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Mum, 34, hosts an incredible $2,000 Parisian-themed birthday party for her one-year-old daughter - complete with boarding passes, passports and French crepes

Mother-of-two Helena Dodd knew her youngest daughter's first birthday party would be centred around the iconic children's book Madeline after she and her husband settled on that as their 'girls' name before she was born.

The 34-year-old from Sydney didn't know she was having another girl, a sister for Chelsea, ahead of time but as a newborn Madeline settled into her cot on that very first night Helena was already starting on a Pinterest board.

'The character from Ludwig Bemelmans' book and the popular TV show was the inspiration for her name. It was a childhood favourite,' Helena told FEMAIL. 

A lover of craft, design and styling events Helena finds conjuring up parties for her little ladies exciting, documenting them on a Facebook page called Babyccino & Co

'This party on August 18 kept me super busy with lots of little DIY projects. There was paper craft for the invitations, passports, favour bags and cake boxes,' she said.

'There was lots of sewing (with a lot of help from my mother) for the children's outfits and plenty of baking in the few days before the party.'

She had beautiful illustrations created that then became cake toppers and decorations, a themed program for the eight children invited and even a children's entertainer who dressed as Madeline.

 

'Each child was given a personalised passport and boarding pass. We took Polaroid snaps of each child as they arrived and put them in the passport,' she said.

'After some storytelling it was time to get dressed in capes and hats and go on a trip around Madeline's Paris.

Other activities included pin the bow on Genevieve (a twist on the traditional pin the tail on the donkey), face painting, singing and dancing.'

Caterers obliged in the making of Helena's 'Crêperie' idea and provided a steady flow of delicious sweet and savoury crêpes for the children, who were aged between three and six.

Guests signed a copy of the renowned book as a keepsake for Madeline as she gets older.

A highlight of the day was having Helena's grandmother dress up as Miss Clavel, the teacher in the iconic story. 

'I jokingly told her that donning a habit at the party would be the best gift she could ever give Madeline. It was a total shock when she agreed and the look on the kids faces when they saw their great grandmother dressed up was priceless,' she said.

In total Helena's family spent approximately $2,000 on the party, with a large portion of that being the catering, entertainment and photographer. 

'We like to invest in professional photographs so we can capture these memories for our children. We believe that's a great gift to be able to give them, rather than toys that will just be forgotten and thrown away,' she said.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7493209/Mum-hosts-incredible-Parisian-themed-birthday-party-one-year-old-daughter.html

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Outraged wedding guest receives a BILL from the bride's parents after her son, 16, ate an adult meal instead of a child's portion at the reception

A wedding guest has been left outraged after receiving a bill from the bride's parents, because her son, 16, at an adult meal instead of a child's.  

The unnamed mother, believed to be from the US, took to Reddit to vent her frustrations, revealing that she'd requested adult meals for both herself and her son when she sent her RSVP. 

On the day, her son was offered a child's portion of chicken and fries, but he assumed it was a mistake and requested an adult meal. 

She later received a call from the bride's parents, asking her to pay up, because the caterers had charged them for an extra adult meal.  

Reddit users quickly supported the unnamed woman, with one branding the bride's parents 'grossly tacky'. 

Explaining the situation, the mother said that there was an option to select a 'kid's meal version of each dish', when replying to the wedding invite. 

'I never considered ordering one for my son because he is too old for kids' meals,' she said.

'I sent in the RSVP card with our meal selections and never heard anything about it.

'At the wedding, my son and I got our food, but the table was one chicken meal short'.

'The waiter had a small plate of chicken fingers and fries, but everyone at the table told him it must be a mistake because we didn't have any kids sitting with us.

The waiters were able to put together an extra chicken plate for the person who didn't get one, and it seemed all was well.'

But after the big day, the mother received a call from the bride's parents, who were picking up the bill.

'They told me that the chicken fingers had been for my son, and that I had caused the caterer to charge them for the extra adult chicken meal,' she explained.

'I told them my son had asked for the adult meal, but they said he should have had the kid's meal because he's under 18.

They said I should have known he was meant to have a kid's meal and that I should have asked for clarification if I wasn't sure.'

She explained that she never thought it would be possible for her son to get a kid's meal, as the cut-off is usually 13.

The disgruntled guest also added she thought it was rude to assume a 16-year-old would eat the smaller meal. 

'10 and under I would think would have kids' meals. and 11 to 13 is questionable, but 14 and up I would never think would have a kid's meal.

The bride's parents told me it's normal for anyone under 18 to get a kid's meal, but I've never heard of 18 being the cut-off.

'I think it's rude to feed a 16-year-old a meal meant for a six-year-old.

'I know wedding meals are expensive, but I think this was their mistake.'

She received a flood of support from commenters on Reddit, including one who said: 'The fact that someone planning the reception even thought a teenage boy should get a child's meal is ludicrous and stupid. 

'The fact that the bride's parents now want you to pay for it is grossly tacky. Are you close to these people? Do you care what they think? 

'If not then respond point blank that they are out of line and no you aren't going to reimburse them for a mistake of their own making' one wrote.

Another commented: 'Expected to eat a kids meal = rude ... calling later to ask for $ because you choose to change a guest’s meal and you have to pay for it... unbelievable'.

While others suggested compromise of paying the difference between a kid's and adult meal.    

'I'd be tempted to pay them the difference between a child's meal and an adult's meal and then shame them to kingdom come at every opportunity that presents itself' one wrote.

Others lamented the fact that teenage boys tend to eat more than adults, adding that it's ridiculous to expect them to eat a meal designed for an infant.

'Whoever "caught" the mistake and changed the adult meal to a kids meal should have said something to the guest. As far as I am concerned if you are giving people options they can choose what they want, there should be no age limit. 

'Parents aren't going to order the steak for their 4-year-old who barely eats and hates steak. 

The RSVP card should have said (under 18) next to or underneath the kid's meal option. If there are "rules" about what constitutes a kid, that should have been spelled out clearly on the invitation. This is their fault for not clarifying in the first place. 

Other Reddit users agreed the RSVP card should have said 'under 18' next to the children's option. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7455639/Wedding-guest-billed-parents-bride-son-gets-adult-meal.html

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Boy Called ‘Gay’ for Doing Ballet, but What Simon Cowell Says Leaves Him in Tears

Dubbed “Billy Elliot” by judge David Walliams, this young boy loves dancing passionately. He never gave up his dream in spite of being bullied and made fun of. When he finished his performance on Britain’s Got Talent (BGT), the judges’ remarks left him crying tears of joy.

