Saturday, July 21, 2012

Jodie Marsh and Kirk Norcross show off muscles in photo shoot

Jodie Marsh and Kirk Norcross (© Matt Sprake, Newspics)

Jodie Marsh has never been one to shy away from the camera lens. She's also not shy about showing off her sexuality, her incredible muscles and well, just showing off in general.
She's paired up with former TOWIE and Celebrity Big Brother star Kirk Norcoss (who she's dating at the moment) for a photo shoot to promote her own brand of protein and JST weight loss products!

Jodie Marsh and Kirk Norcross (© Matt Sprake, Newspics)
Who knew Kirk was so strong?!
The unlikely couple have recently spoken about their relationship for the first time.
Of Kirk, bodybuilder Jodie said: 'I think he could be [The One]. But I honestly don't know. I've been celibate for so long that I feel like a virgin again. And I'm a bit scared of sex now. I'm scared of giving myself to someone.'
Jodie Marsh and Kirk Norcross (© Matt Sprake, Newspics)
She teased her Twitter followers with news of the JST images the day before release.
'Releasing these amazing pics of me & @kirk_official is gonna be tough. There are 70 pics split between 10 different AMAZING sets... there's naked ones, Olympic ones, funny ones, sexy snogging ones, hardcore ones, very rude ones, Kirk as a woman & muscle ones xx.'
Jodie Marsh and Kirk Norcross (© Matt Sprake, Newspics)

Ooh, it's like an Essex-based Mills & Boon cover...
Jodie Marsh and Kirk Norcross (© Matt Sprake, Newspics)

Things in the photo shoot got a wee bit raunchy! Of all the pictures we received, these were the most, erm, savoury!

Jodie Marsh and Kirk Norcross (© Matt Sprake, Newspics)

Kirk appeared to struggle slightly as he lifted Jodie upon his back for an Olypmic-themed photo. She's not that heavy, Kirky!
Love their red, white and blue 'attire' though.

Jodie Marsh and Kirk Norcross (© Matt Sprake, Newspics)

Kirk proves that he DOES have muscles but, sorry... they're nowhere near as impressive as Jodie's!
Fancy getting a body like Jodie's? Visit for all your protein and supplement needs! (Kirk Norcross not included...)

Top five foods every slimmer should have in their cupboards

1. Balsamic vinegar
Why? - Two tablespoons of salad dressing contain approximately 150 calories.  Two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar contain less than 10 calories and yet your salad will taste every bit as good.
How? - When you're not drizzling it on your salads add it to your pastas.  A splash of balsamic vinegar, a little brown sugar and a pinch of salt will turn even the plainest tinned tomatoes into a mouthwatering, waistline friendly sauce that tastes great on pasta, home-made pizza, chicken, fish or pulses.
2. Tinned puy lentils
Why? - Once thought of as 'hippy' food, tinned green lentils are now all the rage.  Packed full of cholesterol lowering, blood sugar balancing fibre, these super convenient, ready in moments lentils are also a great source of six important minerals, two mood balancing B-vitamins and, as if all that wasn't enough, they are high in hunger zapping protein too - all with virtually no fat. At just 230 calories for a whole cup of cooked lentils these really do earn their 'super food' title.
How? - Lentils are the chameleon of the food world as they take on almost any flavours you care to throw at them so they taste great with everything from light, white fish through to rich and meaty beef dishes.
Use then in place of mashed potatoes, as a base for salad dishes, as a substitute for mince, add to soups, stews, and casseroles or mix with a little half fat crème fraiche, mint or flat leaf parsley and lemon juice and serve with a hot smoked fillet of salmon on top — delicious!

