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75 Y.O. Man Puts Poster In Window Asking For Friends After Wife Dies

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It goes without saying that humans are social beings. Being alone and socially distant is not a life for any person—the silence, the feeling of separation, and just the sheer thought could drive anyone to madness.

75-year-old Tony Williams of Alton, England has fairly recently lost his wife Jo to pancreatic cancer. She passed away this May at the age of 75. Since then, Tony has been feeling extremely lonely, and the fact that he hasn’t been able to find anyone to talk to, at the very least, has made matters even worse.

75 Y.O. Tony Williams from Alton, England recently lost his wife, and, unfortunately, has no kids or friends

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Tony Williams is a 75-year-old retired physicist who was unfortunately unable to have children with his late wife Jo. Without any immediate family or friends nearby and with the pandemic at large, he now finds himself alone at home, waiting for his phone to ring, which is a rare occasion.

He tried several methods for finding people to chat with. He first put out two ads, each costing £120, in the local newspaper. Then, he also tried handing out business cards to people while on one of his walks. Sadly, nobody responded in either case.

To fight his unexpected and sudden loneliness, he decided to put up a poster on his window

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So, he decided to try out something that he didn’t think would work, but it certainly was worth a try—he put up a poster on his home window that read as follows:

“I have lost Jo, my lovely wife and soulmate. I have no friends and nobody to talk to. I find the unremitting silence 24 hours a day unbearable torture. Can nobody help me?”

Apart from Jo, his wife of 35 years, Tony doesn’t have anyone to talk to and is now living in silence in his home

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Tony first met Jo, who was a legal secretary, over 35 years ago at a bar. The time spent together in marriage was like “perfect harmony,” as Tony described it. He elaborated that their relationship felt very natural; it was as if he had known her all his life. No secrets, total openness, true soulmates.

“Jo was my best friend and we had a lovely life. But now I’m all by myself,” elaborated Tony. “My wonderful wife has just died, and I have nobody. All I want is for somebody to see the sign and phone me up. I just want a nice conversation so I’m not sat in silence all day long.”

He has tried putting up ads in the local newspaper and handing out business cards, but to no avail

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The two had lived in Kempley, Forest of Dean, and Gloucestershire for around 25 years before moving to East Hampshire so that Jo could be closer to her sister. However, soon after, Jo fell ill and passed away just nine days after her diagnosis with pancreatic cancer.

The two would spend their evenings cooking, laughing, and listening to music together, sometimes several hours at a time. Tony explained that it was the highlight of their day after a hard day’s work.

Fortunately, his poster was spotted by the media and is now making headlines left and right

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Well, sure enough, plopping down a poster at his window seemed to do the trick as Tony’s poster is now making headlines all over the place. Let’s hope this does not turn back on him and he is not bombarded by phone calls at all hours of the day!

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Humble Queen Zendaya Posted The Sweetest Msg On Instagram After Her History-Making Emmys Win

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Zendaya just posted the cutest message on her Instagram story after becoming the youngest person to win an Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama series as Rue in Euphoria. She is also the second EVER black actress to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Ahhh incredible.

In her message on IG, she thanked everyone who has “texted/tweeted/called etc” and said she’d get back to them after some sleep to “make sure this isn’t a dream.” Awww.

Her joyful win would make anyone jump with excitement, and seeing it in front of her friends and family make it that much more special.

“I know this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating,” Zendaya said in her speech.

“But I just want to say that there is hope in the young people out there. I know that our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope in the young people. And I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets, I see you, I admire you, I thank you,” she said.

This is an incredible win for the Euphoria actress, but it is also such an important milestone for the black community who have typically missed out on nominations at award shows like the Emmys, Oscars and Golden Globes. This years Emmys have been powerful reminder about the importance of inclusion and representation including: Anthony Anderson‘s black lives matter speech, Sandra Oh‘s Black Lives Matter/Korean outfit tribute and Regina King and Uzo Aduba, who both wore shirts in honour of Breonna Taylor.

“But, you know what? I’m still rooting for everybody Black, because Black stories, Black performance and Black lives matter,” Anderson said in his Emmys speech.

Twitter of course, is collectively losing their shit over Zendaya’s win and some couldn’t help but notice how supportive and hilarious her family looked in the background.

Zendaya wasn’t the only one to make history at the Emmy awards, Schitt’s Creek won a whopping seven award wins.

Daniel Levy from Schitt’s Creek also graced us with some hilarious and wholesome reactions throughout the night.

Honestly, these reactions make me wish that the Emmys were always filmed like this, because they were just so damn cute.

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The Best Electric Cars of 2020

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For High Performance: 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S

The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is a great antidote for social distancing. During a summertime Saturday drive just north of Los Angeles, pedestrians wave, motorcyclists flash thumbs-ups, and a surfer pulling on his wetsuit simply points and stares. It’s the most socializing I’ve done in months.