When Jack Higgins appeared on the talent show in 2016, he was 14 years old. The proud Liverpool dancer had a large support group in the audience cheering him on.

Jack’s love for the art form is undeniable. He attends a performing arts college, where he studies and spends much of his time dancing. He spends more than 12 hours training each day to hone his skills, reported The Sun.

His interest in dance started when his mother put him in a breakdance class one day.

“Me mom put me into breakdancing, like hip hop, on a Saturday, and then it just builded on from there. I started ballet last because I was like, ‘no mom, that’s for girls,’” Jack says in a BGT interview cut.

“But after the first class, I just clicked and it was like I wanted to just dance for the rest of my life,” he said, as reported by SBS.

“I don’t have any other hobbies; it’s just dance, dance, dance for me,” he added.

His love of dancing also came at a price—Jack was bullied and mocked by other children.

Speaking to SBS, Jack shared: “When I started ballet, people were calling me names, saying it’s for girls and that I should be doing football. [They said] I was gay and I danced like a girl.”

“It wasn’t just boys bullying Jack, it was girls as well,” Jack’s mother, Debbie, told The Sun.

No matter what he faced though, Jack knew in his heart what he wanted to do and what he loved.

“I was getting like really upset, but dancing … it just makes me feel happy,” Jack told the judges from the stage.

Before Jack began his performance, he told the audience that his ultimate dream was to win Britain’s Got Talent.

Then the song “Say Something” played, and Jack started his choreographed dance routine. He danced gracefully and with poise and confidence; the judges and audience were mesmerized.

When he finished, the audience gave Jack a standing ovation. The young boy started to cry tears of joy. And when it came time to hear the judges’ critique, they didn’t hold back their words of praise.

Judge David Walliams told Jack that “it was a real Billy Elliott moment” for him and that his performance was “so moving.”

“It felt really authentic and genuine,” Amanda Holden said. “You are a born dancer; this is what you’re supposed to do.”

But it was Simon Cowell’s remark that really hit home. Simon said: “You know the one thing bullies don’t like? They don’t like it when you do well. I can see how hard you’ve worked for this moment and I congratulate you, Jack.”

The judges were unanimous in their vote and gave Jack a “yes” to the next round.

Although Jack did not win the talent show, he proved to the world that he is a talented performer. We’re sure to hear more great things from this young man. Never give up on your dream.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/boy-called-gay-for-doing-ballet-but-what-simon-cowell-says-leaves-him-in-tears_3063437.html

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Man Is Taking Grandmother Who Had Never Seen Ocean or Mountains to All 61 U.S. National Parks

Brad Ryan and his 89-year-old grandmother Joy Ryan are on a mission to visit all 61 U.S. National Parks.

The idea started after Brad left his small town for college, where he took his first big trip hiking the Appalachian Trail.

When he told Joy — who is from the same small town — about the trip, “She told me at that time that she really, really regretted that she didn’t get to do more of that type of thing and have more experiences in life,” he told CBS News.

“She was 85 years old, sitting in this tiny house, widowed for 20 years,” he said. “Two of her three sons died in their 40s. She worked a minimum wage job until she was in her early 80s to make ends meet. So, there was definitely no surplus of money for her to go and do these things.”

Years later, when Brad was finishing up veterinary school, one of his classmates died by suicide.

“I needed an escape from campus,” he told Good Morning AmericaHe and Joy then took an impromptu trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

“During that trip, that’s when I started to realize how unconventional it is for somebody in their 30s, a grandson, to be traveling around with their grandmother,” he told CBS News. “We definitely stood out like sore thumbs everywhere we went.”

Following that 2015 trip, Brad wanted to continue taking Joy on adventures. He started a GoFundMe page, where they raised enough money to visit 21 U.S. National Parks in 28 days.

Since that trip, they’ve visited even more, almost halfway to their goal of all 61.

“That puts us at 29 U.S. National Parks out of 61 that we hope to complete,” Brad explained to CBS News. “And we’ve done 25,000 miles on the road in the last three and a half years, and we’ve gone through 38 states.”

Today, the duo’s travels are captured on their joint Instagram account, called “Grandma Joy’s Road Trip.”

One of his favorite moments of their travels? “Watching my grandmother tap into her inner child as she rolled down a sand dune at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve at age 87,” he told GMA.

 

“We’ve seen grizzly bears, we’ve been charged by a moose … it was harrowing,” Brad added to CBS News. “We’ve had all these dramatic experiences and seen all this wildlife that she’s never set eyes on in Ohio.”

“At her age, she’s very cognizant that at every moment, she’s probably seeing something for the first and last time, and that has dramatically changed the way I live my life as well,” he continued.

https://people.com/human-interest/grandson-and-grandmother-visiting-all-national-parks/

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Becca ‘Dares’ Husband To Raise Her If He Claims To Be Strong – And He Did It

And Becca’s husband, Tobi Sanni Daniel raised her like a baby just to prove to her that he has the strength and muscles to hold her up.

In a video posted on the Instagram page of Becca, she was seen being raised by her husband and with one of her songs in the background.

In another photo, she captioned it; “My LOVE… with you I find comfort ????”

Apparently, Becca’s marriage is now on its toes judging from their social media activities.

https://www.ghanacelebrities.com/2019/08/14/video-becca-dares-husband-to-raise-her-if-he-claims-to-be-strong-and-he-did-it/

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Football Legend Abedi Pele makes the ‘Zanku’ dance at Wife’s 51st Birthday Party

Ghanaian Football Legend and former captain of the Black Stars Abedi Pele over the weekend joined the celebration of her wife’s Birthday.

Abedi Pele’s wife Maha marked her 51st birthday and it was all fun and excitement at her birthday party with family and friends.

One who could not afford to be absent was the father of her children Abedi Pele the football maestro.

During the celebration, Abedi Pele displayed some amazing dancing skills blowing away the mind of the birthday celebrant.

He was seen dancing the popular Zanku Zanku dance ? apparently to show appreciation to his wife for being there all these years.

In attendance were Abedi Pele’s grandchildren and daughters-in-law.

http://reportghana.com/football-legend-abedi-pele-makes-the-zanku-dance-at-wifes-51st-birthday-party/

 

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Female singer removes her panty whiles performing on stage

A female singer proved she is far beyond control by boldly pulling down her ‘pioto’ and performing without wearing anything beneath her flying skirt.

