Lucky woman dances on plane after finding out she's the ONE passenger on board

IT’S the dream to get on a private jet – but they’re normally pretty expensive.

Passenger Latsamy McAdoo from Miami was travelling from Bangkok to Koh Samui when she found out that she had the entire plane to herself.

 Passenger Latsamy McAdoo from Miami managed to get a whole flight to herself

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Passenger Latsamy McAdoo from Miami managed to get a whole flight to herself

 The entire flight was empty from Bangkok to Koh Samui

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The entire flight was empty from Bangkok to Koh Samui

She was visiting family in Thailand and expected the plane to be full as it usually is – but this time it was empty.

In a video from January this year, which she shared on social media, Latsamy is seen dancing through the aisles.

The only part of the flight that isn’t fun is when the weather takes a turn for the worst – and Latsamy is on her own with nobody else for comfort.

Picking up luggage is also a breeze, however, as Latsamy’s bag is the only one in the hold.

 Latsamy dances around the plane on her own in joy

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Latsamy dances around the plane on her own in joy

 Latsamy said she was 'freaked out' when she hit some turbulence - on her own

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Latsamy said she was 'freaked out' when she hit some turbulence – on her own

Latsamy said: “It was an early morning flight so I was a bit out of it.

“I boarded first because I had a business seat and was looking at my phone so I only noticed when a flight attendant shut the door and no other passengers were on board.

“I asked if she was shutting the door due to rain as it was a flight without a jet but she stated no, they were done with boarding.

“I was very shocked and said they didn’t have to go if it was just me, but they told me they had to go as they had passengers in Koh Samui they needed to bring back."

 Latsamy also got the baggage carousel to herself when she landed

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Latsamy also got the baggage carousel to herself when she landed

She continued: “It was exciting and amusing at first – they turned to face only me when doing the safety briefing, let me run up and down the aisles dancing by myself and I was treated to unlimited food and drink.

“But then it started to get really bumpy. Next thing I know we were circling the island for an additional 30 minutes trying to land the plane on what should have been an hour-long flight.”

Latsamy said that this part of the flight felt a little bit “Final Destination” without any company.

The world’s top 100 beaches revealed – and Britain made the list twice

THE world’s top 100 beaches have been named – and there’s are two British beaches on the list.

The annual list is put together by Flight Network and is decided by 1,000 different travel professionals looking at seven continents and 165 countries across the world.

 The Giant's Causeway was at number 41 on the list

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The Giant's Causeway was at number 41 on the list

 The Giant's Causeway is known for its natural rock formations and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Giant's Causeway is known for its natural rock formations and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Giant’s Causeway is an number 41 on the list – for understandable reasons.

Formed from 40,000 hexagonal-shaped pillars, the beach's rock formations date back almost 60million years and is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Gregory D. McCluney, a travel writer and judge, said: “Fantastic rock formations; no people, clean, brown sand and clear waters.”

The second UK beach in the top 100 is Wales’ Three Cliffs is on the list in 98th place and scored highly for its sheer untouched beauty, gaining 8/10.

It also scored full marks for remoteness.

 Wales' Three Cliffs was also included in the top 100

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Wales' Three Cliffs was also included in the top 100

 Three Cliffs has golden sands and is surrounded by cliffs

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Three Cliffs has golden sands and is surrounded by cliffs

Situated in Swansea Bay, the beach is a good spot for a picnic – however there’s warnings against swimming or watersports there as the tides are so strong.

Travel expert Victoria Trott said: “Soft sand dunes, salt marsh and the majestic signature three limestone cliffs makes this one of the most photogenic spots on the Gower Coast Path.”

In first place on the list is Shipwreck Bay in Zakynthos, Greece.

It’s in a secluded cove surrounded by cliffs and can only be reached by boat.

The top 20 beaches in the world

1. Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

2. Whitehaven Beach, Queensland

3. Hiddem Beach, El Nido, Philippines

4. Praia do Sancho, Pernambuco

5. Tulum Beach, Mexico

6. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

7. Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica

8. Anse Source D'Argent, La Digue Island

9. Maya Bay, Thailand

10. Varadero Beach, Cuba

11. Diani Beach, Kenya

12. Pink Sands Beach, Harbor Island, Bahamas

13. Anse Lazio, Praslin Island

14. Railay Beach, Thailand

15. Playa Norte, Mexico

16. Noetzie Beach, Plettenburgh Bay, South Africa

17. Balandra Beach, Mexico

18. Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland

19. Honokalani Bech, Hawaii

20. Bavaro Beach, Domincan Republic

 Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos in Greece was named as top beach in the 100 countdown

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Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos in Greece was named as top beach in the 100 countdown

 Whitehaven Beach in Australia came in second place

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Whitehaven Beach in Australia came in second place

With turquoise waters, the beach lives up to its name as on the shore is the shipwreck of the Freightliner MV Panagiotis, a ghostly reminder of how dangerous the surrounding rocky waters can be.

