Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage warns fans not to buy huskies


Peter Dinklage is asking Game of Thrones fans to stop buying huskies after the number of them being abandoned started to rise.

Charities think it’s because Northern Inuit dogs, which look like huskies, appear in the TV series.

Peter, who plays Tyrion Lannister, wants people to take on “deserving homeless dogs” instead.

“If you’re going to bring a dog into your family, make sure that you’re prepared,” he says.

“Shelters are also reporting that many of these huskies are being abandoned – as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding their needs.”


Image caption Dogs called “Direwolves” feature on the TV show

The charity Blue Cross also says people don’t realise how much work is involved in looking after a husky.

“Huskies can pull sleds across hundreds of miles of icy terrain. They are not happy with simply slobbing in front of the telly.”

Before Game of Thrones started in 2011, the number of huskies being abandoned was around 10 per year, but Blue Cross said last year 81 of the dogs were abandoned.

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The wolf-like dogs are originally from Siberia and have distinctive blue or multi-coloured eyes.

They can be up to 60cm long, weigh up to 27kg and take a lot of exercise and care.

Blue Cross says the dogs have wolf-like features and like chasing small animals and howling.

This isn’t the first time a TV show has caused people to go out and buy a particular pet.

101 Dalmatians and Legally Blonde were both reported to have caused increases in sales of Dalmatians and Chihuahuas respectively.

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Boardmasters festival-goers given meningitis treatment

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Image caption Festival-goers have been given antibiotics after the confirmed case of meningococcal disease

Festival-goers have been given antibiotics after an 18-year-old man became critically ill with meningitis.

Public Health England (PHE) told the Bristol Post it was investigating the diagnosis at Boardmasters festival in Newquay, Cornwall.

The teenager is a student at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College in Bristol, which saw two cases of meningococcal infection last spring.

Festival organisers said he had been unwell in the days before the event.

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Deputy director of health protection at PHE’s South West Health Protection Team, Mike Wade, said his thoughts were with the family of the critically ill patient.

“We want to reassure people that all appropriate public health actions are being taken,” he said.

“It is highly unlikely that this case is related to the previous cases at St Brendan’s which occurred 14 months ago.

“The student has not attended the college since the end of the summer term at the beginning of July.”

What is meningitis?

  • An infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord
  • Most common in babies, children, teenagers and young adults
  • Symptoms develop suddenly and can include a high temperature over 37.5C, a dislike of bright lights and a stiff neck
  • Can cause a blotchy rash that doesn’t fade when a glass is rolled over it (but this won’t always develop)
  • Usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection
  • The viruses and bacteria that cause meningitis can be spread through sneezing, coughing, kissing, and sharing utensils and toothbrushes

Source: NHS Choices

It is not known if the man contracted the disease at the festival, but administering antibiotics to close contacts was “standard procedure” with confirmed cases of meningitis, PHE said.

The organisers and medical teams at Boardmasters Festival confirmed an 18-year-old was transferred to a hospital in Cornwall after being treated on site.

Dr Aaron Pennell, medical director of Emergency Doctor Medical Services, which was providing medical support at the festival said the teenager was seen and assessed by two intensive care doctors and two critical care paramedics who were part of the medical team on the site.

“The patient was assessed fully including initial blood and urine tests to identify life-threatening illness that were all initially negative,” he said.

“He was transferred with a doctor and paramedic to hospital after his condition deteriorated after transfer to a welfare area.”

The surfing and music festival ran from Wednesday 9 August to Sunday.

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Daniel Craig is back as Bond: How did fans react?

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Daniel Craig will be reprising his role as James Bond one more time.

“I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait,” he said on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday.

Although some people on social media weren’t too thrilled about the news, a lot of fans are excited about the actor’s return.

One Twitter user is so happy about the announcement that it’s probably going to be all they’ll be talking about for a while:

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Daniel Craig is doing another James Bond and your gonna have to deal with me flailing about this for the next two weeks, at least.

— James Evans (@shesJamesEvans) August 16, 2017

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James Evans wrote: “Daniel Craig is doing another James Bond and your [sic] gonna have to deal with me flailing about this for the next two weeks, at least.”

From one Craig to another, the actor has won singer Craig David’s approval too:

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Love this! Top boy👏🏽🇬🇧 https://t.co/y4UAIq7Uq4

— Craig David (@CraigDavid) August 16, 2017

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The pop star tweeted: “Love this! Top boy.”

Ajay Chowdhury, editor of the James Bond International Fan Club magazine, told BBC 5 live: “He’s been the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful actor to play Bond.

