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‘It’s important to be fit, but you shouldn’t get too skinny’: Erin Heatherton on maintaining the perfect Victoria’s Secret body

December 26th, 2012

Erin Heatherton says being a Victoria’s Secret Angel has taught her about maintaining a good diet.

The 23-year-old says understanding women need to eat healthily as well as exercise has given her the killer body that led her to become one of the lingerie brand’s elite models alongside the likes of Miranda Kerr and Adriana Lima.

 

In action: Erin Heatherton put her bikini body on show in Miami, Florida on December 19

She said: ‘I’ve learned a lot about diet in my years of being an Angel. A mistake a lot of girls make is that they work out but don’t eat enough. If you’re not eating enough, all the work outs are doing, it’s not going to show.

‘You could be doing a million butt lifts, but your butt is not going to get any bigger because there is nothing to build on. Your body needs food to make that happen.’

Catwalk cutie: The blonde at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York in November

The 23-year-old recently walked the catwalk in the hotly-anticipated lingerie show for the fifth time, and says she gets up at 6am to start her strict exercise routine in order to perfect her well-toned curves.

Erin, who previously dated Leonardo DiCaprio, explained: ‘I work out twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. I’ll start with half an hour of running and then some yoga to stretch everything out so everything is warm. In the evening I do butt lifts.

‘It’s important to be fit, but you shouldn’t get too skinny. You need to have curves.’

Ex: Erin with her former boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio last year

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Christmas with the troops: The Obamas visit Marine base as the President prepares to cut Hawaii vacation short and return to Washington for fiscal cliff negotiations

December 26th, 2012

The President and First Lady wished the troops a merry Christmas with a visit to a U.S. Marine base on Tuesday.

His appearance with servicemen at a Christmas ceremony was his last public stop in Hawaii before he cuts short his vacation and flies back to Washington to return to negotiations over the fiscal cliff.

Barack Obama is expected to arrive in Washington early Thursday, the White House said Tuesday night. Michelle Obama and the couple’s two daughters will remain in Hawaii.

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Honoring the troops: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited Marines eating Christmas dinner at Marine Corps Base HawaiiHonoring the troops: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited Marines eating Christmas dinner at Marine Corps Base Hawaii

 

Nice to meet you: Obama personally thanked many of the Marines for their service to the nationNice to meet you: Obama personally thanked many of the Marines for their service to the nation

In the past, the president’s end-of-the-year holiday in his native state had stretched into the new year. The first family had left Washington last Friday night.

Congress has been expected to return to Washington late Thursday. Before he departed for Hawaii, Obama told reporters he expected to be back in the capital the following week.

 

Automatic budget cuts and tax increases are set to begin on January 1, which many economists say could send the country back into recession. So far, the president and congressional Republicans have been unable to reach agreement on any alternatives.

Lawmakers have expressed little but pessimism for the prospect of an agreement coming before the New Year. On Sunday, Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texas Republican, said she expects any action in the waning days of the year to be ‘a patch because in four days we can’t solve everything.’

Celebrity: The troops and their families lined to take photos of the Commander in Chief and meet him in personCelebrity: The troops and their families lined to take photos of the Commander in Chief and meet him in person

 

Keeper: Many of the Marines left with a souvenir photo of President and Mrs ObamaKeeper: Many of the Marines left with a souvenir photo of President and Mrs Obama

The Obamas were spending the holiday at a rented home near Honolulu. On Christmas Day, the president and first lady visited with Marines to express thanks for their service.

‘One of my favorite things is always coming to base on Christmas Day just to meet you and say thank you,’ the president said at Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s Anderson Hall. He said that being commander in chief was his greatest honor as president.

Obama took photos with individual service members and their families.

On Christmas Eve, Obama called members of the military to thank them for serving the nation, then joined his family for dinner, the White House said. The Obamas opened gifts Christmas morning, ate breakfast and sang carols.

Honored: Obama serving as the leader of U.S. forces is the greatest honor of being presidentHonored: Obama serving as the leader of U.S. forces is the greatest honor of being president

 

Morale booster: Mr and Mrs Obama took time out of their Christmas to thank the troops for serving and offer them supportMorale booster: Mr and Mrs Obama took time out of their Christmas to thank the troops for serving and offer them support

Friends were joining the Obamas for Christmas dinner Tuesday night, the White House said.

