Summer Walker Clashing With Promoter After Getting Booed at New Jersey Club

The dispute between the ‘Playing Games’ singer and the New Jersey club promoter gets ugly as the promoter threatens to file a lawsuit and drag her to court.

AceShowbizSummer Walker and a promoter who booked her for a gig at a New Jersey club called each other out on the internet. The feud came hot on heels of a disastrous night when she was booed by partygoers. The crowd were disappointed and jeered at her when she was just lounging in the back while half-heartedly holding a mic.

Following the debacle, Summer took to Instagram to defend herself. The “Playing Games” singer told her online devotees that she was booked to make an appearance, not to perform any song. She then accused the promoter of scamming the clubgoers.

“Y’all gotta stop letting these promoters finesse y’all,” the 23-year-old star wrote. “I do not ‘I repeat, I do not’ sing on coaches. Put some respect on my names if you would like to see me perform I’ll be at Terminal 5 on the 7th & 8th & Jimmy Fallon on the 9th, that’s where you can see me perform.” She concluded, “Thank y’all for whoever came to see me at the Jersey WALK THROUGH, I appreciate it.”

In another post, Summer uploaded screenshots of the promoter confirmed to fans in comment sections that it’s not a show but a club hosting/appearance. “He lliterally had told y’all it wasn’t a performance, I don’t understand why I have to do this stupid s**t with plp. I be minding my business,” she penned.

In an alleged contract posted online by the promoter, the gig was indeed described as an appearance but there were specific details requiring the artist to “host for 60 minutes with a 2-3 song performance.”

However, Summer claimed the contract was fake. “U b***tching on live all for some clout. Sh*t really a hell of a drug,” she ranted. “I’ve done over 10 walk throughs this year and did exactly that, walked through. No issues.”

The promoter fired back, “If this a fake contract somebody tell me why she even came? Let alone grabbed the mic and fake sung for y’all with no effort.” He added, “Contract clearly say hosting with songs…we all know this wasn’t a show. I made it clear this was a club appearance and she was suppose(d) to perform a couple songs.”

His posts briefly disappeared from Instagram before they were accessible again. It caused doubt but he claimed he “only took the s**t down cause her manager begged me to take it down last night & said she was gonna do the same.” He continued, “Don’t trip we gonna settle in court and every weirdo d**k riding fall back.”

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Barcelona 5-2 Mallorca: Lionel Messi hat-trick sends Barcelona top

Lionel Messi celebrated winning his sixth Ballon d’Or with a hat-trick as Barcelona beat Mallorca to move top of La Liga.

He scored two excellent finishes from outside the box before smashing in a third off the underside of the crossbar.

Antoine Griezmann had opened the scoring for Barca, with Luis Suarez netting an outrageous backheel.

Ante Budimir scored twice for struggling Mallorca.

Messi showed off his Ballon d’Or trophy – awarded to the best player in the world – to the Nou Camp crowd before kick-off, with his family on the pitch alongside him.

And he finished the match with his 35th La Liga hat-trick, breaking the record of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Barcelona were excellent at times, particularly in the first half, with some fantastic passing movement.

However their first goal came when Griezmann chased onto Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s long goal-kick before clipping the ball over the goalkeeper.

The France international then set up Messi’s first, a fine curling effort from 25 yards. Budimir scored a deflected strike for Mallorca, before Messi scored a similar goal to his first, this time from an Ivan Rakitic pass.

Suarez scored the best goal of the game, however. An excellent passing move ended with Frenkie de Jong finding Suarez, who backheeled the ball into the ground and over goalkeeper Manolo Reina.

Budimir headed in his second for Mallorca before Messi smashed in his third from Suarez’s lay-off. He is now La Liga’s top scorer with 12 goals – from only 10 games.

Barcelona go back to the top, above Real Madrid – who beat Espanyol 2-0 earlier on Saturday. The title rivals meet in El Clasico in 11 days’ time.

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Match ends, Barcelona 5, Mallorca 2.

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Second Half ends, Barcelona 5, Mallorca 2.

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Martin Valjent.

Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Aleix Febas.

Attempt saved. Carles Pérez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Carles Aleñá (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Júnior Firpo (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fran Gámez (Mallorca).

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

Joan Sastre (Mallorca) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Carles Pérez replaces Antoine Griezmann.

Substitution

Substitution, Mallorca. Abdón Prats replaces Ante Budimir.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 5, Mallorca 2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Foul by Carles Aleñá (Barcelona).

