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Budget chain Poundland is bracing itself for a bun fight when it launches an exclusive bakeware range by top class cookery queen Jane Asher. For the £1-a-piece products are expected to sell like hot cakes when they hit shelves next month. Store bosses reckon shoppers keen to bag a baking bargain will clean out stock within hours with savings of up to £19 on some items.

Jane’s pastel coloured ceramic bowls for a bargain quid can cost £20 in posh kitchen stores, where basic cake tins are £10.99 and mini kitchen scales £13.99. Her extensive line of 50 baking essentials from bowls and mini scales to tins, trays and silicone cake cases are poised to spark a great British bake off across the nation. In her trademark pastel colours - mint, lilac, pale blue and pink - Jane Asher’s Kitchen range is the discount store’s first ever celebrity collection. The actress, writer and ace baker - who was engaged to former Beatle Paul McCartney in the Sixties - has carved a career as one of the country’s most respected c details

Paul McCartney will be spending some more quality time in Latin America this spring.  After announcing an April 21 show at Santiago, Chile’s Movistar Arena earlier this week, the ex-Beatles star has added three more concerts in the region to his 2014 Out There Tour itinerary.

Sir Paul will play an April 25 date at the Estadio Nacional in Lima, Peru, an April 28 concert at the Estadio de Liga in Quito, Ecuador, and a May 1 event at the Estadio Nacional in San José, Costa Rica.  McCartney’s visits to Ecuador and Costa Rica will mark his first-ever performances in those countries, while he only played one other show in Peru, a May 2011 gig at Lima’s Estadio Monumental.

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The 1964 film , which follows a day in the life of the band as Beatlemania is in full swing, has been fully restored and will be in cinemas and available to download on July 4. A limited edition DVD and Blu-ray release will follow on July 21. 

Directed by Richard Lester and written by Alun Owen, the film also starred Anna Quayle, Bob Godfrey, Robin Ray, Lionel Blair and Patti Boyd. Next week (March 20), the piano played by John Lennon and Paul McCartney while filming Help! will go up for auction. The pair used the 1907 Bechstein Concert Grand to compose the title track to the 1965 film and was used to compose 'Yesterday'. It has been valued at £50,000 by Omega Auctions, and will be sold in Liverpool. 

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McGear McCartney mania at The Plough - Saturday, March 15, 2014

THE sharpest of Liverpudlian wit, live music and perhaps the odd reference to a somewhat well known older relative will all feature as Mike McGear McCartney brings his first solo tour in 42 years to Torrington at the end of this month.

What do you do when your big brother Sir Paul – or ‘our kid’ as Mike calls him – has taken over the world with The Beatles? Faced with such a dilemma back in the 60s, the younger McCartney sibling changed his name to Mike McGear, formed his own band The Scaffold with Roger McGough and John Gorman, and moved into the satire and comedy field. Hit records and television series followed before Mike turned his back on showbiz to return to his first love photography, with his work acclaimed by exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institute in the US and Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. But now Mike is back on the road with a new hilarious and nostalgic one man show Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll (I Wish!), told through his photographs, lively anecdotes and live music too. He is coming to The Plough Arts Centre at details

A former children's home in Liverpool made famous by the Beatles is set to be opened to the public. The Salvation Army, which owns the Strawberry Field site in Woolton, plan to reopen it as a training centre for people with learning difficulties.

The proposals would also see the site opened to Beatles fans, if the plans are approved by the city council. John Lennon immortalised the home, which closed in 2005, when he wrote Strawberry Fields Forever in 1967. Drew McCombe from the Salvation Army said he hoped the £6m project would include retrieving the original Victorian Strawberry Field gates which were put into storage in 2011. He said the scheme was in the "early consultation stage" but the charity hopes to submit an application to Liverpool City Council next month. As well as the training centre, the building will have a cafe where young people will be able to train in catering and hospitality. It will also have a heritage exhibition featuring the history of the Salvation Army and Strawberry Fie details

“Would I have liked to have been a Beatle?” Jeff Lynne pauses for thought before slowly shaking his head. “I don’t know. It wasn’t all beer and skittles being a Beatle. “To have been under so much pressure, to not have been able to walk down the street? I’m a very private person. I would have found that very tough. So maybe no.

