THIS year’s batch of recruits on SAS: Who Dares Wins have already had it tough – and that’s before they’ve faced Ant Middleton and co. Here are just five contestants with challenging back stories who are competing in the gruelling telly show. They are among the 21 new faces who will be pushed to their mental and physical limits by the intimidating directing staff for the latest Channel 4 series , which starts on Sunday. Esther Whiting, 28, from Ascot Dancer who secretly became a stripper to fund her apprenticeship in tattoo artistry. She went off the rails and her lifestyle was out of control. She was in a car crash in 2019, later charged with drink driving. She has turned her life around thanks to passion for fitness. Rebekah Randall, 43, of Bristol Brought up in a Mormon household, but never felt comfortable in the culture. Personal problems led to her sleeping rough at the age of 16 in a bus stop. She is now a lawyer and personal trainer, plus a … [Read more...] about SAS Who Dares Wins’ full line-up includes a stripper, a trans circus artist, a Mormon lawyer and a Grenfell firefighter
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BAFTA has defended its decision to present Noel Clarke with its outstanding British contribution to cinema award - and said calls for board resignations are inappropriate. Deputy chair of BAFTA Dame Pippa Harris told Sky News she "absolutely" stands by chair Krishnendu Majumdar and chief executive Amanda Berry who, with guidance from the organisation's board, went ahead with honouring Clarke after they had been made aware of allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment - because the information given to them was anonymous or secondhand. In response to the claims, first published following an investigation by the Guardian newspaper, Clarke "vehemently" denied allegations of sexual misconduct and criminal behaviour but apologised "deeply" for his actions and said he would be seeking professional help. BAFTA suspended the award but has faced criticism for going ahead with it in the first place. Now, Dame Pippa has addressed the issue, speaking out … [Read more...] about Noel Clarke: BAFTA defends decision to present actor with outstanding contribution to British cinema award
Publishing rights are a lucrative business, as Michael Jackson found out after he acquired 251 Beatles songs for more than $47 million in 1985 and doubled his money 10 years later. But that catalog was cheap by today's standards. Bob Dylan sold all his song rights to Universal Music for what Rolling Stone magazine estimates to be around $400 million in late 2020. Dylan had been one of the few artists who had retained the rights to their own catalog. But the balladeer has joined a slew of top-selling music artists who have recently made their publishing rights prized currency in a song acquisition boom. Just this week, the Red Hot Chili Peppers also got in on the act. The evergreen rock four-piece sold their publishing rights to Hipgnosis Songs Fund for over $140 million (€116.2 million), according to the music publication Billboard . Earlier this year, Neil Young also sold the rights to 50% of his songs, including such classics as "Heart of Gold," to the same investment … [Read more...] about Music Inc: Why song rights sales are booming
US astronaut Michael Collins, who piloted the ship on the historic Apollo 11 mission that saw the first humans walk on the moon, died on Wednesday. He was 90 years old. Collins' family said he died following a battle with cancer. Remembering the 'forgotten' astronaut During the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969, while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin traveled to the surface of the moon and took a "giant leap for mankind," Collins stayed behind. For over 21 hours, Collins piloted the command module — circling the moon and losing contact with US space agency NASA every time the vessel passed into the dark side of the moon. "I know that I would be a liar or a fool if I said that I have the best of the three Apollo 11 seats, but I can say with truth and equanimity that I am perfectly satisfied with the one I have," Collins wrote in his 1974 autobiography Carrying the Fire . World marks 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing Monument to Apollo 11 Americans showed … [Read more...] about Michael Collins, the ‘forgotten astronaut’ of Apollo 11 dies, age 90
LOCATED just off the coast of France but attached to the British Crown, Jersey is the biggest of all the Channel Islands. Here's all you need to know about the island, including its population and relationship with the UK. Where is Jersey? Jersey is a small island in the English Channel located in the Bay of St Malo. It sits just 19 miles off the French coast and is also 85 miles from the south coast of England. The whole island is just five miles long and nine miles wide and is made up of 12 parishes, with the capital city being St Helier. The main language of Jersey is English and it is a British Crown Dependency. Is Jersey part of the UK? Jersey is officially a British Crown Dependency that forms part of the British Isles, but is not classed as being part of the UK. The island is self-governing, meaning it has its own banking and legal systems as well as its own courts of law. The government of the island is called the States Assembly and is made up of 49 … [Read more...] about Is Jersey part of the UK?