February 10, 2021 - 19:29 GMT Eve Crosbie Meet the kids of The Repair Shop stars who you'll never see on the show - from Steve Fletcher's to Jay Blades' talented teenage daughter The Repair Shop has won the heart of its viewers since it landed on our screens back in 2017. MORE: The Repair Shop's Steve Fletcher posts incredible childhood photo with sister Suzie Described as an "antidote to throw away culture", the BBC show sees a panel of experts take precious family heirlooms and possessions and restore them to their original state and fantastic glory. But what do you know about their own families? Keep reading to see the sweetest snaps of their children you'll never see on the show... Loading the player... WATCH: The Repair Shop's Jay Blades talks delay of new series and filming during Covid Jay Blades Jay Blades is a proud dad to teenage daughter, Zola. The 50-year-old, who has presented the show since it began in 2017, recently shared a picture of her on his Instagram to celebrate her getting into drama school. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jay Blades (@jay_n_co) Alongside the side he wrote: "THOUGHT OF THE DAY, Good morning all please join me in congratulating my beautiful daughter @zola.blades in getting a place at the @nationalyouththeatre. Well done Baby you have definitely put the work in, Love You ." View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jay Blades (@jay_n_co) Jay shares Zola with ex-wife Jade who he met at university. Five years ago, however, the marriage broke down and he left their family home. Today, the presenter lives in Wolverhampton with his partner Christine Goodman and her young daughter, Paris. Steve Fletcher Steve is both a dad and a granddad! The Repair Shop 's resident horologist (that's clock repairer … [Read more...] about The Repair Shop presenters’ children: Jay Blades, Steve Fletcher, and more
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“People overcomplicate songwriting sometimes. They think it has to have some brilliant metaphor, some interesting imagery. They don’t realize that they can come into a room and just talk about what they’re feeling.” Illustration: Iris Gottlieb For nearly a decade, Julia Michaels has penned hit songs for the biggest acts in pop music. She is adept at turning people’s vulnerabilities into memorable hooks — think Justin Bieber’s “ Sorry ” or Selena Gomez’s “ Lose You to Love Me .” There are countless others, but all of them share distinctive traits. Where many songwriters might turn to the simplest, almost nursery-rhyme-level lyrics to get the message across, Michaels does the opposite. She crams as many words as possible into each phrase. Her lyrics sound spoken. On her own hit song, her 2017 debut solo single “Issues,” she sings, “Bask in the glory, of all our problems / ’Cause we got the kind of love it takes to solve ’em”; it earned her a Song of the Year nomination at the 2018 Grammys, along with a Best New Artist nod. Her rhyming may sound accidental, but that’s the pop-song illusion. Michaels’s idiosyncratic phrasing has symmetry and her rhyming is indeed purposeful, all to illuminate her primary subject: the infinite recursions of human relationships. After releasing three EPs and countless singles of her own, Michaels has just released her first full-length album, Not in Chronological Order. On this week’s episode of Switched on Pop , co-host Charlie Harding spoke with Michaels about how the vagaries of the heart inspire an endless stream of songs. Charlie: You’ve been in the songwriter game for a minute and have put out three EPs of your own, but Not in Chronological Order is your first full-length. Why now? Julia: I think I just wasn’t ready yet. With me, everything takes a little bit of time. It took me a long time to realize I wanted to be an artist. It took me a long time to feel comfortable with people potentially relating … [Read more...] about You’ll Always Know a Julia Michaels Song When You Hear One — Call It Her Superpower
“We were there for the art. We weren’t there for the salacious slimeball mentality of the industry.” Photo-Illustration: by Vulture; Photo by Mark Sullivan/Contour by Getty Images Heart , fronted by the bewitchingly powerful sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson , ascended during an era where women were still outliers in rock — and sure as hell weren’t expected to be leading their own band. “There were mainly four jobs for us to choose from then,” Nancy explained at the band’s 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction. “Teachers, mothers, nurses, or waitresses.” But the industry’s sexism wound up being an irreverent source of inspiration for the Wilsons, with some of Heart’s best-known songs serving as a big, threatening “fuck you” to the men lurking in the studio shadows. (With other hits, of course , celebrating the complex art of female desire.) Beginning with 1975’s Dreamboat Annie, crescendoing with 1977’s Little Queen, and skillfully reinventing themselves with 1985’s Heart, the band not only proved that hard- and glam-infused rock had a place for mainstream stardom, but that the success could be accomplished with women — gloriously permed and eyeshadowed — at the helm. Nancy, the band’s guitarist, backing vocalist, and frequent songwriter, is now embarking on a new musical journey: On May 7, she’ll release her very first solo album, You and Me , which she wrote during her pandemic quarantine. During a recent conversation, she walked us through what she considers to be the best, most underrated, and ballsiest of Heart’s history. Best Heart song That’s a tough question. There’s a few songs that I think are Heart’s best songs, but if I had to narrow it all the way down to one, I think there’s a special iconography about “Mistral Wind.” It really paints the whole picture of what Heart’s capable of doing, because there’s storytelling and poetry to it. There’s a sweeping philosophical symbolism to it. It’s also got this dissonance … [Read more...] about The Greatest and Ballsiest of Heart, According to Nancy Wilson
