Actor Louis Mahoney, who appeared in TV shows Fawlty Towers and Doctor Who, has passed away aged 81.
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The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty: we get it lads, it’s like Succession – The Guardian
The documentary looks into Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, his marriages and his squabbling heirs. Sound familiar?
There is a quietly extraordinary moment about halfway through the first episode of The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty (Tuesday, 9pm, BBC Two), when Nigel Farage who I am starting to feel convinced is less a real person than a concept, a tool invented by the BBC, kept captive in a cupboard deep within Broadcasting House and then, when it needs him, escorted out to the Newsnight stage and made to say something brief and inflammatory about Brexit turns up.
Anyway, in the doc, Farage has just said something brief and inflammatory about Brexit, and then a runner comes on screen to tuck his mic cord in, and the mask slips. To be honest with you, I did ask him whether he wanted me to do this, Farage says unprompted, the capital-H Him in question the looming shadow of Rupert Murdoch himself. If hed said No I wouldnt have done it. Its a moment when you suddenly realise that Murdochs power is so wide-reaching that he has influenced a documentary about how influential he is. And hes done it right in front of you. Hes David Copperfield, magicking away the Statue of Liberty, only here hes made Nigel Farage say something denigrating about Tony Blair.
The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty promises a lot, and very almost delivers it, though it is all over the place. The first thing we have to confront is the Succession parallel: it is, let me say, a little heavy-handed with that. The soundtrack is basically the supermarket, own-brand version of the actual Succession theme. The credits interlace grainy footage of the Murdoch family at their summer house, like Succession. At one point, the narrator literally says: But before Rupert can think about succession and there is a hard, knowing pause, before continuing he has a more pressing problem. We get it lads, its like Succession. This comparison was fun for about a minute but three hours of it will grow wearing.
Episode one sets the scene: Murdoch, fuelled by an early-life slight that comes from only inheriting one newspaper when you expected to inherit three; the heirs apparent Elisabeth, Lachlan and James (Shiv, Roman, Kendall); the anointment of New Labour; the marriage to Wendi Deng. Beyond that, its the classic archive-footage-and-an-all-over-the-place-timeline-and-some-well-lit-talking-heads fare youd expect.
Documentaries make for such great TV because they are the only thing on it, really, that allow the central character to be loathsome, cunning, hard-to-look-at and sinful, because nobody wants to watch five seasons of a scripted drama where the story is this person is a bastard and then they win. (Ah, but Game of Thr Let me stop you there. Game of Thrones had goodies throughout, and the final winner was a goth. It doesnt count.)
Documentary inverts that dynamic, then allows us to revel in it: heres a murderer, heres an unspeakable crime, heres a power grab mired in corruption and politics. And heres Rupert Murdoch, squinting off the side of a yacht. Whats he going to do next? Whos he going to buy or sweep into government? This story doesnt end when the series does. This is just one tiny slice of bastard. For the rest of it, youll have to keep watching the news.
Kanye West 2020 presidential bid: Kim Kardashian fears he’s ‘blown’ 2024 plans – NEWS.com.au
Kim Kardashian ‘furious’ as Kanye West’s controversial comments ‘ruin 2024 presidential plans’
Kim Kardashian has reportedly been left furious over Kanye Wests latest controversial move and now fears it will ruin his 2024 presidential run.Earlier this week, the rapper, 43, gave an interview to Forbes in which he announced he was anti-abortion and anti-vaccination, days after announcing he was running for president.
However, according to The Sun, it has been claimed that Kanye is in the middle of a “serious bipolar episode” which has “impacted his decision-making”. In light of the reports, sources close to Kardashian have said she now fears his divisive comments could ruin his original plans for a 2024 presidential run.
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Insiders told The Sun that their whole team has been left dumbfounded by the revelations, which “messes” up their planned 2024 campaign.
“He’s really blown everything now,” a source told The Sun.
“Kanye can’t run for President this year, but it seems he thought he would just throw it out there to start the ball rolling – it doesn’t, it just messes it all up, all the hard work that was being put in place.
“The entire political campaign staff they had hired to work on this are open-mouthed … as are Kim and Kris (Jenner).
“Kris is now telling him, ‘this has ruined everything’.”
In the often-rambling Forbes interview, West claimed that he contracted coronavirus in February, which left him with “chills, shaking in the bed”, and revealed that he was suspicious of vaccinations in a bizarre tirade.
“It’s so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralysed … So when they say the way we’re going to fix Covid is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious. That’s the mark of the beast. They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven. I‘m sorry when I say they, the humans that have the Devil inside them. And the sad thing is that, the saddest thing is that we all won’t make it to heaven, that there’ll be some of us that do not make it.”
West added that COVID-19 was “all about God. We need to stop doing things that make God mad,” and that he was “pro-life because I’m following the word of the Bible”.
“Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work,” he told the magazine.
As a source told The Sun, the Kardashian clan had been building a strategy around the 2024 plan – but now believes West may have “gone too far”.
“Kim’s plan was to get her lawyer qualification, start doing high profile lobbying, start to really build a momentum behind them through the church, her fashion and beauty, the music, the family,” the insider said.
“She thought that they’d appeal to female and younger voters and Kanye actually had a shot.
“They thought they had it all – family of four kids, rags to riches story, huge social media platforms and the reality TV show game … her becoming a lawyer, both being business owners and racial equality campaigners.”
Not only is Kardashian “furious” but she also believes people in their circle have “taken advantage” of Kanye.
