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Humiliation for Ed as David Miliband quits politics for 'dream' charity job in U.S.

David Miliband will today deliver an enormous snub to his Labour leader brother by stepping down as an MP.

The former Foreign Secretary – who lost to Ed in a tight Labour leadership contest in 2010 – will announce that his political career is finished.

He will resign with immediate effect to take up a ‘dream job’ with a charity in New York, triggering a by-election in his South Shields constituency in May.

 
Shock decision: David Miliband is to quit his role in politics to take up a job at an international charity according to reports

Shock decision: David Miliband is to quit his role in politics to take up a job at an international charity according to reports

 
 
David Miliband
Ed Miliband
 

Leadership rivals: David Miliband, left, lost out by a margin of 49 per cent to 51 per cent to his younger brother Ed, right, in the Labour leadership contest in 2010

 

His decision will be seen as a massive vote of no confidence in his brother’s ability to lead Labour. In recent weeks, it had been suggested that David Miliband might make a return to the Labour front bench.

Ed Miliband said he would have welcomed his brother’s return to the Shadow Cabinet, saying: ‘With his talent, what he has to offer, it would be wrong for the door not to be open.’

US bound: David Miliband with his wife Louise Shackleton

US bound: David Miliband with his wife Louise Shackleton

Critics of Ed say the party should be further ahead in the polls at a time when the Coalition is making unpopular cuts and the economy is refusing to improve.

Earlier this month Labour came fourth in the Eastleigh by-election –showing that it was failing to make progress in the South.

 

Last night a source close to David Miliband, 47, who has been MP for South Shields since June 2001, said: ‘He has landed a dream job in charge of a charity in New York and wants to take it. But it means leaving politics.’

The charity, International Rescue Committee, has 8,000 staff and helps 40 of the world’s poorest countries.

David Miliband is one of the few high-profile figures on the right of his party, and was once seen as a natural successor to Tony Blair, the leader who took Labour to three election victories.

His supporters say he was much more likely than Ed to attract the support of the middle classes and southern voters.

 
Sibling rivalry: David and Ed embrace after the latter is announced the victor in the race to become Labour leader in September 2010

Sibling rivalry: David and Ed embrace after the latter is announced the victor in the race to become Labour leader in September 2010

United front: The brothers were pictured on stage at the Labour conference the year after Ed swept to the narrowest of leadership victories

United front: The brothers were pictured on stage at the Labour conference the year after Ed swept to the narrowest of leadership victories

 

HIS POLITICAL CAREER

1989-1992 - David Miliband worked as a research fellow and policy analyst at the Institute for Public Policy Research.

1992 - Appointed Secretary of the Commission on Social Justice, set up by then Labour leader John Smith.

1997 - 2001 - Miliband is an aide to Tony Blair's Government during its first term. He was the head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit at Number 10.

June 2001 - Elected MP for South Shields.

June 2002 - Appointed Schools Minister to oversee the ambitious Building Schools for the Future project which aimed to rebuild or refurbish all secondary schools in the country.

December 2004 - Appointed Cabinet Office Minister.

May 2005 - Became Minister of State for Communities and Local Government.

May 2006 - Appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, spearheading the Climate Change Bill.

June 2007 - Became the youngest Foreign Secretary in three decades.

September 2010 - Following Labour's General Election defeat in May of that year, David lost the Labour leadership contest by the narrowest of margins to brother Ed.

But his decision to quit means Labour is more likely to be stuck with his brother at the next election – a prospect welcomed by the Conservatives.

The departure brings to an end a saga of fraternal rivalry which tore the Miliband family apart.

After Gordon Brown stepped down as party leader after the 2010 election defeat, it had looked as if David was the clear favourite to win.

But Ed, now 43, shocked his brother by deciding to stand – an act which David’s wife is understood to have dubbed ‘unforgivable treachery’.

When the vote happened, David was the clear choice of Labour MPs and party members.

But he came second to his brother because Ed benefited from the support of the unions.

Despite being early favourite, David lost by the slightest of margins: 49 per cent of the votes against his brother’s 51 per cent.

Ed tried to keep David on board by offering key posts such as that of Shadow Chancellor. But he turned all offers down to take a role on the back benches.

He had become an MP in 2001 after working as an aide to Tony Blair. After the 2005 general election, he was promoted to the Cabinet with responsibility for local government and in 2006, he became Environment Secretary.

Gordon Brown made him Foreign Secretary a year later.

Married to American violinist  Louise Shackelton, he has two  children. In the past two years, he has made just short of £1million on top of his MP’s salary.

His resignation will open the way for a by-election in South Shields, a safe Labour seat.

Last night Tim Farron, the Lib Dem president, tweeted: ‘It’s a big loss for Parliament. David was a big thinker, great politician and a lovely man.’

 
Going home: David's new 'dream job' will apparently take him to his wife Louise's native America

Going home: David's new 'dream job' will apparently take him to his wife Louise's native America

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Well-wishers: Several MPs from all parties paid tribute to Mr Miliband's political career on Twitter after the news broke

Well-wishers: Several MPs from all parties paid tribute to Mr Miliband's political career on Twitter after the news broke

 
 
 
Showing promise: Mr Miliband pictured speaking at an eduction conference during his time as Schools Minister in 2003

Showing promise: Mr Miliband pictured speaking at an eduction conference during his time as Schools Minister in 2003

 




Posted on 27/3/2013 at 02:01

Jesse was married to Hollywood star Sandra Bullock from 2005-2010


He's had a string of failed marriages, but that didn't stop Jesse James and his fourth bride from pulling out all the stops.

Sandra Bullock's ex-husband married Alexis Dejoria in a very extravagant and expensive affair in Malibu on Sunday.

However, it's hardly surprising that the serial cheat's wedding to the drag car racerwas a pricey affair. 

 
Fourth time lucky? New pictures have emerged of Jesse James's fourth marriage to billionaire heiress Alexis DeJoria, which took place at her father Jon Paul DeJoria's Malibu estate over the weekend

Fourth time lucky? New pictures have emerged of Jesse James's fourth marriage to billionaire heiress Alexis DeJoria, which took place at her father Jon Paul DeJoria's Malibu estate over the weekend

After all her father is John Paul Dejoria, co-founder of the Paul Mitchell hair care products line and Patron Spirits Company.

In new aerial shots of the flashy nuptials, held at Jon Paul's sprawling Malibu property, Jesse is seen standing at an altar adorned with huge bouquets of pink, purple and white flowers.

Meanwhile, for her big day Alexis walked up the aisle wearing a traditional white dress adorned with  a black embroidered floral design.

 
Sealed with a kiss: The former CEO of West Coast Choppers kissed his drag racing wife following the nuptials

Sealed with a kiss: The former CEO of West Coast Choppers kissed his drag racing wife following the nuptials

 

 
One big happy family: Jesse and Alexis posed for pictures with her father Jon Paul and his wife Eloise Broady

One big happy family: Jesse and Alexis posed for pictures with her father Jon Paul and his wife Eloise Broady

The strapless attire featured a large train and also showed off her collection of arm tattoos.

The 35-year-old also donned a huge white veil, wore diamond drop earrings in her ears and carried a bouquet of lilac and white roses.

Meanwhile, Jesse was suited and booted in a black suit, white shirt and black tie.

 
At the altar: Jesse and Alexis exchanged vows at an extravagant altar featuring large lilac and white bouquets

At the altar: Jesse and Alexis exchanged vows at an extravagant altar featuring large lilac and white bouquets

 

 
Expensive bling: The pair reportedly placed expensive Neil Lane rings on each other's wedding fingers in front of the minister

Expensive bling: The pair reportedly placed expensive Neil Lane rings on each other's wedding fingers in front of the minister

 

 
Purple-themed: Alexis's bridesmaids wore strapless purple gowns

Purple-themed: Alexis's bridesmaids wore strapless purple gowns

Alexis's bridesmaids carried on the purple theme by slipping into floor length strapless gowns featuring flowing silk skirts.

And her flower girls, Jesse's youngest daughter Sonny, nine, and Alexis' ten-year-old daughter Bella, also wore the colour lilac in the form of cute ruffled dresses.

During their vows, the couple exchanged Neil Lane rings in front of a minister.

 
Flowers girls: Jesse's youngest daughter Sonny, nine, left, and Alexis' ten-year-old daughter Bella, right, also wore the colour lilac to act as flower girls

Flowers girls: Jesse's youngest daughter Sonny, nine, left, and Alexis' ten-year-old daughter Bella, right, also wore the colour lilac to act as flower girls

 

 
Group shot: The whole bridal party posed for pictures following the ceremony

Group shot: The whole bridal party posed for pictures following the ceremony

 

 
The two main men in her life: Alexis's father Jon Paul and her new husband helped her with her dress, a strapless black embroidered gown, as they made their way across the grass

The two main men in her life: Alexis's father Jon Paul and her new husband helped her with her dress, a strapless black embroidered gown, as they made their way across the grass

 

 
Extravagant: Alexis also wore a dramatic long veil and carried a bouquet of purple and white roses

Extravagant: Alexis also wore a dramatic long veil and carried a bouquet of purple and white roses

The nuptials were watched by numerous friends and family members, including the bride's father John Paul and his wife Eloise Broady, who also slipped into an extravagant embroidered gown.

And it appears that Jesse gets along famously with his in-laws, as he was seen cuddling up to them  for happy snaps following the ceremony.

Jesse and Alexis also snuggled up together as they toasted their nuptials with several glasses of champagne.

And the notorious bad boy planted several kisses on his new wife as he wrapped his arm around her waist.

 
Step-father: Jesse was seen doting on his new wife's daughter Bella after the ceremony

Step-father: Jesse was seen doting on his new wife's daughter Bella after the ceremony

 

 
Kiss me: The motorcycle and car enthusiast wraps his arm around his wife's waist and plants a kiss on her cheek

Kiss me quick: The motorcycle and car enthusiast wraps his arm around his wife's waist and plants a kiss on her cheek

The couple tied the knot after only dating for around seven months.

It was rumoured that Jesse had the audacity to invite his ex-wife Sandra to the nuptials, despite the fact that the marriage ended due to his philandering ways.

