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Game Of Thrones star laughs off coffee cup blunder after fans spotted the accessory in the series

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Game Of Thrones star Conleth Hill (pictured) has denied being responsible for the show's coffee cup controversy

Game Of Thrones star Conleth Hill (pictured) has denied being responsible for the show's coffee cup controversy

Game Of Thrones star Conleth Hill (pictured) has denied being responsible for the show’s coffee cup controversy

Game Of Thrones star Conleth Hill has denied being responsible for the show’s coffee cup controversy.

Viewers poked fun at the fantasy epic when a rogue container was spotted on a table during an episode in the final season earlier this year.

Emilia Clarke, 33, who played Daenerys Targaryen, later said co-star Hill, who portrayed master of spies Lord Varys, admitted being responsible.

But the actor, 54, told Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch: ‘I would need to have had Mr Man arms to leave a coffee cup there.

‘I took a bullet for Emilia Clarke and she touted on me.’

He told the show: ‘You know, there’s no proof that I did it. So accuse away!’

And the actor quipped: ‘I’m just not making any comments until I have a lawyer … It definitely wasn’t product placement!’

Viewers poked fun at the fantasy epic when a rogue container (pictured) was spotted on a table during an episode in the final season earlier this year

Viewers poked fun at the fantasy epic when a rogue container (pictured) was spotted on a table during an episode in the final season earlier this year

Viewers poked fun at the fantasy epic when a rogue container (pictured) was spotted on a table during an episode in the final season earlier this year

Clarke, who was seen as a culprit, previously told Jimmy Fallon’s US talk show: ‘We had a party before the Emmys recently and Conleth, who plays Varys, who’s sitting next to me in that scene, he pulls me aside and he’s like, ‘Emilia, I have got to tell you something, love. The coffee cup was mine’.’

The hugely popular fantasy epic finished its eight-season run in May but many fans were left disappointed, signing an online petition calling for a remake of the last episodes with ‘competent writers’.

Emilia Clarke (pictured), 33, who played Daenerys Targaryen, later said co-star Hill, who portrayed master of spies Lord Varys, admitted being responsible. But the actor, 54, said: 'I would need to have had Mr Man arms to leave a coffee cup there'

Emilia Clarke (pictured), 33, who played Daenerys Targaryen, later said co-star Hill, who portrayed master of spies Lord Varys, admitted being responsible. But the actor, 54, said: 'I would need to have had Mr Man arms to leave a coffee cup there'

Emilia Clarke (pictured), 33, who played Daenerys Targaryen, later said co-star Hill, who portrayed master of spies Lord Varys, admitted being responsible. But the actor, 54, said: ‘I would need to have had Mr Man arms to leave a coffee cup there’

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MAFS’ Jessika Power ‘orders cease and desist’ against ex-boyfriend Nick Furphy

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Jessika Power has ordered ‘a cease and desist letter’ in a bid to get ex-boyfriend, Nick Furphy, to remove a video from social media of her allegedly ‘cheating’ on him.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday night, the Married At First Sight star, 27, claimed that Nick’s post has left her suffering from depression and having panic attacks.

On Monday, Nick uploaded a video of Jessika kissing a tattooed man on a moped in Bali, which he claims was filmed when they were together in August.

Action: Jessika Power (pictured) has 'ordered a cease and desist letter' in a bid to get ex-boyfriend Nick Furphy to remove a video from Instagram of her allegedly 'cheating' on him

Action: Jessika Power (pictured) has 'ordered a cease and desist letter' in a bid to get ex-boyfriend Nick Furphy to remove a video from Instagram of her allegedly 'cheating' on him

Action: Jessika Power (pictured) has ‘ordered a cease and desist letter’ in a bid to get ex-boyfriend Nick Furphy to remove a video from Instagram of her allegedly ‘cheating’ on him

An emotional Jessika said on Tuesday: ‘As you can imagine, the last 24 hours have been massively stressful for me. Not only has there been the cheating allegation, but there has been a whole bunch of other things going on in my life to do with family.

‘And it honestly all hit me like a ton of bricks yesterday. Today has probably been the only day I’ve been able to pull myself out of the mindset of really low depression. 

‘I stick by what I said in response to the allegations, I’m not going to speak about it anymore. I’ve ordered a cease and desist letter [be sent] to Nick.’

