Boyband Westlife getting back together after more than six year hiatus

Irish crooners Westlife are getting the band back together after more than six years apart and they’ve roped in Ed Sheeran to ensure chart success.

Westlife have roped in Ed Sheeran to help them beat rivals Take That in the charts as they reveal five-year comeback plan

Having had all that time away, they want to do everything in their power to make sure their comeback is a success and have come up with a five-year plan.

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The Westlife boys; Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan and Nicky Byrne – have revealed their plan to beat their boyband rivals Take That when they unveil their new music.

Shane Filan told The Sun: ‘It’s a bit like sport – you look at your rivals, and we looked at Take That, who came back with Shine, Greatest Day, Rule The World, Patience.’

‘It was unbelievable, and we have to see that as a benchmark – but obviously getting Ed on board gives us the best chance of that.’

Nicky Byrne added that having Ed on board has ‘finally made me cool’ to his kids.

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Ed Sheeran

The Westlife reunion will be going ahead without former member Brian McFadden, who left in 2004.

Shane previously said the group had ‘genuinely missed each other and missed the buzz of performing on stage together to all our fans.’

Manager Louis Walsh teased the band’s comeback last year, telling RSVP Live magazine that a reunion for the Flying Without Wings singers was definitely on the cards.

‘A Westlife reunion is definitely going to happen – but I have no idea when,’ the music manager said at the time.

He added: ‘I’m still really good friends with all of the lads. I think the reunion will be great, but it’s up to them to decide when they will do it.’

The group were propelled into the limelight in 1998 but the boy band disbanded in 2012, with their 20th anniversary being celebrated this year.

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Westlife, the Twenty tour will be kicking off in May 2019!

Westlife were one of the UK’s biggest boybands, first breaking onto the scene in 1999 with Swear It Again, leading to 13 UK Number One singles and ten Top Ten UK albums.

Fans were distraught when the group decided to split in 2011, embarking on a farewell tour to celebrate their 14 years in the music business.

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Some of their best known songs include Flying Without Wings, World Of Our Own, You Raise Me Up and Fool Again.

Fans who are lucky enough to get tickets to the comeback gig can expect all the classic hits, as well as their signature move of standing up for key changes.

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David Beckham admits his marriage to Victoria is ‘complicated’ at times

David Beckham has admitted his relationship with wife Victoria is ‘always hard work’.

In a preview for his upcoming interview on Australian TV show The Sunday Project, the former soccer player said things become ‘little more complicated’ when two people have been married for a long time.

‘When you’ve been married for the amount of time that we have, it’s always hard work,’ David said in the teaser trailer. ‘It becomes a little more complicated’. 

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It comes weeks after David’s absence from a Vogue magazine cover shoot featuring his family sparked rumours of trouble in paradise.

The cover image, which showed Victoria with the couple’s four children – Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper – seemingly presented her as a single mother.

Back in June, unsubstantiated rumours circulated on social media that David and Victoria were heading for a divorce.

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But the power couple were quick to dismiss the reports, with a spokesperson branding the speculation a ‘crock of s**t’.

After tying the knot in Ireland in 1999, David and Victoria have spent years defending the state of their relationship and denying claims they are on the brink of divorce.


The couple, who began dating in early 1997, share four children – Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 16, Cruz, 13, and seven year-old Harper.

The David Beckham interview is the latest in a string of high-profile exclusives for veteran journalist Lisa Wilkinson, who joined The Sunday Project at the start of the year.

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‘Living with one breast changed my life’ Breast cancer survivor Jacintah Njeri narrates

It’s October and as we mark Cancer Awareness, one Kenyan woman is sharing her story.

Jacinta on her instagram page, gives her testimony

I was only 20 years old when I discovered I had a tumor. It was more of a hardening on the top of the breast. It seemed higher and more firm than the rest of the skin, but like many young women I think I believed I was invisible. So I pushed it to the back of my mind.”

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I could not help but think, why me? We had no history of the disease in our family.
When I was getting ready to have that surgery done, all I could think was how much I wanted that breast off.

‘It was the part of me that was carrying the disease and I just wanted it gone.’

‘When I saw myself after the mastectomy for the first time, it was very odd. I was all bandaged up, so it took a few days, but when that came off and I saw my new body for the first time, it felt weird to see such a massive gap. I was emotional, I think because there is that attachment you have with your breasts and the link they have with being a woman, and it was difficult having that taken away from me so suddenly.’

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‘The only way have managed to deal with it is by taking each day at a time, rather than focusing on the longer term or worrying about what’s going to come in the future.’



Other breast cancer survivors went on to share their journey.

1. Beautiful. As a fellow survivor. I so appreciate you for this. I was 26 at diagnosis. You being 20… it’s so heartbreaking. You are so strong for sharing. I know what it takes to do this. Keep pushing sister

2. Beautiful inspiring … I too was diagnosed a year and a half with breast cancer stage 1 and I opted a bilateral mastectomy…i am now on my reconstruction process . thank you for sharing your Story… #breastcancersurvior #kickcancersass #warrior #strongwomen 💟💗🌸


3. Thank God for the gift of life, for he owns our body n he can never give us much than we can carry, am a victim of cancer mine was stage 3, it’s a sad story to lose a part of your body but when there life there is always hope.


        4. Cancer sucks, and as a 2x lymphoma survivor I came out of it with a new perspective on life, and don’t sweat the small stuff anymore.


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Will Smith admits to once failing miserably at marriage

Being in a relationship isn’t easy and marriage is a whole new ball game. Will Smith opens up about how their marriage is just like everyone else’s, when it comes to the ups and many downs.  He says this when he joined his wife on her show “Red Table Talk “.

”There was a period where mommy woke up and cried 45 days straight, I started keeping a diary.” Will said.

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Willow Smith and his mother-in-law, Adrienne Banfield, were all present when Will dropped this bomb.

”I think that’s the worst I ever felt in our marriage. I felt like I was failing miserably.” Will said

Will and Jada have been married for 20 years and Will says he doesn’t even tell people that they’re married anymore.


“We refer to ourselves as partners,” he said on his podcast back in July.


“Here is the thing about Will and I, we are a family that is never going down. Take all of that whole marriage, relationship crap, at the end of the day Will and I are family, I’m going to hold him down, doesn’t matter.” Jada said back in June. The show is set to return October 22nd.

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Nyashinski releases new jam in collabo with DJ Diplo and Producer MØ

Nyashinski has dropped a new jam dubbed ‘Stay Open ‘ in collaboration with Diplo  and MØ!  in the latest Global Tuborg Open Project.

The project is a global music campaign to create new musical collaborations worldwide, to tell each story in a different way.

