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There’s a wonderful piece in The New European about Prince Harry and the Invictus Games. Basically, the Dusseldorf games have radically changed Germany’s relationship with their own military and veteran community over the course of a week. It was even happening during the games, with the German Defense Minister openly discussing (at the games) the country’s newfound commitment to supporting veterans and their plans to host in-house Warrior Games using the Invictus model. This New European piece explains how perceptions shifted overnight because of Invictus and Prince Harry – it’s called “Germansplaining: Harry is a national hit in Germany.” Some highlights:

Germany’s pre-Invictus perception of Harry: “I never pass up a chance to serve as your royal correspondent – opportunities are rare enough in the Bundesrepublik – but since the Sussexes’ self-inflicted tragicomedy on Netflix last year, I admit I’ve not been watching Harry so closely. The German media has nicknamed him “Prinz Peinlich” (Prince Cringey). But this is history, at least for the moment, thanks to the Invictus Games in Düsseldorf, which ended up having a much more important effect than simply earning the prince brownie points with the press.”

Germans weren’t paying attention to their military before: Since the end of the cold war, we’ve seen two important changes: first, Germany slowly outsourced its defence to the US. You didn’t win elections by funding the Bundeswehr, nor did you lose them by defunding it, so the political motivation for defence spending was limited – until Ukraine. The second shift in the last 30 years was to start sending German soldiers on Nato and UN missions. Which meant that they also died or were severely wounded abroad, in attacks, in combat, in accidents, by suicide. Both changes, defunding and foreign deployment, were met with little public interest. While life for soldiers now became radically different, the lack of interest in them largely remained the same.

The German reticence: “Germany’s militaristic history is of course the reason for all this reticence towards the military. It seems we’ve been cured of our previous and unhealthy desire for parades. As collateral, however, recognition for those serving society at the risk of their own life has been lost, too. There are attempts to change this, not least because the Bundeswehr is short of staff. Which makes the Invictus Games invaluable. Yes, this being Germany, there was criticism. Critics complained that the event “glorified war”, and was “propaganda for western military to sugar-coat the Iraq and Afghanistan disasters”, and that it cynically used arms manufacturers as sponsors. By the way: while they’re often called defence contractors in English, the term in German is Rüstungskonzern (armament corporation).

What Harry did: “And then came Harry. Modest. Thoughtful. Honouring the veterans. He spoke of comradeship so naturally it was far from glorifying heroism. Instead, accompanied by Meghan, he patiently explained the horrific consequences of war on soldiers, shook hands, drank local beer, tipped generously, smiled for selfies and sat through 80 minutes of Germany’s most popular sports TV show, Das aktuelle Sportstudio. He even had the grace to lose against our defence minister, Boris Pistorius, when shooting – a football – at its famous Torwand (goal wall, with two holes in it). Thanks to his Invictus Games, traumatised and disabled German soldiers received more airtime and visibility in a week during prime-time than they had in the previous 10 years. They were shown as a part of society, and not an isolated part. So, thank you for your service, Harry.”

[From The New European]

It’s always surprising to me, an American, that other countries don’t have the same kind of nationalistic fervor when it comes to “supporting the troops” or “thanking veterans for their service.” Regardless of the legitimacy of the wars my country has waged, I would balk at not “supporting the troops” or showing respect to the men and women who served. It’s so fundamental in American society, in a way it just isn’t in other countries. So this is fascinating from a cultural standpoint, seeing what Invictus did in Germany and how perceptions changed so much so quickly. Talk about a profound legacy for Harry.

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Louis Philip was born in Greece, raised in Germany, educated in England and now resides in Canada. He has been writing since learning to read. He had published and has appeared in anthologies.

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Justin Timberlake Might SUE Britney Spears: I’ll Fix My Reputation!

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Justin Timberlake at the Oscars

It seems that Justin Timberlake is so unhappy right now that he would hire an expensive legal team to help him get his reputation back on track.

Many think Justin disgusting in light of everything that Britney Spears’ biography revealed about him.

His reputation might never get back due to all of the things she confirmed and the additional facts.

According to a startling new claim, he’s so upset about it that he’s thinking of pursuing extreme legal action. Ouch!

On February 26, 2017, Justin Timberlake is present at the Hollywood & Highland Center for the 89th Annual Academy Awards. (Image courtesy of Frazer Harrison and Getty Images)(

According to a RadarOnline article, Justin Timberlake is thinking of filing a lawsuit against Britney Spears.

