JANE FRYER finds Suzi Quatro is still rocking in her leathers

She’s 69 but you can still fire up the Quattro: JANE FRYER finds Suzi is still rocking in her leathers, but you’ve got to keep your shoes off the cream carpet at her pop star mansion

Suzi Quatro with one of her bass guitars at her 16th-century, partially moated Essex manor house

Hanging upstairs in Suzi Quatro’s tropically heated, 16th-century, partially moated Essex manor house is a collection of zippered, leather jumpsuits in an array of colours, styles and sizes dating back nearly half a century.

Most still fit the original Wild Woman Of Rock, and many are still worn regularly. Which, given that she’s now 69, is wonderfully encouraging for the rest of us.

But leather jumpsuits are not without their challenges and, according to Suzi’s extremely twinkly husband, Rainer Haas, the main problem is getting them off. ‘They get so sweaty, I have to peel her out at the end of each concert,’ he says in his husky German accent. ‘And this is sometimes not always so easy.’

Or terribly dignified. Because, as Suzi points out: ‘Of course you can’t wear anything underneath. So afterwards, you just turn them inside out and hang them out to dry and well . . .’

It is 46 years and 55 million records since Suzi stormed onto Top Of The Pops with her song Can The Can and changed the face of rock music, Suzi is still touring

‘Disinfectant!’ cries Rainer. ‘You need disinfectant and to give them a Polish shower! [the term for spraying them with perfume]. Ha, ha, ha! And then let them dry.’

He should know. While his contemporaries are playing golf, birdwatching or just sipping gin and tonics in their conservatories, Rainer, a former concert promoter, is still involved in this leathery tussle on a regular basis.

Suited and booted: Suzi with a stuffed leopard in 1973 

Because amazingly, 46 years and 55 million records after she stormed onto Top Of The Pops with her song Can The Can and changed the face of rock music, Suzi is still touring. Night after night, in cities all round the world, she stomps about on stage — singing, yelling, swearing, thumping away on an electric bass almost as big as her and driving men (and quite a few women) of a certain age wild. ‘She’s jumping about for two hours in the leather, in the hot lights with her heavy bass,’ says Rainer, proudly. ‘But most of the audience can’t even stand up properly any more!’

We meet part-way through what surely must be her millionth tour — she has squeezed me in between the German and Australian legs — just as a documentary about her rock ’n’ roll life, Suzi Q, is released.

At first it’s a bit disappointing to find she doesn’t look anything like an ageing hellcat — teeny-weeny with size-three feet, artfully shaggy hair, plump skin, perfect teeth and far more concerned about her cream carpets — ‘Shoes off, shoes off, no exceptions!’ — than anything else. ‘I am very particular about my carpets,’ she says. ‘They’re really nice carpets.’

Turns out there are two Suzis. One is this obsessively tidy granny (yes, really!) who likes nothing more than a game of Scrabble, a glass of fine wine, the sound of the vacuum and the smell of polish being rubbed liberally into her centuries-old wood-panelling by her housekeeper Alison.

The other is her rock chick alter ego. ‘As soon as I zip up the suit, I’m gone and the other Suzi’s there!’ she cries.

‘And the minute I come off stage, I can feel her leaving me. Once, when I was being filmed, I could actually see her go.’

So, presumably, it was the stage Suzi who once shot pal Alice Cooper in the face with a dart gun. And deliberately smashed her bass into the face of a fan doing unsavoury things with his tongue at her during a concert.


Poster for Suzi Q with the title: ‘The Queen has come to claim her crown’ (left).  Suzi with her guitar dressed head to toe in leather (right) 

While one Suzi is an obsessively tidy Granny the other is her rock chick alter ego. ‘As soon as I zip up the suit, I’m gone and the other Suzi’s there!’ she cries (pictured in her younger years) 

And who played on despite a broken arm at a concert in Australia, is best friends with Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry and fought back at all the men who couldn’t resist reaching out to her Rear of the Year (she won the competition in 1982). ‘I’ve kneed men in the balls,’ she grins. ‘I’ve punched and I’ve also slapped a few men, very hard.’

