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02nd June 2015

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The Inbetweeners meet their fans

The Inbetweeners meet their fans

Stars of The Inbetweeners have been meeting fans of the show ahead of the release of their upcoming movie.

Blake Harrison, James Buckley, Joe Thomas and Simon Bird all took part in the question and answer event at the Apple Store in London's Regent Street - and Harrison turned up sporting a stylish black and white shirt, sandy chinos, black socks and blue shoes.

The Inbetweeners 2, which is due to be released on Wednesday, sees the group of friends reunite for a holiday in Australia, following their first adventure on the big screen back in 2011, which took them to Malia.

Expect plenty of laughs, thrills and spills along the way as the boys enjoy the sights and sounds Down Under.

The original movie was the most successful British film comedy in the history of cinema. It made a massive £57.7 million at the box office and proved to be a hit around the world as fans flocked to the pictures in their thousands to see it.

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Zara shows dressage dress-sense

Zara shows dressage dress-sense

Few royals hold the same fashion clout as Zara Phillips.

This week the Princess Royal's only daughter has been showing that she can smile through the rain to look good on horseback.

Zara donned fetching white jodhpurs, a black bowler hat and matching jacket, complete with tails and no doubt some comfortable knee high socks under her boots for the World Equestrian Games at Normandie's Le Pin National Stud in France.

She put off the inevitable by wearing a practical navy tracksuit for the warm-up.

But when she had to remove her waterproofs for day five of the event on Thursday, the 33-year-old royal grinned through the rain on her horse, High Kingdom.

Zara has an enviable track record in the sport.

She took Eventing's World Championship in Germany's Aachen during 2006 and was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year later that year.

This was a prize won by her mother, Princess Anne, 35 years earlier.

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Rick Parfitt to miss first ever Status Quo Gig

Rick Parfitt to miss first ever Status Quo Gig

Rick Parfitt is to miss his first Status Quo gig since joining the band in 1967 because of heart surgery.

The famously energetic guitarist was told at last minute by medics to step down from one concert following an operation to correct a problem with an earlier heart bypass.

Because of this Freddie Edwards, son of the group's bass player John "Rhino" Edwards, has been drafted in at last minute to pull his socks up for the concert at Clumber Park in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

Parfitt said: "Obviously I'm really disappointed to be missing this show but I'm pleased that Freddie will be able to step up and help the band out whilst I'm recuperating.

"I know all the Quo fans will make him welcome and I'll be back onstage soon."

Despite the heavy toll of drink, drug and health problems on the singer, Status Quo has never played a concert without him since the foundation of the band in 1967.

Parfitt fell ill during the band's European tour and was flown home from Croatia to be treated at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

He had a stent inserted after it was found a graft from his 1997 quadruple heart bypass had become furred.

It was believed that he would be healthy and able to return to play the Worksop concert, however medics have told the guitarist to extend his rest period.

Bonnie opts for schoolgirl look

Bonnie opts for schoolgirl look

It has been back to school for Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright - three years after attending her last class at Hogwarts.

Bonnie, 23, was attending a special tribute screening of one of the late Robin Williams' greatest movies on Friday in honour of the actor.

The Ginny Weasley actress wore fetching black tights , a white shirt, red tie, black skirt and black shoes for the event.

The Dead Poets Society's special screening was shown to raise funds for Mind mental health charity at London's The Troxy.

Williams, who died on Monday (August 11), was known to have suffered from depression.

Wright's Weasley character in the JK Rowling saga is the last-born of seven Weasley siblings and the only girl born into the family since seven generations earlier.

Since the end of Harry Potter, Bonnie has embarked on a career in directing, producing and screenwriting to go alongside her modelling assignments.

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Benefits Street Dee is legging it to BB

Benefits Street Dee is legging it to BB

From Benefits Street to the Big Brother house, Deirdre Kelly has come a long way since appearing on the Channel 4 documentary.

The 43-year-old Birmingham-based reality TV sensation was the first housemate to enter the house at this week's launch night.

Channel 5 viewers saw her walk the famous BB podium wearing black leggings and a grey tunic before being given a lavish makeover as part of a task.

Kelly - otherwise known as "White Dee" - is mixing with far more battle-hardened celebrities in the famous Borehamwood bungalow in Hertfordshire.