The top Jamaican singer managed to gain huge attention and admiration whiles performing on stage without her dross on.

It, however, seems she can do that only in Jamaica

In Ghana, we can vividly recall how a female singer had her career totally buried after showing off her ‘tototo’ on stage.

In other parts of some African countries, that ‘dross’ would have been magically turned into a posh Benz if one Sakawa Boy manages to get hold of it.

https://myafricatoday.com/index.php/2019/08/08/video-female-singer-removes-her-dross-whiles-performing-on-stage/

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Malia Obama pictured snuggling up to her British boyfriend in a London underground station before the couple lit matching cigarettes during her trip to Europe

Malia Obama was seen packing on the PDA with her boyfriend Rory Farquharson whilst waiting for a tube at an underground station in London last month.

Seemingly unfazed by the busy hustle and bustle of passengers around them, the couple were pictured sharing a tender moment as Malia closed her eyes, while Rory appeared to plant a kiss on her forehead.

In another photo, Malia wrapped her arms around her boyfriend’s neck, while he seemed a little more preoccupied with checking his phone.

They were later seen walking down a London street, both holding cigarettes.

In another photo, Malia wrapped her arms around her boyfriend’s neck, while he seemed a little more preoccupied with checking his phone

They were later seen walking down a London street, both puffing away on cigarettes

The 20-year-old appeared to be assimilating to British life and wore a pair of $160 Doc Martins boots, with brown pants, a grey T-shirt and an oversized denim jacket as she walked with her boyfriendThe 20-year-old appeared to have been assimilating to British life and wore a pair of $160 Doc Martins boots, with brown pants, a grey T-shirt and an oversized denim jacket.

The couple, who were pictured on July 27 taking London’s Northern line, appear to have been on their way to The Bridge Theater to see Alan Bennett’s new production Allelujah!

Once again, Malia was seen puffing away, this time on a vape, as they left the theater and went for a romantic stroll, arm-in-arm, over the capital’s Tower Bridge.

Rory wrapped his arm around Malia, to keep her warm as the couple went unnoticed by members of the public on their walk over the River Thames.

Malia, 20, puffed on an e-cigarette as they made their way out of The Bridge Theatre.

Her father, Barack, was also a regular smoker prior to entering the White House and was spotted several times chewing on nicorette gum to fight the habit

Malia appears to have inherited her father’s weakness for nicotine. Barack, was also a regular smoker prior to entering the White House and was spotted several times chewing on nicorette gum to fight the habit.

The former first daughter was also accused of smoking marijuana in 2016 after a video of her puffing on a suspicious cigarette was released. The president’s eldest daughter was seen inhaling from the cigarette during the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.

The brief clip showed the then 18-year-old mingling with crowds as she took a drag. An eyewitness insisted she was smoking a joint.

The daughter of former president Barack Obama visited London last month with her British boyfriend who she met whilst studying at Harvard.

Farquharson wore pink Ralph Lauren shirt and a silver watch as he held his girlfriend’s hand in LondonRory first entered the media spotlight, when he was caught passionately kissing Obama ‘s eldest daughter before a Harvard-Yale football game in November.

And if these latest pictures are anything to go by, the loved-up couple are still going strong.

Rory is a former head boy of Rugby School, one of the top ‘public’ schools in the United Kingdom and just a rung below the more famous Eton and Harrow. According to insiders, he was considered ‘quite a catch’. Rugby charges more than $42,500 (£32,000) a year for tuition and board and is well-known for giving the world the game of rugby.

Malia relaxed on a stoop in the East Village with a friend before they decided to go for dinnerThe Ivy League student also has links to the royals, as his second cousin was the Queen’s Assistant Master of the Household at Buckingham Palace.

Malia started at Harvard last year, following in the footsteps of her father and mother Michelle, who both studied law at the top American university.

She is now back in the United States and was spotted in New York City last week.

The 20-year-old donned brown overalls, which revealed her lace black bra, and chunky black sandals as she stepped out in East Village to meet her pals on Thursday, before enjoying dinner at the upmarket Buddakan Asian restaurant.

A source told DailyMail.com that the group dined in the venue’s private library room, where Malia toasted her friend’s birthday.

Malia relaxed on a stoop in the East Village with a friend before they decided to go for dinnerThe Ivy League student also has links to the royals, as his second cousin was the Queen’s Assistant Master of the Household at Buckingham Palace.

Malia started at Harvard last year, following in the footsteps of her father and mother Michelle, who both studied law at the top American university.

She is now back in the United States and was spotted in New York City last week.

The 20-year-old donned brown overalls, which revealed her lace black bra, and chunky black sandals as she stepped out in East Village to meet her pals on Thursday, before enjoying dinner at the upmarket Buddakan Asian restaurant.

A source told DailyMail.com that the group dined in the venue’s private library room, where Malia toasted her friend’s birthday.

http://www.maravipost.com/malia-obama-pictured-snuggling-up-to-her-british-boyfriend-in-a-london-underground-station-before-the-couple-lit-matching-cigarettes-during-her-trip-to-europe/

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Teacher Percy Jack confirms death of his little dance partner, Prince Jackson - Atinka FM

Teacher Percy Jack GH has confirmed the death of his ‘little boy’ dance partner, Prince Jackson.

The multi-talented teacher confirmed the sad news via his Facebook wall.

CelebritiesBuzz.com.gh broke the news first on his death which got people wondering if it was true or not.

Percy Jack GH confirming news of the death of the little boy took to his Facebook page and wrote:

“R.I.P Prince Jackson hmmmmmmmmmmmm”



The teacher also confirming cause of Jackson’s death wrote:

“He fell down and no attention was given for 5 days. According to the doctor it is internal bleeding”.

Background

A close source and an ardent reader of celebritiesbuzz.com.gh has reliably informed us that he died of internal bleeding yesterday.

According to the source who called us via our office line on the basis of anonymity, the little boy fell down and hit his head on the floor.

However, his parents thought it wasn’t anything serious so they didn’t bother to take him to the hospital.

Sadly for them, the little boy suffered from internal bleeding which caused his death.

The source told celebritiesbuzz.com.gh that the remains of the young lad has been deposited at Kwahu-Atibie Government Hospital where he died and since he’s just a child, he’s set to be buried as soon as possible.

The whole community of Obo-Kwahu in the Eastern Region is heart-broken by the death of the little boy.

