Simms

16 Jun 19
Free Gas For Your Think Tank (A blog to jog your mind and unclog your heart . . .)

I love unorganized faith That freely flows From people’s hearts, Instead of programs.

16 Jun 19
Sound Books

https://soundcloud.com/shiny-mudkip-148864717/comedic-king-revamp – So here it is, I reworked the theme of Comedic King for my friend Simm since he’s technically me father, but hey, whatever. Here ya go man 🙂

16 Jun 19
Sound Books

https://soundcloud.com/shiny-mudkip-148864717/comedic-king-revamp – So here it is, I reworked the theme of Comedic King for my friend Simm since he’s technically me father, but hey, whatever. Here ya go man 🙂

16 Jun 19
League Writes

Hindley 20-22 Blackbrook Folly Lane 6-20 Wigan St Cuthberts Haresfinch 32-12 Halton Simms Cross League Table Wigan St Cuthberts 20 Blackbrook 18 Widnes Tigers 12 Halton Simms Cross 7 Oldham St Annes A 7 Haresfinch 7 Ulverston 6 Hindley 6 Latchford Albion 6 Folly Lane 4

16 Jun 19
lee359

Transfers: Net Spend: £590k Managers: Thomas Christiansen 25/6/18 – 26/11/19 25, 27, 26, 32% Kenny Lunt(C) 26/11/19 – 13/12/19 1, 2, 1, 25% Şenol Güneş 13/12/19 – 14, 7, 7, 50% League Results: Carabao Cup Results: 1st Rd: L vs Middlesbrough 1-1p FA Cup Results: 1st Rd: D vs Northampton 1-1(R. W 2-0) 2nd Rd: […]

16 Jun 19
thecollegefootballcircle

It’s true that the Auburn Tigers are the Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the SEC. Trying to figure out the Auburn Tigers the past six seasons is like trying to figure out the Rubix cube; you think you understand it, then it throws a new challenge at you and it’s difficult to comprehend. At times […]

