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2006

This page provides a snapshot of Lyn Paul's career from 2006. To find out what else was happening in 2006 select any of the following options:

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Late Night (CD cover).

Lyn Paul
Late Night
(CD cover).


SITE LINKS

In Print 2006

In Print:
programmes


Messages from Lyn

On the Net:
Theatre


Site News
2006


Lyn Paul and David Jensen.

Lyn Paul
pictured with DJ
David Jensen
after recording
an interview for
Capital Gold,
20th July 2006.


WEB LINKS

Music

About.com
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Home Page


AMG
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.com


Click Music

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Oldies Website


everyHit.com

Nostalgia Central:
Music


Oldies Music

Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame
and Museum


Q Magazine

Rolling Stone

Songfacts

Who Does That Song


2006 Charts

The UK Number Ones:
2005-2009



Songbook 1970-74 (CD cover).

New Seekers
Songbook
1970-74

(CD cover).


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New Seekers

New Seekers
Official Website


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New Seekers


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New Seekers


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New Seekers



Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD cover).

New Seekers
Live at the
Royal Albert Hall

(DVD cover).


WEB LINKS

The Theatre

Albemarle of
London:
West End
Theatre Guide


British
Theatre Guide


London Theatre
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LondonNet:
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Playbill.com

The Stage

TheatreNet

UK Theatre Web

What's On Stage


Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers
the musical


Bill Kenwright Ltd.

Willy Russell
.com



Ultimate Collection (CD cover).

New Seekers
Ultimate Collection
(CD cover).


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Those Were The Days...

BBC
On This Day


Guardian Century

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.com


Nostalgia Central

rotten.com
Today in
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This Day In Music

Wikipedia:
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BUBL:
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The Paperboy

Late Night

"Tonight Cat, we're going to be the New Seekers." On Saturday, 7th January, ITV broadcasts a special 'family' edition of Stars In Their Eyes, the soundalike singing contest hosted by Cat Deeley. The Bateman family (three brothers and two sisters) impersonate the New Seekers. 15-year-old Katheryn Bateman appears as Lyn Paul, accompanied by her 18-year-old sister Hannah as Eve Graham.

Towards the end of January news reaches the UK that the film version of Boy George's musical Taboo, featuring Lyn Paul as Josie James, is being played at cinemas in Japan. Meanwhile, in Manhattan on 1st February, Boy George appears in a criminal court on a drugs charge. When he returns to court on 8th March the charge of possessing cocaine is dropped in a plea bargain, but the Culture Club star is fined $1,000 for wasting police time. On 14th August he is made to do five days of community service, picking up trash on the streets of New York City. "New York is so clean now you could eat your dinner off its streets" he later quips. "I'll do London next but I'll charge this time" (The Independent, 8th September 2006, page 25).

On 20th February Universal Music releases a new compilation of New Seekers' recordings titled Songbook 1970-74. Twenty-one of the songs appear on CD for the first time, among them three featuring Lyn Paul on lead vocal - I Saw The Light, Song Sung Blue and When I Was Small.

In February Lyn makes an unexpected return to the musical Blood Brothers, joining the UK touring production during its second week at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham (until 25th February). Linda Nolan, who had been playing the lead role of Mrs. Johnstone, is forced to take a break from the show after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Although Lyn is in the midst of moving house, she nonetheless agrees to stand in for Linda while she has a mastectomy. The shows in Nottingham are followed by a week at the Hexagon, Reading (27th February - 4th March) and another week at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford (6th - 11th March). Lyn then travels up to the Midlands for two weeks at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton (13th - 25th March), where she receives rave reviews.

"Lyn Paul ... has taken over the part in the Black Country with considerable aplomb." (Birmingham Mail, 16th March 2006)

"Lyn Paul's performance ... was excellent, charged with passion and emotion." (Midlands Zone, April 2006)

"Lyn Paul covers for Linda Nolan, who is receiving treatment for breast cancer, and gives a powerful and emotional performance as the straight-talking, working class Mrs. Johnstone. Paul’s depiction of the working class mother from Liverpool, is warming and her ability to move effortlessly from a acting roles to singing is fantastic." (Ranjit Khutan, ReviewsGate.com, 25th March 2006)

"Lyn Paul is wonderful as Mrs. Johnstone, skillfully using melodies and movement to symbolise the hope that replaces the drudgery of being a single mother and the guilt of giving away a child to her boss." (The Shuttle, 12th July 2006)

"Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone, mother of the two brothers, is magnificent and has a superb singing voice which did justice to the musical's many great numbers especially the final heart-rending Tell Me It's Not True." (The Shuttle, 12th July 2006)


Linda Nolan had hoped to return in time for the Blood Brothers shows in Cardiff (Monday, 27th March - Saturday, 8th April) but Lyn Paul stands in for her during the first week of shows and for selected dates during the second week. Lyn then continues with the tour to Ashton-Under-Lyne (10th - 15th April) and rounds off her run with two weeks at the Liverpool Empire (17th - 29th April).

