Too busy to read? You’re not the only one

Too busy to read? You’re not the only one

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Is reading becoming a luxury pastime?

Work, kids, checking your phone. But reading a book? It just doesn’t happen as much as it used to.

A new survey, though, suggests more than two-thirds of Brits wish they had more time to read.

The survey of 2,000 UK adults by The Reading Agency found that 67% would like to read more, but nearly half (48%) admit they are too busy.

And more than 35% said they struggle to find book they really like.

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Many people say they have read The Lord of the Rings when they have only seen the film


List of books we’re most likely to claim we’ve read, when we’ve actually only seen the film, in order of popularity:

  1. James Bond books, Ian Fleming
  2. Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis
  4. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
  5. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  6. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
  7. The Wizard of Oz, L Frank Baum
  8. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
  9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  10. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
  11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
  12. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  13. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Perhaps because we don’t read as much as we’d like, because two out of five of us (41%) are happy to stretch the truth when it comes to what or how much we’ve read.

Millennials are the generation most likely to lie about their reading habits, with 64% of 18- to 24-year-olds fibbing about the number of books, or the kinds of books, they have read.

One quarter of 18-24 year olds (25%) admit to having lied about reading JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, when they have in fact just watched the Peter Jackson films.

The survey was commissioned ahead of World Book Night on 23 April, which calls on book lovers across the country to give a good book to someone who doesn’t read often.


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Cabbage lead singer Lee Broadbent denies claims of sexual assault at gig

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Cabbage have denied claims their lead singer assaulted a female audience member at one of their gigs.

A woman who attended the Wednesday night gig – but not the person said to have been assaulted – claimed on social media to have seen the incident.

The band strongly deny the accusations made against singer Lee Broadbent.

Nicole Rushworth said Cabbage’s performance was poor and claims he was “so off his head” that he was unable to remove his own guitar strap.

“Lead singer Lee Broadbent sexually assaulted a young woman at the show,” she wrote on Twitter, adding that the young woman had been attending the show with her dad.

“He proceeded to put his hand down his trousers, fondle himself, then rub his hand over the girl, ragging on her hair,” she claims.

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Nicole claims the dad made a complaint to security at the venue who then brought Lee Broadbent to apologise, but she claims he “got aggressive” with the girl’s dad.

Cabbage were supporting Kasabian when the incident was said to have occurred.

The venue, O2 Kentish Town Forum, would not comment when Newsbeat contacted them.

Cabbage’s representative have yet to respond to a request from the BBC for a statement but the band posted a response to the claims saying they “deny the accusations put against Lee this morning,” but which confirmed a complaint had been made.

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“His hands were never down his trousers although he did go down to the barrier to interact with the crowd, as he does at all Cabbage shows,” it reads.

They claim he “took it on himself” to make an apology to the person who made a complaint and shook hands with both the father and daughter in question.

The band says the complaints are “completely unfounded” and that they are shocked and deeply troubled by the “fabrications”.

They say ” We would never engage in any of the actions that this Tweet accuses us of”

Several followers of the band have responded to Cabbage’s tweet to say that they also witnessed the incident, while other fans welcomed hearing the band’s response to the accusations.

A spokesperson for SafeGigs4Women says the charity has offered assistance to both the band and fans involved in the alleged incident.

“We have now seen Cabbage’s statement, and we’d be happy to discuss the matter and issues of consent in the context of the artist/fan relationship during a gig with them if they are willing,” said the charity in a statement given to Newsbeat.

“We’d also be happy to provide referrals to the girl and her father if they feel the need for them, as we do everyone who comes to us.”

Scotland Yard tells Newsbeat that there was no report of this alleged incident to the police.

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Tennant and Colman support selfie mental health campaign

Tennant and Colman support selfie mental health campaign

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Tennant and Colman were recently seen in ITV’s hit drama Broadchurch

Broadchurch stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman have posted selfies of themselves to show their support for a BBC mental health initiative.

