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Jeremy Clarkson's scathing attack on those against planning permission for new café
Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has big plans for his farm Diddly Squat, but sadly it seems the sleepy village of Chadlington has other ideas.The Grand Tour star has run into numerous issues from opposing villagers, most recently for his proposed farm café, that was scuppered by a planning subcommittee - but he's not giving up.Jeremy prides himself for playing outside the rules, and vowed he would continue to fight to diversify farming to help his fellow agricultural workers that are struggling due to rules set out by local governments.In his latest column for The Times, he launched a scathing attack on those who tried their hardest to get his case thrown out - and succeeded - but not for long.After he spent thousands turning an unused lambing barn into a small, wood 'n' sawdust café, Jeremy was perplexed when planning permission was refused, despite having the backing from numerous organisations, including the parish council, Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire county council's transport division, West Oxfordshire district council's drainage division, their environmental health people and their business development department."Other farmers in the area pledged their support too, which isn't surprising as I'd be paying rather more than what they could get selling their pork and vegetables and chickens to the supermarkets," he joshed.Of course there was opposition, but the job looked a good'n until he received the bad news.He penned: "The fateful meeting where this happened was held in a puscoloured room at the headquarters of the West Oxfordshire district council, in Witney."Inside there was a lot of press, an angry rich couple from my local village and, facing the local civil servants and minute-takers, ten councillors from the
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Dancing On Ice's Sally Dynevor speaks out on husband's help during cancer battle
Coronation Street star, who is currently featuring in this year's series of Dancing On Ice, discovered she had breast cancer in 2009 but said she felt "very lucky" to have the support of her loved ones, even though it was one of the toughest points in her life.She revealed that Tim, a scriptwriter for rival soap Emmerdale, made her treatment feel like a "positive time".In a new interview, Sally praised her partner, who she has been married to for 27 years and shares three children with, including Bridgerton's Phoebe Dynevor.She said: "I was very lucky during that time of having cancer, because my husband is really strong."He would say, we're going to make this into a positive time."After chemo, we're going to go for walks, or we're going to watch this box set."We're going to enjoy the time that we have just relaxing and not worrying about anything."The actress, who has played Sally Webster in the long-running ITV soap since 1986, added: "I suppose it was the first time that I really took my foot off the pedal and gave myself time to do nothing."Which is actually much more important than doing something."We do need time to find ourselves and come to terms with things in a slow way.""We're going to enjoy the time that we have just relaxing and not worrying about anything," she told The Big Issue magazine.Sally also recalled how her daughter Harriet had called her "beautiful" as she was having her hair shaved amid chemotherapy."There's another memory," she said."I'd just found out I'd got breast cancer and Harriet was only little, five or six."She was looking at me while my hair was being shaved and she was telling me how beautiful I was and how much she loved me."And I just remember thinking, my God, this is a very special
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'People think it's a cosy little show' Lorraine Kelly defends tense Esther McVey moment
"People, especially politicians, think they're coming on to do a cosy little show, and it's really not!" she said.Lorraine gave another example as she recalled having Jennifer Arcuri on the show."When Jennifer Arcuri was in … honest to God, I was sat in the studio watching her being all coy, going and she said literally nothing. "So I just said: 'What's the point of you being on?' "Who do you think you are to do that to the viewers? You should never take them for granted like that."Her comment was in relation to Jennifer's GMB interview in November 2019 when she criticised the American entrepreneur for "not saying anything" after agreeing to come on the programme."What's the point of you coming on TV to clear the air and then you don't say anything?" Lorraine asked.An unamused-looking Jennifer hit back: "I believe I said a few things."Meanwhile, in June 2019, Lorraine made headlines when she brushed off Susanna Reid's comment on whether her co-host still remembered once working with Esther on their GMTV days. Esther was sat in the studio as she waited for Lorraine's response.The former Daybreak star curtly replied: "Yep, Yes I do. "Right, coming up after half past eight…" Fans believed that Lorraine was implying she had nothing nice to say about her former colleague as the clip went on to amass millions of views online, having since become one of the most-watched viral videos from GMB.Later that day, during a Q&A session, Esther went into detail about her ties to the TV personality, saying: "We used to share a dressing room."And she used to be on the programme afterwards, and obviously she used to be partnered with Eamonn Holmes.
