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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Proof that the Kardashian sisters were always posers

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By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Seductive: Previously unseen pictures show Khloe Kardashian posing in a bathtub of sweets


They are more famous for walking the red carpet and being followed by the paparazzi than for much else.

So obviously the Kardashian sisters have working the camera down to an art form.
And judging by these previously unseen family photographs, it is something they learned from a young age.

Khloe Kardashian, 26, is seen in one picture reclining in a bathtub full of sweets, sucking seductively on a lollipop.


Despite showing off the raunchy picture, the reality star has spoken out against young girls feeling pressured to grow up too fast.

Appearing on talk show The View with her sisters to promote their new book Kardashian Konfidential, Khloe revealed how she lost her virginity at 14 to an older boyfriend.

Khloe, 26, opened up about losing her virginity at age 14 to her 18-year-old boyfriend, and how much she regrets it now.

'Looking back I think that's not a normal thing,' she admitted, saying she almost felt 'conned' by her older partner.


Sibling stars: Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian showed off childhood photos when they appeared on The View this morning


'Well, not conned, but persuaded, because he was older and I felt I wouldn't be accepted or cool or whatever,' she said.

'Then I do remember when I was done, I felt, after two months of secretly dating this guy, I felt so disgusted with myself,' she added.

'I stopped talking to him and actually didn’t have sex for three years after that because I knew I was young and I knew I wasn’t ready.'

'I felt so disgusted with myself,' Khloe said.


It's a Kardashian Khristmas! Kourtney, Kim, Robert and Khloe all pose for their holiday card


Say cheese! Kourtney, Khloe, Rob and Kim made a very cute little gang


'“Don’t let anyone pressure you, it’s not worth it and how I felt afterwards.'

She then admitted that perhaps she should have followed the guidance of her parents, mother Kris Jenner and father Robert Kardashian.

She said: 'I should have listened to my parents.'

Kourtney, Kim and Khloe have opened up in the autobiography about their lives, including about the pain of losing their father Robert in 2003.


Teenage dreams: Khloe, Rob, Kim and Kourtney pose with little Kendall and Kylie


So sweet: Khloe, Kourtney and Kim have always been close


The sisters and their brother Rob lost their father Robert seven years ago, when he died, aged 57 from throat cancer.

But, although he is gone he is obviously not forgotten, and Kim, Khloe and Kourtney still hold his memory dear to their hearts.

Long before his daughters became reality TV stars, Robert was the original famous Kardashian - renowned for his legal work and for being a key player in OJ Simpson's infamous murder trial.


Ubertan! Kim attended the New Jersey Nets vs Portland Trail Blazers basketball game at the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey, last night


Back in the day: Robert Kardashian, who died in 2003, is flanked by his three teenage daughters, Khloe, Kourtney and Kim in an old family snap


Robert's license to practice law had actually expired three years prior to Simpson's arrest following the murder of his estranged wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.

But he reactivated his license so he could serve as a volunteer assistant on Simpson's defence team, and sat by the ex-NFL player's side throughout the trial.

The two, who had been friends since meeting in 1970, were so close that Simpson actually stayed with the Kardashian family at their house following the murders.


Original star: Robert became a family name when he came out of retirement to volunteer as an assistant on his friend OJ Simpson's legal defence team


But it was clear that his daughters remember him for way more than his legal eagle defence skills.

The three girls appeared on the Today show this morning in New York as part of their promotional tour for their new autobiography, Kardashian Konfidential.

They shared their stories about their rise to fame with Today show host Matt Lauer and also shared some candid shots of the girls and their father from their family album.

Robert had divorced from the girls' mother, Kris in 1990 and went on to marry Ellen Pierson just months before he died in September 2003.


Family time! The Kardashians enjoy Thanksgiving at Bruce and Kris Jenner's house


But Robert remained close to his girls, and son, Robert Jr. and was an integral part of their lives as they grew up.

The girls showed off various pictures from happy times they spent with their father, including a group shot of the teenage girls grinning widely whilst playful Khloe pokes out her tongue.

There's also a picture of their proud father flanked by his two oldest daughters, Kourtney and Kim on a family skiing trip.


