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The 8 mistakes people make when buying, ordering, and drinking rum — and what to do instead


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  • Bacardi's Global Brand Ambassador Dickie Cullimore told us all of the things people do wrong when buying, ordering, and drinking rum.
  • He said you should always order a drink off a bar menu, as it showcases the skills of the bartenders.
  • When in doubt, a daiquiri is a good way to tell how good the bar staff is.
  • Your drink should also always be packed with ice.
  • Don't assume a spiced rum is stronger — and don't judge a rum by its colour.

Whether it's whisky, gin, or wine, there's plenty to know when it comes to buying or serving booze — especially when summer time rolls around.

In the season of daiquiris and mojitos, Business Insider spoke to Dickie Cullimore, Global Brand Ambassador for Bacardi, to get some answers to everything rum-related.

Cullimore, a Kiwi working in New Zealand, has worked for the brand for over seven years, and has been Brand Ambassador for the past three.

An advocate for the education of rum, spirits, and cocktails, he is also one of the driving forces behind the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition, the biggest branded cocktail competition on the planet. He was headed to Mexico City for this year's competition when we spoke.

This year has also brought about the launch of Bacardi's two new rums — its Añejo Cuatro premium rum, which has flavours of vanilla, oak, clove, and honey and is barrel aged for at least four years under the Caribbean sun, and its Gran Reserva Diez, which is aged for 10 years.

Aside from not realising how rum is made — "it's a bit loose and free with its rules at times, but all rums are aged undisturbed in the tropical sun," according to Cullimore — there are plenty of other things people get wrong about the spirit.

Here are the 8 mistakes people making when buying, ordering, and drinking rum, according to Cullimore.

Not thinking about where and when they'll be drinking it

"Rum is so versatile and extremely diverse," Cullimore said. "There's a rum for every occasion."

He added that it's not as "steeped in rules" as some spirits like whisky, which leaves more room for experimentation — but can also make it hard to know what to buy or order.

"Think about where and when you'll be enjoying it," he said. "If it's a hot day, in my mind the most refreshing thing is the mojito. If you want to sip and savour, go for something bold or aged."

Going for the cheapest rum over the trusted one

According to Cullimore, the rules around rum are quite loose, to a cheap bottle can look very different from country to country.

To make sure you end up with something decent, he said you should start with something you're familiar with — that you're confident buying, ordering, or serving at home.

"Instead of picking the cheapest rum, pick a rum you trust, that's authentic or established," he said. "You might only be spending a pound or two more to get something that's quite reasonable — spend a fraction more to get something you trust and you know you'll enjoy."


Ordering off-menu

"When people walk into a bar, they often look around to see what other people are drinking — the obvious cocktails, beer, wine, or simple mixers," Cullimore said. "People are scared of making a wrong decision."

To make sure you end up with something tasty but a bit more adventurous, he said you should always look at the menu.

"These are the things the bar is confident and comfortable making, so you'll get an idea of their capabilities," he said.

Ignoring the bartender

Building a report with the server or bartender can go a long way, according to Cullimore.

"Ask them, 'What rum drinks do you enjoy making or drinking?' or 'Make something refreshing with this rum.' Put the ownership of it into their hands and they can be excited about making it."

Assuming spiced rum is stronger

Spiced rum has a rum base — whether it's light or heavy, white or dark — with added flavour and spices, such as peppers, chillis, or aromatics like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, honey, or more added sugar, according to Cullimore. It also often has an ABV below 37.5%.

"It's great as a simple mixer and can be wonderfully refreshing," he said, adding that it's targeted at the younger generation from legal drinking age to the age of 25. "It's an entry point into the category," he said.

Judging a rum by its colour

It's hard to define what makes a white, gold, or dark rum, according to Cullimore.

"There's a lot of difference between rums, whether they be white, gold, or dark," he said. "With rum, you've got variants and versatility.

He added that to understand a spirit, you need to know where it's made.

"Even with whites, there are massive variants of use. A white rum can be dry, light, and citrus fruit-forward, but then white rums produced in Jamaica could be super intense and bold.

"The colour is not the best or only clue to unlock what's in the bottle," he added. For example, a white rum with caramel colouring will become a dark rum.

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Not using enough ice

Like with most boozy beverages, Cullimore's one major tip is to use as much ice as possible — unless it's a hot drink, that is.

"If it's a Mojito, make sure it's packed with crushed ice," he said. "It's the same with a Cube Libre (rum and coke) — the more ice you have, the colder the drink stays.

"The colder the drink stays, the longer it takes to dilute."

If in doubt, order a daiquiri

"If you're ever unsure, order a classic daiquiri," he said, adding that a good daiquiri — one of the best selling cocktails in the world in 2018— is a sign of a good bartender, as they need to understand temperature and balance. "It's simple perfection."


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I went to a sleepaway 'dating' camp for adults — and it was a nonstop frat party for 3 days


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Let's face it. Dating in New York City isn't easy.

So when I got an email from the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel inviting me to their very first sleepaway camp for singles, I was intrigued.

Instead of conventional dates with forced smiles and small talk, I could be singing along and roasting s'mores on a campfire — and maybe hitting it off with someone. I would also get to fulfill my childhood dream of going to summer camp, which unfortunately wasn't too big a concept in India, where I grew up.