15 Jun 19
The Sun
FOR Ricky Wilson, life is good. Really good. Step forward Grace Zito, his stunning fiancée, who he proposed to in April last year on bended knee flanked by Reedus – the couple’s chocolate Labradoodle – in a band stand at Greenhead Park in Huddersfield. “I’d kept the ring in the pocket I keep the dog treats in, so he was all over the ring,” recalls Ricky, 41. “I got on one knee, he put both paws on my leg and it was really funny, then Grace said: ‘You’re joking?!’” Ricky Wilson says he and Grace are trying for a baby but wish to get married first Blazer, £90 from River Island — buy now Trousers, £40 from River Island — buy now Shirt, £25 from Topman — buy now Sunglasses, £98 from Ace & Tate — buy now Tie, £15 from Marks and Spencer — buy now They met five years ago when she styled Kaiser Chiefs for their 2014 video My Life. She later worked with Ricky on The Voice and they began dating six months after he quit the talent show following his split from long-term girlfriend, television producer Lesley Williams. They live in north London but are contemplating moving “somewhere a bit more leafy” in anticipation of “the next big adventure” – growing a family. “Our marble spiral staircase isn’t that conducive to kids, but that’s not saying anything’s happening right now,” he adds. Given his desire for children have they, ahem, started trying? Ricky Wilson admits he’s much vainer now thanks to weight loss and improved teeth Shirt, £25 from Topman — buy now Sunglasses, £98 from Ace & Tate — buy now Tie, £15 from Marks and Spencer — buy now “We’re practising!” he says with an exaggerated raise of the eyebrow. “I’d like to get married first. There’s some old Italian grandparents [on Grace’s side] that probably wouldn’t be happy if we didn’t! There’s no date set for the wedding but it’ll be churchy, followed by a big party with music from a DJ. “I don’t like watching bands – I get jealous,” he admits. “We’ll be watching Coldplay at Wembley and Grace will say: ‘Why aren’t you enjoying it?’ and I’ll say: ‘I am enjoying it.’ And then she’ll ask: ‘Why aren’t you dancing and singing?’ and I’ll say: ‘Cos I’m jealous because that’s not me!’” Whenever he and Grace, 31, say “I do”, would Ricky consider selling the pictures to a glossy magazine? “I did think how amazing it would be to sell your photographs and give the money to charity because it would really f**k everyone else up who sells their photographs,” he says mischievously. Ricky, 41, says stunning fiancée Grace Jito met him at his ‘absolute worst’ Grace isn’t the only reason that Ricky is on such top form. As well as bagging some impressive solo gigs since leaving The Voice two years ago after three series – including his own show on Radio X and filling in for Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 – now comes the icing on the cake. The release of the Kaisers’ seventh studio album next month sees the boys returning to their original record label Polydor on a lucrative deal. The enormous success of their 2005 debut album Employment – which sold more than 2 million copies and produced hits such as I Predict A Riot, Oh My God and Every Day I Love You Less And Less – was followed by the No.1 Yours Truly, Angry Mob. But after that, the band – Ricky, Andrew White, Simon Rix, Vijay Mistry and Nick Baines – watched with disappointment as subsequent efforts achieved unremarkable sales. But there’s a buzz building around Duck, and Ricky has said it’s given him a second wind. “People are really excited about it and talking about it like it’s already a hit, and that’s not happened in a long time,” he says. Ricky says he almost had a breakdown while filming The Voice Jeans, £85 from Levi’s — buy now Boots, £260 from Grenson — buy now Ricky had one objective for stepping into the glitzy world of reality TV in 2013 – to boost public awareness of Kaiser Chiefs and flog albums – and the plan, he declares proudly, “totally” worked. “You can’t just sit at home and expect the music to do all the work for you,” he says. The Voice changed everything for Ricky, humanising him and diluting the wild on-stage rock star persona. In the beginning there were reports of his on-set nerves being so bad he needed anti-anxiety tablets. Ricky Wilson feels the need to stop and take every photo with fans Jacket, £95 from Levi’s — buy now Hat, £22 from Topman — buy now The rough-around-the-edges Ricky was softened by an endearing vulnerability, and he won the show twice in 2014 and 2015. Once neurotic about being misinterpreted or misquoted in interviews and therefore closely guarded about his private life, Ricky says immersing himself in prime-time TV has opened his eyes to the power of being more transparent. “I thought: ‘Ah, right, this is a part of my life that people want to know about and you can’t hide it, especially now with social media.’ It’s all about inviting people in rather than closing doors. There was an ownership about me that they didn’t have before. “I have to stop for every photograph now or I’m a bastard, whereas before, if I didn’t, it was a bit rock ‘n’ roll.” The Kaiser Chiefs have achieved massive success since releasing their debut album in 2005 The transition will be obvious to listeners of Duck, which has more emotional songs than the Chiefs are known for, including one where Ricky reveals his longing for kids. Ricky says Grace met him when he was at his “absolute worst” – broken-hearted after the split from Lesley and feeling thoroughly overwhelmed by the pressure of juggling television duties with recording the album Education, Education, Education & War. “She’s not only seen me in my pants, she’s also seen me really miserable,” he explains. “It was really tough and I wasn’t coping very well with that. People were getting me through the last season of The Voice without me having a breakdown on TV.” Ricky first encountered anxiety as a child, growing up in Leeds with parents Glynne and Geoff and brother James. He’d vomit whenever he was nervous – “it was like a fear of impending doom” – and the problem continued well into his Kaiser Chiefs career. Ricky Wilson with The Voice winner Kevin Simm in 2016 “I used to throw up every time before I went on stage. It’s like a migraine in your stomach – an intestinal migraine. I don’t do it any more because I understand what I’m feeling. Sometimes now if I’m feeling anxiety, I just imagine I’m excited, and it turns it around in my head. That’s my little trick.” Rather than damaging his career, Ricky believes his mental health issues have enhanced it by encouraging him to overcome daunting situations, pushing him out of his comfort zone. “It’s something to stand up against. It’s kind of made me who I am,” he says, adding he ditched anti-anxiety medication because it dulled his “fear of consequence”. Exercise helps calm his mind naturally, although Ricky admits he doesn’t do as much as he used to. In the lead-up to his debut on The Voice he shed 2st by cutting out junk food and running 10 miles a day. He now tots up five miles three times a week or more, but isn’t keen to shout about his fitness regime. Ricky says fiancée Grace just ‘makes everything perfect’ “I don’t really want to celebrate that because you don’t really want to remind people that you have to go running to not be 16st,” he jokes. “Because I would be. And I plan on being it again one day. I can’t wait!” There’s a smattering of shirtless holiday pictures on Ricky’s Instagram feed, including one in Menorca, which he jokingly captioned: “It’s like Daniel Craig never happened.” It’s typical Ricky – self-deprecating and tinged with dry, northern humour. But beneath the jesting