Lovely ladies: Kim poses with her grandmother as they partake in the Thanksgiving feast


And despite growing up in a privileged, wealthy family, thirty-year-old Kim told Lauer that their mother and father always raised them from a young age to appreciate the value of money.

In fact, Kim shared that when she borrowed money from her father he made her repay the amount with interest.

The three elaborated further on that in their autobiography.

'Our dad used to say, "Nothing in life is for free, you girls aren’t going to get just whatever you want." The girls wrote.


Little nephew: Kim poses with Kourtney and Scott's little son Mason


The family that eats together: Rob, Lamar, Kim and Khloe all pose for the camera


'So no credit cards. He did let us use his credit card but we still had to pay for our own stuff beyond the basics. Our parents wouldn’t foot the bill for Gucci shoes or designer clothes.

'If we wanted to do any serious shopping, we had to come up with the cash.

'Kim even went into debt with our dad once and had to pay him back plus interest. It was just a couple thousand dollars, but to us, that was a lot.

'And our mom and dad made it very clear that we would be totally cut off after we finished school. So we all learned early on if you want money, you have to earn it.'


Rich but not spoilt: Kourtney and Khloe revealed that their parents raised them from an early age to appreciate the value of money and work hard to earn it


Despite obviously missing their father, the Kardashians still enjoy a fun-filled Thanksgiving as a family.

Kim posted on Twitter about Thanksgiving and put up pictures of the extended family, including her step-father Bruce Jenner, half sisters Kendell and Kylie and Khloe's husband Lamar Odom.

She says: 'Here are some pics from Thanksgiving at my mom and Bruce's house! I am so thankful for my amazing family! We had a great time.


New venture: The sisters appeared on the Today Show in New York this morning to promote their autobiography, Kardashian Konfidential


'I'm so glad Lamar was able to take a break from his hectic basketball schedule to join us. Even Gunnar came! He is my trainer and a good family friend, so it kind of made me feel bad for eating so much! LOL.

'How cute does my grandma MJ look? As you can see, Mason was not really feeling me that day, LOL.

'Another amazing Thanksgiving with my wonderful family. I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving! I'm so thankful for you all.'


Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian on The View - 11/29/2010 Part 1




Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian on The View - (11/29/2010 ) Part 2




The View - NOV 29 2010 - Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian INTERVIEW Part 3




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David Beckham escapes new sex allegations by hitting the town for a boys night with James Corden

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By SIMON CABLE

Distraction: David Beckham was all smiles as he enjoyed dinner at C London with comedian James Corden


When the drama is unfolding around them, the first thing many men do is head out on a boys night.

And that is exactly what David Beckham did last night.

The footballer enjoyed dinner and drinks at the pub with friends including James Corden, as it emerged he is facing fresh claims about his private life.

New allegations about the 35-year-old were made by the publishers of a magazine he is suing for ‘fabricating’ a story, published in September, saying he slept with a prostitute.

Several U.S. websites say In Touch Weekly’s German publishing company Bauer used the privilege of court to make the allegations which included supposed late-night trysts with an unnamed LA-based lingerie saleswoman.

But Beckham shrugged off the allegations, which have been branded 'completely without evidence,' to catch up with the Gavin & Stacey star over a meal at upmarket restaurant C London.


New drama: The boys night comes as Beckham faces fresh allegations in court about his private life by US magazine In Touch Weekly


Dressed casually in jeans and a denim shirt, the LA Galaxy player appeared to be in great spirits despite the controversy surrounding him.

Tucked away at a corner table, David laughed and joked with 32-year-old Corden, whom he has been friends with since starring together in a series of Comic and Sport Relief skits.

With wife Victoria and their three children far away at their home in Los Angles, David was free to stay out late, and he and James headed for a few drinks at Guy Ritchie's pub the Punch Bowl after dinner.


Buddies: The pair are good friends after working together on skits for Sports and Comic Relief in the last year


The A-listers may have had to fight for the top table, as the pub's owner had also stopped by with his girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley last night.

Corden will undoubtedly be asking his friend for advice on fatherhood, as he is set to welcome his first child with girlfriend Julia Carey.

