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Influence a Cast of Gods and the Shape of a New World in Mythic Ocean

Summary

  • Mythic Ocean Character Artist/Animator Robyn Haley & Writer/Composer Darren Malley describe how their underwater adventure game is about empathy and creation.
  • Players freely explore a vibrant ocean and lend their advice to a pantheon of gods. Their choices lead to thousands of possible endings.
  • Mythic Ocean is now available on Xbox One. A free Demo called Mythic Ocean: Prologue is also available.

What would you do if you could talk with the gods, and your influence on them could change the cosmos? Mythic Ocean is an atmospheric adventure where players befriend a pantheon of gods under the sea, help solve their problems, and make choices that shape the birth of a new world. 

Mythic Ocean

This title combines free open-world exploration with the dialog-focused gameplay of a visual novel. As you discover new areas and meet new creatures, you will also encounter different gods with their own unique personalities and situations. They will share their motivations and problems and ask for your opinion. The advice you lend constantly alters the tale being told, and most importantly, determines which of these gods will rise above to create a new word, and what kind of world they will create. 

Mythic Ocean takes place in an ocean world in-between time. There’s a mystery to what came before and what will come after, with thousands of unique possible endings. Mythic Ocean is meant to be a cycle. Any particular ending is not really the end. Not happy with the world your choices created? Try approaching the various gods in the game differently. We’re excited about the replay value offered to the players.

Mythic Ocean

In this game, there is no death, no combat, no failure. Here, it’s all about dialogue and influence. What do you think others should do and how do you present it to them? Who do you want them to become (keeping in mind that you can’t force them)? Mythic Ocean encourages empathy and players will likely have to answer questions about themselves while they decide upon their replies to various characters. Conversations can be amusing and relaxing but also dive deeper into meaningful and philosophical themes. We believe that gamers of all ages can find their own food for thought.

Our players are storytellers too – we made a narrative they can explore and shape, creating an experience unique to them. Mythic Ocean is both a love letter to the beauty and power of the sea, and a game about how any individual has more influence than they realize. We invite you to come as you are and play a big role in the creation of a new universe.

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A free Demo called Mythic Ocean: Prologue is also available if you want to try it first.

Freely explore a vibrant ocean. Have relaxing, deep, and amusing conversations with six different gods and a cast of sea creatures.

The advice you give continuously alters your story and leads to thousands of possible endings, ranging between harmony and pandemonium.

Which god will rise above? What kind of universe will they create? Discover the outcomes of your choices.

“…a world full of life, color, music, and meaning that is sure to stay with you for years to come.” – 10/10 GameSpace

“…a lovely, daft, interesting, deep and complex game, with no combat, no death, just choices and consequences.” – 8/10 Buried Treasure

“…traversing the ocean depths is serene and relaxing, and encountering the game’s myriad of weird and wonderful creatures is continually delightful.” – 8/10 GameSpew

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“Our players are storytellers too – we make narratives they can explore and shape, creating an experience unique to them. Mythic Ocean is both a love letter to the beauty and power of the sea, and a game about how you, as a person, have more influence than you realize.” – Robyn Haley, Darren Malley and Matt Smudz

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“We publish games that aim to offer a new experience. Diving into Mythic Ocean almost feels like entering a state of meditation where deep thoughts and bonds can be forged.” – Mikaël Bourget, founder of the publishing label

Fresh evidence is emerging of the GOP’s strategy of mayhem heading into next year’s midterm elections under the defining influence of Trump

