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George Michael's Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley breaks silence year after star's death

George Michael's Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley breaks silence year after star's death

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The former Wham! member, who scored huge chart success alongside George Michael with hit such as Last Christmas and Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go has recalled "shedding an ocean of tears" when he heard his good friend has died at Christmas.The 54-year-old, who had been friends with the late singer since they met at school in the 70s, described the "overwhelming shock" and disbelief at losing such a close friend unexpectedly.Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, he explained: "When I received the news of my oldest friend’s death on the afternoon of Christmas Day last year, I had, only five minutes beforehand, sent him a message wishing him a wonderful Christmas."That night, after I had phoned our friends to convey the dreadful news – and despite having shed an ocean of tears already that day – the
Man Booker Prize: George Saunders wins for Lincoln in the Bardo

Man Booker Prize: George Saunders wins for Lincoln in the Bardo

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George Saunders has won the Man Booker prize for his novel Lincoln in the Bardo - becoming the second US author to take home the £50,000 fiction award.The book tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's grief after the death of his young son, and his visits to his tomb.It is the first full-length novel from Saunders, previously best known for his short stories, and is set in a graveyard, over a single night.Judges praised the "utterly original" work and said it was "deeply moving".Saunders, 58, was one of six authors shortlisted for the prestigious award, alongside British writers Ali Smith and Fiona Mozley, fellow Americans Paul Auster and Emily Fridlund, and British-Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid. The Texas-born author, who lives in New York, has previously won the Folio Prize and Story Prize f
Nile Rodgers shed tears over new George Michael song

Nile Rodgers shed tears over new George Michael song

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Producer Nile Rodgers has admitted to feeling "uncertainty" about working on George Michael's new single.Fantasy, a remix of a 1980s outtake, premiered on Radio 2 on Thursday.Rodgers' confession came in response to a fan who expressed "mixed feelings" over the song's release, eight months after Michael's death."You SHOULD have mixed feelings," he said on Twitter. "No one's heart was dragged through emotional ambiguity more than mine."Rodgers said he approached the remix with "tears, uncertainty, happiness & #LOVE".Media playback is unsupported on your deviceFantasy sounds vastly different to the version that was released as a b-side in 1990, and later as a bonus track on 2011's deluxe version of the Faith album.The tinny 80s production of the original has been completely overhauled in ...
USS George H.W. Bush carrier strike group completes Saxon Warrior exercise

USS George H.W. Bush carrier strike group completes Saxon Warrior exercise

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Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The USS George H.W. Bush carrier strike group has completed the multinational Saxon Warrior 2017 exercise off the coast of the Britain.Participating units from the U.S., U.K., Sweden, Germany and Norway engaged in a 10-day series of carrier strike group training drills involving multiple possible scenarios for future conflicts.It included the commander and staff of the British carrier strike group built around the country's new flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is currently conducting sea trials."Saxon Warrior was a perfect platform to test how far we've come because we started from scratch," Royal Navy Lt. Cmdr. James Capps said in a press release."We're trying to get in a position that when the Queen Elizabeth comes online, we can operate her as an embryonic carrier s...
Famous birthdays for July 6: George W. Bush, Kevin Hart

Famous birthdays for July 6: George W. Bush, Kevin Hart

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July 6 (UPI) -- Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer.They include:-- John Paul Jones, founder of the U.S. Navy, in 1747-- Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in 1907-- Singer LaVerne Andrews of the Andrews Sisters in 1911-- Former U.S. first lady Nancy Reagan in 1921-- TV entertainer/producer Merv Griffin in 1925-- Rock 'n' roll pioneer Bill Haley ("Rock Around The Clock") in 1925-- Actor Janet Leigh in 1927-- Singer/actor Della Reese in 1931 (age 86) File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI -- The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader/Nobel Peace Prize laureate, in 1935 (age 82)-- Actor Ned Beatty in 1937 (age 80)-- Actor Burt Ward in 1945 (age 72)-- Actor Sylvester Stallone in 1946 (age 71)-- Former U.S. President George W. Bush in 1946 (age 71)-- Actor Shelley Hack in 1947 (age 70)-- Ac...