The boys night would have been a welcome distraction for Beckham as the ongoing headache of his lawsuit against In Touch Weekly worsens.


Where to next? David (left) and James continued the night at Guy Ritchie's pub the Punch Bowl



A few cold ones: Beckham visited the Punch Bowl pub, were owner Guy Ritchie was also drinking


The legal documents containing the claims by Bauer were filed in the U.S. in response to a writ issued by the former England captain, who is suing the magazine for £16million for saying he slept with 26-year-old Bosnian Imra Nici.

But those close to the star say there is no truth to the allegations. ‘This is a smokescreen and it is not going to hold up in court,’ the source said.

‘He is not backing down – he plans to go full throttle in this matter.’
The source added: ‘This posturing, with no evidence and no facts, isn’t going to stall the inevitable.’


Ambassador: Beckham was shown round the Olympic stadium yesterday by Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee Lord Coe


The past few months have seen the Beckham family face one scandal after another.
Just a month after they were left reeling by the story in In Touch Weekly, David was named in the bitter divorce of their 'acquaintances' Kambiz and Shery Shabani.

Mr Shabani, a 42-year-old lawyer accused his estranged wife of having an affair with Beckham, but the claims were quickly rubbished by both Shery, a jewellery designer, and the Beckhams' lawyers.

A spokesman for Beckham told the Daily Mail at the time: ‘As with another recent story, this is another tale full of fantasy.’


Bromance: David and James filmed a hilarious skit for Sport Relief earlier this year


The ongoing headaches for the family come after a few relatively scandal-free years following the sensational allegations in 2004 that Beckham had an affair with his former PA Rebecca Loos.

Though he branded the claims 'ludicrous' at the time, the story threatened to damage the Beckham brand and left Victoria, 36, devastated.

She said in an interview with W magazine in 2007: 'I'm not going to lie. It was a really tough time.'

'It was hard for our entire families. But I realised a lot of people have a price. David and I got through it together. No one said marriage was going to be easy.'


Scandal: Beckham has denied allegations that he had trysts with Bosnian prostitute Imra Nici (left) and had an affair with family friend Shery Shabani


Meanwhile, Coleen and Wayne Rooney, 25, are said to be discussing a trial separation, as the couple are still struggling to overcome the footballer's cheating scandal.

Reports of Wayne's alleged prostitute scandal came out in September, claiming that the Manchester United star paid Jennifer Thompson £1,200 a night for sex, and took part in a threesome with her friend Helen Wood while Coleen was pregnant with their son Kai.

Coleen, 24, has tried to put the devastating time behind her but a source told Closer magazine that she's now contemplating the idea of a temporary separation in January to help their marriage.

'Coleen is mulling over the idea of herself and Wayne taking time apart in the new year. She says it's not working as it is at the moment - the trust is not being rebuilt.

'She's desperate as they're running out of options to fix it. They've tried counselling, they've tried a holiday away and now they're looking at Wayne moving out temporarily and living apart for a while', the source said.

The source added that their separation may only be for a few weeks, as Coleen doesn't want to disrupt their one-year-old son's life.


Family night out: Coleen and Wayne Rooney took their son Kai to Old Trafford for Manchester United's match on the weekend amidst their marriage woes


Beckham, who last week was in Australia where his team lost to the Newcastle Jets, is back in Europe taking part in England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

Today he will fly with Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince William to Zurich in a final attempt to persuade delegates to vote for England's package.

Yesterday he was given a tour of the Olympic Stadium by Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee Lord Coe.

Beckham said yesterday that he was confident of England's chances, despite the country's bid being threatened by a damaging episode of Panorama.

The BBC's programme last night claimed that three FIFA executives took bribes in a $100 million (£64 million) scandal.

The allegations - screened three days before the destination for the tournament in 2018 is decided - were threatening to wreck England's chances.



The new slurs against the star (above with wife Victoria) were branded 'completely without evidence' last night


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Cheryl Cole's £3m U.S. deal as singer signs up for American X Factor launch

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By SARA NATHAN

Bye bye: Cheryl Cole will join Simon Cowell on the U.S. X Factor


One of her acts was sent home this weekend, but it seems Cheryl Cole still has something to celebrate.

