Farscape Essential Episodes Guide: Stream the Classic Sci-Fi Series

Farscape, one of the most memorable science fiction sagas to ever blaze a trail through the television universe, turns 20 years old this week. It premiered March 19, 1999 in the US and a few months later in the U.K.

There’s good news if you never saw Farscape and have always been meaning to dive in: All four seasons and the wrap-up Peacekeeper Wars miniseries, which had been unavailable on streaming for a while, arrive in HD on Amazon Prime Video on Tuesday, the show’s US anniversary date. (Stream Farscape on Amazon right here beginning March 19.) The Amazon deal makes it available to Prime customers in the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Nordic nations and several other countries (Farscape is also available on iTunes and DVD).

There’s a viewing guide for newbies below, but even hardcore Scapers may want to take the whole ride again, as I recently did. I can report that Farscape’s frelling* magic is intact. If anything, on a TV scene that still doesn’t have enough energetic, character-driven, risk-taking sci-fi series (aside from my beloved Killjoys, which ends this year), the wild and woolly Farscape continues to stand out.

In a lot of ways, Farscape was ahead of its time: Over the course of its run, it adopted an increasingly serialized form of storytelling long before that was in vogue. Though that approach helped build its loyal fan base, the show got “enormous pushback” from its international array of broadcasters for going that route, according to Brian Henson, one of Farscape’s executive producers and chairman of the board of the Jim Henson Company, the studio behind the show.

As Henson pointed out when I spoke to him last week, a couple of decades ago, Star Trek’s model of serving up standalone episodes and avoiding season-long stories was very much the sci-fi norm — and that’s what TV networks wanted.

It was just always weird, and it still is weird, in a really great way.

“We brought it out when Star Wars [was the standard] to a degree, but really, Star Trek was the vision of space-opera science fiction,” Henson said. “In Star Trek, everything is very clean, emotions are very under control, characters are very intelligent. I love watching Star Trek and watching people be so smart.”

“Farscape wasn’t that at all,” Henson said with a laugh. “We went into it like, our characters are going to be very emotional.” The EP added that the characters wouldn’t necessarily understand — or even need to completely understand — the advanced tech they would come across (which means there is blessedly little technobabble aboard Moya).

“It just has its own unique tone — its unique Farscape tone and energy that doesn’t date,” Henson said of the show, which was created by Rockne S. O’Bannon. “It was just always weird, and it still is weird, in a really great way.”

Agreed. Farscape can be uneven, especially in its first and second seasons, but at its best, it prioritizes character development and an immersive atmosphere while serving up individual episodes and longer arcs that are propulsive, energetic and surprising. Its strengths are its focus on a compelling array of ever-evolving friendships, romances and conflicts, a nimble approach that melded moral choices with acerbic and even goofy humor, and its dedication to taking risks on a number of fronts.

Given that the television industry is in love with reboots, is a return to Farscape’s Uncharted Territories possible? Henson said it might be, but he added that the idea of re-telling the original story with a new cast holds no appeal. And though Henson has floated the idea of a Farscape movie in the past, he said he currently believes that a movie isn’t the right fit, and that Farscape would need to come back in some kind of longer format.

Most importantly, if there is a return to the Farscape universe — something that is purely theoretical at this point, it should be pointed out — the project would feature some familiar faces.

“I can’t be specific,” Henson said of a potential “next chapter,” “but the characters were so integral to the fan base of Farscape that I don’t think there would ever be a scenario where we would drop all of them.”

That is frelling good to know. Moya’s found family is one for the ages.

Your Guide to Watching Farscape

Farscape was a radical show that took a lot of chances, so I feel comfortable offering this perhaps unusual recommendation to newcomers: Don’t watch every episode.

This advice is not just given to save you time or money. I firmly believe that the quickest way to create more Farscape fans is to get newbies get to the strongest episodes of Season 1 as quickly as possible.

Here’s the speediest possible “Could I Be a Farscape Fan?” test: Watch the pilot and “Nerve.” If those two hours don’t convince you to keep going, it’s probably not the show for you — which is fine! Farscape never set out to be for everyone, which is an admirable philosophy.

