An original waxwork from 7 years back is being replaced. Looking like a cross between a stoned pole-dancer and a sex-doll robot, the original waxwork captures Brit’s essence perfectly!
The crazy thing is that the waxwork model is more talented and more intelligent than the real Britney!!
In order to honor her popular comeback, Britney Spears revisits the Madame Tussaud’s in London. A new wax work of Britney Spears has been launched in the museum. The figure shows Spears clutching an award representing her successful comeback.
The new wax work is created after the old one that dates back 8 years. Her earlier figure was immensely popular as it captured her in a provocative pose from her ‘Dream within a Dream’ tour.
She’s undergone a huge transformation since then and we wanted to reflect her as she is now.
Spears has constantly remained in the headlines for various reasons good and bad. From sharing a kiss with Madonna, marrying twice, shaving her head, losing custody of her children and being hospitalised for psychiatric evaluation.
The new statue shows a 27-year old Britney holding one of the three awards she won in September, in a silver sparkling dress with plunging neckline, as reported by Sky News. Liz Edwards from the waxwork museum believes that they required to create her one more time.
“However, she’s undergone a huge transformation since then and we wanted to reflect her as she is now.” The pop princess lately released her new album ‘Circus’ after ‘Blackout’ that was well received inspite of the huge speculations due to her highlighted personal life.
Britney Spear remains on of the top selling artists in the world, with 62 million albums sold worldwide. AGENCIES
“I didn’t think about how we would afford it. I don’t really get pocket money. My dad sometimes gives me £10.”
More Britland craziness! A quite disturbing tale this latest one! Seems like the UK is trying to turn into one giant moronic chav trailer-park! Expect Britney Spears to move there soon!
We thought a recent study – as posted earlier here – showed that young Britons preferred music to sex! Well, not this little four foot little kid Alfie Patten, who looks about 7 years old! He’s actually much older than 7 though. He’s 13!
He was 12 when he knocked up his partner, 15 year old Chantelle!!
12? When I was 12 I could barely ride a bike, let alone anything more complex!
He must’ve seen that Michael Caine movie “Alfie” – where his namesake is a rampant serial debaucher – a few too many times!
The shot of the happy threesome together is really fu*king weird! The chick looks about 3 times Alfie’s age! And 4 times his size!
Chantelle? Is that a real name? We thought that was some sort of perfume!
Of course the sad tale arises from the usual scenario. No proper sex education. No proper guidance from parents. Probably no proper parenting at all.
As expected, a mad religious angle too with some crazy anti-abortion Christian charity quoted as saying “we commend these teenagers for their courage in bringing their child into the world!“
WTF? Sounds like something that whackjob Sarah Palin would come up with! Shouldn’t Christian extremists be against non-marital sex? We thought too that the Christian extremists were against children having sex! Well, unless the sex involved a Priest or Church Elder and did not involve condoms!
Furthermore, the boy was 12 when this took place – thus not a “teenager”! But definitely a child!
Baby-faced Alfie, who is 13 but looks more like eight, became a father four days ago when his girlfriend Chantelle Steadman gave birth to 7lb 3oz Maisie Roxanne.
He told how he and Chantelle, 15, decided against an abortion after discovering she was pregnant.
The shy lad, whose voice has not yet broken, said: “I thought it would be good to have a baby.
“I didn’t think about how we would afford it. I don’t really get pocket money. My dad sometimes gives me £10.”
Alfie, who is just 4ft tall, added: “When my mum found out, I thought I was going to get in trouble. We wanted to have the baby but were worried how people would react.
“I didn’t know what it would be like to be a dad. I will be good, though, and care for it.”
Alfie’s story, broken exclusively by The Sun today has sparked a huge political storm with Tory leader David Cameron saying: “When I saw these pictures this morning, I just thought how worrying that in Britain today children are having children.
“I hope that somehow these children grow up into responsible parents but the truth is parenthood is just not something they should be thinking about right now.”
PM Gordon Brown refused to comment directly on the story but said it was important that the Government did all it could to prevent teenage pregnancies.
Alfie’s dad Dennis yesterday told how the lad does not really understand the enormity of his situation — but seemed desperate to be a devoted and responsible father.
He wanted to be the first to hold Maisie after the hospital birth. He tenderly kisses the baby and gives her a bottle.
And Dennis, 45, said: “He could have shrugged his shoulders and sat at home on his Playstation. But he has been at the hospital every day.”
Maisie was conceived after Chantelle and Alfie — just 12 at the time — had a single night of unprotected sex.
They found out about the baby when Chantelle was 12 weeks pregnant.
But they kept it a secret until six weeks later when Chantelle’s mum Penny, 38, became suspicious about her weight gain and confronted her.
After that Alfie’s family told only those closest to them for fear he would be “demonised” at school.
Chantelle gave birth to Maisie on Monday night after a five-hour labour at Eastbourne Hospital, East Sussex.
