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Miley Cyrus indulges the 17-year-old in her with a wet and wild day out at Universal Studios

Friday, April 30, 2010
By Daily Mail Reporter

Wet and wild: Miley Cyrus and her boyfriend Liam Hemsworth take a ride of the Jurassic Park water slide at Universal Studios in Hollywood

It was splashdown for Miley Cyrus and her boyfriend when they paid a visit to Universal Studios this week.

The Hannah Montana actress, 17, enjoyed a day out with Liam Hemsworth, 20, at the theme park in Hollywood.

Wearing a loosely-knitted black top over a white vest, black shorts and boots the teen star and her beau took their turn on several of the attractions including the Jurassic Park water ride.


On a downwards slide: The singer and her beau prepare to hit the water as the ride begins its descent
The couple ducked for cover as they zipped down a waterslide and splashed into a pool at the bottom - escaping relatively dry.


They also tried out Shrek 3D, The Mummy and the brand new Simpsons ride which is based on Krusty the clown's low-budget theme park.

It's described as a wild, over-the-top ride through the park in which the participants fly, float and crash their way through Krustyland’s kiddie attractions, stunt shows, and thrill rides.


Scream if you want to go faster: The Hannah Montana tries to cover herself as the ride splashes down


Dressed to thrill: Miley wore a loosely knit black sweater over a white vest and black shorts for her visit to Universal Studios


The singer-turned-actress recently spoke about the first kiss she shared with her boyfriend, which same on the set of Disney film The Last Song.

She told the Daily Record they kissed just two weeks after recording a screen test together: 'That was the very first day of filming.

'It was nice to get it out of the way. It’s your job, so you’re professional, but it was a good way to break the ice, I guess.'


Thrill a minute: Miley and her boyfriend took turns on several of the park's attractions including the all new Simpsons ride

And she revealed that her scenes required a new kind of acting maturity, very different to that which fans will be used to.

She said: 'Those scenes are more adult than anything else I’ve done.

'There are scenes where we’re underwater, and when we’re kissing on the beach, and then when he puts some seashells around me – I think that’s going to be something that people do.


Stepping up her game: The actress gets off the Jurassic Park ride before heading off for more fun at the theme park


'They’ll go, "That’s what they did in The Last Song, it’s so cute."'

Meanwhile, Miley also spoke about how she'll be sad to be filming the final scenes of Hannah Montana - as she calls the hit Disney series her "security blanket."

Miley said: 'It has been nice to have a break from the show and play something a little bit more dramatic. A part of that makes me sad because the show has been like a security blanket. But another part of me is happy to move on to a new chapter of my life.'

Adding: 'Just because I want to move on from the show doesn't mean I don't appreciate what it has given to me.'


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Finger lickin' good: Frankie Sandford celebrates making Sexiest Women In The World list with a greasy pizza

By Daily Mail Reporter

Yummy: The Saturdays singer Frankie Sandford licks her fingers after eating a pizza for lunch in London's West End

It's not every day a girl ends up at number four on the list of the Sexiest Women In The World.

After finding out she was made the number four spot in the FHM magazine poll, the Saturdays singer Frankie Sandford celebrated with a girlie day out with her best friend.

Following a spot of retail therapy on London's Oxford Street, the 21-year-old and her lookalike friend stopped off for a pizza lunch at a branch of Strada.


Lunch for two: Sandford stopped off for lunch with a lookalike female friend after a long morning shopping


Enjoying the warm weather, the two friends took the opportunity to have an alfresco lunch in the sunshine.

Clearly a woman who enjoys her food, Sandford chowed down on a pizza and was seen licking her fingers after she finished.

During her extensive shopping trip, Sandford visited TopShop and tried on a selection of fascinators, before posting a photo of her wearing one on her Twitter page.

Writing on her Twitter page, she said: 'Shop shop shop arghhhh!!!... fun times in Topshop.'


Day to night: Sandford went shopping in a baggy white T-shirt and distressed jeans, but added a fedora as she attended a Alphabeat gig in Camden that night


After a hard day shopping, Sandford still found the energy to attend the Alphabeat concert at the Koko venue in Camden.

Sandford's day out came after she beat Kelly Brook, Jessica Alba and Adriana Lima in the popularity stakes in the top 10 of the FHM list.