Fresh evidence is emerging of the GOP’s strategy of mayhem heading into next year’s midterm elections under the defining influence of Donald Trump.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, whose demagoguery is tolerated by GOP leaders, is at the center of a new storm over her allusions to Nazism. A leaked video shows Texas’ Rep. Chip Roy prescribing Washington chaos as the GOP seeks to destroy Joe Biden’s presidency and win back the chamber. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is meanwhile working out how to derail the Democratic-led committee that will look into the January 6 insurrection — putting the party’s idol, Trump, above American democracy. And the California Republican is amplifying claims by Fox host Tucker Carlson that he’s being spied on by government eavesdroppers.
All this came on a day when the former President launched a dubious lawsuit claiming infringement of his First Amendment rights by social media companies that banned him for inciting violence and spewing democracy-tarnishing misinformation.
The latest churn in the GOP circus is confirming the party, in the House at least, as almost exclusively a force of grievance and spectacle in Trump’s image, rather than a serious legislating force or even conventional opposition. The impression was already fostered by House Republicans’ efforts to shield the ex-President and rewrite history over the mob assault on Congress by his supporters.
This deepening reality is likely to ensure a brutal period in Washington ahead of next year’s midterms and confirm the truism that in the country’s current estrangement, there is almost no window for serious governing between elections. The partisanship at all costs could be especially perilous in a coming fight later this year over raising the government’s borrowing limit that could put the national credit rating at risk.

A challenge and an opening for Biden

The tumult in the House — which is only exacerbating the boiling rage stirred among Trump voters by his election fraud lies — poses both challenges and openings for Biden’s administration. It also could influence the climate in which moderate Republican senators are trying to work with the White House to pass a bipartisan infrastructure deal.
Against the raging inferno in the conservative half of the country, Biden is conducting a remarkably conventional presidency, trying to restore traditional expectations of the office crushed by Trump.
He forged an infrastructure deal. He’s made several recent visits to swing districts in swing states to push his agenda and the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. And he’s targeting the political center ground in the suburbs that got him elected — even to the frustration of his liberal allies.
So far it’s working for the President. A new Washington Post/ABC News poll put his approval rating at 50%, a decent return given the nation’s polarization. And 60% of Americans approved of his pandemic management.
Worsening signs of extremism by House Republicans could play into the President’s self-styling as a moderate voice for national unity and common ground — underscored again by his appeals for Americans to buckle down together to eradicate Covid-19 during the Independence Day weekend. They could also scare off moderate voters who, along with African Americans, were critical to him winning last November.
But the GOPs radicalism might also embolden progressives who think him naive to try to work with Republicans. And with the GOP favored to win the House next year, given history’s frequent curse of first-term presidents in midterm elections, Biden will face fresh pressure to convince moderate Democrats to abolish the Senate filibuster in order to enable an expansive liberal agenda.

Chaos and obstruction may reign

The Republican Party’s policy of obstruction in the House came into closer focus on Wednesday in a video that depicts Roy relishing the controversy over a multitrillion-dollar spending bill that Democrats want to pass alongside the infrastructure measure in order to coax progressives to vote for the compromise.
“I actually say, thank the Lord. Eighteen more months of chaos and the inability to get stuff done. That’s what we want,” Roy is heard saying on the video distributed by a Democratic activist.
The comments dismayed traditionalists — and likely those Americans who believe members of Congress are sent to Washington to do the people’s business. Yet they are hardly surprising, since they mirror other rhetoric by senior Republicans — including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky — about their desire to thwart Biden’s presidency.
Sure, the disclosure is coming at a time of national crisis with 600,000 Americans dead in a pandemic that has yet to be defeated and that might be mitigated with unity. But it can’t come as a surprise to anyone who watched the civic splintering in Washington and the GOP’s full-on embrace of Trump’s politics of grievance and destruction.
Roy’s response to the controversy was instructive. He doubled down in a combative statement, saying he would “fight with every ounce of my being to stop the radical left — and weak Republicans” to help achieve a GOP victory in the midterms. His welcoming of the fight reflected that it may help Roy, who while a staunch conservative has not always pleased Trump and could face a primary challenge from an opponent loyal to the former President.
In itself, the Texas congressman is not doing anything out of bounds. It’s perfectly legitimate for an elected member of Congress to try to block the successes of an opposition majority and president. Fighting liberal legislation on taxes, social policy and in other areas is likely exactly what Roy’s constituents had in mind when they sent him to Washington.
Still, the sole aspiration of thwarting governance does offer a damning commentary of the country’s fractured politics.