"They rang me and told me Linda was having an operation for breast cancer and would I be available to come back and do two or three weeks. I said yes but it will be nearly eight weeks after we finish the tour in Liverpool. But I love the show and keep drifting in and out of it." (Daily Post, 21st April 2006)

On the opening night in Liverpool Lyn's son Ryan has his 17th birthday. The family celebrate at Ma Egerton's, the tiny theatre pub by the stage door of the Empire.

"Most nights we get into there. And when my son had his 17th birthday the other day, that's where we went to celebrate. They put on a great spread for us." (Daily Post, 21st April 2006)

Meanwhile, Lyn continues to get great reviews:

"Lyn Paul ... was incredible in the lead role of Mrs. Johnstone. With a dry humour that dipped to the point of desert dust and a heartbreaking poignancy of an Eric Segal novel, hers was a performance that sparkled from first to last." Chris High (www.chrishigh.com)

"Lyn Paul still has a wonderful singing voice and she also has stage presence shown with such visual power in the second half leading up to the finale." (Daily Post, 19th April 2006)


On 26th June the New Seekers' 1972 concert at the Royal Albert Hall is re-issued on DVD. This is followed by a triple CD from Reader's Digest, titled Ultimate Collection (RDCD5301-3).


Lyn Paul (photo from 'Late Night' CD sleeve).

 Up. Down.


On 10th July, after a well-earned holiday in Mexico, Lyn records two songs (Crying and Talking In Your Sleep) for the radio programme Friday Night Is Music Night (BBC Radio 2). The recordings, which are made with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Pentland Theatre, Artsdepot, are broadcast on 18th August.

On 20th July Lyn travels down to London to record an interview with David Jensen for the Capital Gold radio show From The Bottom To The Top. During the interview Lyn talks about her days with the New Seekers and the week when I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing went to number 1. She also shares an anecdote about dating Rod Stewart.

"He came to one of my parties ... He said: 'Do you want to come back to my place for a drink?' And I said 'Yeah', and about half a dozen of us went back to his place after the party.

And he drove me back in his Lamborghini and broke down ... I'm in an evening dress, he's in a dinner suit ... A truck pulls up and drives us back to my house in Reading ... and the guy, he said: 'I know you' and Rod said: 'Um, right'. He said: 'I do! Wait till I tell my wife I've picked up Lyn Paul!'"

Lyn also talks about her forthcoming album, Late Night - her first in over thirty years: "some lovely old songs that have been given a new twist." She cites Charlie Rich's Behind Closed Doors as an example - "nothing like you would imagine 'Behind Closed Doors' to be." Advance copies of the CD are made available to fans at the end of August. The album is officially released on iTunes on Monday, 18th September.

A few weeks later Lyn returns to Blood Brothers, filling in for Linda Nolan for a week at the Civic Theatre in Darlington (3rd - 7th October) and for another two weeks at the Hippodrome in Birmingham (9th - 21st October).


Lyn Paul (photo from 'Late Night' CD sleeve).

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Having moved to Cheshire in the Spring, Lyn, Alan and Ryan return down South on 2nd November to try their luck running a pub. They move into 'The Beehive' in Englefield Green on 6th November and, after a hectic week getting the place ready and settling in, they open for business on 13th.

Before the move, Lyn landed herself the role of Anita Powell in Holby City. Filming began on 4th September; the episode is screened on Tuesday, 19th December (BBC1, 8.00pm).


Incidentally...

Ann Emery, Grandma in the West End production of Billy Elliot, wins the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice award for 'Best Supporting Actress in a Musical'. Lyn's sister Nikki continues as the show's Assistant Choreographer and in May is mentioned in a newspaper article, The day I tried to be Billy Elliot by Michael Simkins: "Then it was time for the dance audition. Assistant choreographer Nikki Belsher demonstrated a short but dynamic series of steps set to a thumping rap beat blaring out of a sound system." (Daily Telegraph, 17th May 2006, page 31)

On 5th June the contestants who had been knocked out in earlier rounds of ITV's The X Factor: Battle Of The Stars return for the final show of the series, among them Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee and Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles. The gathered celebrities join together to sing the New Seekers' I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing and Abba's Thank You For The Music. The contest is won by ex-Eastenders actress Lucy Benjamin.


