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Twelve-year-old Southlander sees world stage in her reach – Stuff.co.nz

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Southlander Dani Kramers, 12, has been training hard in the hope of competing at the FISAF Sports Aerobics World Championships, in France, in October.

At just 12-years-old,Dani Kramers holds a nationaltitlein competitive aerobics and now has her sights set on the world stage.

Kramers, who holds the New Zealand national title as the intermediate individual champion, hopes to competeat theFISAFInternational World Sports Aerobics andFitness Championships in France in October.

Kramers started dancingwhen she was three years old where she didjazz, lyrical andcontemporary.

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Dani Kramers is ready to make her mark on the world stage.

Last yearshe added aerobics to the mix through the Dunedin-basedQueens Aerobics club.

She does 4 to 6 hours of coached training almost every week and even when she's watching television her family often find her stretching.

"[Aerobics] is just fun and upbeat.I put a lot ofdedication into it," Kramers said.

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Dani Kramers in one of her many aerobic poses.

Kramers got intoaerobics after shetook part in Have A Goin year six at Donovan Primary and one of the judges could see she had potential, she said.

This year, Kramers would compete in various aerobics competitions in a bid at qualify for the world champs in France.

This includedcompetitions in Dunedin, Invercargill and possibly Melbourne.

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Dani Kramers in action competing at the nationals before she was crowned intermediate individual champion.

She also recently had a one-on-one coaching session with seven-timeFISAFaerobics world championBrentonAndreoli, who is based in the Czech Republic.

Proud father Riki Kramers said he always felt nervous for his daughterwhen she competed but knew how capable she was.

"I believe in her, she's competed in Australia for dancing ... [I] know what she can do."

He was also impressed by how his daughter could go between dance and aerobics so quickly when theywere technically different.

La Muse Invercargill aerobics coach Jess Ramsay said Kramers was the only Southlandercompetingfor the world competition.

"She's very determined.She often has to put her body on the line to do things [which is big] for a 12 year old."

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Five great fitness classes in Birmingham to kickstart a healthy 2020 – Birmingham Updates

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Looking to get fit and healthy in 2020? Here are some great ideas for alternative fitness classes in and around Birmingham to boost your body and mind this year.

Founded in 2009, Fit Camp UK are a series of outdoor fitness bootcamps located in Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield. The 60-minute sessions are structured to include Body Weight, Boxercise Sessions with Gloves & Pads, TRX Suspension Trainers, Circuits, Partner Work, Kettlebells, Tyres, Battle Ropes, Kick Boxercise with Kick Shields and include a 10-minute warm-up, 45 minutes of various workouts of cardio and equipment training and a 5 minute cool down with stretches. Delivered by expert trainers, each class is different and caters for all ages and abilities, with clients ranging from 16-65 years old.

Price: 10.00 per session

For more information, visit http://www.fitcampuk.co.uk

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Enhance your health and fitness in fun-filled and friendly hour-long aerobics sessions that are designed for people of all ages and abilities. Delivered by fully qualified and licensed instructor Penny Mason with 25 years of teaching experience, the low-impact aerobic and body conditioning fitness sessions are available in Bournville and Smethwick from Monday to Thursday and include a warm-up, 30 minutes of standing cardio exercise followed by floor work that focuses on legs, bums and tums with cool down and relaxation at the end of the session.

Price: 7.00 per session or 36.00 for six consecutive sessions.

For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/PennyMasonFitness

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Body Synergy offers lots of alternative exercise classes including Pole Fitness and Aerial Hoop at Great Barr, Quinton and BCU Edgbaston that cater to a wide range of people looking for a healthier and happier mind and body. Get stronger and fitter with Pole Dancing Fitness, learn to make some beautiful shapes and spins and improve your flexibility before enjoying some peaceful meditation practise with aerial hoop circus art. Sessions are suitable for anyone of any age and ability.

For more information, visit http://www.bodysynergy.co.uk

Opened in 2013 and located on Cliveland Street, Heart Work Studios offers a wide range of versatile classes for dancers including contemporary, Bhanga, choreography, commercial and techniques for dancers. With both morning and beginner classes now added to their timetable, there are lots of opportunities for anyone and everyone to join and learn new skills for the new year, just a 5-minute walk from Birmingham city centre.

Price: Sessions range from 4.00 9.00

For more information, visit http://www.heartworkstudios.co.uk

Swimming is a great way to boost your fitness, burn plenty of calories and improve your overall well-being, and Birminghams first 50-metre pool offers numerous swimming sessions, aqua classes and Swimtag challenges to stay healthy. Located on Bristol Road, it is designed and timetabled to ensure there are always lanes available for members to swim. Aqua classes last for 45 minutes and are open to all adults of any ability.

For more information, visit http://www.sportandfitness.bham.ac.uk/timetables/pool

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What Younger Adults Can Do to Lower Their Risk of Early Dementia – Healthline

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Its not Alzheimers disease, but it causes dementia.

Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) strikes in the prime of life, generally between the ages of 45 and 65.

Also known as frontotemporal dementia (FTD), its a neurodegenerative condition that affects personality, language, movement, and the ability to make decisions.

Rapid cognitive and physical decline can lead to death in under a decade.

However, a new study published in the journal Alzheimers and Dementia may give new hope to those who carry the genetic mutation that causes FTD.

Researchers say a systemic review revealed that physically and cognitively demanding lifestyles are associated with better brain health in relation to aging and Alzheimers disease.

The researchers noted the lack of studies on how lifestyle affects people with FTD.

Their recent findings suggest that those with a genetic predisposition for the condition can take action that may help.

The study involved 105 people who carry the genetic mutation that causes FTD.

All were either asymptomatic or had mild, early-stage symptoms.

Also included were 69 people who did not carry the genetic mutation.

