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    THE week’s big challenge? To watch every single networked minute of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage. That’s 35 hours in total. A daunting enough task, even with the best will in the world, but this feat of endurance was made even harder by a single, unavoidable obstacle. 4BBC2's Glastonbury coverage showed someone called Self Esteem wearing two salad colanders over her knockers I hate Glastonbury. With something of a passion. It’s a loathing generated, in part, by my simple inability to cope with the idea of 250,000 middle-class tosspots having a much better time than me. The lion’s share though, I hope, is driven by very solid reasons and, above all, the carpet-bombing of the BBC, whose schedule makes it very clear they’re much more comfortable with Glastonbury’s right-on version of Britain than the complex, funny, talented, narky, socially conservative reality that the vast majority of its licence payers have no trouble adoring. And then, of course, there’s the army of BBC reporters and presenters. Read More on GlastonburyMACCA-NIFICENT Paul McCartney returns to Glastonbury as legend, 80, belts out Beatles hits...
    Actor Bill Murray has broken his silence about his 'inappropriate behavior' on the set of his latest movie 'Being Mortal' that led to it being shut down last week.  Murray told CNBC that he had a 'difference of opinion' with a woman he was working with on the film, but did not name the woman or give any details about what happened. The film, which was written and being directed by comedian Aziz Anzari, was set to star Seth Rogan and Keke Palmer, as well as Murray.  'I did something I thought was funny and it wasn't taken that way,' he told CNBC during a special interview at Berkshire Hathaway's earnings event on Saturday. 'As of now we are talking and we are trying to make peace with each other,' Murray said. 'We are both professionals, we like each others' work, we like each other I think and if we can't really get along and trust each other there's no point in going further working together or making the movie as well. It's been quite an education for me.' Searchlight Pictures suspended...
    THEY say food is the way to a man's heart, but one man proved that to be wrong. In fact, chef Micah Trainor claimed her Tinder match sent her the rudest messages about her weight and even accused her of faking her appearance. 3Micah Trainor received shocking messages from a man she matched with on TinderCredit: TikTok/@micahteresa 3The man critiqued her for her weight and accused her of being dishonest about itCredit: Getty In a screenshot of the supposed messages sent between Trainor and the potential love interest, the unnamed man said: "You should either stop being delusional about calories [or] update your Tinder profile to post-pandemic pics." Trainor told the "idiot" man that all the photos were from during the pandemic, but he refused to believe her. "You fat-fished me," he accused. "You want me to treat you like some goddess then go to the gym and earn that." Read more in lifestyleCUTE OOPS! I texted my friend about my date but accidentally sent it to him – it worked outnot your momma I went on an awful date –...
    A SAVVY shopper managed to bag herself a week's food shop for her family-of-four for just £58.60, the price you would have paid back in 2012 for the same trolley-full. Journalist and mother Lucy Leeson took on the challenge of spending less than £60 on her big shop. 2A savvy mum managed to bag a full week's worth of food for her family of four for less than £60Credit: MEN Media 2Lucy Leeson hit bargain supermarket Aldi in order to make her limited budget stretchCredit: MEN Media The mum would usually spend around £80 for her family's food for the week so needed to slash the cost by a quarter. So this week Lucy headed budget supermarket Aldi to see if she could live on the reduce amount. In order to make sure she made wise choices with her limited fund, she went to the shop armed with meal ideas for the week. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED Lucy's biggest spend was on meat where she splashed out £13 on mince, sausages,...
    A 27-year-old attorney has shot to TikTok fame thanks to her hilarious readings of court transcripts featuring a mix of outrageous — and, at times, baffling — comments from judges, lawyers, and defendants.  Amber, who goes by the username @rebmasel, has more than 657,000 followers on the platform, where she shares videos about being a lawyer in the U.S., including her ongoing 'Reading Iconic Court Transcripts' series.  The lawyer, who was sworn in last year, started posting the viral clips back in March 2021 after a 'horrible' week of depositions, explaining in the caption: 'I needed the serotonin.'  Scroll down for video   TikTok user Amber, who posts under the username @rebmasel, reads hilarious court transcripts out loud in her popular video series  The 27-year-old shares the outrageous and comical courtroom comments she has found online The lawyer, who was sworn in last year, started posting the viral clips back in March 2021 (pictured) after a 'horrible' week of depositions She filmed the first video while lying on her couch wearing what have come to be her signature rhinestone sunglasses, starting with a ridiculous exchange...
