Libertines Frontman Helping Elephant Sanctuary To Stay Off Drugs

Pete Doherty is working at an elephant sanctuary. The English musician, and best known musically for being co-frontman of The Libertines, who has frequently-publicised drug addictions is dong this to stay from drugs. He is from Hexham, Northumberland and the son of a nurse and a major in the British Army and he has been at a Thailand centre giving a helping hand since finishing off his heroin addiction treatment in the country at the Hope Rehab Center in December.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, a source explained: “Pete helps them to clean and feed the elephants every day.

“He’s not even bothered about dealing with their dung.

“He just loves being around them and says they’re helping him enormously with his recovery.”

Pete’s creative mind has also been in full swing since working with the Thai elephants, as he’s penned several tracks whilst sitting next to the animals as they sleep.

“Pete stays up with them at night and writes songs on his guitar while they sleep.

“He finds it incredibly relaxing and believes he’s writing some of his best work ever as a result.

“Not that he’s even really thinking about the next step in his music career. At the moment, he’s content with tending to his new elephant friends.”

Last week the Libertines co-star Carl Barat flew there to help Doherty in his work on putting together the group’s third album.

Previously, Pete had revealed he was selling a “huge elephant collection” when he was left with several models of the beast following his split from Kate Moss, and he even planned to send some to her anonymously as a present following her marriage to Jamie Hince.

In February 2012 he explained: “Kate used to collect elephants, so I’d buy them for her wherever I went.

“When we split up she destroyed all my stuff, but she didn’t destroy my elephants. Because I couldn’t get over her for a while I just kept buying elephants and now I’ve got a huge elephant collection for sale.

“I might post them anonymously to her as a wedding present.”

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Ernie Banks, Baseball Player “Mr. Sunshine” Dies At 83

Ernie Banks has died. He was an American professional baseball player, he was nicknamed “Mr. Cub” and “Mr. Sunshine”. The Chicago Cubs Baseball Player was eighty three years old. He was regarded by some as one of the greatest players of all time, and his fans are mourning him. The Dallas native died on Friday, January 23, 2014.

“Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time,” Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement on Saturday, Jan. 23, via the Associated Press. “He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I’ve ever known.”

He continued:

“Approachable, ever optimistic and kind hearted, Ernie Banks is and always will be Mr. Cub. My family and I grieve the loss of such a great and good-hearted man, but we look forward to celebrating Ernie’s life in the days ahead.”

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama also paid tribute to the athlete.

“As a Hall-of-Famer, Ernie was an incredible ambassador for baseball, and for the city of Chicago. He was beloved by baseball fans everywhere, including Michelle, who, when she was a girl, used to sit with her dad and watch him play on TV. And in 2013, it was my honor to present Ernie with the Presidential Medal of Freedom,” POTUS said in a statement on Saturday. “Somewhere, the sun is shining, the air is fresh, his team’s behind him, and Mr. Class — ‘Mr. Cub’ — is ready to play two.”

Through Bank’s career he hit five hundred and twelve home runs, won the MVP twice, was an 11-time All-Star, and two-time National League Most Valuable Player and he had been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in sports.

Banks leaves behind his wife, Liz.

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Reese Witherspoon’s Family Struggle With Juggling Different Needs

Reese Witherspoon‘s family struggle. It was back in 1991 when she landed a role in Man in the Moon, however her breakout roles in Legally Blonde and romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama says that it sometimes can be hard juggling the need of her three children. She has children, a fifteen year old daughter called Ava, an eleven year old son called Deacon with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe and two-year-old Tennessee with current spouse Jim Toth. She said that sometimes she is quite surprised on how she copes with her hectic life.

She said:

“It’s a wonderful thing to be able to have a great family around you and realise how fortunate I am.

“My husband and I have a beautiful young son and that’s given us so much joy. Sometimes it’s hard to manage everything during the day because you also want to give your older kids as much of your time as you can too.

“Your mind is going in 10 different directions and you think you can’t keep up but somehow you manage.”

Witherspoon is doing some research, The Good Lie’ she visited a Sudanese refugee camp with her daughter Ava, the thirty eight year old actress believes that this trip made a profound affect on her child.

She told Britain’s OK! magazine:

“I hope she gained consciousness, awareness and a feeling of wanting to give back.

“Kids nowadays, we get them all these technologies and access to things that disconnect them. So, as much of the world as you can show them is great.

“Ava’s a wonderful, socially conscious girl but even a kid that reads a million books about a situation doesn’t understand it until they see it themselves.