I’ve been a bit more expansive in the season-by-season recommendation lists below (there are a few episodes between the pilot and “Nerve” that provide helpful information and context, if you care to take a slightly longer route through Season 1). Below, I’ve sorted each season’s episodes into three categories: Essential, Optional and For Completists Only. The Essential and Optional rosters are made up of a mixture of standalone and serialized episodes, though the more mythology-heavy episodes tend to land in the former category; they’re just that good.

If you enjoy your science-fiction tales with healthy doses of subversiveness, heart, imagination and ambition, Farscape may be for you.

Farscape takes a lot of big swings and not all of them connect, and if you watch the whole series, you are pretty likely to develop your own list of irritants that you could do without. But in its 90-installment run, there are also many thrilling moments, and I’ve done my best to indicate which episodes are must-watches.

Despite the ups and downs, there’s a reason that I wrote about this show a lot back in the day and eagerly revisited it this year. If you enjoy your science-fiction tales with healthy doses of subversiveness, heart, imagination and ambition, Farscape may be for you. So watch the whole thing or cruise through the high points. The choice is yours — but if you love science fiction, you’re missing out if you don’t at least give it a whirl.

Head to the next page for our Farscape Essential Episodes Guide.

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QMJHL Roundup: Saturday, March 23, 2019

RIMOUSKI, Que. – D’Artagnan Joly scored 9:15 into the fourth overtime period as the Rimouski Oceanic beat the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3-2 on Saturday, taking a two-game lead in their first-round Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff series.

Rimouski’s Cedric Pare tied the game with 1:04 left in the third period to force the extra frames. Dmitry Zavgorodniy scored in the first period.

The Oceanic peppered Chicoutimi’s Alexis Shank with 83 shots total, including 41 over the first three overtime periods.

Theo Rochette had both goals for the Sagueneens, who briefly took a 2-1 lead at 16:42 of the third period.

Colten Ellis made 53 saves for the victory.

The best-of-seven series shifts to Chicoutimi for Game 3 on Tuesday.

PHOENIX 6 ARMADA 0

SHERBROOKE, Que. — Samuel Poulin capped a hat trick with a power-play goal late in the third, Dakota Lund-Cornish stopped 17 shots and the Phoenix blanked Blainville-Boisbriand in Game 2 to even their series.

Alexandre Joncas, Bobby Dow and Nathan Roy also scored for Sherbrooke.

Brendan Cregan stopped 38 shots for the Armada, who host Game 3 of the best-of-seven series on Tuesday.

WILDCATS 5 DRAKKAR 2

BAIE-COMEAU, Que. — Elliot Desnoyers’ second goal of the game stood as the winner as Moncton downed the Drakkar in Game 2 to even their first-round series.

Alexander Khovanov, Jacob Hudson and Mika Cyr also scored for the Wildcats, who host Game 3 on Tuesday.

Ethan Crossman and Samuel L’Italien replied for Baie-Comeau.

ISLANDERS 6 SCREAMING EAGLES 4

CHARLOTTETOWN — Daniel Hardie scored two goals and set up another as the Islanders took a 2-0 lead over Cape Breton in their first-round playoff series.

Kevin Gursoy, Nikita Alexandrov, Lucas Cormier and Zachary Beauregard, into an empty net, provided the rest of the offence for Charlottetown.

Mathias Laferriere, Mitchell Balmas, Leon Gawanke and Kyle Havlena scored for the Screaming Eagles, who host Game 3 on Tuesday.

VOLTIGEURS 4 OLYMPIQUES 1

DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. — Maxime Comtois scored a hat trick to power the Voltigeurs over Gatineau for a 2-0 lead in their series.

Gregor MacLeod also scored for the Voltigeurs and Xavier Simoneau added two assists.

Mathieu Bizier replied for the Olympiques, who host Game 3 on Tuesday.

REMPARTS 5 MOOSEHEADS 4 (OT)

HALIFAX — Luke Kutkevicius scored 11:40 into overtime to lift Quebec past the Mooseheads for a 2-0 lead in its playoff series.

Andrew Coxhead scored twice for the Remparts, who host Game 3 on Tuesday night. Jeremy Laframboise and Sam Dunn had the other goals.

