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Gemma Collins, Bruno Tonioli, Kimberley Walsh, Jay Blades, Courtney Act, Kadeena Cox and Vick Hope among stars swapping day jobs for the classroom

Following the success of the first series of Celebrity Supply Teacher, a new roll-call of celebrities including Gemma Collins, Kimberley Walsh, Bruno Tonioli, Bobby Berk, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Courtney Act, Kadeena Cox and Sarah Gordy will take turns to inspire CBBC audiences with their favourite subjects.

Entrepreneurial spirit will be high on the curriculum in this series starting on November 16th with TOWIE star Gemma Collins giving a business studies lesson. She will be sharing the finer points of starting up and running a business and giving her top tips on how to come up with a great business idea, how to create a brand and how to be a good salesperson. In his engineering lesson, YouTube inventor Colin Furze, shows off his amazing shed where all his creations are built and gives the inside track on creating amazing inventions from scratch.

Gemma says: “I might be Britain’s number one reality star and best loved diva but being a celebrity supply teacher has been fantastic. I have been passionate about business ever since I was a child. We were quite poor growing up, we didn’t have luxuries, and seeing my father set up his own business and seeing how our lives changed really motivated me to become a business person myself. I have loved passing on my top business tips learnt over the years to the next generation of entrepreneurs!”

The language department will be staffed by Strictly judge, Bruno Tonioli, and Radio 1 DJ, Vick Hope. Bruno introduces the Italian language using common phrases that can be used to order food in local Italian restaurants, while Vick talks about how language changed her life and led to her big break in presenting before giving a rundown of her most useful words and phrases in French.

History and geography will be covered by Repair Shop guru, Jay Blades, Emmerdale actor James Moore and Neighbours star, Alan Fletcher. Jay gives a history lesson about two of his heroes of the past who left a profound and lasting impact on his community, Claudia Jones, the inspiration behind the Notting Hill Carnival, and Dr Harold Moody who campaigned against racial injustice in the UK. James talks about the history of disability while Alan’s geography lesson is all about his beloved homeland, looking at the unique animals, the indigenous Australian culture and the stunning landscape.

Over in the arts, music and drama department Girls Aloud and West End star, Kimberley Walsh, gives a unique singing lesson drawing on her many years as a professional, demonstrating vocal warm up techniques and how to sing one of her favourite songs from The Greatest Showman.

The art lesson is delivered with a touch of flamboyance by interior design guru and keen artist, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, who reveals the secrets for painting the perfect portrait, while Bobby Berk, from Queer Eye, shows viewers how to transform a space on a tiny budget. Call the Midwife and The A Word actor, Sarah Gordy, gives her top tips for acting, including advice for overcoming nerves, and American actor and voice artist, Jacob Hopkins, shows how you can use your voice to greater effect.

The bell has rung and it’s time to head over to the science block where well known celebrity chef and environmental campaigner, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, talks about recycling and focusses on the harm that single use plastics do to the planet. In the classroom next door, ex-science teacher and comedian, Shazia Mirza, reveals how science is all around us by studying acids and alkalis.

Physical education and mental well-being get the star treatment as drag queen, Courtney Act, delivers a lesson on kindness, acceptance and celebrating difference. Then it’s time to get up from sitting behind a desk for a PE lesson by Gareth Thomas, who’ll deliver a unique lesson using fitness drills inspired by his life as a rugby pro.

Courtney says: “I was nervous about Celebrity Supply Teacher because of all the negative messages I had taken on over the years about queer people not being appropriate. But that is exactly why I should be teaching this lesson on kindness, acceptance and celebrating difference. I hope when people watch they realise that, however they feel on the inside they should shine on the outside, whatever that means for them. Hearing different stories fosters empathy, understanding and I think that's a perfect lesson for young people!”

Paralympic gold medallist, Kadeena Cox, talks about success on track, the nutrition that an athlete requires to get their body into peak fitness and her 80/20 rule, while young jockey, Khadijah Mellah, talks about what it was like to win a major horse race aged just 19, before giving a lesson on how to ride and look after a horse.

Kadeena says: “Athletes have to train hard for success and not just on the track and in the gym. We have to be smart with our nutrition and make sure our bodies are getting everything they need. But I’m also a firm believer that we deserve the odd treat too! I love to bake and I find it a great way to relax, so I wanted to show how to bake something that I love to enjoy from time to time.”

