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27/05/2017

Eight organ transplant survivor Adam Alderson weds fiancée

 

A man who survived a multiple organ transplant has married his fiancée two years after being told he had just weeks left to live.

Adam Alderson had organs including his pancreas, stomach and spleen replaced after contracting a rare cancer.

The operation took a team of 30 people about 17 hours to complete.

Mr Alderson, 36, married his fiancée, Laura Blanchard, in Hornby and said: "After everything we've been through this is the icing on the cake".

Laura and Adam Alderson

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Mr Alderson, from Preston-under-Scar, near Leyburn, was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei in 2013 and at one stage was told nothing could be done and he was sent for end of life care.

But, after learning of pioneering surgery carried out on England rugby league player Steve Prescott he underwent the same procedure at Oxford's Churchill Hospital.

Mr Prescott died from complications three weeks after undergoing the operation but the same surgery was successful for Mr Alderson.

He is believed to be only the fourth person in the world to survive the operation.

Speaking after the ceremony he said: "I'm an emotional wreck today. I never thought we would see this day."

His wife, Laura, added: "We've been to hell and back, but it's what makes you really. It means the world to me and I'm absolutely thrilled."

Among the guests at the wedding was surgeon Georgios Vrakas, who led Mr Alderson's operation.

"It is probably the biggest operation someone can have today. It is a massive undertaking," he said.

"You have to really be fit and have the mental motivation to undergo this so, it's amazing to see that he's actually leading a normal life now."

The couple will celebrate their wedding by taking part in a 15,000 mile rally to Mongolia to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and The Steve Prescott Foundation.

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24/05/2017

Jane the Virgin Season-Three Finale Recap: Full Circle

 

With recapper Kathryn VanArendonk on maternity leave, Angelica Jade Bastién takes over to recap this finale.

It would be easy for Jane the Virgin to portray love as either a glorious mess to wring for melodrama, or a beautiful fairy tale full of passion yet low on complication. But showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman and the cast are too astute at charting emotional landscapes to go for something so simplistic. One of the most intelligent things about this series is how it plays with the ideas of destiny and choice to inform its romantic entanglements. Life isn’t a fairy tale. There are no evil witches whose defeat would pave the way toward happily ever after. There are no talking mice to impart wholesome advice. There are no blinged-out horse-drawn carriages. This is Jane the Virgin — did you expect this wedding would go off flawlessly?

Xo and Ro’s grand fairy-tale wedding is obliterated by a series of traumatic incidents that would lead anyone to think that perhaps fate is keeping them apart. Let’s see, where shall we start? There’s a hurricane getting progressively worse, Xo’s wedding dress is ruined in the mud (thanks, Rafael!), and a stressed-out Jane is overwhelmed with all the planning. Then there’s, of course, the reveal that the real Eileen killed Scott in order to protect Rose’s scheme when he recognized her on the beach. This leads Luisa to get out of jail with a plea deal and a major grudge in tow. Oh, and did I mention Darci is pregnant with Rogelio’s baby? As if Jane wasn’t stressed enough, she’s now saddled with revealing this to Rogelio. When Rogelio finally tells Xo the truth, her response is understandable but heartbreaking: “I want to marry you but not like this.” The season finale is thankfully not defined by heartbreak, but perseverance and hope. After all, if anyone deserves a happy ending (or beginning since marriage is really just the start of a new chapter), it’s Xo and Rogelio. So of course they get married, just not in the way they expected.

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Faced with planning a fairy-tale wedding and whether “meant to be” is a possibility when it comes to romance, Jane finds herself thinking a lot about Michael. Father Gustavo mentions a letter Michael wrote on the eve of their wedding, and Jane grows desperate to find it. Could this letter spark her belief in romantic destiny again and aid her in writing the ceremony? Sure, if she could find it. She comes up empty. This is the perfect framing for Brett Dier’s return as Michael — he appears in several flashbacks threaded through the finale. His presence guides Jane’s actions, acting as both a salve and a wounding reminder of the love she doesn’t have in her life. But she has a wedding to worry about, so she can’t entirely focus on this.

Sure, the power may be out, Xo’s dress is ruined, there are no back-up dancers, Marc Anthony wasn’t turned away at the door, and all their plans come crashing down. But in a way, Xo and Rogelio have something more beautiful than a fairy tale. Lit by the warm glow of candles surrounded by those they love, Xo and Rogelio have what I consider a perfect wedding. They have something more complex and meaningful than a fairy tale: true commitment. As Jane says during the wedding (while wearing a rather ridiculous lavender dress), “My parents are here today not because they’re meant to be but because they chose each other.” I will admit I teared up. Jane the Virgin really knows how to pull on my heartstrings. I only felt more overcome with emotion as Jane danced with Rafael. Petra’s intuition continues to be on point — she’s noticed Jane has feelings for Rafael. But does he? Petra worries she’ll always remain second to Jane and even finds herself kissing Chuck in a moment of weakness. That Rafael doesn’t seem to choose her the way he has Jane in the past is more evidence that these two may be drawn to each other, but they probably shouldn’t be together. Although you’d think they had enough reasons to not be together. They’re a mess. A fun mess, but still a mess. But they have bigger problems to worry about.

Anezka and Luisa simply sharing a cab together creates utter havoc that caps off the finale. Luisa now has control over the family fortune and Marbella after getting the lost part of the will Petra thought she destroyed. Rafael is right to call Luisa delusional. But he also missed a few other traits, like dangerous. The havoc Luisa has caused since the very beginning of Jane the Virgin often feels like a byproduct of her own blind spots and naïveté. (Did she really think Rose wanted to be a better person?) But now she has a target for her ire: Rafael and all those he holds dear. Meanwhile, Petra is in her own situation: She finds herself on the wrong end of a gun when Anezka learns of her efforts to ruin her marriage with Scott.