“He’s made Bond such an iconic character, no-one thought Bond would still be this important and get this much attraction.”

While many fans are pleased to see Daniel Craig back as Bond, some people think it’s time to give another actor a go.

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Seriously Daniel Craig is too old to play James Bond, 4 movies was quite enough.

— Prem Mohanty (@philipbkk) August 16, 2017

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Prem Mohanty wrote on Twitter: “Seriously Daniel Craig is too old to play James Bond, 4 movies was quite enough.”

Idris Elba had been widely tipped in the past to take over, but that’s not going to happen – yet, at least.

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Daniel Craig returning as Bond? Thoroughly enjoyed his Bond films but I was ready for @idriselba tbh!

— Hood Economist (@DISUNOMICS) August 16, 2017

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A Twitter user named Hood Economist wrote: “Daniel Craig returning as Bond? Thoroughly enjoyed his Bond films but I was ready for @idriselba tbh!”

What we know about the next film so far

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  • It will be released in US cinemas on 8 November 2019 with a traditional earlier release in the UK
  • There’s no title yet – for now, it’s just known as Bond 25
  • It will be scripted by long-standing Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have been writing the films since 1999’s The World is Not Enough
  • Daniel Craig has said this will be his last time playing 007, fulfilling his five-film contract

Craig as Bond – in numbers

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Image caption We feel sorry for whoever handles Bond’s car insurance…
  • 13 – Daniel Craig will have been James Bond for 13 years
  • 51 – his age when his final film is released, making him only the second actor to play Bond as a 50-something, after Roger Moore
  • $3.1bn – the total global box office takings for Craig’s Bond films so far
  • $37m – the value of the cars Bond trashed for Spectre in 2015, according to Gary Powell, the film’s chief stunt co-ordinator, who spoke to the Daily Mail

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Hospital garden in Cambridge to honour Syd Barrett

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Image caption With the band: Syd Barrett (left) and Stephen Pyle on drums in 1960s group Those Without

A childhood friend of Pink Floyd legend Syd Barrett is developing a hospital garden in his honour.

Syd’s Garden will be “laced with little clues” about the singer, according to Stephen Pyle.

Designed as a restful area for patients and staff, it will open in the grounds of Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 2018.

Barrett, a founder member of Pink Floyd, died in 2006 after living locally as a semi-recluse.

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The garden has been designed by sculptor Mr Pyle and Paul Herrington, a garden designer. Their charity, Art Garden Health, creates and maintains green spaces for NHS hospitals at no public cost.

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Image caption Syd’s Garden will open in the grounds of Addenbrooke’s Hospital in 2018

Addenbrooke’s offered them a plot a year ago – and fundraising got under way.

Mr Pyle knew Barrett as a young man when the two began Saturday art classes at Cambridge’s Homerton College.

They were also members of band Those Without, which toured Cambridge youth clubs and pubs between 1963 and 1965.

They studied together at the Cambridge School of Art before Barrett left for London – and Mr Pyle began a career in theatre set design.

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Image caption Freewheeling: The centrepiece will be a sculpture celebrating Barrett’s student days

“Syd’s sister said he liked roses,” said Mr Pyle.

“And there’ll be a striped colour theme, which fans will recognise.

“The artwork on his first solo album is turquoise and orange, and Paul worked with those colours.

“There’s also a nod to Abbey Road’s crossing.”

The centrepiece will be a circular sculpture, depicting a teenage Barrett on a bicycle, armed with a guitar and a paint palette.

“This was the Syd I knew at art school,” said Mr Pyle.

“The 18-year-old, the free wheeler.

“He wasn’t ambitious for glory, just very creative and anarchic. He was very charismatic – and very, very talented.”

He described Barrett as a “celebrated son of Cambridge”, who returned to the city and lived as a recluse until his death in 2006.

Image caption A blue plaque was dedicated to Syd Barrett in Cambridge as part of BBC Music Day 2017

In October 2016 a specially-designed artwork unveiled in the foyer of the Cambridge Corn Exchange in October 2016, where he played his last live gig.

A blue plaque was also dedicated to him in Cambridge as part of BBC Music Day 2017.

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Musical creator reveals Elvis’s ‘secret vice’


Wednesday marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.

An exhibition is coming to the UK that will focus on the King’s later touring years, including more than 40 of his trademark jumpsuits.

Philip Norman, a music journalist and the creator of the musical This is Elvis: Viva Las Vegas, reflects on the later period of the performer’s career.

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Lady Gaga asks black community for help to ‘do better’ after Charlottesville


Lady Gaga has asked “people of colour” for advice on how white people can support the black community following recent events in Charlottesville.

