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Vintage British homeware firm Cath Kidston blooms LONDON: The world of Cath Kidston is instantly identifiable, full of bright colours, cheerful prints and nostalgia for an imagined English way of life -- and has made the homeware company one of Britain's global success stories.A cult following for the vintage-themed bags, clothes and kitchenware, particularly in Asia, helped the company break through the £100 million ($155 million, 117 million euro) sales barrier this year for the first time.It is a milestone for the brand as it celebrates 20 years since Kidston, an interior designer with connections to the English aristocracy, opened a "glorified junk shop" in west London.There are now 118 Cath Kidston stores, more than half of them outside Britain. It's a particular hit in Japan where there are more than 30 stores, while there are a dozen in South Korea and the company has plans to boost its presence in China and expand into Singapore and ...

Chris Brown gets 1,000 extra hours community service LOS ANGELES: Singer Chris Brown was ordered to perform 1,000 hours community service Friday after his probation stemming from the 2009 assault on his then girlfriend Rihanna was restored, officials said.The 24-year-old R&B star's probation was revoked last month after he was hit with misdemeanor charges following a minor traffic accident.Those charges were dismissed on Thursday and on Friday Los Angeles Superior Court judge James Brandlin restored his probation.The reinstated probation order was conditional on ...

Music mogul Simon Cowell, to be a father The divorce is final. Lauren Silverman announces that ‘It’s Over’ with her estranged husband, drooling in love over X Factor millionaire, Simon Cowell. Not to forget, she is 10 weeks pregnant with his baby. Everything’s out in the open and the two love birds can publicly rejoice in admiration. Her ex husband and former friend of Simon Cowell, Andrew Silverman, reportedly told American media, "As I've said all along, my priority was resolving this quickly ...

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan remembered on his 16th death anniversary ISLAMABAD: The pride of Pakistan and the Magical Voice of sub-continent Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan remembered on his 16th death anniversary on Friday.He was born on October 13, 1948 in the city of Faisalabad, Pakistan. His father Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, was a musicologist, vocalist, instrumentalist, and Qawwal.Khan's first public performance was at a studio recording broadcast as part of an annual music festival organized by Radio Pakistan, known as Jashn-e-Baharan.Khan sang mainly in Urdu ...

WWE wrestling star comes out as gay LOS ANGELES: The testosterone-fuelled world of professional wrestling marked a notable first on Thursday as Darren Young became the sport's first openly gay active athlete.The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler made the announcement to the entertainment website after being asked if he believed a gay athlete could be successful."Absolutely. Look at me. I'm a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I'll tell you right now, I'm gay. And I'm happy," Young said ...

Bolivian 123 years old herder? Talk about a new world record Guinness World Records asserts that the oldest living person verified by original proof of birth is Misao Okawa, a 115-year-old Japanese woman. Additionally the oldest verified age ever was 122 years and 164 days. Having said that, Carmelo Flores Laura, who according to Bolivian records was born in 1890 and is thus the oldest living man ever to be documented. This primitive Aymara, lives in a straw-roofed, dusty-floored hut, in an isolated suburban area, near ...

The Civil Wars score first No. 1 on Billboard 200 album chart LOS ANGELES: Country music duo The Civil Wars hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, knocking off last week's chart-topper, Robin Thicke.The band's eponymously titled second album sold 116,000 copies in its first week and was the only record in the Billboard 200 this week to break the 100,000 barrier, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan."The Civil Wars" was one of four new debuts in the top 10 of Billboard's weekly ...


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