Tuesday, January 5, 1999 Published at 12:05 GMT
Cirque du Soleil shine in London
Cirque du Soleil meet the pigeons in Trafalgar Square
Spectacular circus troupe Cirque du Soleil are preparing for the first of their London performances on Tuesday night.
The team, which comprises 52 trapeze artists, acrobats, fire dancers and clowns, are appearing at the Royal Albert Hall for two-and-a-half weeks performing their spectacular show Alegria - which is Spanish for elation.
The outift formed 14 years ago in Quebec, Canada, and now includes artists from the UK, France and Mongolia.
In 1998, the run at the Royal Albert Hall had to be extended twice to cope with demand.
Another summer at Slane
In 1998 The Verve and Robbie Williams were among the acts who played at the natural amphitheatre next to the River Boyne in County Meath. Names who attended the show included Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam.
Now promoters have officially informed Meath County Council about their plans - but full details and this year's line-up are being kept under wraps until later in the year.
McDonald's overdue secret
The 59-year-old presenter - who will front ITV's new early evening bulletin later this year - said he still cannot set foot in a library years after his childhood in Trinidad.
He told TV Times: "We were very poor. A lot of food was on tick. Clothes were too. When my father needed new trousers it was always a few months before we could settle up.
"He was forever dreaming up schemes just to send us to school, but we couldn't always afford school books. I can't forget the time I took a physics book from the library and didn't return it.
"That's why I never go to libraries - I buy the books I want."
Paltrow in song for Duets
The film, about a travelling band of karaoke singers, was orginally supposed to star Paltrow and her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, but Pitt dropped out of the project when their relationship broke up.
The film's director is still hunting for a male lead, but he is sure to make sure Paltrow has a suitable co-star - the film is being made by Bruce Paltrow, Gwyneth's father.
Her latest film, Shakespeare in Love, is already being tipped for an Oscar.
Making plans for Nigel
No longer with EMI Classics, his next release for Sony Classical will feature arrangements of music by rock legend Jimi Hendrix.
The 42-year-old's acoustic octet, the Kennedy Collective, are due to perform the Hendrix material during a European tour this summer.
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