We’re doing our very best to reach the family. We’ll bring you more updates once we lay hands on more details.

We extend our sincere condolences to his family!

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/entertainment/Teacher-Percy-Sackey-confirms-death-of-his-little-dance-partner-Prince-Jackson-769841

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Curvy Ghanaian socialite and actress Abena Mckenzie has disclosed her ideal man for marriage.

According to Abena Mckenzie, she loves dark and tall guys and it’s her hope to grab one in Ghana soon.

However, the young photo model mentioned that she is not thinking of starting a love affair or interested in dating anyone leading into marriage for now.

She hinted she takes God seriously in her life as she required her ideal man to be one that has the fear of God in him.

At least, Ghanaian men can be hopeful because Abena Mckenzie has no interest in marrying other nationals as she maintained that her ideal man must be a Ghana

“I’m too young for love. And relationships are scary to me right now. So, I am just focusing on my career and business. No wedding plans, no relationship.

However, when the time comes, I am looking out for a man that has a close relationship with God. He must be comfortable financially. He just has to be dark in complexion tall and must be a Ghanaian”, she said.

https://www.browngh.com/abena-mckenzie/

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One of Ghana's finest morning show hots Kwame Adinkrah tells why he plays shatta wale.

Ace broadcaster and award-winning morning show host, Kwame Adinkrah has joined the discussion of the collaboration between Beyoncé and Dancehall King, Shatta Wale.

Mr. Adinkrah is of the view that Shatta Wale has arrived with his latest collaboration with Beyonce.

In a commentary on #PureMorningDrive on Thursday, July 30, he highlighted reasons for playing the #Already song on his show every morning.



Kwame Adinkrah stated that:

"People don't understand why I play this song every morning. Now let me set the records straight; the song is owned by Beyonce and not Shatta Wale. And Beyonce is one of the best female artistes in the world,winning 23 Grammys and counting. Even in Ghana, it's not easy to collaborate with local artistes. So for Beyonce to decide to come to Africa and to a country like Ghana and then select Shatta Wale to be on her album is a huge achievement not only for him but the entertainment industry and Ghana at large. To me, if he doesn't release any song after this, it's fine. He has arrived!."



Mr. Adinkrah further likened the attitudinal change in Shatta Wale from the time the song was released to that of a local champion who has metamorphosed into an international champion.

"This song was recorded long before its release but Shatta Wale of all people never spoke about it in his usual rants on social media until it was finally released. And interestingly after the release he has completely changed. I think that's a way of telling Ghanaians that he's no longer a local but an international champion. He's there, really he rules!" He added.

According to statistics on Billboard’s official website, Beyonce ft Shatta Wale – Already is leading with over 10,000 votes which is over 82% of the total votes cast so far as of July 20.



The Lion King : The Gift Album is inspired by the live action remake of Disney’s classic animation; The Lion King in which Beyoncé plays Nala. The album features several top artistes from Africa which include; Shatta Wale, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Tekno, Burna Boy and Mr Eazi.

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/entertainment/Why-I-play-Shatta-Wale-Kwame-Adinkrah-768194

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Simon Cowell was in floods of tears as he was reunited with Britain’s Got Talent hero Julia Carlile two years after paying for her life-changing £175,000 surgery.

Julia shot straight to the BGT semi-finals with dance troupe MerseyGirls after telling judges Simon, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon she was hoping to use the £250,000 prize money to pay for an operation to correct her spine, and subsequently save her career. After the group lost out, Simon flew Julia out to the USA so she could get the procedure she needed.

Two years later, the 17-year-old was back on stage for Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, back flipping across the stage at London’s Wembley Arena, prompting the music mogul to sob. According to The Sun, Amanda pushed her co-star to say some words before he choked up. ‘All I want to talk about is one person’s strength and, beyond that, the friendship and support you all have, which we saw the first time we met you,’ he began, before his voice cracked.

‘To see you able to come back tonight… it just means everything.’ Alesha gave MerseyGirls her Golden Buzzer back in 2017 so was just as moved by their epic comeback. She added: ‘That just made my heart soar. Simon, I love you, I love what you’ve done for her.’ ‘I thought that now I would be at home not dancing for the rest of my life,’ Julia enthused. ‘But here I am back flipping with my best friends. ‘I couldn’t walk two years ago and now I am here.

‘Simon, thank you so much. I don’t think I have ever been so happy as I am right now.’ Metro.co.uk confirmed MerseyGirls would be joining the first ever all-star series of Britain’s Got Talent, where they will battle it out with the likes of Colin Thackery, Ashley and Sully, Stavros Flatley and magician Richard Jones. Susan Boyle, however, has been forced to withdraw from the competition over scheduling conflicts.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/29/simon-cowell-tears-emotional-reunion-britains-got-talent-star-paying-life-changing-175000-surgery-10478793/

 

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X Factor Audience Mocks Farm Lady, but later fell silence when she started singing

All things are created equal on TV talent shows. Regardless of where you come from, what you do, and even how old you are, the stage can be yours for a few precious minutes to showcase what you do best.

However, sometimes it’s hard for the audience (and even the judges!) to leave discrimination at the door. That’s what happened to singer Jacqueline Faye when she auditioned for the X Factor in September of 2018. But boy, did she have a surprise in store.

Faye traded her humble life on an Oxfordshire farm for a chance to share her love for singing. According to The Sun, Faye had 25 years of experience, has performed all over the world, and was even a resident vocalist aboard ‘The London Showboat’ for much of that time. But nobody knew that when Faye walked onto the X Factor stage.

“I’m nervous,” the 53-year-old admits to judge Louis Tomlinson when he asks her how she is. “Do you want to introduce yourself?” the young judge encourages. “My name is Jackie,” she says, addressing the substantial crowd. “I live on a farm. We have chickens, ducks, horses, and Dave, my peacock,” she goes on, while the audience laughs in disbelief.

Simon Cowell, ever the tough nut to crack, can be seen rolling his eyes, but an undeterred Jackie continues. “He’s got a friend called Chaz,” the jolly farmer explains. “Chaz and Dave! Chaz is a white peacock,” says Jackie, adding the giggle-inducing fact that “they like to attack their own reflections.”

Robbie Williams seems increasingly charmed by Jackie’s list of animal companions, but an incredulous Simon takes over asking the questions. “Are you married?” he asks, bluntly. “Yes,” Jackie replies. “Bobby; he’s at home minding the animals.” The audience continues laughing, unsure of what to make of the sweet, nervous farmer with the never-ending menagerie.