Arnaud Durandeau led Halifax with a pair of goals and Maxim Trepanier and Raphael Lavoie also scored.

CATARACTES 4 HUSKIES 3

ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. — Mikael Robidoux scored 18:23 into the third period to lift Shawinigan over the Huskies in Game 2 to even its series.

Vincent Senez, Mavrik Bourque and Leon Denny also scored for the Cataractes, who host Game 3 on Tuesday.

Justin Bergeron, William Cyr and Peter Abbandonato had goals for Rouyn-Noranda.

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Kids’ Choice Awards 2019: Tyga and Son King Cairo Are Twinning on Orange Carpet

AceShowbiz -As the 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards was an award show which was designed for children, celebrities naturally brought their children along with them when they hit the signature orange carpet. Among those who turned the event into a family affair was Tyga, who invited his son King Cairo to join him at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 23.

Tyga, who recently showed off his natural straight locks, was twinning with the little boy in matching braids when they arrived on the orange carpet. While the “Hookah” rapper wore camouflage pants teamed with a black shirt and an oversized jacket, King Cairo paired his jeans with a T-shirt and a lime green sweatshirt. The 6-year-old boy was well-behaved and calmly posed for the camera along with his dad. How adorable!

On the other hand, both Tia and her son Cree Taylor Hardict went for a classic look as the former rocked a gray plaid suit and a black blouse. Meanwhile, Cree looked dapper in a black suit complete with a white T-shirt and matching sneakers.

Other celebrities who graced the red carpet included Lana Condor, Janelle Monae and Jojo Siwa. The “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” star sported a white crop top and high-waisted bright pants, while the singer/actress looked as fashionable as ever in monochrome plaid blazer and mini skirt which she paired with a black hat. Jojo, meanwhile, rocked a multi-colored jacket that was embroidered with stars.

The 2019 Kids Choice Awards was broadcast live on Nickelodeon.

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DAN HODGES: The greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the British people

DAN HODGES: The greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the British people

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Brexit is dead,’ the Minister told me. ‘Some rebels might start to come round, but it’s too late. On Monday the House of Commons will take control of the process and then it’s over.’

A Downing Street aide agreed. ‘We’ve managed to hold them off for as long as we can. But we only stopped the Commons by two votes last time, and that was because Paul Flynn’s seat was vacant and Fiona Onasanya [the Labour MP jailed for lying about a speeding offence] was with her parole officer. It’s done now.’

Brexit was supposed to be a moment of national catharsis. Instead, it is about to go down as the greatest fraud ever perpetrated upon the British people.


The plan first contrived in secret by Dominic Grieve (pictured yesterday at a rally organised by the People’s Vote campaign) and Speaker John Bercow in his ornate apartments will finally come to fruition. MPs will take back control

Everything they were promised before, during and after the 2016 referendum was a lie. They were told they would cast a single vote and it would be honoured.

They were told if they voted to leave, untold riches would flow into the NHS and other public services. 

They were told the EU would be resistant, but then capitulate at the thought of John Bull turning his back on imports of prosecco and BMWs. 

And as MPs begged again for their votes in the 2017 Election, they were told once more that their decision to leave would be respected and enacted.

Tomorrow, each and every one of those promises will turn to dust on the floor of the Commons chamber. 

The plan first contrived in secret by Dominic Grieve and Speaker John Bercow in his ornate apartments will finally come to fruition. MPs will take back control. 


Which brings us to the architect – or rather curator – of this whole catastrophe. Like others, I have written countless words about the Prime Minister’s strength and resilience. But Brexit has finally broken her

And the process of erasing Brexit from history, and replacing it with a customs union, or a single market, or a new common market will commence.

Not that the MPs themselves want it framed this way. When Theresa May accused them last week of pitting themselves against the public, they reacted with fury. The Prime Minister was undermining the very foundation of parliamentary democracy, they warned.

Others claimed their personal safety was being put at risk. ‘I’m going back to my constituency this weekend and I’m worried,’ one Tory backbencher admitted. ‘I think something is going to happen.’