American super producer and DJ Diplo, with Danish rising star and long-term collaborator MØ  have created a track, called ‘Stay Open’, with artists from around the world invited to rewrite the verses to tell stories of what being ‘Open To More’ means to them.

Nyashinski has used his unique lyrics in a song re-produced by Eric Musyoka (Decimal Records).

This is a different genre from what Kenyans are used to hearing from Nyashinski. Personally I don’t feel the song but his collaboration with international artistes is a good step towards the right direction.

Below is the video

Most people seem to love the song and below are some of their comments

D Sharp: Kenyan music on another level, kudos to Nyashinski & Eric Musyoka (Decimal Records)!

Maggy Ann: Wow😱😱…so nice… Keep shining realshinski

MIKE TEEN: shash you are just owesome.really blessed.keep us entertained always and God will be with you always

Informer Tube: Yani Nyashinski ashafanya collabo na one of Major Lazer Djs called Diplo and MÖ?? Man you going far. I wasn’t wrong to VLog about you in my channel, I knew you were going far from kitambo.

Dee Dee:  My crush has done it again,you never disappoint…..mad love shiski😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

Brian Greatah:You never disappoint⚡,Nyash baba yao kama kawaida

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Rest In Peace: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passes away aged 65

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates and chaired Vulcan Inc., died Monday in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 65.

Allen was born in Washington State in 1953 where he attended both high school and college, before dropping out of Washington State University in the 1970s to co-found Microsoft with his high school friend Gates.

However, Allen would leave the company in 1983 due to a battle with Hodgkin’s disease, which he eventually won.

“I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen,” Bill Gates said in a statement.

From our early days together at Lakeside School, through our partnership in the creation of Microsoft, to some of our joint philanthropic projects over the years,Paul was a true partner and dear friend. Personal computing would not have existed without him.”


Allen — who had a net worth of $26.1 billion at the time of his death, according to Bloomberg data — had interests ranging far beyond PCs.

In 1997, Allen co-founded Vulcan Productions with his sister, Jody. Vulcan was involved in films including “Far From Heaven,” “Hard Candy,” “Racing Extinction,” “Girl Rising” and most recently, an adaptation of Naoki Higashida’s bestseller “The Reason I Jump,” a documentary about autism.

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Allen’s creativity also transferred to the music industry where he released an album with his band the Underthinkers in 2013. Their debut blues-rock album, “Everywhere at Once,” features Allen’s electric guitar on several songs including “Straw Into Gold,” “Six Strings From Hell” and “Pictures of a Dream.” He also takes the guitar solos on “Down Low” and “Big Blue Raindrops.”

Among his business ventures, Allen aspired to become a major cable-operator player. After he acquired Charter Communications in 1998 for $4.5 billion, the operator amassed subscribers through a series of acquisitions over the next decade — before a massive debt load forced it into bankruptcy in 2009 and Allen relinquished control.

Other Allen interests included professional sports teams, aviation and brain research. Allen owned the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers as well as a minority stake in the Seattle Sounders FC soccer team. Allen also funded SpaceShipOne, the first private aircraft to successfully put a civilian in suborbital space, and invested millions of dollars into the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

He also owned Portland’s Moda Center, Seattle’s Cinerama Theater and London’s Hospital Club, which is planning a Los Angeles branch.

Allen’s philanthropic work was similarly diverse. The business mogul founded Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, previously called the Experience Music Project, and donated more than $1.5 billion to various organizations after becoming one of the first billionaires to join Gates and Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge in 2010.

Jody Allen said in a statement on behalf of the Allen family that he was “a remarkable individual on every level.”

Jody added that

“While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend.

Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us — and so many others — we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.”

Microsoft issued a statement from CEO Satya Nadella, who said,

“As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world.”

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Allen was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2009 and on Oct. 1, 2018, tweeted that it had returned.

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer tweeted

“Paul was a truly wonderful, bright and inspiring person — and a great friend. I will miss him.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook extended condolences to the Allen family and “everyone at Microsoft” — which historically was a major Apple rival — saying in a tweet, “Our industry has lost a pioneer and our world has lost a force for good.”

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, also tweeted about Allen, saying of the fellow Seattleite, “His passion for invention and pushing forward inspired so many. He was relentless to the end. My heart goes out to Paul’s family and friends.”

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‘You smell like a toilet’ Apple founder to his daughter before his death

Years after Apple Founder Steve Jobs died her daughter has come out to show the world how much of a strained relationship the two had in her book Small Fry.

Lisa Brennan-Jobs says that in his death bed her father told her she was  getting nothing and that she smelt like a toilet in what was to be their last meeting before his death.

The Apple founder made the cruel dig at  as he lay dying of cancer because he smelled the rose facial mist she had sprayed on herself.In her new book, Small Fry, which is out September 4, Lisa reveals how her billionaire father once turned nasty and told her: ‘You’re getting nothing’ when she asked to have his Porsche when he was done with it.

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‘You’re not getting anything, you understand?’ Jobs told her.

Lisa writes that Jobs spoke in ‘such a sour, biting way’ and that he once told ‘I’m one of the most important people you will ever know.’

Her memoir gives unprecedented detail about the troubled relationship with her father which was featured in the 2015 biopic about him with Michael Fassbender in the lead role.

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She says that for her father, her very existence was a disappointment and a source of shame.

As she puts it, in his eyes she was a ‘blot on a spectacular ascent, as our story did not fit with the narrative of greatness and virtue he might have wanted for himself.’

She writes:

“My existence ruined his streak. For me, it was the opposite: the closer I was to him, the less I would feel ashamed; he was part of the world, and he would accelerate me into the light.”

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Lisa, now 40, was born in 1978 after Jobs had a five-year relationship with her mother Chrisann Brennan which ended when she became pregnant.Acrimony and a court case followed during which Jobs took a paternity test and still denied that he was Lisa’s father.

According to Daily Mail Jobs, who died in 2011, even claimed that he was ‘sterile and infertile’ yet went on to have three children with his wife Laurene Powell.

Jobs finally reconciled with Lisa and apologized when she was nine years old, but the wounds of his behavior never really healed and the two had a strained, difficult relationship.

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The late Steve Jobs founder of Apple and his daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs

In an excerpt of Small Fry in Vanity Fair magazine, Lisa writes about how she used to tell her school friends: ‘I have a secret, my father is Steve Jobs’.

She told them that her father had named an early Macintosh computer after her.She would boast to friends saying that

“He’s famous. He invented the personal computer. He lives in a mansion and drives a Porsche convertible. He buys a new one every time it gets a scratch’. For a long time I hoped that if I played one role, my father would take the corresponding role”

She adds

“I would be the beloved daughter,he would be the indulgent father.I decided that if I acted like other daughters did, he would join in the lark. We’d pretend together, and in pretending we’d make it real. If I had observed him as he was, or admitted to myself what I saw, I would have known that he would not do this, and that a game of pretend would disgust him.”

