THE festival of light starts this week, with the five-day celebration observed by millions around the globe. Diwali will see homes be decorated with candles and lights and people sharing gifts - but what date is it taking place this year? The date of the festival is calculated according to the position of the moon and the Hindu lunar calendar and is usually in October or November. This means the date of Diwali changes each year and in 2017 the main date will be held on Thursday, October 19. The night before of Diwali is known as Narak Chaturdasi, and represents the day in which the Hindu demon Narakaasura died. Celebrations continue for five days and on the last day, Bhaiyadooj or Feast to brothers takes place. The day commemorates the bond between siblings with meals being hosted by sisters in honour of their brothers. Diwali is observed by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world and is often celebrated by street parties and fireworks. The five-day festival, which coincides with … [Read more...] about When is Diwali 2017 and what are the origins of the festival of light?
CIRRHOSIS of the liver can be very serious, with the possibility it can lead into liver failure and potentially death. But what is the condition and can it be treated? Here's all you need to know... Liver cirrhosis is scarring of the liver caused by long term damage. The scar tissue on the liver prevents it from functioning properly, which can eventually lead to failure where the liver stops functioning altogether. The damage is often caused by excessive alcohol consumption causing irreparable damage to the vital organ. You can be tested for the condition with a blood test. If you are concerned consult your GP as soon as possible. Often people don't experience symptoms during the early stages of cirrhosis, only physically feeling unwell as the condition progresses. As the liver becomes increasingly damaged people can feel tired, weak and nauseous, they can also loose their appetite and sex drive. If the condition continues to get worse, sufferers can suffer from jaundice, where their … [Read more...] about The symptoms of liver cirrhosis the condition Sean Hughes suffered from
ED Sheeran was the headline act at Glastonbury 2017 and is a world renowned artist loved by millions. But he was forced to quit Twitter because of constant attacks from vile trolls. Here's the lowdown on one of Britain's biggest artists... It seems Ed can do no wrong in the eyes of the music world. The 26-year-old has released three albums since 2011 and his latest album, Divide, sold 232,000 more copies in its first day than any other album in 2016. As a result of his success Ed's net worth is estimated to be £37 million. Adele is the only person to have sold more records than him in the last ten years. Bizarre editor Dan Wootton reported how Ed made £47,000 a day last year despite taking the 12 months off. The Thinking Out Loud singer raked in £17.2million in sales for his company then paid himself £15.5million. Figures show he earned £39.4million from sales in three years. They do not yet include any income from his record-breaking 2017. His three … [Read more...] about Ed Sheeran quit Twitter after vile abuse from trolls – here’s the lowdown on the singer
ANGELLICA Bell is known for her various presenting roles after starting out on CBBC. However, it turned out she’s a culinary sensation too when she was crowned the WINNER of Celebrity MasterChef 2017 earlier this year. Here’s the lowdown on the bubbly TV star… Londoner Angellica Bell was raised and educated in Ealing and has a politics degree from the University of the West of England. She is the daughter of Labour politician Julian Bell, who has led Ealing council since 2010. In 2010, Angellica married fellow TV presenter Michael Underwood in a ceremony in New York. The happy couple have two children together, Elijah Joseph, five, and Kaziah Mae, four. Angellica’s big break came in 2000, when she became a main anchor on CBBC. She hosted a wide variety of TV shows, from EastEnders Xtra to 50/50. Seven years after landing her first telly roles, the popular presenter appeared on her first daytime telly programme. She worked on The Great British Village … [Read more...] about Angellica Bell took on Celebrity MasterChef and won… but do YOU remember where her career started out?