She faced fierce criticism when she first tried to share her views on racism in the US.

A hashtag she started, #ThisIsNotUs, trended following clashes between white supremacists and anti-fascists.

But many claimed the use of the hashtag, by white Twitter users, was a form of denial.

Critics say #ThisIsNotUs promoted “distancing” from violence and deeper problems in US society and say American history is full of instances that show racism is part of its white culture.

Saying that, ‘We are all the same’ is the worst thing a white person can do
Chardine Taylor-Stone
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Lady Gaga has now asked for help on what she, and her followers, can do.

“It’s very obvious that there is a race problem and it has taken for this to happen for people like Lady Gaga to understand that,” UK-based writer and activist Chardine Taylor-Stone tells Newsbeat.

“Do you not know the history of your own country?”

America’s history was raised by Donald Trump during a press conference on Tuesday, where he asked if Americans should stop celebrating George Washington because he had once owned slaves.

Chardine believes “saying that, ‘We are all the same’ is the worst thing a white person can do.”

“We need to accept there are differences and by saying, ‘We are all the same’ flattens out other people’s identities and that often ignores some of the issues.”


Image caption Lady Gaga was talking about violent clashes at a ‘Unite The Right’ march in America, where one woman was killed and many injured

But Chardine says she wants to encourage people to share their feelings, because she believes the support of allies in today’s fight for equality is “extremely important”.

“There are statistics that say most white people don’t have any people of colour in their immediate social circle,” she says.

She urges supportive non-POC to share facts from educated sources, such as Black Lives Matter, to their followers, who are more likely to be non-POC themselves.

Say, ‘We need to listen, we need to support, we need to educate ourselves on white supremacy’
Charine Taylor-Stone

“It’s really important for us to keep sharing this information because it’s all connected to people who have never even heard of the stuff that’s going on,” she says.

“Share and spread that information and say, ‘We need to listen, we need to support, we need to educate ourselves on white supremacy.'”

Lady Gaga’s fans also had some suggestions on how she can engage more positively in race issues and the white supremacy problem in he US.


However, the response wasn’t all positive.


She was also criticised by a Twitter account called White Nonsense Roundup, which likened Lady Gaga’s request to a rape victim teaching a rapist why his actions were wrong.

The singer also polled fans over Donald Trump’s recent comments that there was blame on “both sides” in Charlottesville and told followers that the president’s father was arrested in 1927 following a Ku Klux Klan march.

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Chris Brown speaks about Rihanna assault

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Image caption Chris Brown said he and Rihanna had a volatile relationship

Chris Brown has spoken about his assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna, describing how a violent relationship culminated with him punching her.

The Barbados-born singer was pictured bruised and with a split lip after Brown attacked her in his car in 2009.

In a new documentary, he said Rihanna had been kicking and hitting him during an argument about another woman before he “really hit her” and bit her arm.

He said he felt like a “monster” and the fight would “haunt me forever”.

Brown received five years probation and a community service order for the assault.

In the documentary, Chris Brown: Welcome to my Life, he said the relationship started going downhill after he admitted being unfaithful with a former employee, despite previously denying it.

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Image caption The couple got back together after the assault but split for good in 2013

After that revelation, Brown said Rihanna “hated” him and their relationship turned increasingly volatile.

“She didn’t care, she just didn’t trust me after that,” he said. “From there, it just went downhill because it would be fights, it would be verbal fights, physical fights as well…

“We were fighting each other. She would hit me, I would hit her. But it never was OK.”

‘I was in shock’

The infamous 2009 assault happened on the way back from a party where Rihanna spotted the other woman.

She then found a message from her on his phone, which led to them “arguing and arguing and arguing” in the car, he said.

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Image caption Chris Brown appeared in court in 2014 for a probation violation hearing

“I remember she was trying to kick me. It was just her just being upset. But then I really hit her. With a closed fist, like I punched her and it busted her lip. And when I saw it I was in shock. Why the hell did I hit her?

“From there, she just spit in my face, spit blood in my face, so it enraged me even more. It was a real fight in a car.”

He said he realised it was a “petty, stupid fight” and pulled over, and Rihanna drove home on her own.

Of the police picture of Rihanna that showed her injuries, he said: “I look back at that picture and I’m like, ‘That’s not me, bro’. I hate it to this day.

“That’s going to haunt me forever.”

The National Domestic Violence freephone helpline can be reached in the UK on 0808 2000 247.