Last night she told The Sun: “I’m tired after the birth. I was nervous after going into labour but otherwise I was quite excited.”
Chantelle told how she discovered she was expecting after going to her GP with “really bad” stomach pains. She said: “Me and Alfie went. The doctor asked me whether we had sex. I said yes and he said I should do a pregnancy test. He did the test and said I was pregnant. I started crying and didn’t know what to do.
“He said I should tell my mum but I was too scared.
“We didn’t think we would need help from our parents. You don’t really think about that when you find out you are pregnant. You just think your parents will kill you.”
But Penny figured out what was going on after buying Chantelle a T-shirt which revealed her swelling tum.
Chantelle admitted she and Alfie — who are both being supported by their parents — would be accused of being grossly irresponsible. She said: “We know we made a mistake but I wouldn’t change it now. We will be good loving parents.
“I have started a church course and I am going to do work experience helping other young mums.
“I’ll be a great mum and Alfie will be a great dad.”
Chantelle and Maisie were released from hospital yesterday. They are living with Penny, Chantelle’s jobless dad Steve, 43, and her five brothers in a rented council house in Eastbourne. The family live on benefits. Alfie, who lives on an estate across town with mum Nicola, 43, spends most of his time at the Steadmans’ house.
He is allowed to stay overnight and even has a school uniform there so he can go straight to his classes in the morning.
Alfie’s dad, who is separated from Nicola, believes the lad is scared deep down.
He said: “Everyone is telling him things and it’s going round in his head. It hasn’t really dawned on him. He hasn’t got a clue of what the baby means and can’t explain how he feels. All he knows is mum and dad will help.
“When you mention money his eyes look away. And she is reliant on her mum and dad. It’s crazy. They have no idea what lies ahead.”
Dennis, who works for a vehicle recovery firm, described Alfie as “a typical 13-year-old boy”.
He said: “He loves computer games, boxing and Manchester United.” Dennis, who has fathered nine kids, told how he was “gobsmacked” when he discovered Alfie was to be a dad, too.
He said: “When I spoke to him he started crying. He said it was the first time he’d had sex, that he didn’t know what he was doing and of the complications that could come.
“I will talk to him again and it will be the birds and the bees talk. Some may say it’s too late but he needs to understand so there is not another baby.”
Chantelle’s mum said: “I told her it was lovely to have the baby but I wish it was in different circumstances. We have five children already so it’s a big financial responsibility. But we are a family and will pull together and get through.
“She’s my daughter. I love her and she will want for nothing.”
Last night Michaela Aston, of the anti-abortion Christian charity LIFE, said: “We commend these teenagers for their courage in bringing their child into the world.
“At the same time this is symptomatic of the over-sexualisation of our youngsters and shows the policy of value-free sex education just isn’t working.”
Today Sussex Police and the local council’s children services said they have investigated the case and pledged continued support for the young parents.
Britain’s youngest known father is Sean Stewart. He became a dad at 12 when the girl next door, 15-year-old Emma Webster, gave birth in Sharnbrook, Bedford, in 1998. They split six months later.
A UK study suggests that more than 60% of young people would rather give up sex than music, rising to 70% for 16-19 year-olds!
Put away those damn i-pods and get banging for f*ck’s sake!
The most interesting fact in the article is the clear evidence of the paradigm shift in how music is sourced and also, importantly, in the attitudes to this. Stuff like how 70 percent said they don’t feel guilty for illegally downloading music from the internet, while 61 percent feel they shouldn’t have to pay for music.
The muzak biz needs to adapt properly to this irreversible force. They need to focus on rebuilding a sadly defunct and badly outdated business model rather than hounding kids who may have shared a few mp3s and rather than attacking blogs for posting found links to pre-existing, freely available content!
By MediaGuardian -
Tue 17 Feb 2009 04:31 AM PST
By Jemima Kiss
What would you rather go without: sex, or music? For most young people, the answer is sex. More than 60 percent of young people would rather give up sex than music, rising to 70 percent for 16-19 year-olds. Marrakesh Records and Human Capital surveyed 1,000 15 to 24-year-olds highlighting not just how important music is to young people, but their changing attitudes to paying for content. 70 percent said they don’t feel guilty for illegally downloading music from the internet. 61 percent feel they shouldn’t have to pay for music. And around 43 percent of the music owned by this age group has not been paid for, increasing to 49 percent for the younger half of the group.
This age group felt £6.58 is a fair price for CD album, but that a downloaded album should be just £3.91 and a single 39p – almost half the price charged by Apple’s iTunes Store. Music is as important as ever, but this survey demonstrates the changing behaviour in consuming that music. In the past three months, 75 percent have watched a music video online, 70 percent bought a CD, 62 percent played music on their phone (out loud on the bus, probably), 52 percent had paid for a music download and 45 percent had played music on their games console. One piece of good news for old media was that radio is still the best medium for hearing about those new bands in the first place at 67 percent. 63 percent said they relied on recommendations form friends and music channels like MTV was preferred by 49 percent.
