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Celine Dion

Celine Dion

Celine Dion

She is the most successful female singer in the world and her Titanic theme tune topped British charts for five weeks. She comes from a tight family unit. Celine was the youngest of 14 children (nine girls and five boys). She grew up in humble circumstances in a tiny house near Montreal. Her parents worked hard but money was tight and music often paid the bills. The Dion family was singing and dancing at weddings and parties. Celine’s father was the family’s band leader. He also did all kinds of jobs, and her mother never worked. Celine laughs: “Are you kidding, raising 14 kids!” Every Sunday the family grew bigger. All neighbours and friends wanted to be round them, and they never locked the door.
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Anecdotes and jokes about famous people

Arthur Rubenstein

Arthur Rubenstein

Imagination was given to man
to compensate him for what he is not;
a sense of humour to console him for what, he is.
So keep smiling.
Anonymous

After a concert, Arthur Rubenstein was approached by a woman who was dragging a nine-year-old boy. “Please, Mr Rubenstein,” she said, “I want you to hear my son play the piano.” “Madam,” the pianist said, “I’m very busy. I don’t have time to hear every child play the piano.”
But the mother persisted until Rubenstein finally agreed to an audition the next day. The little boy, his legs barely touching the pedals, played a Chopin waltz. When it was over, Rubenstein said, “That is undoubtedly the worst playing I’ve ever heard.”
The mother nodded and said to her son, “You see? So now will you give up your piano lessons and try out for Little League?”
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Limericks – Complete Nonsense by E. Lear

Limericks

Limericks

British people are very fond of limericks — short humorous poems full of absurdity and wit. The classic limerick has 5 lines, three long and two short ones. It usually begins by introducing a person and a place and often has a surprise in the last line. Here is an example:
There was a Young Lady of Niger,
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger.
They returned from the ride
With the lady inside
And the smile on the face of the tiger.
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Wit and wisdom of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
When Oscar Wilde arrived in London at the age of 24, he declared, “Somehow or other, I’ll be famous, and if not, I’ll be notorious.” Little did he know how true that would be.
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, the son of an Anglo-Irish surgeon and an Irish poetess, didn’t have the money or the position to enter London society.
However, he had succeeded brilliantly in Oxford, where he had developed a reputation for being that very British phenomenon: a dandy and a wit. He wore his hair long, liked extravagant clothes, decorated his rooms with peacock’s feathers and sunflowers. His jokes and witty sayings were so good that within a year he was being invited to every important party.
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Boris Johnson — Mayor of London

Boris Johnson - Mayor of London

Boris Johnson — Mayor of London


Boris Johnson is a Mayor of London with Russian name and Russian roots.
He was born on June 19, 1964 and his full name is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.
His great-grandfather, Ali Kemal, a Turkish journalist married a Circassian slave from southern Russia. Johnson’s great-grandmother left her homeland because of the Caucasian war and was enslaved by the Ottomans. Their descendants later moved to the United States, and from there to England, where they took a popular surname Johnson.
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