These include former heavyweight boxer Audley Harrison and boxing promoter Kellie Maloney (formerly Frank Maloney), who has been making the headlines for her recent sex change.

Former Emmerdale siren Claire King, US reality star Stephanie Pratt, TOWIE's Lauren Goodger and Hollywood veteran Gary Busey are also in the line-up.

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Bright idea raises money for charity

Bright idea raises money for charity

Bright fundraising ideas don't come much brighter than the one dreamed up at a Cornish school.

Poldhu School pupils donned the most vibrantly-coloured socks they could find to raise cash for a charity which helps raise awareness of Down's syndrome.

Crazy socks included colours from across the spectrum, the brighter the better, including neon stripes, polka dots and ones associated with comic strip heroes.

Pupils were allowed to wear such eye-catching socks in return for a small donation.

The school's "silly socks" event was held in conjunction with James and Stacey Grant and their son Jordon, 11.

Three of their other children, Faith, 5, Kayla, 6, and eight-year-old Brandon attend Poldhu - and a fifth, Riley, has the condition and is not yet school age.

Mrs Grant says a friend gave her the idea and they thought it would be an enjoyable idea to increase awareness of the disorder.

School children sold buns and cakes and funds were also swelled by a raffle which Mrs Grant organised.

Debbie Tregellas, principal of Poldhu School, called the day "great fun". It was good seeing the entire school community coming together to raise funds for a vital cause, Ms Tregellas added.

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Brits abroad 'really aren't trendy'

Brits abroad 'really aren't trendy'

Just one in eight UK holidaymakers think that they and their fellow countrymen rank highly in the fashion stakes when travelling overseas, according to a new survey.

And travellers from most other countries rate them even less favourably, perhaps swayed by supposedly typical British fashion blunders such as wearing socks with sandals on the beach.

The survey by momondo.co.uk, the travel search site, shows that only 26% of Britons feel it's important to wear fashionable clothes while they're on holiday with only 14% perceiving their nation as a chic one.

It seems being comfortable is more important for most with 39% saying it's not important to dress fashionably while away.

Meanwhile, even lower proportions of travellers from the US, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Russian, Denmark, Norway and Holland rated British holidaymakers as fashionable.

But the country with the dimmest view of Britons' fashion sense appears to be Finland with just 4% of the Finns who were questioned praising their British counterparts.

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Kate makes best-dressed list

Kate makes best-dressed list

Vanity Fair's Best-Dressed Hall of Fame has been paid a royal visit as the Duchess of Cambridge has made the list.

Kate, who is often seen pairing black and tan tights with a number of stylish dresses and skirts, is joined by designer Karl Lagerfeld, and actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba and Michelle Dockery, all of whom make the list for the very first time.

She is not the only royal to make the prestigious list though, as Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and the King of Bhutan are also included.

The Duchess is named in the magazine's international best-dressed list for the fifth time.

Actor Eddie Redmayne is on the list for the second time, as are husband and wife Colin and Livia Firth.

Other fashionable actors who made the list are Oscar winners Lupita Nyong'o and Cate Blanchett.

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Stiff upper lip for Bonneville double

Stiff upper lip for Bonneville double

There was a stiff upper lip in store for Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville after the actor met his waxwork figure at Madame Tussauds in London.

The actor, best known for his role as Lord Grantham in ITV's smash-hit period drama, described the figure as "scarily accurate", right down to the last detail such as his cotton socks .

And Bonneville, who also starred in Twenty Twelve and W1A for the BBC, quipped that at least his "new understudy" could never be accused of wooden performances.

It took 24 months for the £150,000 wax figure to be built.

At the world-famous gallery, it will rub shoulders with other copies of A-listers including George Clooney - who directed and starred with Bonneville in The Monuments Men - and Kate Winslet.

Ben Sweet, general manager at Madame Tussauds, said that Bonneville is probably the most famous "Lord" in the world without an actual seat in the House of Lords.

He said that Downton fans across the world would love measuring up to Lord Grantham.

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Cleo Rocos accessorises with a scarf

Cleo Rocos accessorises with a scarf

The onBlackheath festival launched earlier this week with a wealth of celebrities in attendance.

Celebrity chef Gizzi Erskine, singer songwriter Frank Turner and performing arts producer and promoter Harvey Goldsmith were among the familiar faces at the central London event.

