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Making a study of it

Die-hard fans of some musicians and actors make it their duty to learn everything they possibly can about them and then retain what they would have learned so that they are able to rattle off all of the statistics whenever they need to make a point. 0

Ri-levant

So the talk of the town, or rather the globe for the past week has been the Met Gala. Never mind the lack of relevance to Guyana; everyone who is connected to social media in any form or fashion would have been able to see the ‘gowns’ that were worn and the commentary that followed. 0

Bad publicity

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, long seen as one of the darlings of Bollywood and India for that matter, found herself in some hot water this past week after an advertisement she did for a huge Indian jewellery chain was slammed for being racist and promoting child slavery. 0

Thinking out loud

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Ed Sheeran’s new song “Thinking Out Loud” from his album ‘x’ seems to be all the rage these days. It’s on the radio; it’s on the internet; it’s on the charts and Sheeran has been nominated for a few Billboard Music Awards, although those are for the album and for him as the singer as opposed to the song itself. 0

What the bleep?

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We have had the conversation before. But things have not improved—if anything they have gotten worse—so we’re having it again. These are words that tend to drive fear into people: If it’s a man or a woman and the words are coming from his or her spouse; or if it’s a child and the words are coming from his or her parents. 0

All 50 shades of it

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So India’s film censors have said no to the film Fifty Shades of Grey. Surprise! Not. Bollywood has come a long, long way from the days of Sholay, Awaara and Sangam—all classics for sure that probably should not be mentioned in the same paragraph as Fifty and we apologise in advance if we have offended the lovers of these classics. 0

Soca Valentine

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Happy Valentine’s Day. It’s that day of the year devoted to love. It’s that day when regardless of what’s hot in local couture, red and white clothing will be seen left, right and centre, hither, thither and yon. 0

Grammy Awards

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The 57th annual Grammy Awards will be shown live on television tomorrow night. Though it is being held in Los Angeles, California, it will be watched by millions around the world since many of the top recording artistes in America, all of whom are not necessarily American, have an international presence. 0


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