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50p coins themed around pantomimes like Snow White have launched

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Five new 50p coins themed around classic pantomimes such as Snow White, Aladdin and Cinderella have been launched today.

Credit: Westminster Collection

Jack and the Beanstalk and Dick Whittington are also amongst the famous on stage stories displayed on the new coins made to mark the upcoming festive season.

All five of them feature the title of the panto alongside an illustration by artist Ian Rank-Broadley, as well as being stamped with the year 2019.

For example, the Aladdin coin has a flying carpet and magic lamp on it, while Jack and the Beanstalk sees a boy climbing a giant plant.

Credit: Westminster Collection

Due to the fact that the pieces are being released by the Guernsey Treasury, they won’t be spendable in the UK, meaning it’s unlikely that they’ll turn up in change for your shopping.

But you can get your hands on the full commemorative set from the Westminster Collection website, with a set of five cupro-nickel coins costing £30.

Meanwhile, a coloured version of the set with set you back a rather hefty £325.

If you’re thinking of treating yourself to the special release, be aware to factor in the £3.99 shipping fee for the silver set and £4.99 for the coloured.

Credit: Westminster Collection

It’s also advisable to get ordering sharpish, as the 25,000 Gruffalo edition coins sold out in just a day.

Four thousand of each coin design will then be released into circulation on the British Isle later in October.

Because the coins aren’t made by the Royal Mint, they won’t be able to be used as tender in the UK, despite being authorised by the Queen.

The coins may become highly sought over, similar to the Kew Gardens edition 50p which is now said to be one of the rarest in circulation and worth around £150 on Ebay.



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The Beatles Classic Paul McCartney Wrote in the Lovin’ Spoonful Style

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When Beatles fans call Revolver their favorite album, they have plenty to support the pick. From the heavy George Harrison opener “Taxman” to Paul McCartney’s “Here, There and Everywhere” and John Lennon’s “I’m Only Sleeping,” the band was at or near its peak on this record.

In terms of subject matter, though, it’s among the Beatles’ darkest. If John wasn’t singing about “what it’s like to be dead,” George was offering advice “for those who die” or Paul was getting his hands dirty burying Eleanor Rigby. Weren’t these the lads who just wanted to hold your hand?

Well, Paul was still that guy in a lot of ways. He brought the sweet and innocent “Yellow Submarine” to the Revolver sessions. And he recorded the gorgeous “Here, There and Everywhere” on that record, too.

But the bounciest, most upbeat Revolver track has to be “Good Day Sunshine.” And Paul said he wrote that with the Lovin’ Spoonful track, “Daydream” in mind.

Paul had ‘Daydream’ on his mind while writing ‘Good Day Sunshine’

“The Beatles” pose for a portrait holding their instruments in 1965. | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

While The Lovin’ Spoonful might not be a household name these days, the New York-based band had several big hits in the mid-1960s that remain popular on the radio (and in TV commercials). The band’s run began with “Do You Believe in Magic,” a track from summer ’65 that hit No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The following year, the group had a No. 1 single in “Summer in the City.” By that point, The Lovin’ Spoonful could count The Beatles among their fans. And Paul said “Good Day Sunshine” came about because he’d admired “Daydream,” which the group had released in February ’66.

“It was really very much a nod to The Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Daydream.’ The same traditional, almost trad-jazz feel,” Paul said in Many Years From Now. “That was our favorite record of theirs. ‘Good Day Sunshine’ was me trying to write something similar to ‘Daydream.’”

Indeed, in an album full of distorted guitars (and rocking tracks in general), “Good Day Sunshine” stands out because it doesn’t feature any guitars at all. As Paul noted, it’s very much like a jazz trio of piano, bass, and drums.

Producer George Martin played more on this track than John Lennon

1966: Paul McCartney plays on stage during The Beatles’ last tour. Drummer Ringo Starr plays in the background. | Getty Images/Getty Images

On such a stripped-down Beatles track, there wasn’t an instrument for John to play. Ringo was on drums, Paul took the main piano part on “Good Day Sunshine,” and most sources list George on bass guitar.

As for the barroom-style piano solo on the track, that came from producer George Martin. (Martin, the best piano player on hand, also took the solos on “In My Life” and “Lovely Rita” the following year.)

So that means John sat this one out, as far as musical instruments go. However, he did contribute backing vocals and handclaps. And, as always, you couldn’t keep John from making a bit of mischief.

After Paul sings, “She feels good” in the third verse, you can hear John repeat, “She feels good” in a hilariously deep voice. It sounds like Paul nearly breaks out laughing, but — ever the pro — he finished the take.

Also seeThe Beatles Song John Lennon Accused Rod Stewart of Plagiarizing





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Black Tampa Fashion Week opens with Friday night masquerade ball

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GDE FILMS & PHOTOGRAPHY C/O BLACK TAMPA FASHION WEEK

Get ready for a three-day extravaganza celebrating Black fashion, art and music. Black Tampa Fashion Week hosts its masquerade ball on Friday (6:30-10 p.m.), Soulful Expressions art event on Saturday (3:45-8 p.m.), and rounds out the weekend with a #BTFW fashion and hair show featuring new and veteran fashion designers including #PrettyGoons Clothing & Accessories, The American Lion Association Clothing, GDE Mafia Clothing & Apparel, Moets Goodies & Gifts African Clothing, Only HERZ Collections Boutique and FINAO Clothing (6:45-10:45 p.m.). The family-friendly event is also packed with live entertainment including guest speakers, singers and dancers. 

Tickets start at $10. A Level Up Rental Hall, 9029 Copeland Rd., Tampa. INFO.

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GSQ By Glamsquad Spells Another Huge Change For CVS’ Beauty Selection

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“In today’s rapidly evolving beauty retail landscape, customers want three things: brands, experience, and service,” Maly Bernstein, vice president, Beauty and Personal Care for CVS Health, noted in a press email. And unsurprisingly, CVS is set on giving its shoppers all three of those things. On Oct. 22, the drugstore and retailer announced it would be elevating its beauty aisle once again — with the introduction of its new affordable line, GSQ by Glamsquad, on top of so much more.

This news arrives almost exactly one year after CVS’ BeautyIRL shops were unveiled last October. But this time, the brand is growing upon its initial concept, adding 50 new locations to the BeautyIRL map throughout 2019, new in-store beauty services (like $35 blowouts), and new products via the GSQ by Glamsquad brand — which is exclusive to CVS. “We are incredibly excited at how customers responded to our BeautyIRL format, which drew Millennials and Gen-Z customers at impressive rates and showed customer growth across several age groups,” Bernstein continued.

This is also a pivotal moment for Glamsquad, a beauty service and product company that launched in 2014 (and debuted its very own pared-down makeup essentials collection earlier this year). Products from its new GSQ by Glamsquad line include under-$10 beauty tools, affordable hair care, and other daily go-to items your routine probably can’t live without.

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“GSQ by Glamsquad was created to bring the ethos of Glamsquad to a national market at an accessible price point,” added Amy Shecter, CEO of Glamsquad. “We are excited to debut this brand at CVS as we share a similar mission: democratizing beauty and helping women look and feel their best.”

And while you’ll be able to shop your way through the GSQ by Glamsquad line online, make sure you check your local CVS to see if the in-store BeautyIRL services are available near you — besides the already established locations, the upcoming spots include stores in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and Boston.

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Nonetheless, even if your local store doesn’t offer the services at this very moment, make sure you keep an eye on it in 2020; CVS will be adding more BeautyIRL concepts next year. Until then, you can always shop GSQ by Glamsquad in select stores and online, as well. Below, the seven new GSQ by Glamsquad products to check out first.



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