And then of course, there was an open bar. 

But I was as apprehensive. I wasn't quite sure how I felt about whisking myself away to the woods for three whole days with a bunch of random strangers. So I dragged my best friend from college along with me. 

Last Thursday, we packed our bags and set off to camp after work with 150 others. Here's what it was like. 

I'd dreamed of going to summer camp ever since I first watched The Parent Trap as a nine year-old back in 2000. Unfortunately, that never happened.

So I decided to attend a three-day adult sleepaway camp instead. The camp was put together by dating app Coffee Meets Bagel and Camp No Counselors, both of which took off on the hit ABC show Shark Tank.

Shortly after we left New York City in a fleet of three buses, the booze was already free-flowing. And someone had assumed the responsibility of being the DJ.

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Nominate someone for Business Insider's Food 100: The coolest people in food and drink in North America and Europe


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Business Insider is looking for the 100 coolest people in food and drink in North America and Europe — and you can start nominating today.

The Business Insider Food 100 will rank the most innovative, trend-setting, impactful, and influential people in the fantastic worlds of food and drink.

It will include, but is not limited to, the likes of...

  • Chefs
  • Bartenders and mixologists
  • Sommeliers
  • CEOs and teams behind new product launches
  • Bloggers
  • Nutritionists and dietitians
  • Anyone doing something "cool" within the wider world of food and drink

Do you know someone with a quirky job or role who has had an impact on the industry in the past year? Did they invent a product, a drink, or a dish that has become famous? Did they open a restaurant or bar that's the first of its kind?

If so, we want to hear from you — and you can fill out a nomination form here.

Deadline: Friday June 1 at 11.59 p.m.

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Meghan Markle will get a fancy new title when she marries Prince Harry — but it's so weird that she'll never use it


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  • The royal wedding will grant Meghan Markle a host of titles, including Princess Henry of Wales.
  • She can be called that because she takes the official first name of her husband — and Prince Harry's real name is Henry.
  • But several royals have ignored such titles, and recent tradition dictates that the odd-sounding style will never be used.
  • Princess Michael of Kent, who married in 1978, is the only living royal to be known by her husband's name. 

When Meghan Markle ties the knot with Prince Harry tomorrow, she will officially become part of the royal family, bringing her a new career, instant celebrity, a colorful cast of relatives — and several royal titles.

It is highly likely that Markle will become a duchess, like Kate Middleton. But there's another title she will gain from the marriage that she almost certainly will never use for anything.

In keeping with royal tradition, after she marries, Markle can technically be called Princess Henry of Wales. She gets that title from the days when royal spouses took their husband's name. (Prince Harry's name is actually Henry.)

But the realities of modern life mean that nobody will call her Princess Henry, mainly because it sounds really weird.

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The clunky name emphasizes the fact that Markle won't be a princess in her own right but through marriage. Women who are royal by blood, like Princess Charlotte or Princess Eugenie, get to use their own name.

It means Kate Middleton can also be Princess William of Wales. But in reality, she is never called that — even in official royal documents, which usually call her the Duchess of Cambridge.

Only one royal still sticks to this convention. Princess Michael of Kent took the name when she married Prince Michael in 1978, when it wasn't so strange.

Prince Michael's website even includes a "frequently asked questions" section explaining why Princess Michael seems to have a man's name.

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The Duchess of Gloucester also used to be known as Princess Richard, but she dropped the title when her husband, Prince Richard, inherited the dukedom from his father.

So although this convention is perfectly correct — and indeed the only way Markle will be able to refer to herself as a princess — it is extremely unlikely to make a comeback.

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These are all of the ways Meghan Markle smashes traditional royal stereotypes


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  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19.
  • Many things about Markle's background will make this royal wedding refreshingly different to anything ever seen before.
  • Her race, upbringing, marital status, and citizenship all defy British royal tradition.

The world is giddy with excitement in the final countdown to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding this Saturday, May 19. The couple will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

There are a number of things about Markle's background — aside from the fact she's a famous actress — that will make this royal wedding refreshingly different to anything ever seen before.

Here are all the ways in which Markle defies British royal tradition.

She's not white

Born to an African-American mother Doria Ragland, whose ancestors were slaves, and a white father Thomas.

Markle's race was initially the subject of media fascination. So intrusive was some of the media coverage that last November Harry publicly addressed the press in a Kensington Palace statement saying he felt "a line had been crossed."Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Markle will become "the first mixed race person to marry into a family that for generations has been almost entirely white European," according to The Mirror’s royal correspondent.

When asked about the scrutiny of her ethnicity in the couple's engagement interview with the BBC, Markle said: "Of course it’s disheartening."

"I’m really just proud of who I am and where I come from and we have never put any focus on that, we have just focused on who we are as a couple," she added.

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She's from humble beginnings

While some have claimed to find an ancestral link between the couple, Markle's LA upbringing was far humbler than Harry's. Her mother is a yoga teacher and social worker, and her father a former lighting director.

Although Markle did attend private school from a young age, it's still a far cry from Harry's Etonian education. This is nothing new to the younger royals, however — Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, was also considered a "commoner" before she married Prince William.

