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Pictures of the Week 10.22.15

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10 things no one tells you before you join a tribute band

Wayne Wilmut, lead singer of Metallica Reloaded, explains why being in a tribute band isn’t all groupies, debauchery and adulation<p>1. You won't make enough to quit your day job<p>Money and glory are the ideals when you start any sort of band, but when it comes to the covers scene, making money isn’t …

12 Foods To Eat When You're Totally Stressed Out

<i>By Lindsay Funston</i><p>When work deadlines begin piling up and your social calendar is booked, the last thing you want to hear is to steer clear of the vending machine. Who has time for healthy eating? But when it comes to combating stress levels, what you eat may actually help relieve your tension. …

Here Are The 52 Most Successful Airbnbs In The U.S.

Imagine a sprawling villa in the heart of California wine country, a Hawaii home overlooking a 19-foot waterfall and swimming grotto, or a rustic Alaska cabin with nighttime views of the northern lights. These aren't fantasies; they're actual rental properties on Airbnb and they're among the site's …

Three Brothers Recreate Their Childhood Photos as a Present for Their Mother

One would be surprised with what lengths some people would go just to relive some childhood experiences. The closest we have to reliving those bygone …

Leonard Nimoy's final tweet is beautiful, and it broke my heart

My dad was — and is — a huge <i>Star Trek</i> nerd, and when I was a kid he'd excitedly show me episodes of the original series in syndication. It was a show that he watched in college, he'd say, explaining why Kirk was Kirk, Bones was Bones, and most importantly, why Leonard Nimoy's Spock was Spock. One …

Star Trek’s Mr. Spock: In Pictures

Spock actor Leonard Nimoy wrote inspiring letter to victim of racism

A moving note by the late Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy to a mixed-race teenager has resurfaced online<p>An inspiring letter by <b>Leonard Nimoy</b> to a teenage victim of racism <b>has resurfaced online</b>.<p>The moving message, which appeared in American teen magazine Fave in 1968, is a response to a letter by the …

Johnny Cash is author of the 'greatest love letter of all time'

A note from the singer to his wife, June Carter Cash, has topped a poll of great love letters<p>A note from singer-songwriter Johnny Cash to his wife, June Carter Cash, has topped a poll of the greatest love letters of all time.<p>The letter, written in 1994 to mark June's 65th birthday, speaks about how …

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Henry VIII’s hat to go on display at Hampton Court

A glorious Tudor hat said to have been hurled in the air in triumph by Henry VIII when he captured Boulogne, and still dazzlingly well preserved after more than 450 years, will go on display at one of his favourite homes, Hampton Court Palace.<p>Henry personally led the first siege of Boulogne in …

Foxcatcher: the ‘uneasy relationship between money and creativity’

Director Bennett Miller follows his American football film Moneyball with an altogether eerier exploration of the darker side of sporting triumph

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Film bosses accused of mutilating scripts and pushing out writing talent

Three of Britain’s Oscar-nominated screenwriters say that an increasing tendency among film studio bosses and directors to “mutilate” film scripts is forcing top writers to either direct their own work or write for television, where they command greater respect.<p>Jeffrey Caine, William Nicholson and …

7 Of The Best: Albums By Artists More Famous For Other Things

It’s becoming normalised for people to be famous in more than one medium. After all, the internet is making the methods for creativity more readily …

AC/DC – Rock Or Bust

Historically, AC/DC have triumphed making the best of a bad job. When Bon Scott, the charismatic singer who fronted the band on their rise to fame …

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How dead pop stars might look now if they were still alive, in pictures - Telegraph

Lindsey Buckingham says Fleetwood Mac are entering their ‘last act’

Band will tour Britain and headline Isle of Wight festival later this year<p>Fleetwood Mac‘s Lindsey Buckingham has hinted that the band may be heading …

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The Week in Spandex - Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, Agent Carter, Daredevil, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Spider-Man 3, Supergirl and more

<i>In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, Inhumans, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain</i> …

The Beatles’ engineer Glyn Johns: ”Let It Be’ is a bunch of garbage’

Johns was unhappy with the involvement of producer Phil Spector<p>Engineer and record producer Glyn Johns has slated The Beatles‘ ‘Let It Be’ album “as …

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Noël Coward: 15 great quotes

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Are old fairy stories too scary for kids?

The folk tales of old prepare a child for life<p>Moving house, stacking books in boxes, I came across a clutch of fairy books, Andrew Lang’s folk tales from around the world in their coloured cloth covers: yellow, brown, red, grey, blue. I picked up ‘yellow’, opened the cover and fell down a wormhole, …

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Elvis at the O2: 'no zing'

The O2's exhibition of Presley memorabilia perpetuates an out-of-date myth, says Neil McCormick<p>What does the trademarked phrase King of Rock and Roll mean in the second decade of the 21st Century? An overly reverent exhibition of personal possessions and other memorabilia at the O2 will test …

Status Quo, Glasgow SSE Arena, review: 'no match for Chas & Dave'

Matthew Magee Sees Status Quo eclipsed by the joyful cockney swagger of their warm-up act<p>While folk, hip hop and mainstream pop artists have long earned critical plaudits for telling tales of ordinary life in their own accents, doing the same has – until relatively recently – earned Chas & Dave …

Billy Bragg: the privilege of playing with Ian McLagan

Billy Bragg remembers a bandmate who could make you cry with laughter one minute and dazzle you with his playing the next – all while looking impossibly dapper<p>Having been a teenage Faces fan, to simply meet Ian McLagan would have been an honour. To have played with him in a band and to know him as …

The windowless plane set for take-off in a decade

It is a glimpse into the future that will inspire wonder in some people but perhaps strike terror into the heart of the nervous flyer: a windowless plane that nonetheless allows passengers to see what’s going on outside, as well as checking their email and surfing the net.<p>In a vision of what the …

Eric Clapton describes Jack Bruce as ‘a tremendous inspiration’

Guitarist releases the short acoustic track 'For Jack'<p>Eric Clapton has paid tribute to former Cream bandmate Jack Bruce. The singer and bass player …

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Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker lead tributes to Jack Bruce

Cream colleagues issue statements...<p>Cream colleagues issue statements…<p><b>Eric Clapton</b> and Ginger Baker have both paid tribute to their former Cream …

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Jack Bruce dies aged 71

Scottish musician passes away following liver failure...<p>Scottish musician passes away following liver failure…<p><b>Jack Bruce</b> has died aged 71.<p>The news …

Brad Pitt Spits Gum at Zach Galifianakis During an Interview on ‘Between Two Ferns’

In the latest episode of <i>Between Two Ferns</i> (previously), actor Brad Pitt spit a piece of gum at host Zach Galifianakis during their interview. …

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