The Taycan is Porsche’s first-ever all-electric vehicle, and the Turbo S is the most powerful version of the Taycan, so it makes sense that the car commands so much attention. The four-door sedan boasts unmistakable Porsche design elements even people who don’t care about cars can recognize: bulging fenders, a swooping roofline, all-around beauty. (It’s also got an unmistakable Porsche price: $185,000.) But the roads in and around L.A. are teeming with luxury automobiles. What’s so notable about the Turbo S?

The answer is the sound — or lack of it. When people see, say, a Tesla Model S — the Taycan’s main competitor — they aren’t surprised by the absence of engine noise; that’s what you expect from a Tesla. But a silent Porsche? That doesn’t seem right.

It does, however, feel right. Mashing the “gas” pedal to launch onto the 405 freeway, the acceleration shellacs me to my seat as two electric motors, one in front and one in back, deliver 774 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels. Porsche quotes a zero-to-60 mph time of 2.6 seconds, but it’s likely even quicker than that. Plus, the Turbo S has something other EVs don’t — a second gear, which helps maintain acceleration up to the car’s 161-mph top speed.

With an EPA-rated range of just 192 miles, the Turbo S might not be ideal for road trips. But it offers a surprisingly comfortable ride while still handling like a Porsche. It carved up canyon roads in Malibu with Teutonic precision, despite weighing in at a whopping 5,121 pounds.

And truth be told, it doesn’t do it in actual silence. The Turbo S features a standard “Electric Sport Sound” system that broadcasts acceleration noise inside and outside the cabin, like a techno remix of a high-revving gas engine. “It sounds like being in a spaceship,” a passenger in my car said. Considering the Turbo S is a feat of engineering that moves far quicker than humans have any business moving, that’s a pretty apt description. —Ky Henderson

For Everyone: 2020 Nissan Leaf

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Like those familiar posters of ape-to-man evolution, the Nissan Leaf shows how EVs have morphed from grunting primitives into smarter, socialized beings. The 2010 Leaf was the world’s first mass-produced EV for a global audience. But I still remember cringing at its clown-car looks and meager 73-mile range.

Here in 2020, the new Leaf Plus can roam up to 226 miles on a charge — three times the original’s abilities. This is a legitimate car, not a compromised science project, a generously featured hatchback that’s cemetery-quiet and relaxing to drive. Welcome gains include a 45 percent stronger, 214-horsepower motor. Robust, 100-kilowatt fast charging allows the Leaf to slurp up an 80-percent charge in 45 minutes. And Nissan’s available ProPilot Assist delivers a useful, affordable suite of robotic driver aids, including steering assist on highways, adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. The price can creep uncomfortably into Tesla Model 3 territory — my deluxe Leaf SL Plus cost $44,825 (though a basic S Plus can be had for $39,125). But a federal tax credit eases the blow. —Lawrence Ulrich

For All-Around Luxury: 2021 Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-PACE Global Drive, Portugal, 2018

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SUVs tend to be bulky and utilitarian, focused on either surviving off-road adventures or shuttling the kids from school to practice (pre- pandemic, anyway). But the Jaguar I-Pace (from $69,850) is straight-up gorgeous.

It’s also a blast to drive. Along the iconic Angeles Crest Highway in the San Gabriel Mountains, the I-Pace kept up with smaller cars through the twists and turns. A brief detour up Mount Wilson saw the Jag eat up the narrow road’s tight corners. Meanwhile, roomy seats and a comprehensive (if sometimes hard-to-use) infotainment system helped keep everyone happy inside.

On the way back down the mountain, the regenerative braking system — it’s how EVs recharge their batteries on the fly — slowed the vehicle whenever my foot came off the pedal. At times it was too eager, but the function can be softened via an onscreen menu. And with the I-Pace’s 394 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and crisp handling, you’ll want to keep your foot on the floor anyway. —KH

For the City-Dweller: 2020 Mini Electric

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If you’re in the market for a handy urban errand runner, look no further than the Mini Cooper SE. On the surface, it’s the same Mini people know and love — a frisky-handling, high-design British coupe by way of BMW. (The German automaker owns Mini, and the Cooper’s sophisticated chassis and electric tech is shared with BMW’s i3.) The SE squirts from zero to 60 mph in a peppy 6.9 seconds, darts around lumbering SUVs in city traffic, and grips the pavement like mad with its sticky Goodyear tires. You’ll spot the electric Mini by its kicky “energetic yellow” exterior mirrors and trim and its funky alloy wheels, whose three-hole pattern recalls a British electrical outlet. Meanwhile the interior reads posh, from the light-ringed orb of its center display screen to sport seats clad in diamond-pattern, eco-friendly faux leather.