The palace confirmed that the royal family is paying for the wedding, including the church service, music, flowers, and reception.

She's divorced

Markle used to be married to Trevor Engelson. While this won't be the first time a divorcee has married into the senior royal family — Prince Charles married Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005, both of whom were previously married — it could mean that the Queen, who is the head of the Church of England, could decide not to attend or witness Markle's second marriage. She skipped Charles' ceremony, only attending the reception afterwards.

However, the Queen has expressed her "delight" at the engagement, and as Harry is unlikely to become king, it surely won't cause the same stir it did in 2005.

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She's American

Markle is expected to become the first American in over 80 years to marry into the royal family. Wallis Simpson was a twice-divorced American woman who wed King Edward VIII, though only once he had abdicated and become the Duke of Windsor in order to marry her.

Markle has been baptised and confirmed into the Church of England ahead of the service at Windsor Castle.

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Netflix has a captivating true-crime series in 'Evil Genius,' the wild story of a 'pizza bomber heist'


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  • Netflix has a popular and compelling new docuseries in its recent original series, "Evil Genius."
  • The four-part series explores the wild criminal case surrounding the 2003 death of Brian Wells, a pizza-delivery man who died after robbing a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania.
  • "Evil Genius" has a 73% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it has drawn significant buzz from audiences as another captivating entry in Netflix's true-crime catalog. 

Netflix has another captivating docuseries in its recent original series, "Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist."

Over four episodes, the series explores the criminal case surrounding the 2003 death of Brian Wells, a pizza-delivery man who robbed a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania. Wells died shortly afterward when a bomb strapped to his neck detonated in front of police. 

The robbery was planned and executed by a group of four "fractured intellectuals," including a woman named Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong — a "middle-aged mastermind" grappling with mental illness — and her former fiance, Bill Rothstein, who are the focus of the series. 

Diehl-Armstrong died in federal prison in 2017, serving a life sentence for planning the heist and murder.

But "Evil Genius" complicates the narrative of the heist and case with new evidence and a noteworthy confession.  

Executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass (the producers of Netflix's "Wild Wild Country"), "Evil Genius" has a 73% critic rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, but its 88% audience rating is reflective of the significant buzz the series has drawn since its release last Friday. 

CNN's Brian Lawry had one of the more laudatory reviews of the series, writing, "With Evil Genius there's actually a sense of discovery, and a crime spree so unusual that it genuinely approximates a Coen brothers movie, down to the quirky assortment of culprits and stooges."

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The US birth rate has hit an all-time low, fueling fears of a 'demographic time bomb' — but women over 40 are a big exception


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  • The US birth rate fell 2% from 2016 to 2017, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Only women from ages 40-49 are having more kids.
  • Economists worry that the dwindling numbers of newborns could have a major effect on the future US labor force.

America may have a baby-making problem.

The US birth rate dropped to an all-time low in 2017, according to preliminary numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Women in the US gave birth to around 3,853,472 babies last year — a 2% drop from 2016. At just over 60 births per every 1,000 women (between the ages of 15 and 44), this is the lowest birth rate the country has ever recorded. 

The estimated fertility rate in the US is now roughly 1.76, meaning that women will have, on average, less than two kids each. That's the lowest fertility rate the country has logged since 1978.

A looming demographic time bomb

The birth rate for women between the ages of 30 and 34 had been tilting upward since 2012, but it dropped 2% last year. The birth rate also went down 1% for women between the ages of 35-39 after five years of uptick.

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Many experts blame two primary factors for this trend: the 2008 economic recession and the increasingly crippling costs of going to college. 

"People are coming out with a lot of debt," Jennie Brand, a professor of sociology and statistics at UCLA, told The Wall Street Journal.

Economists are sounding the alarm about the effect the falling number of American babies will have on the future labor force. They sometimes refer to this effect as a demographic time bomb. When the economy shrinks, people often opt to have fewer kids. When there are not enough young people growing up, entering the labor force to replace workers, and paying into social security, that can become a big problem. The phenomenon can build over time, leaving old people in need of care without youngsters to help.

Kathy Bostjancic, an economist at consulting firm Oxford Economics, told the Associated Press that falling birth rates have already had a crippling effect on the US economy over the past 10 years because there are fewer Americans working or looking for work. The impact is equivalent to a 0.7% drag on the US' long-run growth rate, she said.

Other countries, including Japan and Denmark, are experiencing similar demographic time bombs.

The Danes had a fertility rate,around 1.73 last year. The country launched a campaign called "Do it for mom" to encourage Danish couples to have more kids in order to keep the country's grandmothers happy and its economy humming.

But while having a kid might help the economy grow in the long term, it can hurt an American woman's chances of getting fair pay. The US Census bureau noted in a working paper last year that women who have kids between the ages of 25 and 35 have a harder time shoring up the gender pay gap than women who make babies before 25 or after 35. Those stats suggest that having a kid mid-career puts women at a greater economic disadvantage. 

Interestingly, not all US women are having fewer children. The birth rate among women in the 40-44 age group rose 2% in 2017, and the birth rate for women between 45-49 rose 3%.

In other words, women are having kids older. 

