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Thursday, September 9, 1999 Published at 12:51 GMT 13:51 UK


Unforgettable name for Bono's boy

U2 singer Bono's newborn son has been named Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Q Hewson, it has emerged.

Quincy Jones introduced the Irish star as "the father of a brand new baby boy, who had no name for seven days" at a NetAid press conference on Wednesday.

He then announced baby Elijah's full name to the audience, adding: "My brother, Bono! That's a big name for a little guy!"

The Q in the name is apparently a tribute to jazz legend Quincy, a long time friend of the singer.

Bob is rumoured to stand for folk legend Bob Dylan, while Guggi comes from the Virgin Prunes band member of the same name.

Elijah is Bono's third child with his wife Ali. The couple already have two girls named Memphis Eve (8) and Jordan (10).

Redgrave stages concerts for Kosovo

Actress Vanessa Redgrave and a host of international stars have flown to Kosovo to stage concerts for returning refugees.

Lulu, the Martha Graham Dance Company, classical composer Philip Glass and Lady Redgrave are all lined up for five shows in the war-torn cities of Skopje and Pristina.

Elton John and Bono have donated pianos and other stars supporting the events include Sting, Robbie Williams and actresses Emily Watson and Meryl Streep.

The UN High Command for Refugees and Unicef will oversee the concerts and audiences will be asked to pay whatever they can afford.

Celebrity start to London 'Home' club

Mick Hucknall, Rod Stewart, Chris Evans and Gail Porter are among the stars expected at tonight's launch of home - one of Britain's biggest nightclubs.

The multi-million pound venue in London has a capacity of around 2,000, is spread across seven floors and has a restaurant, shop and daytime hangout.

The custom-built superclub, situated in Leicester Square, forms part of a planned global chain. The first home was launched in Sydney last November.

Super Furries to sponsor football team

Welsh pop band the Super Furry Animals have taken the wraps off a sponsorship deal with Cardiff City FC.

The soccer team will wear the group's name across the front of their shirts for Welsh Cup matches this season after agreeing a reported five-figure deal.

The Furries once wrote a tribute song to former Cardiff player Robin Friday.

Caine may 'Get Carter' one more time

Actor Michael Caine may be set to join the cast of Get Carter, the new remake of his famous 1971 film.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the star might make a cameo appearance in the film which is in pre-production.

Caine's role of Jack Carter is to be taken by Sylvester Stallone and the action is to be moved from London to Los Angeles with Stephen Kay directing.

In a similar move, original star Faye Dunaway joined The Thomas Crown Affair remake.

Affleck denies gay gossip in tabloids

Good Will Hunting star Ben Affleck has denied recent rumours in American tabloids that he is homosexual.

The star, who used to date Gwyneth Paltrow, told US magazine Vanity Fair that claims he had a gay relationship with former co-star and writing partner, Matt Damon were untrue.

"I like to think that if I were gay I'd be out," the actor said. "The reason I'm single is because I wouldn't want to be with anyone now."

Auction takes Blur back to their roots

Blur are set to sell off props from their videos and original artwork by group member Graham Coxon at a fundraising auction at the weekend.

The sale on Sunday is part of a free exhibition being held in east London to mark the band's 10 years together.

Among the lots being sold in the Lux Gallery, Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, are the golf ball-shaped speaker from the video for The Universal and the milk carton figure from Coffee & TV.

Thousands tell story of century to BBC

More than 6,000 people have recorded their life experiences as part of a BBC millennium project, The Century Speaks.

The £1.3m project has created 640 half-hour programmes and a permanent archive of our times for the nation.

With more than 10,000 hours of interviews, it is believed to be the largest oral history project in Europe.

"It is truly the nation remembering to itself and to our descendants," said BBC Broadcast chief executive Will Wyatt.

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