Joan Collins among the evacuated as tourists flee southern France and Corsica after devastating fires rage

Hollywood legend Joan Collins was among those evacuated from villas in the south of France as devastating fires ravage the area, the actress has revealed.

Joan Collins at her villa in St Tropez - 2013

The former Dynasty star was evacuated from her six-bedroom villa overlooking Saint-Tropez with husband Percy Gibson and guests.

The actress tweeted : “Luckily we were able to evacuate last night, not easy with 11 people in the house! We are all ok.”SoFFires

She later thanked her fans for their concerns and claimed the fire was started by a BBQ.

She wrote: “Thanks everybody for good wishes about our safety in fire, all seems ok although fire still burning started by BBQ.

The veteran actress and writer bought the property 25 years ago and spends every summer there with Percy, 52, entertaining guests.

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Adnan Khashoggi: Saudi billionaire arms dealer dies aged 82

Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, a billionaire businessman known for his lavish lifestyle, has died in London at the age of 82.

His family said in statement that he died peacefully while being treated for Parkinson’s disease.

Mr Khashoggi became one of the world’s richest men in the 1970s and ’80s by brokering international arms deals.06045037

His parties were legendary, often lasting for days, but there was also controversy about his business.

A statement from the family on Tuesday said: “He lived his last days surrounded by his devoted family, children and grandchildren, with the same elegance, strength and dignity that characterised his remarkable life. He is survived by his wife Lamia.

“AK was a pioneer who achieved global recognition in a golden age through his extraordinary business achievements and renowned generosity. Our father understood the art of bringing people together better than anyone.

“He combined commercial acumen with an over-riding loyalty to his country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His work always furthered the interests of his country.”

He most famously brokered arms deals between US firms and Saudi Arabia in the 1960s and ’70s, when he worked closely with the Lockheed Corporation, now Lockheed Martin.

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Ex-EastEnders’ star John Partridge’s mum died penniless – forced to sell her home to cover dementia care

A FORMER EastEnders actor says his mum died penniless after she was forced to sell her home to pay for social care. part1

John Partridge – who played Christian Clarke – revealed his mum Bridget died three weeks ago after being diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s in 2010.
She sold her two-up, two-down house in Manchester for £75,000 and moved in with John – using the money to pay for nurses.

Bridget eventually moved into a £45,000-a-year care home when her condition deteriorated and her family could no longer cope.

He tried to care for his mum as long as possible to keep the costs down but added: “We still had to have nurses that came in, there were still costs involved in that.

“Then, when we as a family felt we were not equipped medically to deal with her condition – my sister and I both work – we had to find her a placement.
“The only place we felt was fitting for her cost that amount of money and we saw a lot of places.”part

The heartbroken star, 45, entered the Big Brother house in January 2016 to help cover the spiralling medical bills.
He added: “Care is incredibly expensive, I don’t come from money.
“My mum had a two-up, two-down in Manchester which we sold for £75,000 and that was in 2010, so then what do you do?
“How do you pay those care costs? It was £45,000 a year, how do you pay for that?
“It was devastating. Mum worked so hard every day of her life, what she had was to leave to her grandchildren – that was all she had.

“My mum passed away three weeks ago with zero in her bank account.”
John spoke out as an investigation by Alzheimer’s Society found it would take 125 years to save for the typical person’s dementia care bill.
That is based on someone saving £800 a year – about the same as a pension.

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Karen Hogan plastic surgery By…. Dave Poole

Would a face-lift bring back the real me? After losing half her body weight, Karen Hogan was left with sagging skin, deep lines and droopy eyes. Here, she reveals why she decided to go under the knife.

After losing half her body weight, i was left with an unnaturally aged face. Here she reveals why, in order to look herself again, she decided to go under the knife…
Seven years ago, I achieved a major goal in my life: I reduced my body weight by half to 10st. People’s reactions towards me changed immediately – the slights and slurs I had endured for years suddenly stopped.
At my former weight of 21st, I did everything I could to become invisible – rarely venturing out and hiding under drab, shapeless clothes.
Over time, I had practically become a recluse – unable to embrace life while burdened with unnecessary fleshy ballast.

Now size-10 slender, I could finally step out from the shadows. Losing such a significant amount of weight in just a year was drastic and I achieved it the simple (some would say hard) way, by cutting out the things I loved most, namely anything – food or drink – containing sugar. It worked.
As the weight melted away, I harboured great expectations for life after obesity. I was convinced that my dramatically altered appearance would unveil a new, beautiful me. But the rapid weight loss combined with lack of exercise (due to obesity-related osteoarthritis) left me with an unnaturally aged face, complete with sagging skin, deep lines and droopy eyes.

Now size-10 slender, I could finally step out from the shadows. Losing such a significant amount of weight in just a year was drastic and I achieved it the simple (some would say hard) way, by cutting out the things I loved most, namely anything – food or drink – containing sugar. It worked.
As the weight melted away, I harboured great expectations for life after obesity. I was convinced that my dramatically altered appearance would unveil a new, beautiful me. But the rapid weight loss combined with lack of exercise (due to obesity-related osteoarthritis) left me with an unnaturally aged face, complete with sagging skin, deep lines and droopy eyes.

