'Tubthumping' hitmakers Chumbawamba have split after 30 years together.
Chumbawamba have split after 30 years.
The 'Tubthumping' group revealed yesterday (09.07.12) that they are calling it quits on their musical career, saying their time was ''finally at an end'', following decades of ''ideas and melodies, endless meetings and European tours, press releases, singalong choruses and dada sound poetry''.
The anarchist group posted a statement on their website entitled 'The End', which read: ''That's it then, it's the end. With neither a whimper, a bang or a reunion. We felt we'd got to a point where what we did as a band - and specifically the writing, recording, touring cycle - wasn't doing Justice to what Chumbawamba set out to do in the first place.
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Following Johnny Marr 's proclamation at the recent NME Awards that his old group The Smiths would only reform if the current UK government stepped down from power, that great commentator of cultural society and member of the opposition party Labour John Prescott has come out in support of Marr, and taken to Twitter to say "Hello Johnny. Just to say we'll work really hard on that reunion! pleasepleaseletmegetwhatiwant", the hash tag being in relation to the Manchester-based band's track of the same title.
Marr made the initial comments earlier this week when picking up the award for Best Re-issues at the Nme Awards for their 'Complete' box set. He commented "We won't be reforming this week. Maybe if the government stepped down. If this government stepped down, I'll reform the band. How's that? That's a fair trade, isn't it? I think the country would be better off, don't you? I'll do it if the coalition steps down." Marr's tongue may well have been in cheek, but Prescott evidently took it seriously enough, following his previous tweet with "Please reform cosheavenknowsweremiserablenow," in another witty reference to another Smiths song.Whether it happens remains to be seen, with the group's front man Morrissey a notoriously stubborn man. They're one of the last of their contemporaries yet to get back together however, with The Stone Roses announcing their comeback last year and fellow Mancunian acts such as The Happy Mondays and The Inspiral Carpets following suit.
Vacationing on St. Bart's in the Caribbean, Rupert Murdoch opened a Twitter account over the weekend and promptly used it to promote two movies that units of his News Corp have released. "I LOVE the film 'we bought a zoo', a great family movie. Very proud of fox team who made this great film," he tweeted, referring to executives of his 20th Century Fox studio. (Professional critics have indicated that the film falls quite short of "great." Later "Saw Fox film Descendants. Thank God, one to be proud of. Star Geo Clooney deserves Oscar, maybe film too." The Descendants was released by Murdoch's Fox Searchlight unit. Murdoch made no mention of the British telephone-hacking scandal that has shaken his media empire over the past year or so, but several of his new-found Twitter followers did. Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, whose own voicemail was hacked by a reporter and a private detective working for Murdoch's now-abandoned London tabloid News of the World , tweeted "Welcome to Twitter... @rupertmurdoch. I've left you a Happy New Year message on my voicemail!" Prescott also twitted Murdoch with this tweet "Hey @rupertmurdoch. I'm surprised you're only following two people. The police said it was at least 800 [the number of people whose voicemails were hacked by Murdoch's men]." Earlier in the day, Murdoch had reportedly tweeted, "Maybe Brits have too many holidays for broke country." His wife, Wendi Deng, fired back, "RUPERT, delete tweet." He did.
In a widely predicted legal maneuver, lawyers for Rupert Murdoch's Sunday tabloid News of the World have sought to quash an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit brought against it by actress Sienna Miller. Appearing in a London court on Thursday the lawyers argued that the newspaper has already admitted liability for hacking into her voicemail, has apologized, and has offered to pay her £100,000 ($163,000) in damages -- far more than she could ever expect to be awarded in court. "What she wants is a public inquiry and that goes beyond the remedies the civil law provides," Michael Silverleaf, a lawyer for the newspaper, told the court. It was the latest effort by Murdoch's News Corp to keep a lid on the expanding scandal over allegations that News of the World reporters routinely hacked into the voicemail of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of British celebrities and politicians. As reported by the London Financial Times , Miller's attorney, Hugh Tomlinson, told the court that the actress, whose phones were hacked when she was dating actor Jude Law -- who is also suing the newspaper -- wanted to proceed with her court case "not because we see millions of pounds before our eyes and become very greedy, but rather because we want to know the precise extent of their wrongdoing." If the case does in fact proceed, Miller's lawyers could subpoena records of the newspaper that could reveal who at News Corp was aware of the illegal hacking and which executives approved it. [UPDATE Late today (Friday) Miller accepted the £100,000 settlement. Nevertheless, Tomlinson said, "her primary concern is not how much money is rewarded by way of compensation but what the extent was of the hacking that took place," he said. What she wants to have is disclosure and proper answers from the News of the World as to what took place so she can have effective non-monetary relief and can be properly compensated."] At a separate court hearing on Thursday, lawyers for former deputy prime minister John Prescott appeared to intimate that News Corp and Scotland Yard were acting in cahoots to suppress evidence of the hacking. Lawyers for Prescott told the court that police had repeatedly assured him that he was not a victim of hacking -- only to learn recently that at least 45 voicemail messages had been transcribed by a private investigator working for News of the World and sent to an executive editor at the newspaper. Prescott and two other former officials are seeking a judicial review of Scotland Yard's handling of the matter. Police representatives responded in court that while there had been some failures in their handling of the matter in the past, their current investigation is intended to remedy them, thereby obviating any need for a judicial review.
