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Emma Watson joins 'laughing' twitter campaign

Emma Watson has tweeted a picture of herself in fits of hysterics outside a closed restaurant as part of a social media campaign against comments made by the Turkish deputy PM.

Watson, who was recently announced as the UN Goodwill Ambassador for women, joined the thousands who posted pictures of themselves laughing in defiance of comments made by the politician Bülent Arinç.

In a speech to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid, Arinc called for women to be "chaste", know the difference between public and private, and "should not laugh in public".

Benidorm star Kenny Ireland dies aged 68

Scottish TV star Kenny Ireland, whose roles have included playing the ageing swinger Donald Stewart in ITV comedy series Benidorm, has died at the age of 68.

Actor Kenny Ireland who died today, aged 68.
Actor Kenny Ireland (Right) who died today, aged 68. Credit: ITV

His agent said he had died in the early hours of this morning, adding: "He had been ill with cancer for some time."

Ireland was a familiar face in Victoria Wood's series As Seen On TV, featuring in the cast of the regular Acorn Antiques segment.

He had directed productions such as Phaedra, Waiting for Godot and Dancing at Lughnasa for the stage and appeared in TV programmes such as Taggart and House of Cards.

But he was probably most famous for his long running role as Donald Stewart on ITV comedy Benidorm. He was written out of the series in June so he could concentrate on treatment in a bid to beat the disease.


Chris Evans breakfast show breaks audience record

BBC Radio 2 breakfast host Chris Evans has hit another audience high, with a new record number of listeners to his show.

Chris Evans has hit a record audience high.
Chris Evans has hit a record audience high. Credit: PA

The 48-year-old now pulls in 9.91 million each week, giving his show the biggest audience recorded in the UK since the current measurement methods were launched 15 years ago.

Evans is almost four million ahead of his Radio 1 breakfast rival Nick Grimshaw, who has himself seen a slight boost in his numbers to 5.97 million - up from 5.89 million this time last year.

Radio 3 has seen its audience slip below that of the BBC's digital-only 6 Music for the first time.

Blur didn't finish new album 'because it was too hot'

Damon Albarn says Blur may never finish an album they started in 2013 because it was "too hot" where they were recording.

Damon Albarn, second left, pictured with Blur in 2012.
Damon Albarn, second left, pictured with Blur in 2012. Credit: Empics

"There are about 15 songs we recorded in Hong Kong," the singer, 46, told told NME. "The annoying thing is, if I'd been able to write the lyrics there and then about being there, we'd have finished the record.

"There was too much commuting between where we were staying and where we were recording and it was a bit too hot. "I think that's why we didn't get it finished."

Billy Bragg helps overturn ban on guitars in prisons

Protest singer Billy Bragg has helped reverse a government ban on steel-strung guitars in prison.

The activist joined politicians and fellow musicians, including former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, calling for inmates to be granted use of guitars with steel strings as well as nylon.

Billy Bragg says guitars can aid the rehabilitation of prisoners.
Billy Bragg says guitars can aid the rehabilitation of prisoners. Credit: Empics

Bragg, who started the Jail Guitar Doors initiative in 2007 as means of helping prisoner rehabilitation through sourcing guitars for prisons, said: "As an incentive to engage in rehabilitation, individual access to steel-strung guitars can really help the atmosphere on a prison wing."

Labour MP Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West), who also supported the campaign, said: "This is a victory for common sense and I'm pleased after months of campaigning the UK Government has listened.

"If we want to reduce reoffending we need to support purposeful activities like learning to play an instrument."


BBC rapped over 'racial' Jeremy Clarkson comment

The BBC's Top Gear has been ruled to have breached Ofcom's broadcasting rules over a "racial" term used by Jeremy Clarkson.

Jeremy Clarkson was recently given a
Jeremy Clarkson was recently given a Credit: James Moy Photography

The ruling by Ofcom involved a scene in which the presenters were involved in the construction of a makeshift bridge over the River Kwai during a special episode filmed in Burma.

Viewers were shown an Asian man walking on the bamboo crossing while Clarkson declared: "That is a proud moment - but there is a slope on it."

Two viewers were concerned that using the word "slope" when watching an Asian man walk over - sometimes used as a derogatory word for people of Asian descent - was an offensive racist term.

Jeremy Clarkson used the word 'slope' to refer both to an Asian man crossing a bridge, and the incline of the bridge. This was scripted in advance. The BBC failed to take the opportunity, either during filming or post-production, to check whether the word had the potential to offend viewers.

– Ofcom

The ruling comes just three months after Clarkson apologised and was given a "final warning" by the BBC after an unaired clip appearing to show him mumbling the 'n-word' emerged.

A BBC spokesperson said: "We dealt with this matter some time ago, the programme apologised at the time and explained the context, and we are now focussing on delivering another series of one of Britain's best loved shows."

Read: Clarkson given 'final warning' over n-word claims

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