Tuesday 12 December 2017

Fifty Shades hits 1m sales

Racy literary hit Fifty Shades Of Grey has become the fastest paperback to hit one million sales -- and smashed its own one-week sales record.

The erotic tale by EL James reached seven-figure sales in only 11 weeks. It hit the target 25 weeks faster than the previous record-holder, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.

And the book has shattered the seven-day sales record for an adult paperback, which it set only last week, by selling almost twice as many copies.

Fifty Shades shifted 397,889 paperbacks in a week, beating the 205,130 it established just a few days earlier.



Best hair day at the Oscars

Hollywood hairstylists are now officially eligible for the Oscar.

The film academy said that the Academy Award for make-up will now be known as the make-up and hairstyling award.

Other new rules for the 85th annual Academy Awards clarify technical requirements for awards in the foreign language and visual effects categories.



Space flight first for China

China's first female astronaut and two other crew members emerged smiling from a capsule that returned safely to earth today from a 13-day mission to an orbiting module that is a prototype for a future space station.

The Shenzhou 9 parachuted on to the grasslands of Inner Mongolia at about 10am local time.

An hour later, mission commander Jing Haipeng, 45, emerged from the capsule, followed by crew mates Liu Wang, 43, and 33-year-old Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut.



Comeback for Stone Roses

The Stone Roses will make their eagerly awaited comeback tonight as they headline the first of their homecoming shows in Manchester.

The quartet, often hailed as the inspiration for a generation of bands, fell apart 16 years ago.

But after burying the hatchet last year, the band will top the bill at their own mini-festival in Heaton Park.

It will be their first large-scale show in the UK since guitarist John Squire walked out in 1996.

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