McCarthy’s midterm strategy

McCarthy, since walking back his initial criticism of Trump over the Capitol insurrection, has anchored his midterm election strategy on the former President. Viewed in isolation, it’s a probably a smart bet. Blanket opposition by House Republicans puts extreme pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to maintain her very thin majority for significant legislation in a party that is itself split between more moderate Democrats and activist progressives on the left. Still, it’s possible that some Republicans could peel off, even in the House, and back the infrastructure stand-alone package.
Republicans already have an advantage in November 2022 because of redistricting that is likely to give them a handful of safe seats. And the key to winning will be stoking fury among Trump’s base to ensure a strong GOP turnout.
So McCarthy’s tactics might be politically shrewd, though they will dismay old-school conservatives wedded to the party’s previous values. After all, the GOP once claimed to have made the world safe for democracy by winning a Cold War against communism.
McCarthy’s tolerance for Greene, however, is beyond transactional and is a sinister tale of the GOP’s modern character.
The Trump-supporting first-term lawmaker and conspiracy theorist caused new outrage with a tweet that compared the Biden administration’s teams offering vaccinations to Nazi-era “brown shirts” militia who helped pave Adolf Hitler’s rise to power. The fresh outburst of offensive, anti-Semitic rhetoric from Greene underscored the impunity with which the GOP regards political extremism after allowing itself to become a channel for White nationalist sentiment during Trump’s presidency. And it came only weeks after a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington prompted Greene to apologize for comparing mask wearing to the Nazi pogrom against Jews.
CNN reported on Wednesday that McCarthy is working out how to staff Republican spots on the House Select Committee on the insurrection. While he is contemplating placing Trump allies on the panel — who would be able to politicize and disrupt its hearings — some allies believe he should also choose a more pragmatic voice, perhaps including a lawmaker who voted to certify the 2020 presidential election, CNN’s Melanie Zanona reported.
But there is no doubting the House minority leader’s wish to play to a radical crowd. On Wednesday afternoon he issued a statement offering the credibility of his office to Carlson’s claims that he was being spied upon the National Security Agency on the orders of the Biden administration, for which the bombastic TV host has not produced any evidence.
“Our liberties are preserved by the Constitution, the document creating the freest country in the world,” McCarthy said in a statement lent irony by his unwillingness to censure Trump’s continuing assault on US founding values.
It was yet another moment when it was hard to identify the dividing line between the Republican Party and conservative propaganda media.

Author: Analysis by Stephen Collinson, CNN
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Brexit outrage as UK warned it can 'never escape' EU influence

UK and EU‘s post-Brexit relations have continued to deteriorate in recent weeks as Brussels hits out at Boris Johnson over the Northern Ireland protocol. The EU has warned it will retaliate “swiftly, firmly and resolutely” if the UK continues to challenge Brussels on the Northern Ireland protocol. The row comes as the Government is reported to be considering unilaterally extending the grace periods under the protocol that give businesses in Northern Ireland time to adapt to new rules – including for the import of chilled meats such as sausages and mince from Britain.

The grace periods are due to expire at the end of June but, according to the Telegraph, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is contemplating extending them in the face of a lack of progress towards a new agreement.

This comes amid tension over the City of London’s access to European markets and a recent furore in France over access to Jersey’s fishing waters.

While the UK left the EU to seek more independence, an expert believes Britain will “never entirely escape the gravitational pull of the EU”.

Martin Westlake of the London School of Economics warned in December that the UK will simply need “a relationship with its largest trading partner, whatever form it ultimately takes (and it is probably going to take a long time for the rhetoric to dissipate and the dust to settle).”

He also highlighted the UK will face similar dilemmas to that of countries like Switzerland, Norway and Iceland – all of which are not EU members.

Mr Westlake added: “To take some examples, countries like Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway enjoy all the benefits of the EU’s internal market through their membership of the EEA, but they have had to accept in return that they will have no direct say in the market rules by which they have to abide.”

