Stars including Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Hurley and Damian Lewis have shown their sporting spirit by reciting a new poem penned in support of England's World Cup soccer team. In a clip posted on video sharing website YouTube.com, the celebrities join members of the British public in the video montage to read lines from poet Henry Birtles' composition That Time Again.
Birtles, who also appears in the video, is known for writing horse racing-themed poems and uses the name The Racing Poet.
He previously recruited Lewis to read his poem Harvest in Westminster Abbey in 2013 and was asked by Hurley and her former boyfriend Shane Warne to write and recite a poem about the Ashes cricket series for a fundraiser to launch the sporting event last year (13).
The England soccer team play their first game of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil against Italy on Saturday (14Jun14).
Veteran actress Joanna Lumley and British royal Charles, Prince Of Wales were among the leading figures who attended a memorial service for late broadcaster Sir David Frost in London on Thursday (13Mar14). More than 2,000 guests descended on the U.K. capital's Westminster Abbey to remember Frost, who died aged 74 after suffering a heart attack last August (13).
The Prince of Wales, a close friend of the journalist, was joined by his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as well as his brother Prince Andrew, his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and their daughter, Princess Beatrice.
Among the celebrity attendees were Lumley and Frost's broadcasting peers Sir Terry Wogan and Sir Michael Parkinson.
Frost enjoyed a long and successful career in political reporting, as well as hosting comedy and lifestyle shows, but will be best remembered for his candid interviews with U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1977, in which the disgraced politician admitted his part in the Watergate scandal. The meeting was transformed into a hit movie Frost/Nixon in 2008, with Michael Sheen and Frank Langella playing Frost and Nixon respectively.
British royal Prince Harry, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and actor Richard E. Grant were among those who turned out to remember Nelson Mandela at a memorial service in London on Monday (03Mar14). The civil rights icon died in December (13) aged 95, and he was remembered at a service at London's Westminster Abbey on Monday.
More than 2,000 mourners turned out, including actor Grant, Prince Harry, who represented his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II at the service, and the U.K.'s current leader Cameron, as well as former Prime Ministers Sir John Major and Gordon Brown.
Other attendees included Mandela's daughter Zenani and South African activist Desmond Tutu, who spoke during the service.
The memorial ended with a rendition of South Africa's national anthem. A special stone will be laid in Mandela's honour at Westminster Abbey.
A British father's rights activist has been found guilty of vandalising a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in London's Westminster Abbey. Tim Haries, a member of the Fathers4Justice protest group, appeared in Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday (08Jan13) and confessed to defacing the picture in June (13) to highlight the "social justice issue of our time", but pleaded not guilty to a charge of causing criminal damage of more than $7,500 (£5,000). He was found guilty by a jury and sentencing has been set for 5 February (14). He was bailed until the next court date.
A memorial service in honour of late British broadcaster Sir David Frost will be held at London's Westminster Abbey on 13 March (14). Invited guests include Sir Elton John, Stephen Fry and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.
Legendary novelist C.s. Lewis has been honoured with a memorial stone in Poets' Corner at London's Westminster Abbey. The writer, best-known for creating The Chronicles of Narnia, was remembered in a ceremony at the cathedral on Friday (22Nov13), exactly 50 years after his death at the age of 64.
A memorial honouring Lewis was placed in a section of the building known as Poets' Corner, where literary figures such as Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell and Ted Hughes have floor stones.
Several hundred people, including family, friends and former students of Lewis, turned out for the event.
Lewis' death on 22 November, 1963 received minimal media attention because it happened on the same day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
Homeland star Damian Lewis refuses to allow his children watch the hit U.S. show because of its grisly scenes. The actor was joining British royal Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at London's Westminster Abbey on Wednesday (16Oct13) to celebrate a special harvest ceremony when he made the revelation.
Asked by the Duchess whether he lets his seven-year-old daughter Manon and five-year-old son Gulliver watch the spy show, Lewis replied, "No, certainly not."
The birth of Britain's new prince was marked with ceremonial gun salutes across the country and a number of military parades in London on Tuesday (23Jul13), a day after Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge gave birth to her first child with Prince William. The festivities also included guardsmen outside Buckingham Palace playing the song Congratulations and bell chiming at Westminster Abbey, the venue where the baby's parents married in 2011.
Just when we thought George R. R. Martin's imagination couldn't get any crazier, he went ahead and clarified just how insane and grandiose his brain truly is. The mastermind behind the book series that inspired Game of Thrones has taken to blogging once again. This time, the A Song of Fire and Ice author is voicing his dissatisfaction with HBO's rendering of the Iron Throne.
The custom-made seat for the king of the Seven Kingdoms is a cold, hard throne, forged from the thousands of swords of King Aegon Targaryen's fallen enemies. But apparently, the hulking Iron Throne we see on screen is not up to par with Martin's standards. The author posted the following note on his Live Journal on Monday night:
"The HBO throne has become iconic. And well it might. It's a terrific design, and it has served the show very well. There are replicas and paperweights of it in three different sizes. Everyone knows it. I love it. I have all those replicas right here, sitting on my shelves.And yet, and yet... it's still not right. It's not the Iron Throne I see when I'm working on THE WINDS OF WINTER. It's not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see. The way the throne is described in the books... HUGE, hulking, black and twisted, with the steep iron stairs in front, the high seat from which the king looks DOWN on everyone in the court... my throne is a hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and assymetric... The HBO throne is none of those things. It's big, yes, but not nearly as big as the one described in the novels. And for good reason. We have a huge throne room set in Belfast, but not nearly huge enough to hold the Iron Throne as I painted it. For that we'd need something much bigger, more like the interior of St. Paul's Cathedral or Westminster Abbey, and no set has that much room. The Book Version of the Iron Throne would not even fit through the doors of the Paint Hall."
The author went on to post an image that he feels best fits his vision of the Iron Throne. The picture is a painting by Marc Simonetti (see more of his fantastic work here), and it sure makes HBO's throne look like a Fisher-Price toddler chair. Check it out:
Well, we still thought that the HBO throne was pretty intimidating, but it seems that George R. R. Martin is taking a page from Ygritte and telling us, "You know nothing." It's about time we realize that our greatest fears don't hold a candle to the terrifying, larger than life monsters brewing inside this author's head. This is not the first and certainly won't be the last time we say this but: Really, George R. R. Martin?!
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A man has been charged with criminal damage after allegedly defacing a painting of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II in London on Thursday (13Jun13). Tim Harris, a member of the Fathers 4 Justice protest group, is accused of spraying the word 'help' on the portrait in Westminster Abbey, just weeks after it went on public display. He was released on conditional bail on Friday (14Jun13) and is scheduled to appear in court later this month (Jun13).