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In the News - 2006
   
 Jan

Russia's state-run gas monopoly, Gazprom, cuts off the supply of gas to Ukraine on 1st January, after the Ukrainians refuse to pay a huge price increase. A five-year gas supply deal is agreed three days later.

13 miners are trapped underground on 2nd January after an explosion at the Sago mine in Tallmansville, West Virginia. When rescuers reach them two days later relatives are told that there are 12 survivors, but it soon turns out that only one of the miners is still alive.

On 4th January the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, is rushed into hospital after suffering a second stroke within three weeks.

In the UK the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy, admits on 5th January that he has received treatment for an alcohol problem. He calls an immediate leadership election but announces two days later that he will not stand for re-election.

Lou Rawls, who had a hit in 1976 with You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, dies on 6th January, aged 70.

Turkey is thrown into crisis by an outbreak of bird flu.

At least 349 people are crushed to death with many more injured during the final day of the Haj at Mecca.

Shelley Winters dies on 14th January, aged 85.

Two Thai fishermen are sentenced to death on 18th January for the rape and murder of British backpacker, Katherine Horton.

Wilson Pickett, famous for hits such as In The Midnight Hour and Mustang Sally, dies of a heart attack on 19th January, aged 64.

On 21st January, despite the best efforts of rescuers, a northern bottle-nose whale dies, after straying into the River Thames two days earlier.

 Feb

The al-Salam Boccaccio '98, a ferry on an overnight journey from Duba in Saudi Arabia to Safaga in Egypt, sinks in the Red Sea on 3rd February.

On Tuesday, 14th February UK MPs vote by a margin of 200 votes to impose a ban on smoking in all pubs, clubs and restaurants in England from the summer of 2007.

The village of Guinsaugon in the Philippines is buried by a mudslide on 17th February, after two weeks of heavy rain.

Avian flu advances across Europe, with H5N1 infections being confirmed in Italy (11th February), Germany (15th February) and France (18th February).

On 19th February the Rolling Stones give a free concert on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

At a court hearing in Vienna on 20th February the British historian David Irving is sentenced to three years in prison for denying the holocaust.

On 22nd February two bombers disguised as policemen attack the Golden Mosque in Samarra, one of the holiest sites in Shia Islam. The attack prompts a wave of protests and reprisals against the Sunni population in Iraq.

On the same day an armed gang steals £53 million from the Securitas depot at Tonbridge in Kent.

On 24th February the Standards Board for England delivers its verdict on the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, finding him guilty of bringing his office into disrepute for comparing a Jewish reporter from the Evening Standard to a concentration camp guard.
George Michael is arrested at 1.50am on 26th February on suspicion of possessing drugs, after a passer-by notices him slumped at the wheel of his car near Hyde Park Corner in central London.

 Mar

The Queen opens the new Welsh Assembly building on 1st March.

The result of the Liberal Democrats' leadership election is announced on 2nd March, with victory going to 64-year-old Sir Menzies Campbell.

On 3rd March Gary Glitter is sentenced to three years in prison by a Vietnamese court for sexually abusing two underage girls.

John Profumo, Secretary of State for War (1960-63), dies on 9th March, aged 91.

On 11th March the former Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosevic, is found dead in his prison cell in the Hague, where he had been on trial for genocide and crimes against humanity.

Israeli troops lay siege to the prison in Jericho on 14th March, forcing the surrender of six Palestinians wanted for the assassination in 2001 of the Israeli Tourism Minister, Rehavam Ze'evi.

Protesters take to the streets of Paris on 16th March to express their opposition to a new job law making it easier for employers to dismiss workers under the age of 26.

On 23rd March troops rescue three peace campaigners, Norman Kember, James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden, who had been held hostage in Baghdad since 26th November 2005.

Lynne Perrie (real name Jean Dudley), who played the role of Ivy Tilsley in Coronation Street, dies on 24th March, aged 74.

Country singer Buck Owens (born Alvis Edgar Owens) dies on 25th March, aged 76. Owens had his biggest hit in 1965 with I've Got A Tiger By The Tail. The B-side, Cryin' Time, became a US hit for Ray Charles in December '65 and was also covered by the New Seekers on their 1974 album Together.

 Apr

On 2nd April Crazy by Gnarls Barkley becomes the first single to top the chart on the strength of download sales alone.