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Loose Women's Sherrie Hewson addresses 'awful' marriage split with former husband
Loose Women panellist Sherrie Hewson has spoken out about her marriage to her ex-husband Ken Boyd, revealing that she should have left her partner "a long time" before they separated in 2001 and later divorced in 2011.Speaking on The Sun's Fabulous Magazine's podcast, Things I Told My Daughter, the former Coronation Street star, 71, claimed that she stayed with her partner as she didn't want to hurt their daughter.Sherrie was married to husband Ken for nearly 30 years before they decided to go their separate ways.Together they share daughter Keeley, who they had eight years into their marriage.In the podcast, the Benidorm actress claimed that she stayed with her husband Ken for 28 years as she didn't want to upset her daughter.Addressing the split, Sherrie said: "I’ve never allowed [Keeley] to have any pain or any upset or any hurt.“It was just so awful because it happened in a really bad way."The star went on to heartbreakingly tell that she had to move out of her beloved family home.Sherrie said: "Also we lived in a beautiful art-deco house in Esher in Surrey and had to leave there."She claimed that following the split she sent her ex-beau to Spain, adding that the break-up should've happened before it did.Sherrie added: "I am very practical so all I needed to do was know that I could get him gone, get rid of him."I bought an apartment in Spain, so I said, ‘You go there’."He went, we stayed here and then we moved," she explained.She added: "[The split] should have happened a long time before it happened."At the end of last year, the former Loose Women star looked back at her time on the show.The star claimed the panellists used to have “a lot of freedom” back when she was part of the lineup between 2003 and 2017, while
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Coleen Nolan admits marriage 'inevitable' with new man amid son's brutal 'therapy' quip
Loose Women panellist initially decided to keep Michael's identity a secret.But as their romance continued to soar, the mother-of-three appeared to have had a change of heart as she and her man took part in a joint interview with OK! Magazine this week.The ITV media personality opened up about her new relationship with Michael, who she began dating over the summer of 2021.And though Coleen had previously claimed that marriage was out of the question for her, which she explained in an episode of Loose Women in November, she now says that the two are constantly talking about tying the knot.According to the former Nolans singer, the two talk about marriage "all the time", as Michael chimed in, saying that tying the knot with Coleen was "inevitable".Asked whether he recognised the talk show host when her profile popped up on Tinder, Michael said: "It was a bit of a dilemma."You think, 'Am I just swiping because I recognise her?'"So I had to think about it and do it for the right reasons – not even for one minute thinking she'd reply anyway."The surprising thing for me was that once I'd swiped we were a match straight away, which meant that she'd already liked me."Meanwhile, Coleen's romance with Michael appears to have left quite the impression on her son, Jake Roche.On Wednesday, the actor took to TikTok to post a skit of himself making light of Coleen's sex life, which, as fans know, she's been very open about in recent months.Though the ITV media personality initially planned to keep her boyfriend's identity a secret, she's since revealed his name to the public, having claimed the latter has reawakened her sexually.In his TikTok clip earlier this week, Jake proved he had a good sense of humour as he mimicked a fictional
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Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery engaged to Phoebe Waller-Bridge's brother after heartache
 Michelle Dockery, best known for portraying Lady Mary Crawley in ITV’s Downton Abbey, has found love again and is set to wed Jasper Waller-Bridge.The couple’s happy news was announced in The Times today.Michelle, 40, met the younger brother of Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge through friends back in 2019.Jasper, 34, works in film and TV as a producer and previously had a stint in music management, as he represented former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson.The pair first went public together at the Rome Film Festival, according to The Independent.An announcement published in the Times reads: “The engagement is announced between Jasper, son of Michael Waller-Bridge of King's Lynn, Norfolk, and Teresa Waller-Bridge of Battersea, London, and Michelle Dockery, younger daughter of Michael and Lorraine Dockery of Gidea Park, Essex.”This is not the first time Michelle has been engaged, as the actress tragically suffered the loss of her first fiancé John Dineen to a rare form of cancer six years ago.John died at the age of 34 in 2015 and Michelle has since shared that she “considers herself a widow”. Two years on from her fiancé’s death, she told the Guardian: “I don’t have the vocabulary to describe what it felt like.“And what it still feels like. It is … sorry, give me a minute.
