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Wimbledon – Murray tames Djokovic to end 77 years of British hurt


 

Wimbledon – Murray tames Djokovic to end 77 years of British hurt

Andy Murray ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s Wimbledon champion with a 6-4 7-5 6-4 win over world number one Novak Djokovic.

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  • Andy Murray lifts the Wimbledon trophy (Getty Images)

    Eurosport – Andy Murray lifts the Wimbledon trophy (Getty Images)

  • Andy Murray of Britain kisses the trophy as he poses for photographers after winning against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, Pool)

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Scotland’s world number two unsettled Serbia’s 2011 champion Djokovic from an epic opening game, coming back from breaks down in the second and third sets, before fending off a brave fightback while serving for the match as he claimed his finest career victory.

Murray won last year’s US Open to end what was then a 76-year wait for a British male Grand Slam champion; he is now the first Briton of either gender to win Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977, and the first male since Fred Perry in 1936.

"It feels slightly different to last year," Murray said in reference to his tearful defeat in the 2012 final. "I don’t know how I managed to get through that last game – losing three match points was unbelievable. It was hard to watch but imagine playing it!

"Novak has come back so many times from similar positions and he almost did it again."

The beaten world number one was typically sportsmanlike at the trophy presentation.

"Congratulations to Andy, who absolutely deserved this win – you played incredible tennis," Djokovic said. "I know how much it means to all of you guys, the whole country, well done.

"I’m aware of the pressure he gets, although I cannot imagine the extent not being in his shoes.

"It was an absolute pleasure and an honour to be part of this final."

Murray was exceptional at times but, by contrast, Djokovic had one of his worst games on Centre Court.

On the hottest day of the year in Britain, with the mercury soaring toward 30 degrees Celsius, the world’s two best players produced some scorching sinew-stretching action from the start and the first three games alone lasted 20 minutes.

The opening salvo of the Centre Court clash lasted 20 strokes as Murray went up 0-40 on the Serb’s serve but Djokovic produced staunch defence to stave off his opponent’s attack.

The duo did trade breaks in the third and fourth games, with each Murray winner being greeted by a chorus of 15,000 roars.

Second seed Murray got another chance to break to love in the seventh game and this time he pounced as the 2011 champion surrendered his serve by slapping a backhand into the net.

A set that initially looked like lasting forever ended exactly on the hour mark as Djokovic whipped a service return wide to give Murray, runner-up to Roger Federer last year, the one-set cushion.

The battle between the two players who were born seven days apart in 1987 intensified in the second set as they went toe-to-toe from the baseline with 25-shot rallies being par for the course.

Djokovic, who survived a four hour 43 minute semi-final epic against Juan Martin Del Potro two days ago, showed his super-human ability to recover quickly as he ran down everything Murray could throw at him.

The Serb rattled Murray by going for the lines and broke for a 3-1 lead when Olympic champion Murray flicked a forehand into the net.

Even when Djokovic slipped and skidded flat on to his stomach while trying to chase down a Murray winner, the six-times Grand Slam champion appeared unfazed as he quickly got back on to his feet to extend his lead to 4-1.

But Murray, who trains in the intense Miami heat, showed off his iron-man conditioning as he stormed back to level at 4-4, a Djokovic double fault on break point down handing him the break back in the seventh game.

While the cheering crowd, which included British Prime Minister David Cameron, got behind a pumped up Murray, Djokovic simply exploded in anger in the 11th game.

Convinced that Murray had gone long mid-rally at 15-15, he screamed at umpire Mohamed Lahyani "Why? What’s going on?" as he gesticulated wildly to show what he thought the linesman had failed to see.

Murray ignored the uproar to break the fuming Serb and soon had the fans roaring when he wrapped up the 69-minute second set with a 125mph thunderbolt ace.

The third set initially seemed a formality for Murray, who broke Djokovic early and almost sealed a double-break.

But two sloppy drop shots allowed the Serb to break back, with a rejuvenated Djokovic holding before winning the subsequent Murray service game as the Briton seemed to lose momentum.

Murray, however, has incredible mental and physical reserves and cancelled out that break with some intense hustling at the net, bringing it back with serve, which he held with a wonderful diving forehand off the baseline.

That was followed by a magnificent break for Murray, which boasted two astounding last-gasp winners, leaving him serving for the title.

Initially Djokovic saved three championship points as a nervy Murray’s serve deserted him, and the Serb even had three break-back points thanks to an unforced error to net from the Briton, a wonderful drop-shot off the net-cord and then a beautiful diving winner across the net.

