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. 


Where We Are Going Today: Shatllah

Updated 22 March 2019
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Where We Are Going Today: Shatllah

  • Shatllah’s prices are reasonable, while the assistants are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful

Do you need to add a little life and color to your surroundings? Houseplants are often said to be a source of positivity, and Shatllah has taken this concept to the next level.

Forget the idea of a lonely looking plant in a boring beige pot; this shop adds beautifully designed containers and creative touches that turn them into delightful decorations that are almost works of art. One in particular that caught my eye was designed to look like a tiny garden, complete with a miniature table and chair.

Shatllah’s creations make for perfect gifts, which is how I discovered the shop, in Jeddah’s Al-Zahra’a district, while looking for a present for a friend who loves houseplants. I was so impressed with its wares that I ended up buying some for myself as well. After all, who would not rather have a living plant decorating their home rather than artificial flowers or other fake items?

Shatllah’s prices are reasonable, while the assistants are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They are more than happy to offer advice on picking the perfect plant and how to take care of it when you get it home.