Hurt: Taking to Instagram on Tuesday night, the Married At First Sight star, 27, claimed that Nick's post has left her suffering from depression and having panic attacks

Hurt: Taking to Instagram on Tuesday night, the Married At First Sight star, 27, claimed that Nick's post has left her suffering from depression and having panic attacks

Hurt: Taking to Instagram on Tuesday night, the Married At First Sight star, 27, claimed that Nick’s post has left her suffering from depression and having panic attacks

Drama: On Monday, Nick (pictured) uploaded a video of Jessika kissing a tattooed man on a moped in Bali, which he claims was filmed when they were together in August

Drama: On Monday, Nick (pictured) uploaded a video of Jessika kissing a tattooed man on a moped in Bali, which he claims was filmed when they were together in August

Drama: On Monday, Nick (pictured) uploaded a video of Jessika kissing a tattooed man on a moped in Bali, which he claims was filmed when they were together in August

Jessika continued: ‘Everybody really needs to just take in every factor of what really happened. At the end of the day, it is no one’s business. It is between Nick and I.’

She then thanked her 217,000 followers for their ‘beautiful messages’ of support, and revealed they had helped her through a difficult time.   

‘I will try and respond to all of you. I just needed to take two seconds to breathe, to stop my panic attacks and to realise what has just happened,’ she added.

Video: Nick insists that the video (above) of Jessika kissing a tattooed man in Bali was filmed in August during their two-month relationship, something she strongly denies

Video: Nick insists that the video (above) of Jessika kissing a tattooed man in Bali was filmed in August during their two-month relationship, something she strongly denies

Video: Nick insists that the video (above) of Jessika kissing a tattooed man in Bali was filmed in August during their two-month relationship, something she strongly denies

Jessika then reflected on her tumultuous personal life, admitting: ‘I probably do run into relationships to, I guess, gain some sort of self love.’ 

On Monday, Nick shocked fans by sharing the video of Jessika kissing a tattooed man, which he claims was filmed on August 24 during their trip to Bali together.

Jessika later disputed this, claiming the video had actually been filmed earlier in the year during a previous trip to the party island with friends.  

Nick then responded by saying the song playing in the video, Lalala by Y2K and bbno$, was recorded in June, so the footage could not have been from earlier in the year.

Unexpected: However, Jessika told Daily Mail Australia the video was actually from a previous trip to Bali - before she began dating Nick - and strongly denied being unfaithful

Unexpected: However, Jessika told Daily Mail Australia the video was actually from a previous trip to Bali - before she began dating Nick - and strongly denied being unfaithful

Denial: After Nick uploaded the footage to Instagram on Monday, Jessika responded by saying the kiss had actually happened earlier in the year before the pair had started dating 

Proof? But Nick is refusing to back down, telling New Idea that the song playing in the video was recorded in June, which means the footage could not have been from earlier in the year

Proof? But Nick is refusing to back down, telling New Idea that the song playing in the video was recorded in June, which means the footage could not have been from earlier in the year

Proof? But Nick is refusing to back down, telling New Idea that the song playing in the video was recorded in June, which means the footage could not have been from earlier in the year

He told New Idea that ‘her teeth had been done’ and ‘she was wearing the same clothes she wore the same f**king day’ they were together in Bali. 

However, Jessika has disputed Nick’s ‘evidence’ and says it doesn’t prove anything.

She stands by her claim the video was filmed before June, pointing out that somebody could have easily added music over the footage at a later date.

‘The music wouldn’t be that clear [if it was playing in the background when the video was recorded], listen to how windy it is,’ Jessika told Daily Mail Australia.

‘And I’m wearing a black bikini top. My earrings I’ve had forever, I wear them everywhere.’ 

He said, she said! Jessika has disputed Nick's 'evidence' and says it doesn't prove anything. She stands by her claim the video was filmed before June, pointing out that somebody could have easily added music over the footage at a later date

He said, she said! Jessika has disputed Nick's 'evidence' and says it doesn't prove anything. She stands by her claim the video was filmed before June, pointing out that somebody could have easily added music over the footage at a later date

He said, she said! Jessika has disputed Nick’s ‘evidence’ and says it doesn’t prove anything. She stands by her claim the video was filmed before June, pointing out that somebody could have easily added music over the footage at a later date 

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Platonic matchmaking service sets up non-romantic friend ‘dates’ for up to $2,100

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A Washington, D.C. matchmaker has turned her attention from creating romance to fostering friendships with her new ‘BFF Matchmaking’ service.

Michelle Jacoby has spent a decade introducing couples through her company, DC Matchmaking, but she found that some of her clients were hoping to make more meaningful platonic connections in addition to finding love.

After setting a few of these people up and sparking some friendships, she launched BFF Matchmaking, where she matches people up on platonic friend ‘dates’ for packages that cost $900 to $2,100.