Participants took a series of cognitive and memory tests. They were questioned about current levels of mental and physical activity. That included such things as socializing, reading, and walking.

MRIs of the brain were used to assess the degree of brain degeneration.

Follow-up MRI scans one year into the study showed that lifestyle did not have a significant impact on brain degeneration due to FTD.

However, those who were most mentally and physically active did twice as well on cognitive tests than those who were least active.

Genetic mutation carriers who had more active lifestyles were found to have more than 55 percent slower decline per year.

Dr. Rawan Tarawneh is a cognitive neurologist and assistant professor of neurology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

She finds the study convincing.

Its fascinating because weve seen the role of physical activity in maintaining brain health in Alzheimers disease and vascular dementia. There hasnt been another study of this size and meticulous analysis in FTD, Tarawneh told Healthline.

It was well-designed, had a well-characterized cohort, and strong data. It covers a major gap in the field right now, she added. Its timely with our focus on physical health and mindfulness and mental exercise, particularly for people who have mutations that increase risk for conditions like FTD.

The study suggests that living an active lifestyle is associated with less functional decline.

Thats crucial because treatment options are limited.

Dr. David A. Merrill, PhD, is a neurologist and geriatric psychiatrist at Providence Saint Johns Health Center in Santa Monica, California.

He told Healthline the study is remarkable in that it involved verified cases of genetically driven FTD.

Those people, if they live long enough, will definitely develop the syndrome. The really sad part is theres no prescription medication and no known effective therapies for FTD. That leaves patients, families, and clinicians without effective options, said Merrill.

That more active people outperformed what brain scans would have predicted, based on the amount of atrophy, is mind blowing, he said.

FTD isnt as common as Alzheimers disease as a cause of dementia, and the symptoms arent quite the same.

Someone just beginning to show signs of Alzheimers disease might have prominent, rapid forgetfulness. Early FTD involves more language or behavior. It can be confusing for patients and loved ones when someone has a really strong memory but behaviors or language are impaired, said Merrill.

The researchers show evidence that even in the face of a genetic degeneration disorder you can have a positive impact on cognitive function. Use it or lose it applies even in the case of genetically driven dementia, he added.

According to Merrill, lifestyle is more powerful than any medicine for FTD. And its never too late to make changes.

For brain exercise, Merrill suggests a variety of stimulating activities such as puzzles, learning a new language or musical instrument, and engaging in conversation.

He recommends spending 30 minutes a day or more on these types of enriching activities.

For physical exercise, he points to the American Heart Associations recommendations of 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity plus weight training 2 days a week.

He cautions against overtraining to avoid injury and exhaustion.

We know that cortisol is toxic for the brain at high levels, so stress reduction is also important, said Merrill.

To help reduce stress, he recommends activities such as hiking, yoga, and tai chi as opposed to competitive athletics.

Its also important to get enough quality sleep.

Merrill was involved in a previous study at the University of California, Los Angeles showing that exercise and higher adherence to a Mediterranean style diet can affect brain structure and degeneration.

We can absolutely say both physical and mental activity is good not just for primary prevention, but for people who have this condition to prevent or slow down progression, said Merrill.

Study authors acknowledge that although their research shows correlation, it does not prove that lifestyle changes can alter the course of FTD.

Thats something that must be determined through additional research.

Study participants will continue to be followed. The researchers anticipate bigger differences between the more active and less active groups.

Clinical trials are taking place at the University of California, San Francisco Memory and Aging Center and at other institutions.

At the Pacific Brain Health Center, Merrill is currently involved in a prevention trial that combines cognitive fitness training with aerobics to maximize the benefits of both. Enrollment is ongoing.

Tarawneh has concerns that the benefit of lifestyle modification may be somewhat overestimated.

I dont underestimate the value of this study. Its very relevant, but this is not a cure. Its a safe, easy prevention strategy we recommend to all our patients for overall brain health. It will be more helpful for people who dont yet have symptoms and may delay onset or slow the rate of decline, she explained.

Ideally, we would like to have lifestyle modification as part of a bigger picture treatment plan that also involves medications that target underlying disease pathology, said Tarawneh.

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How to lose weight like this guy from Jaipur who lost 32 kgs & became a Fat Loss Aerobic Instructor – GQ India – What a man’s got to do

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You dont have to necessarily start lifting weights the very moment you step inside a gym to lose weight. Weight loss is a combination of eating healthy and working out in a progressive manner a manner that enables your body to burn its stored fat over a period of time.

More importantly, working out doesnt have to be limited to only gymming. Working out can have many definitions playing a sport, indulging in an intense cardio session, swimming and even aerobics.

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20-year-old Harsh Haniya tells us that not only was he able to lose 32 kgs by following an aerobics-dominated workout routine but it also helped him change his overall approach towards fitness and become a Fat Loss Aerobic Instructor in his hometown of Jaipur. I started gaining weight after I turned 11, and by the time I turned 15, I was on the verge of being a diabetic, courtesy of bad eating habits and a bad lifestyle. I had also contracted a number of skin diseases such as eczema, vitiligo and Acanthosis nigricans. My legs would constantly ache as well, he says.

I remember my doctor telling me that to begin recovering from these ailments, the first thing that I need to do was lose weight, he adds. Consequently, I started jogging daily. However, I was not eating healthy and didnt notice any change in my body. So I stopped jogging after 2 months.

By the time I arrived in college, I had become the quintessential fat-funny guy but after the first year of college, I realised that I am still constantly gaining weight. This shook my confidence. Suddenly, I was the heaviest guy I knew in my life. I realised that now I really and truly need to make some changes."