Not forgetting the core subjects, journalist and BBC Europe Editor, Katya Adler, gives an English lesson. She gives advice on how to create and write a compelling news story, how impartiality is vital in news journalism and the dangers of fake news.

Celebrity Supply Teacher is made by BBC Children’s In-House Productions. Julie Hesmondhalgh provides the voice over.

Week 1.

Monday, November 16th – Bruno Tonioli – Italian

Tuesday, November 17th – Gemma Collins – Business

Wednesday, November 18th – Jay Blades – History

Thursday, November 19th –  Courtney Act – Wellbeing

Friday, November 20th – Kimberley Walsh – Music

Week 2.

Monday, November 23rd – Katya Adler – English

Tuesday, November 24th – Gareth Thomas – PE

Wednesday, November 25th – Vick Hope – French

Thursday, November 26th – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – Science

Friday, November 27th – Bobby Berk – Interior Design

Week 3.

Monday, November 30th – Kadeena Cox – Cookery

Tuesday, December 1st – Colin Furze – Engineering

Wednesday, December 2nd – Jacob Hopkins – Drama

Thursday, December 3rd – James Moore – History

Friday,December 4th – Khadijah Mellah – Equestrian Studies

Week 4.

Monday, December 7th – Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen – Art

Tuesday, December 8th – Shazia Mirza – Science

Wednesday, December 9th – Sarah Gordy – Drama

Thursday, December 10th – Alan Fletcher – Geography

Friday, December 11th – End of Term Review

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Teen Mom star Mackenzie McKee’s mum, Angie Douthit, has died. 

The family of Angie confirmed the heartbreaking news on Instagram. Angie passed away on Monday, December 9 at 11:37pm.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They said that her final days were ‘spent lovingly surrounded by family and friends as they prayed, sang, and shared funny Angie stories’.

Angie was diagnosed with cancer in January 2018. She wanted to document her journey to spread awareness and hope.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her family shared, ‘She wasn’t able to sleep an entire night so she would wake up around 3am to write her posts. We watched her get up everyday in the darkest hours of the night to spread the brightest light that she knew of, her Savior Jesus Christ.’

‘There were times when she wrote her posts through pain and confusion. There were times at the end when she couldn’t type and would ask her daughters to type for her but she would not give up spreading the gospel message of hope. In nearly two years, she never missed her daily post…tomorrow she will.’

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her family have vowed to ‘pick up the baton and run like she did mighty warrior’. 

They encouraged Angie’s supporters to be more like her, ‘You can choose this day to be like Angie and use your social media engagements to make a difference rather than disaster, to spread love and not hate, and to always be kind.’

Our thoughts are with Angie’s family during this heartbreaking time.

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Look, we don’t need some high-falutin’ scientists to tell us that our dogs know exactly what we’re saying to them on any given day, but it does give our argument a little more substance when we’re hashing it out with a non-believer.

Saying hello to your dog when it walks into the room is standard practice while mumbling sweet nothings in its ear during chill-time is legit, but now those in the know have established that our pooches are totally in tune with us.

Research conducted by scientists in Hungary has confirmed that dogs are not only capable of understanding the words we say, but even acknowledge the way in which we say them.

By recording the brain activity of a group of dogs, researchers led by Attila Andics, a research fellow at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, firstly ascertained that the animals have the ability to distinguish between certain words.

Further to this, they established that words which were said in a positive tone of voice garnered the strongest reaction from the group of dogs included in the research.

So does that mean you don’t need to rely on dog food reviews because now Fido can just tell you directly? Not quite. But it does mean that the study, which has been published in the journal Science, can make us feel so much better about those hour-long conversations we have with the family dog after a night in the local.

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As an adult, Halloween is a pretty good excuse to make a holy show of yourself and get away with it, but as a kid, Halloween was life's saving grace between summer and Christmas.

Just when you thought you were going to burst with the boredom of the new school year, Halloween reared its head, and suddenly life was worth living again.

Black bin liners were unrolled, spiders with pipe cleaner legs were hung up, and your mam began ranting about the dangers of bangers for the guts of a month.

And once the big night rolled around, we all went through the same nine stages with military precision.

