In some areas of Stoke on Trent, problems with alcohol among children are becoming such a big problem, that the council decided to work with schools and children directly to combat the problem. The children were directly responsible for commissioning a short film about drinking and some software to show how they would look older, with the effects of alcohol. The project was a great success and should pave the way for similar pro-activity throughout all schools in Great Britain, especially those areas worse effected by alcohol abuse.

Together with the digital company Rancon, we created this unique ageing software to age the children a few years before adding a slider effect with worsening effects of alcohol. The children had a direct impact on the way the software looked and worked. For a start, it had to be very easy to use, at one click the children can upload a photo of themselves, they then place markers for their eyes, mouth and chin, then click to age. Once the aged image appears, they can use the slider to increase effects of alcohol, including red bloated cheeks, bloodshot eyes, weight gain and blemished skin. At any time, the children can click to return to their original image.

As the image changes, the tension builds, culminating in the final ‘worst case scenario’ of the child as an alcoholic. The results speak for themselves as the children gasp and claim never to want to touch a drop of alcohol in their lives – the images are shocking but realistic unlike many other software programmes on the market.

We are so excited to have worked on such an important project and hope that other schools and organisations may benefit from the alcohol ageing software too. We are now working on the smoking version.

For more information please contact Auriole Prince on 0845 539 3399 or 07958 635 905.

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“With the increasing popularity of cosmetic surgery in the UK, Dr Christian Jessen shines a spotlight on the industry and comes to the aid of women who have fallen victim to botched operations”. In The Ugly Face of Beauty, shown last night on Channel 4, Jenssen looks at cosmetic surgery which has gone wrong, the impact on those women’s lives and explores how easily some women were led into signing up for surgery without even talking to the surgeon or understanding the risks involved. Their main concern seemed to be how to finance the surgery. Maybe we are entering a new era of cheap deals and BOGOF cosmetic surgery with little thought about whether people actually need this surgery.

Firstly, and most importantly, get help to decide whether or not to have surgery in the first place by getting imaging done to show yourself with the cosmetic changes you require. By seeing images of yourself you can then decide whether cosmetic surgery is for you – it may not be worth the pain and expense after all. Then, if you still want to go ahead, contact BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) to find a reputable surgeon, not the cheapest. Look into the risks, what’s involved, how much recovery time and how much after care you will receive.

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See more information on the series The Ugly Face of Beauty at Channel 4

Changemyface worked with the ECB and SK:N clinics to show the dangers of too much sun – I think this works really well…here’s the coverage in today’s Telegraph…

Graeme Swann: One test I can’t afford to miss

England cricketer Graeme Swann discovered a suspiscous mole as he underwent tests to highlight a new campaign to raise awareness of skin cancer.

By Victoria Lambert
Published: 7:00AM BST 07 Jun 2010

Cricketers Matt Prior, Andrew Strauss and Graeme Swann illustrate   the dangers of sun damage

Cricketers Matt Prior, Andrew Strauss and Graeme Swann illustrate the dangers of sun damage

England cricketer Graeme Swann doesn’t think about sunscreen much. He’s not interested in sunbathing, and admits to just slapping cream on without consulting the bottle: “I don’t really know which brand or factor – it tends to be whatever is handy,” he says.

Were it not for the day job, he might avoid the sun. But Swann, 31, is ECB Cricketer of the Year and already a hero to fans: he is the first English off-spinner since Jim Laker to take 10 wickets in a match, when England beat their hosts Bangladesh in the first Test of the series.

Swann cannot dismiss the need for protection: cricketers, with their long hours in the field, are at particular risk of skin cancer. A study has found that one in seven county players had to be referred to specialists after the discovery of potential melanomas during check-ups. Now the Professional Cricketer’s Association has organised screening for all its members at private clinics nationwide run by the dermatology specialists sk:n. Of those screened so far, 15 per cent have been told they need further checks.

The consequences of ignoring the problem were confirmed recently when Mark Jasper, 41, the Australian-born cricketer who plays in Devon, revealed that he was terminally ill after being diagnosed with skin cancer. This was contracted, he believes, after he failed to apply sunscreen during a match in New Zealand in 2001 and was badly burnt.

