John Wetton, Asia singer, dead at 67

John Wetton, Asia singer, dead at 67. Spoke of the band’s troubled history, reunion in Morning Call interview


By John J. MoserContact Reporter Of The Morning Call

John Wetton, the bassist and front man for Asia and a former member of King Crimson and U.K., died this morning at the age of 67 after a battle with cancer, the band Asia said on its Facebook page.

“We regret to announce that iconic singer, John Wetton, passed away in his sleep this morning,” a statement on the page said. “Rest in Peace, John. 12th June 1949 – 31st January 2017.”

Wetton had played the Lehigh Valley area in several bands in recent years.

Lehigh Valley Music had the pleasure of being Wetton’s first interview when The Original Asia re-formed and went back out on tour in 2006, playing Penn’s Peak near Jim Thorpe and Keswick Theater in Glenside.

Wetton, who was a consummate gentlemen and great interview during our phone call, was very open about the division of the band’s members and how it came back together.

Here’s the story I wrote that appeared in The Morning Call on Aug. 26, 2006:


Long way around proving best route for Asia’s 25th anniversary tour

Synthesizer-based disco and new wave music ruled the airwaves when arena rock super group Asia rose from the ashes of progressive rock heavyweights Yes and Emerson, Lake and Palmer in 1981.

“Everyone said about the music we recorded, “Oh, that’s not going to fly,’ because it was, I suppose, a hark back to prog-rock with one step in pop,” recalls vocalist-bassist John Wetton. ” And people said, “No, that’s not going to work. It’s all keyboards now. It’s all synthesizers.’ I think A Flock of Seagulls was No. 1.”

Against the odds, as well as critics’ brickbats, Asia’s self-titled debut, released in the spring of 1982, zoomed to No. 1 and stayed there nine weeks, selling seven million copies with the hit “Heat of The Moment” and three other singles, “Only Time Will Tell,” “Sole Survivor” and “Wildest Dreams.”

“Actually, what we did was make a sound that blew synthesizers out of the water,” Wetton says. “Everyone said, “Oh, no, no, no. A prog-guitar band ain’t gonna work.’ But it did.”

A quarter-century later, Wetton figures the musical climate is much the same, with genres fractured.

And so the four original members of Asia — Wetton, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Carl Palmer and keyboardist Geoff Downes — are back together for the first time in 23 years, ready to give it another go with a 25th anniversary tour that starts Tuesday in Rochester, N.Y., and stops at Penn’s Peak near Jim Thorpe and at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.

“At the moment, I don’t think anybody knows which direction music’s going, so we just do what we do and see what happens again,” Wetton says over the telephone from England, where the band had just finished rehearsals for the tour.

Whether Asia — whose members together, in the earlier bands and in other groups such as King Crimson and The Buggles have sold 200 million records — can work another miracle remains to be seen.

But Wetton says just for the four original members of Asia to even be in the same studio is a miracle, so acrimonious was the band’s breakup.

The multiple platinum success of the first album — Billboard named it Album of the Year — was followed by a second disc, “Alpha,” that also went platinum and had hits with the power ballads “Don’t Cry” and “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes.” But egos and slower sales led to cracks in the band even as they sold out 1982 and 1983 tours.

Wetton says he was replaced by former ELP bassist Greg Lake before a huge MTV satellite concert in Japan in 1983 without even being told. “I wasn’t even consulted about it,” he says, laughing.

And when other band members asked him to return in 1984, Howe quit. “It all got — it got incredibly immature,” Wetton says. “We were all in our 30s — we weren’t spring chickens even then, you know? — but still behaved like teenagers. … You’d think that we would have been used to it and could have taken the blows, the slings and arrows.

“But, in fact, the trajection of the first band was so phenomenal that it caught everyone off guard, including managers and the record company, and nobody was prepared for quite that level of success. And yes, I am one of the first to stick my hand up and say, “Yeah, I spiraled out of control.’

“So hopefully we’re a little bit more grown up now.”

Howe was replaced and the band released a disappointing third album, “Astra,” but the four never played together again, and Wetton and Palmer also eventually left.