President Obama and his wife Michelle celebrated Christmas from their tropical Hawaii getaway as they released a more festive looking picture of themselves onto their Twitter feed.

Despite leaving for Mr. Obama’s home state of on Friday, the pair released the seasonal picture to the White House twitter feed today and spoke together during the weekly presidential address of how much they enjoy a White House Christmas.

Both the president and his wife spoke of the joy at spending the Holidays with loved ones and paid a special tribute to the men and women of the armed forces – serving abroad with their families in Afghanistan and in other deployments across the globe.

Phoning in: Mrs Obama took phone calls on Christmas Eve from Children across the country as they helped track Santa Claus with the help of NORADPhoning in: Mrs Obama took phone calls on Christmas Eve from Children across the country as they helped track Santa Claus with the help of NORAD

'Michelle and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays': President Obama and his wife Michelle released this picture of them speaking during the weekly address from the White House on December 21st‘Michelle and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays’: President Obama and his wife Michelle released this picture of them speaking during the weekly address from the White House on December 21st

‘So this week let’s give thanks for our veterans and their families,’ the president said in this week’s weekly address with his wife at his side. ‘And let’s say a prayer for all our troops — especially those in Afghanistan — who are spending this holiday overseas, risking their lives to defend the freedoms we hold dear.

Michelle Obama also urged Americans to think of military families.

‘Across this country, military spouses have been raising their families all alone during those long deployments,’ she said. ‘And let’s not forget about our military kids, moving from base to base — and school to school — every few years, and stepping up to help out at home when mom or dad is away.’

President Obama also spoke of the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast of America and the massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut.

‘And this year, I know many of you are extending that kindness to the families who are still picking up the pieces from Hurricane Sandy and your prayers to the people of Newtown, Connecticut.,’ he said.

Arriving in Hawaii after a busy Friday in Washington, the president have been playing golf with his friends, traveling to the gym at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe and of course relaxing on the beach.

He will probably be taking stock ahead of his second term inauguration in January after which he will have to confront some of the big issues that will cement or transform his legacy.

Some of the big issues awaiting the president’s decisions are familiar, long-simmering problems. They include immigration and the need for a tenable balance between taxes, spending and borrowing.

President Barack Obama waves from the window of his motorcade vehicle as he returns from a workout at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, yesterdayPresident Barack Obama waves from the window of his motorcade vehicle as he returns from a workout at Marine Corp Base Hawaii, yesterday

Another issue, gun control, jumped to the national agenda’s top tier this month following the massacre of first-graders and teachers in a Connecticut school. And the issue of climate change remains unresolved.

Veteran politicians and presidential historians say it’s almost impossible for Obama to “go big” on all these issues. Indeed, it might prove difficult to go big on even one. While some counsel caution, others urge the president to be as bold and ambitious as possible.

Michelle Obama is typically the star of the show when she attends a charity event.

That wasn’t the case when she recently read Twas The Night Before Christmas at a Washington area children’s hospital.

As she sat down on stage to begin reading the classic tale to the tiny tots, Bo the First Dog jumped right up on his mother’s lap.

Unexpected: Though she knew Bo was at the vent, the First Lady clearly didn't expect the dog to get up on her lapUnexpected: Though she knew Bo was at the vent, the First Lady clearly didn’t expect the dog to get up on her lap

Making sure he can see: Michelle Obama held the book out in front of Bo so that he could 'read' along with her and the children during the recent Christmas eventMaking sure he can see: Michelle Obama held the book out in front of Bo so that he could ‘read’ along with her and the children during the recent Christmas event

He seemed quite comfy as well, since he didn’t move from the position throughout the seven minute session.

Bo is significantly larger than the former First Dog, Barney, who was a small Scottish terrier, and Portuguese Water Dogs can weigh up to 55 pounds.

That was no matter for Michelle, however, as she gamefully played along and even jokingly held the book out so that the 4-year-old pup could ‘read’ along.

 

Though the First Lady visited the Children’s National Medical Center on December 14, the video was not released until Christmas Eve, in keeping with the theme of the story.

Bo is a part of many of the White House traditions during the holidays, as he served as a sort of ‘Waldo’ figure throughout the decorations, with mini figurines in his likeness scattered throughout the many displays and 54 live trees.

Mrs Obama explained the reason why they used Bo repeatedly is because it was an easy theme for young visitors to catch on to during their tours and they can be given the task of spotting Bo in each of the rooms.

