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The Singapore Grip

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Extinction: The Facts 

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Adapted for the small screen by an Oscar-winning playwright and produced by the team behind Poldark, The Singapore Grip (ITV) sounds as if it should have ‘runaway success’ stamped all over it.

But as the BBC’s recent adaptation of A Suitable Boy proved, trying to cram epic novels into TV drama series doesn’t always go to plan — and the early signs suggest this adaptation of J.G. Farrell’s tome may suffer the same fate.

Opening in 1942, we were shown a news report warning that the Japanese wanted to get their mitts on the British colony of Singapore. ‘Just let them try,’ it roared, boasting of the island’s invincible garrisons. Shortly afterwards, Singapore fell.

Adapted for the small screen by an Oscar-winning playwright and produced by the team behind Poldark, The Singapore Grip (ITV) (pictured) sounds as if it should have ¿runaway success¿ stamped all over it

Adapted for the small screen by an Oscar-winning playwright and produced by the team behind Poldark, The Singapore Grip (ITV) (pictured) sounds as if it should have ¿runaway success¿ stamped all over it

Adapted for the small screen by an Oscar-winning playwright and produced by the team behind Poldark, The Singapore Grip (ITV) (pictured) sounds as if it should have ‘runaway success’ stamped all over it

Looking appropriately wounded and dejected, our leading man, Matthew Webb (Luke Treadaway) was left yearning for his lover, her identity yet to be revealed.

Turning back six months, we saw Matthew’s arrival on the island amid conflicts of a different type.

In a house with manicured lawns and a multitude of servants, the Blackett family were in a state of flux: Sylvia (Jane Horrocks) simply couldn’t tame her unruly children.

Her son Monty (Luke Newberry) was a dimwitted, drunken buffoon, although harmless compared with his femme fatale of a sister, Joan (Georgia Blizzard), who was bitchy, spoilt and had the best wardrobe in South-East Asia. She treated all the men who fell at her feet like dirt — except her father Walter (David Morrissey), the slippery co- owner of Blackett and Webb, a lucrative rubber-trading company.

With a bushy moustache, smarmy personality and toff accent, Walter was the perfect British rotter. His business partner, Mr Webb (Charles Dance) was an altogether more charming chap who seemed to prefer tending to his roses shirtless, clad only in a sarong.

But kindly Mr Webb suffered a stroke and soon Walter was hatching a plan for Joan to seduce and marry Webb’s son and heir Matthew, who had returned to see his ill father. She was happy to oblige.

But one thing stood in her way — Vera Chiang (Elizabeth Tan), a mysterious seductress who seemed to have Webb Sr under her thumb. Will Webb Jr follow suit?

Either way, something was missing from this adaptation. Though it was beautiful to look at, little of the book’s satirical depth came across last night. The next five episodes need to raise their game — and we’ll have to see a lot more of Joan.

Even Sir David Attenborough¿s dulcet narration couldn¿t distract from how calamitous things are

Even Sir David Attenborough¿s dulcet narration couldn¿t distract from how calamitous things are

Even Sir David Attenborough’s dulcet narration couldn’t distract from how calamitous things are

Extinction: The Facts (BBC1) provided exactly what its title suggested. How many people, I wonder, thought ‘She’s right!’ when biologist Professor Elizabeth Hadly pointed out that insects no longer fly at your windscreen when you’re driving.

No, they haven’t got better at dodging cars — there are just a fraction of the number there used to be. It was one of its many blinding moments of truth.

Of the eight million species on Earth, one million face extinction, including the Northern White Rhino — a mother and daughter in Kenya are the only two left.

Extinction may be a natural process but it is happening 100 times faster than the natural rate of evolution — and our consumerism is to blame

Even Sir David Attenborough’s dulcet narration couldn’t distract from how calamitous things are.

Usually full of joy and wonder at the natural world, Sir David was angry and emotional — but there is some hope.

He pointed out how the world came together to ban aerosols to protect the ozone layer. Did lockdown persuade people to think hard about food waste and consumerism? Who knows? But if anyone is going to scold them into action, it’s him.

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Kanye West ‘has spent over $3 million to gather signatures to make presidential ballot in 15 states’

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Kanye West has allegedly paid over $3 million to gather signatures in order to be placed on the presidential ballot in November.

The rapper, 43, reportedly enlisted the help of a number of people to get the required signatures, however he has found many states have barred him from being included in the ballot despite his efforts.

According to a report from TMZ on Monday, a source at Let the Voters Decide said Kanye has paid the petitioning group between $3.5 and $4.5 million for them to work across 15 states but with mixed results.