One of the few times she was rendered speechless was at a Prince’s Trust event in the mid-Eighties when Prince Charles told her she had ‘the best legs since Tina Turner’.

‘I just stood there with my mouth hanging open. I just didn’t expect Prince Charles to say that’, she says. ‘I didn’t even say thank you! He caught me completely off guard.’

Suzi Quatro wearing a neckerchief and leather jacket at the Festival Hall Melbourne in 1974

Elvis had also left her speechless when, in 1974, he called to compliment her on her version of All Shook Up and invited her to his home, Graceland.

She replied tartly: ‘No, thank you. I’m very busy.’

British guitarist Len Tuckey, Suzi’s first husband, on their wedding day in December 1976 

‘How dumb could you be?’ she says today, slapping her forehead. ‘But he was my hero and I wasn’t quite ready to meet him. I wanted to be on a more equal plane. I didn’t know there wouldn’t be another chance!’

No wonder her life has just been made into a documentary. It’s a huge story of grit, determination and relentless focus.

How a teeny girl from a musical family in Detroit pursued her dream to be a rock star with a single-mindedness that left her four ambitious sisters, parents, first husband (British guitarist Len Tuckey) — and, occasionally, their two children — trailing in her wake.

‘I realised from a very young age that I didn’t fit with the rest of my family. I was different. The loner. The odd one out — maybe I’m not even their kid!’ she jokes. ‘So I concentrated on finding my voice. On being the one-off person that I am. And I am a one-off!’

She found her path when she saw Elvis on TV when she was six. ‘I just wanted to be him and it didn’t occur to me that I couldn’t be. From then on, that was my purpose. My point.’

Suzi at her Essex manor houe with her bass and collection of guitars. When Elvis invited her to his home in Graceland in 1974 she replied tartly: ‘No, thank you. I’m very busy’ 

So when her elder sister suggested they form an all-girl band, she jumped at it and taught herself the bass guitar.

The Pleasure Seekers took off immediately. They were soon touring and 14-year-old Suzi was the star of the show.

As such, when their success waned, she was the one plucked out for a recording deal in London while, at home, resentment festered.

When Suiz’s older sister suggested they form an all-girl band, she jumped at it and taught herself the bass guitar 

‘Nothing could hold me back,’ she says. ‘I am the least selfish person you could imagine. But I had a purpose and I had a path and nothing could stop me from following it.’ The first two years were hard and lonely — she knew no one and lived alone in a bedsit writing songs her new producer Mickie Most hated.

Success finally came in 1973, after her first snarling appearance on Top Of The Pops in platform boots and what were to become her signature leathers.

She allowed herself just 24 hours to go bonkers before coming back down to earth and getting back to work.

American sitcom Happy Days with Suzi Quatro as bass player Leather Tuscadero pictured with Henry Winkler as Fonzie 

For while onstage she was ballsy, outspoken in interviews, an angry, sneering wild woman of rock and very, very sexy, off-stage she was almost shockingly calm. ‘I call her the “mild woman of rock”,’ says husband Rainer.

Even back in the day, there were hardly any drugs — ‘I smoked marijuana as a teenager but it sped me up — I couldn’t stop talking!’ — no orgies with groupies, despite plenty of propositions ‘from both sexes’ and the odd sweaty jockstrap hurled on stage.

‘Some people want [me] to be the rock legend off stage as well and that’s dangerous. Dangerous and unhealthy,’ she says.

‘I am my mother’s daughter and she was very religious. I never allowed any of that crazy behaviour to come into my sphere.’

What, not even the occasional drug-fuelled bender, or a TV or two hurled out of the window?

‘I am quite square. I have Catholic guilt. I believe in fidelity and I had a partner in the band,’ she says firmly. ‘I met Len in the band and he and I were in love in two weeks. I was aware of temptation, I never got into a situation where anything might be out of hand.

‘I was very strict about that. So if a party looked crazy, we were gone off home to bed.’