Newspapers and music mags were rated by 21 percent and 17 percent, and blogs just 14 percent. Surprisingly, YouTube was the most popular site for exploring new music for 38 percent of those surveyed. MySpace was cited by just 15 percent, tying with official band sites, Facebook followed at 8 percent and NME trailed along with Last.fm at just 4 percent. These results aren’t revelatory but illustrate the rapid shift in consumer behaviour – and these are the Fifty Quid Blokes of tomorrow. The challenge for the music industry is to work out how to adapt their businesses to suit these attitudes while retaining a viable business. To date, that is something record companies have been remarkably backwards in doing.
One thing this survey didn’t touch on though is live music – probably the brightest area of growth in the industry. Perhaps craving a unique, individual experience that digital music can’t provide, more punters than ever are seeking out live music and the festival circuit. It would have been interesting to compare the perception of a decline in the value of paying for pre-recorded music with the attitude to paying for gigs.
Juxtapose Jenny, Jones and Jugs.
You’re doing a fine job! Well, you would be, were it not for that pesky little Gaza annihilation campaign!!
And what does that very dubious role entail? Well, the UK’s most unpopular post-war Labour Prime Minister seems to basically be Bush’s lapdog overseeing US and, by extension, Israeli strategic interests in the Middle East! A role this grinning jug-eared warmonger previously fulfilled wonderfully well of course, primarily in collaborating with the US on the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions.
We’re wondering what the job spec for an Envoy to the Middle East – basically, a vast swathe of Moslem territory, plus little Israel! – might have been. What factors would enable the candidate best fulfil the role and warm himself immediately to most of the Middle East population?
Well, the job spec obviously must have included key requirements such as being an unquestioning lover of America, a warmonger with a history of Moslem carnage and an honorary Zionist!!
Later, Blair struck up long-standing friendships with powerful wealthy Zionist benefactors and lobbyists such as Michael Levy and others who helped line Blair’s Election Campaign coffers!
As well as the peerages, some have stated that this reciprocal relationship also extended to aspects of UK Government policy. As well as the momentous Afghanistan and Iraq invasion decisions by Blair’s Government, most recently, heavy criticism came down upon Blair from all quarters for his failure to call for a ceasefire in the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, when members of his own cabinet had openly criticised Israel for their actions!
This matter contributed to Blair’s approval ratings hitting the floor – earning him the cherished accolade of the UK’s most unpopular post-war Labour Prime Minister – and ultimately forcing his resignation.
Oy vey, this schmeckena Blair!!
Mazel Tov Tony in the role of “Envoy to Jerusalem”! Keep up the great work!
Now Britland may not have given the world much.
But Britland’s given us this.
The next Brit Nobel Laureate!
God save the fooken Queen!
In typically melodramatic fashion, he comes up with the ridiculous conclusion “this is the end for him“!
Anyone who knows anything about Keane, and indeed about the esteem in which he is held (totally opposite to Cas!) throughout the world of football – across the world – would realise how dumb that statement is!
As an aside, we’re amazed that Cascarino crazily has some reputation as a writer, when his Times column is ghost-written, as was his autobiography (written by former cyclist Paul Kimmage – who is a very decent writer)! We’re actually not sure Cas could even write his autograph himself!
This resignation will be considered a significant personal defeat by Keane – and we all know defeat is something that never sits well on his proud shoulders. This setback will only fire him up even more and drive him on to make a return very very soon.
He will learn a lot from this, his first managerial stint! Yes, remember this is his first managerial appointment! And remember Roy did do an amazing job taking Sunderland from bottom of the Championship to runaway Championship winners – and then on to a satisfactory Premiership campaign and Premiership survival last year. Realise too that even now, after a truly horrific string of results, Sunderland are only 2 wins away from the top half of the Premiership table!!
Many of those players that Keano spent a fortune on lately, need to have a close look at themselves. Polar opposite to how perfectionist and born winner Keane was as a player, Roy’s greatest difficulty has been trying to deal with lazy losers and pussies like these! However, it is critical that Roy does learn how to deal with these over-rated, over-pampered multi-millionaires before success at the top level as manager will come his way, as there are increasingly more of these types in the modern game.
Former Manchester United captain Keane quit as Black Cats manager on Thursday, with reserve-team boss Ricky Sbragia in temporary charge after chairman Niall Quinn failed to talk Keane out of quitting.
And Cascarino told talkSport: “He’s taken the easy option.
“He’s not rolled up his sleeves and even with as much courage as Roy Keane says he’s got, this is the end for him.
“He’ll not manage again. No-one will give him the opportunity to manage a football club because they won’t trust him. That’s the bottom line.
“Up until the last few weeks where it’s gone pear-shaped and he’s not had the results, I thought he’d done a good job.
“But they are only two wins away from mid-table.
“You’re going to have bad results in your management career as you do in your playing career. But you don’t just walk away.”