But Murray saved them all, bringing up his fourth match point with some incredible fight at the baseline, his forehand pass forcing Djokovic to net a volley.

And, after his next serve was returned just inside the baseline, Murray was a spectator as Djokovic netted the follow up, sending Centre Court and an entire nation into raptures.

Wimbledon – Murray tames Djokovic to end 77 years of British hurt – Yahoo! Eurosport UK

July 7, 2013 Posted by | Art, Awards, Blogroll, Business, CELEBRITY, Computers, Entertainement, Money, nature, People, Sport, Tennis | | Leave a comment

Victoria’s Secret model loses an arm to airbrushing – Yahoo! Lifestyle UK


Be Yourself why does everyone want to be perfect…love yourself the way you are..jboy2244

Victoria’s Secret model loses an arm to airbrushing

Another Victoria’s Secret model has become a victim of overzealous airbrushing

When it comes to Photoshop blunders Victoria’s Secret are well known for making errors.

This time, a photo on the Victoria’s Secret website that promoted a lace flyaway babydoll has stirred up an airbrushing debate online.

Has this Victoria’s Secret model lost an arm? © Victoria’s Secret

In the image it appears a model’s left arm has been totally cut out, so all she is left with is her hand that floats midair beside her body. But if you take a closer look from another angle, her arm is there just hidden in the shadow.

We can’t decide whether this is another VS Photoshop fail or just terrible case of airbrushing?

Now the image has been removed from the website and replaced with a suitable photo of a model showing two arms.

This isn’t the first model to fall victim to amputation by the Victoria’s Secret art team. Back in 2011 Marissa Miller lost an arm in an ad for the lingerie brand’s spring/summer collection and unlike this recent error it wasn’t hard to spot – it was obvious. 

Victoria’s Secret model loses an arm to airbrushing – Yahoo! Lifestyle UK

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By Bianca Ffolkes

October 2, 2012 Posted by | Art, Awards, Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Computers, Film, fraud, Health, Internet, Just Wrong, nature, People, scams, Star | | Leave a comment

The Flog It! team has learned of the very sad passing of David Barby.


David Barby

The Flog It! team has learned of the very sad passing of David Barby.

One of the series’ longest-serving and best loved antiques experts. David died in hospital in Coventry following a short illness, with his family at his bedside.

David was the expert on the very first episode of Flogit! in January 2002, and has been a stalwart of the show ever since. His sense of fun, gentle personality and great knowledge of and passion for antiques, endeared him to the hundreds of people he worked with and millions of viewers at home.

David was an ambassador for antiques TV and loved every minute spent making the many, many episodes of Bargain Hunt, Flog It!, Antiques Road Trip and more… There will be a fuller tribute to David on this website in due course, but in the meantime we all remember David with great fondness, and send our condolences to his family and many friends in the antique trade and beyond.

 
David Barby

July 27, 2012 Posted by | Art, Awards, Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Charity, Death, Entertainement, Internet, People, Star | 3 Comments

Bendtner banned, fined for flashing pants – Yahoo! Eurosport UK


 

Bendtner banned, fined for flashing pants

Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner has been banned for one competitive fixture and fined just over £80,000 by UEFA after he lowered his shorts after scoring in the Euro 2012 clash with Portugal.

Bendtner banned, fined for flashing pants

Bendtner, 24, was found guilty of improper conduct by European football’s governing body after he revealed the logo of a betting company on his underpants in the match on June 13. It was the Arsenal man’s second goal of the contest, but Portugal went on to win the game 3-2.

The incident was deemed to contravene UEFA’s strict regulations against so-called ‘ambush marketing’, and as a result handed him a 100,000-euro penalty.

When questioned afterwards about the incident, Bendtner, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, said: "It is just a pair of lucky boxer shorts that I used in the first game as well and have used before the tournament."

He added: "I didn’t know I was breaking any rules but I am aware of that now."

UEFA took a dim view, however, and Bendtner is now set to miss Denmark’s opening game in World Cup 2014 qualifying.

The player has three days to lodge an appeal.

Bendtner banned, fined for flashing pants – Yahoo! Eurosport UK

June 19, 2012 Posted by | Art, Awards, Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Computers, Entertainement, Funny, Health, Internet, Money, People, Politics, Star | , | Leave a comment

Ancient ‘Vampire’ Bodies Found In Bulgaria – Yahoo! News UK


 

Ancient ‘Vampire’ Bodies Found In Bulgaria

Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed centuries-old skeletons with iron rods through their chests – believed to have been victims of an old anti-vampire ritual.
According to Bozhidar Dimitrov, head of the National History Museum in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, two skeletons from the Middle Ages have been discovered near the Black Sea town of Sozopol.

