Butter London

17 Feb 19
Akua's Cookbook

Here is another brownie recipe, and this time, they’re gluten free! After seeing food blogger Lithuanian in the USA post an amazing recipe for chocolate and walnut brownies, I was inspired to make my own. Any time I am at home in London (away from university life), I cook and bake for my family using […]

17 Feb 19
Ms Marche

Those who read last week’s post will be aware that I am unequivocally in the ‘love it’ camp.  When it comes to Marmite, that is. And since living in Italy I have found that it is practically the only item that I would struggle to do without. But this is less because I am a […]

17 Feb 19
Abycats' Thoughts

One of the wonderful things about the population density of NYC is that anyone can have friends of every age, most cultures, every gender, and more — and there’s a place to eat that will suit each of us. Not everyone goes out to eat at restaurants regularly but it’s definitely far more prevalent here […]

17 Feb 19
London Glossy Post

If your family loves hearty soups for cold rainy days. Look no further, we have got you covered! Soups are a great remedy for the soul in this cold weather. Not to forget, it boosts immunity and the sprinkle of super food ingredients can be perfect for good health and fit body. Celebrate the chill […]

17 Feb 19

There’s a rise in advice to go more plant-based for both your health and the health of the planet. If this way of eating is new to you, you might be thinking…..’but how!?’, or ‘I can’t cook like that’ or ‘I don’t like the taste of veg!’ If any of these apply to you, or […]

17 Feb 19
DEM BLADES

By Steve Mackan    By day, Steve Mackan is a Pensions Administrator, by night he is a writer, dreamer, washing machiner. After scores of people expressed their frustration with my lack of post-match blogging, I  have taken the decision to return. Yes, those five eager readers gave me a kick up the backside and now […]

17 Feb 19
News Archives Uk

POP star Dua Lipa has the world at her feet after being nominated for the second time in a row at the Brits Awards. She also won two Grammys last Sunday, was named bestselling artist of the year in 2018, and presented her wax figure on Friday at Madame Tussauds in London. Rex Features Dua […]

17 Feb 19
St. Louis Music Podcast

Words by Bobby Seale (0:09) Gil Scott-Heron (1:14): ‘B-Movie’ – “Reflections” (Arista Records, 1981) Richard Pryor (12:56): ‘Niggers Vs. The Police’ – “That Nigger’s Crazy” (Stax Records, 1974) Rick James (14:36): ‘Mr. Policeman’ – “Street Songs” (Gordy Records, 1981) Timothy Leary (18:43): ‘What Do You Turn On When You Turn On’ – “This Time Around […]

