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Prison Architect Escape Diary: Invisible Is The New Black

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I can?t stop fighting. I wonder if this is a common feeling for prisoners, but in my case it?s literal. No matter how many times I press it, the button to lower my fists and surrender doesn?t do anything, and even though I?m cuffed, the guards still consider me hostile. That?s how I ended up unconscious and in the infirmary; the door to my cell in solitary opened, an armed guard saw me restrained and stationary inside, and immediately shot me twice in the chest. This was a concern, at least until I pulled the greatest escape of all. I vanished. Prison Architect?s escape mode is compelling, but not without its problems. Escape Mode flips the prison building and management simulation on its head, putting you in control of a single prisoner within a jail rather than the architect of the facility?s systems. You earn reputation points through acts of criminality ? destruction of property, beating people up ? which can then be spent to unlock traits for your character. Among others, those traits include Deadly, which gives you a percentage chance to kill a person with a single strike; Instigator, which increases the likelihood other prisoners will join in with whatever ruckus you create; and Quick, which helps you to outrun pursuing guards after whatever terrible deed you?ve just committed. Gain enough reputation points and you can then also recruit other people to your crew, ordering them to follow, controlling them individually as desired, or possessing them in lieu of a Game Over should your current wrongdoer be killed. Other than this, the game?s simulation is mostly unchanged. As you wander around a prison with WASD, guards will still patrol as before, prisoners will still follow their routines, and riots will break out should the seeds of dissatisfaction be spread too far and wide. It is exciting, in the way Dwarf Fortress? own Adventure mode is exciting, to know that you are dealing with a simulation robust enough to stand up to multiple genres of game ? at least, in theory. My name is Wilders. I don?t know what crime I?ve committed, but I?m a newly arrived inmate at a high-security prison. I?m told it has three gangs ? the infamous reds, blues and greens ? and that riots are a regular occurrence. But this is not my experience. During the first few days inside, not a single riot takes place. Instead I fill my time by destroying the toilet inside my cell, sucker punching guards and being repeatedly tasered unconscious. Soon, I?ve enough of a reputation to start expanding my crew. An inmate named Corner joins my group, then another named Ranger, then another named Wilson. Levelling all these inmates can be a bit of a grind, requiring you to repeatedly create low-level mischief to get reputation points, to spend one of those reputation points to skip the inevitable punishments in a locked cell, and then to start again. But slowly I?m making progress, and as I become Deadly, then a Skilled Fighter, then Tough, the reputation points come more quickly and easily. It helps that a lone prisoner, with no nearby guards or security camera to witness the act, can be assaulted with impunity. You can do the crime without doing the time ? although I...

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Pets Round-up: Summer holidays

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Photo credit: The Dog Photographer, Shutterstock Well it?s been a busy time over the summer for our pet-friends ? so much so that I had to miss August?s post, sorry about that! Kate over at Family Fever is looking at dog-friendly holidays and what to look for to choose the perfect one. But it?s not always possible to take your pooch with you, so I?ve been looking at the alternatives for holiday care while you?re away on holiday. Whether it?s kennels or dog sitters ? or perhaps something else ? here?s how to find the right solution. The holidays has meant spending more time than ever with my pet and it?s been funny watching her routine (mainly sleeping!) Lucy from Lish Concepts has done what I?ve always wanted to do, and secretly filmed her dog to see what he really gets up to when she?s out.  Ruth from Rock N Roller Baby has done similar with her super-cute kittens.  They?re adorably playful and so fun to watch! Sarah from Mum Of Three World had some sad news over the summer with the loss of one of their guinea pigs. This meant a grieving lonely guinea pig left alone, so she also has this really informative post of how to deal with the remaining guinea pig ? who knew they suffered so? Another bereavement over the summer as poor Emma from Farmer?s Wife lost her beloved Minty the lamb (great name!). It?s funny how people don?t get how attached you can become to pets (of any persuasion) unless they?re a pet owner themselves.  There?s a perceived hierarchy of pets when it comes to loss, but I know that isn?t true and I have never got over the loss of my amazing chicken Barbara. I do hope all your pets are safe and well and look forward to hearing all about them. Please do send me your posts to be included next time.  You can tweet me @missielizzieb.  Thanks for reading. About Liz Burton Liz Burton is a stay-at-home mum with a 7 year old daughter. She blogs at Me and My Shadow about all things from interiors, travel, family and food with lots of bargain-hunting thrown in. An avid fan of recycling and upcycling, she can often be found in the charity shop or at a car boot sale. You can find her on Twitter and also on Facebook Open this link Click...