3. Rapeseed oil
Why? - Rapeseed oil contains the lowest saturated fat content of any oil, has 10 times more omega 3than olive oil and is a good source of skin enhancing, immune strengthening vitamin E. It also has a high 'smoke point' which means its nutritional value is maintained, even during cooking at high temperatures.  What's more, it's produced on our own British soils.  To learn more visit Wharfe Valley Farms.
How? - Blend with tinned chick peas and tahini paste to make a super healthy and delicious hummus.  Drizzle a little over salads, pasta or risottos, mix with lemon juice, garlic and balsamic to make a salad dressing and use in place of butter in mashed potato.
4. Oatbran
Why? - We all know how good oats are for us and oat bran, in many ways is even better.  That's because it is lower in calories and even higher in protein and cholesterol lowering fibre.  In fact, just one 40g serving of oatbran contains 83% of the recommended daily amount (3g) of betaglucan — a soluble fibre that binds with excess cholesterol and removes it from our blood stream.  This high fibre content is great for making you feel full for up to four hours after eating too.
How? - Oat bran is creamy in texture so it goes down effortlessly and makes a great thickener for soups, stews and casseroles.  Add it to home made breads, muffins, biscuits and pancakes or sprinkle it on top of your usual breakfast cereal.
For a really delicious, super fast, incredibly healthy breakfast that will see off hunger pangs to lunchtime and beyond, mix equal quantities of oats and oatbran with nuts and seeds of your choice and store in an airtight container.  To serve mix two tablespoons with a little fruit juice or skimmed milk and top with fresh fruits such as sliced kiwi, blueberries, strawberries or grapes.
5. Tinned wild salmon
Why? - There are so many health benefits associated with eating this fish that the question should actually be 'why not'?  It reduces cholesterol, protects heart health, reduces the risk of stroke, helps prevent immune and inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease and some skin conditions, minimises the risk of some mental disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and is essential in infant brain and eye development during pregnancy and nursing.
Oh, and the delicate bones that are rich in calcium and magnesium are cooked in the can (don't worry, they're so soft you won't notice them in your finished dish) making canned wild salmon one of the most calcium-rich, bone strengthening non-dairy foods you can eat.  Of course, because it's wild it is relatively low risk in terms of contaminants such as mercury and pesticides.
How? - Use it as a main ingredient of fish pies, Thai fish curries, pasta dishes or chowders.  Mix with some vinegar, lemon juice, horseradish sauce and plenty of black pepper for a delicious sandwich filling.  Alternatively, combine the tinned salmon in a bowl with a couple of tablespoons of bread crumbs, some finely chopped spring onions or chives, deseeded, red chilies (optional) and an egg to bind it all together.
Coat in a little more egg and bread crumbs mixed with finely chopped chives and a little oil and bake in a hot oven for approximately 30 minutes turning once for a super, healthy, delicious supper.

Pre-date online stalking: how far should you go?

A little predate research can go a long wayDoing a DIY background check on your date for the evening is alarmingly easy in the internet age. Even a quick browse of Twitter and Facebook can give you the basic lowdown on what to expect. But can you go further and, more importantly, should you?

To coincide with the release of action-comedy ‘This Means War’ on Blu-ray and DVD, Y! Lifestyle were given a crash course on internet stalking – sorry, researching – by social media strategist Tiffany St James to discover what to really look out for when you’re dating.

Should you research?

A little research about the person you’re meeting up with can be useful, especially if they’ve already given you some information by way of an online dating profile. It gives you the tools to arrive prepared with conversation topics and aware of what you have in common. But don’t go overboard. It can be unnerving if you turn up knowing the minutiae of your date’s life and what they’ve done over the past week, not to mention a conversation killer.

Beyond Twitter and Facebook

You don’t have to be a secret agent to have access to a whole range of investigative tools. Going beyond a Google, Facebook or Twitter search, you can discover where your date likes to eat and drink and even deduce where they live. Other lesser used social media networks include Friends Reunited, Bebo, LinkedIn, Klout, 4Square as well as blogs and tumblrs.

You can also look into land ownership records, marriage registers and housing listings. If you’re dating a potential millionaire, check out if his or her company is registered with Companies House or look up musicians on Myspace, Vimeo or Soundcloud.

How far should you go?

Knowing all this might be a little too much for a first date! Tiffany recommends deciding on a clear objective before you begin researching. Think about where you should draw a line before you start and how comfortable your date will feel when you let them know what you’ve discovered.

A little information will pique your excitement and help you prepare for the date. One useful thing Tiffany recommends is using what’s available online to work out a sense of ‘true character’. Everyone represents themselves as they wish to be seen online and especially in dating profiles, so compare what’s being said about your date with what they’re saying themselves to see how they match up. But remember to leave a little mystery!