“But now she’s furious and thinks that people around Kanye have taken advantage of him during this stressful time and now he’s come out with all these opinions in public,” they shared.
“Kim’s finally realising that her husband may have gone too far and doesn’t know what to do.
“She’s so worried about him – and his dream of the 2024 election”.
The Sun has contacted Kardashian’s rep for comment.
It has also been claimed that West is in the middle of a “serious bipolar episode” which has left his family “very concerned”.
According to TMZ, sources close to West say he is in the midst of a manic episode caused by bipolar disorder – a condition which the musician has spoken openly about in the past.
They claimed the father-of-four usually has a serious bout “once a year”, and reported this is what has prompted his unconventional statements in the past week.
His recent behaviour has left his family “worried” but they remain confident his condition will stabilise as it has in the past.
Last Sunday, West announced to his 29.4 million Twitter followers that he was “running for president of the United States” come the November election. The 21-time Grammy Award winning musician has not alluded to a specific political party affiliation.
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However, he has been known for his backing of President Trump and being photographed with a MAGA hat on numerous occasions.
In 2018, he made a bizarre appearance at the White House and made an expletive-filled rant that Trump described as “quite something.”
“I love this guy right here,” West said, walking behind the desk to hug the seated president, who said: “That‘s really nice.”
But with just four months until polling day on November 3, he suddenly announced he was running against the president and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
West tweeted: “We must now realise the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future.
“I am running for president of the United States.”
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission.
Easy dinner recipes: More Australians cook at home, using Taste.com.au Dinner site – NEWS.com.au
More Australians cook at home, ditching takeaway, meal kits but have 30 minutes to make dinner
Ordering takeout has never been easier but an increasing number of Australians still prefer to cook at home.Freshly cooked recipes rule the menu at dinner time with takeout and meal kits a last resort.
But Australians are pushed for time, on a typical weeknight, the home cook takes only 18 minutes to plan and 36 minutes to prepare and cook.
New data from Australia’s top food website Taste.com.au delved into the state of Aussie dinners.
Taste’s Dinner Decoder survey of more than 6000 people found overall Australians enjoy cooking dinner with the majority of home cooks feeling satisfied (34 per cent), confident (32 per cent), motivated (27 per cent) and happy (27 per cent) planning what to cook for dinner.
In a typical week, most dinners are home-cooked, followed by takeout, eating out, leftovers or home delivery. Few Australians use meal kits.
And we’re also making healthier dinners.
Half of all Australian households cater for special dietary needs, with low calorie the most common (23 per cent), followed by vegetarian (18 per cent), gluten free (9 per cent) and diabetes friendly (10 per cent).
Other findings include more than half (52 per cent) of Australians want to cook more dinners from scratch.
But feeling tired (63 per cent) and lack of time (35 per cent) get in the way.
Australians also feel dinner requires more effort because expectations are higher with social media raising the bar, a greater sense of health awareness thrown in the mix and the “premiumisation of our lifestyle” which has extended to the ingredients we buy.
Taste.com.au has recently launched its Dinner Revolution section to help find recipes by typing in just three ingredients they have at home.
The section, which has clocked more than six million hits online, also offers recipe ideas they can prep in 10 minutes and cook in 20 minutes.
They can also choose one of the 10 most popular dinners of the day.
“I don’t know of another recipe site in the world that has made the dinner journey from planning to cooking so simple and streamlined,” Editor-in-Chief of Taste.com.au Brodee Myers-Cooke said.
“All of us at Taste genuinely believe in the power of dinner. It’s not just a proven cornerstone for so many good things – like physical and mental health, and kids’ school results – it can actually be the best part of your day.”
Sydneysiders Cara Staniforth and her boyfriend William Potter love a home-cooked dinner.
Ms Staniforth said life in lockdown had pushed them to do a lot more home cooking which was “really nice to get into”.
She said they did not use meal kits and only ordered takeaway once every couple of weeks because they were often high in calories.
“I track my calories because we’re quite fitness-focused, and while a lot of the meals are delicious, they are high in calories”.
She said she was a gluten-free pescetarian, and while her boyfriend followed a regular diet, he was “very accommodating” and often cooked meals that met her dietary requirements.
Despite their love of cooking, she conceded that sometimes it was difficult to find motivation to whip up a meal at the end of the day.
“But the more you do, the more efficient you are at it because you know what goes together and you can get dinner together a bit quicker,” she said.
“And it helps to learn a few recipes that you can follow if you know you’re short on time.”
She said she used the Taste Dinner Revolutions site on her phone regularly and loved that there was now an easy way to find quick, easy and nutritious recipes based on what was already in the pantry or fridge.
“There’s a few things that I love to eat, and my boyfriend is the same. It’s great there’s a way to generate quick and healthy meals based on a few key ingredients.”
Clinical nutritionist Michaela Sparrow said home-cooked meals were “part of our culture and part of coming together as a family”.
She said that her clients often said the least enjoyable and stressful part of home cooking was trying to figure out what to prepare and eat. But the process didn’t have to be difficult.
“My number one tip for all my clients and for busy people is to meal prep some of your meals for the week when you have some time,” she said.
“Soups, stews, casseroles are all great for meal prep as they freeze well and most taste even more delicious the next day. You can make big batches of these and get many serves out of them.”
She said families were likely to be shying away from takeaway because of the expense.
“People are also becoming more aware of the detrimental effects of highly processed foods and want to support their family’s health with healthy whole foods.”
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