He's got a friend: The little boy sitting next to Michelle made sure to stroke the dog throughoutHe’s got a friend: The little boy sitting next to Michelle made sure to stroke the dog throughout

He also kept up the tradition- started by President Bush’s pet Barney- of doing a video tour of the decorations throughout the White House that is then posted online for people to view in case they are not among the lucky thousands who tour it in person.

This is definitely not the first year that the holiday spotlight turned to Bo, as he has been the sole subject of each of the first family’s Christmas cards since Barack took office in 2009.
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The World’s Most High-priced Wedding ceremony Dresses

December 26th, 2012

If you have ever been to a wedding, gotten married in the previous, paid for a wedding as a parent, or just read about weddings, you will know how pricey they can be. There is a list as prolonged as the Fantastic Wall of China of issues that requirements to be purchased or rented for the essential day. If it weren’t for mother and father and relatives chipping in, a wedding ceremony could be unbearable for the marrying couple’s wallet.

The most high-priced item on the list is normally a toss up amongst the lease for the wedding place and the bride’s wedding dress. Yes, wedding gowns are extremely pricey, and the designers of these gowns know that a lady will shell out just about something for the ideal dress. Some women will even pay out extra for their dress than an average man or woman would spend for their household. And when you look at the checklist of the world’s most highly-priced wedding ceremony dresses that quantity of revenue won’t get you pretty far.

The most high-priced wedding ceremony dress in the globe is the Diamond Wedding ceremony Dress and it prices no much less than twelve million dollars. How do you even make a dress that can be valued that substantial? You place lots, and tons, of diamonds on it. The dress itself hosts 150 carats of diamonds, and seeing that one carat diamonds ordinarily price around 10.000-20.000 dollars, there was a lot of revenue left for luxurious materials. To date the gown has by no means been worn to an actual wedding ceremony, which is fairly a waist looking at the work place in to it. The dress was basically a marketing stunt that Martin Katz, a diamond jeweler naturally, and wedding dress designer Renee Strauss did collectively in a joint venture. The dress has even so been displayed all more than the globe, leaving a trail of jealous brides-to-be who want the dress.

The checklist of the world’s most high priced wedding ceremony dresses doesn’t get significantly far more reasonably priced with the second location entry going to a gown produced by Yumi Katsura. What is the price tag for this attractive dress, featuring over 1000 pearls, and a five carat diamond? It “only” costs 8.5 million dollars.

So if you are ever on the getting end of a wedding ceremony dress bill, and believe it is outrageously priced, just try to remember that there are people in the globe spending hundreds of instances a lot more on their wedding ceremony gowns. If that isn’t a consolation, than maybe clamoring to the reality that it is a the moment in a daily life time expense could possibly support.

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Before You Shop For Your Wedding Dress

December 26th, 2012

One of the biggest decisions you will face as the big day approaches is choosing the perfect wedding dress. The process of shopping for a wedding dress can be a fabulous adventure, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming–particularly because a bride-to-be often starts shopping for her gown before many other details are determined.

You might have had a clear mental picture of the perfect wedding dress ever since you were five years old. On the other hand, you may have no idea what you are going to wear or feel strange about the idea of wearing white. The important thing is to relax, and remember that there are as many different kinds of dresses out there as there are different kinds of brides.

When to Start Shopping for Your Ball Gown Wedding Dresses Give yourself ample time to plan- generally the rule of thumb is that you need to order your gown at least six months before your wedding. So you should ideally start shopping for your gown nine months or more before your wedding. (If you don’t have this much time, it’s okay, just budget for some rush charges).

Plan Ahead Take a few minutes to think about what you want. It will be helpful when you enter the maze of wedding dresses out there to know what your budget is, any details that are essential (i.e. I must have a full skirt, or my arms must be covered), and an idea of how traditional you want your dress to be. After all, if really a teal pantsuit would work best for you, it’s probably not worth your time to sort through racks of flouncy white gowns.

Be Comfortable! On your wedding day, you’ll want to look great, but you’ll also want to be comfortable- it will be hard to dance and laugh (not to mention posing for all those pictures) if you’re tugging your dress up or have boning jutting into your ribs.

First- consider which wedding dress is most appropriate to your day – for example, consider a shorter tea-length or cocktail length dress for a beach wedding. If you’re the type who likes to dance with her hands in the air, and anticipates doing the limbo, perhaps a strapless dress is not the one for you. Look for wedding dresses with removable sleeves or straps to give you the widest range of options.