If you think you’re a menace on a keyboard when it comes to researching your dates, you ain’t got nothing on spies Chris Pine and Tom Hardy who both fall in love with Reese Witherspoon (who can blame them?) in ‘This Means War’, released on Blu-ray and DVD on 2 July from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Drama to hit the Queen Vic *SPOILER ALERT* – Daily TV round-up


EastEnders pub The Queen Vic is set to be hit with drama in new storyline

Happy and glorious? The Queen Vic (Copyright: BBC)

The Queen Vic is to be closed down after landlords Kat and Alfie Moon discover it is infested with fleas.

The 'EastEnders' boozer will shut while it is fumigated, but locals then stay away, according to reports, adding to the couple's money worries.

A source told The Sun that 'this is a huge blow for Kat and Alfie'.

“They’ve been struggling to make ends meet and lose thousands while the pub is shut. They have no idea who brought the fleas in and are determined to get to the bottom of it,” they added.

“Kat and Alfie’s relationship has been strained for months and this only adds to their problems.”

It follows news that Kat has cheated on Alfie with a mystery lover. 

Show bosses are leaving viewers to guess who it might be, with Max Branning, Derek Branning and Michael Moon all in the frame. [The Sun]

Also in today's press

Channel 4 has been slammed over a stunt in which Winston Churchill's statue in Parliament Square was put in a straitjacket emblazoned with the word 'depression'. Churchill's grandson Nicholas Soames MP said: “Even by Channel 4’s pretty dismal standards, this is contemptible.” The stunt was to publicise its season on mental health. [The Sun]

A pilot for a new version of 80s gameshow 'Catchphrase' has been ordered by ITV. 'Britain's Got More Talent' presenter Stephen Mulhern will host. [Digital Spy]

Channel 4's 'Drugs Live' programme cannot go out live, the Home Office has ruled. “The scientific study requires all participants and researchers to be unaware if they’ve had the active drug or a placebo,” said a spokesperson for the show. “Therefore it needs to be recorded rather than live.” The experiment, which will feature Keith Allen, novelist Lionel Shriver, a former MP, an ex-SAS soldier and a female vicar, will be pre-recorded instead. [The Sun]

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Sentient City Survival Kit

The Sentient City Survival Kit (© Mark Shepard)
'Orwellian' is a word used too much these days, but it's hard to deny there's something sinister about the proliferation of technology in modern cities. That was the thinking that has led Mark Shepard (a former architect and Fellow of New York's Eyebeam Arts and Technology Centre) to create the Sentient City Survival Kit. Currently on show at the Dutch Electronic Art Exhibition, the kit imagines some street-level solutions for life in a near-future of constant digital observation.
The Sentient City Survival Kit (© Mark Shepard)
Already, as we move through a modern city, we are sharing information - with CCTV cameras, Oyster card readers, mobile phone masts and many more digital snoops. Shepard intends the kit to monitor these systems and interdict the information they can capture. While some of it may look like the imaginations of a cyberpunk-obsessed teenager, each piece in the 'kit' has been designed to deal with a specific real-life source of technological snooping and, more importantly, to raise awareness of the kind of digital spies already beginning to infiltrate urban life.

The Sentient City Survival Kit (© Mark Shepard)
Shepard's Under(a)ware is underwear designed to alert the wearer to hidden Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag readers by discreetly vibrating whenever they are scanned. It does seem slightly preposterous but you only need to look at the ever-increasing use of RFID technologies in major cities - already essential in systems such as travel cards and contactless bank cards (and increasingly in passports) - to realise that being notified when a device you're not aware of tries to scan your devices might not actually be such a mad idea.
The Sentient City Survival Kit (© Mark Shepard)

Indeed, the whole kit combines a playful approach with cutting-edge technology (as the Under(a)ware demonstrates). The designs may be tongue-in-cheek, but the thought behind them is anything but. Shepard says his intention was to 'flirt' with the issues - to retain some mystery but also encourage people to regain some power over the increasing prevalence of monitoring technology.

The Sentient City Survival Kit (© Mark Shepard)

It's not just the hidden digital spies that Shepard is focussing on; there can be more obvious threats to civil liberties too. With Britain increasingly choked by CCTV cameras, it's not only your electronic signals that are being watched. Night-vision cameras can identify you and follow your movements, and while they obviously fulfil a host of security and health and safety obligations, one need only go back to that Orwell fellow to see the potential for misuse.