As the last original member, Downes continued on as Asia with other players through 2005 — they played Allentown’s Crocodile Rock Cafe in 2001 — although none of the albums or singles charted in the United States after 1990. Downes even kept the name when Wetton and Palmer, in a band called Qango, had more original Asia members.

Wetton says he thinks the later work detracted from Asia’s reputation, but says, “For most people, they would still think of the original band as being Asia. … It’s got to be those four or none at all.”

Wetton says the reunion came about after he and Downes, who remained friends and to whose daughter he is godfather, finished the second album of a new band, Icon, as Asia’s 25th anniversary loomed.

In addition, “Heat of the Moment” was used in the 2005 movie, “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” and in the Canadian version of the “American Idol” television show.

“[People] would say, “Well, you know, what are you going to do — the 25th anniversary would be a perfect opportunity for everyone to get back together again,”‘ he says. “We thought, “Oh, my god, you know, maybe it’s worth asking the other two.’ But we didn’t really expect anyone to say yes. It was a longshot.”

The band met Jan. 9 “with a view to sit the four of us down in the same room again,” Wetton says.

“I mean, um, a lot of people wouldn’t have even put money on that, you know?” he laughs. “So we stood in the same room and we just talked for a couple of hours and decided there weren’t any sort of insurmountable personal problems and we all got a genuine desire to do this.

Wetton says the reunion was planned as a four-week jaunt to simply acknowledge the anniversary, “but as we’ve been kind of solidifying as an entity again, things have started moving on. People want us to do a bit more.”

The U.S. tour has been extended through November, followed by a UK tour, and one in Japan in March.

Wetton says he also expects the reunion to result in new music from Asia. Universal Records is releasing greatest hits and video compilations, and a DVD of the tour is planned.

“And then we’ll move it along from there,” Wetton says. “I’m sure there’ll be a move to record at some stage. … I think the vast majority of the people … want to see us go on and do some more stuff and make a record.

Wetton says the show will be nearly two hours, with a set list of the entire first album, two songs from the second album and “an obscure track that the diehard fans will absolutely adore.”

But he says no songs will be played from any of the subsequent 10 albums released as works of Asia.

But Wetton says Asia also will play a few songs from the members’ other bands, such as “Roundabout” by Yes, “Fanfare For The Common Man” by ELP and The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” — ironically, a synthesizer-based song like those Asia swept to the wayside when it first emerged.

Asked how that song sounds played by Asia, Wetton says, “Come and see.”

21 positive habits that all happy people know



21 positive habits that all happy people know


It seems to be simple. You’re either happy or you’re not, and you can’t change it. But it’s not just that: you can make yourself happy. All you need is just a little effort and to practice some good habits.

The Huffington Post recently published a list of 21 positive habits almost every happy person displays. It caused an enormous public reaction, collecting more than 250 thousand likes on Facebook in two days. Bright Side thought we’d share their article for you. So here are the 21 positive habits that all happy people know:

