Saoirse Ronan comes of age on screen, in life

Saoirse Ronan comes of age on screen, in life

Lifestyle
[ad_1] BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.: Saoirse Ronan is eyeing the lobster salad at Spago in Beverly Hills and has a difficult decision to make regarding cherry tomatoes. She doesn’t like them, but she also doesn’t like asking for special accommodations.“It’s so Irish,” Ronan explains. “In Ireland you feel so guilty for requesting something to not be in the dish. No one would ever do it. But I like that they do it over here. I like the gutsiness!”After a moment of deliberation she decides to go full American and ask the waiter whether or not it might be possible to hold the cherry tomatoes.“Absolutely,” he says without pause.“America,” she sighs, smiling.Ronan has recently arrived stateside fresh off of filming Mary Queen of Scots in Scotland and is staring down months of…
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Young woman paralysed by a mystery illness, life ‘turned upside down’

Young woman paralysed by a mystery illness, life ‘turned upside down’

Lifestyle
[ad_1] An 18-year-old woman has revealed how she lost her independence after being struck down by a mystery illness which took away her ability to move her legs or hold her head up on her own. Brittany Long, from Melbourne, told Daily Mail Australia her symptoms began after a family holiday to Port Douglas in February 2016. The illness started with vomiting in the week after the family returned home from their adventures on the Great Barrier Reef – then a few days later she woke up to find she had lost her voice, reports Daily Mail Australia. "I couldn't make a noise for eight months," she said. "Even if I tried to scream nothing would come out." Doctors didn't know what was causing her bizarre loss-of-voice and still don't.…
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Dr Cathy Stephenson: A smear test can save your life

Dr Cathy Stephenson: A smear test can save your life

Lifestyle
[ad_1] DR CATHY STEPHENSON Last updated 05:00, October 10 2017 123rf Many women aren't having their three-yearly smear test. Here's why you need to. New Zealand has a well-established cervical screening programme, available to all women from 20 to 70 years of age. We know without doubt that this type of screening saves lives – yet we still lose 60 women every year to cervical cancer. We also know that women in our Māori, Pacifica and Asian populations attend far less often for smear tests, and are more likely to develop cancer as a result. So if you are unsure about booking your smear test, or know someone who has never been for one but really should, here's what it entails, and why it's so important.Cervical cancer is caused by exposure to…
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The life of a hotel reviewer

The life of a hotel reviewer

Travel
[ad_1] On a sticky August morning in New Orleans, Cameron Quincy Todd walked into the Cornstalk Hotel, the 65th property she has visited in six months. She didn't look ragged after a long journey, and she wasn't carrying any luggage. Instead, she looked refreshed and toted only a small pink satchel containing a notebook - two major clues to her true identity. She approached the front desk and announced herself: The hotel reviewer with Fodor's Travel had arrived. No need to be nervous. "The tour is really to get a feel of the place and the vibe of the hotel," said the New Orleans resident who grew up outside Chicago. "I am providing what the reader can't find in an online search." Cameron is one of 25 local writers feeding…
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