ALISON BOSHOFF: Jamie Oliver has sold 40million books, never seems to be off our TV screens and is surely the most famous chef in the UK. But that was not enough to persuade diners to pay £4.50 for a garlic flatbread or £15.30 for a prawn linguine at his Jamie’s Italian chain. More than 1,000 staff are to lose their jobs, and dozens of suppliers will find themselves out of pocket – some to a possibly disastrous extent. Banks and creditors, including HSBC – which as recently as September last year agreed to lend the business more money, taking its loan to a reported £37million – will be left reeling. He lives with wife Jools (together in the middle image) and their five children in a £10 million house in Hampstead (top right) and is a workaholic, often putting in 15-hour days at his HQ in North London. He has also recently bought an enormous 16th century stately home with 70 acres in Essex for £6 million (pictured bottom right). In a painful twist, the spotlight now falls upon Paul Hunt (inset with his wife and left with Jamie), a flashy former City trader who happens to be Jamie’s brother-in-law.
'It's directly against our manifesto and I WON'T vote for it': Boris leads condemnation as Tories AND Labour slam May's 'dog's breakfast' plan to get MPs to back Brexit Bill by offering them a second referendum
Theresa May's Brexit deal was hanging by a thread last night as furious Tory MPs savaged her decision to open the door to a second referendum. In a dramatic gamble, the Prime Minister offered MPs a binding vote on a second EU poll – if they backed her withdrawal deal at the fourth attempt next month (pictured in Westminster yesterday). Boris Johnson, (inset) who voted for Mrs May's deal at the third attempt, led the attacks on her latest offer, saying: 'Now we are being asked to vote for a customs union and a second referendum. The Bill is directly against our manifesto – and I will not vote for it. We can and must do better – and deliver what the people voted for.' Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, who is lining up against Mr Johnson to succeed the PM, said he could not support legislation 'that would be the vehicle for a second referendum or customs union'.
Iker Casillas' wife reveals she's battling ovarian cancer just weeks after the 38-year-old Spanish goalkeeper's heart attack
The wife of goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who suffered a heart attack earlier this month, has revealed she is fighting ovarian cancer. Sara Carbonero made the shock announcement on Tuesday. She said on social media, in an emotional post less than three weeks after her partner suffered a heat attack while training for club side Porto: 'When we hadn't yet recovered from one shock, life has surprised us again.
Revealed: Amber Heard expressed her love and spoke of reuniting with Johnny Depp in her last text to the actor - as he accuses her of abusing multiple ex-girlfriends and her former wife
NEW Johnny Depp shared what he claims was his final text fro Amber Heard before their acrimonious, and ongoing, divorce battle. In court papers filed in Fairfax County, Virginia and obtained by DailyMail.com, Depp also claims to have spoken with a number of Heard's former partners about her alleged history of abuse. He even detailed an incident between heard and her ex-wife which resulted in the actress having to spend a night behind bars.
English rose! Kate is stylish in a favourite pink Alexander McQueen coat dress and matching hat as she joins William and the Queen at Buckingham Palace garden party
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have joined the Queen (right) for a garden party at Buckingham Palace this afternoon. Kate, 37, looked elegant in a soft pink coat dress by Alexander McQueen, which she paired with a matching hat by Juliette Botterill and delicate pearl earrings that once belonged to Princess Diana (left).
The Chelsea Flower Show winner with NO flowers: Garden with not a single bloom in sight is the first entirely green plot ever to win a prize
Since first bursting into bloom in 1912, the Chelsea Flower Show has been, well, about flowers. But yesterday – possibly for the first time – an almost entirely green garden won the coveted Best in Show award. With visitors commenting that the design ranged from 'disappointing' to 'brave', the winner is the talk of the gardening world. The M&G Garden, designed by Andy Sturgeon, was crowned as the Best in Show by the Royal Horticulture Society's judges yesterday. The garden is sponsored by M&G Investments which also backs the show. Set against huge, blackened oak sculptures that look like rocks and weigh 15 tons, the garden symbolises the 'regenerative theme of new life'.