A Dress that Fits Your Body Well Think about your body type and what kinds of dresses generally look good on you. Take a look at what you regularly wear that makes you feel confident and beautiful, and then look for a wedding dress with similar lines. If a friend is making your wedding dress, ensure that you have agreed on a fitting schedule and chances to make adjustments. If you’re looking for a bargain at a sample sale, or discount outlet, you should budget money for taking the dress to a good tailor. Many designers will ask for three fittings, and will closely tailor your wedding dress to fit you.

Saving Money on Your Wedding Dress If money is an issue, remember that the most expensive kind of dress is not necessarily the best kind. Many brides find a bridesmaids dress in white or off-white that works perfectly, and is hundreds of dollars cheaper. There are thousands of dresses to be had at sample sales, thrift stores, and ebay. Consider taking pictures from magazines to a friend who sews or seamstress and getting a price quote. If you choose to make your own dress, don’t delay. The sooner you finish it, the sooner you’ll be able to attend to the many other details of your wedding.

Most of all, remember this is your wedding day. Wear whatever makes you comfortable and feels like you. And have fun shopping for your wedding dress. It should be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Now you’re ready to start checking out wedding dresses on the web!

 

John Lennon Death Anniversary: A Look Back At The Beatles’ Love Lives

December 24th, 2012
John Lennon
John Lennon (1940 – 1980) with Yoko Ono, December 1968. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

In 1969, when The Beatles were parting ways, John Lennon told the band: “I’m breaking the group up. It feels good. It feels like a divorce.”

But that’s not the only public split Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and honorary fifth Beatle, George Martin, endured; all of the bandmates have been through divorces in their personal lives, too. In honor of the 32nd anniversary of Lennon’s tragic death on Dec. 8, 1980, we take a look back at the band’s divorces. Click through the slides below for more on their splits.

 

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‘appy Xmas: The John Lennon Letters app launches for iPad

December 23rd, 2012
14 December 2012

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While we’ve known the app was coming for at least a month now, The John Lennon Letters finally landed in the App Store this week, three months after the hardback book rolled out, bringing the personal musings of the Beatles legend to iPads the world over.

Coming in at a rather punchy $8.99 (£5.99), this one could be for only the most serious of Beatles aficionados, but it brings in a pretty extensive collection of private letters from Lennon, annotated and contextualised by Hunter Davies, the same author who produced the only authorised biography of the Beatles.

The app also contains links to the Beatles and Lennon’s music in iTunes, including Imagine, Paperback Writer and A Hard Day’s Night, which could prove to be a nice littler earner for the creators.

Whereas the book contained more than 200 letters, this app focuses on 78 letters taking readers on a trip through Lennon’s life. The collection is presented through a series of curated collections by periods, recipients, themes, and with ten letters exclusive to the app.

Each exhibited letter is supported by a transcript, commentary notes from Hunter Davies and annotated contextual highlight panels. Combined with Eccelston’s audio readings (in the role of John Lennon) and connected to the Beatles and Lennon’s music, it’s likely to appeal to many Beatles and Lennon fans.

And no Lennon entity would be complete without a contribution from Yoko Ono…right? Right. Ono pops up in the foreword, recording an introductory tidbit for the app.

The John Lennon Letters iPad app is available to download now for $8.99 (£5.99 GBP).

 

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December 19th, 2012

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Sandy Hook gunman ‘feared his mother was planning to have him committed to psychiatric home and targeted the children that she loved more than him’

December 19th, 2012

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Police are still searching for the motive of Adam Lanza’s killing spree but one working theory is that he was angry that his mother was planning to commit him to a psychiatric facility because he was becoming too difficult for her to handle alone.

Given his decision to kill his mother Nancy while she lay sleeping in her bed at their Connecticut home and then drive to his former elementary school to purposefully kill innocent children, there had to be a strong connection in his mind between his anger and the school.

Nancy, 52, was thought to volunteer at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and so the theory extends to the fact that Adam felt he loved those children more than she loved him, since she was planning to send him away.

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Nancy Lanza¿s sister-in-law Marsha revealed that she had traveled to nine cities in three countries because she wanted out of the mansion she shared with her troubled son Adam

Time was running out: Nancy Lanza was searching for other places to have her son Adam educated and traveled all over the world to find something suitable

 

 

Fox News quotes a neighborhood figure, whose father works as the pastor of an area church, as saying that the 20-year-old shooter found out that his mother was in the legal process of having him committed and was upset.