"I started by going to the gym and on the first day itself I met a trainer who tried to get me to take fat burners and book personal sessions with him. I was very skeptical of him and his approach to weight loss, so I decided to lose weight on my own by joining an introductory aerobics class and learning about nutrition from Youtube and books." Through his own new-found knowledge of the subjects of weight loss and fitness, Harsh followed the below step by step guide to lose weight and trim from 96 kgs to 64 kgs in 8 months, naturally.

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Eat clean: I started eating clean. I completely cut-off sugar and refined oil from my daily meals. I also stopped eating processed foods such as biscuits. I replaced these empty calories with whole foods and healthy alternatives. To give you an example: I started consuming whole wheat over maida, jaggery over sugar, olive oil or coconut oil over refined oils and raw vegetables over heavy curries.

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Sleep is important: Rest and recovery are as important as eating right and exercising daily.

In line with the first two steps, Harsh charted the below diet plan.

I started following a calorie deficit diet plan, made in accordance with my BMI.

A calorie deficit is a specific diet pattern that revolves around the number of calories you consume in a day. According to Healthline, the concept is based on the idea that as long as you eat fewer calories than you burn, youre bound to lose weight.

This diet pattern requires you to calculate the number of calories your body needs to consume to function smoothly without feeling hungry, and how much deficit you need create without harming your health. The deficit can then be created by cutting down empty calories and unhealthy fats. Keep in mind that the number of calories required to create a deficit is different for different body types. You can calculate yours online via a calorie calculator.

Early Morning: A cup of green tea

Breakfast: 5 egg whites + one whole egg + one small apple

Lunch: 50 gms brown rice + dal or curd OR sprouts + curd + salad

Evening Snacks: 2 oranges or 1 apple + 10 almond or walnuts

Dinner: 40 gms oats +one whole egg OR sprouts + salad

Monday: Upper body workouts + cardio

Tuesday: Aerobic exercises + core (abs)

Wednesday: Aerobic exercise + yoga

Thursday: Aerobic cardio + lower body exercises

Friday: Cardio + bodyweight strength exercises

Saturday: Aerobics + overall body strength training & stretching

Some of the aerobic and body strength exercises that I did were: Jumping Squats , Lunges, Planks, Pushups, Burpees, Sit-ups, Leg raises, Russian Twist, Side planks, Glutes Bridging, Bird-Dog, Spot running, High knees, Plank Push ups, Plank Jacks and Crunches.

I have been able to maintain my current weight by tracking my macros and never skipping my workouts.

Always believe in hard work and please be consistent and dedicated towards your goals. If you missed following your workout or diet routines 1-2 days then dont worry, come back on track again. One cheat meal isn't make you fat and one healthy, clean diet isn't make you fit. So vow to make a lifestyle change. Itll go a long way like it did for me. I am now a Fat Loss Aerobic Instructor.

Disclaimer: The diet and workout routines shared by the respondents may or may not be approved by diet and fitness experts. GQ India doesn't encourage or endorse the weight loss tips & tricks shared by the person in the article. Please consult an authorised medical professional before following any specific diet or workout routine mentioned above.

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WITH much entertainment scheduled for the festive season, there is no need to stay at home and be bored. Check out the line-up of events for this weekend and beyond, and plan your days accordingly.

FRIDAY Catch accomplished Maskandi musician Qadasi at the Boardwalk Inkwazi Shopping Centre at noon

FRIDAY Family Movie Night at the Boardwalk Inkwazi Shopping Centre at the undercover parking area at Woolworths from 7pm. Grab the family, popcorn and a blanket and watch a fun and entertaining Christmas movie, A Dennis the Menace Christmas. Entrance is free

SATURDAY The 1st annual Zululand Music Festival takes place at the eShowe Sports Club. For more information contact Kyle on 060 4895604 or 060 6531380

CHRISTMAS DAY Christmas lunch at the Umfolozi Casino Resorts Jabulani Dome from noon to 4pm. Tickets cost R350 per adult for Winners Circle members or R400 for non-members. Children between 6 and 12 pay R175 each and children under five may eat for free. Tickets include a welcome drink, Christmas cracker, live entertainment and kids play area. Reservations: 035 787 8269/46 or [emailprotected] before 20 December

SUNDAY, 29 December Author Scelo Mncube will be part of the fun at a comedy show at the Imbizo Hall in Empangeni. Also featured will be Justice Kubheka, Fly Motion, Amawele ase-Chesterville and others. For more information on the event contact Nhlahla Myeni on 061 4404080

TUESDAY, 31 DECEMBER End the year with a bang during the 1st annual fitness bash at the Empangeni Rugby Club from 6pm. The bash is presented by biokineticist Mondli Linda and will include fitness activities such as aerobics. Anyone can come and enjoy the night suitable for the whole family. In-between the sessions, attendees will enjoy loads of entertainment from the likes of award-winning comedian Sifiso Nene, DJ Amenisto, DJ Mo as well as DJ Mayaya. Tickets are available at R100 (pre-sold) and R150 at the door. For more information and tickets sales call 035 9401291, 073 1933581 or 083 4825674. The fitness bash will be followed by a 10km run on New Years Day from the same venue at 6am

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Fitness network World Class opens its 30th club in Bucharest – Romania-Insider.com

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World Class, the market leader in Romanias wellness industry, opened on Thursday, December 12, its 30th club in Bucharest.

The new health and fitness club is located in Expo Park, a new office campus in northern Bucharest, close to the 1 Mai subway station.

We are today celebrating the opening of our 30th World Class club in Bucharest and the 39th in Romania. This is a milestone for our movement, which is growing in a good and healthy way, said Kent Orrgren, CEO World Class.

World Class Expo Park is a Bronze category club that covers an area of 1,480 sqm that includes a functional training area, aerobics studio, cycling studio and group fitness classes.

World Class has three more openings scheduled this year and in 2020, which will increase its local network to 42 clubs. The operator has over 65,000 members.

