Animals, Emma Jane Unsworth's second novel, portrays an unconventional love triangle that from the very beginning promises to leave everyone involved heart-battered. Best friends Laura and Tyler are fellow deviants, enablers and co-dependants. When one shouts, the other comes running, whether what's promised is a night of ever more blurry nightclubs or a kicking by a drug-dealer. They live together in a ramshackle flat in Manchester and have dead-end jobs, but their dissolute lifestyle is less a case of being given a rough deal by recession Britain and more to do with being highly educated, under-stimulated and looking for oblivion. Tyler rules the roost, while Laura remonstrates and adulates in equal measure: it's a match made in hedonistic heaven. But Laura is getting married and their booze- and drug-fuelled Thelma and Louise double act is in jeopardy. While Tyler, an American from "tornado country", dishes out chaos with pistol-quick one-liners, … [Read more...] about Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth review – pills, thrills and bellyaches
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AGAINST all odds, the US President and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have enjoyed a tête-à-tête at the Singapore summit. But what is the language of diplomacy for this pair - and does the North Korean leader speak the President's language? Here's what we know. Does Kim Jong-un speak English? The highly secretive tyrant isn't often expected to speak another language, so it will come as no surprise that few have heard his attempts at talking English. However, Kim's high school teacher has revealed that the dictator may know a little more English than he lets on. In an interview with NBC's Today show, Michel Riesen said Kim probably does know English - but pretends not to. Michel Riesen told Keir Simmons: "He was a good student, but he wasn't extraordinary."Riesen claims Kim attended an English-language international school in Gümligen, near Bern in Switzerland, when he was 14 years old. And he said he taught Kim sports, math, and German, and was also his … [Read more...] about Does Kim Jong-un speak English and how did he communicate with Donald Trump at the Singapore summit?
Celeste Waite moved to London three years ago with just £100 in her pocket.The 25-year-old singer, who's just been named the Brits 2020 Rising Star, found herself a job in a restaurant to pay the rent and put all her effort into making music.She tells Sky News it was a moment of truth: "I felt like it was a turning point whether I would make things happen or not."I needed to pay the rent, and I had to prioritise whether I wanted to work more hours to have more money to live off, or sacrifice that and go to the studio, but with no idea how long it would take to get to a point where I could be doing it full time."The self-taught musician chose singing over waitressing - a decision that has now paid off as she follows in the footsteps of previous Brit Rising Star winners (formerly called 'Critics Choice') including Adele, Florence + The Machine and Rag 'n' Bone Man. Advertisement "As I was finishing college, there was all sorts of pressure to go to university or find a job … [Read more...] about Brits Rising Star Celeste: ‘I got sacked from lots of jobs for putting music first
A SCAM targeting shoppers and football fans who sign up to Amazon Prime is costing victims thousands of pounds, with losses set to pile up in the New Year. Fraudsters are plaguing families with automated calls claiming to be from Amazon, asking if they wish to “cancel” a Prime subscription charge. They then ask for remote access to victims’ computers to “cancel” the fake fee. Once connected, they ask victims to log into their bank accounts, then dupe them into transferring cash. The ruse has scammed 200 people out of £400,000 to date. And there are fears many more shoppers will fall victim after signing up for Prime to get faster deliveries over the Black Friday weekend. Almost nine in ten Brits shop on Amazon, while Prime has more than 15million members in this country.As well as faster deliveries, members get access to Prime Video for their £79 annual fee. Footie fans at risk Thousands of footie fans will have signed up for free trials this … [Read more...] about Conmen targeting Amazon Prime shoppers cost victims thousands of pounds – here’s how to avoid being scammed
RON Leibman, an Emmy-winning actor who played Rachel Green's father Dr. Leonard Green in the hit show Friends, has died at the age of 82. Leibman died in New York City on Friday after battling pneumonia, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Despite being known for his role as Rachel's mean father in the hit 90s and early 2000s show, Leibman later admitted that initially turned down the role in Friends. In a 2011 interview with the A.V. Club, he said: “I had never seen the show when they asked me to do it. “I’m not a big television-watcher. It sounded stupid to me, so I turned it down.” It was, however, Leibman's daughter, a fan of the show, who persuaded him to change his mind.The character of Dr. Green, Leibman said, was probably the most well-recognized of his career, and through the role his daughter delightedly got to meet Jennifer Aniston and co., making him a "big hero in the house." He said: "It’s amazing, the power of the tube. I’ve done all … [Read more...] about Ron Leibman dead at 82 – Emmy-winning actor who played Rachel Green’s dad on Friends passes away