“She didn’t say a word the whole day. She really didn’t talk about it until a couple of days later. It’s definitely going to affect her for a long time, as it did me as well. It was amazing.”

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Figure Skater Toller Cranston, 65 Has Died (Video)

Toller Cranston has died. I find the news sad, as I watch Cranston skate many times, I thought he was just amazing. Well he was originally from Canada, and a figure skater and he had a pasiion towards painting, reportedly he passed away in Mexico at the age of sixty five. He had been credited by many with bringing a new level of artistry to men’s figure skating, also he was an Olympic medalist. It was his longtime Jeanne Beker, who told the Star on Saturday.

Beker said Cranston, real name Toller Shalitoe Montague Cranston was found dead Saturday morning in his home in San Miguel, Mexico. The circumstances are yet unclear, though Beker said there is no foul play suspected. He was from Hamilton.

When Cranston was on the ice, he was known for his humour, energetic manner and wide social circle.

“Absolutely outrageous, without question,” said Beker, who first met Cranston in 1979, when she lived across the road from him in Cabbagetown in Toronto.

“The dinner parties he threw were beyond anything you can imagine.

“There was a great sense of drama to him and he just made such a mark on all who knew him.”

It was in 1992 when he was in a depression fro almost two years, he auctioned nearly all his possessions, sold his Cabbagetown home making a far away move to San Miguel, Mexico, going after his passion for painting.

It was a necessary move, he told the Star in an earlier interview:

“I’ll never be taken seriously as an artist, at least in this country, (but) I am absolutely convinced I am one.”

Watch video! Toller Cranston – 1974 World Championships SP and LP!

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Westlife’s Mark Feehily Selling Crepes And Coffee For A Living

Mark Feehily is running a catering business. I remember the thirty five year old when was one of the lead singers of the Irish boy band Westlife and now he on the road to selling crepes and coffee out of a van for his living, which he is intending to get in his food truck and tour around UK festivals.

He explained:

“It’s going really well, we’ve got loads of interest and we’ve booked it in with a lot of the music festivals and we’re talking about doing some Irish ones as well.”

When the band was popular between the years 1998 and 2012 they sold over fifty million record but now as they are longer a band, Feehily had been finding it hard on his own with music business success.

However, he insists he’s happy working in the catering industry.

He told Today FM:

“It’s my business and I love it, anything I get involved in I get involved 110 per cent.

“People were flabbergasted at the fact that I was in the van making crepes.

“People kind of have this thing ‘oh, he was in Westlife a few years ago and now he’s making tea’.

“A couple of Irish people came up and were like ‘wait a minute, what are you doing in a van?’

“I love festivals, so why not?”

More on Feehily, he rose to fame with the band having many successful .hits, and he sang completely solo on songs for the band in some instances:

“Imaginary Diva” (from the World of Our Own album)
“Moon River” (from the Allow Us to Be Frank album)
“Talk Me Down” (from the Where We Are album)
“Before It’s Too Late” (from the Gravity album).

During live performances, he also sang completely solo for the songs.

“Oh Holy Night”, “Imaginary Diva”, “Talk Me Down”, “Before It’s Too Late”, and “Il Adore”.

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Amber Rose Remembers Childhood Tough Times

Amber Rose has recalled her childhood troubles. She is a well known hip hop artist, hip hop model, actress and fashion designer and most of her friends when she was growing up are almost “either on drugs or dead”. The thirty one year old grew up in Philadelphia, and it was a tough place, and now she also says her friends are “pretty much non-existent”. She and rapper Wiz Khalifa have a twenty three year old son together called Sebastian Taylor Thomaz, and she shared: “It was pretty crazy. But while I was there it was kind of just the norm.

“I fought girls in my neighborhood all the time. But it was just the thing to do. If you have a problem with someone you fight it out.

“I saw someone get shot. It was an older man coming out of a bar. I started running the other way. I was probably around 15.

“Almost everyone I grew up with is either on drugs or dead.

“There was one girl who got out and became a school teacher but she moved away when she was really young.

“My friends are pretty much non-existent. The route to drugs started out with (pain relief drug) OxyContin and then they turned to heroin, because it was cheaper.

“My family was really messed up on drugs. Two of my very close family members overdosed. Another one has been a functioning heroin addict for more than 35 years.”

Rose says the reason she doesn’t do and drugs is because she saw first handed what they can do.

She told The Sun newspaper:

“I didn’t even smoke weed because I thought it was a gateway drug to harder drugs and I had watched the neighbourhood and all my friends go downhill.

“Even to this day I don’t smoke weed and I have never tried ecstasy.”

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