Cascarino also doubts Keane ever united the dressing room, citing what he believes is the former Manchester United’s lack of communication.
“What amazes me about Roy, and I’ve shared many dressing rooms and played lots of matches with him, is that he would be very insular about the way he felt and very rarely said things like he says via the media, and that’s very strange for someone who says they are very honest.
“He never said things in the dressing room, very little came from Roy, he didn’t have friendships, he didn’t care and ultimately his dealing with people has been his downfall.
“Knowing Roy, he’s never had a dressing room.
“He’s never had anybody on his side because he wouldn’t get that close to people.
“He would have them at arm’s length all the time and if you look at his signings, he’s churned players over at an incredible rate.”
But speaking on the same station, Stan Collymore said: “I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him at Manchester United in the next five or six years in some capacity.
“I think that when Roy Keane took over at Sunderland he had a game plan to get them in the Premier League and he got them there earlier than expected.
“There are two ways of looking at it [Keane's resignation]. He’s either thinking he wants to preserve his legacy at Sunderland or he genuinely feels he has taken the club as far as they can go.”
Asked by Alvin Martin if he felt Keane could manage United after walking out on a struggling Sunderland, Collymore said: “Manchester United and its directors, the David Gills of this world, would know Roy better than most people in the game.
“They know what his qualities are and maybe in a year or two years’ time when Sir Alex finishes, his legacy as a player and the goodwill he would get from the United supporters and the United board would not be lost on them.
“I feel that the story isn’t finished with Roy Keane.
“I can’t believe he’s lost to the game. It wouldn’t surprise me if he went to ply his trade abroad for a little while.
“But I can’t get my head around anything other than Roy Keane being back at Manchester United in some capacity sooner rather than later.”
Then came a horror stretch of six defeats in seven matches and four in succession at the Stadium of Light which saw the club’s early confidence quickly dissipate.
Some of his signings are very questionable characters indeed – the likes of Pascal Chimbonda, Djibril Cissé and El-Hadji Diouf – and Keane’s discplinarian approach has not worked with these unpredictable and unreliable mavericks.
Keane’s reluctance to extend his contract that expires at the end of the season had also led increased the instability. The suits, the players and potential signings always need the assurance of an apparently stable future.
Keano’s uncharacteristic recent comments full of self doubt and doubt about the club also more than hinted at a parting of the ways.
We need to recall though the wonderful job Keane did at Sunderland, taking them out of a tailspin to win the Championship and then cope adequately with a limited squad in last season’s Premiership.
He will always remain a real leged at Manchester United for his leadership and peerless performance level.
The Premiership has not seen the back of Roy in terms of management either!
George Caulkin says the Irishman’s inability to adapt his authoritarian approach has brought about his Wearside exit. The Times’ man in the North East talks to Ben Smith
What are the main reasons behind Keane’s departure?
I think there are a number of factors behind this. Of course the run of games, six defeats in the past seven games, that has taken them into the relegation zone, is a major reason. But more than that, it was about whether Keane was still getting his message across to his players, and from what has happened this morning it is clear it was felt he wasn’t able to do that.
Was this Keane’s decision?
No I don’t think we can say that just yet. The past few days have been spent taking stock. We know he had been thinking about whether he was the man to take the club forward, but equally the club had asked him whether he could adapt his style of management to work with the players he now has at his disposal.
Working with a personality as unpredictable as Keane’s is not straightforward and although he was asked to curb his authoritarian approach in an attempt to get the best out of the players, especially the foreign imports, it seems he wasn’t able to do that. So for now we can’t say this decision was purely down to him.
Where does Keane go from here?
He is one of football’s most volatile characters and although he was being spoken about as a future Manchester United manager just a few months ago that may change now. It is difficult to see how he will ever be given a better chance as a manager than he was at Sunderland. Keane has only ever had the support of his board, he has been given everything he asked for and been allowed to build the club in his own image without interference.
But it seems hard to believe that anyone would now be prepared to give such a level of control anywhere else.
Who could replace Keane at Sunderland?
Sunderland spoke to Sam Allardyce before they appointed Keane, and with him being out of work and a former Sunderland player he will be the bookmakers’ favourite. It is too early to start speculating, but Allardyce is an obvious candidate.
Does this development mark Sunderland out as realistic relegation candidates?
Well, they will be expected to lose against Manchester United on Saturday. But after that they have pivotal matches against West Bromwich Albion, Hull City and Blackburn Rovers. What is stacked in their favour is the quality and experience of the players they have at their disposal.
If a manager can come in and get the best out of this squad I am confident they have enough to steer themselves away from trouble.
by Ben Smith
Roy Keane has resigned as manager of Sunderland after crisis talks on Wearside this morning.
The board accepted the Irishman’s decision to leave Sunderland with immediate effect and Ricky Sbragia, the club’s first-team coach, will take over team affairs on an interim basis, assisted by reserve-team coach Neil Bailey and Dwight Yorke.