This development is nothing new

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Since the 1970s, the American birth rate has been consistently below what number-crunchers call "replacement level," the rate at which new births keep the population steady by matching the number of people who are dying off.

That means that as older generations age out of the workforce, there will be an increasingly skewed ratio of retirees to working Americans.

Of course, making babies isn't the only way to stimulate the economy. Economists from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business argue that increasing the number of foreign-born workers in the US leads to "higher overall economic productivity" without a negative effect on American workers' wages. Both undocumented and documented workers are "net positive" contributors to the federal budget, whether they're low-skilled or high-skilled, according to University of Chicago economists.

Unlike the number of new babies in the US, the share of foreign-born workers is growing. New data released from the Labor Department Thursday showed that the number of foreign-born workers in the US in 2017 rose to 17.1%.

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We compared Meghan Markle's and Kate Middleton's fashion choices — and the winner is clear


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  • Meghan Markle became an instant fashion icon after her engagement to Prince Harry. 
  • Her future sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, has been hugely influential in shaping fashion over the past decade.
  • The two have very different styles. As the royal wedding approaches, we took a look at how they match up.

All eyes are on Meghan Markle in the days leading up to the royal wedding

Since news broke that Markle was dating Prince Harry, her profile skyrocketed, and she became an international fashion icon. It's a role that only one other woman in recent memory can directly identify with — her future sister-in-law Kate Middleton. 

It's rare for the royals to speak their minds in public. That goes double for Middleton and Markle. As women in the spotlight, anything they do can spark backlash. As a result, fashion can provide a way for them to express themselves.

As Markle prepares to marry Harry, we found ourselves wondering how she would compare to Middleton when it comes to fashion. Here's how Markle measures up to the Duchess of Cambridge:

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Let's start with a Markle specialty: movie premieres. As an actress, she has plenty of experience dressing for the red carpet.

It's a pretty simple look — a little black dress with strappy heels. Cute, but nothing groundbreaking.

As a duchess, Middleton also attends plenty of premieres. Here she is in 2012, at the premiere of "War Horse."

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Here's exactly what time the Queen, royal family, Harry, and Meghan will arrive at Windsor Castle for the royal wedding on Saturday


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  • The final countdown is on to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding on Saturday, May 19.
  • Kensington Palace has detailed the exact timings of the arrivals of members of the public, wedding guests, and the royal family.
  • Her Majesty the Queen will be the last of the royals to arrive. 

The world is giddy with excitement in the final countdown to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding on Saturday, May 19 — and Kensington Palace has detailed the exact timings of the arrivals of each member of the wedding party.

The wedding officially begins at 12 p.m. local time, but most channels broadcasting the big day will begin live coverage of the arrivals of the members of public, guests, and royal family hours before.

Here's a rundown of exactly what time people are arriving, according to a notice issued by the palace:

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Friday May 19

On the eve of her wedding day, Meghan Markle, accompanied by her mother Doria Ragland, will head to the $2,000 per night Cliveden House Hotel. The pair are expected to arrive in the early evening. Meanwhile, Harry and the Duke of Cambridge will head to Coworth Park hotel.

Saturday May 19

9 a.m.

The 1,200 members of the public who were invited to watch the wedding from inside the grounds of Windsor Castle begin to arrive.

9.30 a.m. — 11 a.m.

The 600 guests invited to the ceremony at St George's Chapel begin to arrive by coach at the castle’s Round Tower, from where they will walk to the chapel, entering through the South Door.

11.20 a.m.

Members of the royal family begin to arrive — some walking, some in cars — and they will all enter the chapel through the Galilee Porch.

Meanwhile, Markle and her mother will depart the Cliveden House Hotel in a car that will pass along the Long Walk, providing onlookers with a glimpse of the bride. The car will drop Ragland at the castle from where she will head on to the chapel, while Markle will be joined by some of her bridesmaids and page boys before continuing on to the church.

11.30 a.m.

Prince Harry and brother and best man William arrive at St George's Chapel around 10 minutes after the royal family begin arriving at the chapel, according to Reuters, most likely on foot, and will enter via the West Steps. The pair will have greeted some of the 200 charity representatives gathered in the Horseshoe Cloister at the bottom of the steps that were also invited into the castle's grounds.

Queen Elizabeth II will be the last member of the royal family to arrive.

Finally, Markle will arrive at the church and also enter via the West Steps.

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12 p.m.

The ceremony begins with a service conducted by David Conner, the Dean of Windsor. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate as the couple make their vows.

1 p.m.

The newly married couple will process out of the chapel and acknowledge the 200 charity representatives. They will then embark on a carriage procession through Windsor Town, waved off by their close family members from the West Steps. The carriage procession is expected to last just under 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, all members of the congregation will start heading towards the reception at St George's Hall, which is hosted by Her Majesty the Queen.

Around 200 of the guests have also been invited to a more intimate evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by Prince Charles.

The last glimpse the public will have of Harry and Meghan will be their departure from Windsor Castle to the evening reception.

Photographer Alexi Lubomirski is charged with taking all of the formal photographs of the wedding.

