Susan Boyle breaks her silence


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About two years ago, it seemed as though Susan Boyle disappeared into thin air. But the Scottish singer has finally cleared the air. For the past 18 months, Boyle has been out of the limelight focusing on her personal life after a health care caused doctors to tell her to “lose weight'.
Boyle was diagnosed Type 2 diabetes which prompted her to turn her attention to her health. Boyle also struggles with Asperger's syndrome. Boyle has followed a rock path in the past two years after she lost her sister Bridie McCaw in October 2015.
“I needed to stop eating sweeties and cakes,” Boyle told The Mirror. “It's the bane of my life.”
The singer may have lost more than two stones (13 kilograms), but that doesn't automatically mean she'll be performing any time soon. Fans are eagerly awaiting a live performance since the last time did in 2015.
Due to Boyle's diabetes and Asperger's syndrome, she said she may never sing live again. The 55-year-old singer confessed her Asperger's syndrome is so severe, she is not able for the time being to set tour dates and there is a good change she might not be able to bring herself to sing live again.
“I haven't performed live because I've been ill,” she said. “The short answer is that it has been connected to my Asperger's syndrome.”
Her condition means that her behavior could get out of control at any time. Boyle could become stressed and that could lead to a meltdown like the one she had at London Heathrow airport. These meltdowns or unpredictable behavior in general could make live shows a risky bet.
Her new album, A Wonderful World, is due to be released on November 25.
Susan Boyle came to international attention wen she appeared as a contestant on the TV program Britain's Got Talent on 11 April 2009. The judges and the audience showed themselves skeptical when she appeared on stage, but when she started singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables, everyone fell prey to the spell of her voice. Boyle hadn't even finished when standing ovation erupted.
Boyle's debut album, I Dreamed a Dream (2009) became the UK's best-selling debut album of all time and the best-selling album of 2009 in the US. With the release of I Dreamed of Dream and its lead-off singles “I dreamed a dream” and “Wild horses”, Boyle made £5 million.
Susan Boyle's story is inspiring and her struggle with Asperger's Syndrome is touching. In her words: “I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself.”
“I was slightly brain damaged at birth, and I want people like me to see that they shouldn't let a disability get in the way. I want to raise awareness. I want to turn my disability into ability.”
She is also an inspiration for overcoming her struggles. “There are enough people in the world who are going to write you off. You don't need to do that to yourself.”


James Corden tribute to George Michael


George Michael

2016 was a sad year for music. We didn't only lose David Bowie and Prince, but we also lost music icon George Michael at Christmas. The demise of the music icon affected music lovers, his family and those who knew him. Then there is The Late Show host James Corden, who saluted the artist.

After talking about his holidays, the British host talked about the passing of George Michael, whom he admired very much. “I went back to London over Christmas and had the best time,” Corden said. “I went back to London over Christmas and had the best time. But there was some really sad news over Christmas that hit me really hard... the passing away of George Michael.”
As Corden continued, he got more and more emotional: “I feel like I've loved George Michael as long as I've kind of loved music, in a way, and I know so many of this fans feel the same.”
He added: “Like sometimes, I can remember so many specific times in my life where I might have felt on my own, and George's music would feel like he just... it would feel like you would listen to a song and he would reach his hand out and tell you that you weren't on your own and that these feelings were not particular to you.”
Then Corden talked about having the opportunity to work with George Michael for a sketch for the UK charity show Comedy Relief.
“We called his management, and we called the label. I'll never ever forget it, but they said, ‘George would like to talk to you about this himself. But he's in Australia, so he's going to ring you, but when he calls you, it'll be 3 a.m. in London.'
“It was the weirdest feeling going to bed thinking, ‘When I wake up, it's going to be because George Michael is on the phone and I'm going to talk to him about this sketch.' We chatted for an hour, and we talked about music.”
The idea Corden had in mind was a sketch of himself singing karaoike in a car with a famous singer. Now that idea has become a worldwide sensation. We've seen celebrities from all walks of life on Corden's passenger seats singing to tunes. Some of the people that have been on the ‘Carpool Karoke' section of his show are Sir Elton John, J.Lo, Adele, One Direction, Selena Gomez, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Justin Bieber and even the First Lady Michelle Obama.
Corden said that the ‘Carpool‘ karaoke wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for George. He said: “When we started the show here, we were trying to get people to do Carpool Karaoke, and not many artists wanted to do it. We would send them this clip of me and George, and we sent it to Mariah Carey, and she was the first person to say yes. Her words were, ‘If it's good enough for George, then it's good enough for me. I'll do it.'”
“So, we all have so much to thank him for, for the music that he's given that will last forever. But we personally, here at this show, we owe him so much.”