is he actually Mr Confident? “I only post those if I’m feeling very good about myself, but I am in my 40s. Compared to some of the guys I went to school with I’m doing pretty well.” Ricky Wilson says the perfect selfie requires a dog to ensure it gets likes Thanks to the weight loss and improved teeth – Ricky had Invisalign braces to straighten his smile, followed by whitening – he looks sharp and polished compared to his bloated early Kaiser Chiefs days. Ricky is the first to admit he’s vainer now. “Yes, I do think I am, and I really don’t think it’s a negative thing in moderation because even if I’m walking on stage, if I’m feeling better about myself, then I do a better job.” He’s never touched Botox and isn’t the biggest drinker, even plumping for the occasional alcohol-free spell, including just before Christmas two years ago following an embarrassing booze bender at an awards do. According to one report, it saw him deliver an “X-rated rant” about his The Voice successor Olly Murs and fall over a barrier three times before being mistaken for a drunken fan by Cate Blanchett’s protection team. Ouch. The morning after that performance must have featured off-the-scale beer fear. Ricky Wilson left The Voice two years ago but has continued to have an impressive career “Oh, totally,” shudders Ricky. “That did stop me drinking for a while.” He has zero memory of what he said that night, but has since bumped into Olly and there were apparently no hard feelings. “He’s a really nice guy,” he enthuses. Tom Jones says the same of Ricky in his autobiography Over The Top And Back, which is on display – open on the relevant page – in Ricky’s second home in Falmouth. Ricky says he stepped into the world of reality TV in 2013 to boost public awareness of the Kaiser Chiefs “I only get one sentence,” laughs Ricky, adopting a thick Welsh accent to recite: “‘Then I met Ricky Wilson. Nice bloke. No bullshit.’ I’m thinking: ‘If that is my epitaph, I’m happy with that.’” Not everyone has been as complimentary as Sir Tom, though. Ricky recalls Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson once wrote a scathing newspaper comment piece about Kaiser Chiefs. “He said: ‘These epic softies, the weeds from Leeds, write songs about predicting riots. When I was a kid, rock stars incited riots, they didn’t predict them.’ I was like, you want people to incite riots? D**k! “I was next to him once at some traffic lights. I was on my Brompton bike. I may have felt a little bit like giving him a shove, but I’m not that kind of person.” Ricky Wilson and Grace Zito at the NME Awards in 2016 It’s true. Ricky has never been the sort to throw tellies out of windows, and his band has long been regarded by the music press as less cool than their counterparts. But what exactly is cool these days? Ricky has his own definition. “The other day I was in a hotel room. I’d bought some Lego and thought: ‘The fact I can just buy a Lego kit, make it and leave it in the room – that’s rock ‘n’ roll!’ If I was really rock ’n’ roll, I’d probably be dead. I don’t think the coolest people in the world even know or care that they are. The coolest thing is to not really care.” Just over a year ago, before his 40th birthday, Ricky “liberated” himself by abandoning superstitions like never stepping over three pavement drains. The new Kaiser Chiefs album Duck is out on July 26 “I used to walk through town like I was doing hopscotch,” he laughs. “Now, I go the opposite way. I walk under ladders, I break mirrors, I don’t care any more. I used to be saluting magpies all day. What’s the point? Only good things have happened since.” Of course, Grace has been integral to Ricky’s new-found contentment. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN FABULOUS” posts_category=”363″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] “She makes everything better,” he says, adding that only a few days ago he was overcome thinking about how his life has panned out. “I was on the sofa – it was just me, Grace and the dog. She was doing a mood board for some styling thing and the dog was lying in front of the TV watching The One Show, and I had this overwhelming feeling of joy. I thought: ‘This is perfect.’” Ricky’s voice suddenly cracks. “Sorry,” he smiles, and his eyes are brimming with tears. Then he drops to a whisper: “I’m not going to cry! You don’t know what’s around the corner, and that’s awfully exciting. There are many adventures to be had.” Kaiser Chiefs’ new single People Know How To Love One Another is out now. Duck is out on July 26. [boxout headline=”FEELING SOCIABLE “] Favourite platform? Instagram – there’s no negativity. Sometimes on Twitter people say some awful stuff about how they’d like you to die, then you click on their picture and it’s them on the beach with their kids. Insta fave? I like @Kirbyjenner – he’s a guy that pretends to be Kendall Jenner’s brother and Photoshops himself in with the Jenners and Kardashians. Also @Paul_danan_official. It’s not him, it’s a guy who just talks about celebrities from the ’90s, and he does it so well. Funniest person on Twitter? @Smithsara79. I don’t know who she is, but I find her very amusing! Are you on Facebook? No. I still have an account but I wouldn’t know the password. How do you take the perfect selfie? Get the dog in it and it’ll get likes!  All my most liked photos do. [/boxout] [bc_video video_id=”5744518725001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Ricky Wilson wows with makeover on Saturday Night Takeaway”] Grooming: Sara Bowden using Giorgio Armani and Bumble and Bumble Styling: Zoe Kozlik Stylist’s assistant: Lara Macintosh
15 Jun 19
The Scottish Sun
FOR Ricky Wilson, life is good. Really good. Step forward Grace Zito, his stunning fiancée, who he proposed to in April last year on bended knee flanked by Reedus – the couple’s chocolate Labradoodle – in a band stand at Greenhead Park in Huddersfield. “I’d kept the ring in the pocket I keep the dog treats in, so he was all over the ring,” recalls Ricky, 41. “I got on one knee, he put both paws on my leg and it was really funny, then Grace said: ‘You’re joking?!’” Ricky Wilson says he and Grace are trying for a baby but wish to get married first Blazer, £90 from River Island — buy now Trousers, £40 from River Island — buy now Shirt, £25 from Topman — buy now Sunglasses, £98 from Ace & Tate — buy now Tie, £15 from Marks and Spencer — buy now They met five years ago when she styled Kaiser Chiefs for their 2014 video My Life. She later worked with Ricky on The Voice and they began dating six months after he quit the talent show following his split from long-term girlfriend, television producer Lesley Williams. They live in north London but are contemplating moving “somewhere a bit more leafy” in anticipation of “the next big adventure” – growing a family. “Our marble spiral staircase isn’t that conducive to kids, but that’s not saying anything’s happening right now,” he adds. Given his desire for children have they, ahem, started trying? Ricky Wilson admits he’s much vainer now thanks to weight loss and improved teeth Shirt, £25 from Topman — buy now Sunglasses, £98 from Ace & Tate — buy now Tie, £15 from Marks and Spencer — buy now “We’re practising!” he says with an exaggerated raise of the eyebrow. “I’d like to get married first. There’s some old Italian grandparents [on Grace’s side] that probably wouldn’t be happy if we didn’t! There’s no date set for the wedding but it’ll be churchy, followed by a big party with music from a DJ. “I don’t like watching bands – I get jealous,” he admits. “We’ll be watching Coldplay at Wembley and Grace will say: ‘Why aren’t you enjoying it?’ and I’ll say: ‘I am enjoying it.’ And then she’ll ask: ‘Why aren’t you dancing and singing?’ and I’ll say: ‘Cos I’m jealous because that’s not me!’” Whenever he and Grace, 31, say “I do”, would Ricky consider selling the pictures to a glossy magazine? “I did think how amazing it would be to sell your photographs and give the money to charity because it would really f**k everyone else up who sells their photographs,” he says mischievously. Ricky, 41, says stunning fiancée Grace Jito met him at his ‘absolute worst’ Grace isn’t the only reason that Ricky is on such top form. As well as bagging some impressive solo gigs since leaving The Voice two years ago after three series – including his own show on Radio X and filling in for Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 – now comes the icing on the cake. The release of the Kaisers’ seventh studio album next month sees the boys returning to their original record label Polydor on a lucrative deal. The enormous success of their 2005 debut album Employment – which sold more than 2 million copies and produced hits such as I Predict A Riot, Oh My God and Every Day I Love You Less And Less – was followed by the No.1 Yours Truly, Angry Mob. But after that, the band – Ricky, Andrew White, Simon Rix, Vijay Mistry and Nick Baines – watched with disappointment as subsequent efforts achieved unremarkable sales. But there’s a buzz building around Duck, and Ricky has said it’s given him a second wind. “People are really excited about it and talking about it like it’s already a hit, and that’s not happened in a long time,” he says. Ricky says he almost had a breakdown while filming The Voice Jeans, £85 from Levi’s — buy now Boots, £260 from Grenson — buy now Ricky had one objective for stepping into the glitzy world of reality TV in 2013 – to boost public awareness of Kaiser Chiefs and flog albums – and the plan, he declares proudly, “totally” worked. “You can’t just sit at home and expect the music to do all the work for you,” he says. The Voice changed everything for Ricky, humanising him and diluting the wild on-stage rock star persona. In the beginning there were reports of his on-set nerves being so bad he needed anti-anxiety tablets. Ricky Wilson feels the need to stop and take every photo with fans Jacket, £95 from Levi’s — buy now Hat, £22 from Topman — buy now The rough-around-the-edges Ricky was softened by an endearing vulnerability, and he won the show twice in 2014 and 2015. Once neurotic about being misinterpreted or misquoted in interviews and therefore closely guarded about his private life, Ricky says immersing himself in prime-time TV has opened his eyes to the power of being more transparent. “I thought: ‘Ah, right, this is a part of my life that people want to know about and you can’t hide it, especially now with social media.’ It’s all about inviting people in rather than closing doors. There was an ownership about me that they didn’t have before. “I have to stop for every photograph now or I’m a bastard, whereas before, if I didn’t, it was a bit rock ‘n’ roll.” The Kaiser Chiefs have achieved massive success since releasing their debut album in 2005 The transition will be obvious to listeners of Duck, which has more emotional songs than the Chiefs are known for, including one where Ricky reveals his longing for kids. Ricky says Grace met him when he was at his “absolute worst” – broken-hearted after the split from Lesley and feeling thoroughly overwhelmed by the pressure of juggling television duties with recording the album Education, Education, Education & War. “She’s not only seen me in my pants, she’s also seen me really miserable,” he explains. “It was really tough and I wasn’t coping very well with that. People were getting me through the last season of The Voice without me having a breakdown on TV.” Ricky first encountered anxiety as a child, growing up in Leeds with parents Glynne and Geoff and brother James. He’d vomit whenever he was nervous – “it was like a fear of impending doom” – and the problem continued well into his Kaiser Chiefs career. Ricky Wilson with The Voice winner Kevin Simm in 2016 “I used to throw up every time before I went on stage. It’s like a migraine in your stomach – an intestinal migraine. I don’t do it any more because I understand what I’m feeling. Sometimes now if I’m feeling anxiety, I just imagine I’m excited, and it turns it around in my head. That’s my little trick.” Rather than damaging his career, Ricky believes his mental health issues have enhanced it by encouraging him to overcome daunting situations, pushing him out of his comfort zone. “It’s something to stand up against. It’s kind of made me who I am,” he says, adding he ditched anti-anxiety medication because it dulled his “fear of consequence”. Exercise helps calm his mind naturally, although Ricky admits he doesn’t do as much as he used to. In the lead-up to his debut on The Voice he shed 2st by cutting out junk food and running 10 miles a day. He now tots up five miles three times a week or more, but isn’t keen to shout about his fitness regime. Ricky says fiancée Grace just ‘makes everything perfect’ “I don’t really want to celebrate that because you don’t really want to remind people that you have to go running to not be 16st,” he jokes. “Because I would be. And I plan on being it again one day. I can’t wait!” There’s a smattering of shirtless holiday pictures on Ricky’s Instagram feed, including one in Menorca, which he jokingly captioned: “It’s like Daniel Craig never happened.” It’s typical Ricky – self-deprecating and tinged with dry, northern humour. But beneath the jesting is he actually Mr Confident? “I only post those if I’m feeling very good about myself, but I am in my 40s. Compared to some of the guys I went to school with I’m doing pretty well.” Ricky Wilson says the perfect selfie requires a dog to ensure it gets likes Thanks to the weight loss and improved teeth – Ricky had Invisalign braces to straighten his smile, followed by whitening – he looks sharp and polished compared to his bloated early Kaiser Chiefs days. Ricky is the first to admit he’s vainer now. “Yes, I do think I am, and I really don’t think it’s a negative thing in moderation because even if I’m walking on stage, if I’m feeling better about myself, then I do a better job.” He’s never touched Botox and isn’t the biggest drinker, even plumping for the occasional alcohol-free spell, including just before Christmas two years ago following an embarrassing booze bender at an awards do. According to one report, it saw him deliver an “X-rated rant” about his The Voice successor Olly Murs and fall over a barrier three times before being mistaken for a drunken fan by Cate Blanchett’s protection team. Ouch. The morning after that performance must have featured off-the-scale beer fear. Ricky Wilson left The Voice two years ago but has continued to have an impressive career “Oh, totally,” shudders Ricky. “That did stop me drinking for a while.” He has zero memory of what he said that night, but has since bumped into Olly and there were apparently no hard feelings. “He’s a really nice guy,” he enthuses. Tom Jones says the same of Ricky in his autobiography Over The Top And Back, which is on display – open on the relevant page – in Ricky’s second home in Falmouth. Ricky says he stepped into the world of reality TV in 2013 to boost public awareness of the Kaiser Chiefs “I only get one sentence,” laughs Ricky, adopting a thick Welsh accent to recite: “‘Then I met Ricky Wilson. Nice bloke. No bullshit.’ I’m thinking: ‘If that is my epitaph, I’m happy with that.’” Not everyone has been as complimentary as Sir Tom, though. Ricky recalls Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson once wrote a scathing newspaper comment piece about Kaiser Chiefs. “He said: ‘These epic softies, the weeds from Leeds, write songs about predicting riots. When I was a kid, rock stars incited riots, they didn’t predict them.’ I was like, you want people to incite riots? D**k! “I was next to him once at some traffic lights. I was on my Brompton bike. I may have felt a little bit like giving him a shove, but I’m not that kind of person.” Ricky Wilson and Grace Zito at the NME Awards in 2016 It’s true. Ricky has never been the sort to throw tellies out of windows, and his band has long been regarded by the music press as less cool than their counterparts. But what exactly is cool these days? Ricky has his own definition. “The other day I was in a hotel room. I’d bought some Lego and thought: ‘The fact I can just buy a Lego kit, make it and leave it in the room – that’s rock ‘n’ roll!’ If I was really rock ’n’ roll, I’d probably be dead. I don’t think the coolest people in the world even know or care that they are. The coolest thing is to not really care.” Just over a year ago, before his 40th birthday, Ricky “liberated” himself by abandoning superstitions like never stepping over three pavement drains. The new Kaiser Chiefs album Duck is out on July 26 “I used to walk through town like I was doing hopscotch,” he laughs. “Now, I go the opposite way. I walk under ladders, I break mirrors, I don’t care any more. I used to be saluting magpies all day. What’s the point? Only good things have happened since.” Of course, Grace has been integral to Ricky’s new-found contentment. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN FABULOUS” posts_category=”30″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] “She makes everything better,” he says, adding that only a few days ago he was overcome thinking about how his life has panned out. “I was on the sofa – it was just me, Grace and the dog. She was doing a mood board for some styling thing and the dog was lying in front of the TV watching The One Show, and I had this overwhelming feeling of joy. I thought: ‘This is perfect.’” Ricky’s voice suddenly cracks. “Sorry,” he smiles, and his eyes are brimming with tears. Then he drops to a whisper: “I’m not going to cry! You don’t know what’s around the corner, and that’s awfully exciting. There are many adventures to be had.” Kaiser Chiefs’ new single People Know How To Love One Another is out now. Duck is out on July 26. [boxout headline=”FEELING SOCIABLE “] Favourite platform? Instagram – there’s no negativity. Sometimes on Twitter people say some awful stuff about how they’d like you to die, then you click on their picture and it’s them on the beach with their kids. Insta fave? I like @Kirbyjenner – he’s a guy that pretends to be Kendall Jenner’s brother and Photoshops himself in with the Jenners and Kardashians. Also @Paul_danan_official. It’s not him, it’s a guy who just talks about celebrities from the ’90s, and he does it so well. Funniest person on Twitter? @Smithsara79. I don’t know who she is, but I find her very amusing! Are you on Facebook? No. I still have an account but I wouldn’t know the password. How do you take the perfect selfie? Get the dog in it and it’ll get likes!  All my most liked photos do. [/boxout] [bc_video video_id=”5744518725001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Ricky Wilson wows with makeover on Saturday Night Takeaway”] Grooming: Sara Bowden using Giorgio Armani and Bumble and Bumble Styling: Zoe Kozlik Stylist’s assistant: Lara Macintosh
15 Jun 19
The Irish Sun
FOR Ricky Wilson, life is good. Really good. Step forward Grace Zito, his stunning fiancée, who he proposed to in April last year on bended knee flanked by Reedus – the couple’s chocolate Labradoodle – in a band stand at Greenhead Park in Huddersfield. “I’d kept the ring in the pocket I keep the dog treats in, so he was all over the ring,” recalls Ricky, 41. “I got on one knee, he put both paws on my leg and it was really funny, then Grace said: ‘You’re joking?!’” Ricky Wilson says he and Grace are trying for a baby but wish to get married first Blazer, £90 from River Island — buy now Trousers, £40 from River Island — buy now Shirt, £25 from Topman — buy now Sunglasses, £98 from Ace & Tate — buy now Tie, £15 from Marks and Spencer — buy now They met five years ago when she styled Kaiser Chiefs for their 2014 video My Life. She later worked with Ricky on The Voice and they began dating six months after he quit the talent show following his split from long-term girlfriend, television producer Lesley Williams. They live in north London but are contemplating moving “somewhere a bit more leafy” in anticipation of “the next big adventure” – growing a family. “Our marble spiral staircase isn’t that conducive to kids, but that’s not saying anything’s happening right now,” he adds. Given his desire for children have they, ahem, started trying? Ricky Wilson admits he’s much vainer now thanks to weight loss and improved teeth Shirt, £25 from Topman — buy now Sunglasses, £98 from Ace & Tate — buy now Tie, £15 from Marks and Spencer — buy now “We’re practising!” he says with an exaggerated raise of the eyebrow. “I’d like to get married first. There’s some old Italian grandparents [on Grace’s side] that probably wouldn’t be happy if we didn’t! There’s no date set for the wedding but it’ll be churchy, followed by a big party with music from a DJ. “I don’t like watching bands – I get jealous,” he admits. “We’ll be watching Coldplay at Wembley and Grace will say: ‘Why aren’t you enjoying it?’ and I’ll say: ‘I am enjoying it.’ And then she’ll ask: ‘Why aren’t you dancing and singing?’ and I’ll say: ‘Cos I’m jealous because that’s not me!’” Whenever he and Grace, 31, say “I do”, would Ricky consider selling the pictures to a glossy magazine? “I did think how amazing it would be to sell your photographs and give the money to charity because it would really f**k everyone else up who sells their photographs,” he says mischievously. Ricky, 41, says stunning fiancée Grace Jito met him at his ‘absolute worst’ Grace isn’t the only reason that Ricky is on such top form. As well as bagging some impressive solo gigs since leaving The Voice two years ago after three series – including his own show on Radio X and filling in for Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 – now comes the icing on the cake. The release of the Kaisers’ seventh studio album next month sees the boys returning to their original record label Polydor on a lucrative deal. The enormous success of their 2005 debut album Employment – which sold more than 2 million copies and produced hits such as I Predict A Riot, Oh My God and Every Day I Love You Less And Less – was followed by the No.1 Yours Truly, Angry Mob. But after that, the band – Ricky, Andrew White, Simon Rix, Vijay Mistry and Nick Baines – watched with disappointment as subsequent efforts achieved unremarkable sales. But there’s a buzz building around Duck, and Ricky has said it’s given him a second wind. “People are really excited about it and talking about it like it’s already a hit, and that’s not happened in a long time,” he says. Ricky says he almost had a breakdown while filming The Voice Jeans, £85 from Levi’s — buy now Boots, £260 from Grenson — buy now Ricky had one objective for stepping into the glitzy world of reality TV in 2013 – to boost public awareness of Kaiser Chiefs and flog albums – and the plan, he declares proudly, “totally” worked. “You can’t just sit at home and expect the music to do all the work for you,” he says. The Voice changed everything for Ricky, humanising him and diluting the wild on-stage rock star persona. In the beginning there were reports of his on-set nerves being so bad he needed anti-anxiety tablets. Ricky Wilson feels the need to stop and take every photo with fans Jacket, £95 from Levi’s — buy now Hat, £22 from Topman — buy now The rough-around-the-edges Ricky was softened by an endearing vulnerability, and he won the show twice in 2014 and 2015. Once neurotic about being misinterpreted or misquoted in interviews and therefore closely guarded about his private life, Ricky says immersing himself in prime-time TV has opened his eyes to the power of being more transparent. “I thought: ‘Ah, right, this is a part of my life that people want to know about and you can’t hide it, especially now with social media.’ It’s all about inviting people in rather than closing doors. There was an ownership about me that they didn’t have before. “I have to stop for every photograph now or I’m a bastard, whereas before, if I didn’t, it was a bit rock ‘n’ roll.” The Kaiser Chiefs have achieved massive success since releasing their debut album in 2005 The transition will be obvious to listeners of Duck, which has more emotional songs than the Chiefs are known for, including one where Ricky reveals his longing for kids. Ricky says Grace met him when he was at his “absolute worst” – broken-hearted after the split from Lesley and feeling thoroughly overwhelmed by the pressure of juggling television duties with recording the album Education, Education, Education & War. “She’s not only seen me in my pants, she’s also seen me really miserable,” he explains. “It was really tough and I wasn’t coping very well with that. People were getting me through the last season of The Voice without me having a breakdown on TV.” Ricky first encountered anxiety as a child, growing up in Leeds with parents Glynne and Geoff and brother James. He’d vomit whenever he was nervous – “it was like a fear of impending doom” – and the problem continued well into his Kaiser Chiefs career. Ricky Wilson with The Voice winner Kevin Simm in 2016 “I used to throw up every time before I went on stage. It’s like a migraine in your stomach – an intestinal migraine. I don’t do it any more because I understand what I’m feeling. Sometimes now if I’m feeling anxiety, I just imagine I’m excited, and it turns it around in my head. That’s my little trick.” Rather than damaging his career, Ricky believes his mental health issues have enhanced it by encouraging him to overcome daunting situations, pushing him out of his comfort zone. “It’s something to stand up against. It’s kind of made me who I am,” he says, adding he ditched anti-anxiety medication because it dulled his “fear of consequence”. Exercise helps calm his mind naturally, although Ricky admits he doesn’t do as much as he used to. In the lead-up to his debut on The Voice he shed 2st by cutting out junk food and running 10 miles a day. He now tots up five miles three times a week or more, but isn’t keen to shout about his fitness regime. Ricky says fiancée Grace just ‘makes everything perfect’ “I don’t really want to celebrate that because you don’t really want to remind people that you have to go running to not be 16st,” he jokes. “Because I would be. And I plan on being it again one day. I can’t wait!” There’s a smattering of shirtless holiday pictures on Ricky’s Instagram feed, including one in Menorca, which he jokingly captioned: “It’s like Daniel Craig never happened.” It’s typical Ricky – self-deprecating and tinged with dry, northern humour. But beneath the jesting is he actually Mr Confident? “I only post those if I’m feeling very good about myself, but I am in my 40s. Compared to some of the guys I went to school with I’m doing pretty well.” Ricky Wilson says the perfect selfie requires a dog to ensure it gets likes Thanks to the weight loss and improved teeth – Ricky had Invisalign braces to straighten his smile, followed by whitening – he looks sharp and polished compared to his bloated early Kaiser Chiefs days. Ricky is the first to admit he’s vainer now. “Yes, I do think I am, and I really don’t think it’s a negative thing in moderation because even if I’m walking on stage, if I’m feeling better about myself, then I do a better job.” He’s never touched Botox and isn’t the biggest drinker, even plumping for the occasional alcohol-free spell, including just before Christmas two years ago following an embarrassing booze bender at an awards do. According to one report, it saw him deliver an “X-rated rant” about his The Voice successor Olly Murs and fall over a barrier three times before being mistaken for a drunken fan by Cate Blanchett’s protection team. Ouch. The morning after that performance must have featured off-the-scale beer fear. Ricky Wilson left The Voice two years ago but has continued to have an impressive career “Oh, totally,” shudders Ricky. “That did stop me drinking for a while.” He has zero memory of what he said that night, but has since bumped into Olly and there were apparently no hard feelings. “He’s a really nice guy,” he enthuses. Tom Jones says the same of Ricky in his autobiography Over The Top And Back, which is on display – open on the relevant page – in Ricky’s second home in Falmouth. Ricky says he stepped into the world of reality TV in 2013 to boost public awareness of the Kaiser Chiefs “I only get one sentence,” laughs Ricky, adopting a thick Welsh accent to recite: “‘Then I met Ricky Wilson. Nice bloke. No bullshit.’ I’m thinking: ‘If that is my epitaph, I’m happy with that.’” Not everyone has been as complimentary as Sir Tom, though. Ricky recalls Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson once wrote a scathing newspaper comment piece about Kaiser Chiefs. “He said: ‘These epic softies, the weeds from Leeds, write songs about predicting riots. When I was a kid, rock stars incited riots, they didn’t predict them.’ I was like, you want people to incite riots? D**k! “I was next to him once at some traffic lights. I was on my Brompton bike. I may have felt a little bit like giving him a shove, but I’m not that kind of person.” Ricky Wilson and Grace Zito at the NME Awards in 2016 It’s true. Ricky has never been the sort to throw tellies out of windows, and his band has long been regarded by the music press as less cool than their counterparts. But what exactly is cool these days? Ricky has his own definition. “The other day I was in a hotel room. I’d bought some Lego and thought: ‘The fact I can just buy a Lego kit, make it and leave it in the room – that’s rock ‘n’ roll!’ If I was really rock ’n’ roll, I’d probably be dead. I don’t think the coolest people in the world even know or care that they are. The coolest thing is to not really care.” Just over a year ago, before his 40th birthday, Ricky “liberated” himself by abandoning superstitions like never stepping over three pavement drains. The new Kaiser Chiefs album Duck is out on July 26 “I used to walk through town like I was doing hopscotch,” he laughs. “Now, I go the opposite way. I walk under ladders, I break mirrors, I don’t care any more. I used to be saluting magpies all day. What’s the point? Only good things have happened since.” Of course, Grace has been integral to Ricky’s new-found contentment. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN FABULOUS” posts_category=”24″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] “She makes everything better,” he says, adding that only a few days ago he was overcome thinking about how his life has panned out. “I was on the sofa – it was just me, Grace and the dog. She was doing a mood board for some styling thing and the dog was lying in front of the TV watching The One Show, and I had this overwhelming feeling of joy. I thought: ‘This is perfect.’” Ricky’s voice suddenly cracks. “Sorry,” he smiles, and his eyes are brimming with tears. Then he drops to a whisper: “I’m not going to cry! You don’t know what’s around the corner, and that’s awfully exciting. There are many adventures to be had.” Kaiser Chiefs’ new single People Know How To Love One Another is out now. Duck is out on July 26. [boxout headline=”FEELING SOCIABLE “] Favourite platform? Instagram – there’s no negativity. Sometimes on Twitter people say some awful stuff about how they’d like you to die, then you click on their picture and it’s them on the beach with their kids. Insta fave? I like @Kirbyjenner – he’s a guy that pretends to be Kendall Jenner’s brother and Photoshops himself in with the Jenners and Kardashians. Also @Paul_danan_official. It’s not him, it’s a guy who just talks about celebrities from the ’90s, and he does it so well. Funniest person on Twitter? @Smithsara79. I don’t know who she is, but I find her very amusing! Are you on Facebook? No. I still have an account but I wouldn’t know the password. How do you take the perfect selfie? Get the dog in it and it’ll get likes!  All my most liked photos do. [/boxout] [bc_video video_id=”5744518725001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Ricky Wilson wows with makeover on Saturday Night Takeaway”] Grooming: Sara Bowden using Giorgio Armani and Bumble and Bumble Styling: Zoe Kozlik Stylist’s assistant: Lara Macintosh
15 Jun 19
Twin Cities
If you’ve been watching Rocco Baldelli, you probably haven’t seen him yell. About anything. “I haven’t seen very much to yell about,” the first-year Twins manager said. That’s his personality. He should have been a psychologist. “Everyone handles things differently,” Baldelli said. “Whatever your personality is, that’s how you should be every day, how you should interact with people. Even as a kid and young person, outwardly I generally don’t show very much emotion. This is just natural.” So Baldelli, just 37 years old, continues to manage his first-place Twins that way. No rules to speak of. No player fines. “I generally haven’t found that people react very well when being over-watched,” he said. “I think when you give people a little bit of space and a little bit of comfort and a little confidence, you get the most out of people. I believe that. “(His players) handle their business very well. You don’t need to micromanage, be on them about every small topic and everything that they do.” The Twins are off to a 46-22 start. “What allows us to operate like this is because we have players that are at a point in their career where you don’t have to police them,” Baldelli continued. “They’re quality individuals, they’re good at what they do. Each guy needs a little something different, and you help them kind of get what they need for a game and to prepare. And when you do that, that’s all you really need to do.” Entering Saturday evening’s game against Kansas City, the Twins had an 11-game division lead over second-place Cleveland. “I tend to focus on the things that I think are important,” Baldelli said. “The things I think are important maybe aren’t necessarily what maybe other people think are important. The things I think are important are if players prepare well. And that doesn’t necessarily mean working them to the bone. It just means if our players treat people well and compete well and handle their business that we ask them to do, all of that, then I’m happy. “Most of everything else is a teaching moment, one way or another, as opposed to an emotional moment.” If a trio of Twins keep producing at their current pace, the club could end up with multiyear contract extensions totaling at least $300 million. Those players are starting pitcher Jose Berrios, left fielder Eddie Rosario and center fielder Byron Buxton. Berrios is pitching for $620,000 this season. Buxton’s salary is $1.75 million. Rosario is playing for $4.2 million but can become a free agent after the season. The Twins have tried several times to extend Berrios’ contract, but not lately. For now, he said he’s focusing on the season. “The numbers will mean (the size of future contracts),” he said last week, pointing to the field. The Twins have moved up to No. 2 in baseball in hits with runners in scoring position. A month ago, they ranked No. 21. The Yankees are No. 1. Infielder Eduardo Escobar, 30, whom the Twins traded to Arizona a year ago, is hitting .293 with 17 home runs and 57 runs batted in in 69 games for the Diamondbacks. The prospects the Twins received for Escobar are pitcher Jhoan Duran, 21, whose fastball touches 101 mph but who is 1-5 with a 3.28 earned-run average and 56 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings at Class A Fort Myers; outfielder Ernie De La Trinidad, 23, who is hitting .370 in seven games at Fort Myers after being demoted from AA Pensacola, where he was batting .205 in 40 games; and outfielder Gabriel Maciel, 20, who is hitting .303 in 43 games at Class A Cedar Rapids. Jakie Mauer, 40, spent 17 years in the Twins organization as a minor league player, coach and manager. Brother Joe, 36, had his No. 7 Twins jersey retired before a sellout ballpark on Saturday. “How quickly they’re doing it kind of surprised everybody,” Jakie said. “With Joe being retired, and now reflecting really on the last 20 years, it’s like storybook. I mean, the kid grows up 10 miles from the ballpark and gets to open up the new ballpark, being part of that and the playoff games, to be in a situation where your number’s retired and with the longevity and the numbers he put up, I don’t know if you can really write a better story than that.” Mauer becomes the fourth major league player to have No. 7 retired. The others — Mickey Mantle (Yankees), Craig Biggio (Astros) and Ivan Rodriguez (Rangers) — all are in baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Mauer will be featured speaker at a Dunkers breakfast on July 16 at the Minneapolis Club. The St. Louis Blues are an all-encompassing organization, and when the team stunned the Bruins 4-1 to win the Stanley Cup in Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday, among players included to raise the revered trophy on the TD Garden ice was Mitch Reinke. Reinke, 23, a Stillwater High grad who starred at Michigan Tech, is a defenseman who after a tremendous rookie season for the Blues’ San Antonio Rampage affiliate was promoted to the NHL team for the grinding postseason as a player to be ready if needed. He was with the Blues since April, practicing and traveling with the NHL team, but didn’t get a chance to get into a playoff game. Chris Reinke, Mitch’s father, was watching the Blues win the championship on TV and saw his son get to raise the Stanley Cup. “About fell off the couch,” the proud father said. It’s unclear whether Reinke, as is customary with members of the winning organization, will get a day to host the Stanley Cup in Stillwater this summer. Two St. Paul country clubs next weekend will celebrate their 100th anniversaries. Incredibly, Somerset in Mendota Heights has had just two head golf professionals the last 80 years. They are the late Gordie Haberkorn and currently David DuShane, who is in his 40th year. Also, Somerset has had just two superintendents the past 58 years, Jerry Murphy and James Bade. That’s remarkable continuity in the world of country clubs. Southview in West St. Paul will celebrate its storied centennial on Friday and has invited past