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During one visit to Jobs’s house Lisa plucked up the courage to ask her father about his Porsche and said: ‘Can I have it when you’re done?’

Jobs replied: ‘Absolutely not’. Lisa writes that, judging by his reaction, she thought the story she’d been told about him replacing it after a scratch wasn’t true.

But worse was to come,She writes: ‘I wished I could take it back. We pulled up to the house and he turned off the engine. Before I made a move to get out he turned to face me.

‘You’re not getting anything’, he said. ‘You understand? Nothing. You’re getting nothing’.

‘Did he mean about the car, something else, bigger? I didn’t know. His voice hurt – sharp, in my chest. The light was cool in the car, a white light on the roof had lit up when the car turned off. Around us was dark. I had made a terrible mistake and he’d recoiled’.

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‘The militants would run their hands over our breasts and legs,’ ISIS sex slave who won Nobel prize narrates narrates

A former ISIS sex slave has revealed the harrowing moment she was picked by a giant jihadi brute from a group of terrified Yazidi women – as they screamed and vomited in terror.

Nadia Murad, 25, has spoken in shocking detail of her experiences at the hands of ISIS sex traffickers – who treated women as ‘animals’ touching them wherever they pleased.

Writing in her autobiography, the now Nobel peace prize winner, spoke of her experiences one night at a slave market.

She said: “We could hear the commotion downstairs where militants were registering and organising, and when the first man entered the room, all the girls started screaming.”

The entrance of the men would terrify the women who, Murad says ‘would double over and vomit on the floor’.

They would then ask if the women were virgins to which the vendor would reply ‘of course.’

Murad’s autobiography, which is featured in The Guardian today, recalls in harrowing detail this examination process.

She says: “The militants touched us anywhere they wanted, running their hands over our breasts and our legs, as if we were animals.”

Eventually Murad was sighted from among the crowd by a high-ranking militant named Salwan – a man she claims ‘looked like a monster’.

His strength was daunting, she claims.

Murad said: “He could crush me with his bare hands. No matter what he did, and no matter how much I resisted, I would never be able to fight him off. He smelled of rotten eggs and cologne.”

The terror of this jihadi brute became so overwhelming that she eventually threw herself at a smaller man – begging him to take her.

The man, who was a judge in Mosul, agreed.

Murad had found herself at the hands of ISIS sex traffickers after her home village of Kocho in Sinjar, northern Iraq, was attacked.

She was captured alongside her sisters and lost six brothers and her mother.

Eventually Murad was able to escape her ISIS captors, smuggling herself out of Iraq.

She later went as a refugee to Germany in early 2015.

This year’s Nobel peace prize was awarded to her alongside two others.

Outlining the reason for the decision, the committee said: “she has shown uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims.

“Nadia Murad is one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls and women who were victims of rape and other abuses by the IS army.


Ladies Here’s A List Of The Reasons Why He Dumped You

Heartbreaks are so painful and take time to heal. However, we may be the cause of our own pain because of things we do consciously or unconsciously. We get heartbroken time and time again yet we don’t know why.

Well here are some of the reasons why :

1. You don’t listen – When someone talks to you, you should listen, this means that you are keen to hear what is being said. Many women listen with the aim of replying which means they don’t get the message. Let your man speak his mind and stop interrupting him. A man wants someone who will listen to them, not someone who will make him feel like his opinion doesn’t matter.

2. Listening to your friends – Friendships are important and we all need them, however we need to know when to draw the lines between our friendship and your relationships. Three is a crowd, you cannot let your friends opinions run things between you and your man.

3. He’s not dating your family – Just like friendships, family is also important, but again you need to draw the line. What happens between you and your man is between the two of you and not your family. If you have a small fight and keep running to tell it to your family then you will lose your man as he will be in constant war with his in-laws and will probably end up avoiding them.

4. Separate lives – Just because you are dating, doesn’t mean that you have to spend 100% of the time together. We all have our separate lives. You can’t drag your man to the shopping sprees, salon, and picnics with the girls etc. Chances are your man won’t drag you along when he goes to watch the game or have drinks with the boys.

5. Questioning – If your man wanted to be questioned about his every move and decision he would just go to prison. You are not his guard, so let him do his own thing. Questioning him all the time about where he is, what he is doing etc will make you single.

6. Being too dependent – Men want a grown woman who can handle her business, but still let him know that there’s a place in her life that only he can fill. If you come to a guy for every single thing, and can’t seem to make up your mind or make decisions … it will eventually get tiring and he will move on.

7. Negative – All human beings make mistakes every once in while. Nobody can stand always being criticized because it belittles them. People like to be appreciated so if you never have anything good to say he will look for it elsewhere.

Here’s a list of the “magical” uses of Ketchup

Ketchup is found in many homes at the kitchen counter and is used mainly when eating chips, crisps, pasta, rice, noodles, mshikaki etc. However it can be used for other things besides adding flavour to meals. Its uses may come as a surprise to many but the ingredients make it a super sauce to have.

Here are some of the uses as reported by Dailymail:

Cleaning pans – Copper and stainless steel pans with an inner core of copper to increase heat conductivity are prone to tarnish. The problem arises when the copper combines with oxygen in the air to form brown copper oxide.

Ketchup contains acetic acid (a weak organic chemical that gives condiments their bitter taste) which combats tarnishing. ‘The acetic acid works to convert the copper oxide or brown tarnish into copper acetate and water,’ says Ben Valsler, digital editor of Chemistry World magazine. Because the copper acetate is soluble, it rinses away in the water. Your tarnish is gone.’

Making a face mask – Tomatoes contains lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can rehabilitate sun-damaged skin and, with the help of its vital vitamins A, C and K, protect it from further damage. Lycopene also helps boost the production of collagen, which is vital for keeping skin looking fresh and plump. Though fresh tomatoes have a healthy amount of lycopene, cooked tomatoes in any form contain a more concentrated amount.

‘Research proves that applying a product high in lycopene will protect your skin against sun damage,’ says Ben. ‘However, the benefits may be cancelled out by the vinegar in the ketchup, which will dry your skin. Use tomato puree or juice, which don’t contain vinegar

Getting rid of animal dropping – If your dog has a passion for rolling in droppings, you’ll know the noxious scent is hard to shift. But smearing your pet with ketchup could be the answer.

‘Compounds used for marking animal territory, such as fox poo, tend to be sticky so that they hang around and are difficult to shift,’ says Ben. ‘Ketchup can’t neutralise the smell. However, the vinegar in the ketchup helps to chemically break down the stickiness so it’s easier to remove any residual bits from the fur.’

