Furstenberg: Women must know who they are

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Diane von Furstenberg felt like “a fog lifted” when she finally understood who she is.

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The designer believes the only thing that holds many women back is their own fear. That was definitely the case for her, but since she began focusing on what she wants from life, she claims things have been more enjoyable.

“You can’t fake clarity,” she told British magazine Marie Claire.

“For years, in recent years, I wasn’t that clear, and it was very painful. But one day, it was like the fog lifted and, all of a sudden, everything was clear.”

She began designing in 1970 after marrying Prince Egon of Furstenberg because she wanted to show she wasn’t comfortable living off her husband’s wealth.

She went on to create the wrap dress, which has become a staple in women’s wardrobes to this day.

Furstenberg was quizzed on how women can follow in her footsteps and gave some bold advice.

“Well, if she wants to do it, she’s got to go for it,” she insisted.

“That’s it. I say to my granddaughters, who are 13 and 14, you should say thank you for all the things you have, and then you should think about the woman you want to be. When you know, you think about it, clarify it, go seriously about it and you do your thing.”

Furstenberg believes in empowering women and hopes that message shines through in her designs. She is pleased that feminism has become a topic of discussion again and wants women to start taking risks.

“I think women are strong, but sometimes the strength is very hidden. Maybe [because of] a husband, a father, themselves, whatever. Then comes adversity and, all of a sudden, the strength comes out,” she said.

“Nobody can do it for you. Only you have the key. You have to have a relationship with yourself.”

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We’re all going on a Roman holiday

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The Trevi Fountain was deserted when Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck filmed their iconic scenes in Roman Holiday.

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Today, the cosy square where the Baroque masterpiece resides is awash with tourists.

I gently squeeze my way through the crowd to reach the fountain wall and toss a coin backwards over my shoulder into the water, wishing – as custom requires – that one day I’ll return to the Eternal City.

Thousands give it a go every day and it’s certainly worth a shot.

When 1953’s Roman Holiday was released, Peck was already a Hollywood big-shot, but it was the then relatively unknown Audrey Hepburn’s performance as the frustrated and spirited Princes Ann that stole the show.

The striking 24-year-old picked up her first major award the following year, a Best Actress Oscar in 1954, and she remains one of the most iconic names in silver screen history.

But Hepburn wasn’t the only beauty in the picture that movie-goers fell in love with.

Rome itself, the Italian capital where the film was shot, was just as much a star. Its ancient monuments and lively streets provide a captivating backdrop as Ann and Joe Bradley (Peck) fall in love over the course of their 24-hour adventure.

For those unfamiliar with the plot, Ann’s on an official visit but, tired of her royal duties, escapes from her window one day to experience Rome. Joe, a journalist, cottons on to her plan and offers to show her around, secretly hoping to bag the scoop of the decade in the process – until romance blossoms, of course.

Thankfully, being a commoner, there’s no need for me to clamber out of windows or don a disguise for my mini Roman holiday.

Six decades have passed since director William Wyler captured his leading lady as she tucked into gelato on the Spanish Steps, indulged in a spot of sightseeing at the Colosseum and danced on a river boat alongside Castel Sant’Angelo.

But, time has been kind to Rome; like Hepburn herself (who died in 1993, aged 63) the years have only added to her charms and, bar a few exceptions, nothing seems to have changed much.

Like Princess Ann, I’m eager for an authentic experience, so staying in a real Italian home, rather than a hotel, is ideal.

There are lots of websites where owners can list their property for holiday rentals. HouseTrip is one of the largest, with houses, villas and apartments across the globe, catering for a range of group sizes and budgets. The site’s simple to use and bookings are secure, as your money’s held by the website until you’ve had your holiday.

Joe Bradley’s apartment may have been pokey, but who can forget that gorgeous balcony? My apartment also has a large roof terrace, the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of vino.

With no hotel schedule to worry about, dinner and breakfast are on my terms.

Princess Ann proved that you can pack a lot of adventure into a short stay; mine begins with a vintage Vespa tour (from 160 euros per person, 南宁夜网.neronetoursitaly广西桑拿,).