Funding: Kanye West 'has spent over $3 million to gather signatures to make the presidential ballot in 15 states... but he has been BARRED from three states', it was reported on Monday

Funding: Kanye West 'has spent over $3 million to gather signatures to make the presidential ballot in 15 states... but he has been BARRED from three states', it was reported on Monday

Funding: Kanye West ‘has spent over $3 million to gather signatures to make the presidential ballot in 15 states… but he has been BARRED from three states’, it was reported on Monday

The publication claimed Kanye paid $1 million to get 93,000 signatures in Arizona, but a judge is said to have barred him from being on the ballot.

It was also claimed that the same thing happened in Ohio and Virginia, and he is said to have pain $325k and $300k respectively for the signatures but still didn’t make it on the ballot.

Despite this, Kanye has made it onto the ballot for 12 states including Kentucky, where he allegedly spent $400k to get the necessary signatures, and in Iowa, after reportedly paying $80k. 

MailOnline has contacted Kanye’s representatives for comment.  

Campaign: According to TMZ, a source at Let the Voters Decide said Kanye has paid them between $3.5 and $4.5 million for them to work across 15 states

Campaign: According to TMZ, a source at Let the Voters Decide said Kanye has paid them between $3.5 and $4.5 million for them to work across 15 states

Campaign: According to TMZ, a source at Let the Voters Decide said Kanye has paid them between $3.5 and $4.5 million for them to work across 15 states

Earlier this month, it was reported Kanye spent nearly $6million of his own money on his 2020 presidential campaign since July, records show. 

Financial filings with the Federal Election Commission, obtained by Politico, show that West personally loaned his campaign – which kicked off on July 19 – nearly $6.8million. 

The filings cover the period from July 15 to August 30. 

So far, West has reported spending $5.9million on the campaign and has over $1.2million in outstanding debt, which is owed to consultants. 

Not allowed in: The publication claimed Kanye paid $1 million to get 93,000 signatures in Arizona, but a judge is said to have barred him from being on the ballot

Not allowed in: The publication claimed Kanye paid $1 million to get 93,000 signatures in Arizona, but a judge is said to have barred him from being on the ballot

Not allowed in: The publication claimed Kanye paid $1 million to get 93,000 signatures in Arizona, but a judge is said to have barred him from being on the ballot

The filing also indicated that he has received about $11,000 in outside contributions to the campaign. 

Most of the campaign expenses – amounting to $4.4million – were reported to have been spent on trying to get West onto ballots across the country.  

West, who is running as a third-party candidate with the ‘Birthday Party,’ is currently on ballots in 10 states, among them potential battlegrounds like Colorado, Iowa and Minnesota, CNN reported.

He is said to have litigation pending in other states. At the moment, though, even if he carried the states in which he is on the ballot, he would not have enough electoral college votes to win. 

The bulk of West’s other expenses were reported to be paid to consulting firms. 

His campaign said that they had paid nearly $1.3million to Atlas Strategy Group, run by Republican Gregg Keller, who worked on campaigns for Republicans including President George W. Bush and Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley.

An additional $2.6million is being paid to Millennial Strategies, which says it worked with Democrats including Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign and New York City public advocate Jumaane Williams’ campaign. 

The campaign said that it was spending $444,000 with the company for polling.

Some success: The same thing happened in Ohio and Virginia, but he made it on the ballot for 12 states including Kentucky, where he allegedly spent $400k to get the necessary signatures

Some success: The same thing happened in Ohio and Virginia, but he made it on the ballot for 12 states including Kentucky, where he allegedly spent $400k to get the necessary signatures

Some success: The same thing happened in Ohio and Virginia, but he made it on the ballot for 12 states including Kentucky, where he allegedly spent $400k to get the necessary signatures  

West’s campaign is also spending about $1.5million with Fortified Consulting in Arizona, which Politico said has the same mailing address as Lincoln Strategy Group’s Arizona headquarters. 

Lincoln Strategy Group worked on President Trump’s 2016 campaign, in addition with other Republicans, the news outlet reported. 

West was reported to have spent more than $260,000 in legal fees while trying to get onto state ballots. Among his legal efforts is asking the Arizona Supreme Court to reverse the ruling that keeps him off the state’s ballot.

West is a registered Republican and is therefore not allowed to be on the same ballot as Donald Trump, the Hollywood Reporter said.  

Big bucks: Earlier this month, it was reported Kanye spent nearly $6million of his own money on his 2020 presidential campaign since July, records show

Big bucks: Earlier this month, it was reported Kanye spent nearly $6million of his own money on his 2020 presidential campaign since July, records show

Big bucks: Earlier this month, it was reported Kanye spent nearly $6million of his own money on his 2020 presidential campaign since July, records show

West made headlines after he cried as he told people at his South Carolina campaign launch event that he and wife Kim Kardashian discussed aborting their first child after learning Kardashian was pregnant. 

