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LONDON (AP) _ Heather Mills said she isn't just marrying Paul McCartney for his
money. If she
were, she said, she would have found someone richer.
That would have been difficult _ an annual ranking of Britain's wealthiest put
personal fortune at $1 billion, making him the country's richest musician and
the 36th richest Briton
"He knows and I know why I'm with him," Mills, 36, told the British Broadcasting
Corp. on Tuesday.
"If I was going to go out with anybody for their money, it would be with someone
a lot richer."
When an interviewer responded that few people were wealthier than the
59-year-old former Beatle,
Mills said, "There are a lot of people, believe me."
The activist for land mine victims described her fiance as "just a great guy."
She said he pursued her
for months before they became a couple. They got engaged in July and have kept
plans a secret.
"He got hold of my number and eventually he said he wanted to help with my
charity work," Mills
said. "Or so he said."
An excited Sir Paul McCartney announced his engagement to former model
Heather Mills this week. After months of uncertainty and speculation the
former Beatle singer says he is very happy to make the announcement. "We are
standing here for the cameras and we are very happy. We will get married
some time next year," said McCartney. "When I proposed I was a bit nervous
but I managed. We've had a good reception from relatives and friends and
from the media."
During her modeling days Mills was run into by a policeman on a
motorbike. As a result half her leg had to be amputated. Since the accident,
the model has been campaigning for disabled people, particularly those
affected by landmines. When asked whether she would take on the title of
Lady McCartney she replied, "I am not into all that pretence," she said.
Paul McCartney and his girlfriend Heather Mills are encouraging celebs to
'adopt-a-minefield'. McCartney's girlfriend witnessed many land mine victims
in her Slovenian hometown, and now the couple want film stars to sponsor
money towards clearing land mine areas.
"My take on the whole thing is that it's not a brave weapon. That's why I
want to see the world rid of them," said McCartney about the land mines. He
added, "Even brave soldiers who defend the country … dislike the idea of
leaving the war behind them and causing grief for civilians."
The president of the United Nations Association of the USA, which
implemented the campaign, Bill Leurs, said there were still between 70 and
100 million landmines planted around the world.
Mills was a ski instructor in Slovenia in 1991 when war broke out in
Yugoslavia. She helped distribute food and humanitarian aid to war victims,
and became aware of the destructiveness of these weapons. Mills suggested
that governments and groups using land mines should use 'smart mines' that
automatically lose their effectiveness after six months.
Thursday December 20 02:57 PM EST
Paul McCartney & Sting Vying For Golden Globe Award
(12/20/01, 3 p.m. ET) --
Paul McCartney and
Sting are set to do battle when the Golden Globe Awards (news
web sites) are handed out next month. Both have been nominated in the
best original song from a motion picture category: McCartney for "Vanilla
Sky" from Vanilla Sky, and Sting for "Until" from Kate & Leopold.
The other nominees include David Baerwald for "Come What May" from
Moulin Rouge (which was sung by
Nicole Kidman &
Ewan McGregor), Enya for "May It Be" from The Lord Of The
Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, and Diane Warren for "There
You'll Be" from Pearl Harbor (which was sung by Faith Hill).
The Golden Globe Awards will be handed out on January 20 at the Beverly
Hilton in Los Angeles, with NBC televising the event.
LAUNCH recently asked Diane Warren--whose impressive resume includes hits
for Aerosmith (news
web sites) ("I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"),
Toni Braxton ("Un-Break My Heart"), LeAnn Rimes and Trisha
Yearwood ("How Do I Live"), Starship ("Nothing's Gonna Stop Us"),
and *NSYNC (news
web sites) &
Estefan ("Music Of The Heart")--to describe what makes a great song.
"It's that indefinable combination of words and music that does something,
makes you feel something," she said. "(A) beautiful melody, great lyrics
that can't live without each other, I guess. That's how I look at it."
-- Bruce Simon and Jason Gelman, New York
Liverpool's Clavern Club, Where Beatles Played, Is Sold
Dec 13, 2001
LONDON (AP) - The Cavern Club, the Liverpool nightclub where the Beatles
launched their career in the early 1960s, was sold Thursday as part of a $16
London-based Warner Estate Holdings plans to renovate the Cavern Walks
complex of shops and offices in which the famed club stands.
The company, which bought the complex from British investment company
Moorfield Capital Partners, said it will leave the Cavern Club itself largely
"The Cavern itself is the Cavern, you don't want to be changing too much
about that," property director Richard Moore said.
Warner paid a total of $142 million for seven properties around England, but
the jewel was the Cavern Club.
