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Neighbours fume about ‘hellish noise’ at Vatican-owned London flat

A £30,000 per week luxury flat in central London that is owned by the Vatican has become the subject of complaints from local residents over what they claim was “hellish noise” from late night gatherings.

Some residents in Hans Place in Chelsea, one of London’s most expensive addresses, have complained to the local council and even the Holy See’s ambassador to the UK about loud events, some involving DJs, held at the Vatican property.

The purchase of the flat and several other luxury London properties in 2014 was overseen by cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, who this month became the first cardinal in modern times to be charged with financial crimes by the Vatican.

The properties are held through Jersey shell companies by the Holy See unit in charge of so-called Peters Pence charitable donations that are intended for the poor and needy. Investments overseen by Becciu using this money have come under mounting international scrutiny as a result of the allegations brought against him and several other Vatican officials.

Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu
Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu defended the investments in London prime property made by the Holy See unit he oversaw, saying that they were a normal and responsible use of Vatican assets © Gregorio Borgia/AP

The currently unoccupied 9,000 square feet triplex apartment on Hans Place features a large garden and indoor swimming pool installed as part of a multimillion pound refurbishment. It is currently advertised for rent for £30,000 a week on behalf of the company managing it for the Holy See.

The company managing the property, which has had several tenants over the past year, said it had not been rented out on short-term leases and it was normal in the London property market for rent to be quoted at a weekly rate.

One resident living nearby, who asked to remain anonymous, said that neighbours had raised various complaints, including to the council, after some people at the property held noisy parties and social gatherings there, including one that went on into the early hours of the morning this May.

In correspondence seen by the Financial Times between residents and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea that complained of “hellish noise”, a councillor said that the borough’s “noise and nuisance” team had recently written to a Jersey-incorporated company through which the Vatican owns the property. 

The council has been looking into the complaints, according to correspondence seen by the FT from last month. “With restrictions lifting hopefully people can party in night clubs not in flats,” the councillor wrote in one email sent to residents this month.

One local resident said he had become so frustrated that he complained to the Vatican’s ambassador in the UK. “I have written to Apostolic Nuncio (the Vatican ambassador) but they have done nothing about this”.

The office of the Vatican’s UK ambassador responded to the complaint in an email that it hoped “action with the local authority” and others would help resolve the immediate problem.

None of the complainants suggested that any Vatican employees were present at any of the late night gatherings held at the flat.

The Vatican’s indictment of Becciu and nine others in the first week of July marked a dramatic acceleration of Pope Francis’s drive to reform the finances of the Holy See.

Becciu, who was once one of the Vatican’s most powerful clerics, denies any wrong doing. He has defended the investments in London prime property made by the Holy See unit he oversaw, saying that they were a normal and responsible use of Vatican assets.

Becciu had no role in overseeing the rental or management of any London property owned by the Vatican.

The company managing the Vatican property has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Its spokesperson said that it was made aware of a few neighbours’ concerns about noise, lights, and disturbance, which it investigated appropriately, and that it does “not anticipate any recurrence of any issues”. 

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England boss Gareth Southgate has three players who need dropping after flat Scotland draw

England are back to being England again. This was meant to be the year football came home but, after drawing with Scotland on Friday night, the country is back to being in a state of despair. So Express Sport will now take a look at three players who need dropping after the dire result, with Gareth Southgate now preparing for Tuesday’s showdown with the Czech Republic.

Harry Kane

Let’s start with the obvious.

Harry Kane was meant to be England’s saviour, the player to propel them to Euro 2020 glory after sparkling for Tottenham last term.

But, after two matches in the competition so far, the Spurs hitman looks a shadow of his usual self.

Kane was abysmal against Scotland on Friday night, managing just 19 touches, a 63 per cent pass completion rate and no shots on target.

And it spoke volumes about his display that, with England needing a goal, Southgate hooked him instead – bringing on Marcus Rashford in his place.

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Mason Mount

Mason Mount is a talent.

But he’s failed to bring his Chelsea form to the international stage at Euro 2020, producing two anonymous performances in the competition so far.

Mount should, therefore, be used off the bench instead.