  1. They surround themselves with happy people
    Joy is contagious. Researchers who studied the ’spreading happiness’ phenomenon over 20 years found out that those surrounded by happy people are ’likely to be happy in the future’. A good reason to separate yourself from sad friends and find happy ones.
  2. They smile
    Even if you don’t feel joy, think about something good and smile. It should help. Think positive, too! If you smile while thinking bad thoughts, it won’t help.
  3. They develop an ability to recover
    Psychologists say that an ability to recover is the opposite of depression, not happiness. Happy people know how to recover from the shock of bad events. It’s kind of a weapon against some of the inevitable miseries that happen in our lives. As a Japanese proverb says: ’Fall seven times, get up eight.’
  4. They try to be happy
    Yes, it’s as simple as it sounds: attempts to be happy improve your inner emotional state of mind.
  5. They pay attention to good events
    It’s important to celebrate your achievements at the end of a long and difficult day. But happy people pay attention to the little successes as well. When we take the time to notice the little things, we get a bigger emotional kick which helps us to feel better during the day.
  6. They appreciate simple pleasures
    Eat ice-cream while sitting in a park, pet a dog, feel something, look out for a rainbow. Happy people really appreciate things like this, which don’t cost anything to anyone and appear on their own. Finding happiness in little things and being thankful for all you have is directly related to a sense of joy in your heart.
  7. They devote part of their time to giving
    Even though the day consists of 24 hours, positive people spend a part of this time doing good for others’ sakes, which brings the good back into their lives. Volunteer work or just doing random good deeds has a positive impact on both your mental and physical health. People that do good and suffer from depression are quite rare. Psychologists talk of something called the ’rush to help’, and they even compare it the positive emotional feeling some people get from drugs, because good deeds is a trigger for the development of dopamine (but in this case it comes without any of the terrible negative side effects!)
  8. They lose sense of time
    When you’re bound up in something extremely difficult, inspiring and meaningful, you feel something that may be called a ’flow.’ Happy people subconsciously seek a thing to do that’ll make demands on their talents and skills, which will become a challenge, will motivate them, and have clear objectives. Being carried away by this ’flow’ brings them a feeling of success.
  9. They prefer deep conversations to meaningless conversation
    There’s nothing bad in engaging in a bit of small talk, but having a long talk on serious topics is a great way to feel cheerful and alive. It brings more pleasure than a simple ’blah-blah’. One of the top five regrets of dying people is ’I wish I had more courage to talk about how I feel’. A sentimental thing, more so than chatting about the weather, can fill our hearts with joy and meaning.
  10. They spend money on others
    Money can buy happiness. Sounds weird, doesn’t it? But it can happen only when you spend it both on yourself and on other people. Giving is always better than receiving.
  11. They can listen
    When you listen, you open your mind to new knowledge and experiences. When you talk, you block it from entering. By listening to people you’re showing respect for them. People cannot remain indifferent to this, and you evoke positive feelings in them which make you yourself feel a little bit happier. An ability to listen is a skill that strengthens relationships.
  12. They keep in touch
    It’s simple and fast to write an SMS, call or post something on a social network. But to fly halfway across the country to see a dear friend is much more interesting and fun. Every person needs a sense of belonging to other people, and that demands communication with friends. Not online. Social networks don’t let us physically be with a person, and that’s extremely important to be happy.
  13. They see the bright side in everything
    Optimism has a positive impact on your health: it means you’ll experience less stress, which means fewer heart diseases, and have better pain tolerance. If you choose to look intentionally for the good in everything happening around you, you choose health and happiness. Seligman gave one of the best characterisations of optimists and pessimists in one of his books: ’The main characteristic of pessimists is that they believe that bad things last forever, ruin everything they achieve, and it’s all their fault. Optimists, though, who struggle against the exact same difficulties we all encounter in this the world, think of bad luck in the opposite way. They believe defeats to be temporary, and they’re certainly not their own fault: it’s down to circumstances, bad luck, or other people. They’re not disturbed by failure. Surrounded by troubles, they consider them to be a challenge and just try harder’.
  14. They appreciate good music
    There’s a power in music. Choosing the right music is an important factor in being happy. A song, being either happy or sad, can influence our view of life. There was some research carried out where the participants were asked to decide whether people were happy or not judging only by their photo. In most cases their answers were dictated by the mood of the music which the person being tested was listening to at that very moment. That means you need to listen to cheerful music more to feel good.
  15. They disconnect
    Technology, the news, and information won’t magically disappear if you step away from your laptop/PC for a while, or if you put your iPad aside, or turn off your smartphone, but it’s worth the short while you’re away. Digital detoxification lets your brain reload and relax.
  16. They’re in touch with their spiritual side
    An important part of all beliefs is the expression of gratitude, sympathy and compassion. They ask the ’big questions’ that fills life with context and meaning. Research in 2009 showed that children who believed they had an aim and superior purpose were happier than their peers living without it. But it’s not only about religion — it’s about any spiritual practice, the ’sacred rituals’ of our life. Meditation, prayer, or just a small amount of time every day given over to thinking — it doesn’t matter. Daily, weekly, monthly…whenever. The point is to have an anchor which regulates your life, makes you more spiritually enriched and gives you timeout in this eternal race.
  17. They do physical exercise
    Physical activity fills our body with endorphins. Endorphins make people happy. Due to chemical reactions in the brain, exercise relieves the symptoms of depression, anxiety and frustration. Plus, exercise gives us the opportunity to appreciate our body and love it, and it’s extremely important to be in a good mood. By-the-bye, even if a person doesn’t lose weight or reaches success through exercising, he/she still loves himself/herself more.
  18. They go for a walk
    Nature is source of life for the soul. Even a twenty-minute walk in the fresh air improves our general state of mind. When we feel tired, we drink a cup of coffee, but it’s better to go for a walk and take energy from nature.
  19. They have a lie-in
    ’Waking up on the wrong side of bed’ isn’t a little thing. Waking up having had the right amount of sleep is one of the ways you can avoid a bad mood during the day. Doctors advise not to jump immediately out of bed and run, but to start waking up slowly, enjoying the comfort of your blankets and pillows.
  20. They laugh
    You’ve heard about it hundreds of times: laughter is the best medicine. It provokes the production of hormones in your brain, which help you feel happier and reduce sensitivity to pain and stress. Try to laugh as often as possible. The brain reacts to laughter in the same way that the body reacts to regular physical exercise.
  21. They take wide steps
    This is not a metaphor. Happy people have a more free and relaxed pace, and their steps are wider. This begins a chain reaction in the brain. The wider our steps, the happier we are — no matter how weird and absurd it sounds. Just try small shuffling steps, staring at the ground. Feel happy? Of course not!

