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The Wimbledon Crowd Gave A Standing Ovation For A Woman Who Helped Develop A COVID Vaccine

The Wimbledon Crowd Gave A Standing Ovation For A Woman Who Helped Develop A COVID Vaccine

At Monday’s opening day of play on Wimbledon’s Centre Court in London, the announcer told the crowd of spectators there were some special guests in attendance.

People who played critical roles in the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic — from transport workers to medical staffers with Britain’s National Health Service — had been invited to sit in the royal box.

But the announcer only made it partially through the list before the crowd reacted.

“Today [the special guests] include leaders who have developed the anti-COVID vaccines,” said the announcer, as the camera zoomed in on Dame Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford who led the team that developed the AstraZeneca vaccine.

For her efforts, Gilbert received a damehood earlier this month when she was named on the Queen’s birthday honors list.

When the Wimbledon crowd realized who was in attendance, they burst into wild applause that soon became a standing ovation.

As the cheering continued for more than a minute, Gilbert looked overwhelmed.

People online were extremely moved by a viral video of the standing ovation.

The Twitter account for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, also retweeted the video and added their thanks.

This year’s Wimbledon is the first since 2019. Last year’s tournament was canceled due to the pandemic.

Audience members are not required to wear masks when seated but are required to present a negative COVID test or show proof of vaccination status.

Author: Ikran Dahir
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How 007 gave Russia With Love artist perfect murder alibi

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Now, after 60 years, his treasure trove of 007 sketches and paintings has gone on display for the first time. Currently housed at the Salisbury Museum, the hoard has been catalogued by Chopping’s executor, heir and biographer, Jon Lys Turner. He said: “In the 50s ‘Dickie’ Chopping could often be found wreaking havoc on the streets of London’s Soho, along with his best friend and fellow artist, Francis Bacon.” And it was Bacon who introduced Chopping to debonair Fleming, via his wife Ann.

How 007 gave Russia With Love

007’s creator was a keen book collector and, as such, was heavily involved with the jacket designs for his thrillers.

The artist painted from his home studio in Wivenhoe, Essex, that he shared with his partner, the painter Denis Wirth-Miller.

Chopping combined danger with nature to bring James Bond’s incredible world to life.

For each successive Bond book, Chopping gave his paintings a grisly twist, all captured by his preferred artistic style, trompe l’oeil – trick of the eye.

The story behind Chopping’s first 007 commission, 1957’s From Russia With Love, was very much in the vein of a Fleming thriller.

The book was said to be in US President John F Kennedy’s top 10 favourites. The story was serialised in the Daily Express, first in an abridged, multi-part form and then as a comic strip.

Initially, the gun on Chopping’s cover was to have been a .25 Beretta. However, when this weapon proved difficult to source, Fleming borrowed a gun from his own contact, Major Geoffrey Boothroyd, who later became the inspiration for gadget master Q.

While the firearm was in Chopping’s possession, a murder took place in Glasgow using the same type of gun. Luckily, James Bond proved a unique alibi.

The cover for Goldfinger also had a sinister history.

The ominous image featured a human skull with two gold coins placed in the eye sockets and a rose balanced in its mouth.

Chopping painted from real life and the cranium had been sourced from a local doctor. Chopping later found out the skull was from a female Malaysian victim of genocide. Chopping’s eye-catching work was one of the reasons why Bond’s success snowballed.

It made him the highest-paid jacket designer in the world.

Fleming loved the distinctive trompe l’oeil style and dubbed Chopping, “the only English master of the art…who really paints things so you can pick them straight off the canvas”.

Ian Fleming

Bond author Ian Fleming passed away in 1964 (Image: Express Newspapers)

But the relationship between author and artist became strained.

Chopping was irritated by Fleming’s public claims to have devised the compositions himself while the writer became frustrated that the artist would not sell him the copyright. Fleming would often find himself making excuses to his publisher for Chopping’s late delivery.

Turner explained: “If Chopping had a criticism of Fleming it was that he found him over enthusiastic and threw ideas left right and centre, asking for everything in the picture including the kitchen sink.”

For Fleming’s Japanese-set adventure, You Only Live Twice, Chopping painted a toad pawing a dragonfly.

After wading through the Essex marshes in vain, he finally sourced his amphibian from a friend’s daughter who sneaked it out of the school science lab. Stored in a bell jar, the toad started puffing up.