Such fears are tragically not without foundation. But another fundamental principle of our democracy is that our elected representatives are held up to scrutiny and criticism. And while she might have expressed herself clumsily, Theresa May was right.

MPs were issued an instruction by the British people. Given the Byzantine complexity of the Brexit process, it would be foolish to pretend it was a simple one. But it was clear. They were told to withdraw the UK from the European Union.

They refused. Granted 1,000 days to reach consensus on an exit strategy, they had neither the competence nor the courage nor the foresight nor the sense of national duty to construct one.


Brexit was supposed to be a moment of national catharsis. Instead, it is about to go down as the greatest fraud ever perpetrated upon the British people. Everything they were promised before, during and after the 2016 referendum was a lie. They were told they would cast a single vote and it would be honoured

A process driven by public resentment at a political class addicted to telling voters to shut up and sit down because their politicians know best, is ending with the squalid spectacle of the referendum result being torn up by politicians who absolutely know they know best.

Fine. MPs have made their choice. But now they must live with it. They must be free to conduct their affairs safe from physical threats and intimidation. But there will be no escape from the political backlash set to engulf them.

Remain MPs are confident they will be insulated from it. Secure in constituencies that represent the 48 per cent, they believe they have found sanctuary. They have not. The impending implosion of public trust – one that will make the expenses scandal look like a model of good governance – will consume everything and everyone.

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It will be they, rather than the Brexiteers, who become custodians of the ravaged post-Brexit landscape. And, most significantly of all, they will have proven the Brexiteers right. 

The great conspiracy narrative – ‘even if you vote to Leave, they will never let you’ – will have been embedded for all time.

But at least the Remainers can claim success. Their political strategy has worked. Which cannot be said for the diehards of the ERG. 

If it was not for the little corporals of Brexit, we would be leaving the EU in five days’ time. All they needed to do was swallow a bit of pride, bide some time, and victory was theirs.

But they couldn’t help themselves. Hubris, vanity, self-importance and ideological intransigence have claimed them.

They could not have played a more destructive role in the Brexit denouement had they been personally trained by Peter Mandelson, Andrew Adonis and Gina Miller, and despatched to do their bidding. In the end, the self-styled champions of Brexit turned out to be the Manchurian Remainers.

Which brings us to the architect – or rather curator – of this whole catastrophe. Like others, I have written countless words about the Prime Minister’s strength and resilience. But Brexit has finally broken her.


Brexit is dead,’ the Minister told me. ‘Some rebels might start to come round, but it’s too late. On Monday the House of Commons will take control of the process and then it’s over’ [File photo]

Watching her railing against the self-indulgence of MPs, I was reminded of that moment Kevin Keegan began raging at how he ‘would luv it!’ if Newcastle United beat Manchester United to the Premier League title. The passion and commitment were there. But psychologically and emotionally she was spent.

Theresa May’s premiership is over. But there is one last service she can render her nation.

Tomorrow, when she addresses Parliament, she must name a date for her departure. She must then lay to rest the fantasy she intends to lead Britain out of the EU without a deal. And she must then present the Commons with the truth. It is now either her deal or the end of Brexit. It might not be enough. It probably won’t be enough. But there is a final, faint hope it could bring MPs to their senses.

And even if it does not, it will allow her to regain the self-respect her parliamentary colleagues are so intent on squandering.

Tomorrow, MPs will begin dismantling Brexit. When the vote is announced confirming they have taken control of the parliamentary process and timetable, they will cheer and wave their order papers and slap one another on the back.

Those cheers will then reverberate. They will reach the pubs and the housing estates and the shop-floors of the nation. And they will reach the ears of people who recall what their MPs promised them in 2016, and set that against what they actually delivered.

People who will never forget. And people who never forgive.

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Holland vs Germany: Live stream, what TV channel, kick-off time and team news for Euro 2020 qualifier

HOLLAND and Germany resume hostilities when they face off in a Euro 2020 qualifier.

Die Mannschaft will be desperate for revenge after being thrashed 3-0 by the Netherlands in a Nations League encounter back in November.

Boasting arguably the world’s best centre-back in Virgil van Dijk, the Dutch outfit will want to show the power has shifted towards them.

When is Holland vs Germany?