The downside: The Mini is so tiny, its makers could only stuff so much battery inside, a lithium-ion pack just one-third the size of the largest Tesla units. Still, my test drives in Miami and New York proved the Mini could go more than 130 miles on a charge, easily stretching past its official 110-mile range. You’d be surprised how long that is when you’re just commuting or short-hopping.

Plus, batteries are heavy and expensive as hell, so the Mini’s T-shaped pack makes for a lightweight and ultra-affordable EV: $23,250 after a $7,500 federal tax credit. That price is in line with gasoline-powered econoboxes that can’t touch the Mini’s style or performance, let alone its zero tailpipe emissions. —LU

For the Tech-Obsessed: Tesla Model Y

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Tesla makes electric cars. But what it’s really doing is chipping away at mainstream America’s resistance to electric cars, one innovative model at a time. The latest is the Model Y, a piercing shot into the SUV-loving, traffic-stressed heart of the American buyer. Go ahead, trot out all those reasons why an EV doesn’t work for you. The Model Y knocks them dead, and adds onboard digital fart noises to remind you that Elon Musk still has a sense of humor (really — hit the whoopee-cushion logo in the vehicle’s accompanying app).

“Fun” certainly describes the Model Y, which can time-warp to 60 mph in as little as 3.5 seconds. That’s faster than several fossil-fueled, and increasingly fossilized, high-performance SUVs. On New York’s roller-coaster Taconic Parkway, the Model Y glided past slowpokes in addictive, stealth-assault fashion, its dual electric motors emitting the barest whine and whisper. A limbo-low center of gravity, a signature of EVs that pack their batteries below the floor, helped the Model Y slingshot through curves with grace and pace alike.

So-called range anxiety is also banished: The Long Range version, starting from $52,900, can cruise for 316 miles on a full electric “tank.” That’s enough for round trips from New York to the Hamptons, or Los Angeles to Palm Springs, with miles to spare. An ingenious heat pump, a first for any Tesla, aims to preserve driving range in freezing-cold temperatures, long a challenge for electric vehicles. And when it’s time to juice up, Musk’s sprawling Supercharger network can add up to 158 miles of driving range in just 15 minutes on the plug.

That nationwide network, now with more than 7,600 charge spots in North America, underlines perhaps the biggest competitive gap between Tesla and its rivals: an Apple-like ecosystem that takes all the guesswork and hassle out of the user experience, from a hyperintuitive, 15-inch central touchscreen interface to over-the-air software updates. Within minutes, Tesla updated my Model Y to sample beta versions of its latest Autopilot functions, including the ability to halt robotically for stoplights and stop signs. (The latter seems a bit of a work in progress, but it’s coming.)

Tesla was also ahead of rivals in understanding that people live through their phones. So a smartphone app replaces a traditional key, pre-cools or heats the cabin, and even summons this slope-roofed SUV to drive itself out of parking spaces (at short range). And the Model Y’s new wireless charging is one of those brilliant ideas that seems inevitable in hindsight: A driver’s and a passenger’s phone sit side-by-side on the console, in plain view, on a rubberized pad that holds them rock steady even during the hardest cornering. Expect other car companies to follow suit quickly.

Equally inevitable, it seems, is that the Model Y will supplant its Model 3 sedan sibling as America’s, and the world’s, favorite EV. That California-built Model 3 found 300,000 buyers last year, nearly three times as many as its nearest global rival. To that, the Model Y adds not just the latest upgrades and tech, but the up-high seating, standard all-wheel-drive, and versatile space that have led SUVs to crushing market domination. Try all you like: Resistance is futile. —LU

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Variety’s Chief TV Critics Break Down the Weirdest, Smartest Emmys Ceremony in Recent Memory

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A particularly strange year in television and beyond got a fittingly strange Emmys show to match, with nominees awaiting the results from home while Jimmy Kimmel threw jokes into an empty Staples Center. But with a smart, lively production and a string of winners both expected and surprising, the 2020 Emmys ended up more memorable for what they got right than wrong. Variety’s chief TV critics Daniel D’Addario and Caroline Framke discuss.

Daniel D’Addario: Am I wrong to think that was the best Emmys ceremony in years?

Obviously, it’s desirable to have everyone back in the same room together for many reasons. But within the constraints of the present moment, the producers pulled off a compelling, intriguing show, one that kept you watching to see what would happen next (and not just in a train-wreck sense). There was genuine whimsy to, for instance, the hazmatted trophy presenters and the exploding boxes containing trophies. And the at-home setting seemed to allow presenters to be franker, more candid and more thoughtfully politically engaged than they otherwise might, speaking without the ceremony — and without the glaring lights — of the stage.