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‘Hope this isn't the end of my career!' Fiona Phillips details menopause 'brain fog' fears
ITV presenter says her day-to-day life is plagued by fears for her TV career, as she struggles to do the things she once did with ease. In an interview with The Mirror this month, the 61-year-old didn't hold back, admitting that she fears for her "whole life", having recently ran out of a supermarket after suffering from a panic attack."I've cried a thousand rivers in the past few weeks and I've got nothing to be sad about," Fiona explained."I've been fearing for my sanity and am scared to do things I've been doing with ease for years."They call it brain fog; I don't know what I'm talking about half the time."The ex-ITV presenter went on to share that she can no longer take on any TV gigs due to her severe battle with anxiety, which has left her feeling"scared of everything".And though Fiona insisted she still intends to do everything she once did in her professional career, it's almost as if her body and brain are unwilling to cooperate. Even when her 21-year-old son, Nathaniel Frizell, returns home from the army at the weekends, the Canterbury-born media personality expressed how her brain is quickly filled with stress as she "worries" about the food she will cook for her offspring. Fiona has been married to This Morning producer Martin Frizell since 1997.Together, they share two children: Mackenzie, 19, and Nathanial, 21.Due to the severity of her health condition, the Canterbury-born media personality has stopped working entirely. "The fear takes over," she added."I hope to God this isn't the end of my career."Despite having had her driver's licence for more than 40 years, Fiona has also given up driving regularly and will only sit behind the wheel of a vehicle in urgent matters. The mother-of-two, who presented GMTV
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Eamonn Holmes speaks out about replacing Simon McCoy on GB News' breakfast show
Eamonn Holmes, 62.The former This Morning presenter made his big GB News debut alongside co-host Isabel Webster on 3 January.Together, they host the channel’s new Breakfast with Eamonn and Isabel programme.Eamonn took over the breakfast slot from BBC star Simon McCoy, who became the latest senior figure to leave GB News in December last year.The reason for his departure was noted as "personal reasons", and Eamonn revealed he was moving to Hollywood after recently tying the knot with Dynasty star Emma Samms."I can’t see what Simon would be too worried about," he shrugged.GB News’ chief executive, Angelos Frangopoulos, described Simon as an "outstanding broadcaster" and told the Daily Telegraph: "We remain open to ways we can work with him again in future."Eamonn's move comes after he was dropped from ITV after 15 years, when he and wife Ruth Langsford, were stripped from their weekly presentation duties last year.While he wasn't shocked with the decision that they were replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary, he did admit he was given "no reason" as to why."I don’t have any issues with that at all," he told The Times."I just have issues with why they can’t tell you your time is up."Just have a conversation, any conversation."He added: "I was given no reason why I was blocked."A spokesperson for ITV said at the time: "We would like to wish Eamonn all of the very best in his new role."As a duo, Eamonn and Ruth have been part of the This Morning presenting team for the last 15 years and we thank Eamonn for all of his hard work and contribution to the show."Despite the issues surrounding his exit, Eamonn described the move to GB News as "one of the most exciting yet".He said: "I’ve admired GB News from the beginning for
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Alison Hammond and Shaun Ryder swap frosty words on Dancing on Ice after 'horse s***' jibe
Dancing on Ice, when Happy Mondays member Shaun Ryder had been waiting in the wings to cheer on bandmate Bez on the first episode of the series. However, This Morning presenter Alison Hammond was also there to support fellow ITV star Ria Hebden last weekend - and the atmosphere was reportedly as icy as the frozen rink their friends were dancing on.Some might say that hapless yet heartfelt Bez needed his friend's support, as he faced the embarrassment of becoming the first Dancing on Ice contestant ever to require a crash helmet for his debut performance.Host Phillip Schofield had been gently ribbing the Happy Mondays star, who had even taken to the rink with protective braces all over his body, but he received the comments gamely.This is more than might be said for the brutal exchange between Shaun and Alison.According to the Daily Star, she approached him only to goad him with the words: "I never liked you! From the first minute I met you and spoke to you I never liked you."Shaun hit back to simply say: "I know!"It was far from the first time that the pair had met, after an awkward encounter on I'm A Celeb more than a decade earlier - and perhaps Shaun's words back then provided a clue that explained Alison's frosty attitude to him, after he compared her to "horse s***".Talking on the show, he appeared enraged to learn that a new contestant would be joining them, declaring that 13 was "too many"."Oh, more f**king people in the camp.