World Class Romania is owned by Polish private equity fund Resource Partners.

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The 50 Best Comedy Sketches of the Decade – Vulture

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From Liza Minnelli and her lamp to Too Much Tuna, its been a great decade for sketch comedy.* Illustration: by Ari Liloan

From Liza Minnelli and her lamp to Too Much Tuna, its been a great decade for sketch comedy.* Illustration: by Ari Liloan

Sketch comedy has always been one of the genres trusted forms, but as comedy has evolved grown shorter, longer, bigger, stranger, launched numerous podcast networks where does that leave good old-fashioned sketch comedy? Surely not in the dust. But sketch comedy has shifted in the wake of our far-too-online era, and often for the better. Over the last decade, the internet era opened doors to writers, creators, and comedians who didnt come up through the traditional (and perhaps dated) comedy-theater route. As a result, it would be too vague to call sketch more diverse; what it is is more specific and in a lot of cases, more cinematic. Thats how we wound up with Inside Amy Schumers 12 Angry Men or Key & Peeles Aerobics Meltdown. Even SNLs oddball favorite Darrells House is mostly built on a joke about, well, editing. What has endured from the decades sketch comedy, then, is not so much timely and immediate satire but well-made, frequently contextless, and joke-heavy material.

Weve worked to alphabetically (its only fair!) round up some of this decades best comedy sketches. Weve limited ourselves to sketch-comedy TV shows a list of the decades best internet and late-night sketches would be far bigger and stranger than can be catalogued though longform sketch shows like Documentary Now and At Home With Amy Sedaris make appearances below. Saturday Night Live, the behemoth of the sketch show genre, makes up a majority of the list, though the show transitioned out of the goofy Hader/The Lonely Island/Rudolph/Wiig era into the sharp and strange current era of the show. The decade also bid farewell to some of the old and beloved Key & Peele, Portlandia and welcomed the new and exciting A Black Lady Sketch Show, I Think You Should Leave. The list below ranges from popular favorites (Did you think you could end the decade without one more viewing of David S. Pumpkins orContinental Breakfast?) to bizarre marvels (Sammy Paradise is a highlight, though the singular Maya Angelou Prank Show is worth a revisit) and everything in between.

Have you ever seen 12 Angry Men? Amy Schumer asks a pedestrian at the end of her episode of the same name. Yeah, he says, to which Schumer then asks, Wouldnt you love to see a remake of that? and the man grimaces. No, he says, wincing. And yet Schumers remake in all its black-and-white, star-studded glory would go down as one of the more audacious and well-made pieces of comedy of the decade. Twelve men including John Hawkes, Jeff Goldblum, Kumail Nanjiani, Paul Giamatti, Vincent Kartheiser, and Chris Gethard argue behind closed doors about whether Schumer is hot enough to be on television. Its tempting to say its thesis is dated some four years later, but the conversation over what types of bodies, especially womens bodies, we see on TV still echoes, and Schumers take is the funniest of them all.

Donald Glovers 2018 SNL episode is one of the decades strongest featuring another favorite, Friendos and its his turn as the bizarre 80s crooner Raz P. Berry who punishes himself to get back at the woman he believes is cheating on him that won the night. Berry goes on and on about everything hes gone through, only to learn that his cool-guy sunglasses have prevented him from seeing that its not his girlfriend after all.

Having to keep high-kicking in the face of unspeakable tragedy feels like an apt metaphor for the decade, no? (Both Key and Peele are wonderful in this mostly dialogue-free sketch, but its Clint Howards panicked cue-card holder that steals the show.)

Next decades Best Comedy Sketches list is no doubt going to be full of A Black Lady Sketch Show, but for the time being, watch as one woman in the Bad Bitch Support Group (led by a majestic Angela Bassett) almost undermines the entire beauty industry by realizing that once in a while she may want to just be an okay bitch.

Black Jeopardy, written by Brian Tucker and Michael Che, has been one of SNLs most consistently funny recurring sketches this decade, led with a rarely better Kenan Thompson as host Darnell Hayes. Contestants guess their way through categories like FidNa and Bye, Felicia! (and, as always, White People), with the host of the episode playing the games wild card. From Drakes Black Canadian (Yo, theres thousands of us!) to Tom Hankss MAGA hat-wearing Doug (who recoils in horror at Hayess handshake), Black Jeopardy always hits.

Steve Buscemi stars as a hapless celery salesman who, on his mission to get more people to buy and eat celery, gets in way too deep with all the wrong people.

Nude Tayne is this generations cellar door.

The premise is simple: A white patient (Sue Galloway) visits a black doctor (Rothwell, accompanied by a male nurse played by Gary Richardson) to learn how to treat a case of chiggers she got while camping. The rest well, Im sure you can piece this together. Rothwell, Richardson, and Galloway shift in and out of conversations about stereotypes and gentrification and, yes, bugs, all with the grace and fortitude of dancers. (Watch it on Netflix.)

Continental Breakfast is perhaps the silliest of all of the Key & Peele sketches, a lovingly light send-up of chain hotels subpar breakfast buffets. Peele is the star here with his amused enchantment at all of the food options, his self-satisfied chuckle, and the way he coos, Arent you a tiny plum? to an unwashed grape. The profound joy he takes in the Continental breakfast builds to an absurd yet almost unsurprising ending (one not worth spoiling if youve somehow made it through these years without having seen it).

Darrells House was something of an anomaly for Saturday Night Live: a perfect cocktail of the shows and its host Zach Galifinakiss sensibilities. Galifinakis plays Darrell, a man taping an episode of his local-access television show in which he invites someone over to his house for the first time. Part One of the sketch, which aired relatively early into the nights episode, was full of mix-ups, mistakes, and stand-ins, and Galifinakis alternates between aw-shucks, upbeat enthusiasm, and utter rage. Its one of the most unique sketches not only of the decade but in the shows history. The Well fix it in postproduction joke of the sketch became Well fix it during the episode as it airs, and later in the episode, the incoherent, jumbled, wonderful Part Two of Darrells House pays off every setup.

