No apology from N. Zealand PM over Beckham ‘jibe’

Updated 06 November 2012
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No apology from N. Zealand PM over Beckham ‘jibe’

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Monday insisted he did not owe football star David Beckham an apology after reportedly describing the former England captain as “thick”.
Key made the alleged remark on Friday when telling school students in Dunedin about time he and his son had spent with the LA Galaxy player in 2008, Radio New Zealand reported. The national broadcaster said Key described Beckham as handsome and “a really nice guy” but “thick”.
Key refused to confirm or deny making the comment Monday and told talkback radio he did not owe anyone an apology, suggesting the conversation may have been misheard.
“That is someone that thinks they’ve overheard a conversation I’ve had,” he told Newstalk ZB. “It was a private conversation. I was talking to a few people and that’s what he (the reporter) thought he heard.” Beckham visited New Zealand in 2008 for an exhibition match between the LA Galaxy and the Oceania All-Stars in Auckland.


Queen Elizabeth II turns 92, to attend star-studded concert

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Queen Elizabeth II turns 92, to attend star-studded concert

  • Sting, Tom Jones, Craig David and Kylie Minogue are among singers performing at the queen's birthday celebration at Royal Albert Hall.
  • The queen celebrates two birthdays every year.

London: Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.
Sting, Tom Jones, Craig David and Kylie Minogue are among singers performing at the celebration at Royal Albert Hall, billed as the “Queen’s Birthday Party.”
Prince Harry is expected to speak at Saturday evening’s event, in his new role as president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
Special gun salutes are also being staged midday Saturday in central London to mark the occasion.
The queen celebrates two birthdays every year: Her actual birthday on Apr. 21, which she usually marks privately with her family, and her “official birthday” in the summer. That usually falls on the second Saturday in June, when she joins the Trooping the Color military parade in central London.