first coined by Reformed-Baptist theologian John Piper in his 1986 book Desiring God:[27]

My shortest summary of it is: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. Or: The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. Does Christian Hedonism make a god out of pleasure? No. It says that we all make a god out of what we take most pleasure in.

Piper states his term may describe the theology of Jonathan Edwards, who in his 1746 Treatise Concerning Religious Affections referred to "a future enjoyment of Him [God] in heaven."[28] Already in the 17th century, the atomist Pierre Gassendi had adapted Epicureanism to the Christian doctrine.

In Islam, one of the main duties of a Muslim is to conquer his nafs (his ego, self, passions, desires) and to be free from it. Certain joys of life are permissible provided they do not lead to excess or evildoing that may bring harm. It is understood that everyone takes their passion as their idol, Islam calls these tawaghit (idols) and taghut (worship of other than Allah) so there has to be a means of controlling these nafs.[29]

Those who choose the worldly life and its pleasures will be given proper recompense for their deeds in this life and will not suffer any loss. Such people will receive nothing in the next life except Hell fire. Their deeds will be made devoid of all virtue and their efforts will be in vain.

Utilitarianism addresses problems with moral motivation neglected by Kantianism by giving a central role to happiness. It is an ethical theory holding that the proper course of action is the one that maximizes the overall good of the society.[32] It is thus one form of consequentialism, meaning that the moral worth of an action is determined by its resulting outcome. The most influential contributors to this theory are considered to be the 18th and 19th-century British philosophers Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill. Conjoining hedonismas a view as to what is good for peopleto utilitarianism has the result that all action should be directed toward achieving the greatest total amount of happiness (measured via hedonic calculus). Though consistent in their pursuit of happiness, Bentham and Mill's versions of hedonism differ.

There are two somewhat basic schools of thought on hedonism.[2]

One school, grouped around Bentham, defends a quantitative approach. Bentham believed that the value of a pleasure could be quantitatively understood. Essentially, he believed the value of pleasure to be its intensity multiplied by its durationso it was not just the number of pleasures, but their intensity and how long they lasted that must be taken into account.[2]

Other proponents, like Mill, argue a qualitative approach. Mill believed that there can be different levels of pleasurehigher quality pleasure is better than lower quality pleasure. Mill also argues that simpler beings (he often refers to pigs) have an easier access to the simpler pleasures; since they do not see other aspects of life, they can simply indulge in their lower pleasures. The more elaborate beings tend to spend more thought on other matters and hence lessen the time for simple pleasure. It is therefore more difficult for them to indulge in such "simple pleasures" in the same manner.[2]

An extreme form of hedonism that views moral and sexual restraint as either unnecessary or harmful. Famous proponents are Marquis de Sade[33][34] and John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester.[35]

Contemporary proponents of hedonism include Swedish philosopher Torbjrn Tnnsj,[36] Fred Feldman.[37] and Spanish ethic philosopher Esperanza Guisn (published a "Hedonist manifesto" in 1990).[38] Dan Haybron has distinguished between psychological, ethical, welfare and axiological hedonism.[39][40]

A dedicated contemporary hedonist philosopher and writer on the history of hedonistic thought is the French Michel Onfray, who has written two books directly on the subject, L'invention du plaisir: fragments cyraniques[41] and La puissance d'exister: Manifeste hdoniste.[42] He defines hedonism "as an introspective attitude to life based on taking pleasure yourself and pleasuring others, without harming yourself or anyone else."[43] Onfray's philosophical project is to define an ethical hedonism, a joyous utilitarianism, and a generalized aesthetic of sensual materialism that explores how to use the brain's and the body's capacities to their fullest extentwhile restoring philosophy to a useful role in art, politics, and everyday life and decisions."[44]

Onfray's works "have explored the philosophical resonances and components of (and challenges to) science, painting, gastronomy, sex and sensuality, bioethics, wine, and writing. His most ambitious project is his projected six-volume Counter-history of Philosophy," of which three have been published.[44] For Onfray:

In opposition to the ascetic ideal advocated by the dominant school of thought, hedonism suggests identifying the highest good with your own pleasure and that of others; the one must never be indulged at the expense of sacrificing the other. Obtaining this balance my pleasure at the same time as the pleasure of others presumes that we approach the subject from different angles political, ethical, aesthetic, erotic, bioethical, pedagogical, historiographical.