That news, coupled with his jealousy of the time she allegedly spent with a group of kindergarteners at Sandy Hook, is thought to have served as the basis of the killing.

A number of factors are still unconfirmed in the theory, and it appears that they may remain as such for some time.

 

 

Records of conservatorship filings, which Nancy Lanza would have needed to make in order to commit her son since he is over 18-years-old, are sealed by the courts so if any such filings were made they will not be released publicly.

‘Adam Lanza believed she cared more for the children than she did for him, and the reason he probably thought this (was the fact that) she was petitioning for conservatorship and wanted to have him committed,’ Joshua Flashman told Fox News.

It is thought that Nancy wanted to downsize and find a place for Adam to go to college as she was tired of home schooling the troubled 20-year-old

It is thought that Nancy wanted to downsize and find a place for Adam to go to college as she was tired of home schooling the troubled 20-year-old

Marsha Lanza revealed that Nancy had traveled to nine cities in three countries because she wanted out of the mansion she shared with her troubled son Adam - and could have known the end was coming

Struggling: Various family friends have said that she warned that you could never turn your back on Adam while he was in your care, explaining why it may have been taking a toll on her prompting for her to look for options

One of the biggest questions remaining ever since the shooting was reported on Friday was Nancy’s connection to the school which was clearly singled out as a target by Adam.

The majority of his shooting was limited to the reception, where he forced his way into the building and killed those standing in his way, and then to a single first grade classroom.

Those children are thought to be the ones that Nancy grew close with during the last academic year, when they were in kindergarten.

Initial reports immediately after the shooting claimed that Nancy was a full time or even substitute teacher at the elementary school, though as the chaos of the day slowed, school officials said that she was not on any records of having worked there in any formal capacity.

Targeted: All but one of the students in this first grade class were killed by gunman Adam Lanza, prompting the theory that he chose them because his mother worked with that group as a volunteerTargeted: All but one of the students in this first grade class were killed by gunman Adam Lanza, prompting the theory that he chose them because his mother worked with that group as a volunteer

 

Unanswered questions: It is still unclear what Nancy Lanza's connection was to Sandy Hook Elementary School, though it is confirmed that Adam attended it as a childUnanswered questions: It is still unclear what Nancy Lanza’s connection was to Sandy Hook Elementary School, though it is confirmed that Adam attended it as a child

That option leaves the possibility open that she volunteered her time with the young children, though school board member Cody McCubbin could not confirm that role when asked by MailOnline.

That was echoed by Lillian Bittman, a former school board member who told the Wall Street Journal: ‘No one has heard of her. Teachers don’t know her.’

Though the court records will never back up the claim that Nancy was trying to have her son committed, her actions do lend credence to the idea because she had spent much time over the course of this year traveling to different schools to find a suitable place to send Adam.

Former babysitters of Adam’s said that she warned that she could never turn her back on the young boy, meaning that when she went to visit prospective schools, Adam was either with her or very aware of the fact that she had gone shopping for his next home.

In a Facebook conversation between Nancy and her former sister-in-law Marsha, Nancy revealed that she had wanted to downsize from her $1.4million home in Newtown.

‘I am still in the same place but getting to the point where I may want a smaller house. I travel a lot, spend time with friends, work with a couple of charities,’ she wrote in one of the messages.

‘HE NEVER SPOKE OR MADE EYE CONTACT’: ADAM LANZA’S HAIRSTYLIST SPEAKS OUT ABOUT THE ‘UNCOMFORTABLE’ APPOINTMENTS

As a teenager, Adam Lanza would come in for a haircut about every six weeks without speaking or looking at anyone and always accompanied by his mother, said stylists at a Newtown salon.

He stopped coming in a few years ago, and the employees at the salon thought he had moved away, said stylist Bob Skuba.

Adam in the chair: Hairstylist Diane Harty said Adam was difficult to deal withAdam in the chair: Hairstylist Diane Harty said Adam was difficult to deal with

The comments from him and his colleagues were among the first describing how the Lanzas interacted with each other. Investigators have found no letters or diaries that could explain the attack, one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

Cutting Adam Lanza’s hair ‘was a very long half an hour. It was a very uncomfortable situation,’ stylist Diane Harty said. She said that she never heard his voice and that Nancy Lanza also hardly spoke.