‘It seems Jesse has colossal gall to match his colossal ego,’ a source told Star Magazine via RadarOnline. ‘After all the hurt and humiliation he’s caused her, Sandra is the last person on Earth who would attend that affair.

‘Even after their divorce, Jesse continued to get his digs in on Sandra, saying publicly that he felt “empty inside” during their marriage and sneering that he changed as a person after marrying “some Hollywood actress.” Sandra will never forget that.’

 
Familiar scene? This is Jesse's fourth marriage after three failed unions

Familiar scene? This is Jesse's fourth marriage after three failed unions

 

 
Cheers to us: Jesse, Alexis and her father and step mother enjoy a glass of bubbly following the nuptials

Cheers to us: Jesse, Alexis and her father and step mother enjoy a glass of bubbly following the nuptials

However the source went on to claim that Jesse has at times tried to 'reach out to her behind the scenes', and that perhaps the invite was intended as a 'peace offering'.

Their relationship imploded in 2010 after five years of marriage just days after Sandra's Oscar win for The Blind Side when she discovered he had been having an affair with a tattoo model.

But his choice in his new wife and the rush to make it to the altar has raised some suspicions as to Jesse’s motives.

 
Changed man? Jesse appears that he may have changed his ways and was attentive to his new wife throughout the ceremony

Changed man? Jesse appears that he may have changed his ways and was attentive to his new wife throughout the ceremony

 

 
Lovely setting: The nuptials took place at Alexis's father's sprawling Malibu estate

Lovely setting: The nuptials took place at Alexis's father's sprawling Malibu estate

In particular, the insider claims that Jesse has ‘always had a man crush’ on Alexis’ billionaire father John Paul, who is co-founder of Paul Mitchell hair products, the Patron Spirits Company and the House Of Blues chain of nightclubs.

Alexis certainly looks his type: long dark hair, loves cars and tattoos. She also stands to inherit a great deal, as her father's fortune is said to be worth $4 billion.

The pair are said to have bonded over their mutual attraction to racing fast cars and were pictured together on September 23 during the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX.

 
Pretty in purple: Sunny and Bella looked cute in their ruffled purple gowns

Pretty in purple: Sunny and Bella looked cute in their ruffled purple gowns

 

 
Surrounded: The couple were surrounded by several family members and friends as they exchanged their vows

Surrounded: The couple were surrounded by several family members and friends as they exchanged their vows

The father of three remains on good terms with his first wife Karla James, the mother of two of his children, Chandler, 17, and Jesse Jr., 14, which can't be said of his second wife, porn star Janine Lindemulder, the mother of his daughter Sunny.

After a vicious court battle, Jesse won custody of Sunny in 2009 with Janine allowed weekly visitation rights during daytime hours.

Factors that contributed to the judge's decision was Janine's stint in jail and her addiction with prescription drugs.

 
Large: It appears that the occasion was a rather large affair considering the attendance

Large: It appears that the occasion was a rather large affair considering the attendance

 

 

The judge was also motivated by the fact that Sunny's older siblings also live with James.

The West Coast Choppers CEO started dating tattoo artist Kat Von D in August 2010, shortly after his marriage to Sandra ended.

They announced their engagement in January 2011 and were set to wed later that year.

But the pair split for good that October, after which Kat branded Jesse a 'cheat.'

 
Getting ready for the wedding: Alexis and Jesse were pictured in Los Angeles just two days before their wedding day

Getting ready for the wedding: Alexis and Jesse were pictured in Los Angeles just two days before their wedding day

 

 
Third wife: Jesse was married to Hollywood star Sandra Bullock from 2005-2010

Third wife: Jesse was married to Hollywood star Sandra Bullock from 2005-2010

 



Posted on 27/3/2013 at 01:59

eorge Clooney split from Elisabetta Canalis in 2011 (right) after dating for two years. The actor has now been with current girlfriend Stacy Keibler for nearly two years (right)

First it was the seven-year itch. Then the three-year itch. Now a rash of recent celebrity break-ups seems to suggest that the honeymoon period is getting even shorter.

The stage when complements stop, sex dwindles and suddenly a partner's cute little quirks go from totally adorable to totally annoying could happen in as little as 18 months.

Marriage scientist Terri Orbuch, PhD, who has followed nearly 400 couples since 1986 as part of an ongoing National Institutes of Health study on relationships, claims that three years is the beginning of the danger zone for couples.

 
Ryan Seacrest with Julianne Hough

Over: Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest, pictured at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, broke up last week after two years together

 

 

 

But Katy Perry and Russell Brand, Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy, and Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez all split on or before before the two-year mark.

George Clooney, the de-facto poster child for short relationships, has openly admitted that most of his come to an end after two to three years.

 

 

He divorced ex-wife Talia Balsam after three years, and has said publicly that he's 'not the marrying kind'. Since then he's been linked with Lisa Snowdon (on-off for five years), French waitress Celine Balitran (three years), cocktail waitress Sarah Larson (one year) and Elisabetta Canalis (two years). In between, he romanced Krista Allen, Renee Zellwegger and Teri Hatcher.

So far, he's been with current girlfriend, former professional wrestler Stacey Keibler, for just over 18 months.

Experts have listed everything from money worries and social media to weight gain and toenail clippings on the floor as factors in our culture's shortening relationship attention span.

Justin Bieber Selena Gomez

Broken-up: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez split before before the two-year mark

 
Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy
Katy Perry and Russell Brand
 

18-month itch? Bethenny Frankel with now-estranged husband Jason Hoppy (left). The couple split after two years. Singer Katy Perry separated from husband Russell Brand in 2010 (right) after 14 months of marriage

 

But maybe it's all down to biology.

Love is, quite literally, a drug. When we fall hard, we're hopped up on a cocktail of potent chemicals including PEA, a natural upper, and dopamine, which triggers the same response in our brain as cocaine and chocolate. The buzz causes sleeplessness, energy and goal-oriented behavior - so we're focused on the relationship, and our partner. 

'We're high on love. But at some point, we have to come down'

We're high on love. But at some point, we have to come down.

Psychologists have found that, for most of us, the 'spark'  wears off  between 18 months to two years. After that, some couples move into what scientist Dr Helen Fisher calls the 'attachment' phase. Endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, induce a sense of calm well-being and those sleepless nights give way to a sense of security. 

But for others who thrive on the intense drama of love's chemical cocktail, reality kicking in probably feels like the worst hangover ever. When sizzling sex gives way to sorting socks, the fight or flight instinct kicks in.

George Clooney Celine Balitran
George Clooney Sarah Larson
 

Serial monogamist: George Clooney with then-girlfriend Celine Balitran, whom he dated from 1996 to 1999 (left) and arriving at the Oscars in 2008 with his ex Sarah Larson (right). The couple split later that year

 
 
George Clooney Elisabetta Canalis
George Clooney Stacy Keibler
 

Finding the pattern: George Clooney split from Elisabetta Canalis in 2011 (right) after dating for two years. The actor has now been with current girlfriend Stacy Keibler for nearly two years (right)

 

Sometimes, it's really not them. It's you.Even in seemingly happy couples are subject to what psychologists call 'hedonic adaptation'. Put simply, when the buzz that comes from something new normalizes, we are hard-wired to go out and get something else.

Cheesy movies aside, finding the right relationship also means accepting that another person can't 'complete' us.   

When Richard E. Lucas and his colleagues at Michigan State University studied the happiness effect of marriage, they found that the mood boost only lasts two years. After that, people revert to their normal level of happiness.

So the advice for avoiding the pitfalls of the 18-month itch is the same for celebrities and mere mortals, and it's mostly common sense. Experts recommend being nice to each other, remembering to give complements, mixing it up and out of the bedroom and having adventures together.

As long as we avoid the number-one passion killer - boredom - attachment has its advantages.

We're no longer blinded by chemistry, and can see the other person rationally. Getting to the other side of infatuation means discovering a partner's flaws - even George Clooney has to cut his toenails - and sharing our own.

The initial 'fantasy' stage of a relationship can be amazing. But facing reality can lead us to real lov




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'I'd highly suggest it to any pregnant woman': January Jones says consuming her placenta helped beat the baby blues

She hit headlines and divided opinion when she admitted she had consumed her own placenta following the birth of her son Xander.

But now January Jones has come forward to reveal the reasons behind her somewhat unorthodox decision, saying that dehydrating the organ and eating it in the form of vitamin capsules helped her beat her baby blues.

Speaking to Britain's Glamour magazine, January, 35, said that while her revelation caused a stir, she would recommend the pills to any expectant mother.

 
Controversial: January Jones has opened up about her decision to consume her own placenta while posing for a stunning new shoot in Britain's Glamour magazine

Controversial: January Jones has opened up about her decision to consume her own placenta while posing for a stunning new shoot in Britain's Glamour magazine

 

She said: 'I should never have told anyone about that. But it’s not gross or witchcrafty. Nor am I putting it in a shake or eating it raw.

'It’s a very civilised thing that can help women with depression or fatigue. I was never depressed or sad or down after the baby was born, so I’d highly suggest it to any pregnant woman.'

The placenta, an organ attached to the lining of the womb during pregnancy, is known to contain high levels of vitamins, particularly vitamin B6 - known to help curb postnatal depression.

January raises her son 17-month-old Xander on her own and has never revealed the identity of her the little boy's father, but says she hates the taboo that often comes with being a single mother.

 
Monochrome chic: In another picture from the shoot, January is seen wearing a black shorts suit and frilly white shirt

Monochrome chic: In another picture from the shoot, January is seen wearing a black shorts suit and frilly white shirt

 
'Don't pity me': January insisted she is happy being a single mother to her 17-month-old son Xander

'Don't pity me': January insisted she is happy being a single mother to her 17-month-old son Xander

 

She said: 'People keep saying, "Oh poor you, being a single mum". But I don’t want to be pitied. I can do anything I want to do. I work, I date, I have friends. I have time for everything I had time for before. I just have an added amazing thing in my life.

The full interview appears in the April issue of Glamour magazine, out now

The full interview appears in the April issue of Glamour magazine, out now

 

'I don’t think being a single mum is something I need to feel sorry about or need to go to group therapy over. It’s really a joy in my life and that’s it.