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Easy Paper Quilling Emoji Cards

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Many moons ago, we had a lovely lovely guest post showing us a great Paper Quilling for Beginngers ? it was a beautiful (and easy!) Paper Quilled Heart card ? perfect for Valentine?s Day or Mother?s Day. They were well received and I loved the fact that people where having a go at a ?new skill? ? ie paper quilling ? all be it a simplified version of paper quilling. It may be simpler, but it isn?t any less beautiful nor less fun! So I decided it would be nice to have another Paper Quilling for Beginners project for you and came up with these Easy Paper Quilling Emoji Cards for you! Where old traditions meet modern trends!!!! Easy Paper Quilling Emoji Cards (affiliate links have been added in brackets for your convenience!) How to make your Paper Quilling Emoji Cards Remember, if you like our videos you can subscribe to Red Ted Art on YouTube for free! You will be the first to see new videos (rather than having to wait a week or two for me to add them to the blog!!). I DO hope you liked our Paper Quilled Emoji cards and that you do have a go at this easy paper quilling project!!!! Do share anything you make with me on Facebook or Instagram! Want to learn more about paper quilling? get the paper quilling ?stuff? and check out some of these ideas here on Red Ted Art!! Paper Quilling Supplies Quilling paper (US/ UK) Slotted Quilling Tool (US/ UK) Quilling Stencil & Pins (optional) (US/ UK) (here is a handy glue dispenser for quilling US/ UK) If you are feeling inspired you may also LOVE this Quilling Set: Aren?t they adorable? Get your kit here ? US/ UK!! They would make a lovely gift too! Paper Quilling Projects on Red Ted Art Paper Quilling Flowers ? so sweet! And a perfect introduction to ?grown up? Paper Quilling! Check out these fabulous Paper Quilled Butterflies Cute Paper Quilled Christmas Wreaths! Or check out this adorable Quilled Heart Card ? a great intro to quilling for kids: Did you like this? Share it: Tags: card making, cardsc, emoji, mother’s day, paper, Paper crafts, paper quilling, quilling, valentine’s day, Valentines Day Cards, videos, vlogs Category: Card making, Gifts That Kids Can Make, Mothers Day, Paper Crafts, Paper Quilling, Quilling, Valentines, vlogs click me...

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10 Things That Prove Doctor Who Really Exists

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BBC The Doctor is a legend woven through time. But what if he actually is? I mean, he’s obviously not, but what if he is? Doctor Who fans look at the world differently. We approach shop window dummies with caution and we’re terrified if we can hear a clock but not see one. Steven Moffat once claimed that he took the idea for the Weeping Angels from a statue that guarded a graveyard, and when he took his son to show him the origin of this inspiration, the statue had gone. It’s stories like that, that either fuel our imaginations, creep us out, or leave us writing “So what? This is a massive disappointment, I don’t know why I clicked on this” in the comment section below. Well, here are ten examples of the Doctor cropping up in the history books, and on more than one occasion, tricking us with some cunning Photoshopping. Seen one I haven’t? Let me know! directly to the site click here...

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Marx, Darwin, And Queen Vic Walk Into A Video Game?