David Bowie


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The whole world mourned singer songwriter and actor David Bowie, he passed away back in January 10, 2016. But the artist had a surprise in store for his fans: his final recordings are going to be released for his fans. The EP titled No Plan was released on January 8 on what would have been Bowie's 70th birthday.

Back in 2015, as David Bowie was recording music for his 25th album, Blackstar, the artist also recorded a handful of songs for his musical Lazarus. That year he found out that his liver cancer was terminal. Despite his deteriorated health, as late as a week before his death, he continued to record his final album. Unfortunately, two days after his 60th birthday on January 10, Bowie passed away. The Lazarus tracks, including the title track and three others, became his final recordings.
These recordings have been compiled into the No Plan EP. The album was released on what would have been Bowie's 70th birthday. The EP includes the tracks Lazarus, No Plan, Killing a Little Time and When I Met You.
The themes of time, future, and death are present on the tracks which proves that Bowie's disease affected his songwriting and he was considering his own mortality.
As an artist that lived through creativity, it seems natural that Bowie would contemplate his death in the same way, which is through music. Although the themes are sad, they are also inspired. These songs resemble any masterpiece delving into the artist's inner self.
The album was released together with a new music video for “No Plan,” showing TVs in a window on a rainy street. Crowds of mourners gather to watch the screens as it shows the lyrics and old images of Bowie. The moment reminiscence in the day when the world stopped at the news of Bowie's death on January 11. The television sets are placed in a store called “Newtown Electrical” which is said to be a reference to Jerome Newton, which is the character played by Bowie in the film The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Before the release of the EP and the video, Bowie's wife of 23 years, Iman, shared a moving hand-drawn image of the singer as a young boy to Instagram. The image shows a boy with Bowie's trademark red and blue lighting bolt drawn across his face.
In a new BBC2 documentary the director of the singer's “Lazarus” music video, Johan Renck says Bowie wasn't aware that his cancer was terminal until three months before his death.


Prince William leaves his loved job


Prince William

Since Prince William is bound to take the throne eventually, he is taking on more duties and thus there are things he has to give up, and one of them is his much loved job. William, 34, the second-in-line to the throne, will also base his family in London rather than their current address in Norfolk, eastern England.

Said job was the Prince's position as a helicopter pilot for the East Anglia Air Ambulance since 2015. While he said his experience with them had been a “huge privilege”, his official duties.
In a statement released to the press, Prince William stated: “Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valuable perspective to my royal work for decades to come”.
Before becoming a search and rescue helicopter pilot, William served in Britain's armed forces from 2006 until 2013. Thereafter he started his career as an air ambulance helicopter pilot with the East Anglia Air Ambulance near his home.
He added, “I would like to thank the people of East Anglia for being so supportive of my role and for letting me get on with my job when they have seen me in the community or at our region's hospitals.”
The new change of address is an opportunity for William and Kate to take over a few more official duties, including the patronage of some of the organizations that the Queen is not taking on anymore.
The queen, who is already 90 years old, has reduced significantly the number of official engagements she is in charge of and announced that she would step down as patron of a number of organizations.
Apart from William, those duties are being passed on to son and heir Prince Charles and other members of the royal family.
His office said in a statement that the prince would leave his job in the summer and move his wife Kate and children George 3, and Charlotte 1, from Anmer Hall, their country mansion on the queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk, to Kensington Palace, their official London residence.
While William's family will be moving into Kensington Palace, they will keep the Amner Hall home.
The statement said: “As they have in recent years, their royal highnesses are keen to continue to increase their official work on behalf of the queen for charities and causes they support, which will require great spent in London.”
Another reason for the change of address was the fact that young Prince George will be starting school in London he had to move closer to his family in London.
As the statement said: “Prince George will begin school in London in September and Princess Charlotte will also go to nursery and eventually school in London as well.”