Keane had come under increasing pressure after a run of six defeats in their past seven matches. The club have lost four in succession at the Stadium of Light and have taken root in the Premier League relegation zone.
Niall Quinn, the Sunderland chairman, wished Keane well after his departure.
“I would like to pay thanks to Roy Keane for all the hard work he has put in, progressing this club, lifting its status and growing its worldwide profile,” he said.
“Roy deserves huge respect for his contribution and the manner in which he guided the club from the depths of the Championship back to the Premier League. His winning mentality and single-mindedness were just what this club needed when Drumaville took over shortly before his arrival.
“Roy’s decision to stand aside and allow someone else to take charge of the next chapter sums up his desire to always do what is best for the club. Even in his departure he has been more concerned for the welfare of the players and his staff than himself.
“He had put a lot of effort in here, brought more than just his presence here – he brought a way of thinking into this place. He was instrumental in developing a winning mentality – that was the toughest thing of all for him to come and do when we were at the foot of the Championship.
“He brought standards to this club which are amazing. But to do that, it’s intense. He is such a respected figure around the world that the media is intense, the fan pressure is intense.
“I tried for two years to keep as much pressure off him as possible, but obviously the Premier League is the Premier League and I guess it came to the point where Roy thought he had reached the end of that journey.
“Reluctantly, I accepted that. It was not the easiest thing to do, but I think it was the best thing to do in the circumstances at that point.”
Quinn admitted that he had attempted to persuade Keane to remain at the club but realised he was fighting a losing battle.
“Roy, as he says himself, is his harshest critic. He just felt he had completed his journey here, and he just felt he didn’t want to get it unstuck any further and find ourselves in deeper, darker territory.
“That’s the measure of the guy. It’s funny, in situations like this, I am sure nine times out of ten, the chairman is saying how the manager was trying to keep his job. It was the other way round.
“It’s a disappointing day in many respects, but of course, we fully respect his decision.
“And of course, once he made his decision, I said to him, ‘I know you too well, Roy, to try to overturn it now’ once he went over that line.”
Keane had been been due to attend a press conference at 1pm today but the manager and club had already reached breaking point after a morning of talks.
In a brief statement, Keane thanked his staff for their support.
“I would like to thank my staff, players, Niall Quinn and in particular the fans for their support during my time at Sunderland, and I would like to wish the club every success in the future,” he said.
Disquiet had grown on Wearside over the past few weeks as results went the wrong way and Keane refused to sign an extension to the contract that was due to run out at the end of the season. Speculation heightened as Keane publicly questioned his ability to arrest his side’s decline.
“I ask myself every single day if I am the right man for Sunderland,” Keane said after his team’s 4-1 defeat to Bolton on Saturday.
“I asked myself this morning and I said that I was. Tomorrow morning if the answer’s no we will have to look at it.
“I have to be honest in my assessment. It’s not about what’s best for Roy Keane. It’s Sunderland Football Club. I might wake up on Monday morning and think I’m the right man. On Tuesday it might be different.”
Last month, local radio reports said that Keane was on the verge of being sacked and Bookmakers suspended betting on the possibility of the Irishman either being axed or walking out.
Keane, 37, was appointed manager in August 2006 and was given unprecedented financial backing by the club’s board. He led Sunderland into the Premier League in his first season in charge and finished 15th in his maiden Premier League campaign.
Keane spent more than £80 million bringing in the likes of Djibril Cisse, Anton Ferdinand, El-Hadji Diouf, Pascal Chimbonda and Steed Malbranque, but his new additions – questioned by many – have failed to gel and he leaves with the club in 18th position.
1971: Born Cork, August 10.
1990: Signed by Brian Clough for Nottingham Forest from Cobh Ramblers for £10,000.
1991: Makes Republic of Ireland debut in 1-1 draw with Chile in Dublin.
1993: Joins Manchester United for then British transfer record £3.75million after 154 matches and 33 goals for Forest.
1994: Marks first season with United by helping club complete their first League and FA Cup double.
1996: March – Sent off on his 30th appearance for the Republic of Ireland against Russia in Mick McCarthy’s first match as manager.
May – Helps United clinch historic second double with 1-0 FA Cup final win over Liverpool. Fails to report for McCarthy’s testimonial and Republic training after going on holiday to Italy, is denied Republic captaincy and left out for six matches by the national boss.
1997: August – Named United captain following Eric Cantona’s departure.
September – Injures his knee trying to foul Leeds’ Alf Inge Haaland at Elland Road. Misses rest of the season with cruciate ligament damage.
1999: Sent off against Arsenal in FA Cup semi-final replay for two bookable offences. Also booked in Champions League semi-final second leg against Juventus ruling him out of final against Bayern Munich.
2000: May – Named PFA and Football Writers’ Association player of the year before lifting another Premier League title.
August – Sent off in Charity Shield at Wembley for two bookings, the second for a cynical challenge from behind on Chelsea’s Gustavo Poyet.
