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Kate Middleton, Duchess Of Cambridge, Steps Out Alone On Valentine’s Day

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 14, 2012

Kate Middleton was greeted by thousands of admirers in Liverpool as she flew solo for a string of royal engagements on Valentine’s Day.

William, the Duke of Cambridge managed to send a card and flowers to his other half for the romantic holiday despite being 8,000 miles away in the Falklands, but Kate was also presented with cupcakes, flowers and adoring crowds as she arrived in Merseyside.

Kate’s first solo regional visit saw her travelling up to Liverpool to visit recovering alcohol addicts as well as recognising a charity that helps the families of sick children live closer to hospitals.

The Duchess also toured Alder Hey hospital burns and surgery unit, bringing some sunshine to the children suffering from disfiguring injuries on the ward.

Dozens of locals waited on the freezing streets to greet the Duchess of Cambridge, waving flags and cheering the royal.

Middleton treated the waiting crowds to a dazzling smile, dressed warmly in a mahogany coat, thick black tights and suede heels. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Qatari Owners of Paris’ Soccer Team Hanker For Aging Englishman Beckham

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 22, 2011

By BRUCE CRUMLEY

Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham fights for the ball against Emelio "Chieffy" Caligdong of the Philippines national football team Azkals during their friendly match at the Rizal Memorial football stadium in Manila December 3, 2011.

Why does perennially under-performing Paris Saint-Germain of France’s anemic professional soccer league see hiring a fading star at over $1 million per month as vital to assuring its future? Because the aging player in question is David Beckham, whose marketing and financial allure is considered as important as his footballing skill by PSG’s Qatari owners. And even if Beckham’s representatives are denying reports that the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder has come to an unofficial agreement with PSG, there are reasons to suspect the resurgent rumors may yet come to fruition. After all, the Paris club is only one part of a mix with which Qatari VIPs are looking to boost the Emirate’s prestige through the world’s most popular sport. And despite his advancing age and slowing gait, Beckham remains not only one of the biggest global draws in the game—but just the kind of meta-star capable of mesmerizing celebrity-crazed, sports-fickle inhabitants of Paris.

French media was again abuzz Wednesday with reports that the 36-year-old Beckham has agreed to sign an 18-month contract with PSG once his Galaxy deal expires Dec. 31. According to dailies le Parisien and l’Equipe, Beckham has accepted a league-topping $1.05 million monthly salary whose total value could be nearly doubled by $22.3 million in performance bonuses—most of those based on Beckham’s merchandizing potential, rather than footballing potency. Indeed, in addition to Beckham’s iconic and hunk status that’s expected to broaden PSG’s appeal to a far wider base of Parisians (a population infamous as fair weather fans who demand big matches, lots of glitz, and the likelihood of victory to even start caring much about sports), the association with the former England hero might well allow Paris Saint-German to finally establish a true brand identity abroad. And that, it’s hoped, could mean millions in new income from PSG jerseys selling alongside the likes of Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and Barcelona merchandize in foreign markets–particularly in Beckham-mad Asia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why was Cheryl Cole fired?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 26, 2011

Catherine Gee considers why Cheryl Cole has already been fired from the US X Factor.

By Catherine Gee

Cheryl Cole as a judge on the UK X Factor Photo: Rex

It’s been 21 days since Simon Cowell’s production company hired Cheryl Cole for the US X Factor. She landed in the US a mere eight days ago and already she’s been fired and replaced by a Pussycat Doll.

How could the Americans do this to our national heroine? Was it her hair (too large)? Her voice (too Geordie)? Her personality (too boring)? She should have been adored. They adore Rihanna, another bad relationship survivor; she was surely on the path to greatness. But somehow, Cole just didn’t charm them.

The big reason being mooted – though the producers are staying stoically silent on the matter so far – is that thick Newcastle accent that we Brits seem to love so. Apparently the contestants were struggling to understand her. Mostly likely, they’d never even heard of Newcastle, let alone heard a Geordie in full flow.

After all, this is a country which regularly refers to a “British accent”, presumably using either Surrey well-to-do RP or working-class cockney as their reference. But of course there’s no such thing as a British accent, considering that the United Kingdom includes Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester, Cornwall, Birmingham and, well, everywhere else. For a relatively small country, the UK really has fostered a diverse collection of dialects – and many of those across the Atlantic are seemingly clueless about its geography. Read the rest of this entry »

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