The Sentient City Survival Kit (© Mark Shepard)

Enter the CCD-Me-Not Umbrella. Again, clearly designed to illustrate a point more than be a prototype of something you might actually buy, this umbrella is laced with infrared LEDs that are only visible to Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) surveillance cameras. It's been designed to frustrate the object-detection algorithms that computerised surveillance systems use to track you - the infrared LED lights blaze like the sun on night-vision sensors, blinding the camera.

The Sentient City Survival Kit (© Mark Shepard)

The Ad Hoc (dark) Roast Network mug is designed to highlight another issue; the increasing official and commercial monitoring of private communications. With governments, police and, to a lesser extent, companies such as ISPs taking ever more interest in the content of your tweets, emails and web-browsing history, basic personal privacy is increasingly under threat. This mug hides a wireless network in the base of a travel coffee mug, creating a temporary un-monitored communications method for a small group.

The Sentient City Survival Kit (© Mark Shepard)

Using a screen set into the lid of the mug to send short messages over the wireless mesh network, commuters can form a temporary, train carriage-sized network for the duration of their morning journey. Some might argue that the avoidance of 'monitored' networks in this way could of course be used for criminal purposes. But then so can writing. Or talking. And we wouldn't suggest that the government should monitor all spoken conversations...would we?
The Sentient City Survival Kit (© Mark Shepard)

Rounding off the Sentient City Survival Kit is something more familiar; a phone app that offers a more playful way of navigating your city. Less concerned with the security phones of the future, the Serendipitor is more about making use of the spaces around us; helping to reclaim our surroundings and a sense of adventure that's perhaps been lost by the A-to-B automation of traditional sat-navs.

The Sentient City Survival Kit (© Mark Shepard)

TOWIE: Mario set for crazy Vegas stag, says Little Chris

With the brand new series of TOWIE just days away all eyes will be on newly-engaged couple Mario and Lucy.
And one person who is more excited than most about the Essex couple's engagement is Mario's BFFLittle Chris.
The teaser trailer for the new TOWIE series sees Chris claiming his spot as Mario's Best Man.
And he exclusively told us that things are bound to get VERY messy if he has anything to do with it.
He told omg!: "I'm gonna do something really crazy like go to Vegas. Yeah Vegas!"
Mario, Lucy, TOWIELittle Chris says he's going to make sure Mario's stag is crazy. Copyright [Rex]
And as much as Mario should be getting nervous about his last holiday as a single man, we also reckon he should be pretty worried about that Best Man's speech.
Chris added: "I can't wait to do the speech. It's going to be very, very entertaining and emotional for Mario.
"If [Lucy's] still sitting there that'd be the key of how good my speech was. I won't dish the dirt on my good friend but I'll put a few stories in there."

But the cheeky Essex chappy is a little worried he doesn't have the job in the bag just yet.
He told us: "Mario said on Loose Women his Best Man is going to be his mum. Could you imagine your mum organising your stag do? You'd end up down at Gala Bingo.
Messing up his mate aside, Chris is not as manly as you might think.
Before his trip to Marbs this summer, he joined the rest of the TOWIE bunch including Mario and Ricky Rayment in getting his teeth whitened at LoveLite in Harley Street.
And he told us he is very particular about his grooming regime. He said: "I take a lot of time over my appearance. I'm a bit of a diva when it comes to this. I won't have any hairdresser. I own six cones for different parts of my hair.
"I take about 45 minutes to get ready. It's bad when you're just going to Nandos or something."

Fearne Cotton loves Anne Hathaway, wish we could say the same about her sunglasses

Not exactly dressing for the weather, eh Fearne Cotton?
Sun or no sun, we're just not sure about those glasses. Copyright: [rex]
Despite the fact it was as grey as George Clooney's hair outside, Fearne Cotton rocked up to the Radio One studios today in some sunglasses more suited to Ibiza than a muggy London.
There must be an explanation, maybe she was hung over and wanted to hide a pair of puffy peepers? Perhaps she has a sty in her eye? Who knows?
All we know is, sun or no sun, we are not so keen on them.
It's the weird round framed sunglasses we just can't make our minds up on.
We want to like them, really we do, but they just look so… odd and kind of like they should be in a fancy dress box.
It really is such a shame as that is one cracking outfit, we absolutely love the dress and the pink pumps.
We are just sad she chose to go so super cool shoulders down, so John Lennon at a neon rave shoulders up.

