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A screaming Queen Elizabeth threw shoes and a tennis racquet at the Duke of Edinburgh during their first Australian visit, a new book has revealed.

was not merely cross she was hurling shoes, threats and sporting equipment, and venting the sort of regal fury that, in another age, would have cost someone their head, Hardman writes in an extract published in the Daily Mail.

A little while later, a more familiar, composed Queen came back outside, to apologise for her behaviour.

sorry for that little interlude, she told senior cameraman Loch Townsend, as you know, it happens in every marriage. Now, what would you like me to do?

According to the book, the Queen temper is still sometimes on show in the royal household.

She was enraged at being advised to fly the British flag at half mast, an honour reserved over a millennium only for reigning monarchs, at Buckingham Palace after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
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Right on cue, one father has vowed to pull his son out of school until teachers accept that the 12 year old’s new Nike Air Force 1’s comply with uniform rules.

The people that drew up the rules say that they don’t.

Noah Stott, 12, has been given a detention three days in a row this week at Treviglas College, Newquay, Cornwall, because school management say he’s wearing trainers.

He arrived in the same shoes three days in a row and was punished every time, because if at first you don’t succeed, keep doing the same thing over and over again. That’ll work.

His father Phil insisted the black pair of Nike Air Force 1s, which retail at are shoes and not trainers.

Isn’t that incredible? Can you believe it that a pair of plastic shoes for a 12 year old cost 75 quid?

Noah has been informed that by standing up for his human rights to ignore instructions, he will have to go to detention every day until he changes his footwear.

This seems clear enough, unless you are not listening, in which case you will argue that the trainers are not trainers, they are shoes, which is exactly what the dad did.

He could have spared his son all this grief, but he thinks he has right on his side so he is engaged in a stand off about footwear.

Mr Stott,
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said: ‘We bought a pair of shoes on the Nike website, which are clearly classed as men’s shoes. They wouldn’t advertise something that wasn’t meant to be.’

The second part doesn’t seem to make sense but he is correct about the first bit. Every item of footwear that Nike sell is described as a shoe, including ones that are so colourfully bright that you can’t look at them with the naked eye.

You would need those glasses that people use to view an eclipse to peer at some of the offerings on the Nike website.

They have footwear on there that they describe as shoes that look like ET’s moccasins.

They are clearly trainers, and while trainers are a subset of the category shoes, they are expressly forbidden by the school rules, which must be obeyed, lest you get a story written about you in the Daily Mail which paints you in an unflattering light.

It happens all the time. A Mail correspondent shows up at the door of a complainant and asks to take a photograph of the individuals to illustrate the story. They will say something like: ‘Hold the shoes up and look sad’.

These people have clearly never read the Daily Mail, or they do not believe that they will be made to appear as fools like all the others because they can’t see past their own righteous fury to appreciate how silly it all is.

To add to the indignity, the feature will be commented on by people who should not be left alone in case they start a fight with themselves.

Here is a random example from the helpful and kind people who have taken time out of their busy day to post a comment on this story:

‘If the father is stupid enough to buy trainers when told not to how on earth will he have the intelligence to home school his son? Pathetic!’

I can’t believe I am about to say this, but a commenter on the Daily Mail website has a point.

The dad said ‘As soon as he went in on Tuesday wearing the shoes, he was given a detention.

‘So I phoned the school and told them that I’d pick him up and withdraw him.

‘He was given another detention on Wednesday and again on Thursday so I’ve taken him out again.

‘I’ll keep on withdrawing him until it’s sorted out, or at least until I go back to work on September 18.’

Take THAT school rules he’ll keep his child at home for ever, or for the next ten days, whichever comes first.

The father said the shoes matched a pair which were included in the ‘acceptable shoes’ section of the school’s official uniform guide, which to be fair has pictures of shoes that are quite similar and others that are MUCH more ugly than those he bought for his child.