For this, he has "written books on each of these facets of the same world view."[45] His philosophy aims for "micro-revolutions", or "revolutions of the individual and small groups of like-minded people who live by his hedonistic, libertarian values."[46]

The Abolitionist Society is a transhumanist group calling for the abolition of suffering in all sentient life through the use of advanced biotechnology. Their core philosophy is negative utilitarianism.

David Pearce is a theorist of this perspective who believes and promotes the idea that there exists a strong ethical imperative for humans to work towards the abolition of suffering in all sentient life. His book-length internet manifesto The Hedonistic Imperative[47] outlines how technologies such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology, pharmacology, and neurosurgery could potentially converge to eliminate all forms of unpleasant experience among human and non-human animals, replacing suffering with gradients of well-being, a project he refers to as "paradise engineering."[48] A transhumanist and a vegan,[49] Pearce believes that we (or our future posthuman descendants) have a responsibility not only to avoid cruelty to animals within human society but also to alleviate the suffering of animals in the wild.

In a talk given at the Future of Humanity Institute and at the Charity International, 'Happiness Conference', Pearce said:[50]

Sadly, what won't abolish suffering, or at least not on its own, is socio-economic reform, or exponential economic growth, or technological progress in the usual sense, or any of the traditional panaceas for solving the world's ills. Improving the external environment is admirable and important; but such improvement can't recalibrate our hedonic treadmill above a genetically constrained ceiling. Twin studies confirm there is a [partially] heritable set-point of well-being - or ill-being - around which we all tend to fluctuate over the course of a lifetime. This set-point varies between individuals. It's possible to lower an individual's hedonic set-point by inflicting prolonged uncontrolled stress; but even this re-set is not as easy as it sounds: suicide-rates typically go down in wartime; and six months after a quadriplegia-inducing accident, studies suggest that we are typically neither more nor less unhappy than we were before the catastrophic event. Unfortunately, attempts to build an ideal society can't overcome this biological ceiling, whether utopias of the left or right, free-market or socialist, religious or secular, futuristic high-tech or simply cultivating one's garden. Even if everything that traditional futurists have asked for is delivered - eternal youth, unlimited material wealth, morphological freedom, superintelligence, immersive VR, molecular nanotechnology, etc - there is no evidence that our subjective quality of life would on average significantly surpass the quality of life of our hunter-gatherer ancestors - or a New Guinea tribesman today - in the absence of reward pathway enrichment. This claim is difficult to prove in the absence of sophisticated neuroscanning; but objective indices of psychological distress e.g. suicide rates, bear it out. Unenhanced humans will still be prey to the spectrum of Darwinian emotions, ranging from terrible suffering to petty disappointments and frustrations - sadness, anxiety, jealousy, existential angst. Their biology is part of "what it means to be human". Subjectively unpleasant states of consciousness exist because they were genetically adaptive. Each of our core emotions had a distinct signalling role in our evolutionary past: they tended to promote behaviours that enhanced the inclusive fitness of our genes in the ancestral environment.

Russian physicist and philosopher Victor Argonov argues that hedonism is not only a philosophical but also a verifiable scientific hypothesis.[51] In 2014, he suggested "postulates of pleasure principle," the confirmation of which would lead to a new scientific discipline known as hedodynamics.

Hedodynamics would be able to forecast the distant future development of human civilization and even the probable structure and psychology of other rational beings within the universe.[52] In order to build such a theory, science must discover the neural correlate of pleasureneurophysiological parameter unambiguously corresponding to the feeling of pleasure (hedonic tone).