Little do they know what Jackie has in store for them.

The singing farmer informs the audience and the judges’ panel that she is going to sing a classic Cilla Black song, the 1960s hit “You’re My World.” As the first few notes of the song fill the auditorium and Jackie lifts the microphone to her lips, everything changes. Gone is the nervous country girl from the Oxfordshire farm; a diva stands in her place.

Jackie’s rendition starts out amazing and goes from strength to strength. With a heart-rending vibrato, perfect pitch, and a moving, timeless tone to her voice, there’s not a single person in the room who isn’t paying attention. Even Simon Cowell is sporting a warm grin by the end of Jackie’s track.

As the audience leaps to their feet in applause, Jackie is overcome with emotion and clasps her hand over her mouth in shock. Jackie’s secret is out; she’s amazing!

Jackie received four yeses from the panel and Robbie Williams became her immediate champion. After a performance of “Bring Him Home” from the musical Les Miserables later in the competition, Robbie even told the singer: “You’re all that’s great about Great Britain,” Wales Online reported.

The talented farmer sadly lost out to 35-year-old singer Antonino Spadaccino shortly after this show-stopping first audition. However, we will always have a place in our hearts for the peacock-loving Welsh diva with a heart of gold.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/x-factor-audience-mocks-farm-lady-but-when-she-starts-singing-they-fall-into-silence_2956232.html

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FaceApp: How accurate are the predictions? How accurate are the predictions?

It might feel like every person you've ever met is using FaceApp at the moment.

Your timelines have been flooded with people from school posting photos of what they might look like when they're older.

The app has got its critics. There have been warnings over how its creators use your data - and one politician in America even wants the FBI to investigate it.

But how accurate are the app's results? We've put pictures of celebrities from their younger days through it to see how they compare to now.

Sir Ian McKellen

The app is pretty much bang on with Sir Ian McKellen aka Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings.

The picture on the left was taken in his late 20s back in 1968. The one in the middle is after it's been worked on by FaceApp and the right is when Sir Ian played Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past - aged 75.

Sir David Attenborough

Yeah, not too bad.

Taken in 1965, on the left is Sir David Attenborough aged 39. The middle picture is the result after going through the app and on the right is earlier this year aged 93.

Dolly Parton

OK, this is probably not the greatest.

On the left is country singer and all round general icon Dolly Parton in her early 30s back in 1977. Centre is after she's been app'd and the right was earlier in 2019, aged 73.

If anything, she's aged better than the app has done...

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman looks good here - especially in the left picture, which is from 1990 when he was in his early 50s.

But you can't help but feel he's lost a little bit of the glimmer in his eye in the middle FaceApp'd picture. Luckily, it's definitely still there on the right, which was taken in June this year.

FaceApp is not new. It first hit the headlines two years ago with its "ethnicity filters".

These purported to transform faces of one ethnicity into another - a feature that sparked a backlash and was quickly dropped.

The app can, however, turn blank or grumpy expressions into smiling ones. And it can tweak make-up styles.

The app also works on painted portraits - although the effect is sometimes unnerving.

It's done with the help of artificial intelligence (AI). An algorithm takes the input picture of your face and adjusts it based on other imagery.

This makes it possible to insert a toothy smile, for instance, while adjusting lines around the mouth, chin and cheeks for a natural look.

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Geneva Motor Show: Why it will be electrifying

The Geneva International Motor Show, which gets under way in Switzerland this week, is one of the biggest events on the global auto industry calendar.

At a time when many traditional motor shows seem to be in decline, with manufacturers increasingly wary of spending cash on big set-piece events, Geneva still looks healthy.

Unlike the other major European events, in Frankfurt and Paris, it isn't dominated by one nation's manufacturers. Held on neutral ground, it also attracts many smaller businesses, such as tuning houses and niche sportscar makers.

There's a much greater emphasis on speed and style than you might see elsewhere, and as befits a show that once welcomed concepts for nuclear-powered vehicles, there's a strong focus on innovation.

The glitzy car launches, with their deafening sound and light shows, and the acres of shiny bodywork on display will present a confident image to the world.

But there's no escaping the fact that this is an industry in transition, with many manufacturers struggling to make profits, and apprehensive about the future.

Electrification is likely to be the dominant theme at Geneva this year, and for good reason.

Lagonda All-Terrain ConceptAston Martin Lagonda has been teasing car fans with pictures of its new Lagonda All-Terrain Concept ahead of the official unveiling

New European emissions regulations, which are being phased in from next year, will force manufacturers to reduce drastically the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by their cars, or face steep fines.

Those targets will apply to average emissions across each carmaker's model range. Having low or zero-emissions cars, such as fully electric and plug-in hybrids, in their fleets will help to bring down the average.

"Not only do they have to make electric cars, the way the rules work they actually have to sell them as well," explains James Attwood, deputy editor of Autocar magazine.Small wonder then that carmakers are scrambling to develop new electric vehicles. What we'll see at Geneva, however, is a large number of plug-in hybrids - and an array of fully electric concepts.

These are prototypes designed to show what manufacturers are thinking and gauge the response of consumers, rather than road-ready vehicles.

According to Mr Attwood, "What you're going to see is cars that are designed to get people looking and thinking of electric cars in a different way.

"Lots of manufacturers are now trying to showcase just what you can do with electric cars."

Mercedes and Audi, which are in the process of developing whole new electric ranges, will both have new ideas on show. For Audi, it will be a new compact SUV, while Mercedes is bringing an electric people-carrier.

Paolo PininfarinaPaolo Pininfarina, chairman of the eponymous design house, will be unveiling the firm's new electric hypercar

Aston Martin's new electric sub-brand Lagonda will be showing off what it calls an "all-terrain concept", an upmarket SUV designed to rival the luxury Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

Meanwhile, Korean manufacturer Kia, which has been making waves recently with its more sensibly priced electric e-Niro SUV, will also have a concept. "Designed to not only get your pulse racing, but to also signpost our holistic and emotional approach to electrification," the company says.

That's the kind of language you hear a lot of at motor shows, often at high volume and accompanied by a very expensive but rather cheesy video. In this case, it appears to suggest that electric cars can be both practical and fun.

Not all of them are entirely practical however.

Automobili Pininfarina, an Italian brand backed by the Indian giant Mahindra, will be bringing along three versions of its new Battista.

