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Meet Michael Owen ex Liverpool Footballer at Waterstones Liverpool

Meet Michael Owen ex Liverpool Footballer in Liverpool

Meet Michael on September 7th as he will be signing copies of his autobiography Reboot: My Life from 1pm.
The book will be published on the 5th September 2019.

Reboot: My Life

Michael Owen’s new autobiography will let him open up about his football life for the first time – and set things straight once and for all. The Liverpool and England striker published his first book ‘Off The Record’ in 2004 but feels he “didn’t have a voice” during his playing days and now, six years after retiring he can finally say what really happened during his  career.

It promises to make a superb read and one of the most anticipated football books of the year. After breaking into the Liverpool team at just 17, he burst on to the international scene with a wonder goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup. The Chester-born player became the second youngest player to claim the Ballon d’Or in 2001 and went on to play in three World Cups.

But controversial transfers to Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Anfield rivals Manchester United have always divided opinion amongst his fans.
Now, Michael is revealing what really happened during his career that saw him share a dressing room with  David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer, not to mention a star-studded Galacticos side that included Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Raúl and Luis Figo.


Ariana Grande, Who is She? A Quick Biography

Ariana Grande, Who is She? A Quick Biography to put you in the picture.

Ariana Grande is a sitcom-star-turned-pop music sensation, known for such hit songs as ‘Problem,’ ‘Bang Bang,’ ‘Dangerous Woman’ and ‘Thank U, Next.’

Ariana Grande was born in Boca Raton in  Florida  in 1993 and started performing onstage when she was a little. Her involvement in a Broadway play when 15, followed by some small TV parts, helped her land the role of Cat on TV’s Victorious and  followed that with the spin-off Sam & Cat and then dived headfirst into a chart-topping musical career, releasing five albums: Yours Truly (2013), My Everything (2014), Dangerous Woman (2016), Sweetener(2018) and Thank U, Next (2019). Her popularity reflected by a strong media presence on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

In April 2019 she demonstrated her popularity by becoming the youngest performer to headline Coachella, as well as being the fourth woman to earn the honor.

Among her many accolades, she has been nominated for 6 Grammy Awards, won 3 American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year in 2016, and 2 MTV Video Music Awards.

In August 2019 it was revealed that Grande would appear in season 2 of Jim Carrey‘s Showtime series Kidding.

In addition to her musical and acting career, Ariana has launched two fragrances “Ari by Ariana Grande” and “Frankie by Ariana Grande” with her brother Frankie Grande.


Pre-Printed and Rubber Stamped Signatures

Pre-Printed and Rubber Stamped Signatures to collect

Plenty of letters from Presidents, statesmen, and entertainment celebrities are not signed at all.  They may have been signed with a rubber stamp, or be on pre-printed stationery.  Your ability to spot these letters can save you time and money.

Rubber stamp signatures are used a lot today and were even used in the mid 1800’s.  The most well known rubber stamp is that of American President Andrew Johnson.  It is usually  found on military appointments ‘signed’ as President.  Many also contain the rubber stamp signature of Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War.  Governor of New Jersey, Woodrow Wilson used a rubber stamp signature many times.  Bing Crosby used a stamp that secretaries used to sign “Bing” on many letters to fans.

Some rubber stamp signatures are quite smart and difficult to detect, unless you know what to look for.

Look closely at the ink intensity.  Stamped signatures usually have a uniform tone, but they may become evenly lighter or darker from one end to the other.  This is due to the way the stamp is pressed down.  A “Ghost image” can also be detected.  The “Ghost” is a second stamp, usually very lightly pressed on to the paper.  It is caused by a shake or shift of the stamp while the impression is being made.

In addition to rubber stamps, several Presidents including Truman, Coolidge, and Harding used pre-printed stationery with the words; “The White House / Washington” on the top and their signature at the bottom.  Thousands of these pre-printed stationery items were used to respond to inquiries, letters of support and complaints.  A secretary would type a response between the heading and the signature, and with a little practice, could make it look like the real  mccoy.  Several clues will make this type of non-genuine letter easy to spot. The ink colour of the heading and signature are identical because the signature and heading were usually printed in one pass on the printing press.  Ink voids in the signature and the heading, may be apparent, because the process used to print this stock, was of lower quality than usual.  The body of the letter may appear cramped and full, because it needed to be ‘squeezed’ into the limited available area.



Are Selfies Killing the Hobby of Autograph Collecting?

Are Selfies Killing the Hobby of Autograph Hunting?

Sports and movie fans don’t particularly want to get autographs anymore. They now prefer creeping into the lives of the stars via their mobile phones. Is it too early to say that the autograph is dead. Sports memorabilia was once a thriving business which has suffered quite a downturn because of selfies. Selfies posted on twitter, instagram have resulted in a drop of interest in the celebrity signature.

Celebrities Mourn

The Australian cricketer, Shane Warne, has recently tweeted that his fans have lost interest in asking him for him autograph and would now prefer taking selfies with him. “After doing 5 selfies with people this morning before 8am on my morning run / walk I’ve come to the conclusion that the autograph is dead !” he put on twitter.

Everything on the internet stays there forever, selfies can stay forever but a hand written autograph on an item  would need special care to last long, they simply fade and deteriorate over the years . People love taking selfies with celebrities because it’s easy, quick and can be shared with their friends and family in an instant. Moreover, you don’t have to carry a writing stick with you all the time. You can get a selfie with your favourite sports stars anytime you happen to bump into them, providing they say yes of course . All you need is your camera phone, which is always with you.


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Peaky Blinders Festival to be Held in Birmingham September 2019

The world wide hit TV series to hold its first festival

The very first official Peaky Blinders  festival will be held in Birmingham UK  September 2019.

It will have live  music attractions  from Mercury Prize nominees Anna Calvi and Nadine Shah and Scots band Primal Scream.

A similar event last year, which was not approved by the makers of the show left some fans unhappy.

“I wanted to put together a festival sanctioned by us but not to comment on anybody else’s attempt,” creator and writer Steven Knight told BBC News.

The authorised Peaky Blinders Festival will be held in Birmingham, where the show is bases, on 14-15 September.

The BBC series follows the ups and downs of the Shelby crime family, starring Cillian Murphy as head Tommy Shelby.

The event will see 200 actors recreate Peaky Blinders actual scenes live in the old streets, warehouses and factories of Digbeth near where the story is based. There will also be fashion shows and a specially commissioned dance performance by renowned company Rambert.

The line-up for the five music stages includes Mike Skinner aka The Streets and Anna Calvi, who scored the fifth series of Peaky Blinders, which starts on BBC One later in the year