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Mel B: ‘Financial abuse’ forced Spice Girls star to move back into mum’s bungalow

Mel B: ‘Financial abuse’ forced Spice Girls star to move back into mum’s bungalow

Sign up to Roisin O’Connor’s free weekly newsletter Now Hear This for the inside track on all things music Get our Now Hear This email for free She made her fortune as one of the Spice Girls, topping charts around the world with hits including “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life”, but Mel B says she was left with next to nothing after leaving her marriage. The singer born Melanie Brown left California after splitting from ex-husband Stephen Belafonte, accusing him of domestic abuse. Belafonte has always denied the allegations. Brown has since made her way back to a level of financial security she never thought she would experience again, following a successful Spice Girls reunion and the publication of her 2018 memoir, Brutally Honest. But the “Viva Forever” artist, 48, told the BBC that she was left in a “powerless” situation” after her divorce was finalised, and that the decision to move home came as the Spice Girls reunion was taking place in 2019. Proceeds from the shows were apparently being spent on legal …

A Walking Tour of Los Angeles Architecture: From Art Deco to California Bungalow

A Walking Tour of Los Angeles Architecture: From Art Deco to California Bungalow

When archi­tec­tur­al his­to­ri­an Reyn­er Ban­ham wrote Los Ange­les: The Archi­tec­ture of Four Ecolo­gies (1971), quite pos­si­bly the most influ­en­tial book pub­lished about the South­ern Cal­i­forn­ian metrop­o­lis, he saw fit to dis­miss the cen­ter of the city with what he called “a note on down­town.” He con­cedes that it has its land­marks, like the Cathe­dral of San­ta Vib­iana and the much-filmed Brad­bury Build­ing, “one of the most mag­nif­i­cent relics of nine­teenth-cen­tu­ry com­mer­cial archi­tec­ture any­where in the world.” But he finds the urban scene that sur­rounds them hope­less­ly deplet­ed: “Many US cities have had their down­town areas fall into this kind of desue­tude,” but “in none of the oth­ers does one have quite such a strong feel­ing that this is where the action can­not pos­si­bly be.” Things have changed since The Archi­tec­ture of Four Ecolo­gies came out more than half a cen­tu­ry ago. After count­less abort­ed attempts at revival, down­town Los Ange­les seems final­ly to have found its way to becom­ing a true city cen­ter once again. This has to do with a num­ber of fac­tors, includ­ing …

‘Boring’ bungalow on sale for £700k hides stunning secrets and interior

‘Boring’ bungalow on sale for £700k hides stunning secrets and interior

The bungalow looks unassuming from the front. (SWNS) When looking at it from the street, buyers may raise an eyebrow over the heft price tag for a seemingly unassuming bungalow in Morpeth, Northumberland, but once inside it reveals its considerable secrets. The property is on the market for almost £700,000 and due to the cliff it is built into it appears to only have a single storey from the street, but is actually spread over three floors. It boasts five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a decking area and three landscaped lawn areas. The house features a games room with a bar, parquet flooring and a generous skylight. (SWNS) The property also has a “man cave” complete with a bar and pool table area under a vaulted glass roof overlooking the gardens. Also on the ground floor is a music room and home office while a mezzanine level has been designed for relaxing. The main living room features a futuristic pyramid-shaped corner fireplace. Recommended reading: The property has several giant rooms. (SWNS) The property has several large …