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The top 10 mathematical movies of all time – does your favourite make the list?

Movies that revolve around maths can often teach us about key historical figures, which are rarely boring to learn about. These must-see films have won an array of awards and are the perfect examples of how maths movies can actually be very entertaining.

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
This movie starring Russell Crowe is a sad one, focusing on the life of mathematician John Nash – a Nobel Laureate in Economics and Abel Prize Winner.

It begins with Nash’s days as a graduate at Princeton University and leads into a harrowing journey of self-discovery with plenty of challenges along the way, offering the viewer a lot more than 1+1=2.

Good Will Hunting (1997)
This classic stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Robin Williams, being all about a janitor at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology who is a mathematical expert.

The self-taught Will Hunting (Matt Damon) solves a difficult mathematics problem anonymously posted by Professor Gerald Lambeau and, when he is arrested for attacking a police officer, Mr Lambeau makes a deal with him to get help from a psychotherapist to find direction in his life.

The Oxford Murders (2008)
This mathematics movie revolves around American maths student Martin (Elijah Wood), who transfers to Oxford in hope of getting philosopher Arthur Seldom to look over his thesis.

The shocking murder of Martin’s landlady plunges the clever pair into a mathematical mystery, could an unsolvable maths problem be the answer to her death?

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Next James Bond favourite James Norton shares what he’d bring to 007 after Daniel Craig

Asked what he’d bring to the role if cast as the next Bond, Norton added: “I’m a type one diabetic. How cool would it be to have a diabetic Bond?

“It would be wonderful for all those diabetic kids out there to think even a type one diabetic could be Bond!

“Other than that, I’d leave it to Daniel and the writers to carry on the legacy.”

Despite his popularity, the McMafia star has tough competition in the odds from the likes of Tom Hardy and Regé-Jean Page.

Brian May shares his favourite song on Queen’s Greatest Hits ‘It had to battle its way on’

Queen’s Greatest Hits is the UK’s best-selling album ever and a recent 40th anniversary re-issue narrowly missed out on being UK No 1 for a fifth time this week. Nevertheless, Brian May is proud of the iconic tracks featured on the record that he made with Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. And now the Queen guitarist has shared which song on the record-breaking album is his favourite.

Speaking with Absolute Radio, Brian May struggled to pick a song at first, before landing on one he penned himself.

The 73-year-old said: “Oh it’s very hard to say. What’s my favourite? I don’t know if I do have favourites.

“If I was being very…allowing myself to be partisan, probably would be We Will Rock You.

“Because it sort of says everything in a short time and it’s something that’s always worked for us.”

Brian continued: “Everybody’s jumping up and down, making a noise. And what they were doing was singing along.”

“In those days, it was really new I have to tell you. You just didn’t go to concerts where people sang to rock bands. But on this particular occasion, they didn’t stop. And when we went off stage they sang You’ll Never Walk Alone to us.”

The Queen guitarist went to sleep that night thinking: “What could an audience do? What could you ask them to do?”

In the end, he realised: “They’re all crammed in there, they can’t do much. But they can stamp their feet, they can clap their hands, and they can sing.”

‘Spain still a favourite’ as travel experts remain ‘optimistic’ ahead of quarantine update

Grant Shapps is set to make an announcement in front of Number 10 this morning, informing Britons of the latest easing of travel restrictions. The transport secretary is expected to say that double-jabbed Brits will be able to travel to amber list countries quarantine free. Some industry leaders remain “optimistic” that travel will continue to open up over the coming weeks.

Dame Irene Hays, Chair of Britain’s largest travel agency, Hays Travel Group, appeared on Sky News this morning to discuss the upcoming travel update.

She said she remained “very hopeful for the announcement” as many Britons had already come to her company to express their “significant” interest in travelling this summer.

Dame Hays explained: “We’ve brought back all our staff in all our shops across the country.

“The logic behind that is irrespective of the announcement that we get from the transport secretary.

Dame Hays explained that her company had received more enquiries for 2021 this week than for 2022 and 2023.

However, people’s preferred destinations have stayed the same.

“The destinations that people want to travel to are still the favourite destinations for the summer,” Dame Hays said.

She went on to say that one of the main countries Britons want to travel to is Spain.

The Chair of Hays Travel Group continued: “Greece is still popular.

“Malta is increasingly popular.

“And the Balearics continue to do well.

“So, they’re still the most popular destinations at the moment.”

Dame Hays added: “People are choosing to spend more on their holiday and they intend to stay for longer.