The Chelsea star has the potential to shine there and, by dropping him, it would allow Southgate to bring Jack Grealish into the fold.

Grealish was unable to break Scotland down after his introduction but did, at least, pose a threat. Which was more that can be said for Mount, who remains quality – but in need of a rest.

Southgate defends cautious approach

Speaking after the game, England boss Gareth Southgate defended his side’s cautious approach against Scotland.

“It feels difficult in the last 15 minutes of a game like tonight where fans are desperate for you to go forward and abandon shape, because it’s Scotland, it feels like a unique occasion, but we have to still approach it that a point is still an important step towards qualification, which ultimately is the first objective for us,” said Southgate.

“I think in those moments, if we had to chase to win with no consequence for conceding, you might approach it differently; but all the time, it’s a night where it was a bit frantic, it wasn’t a game with a huge amount of control, and you have to make sure that sitting on three points as we were, you manage the tournament as well as the game.

“It’s easy to gamble towards the end, and lose shape, and then end up losing the game in the last five minutes, then you’re kicking yourself for not managing the tournament. I understand we’re at Wembley, we wanted to win, but in the context of the tournament qualification is the most important thing.

“It’s a game where we didn’t hit the levels we wanted to, or need to, and have to accept whatever comes our way, I’ll have to accept whatever comes my way, I totally understand that, but what we need to do is make sure we get behind the players.

“There’s a lot of young players who need the support of everybody – most of them haven’t been involved in a game like that before, they’ll learn a lot and bounce back from it, but they need everybody behind them.”

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Human: Fall Flat Now Optimized for Xbox Series X|S Plus New Forest Level Out Now


  • Human: Fall Flat is now Optimized for Xbox Series X|S with Smart Delivery support.
  • Cross play on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC following the new update.
  • Grab your friends and explore lush woodland and snowy hilltops in new level Forest!

Today, brand-new level Forest arrives in Human: Fall Flat. This Worldwide Workshop competition-winning dreamscape offers more than your average camping trip, with crashed planes to clamber over, heavy machinery to control and cold climate conundrums to solve.

Designed by community creator Jack, the new Forest level takes our Humans on a woodland tour with a difference, jam packed with fiendish minecart puzzles, mountain climbing and massive ravines to cross.

What’s more, Human: Fall Flat is now Optimized for Xbox Series X|S with Smart Delivery support (existing owners can upgrade to the next-gen version for free), with a new update enabling players to cross play with friends on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC. Owners on Windows PC will also find their version of the game massively expanded from today with the levels Thermal, Factory, Golf, City, and Forest added for free!

There are now 17 levels in Human: Fall Flat and we’re still not done! We have lots of plans for the rest of 2021 including new level releases and skins all coming to your game, at no additional cost. Keep up to date by following us on Twitter @HumanFallFlat, our Discord channel here, or watch the latest trailers on our YouTube channel here.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the Human: Fall Flat community who help shape the future of our game.

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***NEW LEVEL ‘FOREST’ AVAILABLE NOW*** Crossplay with friends on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Windows 10. Includes 17 great levels. Over 25million units sold across all formats. The great outdoors is calling! Grab your friends and explore lush woodland and snowy hilltops in search of rest and relaxation in new level Forest! Mystery and mayhem are just round the corner, not to mention crashed planes and heavy machinery. Did somebody take a wrong turn? Human: Fall Flat is a hilarious, light-hearted physics platformer set in a world of floating dreamscapes. Each dream level provides a new environment to navigate, from mansions, castles and Aztec adventures to snowy mountains, eerie nightscapes and industrial locations. Multiple routes through each level, and perfectly playful puzzles ensure exploration and ingenuity are rewarded. This game leverages Smart Delivery allowing access to both the Xbox One title and the Xbox Series X|S title.

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Khloe Kardashian’s Trainer Luke Milton Breaks Down Her Intensive 45-Minute Workout Routine To Get A Flat Tummy

Khloe Kardashian’s trainer Luke Milton gives HL an EXCLUSIVE look into how Khloe Kardashian gets her flat tummy!