'I have a great family and friends, and I know they’d be there if I needed help, but I feel like I’m doing it fine on my own. Being a mum is something I always wanted to do and I love it.'

January, who recently split from film director NOah Miller after a brief relationship, also spoke about her romance history, admitting that while she would love to date someone outside of her industry, it is too hard to meet people away from her work life.

The Mad Men star, who has dated stars including Ashton Kutcher and Jason Sudeikis in the past, said:  'There was a time in my life when I said I’d never date another actor. But it’s hard to meet people outside of my job.

'In life, you tend to date the people who are around you, people you see every day. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to date someone who does our job, because it’s so transient. You’re never in the same place for long.'

And asked to describe her ideal man, January replied: 'I don’t really have a type. But someone who is kind is important to me. Someone who I can have a laugh with, someone to trust.'



Posted on 1/3/2013 at 04:50

Generation X-Large: Fatter children force stores to revamp sizing

Clothing chains have been forced to rip up their sizing system for children to reflect the fact youngsters are now taller, wider and heavier.

A new template for those aged four to 16 has been devised for retailers to reflect major changes to body shapes over the last 35 years.

Girls of 11 are an average of four inches wider around the waist, while boys are generally bigger through the waist and chest.

 
Plumped: Clothing chains have been forced to rip up their sizing systems for children because they are now taller, wider and heavier

Plumped: Clothing chains have been forced to rip up their sizing systems for children because they are now taller, wider and heavier

The figures add to evidence that decades of fast food, a couch-potato culture and a decline in school sport have remodelled the nation’s youth.

Six of the country’s biggest children’s fashion chains – Marks & Spencer, Next, George at Asda, Tesco, Monsoon and the Shop Direct group – will use the new guidelines.

 

Full body 3D scans were carried out on 2,885 youngsters across the country to produce the updated size regime.

The last time a comprehensive survey of children’s shapes was carried out was by the British Standards Institution in 1978.

Since then, girls of 11 have plumped up to the extent that the waist is an average of just over 10cm – around four inches – wider at 70.2cm (27.6in).

Children prefer to play computer games then do sport

Children prefer to play computer games then do sport

At a time when many youngsters are going through puberty at an earlier age, the average chest measurement for the 11-year-old girl is up by 7.09cm (2.8in) to 78.4cm(30.8in).

The average boy’s chest is now 9.69cm (3.8in) bigger at 78.35cm (30.8in), while the waist is up by 8.53cm (3.4in).

The figures were compiled by Shape GB, a collaboration between retailers, several academic bodies, clothing size experts Alvanon and scanner experts.

Alvanon president, Ed Gribbin, said official sizing standards were ‘quite outdated’, leading to ‘significant inconsistency in sizing and fit across clothing brands and retailers’.

‘This creates confusion and frustration for shoppers, not to mention a high percentages of returns which adds cost to retailers that may get passed on to consumers.’

He added: ‘Most studies, including the World Health Organisation, cite two main reasons for the fact that children in developed countries are getting larger. 

‘The first is sedentary lifestyles, as children are more in tune with their computers than they are an active lifestyle.

 
Experts believe the reason why women are getting bigger is because they are doing less housework

Experts believe the reason why women are getting bigger is because they are doing less housework

The second is the higher sugar content in many diets. Processed and fast foods are all contributing factors.’ 

The scanning was run by Select Research. Its managing director, Richard Barnes, said the information could be used to find ways to tackle childhood obesity.

The six retailers which participated in the project sell 48 per cent of children’s clothes in the UK.
Other stores are expected to take up the new guidelines.



Posted on 1/3/2013 at 04:34

Off with the old, on with the new: Ted Kennedy's Virginia home set to be torn down making way for $45 million chateau

The former home of the late Senator Ted Kennedy is set to be torn down and replaced with a $45 million chateau.

Nestled in a wooded area of McClean, Virginia, the former Kennedy residence screams of old money and the understated glamor of the Massachusetts dynasty but it failed to gain much traction when it was put up for sale last year for $10 million.

Now the owner of the Potomac River property is offering to tear down the Kennedy digs and replace it with a sprawling, 10 bedroom chateau.

 
Classy

Classy: Ted Kennedy's former home in Mclean, Virginia is going to be torn down

 
Nouveau Riche

Nouveau Riche: The Kennedy home failed to sell so now the owner plans to build Le Chateau De Lumiere, a sprawling mansion on the riverfront property

Senator Kennedy, the younger brother of former President John F. Kennedy, served as a Democratic Senator from Massachusetts from 1962 until 2009. He died at the age of 77 in August 2009 from a brain tumor.

He had lived in the classy, 10-bedroom, nine-bath house with his first wife Joan and their children. They divorced in 1982.

 

Sen. Kennedy married his second wife Vicki at his McClean home in 1992.

Then in the mid-90s, he sold the home to Hong Kong financier Eric Hotung for $5.88 million.

Stylish

Stylish: The late politician's former home is located in a wooded area but is a far cry from a rustic cabin

 

 
Ornate

Ornate: The Massachusetts Democrat married his second wife, Vicki, at the McLean home but the newlyweds moved to a mansion in the district shortly after they wed

The riverfront home was designed by John Carl Warnecke, the architect responsible for for John F. Kennedy's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery.

The home will be 'a tear down, so it's not that significant,' Mike Mafi, owner of the McLean-based The Building Group, told the Washington Post.

Instead of the ranch style home of the Kennedys, plans are in place for the construction of a 30,000 square-foot French-style chateau called Le Chateau de Lumiere.

The chateau will have 10 bedrooms, 12.5 baths, eight fireplaces, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and indoor racquet courts, five-car garage and gatehouse.

 
home

Family home: Senator Edward Kennedy, left, and his wife, Joan, right, (pictured in Oct. 1979) raised their family at the McLean home. The couple divorced in 1982

 
Marriage

Marriage: Sen. Kennedy (pictured in 2008) married his second wife Vicki (left) at the McLean home in 1992

Kennedy left Virginia for D.C. after he married Vicki.

They moved to a 8,900 square feet, seven bedroom colonial style home in 1998, located in the district's swish Kalorama neighborhood located in the NW quadrant of DC.

The late politician's widow, Vicki, put their Washington, D.C. home up for sale after the death of her husband.

She sold it in 2011 for $6.5 million to the Republic of Gabon.

She now lives in a three-bedroom townhouse, located in the same neighborhood, which she purchased in 2009 for $1.65 million.

 
Plan

Plan: The current owner of the property is Hong Kong tycoon Eric Hotung. He plans to tear down the home to make way for the mansion


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Posted on 1/3/2013 at 04:05

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Posted on 1/3/2013 at 03:55

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Posted on 1/3/2013 at 03:28

President finally shows his face after $1m golfing weekend with Tiger Woods that White House didn't want world to see


Pictures finally appeared of President Obama on Monday evening as he headed home to Washington after a relaxing golf weekend which was kept heavily under wraps.

The President was on the course on Monday for the third and final day of a Florida vacation with departing US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, the president's Chicago pal Eric Whitaker and White House aide Marvin Nicholson.

The President had enjoyed a round of golf with Tiger Woods on Sunday - a fact that only emerged by chance after media were banned from attending the event. The traveling pool of journalists who follow the President's every move were reportedly furious after being shut out of his round of golf and not being allowed on to the club grounds. Back in the swing of things: President Obama waves in the doorway of Air Force One as he departs from Palm Beach International Airport on Monday

Back in the swing of things: President Obama waves in the doorway of Air Force One as he departs from Palm Beach International Airport on Monday

 
Back to business: Obama jogs up the stairs of Air Force One upon his departure from Florida heading for D.C.
Extra baggage: A White House aide carries the golf bag of Eric Whitaker, Obama's long-time friend, aboard the plane after their boys' weekend at a luxury golf resort
 

Back to business: Obama jogs up the stairs of Air Force One upon his departure from Florida heading for D.C. (left) as an aide carries on the golf back of Obama's friend Eric Whitaker

 

 
Bags of fun: An aide heaves several golf bags up the stairs of Air Force One after weekend on the course with friends

Bags of fun: An aide heaves several golf bags up the stairs of Air Force One after weekend on the course with friends

 

It has long been a White House tradition that pool reporters cover the President's rounds of golf and even have the opportunity for a few questions on the course.

The President waved as he jogged up the steps of Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport on Monday evening while a White House aide heaved golf clubs and large bags on board.

When he landed back in Washington and walked across the White House lawn, several frustrated reporters collectively shouted to the President to ask if he had beaten Tiger Woods.

Despite appearing to have heard the question, the Daily Callerreported, Obama did not answer and just smiled.

Home again: President Barack Obama waves to members of the media as walks across the South Lawn of the White House following his arrival on Marine One helicopter on Monday night

Home again: President Barack Obama waves to members of the media as walks across the South Lawn of the White House following his arrival on Marine One helicopter on Monday night

The President was relaxing on a trip to the Floridian, an exclusive club along Florida's Treasure Coast. Obama arrived in Florida late on Friday and returned to Washington on Monday night

The club's owner is Jim Crane, a Houston businessman who also owns baseball's Houston Astros. Crane also has given money to Obama's political campaigns.

The White House had barred media coverage of the president's golf holiday but released the names of his partners.

The Huffington Post reports that the President tried to make amends with the traveling press by spending a quick 10 to 15 minutes with them in the back of Air Force One as they headed back to D.C.

 


Proving that he was not dropping the secrecy act anytime soon, all of the reporters involved had to agree that the conversation was off the record, meaning that they could not officially report anything that he said and had to keep their reflections of the conversation in extremely vague terms.

'He didn't come back because he had to tell us something. He came back to hang out,' reporter Scott Wilson from The Washington Post, who was serving as the pool reporter on Monday.

The weekend is the latest in a string of incidents that have prompted press backlash against the self-titled 'transparent' President, with Politico reporting today that withholding access is just one of the ways in which his administration works to avoid the tough questions and promote their brand.

The outrage over the lack of transparency comes as much of the bill for the pricey trip will be paid for by tax payers, yet President Obama did not feel it appropriate to even release one photo of his time out on the course.

The President played with the notorious philanderer on Sunday after getting a private lesson from Woods' former coach the day before.

