Susanna Reid Staggered By The Value Of Her Autograph.

Susanna Reid has been disheartened to find out fans have failed to sell autographs she has signed as they have not even reached £1 when sold online.

The 49-year-old Good Morning host has become a household name after more than 20 years reading the news.

Whilst her face might be recognisable, her name is worth only pennies as she discovered the embarrassingly low price her signed photos sell for online.

Susanna Reid decided to do some research about herself after discovering some stars – such as The Inbetweeners’ James Buckley – have been making good cash in lockdown by selling personalised videos of themselves to fans via Cameo website.

Writing in the Daily Mail, she explained that “James Buckley, has raked in £100,000.

James points out that TV personalities can get hundreds of requests for personalised messages that they would normally ignore and not take any notice of.

Susanna then decided to check how much she is worth herself.

She said that she wouldn’t charge for a video or indeed an autograph, even though collectors sell them on auction sites.

She looked up how much a signed photo of herself goes for: 99p.


Feelyvision Could be On Its Way To Your Home TV Soon

Feelyvision may be the next stage in television’s  evolution? British scientists are now developing technology that will allow viewers to taste, smell and touch the sensations being played out on our screen.

Researchers at the University of Sussex are exploring ways which will let viewers sense raindrops on them or wind blowing across their face, using ultrasound beams and air flows to heighten the sensory impact of scenes they are watching on their box.

This tactile TV will help TV companies create programmes that capture the audience’s full gaze and immerse them in a multisensory world, according to Dr Marianna Obrist, Reader in Interaction Design at Sussex, whose Computer Human Interaction lab is leading the research.

The team is working with Ultrahaptics, a Bristol start-up company who has developed technology that uses ultrasound to enable users to receive tactile feedback projected on to their uncovered hands, without needing to wear specialised gloves.

The technology uses ultrasound to send sensations through the air directly onto the TV watcher pinpointing areas of the hand that would best be stimulated to evoke different emotions.

Lionel Messi Footballer, a Short History of his Career

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Born and brought up in Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a boy. When he was 13, he moved to Spain to play for Barcelona, who said they would pay  for his medical treatment. After a quick progression through Barcelona’s youth academy, Messi made his  debut aged 17 in October 2004. Despite being injury-prone in his early days, he established himself as an key player for the club during the next three years, finishing 2007 as a finalist for both the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the year award, He also achieved this the next year. His first uninterrupted season was 2008–09, for which he helped Barcelona achieve the first treble in Spanish football history. When he was 22 years old, Messi won the 2009 Ballon d’Or and the FIFA 2009 World Player of the Year award by huge voting margins.

Thus was followed by three successful seasons with him winning three consecutive FIFA Ballons d’Or, including an unprecedented fourth. During the 2011/12 season he achieved the La Liga and European records for the most goals scored in a playing season, while setting himself as Barcelona’s all time top goal scorer in official competitions in March of 2012. The next 2 seasons, Lionel Messi finished twice runner up for the Ballon d’Or being beaton by Cristiano Ronaldo.

He regained his best form during the 2014–15 season breaking the all-time goal scoring records in both La Liga and the Champions League  in November of 2014 and leading Barcelona to an unprecedented second treble.

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Certificates of Authenticity for Autographed Items


Certificates of Authenticity, or COA’s, are not as simple as some autograph collectors believe.

They are simply a misunderstood area for the  autograph collector/buyer.

Is the autograph genuine? who issued the COA? 

Topmost it is important that a certificate of authenticity is only as good as the issuer of the item. Unscrupulous people who forge autographs are going to forge the certificate of authenticity as well.

Today, most dealers will produce a COA irrespective of whether an autograph is genuine or not.  Many of these certificates issued do not  have any contact details on them whatsoever. Which means several years later there can be no comeback to the issuer of a forged autograph. Also anybody can set up as an autograph dealer and con the public to believing they are experts.

In the majority of cases COA’s are probably worthless. If a seller is purposely selling forgeries he will not think twice about issuing worthless certificate of authenticity. If you did not actually obtain the signature yourself is the autograph provable . If provenance has gone cold or even forgotten the buyer relies solely on the expertise of the person selling the item.