It’s a great way to get a feel for the city, and zipping around on the back of the shiny scooter with a loopy grin plastered to my face, I really am living by the old adage “When in Rome…”

One of Ann’s wishes was to lunch at a sidewalk cafe. Visitors are spoilt for choice, if you fancy a side of people-watching with your meal. I treat myself to some A-list-standard seafood at Ristorante Pierluigi (南宁夜网.pierluigi.it), where lucky diners really do get the star treatment (and you may even spot celebs).

Italians certainly know their food, so leave any carb concerns at home. Luckily, Rome is a brilliant city to explore on foot.

On day one, I book a walking tour with Context Travel ( 南宁夜网.contexttravel广西桑拿,/city/rome) who offer tailored private group tours. For mine, Nina, who also works as a very glamorous and bubbly archaeologist when not guiding, shows me where to find the best vintage shops (Via del Boschetto) and most delicious chocolates (La Bottega del Cioccolato).

Afterwards, it’s a gentle stroll towards the Vatican City to take in St. Peter’s Basilica, before heading home along the river via Castel Sant’Angelo. There’s a monument or important building at every turn.

On day two, with hours ahead, I’m free to amble dreamily, stopping to soak up the atmosphere as I pass through Piazza del Popolo, a short stroll from my apartment, and fit in little detour whenever I spot an interesting street.

From here, walking to the Colosseum on the other side of the city – taking in hotspots like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Victor Emmanuel monument and the Imperial Forum – takes just a couple of hours.

That leaves plenty of time to play spot-the-designer label in the famous shopping district, Via dei Condotti, and, of course, refuel for the walk back with another scoop of gelato.

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FANCY A DIFFERENT AUDREY HEPBURN-INSPIRED BREAK?

– Paris

As game Gaby in 1964’s Paris When It Sizzles, Hepburn frolics around the French capital in a bid to help her screenwriter boss overcome his writer’s block. It’s unlikely you’ll be short of inspiration on a mini-break to the city of love. Channel your inner leading lady with a romantic stroll along River Seine and a dramatic smooch under the Eiffel Tower.

– New York

Her portrayal of the loveable and naive socialite Holly Golightly in 1961’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s is probably Hepburn’s most famous role. Whether you’re window shopping or splashing out, retrace her steps along Fifth Avenue, then ogle the brownstones on 169 East 71st Street, where Holly lived, before donning your best LBD and hitting the town.

– London

Hepburn’s character Eliza Doolittle, in 1964’s My Fair Lady, may have needed a makeover in order to fit in with Edwardian London’s high society, but these days you don’t need to come from the upper classes to enjoy England’s capital. Return to Eliza’s cockney flower girl roots with a visit to Columbia Road’s vibrant Sunday morning flower market, before exploring the arty haunts and trendy eateries of East London.

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Mystery over 63-year-old US twins’ death

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Autopsies have helped identify reclusive 63-year-old twin brothers who were found dead in their US home.

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But the Tennessee medical examiner still hasn’t been able to resolve the mystery of what happened to the brothers and how their bodies could have remained in the home for about three years without anyone noticing.

Police found the skeletal remains of Andrew and Anthony Johnson sitting in their recliners in a living room in their Tennessee home on Saturday. The conditions of the bodies suggested that both men had been dead since 2011.

After the autopsies, investigators still believe the brothers have been dead for about three years. There were no signs of trauma or anything to indicate the two were victims of homicide, but investigators are waiting for the results of toxicology tests to come back, Chattanooga Police Sergeant Wayne Jefferson said.

“Right now there is nothing to indicate that they died of anything outside of natural causes,” Jefferson said.

He cautioned that results of blood tests that come in later could tell a different story.

The neighbours, according to police, had no idea anything was wrong because there was no odour coming out of the house. The brothers lived like hermits and had little contact with family or anyone else. Jefferson said he believed that somebody continued to mow the brothers’ lawn all those years.

