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WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION Charles Laughton, 1999-1962, was the brilliant, bisexual and tortured actor who appeared in more than 50 films, most from 1933 …
The credibility of those who
are paid and used to promote products and services to their willing followers
on social media has taken a significant nosedive.
Ten of the world’s models,
including the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid were used along with
another 400 influencers by organiser Billy McFarland, who is now in jail for fraud,
to promote his Fyre Festival, puffed up as a luxury music festival in the
Bahamas with five-star accommodation, private jets and limos for transport and
gourmet cuisine. All this, and the paid endorsements of models that their
followers trusted, persuaded 5,000 aspirants to pay up to £9,000 for a ticket
to the event in 2017.
Those organisers and PR types
who think they are being awfully clever arranging for planted question at their
events should know that they are very easy for an intelligent audience to spot
and that they are really nothing new.
One former orator and advocate
of the deception once boasted “At all our meetings I had party members in
the audience with orders to interrupt, along carefully prepared lines, to give
the impression of a spontaneous expression of public opinion. These
interruptions strengthened the force of my argument”.
The clever orator who
orchestrated his own heckling? Adolf Hitler, in 1921.
Fine dining for up to 50 people
with views over the Liverpool waterfront will be offered from next month on a
new balcony at the 7th floor Carpathia restaurant at the 30, James Street
hotel. The building was originally the offices of the White Star Line, owners
of the tragic Titanic, which hit an iceberg and sank in 1914, killing more than
1,500 passengers in the freezing seas; 1,352 men, half of which were crew, 109
women and 53 children.
On a happier note the
restaurant menu offers such starters as pan-fried sea-bream with salt baked
beetroot, lemon balm and olive oil (£9.50), and confit duck leg terrine with
orange gel, baby onions, beetroot puree and sourdough (£7.50). Main courses are
such as fillet of red mullet with a citrus and peanut crust, chilli and garlic
greens and minted pea puree (£17.50) and 8 oz fillet steak, short beef rib and
potato lattice with white onion puree, baby vegetables and roasting jus
(£28.50). Desserts include sticky toffee pudding with vanilla bean ice cream,
and almond brittle and baked rhubarb and custard cheesecake with set rhubarb
jelly and stem ginger, both at £6.50.
International Confex, the Event
Production Show and the PA Show are all moving from Olympia in 2020 and
relocating at Excel in Docklands.
The events have been at Olympia
since 2013 but the organisers, Mash Media, now feel that Excel is a better
venue in which to grow the shows, which will take place Tuesday February 25 and
Wednesday February 26, 2020.
Now all they have to do is to
get the visitors out there.
A new 88-bedroom boutique hotel
is to be created by 2021 in Coventry city centre, in the former offices of the
Coventry Evening Telegraph. (The Business Desk)
There will be a 1950’s theme to
the unit, which will be operated by Bespoke Hotels, and there will be
conference rooms, a restaurant, a roof-top bar and a range of loft-style
two-storey bedrooms in the former print room.
Behind the hotel, and part of
the deal agreed, there will be student accommodation with 833 rooms opening as
phase one in September 2020.
Charles Laughton, 1999-1962,
was the brilliant, bisexual and tortured actor who appeared in more than 50
films, most from 1933, after giving up a career as a manager at his parent’s
Scarborough hotel, the Pavilion, now demolished.
Laughton graced a number of
memorable roles as a monster or misfit which included Captain Bligh in Mutiny
on the Bounty, Quasimodo in the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Doctor Moreau in The
Island of Lost Souls and Henry VIII in The Private Life of Henry VIII. Another
memorable role was as crusty and eccentric lawyer, Sir Wilfrid Robarts in
Witness For The Prosecution, based on an Agatha Christie play and directed by
Billy Wilder in 1957.
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Fourteen women and two men who
promote products and services to their fan bases on social media have pledged
to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that they will henceforth make
it clear when they are being paid in any way for their endorsement, making it
The women named by the CMA ,
after an investigation into the murky nature of selling on social media, are
model and writer Alexa Chung, Alexandra Felstead (Made in Chelsea TV) singer
Ellie Goulding, Holly Hagan (Geordie Shore TV), designer and model Rosie
Huntington – Whiteley, actress Michelle Keegan, model Iskra Lawrence, Camilla
Mackintosh (Made in Chelsea TV) Megan McKenna (Reality TV), singer Rita Ora,
Chloe Sims (Only Way is Essex TV), blogger Zoe Sugg, Louise Thompson (Made in
Chelsea TV) and blogger Dina Tonkia. The men named are blogger James Chapman
and Mario Falcone (Only Way is Essex TV). If they fail to comply with the
agreement reached with the CMA they could be taken to court, fined heavily or
face prison sentences of up to two years.
All of the above sixteen were
being investigated because they may have repeatedly broken the rules, which
require them to make it clear when an endorsement has been paid for.
Former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg
has started earning the high salary he is now paid by Facebook, by defending
Mark Zuckerberg’s firm against claims it damages the lives of young people with
posts of gory images of self-harm, and the glorification of suicide, on its
Instagram pages. Instagram currently stands accused of driving a 14 year old schoolgirl,
Molly Russell, who killed herself in 2017 after viewing Instagram posts about
Shown some of the sickening
pictures from Instagram in a BBC interview Clegg, who has three sons aged 16,
14 and 9, was asked “Slit wrists, smeared blood, a girl cuddling a teddy
bear with ‘This world is so cruel and I don’t want to see it any more’ – You’ve
got three children, would you let them anywhere near that” and Clegg
replied “No, of course not”.
Despite this he claimed his new
employer had been a “force for good” that “had helped troubled
Wonder if Clegg will ever
resign his well-paid puffing position, and his £7 million Californian house on
a matter of principle?