The expert concluded his essay saying: “Of course, the UK economy will not wither and die once the UK has entirely left the EU – far from it; but, because of the ‘Brussels effect’, it can never entirely escape the gravitational pull of the EU and its internal market.”

READ MORE: Von der Leyen: EU ‘in trouble’ and Germany at ‘dangerous’ point’

Earlier this month, Swiss foreign minister Ignazio Cassis pulled the plug on talks as the country’s government rejected the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and a free movement directive that would offer permanent residence to EU citizens, with access to social security services.

But Switzerland also faces its own economic conundrum, as the EU has not granted Bern equivalence – meaning it is excluded from parts of the European market.

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Covid latest: 'Risk of substantial third wave' as rising cases influence number of deaths

This upcoming Monday is when Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell the country whether or not Freedom Day will be postponed. According to the latest statistics, a delayed reopening of society is seeming more likely. Imperial College epidemiologist Professor Neil Ferguson – who persuaded Boris to order the first lockdown – commented on the situation. “There is a risk of a substantial third wave,” he said in a media briefing held yesterday evening.

However, Professor Ferguson said the experts “cannot be definite about the scale”.

The third wave “could be substantially lower than the second wave, or it could be of the same order of magnitude”.

“That, critically, depends on how effective the vaccines still are protecting people against hospitalisation and death against the Delta variant, as well as a few other unknowns,” explained Professor Ferguson.

He seems to be in favour of a delayed Freedom Day, as Professor Ferguson said postponing the date will “allow more people to get second doses” for greater protection.

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The latest Government figures show that the number of people testing positive for coronavirus has increased by 66 percent in the past week.

In addition, this rise in the number of Covid cases has now influenced the number of deaths from the disease.

During the past seven days, there has been a 43.5 percent increase in the number of deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test.

At the moment, the amount of people admitted to hospital has remained stationary.

As for vaccinations, more than 40 million people in the UK have now had their first vaccine.

There has been a markedly great turnout in the number of under 30s who have booked in for their jab.

The number of people who have had their second vaccination is nearing 30 million.

Professor Ferguson predicts that deaths will “probably be lower” than previous waves.

“The vaccines are having a highly protective effect,” he ascertained.

“Cases in hospital now are milder,” Professor Ferguson added. “But it still could be quite worrying.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made it clear that no one is fully protected against Covid until two weeks after they’ve had their second jab.

Research is still uncovering how effective the vaccines are at preventing the spread of the disease and how long they protect people for.

It’s for these reasons that the CDC encourages people to “keeping taking precautions”.

Precautions include wearing a face mask in indoor public spaces, avoiding large indoor gatherings, and washing your hands often.

Side effects after both jabs are to be expected, but they’re usually mild and resolve themselves within a couple of days.

Common side effects include: tiredness, fatigue, chills, and a headache.

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The oil pipeline that will expand China's influence in Africa

Egypt is a highly strategic partner in the Middle East, and the China-Iran bloc is looking to expand influence in Africa through the extension of a current oil pipeline that runs from Iraq to Jordan.

Central to the expansion of Chinese and Russian influence via Iran into the space in the Middle East vacated by the US since former US President Donald Trump initiated a pullback from the region is the ongoing rollout of a pan-regional power network.

This complements and augments existing oil and gas development and transport links between Iran and Iraq and then into the rest of the Iran-controlled Shia Crescent of Power and beyond, further necessitating as it does the installation of extensive permanent infrastructure connected to the network and extensive permanent security personnel to protect these assets. In this context, Egypt’s Electricity and Renewable Energy Minister, Mohammed Shaker, stated last week that his country is seeking to strengthen its electricity exchange with its neighbours as part of plans to become a regional energy hub.
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There are two key factors relating to Egypt that make it an especially valuable addition to the extension of Iran’s sphere of influence in the Middle East, which almost exactly reflects China’s geopolitical plans based around its ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) multi-generational power grab plan. The first factor is that Egypt has long regarded itself as a leader in the Arab world, most notably highlighted in the modern era with the Suez Crisis in 1956 that ended the British occupation of the Suez Canal transport route, the formation with Syria in 1958 of the new sovereign entity, the United Arab Republic, and the various Arab-Israeli wars over the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s that featured Egypt as a central protagonist until a peace treaty was signed between Egypt and Israel in March 1979.

