Looking back at some of the top stories May 2014 had to offer, it was a month most definitely split into two very clear divides; the good (Maya Angelou, Derry Clarke, Conchita and Tara The Tabby hero) and the bad (Donald Trump, 1d) and the ugly (Kimye). In terms of the bad & ugly, suffice to say, the lesson these people should learn from today’s blog is; just because you’re loaded does NOT give you a licence to be greedy, rude and arrogant – you are not above the law. On the other hand, in terms of the ‘good’ celebrity stories we read and reveal this month, it’s heart-warming to see how truly inspirational real superstars can actually be – and on so many levels.
EUROVISION WINNER CONCHITA TO HOST VIENNA 2015 – GRAHAM NORTON EXCLUSIVE!
She dominated Eurovision 2014 and now Conchita Wurst has revealed her plans to own next year’s contest too. The Austrian singer, who nailed Eurovision with her emotive performance of Rise Like A Phoenix, is desperate to take centre stage when the competition heads to Vienna. Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, she said: ‘I have cast myself in the role of host at Eurovision next year in Vienna.’ And if Cher’s got anything to do with it you may not recognise the 25-year-old transvestite this time next year. Cher reached out to Conchita on Twitter following her Eurovision performance suggesting an image overhaul, and she’s taken the advice on the chin. ‘I was so excited to receive the tweet, which said, “Darling you deserve a lovelier name and better wig”. Asked if her beard confuses people, she explained: ‘It’s my own truth. It makes me comfortable on stage. I love myself and the bearded lady is fun and expresses everything I feel. Being a teenager in a small Austrian village was not fabulous. I tried to fit in and changed myself to be part of the game. I now realise I can create the game.’ (Metro)
FIFI GELDOF ANNOUNCES ENGAGEMENT
After Bob Geldof proposed to his longterm love Jeanne Marine, Peaches’ older sister Fifi is also set to wed. Tragic Peaches’ older sister Fifi Trixibelle Geldof is set to wed her 33-year-old boyfriend Andrew Robertson. Fifi, 31, will be following in the footsteps of her father Sir Bob Geldof, who reportedly recently proposed to his actress girlfriend of 18 years Jeanne Marine. In the wake of the news that Peaches’s tragic death was linked to a heroin overdose, Fifi shared an up close shot of her left hand and sparkling diamond engagement ring on her Instagram account. “Boydonegood,” she wrote alongside the picture. It’s unsure when she will tie the knot with fiance Andrew, who builds sand sculptures on beaches. (Mirror)
CHEZZA’S BACK! AND WILL PERFORM COMEBACK SINGLE ON BGT NEXT WEEK
She’s back! – Hot on the heels of her return to the X Factor panel, Cheryl Cole is also planning a return to the charts with a new single entitled Crazy Stupid Love, lifted from her upcoming fourth studio album. (Should we be expecting a shirtless Ryan Gosling to pop up somewhere in the video? No? Fine.) According to Digital Spy, the former Girls Aloud star will perform the single live on the Britain’s Got Talent final on June 7.
Former band-mate, Kimberly Walsh tells The Sun: “She will be performing on Britain’s Got Talent, which will be exciting because it’s obviously a big show and it means you won’t have to wait too long for her [new music].” The new release follows her last single, Under the Sun, which peaked at #13 on the UK singles chart in 2012. Her last album was her first not to top the charts. However, now that Chezza’s back aboard the X Factor machine this should be a well-needed return to the top. (Heat)
MAY’S ORCHID JEWEL IS THE PHENOMENAL MAYA ANGLEOU
Poet, civil rights activist, singer, songwriter, dancer, TV producer, director and author ; Dr. Maya Angelou passed away 3 days ago at the age of 86. We are without doubt blessed and richer as people to have known her. (albeit from her work). An extraordinary spirit and energy who will live on through her body of works. A phenomenal woman. Maya Angelou (/ˈmaɪ.ə ˈændʒəloʊ/; born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author and poet. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than 50 years. She received dozens of awards and over 30 honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of seventeen and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, prostitute, nightclub dancer and performer, cast member of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the days of decolonization. She was an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. From 1982, she taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she held the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, and worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Beginning in the 1990s, she made around 80 appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” (1993) at President Bill Clinton‘s inauguration, making her the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost atJohn F. Kennedy‘s inauguration in 1961.
With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou publicly discussed aspects of her personal life. She was respected as a spokesperson of black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of Black culture. Attempts have been made to ban her books from some US libraries, but her works are widely used in schools and universities worldwide. Angelou’s major works have been labeled as autobiographical fiction, but many critics have characterized them as autobiographies. She made a deliberate attempt to challenge the common structure of the autobiography by critiquing, changing, and expanding the genre. Her books center on themes such as racism, identity, family, and travel. she danced professionally in clubs around San Francisco, including the nightclub the Purple Onion, where she sang and danced to calypso music. Up to that point she went by the name of “Marguerite Johnson”, or “Rita”, but at the strong suggestion of her managers and supporters at the Purple Onion she changed her professional name to “Maya Angelou”, a “distinctive name” that set her apart and captured the feel of her calypso dance performances. During 1954 and 1955, Angelou toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. She began her practice of learning the language of every country she visited, and in a few years she gained proficiency in several languages. In 1957, riding on the popularity of calypso, Angelou recorded her first album, Miss Calypso, which was reissued as a CD in 1996. She appeared in an off-Broadway review that inspired the film Calypso Heat Wave, in which Angelou sang and performed her own compositions….for more on this phenomenal lady see her wiki …. here she is chatting with Oprah with a clip of performing in 1957.. what a voice! [in every sense of the word]
MICHELIN AWARD WINNING CHEF DERRY CLARKE IS AN INSPIRATION!