The 27-year-old has discovered that she’s landed a place on the judging panel of the U.S. version of the X Factor, according to a source, in a deal worth up to £3million.

An insider had already suggested that Cole was a ‘good bet’ to join Simon Cowell on the show next year.

But on Saturday night, Mrs Cole was officially offered the job, the source said, only a week after executives from U.S. television network Fox flew in to watch the ITV talent show – and the judge – in action.

Cowell, 51, last week revealed that he planned to announce the judges for the U.S. version in December.

The multi-millionaire said: ‘I’m going to make an announcement within three or four weeks, which is going to tell everyone everything. There will be some surprises.’
He then revealed: ‘OK, one of the judges has quite long hair.’

Singer Nicole Scherzinger, who performed her new single Poison on Sunday night’s show, is also a favourite to join the judging panel after a successful stint standing in for Dannii Minogue at the auditions this summer.


Cheryl with her category on Sunday's results show: She joined the show two years ago


Mrs Cole is said to be keen to launch her music career in the U.S. and flew to meet record bosses at Universal earlier this month. They want to release her second solo album, Messy Little Raindrops, there next year.

Cowell helped the singer make the move away from her pop band Girls Aloud when he handed her the X Factor role two years ago.

Since then she has launched a successful solo music career – and increased her fame.
Mrs Cole, who has an estimated £10million fortune, will earn £1.5million for this series of the X Factor – but will make up to twice as much from her U.S. television deal, as the budget for the show is considerably larger.

She is already accustomed to the U.S. lifestyle, having spent weeks in Los Angeles working on her music and spending time with her close friend Derek Hough as she recovered from malaria.


The new look American Idol line-up: Judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson. Cowell is hoping trounce the show with the US version of X Factor


She was in California as her divorce from her footballer husband Ashley Cole was finalised in October.

Friends of Mrs Cole said she was planning to make this series of the British X Factor her last in a bid to focus on breaking America.

However, she may not have to quit the UK version for the U.S. show as it is still not confirmed when, or if, the X Factor will return to UK screens next year.

A show source said: ‘When Cheryl goes to America she will also launch her music career there too.


Big move: Cheryl's relationship with dancer Derek Hough could also be a plus for her to move to the US


‘It’s the next part of her big plan, she’s an incredibly hard worker and she will definitely get a boost by appearing on the X Factor, which is set to be a sure-fire hit.’

Cowell quit American Idol this year to focus on the launch of X Factor USA.

When the British show finishes next month, Cowell will take a holiday and then start work in the U.S.

A source said: ‘This is everything to Cowell, he has to make sure it’s right.’
An X Factor spokesman said: ‘No decision has been made yet.’


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KARA makes an appearance on Tokyo Friend Park 2

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Korean girl group KARA made an appearance on TBS’s popular game show, “Tokyo Friend Park 2“, which was aired on November 29th. ”Tokyo Friend Park 2″ is a show in which the guests compete different games, and for each game they beat, they will receive a gold coin that can be potentially exchanged for prizes later on.

Check out the videos below!




First Game: WALL CRUSH - “This is a game in which contestants will dress in a velcro suit and run towards a mini-trampoline, which will launch them towards a velcro wall. The objective of the contestant is to jump as high as they can to gain the highest position on the wall as possible. The higher the contestant can reach on the wall, the more points they will garner for their team. A coin is awarded to the team if and when they accumulate a preset number of points. The top corners of the wall have two large red rectangles marked ‘CLEAR!’; and if a player gets either hand to stick at least partly within the rectangle, they automatically win the coin.”

Question – “Are you girls athletic? What kind of sports have you played before?”
• Hara – “Broad Jump”
• Seungyeon – “Walking”
• Gyuri – “I’m not really athletic, better at talking.”
• Nicole – “I’m good at everything, but not jumping.”
• Jiyoung – “Boxing”




Second Game: NEVER WIPE OUT! - “In this game, one player will stand on a platform that sways from side to side like a teeter-totter. In front of them is an attached giant platformed board that moves with the teeter-totter. A ball is dropped from the top and the player must use the teeter-totter and gravity to navigate the ball all the way to a basket at the bottom of the maze. If the ball falls off the edges, the player loses. The team has 6 tries to get a ball into the basket at the bottom, and a single successful attempt will award the team a coin.”

