May 21, 2015

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F1’s Ecclestone in legal challenge over £1bn tax move –
Formula 1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone has gone to court to challenge the basis of assessments that have left him facing a UK tax claim of more than £1bn. The 84-year-old, at the F1 helm for 40 years, wants the assessments quashed, and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) held to an earlier April 2008 agreement. The new figure is believed to cover the period from the tax year ended 5 April 1996 to tax year ending 5 April 2006. The case revolves around the Ecclestone family’s Bambino trust which was set up in Liechtenstein in 1997 for the benefit of Mr Ecclestone’s now ex-wife, Slavica, and daughters Tamara and Petra. The UK tax authorities re-opened their investigation of Bambino after a high-profile bribery case in Germany last year, said the judge. [BBC]
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Black Sabbath celebrate at Ivor Novello awards –
Black Sabbath have received a lifetime achievement prize at the Ivor Novello songwriting awards. Guitarist Tony Iommi picked up the trophy, confirming the heavy metal band would embark on their “final tour” next year. Ed Sheeran was named songwriter of the year, while Boy George picked up an outstanding contribution award. Clean Bandit beat Sam Smith and George Ezra to win the prize for most performed song for Rather Be. The Ivor Novello awards are voted for by songwriters, with judges this year including Gary Barlow, Guy Chambers, Nik Kershaw, Shaznay Lewis and Kim Appleby of ’80s pop group Mel & Kim.[BBC]
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Ivor Novello Award winners and nominees –
Best song musically and lyrically

  • Take Me to Church – Hozier
  • Above the Clouds of Pompeii – Bear’s Den
  • I Forget Where We Were – Ben Howard

Best contemporary song

  • Rather Be – Clean Bandit, featuring Jess Glynne
  • Every Other Freckle – alt-J
  • Two Weeks – FKA Twigs

Best album

  • So Long, See You Tomorrow – Bombay Bicycle Club
  • Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  • Present Tense – Wild Beasts

PRS for Music most performed work

  • Rather Be – Clean Bandit, featuring Jess Glynne
  • Stay With Me – Sam Smith
  • Budapest – George Ezra

Best original film score

  • ’71 – David Holmes
  • Mr Turner – Gary Yershon
  • The Boxtrolls – Dario Marianelli

Best television soundtrack

  • The Honourable Woman – Natalie Holt and Martin Phipps
  • The Mill (Series 2) – Samuel Sim
  • The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Beyond the Pale – Edmund Butt

Lifetime Achievement: Black Sabbath

Outstanding Song Collection: Albert Hammond

PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Boy George

PRS for Music Special International Award: Paul Williams

Songwriter of the Year: Ed Sheeran

The Ivors Classical Music Award: Judith Weir

The Ivors Inspiration Award: Manic Street Preachers

The Ivors Special Anniversary Award: Midge Ure and Bob Geldof, Band Aid

BASCA Fellowship: Annie Lennox

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September 5, 2015

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Russia set to set up new police unit to deal with rowdy weddings –
Police in southern Russia have set up a new unit dedicated to keeping the peace at the region’s notoriously drunken wedding parties. A squad of 40 officers will be assigned to stop “uncontrolled expressions of joy” during marriages, during which well-wishers often have a habit of firing guns in celebration. The unit will operate in the North Caucusus region of Adygea, near the Black Sea coast, where one wedding reveller was fined 50,000 roubles last month (£500) for firing his pistol outside a registry office in the capital, Maykop. “The creation of the ‘wedding police’ should put an end to uncontrolled expressions of joy by people in wedding motorcades,” said Aleksandr Rechitsky, Adygea’s Interior Minister. [Daily Telegraph]

Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour makes chart history –
In the Lonely Hour has been in the UK top 10 for 67 weeks in a row – that’s the longest unbroken run of any debut album. It’s not left the top 10 since it was released in May 2014, when it debuted at number one with opening week sales of 101,000. The chart record was previously held by Emeli Sande, with her debut album Our Version Of Events. [BBC Newsbeat] See List of the Day
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List of albums which have spent the most weeks on the UK Albums Chart [List from Wikipedia]

Title Artist Released Peak Weeks
Queen’s Greatest Hits Queen 1981 1 895
ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA 1992 1 721
Legend Bob Marley & The Wailers 1984 1 684
Rumours Fleetwood Mac 1977 1 611
Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf 1978 9 517
The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd 1973 2 457
The Sound of Music Original Soundtrack 1965 1 374
Queen’s Greatest Hits II Queen 1991 1 367
The Immaculate Collection Madonna 1990 1 338
Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel 1972 2 329
Bridge over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel 1970 1 328
South Pacific Original Soundtrack 1958 1 315
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds Jeff Wayne 1978 5 313
Nevermind Nirvana 1991 7 301
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman 1988 1 292
Tubular Bells Mike Oldfield 1973 1 286
Thriller Michael Jackson 1982 1 283
Face Value Phil Collins 1981 1 275
Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 1985 1 268
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles 1967 1 261
Appetite for Destruction Guns n’ Roses 1987 5 261
Making Movies Dire Straits 1980 4 252
Hot Fuss The Killers 2004 1 247
Automatic for the People R.E.M. 1992 1 245
My Way: The Best of Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 1997 7 244
Guns n’ Roses’ Greatest Hits Guns n’ Roses 2004 1 241
(What’s the Story) Morning Glory? Oasis 1995 1 237
Queen’s Greatest Hits III Queen 1999 2 234
Definitely Maybe Oasis 1994 1 231
Back to Black Amy Winehouse 2006 1 228
Off the Wall Michael Jackson 1979 3 224
Number Ones Michael Jackson 2003 3 223
Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette 1995 1 220
Sigh No More Mumford & Sons 2009 2 214
The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 2002 6 213
Out of Time R.E.M. 1991 1 212
Never Forget Take That 2005 2 209
The Beatles 1962 – 1966 The Beatles 1973 3 206
Under a Blood Red Sky U2 1983 2 204
The King and I Original Soundtrack 1956 1 203
The Bends Radiohead 1995 4 203
Love Over Gold Dire Straits 1982 1 200

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November 28, 2015

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Jamie Vardy breaks record for goals in consecutive games –
Jamie Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record as he became the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches. The Leicester striker netted in the first half of his side’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United. Dutchman Van Nistelrooy achieved his feat for Manchester United across two seasons in 2003. Vardy’s run has included 13 goals, making him the league’s top scorer with 14 goals in total. [BBC] See List of the Day
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Jamie Vardy’s record breaking goals run

Date Match Goals
29-Aug-15 Bournemouth 1 – 1 Leicester 1
13-Sep-15 Leicester 3 – 2 Aston Villa 1
19-Sep-15 Stoke 2 – 2 Leicester 1
26-Sep-15 Leicester 2 – 5 Arsenal 2
03-Oct-15 Norwich 1 – 2 Leicester 1
17-Oct-15 Southampton 2 – 2 Leicester 2
24-Oct-15 Leicester 1 – 0 C Palace 1
31-Oct-15 West Brom 2 – 3 Leicester 1
07-Nov-15 Leicester 2 – 1 Watford 1
21-Nov-15 Newcastle 0 – 3 Leicester 1
28-Nov-15 Leicester 1 – 1 Man Utd 1

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