Top Stories to hit the News Stands April 2014

peaches beautiful shot   hollywood breaking newsApril 2014 brought us a litany of headline shockers. Each week unveiled one gobsmacking headline after another, some beggaring belief none more startling than that of the devastating and tragic death of Peaches Geldof.  We were then to hear of Bob Hoskins sad and quite frankly untimely passing. However the shock of the century has got to be the 8 year jail sentence for former PR Guru Max Clifford, whose clients were all A lister celebrities from the world of entertainment, his biggest client being Simon Cowell, apparently dropped him on hearing of his convictions. What  a whopper of a month, in the first instance we would like take a look at Peaches story; British Police have launched a major search for her ‘killer’ aka the person who supplied her with the drugs. The Police have emphatically ruled out that her widower, 23 year old husband, Tom Cohen is implicated in any way. Our thoughts are with her father Bob Geldof, Peaches ‘siblings, Fifi, Pixie and Tiger Lily, Tom and her two little boys Astala and Phaedra.


peaches wedding dayA criminal inquiry has been launched by British police after it emerged that heroin was likely to have played a part in the death of Peaches Geldof.  A police spokesman said: “Kent Police can confirm an ongoing investigation into the supply of drugs in connection with the death of Peaches Geldof. “There have been no arrests at this stage.” At the inquest, Paul Fotheringham described how Peaches Geldof’s husband had tried to make contact with his wife before he found her body. Thomas Cohen, a musician, had been away for the weekend with the elder of their two sons, Astala, leaving Peaches Geldof at home with their 11-month old son, Phaedra. This was their normal weekend arrangement, Paul Fotheringham explained, allowing Peaches Geldof to concentrate on her work as a columnist.


peaches colourful coffin“It is believed that Peaches spent Saturday afternoon, into the evening, and Sunday morning at her home address alone,” Paul Fotheringham told the inquest. “Throughout this period she maintained telephone contact with family and friends, including contact with Thomas’s mother to arrange a family activity, but this was cancelled. “All of the friends and family who had contact with Peaches during this period described how she seemed her normal self and was making plans for the future, including a family outing for her sons for the following weekend,” he continued. “There was no cause for concern.” However, on Monday morning, 7 April, Peaches Geldof’s husband tried to contact her without success. He then travelled to the family home in Wrotham, Kent with his mother, Sue, and son Astala arriving at around 13:30

Read more about her dramatic weight loss: Bellenews 

DIET PILLS  + FINANCIAL STRESS = HEART FAILURE  read more here at the Daily Mail The dark reality of the financial pressure Peaches was under

Kylie’s Dancers were asked to work for no fee in video due to budget restraints?  Ye gods it’s everywhere!

kylie dancers asked to work for no feePopstar Kylie Minogue sheds tears over an ‘upsetting’ week, after dancers were underpaid and her Logie performance panned. It’s been a tough week for Australia’s princess of pop.  After a critically panned Logie Awards performance of I Was Gonna Cancel, and copping flack over the pittance paid to her dancers, Kylie Minogue has revealed the week of stress left her in tears. This follows previous claims that a U.S.-based production company sought dancers to work for no fee, due to ‘budget constraints’, for the filming of Minogue’s music video for the same single at Melbourne’s Docklands Studio. Seeming optimistic that the saga would blow over, it’s back to work for the 45-year-old singing budgie. ‘I’ll admit that I was very stressed by the situation as it was linking my name to something that I fundamentally don’t agree with,’ Minogue told  ‘Yes, there were tears! But all’s well that ends well.’  Minogue, who said she had no input in hiring dancers, heard about the problem on social media. ‘When I heard there was an issue with dancer payment I inquired about it straight away,’ Minogue said.  Pay issues weren’t the only flack the pop princess from her comeback performance. The Voice Australia mentor took to social media on Monday to defend her performance at the Logies after being bombarded with criticisms that she lip-synced on the night. ‘Yes, we did something different and YES, I was singing live,’ Minogue tweeted. Her management also issued a statement to ninemsn on Monday to confirm ‘the performance was live’. 