November – Criticises lack of atmosphere at Old Trafford accusing corporate spectators of being unable “to spell football never mind understand it” and only being interested in prawn sandwiches.
2001: Sent off after horrific pre-meditated lunge at Haaland in United’s derby encounter with Manchester City.
2002: May – Keane is sent home from the World Cup after a row with Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy.
August – Admits in his autobiography that his red-card tackle on Haaland was deliberate.
September – Sent off for elbowing Jason McAteer during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at Sunderland.
October – Banned for five matches and fined £150,000 over Haaland incident.
2003: February – Despite the efforts of new Ireland manager Brian Kerr to tempt him back into the Republic’s set-up, Keane announces his intention to retire from international football.
May – Makes first appearance for Ireland since McCarthy bust-up in friendly with Romania.
2005: February – Involved in tunnel row with Patrick Vieira before United’s 4-2 win against Arsenal.
October – Announces his international retirement for a second time.
November – Leaves Manchester United by mutual consent.
December – Signs for Celtic in an 18-month deal.
2006: June – Announces his retirement from football.
August – Confirmed as new manager of Sunderland.
2007: April – Earns automatic promotion to the Premier League for Sunderland. Team clinches Championship title the following week.
2008: May – Sunderland finish three points clear of relegation zone.
September – Says he will not “tolerate people abusing me” after fans react angrily to an unconvincing Carling Cup win over Northampton.
December 4 – Leaves Sunderland after crisis talks on Wearside.
That’s all well and good, until he starts asking Mrs K to speak in a posh Brit accent!!
British actress Jaime Murray, who will be familiar to Hustle fans here, turns up in episode three of the new season of Dexter and plays a prominent role in Dexter’s life for the rest of the series. We caught up with her to find out what it is about her character that appeals so strongly to the serial killer, and how she has adjusted to life in LA.
What is Lila like?
Lila is the polar opposite of Dexter. Whereas he is completely repressed and quite shut down, she doesn’t have any boundaries. She is very in your face, very brash, very pushy. And she is very challenging to him.
In order to hide the truth about his dark secret, that he is a murderer, he pretends to be a drug addict, and he has to go to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting to keep his cover. And he meets her there, and she becomes his sponsor.
Of course, he isn’t really an addict in the traditional sense. The language of addiction enables him to talk about his dark side and the forces that compel him to kill. Even though he is lying, there is an authenticity and an intimacy, the audience is allowed a window into his inner world, and his inner turmoil.
My character has a very different relationship with him than anybody else in the show. He sees something in her which makes him feel less of a freak, and she recognises the freak in him that she is. She is drawn to his dark side and so they have this slightly disturbing, dangerous relationship. She doesn’t suspect anything.
How does Rita react?
Rita is the perfect girlfriend for the sweet kind Dexter. Audiences want to protect her and protect him, and they do not like this girl coming in and being in his life, because actually maybe she is the perfect girl for his more dangerous side.
How did the role come about?
I was filming Hustle in America, we did an episode in Vegas and one in LA, so I thought maybe I’ll stay around for a bit and see what is going on. I did a pilot for CBS and then I got Dexter.
It was rumoured your Hustle co-star Robert Vaughn helped by singing your praises to every US producer he met…
Robert Vaughn is the most generous amazing person ever. He sings my praises to me. He is so sweet.
Was the character of Lila created as British, or was that decided when they cast you?
They fell in love with the idea of having a British character. It is an unusual, quirky show. All the characters have little quirks. Miami is a very multicultural place.
The show is pretty gruesome…
You get your head around it. When I was a kid I did work experience at a hospital, I was given a tour of a hospital when I was on a French exchange and I was led into a room. I started to see stars and the room started to swim and I realised that I would never be a doctor. I think I would be very good pretending to be a doctor but I wouldn’t be able to stomach the reality.
How do fans of the show react to you?
When people see me in the street they are such fans of the show they get very excited, they either tell me that they love me or they love to hate me.
Have you met any of the other English actresses in Hollywood?
I’ll be in a casting and I’ll hear an English accent and I will spring up and introduce myself. We’ll exchange emails and end up getting together and there is a real camaraderie. You are a long way from home and you are a long way from your family and friends. Suddenly you will see this English girl waiting to go in, and my heart goes out, she’s probably searching for PG Tips and Marmite.
The show has some steamy sex scenes. Was that okay with you?
There is something unusual about being in a state of undress surrounded by 50 people fully clothed people around, predominantly men. It would be abnormal if I didn’t feel exposed. But if I am in a scene with another character and there is a dynamic going on between us two, it’s an acting challenge. The challenge may be for whoever I am dating at the time, but as an actor I don’t necessarily have a problem with that. I wouldn’t necessarily want to make a career of it.