    A WOMAN on a Tinder first date was forced to lockdown with her (very) new beau after the pair both tested positive for Covid while they were still together. TikToker Sarah, who posts with the handle @poppymoore777, said that she had only just met up with her match from the popular app when they discovered they were infected. 3A couple had to lockdown together after they both tested positive for Covid while on the dateCredit: Tik ToK 3TikToker Sarah spent her isolation with her date, despite them having just metCredit: Tik ToK The duo isolated at his place despite hardly knowing each other and couldn't see anyone else for the full seven days of quarantine. Sarah documented the isolation period with the new fella and shared updates with fans on social media. The couple made the best of the situation, ordering takeaways, watching Geordie Shore and playing Mario Kart. In the videos Sarah started by sharing a shot of her positive Covid test and then by displaying the empty beer crates and takeaway bags they had worked...
    Ever since HBO Max announced it was reviving the iconic late ’90s series Sex and the City, it’s been clear things were going to be different this time around. And it wasn’t just the absence of Kim Cattrall’s beloved Samantha Jones that would be among the shakeups—the series was also bringing in a handful of new faces, saying goodbye to some old friends, and even boasting a brand new title, And Just Like That. All those changes seemed to signify a fresh chapter in the lives of Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte, who were now in their mid-fifties and had stuck by each other through marriages, divorces, Post-it note breakups, and many cosmopolitans. But this new era wasn’t just about seeing fabulous women running around New York City and giggling at their sexcapades. It was also a chance to rectify some of the original series’ shortcomings, executive producer and showrunner Michael Patrick King recently explained. Producers wanted to bring And Just Like That, which premiered on Dec. 9, into today’s world by intentionally addressing the elephant in the room: the...
    MORE than two-thirds of Americans would have a destination wedding in order to “trim the fat” off their guest list, according to new research. In a new poll of 2,000 Americans, the average respondent said the “perfect number” of wedding guests is 56 people. 3A new study revealed that people are willing to have a destination wedding to trim down their guest listCredit: Getty - Contributor 3Many would choose to go to a beach for their wedding destinationCredit: Getty - Contributor However, if it were a destination wedding, only 36 percent of people would invite more than 50 guests. Almost one-third of people said a smaller guest list would encourage them to have a destination wedding. Furthermore, 50 percent of respondents cited difficulty for guests to attend as the top deterrent for having a destination wedding in the first place. The poll, conducted by OnePoll and Funjet Vacations, also revealed that the top incentive to attend a destination wedding wasn’t actually being in the wedding party, in fact, this reason wasn’t even in the top three. Having all expenses paid came...
    A tubby Leonardo DiCaprio lookalike who found worldwide fame for his apparent similarity to the Hollywood actor has revealed putting on weight during lockdown has killed his career.   Leonardo DiCaprio clone and Russian Roman Burtsev, 39, has been capitalising on his newfound fame ever since his resemblance to the 46-year-old star was blasted over the internet. But Burtsev, who now lives in a two-room council flat with his parents and cats, has admitted that the coronavirus pandemic has thwarted his plans for life-long international fame. He said: 'The problems began with the introduction of restrictions in April 2020 and now people have forgotten about me.'   A tubby Leonardo DiCaprio lookalike who found worldwide fame for his apparent similarity to the Hollywood actor has revealed putting on weight during lockdown has killed his career. Pictured: Roman Burtsev with an Angelina Jolie lookalike Leonardo DiCaprio clone and Russian IT technician Roman Burtsev, 39, has been capitalising on his newfound fame ever since his apparent resemblance to the 46-year-old star was blasted over the internet But Burtsev, who now lives in a two-room...
    A 12-year-old chess prodigy has made history, breaking an almost two-decade long record to become the world's youngest ever Grandmaster. Abhimanyu Mishra completed the feat at the GM Mix in Hungary on Wednesday and may have done so even earlier had Covid-19 not seen tournaments cancelled around the world. The young player, from Englishtown, New Jersey, went head to head with Indian Grandmaster Leon Mendonca - also 12 - in Budapest, scoring his historic victory with a penultimate round win. To become a Grandmaster, a player has to reach a specific Elo rating - given to calculate their skills - and win three GM norm tournaments, in which high-level competitors take part. Mishra, who goes by Abhi, was in a race against time to claim the historic victory after many tournaments were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.  With two back-to-back norms under his belt, time was running out to beat Sergey Karjakin's 19-year record of becoming the youngest Grandmaster at age 12 and seven months.  At 12 years, four months and 25 days old, Abhi had until September 5. ...