Ancient skeletons unearthed in Bulgaria are believed to have been victims of an anti-vampire ritual. Photo: Sk …

"These two skeletons stabbed with rods illustrate a practice which was common in some Bulgarian villages up until the first decade of the 20th century," said Mr Dimitrov.

Widespread superstition led to iron rods being hammered through the chest bones and hearts of those who did evil during their lifetimes for fear they would return after death to feast on the blood of the living.
People believed the rod would pin them down to prevent them from leaving their graves at midnight and terrorising people as they slept, the historian explained.

An archaeologist cleans dust from a skeleton dating back to the Middle Ages in Sozopol, Bulgaria. Photo: PA

In 2004, archaeologist Petar Balabanov unearthed six nailed-down skeletons at a site near the eastern town of Debelt.

He said the pagan rite also was practised in neighbouring Serbia and other Balkan countries.

Vampire legends form an important part of the region’s folklore.

The most famous tale is that of Romanian count Vlad the Impaler, known as Dracula, who staked his war enemies and drank their blood.

Ancient ‘Vampire’ Bodies Found In Bulgaria – Yahoo! News UK

June 6, 2012 Posted by | Art, Blog, Blogroll, Computers, Death, Entertainement, Health, Internet, nature, People, Politics, religion, Weird | | Leave a comment

How animals around the world have taken a tip from us to cope with the hot weather | Mail Online


 

Cool of the wild: From sunhats to ice-cream, how animals around the world have taken tips from us to cope with the hot weather

By Nick Enoch

An ice lolly, a dip in the pool, deckchairs… when it comes to cooling off in the hot weather, these animals don’t play by the rules.

As Britain enjoys a heatwave, with the mercury hitting 27c (81f) today, these are just some of the cunning ways our furry friends cope.

And as the pictures below show, it’s not just those here who are feeling the heat – from China to Germany, Indonesia to the U.S., animals are scoffing at what they’ve seen in nature documentaries and trying something a little bit different…

Let sleeping dogs lie: Tara the dog opts for sunbed and parasol to see her through the blistering heat in Britain

Let sleeping dogs lie: Tara the dog opts for a sunbed and parasol to see her through the blistering heat in Britain

Bird bath with a difference: Jacquille the parrot cools down in a tea cup in Costa Rica

Bird bath with a difference: Jacquille the parrot cools down in a tea cup in Costa Rica

One cool dude: Dudu the walrus beats the summer heat in China, at Qingdao Polar Ocean World

May contain nuts: A squirrel gets stuck into a frozen treat in Swindon, Wiltshire

One cool dude: Dudu the walrus beats the summer heat in China, at Qingdao Polar Ocean World; right, a squirrel gets stuck into a frozen treat in Swindon, Wiltshire

I've got this licked: An African lion in Brookfield zoo, Chicago refreshes himself with a block of ice

I’ve got this licked: An African lion in Brookfield zoo, Chicago refreshes himself with a block of ice

Sealion solution: Keepers at Qingdao Polar Ocean World have come up with innovative ways to keep their animals cool

What a hoot: Eski the snowy owl could do with a towel in the New Forest, Hampshire

Sealion solution: Keepers at Qingdao Polar Ocean World have come up with innovative ways to keep their animals cool; right, Eski the snowy owl could do with a towel in the New Forest, Hampshire

Flew what a scorcher! A tufted titmouse suns itself in Massachusetts

Flew what a scorcher! A tufted titmouse suns itself in Massachusetts

Spread the whirred: This chilled dog has found himself a new fan

Chino the donkey enjoys an ice-cream at Pennywell farm in Buckfastleigh, Devon

Spread the whirred: This chilled dog has found himself a new fan; right, Chino the donkey enjoys an ice-cream at Pennywell farm in Buckfastleigh, Devon

Furry nice! A squirrel takes a dip in a swimming pool in San Antonio, Texas

Furry nice! A squirrel takes a dip in a swimming pool in San Antonio, Texas

Does it come in banana flavour? A baboon enjoys an ice lolly at Hangzhou wild animal centre in China

Chilling is seemples: A meerkat at Marwell wildlife conservation park in Hampshrie

Does it come in banana flavour? A baboon enjoys an ice lolly at Hangzhou wild animal centre, China; right, a meerkat at Marwell Wildlife Conservation Park, Hants

To hell with the diet... An orangutan at Ragunan zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia

To hell with the diet… An orangutan at Ragunan zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia

Just follow my lead: Harland the poodle on Southsea beach in Hampshire

It gets my seal of approval: A fur seal relaxes in Stromness, South Georgia Island

Just follow my lead: Harland the poodle on Southsea beach in Hampshire; right, a fur seal relaxes in Stromness, South Georgia Island

White tiger cubs Jeevan and Ashoka cool off in a paddling pool at a safari park in Germany

White tiger cubs Jeevan and Ashoka cool off in a paddling pool at a safari park in Germany

Trunks, glasses and parasol...this pooch looks good - and he knows it

Trunks, glasses and parasol…this pooch looks good – and he knows it

I'll be finished in about nine hours... A young gorilla chews on a block of ice containing fruit at Los Angeles Zoo

I’ll be finished in about nine hours… A young gorilla chews on a block of ice containing fruit at Los Angeles Zoo

Do I look like I want to share? A ring-tailed lemur at Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, Herts

Do I look like I want to share? A ring-tailed lemur at Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, Herts

Pass the oinkment, dear: Some pigs tan themselves in Cambridgeshire

Pass the oinkment, dear: Some pigs tan themselves in Cambridgeshire

It's bacon hot! A piglet falls asleep in a doll's house deckchair at Pennywell farm in Buckfastleigh, Devon

It’s bacon hot! A piglet falls asleep in a doll’s house deckchair

How animals around the world have taken a tip from us to cope with the hot weather | Mail Online

May 23, 2012 Posted by | Animals, Art, Awards, Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Entertainement, Food, Funny, Health, Holiday, Holidays, Internet, nature, Weird | , | Leave a comment

Live Below the Line BzzCampaign


The Live Below the Line BzzCampaign is a charity campaign and will not have a kit; it’s all about YOU spreading the word and participating if you can. Read the recipes to see if you’re up for the challenge — with the right menu, you shouldn’t have to go hungry! If you decide the challenge isn’t for you, that’s ok — you can still participate in the activities below to spread the word and help make a difference.

 

What is Live Below the Line ?

 From 7th – 11th May, join us living on £1 a day for 5 days to change the way people in the UK think about extreme poverty – and make a huge difference. 

 

  • How to Participate
  • Suggested Foods and Recipes
  • Jono is Living Below the Line

What is Live Below the Line ?

Live Below the Line is an campaign that challenges individuals and communities to eat and drink on £1 per day for 5 days. By exposing participants to a glimpse of some the daily difficulties experienced by the 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty every day, for everything, the campaign provides a unique window into understanding the realities of life for so many.

Through the insights gained over the 5 days, Live Below the Line is assembling a movement of people passionate about making a difference in the lives of those who desperately need it. Through partnerships with various charities, the campaign raises both awareness and fundraising.

If you don’t think you can live off £1 a day yourself, pass on the information and the Live Below the Line website to friends and family who you think will be up for it.

How to Participate

Ready to Take the Challenge?

Are you ready to take the plunge and live off of £1per day? First, eat a giant cheeseburger. All finished? OK, now follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Live Below the Line partner pageand choose one of the 22 partner charities to support, including -Enter your profile details, making sure to add BzzAgent as your network so you can compare yourself to other participating BzzAgents, including Jono.Here are some choices:

 Here are some things you can do to prepare:

 

 

May 5, 2012 Posted by | Art, Awards, Blog, Blogroll, Charity, Food, Health, Money, nature, People, Politics, pollution, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

She rose from Co-op cashier to become the TV star everyone – including the Queen – adored. So why has English Heritage refused Thora Hird a blue plaque?


Come on English Heritage wake up….She was a Star someone to look up to….pity we do not have more people like her today….she was a star for a long period of time not like people today who think they are famous,have no talent and are paid vast amounts of money which they squander very quickly….where are the true stars of today? we live in a society of the 5 minute star…how sad….let us not forget people like Thora Hird true stars of stage and screen…jboy2244

She rose from Co-op cashier to become the TV star everyone – including the Queen – adored. So why has English Heritage refused Thora Hird a blue plaque?

Thora Hird was more than just a national treasure — she was one of the British crown jewels, a walloping great diamond on a firmly knotted headscarf.

When she died in 2003, aged 91, one obituary summed her up perfectly as a cross between the Queen Mum and a Donald McGill saucy seaside postcard.

But she was also a superb character actress and, for many, as host of Praise Be!, the real face of Sunday worship.

Treasure: Thora Hird's 90-year career was not enough for English Heritage

Treasure: Thora Hird’s 90-year career was not enough for English Heritage

So a decision by English Heritage to deny her the honour of a blue plaque isn’t just stuffy and pompous — it’s downright incomprehensible.

