celebrity: May 2010 Archives

275x250.jpgAn Icelandic political party has won elections in Reykjavik -- by running a campaign based on free towels at all swimming pools.

The 'Best' party - which secured 34.7% of the municipal election vote - also pledged to get a new polar bear for the local zoo.

This will mean they will now hold six seats on the 15-member city council - more than the Independence Party's which got 33.6 percent of the vote.

Other key pledges they made included a "drug-free" parliament by 2020 and the addition of a Disneyland at the airport.

Established only six months ago by comedian Jon Gnarr, few had expected the party to do well, including some of those standing… who now have to find a polar bear.

He used to be the prince of darkness - but to promote his latest album, Ozzy Osbourne seems a bit more like Jeremy Beadle.

Ozzy has spent a day scaring visitors to Madame Tussauds waxwork museum  New York and posting the resulting videos on YouTube

The Black Sabbath frontman sat motionless at the attraction and then, when fans posed to have their photo taken with the lifeless looking dummy, shouted "boo".

As the visitors screamed so did he, and to be honest we are not exactly sure who looks the most scared.

The stunt was part of a promotion for Osbourne's newest album, "Scream" -- which is what Sharon Osbourne does every time she wakes up and sees Ozzy lying next to her.

275x250.jpgA book taken out of a New York library by George Washington, the first president of the USA, has been returned… 221 years late

He borrowed the book - Law of Nations" by Emer de Vattel - on October 5, 1789 but never returned it.

Earlier this year staff at the New York Society Library said they had calculated that he should have racked up a $300,000 (£195,000) fine, but they would not be pressing it.
However days after the announcement was made staff at Washington's home in Virginia, Mount Vernon, offered to replace the book another copy of the same edition.

Yesterday a ceremony was hosted during which the errant volume was presented to the head librarian… who will now see if any other US leaders were common library cheats.

A TV news presenter was shocked when the guest on her show (who was admittedly also her boyfriend) proposed to her live on air.

Anna Fedorova, host of Prime Time Russia, had been interviewing her partner Neave Barker, a journalist for the Arab news network Al-Jazeera on the show.

As the pair talked about various cultural activities in Moscow, Barker interrupted his partner saying: "Anya, it's time for me to ask you a question."

He then stood up and after letting he know her colleague and family were in on the stunt, he produced a diamond ring and asked her to marry him.

She quickly said yes and ran over to Barker who put the ring on her finger -- all while announcements about street battles in Kyrgystan scrolled along the bottom of the screen.

275x250.jpgThe Obama's Portuguese water dog Bo cost $1,600, it has been revealed.

But Bo - who was picked over a rescue dog - was not paid for by the Obama family and was a gift from the late Ted Kennedy and his wife, Vicki.

His price has only come to light now after it appeared on official annual financial disclosure forms, which were released yesterday.

The forms detail all personal financial interests of the President, from income from his books to his college savings plans for daughters Sasha and Malia.

Other notable income listed includes his Nobel peace prize medal, the value of which was listed as "not readily ascertainable" -- which is one way of putting it.

275x250.jpgAshes to Ashes actress Keeley Hawes will provide the voice of Tomb Raider heroine Lara Croft in the latest version of the hit game.

It had been thought Hawes - who first voiced Lara in 2006 - may have retired from the audio role after recent on-screen success in the BBC drama alongside old-school copper Gene Hunt.

But Eidos have now confirmed she will once again lend her dulcet tones to the upcoming 'Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light' game.

Guardian of Light will be the fist download-only game in the Tomb Raider franchise and is due to be released on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and Steam this summer.

Unfortunately for Hawes fans it is highly unlikely she will be squeezing into skin-tight Lara Croft outfit to promote the game.

275x250.jpgA UK university has launched a course based on the cult fight against crime TV series The Wire.

Students at the University of York will study the way in which race, class and political process are represented in the Baltimore-based show.

The 10-week module will be an option for sociology degree students and experts claim it is a great way of teaching social science.

Professor Roger Burrows said: "The Wire presents a challenge to what we do as academics. It promotes a huge amount of popular and intellectual debate, and we wanted to explore that."

Would-be students wanting to take 'The Wire as Social Science Fiction' course have been told they must watch all 60 episodes first… it's a hard life being a student, isn't it.

275x250.jpgFormer Pulp front-man Jarvis Cocker has teamed up with the National Trust to produce an album of weird sounds including birdsong, creaky floorboards and trickling water.

Cocker worked with staff from the conservation charity to produce the 33 minute album which it is hoped will increase visitor numbers.

The three month project saw them searching stately homes for unique sounds which were recorded by sound engineers and compiled into 12 tracks.  

Odd tracks include; walking on gravel, birdsong, waves lapping along the shore, footsteps through house, murmurs of children, birds in water garden, and clocks ticking.

'National Trust: The Album' can be downloaded for free here… or you could just listen to the world around you.

275x250.jpgAfter recently joining Twitter, Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, has hired hundreds of staff to help him manage his account.

Chavez quickly gained more than 250,000 followers after signing up for the social networking and micro-blogging site where he has a 'verified account'.

But this meant he started receiving more messages that he was able to respond to, so he decided to hire in some help… an army of 200 Twitterers.

They will now respond to the incoming messages - which are said to be coming in at a rate of 30,000 per week - with official replies.

Chavez has described Twitter as "a weapon that needs to be used by the revolution -- which makes us feel bad for using it to talk about what we had for lunch.

275x250.jpg There's still a few hours until we know who's won the UK election 2010 - but in the meantime here are the crisp packet election results.

In the run-up to the May 6th vote, crisp manufacturer Real Crisps produced packets in the party colours of red, blue and yellow.

The packets - which features the faces Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg - were then given out around the country to asses political popularity, along with an online poll.

According to this (highly scientific) study Nick Clegg was this morning named the most popular with 50% of the 'vote' -- presumably people thought crisps with Cameron on would be too cheesy.

275x250.jpgAn Danish architect has revealed plans to transform the Hollywood sign into a luxury hotel with rooms inside each of the letters.

Christian Bay-Jorgensen has produced and impressive set of designs which would see the giant letters rebuilt twice their current size.

He says facilities like the bar, restaurant and pool would be built behind the letters giving the 10 floors of rooms stunning views of the LA skyline.

The 28-year-old added there would be roof terraces on the top of the letters which could house 308 rooms… more if they added a few extra letters.

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