Police had actually gone to the home back in 2011 after family members became concerned because they hadn’t seen the brothers. The house, according to police, appeared to be vacant, and a note inside the mailbox indicated that mail delivery had stopped because the postal service thought the Johnson brothers had moved.

Family members who had a key to the home called police on Saturday and asked officers to go inside and check the house. Police discovered the bodies after getting permission to open the door.

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Mars health risks exceed NASA limits

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Efforts to send humans to Mars would likely expose them to health risks beyond the limits of what NASA currently allows, an independent panel of medical experts said Wednesday.

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Therefore, any long-term or deep space missions — which are still decades off — need a special level of ethical scrutiny, said the report by the Institute of Medicine.

“These types of missions will likely expose crews to levels of known risk that are beyond those allowed by current health standards, as well as to a range of risks that are poorly characterised, uncertain and perhaps unforeseeable,” said the IOM report.

Currently, astronauts are launched into low-Earth orbit, where they spend three to six months at a time aboard the International Space Station (ISS), but journeys to Mars could take up to 18 months.

NASA has said it aims to send people to the Red Planet by the 2030s and is working on building a heavy duty launcher and spacecraft for this purpose.

Health risks from short-term missions in space can include nausea, weakness and blurred vision, while long-term risks include radiation-induced cancer and the loss of bone mass.

Given the uncertain risks of exploring further into space than ever before, NASA asked the IOM to develop an ethics framework to guide decisions in the future of human space flight.

“The committee finds relaxing (or liberalising) current health standards to allow for specific long duration and exploration missions to be ethically unacceptable,” the report said.

Members also ruled out creating a separate set of safety standards for Mars missions.

Instead, the group concluded that the only option was to grant an exception to existing health standards, but the IOM cautioned, NASA still needs to determine whether such a loophole would be ethically acceptable.

“Any exceptions should be rare and occur only in extenuating circumstances,” the IOM said.

Key considerations should include avoiding harm and exercising caution, allowing astronauts to make their own decisions about whether to participate, choosing missions that provide benefits to society and seeking a favourable balance of the risk of harm and benefit.

NASA should also ensure equal opportunity during crew selection and provide lifetime health care and protection for astronauts.

“From its inception, space exploration has pushed the boundaries and risked the lives and health of astronauts,” said chair of the committee Jeffrey Kahn, a professor of bioethics and public policy at Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Baltimore.

“Determining where those boundaries lie and when to push the limits is complex.”

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Iraq attacks kill 15 ahead of parly polls

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Attacks against security forces have killed 15 people as the UN’s envoy to Iraq warned that the country’s election campaign would be “highly divisive” amid a year-long surge in bloodshed.

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The attacks on Wednesday came on the second day of campaigning for April 30 parliamentary polls, Iraq’s first since March 2010.

Violence is at its highest since 2008 and the country is still struggling to rebuild its battered economy and infrastructure after decades of conflict.

UN special envoy Nickolay Mladenov, in an interview with AFP, underscored fears the polls could worsen a long-standing political deadlock in which Iraq’s fractious national unity government has passed little in the way of significant legislation.

On Wednesday morning, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to an army recruitment centre in northern Iraq, killing six would-be soldiers and wounding 14 others, a general and a doctor said.

The attack struck in Riyadh, a mostly-Sunni town in ethnically mixed Kirkuk province.

Elsewhere in Kirkuk, bombings targeting the military killed six soldiers and wounded 14 others, while attacks in Kut, south of the capital, and the main northern city of Mosul, left two policemen dead.

Another policeman was killed in a firefight with militants south of Baghdad in a confessionally mixed region known as the Triangle of Death for the frequency of attacks that take place there.

Near-daily bloodshed is part of a long list of voter concerns that include lengthy power cuts and poor running water and sewerage services, rampant corruption and high unemployment.

But campaigns are rarely fought on individual issues, with parties instead appealing to voters’ ethnic, sectarian or tribal allegiances or resorting to trumpeting well-known personalities.

A lack of effort at cross-sectarian politics could, Mladenov said, be a major issue.

