‘Game time’ for UK Eurovision hopeful

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEurovision 2019: UK entry Michael Rice says it’s about time we had a decent song As the final nears, UK Eurovision hopeful Michael Rice talks betting odds, boxing gloves… and why he’s “sick” of Brexit. The last few months have been “a whirlwind of emotions” for Michael Rice, the 21-year-old singer from Hartlepool who was chosen in February to represent the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. His promotional duties have taken him from Spain and the Netherlands to Croatia and Russia, with a brief visit to Israel to film the “postcard” video that will precede his performance on Saturday. His hectic schedule has whisked him from The Graham Norton Show …

Baker back on stage after Twitter row

“I genuinely didn’t know what the atmosphere was going to be like tonight,” the 61-year-old told the audience. “You wouldn’t believe how I was feeling 20 minutes ago but I’m so pleased so let’s do this. “When life deals you lemons, you chuck them at the people calling you a racist.” Baker fired over royal baby chimp tweet Baker ‘so, so sorry’ for ‘disastrous’ tweet Baker was sacked from presenting his Saturday morning show on BBC 5 Live last week after he was accused of mocking the duchess’s racial heritage. His tweet showed an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes with the caption: “Royal Baby leaves hospital”. He quickly deleted it and subsequently apologised …

Huawei leak not criminal offence, police say

He said it had been “badly mishandled”, both by Prime Minister Theresa May and the senior civil servant who led the investigation. All you need to know about Huawei’s problems UK at odds with cyber-allies over Huawei Profile: Gavin Williamson A leak from the security council’s discussions led to reports in the Daily Telegraph about a plan to allow Huawei limited access to help build the UK’s new 5G network. The newspaper also reported on warnings from within cabinet about possible risks to national security over any deal with the Chinese firm. The National Security Council is made up of senior cabinet ministers, all of whom have signed the Official Secrets Act. It holds confidential weekly meetings, chaired by the …

Julian Assange jailed over bail breach

“I did what I thought at the time was the best or perhaps the only thing that I could have done,” he said. In mitigation, Mark Summers QC said his client was “gripped” by fears of rendition to the US over the years because of his work with whistle-blowing website Wikileaks. “As threats rained down on him from America, they overshadowed everything,” he said. Profile: Julian Assange Timeline: Julian Assange saga How likely is an Assange conviction in US? Sentencing him, Judge Deborah Taylor told Assange it was difficult to envisage a more serious example of the offence. “By hiding in the embassy you deliberately put yourself out of reach, while remaining in the UK,” she said. She said this …

WW2 mortuary found in overgrown cemetery

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe first glimpse inside a potential “morbid tourist attraction” A wartime mortuary closed to the public for 70 years could soon become a tourist attraction. The brick building has been uncovered almost perfectly preserved in the overgrown grounds of Wrexham Cemetery. Built in 1939 as an overflow for the former War Memorial Hospital, it is thought to be the only one of its kind to survive in north Wales. Conservationists now hope to attract visitors “with an interest in history or just morbid curiosity”. While the building was overgrown with vegetation, he found it was almost perfectly preserved having been undisturbed for more than half a century. Among the discoveries was the …

Man pours acid on himself in court

Marshall had been carrying a metal water bottle – although CCTV footage is believed to have shown that he had sipped from it as he passed through security. The incident occurred at the south London court after Marshall had pleaded guilty to a series of cheque fraud offences involving £135,000. Acid attack court security crackdown Hundreds of acid attack kits for police When the judge imposed a sentence of two years and four months imprisonment, Marshall was heard to wail and scream. According to one person who was present at the time, the defendant’s face went white and there was a smell of acid. “It looked like he had glue on his skin,” the witness said. Court officials ferried water …

McKellen hosts show for 80 octogenarians

Image caption Annella Youngman attended the special matinee Stephen Crocker, chief executive of the Theatre Royal, which helped organise the event, said: “It has been absolutely fantastic. I am fairly certain the Playhouse must be floating about four inches above the ground with the excitement.” The actor turns 80 on 25 May, when he will be playing on his home turf in Lancashire. The Norwich matinee was staged with the help of local newspaper group Archant, the Playhouse, Theatre Royal and Stage Two. Related Topics Norwich Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Donald Trump set for state visit in June

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRemember President Trump’s last UK visit in July 2018? US President Donald Trump will make a three-day state visit to the UK from 3 to 5 June, Buckingham Palace has announced. The president and First Lady Melania Trump will be guests of the Queen and attend a ceremony in Portsmouth to mark 75 years since the D-Day landings. He will also have official talks with the prime minister at Downing Street. Mr Trump previously met the Queen at Windsor Castle when he came to the UK in July 2018 on a working visit. The White House said the upcoming trip would reaffirm the “steadfast and special relationship between the United States and …

British siblings among Sri Lanka victims

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the attack was “complex, highly co-ordinated and designed to cause maximum chaos, damage and heartbreak”. A team of family liaison officers has been sent to Sri Lanka to support the families of British victims and help repatriate the deceased, Mr Hunt said. What led to Sri Lanka’s Easter carnage? What we know so far Who are the victims? The father of Amelie and Daniel Linsey has been describing his desperate attempt to save his two teenage children. In an emotional interview with CNN, Matt Linsey, a London-based American investment banker, said the pair were returning from the hotel buffet when a bomb went off. He said his instinct was to get them out of there …

‘Shock’ as teen found dead in park

Image copyright Google Image caption The park is popular with local families The boy was found close to trees beside the rugby pitch. Councillor Martyn James said everyone in the town was “really shocked”. “To see your young child taken away in the prime of his life must be heartbreaking for the family,” he said. “It’s a very tight community and I am sure there will be lots of support that’s needed.” Related Topics Ystrad Mynach Caerphilly Gwent Police Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

The breakout stars of Game of Thrones

“Thus Richard Madden‘s role in Bodyguard has done wonders for his profile, Rose Leslie has the part in The Good Fight, Jason Momoa is building a reasonably respectable action career.” Momoa may only have spent a couple of years on the show, but has since played Aquaman, which made more than $1bn ($760m) at the box office, and is now one of the most distinctive faces in Hollywood. She adds: “The likes of Jon Bradley and Hannah Murray [Gilly] will probably get parts on British TV even if not Hollywood.” But Hollywood has already come calling for several of the show’s biggest names. Image copyright Getty Images Similarly, Alfonso Ribeiro has found it difficult to break free from his portrayal …

City falls silent in Hillsborough tribute

Traffic going through the tunnels under the Mersey was stopped for one minute and the Mersey Ferries marked the anniversary by sounding their horns. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEx Liverpool goalkeeper relives Hillsborough horror Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Flowers left at the Hillsborough memorial with a message from the club A memorial service was held at Liverpool Cathedral and The Kop was opened for people who wanted to sit and reflect. Related Topics Liverpool Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Darcey Bussell quits Strictly

Image caption Strictly judges L-R: Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli, Shirley Ballas and Dame Darcey Bussell “It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly, working with such a talented team. “I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire backstage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive. “I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all, I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful years that I can’t imagine having gone any better.” Report End of Twitter post by …