On the course: CNN was the only network to air footage of President Obama during one of his golf outings, but it does not appear to be the time that he played with Tiger Woods

On the course: CNN was the only network to air footage of President Obama during one of his golf outings, but it does not appear to be the time that he played with Tiger Woods

 

 
Using his lessons: President Obama spent three days in Florida over the long weekend and was only seen on Monday

Using his lessons: President Obama spent three days in Florida over the long weekend and was only seen on Monday

 
One last round: President Obama (seen in the white cap) played an estimated five or six rounds in three days

One last round: President Obama (seen in the white cap) played an estimated five or six rounds in three days

However the only inside reports about the rounds came from a golf journalist who happened to be in the clubhouse at the time.

'Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend,' Fox News reporter Ed Henry said.

'There is a very simple but important principle we will continue to fight for today and in the days ahead: transparency.'

The President's deputy press secretary Josh Earnest responded to the pool's concerns by simply saying that they were previously told about the level of access- or lack thereof- that they should expect from the weekend.

 
 

 

 
No photos: Though he has been pictured on other trips- like this one in Hawaii in 2009- the President denied any press access during his round of golf with Tiger Woods over the weekend

No photos: Though he has been pictured on other trips- like this one in Hawaii in 2009- the President denied any press access during his round of golf with Tiger Woods over the weekend

Meeting again: President Obama invited Tiger Woods to the White House in 2009 (pictured) and now the President is traveling to Woods' neighborhood by going to Florida for the weekend

Meeting again: President Obama invited Tiger Woods to the White House in 2009 (pictured) and now the President is traveling to Woods' neighborhood by going to Florida for the weekend

'The press access granted by the White House today is entirely consistent with the press access offered for previous presidential golf outings,' Mr Earnest said to Politico.

In spite of his claims, the President has been pictured during a number of his other rounds of golf, including during his trips to Hawaii over Christmas and Martha's Vineyard in previous summers.

The trip was far from a little getaway, as he made his way to the golf course by way of Chicago on Friday and that is when the costs started piling up.

ABC News reported that in 2012, it cost $179,750 per flight hour to run Air Force One.

Going off that rate- even though it is likely higher now since gas prices have risen- the cost of the flights to Florida and back to Washington on Monday totaled $943,687.50.

 
Picturesque: President Obama never left the grounds of the Floridian golf course during his three-night stay

Picturesque: President Obama never left the grounds of the Floridian golf course during his three-night stay

 

 
Luxurious: Obama's entourage rented out all three of the four-bedroom cottages on the grounds of the club

Luxurious: Obama's entourage rented out all three of the four-bedroom cottages on the grounds of the club

HOW MUCH IT COSTS FOR A PRESIDENTIAL BOYS WEEKEND

$943,687.50: estimated cost of a trip for Air Force One from Chicago to West Palm Beach and then back to Washington, D.C.

$13,500: Cost to rent out three four-bedroom guest cottages at The Floridian for three nights

$24,000: Cost of an eight-hour private golf lesson with famed instructor Butch Harmon

$1,800: Greens fees for three guests for two rounds of golf

$1,600: Cost of four caddies for two rounds of golf

$4,620: Cost of 20 rooms at the Port St. Lucie Holiday Inn for traveling press and security detail based on the government per-diem rate

                                          TOTAL: $989,207

He rented out all three of the four-bedroom guest cottages on the grounds of The Floridian for the whole of the long weekend, as well about 20 hotel rooms from the nearby Holiday Inn- which is about 20 minutes drive from the course- for his traveling entourage of press and security.

Expectantly, their price differentials are significant, as one night in a guest cottage costs $1,500 while the Holiday Inn told MailOnline that they charged the government per-diem rate of $77 per room.

On top of the logistical expenses, the whole point of the trip was to relax on the golf course, which involves a whole host of expenses in itself.

Guest greens fees at The Floridian are $300 per person, and each player hires a caddy who costs $200 per round.

For three guests to play two rounds of golf over the weekend, greens fees come to $1,800 and the caddies fees for the foursome total $1,600.

 
Relaxation: The President's press team said that they did not need to allow journalists on to the grounds because it was a personal vacation and that Mr Obama was not conducting any formal political events during the trip

Relaxation: The President's press team said that they did not need to allow journalists on to the grounds because it was a personal vacation and that Mr Obama was not conducting any formal political events during the trip

 

 
Options: Since he did not leave the grounds, Mr Obama undoubtedly ate in the course's gourmet dining room

Options: Since he did not leave the grounds, Mr Obama undoubtedly ate in the course's gourmet dining room

 
Expensive: All told, the trip is thought to have cost close to $1million

Expensive: All told, the trip is thought to have cost close to $1million

The Floridian also features a gourmet dining room, full service spa and a marina with 68 boat slips so members can arrange to go on fishing outings during their stay. Because the press were banned from getting past the maintenance shed outside of the gates of the club, it is not known whether the President indulged in any of those amenities.

The golf club's rules stipulate that all expenses incurred by guests are paid for by their member counter part. In this case, that means that the club's owner Jim Crane- who is also a Democratic donor- likely paid for all of the charges and is being reimbursed either in full or part.

Another personal expense that Mr Obama racked up came from the eight hour one-on-one lesson with golf pro Mr Harmon. Since those lessons typically cost $3,000, that means that Mr Obama's bill came to a tidy $24,000 after his intensive session on Saturday.

During his stay, the President never left the grounds of the golf club, meaning that his transportation and security costs were kept to a minimum. A spokesman for the nearby police department said that they had not been asked by the Secret Service to provide any additional security.

Spotted: Golf Digest reporter Tim Rosaforte reported that he saw President Obama close to 11am

Spotted: Golf Digest reporter Tim Rosaforte reported that he saw President Obama close to 11am

 

 
Keeping score: Tiger Woods is rumored to be doing well during the early bouts of the round

Keeping score: Tiger Woods is rumored to be doing well during the early bouts of the round

While both the President and Woods remained mum about their round of golf, former coach Mark Harmon wasn't shy when it came to talking about their conversations.

'Just to see the interaction between the two on the range was pretty neat. The President said to Tiger, "The last tournament you played was fun to watch. It's good to see you play well again." You could tell he meant it. It just wasn't a throw it out compliment,' he told Golf Digest.

Familiar face: The President played golf with his friend Eric Whitaker on Saturday, and he was seen playing with him back in 2009 during a trip to Martha's Vineyard (pictured) as well

Familiar face: The President played golf with his friend Eric Whitaker on Saturday, and he was seen playing with him back in 2009 during a trip to Martha's Vineyard (pictured) as well

Prior to Mr Obama's round with Tiger- where he was accompanied by his friend from Chicago Eric Whitaker, two Democratic donors, a U.S. trade representative and the club's owner Jim Crane- the President spent eight hours with Mr Harmon fine-tuning his game.

He reportedly played 27 holes with Mr Harmon and had an instruction session in his golf studio.

'I like the fact he loves golf,' Mr Harmon said.

'Obviously he doesn't get to play very much. He said it was a real treat for him to come here with his best friends and have a chance to play.

'But he counts every shot. He doesn't like gimmes. He putts everything out. He counts all his penalty shots. He thinks about all his shots before he hits them.

'Some people might say to the President of the United States, "Oh, just move it." But that's not him. He loves the game and loves the game the way it's supposed to be played.'

Golf Digest reporter Tim Rosaforte reported that the Commander-in-Chief reported to the club's driving range at around 11am as he warmed up for the 'historic' round with Woods and Crane.

The President was supposed to play with Woods at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound which is about a half hour away from The Floridian, but Mr Obama and his entourage opted to stay on the grounds of the golf club in Palm City.

Since reporters were barred from accessing the golf crew, gossip was flying at the country club as members tried their best to get an insight into how the round was going.

Tranquil: The round is taking place at The Floridian Yacht and Golf Club owned by Jim Crane

Tranquil: The round is taking place at The Floridian Yacht and Golf Club owned by Jim Crane

Butch Harmon, pictured with Tiger Woods in 1999, will be working with the president this weekend on his golf swing

Butch Harmon, pictured with Tiger Woods in 1999, will be working with the president this weekend on his golf swing

'Not going to turn this into Tiger Tracker, but from pro shop at Floridian we received word TW holed out greenside bunker No. 1 for birdie,' Rosaforte tweeted.

While this is the first time that the President has played golf with Woods- who has won the most titles in the storied sport- it is not the first time that they have met.

Upper echelon: Jim Crane, who owns the golf club and the Houston Astros, is a Democratic donor and has played golf with the President twice this weekend

Upper echelon: Jim Crane, who owns the golf club and the Houston Astros, is a Democratic donor and has played golf with the President twice this weekend

The disgraced golfer did a reading at one of President Obama's inaugural festivities in 2009 and followed that up with a visit to the White House.

That visit took place five months before his long list of affairs was exposed so it is unclear whether or not Woods and Mr Obama have spoken since. Their four hours on the course will leave them with plenty of time to talk, however.

During his round on Saturday, the President played with Crane as well as U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. He also played at least one round with his close friend Eric Whitaker who he has known since he lived in Chicago.

Both Carroll and Crane have donated to Democratic campaigns, and Chase hosted an Obama fundraiser during the presidential campaign last year.

The Florida club is used to having some high-profile guests, as conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh talked about his times playing there during his show on Saturday.

'I was a proud and honored member of the Floridian,' he said.

'The president’s got himself a good, old-fashioned guys golf weekend.'

The weekend wasn't all smooth sailing for the President's team, however, as three planes breached the no-fly zone that was imposed during Mr Obama's visit.

The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating the incidents which obviously caused concern about what may have happened if the security restrictions were broken on purpose.

President Obama is enjoying a break from his family this weekend after flying to Florida for a golf getaway, while the First Lady and daughters Sasha and Malia will be skiing in Aspen, Colorado, the White House confirmed on Friday. 




Posted on 20/2/2013 at 05:01

Bend it like Beckham: Aspiring footballer Brooklyn picks up a few tips from dad David as he joins him in training at PSG ground


He’s recently had a trial at Chelsea football club, proving he’s clearly got his dad’s sporting genes. 

And on Tuesday Brooklyn Beckham showed his skills once again as he joined David in training at Paris Saint-Germain.