16 Feb 19
The Irish Sun
POP star Dua Lipa has the world at her feet after becoming the most nominated artist at the Brits Awards for the second year in a row. She also picked up two Grammys last Sunday, has been named the best-selling female artist of 2018 and unveiled her waxwork at London’s Madame Tussauds on Friday. Dua Lipa had become the most nominated artist at the Brits Awards for the second year in a row But we can reveal that while Dua, 23, was writing and performing her award-winning music, she was living with her family in a cramped former council flat in London, waiting for the money to roll in. The Sun on Sunday tracked down Dua’s friends and former neighbours to chart her remarkable journey from the daughter of Kosovan refugees to fame. A fame sure to grow after the Brits on Wednesday this week. Her best friend Zana Veseli, 24, who Dua has known since childhood, told us stardom has not changed the beautiful singer. She said: “Dua is the same person now as she has always been. She has already picked up two Grammy Awards this month and was recently named the best selling female artist of 2018 [bc_video video_id=”5837079632001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Rita Ora and Dua Lipa are the pop stars putting their hometown of Pristina on the map”] “All her life she has wanted to be a pop star. To see her winning so many awards is just amazing. Dua lived in the cramped flat in West Hampstead, North West London, with dad Dukagjin, 49, mum Anesa, 46, sister Rina, 17, and 12-year-old brother Gjin until last year. Grandmother Ana Antunes used to see Dua when she returned home to the three-bed flat after nights out partying. Ana, 55, said: “It’s amazing how well she has done given that her family came from nothing. But while she was writing and performing her top hits last year she was still living in a former council flat in North West London “This estate is home to ordinary families, people from the Middle East, Somalia and Jamaica. “I was two doors down from Dua and I used to see her all the time. “She would walk around in jeans, a small jacket and trainers, very simple. You’d never guess she is famous. “I often saw her when she was coming home at 2am with a group of friends. They would be in high spirits, screaming at the top of their lungs. Dua is the daughter of Kosovan refugees and was born three years after her parents claimed asylum in the UK “Her dad was very good looking. He would be driving them home in his black Tesla. They seemed a really nice family.” Ana’s daughter, Anna Batista, 31, an estate agent who lives on the estate, added: “Dua’s dad was friendly. The mother would say hello but she was much quieter. “We were very surprised when we found out their daughter is the famous Dua. Here she poses with a waxwork figure at Madame Tussauds [bc_video video_id=”5837079632001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Rita Ora and Dua Lipa are the pop stars putting their hometown of Pristina on the map”] “Their flat was super basic, just a few small rooms with Moroccan furniture. It’s not the kind of place you associate with someone winning awards.” Dua has previously told how her parents fled war-torn Kosovo in 1992 amid the oppression of the ethnic Albanian population. Her paternal grandfather, Seit Lipa, who died in 1999, was head of the Kosovan Institute of History. They had been a well-off family, with Dua’s dad training to be a dentist and also singing in a rock band and her mum a lawyer. Zana, right, is one of Dua’s closest friends and has known her since childhood But when Seit refused to rewrite the history books to state that the new nation had always been a part of Serbia, he lost his job and his relatives had to flee for their lives. Kosovan composer and family friend Florent Boshnjaku, 49, exclusively revealed: “It was a very scary time. They closed all the schools and the media. “Every academic was a target. There were people who disappeared. The family was in danger. They had to move.” Dua was born in 1995, three years after her parents claimed asylum in the UK and settled in the capital. Her parents Dukagjin and Anesa worked at cafes and bars before they returned home The couple worked at cafes and bars to make ends meet and in the evenings her dad took business courses, while her mum retrained in travel and tourism. When Dua was 11, and with the Kosovan war at an end, the family returned home. But four years later the teen made her way back to London alone to live with a friend. She enrolled at Parliament Hill School in Gospel Oak and attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School on Saturdays. NGO worker Zana said: “I still remember when she told me she was moving back to London. She said she wanted to go to school and work as a model. I didn’t think she would last more than a month, she was only a little girl. Dua lived in London with her parents and younger siblings Rina, pictured, and brother Gjin until last year She was a smash hit from a young age and friend Zana says her main focus has always been on singing “There were definitely days when she would feel down, as her parents could only visit from time to time. But Dua was always so dedicated. She was very talented from an early age and her main focus has always been on singing. “When we would go on holiday to Montenegro, we would sing into hairbrushes. She did it so much I would have to ask her to stop.” Dua’s family returned to London in 2012 and she moved into the West Hampstead flat that was their home until last March. They now share a luxury home in North London’s Kilburn. [boxout headline=”YouTube to stardom”]Summer 2009: Starts to post song covers on YouTube. Aug 2015: Releases first single, New Love. June 2017: Performs at Glastonbury. July 2017: New Rules, from self-titled