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Sir Elton's suit sold for charity
A designer suit belonging to singer Sir Elton John raised 2,000 at an auction for an HIV charity based in Scotland.

The Tartan and Tiaras ball, the first major fund-raising event in aid of Edinburgh-based Waverley Care, raised more than 45,000 in total.

Sir Elton donated the signed Versace suit at the request of singer Shirley Manson, who is a patron of the charity.

A guitar donated by Manson's band, Garbage, raised 1,050 during the event at the Prestonfield Hotel, Edinburgh.


Aznavour is awarded French honour

French singer Charles Aznavour has received the country's highest civilian award - the Legion of Honour.

The 79-year-old performer has been awarded the title of Commander under the French honours system.

The Paris-born singer has written more than 600 songs and sold more than 100 million records over the past 60 years.

He has also appeared in many feature films, including Francois Truffaut's 1960 movie Shoot The Piano Player and The Tin Drum in 1979.


EastEnder Barry's death draws 14m

The untimely death of EastEnders character Barry Evans pulled in an audience of 14m on New Year's Day.

The episode matched the Christmas Day instalment of the BBC soap, which saw Kat and Alfie Moon get married.

Barry, played by Shaun Williamson, plunged over a cliff in Scotland on the first day of his honeymoon to Janine Butcher. The episode peaked with an audience of 14.6m viewers.

A storyline on ITV1 soap Emmerdale which saw the village battered by a storm won an audience high of 12m.


Kidman 'gets 2m for perfume ad'

Nicole Kidman is being paid 2m to star in an advert for Chanel perfume, The Sunday Times reports.

The paper said Kidman would work for four days on the four-minute commercial, a "mini-love story" which was expected to be shown in cinemas around the world later this year.

Minute for minute, it was believed to be the most lucrative package ever offered to an actor for advertising work, the report added.

Kidman, 36, was reputedly paid 10m for her role in the Oscar-tipped US civil war drama Cold Mountain.


Stars flock to Sting tribute

Sting is to be honoured with a musical tribute which will feature Sir Elton John, Dido and a host of other artists.

The gala is taking place to honour the former Police frontman as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' MusiCares Person of the Year.

The concert in February will see a string of artists perform some of Sting's best-known work.

Sting - real name Gordon Sumner - has been chosen for the award mainly in recognition of his charity work.





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