Tom Hardy and Russell Brand have also pulled their fingers out – four to be precise – for the #1in4 campaign.

Alison Kirkham, the BBC’s controller of factual commissioning, said one in four were affected by mental health issues.

“I’m delighted so many high-profile people have come together to raise awareness of this important cause.”

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Tom Hardy and Russell Brand are also backing the initiative

Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw and Frozen voice star Kristen Bell have also snapped their digits to show solidarity.

“I wanted to get involved with the #1in4 campaign to help people realise they’re not alone,” said Grimshaw.

“Having mental health issues is nothing to be ashamed about.”

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Others participating include Kristen Bell and Nick Grimshaw

The initiative accompanies the BBC’s Minds Matter season, a range of programmes across TV and radio about mental health.

They include Mind Over Marathon, a documentary featuring the Duke of Cambridge that will air later on BBC One.


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Bake Off to extend to 75 minutes on C4

Bake Off to extend to 75 minutes on C4

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Spot the difference: Paul Hollywood, Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding and Prue Leith

The new Great British Bake Off is to extend to 75 minutes when it moves to Channel 4 later this year.

The extra 15 minutes will mean that fans will still get an hour of the show, not including adverts.

Comedian Jo Brand has also announced she will join the channel with her spin-off programme, The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice.

Brand described herself “as a completely mediocre baker… but lover of all things spongy and tarty”.

“I am really looking forward to another Extra Slice and all the fun and frolics that brings,” she added.

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Brand invites her audience of Bake Off fans to bring in their own cakes

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Mostly gone but not forgotten: Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Mel Giedroyc


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Anne Hathaway admits ‘not trusting’ female director

Anne Hathaway admits ‘not trusting’ female director

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Hathaway won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Les Miserables

Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway has admitted to not trusting female directors in the past due to “internalised misogyny”.

In an ABC interview, the star said she didn’t give her all to director Lone Scherfig in 2011 film One Day.

“I really regret not trusting her more easily,” she said.

“And I am to this day scared that the reason I didn’t trust her the way I trust some of the other directors I work with is because she’s a woman.”

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Hathaway starred in One Day with Jim Sturgess

Hathaway added: “I’m so scared that I treated her with internalised misogyny. I’m scared that I didn’t give her everything that she needed.”

The actress questioned whether she was “resisting her on some level. It’s something I’ve thought a lot about in terms of when I get scripts to be directed by women”.

Hathaway told the Popcorn with Peter Travers show: “When I get a script, when I see a first film directed by a woman, I have in the past focused on what was wrong with it. And when I see a film… directed by a man, I focus on what’s right with it.

“I can only acknowledge that I’ve done that and I don’t want to do that anymore … I, before I realised this, had actively tried to work with female directors. And I still had this mindset buried in there somewhere.”

‘Never apologised’

But the actress added that she knows how difficult it is for women to get “the reins to anything”.

“That journey is way harder than it should be. It’s not equal,” she said.

“And I wonder if it’s about the thought process like the one I just talked about. About undervaluing what it takes to make your first film.”

Hathaway said she would call Scherfig after the interview to apologise.

“I’ve never apologised to her about it,” she said.

“It wasn’t an issue of professionalism. I hold her in such a dear place in my heart and I think she does for me, too.”

A representative for Scherfig told ABC News: “Lone Scherfig is deep in pre-production of her next film and is consumed by it. She asked me to express her love and admiration for Anne and her work.”

Hathaway has long been an advocate for women’s rights and is a women’s goodwill ambassador for the United Nations (UN).

She made a speech on International Women’s Day last month at the UN calling on companies and countries around the world to offer paid parental leave.


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Prince: 12 things we’ve learned since his death

Prince: 12 things we’ve learned since his death

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The star’s hits included Purple Rain, Little Red Corvette, Raspberry Beret and Diamonds and Pearls

This Friday, it will be one year since Prince died, after taking an accidental overdose of painkillers.

His death robbed the world of a true original: A pocket-sized virtuoso who broke musical rules and defied genres, apparently without breaking a sweat.

