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‘You are as old as you feel’: Queen Elizabeth II refuses ‘Oldie of the Year’ award

October 21, 2021

Queen Elizabeth II, who turned 95 last April, has declined an award for “Oldie of the Year” from a British magazine, with a polite—if slightly cheeky—response, reports Page Six of The New York Post.

“Her Majesty believes you are as old as you feel; as such the Queen does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept and hopes you find a more worthy recipient,” Tom Laing-Baker, the Queen’s assistant private secretary, said in a letter shared by the magazine on Tuesday, October 19.

The Oldie, a British monthly, is aimed at the mature set “as a light-hearted alternative to a press obsessed with youth and celebrity,” its website trumpets. Every year the editors bestow an Oldie of the Year award in a light-hearted ceremony. Previous winners have included Eileen Atkins, Glenda Jackson, Peter Blake, and David Hockney.

But at least one member of the royal family approves of the ceremony. The Queen’s daughter-in-law, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, turned up at Oldie’s awards lunch to hand out honors like Champion Knitter of the Year and Truly Scrumptious Oldie of the Year.

In her remarks, Camilla, 74, acknowledged the advantages of aging: “Watching one’s children growing up; enjoying one’s grandchildren—knowing that they’ll be going home after the visit; finding more time to read; finding time to read The Oldie—and coming to jolly lunches like this one,” Prince Charles’s wife said, according to People.

The Oldie magazine clearly has a soft spot for the Royal Family. The Queen’s husband, Prince Phillip, who passed away in April at age 99, was named Consort of the Year at the awards in 2012.

He accepted the award warmly, writing: “There is nothing like it for morale to be reminded that the years are passing—ever more quickly,” and adding, “but it is nice to be remembered at all.”

Research contact: @PageSix

Andy Cohen seeks help in search for missing childhood friend who disappeared two weeks ago

June 7, 2021

Andy Cohen is asking for help finding a childhood friend who has been missing for two weeks, People magazine reports.

The Bravo star, 53, posted a missing person’s flier on Facebook after actor and playwright Andy Neiman disappeared from the MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, on May 21.

The poster says that Neiman, 48, is “a missing vulnerable adult” who has schizophrenia. He was last seen wearing green hospital scrubs and glasses. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds.

Cohen and Neiman went to the same camp, as well as the same high school, he told The New York Post’s Page Six.

“I’m praying for his safe return, along with a lot of folks in St Louis,” Cohen said.

GoFundMe campaign to spread awareness about Neiman’s disappearance, describes him as a “brother, son, friend, and father.”

Loved ones write that Neiman “has a history of mental illness and may be suffering from psychosis.”

“While we believe Andy is still in the local area, family, friends, search parties and police have been looking for four days and have not yet located him,” his loved ones wrote, adding that they are raising funds to hire a private investigator for the case.

Neiman has a nine-year-old daughter. In addition to being a loving dad, he is a “wonderful, spiritual guy” his sister, Emily Abramson, told Page Six.

“He is incredibly quirky with deep passions for a variety of things, especially the performing arts and Shakespeare,” she said. “His mind is greatly analytical.”

She added, “One of his talents is transmuting his understanding of Shakespeare to people of every age.”

People magazine urges anyone with information on Neiman’s disappearance to call the New York Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-3543.

Research contact: @people

Stray dog is gifted with plush toy unicorn after repeatedly trying to steal it from Dollar General store

April 5, 2021

A stray dog in North Carolina has been gifted with the unicorn plush toy that he tried to steal multiple times from a Dollar General store, Sunny Skyz reports.

According to Duplin County Animal Services, a stray dog named Sisu snuck into the store repeatedly when the automatic doors opened and made a beeline straight for the purple stuffed toy.

“He went straight for the unicorn, the same one every time,” Joe Newburn, the department head at the shelter, told Sunny Skyz. “He actually had to go through the whole store to get to that unicorn. It was in the Easter section he went to that same unicorn and kept pulling it out, and finally, he had done it so much the store called us,” Newburn explains of how Sisu came under the shelter’s care.

Samantha Lane, the officer who responded to the Dollar General store’s call, was so taken with Sisu’s devotion to the unicorn that she bought the $10 toy for the dog.

According to Newburn, the canine was happy to head off with Lane once he had his unicorn. “The only thing we can think is that he came from a home where he had a similar stuffed animal or kids in the home did,” Newburn said.

Indeed, since Lane bought Sisu—who was named by shelter workers after the dragon in Disney’s new film, Raya and the Last Dragon — his unicorn, the dog hasn’t let the toy out of his sight, People magazine reports..

When the unicorn gets dirty, Sisu won’t lie on it, so the shelter staff removes the toy for washing and quickly returns it. “Every time you put that unicorn with him when he’s laying on it, he looks happy; he’s at peace with that purple unicorn, and it’s felt good. It’s been very uplifting to my staff. It’s a tough job, but it’s a rewarding job, and I see smiles on my staff’s faces now,” Newburn adds.

Sisu is considered a stray at the shelter because no one has come forward to claim him. He is currently available for adoption and is described as a 1-year-old male who is very obedient with people.

Research contact: @SunnySkyz

Easy as pie? Baker creates intricate ‘narrative pies’ embellished with tasteful stories

December 23, 2020

Liz Joy-Murray—the art director at the Los Angeles-based confectionery and bakery, Inspired to Taste— is the first to admit that her spectacular “narrative pies,” which feature baked-in scenes from book and movies such as Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, and A League of Their Own, look almost too good to eat, People magazine reported recently.

But “everything I use is completely edible and safe,” the self-described “sugar artist” told the magazine.

Joy-Murray, a former Hollywood art director, left the movie business five years ago to start experimenting with her edible designs. She immediately was hooked: “Once I started brainstorming designs,” she told People, “I realized pies are an unexpected medium for storytelling.

Although she is prolific, she does have her favorites among all of the fanciful designs. “The most special pies for me are the ones I create for my dad, highlighting his childhood stories in Honduras,” she explained. “I have so much fun dreaming up all sorts of designs.”

And for all of those amateur home bakers who have started making bread, cookies, and other treats during the pandemic, Murray now serves as an inspiration. The People story is posted on her Instagram site, along with samples of her most fanciful (and delicious) designs.

Research contact: @people