The rate of skin cancer in men is on the rise. Last week, figures from Cancer Research UK showed that the number of men dying from malignant melanoma had almost trebled over the past three decades. In the late Seventies, fewer than 400 men died from melanoma; now it is more than 1,100.

Skin cancer is the second most common form of the disease in young adults, with nearly 200 cases reported in Britain daily. Yet it is preventable if people avoid sunburn and deal with “worrying” moles early, the charity says.

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Katie Price Vice: Katie Price has Botox every six months

Katie Price, model, entrepreneur and author, 31, reveals her fitness and beauty regime and why you can’t beat the needle:

SKIN

Looking after my skin is not my strong point but the two things that do make my skin look better are sunbeds and Botox.

I used to use spray tan but it stinks so now I use sun beds. I know people say they’re dangerous and can give you skin cancer but I don’t smoke, I hardly drink and we’ve all got to die of something, so that’s just my choice.

I get my forehead and around my eyes Botoxed every six months and I love it. You can’t beat it.

It just freezes all the wrinkles and that’s what you want but I’d never have a full face lift, I’ve seen what they can do to people and I don’t want to go through that.

I do get the odd spot and I’ve got a few at the moment but that’s down to stress.

MAKE UP

I don’t wear any make-up if I’m not working but if I’m doing a shoot, going out or appearing on TV I’m like a drag queen.

I like lots and lots of products; in fact I like the whole of the Boots counter. I wear Dior Showgirl mascara, lipstick by Bourjois, Mac or Stila, and Mac eyeliner and eye shadow. I’m also a big fan of false lashes and I love Mac again.

I get facials every week – Alexandra House near my house are great – but I like to go to different places every week to hide from the paparazzi.

And however big a night I’ve had I always take my make-up off before I go to bed.

Whenever I’m in the car on the way home I’ve always got my pyjamas, my blanket and my make up remover and I always take it off on the way home.

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‘I’ll be happy to grow old gracefully – but I haven’t ruled out Botox’

Skin deep: Edith Bowman says she's not bothered by wrinklesSkin deep: Edith Bowman says she’s not bothered by wrinkles

TV presenter and Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman, 35,  reveals her top beauty and diet tips and why she’ll never say never to Botox.

DIET

My mum used to have a whole shelf in her bookcase dedicated to dieting books, so that put me off for life. I’ve never followed a specific diet but I try to eat as healthily as possible.

Since the birth of my son Rudy 16 months ago I’ve done a bit of home cooking for him so I’m eating more fresh vegetables than I used to, but I don’t think there’s any harm in eating the occasional pizza or kebab.

I’m more body conscious since I gave birth and I have a few more lumps and bumps, but I don’t freak out about it. I just eat more greens, cycle to work more and work hard at resolving it rather than looking for a quick fix. As long as I’m somewhere between nine and nine and half stone then I’m happy.

SKIN

My skin is so dry that it literally sucks the moisture out of the air, so recently I’ve been treating myself to some facials at Fortnum & Mason with Sarah Brown, who is wonderful. She does this treatment called Dermabrasion, which sort of hoovers the skin cells off, and I use lots of Sisley products and also Cowshed moisturisers for my dry hands.

Wrinkles don’t bother me and I’ll be happy to grow old gracefully. It’s hard for me to say I’ll never have Botox as I’m not at the stage in my life where I need it yet, but my general feeling about facial cosmetic surgery is that you lose your expression and you lose part of you. I think you lose part of your identity.

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And the winner is…..

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22 year old Reka Urban who took part in the contest held in Budapest and as if that wasn’t strange enough for you, Alexandra Horvath another contestant toppled over during the contest due to her massive breasts.
On a knife-edge: Hopefuls wait nervously backstage ahead of the contest in Budapest

On a knife-edge: Hopefuls wait nervously backstage ahead of the contest in Budapest

Plastic surgery usually helps hold things up but, the Miss Plastic Hungary contest, it brought the favourite model low.

The hotly tipped Alexandra Horvath lost out on the crown after her fake breasts apparently caused her to topple off her high heels.

The enhanced 23-year-old had just passed the breast examination stage with flying colours when she tipped over and tore a ligament in her foot.