How will Rafael survive without the cushion of privilege? How will Petra convince her unhinged sister not to kill her? What will Xo and Rogelio’s marriage look like now that they are fully committed to one another? How will Rogelio be a part of his daughter’s life when Darci refuses to adhere to their previous agreement? These are all questions that will allow Jane the Virgin to tread new ground for its characters in the next season. But it’s how the finale hints at new romance for Jane that I was most moved by.

To say Jane Villanueva has been through a lot is an understatement. Throughout this season after Michael’s death, I hoped Jane would have a bit of levity in her life. Fabian wasn’t exactly the fling she wanted. Perhaps this is why Michael’s letter cuts so deeply. It brings to the surface what Jane yearns for, yet remains out of reach. Michael’s letter finds its way to Jane thanks to a previous tenant of her former home who brings it to the hotel. It’s exactly as sweet, vulnerable, beautiful, and heartwarming as you’d expect as he recounts the detours that had to happen to lead him to Jane’s doorstep. “In a way our destiny was just a series of detours bringing us back to each other again and again,” Michael’s letter reads. But more important than his letter is the man who brought it to Jane: Adam (Tyler Posey), her first love we’ve heard so much about. He used to live in the house she and Michael did, and if that isn’t fate, I don’t know what is. The moment they lock eyes, Gina Rodriguez’s face goes soft. It’s as if you can see the spark of hope lighting within her. Rodriguez utterly nails the frustration, exhaustion, and romanticism that is threaded through Jane’s arc in the finale. I’m not someone moved by the idea of destiny when it comes to true love. But with this introduction of Adam, Jane the Virgin just may make a believer out of me.

From Our Narrator, With Love:

* The opening narration was a beautiful reminder that the bond the Villanueva women share is their most important anchor, through their lives and the series. “Of course they were together in this latest event of the circle of life.” Of course, Circle of Life just happens to be the church where Jane becomes officially ordained to officiate the wedding.

* “Of course this isn’t a fairy tale, it’s a telenovela.”

* “I do know this car ride will definitely mess things up” is a vast understatement considering the trouble Anezka and Luisa get into by the end of the episode.

* “Awww, another thing these two have in common … criminal sisters.” Not exactly a good reason why Rafael and Petra should be together.

#Rogelio:

* “Liar! The new opening is a samba!” Rogelio’s reaction to Jane obviously lying about watching the practice video he sent for the wedding is why he may be my favorite character on the show.

* “Well, god help that child,” Rogelio’s response to hearing that Darci is pregnant turns priceless when he realizes that child is actually his child.

* “I thought all her eggs were in the freezer.”

* “Now shimmy! Shimmy!” Rogelio is truly a gift to this world.

* Rogeliana may be the worst name I’ve ever heard for a child.

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19/05/2017

Stuff's wedding of the week: Caitlin and Darren

 

When this Kiwi and American met as part of the same tour group in Beijing, sparks flew. Both from farming families, the stars most certainly aligned.

Darren and Caitlin tied the knot in a timelessly beautiful ceremony at Huka Falls Resort in Taupo. But we'll let Caitlin tell you all about it...

How did you meet? Darren and I meet in Beijing, China. I was working in Canada at the time and Darren, his brother and Dad were on the same work trip as me in China. We actually struck up conversation on the Great Wall of China and dairy farms tours.

Both being from farming families we found this rather ironic. The stars certainly aligned.

Caitlin and Darren after saying their vows.

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Tell us about the proposal: We had been dating about 5 months since first meeting in China. We were in New Zealand for Easter visiting my family and friends. After the introductions went well and he asked my dad for my hand within 30 minutes of meeting him, we went to our family bach at Riversdale beach for a few days.

Long story short, it's my favourite place in the world and he proposed on the deck asking me quietly if I would marry him.

Location of wedding: Huka Falls Resort Taupo.

Describe your wedding day: As cheesy as it sounds, it was actually everything (and more!) we hoped for. It was a beautiful sunny Taupo day, the ceremony was hot, the pictures were awesome and we walked into the reception to Crazy in Love by Beyonce. Fun is probably the best word to describe the whole day! I wouldn't have changed a thing.

My sister-in-law Greer Berry was our celebrant. Having somebody we love and know so well marry us was very special to us.

The dress: I bought my dress whilst still living in Canada when my mum came to visit me. It was an Allure Bridal dress. Nothing like I thought I would wear on my wedding day, but I loved it. The strapless bustier, the bling and the train were my favourite parts.

The flowers: Flowers were by Florist XO based out in Taupo. My wedding colours were sterling grey, navy blue and orange. I wanted a classic look with a pop of colour. I loved the orange. My flowers were one of my favourite parts of the day.

Highlight of the wedding: I honestly couldn't pinpoint one favourite part. From getting ready with my bridal party, to walking down the aisle and holding back tears with my Dad, to saying I do to my American, I loved it all.

Was there any drama? Although I had prepared my self for some minor drama, organising a wedding from America wasn't the easiest thing. With the help of my little sister and my mum (along with many others), everything went off with out a hitch.

The honeymoon: After taking 2 weeks vacation over the wedding in New Zealand we are currently planning a honeymoon for later in the year. A Dominican Republic all-inclusive trip is looking like the winner. Beach, sun and lots of drinks!

Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was Darren's cousin, Nienke Izurieta, who flew all the way from Saint John in New Brunswick Canada.

My favourite photo is the one where he standing behind me and I'm laughing (or trying not to). It's so us. Posed photos aren't really our thing and we did our best to give Nienke a chance to get some good ones.

Another fun fact: Darren and I both come from farming families and now live in Sunny California where we both work in the agricultural business and one day hope to reside from back the most beautiful country in the world (namely New Zealand).

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