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How will you spend Valentine’s Day?

Tomorrow lovers will paint the town red as they celebrate Valentine’s Day – a day of lovers across the globe. Collins Mwai talked to a cross section of people about the day and how they plan to spend it. Intore Masamba, musician/founder of Gakondo Troupe Intore Masamba As Rwandans our culture teaches us and encourages us to love every day. We should not limit showing love to only one day in a year. It is probably a creation of the western culture as a day to excite people to spend highly. I personally do not believe in Valentine’s Day, but I respect that some regard it highly and respect their belief. Liza Kamikazi, singer and songwriter Like anyone else who believes in love, I will use the day to have a special moment with my husband. Now that I also have children, it means even more because it is proof of what happens when two people are in love; you produce and become a bigger family. However, one should not be under pressure on Valentine’s Day just because they do not have anyone to go out with. I have seen advertisements about places where people can go out and meet people they have never met before (blind dates). There should be no such pressure for love, some things like love happen at their own right timing. Grace Nyinawumuntu, AS Kigali Women’s team coach I am preparing the team for a match over the weekend, and may not have the luxury to be part of the day. But it is important that on Valentine’s Day lovers take time to evaluate where their relationship stands. Even the married need that one special day to rethink how they can rekindle their love. They can take the moment to look at what they have come through and how to get stronger in their relationship. Most of the previous Valentine’s Days have coincided with my busy work schedules.  But last year’s Valentine was memorable.  I went out with my husband and a few friends for dinner and drinks. DJ Pius Those who do not see a big deal in valentine are probably those who are not in relationships, but it really means a lot for couples. It is a day to evaluate where your relationship stands. This Valentine’s Day will be special; it will be my graduation day, my birthday and the last before my wedding which is scheduled for March. My day is already cut out as I have a graduation scheduled, and will probably spend the rest of the day with my girlfriend. DJ Kadir It will be work as usual. I will be at work spinning the discs. Valentine’s Day of 2009 will remain unforgettable in a long time though I cannot talk about it and why it remains my most memorable. Riderman, Rapper I definitely have something planned for the day but I would not want to disclose it now. ...

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Lebanese skier Chamoun apologizes for racy pictures

Lebanese skier Jacky Chamoun apologised today after photos and a video from a photoshoot three years ago surfaced on the internet and caused a stir in her Arab nation. Jackie Chamoun appears in the behind the scenes video, posted to YouTube by Beiruting.com, of her topless photoshoot with Prince Hubertus. Beiruting.com/YouTube Chamoun, who also competed in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and resides in Switzerland, said the material that appeared on the internet showing her topless was not part of the shoot for an Austrian skiing calendar. “Yes I did photos for an Austrian ski calendar with other professional athletes three years ago,” she said in a statement posted on her facebook page. “The photos of the photoshoot are not like the actual images that are now circulating on the net. The video and photos that you are now seeing are part of the making off, the preparation, it wasn’t supposed to go public.” The racy photos in the calendar show the Lebanese scantily dressed but not naked. The photos that appeared in the past days show her topless as she prepares for the shoot. “Anyways, I want to apologise to all of you, I know that Lebanon is a conservative country and this is not the image that reflects our culture. I fully understand if you want to criticise this,” said the 22-year-old. Lebanese team officials contacted by Reuters in Sochi refused to comment and referred the matter to the Lebanese Olympic Committee in Beirut. “Now that I’m at the Olympic Games, these photos that I never saw before are being shared. It is sad. All I can ask to each of you who saw this, is to stop spreading it, it will really help me focusing on what is really important now: my trainings and race,” said Chamoun. Reuters

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Valentine’s Day gifts for her and him