Not far behind was her Irish bandmate Una Healy, but fellow Saturdays singer Rochelle Wiseman just managed to squeeze in the top 100 at 98.

Unfortunately her other two bandmates Mollie King and Vanessa White failed to make the cut.

Nearly two months after they split, Sandford has fuelled rumours she may get back together with McFly boyfriend Dougie Poynter after they've been spotted together several times in recent weeks.


Chowing down: Sandford tucks into her pizza


Alfresco lunch: Sandford and her friend dined in the sunshine


The pair split in early March after 18 months together, but were spotted having a tearful heart-to-heart in a Mayfair hotel lobby two weeks ago.

Then last weekend, they were spotted out clubbing together at Punk in Soho and left holding hands.

Sandford said: 'Will I get back with Dougie? Never say never.

'It was so embarrassing seeing the pictures of me crying the other day. It was the first time I'd seen him since the split, so I was so emotional. I wasn't expecting him to be so sweet, but he was.'

Sandford insists she is still single and has shot down rumours linking her to footballer Ashley Cole and JLS singer Aston Merrygold.


Larking around: Sandford and her friend trying on fascinators in the Oxford Circus branch of TopShop



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See what you're missing Ashley: Cheryl Cole smoulders in glamorous photoshoot

By Katie Glass

Risqué: Cheryl Cole plays with her zip as she gives a hint of cleavage in a designer jacket in a new photoshoot for Harper's Bazaar magazine


She has maintained a dignified silence since announcing her separation from her errant husband two months ago.

Instead, it seems Cheryl Cole has chosen to let her image do the talking.

In the new issue of fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar, the 26-year-old pop star smoulders as she adorns the front cover.


Discussing the future, Mrs Cole admits she has no set plans and is planning to 'go with the flow'.

Inside, the singer is featured in a selection of revealing couture outfits looking every inch the classical beauty.

All of which must leave estranged husband Ashley, 29, wondering just why he cheated on The X Factor judge in the first place.

Earlier this month the Daily Mail told how the Chelsea and England footballer’s attempts to woo back his ex-wife had been in vain.


Softer side: Cole is draped in a flowing designer dress as she 'crawls' up the wall


Despite his best efforts, Miss Cole is said to be preparing to 'divorce Ashley with dignity' and had started making plans to end her three-and-a-half-year marriage.

The defender and Mrs Cole - who was also named the World's Sexiest Woman by men's magazine FHM earlier this week - married in July 2006 at a lavish ceremony in Hertfordshire.

But just 18 months later the marriage was first thrown into turmoil when he was alleged to have cheated with hairdresser Aimee Walton in 2008.

It appeared they had repaired their relationship but the marriage collapsed after it was alleged Cole had cheated on Mrs Cole again, this time with football club secretary Vicki Gough.


Superwoman: Cole frames her brown eyes with a crystal-encrusted mask


A number of other women also came forward with claims of Cole’s philandering.

He has recently recovered from a broken ankle and is now preparing for the World Cup in South Africa, which begins in June.

Mrs Cole, meanwhile, is preparing for her first major concert tour as a solo artist.

The star will support American band The Black Eyed Peas on their European tour, which starts tomorrow in Irish capital Dublin.


The full feature appears in the June issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine


In a behind-the-scenes interview with Harper's Bazaar, the singer admitted she does most of her shopping online because she hates the unflattering lighting in changing rooms.

She said: 'I tend to shop online – mostly online to be honest because I actually feel the whole thing of shopping actually really stressful.

'Just the lighting in dressing rooms makes you depressed for some reason.'

With eight months still to go in 2010, the X Factor Judge admits she hasn't made any set plans.

She explained: 'I don’t set myself goals as in what I wanted to achieve by 2010 or in ten years time - I feel like I’ve been lucky and blessed enough to achieved what I have up to now.

'I’m happy with my lot; anything from now is a bonus - anything I do do I’m going to give 100 per cent - I always will. But, I don’t have anything planned - I just go with the flow.'

As well as topping the Sexiest Woman In The World list, Mrs Cole also appeared on the Sunday Times Rich List.

