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‘I’m blessed. I’m still here’: ex-MP Patrick Duffy, 103, publishes memoirs | Politics past

‘I’m blessed. I’m still here’: ex-MP Patrick Duffy, 103, publishes memoirs | Politics past

The period after the general strike of 1926 was a desperate time for Britain’s mining communities. Faced with increased hours but slashed wages, the miners had walked out, and many stayed on strike for six months until, without pay and often in terrible need, they were forced to back down. To a five-year-old Patrick Duffy, however, whose father, James, had moved from the west of Ireland to work in coalmines in Wigan and then Doncaster, those were thrilling days – and 98 years on, he can still clearly recall snippets of them. “I still remember the early crowded meetings in the miners’ welfare hall, when the Conservative candidate never got a hearing,” Duffy says. “He took a seat on the platform, but once he began to speak, he was drowned out. And we thought that was triumphant. Silly, of course, but very exciting. “I was already then very political. Yes, I was a political animal from when I was five.” Over a long and immensely eventful life, Duffy would go on to become a naval …

Brit Awards 2024: 14 Most Surprising Brits Wins Ever

Brit Awards 2024: 14 Most Surprising Brits Wins Ever

Each year, the Brit Awards recognise some of the biggest musical acts in the world, with Elton John, David Bowie, Beyoncé and Amy Winehouse among those who’ve taken home awards over the years. But looking back at previous ceremonies, it’s surprising to see just how many surprising stars have also bagged Brits – and, more to the point, how many A-list stars they beat in the process. Here are 14 of the most unexpected, unlikely and, occasionally, bizarre Brit Awards wins from ceremonies gone by… Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1983) EUGENE ADEBARI/REX Shutterstock If you’re like us, you’ll associate Come On Eileen with watching through your fingers while your aunties dance around at a family wedding. However, in 1983, the Dexy’s Midnight Runners hit was named Best British Single, over Irene Cara’s Fame and Survivor’s Eye Of The Tiger (both of which, to be fair, are also family wedding staples). Rick Astley (1988) RICHARD YOUNG/REX Shutterstock But Come On Eileen isn’t the only questionable 80s staple to have previously been named the greatest British song of …

Boyzone’s Keith Duffy splits from wife of 25 years

Boyzone’s Keith Duffy splits from wife of 25 years

Boyzone’s Keith Duffy and his wife of 25 years have been living separately since before Christmas. The singer is reportedly “in bits” after he moved out of the Dublin home he shares with Lisa Smith just before Christmas. “It has come as a shock to everyone,” a source told the Mirror. “Back in July, they appeared happier than ever while celebrating 25 years together on a trip of a lifetime to the French Riviera.” Those close to the couple are hopeful the pair can resolve their issues. “It is serious, but Keith is hopeful that they can sort this thing out,” said the source. “They care deeply for one another and their children. There is no one else involved.” The couple married in Las Vegas’ Little White Chapel in 1998. They share two children, Jay 27, and Mia, 23. In July last year, Keith paid tribute to Lisa on their 25th wedding anniversary. “We’ve had our ups and downs our fair share of obstacles along the way but our love and friendship and desire our …

Carol Ann Duffy writes poem paying tribute to England’s female footballers | Carol Ann Duffy

The UK’s first and so far only female poet laureate has written a sonnet to honour England’s Lionesses and their forerunners. Carol Ann Duffy, who said she grew up in a “footballing family”, pays homage to the trailblazers behind today’s team in We See You, a poem described as a “team talk” to the nation. It is “an ode to every woman from the pitch to the boardroom, the communities and grassroots who are helping to level the playing field”, said Duffy, who was poet laureate from 2009 to 2019. The poem was composed for the WeSeeYou Network, which celebrates women in football and offers mentoring, training and networking opportunities for women in sport. The network was set up by the mobile phone company Three and Chelsea football club. Duffy said: “I grew up in a footballing family; my father was an amateur manager and my brothers played with the local teams. It was ever present in my life growing up. “The recent success of the women’s national team has helped bring mainstream interest to …