SEAN Hughes has passed away aged just 51. But how did he die? And what shows was he in? We take a look… Sean Hughes was born November 10 1965. He was an English-born Irish stand-up comedian, writer and actor. Sean is well known for being on Never Mind The Buzzcocks in the 90s. He also appeared in the ITV series The Last Detective, and played Pat, a love interest of Eileen Grimshaw, in Coronation Street. Early on in his career, we won the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award for his A One Night Stand with Sean Hughes show. He also had a small role in the 1991 film The Commitments. Sean passed away aged 51 on October 15, 2017. Friends have confirmed he died of liver cirrhosis. In his final tweet, sent on October 8, he wrote simply: “In hospital.” His former promoter, Richard Bucknall, paid tribute to the Irish star. He said: “He was a pioneering, groundbreaking comedian who changed comedy with that live show.” A host of stars from the comedy world have paid … [Read more...] about A look at the life of comic, Sean Hughes, who has passed away aged 51
MANCHESTER CITY will look to continue their remarkable recent form as Napoli visit the Etihad for their Group F fixture on Tuesday. Pep Guardiola’s entertainers have won nine straight games in all competitions, crashing in 34 goals during that period. They put seven past Stoke at the weekend, playing some stunning stuff, and will look to extend their winning against the Italians. But Serie A leaders Napoli come here in similarly impressive form – with 12 wins from 13 games – and got a 1-1 draw the last time they visited this ground. THE match takes place on Tuesday October 17 at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Things get underway at 7.45pm. YOU can watch all the action live on BT Sport, with coverage starting at 7pm. Alternatively, stay with us here on SunSport and follow our LIVE blog throughout the evening. VINCENT KOMPANY remains sidelined as the City skipper continues to recover from a calf problem. Sergio Aguero was an unused substitute against Stoke but … [Read more...] about Manchester City vs Napoli: TV channel, live stream, team news and kick-off time for Champions League clash at the Etihad Stadium
JAMES Middleton is the third Middleton sibling behind his big sisters Kate and Pippa. The final unmarried child in the family had been thought to be getting close to tying the knot with his on-off girlfriend of four years, Donna Air, but the couple are said to have separated again. Here’s his background... The 30-year-old is the younger brother of the Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton. During the royal wedding in 2011, James delivered the lesson to the congregation and the Reading-born businessman attended Pippa’s wedding in May 2017. He was spotted arriving at the Berkshire church for his elder sister's wedding rehearsal which he attended with Donna Air, despite rumours that Pippa banned unmarried plus-ones. Even though Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle attended, controversially, reality star Vogue Williams, who is dating Pippa’s now brother-in-law Spencer, was axed from the invites. Business mogul James is the proud owner of novelty … [Read more...] about The lowdown on the Middleton sibling, James whose love life is up and down
TOTTENHAM face their biggest test in years as they travel to the Bernabeu to face Champions League holders Real Madrid. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have seen off Dortmund and APOEL in impressive style to give themselves a real chance of qualification from Group H. But this will be a sterner test away from home soil – despite Real suffering a poor start domestically by their high standards. They lost 1-0 here to Betis at the end of September and are five points off the pace already in La Liga. THE match takes place on Tuesday October 17 at the Bernabeu in Madrid. Things get underway at 7.45pm. YOU can watch all the action live on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting at 7pm. Alternatively, stay with us here on SunSport and follow our LIVE blog throughout the evening. BEN DAVIES faces a late fitness test but is expected to miss out in Spain. Danny Rose won’t be rushed back in his place – despite returning to training – whilst Mousa Dembele and Victor … [Read more...] about Real Madrid vs Tottenham: TV channel, live stream, team news and kick-off time for Champions League clash at the Bernabeu
LYSETTE Anthony has joined the women making sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Here's everything you need to know about the actress dubbed the "Face of the Eighties." Born in Marylebone, London, Lysette Anthony is an actress who was once hailed as the "Face of the Eighties" by photographer David Bailey. Now 54, the English star found fame as a model before turning to acting, having appeared in numerous music videos throughout the eighties. Born Lysette Chodzko, she appeared in the music videos for Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams, I Feel You by Depeche Mode and others. Lysette is also known for appearing in Woody Allen film Husbands and Wives (1992), ITV's Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, and BBC sitcom Three Up, Two Down. Today, the British actress is best known for her role as Marnie Nightingale in Hollyoaks. Lysette has a son with composer Simon Boswell, and was previously married to entrepreneur Luc Leestemaker and American film director … [Read more...] about How old is Lysette Anthony, what are the Harvey Weinstein rape allegations and when was she in Casualty and Hollyoaks?
FORMER BBC weatherman Michael Fish became synonymous with wrong British forecasts after the Great Storm of 1987. The presenter famously said there would definitely not be a hurricane in 1987, the night before the storm. But what has Mr Fish said about the blunder? Michael Fish was born in Eastbourne, Sussex in 1938 and studied at City University in London. He joined the Met Office in 1962 and started doing broadcasting for BBC Radio nine years later even though he wasn't actually working for the corporation. He begun weather forecasting for the broadcaster in 1974 and for 30 years he was a familiar face on BBC Weather news, gracing viewers with his chequered two-piece suits in varying shades of beige. The married dad-of-two who is also an author and keen actor, was awarded an MBE in 2014, for services to broadcasting. During his final forecast before he retired in 2004, his colleague Ian McCaskill called him the "the last of the true weatherman you will ever see". In an … [Read more...] about Who is Michael Fish, what did the weatherman say about the Great Storm of 1987?