Joan Sastre (Mallorca) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Carles Aleñá (Barcelona).

Juan Hernández (Mallorca) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Attempt saved. Juan Hernández (Mallorca) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Takefusa Kubo (Mallorca) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dani Rodríguez.

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Arturo Vidal.

Attempt blocked. Juan Hernández (Mallorca) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joan Sastre.

Foul by Júnior Firpo (Barcelona).

Fran Gámez (Mallorca) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Substitution, Barcelona. Carles Aleñá replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Attempt missed. Dani Rodríguez (Mallorca) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

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Substitution, Mallorca. Josep Señé replaces Iddrisu Baba.

Corner, Mallorca. Conceded by Sergio Busquets.

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joan Sastre (Mallorca).

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ante Budimir (Mallorca).

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Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

Juan Hernández (Mallorca) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Goal! Barcelona 4, Mallorca 2. Ante Budimir (Mallorca) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fran Gámez with a cross.

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‘A Homecoming For The Holidays’ Star Reveals The Touching Moment That Made Him Cry & More

‘A Homecoming for the Holidays’ premieres Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. and HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with star Stephen Huszar about the ‘heartwarming’ Hallmark film and what made him cry during filming.

Hallmark’s Christmas movie lineup continues with A Homecoming for the Holidays, which will at 9 p.m. on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with Stephen Huszar, who plays Matt in the film, all about what we can expect from this latest holiday movie. “A Homecoming for the Holidays is a gorgeous little film about a budding country music star who is just starting off in her career when we first meet her. She has a lot of high aspirations to be a star, but she’s just sort of getting her feet wet and that’s when my character, Matt, meets her,” Stephen told HollywoodLife. “Charlotte is played by Laura Osnes. Matt is just about to be deployed to Afghanistan. It’s his third deployment and he’s having a little bit of hesitation with it. It’s sort of taking a toll on him and he’s a little bit unsure of his future. However, this chance encounter with her really puts a spark in both of their eyes so there’s something to look forward to there when he returns.”

Stephen revealed that the movie flashes forward three years later and a lot has changed for Matt and Charlotte. “In that time, we find out that Charlotte has now become a big country music star,” Stephen continued. “She’s super famous and our characters end up meeting in the actual small town where we initially met just before my character got deployed. The majority of the movie is really building our relationship during her stardom and Matt being an army vet now. He’s now heading up a large non-profit organization called Operation Homefront, which basically supplies ex-military people with shelter and really integrates them back into the community. It’s a really heartwarming film that actually incorporates a real charitable organization.”

The actor wanted to take on the role of Matt because he’d never played a military character like this before. “I ave played a military character in a different way and it was in a TV show called Fringe and that whetted my appetite, but I’ve never taken a character all the way through from being in the military to ex-military and giving back to the community. I thought that it would be interesting to explore that and see how that felt.” He gushed that he loved working with Laura whom he called an “incredible actor and one of the most amazing human beings I’ve ever met. She’s so generous and such a beautiful soul.”

Laura sings in the film and Stephen admitted that he got a little emotional listening to her. “I literally cried listening to Laura sing during a couple of the takes,” he said. “It really touched me deeply and I really hope the music is going to do the same for the audience. It’s just such a heartwarming experience to have such great musicians in the movie. I think it really brings a lot to these kinds of productions.”

A Homecoming for the Holidays isn’t Stephen’s first holiday movie. He’s starred in other holiday films like Mistletoe Magic, Return to Christmas Creek, Hometown Holiday, and more. “I feel that at the root of it all, I just really love Christmas,” Stephen said about doing holiday movies. “I love family. Family is the most important thing that’s in my life. Christmas is an inspirational time of year and these films really represent that. It really brings people together and brings people back to core values as humans. I just really enjoy doing that and to have an opportunity to do comedy, which I do often in these movies. I love to make people laugh and be more lighthearted. I think people get a lot out of that. There’s a lot of content these days that’s darker and deals with serious issues, which we need. But it’s important for people to hear these kinds of stories, too.”

There have been so many holiday movies over the years and Stephen actually has an idea for one he’d love to do. “I actually grew up racing sailboats and there’s one thing I’ve always wanted to do in a film and I know it’s going to happen,” Stephen told HollywoodLife. “I would love to do something about sailing a boat and having a story based around that. Of course, there would have to be a love story. I’m just putting that out there. That would be a dream come true for me.”