Read more about this story and more from the Daily Mail 

Then there was that wonderful trip for our President to the UK to meet the Queen – he did the country proud and the whole event was a triumph… possibly a tad exhausting though!


george and amal and the ringThe ring! George Clooney proposed to Amal Alamuddin on one knee with a SEVEN CARAT diamond engagement sparkler he helped design

george and amal hand with ringGeorge Clooney’s proposal to lawyer Amal Alamuddin was not done on a whim. The 52-year-old actor had carefully planned it all. According to People, the Oscar winner hand picked the ethically mined seven-carat, emerald-cut diamond he would give his British girlfriend. He even had input on the platinum-set design that featured two baguettes on each side of the main stone. The 36-year-old brunette stunner showed the gem off alongside the actor at his friend Rande Gerber’s 52nd birthday dinner in Santa Barbara on April 27, added the weekly.

george and amal 1‘They plan on being together forever,’ an insider said of the pair. ‘He respects that she is not remotely involved in his world,’ a friend of Clooney, who the magazine revealed popped the question on April 22, said. It was also reported by the publication that the Out Of Sight actor got down on one knee to ask for Amal’s hand in marriage.  Added another friend: ‘Amal seems to be the best fit for him he’s ever had in a partner.’ A source told the weekly the wedding could be as soon as September.

Speaking of great Actors

bob hoskins and daughterWe were very sad to learn of the passing of  the great British’ actor Bob Hoskins, a Parkinson’s sufferer. He  was an extraordinary character. Full of life and great advice for his daughter. Laugh. Get angry. Be flamboyant… and love with all your heart’: Bob Hoskins’ heartbroken daughter;


My darling Dad has died. I loved him to the ends of the earth and he loved me back just the same. These are the lessons he taught me, I will keep them close to my heart and remind myself of them whenever I stumble or falter. They are his words; the words spoke so often to encourage, comfort and reassure. This isn’t general wisdom, rather advice that he tailor made just for me. I love you Dad.

1) Laugh. There’s humour to be found everywhere, even your darkest days there’s something to have a joke about. Laugh long and loud and make other people laugh. It’s good for you.

2) Be yourself. If someone doesn’t like you they’re either stupid , blind, or they’ve got bad taste. Accept who you are, you’ve got no one else to be. Don’t try to change yourself, there’s no point. Don’t apologise. Don’t make excuses. Be yourself and if anyone else doesn’t like it they can f*ck off.

3) Be flamboyant, it’s who you are and always have been. Be eccentric and unique. Don’t try to adapt yourself to someone else’s view of normal. That belongs to them, not you. Like yourself as who you are.

4) Don’t worry about other people’s opinions. Everyone’s a critic, but ultimately what they say only matters if you let it. Don’t believe your own press. People can just as easily sing your praises as they can tear you down. Don’t waste your time on things you can’t change. Let it slide off you like water off a duck’s back.

5) Get angry, it’s ok to lose your temper now and then. If anger stays in, it turns to poison and makes you bitter and sad. Get angry, say your peace, then let it go.

6) Whatever you do, always give it a good go. Don’t be afraid of failure and disappointment. If you fall flat on your face then get straight back up. You’ll always regret not trying. Disappointment is temporary, regret is forever.

7) Be generous and kind because you can’t take it with you. When you’ve got something to give, give it without hesitation.

8) Appreciate beauty, take pictures and make memories. Capture it, you never know when it’ll be gone.

9) Don’t take yourself too seriously. People who take themselves too seriously are boring.

10) Never, ever, ever, ever give up. Keep on punching no matter what your up against. You’re only defeated if you give up, so don’t give up.

11) Love with all your heart. In the end, love is the only thing that matters.