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Another stylist, Jessica Phillips, echoed their descriptions of the Lanzas and added that Nancy Lanza would give her son directions about what to do and where to go.

Adam would move only ‘when his mother told him to,’ Skuba said.

‘I would say, “Adam, come on.” He wouldn’t move,’ Skuba said.

‘And his mother would have to say, “Adam, come on, he’s ready.” It was like I was invisible.’

He said Adam also wouldn’t move from his chair after his hair was cut until his mother told him to.
If a stylist would ask Adam a question, Skuba said, his mother would answer.

‘He would just be looking down at the tiles … the whole time,’ Skuba said.
Former classmates have previously described Adam Lanza as intelligent but remote, and former high school adviser described him as anxious and shy. Several people who knew his mother have described her as a devoted parent.
Divorce paperwork released this week showed that Nancy Lanza had the authority to make all decisions regarding Adam’s upbringing. The divorce was finalized in September 2009, when Adam Lanza was 17.
—box by The Associated Press

 

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‘It seems so wacky and incestuous’: Drew Barrymore on ex-boyfriend Fabrizio Moretti dating best friend Kristin Wiig

December 19th, 2012

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There aren’t many people who would be happy to see their friend begin a romance with their boyfriend.

But for Drew Barrymore the fact that Kristin Wiig is dating her ex, The Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti, simple isn’t an issue.

In fact, knowing them both so well, she says it is ‘fitting’.

All grown up: Drew Barrymore poses for the new issue of Allure as she talks about how marriage and motherhood have changed herAll grown up: Drew Barrymore poses for the new issue of Allure as she talks about how marriage and motherhood have changed her

‘It all seems so wacky and incestuous, but that’s kind of how life works,’ Drew tells Allure magazine.

‘It seems fitting that they would find each other. I was like, “Right, of course, that makes perfect sense.”‘

Of course Drew has no reason to feel bitter – she is happily married with a new baby, daughter Olive.

She tells the magazine that her art dealer husband Will Koppelman is her perfect match.

‘We have opposite experiences, but we’re not opposites,’ says Drew.

Young at heart! In her interview Drew explains that she still doesn't feel like a grown upYoung at heart! In her interview Drew explains that she still doesn’t feel like a grown up

‘We’re both very particular and detail-oriented. We love art and music and adventures, and we laugh our asses off together.’

And she has embraced married life, after the two said their vows earlier this year while she was pregnant.

‘I’m a Kopelman now,’ said Drew.

‘I have stationery that says ‘Drew Barrymore Kopelman’.

‘I love to sort of honor and be a part of the family business with Chanel, and then I try to do a little something funky and me. I wear a lot of Chanel now.’

DREW BARRYMORE and boyfriend Fabrizio Moretti in 2005
Kristen Wiig and boyfriend Fabrizio Moretti earlier this month

‘Seems fitting’: Drew and then-boyfriend Fabrizio Moretti in 2005 and with his new girlfriend, her friend Kristen Wiig, earlier this month

 

Her father-in -law, Arie Kopelman, is a former Chanel CEO and Drew chose a Chanel gown for her wedding.

While she is now happily settled, the former child star’s unhappy and troubled childhood has been much documented.

the 37-year-old says motherhood has helped her understand her past.

‘The mistakes, the potholes, the journeys, the bad patterns – all of it is so much clearer to me now,’ she explains.

‘But I still don’t totally feel like a grown-up. Maybe I never will.’

Living the life: On Monday night Drew left her daughter Olive at home as she headed out for the evening in Los AngelesLiving the life: On Monday night Drew left her daughter Olive at home as she headed out for the evening in Los Angeles

And she says of her attitude to life: ‘I will always commit. It’s like this makeup line [she is launching her own line]: I can tell you every single detail about how and why we got here. I want to be that kind of mother.

‘I’m that kind of friend. I’m that kind of producer. I do everything in this life-or-death way…The only thing I’ve tried to get better at is starting to believe maybe it’s not life or death.

‘But the [level of] commitment hasn’t changed or wavered.’

Drew also talked about her approach to her body image, saying of dieting: ‘I cannot live a life where I’m deprived. I’d much rather be five, ten pounds heavier.’

Cover girl: Drew front the December issue of Allure, on sale nowCover girl: Drew fronts the December issue of Allure, on sale now

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I had a Beatle in my bath: John Lennon’s childhood home is now a museum visited by thousands – including Bob Dylan…but what’s it like to live there?