“There is a general trend.”

Grant Shapps is expected to make the latest travel announcement at around 11:30am this morning.

Author: Mared Gruffydd
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Michael Jackson girlfriend Stephanie Mills on ‘compassionate’ star and his favourite treat

Before Michael Jackson became a global superstar in the 1980s he enjoyed a brief relationship with Broadway star Stephanie Mills. Mills was renowned for playing Dorothy Gale in the 1975 stage show The Wiz – an adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Jackson later went on to star in the film version of the show which was released in 1978. During an interview Mills revealed how he acted while they were together.

Mill said in 2016: “I loved Michael!

“We dated for about a year and a half back in the day. He was the sweetest, most compassionate, most loving person. Very soft-spoken and very humble.” (Via Closer)

The seven-time Tony Award-winning singer went on to out one of Jackson’s guilty pleasures.

She revealed: “He loved to laugh, and he loved Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies.”

READ MORE: Michael Jackson gifted Princess Diana three AMAZING presents

Mills continued: “We used to ride up Ventura Boulevard [in LA] and he’d want me to go and get them!

“He saw me in The Wiz all the time, and I went to the set [of The Wiz film] a couple times.”

While talking to The Breakfast Club radio station, Mills explained she and Jackson “were very young” when they were together.

Presley and Jackson eventually got married in 1994.

After their wedding, they appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss their love.

During the expose interview, the couple were asked if they had sex.

An irritated Presley replied: “Do we have sex? Yes, yes, yes!”

The daughter of Elvis Presley was clearly frustrated by the doubt surrounding their marriage.

She said: “Did we marry out of convenience? Why wouldn’t we have a lot in common?”

The couple split just two years later in 1996.


Author: Callum Crumlish
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Next James Bond: Tom Hardy drops by the wayside as Regé-Jean Page is new favourite

Later this year Daniel Craig will be stepping down from his role of James Bond after No Time To Die is released. Although fans have been waiting patiently for the next movie for years, no news has yet been given on the next actor to don the tuxedo after the credits have rolled. Various rumours have suggested Inception star Tom Hardy is going to be the next international spy, but he has now fallen behind in the Bond Odds.

According to Ladbrokes, the new favourite for the next Bond actor is Netflix star Regé-Jean Page.

The British-Zimbabwean star found mainstream fame over Christmas when his show, Bridgerton, hit the streaming service.

Following that, petitions began calling for the star to become the next Bond after Craig.

Now, Page has risen through the ranks to become the new favourite with 4/5 odds on becoming the man of mystery.

READ MORE: James Bond star missed out on Fast & Furious 9 role

Unfortunately, this means Hardy has lost his top spot in the betting.

All hope is not yet lost, however.

The Dark Knight Rises actor currently has a strong 4/1 on taking over as Bond after Craig.

Considering his popularity, it is more than likely this line-up will change in the coming months.

What do you think? Should Regé-Jean Page be the next James Bond? Join the debate in the comments section here

This would make him the first-ever Welsh Bond, and his chances are good with a strong 6/1.

Despite his popularity, he is being beaten by McMafia actor James Norton.

Norton has an impressive 5/1 and certainly fits the bill for the role of the Eton College attendee.

Down but not out is London hero Idris Elba, who is best known for Pacific Rim, Hobbs & Shaw and the Marvel franchise.

Elba has a fantastic 10/1 and could have his odds slashed at any point.

He was recently backed by previous Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.

Brosnan said: “Idris Elba comes to mind. Idris is such a powerful presence and such a great former voice tensity. He would be magnificent.”

James Bond No Time To Die is due out in cinemas on September 30, 2021.

Author: Callum Crumlish
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Fernando Alonso picks between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen for F1 title ‘favourite’

Hamilton fell behind in the standings after a poor round in Monaco and has since been unable to claw back the lead of the standings from Verstappen over the past four races.

The Dutchman pulled out an 18 point lead over the seven-time world champion at the Styrian Grand Prix and is keen to do the same again at the same circuit this weekend for round nine, the Austrian Grand Prix.

The two-time world champion was partnered alongside Hamilton as his team-mate back at McLaren in 2007, before the Briton’s dominance with Mercedes during the hybrid era.

“It is very interesting from the outside to follow and watch,” the Alpine driver said. “At least we don’t have like previous years that it was Lewis against Lewis and sometimes Valtteri [Bottas], but not often.

“So at the moment we have a more interesting championship so we can follow with a little more adrenaline until Abu Dhabi. That’s a good thing.