President Obama called his death a “remarkable loss”, and revealed he listened to Purple Rain to “just to get warmed up” in the morning.

The star was famously private, rarely giving interviews, and even serving non-disclosure agreements on former bandmates and collaborators.

Since his death, however, fans have been afforded the occasional glimpse into his life – some funny, some enlightening, all of them elevating his status as a visionary, and a musical genius.

Here are 12 things we’ve learned in the last 12 months.

There was a swear box at Paisley Park

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With songs like Erotic City and Sexy Dancer, Prince became known as a rampant sex machine – but he was also a devoutly religious vegan, who became a Jehovah’s Witness in 2003.

After that, he excised swear words from his music (Sexy MF was never played live again) and kept a “cuss bucket” in his recording studio.

“He didn’t want to dishonour the faith,” said his friend James Lundstrom. “He wasn’t joking. You had to pay in cash in the bucket. He would charge you between three and 10 dollars per swear word.

“Once I bumped my knee and I said, ‘damn’. He said, ‘What did you say?'”

On one occasion, Lundstrom recalled, a foul-mouthed musician stuffed a handful of hundred dollar bills in the swear jar as a down-payment for the rest of the day.

An obscure song called Comeback was played at his funeral

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Prince with his first wife, Mayte Garcia

Prince was cremated at a private ceremony for family and close friends on Saturday, 23 April.

Among the songs played at the service was Comeback, an acoustic lament the star originally recorded in 1996 for his son, Ahmir, who was born with a rare genetic disorder and died seven days later.

Released on the fanclub-only album The Truth, the song’s lyrics were equally apt for Prince’s funeral.

If you ever lose someone dear to you / Never say the words ‘they’re gone’ / They’ll come back.

Prince is wearing a wig in Purple Rain

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A portrait of Prince from Steve Parke’s new book, Picturing Prince

Prince’s former art director Steve Parke recently published a book featuring the intimate, behind-the-scenes photographs he took of the star during his time at Paisley Park.

He also recounts the time Prince invited him to watch a montage of old performances he was preparing for the American Music Awards. When a scene from Purple Rain appeared, the star bellowed, “Look at that wig!” and burst out laughing.

Parke later asked Prince’s hair stylist Earl Jones about the comment. He explained the star had had to reshoot a few scenes after the filming wrapped – but he had already cut his hair and bleached it blond – necessitating the bouffant hairpiece.

Jones added that Prince had reacted so badly to the bleach that his hair started breaking off, so he had to let it grow out, and dye it back to black.

“The hairstyle in Raspberry Beret was literally all I could do with it.”

He had a vicious mean streak

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It’s no secret that Prince was a perfectionist – but some of the stories that emerged after his death highlighted the star’s ruthless attitude towards his bandmates.

“He did like to push the band with fear,” said Michael B Nelson, who played trombone for the New Power Generation.

One night, months into 1993’s Act I tour, Nelson missed a high B during his solo on a song called The Flow.

“The next day, [Prince] came by and said, ‘You’re gonna play that solo right tonight?'” he told Rolling Stone. “I said, ‘I’ll do my best.’ And he says, ‘Uh, you did your best last night.’ And he walks away.”

That night, when it came to the solo, Prince walked up to him with his “golden gun” microphone (pictured above) and held it to his head.

“I was like, ‘Oh, my God.’ And he kept doing it. And it was like a week of him doing this, and I’m freaking out. It wasn’t showbiz at that point. It was, ‘Don’t you ever do that again’.”

His final shopping spree included CDs by Stevie Wonder, and a cup of coffee

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Prince was pictured riding his bicycle through Minneapolis shortly before his death

Five days before his death, Prince celebrated Record Store Day by cycling to his local record store and snapping up a few bargains.