Find friends: A Washington, D.C.-area matchmaker has turned her attention from creating romance to fostering friendships with her new 'BFF Matchmaking' service (stock image)

Find friends: A Washington, D.C.-area matchmaker has turned her attention from creating romance to fostering friendships with her new 'BFF Matchmaking' service (stock image)

Find friends: A Washington, D.C.-area matchmaker has turned her attention from creating romance to fostering friendships with her new ‘BFF Matchmaking’ service (stock image) 

Loneliness is a problem that affects many adults. A 2018 Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that two in ten Americans often or always feel lonely, and a 2018 study found that it peaks for people in their late 20s, mid-50s, and late-80s.

And many people find that it’s much more difficult to make new friendships as an adult than it was as a child, particularly with today’s unique challenges.

To that end, in recent years we’ve seen the emergence of apps that aim to set up and encourage friendships, including Bumble BFF, Friender, Hey! VINA, Peanut, and Meetup.

But just as there are dating apps for casual love-seekers and professional matchmakers for serious ones with a bit of cash to burn, so too now are professional matchmakers getting in on the friendship setup game.

Value: Michelle Jacoby launched BFF Matchmaking, where she matches people up on platonic friend 'dates' for packages that cost $900 to $2,100

Value: Michelle Jacoby launched BFF Matchmaking, where she matches people up on platonic friend 'dates' for packages that cost $900 to $2,100

Value: Michelle Jacoby launched BFF Matchmaking, where she matches people up on platonic friend ‘dates’ for packages that cost $900 to $2,100

‘In this modern age of social media and online connections, making “real” friends is harder than ever,’ BFF Matchmaking’s website reads. ‘We don’t want anyone to feel left out or lonely ever again.’

Jacoby said that while running DC Matchmaking, she occasionally connected clients who were looking for non-romantic companionship. 

‘I’m a compulsive connecter,’ she told Bethesda Magazine. ‘I’ve always connected people romantically and just decided to make a living doing it, now we really see the need for a way to facilitate friendships.’ 

She decided to offer it as a service to her existing clients, and she quickly received more than 100 interested responses. 

‘I was expecting crickets, and I opened up my email and it blew up,’ she said. ‘I realized this is something really necessary.’ 

She and her husband Rob Slattery, who run the business together, advertise the services to a range of people who want to make friends for different reasons, including being shy or introverted, being newly divorced or widowed, or simply being tired of an old friend group. 

With each client, they conduct video interviews and try to meet them in person to understand what they want in a friend. They considers things like age, stage of life, shared values and interests, and personality traits.

Besties in the making: Each client is evaluated based on stage of life, values, and interests and then introduced to friend matches

Besties in the making: Each client is evaluated based on stage of life, values, and interests and then introduced to friend matches

Besties in the making: Each client is evaluated based on stage of life, values, and interests and then introduced to friend matches

They then offer four packages, which range in price from $900 to $2,100. (They are currently offering a 20 per cent off special knocking the price down to $720 to $1,680 for a limited time.) 

For $900, they will introduce a client to three potential friends in three months, connecting them via email based on potential compatibility. 

For $1,200, clients get those three introductions, plus the service will plan and set-up friend dates.

A $1,500 gets clients six introductions in six months, and $2,100 adds friend dates to those intros.

They have already successfully set up several friendships. Several have written testimonials for the website, saying Jacoby has set them up with close friends.

Jacoby says friend matchmaking is actually easier than romantic matchmaking, because there isn’t pressure to find ‘The One,’ just someone to get along with.

This summer, The Washington Post tagged along for a friend date between Noreen Butler, 46, and Rebekah Kelley, 51, two single entrepreneurs looking to make friends.

The women are both active, so Jacoby and Slattery set them up at an outdoor ropes course. While they appear to have gotten along and have kept in touch, they still haven’t reached best friend status.  

The service is now just in the D.C. area, but they have plans to expand. 

‘No one should ever live in a busy city and walk down the street feeling completely alone,’ Jacoby said.

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Gareth Southgate has shown strength of leadership in handling of Joe Gomez and Raheem Sterling row

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Yes, fights happen at football clubs. That doesn’t make them right. That doesn’t mean that a manager who is trying to change the culture of the English game has to tolerate the destruction wreaked by indiscipline or loss of control.

The ill-feeling, the residue of resentment, the distraction and, finally, the deception. The cover-up that would most certainly have followed had England’s manager not chosen to go boldly public on the fall-out from Sunday’s match at Anfield.

