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Ringo Starr selling £20m estate - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Beatles drummer, 74, and his wife, former Bond girl Barbara Bach, have put their 200-acre abode, Rydinghurst in Surrey, south east England, up for sale because they no longer spend enough time in the six-bedroom mansion. They told the Sunday Times newspaper: ''We have spent 15 years at Rydinghurst and will always have wonderful memories of our time there. ''It is a beautiful home with some very special features, but we are, reluctantly, unable to spend as much time there as we would wish. ''With commitments in America and our family in all England, we will continue to divide our time between Los Angeles and London.'' The couple - who married in 1981 - splashed out £2 million on the plush property back in 1999 and it is expected to reach between £10 million and £20 million when it goes on sale this week.

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Inside the Long-Unopened Storage Locker of The Beatles' American Lawyer - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I got lucky last June, just not in quite the way I'd hoped, as you'll read. But my pursuit of a long-lost audiotape eventually opened the door (literally) and allowed me to take possession of a storage locker owned by a lawyer named Nat Weiss. For those who don't know, Nat just happened to represent The Beatles over on this side of the pond. It all started when I was doing research for a non-fiction book on The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. I was poking around for some audiotapes of a phone conversation that I know existed at one time. Whether those tapes still exist, I do not know. But I was hoping they might still be around and, if anyone had them, it was Nat. After all, he was the person who ordered a phone line to be tapped in the first place. I should back up and tell you that Nat Weiss was very good friends with Brian Epstein, both Jewish and gay in an era when being gay was a crime. The audiotapes had to do with a blackmail attempt against Brian. Nat was furious and had ordered all calls from the blackmailer to be taped. I know for a fact that those tapes existed and wanted to listen to them if they were still available.

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Beatles' Eleanor Rigby sculpted from £1m of bank notes - Monday, September 22, 2014

A sculpture of The Beatles' song character Eleanor Rigby, made from £1m of used bank notes, will be unveiled at the Museum of Liverpool later. The 5ft 2in (1.57m) work depicts the "bag lady [who] died without a penny to her name," a museum spokesman said. Liverpool-born sculptor Leonard J Brown said it was "to show people that money isn't the only way to make you happy". He said his inspiration was seeing an old lady carrying a large number of bags in Hull, where he now lives.

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Tyler Ritter remembers dad's Beatles influence - Monday, September 22, 2014

Fact: Today marks the 30th Anniversary—to the day—that Three's Company went off the air. Crazy but true fact: John Ritter was 29 years old when he got his first series-regular gig on a TV show (Three's Company)—which just so happens to be the exact same age as his son Tyler Ritter is now, as he launches his first  job as a series regular on a TV show, CBS' The McCarthys. Both shows are comedies with messy communication styles and gay jokes a plenty—though, of course, in a sign that times have most definitely changed, Tyler is playing a guy who is openly gay, not a guy pretending to be gay in order to shack up with two girls, a laJack Tripper. Tyler is a standout among his show, and, we can only hope, similarly destined for greatness. And not to get all sappy here, but we can't help but think that somewhere, John Ritter is smiling. Not only are his two sons, Tyler (29) and Jason (34), doing really well in their acting careers—please tell me you already know the greatness that is Jason Ritter—they are quickly developing a reputation as two of the nicest and most sincere guys in Hollywood.

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The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written - Monday, September 22, 2014

Reading the words now, and probably trying too hard to work out exactly what he [John] is trying to say, it would seem the message is simple: work hard, bring the money home, and you will get marital bliss. There is a slight hint of a chauvinism when he moans that he is working all day for money so she can have things. Maureen Cleave of the London Evening Standard was one of the first journalists to write intelligently and revealingly about The Beatles. She happened to be interviewing John on the day they were to record the song and went with him to Abbey Road in a taxi. During the journey, John showed her the words of the song, written down on an old birthday card given to [his son] Julian – he had recently had his first birthday – with an illustration of a little boy on a toy train. 

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Paul McCartney’s ‘Hope’ is confirmed for release - Sunday, September 21, 2014

He has written countless hit singles, orchestral scores, released electronica albums, film theme songs and changed the world with his music. Listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Most Successful Composer and Recording Artist of All Time, Paul McCartney has now added another first to his impressive list. No stranger to being involved with hotly anticipated releases, Paul has now entered a new genre all together. This week saw the release of the most highly anticipated video game of the year – Destiny. Years in the making Destiny is one of the biggest entertainment launches of 2014. Earlier this week fans were queuing through the night to get their first glimpse.  Stores across the world opened early in order to meet the demand. Made by Bungie, the studio behind Halo, and published by Activision, the company that brought you Call of DutyDestiny is expected to change the gaming industry. The hype surrounding this release demonstrates how the interactive entertainment industry is overtaking Hollywood.

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#Peacerocks On International Day of Peace - Sunday, September 21, 2014
John Varvatos and Ringo Starr continue their #PEACEROCKS initiative with an outdoor celebration and performance on the International Day of Peace, Sunday, September 21, 2014. The celebration will take place in front of the John Varvatos store located on Melrose and Robertson from 4-6pm and will include a brief performance including a song from each member of an All Starr Band featuring Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather, Richard Page and more – and closing with three songs performed by Ringo Starr. This continues the #PEACEROCKS campaign that was launched on Ringo’s birthday July 7 when John Varvatos announced that Ringo would be featured in the Varvatos Fall 2014 campaign which is also a fundraising and awareness campaign to benefit the David Lynch Foundation via The Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund.
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Stars Shine at Stella McCartney’s Green Carpet Collection Event - Sunday, September 21, 2014

Being the daughter of a Beatle certainly has its perks, and Stella McCartney had plenty of famous faces in the house as she showed off her 2014 Green Carpet range at London Fashion Week on Sunday evening (September 14). Always a fan, Sir Paul McCartney showed up to support his little girl, flirting up a storm with Rita Ora throughout the night. Meanwhile, “Fifty Shades of Grey” gal Dakota Johnson mingled with Drew Barrymore and Salma Hayek and Ellie Goulding looked to be enjoying themselves as well. Of her Green Carpet Collection, Stella explained, “The pieces were designed and produced in accordance to the highest sustainability standards. It’s a very holistic approach for me, it’s the way I live my life and it’s my message.

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Ringo Starr on the future of rock music: 'Bands will always come through' - Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ringo Starr has said he believes that bands will always be popular in music and that he has "never believed" that rock music is dying out. The former Beatles drummer tells NME in this week's magazine, which is on newsstands and available digitally, that he doesn't think the rock genre will disappear, and that bands will always "come through in the end". He also added that he is a big fan of Kasabian. When asked about Royal Blood being one of the first bands to make it to the Number One slot in the Official Albums Chart with their self-titled debut album last month, Starr said he has "never believed" that rock music is dying out. "The saving grace for me – I have to admit I'm not a big fan of the boybands dancing and that stuff – but the thing that saves me is there's always bands out there. There's always bands playing somewhere, and they come through in the end." When asked if bands will always come through, he said: "I think so. I think people wanna see people playing and singing. Earlier on I heard Kasabian doing a BBC thing [BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge].

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Meat Free Monday Pledge - Sunday, September 21, 2014

On Tuesday 23rd September global leaders – from government, finance, business, and civil society – will meet at the UN headquarters in New York to discuss climate change. It will be the first time the UN has tackled the subject since Copenhagen in 2009. We want the leaders to commit NOW to agreeing an ambitious climate treaty at the COP 21 Conference in Paris next year.

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