“Campaigning will be highly divisive,” he told AFP from his office in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone complex.

“Everyone is ratcheting it up to the maximum, and you could see this even before officially the campaign started.”

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Sweden must end hooligan threat: former police chief

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The death of father of four Stefan Isaksson has thrust the hooligan problem back into the spotlight in Sweden.

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According to police reports, the Djurgarden fan was struck on the head with a blunt instrument before being kicked and beaten as he made his way to see his side take on Helsingborg.

The game went ahead as planned, but was abandoned when his fellow fans invaded the pitch having received reports that he had died in hospital from his injuries.

Bjorn Eriksson, who published the findings of a two-year investigation into sports-related violence, making dozens of recommendations, said it had only been a matter of time before someone died.

“If you’ve been following it for a long time and note that people regularly hit each other in the head with bottles and fists and weapons and are kicking each other to pieces, the consequences are naturally that it will eventually end very badly, and that’s pretty much what happened,” he told Reuters.

Football violence has hit the headlines several times in recent years, with a slew of matches disrupted and abandoned by fans throwing fireworks and other objects at players and officials, and organised fights between hooligan “firms” taking place away from grounds.

“The number of persons involved in this purely destructive activity is around 650, which is the equivalent of about three percent of (organised) supporters,” Eriksson said.

“That means 97 percent have to suffer for the trouble that three percent cause.”

THREAT TO GAME

The former police chief said violence threatened the long-term financial health and popularity of football in Sweden.

“The problems for football are, number one – it’s doubtful how long sponsors will want to sponsor something of this destructive type.

“Number two, if the effect is that families with children no longer want to go to football because they don’t feel comfortable, that can be a serious blow to the game in the long run,” he added.

Eriksson said that threats from hooligans had also scared “normal people” away from serving on boards.

“There is an infiltration in that way, and it expresses itself in different ways,” he says. “One problem is that 40 percent of club directors and chairpersons are threatened every year, and only 18 percent of those threats are reported to the police.

“People leave clubs because they don’t want to expose those working as volunteers to this. This is a consequence of normal people being scared away, and that’s when these dark forces have a chance to come in.”

Eriksson said the authorities had to view football violence as a much more serious crime.

“I made around 90 suggestions, but to sum up I think we need a sharpened toolbox in the form of better laws,” he says. “It requires that police upgrade these crimes and see them as a threat, in the same way as they do other kinds of organised crime.

“And for the clubs, it’s about finding ways to get the support of this 97 percent that like football and nothing else. And the clubs must take a strong stance against these elements, by for example banning people and being very straight about it.”

Eriksson said he hoped the shock and revulsion caused by the death of Isaksson on the opening weekend of the season would help bring an end to football violence in Sweden.

“I hope that the people’s anger bears fruit in the form of distancing of themselves more strongly and actively working against them (hooligans),” he said.

“And then, at a slower pace, the changing of the laws could become a signal similar to that which was used in England, where they used the expression ‘Enough is enough.'”

(Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Get your Easter herbs ready

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If you want to add something homegrown to your Easter dishes, then there’s still time to plant some herbs before the bunny visits.

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“Classic culinary herbs and veggies are easy to grow and essential for Easter suppers,” says landscape designer Matt Leacy of Landart Landscapes.

Parsley can be added to a classic fish dish for Good Friday, while coriander and chives can spice up other seafood dishes, Leacy suggests.

Rosemary, thyme and oregano are also handy to have in the garden for when you want to cook a roast, he says.

“Adding herbs to your back yard is the perfect opportunity to add dimension and character to your house.”

To have a salad growing in your garden ready for Easter, he suggests planting rocket, spinach, kale, cherry tomatoes, carrots and iceberg lettuce.

Matt Leacy’s herbs tips:

What to plant?

Herbs such as lavender, oregano, rosemary and thyme will provide you with a wonderfully fragrant garden and brighten up your garden with shades of mauve and pink.

Create a rustic feature

Use an old barrel to plant numerous herbs, starting from the taller ones in the middle and planting outwards to make a rustic feature for your space.