We just hope her sunglasses manage to bring out the sun out then we might like them a bit more.
However, while we disagree with Fearne on the sunnies front, we do agree with her recent obsession with Anne Hathaway.
It seems both us and Fearne share a mutual love for the Batman actress, after Fearne tweeted:
"I'm officially in love with Anne Hathaway. Just interviewed her and the lovely Joseph Gordon Levitt and they are wonderful #gush."
So darn pretty. We LOVE her and so does Fearne! Copyright:[wenn]
Aww. Perhaps they could be mates and go shopping to buy Fearne some new sunglasses?
And since Fearne brought him up, we can gladly confirm Joseph Gordon-Levitt most definitely IS wonderful.
We got to speak to him at the Dark Knight Rises premiere, even if he didn't laugh at our jokes.

Excuse us Keira Knightley, that doesn’t look like your boyfriend

When pictures landed of Keira Knightley and this serious PDA we gasped. We swear someone even shouted: "Keira Knightley put that man down or we will tell your fiance!".
Put that man down, Keira! Copyright: [wenn]
Ms Knightley has not just a boyfriend, but a fiance and it sure isn't this young man!
Alas, no of course, you probably guessed it: Keira was filming for her new film and the man is question is her co-star, Mark Ruffalo.
So no, she isn't off snogging other men. She is happily engaged to James Righton. Duh!
Still, it must be pretty weird having a job which involves kissing fit men who don't belong to you.

The pair were filming for the Brit actress' upcoming film 'Can a Song Save Your Life?' In which Keira plays a struggling musician.
In the film, Keira's character moves to New York to carve a successful music career with her fellow musician boyfriend.
However, the boyf reckons he would be better off solo so dumps poor Keira and the film follows what happens next.
And what happens next is that Keira's character stumbles across this man, and judging by these snaps, the pair seem to get on just fine.
Phew! It's only for a film! Copyright: [wenn]
However, we are more interested in who dumped her because he is played by the super hot Maroon 5 front man, Adam Levine.
Anyone else wish he was their boyfriend? Copyright: [wenn]
Adam up on the big screen? We most definitely cannot wait to see that! Plus, that also means that Keira probably got to snog the face off him too.
Some girls have all the luck.

Another landmark for England’s run machine

There were many 'head-to-heads' that dominated the build up to the eagerly-anticipated series between England and South Africa, but most centred around Kevin Pietersen and Dale Steyn.
South Africa's much vaunted bowling attack flagged at The Oval as England's run machine Alastair Cook plundered another chanceless Test century - his 20th, to be exact.
In an unerring innings in which he never really looked like getting out, Cook ended an 11-month gap between Test centuries, with his previous three-figure score coming against India at Edgbaston last summer.
This was far from a drought, however, with big tons coming in one-day cricket instead; but make no mistake, this was a crucial knock, both for the team and for the opener himself.
Cook's 100, which came off 222 deliveries, saw him reach the 20 mark in Test centuries, joining an illustrious list of greats.