According to Bob Fuchs, the manager of Electric Fetus, the star bought six CDs:

  1. Stevie Wonder – Talking Book
  2. Chambers Brothers – The Time Has Come
  3. Joni Mitchell – Hejira
  4. Swan Silvertones – Inspirational Gospel Classics
  5. Missing Persons – The Best Of Missing Persons
  6. Santana – Santana IV

Prince then set off on his bike, waving to fans at a nearby hair salon before visiting a local coffee store. According to barista, Alya Al-Hilwani, he preferred a mocha, with no whipped cream.

He secretly bought the Purple Rain house

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In summer 2015, the Minneapolis house that featured as Prince’s childhood home in the film Purple Rain went up for sale. It turns out that Prince bought it himself.

Minnesota Public Radio checked property records and discovered the owner of the 1913 house, at 3420 Snelling Avenue, Minneapolis, was NPG Music Publishing – one of Prince’s companies.

The initial asking price was just $110,000, but Prince paid $117,000 in cash to secure the property.

After his death, Prince’s estate put it up for sale, saying “the costs of repair and ongoing maintenance” were such that keeping hold of the house was “not in the Estate’s best interest”.

Prince outsold Adele and Drake last year

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Incredibly, Prince was the biggest-selling artist in the US last year, in terms of album sales. He shifted more than 2.2 million albums in the months after his death, partly because his music was unavailable on the major streaming platrforms.

He was the only artist to sell more than one million digital and physical albums in 2016; and sold a total of 5.4 million digital songs, putting him ahead of Drake and Adele.

When his music finally became available on Spotify, Apple, Amazon and Google Play this February, it was streamed 17 million times in one week – with Purple Rain alone racking up 1 million plays.

He travelled under the name Peter Bravestrong

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Prince had many aliases – most famously changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol in the 1990s

Prince had many aliases as a songwriter – Alexander Nevermind, Joey Coco and Jamie Starr, to name but a few.

But unsealed court documents show, released earlier this week, show that the star, an intensely private person, travelled under the name Peter Bravestrong to help conceal his identity.

That name was on a luggage tag he used while travelling to Atlanta for what proved to be his final concert.

The suitcase was found at Paisley Park after his death, and contained several prescription bottles in the name of Kirk Johnson, a personal friend and employee since the 1980s. (It also contained handwritten lyrics for U Got the Look, according to investigators.)

US authorities are still investigating how Prince obtained the prescription medications which killed him.

He cooked a lot of eggs

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As well as, presumably, Raspberry Sorbet

As bandmates and friends lined up to pay tribute to Prince, they all seemed to have one memory in common: Eggs.

“Prince did the cooking. Scrambled eggs,” singer Jill Jones told GQ magazine. “He put curry and a little bit of cheddar cheese in them. It was really good, actually.

“You know, he barely ate. I was always starving around him. I was always freaking hungry.”

“Prince was never an eater,” agreed Cat Glover, who joined him on the Sign O The Times and Lovesexy tours. “He would usually smell his food. Literally. I never really seen Prince eat. I’ve seen him make pancakes – he made me pancakes, he made me eggs. But he’s not the type of person that eats a lot.

“Yeah, he has made me scrambled eggs,” said dancer Misty Copeland. “Breakfast was his forte. He liked to use a lot of seasoning. They were delicious.”

It’s worth noting that Prince himself did not carry an eggy whiff.

“Ever since I’ve known Prince, I’ve attached a smell to him, which is lavender,” Madonna once said. “He reeks of it.”

He destroyed a windmill

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One of the other properties put up for sale by Prince’s estate was a huge, 160-acre estate near Lake Ann in Chanhassen, which was valued at almost $14 million.

It once contained a yellow three-story mansion-style house, complete with a home studio, where portions of Sign O’ the Times and The Black Album were recorded.

“There were a couple of summer nights where we could hear music coming through the woods,” Juli Gempler, who lived next door, told ABC News after his death. “Nice and loud. It was good. It was really cool.”

The property even had its own windmill – also bright yellow – where Prince presumably spent many a happy hour milling organic flour before baking a nice batch loaf.

