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Little Mix slam Simon Cowell’s predictable X Factor and ‘scripted’ sob stories – Mirror Online

Little Mix, who were crowned champions of the X Factor in 2011 have slammed the singing competition, labelling it as predictable and ‘scripted’

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Joni Mitchell: ‘I’m a fool for love. I make the same mistake over and over’ – The Guardian

As she releases a box set of her earliest recordings, in a rare interview Mitchell talks about life before fame, the correct way to sing her songs – and her long…

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I was lying in bed last night thinking about getting a cat, says Joni Mitchell. Its an early summer Sunday, and shes sitting in her backyard patio, nicknamed Tuscany. Behind her a bird feeder is busy with hungry visitors. And this guy shows up at the gate around midnight, meowing.
A light-brown kitten with long white paws, only a few months old, leans contentedly against her shoulder. I hope nobody comes to claim him, she confides softly. Theyre fast friends. Nearby Marcy Gensic, Mitchells longtime…

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‘Very nice!’: Kazakhstan adopts Borat’s catchphrase in new tourism campaign – The Guardian

An official said the phrase, popularised by Sacha Baron Cohen’s character, sums up the vast tourism potential of the nation in a ‘short, memorable way’

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Kazakhstan, the home country of the fictional Borat Sagdiyev, has adopted the brash, moustachioed characters catchphrase Very nice! for a new tourism campaign.
In the recently released Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the fictional journalist depicts his homeland as misogynistic, homophobic and anti-Semitic as he does in the original, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. In the first iteration Borat, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, worried that he would be…

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The Lathums: From a sold-out tour to clowning around in a circus – BBC News

The Lathums were meant to be supporting Paul Weller this year – instead they’re playing in a circus.

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By Ian YoungsEntertainment & arts reporter
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After tours, festivals and support slots with Paul Weller and Blossoms were wiped off their summer schedule, rising indie band The Lathums raised their spirits by playing their first gig since March alongside clowns in a circus ring.
“Everything.”
That’s what The Lathums frontman Alex Moore says was meant to have happened for his band this year.
After finishing a sold-out tour in February, the Wigan group were supposed to be…

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