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The rumour mill is swirling about a possible new Cleopatra movie, but the internet has already summoned up the inevitable backlash which comes with casting nowadays.

Cleopatra has featured in over TWENTY movies, tv shows and animations, and has been portrayed previously by Hollywood queen Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh and Claudette Colbert.

Allegedly, a new biopic about the Egyptian ruler is in the works from Sony, with Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie as frontrunners to be considered for the role.

Elizabeth Taylor infamously played the role, and also popularised kohl eyeliner and black wigs in the meantime. Vivien Leigh and Claudette Colbert also had their chance to play her back in the day.

However, there's a serious debate over Cleopatra's ethnicity, with some Twitter users claiming a black or ethnically diverse actress deserves the chance to play the character.

Others argue that Cleopatra was of Greek and Macedonian descent, which technically means she was Caucasian… so Twitter is pretty divided to say the least.

Complex starring roles for women are still far and few between in Hollywood, meaning that this role is the chance of a lifetime for an actress.

Twitter debate about Cleopatra began as a Lady Gaga vs Angelina battle, but it was soon asked whether a white woman should play her at all.

IMDb list the new biopic as in production, with Angelina Jolie being considered since back in 2014, but Lady Gaga's newfound Hollywood fame resulted in her name being suggested.

Social media users are now mentioning women of colour in a bid to give them a deserved chance, including big names such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Priyanka Chopra, Jameela Jamil and Jennifer Lopez.

Hollywood's lengthy history of shutting out actresses and actors of colour from contention has proven problematic, I mean did anyone see Prince of Persia? Jake Gyllenhaal, you should have known better.

According to Vox, in 2009 archaeologists discovered the remains of a woman they're convinced is Princess Arsinoe, who was Cleopatra’s sister. Her remains indicated that her mother was African.

Egyptologist Sally Ann Ashton created a 3D computer animated image of Cleopatra as a brown-skinned woman using forensics.

According to Ashton: “She probably wasn’t just completely European. You’ve got to remember that her family had actually lived in Egypt for 300 years by the time she came to power.”

No one has fully confirmed her ethnicity, with some researchers maintaining that she was pure-blooded Macedonian, and others disagreeing. 

Whatever her ethnicity is, maybe at least give diverse actresses an audition? Bit of equality in Hollywood never hurt anyone…


Greek wildfires have reportedly claimed the lives of 60 people in the Attica region around Athens.

The country is experiencing the worst fire crisis in more than a decade, as summer temperatures have been high. 

The Press Association reports that Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras has declared a national three-day mourning period. 

A local official reportedly issued the sad news of the death toll to the media after the blaze has destroyed the seaside village of Mati. 

The town is located 40 km (25 miles) north-east of Athens.

The fire swept through Mati on Monday and places were still burning into Tuesday morning.

Mayor of the town of Rafina, Evangelos Bournous told Skai TV, that at least 60 people had lost their lives due to the fires.

Rescuers uncovered the remains of 26 victims, both adults and children in an open space.

Heartbreakingly, they were hugging as they passed away, just metres from the safety of the sea. 

Nikos Economopoulos, head of Greece's Red Cross, said:

"They had tried to find an escape route but unfortunately these people and their kids didn't make it in time. Instinctively, seeing the end nearing, they embraced."

Rescue services have been called upon to look for missing people.

Emergency workers are using boats and helicopters to get people off the beaches and to safety in a huge rescue effort.  

The wildfires are a recurring issue during the hot, dry summer months in Attica.

The flames were fanned by high winds this week.

However, the weather mightn't be the only cause of the current blazes.

Officials quoted by AFP news agency have suggested it may have begun via arsonists looking to loot abandoned homes. 

"Fifteen fires had started simultaneously on three different fronts in Athens," said government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos.

The official said in order to "observe and detect any suspicious activity", they had requested drones from the US. 

Desperate families attempting to flee to the safety of the sea were met by walls of smoke and flame. 

Those who did make it were picked up by Coastal patrol boats and private vessels.

"Thankfully the sea was there and we went into the sea, because the flames were chasing us all the way to the water," said recounted one survivor, Kostas Laganos.