Second place went to Whitehaven Beach in Queensland, a paradise spot in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands.

White sands are surrounded by green forests and the beach averages 290 days of sunshine per year at 27C – not bad for those who want to top up their tans.

 Hidden Beach in El Nido on the island of Palawan in the Philippines came in third place

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Hidden Beach in El Nido on the island of Palawan in the Philippines came in third place

 In fourth place was Praia do Sancho in Pernambuco, Brazil

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In fourth place was Praia do Sancho in Pernambuco, Brazil

 Tulum Beach in Mexico came in fifth place on the list

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Tulum Beach in Mexico came in fifth place on the list

Third place was won by Hidden Beach in El Nido on the island of Palawan in the Philippines.

In fourth place was Praia do Sancho in Pernambuco, Brazil, fifth was Tulum beach in Mexico, and sixth was Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos.

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From human ashes to a homemade dildo – weirdest stuff found in passenger luggage

AIRPORT staff have revealed the oddest items that they’ve found when searching peoples’ belongings in airport security.

From a homemade dildo to human ashes and even a garden gnome, it makes for some very funny reading.

 Airport security workers have to put up with finding a lot of weird stuff in peoples' suitcases

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Airport security workers have to put up with finding a lot of weird stuff in peoples' suitcases

 One worker found several ears of corn when searching a passenger's suitcase

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One worker found several ears of corn when searching a passenger's suitcase

A Reddit thread asked the question “Airport security personnel of Reddit, what is the weirdest thing you have seen inside the passengers' luggage?”

User Oxo_cube replied that they had seen all sorts in their time working at the airport.

They wrote: “A live spider. Passenger didn't know and wasn't large but he opened his bag, it crawled out, and I screamed. “

The same person said they saw “homemade dildos. The woman gave me her business card,” as well as “human ashes”.

 One worker found a homemade dildo in a suitcase - you'll have to use your imagination about what it was made from

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One worker found a homemade dildo in a suitcase – you'll have to use your imagination about what it was made from

 Another worker found someone taking human ashes through security

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Another worker found someone taking human ashes through security

User Markko79 said: “Half of the suitcase contained ears of fresh corn and half frozen bratwurst. Family picnic in the south, apparently.”

Things get more morbid on the thread with worker Blokie_McBlokeface, who said: “I worked at an airport as a line tech.

“A former baggage screener (pre-TSA) told me of the time he open a bag and found a human skull. The passenger was an MD and had all the appropriate paperwork to transport the skull, but it was still surreal."

Then there was the time that two boys tried to play a joke on their friend's "evil" stepmother.

 A garden gnome turned up in another passenger's luggage

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A garden gnome turned up in another passenger's luggage

Motado said: "My brother and his friend “borrowed” a lawn gnome from my mom’s evil roommate. They both heard the TSA guy say, 'Is that a gnome?' as it went through the scanner. No one said anything though."

Meanwhile user rk2192 wrote: “Obligatory not airport security, but my friend's dad is.

"He told me about a woman who tried to take a whole cooked chicken through the scanner in her hoody pocket. She tried to play it off that she was pregnant, but was clocked on the x-ray as having a weird looking baby.

“She then tried to eat it as fast as possible, whilst it was covered in hoody fluff. She could have taken it through as well if she'd just put it through with her luggage.”

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The Best Gift To Give a Kid This Holiday Season

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Air Hogs

We thought the Air Hogs Supernova, an interactive drone you control with your hands, would be too tough for our six-year-old son to play with. We were wrong. A few minutes after it came out of the box, the Supernova was flying around our living room, with his little hands chasing after it, trying to regain control. Within a week, he could hover the drone in his palm, looking like a happy little magician before laughing and shooting it up in the air.

While the Supernova does take some time to get used to, it doesn’t have the same steep and frustrating learning curve of most small drones, which are typically tougher to control than the big ones.

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The basic controls are simple. You hold your hands below or beside the Supernova’s five sensors to move it back and forth or up and down. After a couple of days, my son was passing the drone off to me from across the room, or buzzing it around his mom while she tried to make dinner. There’s also a stunt mode that has 30 preprogrammed tricks. It was a little too hard for him but a lot of fun for me—once I managed to memorize a couple of the complicated hand gestures that work like passcodes, telling the drone what tricks you want it to perform.