This is all to say that much of what worked about traditional awards shows was replicated, down to a very satisfying list of winners. While the first hour’s “Schitt’s Creek” sweep felt to this viewer repetitious after not too long, the limited series and drama categories reflected a pleasingly broad consideration of what was good on TV over the past few years, from plenty of “Watchmen” and “Succession” representation to Uzo Aduba of “Mrs. America” to — my favorite win of the night, in part because of the surprise of it — Zendaya for “Euphoria.” Well-produced or not, an awards show with only expected winners can’t help but be a dud, and the shock of Emmy crowning a 24-year-old rising superstar over more established TV figures was a delight.

I know you’re a Zendaya admirer as well; did any other moments stick out to you?

Caroline Framke: Zendaya’s win, in a blunt word, rules. “Euphoria” is a deliberately punishing, divisive show, but no matter what you think of it, watching even just a few minutes makes it clear just how good she is in that lead role. I truly think the show would collapse under its own ambitious weight without a performance that sharp at its center, so I was thrilled to see the Academy agree in no uncertain terms. That she’s also the youngest recipient ever, and the category’s second Black honoree, period, only underlines how invigorating this win is.

As for the rest of the show, I was just as impressed as you by the production of the ceremony, which could have just been a monotonous string of Zoom calls (though just as with our banal daily Zoom calls, there was still some fun in getting even a sliver of a peek at everyone’s home setups, which were largely charmingly lo-fi give or take a “Schitt’s Creek” ballroom). The extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic keeping everyone as separate as possible clearly inspired the Emmys team to come up with solutions that weren’t just feasible, but creative. Obviously, I hope things are back to normal, whatever “normal” means, next year. But I also hope that this level of ingenuity sticks around no matter what.

Going back to the winners, though, the night was both more and less interesting than I expected. With “Schitt’s Creek,” “Watchmen” and “Succession” winning their respective categories as predicted, that Zendaya win was the biggest upset. (The other, to me, was Maria Schrader winning directing for a limited series over a formidable “Watchmen” trio and a posthumous nomination for Lynn Shelton.) But I’ll admit that even though I figured “Schitt’s Creek” would do well, I was nonetheless floored by just how thoroughly it dominated. The show became a genuine phenomenon thanks to the perfect marriage of its comforting vibe and prevalence on Netflix, but it began as a low-rated, hidden Canadian gem on the now effectively defunct network Pop TV. Its trajectory from that to record-shattering Emmy darling is unprecedented, extraordinary stuff. (For what it’s worth, my favorite of those many “Schitt’s” wins is Annie Murphy’s supporting turn, long the most underrated element of the show’s success.)

Forgone conclusions or no, how did you find the “Watchmen” and “Succession” wins, Dan?

D’Addario: Yeah, none of the top wins came as big surprises. But “Watchmen” and “Succession” both struck me as shows being awarded in — and this is not common for Emmy — the exactly right moment. “Watchmen” grew over the course of its season into a series of startling power and weight, addressing America’s history of racist exclusion as these issues grew more urgent in the national discourse. So too grew “Succession,” whose burnished but uneven first season gave way to a second that combined the show’s careful eye for detail with a splashy adventurousness when it came to character, location and story.

It was interesting, though, that neither “Watchmen” nor “Succession” swept as “Schitt’s” had. The dominance of “Watchmen” relented somewhat to allow acting wins for Mark Ruffalo of “I Know This Much Is True” and for Uzo Aduba of “Mrs. America” — the latter an especially happy result for a consistently great performer and for a series that, in other years, would likely have run the table. And, while Julia Garner is a bright spot in what is for me a dim “Ozark,” I wished Sarah Snook had received the win, though “Ozark” is winding down while “Succession” has seasons more to go.

That final comparison — “Ozark,” which has won prizes over the years but never pieced together a best drama win, vs. “Succession,” which has seemed to roar into the spot previously reserved for “Game of Thrones” — draws out an interesting subplot of the evening. HBO is thriving as an awards force, and the greatest visibility for rival Netflix was for a Canadian sitcom the streamer popularized in second run but did not itself produce. Not for the first time, the morning after an awards show seems a disappointing one for the service that would be the dominant force in entertainment. Which means next year’s Emmys will be a fascinating continuation of this plotline, assuming there’s enough new TV to reward.

Framke: That’s a big assumption — though not for nothing, one of the only networks to have plenty of content banked to roll out during the pandemic has been, in fact, Netflix. So I would be surprised if it doesn’t make a stronger showing in 2021. But I’ll also just be interested in general to see if the next round of winners will be quite as representative of the year in which they premiered as this year’s, which as you said, ended up so perfectly tailored to reflect the time. Going forward, will TV work to confront this tumultuous period head-on, or will it linger behind in the world that came before? I’m not sure which I’d prefer at this point, but can’t deny how curious I am to find out.

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