Nothing has changed. Housekeeper Alison — who clearly adores her — has been working for her for decades. ‘I was expecting excitement. I said to my husband: “Oh God, it’s going to be crazy parties!” But nothing. Just endless juicing. I was so disappointed. She has never been wild at home, ever.’

Suzi did (just once) wreck a hotel room in Melbourne, at the end of an eight-month tour. But instead of it happening at some crazy party, she planned it — ‘It’s not very rock ’n’ roll, but I do like to plan things,’ she says.

She carefully selected feather pillows from her room to make the most mess when she sliced them open with a knife, then blew up the TV — ‘you just pour water in when it’s plugged in and that does it.’

And there was a Christmas party here at the manor a couple of years ago, but instead of vodka shots, guests were greeted with a stern notice from the hostess: ‘Shoes off, or f*** off.’

Suzi always has to be in charge. So she proposed to both husbands within weeks of meeting them — in 1973 and 1993 respectively. ‘If I want to marry you, I ask,’ she explains firmly. ‘I had 25 marriage proposals, but the answer was always no, because they asked. I wanna be in charge, so I ask.’

Equally when, after five years of trying, she and Len finally had their children, Laura and Richard, she insisted on taking them on the road until they were old enough for school. ‘I wouldn’t give up my life to join theirs, so we were all doing it together’, she said.

The Pleasure Seekers took off immediately. They were soon touring and 14-year-old Suzi was the star of the show

However hard she tried to separate the two Suzis, it can’t always have been easy being the offspring of someone so energetic, so driven and focused and so lusted after.

Particularly when her star began to fade after a string of hits in just seven years, instead of sitting back and enjoying the spoils, Suzi was obsessively adapting and changing tack — doing anything to keep her name in lights.

There were three years as bass player Leather Tuscadero, on TV’s Happy Days. She starred in Annie Get Your Gun in the West End, did panto, was on numerous TV panel shows and even Midsomer Murders (as a rock diva electrocuted on stage) — while all the time writing music, poetry and books. ‘My biggest priority in life is creation — always moving forward,’ she says. ‘And my biggest achievement is keeping my feet on the ground.’

Though of course, there’s ‘normal’ and ‘rock star normal’.

So, naturally, Suzi has a tendency to refer to herself in the third person and mention — quite a few times — what a ‘one-off’ she is and admits she adores being famous and recognised. But she is also warm, funny, sweary, has astonishingly muscly arms (and I feel them) from all that bass playing, and is very good company.

Not least when Rainer’s about. ‘He says he’s a lion-tamer and I’m the lion,’ she says, and explains that, soon after they married, he told her he had to be the man in the relationship or it wouldn’t work.

He interjects. ‘From first kiss to being married was three months. People gave us six months. She tries to be bossy, but I’m her husband, not her fan.’

At first it’s a bit disappointing to find she doesn’t look anything like an ageing hellcat — teeny-weeny with size-three feet, artfully shaggy hair, plump skin, perfect teeth (Suzi pictured at home with Jane Fryer) 

Suzi and Rainer have been married for 26 years, but have never lived together. Perhaps that’s the secret. The manor house — which is full of gold discs, awards and photos of Suzi — is her home. His is in Hamburg while they have a house in Majorca that she calls their ‘mutual space’.

So he is just visiting today. They laugh and joke and are wonderfully glinty with each other — to the extent that, when I mention her age, he giggles: ‘That’s not an age, that’s a position . . .’ and she shrieks — ‘Rainer!’ — but clearly doesn’t give a fig.

She’s far too busy finishing off her next album with KT Tunstall, planning the one after that — she will write it with her son in the new studio she’s just had built in the garden — and working on the screenplay of her life story. ‘Miley Cyrus has been mentioned [to play her] but it’s hard because of course I’m a one-off,’ she says, again.

In the meantime, she’s back on stage next week playing to sell-out audiences in Australia.

‘I’m not ready to stop and why should I?’ she says.