“But to share the studio with George, Paul and Ringo, and to hear all those wonderful stories, that was very special. It was a privilege, beyond a privilege. The stuff of dreams.” The 66-year-old Shard End kid-turned Hollywood A-lister, who will take his place on Broad Street’s Walk of Stars on Thursaday, famously brought John Lennon back to life.  Not literally, of course, but in the recording studio during the 1994 sessions for The Beatles Anthology albums, which collected together classics, rarities and two new songs based on unfinished Lennon demos. Called in by close friend Harrison, it was up to Jeff to use his production wizardry to help revive Free As A B details

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner discussed his love of the Beatles' Abbey Road and even used it in a metaphor for the end of his series, which begins its seventh and final season April 13th, in an interview with Buzzfeed.

"I just always loved that the album actually ends, almost like The Sopranos did, in the middle of a song. It's just, 'Cut!' – you know, that last note of 'Her Majesty'?" he said. "So I just admire it in artistic expressionism, looking at wrapping up the show. I'm writing an ending, and it will – whether I like it or not – frame the entire 92-hour experience of the show in some way. So I was impressed with how the Beatles dealt with that responsibility." Weiner also revealed that, unlike the Beatles, the show's storyline won't make it to 1970. He would not disclose at what point in time the show would wrap things up, but he was adamant that the series was meant to be a Sixties period piece. "The intention of the show starting in 19 details

As celebrations continue marking the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' American debut, Cunard Line will help commemorate the group’s first crossing of the Atlantic with The Beatles Experience. The premiere tribute band and Queen Mary 2 will come together during one of the ship’s Transatlantic Crossings, departing from New York on October 28, 2014.

Passengers on board the eight-day October sailing will have the exclusive opportunity to enjoy a concert by The Beatles Experience in the Royal Court Theatre. Audiences will also be treated to Q&A's during the voyage. The Beatles Experience will also perform on Queen Mary 2's April 2, 2014, Hong Kong to Dubai sailing, Queen Victoria's April 1, 2014 San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale sailing and Queen Elizabeth's March 29, 2014 Hong Kong to Dubai sailing. Entertainers such as Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Cary Grant and Clark Gable have also frequently crossed the Atlantic on Cunard’s earlier Queens,Queen Mary details

A DERELICT complex of buildings in west London, where the records of Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix were pressed, is ready to rediscover its historical role as a centre for advanced manufacturing.

The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, Middlesex, was once the home of music companies EMI and HMV, employing 22,000 people in its 1960s heyday. As the headquarters of industrial group Thorn EMI, it also became a hub of British engineering innovation, spawning the development of broadcasting systems, stereo, airborne radar and the CAT scanner. Now a joint venture between developers Cathedral Group and Development Securities — backed by London mayor Boris Johnson — is moving to revitalise the windswept 6.8ha site as London’s first "soup-to-nuts" incubator for hi-tech manufacturing entrepreneurs. Advances in rapid prototyping through the use of 3D printers are revolutionising product development by allowing individual entrepreneurs and researchers to make complex components quickly and at low cost.

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BEATLES memorabilia and a handbag signed by astronaut Neil Armstrong are to go on auction in Croydon. The sale includes a 1964 NEMS record player, which is one of the earliest pieces of Beatles merchandise. Only 5,000 were made and, while they rarely come up for sale, one has been listed for Catherine Southon’s next auction at The Chateau in Shirley Hills on March 26.

The record player features a print of the Fab Four as well as facsimile autographs. Though it is not in mint condition, it is estimated the record player will fetch between £1,000 and £2,000. A boxed set of car mascot ‘Bobbin Head’ Beatles dolls is expected to sell for up to £400. The set is in its original, slightly damaged box, and the dolls, which are around eight inches tall, are popular with collectors. The third and final piece of Beatles merchandise is a 1964 Dutch polka dot mini dress in beige and white with the faces of John, Paul, George and Ringo printed on it. It is in very good condition and could sell for £250.

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