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The dream never dies

In 1963, British teenagers Barb Bezant and Lyn Phillips recorded a fan letter to Paul McCartney, using a reel-to-reel tape recorder (ask your grandpa).

Sample: "This dream is just to come round the back and see you, but I don't suppose that'll ever happen. But we can always live in hope, can't we?" They dispatched the tape to the venue for the next Beatles concert, but it was never delivered.

Until this year. A local historian who bought the tape at a flea market called the BBC's The One Show, which tracked down the women, who had lost touch with each other 40 years ago.

The show even got them a reply:

"Hi Linda and Barbara, thanks very much for (your) lovely tape. It finally got through, better late than never. Great to hear that you found each other after all these years. Keep enjoying the music, love Paul."


Love means nothing in tennis

Tennis player Anna Kournikova and singer Enrique Iglesias, a couple for a dozen years, are "on the rocks," Don't Usemyname tells the New York Post.

"Anna is getting tired of waiting for him to decide if he wants to marry her or not," says the paper's source. "She is ready to move on."

He's 38. She's 32.


Bill Nye the limping guy

Remember last week's item about Bill Nye the Science Guy, and how he tore a tendon during his performance on Dancing With the Stars?

Well, this week the judges voted him off the island, or whatever they call it, even though he's pretty popular with the show's dwindling number of fans., reporting this, notes that he danced -- with partner Tyne Stecklein -- "mostly from the waist up" this week.

The judges acknowledged his grit, etc., but then vaporized him.

Classy as always, Nye said this: "What breaks my heart is Tyne [is also out]. She's fantastic."


Feminist... or macho?

Natalie Portman tells Elle mag that Tinseltown still isn't getting female characters quite right:

"The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you're making a 'feminist' story, the woman kicks ass and wins," she told the mag. "That's not feminist, that's macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with."

She's 32.


Miley a mom? That's Juicy

At Black Entertainment Television's Hip Hop Awards the other night, Miley Cyrus claimed to be pregnant, with help from rapper Juicy J.

These two were onstage together when J -- who was born Jordan Houston -- said "I assure you, she's been doing a lot more than twerking".

Miley said she was expecting, and when the crowd laughed, she added "No, I'm really pregnant!"

The next day via Twitter she was joking about all this, but not denying it. Eonline, citing inside info, said the claim is false.

One Who Knows told that Miley will allow the rumour to continue, "as it gets her name out and she has an album to sell".

The show was taped, for broadcast Oct. 15.


Liam keeps tabs

Would Miley knitting little booties explain this?

Liam Hemsworth, her main squeeze until lately, ran up a $3,800 bar tab Sunday night at Ainsworth Park, a Manhattan sports bar, People mag says. He was with actor James Marsden and a couple other buddies. We're talking five hours of beer, tequila, and burgers.

Hmm. The house specialty is a $17 margarita made with Moet & Chandon champagne, but that's still quite a bill. He must have been buying rounds for the house.

Liam dumped Miley, not the other way around, and he was said to be flirting Sunday with a couple of young ladies who were also at the bar, so maybe he was not exactly drowning his sorrows.

He's 23. Miley is 20.


Arky malarkey

Arpad "Arky" Busson made his money the old-fashioned way -- via a hedge fund. He was married to Elle Macpherson, and then lived with Uma Thurman.

Now, dabbling in show biz, he has managed to irk hot-tempered Alec Baldwin, never a wise move. At some meeting on a yacht at Cannes, Arky told Alec he's merely a TV star, not a real -- i.e., movie -- star. Alec got out the blunderbuss:

"He reminds me of a B-level villain in a Bond film," Baldwin told TV Guide. " ... He's a pockmarked toady who hops from yacht to yacht and bed to bed. So when some bloated little toad like Busson labels me a certain way, I say to myself, 'Consider the source.' If movie stardom meant being trapped on a yacht with Busson, I'd rather be a weatherman for Ch.â4 in New York."


Through Katy-coloured glasses

Katy Perry is still in the total-infatuation phase with John Mayer, to judge by what she told Billboard mag:

"He literally is a genius, as is evident from his songwriting... I always tell him, 'Darling, you know I'm going to have to give your mind to science after you've passed, because we're going to have to understand how all these sparks work.'"

And this: "We'll be in bed, and he'll be doing the crossword puzzle. Every night, he tries to finish it in under 10 minutes. When he puts his mind to something, he really gets it done very well. I always ask for his help."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 6, 2013 ??65524

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