Named after the founder of the Pininfarina design house, the car is expected to have a top speed of 250mph, and a range of 300 miles, all on battery power. The car itself has yet to be unveiled, but it's fair to say it is unlikely to have much room for your shopping.

ID BuggyVolkswagen's much-anticipated electric buggy concept has arrived, modelled on the legendary American dune buggies from the 60s and 70s

Another major issue affecting the industry - and one which goes far beyond simply how cars are powered - is what the future holds for transport in cities.

Governments and local authorities across Europe are increasingly desperate to cut congestion and improve air quality. Restrictions on petrol and diesel cars, and on private vehicles in general, are likely only to increase.

At the same time technology is developing rapidly, raising the prospect that one day self-driving taxis may become commonplace in town centres. Ride hailing and car sharing are also becoming more popular.

All of this clearly threatens the traditional business models of established carmakers. As a result, deals like those announced recently between BMW and Daimler, on shared-use models and developing self-driving technology, may become more commonplace.

"Carmakers are being pulled in so many directions at the moment," says Anna-Marie Baisden, head of auto research at Fitch Solutions.

"They're investing in new technology, and at the same time seeing slower sales in key markets, such as North America, China and Europe. So with an eye for cost-cutting it makes sense to work together."

Meanwhile, manufacturers are trying to work out what kinds of vehicles we'll actually be using in cities for the next few years.

So at Geneva, we'll see the latest version of Honda's Urban EV, a small electric car designed specifically for use in the city, which is nearly ready to go into production.

There will also be the Ami-One, a little electric box on wheels from the French marque Citroen. Only a concept so far, it's designed specifically for the car-sharing market. With a maximum speed of 28mph, in some countries you wouldn't even need a full licence to drive it, making it a viable option for cash-strapped 16-year-olds.

Ami-OneSales of so-called micro-electric vehicles are growing fast and Citroen hopes its Ami-One will grab a slice of the market

And following a similar stream of creative thinking, Spanish brand Seat has come up with its own super-small city concept, first unveiled at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Named the Minimo, it is half the size of a traditional city car. In fact, it is more of an enclosed scooter. It has a strong resemblance to Renault's existing super-small car, the Twizy.

Like the Ami-One, it is aimed at the car-sharing market. And one day, the manufacturer says, it will be able to drive itself.

It may look rather incongruous alongside the exotic array of super-fast, super-stylish supercars Geneva invariably attracts. But carmakers clearly think machines like this are what many of us will one day use to get around.

Supercars may have the futuristic looks, but super-compacts could be what the future actually holds.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47404881

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A look back at the 'debacle' of 1989's hostless Oscars

The 2019 Oscars are set to go ahead without a host for the first time since 1989. But there is perhaps a reason it has taken so long for it to happen again - as 1989's ceremony has gone down as one of the most embarrassing moments in Oscars history.

It took a long time for the footage of that night to re-emerge. When it eventually popped up on YouTube, it attracted a million views in a day.

Here's how it unfolded in real time:

0'01" Army Archerd, a greying columnist for Variety magazine, stands at the entrance to the Oscars and introduces Snow White (played by 22-year-old Eileen Bowman) - dressed exactly like the 1937 Disney depiction of the fairytale princess. Archerd tells her to "follow the Hollywood stars"- people in tights wearing massive sparkly polystyrene stars about their torso.

0'28" With a squeal like sped-up whalesong, Snow White enters from the back; she has to go down a long slope to the front, past actors, directors and producers who already look appalled. Snow White goes to greet some of them; they actively distance themselves as much as possible. None more than Michelle Pfeiffer - when Snow White goes to grab her hand, Pfeiffer pulls it away. This one movement signals to the watching world what the mood is in that theatre, just one minute in.

01'25" The song continues and Snow White tries to engage Tom Hanks, Sigourney Weaver, Dustin Hoffman and Glenn Close. All give her the same frozen smile and 1,000-mile stare of a combat veteran.

02'10" Snow White goes centre stage and the curtain lifts, revealing a set done to look like the Cocoanut Grove nightclub at its peak. Salsa music plays. California native Merv Griffin starts singing I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts in a faux Cockney accent. Sitting at the tables of the "Grove" are a selection of veteran stars (Roy Rogers, Vincent Price, Cyd Charisse). One by one, they are taken away by dancing waiters in sequinned trousers.

04'57" Griffin introduces Snow White to her "blind date", Rob Lowe. Lowe looks like he already knows the next few minutes are going to cause grievous bodily harm to his career.

05'21"Lowe and Snow launch into a rewritten version of Proud Mary. Lowe hits a bum note on his first line and never recovers. "Rollin', rollin', keep the camera rollin'", they sing. Everyone else hopes that they will just shut the cameras off. Forever.

06'58" Three women wearing enormous coconuts on their heads enter. One, who has genuine singing talent, takes over from Snow White - which does wonders for the audio but throws Lowe's abilities into somewhat sharper relief. In the background, the tables stand and dance, lamps on their head.

07'37" The routine finishes. The camera cuts to the audience. It is perhaps just unfortunate that it finds Robert Downey Jr, whose face is an unmatched study in contempt. He gives all of three sarcastic handclaps.

08'11" A row of scarlet-clad ushers begin high-kicking to a backing song about the wonderful magic of cinema: "When you're down in the dumps / Try putting on Judy's red pumps."

09'45" Snow White's skirt swells into a 10-metre wide gold peacock-feather contraption, and she is wearing an outsized box office stand on - yes - her head. Hooray For Hollywood, the backing song trills.

10'12" Steps that hide Snow White are moved centre-stage. Her ordeal is over. Lily Tomlin steps out of the box office stand and starts to descend the steps. She loses her shoe on the way down. "I told them I'd be thrilled to do the Oscars if they could only come up with an entrance," she says. There is mild laughter. In the background, Lowe crawls down the steps to throw the missing shoe back to Tomlin. He throws it wide and it falls in the orchestra pit. Lowe flees the stage. "A billion and a half people just watched that," Tomlin adds. The longest 11 minutes in film history are over.

Last year Rob Lowe was asked about the "debacle" of 1989's Oscars by the New York Times.

He said: "It's basically a show that nobody wants to do. It's really sad."

Admitting he made a "huge mistake" by taking part, he added that there had been benefits to taking part.

"In an era when staying in the conversation is as important as anything else, I for sure have gotten more money and acclaim out of being in that Oscar opening number than if I had won an Oscar."