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‘The Favourite’ Wins Big At The 32nd European Film Awards

Yorgos Lanthimos’s “The Favourite” scooped the 32nd European Film Awards, winning best film, best comedy and best actress for Olivia Colman who previously won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Anne in the film.

“The Favourite” was leading the nominations along with Pedro Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory,” Marco Bellocchio’s “The Traitor” and Roman Polanski’s “An Officer and A Spy.”

Lanthimos’s tragicomedy had already banked four craft prizes – cinematography, editing, costume design, and hair and makeup.

“Pain and Glory” won best actor for Antonio Banderas, who previously won best actor at Cannes. Ladj Ly’s police brutality drama “Les Miserables,” which won the jury prize at Cannes and is representing France at the Oscars, won the European Discovery award.

Meanwhile, Celine Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” won the European Screenwriter prize. Sciamma, who had won the screenwriting award at Cannes, said she hopes that young screenwriters will get empowered by this recognition, to push for new ideas.”

“Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white romance set in the 1950s, which won last year’s European Film Awards for best film, director and screenplay, won this year’s EFA People’s Choice Award.

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Juliette Binoche, the prolific French actor who most recently starred opposite Catherine Deneuve in “The Truth,” received the European Achievement in World Cinema award.

“I think art is finding the new, sharing, and finding a new world. I would like to give an advice to young actresses: Choose your films, be responsible for what you’re choosing, because we make a difference,” said Binoche upon receiving the prize from the hands of well-respected filmmaker Claire Denis with whom she worked on several films, including “Let The Sunshine In.”

Werner Herzog, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, said he was glad “there is not such thing than European cinema… I’m glad European solidarity made it possible for small countries to make wonderful films.”

Wim Wenders, who presented Herzog with the award, called the filmmaker a “genius” and a “self-thought inventor of cinema.”

Nominated in four categories, “An Officer and A Spy” didn’t any prize. The European Film Awards Academy came under fire in recent days for having nominated the film after the controversial director Roman Polanski was accused of rape by the former actress Valentine Monnier last month.

J’Accuse Polanski, which started out as a hashtag on Twitter following Monnier’s allegations and the subsequent film release in France and has become a women’s rights group, was one of the activist groups to put pressure on the European Film Awards to take away the nominations that Polanski had earned.

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Channing Tatum Takes Daughter Everly to See Frozen Musical After Being Declared Legally Single

Channing Tatum enjoyed a magical night out at the theater with his daughter on Friday.

The Magic Mike star, 39, kicked off his weekend with some quality daddy-daughter time as he and Everly, 6½, enjoyed a performance of Frozen on Broadway.

Tatum — who rarely shares photos of his daughter — posted a series of snaps on Instagram that showed the pair as they prepared to watch the Disney musical. In the pictures, Everly is seen holding a Barbie doll version of Elsa, one of the main characters, as well as a golden “coronation orb.”

Making things even sweeter, Everly, whom Tatum shares with ex-wife Jenna Dewan, even dressed up for the show, wearing an adorable blue Elsa costume as well as a blonde braided wig.

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Tatum seemed to thoroughly enjoy the performance as well, giving the production a rave review on social media.

“Ok frozen the musical = seriously magical. The entire cast is so talented it’s kind of unreal. I have no words. 🙏🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼❤️💯🦄,” he captioned his social media post.

The father of one’s evening with his daughter comes just over two weeks after he and Dewan were declared single by a judge in L.A., according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

Dewan and Tatum announced their separation nearly two years ago after almost nine years of marriage. They are still working out a financial settlement and continue to share custody of Everly.

Dewan’s immediate future is a busy one: she’s expecting a baby with boyfriend Steve Kazee, who she began dating in the fall of 2018, is the host of Fox’s new dating show Flirty Dancing and stars in the Netflix series Soundtrack.

Dewan recently told PEOPLE that she and Tatum, who is dating British singer Jessie J, are in a good place, adjusting to their “new normal,” and that Everly remains their No. 1 priority.

“You can still have a relationship, and just because the forms change as to who you are to each other, it doesn’t take away from the love that we shared all those years,” she said.


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Man City vs Man Utd betting tips: Gabriel Jesus to score but both teams to net in Manchester derby, plus Super Sunday – The Sun

THE festive period is almost upon us and we're here to try win you some extra Christmas money.