According to Argonov, posthumans will be able to reprogram their motivations in an arbitrary manner (to get pleasure from any programmed activity).[53] And if pleasure principle postulates are true, then general direction of civilization development is obvious: maximization of integral happiness in posthuman life (product of life span and average happiness). Posthumans will avoid constant pleasure stimulation, because it is incompatible with rational behavior required to prolong life. However, they can become on average much happier than modern humans.

Many other aspects of posthuman society could be predicted by hedodynamics if the neural correlate of pleasure were discovered. For example, optimal number of individuals, their optimal body size (whether it matters for happiness or not) and the degree of aggression.[53]

Critics of hedonism have objected to its exclusive concentration on pleasure as valuable or that the retentive breadth of dopamine is limited.[54]

In particular, G. E. Moore offered a thought experiment in criticism of pleasure as the sole bearer of value: he imagined two worldsone of exceeding beauty and the other a heap of filth. Neither of these worlds will be experienced by anyone. The question then is if it is better for the beautiful world to exist than the heap of filth. In this, Moore implied that states of affairs have value beyond conscious pleasure, which he said spoke against the validity of hedonism.[55]

Perhaps the most famous objection to hedonism is Robert Nozick's famous experience machine. Nozick asks us to hypothetically imagine a machine that will allow us to experience whatever we wantif we want to experience making friends, it will give this to us. Nozick claims that by hedonistic logic, we should remain in this machine for the rest of our lives. However, he gives three reasons why this is not a preferable scenario: firstly, because we want to do certain things, as opposed to merely experience them; secondly, we want to be a certain kind of person, as opposed to an 'indeterminate blob' and thirdly, because such a thing would limit our experiences to only what we can imagine.[56] Peter Singer, a hedonistic utilitarian, and Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek have both argued against such an objection by saying that it only provides an answer to certain forms of hedonism, and ignores others.[57]

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Jamaica can be a tough decision for LGBTQ travelers: To go or not to go?

The island is an easy flight from much of the United States, and it boasts beautiful beaches, fantastic tropical weather, lush mountains, Instagram-ready waterfalls and numerous resorts to suit almost every price point.

But the country is notorious for being one of the most homophobic in the Western Hemisphere. Its laws criminalize sex between menwith maximum sentences of 10 years of prison and hard labor. Even simple physical intimacy such as two men holding hands can result in a two-year sentence. And just Google Jamaican murder music if you want to get your blood boiling.

So, it was with mixed emotions that my partner and I attended the recent Bloom Freedom Festival at Jamaicas Hedonism II resort. Bloom, while open to everyone, heavily attracts gay men of colormaking this an interesting opportunity to see how this played in a homophobic Caribbean country.

Hedonism II (or Hedo, as the regulars call it) is an all-inclusive, adults-only, clothing-optional property in Negril. We werent sure about the whole clothing-optional thing (not really our scene) but were willing to see what it was all about.

Hedo smartly divides the beach areas into the nude and prude sides. On the nude side, theres a five-minute grace period: Once youre there, you have five minutes to remove your clothing. On the prude side, you can go nude (and some people do), but its not required. You can wear as much or as little as youd like.

Each side has its own pool area and outdoor bar/grill, so once you find a place where youre comfortable, youre good to go. (Guests are required to wear clothing in all public spaces (like the lobby and gym), as well as in the dining areas.)

Interestingly, the gay fellows from the Bloom group all hung out on the prude side, and thats where we felt the most comfortable, too. Some of them went nude from time to time when they were sunning themselves or going into the ocean, but it became less and less of a big deal with each passing day.

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Wed been warned by friends that Hedo was going to be some sort of crazy swingers resort where public sex was rampant. But we didnt find that at all. The resort we experienced was simply a very sex-positive, non-judgmental place. There were straight people, gay people, swingers, partiers, people with particular fetishes, exhibitionists, people in open relationships and monogamous couples.

We saw a few instances of public sexit was there if you really were looking for it, but it seemed more natural than anything and not salacious to me. Maybe this places open-minded attitude was really rubbing off on me.

The property is all-inclusive, so all meals, snack and beverages, which are poured with top-shelf alcohol, are included in your stay. In addition to the main buffetwhich serves breakfast, lunch and dinner each dayHedo guests can opt for more intimate restaurants: a steakhouse, an Italian restaurant and a Japanese hibachi restaurant (our favorite).