It feels amazing to be freed from my permanent scowl. After 30 years of not leaving the house without being caked in make-up, I dash out now with just a touch of lippie and mascara. I’m delighted at how quick the recovery time has been.
After years of suffering casual abuse from strangers, the reactions I get now are the opposite. People smile at me. A friend I hadn’t seen for a while asked me if I’d taken a lover. She told me I looked ‘glowing’, and her compliments moved me to tears.
Like many people, no doubt, reading this article, I was sceptical about cosmetic surgery. I still can be if it seems unnecessary. But having been, in my eyes, ugly, it is amazing when my sister marvels at the beautiful texture and alabaster tone of my skin. In shops people stop to talk to me randomly with a smile and a joke because I look approachable.
My daughter is treating me to a weekend at a health spa and has paid for me to have a make-up lesson. The other night she hugged me, and whispered, ‘I loved you before the operation, but seeing you so happy afterwards makes me even happier.’ What more could I want?
I now feel ready to grab life by the horns, and travel, first of all to Florence. Many years ago, I studied 15th-century Italian art but lacked the confidence to leave home, let alone travel to a foreign country. Now nothing will stop me. And after Florence, who knows? All I know for sure is that I am going to maintain my healthy weight, enjoy my face and greet the world with a natural smile and joy of life.

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Casualty star Rebekah Gibbs dies, aged 41

Former Casualty actress Rebekah Gibbs has died from cancer.

The 41-year-old played paramedic Nina Farr for more than 100 episodes of the BBC medical drama between 2004 and 2006.

Her agent Belfield and Ward tweeted the news: “Darling Rebekah Gibbs, a true inspiration and dazzling light, never to be forgotten.”

She left Casualty to have a family and was diagnosed with cancer after the birth of her daughter in 2008.

Gibbs was just weeks away from giving birth when she first noticed a lump in her breast.

Doctors were reassuring and said it would be benign.

But just months after having baby Gigi and after pushing for further treatment because she felt something was wrong, the actress was told she had a particularly aggressive cancer.

Speaking to the BBC in 2010 when she had celebrated two years of being cancer free, she said that she didn’t take anything for granted.

“I won’t get cocky though and I take each day as it comes. I am always a little unsure about the future,” she said.

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LET ME SEE MY KILLER SON’S FACE BEFORE I LOSE MY MIND SAYS HEARTBREAK DAD!

By Patrick Hill

The heartbroken Dad of a former British soldier being held in an Iraqi prison for murdering two security colleagues has made an impassioned  plea for his son to be transferred to a UK jail……before he loses his mind due to a crippling mental disease!

Desperate Dad Eric Fitzsimons fears that he may never see his son’s face again before the distraught father loses his mind and his memory to Dementia!

Tagic 65 year old Eric was diagnosed with dementia over 18 months ago, ….sixteen months after his former Paratrooper son Danny was sentenced to 20 years in an Iraqi jail for the murders of two fellow security workers five years ago.

Now, just days after speaking to his captive son by telephone, the tearful former professional footballer and rugby league star spoke for the first time to reveal how his condition has deteriorated so much in recent months that he can no longer recall his son’s face.

“The truth is that I can only remember Danny as a little boy, and I can only see the face of a child.” Explains the visibly frail father, who now fears he will soon lose the ability to recall any of detail of his son’s face before the disease destroys his mind completely. “My condition has got much worse recently and I really do have a problem recalling his face.

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Josie Gibson : “Thugs could have killed my deaf brother Harry”

When Josie Gibson gathered her family and friends to celebrate her birthday, she never expected to be comforting her bloodied and battered brother at the end of the night, after a vicious and unprovoked attack.
After going for a family meal to celebrate turning 29, Josie, her 27-year-old brother Harry and a group of 10 friends carried the party on to a nightclub in Bristol.

Shockingly however, after Harry got separated from the group for a matter of minutes, he was approached by a threatening group of three men, one of whom brutally and repeatedly punched him.

Josie found her brother collapsed on the club stairwell, blood pouring from him face. And the cruel reason behind the vile attack? Because Harry is deaf.

Josie explains: “The night was going brilliantly. I was out for my birthday, my mum and my sisters were there too, then me, Harry and a few others left them and went on to a nightclub.

“We were all dancing on the dance floor, then I went to the toilet and then to get a drink.”

She continues: “There was a wall separating me at the bar from where Harry was. I was talking to this lovely guy and he said, ‘Some blokes over there are being horrible to your brother, they’re calling him deaf and dumb’.

“I ran around the corner and I found Harry draped over the steps with blood everywhere.

“There was so much blood and his head was on the stairs. He could have whacked his head as he landed – they could have killed him.”

Harry, a builder from Wilmslow, Cheshire, has been deaf since he contracted meningitis aged 18 months. He can speak with the use of a hearing aid, but relies heavily on lip reading and sign language.

Harry believes the man who attacked him had asked him for directions but, as it was dark, he was unable to lip read.

“I’m the older sister so I’m protective,” says the former Big Brotherstar, who is fluent in sign language and a keen fundraiser for the charity Meningitis UK.

“That’s why, when I saw him like that I felt I had really let him down. I do feel very guilty and so, so angry.”

Harry is having an operation to fix his nose this month, and Avon and Somerset Police are still trying to find the culprits.

They have released a CCTV image of a suspect and are treating the case as a ‘discrimination’ attack.

Read the full interview in issue 06 of Reveal magazine

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