COA’s issued by  dealers are commonly worded  “In our opinion” or “full lifetime money back guarantee”. Many questions arise from statements like these.

How much does authentication cost?

There  are very few true experts around who are prepared to put their knowledge to the test  for their opinion to really be decisive in litigation. Costs can be up to £100  per item  or a percentage of the value.

    • A photographs of a celebrity at an person signing could be used for many years as proof.
    • Holograms are often seen with a certificate to ensure the signature has not been tampered with. But they are no proof the signature is genuine.
    • A COA is only as good as the issuer. They are  no guarantee in itself of authenticity. Its main purpose is to act as a reassurance to the buyer and a possible record of where the purchase was made. IE it gives confidence to the buyer, but in reality can just be a con.
    • A COA without any image of the item on it or a genuine contact address is worthless.


How to Frame a Sports Shirt in Easy Steps

Choose the right frame to frame a sports shirt. For displaying a sports shirt, use a shadowbox frame, which is a shallow, framed, rectangular box.  They provide more space between the backing and the glass than a traditional frame. The inside of the frame should have at least 1 inch of space between it and shirt.

  • Pick a frame that is stained or painted a colour that matches the shirt, and décor of your home.
  • Look for a shadow box with UV-protective glass.
  • Select a backing. For a shirt, typically you need foam backing to give support, and an acid-free archival backing paper to go over the top. You can choose matting around the edges for extra effect.

    • Some framers use dry mounting to prepare the backing for the frame. This safely attaches the archival paper to the backboard.
    • The backing paper should be a colour that complements your shirt.
    • Get  your supplies. For completing your frame, you need a measuring tape, an x-acto knife, a sewing needle preferably embroidery as it works best), clear thread similar to fishing line, and whatever mounting materials you chose to use.  You’ll probably also want an iron, so that you can smarten your shirt before framing and keep the folds flat.
    • Prepare your backing. Cut your foam or backing board to the correct shape, using the x-acto knife. The board should be the same size as the frame. Then, place your mounting paper over the top. If you’re dry mounting the backing do it now.
    • Cut your foam board insert. If you have room inside the shadow box frame, it is a good addition to place a sheet of foam inside the shirt, inside the frame. This gives support and help the shirt to look more filled-out than if you pin it flat. Cut a piece of the foam board into a rectangle the size of the torso of the shirt, and insert it inside. You can sew the backside of the shirt to the board or just use a few pins.

    Fold your jersey. Although there are different ways to fold your shirt, they all are done so that the  logos and badges are visible. Lay the shirt flat on a table then fold the sleeves over so that they go downwards. Use an iron to keep the shirt in position.

    Sew your shirt in place. Begin sewing around the edge of the jersey. Sew round the neckline, the hem, and sides and sleeves of the shirt. If poss, sew through the back of the fabric rather than the front, so the thread is hidden. This sews the jersey to the backing, so that it does not move.

    Put the shirt in the frame. If the shirt is secured to the backing  you are ready to place it in the frame. Carefully slide in, and not to move the shirt. Make sure the shirt does not touch the glass, it will cause the shirt to mold. Secure the back of the frame, and you’re finished!


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The Beatles Statue on Liverpool Waterfront Information.

The Beatles Statue on Liverpool Waterfront.

The half sister of John Lennon, Julia Baird, unveiled the statue of the band on Liverpool’s waterfront.

Julia  said the late Beatle would have been chuffed with the figures, which were designed by Liverpool artist Andy Edwards, showing the Fab Four strolling along the Pier Head.

The 1.2 tonnes sculpture of The Beatles was cast in resin and clay and  was been gifted to the city by the Cavern Club,  regarded as the place where the Merseybeat began.

Though the piece is right in the heart of the city where John was born, there is no letting go of the one where he died. Clasped in John’s right hand are two acorns. They were collected by Chris Butler, who runs Castle Fine Art Foundry where the statue was produced, from oak trees close to the Dakota Building, New York,  where Lennon lived with Yoko Ono.

Butler decided to give them a major role and cast them in John Lennon’s palm. They are hidden to all but the most observant.

In the 1960s, John  forwarded acorns as a message of peace to many world leaders. The acorns were added to the sculpture at the last minute as an everlasting symbol of peace.”


