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In The Mix 16th October 2010

Cliff Richard's Birthday

Popstar, Sir Cliff Richard celebrated his 70th birthday this week.

He has been doing a series of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall to mark this special occasion, performing his hits such as 'Devil Women' and 'We don't talk no more'.

On his actual birthday however, Cliff had a day off from performing as he said 'For the 70th, even when it comes to a birthday party, I'm not going to have a big party on the day. I say I'm going to have a quiet night and what I'm going to do is I've got one of my sisters who lives quite close is going to come over with my niece, my nephew and another niece, and a baby, and her husband, and we're going to have an Indian curry."

Cliff is a committed Christian who was born on 14th October 1940, with the name Harry Webb in Lucknow in India. 7 years later him and his family moved to the UK and in the 1950's he has the stage name 'Cliff Richard' which he later changed to his real name by deed poll.

He has sold more than 250 million records in a 52 year career and has been dubbed as England's answer to Elvis Presley. Both artists are the only acts to have made the British singles chart in every decade.

Though he is now 70 Cliff Richard has been given the nick name 'Peter Pan of Pop' for his enduring looks and appeal.

He still has many adoring fans of all ages, including my mum! She loves him!

Mills and Boon Poll

Mills and Boon are a very well know publishers and have recently launched some new front covers and to mark this they have done a new poll.

The poll asked 1000 women over the age of 25, Who would they most like to see star in a romantic novel?

At the bottom of the list were Jude Law who only received 3% and Wayne Rooney who got a small 1%

Top Gear Host Jeremy Clarkson got 10% while actors Johnny Deep and Jake Gyllenhaal were very close to the top with 12%.

Though I bet your wondering Who was at the top? Well I'm about to tell you, this may be a surprize but the man who most over 25 women want to see in a romantic novel, with 17% of the vote is, Simon Cowell!

The Only Way Is Essex

A new TV programme based in Essex has come to our screens this week. The Only Way Is Essex is the British equivalent to American reality TV show The Hills.

The Only Way Is Essex is centred around the lifestyle of a group of people who live in Brentwood. It is narrated by Denise Van Outen and will run for 10 weeks.

Each episode is filmed only a few days in advance before it is put on TV.

The first hour long, episode aired on Sunday and showed the Essex stereotype with fake tan, designer watches, hair extensions, lots of champagne and of course the Essex accent!

One of the stars of the show already have celebrity links as he is Jack Tweed's best friend. He is called Mark Wright and he is a 23 year old club promoter.

And talking of celebrity's many of them such as Alan Carr, Katie Price, Chris Moyles and The Saturday's Singer Frankie, have all written about the show on Twitter.

However one local Celebrity Jodie Marsh thinks it is a poor portrayal of her county by saying 'It's embarrassing for Essex people and shows the worst side of them. It makes me feel sick. They all love themselves, they're obsessed with designer labels, all they care about is what they look like. Real Essex locals are hard-working, salt-of-the-earth people.

This show is all people whingeing about their love lives and showing off all their money."

The first episode saw the Brentwood High Street with the stars of the show spending a night at The Sugar Hut. I wonder what other sights in Brentwood we will see.

Katy and Russell's stag/hen nights

We all know that Katy Perry and Russell Brand are soon to be married and they both had their stag and hen nights this week.

Katy's best friend Rihanna organised for her, Katy and 25 of her friends were taken in a stretched hummer to see the 'Cirque Du Soleil's resident show' in Las Vegas and then went to a strip club.

Russell and his friends started off by watching West Ham play, and then went onto a pub, after which they ended up at a similar place to Katy.The owner of the club they went to described the stag party as "the most sober stag party in the history of nightclubs".

The groom, who has been sober for many years after battles with drink and drug addiction, was home in bed by 2am.

Though the couple are known for their flamboyant gestures and quirky personalities Russell has said he wants to keep the wedding 'normal' He said 'We just love each other and we want to get married in front of our friends and family and keep it very normal. It ain't about selling the pictures, it ain't about doing no pre-nup, it's just a normal thing".

That may be hard to follow considering their proposal wasn't exactly normal. Russell proposed in India only four months after they started going out.

It has been reported that the couple will be having a lavish 6 day bash in India, including a traditional Indian ceremony, at the end of the month.

Some of the guests include, Rihanna, David Williams, Johnathan Ross and Noel Gallagher who will be flown out in private jets.

Russell seems to know how to keep his bride-to-be happy as he has said "The bride is in charge. So, you initially think, 'Oh, I'll just say yes to everything that they ask. But that's not enough. You have to be interested, then say yes."

Katy has said he doesn't fake being interested and also added "He's like a freak, man. You should see - he's always, like, buying bride magazines, Every time we go out for breakfast he's like, 'Can we just stop and get a bride magazine?'

Well it seems like they are both really enjoying the wedding process at the moment and I'm sure there will be much more news when they do tie the knot!

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