Brexit Party's EU election success will topple both May and Corbyn, vows Farage (to a 3,000-strong crowd who snaked down the street waiting to see him)
Nigel Farage (top) told a crowd of about 3,000 at Kensington Olympia, west London (inset), that both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn would face the axe after the European elections. Mr Farage (bottom left and right) also called Mrs May's premiership a 'slow-motion betrayal' and said she had dragged the country through a 'constant abject humiliation'. Supporters queued for more than two hours as they waited for Mr Farage to appear, waving blue flags. Mr Farage came on stage to soft rock and the crowd rose to their feet, holding their phones aloft. When party chairman Richard Tice called, 'What do we want?' the crowd would shout 'Brexit'.
JANET STREET-PORTER: What did Jamie expect to happen when he tried to charge restaurant prices for cheap and cheerful food he taught us to make at home for half the price?
JANET STREET-PORTER: Jamie Oliver (pictured right) says he's 'devastated' by the closure of dozens of his Italian restaurants. Over 1,000 workers (group pictured outside Jamie's Italian in Piccadilly today, inset) have lost their jobs without any warning - I don't imagine that they had much of a 'pukka' day either. This latest example of rampart egomania bringing down a celebrity chef has seen Jamie Oliver - the most famous cook in the world - face the unpalatable truth; diners don't love the cheeky chap from Essex as much as he imagined. Our hot love affair hasn't just cooled, it's the leftover lasagne at the back of the freezer.
Here come the boys! Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino channel Reservoir Dogs as they join Margot Robbie at Once Upon A Time In Hollywood premiere... before film gets SEVEN-MINUTE standing ovation in Cannes
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie joined director Quentin Tarantino at the at the glitzy premiere for Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood on the red carpet before the film received a six-minute standing ovation. The Revenant actor, 44, and Brad, 55, delighted fans as they shared a friendly embrace at the star-studded screening during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday. The two actors were looking dapper in matching tuxedos as they attended the launch of Quentin Tarantino's latest film, with stars including co-stars Margot Robbie and Dakota Fanning in attendance.
Lock up your fridge! Burglar BADGER is caught on camera raiding mother's freezer to gorge on mashed potato, crumpets and ice lollies
Hannah Carver, 29, spotted a badger coming in through the cat flap on her front door in Gosport, Hampshire, after wrongly suspecting a fox was to blame. She had been waking up to sounds of crashing and banging from her kitchen, and found the room covered in half-eaten frozen foods and wrappers. The barmaid told her friends, but they wouldn't believe her so she set up a camera and saw the badger creeping in, clawing open the freezer and gorging on frozen treats. The badger has a soft spot for ice lollies, and one clip shows him opening up and wolfing down countless bubblegum flavour ice creams. It has also eaten its way through Twister ice lollies, mash potato, crumpets and Chinese style pork chops, but turned its nose up at scallops.
Natalie Portman, 37, DENIES that she ever dated Moby, 53, after he claimed they enjoyed a brief relationship... as she says he was just an ‘older man being creepy’
NEW Natalie Portman has rejected Moby’s claims that the pair once dated, saying he was just an ‘older man being creepy’. The electronic musician wrote in his autobiography that he went out with the actress for ‘a few weeks’ when she was 20. Moby, now 53, whose real name is Richard Melville Hall, claimed that Miss Portman flirted with him backstage at one of his concerts.
Courage forged in an inferno: Incredibly, just 40 days after this horrendous smash, Grand Prix legend Niki Lauda was back on the track. Now, as he dies aged 70, TOM LEONARD on the full awe-inspiring story
On an Italian race track in 1976, the world witnessed one of the most courageous displays of resilience in sporting history. Six weeks earlier at the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring, the Ferrari driven by the Austrian racer Niki Lauda had come round a sharp corner at 140mph and slammed into a barrier. It bounced back on to the track and burst into flames before two more cars smashed into it (left). Pictured: Niki Lauda with his ex-wife Marlene in the Ferrari pits in 1976 (top right); Niki Lauda and wife Birgit Lauda (bottom right); Niki Lauda (Austria) and James Hunt (Great Britain) chat at the Belgian Grand Prix, Zolder 5 June 1977.
