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Millions of viewers watch star-studded memorial to remember Shane Warne



Cricket legend Shane Warne who died suddenly at the age of 52 this month has been fare welled in a star-studded memorial on Wednesday evening

One billion world-wide viewers watched Australia’s beloved ‘spin king’ being remembered by A-list sporting greats, celebrities and politicians.

The Sun reported an audience of 300 million in India watched the memorial, as well as millions in the UK, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Ed Sheeran and a host of former cricketers led the tributes to the Australian cricketing icon at the ceremony at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Sir Elton John – who performed a song for his great mate – along with actor Hugh Jackman and Kylie Minogue all appeared via video link to pay their respects.

His father, brother and three children all gave moving speeches in front of thousands of people in attendance.

His eldest child Brooke Warne broke hearts around the world as the 24 year-old held back tears saying how much she’ll miss her dad.


Meanwhile in a moving speech, the youngest of the three children, Summer, says we were all robbed of time with Warne and she will cherish the 20 years of memories they had together.

Summer said her father would “always live forever inside my heart” in saddening scenes.

“Forever my dad, no matter where you are,” she said.


Warne’s father Keith said the former Australia international packed more into his life “than most people would in two lifetimes”.

In the service he told the crowd “Shane said of himself, ‘I smoked, I drank, and I played a little cricket’.

Shane Warne’s little brother Jason shared his favourite memories of ‘the best brother he could ask for’.

The service ended with the unveiling of the Shane Warne Stand at the MCG by Warne’s children.


Warne is regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all-time, having claimed 708 Test wickets in 145 matches across a stellar 15-year international career.

So many people could relate to Warne, touched by the late cricketer’s friends and supporters including ex-teammates who shared heartfelt messages and speeches last night.

Fans laid flowers, beers and signs under his statue at the MCG while tributes for the legend continue to flood social media.


Body behind Eurovision “understands the disappointment” over next host city



Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision contest in May, capturing the hearts of the world

After taking out the win, that would mean Ukraine would host the competition next year.

But the European Broadcasting Union announced last week it could not be held in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

The body behind Eurovision now says it “understands the disappointment” over its decision not to hold next year’s song contest in Ukraine.

The EBU said it was in talks with the BBC to host the contest in the UK.

That’s because British entrant Sam Ryder came second in this year’s contest with his single Spaceman.

The announcement was met with disappointment by Ukrainians but the E-B-U doubled down on its position, saying in a statement that it “fully understands the disappointment that greeted the announcement”.

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First look – Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official portrait together



Today is a historic milestone for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, they have viewed the first official joint portrait of themselves

On a visit to Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, the portrait was unveiled to the future king and queen consort.

The portrait, painted by award-winning British portrait artist Jamie Coreth, has gone on display at the University of Cambridge.

When William saw the work of art he immediately said ‘It’s quite big’

The artwork of Prince William and Catherine was commissioned last year by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund as a gift to the people of the county.

The artist said he wanted to portray the royal couple as “relaxed and approachable”

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Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall reportedly split



Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and actress Jerry Hall are reportedly getting a divorce

Murdoch and Hall tied the knot at a mansion in central London in 2016.

The divorce would be a fourth for Murdoch, who is aged 91. Hall, 65, was previously married to Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

According to The New York Times, the split comes as a surprise to those close who are to the family.

At the time of his marriage, the billionaire said he was “the luckiest and happiest man in world”.

Murdoch owns the News Corporation empire, which controls major media outlets across the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

In 2018, his eldest son Lachlan was named as his successor. Murdoch has also sold most of 21st Century Fox to the Walt Disney Company.

Neither Murdoch nor Hall have commented on the matter.

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