Two Ed Sheerans seen in Berlin but real Ed stays away

Nico Eckl poses beside a wax figure of Ed Sheeran. (Reuters)
Updated 19 July 2018
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Two Ed Sheerans seen in Berlin but real Ed stays away

  • London’s Madame Tussauds recently unveiled a different model of Sheeran at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in London
  • Sheeran was named the world’s best-selling artist of 2017

BERLIN: Fans of British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran could not believe their eyes when they came to the unveiling of his wax figure in Berlin’s Madame Tussauds and saw him — or at least what they believed to be him — emerging from a limousine.
The waxwork museum had Nico Eckl, Ed Sheeran’s best-known lookalike, unveil the model of the chart-topping musician on Tuesday since the real Sheeran couldn’t come due to concerts, the museum said.
“We had him drive up in a limousine and hoped that the fans would go berserk and that is exactly what happened,” said Nina-Kristin Zerbe, the spokeswoman of Madame Tussauds.
“The people shouted, wanted pictures with him,” Zerbe said.
Eckl, with sunglasses covering his eyes, posed for photographers and fans with the waxwork of Sheeran, which was dressed in a blue checked shirt and featured some of the singer’s arms tattoos plus a guitar.
“A lot of expertise and love for details went into this. As you can see — the freckles. It is not that easy to put freckles on a person. Or to prick in the eye-lashes, the brows,” Zerbe said.
London’s Madame Tussauds last month unveiled a different model of Sheeran at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in London, where customers sip their drinks surrounded by felines.
Sheeran was named the world’s best-selling artist of 2017 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) thanks to his album “Divide” and singles “Shape of You” and “Perfect.”
“I saw Ed Sheeran ... actually I don’t know if he is real or fake ... It’s quite surprising, but it’s OK, ” said Riccardo di Stefano, an Italian fan. 


The Six: Films on show at California’s Arab Film Festival

The Arab Film Festival is set to run until October 21 2018 in San Francisco. (Shutterstock)
Updated 15 October 2018
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The Six: Films on show at California’s Arab Film Festival

  • The Arab Film Festival is set to run until Oct. 21 in San Francisco
  • We take a look at six films on show at the festival

DUBAI: The 22nd edition of the Arab Film and Media Institute’s film festival is set to run from Oct. 12-21 in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Here are six films that audiences will be able to enjoy.

‘This is Home: A Refugee Story’
Displaced from their homes, Alexandra Shiva’s film offers a portrait of relocated Syrian immigrants learning to walk again in Baltimore, Maryland.

‘From Under the Rubble: A Story from Gaza’
The film tells the story of Israel’s “Operation Cast Lead,” in which three weeks of heavy shelling saw more than one thousand Gaza Strip residents lose their lives.

‘The Blessed’
Set in Algiers in 2008, the film follows Samir and his wife Amal, as well as their teenage son. On the couple’s 20th wedding anniversary they party with friends while teen has his own adventure.

‘Soufra’
The film follows the inspirational story of entrepreneur Mariam Shaar — a generational refugee who spent her life in a camp near Beirut — as she sets out to launch a catering company.

‘Martyr’
The drowning of Hassane, the protagonist of the story, triggers a series of events that shake his family’s faith to its foundations as he’s deemed a martyr.

‘From Baghdad to the Bay’
The film tracks the harrowing journey of Ghazwan Alsharif, who served as an interpreter and cultural adviser for the US army during its invasion of Iraq in 2003.