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Following Lyn Paul's farewell performance in Blood Brothers on 4th December 1999, the part of Mrs. Johnstone is played for a few months by Stephanie Lawrence and then by Denise Nolan.
Bernie Nolan, who had been performing in the UK touring production, was due to take over the role of Mrs. Johnstone in the West End, but she is offered a part in the TV soap opera Brookside and takes that instead. As a result her sister Denise ends up as Mrs. Johnstone!
Even before Lyn had left the show rumours abounded that she would be appearing in the ABBA musical Mamma Mia! but these prove to be unfounded. Instead, Lyn returns to Blood Brothers.
On 7th August she returns for a week while Denise Nolan takes a short holiday and then returns again for a longer run on 9th October.
Blood Brothers leaflet
featuring Lyn Paul.
During the Summer YOURS magazine features a two page interview with Lyn Paul. The interview covers the whole of Lyn's career from the Chrys-Do-Lyns to Blood Brothers. Lyn talks about family life with her husband Alan and their son Ryan, saying that she feels "happier and more secure than I've ever been."
Lyn also appears on television, talking about her days with the New Seekers on BBC 2's I Love 1972 (Saturday, 5th August). The show is hosted by David Cassidy.
On 4th November the house lights at the Phoenix Theatre are dimmed in tribute to Stephanie Lawrence, who was discovered dead at her home in Fulham earlier that day.
Before taking a break from Blood Brothers for Christmas, Lyn is interviewed by DJ Ed Stewart on his Sunday afternoon show on Radio 2. Ed talks to Lyn about her days with the New Seekers, about her role in Blood Brothers and jokes with her about being a natural blonde. "You're a natural blonde aren't you?" he quips. "Of course I am, Ed!" comes Lyn's reply, "Of course I am!", adding - candid as ever - that her hair is a bit shorter than it was in the '70s:
"When I had my son it all fell out at the front so it wasn't a pretty sight, Ed!"
Referring to life after the New Seekers, Lyn talks about how she "kept going" with her solo career, saying how much she enjoyed the freedom that being a solo artist had brought her:
"... when you're with a group you're very much told what to do, when to do it and how to do it."
Acting in Blood Brothers she describes as "a dream come true".
The interview ends with Lyn choosing a favourite record of hers - Petula Clark's The Other Man's Grass.
On 29th April The 100 Greatest TV Ads is shown on Channel 4. Based on a poll of Channel 4 viewers, the programme reveals the UK's favourite TV advertisments. No. 16 in the chart coutdown is the New Seekers' Coca-Cola ad 'I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke'. A book based on the programme is published 4th December.
In the Summer songwriter Geoff Stephens is honoured with a fourth Ivor Novello award - the 'Jimmy Kennedy Award for Maintaining The Art and Heritage of The British Songwriting Industry'. In 1974 Stephens had won an Ivor Novello award for You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me - a number one hit for Lyn Paul and the New Seekers, which was awarded the Bronze Statuette for 'Best Pop Song of the Year'. Stephens also wrote I Get A Little Sentimental Over You and If Everybody Loved The Same As You.
After a sell-out run in June and July, the West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Singin' In The Rain returns to the Royal National Theatre's Olivier Theatre for a six-week run (18th December - 27th January 2001). The cast includes Lyn's sister Nikki Belsher, who plays the parts of Miss Cashdime and Dolores Buzzatil. Nikki also appears in a video production of Jesus Christ Superstar, playing Soul / Herod Girl 2. The video features Jerome Pradon as Judas and Rik Mayall as Herod.
CD: Columbia 5010922
DVD: Universal 0780712
After more than a year on the drawing board, the Lyn Paul website finally goes live (with Lyn Paul's approval) on 9th October 2000.
|In the News - 2000
||In the UK the National Health Service struggles to cope with a flu epidemic.
On 10th January AOL buys Time Warner for $162 billion, creating the world's largest internet and media company.
A secret medical report presented to the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, declares that General Pinochet is unfit to stand trial. Pinochet returns to Argentina.
Former Chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl, resigns as Chairman of the Christian Democrats when it is revealed that the party has received over £4 million in illicit payments.
On 31st January at Preston Crown Court family GP Dr. Harold Shipman is convicted of murdering 15 of his patients.
||On 7th February the House of Lords rejects the government's plans to scrap Section 28, which bans Local Authorities in the UK from "promoting" homosexuality. Peers vote by 210 to 165 to keep the ban in place.
