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Blue Peter presenter John Noakes dies aged 83

Noakes is the BBC show’s longest-serving star, having co-presented Blue Peter for more than 12 years between 1965 and 1978. He was best known for appearing on air with his border collie Shep, one of the programme’s pets. Announcing the TV personality’s death, family friend Wendy Downes said in a ...

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Politicians could ‘learn a lot’ from poets

As he read This Is The Place at a vigil for the victims, less than 24 hours after the atrocity, he showed how powerful poetry can be. His words included: “Because this is a place that has been through some hard times: Oppressions, recessions, depressions, and dark times. “And there’s ...

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Southern rock pioneer Gregg Allman dies

Allman died peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia, according to a statement posted on his website. No cause of death was immediately given, but the statement said he had “struggled with many health issues over the past several years”. Allman battled for years with heroin addiction and substance abuse ...

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William wants children to have ‘normal’ life

The Duke of Cambridge spoke about his family in an interview with Alastair Campbell for British GQ, saying how much he wishes his mother, Princess Diana, had lived to meet wife Kate and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. “I could not do my job without the stability of ...

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Social media would have ‘put a stop’ to Sex Pistols

The song’s release was timed to cause maximum offence, as the country was getting ready to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. It was, of course, a different world in 1977 and arguably much easier to offend. There were only three TV channels and the internet was yet to be invented. ...

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Cannes 2017: Crowning the new King and Queen

She has four dramas opening at the French Riviera, he stars alongside her in two. Kidman’s career has had something of a resurgence of late, thanks to the Oscar-nominated Lion in 2016 and her role in HBO series Big Little Lies alongside Reese Witherspoon. In her films at Cannes, she ...

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Ariana’s manager vows to ‘fight on’ after bombing

Scooter Braun posted a series of tweets three days after the bomb attack that killed 22 people. The celebrity manager, who also represents Justin Bieber, wrote: “Tonight I got home and took my parents out to dinner. Korean bbq. We drank and ate and laughed with the tables next to ...

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London premieres cancelled after terror attack

Tom Cruise’s monster movie The Mummy and Gal Gadot’s highly anticipated Wonder Woman will not go ahead with their scheduled UK premiere. Universal Studios said: “All of us at Universal have been devastated by the terror attack in Manchester and continue to stand with the community and country as it ...

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Disney boss says ‘Pirates hack’ was a hoax

Bob Iger denied reports that one of the studio’s unreleased films had been stolen by hackers. “To our knowledge we were not hacked,” the chief executive told Yahoo Finance. “We had a threat of a hack of a movie being stolen. “We decided to take it seriously but not react ...

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‘Sorry you were alone’, writes Cornell widow

Ahead of his funeral in Los Angeles on Friday, Vicky Cornell said she was “sorry” that she “did not see what happened to you that night”. The US singer was found dead in a bathroom on 18 May just hours after a Soundgarden concert in the city. The 52-year-old star ...

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Hollywood stars at Chris Cornell funeral

Cornell, the Audioslave and Soundgarden singer, was found dead in a hotel bathroom in Detroit on 18 May just hours after a Soundgarden concert in the city. The 52-year-old star hanged himself, according to the Wayne County medical examiner’s office, but results of a full post-mortem exam and toxicology tests ...

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Adam Sandler: Oscar-buzzed and critically bashed

This may come as a surprise to some, whose idea of Sandler is limited to a 10-year streak of terribly quoted films, irritating voices and apparent disregard for public opinion. But for those who grew up in the 90s, piously watching Saturday Night Live sketches and re-renting the same VHS ...

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