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Air Hogs Supernova
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$57.28

The Supernova is surrounded by a protective cage, which meant it could take a few hits off of our walls and ceiling without falling apart. The only real knock on it is battery life. After a full hour of charging, we got five minutes of play time, tops, before the sound of angry bees quieted down and the drone slowly sunk back to the floor. But this thing costs only $50, so it’s hard to be that disappointed.

There aren’t a lot of toys that are practically guaranteed to be loved. In our house, at least, this was one of them.

Reindeer and Tree Cookies

Reindeer and Tree Cookies

Mike Garten

With sugar pearls and royal icing, these cut-out cookies are guaranteed to spread holiday cheer.

Note: The total time does not include chilling and cooling time. 

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Yields: 50 servings
Total Time: 0 hours 40 mins

Ingredients

2 3/4 c.

all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp.

baking powder

1/4 tsp.

kosher salt

1 c.

(2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 c.

granulated sugar

1

large egg

1 1/2 tsp.

pure vanilla extract

Sanding sugar and sugar pearls, for decorating

Directions

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg, then vanilla.Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Shape dough into 4 disks and roll each between 2 sheets of waxed paper or parchment paper to 1/8 inches thick. Chill until firm, 30 minutes in the refrigerator or 15 minutes in the freezer.Heat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using floured cookie cutters, cut out cookies and place on the prepared baking sheets. Reroll, chill, and cut scraps.Bake, rotating positions of pans halfway through, until cookies are light golden brown around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Decorate as desired.

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What you’ll need: Pine tree cookie cutters ($6, amazon.com);  Reindeer cookie cutters ($6, amazon.com)

'We hoped our controlling father would die – instead he murdered our mother and sister'

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A review into the murders of Claire and Charlotte Hart, who were killed in a domestic homicide in July 2016, has found that GPs and teachers should be trained to spot signs of coercive and controlling behaviour. In this piece from August 2018, their family members Luke and Ryan share the devastating story behind their deaths. 

A sun-beaten swimming pool car park in Spalding, Lincolnshire, was the unlikely setting for the catastrophe that would unravel Luke and Ryan Hart’s lives. On the morning of July 19, 2016, their mother and sister were returning to their blue Toyota, having enjoyed a pre-work swim, when a man stepped out from behind the car and aimed at them with a single-barrel shotgun….

Cowboys End Saints’ 10-Game Winning Streak

ARLINGTON, Texas — Drew Brees didn’t have a completion until the final play of the first quarter. His final pass, one he was trying to throw away, got intercepted.

The New Orleans Saints’ 10-game winning streak ended in a 13-10 loss at the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night.

“We didn’t really find a rhythm pretty much the whole game,” Brees said. “We may have had one decent drive, but for the most part felt like we just didn’t really find a great rhythm with what we were doing.”

He finished 18 of 28 for 127 yards passing, including a 30-yard touchdown to Keith Kirkwood in the third quarter when two Cowboys penalties extended the drive — a defensive holding call on third down and a roughing the punter near midfield.

Brees was held to under 200 yards for the third time this season, and second week in a row. The Saints (10-2) had their season low with only 176 total yards, and their fewest points in three years — since a 24-6 loss to Houston in Week 12 of the 2015 season.

“I’m not worried about it. We’ll be just fine,” running back Mark Ingram said. “We’ve still got the same playmakers.”

“We’re good. We’ve just got to fix it. We didn’t do enough today. We’re going to make sure this never happens again.”

New Orleans also converted only three-of-11 third downs, and got stopped on fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the second quarter after a Cowboys fumble.

“We weren’t really good on the early downs. We didn’t have the balance that we’ve had in prior games,” Coach Sean Payton said. “We struggled running the ball with any consistency, and we didn’t want to get into a one-dimensional game.

“Some games you play where you don’t have a lot of third downs because you’re operating efficiently, but that was the case certainly in this game,” he said.

New Orleans missed a chance to match Dallas from two years ago, when then-rookie sensations Elliott and Dak Prescott won 11 straight after dropping the opener.

The Cowboys (7-5) won their fourth consecutive game and assured they will at least remain tied for the N.F.C. East lead.

Alvin Kamari had 72 total yards — 36 yards rushing on 11 carries and 36 yards on eight catches. His took a helmet-to-helmet blow from Jaylon Smith on a short pass when he was stopped short of a first down with about 10 minutes left.

Kamari said afterward, “I’m good.”

There was no penalty on the play.

“What do you think?” Brees said when asked about the non-call. “Let the league deal with that.”