Why indeed? Particularly if her handsome Rainer will be hovering in the wings, ready to strip her of her sweaty leathers and join her afterwards for a soothing game of Scrabble.

Suzi Q is in selected cinemas until December, or available on DVD. More information at suziqmovie.com

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5 Reasons Why TikTok Is the Viral Social Media App You Need to Be On


 

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Videos go viral seemingly every day, but recently, a large chunk of them have been coming straight from a single source: TikTok. The wildly popular micro-vlogging app is all the rage these days, as people from all over the world immerse themselves in the platform both to consume and create content.

Memes like “Here’s The *tap* *tap* Tea” and the “Microwave Challenge” were all birthed on TikTok, and there’s plenty more where they came from.

As it’s rapidly climbing the ranks of popular social media, you might be wondering what it is that makes TikTok tick (pun intended). Is it because it offers an almost endless stream of memes? Is it because it’s the new source for social media superstars? Is it because it can skyrocket you to internet fame, even for just a little while?

Maybe it’s all of those, but here’s precisely why you should ride the TikTok trend, and stat:

You can get your creative juices flowing.

The thing about Tik Tok is that it gives you the unfettered freedom to create anything and everything under the sun. And that’s not even an exaggeration.

Thought of something funny that you think has the potential to be the next “it” meme? TikTok it away. Want to show off your singing skills? Post some of your covers and expect to gain a newer, bigger audience. Want people to find out how well you dance? You know what to do — record yourself, upload it on the app, and wait for the love to roll in.

TikTok is a space that encourages creativity and a place where you can feel free to show off what you got, no matter how ridiculous you think it is. There’s always bound to be an audience waiting for you.

You can get inspiration.

And, if you think your internal creative pool has been depleted, you can also use TikTok to get some inspiration from anyone and everything. Considering there are hundreds, if not thousands of niches and mini-communities deep within the platform, you can explore each one to get inspiration.

Consume snippets of people completing DIY projects. Watch home cooks and chefs concoct mouthwatering meals. Listen to original songs written by aspiring musicians. Binge dance covers that would make you want to create your own choreography. Watch whatever you want, and it’s almost guaranteed that the creative spark you thought you lost will be ignited once again.

It’s fertile ground for memes.

As already mentioned, memes are TikTok’s middle name, if it had one. When you’ve had a bad day or are just bored out of your wits, just scroll through the app and you’ll surely come across a ton of videos that would make you laugh your socks off.

Whether it’s another viral dance challenge, mind-blowing magic tricks, or pets dancing to “Mr. Sandman”, TikTok is fertile ground for hilarious memes.

You can be part of a wonderful community.

One of the best things about TikTok is that it’s a massive community where everyone is your friend. And then there are sub-communities where you can find people you have common interests, with whom you can connect and share content.

You don’t even have to feel like you’re going to get judged for the content you produce. They’re creating the same type of content as you, and moving within the same circle as you, so you’re all like one big family.

TikTok is partnering with Tilly’s

Being the birthplace for many of today’s biggest trends and memes, it makes sense that TikTok would collaborate with the equally on-trend brand Tilly’s. With the Internet buzzing with talk about aliens, colonizing Mars, and UFOs, the two brands are releasing limited edition merch which you can wear when you welcome our extraterrestrial friends with open arms.

There will be multiple designs available so everyone can look out of this world, literally. Based on the most popular memes as of late, the shirts correspond to trends we can’t get enough of: e-girl alien, microwave challenge alien, and e-girl alien undershot tees.

Want to meet aliens in style? Head on over to Tilly’s to find out how you can get your hands on the exclusive shirts. And, if you haven’t already, make sure to download TikTok yourself so you can get in on all the latest and greatest content.

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Listen to & Juliet turn Britney Spears' Baby One More Time into a haunting call to arms

The West End is getting a big dose of pop thanks to & Juliet.