Read more on this story here at the Daily Mail :

Speaking of Great Daily Mail Writers

This Month’s Orchid Jewel is Shay Healy

Shay Healy BWhelan ShotWriter, composer , Eurovision Song Contest winner, comedian and broadcaster Shay Healy hit the charts again this month with his latest spellbinding song “When You become Stardust Too”.  At 71 years of age, he says of himself, he’s the oldest geezer to chart  straight in at No 2 on iTunes. Shay’s an inspiration and so many levels, not least as a Parkinsons sufferer.  Shay Healy (born 1943) is an Irish songwriter, broadcaster and journalist. He is best known for his role as host of Nighthawks, a RTÉ Television chat show of the late 1980s and early 1990s, and for composing “What’s Another Year“, Ireland’s winning entry in the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest.  Early life; Shay Healy was raised along with his five siblings in Sandymount in Dublin. His father, Seamus, was a civil servant and part-time stage actor who performed at the Abbey and Olympia theatres. His mother, Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin, was a singer of Irish traditional songs. She also wrote plays and stories and encouraged young Shay’s early talent for writing. This led to his first appearance at the age of fifteen on the Irish national radio station, Radió Éireann, reading a self-penned article. 

shay-healy with johnny very youngCareer; Healy has had a varied career to date, never focusing too intently on any one of his various professional interests. Of his tendency to diversify he has commented: “I know it infuriates some people when you don’t pigeonhole yourself, but I don’t take on anything that won’t stand up to public scrutiny.”  Songwriting; Healy first received attention as a performer of his own “songs of social significance” during the 1960s. Later he wrote comedy songs for Billy Connolly. Healy achieved his greatest success as a songwriter with “What’s Another Year”, which won the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest. Over the course of the next fifteen years, the song earned him a total of £250,000.[5] In 1983 his song, “Edge Of The Universe”, sung by Linda Martin, was the overall winner of the Castlebar Song Contest. Under the name of Crack, he and his friend Dave Pennefather released a parody song called ‘Silly Fellow’, which was about Paul McCartney‘s arrest and jail experience in Japan.  

shay healy aged 20Musical theatre; In 1977, Healy branched into musical theatre with the script, co-written with Niall Toibin, for a stage production entitled The King. This was a show based on the life and music of Elvis Presley and was premiered at the Cork Opera House two months after the singer’s death. However, Healy’s rock operaThe Knowledge, failed to receive commercial backing and was premiered in Dundalk by an amateur group in January 1989. Healy was more successful with his musical, The Wiremen, which received its premiere on 4 May 2005 at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre in a production by John McColgan and Moya Doherty that ran for six weeks. The Wiremen tells the story of the introduction of electricity into County Mayo during the 1950s. In March 2010 the show was revived in an amateur production by the Birr Stage Guild.  

Image Ref. No. 2175/064Broadcasting; Healy joined RTÉ Television in 1963 as a trainee cameraman.[11] Within five years he had moved to the other side of the lens with appearances on programmes such as Twenty Minutes With…Ballad Sheet and Hoot’nany.  Between 1988 and 1992 Healy hosted Nighthawks, a late-night satirical chat show broadcast on RTÉ Two, which he later described as “the best four years of my working life”. In January 1992, the show became embroiled in political controversy as a result of Healy’s interview with former Fianna Fáil Justice Minister Seán Doherty. During the interview, Doherty revealed that some members of the cabinet with whom he served in 1982 had been aware of his order to illegally tap the phones of a number of Irish journalists. The revelation led to the resignation of Taoiseach Charles Haughey a few weeks later.[13][14]


shay and mary kennedyIn January 1995, RTÉ terminated Healy’s contract. One of his last shows for the station was Where Are They Now? in which he interviewed former celebrities whose fame had largely faded. Healy then set up his own production company which made a series of television documentaries. His 1995 TV documentary on Irish musician, Phil LynottThe Rocker, was broadcast on RTÉ Two and BBC Two, and later released as a DVD.[5] In 1998, Healy made two half-hour documentaries for the RTÉ One television series, Against The Odds. The series focused on individuals who had overcome adversity in their lives. Healy’s two films featured an actor, Chris Burke, who was born with dwarfism, and a singer, Ronan Tynan, whose legs were amputated when he was twenty.[3]