Chopping thought it was going to die so he released it, allowing it to leap freely around his studio.


Richard Chopping combined danger with nature to bring James Bond’s incredible world to life (Image: Richard Chopping)

Fleming passed away in 1964. During his lifetime, he acknowledged Chopping’s jackets were a tremendous success, both in Britain and America.

They had become something of a “hallmark with the book trade and have earned prizes”.

Chopping’s final two Fleming designs were for The Man With The Golden Gun and Octopussy, published after Fleming’s death. Both feature what became the artist’s signature: the image of a fly.

Displayed in the exhibition, pinned to a piece of cork, is the preserved insect that Chopping used as reference.

The artist later said his 007 work became a bore.

He went as far as to say he hated the books: “There is enough violence in the world without making it glamorous.”

In his later years, Chopping felt financially swindled by his association with Bond. Fleming’s creation became a popular comic strip hero in the Daily Express. Then Sean Connery’s turn as 007 launched the iconic film series.


Fleming acknowledged Chopping’s jackets were a tremendous success during his lifetime (Image: Richard Chopping)

All this imagery was born from the same sophistication found in Fleming’s writing.

However, Chopping was the first. The artist died aged 91 in 2008. Fleming first editions now demand astronomical prices, boosted by the Chopping cover art.

In 1981, when the Fleming estate launched a series of Bond novels by John Gardner, they turned to Chopping to add authenticity. He devised the first of these, Licence Renewed.

Richard Chopping’s work has even featured on Royal Mail stamps. This latest exhibition reveals a talented artist whose work should perhaps be as well known as the
fictional spy he helped make famous.

● Richard Chopping: The Original Bond Artist, at Salisbury Museum until October 3.

Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury are the authors of Some Kind Of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films published by The History Press.

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Elvis Presley: Linda Thompson reunited with jacket she gave King ‘Holds so many memories’

Elvis Presley: Linda Thompson reunited with jacket she gave King ‘Holds so many memories’
Elvis Presley dated many women across his short life, but one of his best-known girlfriends is Linda Thompson. The former Miss Tennessee model lived with The King at Graceland from 1972-1976 after his separation and divorce from Priscilla. And now the 71-year-old has revealed that she’s been reunited with a jacket she had made for Elvis.
The early seventies era leather jacket has a silver bottom half, while the top is covered in multicoloured rainbow flames.

Wearing the piece of Elvis Presley history in a photo on her Instagram account, Linda Thompson wrote: “I had these beautiful matching motorcycle jackets made for Elvis and me many years ago.

“I must admit it was sentimental to try on Elvis‘s jacket today courtesy of a very generous collector at the Lone Star Elvis festival.

“I honestly felt I was getting a hug from the jacket because it held so many memories for me.”

Linda was attending the Lone Star Elvis Festival at the Palace Arts Centre in Grapevine, Texas.

Sharing some videos of Elvis Tribute Artists there, she wrote: “There were some very good performances by ETAs today. I think we all had a great time and I’d like to thank everyone involved…especially @kwick_pro.”

The 1974 Elvis jacket was put up for auction in 2016 at Julien’s Auctions and after 4 bids sold for $ 50,000.

A description included “The jacket was made by East West Musical Instruments Co. of San Francisco.”

While it added: “Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Ginger Alden stating that Presley gave the jacket to her while at Graceland in 1977. No size present.”

After Linda amicably broke up with Elvis in late 1976 to have a more normal life, The King began dating his final girlfriend Ginger, who it seems he later gifted the jacket to.

The later of authenticity signed by her reads: “This multicolor silver leather motorcycle jacket was worn by Elvis Presley and personally given to me, Ginger Alden, by Elvis Presley at his home, Graceland in 1977.”

As for Linda’s matching jacket, she keeps it in her Elvis closet, which her sons Brody and Brandon Jenner went through when filming The Princes of Malibu a few years ago.

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In a clip of her sons going through her Elvis closet that she posted several weeks ago, one of them finds the multicoloured jacket.

Her son said: “What is this thing? Mom really wore this? What the hell was she thinking?”

During an interview last year, Linda was asked to share something about Elvis that might not be that well known to fans.

She told Reel Talker: “There’s a lot about Elvis that people don’t know. Most of it is very, very good. He was an incredible human being, very generous – generous to a fault.”

Linda pointed out how Elvis was a twin whose brother was tragically stillborn and that The King had webbed toes.