On Friday it was reported Kim is feeling powerless amid husband Kanye’s continuing erratic behaviour.

After a flurry of troubling tweets this week – some of which resulted in Twitter suspending his account for 24 hours – the 43-year-old rapper raised concerns even more on Friday as he posted a message about ‘going to war’ and his fears of being murdered.

Just two months after Kim and Kanye had marriage crisis talks in Wyoming, it seems that again the 39-year-old Kardashian is struggling to keep her marriage together as sources revealed Friday she’s ‘at the end of her rope’.

Candid: West made headlines after he cried as he told people at his South Carolina campaign launch event that he and wife Kim Kardashian discussed aborting their first child

Candid: West made headlines after he cried as he told people at his South Carolina campaign launch event that he and wife Kim Kardashian discussed aborting their first child

Candid: West made headlines after he cried as he told people at his South Carolina campaign launch event that he and wife Kim Kardashian discussed aborting their first child

Family: Kanye and Kim wed in 2014 and share four children together, daughters North, seven, and Chicago, two, and sons Saint, five, and Psalm, one

Family: Kanye and Kim wed in 2014 and share four children together, daughters North, seven, and Chicago, two, and sons Saint, five, and Psalm, one

Family: Kanye and Kim wed in 2014 and share four children together, daughters North, seven, and Chicago, two, and sons Saint, five, and Psalm, one

‘He’s off his meds,’ an insider told PEOPLE. ‘He promised he’d stay on them. The last time, part of his negotiation with Kim was that he’d get back on his medication and he would work very hard to control his impulses. 

‘He made a lot of promises. And now those promises are broken, less than a month later.’ they added.

Kanye and Kim wed in 2014 and share four children together, daughters North, seven, and Chicago, two, and sons Saint, five, and Psalm, one. 

The E! star was apparently taken aback by Kanye’s latest tweets and wants him to ‘take care of his own health’. 

'He's off his meds': On Friday, Kim was said to be 'at the end of her rope' and felt powerless to help husband Kanye amid his latest tweetstorm

'He's off his meds': On Friday, Kim was said to be 'at the end of her rope' and felt powerless to help husband Kanye amid his latest tweetstorm

‘He’s off his meds’: On Friday, Kim was said to be ‘at the end of her rope’ and felt powerless to help husband Kanye amid his latest tweetstorm

Struggle: A source said of the couple, 'It's the same thing over and over and over again. He's on very thin ice with her right now, and she's truly trying to decide what to do to protect the kids'

Struggle: A source said of the couple, 'It's the same thing over and over and over again. He's on very thin ice with her right now, and she's truly trying to decide what to do to protect the kids'

Struggle: A source said of the couple, ‘It’s the same thing over and over and over again. He’s on very thin ice with her right now, and she’s truly trying to decide what to do to protect the kids’

‘She can’t force feed him medication. She can’t make him do anything he doesn’t want to do.’ the source added. 

Early Friday morning Kanye concerned fans as he shared – and then deleted – a troubling tweet in which he expressed paranoia about being murdered and having his eldest daughter taken away from him.

‘NORTHY I AM GOING TO WAR AND PUTTING MY LIFE ON THE LINE AND IF I AM MURDERED DON’T EVER LET WHITE MEDIA TELL YOU I WASNT A GOOD MAN… WHEN PEOPLE THREATEN TO TAKE YOU OUT OF MY LIFE JUST KNOW I LOVE YOU.’ he wrote.

Along with the message Kanye shared a photo of his eldest daughter looking playful and throwing up two peace signs. 

Disturbing: Kanye posted and deleted this message on Twitter early on Friday morning, and Kim is said to want him to 'take care of his own health' as she can't 'force feed him medication'

Disturbing: Kanye posted and deleted this message on Twitter early on Friday morning, and Kim is said to want him to 'take care of his own health' as she can't 'force feed him medication'

Disturbing: Kanye posted and deleted this message on Twitter early on Friday morning, and Kim is said to want him to ‘take care of his own health’ as she can’t ‘force feed him medication’

The couple seemed to be back on track last month as they took a make-or-break vacation together with their kids to the Dominican Republic and then camping in Colorado. 

Before the trip, Kim addressed her husband’s mental health in a length Instagram message, asking fans for compassion.

‘Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behaviour know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor.’ she wrote. 