    The winter surge of COVID-19 cases had — finally — begun to slow. Intensive care units across California were beginning to recover from unprecedented levels of disease and death. Hospital morgues were no longer quite so full. And yet. Dr. Courtney Martin lay in bed in her Redlands home, eyes wide open. The kids were safely tucked in down the hall. Her husband, Scott, snoozed quietly beside her. But sleep was a long way off for the 39-year-old obstetrician. She reached for her iPhone in the darkness. Opened the notes app to an empty screen. And began to write. I want to write about Karl. This is a long essay, but it’s because I love to write. Perhaps it’s my therapy, and perhaps it’s because Karl deserves to be noticed. Every hospital has a Karl. Martin is the head of maternity services at Loma Linda University Medical Center, an accomplished physician and surgeon, a dynamic presence, 6 feet 1 inch tall, bright blond hair, ready smile.Karl is an all-but-invisible man. He works in the massive medical center’s dispatch department,...
    Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) downplayed the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Memorial Day weekend while claiming that the insurrection wasn’t exclusively carried out by right-wing extremists. Gohmert made his remarks at the “For God & Country Patriot Roundup,” the same QAnon event where former national security adviser Michael Flynn apparently endorsed a military coup in the United States, and “Kraken” lawyer Sidney Powell falsely claimed Donald Trump could “simply be reinstated” into the White House. The Washington Post reports that when the congressman spoke before the conference, he complained about Democrats pushing for continued investigations into the Capitol riots, and he brushed off the insurrection by commenting on how America has survived worse catastrophes. “Some of us think Pearl Harbor was the worst attack on democracy, some of us think 9/11 was the worst attack,” said Gohmert. “Some of us think that those things were worse attacks on democracy.” A sitting member of Congress, Louie Gohmert, is currently speaking at a QAnon event in front of the event’s logo, which has the QAnon slogan right in it. pic.twitter.com/fcZhA0PsH5...
    A United States airstrike in eastern Syria late Thursday should have targeted "something that threatened the United States of America," former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told "The Ingraham Angle". "You've got to protect your force, you've got to establish deterrence," Pompeo told host Laura Ingraham. "We did this a couple of times, it was effective. "I don't know what they struck or what targets they went after," Pompeo added. "I hope it just wasn't bombs in the desert. I hope it really went after something that threatened the United States of America. If not, it's useless." The airstrikes targeted facilities near the Syria-Iraq border used by Iran-backed militia groups. The strike came more than a week after a rocket attack in northern Iraq that killed a civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition personnel.  US LAUNCHES AIRSTRIKES AGAINST IRAN-BACKED FORCES IN SYRIA On Monday, a rocket attack in Baghdad's Green Zone appeared to target the U.S. Embassy, but caused no casualties.  "You don't need to get bogged down there to take an air strike," Pompeo added. "I'm confident...
    The New York Times star reporter on the coronavirus pandemic, Donald McNeil Jr., 66, has been accused of making offensive comments, including using the N-word on a 2019 student trip to Peru The New York Times has stopped short of firing one of its most prominent reporters despite claims he used the N-word during a Times-branded student trip to Peru. Donald McNeil Jr., 66, whose writing on the coronavirus pandemic over the last year has been submitted for a Pulitzer prize, is alleged to have used the racial slur in front of a group of 26 students and some of their parents.  But the Times has decided not to fire him after its editor believed McNeil did not use the words with 'hateful or malicious' intent. The incident comes just a week after the paper ended the contract of an editor after she tweeted that she had 'chills' watching President-elect Biden's plane landing at Andrew Air Force Base shortly before his inauguration. In McNeil's case, more details were revealed by the newspaper in a statement on Thursday night.   'In 2019,...
    Sen. Rand Paul fired back at ABC’s George Stephanopoulos after the host tried to corner the Kentucky Republican into admitting that former President Donald Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud were false. “There were several states in which the law was changed by the secretary of state and not the state legislature,” Paul said in response to Stephanopoulos asking if Paul “accepted” that the election wasn’t stolen from Trump. “To me, those are clearly unconstitutional and I think there is still a chance that those actually do finally work their way up to the Supreme Court.” “In my state, where we had a Democrat secretary of state, she refused, even under federal order, to purge the rolls of illegal voters. We got a Republican secretary of state and he purged the rolls,” Paul attempted to continue as Stephanopoulos interrupted him. Stephanopoulos then continued to insist that the Trump’s claims were a lie, to which Paul argued that 75% of Republicans have doubts about the election because the claims were never given a fair hearing either in court or by...
    Sting made a comeback at AEW recently. Two things happened right afterwards. One, the WWE Universe was confused about why the ‘Icon’ didn’t sign with Vince McMahon and co. Second, the wrestling industry pondered over the possibility of the forever dream match: Sting vs. The Undertaker. During an interview, Sting revealed why he decided to sign with AEW instead of WWE. As per him, Mr. McMahon was not interested in giving him the match he wanted. Therefore, he moved to a company which wanted to use him at full capacity. “I didn’t want it to end the way it ended. I was pushing to get a cinema-style match with ‘Taker. And for probably a litany of different reasons, it just wasn’t going to happen and so when Tony called and spoke with me and he said, ‘Are you interested in doing cinema-style matches?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I am (laughs), I am.’ And so I thought that I’d like to come back and do that and not disappear again with my tail between my legs. I don’t have to go out...