Based on materials from Huffington Post

Listen to Ray Davies’ New Song ‘Poetry’ From His First Album in Nearly 10 Years

Listen to Ray Davies’ New Song ‘Poetry’ From His First Album in Nearly 10 Years

Americana, which was co-produced with Guy Massey and John Jackson, is due on April 21. The Jayhawks’ Karen Grotberg also appears on the song “Message From the Road.” A second volume to Americana will reportedly be a released later this year.

The inspiration for Americana grew out of Davies’ autobiography of the same name, but it didn’t come easy. He first mentioned this project more than three years ago. Along the way, Davies told Mojo that it became “the biggest record project I’ve ever attempted. … It’s a real challenge. You adapt books into films and stage plays, but it’s very unusual to adapt a book into a record.”

In an inventive twist, new songs are interspersed on Americana with a series of spoken-word passages from the memoir. “My catchphrase right now is ‘feel free to fail,’” Davies told Billboard. “Because you gotta try, even if you don’t succeed. At least you tried. That was my approach with the Kinks, and it paid off for the most part.”

Davies’ most recent new solo project was 2008’s Working Man’s Cafe, while the Kinks haven’t released a collection of new material since To the Bone in 1994. Brother Dave Davies, a fellow co-founder of the Kinks, has been more active: He issued a pair of albums in 2013 and 2014, I Will Be Me and Rippin’ Up Time, respectively.

Ray Davies, ‘Americana’ Track Listing
“The Deal”
“Message From the Road”
“A Place in Your Heart”
“The Mystery Room”
“Silent Movie”
“Rock ‘N’ Roll Cowboys”
“Change for Change”
“The Man Upstairs”
“I’ve Heard That Beat Before”
“A Long Drive Home to Tarzana”
“The Great Highway”
“The Invaders”
“Wings of Fantasy”

These Are the 10 Worst Jobs You Could Have Had In 2016

These Are the 10 Worst Jobs You Could Have Had In 2016

Maybe DJ-ing isn’t the best gig in the world.

Hollywood legend Zsa Zsa Gabor dies at 99

Hollywood legend Zsa Zsa Gabor dies at 99

Zsa Zsa Gabor at London's Heathrow airport, June 1982

The actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has died, aged 99, according her publicist quoted in US media reports.

Born in Hungary, she emigrated to the United States during World War Two and made her Hollywood debut in 1952.

She appeared in more than 70 films, but was more famous for her celebrity lifestyle.

She was married nine times – taking her first husband at the age of 20 and wedding for the last time when she was nearly 70.

Obituary: Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor’s greatest role was that of playing herself.

Although she appeared in more than 70 films, it was her many marriages and celebrity lifestyle that defined her.

As she shimmered her way through Hollywood society, she maintained the air of a Hungarian aristocrat.

She spoke seven languages yet, despite living in California for half a century, never lost her distinctive accent.

She was born Sari Gabor in Budapest on 6 February 1917 but was immediately nicknamed Zsa Zsa by her family.