Although Egypt has since flirted with the US this has principally been done to ensure a steady flow of money from Washington, to guard against Israeli meddling in the country, and most recently to counter the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in domestic Egyptian politics. The second factor is that Egypt is not just politically part of the Middle East but is geographically and politically part of Africa as well, which means in practical terms that it is an essential transit point for oil, gas, and anything else, that Iran (and China) might want to move into that continent from the Middle East.

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A case in point in this context is the extension of the existing oil pipeline that runs from Iraq’s Basra into Jordan’s Aqaba. Only recently, Iraqi and Egyptian officials discussed the possibility of extending the pipeline to Egypt as this would be “an important addition and a new outlet for Iraqi oil exports to North Africa,” according to representatives of the two negotiating teams. The original idea for the Basra-Aqaba route was that it should run around 1,700 km and would not include Israeli land or sea territory. December 2019 saw an announcement from Iraq’s Oil Ministry that it had completed the prequalifying process for companies interested in participating in the pipeline project.

The first phase of the project will include the installation of a 700-km pipeline with a capacity of 2.25 million barrels within the Iraqi territories. The second phase will include the installation of a 900-km pipeline in Jordan between Haditha and Aqaba, with a capacity of one million barrels. For Iran, this will allow another alternate Iraq/Iran oil export line to the historically vulnerable Strait of Hormuz route, to add to the current plans for the Guriyeh-Jask pipeline and plans to roll out a pipeline to Syria as well. It will also provide another ‘cover’ route for Iranian oil disguised as Iraqi oil, which can then be shipped easily both West and East. There are a number of options for this Iraq-Aqaba-Egypt pipeline route, even the favoured ones that avoid any Israeli land or sea threats, including a very short route following the same ground as one of the Arab Gas Pipeline flows: from Aqaba to Taba, and then if required up north to Arish and then west to Port Said.

In keeping with these broader aims, as part of his announcement last week, Egypt’s Shaker also confirmed that a study into an electrical interconnection project with Iraq was underway. This would augment Egypt’s existing power links with Jordan in the East, Libya in the West and Sudan in the South. Shaker added that his Ministry is considering raising the capacity of the electrical interconnection line with Jordan during the current year, with the aim of increasing power exports between the two countries that have been linked since 1999 through a line with a capacity of 400 megawatts (MW). Concomitant with this, Shaker underlined last week, is that Egypt is also looking at ways of raising the capacity of electrical interconnection with the countries of the Mashriq (an area of Western Asia and Eastern North Africa, comprising Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen) and the Arab Mahgreb (a broad trade and economic union, comprising Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia). Indeed, the Egypt-Jordan electricity link as long been a part of a larger project (the ‘Eight Countries Electric Interconnection Project’), with major parts of it already completed.
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Given these existing multi-layered links into Jordan, Syria, and Iraq, to name but three, Egypt will be linked into Iran as well by default. This is due to the fact that Iraq derives between 30 percent and 40 percent of all of its own resources for its power grid from Iran. The two countries only recently signed a two-year deal with Iraq to supply it with electricity, the longest such deal signed between them. Just after this, Iran’s Energy Minister, Reza Ardakanian, stated that Iran and Iraq’s power grids have become fully synchronised to provide electricity to both countries by dint of the new Amarah-Karkheh 400-KV transmission line stretching over 73 kilometres, which also ‘paves the way for increasing energy exports to Iraq in the near future from the current 1,361 megawatts per day now.’