The 14-year-old showed he really is his father’s son as he stepped out in matching pink boots, which David recently revealed were inspired by Harper, and the PSG kit. 

 
Play with dad: Brooklyn Beckham was spotted training with his dad at PSG training ground on Tuesday

Play with dad: Brooklyn Beckham was spotted training with his dad at PSG training ground on Tuesday

Looking confident the eldest Beckham child displayed some fancy footwork as he ran around the pitch with David and his new team mates.

 

Brooklyn, who is currently on half-term, had been in London with his father up until Monday when they flew to Paris to celebrate Cruz’s birthday. 

It was the first time the world-famous clan have been spotted all together in the French capital and it’s believed they headed to the £14,500-a-night Imperial Suite at the Bristol Hotel hotel on the Faubourg Saint-Honore, where the sportsman will be staying throughout his stint with Paris St Germain.

 
Joining in: David was practicing with his new team and his eldest son Brooklyn
Joining in: David was practicing with his new team and his eldest son Brooklyn
 

Joining in: David was practicing with his new team and his eldest son Brooklyn

 

 
Matching: Not only was Brooklyn wearing the PSG kit, he also wore the pink boots favoured by David

Matching: Not only was Brooklyn wearing the PSG kit, he also wore the pink boots favoured by David

 

 
Getting his fitness up: David is getting ready to play for his new team for the first time since he signed with them
Getting his fitness up: David is getting ready to play for his new team for the first time since he signed with them
 

Getting his fitness up: David is getting ready to play for his new team for the first time since he signed with them

Arriving in The City Of Light just before 9pm as they stepped off a Eurostar train from London, Cruz stood out from the crowd by dressing in a bright blue jacket that matched Victoria's own outfit.

The mother and son led the fashion pack as a police escort guarded them closely through the terminal to their waiting car, as the Gare du Nord station swarmed with armed policemen.

An onlooker said: 'It was as if the President of the United States had come to town. The whole place was swarming with security units.'

 
Run David Run: The father-of-four seemed keen to get back into training after taking some time off after the LA Galaxys

Run David Run: The father-of-four seemed keen to get back into training after taking some time off after the LA Galaxys

 

 
Keeping warm: David wore a grey beanie hat during his training, as well as the PSG top and tracksuit bottoms

Keeping warm: David wore a grey beanie hat during his training, as well as the PSG top and tracksuit bottoms

 

 
Warm up: David, who has been spending time with his children in London. joined in with the exercises on the pitch

Warm up: David, who has been spending time with his children in London. joined in with the exercises on the pitch

Despite a late night celebrating Cruz’s birthday, which isn’t actually until Wednesday, Brooklyn seemed more than happy to hit the football pitch with his dad the next day. 

Brooklyn was on the Under 14 roster at the LA Galaxy academy while his dad played in California, and is approaching the age when top clubs will be able to make a call on his prospects of reaching the top.

Players and parents were stunned to see Beckham on the touchline at Cobham, but he was there not for talks with Chelsea and instead went to watch his son in a low-key academy game aimed at giving him a taste of English football at junior level.

 
For Harper: David recently revealed that his pink boots were inspired by his daughter Harper and they feature the name of all his children on them
For Harper: David recently revealed that his pink boots were inspired by his daughter Harper and they feature the name of all his children on them
 

For Harper: David recently revealed that his pink boots were inspired by his daughter Harper and they feature the name of all his children on them

 

 
Home time: After their kick about David and Brooklyn were seen making their way towards their car home

Home time: After their kick about David and Brooklyn were seen making their way towards their car home

 

 
Keeping his kit on: While David changed out of his outfit, Brooklyn kept his on for the ride back to the hotel

Keeping his kit on: While David changed out of his outfit, Brooklyn kept his on for the ride back to the hotel

 

 
Cardi fan: David slipped into a blue and green cardigan which he wore with a pair of blue jeans and his beanie hat

Cardi fan: David slipped into a blue and green cardigan which he wore with a pair of blue jeans and his beanie hat

 
Welcome to Paris! Victoria Beckham tweeted this picture showing husband David walking through a door emblazoned with a picture of himself in Paris' football kit

Welcome to Paris! Victoria Beckham tweeted this picture showing husband David walking through a door emblazoned with a picture of himself in Paris' football kit

 

 
Bonjour: The Beckham family touched down in Paris on Monday evening and caused quite a stir upon arrival

Bonjour: The Beckham family touched down in Paris on Monday evening and caused quite a stir upon arrival

If any of Beckham's sons - Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz- do make the grade, it will not be the first father-and-son combination to play top-class football. 

Other father-and-son professionals include Teddy and Charlie Sheringham; Mark Chamberlain and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Arnor and Eidur Gudjohnsen and Johan and Jordi Cruyff.

While Brooklyn attended the practice for experience Beckham Snr was looking to build up his match fitness, with his PSG debut still on hold following his move to the French big-spenders on January transfer deadline day.

 
Keeping it in the family: Victoria and her son Cruz wore very similar shaded of blue as they arrived in Paris

Keeping it in the family: Victoria and her son Cruz wore very similar shaded of blue as they arrived in Paris

 

 
Celebrations: The family have arrived in Paris were they will be spending Cruz's birthday which falls on Wednesday

Celebrations: The family have arrived in Paris were they will be spending Cruz's birthday which falls on Wednesday






Posted on 20/2/2013 at 04:48

Jeffrey Campbell Shoes Can Now Be A Part Of Your Fashion Closet

Stylish, sexy and seductive shoes have always been a major part of every woman's closet, right from the days of Marilyn Monroe. With glimmering gowns, we have seen beautiful gorgeous women walk down the runaway, inspiring the thousands of women watching them. Ranging from stilettos, to flats, from pumps to sneakers, shoes have the now become as important in our wardrobe, as our makeup and our handbags. If you are a crazy shoe shopping freak too, then here we have the two brand names, whose shoes are a must for you to try Designing trendy, fashionable and comfortable shoes for all, the Jeffrey Campbell shoes and naughty monkey shoes are a must in every person's collection.


The Jeffrey Campbell Sneakers have been a part of the fashion market since the last ten years, and have remained a name none can affords to ignore. Designing unique, vintage inspired shoes for the new and stylish modern women, the Jeffrey Campbell shoes have emerged as the footwear choice of every fashion conscious personal. Their outstanding global collections are sells worldwide, in the top boutiques and fashion hubs of Asia, Australia, Canada, the UK, New Zealand and many other countries.


Recently, the brand also left its footprints in the European market, adding one more feather to its royal cap. The small, hardworking and overtly creative group here at the Jeffrey Campbell shoes are forever in search for new inspiration, details and concepts, to combine them into shoes that are one of their kinds, unique and stylish at the same time. Presenting a new collection every season, it is a must for you to visit them this season to pick up for yourself a stunning pair of shoes that make every eyes turn to your feet.

The naughty monkey shoes are however much recent in the market, being launched only in 2004. But despite it's comparatively recent origin, the brand enjoys a reputation and place equal to some of the oldest and the most reputed footwear names in the fashion world, creating some of the most fashionable and unique footwear collections. Offering different styles from dressy heels to trendy boots and casual flats, these naughty monkey shoes redefine comfort and fashion taking them to a whole new level altogether. For those who love fun, fashion and life, and want to sport a funky, new and edgy look every time you step out of your house, naughty monkey shoes are something that you must try at least once.


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Posted on 20/2/2013 at 04:10

Some Best Ideas for Beach Wedding Dress

Beach wedding  Dresses is preferred by many couples nowadays. In fact, many brides dream to have a beach wedding as it has a dreamy and fairy-tale effect to it with all the wind blowing and feel of sand beneath your feet. The most important thing for a bride on her wedding day is how she looks. Some want to look like a princess or angel whereas some prefer to go for the trendiest beach gown available. Beach wedding dresses are constantly evolving as per the latest trends and requirements of a modern bride.

Some even prefer simple wedding dress that is personalized to suit a beach wedding venue and their preferences.Princess wedding dresses are also very popular as beach weddings have the fairy-tale feel to it. The latest fabrics and embellishments are added to them to make a fashion statement drawing compliments from one and all present at your wedding.

Beautiful and Stunning Beach Wedding Dresses

Wedding dress for beach should be planned carefully and well in advance as they have to make you feel very comfortable. The most important thing is for the bride to be comfortable in her wedding dress. It would not be preferred if you are sweating in a heavy and long dress that possesses a threat of you tripping and falling in front of your guests. So, be sensible while planning a beautiful beach wedding dress. Apart from the latest trend, suitability of the dress for a beach wedding venue is important.

Knee length dresses are the trend and many brides prefer them because they are very comfortable while walking on the sand. Color of the dress should be chosen after careful consideration. It would be better if it goes with the color of the sea and also match with the accessories. Accessories are an important thing which has to be planned in advance. You can go for special beach wedding accessories which have elements of sea like fish, corals, shells, dolphins etc. as pendants and other designs. Rhinestone jewelry is also preferred by many brides who want to keep it simple yet exotic.


Posted on 20/2/2013 at 03:30

That's something to celebrate! Jennifer Aniston looks youthful in her blonde wig as she spends 44th birthday on movie set


She is one of Tinseltown’s most recognisable beauties, seemingly getting better looking with age.

And Jennifer Aniston showed her star power hasn’t waned one bit as she was spotted on her 44th birthday.

The actress appeared years younger than some of her acting counterparts while working on the set of her new film on her special day.

 
Glowing skin: Jennifer Aniston was looking especially youthful on her 44th birthday in Stamford, Connecticut on Monday

Glowing skin: Jennifer Aniston was looking especially youthful on her 44th birthday in Stamford, Connecticut on Monday

Although she was hard at work filming scenes in a platinum blonde wig and white beret hat, she didn’t seem to mind braving the cold for the job instead of taking time out for the anniversary.

 

The star’s face was a picture of perfection as she stepped out wearing a fresh face of make-up on the set of the new untitled Elmore Leonard Film in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Apparently she wanted a low-key day as she carried out her lunch in a polystyrene box as she emerged from a door which read, ‘Attention! No food pantry until Friday’.