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A new TV series investigating the issue of missing children featuring families of those has been shown on Sky Real Lives and is also repeated on Sky One. Changemyface helped with their investigations to produce age progressions of how the children would look now, some of them as adults.
Ben Needham aged comparison

Ben Needham who has been missing since July 24th 1991 on the Greek Island of Kos.

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April Fabb who has been missing since 8th April 1969 in Norfolk

Lorraine Kelly meets the families and friends of those who have gone missing and uses dramatic reconstructions to retrace their last known steps. She also talks to the police, psychologists and charities who are trying to find out why and where these children have gone. The series looks beyond the shocking statistics, revealing the human stories behind some of these cases. Mixing interviews with filmed reconstructions viewers will find out more about the children themselves, meet the parents who are still searching for them and examine the circumstances behind their disappearance. The child may be a suspected teenage runaway,
a younger boy or girl feared abducted, or a minor who has just
disappeared without a trace.

In the UK it is estimated that there are over 100,000 instances of children going missing every year – one every five minutes. Some of those children missing have disappeared on more than one occasion and thankfully the majority are found within 48 hours. There are those that have been missing for months or years and their families are desparate to know what has happened to them. Children account for around two thirds of those reported missing.

The series looks at missing children of all ages and their stories. Many of the cases were high profile and the programmes look deeper into the headlines to highlight what happens when a child goes missing. The shows also features reconstructions of the events leading up to the disappearance and information from witnesses about what they saw.

The series is shown on Sky Real Lives (channel 278 or in HD on channel 243) on Wednesdays between 12th Augusust and 10th September 2009. It is then repeated the following Sunday at 11pm. The series is also being shown on Wednesdays on Sky 1 (channel 106) at 9pm
Further information can be found in the August edition of the Sky Magazine and by visiting the Sky Real Lives website.

If you have any information about a missing child, you can contact the Missing Persons Bureau via e-mail – missingpersonsbureau@npia.pnn.police.uk.

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An image has been created of Anne Frank to show how she would look on her 80th birthday. I feel the image is not entirely up to date – she looks like an elderly woman from the 1950’s. However, to be fair, the image is sympathetically constructed…

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The ‘age progression’ image shows the diarist as she might have appeared today had she not died of typhus and starvation at the age of 15 in Bergen Belsen in March 1945, just a few weeks before the Nazi concentration camp was liberated by British troops.

Created for the Anne Frank Trust UK to mark her birthday on Friday – using the same techniques developed to artificially age missing people such as toddler Madeleine McCann – it is hoped the picture will help inspire Britain’s school children to think about the kind of lives they would like to lead, and to remember the loss of six million people in the Holocaust.

The Trust will launch a competition for children to write a letter to their 80-year-old selves, one of a number of projects being run across the world to mark the anniversary and challenge racist attitudes.

Anne’s half-sister Eva Schloss, a survivor of Auschwitz who played with her as a child in Amsterdam, saw the aged image for the first time on Thursday.

“I must say I was a bit shocked… I don’t really know why,” she said.

“It is a beautiful lady, very gentle, very kind-looking with this gentle smile.”

The aged image was produced by a Michigan firm called Phojoe which has worked with US police on dozens of missing persons cases.

The firm describes the technique as “part art, part science and a little intuition”, and bases its aged image on whatever photographs are available – which in Anne Franks’ case were of a carefree young girl.

Dr Schloss believes the loss of her mother and sister and Anne’s experiences in Auschwitz and then Bergen Belsen would have left their mark if she had lived, however.

“Personally I think she would have been more bitter and disappointed. I don’t see anything of this in the picture.”

Anne’s diary, which was first published in Dutch in 1947 and has since been translated into more than 60 different languages, details her time hiding from the Nazis with her Jewish family in Amsterdam.

Link to Telegraph article

changemyface – age progression, cosmetic surgery imaging and slimmer imaging

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There has been an increase in professional men aged 25-30 having Botox, reports The Harley Medical Group.

The cosmetic surgery provider said that it had seen the growth across its 26 clinics, with men accounting for 20% of all Botox patients and that Botox is now the second most popular non-surgical treatment with men at The Harley Medical Group.