He added that Iranian and Iraqi dispatching centres were fully connected in Baghdad, the power grids were seamlessly interlinked and that Iran had signed a three-year co-operation agreement with Iraq ‘to help the country’s power industry in different aspects’. At the same time, it was announced by the Iranian Electrical Power Equipment Manufacturing and Provision Company that Iran’s electricity exports to other neighbouring countries in the previous Iranian calendar year reached over 8 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), a mean average increase of 27.6% year-on-year. In the meantime, Iraq’s Electricity Minister, Majid Mahdi Hantoush, announced that not only is Iraq currently working on connecting its grid with Jordan’s electricity networks through a 300-kilometre-line – a project that will be finished within two years –  but also plans have been finalised for the completion of Iraq’s electricity connection with Egypt within the next three years. This, in turn, he added, would be part of the overall project to establish a joint Arab electricity market.

This article was originally published on Oilprice.com

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‘Mbappe are you ready’: Man City star Foden singles out PSG ace as fans hail Guardiola influence on England youngster

Phil Foden fired Manchester City into a Champions League semi-final date with Paris Saint-Germain and wasted little time in signaling his relish at the showdown with French phenomenon Kylian Mbappe.

Foden drilled a superb second-half strike from the edge of the box to hand City a 2-1 win against Borussia Dortmund in Germany on Wednesday night, sealing a 4-2 aggregate victory and a place in the Champions League final four for the first time since Pep Guardiola took over at the club in 2016.

An ecstatic Foden charged over to hug his manager before being mobbed in the dugout following his 75th-minute winner at the Westfalenstadion. That came after 17-year-old England starlet Jude Bellingham had handed the hosts a shock lead after just 15 minutes, before a penalty from Riyad Mahrez shifted the initiative back to the visitors.

READ MORE: English starlets shine on both sides as Guardiola and Man City keep Champions League dream alive with win over Dortmund

For Foden, 20, his strike signaled his increasing clout in the City ranks – and he wasted no time sending a message to Mbappe, an arguably even more influential star in the PSG line-up set to face City in the last four.

“[Mbappe] are you ready,” Foden tweeted shortly after full-time in Germany, tagging his prolific 22-year-old rival and adding a handshake emoji.        

On Tuesday, Mbappe and PSG had booked their spot in the semi-finals despite going down to a 1-0 defeat at home to defending champions Bayern Munich, with the French giants’ 3-2 win last week in Germany enough to see them advance on away goals.

Meanwhile, football fans in England hailed Guardiola’s mentorship of Foden and his precocious talent. Fears had been expressed in previous seasons that the Spaniard was using the young midfielder too sparingly for his own good.

This campaign, however, Foden has been trusted with far more game-time as he’s firmly emerged as the heir to the role vacated by City legend David Silva when he returned to Spain before the start of the season.

“Pep Guardiola’s management of Phil Foden has been perfect,” crowed one popular football account.

“It wasn’t so long ago that people were questioning whether or not he would get first-team minutes and now, at 20, he’s an absolutely pivotal cog in their first-team. It’s not all down to their bank balance.” 

Gary Lineker was among those to praise both Foden and Dortmund star Bellingham, who had dazzled despite defeat for his team. 

“So exciting to see so many wonderful young players in our game,” wrote the England icon-turned-TV pundit.

In the other half of the draw, Real Madrid left Anfield with a 0-0 draw to book their place in the last four with a 3-1 aggregate win over Liverpool.

They will meet Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea team in their semi-final clash.
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How to live longer: Walking speed can influence your life expectancy – BMJ study

It is easy to become unaware of the behaviours that become ingrained over time. However, paying closer attention to everyday habits can change the course of your life. According to research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), evaluating your walking speed is a good place to start.
The study investigated the relationship between low walking speed and the risk of death in older people, both overall and with regard to the main causes of death.

Researchers analysed data from the Three-City study, an ongoing cohort study conducted in three French cities (Bordeaux, Dijon, Montpellier).

For the study, 3,208 men and women aged 65 or above living in the community were recruited from 1999 to 2001, and followed for an average of 5.1 years.