Sadly, though, he had the house and the windmill torn down in the 1990s. Satellite images now show the property as a vast expanse of green fields and woodland, except for a lone tennis court.

We’ll be hearing new Prince music for the rest of our lives

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Shortly after Prince’s death, the legendary “vault” that contained his archive of concert recordings, unreleased songs and rehearsal tapes was drilled open.

According to the singer’s former recording engineer Susan Rodgers, who started the vault for Prince during the 1980s, the facility was almost full when she left in 1987, with songs in there that pre-date his legendary Purple Rain album.

“We used to do two songs a day, and he just put them away,” added his friend and engineer David Z. In fact, there’s so much music waiting to be released, “it probably won’t be tapped out in our lifetime,” said former Paisley Park employee Scott LeGere.

The first release came last year, when the 1999-era track Moonbeam Levels was unearthed for the compilation Prince 4Ever.

This June, an expanded version of Purple Rain is due, containing “two incredible albums of previously unreleased Prince music and two complete concert films,” according to Warner Bros Records. A leaked tracklist suggests fans will finally get to hear studio versions of the much-bootlegged songs Electric Intercourse and Possessed, amongst others.

Prince’s estate has also signed a $30m deal with Universal Music to release non-Warner Bros material – which will hopefully include fan favourites like Extraloveable, Wonderful Ass, Lisa, Train, Rebirth of the Flesh and Big Tall Wall.

There is some speculation that the star didn’t maintain his vault to archival standards, and that some of the tapes may have deteriorated. Furthermore, the process of cataloguing the material hadn’t even begun by the start of this year.

He never rehearsed that solo on While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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One of the most widely-circulated links after Prince’s death was a video of his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

It sees Prince joining an all-star version of the Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps, backed by Tom Petty, Steve Winwood and George Harrison’s son, Dhani. He keeps to the sidelines until the final two minutes, when he steps forward to deliver one of the most breathtaking guitar solos you’ve ever seen, full of fluttering high notes and ringing harmonics.

Amazingly, Prince never rehearsed this moment with the band. At a run-through the night before it was Jeff Lynne’s guitarist, Marc Mann, who took the solo.

“Prince doesn’t say anything, just starts strumming, plays a few leads here and there, but for the most part, nothing memorable,” recalled Joel Gallen, who directed the ceremony.

But when the big moment came, Prince stole the show. At one point, he turned to face Petty and Harrison, then fell backwards into the audience – while still playing – before strutting off stage, throwing his guitar into the air before the song ended.

“You see me nodding at him, to say, ‘Go on, go on,'” Petty told the New York Times. “I remember I leaned out at him at one point and gave him a ‘This is going great!’ kind of look.

“He just burned it up. You could feel the electricity of ‘something really big’s going down here.'”

Prince later claimed he had never even heard the song before it was sent to him to learn for the performance.

Picturing Prince – An Intimate Portrait by Steve Parke is out now, published by Cassell Illustrated.

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Shakespeare’s Globe: The real-life drama that led Emma Rice to quit

Shakespeare’s Globe: The real-life drama that led Emma Rice to quit

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Emma Rice said the Globe’s board tried to restrict her artistic freedom

Power struggles, personality clashes and conflicting agendas – it could be the plot of a Shakespearean tragedy.

In fact, it is the real-life backstage drama at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

Artistic director Emma Rice and her predecessor Dominic Dromgoole have laid bare details of the dispute that led Rice to resign last year.

Her decision was sparked by her use of artificial lights and sound, but in an open letter she has said it “was about personal trust and artistic freedom”.

She announced her departure in October and will leave the London venue next year.

With applications for her successor closing on Monday, she and Dromgoole have written revealing letters on the theatre’s website.

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The Globe is a reconstruction of a Shakespearean theatre on London’s Southbank

Rice wrote: “Here, I have found my fight and my ‘right’, I have stood up for what I believe in and tried to do it with kindness, care and seriousness.

