Legendary English actress Joan Collins headed to Dubai Opera

Joan Collins
Updated 06 November 2017
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Legendary English actress Joan Collins headed to Dubai Opera

JEDDAH: Actress, philanthropist and best-selling author, Joan Collins will grace the Dubai Opera stage in her new show on Dec. 12.
“An Evening with Dame Joan Collins” will see Collins reveal some of the exciting stories and secrets from her long career. The show puts Collins center stage and gives audiences the opportunity to have an intimate chat with the legendary actress. The show takes its lead from the audiences’ questions and allows Collins to explore her career, the roles and the men of her life. The production also features never before seen footage from her career.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II honored the Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominee with an O.B.E. in 1997, making her an Officer of the British Empire.
Collins has appeared in more than 65 feature films and dozens of television series, including the role of Alexis Carrington on Dynasty, one of the most highly watched television dramas of all time. Her novels and memoirs have sold over 50 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 30 languages.
She is recognized around the world as a fashion maven of timeless beauty, and is a regular diarist for The Spectator and a contributor to The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Times and Harper’s Bazaar.
On stage, Collins has performed on Broadway, the West End, and in national tours in the UK and North America. On the humanitarian front, Joan Collins is devoted to the well-being of women, children and families, and regularly lends her support and celebrity to causes that include finding a cure for breast cancer and empowering children with learning disabilities.
Collins received a damehood for her services to charity in the 2015 New Year’s Honors List.
Tickets for “An Evening with Joan Collins” are priced at 295 dirhams ($80) and are available on Dubai Opera’s website.


New Zealand PM Ardern names new-born daughter Neve Te Aroha

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford pose with their baby daugther Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford outside the hospital in Auckland on June 24, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 24 June 2018
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New Zealand PM Ardern names new-born daughter Neve Te Aroha

  • Ardern said she and her partner Clarke Gayford had settled on the full name of Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford for their first child
  • Ardern, who said the couple kept a short list of names, added that Neve meant “bright and radiant and snow,” while Te Aroha was the name of a rural town some 140 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Auckland where her family is from

AUCKLAND: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed her newborn daughter would be called Neve as she left an Auckland hospital Sunday, and expressed hope that one day a woman giving birth in office would no longer be a “novelty.”
Speaking publicly for the first time since her delivery on Friday — which made waves around the world — Ardern said she and her partner Clarke Gayford had settled on the full name of Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford for their first child.
“We chose Neve because we just liked it, and when we met her we thought she looked like she suited the name,” the 37-year-old told reporters as she cradled her daughter in her arms.
Ardern, who said the couple kept a short list of names, added that Neve meant “bright and radiant and snow,” while Te Aroha was the name of a rural town some 140 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Auckland where her family is from.
The New Zealand leader said she was blown away by well-wishes locally and internationally, including from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.
“We wanted to say thank you (to New Zealanders for their support) and we are all doing really well. Sleep deprived, but super well,” she said.
Ardern is only the second world leader to give birth while in office, after former Pakistan PM Benazir Bhutto, and said she hoped such experiences would not be unusual in the future.
“Hopefully, these things said in these moments now, I guess for want of a better word — novelty, they are still new — that one day they aren’t new anymore,” she said.
“And that it’s generally accepted, not just that women can make choices, but actually that men can too,” Ardern added, referring to Gayford, who was standing beside her.
Her partner, a 40-year-old television fishing personality, will be a stay-at-home dad while the prime minister will return to work after six weeks’ maternity leave.
“Clarke’s been as much of a role model here as I am, and that’s something that I think a lot of people talk about too and it’s true,” Ardern said.
“So I hope for little girls and boys that actually there’s a future where they can make choices about how they raise their family and what kind of career they have that is just based on what they want and it makes them happy.”
Former New Zealand PM Helen Clark had said the couple was sending sent a significant message to the world and were “inspirational” for younger men and women.
The birth capped an eventful year for Ardern, who became prime minister in October just three months after taking charge of the Labour Party as it languished in the polls.
Her deputy Winston Peters is now acting prime minister, although Ardern will continue to be consulted on significant issues.