After the excitement of Amazon Prime's first foray into Premier League broadcasting, it's back to a more familiar schedule this weekend.

We've got betting tips for the Manchester derby right through to Monday Night Football…

Man City vs Man Utd, Saturday 5.30pm

THE role reversal is almost complete in Manchester.

Champions City welcome United, who remain a shadow of the side which dominated the early Premier League era.

With every passing defeat or draw the days of Sir Alex Ferguson's dynasty seem a long, long way off.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is there of course – looking less fresh-faced than he did when taking over – and he was boosted by the badly-needed 2-1 win over Spurs in midweek.

City are now 10/3 to win this year's title and we'd recommend before anything else just having a little insurance bet on that. We all know what happened last year.

They were ruthless against Burnley in midweek, with Gabriel Jesus filling in for the injured Sergio Aguero and finally looking the business.

Admit it City fans, you never thought you'd see the day that your side was 3/10 to win a Manchester derby.

Don't go taking that. £3 profit back for a tenner? Nah.

For all their transformation, City haven't dominated this fixture in recent years and have won just one of the last four meetings at the Etihad.

That was last season's 3-1 triumph and we can see a similar scoreline on Saturday evening.

City might be the top scorers in the Premier League this season, but with no Vincent Kompany their defence has a fragility to it.

United have failed to score on three of their last ten visits and we reckon they net again against Guardiola's attack-minded side who've conceded to Wolves, Atalanta, Southampton (twice), Chelsea and Shakhtar this season.

We're happy to take a City win, but only with some value – and that's why you should back to triumph but with both teams to score at a healthy 33/20.

Trust in Jesus – the Brazilian will once again be leading the line without Aguero and he's 10/3 to net first or a tempting evens anytime.

SunSport's best bets

Both teams to score at the Etihad: 5/6

City to win with both teams scoring: 33/20

Gabriel Jesus to net anytime: evens

Aston Villa vs Leicester, Sunday 2pm

BRENDAN RODGERS is onto a winner at Leicester.

Whisper it, but they're putting together a run of wins just like 2015. Told you – whisper it.

Despite seemingly being discounted from the title race at 16/1 – even though they're outpacing Man City at this stage – the Foxes continue to grind out the wins.

Their 2-1 win over Everton was the perfect metaphor for their season.

Out of sorts for 60 minutes, Leicester played to their strengths and demonstrated supreme fitness to grind out a dramatic comeback.

There's no gimmes in this league and a trip to Villa Park is never straightforward.

Villa would sit eighth in the Premier League table if we were only taking into account home matches, grinding out three wins from seven games and losing just twice.

They've started to produce on the road too, with Jack Grealish the stand-out in a pulsating 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.

The visit of Leicester will hold no fear for Dean Smith's men – but we like this Foxes side too much to pass on the opportunity to make some cash.

Since beating Saints 9-0 at St Mary's they've looked unstoppable on the road, dispatching Brighton and Palace in ruthless fashion.

We love the 3/4 on the Foxes, but even more so the draw at half time, Leicester win at full time on the HT/FT market.

That's happened in both of Leicester's last two away games and is whopping value at 7/2 – especially as Villa could prove a tough nut to crack.

Ayoze Perez is enjoying his football again after breaking his Foxes duck, but seems to enjoy it away from the King Power.

Back him to net anytime at 23/10 and make it four goals in his last three away games.

SunSport's best bets

Leicester to beat Aston Villa: 3/4

Draw at HT, Foxes at FT: 7/2

Ayoze Perez to score on the road again: 23/10

West Ham vs Arsenal, Monday 8pm

FREDDIE is back on the road.

At least the Gunners don't have to go far for this week's inevitable disappointment.

Arsenal will want to to sort their managerial crisis out sooner rather than later, with a host of star names including Max Allegri already seemingly ruling themselves out.

West Ham looked to have turned a corner when they went to Chelsea and won against all the odds last week, their 1-0 triumph coming thanks to a disciplined, ferocious performance.

It was a shame then that they went to Wolves on Wednesday and were limp in a 2-0 defeat.

Back on home soil, all the pressure is on Manuel Pellegrini who has bought himself at least a little time with that win over the Blues.

West Ham in general have an absolutely horrible record against Arsenal at their own castle.

They've won just two of the last 17 meetings in East London, although one of those came last season when they ground out a 1-0 win thanks to Declan Rice.

This is also an historically goal-ridden fixture with EIGHT of the last 10 meetings at West Ham featuring three goals or more.