Airing October 23, 2016, the general confusion around David S. Pumpkins Is he from something? Beck Bennetts character asks was the last thing to unite and delight the country.

Come for the satire of pseudo-hyperliterate logged-on types, stay for the plaintive nods that crescendo into rapid, manic head jerks to confirm, yes, theyve read it, but they did not like the ending.

Diner Lobster might really be the sketch of the decade, especially because it took almost the entire decade for John Mulaney and Colin Josts sketch to come to life. Pete Davidsons character makes the mistake of ordering lobster at an old Greek diner, and what follows, naturally, is a full-scale rendition of Who Am I? from Les Miserables. Kenan Thompason, waist-deep in a tank and dressed as a giant lobster, is one of the funniest sights in the history of SNL. Its a loving tribute to Les Miserables, ramshackle barricade and all, and an all-out insane gamble that pays off a thousandfold.

(Do It on My) Twin Bed was an all-star showcase for SNLs female cast: a joke-packed pop song in the style of an early-aughts girl group. The track was written by Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, who would co-author a number of the decades best SNL sketches before going on to create The Other Two. Each lyric is more quotable than the one before it, but Lil Baby Aidys moms feud with her friend Jean takes the cake (and makes another appearance in the videos sequel, Back Home Ballers).

From the names (Xmus Jaxon Flaxon-Waxon) to the universities (California University of Pennsylvania) to the various vocal modulations (Keys staccato delivery of Hingle McCringleberry and Peeles sultry, mysterious presentation of The Player Formerly Known As Mousecop), the East/West College Bowl rosters never, ever (Grunky Peep!), got old.

An escalating prank war between co-workers shot like its Michael Clayton.

Giving us You have no good car ideas in the last year of the decade is the most generous thing anyone has done!

If you dont have time to sit through The Wolf of Wall Street, this is a fine substitute.

Hamm & Buble is an oft-cited favorite of many fans of the show with a premise as simple as its name a ham-and-Champagne-themed restaurant run by, well, Jon Hamm and Michael Bubl. Hamm, who has shined not only as a host but as a frequent walk-on guest of the show, and Bubl, hilariously game, have incredible chemistry as a menacing restaurateur and the pop crooner hes holding hostage. Its not just that the restaurant seems awful or just that Bubl says, wincing, His eyes went black and he slapped my face about his new employer, but that a joke so simple could pay off in such a menacing, wonderful way.

Ian Rubbish, the Thatcher-loving punk rocker in SNLs tribute to the late PM, is an all-time great Fred Armisen character, and the note-perfect touches from behind-the-music documentaries lays the groundwork for his collaborations with Bill Hader in Documentary Now.

The gleeful mania of At Home With Amy Sedaris, with its deranged crafts and costumed guest stars, is often at its best when Sedaris is with her friend Chassie (Cole Escola, certainly one to watch in the decade to come). Season twos Hospital-tality is an incredible showcase for the two of them, as Chassies fake blindness makes her bedridden, and Amy has no choice but to invite over Chassies family, played by none other than Ann Dowd, Juliette Lewis, and Taryn Manning.

What is there to say about comedy other than sometimes you just want to see the same two guys over and over again in the form of the SNL opening credits? Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim alternate classic New York scenes getting a dollar slice, waving down a cab, going to a strip club in an attempt to deliver comedy in a funnier and faster way to their audience.

I Think You Should Leaves Instagram sketch is one of the few in the show that feels like legitimate satire (including, I suppose, both of Robinsons self-important rants about being on our phones too much), poking fun at the way in which people rush to put self-deprecating captions on otherwise nice photos of themselves with friends. Vanessa Bayer shares several of her caption options, heightening in both absurdity and vulgarity, for a picture of herself with friends at brunch, including, Slurping down fish piss with these wet chodes.

Good comedy sketches about comedy itself are few and far between, but heres a great one.

David Cross and Bob Odenkirks deconstruction of the good-cop-bad-cop interrogation scene blossoms into a reconciliation between two co-workers who no longer have any idea how to communicate with each other, except through a suspect. Its oddly touching, as well as a good lesson on how to use obsequious in a sentence.

Can Scott Aukerman and his team transform a man cave thats looking more like a mans grave?

Though late into the Lonely Islands tenure at SNL, Jack Sparrow was one of their most unexpected Digital Shorts. Michael Bolton, as the featured artist who promises the gang a really sexy hook, derails whats meant to be a heavily produced club hit with his admiration for the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Boltons enthusiasm both for the Pirates movies as well as the other films mentioned in the song is gorgeously paired with the Lonely Islands feigned frustration and annoyance. Andy Sambergs deflated what in the midst of Boltons first chorus builds to reluctance acceptance with his resigned Turns out Michael Bolton is a major cinephile at the end of the song.

Documentary Nows loving parody of Jiro Dreams of Sushi and Chefs Table about a man named Juan making arroz con pollo 40 minutes away from the nearest road, complete with near-impossible ingredient preparation and absurd rituals (Juan needs to chase and grab the chicken in a pen, otherwise hell leave it off the menu), sticks its landing with such elegance and grace that it transcends the material its riffing on.

