Wednesday 23 August 2017

Fans go Potty on opening weekend

The final Harry Potter film shattered box office records taking in $168.6m (€120m) over its debut weekend.

It was the best three-day opening ever in the US and Canada, distributor Warner Bros said yesterday.

Robbie explains Take That no-show

Pop star Robbie Williams yesterday thanked fans for their messages of support after Take That were forced to cancel a show for the first time in their lengthy career, when the singer suffered a bout of food poisoning.

He became violently ill on Friday night and was unable to recover in time to perform in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Plan to recover Banksy Gorilla

The recovery of a Banksy mural that was accidentally painted over could cost thousands of pounds, a conservator has said.

'Gorilla in a Pink Mask' is one of the artist's early pieces, drawn on the side of a former social club in Eastville, Bristol -- Banksy's home city -- until it was whitewashed by a community worker who said he never heard of the artist.

10-storey fall girl awake and singing

A toddler who fell 10 storeys and was caught by a passer-by has been singing songs, according to Chinese press reports.

The two-year-old girl, nicknamed Niu Niu, fell from her family's apartment window in eastern Zhejiang province on July 2. Her singing is seen as progress as she recovers from her extensive head injuries.

Edison's talking doll spills secrets

Scientists believe a 123-year-old recording by Thomas Edison of a woman's voice singing 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', was the first attempt at a talking doll, and possibly the oldest surviving commercial recording.

Edison made the recording, on a piece of ring-shaped tin much like a record, in 1888 -- less than two years before he unsuccessfully put the doll on the market. Now experts in California have used advanced imaging technology to reproduce the audio.

Bruiser Barlow still packs a punch

He may be nearing 80, but 'Coronation Street' veteran William Roache has proven he can still pack a punch.

The ageing actor, who has played street favourite Ken Barlow for the past 50 years, revealed he still performs his own stunts to make scenes more realistic, telling a newspaper: "I may be 79, but what's an age? It's how you feel that counts. I'm still fit."

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