1. The parents' rules

Your parents will have laid a few ground rules when it came to sticking with your siblings while roaming the estate, but God love them if they thought you were listening.

"I'll keep an eye… but I can't promise anything, Mam."

2. The real rules

Once far enough from your driveway, you and your siblings immediately split up for fear of being seen with each other.

"Go on! You'll be grand, just don't go near that house with the broken gate. I heard your man hasn't left it in 54 years."

3. The costume

It seemed like a good idea at the time, but wandering the estate in nothing more than a bin liner over your vest and pants was your mother's biggest parenting fail.

"Can you see my knickers? They've puppies on them."

4. The explanation for your costume

No matter how much effort your mother put into that bad boy, you were still forced to tell every neighbour what you were.

"I'm a mutant from Outer… oh whatever, I'm a binliner."

5. The estates you weren’t allowed to visit

If the sibling rule was important, the 'not going further than your own estate' was an absolute deal breaker.

"If I hear you went further than the front green, there'll be absolute war, do you hear me?"

6. The neighbours who gave good stuff

Every year you made a beeline for the house that gave out full size chocolate bars, cans of Coke and share-size crisps.

"Ring again. She's only pretending she can't hear us."

7. The neighbours who gave apples

Every year you knocked in because you thought they might have come to their senses this time around.

"Ah Jaysus, seven monkey nuts?! I'm putting them back through her letterbox."

8. The bold kids

If you thought you were pretty schlick for going past the green, you had nothing on these kids who didn't even bother to dress up and waited for eejits like you to show up so they could banger the bejaysus out of you.

"Pretend you haven't seen them, but don't turn your back. That's right, let's all reverse up the road,"

9. The triumphant return for the second bag

The years you have to return to your own home for a second carrier bag such was the extent of your haul is one for the memory books.

"Only the first two roads, Mam. Better give me a few if this keeps up… no, I'm not done!"

 

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Do you know what your first memory is?

I know mine was on my parents wedding day – I'm being lifted off a white bench outside by someone  and I can see my little white sandals on my feet as I look down at them. That's it. A three-second lightning-quick snapshot. I was a few weeks away from my second birthday.

I can still see my shoes as I get picked up off the bench – but did it ever actually happen?

A study in the journal Psychological Science says that more than likely it's a fabrication. Spooky, right? 

Researchers from the UK asked more than 6,600 people about their first childhood memory.

According to Science Alert, they found that 2,500 of participants – almost 40 percent – said that they had formed memories before the age of two-years-old. More than 890 of those people said that their their first memory takes place before they turned one.

The scientists now say though that those memories are completely imagined…they're not real memories.

So why are we convinced that they are? 

The study explained that our brains seem to be simply incapable of retaining information from before the age of three.

However, the thing is, the scientists found that people's memories were age-appropriate. 

This means that they're not memories that got muddled in time because they mention prams, cribs or wanting to communicate before knowing how to talk.

Now this is the interesting bit.

The research suggests that these recollections are actually being pieced together from photographs people have seen and stories they may have been told etc. 

"We suggest that what a rememberer has in mind when recalling fictional improbably early memories is an episodic-memory-like mental representation consisting of remembered fragments of early experience and some facts or knowledge about their own infancy/childhood," explained psychologist Shazia Akhtar. 

So do you think that you've created events in your mind that never took place?

We all know that memory isn't the most reliable of things and this study certainly gives weight to that.

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Ed Sheeran has announced his semi-retirement at the tender age of 28 in order to spend time with his wife and childhood sweetheart; Cherry Seaborn.

The Beautiful People singer has made a fortune from his music and tour dates, and has appeared at number 17 of the UK's richest musicians in 2019.

The singer told fans at the last gig of his Divide tour that he'll be stepping away from the spotlight to build a life with his new wife.

While on stage at Chantry Park in Ipswitch on Monday, an emotional Sheeran said to the crowd that he had an announcement.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"As you may or not know, I've been on the Divide tour for over two years now and this is the last day of the whole thing.

"There is something very bittersweet about it. I love that you guys are here and we are ending it in Ipswich. This is my last gig for probably 18 months," he continued.

"We've played all around the world. Glastonbury, Wembley Stadium. All these amazing venues, America, New Zealand, Australia, Asia, South America – it's been a wild one."

