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UK NEWS: VETERAN TV HOST MICHAEL PARKINSON SAYS ‘JADE GOODY WAS A WRETCHED ROLE MODEL’

Parkinson shows no mercy! Via The Telegraph Jade Goody, the reality TV star who died last month of cervical cancer aged 27, represented “all that is paltry and wretched about Britain”, Sir Michael Parkinson has said. He told Radio Times: “Jade Goody has her own place in the history of television and, while it’s significant, it’s nothing to be proud of. Her death is as sad as the death of any young person, but it’s not the passing of a martyr or a []

UK NEWS: STATUE OF JADE GOODY TO BE ERECTED IN HER HOME TOWN OF BERMONDSEY?

Via Digital Spy Jade Goody could be immortalised by a statue in Bermondsey, it has emerged. A number of fans have written to council heads and urged them to commemorate the reality TV star, who  last week, The Mirror reports. Community council chair Bob Skelly said: “The council has plans for the Dickens Estate area where Jade grew up, and I’m sure we could do something.” Publicist Max Clifford said: “It’s wonderful news.” It is thought that a statue or blue plaque []

BBC DEFENDS ‘EXCESSIVE’ JADE GOODY COVERAGE

Via Digital Spy The BBC has defended its coverage of Jade Goody’s death, after dozens of viewers complained that the story had been given too much prominence. The broadcaster received 69 official complaints, with many more being posted online, after reportage of Goody’s death led the news bulletins across the corporation’s TV, radio and world service outlets. However, BBC News executive producer Peter Horrocks has defended the coverage, saying that the prominence was justified because of the public interest in her and []

UK NEWS: FORMER EASTENDERS ACTOR TAKES THE SUN NEWSPAPER TO COURT

I thought old Mohammed here beat his then girlfriend/the mother of his daughter with a belt in the street! That was what online reports suggested at the time. Anyway…. Via Digital Spy Former EastEnders actor Mohammed George has started libel action against The Sun after the tabloid reportedly called him a “woman beater”. The BBC reports that George, who played Gus Smith in the soap, alleges that his acting prospects were “damaged” by the paper’s report, which came in the wake of his 2006 arrest []

PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN LEADS JADE GOODY TRIBUTES

Via Digital Spy Prime Minister Gordon Brown has spoken of the courage and determination that Jade Goody showed in the months leading up to her death from cancer. The Prime Minister said he was “deeply saddened” by today’s passing of the 27-year-old, adding that her work to raise awareness of cervical cancer since her diagnosis last August would benefit thousands of women in the UK. TV personality Stephen Fry said on his Twitter mini-blog that Goody was a “kind of Princess D from the wrong side of []

FANS TRAVEL TO SEE ‘PRINCESS’ JADE GOODY

Via Digital Spy Fans of Jade Goody have travelled to her home in Upshire, Essex to show their support for the terminally ill reality TV star. One fan, Jade Cunningham-Cox, said: “I was just drawn to Jade’s house. For her to be in such distress, I felt as a fan I should be closer to her. “She is the new princess of the people and it’s tragic her life is going to end this way.” Bizarre… just bizarre… “She is the new []

UK NEWS: JADE GOODY FUNERAL ‘TO BE TELEVISED’

Via Digital Spy Jade Goody has reportedly made plans for her funeral to be televised. The former Big Brother contestant has arranged for a large screen to be erected outside the church so that the service can be watched by fans. Goody is said to have chosen an oak coffin from the Royal Windsor Forest and wants to be taken in a convoy of seven cars from her home to the St. John The Baptist Church in Buckhurst Hill, according to Metro. []

UK NEWS: MOTHER HELPS 21 YEAR OLD DOWNS SYDROME SON TO LOSE HIS VIRGINITY

Via The Daily Mail A mother whose adopted son has Down’s syndrome is helping the 21-year-old to find a woman who will take his virginity, it emerged today. Lucy Baxter, a leading campaigner on the rights of Down’s syndrome sufferers, is so desperate to help her son Otto have sex, she has considered paying for him to visit a prostitute. Ms Baxter, who has three other adopted sons with the condition, has helped Otto to set up a Bebo webpage appealing for potential []

UK NEWS: SHILPA SHETTY FLYING IN TO VISIT AILING JADE GOODY

Via BBC News Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty is hoping to visit terminally ill reality TV star Jade Goody next week. Shetty won Celebrity Big Brother in 2007 following a series of altercations with fellow contestant Goody, who was accused of bullying and racism. “Shilpa has been keeping in touch with her for months and they are good friends,” said publicist Max Clifford. “She desperately wants to see her if she’s well enough.” Clifford added that Goody was comfortable, but “very weak”. “She []

LONG QUEUES FOR MICHAEL JACKSON TICKETS

Fans queue outside the 02 Arena earlier this morning I’ve said it for years that the moment Michael pulled himself together and announced concert dates that it would be a wrap! Tickets would sell out within minutes. Via BBC News Hundreds of fans are queuing at the O2 arena in London as Michael Jackson tickets go on sale to the public. The 50-year-old pop veteran is playing a 50-date residency at the venue, beginning on 8 July. Some 360,000 tickets were sold to registered fans []