Denis Donaldson, an IRA member turned British spy, is murdered on 4th April at his cottage in the Blue Stack Mountains.

Gene Pitney dies in his hotel room on 5th April, aged 65, after playing to a packed house at St. David's Hall in Cardiff.

Bird flu arrives in Britain. On 6th April it is confirmed that a dead swan discovered at Cellardyke in Scotland was carrying the H5N1 strain of the virus.

The capo di capi of the Sicilian Mafia, Bernardo Provenzano, is captured by Italian police 11th April, after more than 40 years in hiding.

Dame Muriel Spark, the Scottish novelist who wrote The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, dies in hospital in Florence on Thursday, 13th April, aged 88. Jay Presson Allen, who adapted the novel for the stage and screen, dies in New York on 1st May.

At least 9 people are killed and more than 60 injured in a suicide bomb attack in Tel Aviv on 17th April.

On Monday, 24th April three bombs explode at the Egyptian beach resort of Dahab, killing 24 people and injuring more than 80 others.

On 25th April the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, discloses that between February 1999 and March 2006 1,023 foreign prisoners - including murderers, rapists and pedophiles - were released without any consideration of whether they should be deported.

 May

On 3rd May Pablo Picasso's Dora Maar With Cat is sold at Sotheby's in New York for $85,000,000.

On Thursday, 4th May Zacarias Moussaoui is given six life sentences for his role in planning the attacks on Washington and New York on 11th September 2001.

After four years of marriage Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Heather Mills announce on 17th May that they are to separate.

Freddie Garrity, lead singer with the '60s group Freddie and the Dreamers, dies in hospital on Friday, 19th May, aged 69.

The 51st Eurovision Song Contest, held in Athens on 20th May, is won by the entry from Finland - Hard Rock Hallelujah performed by Lordi, a "horror rock" band dressed in monster costumes.

Montenegro votes by a narrow margin to break away from Serbia in a poll held on 21st May.

Desmond Dekker dies suddenly from a heart attack on 26th May, aged 64.

The Indonesian island of Java is hit by an earthquake on 27th May. More than 5,000 people are killed with up to 200,000 left homeless.

Pope Benedict XVI visits Auschwitz on Sunday, 28th May.

 Jun

Singer and keyboard player Billy Preston dies on 6th June, aged 59.

The leader of al-Qa'eda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is killed in an US-led air strike on 8th June.

Three detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp are found dead in their cells on Saturday, 10th June. The prisoners, two Saudis and one Yemeni, used bed linen and clothes to hang themselves in their separate cells.

Two brothers, Mohammed Abdul Kahar and Abdul Koyair, who were arrested in an anti-terrorist raid on a house in Forest Gate on 2nd June, are released a week later without charge. Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman, who apologises for the raid, is made a CBE in the Honours List to mark the Queen's official 80th birthday.

The former Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey dies on 13th June, aged 80.

 Jul

Cricketer Fred Trueman dies of lung cancer on 1st July, aged 75.
In the early hours of 5th July North Korea test-fires missiles over the Sea of Japan.

Syd Barrett, one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, dies on 7th July, aged 60.

On 11th July a series of bomb blasts during the evening rush hour brings the commuter rail network in Mumbai to a standstill. Over 200 people are killed and 700 more injured.

The three-times world snooker champion John Spencer dies of cancer on 11th July, aged 70.

Police investigating "cash for honours" allegations arrest the Labour Party's chief fundraiser Lord Levy on 12th July.

On the same day Israel launches a military assault on Lebanon by air, land and sea, following the capture of two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid by Hezbollah militants. On day 19 of the ensuing conflict dozens of innocent people are killed and injured in an Israeli air strike on the Lebanese town of Qana.

The last episode of Top Of The Pops (episode 2,204) is broadcast on 30th July.

 Aug

Two brothers, Danny Preddie and Ricky Preddie, are convicted at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 9th August of killing Damilola Taylor, nearly six years after the ten-year-old was stabbed to death.

At 11.50pm that night twenty-four people in London, Birmingham and High Wycombe are arrested in connection with a suspected al-Qa'ida terrorist plot to blow up aircraft in mid-air. The following day there is chaos at airports across Britain as hundreds of flights are cancelled.

On 14th August a ceasefire comes into effect, bringing to an end the 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah. 1,183 Lebanese and 157 Israelis were killed during the conflict.

From 21st August post in the UK is priced by size as well as weight - letter, large letter and packet.

