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Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Patrick Divall, vice president, Western Europe, Wyndham Hotel Group

Something of a stately presence on the global hospitality scene, Wyndham Worldwide has been undergoing a significant reorganisation over the past 18 months. The giant is currently splitting itself in half to create two separate, publicly traded companies. Wyndham Hotel Group, with more than 8,100-hotels and based in Parsippany, New Jersey, will become a standalone hotel company, while Wyndham Vacation Ownership will move to Florida to become the largest publicly traded timeshare company. At the same time, Wyndham Hotel Group is itself expanding, having just this week announced a $…

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Must-listen interview: Joey Barton tells talkSPORT it will be 'hypocrisy' from Liverpool if they sack Jon Flanagan

Joey Barton claims it will be “hypocritical” of Liverpool to sack Jon Flanagan and has launched an impassioned plea for the club and the wider football community to support and help the defender following his “stupid mistake”. Flanagan was ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work and given a 12-month community order at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday after he admitted assaulting his girlfriend in the early hours of December 22. Liverpool have condemned his conduct in “the strongest possible terms”, claiming he has “severely let down the club”, and it has been suggested…

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Sigrid interview: 'Making pop is like a treasure hunt'

“Writing a good pop tune is difficult,” says Sigrid, the Norwegian pop star who’s just won the BBC’s Sound of 2018. “It’s a challenge, but it’s a good one – and when you find that one brilliant hook, it’s the best feeling.” The 21-year-old only started writing music four years ago, when her brother – who’s also a musician – invited her to play a show with him, on the condition she stopped playing Adele covers. “I guess he figured out I had something in me, and I just needed…

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BBC Sound of 2018: Pale Waves interview

Media playback is unsupported on your device Manchester goth-pop group Pale Waves have kicked off the BBC’s Sound of 2018 countdown, which showcases new music talent for the coming 12 months. The band take fifth place on the Sound of 2018 list, which has been compiled using tips from 173 music experts, including critics, DJs and musicians. We’re revealing one artist from the top five every day this week, with the winner to be announced on Friday. A longlist of 16 acts was published in November. BBC Sound of 2018:…

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How to Interview a Celebrity Like a Celebrity

Advertisement George Wayne has a theory about why his celebrity column has been a hit at Vanity Fair for more than two decades: sex. “When you read my interviews, I want you to have a good laugh and I want you to learn something you didn’t know about these people before,” he said as he dipped his spoon into a bowl of butternut squash soup over lunch in Chelsea recently. “So, of course, I am always going to ask about sex. That’s my No. 1.” Mr. Wayne, 54, was born…

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