The father may have inadvertently caused a further problem down the road by alerting the school to their inaction over what I assume is another infraction of the rules by highlighting their lack of response to the child’s hair.
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Taking a stroll through the park in front of our house the other evening; Suzanne, the “Rude Dog” (also known by his former racing name “Majic Rubin,” his adoptive name “Rubin,” and the diminutive “Roo Dog”) and I were discussing potential topics for this space.

I considered talking about the importance of family, but that’s one I’ve touched on a more frequent basis as my father became more frail. Diet was pretty much out of the question; I like beer, I tend to eat most any food substance that fails to pre emptively sink its teeth into me. is so much more skilled than I at writing about good stuff.

Shoes? Haven’t done that topic in a while. Books? The latest stuff I’ve read I’ve talked about.

“What is the longest run I need to do?” Run as long as you can get away with, at a pace which is comfortable for you. Not easy, but comfortable. The maximum distance ideally should be no more than one fourth of the week’s total distance, or longer than 2 hours, 30 minutes in duration.

“But I’m doing a ten mile ‘mud run.'” Sounds like the kind of event where sustained running is NOT going to happen. In fact, unless you’re at the front of the wave with the intent to make like a special operations trainee, I’d be comfortable with runs in the five to six mile range. Seven at the most. And most likely the finish time is a secondary thing; participation without major injury seems to me to be the primary.

“I was thinking about a pair of those ‘finger shoes.'” For the kind of terrain, or the lack of, footwear that’s minimalist (less shoe to me equals less space for mud, water and debris) would be acceptable. It’s probably the only time I’d even think of taking the “skele toes” I save for weight machine workouts at the gym on anything which resembles a run. In my humble opinion, too many folks look to the newest 150 dollar offering from the legion of shoe manufacturers (call them legion, for they are many.) to make them “better runners.”

Michael Bowen is a training specialist/running coach who lives and trains in the Pensacola, FL area. He works with runners of all ability levels, remotely and in person. He and his wife, Suzanne, travel frequently to New Orleans to support and participate in running events and triathlons. He also writes two blogs, “If I Were Your Coach.” and “Red Polo Diaries.”
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View an infographic of the survey findings.

“Workplaces are evolving and so are office attire trends,” said Robert Half senior executive director Paul McDonald. “Employees often prefer more relaxed attire, and having a casual dress code can be an enticement when recruiting finance and accounting professionals.”

Relaxing dress codes aren an excuse for employees and job seekers to wear whatever they want to work or an interview. Robert Half offers tips for dressing appropriately in today business environment:

Look to the next rung. What does your boss and your boss boss wear? Take inspiration from upper management style and formality. Set yourself up for success by dressing for the job you want.

Keep it tidy. Even if you can wear jeans and T shirts to work, ensure they clean and wrinkle free.

Don forget the details. A dress code encompasses an employee total appearance. Pay as much attention to your accessories and grooming as you do your clothing.

Play it safe when meeting with hiring managers. Don risk making a poor first impression with clothes that are too casual. Women should wear a blazer or business appropriate dress and closed toe shoes with a low heel. Men fare best in a suit or jacket and tie.

Dress for your day. If you unclear of your organization guidelines, consult the employee handbook or human resources department. Consider keeping a jacket in your office should your day unexpectedly change.

McDonald offered a few additional tips: “For employees, if you not sure what appropriate to wear for a particular situation, talk to your manager. For job seekers preparing for interviews, tap your network or check out the employers social media activity for insights on the company corporate culture. If you still uncertain of what to wear, err on the formal side.”
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“I don’t think I can be bothered to envy today’s divers, but I do admire the fact that they now train in the gym and train on trampolines. They have so many more opportunities, so much more science to work with. A lot of the time I was virtually coaching myself.”

Then there was the time that her parents proposed to send her for intensive training in America until a shallow minded ASA official replied that if America wanted her they could have her. Dawdon honour, she stayed put.

