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Tim Peake’s space capsule to arrive in the UK in 2017

The United Kingdom has bought the space craft which sent Yuri Malenchenko (Commander, Russia), Tim Kopra (Flight Engineer, USA) and Tim Peake (Flight Engineer, UK) to the International Space Station on 15 December 2015. The three landed on Earth in June 2016.

The craft will be displayed in the Science Museum, London in early 2017. Peake is reportedly ‘delighted’ that the space capsule will be on display in his home country.

Source: Tim Peake via Twitter

He explained: “Hopefully it may act as an inspiration for the next generation of scientists and engineers,”

 “Flying into space is a huge privilege but it also comes with risk and one of the highest risk areas are launch into space and re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.

“The Soyuz spacecraft is designed to protect the crew from these harsh conditions. So you get very attached to your spacecraft because it definitely does save your life.”

Helen Sharman, Britain’s first astronaut, welcomes the arrival of the space capsule with open arms. She said:

“I think it is a tremendous thing to have Tim’s capsule.  The fact that we know that our astronaut was actually inside it – he physically sweated inside that suit, he looked outside of that window and saw what it was like to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere – it really provides us with the link to our own astronauts.”


Above: Science Museum expresses their excitement – via Twitter

Since his return to Earth, Peake has published his autobiography: ‘Hello: is this planet Earth?’ about his time in space and has carried out many book signings across the UK.



Oxbridge student dies in Alps

Matt Smith, a 22-year-old student from Oxbridge, has been found dead whilst on a University ski trip to the French Alps.

Emergency services were called to his chalet after he was found unconscious by friends. No information regarding cause of death has been released however, it is suspected that the youngster died of cardiac arrest.

Oxford University has released a statement, in which the institution said:

“We would like to express our deep sadness at the tragic death. While we await the findings of the official investigation we are offering support to students who may have been affected. “

Friends and family of the deceased took to Facebook to leave their condolences. One user, Eóin Barrett-Fulton wrote: “Still don’t believe it, he was taken far too soon. We all thought he was invincible. I’ll always love you Matt and I hope you’re resting better now. You’ll forever be one of my oldest and greatest friends.”

Smith’s father expressed that his son ‘died doing what he loved.’ He said:

“We don’t know anything more at the moment about what caused his death. We are just thinking of Matt and what a wonderful man he was and what a wonderful friend.”









British ‘Santa’ worker stabbed to death in Finland

The 26-year-old Scottish female, who worked for a ‘Santa Safari’ tour, was found dead in the village of Kuttanen in Finland on Saturday.

Her boyfriend, who allegedly fled the incident on a dog sled, was found in -30 degree snow and taken to hospital.  The male is currently in Police custody under suspicion of murdering his girlfriend.

A spokesperson from the Santa Safari tour’s commented:

“We  are all in shock from this tragic news and our thoughts go out to her family.Our team is working closely with the Finnish Police and relevant authorities to support the investigation that is now under way.”

Scottish police have been alerted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the death of a national.

Adele adds two more shows to Wembley

With the initial concert dates selling out within minutes, Pop sensation Adele has added two further dates at Wembley arena to her World tour which begins next year. The star has only recently finished her 107 date Adele Live tour, which spanned over 10 months.

Her dates at Wembley will mark the ‘finale’ of her tour and see her play to more than 300,000 fans. Tickets for the additional dates – 28th June and 2nd July – will go on sale on December the 7th. Prices for highly desired the tickets range from £45-175.

You’re fired: Lord Sugar fires TWO male hopefuls after shameful performance, leaving the show at a female advantage

Dillon St. Paul and Sofiane Khelfa were the most recent contestants to be fired from the BBC One show last night, leaving the remaining candidates with a substantial female advantage of – 5-1.

Last night’s Apprentice episode saw the contestants plunged into virtual reality, with each team tasked with developing their own virtual reality game. The teams scrapped to come up with game ideas, with Trishna Thakrar taking the role of project manager for team Nebula and Sofiane Khelfa for team Titan.

