Embattled Fortnum & Mason CEO Ewan Venters is getting it from all sides these days over his refusal to remove cruelly obtained foie gras from the store’s shelves. The latest to join the fast-growing list of notables who are letting Venters have it is iconic singer-songwriter Siouxsie Sioux, best known for punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees. On behalf of PETA, she has written a letter to Venters explaining the horrors of foie gras production, which is banned in the UK, and that it has no place in a store that prides itself on its British tradition.
“Music, fashion and taste evolve”, writes Siouxsie Sioux, who is known as the first lady of punk. “Other iconic British shops such as Selfridges and Harvey Nichols have listened to their customers and now realise that selling foie gras is a faux pas. So please Mr Venters, get with the times and take this vile product off your shelves.”
Undercover video footage – narrated by legendary actor Sir Roger Moore – reveals the cruelty of foie gras production, including how the force-fed geese have knives plunged into their throats during slaughter without prior stunning, in apparent violation of both UK and French law.
Foie gras is French for “fatty liver”. During foie gras production, huge amounts of grain and fat are pumped into the stomachs of geese through metal pipes, which are rammed down their throats several times a day. Their distended livers – which can swell to up to 10 times their normal size – press against their lungs, causing them to pant constantly. Veterinarians and avian experts agree – there is no humane way to produce foie gras. Animal-protection groups – including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Compassion in World Farming, Animal Defenders International, Animal Aid, Viva!, Four Paws, One Kind, Save Me and the International Veterinary Society – have all called for Fortnum & Mason to respect British welfare values and stop selling foie gras.
Siouxsie Sioux joins a host of other celebrities – including rockers Morrissey, Chrissie Hynde, and Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, as well as Ralph Fiennes, Pamela Anderson, Dame Vera Lynn, and Zac Goldsmith MP – who have called on Fortnum & Mason to drop foie gras.
These days the word ‘celebrity’ means something very different to previous times. In the glamour years of Hollywood to be a true celebrity meant that you were at the very top of your field either as an actor, director or writer.
The lifestyles of the rich and famous were something that ordinary people looked on from a great distance back then, but today being a celebrity is much more common. In fact, there are plenty of examples of people who seem to be constantly in the public view for nothing more than actually just being famous, with little or no discernible talent to back it up.
However, even in these days of reality TV shows and the true emergence of Andy Warhol’s prediction that everybody would have their own 15 minutes of fame, to really carry off being a celeb you need to make the most of a certain look and style. Thankfully, this is something that everyone can tap into quite easily, so here are a couple of tips on how to look like you are on top of the world.
It seems strange that watches still exist now everyone has the time displayed on the smartphone they carry everywhere with them. Perhaps it is something to do with the fact that no one actually needs a watch anymore that has led to them becoming one of the most obvious signs of a celeb lifestyle.
It isn’t just men who are going for the ‘bigger is best’ look when it comes to having a bling watch hanging off their wrist either. The way major brands advertise their watches suggest that ‘knowing what time it is’ is no longer a watch’s primary function.
What you drive says a lot about how you live your life. A battered old van certainly won’t give the impression of living the high life and no matter how big your SUV is, if it’s filled with kids toys and children’s seats it isn’t going to look like it carries you and your entourage around from hip night spot to top class restaurant!
However, if you drive something like a Mercedes AMG the higher level of performance, better handling, better stability and more extensive use of carbon fibre in their build will give you that all important prestige car appeal.
Of course there are far more ways to give yourself a celeb style makeover than just wearing the right watch and driving the right car, but right now these are two things that really matter in the way most people perceive exactly what a modern celebrity might be.
In the modern world, there are numerous times when you might find yourself thrust into the limelight for your thirty-seconds of fame. The trick is staying there.
While reality TV brought larger than life characters onto our screens and into our hearts, a new technological phenomenon has opened the doors of stardom to even more people.
The rise of the internet celebrity is something which cannot be denied but the problem is that in a world where uploading takes a matter of seconds, you could find yourself old news before fame even had chance to settle in.
For those who want nothing more than to follow in the footsteps of their favourite stars, here’s a look at how to survive as an internet celebrity.
The internet is full of split-second stars who have gathered fans through their new and original thinking. This is the first step in getting yourself noticed but it can also help you maintain your stardom.
You need to prove that what you’re doing or saying is worth listening to and not simply a repeat of the acts of others – unless you’re hoping to build a name for yourself in the world of internet spoofs of course!
Finally, you need to make sure you stay accessible to your growing body of fans. There is little, if any, loyalty to be found online so if you’re videos or posts can’t be accessed then your fan base won’t need much encouragement to migrate elsewhere.
While there is little you can do about the connection they use to access your posts, you can ensure you use the best broadband services so that any uploading at your end occurs without error or complaint. If managing your own website or blog, you also need a connection which offers stability and reliability so that you don’t lose connection unnecessarily.
There are plenty of options on the market, with BT well-known for consistently delivering quality services. They offer numerous broadband packages. You can find out more here.
Say something worthwhile
Inane acts may get you a little bit of attention now, but will this is be sustainable? Chances are, it won’t and that means you need to adopt a different approach if you want to retain your celebrity position.
Saying or doing something worthwhile is the most obvious way to achieve this but will require plenty of thought on your part. If you take to the internet with a clear message then you’ll perform a lot better than if you simply wave a light saber around in dramatic style.