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Liz Carr: Silent Witness star attacked with scissors

Liz Carr in Silent Witness

Silent Witness actress Liz Carr has been attacked by a man armed with scissors.

Carr, who plays forensic examiner Clarissa Mullery in the BBC One series, was with her personal assistant when the assault happened near London’s Euston station.

The 45-year-old, who uses a wheelchair, suffered minor cuts. Both women were taken to hospital and later discharged.

A man has been detained under the Mental Health Act, police said.

The incident happened on 10 August. A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “A man – aged in his 20s – was arrested at the scene on suspicion of GBH.

“He was taken into custody at a north London police station. He was subsequently detained under the Mental Health Act.”

Carr, also a comedian whose recent work includes Assisted Suicide: The Musical, has been using a wheelchair since she was seven.

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thank you for all the love today and always xxx

— Liz Carr (@thelizcarr) August 12, 2017

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Two days after the attack, her Silent Witness co-star Emilia Fox described Carr on Twitter as “one of the most phenomenal women alive, thank goodness!”.

Carr replied by thanking Fox for “all the love today and always”.

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Casey Affleck says Ben won’t do another Batman


In a video interview with WEEI sports radio on Tuesday, Ben Affleck’s younger brother addressed rumours surrounding DC Extended Universe’s troubled project The Batman.

Asked about his take on his brother’s performance, he said: “I thought he was an okay Batman”.

“No, he was great. He was great. He’s a hero, so he had something to channel and work with there,” he added.

“But he’s not gonna do that movie, I don’t think. That’s all I have to say.”

The film would mark Ben Affleck’s third turn as the caped crusader, after starring in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and the upcoming Justice League.

But the film, which was originally meant to be directed by Ben, has faced a few step backs since it started production under director Matt Reeves.

Rumours were reported of Ben’s personal life colluding with the film’s schedule and producers planning to “gracefully usher” him from the role.

These added to the fact that DC also decided to scrap the script Ben had written for the film.

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Image:Affleck will last appear in Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s upcoming Justice League

In July, Ben clarified the rumours saying he is “the luckiest guy in the world” for getting to play the Bat.

“Batman is the coolest f****** part in any universe. I am so thrilled to do it.”

On Tuesday, before Casey’s interview, Entertainment Weekly published an interview with Ben where the actor talks about the Justice League, and promises “a more traditional Batman”.

“He was holding on to a lot of anger, in a little bit of an irrational way,” he said.

“Whereas this is a much more traditional Batman. He’s heroic. He does things in his own way, but he wants to save people, help people.”

Justice League opens in the UK on 17 November.

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Roman Polanski faces new child abuse claim


The woman, who identified herself only as Robin, came forward on Tuesday to say she was “sexually victimised” by the French-Polish director.

She told a Los Angeles news conference Polanski had abused her in 1973 – four years before he had unlawful sexual intercourse with his original victim Samantha Geimer, who was 13 at the time.

Polanski’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Robin said she was prompted to reveal the incident after Geimer urged authorities to put the case to rest so she could get on with her life.

“I’m speaking out now so that Samantha and the world will know that she is not the only minor Roman Polanski victimised,” Robin said.

“I’m not over it and I certainly believe that Roman Polanski should be held accountable for his criminal conduct with Samantha Geimer.”

The acclaimed director pleaded guilty in 1978 to statutory rape in the case involving Ms Geimer, who accused him of drugging her and sexually assaulting her at a party in actor Jack Nicholson’s house while he was away.

Samantha Geimer appears in court
Image:Samantha Geimer was 13 when she was attacked by Polanski

As part of the plea agreement, some charges were dropped, and Polanski was promised he would spend 48 days in custody to undergo psychiatric evaluation before being released.

Following his release, Polanski fled to France over fears the plea deal would be scrapped and he would be sent to prison.

The Oscar-winning director of The Pianist and Chinatown has been on the run for nearly 40 years, and both Switzerland and Poland have previously denied US requests to extradite him.

Robin, who is being represented by the same lawyer who handled Ms Geimer’s case, says she was “infuriated” by her plea “not to incarcerate an 83-year-old man”.

Due to the statute of limitations, she will not be filing a civil complaint but is willing to testify under oath if there were ever a criminal trial.

“The day after it happened, I did tell one friend that Mr Polanski had done that to me,” she said on Tuesday.

“The reason, with this exception, that I kept it to myself is that I didn’t want my father to do something that might cause him to go to prison for the rest of his life.”

Robin is the third woman to accuse the director of sexual assault.

In 2010, British actress Charlotte Lewis accused Polanski of abusing her when she was 16, but did not file legal charges.

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