Friday 6 December 2019

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's online pals

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied he bought 'likes' on Facebook. Pool/Getty Images
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied he bought 'likes' on Facebook. Pool/Getty Images
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Australia’s prime minister, has denied claims he bought “likes” on Facebook after it emerged that his biggest supporters are 18 to 34 year olds from New Delhi.

Tony Abbott, whose approval ratings in Australia are low, said the surge was due to a recent visit to Australia by Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, whose foreign tours tend to generate widespread enthusiasm both at home and from India’s expatriate communities.

 

Rachel’s role

Rachel McAdams has been confirmed for the lead role in the second series of ‘True Detective’. The Canadian actress, best known for ‘The Notebook’ and ‘Mean Girls’, will play no-nonsense detective Ani Bezzerides in the hit HBO crime drama.

 

Brown disillusioned

The TV illusionist Derren Brown is used to making an impact with shows like ‘The Heist’, ‘Russian Roulette Live’ and ‘Mind Control’.

So when a 2007 newspaper interview in which he spoke publicly about being gay for the first time was greeted with a muted reaction, it was something of a disappointment.

“The process of coming out is normally very disappointing,” he said in a further interview this week. “It’s not that people react badly to it – they really don’t care.”

 

Mellor lets rip

Taxi drivers are to consider refusing to allow former British cabinet minister David Mellor into their cabs after he was recorded launching an expletive-ridden tirade.

Mr Mellor called a driver a “sweaty, stupid little s**t” during a row about the route he wanted to take following a visit to Buckingham Palace with his partner who had just been awarded a CBE.

Unions representing taxi drivers hit back, saying it had echoes of the Plebgate row.

 

Tree is company

A Peruvian man has married a tree for the second time at a national park near Bogota, Colombia in an attempt to raise awareness for environmental issues.

Richard Torres was joined by a small gathering of friends and family as he tied the knot with his “spouse” while children placed ceremonial fruit offerings at the base of the tree.

However, the activist and actor said he hoped the ceremony would bring attention to man-made environmental problems .

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