Cleaning silver jewellery – Ketchup is very acidic – partly down to its high vinegar content and also because tomatoes contain several different acids.

‘The tarnish is silver sulphide, caused as the silver reacts over time with hydrogen sulphide in the air,’ says Ben. ‘Though the acids in ketchup won’t have much effect on the silver sulphide, a lot of silver is actually sterling, which means it contains copper. Ketchup is great at removing the copper oxide, making silver look less tarnished.’

Cleaning rust – Rust is caused when water and oxygen react with the iron and produce hydrated iron oxide. Acids are very good at removing rust, which is a form of iron oxide. ‘The acetic acid in ketchup converts the iron oxide into iron acetate that you can just wash away, thus removing the rusty layer,’ says Ben.

Cooling nasty insect bites
– Rubbing ketchup on an insect bite is said to neutralize the sting. ‘There are several reasons why this might work,’ says Ben. ‘Ketchup has a high salt content. The salt may draw some water out of the bite, thereby reducing the inflammation.

‘Vinegar is also an irritant, so while the application of ketchup might chemically irritate the skin, it would also reduce your urge to scratch.’

Serena Williams bares it all in ‘I Touch Myself Project’ to create awareness on breast cancer

Serena Williams has bared it all in a beautiful video with an aim of celebrating breast cancer survivors and sadly those who have lost their lives.

On her instagram post she tells in details as to why she has done this and it is mind blowing to know that she would go to such lengths without worrying about a backlash from the public.

She wrote,

“This Breast Cancer Awareness Month I’ve recorded a version of The Divinyls global hit “I Touch Myself” to remind women to self-check regularly. Yes, this put me out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to do it because it’s an issue that affects all women of all colors, all around the world. Early detection is key – it saves so many lives. I just hope this helps to remind women of that.

The music video is part of the I Touch Myself Project which was created in honor of celebrated diva, Chrissy Amphlett, who passed away from breast cancer, and who gave us her hit song to remind women to put their health first. The project is proudly supported by @BerleiAus for Breast Cancer Network Australia.”

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This Breast Cancer Awareness Month I’ve recorded a version of The Divinyls global hit “I Touch Myself” to remind women to self-check regularly. _ Yes, this put me out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to do it because it’s an issue that affects all women of all colors, all around the world. Early detection is key – it saves so many lives. I just hope this helps to remind women of that. _ The music video is part of the I Touch Myself Project which was created in honor of celebrated diva, Chrissy Amphlett, who passed away from breast cancer, and who gave us her hit song to remind women to put their health first. The project is proudly supported by @BerleiAus for Breast Cancer Network Australia. _ Visit the link in my bio to find out more. #ITouchMyselfProject #BerleiAus #BCNA #DoItForYourself

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Here are some of the comments from her fans
katkatdenadaI’m obsessed with you in a healthy way.
rishibadbariaCongratulations Serena for coming out in support and creating awareness with all confidence..
matka2_3My mom is a 2 time breast cancer survivor. Thank you for spreading awareness. I have to go for screenings every 6 months. Mammogram in the fall, MRI in the spring. Self-checks are very important!
zackary66Thank you for what you do. Continue to inspire millions, you’re one of the best at it
thepastorshouse🔥Touched myself 13 years ago and saved my life. Thank you for this!! 🎀

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‘He raped me as the wedding party was still going on downstairs.”Heart wrenching story of a woman kidnapped as a teen ,raped repeatedly and forced into 8 abortions.

Nothing is more heartbreaking than the story of Sarah a girl who was abducted as a teen held captive for 12 years and raped repeatedly.

As if that is not enough Sarah was forced to carry out eight abortions,Sarah’s haunted face stares out under a red Islamic head-dress in her wedding photo. Beside her, guests eat cake while celebrating the marriage, conducted by the local mosque’s imam at a terraced house in the Home Counties.

Yet Sarah is not a willing bride. She is being made to marry a member of the gang that effectively forced her into sex slavery after abducting her in a Tesco car park in the English suburbs one autumn afternoon. Her captivity lasted for 12 long years.

Within minutes of her wedding picture being taken, the white English girl was pushed upstairs into a bedroom and raped by her new husband, a man she had set eyes on for the first time only half an hour earlier.

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It was just one of the unimaginable torments Sarah endured after she was kidnapped as a shy 15-year-old. She had never had a boyfriend. She was studying at college, hoping to train as a midwife.

Sarah’s story is described by House of Lords crossbencher Baroness Caroline Cox, who has taken up her case, as the most serious example of sex grooming yet to emerge in this country.

Sarah’s abuse went on while her distraught family’s pleas for help were, they insist, ignored by a police force that refused even to list her as missing.

Her family were forced to keep up the search for her on their own after she failed to return from Tesco.Her mother says that the Police seemed less bothered by the case.

“The police kept saying leave it a few days, she’ll come back, ‘But she never did.”

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Sarah was snatched five years before the scandal of sexual abuse of young white girls by street grooming gangs was first revealed in 2010, after investigations by the Daily Mail and later by the Government.

The kidnap gang were ruthless and bent on making Sarah utterly dependent on them. They hid her in various houses and cut off her contact with the outside world by refusing her a mobile phone or computer. She was raped, beaten and made to swallow strong sedatives every day to make her docile.

During her ordeal she had eight abortions, five of them overseen by the same doctor at an NHS hospital and others in illegal backstreet clinics.

She was made to learn the Koran in Arabic and allowed to speak only in the Pakistani languages of Urdu and Punjabi.

When we asked the police force involved in Sarah’s case why they took so long to act, they replied:

“Our understanding of and approach to issues such as child sexual exploitation and modern slavery has evolved and improved over the past decade, as is the case with police forces up and down the country.

We have had major success stories in recent years in these areas, securing lengthy prison sentences for those perpetrating such crimes and establishing specialist support services to help victims.

Officers are far more aware of issues around vulnerability, while we also have specialist, dedicated resources to deal with such cases, including historic ones.”

Forced to wear Islamic robes with a head-covering hijab, she had to cook, clean and iron for hours every day.


It was only last year that Sarah, at the age of 26, finally escaped the gang’s clutches.In her first harrowing interviewat a safe house Sarah says

“Ever since I was a young teenager, I have known nothing other than life under the gang’s control.”

In her years of captivity, she says, she fell victim to Stockholm syndrome, where a prisoner forms an emotional attachment to a captor, believing they must co-operate in order to survive. She became particularly attached to the gang leader, whom we will call Jerry.

She explains

“I began to think that Jerry loved me because he kept telling me so. He said my parents didn’t care for me because English families don’t look after their girls like Pakistani Muslim ones.