The King’s ex-girlfriend said: “He had twin toes, which meant that his second toe from the big toe and the third toe were conjoined up to what would be the knuckle.

“And I used to tease him a lot about having webbed toes! So he had twin toes. That’s something most people don’t know.”

She also shared how Elvis would die his hair jet black for drama when his natural colour was dirty blonde.

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The Beatles: Paul McCartney gave Michael Jackson the idea to buy Fab Four's songs

The Beatles: Paul McCartney gave Michael Jackson the idea to buy Fab Four's songs
In early 1984 the songs and albums written, recorded and released by The Beatles were put up for sale by ATV Music. At the time, the band did not know too much about copyright, so could not do anything to stop their songs from being taken away. At the time, Paul McCartney and John Lennon‘s widow, Yoko Ono, decided against purchasing the rights to the band’s songs.
In 1985 Michael Jackson bought the rights to these songs for approximately $ 47.5 million (approximately £36.7 million).

This meant that he took the rights for songs such as Hey Jude, Let It Be and Yesterday.

Speaking about the unexpected turn of events in the 1980s, McCartney recalled what happened while he was on The Graham Norton Show in 2014.

He told the talk show host: “[We lost] the early Beatles stuff. It was a carve-up.”

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McCartney continued: “We didn’t know anything about any of that [music management], so we got ripped off. But hey, what the heck?”

Norton asked about Jackson buying up the songs, before adding: “So that was your fault?”

To which McCartney replied: “Yeah, it was a strange one yeah. I was working with Michael at that time, he rang me up over Christmas. [He said:] ‘Hi it’s Michael, do you want to make some hits?'”

When the pair got together, the singer was happy to give the young star some advice.

The Beatle said he was laughing about the comment “until he did [buy them]”.

However, it all ended well, as Sony later acquired 50 percent of Jackson’s collection in 1995 when they changed the company’s name to Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Sony continued to purchase songs from the singer over the years, meaning the company eventually acquired all of the songs from Michael.

After his death on June 25, 2009, all of the remaining songs went to Sony.

In 2016, however, McCartney launched a legal suit to recover his half of the Lennon-McCartney catalogue.

This came about after copyright laws in the USA changed allowing authors of music to reclaim the rights to their music published before 1978.

Eventually, McCartney was successful, bringing the rights back to him once and for all. 

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Billie Eilish gave glimpse of her tattoo after saying she would 'never' reveal it

Billie Eilish gave glimpse of her tattoo after saying she would 'never' reveal it
19-year-old singer Billie Eilish shocked her fans and the world earlier this month when she gave her first lingerie photoshoot. Working alongside Vogue to show off her figure for the first time, Billie spoke candidly about how she wanted to make herself “feel good” with her new public look. All eyes were on a specific part of her body, however, which gave a glimpse of her tattoo.
Previously, the star has alluded to having gotten tattoos in secret.

In various interviews since she has also admitted to having hidden the tattoos from sight.

Speaking to Variety in 2020 Billie was asked specifically if she had any tattoos once again.

She replied: “I did get a tattoo. But you won’t ever see it.”

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Billie’s latest photoshoot showed the singer in the most revealing clothing she has ever modelled before.

Before the photoshoot, the singer had been known for wearing baggy clothes which went against the norms of other female pop stars her age.

In changing up her look drastically, the singer inadvertently also gave her fans their first look at her tattoo on her thigh.

While it is mostly covered up, the image does look like a striking monochrome dragon that begins on her thigh and ascends to her stomach.

Billie also got ahead of criticisms about her change of stance on her look, saying: “‘If you’re about body positivity, why would you wear a corset? Why wouldn’t you show your actual body?’ It’s all about what makes you feel good.

“If you want to get surgery, go get surgery. If you want to wear a dress that somebody thinks that you look too big wearing, f*** it – if you feel like you look good, you look good.”

She later added: “‘If you’re about body positivity, why would you wear a corset? Why wouldn’t you show your actual body?’

“My thing is that I can do whatever I want.”

Billie’s look was inspired by Betty Brosmer, a 1950s pin-up girl and model.

The singer explained she wanted to achieve the “classic, old-timey pin-up” look.

Speaking about taking on this new look, Billie confessed: “I’ve literally never done anything in this realm at all.”

Vogue notes she smirked before adding: “Y’know, besides when I’m alone and s***.”


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