When the advisory panel, which includes Stephen Fry, former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion and former Arts Council chairman Sir Christopher Frayling, ruled that Dame Thora’s contribution to theatre might be forgotten in 20 years or less, they betrayed their total ignorance of a career that stretched across an incredible nine decades.

She was eight weeks old when she made her first stage appearance in her mother’s arms. ‘It was the first and only job I ever got through influence,’ she said. (Her father James ran the Royalty Theatre in Morecambe.)

At the other end of her life, she played a centenarian in a Talking Heads play by Alan Bennett, called Waiting For The Telegram. Talk about a lifetime devoted to theatre: Dame Thora packed enough into her career for two whole lifetimes.

It is baffling that English Heritage can’t see this. It’s not, after all, as if accolades weren’t forthcoming during her lifetime. Thora was made a dame in 1993, back when the honour was reserved for theatre heavyweights such as Edith Evans and Sybil Thorndike.

Staying power: Thora Hird and actor Freddie Frinton at the Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition at Olympia in 1965

Staying power: Thora Hird and actor Freddie Frinton at the Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition at Olympia in 1965

It helped, of course, that she played the Queen’s favourite character in the Royal Family’s favourite TV show, Last Of The Summer Wine.

Thora was Edie Pegden, the hectoring, house-proud president of the local ladies’ coffee morning. Thora’s artful performance delighted in Edie’s snobbish side — when there was company, her voice would lose its coarse edge and turn quite snooty.

Hugely amused, writer Roy Clarke was inspired to base a whole sitcom on the trait — and Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances was born.

Edie’s character was inspired by the socially anxious, lower-middle-class women whom Thora had observed during her early years working behind the till at the  Co-op in Morecambe.

She spent ten years as a cashier, working by day, acting in the evening and learning lines deep into the night.

Potential: This publicity picture of 'actress Miss Thora Hird' was issued in November 1953

Potential: This publicity picture of ‘actress Miss Thora Hird’ was issued in November 1953

She never lost her sense of those humble roots. ‘I scrubbed my mother’s doorstep when I was a young woman,’ she liked to tell reporters. ‘Now go and fetch me mink!’

She married James Scott, a drummer in the theatre orchestra, in 1937, after a four-year courtship, and their only child, a daughter called Janette, was born a year later.

Thora always claimed that, because there were no forceps handy, the midwife used a pair of fish knives.

In later life, her son-in-law was the crooner Mel Torme, and she visited her daughter’s family in Beverly Hills at least two dozen times. She was never tempted to make a home in California, though.

‘There’s no corner shop, love,’ she would say.

Surely the English Heritage committee cannot be prejudiced against her Lancashire accent and working-class humour?

Legends: Thora Hird in June 1970 with comedian Tommy Cooper who collapsed on stage during a live televised show in 1984 and soon after died

Legends: Thora Hird in June 1970 with comedian Tommy Cooper who collapsed on stage during a live televised show in 1984 and soon after died

It’s true that Thora was salt-of-the-earth, while recent blue plaques have been awarded to the sprinkling-of-chopped-tarragon- and-a grated-truffle type: Sir Terence Rattigan, playwright of the drawing room, for example, or the aristocratic Indian poet Rabindrinath Tagore.

Her rejection has provoked outrage among fans. Maureen Lipman, herself a sitcom actress with strong claims for national treasuredom, called the decision ‘imbecilic snobbery’. Tory MP David Morris immediately announced he would table an Early Day Motion in the Commons to force the committee to reconsider.

But it seems unlikely to succeed: there’s a rule applications cannot be reviewed for at least ten years.

The most puzzling aspect is that Dame Thora’s case met the criteria of English Hidebound (sorry, Heritage). The rules state that to be considered blue-plaque-worthy, a person has to have been dead for 20 years or the centenary of their birth has been passed.

The centenary of her birth was reached last year, on May 28: she would be 101 this month.

She had lived and worked in London, moving there when the musical hall star George Formby asked her to audition for a film with him at Ealing Studios, during the Blitz in 1941.

She didn’t get the part, but the test led to a 1942 film called The Black Sheep Of Whitehall, opposite comedian Will Hay. Incidentally, Hay has got a blue plaque, so has the film’s producer, Michael Balcon. And she died at Brinsworth House, a retirement home for actors in South-West London.

Hird is so much a part of her adopted city that she is one of the few actors to have inspired a piece of Cockney rhyming slang.