Thanks to her advertising deals with L'Oreal and Coke Zero, the singer has seen her wealth increase by 150 per cent to £10million since last year.

She was said to have been paid £1.2million to judge the last series of The X Factor, which saw her protoge Joe McElderry win the title.

• The full feature appears in the June issue of Harper’s Bazaar, which goes on sale on Thursday 6 May.

To watch a behind-the-scenes chat with Mrs Cole on set of the Harper's Bazaar photoshoot, visit http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/Bazaar-TV/tv


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Teen heart-throb Justin Bieber dives off a bridge (but don't worry girls, he's just bungee jumping)

Thursday, April 29, 2010
By Daily Mail Reporter

Still smiling: Teen heart-throb Justin Bieber takes part in a bungee jump at Auckland Bridge Bungy during his one day visit to New Zealand today


After being mobbed by swarms of teenage girls and giving endless interviews, teen heart-throb Justin Bieber finally got time to relax today - and promptly jumped off a bridge.

And while bungee jumping may not be everyone's idea of a relaxing treat, it certainly seemed to do the trick for the 16-year-old pop star.

The Canadian teen idol listened carefully as he was talked through the safety procedures, before smiling as he prepared for the jump.


He did it: Bieber looks up after his daring jump


And while many would be fearful of leaping off a bridge, it didn't seem to worry the young star, whose grin didn't falter.

Bieber was enjoying a brief period of free time during his whirlwind one-day trip to New Zealand.

He headed to Auckland Bridge Bunjy at Westhaven Marina in the city, for his daring jump.


Over the edge: The 16-year-old appeared nerve free


Away he goes: Bieber soars towards the water
Bieber later tweeted: 'NEW ZEALAND = GREAT SUCCESS (Borat voice)'.

But despite his smiles, Bieber wasn't as pleased when fans knocked down his mother.

He said: 'Finally got to New Zealand last night. The airport was crazy.

'Not happy that someone stole my hat and knocked down my mama. Come on people.

'I want to be able to sign and take pics and meet my fans, but if you are all pushing, security won't let me.


Too cool: the teen arrives for his jump in yellow shades and red high-tops


'Let's keep it safe and have fun.'

Police in Australia recently cancelled a gig at Sydney Harbour when too many fans swarmed the area with 10 girls fainting and eight being sent to hospital.

Being mobbed by his young fans has become a way of life for Bieber, since finding fame last year with his tracks One Time, One Less Lonely Girl, Love Me and Favorite Girl.


He's our hero! More than 500 girls met Bieber at the airport, but despite extra security his mother was knocked down


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'She might as well put them up a chimney': Kirstie Allsopp accuses Katie Price of using her children to make money

By Daily Mail Reporter

Kirstie Allsopp (left) accused Katie Price of using her children to make money


Property presenter Kirstie Allsopp has blasted Katie Price for using her children to help her make money.

The Location, Location, Location host even likened Katie's way of promoting seven-year-old Harvey, Junior, four, and two-year-old Princess to 'putting her children up a chimney to earn some money'.

But Katie has hit back at the criticism, asking: 'Who the hell is Kirstie Allsopp?'

Kirstie's comments come after Katie, 31, used her two youngest children, Junior and Princess, to model a variety of items for her latest equestrian clothing range on her website.

The children also appear in Katie's reality show on ITV2.

Kirstie, 38, is quoted as saying to Star magazine: 'She might as well just put her children up a chimney to earn some money. They have no chance in later life of leading private lives.

'By making them famous, you are removing their right to make that decision themselves.'


Mother: Katie with daughter Princess in London yesterday


Kirstie has two children, three-year-old Bay and one-year-old Oscar, with husband Ben Anderson.

She is also stepmother to two children from Anderson's first marriage.

But Katie is said to have asked who Kirstie was after hearing the comments.

She is quoted by the Daily Star as saying: 'I have never even heard of her so it's bizarre and quite funny that she is just using my name to further her own career.'

A source claimed in the newspaper: 'Kirstie just seems yet another person who is bad-mouthing Katie to get publicity for themselves.

'It just seems unfair she has just picked up on Katie when Peter is on the cover of magazines with the kids.'