 
Working on her special day: The star was on the set of the new untitled Elmore Leonard Film in Connecticut

Working on her special day: The star was on the set of the new untitled Elmore Leonard Film in Connecticut

 
Cold outside: Jennifer covered up in a padded coat and donned a brown dress and knee-high boots

Cold outside: Jennifer covered up in a padded coat and donned a brown dress and knee-high boots

 

Jennifer donned a brown dress with pussy bow tie around her neck and knee-high boots on her feet.
She gave of a little smile as a helper led her outside and she held her coat together.

The former Friends star is probably thrilled regardless of being committed to work as she turns a brand new age.

It has just been announced she is to star in the motion picture She's Funny That Way.

 
Feeling happy: The star - who donned a blonde wig - has been announced for a new film project

Feeling happy: The star - who donned a blonde wig - has been announced for a new film project

 

She has signed up to appear alongside her Marley & Me co-star Owen Wilson in the Peter Bogdanovich comedy.

Jennifer will play a therapist whose mother is in rehab for alcohol issues, while Owen takes on the role of a married Broadway stage director who falls for a prostitute (Brie Larson). 

When Brie's character shows interest in becoming an actress, he decides to help her with her career.

 
Outfit change: She was later seen wearing a thick parka and dark sunglasses as she stayed warm with a coffee
Outfit change: She was later seen wearing a thick parka and dark sunglasses as she stayed warm with a coffee
 

Outfit change: She was later seen wearing a thick parka and dark sunglasses as she stayed warm with a coffee

 
Wet weather: Jennifer was sheltered underneath an umbrella as it poured down with rain

Wet weather: Jennifer was sheltered underneath an umbrella as it poured down with rain

 

Other stars to have signed up for the film - which has been co-written by Bogdanovich and Louise Stratton - include Jason Schwartzman, Cybil Shepherd, Eugene Levy and Kathryn Hahn.

Filming is set to start in May in New York.

Earlier this month, it was revealed she had signed up for new romantic comedy Convention.

She is on board to play the female lead in Justin Reardon's ‘mind-bending’ feature film alongside Safety Not Guaranteed star Mark Duplass, which will see the dynamic duo revolutionise the box storage world thanks to the invention of a five-sided box.

 
And action! Jennifer with co-star John Hawkes

And action! Jennifer with co-star John Hawkes

 

 
Warm embrace: The pair went in for a hug as they acted out a scene

Warm embrace: The pair went in for a hug as they acted out a scene

 

 
In character: John seemed to smile while Jennifer was caught in the middle of an awkward facial expression

In character: John seemed to smile while Jennifer was caught in the middle of an awkward facial expression

 




Posted on 13/2/2013 at 07:30

They're looking at the legs not the hair: Miranda Kerr shows off her pins in LBD as she's named ambassador for beauty brand

It's no wonder Miranda Kerr has been chosen to be the new ambassador for a hair care range thanks to her stunning looks and gleaming locks.

But the bosses behind Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy may have needed to think more carefully when she took part in a photo shoot for the brand on Wednesday.

The catwalk star drew all of the attention to her legs instead of her head when she turned up to the photo call sporting a minuscule black dress.

 
Legs on show: Miranda Kerr shows off her stunning pins as she promotes her new role as ambassador for Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy

Legs on show: Miranda Kerr shows off her stunning pins as she promotes her new role as ambassador for Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy

The frock showed off her enviably long and slim pins, which she accentuated thanks to the way she was sitting down and showing them off cross legged.

Miranda looked immaculate for the photo session, wearing matching jet black shoes with flower detailing over her toes.

She wore pretty jewellery while, of course, keeping her brunette looks down and flowing.

 
Model looks: She posed for the pictures on Wednesday in her native Australia

Model looks: She posed for the pictures on Wednesday in her native Australia

 

 
Picture perfect: Miranda showed off her physique for the beauty brand shoot in Sydney

Picture perfect: Miranda showed off her physique for the beauty brand shoot in Sydney

 
Mind the hair! She ensured her locks were in place for her latest photo shoot as the wind blew

Mind the hair! She ensured her locks were in place for her latest photo shoot as the wind blew

 

 
Slender star: She posed on a white sofa with purple accessories as it was revealed she is the new ambassador for the brand

Slender star: She posed on a white sofa with purple accessories as it was revealed she is the new ambassador for the brand

Kerr smiled to perfection as she held up one of the bottles from the range, carefully placed on a white sofa with purple cushions to match the container.

The shoot took place in her native Australia on the roof of The Pacific at Bondi Beach in Sydney.

Although in between takes she looked worried as she tried to make sure her locks didn't fly out of place in the wind.

 
Roof top shoot: She posed for pictures in her dress at The Pacific Apartments at Bondi Beach
Roof top shoot: She posed for pictures in her dress at The Pacific Apartments at Bondi Beach
 

Roof top shoot: She posed for pictures in her dress at The Pacific Apartments at Bondi Beach

 

 
Strike a pose: She smiled to perfection in yet more positions with the sunny backdrop

Strike a pose: She smiled to perfection in yet more positions with the sunny backdrop

 

 
That's one way to promote it: Miranda held up a bottle of the range as she delighted in her new role

That's one way to promote it: Miranda held up a bottle of the range as she delighted in her new role

She was earlier seen on the balcony at The Pacific Apartments toying with her hair while she showed off her good looks and dimples.

The 29-year-old posed in a number of positions as the photographers snapped away.

And ever the professional she was happy to be preened by her stylist in between who ensured not a hair was out of place.

 
Model smile: She seemed to be enjoying herself on her latest job on Wednesday morning

Model smile: She seemed to be enjoying herself on her latest job on Wednesday morning



Posted on 13/2/2013 at 07:24

Hollywood's highest paid four-year-old? Angelina Jolie's daughter Vivienne paid $3,000-a-week for Maleficent role


She may be only four years old, but Vivienne Jolie-Pitt is already scoring quite an impressive paypacket.

The youngest Jolie-Pitt girl was paid a salary of $3,000 a week for her small role in her mother Angelina's upcoming film Maleficent.

The twin filmed some of her scenes as a young Aurora on location in England last summer, with the movie set for release in 2014.

 
High earner: Angelina Jolie's daughter Vivienne is reportedly earning good money for her debut film role

High earner: Angelina Jolie's daughter Vivienne is reportedly earning good money for her debut film role

According to a minor's contract filed in court, Vivienne will also get $60 a day expenses, reports TMZ.com.

Angelina plays the title role in Disney's re-imagining of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, which is told from the evil Maleficent's point of view.

The focus of the film centres on the events that hardened Maleficent's heart, leading her to curse the Princess Aurora played by Elle Fanning.

 
Fantasy film: Angelina carrying Vivienne's twin brother Knox on set of Maleficent last year

Fantasy film: Angelina carrying Vivienne's twin brother Knox on set of Maleficent last year

Filming took place in England last year, although the movie isn't set to release until July 2014.

Vivienne's older brother Pax and sister Zahara are also rumoured to be starring in the film.

A source told Us Weekly last year: 'They have smaller parts.

 
Fantasy film: Angelina plays the evil queen in the upcoming Disney movie

Fantasy film: Angelina plays the evil queen in the upcoming Disney movie

'Shiloh was supposed to be in it, too, but she was bored and not in the mood during the day her part was supposed to happen, so she ended up not being in the film.'

Vivienne's older sister Shiloh, six, previously made her film debut in father Brad Pitt's film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Five years ago, the then-baby played a young Caroline - the daughter of Benjamin and Daisy in the film.




Posted on 13/2/2013 at 07:22

Curvy swimwear model Kate Upton is the hot new face and body of Accessorize... and yes, she's in a bikini


She is the voluptuous swimwear model who has become a household name overnight. 

The Sports Illustrated girl dismissed by Victoria's Secret last year as having 'the kind of face anyone can go out and buy', she went on to land a coveted cover for Vogue Italia just months later.

And now Kate Upton is embracing her curves once more as the new face (and killer body) of Accessorize's Spring/Summer collection.

The 20-year-old can be seen doing what she does best: posing in an array of dazzling bikinis for the accessory chain's latest campaign.

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Accessorize all areas: Kate Upton is the new face (and incredibly toned body) of Accessorize's spring/summer 13 campaign

Accessorize all areas: Kate Upton is the new face (and incredibly toned body) of Accessorize's spring/summer 13 campaign

 

 
Sunny climes: Shot in Barbados, the new campaign sees Kate posing in an array of the brand's new swimwear
Sunny climes: Shot in Barbados, the new campaign sees Kate posing in an array of the brand's new swimwear
 

Sunny climes: Shot in Barbados, the new campaign sees Kate posing in an array of the brand's new swimwear

Kate makes a summery splash as she poses in the crystal clear oceans of Barbados in the brand's tie-dye bikini and matching accessories.

The Michigan-born model,who was this week revealed to be the cover girl for the 2013 Sports Illustrated magazine for the second year running, shows off her flawless tan in a strapless pink and orange bikini and vibrant necklaces.

 

 

Shot by iconic fashion photographer, Josh Olins, Kate follows in the footsteps of former Accessorize supermodels Claudia Schiffer, Lily Cole and Bar Rafaeli.

Styled by Wonderland Magazine’s Senior Fashion Editor, Julia Sarr-Jamois, the shoot fuses simple vintage glamour with sun-drenched beach styling and Kate makes the perfect beach babe.

She certainly delivers the perfect retrospective look with flits of Bardot and flirty Monroe-isms for the season’s biggest trend, Monochrome.

 
Perfect curves: Kate, who rose to fame thanks to her amazing curves, shows them off on the beach in the latest shoot

Perfect curves: Kate, who rose to fame thanks to her amazing curves, shows them off on the beach in the latest shoot

 

 
Bright and beautiful: The 20-year-old model showcases the brand's latest handbags and jewellery
Bright and beautiful: The 20-year-old model showcases the brand's latest handbags and jewellery
 

Bright and beautiful: The 20-year-old model showcases the brand's latest handbags and jewellery

 

Speaking about her shoot and her favourite ways to accessorise, the model said: 'There are no rules! If your outfit allows it, then more is more. I always love rings, and Accessorize has the best rings for everyday wear.'