Born in May 1937, daughter of the manager of Thornley colliery in east Durham himself a junior rugby international she was barely 15 when coming fifth for Great Britain in the threemetre diving competition in the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.

It was the first time she’d flown, the first she’d been out of the country.

“I really was an innocent abroad,” she says. “I can’t remember if I regarded myself as a little girl or a young woman, it was just part of being a teenager.

“It was only when I thought about it much later that I realised it wasn’t bad going.”

Her mother had promised her a proper Scottish kilt “Anderson tartan, cost 20,
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I’d always wanted one” if she made the Helsinki squad. She still has it.

“We were amateur in the purest sense of the word,” she recalls. “There was no question of payment, but for Helsinki we were given some kit, including a pair of white shoes with two inch heels.

“I remember that the first time I almost fell down again.

We weren’t used to such things as schoolchildren in Thornley.”

Now she is Charmian Rawlings, a friendly, eloquent, wholly modest 71 year old widow happy to source life’s memory pool. She lives in Howden le Wear, near Crook, still coaches Sunday morning children in Durham “the main thing is just to get them into the water,
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just to have fun” who supposes that her charges will have no idea of her pedigree.

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Many observers think that what health care needs most is a big shot of competition pitting the players against each other. Others bank on price transparency and comparison shopping by individual patients spending their own money although anyone covered by Medicare Advantage or a plan offered on the Obamacare exchanges understands the difficulty of picking among confusing options with varying premiums.

The real issue in health care

Although marginally helpful, none of these deal with the underlying issues in health care. The big question is how physicians choose what care to recommend and provide and what results from their choices in terms of costs and outcomes. Since, by definition, the doctors know more about medical care than we do as consumers, it is difficult to believe that we can outguess them by selecting care alternatives in a competitive marketplace. We want them to know more and we are willing to pay them for this knowledge. So the real question is how can we change the way physicians practice to advance toward the triple aim of improved quality, better outcomes and reduced per capita cost?

It’s not as if physicians don’t value these goals. The natural bent of physicians starting with their medical school training is toward collaboration and peer review. Difficult cases call for a consult, and residents rely on oversight from faculty.

But this natural desire to gather all sources of knowledge that might be helpful for each patient is more difficult when salaried physicians work for competing organizations and practices. Referral out of a health system may be discouraged or even prohibited if the patient is insured within a narrow network. But beyond contractual issues, it may be hard for physicians to talk to other physicians across dispersed practice settings as primary care, and even specialty practices, are devolved into neighborhoods rather than located together in a medical center.

Something that actually works

In Northeast Ohio, we have a major success story in overcoming these barriers in Better Health Partnership (BHP), a nonprofit established in 2007 with initial funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This successful initiative focuses on a defined population (Cuyahoga and Summit counties), universal commitment of the provider group (over 75% of all primary care physicians and their patients), and an “integrator” (BHP) taking responsibility for improved outcomes.

Better Health starts with electronic medical records (EMRs) provided by each member organization. This lets the staff know what actually happens to the patients in each practice. Building on these, twice yearly public reports provide performance comparisons across all groups, including non medical factors such as race, insurance type and estimated household income. Then BHP identifies the best practices and organizes follow on learning collaborative summits where the top performers share how they did it. This “positive deviance” approach avoids blame and encourages all partners to reach for the best. Expert consultation and practice coaching on workflow redesign, care coordination, communication, effective use of EMR data and recognition as a medical home further aid practices in their improvement.

How well does it work?

The first target of BHP in 2007 was diabetes care, a chronic condition that has clear makers and bad outcomes if not treated properly. The results there were outstanding with significant improvement in adherence to protocols and measurable outcomes. Other conditions targeted were congestive heart failure and hypertension. Besides clear improvement in each, the large differences in treatments and outcomes across insurers, races, language and income were dramatically narrowed.