Models: Katie used her children to promote her new clothing line on her website


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Cheryl Cole holds on to her crown as Sexiest Woman In The World for second year

By Daily Mail Reporter

Retaining her crown: Cheryl Cole has been voted the Sexiest Woman In The World by readers of FHM magazine


Her private life may be suffering, but Cheryl Cole has been given a boost after being named the Sexiest Woman In The World for the second year in a row.

The X Factor judge, 26, came top in a poll of the 100 sexiest women by male readers of FHM magazine, narrowly beating Hollywood actress Megan Fox and bikini model Marissa Miller.

Cole's new accolade comes after a rollercoaster year for the Geordie star, which has seen her taste success as a solo artist, but split from her husband Ashley Cole.

Transformers siren Fox, 23, ended up in second place to Cole for the second year in a row, despite peeling off in the new Armani lingerie advertisements.

Newly-single Saturdays bandmember Frankie Sandford appeared in fourth place, with just two of her four bandmates appearing in the top 100.

Irish bandmate Una Healy entered at 11, while Rochelle Wiseman just scrapped in at 98.

Sultry: Megan Fox, appearing in Emporio Armani lingerie ads earlier this year, is runner-up


What a pair of Angels: Victoria's Secret Angels Marissa Miller (left) and Adriana Lima entered at three and eight respectively


The highest new entry in the list is Twilight actress Kristen Stewart at number six, perhaps boosted by her legions of male 'Twi-hard' fans.

Unsurprising additions in the top 10 are models Kelly Brook and Keeley Hazell, who have both been deemed the Sexiest Woman In Britain after coming number two to previous American number ones.

The only WAG in the top 10 is Peter Crouch's fiancée Abbey Clancy at 10.


Newly-single: The Saturdays bandmember Frankie Sandford jumped up to number four


After putting in many appearances in bikinis and returning to her lingerie modelling days as the new face of Ultimo, Brook jumped from last year's 48 to this year's seventh.

Cole was joined in the top 100 by Girls Aloud bandmates Sarah Harding and Nadine Coyle at 35 and 59 respectively, while Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh were missing.

Unfortunately for Britney Spears, she dropped from last year's four to 44 in 2010 - despite winning the title six years ago.


Lucky seven: Kelly Brook jumped from 48 to seven this year


Angelina Jolie only managed number 70, but was still 11 places above former love rival Jennifer Aniston at 81.

A new appearance is Tiger Woods' estranged wife Elin Nordegren at 65, who has garnered a lot of public sympathy since her husband's numerous affairs were made public towards the end of last year.

Other new entries includes Lady Gaga at 92 and N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos at 15.

Noticeably missing from the top 100 is supermodel Kate Moss


Glamour girl: Page 3 girl Keeley Hazell at number five


Over 1million votes were cast this year as male fans chose their favourite pin-ups.

FHM editor-in-chief Colin Kennedy said: 'That other election might be a close-run thing but this equally important poll was so one-sided this year that some bookies have already paid out on Cheryl Cole.

'After hogging the headlines and dominating TV screens for 12 solid months, the nation's sweetheart romped home for a second successive year, leaving all challengers in her curvaceous wake.


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'With very strong showings for Frankie Sandford and hot newcomers like Twilight star Kristen Stewart, perhaps Cheryl should start looking over that perfectly sculpted shoulder. Or at least, showing a bit more leg.'

The top 10 from this year's list is...1: Cheryl Cole
2: Megan Fox
3: Marissa Miller
4: Frankie Sandford
5: Keeley Hazell
6: Kristen Stewart
7: Kelly Brook
8: Adriana Lima
9: Jessica Alba
10: Abbey Clancy


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Jessica Alba dives in to save the day as Kate Hudson has a Marilyn Monroe moment on the red carpet

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
By Daily Mail Reporter

Windswept: Kate Hudson's dress gets caught up in a gust as she walks the red carpet at the premiere of The Killer Inside Me in New York


Kate Hudson was left fighting for her modesty following an unfortunate gust of wind on the red carpet in New York last night.

The actress had chosen to wear a thigh-skimming Louis Vuitton little black dress for her appearance at the premiere of her new film The Killer Inside Me at the Tribeca Film Festival.

But she ended up exposing far more than she had intended after the dress blew up in the breeze, inadvertently recreating Marilyn Monroe's famous Seven Year Itch scene.

