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Illustrator Chris Riddell accuses John Lewis over Christmas ad

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Image caption The ad features a monster called Moz and a boy named Joe

John Lewis has been accused of copying a 1986 book by former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell in its latest Christmas advert.

Writing on social media, the illustrator accused the retail giant of “helping themselves” to his book Mr Underbed in its festive campaign.

Both feature a small boy who discovers a giant cuddly monster under his bed.

John Lewis responded by insisting “the main thrust” of its advert’s story was “utterly different to Chris Riddell’s”.

It said: “The story of a big hairy monster under the bed which keeps a child from sleeping is a universal tale which has been told many times over many years.

“Ours is a Christmas story of friendship and fun between Joe and Moz the Monster, in which Joe receives a night light which helps him get a good night’s sleep.”

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Image caption Mr Underbed was originally published in 1986

Riddell’s story features a small boy whose attempts to find another place for Mr Underbed to sleep lead to the discovery that he shares his bedroom with various other hidden creatures.

Writing on Tumblr on Thursday, Riddell said it was “very generous of John Lewis to devote their Christmas advertising campaign to my 1986 picture book… in this age of shrinking publicity budgets”.

The author and illustrator said he was not interested in “a protracted and arcane legal action” but was merely concerned with having “the issue of accreditation” highlighted.

“Going forward, it’s important that young creative people have their work credited in the proper way,” he told BBC News.

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Image caption Riddell’s other books include the award-winning Goth Girl series

The writer conceded that the advert’s plot was “different to the underlying story in Mr Underbed” but still said he felt there were clear parallels.

“What piqued my interest was that the actual premise was remarkably similar,” he said. “There are similarities there and I was just pointing that up.”

His accusations attracted support from fellow author Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who likened John Lewis to “grinches [that] nick something from under the spreading tree of other people’s creativity”.

The John Lewis advert was created by advertising agency adam&eveDDB, is directed by Michel Gondry and features a cover version of The Beatles’ Golden Slumbers by Elbow.

Brighton-based Riddell was the ninth Children’s Laureate, holding the post between 2015 and 2017.

The 55-year-old is the creator of the award-winning Goth Girl novels, a three-time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration and The Observer’s political cartoonist.

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Jamie Oliver bans daughter, 14, from posting selfies

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TV chef Jamie Oliver has said he has banned his 14-year-old daughter from sharing selfies, describing them as the unhealthy “sugar of social media”.

“We ban Daisy from doing selfies and mainly she doesn’t, but a couple slip up,” the father-of-five told the Lifestyle News Hound podcast.

Oliver, 42, says he is among the first generation of parents learning to deal with children sharing photos online.

He and wife Jools regularly post family photos on their own Instagram pages.

But Oliver, a prominent campaigner for healthy eating, described teenage girls’ use of Instagram as “frightening”.

‘Pouty lips’

He said: “I’m going to generalise massively here, but from my observation so far, at 13 to 14, the kind of pictures that girls are putting up, just from what I’ve seen, split off 50:50.

“[There’s] normal young girl, and then this weird hybrid of – dare I say it – quite porno sort of luscious kind of pouty lips, sort of pushing boobs out.”

He said he did not “even want to look” at photos of other girls that 14-year-old Daisy had shown him.

“I’m like really? Are their parents not over that like a rash?”

However, Jamie and Jools Oliver are not against Instagram itself – and frequently post snaps of family holidays and days out that they are happy to share with the public.

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Oliver added: “Because of the ‘like’ thing, it’s kind of almost the sugar of social media.

“It’s a quick way to get some kind of pat on the back or love.”

The NSPCC charity has told parents it is vital to spot inappropriate behaviour online – and has a Net Aware guide to social media sites young people are using.

The charity identified a number of risks for children using Instagram, including strangers following them and people taking screenshots and sharing photos without their permission.

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Star Wars: Princes William and Harry are stormtroopers in The Last Jedi

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Image caption Princes Harry and William with John Boyega and other members of The Last Jedi cast and crew

Princes William and Harry have cameo roles as stormtroopers in the next Star Wars film, actor John Boyega has said.

The royals visited the set of The Last Jedi in April 2016 and were rumoured to have filmed a scene in disguise.

Now Boyega, who plays reformed stormtrooper Finn, has confirmed that he shared a scene with the pair “wrapped in stormtroopers costumes”.

The actor also appeared to confirm that actor Tom Hardy appears beside them, also beneath a face-obscuring helmet.

Boyega’s confirmation came during a taping of a “round table” interview for the Hollywood Reporter. The film website has reported his quotes but has yet to make the audio available.