However it was Cleo Rocos who attracted all the attention as she arrived in a pastel ensemble made up of a floral shirt, yellow trousers and white loafers.

She brightened up her outfit with her striking red hair and a thin scarf around her head.

Her outfit was particularly well chosen for a sunny day in London as the event took place on the rooftop garden of Oxford Street's John Lewis.

OnBlackheath is a new live music and food festival in South East London, however its launch event this week was to simply give a taster of what the September festival is all about.

The festival, in association with John Lewis, will take place in Blackheath Green Space on 13th and 14th September.

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A chance to wax lyrical about Beyonce

A chance to wax lyrical about Beyonce

She looks like Beyonce. She stands like Beyonce. She even dresses like Beyonce. But is she?

It is, on closer inspection, a waxwork that might even fool her rapper husband Jay-Z.

Madame Tussauds has unveiled the waxworks figure, donned in nude fishnet tights , gold ankle boots and a revealing gold leotard adorned with pearls and tassels.

Visitors can be forgiven for doing a double-take on viewing the mannequin, complete with microphone, in London's Regent's Park, where it was revealed for the first time on Wednesday before being moved to the Marylebone Street attraction.

Human fans - as well as dozens of ducks - have been taking a keen interest in the waxwork.

They have been running up to the double of the 32-year-old Texas-born star to have selfies taken.

Besides her singing achievements since beginning with girl band Destiny's Child, Beyonce has enjoyed highly-acclaimed cameo roles in films such as Dreamgirls and Goldmember.

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Cara rocks over-the-knee socks

Cara rocks over-the-knee socks

Cara Delevingne donned a pair of Elle plain over-the-knee black socks as she went house hunting in north London.

The model and actress, who made her big screen acting debut in period drama Anna Karenina in 2012, teamed her socks with some denim hotpants and a loose cream knit.

The supermodel, who's certainly known for her adventurous sense of style, added some drama to her outfit with her thigh-highs.

The sexy and stylish leg wear accentuated Cara's stunning pins as she went about her business in the capital.

But showing astute fashion sense, she kept things casual by dressing down with some Chanel sneakers.

She finished her outfit with a headscarf, pendant necklace, a black leather bag and some John Lennon-style sunglasses.

Looking good Cara!

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125-year-old socks to honour hero

125-year-old socks to honour hero

A tribute with a difference is being paid to the first beneficiary of the greatest Commonwealth military honour given for bravery.

The family of Maurice Dease, who won the prestigious Victoria Cross, are returning to the scene of his heroic First World War death in Mons, Belgium, 100 years after the event.

And one of the lieutenant's relations will mark the occasion by wearing 125-year-old socks.

They are the same socks that Lieutenant Dease wore as a baby.

The footwear is being donned by Lilly French, granddaughter of the late lieutenant's nephew, 84-year-old Maurice French, of Warminster, Wilts. The Frenches have kept much of the old soldier's memorabilia, including the historic socks.

Lieutenant Dease, who won his medal for commanding his unit in the face of being wounded on three occasions, was one of the conflict's first fatalities on August 23, 1914.

Lily will be one-year-old herself on Monday's (August 18) anniversary when the Frenches visit the battlefield.

The family will be joined by Belgium's Prime Minister and someone from Britain's royal family for official commemorations.

Mr French, a former fusilier himself, says his whole family feels incredible pride and that it will be "wonderful" to pay tribute to his uncle in Belgium.

Florrie pitches up to baseball film

Florrie pitches up to baseball film

Pop singer Florrie joined a host of stars to check out Mad Men actor John Hamm in his new movie Million Dollar Arm on Thursday.

She posed for photos in a monochrome outfit featuring a black dress with a white collar, black tights and matching shoes at the Mayfair Hotel in London before attending the special screening of the film.

The movie tells the story of two men, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, who signed for US major league baseball teams after winning a reality TV show in India. Hamm plays sports agent JB Bernstein, who comes up with the idea to find new talent for the league and brings them to the US.

Among the other guests who attended the film screening were Scottish singer KT Tunstall, radio DJ Kat Shoob, models Imogen Thomas and Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace and John Hamm himself.

As well as singing and writing songs Florrie, whose full name is Florence Arnold, plays the drums and is also a model.