Syrian ruler al-Assad’s niece who received £150,000 from relatives while studying in London loses the £25,000 in her UK bank account because it breached sanctions law
Aniseh Chawkat, 22 (right with triplet siblings Bassel and Beshui), the niece of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, rented a flat in London for more than £60,000 per year and benefited from 56 cash deposits into her account in 2017 and 2018. The National Crime Agency found that the payments were made at branches of Barclays across England, getting around EU sanctions to restrict the availability of funds from the Syrian regime. Chawkat's father Assef Shawkat was Syrian deputy Minister of Defence between 2011 and his death in 2012, and both her mother Bushra al-Assad (circled left) and uncle, the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, are subject to international sanctions.
Teenage carpenter, 18, transforms shabby canal boat bought for just £5,000 into luxury holiday home for his mother and sister, 11, in just EIGHT weeks
Billy Walden (left during renovations), from Bentham, Lancaster, spent just eight weeks transforming the uninhabitable boat into a holiday home for his mother Jayne and sister Matilda (pictured together right, Matila in her boat bedroom top inset). The teenager started learning carpentry at just 14, and decided to take on a larger project after successfully renovating a Volkswagen camper all by himself. He said of the project: 'I'm a bit of an introvert and I've never been into video games and stuff like many lads my age - my idea of fun is spending time in the workshop near my home. So far we've travelled the whole down canal from Tewitfield to Preston, we all love being on it together and the boat is even named after my sister and mum as it's called Matilda Jayne.' Bottom inset: the kitchen on the canal boat.
Happy families: Tom Daley and husband Dustin Lance Black step out with son Robbie for the first time since furious row with British Swimming after his BUGGY was banned from pool
Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black stepped out for a stroll in the sunshine with their baby son Robbie on Monday to start the week with a spot of breakfast. The appearance marks the first time the couple has been seen after Tom won his latest British gold medal at the weekend - which Dustin, 44, missed out on because the organisers at the Diving World series wouldn't let him bring Robbie's buggy onto the viewing platform.
Max the life-saving dog has his day at the Palace: Springer spaniel who helped his owner recover from depression attends Queen's garden party... and even gets a stroke for Kate
Max’s owner, Kerry Irving, 54, from Keswick in Cumbria, overcame acute depression after a serious car accident to become a respected mental health campaigner. He says his 11-year-old English springer spaniel saved his life. In 2006, Mr Irving’s car was hit by a truck, leaving him with severe spinal injuries. Once active and outdoor-loving, he became virtually house-bound and suffered acute panic attacks. On his rare forays outside the house, he would see Max, who belonged to a neighbour, and eventually asked if he could take him for a walk. ‘There was something very special about him,’ he recalled and began pushing himself further and further each day. 'Max gave me a reason to get up in the morning and something else to focus on, other than the pain.’
Let's hope the marriage is more successful! Guests share snaps of VERY dubious wedding cakes - featuring inappropriate toppers
Wedding guests from around the world have shared the worst cakes they've spotted in an online gallery, Pictured clockwise from top left: Tiers struggling to balance; a cake garnished with plants; odd cake toppers; tumbling turrets; an unfortunate spelling error on the groom's name, and a rather unromantic way to top off a wedding cake.
Downton Abbey movie finally releases first trailer as the Crawley family prepare for a royal visit, the staff lead a mutiny and Branson finds love again
The Downton Abbey movie hits cinema screens in September, and on Tuesday fans were finally given their first look at the hugely anticipated big screen spin off from the TV favourite. The first trailer was unveiled, featuring all of the much-loved cast from the ITV show, which aired its final episode in 2015 after six series. Picking up in 1927 (over a year after the endpoint of the series), the trailer is based on changing times, and sees the Crawley family and their staff preparing for a royal visit from George V and Queen Mary.
Wreck-it Man! Elton John loses council battle to demolish makeshift castle for his two donkeys on his Windsor estate and build a music studio in its place
The Rocket Man singer (left), 72, had the £20,000 makeshift castle (right) - complete with drawbridge - built at his luxury estate in Old Windsor, Berkshire in 1993. But Sir Elton had wanted to transform the site, designed to look like Windsor Castle, into a music studio leaving his four-legged friends homeless. He filed a lawfulness certificate earlier this year for the proposed new building to Royal Borough of Maidenhead and Windsor Council. This would mean the building wouldn't require planning permission and Sir Elton's neighbours wouldn't have to be notified of the plan. But, council officers have now refused his bid and told the rock star that it requires full planning permission.