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Martin Lewis reacts to criticism over tweet containing swear word ‘Built for profanity'
Martin Lewis, 49, came under fire yesterday after sharing a tweet containing a swear word in view of his 1.2 million followers.The Money Saving Expert expressed his outrage as he explained that the cheapest open market energy fix is currently “76% more expensive than the current price cap.”He penned: “S***! The cheapest open market energy fix is now 76% more expensive than the current price cap.“It's far more expensive even than where the 50% April price cap will likely land, & than where it'll land when it likely rises AGAIN in Oct (if wholesale rates dont fall)." (sic)But some Twitter users seemed taken aback by Martin’s exclamation.Twitter user mike57bryant said: “Why would a renowned financial guru use such a four letter word to portray the situation of the wholesale energy prices.“He is good at campaigning, tell us how much of our bill is green levies, etc?“Let's campaign to remove them to general taxation for a fair way to collect.”Martin logged onto the social media platform again today to clarify his word choice.The Good Morning Britain star tweeted: “To the few complaining about my 1st word in this tweet.“I rarely swear here, but do think about how I communicate.“Swear words used infrequently have power to swiftly convey emotion & feeling.“The coming £600/yr energy rise pushing millions in poverty seems built for profanity.”Martin’s tweet gathered more than 1,000 likes in less than an hour, with some fans of the ITV presenter sending him messages of support.ArvindHickman penned: “’S***’ is not a swear word mate.“I would have gone for 'What the F***’.
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Had to manage rejection’ Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure on struggle of getting acting jobs
Line of Duty star is now getting her teeth into meatier roles, despite an early crash-course in the trials and tribulations of rejection.“I was lucky to have spent ten years [at the Television Centre],” the 38-year-old admitted.“[However] it wasn’t in London so it was never a first stop on casting directors’ lists."My upbringing made me feel I wasn’t entitled to anything that comes my way, and I had to manage rejection.”It was a slow start with seven years between her first film, A Room For Romeo Brass (1999) and her second, This Is England (2006), plus a further four years until the subsequent Channel 4 mini-series follow-up.Yet she persevered and now Jed Mercurio, the writer of Line Of Duty and executive producer of bomb squad drama Trigger Point, saw past her lack of silver screen perks to the potential of the actress within.Having seen her stellar performance on Line Of Duty, he has since described her as the woman on top of every casting list in the UK.It's a far cry from her early career in retail, during which she was a shop girl at H Samuel, Boots and Dorothy Perkins.She also worked in an office for eight years, which she now recalls as an essential grounding experience for her.The experiences were all with the ultimate goal in mind - acting.“You do have to have some funds and that’s why I worked, so I could afford to get to London," she admitted during an interview with The Radio Times."I would have to take a day unpaid off work and go to London for auditions.”Speaking of inspiring those from a working class background, she adamantly and defiantly exclaimed; "There’s no reason why they shouldn’t have the same opportunities as everyone else."Now she is switching from the much-loved character of DI Kate Fleming in
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Dancing on Ice's Ben Foden says he was 'selfish' marrying again soon after Una Healy split
A post shared by Una Healy (@unahealy)While he's not proud of how things transpired between him and Una, the Chester native has not shied away from the hard-hitting questions raised by their kids.Ben says he's already discussed with Aofie and Tadhg why their parents are no longer together."They have an understanding of it, not the massive details," he said."But they do ask difficult questions, they're not stupid kids, they can read and stuff now, and they are on social media."They talk to their mummy and they ask her difficult questions and they ask me difficult questions."He added: "We try and answer them as best as possible."The All Fired Up pop star also posted on Instagram to in view of her 649,000 followers shortly after Ben's interview.Una is seen posing next to a phoenix mural wearing a camouflage print parka with a furry hood, which she paired with a matching