Quirky World: William appears on cover of gay magazine ‘Attitude’

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ENGLAND: The duke of Cambridge has appeared on the cover of the UK’s leading gay magazine, Attitude, as he spoke out against homophobic bullying.

William — the first member of the royal family to be photographed for the cover of a gay publication — told the magazine: “No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason.”

He revealed he would be appearing in Attitude after signing a book of condolence for victims of the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando which left 49 people dead and dozens of others wounded.

He had invited the magazine to bring members of the LGBT+ community to Kensington Palace in May to listen to their experience of bullying and the mental health affects it can have.

He said: “The young gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals I met through Attitude are truly brave to speak out and to give hope to people who are going through terrible bullying right now.

“Their sense of strength and optimism should give us all encouragement to stand up to bullying wherever we see it.

“What I would say to any young person reading this who’s being bullied for their sexuality: Don’t put up with it — speak to a trusted adult, a friend, a teacher, Childline, Diana Award, or some other service and get the help you need.

“You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of.”

Cold beans, tasty brew

ENGLAND:

Brewing a more flavoursome cup of coffee could be as simple as chilling the beans before grinding, scientists say.

A team from the University of Bath found that the colder the beans, the finer and more uniform the particles were from the grind. The narrower distribution of particles allowed access to more flavour from the same amount of coffee during the brewing process.

The study was highlighted in Nature and published in Scientific Reports.

Items space out

ENGLAND:

A fake tuxedo, a knitted toy mouse, and an England rugby shirt and ball were some of the weird and wonderful items sent into orbit with British astronaut Tim Peake.

Packing for a six-month stint in space is an unenviable task, but Major Peake has appeared prepared for almost every eventuality on board the International Space Station.

The astronaut sported a tuxedo-style top as he presented Adele with an award at the Brits. He wore an England shirt to launch the BBC’s Six Nations coverage, while grappling with a rugby ball in zero gravity, and he was joined on his mission by Miss Mouse, the knitted star of CBeebies programme Show Me Show Me.

Miserable decision

SINGAPORE:

A kiss between two male actors has been removed from a production of Les Miserables in Singapore following complaints from the public.

Singapore’s Media Development Authority told the show’s organiser, Mediacorp VizPro, the “General” rating it had given the show was based on a script that did not include the same-sex kiss. The show’s producers then decided to remove the kiss.

Joke crashes and burns

THAILAND:

An airline has apologised after three friends of a pilot joked in a group chat about crashing the plane he was going to fly with former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on board.

A screenshot of the chat, conducted on their phones, was leaked on social media, provoking widespread criticism of the airline, Nok Air. In response, chief executive Patee Sarasin said in a tweet that “this kind of behaviour is intolerable”.


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