The Saints then punted, and the Cowboys ran nearly seven minutes off the clock getting to the New Orleans 6 before Prescott was sacked and fumbled.

“All things considered to still have a chance to go down and tie or win the game,” Brees said. “So it’s unfortunate because we had an opportunity.”

Two plays later, with Brees under pressure and trying to get rid of the ball, Jourdan Lewis made a diving interception — a play that was upheld on a replay review.

Said Brees, “I was trying to throw it at his feet and kept it a little too high.”

South Korean Women Smash Makeup, and Patriarchy

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“Born pretty? That’s a big fat lie.”

— A makeup advertisement in the Seoul subway

The movement began quietly, with women posting photos on social media of smashed makeup palettes — colorful messes of shimmering powder and crushed lipstick that looked almost like beautiful works of art.

But this wasn’t art — this was protest, one in which South Korean women, emboldened by #MeToo, were protesting what they see as the restrictive beauty standards of their country’s deeply patriarchal culture. South Korea has the world’s highest rate of cosmetic surgery per capita, and the beauty market there generated $13 billion in sales last year.

“We go through 12 steps just to put on the basic products before we even apply makeup,” said Kim Ji-yeon, 22. “That basically defines the problem.”

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My colleague recently delved into the movement that’s become known as “Escape the Corset.” It is set against a backdrop of political and economic disparities. Of 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, South Korea’s wage gap is the widest. And women hold just 10 percent of corporate management positions.

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Before joining “Escape the Corset” this year, Cha Ji-won sometimes spent $700 a month on makeup. CreditJean Chung for The New York Times

So what are women who are escaping the corset doing, exactly? Aside from trashing makeup, which is saving them hundreds of dollars a month, they are embracing bowl haircuts and opting for eyeglasses instead of contacts — a seemingly simple protest that, nonetheless, has made the women targets of verbal abuse and death threats online.

[Read the full story: South Korea Loves Plastic Surgery and Makeup. Some Women Want to Change That.]

Closer to home, a different effort is underway to draw attention to unrealistic body expectations propagated by the stars who dominate social media.

Jameela Jamil, an actor on “Good Place,” is on a quest to upend Instagram’s #sponcon machine — #sponcon is short for “sponsored content,” or posts that celebrities are paid to promote — that pays untold sums to those who peddle weight loss teas and shakes, particularly celebrities (see: Khloe Kardashian).

“When will these women who are covered in plastic surgery stop telling their followers to drink a laxative to look like them?” Ms. Jamil wrote on Instagram this week.

Ms. Jamil, who started the #iweigh movement on Instagram — which aims to illustrate that a person’s worth should be measured in accomplishments, not in pounds — said she cares so much partly because she still grapples with health problems from similar products she used to buy and ingest.

“I was the teenager who starved herself for years, who spent all her money on these miracle cures and laxatives and tips from celebrities on how to maintain a weight that was lower than what my body wanted it to be,” she tweeted. “I was sick.”

On Tuesday, Ms. Jamil mocked these celebrities in a video that’s been viewed three million times between Twitter and Instagram. In it, she’s sitting on the toilet, sobbing through smeared makeup while sipping a shake.

Readers: Which beauty item would you be happy to never see again? Let me know at dearmaya@nytimes.com.

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$4.5 billion

That’s the net worth of Denise Coates, the richest woman you’ve probably never heard of. Ms. Coates, the British founder and chief executive officer of the online gambling company Bet365, is more than 10 times richer than Queen Elizabeth II, according to Bloomberg. She just joined the ranks of the world’s 500 richest people for the first time. She’s the only woman among the 17 billionaires in Britain.

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“If Bobbie talks, I’m finished.” A trove of text messages details a plan by the former CBS mogul Les Moonves to silence an accuser. [The New York Times]

What is it about the word “wife”? “I don’t want to be introduced at all, as anything other than my name, I thought, but I did not say this out loud,” writes Marcia Walker, for our Rites of Passage essay series. [The New York Times]

A global epidemic of “femicide.” More than half of all female homicide victims last year were killed by intimate partners or relatives. [The New York Times]

“We are willing to die here.” As war takes a toll on millions of women and girls in Yemen, gender-equality activists are pushing to be included in future peace negotiations. [The New York Times]

“Help Wanted — Female.” It has been 50 years since The New York Times classified job ads went unisex. So where are all the female C.E.O.s? [New York Times Opinion]

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Forty years ago this week, in 1978, Harvey Milk, a gay rights leader and the first openly gay elected official of a major American city, San Francisco, was assassinated in his City Hall office. Just moments earlier, San Francisco’s mayor, George Moscone, was shot to death in the same building.