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We found the guestrooms very simpleand giggled at the mirrors over the bedbut their basic nature became less and less important to us with each passing day, as we spent almost no time inside.

The resort offers free boat trips daily, including a snorkeling, scuba and glass-bottomed boat tour of the magnificent coral reefs just offshore. Nightly themes turn up the sexiness factor, with some of the guests going all out with their costumes at dinner and afterward, dancing in the nightclub or on the beach. Themes during our stay included Toga & Foam, Rockstar, Hats & Heels, and Hedonistic School Girl (or boy).

Once on the resort property, we were completely at ease as gay men. We had great interactions with the other queer guests, as well as the straight ones, who were friendly, open and engaging. We even interacted with a gay resort employee, who was open with who he was.

Inclusivity is at the very core of Hedonism II, so it only makes sense that the property has hosted the annual Bloom Freedom Festival for seven years, said Kevin Levee, the resorts General Manager. To our guests, it isnt about gay or straightit isnt about sexuality or any label at all. Hedonism II is about liberation and love, however, one should choose to express it.

Jamaicas most famous song is Bob Marleys One Love. I feel like I found that spirit at Hedo, and it changed my mind about visiting Marleys island home again in the future.

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Hedonism III to rebrand as a more conservative resort …

The Hedonism III resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, will drop its erotic theme, as parent company SuperClubs will rebrand the property.

Hedonism III will close Aug. 22 and reopen Oct. 14 as SuperFun Resort & Spa.

The rebranded 225-room property will be "targeted at the wallet-conscious adult traveler looking for an all-inclusive vacation, minus some of the amenities that are included in our higher-priced, super-inclusive Breezes and Hedonism II plans," said Paul Pennicook, president of International Lifestyles, SuperClubs worldwide representative.

Airport transfers, motorized water sports and premium-brand liquors wont be included in SuperFuns rates. Local wines and liquors will continue to be included, as will all meals, accommodations, and entertainment.

The resort will offer a small clothing-optional beach but no nude pool.

Hedonism is known for its wild theme parties, a nude water slide that snakes through the disco and its nude beach and nude pool.

"The specific niche market which Hedonism Resorts traditionally has attracted will continue to be served by the 280-room Hedonism II resort," Pennicook said.

The target market for the SuperFun Resort will be couples in their 20s, 30s and 40s, looking for a lively, fun vacation, Pennicook said. "These travelers want plenty of bang for their buck, but the vibe will be completely different from that at Hedonism II."

SuperClubs launched a rebranding program last fall that resulted in three brands: Breezes, Hedonism and Rooms.

"That rebranding has resonated well with our industry partners and clients. We expect that the SuperFun Resort will be booked primarily through tour operators with whom we have already negotiated contracts," Pennicook said.

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hedonism | Philosophy & Definition | Britannica

Hedonism, in ethics, a general term for all theories of conduct in which the criterion is pleasure of one kind or another. The word is derived from the Greek hedone (pleasure), from hedys (sweet or pleasant).

Hedonistic theories of conduct have been held from the earliest times. They have been regularly misrepresented by their critics because of a simple misconception, namely, the assumption that the pleasure upheld by the hedonist is necessarily purely physical in its origins. This assumption is in most cases a complete perversion of the truth. Practically all hedonists recognize the existence of pleasures derived from fame and reputation, from friendship and sympathy, from knowledge and art. Most have urged that physical pleasures are not only ephemeral in themselves but also involve, either as prior conditions or as consequences, such pains as to discount any greater intensity that they may have while they last.

The earliest and most extreme form of hedonism is that of the Cyrenaics as stated by Aristippus, who argued that the goal of a good life should be the sentient pleasure of the moment. Since, as Protagoras maintained, knowledge is solely of momentary sensations, it is useless to try to calculate future pleasures and to balance pains against them. The true art of life is to crowd as much enjoyment as possible into each moment.