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Image caption The Duke of Cambridge got a hug from Chewbacca while visiting Pinewood Studios

It quoted the British actor as saying it was “a great experience” to shoot the scene with the princes, and that it made for a “strange contrast of a weird family”.

In April, Boyega said “no comment” when asked whether William and Harry would be making cameo appearances. The royals were on the film set in 2016 as part of an official visit to Pinewood Studios.

Take That singer Gary Barlow has also revealed that he has a part in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is out in cinemas in December.

The BBC has tried to contact Prince William and Harry’s communications secretary and a spokesperson for Disney, owner of the Star Wars brand.

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Debbie McGee hits back at feud rumours with Alexandra Burke

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Image caption Debbie McGee says newspaper reports about a falling out with Alexandra Burke are wrong

Debbie McGee has rubbished rumours of a feud between her and fellow Strictly contestant Alexandra Burke, saying the pair are “the closest of friends”.

She spoke as she prepared to take part in the show’s Blackpool week, live from the Tower Ballroom.

McGee, whose late husband Paul Daniels danced on the BBC One show, said competing in the ballroom was going to be “the most amazing experience”.

The only negative side of Strictly was dealing with tabloid stories, she said.

Speaking about the supposed row with singer and actress Burke, which has appeared in various newspapers, she added: “All I would say is you can’t believe anything you’re reading in the paparazzi press.

“We have a really special friendship,” she said, adding of the reports: “It’s absolute rubbish.”

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Image caption McGee is partnered with Giovanni Pernice

McGee, who was mid-way through a break between rehearsals with dance partner Giovanna Pernice. also said there had also been claims that she had fallen out with Luba Mushtuj, Pernice’s professional partner.

She said the tabloid rumours were “the only bit that’s horrible about Strictly – and it’s nothing to do with any of us, because there hasn’t been any feuding with anyone”.

McGee, who’s one of the favourites to win the dancing show, added: “This year the producers have said they’ve never had a unit that all got on so well.

“We all adore each other. It’s a competition, but we’re all rooting for each other. We all want each other to do as well as we possibly can.”

She is dancing a samba to a Spice Girls medley on Saturday night’s show, and said that she “hasn’t stopped laughing” since it started in September and that she feels “proud to be able to stand up for the older woman”.


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Paloma Faith on childbirth and motherhood

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Paloma Faith thinks parents should all be a lot more honest about the realities of childbirth and their experiences of looking after their babies.

That’s why the singer and new mum is so keen to share her own “terrible birth” with Woman’s Hour, along with some of the things that surprised her most in those early months.

Paloma, -who’s back this month with her first album since returning to work, The Architect – also revealed the best and worst parenting advice she’s received so far.

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Jeffrey Tambor accused over ‘physical’ behaviour

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Image caption Trace Lysette (left) said Jeffrey Tambor made “many sexual advances and comments at me”

Transparent actor Jeffrey Tambor has said he is “not a predator” after a transgender actress on the show claimed he “got physical” with her on set.

Trace Lysette, who plays yoga teacher Shea on the Amazon show, claims Tambor pressed against her and made “quick, discreet thrusts back and forth”.

Tambor said he was “deeply sorry if any action… was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive”.

He added: “For all my flaws, I am not a predator.”

In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, Lysette said Tambor had made “many sexual advances and comments at me” and his behaviour was “inappropriate”.

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Image caption Tambor has four children with his wife Kasia

During the alleged physical encounter, which she said took place during the filming of Transparent’s second season, Lysette said she had “felt his penis on [her] hip through his thin pajamas [sic]”.

“I pushed him off of me… laughed it off and rolled my eyes,” she is quoted as saying.

In response, Tambor said he had been accused of behaviour “that any civilized person would condemn unreservedly”.

He admitted he was not always “the easiest person to work with”, adding: “I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact.

“But I have never been a predator – ever. I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone.

“But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express.”

Amazon investigation

Tambor, 73, has won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for his role as Maura Pfefferman, Transparent’s transgender matriarch.

Amazon is already conducting an internal investigation after another transgender woman who worked as Tambor’s personal assistant had revealed her employer – whom she did not directly name – had acted inappropriately.

In response, Tambor said any implication that he had acted improperly was “baseless”.

The star, who has four children with his second wife, previously appeared as Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show.

He is the latest actor to be accused of sexual harassment.

Kevin Spacey, Sylvester Stallone and Dustin Hoffman are among those to be accused in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations.