THIS year's X Factor will see a return of the show's most nail-biting round. The Six Chair Challenge - and it's got even more intense for 2017. So what do we know about this round which Dermot O'Leary criticised so harshly last year? Here's all the info you need. The Six Chair Challenge is the first big singing round with a live audience on The X Factor. After hopefuls are split into four different categories and assigned a mentor for the show, the Six Chair Challenge sees the contestants whittled down mercilessly to just six per group. Contestants have to sing individually in front of judges and a live audience at Wembley Arena – the first time they perform for a live audience in the series. Each act’s mentor then decides if they deserve one of six coveted seats – but they could be knocked out if their mentor decides to replace them with a subsequent performer. There have been plenty of upsets over the years, including Janet Grogan – who was booted … [Read more...] about What is the X Factor 2017 Six Chair Challenge and who has made it through so far to judges’ houses?
VIEWERS were left in awe as ITV's Victoria showed it's first gay kiss. But did Did Lord Alfred Paget and Edward Drummond have an affair in real life? We take a look... After six episodes of hot anticipation between the two men, they finally kissed in episode seven of ITV's series two of Victoria. Whilst enjoying a beautiful sunset in Scotland, Lord Alfred Paget and Edward Drummond were seen gazing into each others eyes. They then lent into each other and shared a tender kiss. Both of these characters are REAL historical figures. Lord Paget, played by Jordan Waller, was an equerry to the Queen, while Edward, played by Leo Suter, was Prime Minister Robert Peel’s private secretary. Daisy Goodwin, the show’s writer, admitted she had been "creative" in her interpretation of history. Speaking about the show to the Daily Mail she said: "Some people might get very cross with me. "But if it did happen, we would never know. She went on: ‘The word homosexual did not … [Read more...] about We reveal if Victoria’s Lord Alfred and Edward really DID have an affair
STRICTLY Come Dancing is known for its romances on and off the dancefloor – with the latest series no exception. It now looks like love could be on the cards for Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez – here’s what we know… Strictly has been hit by another sex scandal — with Gemma Atkinson reportedly secretly dating Alexandra Burke’s dance partner. Her growing romance with Spanish pro Gorka Marquez, 27, is said to have left Alexandra “furious”. It is the first time in the BBC show’s history that a contestant has hooked up with a dancer who is not their own partner. A Strictly insider revealed: “Gorka and Gemma are together. It’s the talk of the make-up room. “Not surprisingly, Alexandra is furious about how it might impact her chances of winning. She’s very ambitious and is nervous about it all.” Sources said she clicked with Gorka the moment they met in group rehearsals. But Gemma has also suggested that she … [Read more...] about A look at whether Strictly stars Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez dating
X FACTOR is back on our screens and we’re being entertained by the latest singers as they battle it out in the Six Chair Challenge. This weekend past the X Factor judges met young star Jack Mason – but who is he and what did he sing? Jack Mason is a 18-year-old lad from Aldershot. While he hasn't launched a professional singing career he has been known to busk on the streets and stunned passerby's. Jack went viral in February 2017 after a member of the public recorded one of his busking sessions and made it her mission to get the young singer the recognition she felt he deserved. He was performing Adele's When We Were Young in Camberly and within a week the video had thousands of shares and reactions on Facebook. Jack spoke to Get Surrey after his moment of viral fame and spoke about the woman who recorded him. "Donna has recorded and spoken to me a couple of times, we've gotten on really well and she's making it her mission to get me some real recognition this year. Jack … [Read more...] about Meet Jack Mason, the 18 year old Aldershot lad with the voice of an angel
NEIL Jones is was a new dance pro on Strictly 2016 and now he’s back for the 2017 series But what do we know about the tattooed ballroom bae? Here’s all the info you need… Neil Jones is a professional ballroom dancer working on Strictly Come Dancing for the BBC. He’s British but was born in Munster, Germany and started dancing at a local ballet school at the age of three. Neil has represented Finland, Holland and the UK during the course of his competitive career. He also holds many titles including UK, British, Dutch, European and World Latin Champion. On signing up to BBC’s Strictly in 2016, he he said: “As a British dancer I have grown up watching this amazing show, it is a massive honour… “I am feeling pumped and excited to be part of the Strictly family.” He joined the hit show Strictly with his dancer wife Katya, who danced with Ed Balls. Katya and Neil first dated in 2008 after a chance meeting in Blackpool and … [Read more...] about Who is Neil Jones? Meet the 2017 Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer
ANTHONY Russell had the potential to go the whole way on X Factor 2017 - but his dreams of stardom were crushed after he was removed from the competition before getting to the live shows. Here is everything you need to know about the former hopeful... Anthony Russell is a 27-year-old from Liverpool who tried his luck at this year's X Factor auditions. He had previously tried out for the show ten years ago, and after getting through the first round but failing to progress, he vowed to return. Since that time, he has become a father. In April 2017, he lost his job, and decided to use the opportunity to focus on his music career. Anthony's audition didn't get off to the best of starts after he appeared on the show sporting a black eye. However, after explaining he was attacked after one of his gigs, Anthony impressed with Issues by Julia Michaels. After moving Sharon Osbourne to tears, she told him: "I really really loved it. "You're as awkward as hell, you really are but I really felt … [Read more...] about Who is Anthony Russell? X Factor 2017 contestant kicked off after taking drugs
X FACTOR hopefuls have all manner of back-stories, but Matt Linnen may just be the most handsome plasterer/musician the show has ever seen. The aspiring superstar has been plying his trade and is hoping that the judges will see a little bit of the X Factor in him – here's the lowdown. Matt Linnen is a 28-year-old singer from the Southend, Essex. He's a plasterer by trade but he has a lot of amateur experience on the music scene having played some small gigs around the UK. He likes to play solo but he's even had an impromtu duet with Connor from Nothing But Thieves. Matt will be hoping to impress the judges with his soulful voice by singing Ray LaMontagne's hit Trouble. After launching on September 2, X Factor 2017 will continue every Saturday and Sunday on ITV. The show begins, as always, with auditions as the nationwide hunt to find this year's winning act begins. Despite heavy speculation of a judging shake up, the panel has remained exactly the same as last year. This … [Read more...] about Meet Matt Linnen – The plasterer cum musician who’s going solo
PRINCE Albert has long been remembered as Queen Victoria's beloved husband and consort. But who was Albert's father and what are the rumours about him being illegitimate? Here's all you need to know... Officially, Prince Albert’s father was Ernest I Duke Of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, however his marriage to Albert’s mother, Princess Louise Of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, was an unhappy one. The pair married in 1817, and they quickly had two children: Ernest II and Albert. However, during their marriage, Ernest had plenty of affairs and fathered at least three illegitimate children – and there were rumours that Louise also engaged in extra-marital relationships. Ernest eventually divorced Louise on grounds of adultery - which suggests there is a possibility that Albert was illegitimate. But, Albert’s biographer Hector Bolitho, who closely examined the couple’s divorce papers, found “there was not even a hint in the documents that the Duchess had been unfaithful, … [Read more...] about Who was Prince Albert’s father and did his uncle have an affair with his mum?
VICTORIA, the hit ITV drama, continues on our screens tonight. The gripping show follows the life and trials of Queen Victoria and stars Jenna Coleman but who else stars in the show? Here’s all the info… Victoria has an all star cast, and there are some new faces for the second series: Jenna Coleman Jenna reprises her role as Queen Victoria, leading the country while also attempting not to fail in her duties to her husband Prince Albert and their children. Jenna is a well-known face on TV thanks to roles on ITV’s Titanic, Emmerdale and Doctor Who. Tom Hughes The role of Prince Albert is played by Tom Hughes, who is dating Jenna off-screen, as he continues to battle with his position as the Queen’s spouse. Hughes’ big break came in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s movie Cemetary Junction. He and Jenna first met in Dancing on the Edge back in 2013. It’s believed the real-life couple will have multiple sex scenes in the upcoming series but … [Read more...] about Victoria is back for a second season – we reveal the all-star-cast
ELECTRIC Dreams is the exciting new sci-fi anthology series from Channel 4, featuring an all-star cast. But where was the new series based on Phllip K. Dick’s filmed? Here’s what you need to know… Philip K. Dick is responsible for writing futuristic classics including Minority Report, Blade Runner and Total Recall. He also produced a series of short stories, which have inspired the TV anthology series adapted by leading British and American writers and directors. Viewers can expect to be taken on a far reaching journey of their imagination as they visit a different world in each episode. The show was shot in both America and England – here’s what we have found out Chicago Known as the windy city, Chicago is the United States’ third most populous city and one of the biggest cities in the world. It’s not only a major centre of finance, technology, media and culture but features is many films and television series. The Sears Tower is one … [Read more...] about Get the lowdown on ALL of filming locations for new show Electric Dreams