We are not afraid: Friday saw more tweets from Kanye as he talked up his Yeezy academy

We are not afraid: Friday saw more tweets from Kanye as he talked up his Yeezy academy

We are not afraid: Friday saw more tweets from Kanye as he talked up his Yeezy academy

‘He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bipolar disorder, 

‘Living with bipolar disorder does not diminish or invalidate his dreams and his creative ideas, no matter how big or unobtainable they may feel to some.

‘That is part of his genius and as we have all witnessed, many of his big dreams have come true.’ 

Complicated: Earlier this year Kim asked for compassion when Kanye's bipolar disorder caused an emotional outburst at a presidential rally in July followed by Twitter outbursts

Complicated: Earlier this year Kim asked for compassion when Kanye's bipolar disorder caused an emotional outburst at a presidential rally in July followed by Twitter outbursts

Honest: 'Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behaviour know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor.' she wrote

Honest: 'Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behaviour know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor.' she wrote

Complicated: Earlier this year Kim asked for compassion when Kanye’s bipolar disorder caused an emotional outburst at a presidential rally in July followed by Twitter outbursts

Compassion and empathy: It was the first time the reality star had spoken at length about the rapper's mental health

Compassion and empathy: It was the first time the reality star had spoken at length about the rapper's mental health

Compassion and empathy: It was the first time the reality star had spoken at length about the rapper’s mental health

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Love Island’s Camilla Thurlow shares sweet selfie as birth of first child just weeks away

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She’s due to become a mother in just a few weeks. 

And on Sunday, Love Island’s Camilla Thurlow, 31, shared a sweet snap of herself and boyfriend Jamie Jewitt as they eagerly await the birth of their first child.

The love between the pair was palpable, as Camilla’s selfie showed the happy couple curled up together on a comfy orange sofa.   

Happy Couple: Love Island's Camilla Thurlow has shared a loved-up snap of herself with Jamie Jewitt on Instagram as they await the birth of their first child

Happy Couple: Love Island's Camilla Thurlow has shared a loved-up snap of herself with Jamie Jewitt on Instagram as they await the birth of their first child

Happy Couple: Love Island’s Camilla Thurlow has shared a loved-up snap of herself with Jamie Jewitt on Instagram as they await the birth of their first child

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The former bomb disposal expert revealed in the caption just what the two Love Island 2017 stars have been up to as they await the big day. 

She penned: ‘@jamiejewitt_ and I making the most of these last few weeks just the two of us by lying on the sofa all evening eating chocolate buttons and watching Married at First Sight Australia.’

To which Jamie replied in the comments: ‘not long now ❤️’.      

Camilla’s post comes after she admitted there have been ‘ups and downs’ with her pregnancy, but that she’s ‘very happy’ while talking to Andi Peters on Lorraine.

Due date: The former bomb disposal expert revealed in the caption just what the couple have been up to as they await the big day

Due date: The former bomb disposal expert revealed in the caption just what the couple have been up to as they await the big day

Due date: The former bomb disposal expert revealed in the caption just what the couple have been up to as they await the big day

New: Camilla has written a book called Not The Type: Finding My Place in the Real World - a memoir about finding courage at work and in her personal life. Pictured with Andi Peters

New: Camilla has written a book called Not The Type: Finding My Place in the Real World - a memoir about finding courage at work and in her personal life. Pictured with Andi Peters

New: Camilla has written a book called Not The Type: Finding My Place in the Real World – a memoir about finding courage at work and in her personal life. Pictured with Andi Peters

The star also discussed struggling to open up to people after working as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist in Afghanistan and Cambodia.

She said: ‘The biggest part of it is about the work I did with the [charity] Halo Trust. 

‘Before Love Island that was the work I liked doing and I was lucky enough to travel to Afghanistan and Cambodia, and during that time I learned a huge amount. 

Something for herself: Camilla was approached to go on Love Island at a time when she said she was 'struggling' after returning  from Afghanistan

Something for herself: Camilla was approached to go on Love Island at a time when she said she was 'struggling' after returning  from Afghanistan

Something for herself: Camilla was approached to go on Love Island at a time when she said she was ‘struggling’ after returning  from Afghanistan 

‘As I travelled across several different countries, it changed in different places, but the work was majority in landmine clearance.

‘You might clear land that can then be used for people to farm land for food for their family. Every country had different challenges, but it was an amazing experience.’

Camilla has written a book called Not The Type: Finding My Place in the Real World 

The memoir is not just about finding the courage to go out and deal with lethal threats at work, but the courage to confront one’s own fears and anxieties.