debut album, becomes her first No1. Feb 2018: Nominated for five Brits, more than any other artist. Wins two. Dec 2018: Calvin Harris collab, One Kiss, is biggest-selling song of 2018. Feb 2019: Electricity, with Silk City, wins Best Dance Recording Grammy. [/boxout] Last year she was crowned British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act at the Brits It was in 2015 that a producer spotted Dua’s cover version of Cocoa Butter Kisses, by Chance The Rapper, on YouTube and she was signed to Warner Bros. Her self-titled debut album was released two years later and spawned a wave of Top Ten singles including Be The One and chart-topper New Rules. Last year she was crowned British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act at the Brits. Her more recent hits One Kiss, with Calvin Harris, and IDGAF have been nominated for best British Single and British Video at Wednesday’s ceremony. In 2017 she earned £2million, after her company made just £11,000 in 2015. Zana says Dua hasn’t changed since becoming famous and that she is proud of everything the singer has achieved [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN TV AND SHOWBIZ” posts_category=”169″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Her catchy songs, sultry looks and distinctive brunette bob have helped secure a huge fan base — and celebrity chef Isaac Carew, 32, who she has dated on and off for three years. Her pal Zana added: “I feel so proud of everything she has achieved without changing at all. “I am proud to call her my best friend.” [bc_video video_id=”6000594048001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Dua Lipa tears up on the ruby red at the Grammys as the emotional reaction of her nomination is replayed”] GOT a story? RING 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk
16 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
POP star Dua Lipa has the world at her feet after becoming the most nominated artist at the Brits Awards for the second year in a row. She also picked up two Grammys last Sunday, has been named the best-selling female artist of 2018 and unveiled her waxwork at London’s Madame Tussauds on Friday. Dua Lipa had become the most nominated artist at the Brits Awards for the second year in a row But we can reveal that while Dua, 23, was writing and performing her award-winning music, she was living with her family in a cramped former council flat in London, waiting for the money to roll in. The Sun on Sunday tracked down Dua’s friends and former neighbours to chart her remarkable journey from the daughter of Kosovan refugees to fame. A fame sure to grow after the Brits on Wednesday this week. Her best friend Zana Veseli, 24, who Dua has known since childhood, told us stardom has not changed the beautiful singer. She said: “Dua is the same person now as she has always been. She has already picked up two Grammy Awards this month and was recently named the best selling female artist of 2018 [bc_video video_id=”5837079632001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Rita Ora and Dua Lipa are the pop stars putting their hometown of Pristina on the map”] “All her life she has wanted to be a pop star. To see her winning so many awards is just amazing. Dua lived in the cramped flat in West Hampstead, North West London, with dad Dukagjin, 49, mum Anesa, 46, sister Rina, 17, and 12-year-old brother Gjin until last year. Grandmother Ana Antunes used to see Dua when she returned home to the three-bed flat after nights out partying. Ana, 55, said: “It’s amazing how well she has done given that her family came from nothing. But while she was writing and performing her top hits last year she was still living in a former council flat in North West London “This estate is home to ordinary families, people from the Middle East, Somalia and Jamaica. “I was two doors down from Dua and I used to see her all the time. “She would walk around in jeans, a small jacket and trainers, very simple. You’d never guess she is famous. “I often saw her when she was coming home at 2am with a group of friends. They would be in high spirits, screaming at the top of their lungs. Dua is the daughter of Kosovan refugees and was born three years after her parents claimed asylum in the UK “Her dad was very good looking. He would be driving them home in his black Tesla. They seemed a really nice family.” Ana’s daughter, Anna Batista, 31, an estate agent who lives on the estate, added: “Dua’s dad was friendly. The mother would say hello but she was much quieter. “We were very surprised when we found out their daughter is the famous Dua. Here she poses with a waxwork figure at Madame Tussauds [bc_video video_id=”5837079632001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Rita Ora and Dua Lipa are the pop stars putting their hometown of Pristina on the map”] “Their flat was super basic, just a few small rooms with Moroccan furniture. It’s not the kind of place you associate with someone winning awards.” Dua has previously told how her parents fled war-torn Kosovo in 1992 amid the oppression of the ethnic Albanian population. Her paternal grandfather, Seit Lipa, who died in 1999, was head of the Kosovan Institute of History. They had been a well-off family, with Dua’s dad training to be a dentist and also singing in a rock band and her mum a lawyer. Zana, right, is one of Dua’s closest friends and has known her since childhood But when Seit refused to rewrite the history books to state that the new nation had always been a part of Serbia, he lost his job and his relatives had to flee for their lives. Kosovan composer and family friend Florent Boshnjaku, 49, exclusively revealed: “It was a very scary time. They closed all the schools and the media. “Every academic was a target. There were people who disappeared. The