It always seemed inevitable that the Essex left-hander would reach the landmark, but to do so at the age of just 27 makes it all the more remarkable.
Sachin Tendulkar remains the youngest cricketer to reach 20 tons, at the age of 26 and 173 days - a feat he achieved back in October 1999. But Cook has been hot on his heels and becomes the second youngest to reach the mark.
Four England batsmen, including his captain Andrew Strauss, are ahead of Cook on the list of England batsmen with the most Test centuries - Geoffrey Boycott (22), Colin Cowdrey (22), Wally Hammond (22) and Strauss (21).
Cook joins Ken Barrington, Kevin Pietersen and his batting mentor a prolific throw-down buddy Graham Gooch, now the England batting coach, on the 20 mark. It should not be a statistic that is easily scanned over.
He made no mistake when the time came, pushing an undemonstrative single to cover off leg-spinner Imran Tahir to complete his five-hour century in 222 balls - having hit 11 fours and one six.
Cook's strike rate of 40.28 might have been his third-lowest for a three-figure knock, but it was a masterful innings which, in the context of the match, was absolutely essential after the early loss of Strauss for a four-ball duck.
The immediate and obvious question was how many centuries will Cook end up with at the end of his already illustrious international career?
Cowers can see no reason why the 27-year-old cannot double his existing efforts in a career which looks set to go the distance, with 40 Test centuries surely not an impossibility.
Cook's seemingly limitless capacity for scoring runs and building innings after innings should not diminish over the next five to 10 years, and even the pressure of captaincy has not adversely affected his form in ODI cricket. On the contrary, his form has improved markedly since being handed the proverbial armband in that form of the game.
This series was billed as a battle of the bowling attacks, with South Africa's five-pronged unit expected to not only challenge, but terrorise, the England batsmen.
When Strauss departed in the opening over it seemed as though there could be something behind that hype, but Cook's typically mature, indomitable effort ensured that England were far from intimidated by the tourists' pacemen.
England are in command already in the opening Test at The Oval, courtesy of Cook's magnificent century, and there appears to be no stopping the opener as he strode off the pitch at the end of the day.
As the batsman told Sky reporter Ian Ward at the close of play when asked how he prepared for this series, "I've been working 12 hour shifts on the farm, don't even joke!". The funny thing is, no one was remotely surprised to hear it.
There is surely no doubt that Cook will eclipse all existing England records with the bat, but the only question is to what extent.
Can Cook go on to break the international Test match records? Can he maintain the hunger and desire required to thrive at the highest level in what will likely turn out to be a mammoth career in two forms of the game?
Only time will tell, of course, but the great thing about Cook is that nothing he does surprises anyone. He is a remarkable cricketer with a remarkable character.
STAT OF THE DAY: The 170-run stand between Cook and Jonathan Trott is the seventh-highest second-wicket partnership for England against South Africa overall and the second-highest since South Africa's readmission.
TWEET OF THE DAY: "Very lonely 1st session in the middle at Lord's for sole Englishman Cook with great team man Kevin Pietersen to come." Australian journalist Malcolm Conn takes a swipe at the England side, but gets rather confused about where the match is taking place.
TALKING POINT OF THE DAY: Despite Cook's heroics, inevitably, it was Pietersen's exclusion from England's provisional 30-man squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in September that had everyone talking. The batsman himself is unlikely to let the matter lie, but ECB policies are pretty tough to budge, as he is realising having retired from ODIs and, by extension, Twenty20s.

American torchbearer’s spelling mistake on tattoo

A 54 year old lady who carried the London 2012 Olympic Torch in Derbyshire was so taken by the experience she decided commemorate the moment with a special tattoo. However, she unfortunately chose a tattooist who could not spell the word Olympics.
American Jerri Peterson from Atlanta got the tattoo while still in States and it was only later that she realised the tattoo artist had written 'Oylmpic torch bearer' by mistake.
She told the BBC, "I always wanted to have a tattoo but I never quite felt passionate about any one thing to have it put on my body permanently. So when I was selected for this wonderful honour, I thought 'that's it - I'm ready to have my tattoo'."
Peterson then excitedly sent a photograph of the tattoo to friends, before one of them pointed out the embarrassing gaffe.
"I looked at it and I was so disappointed. I called my husband and he giggled a little bit," she said philosophically. "Then I started laughing about it and I've laughed ever since."
Peterson has been laughing so much that she is not even going to correct the tattoo.
"(The tattoo artist) felt so bad when he found out," she added. "He wanted to fix it but I decided I want to keep it. It's fine. It's the Oy-lmpics - it's as unique as I am."
Peterson carried the torch on June 30 after being rewarded by her firm with a place in the relay thanks to her charity work.

Amy Childs shows off massive new boobs on night out with new boyf

Amy Childs has kept her boobs pretty under wraps since she had her second boob job last month.
Amy Childs new boobsAmy Childs showed off her new boobs last night. However, last night Amy Childs was snapped out and about in a tight dress which showed off her new boobs in all their glory.