No school has been more subject to the misconception noted above than the Epicurean. Epicureanism is completely different from Cyrenaicism. For Epicurus pleasure was indeed the supreme good, but his interpretation of this maxim was profoundly influenced by the Socratic doctrine of prudence and Aristotles conception of the best life. The true hedonist would aim at a life of enduring pleasure, but this would be obtainable only under the guidance of reason. Self-control in the choice and limitation of pleasures with a view to reducing pain to a minimum was indispensable. This view informed the Epicurean maxim Of all this, the beginning, and the greatest good, is prudence. This negative side of Epicureanism developed to such an extent that some members of the school found the ideal life rather in indifference to pain than in positive enjoyment.

In the late 18th century Jeremy Bentham revived hedonism both as a psychological and as a moral theory under the umbrella of utilitarianism. Individuals have no goal other than the greatest pleasure, thus each person ought to pursue the greatest pleasure. It would seem to follow that each person inevitably always does what he or she ought. Bentham sought the solution to this paradox on different occasions in two incompatible directions. Sometimes he says that the act which one does is the act which one thinks will give the most pleasure, whereas the act which one ought to do is the act which really will provide the most pleasure. In short, calculation is salvation, while sin is shortsightedness. Alternatively he suggests that the act which one does is that which will give one the most pleasure, whereas the act one ought to do is that which will give all those affected by it the most pleasure.

The psychological doctrine that a humans only aim is pleasure was effectively attacked by Joseph Butler. He pointed out that each desire has its own specific object and that pleasure comes as a welcome addition or bonus when the desire achieves its object. Hence the paradox that the best way to get pleasure is to forget it and to pursue wholeheartedly other objects. Butler, however, went too far in maintaining that pleasure cannot be pursued as an end. Normally, indeed, when one is hungry or curious or lonely, there is desire to eat, to know, or to have company. These are not desires for pleasure. One can also eat sweets when one is not hungry, for the sake of the pleasure that they give.

Moral hedonism has been attacked since Socrates, though moralists sometimes have gone to the extreme of holding that humans never have a duty to bring about pleasure. It may seem odd to say that a human has a duty to pursue pleasure, but the pleasures of others certainly seem to count among the factors relevant in making a moral decision. One particular criticism which may be added to those usually urged against hedonists is that whereas they claim to simplify ethical problems by introducing a single standard, namely pleasure, in fact they have a double standard. As Bentham said, Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure. Hedonists tend to treat pleasure and pain as if they were, like heat and cold, degrees on a single scale, when they are really different in kind.

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Travelers who want a wild vacation after being stuck inside during the coronavirus quarantine should look into a stay at Hedonism II, which has announced a new set of health and safety guidelines.

While Jamaica officials reopened the countrys borders to international travelers on June 15, the clothing-optional, adults-only, all-inclusive resort will once again welcome guests on July 1 with a new Party Safely initiative.

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Along with local and world health officials, Hedonism II implemented new preventative measures, including social-distancing guidelines, mandatory temperature checks and the buffets no longer being self-serve.

In anticipation of Hedonism II's July 1 reopening, we have spent the last month undertaking preparations and consulting with local and international organizations to make sure our enhanced safety measures are up to the highest standards, Hedonism II General Manager Kevin Levee said in a statement. We look forward to welcoming home our guests and are confident that the iconic Hedonism II experience will shine through, even if its with some adjustments.

In addition, the resort will continuously disinfect in room surfaces, sanitize high-contact areas, spray luggage at the time of arrival and provide masks for employees and guests, as the Jamaican Government requires them.

Remember: masks are required, but clothes are optional.

The property will also feature a team of specially trained nurses and 24-hour medical service.

Travelers can receive incentives for visiting Hedonism II when it reopens, including a $300 resort credit per room for travelers arriving between July 1 and September 30 who do not cancel or rebook their vacation.

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Travel Weekly's twentysomething-and-single associate editorNicholas Pavlou checked out SuperClubs' Hedonism III resort inJamaica. His report follows:

RUNAWAY BAY, Jamaica -- This resort has a certain stigmaattached to it. Why not? Playboy Channel's "Night Calls" cast hasvisited here, controversial nude weddings took place on Valentine'sDay and the see-through water slide has generated headlines of itsown.

