THE Premier League is becoming swamped with players hooked on sleeping pills, The Sun reveals today. Scores of stars are mixing “sleepers” with alcohol to chase a new recreational high. Insiders say the problem with pills such as Zopiclone and Zolpidem is growing at a terrifying rate with some risking their lives and careers. The Sun recently told how one England star has been popping pack after pack of Zopiclone , downing them with champagne and vodka. Today we can reveal two more Three Lions players have turned to the black market to get their hands on larger quantities of the Class C prescription medication. One Wag returned home from a night out to find her partner out cold on the sofa and their hysterical kids trying to wake him. A source close to the star said: “They’re destroying him — and those around him.’’ PERFECT STORM Astonishingly, the pills are not on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances. There are now calls for players to … [Read more...] about Scores of Premier League players ‘risking lives and careers’ by getting hooked on sleeping pills
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Eddie Jones will not make a formal complaint to World Rugby over the two tries wrongly awarded to Wales. England crashed to a 40-24 Six Nations defeat in Cardiff after being left furious by what World Cup winner Martin Johnson branded “appalling” refereeing. French official Pascal Gauzere first allowed Josh Adams to score from a quickly taken penalty when he had just told Owen Farrell to speak to his team. He then ignored a blatant knock-on by Louis Rees-Zammit to award a second try to Liam Williams - leading former Wales captain Sam Warburton to admit: “I’d be fuming if I was Owen Farrell”. But Jones refused to criticise the official publicly after the game. And yesterday the RFU confirmed that England would not be taking the matter further. The Australian simply said: “We were in a race and they got a bit of a headstart and we had to catch up. “Sometimes you play rugby and don't get the result. Sometimes you play terrible rugby and do.” Defeat ended England’s title … [Read more...] about England silent over blunder ref but call out trolls after social media abuse
Britons are being warned making the most of warmer weather and sunshine could jeopardise our chances of sticking to the prime minister's reopening road map. Yesterday's warmer temperatures and bright sunshine brought out crowds across the country, with pictures showing packed parks and waterfronts. But professor Calum Semple, an expert in "outbreak" medicine, warned the public to continue sticking to the lockdown rules or we could "blow it". Asked whether crowds could cause case numbers to rise again, professor Semple, who sits on the government's SAGE advisory board, admitted to Sky News: "This is a big worry to us." He added: "Really, we do urge people to take care. Advertisement "We're just not quite there on the road map - we can't take a short cut with people's health." He said the public should remember that 10% of hospital COVID beds are still taken by people aged under 50 with no underlying health problems. The same group takes up … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Sunshine brings crowds out – but SAGE expert warns we could blow chances of ending lockdown
CRIME drama Bloodlands has already got viewers hooked. Starring James Nesbitt as DCI Tom Brannick, the four-part drama has a stellar supporting cast to boot. Bloodlands cast: Who stars in the BBC drama? James Nesbitt as Tom Brannick Nesbitt landed the part of Adam Williams in ITV comedy-drama Cold Feet in 1996, his breakthrough role. He has since starred in various TV shows, including Murphy's Law, The Canterbury Tales and Jekyll. He also has had roles in Danny Boyle's movie Millions and Woody Allen's Match Point. Lisa Dwan as Tori Matthews Lisa Dwan is an Irish star of stage and screen. In the theatre world, Dwan is known for her performances of Samuel Beckett’s work. On screen, she has starred in spy thriller The Tailor of Panama, as well as a TV film adaptation of Oliver Twist. Lorcan Cranitch as Jackie Twomey You may recognise Irish actor Cranitch from his role as DI Littlejohn in the Sky Atlantic series, Fortitude. He also appeared as a villain … [Read more...] about Bloodlands cast: Who stars in the BBC drama?
The Berlinale has a certain number of established rituals. Braving the normally bitter end-of-February weather — when the international film festival usually takes place — there's always a crowd of die-hard autograph collectors flocking at the corner of the street where actors and filmmakers are dropped off from limousines ahead of their movie's press conference. And before the premiere of a film, fans spend hours waiting to see their favorite stars walk up the red carpet, hoping to get a selfie or simply to soak up the exciting atmosphere of the festival , even if it's freezing outside. Meanwhile, journalists usually run around from one press screening to the other, scrambling to fit in press conferences and interviews into their packed schedule, all while quickly filing stories on deadline. All that won't be happening this year — at least not during the part of the festival kicking off next week. The winner of the Golden Bear will be announced at the end of the week but … [Read more...] about 2021 Berlinale will focus on industry first, then fans