What are the best places to visit in Spain? | Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi

Spain is a land rich in history, tradition, culture and natural beauty, with a wide-ranging cuisine based on fresh local produce.  Join Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi as she embarks on a personal tour, sharing her passion for the country, culture and people, and making some new discoveries along the way.

Alex explores all it has to offer region by region, from its remote villages to its cosmopolitan cities, seeking out its best-kept secrets.

Alex Polizzi's Secret Spain
She begins in the north east, a region often ignored by Brits. Alex visits an amazing hotel designed by Frank Gehry, the architect responsible for the Guggenheim museum in Bilbão, enjoys a luxurious cabernet grape body scrub, and is shown around an astonishing cellar full of ancient wines. She also experiences the craziness of the San Fermin fiesta, including the legendary running of the bulls through the streets of Pamplona famously described by Hemingway in his novel The Sun Also Rises.

Like the Basques, the Catalans have their own language and strong local identity. Alex visits Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city— a vibrant, cosmopolitan coastal metropolis, famous for its football team and architecture. One of its most visited attractions is the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s fairytale basilica, still under construction and years away from completion. To inspect its towers, Alex conquers her fear of heights and takes the rickety lift to the top, where she is rewarded with the best views across Barcelona.

Alex Polizzi's Secret Spain Ep 1 - Alex Polizzi and guide Esteve stood at the top of Sagrada Familia.
She also explores the city’s thriving art and café scene. Picasso and Joan Miro are long gone, but there is no shortage of new art in the back alleys of the barrios. She samples absinthe, the drink of choice of artists and writers.

Finally, Alex takes part in the Human Towers, and is visibly moved by the spirit of the Catalan community as they support one another to erect an extraordinary human tower nine storeys high!


Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi starts on Friday 31st March at 9pm on Channel 5. 

Can money buy you happiness? | Rich House, Poor House

Families from opposite ends of the wealth divide are given the chance to spend seven days in their counterparts’ shoes in a brand new Channel 5 series: Rich House, Poor House.

As they swap homes and budgets, both families get an eye-opening taster of how the other half live – and whether money really can buy happiness.

In the first episode, the Caddy family of Bristol trade places with the Williams family from Weston-super-Mare. A family of seven, the Caddys rank in the top 10% of Britain’s wealthy, and live in a seven bedroom home.

The Caddy family | Rich House, Poor House
For the eight-strong Williams family, who are among the nation’s poorest 10%, the swap means leaving their rented three-bedroom house and enjoying a weekly budget of £1,700 instead of their usual £110.

What will mum Kayleigh, dad Antony and the Williams kids make of a new lifestyle of regular meals out, piano lessons and coffee mornings? And how will the Caddys cope with the drop from seven toilets to just one?


Rich House, Poor House starts on Thursday 30th March at 9pm on Channel 5. 

Comedy Bigmouths is coming to My5

My5 TV, the free to air channel, based on the Channel 5 on-demand servic, today announces its first foray into original programming with Comedy Bigmouths from Polymath Media.

The six episode series will consist of topical stand-up comedy and sketches with a live studio audience, using that audience to take the pulse of the country’s mood as they give current affairs a proper going over. The show will be hosted and MC’d by award-winning comedy star and current affairs expert Ian Stone. Well-known guest comedians will also make an appearance including: Zoe Lyons, Geoff Norcott, Ian Moore, Jo Caulfield., Ross Noble, Russell Kane, Clive Anderson and Sarah Pascoe.

Each episode will be up to the point and reactive, much like My5 TV itself. Topics will be based on the talking points of the moment, but we will feature one over-arching subject to run through the show and to challenge opinions during the audience-driven segments.

Comedy Bigmouths is coming to My5 TV soon.

 

 

Why do younger guys fancy cougars?

This week Sami, Moses, Hamza and Mohamed came in to ask Sex Pod the question: “Why are younger guys into older women?”

When asked, the guys all said they thought older women (or ‘cougars’) are super sexy, though while some said that the oldest woman they would go for would be in her mid-thirties, others said they’d sleep with a woman who was even in her 50s and 60s.

The guys reckoned that cougars sometimes liked bedding younger men too, because younger men’s penises were still young and full of life, and they were likely to have more stamina in the bedroom.

Hmmm… But what did Sex Pod have to say about all this? Why are younger guys often attracted to older women?

Sexual experience

The one thing that older women definitely have is more experience. They are likely to know more about their sexual preferences, having trialled and error-ed with more partners, and would probably equally know more about how to get a guy going.

Exciting…

Older women are gorgeous

Older women can be extremely attractive as they are more stable emotionally and more financially independent. They know more about what they want in life and are less insecure than younger girls can often be, because confidence often comes with age and knowing what you want from life.

They often just give off sexy vibes.

Social status

Counselling Psychologist Dr Benjamin Piper said it can also be the older woman’s social status that can attract younger guys. Basically, an older woman may appear more powerful and responsible, and younger guys may feel they don’t have to look after them and be responsible for them as much as they feel with younger girls.