Her figure is envied by women worldwide, but Kate says it is all down to making time to exercise, no matter how busy she can be.

'My schedule can be pretty gruelling, but I always make time for fitness and relaxing. I get facials regularly when I’m in NYC, and my trainer helps me to plan work outs when I’m traveling.

'A lot of sleep and water is important too, especially when adjusting to time changes,' she said.

Kate's career is one to be reckoned with; successfully making the transition from of-the-moment pin-up girl to curvy cover star and captivating campaign icon.

 
Big fan: Kate spoke out about how she always love rings and that Accessorize has the best rings for everyday wear

Big fan: Kate spoke out about how she always love rings and that Accessorize has the best rings for everyday wear

 

 
Monochrome: Kate Upton certainly delivers the perfect retrospective look with flits of Bardot and flirty Monroe-isms for the season's biggest trend, Monochrome
Monochrome: Kate Upton certainly delivers the perfect retrospective look with flits of Bardot and flirty Monroe-isms for the season's biggest trend, Monochrome
 

Monochrome: Kate Upton certainly delivers the perfect retrospective look with flits of Bardot and flirty Monroe-isms for the season's biggest trend, Monochrome

 

Famed for her ample cleavage, she has been the talk of town lately and sees her star continue to rise.

She was watched by millions in a Super Bowl ad for Mercedes alongside Usher and Willem Dafoe and it seems she was a hit after the German car giant revealed that their profile has been boosted with younger buyers thanks to the busty blonde.

As if she wasn't busy enough, Kate's second Sports Illustrated cover was officially unveiled on Monday - enlarged into a huge Billboard on the front of the David Letterman studios in New York.

It's her third appearance in a Swimsuit issue. She was first chosen as rookie of the year in 2011, when Irina Shayk was on the cover.

 
 
 
Sultry: Miss Upton also starred in a sultry print and video ad campaign for footwear designer Sam Edelman whereby she posed in figure-hugging all-black lingerie and strappy high heels

Sultry: Miss Upton also starred in a sultry print and video ad campaign for footwear designer Sam Edelman whereby she posed in figure-hugging all-black lingerie and strappy high heels

This year for the first time, the fashion shoot covers the entire world, with 17 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models journeying to all seven continents. Photo sites include African dunes and Asian cliffs.

Kate got the surreal and beautiful landscape of Antarctica where the cover shot displays her clad only in a white, fur-lined parka and bikini bottom.

Miss Upton also starred in a sultry print and video ad campaign for footwear designer Sam Edelman whereby she posed in figure-hugging all-black lingerie and strappy high heels.

Speaking about his choice, Edelman said: 'I actually had the idea of using Kate more than six months ago. I had a vision that Kate was going to be big.

'We shot the campaign last fall and today Kate is the hottest model in the world.'

'Kate epitomizes the classic American Beauty and yet she's approachable. And I love that she's curvy. I also love that she and I share the same passion for horses.'

She has also appeared on the covers of American and Italian Vogue.

'I love fashion, so it’s a lot of fun to be on set and to learn about the new styles and trends.

'Even though I get these amazing fashion opportunities, I am a Florida girl at heart and still love a bathing suit shoot,' she said.

The SS13 Accesorize campaign launches in stores and in print in March 2013.

 
For all to see: Kate's second Sports Illustrated is enlarged into a huge Billboard on the front of the David Letterman studios in New York

For all to see: Kate's second Sports Illustrated is enlarged into a huge Billboard on the front of the David Letterman studios in New York





Posted on 13/2/2013 at 07:11

He wanted a house full of kids and the benefit cash that brings': Prosecutors verdict as father of 10 goes on trial over blaze that killed six of them



A father killed six of his children in a house fire that was part of a ‘plan’ to frame his former mistress, a court heard yesterday.

Michael Philpott, 56, is accused of hatching a plot to set up Lisa Willis, 28, just hours before he was due to contest her application for custody of their five children in court.

Prosecutor Richard Latham QC said: ‘Michael Philpott did not want to work. He just wanted a house full of kids and the benefit money that brings.

On trial: Mick Philpott (left), his wife Mairead (centre) and defendant Paul Mosley (right) have been accused of starting the fire which killed the children

On trial: Michael Philpott (left), his wife Mairead (centre) and defendant Paul Mosley (right) have been accused of starting the fire which killed the children

 
Accused: Mick Philpott pictured with the six children who died in the house fire

Accused: Michael Philpott pictured with the six children who died in the house fire

‘We say this was a plan that went horribly wrong and resulted in total tragedy.’

The petrol-fuelled blaze broke out in the hallway of the home where Philpott lived with wife Mairead, 31, and their own six children – all of whom perished as they slept.

The court heard that until three months before the blaze last May, ‘highly controlling’ Philpott shared his cramped three-bedroom semi-detached home with his wife, mistress and all 11 children he had with both women.

The court heard he also fathered five other children from two other women.

Philpott, his wife, and his friend Paul Mosley, 45, who the court heard had visited the house earlier that evening, are charged with manslaughter of the Philpotts’ children Duwyane, 13, Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, eight, Jessie, six and Jayden, five, on the basis that they took part in a ‘joint enterprise’ to frame Miss Willis.

The court heard that in the days after the fire, Mosley visited the couple while they were being housed in a hotel by police.

 
In the dock: Mick Philpott jumps up in court and covers his ears so as not to hear recording of 999 call

In the dock: Michael Philpott jumps up in court and covers his ears so as not to hear recording of 999 call

The children, five boys and a girl, aged between five and 13, died in the fire at their house in Derby, pictured. Flowers were left at the scene The children, five boys and a girl, aged between five and 13, died in the fire at their house in Derby, pictured. Flowers were left at the scene

 

The room had been bugged by police and Philpott watched as his wife performed a sex act on Mosley. Afterwards he praised his wife after acknowledging that she did not want to perform the act.

Mr Latham told the jury they ‘may conclude’ the sexual favour was carried out to keep Mosley ‘onside’.

The court heard Philpott controlled all aspects of the family finances, with all benefit money paid towards the children’s upkeep along with the two women’s meagre part-time income paid straight into his account – the same arrangement he had instigated with both his first wife and another woman he then left her for.

Mr Latham said it was only after Miss Willis left and was rehoused by the local authority that she discovered she had been entitled to more than £1,000 a month in benefits to help look after the children.

As a harrowing 999 call made by the Philpotts from the garden of their Derby home was played to the court, Philpott shouted ‘I can’t listen to it’ and attempted to leave the dock, but was subdued by security staff.

 
Philpott case
 
Mick and Mairead Philpott, pictured with five of the six children who died in the house fire. The other identities have been obscured for legal reasons

Mick and Mairead Philpott, pictured with five of the six children who died in the house fire. The other identities have been obscured for legal reasons

 

Towards the end of the call, his wife, who dabbed tears from her eyes in the dock, could be heard wailing uncontrollably in the background of the call.

The court heard that after tiring of Philpott’s ‘domineering’ behaviour, Miss Willis decided to leave him.

Exactly three months before the blaze, she walked out without warning, taking the children first to her sister’s home, then into a women’s refuge before she was eventually rehoused by the local authority.

The family shared an unconventional lifestyle - Philpott (right), 56, his 31-year-old wife Mairead (left), and his mistress Lisa Willis, 28, all lived in the same house together

The family shared an unconventional lifestyle - Philpott (right), 56, his 31-year-old wife Mairead (left), and his mistress Lisa Willis, 28, all lived in the same house together

The couple became involved in a bitter row over the residency of the children, with Philpott telling friends Miss Willis had made threats against his home and children, something he would ‘use in court to get his children back’.

Mr Latham said Philpott was deeply troubled by her leaving, to the point that he had become depressed and even tried to take his own life.

He steadily became 'obsessed with getting Lisa and the kids back' and part of his distress was because of the simple fact that Miss Willis had left him.

'He is very controlling and very manipulative, he will do anything to get his own way. He simply will not tolerate dissent,' jurors heard.

When Miss Willis returned to the house with a friend on February 14 to collect clothes for her and the children, she was challenged by Philpott.

'There was an incident on the doorstep, Philpott manifesting huge aggression and the police were called,' Mr Latham said.

Less than a fortnight before the blaze, he told police Miss Willis, a cleaner, had made a telephone threat to kill him and demanded that she be arrested.

Mr Latham told the jury of six men and six women: 'By May 1st Mick Philpott was reporting to the police that Lisa Willis had made telephone threats to kill him.

'The police visited him, he was at times highly emotional and made it clear that he wanted Lisa arrested.

The court heard that on April 6, Philpott received a call from his wife while taking friends to a darts game in his minibus.

Philpott told his friends: 'Sorry guys, someone is threatening to torch the house with the kids in it,' Mr Latham told the court.

Jade Philpott, 10

Jade Philpott, 10

Jayden Philpott, 5

Jayden Philpott, 5

John Philpott, 9

John Philpott, 9

 

 

 
Jack Philpott, 8

Jack Philpott, 8

Jesse Philpott, 6

Jesse Philpott, 6

Duwayne Philpott, 13

Duwayne Philpott, 13

 
 

 

'This was all nonsense. This was all a way of setting what had become a plan,' Mr Latham added.

'It became apparent to him that Lisa was going to do what she wanted and not what he required or demanded. He began to set her up.'

A few days earlier, Philpott had vowed to ‘slam her where it hurts’, the court heard.

About a fortnight before the fire Philpott told friends he had an idea for a way of getting Lisa and the children back, Mr Latham said.

'He told people he had a plan up his sleeve and that she wasn't going to get away with it - watch this space.'

Mr Latham said: ‘She (Miss Willis) had stood up to him. He was no longer in control and that was absolutely unacceptable to him.’ He added that Philpott ‘simply will not tolerate dissent’.

Arrival: A prison van believed to be containing the defendants arrives at Nottingham Crown Court today

Arrival: A prison van believed to be containing the defendants arrives at Nottingham Crown Court today

The court heard Philpott (second from left) planned to frame his ex-girlfriend and eventually win his children back

The court heard Philpott (second from left) planned to frame his ex-girlfriend and eventually win his children back

FATHER'S TEARS AT 999 BLAZE CALL

Mick Philpott, accused with his wife of killing their six children in a house fire, made a desperate attempt to avoid hearing in court a 999 call made on the night of the fatal blaze.