The second daughter of a soldier and his wealthy jewellery heiress wife, she initially wanted to be a veterinary surgeon, but her forceful mother and her own beauty propelled her in different directions.

Her mother was Jewish, although the three daughters were practising Roman Catholics, a sensible decision in a country whose autocratic leader, Miklos Horthy, had enthusiastically allied himself with Adolf Hitler’s Germany.

Zsa Zsa Gabor marries George Sanders

On a trip to Vienna in 1934, Gabor was spotted by the noted Austrian singer Richard Tauber and given a part in an operetta, her first stage performance.

Her striking looks saw her being crowned Miss Hungary in 1936 but she was disqualified for lying about her age in order to enter.

In 1937 she married a Turkish intellectual, Burhan Asaf Belge, although the union, the first of her nine marriages, ended in 1941.

Her parents had divorced so she and her mother emigrated to the United States to join her sister, Eva. There her European good looks saw her picking up a number of theatre roles.

Her cinema debut came in 1952, in the MGM musical Lovely To Look At, although her supporting role gave her no English lines at all.

By this time she was already on her third marriage, to the actor George Sanders, having divorced husband number two, the hotel magnate Conrad Hilton

Later that year that she got her big break, starring in John Huston’s Moulin Rouge. The director later described her as a “creditable actress”.

Zsa Zsa Gabor in a BBC studio in 1952

She appeared in 14 more films during the 1950s, few of them memorable.

One that constantly came back to haunt her was Queen of Outer Space, in which she played a scantily clad inhabitant of the planet Venus.

She later described it as “an awful film that just kept turning up”.

But her most enduring role was that of professional Hollywood celebrity, Gabor family member and wife of many men.

“You don’t have to marry every man you sleep with,” her mother once told her. But Gabor said it was because she “never stopped being a Catholic at heart”.

She became known as something of a scandalmonger and maneater, who gorged her way through many relationships.

Having divorced George Sanders in 1954, she spent her time away from the film set by building up a reputation as one of Hollywood’s best-known celebrities.

Zsa Zsa Gabor in Moulin Rouge

It was not until 1962 that she married again, this time to Herbert Hutner, an investment banker nine years her senior. The union lasted four years.

Her 1966 marriage to husband number five, Joshua S Cosden Jr, ended after seven months and it would be nine years before she took the plunge again with the designer of the Barbie doll, Jack Ryan.

When this relationship collapsed after 18 months, she immediately married Michael O’ Hara. This time she managed to keep it going for seven years.

She was linked to a number of other men, including Sean Connery, Frank Sinatra and Richard Burton.

Her eighth marriage, to Mexican lawyer Felipe de Alba – which took place at sea – was later annulled because Gabor said the boat had not been far enough away from shore to make it legal.

This was fortunate, as she was still technically married to husband number seven at the time.

Her most stormy liaison was with South American playboy Porfirio Rubirosa. When he chose an heiress over Gabor, she appeared on stage in Las Vegas, proudly sporting a patch over the black eye she had apparently suffered at Rubirosa’s hands.

Poster for Queen of Outer Space

She was an expert at self-parody and self-promotion, attributes she displayed to good effect when, in 1989, she had an argument with a Los Angeles policeman, which ended with Gabor being convicted of assault.

She was sentenced to three days’ imprisonment, albeit in a very comfortable penthouse room.

The actress later poked fun at the incident, as references were very often made about it in films she appeared in, such as The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear and The Beverly Hillbillies.

Towards the end of her life, courtrooms became a frequent haunt. In March 2005 she settled a $2m legal action against the driver of a car involved in a crash that left her in a wheelchair.

And three months after that, together with her last husband, Frederic von Anhalt, she sued her only daughter Francesca Hilton, amid claims she had defrauded her mother of $2m to buy a new house.

However, she was now in her eighties and her health was beginning to suffer.

She was admitted to hospital a number of times after developing a swelling in her legs and blood clots throughout her body, for which she underwent surgery. Eventually her right leg had to be amputated.

Zsa Zsa Gabor & Frederic von Anhalt

Despite her reputation for a vulgar love of jewels and men, almost all Gabor’s former spouses remained devoted to her.