“However, in the wake of recent events, the Globe is wrestling with what, at its core, it now stands for. It is still in the process of deciding and clarifying what its fight and its ‘right’ are.

“I had to choose to leave because I choose myself and my work. Never think that my decision to step down in 2018 was simply about lights and sound, it was about personal trust and artistic freedom.”

She added a warning to the person who follows her: “You must make sure that your own freedom is assured.”

She decided to quit, she said, because the theatre’s board “did not love and respect me back” and “began to talk of a new set of rules that I did not sign up to and could not stand by”.

A list of lessons she has learned included: “I have learnt, never again, to allow myself to be excluded from the rooms where decisions are made.”

The Globe, she explained, is “not a job, it is a vocation and an all-consuming, delicious tangle of histories, hopes, passions and agendas”.

Dromgoole, who was at the Globe from 2005-16, went further in detailing the pressures borne by artistic directors.

The “bile” from external critics “can be disabling”, he wrote.

He went on: “Sadly the negativity doesn’t only come from without, there is also a fair sum within.

“There are structural problems, there are personality problems, there is too much fighting for territory, and there are too many who feel free to comment on work without ever taking the risk of making it.

“It is absurd that out of the mess of last year, the only person to be suffering the consequences is Emma.”

He said he disagreed with Rice’s attempts to move away from the traditional “shared light” – in which the actors and audience are in the same light – which he said was “at the heart of her disagreements with colleagues and the board”.

But he said: “I cannot respect the blocking of her choice.”

‘Moral strength’

He warned her successor to be “exceptionally wary of those who do not want to advise but who want to influence”, adding: “Everybody wants to be artistic director. They can’t all be. Only you can.”

The only people with the “moral strength” to get rid of an artistic director are the audience, he wrote.

“No-one else, not the board, not your supposed colleagues, not the vulture punditry, just the audience. Emma had lost a little of the Globe audience, but all the evidence is that she had gained some as well.”

A spokesperson for the theatre said chief executive Neil Constable and the board would not be commenting on the remarks.

The Globe, which opened in 1997, is a reconstruction of a Shakespearean theatre on London’s Southbank.

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How did the new Dragons make their millions?

How did the new Dragons make their millions?

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Two new faces are to join the formidable investor panel of the BBC’s budding entrepreneur show Dragons’ Den.

One is Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish and the other is Jenny Campbell, a cash machine business founder.

They’ll join existing Dragons Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden and Touker Suleyman, replacing Nick Jenkins and Sarah Willingham.

We’ll first see how readily they part with their cash when the new series starts this summer.

In the meantime, let’s look at how the new Dragons made their money.

Steve Parish

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Steve Parish says he is “excited to meet the entrepreneurs… and see what ideas they bring to the Den”

Occupation: Part-owner and executive chairman of Crystal Palace Football Club.

Steve Parish began life as a budding businessman as soon as he left school at 18.

His chosen line of work was a long way from football in advertising and computer graphics. The company was Adplates and while working there Parish was already thinking of creating his own empire, starting by founding a company called Turning Point Technologies. He then went on to buy Adplates itself and gave it his own stamp by renaming it Tag.

Tag grew from a 50 staff-member team making under £4m a year into a big brand promoter, with thousands of employees in 13 offices around the world and making more than £180m annually.

When he came to sell Tag in 2011, Parish made in the region of £150m. And with that money, he bought his passion – Crystal Palace FC – a team he had supported since childhood.

His success with the club in the seven years he’s been there has seen him save it from financial ruin and take it into the Premier League.

On bringing his experience to Dragons’ Den, Parish says: “I’m thrilled to become a Dragon and really excited to meet the entrepreneurs in this series, see what ideas they bring to the Den and how I might be able to help them grow.”

Jenny Campbell

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Jenny Campbell says she is looking forward to bringing her own “unique style to the Den”

Occupation: Business mentor, charity supporter and speaker

Another early starter, Campbell left school at 16 and aptly began her working life counting cash in a NatWest bank and checking customers’ signatures on cheques.