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Obtaining Autographs at the Stage Doors of Theatres

After seeing a West End show some audience members visit the stage doors to try and meet the performers. Here’s a helpful guide with the do’s and don’ts at the stage doors.

What should i take.

If you’re wanting to meet some cast at the stage door after a show, make sure you’re fully prepared.

A pen: Take a pen with you, Sharpie felt tips will work best here. Before asking a celeb to sign something, have your pen ready so you’re not looking for it.

Something to sign: Could be a programme, or a sheet of paper, an autograph album, just make sure you have something decent.

A camera: Whether it’s on your phone or a digital camera, have it out and primed so that you can take many pictures, but only if the celeb says YES.

You may be waiting for a while

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Photo credit: Andy Roberts (Flickr) under Creative Commons 2.0

Be prepared to be patient with cast members, as you may be waiting for a couple of hours. Performers will be sorting themselves out in the theatre before greeting people. When your favourite performers come out to meet fans you can potentially talk about the show, the minutes painstakingly spent at the stage door will all be worth it.

Be considerate of the actors while you are waiting

It’s okay to get excited at the thought of seeing some of the biggest theatre stars in front of you. However, respect the actors who have just been working on stage to perform a show. Remain calm and composed. Standing at the stage door can often be crowded, so keep your hands and feet to yourself. While it may feel like it at the time, don’t try and push through the crowd to get to the front. Everyone who waits will be able to meet cast members, so be patient.

Talk to people around you

It’s unlikely that you’ll be the only one at the stage door. Being friendly with people around youyou may get some great advice from regulars. If you’re nice to the people beside you, they may let you take their spot once they’re done.

What should I do when the actors come out

Meeting actors at a stage door can make your trip to Theatreland even more special. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do.

DO show your appreciation for the actor.

DON’T pester a cast member to sign lots of things. Bringing many things for one person to sign will irritate others around you.

DO say thank you. Performers don’t have to meet people at the stage door, so make sure to thank them.

DON’T try and force performers to stay longer than they have to. After a show, some performers may have to rush somewhere quickly, so let them leave the theatre to carry on the rest of their day.

It is important to remember while waiting at the stage door is to be kind, considerate and courteous to all around you and you’ll have a fab time.


Pocahontas, Her Story and Eventual Early Death

She was probably born in Werawocomoco Virginia) around 1595 and daughter of the Chief over some forty Algonkian Indian villages that were around the shores of the rivers now called the James and York, which flow into Chesapeake Bay. Her father called Powhatan after his chief village named her Meto-aka and later “Pocahontas”, meaning “Playful little Girl”. She probably saw white men for the first time in 1607 the English landed at Jamestown. She found most likable Captain John Smith. Relations with the Indians continued to be generally friendly for the next year, and she was a frequent visitor to Jamestown. She delivered messages from her father and accompanied some of her people taking food and furs to trade for hatchets and trinkets. Pocahontas lived in Potomac country among Indians, but her relationship with the Englishmen continued. When a member of the Jamestown settlement, Captain Samuel Argall, learned where she was, he drew up a plan to kidnap her and hold her for ransom. With the help of Japazaws, lesser chief of the Patowomeck tribe, Argall lured Pocahontas onto his ship. She was told she would not be allowed to leave. Argall sent word to Powhatan that he would return her only when he had returned to him the English prisoners he held. After some time Powhatan sent part of the ransom and asked that they treat his daughter well. Argall returned to Jamestown in April 1613 with Pocahontas. Pocahontas was finally sent ashore family she was treated well and that she was in love with the Englishman John Rolfe and wanted to marry him. Powhatan gave his consent to this, and the Englishmen left, delighted at the prospect of the “peace-making” marriage.

The arrival of Pocahontas in London was well publicized. She was presented to King James I and the best of London society. Also in London was Captain John Smith, the old friend she had not seen for eight years and whom she thought was dead. After seven months Rolfe decided to return his family to Virginia, In 1617 they set sail. It was soon apparent, however, that Pocahontas would not survive the voyage home. She was deathly ill from pneumonia or possibly tuberculosis. She was taken ashore, and, as she lay dying, she comforted her husband, saying, “All must die. Tis enough that the child liveth.” She was buried in a churchyard in Gravesend, England. at 22 years old.