In his memoirs, George Sanders said his former wife was misunderstood because she was “guileless” and described her character as “pure”.

He added: “She doesn’t disguise her love of amorous entanglements or jewels or whatever else catches her fancy.”

Gabor herself once said: “American women are gold-diggers They’re taught only how to get money out of a man.

“European women want a man they can love, cook for and be a good wife to.”

But, in one of her many reflections on love, marriage and divorce, this well-qualified practitioner declared: “I never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.”

The 2017 Golden Globe Nominations Are Here: See The List

The 2017 Golden Globe Nominations globeAre Here: See The List

‘La La Land’ leads the pack, but it’s ‘Deadpool’ that pulls off the most surprising nomination

by crystal bell

Time to wake up and act surprised, Hollywood! The best and brightest of the film and television industry are up at the crack of dawn today, waiting to hear the long list of nominees for this year’s Golden Globe

The Globes, the second-biggest event of awards season (not to mention the most fun because of, well, alcohol), honor the best performances and filmmakers of the year. And if you don’t want to ace your office Oscar pool this February, the Golden Globes are widely considered to be the best predictor for who will snag an Academy Award during the first-biggest event of the season. So get your suit and tie pressed and ready, Deadpool.

The Golden Globes will air live on NBC on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Here’s the full list of nominees:


Best Picture, Drama

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell Or High Water


Manchester by the Sea



Best Picture, Musical/Comedy

20th Century Women


La La Land

Florence Foster Jenkins

Sing Street

Best Actress, Drama

Amy Adams, Arrival

Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best Actor, Drama

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Joel Edgerton, Loving

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actress, Musical/Comedy

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women

Lily Collins, Rules Don’t Apply

Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

STX Entertainment

Best Actor, Musical/Comedy

Colin Farrell, The Lobster

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins

Jonah Hill, War Dogs

Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins

Dev Patel, Lion

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Best Director

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Best Screenplay

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Roadside Attractions

Best Animated Film

Kubo and the Two Strings


My Life as a Zucchini

Sing Trolls


Best Original Song

“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls

“City of Stars,” La La Land

“Faith,” Sing

“Gold,” Gold

“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana


Best Television Series, Musical/Comedy



Mozart in the Jungle



Best Television Series, Drama

The Crown

Game of Thrones

Stranger Things

This Is Us



Best Mini-Series or TV Film

American Crime

The Dresser

The Night Manager

The Night Of

The People v. O.J. Simpson

Best Actress, Television Series, Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Claire Foy, The Crown

Keri Russell, The Americans

Winona Ryder, Stranger Things

Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Best Actor, Television Series, Drama

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

Best Actress, Television Series, Musical/Comedy

Rachel Bloom, My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Sarah Jessica Parker, Divorce

Issa Rae, Insecure

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Tracy Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Best Actor, Television Series, Musical/Comedy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Nick Nolte, Graves

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best Actress, Mini-Series or TV Film

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience

Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson

Charlotte Rampling, London Spy

Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Best Actor, Mini-Series or TV Film

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

John Turturro, The Night Of

Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager

Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Olivia Coleman, The Night Manager

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Chrissy Metz, This Is Us

Mandy Moore, This Is Us

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson

Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager

John Lithgow, The Crown

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson

16 Hilarious Tweets About Marriage That Hit Home

16 Hilarious Tweets About Marriage BuddhaThat Hit Home

For BatDad by CaylenDuke
For many of us, we grow up dreaming of finding The One and getting married.

We envision long years together, completely in love, with every day being more romantic than the last.

Then we actually do get married, and we look back on our previous notions and laugh and laugh.

Marriage can be wonderful, but it definitely has its quirks and day-to-day issues that seem to be ubiquitous.

Do you relate to these tweets about marriage? They hit home for me!

1. Yes, let’s ask.

1. Yes, let's ask.

via Twitter / @KeetPotato

2. Har har.

2. Har har.

via Twitter / @GrantTanaka

3. Which is worse?

3. Which is worse?

via Twitter / @iwearaonesie

4. We do this all the time.

4. We do this all the time.

via Twitter / @XplodingUnicorn

5. Every time.

5. Every time.

via Twitter / @tchrquotes

6. Oops.

6. Oops.

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7. Well, next time, just be right!