    Tony Ferguson lost a unanimous decision against Charles Oliveira in the co-main event of UFC 256. In a lackluster performance, “El Cucuy” was dominated by the Brazilian like never before. Following the fight, many fans and experts were of the belief that Ferguson is past his prime now. His two fights in 2020 are supportive of that view. Ferguson lost back-to-back fights for the first time in his career. In both the outings, he has looked a shade of himself and was uncharacteristically slow. It remains to be seen if age is catching up with ‘El Cucuy’ or those were just two bad performances. However, given Ferguson’s form, the remotest possibility of the dream fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov is now a distant dream. Ferguson and Nurmagomedov have been the two best lightweights in the history of the UFC. The UFC has scheduled those two to fight each other 5 times. But, that bout never came to fruition, much to the anguish of UFC fans. In the post-fight press conference of UFC 256, UFC President Dana White also expressed his feelings...
    An asteroid the size of a London bus missed the Earth by just 240 miles (386 km) on Friday 13th — but was not detected until the next day, astronomers have revealed. The space rock, dubbed '2020 VT4', was only spotted 15 hours after its closest approach by the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System on Mauna Loa, Hawaii. Had it come much closer, the 16–33 feet (5–10 m) wide body — as estimated from its brightness — would have burned up in the atmosphere over the South Pacific. Its orbit brought it about the same distance from the Earth as the International Space Station, making it the closest asteroid to pass by Earth on record to date.  An asteroid the size of a London bus missed the Earth by just 240 miles (386 km) on Friday 13th — but was not detected until the next day, astronomers have revealed (stock image) The space rock, dubbed '2020 VT4' (highlighted above), was only spotted 15 hours after its closest approach by the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System on Mauna Loa, Hawaii...
    A New York City designer has claimed that she and Hillsong pastor, Carl Lentz, who baptized Justin Bieber, had a serious but secret relationship during which he told her he was an unmarried sports agent.  According to a report from the Sun, Ranin, 34, said she dated the megachurch pastor for more than five months before their breakup last week.  Lentz, the celebrity magnet of a pastor who brought the global megachurch Hillsong from Australia to the US, was fired on Wednesday after acknowledging on Instagram that he cheated on his wife, Laura. Just days later, Ranin, who wished to keep her last name private, claimed that she wasn't just a fling.  'I wasn't there for just sex, we both found comfort and a deep, special connection with each other. I am very hurt because we both feel the same way about each other,' Ranin told the newspaper.  Scroll down for video   New York City designer, Ranin (pictured) has claimed that she and Hillsong pastor, Carl Lentz, who baptized Justin Bieber, had a serious but secret relationship during which...
    Hed: True Blue Denver jazz cornetist Ron Miles just dropped his latest album on Blue Note Records. When Denver-based cornetist Ron Miles recorded an album last fall, he had no idea it would come out on Blue Note Records, the renowned jazz label with an eight-decade legacy. Miles made the album, most of which was written when his father was near the end of his life, over a weekend in New York with guitarist Bill Frisell, drummer Brian Blade, bassist Thomas Morgan and pianist Jason Moran. A few months after recording the album, Frisell, who released his last two records on Blue Note, asked Miles if those tracks they made together had a home yet. While there were already a few labels interested, Frisell asked if he could play the collection for Don Was, who took over as president of Blue Note in 2012. Related Stories Colorado Music Hall of Fame Honors East High School Denver-Bred Ron Miles and Bill Frisell Are Among the Greatest Collaborators in Jazz Love Reigned at the Colorado Music Hall of Fame's...
    Heather Vogell October 2, 2020 2:35PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on ProPublica. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published. Stay up to date with email updates about WNYC and ProPublica's investigations into the president's business practices. : This story is co-published with WNYC. After the news broke in May of last year that government-sponsored lending agency Freddie Mac had agreed to back $786 million in loans to the Kushner Companies, political opponents asked whether the family real estate firm formerly led by the president's son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, had received special treatment. "We are especially concerned about this transaction because of Kushner Companies' history of seeking to engage in deals that raise conflicts of interest issues with Mr. Kushner," Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Tom Carper, D-Del., wrote to Freddie Mac's CEO in June 2019. The loans helped Kushner Companies scoop up thousands of apartments in Maryland and Virginia, the business's biggest purchase in a decade. The deal, first reported by Bloomberg, also ranked among...
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