Long-term fans were not surprised when they chose to open the European leg of their Experience + Innocence world tour there, and the vast Mercedes-Benz Arena was the venue. They had played three triumphant nights there in support of the Songs of Innocence album in 2015 and the opening night, last Friday, was hailed as another audio-visual tour de force. But the second night, on Saturday, proved to be very different. The band were getting into their stride, five songs in, when Bono found that he had lost his voice. He had managed to complete one of their biggest anthems, 'Beautiful Day', and then he simply couldn't go on. Fan footage from the night showed him to be visibly distressed as he realised that the unthinkable was about to happen - they were going to have to postpone the show. It's impossible to know what was going through the Dubliner's head as he made his apologies to the 17,000 sell-out audience, but part of him must have experienced a crushing dread that the rest of the … [Read more...] about Achtung baby: How long can U2 play on?
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The digestive system is a pretty impressive part of the body. Not only does it process an enormous amount of food and absorb its nutrients, it protects us against a myriad of infectious agents and toxic substances. Amazingly, the gut has its own "brain" (which contains 500m nerve cells) and is also home to trillions of bacteria – more than the number of cells in the rest of the body. These bacteria play a vital role in providing essential nutrients, keeping our immune systems in order and even altering the function of our brains. With the help of campaign group Love Your Gut , here is the ultimate guide to understanding how the gut works and why it's so crucial to the health of the entire body. How does the digestive system work? Understanding how the gut works can help us keep things running more smoothly. The mouth and teeth break food down into manageable pieces and mixes these with saliva, which starts the digestive process. The oesophagus is the conduit between the … [Read more...] about The ultimate guide to your gut and how to keep it healthy
The British public woke up this morning to two mindblowing pieces of celebrity news: pop stars Cheryl (known only as Cheryl after cycling through Tweedy, Cole and Fernandez-Versini in quick succession, then realising she’s too famous to need a surname anyway) and Liam Payne have officially parted ways; and character comedian Jacob Rees-Mogg (at least that’s how I choose to see him, for the sake of my own sanity) has threatened to bring down the government. Both probably have something to do with Brexit, because everything does nowadays, but no one seemed to even be able to muster a shrug about Cheryl and Liam, recent parents to one-year-old Bear. Usually celebrity splits provoke some superfan sadness, but this time the entirety of low-brow Twitter (of which I am a proud and paid-up member) has been united in one collective shrug. “Is anyone surprised?” was the general sentiment. Of course no one’s surprised. No one is surprised because literally no person … [Read more...] about Opinion: Admit it – you wanted Cheryl and Liam Payne to split up
How England can get the job done against physical Panama Group standings and permutations Jim White: Fantastic fans and where to find them at World Cup 2018 There is a reason Germany have reached at least the semi-final stage of 21 of the past 27 World Cups and European Championships and there is a reason why they last exited this tournament at the first hurdle 80 years ago. They simply never know when they are beaten, and on a truly extraordinary night at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, the world champions came from behind against Sweden to claim the most dramatic of last gasp victories and turn Group F on its head. A point here would have left Germany’s fate out of their hands. A draw between Mexico and Sweden in their final game would have seen Germany eliminated but a stunning stoppage time free-kick from Toni Kroos altered the dynamic and crushed Swedish hearts. They really did not deserve this and Janne Andersson and his staff certainly did not deserve to be taunted by … [Read more...] about Toni Kroos scores stunning last-gasp winner to keep Germany’s World Cup hopes alive after Jerome Boateng red
It’s hard for us to believe it’s been five whole years since we were in Cannes with Cheryl for Notebook magazine’s first ever cover interview, and the lady herself is struggling to get her head round it. ‘Oh wow!’ she exclaims, picking up the magazine's inaugural issue and scrutinising her cover photo. ‘I look and feel like a totally different person to her. Well, I am! I’m a mother now. My life is completely different, but in the best possible way.’ We’re back at the Cannes Film Festival to chat about beauty with Cheryl in her L’Oréal Paris spokesmodel guise , but this year there’s an extra glow you can’t buy from a jar. Her famous locks are glossy and her smokily enhanced eyes sparkle, but what’s making her more beautiful than ever before is the unmistakable radiance of love. Last year she and her One Directioner boyfriend Liam Payne welcomed their son Bear into the world, and she’s all … [Read more...] about Cheryl reveals how becoming a mum has made her feel like a proper grown-up