Holland take on Germany on Sunday, March 24.

It will kick off at 7.45pm UK time (8.45pm local time).

The match will be played at the Amsterdam Arena, home of Ajax.

What TV channel is Holland  vs Germany on and can I live stream it?

Holland vs Germany is available to watch on Sky Sports Mix, with coverage underway from 7.40pm.

This is a FREE channel for those with Sky and Virgin Media – and you don't need to have a Sky Sports package.

Sky and Virgin customers can live stream the action online via their computer, mobile and tablet devices.

You can also purchase with a Sky Sports Day Pass on NowTV for just £8.99.

What is the team news?

HOLLAND SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Marco Bizot (AZ), Jasper Cillessen (Barcelona), Jeroen Zoet (PSV)

Defenders: Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace), Nathan Ake (AFC Bournemouth), Daley Blind (Ajax), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Denzel Dumfries (PSV), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax), Kenny Tete (Olympique Lyon), Stefan de Vrij (Internazionale).

Midfielders: Donny van de Beek (Ajax), Frenkie de Jong (Ajax), Davy Pröpper (Brighton & Hove Albion), Marten de Roon (Atalanta Bergamo), Pablo Rosario (PSV), Kevin Strootman (Olympique Marseille), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)

Forwards: Ryan Babel (Fulham), Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Steven Bergwijn (PSV), Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyon), Luuk de Jong (PSV), Quincy Promes (Sevilla)

GERMANY SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Defenders: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Thilo Kehrer (PSG), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen), Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig)

Midfielders: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Nico Schulz (Hoffenheim), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Maximilian Eggestein (Werder Bremen), Niklas Stark (Hertha Berlin)

Forwards: Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

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Cyprus vs Belgium: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for Euro 2020 qualifier

AFTER reaching the World Cup semi-finals last summer, Belgium are the top dogs in the FIFA world rankings.
While the Nations League campaign was far from impressive, Roberto Martinez will be eager to put things right for the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Following their opening qualifier against Russia, the Red Devils will be up in action against Cyprus.

When is Cyprus vs Belgium?

Cyprus take on Belgium on Sunday, March 24.

It will kick off at 7.45pm UK time (9.45pm local time).
The GPS Stadium in Nicosia will stage this fixture.

What TV channel is Cyprus vs Belgium on and can I live stream it?

Cyprus vs Belgium is only available to watch on Sky Sports Red Button.

Sky Sports subscribers can access this by hitting the red button when on Sky Sports channel.

Unfortunately, matches on the Red Button are not available to live stream or on NowTV.

What is the team news?

CYPRUS SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Constantinos Panagi, Urko Pardo, Neofytos Michael

Defenders: Giorgos Merkis, Konstantinos Laifis, Dossa Junior, Giorgos Vasiliou, Nicholas Ioannou, Ioannis Kousoulos, Christos Wheeler

Midfielders: Georgios Efrem, Andreas Avraam, Kostakis Artymatas, Chambos Kyriakou, Grigoris Kastanos, Renato Margaca, Fotios Papoulis, Anthony Georgiou, Matija Spoljaric

Forwards: Pieros Sotiriou, Nestoras Mitidis, Andreas Makris, Minas Antoniou

BELGIUM SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels, Matz Sels

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Meunier, Timothy Castagne, Jason Denayer, Brandon Mechele

Midfielders: Mousa Dembele, Yannick Carrasco, Nacer Chadli, Youri Tielemans, Adnan Januzaj, Leander Dendoncker, Dennis Praet, Hans Vanaken

Forwards: Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Michy Batshuayi, Divock Origi, Thorgan Hazard, Leandro Trossard, Christian Benteke

 

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‘Fuller House’ Cast Vows To ‘Stand By’ Their ‘Family’ At KCAs Amidst Lori Loughlin’s Scandal

The ‘Fuller House’ cast made a point to stand up for their co-star Lori Loughlin in a few subtle statements in their acceptance speech at the KCAs!