Exciting time: Camilla has been sharing a steady stream of baby bump pictures on social media and has said she is 'very very happy'

Exciting time: Camilla has been sharing a steady stream of baby bump pictures on social media and has said she is 'very very happy'

Exciting time: Camilla has been sharing a steady stream of baby bump pictures on social media and has said she is ‘very very happy’

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MIC’s Nicola Hughes flaunts her diamond in Ibiza after engagement to Charlie Tupper

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Former Made In Chelsea star Nicola Hughes looked utterly delighted as she enjoyed a romantic lunch with her new fiancé Charlie Tupper.

The Irish beauty, 29, could not contain her glee as she dined out just days after revealing she is engaged to her boyfriend of three years.

Clearly still on cloud nine, the bride-to-be donned an elegant suit with an oversized blazer and crop top as she gazed upon her dazzling diamond ring. 

This old thing? Former Made In Chelsea star Nicola Hughes looked utterly delighted as she enjoyed a romantic lunch with her new fiancé Charlie

This old thing? Former Made In Chelsea star Nicola Hughes looked utterly delighted as she enjoyed a romantic lunch with her new fiancé Charlie Tupper

Nicola made the announcement on Instagram on Friday, sharing a sweet picture with her beau with the caption ‘without a doubt’ along with a ring emoji.

The pair were enjoying a loved-up couple’s holiday in Ibiza when business owner Charlie popped the question. Charlie also shared the engagement snap on his social media with the caption ‘You had me at hello’.

They were continuing the festivities over lunch, where Nicola could not resist planting kisses on her husband-to-be in a romantic gesture.  

Nicola’s reality star friends were quick to congratulate her on the exciting news with former cast member Tiffany Watson writing: ‘SO happy! Best news!’ under her post. 

Come here your! The Irish beauty, 29, could not contain her glee as she dined out just days after revealing she is engaged to her boyfriend of three years

Come here your! The Irish beauty, 29, could not contain her glee as she dined out just days after revealing she is engaged to her boyfriend of three years

Exciting news: Nicola made the announcement on Instagram on Friday, sharing a sweet picture with her beau with the caption 'without a doubt' along with a ring emoji

Exciting news: Nicola made the announcement on Instagram on Friday, sharing a sweet picture with her beau with the caption ‘without a doubt’ along with a ring emoji

Cosy! Despite being with pals, they were still getting up close and personal

Cosy! Despite being with pals, they were still getting up close and personal 

Come on then... They were continuing the festivities over lunch, where Nicola could not resist planting kisses on her husband-to-be in a romantic gesture

Come on then… They were continuing the festivities over lunch, where Nicola could not resist planting kisses on her husband-to-be in a romantic gesture

Meanwhile Vicky Pattison commented ‘Congrats you beautiful girl’ while Lottie Tomlinson wrote ‘Congratulations’ along with a love heart.

Nicola quit Made In Chelsea at the end of 2016 after more than a year on the show, following the breakdown of her romance with Alex Mytton.  

The former couple were an item for two years, after meeting in August 2014 while he was DJing in Ireland.

However, Nicola, who was once romantically linked to Cheryl’s ex-husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, was left heartbroken when he ended their romance via text, while she was enjoying a family holiday in Florence, Italy. 

The happy couple: Clearly still on cloud nine, the bride-to-be donned an elegant suit with an oversized blazer and crop top as she gazed upon her dazzling diamond ring

The happy couple: Clearly still on cloud nine, the bride-to-be donned an elegant suit with an oversized blazer and crop top as she gazed upon her dazzling diamond ring

On the up: Speaking to Hot Press magazine in 2018, Nicola said of their split: 'He cheated on me and it all kind of went spiralling downwards. Oh, God, I was devastated. Absolutely. I've had counselling about it

On the up: Speaking to Hot Press magazine in 2018, Nicola said of their split: ‘He cheated on me and it all kind of went spiralling downwards. Oh, God, I was devastated. Absolutely. I’ve had counselling about it

Speaking to Hot Press magazine in 2018, Nicola said of their split: ‘He cheated on me and it all kind of went spiralling downwards. Oh, God, I was devastated. Absolutely. I’ve had counselling about it.

‘In extreme cases, when I broke up with my ex, I took tablets to calm me down. Or if I’m travelling I take some stuff to calm me down. I’m a really bad traveller – planes, tubes, sometimes in taxis. I don’t like being in any confined space.

‘I go to events regularly and they can make me panicky because I’m surrounded by loads of people. So, it’s weird the job I do because I do suffer from that really badly.’ 

My guy: She looked elated as they walked down the street

My guy: She looked elated as they walked down the street

Drink O'Clock: The table was laden with booze

Drink O’Clock: The table was laden with booze 

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