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Rupert Murdoch's efforts to gain complete control of Britain's BSkyB satellite TV service has hit a hitch -- namely the intensifying scandal surrounding the allegations that his London Sunday tabloid News of the World routinely hacked into the voicemails of celebrities and politicians. On Wednesday, one of those politicians, former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, now Lord Prescott, demanded that approval of the takeover be delayed until the investigation of the telephone hacking is completed. Addressing members of Parliament on Wednesday, a day after two senior journalists of News of the World were arrested in connection with the alleged hacking, Prescott maintained "that it would be totally unacceptable for a company like this [Murdoch's News Corp] that is actively involved at all levels in criminal acts to be given control of BSkyB." He noted also that in 2003, Rebekah Brooks, the head of News International, which oversees Murdoch's news operations in the U.K., admitted that another Murdoch newspaper, the Sun , had paid police for information, a practice, Prescott said, that was patently illegal.
Continue reading: Hackergate Could Halt Murdoch's Acquisition Of Bskyb
The mounting Hackergate scandal in Britain took a new turn today (Thursday) when Scotland Yard, which has reopened the case, signaled that it is alerting thousands of celebrities and politicians that their voicemails were hacked by a private investigator working under the aegis of Rupert Murdoch's London tabloid News of the World. The Met, as London's Metropolitican Police Department is also called, has also agreed to inform some of the targets that they were misled when they had called police to ask whether their phones had been hacked. Attorney Charlotte Harris who is representing several figures who are suing News International, which oversees Murdoch's British newspapers and Sky News, his television news service, told The Guardian newspaper, "It is a breath-taking about-turn by the Met. The confession that individuals were misled is alarming. People have claims and the Met told them thadt they did not." Also today, former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, now Lord Prescott, who resigned amid a scandal involving his relationship with his diary secretary in 2006, said that he had been informed by Sue Akers, Scotland Yard's deputy assistant commissioner who has taken over the investigation, that the Yard has evidence indicating that his phone had been hacked by Glenn Mulcaire, the private detective used by the News of the World . "Since it was a criminal act committed, why didn't The Police take criminal action?" Prescott asked during a BBC television interview today. "There are a lot of questions now being asked as to why they didn't do that and that is to do with the relationship, frankly, between Murdoch press and the Met police." Prescott's comments underscores those of others who have complained that police helped keep a lid on the scandal in order to remain on good terms with News of the World reporters, who frequently uncover information valuable to police investigators.
Continue reading: Police Alert Thousands In U.k. Hackergate Scandal
Hells Kitchen TV chef Gordon Ramsay has joined the widening list of British celebrities and politicians linked to the telephone-hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch's Sunday tabloid, News of the World . The London Independent reported today (Friday) that Ramsay's name appeared on a list of celebrities, together with their phone numbers, account numbers and PIN codes, collected by private eye Glenn Mulcaire, who was convicted two years ago of illegally accessing the voicemails of princes William and Harry and providing information about them to a News of the World reporter who was convicted as well. Also today, former deputy prime minister John Prescott said that he intends to take legal action against Scotland Yard for its handling of the hacking investigation. Prescott, now a member of the House of Lords, said on his website that police had declined to disclose details of the information about him that they obtained when they searched Mulcaire's office. "In view of their refusal to hand over this information, it is my intention to apply to the administrative court to seek a judicial review of the Metropolitan Police's [Scotland Yard] handling of this case," he said. Prescott's statement was immediately rebuked by the Scotland Yard officer in charge of the investigation, who called it "just another episode of Lord Prescott's rants. ... He was on a list, along with lots of other celebrities and well-known people, held by a journalist -- and that's no different to a contact list that's being held by any other journalist," former assistant commissioner Andy Hayman said in a radio interview. Meanwhile, two former NoW reporters who claim that phone hacking was rife at the tabloid and that the then-editor Andy Coulson, who is now chief spokesman fr Prime Minister David Cameron, knew about it, have said that when they attempted to tell police what they knew, they were cautioned that their words could be used against them in a court of law. One of the former reporters, Sean Hoare, who told his story to The New York Times , told reporters that following the warning, he informed police that he would be unable to help them. The other, Paul McMullan, told The Guardian newspaper that he had previously cooperated with police regarding investigative reports he had written. "It is pathetic that they ask to interview me now under caution," he said. "If they want to treat me as a suspect, they will have to arrest me."