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Juno is looking good in sheer tights

Juno is looking good in sheer tights

Juno Temple has been among the stars at this week's première of Sin City's second instalment.

The St Trinian's, Wild Child and Atonement star arrived in a low-cut V-necked, short silvery dress and fetching black tights and shoes.

Temple walked along TCL Chinese Theatre's red carpet sporting a curly perm that has been one of the looks of the summer.

The London-born 25-year-old actress plays Sally in the star-studded, hard-nosed drama.

Interest was high at the Los Angeles event on Tuesday as the entire main cast attended the launch.

These included Mickey Rourke (who plays Marv), Bruce Willis (Hartigan), Ray Liotta (Joey), Eva Green (Ava), Josh Brolin (Dwight) and Jessica Alba (Nancy).

The film's launch has gained added impetus with the shock news that pop diva Lady Gaga plays a waitress called Bertha.

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Competitive streak helps Little in role

Competitive streak helps Little in role

British actor Ralf Little has absolutely relished his latest movie role - as the captain of a table football team.

Kitted out in full football gear and sports socks , Ralf took to the real pitch with some children to promote his role in 3D animation The Unbeatables.

He admitted that the competitive streak in his character helped him greatly in the role, as did the fact that he is a bad and ungracious loser!

His co-star in The Unbeatables is impressionist Alistair McGowan, who said the plot is every little boy's dream. He praised the creators of the movie, saying it is the kind of thing you think about when you are a seven or eight year-old child.

The impressionist plays the commentator at the end of the film and entertained crowds at the Leicester Square premiere with a number of impersonations, including Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, as well as England boss Roy Hodgson.

The Unbeatables is out in cinemas on Friday.

Ralf has also just finished filming Our Zoo - a 1930s period drama about the founding of Chester Zoo.

Beyoncé nets top MTV award

Beyoncé nets top MTV award

When you're a star of Beyoncé's stature, there's no need to fish for compliments.

But, as she proved at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, there's every need to wear fishnet tights .

Beyoncé proved she's still ahead of the fashion game as well as the singing one during the prestigious awards night.

The Halo and Single Ladies diva donned magnificent black fishnets and matching killer ankle boots to go with a sparkling leotard befitting of such a glittering ceremony.

It was one of three outfits the 32-year-old pop princess wore at The Forum, where she performed a 15-minute set and received the night's top honour.

Texas-born Beyoncé received the Michael Jackson vanguard Award from her husband Jay Z and their baby girl Blue Ivy, aged two.

The California-based gong bash also saw Halifax-born Ed Sheeran, 23, see off John Legend to win the best male video for Sing.

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Festival-goers dress to impress

Festival-goers dress to impress

Flamboyant socks, knee high stockings and patterned wellies were out in force at Leeds Festival over the weekend.

The Arctic Monkeys stole the show on the final night as they wowed the thousands in attendance with a fantastic set that included new tracks like 'Do I Wanna Know' and old classics such as 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor'.

Front man Alex Turner took to the stage wearing a black suit customised with a white Yorkshire rose on both lapels of his jacket, while festival-goers did their best to keep up appearances with some stunning outfits.

Fashion has become a huge part of festival life, no matter what type of music is on display. Funky socks and waterproof footwear are now part of the norm - and Leeds certainly didn't disappoint on this front.

People with a keen eye for the latest trends stood out among the masses, but it remains to be seen whether such attire survived the mounds of mud.

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Pixie has strictly Lotts to look forward to

Pixie has strictly Lotts to look forward to

We know she can sing, but can she tango?

Pixie Lott will be pulling on her ballroom tights after being announced as Strictly Come Dancing's 11th contestant.

The star claims she is "excited" and promises audiences lots of fun after being named as one of the 14 contestants on Wednesday.

The 12th edition of the ever-popular dance show will see the Mama Do diva strut her stuff from Sunday, September 7.

The Bromley-born singer goes up against tennis star Andy Murray's mother Judy Murray, ex-rugby hard man Thom Evans, TOWIE star Mark Wright and singers Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe.

EastEnders bad lad Jake "Max Branning" Wood, Steve Backshall the naturalist and Radio 1 presenter Scott Mills are also in the frame.

Lott has been groomed for stardom from an early age.

She not only appeared as Louisa von Trapp in the BBC's celebration of The Sound of Music, she also featured in a London theatre production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang before hitting the charts.

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