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Plans for £8.5m Gainsborough centre

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Image caption The new building would give ‘the nation a centre for one if its greatest artists’

The latest plans for an £8.5m centre to commemorate a world-renowned artist have been revealed.

Gainsborough’s House wants to redevelop a former labour exchange building at the rear of its existing museum in the centre of Sudbury, Suffolk.

The plans include a gallery showing the best of Thomas Gainsborough’s full-length portraits.

Museum director Mark Bills said the project would “give the nation a centre for one of its greatest artists”.

The plans were drawn up following a public consultation earlier this year.

Thomas Gainsborough was born in 1727, the youngest of nine children, and spent much of his childhood sketching in the woods and fields surrounding Sudbury.

‘Enormous support’

He left Suffolk at 13 to train under French painter and illustrator Hubert-Francois Gravelot, before returning to Sudbury in 1746.

When he died in 1788, he was widely considered to be one of the greatest artists of his era.

Mr Bills said: “The renovation will reveal and immerse visitors in the charm of the house where Gainsborough was born and lived as a child.

“The nationally-significant project represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Gainsborough’s House.

“It has enormous support, yet we still need to secure £1m by March 2018 to ensure the project goes ahead.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund has said it will put in more than £4m if the project can match the sum.

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Image caption The aim of the project is to ensure the continued recognition of Thomas Gainsborough’s life and art

The new building will feature exhibition spaces for loans, a community gallery for printmakers, contemporary artists and schools.

There will also be a landscape studio with the view of the countryside replicated in Gainsborough’s famous portrait “Mr and Mrs Andrews“.

The museum said the project would share insights into the artist’s personal and family life, as well as his art.

Image caption Thomas Gainsborough is said to have transformed British landscape and portrait painting
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Donald Trump’s ‘Spitting Image’ to go on show

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Media captionThe rubber caricature was designed by one of the creators of satirical TV show Spitting Image.

A rubber caricature of US President Donald Trump designed by one of the creators of satirical TV show Spitting Image is to go on display.

The show’s co-creator Roger Law said he was approached by US network NBC about rebooting the show.

The American spin-off is expected to be penned by US writers, although the puppets will be made in the UK.

Law’s Trump puppet will go on display in Norwich as part of a retrospective of the artist’s work.

On Trump getting the Spitting Image treatment, Mr Law said: “I am a reformed old gentleman but I get very angry about things.

“It’s puppets, not people so you can get away with murder.”

Asked if he thought the US leader would post a critique about his puppet parody, Law said: “That’ll get a few more viewers… He spends six hours a day watching television so of course he’ll watch it.”

Roger Law created Spitting Image in the 1980s alongside Peter Fluck and Martin Lambie-Nairn.

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Image caption Trump is the “startling” image in the Sainsbury’s Centre exhibition, its deputy director said

Image caption Roger Law said he was unsure how the puppet would be used as Trump “satirises himself”

The show ran for 13 years, parodying figures from Margaret Thatcher to Arthur Scargill.

The exhibition will feature an array of the Ely-based artist’s work, including some of the puppets as well as his work as a ceramic artist, which has seen him establish himself in Jingdezhen, one of China’s most famous porcelain centres.

Mr Law described walking through the retrospective as “like drowning”, adding: “All these images you’ve done in the past come back to haunt you.”

The Trump puppet will stand alongside a number of other near life-size upper torso puppets including a Spitting Image Margaret Thatcher.

The gallery’s deputy director Ghislaine Wood said: “This is the first time the new Trump puppet will be shown. It is certainly the startling object in the exhibition.”

The exhibition Roger Law: From Satire to Ceramics will run from November 18 until April 3 2018 at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

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From Samaritans to prosthetic limbs

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A Samaritans volunteer listens.Image copyrightPhillip Job

Photography students seek to reveal the world around them for their final projects on the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course.

Ivan Vanjic

On 11 July 1995, the UN safe-zone of Srebrenica, with its mainly Bosnian Muslim population, was surrendered to the advancing Serb forces.

Men from the age of 14 to 65 were separated from the women, who were transported to Muslim-controlled land. Aware of the developing situation, hundreds of men headed to the surrounding mountains in search of cover and safe passage to friendly territory in the city of Tuzla.

However, the refugee convoy was ambushed by the Serb forces.

Ramiz stands in the forestImage copyrightIvan Vranjic

It has been 22 years since the fall of the Srebrenica enclave. Many never returned to Srebrenica because of the remaining hostilities between the Serb and Bosnian Muslim population.