"It's exciting, very exciting. You don't get very many opportunities to buy
something with a name like that these days," Moore said.
The Beatles first played at the Cavern in 1961, after returning from
appearances in Hamburg, Germany.
Final Ceremony Is Postponed
Vigil In India For George Harrison's Ashes Ends
VARANASI, India, Dec. 11, 2001
(AP) The magical mystery tour may go on, but the wait
here for George
Harrison's ashes has come to an end.
Hare Krishna officials insist the ashes of the late Beatle are
for the holy Ganges River which flows by this north
Indian city. But they
now concede they don't know when.
The last of the paparazzi, foreign tourists and Harrison fans were
up Tuesday. Orthodox Hindus believe that ashes must be
sprinkled in one of India's holy
rivers within 13 days of death.
Wednesday marks the 13th day after Harrison's death.
Harrison, who died of cancer on Nov. 29, was a follower of the
Krishna, a sect of Hinduism. Two of his closest friends, both
Hare Krishnas, were at his
bedside chanting the day he died.
Harrison made many visits to India to study the sitar under Ravi
Shankar and transcendental
meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh
Yogi in Rishikesh.
The day after his death and cremation, the Krishna society
announced that the Beatle's late
lead guitarist wished to have his
ashes immersed in the Ganges, Hindu's holiest river. Hindus
believe this rite breaks the cycle of reincarnation and allows the
soul to begin its final journey
Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in
New Delhi and Varanasi tol
d journalists to prepare for his ashes,
insisting they were arriving any hour.
Media and fans from around the world flocked to Varanasi,
Allahabad, Rishikesh and other
On Tuesday, a senior official of the International Society for
Hare Krishna said the ashes were
not on their way, just yet.
"The program has been postponed," he told the AP, speaking on
condition of anonymity. "They
will come with ashes and scatter
them in the sacred Ganges River, secretly."
The official said the next date was Jan. 14, an auspicious day in
Hinduism. Moderate Hindus
believe that ashes may be sprinkled in
one of India's holy rivers within a year of death.
"They will come secretly to avoid the media blitz, probably during
the Hindu festival of
Makar Sankranti," he said.
The Sunday Times in London reported that Harrison's widow, Olivia,
and son, Dhani, had
obtained an export license in Los Angeles for
Harrison's ashes. The license named Lugano,
Switzerland, as the
destination, the Sunday Times reported.
The paper explained that the musician had moved into a 14-room
villa in Lugano this
summer. It is close to a clinic where
Harrison had reportedly sought radiotherapy treatment
Many still look to Varanasi, to which Harrison had made a quiet
trip three months ago and
pledged $1 million for a new Hare
Krishna temple. Life is getting back to normal here,
are disappointed Harrison's ashes are not yet among them.
"The ashes of important and famous people re-establishes our faith
in the religion and
tradition," said Internet cafe owner Brijesh
Pathak, whose business had been booming.
"That is why we all had
been eagerly waiting for the event."
By Prajnan Bhattacharya
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Sweet Lord' to be rereleased in memory of George Harrison
LONDON -- George Harrison's 1971 hit, ''My Sweet Lord,'' is
reportedly going to be rereleased as a tribute to the former Beatle, who
died last week.
The British news agency Press Association on Friday quoted an
unidentified source at EMI Records as saying the company plans to reissue
the track and donate the proceeds to an undetermined charity.
No date has been set for the release, Press Association said.
Representatives from EMI did not return calls from The Associated Press
''My Sweet Lord'' was the first No. 1 song for any of the Beatles
following their breakup. The song, from Harrison's biggest album, ''All
Things Must Pass,'' was one of the most successful releases of his career.
It includes references to the Hare Krishna faith and a section of their
mantra. Harrison was a devotee of Hare Krishna for much of his life.
The hit later drew Harrison into a lawsuit, which he lost, by the
copyright owner of ''He's So Fine,'' a track by the Chiffons.
Harrison died Nov. 29 at the age 58 from cancer.
Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Saturday, December 8, 2001.
The Beatles were on the cover of TV
Guide 11/20/01! Collect all four covers of each Beatle. There are
some great articles and a neat interview with Paul. Some highlights of the
11/17/00 was the ABC special "The Beatles Revolution" 8pm est.
Ricky Martin, Cameron Crowe, Keith Richards and others discuss the Fab Four's
impact on contemporary culture.
An upcoming NBC movie recreates the early years of Lennon's life, "In
His Life: The John Lennon Story". It stars Phillip McQuillan as John.
is a new Beatles CD containing 17 of the Beatles' biggest hits, title
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