Luckily her co-star Jessica Alba was on hand to help, diving in quickly to pull the hemline down.


Helping hand: Kate's co-star Jessica Alba attempted to hold her hemline down


Kate, who turned 31 last week, had earlier turned heads as she arrived at the School of Visual Arts Theatre in a stylish black and white poncho, also designed by Louis Vuitton.

Her hair was styled into a glamorous retro do, with strong make-up to match and a pair of patent pumps by Brian Atwood - finished off with jewels by Cartier.

Jessica, 29, also took a step back in time, seemingly influenced by the sixties with her bohemian ensemble consisting of a sheer white lightly-pleated maxi dress by Chloe matched with dark-coloured strappy heels and a cream handbag.


Red-faced: The actress did her best to laugh off the embarrassing moment


Short and sweet: She looked otherwise stylish in the Louis Vuitton dress

Alba's hair fitted in with the hippy style of her dress, and she wore several chains round her neck to complete the look.

Kate told U.S. website Entertainment Tonight that her six-year-old son Ryder gave her last-minute fashion advice for the red carpet.

She said: 'He is very, very, very particular about the things that he likes, and he's very vocal about when he doesn't like something I'm wearing.'

The Killer Inside Me follows a charming, unassuming small town sheriff's deputy (played by Casey Affleck) juggling his long-term girlfriend (Hudson) and a prostitute (Alba) he falls for while grappling with the sociopathic tendencies inside him


Wow factor: Kate arrived in a show-stopping Louis Vuitton poncho

The controversial film takes place in West Texas during the 1950s and is based on Jim Thompson's pulp novel.

In January, the Toronto Sun reported that many cinema-goers left the first screening at the 1,200-seat Eccles Theatre at the Sundance Film Festival after being disturbed by the gory sex scenes and the sado-masochistic violence.

Alba herself raised a few eyebrows when she left midway through the premiere.

In the film's most graphic scene, Affleck dons a pair of black leather gloves and repeatedly punches Alba's character in the face until it's a bloody pulp.


Yin and Yang: Jessica and Kate put on a united front holding hands


But both actresses have defended the movie and praised director Michael Winterbottom for staying true to the original novel.

Hudson said: 'This is my third movie with Casey... so I immediately felt excited about having an opportunity to do that again. And it's such a great role for Casey, and it was an interesting role for me - just really meaty scenes, you know, different and dark.'

Alba, meanwhile, spoke of her excitement at working with the director.

She said: 'I've done a lot of movies that are big and commercial and I just really wanted to work with Michael Winterbottom. This was purely a creative decision.'


Hippy chic: The actress sported an 'earth child' look - she was joined by her husband Cash Warren at the premiere


And the British also defended his film, after he was criticised during a question and answer session at Sundance earlier this year.

He told reporters: 'The violence is shocking in the book and it’s shocking in the film. It’s not a police procedural.

'The story is being told by someone who’s crazy. The story is the way he tells it and sees it, not the way it happened. The film has no sense of pleasure in the violence.'


Killer role: Alba plays a prostitute in the new film - in one scene she is punched in the face repeatedly by co-star Casey Affleck



Noir: Michael Winterbottom's new movie has been criticised for its shocking depiction of violence


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Where's Crouch when you need him? Abbey Clancy struggles with suitcase and £900 it-bag

By Daily Mail Reporter

Where are you? Model Abbey Clancy struggles to carry her huge Mulberry Paddington bag, while pulling her suitcase and chatting on her mobile phone in north London today


There are plenty of advantages to life as a WAG - exotic holidays, designer clothes and it-bags, to name but a few.

But as Abbey Clancy discovered today, lugging all that expensive clobber around can be a pain.

With 6ft 7in fiancé Peter Crouch nowhere to be seen, the 5ft 9in model was left struggling to balance her oversized £900 Mulberry Paddington bag and leopard print suitcase.

Abbey certainly wasn't dressed for carrying her own luggage, in fashionable harem pants and stiletto-heeled boots.

The 24-year-old was soon making calls on her mobile phone, perhaps to locate England and Tottenham player Crouch.

Luckily a doorman stepped in, taking her suitcase and bag and loading them into her waiting car.