Max Verstappen expects ‘tougher’ Lewis Hamilton fight ahead of Austria

“Of course it’s just nice in general to see a lot of fans back; I think everyone missed that a lot. It just creates an atmosphere that we’re all looking forward to this weekend.”

He added: “That weekend was very enjoyable but it’s not a guarantee that it will happen again, you know? We have to make sure that now with the softer compounds we again have a good car with a good balance and of course, people learn from their mistakes last week.”

In the other camp, Hamilton was clear to state Mercedes were still in the “fight” for the title this season but admitted Red Bull have a clear advantage.

“They’ve done a great job in these last four races,” admitted Hamilton, in the press conference on Thursday.

“It’s been really difficult for us from Monaco, which obviously was a bit of a disaster,” he continued, “and then the same for Baku, better at France and better last weekend but they have taken a step ahead of us and so we are just working as hard as we can to see if there’s a way we can close that gap.

“But we’re not even halfway through the season so I am still fighting and chasing for this title.”

Author: Claire Cottingham
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Fortnite Farmer Steel’s favourite places Week 4 challenge map locations REVEALED

Fortnite developer Epic Games has released a fresh batch of challenges for Battle Royale players.

Fortnite challenges have changed for Season 7, where tasks are split into different categories.

More traditional challenges are classed as Epic Quests, while Legendary Quests are more in depth and provide extra bonus XP.

This week’s Epic Quests task players with dealing damage near an Abductor, destroying hiding places, and destroying objects.

You’ll earn additional XP for hunting an infected animal, travelling in a saucer, and experiencing low gravity.

One final challenge tasks players with abducting an opponent with a saucer tractor beam.

As for the Legendary Quests, players can earn 45,000 XP by searching the farm for clues, placing missing person signs and collecting doomsday preppers guides.

One of the more interesting challenges involves visiting Farmer Steel’s favorite places.

There are three locations to discover, and completing the challenge will net players a whopping 30,000 XP.

As you can see from the map above, the three locations are spread across the map.

One of the locations is between Holly Hedges and Boney Burbs, while another is north of Corny Complex.

The third and final location can be found north-west of Retail Row, near a small patch of water.

If you’re still unsure where the locations can be found, check out the video below for the exact spots.

The remaining Week 4 challenges can be seen at the bottom of the page.

Fortnite Week 4 Epic Quests in full…

• Deal damage near an Abductor (1000)

• Destroy hiding places (3)

• Destroy Objects at Retail Row, Lazy Lake, Pleasant Park, or Holly Hatchery (5)

• Experience low gravity with Alien Nanites or on the Mothership (1)

• Hunt an infected animal (1)

• Travel in a Saucer (1000)

• Abduct an opponent with a saucer tractor beam (1)

Fortnite Week 4 Legendary Challenges in full…

• Search the farm for clues (2) – 45,000 XP

• Visit Farmer Steel’s favorite places (3) – 30,000 XP

• Place missing person signs in Weeping Woods and Misty Meadows (4) – 30,000 XP

• Collect doomsday preppers guide (1) – 30,000 XP

• Forage for food, need supplies (5) – 30,000 XP

Author: Liam Martin
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Nintendo Bosses Reveal Their Favourite Games At The Latest Shareholder Q&A

SMB Famicom

When it comes to Nintendo shareholder Q&As you generally get a mixture of very dry queries about sales performance or exchange rates, the rare juicy question and an occasional left field, bat crap question which has you wondering how these people got in the building in the first place.

The latest shareholder Q&A turned up the expected mix of questions earlier today, although in pace of a real eyebrow-raiser we got a relatively simple and rather heartwarming question for the board of respondees (which included Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa, Shigeru Miyamoto, Ko Shioda, Shinya Takahashi and Satoru Shibata) — essentially, what’s your favourite game?

We’re still waiting on an official translation of the Q&A, but our search engine-powered alternative is at least efficient enough to accurately translate the game titles from Japanese. When asked to name their favourite game, Mr Furukawa responded by descriving how he played Super Mario Bros. for Famicom as a junior high school student. Here’s an overview of the other responses:

Famicom Disk System games seemed to be popular with the board.
Famicom Disk System games seemed to be popular with the board. (Image: Nintendo Life)

Finally, Shuntaro Furukawa wrapped things up with a nod to Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics as something he’d been enjoying recently.