family was in danger. They had to move.” Dua was born in 1995, three years after her parents claimed asylum in the UK and settled in the capital. Her parents Dukagjin and Anesa worked at cafes and bars before they returned home The couple worked at cafes and bars to make ends meet and in the evenings her dad took business courses, while her mum retrained in travel and tourism. When Dua was 11, and with the Kosovan war at an end, the family returned home. But four years later the teen made her way back to London alone to live with a friend. She enrolled at Parliament Hill School in Gospel Oak and attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School on Saturdays. NGO worker Zana said: “I still remember when she told me she was moving back to London. She said she wanted to go to school and work as a model. I didn’t think she would last more than a month, she was only a little girl. Dua lived in London with her parents and younger siblings Rina, pictured, and brother Gjin until last year She was a smash hit from a young age and friend Zana says her main focus has always been on singing “There were definitely days when she would feel down, as her parents could only visit from time to time. But Dua was always so dedicated. She was very talented from an early age and her main focus has always been on singing. “When we would go on holiday to Montenegro, we would sing into hairbrushes. She did it so much I would have to ask her to stop.” Dua’s family returned to London in 2012 and she moved into the West Hampstead flat that was their home until last March. They now share a luxury home in North London’s Kilburn. [boxout headline=”YouTube to stardom”]Summer 2009: Starts to post song covers on YouTube. Aug 2015: Releases first single, New Love. June 2017: Performs at Glastonbury. July 2017: New Rules, from self-titled debut album, becomes her first No1. Feb 2018: Nominated for five Brits, more than any other artist. Wins two. Dec 2018: Calvin Harris collab, One Kiss, is biggest-selling song of 2018. Feb 2019: Electricity, with Silk City, wins Best Dance Recording Grammy. [/boxout] Last year she was crowned British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act at the Brits It was in 2015 that a producer spotted Dua’s cover version of Cocoa Butter Kisses, by Chance The Rapper, on YouTube and she was signed to Warner Bros. Her self-titled debut album was released two years later and spawned a wave of Top Ten singles including Be The One and chart-topper New Rules. Last year she was crowned British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act at the Brits. Her more recent hits One Kiss, with Calvin Harris, and IDGAF have been nominated for best British Single and British Video at Wednesday’s ceremony. In 2017 she earned £2million, after her company made just £11,000 in 2015. Zana says Dua hasn’t changed since becoming famous and that she is proud of everything the singer has achieved [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN TV AND SHOWBIZ” posts_category=”6″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Her catchy songs, sultry looks and distinctive brunette bob have helped secure a huge fan base — and celebrity chef Isaac Carew, 32, who she has dated on and off for three years. Her pal Zana added: “I feel so proud of everything she has achieved without changing at all. “I am proud to call her my best friend.” [bc_video video_id=”6000594048001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Dua Lipa tears up on the ruby red at the Grammys as the emotional reaction of her nomination is replayed”] GOT a story? RING 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk
16 Feb 19
The Sun
POP star Dua Lipa has the world at her feet after becoming the most nominated artist at the Brits Awards for the second year in a row. She also picked up two Grammys last Sunday, has been named the best-selling female artist of 2018 and unveiled her waxwork at London’s Madame Tussauds on Friday. Dua Lipa had become the most nominated artist at the Brits Awards for the second year in a row But we can reveal that while Dua, 23, was writing and performing her award-winning music, she was living with her family in a cramped former council flat in London, waiting for the money to roll in. The Sun on Sunday tracked down Dua’s friends and former neighbours to chart her remarkable journey from the daughter of Kosovan refugees to fame. A fame sure to grow after the Brits on Wednesday this week. Her best friend Zana Veseli, 24, who Dua has known since childhood, told us stardom has not changed the beautiful singer. She said: “Dua is the same person now as she has always been. She has already picked up two Grammy Awards this month and was recently named the best selling female artist of 2018 [bc_video video_id=”5837079632001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Rita Ora and Dua Lipa are the pop stars putting their hometown of Pristina on the map”] “All her life she has wanted to be a pop star. To see her winning so many awards is just amazing. Dua lived in the cramped flat in West Hampstead, North West London, with dad Dukagjin, 49, mum Anesa, 46, sister Rina, 17, and 12-year-old brother Gjin until last year. Grandmother Ana Antunes used to see Dua when she returned home to the three-bed flat after nights out partying. Ana, 55, said: “It’s amazing how well she has done given that her family came from nothing. But while she was writing and performing her top hits last year she was still living in a former council flat in North West London “This estate is home to ordinary families, people from the Middle East, Somalia and Jamaica. “I was two doors down from Dua and I used to see her all the time. “She would walk around in jeans, a small jacket and trainers, very simple. You’d never guess