Daily Express : 2020-09-23

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DX1ST The dignity and 26 Daily Express Wednesday, September 23, 2020 HICKEY ASKED by BBC Breakfast host Charlie Stayt whether he’s a “Rick Astley fan”, weatherman Matt Taylor replied on the airwaves: “Er, not a massive one.” Charlie swiftly pointed out: “Well, that was the wrong thing to say! He’s listening!” The presenter mischievou­sly added to mortified- looking Matt: “He’s coming up in a moment, I’ll ask you again: are you a Rick Astley fan?” Taylor was obliged to unconvinci­ngly respond: “Love Rick Astley. Best. Grew up with him.” The amused singer, pictured, who was watching the embarrassi­ng scene unfold from his home, jokily insisted: “All is forgiven.” Matt Nixson By Veteran photograph­er Tom Stoddart’s stunning new book brings together his awe- inspiring images of women and girls at their most courageous from around the world… O comes from within. There is the uniformed man with the gun, and the woman with her life force and refusal to cower and break. “The photo grapher who recognised the moment, and made sure to capture it and help us see it, was Tom Stoddart.” For his part, Stoddart, 67, who was born in Morpeth, Northumber­land, and started on a weekly paper in the Northeast before moving to London in the late Seventies to work for Fleet Street and magazines, says simply: “When a crisis engulfs a community, it’s women who face the challenges head on. Their love of family and ‘ never surrender’ attitude drive them on to survive the miserable cruelty of conflicts, persecutio­n, natural disasters and health emergencie­s.” VER THE past four decades, photojourn­alist Tom Stoddart has witnessed many of the most incredible and harrowing events of our times. From the fall of the Berlin Wall and the siege of Sarajevo to the wars against Saddam Hussein, he has captured some of the most iconic images of the era. His stunning new collection, Extraordin­ary Women, features perhaps his most powerful work, focusing on the strength and endurance of women and girls in extraordin­ary situations. War, disaster and poverty all make their appearance, alongside women as leaders, celebritie­s, pioneers and survivors. One thing unites them all: they are not victims. Actor, director and UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie writes in the introducti­on: “Images can change the way we think. They can help us remember history, or empathise with people around the world… For me, one of those moments was the woman walking in Sarajevo, Meliha Varesanovi­c. “In a single image, I felt the country and the moment: a people I would come to know, love and, above all, respect. That elegant, proud woman made me understand dignity and defiance in a way I had not understood it before: that the fight UNIMPRESSE­D by one less than picturesqu­e scene when observing the canal in Kiddermins­ter during his visit, Gyles Brandreth sarcastica­lly jokes: “Ah, Kiddermins­ter! The Venice of the Midlands.” Surely someone should step up to defend Kiddermins­ter’s honour? Extraordin­ary Women: Images Of Courage, Endurance And Defiance by Tom Stoddart ( ACC, £ 35) is out now. For free UK delivery, call Express Bookshop on 01872 562310 or order via express bookshop. co. uk An exhibition of images runs at Side Gallery, Newcastle, September 26 until December 13 ● ● SUCCESSION actor Brian Cox, who made headlines back in January after claiming he was “touched up” by Princess Margaret at London’s Royal Court theatre 50 years ago when she “ran her fingers down the inside of his shirt”, now suggests only one living eyewitness remains. “Unfortunat­ely, a lot of people are dead. But James Bolam, he was there,” Cox, 74, recalls in Reader’s Digest. Will Likely Lads star Bolam vouch for Cox’s version of events? REFLECTING on life as the daughter of Dame Joan Collins, Tara Arkle, promoting her novel Radio Honey, cheerfully points out: “I inherited her great legs.” STARRING in the new TV series of All Creatures Great And Small, actor Samuel West reports 88- year- old mother Prunella Scales’s theatrical pedigree is still very much in evidence, despite her suffering from Alzheimer’s. While the Fawlty Towers actress, pictured, has “virtually no short- term memory”, West recalls her recently performing a rendition of Robert Browning’s lengthy 19th- century poem, A Toccata Of Galuppi’s. He adds: “To my incredible surprise, I discovered she knows it all off by heart.” EXPLAINING his recent hair transplant, TV comedy star Jimmy Carr, 48, announces: “It was a political problem, it was a problem of redistribu­tion. I had too much at the back and not enough at the front.” PRESENTER Libby Purves’s much- publicised complaint this week that female broadcaste­rs at the BBC are under pressure to look youthful while male colleagues can resemble “old Steptoe”, reminded me that late Steptoe actor Wilfrid Brambell was in fact a snappy dresser in real life. While famously dubbed a “dirty old man” in the show, Dublin- born Brambell’s well- groomed appearance when out of character could be a cause for confusion. Wilfrid was once refused entry into the BBC Club at Television Centre when a doorman wouldn’t believe the immaculate­ly attired gent before him was also the grubby rag- and- bone man. Egged but unshaken: The Queen after being pelted with raw eggs during a 1986 visit to Auckland, New Zealand, by two Maori women activists protesting about a treaty 146 years earlier. It is thought to be the only time the Monarch has been struck during her 70- year reign Crikey! 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