Last Fuckable Day, directed by Nicole Holofscener, was one of the hallmarks of the third and final season of Inside Amy Schumer: an outdoor gathering of Schumer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, and Patricia Arquette, in which the three older actresses reveal to Schumer that there comes a day in every actresss career in which the public deems her no longer fuckable. The women commiserate and toast to reading for the part of Mrs. Claus, which went, as it turned out, to J.Lo (Oh, shell be good, Louis-Dreyfus simpers). The sketch literalized what had long been a conversation about ageism in Hollywood: that when women reach a certain age, they no longer become objects of desire, which, in turn, liberates them to eat dairy and grow their pubes out. Mazel!!

This one speaks for itself, really.

Maya Rudolph, an impersonator extraordinaire, plays the late poet with charm and levity and gravitas as she pulls practical jokes on her esteemed colleagues, all of whom are just honored to share space with her.

Thats five fingers, Tina Fey explains to Taran Killam about the child, soon to be his characters second wife, onstage. I believe shes trying to say shes 5. Of all the absurd game shows to come out of SNL this decade, Meet Your Second Wife is one of the bleakest and best.

I actually said, thats not a good idea for a show, John Mulaneys Stephen Sondheim stand-in Simon Sawyer says at the opening of this episode, but one whole cast recording later, its safe to say it was the perfect idea for a show. Co-op, featuring the vocal talents of Alex Brightman, Rene Elise Goldberry, Richard Kind, and Paula Pell, was Documentary Nows take on D.A. Pennebakers Company documentary. It feels absurd to praise the level of specificity of just one episode, especially because so much of the show depends upon it, though composing a fictional Sondheim musical is Documentary Nows greatest accomplishment to date. Though it might hit the hardest with musical-theater fans, its impossible not to marvel at the level of genius and sheer number of jokes packed into a single episode.

Liz B.s (Jenny Slate, offscreen) niece Denise (Jenny Slate, onscreen with the funniest set of fake teeth imaginable) shows up at the PubLIZity offices, and Liz G. (Nick Kroll) takes it upon herself to take her for a day in Hollywood. Kroll and Slate have always had incredible comedic chemistry together, as proved time and time again across multiple shows this decade, and this particular pairing of characters is rife with laughs. Liz G. is the perfect guardian for awkward, shy Denise (who, when invited out for a girls day, asks, Is this a prank?) up until the moment she abandons her with a skeevy male photographer (Will Forte).

Seth MacFarlanes 2013 episode was a solid showcase for its host including this underseen 10-1 sketch with Tim Robinson, Wooden Spoons but its the deranged Puppet Class that goes down as a decade best for Bill Hader. Hader plays Anthony Peter Coleman, a veteran working through his PTSD by dissociating into his puppet Tony. Try as he might, Coleman and Tony cant seem to shed the memories of Grenada, even roping other classmates puppets into their flashbacks (Please do not act out any murder scenarios with each others puppets, MacFarlane pleads). Haders sternness and seriousness in both human and puppet form is haunting and hilarious.

Its almost impossible to believe now, but there was a time in this very decade where birds were on everything, as exemplified in Portlandia duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownsteins most famous sketch. After Bryce and Lisa decorate a variety of homegoods with hand-painted birds to maximize tweeness, theyre terrorized by a live bird, reminding the viewer that what is adorable is often extremely frightening.

I guess its true what they say: Soon as a black man gets some moat money, he turns his back on the hood. Astronomy Clubs revamp of the classic Robin Hood story, in which the titular thief tries to rob the richest black family in Sherwood, quickly and hilariously spirals into a discussion about intersectionality.

Is this Marriage Story?

What if they dont wave back? Mark (Bruno Mars) asks, before donning a vague patriotic mouse costume and heading out into Times Square. The Matt & Ozdirected Digital Short brought depth and melancholy to the world of costumed Times Square mascots. Sad Mouse plays like the wordless first act of WALL-E, culminating in the heartfelt and star-crossed final meeting of Sad Mouse and a character that can only be described as Luau Frog.

Tim Robinsons episode of The Characters, which aired three years before I Think You Should Leave, opened with Sammy Paradise, a Vegas crooner serenading Lady Luck, only to lose all his money not once but twice in the same evening. Its go-for-broke (pun intended) peak Tim Robinson screaming, his voice straining itself as he bellows NO! for four whole seconds.

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisens pop ditty about Brownsteins sister who floundered from job to job (I thought shed end up in politics / She was always really into Kucinich, remember?) until she started making jewelry is a loving send-up of independent artisans and Etsy-site-havers. Consider Armisen yelling What time does the post office close? a warning to anyone thinking about turning a hobby into a full-time job.

A community rallies behind a sweet terminally ill child with one wish and one wish only: to never meet Macklemore. Its not just the music, Arturo Castro explains as the boys father, tears in his eyes. He just hates the guys whole vibe.

Keegan-Michael Keys ability to harness and project rage in the form of frustrated educator was honed during his tenure at MADtv and perfected in this sketch, where he plays an experienced, inner-city substitute teacher stumbling over milquetoast, suburban white names. Time will pass, decades will change, but few things bring more joy than Key snapping a clipboard over his knee.

Before their IFC run, the Birthday Boys presented their terms for air, including preferred fonts for each of its cast members. Something to note for all sketch shows to come: They shouldnt air at the same time as other programs on whatever channel theyre on.

John Earlys episode of The Characters weaves in and out of sketches (including Vicky, which has gone on to be one of the comedians most memorable characters) and a wedding party going achingly, hilariously awry upstate, but its his botched toast, full of self-aggrandizing statements New York is my home, he states, before clarifying, and sometimes, you know, L.A. I do go back and forth for business that feels like the pinnacle of the episode. Earlys overwrought speech bombs, and when his characters fianc, Mahan, delivers a simple, to-the-point declaration of love to their friends and family, Early viciously steals the spotlight back, fainting like a 1940s starlet. (Watch it on Netflix.)

Good luck finding another comedy sketch this decade that went to Broadway.

