We get the easy laughs out of the way first. The announcement that he will row for Cambridge in next month's Boat Race only happened the day before but the theme surrounding it is well-worn already: James Cracknell is really, really old and the rest of his crew-mates are not. 'One of the guys in the squad is a qualified doctor,' says Cracknell. 'And I'm older than his dad.' Next, he smiles about the evening last term when he watched a documentary about the rock band, Nirvana, and its lead singer Kurt Cobain. The following day, he mentioned he had seen the band in concert when he was an undergraduate at Reading University in the 1990s. The other rowers met his boast with blank stares. Cracknell did some maths. 'Turns out Cobain was dead before any of them were born,' he says. Then there were the occasions he turned up for training wearing old kit from his early days as an international rower. He had a couple of vests given to him by rivals from Czechoslovakia and East Germany, countries … [Read more...] about Why is James Cracknell back at university and in Boat Race at 46?
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From make-ups to break-ups to high-powered weddings, it’s been a busy year in the celebrity world, writes Kelly O’Brien.While there may not have been any internet-breaking Oscars selfies this year, the last 12 months have seen their fair share of celebrity ups and downs.As usual, there were make-ups and break-ups, deaths and births and a fair share of scandal — but this year also featured a whole host of famous people getting hitched.The British royal family had a big year on this front, with not one but two royal weddings. Princess Eugenie tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank in October, while Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in May in front of a star-studded crowd that included Oprah, David and Victoria Beckham, and Elton John, among others.Harry and Meghan went on to announce that they had made a tiny royal human together, due next spring, while Kensington Palace also welcomed yet another heir to the throne when Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, gave birth to … [Read more...] about The year in celebrities: 2018 brought three Kardashians, outsized weddings, and mourning
Matthew Brown USA TODAY Published 12:43 PM EST Dec 17, 2018 Paul McCartney was wrapping up his touring calendar for the year at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday evening when he introduced a couple of unexpected guests: An old bandmate and an old rival. "We’ve got a little surprise for you," McCartney told the crowd of 20,000, according to multiple reports. "It’s a surprise for us, actually – it only happened today." An extra drum kit was rolled onstage, and fellow former Beatle Ringo Starr and Rolling Stone Ron Wood joined McCartney and his band for a rollicking “Get Back.” Starr played the iconic drum fills he originated with the Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Records in London 50 years ago next month, and Wood took over the lead guitar lines made famous by George Harrison. "I don't know about you, but that was a thrill for me," Starr told the crowd. "Peace and love, everybody. Have a Merry Christmas!" “I’m just going to let that … [Read more...] about Mini-Beatles reunion: Paul McCartney joined by Ringo Starr, Ron Wood
By Tyrone Smith & Stephen Couse BBC Scotland Sport 30 Nov From the section Aberdeen Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46362879 Read more about sharing. Scottish League Cup final: Celtic v AberdeenVenue: Hampden Park, Glasgow Date: Sunday, 2 December Kick-off: 15:00 GMTCoverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland; live text commentary on the BBC Sport websiteA £400 carry out for the bus paid for by midfielder Barry Robson's credit card. A pep talk in the Celtic Park toilets. Table tennis in St Andrews. And the return of a 1980s hit to the iTunes charts.Aberdeen's 2014 Scottish League Cup triumph over Inverness Caledonian Thistle might not have been a particularly enduring match, with two nervous side lurching through 120 goalless minutes, but the rich memories that it made have warmed … [Read more...] about League Cup: The inside story of Aberdeen’s 2014 final win over Inverness CT