Shay Healy and Billy Connolly Pillar of SocietyHealy has won two Jacob’s Awards. He received the first in 1984 for Strawberry Fields Forever, a radio documentary series on the 1960s which he presented. His second award came in 1989 for his television work. In 2007, Healy joined the judging panel on TG4‘s talent show, Glór Tíre. In the early 1960s, Healy became Folk Correspondent for Spotlight, an Irish pop music weekly, and he continued to write for the magazine until its demise in the mid-1970s.[16] He currently writes a weekly column for the Irish Daily MailThe Stunt is the title of Healy’s debut novel, published in 1992. It deals with the Irish rock scene and was described by one reviewer as “a more truthful… representation (of) the Irish music scene than The Commitments“. His second novel, Green Card Blues, is set among the illegal Irish immigrant community in New York City. In 2005 On The Road, Healy’s memoir of his life in show business, was published. In 2013 he published an amusing Trilogy ‘The Danny Boy Triangle’ on Amazon Kindle.

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Great news in the Gleeson Household all the same!

domhnall gleeson actorDomhnall Gleeson for 7th episode of Star Wars franchise. Original 1977 movie’s stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill also to appear.  Rising Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson is to appear in JJ Abrams’s highly anticipated seventh episode of the Star Wars franchise. Speculation as regards casting has been furious since Abrams was announced as director early last year, but Star War fanatics encountered some surprises when key cast members were revealed today. Oscar IsaacJohn BoyegaAndy SerkisMax Von Sydow and Daisy Ridley will be joining Gleeson on the London shoot. It has also finally been confirmed that Harrison Ford,Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, stars of George Lucas’s original 1977 space opera, are to reprise their iconic roles. “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII,” Abrams said. “It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

star wars harrison fordFew details of the plot are known, but the film will take place some 35 years after the events in Return of the Jedi, the last film in the opening trilogy, and will focus on a fresh trio of young leads. The son of Brendan Gleeson, Domhnall, now 30, has already appeared in such films asAnna Karenina, True Grit, Calvary and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Next week, he can be seen opposite Michael Fassbender in Lenny Abrahamson’s offbeat comedy, Frank. There is now a very real possibility that, following the December 2015 release of Star Wars Episode VII, he will have a part in the most successful film of all time.

Read more here in The Irish Times


‘Nothing is too much for Angelo’: Adele ‘splashes out on a £15,000 playhouse for her 18-month-old son’ 

Adele4Adele has reportedly splashed out £15,000 on a playhouse for her son. The Rolling in the Deep hitmaker – who has 18-month-old Angelo with her partner Simon Konecki – fell in love with the garden toys after seeing them in her friends’ houses so decided to buy one for her little boy to enjoy in their south coast home. A source said: ‘Nothing is too much for Angelo as far as Adele is concerned.

adele with baby‘She dotes on that little boy. But actually, Adele isn’t usually one to splash out on things. She’s never been one for the usual celebrity trappings. ‘A couple of her friends have the playhouses and she thought it would be the perfect gift.’ The white weatherboard house features three turrets, a veranda and its own picket fence, and can even be wired up to mains electricity.

And the 25-year-old singer hopes Angelo will enjoy playing inside it for many years. The source added to The Sun newspaper: ‘It’s the kind of thing he’ll never get bored of either — he’ll still be hanging out in it with his mates when he’s 10.’ The Skyfall star could easily afford the £15,000 toy as it was revealed earlier this year her company Melted Stone had filed a turnover of over £30 million, despite Adele not touring or releasing new music. According to reports at the time, the British star took home £12.1million, which included a £4.9million pay package and a £7.2million dividend.

adele playhouse

Read more at the Daily Mail



So Mad Max is going down!

max cliffordYep the man who had everything has moved from his plush pad to Wandsworth Prison. This story certainly beggars belief, the man who was basically the envy of all in the world of PR had a dream A List of celebrities who all cancelled their accounts on the breaking news. It appears the Max Clifford PR firm will now close and all eight girls including his daughter Louise will lose their jobs. Just an extraordinary tale  – we can hear the typewriters hammering out this blockbuster as we speak…. if you’re not sure what the fuss is all about… the full story can be read here... This blogger could not be arsed to give this any more oxygen than it deserves.  I have no doubt the 8 year sentence  will be contested and reduced.  The obscenely rich always win out in the end! Most likely he will serve two years, which  will not be great news and much disappointment for his victims.



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