Popular: Thora Hird pictured in 1987 when she was starring in long running British sitcome Last of the Summer Wine which went for 31 series

Popular: Thora Hird pictured in 1987 when she was starring in long running British sitcome Last of the Summer Wine which went for 31 series

University students who scrape through their exams are said to get a Thora Hird — or third, as in third-class degree.

If that seems disrespectful, you should hear the stories Thora liked to tell about herself.

Alan Bennett noted one of her favourites in his diary — she claimed that when she was a girl growing up next-door to the theatre in Morecambe, an alley ran along the back where the seaside town’s only lady of the night, Miss Nellie Hodge, would take her clients.

One night, Thora heard a man’s complaining voice: ‘Ee Nellie, I wish you’d stop nodding your head.’

‘I can’t help it,’ Nellie replied. ‘You’ve gone and got tangled in me scarf.’

It’s not the sort of tale Thora would have told on Praise Be! — the Sunday evening collection of viewers’ favourite hymns she hosted, which ran for 17 years on BBC1 in the teatime ‘God slot’. Like former Goon Show entertainer Harry Secombe who presented Songs Of Praise, she became an unofficial symbol of the Church of England.

Varied: Thora Hird also appeared in the TV show In Loving Memory, set in an undertakers business, which ran from 1979 until 1986

Varied: Thora Hird also appeared in the TV show In Loving Memory, set in an undertakers business, which ran from 1979 until 1986

It was no stretch to imagine Thora reading her Bible at home and being comforted by familiar verses, or being moved to tears by the plain poetry of well-loved hymns.

Each week, five million people tuned in. She had a wisdom in her voice that was rooted in common sense, something that audiences could recognise and cherish.

It was that quality which Bennett captured in his 1988 short play, A Cream Cracker Under The Settee,  written for Thora.

She played an elderly widow who had suffered a fall. Gradually, in a monologue that becomes mumbled as her life slips away, Thora revealed her fall was the consequence of climbing up on to the furniture, trying to do the dusting.

It was a portrait of abandonment and loss, depicted with such heart-rending pathos that Thora’s postbag was bulging for days after the broadcast with letters from people begging her to come and live with them.

How can English Heritage fail to see how beloved this woman was? And why would they think she might be less warmly remembered in a couple of decades?

A look at recently approved names on plaques provides a clue: they are largely male. So, too, is the committee: seven of the ten, including the chairman, historian Professor Sir David Cannadine, are men.

Glamour: This picture taken in 1966 shows Thora Hird enjoying a night at the fashionable Dorchester Hotel in London's Park Lane

Glamour: This picture taken in 1966 shows Thora Hird enjoying a night at the fashionable Dorchester Hotel in London’s Park Lane

Plenty of plaques have been granted to actors in the past few years. Alastair Sim, a star of Ealing comedies, was honoured with a blue plate at his Hampstead home.

Sim was a lovely, lugubrious comic, but he is hardly a household name — never the star of TV’s longest-running sitcom, for instance.

To test the theory that there’s a sexist bias at English Heritage, I suggested a couple of candidates — both actresses. One was Hattie Jacques, the matron of the Carry On movies. The other was Diana Dors, the only bona fide sex-bomb of British cinema’s golden era.

Both were younger than Thora. Both have been dead for more than 20 years. Both lived and worked in London. In other words, they meet  the criteria.

A spokeswoman for English Heritage admitted last night that neither Hattie nor Diana had ever been considered.

That’s a disgrace. But for a committee that is incompetent enough to deny an honour to the Queen’s favourite actress, it’s probably not surprising.

Or as Dame Thora might have said: ‘Them’s too numb to know they are numb!’

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS compiled The Masters Of Sitcom: From Hancock To Steptoe (Michael O’Mara Books).

Friends: Thora Hird arriving at the memorial service for entertainer Sir Harry Secombe at Westminster Catherdral in October, 2001

Friends: Thora Hird arriving at the memorial service for entertainer Sir Harry Secombe at Westminster Catherdral in October, 2001

She rose from Co-op cashier to become the TV star everyone – including the Queen – adored. So why has English Heritage refused Thora Hird a blue plaque? | Mail Online

By Christopher Stevens

May 1, 2012 Posted by | Art, Awards, Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Charity, Entertainement, Film, Funny, Health, Internet, Just Wrong, nature, People, Star | | Leave a comment

Carpenter builds incredible egg-shaped tree house hidden from view on Crown land just yards from multi-million homes


 

‘Squatter’ secretly builds incredible (but thoroughly illegal)  tree house hidden in Canada’s Whistler forest just yards from multi-million homes

By Leon Watson

It took months to find the right tree to build on, and when he did the spot was on public land looking down on a row of multi-million dollar homes.