She soon rose up the ranks and into head office where she had several jobs including being part of the team overseeing the merger of NatWest and RBS.

After 30 years in banking Campbell sought to become an entrepreneur in her own right – in the cash machine business.

Like Parish, she took a failing enterprise, saw its potential and pulled it from the debt quagmire onto the road of pan-European success.

In the height of the financial crash she bought it out, relaunched it as YourCash Europe Ltd and become the majority shareholder.

Ten years later, she sold YourCash for £50m and now dedicates her work time to encouraging and teaching others how to succeed.

Previously awarded Business Woman of the Year, Campbell’s work ethic is “live by corporate standards, but breathe like an entrepreneur”.

Of joining the Dragons, she says: “As a fan of Dragons’ Den I’m very excited to be taking my seat in the line-up and bringing my own unique style to the Den. I’m looking forward to using my extensive business skills to spot the next generation of entrepreneurs and help them realise their business dreams.”


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BP Portrait Award: All female sitters on shortlist

BP Portrait Award: All female sitters on shortlist

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Ehretsmann depicted his pregnant wife Caroline in his shortlisted portrait

The shortlist for this year’s BP Portrait Award has been announced, featuring an all-female line-up of sitters.

All three of the artists responsible for the works are male.

Thomas Ehretsmann is shortlisted for his portrayal of his pregnant wife, while Antony Williams painted model Emma Bruce posing nude.

Benjamin Sullivan’s depiction of his wife breastfeeding their daughter is also nominated.

This year marks the first time Williams and Ehretsmann have been considered for the top prize, but both have had works selected for exhibition in previous years.

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Benjamin Sullivan painted his wife nursing their baby daughter

All artworks nominated for the annual BP Portrait Award, including the three works shortlisted for first prize, will be displayed at The National Portrait Gallery in London from 22 June.

The winner will be awarded £30,000 in prize money as well as a gallery commission worth £5,000.

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Antony Williams’s portrait is of his model and friend Emma Bruce


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Game of Thrones actress to appear in Julius Caesar at Bridge Theatre

Game of Thrones actress to appear in Julius Caesar at Bridge Theatre

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Michelle Fairley played Catelyn Stark in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones actress Michelle Fairley is to appear in one of the first plays to be staged at a new theatre at London’s Tower Bridge.

Fairley, who played Catelyn Stark in the HBO series, will play Cassius in a new production of Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre.

Her previous Shakespeare roles include Othello’s Emilia and Lady Macbeth.

Julius Caesar will also star Ben Whishaw as Brutus and David Morrissey as Mark Antony.

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Julius Caesar cast (l-r) David Calder (Caesar), David Morrissey (Mark Antony), Ben Whishaw (Brutus) and Michelle Fairley (Cassius)

The new 900-seat venue is the brainchild of former National Theatre bosses Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr and will be the home of their new London Theatre Company.

The first play to open at the theatre will be Young Marx, a comedy by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, which will see Rory Kinnear playing Karl Marx.

Sir Nicholas told the BBC’s arts editor Will Gompertz about the plays, and said Young Marx focuses on the years just after he arrived in London.

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Rory Kinnear as the young Karl Marx

“He was living in two rooms in Soho – he was broke, restless, horny, brilliant, and had total emotional illiteracy, he was a complete mess.

“Surrounded by creditors, spies, people after his wife, he’s got writer’s block… it’s certainly not the Marx you see on the tombstone at Highgate Cemetery.”

Young Marx will open in October, with Julius Caesar following in December.

“We’re going to occasionally do a classic,” Hytner said of the decision to stage the Shakespeare play.

“A lot of people are doing this play this year because it has so much to say about autocracy, and the horrified and ineffectual reaction of the educated elite.”

Plans for Summer 2018 include Flatpack, a “dark comedy” by John Hodge, screenwriter of Trainspotting and Shallow Grave, and a new play by Nina Raine about JS Bach, starring Simon Russell Beale.


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