While the Fuller House cast has yet to make any public comments on the college admissions scandal and their costar, Lori Loughlin‘s involvement, they took the opportunity to make a cryptic statement while accepting their Kids’ Choice Award. After the cast won the KCA for Best Funny TV Show, Candace Cameron Bure, who plays D.J. Tanner-Fuller in the rebooted Netflix series, took the mic to share a message of unity and support among the cast in the midst of hard times. She added that when you’re a “family” you stand by them, through thick and thin. The rest of the cast nodded along as Candace spoke. In the end, Jodie Sweetin, who plays the beloved Stephanie Tanner, promised that this final season of Fuller House will be the best one yet!

Candace and the cast’s subtle comments about “supporting each other through a hard time,” comes after a whirlwind two weeks since Lori Loughlin, along with over 50 others, faced federal charges for her involvement in the massive college admissions scandal, known as Operation Varsity Blues. The feds allege that Lori and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, paid over $500,000 to get their kids, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, into USC. The package deal Loughlin reportedly purchased from the scandal’s ring leader, Rick Singer, included photos of her girls posing as coxswains on a rowing team, to get into the school via the crew program. Now, both Massimo and Lori face potential jail time for their actions and the girls have reportedly dropped out of school. Interestingly, tonight’s Kids’ Choice Awards is being held on USC’s campus.

Since news broke, Lori’s daughter, Olivia Jade, has lost her beauty partnerships with both TREsemme and Sephora. Additionally, Lori was fired from the Hallmark Channel, where she has a consistent role in several of their films. Our sister sites Deadline and TVLine both reported that Lori was also fired from the final season of Fuller House, in which she reprised her role as Aunt Becky. Neither Netflix nor Warner Bros. has commented on the matter, as of yet.

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I refused a breast construction after having a double mastectomy

SARAH Coombes, 39, decided to help women like herself by starting a blog about finding nice clothes after a double mastectomy.

The social worker, who has been cancer-free since January 2016, says "going flat" may not be right for everyone – but insists she's comfortable with or without boobs.

“Lifting the covers to see dressings covering my flat chest, I sighed with relief. I was groggy after coming round from the operation to have both my breasts removed, but I knew I’d done the right thing.

“When I found a lump in my left breast in September 2014, aged 34, my GP diagnosed a blocked milk duct, telling me it would clear on its own. But when it didn’t after two months, I was referred to my local breast clinic for a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy, with the assurance it was probably just a cyst.

“However, a week before Christmas, I was completely blind-sided when the consultant told me I had grade 3 breast cancer. I’d been so confident it was nothing that I hadn’t brought anyone with me, so I burst into tears and called my mum to pick me up. That evening, when I broke the news to my boyfriend Simon*, all I worried about was whether I’d be left infertile and not be able to be a mum one day. I didn’t even consider that I could die.

“Thankfully, although my tumour was quite large, the cancer hadn’t spread. In January 2015, my surgeon talked me through the various treatment options, which included a mastectomy then chemotherapy. Then she started to talk about reconstruction and showed me different implants. In that moment, I knew I didn’t want new boobs. I’d always liked my DD breasts, but knowing one was just a lump of cancer-riddled tissue, I didn’t want anything to do with them. And I didn’t want to wear a prosthesis.


For me, the only way forward I could see was having both breasts removed for symmetry – and living with no boobs for the rest of my life. So I requested a double mastectomy with no reconstruction.

“My consultant insisted I must be in shock, while the nurse clumsily told me I’d never find nice clothes and asked if I’d considered my boyfriend. At first I wondered if they were right. But that evening, Simon said that even though the medical staff knew about cancer, they didn’t know me – and if I felt it was the right decision then it was.

“I began to research post-mastectomy clothing. It was a shock to see there was barely anything out there, while a hospital leaflet simply advised wearing loose jumpers. It seemed so wrong – why should I have to cover myself, as if having no breasts was offensive?

“After my double mastectomy later that month, I was home within 24 hours. My wounds were fairly painless – the biggest inconvenience was the surgical drains I had to carry with me over the next week.

“When I had my dressings removed and saw my flat chest for the first time, my only thought was how neat the scars were. Simon was more concerned about helping me wash my hair than my lack of breasts.