But that didn’t stop Joel Allen – he just built this incredible egg-shaped tree house in Canada anyway, without telling anyone.

The computer technician-turned-carpenter started off by creating a scale model of his design to test its strength and durability, before beginning the months-long quest to find the perfect tree.

Joel Allen stepping into the amazing treehouse he built on public land in Canada at night

Joel Allen stepping into the amazing treehouse he built on public land in Canada at night

Joel Allen has built this incredible treehouse in Hemlocks, Whistler, western Canada

Joel Allen has built this incredible treehouse in Hemlocks, Whistler, western Canada

Joel took years to construct the treehouse. At this point he was working on the base

Joel took years to construct the tree house. At this point he was working on the base

Without the money to buy property, he decided to do it on Crown land in the forests of Whistler.

‘Finding that perfect spot on Crown land wasn’t so easy,’ he said. ‘I had an informal checklist of requirements, the most important ones being that it within a reasonable distance to a road, yet out of sight and out of earshot of human traffic.

‘The other requirement was hard to qualify, but was of prime importance: the shape of the egg would need to suit the environment and be proportionate to the tree. I couldn’t explain exactly what that was but I figured I would know it when I saw it.’

Mr Allen found it in a patch of old growth near a development of multi-million dollar homes, then began secretly constructing it. The process took years, thousands of dollars, and many free items found on Craigslist.

Finally, he created the HemLoft.

Without the money to buy property, Joel decided to do it on Crown land in the forests of Whistler

Without the money to buy property, Joel decided to do it on Crown land in the forests of Whistler

Hidden: The HemLoft in Canada

Hidden: The HemLoft in Canada

Mr Allen found the perfect spot in a patch of old growth near a development of multi-million dollar home

Hidden: The treehouse in Hemlocks was built in a forest away from view of nearby homes

Hidden: The treehouse in Hemlocks was built in a forest away from view of nearby homes

Admiring the view: Joel Allen in the treehouse he built using items from Craigslist

Admiring the view: Joel Allen in the treehouse he built using items from Craigslist

Asked by a friend why he did it, Mr Allen said: ‘I found myself grasping for some sort of rationalisation that would make me seem less crazy.

‘She said "no, why did you really build it?" For the first time in my life, I was forced to face the truth about it. I said "I guess… I just wanted to build something cool".’

‘Since the treehouse was built on crown land, I don’t technically own it, and so its fate is uncertain.

Joel said: 'The shape of the egg would need to suit the environment and be proportionate to the tree. I couldn't explain exactly what that was but I figured I would know it when I saw it.'

Joel said: ‘The shape of the egg would need to suit the environment and be proportionate to the tree. I couldn’t explain exactly what that was but I figured I would know it when I saw it.’

The computer technician-turned-carpenter started off by creating a scale model of his design

The computer technician-turned-carpenter started off by creating a scale model of his design

It took Joel months to find the right tree to build on before he settled on the spot

It took Joel months to find the right tree to build on before he settled on the spot

The perfect egg-shaped treehouse was built on a tree over a slope on the mountain

The perfect egg-shaped treehouse was built on a tree over a slope on the mountain

For three years I kept the HemLoft secret, but now that I’m finished, I’ve found myself wanting to share it…Coming out of the bush about the HemLoft is fun, however it poses a few problems; if people know about it, they might try to find it. And if the wrong people find it, they may make me take it down.

‘It took a lot of work to build it, and I’d rather not take it down, just yet. So I’ve been thinking of ways to expose the HemLoft, while somehow making it legal.

‘To the best of my knowledge, Squatting on Whistler Mountain, beneath some of Western Canada’s most luxurious mega-homes would not be looked favourably upon.’

Joel Allen said: 'It took a lot of work to build it, and I'd rather not take it down, just yet.'

Joel Allen said: 'It took a lot of work to build it, and I'd rather not take it down, just yet.'

Joel Allen said: ‘It took a lot of work to build it, and I’d rather not take it down, just yet.’

Joel Allen's construction was conducted in secret until he finally went public

Joel Allen’s construction was conducted in secret until he finally went public.

Carpenter builds incredible egg-shaped tree house hidden from view on Crown land just yards from multi-million homes | Mail Online

April 23, 2012 Posted by | Art, Awards, Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Entertainement, Funny, Health, Holiday, Internet, Money, nature, People, Politics, Star | | 2 Comments

American Reunion Irish premiere: Jedward’s brother Kevin accompanies twins and Tara Reid | Mail Online


 

Meet Kevin… Jedward’s older brother! Rarely-seen sibling accompanies the twins (and Tara Reid) to American Reunion Irish premiere

By Sarah Bull

His brothers are arguably the one of the world’s most famous set of twins – with their wacky behaviour and trademarked quiffs setting them apart from their peers.

