Alesha Dixon flaunts Rami Kadi gown 

Alesha Dixon wore Rami Kadi this week during the opening episode of the show’s 14th season. (AFP)
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Updated 08 September 2020

Alesha Dixon flaunts Rami Kadi gown 

DUBAI: British singer Alesha Dixon, who is a judge for Britain’s Got Talent (BGT), was spotted wearing a dress by Lebanese designer Rami Kadi this week during the opening episode of the semi-finals of the show’s 14th season.

The 41-year-old rapper, songwriter, dancer, author, model and television personality chose to champion one of Kadi’s colorful creations. She wore a strapless floor-length dress with a thigh-high slit. The “Printed Lurex Dress” is part of the designer’s couture collection for fall/winter 2020. 

She styled it with gold feather-like earrings, a matching ring and simple gold bracelets. To finish off her look, Dixon wore her hair back in sleek braids. 

The music sensation, also a mother of two, rose to fame in 2001 as a member of the all-female R&B rap trio Mis-Teeq.

She recorded her debut solo studio album, “Fired Up,” in 2005. 

Being on BGT is not Dixon’s first judging experience. In 2009, she became a jury member on the seventh series of “Strictly Come Dancing,” a show where celebrities team up with choreographers to compete. 

In 2012, she quit the program to join BGT. In the show’s 14th season, she now sits alongside American actress and singer Amanda Holden, British comedian David Walliams and English dancer Ashley Banjo, who replaced television personality Simon Cowell after his bike accident last month. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Oh it feels so good to be back!!! @bgt @noholdenback @dwalliams @antanddec @ashleybanjogram

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Cowell, 60, broke his back on Aug. 8 while testing his new electric bicycle at his home in California.

The audition for BGT aired six months ago, but because of concerns related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it was not until this weekend that creators were able to air the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Kadi, who was born in the US and raised in Lebanon, has dressed some of the industry’s biggest names, including Rita Ora, Jennifer Lopez, Jameela Jamil and many more. 

His glitzy gown, which Dixon wore this week, was previously spotted on French model Gabrielle Caunesil at last year’s UNICEF summer gala in August. 


UK to return looted Sumerian artifact to Iraq

Updated 28 September 2020

UK to return looted Sumerian artifact to Iraq

  • Temple plaque found in online auction spotted by experts at British Museum
  • Thought to have been stolen from Tello in southern Iraq, site of ancient city of Girsu

LONDON: An ancient artifact that may have been looted before being smuggled to the UK is set to return to Iraq.

The item is a Sumerian temple plaque featuring the seated figure of a high priest or ruler, carved from limestone and dating from around 2400 BC.

It will be sent to Iraq, where it is thought to have originated, after it was spotted for sale and seized by police in 2019 following a tip off by experts at the British Museum in London.

The plaque will be put on display to the public for the next two months at the museum before its repatriation.

Prior to its discovery, no record of the plaque was found in any official record or museum inventory, lending credence to the theory that it may have been looted.

It bears physical resemblances to other Sumerian artifacts discovered at Girsu, one of the world’s oldest known settlements, at modern-day Tello in southern Iraq.

Girsu, originally excavated by French archaeologists from the late 19th century, has also been the focus of researchers from the British Museum in recent years. Even now, only a small part of the site has been successfully excavated.

The trade in stolen and smuggled items of huge value from the Middle East is lucrative, and a constant source of dialogue between the British Museum and international police forces hunting stolen goods.

“We’re used to coming across tablets, pots, metalwork, seals and figurines on the art market or in seizures that have been trafficked. But it’s really exceptional to see something of this quality,” said Dr. St. John Simpson, the museum’s senior curator.

“There are only about 50 examples of these known from ancient Mesopotamia. So that immediately places it on the high-rarity scale,” he added.

“We can be fairly sure that this object comes from the Sumerian heartland. That is the area that got very badly looted between the 1990s and 2003.”

Christopher Wren of TimeLine Auctions, where the plaque was spotted for sale by Simpson’s colleague Sebastien Rey, admitted that it was possible that it had been looted from Iraq. 

“The vendor, who had casually and innocently acquired it from a German arts fair some years ago, was horrified to hear this and immediately volunteered to renounce any claim to ownership and expressed the wish that it be returned to its place of origin,” Wren said.

“The piece is not documented as having been looted and is not listed on any database, so it did not show on the checks undertaken by us.”

Mohammad Jaafar Al-Sadr, Iraq’s ambassador to the UK, said: “We extend our gratitude to the British Museum staff for their efforts and cooperation with us.”