December 18th, 2012

This article is reprinted. By AMANDA CABLE

At first glance there is nothing remarkable about the pristine 1930s semi where Colin Hall lives with his wife, Sylvia. Nonetheless, Colin welcomes visitors with a smile and a palpable sense of pride.

As he shows guests around the modest kitchen, dining room and neat front parlour, there is a sense of hushed awe.

But it is when he takes people up to the small third bedroom at the front, which overlooks the leafy suburbia of Menlove Avenue in Liverpool, that emotions begin to spill.

Because it was here, on the narrow wooden bed – with posters of Elvis and Brigitte Bardot staring down from the wall – that the young John Lennon dreamed his way to stardom and penned a string of songs that would captivate the world.

Relative values: John Lennon outside his home with Mimi's sister Hattie on Menlove Avenue in LiverpoolRelative values: John Lennon outside his home with Mimi’s sister Hattie on Menlove Avenue in Liverpool

The kitchen where Colin prepares his meals is where John once sat to eat his favourite egg and chips, made by his Aunt Mimi.

The front room where Colin, 60, relaxes is where Mimi and her husband, George, built floor-to-ceiling book shelves, to encourage young John to read.

And the sparse, tiled bathroom where Colin brushes his teeth is where the teenage John played his guitar, trying to recreate the acoustics of a rock ‘n’ roll band.

Mendips, the house that raised a legend, is steeped in history. And as custodian to Mendips, Colin lives with the memory of John Lennon daily.

Four times a day, from February to November, Colin takes guided tours around the historic house, which was bought by John’s widow, Yoko Ono, in 2003 and given to the National Trust. He says, ‘Last year, my wife and I studied the names in the visitors’ book.

Museum: Colin Hall In front of the porch at Mendips after The National Trust was seeking a custodian, to look after the house and to give the guided toursMuseum: Colin Hall In front of the porch at Mendips after The National Trust was seeking a custodian, to look after the house and to give the guided tours

‘They came from 55 countries: Yemen, Chile, Japan, and an awful lot from Russia. We have young and old – there’s no age limit to the people who want to pay tribute to him.

‘Last May, a guided group arrived by bus, and I saw that Bob Dylan was among them. I paused for a moment, then I simply started my patter: “Welcome to Mendips, the childhood home of John Lennon…”

Later, when we reached John’s bedroom, Bob Dylan spotted the volume of Just William, which was one of John’s favourite books.

Dylan was fascinated by the book, and I remember thinking, “I’m standing in John Lennon’s bedroom with Bob Dylan.” It was a totally surreal moment.’

The story of how this softly spoken, retired teacher came to live in the home of his boyhood hero is an extraordinary one. Colin says, ‘I was nine years younger than John and, as a teenager, the Beatles were my absolute idols. As I was growing up, I felt a tremendous empathy with John Lennon.

john lennonWhere the magic happens: John’s bedroom, where he wrote many Beatles songs

‘We were both raised by women other than our mothers. John came to Mendips as a confused and scared five-year-old, whose parents’ relationship had broken down. He adored his mother, Julia, but was raised by her older sister, Mimi, who insisted she could provide him with a more stable upbringing.

‘In my case, I was adopted at birth, and I only discovered later that an auntie who had always turned up on my birthdays was, in fact, the mother who had left me.’

Colin, who has two stepsons and a daughter, had retired from teaching English and history and was living with Sylvia, also a teacher, in a Victorian villa in Derbyshire when friends spotted an ad in the newspaper. The National Trust was seeking a custodian for Mendips, to look after the house and to give the guided tours. Colin says, ‘I was looking for something else in my life and this job seemed the answer.

 

John LennonNo plance like home: John left Mendips when he went to Liverpool College of Art and moved into student lodgings in the late 1950s, but returned briefly to live in the dining room with his new bride, Cynthia, in the early 1960s

I went through several interviews before I realised that the job meant I would have to live at Mendips for nine months of the year because our home was a two-hour drive. It would mean living away from Sylvia for much of the week but, by now, I was so entranced by the house and the opportunity that I couldn’t turn it down. Sylvia knew how much the Beatles meant to me – and, incredibly, she didn’t stand in my way.’