The care improvements generated by BHP also have led to substantial reductions in medical costs for our population. Research just published in the peer reviewed health care journal Health Affairs documents hospitalization rates for the targeted conditions are 22% lower in Cuyahoga than in other large Ohio counties after BHP was implemented. In the first six years of this effort, residents experienced almost 6000 fewer hospitalizations for these conditions than would have been predicted in the absence of the program, with estimated cost savings of nearly $40 million.

What does this suggest?While competition among concentrated health systems is here to stay and may even help organize and finance improvements, front line primary care practices are the key to reducing costs and improving health outcomes. Prevention of unnecessary care, the promotion of health status, and lower overall cost and appropriate utilization and coordination of sophisticated services all start here. And the key to realizing the potential of primary care is sharing best practices and learning from each other. It sounds so simple, but it may not come naturally in a competitive health system unless we consciously work to create a safe place for this necessary collaboration.
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“I don’t mind my school uniform, it’s okay but we have to wear blazers and ties. I always change my tie around a bit but the teachers moan if your ties too long and then they moan if the ties are too short. The uniforms are too expensive. My blazer was about and not to mention the tie, jumper, PE shorts, and PE t shirt. All of this cost about and I’ve got to buy more every year. It’s not fair. You can only ever buy this from one shop. Our teachers aren’t fair. They don’t have to wear uniform but every pupil has to.”

Kia, 12, Gloucestershire, England

“My new secondary has just introduced a black blazer, black trousers/black skirt and tights, white blouse, white socks, black shoes and a black and white tie. How formal is that? And last year all they had to wear was a polo shirt, a jumper, black trousers and shoes. It’s all black and we look as if were going to a funeral!”

Maia, 11, Lincolnshire, England

“Boring but practical. Thankfully we don’t have to wear blazers which is great, or a tie.”

Jessica, 10, Northampton, England

“Our school uniform is OK and comfy, though it can be quite strict. Most people get away with adding accessories.”

Caitlyn, 9, Berkshire, England

“My school uniform is white or yellow school shirts, green fleeces or jumpers and grey or black trousers. I HATE green!”

Tara, 10, London, England

“I have a comfy uniform. My school is kinda cool with the rules. My uniform is a blue jumper, blue top and tracksuit bottoms.”

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10, Ireland

“My school uniform is a navy blue skirt or trousers, a white shirt and the school tie. Everything else is freestyle really.”

Chloe, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

“I am going to a secondary school and my uniform is comfy, it’s silver and blue.”

Gaby, 11, Warwickshire, England

“At my school we wear extremely uncomfortable clothes that look awful, the colours clash.”

Bethanie, 12, Hereford, England

“My uniform is quite strict but okay as it is very comfortable!”

Adam, 11, Lancashire, England

“At my school ours is okay. It’s not bad.”