72 days of power-sharing in Northern Ireland comes to an end on 11th February when disagreements over the decommissioning of IRA weapons leads to the suspension of the Northern Ireland Executive.
The famous Peanuts comic strip featuring Charlie Brown, his friends and his beagle Snoopy, appears in print for the final time on 13th February - the day after their creator, Charles M. Schulz, had died of colon cancer.
In Austria the right wing Freedom Party led by Joerg Haider joins a new coalition government, sparking protests on the streets of Vienna.
Despite popular support for Ken Livingstone, Frank Dobson is selected as the official Labour Party candidate for Mayor of London.
||Three weeks of torrential rain cause widespread flooding in Mozambique.
The German car manufacturer BMW announces that it wants to sell off Rover - its loss-making UK subsidiary.
Vladimir Putin wins the Russian Presidential election, having taken over from Boris Yeltsin as a "caretaker" President on New Year's Eve.
American Beauty wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 72nd Academy Awards ceremony on 26th March.
Ian Dury, best known for his 1979 hit Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3, dies on 27th March.
||An Enigma coding machine used by the Germans in World War II is stolen from Bletchley Park on 1st April.
On 3rd April a US judge finds Microsoft guilty of abusing its monopoly position in the computer marketplace.
Political unrest in Zimbabwe over the issue of land reform leads to the occupation of white-owned farms by so-called "war veterans". Two white farmers are murdered.
Fighting between rival football fans in Istanbul ends in tragedy when two Leeds United fans are stabbed to death in clashes with Galatasaray fans.
The Easter headlines are dominated by the story of six-year-old Elian Gonzalez, who is reunited with his Cuban father, having been seized at gunpoint by US Federal Agents from the home of relatives in Miami.
||At least 95 anti-capitalist demonstrators are arrested by riot police when May Day protests in London turn violent. The Cenotaph and a statue of Winston Churchill are defaced with graffiti.
On 4th May Ken Livingstone is elected Mayor of London.
Queen Elizabeth II opens the new Tate Modern art gallery on Thursday, 11th May.
On Saturday, 13th May the Olsen Brothers win the Eurovision Song Contest for Denmark with the song Fly On The Wings Of Love. The UK entry, Don't Play That Song Again by Nicki French, finishes in 16th place.
On Wednesday, 17th May two Royal Marines, Alan Chambers and Charlie Paton, become the first Britons to reach the North Pole unaided.
British troops spend three weeks in Sierra Leone.
A coup takes place in Fiji.
Julie Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor are invested as Dames of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
Tony and Cherie Blair celebrate the birth of their new son Leo, who is born in the early hours on Saturday, 20th May.
Dame Barbara Cartland dies on 21st May, aged 98.
Sir John Gielgud dies on 22nd May, aged 96.
Israeli troops withdraw from occupied territory in southern Lebanon.
||Tony Blair is slow hand-clapped on Wednesday, 7th June, while delivering a speech to the Women's Institute.
The new Millennium Bridge, which spans the Thames from the St. Paul's Cathedral to the Tate Modern gallery on the South Bank, is closed on its opening day (Saturday, 10th June) when crowds cause it to wobble.
On 18th June 58 Chinese immigrants are found dead in the back of a cargo lorry arriving at Dover.
On 20th June the Scottish Parliament passes the Ethical Standards in Public Life (Scotland) Bill by 99 votes to 17 with two abstentions. The Bill repeals Section 28, the law originally introduced by the Tories that banned Local Authorities from promoting homosexuality.
The initial rough draft of the human genome - a scientific breakthrough that promised new ways of preventing, treating and eradicating many genetic diseases - is unveiled by US President Bill Clinton at a White House conference on 26th June. Improved drafts follow in 2003 and 2005.
Elian Gonzalez returns to Cuba with his father on 28th June after the U.S. Supreme Court declines to review its decision of 1st June that Elián is too young to file for asylum himself; that his relatives in Miami have no legal standing to petition for asylum on his behalf; and that only his father could speak for him.
||The Øresund Bridge, a combined road and rail bridge connecting Copenhagen and Malmö, is officially opened on 1st July.
The body of an eight-year-old girl, Sarah Payne, who had gone missing on 1st July, is found in a West Sussex field on 17th July. Roy Whiting - a known paedophile - is arrested and charged with her murder on 6th February 2001.
On 24th July the House of Lords votes by 270 to 228 to reject the Labour government's attempt to abolish Section 28.