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Here's what time Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding will start where you live — and how to watch it


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  • The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will officially begin at midday (UK time) at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday May 19.
  • Most channels will begin live coverage of the event up to two hours before so that the viewers can watch the arrival of guests, the royal family, the Queen, and Markle.
  • Scroll down to see what time the celebrations will start where you live and how you can watch it on TV in the UK, from abroad, and online.

The highly anticipated royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is just days away.

The wedding will be held at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19.

The ceremony will officially begin at midday (UK time) with a service conducted by the Dean of Windsor, and the Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate as the couple make their vows.

Here's an outside look at the Chapel...

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...and here's a glimpse inside.

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At 1 p.m. Harry and Meghan will embark on a carriage procession from St George's Chapel through Windsor Town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk, which will offer some members of the public a glimpse of the newly married couple.

They've invited over 2,000 members of the public into the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the couple and their guests arrive, and to watch the carriage procession as it departs from the castle.

The Queen will host an early afternoon reception at St George's Hall for the couple and guests from the congregation, of which there are expected to be around 600 guests.

Here's a photo inside St George's Hall:

Around 200 guests have also been invited to an evening reception at Frogmore House in the evening, hosted by Prince Charles.

What time does it start where I am?

It's worth noting that live coverage on most channels will begin up to a couple of hours before the official start time of the wedding so that viewers can watch the arrival of guests, the royal family, and the bride and groom. 

Here's what time the royal wedding will start in major cities across different time zones on Saturday, May 19:

  • London (BST) 12 p.m.
  • Paris (CEST): 1 p.m.
  • Moscow (MSK): 2 p.m.
  • Tokyo (JST): 8 p.m.
  • Sydney (AET): 9 p.m.
  • Honolulu (HAST): 1 a.m.
  • Los Angeles (PT): 4 a.m.
  • Las Vegas (PT): 4 a.m.
  • Denver (MT): 5 a.m.
  • Chicago (CT): 6 a.m.
  • New York (ET): 7 a.m.
  • Seoul (KST): 8 p.m.

How can I watch it?

Wedding guests will begin arriving from 9.30 a.m. local time (4.30 a.m. ET),  according to Reuters, followed by members of the royal family at 11.20 a.m. (6.20 a.m. ET) Princes Harry and William are expected at 11.30 a.m, followed by the Queen, who will be the last of the royals to arrive.


Special programmes will begin on BBC One and the BBC News Channel from 9 a.m. (BST), on Sky News and Sky One from 9 a.m. (BST), and full coverage starts on ITV at 9.25 a.m. 


FOX News Channel (FNC) just announced it will be presenting live coverage of the event from 5 a.m. (ET). Live coverage will also be available on CBS and its live streaming site CBSN from 4 a.m. (ET), The Today Show (NBC) from 4.30 a.m., PBS, and BBC America, according to Harper's Bazaar. 


Channel Nine will air the wedding, Marie Claire reports.

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For those not sat in front of a television, fear not, the wedding will also be broadcast live on the Royal Family's Facebook Page from 11 a.m. BST (6 a.m. ET).

And here on the Royal family's YouTube channel from 11 a.m. BST (6 a.m. ET), on top of a five-hour special Good Morning America that will be broadcast live of the royal wedding will be featured on Facebook Watch on the ABC News Live page beginning from 10 a.m. BST (5 a.m. ET) — so there's really no excuse to miss it. 

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  • "Deadpool 2" earned $18.6 million on Thursday night to break the record for highest-grossing Thursday night preview ever for an R-rated movie.
  • But that may not be the only record it breaks this weekend.

It looks like it's going to be a good weekend for 20th Century Fox.

The studio behind "Deadpool 2" is already counting stacks of cash as the sequel to its hit R-rated 2016 Marvel movie starring Ryan Reynolds took in $18.6 million at Thursday preview screenings, according to Variety.

That beats the $13.5 million earned by Warner Bros.' "It" last year to become the highest-grossing ever for Thursday preview screenings of an R-rated movie.

Fox is certainly gunning to break more records before the weekend is over. Releasing "Deadpool 2" on 4,349 screens, the studio has its movie on 246 more screens than "It" had last year, which is the current holder of the biggest opening day ever for an R-rated movie ($50.4 million). And it's 791 more than the original "Deadpool" movie, which went on to take the record for biggest opening weekend ever for an R ($132.4 million). Granted, the original's box-office performance shocked the industry.

But there's no fooling anyone this time.

With a an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Reynolds and director David Leitch ("Atomic Blonde") were tasked with making "Deadpool 2" as outlandish as the original and it seems they've done just that.

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‘Deadpool 2’ has even more crude jokes and graphic violence than the original, and is a worthy follow-up



  • "Deadpool 2" is a worthy follow-up to the hit original movie. 
  • There are even more crude jokes in this one, and thanks to the director of "John Wick" taking over, the fight scenes are even more insane. 

There certainly is a lot of pressure put on the sequel to the 2016 box-office hit, “Deadpool.”

It doesn’t just have to perform as well (or better) at the box office than the original ($783 million worldwide) to be deemed a success in Hollywood. It also needs to be even more crude and violent to appease the fan base.

Time will tell if the box-office coin will flow into the movie’s studio, 20th Century Fox, like it did two years ago, but I can certainly tell you “Deadpool 2” (opening Friday) is as entertainingly distasteful (perhaps even more) than the first movie. 