He went on: "I was told before I came on that now at the end of this tour I've played to nine million people around the world. It is the biggest tour ever."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"It's been an emotional day for a lot of people backstage. It kind of feels like, in a weird way, that you're breaking up with a girlfriend that you've been with for years," he joked.

"It sounds odd but it has been a long tour." Monday's concert may as well be his final loop pedal tour gig, as he'll have a band behind him next time.

Fighting back tears, Ed changed out of his Ipswich Town football shirt and put on another one symbolising his home; Framlingham Town.

"This is a Framlingham Town football shirt. I am from Framlingham. Suffolk is my home. I am so happy to be ending this mammoth tour here," he added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"I want to say thank you to everyone on this tour. Thank you to everyone who has given me a chance. This is my last song. I wrote this when I was 15 years old. See you in a few years' time. Thank you."

Ed low-key married his childhood sweetheart Cherry last December, and recently revealed that they're planning to start a family; "I'm starting a life with Cherry. I can't spend the next 20 years on the road."

"Kids would be the different thing. I wouldn't mind sacrificing for them. If someone told me you can't tour again for the next ten years if you have kids that is fine, because that is what I have signed up for.

"I've already achieved more than I thought I would, so now I'm just trying to have fun."

Feature image: Instagram/@teddysphotos

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Gardaí are seeking help to find a 40-year-old man who is missing from the Kilworth Road area of Drimnagh in Dublin 12.

James Doyle was last seen on Friday, June 21, at around 2.30pm.

He is described as being six foot, four inches tall with a slim build and brown hair. 

He also wears glasses and has stubble on his face. 

He was last seen wearing a black Nike baseball cap, grey Diesel hoodie with black writing of ‘Diesel’ across the front, blue jeans and navy runners.

James's family and Gardaí are concerned for him and anyone with information should contact Sundrive Garda Station on (01) 666 6600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. 

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Gardaí in Co Cork are appealing for help in finding a missing teenager. 

Alaa Mohammed Al Naser has been missing from his home in Kanturk and was last seen on Sunday, June 23. 

The 17-year-old is described as being 6ft in height, clean shaven with short dark gelled back hair, and has brown eyes.

Alaa Mohammed Al Naser was last seen on 23 June
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According to gardaí, he was wearing a green rain jacket and had a black backpack with him. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardaí in Kanturk or at any garda station. 

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Gardaí in Navan are investigating an alleged suspicious approach by a motorist to two children yesterday.

The incident took place around 4.25pm at Possextown near Nobber in Co Meath.

An aunt of the children posted to Facebook, warning other parent of the incident.

She wrote, ''Some old guy with longer, white beard and in a blueish vintage car,” had stopped his car, then opened the door of it and “tried to abduct my niece and nephew walking to my house from theirs. They started running away so he drove off.”

A spokesperson for the Gardaí confirmed that, ''Gardaí in Navan are investigating a report of an alleged suspicious approach on the 10/04/19 at approximately 5pm in Possextown, Nobbeer.''

They continued, ''A male described as being in his 50s is reported to have stopped and gestured two children to get in a car. No injuries and car reportedly drove off."

This incident comes just days after another alleged abduction in Co Kerry.

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You couldn't make this stuff up.

Joey Gaydos Jr,is best known for playing insanely talented guitarist  Zack Mooneyham in the now-iconic 2003 Jack Black flick, School of Rock. And it seems that the 27-year-old is now living out the real rock 'n' roll lifestyle.

Joey has been arrested for allegedly stealing guitars and selling them in pawn shops in Florida.

Sticking it to the man or what?

According to TMZ, police said he would walk into shops and ask to test a guitar, before sauntering out without paying.

He is supposed to have nicked a Gibson Les Paul worth a cool $1900 (£1,440) and a Fender Stratocaster worth $699 (£530).

But perhaps the most far-fetched part of all is that he also stole guitar amps, including ONE FROM HIS OWN DAD. 

Like, how does that even happen? 

Joking aside, hes now he's facing felonies for larceny and grand theft.

Joey reportedly blamed the theft on his drug problem and later entered a not guilty plea in court.

The child star hasn't acted since his School of Rock heyday and is apparently unemployed at present.

