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Dearest Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris, Just a swift note to say: we get it. You’re in a relationship. You’re in love. Congratulations. But it’s getting to be a little… much. We see you floating around in a swan boat. Very impressive. We see you, Calvin, defending your lady’s honor against the menace that is Zayn Malik. Very chivalrous. We see you, Tay Tay, mouthing those three little words to Calvin on stage. Very cute. The issue is that we’re reaching our Taylor-Calvin saturation point, and we haven’t even heard any collaborations — nor have we managed to come up with a decent couple name. You don’t see Beyoncé and Jay Z showing off their power couple status on social media at every turn. You see Photoshopped thigh gaps, sure, but not relationship bragging. Even though...
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Dear Chris, I really did not want to write this open letter, and would have preferred to speak to you in person, in private. Indeed, ever since the domestic violence incident with Rihanna two years ago, there have been attempts, by some of the women currently or formerly in your circle -- women who love and care deeply about you -- to bring you and I together, as they felt my own life story, my own life experiences, might be of some help in your journey. For whatever reason, that never happened. By pure coincidence, I wound up in a Harlem recording studio with you about three months ago, as I was meeting up with R...
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A lot of people might not be aware of who 'Ali-A' is but to those interested in computer games and especially Call of Duty, he is one of the go-to guys for interesting YouTube content and gameplay. Why is this deserving of a letter you might ask? Well with over 6.5 million followers he has more of a presence than the likes of formulaic pop stars that young kids are told to idolise and he is proof of the potential the internet has for young people to make a name for themselves and make money. I wasn't initially compelled to write a letter about this, not until I overheard a 9-year-old having dinner with his parents in a restaurant in London. The boy said he wanted to start a YouTube channel and that you can make money out of it, at which point his dad snapped "what kind of career is...
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I can still remember the first time our hearts beat as one. There were sparks all over that made me believe in forever. And now, it’s really hard to believe that everything is over. Who would have thought that our fairytale wouldn’t have a happy ending? Who would have thought that this sweet dream will eventually become a nightmare? I didn’t, because I didn’t want it to end that way. Until now, I ask myself, what have gone wrong? Is it the way I speak? Or the way I dress? Did you get tired of me being so clingy? Or did my friends bother you? Or maybe you just realized that we weren’t meant to be? That we were better off parting ways. These questions kept on roaming around my head. There were always questions, questions that up until now are left unanswered. Here I am, in the dark...
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Dear Nic, (Gabriele - I’m not going to lay this at your door, seeing as you’ve only just arrived.) I would like to extend to you my congratulations. This is the first time in my 33 years that I can say an art exhibition has left me feeling genuinely angry. The moment that I sat down to watch the utterly patronising 20 minute documentary that "explains" your Soundscapes exhibition, my heart sank. My mood did not improve when I quickly realised that I was probably going to be spat out at the other end well within the subsequent 20 minutes. I feel a burning need to point out what should have been blindingly obvious to everyone involved in creating this exhibition - that the very premise of Soundscapes was completely flawed from its outset. I am finding it incomprehensible to...
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I am personally tired of 'celebrities' thinking they are better than everybody...so someone gives you a lot of money to show your body off or you're on a dumb reality show with all your sisters and their fake butts, painted faces and hair extensions and you think you're more attractive and better than people because you get photoshopped all the time? Every day normal people go through life thinking "be good to people and they'll be good to you"...try living in London, you'll rarely ever get any form of appreciation for helping someone out. I once carried a bag up the stairs for an older woman and upon her getting to the top she just took it and went on her way with no sort of recognition of the act...like it was my job to do this. Yet when celebrities are around they get treated like...
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Dear Kevin, As a late comer to the world of theatre I must say that I was truly impressed with your achievements at the Old Vic! There aren't many actors who will take that sort of risk and commit themselves to a project for such a long time. So I must say I (and many others) were very sad to here it has come time for your term to end...but the show must go on and I'm sure your replacement will do a good job. But where did that leave me? A new fan of yours looking to saturate my 'Spacey' needs with some of your best work. Well the solution wasn't far away and it came in the form of House of Cards. I must admit I was still a late comer to this show as well and having been told that the initial few episodes to the whole first series were pretty slow, it had initially deterred me from...
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Dearest Kareena, I know that you have innumerable fans all over the world and I am just one of them. My life has been remarkably desolate but you are the one person who has always brought a smile to my face. I was 14 when you entered films and from "Yaadein" onwards you have been my favorite person in Bollywood. Although you are a remarkable actress, there is something about the person you are that always connected with me. I cannot be sure about what exactly it was, but I always guessed it to be your elegance. You came across as a unique blend of vulnerability and confidence to me. I have grown up watching your films and following your life. The way you have lived your life has given me so much strength. Unfortunately, my life will be over in a few days; and these are the most difficult...
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Ok Maisie, so you might not be my most favourite character in Game of Thrones...you were up there at one point but this last series saw Arya Stark flounder around until her brutal climax of the series. It made me think that the writers had intentionally just messed around with Arya to the point where we honestly wouldn't have expected anything else to happen with her character. Anyway all this is besides the point! I'm writing this letter as a big shout out to you!! I don't usually take a particular notice of the media when it comes to 'showbiz stars' and 'celebrity news', whilst I understand that people like to get the gossip, there has always been an underlying tone of negativity or falseness that has put me off yet a lot of other people refuse to see. To those people; please...
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Dear Darren Henley (Chief Executive, Arts Council England), As ambassadors and patrons of sketch comedy in Britain, working to support, develop and promote the art form, we are writing to air our concerns over the Arts Council England's position on comedy – in particular the view that it doesn't deserve any support or funding because "comedy is commercially sustainable". In the four years we've spent actively engaging the industry, we find this stance to be negligent and dismissive of the vast majority of live comedy and its artists, who are suffering because of it. In recent correspondence with your parent body - the Department for Culture, Media and Sport – we were informed that even though "comedy plays a major role in the country's culture and identity" it is believed that it...
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