At first glance, Jan Lehmann is a man with a jolly, confident air. The 54-year-old lives in the Eifel, a hilly region in western Germany that is famous for its beautiful nature: Mountains, valleys, small rivers and lakes, rock formations and miles and miles of forest. Two years ago, Lehmann started his own business with his wife, Sandra. They rent out 18 vacation homes that they lease, along with the land and forest that go with them. They have a 15-year contract with the properties' owner, who has insisted on full payment of the lease even in lockdown. A few of the houses, made of thick Canadian-looking tree trunks, stand in the small village of Gemünd on the edge of the Eifel National Park. In front of the roofed terraces, the little river Urft gurgles, and the birds chirp. It is especially quiet — no guests have checked in here since early November. "From the time of the first lockdown in spring 2020, we've been closed for six months altogether and had no income in that … [Read more...] about COVID: No hope for Germany’s hotels?
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LIKE a voice from the grave, sexual predator Max Clifford boasts of tricking women and acting as the ringmaster at celebrity orgies. In a new documentary on Channel 4 audio tapes of the publicist, who died over three years ago, are played of him talking about his unquenchable lust. Clifford was convicted in 2014 of eight indecent assaults on girls and women as young as 15. In the expose, which will be shown on Monday, he can be heard explaining how he posed as a fictional associate in order to lure women to his office to give him sexual favours. As a PR man with contacts across the entertainment industry, Clifford used a fake voice and called himself Terry Denton as he manipulated his star-struck victims. Clifford, whose former clients included Simon Cowell, OJ Simpson and Michael Jackson, had told women he could make them Bond girls or turn them into the new Jodie Foster. On the tapes he gleefully recalls cheating on his first wife Elizabeth, who was dying … [Read more...] about Shamed publicist Max Clifford boasts of bedding wives, threesomes, grooming and orgies in uncovered recordings
SITTING cross-legged on her brother’s bed, Billie Eilish looks like any other angst-ridden teenager as she angrily scrawls in a notebook. But these are not words of frustration at unrequited love or a row with friends. They are the lyrics to the new James Bond theme song . This is how Billie , 19, and older brother Finneas, 23, write all their music together, crouched over notebooks and microphones in the small Californian family home they grew up in. Footage of the surprisingly wholesome process is shown in new documentary film Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry, out today on Apple TV+. It starts with footage of Billie as a 16-year-old before the release of her 2019 multi-Grammy-winning first album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, co-written with Finneas. And it follows her path as she quickly becomes one of the world’s biggest and most critically acclaimed pop stars. But it has not been an easy path to success for Billie. Speaking aged … [Read more...] about Billie Eilish opens up about her mental health battles and meteoric rise to superstardom in new documentary
RUBY red skies glowed above the UK as the country is set for a white Easter with forecasters warning more snow is on the way. Weather charts show a 270-mile 'snow bomb' is on course to hit parts of Britain next month - after an 18C warm spell. ⚡ Read our UK weather live blog for the very latest news and forecasts. .. For many, the red sky at night often brings the hope that the following day will be a pleasant one. The fiery skies make for a beautiful photograph, often with the silhouette of trees or long grass adding to the aesthetic. However, experts say the cloud of dirty air could pose a risk to those with asthma . Weather conditions such as dust, air pollution, thunderstorms and plunging temperatures are all known to be triggers for asthma attacks. Campaigners have previously warned that Saharan dust could pose a serious risk to the 5.4 million people in the UK with asthma . People with respiratory problems are advised to stay indoors and be … [Read more...] about Britain is lit up by stunning red skies before snow set to return at Easter
DURING ancient times, young women were forbidden to go out except on Chap Goh Mei, according to folklore. The 15th night of the Chinese New Year celebrations is still regarded as the Chinese Valentine's Day - with some romantics tossing tangerines into the sea to find their true love. What does Chap Goh Mei mean? Every February, the Chinese observe the Lantern Festival, or Chap Goh Mei - the Hokkien term for the 15th night of the New Year. This day marks the end of the Chinese New Year when lanterns are lit and hung, and people watch dragon dances in the street. In 2021 it is being celebrated today, Friday, February 26. The day is also known as Yuan Xiao Jie, and is an important festival signifying the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. New year decorations are normally taken down on this day, and replaced with red lanterns to celebrate the first full moon of the Chinese New Year . Apart from being a big event in China , it is also marked in … [Read more...] about What does Chap Goh Mei mean?