On 25th July an Air France Concorde crashes on the outskirts of Paris, killing 114 people. As a result Air France and British Airways take their Concorde planes out of service.
The last 80 prisoners are freed from Belfast's Maze prison on 28th July.
||Celebrations are held in London on 4th August to mark the Queen Mother's 100th birthday.
On 5th August Sir Alec Guinness dies at the age of 86. The following day broadcaster Sir Robin Day dies aged 76.
118 Russian sailors die aboard the submarine Kursk when it sinks in the Barents Sea.
||On 4th September Mo Mowlam announces that she will leave Parliament at the next election.
The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, based on Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, closes on 10th September after 7,485 performances on Broadway.
A Bill is passed in the Netherlands on 12th September converting the country's "registered same-sex partnerships" into full-fledged marriages.
Crisis! What crisis? Following similar protests in France, lorry drivers and farmers blockade fuel depots in the UK.
TV presenter Paula Yates is found dead at her London home on 17th September.
As he takes to the West End stage in his play The Accused, Jeffrey Archer is charged at Wimbledon Police Station with perjury and perverting the course of justice.
The former Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau, dies on 28th September.
The Danes vote against joining the Euro.
||Slobodan Milosevic admits defeat in Yugoslavia's Presidential elections.
Violence escalates on the West Bank. President Clinton flies to Egypt to broker a peace deal between the Palestinians and the Israelis but the violence continues.
The former Prime Minister and Britain's longest-serving MP, Sir Edward Heath announces his retirement, aged 84.
Following the derailment of a train near Hatfield (an accident in which four passengers were killed) Britain's rail network grinds to a halt as the biggest ever track repair operation gets under way.
Julie London, best-known for her hit Cry Me A River, dies on 18th October.
The human rights activist James Mawdsley is released from prison in Burma on Friday, 20th October, after 415 days in solitary confinement.
||Storms and heavy rainfall cause widespread flooding in the UK. It is the wettest November on record.
On 7th November in the United States (New York) Hillary Clinton becomes the first wife of a President to be elected as a Senator. Meanwhile, the Presidential candidates, George Bush and Al Gore, have to wait while votes are recounted in the "sunshine State" of Florida.
On 8th November Pablo Picasso's Femme aux Bras Croises is sold at Christie's Rockefeller in New York for $50,000,000.
On 11th November.155 people are killed in a ski train fire in Kaprun, Austria.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones get married in New York on 18th November.
In the UK police launch a murder investigation after a ten-year-old boy, Damilola Taylor, is stabbed to death on his way home from Peckham Library.
||Euthanasia is made legal in the Netherlands.
After 36 days, dozens of Court hearings and four vote recounts in Florida, George W. Bush is finally confirmed as the 43rd President of the USA.
Singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl is killed on holiday in Mexico. She dies after being hit by a speedboat whilst swimming in the sea off Cozumel.
Coronation Street celebrates its 40th anniversary. The Archers celebrates its 50th anniversary.
On 22nd December Madonna and the UK film director Guy Ritchie get married in Scotland.
Stephen Spielberg is awarded the KBE.
|In the Charts
|UK Chart débuts
- Richard Ashcroft
- Limp Bizkit
- Heather Small
UK Best-selling Singles
- All Saints
- All Saints
- Richard Ashcroft
A Song For The Lovers
- Baha Men
Who Let The Dogs Out?
- Bloodhound Gang
- Bob the Builder
Can We Fix It?
