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Diana Ross: ‘Every concert is a blessing and a gift’



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Motown icon Diana Ross has announced her first UK tour in 15 years.

The former Supremes star’s six-date tour will follow her Sunday “legends slot” at next year’s Glastonbury Festival.

The Diamond Diana Top of the World Tour shows will also be her first live appearances in this country since 2008.

Ross, 75, who had solo hits with Upside Down, I’m Coming Out and Endless Love, described her return to these shores as “like coming home.”

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“I look forward to coming to the UK to be with all my fans, friends and family,” she said in a statement. “I look forward to performing at Glastonbury and touring in the UK and being in London and the UK is like coming home.”

Ross’ music career spans almost 60 years, dating back to her role as lead vocalist in The Supremes – the most successful act on the iconic Motown label. They had huge hits including Stop! In the Name of Love, Baby Love and You Keep Me Hangin’ On.

She went solo in 1970 and enjoyed more worldwide success with songs that encompassed ’70s disco, ’80s ballads and pop number ones.

The Detroit singer declared she was “no stranger to the UK,” having lived there with her husband, Arne Naess, and family.

Dream dates

“It was a glorious time,” she recalled. “It is an honour and a privilege to sing and dream, every concert is a blessing and a gift, I am filled with excitement and huge appreciation. Dreams do come true.”

Back in 2012, Ross was given a Grammy lifetime achievement award. In 2016, then US President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

When asked her opinion of today’s music landscape, she suggested it’s a game of give and take, more now than ever.

“The music industry feels different today,” she said. “The business of the music industry mostly, so many changes, yet changes are inherent in our lives and in the world.”

“Yet, the creative part of music has not changed, it’s an idea and it is a natural part of creation,” she added.

“For me it’s about harmony and love.”

The Diamond Diana Top of the World UK Tour starts on 30 June at the Leeds First Direct Arena.

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KSI: ‘I wanted to make my parents proud through YouTube’




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KSI appeared on Top Gear in January

YouTuber KSI has said his parents were initially disappointed with his decision not to go to university.

The 26-year-old explained his mum and dad had put their savings into sending him to private school in the hope he would become a lawyer or doctor.

Speaking to Louis Theroux on Radio 4’s Grounded podcast, KSI said he “didn’t want to let his parents down”.

“But eventually I decided, ‘you know what, screw it. I’m going to make them proud through the whole YouTube.’

“As long as I can get rid of all their debts and make their lives comfortable, that’s all that matters.”

KSI joined YouTube in 2009 and initially uploaded videos of himself playing games such as Fifa.

He grew his following over several years and is now one of the site’s most popular personalities, with 21 million subscribers.

In recent years, he has broken into the UK top 10 with his own rap singles and also taken part in boxing matches with other YouTubers such as Logan Paul.

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Media captionYouTuber KSI told BBC Radio 5 Live that a potential fight with Jake Paul needs to happen.

KSI said he struggled “for a couple of years” with the anguish his parents felt about his decision not to go to university.

“My parents saved up, worked hard to put us in private school and to make us go into university to be a lawyer or doctor, for me to just turn my back on them and just go, ‘no I want to do this’.”

YouTube ‘goldmine’

Speaking on an episode of Grounded released on Monday, KSI said his mum “just screamed” after he got a disappointing A-level result.

“I’ve never heard her scream so loud and she was just throwing glasses everywhere. My dad was just disappointed, my dad just looked on the ground and he just didn’t know what to say or do. It was quite hard, it just crushed me.

“So I said that I would try it again but my campus they didn’t allow it, so they just kicked me out. My parents decided the next best thing was an international baccalaureate, that I should try that.”

The international baccalaureate diploma is a two-year educational programme aimed at 16-to-19-year-olds, which provides a qualification to help with entry into higher education and is recognised by many universities.

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Media captionKSI says he was “baffled” at his boxing match against fellow YouTuber Logan Paul ending in a draw

KSI did that for 18 months but said a key turning point was when he found out his YouTube earnings meant he was making more money than one of his college lecturers.

“I remember I asked a teacher, this is how I made this month, it was about £1,500 and I remember him telling me ‘that’s more than I make’.

“I looked at it and I thought, that’s it, YouTube is the one, it is the goldmine. I need to push and push because I know I can become something and make my parents proud.”

Asked by Theroux if reports that he is now worth around £16 million are true, KSI said: “I guess, I am wealthy yes. I’ve been doing YouTube for 10-plus years, I had a lot of money coming from different angles, in different areas so it makes sense for me to be worth eight figures yeah.”

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Cinema signs become a creative canvas in pandemic times




Normally a space for displaying film times, cinema signs have seen a wave of creativity in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic.

Witty customised signage has appeared reflecting the cinema owners love of films, their humour and concerns.

Talking Movies’ Tom Brook reports.

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Actor Michael Angelis dies aged 76




Michael Angelis

Actor Michael Angelis, known for his role in TV dramas such as Boys from the Blackstuff, and for narrating Thomas The Tank Engine, has died at the age of 76.

He died suddenly while at home with his wife on Saturday, his agent said.

The Liverpool-born actor lent his voice to children’s favourite Thomas and Friends for 13 series after taking over from Beatle star Ringo Starr in 1991.

He also appeared as Mickey Startup in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

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Angelis (right) appeared in the influential 1980s drama Boys from the Blackstuff

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He also featured in the BBC drama Good Cop with Warren Brown in 2012

He starred alongside Bernard Hill and Julie Walters in the Bafta-winning 1980s series Boys From The Blackstuff, which highlighted the hardships of unemployment.

Angelis also had roles in Minder, The Liver Birds, Z Cars and Good Cop.

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Julie Walters and Michael Angelis played a couple struggling with poverty in Boys from the Blackstuff

He was married to Coronation Street actress Helen Worth, who plays Gail Platt, from 1991 to 2001, and later married Jennifer Khalastchi.

Paying tribute to him on social media, comedian Matt Lucas described Angelis as “one of the greatest TV actors I’ve ever seen”.

Lucas said: “His work with (screenwriter) Alan Bleasdale was tremendous. What a loss.”

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