The new musical features the works of legendary pop songwriter Max Martin, and we’ve got a sneak peek at how the London show is putting a new spin on iconic classics with the original London cast recording cover of Britney Spears‘ “… Baby One More Time.” Performed by & Juliet star Miriam-Teak Lee, the new version transforms the bubblegum pop hit into a haunting call-to-arms that is going to give you chills. Listen to the cover above now.

This is the second track released ahead of & Juliet’s opening at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in November. Atlantic Records previously released the original cast recording of “Roar” last month. Listen to that cover, also performed by Lee, below.

Aside from putting a new spin on classic pop songs, & Juliet is also remixing a classic tale by telling the story of Romeo & Juliet from Juliet’s point-of-view. What if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate? The “hilariously irreverent” new musical tells the “timely and timeless” story of Juliet’s sensational journey of self-discovery and second chances, with Lee in the titular role.

The entire songbook highlights the music and lyrics of Martin, who is responsible for some of the most glittering pop anthems of the last three decades, all newly arranged for the stage by Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical supervisor/orchestrator/producer Bill Sherman (Hamilton, In The Heights) and with musical direction by Grammy Award-winning producer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Dominic Fallacaro.

Produced by Martin, Tim Headington, Theresa Steele Page, Jenny Petersson, and Martin Dodd, & Juliet has already wrapped a limited season at Manchester Opera House and will begin a run at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre on November 2nd, with opening night on November 20th. Tickets are available now.

Check out the full tracklist, featuring some of your favorite pop songs from the past 30 years, for the musical below:

1. “Larger Than Life”
2. “I Want It That Way”
3. “… Baby One More Time”
4. “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely”
5. “Domino”
6. “Show Me Love”
7. “Blow”
8. “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman”
9. “Overprotected”
10. “Confident”
11. “Teenage Dream” / “Break Free”
12. “Oops! … I Did It Again”
13. “I Kissed A Girl”
14. “It’s My Life”
15. “Love Me Like You Do”
16. “Since U Been Gone”
17. “Whataya Want From Me”
18. “One More Try”
19. “Problem” / “Can’t Feel My Face”
20. “That’s The Way It Is”
21. “Everybody”
22. “As Long As You Love Me”
23. “It’s Gonna Be Me”
24. “Shape Of My Heart”
25. “Stronger”
26. “F**kin’ Perfect (Explicit)”
27. “Roar”
28. “I Want It That Way (Reprise)”
29. “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
30. “One More Try (Original Version)”

& Juliet (Original London Cast Recording) will be released on Nov. 15, and is available now for pre-order.

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My ex-girlfriend is blowing hot and cold over whether we can get back together or not – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: MY ex-girlfriend is blowing hot and cold over whether we can get back together.

We were together for five years and have a son aged three. The relationship was sometimes toxic and when we broke up, I started to move on.

But her new relationship ended recently and she has been flirting with me, stirring old memories up. I am 29 and she is 28.

We agreed to try again but then she changed her mind.

I suggested we do more as a family but something stops her from seeing it through.

I just want her to decide what she wants.

DEIDRE SAYS: Getting back together will only work if you both really want it to.

Set yourself a time limit. If she is not committed after three months, say, you should accept it is not going to happen.

You can still be a great father to your son but it is better for him to have separated parents who are friends than live with parents who are  “together” but not getting on.

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This Under-Eye Brightener Is Like a Real Life Instagram Filter


We rarely feel like our concealer is doing enough. We pack it on, layer after layer, but it’s like our dark under-eye circles are black holes, just sucking all of the brightness up. Plus, caked-on makeup is never cute. So what are we doing wrong? Are we just doomed to dark circles for the rest of our lives?

First of all, we’re not doing anything wrong, so let’s not think like that. It’s more that we’re missing something we may have not even known existed. Know how when we’re doing our nails, we have to start off with a base coat before we get to the main color, and then finish off with a top coat for the best results? Our under-eye routine should be similar. If our foundation is the top coat and our concealer is the main color . . . we’re going to need a base coat underneath!

See it: Get the BECCA Under-Eye Brightening Corrector at Amazon! Also available at Nordstrom!