With these two sides so unpredictable, your Monday Night money should be going on over 2.5 goals at 4/9.

There's question marks over whether West Ham can defend, whereas the Gunners simply can't. 

Arsenal have perfected leading games and throwing away points, so this next bet is a bit of a curve ball.

Back them to be leading at half-time, but to fail to win the game.

Arsenal have let a two-goal lead slip FOUR times this season – even if they're ahead, you can't trust them. The price on the above is a whopping 17/2 – well worth a quid.

The Gunners haven't won away in the league since August at Newcastle and on paper this is the perfect time to put it right.

But with a hostile Hammers crowd baying for another London derby scalp, get on the West Ham double chance at a generous 20/23.

SunSport's best bets

West Ham to draw or win: 20/23

Over 2.5 goals: 4/9

Arsenal to be leading at half-time but fail to win: 17/2

*All odds correct at time of publication

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Moroccan Director Leila Kilani on ‘New Type of Hero’ in ‘Joint Possession’

Moroccan director Leïla Kilani presented the rough cut of her second feature film, “Joint Possession,” in the post-production section of Marrakech Film Festival’s Atlas Workshops. She spoke to Variety about the film, which she describes as a “war film, inside a family.”

Kilani’s debut feature “Sur la Planche” (“On the Edge”), about two women flirting with crime in Tangiers, screened in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2011, and went on to enjoy considerable success and prizes.

She began shooting “Joint Possession” in 2015 and the picture has evolved organically over the past four years.

Kilani views “Joint Possession” as an aesthetic and thematic departure – “more epic, more lyrical, a kind of Greek tragedy” – from “On the Edge,” which she describes as having a monochromatic visual style, with an urban setting in Tangiers, and primarily revolving around the semi-anarchic young female characters. In 2011, it was considered to have a socially aware intrigue that reflected the spirit of the Arab spring.

Her new film is set in a huge country estate near Tangiers, and the key characters include a young girl and her father, both of whom sense an umbilical link with the natural environment, and the grandmother, who wants to sell the property.

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Kilani describes the father as a tender man who introduces an element of “soft anarchy” into the family when he refuses to sell his stake in the property and says he will donate it.

She says he has a spiritual/mystical quality that has parallels with the qualities of “El Majdoub,” a famous North African 16th century Berber poet, a Sufi and mystic.

“One of the main themes I want to explore in the film is who does property belong to. The father is a new type of hero in my work. He is very transgressive, in a very gentle way. He believes that the earth belongs to no-one, just to itself. He’s a kind of ‘El Majdoub’ or like the Greek seer, Tiresias. He can communicate with the elements and with the birds.”

In the rough-cut stage, a 13-minute extract was shown in the Arabian film screenings at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival; and a 40-minute version screened in Venice’s Final Cut Program in the same year.

In the summer of 2019, Kilani reshot sequences of this film because she says that it “felt like a shirt that no longer fits me.” Kilani aims to complete the €1.23 million ($1.35 million) project in mid-2020.

The film involves several of the same production elements as her first feature. It is co-produced by Emmanuel Barrault’s DKB Productions (France) and Kilani’s Socco Chico Films (Morocco), with post-production support from Digital District and subsidy support from Moroccan Cinema Center (CCM), and the CNC’s World Cinema Fund.

Additional support has been provided by the Doha Film Institute, Enjaaz (a Dubaï Film Market Initiative), AFAC – the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, and the Abu Dhabi film festival.

Haut et Court has acquired French distribution rights.

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Archeology news: Ancient Celtic shield discovery hailed ‘most important find of millennium

A Celtic warrior’s grave containing weapons and upright pony skeletons has been described by archeologists as a unique and significant discovery for the UK. Dr Melanie Giles, of the University of Manchester believes the 2,000-year-old shield, found next to the ancient Briton’s remains, is “the most important British Celtic art object of the millennium.”

Archaeologists revealed the burial site in Pocklington, east Yorkshire, is the only one in the UK where modern archaeologists have found horses buried in a “chariot grave”.

The magnitude and preservation of the Pocklington chariot burial has no British parallel

Director of Map Archaeological Practice Paula Ware

Approximately 20 humans buried inside chariots have been found in the past 100 years or so, mostly in Yorkshire – but without horses.

Paula Ware, the director of Map Archaeological Practice, which excavated the grave, said: “The magnitude and preservation of the Pocklington chariot burial has no British parallel, providing a greater insight into the Iron Age epoch.”