I hear you have bought a dog for company…
I love Lulu. When I first got to LA, everybody has dogs, they are dog crazy, there are dog boutiques. I have never been a dog person. I am very fastidious. I used to touch a dog, say how lovely and then wash my hands straight away. After being there for a year, I thought I really need a dog.
LA is an industry town – you are there to work. You don’t really walk anywhere in LA. I’d drive to wherever I was going, then come back. I know all my neighbours, I know the names of their dogs, I walk around the streets where I live. It’s really pretty, the sky is always blue. I kind of feel grounded in a way because of this little dog that I have and yeah I cuddle up to her. I go hiking with her, now I have a reason to go outside on sunny days.
Have you ever been starstruck?
When I came back to the UK, I did This Morning with Philip Schofield, and when I was coming back on the aeroplane I was quite excited and nervous about meeting him because growing up, I had a bit of a crush on Philip and I had a bit of a crush on Gordon the Gopher.
What would you do if you were Prime Minister?
I’d invest in an environmentally friendly transport system.
Tell us something surprising about you.
I love antiques. The antiques and the flea markets are amazing in the States. I even go to estate sales, which are when someone has passed on or go bankrupt, so they are selling the estate. I think it is the actress in me, you know, the voyeur, it’s a bit like someone has left the room and you are allowed to open all their drawers. I like looking at old things.
Are you in the next series of Hustle?
I’ve not come back for the fifth season. Scheduling wise, this time it didn’t work. Logistically it didn’t work, but I loved working with those guys and getting that opportunity. There is talk of a film that is in the pipeline. I would love to do that. She is a great character.
Have you ever met the other Jamie Murray?
I met him the other day. We got together and we were giggling about when he googles himself, he gets me, and vice versa. He was lovely. We used tennis balls soaked in red paint, we batted them against a canvas and created this artwork together which we both signed and we are going to auction it off on the FX website to raise money for the blood donation charity.
Murray starred as Stacie Monroe in Hustle from series 1 up until series 4. She recently confirmed she will not be in series 5.
In one episode of Hustle, Murray so impressed her co-star, American actor Robert Vaughn, with her modeling of a Wonder Woman costume that, according to several online sources he showed it to studio executives in Hollywood – and on the strength of this Murray was invited to audition for the part of Wonder Woman in the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. Better not tell Beyonce!
Murray starred in a recurring role in the second season of Dexter, which began in fall 2007. The role contained several topless scenes, which Murray described as ‘intimidating’ but we describe as “delightful”! There are some nice screen shots of those highlights out there – but alas we can;t show em!
In the summer of 2008 Murray joined the cast of The CW’s Valentine playing the lead character of Grace Valentine. The show began airing in the Fall of 2008.
One hangover morning recently we watched the awful Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj! The remote was too far away and we couldn’t move!
So we checked Holly out a little!
Apparently, she’s the sister of mad Brit actress (so-called) and designer (so-called), Sadie Frost – kind of the Paris Hilton (except far more MILFy and far less richy!) of Britland!
Her site says:
Although Holly’s real passion is acting, she has also carved out a reputation for herself in the modelling industry, taking to the catwalk alongside such world-class beauties as Kate Moss, Lea Wood and Rosemary Ferguson.
Holly has also been the face of FrostFrench, heading their ‘Floozie’ underwear campaign, walking the catwalk in four of their shows and performing for them in a high-fashion striptease to promote one of their new clothing lines.
Erm … high-fashion striptease? What’s that? Sounds good!
Here’s her profile;
Holly Davidson – Actress (IMDb)
Waist 26 / 66
Perfect Woman (2007) (in post production) …. Kara
Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj (2006) …. Sadie
Flirting with Flamenco (2006) …. Sylvia
Essex Boys (2000) …. Suzy Welch
Final Cut (1998) …. Holly
Food of Love (1997) …. Jessica
Bent (1997) …. Girl on train
Eating with Sadie Frost (2006) …. Herself
The Stepfather (2005) …. Pippa Molloy
Casualty (2002-2004) …. Tally Harper
The Bill (1998-2001) …. PC Roz Clarke
The Last Musketeer (2000) …. Emily Gordon
Renford Rejects (1 episode, 1998-1999) …. Robin Walker
The Broker’s Man (1997) TV Series …. Jodie Griffin
Pigeon Summer (1995) (mini) TV Series …. Phyl Dyer
When England was the whore of the world,
Margaret was her madam
There is no female hooligan
Imbecilic, filled with murder
No, not even in Britain
Except, for sure, Madame Thatcher
In similar vein, here’s another great song, dedicated to Mad Maggie T., it’s Miss Maggie by French singer Renaud (aka Renaud Séchan).