"It burnt our backs and we dived into the water… I said, 'My God, we must run to save ourselves.'"

The death toll is expected to rise.


Battling its own financial crisis since 2008, Greece, a country of 11million people, has lately been hit yet more instability – namely because it's fast running out of money.

And, of course, if a government runs out of cash, it means that schools and hospitals can't stay open, and the likes of pensioners won't get their weekly allowance. In short, the country will shut down and likely spiral in chaos. 

Greece owes billions to international creditors. But Athens was also been deeply unhappy with the terms of its 2010 bailout from the Troika (made up of the European Commission, the IMF, and the European Central Bank). It claims that its loan-terms are grossly unfair and, with unemployment hovering around the 25 percent mark, that growth and recovery is being severely prohibited.

On Tuesday, Greece missed a loan repayment deadline: it was supposed to cough up €1.5bn to the International Monetary Fund, but never did. It has thus become the very first developed country to miss an IMF payment. This weekend, it holds a referendum on whether it should adhere to bailout conditions or not.

A 'no' vote (oxi in Greek) is being backed by the Greek government and will likely see the return of its old currency, the drachma.

Here, SHEmazing! gives a breakdown of the latest developments from Athens:

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras


How much does Greece owe and why is it in so much financial trouble?

Greece owes some €323bn to its creditors (Ireland owes €200bn – still considered high internationally). Understandably, its residents are beginning to panic – last weekend ATMs were emptied as citizens rushed to remove their savings from banks. The crisis has been brewing for years, however: the Athenian government spent beyond its means for a long time; it had to borrow heavily (a quarter of a trillion euro, in fact) in 2010 just to keep the country running. And because it is tied into the euro rather than its own currency, it couldn't just print more money to solve the issue.

Does it really matter if a country defaults on an IMF loan?

Yes it does – so much so that countries go to incredible lengths to avoid defaulting. But Greece's ruling Syriza party, which has been in power since January, has long wanted to prioritise domestic obligations – health, education, roads etc – over honouring bail-out installments. By missing its loan payment this week, it joined a less-than illustrious group of defaulters: DR Congo, Iraq, Sudan and Zambia have all been in the same boat. Its debt is beginning to mount too: Greece has to pay the European Central Bank €6.6bn by the end of the summer, and yesterday the IMF said Greece will need another €60bn in loans over the next three years just to stay afloat.

So, who is Alexis Tsipras?

​He has been the Greek prime minister since January, when his Syriza party gained power via a landslide victory. A member of parliament since 2009 and a civil engineer by trade, he's still only 40. He's had to dilute some of his more extreme left-leaning persuasions in recent years, but still believes in withdrawing his country's Nato membership, imposing a 75 percent tax on Greece's wealthy citizens, and totally nationalising public services – including the banking sector. Understandably, the European ruling ascendancy (especially Germany) doesn't like him and wants him out; they'd just rather negotiate with a brand new parliament, in fact. 

What's happening on Sunday?

Greece holds a referendum this weekend: its citizens are being asked whether to accept the terms of the 2010 bailout or not. Mr Tsipras argues that these austerity measures are "unbearable," and Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, has said that the programme imposed on Greece "is going to go down in economic history as the greatest cock-up ever." But German chancellor Angela Merkel disagrees, stating that the deal is "extraordinarily generous". Essentially, Greece reckons a no vote will allow it to negotiate better deals with its creditors, something the Troika has totally dismissed. Still, latest polls suggest a no vote will be passed.

What is it like in Greece right now?

The country's banks have been closed all week to all but pensioners (many of them don't have ATM cards). Otherwise, all citizens are allowed to withdraw €60 a day from cash machines: the money is released at midnight, prompting long queues to form once evening time comes around. People have been taking to the streets to protest too, though these demonstrations have largely died down now. Tourists (totaling 22.5million annually) continue to visit the country – especially the historical sites of Athens, and its picturesque islands and coastline.

'Grexit': what happens if Greece leaves the eurozone?