Elton John to co-write Devil Wears Prada Musical


Devil Wears Prada

The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Elton John will work with playwright Paul Rudnick on an adaptation of the hit fashion comedy. The musician has been chosen to co-write the music of The Devil Wears Prada musical for Broadway.

With such an explosive duo with such great experience, expectations are high for the musical. This is not the first musical for Elton John; he has worked in great productions which include hits like The Lion King and Billy Elliot. Considering Rudnick's previous work, we can expect a great dosage of humor in this new musical; some of his work include plays such as Jeffrey and I Hate Hamlet and his screen work in includes Addams Family Values.
“Re-imagining The Devil Wears Prada for the musical is super exciting,” John said in a statement. “I'm a huge fan of both the book and the feature film and a huge aficionado of the fashion world. I can't wait to sink my musical teeth into this hunk of popular culture.”
Fox State Productions, a company created in 2013 to create musicals based on Fox Films, has been producing the stage version of the popular film and best-seller book since 2015. Fox Stage Productions is also developing other projects such as Mrs Doubtfire and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
The 2006 film was based on the novel of the same name by Lauren Weisberger, which was said to have been inspired by Weisberger's sting as an assistant to Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
The story portrays the fashion magazine world where a tyrannical editor Miranda Priestly, portrayed by the Oscar-nominated Meryl Street, makes life difficult for assistants - played by Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt - with outrageous demands. The story is told from Andrea's perspective - played by Ann Hathaway - who is a small-town girl fresh out of college who finds a job in New York City, has to learn about the high-powered fashion magazine world while trying to cope with all the demands her new boss imposes on her.
The film was such a commercial success - making $326m worldwide when the cost was $35m - that fans expected there would be a sequel based on the book's follow-up Revenge Wears Prada.
According to Variety, John's husband David Furnish is the CEP of one of the production companies that are taking the musical to the stage.
The film that stars Meryl Streep is also credited for introducing the actress with most Oscar nomination to the younger generation. Despite Streep's character being bossy and demanding, she conquered the hearts and minds of all those who watched the movie.
There's no definite date for the Musical yet but it is one of the many upcoming movie-to-theatre musicals adaptations coming to Broadway. Some of the most notable films that are making to Broadway are the popular French masterpiece Amelie, and the film that caused the “Let it go” sensation, Frozen. There are also rumors that La La Land musical will also make an appearance in Broadway. This wouldn't surprise many considering it is already a musical and it has swept clean all the award ceremonies this year.


Federer wins the Australian Open


Federer wins the Australian Open

Swiss professional tennis champion, Roger Federed, beat Spanish champion Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open for 18th major. The clash was an extraordinary comeback for the duo who have just recovered from injuries and are now older than most opponents.

