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When you’re at Helsinki for Worlds and this super cute couple does an entire short program using various Sherlock themes.
And particularly ASiB Themes.
And original voiceovers.
And they start with “Irene Adler. Professionally known as The Woman”
And they end with “Because I took your pulse”
And they are practically Irene and Sherlock on ice.
And they are super-cute, have I mentioned that?

True shippers ❤

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Serena Williams reads “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

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“What a picture, what a legend. Five-year-old Bradley Lowery led England out at Wembley today. Read all about it... https://t.co/XsBUVcNgRX”

Louis liked this tweet today and it’s a beautiful story focusing on generosity and giving back by helping a terminally ill child have a good day.  

‘Terminally ill five-year-old Bradley Lowery led out the England team at Wembley for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

The young Sunderland fan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2013, and developed a new tumour in February.’

American Gods – 10 things we learned about Neil Gaiman adaptation at London premiere

Ahead of upcoming fantasy series American Gods, airing on Starz later this month, Amazon Prime Video screened the show’s pilot and hosted a Q&A session with the cast in London recently. Apart from being completely baffled about what the overall plot was after the first episode had finished, audience members certainly learned a lot about what to expect from Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s visually stunning adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel.

Here’s all that IBTimes UK took away from the event, including some behind-the-scenes anecdotes and tidbits from future episodes…

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So, what’s the show about?

Mixing themes of old American Westerns with modern fantasy and ancient mythology, American Gods sees ex-convict Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) meet a mysterious man named Mr Wednesday (Ian McShane). The latter, in turn, introduces him to a dangerous world of good and evil and enlists him as his reluctant bodyguard-turned-errand boy.

In Gaiman’s novel (and presumably, the series now too), Wednesday is actually Odin, the Old Norse god of knowledge and wisdom, who has used his abilities to become an extremely successful con artist. More recently however, he spends his days trying to recruit other gods to join him in the inevitable war between himself and his kind and the New Gods; beings who manipulate their followers with promises of wealth and fame.

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You won’t necessarily understand the pilot, and that’s okay…

“Well, I’m sure I speak for everyone, my mind was blown. I did not know what the hell just happened. Whittle candidly told the audience, when asked what were his thoughts upon watching the pilot himself. "You enter this journey through Shadow’s eyes and obviously at the beginning, you’ve not got a clue what’s going on but that’s okay because neither does Shadow. And as Shadow learns what’s going on, you’ll learn with him.”

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It’s SUPER blood-soaked

Before the pilot began, the audience was greeted to an introductory video message from Gaiman who thanked everyone for attending… and then apologised for “all of the blood”. After the episode had finished, his final comment certainly made sense… Be warned, American Gods is not a show for those who suffer from haemophobia.

Laura Moon gets her own episode… and backstory

“Laura is a pivotal role in the book, in the sense that she’s the reason for Shadow going on this journey in the first place,” Emily Browning, who plays Shadow’s wife Laura in the show, explained. “But you don’t really get to see much of what’s going on with her. In the book, she kind of came in and out, but in episode four of this series we meet Laura before she meets Shadow and we get to know her story.”

Yetide Badaki was into Neil Gaiman’s work before coming aboard

“I’m a huge sci-fi and fantasy geek, so, I actually think when Neil first met me that he thought I was a total weirdo. They introduced us and all I could do was shake his hand, turn around and scurry away. It has been beyond a dream-come-true.”

“There was a moment where Ricky, Emily and I got to watch a couple of episodes and we were just sitting there like little kids in a candy store!”

Ricky Whittle put Pablo Schreiber in the hospital during filming

Orange Is the New Black’s Schreiber stars as Mad Sweeney, a king from an old Irish story, in the show and it’s safe to say, the orange-haired character makes quite an impression in the opening episode alone. In the pilot, Sweeney and Moon get into a brutal bar-room brawl and according to Browning, Whittle sent Schreiber to hospital…

“So,” the former Hollyoaks star said, “In that scene, there’s several headbutts but he missed time on one of them. It wasn’t my fault. He grabs my shoulders and sinks his 6ft 5in frame into my forehead so I just flick back and sell it, but he caught me and [he] hit the floor. When he came up, his head was pouring with blood. He burst his forehead wide open.”

Technical Boy is King of the Jazzy Hair Do’s

“[Technical Boy] is indicative of our relationship with the internet and social media; constantly updating so every time you see him [he has] a completely new look, completely new hair. I got to know the hair and make-up girls very, very well,” Bruce Langley, who portrays the character, teased. “We’re close.”

Browning even went on to joke that Langley even sports a grill at one point during the season. “Watch this space,” he confirmed.

It has deeper themes than just 'gods’

“What really hit me was the whole immigration story and all of the ancient power and how [these figures] are trying to find their way in the modern world.” Badaki stated when asked about the show’s different subject matters, before Whittle clarified: “It touches on some very sensitive topics; immigration, religion, sexism, racism.”

[It could have] been relevant at any time,“ McShane added. "What it deals with, which is all the issues we don’t like to talk about in life. It’s a story of coming to America… faith… Don’t lose faith. What Gaiman is saying is, 'Whatever your faith is, it doesn’t matter… as long as you have faith, you need something – otherwise you’ll just be a boring cynic.”

Female characters play a much bigger part in the show than they did in the book

“Bryan said in another one of his interviews, the book was 'kind of a sausage party’”, so it’s really great that they decided that they wanted to make the female roles more interesting and more present in the story.“ Browning told the audience.