Third Game: GO! UPHILL – They run up the hill and try to place the marker at the highest point. Each person gets 20 seconds, so they can keep trying until the time ends.




Fourth Game: FLASH SAURUS – “This is also a 2-player game. One player will pump air into a vertical tube using what resembles a bicycle tire pump, while another player stands on an approximately 1 meter ledge. When the object inside the tube reaches the top, a series of track lights will come towards the player standing on the ledge. It is then his job to jump off the ledge in such a way that he will land on the ground below precisely when the track lights reach his platform. The faster the first player can pump air to get the object to the top of the vertical tube the slower the lights will travel, allowing a better chance the second player will trap the track lights below. The team has 8 attempts, and 3 successful trials wins them a coin.”

The hosts discuss Hara’s “cheat”, but since she did a great job, KARA still got a point out of it.

Fifth Game: HYPER HOCKEY – “This is always the last competitive game in the show. A comedy duo known as Honjamaka competes against the team to win a coin. The comedy duo both play air hockey each week so they are given a handicap of a ridiculous costume that hinders their ability to play. The first team to 7 wins, and if the contestant team wins they gain an extra coin.”



Big Challenge (Darts) - “At the end of each show, participants can choose between taking the coins or trading their coins in for darts. The value of the coins is unknown, but most contestants trade their coins for darts. Participants will then throw their darts at a large spinning dart-board. The dart board is divided like a pie graph and certain prizes are listed in each piece of the ‘pie’. If the dart hits the board, the board will stop and the contestant will win the prize shown. If the participant misses the board or if the dart bounces off, the contestant will win nothing. Prizes range from guest’s request to a car (Passo). There are also several pie pieces that have ‘tawashi‘ (translated as ’sponge’) on them. This is meant to be the joke prize, as if the contestant hits this piece, he will simply win a cheap sponge as opposed to an expensive prize.”

KARA received three golden coins as a result of their accomplishments during the games, but since they have five members, they choose who gets to participate in the darts through rock-paper-scissors.


• Gyuri – Treadmill
• Seungyeon – Digital Camera
• Nicole – Accessories
• Hara – Laptop Computer
• Jiyoung – Japan Tour For Family


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Goto Maki releases PV for “Ashiato” off her latest mini album

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Previously, we reported that Goto Maki would be releasing a new mini album, “Gloria“, on January 12th, and the PV for one of the tracks, “Ashiato“, has been released on the avex official YouTube channel.


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G★Star 2010 Video Goodness

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I haven’t had time to look around for too many G★Star 2010 videos, so luckily Zealand13 linked me to a 14 min video that seems to cover a lot of girls. Feel free to leave other YouTube links of G★Star 2010 if you’d like to share any.


Most importantly at 9:03 mark, is the best girl at G★Star 2010 doing the cutest poses ever (although it would seem that about 85% of you would disagree). I would find it impossible to go to another booth if she was doing those poses all day…I would just set up a tripod and film her for as long as she stood there.


Thanks to Zealand13 for the tip.

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The cast of “Dream High” wishes their drama success

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KBS 2TV’s “Dream High” held their gosa (a ritual to avoid misfortune and bring good luck) on November 29th, on the set of what is to be Girin Arts High School’s auditorium.

2PM’s Taecyeon and Wooyoung, Kim Soo Hyun, miss A’s Suzy, T-ara’s Eunjung, IU (not in photos), Yoon Young Ah, Um Ki Joon and Lee Yoon Ji were present for the gosa.

All of the representatives and cast members present, prayed for luck for the upcoming drama by stating, “Please do well. We hope for it to be met with success.”

The cast members were all of similar age and enjoyed a comfortable atmosphere throughout the event. Senior actors were seen taking extra care of their juniors, demonstrating the cast’s close friendship.


“Dream High” will be airing its pilot episode on January 3rd, 2011.