So it's no surprise that Hedonism's vacation image is that of aplayground for the self-indulgent, a Dionysian feast for the 21stcentury.

What, exactly, does that entail? What are the expectations ofguests who come to party hearty -- naked or clothed -- on aweeklong package?

The answer is simple: Hedonism III is Spring Break foradults.

This atmosphere kicked in as soon as the transfer bus picked us upfor the hour-and-a-half drive to Runaway Bay, 40 miles east ofMontego Bay along Jamaica's north coast. Meeting and greeting tookover.

Two twentysomething single guys from New York and a pair ofover-30 single men from New Jersey compared stories and sharedexpectations about the week ahead. All discussion centered oncarnal activity and inebriation.

The rest of the bus was couples. A Maryland twosome were repeatguests of both Hedonism III and its sister resort, Hedonism II inNegril.

Why did they return?

Hubby singled out the weather and the food -- he ate fish threetimes a day -- as main selling points, but he quipped, "Even ifyou're not somebody who gets crazy, you'll always be entertained bythe people who do."

That was pretty much the theme of my Hedonism stay. The resortdoes a fine job of entertaining. With activities such as nude truthor dare, strip pool volleyball and toga and pajama parties, what'snot to like?

Most of us on the bus stayed in contact with each other duringthe week with updates and progress reports. The anecdotes wereilluminating. Hedonism III has two sides -- Nude and Prude. Eachhas its own beach, common areas, pools, bars and grill.

To gather notes for this story, I passed briefly through theNude area. However, I wasn't in the buff and therefore wasn'twelcome.

The beaches, both Nude and Prude, are disappointing in size andquality. They are manmade because the natural coastline is litteredwith sharp, jagged stones. An expansion is planned but not soon,according to a spokesman.

The resort tries to make up for its lack of beach area withthree large pools: the Nude pool; the main pool with bar seatingand a pool table smack dab in its middle, and the Prude pool with aswim-up bar and sun terrace above. Dining was an important part ofeveryone's schedule.

Hedonism III has four restaurants plus breakfast room servicefrom 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and special Snack Attack packages from 3a.m. to 7 a.m.

Tropical Terrace, the main dining area and venue for nightlyentertainment, served three meals and a midnight buffet. The foodhere does not disappoint, offering something for every palate.

My personal favorite was roasted pig, the centerpiece of aHawaiian-themed night. The beachfront Scotch Bonnet served lunchand dinner.

Although the service was slow at times, the Jamaicanspecialities -- especially the jerk chicken and pork -- were great.I had problems reserving a table at the Pastafari and Munahanarestaurants, both of which require reservations.

The Italian restaurant Pastafari was less difficult to book, andI did eat there twice. Although the mood lighting was too dim andalmost put me to sleep one night, and the portions were small, theshrimp and calamari platter was excellent and the waiters werepatient.

Our solution to the small portions: Sample heavily from theantipasto buffet or order side dishes to fill up the plate.

Reserving a table at the Japanese restaurant was nearlyimpossible. Several guests reported they either had not been ableto obtain a reservation, or it took several lengthy attempts.Munahana's chefs cook in front of the patrons, and the atmosphereis very festive.

Hedonism III boasts six bars along with Tropical Terrace andOctopussy Disco. Entertainment at the Terrace includes magicians,talent shows and concerts.

The Battle of the Sexes pits teams of men against women. Theycompete to see who can change beds the fastest or identify aspouse's rear end by touching it while blindfolded.

The Piano Bar and Octopussy Disco stay open until the lastperson leaves. This strategy seemed a little unnecessary, however.Most singles looking to hook up had already done so and vanishedlong before it got really late.

The Piano Bar is an intimate room serving drinks made withtop-brand liquor while a piano player belts out karaoke tunes. It'stoo bad that the size of the room prohibits more than 30guests.