'Break-Out Super Stars of Tomorrow'The "breakout stars" included Patrick Dempsey, Ricki Lake, Chad Lowe, Keith Coogan, Corey Feldman, Christian Slater and Joely Fisher

Later in the show there would be another big routine that flopped - Bob Hope and Lucille Ball introducing a 10-minute-long "stars of tomorrow" song-and-dance bit involving young actors mimicking Michael Jackson, sword-fighting and tap-dancing in MC Hammer-style trousers hoisted up to their throats.

"The 61st Academy Awards ceremony began by creating the impression that there would never be a 62nd," wrote the New York Times's Janet Maslin.

Marvin Hamlisch, Allan Carr and Kenny OrtegaCarr (centre) believed he had masterminded a hit show - until he visited the press room

Hollywood producer Allan Carr - renowned for his lavish parties - had been selected as the ideal antidote to what had become a boring, staid show. He promised "the antithesis of tacky" and "the most beautiful Academy Awards of all time".

The opening 12 minutes were based on a musical revue called Beach Blanket Babylon, which Carr had seen at a nightclub in San Francisco; Carr hired its creator Steve Silver to direct it.

Sitting in the audience, Silver realised immediately how badly it had gone down. But Carr was oblivious until he found the usually supportive newspaper columnist Jeannie Williams in the press room.

She told him it was "over the top" and questioned what Snow White was doing in the Cocoanut Grove.

Carr knew he was in trouble. The morning after the Oscars - when normally a producer's phone would be ringing off the hook with congratulatory messages - there was silence at Carr's home.

But two critical - in both senses - pieces of correspondence did follow.

The first was from the Walt Disney Company. It was a legal case against the Academy for using their Snow White character without permission.

The Academy went on to apologise for the "unauthorised use of Disney's copyrighted Snow White character" and for "unintentionally creating the impression that Disney had participated in or sanctioned the opening production number on the Academy Awards telecast".

The other letter was from some 17 Hollywood figures - including Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, Billy Wilder, Sidney Lumet and former Academy president Gregory Peck - which denounced what happened at the Shrine as "demeaning" and "an embarrassment to both the Academy and the entire motion picture industry."

Some of the signatories were people who had been regulars at Carr's parties.

Martha Plimpton and River Phoenix arrive at the 1989 OscarsMartha Plimpton and River Phoenix arrive at the 1989 Oscars: Carr first saw the potential of screening the red carpet

Carr, whose career highlights had included writing and producing credits for Grease, had his reputation in Hollywood dented. It never fully recovered and he died of liver cancer in 1999 at the age of 62.

But amidst the criticism of the show, which was later described by Hollywood Reporter as "Oscar's biggest goof", Carr had reversed the decline in viewing figures; 42.7m watched across the US. (For context, that is 10m more than watched the 2018 ceremony).

He had also made a number of changes that define the ceremony to this day.

The phrase "and the winner is…" was replaced by "and the Oscar goes to…", which sounded less exclusionary.

The arrival of the stars on the red carpet - which now has its own show - was given much greater prominence. And Bruce Vilanch, hired by Carr, remained the chief writer of the show over the next two decades.

Janice Crystal and Billy CrystalBilly Crystal - here arriving with his wife Janice - got the hosting gig off his star turn in 1989

And indeed Vilanch's gags found their perfect voice in a certain Billy Crystal. Carr had selected him to deliver a monologue at the 1989 Oscars and it went so well that he was asked to be the full-time host for 1990.

His first line? "Is that [applause] for me, or are you just glad I'm not Snow White?"

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-47046340

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Disney fans mock Will Smith's Genie in Aladdin

Disney granted everyone's wish on Sunday when they finally gave a first look at Will Smith's blue Genie in the new live action version of Aladdin.

Unfortunately many fans were not impressed with what they saw and were quick to say so on social media.

"It turns out that Will Smith's Aladdin Genie will haunt my nightmares," tweeted one user.

Another added: "I'll never sleep again and it's all Will Smith's fault."

The trailer for director Guy Ritchie's latest offering was revealed midway through the Grammy Awards, and sees Aladdin approaching the Cave of Wonders in search of the lamp.

When Disney first released images of the upcoming film, Smith admitted it was "always terrifying" whenever "you're doing things that are iconic".

Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Will Smith as the Genie

The actor told Entertainment Weekly he tapped into his roles from Bad Boys and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to shape his Genie.

When teasing what the blue immortal would look like, Ritchie said he wanted a "muscular 1970s dad".

He added: "He was big enough to feel like a force - not so muscular that he looked like he was counting his calories, but formidable enough to look like you knew when he was in the room."

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However, other film fans said they would wait to make their minds up when the movie is released in May.
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-47199197
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BTS: K-pop idols make first historic Grammy appearance

BTS has made history by becoming the first K-pop group to present at the Grammy Awards.

The group, which was also nominated for an award, presented the Best R&B album to new Grammy winner H.E.R.

The seven band members said that they had always dreamed about "being on the Grammy stage" adding that they would "be back".

They also paid homage to their country, wearing tuxedos designed by South Korean designers.

According to Vogue, JayBaek Couture designed custom suits for Jungkook, Jin, Jimin, Suga, V and RM, while J-Hope's suit was designed by Kim Seo Ryong - something that did not go unnoticed.

The boys also rolled up to the event in a Hyundai - a South Korean car manufacturer.

Twitter post by @Hyundai: The red carpet is where life meets style and @BTS_twt knows a little something about that...Making an entrance at the #GRAMMYs in our first-ever #HyundaiPalisade. #BetterByHyundai

The hashtag #TearItUpBTS also began trending when the boy band arrived at the awards show.

They also started trending in South Korea and were one of the top 20 searches on Naver, one of South Korea's largest search engines.

South Korean boy band BTS attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10

BTS has managed to conquer the US

Their fellow celebrities at the Grammys also gave them a shout out.

Anna Kendrick, who was sat next to the band, jokingly said that she would provide them with "a snack or whatever".

BTS' 2018 album "Love Yourself: Tear" was nominated in the category of best recording package but did not win.

The hugely popular K-pop group - one of few that have managed to break into the West- are considered one of the most successful acts of the South Korean music industry.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47194222

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Iran revolution: 'I wore a hijab and head-banged to Nirvana'

On my first day of school in Iran we walked down a poorly-lit corridor. I was holding my mother's hand and crying. She was crying too. On my head I had a black hood, known as a maghnaeh, covering my hair. I was six years old and terrified. This was nothing like my kindergarten in Los Angeles.