I soon felt I couldn’t breathe without him. My mind was being twisted. I was dependent on him for food, for clothing, for a roof over my head. He said my family would be killed if I tried to tell them where I was or what was happening to me.”

Sarah’s horrific story began in the autumn of 2005. She is the youngest of four children, her father is a builder and her mother a housewife. For legal reasons and her own safety, we cannot use her real name or identify where she was kidnapped, held, or where she lives now.

After college one afternoon she walked to a Tesco food store a few minutes from her house. Her mobile phone rang and she answered. A man’s voice said in a Northern accent that he was watching her and had something for her. Would she go over to a black car in the store’s car park?

Sarah, to her eternal regret, went naively to the passenger door.

‘A man in his mid-30s opened it and in the same Northern accent told me to get in. So I sat in the front seat to hear what he wanted to give me. He instantly drove me away,’ she says.

She thinks Jerry found her number after spotting her a few days earlier when she took a minicab with her brother to get a takeaway burger. She had noticed a dark-haired man in a black car staring at her as they got in the minicab with their meal.


Crucially, to book the ride, Sarah had given her number to the minicab firm where friends of Jerry’s worked. The gang leader, she assumes, then got hold of it.

In the car with Jerry speeding off, she began to panic. He put his hand on hers and said he would look after her. Sarah was trembling and told him her family would be frantic. It was to no avail.

After half an hour they reached a house next to an industrial estate, where he asked for her mobile phone, taking out the sim card and snapping it in two.

“He took me inside and I saw a lot of Pakistani men in an open-plan room. Jerry led me past them up the stairs to a tiny boxroom with a bed and the curtains taped up,’ she says. ‘Then he left, closing the door.”

For the first 24 hours she was alone apart from a few visits from Jerry, who brought her bottled water and some curry, which she ate with her fingers.

It was on the second night that Jerry first raped her.

“I could hear voices in the open-plan room below me. I now know these men were all friends and relations of Jerry and part of his gang that dealt in drugs.

I was pulling back from him and I was scared,’ she remembers. ‘I felt angry, dirty and disgusted after he had finished.”

For three hours each morning she had to cook curries, clean and iron for the gang. If she didn’t, she was beaten.


She was allowed out of the house occasionally with two of Jerry’s sons to go to the local supermarket. ‘I had to wear the hijab, partly because the gang ordered me to and partly to hide the bruising to my face and head where I had been beaten.’

Meanwhile, Sarah’s mother Janet was continuing her frantic search. ‘Her dad and I had been looking for her for two months by this time,’ she tells me.

“We had put up missing posters, never stopping. Finally, a friend said he thought he’d seen her in a Pakistani area. We went there every day, showing her photo to people in shops and on the streets.”

During this relentless hunt, there was an agonising near miss. Jerry’s sons and Sarah were in the supermarket when she saw her mother, who was looking for her in the area.

Instinctively, Sarah ran over and hugged her mother. ‘Mum asked me who the young boys were,’ recalls Sarah. ‘I said they were the sons of the man who had taken me away months before.’

But the startled boys quickly hustled Sarah away from her mother, who kept shouting to her: ‘Are you in trouble?’

Janet continues:

“When I saw her in the supermarket I couldn’t believe it. She was in Islamic dress. I saw from her eyes she was terrified. She begged me not to say anything. She was panicking and obviously scared of the gang we now know was holding her.

She was scurried off by the boys. But my husband and I followed them at a distance and carefully watched the direction they went.”

Seconds later a black vehicle with Sarah inside and an Asian man at the wheel screeched past them as they stood in the street.

‘We saw a flash of blonde hair under a scarf but that was all. We had lost her. We were heartbroken,’ says Janet. She reported what had happened to the police, only to be brushed aside again.


What had happened was that Jerry’s sons had taken Sarah back to the house and told Jerry her mother was near by.

“He was furious. He ordered me to get into his car,’ recalls Sarah. ‘He smashed my head against the dashboard and windows, which became splattered with my blood.’ Then he drove her quickly to yet another house, in a different town.”

In her new home, she was prevented from going out.

One day, out of the blue, Jerry told her he had married her. ‘I hadn’t been to any ceremony but he showed me the Islamic wedding certificate signed by an imam at the local mosque,’ she says. ‘I now think this marriage was to make the police believe I was a willing wife if they ever found me.’

Bewildered — she was being given 20mg of Valium each morning to stupefy her— Sarah continued her life of hell, regularly being abused and raped.

Inevitably, she fell pregnant.

“After one termination I was fitted with a coil, but Jerry made me go back to the hospital with him and have it removed because he said he could ‘feel it’ when he raped me.

I wasn’t allowed to speak to doctors at medical appointments. I had to walk 5ft behind him, keep my head down and wear a hijab. He said I was his girlfriend.”

As if this were not horrific enough, the first abortion didn’t work. The five-month-old foetus survived the drugs given to Sarah on a Sunday afternoon in a side room at an NHS hospital.

On the Monday morning, she was taken for a scan and the baby was still alive.

“I was in labour for nearly 24 hours,’ she says, with tears welling. ‘I was begging for help. One nurse ran from the room and said she couldn’t take it any more.’

I was rushed to the operating theatre, where they surgically carried out the abortion,’ she says. ‘I don’t know if I was carrying a boy or a girl and I hope one day the NHS will tell me, as I cannot forget that child.”

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How could all this happen to an underage girl in the modern NHS? Perhaps because Jerry was so intimidating or because the gang network had its tentacles everywhere.

Whatever the case, the rapes and abortions continued.

One day, Jerry announced their marriage was over. Under Islamic rules, he told Sarah three times that they were divorced.

Then she was suddenly married off to another man. On her ‘wedding day’ in 2012, nearly seven years after the kidnap, she was lying in her room when two women came in carrying a clear plastic bag.

They took out the red dress and told her to put it on. They tied back her hair, put make-up on her and said she was about to marry.

Sarah was pushed downstairs to the ceremony and clapping guests. It was over in minutes and she was ordered back upstairs — with her new husband.

“The women had put petals on my bed in the Muslim tradition,The strange man began putting his hands all over me. I was so weak I couldn’t fight him. He raped me as the wedding party was still going on downstairs.”

This shocking episode was the beginning of the end.

Time and again she had tried to run away down the street, only to be grabbed by Jerry and brought back for a beating. But now she managed to escape.

“When Jerry was asleep upstairs one morning, I found his mobile phone and called for a taxi. I took £20 to pay for it from the pocket of his jeans. When the taxi arrived I was in Islamic clothes. I raced out through the back gate and told the driver, a white man who kept asking if I was all right because I was so pale, to take me to where my brother lived.”

