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March 31, 2015 11:29 AM 'I never met him' Russell Crowe claims Michael Jackson prank called him for THREE years

RUSSELL CROWE has revealed that he was the victim of years of prank calls by none other than late popstar, Michael Jackson. The Hollywood actor said while most people had grown out of stunts like that by the time they were an adult, the Thriller hitmaker had not. Speaking to The Guardian while promoting his directorial debut, The Water Diviner, this week, the 50-year-old 12

March 31, 2015 11:18 AM Breaking newsBlackburn brewery Thwaites set to sell beer division to rivals Marston's in £25.1 million deal

BLACKBURN brewery Daniel Thwaites is set to sell part of its beer division to rivals Marston’s for £25.1 million. Around 150 staff could be transferred to the Wolverhampton-based firm if the deal goes through, as expected, on April 17, although it is unclear if there will be any outright job losses. Production of Thwaites’ two leading brands, Wainwright 30 12

March 31, 2015 11:01 AM Marston's in £25m swoop for Thwaites' brewing business

The move includes Thwaites’ best-selling Wainwright and Lancaster Bomber ales. Marston’s has been brewing Thwaites’ beers since early last year, after the Lancashire firm announced it was shutting down its main brewery in Blackburn. Last summer Thwaites announced plans for a new brewery in the Ribble Valley, but today Marston’s said it had bought the main brewing 14

March 31, 2015 10:56 AM Marston's just took another gulp of Thwaites

British pub brewer and operator Marston's has said it will take another gulp of north-west based brewer Thwaites. In an update to the London Stock Exchange today, Marston's, which has been brewing Thwaites' beers since early last year, announced it had bought its beer division outright for £25.1m. As part of the acquisition, Marston's has entered into a long-term 12

March 31, 2015 10:31 AM Thomas Cook reports 10% rise in online bookings, with a third now made via mobile

Thomas Cook’s [IRDX RTHC] online bookings are 10% ahead of the same time last year, the travel company said today. Mobile and tablet bookings, it said, now represent a third of the total. That’s up from about 20% last year. Thomas Cook said early investment in mobile was yielding results, with mobile and tablet bookings up by 63% and conversion on the devices 22

March 31, 2015 9:51 AM Russell Crowe Reveals Michael Jackson Used To Prank Call Him, Despite Never Meeting The King Of Pop

Russell Crowe has revealed he used to get prank called by Michael Jackson even though the two stars had never even met. The 'Noah' actor revealed the King of Pop repeatedly contacted him with the nuisance calls "for two or three f***ing years" before his death in June 2009. Despite having never met in person, Jacko took it upon himself to call the Aussie 14

March 31, 2015 8:46 AM Boating in Burgundy, an Alps wellness retreat and wine tours in Portugal: The best summer getaways you need to book now

With the unrelenting winter weather, it's easy to find yourself day-dreaming about an upcoming summer getaway. Though it may feel like there are still many months before you'll have to think about reserving flights and hotels, it turns out that some coveted holiday rentals and packages are already fully booked. Portugal, while always a choice destination 25

March 31, 2015 8:10 AM REFILE-UPDATE 1-Thomas Cook on track as Europe shows signs of improvement

LONDON, March 31 (Reuters) - British holiday company Thomas Cook is confident of meeting its full-year expectations, buoyed by higher winter bookings and improved trading across Europe ahead of its key summer season, it said on Tuesday. For the summer, when holiday companies make the bulk of their profits, Thomas Cook said it had sold 54 percent of its holidays 14

March 31, 2015 7:26 AM King of your own castle! Beautiful palaces and stately homes that tourists can stay in (including a gatehouse at Downton Abbey)

Bored of snippy concierges, pokey rooms and no parking? Perhaps it’s time to book into a palace. As upkeep costs spiral and monarchies dwindle, authorities are looking for inventive ways to make use of stately piles. The latest palace to be turned into a hotel is The Schobrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. It’s been operating as a museum since the 1950s, but is inviting 16

March 31, 2015 7:23 AM Thomas Cook on track as Europe shows signs of improvement

LONDON (Reuters) - British holiday company Thomas Cook (TCG.L) is confident of meeting its full-year expectations, buoyed by higher winter bookings and improved trading across Europe ahead of its key summer season, it said on Tuesday. For the summer, when holiday companies make the bulk of their profits, Thomas Cook said it had sold 54 percent of its holidays 15