club pros and members to participate while displaying artifacts and running an ongoing video of the club’s history. Southview’s iconic personalities include the late Frank Fiorito, the beloved club professional known throughout Minnesota golf circles as a consummate gentleman and classy representative for his sport. Southview operated its first seven years without a head professional. Its first pro was Arthur Dick in 1927. There have been 14 head pros since Dick, with Brendan Cody in his third year as current professional. Somerset was the cherished home of Jimmy Johnston, who joined the club in 1922 as the defending Minnesota State Amateur champion. Johnson, who lived on Crocus Hill in St. Paul, won every State Am from 1921 through 1928. Even more notable was that Johnston partnered with legendary Bobby Jones on four Walker Cup teams and in 1929 won the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach, site of this weekend’s U.S. Open. Jones was the decided favorite in the tournament that Johnston won. Dylan Drees, who pitched Benilde-St. Margaret’s into the state Class 3A baseball championship game against St. Thomas Academy on Thursday at Target Field, is the son of former major league pitcher Tom Drees from Edina. Red Wing girls golf coach Mark Herzog retired last week after winning his sixth straight state championship. During his nearly 30 years at Red Wing, 132 of his players qualified for the state tournament. DON’T PRINT THAT Insiders say the Twins are moving closer to a trade with the Giants for left-handed starter Madison Bumgarner, 29. Twins analytics show Craig Kimbrel, by market value, was worth a two-year free agent deal but not the three years that the right-handed closer received from the Cubs, who signed the 31-year-old for $43 million. The Twins were interested in a two-year deal. As a result of the Kyle Rudolph contract restructuring, the Vikings now are $4.7 million under the NFL salary cap. Although technically a $32 million, four-year contract, Rudolph’s deal essentially is a $16 million, two-year deal, and that’s the window under which the Vikings now seem to be operating. General manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer have two years remaining on their deals. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has two more seasons on his contract. It appears it’s going to be all or bust with this group for the next two years. After two years, if the Vikings do well, they’ll carry on. If not, there’s sure to be a rebuild. Cousins is the fifth-highest paid QB in the NFL at $28 million but the 15th-best QB, according to NBC Sports’ ex-QB Chris Simms’ rankings. Pssst: In the U.S. Bank stadium agreement the Vikings signed with the state of Minnesota, the Vikings are allowed to play one home game elsewhere every five years. Don’t be surprised if in 2021 the Vikings play a home game in Europe or Mexico City. Nobody’s talking, but it sure seems that baseballs are juiced this season. By the way, Major League Baseball a year ago purchased Rawlings Sporting Goods, which manufactures the official baseball, for $395 million. Contract talks continue between the New York Islanders and Anders Lee, the former St. Thomas Academy-Notre Dame star from Edina who can become a free agent on June 23. If a deal, expected to be in the $55 million, seven-year range, can’t get done, the high-scoring winger, at age 28, would become available to the Wild. The best ex-Gopher Amir Coffey can hope for in Thursday’s NBA draft is to be a late second-round pick, and that still seems unlikely. The Timberwolves pick No. 43 overall in the second round. Don’t be surprised if ex-Timberwolf Kevin Love and Cleveland’s No. 5 overall pick in the draft are traded to hometown Portland for CJ McCollum. Grounds tickets for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine National in Chaska are $30 for Thursday and Friday, $35 for Saturday and Sunday. Grounds tickets for the 3M Open PGA Tour tournament Thursday through Sunday, July 4-7, are $45 at the TPC in Blaine. The Golf Channel and NBC will televise the KPMG tournament. The Golf Channel and CBS will televise the 3M Open. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is a member at Augusta National with a reported handicap of 16, and soccer icon Mia Hamm on Wednesday will headline a KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit at Hazeltine National. The best baseball player all time from Minnesota is St. Paul’s Dave Winfield, according to newarena.com, which chose the best for every state. Best in Wisconsin is Kid Nichols, who was a 361-game winner for the Boston Beaneaters and in 1892 finished 35-16 with a 2.84 earned-run average. There’s some buzz now that the University of St. Thomas, because it was squeezed out of the Division III MIAC, may seek an exemption to move to Division I sooner than the required 12 years. And word is if the Tommies can get to Division I, they might emphasize men’s basketball over football, hoping to build a program comparable to those of other Catholic programs such as Creighton, Marquette, Villanova and Xavier. A crowd estimated at 5,000 turned out for the two-day “Crusher Fest” last week for the unveiling of a lifesize bronze statute of late pro wrestler Reggie “The Crusher” Lisowski, who died at age 79 in 2005. The event was held outside at a plaza in working-class South Milwaukee, Wis., where Lisowski was raised and lived. Speakersincluded former pro wrestlers Baron von Raschke and Kenny “Sodbuster” Jay. The Crusher’s statute has him holding a keg of beer over his right shoulder. Entertainment included the Minneapolis garage band “The Novas,” which in 1964 recorded “The Crusher” song. Among food items were turkey necks. “The Crusher would have loved it,” said Stew Thornley, a Twins official scorer who attended the ceremony. The St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup after firing ex-Wild coach Mike Yeo. The Toronto Raptors won the NBA championship after firing ex-Timberwolves coach Dwane Casey. Popular ex-Twins clubhouse attendant Wayne “Big Fella” Hattaway, 79, who retired last year after 66 years in professional baseball, flew into town from his home in Mobile, Alabama, for Joe Mauer’s No. 7 jersey retirement ceremony Saturday. “When Joe signed that big contract ($184 million), he said, ‘Can you put up with me for 10 more years?’ He told me last year, on Oct. 1, ‘I’m outta here.’ We both decided to retire the same day.”[related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Reason for Hattaway’s retirement? “The game’s not played between the white lines like it used to be,” he said. OVERHEARD Joe Mauer’s wife, Maddie, asked whether she had any advice for her husband’s jersey retirement speech on Saturday: “I told him to take his time, take pauses and take deep breaths.”
15 Jun 19
Heavy.com

Despite the fact that Derek Carr had a lackluster supporting cast, an analyst has ranked him lower than Nick Foles and Baker Mayfield.

15 Jun 19
Dwell Time

Dwell Time Exhibition Opening & Issue 2 Open Call Launch Thursday 18th July, 6:30-9pm Huddersfield Railway Station   Exhibition Opening: 6:30pm Main Concourse Waiting Room Issue 2 Open Call Launch: 7:30pm in The Hub Dwell Time present a waiting room exhibition of Issue 1 art work and Bob Clayden’s pinhole camera portraits which he took […]

15 Jun 19
VOICE OF THE HWY

Bizarre dating trends to watch out for January is the most popular time to meet singles, according to Tinder. And a new year means a slew of new dating trends to be wary of before jumping back on the market. When Julia Lushing traveled from Chelsea to Los Angeles in March — right before her […]