Pop Idol footage from 2003, when Michelle McManus won the series, has gone viral on TikTok as unearthed body-shaming comments from the judges has horrified viewers. Michelle, now 40, won the show and shortly afterwards released her debut single All This Time, which entered the UK singles chart at number one. But when her second single only got to number 13, her record company dropped her and While Simon Cowell appeared to defend her during the judges' deliberation, Neil Fox and Pete Waterman slated Michelle for not having the right image. Pete's dislike for Michelle was such that he even stormed off the set when she was announced by then-hosts Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly as winner. As the judges discussed all the semi-finalists in the TikTok , Nicki Chapman compliments Michelle's voice, but Neil remarks: "Honestly, she's got no chance of being a pop star, because she doesn't look right." Pete tells Simon: "She hasn't got the image." Holding up a picture of … [Read more...] about Unearthed Pop Idol footage shows judges fat-shamed Michelle McManus ahead of win
Perception versus reality
Suzanne Moore visits Istanbul’s KidZania “You don’t expect me to enjoy this, do you?” she says. “Yes, I bloody well do. That’s why we have come here.” I am standing outside a shopping mall on the outskirts of Istanbul trying to gee up my 13-year-old daughter. We are about to go to KidZania, a new kind of theme park for children from four to 14. We have been flown out to Turkey and driven over the Bosphorous to see the reality of a city built for children. Soon another KidZania will open at the Westfield shopping mall in London. There has been much burble about this innovative kind of children’s entertainment. It’s a theme park with no rides, where you learn stuff. Or as the bumph says: “KidZania London will be the UK’s first educational entertainment experience, offering kids the opportunity to learn over 60 unique and exciting professions – turning dreams into reality.” Dreams versus reality. All kids dream … [Read more...] about KidZania: the theme park where kids play at being adults
Eight in 10 women are unaware that heart disease is one of the biggest killers of females in the UK, new research has revealed. Almost 25,000 women die each year in the UK from heart disease - twice as many as breast cancer. However, a survey of 2,000 women revealed they are twice as likely to see breast cancer (86 per cent) as a health concern compared to heart disease (43 per cent). And 84 per cent were not aware heart disease was such a big killer of women. It also emerged 62 per cent didn't know the symptoms of heart problems are different in women to men, suggesting a significant gap between perception and reality when it comes to how heart disease can affect women. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below Just one in five women think poor diet is a key factor in developing heart-related illnesses. Overall, 82 per cent of women said there was not enough awareness of how heart disease can affect them. The research was carried out by California … [Read more...] about Most women are unaware heart disease is one of biggest killers of females, study shows
The sprawling expanse of flat emptiness in central Florida is an unlikely place for America's fastest growing metro area in the nation. Yet, just 70 miles northwest of Orlando sits 'The Villages' – the world's largest retirement community that surpasses the size of Manhattan and encompasses five zip codes with an ever-growing population. Spanning 32-square-miles, The Villages is a veritable boom-town for baby boomers aged 55+ who flock to the geriatric paradise in droves for its endless margarita mixers (happy hour starts at 11am), unlimited golf courses (50, to be exact), and notorious for its laissez-fair attitude towards sex, thriving swingers scene, and controversial politics. 'I'm just saying for me, it hasn't been the fantasy land I thought it would be, for reasons that are true to my own,' said Barbara Lochiatto, a widow from Boston who has lived in The Villages for 12-years and longs to return to her hometown but can no longer afford to do so. Barbara is just one of … [Read more...] about ‘It hasn’t been the fantasy land I thought it would be’: Documentary goes inside ‘creepy’ Florida utopia for senior citizens that it claims has sinister underbelly of racism, orgies, drunken debauchery and make-believe history
Dear Bel, Many years ago I fathered a daughter in an affair, but as I could not commit to the mother she moved away and later got married. When my daughter was 18, she got in touch and we have had an OK, if remote, relationship for the past 20 years. However, for sufficient reasons, I have some niggling doubts about her parentage and would like to have the issue confirmed by a DNA test. I will be comfortable with either result, as we are not that close, but I need to know and think she would be better off knowing the reality. Is it possible that the reason we are not close is my doubt? My problem is broaching the subject. If I were in her shoes, I would want to know the identity of my biological father, even if it disturbed my perception. But I am concerned she may feel I am trying to ditch our relationship. I would want to remain friends whatever the outcome. I would never wish to secretly take a hair sample, but cannot think of the words to use for her to engage … [Read more...] about BEL MOONEY: Should I ask my grown-up daughter to take a DNA test?