The BECCA Under-Eye Brightening Corrector is the base coat we’ve been missing that will change our beauty routine forever. This full-coverage cream has over 300 reviewers praising it for its seemingly magical capabilities. “Nothing compares,” one said, while another called it “the best under-eye concealer [they’ve] used in the last 20 years.” Even professional makeup artists are commenting on how this product gives their clients an “instant 8-hour sleep” refresh! One shopper said this is their go-to for taking “five years” off their face, while others commented on how it “lasts ages,” both in the pot and once applied on their face!

This under-eye corrector claims to “instantly brighten” dark circles, seriously leaving us looking airbrushed to perfection. PhotoShop who? No filters or edits necessary here! This product is infused with “ultrafine light-reflecting illuminators” that may create a luminous base for the rest of our makeup, reflecting light to make our skin look bright and our bags lifted!

See it: Get the BECCA Under-Eye Brightening Corrector at Amazon! Also available at Nordstrom!

This corrector may not only brighten up our under-eye area, but also smooth it out to conceal fine lines and wrinkles, never settling into them to accentuate them further as other products often do. It may also color-correct to create an evened-out skin tone so when we do follow up with our concealer, it won’t turn into a balancing game of how much each individual eye needs versus the other!

To use this product to get our very own #BECCABrightEyes, we can just swipe a bit out of the pot with our fingers, warming it between them, and gently pat and blend it under our eye. No brush necessary, which means less brush cleaning! Follow up with concealer, if even necessary at that point. Some shoppers also noted that they like to use it on their eyelid too for an all-over glow! They say there’s no greasiness, cakiness or heavy feeling — just youthful radiance!

This brightener is currently available in two shades, but may cover a variety of skin tones. It’s paraben-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free and cruelty-free, and it’s made in the USA! If we’re feeling like we want to stock up, now’s a great time, because any BECCA purchase of $40 will come with deluxe samples while supplies last. We can’t imagine ever not wanting our under-eye area to be bright, so stocking up sounds like a plan to Us!

See it: Get the BECCA Under-Eye Brightening Corrector at Amazon! Also available at Nordstrom!

Looking for something else? Check out more from BECCA here and other concealer products available at Nordstrom here!

 

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Cozy Blankets That Are Actually, Genuinely, as Soft as They Look

Cooler weather is our excuse for a lot of things, from making homemade mac and cheese for dinner like four nights a week to drinking hot cocoa instead of coffee in the mornings, but our favorite indulgence when the temps take a turn toward arctic is stocking up on cozy, fuzzy blankets.

Is there anything better than snuggling up on the couch covered in fleece, or draping yourself in faux fur and pretending that you’re in Elsa’s ice palace in Frozen? How about curling up with a chenille coverlet and reading Harry Potter for the bazillionth time, cozy and warm while reading about a winter snowstorm at Hogwarts?

These blankets will help you live your best life this winter. They’re cozy and soft, and whether you keep them on the couch, on your bed, or wrapped around your shoulders 24/7, they’ll help you brave even the coldest weather of the season.

Better Homes & Gardens Velvet Plush Texture Blanket

Better Homes & Gardens Velvet Plush Texture Blanket, $19.72 at Walmart

Chappy Wrap Herringbone

Herringbone Chappy Wrap, $135 at Chappy Wrap

Solid Cable Knit Chenille with Sherpa Reverse Throw Blanket

Solid Cable Knit Chenille with Sherpa Reverse Throw Blanket, $29.99 at Target

CB2 Faux Fur Snow Leopard Throw

Faux Fur Snow Leopard Throw, $99 at CB2

The Company Store Trees LoftAIRE Holiday Throw

Trees LoftAIRE Holiday Throw, $79 at The Company Store

Land’s End Cashtouch Pattern Throw Blanket

Cashtouch Pattern Throw Blanket, $49.95 at Lands’ End

L.L.Bean Wicked Plush Sherpa Throw

Wicked Plush Sherpa Throw, $49 at L.L.Bean

PBTeen Rainbow Stripe Plush Throw

Rainbow Stripe Plush Throw, $29.50 at PBTeen

Pottery Barn Solid Faux Mohair Throw

Solid Faux Mohair Throw, $32.99 at Pottery Barn

Texture Faux Fur Throw Blanket

Texture Faux Fur Throw Blanket, $24.99 at Target

Urban Outfitters Amped Fleece Throw Blanket

Amped Fleece Throw Blanket, $49 at Urban Outfitters

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Taco Bell Launched A Birthday Freeze Stuffed With Candy

