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Teenaged Olympic gymnast to publish second memoir

Teenaged Olympic gymnast to publish second memoir

Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas,not yet 18,will publish her second memoir next month. Douglas,17,a gold medal winner at the 2012 Summer Olympics in both team and individual all-around gymnastics competition,will publish Raising the Bar,a follow-up to her 2012 best-selling memoir Grace,Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith. The book will offer a behind-the-scenes look into Douglas’ life,including colour photos,personal stories and details on the athlete’s present-day life—from walking red carpets and appearing on TV shows such as The Vampire Diaries while also making time for friends,family and training.

Good ol’ Freda

For Freda Kelly,secretary to the Beatles and head of the band’s fan club,work sometimes involved trailing the Fab Four to the barber shop,sweeping their locks from the floor and mailing strands of hair to adoring female fans. Kelly,one of the Beatles’ longest-serving employees,worked for the band for more than a decade but had never shared her stories publicly until now. She breaks her silence in a new documentary,Good Ol’ Freda. The documentary’s title comes from the Beatles’ 1963 Christmas recording,in which George Harrison thanks their secretary in Liverpool,and they all yell,“Good Ol’ Freda!”

China’s heavy-handed censors to face Ai Weiwei’s heavy metal

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Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei announced plans to release a heavy-metal album that he said would “express his opinion” just as he does with his art. The burly and bearded Ai said his 81 days in secretive detention in 2011,which sparked an international outcry,triggered his foray into music. Ai’s debut album—Divina Commedia,after the poem by Italian poet Dante—is a reference to the “Ai God” nickname in Chinese that his supporters have given him. Two songs are about the blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng,whose escape from house arrest last April and subsequent refuge in the US Embassy embarrassed China and led to a diplomatic tussle.