Eighteen-year-old Natascha Kampusch, who had been kidnapped at the age of ten and held hostage in a house in Vienna for eight years, escapes from her abductor Wolfgang Priklopil on 23rd August. Priklopil kills himself under a train a few hours after her escape.

A funeral is held on Tuesday, 29th August for six-year-old Liam Hogan, who died from severe head injuries after jumping from the fourth floor of the Petra Mare hotel in Crete. His distraught father, John Hogan, appears in court the next day, accused of murdering Liam and of attempting to murder his two-year-old sister, Mia.

On 31st August the Republican Governor of California, former film star Arnold Schwarzenegger, announces a deal with the Democrat-dominated state legislature to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020.

 Sep

The Australian wildlife television presenter Steve Irwin is killed by a stingray on 4th September at Batt Reef off the Queensland coast.

On Tuesday, 12th September Pope Benedict XVI makes a speech in which he quotes a 14th Century Christian emperor, who said the Prophet Muhammad had brought the world only "evil and inhuman" things. The Vatican issues a statement on Saturday 16th, saying the Pope was "very sorry" if his comments had offended.

Raymond Baxter, presenter of the BBC's popular science programme Tomorrow's World (1965-77), dies on 15th September, aged 84.

A right-wing coalition led by Fredrik Reinfeldt wins the election held in Sweden on 17th September, inflicting defeat on the Social Democrats, who had held power for all but nine years since 1932.

Rioting breaks out in Budapest on 18th September, following the admission by the Hungarian Prime Minister, Ferenc Gyurcsany, that he had "lied morning, noon and night" to win the election in April.

The Thai Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, who was on a visit to New York to address the United Nations, is ousted in a bloodless military coup on 19th September.

On 26th September, in an inspirational speech to the Labour Party conference in Manchester, Tony Blair tells delegates that it will be his "last conference as leader."

 Oct

On Monday, 2nd October Charles Carl Roberts, described by his wife as "loving, supportive, thoughtful - all the things you'd want and more", kills five girls at an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. He then kills himself.

The Leader of the Commons and Labour MP for Blackburn, Jack Straw, sparks a national debate in the UK on 5th October, when he says that he would prefer Muslim women not to wear veils that cover their faces.

The acclaimed Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya is murdered in the lift of her apartment block in Moscow on 7th October.

The West End production of Les Misérables, which opened at the Barbican on 8th October 1985 and made its West End début at the Palace Theatre two months later, becomes the world's longest-running musical, celebrating its 21st anniversary on 7th October with a specially devised finalé.

Snooker player Paul Hunter, the Benson & Hedges Masters champion in 2001, 2002 and 2004, dies of cancer on 9th October, aged 27.

North Korea tests a nuclear device on 9th October, bringing condemnation from the USA, China and Japan. The headline in The Sun newspaper reads: How do you solve a problem like Korea?

Madonna and Guy Ritchie adopt a thirteen-month-old Malawian baby, David Banda. The young boy is brought to London on 17th October in the care of a bodyguard and Madonna's personal assistant. Madonna defends the adoption on Oprah Winfrey's TV show.

Travel writer Eric Newby dies on 20th October, aged 86.

In a referendum held on Sunday, 22nd October, Panamanians back a plan to widen the Panama Canal.

Two children, Christianne Shepherd, aged seven, and her six-year-old brother Robert, die from carbon monoxide poisoning on 26th October, while on a family holiday in Corfu.

The Stern Review on The Economics Of Climate Change is published on Monday, 30th October.

The former President of South Africa P.W. Botha dies on 31st October, aged 90.

 Nov

On 2nd November the New York Times reports that a painting by Jackson Pollock, No. 5, 1948, has been sold for $140m.

Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death by hanging on Sunday, 5th November.

The 15,000th episode of Radio 4's long-running soap The Archers is broadcast on the same day.

The US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resigns on 8th November, following the Republicans poor showing in the mid-term elections the day before.

The actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger is re-elected governor of California. After his victory he quips: "I just love doing sequels."

Professor Milton Friedman, who won the 1976 Nobel Prize for Economics, dies in San Francisco on 16th November, aged 94.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes get married in a castle in Bracciano, north of Rome, on Saturday, 18th November.

Film director Robert Altman dies in Los Angeles on 20th November, aged 81.

A former Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko, dies on 23rd November, aged 43, while being treated for poisoning at University College London Hospital.

DJ Alan "Fluff" Freeman, who compèred the New Seekers' 1973 tour of the UK, dies on 27th November, aged 79.