Celebrity chef Derry Clarke is like a new man just months after undergoing serious heart surgery, his wife has revealed. The Dublin-based chef is now several stone lighter and is leading a much healthier and active lifestyle. A keen cycler, the owner of city centre eatery L’Ecrivain is in training to take on the gruelling Paris to Nice Cycle challenge this September. After undergoing a triple heart bypass at Christmas, the chef is gearing up to complete 700km over six days in aid of suicide prevention charity Console. After giving up cigarettes before the operation and taking up early-morning cycles, Derry is now in the best shape of his life, according to his wife Sallyanne. “He is doing everything he wanted to do, he is focused and he looks great,” she told the Herald “He lost a lot of weight when he had the bypass and he’s toning up now so he’s in better shape than he’s been in a long time.” Derry will undertake the Dublin to Galway cycle in the coming weeks as a training challenge before heading to France at the end of September. “He’s out on the bike and he’s been keeping healthy,” explained Sallyanne. Derry will cycle across France as part of a group of ten who are doing the challenge in aid of Console, Ireland’s national suicide charity. It is a cause that is very close to the Clarke family after their son, Andrew, took his own life, aged 16 on New Year’s Eve, 2012. “We’re doing okay and keeping busy,” Sallyanne said. “I just had a knee replacement, so it is nice for Derry to have something like this to keep him focused.”
The couple, who run Michelin- star restaurant L’Ecrivain on Lower Baggot Street in Dublin, are calling for people to support Console and the Paris to Nice cycle challenge. “We were looking online and all the children’s charities are getting a lot more support than Console,” said Sallyanne. “They deserve the support, but we are trying to raise awareness for Console and would love to see support from people.” Derry (56), has teamed up with other chefs for the cycle, including Ross Lewis, owner of swanky eatery Chapter One. The group are aiming to raise €100,00 for the suicide prevention charity and they will join more than 100 people who are taking part in the cycle. Derry, who is combining training with running L’Ecrivain, decided to have heart surgery in December. He was advised to have the operation due to a family history of cardiac problems. He returned to work at his restaurant two months later and said he has a renewed zest for life. (Herald)
THIS MONTH’S NAUGHTY CORNER
1d in old money have lost the plot! Just because you raise millions for charity – does NOT give you a licence to act like prats. In the words of Judge Judy maybe you coulda, shoulda, woulda been better advised to switch the cameras off! [One Directions Zayn and Louis caught on video this week smoking weed in Peru]
Newly weds’ Kim and Kanye West were less than polite about their visit to our shores this week. The would-be-has-been celebrity couple (who are worth millions – which is NOT a licence for rudeness) chose to honeymoon in Ireland, much to the surprise of many, made some very insulting remarks about about the Irish (not worth repeating). The couple have a year old baby girl whom they named North, we kid you not, North West? Plans to name any future children, South and East have not been ruled out? To be honest, for a couple who are basically famous for being famous, maybe next time you both marry new partners (oh and you will – it’s just a matter of time) Please do us a favor – land your jet somewhere else, further East the better.
DONALD ‘short arms – deep pockets’ TRUMP and family were in Co Clare a few weeks ago — the US tycoon touched down in his private ‘Gold Plated interior’ Boeing 757 to check out the west coast golf course he picked up for a bargain price back in February. If you we’re in the area, you couldn’t miss it. It’s the one with ‘TRUMP’ emblazoned on the side in gold lettering. The outspoken billionaire bought the plane three years ago from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen for around €100 million. And, with all his obscene Billions (which is NOT a licence for greed). It has been reported that when he opens the west coast hotel and golf course, he’ll be recruiting staff from Jobsbridge, yes you heard right, he wants cheap labour, paying minimum wage – some may only be paid €30 euro a week on top of their dole. It beggars belief how people like Trump sleep at night. Greed is a rather ugly trait. This blogger hopes it stays fine for him.
THINGS THAT MADE OUR HEARTS GLOW THIS MONTH – TARA THE FELINE WONDER SAVES BOY FROM DOG ATTACK! GREAT VIDEO CLIP.
When you think of heroic pets, perhaps the household cat would not jump to mind. In this incident, it was the feline that saved the day, after an innocent child was subject to a brief but vicious attack from a dog. The incident happened in Bakersfield, California, and involves Jeremy Triantafilo, a neighbour’s dog, and his family cat. The child had his back turned to the dog when it bit and refused to let go. The brave moggie jumped in and slammed against the attacking dog and chased it away, before the boy’s mother saw and came to help her child. “Thankfully, it wasn’t worse,” his father, Roger Triantafilo, wrote in posting the video. “My son is fine.” It is understood the boy received a number of stitches. (Indo) – Video clip courtesy of ABC News
AND FINALLY – FOR MUSIC LOVERS OF ALL AGES -WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND AND AROUND – THAT’S KARMA BABAY!
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