7. Well, next time, just be right!

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8. Sounds about right.

8. Sounds about right.

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9. He will never let her forget it, either…

9. He will never let her forget it, either...

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10. You don’t need to use 3 of them to clean up a drop of liquid!

(Sorry, this one is personal.)

10. You don't need to use 3 of them to clean up a drop of liquid!

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11. My favorite channel!

11. My favorite channel!

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12. True.

12. True.

via Twitter / @KeetPotato

13. Oh, but there is.

13. Oh, but there is.

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14. Low expectations.

14. Low expectations.

via Twitter / @TheBoydP

15. D’awww.

15. D'awww.

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16. Priorities.

16. Priorities.

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John Lennon’s angry letter

John Lennon’s angry letter to Paul McCartney up for auction

John Lennon’s letter to Paul and Linda McCartney following break-up of Beatles is to be sold at auction – capturing “intense rivalry” between the two men


An angry letter from John Lennon to Paul and his then-wife Linda McCartney following the breakup of The Beatles has been put up for auction.

The two-page draft, typed and hand annotated under Lennon’s company Bag Productions Inc letterhead, was responding to prior correspondence to Lennon from Linda McCartney. Though undated, it’s estimated that it was written in 1971, shortly before Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono moved to the US. It is expected to fetch more than $20,000 when it goes under the hammer at RR Auctions.

Lennon begins the expletive-ridden letter with: “I was reading your letter and wondering what middle-aged cranky Beatle fan wrote it. I resisted looking at the last page to find out – I kept thinking who is it – Queenie? Stuart’s mother? – Clive Epstein’s wife? – Alan Williams? – What the hell – it’s Linda!”

Lennon continues: “I hope you realise what shit you and the rest of my ‘kind and unselfish’ friends laid on Yoko and me, since we’ve been together.” He also insists that, while he doesn’t “resent” his former bandmate, he is “sorry for him.” He also suggests the McCartneys’ marriage wouldn’t last another two years.

Read the letter in full below.

RR Auction’s Executive Vice President Robert Livingston says of the item: “The draft captures the intense rivalry between the two men in the months, and even years, surrounding the breakup of the Beatles.”

Also up for auction is Lennon’s last signed document, in which he appoints three proxies to represent him at annual general meetings of companies including Apple Corps in December 1980.

Last month, a draft letter Lennon wrote to the Queen explaining why he was returning his MBE was valued at £60,000. It was originally found inside a record sleeve bought at a car boot sale for £10 around 20 years ago.


John Lennon’s letter to Paul and Linda McCartney

John Lennon’s letter to Paul and Linda McCartney transcript

Dear Linda and Paul,

I was reading your letter and wondering what middle aged cranky Beatle fan wrote it. I resisted looking at the last page to find out – I kept thinking who is it – Queenie? Stuart’s mother? – Clive Epstein’s wife? – Alan Williams? – What the hell – it’s Linda!

You really think the press are beneath me/you? Do you think that? Who do you think we/you are? The “self-indulgent doesn’t realise who he is hurting” bit–I hope you realise what shit you and the rest of my ‘kind and unselfish’ friends laid on Yoko and me, since we’ve been together. It might have sometimes been a bit more subtle or should I say “middle class” – but not often. We both “rose above it” quite a few times – and forgave you two – so it’s the least you can do for us – you noble people. Linda – if you don’t care what I say – shut up! – let Paul write – or whatever.

When asked about what I thought originally concerning MBE, etc. – I told them as best as I can remember – and I do remember squirming a little – don’t you, Paul? – or do you – as I suspect – still believe it all? I’ll forgive Paul for encouraging the Beatles – if he forgives me for the same – for being – “honest with me and caring too much”! Fucking hell, Linda, you’re not writing for Beatle book.

I’m not ashamed of the Beatles – I did start it all – but of some of the shit we took to make them so big – I thought we all felt that way in varying degrees – obviously not.

Do you really think most of today’s art came about because of the Beatles? – I don’t believe you’re that insane – Paul – do you believe that? When you stop believing it you might wake up! Didn’t we always say we were part of the movement – not all of it? – Of course, we changed the world – but try and follow it through – get off your gold disc and fly!