New York Yankees cap, black leggings and trainers of the same colour.The painting read: "In order to rise from its own ashes, a phoenix must first burn."The painting read: "In order to rise from its own ashes, a phoenix must first burn."Ben's comments regarding his difficult split from Una come just days before he's set to make his debut on the ice skating rink after signing on for the latest series of ITV's Dancing On Ice.Ben has been partnered with professional skater Robin Johnstone as he hopes to take home the trophy prize while competing with the likes of Love Island star Liberty Poole and Paralympian Stef Reid.Paul Gascoigne's son Regan Gascoigne and The Vamps' Connor Ball have also joined the star-studded line-up.According to Coral, Ben is already being tipped as the favourite to win the show, with odds of 3-1 while Regan comes in currently in second
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Ruth Langsford shuns ITV as she watches Eamonn Holmes' rival breakfast show on GB News
Ruth Langsford tuned into to watch her husband, Eamonn Holmes, at work on Monday as she shared a clip of her watching GB News on her Instagram.The 62-year-old used the Story feature to gush about her partner as he kicked off his early show alongside his co-host Isabel Webster.“Getting my early morning news,” Ruth captioned the boomerang video.“Quite fancy that @eamonnholmes guy! @gbnewsonline.”However, it seemed she'd skipped watching ITV's Good Morning Britain to tune in to Eamonn.And just hours later, the This Morning presenter followed up with another update as she geared up to film another episode of Loose Women.She was joined by fellow panellists Coleen Nolan, Jane Moore and Kelle Bryan.Producers of the show seem to have eased up on social distancing guidelines as Ruth shared her joy in seeing the more extended desks return to the programme.“Got our longer desks back which means….,” she wrote.“… we have a guest IN the studio today!!!!”In December, Eamonn announced his departure from This Morning after having helmed the presenting position opposite his wife for a whopping 15 years.It was revealed shortly after that the father-of-three had joined GB News to front his own daytime show.“I’ve admired GB News from the beginning for its clever mix of punchy debate but delivered with warmth and even some fun,” Eamonn said in his statement last month.“To me, the greatest honour in journalism is to give a voice and respect to the unheard, and that’s exactly what GB News is all about.”Fans wasted no time speculating whether his exit from This Morning meant Ruth would follow suit by jumping ship and move over to GB News as well.But in a statement made by a spokesperson for ITV, they confirmed that the Strictly Come Dancing 2017
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'Life is never easy' Fern Britton admits she's bounding back from ‘tough couple of years’
ITV's Lorraine on Monday, the former This Morning star touched on the tough couple of years she's had to endure as she adjusted to life without her longtime beau.Presenter Lorraine Kelly praised Fern during their morning chat, insisting that despite having been faced with countless hurdles in her personal life, the mother-of-four "always bounces back".Fern hesitated with a response before quipping: "Well, I think you have to look as if you've bounced back, that's for sure.""Good, I'm glad," Lorraine reacted.The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant continued: "Life is never easy for anybody."But, you know, it's coming back."Fern and Phil welcomed their 20-year-old daughter Winnie Vickery during their two-decade marriage.The TV personality is also a mum to sons Harry and Jack, 28, and daughter Grace, 25.Fern appeared on Lorraine to promote the highly anticipated return of Watercolour Challenge on Channel 5.The lifestyle game show originally aired on Channel 4 between 1998 to 2001, spanning four seasons and hosted by Hannah Gordon.The latter has since been replaced by Fern, with the new season expected to return to screens today.Earlier this month, Fern explained why presenting the show meant a lot to her, as she recalled having loved the programme when it first aired in the '90s.And after finding out that Channel 5 was on board to commission the reboot and have her front the series, Fern didn't even hesitate to sign up."My only criteria for saying yes to a job is, would I watch that?" she told Good Housekeeping."And this was definitely, because I used to watch it when it was on 20 years ago with Hannah Gordon."She's a very, very strong actress and a good comedian as well, so when she took on Watercolour Challenge, of