Dr Nick Milojevic, Botox doctor at The Harley Medical Group, said, “Young men in the City have been spending a lot of time frowning over the last year and we’re seeing the fallout. Men coming into the clinics are telling us that they want to stay looking wrinkle-free despite their demanding lifestyles. Many of my younger patients opt for “baby Botox”, a lighter variation of the treatment that uses extremely low doses of the toxin, giving a subtle and natural effect.”

In 2008, The Harley Medical Group saw an overall increase of 6% year-on-year in Botox treatments.

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maddie-before maddie-after

By Michael Seamark and Daily Mail Reporter

The hair is longer and the chubby toddler cheeks are gone. But that distinctive mark in her eye is still there – making this image unmistakeably of Madeleine McCann as she might look today, two years after she vanished.

Her parents Kate and Gerry revealed the picture to the world today in an emotional interview with U.S. chat show host Oprah Winfrey.

Two years on: Left, Madeleine McCann shortly before she disappeared. Right, a new computer-generated image issued by her parents Kate and Gerry shows what she may look like today, aged six

They believe that it is the most realistic image of how their daughter looks today.

The picture will be used on posters headed, ‘Don’t Give Up on Me’ in a fresh drive to find the missing toddler.

It was drawn up using photographs of Madeleine, computer assisted technology, and pictures of her parents around the same age. Gerry McCann’s features in particular can be seen in the image.

It was created by U.S. experts from Virginia’s National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children  –  which may account for the ‘Americanised’ hair band and frilly dress – but Madeleine’s parents are ‘happy’ with the result.

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Two years on: Kate and Gerry McCann released this computer-generated image of what Madeleine may look like today

Age progression pictures are intended to give an idea of how a person may look several years after they disappeared.

It  is not an exact science, explained Auriole Prince, a British forensic and age progression artist who has helped police in missing person inquiries and trained at the FBI academy, but ‘an educated guess.’

She said: ‘It is a cross between art and science. You are trying to create an impression of what you think that person will look like today.

‘It’s a little like piecing together a puzzle. You start with a photograph of the missing person, use reference photographs of their parents and siblings and try to create an accurate, new image.’

Every face is obviously different, said Ms Prince, ‘but everyone has a unique likeness, that triangle of features, the eyes, the nose and the mouth. How the features sit in relation to one another.

‘People get older but they don’t look completely different.’

Emotional: Kate McCann breaks down as she talks about her missing daughter Madeleine on the Oprah Winfrey show

In the case of a child of Madeleine’s age, the changes are sometimes marked. ‘ You start to lose that baby look,’ said Ms Prince. ‘ Everything will be moved on a stage –  the bone structure the nose, the jaw line.

‘The best we can hope is to create familiarity.

‘It is not going to be 100 per cent accurate but that unique likeness remains and hopefully enables people to recognise her still, make a connection.’

Madeleine disappeared on May 3, 2007 while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings, Sean and Amelie, in the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz.

Oprah aired a trailer for her interview with the McCanns on her U.S. show this afternoon, revealing the picture.

The show will be aired on Monday, May 4 – a day after the McCanns quietly mark the tragic two-year anniversary.

Kate McCann broke down during the Oprah interview as she appealed for information about her missing daughter.

‘My heart broke for them,’ the chat show host wrote in a posting on Twitter earlier this week.

Meanwhile an expert has today claimed the youngster was probably abducted after walking out of her holiday apartment in search of her parents.

Enlarge Supporting each other: Kate and Gerry unveiled a computer generated image of how Madeleine might look if still alive, set for release later today

Supporting each other: Kate and Gerry unveiled a computer generated image of how Madeleine might look if still alive. It was released today

Criminologist Mark Williams-Thomas said it was unlikely an abductor entered apartment 5a at the Ocean Club in Praia Da Luz, Portugal.

The former detective said Madeleine was probably snatched by an opportunistic paedophile as she looked for her parents as they ate with friends at a nearby tapas bar.

His comments come as Kate and Gerry McCann launch a fresh appeal ahead of the second anniversary since the three-year-old’s disappearance, two years ago this Sunday.

The couple employed a forensic imaging artist from the United States’ National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children to create a photographic impression of how Madeleine would probably look today, aged five, nearly six.

