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‘Grime Gran’: Margaret Keefe, 80, plugged into music scene

[ad_1] Eighty-year-old Margaret Keefe has been helping grandson grime artist Risky Roadz from the start. Over the years she's become friends with some of London's most popular grime stars after Risky - aka Roony Keefe, who now produces videos about their musical partnership - invited them home.Recently, Margaret saw online another elderly lady having tea with grime artists, and was annoyed it was not "the real thing", as she put
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Free TV licences cannot be saved with cuts to salaries, says BBC

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images/BBC Image caption Graham Norton, Gary Lineker and Steve Wright lead the BBC pay list, with Claudia Winkleman the highest-earning woman Cutting the pay of stars and senior managers would only save a fraction of the cost of free TV licences for older people, the BBC has said.The broadcaster has defended its decision to end universal free licences for over-75s because of the £745m cost.In a
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Jo Brand to face no action over acid joke, police say

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Jo Brand said the joke was "crass and ill-judged" The Metropolitan Police has said it will take no further action over Jo Brand's comments on a radio show about throwing battery acid at politicians.The comedian was accused of inciting violence after joking on BBC Radio 4's Heresy about throwing acid instead of milkshakes at "unpleasant characters".She later apologised for what she called a "crass
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The Chase: Paul Sinha reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis

[ad_1] Image copyright ITV Image caption Sinha (far right) has been a "chaser" on The Chase since 2011 Paul Sinha, one of the professional quizzers on ITV's The Chase, has revealed he has Parkinson's disease."I will fight this with every breath I have," tweeted the 49-year-old comic, going on to share further details of his diagnosis in a blog post.Sinha, a former GP, said he was told he had Parkinson's
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500 Words: Chicken tale tops pecking order at writing competition

[ad_1] Image caption David Walliams with Esme Harrison-Jones, one of the two gold winners A story about chickens trying to cross the road has outrun the competition at this year's 500 Words contest.The judges felt Why Did the Chicken... was so finger lickin' good they made its author, Esme Harrison-Jones, gold winner in the 10 to 13 age category.Snow Blood Window Frame, a modern spin on Snow White by Eve
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When They See Us: Central Park Five prosecutor resigns

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Elizabeth Lederer's prosecution of five black and Hispanic teenagers for a rape they did not commit was overturned in 2002 The prosecutor of five teenagers convicted for the brutal rape of a female jogger in 1989 - depicted in Netflix's When They See Us - has left her job at at Columbia Law School.Lawyer Elizabeth Lederer led the prosecution, but in Ava DuVernay's
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Leonard Cohen love letters fetch $876,000 at auction

[ad_1] Image caption Cohen, pictured in 2008, died in 2016 at the age of 82 A collection of love letters written by singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen to his lover and muse Marianne Ihlen have sold at auction for $876,000 (£692,190).Many items from the archive sold for more than five times their pre-sale estimates, according to Christie's.One letter, expected to fetch $10,000 (£7,900), went for $56,250 (£44,445).The top lot in the five-day
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The Beatles’ first contract with Brian Epstein to be auctioned

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pete Best was still part of the band when they signed the first contract The Beatles' first contract with manager Brian Epstein is expected to sell for about £300,000 at auction.Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and their first drummer Pete Best signed the document on 24 January 1962, before achieving worldwide fame."[Epstein] stopped them eating on stage," Gabriel Heaton, a specialist at
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Cuba Gooding Jr charged over nightclub ‘grope’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gooding Jr flew from Los Angeles to New York to turn himself in Actor Cuba Gooding Jr has been charged with forcible touching after allegedly groping a woman in a Manhattan bar.The 51-year-old star of Boyz N The Hood and Jerry Maguire turned himself in to New York police on Thursday and was later taken to court in handcuffs.He is accused of grabbing a