Movies and novels have created Valentine ’s Day fairy illusions. They paint Valentine ’s Day as an affair that comes with gifts many of us only see in movies or read about in novels and exotic shopping magazines. Like a cruise on a private yacht in the Caribbean or keys to a $300,000 Bently to a $1m Hublot Classic Fusion Haute Joaillerie watch, of course on top of the usual chocolate, flowers and champagne. In our fantasies these are the gifts we would wish to give for love but hey, step out of that fantasy world-you can celebrate love with gifts from the shop next door in Kimironko or downtown Kigali.  Proof of love should not be the extent of financial ‘damage’ to one’s wallet. But who says you can’t have a memorable valentine’s day on a taxi moto budget? “Valentine’s Day should not leave you financially ‘injured’. An ideal gift should be one that reminds my significant other that am thinking of them and love them. It should show them that you really know them and understand them, that you can make them smile with the little things you do for them,” says Donatha Umurungi, an amateur photographer and part-time student. Let’s look at the gifts you can get in the shop next door and still leave your loved one over the moon come valentine’s day on Friday. Watch Watches do more than just tell time, they give the wearer class and distinction. Even when he owns one, an extra one would not hurt. Other than the dreaded brands for their prices like, Rolex, Patek Philippe, TAG Heuer, Kenneth Cole, there are affordable brands that are of good quality and would still put a smile on his face. In Kigali watches worth a mention are priced from Rwf12,000 from shops in the city centre and suburbs. Clothing items You say you know him well, you know his favourite colour and probably his favourite designer too. This would be a good time to prove that you really get him. A shirt of his favourite colour from a designer he adores. A pair of nice shoes he will seem over the moon when he walks in them. How about surprising him with one of those classy patched blazers on display in the boutiques that make the wearer a couple of years younger and trendier by a mile? ...

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Pamela Anderson impersonator, Carolyn Anderson, on ‘being an improvement on Baywatch star’

With long blonde hair, 32DD breasts and slender figure, Carolyn Anderson, 28, from Liverpool, is could easily be mistaken for Pamela Anderson at first glance. Carolyn insists that she looks much better than the original Pammie who is ‘pushing 40′ And for extreme Pammie fan Carolyn, that couldn’t be more of a compliment. Indeed, so obsessed with the Baywatch star is she, she’s spent 14 years and £20,000 on a mission to look more like the blonde actress. Now, however, she claims she’s an improvement on the star and says that the 46-year-old actress ought to be flattered to be told she looks like Carolyn. Carolyn’s quest for surgical perfection has so far seen her have nine breast operations, including several to correct a botched boob job, botox, teeth whitening and lip filler. I grew up with Baywatch and I was captivated by her [Pamela Anderson's] look,’ explains Carolyn. ‘She’s like an iconic cartoon character in human form.’ Her mission to look more like the star began at the age of 14, when she dyed her hair blonde and a throwaway comment from her father kickstarted what would become an enduring obsession. ‘I dyed my hair blonde and he said: “oh you don’t half look like Pamela Anderson with your hair that colour”,’ she remembers. ‘And from there, a lot of other people seemed to start saying it.’ Her first surgery swiftly followed, although as Carolyn admits, her quest to become the Scouse Pamela Anderson hasn’t always gone smoothly. ‘I had my first boob job was when I was 20 just to make me feel more confident but unfortunately, it went wrong. ‘I realised after a couple of months that they weren’t placed right and one started to go hard.’ But instead of seeing the doctor, Carolyn ignored the issue and continued to spend plenty of time on the sunbed – with disastrous consequences. ‘I was addicted to having a Pammie style tan,’ she confesses. ‘At the height of my sunbed use, I would be on it four times a week for up to 16 minutes. At times, my skin would feel red raw.’ ‘It’s like, I’m the real Pamela Anderson – that’s what it feels like anyway.’ Despite her efforts, she admits she’s rarely confused with her idol, although she blames that on Pamela’s age. ‘I don’t think I’ll ever be mistaken for the real Pamela Anderson. I think its a compliment to the real Pamela Anderson that she looks like me know, because she’s pushing 40! Smiling, she concludes: ‘I’m the world’s best Pamela Anderson lookalike but I’m one better because I’m the Scouse version.‘ The real Pamela Anderson might have something to say about that. Carolyn appears on 200 Nips And Tucks But I Want More, tonight at 9pm on Channel 5

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Olympic Bobsledder Johnny Quinn Gets Stuck in Sochi Hotel Bathroom, Breaks Through the Door!

