JK Rowling makes list of top power brokers

By Andrea McCallum

HARRY Potter author JK Rowling has made a list of top power brokers following the global success of her wizard novels.

The Edinburgh-based author has been branded as one of the world’s ‘most influential’ people and joins Bill Gates and Steven Spielberg in the league table compiled by American business magazine Forbes.

Although Forbes estimated Rowling’s fortune at £675m ($1 billion) she is ranked next to Gates ($53 billion) and Spielberg ($3 billion) because of her cultural reach.

Forbes placed Rowling at 937th place in the world’s 1,000 richest people.

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Susan Boyle steps out in style in home town

By Andrea McCallum

SCOTTISH superstar Susan Boyle stepped out in style in her home town yesterday (Wednesday) as she ventured to the local shops.

The 48-year-old left her home in Blackburn, West Lothian, with a beaming smile and posed for photographs in her new gear.

Her outing comes just a week after reports of erratic behaviour – and growing concern for her ability to cope with stardom.

But with her welcoming gestures and care-free attitude she looked ready for anything.

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Brown too fat to lead obesity campaign

Gordon Brown1By Rory Reynolds

A TOP US diet expert has blasted the Prime Minister’s anti-obesity campaign – because he is too fat himself.

Author Steve Siebold – who has received death threats for telling people they’re too tubby – reckons that Brown should shed the pounds before lecturing people on their weight.

He said: “When someone like Gordon Brown is overweight it sends out a message to millions of young people.

“People like him and Oprah Winfrey are role models – they really ought to look in the mirror.”

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Susan Boyle subtitled on Oprah appearance

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By Lauren Crooks

BRITAIN’S Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle was interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey Show last night – and telly bosses had to add subtitles so her American fans could understand her.

The 48-year-old star was filmed for the chat show from the living room of her West Lothian home.

And she appeared through video link with Oprah and Simon Cowell on special episode The World’s Got Talent show last night (MON) in the US.

But producers of the show added subtitles to her video at the last minute after fears that their viewers wouldn’t understand her broad Scottish accent.

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Talent star Susan Boyle suffers wardrobe malfunction

By Cara Sulieman

SUSAN Boyle suffered an embarrassing ‘wardrobe malfunction’ early today at her home in Blackburn.

The Britain’s Got Talent star made a rookie mistake of forgetting to zip herself up before leaving her house in Blackburn.

SUSAN BOYLE: wardobe malfunction

SUSAN BOYLE: wardobe malfunction

Stepping out in her cream chinos and now famous black leather jacket, she seemed oblivious of her fashion faux pas.

And it didn’t stop there – squeezed into a black satin shirt a few sizes too small, the substantial singer was bursting out between the buttons as she faced photographers camped outside her home.


The dressing disaster comes just weeks after singing sensation Susan underwent a controversial makeover after shooting to fame last month, and just 24-hrs after she was filmed for the Oprah Winfrey show.

She ditched the frumpy clothes, waxed her eyebrows and died her hair during a whirlwind of media interviews.

But if her performance yesterday (Weds) proves anything then it’s proof that the old Susan is still alive and well – if maybe in need of a little help with her choice of outfits before her next big performance.

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Oprah Winfrey’s secret tour of Susan Boyle’s home

boyletva-largeBy Michael MacLeod

A TV crew was given an exclusive guided tour of Susan Boyle’s house yesterday – for the Oprah Winfrey show.

Footage from inside her modest council house in Blackburn, West Lothian, will be beamed to millions of viewers across America when singing sensation Susan is interview by the Queen of American TV.

The US chat show host has had the Scottish spinster on her radar ever since her stunning performance on Britain’s Got Talent.

And yesterday she began to make good her promise of featuring the Scot by having a camera team film a day in the surprise singing sensation’s life.

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Susan Boyle to join Hollywood A-list

Susan Boyle


BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT’S latest superstar Susan Boyle could about to join the Hollywood ‘A’ List – after being offered her first MOVIE role.

Virgin Susan – who shot fame after just a single appearance on the TV talent show – has impressed Hollywood bosses so much she is being lined up to appear in the black comedy Counterswirl.

And she could be starring alongside Only Fools And Horses legend Roger Lloyd Pack who played Trigger in Britain’s best loved comedy.

The news comes just days after it was revealed the devoted church-goer counts movie legend Demi Moore among her celebrity fans with a big money offer to appear on the chat-show circuit with Oprah.

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