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How Jade Bird went from 'brutal' open mic gigs to the Brit School and US success

Here’s a list of things that make Jade Bird laugh during our conversation: Coats, chickens, theatre school, her own songs, other people’s songs, yoghurt, bathrooms, being cheated on, her grandmother’s guitar and writer’s block. The 20-year-old is vivacious and chatty and frequently hilarious – characteristics that have earned her legions of fans when she plays live (which is all the time). “I’ve often been told that if music doesn’t work out I could be a comedian,” she guffaws. “I’m like, ‘Thank you so much… Or maybe not?!’” Stand-up’s loss is…

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Nintendo’s Switch is a Smashing Success, Ships 10 Million Units

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Nintendo’s Switch has been tearing up sales charts all year, handily outselling the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in multiple months, and generally establishing itself as the must-have console for the holiday season of 2017. According to Nintendo, the console just blew through the 10 million mark in its first nine months. For comparison, the Wii U sold just 13.56 million units over its entire lifetime. With the holiday season underway, the Switch (See it on…

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Feminist Icon Germaine Greer says luck and boredom the secrets of success

“In a funny way, I mean the Female Eunuch was lucky because it was written at the right time. How many publishers would do it again? You know, they assumed feminism was a fashion and that it would be over.” Germaine Greer is reflecting on the role luck, self-belief and boredom have played in building her success as an internationally recognised feminist, writer and academic. Germaine Greer spoke to The Thread. Photo: The THREAD Greer spoke to The Thread, a Kickstarter-funded documentary project that seeks to “learn what connects different Aussie icons who broke away from…

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Oliver Bierhoff admits Germany wary of England after stunning success at youth level

England’s Under-17s won the World Cup in India in October 2017 Thursday, November 9, 2017 Germany’s general manager Oliver Bierhoff admits England’s success at youth-team level has given the world champions a wake-up call. In the last five months England’s Under-17s and Under-20s have won their respective World Cups and that has made other nations sit up and take notice – not least the reigning senior champions. “We can’t rest on our laurels after the successful qualification campaign and the Confederations Cup win,” Bierhoff told a press conference ahead of…

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Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis targets Swiss success as he closes in on 100th cap

Steven Davis met the Duke of Cambridge last week and will earn his 100th Northern Ireland cap on Thursday, but insists the World Cup play-off with Switzerland is more important than such personal landmarks. Southampton midfielder Davis, 32, will become just the third Northern Irish centurion, following in the footsteps of Pat Jennings and Aaron Hughes when he leads Michael O’Neill’s team out at Windsor Park in the first leg against the Swiss. It is another significant milestone for a player who recently received his MBE at Buckingham Palace, but…

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