The ‘age progression image’ will be unveiled on Oprah Winfrey’s U.S. chat show, mid-afternoon British time today.

The age progression will be used on posters for a fresh drive to find their daughter.

It is being shown on the Oprah Fridays Live show ahead of the U.S. broadcast of the star’s interview with the McCanns on Monday, extracts from which were released today.

Without evidence to the contrary, the McCanns, from Rothley in Leicestershire, still believe there is ‘a very real likelihood’ Madeleine is alive and well.

In the one-hour interview, which will be screened in the UK at 8pm on Diva TV on Tuesday, Winfrey asked them: ‘Do you let yourself go to the worst?’

Mrs McCann replied: ‘I think it’s natural. I know people mean well when they say don’t let yourself go there, but as a mum, inevitably there are times when I do. And they’re the times that I kind of dip down.’

The interviewer asked them about their marriage.

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Meanwhile an criminologist has claimed today that the youngster was probably abducted after walking out of her holiday apartment in search of her parents

Mr McCann said: ‘Child abduction, I think, could destroy any family. There’s no doubt about it.

‘It’s one of the most devastating things. But we’ve been supported tremendously well and I think that’s helped us stay strong and stay together.

‘Obviously, we’re really united in our goal and our love of Madeleine and Sean and Amelie.’

Mrs McCann said she keeps Madeleine’s room ready for her return and said she goes in there about twice a day.

‘Do you talk to her?’ asked Oprah.

Mrs McCann replied: ‘Just [to] say hello, really. Just [to] tell her we’re still going to do everything we can to find her.’

Criminologist Mr Williams-Thomas said publicly-available evidence leads him to believe the three-year-old arranged her toys on her bed and left through the unlocked patio door of the holiday apartment.

He said the case bears striking similarities to the murder of Sarah Payne who was snatched from a West Sussex field nine years ago.

He said: ‘Is it unreasonable to presume that Madeleine woke up and then went in search of her parents at a restaurant within a holiday complex that she had grown familiar with over the course of her holiday?

‘Neatly tucking up her toys – as her parents had done to her – she slipped out of the apartment through an insecure patio door.

‘This seems all the more credible given what we know happened to eight-year-old Sarah Payne who was abducted in July 2000, even though she was only out of sight of her family for a matter of seconds.’

Mr Williams-Thomas made his comments after reviewing more than 10,000 documents amassed by Portuguese police during their investigation.

He said an abductor would not have arranged the toys on the bed as he would have wanted to escape as quickly as possible.

The expert said a paedophile may have also chosen to take one of the younger and more defenceless twins, Sean and Amelie, who were sleeping nearby.

Gerry McCann has revealed Madeleine asked her parents during the holiday why they had not come when the twins had been crying.

Mr Williams-Thomas said: ‘Based on the evidence provided from within the case files it is more likely that she was abducted after she had left the apartment. A number of factors suggest that this is the likely scenario.’

Last year, on the first anniversary, Gerry and Kate launched an appeal, urging anyone who spoke to police about the missing child to contact their own hotline.

The couple were buoyed by the news earlier this week that EU funding had been set aside for the Europe-wide alert system for missing children that they had campaigned for.

They hope for another boost in the coming days, in the form of a substantial response to their release of the image.

They then plan to spend Sunday in private. It is thought the Catholics will not visit their local chapel – although prayers will doubtless be said there for the family and their missing child.

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, said: ‘It’s going to be a busy weekend. The detectives and hotline are prepared for the response to the age progression image.

‘For Sunday, Kate and Gerry are determined to keep it as private and non-public an event as possible. They may even try to spend it with relatives.’

In a message on their website, FindMadeleine.com, the McCanns said: ‘As the second anniversary of Madeleine’s abduction approaches, there is much still to be done.

‘We continue to remain focussed on our aim – to find Madeleine and bring her back home safely. As Madeleine’s parents we cannot and will not ever stop doing all we can to find her.

‘The search for Madeleine continues with the same strength and determination, and thankfully, there are many people who are continuing to help in a variety of ways.’

Courtesy of the Daily Mail www.dailymail.co.uk

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