And while he doesn’t have the same blonde hair as his siblings, Jedward’s older brother Kevin decided to follow in their dubious style footsteps last night as he joined the pair on the red carpet at the Irish premiere of the latest American Pie offering – American Reunion.

The similarity between Kevin and his brothers was clear to see, with the redhead even sporting the same slicked down hairstyle as his siblings.

Family affair: Jedward's older brother Kevin accompanied the twins on the red carpet at the Irish premiere of American Reunion in Dublin last night

Family affair: Jedward’s older brother Kevin accompanied the twins on the red carpet at the Irish premiere of American Reunion in Dublin last night

Heading home: Kevin was seen following along as Edward and Tara left the afterparty

Heading home: Kevin was seen following along as Edward and Tara left the afterparty

Law student Kevin, 21, also wore the same black suit, skinny maroon tie and black patent shoes as his brothers as the trio posed up with one of the film’s stars Tara Reid on the red carpet.

And while the ensemble may have been slightly different from his usual student attire, Kevin should perhaps be grateful that his younger brothers had decided to leave their usual garish outfits at home for the evening.

Understated: John and Edward ditched their quiffs for the occasion as they posed up with Tara on the red carpet

Understated: John and Edward ditched their quiffs for the occasion as they posed up with Tara on the red carpet

Here today, gone tomorrow: Jedward sported quiffs at the LA premiere last month

Here today, gone tomorrow: Jedward sported quiffs at the LA premiere last month

The 20-year-olds are more notorious for their ridiculous styling – which has seen them in red satin suit for their Eurovision performance and trainers with angel wings – even opted for ties this evening.

The brothers were clearly excited about the Tinseltown starts descending on their home turf, tweeting: ‘Everyone we are so excited about coming to the savoy cinema in Dublin with @TaraReid it will be awesOme can’t wait to see everyone =:)’

Centre of attention: Even Jedward's hair couldn't detract from Jennifer Coolidge's bust

Centre of attention: Even Jedward’s hair couldn’t detract from Jennifer Coolidge’s bust

The gang: Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy take a trip from Hollywood to the Savoy Cinema in Dublin

The gang: Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy take a trip from Hollywood to the Savoy Cinema in Dublin

Meanwhile, Tara – who struck up a friendship with the duo on Celebrity Big Brother UK – wrote: ‘So excited to see @planetjedward at @AmericanPie #AmericanReunion premiere tonight in dublin!’

Tara, 36, looked striking by opting for a simple yet elegant floor-length gown which oozed glamour.

However, as ever, Jennifer Coolidge – aka Stifler’s mum – threatened to steal the show once again.

Say hello to mummy: Seann plays Jennifer's son in the comedy franchise

My Car? hunk still looked undeniably handsome despite his grey beard.

Say hello to mummy: Seann plays Jennifer’s son in the comedy franchise

The 48-year-old squeezed her voluptuous silhouette into a curve-hugging black cocktail dress with lace detail on the sleeves, with her ample bosom trying to break free.

On-screen son Seann William Scott put in an appearance too, looking a little older than his 35 years.

Demure: Tara looked striking in simply yet elegant Hollywood glamour

Demure: Tara looked striking in simply yet elegant Hollywood glamour

Protagonist Jason Biggs was notably absent, enjoying a European leg of promotion with Chris Klein.

The actor, famed for his role of Jim Levenstein in the comedy series, was seen dining alfresco with Chris, co-star Mena Suvari and celebrity stylist David Stanwell while they were sent to Rome.

The castmates have been split up over the last few weeks of world touring to cover more locations.

European break: Jason Biggs and Chris Klein missed the premiere as they were in Rome

European break: Jason Biggs and Chris Klein missed the premiere as they were in Rome

European break: Jason Biggs and Chris Klein missed the premiere as they were in Rome

When in Rome... Jason can be seen with Chris, Mena Suvari and celebrity stylist David Stanwell

When in Rome… Jason can be seen with Chris, Mena Suvari and celebrity stylist David Stanwell

American Reunion Irish premiere: Jedward’s brother Kevin accompanies twins and Tara Reid | Mail Online

April 19, 2012 Posted by | Art, Awards, Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Charity, Entertainement, Film, Funny, Health, Money, nature, People, Sport, Weird | | 1 Comment

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