Arrange your herbs

Some herbs are good for background shrubbery, whereas others are good for pops of colour and should be placed in the foreground. Throw in a curry plant for the silver foliage and colour contrast.

Hold the water

Make sure you don’t over water, overfeed or overplant your herbs.

Give space

It’s imperative that when planted in smaller containers, such as planter boxes, tins, baskets or smaller pots, you plant one plant per container so that the roots don’t compete. Larger containers allow you to plant upwards of five species of herb.

Give them rays

Most herbs benefit from at least five hours of sunlight a day, so plant them somewhere that they can soak up the rays. Apart from that they are relatively low maintenance and only require daily watering and occasional fertilising.

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Drake Bell blasts Gaga, Bieber

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Former child star Drake Bell has criticised the likes of Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber over allegations they fail to crack down on bad behaviour among their fans.

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The singer/actor is convinced high-profile artists have a responsibility to set a good example to their loyal devotees, and put them straight if they step out of line.

However, Bell fears many big stars are guilty of failing to discourage bullying among their fans.

“With a lot of the pop stars, there’s this idea of ‘Are you in our clique?Are you a Direction-er (One Direction fan) or are you a Belieber? Oh, you’re not in our gang? Then you’re not cool and you need to go in a hole and die’,” he told Buzzfeed广西桑拿,.

“I don’t understand it. And what’s worse is artists like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber don’t come out and say, ‘I love having you as my fans, but you shouldn’t be acting this way.’ They just eat it all up, and I think it’s repulsive…”

Bell reserves particular criticism for Gaga, insisting the Poker Face star, who runs an anti-bullying charity, should do more to help.

“Lady Gaga, who says she’s so anti-bullying, was on (Howard Stern’s radio show) and Howard read all of these awful, awful tweets her fans had been sending him, (and he) asked how she responded to her fans doing the exact antithesis of what she stands for. She said, ‘You have to understand, Howard, it comes from a place of love. They don’t want to see me get hurt.’

“I couldn’t believe she didn’t take a second to address her fans and say how disgusted she was they’d do something like that. But none of them do that. Justin Bieber just tweets, ‘Yeah, Beliebers, go hard’ when they’re attacking somebody. Ariana Grande’s fans told (blogger) Perez Hilton that he and his son needed to die and get cancer, and she just fed it. It’s disgusting.”

Bell is adamant that other stars should follow his lead as he has found a simple way to keep his fans in line, explaining, “If I catch one of my fans saying something improper, a gay slur or any derogatory term, I instantly tweet directly at them and say, ‘This isn’t how we do it.'”

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Brazil learn to play with their heads and feet

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Between now and the final on July 13, the subject of how Brazil will handle the pressure, debated by media and public alike, is going to be as common a theme as their inability to finish stadiums on time or provide the promised infrastructure legacy.

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Brazil go into the competition as hot favourites following their triumph in last year’s Confederations Cup, when they demolished world champions Spain 3-0 in the final. The triumph was one of their 13 wins in their last 14 games.

However, a number of psychological hurdles lie ahead.

Brazil are still scarred by the nightmare of losing the final game of the 1950 World Cup – the only other time when they hosted the tournament – and no team has won the most famous football trophy the year after lifting the Confederations Cup.

Their notoriously fickle fans could still turn on the team if all does not go to plan.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has repeatedly stressed the importance of the home supporters and encouraged fans to get behind their team, especially if and when the going gets tough.

“Be with us during the World Cup: participate, jump up and down, get into the spirit,” he told an audience of legal professionals in Brasilia last month.

“We want you to help us, particularly when we are in trouble, because that is when you can make the difference.”

FATHER FIGURE

Scolari is a wily technician who is famous for his motivational skills. The fatherly role he assumed in guiding the squad to the 2002 World Cup became famous as ‘The Scolari Family.’

One of the key members of that close-knit group was sports psychologist Regina Brandao and Scolari has asked her to work with the players again.