 Dec

The Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez secures a third term in office after winning a landslide victory in the election held on Sunday, 3rd December,

A bipartisan report by the Iraq Study Group published on 6th December warns that "the situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating."

The former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet dies in Santiago on 10th November, aged 91.

Joseph Barbera, whose cartoon creations with William Hanna included the Flinstones and Tom and Jerry, dies on 18th December, aged 95.

Police hunting the murderer of five Ipswich prostitutes arrest a suspect, Steve Wright, at 5am on 19th December. He is charged with the murders on 22nd December. Another man, Tom Stephens, who had been arrested on 18th December, is released on police bail without charge.

Three days of fog (20th - 22nd December) bring chaos to British airports, forcing airline companies to cancel hundreds of domestic and short-haul flights.

On 23rd December it is announced that the lead singer of U2, Bono (real name: Paul Hewson), is to be given an honorary knighthood in recognition of his humanitarian work.

The "Godfather of soul" James Brown dies on Christmas morning of heart failure, aged 73.

Former US President Gerald Ford dies on 26th December, aged 93.

Saddam Hussein is hanged at dawn on Saturday, 30th December.


Autograph.


In the Charts
 
UK Chart Debuts

Smile (CD single).

  • Lily Allen
  • Chico
  • Taio Cruz
  • Gnarls Barkley
  • James Morrison
  • Paulo Nutini
  • Orson

UK Best-selling Singles

Crazy (CD single).

  • A-ha
    Analogue (All I Want)

  • Akon featuring Eminem
    Smack That

  • Lily Allen
    Smile

  • Arctic Monkeys
    When The Sun Goes Down

  • Corinne Bailey Rae
    Put Your Records On

  • Bon Jovi
    Who Says You Can't Go Home

  • Emma Bunton
    Downtown

  • Chico
    It's Chico Time

  • Dead Or Alive
    You Spin Me Round

  • Nelly Furtado
    Maneater

  • Gnarls Barkley
    Crazy

  • Infernal
    From Paris To Berlin

  • Keane
    Is It Any Wonder

  • Ronan Keating & Kate Rusby
    All Over Again

  • Brian Kennedy & Peter Corry
    George Best - A Tribute

  • The Killers
    When You Were Young

  • The Kooks
    She Moves In Her Own Way

  • Ray Lamontagne
    Trouble

  • Fedde Le Grand
    Put Your Hands Up For Detroit

  • Leona Lewis
    A Moment Like This

  • Madonna
    Sorry

  • McFly
    Don't Stop Me Now / Please Please

  • McFly
    Star Girl

  • Meat Loaf featuring Marion Raven
    It's All Coming Back To Me Now

  • Meck featuring Leo Sayer
    Thunder In My Heart Again

  • Morrissey
    You Have Killed Me

  • James Morrison
    You Give Me Something

  • My Chemical Romance
    Welcome To The Black Parade

  • Ne-Yo
    So Sick

  • Notorious BIG / P Diddy / Nelly
    Nasty Girl

  • Paulo Nutini
    Last Request

  • Orson
    No Tomorrow

  • Pet Shop Boys
    I'm With Stupid

  • Primal Scream
    Country Girl

  • Razorlight
    In The Morning

  • Cliff Richard
    21st Century Christmas

  • Rihanna
    Unfaithful

  • Rogue Traders
    Voodoo Child

  • Daz Sampson
    Teenage Life
    [Eurovision Song Contest:
    UK entry]

  • Scissor Sisters
    I Don't Feel Like Dancin'

  • Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
    Hips Don't Lie

  • Snow Patrol
    Chasing Cars

  • Source featuring Candi Staton
    You Got The Love

  • Take That
    Patience

  • Sandi Thom
    I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)

  • Justin Timberlake
    Sexyback

  • Westlife
    The Rose

  • Robbie Williams
    Lovelight

  • Robbie Williams
    Rudebox

  • Amy Winehouse
    Rehab

  • Will Young
    All Time Love

  • The Zutons
    Valerie


I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (CD cover).


Hit Albums

Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook (CD cover).