Don’t give me that Aunty Gin shit about “in five years I’ll look back as a different person” – don’t you see that’s what’s happening now – If I only knew then what I know now – you seemed to have missed that point.

Excuse me if I use “Beatle Space” to talk about whatever I want – obviously if they keep asking Beatle questions – I’ll answer them – and get as much John and Yoko Space as I can – they ask me about Paul and I answer – I know some of it gets personal – but whether you believe it or not I try and answer straight – and the bits they use are obviously the juicy bits – I don’t resent your husband – I’m sorry for him. I know the Beatles are “quite nice people” – I’m one of them – they’re also just as big bastards as anyone else – so get off your high horse! – by the way – we’ve had more intelligent interest in our new activities in one year than we had throughout the Beatle era.

Finally, about not telling anyone that I left the Beatles – Paul and Klein both spent the day persuading me it was better not to say anything – asking me not to say anything because it would ‘hurt the Beatles’– and ‘let’s just let it peter out’ – remember? So get that into your petty little perversion of a mind, Mrs. McCartney – the c**ts asked me to keep quiet about it. Of course, the money angle is important – to all of us – especially after all the petty shit that came from your insane family/in laws – and God help you out Paul – see you in two years – I reckon you’ll be out then.

In spite of it all,

Love to you both,

From us two

P.S. About addressing your letter just to me – still…



Bad Company’s Mick Ralphs

Bad Company’s Mick Ralphs suffers stroke

Bad Company report that guitarist Mick Ralphs is recovering in hospital after he suffered a stroke following their UK tour, which wrapped up last week

Bad Company have announced that guitarist Mick Ralphs has suffered a stroke.

The band, who just wrapped up their UK tour last week, say the 72-year-old is currently recovering in hospital. He was also forced to cancel his blues show at Jagz nightclub in Ascot on November 4 (tonight).

A statement reads: “The family and representatives of the band’s co-founder, guitarist and songwriter Mick Ralphs are sad to announce that Mick has suffered a stroke.

“Mick is receiving excellent medical care and is recovering in hospital, although all his public engagements are necessarily on hold, pending his improvement.

“Everyone is wishing Mick a speedy recovery, and further news will be announced at the appropriate time.”

Bad Company – featuring Ralphs, original singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, along with guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Todd Ronning – played eight cities across the UK on their Swan Song Tour. It was their first trek in Britain in four years.

Ralphs was originally expected to sit out the recent UK tour, with former Black Crowes man Rich Robinson having filled in on the band’s earlier US dates.

Ralphs said before the US shows: “I’ve decided to sit this upcoming US tour out. The travel required to do these dates is something I’m just not feeling up for at the moment.

“I’m glad the band found Rich to take my place for this run, I’m sure he’ll be great.”

Do you earn less than $20 an hour?

Do you earn less than $20 an hour? White House warns your job is at risk

Top Story: Do you earn less than $20 an hour? White House warns your job is at risk

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We’ve been warning you for months now – robots could soon be taking over your job. They’ve already got the capabilities to put bartenders, hotel employees, housekeepers, factory workers, even writers, out of work for good. But now it’s officially official, as the White House has issued a warning to every American making under $20 an hour.

The White House’s Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) crunched the numbers and analyzed the data and came to the conclusion that your risk of being replaced by a robot is mainly dependent on how much money you make.

For example, if you make less than $20 per hour, there’s an 83% chance you will need to find a new job within the next few years. Meanwhile, for those who earn more than $20 an hour, there’s only a 31% chance, and if you make more than $40 an hour, there’s only a 4% risk of being replaced by robots.

The numbers are taken from the CEA’s economic report and a 2013 study on the risks of job automation. And surprisingly, even with the lost jobs, it’s not all bad news. It turns out that the robots are actually quite efficient. The study found that “robotics added an average of 0.37 percentage point to a country’s annual GDP growth between 1993 and 2007, accounting for about one-tenth of GDP growth during this time period.”

There’s also no reason to panic. Experts have said that while yes, robots are taking over low-wage jobs, the humans they are replacing are getting better, higher paying jobs with more responsibilities.

What do you think? Are you at risk or will you be welcoming robot workers? Let us know your thoughts