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Baby elephant gets stuck upside down in a ditch... and has to be rescued by a BULLDOZER

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By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Trapped: The baby elephant ended up on its back after falling into the ditch


A baby elephant who accidentally fell into a ditch and became stuck upside down has been rescued... with the help of an excavator.

The male calf, aged four of five years old, stumbled and slided into a ditch in Bokakhat in north-east India's Assam state.


He was crossing a tea estate with the rest of his herd at the time of the accident.


On all fours: The calf manages to turn over and get upright


The mother of the calf and several other elephants tried to drag him out of the ditch, but to no avail.

After several local residents tried to pull the struggling calf free, it was left to forest rangers and an animal welfare expert to step in.

But they too had to admit defeat and called in a bulldozer.

Once free, the young elephant was reunited with his mother.

Despite his ordeal, he suffered nothing more than a few bruises, said Anil Deka from the International Fund for Animal Welfare.


Huge problem: Local villagers used sticks to encouraged the elephant out - without success



End of the adventure: The calf is finally pulled free and able to rejoing his mother


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That's a bit too much crunch in my salad: Woman finds live giant Egyptian grasshopper in her bag of greens

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By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Creepy crawly: This giant Egyptian grasshopper was found alive in a bag of supermarket salad


A Sussex woman's lunch almost became a Bushtucker Trial this week when she discovered a live giant grasshopper in a salad bag.

The likes of Alison Hammond and Kayla Collins got close to some creepy critters during Sunday's episode of I'm A Celebrity... Get me Out Of Here! but an unnamed Brighton woman had a bigger shock after picking up a healthy lunch from a branch of Tesco in Lewes.

The unnamed shopper was about to sit down for lunch on the East Sussex coast when she found the three-inch insect alive and well among her bag of leaves.


Surprise lunch: The Lewes branch of Tesco where a shopper is believed to have bought a salad bag that contained a live grasshopper


The insect had survived a trip from Egypt in the salad bag before it gave the woman a surprise at the dining table.

Showing admirable calm under pressure - especially as her appetite had been undoubtedly spoiled - the woman passed on the creature to the RSPCA, who received the animal on condition of anonymity for the shopper.

The grasshopper - which the National History Museum has verified as Egyptian - has since been re-homed it at nearby Drusillas Zoo, where it was received by spider and insect expert Angela Hale earlier this month.


Harmless: Insect expert Angela Hale said the grasshopper is flourishing in its new home


'To discover a grasshopper in this way is incredibly unusual,' she admitted. 'Although it may give someone a bit of a shock, these insects are completely harmless.

'The grasshopper is in excellent health and settling into her new home, where we hope she will be very happy.'


Appetising: Alison Hammond and Kayla Collins taking on a disgusting Bushtucker Trial on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!


Ms Hale was able to identify that the grasshopper had made it to the south coast having travelled all the way from Egypt thanks to its distinctive vertically striped eyes, which are particular to this breed of insect.

The 6.5cm insect is believed to be a fully developed female, with a length more common to the fairer sex of the species, and fully developed wing span and colouration.

Ms Hale also received confirmation from the National History Museum that the bug was an Egyptian giant grasshopper, after the London institution viewed pictures of the insect.

A Tesco spokesman said that incidents such as these were 'extremely rare' and offered his apologies to the customer in question.

'All of our products go through quite a lot of processes before it reaches the customer,' he added.

'Incidents like this are extremely rare although an unpleasant surprise is something that can happen on very, very rare occasions.'




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Strictly come barking!... or how I taught my mad mutt to ballroom dance (with a little help from Britain's Got Talent's Tina and Chandi)

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By ANNE SHOOTER

Anne Shooter is trying to teach her dog Rufus to dance


For the past 18 months I have been trying to teach my beloved but rather excitable dog, Rufus, one simple trick: not to jump up all over every person he meets.

I know that practice makes perfect. But some days, getting Rufus to sit quietly on his mat, instead of pouncing on every unsuspecting guest, has seemed harder than climbing Everest on a pogo stick.