  • Lily Allen
    Alright Still

  • Arctic Monkeys
    Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

  • The Beatles
    Love

  • Andrea Bocelli
    Amore

  • J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton
    The Road To Escondido

  • Johnny Cash
    American V - A Hundred Highways

  • Shawn Colvin
    These Four Walls

  • Neil Diamond
    12 Songs

  • Dixie Chicks
    Taking The Long Way

  • Bob Dylan
    Modern Times

  • Erasure
    Union Street

  • Donald Fagen
    Morph The Cat

  • David Gilmour
    On An Island

  • Elton John
    The Captain & The Kid

  • Jack Johnson
    In Between Dreams

  • Kasabian
    Empire

  • Keane
    Under The Iron Sea

  • Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
    All The Roadrunning

  • The Kooks
    Inside In / Inside Out

  • Ray Lamontagne
    Trouble

  • Meat Loaf
    Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose

  • Bette Midler
    Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook

  • James Morrison
    Undiscovered

  • Muse
    Black Holes And Revelations

  • Dolly Parton
    Those Were The Days

  • Pet Shop Boys
    Fundamental

  • Prince
    3121

  • Puppini Sisters
    Betcha Bottom Dollar

  • Razorlight
    Razorlight

  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers
    Stadium Arcadium

  • Linda Ronstadt with Ann Savoy - the Zozo Sisters
    Adieu False Heart

  • Scissor Sisters
    Ta-Dah

  • Paul Simon
    Surprise

  • Snow Patrol
    Eyes Open

  • Bruce Springsteen
    We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

  • Take That
    Beautiful World

  • Sandi Thom
    Smile ... It Confuses People

  • Russell Watson
    The Voice

  • The Who
    Endlesswire

  • Robbie Williams
    Rudebox

  • Amy Winehouse
    Back To Black

  • Yusuf
    An Other Cup

  • Various Artists
    The Pilgrim: A Celebration Of Kris Kristofferson


Those Were The Days (CD cover).

At the Movies
 
 
  • American Dreamz
  • Borat - Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan
  • Capote
  • Cars
  • Casino Royale
  • Chicken Little
  • Confetti
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Driving Lessons
  • Flushed Away
  • Good Night, And Good Luck
  • Happy Feet
  • The History Boys
  • An Inconvenient Truth
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Mission: Impossible III
  • Munich
  • The Night Listener
  • Over The Hedge
  • Pierrepoint
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Prime
  • Proof
  • The Queen
  • Romance & Cigarettes
  • Rumour Has It
  • Sixty Six
  • Superman Returns
  • Transamerica
  • United 93
  • Volver
  • Wah-Wah
  • Walk The Line
  • The Wind That Shakes The Barley
  • X-Men 3

On Television
 
 
  • Big Brother 7
  • The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard
  • Call Me A Cabbie
  • Housewife, 49
  • How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?
  • Jam & Jerusalem
  • Lead Balloon
  • Life On Mars
  • The Line Of Beauty
  • Longford
  • Prison Break
  • The Royle Family: the Queen of Sheba
  • Saxondale
  • Shameless (Series 3)
  • The Sharon Osbourne Show
  • Soapstar Superstar
  • Spooks (Series 5)
  • The Street
  • Strictly Come Dancing
    (Series 4)

  • Trinny And Susannah Undress
  • The X Factor (Series 3)
  • The X Factor: Battle of the Stars

Sporting Heroes
 


BBC Sport

BBC
Sports Personality
of the Year:
Zara Phillips


Darts: Phil Taylor wins the Professional Darts Corporation World Championship for the 13th time.
Jelle Klaasen denies Raymond van Barneveld a fifth BDO World Championship, beating him 7-5 in the final

Tennis: Martina Hingis makes a successful return to Grand Slam tennis at the Australian Open by winning the mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi. Amélie Mauresmo wins the women's singles title, after her opponents in the semi-final (Kim Clijsters) and the final (Justine Henin-Hardenne) are both forced to withdraw part way through their matches. Roger Federer regains the men's singles title, beating the unseeded Cypriot Marcus Baghdatis in the final (5-7 7-5 6-0 6-2).
Justine Henin-Hardenne and Rafael Nadal both retain their French Open singles titles. Henin-Hardenne beats Svetlana Kuznetsova in the women's singles final (6-4, 6-4); Nadal beats Roger Federer in the men's final (1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6).
At Wimbledon Amélie Mauresmo wins her second Grand Slam singles title, beating Justine Henin-Hardenne in the final (2-6, 6-3, 6-4). Roger Federer wins his 4th Wimbledon singles title, beating Rafael Nadal in the final (6-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3).
At the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open, Roger Federer and Justine Henin-Hardenne both make it four finals out of four. For Federer it's a third win, for Henin-Hardenne, a third loss. Federer beats Andy Roddick (6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1); Henin-Hardenne loses to Maria Sharapova (6-4, 6-4).
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova brings her career to a triumphant end with victory in the mixed doubles. In partnership with Bob Bryan she claims her 59th Grand Slam title, beating Kueta Peschke and Martin Damm in the final (6-2, 6-3). Bryan congratulates his partner on "the best tennis career of all time".

