Archive for June, 2011

Missy Elliot – Graves’ disease

The hip hop star, Missy Elliot has revealed her absence was due to an ongoing private battle with the debilitating illness, Graves’ disease.

The 39-year-old star tells this week’s issue of People magazine that she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease – which affects the thyroid – back in 2008. And the illness has been so debilitating that it even made it difficult for Missy to complete everyday tasks:  “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad – I couldn’t even use a pen”

There is no cure for Graves’ disease, but Missy’s condition has improved over the past year.

“I’m 30 pounds lighter because I’ve been exercising,’ she reveals. ‘My thyroid is functioning, so I haven’t had to take medication in about nine months. [But] you live with it for the rest of your life.”

The singer will be the subject of VH-1 show Behind the Music next week, where she is said to speak about her new record and also how she was sexually abused as a child.

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Hublot Nastie Bang

Hublot has designed a watch in memory of the former No 1 ATP tennis player Ilie Nastase. The watch was launched in London, at the opening of Hublot’s boutique no 36.

The Nastie Bang will be produced in a limited series of 132 watches, representing the number of tournaments won by Ilie Nastase during his career with 87 singles and 45 doubles.

 

It is a Big Bang model, from black ceramic, with Automatic Chronograph movement. The Romanian flag is placed on the side of the housing, while  Ilie Nastase’s signature is engraved on the anthracite dial.

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New York Yoga Master Class

Thousands of people took a group Yoga class in New York City’s Central Park. The organizers, event planner Flavorpill teacher Elena Brower and JetBlue billed it as the biggest such event of its kind. The event marked  the summer solstice on Tuesday.

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Texas Hold’em Spiderman Style

Tobey Maguire has been dragged into a bankruptcy case … all because he’s really, really good at Texas Hold’em poker. 


Tobey, Leo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon often played high-stakes, Texas Hold ’em poker together, where tens of thousands of dollars regularly changed hands.

Tobey is being sued by the trustees in the bankruptcy case involving Brad Ruderman, who’s currently in prison for running a Ponzi scheme.  Ruderman was allegedly involved in some of these illegal, unlicensed poker games with Tobey, who came out on top to the tune of over $300,000.  The trustees feel the scheme was illegal so they want Tobey’s winnings back.


Keanu Reeves – “grown-up children’s book”

Keanu Reeves has developed a reputation in the media for being a bit glum and lonely.

In recent years, the notoriously private actor has suffered a series of personal tragedies including the deaths of his long-term girlfriend and baby daughter. Then last year, a picture taken of Reeves sitting alone on a bench eating a sandwich fuelled his lonely image and sparked a “Cheer up Keanu” campaign on Facebook.

Keanu Reeves has collaborated with Los Angeles artist Alexandra Grant for the book  entitled Ode to Happiness

The slim, handstitched book is a poem penned by Reeves, with a line on each page accompanied by simple blotted ink drawings by Los Angeles artist, Alexandra Grant.

“I thought it was fantastic,” says Reeves. “Holding it I just had this moment of looking at it and going ‘wow, if I’d like to have this, then other people would like to have this,’ so we tried to make it a work as a book.” Reeves is keen to stress that the poem is not a true reflection of his personal life, nor was it designed to counteract his media-created lonely image.

via the BBC


Mozilla launches Firefox 5

It is almost exactly a month since Mozilla released the beta version of Firefox 5 and the final version is now available for download. This is exactly when we were expecting Firefox 5 in Mozilla’s “rapid development release cycle”.

 Mozilla said in its blog, “The latest version of Firefox includes more than 1,000 improvements and performance enhancements that make it easier to discover and use all of the innovative features in Firefox.”

The latest version of the popular web browser doesn’t bring any major differences in appearance,instead the improvements are mostly behind the scenes to improve performance, such as support for CSS animations and the inclusion of WebGL:  “This release adds support for more modern Web technologies that make it easier for developers to build amazing Firefox Add-ons, Web applications and websites.”

Firefox 5 replaces thus it’s predecessor  Firefox 4, which has had over 200 million downloads across Windows, Mac and Linux.


Michael Jackson – Motorcycle Memorial

Paris Jackson tweeted the photos over the weekend , as this Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of their father’s death. (I can’t believe 2 years have passed already :|) The Jackson kids recently got a glimpse of the coolest Michael Jackson memorial yet — in the form of a SICK custom-painted motorcycle … depicting the King of Pop at various stages in his career.