Wish you were HERE? Couple who were promised a hotel room 'oozing Greek chic and sophistication' in Jet2 brochure share the dismal reality after arriving for £1,800 all-inclusive trip
Peter Smith (bottom-inset with wife Amanda), 56, from Thurlton, Norfolk jetted off to Tingaki in Kos on Thursday, May 9 with his wife, Amanda, to celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary. They had been told their hotel room, included as part of their £1,800 all-inclusive Jet2 holiday, would include jazzy modern lighting and wall decorations (such as the one pictured left). But when they arrived at the Gaia In Style hotel (top-inset), they found their room looking more like a 'hostel' (right). Mr Smith claims he was later told it had been used as a 'cleaning store'. Irritated at the situation, he took to the Jet2 Facebook page to post a picture of what he was promised, and a picture of the reality - complete with beige sheets, and a lack of atmospheric lighting. Jet2 has since moved Mr Smith and his wife to another room, which they are said to be 'happy' with.
Horrifying moment weightlifter's leg SNAPS as he attempts to squat 250kg during a competition in Russia
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Mother hits out at PrettyLittleThing after the size 8 dress she ordered won't go over her head and barely fits her four-year-old daughter
Kirsty Dee purchased the £10 Basic Black Pocket Detail T-shirt dress from PLT in her usual size eight. But she was horrified to find that the product scarcely went over hear head and instead just about fit her youngster, Molly. Taking to Twitter, the disgusted mother shared a photograph of Molly, four, wearing the tiny black dress, alongside a picture of the ensemble's size eight label.
'What the hell is going on with this foot and leg?' Fashion brand BAFFLES Instagram users after posting a bizarre image of a woman's limbs - so can YOU work out the optical illusion?
Mansur Gavriel posted a photo of a model wearing a pair of its white lambskin ballerina flats and a cream dress on Instagram on Sunday. Her frock perfectly matches the background, causing quite a bit of confusion in the comments section. The dress is simply covering a part of her legs while she is kneeling, but the fabric blends into the background and makes it look like she has tiny bone-thin calves. Many people initially thought the photo was the result of Photoshop gone wrong. Even after commenters explained her dress was just covering part of her legs, people said the image was frightening and would cause them nightmares.
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Woman blasts a wedding guest's 'inappropriate' dress for being short enough to see her underwear - but is accused of just being jealous
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Beauty bloggers with acne are going wild for a £9 foundation which they claim completely camouflages their spots - and share incredible before and after snaps to prove it
Make-up enthusiast Abbie Bull (pictured left), from Donnington, Shropshire, praised Revolution's Conceal and Define Foundation for its high coverage and long-wearing formula. Abbie wasn't the only blogger to favour the product, with British make-up fan Olivia Kennard (centre-right), 20, often using the affordable foundation. Shweihninzy (right), from the US, who suffers from severe acne, said the product offered 'amazing' coverage during a YouTube video. And UK-based SophDoesNails (centre-left) also raved about the beauty favourite while posting a YouTube video showing her blemished skin before and after using it.
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Nazi Germany's Brandenburger forces were known for using captured uniforms and fluency in other languages to disguise themselves as enemy soldiers and carry out spy missions. One such soldier, Sepp de Giampietro (pictured far left on a tank with German comrades), wrote a first-hand account called Blood and Soil: The Memoirs of a Third Reich Brandenburger, which has been translated into English for the first time. The book follows the young soldier through some of the war's most brutal conflicts. In the postscript he describes how he came to realise the horror of the Nazis and admits 'the war bore no justification'. Pictured top right: Brandenburgers parade in Athens in 1941; bottom right: the remains of a captured vehicle after the Brandenburgers, dressed in Russian uniform, had crossed a bridge in Latvia; inset: a Nazi grave marker with a damaged helmet on top, also in Latvia.
Shocking moment homeless man is repeatedly kicked in 'senseless' daylight attack by a customer queuing outside a sandwich shop in London
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