Fashionable outfit: But Abbey's outfit didn't make it easy to carry her luggage


The model recently told how she hates being referred to as a WAG. She said: 'I have a career.

'That term does my head in.'

The Liverpudlian enjoys frequent holidays with her fiancé, who she became engaged to last July during a trip to Sardinia.

Earlier this month Abbey enjoyed a trip to Dubai, where she stayed at the luxurious Atlantis resort.

And she and her mother recently enjoyed a nine-day desert trip which saw them filmed for an ITV2 documentary as they trekked across the Thar Desert with a family of gypsy dancers.


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Hotlips Holden! Has pouting Amanda plumped up her smile?

By Katie Glass

Beauty by numbers: Amanda Holden. Scroll down to see what what they mean


It’s an eyebrow-raising look. Not that Amanda Holden does much of that, thanks to her dalliances with Botox.

But this time, it’s not her remarkably smooth brow that is in the spotlight.

It seems something rather strange has happened to her smile.

Posing for photographers outside a London restaurant on Monday, the Britain’s Got Talent judge showed off much plumper lips

Miss Holden, 39, has always denied having anything other than Botox in her beauty regime and insisted she would never have her lips plumped.

But what does an expert eye have to say about Miss Holden’s changing face?

Mr Abel Mounir, a cosmetic surgeon with the Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group, compared Miss Holden today with how she looked a decade ago.

Here is his verdict:

1. MOUTH AND LIPS

Amanda appears to have had a lip enhancement, in the form of collagen injections or other fillers.

However, she appears to me to have lost the definition of her cupid’s bow and the corners of her mouth seem excessively augmented. This could be as a result of a practitioner ‘over- doing’ Amanda’s lips or if there has been a complication.


Denial: The actress has flatly denied having any work done on her face apart from Botox on her forehead

It is possible this is because the procedure is very new and there is still some localised swelling.

Swelling and asymmetry post-lip enchancement is common – perhaps not to this extent – in the few days after treatment, and should reduce in size over the next week.

If this is the first time she has had this procedure, my advice to her would be to leave it, let the collagen disappear naturally, and do not under any circumstances feel tempted to go back and have more fillers.


Fresh-faced: Amanda in 2000


More injections could lead to scarring and permanent deformity to the shape of her mouth.

2. FOREHEAD/EYEBROWS

Looking at older photographs of Amanda, it appears the shape and height of her eyebrows have altered dramatically. They appear lifted, and more arched.

I suspect either she has had an endoscopic brow lift or she is having regular Botox injections around her forehead and eyes.

3. UNDER EYES

Plumpness under the lower eye lashes is a sign of youth, so it is natural that these are much less pronounced in Amanda’s face after ten or 15 years.

However, I would say the lack of wrinkles in the eye area would suggest regular Botox.

4. CHEEKBONES/NOSE

Again, the natural plumpness of youth gave the younger Amanda a much rounder face but I cannot see any suggestion of work in this area.

5. SKIN TONE

The shine and texture of her skin would suggest some treatments, such as a chemical peel.’

Last night a spokesman for Miss Holden denied she had had work on her lips: ‘It is just an angle of the camera.

She looks normal. She is not adverse to admitting it when she has had stuff done – but this time it is 100 per cent not the case.’


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Natural wonders of the world: Nudists enjoy day trip to remote island off the coast of Wales

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
By Daily Mail Reporter

Natural charms: Flat Holm is a limestone island lying in the Bristol Channel approximately four miles from Lavernock Point in the Vale of Glamorgan, but in the City and County of Cardiff. It includes the most southerly point of Wales


Wild and free: Over 40 men and woman travelled to the island of Flat Holm for a day out organised by official naturists' society British Naturism

A haven for naturalists attracted a load of naturists at the weekend when 44 visitors stripped off for a unusual visit.

The day trip to the island of Flat Holm, organised by official naturists' society British Naturism, took four years to plan.

A mixture of both men and women, of all ages, chose to go on the trip to explore the wonders of the tranquil island while in the nude.

The event was organised by Andrea and Phil Griffiths, members of both the Flat Holm Society and British Naturism.

She said: 'I've been going over to the island as a volunteer for more than 20 years - and have been trying to get this trip organised for at least four.