Oh and btw – there is actual footage of him walking out of a store with a Buddy Guy Fender Stratocaster…so you're kinda busted Joey.

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Aer Lingus has finally copped on to the fact that it's 2019 and ditched some outdated rules.

The airline has announced that their cabin crew are no longer required to wear make-up at work.

Yes, the ''trolly dolly'' standards that they're known for (and that belong in the 1950s) have been banished. 

The company confirmed to The Times that until now all its female staff had no choice but to wear slap as part of their work uniform.

We feel for them, the actual EFFORT of it . 

We're doing well if we throw on some foundation for the office. 

However, now Aer Lingus said that new guidelines would not include mandatory use for the first time EVER.

Not a moment too soon, huh? 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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As well as make-up, female employees will soon be allowed to wear trousers, instead of the previously obligatory skirts. 

Yeah you read that right, obligatory skirts. 

Aer Lingus are following in the footsteps of Virgin Atlantic, who announced this week it was allowing female members of the  cabin crew to scrap the make-up if they wanted.

We're delighted for those women, who are surely chuffed that they'll get an extra few minutes in bed now. 

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A video-tape allegedly showing notorious R&B singer R. Kelly engaging in sexual activity with an underage girl has been discovered.

Attorney Michael Avenatti has released a statement declaring that the footage shows Kelly "engaging in multiple sexual assaults of an underage girl." According to Avenatti, the tape is "clear" and is 45 minutes long.

He said in his statement; "Our work has been painstaking, detailed, expensive, and time consuming. Mr Kelly is a predator and a criminal who has preyed on young, vulnerable girls for far too long. ‘The time has come for him to finally be held accountable for his actions."

American news publication CNN say they have viewed the tape, and claim the girl appears makes references to her "14-year-old p***y".

The man in the video reportedly asks her to urinate, and then afterwards he urinates on her.

Avenatti also claims that the new tape is NOT "in connection with the prior criminal matter in which Mr Kelly was charged nor does it depict the same instances of sexual assault".

The prosecutor’s office would neither confirm nor deny that an investigation was underway, a spokesman said.

Steve Greenberg , R. Kelly’s lawyer, wrote a statement saying: "This morning I woke up to reports that a video had surfaced showing R Kelly allegedly with an underage girl. The reports were prompted from a tweet by Michael Avenatti, who himself was the subject of unfavourable news articles just yesterday."

The statement continued; "Timing is everything. ‘The calls and emails I received were the first I’ve heard of these allegations. I understand that CNN says that they have seen this video."

"If the video were what it is claimed to be, by sharing it with CNN Mr. Avenatti would be committing a felony, as would the reporter who viewed it. I doubt if either would put themselves in that position. That combined with the other facts that I know lead me to question the reports."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Greenberg said; "I have not been contacted by anyone connected with law enforcement, nor has R Kelly. Mr. Kelly denies that he has engaged in any illegal conduct, of any kind whatsoever. He would like to be able to continue to write and sing and produce and perform."

He also mentioned the infamous Surviving R Kelly documentary on Lifetime, which shocked the world with dozens of sexual abuse allegations spanning 30 years.

"Unfortunately, as a result of a documentary that regurgitated long ago rejected claims, he has been adjudged guilty in the public eye. In this age of hashtags we are too quick to rush to judgement simply because something is associated with a hashtag."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It continued; "A hashtag does not make claims credible. All of the claims by these women were brought forth years ago, rejected by the police, and/or rejected by the courts, but now for their own gain they have rehashed them."

"Each of the women in that documentary are out for money, whether they have suddenly filed a lawsuit, they have all of a sudden released their own song, or they have written a book," he wrote, saying the woman who have accused Kelly are simply in it to capitalise.

"In this country people are entitled to presumption of innocence. Absent conclusive evidence, proof beyond reasonable doubt, I would ask that people follow the principles that make this country great. We will have no further comment," said the lawyer.

"Thanks to all his fans and their support. He will continue to work on his album," it concluded.

The singer only just announced a 2019 tour of New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka, after the documentary was released. He has been accused of having sex with girls as young as 14, and holding women hostage in a sex cult.

Kelly has continuously denied the allegations against him. Time will tell what this new evidence will bring to the shocking story.

Feature image: variety.com

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