Unbelievably, Justin has received a lot of support from the general population over the years.

His erstwhile supporters have now abandoned him. Other famous people have also expressed their disdain at what he did to Britney.

The memoir released by Britney Spears in October 2023 is titled The Woman In Me. (Photo courtesy of Simon & Schuster)

The story claims that his original intention was to “ride” out the controversy like a wave.

When someone finds oneself in a scandal and is unable to confront the misbehavior immediately, that is frequently the wisest course of action.

This isn’t about anything Justin is doing wrong today; he can’t undo the past. Usually, the wisest course of action would be to say nothing and avoid making public appearances. (Well, after a sincere confession in which he begs for unmerited pardon in public.)

In 2002, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake attended the NBA All-Star Game held at the First Union Center in Philadelphia. (Image Source: Getty)

On the other hand, the report indicates that the difficulty is increasing.

October 24 was just a couple weeks ago when Britney’s book was released.

However, Justin is apparently considering alternative choices because he is feeling so “miserable” over the information that has been revealed about him.

At the Universal Pictures and Focus Features presentation during CinemaCon, the official conference of the National Association of Theatre Owners, which takes place at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on April 26, 2023, Justin Timberlake makes an onstage speech in support of the upcoming movie “Trolls Band Together.” (Image courtesy of Getty Images/Ethan Miller)

After that, Justin has encountered trolling in a way that has never happened to him before.

Numerous messages have even been addressed to his wife, Jessica Biel.

Hers are toned differently. People want Britney to know she can leave Justin after witnessing how he handled his former partner, forcing her to get an abortion, and using her to further his own career.

On February 11, 2002, Britney Spears and her boyfriend Justin Timberlake arrive at the Mann Chinese Theatre in Hollywood for the film premiere of “Crossroads.” (Getty Images/Kevin Winter)

It’s all becoming really irritating to him. And not just any old fans either.

Many well-known individuals have stopped following Justin on social media, including some who are much more well-known than he is, such as Madonna.

It seems like he is thinking about suing her. He may prevent her from sharing more with the correct courtroom shopping (occasionally, whiners who are too litigious try cases in the UK, where libel rules are rather backwards).

On November 4, 2017, Britney Spears gave a speech at the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation Britney Spears Campus grand opening. (Image Credit: Getty Images/Gabe Ginsberg)(

If JT is truly thinking about it, perhaps he ought to think twice before acting on it.

Famous and evil men have been known to successfully defend their ex-partners in court. Occasionally, their expensive public relations campaigns deceive both the jury and the general public.

However, over time, Justin cannot and does not want his company to be known as “the guy who sued Britney.” He ought to have treated her better if he didn’t want her to talk negatively about him.

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Brandi Mallory Found Dead in Chipolte Parking Lot

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The former Extreme Weight Loss participant passed away in the Georgian village of Stone Mountain on November 9, as was previously reported.

When this news first broke, no cause of death was given; as of right now, we don’t know one.

Here, Brandi Mallory grinned at her own camera for a picture she uploaded to the internet. Use Instagram

But according to security footage from the Atlanta Police Department, Mallory was last seen on November 8 at 5:53 p.m. when she drove to a nearby Chipotle.

She went into the well-established brought her meal back to her car. but did not go.

According to the official documents, the proprietor of a nearby deli reported to authorities that the following morning, he saw a lone vehicle in the parking lot, and that a woman looked to be sleeping inside.

A few hours later, the man apparently realized the car was still there and the woman inside “did not look alert, conscious or breathing,” which alarmed him so much that he called 911.

Naturally, Mallory was eventually shown to be this woman.

40-year-old Brandi Mallory passed away at an extremely young age. On Facebook

Mallory’s cause of death remains under investigation, according to police, who also stated that there were no indications of foul play.

In 2014, Mallory participated in Season 4 of ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss.

In the years since this performance, she has continued to grow her social media following by sharing her love of dancing and beauty advice.

On November 12, the late star’s family and friends held a candlelight vigil in her honor. On Sunday, November 19, 2023, in Lithonia, Georgia, there will be a memorial service.

To everyone who knew and loved Brandi Mallory, our condolences are extended. Use Instagram

Kim Williams Maxile, a competitor on Extreme Weight Loss season 5, honored Mallory a few days earlier with an emotional Instagram post.