'You ain’t seen nothing yet’…

There’s no denying that the overall theme of the evening’s Q&A was that fans – regardless of whether they’ve read the original novel or not, are in for a treat with this one. Almost every cast member at some point told the audience to 'get ready’ in so many words… so chances are, you’d better do so.

Also starring Orlando Jones, Kristin Chenoweth, Crispin Glover and Gillian Anderson, American Gods is set to premiere on 30 April 2017. The show will arrive on UK screens, via Amazon Prime, on 1 May.

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s Gowns

From November 16, 2010 until April 24, 2017

  1. April 29, 2011- The Wedding
  2. April 29, 2011- The Wedding Dinner
  3. June 9, 2011- ARK Gala
  4. July 9, 2011-Day 2 of Official Visit to Los Angeles: BAFTA “Brits to Watch” Reception
  5. October 13, 2011- 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala
  6. October 26, 2011-In Kind Direct Charity Event
  7. November 10, 2011- National Memorial Arboretum Dinner
  8. December 19, 2011- Sun Military Awards
  9. January 8, 2012- War Horse Premiere
  10. May 8, 2012- Thirty Club
  11. May 11, 2012- Our Greatest Team Rises Gala
  12. September 13, 2012- Day 1 of Official Visit to Malaysia: Dinner
  13. September 18, 2012- Day 1 of Official Visit to Tuvalu: Traditional Dinner
  14. November 8, 2012-St. Andrews University’s 600th Anniversary Campaign Dinner
  15. December 16, 2012-BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards
  16. September 12, 2013- Tusk Conservation Awards
  17. October 24, 2013- 100 Women’s Hedge Fund Gala
  18. December 4, 2013- Diplomatic Reception
  19. December 5, 2013-Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Premiere
  20. December 11, 2013- Natural History Museum Alive 3D Advanced Screening
  21. February 11, 2014- The Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery
  22. October 21, 2014- Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards
  23. November 13, 2014- Royal Variety Performance
  24. December 9, 2014- Day 3 of Visit to New York: St Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner
  25. December 14/15, 2014- Friends Wedding
  26. October 20, 2015- State Visit From China: Dinner
  27. October 26, 2015- Spectre Royal Premiere
  28. October 27, 2015- 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala
  29. December 8, 2015- Diplomatic Reception
  30. April 7, 2016- Reception before India and Bhutan Tour
  31. April 10, 2016- Day 1 of Official Visit to India: Dinner Gala & Reception
  32. April 11, 2016- Day 2 of Official Visit to India: Queen’s Birthday Party
  33. April 12, 2016- Day 3 of Official Visit to India: Bohag Bihu Festival
  34. April 14, 2016- Day 1 of Official Visit to Bhutan: Dinner
  35. April 15, 2016- Day 2 of Official Visit to Bhutan: Reception
  36. April 21, 2016-Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday Dinner
  37. June 9, 2016- SportsAid’s 40th Anniversary Dinner
  38. June 22, 2016-A Taste of Norfolk Dinner for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ Nook Appeal
  39. July 6, 2016- Art Fund Museum of the Year Award
  40. November 3, 2016- Recovery Street Film Festival; A Street Cat Named Bob Premiere
  41. December 8, 2016- Diplomatic Reception
  42. February 12, 2017- British Academy of Film and Television Awards
  43. March 17, 2017- Day 1 of Official Visit to Paris: Gala Dinner
  44. March 28, 2017- 2017 Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery
  45. April 4, 2017- 42nd Street Premiere in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
Liverpool have been fined £100,000 by the Premier League and handed a two-year ban on signing academy players from other clubs for a rule breach.

It relates to the club’s approach to a 12-year-old academy player at Stoke City in September last year.

Liverpool will be banned from signing any academy players who have been registered with a Premier League or EFL club in the previous 18 months.

This second year of the ban will be suspended for a three-year period.

In September 2016 Liverpool made an application to register the Stoke City Academy player and compensation was agreed.

But the application was rejected by the Premier League Board.

An investigation by the Premier League found that Liverpool spoke to the youngster and his family before they should have and also paid for him and some of his family to attend a game at Anfield.

Liverpool also offered to pay the player’s school fees, which were being paid by Stoke at this time, but this was a breach of newly-introduced regulations which state a benefit can only be offered if it is applicable to all youngsters across the club’s academy and this was not the case.

Premier League rules ban the offer of any inducements from clubs to encourage a move.

Liverpool have admitted the rule breaches.

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Olympic runners Nikki Hamblin (New Zealand) and Abbey D’Agostino (USA) were well into the 5,000m heat when a collision sent them both hurtling to the ground. Abbey opted against giving chase to the rest of the pack in order to help rival runner Hamblin back upright. 

D’Agostino however, hit the ground seconds later with an injury of her own. Despite urging the other runner onward, Hamblin returned the favour of stopping to help and wouldn’t continue the race until her competitor was back on her feet. Both were determined to finish, undeterred by the fact they were unlikely to put in a serious bid to qualify. 

An injured D’Agostino then went on to limp the remaining 4½ laps for a painful 7 minutes and crossed the finish line to hug the woman she had helped; who then helped her, before being carted off in a wheelchair. 

The pair had never met before, finishing with a time of 16.43 for Hamblin (29th) and 17.10 for D’Agostino (30th). Neither qualified for the upcoming final but have since been reinstated by the organisers and if fit enough, they will be allowed to compete.

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Skydiver Jumping with No Parachute.