Octopussy Disco is the best place -- and the only late-nightplace -- to hang, dance, drink and mingle. As one single guy putit, "It's one or the other. There's nothing in between."

Off-site tours at extra cost include Dunns River Falls in OchoRios, catamaran party cruises, all-terrain vehicle safaris and BlueMountain bicycle adventures.

Daytime facilities include a basketball court, two tenniscourts, beach and pool volleyball, a fitness center, spa treatmentsand a games center with table tennis and board games. Guests canwindsurf, water ski, kayak, snorkel and learn trapeze feats at thecircus clinic. Diving requires certification.

Two rooms on the Prude side served as the gift shop,accommodating no more than eight people in each room. Arts andcrafts are for sale around the resort.

Hedonism III provides exactly what its name indicates -- aself-indulgent, worry-free vacation for those who want to gettotally loose -- if only for a week.

Male-pattern boldness: Resort needs 'more singlewomen'

RUNAWAY BAY, Jamaica -- Most of Hedonism's guests are from theU.S. The Midwest sends the couples while singles hail from bothcoasts, although East Coast ZIP codes predominate.

Half the guests are couples who prefer the nude accommodationsand activities. It's this group, too, that comes back for more.

Kevin Levee, general manager, said that Hedonism III may havethe highest percentage of repeat guests in the SuperClubschain.

What's the most frequent complaint? Guys complained to me overand over about the lack of single women in comparison to the numberof couples and single men. A New York male put it this way: "That'snot how they marketed Hedonism."

Resort officials recognize the problem. Hedonism's sister resortin Negril does have more single females, and Hedo III is"definitely trying" to attract more from that market, Levee said.The challenge lies in changing the perception of the resort assolely a haven for nudists, Levee said.

"We want to show that Hedonism is a place where guests can havea lot of fun but keep their clothes on if they want to," hesaid.

Incentives to attract single women include a Threesome Is aFreesome, in which three female guests stay for the price of two,and Fourth Female Free, where four stay for the price of three.

There's no problem getting single men to Hedonism III. I figuredit must be the activities. During my abbreviated, four-night stay,I was treated to a bikini swimsuit competition and a Jamaican modelcontest. That's not too shabby from my perspective.

Too bad I missed the Playboy group that arrived the followingweek. However, without the lovely swimsuit participants, thesingles ratio would have been even more male-dominated.

I also judged Hedonism's middle-of-nowhere location to be aflaw. Unlike Hedo II in Negril, Hedo III offers nooutside-the-resort entertainment, such as bars, dining andattractions, other than a few tours.

Despite what Levee said about the importance of visiting areaattractions, Hedonism III clearly wants its guests to indulgethemselves within the resort's friendly confines.

Although both Hedonism resorts have special features, Hedo IIIhas more "bells and whistles, like a Jacuzzi in each bathroom andfour restaurants," Levee said.

Things to bring for nudes and prudes

If you're single and mingling or accompanied by your partner,here are some items to bring to Hedonism III:

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Taking Time to Enjoy the Pleasures of Life Brings Happiness – PsychCentral.com

New research suggests acts of hedonism such as relaxing on the couch or enjoying a delicious meal contribute to a happy life as much as self-control. Investigators from the University of Zurich and Radboud University in the Netherlands found the capacity to experience pleasure or enjoyment without getting distracted by intrusive thoughts are important components of a happy and satisfied life.

The research is timely given that most people are now doing business from home, an environment that was previously used to relax and recharge. Investigators believe their findings suggests hedonism should receive a greater appreciation in psychology and in our society.

We all set ourselves long-term goals from time to time, such as finally getting into shape, eating less sugar or learning a foreign language. Research has devoted much time to finding out how we can reach these goals more effectively. The prevailing view is that self-control helps us prioritize long-term goals over momentary pleasure and that if you are good at self-control, this will usually result in a happier and more successful life.

Its time for a rethink, says Katharina Bernecker, researcher in motivational psychology at the University of Zurich. Of course self-control is important, but research on self-regulation should pay just as much attention to hedonism, or short-term pleasure. Indeed, Berneckers new research shows that peoples capacity to experience pleasure or enjoyment contributes at least as much to a happy and satisfied life as successful self-control.