Walking speed (measured at maximum speed over six metres) was compared against mortality overall and according to the main causes of death.

READ MORE: How to live longer: Walking every day promotes longevity – the amount you need to do

The benefits of walking

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.

“Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier,” explains the NHS.

What’s more, you do not have to walk for hours to reap the rewards.

“A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise,” says the NHS.

Other important tips for boosting longevity

To enhance the benefits of exercise, it is important to eat a healthy, balanced diet.

This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what you eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.

According to the dietary guide, you do not need to achieve this balance with every meal, but try to get the balance right over a day or even a week.

It advises aiming to eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables each day. Choose from fresh, frozen, tinned, dried or juiced.

According to the guide, starchy food should make up just over a third of the food we eat.

Starchy foods are a good source of energy and the main source of a range of nutrients in your diet.

The Eatwell Guide also advises choosing higher fibre wholegrain varieties, such as wholewheat pasta and brown rice, or simply leaving skins on potatoes.

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How to live longer: Jogging pace may influence how long you live – how fast to run

According to the health body, there are many types of trainers on the market, so get advice from a specialist running retailer, who’ll assess your foot and find the right shoe for you.

“To avoid injury and enjoy the experience, it’s essential to ease yourself into running slowly and increase your pace and distance gradually over several outings,” it advises.

If running is not suitable for you, there are a host of other exercises that can boost your health.

Swimming is one such alternative.

James Bond: Sean Connery’s 007 movies had an influence on WandaVision

Last week saw the conclusion of Marvel Studios’ WandaVision on Disney+. While fans only have to wait until next week for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, today saw documentary Assembled: The Making of WandaVision drop on the streaming service. During the behind-the-scenes interviews, it was revealed that Sir Sean Connery’s James Bond movies had an influence on WandaVision’s 1960s sitcom setting.
Oscar-winning songwriting couple Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who co-wrote Frozen’s songs, were tasked with composing the WandaVision jingle and all six sitcom era opening themes from the 1950s to the present day.

The duo said how they wanted to sign up for the ambitious project straight away and began planning how to get the right sound for each decade.

They said: “You look at the influences of the period and the instrumentation of the period and the language of the period.”

The pair would have a half an hour call with the showrunners for each sitcom era but doubled up for the Fifties and Sixties.

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The songwriters would talk about their favourites from each period and what they were really drawn to, which became the things that they then tried to emulate the most.

Kristen and Robert said they felt confident with the Fifties but had to really think about the Sixties.

They said: “All agreed that Bewitched, in particular, was a thing, but we also looked at the James Bond movies, we looked at Burt Bacharach.

“Whatever was going on with the pop culture of that time making sure to reference the bebop jazz and Swinging Sixties culture.”

No doubt they had a good look at the background music in Connery’s first five Bond movies from Dr No to You Only Live Twice.

Black Panther producer Nate Moore reiterated Coogler’s feelings of Bond’s impact on the movie.

According to Screen Rant, he said: “This is going to sound crazy, but we’ve always thought of Black Panther as a James Bond kind of movie, right? Sort of this big globetrotting epic.”

But when talking with Coogler, one of the ideas he also liked was this sort of Godfather-kind of story. 

Moore added: “When I say Godfather, it’s the idea that it’s very much a story about family and a story about an organisation where new leadership is taking place.”

Moore continued: “And much like the Godfather, you have to fight for things, right? And they’re all vying for power and in this case, it’s power over Wakanda. I think Killmonger sees Wakanda as something that could be used differently than it currently is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that puts him directly at odds with T’Challa.”

“You get to go around the world a little bit. We thought that was important. Again, sort of in our James Bond comparison we wanted it to feel like it did have some scope and wasn’t just a movie that was set in Wakanda.

“Not that Wakanda isn’t fascinating and not that we couldn’t explore that forever, but it did want to feel like a movie that had ramifications beyond the borders. So you do get to be outside of the country as well as explore the country.”

WandaVision is streaming now on Disney+, while Black Panther 2 is set for a summer 2022 release.