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She had grabbed the certificate of marriage to Jerry and the red dress. ‘They were the only possessions I had,’ she explains.

Sarah thought she was free. But Jerry’s gang did not give up.

After Sarah left her brother’s house a month later, she moved to a flat in a different part of Britain, away from her family, so they could not be threatened by the gang for protecting her.

Yet the gang leader found her through his extensive network of contacts. The coercion, the beatings, the rapes continued.


Finally, after an especially savage beating, a neighbour called the police to report a domestic violence incident. Sarah was taken to hospital and there started to tell police she was a prisoner, sparking inquiries into her kidnap which continue today, more than three years later.

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Shock as 24-year-old man kills 3 kids, wife and mother-in-law and keeps the dead bodies for six days before being found out

Police allege Anthony Robert Harvey murdered his partner Mara Harvey, 47, her daughter Charlotte, 3, two-year-old twin girls Alice and Beatrix.

The murder took place in September 3 at their Bedford home, in Perth’s north east.The 24-year-old murdered his mother-in-law Beverley Quinn, 74, the next day on September 4 when she visited the home. several weapons including a blunt instrument and knives were used, WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said on Monday.

The grandmother and children who were found dead in their home have been remembered as a loving family. The tragedy unfolded on Sunday when Mr Harvey drove 1400 kilometres to the remote Pilbara mining town of Pannawonica and provided police with information.

Officers worked on the information they were provided and arrived at the house and found the television still on, before they found the five deceased bodies.

One of the Bedford family victims, Mara Harvey, with Anthony Harvey in 2016.

Mr Harvey was then charged with five counts of murder. The murdered mother’s sister, Taryn, issued a statement on Monday remembering her loving mother, her proud sister, and bubbly and energetic nieces.

Taryn said there were no words to explain the emptiness that the family is experiencing following the horrific murders.

“She said her sister ‘loved being a mum’ and was that her daughters were her world.She was so proud of each of them and was doing a great job of raising them. Her girls were her world,’ ‘Charlotte was an energetic, bubbly confident little girl who loved people and loved socialising. Alice was outgoing, adventurous and cheeky, while Beatrix was at times a little bit more quiet but gave the biggest hugs.”

Taryn also said her mother, Mrs Quinn would have done anything for her children and grandchildren.

“Beverley was a kind hearted, caring mother and grandmother and was always there for her family. She was very much family orientated and she loved her daughters and grandchildren, and would have done anything for them.

This world is a sadder place with the loss of these five beautiful people but Heaven has gained five new angels.”

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She also thanked family, friends and the community for their support during this trying period, and has asked for privacy as they grieve the losses.

The children’s father, Mr Harvey, who ran a Jim’s Mowing franchise with his wife Mara, told a neighbour he was struggling financially and felt under pressure to work even when sick to keep the business afloat.

The couple ran the business in Morley, north-east Perth, after previously working for a Sino Steel Pilbara mine.

Neighbour Richard Fairbrother described Mr Harvey as slightly socially awkward and under pressure due to money troubles.Speaking to the Australian Richard says

“There was a couple of times he had been quite ill with the flu and he was having to get up and go to work anyway,’ He said there was no money coming in unless he was out there.”

Ms Harvey, who owned the property on Coode Street, in the city’s north-east, has been described as ‘unlucky in love’, and her husband Anthony Harvey was 18 years her junior.

The couple lived together in the small brick house, and had daughter Charlotte a year after Mr Harvey proposed in 2014.

Forensic police and other officials remove a body from the scene of the crime in Perth 

Located on a large corner block in the city’s north-east, Ms Harvey bought the modest three-bedroom brick-and-tile home in 2008. A compact kitchen and large stand-alone outdoor garage can be seen in photos of the home’s interior, along with a covered back patio area facing the lawn.

Both had worked for a Sino Steel Pilbara mine, and Mr Harvey then started his own business using income generated from the sales of some of Ms Harvey’s properties.

Facebook group Perth & Districts Multiple Birth Association Inc, of which Ms Harvey was a member, paid tribute to the victims on Monday.

“It is with a heavy heart and our deepest condolences that we are informing our community today that one of our own has been taken, in what can only be described as a shocking tragedy.

News reports today confirm the death of one of our members Mara, her mother, her twin girls Beatrix & Alice and their big sister Charlotte.Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who know the family & have been touched by this tragedy.”


Rebecca Della, who lives next door with her partner Richard, told Daily Mail Australia there was no sign of anything wrong.

‘Even the week before they seemed happy and cheerful, I never heard them have any fights,’ she said.

‘We’re all shocked, no one thought something like this would happen with them.’

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Kimberly Shackelton said the area was a safe close-knit neighbourhood where you would never expect violence.

“They were just a normal, everyday family, You’d think with something like this there would be warning signs but they were so quiet and seemed happy.

You’d never see them fight or shout at each other, just those lovely kids playing and running around the front yelling ‘daddy’ as he left for work.Those poor kids, they never got to have a life.” 

Police have not said how the women and children died, and it’s believed Mr Harvey stayed with the bodies six days after he allegedly murdered them.

Homicide detectives and specialist forensic police will on Monday continue to comb the home for evidence and clues to what happened after the shocking discovery on Sunday.

‘Depending on the size of that crime scene that will take a period of time, and it could be a number of days,’ Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Region Paul Steel said.

‘It is a tragic thing when incidents like this occur. It does send a ripple through the community of Western Australia.’

First responders have been offered access to a police chaplain to help them cope with the horrific scene inside the house, which remains sealed off with police tape.

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BBC reporter with terminal breast cancer wraps 18 years worth of birthday presents for her son after doctors tell her she only has a few days to live

BBC presenter Rachael Bland’s heartbreaking final arrangements made for her family as she bravely faces death have been revealed by her tweet.

The mother-of-one, 40, who has terminal breast cancer, has wrapped 18 years worth of birthday presents for three-year-old son Freddie – but could struggle to finish a memoir written just for him.

She has also built up a collection of handwritten notebooks, perfume and other personal items so the little boy grows up knowing how his mummy wrote, smelled and sounded once she is gone.

And in order to not upset her husband Steve, she has set up a WhatsApp group with his sister detailing her wishes for their little boy as he grows up including not cutting his hair too short and ensuring he helps choose his school.

Rachael’s final plans have been revealed in a blog written last week – just before she learned she had days to live – but published for the first time today.
Racheal Blands

Her brave tweet yesterday announcing she has ‘only got days’ has sparked thousands of responses praising her inspirational dignity and bravery in the face of terminal illness.

Mrs Bland wrote an emotional goodbye message to her social media followers this afternoon

Yesterday the BBC broadcaster tweeted the news, sparking an outpouring of grief among friends and fans, and today she agreed to publish the plans she has made in the event of her death.