So there we are! Everyone’s very much toeing the company line — there aren’t any “OMG MIYAMOTO DIGS RATCHET” or “FORZA FTW FROM FURUKAWA!!1″ bombshells, but it’s interesting to see love for some lesser-known (outside Japan) Famicom Disk System titles. We thoroughly enjoyed the recent Famicom Detective Club localisations on Switch, so perhaps the answers above indicate we might be seeing more localisations in the future…

Or it could just be a bunch of old-ish folk reminiscing about the games of their youth. Hey, we can definitely relate to that!

Let us know below what you think of these best game picks from Nintendo top brass.

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Staycation where you bake your own bread and where you can enjoy your favourite hobbies

But even though we were grateful for that extra time, we were quite often stuck inside. And now that we’re allowed more freedom, we’re eager to get out and about, including booking a much-needed staycation.

So with holidays firmly on our minds, and our new hobbies taking up a huge part of our lives, online booking platform, eviivo, has compiled a list of 10 independent accommodation properties in the UK providing opportunities to indulge in your favourite pastimes.

Whether pampering a new pup in Devon, satisfying sourdough kneads in East Yorkshire or stargazing in Scotland, there are a wide variety of experiences to accommodate holidaymakers’ new-found interests.

1. Dog-owning: Bulleigh Barton Manor

Awarded ‘Dog-friendly business of the year’ in the 2018 VisitEngland Awards, this South Devon property welcomes dogs and their owners for a relaxing staycation in a country style B&B. Dogs are treated to the ultimate “a la bark breakfast” in the morning, and there are four acres of grounds for furry friends to ex-paw.

2. Cycling: York Holiday & Cycle Stop

These high-quality glamping pods near York offer great cycle-friendly facilities for pedal people who have enjoyed life on two wheels during lockdown. Only 1½ miles from the Way of the Roses cycle route, guests can enjoy a great night’s sleep in the landscaped grounds, and take advantage of secure cycle storage and a bike wash area.

3. Bread making: Highfield Farm  

For those bitten by the bread making bug over the past year, Highfield Farm is a great choice, where guests can ‘prove’ their skills at the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School. Situated in the charming market town of Driffield in East Yorkshire, this B&B offers a peaceful stay in a luxury property as well as sourdough and cookery courses for all tastes.

4. Birdwatching: Trustans Barn

Situated just five miles from the RSPB’s Minsmere and Dingle Marshes coastal nature reserves, this superb barn conversion in Darsham, Suffolk is surrounded by meadows and is a treat for wildlife watchers and birders. Nature lovers won’t want to let the opportunity to stay in The Swallow or The Nest rooms fly by!

5. Learning an instrument: Teach an Cheoil

Called The Music House in English, those that enjoy the art of music will like the sound of this holiday experience. Guests can enjoy music courses playing traditional Irish music with the banjo, mandolin, flute, whistle and accordion at this bilingual B&B set in the scenic Glens of Antrim, close to Ballycastle, Northern Ireland.

6. Quilting: The Old Bakery

Located in the heart of North Norfolk countryside, embroidery enthusiasts will be impressed by the Old Bakery B&B. This property boasts a quilt studio where visitors can sew to their heart’s content. Winners of eviivo’s ‘Bed, Breakfast and Beyond’ award in 2019, the property also offers a self-catering holiday cottage.

7. Painting: Westcroft Guest House

In a quiet corner of Cornwall, this boutique B&B in Kingsand offers guests the perfect escape and is just 20m from the scenic beach. It boasts its own private art gallery where guests are given exclusive access and are encouraged to choose their favourite Cornish artwork to hang in their room and inspire their own seascape masterpiece during their stay.

8. Stargazing: Black Burn Lodge

Located in the Scottish Borders on the edge of an International Dark Sky Park, this modern design boutique B&B offers guests use of their very own 200mm telescope. Night owls can feast their eyes on up to 2,000 stars at a time and look up at the Milky Way, Andromeda Galaxy, meteor showers and Saturn’s rings.

9. Supporting the community: The Pheasant

Run by the local community, this restored pub, reopened after nine years closed, extends a warm welcome to staycationers exploring Shropshire’s glorious countryside. A community hub where both locals and visitors meet to socialise, The Pheasant is a thriving classic country inn offering three stylish and comfortable rooms.

10 Sustainable living: Monkton Wyld Court

A large country house in an idyllic Dorset location, Monkton Wyld Court is an educational charity offering courses to promote sustainable living, from herbal medicine and yoga to hedge laying and scything. The property offers rooms and vegetarian meals and lets guests swap their carbon footprint for a muddy one.

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