The archaeologist called the shield an “incomparable” Iron Age find due to its “previously unknown design feature”.

She said the shield’s scalloped border “is not comparable to any other Iron Age finds across Europe, adding to its valuable uniqueness”.

Ms Ware added: “The popular belief is that elaborate metal-faced shields were purely ceremonial, reflecting status, but not used in battle.

“Signs of repairs can also be seen, suggesting the shield was not only old but likely to have been well used.”

The Iron Age grave, the inhabitant of which is believed to have died between 320BC and 174BC, was first discovered at a building site in the market town in 2018.

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The ancient Briton’s body was placed in the chariot behind the horses, which were placed to look as if they were leaping out of the grave.

Dr Giles, a leading chariot-burial expert and archaeologist, said at the time: “This discovery provides valuable additional evidence demonstrating how the ancient Britons loved their chariots.

“It is conceivable that the dead man’s family and his community believed that the chariot would help him to reach the next world or would be useful to him when he got there.”

Persimmon Homes Yorkshire, who own the find, has announced it will donate the discovery to a museum.

Scott Waters, director at the housebuilding firm, said: “The excavation at The Mile development is a truly magnificent discovery for British history and we feel this recognition and find should remain in the local area.”

The only missing element, almost certainly destroyed by mediaeval ploughing, is the second wheel.

The Ancient Brits were unusually attached to their chariots.

While in continental Europe, chariots had largely gone out of fashion by the mid first century BC, in Britain they persisted until at least the seventh decade of the first century AD – a generation or so after the Roman conquest.

The first chariots seem to have been invented in south-western Siberia and in northern Kazakhstan in around 2000 BC.

By 1500 BC they had spread to Anatolia (what is now Turkey), Egypt, India and China.

By 1300 BC they were being used in Europe – and by 500 BC they had been introduced into Britain.

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Mum’s agony as drug-crazed aristocrat who killed son with candelabra to go free

The mum of a British man brutally beaten to death by a drug-crazed Swiss aristocrat has hit out at judges who are freeing the killer after just three years.

Graduate Alex Morgan, 23, was on an Alpine ski holiday in Switzerland with his mum when Bennet von Vertes, the playboy son of a millionaire art dealer, killed him with a candelabra and shards of glass.

Von Vertes, now 34, claims he was so high on cocaine and ketamine at his parents' chalet at the time in December 2014 that he thought Mr Morgan was a green and red alien from outer space.

Mr Morgan's grief-stricken mum, Katja Faber, 56, was left outraged by the appeal court judges' decision, telling the Daily Record that she is fighting for a changes to Swiss law to keep killers like von Vertes behind bars.


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Von Vertes was initially jailed for 12 years for the crime, but three judges downgraded his voluntary manslaughter conviction on appeal to the lesser charge of negligent killing last week.

They accepted his claim he was suffering from "self-inflicted insanity" and didn't know what he was doing after taking a cocktail of booze and mind-altering drugs.

It means he will be freed after treatment for drug addiction because he has already served three years.

Speaking after the case, Ms Faber, a former criminal barrister who is separated from her son's Scottish financier father, said: “To have society acknowledge that a wrong was done and my child’s life was worth something to then being told ‘no his killer is actually only guilty of getting high’ – that’s difficult.

“Clearly there is something wrong with that law that needs to be changed and I’m considering being the one who attempts to change it.”

Mr Morgan was killed at the von Vertes' villa on the Gold Coast of Lake Zurich after von Vertes downed alcohol and took ketamine, cocaine and sleeping pills.

It sent him into a psychotic state with paranoid delusions, and he claims he thought his friend was an alien, with green eyes and red ears, who was trying to kill him.

Von Vertes, whose family runs an art gallery in Zurich, stabbed Mr Morgan with shards of glass from a coffee table and bludgeoned him with a metre-long candlestick and a golden sculpture.

The killer then rammed the candlestick down Mr Morgan's throat, choking him to death.

Mr Morgan attended Gordonstoun, the Moray boarding school, and met von Vertes while both were studying business administration at Regent's College, now Regent's University, in London.

Following the deadly attack, von Vertes was originally convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 2017.

Prosecutors asked for a tougher sentence at last week's appeal in Zurich, but the judges cleared him and gave him the maximum sentence – three years – for negligent killing.