And not that we're staring too much, but they do look pretty blimmin' huge.
However, the former TOWIE star seems happy with her new look, and the operation was something she deliberated over for a while, so we're glad she's feeling more confident.
Amy ChildsAmy Childs looked gorgeous in a lilac dress.Just before her operation, Amy told Yahoo! omg! exclusively: "I'm doing it for myself not for anyone else!
"I had the first job when I was 18 but they've dropped a lot I want them to be more natural. I have to wear a lot of padding at the moment and it's uncomfortable."
She continued: "If you don't feel good about yourself and want something done no one can stop you."
Amy Childs with new boyfriendAmy Childs was out with her new boyfriend. Copyright [WENN]Amy Childs looked gorgeous last night in a lilac lace dress teamed with beige heels. After having her hair extensions put back in two weeks, Amy's hair was back to it's thick bouncy usual standard.
The star was accompanied by her new boyfriend, David Peters. The pair have been spending a lot of time together lately, enjoying some very successful dates.
We reckon they make an impossibly hot couple. We could stare at them all day...

Our top 10 beachwear essentials

1. Dune Jump T-Bar Sandals, from £60Stylish and colourful, these Dune Jump T-Bar sandals are perfect attire for the poolside or an evening stroll along the beach. And because they're made out of soft leather, they will not rub your feet. Ensure you look glam day or night on your holiday in these gorgeous magenta, orange and gold T-bar sandals from Dune.
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Dune Jump T-bar Sandals (© Image © Ciao)
2. Resort Shapewear Swimsuit, from £27Celebrate your curves and flaunt your figure with this sexy secret weapon. This resort shapewear swimsuit features a secret panel to tame your tummy and moulded cups for an extra lift where it counts so you can show off your hourglass figure with confidence. The contrasting classic monochrome palette with a flash of red also adds to the allure of this sensational piece of kit for the beach.
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Resort Shapewear Swimsuit (© Image © Ciao)
3. Valverde Large Nautical Canvas Tote Bag by Pia Rossini, from £22.90Your everyday Mulberry (or equivalent) may be sizeable enough for city living but when it comes to holiday time, why don't you ditch your piece of leather arm candy for a canvas beachbag? This large Valverde canvas bag is perfect for hitting the beach as it is spacious and comes with internal pockets for stowing away all your valuables. What's more, the on-trend nautical print is a classic and will get you into the holiday mood.
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Nautical Canvas Tote bag (© Image © Ciao)
4. Echo Braided Floppy Women's Hat, £10There's nothing like a hat to both shade you from the sunshine and add a bit of oomph to your outfit. Channel the 70s with a wide-brimmed straw hat teamed with a kaftan and sandals. Available in several colours including coral and royal blue, you can always find a floppy hat from this Echo range and they will see you through the season and make you stand out from the crowd.
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Echo Braided Floppy Women (© Image © Ciao)
5. Resort All-in-one Strapless Jumpsuit, £25Swap your usual cover-up for this practical and stylish strapless jumpsuit. With a bandeau-style top and wide-legged trousers, you can wear this leopard-print all-in-one to the beach or for evening drinks. In fact, we could go as far as to say that this versatile jumpsuit is a must-have for your beach wardrobe. Go on, channel your wild side.
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Resort All-in-one Strapless Jumpsuit (© Image © Ciao)
6. AllSaints Prism Lowe Shorts, £45Show off your pins in a comfy pair of denim cut-offs. These super-short shorts from AllSaints are made from stretchy denim so they will hug your shape. Choose between a bleached denim blue or coral and team them with a T-shirt and pair of sandals for a casual beach look.
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AllSaints Prism Lowe Shorts (© Image © Ciao)
7. Roxy Denim Photoprint Scooter Bikini, £60If you've got it flaunt it in this understated bikini from Roxy. Featuring a twist bandeau top, which can be worn either strapless or halter-neck, and a pair of good-sized retro-style bottoms, this two piece is made from high-performance polymide with lycra and so will dry fast and also keep its shape for longer. You may balk at the £60 price-tag but this bikini is built to last by one of the best surfwear brands in the business. In other words, it's worth every penny.
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Roxy Denim Photoprint Scooter Bikini (© Image © Ciao)
8. Lauren Cat's Eye Sunglasses, £17Do an Audrey (as in Hepburn) and protect your peepers in a pair of cats eye shades. This black pair with matching graduated lenses are based on the classic retro style but would be suitable for any occasion. What's more, they come at a purse-friendly £17.
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9. George White Kaftan, £6Keep your cool while the temperatures rise with this cotton kaftan, £6 from George. Featuring a v-neckline and crochet trim, this is fantastic for popping over your bikini or swimsuit on the beach or as a cover-up by the pool.
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10. AllSaints Freedom T-Dress, £65Instead of reaching for your boyfriend's or dad's old T-shirt, why don't you invest in a cool oversized one of your own? This AllSaints Freedom T-dress is made out of 100% cotton and has a hand-appliqued typeface design. Fantastic for the beach and covering your shoulders and chest, this T-shirt dress can also be worn to a festival. Release your inner rock chick in this cool T-shirt dress.
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Panasonic launches Lumix G5, FZ200 and LX7 cameras