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Interview: Never2Late Opens Up About Music and New Single “Love Is Wise”

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It would surprise most that SteveB, a guitarist and songwriter from Yorkshire, UK, hasn’t made music and his band Never2Late his full-time career from the beginning. That’s because his unique blend of classic rock and blues is so effortless and natural. Actually, he is an orthopedic surgeon who is semi-retired.

It does make some sense when you think about it: playing the blues guitar would probably be a great way for a surgeon to cross-train since both demand extreme manual precision. That being said, it’s evident that SteveB naturally draws inspiration and inventiveness from blues rock.

“Love Is Wise,” the most recent single from Never2Late, is a cover of the track from their debut album, 2015’s It’s Hell In Happy Town.

CelebMix spoke with Never2Late to learn about his musical beginnings and the source of inspiration for his song “Love Is Wise.”

Let’s take a quick look at gear. Which sort of pedals, amplifiers, and guitar are you using?

I’m using a Kemper stage profiler to multitrack my Knaggs Kenai T/S Eric Steckel trademark guitar for the single. For my vocals, I prefer to utilize a TC Helicon Voicelive Play.

In the studio, do you employ any unique recording techniques?

Not exactly; I always perform to a click track since it makes the whole thing easier to put together. It’s very rare to find someone who can play precisely on time over a click track, according to my recording engineer! (Or maybe he’s just trying to make me feel good!)

I used to be in a band, but like many others, my dreams of being a rock star were severely thwarted by job, marriage, kids, more work, divorce, work, remarriage, more kids, and more work. Following my semi-retirement, I visited Glastonbury and was motivated to climb up into the attic, get my guitar, and form a band. We were originally a covers band, but after we performed at an event where we had to play four original songs, I decided to give it a go and ended up falling in love with writing songs.

Far too numerous to list and rather varied! I had the good fortune to grow up in an era that produced many amazing songwriters, including Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Roy Harper, and Al Stewart. Anyone who writes songs that are not formulaic and convey something about life and the human condition, such as The Beatles, XTC, Tom Waits, Cage the Elephant, Kevin Ayers, and The National, is an inspiration. Guitarists: Frank Zappa, Eric Steckel, John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, and JJ Cale. For Thin Lizzy, Led Zepplin, and sheer energy!

Versatile! Everything from somber acoustic tunes like “Requiem for a Friend” or “I Still Talk to You Everyday,” which were both written during a lockdown, to bluesy social commentary pieces like “Sometimes I’m Ashamed to be a Man” or “Motel 22,” which highlight the situation of Silicon Valley’s homeless population, to more upbeat songs like the hit single “Love Is Wise,” “Tempted,” or “Filthy Lucre.” Even the strange love ballad “You’re My Rock” is devoted to my patient spouse!

I make an effort to steer clear of the clichés of the boy meets girl, falls in love, girl dumps him, and boy is broken-hearted variety. George Harrison once stated, “I could write hundreds of songs like ‘Hey baby what you gonna do,’ but I don’t want to.” I agree with him on that point. I would prefer for my words to have some sort of significance if I were to speak. Some worth, so that it’s not just some stupid tune that made some royalties in 20 years.

Every day, I play the guitar. I start with some basic chords and eventually stray into new areas. Occasionally, I combine two things at random and a song emerges. After that, it gets refined until I am rather satisfied with the outcome. I don’t mean to sound like an expert, but creating songs is similar to giving birth. Sometimes the work is simple, and other times it takes a long time and is challenging. Sometimes, the words and music just come out of nowhere—”Blinking in the Light” was written in 30 minutes from beginning to end. It’s like an emergency caesarian section.

I frequently hear the songs in my head, and if they seem to require something that I am not able to give, I have employed Fiverr (the saxophone on “Broken Promises,” the female voice on “Refugees”). At a singer-songwriter concert I was playing at, I also got to know Joana Carvalhas, a very gifted violinist who played the violin on the songs “Refugees” and “Requiem for a Friend.” As a total Luddite, I still find it thrilling to send a WAV file across the world and receive contributions back in a few days.

The National is fantastic. Proficient musicians with an amazing song catalog; I saw them live ten days ago. Right now, I’m really into Eric Steckel’s guitar playing.

For me, success has already been achieved because I have a beautiful wife, four amazing sons who have grown up to be generous and loving young men, and a very fulfilling work in a completely other industry! I compose music because I enjoy it. I’ll be a happy and satisfied man if someone enjoys the song, can relate to the lyrics, and remembers it the following day!

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