Nottingham Crown Court was played the recording in which Mairead Philpott can be heard trying to explain to a 999 operator that her children were trapped inside the burning building.

As the call recording began to be played to jurors, Mick Philpott, who had been sitting quietly in the court, shouted 'I can't listen to it' and stood up, seemingly trying to get out of the secure dock.

He was seated again by two male security officers who flanked him and spent the remainder of the call playback leaning forward with his head close to his knees and his hands clamped over his ears.

Philpott, dressed in a black suit and checked shirt, could be seen sobbing and grimacing as details of the chaotic scene unfolded on the recording.

The call was made from his mobile phone at 3.46am as the fire took hold of the three-bed house in Victory Road, Derby.

Mairead Philpott, 31, told the call handler: 'My house is on fire and my kids are inside.'

She is heard frantically trying to tell the operator what had happened and screaming at the scene before her.

Her husband, 56, later takes the phone to talk to the call handler and, though difficult to understand through his sobs, is heard saying: 'I can't get in.'

Mr Latham told the Nottingham Crown Court jury that while he did not suggest the defendants intended to kill the children, any ‘reasonable and sober person’ would deduce that setting a fire in a hallway with six children asleep upstairs ‘creates an obvious risk’.

It was the Crown case that the defendants were ‘criminally responsible for the deaths as a result of setting the fire’.

Mr Latham said the defendants ‘produced a fire that got totally out of control because of far too much petrol, combined with a chimney effect’.

‘The consequence of the dense smoke just hadn’t been anticipated.’ The same brand of petrol discovered on the clothing of all three defendants was also found in the U-bend of the sink inside the house, and also inside the front door.

While his wife was seen to be distraught, Philpott was overheard at the hospital saying: ‘It wasn’t meant to end like this.

During a fortnight of surveillance at the hotel in May, the couple were heard whispering about the case, and Philpott was recorded telling his wife to ‘stick to your story’.

The couple were charged by police on May 30 in connection with the deaths.

The court heard that in the weeks following the fire, Mosley told a friend the plan had been for him to rescue the children.

Mosley said it was because the Philpotts wanted a bigger house.

The court heard how neighbours tried to rescue the children from the burning house but were beaten back by the smoke and flames.

When the bodies of the children were carried out of the house by police, Philpott ran forward and had to be restrained, Mr Latham said.

'It must have been quite clear the plan had gone horribly wrong.'

Philpott was heard telling people Miss Willis threatened to kill them or to set fire to the house.

'She was being set up as the culprit,' Mr Latham said.

 
 
Fatal: Prosecutor Mr Latham told the jury the fire was started in the early hours of the morning on the day Ms Willis and Philpott were due in court to discuss the residency of the children

Fatal: Prosecutor Mr Latham told the jury the fire was started in the early hours of the morning on the day Miss Willis and Philpott were due in court to discuss the residency of the children

Philpott told neighbours the children were in the back bedroom of the house.

'Is this where they were expected to be as part of the plan to rescue them?,' Mr Latham said.

Philpott told police he was playing snooker with Mosley before the fire broke out. He said Mosley left before 2am and Michael and Mairead fell asleep watching a film, but they were woken by a smoke alarm and he discovered a large fire in the hall.

He called 999 and handed the phone to his wife before climbing a ladder in the back garden and smashing a hole in the back window. He said the black smoke beat him back.

Police reported his behaviour following the fire as 'unusual', the court heard.

One constable said Philpott showed 'no emotion' and acted as if at a social event.

At the hospital, onlookers described him as looking 'spotlessly clean' for someone who had been in a house fire, Mr Latham said.

The Philpotts and Mosley, a fork-lift truck driver and also from Derby, each deny six counts of manslaughter.

The trial continues.

 
Floral tributes adorn the pavement outside the house following the fire

Floral tributes adorn the pavement outside the house following the fire




Posted on 13/2/2013 at 07:04

She looks just as good covered up! Kate Upton does demure in oxblood dress as she celebrates second Sports Illustrated cover



She looks smoking hot as she strips to a bikini for the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, for which she also graces the cover.

But Kate Upton is just as sizzling when she has her clothes on.

The model proved just that at the launch party of the magazine’s new issue, held at Crimson in New York on Tuesday.

 
Red hot: Kate Upton opted for a demure look for the launch party of Sport's Illustrated's new Swimsuit Issue, for which she graces the cover, in New York on Tuesday

Red hot: Kate Upton opted for a demure look for the launch party of Sport's Illustrated's new Swimsuit Issue, for which she graces the cover, in New York on Tuesday

The stunning 20-year-old slipped into a satin strapless dress in a trendy oxblood hue, which she teamed with silver pumps and a crystal necklace.

While Kate’s gorgeous curves were still accentuated in the fitted frock, it was a demure choice for the evening.

With her hair in an elegant chignon, the blonde bombshell proudly posed with a copy of the magazine.

 
Blonde bombshell: It was an elegant choice for the evening, but Kate's strapless satin oxblood dress still accentuated her gorgeous curves

Blonde bombshell: It was an elegant choice for the evening, but Kate's strapless satin oxblood dress still accentuated her gorgeous curves

 

 
Her reign isn't over yet: The model has been the cover star for the magazine for two years running now
Her reign isn't over yet: The model has been the cover star for the magazine for two years running now
 

Her reign isn't over yet: The model has been the cover star for the magazine for two years running now

 

 
It's a great read: The 20-year-old stripped to a bikini in the Antarctic for her photos, and ended up contracting frostbite

It's a great read: The 20-year-old stripped to a bikini in the Antarctic for her photos, and ended up contracting frostbite

She was joined by a bevy of beautiful models who also star in the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which was released on Tuesday.

Katherine Webb showed off her legs and cleavage in a low-cut red ruched party dress with a high hemline.

Meanwhile Derek Jeter’s girlfriend Hannah Davis looked lovely in a little black dress with mesh sleeves and panels, along with cut-out black shoe boots.

 
Skin on show: Katherine Webb defied the 'chest or legs' rule and put her cleavage and pins on display in a ruched red frock
Skin on show: Katherine Webb defied the 'chest or legs' rule and put her cleavage and pins on display in a ruched red frock
 

Skin on show: Katherine Webb defied the 'chest or legs' rule and put her cleavage and pins on display in a ruched red frock

 
 
Narrowly missing out: Derek Jeter's girlfriend Hannah Davis was one of the frontrunners to be the cover star

Narrowly missing out: Derek Jeter's girlfriend Hannah Davis was one of the frontrunners to be the cover star

 
No shrinking violets here: Irina Shayk (L) and Alyssa Miller wore purple as they joined their fellow models at the bash
No shrinking violets here: Irina Shayk (L) and Alyssa Miller wore purple as they joined their fellow models at the bash
 

No shrinking violets here: Irina Shayk (L) and Alyssa Miller wore purple as they joined their fellow models at the bash

 
 
They've got the white stuff: (L-R) Nina Agdal, Jessica Perez and Anne V all chose white mini dresses
They've got the white stuff: (L-R) Nina Agdal, Jessica Perez and Anne V all chose white mini dresses
They've got the white stuff: (L-R) Nina Agdal, Jessica Perez and Anne V all chose white mini dresses
 

 

They've got the white stuff: (L-R) Nina Agdal, Jessica Perez and Anne V all chose white mini dresses

Irina Shayk, Chrissy Teigen and Anne V were amongst the other glamorous girls in attendance.

Kate shot her second cover for the magazine in the Antarctic, and after posing in just a bikini in -49 degrees Fahrenheit, the star contracted frostbite.

She told the Today show: 'When I came back, I was like losing hearing and eyesight because my body was shutting down, it was working so hard to keep me warm.'

 

 
 
 
If you've got it, flaunt it: Chrissy Teigen (L) and Genevieve Morton both displayed their curves in sweetheart cut dresses
If you've got it, flaunt it: Chrissy Teigen (L) and Genevieve Morton both displayed their curves in sweetheart cut dresses
 

If you've got it, flaunt it: Chrissy Teigen (L) and Genevieve Morton both displayed their curves in sweetheart cut dresses

 
Perfect pins: Despite the cold weather (L-R) Ariel Meredith, Kate Bock and Emily DiDonato decided to bare their legs
Perfect pins: Despite the cold weather (L-R) Ariel Meredith, Kate Bock and Emily DiDonato decided to bare their legs
Perfect pins: Despite the cold weather (L-R) Ariel Meredith, Kate Bock and Emily DiDonato decided to bare their legs
 

Perfect pins: Despite the cold weather (L-R) Ariel Meredith, Kate Bock and Emily DiDonato decided to bare their legs

 

 
There's a reason it's a classic: Julie Henderson (L) and Cinita Dicker both turned heads in their little black dresses
There's a reason it's a classic: Julie Henderson (L) and Cinita Dicker both turned heads in their little black dresses
 

There's a reason it's a classic: Julie Henderson (L) and Cinita Dicker both turned heads in their little black dresses

 
Sealed with a kiss: Kate blew kisses to the camera as she chatted to Hannah inside the event

Sealed with a kiss: Kate blew kisses to the camera as she chatted to Hannah inside the event

The blonde beauty added: 'It was freezing. I'm from Florida so, it wasn't great for me. Obviously, the pictures now, it's incredible. I can't believe we were all able to accomplish that.'

Kate is the first model since Tyra Banks in 1996 and 1997 to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue two years running.

 
It takes two: Chrissy had the support of fiance John Legend while Katherine went solo and instead spent her night chatting to Kate
It takes two: Chrissy had the support of fiance John Legend while Katherine went solo and instead spent her night chatting to Kate
 

It takes two: Chrissy had the support of fiance John Legend while Katherine went solo and instead spent her night chatting to Kate

 

 
Model friends: Cintia, Adaora and Jessica cuddled up together for a photo opportunity

Model friends: Cintia, Adaora and Jessica cuddled up together for a photo opportunity

 
On sale now: The new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue starring Kate Upton and a bevy of beauties hit newsstands on Tuesday, February 12

On sale now: The new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue starring Kate Upton and a bevy of beauties hit newsstands on Tuesday, February 12




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