Congratulations to Taco Bell’s Mountain Dew Baja Blast, which is nearly old enough to apply for its learner’s permit. To celebrate 15 years of serving the iconic drink in stores, Taco Bell is living even more más than usual by serving the new limited edition Taco Bell Baja Birthday Freeze. It is, essentially, a regular Baja Blast that Taco Bell shoved a bunch of candy into, which seems fairly in line for a chain that recently figured out how to shove a full hash brown into a burrito.

To be more specific, the offering — which is a ‘grammy sea foam green color that might knock your fall aesthetic off your grid — is filled with "colorful candy confetti." According to Thrillist, it retails for $2.49 for a regular size and $2.79 for a large, but you can get your freaky freeze on for a mere $1 if you go during "happy hour" from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (There are two types of people in this world: Starbucks happy hour folk, and Taco Bell happy hour folk. May this be the opportunity to discover which one you are once and for all.)

Taco Bell wasn’t explicit about how long the offering would be around, but is describing it as "super" limited edition, in case you needed that extra adjective to stoke your FOMO-induced fear and get you in the door a little faster. The Mountain Dew Baja Blast only turns 15 but once in a lifetime, after all.

Speaking of FOMO, if the Baja Birthday Freeze seems like three words that have taken up space in your brain before, there’s good reason why — it was served at the limited edition Taco Bell Hotel that was open for three days in August 2019. "The Bell," as it was dubbed, served numerous Taco Bell mashups and innovations that aren’t on the main menu, but a few of them have seen the light of day since — including the Toasted Cheddar Chalupa, now a permanent menu item, forever may she reign.

Here’s hoping this trend of experimental menu offerings hitting the main menu continues, because apparently it included an Avocado Tostada, which should have been in my mouth yesterday. But in the meantime we can raise a Baja Birthday Freeze to 15 years of brain freezes in Taco Bell parking lots and turning your tongue an alarming shade of blue.

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Best Budget Laptops 2019 | The Sun UK

LOOKING for a reliable laptop that won't cost you a fortune?

There are plenty of low-cost, hardworking laptops out there so you won't have to worry when you're working out of the office.

For many, a fast, reliable laptop is a must for your day-to-day working life.

From access to cloud storage and Microsoft apps such as Word and Excel to slim, lightweight designs, we've selected four laptops that won't let you down.

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1. HP Chromebook 11-v001na 11.5 Inch Laptop

This slim design Chromebook laptop is available to buy now from Amazon for £175.

Get 12.45 hours of battery life so you can work out and about all day without a worry.

This Chromebook boasts one year of Google One membership – including 100GB of cloud storage – plus a fast and secure computing experience.

2. HP Stream 14-cb008na 14 Inch Laptop

Browse the web and use office apps on the move with this violet HP 14-inch laptop – on sale now to buy from Amazon for £199.99.

A one-year subscription is included so you can access Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, One Note and Access – plus 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage.

It's also super-thin and lightweight making it ideal for carrying around and using on the go.

3. Lenovo IdeaPad S130-11IGM 11.6" Laptop

This slim, lightweight Lenovo laptop is available to buy now from ao.com for £199.

The IdeaPad has an 8-hour battery life and 64GB of storage – plus an HD screen for great picture quality.

Plus, this model comes with a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 for Word, PowerPoint, Excel and more.

4. HP Stream 11-ak0502sa 11.6" Intel Celeron Laptop

This white HP 32GB laptop is on sale to buy now from Currys for just £179.

