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Flynn is in at West­min­ster

Flynn the bi­chon frise was picked as best in show at the West­min­ster Ken­nel Club on Tues­day night, a choice that seemed to sur­prise al­most every­one in the crowd at Madi­son Square Gar­den. Fans who had been loudly shout­ing for their favourites fell into stunned si­lence when judge Betty-Anne Sten­mark an­nounced her choice. No mat­ter, the white pow­der puff was picked and walked off as top dog at the U.S. show. Guided by han­dler Bill McFad­den, Flynn beat out Ty the gi­ant sch­nauzer, Big­gie the pug, Bean the Sus­sex spaniel, Lucy the bor­zoi, Slick the bor­der col­lie and Win­ston the Nor­folk ter­rier.

Knight cred­its ‘clean liv­ing’

Gla­dys Knight, 73, has dis­missed on­line gos­sip about her age­less looks after beauty ex­perts sug­gested she had un­der­gone a facelift be­fore the Gram­mys. Knight has taken to so­cial me­dia to in­sist she just looks after her­self. “I feel like I won a medal with all the com­pli­ments,” she cap­tioned an In­sta­gram shot of her­self. “You guys keep me young,” adding she’s “thank­ful for these God­given genes and clean liv­ing.”

South African cen­sors ban Os­car hope­ful

South Africa’s film board has banned an Os­car short­listed movie from fam­ily cin­e­mas after com­plaints over its de­pic­tion of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. Inxeba drew some protests for show­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween two young men dur­ing tra­di­tional ini­ti­a­tion rites, but it had been show­ing in the­atres through­out most of the coun­try. The Film & Pub­li­ca­tion Board has now re­clas­si­fied the film so that it can be shown only in “des­ig­nated adult premises.” The movie was South Africa’s en­try for the Os­cars for best for­eign lan­guage film.

Me­tal­lica wins Po­lar prize

U.S. heavy metal band Me­tal­lica and Afghanistan’s Na­tional In­sti­tute of Mu­sic have won the 2018 Po­lar Mu­sic Prizes, a Swedish award. It is the first time a heavy metal band gets an award given each year for sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments in mu­sic. The award panel said Me­tal­lica had “through vir­tu­oso en­sem­ble play­ing and its use of ex­tremely ac­cel­er­ated tem­pos” taken rock mu­sic “to places it had never been be­fore.” It said the Afghan en­sem­ble “re­vives Afghan mu­sic, and shows you can trans­form lives through mu­sic.” They will re­ceive their awards June 14.

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