- Melanie C featuring Lisa Left Eye Lopez
Never Be The Same Again
- Craig David
Fill Me In
- Craig David
The Real Slim Shady
- Geri Halliwell
Bag It Up
- Tom Jones
and Mousse T
- Tom Jones
Mama Told Me Not To Come
- Ronan Keating
Life Is A Rollercoaster
- Limp Bizkit
Take A Look Around (Theme from 'Mission Impossible 2'
- Sarah McLachlan
- Lene Marlin
Sitting Down Here
- Kylie Minogue
On A Night Like This
- Leann Rimes
Can't Fight The Moonlight
- S Club 7
- S Club 7
Never Have A Dream Come True
- Savage Garden
More Than I Needed To Know
- Britney Spears
Oops! ... I Did It Again
Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Dancing In The Moonlight
- Shania Twain
Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)
- Robbie Williams
One Hit Wonders
- The Beatles
- Eva Cassidy
Time After Time
- The Corrs
- Nelly Furtado
- Green Day
- Emmylou Harris
Red Dirt Girl
- k.d. lang
- Limp Bizkit
Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water
- Shelby Lynne
I Am Shelby Lynne
- Kirsty MacColl
- Dolly Parton
The Grass Is Blue
- Gretchen Peters
- Paul Simon
You're The One
- Trisha Yearwood
Real Live Woman
- Dwight Yoakam
Tomorrow's Sounds Today
|At the Movies
- American Beauty
- Billy Elliot
- Charlie's Angels
- Chicken Run
- Erin Brockovich
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas
- Isn't She Great
- Kevin And Perry Go Large
- Scary Movie
- Scream 3
- Sleepy Hollow
- Small Time Crooks
- Stuart Little
- Sweet and Lowdown
- Toy Story 2
Tony Award for Best Musical:
Olivier Award for
Best New Musical:
- Bargain Hunt
- Big Brother
- Castaway 2000
- Click Online
- I Love The Seventies
- Location, Location, Location
- Masterchef (Series 10)
- News At Ten O'Clock
- A Place In The Sun
- Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)
- The Royle Family
- The Weakest Link
of the Year:
Tennis: In January Andre Agassi completes his collection of Grand Slam titles when he wins the men's singles Championships at the Australian Open.
Venus Williams wins the women's singles title at Wimbledon, defeating the defending Champion, Lindsay Davenport, in straight sets (6-3, 7-6).
Pete Sampras beats Patrick Rafter (6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2) to win the men's singles Championship for the seventh time. In so doing he also wins a record 13th Grand Slam singles title.
At the US Open the singles titles are won by Marat Safin and Venus Williams: Safin beats Pete Sampras in the men's final, while Williams repeats her Wimbledon win with another victory over Lindsay Davenport.
Rugby: the England team wins the Six Nations Championship, despite losing its last match to Scotland (19:13) at Murrayfield.
Football: Manchester United are the FA Carling Premier League Champions for the second year running.
Chelsea beat Aston Villa 1-0 in the FA Cup final.
Motor Racing: David Coulthard wins the British Grand Prix for the second year in succession. Michael Schumacher wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the third time.
Snooker: Mark Williams wins the all-Welsh final of the World Snooker Championship, beating Matthew Stevens 18-16.
John Higgins wins the UK Championship for the second time, beating Mark Williams 10-4 in the final.
Golf: Tiger Woods wins three of the four golf "majors" - the US Open at Pebble Beach, the Open Championship at St. Andrews and the US PGA Championship at Valhalla. His win at the US Open, by an incredible 15 shots, breaks the record for the largest margin of victory in a major.
Vijay Singh wins the US Masters.
Cricket: England beat the West Indies in a Test series for the first time since 1969.
In December the England team also beat Pakistan. Having drawn the first two matches, England won the 3rd Test in Karachi by six wickets. It was the first time Pakistan had lost in Karachi and the first time England had won in Pakistan for 39 years.
Sydney Olympics: British athletes return with their biggest haul of medals since the 1920 Olympics. Steve Redgrave wins a gold medal in rowing for the fifth time.
Cycling: Lance Armstrong wins the Tour de France for the second year running.
Man Booker Prize
The Blind Assassin
The Hiding Place
The Keepers Of Truth
When We Were Orphans
The Deposition Of Father McGreevy
When I Lived
In Modern Times
Who said that?
Many are called but few are called back.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
Next to gold and jewellery, health is the most important thing you can have.
Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Don't look for happiness. It'll only make you miserable.
Bea Arthur, 'Love and Strangers'
Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort
Happiness is like a cat - if you coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it won't come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you will find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.
William J. Bennett
It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.
I do not think that we have a 'right' to happiness. If happiness happens, say thanks.
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
We all live with the objective of being happy, our lives are all different and yet the same.
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.
John W Gardner
Happiness consists in activity - it is a running stream, not a stagnant pool.
John Mason Good
Happiness is a how, not a what; a talent, not an object.
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.
Happiness is a way station between too little and too much.
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
Happiness isn't a goal, it's a by-product.
Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.
Theodore Isaac Rubin
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Margaret Lee Runbeck
Not so much having what you want, as wanting what you have.
Happiness is [nothing more than] good health and a bad memory.
Later attributed to Ingrid Bergman
What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself.
The greater part of happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances.
Martha Dandridge Custis Washington
Of all the unhappy people in the world, the unhappiest are those who have not found something they want to do.
Security is when everything is settled. When nothing can happen to you. Security is the denial of life.
There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.