A US bobsleigher got stuck in a lift barely 48 hours after becoming trapped in his bathroom at the Olympic athletes’ village in Sochi, Russia. Johnny Quinn used his “bobsleigh push” to burst through the door Johnny Quinn tweeted a photo of himself trying to pry open the lift door, saying: “No one is going to believe this but we got stuck in an elevator.” A team spokesperson confirmed he eventually managed to get out. Quinn made international headlines on the weekend when he was forced to smash through a jammed bathroom door. The brakeman discovered he was unable to open the door after taking a shower on the opening day of the Winter Games. “With no phone to call for help, I used my bobsled push training to break out,” he said in a tweet. Construction issues Quinn spent Monday morning talking to journalists to explain how he had managed to burst through the bathroom door. A few hours later, he then became stuck with two teammates in a lift before dinner. It is not yet clear how they were able to escape. In a separate incident at the weekend, GB bobsleigher Bex Wilson emerged from her athletes’ village room to find an open lift shaft. “Paula Walker nearly didn’t have her brakewoman after walking out into this,” wrote Wilson, captioning a photo of the open shaft.

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Now that’s a thrilling finish: Russian speed skater risks Olympic fallout by unzipping her racing suit after forgetting she wasn’t wearing…

A Russian speed skater thrilled spectators at the Sochi Olympics when she unzipped her racing suit down to the bellybutton, forgetting she was wearing nothing underneath. On thin ice: Russian speedskater Olga Graf unzips her racing suit after clinching a bronze medal at the Sochi Olympics – forgetting she was wearing nothing underneath Olga Graf had already given the home fans a reason to cheer after winning Russia’s first medal when she took a surprising bronze in the women’s 3,000 meters yesterday. The 30-year-old was celebrating with a warm down lap when she sub-consciously unzipped her skin-tight suit risking an extremely embarrassing situation. Fotunately she managed to avoid any major fallout and on realising her faux pas quickly zipped the suit back up with a mortified smile. ‘I totally forgot,’ Graf said sheepishly through a translator. ‘We have very good suits and they are very tight. … You just want to breathe and you want to take off your suit.’ ‘Only afterward,’ she said, ‘did I realize that maybe this video will appear on YouTube. But I don’t think it will be so bad.‘ When Graf’s time flashed on the scoreboard – 4 minutes, 3.47 seconds was a personal best – the crowd at Adler Arena erupted in cheers. She even got a note of praise from Russian President Vladimir Putin. She whooped it up on her warm-down lap, before celebrating on the podium with fellow medallists Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic, who took silver and  Ireen Wust of the Netherlands who won gold. @MailOnline

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Dog looks on bemused as a squirrel buries into his coat to hide a nut

Wally the squirrel may be a house pet, but he still hides his food just like in the wild. Hiding spot: Pet squirrel Wally tried hiding a nut in dog Jax’s fur Because his house lacks tree hollow stash spots, Wally has improvised with the help of his Burmese Mountain dog friend named Jax. Wally’s owner filmed the pet squirrel trying – and failing – to hide an acorn in the tufts of his canine friend’s fur.  The video starts off with Wally hiding the nut in the fur, while Jax looks casually on. The squirrel then goes to great lengths to conceal the nut, arranging the fur to hide its location. Unfortunately, all his work goes to waste when the nut pops out and falls on the floor. The squirrel looks surprised and seems to think he just found a new, different, nut. Eventually Wally scampers away to hide his nut in a different place. This isn’t the first time Wally has tried to burrow in Jax’s fur. Wally’s owner has posted several other videos of the pet squirrel’s high-jinks on YouTube. In another video, Wally tries to hide a Cheez-it in Jax instead.  Agencies

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