Photo: Courtesy of HBO Tamer of dragons, warrior of statement belts, user of Sun In. We can already hear the sound of Redditors’ laptops overanalyzing the first-look photos of Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon , which were unveiled by HBO on Wednesday. The above photo of Matt Smith’s Prince Daemon Targaryen, standing next to Emma D’Arcy’s Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, is a particular sun-kissed delight: Bleached and on a beach, it’s almost as if the Targaryens got the Californians treatment. Smith’s character is the younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne, who’s described as a “peerless warrior and a dragonrider who possesses the true blood of the dragon.” In the photos below, we get a glimpse of fellow House -ers Olivia Cooke, Rhys Ifans, and Steve Toussaint, who portray Alicent Hightower, Otto Hightower, and Lord Corlys Velaryon, respectively, who don’t seem to be as Goop-y as our resident blondes. House of the Dragon will premiere sometime in 2022. Olivia Cooke and Rhys Ifans. Photo: Courtesy of HBO Steve Toussaint. Photo: Courtesy of HBO … [Read more...] about Matt Smith Is a Bleached Fabio in His First
April 28, 2021 - 11:02 BST Eve Crosbie The popular BBC crime drama welcomed Line of Duty's very own DI Steve Arnott actor Martin Compston - did you spot him? Death in Paradise has welcomed some huge stars over the years, but did you know a certain member of AC-12 appeared in the beloved series? MORE: 6 questions we need answering in Line of Duty series six finale Line of Duty's very own DI Steve Arnott actor Martin Compston paid a visit to the island of Saint Marie way back in season five, when Humphrey Goodman, portrayed by Kris Marshall, was still the show's main detective. In the episode titled Dishing Up Murder, Martin plays a young sous chef named Dexter, who finds himself accused of murdering his boss, a brilliant but volatile chef. Loading the player... WATCH: HELLO! Insider breaks down episode six of Line of Duty The synopsis for the episode reads: "The team enter the high-pressure world of fine dining when a well-known chef is murdered in his own restaurant. Florence has one final lesson on love for DI Goodman and Dwayne gets a chance to repay an old debt." Viewers can catch the episode on BBC iPlayer, where all ten series of Death in Paradise are currently available to watch. MORE: Line of Duty star Stephen Graham's role in Peaky Blinders confirmed MORE: Death in Paradise: Everything we know so far about series 11 Martin flew out to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe to film the episode back in 2015, between Line of Duty's second and third seasons. Speaking about how the two crime dramas compared to one another, he told What's on TV : " Line of Duty is a tough old shoot, so getting to work on such a beautiful beach in the Caribbean was perfect, just what I needed." Martin played a young chef on series five of Death in Paradise He continued: "In between filming, myself and the other guest stars would sunbathe together or hire … [Read more...] about Line of Duty: did you spot this AC-12 detective in Death in Paradise?
April 20, 2021 - 11:30 BST Emmy Griffiths Following Line of Duty season six episode five's explosive cliffhanger, we have broken down the episode, theories, and more Line of Duty season six episode five ended on a massive cliffhanger after Kate Fleming was lured into a trap by Jo Davidson, only to find herself in a shoot out with Ryan Pilkington, a member of the OCG who is undercover in the police force. MORE: Line of Duty creator talks killing off main characters: 'Nobody is safe' The episode also got one step closer to finding out who the elusive 'H' really is, with viewers suggesting everyone from Ted Hastings to Philip Osborne as potential contenders. But what is the truth? We have broken down the episode, along with some of the biggest theories so far, here... WATCH: Breaking down Line of Duty theories Although the show finished on a cliffhanger, fans do believe that they have worked out what will happen in episode six thanks to the first BBC trailer, which sees Kate and Jo in the moments following the shootout with Ryan as AC-12 arrive at the scene. MORE: Line of Duty fans may have worked out what happens after huge cliffhanger MORE: Line of Duty fans spot huge revelation about Jo Davidson and Tommy Hunter's relationship The episode also looked into Jo's family links to the OCG, as it is revealed that she is related to Tommy Hunter. However, viewers took it one step further and paused their screens to zoom in on an interesting post-it note that was shown on the TV - which revealed that she is Tommy's niece and daughter. Jo has family links to the OCG Sharing an image of the screen, one user wrote: "Did anyone else clock this post-it note? Niece AND daughter?" The post-it in question was shown to read: "Jo Davidson DNA has been identified at Farida Jatri's house. A match has been made to TOMMY HUNTER stating she is both his niece and daughter." This … [Read more...] about Line of Duty: breaking down season six theories so far