Continue reading: Gordon Ramsay Turns Up Burners On Hackergate
Chris Bryant, the former Foreign Office Minister for Europe in the British Labor Party government, and Brian Paddick, a former Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) senior officer, have filed a lawsuit against the Yard, claiming that other officials of the agency engaged in a strategic cover-up of widespread phone hacking by the Sunday tabloid News of the World in order to court favor with the Rupert Murdoch-owned publication. Britain's Guardian newspaper reported today that former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott "and at least one other person" are expected to join the legal action, which could force Scotland Yard to open its files on the controversial case. Bryant and Paddick have been identified as being among those who had their voicemail messages hacked by a private detective working for reporters at the NoW . The lawsuit names five reporters. Both men, who are openly gay, have attracted a goodly amount of tabloid attention. Paddick says that while he was a deputy assistant police commissioner, a story was published in the tabloid that he had bought his partner an expensive watch while on holiday in Sydney. The lawsuit says "He had not told anyone apart from his partner about the purchase, but had to speak to the bank on his mobile phone ... to allow the [block] on his credit card to be lifted." Bryant claims that after he became suspicious that his phone was being hacked, he reported the matter to police but did not hear from them for five months. They confirmed that his phone had indeed been hacked but declined to provide further details. The claim alleges that police limited their investigation to just two men, a NoW reporter, labeled by the newspaper as a "rogue" employee, and a private investigator, despite "clear inference that numerous journalists at the News of the World and other tabloid newspapers were involved in hacking." Separately, Chris Tarrant, who hosts the British version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and British comedian Steve Coogan have said that they intend to sue the News of the World after learning that their cellphone numbers and voicemail passwords had been found in the records of the NoW 's private investigator.
Continue reading: New Lawsuits Filed In Britain's Hackergate Scandal
Two British newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp paid out more than $1.6 million to quietly settle legal cases that might have revealed that the newspapers had hired private investigators to wiretap British politicians, actors, and sports stars, Britain's Guardian newspaper disclosed today (Thursday), citing an unnamed source at Scotland Yard. The newspaper said that the investigators, hired by journalists working for the two Murdoch tabloids, the daily Sun and the Sunday News of the World , had been able to gain access to personal data concerning the celebrities, including their tax records and bank statements. The Guardian accused Andy Coulson, a former News of the World editor and currently the official spokesman for David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party, of failing to take action to halt the wiretapping (referred to in the Guardian account as "phone-hacking"). On Wednesday night, former deputy prime minister John Prescott told the Guardian , "I think Mr. Cameron should be thinking of getting rid of Coulson." Andrew Neil, the former editor of the Sunday Times , which is also owned by Murdoch, called the Guardian expose "one of the most significant media stories of modern times," adding it suggested that the illegal activity was "systemic" particularly at News of the World. "This was a newsroom out of control," he said. But, in an interview with Bloomberg News, Rupert Murdoch denied that any hush money had been paid to the alleged victims to settle their cases. "If that had happened, I would know about it," he said.
Continue reading: U.k. Newspaper Says Murdoch Tabloids Paid Hush Money
LATEST: Troubled superstar Michael Jackson has reportedly axed his controversial trip to Britain, after being advised to by aides.
It had been reported yesterday (21DEC03) the BILLIE JEAN hitmaker would make his promotional journey to the UK, but according to Britain's The Sun newspaper, the trip is off again, following fears it would be "wrecked by protestors".
The news comes soon after British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott expressed his disbelief that Jackson would be permitted to travel overseas.
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