Saturday Night Lives Totinos runner, in which Vanessa Bayer plays an eager-to-please but ignored and putdown housewife whose sole purpose is making Totinos for her husband and his friends, builds to a beautiful, sensual conclusion. Enter Sabine (Kristen Stewart), the first person to enter Bayers (Whats your name? I never had one.) house and really see her and love her for who she is.

The Canadian sketch show starring Aurora Browne, Meredith MacNeill, Carolyn Taylor, and Jennifer Whalen is full of zany, often female-centric sketches, like the searing Girls Gay Night Out, where they cant help but compare Taylors character to Ellen before patronizingly adding, I wish I could be gay! Its We Care that feels most true to life, however, as a group of friends after a happy, normal hangout cant help but immediately talk shit about each other the second one of them leaves. Every cruel thing they say, of course, is because they care, and isnt friendship the best reason to be hateful to someone?

Some boys live unexamined lives, but this ones heart is full of questions. Jeremy Beiler and Julio Torress Fisher-Price commercial parody lovingly captured the melancholy and loneliness many young, and often queer, boys face in their childhoods, and as the boys mother, Emma Stone delivers, Everything is for you, and this one thing is for him with all the power and nuanc of, say, an Oscar-winning actress.

Whats That Name? in all its iterations has always preyed on the innate social anxiety of forgetting the name of a person known to you, but [Stefon voice] this Whats That Name? has everything: John Mulaney and Bill Hader, Lil Xan, an exploration of institutional sexism, Cecily Strongs Mama whimper, Hader saying the squad in the most menacing voice imaginable, and, of course, Youre not seeing double, thats three women.

*Illustration key (clockwise from left):Romantic scene with Kristen Stewart and Vanessa Bayer from SNLs Totinos; eating a magazine from Portlandias Did You Read It?; SNLs Black Jeopardy with Tom Hanks; Liza Minnelli playing with a lamp from SNL; Bad Bitches Support Group with giant makeup items from A Black Lady Sketch Show; an overfilled tuna sandwich for Kroll Shows Too Much Tuna; a lobster costume in a Greek diner for SNLs Diner Lobster; and Key and Peeles Aerobics Meltdown.

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We would walk into the swimming pool and the baby would burst with excitement. Photograph: iStock

Im just going to come out and say it, because Lord knows no one else is likely to: small babies are boring.

They cant talk to you about reality TV (mainly because they dont know who anyone is, and they cant talk); they cant get a round in (owing to not being allowed to drink, plus no money); and they dont laugh at your jokes (which I suppose makes them like everyone else).

Im nostalgic for the days of maternity leave, when Isola was a tiny, non-crawling, non-jumping-off-the-changing-table thing. It was hard work, certainly, keeping her fed and changed, but once the visitors scattered to the wind, filling the days seemed to require a degree of effort. After a couple of hours, wed both be tapped out on cuddles and cooing. Id look at the clock, and there would be four more hours until B was due to walk in the door. Its a strange kind of benign solitude, but we certainly needed something to do.

A friend had mentioned Water Babies as a potential activity and lo, there were beginner classes in the next neighbourhood over. The baby would learn to swim, I would get some semblance of exercise, and best of all, wed be doing something together. There was nothing not to like in this plan.

Except on the first day, I damn near gave up on the whole thing and fled in my half-on, half-off swimsuit. Have you ever tried to dress a baby in a swim nappy and too-tight shorts, while also trying to get yourself into a swimsuit? On the first day, a half dozen of us were trying the same polite, tricky feat. Id been running late, so was already sweating like I was due in court. I peered into the bag. In the rush of it all, we were one clean pair of knickers down.

Im never leaving the house again, I shouted, exasperated. Finally, and with much ado, we were ready for the water.

Reader, the baby absolutely loved it. After a few minutes of oh, this is new suspicion, shedecided that she was fully committed. She splashed and flailed, trying to break free into the big blue. It was such fun, seeing my fearless little adventurer want to become independent and give this swimming lark everything she had. She shrieked and laughed and screamed and it was wonderful. She didnt even hold it against me when I sent her underwater a couple of times.

The Water Babies classes are roughly a half-hour of gentle water aerobics, singing cute nursery ditties and, after a while, dunking the babies so they learn how to deal with being underwater. All told, I was a little self-conscious of breaking out the Twinkle Twinkle in public, but after a few minutes I, too, was fully in.

The changing/showering/drying got easier in the end (top tip: have a rice cake to hand). The exertion and excitement of the morning would send the baby straight to sleep, meaning I could have a peaceful post-swim coffee. In the weeks that followed, we would walk into the swimming pool and the baby would burst with excitement.

This has been one of the most gratifying parts of becoming a new mum: watching this tiny personality unfurl and bloom. Seeing her react to small challenges and new experiences. Standing back (well, not in the pool as such) as she becomes her own little person.

And what a person she already is. At the risk of sounding like one of those insufferable parents, sheis already a cooler person than both her parents put together. She stares at all strangers, hoping to catch their eye and lob them a charming smile (this, I suspect, is a trait she inherited from B, who starts conversations with every stranger he can, even on the Luas). She is a keen watcher and appraiser of people; she enters every room with her head held high, uninhibited, looking for the action. I hope it will always be this way.

Best of all, she glares in an absolute state of you fashion at toddlers having tantrums in the supermarket who are in the midst of a biscuit-aisle meltdown. This gives me no end of hope for the near-future.

The year has felt molasses-slow in some ways, and like a finger-snap in others. Isola changes all the time; behind my back and then right in front of my eyes. She is burbling now, and the words are doubtless the next thing to come.

What a time that will be.

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Breastfeeding Support Group

LOCATION: Hoops Family Childrens Hospital MOMS classroom, third floor

INFORMATION: Facilitated by a certified lactation consultant, this informal setting is a great way for new moms to exchange information and experiences about breastfeeding. There is no cost and registration is not required. More information: 304-526-6358.