“Three weeks later I decided to revamp my wardrobe with clothes to suit my new shape. But I quickly realised women’s clothing was often made to suit boobs. Even when I tried on dresses with a high neckline, the stitching around the bust gave them a shape that my body didn’t fill. I decided I needed to help women like me by starting a blog about finding nice clothes after a double mastectomy. I called it Flatter Fashion and wrote about my discoveries, such as how ruching or pleats in the chest area worked well.


“I also described how people reacted to my flat chest. After a while, I realised they weren’t appalled, they were just trying to work out what looked different. Those moments made me all the more confident in wearing clothes that hugged by body rather than hid it.

“By March I’d begun the first of five gruelling rounds of chemo, which made my hair and eyelashes fall out – I missed them far more than my boobs!

“Four months later, I ended my eight-year relationship. Cancer had changed me and I realised Simon and I weren’t right for each other. I don’t feel ready for a relationship yet, but cancer had taught me not to worry unnecessarily. I know that whoever I end up with will love me regardless.

“I’ve been cancer-free since January 2016. I was given drugs to preserve my ovarian function during chemo, so there’s still a chance I can be a mum, even if I’ll never be able to breastfeed. Going flat may not be right for everyone, but it was for me. I’m comfortable with who I am, with or without boobs.”

  • Follow Sarah’s blog at Flatterfashion.co.uk.

*Name has been changed.

Source: **Breastcancercare.org.uk

 

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Edmonton Oilers drop OT decision to Ottawa Senators

Brady Tkachuk scored twice, including the overtime winner, as the Ottawa Senators beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 Saturday afternoon at Rogers Place.

“Now we need help,” Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock said of the Oilers playoff chances. “Now we’ve got to count on other people.”

Tkachuk opened the scoring on an early Senators power play. His centering pass deflected off Adam Larsson, then Mikko Koskinen before popping over the goal line.

Alex Chiasson responded with a backhand goal on a breakaway for his 21st of the season.

On another Senators power play, Bobby Ryan knocked down a clearing attempt, went to the net, and tapped in a pass from Thomas Chabot to make it 2-1 Ottawa.

Connor McDavid scored the only goal of the second period, firing home a pass from Leon Draisaitl for his 38th of the season.

Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid celebrates his goal during second period NHL hockey action against the Ottawa Senators in Edmonton, Saturday, March 23, 2019.

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Brian Gibbons deflected a pass from Magnus Paajarvi past Mikko Koskinen, to put the Sens back in front with 12:23 left.

“Playing against a team like that, they’ve got nothing to lose,” Draisaitl said. “They’re just going to go out and play, so for sure that’s a lost point for us.”

Colby Cave roofed a shot only 56 seconds later, to pull the Oilers even again.

Tkachuk took the puck down the left side in overtime. His shot fluttered off Koskinen’s glove and hopped over the line 2:09 into overtime.

“Once I had the puck in the d-zone I thought McDavid and Draisaitl were behind me,” Tkachuk said. “I don’t know what happened but then I saw it was just [Rudolfs Balcers] and I and the D was cheating over to Rudy, so I had the lane to shoot and I guess it was a lucky shot, and went through him, so I’ll take it.

“It was a huge team win.”

Senators Coach Marc Crawford also sounded off on the game.”We played two defencemen right off the bat. Our guy, Chabot, is kind of like a forward at times — he’d be like the old rover in the seven-man game,” Crawford said. “We have that luxury with Thomas playing the way he can play. He can skate with anybody, and you saw he wanted McDavid; he went right to him. He wanted the man-on-man with McDavid.

“That’s really good. That’s a little bit of the game-within-the-game and when you get young star guys trying to challenge the other young star guys, that’s for me one of the interesting things that happened.”

“We wanted that other point, but you’ve got to look at the bright side,” said Cave. “We’ve got to come back on Tuesday and bear down really hard.”

“The more points you give up, the more fate you take out of your own hands, so you definitely check what’s going on around the league,” Oilers rearguard Darnell Nurse said.

The Oilers, 33-34-8, will host the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

— with files from 630 CHED’s Brenden Escott and Scott Johnston

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Meghan Markle's Former Co-Star Reveals What She's Like in Real Life

Everyone now knows Meghan Markle as the Duchess of Sussex, but what is she really like in real life? Fans of the royal family have become smitten with Markle and, according to one of her former co-stars, she’s actually as wonderful as she seems.