That assistance will be vital, especially for the younger players, said Jose Anibal Marques, a sports psychologist who works with Botafogo, two-time Brazilian champions where the great Garrincha played for 12 years of his dazzling career.

“Playing in the World Cup finals means you’ve reached the height of your profession and with that comes a huge responsibility to perform,” Marques told Reuters.

“Players from every country will face pressure. But there is an extra responsibility for Brazilians because culturally football is the maximum expression of what it means to be Brazilian.”

Few people know that better than Mauro Silva. The combative midfielder played at the highest level in Spain for 13 years and was ever present in the Brazil team that won the World Cup in 1994.

BIGGEST PRIZE

Before that competition, Brazil had gone 24 years without winning football’s biggest prize and the clamour for success was overwhelming.

“We hadn’t won the World Cup since 1970 and that caused a tremendous anxiety,” Silva recalled in a telephone interview.

“The atmosphere was not at all relaxed, we couldn’t train properly and our work was made easier when we went to the United States. It was good to be outside Brazil.”

This time round Brazil will not be able to escape that pressure cooker environment.

At home, every tactical change, personality clash, and injury will be magnified by an insatiable media.

Silva said one of Scolari’s main tasks is preparing his players for that psychological challenge.

Brazil’s team is young – star player Neymar is just 22 – and several first choice players have not played in a World Cup before.

Marques said players can be trained to deal with the pressure. By having them focus and talk through potentially adverse situations, players will be better prepared to deal with them.

“The Confederations Cup win was important not just because it showed the players they can beat the best, but because it showed the fans,” Marques said.

“Part of the preparation is discussing how the fans can be with you or against you.

“You can emphasise the positive aspects of playing at home and potentialise performance by stressing those positive aspects.

“The win over Spain helped the players’ self-esteem and the fans were able to identify with the team.”

COLLECTIVE SUPPORT

Other players who know him said Scolari’s insistence on picking team players who support each other was an important psychological factor.

“It’s a young team but it appears strong and united,” said Juninho Paulista, one of the few Brazilians to cope with the pressure of playing in England where he had three spells with Middlesbrough.

He also learnt the pressures of playing in Spain and Scotland and had a spell in Australia at the end of his career which peaked with a World Cup winners medal under Scolari in 2002.

“They encourage each other and there’s no vanity or egos. Even Neymar, he’s the star but he demands more of the others and they demand more of him and it’s all done in the same spirit of the 2002 team,” Juninho added.

“If there is a concern, it’s their age. There are a lot of players, who even though they have experience at the highest level in Europe, have never played a World Cup before.

“It’s different. There’s much more pressure. Representing your country is more important.”

Lurking in the background is the spectre of the failure of 1950, when Brazil lost 2-1 in the final match of the tournament to Uruguay when they were the overwhelming favourites to win.

Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo told Reuters: “I am not exaggerating when I tell you that that was a national tragedy.

“It took us eight years to get over it until we won the World Cup in 1958, and while it has always been in the background, it has come right back in front of our eyes again.

“We must not let that happen again.”

Pressure? What pressure?

(Editing by Mike Collett and Pritha Sarkar)

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Life is sweet in the Caribbean

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“In Barbados, we don’t say you get drunk – we say you get sweet.

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Michelle, the barmaid who always seems to magically know what I want to drink, says this with a sparkle in her eye as she hands me a swizzle.

The grapefruit juice, rum and angostura bitters creation slips down a treat as I sit at a beach bar overlooking the Caribbean sea, the golden colours of sunset contrasting with the turquoise glittering waters.

There could well be something in that.

The prevailing mood on this tiny jewel of an island, measuring just 34 km long and 22.5 km wide, is a relaxed, mellow happiness.

But don’t be fooled by that easy-going front; this is a place that knows how to party.

And it’s the party people that Barbados now wants to attract, taking advantage of the spotlight that its most famous daughter Rihanna has shone on it.

Boutique hotels like the SoCo Hotel, where Michelle has become my new best friend, have been cropping up to cater for those in their 20s and 30s who want a slice of the action.