Celebrity fitness trainer Luke Milton,[1] 39, knows his client Khloe Kardashian,[2] 36, has worked hard to get her toned body! Her intense workout includes an ab routine to get that toned tummy. “She works very hard on those high intensity, low interval training principles and it’s something that I always preach,” Luke told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY at the Sweat into Spring Training Mate[3] class powered by SOS Hydration[4] and Dr. Kerklaan[5] at Training Mate[6] in Santa Monica on April 8. “She gets that intensity up and look at her, she looks amazing and she’s super consistent. She’s consistent in keeping her healthy lifestyle on point.”

One thing the Australian gym owner believes in is his HIIT workouts[7] which combining both cardio and resistance training for short intervals, something Khloe swears by to get her bikini[8] body just right. “45 minutes is a full-workout,” Luke revealed. “Khloe actually works a little bit longer because she’s such an athlete. She can go over 60 minutes because she’s such an athlete. She knows how to work her body and so she works hard. That’s why she gets results,” he explained, breaking down exactly how fans can get a tummy just like the Good American[9] founder’s.

“I always recommend when we’re going into abs, I work through 60-90 second intervals as far as plank holds go because I feel like they really flatten that tummy[10] out and they build that core strength,” Luke says. “Making sure we’re keeping that consistency and we’re doing at least 10-15 minutes of abs every day is really going to help you build that flat tummy. Khloe can hold for hours if she wanted to. She’s just an athlete. Variety is the spice of everything. Some days I’ll do 60 second plank holds. Some days we’ll do 120. Some days we’ll do 90 seconds. It just depends on what we’re working for at the time.”

When the time comes for him to work with the Keeping up with the Kardashian’s[11] star to target her middle section, Luke likes to mix it up. “It’s all about creating a consistent result but getting a lot of variety,” Luke said. “Some of my go-to ab exercises for people like Khloe and for other celebrities, I love doing core activated programming. I love plank holds. I love working through consistent movements. Cycling abs, going into static holds like v-sits. They’re a couple of my favorite go-tos that I give to all of my celebrity clients.”

Luke, who’s appeared on Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian alongside the host, believes that her work ethic is also a key component to her success. “She pushes her body[12] almost better than anybody I’ve trained before,” Luke added. “She gets it. She knows what she wants. She’s very goal oriented and she works hard.”

But breaks are important as is listening to your body, something that Khloe is self aware of. “Our recovery is so important,” Luke added. “We get recovery through hydration, through eating well, but also through mobility work. Participating in things like a yoga class or a stretch class or a pilates. Whatever we can do to make sure that we’re not going full on all of the time. We’ve got to make sure that our body is getting rest. That is one of the things that Khloe is just fantastic at, always making sure that she knows[13] her body intrinsically and when to recover, when to rest and when to work.”


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Charlotte Rampling confirms 50-year rumour that she lived with two lovers in flat share

The actress, 75, at last came clean about the “unconventional” set-up with her agent Bryan Southcombe and Randall Laurence, who have since died. She said: “Well, I did have two boyfriends which was racy at the time.We were all very young. It was all chop and change. Quite a lot of things were experimental.”
The star of Georgy Girl,The Damned and TV’s Broadchurch admitted the main reason she kept quiet was to protect her family.

She said: “You still had parents who were quite conventional and you needed to protect them, and I didn’t want people in the golf club thinking…you have to keep up appearances, don’t you?” Colonel’s daughter Charlotte married Bryan in 1972 after she became pregnant with their son Barnaby, now a successful film maker.

She said: “Sometimes choices have to be made and I chose Bryan because I got pregnant.

“And you will say, ‘How do you know it was his?’ I won’t go any further. But I chose Bryan and Bryan is Barnaby’s father.”

She divorced Bryan in 1976 after falling in love with French composer Jean-Michel Jarre. Randall was later in a relationship with another male model.

Charlotte says she is now enjoying an “amitie amoureuse” with an unnamed “friend” in Paris, where she lives.

She said: “The French do have ways of talking about love that the rest of the world don’t.

“Amitie is friendship, amoureuse is loving… so it’s an ‘in-love’ friendship.”