So, seven years ago, Colin moved into the house that was to become his home and his passion, and Sylvia, who is now a children’s author, followed some months later. He says, ‘I wouldn’t say that you can actually sense John’s spirit

here, but the house has an extraordinary feeling of warmth. I thought I’d feel awkward, because I was effectively living in a museum, but from the moment I stepped inside, it felt like home. I’ve never missed the fact that we don’t have a TV, or minded that we live in one room upstairs and store our clothes away all the time.

‘Despite all these things, this felt like such a happy home. And I realise just how welcoming it must have been to the little boy who first moved here in 1945. At that time, John’s life was in turmoil.

He had been born during the Blitz in Liverpool, and must have remembered some of the bombing and devastation. His parents’ marriage was ending – he only saw his father, Freddie, who was a ship’s cook, a couple

In stepped John’s doughty and house-proud Aunt Mimi who, together with her husband, had purchased the semi in 1942.

They had no children – and young John was given the small front bedroom overlooking the tram lines. Modest even by 1950s standards, the room has been recreated by the National Trust just as John himself remembered it.

Colin says, ‘It was in his bedroom that he wrote his own school newspaper, The Daily Howl; he pored over his favourite book, Lewis Carroll’s Through The Looking Glass and, once Mimi had bought him his first guitar, he began to write his own songs.

‘It is standing at the doorway that most people feel emotional, because this is where Strawberry Fields and I Am The Walrus (inspired by Carroll) were born.

john lennonStudio: The sparse, tiled bathroom is where the teenage John played his guitar, trying to recreate the acoustics of a rock ‘n’ roll band

‘He sat on his small bed with its pink quilt and wrote Please Please Me with Paul McCartney. I still catch my breath when I think about it. This is the room where John felt most secure, where, he told Yoko, he would do his dreaming.’

Visitors to the house are shown, not through the front door, but around the side. Colin says firmly, ‘Aunt Mimi didn’t want her carpets to be worn down, so John would always walk up the side path and in through the kitchen. I like our guests to tread the same route.

‘There, hanging on the wall for years, was a poem he had written for his aunt. It began: “A house where there is love…” She treasured it. Mimi would collect apples from the garden and cook him endless apple pies, which he loved.

‘John’s friends have come on the tour and told me how Mimi would wash everything by hand in the sink, including sheets, which she would hang from the drying rack on the ceiling.

For years, this kitchen would smell of washing powder and fish, because young John would go to the market and collect fresh fish for the two family cats.

When John was still at primary school, he stepped out one Christmas and found a tiny kitten shivering by the roadside.

‘He brought it in, but Mimi refused to let him adopt the kitten until she had placed an advertisement in the local shop. When no one came to claim the kitten, she let him keep it and he called it Tim.’

John LennonThe kitchen, where Aunt Mimi made John’s favourite dish of egg and chips

Just by the kitchen is the morning room, which John loved. Colin says, ‘There was no central heating in the house, and ice would freeze on the inside of the windows. This room had a coal fire, so John would sit here and listen to Dick Barton: Special Agent! and The Goon Show on the radio.’

‘After Uncle George died, when John was just 14, Aunt Mimi struggled to make ends meet and had to resort to taking in student lodgers.

‘They used her bedroom and she slept on a modest fold-up bed downstairs, and the dining room, which is now used to display memorabilia, became a sort of student common room.

Legend has it that Aunt Mimi banished John – and his new, baby-faced friend, Paul McCartney – to the porch to play their guitars. When Colin met McCartney a few years ago, they talked about Mendips.

Colin says, ‘I met him at his offices in London and he recalled the echoing acoustics of the front porch. He remembered the pair of them singing Elvis’s Blue Moon, and said they called it their “echo chamber”. Paul said that his golden memories were sitting in John’s small bedroom listening to music and playing their guitars. He was visibly moved.’

John left Mendips when he went to Liverpool College of Art and moved into student lodgings in the late 1950s, but returned briefly to live in the dining room with his new bride, Cynthia, in the early 1960s. In total, he spent 18 years of his life in this unremarkable suburban semi.

Colin says, ‘I never tire of showing people around. Each busload brings different groups who are excited and deeply moved by the fact that they are about to step foot into John Lennon’s house. When the last tour has finished, I simply sit down and make my own tea.

‘The museum becomes my home – until the next day of tours. When I sit reading in the front room, I couldn’t want more from a home. And I know that John once felt the same.’

Colin pauses, and then adds, ‘I am not sharing a house with John Lennon’s ghost. I am living with a legend.’

 
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