I was born in the summer of 1979 in California, a few months after Iran's Islamic Revolution; my mother was in her early 20s and my grandmother was 50.

Millions of Iranian women took part in the revolution, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the men, but soon afterwards the tide turned against them. Some of the basic rights women had won during the regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi were revoked immediately.

The Family Protection Act, which had given women the right to divorce, was nullified and a mandatory dress code requiring all women to wear the hijab was introduced.

The uprising against the shah and the revolution had scattered our family across the world.

I moved back to Iran with my parents in 1984, right in the middle of the eight-year war with neighbouring Iraq and one of the most ideologically rigid periods in the country's recent history.

Iranian Revolution: Why what happened in Iran 40 years ago matters

The dress code for women was strict; bright colours, lipstick, nail varnish or showing a strand of hair could get you arrested.

"I think the hardest thing for me was the hijab. I could never accept it," my mother says. "I never followed the strict dress code dictated by the state. I tried hard to have my own style."

My grandmother also struggled with the changes when she returned to Iran from the UK a few years after the revolution.

"I felt like I had moved to a completely different country, it was nothing like before," she recalls.

'Nothing like my school days'

Every morning before class we lined up in the schoolyard, raised our tiny fists in the air and repeated the words of our headmistress, who shouted into a megaphone: "Death to America! Death to Iraq and Saddam Hussein! Death to England!"

"The first day I took you to school I was shocked and disappointed," my mother says.

Feranak Amidi in hijab in ID card aged 6

Feranak, aged 6, wearing a hijab in her ID card photo

It was quite different from her own time as a young girl in Iran. My mother attended a school founded by French Christian missionaries, where the girls wore cute uniforms, played sports and music, sang and danced.

"The environment of your school was depressing and sad," she says. "It was nothing like the playful environment I remembered from my school days."

My grandmother was part of the first generation of girls who attended public schools in Iran in the 1930s. Until then most attempts to open up girls schools had failed due to fierce opposition by the clergy, who believed they would become dens of indecency.

"I was fond of school. It was fun and I can't remember anything unpleasant about it," my grandmother says.

Under the shah religion was a private matter. After the revolution, religion became part of the public sphere.

You were encouraged to show your devotion to Islam as a sign of allegiance to the regime. Women had to dress more modestly, men grew beards and people prayed in work places out of fear of being branded anti-revolutionary. The state controlled the most private aspects of our lives.

Living a double life

At schools, teachers were told to quiz students about their private lives.

We were asked whether our parents drank alcohol, listened to music, owned a video player, played cards, danced or took off their hijabs at mixed-gender family parties; all acts prohibited by law.

Feranak Amidi (c) and two friends

As a teenager, Feranak listened to Western rock music despite it being banned in Iran

Most of our parents encouraged us to lie and I started to learn how to live a double life.

I wore the hijab to class and head-banged to Nirvana in my bedroom at home. I shouted "Death to America!" at school and bought Guns N' Roses cassettes from underground music dealers.

Growing up under the shah my mother had more social freedom.

"I could choose what I wanted to wear, the music I wanted to listen to and so forth, but there were still many limitations for women," she recalls.

Forty years ago, Iranian TV's woman newscaster was not required to cover her hair

My mother married when she was 17, which was not uncommon even under the shah. Women were still expected to conform to rigid social norms and the gender gap in the workforce was wide. Yet the winds of change were blowing.

"The shah was trying to change things and make society more modern," says my mother.

My grandmother grew up in an affluent family and was exposed to Western culture, but she was still very much bound to tradition.

She was married off after school and went on to have six children. She also didn't have many choices in her life. Marriage and motherhood were just about all a woman could do.Feranak says her life has been quite different from that experienced by most Iranian women

Compared to my mother and grandmother I have had more choices in life; I got a university degree, emigrated alone when I was 30, lived with my partner for four years, and got married at 35. But this is not the life experience of an average Iranian woman.

Officials say more than 50% of university students are women and that they are postponing marriage until their late 20s. But women make up only 19% of the workforce. Most women still have little choice but to get married and become housewives.

Female representation in parliament is only 6% and women have next to no rights in marriage. Strict gender roles are propagated by state-run media and women are told that their place is at home with their children.

Four decades after the revolution, it is hard to say whether Iranian women have made any real progress. One thing is clear: for every step forward there have been a few steps back, but the setbacks have never discouraged women to push ahead.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47087076

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R Kelly: backlash as singer announces Australia tour

Singer R Kelly has announced a new tour of Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, sparking widespread criticism in light of abuse allegations against him.

The R&B star posted his plans on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, but later deleted the posts.

The proposed concerts would come on the heels of a documentary detailing decades of alleged sexual abuse by the artist.

Local politicians have called for him to be barred from entering Australia.

On Tuesday, the 52-year old Grammy-winner tweeted "NEW TOUR ALERT", but without giving concrete dates of when he would play, and where.

View image on Twitter'Physical and emotional abuse'

R Kelly has not been convicted of any crimes in connection with the abuse claims.

The allegations against him were aired in a January documentary, Surviving R Kelly, which featured detailed accounts of his alleged physical and emotional abuse of women.

It claimed the R&B star ran an "abusive cult" in which he is accused of keeping women captive against their wills.

Following the allegations, numerous former music industry colleagues spoke out against R Kelly, and protesters called for a ban on his music and concerts.

A protester holding a #muteRKelly bannerDemonstrators hold a protest near to R Kelly's studio

This is not the first report of a planned R Kelly tour to Australia.

In December, confusion arose when the singer disputed a similar announcement by a tour company, calling it fake news.

At the time, New Zealand victims' advocate Ruth Money and the non-profit group Women's Refuge called for the singer to be banned from performing.

"Popular culture has an immense amount to do with shaping the way people think and the way people behave, and the sort of role models that we hold up, particularly to our young people," she said.

Australia could deny visa

Australia's opposition Labor party released a statement saying the singer should not be permitted to enter the country.

"Labor strongly supports the refusal or cancellation of visas of non-citizens on character or criminal grounds," the document said.

Australia's department of home affairs told the BBC it "does not comment on individual cases", but Australia has previously barred entry to people in similar situations.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather was denied a visa over family violence convictions. Rapper Chris Brown also had his visa denied based on his history of domestic violence.

And in 2014, the country cancelled a visa for US "pick-up artist" Julien Blanc, citing his derogatory views on women.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-47140540

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