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Netflix glances, America's first ladies united and the Burberry graffiti skirt

"Am I pointing it the right way?" will be the constant refrain at film studios now Netflix has introduced a 'five second rule' on set to stamp out sexual harassment post-#MeToo.

In complete contravention of this new rule, let's take a closer look...

Netflix, the streaming devise, has introduced a whole raft of anti-harassment measures in wake of the #MeToo social media uprising against the likes of film producer Harvey Weinstein. These include not looking at anyone for longer than five seconds, no lingering hugs, no flirting and no asking for a colleagues phone number. Also any 'unwanted' behaviour should be reported immediately.

An on-set runner, speaking to the media, said: "It has sparked jokes with people looking at each other and counting to five, then diverting their eyes."

There is of course the worry about how actors will ever 'get it together' and thus fill our gossip pages. But this reporter is first and foremost concerned about the practicalities of these new measures. It is surely going to make the filming of any scene beyond the five second limit problematic.

In future are viewers to be treated to five seconds of impeccable camerawork, sound and lighting, with each scene swiftly descending into a juddering, blurry, indecipherable mess and ultimately, darkness?

Netflix has said: "We are proud of the anti-harassment training we offer to our productions. We want every Netflix production to be a safe and respectful working environment. We believe the resources we offer empower people on our sets to speak up and shouldn't be trivialised."

Whoops. This reporter believes she has indeed trivialised it.

Bananas have hit the headlines today amidst fears they are being killed off. Britain has apparently joined the race to develop a banana variety resistant to diseases and climate changes that are threatening to disrupt the availability of the country's favourite fruit.

Plantations in Australia, south-east Asia and parts of Africa and the Middle East have all been attacked by a fungus known as "fusarium wilt" which could wipe out bananas for ever.

Whilst the Royal Family is set to have its first same-sex wedding. Lord Ivar Mountbatten, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth will marry his partner James Coyle this summer. Lord Mountbatten, who has three daughters by his previous marriage, made history when he announced he was gay in 2016 as he was the first member of the royal family to do so. His ex-wife Penny is fully supportive and will walk Lord Mountbatten down the aisle on the big day.

Meanwhile, following Melania Trump speaking out yesterday (Monday) about how she "hates to see" refugee children being separated from their families at the Mexican border under orders of her husband Donald Trump, all the other living first ladies have come out in a united front to speak about the current American President's cruel and inhumane tactics (which he is, incidentally, touting as the only means to ensure America does not descend into a refugee camp like Europe).

Rosalyn Carter branded the act of separating families as a "shame to our country". She continued: "When I was first lady, I worked to call attention to the plight of refugees fleeing Cambodia for Thailand. I visited Thailand and witnessed firsthand the trauma of parents and children separated by circumstances beyond their control."

Former first ladies Hilary Clinton, Michelle Obama and Laura Bush have also called for the practise, which has seen hundreds of refugee families separated in just the last six weeks, to stop.

In Blighty, Ed Miliband, the former Labour leader, has taken to Twitter to call on Prime Minister Theresa May to haltTrump's planned state visit to London in July in light of these revelations in what appears to be one of his more sensible suggestions.

What goes without saying is this inhumane policy of Trump's needs more than a cursory glance, unlike this skirt from Burberry which is easily identifiable for what it is in five seconds max.








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