Ryan Reynolds returns as Marvel’s most gonzo superhero, Deadpool. The Merc with a Mouth has been busy since the first movie ended, traveling the globe doing some ultra-violent killer-for-hire work. But after a major death in the first 10 minutes of the movie, Deadpool goes into a funk and does something drastic: he considers becoming an official member of the X-Men. 

Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) are back to help Deadpool go on the straight and narrow by becoming an X-Men “trainee” (he sports a yellow “trainee” jersey and everything). But Deadpool can’t help but go rogue on the whole good guy rehabilitation when he encounters the troubled mutant Russell (Julian Dennison). 

Going rogue on the X-Men lands Deadpool in a prison for mutants with Russell and that’s when the movie really takes off. 

Up to this point, there’s a great “Logan” joke, a hilarious opened credits sequence, some funny X-Men jokes, and top-notch fight sequences (David Leitch of “John Wick” and “Atomic Blonde” fame is the director, taking the reins from the original movie’s director Tim Miller). Things are going the usual path of a sequel: reacquainting the audience with the lead character and setting the plot.

deadpoolBut once Cable enters the story things get good.

The action picks up and becomes extremely violent. The jokes and inside-baseball jokes — crafted by screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, as well as Reynolds, who gets a screenwriting credit this time — really kick into high gear. And with Russell becoming the character in the story that Deadpool and Cable are seeking out (for very different reasons), we move away from the typical sequel traits.   

Josh Brolin jumps from voicing Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War” to starring in the next box-office hit of the summer as the time-traveling tough guy Cable. He is the perfect straight man to Reynolds' outlandish Deadpool.

And Deadpool’s creation of X-Force is one of the most entertaining parts of the whole movie. It is full of surprises and incredibly funny. This is the part of the movie that has the most spoilers, so see this movie before social media ruins it.

As a whole, “Deadpool 2” is a very strong sequel. I may have liked the first movie a little bit more, but it’s so hair thin that when I see the sequel again, I may be completely sold that I like it more than the original. And surprisingly, this movie has a lot of heart. By the end you may even get a little choked up (I'm serious).

Reynolds owns this character and there’s certainly enough with the additions of Brolin and Zazie Beetz as Domino that a third movie could be worth exploring. 

And be sure not to leave the theater when the credits start rolling. There’s a scene a third of the way into the credits that’s (I’m serious here) the best credits/post credits footage I’ve ever seen in a superhero movie.

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10 US cities job seekers are flocking to right now — and 5 cities they're abandoning to get there


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When job seekers move to a new area, it's usually for a specific company— not for the city itself.

But some cities are especially attractive to "metro movers," or those who apply to jobs outside of the metro area they live in.

That's according to a new report by Glassdoor chief economist Andrew Chamberlain. 

Especially popular cities were those with high-profile companies — like San Francisco's Facebook, Salesforce, and Lyft— or those with a mélange of industries, like Washington D.C.'s mix of healthcare, government, consulting, and education.

Other cities have residents who are itching to apply and work elsewhere. They tended to be cities that are near booming job hubs, like Providence, San Jose, and Baltimore. 

Glassdoor analyzed 668,000 online job applications over one week to understand work-related migration in the US. Almost 30% of these applications were to jobs in a different metro area than the job seeker's present residence. 

Below are the 10 cities that attracted the most job applications from outsiders ranked in order of the smallest to largest percentage of applications from job seekers willing to move:

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10. Austin

Percentage of applications from job seekers willing to move: 2.3%

Biggest source city: Dallas

Top company for out-of-town applicants: International Business Machines Corporation

9. Dallas

Percentage of applications from job seekers willing to move:  2.8%

Biggest source city: Houston

Top company for out-of-town applicants: AMR Corporation

8. Seattle

Percentage of applications from job seekers willing to move: 3.1%

Biggest source city: Los Angeles

Top company for out-of-town applicants: Amazon

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I went to the exclusive after-party where cryptocurrency investors blew off steam with drugs and naked dancers


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  • I went to an after-hours cryptocurrency party at a burlesque club attended by those visiting New York for a massive blockchain conference called Consensus.
  • It was wild. 

At 2 a.m. on Thursday, a crowd of people, mostly men, are lined up outside an exclusive burlesque nightclub, The Box, in downtown Manhattan. 

"Who are all these people?" A dancer in spiky gold stilettos asks a security guard. 

"There's some sort of cryptocurrency conference in town," he tells her.

"What the hell is cryptocurrency?"

"Like bitcoin and stuff," he says.

The group in question had just come from a cruise ship, the Cornucopia Majesty, where a pair of Aston Martins were awarded to two guests through a process of random selection. Glowing bracelets were distributed at the start of the cruise, and the two people lucky enough to receive the bracelets that glowed the longest were gifted the sports cars.

The crowd is visiting the city to attend Consensus, the sprawling blockchain conference that has attracted nearly 8,500 people.

Inside the club, where photos aren't allowed, women in corseted lingerie deliver bottles of vodka and champagne to tables of reclining men in suits, amid a fanfare of sparklers. Onstage, two naked women simulate fellatio as the crowd roars in approval. At one point, one of the women eats something seemingly designed to look like feces from the other's rear. A half-naked man wearing an enormous bear head gyrates against a woman whose breasts are ensconced in two clear plastic Madonna-style triangles. Bags of cocaine are passed underhand. 