They may even feel like they will be more looked after themselves which may be a very exciting prospect for some men. Which brings us to the next part…

Psychological theories 

It’s time to get weird. So everybody knows Freud, right? He’s got some psychological theories that are pretty out there, but that are widely known and still up for debate nonetheless. One of them is the Oedipal Complex.

Taken from the Ancient Greek play Oedipus, where the main character is predicted to kill his father and marry his mother, the Oedipus Complex is supposed to be the secret desire young boys feel for their mums.

It’s been suggested that this desire a young boy has for his mother comes out in adulthood through a sexual fantasy of sleeping with an older woman.

Wow.

To conclude

A lot of guys may feel attracted to older women, and there are quite a few reasons why they might be. But attraction is a complex thing. In fact, a 2015 US study of 35,000 volunteers showed that the biggest factor determining attraction is not genetics but actually your personal experiences –  including the friends you have made and even first loves.

Maybe Freud was onto something…

See you in a week, Sex Pod-ers!

Toadie and Karl come to London

It’s been 10 years since the residents of Ramsay Street last visited British shores – when Karl and Susan Kennedy rekindled their romance and renewed their vows on the Thames. On Monday March 20th the Channel 5 soap returns to the UK, with London providing an iconic backdrop to a series of gripping episodes guaranteed have fans on the edge of their seats.

Willow and the woman Toadie still thinks is Dee have packed up and left Erinsborough, taking with them the cheque for Willow’s schooling. With a little help from Susan and an emotional call from Willow, Toadie (Ryan Moloney) works out that the pair are headed to London. Having gained reluctant permission from Sonya, he heads to the UK in pursuit, spending his days trying to track them down. Visiting key London landmarks that appear in Willow’s Instagram posts, Toadie eventually locates his daughter, explains he wants her to come back to Ramsay St and offers to speak to her mother to square it with her. But when “Dee” turns up hot on the heels of a disastrous Skype call Toadie has with Sonya, sparks fly…the consequences of which will impact the Ramsay Street residents over the course of the following weeks and months.

The London episodes also feature Karl Kennedy (Alan Fletcher), who is convinced by wife Susan to head over to London to help his friend see sense and return to his heavily pregnant wife. But when Karl arrives in the UK, he realises he needs to provide far more help than he was anticipating.

The scenes were filmed in London in October 2016 and January 2017 using the Capital City’s iconic landmarks as an additional character to the drama. The production team were keen to feature locations which include Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and the London Eye, with supplementary scenes filmed in Melbourne.

The London scenes run between Monday March 20th and Friday March 25th.

 

Sex Pod: The big O!

This week, 19-year-old Ellie took to the Sex Pod sofa to ask a question that has been on her mind for a while: “I’ve never had an orgasm during sex and I just wanted to know, how can I achieve one?”

Ellie brought a very important topic to the table because rather than being an exception, she’s actually more the rule. And that’s because women often have more trouble climaxing than men, especially through just penetrative sex.

How common is orgasming through sex?

While one in three women find it difficult to orgasm through sex in general, as many as 80% of women find it difficult to orgasm through penetrative sex alone.

What makes climaxing more difficult for women?

Ellie told Sex Pod that she had never had an orgasm before, not even through masturbation. She said she had only masturbated a couple of times but couldn’t get in the mood, and was waiting for a man to finally get her there. BUT she complained that every time she has felt close to the big O, the guy she has been with has already climaxed and hasn’t bothered to help her get any further.

There can be many factors that determine whether or not a woman climaxes. Many women need clitoral stimulation in order to orgasm which is why pure penetrative sex doesn’t quite do it, but other there are other key factors involved. For example it’s important for a woman to be having sex with a partner who is patient and attentive to her needs, as it often takes women a while to climax.

A common mistake people can make is varying their technique too often – if something feels good for a woman but their partner stops doing it, then they can easily lose that impending orgasm.

How can I make sure I orgasm during sex?

Let’s face it, sex without orgasms is just not as fun and can be pretty frustrating in the long run. Our Sex Pod sexperts came together to give Ellie advice on how she can make sure she benefits just as much from sex as her partner.

Firstly, they said, you need a partner who is willing to invest time and effort in getting you to orgasm. Secondly, you need to know your own body and what you enjoy, and thirdly it’s then vital that you’re assertive and vocal in order to communicate to your sex bud exactly what that is.

But there are also physical techniques you can try out. Author of ‘Great British Sexpert’ Rebecca Dakin recommended stimulating the clitoral area with the man’s penis. “Use his penis as a massage stick… and you can alternate penetration and doing that,” she said. That way the woman “could have a clitoral orgasm with penetration going on at the same time.”

Sex advice columnist Alix Fox also recommended a technique called ‘orbiting’ when the woman’s nearing orgasm, which involves their partner moving their fingers in a figure of eight around her clitoral area.

What did Ellie learn?

Ellie said that Sex Pod encouraged her not to be scared to speak up about her preferences. She also said she learnt not to rely on a guy to get her to orgasm – that there are things you can do yourself that will help you get there, and that she needed to take control of her own pleasure in order to ensure a guy can pleasure her.

Everyone is so different and only you can know what actually turns you on. So go on – empower yourself by understanding your own body and speaking up, so that you can make sure you’re getting yours.

Until next week, Sex Pod-ers!