'I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to share it with fellow naturists.

'I'm sure they will appreciate the tranquillity and peaceful atmosphere of the island and want to come back again and again.'

She added: 'I was talking to one of the volunteers after a nice sunny day on the island and we thought it would be nice to bring the naturists over here.


Far from prying eyes: The island lies in the middle of the Severn estuary a few miles south of the Welsh capital, Cardiff

Naturists

'I just thought they would love it. It’s secluded so nobody could object. There are a few staff who live on the island, but I did not see why anybody would object.'

The visitors learned more about Flat Holm's history, wildlife and rare plants, while exploring the island in all their naked glory.

The island, in the Bristol Channel, features a 100ft tall lighthouse to warn ships sailing up the Severn Estuary.

It was used as a sanctuary for Vikings, Anglo Saxons, silver miners, smugglers and cholera victims.

The island was also the location chosen by Marconi from which to broadcast the first ever radio message across the water to nearby Penarth in 1897.

Regular visitors to the island are advised to wear hats for the 50-minute, four-mile boat trip from Cardiff Bay because of mess from dive-bombing seagulls.

But while they wore clothes and hardhats for the journey, the group of naturists stripped off as soon as they landed on dry ground.

Andy and Phil only decided to become naturists 10 years ago while on holiday in Dorset.

She said: ' I had always wanted to try it and one year we went on holiday and I said to Phil we should give it a go. I just took my clothes off and enjoyed the beach, and what a fabulous feeling that was! It was remarkably easy and we haven’t looked back.

'People smile and are a lot more friendly and sociable. They also tend to look at your face more as there is not the distraction of what someone is wearing. We have made some great friends since.

'I would say that these days a lot more of us are coming out of the closet, in a way. I think events like this bring people together.'

She said: ' I think because we do not keep it a secret and talk openly about it, people are generally fine with it. It is just a part of my life and I think because I talk about it that way people accept it more. I do not titter behind my hand about it and I don’t expect others to.

'Most people are just like ‘Ooh, I couldn’t do that you’re braver than me! Nobody would want to see my naked body!’'

She says she thinks she has managed to convince other people to try it out, and they have found is surprisingly enjoyable.

She said: 'It’s one of those things that I do not think we have to hide, there’s nothing shameful about it, it’s just a perfectly normal thing to do.'

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Playboy boss Hugh Hefner helps save iconic Hollywood sign from housing developers

By Daily Mail Reporter

The famous Hollywood sign has been saved from being obscured by luxury flats after an £8.1m campaign fund was raised


Hugh Hefner has helped save the famous Hollywood sign from housing developers after making a generous donation to a campaign fund.

The sign will now stand unobscured to welcome future actors, writers and Austrian bodybuilders, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said.

The actor-turned politician said a £582,000 donation by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and a £323,290 matching grant capped a £8.1 million fund-raising drive to protect 138 acres near the famous sign from the development of luxury estates.

Schwarzenegger called it 'the Hollywood ending we hoped for'.

'It's a symbol of dreams and opportunity,' he said. 'The Hollywood sign will welcome dreamers, artists and Austrian bodybuilders for generations to come.'

The governor praised the public and private partnership that raised the money to keep the property out of the hands of developers.


Hugh Hefner donated almost £600,000 to help save the sign


Hefner, who calls the sign 'Hollywood's Eiffel Tower', put the effort over the top.

'My childhood dreams and fantasies came from the movies, and the images created in Hollywood had a major influence on my life and Playboy,' he said.

Schwarzenegger said private donations came from all 50 states, 10 foreign countries and a number of individuals, including J Paul Getty heir Aileen Getty, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

The hilltop property known as Cahuenga Peak features a 360-degree panorama of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

It was originally purchased in 1940 by Howard Hughes, who wanted to build a home for his then-girlfriend Ginger Rogers.

But the relationship ended, and the Hughes estate sold the property in 2002 to the Chicago-based investment group Fox River Financial Resources.

It was put on the market again two years ago.

Wildlife Conservation Board executive director John Donnelly said the permanent protection of Cahuenga Peak is a significant addition to the city's Griffith Park and will enhance wildlife corridors throughout the region.


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