"If I offer you coke, do you promise not to write about it?" A woman asks.

The creator of an influential cryptocurrency who goes by the nickname “Fluffy Pony” explains the power of decentralized technology as a woman in a G-string undulates on the bar-top beside us. 

The mood is celebratory. Many of the people in attendance have gotten rich in the last decade through a technology often derided by the public. For many of them, the media's newfound captivation with cryptocurrencies is a form of a validation: It is satisfying to be right.  

As one man in attendance puts it, "Getting rich on crypto is something that most of us never expected. We weren't in it for the money. It's like, what do you do when you suddenly have a bunch of money that you never even thought you would have?"

For some, the answer to this question lies in an MDMA-fueled night of bottle service and entertainment at an exclusive adult club. 

But for others, the money is a windfall to be spent on technologies that they believe will transform not only the internet, but the underpinnings of society itself. 

Around 3 a.m., a nerdcore rapper who goes by the name YTCracker takes to the stage to perform two cryptocurrency themed rap songs: Bitcoin Baron and Crypto Illuminati. He flew in to New York expressly to perform at this event.

He raps:

"Told you to snap up a modest position
of currency minted from factoring digits
which of you listened?
which of you listened?"

In the red velvet booths below, his listeners raise glasses of champagne.

"Blockchain is going to change the world, man," a man tells me, exuberant. "This is only the beginning."

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One of this year's James Beard award winners is taking on racial injustice in the food system — here's what that means


Dara Cooper, National Black Food & Justice Alliance

  • Dara Cooper is the co-founder of the National Black Food & Justice Alliance.
  • Their mission is to work against "racist policies within the USDA and related financial systems who have historically made access to land out of reach for many communities of color."
  • This May, Cooper was awarded a James Beard Leadership award for her work with the Alliance.

In 2015, when the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HDP) wanted to relocate Tranquility Farms in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bed-Stuy, Dara Cooper was on the front lines, working to save the vegetable beds, fruit trees, and flora.

"[HDP] offered [Tranquility Farm] another plot of land — as though they could just pick it up and move it like a cell phone," Cooper told Business Insider during the James Beard Leadership Awards this month, where she was awarded for her work with the National Black Food & Justice Alliance.

"But this is plants and trees — years of soil remediation, not even to mention what the [Farm] does to bring communities together. Displacement is a violent phenomenon," she said.

Tranquility Farms

For much of her life, Cooper has been an advocate for places like Tranquility Farm, and for other plots of land in cities across the US. Currently, she's working out of Atlanta.

"The National Black Food & Justice Alliance is a black-led food justice organization advancing what we call food sovereignty. We're looking at: how do we shift from a really destructive food system to one that's fair and just? Where black organizations and people that are doing critical work and who are typically invisibilized can have more agency and control of the food system," she said.

When Cooper refers to the "destructive food system," she's specifically referring to "the exploitation of labor and the planet." 

"Historically, we can talk about how it's been destructive, we know that the displacement of native people in this country has lead to the food system we now know, and it's rooted in the enslavement of African people in this country. The destruction that continues is the exploitation of labor. The compromising of dignity of workers, things of that nature. It's also destructive to the planet. It's not a sustainable food system," she said.

One way that Cooper and the Alliance are working toward this undertaking is helping to make black-led food-co-ops more visible and financially stable. "We're bringing together black-led institutions to look at creative financing, so that these institutions can be much more sustainable and grow," she said.

With a focus on cooperative ways that communities can own land, such as through co-ops and community land trusts, Cooper and the Alliance's work "prioritize the sustainability of place, particularly in communities of color." 

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15 things all Trader Joe's employees know that most shoppers don't


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  • Trader Joe's stores are pretty unique in the grocery world.
  • So it's no surprise why the company has picked up a cult following.
  • Here are some facts and tips to help you out on your next Trader Joe's run, courtesy of current and former Trader Joe's crew members themselves.

Trader Joe's stores boast plenty of unique traditions and quirky practices.

And, of course, no one knows better about all of that than Trader Joe's employees themselves.

According to Glassdoor, Trader Joe's has over 460 locations in 41 states. About 38,000 employees work for the company. Their roles are divided up into nautically-themed categories, including crew members, merchants, mates, and captains.

Since its founding in 1968, the chain has acquired a cult-following thanks to its unique offerings, customer service, and, of course, it's ridiculously cheap wine.

Here's a look at some facts that all Trader Joe's crew members know that many shoppers don't:

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Packaging isn't important to the chain

"A core foundation of Trader Joe's is to spend more money on the product than the packaging," former Trader Joe's crew member Matt Klaver wrote in a post on Quora. "You'll see that, in the store, the same item may not look identical across the shelf. That's for a good reason."

He added that the chain "spends very little money on packaging because they don't care about small color differences or cans that don't stack right."

"This makes life significantly easier on the manufacturer, who, in turn, gives them a discount," Klaver wrote.

Trader Joe's sends some crew members on global food expeditions

Trader Joe's goes out of its way to bring unique, international fare to its customers.

