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Past articles by Heather:

George Michael's generosity revealed in accounts emerging after his death

George Michael is being remembered for his acts of generosity as well as his contribution to music today. The pop icon, who died on Christmas Day leaving an estate worth millions, was born into a struggling, working-class north London home. Anecdotes about his generosity never made the tabloids when accounts of his sexual encounters in toilets, mishaps, arrests and drug-taking could be splashed… → Read More

George Michael dead: A man of conviction, unafraid to lay himself bare

By April, 2016 had taken David Bowie and Prince suddenly and unexpectedly. Just days before drawing to a close, it has claimed another queer pop icon who dismantled the boundaries of masculinity. Born in north London to an English dancer and Cypriot restaurant owner, George Michael was a working class hero whose life began above a laundrette where his parents struggled to make ends meet. → Read More

Berlin attack: Brexit figurehead Arron Banks suggests Angela Merkel 'might as well have' driven lorry herself

Arron Banks, the biggest financial donor to the Leave campaign, has suggested the German Chancellor Angela Merkel "might as well have" driven the lorry used in the Berlin market attack because of her policy on accepting refugees. → Read More

Queen to step down as patron from 25 organisations before 91st birthday, including Save the Children and NSPCC

The Queen is to step down as Patron of a number of organisations and charities before her 91st birthday, Buckingham Palace has announced. Queen Elizabeth II will now pass on patronages from organisations including the Holocaust Day Memorial Trust, NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), Barnardo’s and Save the Children UK to other members of the royal family. → Read More

Sarah Palin tweet using Kanye West lyrics to mock New York Times goes awry

While Donald Trump becomes increasingly bellicose on Twitter, fellow Republican firebrand Sarah Palin is now looking to Kanye West for inspiration behind ill-advised tweets. → Read More

David Foster denies he is planning Donald Trump's inauguration: 'I politely declined'

Persuading singers to perform at his inauguration isn’t the only problem Donald Trump seems to be having. The ceremony that will pronounce him the 45th President of the United States is still only in the formative stages and yet already proving difficult. High-profile figures are hardly rushing to attach their names to the gig. Now David Foster, renowned record producer and father to supermodel… → Read More

George Osborne 'hurt' by Paralympic booing because children were in the audience

George Osborne has said he was hurt by being booed during the Paralympic medal presentation ceremony because his two teenage children were in the audience. The former Chancellor of the Exchequer’s unpopularity was keenly felt when the crowd began to boo as he presented medals to the winners of the Men’s T38 400m in September. → Read More

Michael Sheen clarifies comments about swapping acting for activism

Michael Sheen has clarified comments he made about swapping acting for activism. → Read More

Pope Francis turns 80: Pontiff celebrates birthday by having breakfast with homeless people

Pope Francis has turned 80 today, a milestone birthday he celebrated by sharing breakfast with eight homeless people in the Vatican before heading to Mass. The Pope continues to be a charismatic, lively and energetic leader of the Catholic Church, despite losing a lung to an infection as a teenager. But becoming an octogenarian has left him grappling with his mortality. ”For some days now, I… → Read More

Michael Moore calls for protests and civil disobedience to stop Donald Trump two days before Electoral College votes

Michael Moore has issued an urgent message to Americans to get out and stop Donald Trump from being inaugurated as President, before it is too late. → Read More

Michael Sheen will quit acting to become a full-time activist over fears of far-right populism

Michael Sheen is so disturbed by the rise of far-right populism he is quitting acting to become an activist, and says he does not know if his relationship with Sarah Silverman will survive. Sheen will leave Silverman, his partner of two years, and family in Los Angeles and move to Port Talbot in south Wales to combat the wave of “demagogic, fascistic” politics he believes has engulfed the West… → Read More

Justin Trudeau on Canada: We are subject to same kinds of tensions that so much of the world is facing

Justin Trudeau agrees Canada is a “special” place, but he is keen to remind people that it still has its own set of problems. Images of the Canadian Prime Minister welcoming Syrian refugees immortalised Canada, in the minds of many, as a safe haven in such a volatile and increasingly divided global landscape. Mr Trudeau agress the country has become a beacon for many, but he is also encouraging… → Read More

Michelle Obama gives stark summary of national mood: This is what not having hope feels like

While Donald Trump capitalised on national anger to secure his election victory, Barack Obama’s message throughout two successful presidential campaigns was always one of hope. But Michelle Obama says the world is now coming to understand “what not having hope feels like”. → Read More

Bob Geldof is sick of hearing 'Do They Know it's Christmas Time' in supermarkets

Anyone fed up with being subjected to "Do They Know It's Christmas?" repeatedly once December hits is not alone. Bob Geldof’s patience is wearing thin too. The outspoken Boomtown Rats singer says he has no regrets about writing the song because it raised millions of pounds. Geldof remains apathetic to anyone who does level criticism at him: “My response is I don't give a f***”. → Read More

Amanda Knox essay explores what leads women to make false confessions

Amanda Knox has written an essay exploring how and why false confessions are extracted from innocent women after a nine-year ordeal that saw her convicted and acquitted of murder. → Read More

Rolf Harris will not have to appear in court for sex abuse trial because of age and poor health, judge rules

Rolf Harris has been spared from having to physically appear in court in his sex assault trial because of his age, in what could be a legal first. The former entertainer, 86, will follow proceedings at Southwark Crown Court in London via a video link from Stafford Prison, a judge has ruled. Harris is accused of attacking seven women and girls, including a child under the age of 13. Some of the… → Read More

Rio Ferdinand donates £500,000 worth of toys to children who would otherwise go without at Christmas

Rio Ferdinand has donated toys worth £500,000 to charity as part of a drive to ensure children do not go without presents on Christmas Day. The former Manchester United footballer made the donation to Key 103’s Cash for Kids and the Mission Christmas Appeal campaign. → Read More

Kanye West and Donald Trump: 'The two most powerful American narcissists in the same room'

Rapper Kanye West's meeting with Donald Trump may have left many perplexed, but American comedian Stephen Colbert says he understands the significance of their 15-minute conversation. → Read More

Paralympian says signing euthanasia papers is the reason she is still living

A Paralympian who won silver and bronze medals at the Rio Games claims signing euthanasia papers prevented her from taking her own life. Marieke Vervoort, a Belgian wheelchair sprinter, won the 100m gold at London 2012 before adding to her medal haul in Brazil. Her success led to celebrity status in her hometown of Diest, earning her the nickname: 'The Beast from Diest’. → Read More

Daily Mail's US political editor tipped for role in Trump team

The US political editor of the Daily Mail has reportedly been interviewed for a position in Donald Trump’s administration. David Martosko has been tipped as a contender for his team, according to a report by Politico. A former public relations man, Mr Martsok joined The Daily Mail in 2013 after two years at the Daily Caller. → Read More