Rugby: France win the Six Nations championship. Ireland win the Triple Crown.

Cricket: England win the third Test against India by 212 runs, ensuring that the series ends in a draw.
On the fourth day of the fourth Test between England and Pakistan umpire Darrell Hair penalises the Pakistani team for alleged ball-tampering. Pakistan's players stage a protest by refusing to return to the field of play at the end of the tea interval Play is abandoned and the Test is awarded to England.
Australia reclaim the Ashes with victory over England in the third Test in Perth.

Horse Racing: Numbersixvalverde, ridden by Nialls 'Slippers' Madden, wins the Grand National. The 2005 winner, Hedgehunter, finishes second.
Sixties Icon, ridden by Frankie Dettori, wins the St. Leger Stakes.

Golf: Phil Mickelson wins the US Masters at Augusta for the second time in three years.
Geoff Ogilvy wins the US Open, with Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Colin Montgomerie tied for second place.
Tiger Woods wins the Open at Hoylake - his third Open victory and his 11th triumph in a major championship. A 12th follows four weeks later at the USPGA at Medinah, which he wins with a final-round score of 270.
The European team, captained by Ian Woosnam, wins the Ryder Cup for a record third time in a row.

Motor Racing: Fernando Alonso wins the F1 championship for the second year running. Renault win the constructors' championship.
Michael Schumacher, who had announced his retirement after the grand prix at Monza, ends the season in second place. Although the championship eluded him, the seven-times champion continued to set new records: at the San Marino Grand Prix he grabbed pole position for the 66th time, breaking the record set by Ayrton Senna at the same track in 1994.
Britain's Jensen Button claims his maiden Formula 1 win at the Hungarian Grand Prix on 6th August.
Felipe Massa also wins for the first time at the following race in Turkey.

Motorcycling: Nicky Hayden wins the MotoGP championship, taking the title with a third place finish in the final race of the season in Valencia. The five-times champion, Valentino Rossi, finishes second in the final standings after sliding out on lap five of the last race.

Football: Chelsea beat Manchester United 3-0 on 29th April to secure the Premiership title for the second year in a row.
Liverpool win the FA Cup.
Barcelona beat Arsenal 2-1 in the final of the Champions League.
Italy win the World Cup final, beating France 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out. The French captain Zinedine Zidane is sent off after head-butting Italy's Marco Materazzi.

Snooker: Graeme Dott beats Peter Ebdon 18-14 in the final of the World Snooker Championships. In December Ebdon wins the UK Championship, with a 10-6 victory in the final over Stephen Hendry.

Cycling: pre-race favourites Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso are suspended from the Tour de France after being named in a doping inquiry.
Floyd Landis, who wins the Tour de France on Sunday, 23rd July, is later revealed to have tested positive for unusual levels of the male sex hormone testosterone.

Equestrianism: Zara Phillips, riding Toytown, wins a gold medal at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen.

Badminton: England's Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson win the mixed doubles World Championship in Madrid. They beat another English pair, Donna Kellog and Anthony Clark, in the final (21-15, 21-12).

Gymnastics: in October European champion Beth Tweddle wins a gold medal on the uneven bars at the world championships in Aarhus, Denmark and so becomes the first Briton to win a gymnastics world title. She follows this with another gold at the World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil in December.

Page-turners
 


Man Booker Prize

Winner:
Kiran Desai
The Inheritance Of Loss


Kate Grenville
The Secret River

M.J. Hyland
Carry Me Down

Hisham Matar
In The Country Of Men

Edward St. Aubyn
Mother's Milk

Sarah Waters
The Night Watch

Orange Prize
for Fiction

Winner:
Zadie Smith
On Beauty


Nicole Krauss
The History Of Love

Hilary Mantel
Beyond Black

Ali Smith
The Accidental

Carrie Tiffany
Everyman's
Rules For
Scientific Living


Sarah Waters
The Night Watch



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Who said that?

Buying A House

Marriage isn't that big a deal any more 'cause it's so easy to get divorced. You want commitment? Buy a house. Nothing says love like thirty years of debt together.
Tom Pecora

Neighbours

Love thy neighbor as yourself, but choose your neighborhood.
Louise Beal

Pubs

The hard thing about being a bartender is figuring out who is drunk and who is just stupid.
Richard Braunstein

These two Irishmen were passing a pub - well, it could happen.
Frank Carson

A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle.
Jonathan Swift


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