German Fashion Magazine Dumps Skinny Models

sitefChanel and Fendi head fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld was recently quoted as saying that curvy women have no place on the catwalk, but Germany’s highest-circulation women’s magazine Brigitte says it will stop working with professional ultra-skinny models in favor of ‘real women’ with curves.

Brigitte, said last week it would only publish photographs of “real women” after readers complained they could not identify with the models depicted.

Magazine’s editor-in-chief Andreas Lebert said he was sick of having to retouch photos of underweight models. “For years we have had to use Photoshop to fatten the girls up,” he said. “Especially their thighs and décolletage. But this is disturbing and perverse, and what has it got to do with our real reader?”

This can only be good news and hopefully wannabe models around the world will sit up and take notice.

Happy Germans mark fall of Berlin Wall

pic5Happy and joyful Germans on Monday relived the spontaneous breaching of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago, as aging Cold War luminaries returned to the once-divided city to celebrate the peaceful outcome of Eastern Europe’s revolution for freedom.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, and Lech Walesa, founder of Poland’s liberty-seeking Solidarity movement – walked across the Bornholmer Street bridge, which was the first checkpoint along the Berlin Wall to throw open its gates Nov. 9, 1989.

“You made this possible,’’ German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the 78-year-old ex-Soviet premier, as tens of thousands of onlookers chanted, “Gorby! Gorby!’’

Merkel added: “You courageously let things happen, and that was much more than we could expect.’’

Archaeologists Find Ancient Roman Shipwrecks

Off the coast of Ventotene in the Mediterranean Archaeologists have found 5 Ancient Roman Shipwrecks which have been found.  The ships themselves are between 1,600 and 1,900 years old.

The wreckage and their contents have been discovered in grand condition.  They established that the ships never actually capsized.   The wrecks were in much deeper waters away from strong destructive currents,laden with contents  found in exactly in the same positions as when the ships originally set off.

The largest wreck measures more than 65 feet.  A handful of objects were taken out to be studied and will be put on display in Ventotene.

British soldier completes marathon on crutches

majorphilpackerA British soldier, who lost his legs in a rocket attack in Iraq last year, completed the London marathon after walking on crutches for two weeks. Major Phil Packer was greeted by hundreds of well-wishers as he touched the finishing line on Saturday.

“There are others who are coming back injured (from Iraq and Afghanistan) and my thoughts are really with their families at the moment,” Major Packer said.

The 36-year-old former soldier was told that he would never be able to walk again after he was injured in an attack in the southern Iraqi city of Basara in February 2008.

He completed 2 miles a day over two weeks.

UK heading for Mediterranean-style summer

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Widespread reports in the press are suggesting that the next few summers in the UK will be some of the longest, hottest and sunniest on record. This is mainly attributed to the harsh winter and the oceanic and atmospheric phenomenon known as El Niño which occurs in the Pacific Ocean.

The pattern of El Nino is suggesting that Britain and much of Northern Europe will be in for a number of long and sunny summers which will come as welcome news after the recent ones.

Rainfall throughout Europe is predicted to be lower this summer too meaning BBQs will be enjoying plenty of use throughout the UK.

The Met office in the UK is usually pretty accurate with these long range forecasts and have predicted many hot days above 30C .