With novelty gift shop owner, Courtney Wood, and Fashion entrepreneur , Jessica Cunningham in charge of designing team Nebula’s video game – no wonder it ended up with the bizarre name, “Gordon’s lost his Badger” and equally confusing concept: an astronaut  who’s lost his pet badger in space. Despite the wacky choice of name, with project manager Trishna branding it ‘rubbish’and confused feedback from the Comic Con test audience, Team Nebula managed to receive the greatest  support from their pitch and securing their position for another week.

Team Titan however, struggled to work cohesively, with project manager Sofiane placing Dillon in charge of making the game, despite the fact that he has extensive experience in the branding field.  Aide to Lord Sugar, Claude Littner, noted Sofiane’s error, remarking that: “Clearly Dillion should be on the branding side. But where’s he actually ended up? Not there.” Following this hiccup, Team Titan went on to produce what test subjects referred to as a ‘childish’ game which focused on an underwater character collecting shells for a puzzle.

In the Board Room, whilst disappointed with both teams effort, Sugar bought Sofiane back to the board room for his team’s loosing attempt, accompanied by Dillion and Grainne McCoy. Sofiane argued his corner, saying of Dillon: “If i was in your shoes i would have made a better game.”

Ultimately, Sugar chose to firstly fire Dillon for his performance telling him: “Whilst you are a very nice guy, I don’t think you have the potential to become my business partner.” The Millionaire mogul then turned on project manager, Sofiane, announcing: “I’m finding it difficult to believe that you are a potential winner.”

This leaves the final 6 hopefuls at five-to-one for the women, making a female business partner highly likely for Lord Sugar. The last female Apprentice winner was former Doctor, Leah Totton in 2013.



Sheridan Smith pulls the plug on Variety following Father’s death

The 35 year old actress, renowned for her roles in hit comedy’s Gavin and Stacey and Benidorm as well as Bafta winning Mrs Biggs, has pulled out of her appearance in the Tuesday night Variety Performance following the recent death of her father.

Smith was set to perform alongside Sting and Robbie Williams, infront of an audience including the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.  A statement released by Smith’s team announced:

“Sheridan’s much loved father sadly passed away this week.

“We can confirm that she will not be performing at the Royal Variety Performance this Tuesday.”

The Royal Variety takes place on Tuesday the 6th December at the Royal Apollo Theatre and will be streamed live on ITV.

Andrew Sachs dies, aged 86

German born actor, Andrew Sachs, has died aged 86 following a four year battle with dementia. The former Fawlty Towers star died on the 23rd of November and was buried on the 1st of December; after which his death was announced.

Adorning our screens as the the comedic waiter, Manuel, in the very much institutionalised British Sitcom, Faulty Towers, Sachs spent four years on the programme from 1975, bringing laughter into the homes of many Brits with his dim and constantly confused character.  Running for only 12 episodes in 2000, the comedy masterpiece was ranked number one in a list of the 100 greatest British Television programmes drawn up by the British Film Institute. For his work, Sachs’ was nominated for the 1980 BAFTA Award for, ‘Best Light Entertainment performance’ and in the same year ‘Faulty Towers’ won the BAFTA for best situation comedy.

Of his role as the much adored comedy waiter, Sachs commented in 2014 that: “It was just a part I was playing and people seemed to laugh.” Sachs’ character became renowned for his  one- liners, often saying no more than: ‘Que’ or ‘I know nothing.’

Sachs’ career expands across multiple platforms, appearing in the 2012 film Quartet as the character Bobby Swanson and also in the British Drama, Coronation street as Ramsay Clegg. His diagnosis of dementia  came in 2012, leaving the once high-spirited actor confined to a wheelchair.

Celebrities took to Twitter in masses this morning to express their condolences for the late actor, amongst whom was Journalist Piers Morgan, writing: “Very sad to hear about  – a true comedy legend & great actor.” Fellow comedian Miranda Hart and actor Tony Robinson also left touching messages for the late star, with Robinson announcing:

“So sad that Andrew Sachs has died. A true friend and a kindred spirit. I still have the wonderful baby pictures he took of my children. RIP.”

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(Celebrities show their condolences via Twitter)

To learn more about Dementia, the impact and care available click here.