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Question: what do you imagine Alexander Graham Bell, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Florence Nightingale, Charles Dickens, and Queen Victoria herself would do in the kooky Dan Brown historyfucking world of Assassin?s Creed: Syndicate [official site]? I ask because I laughed when I saw they?re all your pals in the next AssCreed, but I can now leak a few details about their roles. Four words: Charles Darwin?s spider mutagen. Watch this daft new trailer closely and I?m sure you?ll figure out a few more secrets: [embedded content] Right, here?s what my source Ian Video Games told me. Bell is obviously your gadget guy. Though his invention of the telephone was sparked by his interest in speech and sound, he also invented the grappling hook gun and electrobombs. When he joins you in combat, expect lots of awful deathpuns like ?Looks like you?ve been CUT OFF!? Charles Darwin?s your other science bod. While Bell upgrades your tech, Darwin upgrades your body. His mutagens will splice Evie and Jacob with powerful abilities from animals such as spiders (+10% climbing speed), jellied eels (+10% dodge chance), and Cockney sparrows (a handsome beak letting you chirp to summon swarms of birds and regain health by pecking up seeds). Karl Marx is the focus of a key quest line. Templar agents have swiped his original manuscript of Das Kapital, which ? oh no! ? contains hidden messages from the aliens. Does AssCreed still do aliens? Point is: across a dozen quests you will retrieve the manuscript and cipher and unlock powerful proletariat abilities ? if you have the coin. At the quest?s end, Marx quips ?Last words are for fools who haven?t said enough? before popping an electrobullet through the face of a Templar spy ? his own wife. Amazingly, Florence Nightingale is written by someone whose research into her took the form of a YouTube search which ended at that sweary Big Train sketch. Her appearances are all too brief, and she?s gone after you win her lamp (+10 night vision) beating her in a race across the rooftops of Lambeth Walk. ?Jerrybag,? she spits. [embedded content] ?I?d be happy if you could stab Charles Dickens in the neck,? Pip told me. She will be happy. He is a Templar spy, but you?ll be right narked after you kill him and lose the powerful abilities he gave you. These include Let?s Twist Again (an AoE melee attack) and David Copperfield (disappear in a puff of smoke and walk through a wall). As for Queen Victoria, well, I shan?t spoil it for you, but here?s a hint for how to earn Syndicate?s most difficult secret achievement: what will make her amused? Please do share any details you?ve spotted in the trailer, chums. Or wait until it comes out on October 23rd and see how real all these real facts are, I guess. This Internet address to the site...

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Review: The 5* luxury spa experience for families at Elounda Resort, Crete

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Photo credit: Alison Perry Kids and spa aren?t usually two words you associate with each other, but at the Elounda resort in Crete, your children can experience the Six Senses Kids package while you soak up the sun or have some spa time of your own. Nestled between the Bay of Mirabello and olive grove covered hills, Elounda is the ultimate in luxury. Families can choose between the Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort, the Elounda Mare Hotel or the Elounda Peninsula All Suite Resort ? all three sit on the site of an old fishing village, with much of the original charm retained (imagine turning a corner to find a beautiful old Greek chapel with pink flowers outside). Photo credit: Alison Perry Our stay started in the most relaxing way ever ? after a brilliant buffet breakfast (fruit and croissants for me, Nutella on toast for her) I dropped off the five-year-old at the Kids? Ark. There, she took part in the Six Senses Kids session, while I went to the Six Senses Spa for a treatment and chill out time. The Six Senses Kids experience aims to teach children about wellness and health, in an interactive and fun way. They started off with a yoga class (?There were even SOME poses that I couldn?t do!? laughed my incredulous ? and super flexible ? daughter). This was followed by a mini spa treatment, where the kids had their feet washed and then used an olive oil and sugar scrub on their feet and legs. Lastly, they went out to the Kids? Ark garden to do a botanical treasure hunt and pick some fresh herbs before making some bread, with their herbs in it. Photo credit: Alison Perry Meanwhile?. not too far away, in the Six Senses Spa, some grown ups were being pampered to within an inch of their lives. The two-level spa has waterfalls, glass sculptures, floating crystals and lots of beds to relax on, drinking tea. After my facial and massage, I sat outside on a balcony overlooking the vast resort and out to sea. But it?s not just all-age spa treatments that make Elounda special. The accommodation is beautiful, yet practical for families, with separate rooms for kids, adjoining rooms and cots, bottle warmers and stairgates available. We were lucky enough to have a two bedroom suite with a private pool ? the five-year-old?s face when she realised we had our own pool was a picture. Luxurious touches like bathrobes, slippers (including mini versions for kids) and a daily turn-down service tell you that you?re staying somewhere special, where attention to detail matters. Photo credit: Alison Perry The restaurants vary from the family-friendly Oddysseas (perfect for a Greek lunch next to the water, while the kids watch the fish swim below) to The Old Mill, a fine dining restaurant serving mouth-watering Cretan cuisine. So whether you?re looking for a quick pizza by the pool or a beautiful gourmet dinner, the food at Elounda is top-notch. Still need convincing? Here are 10 reasons to take your kids to Elounda? The brilliant kids? club ? We don?t tend to use kids? clubs much on holiday these days, but the five-year-old loved the Kids? Ark so much, she begged to go back the following day. As well as...