She wrote on HuffPost:

“I have a Whatsapp group with Steve’s sister where I send her things I want for Freddie and his future. The things that might overwhelm and upset Steve now but she will make sure happens.

Like not cutting his hair too short until he really insists, or my wish for him to go to the very best school and university possible, so long as that’s what he wants.I’m also planning and wrapping birthday presents which he can open between the ages of four and twenty one.

‘Personal effects like my notepads – so he can see what my writing was like. Or the perfume he helped pick out for me earlier this year so he’ll remember my smell. And his all-important box of newborn keepsakes’.”

Rachael is also writing a memoir for her son, called ‘For Freddie’, and faces a race against time to complete it.

She added: ‘It’s a collection of all those stories your parents tell you over the years from their point of view, mixed in with all the advice they give you.

‘I’d only known Steve for such a short period of time before we married – I feel there’s so much he needs to know from my point of view and in my voice. And I think I best get my personality down on paper’.

Rachael has been documenting her fight against the disease in a blog called Big C Little Me since she was diagnosed in November 2016.

The Welsh journalist also hosted a podcast series called You Me & The Big C where she discussed the highs and lows of battling the illness.

Former BBC colleague Susanna Reid was among those to show their sympathy, writing on Twitter: ‘Oh Rachael. You have so much courage.

‘You are loved beyond measure by people you haven’t even met because of the way you have dealt with this. My love to you and your family.’  

Writing on Instagram and Twitter yesterday she said: ‘In the words of the legendary Frank Sinatra, I’m afraid to say the time has come my friends. And suddenly I’m told I’ve only got days, it’s all very surreal.’

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Colleagues, friends and followers posted online to offer their support and express their sadness.

Victoria Derbyshire wrote: ‘Bloody hell Rachael. Courage, grace, laughter – that’s you. You are amazing X.’

BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty said: ‘You have touched the lives of so many and inspired many more. Thinking of you and your loved ones.’

Her BBC colleague Eleanor Oldroyd posted: ‘Dear Rachael, you have lived a life to inspire millions.

‘Your many friends will be there for Steve and Freddie. Love and peace and prayers from all of us xxx’

Her BBC Radio Five Live colleague Phil Williams said: ‘Rachael – sending love. I’ll message Steve separately. I hope I have just an ounce of your gusto. Lots of love x’.
Racheal during her wedding day

Radio 5 colleague Richard Bacon also offered support on Twitter, writing: ‘Days. Devastating. Rachael I know saying I’m thinking of you (and our magnificent time together on air, especially all that late night fun) doesn’t change anything.

‘But I am and I’m so very sorry. Your podcast has helped change the way people talk about all this. You’re wonderful.’

And LBC presenter Iain Dale wrote: ‘You are in all our thoughts dearest Rachael. I’m sitting here preparing for my new show with a tear or two in my eye at the thought we will never hear your lovely voice on the radio again. Love from everyone at LBC.’

Her tragic journey has been an inspiration to thousands of people.

Mrs Bland, a BBC news presenter of more than 15 years, has documented her fight with the disease with her blog Big C Little Me. Putting the Can into Cancer’ and a podcast called ‘You, Me & The Big C’.

Writing in her blog previously, Mrs Bland told of how she was with her son and his friends at an ice cream farm when she was given the earth-shattering news her cancer was terminal.

 ‘My heart raced as I answered it, knowing a phone call did not bode well.Then came the words “I am so sorry, it’s bad news. The biopsies have come back showing the same cancer is back and is in the skin”.  

Describing the moment she broke the news to her family, Mrs Bland said: ‘I watched my little Freddie innocently playing away in a tyre in the barn and my heart broke for him.

“I scooped him up and dashed home and then had to break (her husband) Steve’s heart with the news that my cancer was now metastatic and therefore incurable.”

The news anchor had written that she felt she had become a ‘lab rat’ after starting a medical trial in a bid to buy her more time with her husband Steve and then two-year-old son Freddie.

Thousands of listeners tuned in to BBC Radio 5 Live to hear her weekly discussions with fellow patients Lauren Mahon and Deborah James on the highs and lows of living with cancer.

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‘Giving up priesthood to marry my girlfriend was incredibly sad for me’Daughter to South African archbishop opens up about her same sex marriage

Daughter to South African archbishop Desmond Tutu has finally spoken on what she had to give up in order to be able to marry another woman.

I know what you are thinking,that she is an arch bishops daughter so how could she even do that?but the shock of the matter is that Mpho Tutu van Furth was also a priest.

Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth followed her father into a life in the Anglican church, but when she decided to marry the woman she loved, she had to leave.

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu with his daughter Mpho Tutu
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu with his daughter Mpho Tutu

She married her long-term Dutch girlfriend, Marceline van Furth, in a small private ceremony in the Netherlands at the end of last year, but they went public last month when they had a wedding celebration in Cape Town.

During an interview with BBC she opens up about finding love in another woman

“My marriage sounds like a coming out party,Falling in love with Marceline was as much as a surprise to me as to everyone else,”

Mpho Tutu during her wedding to her long term girlfriend Marceline van Furth

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Prior to the announcement of their marriage, Ms Tutu van Furth’s sexuality was never made public, and she had previously been married to a man with whom she had two children.

While same-sex marriage was legalised in South Africa in 2006, South African Anglican law on marriage states: “Holy matrimony is the lifelong and exclusive union between one man and one woman.”

Same-sex marriages are not recognised and when it comes to gay clerics, the church is very clear – they must remain celibate.


Ms Tutu van Furth feared that her marriage would mean losing her licence to practice as a priest.

And indeed shortly after her wedding, her diocese decided to withdraw it. And that is when she said she would hand it back as she thought this was a more dignified option with the same effect.

“It was incredibly sad for me,A few years ago I celebrated the Eucharist with my father… and now to be in a position that I cannot serve at the alter with him… I was surprised by how much it hurt.”

And while her father, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, now 84, has been very supportive of her marriage, she says she is also very aware that he has to be careful to allow the conversation to unfold as opposed to picking a fight.

Despite this, his views on homophobia have always been very clear.

In July 2013, while speaking at a UN-backed campaign to promote gay rights, he said: “I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven.

“No, I would say sorry. I mean I would much rather go to the other place,” he said, equating the campaign against homophobia to that waged in South Africa against racism.

Ms Tutu van Furth would like her marriage to help progress what she calls the “very important conversation'” that needs to be had in the church regarding same-sex marriage.

She asks

“What is so absolute that we can’t pass beyond this point?Not only do we have gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual people of every description sitting in our pews, to be perfectly honest we have all of those people standing in our pulpits too.