There are great bars and clubs a stone’s throw away, and with the swizzle in my bloodstream, I want to go out and dance.

I decide to head to St Lawrence Gap, a strip of bars and clubs that’s crammed with holidaymakers and locals alike every weekend, just a short cab ride away from the hotel.

If the restaurants and beaches of the platinum coast on the west of Barbados attract the older crowd, the south is the place to be for young couples and groups of friends.

Ultra Sugar Lounge is where some of the best parties take place, under the stars in its outdoor courtyard. Rihanna herself has been spotted there.

There’s a glitzy Miami feel to the club, with a fantastic DJ and light show, along with leather seats in its cordoned-off private areas.

It’s stylish but remains unpretentious, making for a great night out.

Looking for a cab after leaving the club, I stumble upon Hal’s Carpark Bar – and decide the night hasn’t quite ended yet.

It’s a simple set-up – just a long bar and a few chairs – but it attracts the crowds.

What really caps it off is the karaoke. I’m sold the moment I see a local belting out Bruno Mars, and almost in tune as well.

That’s not to say that there aren’t great nights out to be had elsewhere on the island.

Holetown, in particular, has some fantastic venues with a fun vibe and is another favourite haunt of Rihanna, who has been seen in the exclusive Priva bar.

It may be a Sunday evening when I head up to check out the scene in the area’s First and Second Streets, but with One Love Bar pumping out hits and a long list of people queuing for the karaoke (which seems to be something of a recurring theme) it’s by no means a quiet night.

The bar itself is no more than a few tables, a fridge and a serving hatch offering Banks beer for the price of three for 10 US dollars.

And The Tiki Bar just across the road does a mean line in cocktails, for those really wanting to push the boat out.

Talking of boats, the following day I take a trip on the water to snorkel with sea turtles.

I go with Tiami on a luxury catamaran, making me feel like something out of a Duran Duran video.

And what really strikes me is the sheer exuberance of seeing a boat full of people gleefully shaking their bodies to soca and reggae tunes, despite the fact the sky is looking a decidedly un-Caribbean dark grey.

In fact, wherever I am in Barbados, I don’t have to venture far to find a party, and on many occasions, I don’t even have to leave my hotel.

With friendly bar staff on hand, views over the Caribbean guaranteed, tasty food and the beach right on my doorstep – I don’t need much persuasion to stick around.

The SoCo is an all-inclusive hotel, but it’s not only food and drinks that are included; you get the know-how of the staff as well.

They can organise water sports for you or, for the less active, a massage. I had a sumptuous back rub in my room, hearing the waves lap against the beach outside.

The boutique 24-room hotel, which opened in 2013, is right on the beach in Hastings and perfectly placed for the nightlife of Bridgetown, where you can dance the night away at Harbour Lights, a beach-front nightclub which offers free drinks with the price of entry on certain nights.

It’s also a short hop from Oistins, which is the place to go to on a Friday when the sun goes down.

The fish fry at Oistins Bay Gardens is a bustling seafront venue packed with stalls selling the catch of the day, fresh from the boat.

An insider recommends I look for the place with the biggest queue, so Pat’s Place it is, with a cold beer to help the wait go that little bit faster.

Clutching my tray packed with flying fish and plantain, I grab a space on one of the huge communal tables – all outside, of course – with the sound of music in my ears.

The food is delicious and the atmosphere is really what makes it.

Afterwards, I head to the stage to join in the dancing for the rest of the night, trying to work off some of that delicious food and enjoying the warm night air.

You can take a cab to explore the island, but I highly recommend, at least once, a ride on the infamous reggae bus.

Not only is the bus service regular and frequent, but you often get blasted with some great tunes as you make your way to your destination.

Whether it’s on the bus, in the club – or maybe you’ll be lucky enough to hear a steel band playing – music is never far away on Barbados.

It’s part of the rhythm of the island, which has an infectious beat that gets into your bones. When something is this sweet, you easily end up addicted.

* Lauren Turner was a guest of the Barbados tourist board (南宁夜网.visitbarbados南宁夜生活,).

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