So what am I doing, standing on stage in a freezing church hall in Shropshire, dangling a piece of chicken above Rufus’s nose and pleading with him to jump up on me?
For that matter, why am I dressed in a spangly waistcoat and waving a silver cane?

I am, in fact, trying to teach Rufus to dance. That’s right, we are having a dancing lesson. And not from just anyone. This private tuition is from the nation’s best-loved doggy dancing pair — Britain’s Got Talent finalists Tina and Chandi.

Slight, unassuming Tina Humphrey wowed viewers of the ITV show last spring with the amazing connection she had with her beautiful border collie, Chandi.

The pair were like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, executing their charming and amusing routines in perfect unison.

I fear my bruiser of a dog and I will draw rather more comparisons with Ann Widdecombe and Anton du Beke. But that’s OK. I can steel myself for the inevitable withering verdict.

Tina, 38, assures me that any dog can be taught to dance — in fact, she has brought out a DVD to teach dog owners how to do it — so I try to be positive.

And so it is that Rufus and I are somewhere near Shrewsbury, where Tina and Chandi live, learning how to foxtrot (or at least to do the Labradoodle boogie).

As we introduce our two dogs, my reprobate hound bounces around and tries to sniff Chandi’s bottom while Chandi backs off and starts yapping.

‘Since my other dog died four years ago, Chandi hasn’t been overly friendly with new dogs,’ explains Tina, apologetically.


Anne and Rufus are having private tuition from the nation's best-loved doggy dancing pair - Britain's Got Talent finalists Tina and Chandi


Her embarrassment is nothing compared with my humiliation when I spot Rufus rummaging in Tina’s rucksack, only to emerge with a box of cheese pieces (Chandi’s favourite treat) in his mouth.

‘Don’t worry,’ says Tina, before adding damningly: ‘He simply hasn’t been taught otherwise. Chandi never takes any food unless I tell her she can. She waits for my permission for everything.’

A touch smug? Well, I remind myself that Chandi is an international champion at competitive obedience work who has won more awards at Crufts than any other dog in the country.

The bond Chandi and Tina have is extraordinary. Chandi never takes her eyes off Tina. She responds to the softest command, skipping, dancing on her hind legs and trotting when asked.

Not bad for a dog who was picked up at the pound as a puppy and was so unresponsive Tina thought she might be deaf. So, how did all this competitive ‘dancing’ come about?

Tina — who has a degree in music from Oxford and is a violin and piano teacher when she is not being Chandi’s dance partner — is not sure.

‘As I started to teach Chandi the basic commands to sit, heel and so on, I realised she was particularly responsive,’ she says. ‘I began to work more with her and started to see that she has some kind of gift.’


Tina says any dog can be taught to dance. She has brought out a DVD to teach dog owners how to do it


I have to admit that Chandi is a truly remarkable animal. She understands some 350 commands — everything from beg, sit up, turn round, skip, trot and so on — and words including tree, cat, lamp post, dustbin, phone and keys.

Tina’s latest project is teaching her two-way communication. If Chandi is asked a question such as ‘is this a drain?’ while Tina points at a bin, she will answer no by touching Tina’s finger with her nose. If the answer is yes, she gets excited and touches Tina’s thumb.

It’s real Dr Doolittle stuff. And yes, it might even be a bit weird if it wasn’t for the fact that Tina seems likeable and down to earth.

True, she is 38 and single, but that is more down to her fussiness, she tells me, than not wanting a man in her life.

‘I know how blessed I am to have such a special relationship with Chandi. I think of her as my soulmate,’ she says. ‘But I haven’t stopped looking for a partner. I am sure there must be someone out there who is right.’


On Chandi: 'She wags her tail the entire time we train or perform and always looks relaxed and focused. It's a purely joyful experience,' said Tina


One thing’s for sure: any prospective husband would have to accept there would be three of them in the marriage — particularly as Chandi sleeps on Tina’s bed.

Catering for Chandi isn’t easy. She eats an exclusively raw-food diet of fresh meat, vegetables and fruit. And that’s before you factor in visits to her canine massage therapist, chiropractor, holistic vet and U.S.-based nutritionist (Chandi has, would you believe it, a Hollywood-style wheat allergy).