Milk served only 11 months, but his political legacy endures: Some recently noted that it paved the way for what Americans witnessed earlier this month, when more than 150 L.G.B.T.Q. candidates won seats in the midterm elections.

In 2016, the Navy announced it would name a ship for him. Milk had served from 1951 to 1955, when he was discharged for being gay. And in 2009, Milk was awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.

A year before his death, Milk recorded a message for his supporters. He’d asked a friend to release it if he were assassinated.

“I cannot prevent anybody from getting angry or mad or frustrated,” he said in the message. “I can only hope they'll turn that anger and frustration and madness into something positive, so that hundreds will step forward, so that gay doctors come out, the gay lawyers, gay judges, gay bankers, gay architects.”

Gender Letter helps you keep up with the world, and the women shaping it. Tell me what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com.

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The Duchess of Sussex's friend, designer Misha Nonoo, on how to streamline your fashion essentials 

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For someone whose name has several nos in it, Misha Nonoo doesn’t have much truck with negatives. She’s more “yes, let’s do it”. This is someone, you sense, who is in a hurry. At 33, she already has one ex-husband and a thriving eight-year-old fashion label which is doing things its own way.

Back when she was still figuring out how to even run a business and why so many of her decisions left her feeling lonely, she wrote a fan letter to Sheryl Sandberg after reading Lean-In, the latter’s call to arms to working women everywhere. Her email must have been compelling because Sandberg emailed straight back. A month later Nonoo found herself at one of Sandberg’s networking dinners in Palo Alto.

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Bonhams hosts inaugural 'Women in Motoring' panel discussion at Bond Street sale room 

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Four women from across the automotive world took part in a panel and Q&A session for the inaugural ‘Women in Motoring’ event at Bonhams last night (Thursday 29 November).

Car photographer Amy Shore, motorcyclist and adventurer Elspeth Beard, McLaren engineer Amelia Lewis and racing driver Jamie Chadwick each shared their personal and professional experiences, touching on the excitement of their day-to-day involvement with motoring, and the frustrations each of them has felt during their careers.

The event was hosted by Andrew Barrett and Telegraph Cars contributor Poppy McKenzie Smith, both from the Bonhams motoring department, at the auction house’s Bond Street sale room. More than one hundred people travelled to the event, which is set to be the first of a series of talks championing women in the automotive industry.

Andrew Barrett added: "It was a fantastic evening that we hope lifted the lid on the experiences of women in motoring and showcased some of the fascinating career options that are open to women in the automotive sector.

"We are already planning our next event, which we hope will take place at the end of March."

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Jamie Chadwick is one of Britain's youngest racers, and explained how some of the "political" pressures almost prompted her to quit as a teenager Credit: Jeff Gilbert 

Jamie Chadwick, who at 20 years old is already the first woman to have won a Formula 3 race, spoke at length about her relatively "late" entry to motorsport when she was 11, and revealed that being aware of the "politics" of racing as a teenager almost put her off the sport altogether. 

Well-known car photographer Amy Shore explained how important social media is to her work, highlighting the particular pitfalls associated with a professional life online. "It’s a constant battle," she said, explaining that balancing a personal and work-related profile was difficult. 

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Amelia Lewis explained that the "immediate" nature of engineering work appeals to her  Credit: Jeff Gilbert 

Amelia Lewis spoke about the engineering side of the industry, lamenting that it gets left out of career discussions, even at primary school age. "I love pink, and I think that everything is improved by glitter," she explains. "Girliness is not a bad thing – you have to let yourself be yourself, not lose your identity just because you’re working in a male-dominated industry."

Architect and adventurer Elspeth Beard, the first British woman to ride a motorcycle around the world, shared some of the sexism she faced from the motorcycling establishment in the Eighties. "I was laughed at by the bike world," she said. "There was no community for me, I felt left out. I would go in to a shop and they would laugh and point. No women were riding big bikes at the time, I felt completely out of place.

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Elspeth Beard (second from left) recounts stories from her two-year circumnavigation of the world on a motorcycle Credit: Jeff Gilbert 

"I’m not sure if I’ve ever really slotted in since."

Poppy McKenzie Smith commented: "We were simply blown away by the support for this event. Initially we expected to have about 20 guests, but had RSVPs from more than 150 in the end. Our speakers shared some incredibly personal insight in to their diverse experiences in the world of motoring, and each raised some fascinating points."

The next Women in Motoring talk at Bonhams is scheduled for March 2019, with a guest list to be announced.