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Easy Fondant Bunny How To

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These little fondant bunny treats can be made out of fondant or marzipan.. or from polymer clay for that matter (that is you want them as keepsakes). They are great as little bunny gifts to give to a friend or teacher.. OR you can make a set and pop them onto Easter Cupcakes and Easter Cakes! One little bunny fondant, lots of uses!! (Similarly, we have some fondant sheep over here, that are super duper easy for you to make too!!). Now, personally, I love love love marzipan and I have real childhood memories of ?modelling with marzipan? associated with it! (In fact that reminds me of our Marzipan Good Luck Pigs, do take a peak). But friends have told me how they hate marzipan but love fondant. The great thing about this little how to, is that you can use EITHER marzipan or fondant icing. So really.. it is just a question of personal taste and preference. To make your easy fondant bunnies, you will need: fondant (or marzipan) a tiny bit of food coloring in pink or red a toothpick optional ? chocolate egg, green card & hot glue gun Check out our How to make a Fondant Bunny video: You will see that there are TWO versions in the video ? one is my daughter?s (aged 6) and one is mine. I think they are equally adorable for different reasons.. so simply be inspired and make them how YOU want to!   Hope you enjoy your Easy Bunnies and see you Happy Easter!! Did you like this? Share it: Tags: cooking with kids, Easter, fondant, food, Marzipan, polymer clay, recipes, spring Category: Easter, How To’s, Kids Craft, Recipes, Spring More celebrity news...

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A Scandic Taste for a British Fave ? John Lewis Presents PRESENTING

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For Autumn 2016 John Lewis Menswear is introducing, PRESENTING; a unique curation of three emerging menswear brands, which brings a distinctly Scandinavian slant to this British institution. A favourite of Britain?s everywhere, John Lewis will be stocking a trend led selection of designs from Libertine-Libertine, Samsøe & Samsøe Menswear and J Lindeberg, which, until now, for the majority can only found in select independent boutiques around the UK. Libertine-Libertine, was founded in 2009 and has quickly established itself a reputation for offering a clean minimalist aesthetic crafting the perfect balance between simplicity and cultured sophistication. Samsøe & Samsøe creates unique and undeniably recognizable Scandinavian fashion. The brand continuously develops attractive, market-oriented and international designs, supported by the best essential products. Lastly the luxury Scandinavian brand J Lindeberg, this could be described as the most premium part of the PRESENTING offering for this season. Founded in Stockholm in 1996, by Johan Lindeberg, it offers outstanding products for a contemporary active lifestyle. John Lewis will offer a point of difference on the high street by stocking these exciting brands as an introduction to its customers who may not be previously familiar with the collections. The carefully curated selection of products have been chosen in line with key current trends in menswear and will launch in three focused stages throughout the season. It will launch the three brand?s interpretations of the Rollneck knit in September for protection against that Autumn chill, a Bomber edit in October to combat the transeasonal elements and a elegantly masculine curation of Longline Overcoats in November for the lead up to the Yuletide. Beth Pettet, Buyer for John Lewis Menswear Brands explained the concept as, ?We are delighted to be working with 3 brands who are relatively new to the UK market but who are bringing an expert eye to the current trends within menswear. This season?s Presenting collection underlines our ambition to cater for the fashion customer who is both individual and confident in his style. The range combines premium quality clothing with a fresh and exciting take on the key items of the season.? more >> … read the...