This is one pampered pooch — in fact, Tina tells me, all her money goes on Chandi. Her last investment was a special ramp for entering and leaving Tina’s car.

I ask Tina if it might be considered cruel, asking a dog to dance, all the more so when it’s at the rather advanced age of 12. After all, I venture, most women of an equivalent age — 84 in human years — might find all that skipping and trotting a bit exhausting.

Tina is adamant that Chandi loves it.

‘I don’t think she would do it if she didn’t want to,’ she insists. ‘She wags her tail the entire time we train or perform and always looks relaxed and focused. It’s a purely joyful experience.’


'After his moment in the spotlight, Rufus is back to thinking it's de rigueur to jump up on everyone he meets,' said Anne


I can’t say I wholly share Tina’s enthusiasm, but it’s time to see if Rufus can rise to the challenge. Could he be the canine equivalent of Strictly’s Matt Baker — or will he be more John Sergeant?

Tina explains that you start by teaching the dog a verbal sound which means he has been successful. Do this by making the sound and giving your dog a treat, she commands.

You then introduce a different ‘support signal’ to encourage the dog as it moves towards doing the correct thing, increasing the pitch and intensity of your voice.

Our first basic move involves trying to teach Rufus to follow my hand, as I move it in front of him. Once he’s got the hang of that, the dancing begins.

Well, I say dancing. What this mostly involves is Rufus standing on his hind legs and jigging up and down. It’s hardly going to win over Craig Revel Horwood. But while it may look ungainly, Rufus loves it. After just a few minutes Tina admits he ‘has potential’.

We press on to even harder challenges. In less than an hour we have Rufus sitting up on his hind legs to the command of ‘beg’.


'I know how blessed I am to have such a special relationship with Chandi. I think of her as my soulmate,' Tina said


Then we have him standing right up, front paws on my chest or on the glittery pole, to the command of ‘up’.

Tina even has him turning circles following her fingers, and he is halfway to marching on the spot.

The only downside to our foray into the world of doggy dancing?

Well, after his moment in the spotlight, Rufus is back to thinking it’s de rigueur to jump up on everyone he meets.

In fact, he looks astonished not to receive a treat for doing so.

Perhaps he’s not ready to become a dancing star after all — and I can’t help thinking that might be for the best.

Tina And Chandi Teach Your Dog New Tricks is available to buy on DVD at £19.99.


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Oh la la! Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt put on a romantic show at Paris film premiere

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By DAILY MAIL

Black tie: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive in warm clothes for the Paris premiere of his new animated film Megamind


It's one of the most romantic cities in the world.

And judging by tonight, Paris has rubbed off on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

The couple appeared smitten with each other as they appeared at the premiere of Brad's latest film Megamind in the French capital.


Sealed with a kiss: Brad and Angelina get cosy in the French capital


The couple arrived warmly dressed in black to keep out the Parisian cold, with Angelina sporting a velvet trouser suit and sparkling top.

Brad, who provides the voice of Metroman in the animated film, wore leather trousers and a dark grey suit jacket.

They appeared smitten on the blue carpet, with Brad at one point planting a kiss on a delighted Angelina's cheek and holding hands.

Brad also wrapped his arm around his partner as they chatted to the film's star Will Ferrell.


Look of love: Angelina and Brad couldn't take their eyes off each other


Look smart: The couple wrapped up warm in black coats, with Angelina sporting spiky black heels with her velvet trouser suit


Angelina also spent time with the waiting fans, signing autographs before she went inside.

The couple had spent the previous day with four of their six children as they celebrated their son Pax's seventh birthday by having a hot air balloon ride and riverboat cruise.

'They were like any other family,' the balloon's operator told People.'There was nothing out of the ordinary to tell you about them which made them any different from any other family.'

He added that the 'charming' couple had a 20 minute ride with the children who were 'excited but well-behaved. What I think they wanted was a little moment of peace.'


Happy together: The smiling couple share a joke with Brad's Megamind co-star Will Ferrell


Autograph hunter: Angelina meets and greets the fans in the French cold



Autograph hunter: Angelina meets and greets the fans in the French cold







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