That being said, there is no reason humour can’t be part of your internet persona so why not combine the serious with the humorous for something truly special?
Steven Gerrard, Joe Hart, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jermain Defoe are dedicating their England v Scotland Teenage Cancer Trust International performances on 14th August 2013 to young cancer patients in support of The Football Association’s bid to raise £300,000 for the charity.
The Football Association invited young people representing its official charity partner, Teenage Cancer Trust, to St. George’s Park on Monday to meet the England players and take part in a special film to increase awareness of the charity. Each player partnered with a young person who they have dedicated their match to.
England captain, Steven Gerrard spent time with Mikey Grimmett, 13 from Worcestershire.
Gerrard said: “The FA’s official charity partner is Teenage Cancer Trust and yesterday I was honoured to meet Mikey. He’s a lovely young lad. For someone so young to battle against cancer with such determination is a lesson to us all. That’s why on Wednesday night against Scotland, I’m playing for Mikey. You can play your part too by going to www.justgiving.com/EnglandScotlandmatch.”
“The FA and Teenage Cancer Trust are aiming to raise at least £300,000 from the partnership so that more young people can benefit from the charity’s support. Anything people can do to help would be warmly appreciated.”
Mikey adds: “Today was really fun. All the players were so lovely with us all and it was great to meet them all. I’m a massive Liverpool fan so the highlight was meeting my idol, Steven Gerrard. We had fun chatting and he said I was good looking!”
Joe Hart spent time with Matthew Burton, 20 from Worcester.
Joe said: “Yesterday, I took part in a special video for Teenage Cancer Trust and was introduced to Matt. In his 20 years, he has battled against the odds. What I find extraordinary is how Matt retains his zest for life and sense of humour during difficult times. His courage, drive and independent spirit are truly inspiring. One day, when his legs are stronger, I look forward to Matt rturning to St. George’s Park to face me in another penalty shoot out. This Wednesday night, I’m playing for Matt.”
Matthew adds: “Being a Liverpool fan, meeting Steven Gerrard was great but Joe Hart was definitely my highlight. He was so chatty and he even challenged me to a penalty. Unfortunately my health isn’t up to scratch at the moment so I promised to come back once I’m better and take him up on that. He said he’d wait for me, and in the meantime gave me his boots so I could practice.”
Jermain Defoe spent time with Liam Penrose, 16 from Solihull.
Jermain said: “Yesterday I met Liam to film a special video to support Teenage Cancer Trust’s dedicated matchday against Scotland. He is such a brave, spirited and hopeful teenager and with the support of the charity he has overcome a difficult period in his life. It is why on Wednesday evening I’m playing for Liam. You can help too by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/EnglandScotlandmatch”
Liam adds: “Being part of the film with Jermaine Defoe was an amazing experience. He was really friendly and we had a good chat about transfer rumours! Everyone was super and St George’s Park is awesome. I’d love to go back.”
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain spent time with Rachel Clark, 20, from near Salford Priors.
Alex said: “I can’t imagine the emotional rollercoaster Rachel and her loved ones have been on over the last few years. Meeting her yesterday to support Teenage Cancer Trust’s dedicated matchday against Scotland was a humbling experience. It’s a small gesture but on Wednesday night I’m playing for Rachel.”
Rachel Clark adds: “Wow what a cool day! We met the manager Roy first and I loved meeting Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart. Filming with Alex was really fun as he was really friendly and we were joking around. But in general the whole day was great – the training, all the players and the tour.”
The Football Association aims to raise a minimum of £300,000 over an 18 month period for Teenage Cancer Trust to fund new specialist facilities across the South West of England, as well as education and nursing services across the rest of the country.
The England v Scotland Teenage Cancer Trust International will host a wealth of fundraising activities at Wembley in the build up to the match you can play your part by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/EnglandScotlandmatch or to donate £3, please text GOAL to 70300.
Bingo is one of the most common and popular games in the world; and though the amount of rows on a card differ whether you are playing in the UK, United States or other parts of the world, the basic game is the same.
I was surprised to hear it is as popular with younger generations as it is with older generations and is genuinely a game played and enjoyed by all ages; and not, as I admit to thinking, a game played mainly by working class women in bingo halls.
Celebrities are happy to admit their love for the game too. Hollywood celebs such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Courtney Cox-Arquette, Paris Hilton and Ricki Lake are just a few who share a love for the game, while celebrity friends Kate Moss and Sadie Frost have admitted to enjoying a game with the family.
Ricky Tomlinson, star of TV comedy The Royle Family loves the game so much he has put his name to a bingo DVD game. Tomlinson also shares something in common with Hollywood A-list Australian actor Russell Crowe. They have both been bingo callers!
Apparently bad-man Russell Crowe was sacked from a job as a bingo ball caller back in Australia before he started out as an actor for his rather outlandish ‘ball calling!’
Among other British celebrities who have confessed to a love for the game is comedian Vic Reeves. While Robbie Williams was seen at a charity bingo game and even the real royal family members are partial to the odd game which was confirmed when Prince William was spotted a few years ago enjoying a game in a bingo hall near Sandhurst. Everyone’s at it!
Furthermore, in recent years there has been a resurgence in the games’ popularity with new bingo sites offering an online game version of what for many years has been played in homes and bingo clubs alike. Now you can enjoy all the fun of a game of bingo at home with the family or online with total strangers.
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