Meghan Markle’s past co-star speaks out

During a recent Fair Game with Kristine Leahy interview, Runaways star Gregg Sulkin talked about working with Markle on the 2015 film Anti-Social. He had nothing but amazing things to say about the actress-turned-duchess, sharing: “Everybody does know her as a princess, but in real life, she genuinely is also like a princess.”

He added: “She is one of the classiest, the nicest, one of
the most sincere and genuine people I’ve ever met.”

Markle gets high marks for dealing with the media

Sulkin finds Markle’s ability to handle the media’s treatment of her especially impressive, sharing: “She’s a superstar. She was a superstar. To me, I’m so proud the fact that she’s now part of my country’s history in all honesty, aside from obviously having a personal relationship with her. I just think the way she’s handled it — obviously the press of… you know, it hasn’t been easy for her.”

He continued: “And I think she’s stuck to her guns, which is, you know, ‘when they go low, we go high’ sort of mentality and I think she’s done that. I think she’s been a class act.”

The Duchess of Sussex has a fan in George Clooney, too

Sulkin isn’t the only actor speaking out on Markle, with George Clooney also having recently discussed the scrutiny she has to endure. He told Good Morning Britain earlier this month: “I think it’s a little unfair at times when — I’ve seen it when the press can turn on you for sort of ridiculous reasons and for almost nothing, and it seemed to me to be a little unjust since [Meghan] hadn’t done anything except just happen to live her life.”

At the time, Clooney remarked that Markle is “a really kind
and smart and intelligent young woman” and called Markle and Prince Harry a ”really
wonderful, loving couple.”

In February, while promoting his Hulu series Catch-22, Clooney talked about the media’s treatment of Markle, sharing at the time: “They’re just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere, she’s been pursued and vilified.”

He added, “She’s a woman who is seven months pregnant and
she has been pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that Diana was and
it’s history repeating itself. We’ve seen how that ends.”

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“If things are wrong and there is a lack of justice, and there is an inequality, then someone needs to say something.” — The Duchess of Sussex has become Vice-President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, of which Her Majesty The Queen is Patron, and The Duke of Sussex is President. In her new role, The Duchess will highlight the Trust's partnerships with young people across the Commonwealth, and in particular its work supporting women and girls. In celebration of International Women’s Day, Her Royal Highness joined a special panel discussion of female thought-leaders and activists convened by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, to discuss a range of issues affecting women today. #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2019 #QCT #QCTxIWD

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“If things are wrong and there is a lack of justice, and there is an inequality, then someone needs to say something.” — The Duchess of Sussex has become Vice-President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, of which Her Majesty The Queen is Patron, and The Duke of Sussex is President. In her new role, The Duchess will highlight the Trust's partnerships with young people across the Commonwealth, and in particular its work supporting women and girls. In celebration of International Women’s Day, Her Royal Highness joined a special panel discussion of female thought-leaders and activists convened by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, to discuss a range of issues affecting women today. #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2019 #QCT #QCTxIWD

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“If things are wrong and there is a lack of justice, and there is an inequality, then someone needs to say something.” — The Duchess of Sussex has become Vice-President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, of which Her Majesty The Queen is Patron, and The Duke of Sussex is President. In her new role, The Duchess will highlight the Trust's partnerships with young people across the Commonwealth, and in particular its work supporting women and girls. In celebration of International Women’s Day, Her Royal Highness joined a special panel discussion of female thought-leaders and activists convened by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, to discuss a range of issues affecting women today. #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2019 #QCT #QCTxIWD

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Another famous co-star recently reconnected with Markle

Singer Katharine McPhee, who went to school with Markle, recently reunited with the Duchess of Sussex at a WE Day event. She told Good Morning Britain: “I went to school with Meghan Markle. I was in middle school when she was in high school. My sister was in her class, so they were the same age. She was always lovely and always talented and always put together.”

Additionally, she told the Evening Standard: “She was
lovely, and she remembered me — she remembered my sister more specifically
because they were in the same class — and she said, ‘I’m just sitting around
waiting for the baby to come.’”

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