Archive: Sep 2013

Miss Philippines crowned Miss World 2013 in Bali

2013 Miss World pageant has been won by Miss Philippines, Megan Young, on the Indonesian island of Bali.

She beat 126 other contestants to win Miss World 2013. Miss France Marine Lorphelin was named runner-up, while Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter  came third





The competition was moved to Bali from the capital, Jakarta, because of protests from hardline Muslim groups.

Security for Saturday’s event was high in Bali, a resort island with a majority Hindu population, but no further demonstrations were reported

Sir David Frost dies at 74

David Frost dies aged 74

Journalist and broadcaster famed for interviewing US president Richard Nixon in the 1970s dies after suffering heart attack

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Sir David Frost, the journalist and broadcaster whose lengthy career stretched from cutting-edge 60s satire to heavyweight interviews and celebrity gameshows, has died of a heart attack on a cruise ship, his family said.

The 74-year-old, whose programmes included That Was The Week That Was and The Frost Report, was to have given a lecture on board the Queen Elizabeth, which had just set sail on a Mediterranean cruise.

Frost boarded the ship at Southampton on Saturday afternoon, and had been due to speak to passengers en route to Lisbon.

Frost, who was knighted in 1993, helped establish London Weekend Television and TV-am. He was famed for his political interviews, most notably with Richard Nixon in 1977, in which the US president conceded some fault over Watergate for the first time.

A family statement said: “Sir David Frost died of a heart attack last night aboard the Queen Elizabeth where he was giving a speech.

“His family are devastated and ask for privacy at this difficult time. A family funeral will be held in the near future and details of a memorial service will be announced in due course.”

David Cameron, who sent a tweet of condolence, released a statement expressing his sympathies to Frost’s widow, Carina, and his wider family.

He said: “Sir David was an extraordinary man – with charm, wit, talent, intelligence and warmth in equal measure. He made a huge impact on television and politics. The Nixon interviews were among the great broadcast moments, but there were many other brilliant interviews. He could be, and certainly was with me, both a friend and a fearsome interviewer.”

Michael Grade, who knew and worked with Frost for more than 30 years, called him “a huge figure in the history of British broadcasting”.

Grade told the Guardian: “He was the first real superstar of the screen who was purely and simply a product of television. Secondly, he had an amazing business skill. He was a performer, a journalist, an impresario and an entrepreneur. That’s given to very, very few people.”

Grade added: “He was kind of a television renaissance man. He could put his hand to anything. He could turn over Richard Nixon or he could win the comedy prize at the Montreux Golden Rose festival. It was just extraordinary.”

Peter Jay, who founded TV-am alongside Frost, told BBC News: “On the screen he was a very talented and original performer, but it was his talent off-screen, his quality as a human being, his capacity for friendship and loyalty, that were in my opinion the thing that raised him to quite an exceptional level.”

Sir David Frost





Greg Dyke, the former BBC director general who worked with Frost, rescuing the initially struggling TV-am, described him as “a great, great friend”. He said: “He understood the whole breadth of television, so he wasn’t just a news and current affairs man, he could also be an entertainment man, so he knew it all.”

Loyd Grossman, who worked with Frost on TV-am and then on the long-running ITV gameshow Through the Keyhole, called him irreplaceable.

Grossman told Sky News: “He was almost the most variously talented journalist in British broadcasting history. His loss will be immense to all of us. He was also an incredibly generous broadcaster to work with.”

Other tributes stressed the same point, that Frost’s sometimes mocked and seemingly cosy interviewing style was in fact one of his strongest attributes.

Tony Blair said: “He had an extraordinary ability to draw out the interviewee, knew exactly where the real story lay and how to get at it, and was also a thoroughly kind and good-natured man. Being interviewed by him was always a pleasure, but also you knew that there would be multiple stories the next day arising from it.”

Sir Michael Parkinson, a friend for 40 years, said Frost was “an extraordinary guy”. He said: “When you think of all the stuff he was responsible for, never mind the Nixon interview and the two television companies he helped set up too, it’s remarkable.

“But it’s not right to say he was a ‘soft’ interviewer. He had a totally persuasive interview style which led to the unmasking of a scoundrel.”

In a Guardian interview in 2008, Frost discussed his style. “I think there’s a danger when you adopt an immediately hostile position without having the goods, without having the smoking gun. I think that’s a real mistake,” he said. “You shut people up instead of opening them up. You can ask just as tough a question in a softly spoken way.”

David Frost and Richard Nixon in 1977

Real Madrid Sign Gareth Bale For 100 million Euros

Los Blancos have finally announced the arrival of the Wales international, who has usurped new team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo as the game’s most expensive player






Real Madrid have announced the signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for a record-breaking €100 million.

The Wales international succeeds new team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo as the game’s most expensive player after penning a six-year contract with the Liga giants.

“I would like to thank everyone at the club, the chairman, board, staff, coaches and players – and most of all the fantastic fans who I hope will understand this amazing career opportunity,” Bale told Tottenham’s official website.

“I am not sure there is ever a good time to leave a club where I felt settled and was playing the best football of my career to date. I know many players talk of their desire to join the club of their boyhood dreams, but I can honestly say, this is my dream come true.

“I am well aware that I would not be at the level I am today were it not for firstly Southampton and then Spurs standing by me during some of the tougher times and affording me the environment and support they have.

“Tottenham will always be in my heart and I’m sure that this season will be a successful one for them. I am now looking forward to the next exciting chapter in my life, playing football for Real Madrid.

Bale, who will be officially unveiled as a Madrid player at a press conference at 13:00CET on Monday, first came to prominence as a 16-year-old with Southampton before joining Tottenham in 2007.

The then full-back initially struggled at White Hart Lane but he flourished after being converted into a winger, winning the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2010-11.

Bale collected the same prize last year, after scoring 26 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions.


His fantastic form was not enough to earn Spurs a place in the Champions League but the 24-year-old will now feature in the competition this season after finally completing his drawn-out move to Madrid.

Indeed, the deal had been expected to be completed last week but Spurs refused to sanction the transfer until replacements had been signed.

However, after signing Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen, the English outfit belatedly gave Bale’s move the green light.


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