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10 Science Myths You Probably Still Believe

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WhatCulture Look, there’s a lot of science out there, so perhaps it’s understandable that not everybody can be 100% right all of the time, but there are certain myths and misconceptions out there that, despite being roundly and decisively debunked, adamantly refuse to die. Most of us know that the internet is not to be trusted, but we generally trust our parents and teachers to give us the right information. Sadly, however, many of these myths are learnt at our mothers’ knees or, even worse, in science textbooks. What’s more, with the half life of knowledge, even those tidbits of information that were thought to be true when we first learnt them, could have since been disproven. So what can you do? Other than hang the sense of it and resign yourself to living in ignorance and fear for the rest of your days, that is. There’s no easy way to sort the fact from the fiction, but sometimes even a little bit of interrogation into some of the most popular old wives’ tales cause them to fall apart at the seams. The best parts is that, because these myths are so widely circulated, the chances of you being able to gleefully correct someone once you learn the truth are pretty high. > To the article directly to the...

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Years in the making ? Lou Dalton X Jaeger

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Leading light of British Designer Menswear, Lou Dalton has teamed her expertise with Premium British clothing brand Jaeger to create an exciting collection of outerwear pieces. These two stylish entities have come together to combine their practical philosophy and sense of adventure to produce a collection that puts functionality at the forefront. Taking inspiration from and revolutionising Jaeger?s enviable heritage, including design features from the archive collection, and items worn by Adventurer extraordinaire, Ernest Shackleton and his team for their 1914 Endurance Expedition to Antarctica, and combining it with Lou Dalton?s signature aesthetic for contemporary classicism and refined yet contemporary tailoring. In keeping with Shackelton?s careful selection of Jaeger to supply his protective kit over a century ago, the new collection has been meticulously curated by Dalton and the design team, led by James Jee, at Jaeger. This premier collection launching for Autumn consists of, non-surprisingly, outerwear essentials for the contemporary urban adventurer. Key pieces within the range include a nylon trench with a removable flannel gilet, a shower-proof stretch nylon hooded jacket, a mixed-gauge wool sweater, as well as a balaclava, gloves and all important snood. The colour palette is natural influenced by the natural environment. Ink navy, camel and charcoal grey are juxtaposed with rust and pale blue to imitate both rural and industrial environments. Reflecting Lou?s signature line, this collection has a heavy focus on performance-wear, the collection is engineered to be worn on-the-go and is specifically designed for the wearer to embrace the natural elements. Fabrics have been chosen based on their technical abilities, including thermocool wool and stretch nylon to ensure maximum manoeuvrability. Handy, sneaky design features include pack-away zip hoods, natural contoured shapes, engineered to fit closely to the shape of the body and storm cuffs for a streamline effect. James Jee, Head of Menswear Product at Jaeger says of the collaboration, ?It?s been fantastic to build upon her design skills and aesthetic, as well as bringing in some of our well-established principles as a brand. Jaeger was founded upon a pioneering premise around quality of fabrication, and even now, some 132 years later we are embracing this principle in new and exciting ways. The Lou Dalton for Jaeger collection is a great example of this?. click here > To the...

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