And yet very often they sit in fear in the pews and they stand in fear in the pulpits because they are not free to fully own who they are and who they love.”

She is also keen that the church look at what woman like her at the altar can do to draw the young towards the church.

As a lipstick-wearing black woman in robes, she knows that she is not your typical Anglican priest.

“I want that young girl to look at me and realize that is what priests can look like,” she explains.

The Tutu van Furths’ careers and children force them to live 9,600km (5,965miles) apart.

Mpho Tutu van Furth is in Cape Town running her parents’ foundation and her partner is in Amsterdam practising medicine.

Living apart, she says, is not ideal.

“We are newly-weds like every other set of newly-weds and it sucks. Living apart is not a good and joyful thing.t’s a huge challenge to us but we talk umpteen times a day. God bless the internet, we love it.”


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They have four children between them, ranging from 10 years old to 19 years old from their first marriages.

Ms Tutu van Furth realised that when she fell in love, she would have to make a very difficult choice between being a priest or being with the person she loved.

It was, she says, one of the hardest choices of her life.

“I shouldn’t have to choose but in the end you always choose love. Everything else will fall into place somehow. When in doubt do the most loving thing.”

The Anglican Church in South Africa has indicated that it is looking at adopting pastoral guidelines for members who enter same-sex unions.

But it is not clear whether there will be any change when it comes to same-sex marriages of church clerics.

 On what keeps their marriage going,she says

“What defines our relationship is that we love each other, that we enjoy each other’s company, we are mutually respectful, mutually supportive. It’s those things that really matter the most in the relationship – and in any relationship.”

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‘Hii English imepakwa mpaka blue band’ Kenyans amused at President Uhuru’s speech in fluent English at the White House

President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta are currently in the United States of America to meet business executives of leading US Companies.

The companies are under the umbrella of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU).

Well, Kenyans can’t t keep calm after a video of President Uhuru Kenyatta giving a mini-speech got out. Kenyans are saying he has a different accent compared to the way he addresses us back home. What do you think? Listen below:

Truth be told Uhuru who is considered a favourite among all Kenyan Presidents knows all too well that when you go to Rome you behave like the Romans.

This is a challenge to the Xaxa generation who can’t even construct a proper sentence to learn the ropes and learn the queens language and proper delivery skills.

Can you imagine how embarrassing it would have been if President Kenyatta didn’t know how to speak fluently?

Here is the video and Kenyans comments on Uhuru’s mastery of the Queens language

Mr president..🙌🙌🙌

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Raymond Otete: Kumbe uhuru anakuaga jaluo na sijui 😂😂😂good English Mr president
Regina K Mwengi: Hapa you have to call all you Engish lessons to alertness,. no room for swanglish.
meddyjose: Mpaka accent imechange heheheh
babyshoeschateau:  Yaaaaaas,that’s a new accent
Joyce Nailantoi : Yaani Uhunye alinyoosha rusungu sasawa
Rhoda Tsuma Mwebesa: Twang finally popped out 😂😂😂
wamukui:Kumbe rusungu huu change na environment…apo uhunye uko sawa

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International celebrities whose careers almost crumbled after being tainted with accusations of rape and abuse

The topic of sexual abuse is a sensitive one and it has seen international artistes fall in the blink of an eye.

Most of these celebrities have built their brands and careers with many enduring sleepless nights, but one wrong move threatened to bring it all down.

Here are some artistes who’s careers have been tainted with accusations of s3xual abuse.


  1. Morgan Freeman

Morgan faces multiple cases of sexual harassment or inappropriate s3xual comments on movie sets, during promotional activities and at his Los Angeles production company Revelations Entertainment.

He has come out strongly to defend himself against the accusations, stating that

“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”

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Celebrated actor Morgan Freeman
Celebrated actor Morgan Freeman

2. R.Kelly

The Grammy-winning artist was accused by multiple women over several years of having s3xual relationships with minors, sometimes videotaping it, and thus creating child pornography, the singer was found not guilty.

3. Bill Cosby

Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault against former Temple University basketball staffer Andrea Constand, who alleges that the comedian drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home outside Philadelphia.

Different women have also come out to narrate how he raped them, with many of the women accusing him of drugging them before carrying out his act.

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4. Michael Jackson

At some point in his career Michael Jackson faced accusations of child molestation. He was later cleared of the charges after no conclusive evidence was found against him.

Jackson had been charged with nine cases of child molestation.

5. Nelly

The artiste had been accused by a woman who called 911 to report the assault, according to her narration the ‘rape ‘ occurred on Nelly’s tour bus. Police said Nelly, 42, had performed at the White River Amphitheater in King County just hours before the phone call was made.

Although he was arrested and booked in Des Moines, Washington pending a rape investigation, it was mere hours before Nelly was released from jail. He responded to the situation via Twitter, stating,

“I am beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation … I am confident that once the facts are looked at, it will be very clear that I am the victim of a false allegation.”

Nelly on the red carpet, wearing tinted sunglasses

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Jay Z makes in-roads to Uganda! This is what he is up to

Jay Z global music and video streaming platform, TIDAL is headed to Uganda.They have partnered with the leading communications operator in Uganda offering mobile & fixed telecommunications, MTN Uganda.

The partnership provides MTN Uganda customers a variety of options for a data-inclusive TIDAL membership as part of their mobile plan to gain access to exclusive high-quality streaming music, videos, concerts and more.

Africa is a continent that has long been an inspiration for music heard around the world and TIDAL is excited to highlight the vibrant musicians on our platform. TIDAL is also thrilled to bring a new wave of digital music to Uganda as part of this collaboration,” said Lior Tibon, COO TIDAL.

The partnership, launched in Uganda but set to be rolled out in other MTN operations across Africa comes with an array of membership options where customers can tap into one, three, seven and 30-day memberships, all of which include data and a free 30-day trial for all first-time members.

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Beyonce and Jay Z

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On the importance of MTN’s partnership with TIDAL artist-owner Damian Marley noted:

“I remember hearing stories about my father’s records being destroyed once they got to Africa. They didn’t want the people to hear the message in the music. What a beautiful day it is now when Africa will not only have access to my family’s music but to all music that exists.” 

Speaking about the launch of the partnership, Jason Kpana, SVP Artist & Label Relations, shared:

“I’m really looking forward to connecting with Uganda’s musicians and helping to bring the TIDAL music streaming experience to fans across the country. We know MTN customers will love the diverse playlists, livestreams, videos and original content available on TIDAL.”

The content on TIDAL offers a deeper look into not only the repertoire of artists, but the music that inspires the work they do. Editors across the globe showcase the hottest tracks across all genres and create soundtracks for key cultural moments – life, death, civil revolutions, works of literature, and movies that have caught the cultural zeitgeist.