she is famous. “I often saw her when she was coming home at 2am with a group of friends. They would be in high spirits, screaming at the top of their lungs. Dua is the daughter of Kosovan refugees and was born three years after her parents claimed asylum in the UK “Her dad was very good looking. He would be driving them home in his black Tesla. They seemed a really nice family.” Ana’s daughter, Anna Batista, 31, an estate agent who lives on the estate, added: “Dua’s dad was friendly. The mother would say hello but she was much quieter. “We were very surprised when we found out their daughter is the famous Dua. Here she poses with a waxwork figure at Madame Tussauds [bc_video video_id=”5837079632001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Rita Ora and Dua Lipa are the pop stars putting their hometown of Pristina on the map”] “Their flat was super basic, just a few small rooms with Moroccan furniture. It’s not the kind of place you associate with someone winning awards.” Dua has previously told how her parents fled war-torn Kosovo in 1992 amid the oppression of the ethnic Albanian population. Her paternal grandfather, Seit Lipa, who died in 1999, was head of the Kosovan Institute of History. They had been a well-off family, with Dua’s dad training to be a dentist and also singing in a rock band and her mum a lawyer. Zana, right, is one of Dua’s closest friends and has known her since childhood But when Seit refused to rewrite the history books to state that the new nation had always been a part of Serbia, he lost his job and his relatives had to flee for their lives. Kosovan composer and family friend Florent Boshnjaku, 49, exclusively revealed: “It was a very scary time. They closed all the schools and the media. “Every academic was a target. There were people who disappeared. The family was in danger. They had to move.” Dua was born in 1995, three years after her parents claimed asylum in the UK and settled in the capital. Her parents Dukagjin and Anesa worked at cafes and bars before they returned home The couple worked at cafes and bars to make ends meet and in the evenings her dad took business courses, while her mum retrained in travel and tourism. When Dua was 11, and with the Kosovan war at an end, the family returned home. But four years later the teen made her way back to London alone to live with a friend. She enrolled at Parliament Hill School in Gospel Oak and attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School on Saturdays. NGO worker Zana said: “I still remember when she told me she was moving back to London. She said she wanted to go to school and work as a model. I didn’t think she would last more than a month, she was only a little girl. Dua lived in London with her parents and younger siblings Rina, pictured, and brother Gjin until last year She was a smash hit from a young age and friend Zana says her main focus has always been on singing “There were definitely days when she would feel down, as her parents could only visit from time to time. But Dua was always so dedicated. She was very talented from an early age and her main focus has always been on singing. “When we would go on holiday to Montenegro, we would sing into hairbrushes. She did it so much I would have to ask her to stop.” Dua’s family returned to London in 2012 and she moved into the West Hampstead flat that was their home until last March. They now share a luxury home in North London’s Kilburn. [boxout headline=”YouTube to stardom”]Summer 2009: Starts to post song covers on YouTube. Aug 2015: Releases first single, New Love. June 2017: Performs at Glastonbury. July 2017: New Rules, from self-titled debut album, becomes her first No1. Feb 2018: Nominated for five Brits, more than any other artist. Wins two. Dec 2018: Calvin Harris collab, One Kiss, is biggest-selling song of 2018. Feb 2019: Electricity, with Silk City, wins Best Dance Recording Grammy. [/boxout] Last year she was crowned British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act at the Brits It was in 2015 that a producer spotted Dua’s cover version of Cocoa Butter Kisses, by Chance The Rapper, on YouTube and she was signed to Warner Bros. Her self-titled debut album was released two years later and spawned a wave of Top Ten singles including Be The One and chart-topper New Rules. Last year she was crowned British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act at the Brits. Her more recent hits One Kiss, with Calvin Harris, and IDGAF have been nominated for best British Single and British Video at Wednesday’s ceremony. In 2017 she earned £2million, after her company made just £11,000 in 2015. Zana says Dua hasn’t changed since becoming famous and that she is proud of everything the singer has achieved [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN TV AND SHOWBIZ” posts_category=”325″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Her catchy songs, sultry looks and distinctive brunette bob have helped secure a huge fan base — and celebrity chef Isaac Carew, 32, who she has dated on and off for three years. Her pal Zana added: “I feel so proud of everything she has achieved without changing at all. “I am proud to call her my best friend.” [bc_video video_id=”6000594048001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Dua Lipa tears up on the ruby red at the Grammys as the emotional reaction of her nomination is replayed”] GOT a story? RING 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk
16 Feb 19
Struggles of a Young Professional

It only took one day for me to fall completely in love. The love of my life had messy black hair, piercing green eyes like his mother and a single scar on his forehead shaped like a lightning bolt. He had a knack for trouble and always seemed to be in fights, but his bravery […]