Back in 2016, the grocery chain hired a "product innovator," who, according to the role's job description, would be asked to "travel the world looking for the most creative food trends, in order to create the most exciting — wow! — products for Trader Joe's."

That's right. Trader Joe's employs people to travel around the world and taste food.

Sounds like a rough gig.

Trader Joe's gets creative with its branding

Frequent Trader Joe's shoppers may pick up on some amusing trends on certain product labels.

Here are a few examples of the chain's creative branding, according to the website Club Trader Joe's:

• Mexican food is billed under the name Trader Jose's.

• Chinese food is labeled with the moniker Trader Ming's.

Baker Josef's refers to flour and bagel products.

• Clam chowder and other New England-style foods are sold under the name Pilgrim Joe's.

• French food and soaps are labeled Trader Jacques.

Trader Darwin's refers to vitamins.

• Middle Eastern cuisine is sold under the name Arabian Joe's.

Trader Giotto's is the label that covers the store's Italian food.

• Japanese food receives the label of Trader Joe-San.

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St George's Chapel is adorned with beautiful flowers for the royal wedding — take a look inside


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  • The royal wedding will take place in St George's Chapel today.
  • The chapel has been adorned with a beautiful flower display crafted by floral designer Philippa Craddock.
  • The arrangement features locally-sourced white peonies, white garden roses, and more.

Today's the big day. The exhaustive preparations have been made and the world is watching as Prince Harry marries Megan Markle. The wedding ceremony itself will take place in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, which has been specially decorated for the occasion.

The first pictures of the chapel show a stunning floral display around the organ loft. 

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Guests entering through the West Door of the chapel will be greeted by an arch of white flowers.

The displays feature locally-sourced white peonies, white garden roses, and more.

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Once inside, the garlands also climb the organ loft above the guests' seats.

The arrangement was composed by floral designer Philippa Craddock, whose company is the supplier for the V&A, Kensington Palace, Banqueting House, and Hampton Court Palace.

Guests are expected to arrive at the chapel from 9.30-11 a.m. (GMT), and the ceremony itself will start at 12 p.m.

inside st george's chapel windsor castle royal wedding

According to CNN, Megan and her mother were not satisfied with the floral arrangement the day before the wedding.

"The problem wasn't the flowers themselves — they thought they looked beautiful — but they didn't feel that there were enough of them," CNN's Clarissa Ward reported.

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The guests at the royal wedding are being given goodie bags — here's what's inside


Monogrammed gift bags at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

  • Guests at the royal wedding are being given goodie bags.
  • They contain a gold chocolate coin embossed with Meghan and Harry's initials, shortbread, a magnet, and a bottle of water.
  • Guests inside the grounds can also get coffee and a bacon butty.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry invited over 2,000 members of the public to their royal wedding— and they're being given goodie bags.

The lucky invitees are filling the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the couple and their guests arrive, and to watch the carriage procession as it departs from the castle.

The shopper-style tote bags have a bright blue handle and bear an "HM" crest as well as the date and location of the wedding, according to The Sun.

A sea of goody bags await the lucky few at Windsor Castle. #WINDSOR #royalwedding

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Here's what's inside:

  • A large gold chocolate coin embossed with Meghan and Harry's initials
  • Commemorative shortbread
  • A fridge magnet
  • A bottle of water
  • A voucher for 20% off the Middle Ward gift shop in Windsor

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ABC News Foreign Correspondent James Longman added that guests can also have coffee and a bacon butty.

The bags seem to be pretty well-received.

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Here's why Meghan Markle doesn't have a maid of honour


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Meghan Markle will not have a maid of honour when she marries Prince Harry today. While Harry will be accompanied by his best man and brother Prince William, Meghan has instead opted for a number of bridesmaids.

Jason Knauf, communications secretary to Prince Harry said: "She has a very close-knit group of friends and did not want to choose one over the other."

Megan's bridesmaids include three-year-old Princess Charlotte, while 4-year-old Prince George is set to be one of Harry's page boys.

Princess Charlotte

Meghan's bridesmaids also include her goddaughters Remi and Ryan Litt, who are sisters, and Ivy Mulroney. Harry's goddaughters Zalie Warren and Florence van Custem are also bridesmaids.

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The Queen arrived at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in lime green and she certainly stands out


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  • The Queen arrived at the royal wedding in a signature bright outfit designed by Stuart Parvin.
  • You can't miss her, and that's the point.

Queen Elizabeth II is partial to a brightly coloured outfit, and today, the day of her grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding, was no different.

Her Majesty arrived in a lime green coat, with a matching green hat decorated with purple feathers.

Kensington Palace said in a statement: "Her Majesty The Queen is wearing a delicately flared dress in lime, lemon, purple and grey printed silk. The coat is an edge to edge coat with a frogging fastening in lime silk tweed. Both are by Stuart Parvin.

"Her Majesty is wearing an Angela Kelly hat, using the same lime silk tweed with sinamay adorned across the crown with handmade lace crystals and pearls made by Lucy Price.

"Her brooch is The Richmond Diamond Brooch with pearl drop."


The reason behind these outfit choices is apparently to make sure members of the public can catch sight of her through the crowds.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the royal wedding.

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