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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 June, 2004, 16:53 GMT 17:53 UK
Singer Houston to play China
Singer Whitney Houston has announced a concert in Shanghai in China - her first ever date in the country.

Houston will play the concert in China's second city on 22 July.

"Whitney has said that China is her favourite country, so it will definitely be an emotional show," the show's Chinese sponsor said.

The concert comes amid plans for Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys to play in China. Shanghai recently played host to British rockers Deep Purple.

Windsor to return to EastEnders

Barbara Windsor is returning to EastEnders for two special episodes later this year.

The star left the BBC One soap in March 2003 after contracting the Epstein-Barr virus, which is linked to glandular fever in teenagers.

She said she will be "absolutely thrilled" to reprise her role as Peggy Mitchell in two special episodes to be broadcast this autumn.

Windsor is due to return to the soap full-time in spring 2005.

Sting will sing for music centre

Pop star Sting will sing at the opening ceremony of the Sage Gateshead music centre in Newcastle next year.

The singer will perform traditional song Waters of Tyne with the Northern Sinfonia orchestra as a high wire artist crosses the Tyne to the venue.

Sting said: "It's really exciting for me to know that this spectacular building will enable visiting musicians to experience this vibrant area."

Sage Gateshead has been chosen to host world music festival Womex in 2005.

Jane Eyre sells for 23,000

A first edition of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre sold for almost 23,000 at auction in New York.

The rare, triple-volume work was sold to a private bidder at Sotheby's for 22,859, the auction house confirmed.

Experts said the finely-bound copies, published in 1847, were in "remarkable condition".

Also sold was a second edition compilation of William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, dating back to the 17th Century, which went for 36,000.

Donald Duck to join Walk of Fame

Disney character Donald Duck is among 32 new additions to the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Antonio Banderas, James Doohan - Scotty in Star Trek - and Frasier's David Hyde Pierce are also named alongside singers Rod Stewart and Billy Joel.

All will have stars unveiled in 2005 - provided they turn up for the ceremony.

However, this rule will not apply to Donald Duck or the dead stars - including Gone with the Wind producer David O'Selznick - who will be recognised posthumously.

Orlando Bloom 'hottest bachelor'

British actor Orlando Bloom has topped a list of the world's 50 most eligible bachelors in America's People magazine.

The 27-year-old Lord of the Rings star came ahead of Irish actor Colin Farrell and Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise.

Actors Ben Affleck, Jake Gyllenhaal and James Franco from Spider-Man are also featured in the fifth annual survey.

Bloom - who recently finished filming the Crusades epic Kingdom of Heaven - is dating Kate Bosworth, the American star of Blue Crush and Wonderland.


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