It was a first grand slam title for the 18-year-old qualifier who was given a US flag by Kozlov at the trophy presentation. “At the end when we were holding the American flag, I was [thinking]: ‘This is pretty special,’” Rubin said. “Hopefully we’ll keep rising together and none of us will fall off, and as a group we’ll get to the top and show the results America wants.” … [Read more...] about Wimbledon 2014: Noah Rubin offers US hope by winning boys’ title
Poster boy meaning
Chuck tells me that after Fight Club became a bestseller, his readings always attracted one or two serious young men who would ask him where they could find a fight club in their area. 'I always felt bad telling them that they didn't actually exist, that I made them up, but the fact they were looking for them somehow attested to the power of the fiction.' On his last reading tour, Chuck regularly caused people to pass out while reading 'Guts', a story about people masturbating underwater, which culminates in unforeseen and bloody consequences when one protagonist gets his insides entangled with the filter of a swimming pool. Nick Hornby, this ain't. 'Now, when I do readings,' he says, 'the stragglers come up to me and say, "I need to tell you a story I have never told anyone." And they nearly always tell me a horrific childhood sexual story. By reading 'Guts', I've shown them that you can use these awful things that happened to you rather than be used by them. Just telling the awful … [Read more...] about Fright club
Research in New York, which has pioneered segregated bike lane transformations, found protected cycle ways boosted ridership, cut traffic injuries for all street users, and encouraged more women to cycle. Seventy-three percent of respondents thought segregated bike lanes on First and Second Avenues had a “positive” or “very positive” impact on the neighbourhood, and the study found that non-drivers accounted for 95% of all retail spending in the area. Another study on Eighth and Ninth avenues had similar results. A study in Portland, Oregon found cyclists spent less per trip than car drivers – but more per month because they made more visits. Car drivers spent less over time than cyclists or pedestrians. Ditto for this study in San Francisco, which concluded: “The belief that recreational customers predominantly travel by car and spend more than transit riders is not reflected in the data.” The same goes for this survey of shoppers in Bloor … [Read more...] about Bike lane blues: why don’t businesses want a £30m cycle-friendly upgrade?
All too often he would grill me about what I, or another member of the media, had written about him. His honesty was welcome and refreshing, interlaced with snippets of intelligence about his family, girlfriends, love for the military — and everything in between. But he would also talk about the supermarket magazines he picked up, voraciously devouring every article about his love life, riddled as they were with falsehoods. … [Read more...] about Harry often told me he just wanted to walk away from it all: REBECCA ENGLISH has accompanied the Prince around the world for 15 years. Now she gives an insight into his generosity, warmth… and the day she saw his personality change
One thing I’m definitely not is someone who leaves the confines of the photographic studio. Because, unless you’re a Love Island contestant (I’ve never seen so many pairs of tight white jeans), these clothes can’t exist in the real world; the real world of pollution, mud, red wine and children. You might try a splash of bright somewhere: a box-fresh trainer, say, or a crisp shirt to offset your normal jeans. But an all‑white outfit? Only if you’re walking down a red carpet or a catwalk. User-friendly, this is not. But it’s fun for a very excellent minute. … [Read more...] about How to wear: all white