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Eccentric French collector turns home into piano 'orphanage' TOURS: Jean Jude, glasses perched on the end of his nose, is practising scales when his visitor arrives."Sorry there isn't much room in here," Jude says, getting up from one piano before wending his way among countless others filling his living room, part of a unique collection totalling around 150.Jude and his cat live among the pianos in a four-bedroom house at the end of a cul-de-sac in Saint Pierre des Corps, a suburb of the central French city of Tours.A wooden gate opens into a yard cluttered with pianos stored in crates and protected from the elements with blue tarpaulins.These are overflow instruments that the 63-year-old music teacher cannot manage to squeeze inside or in the garage.His passion for the stately instruments has driven Jude to rescue scores of them from oblivion, sniffing out hidden treasures at charity shops and auctions, then restoring them when necessary."You're in a sort ...


Madonna speaks of 'crazy times' after songs leaked LOS ANGELES: Madonna and Sony Pictures both were separately torpedoed by major hacks this month, in what the pop icon called "crazy times.""Shit, this is the age that we're living in. It's crazy," she told Billboard magazine, when asked about the investigation into how at least 10 of her unfinished, unreleased songs were leaked onto the Internet."I mean, look at what's going on with Sony Pictures. It's just the age that we're living in. It's ...

Madonna releases new songs after leaks NEW YORK: Madonna on Saturday suddenly released six new songs months ahead of schedule, upset that early versions had leaked online.The pop icon's new songs, available immediately for sale and streaming online, will be part of her first album in three years, "Rebel Heart," which comes out in March.The Material Girl said she decided to put out the music immediately after in-studio versions of her tracks dripped onto the Internet and found an eager audience ...

Jennifer Aniston wins 'Movie performance of year' at People Magazine Awards Jennifer Aniston has won the ‘Movie Performance of Year’ (Actress) award at the recently held People Magazine Awards. As source revealed that, “The most prominent ‘Oscar’ fan favourite Jennifer Aniston, has turned-serious dramatic actress, whose performance as a woman suffering from chronic pain in the indie ‘Cake’. She has already been recognized with best actress SAG, Golden Globe and Critics”.The ‘Friends’ star said that she was excited and added that she had really experienced what ...

Never said no to working with Kareena says Shahid Kapoor Actor Shahid Kapoor, who once dated actress Kareena Kapoor, has said that he has never refused to work with Kareena Kapoor.Rumours are abuzz that Shahid and Kareena have been signed for ‘Udta Punjab’ to be helmed by director Abhishek Chaubey, media reported.As source revealed on being asked about paired up with Kareena, Shahid said, “I have never said no to working with Kareena Kapoor”. In the film ‘Udta Punjab’, I am there and that's all ...

Hero's welcome for South Africa's first Miss World in 40 years JOHANNESBURG: South Africa on Saturday welcomed back home its first Miss World winner in 40 years, Rolene Strauss, with wild cheers and ululations.Hundreds turned up at O.R. Tambo International Airport to greet Strauss after the 22-year-old medical student was crowned Miss World 2014 at a glitzy final in London last Sunday.Dressed in the country's national colours, South Africans waved placards, flags and portraits of Strauss at a colourful ceremony staged at the airport in Johannesburg.She ...

Militant Islam is never Islam; Mahesh Bhatt Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has been condemning the barbaric terrorist attack on Army Public School in Peshawar. Bhatt’s mother was a Muslim Indian actress and his father Nanabhai Bhatt was Hindu .He said it was not a true picture of Islam because a true Muslim never hurts any person by their words and deeds. According to Indian media reports Mahesh Bhatt quoted Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore during an interview,“Tagore once had a profound conversation with ...


 



 
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