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Nobody knows when you're down - Carla Bruni

This blues song from the 1920s has had many cover versions since then. One of them was recorded by Eric Clapton, one of the many exes of Carla Bruni.

What do think of her attempt at this song? Have you heard any of the songs she haspennedherself?



Once I lived the life
Of a millionaire
Spent all my money
I just didn't care
Took all my friends out
For a good time
Bought bootleg whiskey
Champagne and wine

Then I began
To fall so low
Lost all
My good friends
No place to go
I get my hands
On a dollar again
I'm gonna hang on
To it

Till that eagle grins

'Cause no,
Nobody knows you
When you're down
And out
In your pocket
Not one penny
And as for friends
You don't have any

When you finally
Get back up
On your feet again
Everybody wants
To be your old
Long-lost friend
Said
It's mighty strange
Without a doubt
Nobody knows you
When you're down
And out

When you finally
Get back upon
Your feet again
Everybody wants to be
Your good old
Long-lost friend
Said
It's might…

Bruni v Letizia

Carla Bruni meets her fashion match in Spain's Princess Letizia

For once, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy had to share the limelight on a state visit to Spain on Monday.

She met her match in Princess Letizia, the wife of Spain's Crown Prince Felipe.


Source: Daily Telegraph
Vocabulary:

to meet your match -

to share -

the limelight -

to fit / fitted (adj) -

to resemble -

the catwalk -

a cobbler -

kitten heels -

can (well) afford to ... -

to indulge in stg -

to greet sb -

a parade -


Who do you think won the battle?

What is your opinion of the French firstlady? What do you think of the ex newsreader?

Does anybody really care what their husbands discussed?


4 million and counting

Spain's jobless rate soars to 17%
Spain's unemployment rate hit 17.4% at the end of March, figures have shown, with the jobless total now having doubled over the past 12 months.

In the past year, two million people have lost their jobs taking the total out of work to just over four million.

The Bank of Spain recently predicted the jobless rate would reach 19.4% in 2010, as the recession took hold.

"It is a terrible figure," Octavio Granado, secretary of state for social security told state television.

He said the first quarter of any year was traditionally bad for employment in Spain.

Mr Granado also said that 2009 was expected to be the worst part of the economic downturn.

"So we are in the epicentre of the crisis. We are in the eye of the perfect storm," he said.

The National Statistics Institute said Spain's jobless rate at the end of the first quarter was up 3.45 percentage points from the end of 2008.

The BBC's Steve Kingstone in Madrid says t…

An obnoxious little Englander

MPs are demanding an apology over remarks made by the outspoken historian Dr David Starkey.

Dr Starkey described Scotland as a "feeble little country" and said Robert Burns was a "deeply boring provincial poet."

He made the comments on the BBC's Question Time programme after he was asked if he supported a public holiday for St George's Day.

Dr Starkey has refused to apologise and says he stands by his comments.

To boos from the audience, Dr Starkey said: "If we decide to go down this route of having an English national day, that means we become a feeble little country, just like the Scots and the Welsh and the Irish.

"Once upon a time England was a great country. Remember we're distinguished by the fact that we don't have national dress.

"We don't make a great fuss about Shakespeare like the Scots do about that deeply boring provincial poet Burns."

He said England did not have national music "like the awful bagpipes"…

Cry me a river - Subo

Now you say you're lonely
You cried the long night through
Come on and cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you

Now you say you're sorry
For being so untrue
Come on and cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you

You drove me,
Nearly drove me out of my head
Though you never shed a tear
Remember?
I remember all that you said
You told me love was to plebeian
Told me you were through with me and

And now you say love me
Well, just to prove you do
Cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you

You drove me
Nearly drove me out of my head
While you never shed a tear
Remember?
I remember all that you said
Told me love was too plebeian
Told me you were through with me..
And now, now you say you love me
Well, just to prove you do..
Come on!
And cry cry cry me a river...
Cry me a river
Cause i cried a river over you

If my pillow could talk
Imagine what it would have said
Could it be a river of tears i cried in bed
So you can cry me a river
GO a head and …

Susan Superstar

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Talent show singer is online hit

A 47-year-old church volunteer from West Lothian has become an unlikelyovernight singing sensation with millions watching her perform online.

Susan Boyle, from Blackburn, stunned judges on ITV's Britain's Got Talent with her performance of I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables on Saturday.

Since then Hollywood actress Demi Moore has joined the legions of fans who have voiced their support on the internet.

Ms Boyle has now become the bookies' favourite to win the talent show.

Ms Boyle, who told viewers she had "never been kissed", said she had always wanted to be a singer.

She said: "I entered the competition because I wanted to have a chance at my singing.

"I found it very nerve-wracking to begin with but once I settled down and began to sing, I thought that the audience accepted me a bit more. Then I sort of relaxed and began to enjoy it.

Ms Boyle, who is currently unemployed, is a keenchurch-goer and community worker w…

Susan Boyle - Britains Got Talent 2009

Where have you been hiding if you haven't heard of Susan Boyle?! She's become an international sensation and her performance on the show is the most viewed video clip ever on You Tube. Click on the main title to view it (there are subtitles).

What do you make of her rapid rise to stardom?

Re-starting blog

I stopped going to the gym about a year ago and most weeks, I think about starting again. But I don't. It's a similar thing with the blog. I know that it will benefit you but I get little feedback and that's why I am slow to start it again. I am willing to make some effort but only if I see that it is replicated. I'll give it another try!