Ms Faber, who has retrained as a bereavement counsellor, said: “The court said he’s not responsible for killing Alex but they found him guilty of getting himself in such a state that he didn’t know what he’s doing.

"It’s essentially a misdemeanour.

“They are telling me, ‘No one is responsible for killing your son’.

"It’s almost as if he is collateral damage. He knew what he was doing and willingly took those drugs. I don’t think that’s an excuse.

“I think our society needs to take stock. If you can drink and take drugs, there should be an equal responsibility which says, if you commit a crime which is so dangerous that somebody is hurt or killed, then you also have to take responsibility.

“You can’t just say, ‘Oh I was off my head’ and walk away.”

Last week, she revealed that von Vertes' family had offered her 20,000 Swiss francs (£15,500) as "emotional compensation" to pay for her son's death plus burial expenses.

She told the Times: "I was horrified and so, so hurt.

"Perhaps they hope that their penny-pinching, interest-free bank transfer will bring them momentary relief from guilt?"

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Eight dogs pose for a nativity scene to capture 'the real essence of Christmas'

If you’re not feeling Christmassy yet, never fear – we reckon this might get those festive feelings going.

Lois Peckover, of Wickford, Essex, and her pal Claire Koehl have set out to spread ‘the real essence of Christmas’ by creating a nativity scene with their eight dogs.

Six poodles, one springer spaniel, and a cockapoo posed patiently for the camera as Mary, Joseph, the angel Gabriel, wise men, and – of course – the baby Jesus.

The dogs dressed for the occasion, complete with miniature crowns, blankets, and towels (just like when you used to put on the nativity play at school).

Rather than chasing down a star and heading to a barn, the friends set up their nativity in Lois’ living room, which they transformed to look like a stable with blankets, a shining star hanging on the back wall, and a ‘borrowed’ bale of straw.

They even held up a donkey toy with some perspective trickery to make it look like the animal was just peeking his head into the shot.

Lois and Claire think the photo will remind people of ‘the real essence of Christmas’ – Jesus’s birth.

Lois, who owns Lois’ Shear Pawfection dog groomers, said: ‘It was all very good fun. We had such a laugh.

‘People think it is amazing and have said how lovely and special it is. Loads of people don’t understand how we got them to sit still and look at the camera.

‘I didn’t have a ball or treat or anything like that, it was just me being an idiot shouting “look this way doggies”. It was really funny.

‘Being able to share it with people and spread a bit of festive cheer would make my year – that would be my Christmas.’

The duo even included the fourth wise man who, according to the New Testament, tried to attend Jesus’ birth with gifts of sapphire, ruby and pearl but arrived too late.

Massage therapist Claire, of Maldon, Essex, said: ‘I’m really happy with how the photos turned out. It worked really well.

‘We wanted to capture the real essence of Christmas – the Christmas story of Jesus being born.

‘It’s not all about having loads of presents and competing with the next person on how much you’ve spent. It’s all gone a bit crazy.’

Dog groomer Lois with her pups (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

After deciding to do their fun take on the Nativity, Lois and Claire spent the next six days sorting costumes and props.

Lois bought dog Santa and elf costumes from the pound shop for the wise men and made their crowns out of coloured card while Claire borrowed a bale of straw from her local farm shop.

The leading role of baby Jesus was played by Lois’ seven-year-old toy poodle Meesha who sat on a white blanket on a white wicker basket atop the bale of straw.

Lois’s grey 13-year-old miniature poodle Rizzo was wrapped in a blue blanket to represent Mary and Claire’s springer spaniel Harley, five, wore a beige towel to take on the role of Joseph.

The role of Gabriel was given to Lois’s grey mini poodle Frenchy, 10, while her brother Doody, also 10, was the fourth wise man. What an honour.

The standard three wise men were represented by Claire’s cockapoo Poppy, seven, black miniature poodle Faith, eight months, and white toy poodle Missy, 10.

Lois said: ‘Claire turned up and said ‘I’ve got this’ and pulled out the donkey and I just wet myself laughing.

‘It was advertised as 30cm tall but it wasn’t. We think they must have meant 30mm. So we decided to have him photobomb a few of the photos as if it was a selfie.

‘When we were done, all the dogs got fussed over for being so good and we pulled some of the straw out so they could run around in it.

‘The straw ended up everywhere, which was quite funny.’

The friends say they’re planning another photoshoot with their dogs soon, but the theme remains a surprise. Keep your eyes peeled.

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