This lightweight laptop is ideal for computing on the go with a 13-hour battery life.

It has an Intel® Celeron® N4000 Processor  and 2GB of RAM – plus 32GB of storage.

This model also includes a one-year subscription to Office 365 & 1 TB OneDrive.

Looking for the perfect printer to go with your laptop? We've selected the best value printers you can buy in 2019.

If you're a bit of a tech addict, check out our choice of the best gadgets on sale now for under £30.

We've designed Sun Selects to help you to find the best products that won't break the bank.

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Bride and groom who met through running replace first wedding dance with a 5k

Louise and Wil Gardner are both big fans of running.

They met while at a training session at their local running club back in 2015, bonded over their mutual love of going out for a jog, and often head for runs together.

So it only made sense for running to play a part in their wedding day.

Rather than sprinting down the aisle or attempting to say their vows while completing a marathon, the couple option for the far more sensible choice of replacing their first dance with a 5k run around the park.

Louise and Wil invited 60 or so guests to attend their big day on 14 September, requesting that they wore their best sweatpants and running gear.

After the ceremony the couple and their guests headed to the startline of Newy Parkrun, in Newcastle, Australia, in time for the race at 8am.


Wil wore a waistcoat and shirt with his trainers, while Louise paired hers with a white gown. They were joined by their guests along with 622 other runners for a dash around Thoresby Creek.

Once everyone was done, it was time for a catered breakfast in the park.

Wil and Louise first met in 2015 during a hill session at their local running club in Newcastle.

She moved to Australia in 2006 to live with her then-husband, but that relationship broke down. She was going through a divorce when she met Wil.

Wil was in a relationship when he met Louise and said they had an ‘initial connection’ but remained just friends for 18 months, running together often.

When Wil’s relationship ended in mid-2017, he decided to ask Louise out for a lunch date.

Louise said: ‘The running link kept us connected and the more we ran together the more I realised I liked him.’

The pair went on to have a daughter, who’s now one year old, and on holiday in Kyoto, Japan in 2018, Wil proposed.

At first the idea of going running on their wedding day was a joke, but the couple fell in love with the concept.

Wil said: ‘Running brought us together and this was the perfect way for us to get married – it just had to be.

‘At first I suggested it as a joke but Louise loved the idea.

‘We didn’t want to create a massive fuss so we decided not to have a first dance and to run the race instead.

‘It was magical, a lot of fun and so beautiful with all of our friends and family there.

‘It shows the power of running and what it can help to achieve.

‘Lots of good things have come from running and this is just one of them. It’s much better than any dating app.’

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Seven-year-old's glorious drawing of a wedding cake leaves mum in hysterics

When Jacob Francis, seven, ran out of things to colour in while attending a wedding, he got creative.

Grabbing a sheet of lined paper and using a page from his colouring book as a template, Jacob set to sketching out the wedding cake

He added some ingenious details to make the cake look even grander, doodling in plenty of fruit to cover each tier and adding the bride and groom on top.

Honestly, we think he did a great job. We haven’t seen the actual wedding cake the drawing was based on, so we can’t assess the exact likeness, but who needs a photo when you have an artwork this vivid and detailed?

Jacob’s mum Hannah, 30, from Gillingham, Dorset, was pretty delighted with her son’s drawing, too.

So much so that she had to try desperately not to laugh as Jacob presented his drawing while still at the wedding.

Why would she laugh? Because the cake looks quite a bit like a penis, apparently.

We can’t see it. Get your minds out of the gutter.

Hannah, who is a lunchtime supervisor, said: ‘I was trying not to laugh when Jacob showed me as I didn’t want to hurt his feelings.

‘As soon as I saw it one thing sprang to mind and when he added the ‘fruit’ I thought it was even funnier as it looks like something is wrong with it.

‘My husband Glen, 31 and I have been laughing all week and our friends think it is brilliant too.

‘The picture isn’t going to make into on the fridge, but we will definitely keep it in a memory book for him to look back on when he is older.’

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