Bernecker and her colleague Daniela Becker of Radboud University developed a questionnaire to measure respondents capacity for hedonism, i.e., their ability to focus on their immediate needs and indulge in and enjoy short-term pleasures. They used the questionnaire to find out whether people differ in their capacity to pursue hedonic goals in a variety of contexts and whether this ability is related to well-being.

They found that certain people get distracted by intrusive thoughts in moments of relaxation or enjoyment by thinking about activities or tasks that they should be doing instead.

For example, when lying on the couch you might keep thinking of the sport you are not doing, says Becker. Those thoughts about conflicting long-term goals undermine the immediate need to relax. On the other hand, people who can fully enjoy themselves in those situations tend to have a higher sense of well-being in general, not only in the short term, and are less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, among other things.

The pursuit of hedonic and long-term goals neednt be in conflict with one another, says Bernecker. Our research shows that both are important and can complement each other in achieving well-being and good health. It is important to find the right balance in everyday life.

Unfortunately, simply sitting about more on the sofa, eating more good food and going to the pub with friends more often wont automatically make for more happiness. It was always thought that hedonism, as opposed to self-control, was the easier option, says Bernecker. But really enjoying ones hedonic choice isnt actually that simple for everybody because of those distracting thoughts.

This is currently a topical issue with more people working from home, as the environment where they normally rest is suddenly associated with work. Thinking of the work you still need to do can lead to more distracting thoughts at home, making you less able to rest, says Bernecker.

So, what can you do to enjoy your downtime more? More research is needed, but the researchers suspect that consciously planning and setting limits to periods of enjoyment could help to separate them more clearly from other activities, allowing pleasure to take place more undisturbed.

Source: University of Zurich

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What the new Sky drama series Little Birds is all about and what inspired it – iNews

New TV drama Little Birdsis aSky Atlanticoriginal dramaseriesstarringJuno Temple, which aired its first episode at the start of the month.

The six-episode series is inspired by novelist Anas Nins posthumously published 1979 collection of erotic short stories, Little Birds. The plot amalgamates romantic storylines with drama, political intrigue, and hedonism. The collections 13 stories originally written in French are unrelated erotic shorts featuring a variety of characters exploring sex from a female perspective.

Set in 1955, Little Birds depicts the international zone, which was said to be one of the last outposts of colonial decadence. The story follows troubled American debutante Lucy Savage (played by Juno Temple), who desires an unconventional life free from the restrictive society she has grown up in. Along with Tangier itself, she finds herself on the cusp of achieving independence.

The series is based on a collection of erotic short stories, some of which mirror Nins own life. Born to Cuban parents in France in 1903, Nin lived a colourful life, punctuated with affairs with celebrated members of society including Henry Miller, Otto Frank and John Steinbeck. She is most renowned for her erotic fiction, particularly the collections Delta of Venus and Little Birds, which were published in 1977 and 1979. Both works are said to have been written in the 40s, when Nin was paid as little as $1 per page to write for an anonymous collector.

In 1955, Morocco was one year away from independence from colonial rule. In the 1920s, the city of Tangier had been officially made an international zone as part of the joint colonial regime of France, Spain and the United Kingdom.

After calling for Moroccan independence from the oppressive colonial regime in 1953, the Sultan of Morocco, Mohammed V, was forced into exile in Corsica. Many of the Moroccan nationalists inLittle Birdsare his supporters and wish him to return to power and fight for independence from the colonial forces.

Despite being set in Tangier, Little Birds was filmed on location in Andalusia with studio elements in Manchester. The reasoning behind the choice of location was because modern-day Andalusia is more similar to 1950s Tangier than the Moroccan city itself is today.

In February 2019, it was announced Juno Temple, Yumna Marwan and Raphael Acloque had been cast, with Stacie Passon directing.

Hugh Skinner, Jean-Marc Barr, Rossy De Palma, Nina Sosanya, Dave Constabile, Amy Landecker and Matt Lauria later joined the cast.

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