Ivan Vanjic photographed those who have. Ramiz, one of the survivors of the so-called “march of death”, returned to his family home.

Upon his return, Ramiz set out to explore the surrounding woodlands in search of the remains of his fallen father and brothers.

His family was later found in one of the many mass graves surrounding Srebrenica.

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Ramiz holds a human bone.Image copyrightIvan Vranjic

Many are still missing and many will never be found.

Jelca Kollatsch

Millions of people worldwide are in need of prosthetic limbs, with a large proportion of these individuals living in developing countries.

Jelca Kollatsch’s project aims to shed light on this issue.

A doctor holds a 3D printed socket.Image copyrightJelca Kollatsch

She investigates the current situation of individuals in need of prosthetic limbs, the hopes of 3D printing technology and whether it is the answer to the mobility and independence problems currently experienced.

A woman tries on a prosthetic leg.Image copyrightJelca Kollatsch

In Uganda, 25-year old Joan lost her leg because of lack of emergency infrastructure after a traffic accident.

She had difficulty affording an adequate prosthesis, so was forced to walk with crutches.

However, thanks to her participation in a trial study, she is being fitted with a good standard prosthesis.

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Like Joan, 13-year-old Jessy also lost his leg in a traffic accident.

However, despite their poverty, his grandmother managed to organise good quality prosthesis for him. He is now also participating in the 3D printing study.

Katie Waggett

Katie Waggett’s series explores London’s religious diversity through portraits of Londoners in the clothing they wear to worship.

It highlights the diverse cultural identities that interact in the densely populated city, while providing insight into the lifestyles, values and traditions of Londoners from a broad range of backgrounds.

A woman in a headscarf.Image copyrightKatie Waggett

“Sunday Best is my portrait of London, the London I know, and a community I am proud to call my home,” says Waggett.

“It invites the viewer to consider London’s unique identity as a flourishing multicultural city, home to a kaleidoscopic mix of religious identities and a freedom of lifestyles.”

A pair of young girls in religious dress.Image copyrightKatie Waggett

Waggett continues: “The project aims to counteract the fear brought on by recent events that different religions, races and nationalities cannot live together harmoniously.

“It recognises that those who oppose the values that are so clearly integral to my city are few and far between.”

Phillip Job

In his project, Phillip Job asks: “When was the last time you really listened to someone?”

A Samaritans volunteer listens.Image copyrightPhillip Job

He believes that it’s rare that someone will give another their undivided attention, not thinking about their own thoughts, but just listening.

His project is a study of listening, as practised by some of the 17,000 volunteers at the Samaritans helpline.

A Samaritans volunteer listens with his head in his hands.Image copyrightPhillip Job

It is clear from his images what it is like to truly listen, and give someone undivided attention.

Doma Dovgialo

Doma Dovgialo attempts to understand the inner self through photography, trying to get inside the mind of the photo’s subject.

“The only way that seemed possible was to invite them to be both observer and creator of such a portrait,” Dovgialo says. “Perhaps we may never fully understand the journey through schizophrenia or depression, but we should definitely try.”

A man with circles drawn over his face.Image copyrightDoma Dovgialo

All the works from the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course can be seen from 16-20 November at the London College of Communication, SE1.

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Fantastic Beasts 2: First look at Jude Law’s young Dumbledore

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Image caption The cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald includes Jude Law (far left), Johnny Depp (far right) and Eddie Redmayne (fourth right)

The first image from JK Rowling’s second Fantastic Beasts film has been revealed.

The film’s full title, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, has also been announced.

Eddie Redmayne is returning as Newt Scamander and getting a new co-star in Jude Law as a younger Albus Dumbledore, who is known to Harry Potter fans as the headmaster of Hogwarts.

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Image caption Jude Law will take on the role of Young Dumbledore

There has been speculation that Jude Law’s Dumbledore will be openly gay.

A decade ago, JK Rowling said the character was gay in a Q&A with fans.

Dumbledore was played by Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the Harry Potter films.

Rowling also revealed that when he was young, Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald – now played in the Fantastic Beasts films by Johnny Depp.

Depp’s return to the film series has attracted criticism from some fans who said he shouldn’t have been cast again after being accused of assaulting his ex-wife Amber Heard last year.

The first Fantastic Beasts film came out last year and won an Oscar for best costume design, making it the first of Rowling’s Wizarding World films to win an Academy Award.

It also marked the first time the author had turned her hand to screenwriting.

The spin-off started as a small volume of books released for the Comic Relief charity but it is now a film franchise – Rowling has said she is planning a total of five Fantastic Beasts movies.


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