Isaac, 9, Hertfordshire, England

“We don’t have one! I mean, it’s good in some ways, there’s more freedom, and people can express themselves, but it has its bad points too. My friend, who is going to another secondary school to me, paid over for her uniform, which seems like a lot to me! Though our school is getting one, in dark green, unfortunately a colour I hate.”
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Reem Acra was inspired, in part, by the color for her 20th anniversary show in collaboration with Tiffany Co., playing with black as an ode to Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at the iconic jewelry house’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue.”She started the show off with a bunch of black evening gowns that can also be ordered in white. Throughout the show she had black bows and different kinds of black accents,” Brown said.Acra, herself, said of the color: “Black is an accent to the luxury world.”At Marchesa, there were also a lot of black bows, black earrings and furry, feathery black shoes. Bridal designer Kelly Faetanini sent a black ostrich feather ball gown down her runway.”That trend really jumped out at us because black isn’t usually a color you associate with bridal, but done the way it was done this season, it felt very romantic and elegant,” Brown said. “I think black accents are a classic way to make a statement.”Black, she said, when done right, can also lend a modern, edgy feel to brides looking to go in that direction.SHORT VERSUS LONG GOWNSBrown notes a swing back to a more traditional floor length hemline in gowns after short looks and even pantsuits shared a moment several seasons ago.”There’s definitely been a return to more classic silhouettes. We saw a lot more ball gowns, a lot more classic A line dresses and even oversize bow details that just felt so traditionally bridal,” Brown said.While black popped, so did white in a range of shades, said designer Monique Lhuillier.”White looks right again. It feels new and timeless at the same time. I really embraced that this season,” she said.Lela Rose, for instance, showed an off the shoulder gown with a wide neckline that was adorned with pearls, along with a gown nearly covered in them.”You could actually hear it as it moved on the runway,” Brown said. “Pearls are having a ready to wear moment, too.”Jenny Packham, Naeem Khan and Pronovias, which recently showed in Barcelona, Spain, along with Justin Alexander, rolled out all over beading, Brown said. The brand Theia went a step further with looks completely inspired by pearls in shimmery gowns and embellishment.”They felt even red carpet appropriate,” Brown said.”There were a lot of chokers happening,” she said. “Lela Rose had chokers, Hayley Paige, Romona Keveza. There were chokers everywhere. There were a lot of neck accessories happening.”Generally, there was less statement jewelry than in the recent past, Brown said. Chokers are a ready to wear trend that has translated to bridal and all kinds feathered, black velvet and pearl encrusted are included, she said.And gloves are back for brides, also of all kinds.Monique Lhuillier showed wrist length in white lace. Others did elbow length sheer gloves with embellishment, including Lela Rose. Reem Acra did a lot of elbow length in black.”It’s a traditional bridal accessory and can be very formal,” Brown said. “It’s definitely a timeless trend.”Yes, brides obsess about their shoes, even when you can barely see them.Some designers went all out on shoes this season, Marchesa included. Crowds gathered at the feet of one model in a short look at the Marchesa presentation, which is the type of show where models stand still. She was wearing a pair of black shoes with feathers.”They were really, really spectacular,” Brown said. “They’re an important accessory. There are definitely more options where your shoes are concerned, but you can kind of make any shoe a bridal shoe. There are even bridal sneakers that have been around for several seasons.”In her travels as an accessories spotter, Brown has come across plenty of white shoes with laser cut leather and white feather touches that would be perfect for the right bride. But it’s not just about black and white. Pastels, iridescents and metallics have been on recent runways, too, in both dresses and shoes.Georgina Chapman, half the Marchesa design team with Keren Craig, said from their recent show that, sometimes, shoes for brides are a private affair.”They want to know they have them underneath there,” Chapman said. “It’s like wearing great lingerie, you know, not many people may see it but you know you have it on.”
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At one time, the Royals of Rajasthan wore them, looking blue blooded alright, riding their horses. The jodhpur breeches made a classic fashion statement back then. Today, jodhpurs are to stylish men what LBDs are to fashionable women. History has it that Pratap Singh, younger son of the Maharaja of Jodhpur, popularised in England the style of riding trousers worn in Jodhpur, a design that he apparently perfected himself and first tailored in India in 1890. An avid polo player, when he visited Queen Victoria in England in 1897, bringing with him his entire polo team, his attire caused a sensation among the fashion circuit of the UK with their reputation doubled by the match wins. His jodhpur style with flared thigh and hip was an instant hit. At royal weddings till today, jodhpurs are still the fashion du jour.

