Veterans have launched a nationwide call-to-arms urging people to attend the funeral of a D-Day veteran after he passed away aged 101 with only a few surviving relatives. War hero Reginald 'Reg' Tegg was a Sapper with the Royal Engineers and died at a nursing home in Sarisbury Green, near Southampton, Hampshire, on September 22. Mr Tegg received the Légion D'honneur for risking his life to clear minefields during Nazi attacks and was part of a valiant rear-guard defence during the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation. Reginald Tegg with a card from the Queen on his 100th birthday. Mr Tegg died at a nursing home Sarisbury Green, near Southampton, Hampshire, on September 22, aged 101 But now it is feared the 'quiet' veteran will not get the hero's send-off he deserves, after passing away at a nursing home without any friends and little family. A military association has launched an urgent appeal for mourners to pay their respects at his funeral next week, which is so far only … [Read more...] about Veterans launch a call to arms urging well-wishers to attend a D-Day hero’s funeral after he died aged 101 with no friends
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A US Navy veteran who got a groundbreaking penis transplant has said it is 'one of the best decisions I ever made'. The unidentified man lost the lower half of his body when a bomb blasted beneath him while he was tending to wounded soldiers in Afghanistan in 2010. In the hope of being 'normal' again, three years later he met surgeons at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore to talk about his genital options after having prosthetic legs fitted. Twenty five medics, including nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons, were involved in his penis transplant on March 26, 2018. The man, given a pseudonym of 'Ray', became the first in the world to have a total penis and scrotum transplant from a deceased donor. The donor's testicles were removed for ethical reasons to avoid the risk of the patient having his babies. The complex surgery involved transplanting skin, muscles, tendons, nerves, bone, blood vessels, and part of the abdominal wall from a deceased donor. A … [Read more...] about ‘One of the best decisions I ever made’: US Navy veteran who got a groundbreaking penis transplant after losing his in an Afghanistan blast says he is finally getting sensation back
Scotty Bowers, the World War II veteran who claims to have had threesomes with Cary Grant and set up Katharine Hepburn with around 150 women over 39 years, has died at 96. The man who became known as a pimp to Hollywood stars and even royalty – after claiming he arranged trysts for the abdicated King Edward and wife Wallace Simpson – died of natural causes at his home in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles on Sunday, according to the man who directed his recent documentary. 'His story, which he waited to tell until he was in his late 80s — and for years refused to tell at all — forms an astonishing counter-narrative of Hollywood and exposes the mores of the movie capital in a time when gay men and women were forced to be sexual outlaws and were publicly shunned and often persecuted, or at least forced to live double lives,' Matt Tyrnauer, who directed 2017's Scotty, told The Hollywood Reporter. 'Scotty was a central figure in the gay underground of Hollywood … [Read more...] about Hollywood pimp Scotty Bowers, who claims he arranged trysts for King Edward, Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, has died aged 96
John and Irene Hays, the husband and wife team who bought Thomas Cook’s 555 high street travel agencies this week, are keen to stress that beneath their folksy charm lies steely resolve and razor-sharp business acumen. “People have portrayed us as country bumpkins,” says John, 70, who founded Sunderland-based Hays Travel from the back of his mother’s childrenswear shop in 1980. “We’ll see what they think in a couple of years’ time.” The pair have a Herculean task ahead of them, picking up at least some of the pieces left over from one of the worst corporate failures in UK history. The demise of Thomas Cook has so far resulted in 8,123 redundancies. The official receiver is still paying 931 staff to help with the wind down. But the Hayses now want to recruit around 2,500 of those who have lost their jobs, quadrupling the size of their business in the process. It’s a daunting prospect but the reality is that the couple behind this … [Read more...] about ‘We’re no country bumpkins’: Meet the couple who bought Thomas Cook
The London film festival wraps up this weekend, after nearly two weeks of showcasing choice cuts from the world cinema menu. Many will trickle out into UK cinemas over the next year, some will languish in distribution limbo a while longer, while others will head towards the bright lights of Netflix. The very best of them, however, you can watch at home right now. Mubi has scooped the streaming rights to Russian director Kantemir Balagov’s astonishing Beanpole, and has wasted no time in putting it on its platform, where it will be available to view for four weeks. Don’t miss the window: I’m pretty sure it’s my film of 2019. Beanpole premiered in the Un Certain Regard strand at Cannes in May, where it won the 28-year-old Balagov the best director prize. The festival gossip mill has it that the film was originally set to play in the festival’s premier competition, before being swapped out for a bigger name. Balagov has a whole career ahead of him, I suppose … [Read more...] about Streaming: the best film of 2019?