Once Gareth Southgate had decided that Raheem Sterling’s behaviour was serious enough to merit his removal from the squad for the match with Montenegro, he had to make that decision known.

Gareth Southgate made the right decision to go public about the incident between his players

Gareth Southgate made the right decision to go public about the incident between his players

Gareth Southgate made the right decision to go public about the incident between his players

What were his alternatives? To lie, and pretend his best player had an injury? What if the truth leaked out? He would appear weak and duplicitous.

To come clean on the night of the game when asked about Sterling’s absence? That would only create a drama to overshadow the occasion of England’s 1000th international, and in all likelihood their qualification for the 2020 European Championships.

It would have been a distraction in the build-up before poisoning a positive occasion. The third option would have been easiest of all. Do nothing. Storm in a teacup. It’s blown over. Move along, nothing to see here.

And that would be the professional way: quite literally. The former professionals — with the bold exceptions of Gary Neville and Martin Keown — are largely agreed on this. The best course of action would be to take no action. Fights occur and are dealt with internally, said Rio Ferdinand.

‘In the various squads I have been a part of, I have seen players get punched in the face, ribs broken, nose busted, head kicked like a football,’ he explained.

Joe Gomez (left) and Raheem Sterling (right) have made amends after their confrontation

Joe Gomez (left) and Raheem Sterling (right) have made amends after their confrontation

Joe Gomez (left) and Raheem Sterling (right) have made amends after their confrontation

Worth remembering, mind, that with the exception of Manchester United, Ferdinand’s clubs — and his country — won nothing. And these fights did have consequences. ‘Head kicked like a football’ refers to an attack on Eyal Berkovic by John Hartson at West Ham.

It happened in September 1998 and both players left the club within the year. Graeme Souness once described Berkovic as the best forward he had ever worked with in the last third of the field. Given that Souness was a contemporary of Kenny Dalglish, it’s fair to say West Ham could probably have done with someone like that.

And it is not as if Southgate hasn’t been around football all his life, too. He has seen a lot of confrontations, no doubt, and may have considered them harmful.

Perhaps he thought the various coaches and managers should have been stronger in sending a message that this behaviour would not be tolerated. 

Maybe he vowed that if it ever happened on his watch, he wouldn’t stand idly by; or maybe he just thinks football and footballers should have embraced the modern workplace by now. There are plenty of offices or trading floors full of young men and testosterone. It doesn’t end up in a fight every week.

Southgate knows fights happen but he showed leadership in his handling of the situation

Southgate knows fights happen but he showed leadership in his handling of the situation

Southgate knows fights happen but he showed leadership in his handling of the situation

The England manager could have sold out the junior player but made the right call

The England manager could have sold out the junior player but made the right call

The England manager could have sold out the junior player but made the right call

Do not forget, too, that this was not an incident on the training field, a rash tackle perhaps provoking a reaction. 

It is understood tempers can flare in a physical game. Yet this confrontation occurred in a public area where players were relaxing. It cannot be so easily dismissed as boys being boys. Sterling, by his own admission, was overcome by anger and emotion.

What is truly admirable about Southgate’s stance is that he didn’t sell-out Joe Gomez, the junior player. It would have been diplomatic to suspend both team-mates for one match, to pretend fault on two sides.

Southgate didn’t. Whether he witnessed the incident, or sought witnesses, he came to a decision on who was in the wrong and passed judgement accordingly. He didn’t let Sterling off because of his value to the team. He had enough faith in his core principles to demand higher standards and responsibility from even his best player.

For, again, what would be his alternative? To leave Gomez and others outside the immediate starting XI, with the impression there are two sets of rules. One for seniors, like Sterling, another for the rest. And that stuff can fester. What if, in their next training session, Gomez took Sterling out? What if an edge developed between Liverpool and Manchester City players?

Gomez and Sterling's clash on Sunday spilled over as the Manchester City star lost his rag

Gomez and Sterling's clash on Sunday spilled over as the Manchester City star lost his rag

Gomez and Sterling’s clash on Sunday spilled over as the Manchester City star lost his rag

Southgate has done as much as he can to settle the matter, to send a powerful message about future behaviour before attempting to shut down the controversy and move on. He cannot allow club animosities to bleed into England’s preparation and, from here, his players know the consequences of failing to accept and respect that.

If Southgate seemed irritated on Tuesday it was perhaps because he had hoped such simple rules did not require explanation. This is a different time. Southgate is the man for it.

If his players do not wish to join him, it will become very obvious what they can do. Even the best of them.

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