Down to the last stupid crow
I praise with every word I utter
I’m disgusted by men now
With their morals from the gutter
‘Cause there’s no woman in this land
Quite so stupid as her brother
Nor so vain or underhand
Except, maybe, Madame Thatcher
Lady I love you now, I do
‘Cause when a sport becomes a war
There’s no girls, or very few
Amongst those fans who yell for more
Those with no marbles left to lose
Up to here with hate and beer
Deifying fools in blue
Insulting bastards with a sneer
There is no female hooligan
Imbecilic, filled with murder
No, not even in Britain
Except, for sure, Madame Thatcher
I love woman just because
When she’s sitting at the wheel
There’s no man-like sense of loss
No urge to kill is yours to feel
For a slightly damaged headlight
Or for two fingers in the air
There are those who wish to fight
To the death if they but dare
An “up yours” their favourite sign
There’s no woman so vulgar
To use this symbol all the time
Except, perhaps, Madame Thatcher
How I love you, dear woman
You don’t go to war to die
Because the vision of a gun
Does not make you pant and sigh
Amongst those hunters of the night
Who jump on creatures that are frail
And occasionnally an Arabite
I’ve yet to see a female
There is no woman low enough
To spit and polish a revolver
Just to feel so bloody tough
Except, for sure, Madame Thatcher
The atom bomb was never made
By a human female brain
And no female hand has slayed
Those U.S. peoples of the plain
Palestinians or Armenians
Bear their witness form the grave
That a genocide is masculine
Like a SS or a Green Beret
In this bloody mass of man
Each assassin is a brother
There’s no woman to rival them
Except, of course, Madame Thatcher
And lastly Woman, above all
I love hour gentleness so mild
A man draws strength from his own balles
Wich like his gun he shoots from wild
And when the final curtain draws
He’ll join the cretins in the harvest
Playing football, playing wars
Or who can piss the farthest
I would join the doggic host
And love my days on earth
As my day to day lampost
I would use Madame Thatcher.
Renaud – Miss Maggie (engl. vers.)
the lyrics you’ll find here (french):
and here (engl.)
The english version of the song is from the album by Renaud below;
Renaud – Les Introuvables (1995)
Lots more great Renaud stuff on this site:
Huge thanks to Joe le Taxi!
When England was the whore of the world,
Margaret was her madam
Mad Maggie’s being resurrected lately!
The only touchstone that can fully describe the uber right-wing sentiments of bimbo Polar Palin!
Who’d have thought some mad nazi bitch with potentially limitless power would crawl out of some Alaskan sewer and almost make Mad Maggie Thatcher look liberal! Almost!
There’s loads more shit too if I wanted to waste more time remembering! But I don’t!
Is this mad evil hag still alive?
Why don’t you tell us how you really feel, Elvis?!!
This track makes Lennon’s great “How do you Sleep?” seem like a nursery rhyme!!
I saw a newspaper picture from the political campaign
A woman was kissing a child, who was obviously in pain
She spills with compassion, as that young child’s
Face in her hands she grips
Can you imagine all that greed and avarice
Coming down on that child’s lips
Well I hope I don’t die too soon
I pray the lord my soul to save
Oh Ill be a good boy, I’m trying so hard to behave
Because theres one thing I know, Id like to live
Long enough to savour
Thats when they finally put you in the ground
I’ll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down
When England was the whore of the world
Margaret was her madam
And the future looked as bright and as clear as
The black tarmacadam
Well I hope that she sleeps well at night, isn’t
Haunted by every tiny detail
cos when she held that lovely face in her hands
All she thought of was betrayal
And now the cynical ones say that it all ends the same in the long run
Try telling that to the desperate father who just squeezed the life from his only son
And how its only voices in your head and dreams you never dreamt
Try telling him the subtle difference between justice and contempt
Try telling me she isn’t angry with this pitiful discontent
When they flaunt it in your face as you line up for punishment
And then expect you to say thank you straighten up, look proud and pleased
Because you’ve only got the symptoms, you haven’t got the whole disease
Just like a schoolboy, whose head’s like a tin-can
Filled up with dreams then poured down the drain
Try telling that to the boys on both sides, being blown to bits or beaten and maimed
Who takes all the glory and none of the shame
Well I hope you live long now, I pray the lord your soul to keep
I think Ill be going before we fold our arms and start to weep
I never thought for a moment that human life could be so cheap
cos when they finally put you in the ground
They’ll stand there laughing and tramp the dirt down
Elvis Costello – Spike
mp3 @ 192 Kbit/s
Total size : 58,7 MB
Released February 14, 1989
Genre : Rock
Total time : 00:41:30
Producer Elvis Costello, Kevin Killen & T-Bone Burnett
I gotta say that I was a huge Elvis fan in the late eighties (I was about 9 at the time! … Really!), but this one didn’t do much for me.
However, returning to it these decades later, it seems better than I had originally remembered.
2. Let Him Dangle
3. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
5. God’s Comic
6. Chewing Gum
7. Tramp The Dirt Down
8. Stalin Malone
10. Pads, Paws And Claws
11. Baby Plays Around
12. Miss Macbeth
13. Any King’s Shilling
14. Coal-Train Robberies
15. Last Boat Leaving
Brit hotty Keira “twice nightly” Knightley in some nice shots here!