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Ed Sheeran to marry childhood friend

Singer Ed Sheeran has shared news of his engagement and added that “our cats are chuffed as well”. The musician revealed he and girlfriend Cherry Seaborn are engaged on Instagram. Sharing a photograph of them together with his more than 18 million followers, Sheeran wrote: “Got myself a fiancé just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well xx.”

Last year, the singer credited Seaborn, who he has reportedly been dating since 2015, with nursing him back to health after he was involved in a bicycle accident. He told the Capital Breakfast Show that she “had to brush my teeth”, and later added she is a “good woman”.

The couple were childhood friends who attended school together in Suffolk, but only became romantically involved years later. In February 2017, Sheeran alluded to their relationship on Radio 2, saying: “I spent every day for a year with this certain person, we kind of have a strong relationship now, which is good. I’m really secure now, we live together and we have cats, and I think when you have cats that’s kind of it.”

Seaborn, a keen hockey player, and Sheeran are rarely photographed together and keep their relationship very private. She attended a university in North Carolina and a biography on the university’s official website says she previously competed in the British University Ice Hockey Championships in 2012 and 2013.

‘Won’t work with Woody Allen again’

Colin Firth is the latest actor to publicly rebuke Woody Allen, telling the Guardian he won’t do any projects with the director in the future. “I wouldn’t work with him again,” Firth said in response to the Guardian’s inquiry on Thursday, the same day Dylan Farrow gave her first televised interview accusing her adopted father of sexually assaulting her when she was seven years old.

Firth acted in Allen’s film Magic in the Moonlight in 2013, before Farrow published an open letter the following year alleging that her father molested her in an attic and accusing Hollywood of turning a “blind eye”. Allen denied the accusation as “untrue and disgraceful” at the time and again rebutted the claims this week, accusing the Farrow family of “cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time’s Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation”.

The Time’s Up initiative launched this year in response to the reckoning around sexual abuse in Hollywood that began in the fall, stemming from sexual harassment and rape allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. In December, Farrow wrote an op-ed repeating her claims, questioning why the movement against sexual violence had spared Allen and calling on other actors to support her. Since then, many high-profile actors have publicly expressed empathy for Farrow and have said they regret working with Allen.

Paddington 2 best reviewed film ever

In the lineup of the most critically acclaimed films, Citizen Kane and The Godfather have been bested by a bear from “darkest” Peru. The aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes has declared Paddington 2 to be the best reviewed film in the site’s history.

The comedy — which is directed by the British film-maker Paul King and stars Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins and Hugh Bonneville, — has received 164 consecutive positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes classifies reviews of a film as either “fresh” or “rotten” and awards a percentage rating based on its aggregate score. The website had previously declared another film, Greta Gerwig’s comedy-drama Lady Bird, to be the best reviewed ever after it overtook a record long held by Toy Story 2. But Lady Bird later received a negative review, breaking its positive streak and losing its “best reviewed” crown.

Paddington 2, which was released in UK cinemas in November, has also proved popular with audiences. To date, the film has earned £41m at the British box office and more than £101m worldwide. However, Paddington 2 has some way to go before it outdoes its predecessor film, which earned more than £190m globally.




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UTC to use 180 buses to ferry Yoga participants

21 Jun 2018 | PNS | Dehradun

Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) would use 180 buses of its fleet on Dehradun and Haridwar routes to ferry the Yoga participants from Haridwar and also to take them back after the International Yoga Day show at Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Dehradun is over. Divisional manager (Operational) UTC Dehradun, Pawan Mehra while talking to The pioneer said on Wednesday that around 280 busses operate from Dehradun depot...

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