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Wednesday, 12 January, 2000, 13:57 GMT
Taxman targets Isley Brother

R&B legend Ronald Isley is being forced to auction a share of his band's music catalogue in a bid to pay off his $5m (3.1m) tax bill.

The rights to the Isley Brothers' songs, of which Ronald owns one third, are being auctioned on 18 January in a Los Angeles bankruptcy court.

The catalogue - which dates back to the 1950s - includes more than 200 songs written by Ronald and his two brothers, Rudolph and the late O'Kelly, such as Twist and Shout and It's Your Thing.

The musician, however, opposes the auction and is hoping a deal with the Pullman Group, where his music assets are pledged to secure bonds, will help him repay his debts through royalties.




Fergie's TV baby hint

The Duchess of York has said she would like to have another baby, in an interview on the US chat show Larry King Live.

Sarah Ferguson said she would like a son for a change, but added that she had no plans to remarry.

"Who says you can't have a baby out of marriage. I believe in partnership," the former wife of Prince Andrew said.

The 40-year-old duchess appeared on the show to talk about her new role as a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers, and to publicise her new book on weight loss.




Curtain coming down on Tess musical

The musical adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess Of The D'Urbervilles is set to close after a run of just nine weeks in London's West End.

The production opened at the Savoy Theatre on 10 November and had been due to run until 1 April, but the curtain will now come down for good on Saturday.

Tess is based on Hardy's tragic love story, written in 1891.




Blow for troubled pop museum

The chief executive of the National Centre for Popular Music in Sheffield, has resigned after just four months.

Martin King, who was brought in to improve the fortunes of the attraction, is to begin a new job as managing director of London's Alexandra Palace exhibition centre.

The popular music centre was forced to call in insolvency experts last year after failing to attract the number of visitors it had hoped.




Liam and Patsy earn punter 2,000

An Oasis fan has picked up more than 2,000 from the bookies after betting that Liam Gallagher's marriage to Patsy Kensit would last.

The punter staked 1,000 that the marriage would last until the turn of the century when he visited Salisbury racecourse in June 1997.

The wave of scepticism surrounding the marriage enabled him to get odds of 5/4 and he picked up 2,250.

A spokesman for William Hill said: "He backed his hunch that they'd make a go of things."




Sense of deja vu for sitcom stars

Paul Nicholas and Jan Francis are set to appear again together on the small screen, but only for a few seconds.

The pair, who shot to fame as Vince and Penny in the hit 1980s BBC One sitcom Just Good Friends, pass each other at an airport in a scene in the forthcoming second series of Sunburn.

"Our characters just pass each other at the airport in one scene, but there's a nice meaningful look between us which I think viewers will appreciate," Nicholas, 54, revealed.




Hardman Carlyle's a big softie

Screen hardman Robert Carlyle has revealed he has a soft side - he was reduced to tears by a lost cat.

The Angela's Ashes star lost the pet near his home in Glasgow and was overcome when he was reunited with the skeletal animal.

"We found it in the street," Carlyle told Heat magazine.

"It was a tiny emaciated thing, it hadn't eaten for two weeks, it had big black clumps of muck and stuff all over it.

"That was probably the last time I cried, when I got my cat back."
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