New cameras have been added to the Panasonic Lumix ranks (© Panasonic)
Panasonic has unveiled its latest mirrorless camera, the Lumix G5, with the bold claim: "the G5 has arrived to replace DSLR cameras."
The updated camera - the successor to the Lumix G3 - boasts a 16-megapixel sensor, new Venus engine and a host of additonal features.
Panasonic is even pushing a new name for this type of camera. Eschewing the commonly used 'compact system camera' (CSC) moniker, it introduced the Lumix G5 as a 'DSLM' camera (where the 'M' stands for mirrorless).
At the camera's launch, Panasonic said DSLM cameras now account for more than 50% of the market for interchangeable lens cameras in Japan. It is now targeting similar success in its overseas markets. Unlike other mirrorless camera manufacturers, Panasonic does not also produce DSLR cameras.
Also announced at the launch were two digital compact cameras, the Lumix LX7 and the Lumix FZ200.
The LX7 was announced as a camera that is "all about the lens". It boasts a super-bright 1.4f lens, enabling excellent background defocus and the use of much lower ISO levels in night shooting.
Panasonic described the FZ200 as its "high-zoom hero", a bridge camera with a 24x optical zoom.

Panasonic Lumix G5

The Lumix G5 offers a 16-megapixel sensor (a newly designed version, rather than the same one used in the G3) and a brand new image processing engine: Venus Engine VII FHD.
The combination of the two means the G5 can shoot video in full HD 1080p at 50 frames per second with stereo sound. It also has ISO settings ranging from 160 all the way up to a whopping 12,800, for improved low-light performance.
Other additions include a function lever, so users can operate power zooms directly from the camera. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) has an eye sensor, so it switches on automatically as you raise the camera to your eye, and there is an electronic shutter, meaning shots can be taken completely silently.
The G5 can shoot at six frames per second or up to 20 frames per second at a reduced resolution.
Panasonic says the camera also has a high-speed auto-focus system, which it dubs "light speed AF". The AF tracking system means "the LUMIX G5 can lock onto any subject and keep it in focus even if it moves."
On the back is a three-inch LCD screen. As with the G3, this is free-angle to it can be moved around.

Panasonic Lumix FZ200

The FZ200 has a 24x optical zoom Leica lens with a f2.8 aperture available throughout the entire zoom range.
Panasonic's built-in optical image stabilisation technology should ensure it remains blur-free even at long zoom. The 25mm ultra wide-angle lens offers around twice the shooting area as a standard 35mm lens.
A 12-megapixel sensor and Venus Engine enables the camera to shoot at up to ISO 6,400. Burst shooting is at up to 12 frames per second.
It shoots full HD video at 1920x1080 50p with Dolby Digital audio. Panasonic claims the 1,200 mAh battery will take more than 500 images on a single charge. On the back is a three-inch, free-angle LCD screen.

Panasonic Lumix LX7

The LX7 is a camera built for low-light photography with a super bright f1.4 Leica lens. Inside is a 10.1-megapixel high-sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus Engine VII FHD.
The large aperture means it's easier to create images with a shallow depth of field, as well as being suitable for macro and low-light photography.
The camera's ISO range is from 80 - 12,800 and it records video in 1920x1080 Full HD at 50 frames per second. A built-in neutral density filter lets you lower the shutter speed while keeping the aperture fully open - there is direct access to this on the camera ring.