Well, no one knows for sure (a country has never left the EU before) – but it's likely to be pretty chaotic. For the Greeks themselves, hundreds of thousands of ordinary people would probably see their life-savings vanish. Further afield, a Grexit would have a ripple effect around Europe, but especially in fellow Troika territories: Portugal, Italy and Spain, and to a lesser extend Ireland and Cyprus. And other countries might consider leaving the euro themselves if their economies take a battering in future years. Finance Minister Michael Noonan reassured Irish people this week that the risk to our economy was small, as direct trade and financial links between the two countries is limited.



Energetic restaurateur Simon Lamont – the star of TV3’s Lazy Chef – has revealed exclusively to SHEmazing! that he’s in the midst of setting up a Greek restaurant.

His only issue? He’s yet to decide on a location.

“I flit between Dublin and London,” he says. “I change my mind all the time – it’s a tough decision because there are pros and cons to both.”

However, 33-year-old Simon did say that he has all the other particulars worked out.

“It’s going to be Greek-themed – Dublin in particular needs a good Greek restaurant,” he explains.

“So we’re going to be serving up really amazing, hearty kebabs, huge big salads; there’ll be hummus and falafel too because we’ll certainly be throwing in a bit of Middle Eastern cuisine. People will be chucking plates on the floor – the lot!”

And, he has a name in mind: “Opa – it’s a Greek exclamation. I like the sound of it. It works well.”

In the meantime, the talented Dubliner, who grew up in Dún Laoghaire and studied culinary arts at DIT, has plenty of other projects to keep him occupied.

 Simon with Great Irish Bake Off judge Paul Kelly


“I’m doing a funky little seafood pop-up in Brixton this summer,” he says.

“My old pals Simon Whiteside and Barry Wallace from Hook in Camden Town are getting on board: three Irish guys in the middle of London doling out the likes of fish ‘n’ chips and fresh oysters. We can’t wait.”

He reveals that he’s writing a book too, but that it’s unlikely to be ready for this Christmas: “More like Christmas 2016,” he laughs. Then there’s also the little matter of running Wright Brothers, his oyster bar in Borough Market, and getting ready for series two of The Lazy Chef, the first instalment of which aired on TV3 last autumn.

Simon has furthermore recently signed up as a Rudd’s ambassador. “I love home-grown produce,” he admits.

“I love good-quality pork products in particular, and I’ve been really impressed with what Rudd’s offers,” he says of the family meat business based in Birr. “So we partnered up to develop a range of seasonal recipes.”

Included is Rudd’s rasher naan; Turkish mangal skewers, and Rudd’s roulade and pan-fried scallops, and they’re all available at rudds.ie.

“All Rudd’s products are hand-crafted to unique, traditional farmhouse recipes,” says the brand’s master butcher Declan Fitzgerald. “We are delighted to team up with Simon so that people across the country will be inspired to cook new recipes featuring our products.”


Sick of having a fry-up? Here are five delicious breakfast alternatives, which are not only easy to make but healthy too.

Greek omelette
Usual omelette recipe. But instead of the usual ingredients, stick in some chopped tomatoes, olives and feta cheese for this tasty Mediterranean treat.

Tomato egg-stacks
A lot easier than it sounds. Sauté two cloves garlic (finely chopped). Add four thick slices of tomato and cook for one minute per side. Then top off with four fried eggs.

Pineapple and cream cheese omelette
A weird but delicious combination. Again, the usual omelette recipe and then simply add some crushed pineapple, cream cheese and crumbled bacon.

Creamy eggs with bacon
Maybe not the healthiest on the list, but it’s definitely different from having some black and white pudding. Just scramble some eggs and add some cream and bacon. Sounds messy, but it’s delicious!

Cheese and egg sandwich
Simple and definitely different. Spread some cottage cheese on your favourite bread with half a chopped scallion and top with one sliced hard-boiled egg.


This sauce is the perfect accompaniment to grilled lamb, beef, fish or even chicken. It is cooling thanks to the mint and cucumber so would be great as a side for hot dishes.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cucumber, grated
  • 1/2 tub of Greek yoghurt
  • Handful of fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped finely
  • 1-2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What you’ll need to do:

  1.  Put the yoghurt into a bowl and grate in the cucumber, squeeze in the lemon and add in all of the other ingredients.
  2. Stir to combine and serve or place in the fridge until you need it.