LOCATION: Wellness Center Aerobics Room, St. Marys Regional Heart Institute, first floor

INFORMATION: This class combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body using principles from aerobics and fitness to achieve cardio and muscle-toning benefits. Cost is $5 per class or a package of eight classes for $35. Free trial classes are available. More information: 304-526-1660.

Gynecologic Cancer Support Group

LOCATION: Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center Resource Room

INFORMATION: This free support group is for women with ovarian, cervical and other gynecologic cancers and their loved ones. Everyone is welcome and no RSVP is required. Refreshments will be served. More information: 304-526-2443.

LOCATION: St. Marys Medical Center Lobby

INFORMATION: St. Marys will dedicate a special memorial Christmas tree in the medical centers main lobby this holiday season to give the community the opportunity to honor loved ones who have passed away. Community members may purchase a special ornament for the tree in honor of a loved one with a minimum donation of $25 to the St. Marys Foundation. To purchase an ornament, call St. Marys Spiritual Care & Mission at 304.526.1188. More information: 304-526-1188.

LOCATION: Cabell Huntington Hospital

INFORMATION: Future big brothers and sisters can learn to help care for the new baby. There is no cost for this class, but registration is required. More information: 304-526-BABY (2229).

Brain Aneurysm, AVM and Stroke Support Group

LOCATION: St. Marys Conference Center, 2849 5th Ave.

INFORMATION: In conjunction with the Joe Niekro Foundation, this free support group is open to anyone who has suffered from a brain aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation (AVM) or stroke and their family members. Registration is not required. More information: 304-399-7478.

Free Diabetic Foot Screenings

LOCATION: Wound Healing Center, 1600 Medical Center Drive, Suite 2500

INFORMATION: Do you suffer from lack of sensation, a feeling of pins and needles, or pain in your feet? If you have diabetes, regular foot screenings are important. Learn your risks at these free, five-minute screenings. More information: 304-399-3510.

LOCATION: St. Marys Wound and Hyperbaric Center, St. Marys Medical Center, ground floor

INFORMATION: Free screenings include an exam, health education and giveaways for people with foot-related concerns or those having difficulty caring for their own feet. Screenings will be provided by registered nurses. More information: 304-399-7450.

LOCATION: Vascular Lab, St. Marys Regional Heart Institute, first floor

INFORMATION: Screenings are for peripheral vascular disease, carotid artery and abdominal aortic aneurysm. The cost is $45 for each test or $99 for all three tests. Screenings are by appointment. More information: 304-526-1492.

LOCATION: Wellness Center Aerobics Room, St. Marys Regional Heart Institute, first floor

INFORMATION: This class combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body using principles from aerobics and dance to achieve cardio and muscle-toning benefits. The cost is $5 per class or a package of eight classes for $35. Free trial classes are available. More information: 304-526-1660.

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RIPLEY For those who are 50 years or older and looking for a place to get out, visit, and learn new things, the Young at Heart group in Ripley is just the place. It only costs $3 a month to join, and the group meets at the Ripley Parks and Recreation building. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, they do aerobics from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, they meet in the parks Compton Center for arts and crafts from 8 a.m. to noon.

Kim Hellums started the program 26 years ago, and, except for a five-year break, has been directing it ever since. She said, Our purpose is to serve your mind, your spirit and your body. In addition to the aerobics, they also have a time just to drink coffee and chat with each other. When a member is going through a tough time, they make sure to send cards and keep them in their prayers.

For arts and crafts, she is really excited about pottery and ceramics, which is their most recent endeavor. They have been experimenting with a variety of different things some of their pottery has added texture because they pressed old doilies into the clay before it was baked. It takes a lot of patience to work with clay because you dont get instant result. It takes about a week to go from a lump of clay to finished product, whether thats a tray or an ornament or a coaster.

They also use their pottery kilns to make slumped bottles, where they take old glass wine bottles and melt them into decorative molds. Some of the bottles have a special paint that stays on, even in the extreme heat of the kiln, which gives the finished product a very unique style.

In addition to pottery, they do a variety of other crafts, such as flower arrangement, painting, sewing, quilting and woodworking, to name a few. Hellums said, Its not a taught class; we teach each other. Everyone might come in with a project and say Hey, lets try to make this! And we all get together and we figure it out.

The Compton Center becomes a store during Christmas season, and the projects that they have been working on all year are available for buying. Its a great opportunity to buy Christmas gifts, because their prices are very reasonable. The most expensive items are about $40-45, and thats for just a few things like quilts or the stoneware. Hellums said shes working on finding somebody who can work there so the store can have certain hours, but until then, just drop by. If its not open, just give her a call and shell come down and open it, she said.

For those interested in traveling, theres a branch of Young at Heart dedicated to that. The Golden Seniors, as theyre called, have visited locations all over the South, including Natchez, the Ark and Creation Museum, and Paula Deens house in Georgia. When Hellums first started the program, they focused on aerobics, but eventually they began talking about taking trips together and the Golden Seniors began. She said they started out by renting vans, but that quickly became expensive. So they started fundraising through bake sales and political stumping. She said, They (the politicians) would come speak and pay and buy our cakes for outrageous prices. With a contribution from the city, they were able to buy their own bus and now they are off and traveling at least once a month. Its $30 a month to join, and everyone covers their own trip costs. This month, theyre going on a day trip to Memphis, and next month, theyre going on their first cruise, which will be going to Cozumel and Progresso.

Hellums said that anyone who wants to just walk can join for $2 a month; the gym is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for walking. But she also said, For just a dollar more, they can get it all!

For questions or more information, contact Kim Hellums at (662) 837-6747.

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