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Bradford’s David Hockney birthday gift

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The gallery where the renowned artist was first inspired has opened a David Hockney Gallery in honour of him turning 80

A new permanent display of Hockney’s work will be on show at the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery containing works spanning his career and unseen photos from his personal albums.

The exhibition showcases an unrivalled collection of his early work and provide an introduction to his life and art with a particular focus on Yorkshire and Bradford.

The city of Bradford went all out to for Hockney’s birthday with thousands attending on the opening weekend for a huge party.

Although he didn’t make it to his hometown as he now lives in Los Angeles, Bradford did plenty to celebrate in his absence.

Over the weekend a huge portrait of Hockney was unveiled made out of coloured nails.

Artist Marcus Levine created the piece that stands 16ft high out of 250,000 nails hammered into a base of lacquered marine plywood and fixed onto the wall.

Hockney is widely regarded as Britain's greatest living painter and his exhibitions have drawn record-breaking crowds to the Tate and the Royal Academy in recent years.

Born in Bradford in 1937, he learned his craft pushing a pram containing art materials around the city while he painted on the streets.

He has previously spoken of his joy of visiting the Cartwright Hall as a kid in the 1940s and 50s which makes the gallery even more touching as Hockney claimed it was the only place in Bradford to see ‘real paintings’.

THE QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY: Things you need to know about Her Majesty

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Her Majesty marked her 90th birthday by meeting some of the thousands of well-wishers with the Duke of Edinburgh by her side on Thursday 21st April.

Achieving a milestone as Britain's oldest and longest-reigning monarch, she usually celebrates this day in private and has a more public celebration in June. 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Her Majesty the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday in Windsor on Thursday 21st April


On her walkabout in Windsor she received armfuls of cards, bouquets of flowers and even a cake as she acknowledged the greetings of the crowds for this historic milestone for the monarch.

By her side was 94-year-old Prince Philip, her husband of 69 years, with whom she has four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

But this is only one of the two birthday celebration for Her Majesty. For four nights next month there will be a musical pageant in Windsor, involving 900 horses and some 1,500 actors, dancers and musicians, celebrating the queen's nine decades.

On June 11th comes the monarch's "official" birthday, traditionally marked by the Trooping the Colour military parade.

This year there will also be a service at St. Paul's Cathedral and a huge street party in the Mall outside Buckingham Palace for members of charities the queen supports. The government has even given pubs permission to stay open later on June 10th and 11th, until 1 a.m. instead of the standard 11 p.m.



  • The Queen has two birthdays – the 21st April marks the date she was born. She also gets another knees up on 11th June - that’s known as her official birthday.
  • She became Queen at the age of 25.
  • HM Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longest reigning monarch and has seen off 12 prime ministers during her reign.
  • Rumour has it if she wants to leave a dinner in five minutes, she puts her bag on the table to indicate to her staff that she’s ready to leave. She moves it from arm to arm to tell aides she is tired of talking to someone.
  • She has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign, her first one, Susan, was an 18th birthday present.
  • Prince Philip’s pet names for The Queen are said to include ‘sausage’ and ‘cabbage’.
  • She made her first public speech when she was 14, when children were being evacuated for safety reasons.
  • She loves a crime thriller. Some of her favourite authors are PD James, Agatha Christie and Dick Francis.
  • She has her own train but usually travels round the UK by helicopter or RAF aircraft.
  • She’s head of state of 15 Commonwealth countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Papua New Guinea, St Christopher and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tuvalu, Barbados, Grenada, Solomon Islands, St Lucia and The Bahamas.
  • Most Wednesdays, at 6.30pm, she has a meeting with the Prime Minister. Nobody except the two of them knows what is said during this time – these meetings are confidential.
  • She’s the patron of more than 600 charities.

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Still a “mummy’s boy”

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aamir-khan (258x450)Aamir Khan is cutting his London trip short as he’s promised to celebrate his 51st birthday with his mum in India.

Currently Khan is shooting for his upcoming movie ‘Dangal’, where he plays the role of Mahavir Phogat who encourages his daughters Geeta and Babita to take up wrestling.

He’s already shot for the film in his beefed-up physique as a grown up Mahavir Singh Phogat, but for the younger version of the character Aamir will be loosing around 70 lbs in weight.

Aamir’s trip had played a dual purpose of preparation for the film whilst spending some quality time with his 21-year-old son Junaid (from Aamir’s first wife Reena Dutta) who is studying film-making in England.

A source said: “He was supposed to be there till the end of the month but will have to cut short his trip and return in six days.

“His mother (Zeenat Hussain) is in her 80s now and wants Aamir who turns 51 on 14th March by her side on his birthday.”

So, as promised, Aamir will fly back to India in time to ring in his 51st birthday with mummy.

Marriage for Kabir Bedi on his 70th?

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INDIA-ENTERTAINMENT-BOLLYWOODKabir Bedi's baritone goes one decibel up when he talks about his 'Annual 50th Birthday Bash' which he is hosting on Saturday 16th January.

The veteran actor turns 70 and has planned a big party at a suburban hotel in Bandra. Invites have been sent out to the family, fraternity and even school friends. A Sufi singer is being flown in from Delhi and the evening will be a daawat fit for a king.

Buzz is, he's planning to secretly tie the knot with live-in partner, Parveen Dusanj, and the announcement will be made on birthday.

The man, who found plenty of admirers both in the East and the West, has been married thrice before, to the late Protima Bedi, Susan Humphreys and Nikki Bedi.

After he divorced Nikki in 2005, he began dating British-born Parveen Dusanj who is 29 years younger than him. The couple has been together for nine years.