With summer kicking in, not surprisingly, women too are donning them with equal elan. Jodhpurs are now splashed everywhere on high street, giving one a chance to ditch the denims to be summer ready. Designer Archana Kochchar sums up the trend: is the first season when the bottom has become more important than the top. Jodhpurs are surely fresh and fun. Go for bright shades, as this summer is all about colours. Designer Abhishek Dutta says that for summer,
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jodhpurs in linen will be the ideal fabric. are so many variations of jodhpurs out there, like the draped pants that gives the impression of jodhpurs, narrowed at the hemline. As for colours, wear a lot of brick reds, burnt oranges, leafy greens and work with neutral colours on top. Now, since the focus is on the bottom, make sure you wear the right kind of footwear. Heels are a complete no no. While it comfortable indeed, many fashionistas believe that it a gutsy trend no less. Designer Pria Kataria Puri asserts, have to have a strong personality, besides being tall and slim to carry jodhpurs off. I feel it a risky trend because jodhpurs are classics, worn with bandhgalas for years now. But a contemporary twist can also be given to them. Men can wear them with safari jackets to look trendy. Linen safari jackets, white or black, with a T shirt or shirt underneath work well. Canvas laced up shoes, patent leather formal shoes, or formal chappals complete the style.
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Skip ‘N Whistle, 8123 Oak St., 504.862.5909

Before opening this swank shop filled with vintage and new clothing, jewelry and one of a kind T shirts, Chris Reams and Anne Warren took a trip out West. There, they uncovered a treasure trove of men’s vintage Levi’s 501s and 517s, perfectly lived in Frye boots, antique belt buckles and a cardboard box filled with surplus leather cases made to fit police handcuffs but sized just right for iPhones and iPods. The vintage finds fill the upstairs, while flirty dresses, locally made jewelry and designer denim command the downstairs. The vibe is California cool meets urban cowboy, with a heavy dose of New Orleans flavor to spice things up. The store opened just a few weeks ago on the recently repaved Oak Street. (It must be said, the street is so smooth, so blessedly free of potholes and litter that it’s almost unnerving to New Orleans drivers). Warren’s sharp eye has the shop looking like a movie set, while Reams is the designer behind the Ichabod’s line of graphic T shirts, messenger bags and glassware. He was one of the first to reproduce the retro store logos (K Schweggman’s) as well as cheeky graphics on custom dyed T shirts and bags. Check out his designs, or come up with your own and have it printed in house.

This venerable children’s shoe store has been fitting little feet since 1949. But there is nothing old school about the shop’s newest incarnation. Closed for nearly four years after Hurricane Katrina, Sanford Goldstein recently reopened Barry’s, the store started by his father and uncle and named after his first cousin. Traffic on this construction choked road has been a nightmare. But hang a left just off the highway, and you’ll arrive in an oasis of calm, miles away in ambiance from the honking horns and screeching brakes. Stonecreek Club Spa, a 52,000 square foot, 14 acre luxury fitness and tennis center, threw open its doors earlier this summer but just recently pulled back the curtain on its spa. The spa at Stonecreek Club and Spa.

The serene spot overlooking a relaxation garden is open to club members and nonmembers. Services run the gamut, from manicures and pedicures to languid massages, facials and peels, body wraps and skin treatments. Vegan and organic product lines Osea, Astara, Buddha Nose and Spa Ritual are used in the services. Though the place is new from the ground up, Stonecreek feels like it sprang straight from the landscape. The club has an upscale earthiness: Natural light pours through wide windows and pine and cedar ceilings blend with views of native plants, cypress trees and ponds outside. The overall effect is a well calculated stress free mental escape, a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle just outside its door.

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This adorable new party supply store is aptly named. You just can’t help but grin when you glance at the whimsical products on display. Clever cocktail napkins have irreverent and laugh out loud wording (“I Gave Him the Skinniest Years of My Life,” “Who Invited All the Tacky People?”). A ceramic dinosaur cake server comes with the cutest dino candle holders. A bridal area is filled with fun shower favors. Whimsy

Posh paper plates come in zebra patterns. A tween section is kitted out in colorful photo albums, picture frames and affordable children’s gifts. Spend a few minutes here, and you’ll want to gather up your girlfriends for an impromptu party. Marcelle Perez opened the shop because she loves to throw birthday parties, barbecues and gather friends around her table. “It’s my niche,” she said. “I’m following Oprah’s advice: ‘Do what you love.'”
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