“I don't think either one of us believed we were going to be in the finals at the Australian Open... four, five months ago, and here we stand in the finals,” Federer said.
That surprising victory made the Swiss player very happy, but the same cannot be said about Nadal: “This is beautiful, but it's still much better, the (other) trophy,” he said as he looked sadly at the runner-up trophy.
This victory for Federer was a payback for losing to Nadal back in the 2009 Australian Open final in five sets and he is going to celebrate big time. “We are going to party like rock stars,” he said.
He added: “Emotions poured out of me. Of course I was seeing my entire support team, (wife) Mirka going bananas. It was cool.”
This is the first time Nadal loses to Federer at a grand slam since Wimbledon in 2007. He was 7-2 in grand slam finals against his friend and 23-11 overall.
Tennis great and current Australian Open Men's Champion Roger Federer took time from his celebrations and answering questions about his possible retirement to salute his former coach, who helped him make it to the top.
Peter Carter was the Swiss tennis star's coach who tragically died in a car accident in South Africa just before Federer's 21st birthday.
Federer said: “Peter Carter had the biggest impact on me in terms of my technique. That's what so many people talk about.”
He added: “When they talk about my effortless style and technique, I guess. I was able to perfect in later in my life, but he set the foundation, and that's why I'm so happy that his parents were at the finals yesterday and saw me win.”
“That really meant a lot to me.”
Federer also praised his other Australian coach, Tony Roche: “Rochey, like every coach I've had, took me to the next level.”
“He made me work extremely hard. I like the old-school work ethic that Rochey brought to the table. He had a winning mentality and every day we had together was a great one. It was definitely something special with Peter and Rochey.”
The Swiss professional tennis player who is ranked as number 10 by the Association of Tennis Professionals also spoke about his ties to Australia as “it all started” there for him.
“I won my first match maybe against Michael Chang here (Australia) back in 2000,” he said. “I go way back. Always loved coming here.”
Despite the outcome of the match, Nadal said he'll away away from Melbourne in good spirits.
“I believe that if I have my body in the right conditions, I can have a great year because I feel I am playing well,” said Nadal, who was bidding for a first major since 2004.
“I am with big personal satisfaction,” Nadal said. “I cannot say I am sad.”


Dame Helen Mirren stands up for women


Dame Helen Mirren stands up for women

Dame Helen Mirren is one of the best British actors of our time. She is one of the very few actors who have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting - a term used in the American entertainment industry to describe actors who have won a competitive Academy Award (2007), Emmy Award (1996) and Tony Award (2015) in the acting categories.

Despite her talent and success, she has had to go through the sexism that characteristic of show business. However, Helen Mirren has been brave and has been fighting against sexism for decades. The most notable case is when the actress appeared on her first-ever talk show, Parkinson, hosted by Michael Parkinson. The sexist questioning she had to endure may be outrageous, but it reflects what female celebrities tend to endure when dealing with the media.
Parkinson introduces Helen in a chilled-out tone: “The critics spend as much time discussing her physical attributes as assessing her acting ability.” Then he quotes reviewers who have described the member of the Royal Shakespeare Company as a “sex queen” who possesses a “sluttish eroticism.”
Then he goes on to ask: “do you find that what could be best described as your equipment in fact hinders you perhaps in that pursuit?”
When she inquires about her equipment, he tries to avoid to answer but then admits he was referring to her figure or “bosom.”
Mirren asks him if serious actresses can't have big bosoms, and then he responds, “I think that might sort of detract them from the performance if you know what I mean.”
But then Dame Helen burned him: “I can't think that can necessarily be true. I mean what a crummy performance if people are obsessed with the size of your bosom or anything else. I would hope that the performance and the play and the living relationship between all the people on the state and all the people in the audience overcome such boring questions.”
But she has stood up for women over decades:
“Women have got to stop being polite. If I ever had children, which I don't, the first thing I'd teach a girl of mine is the words ‘f- off.'” “At 70 years old, if I could give my younger self one piece of advice, it would to use the worlds ‘f- off' much more frequently.”
“You can't control how other people see you or think of you. And you have to be comfortable with that.”
“I think every woman in our culture is a feminist. They may refuse to articulate it, but if you were to take any woman back 40 years and say, ‘Is this a world you want to live in?' They would say, ‘No'”
“Fear can be one of the most destructive emotions. It is, of course, also very important, in that fear sometimes stops you from doing stupid things. But it can also stop you from doing creative or exciting or experimental things. It can cloud your judgement of others, and lead to all kinds of evil. The control and understanding of our personal fears is one of the most important undertakings in our lives.”
“The trick in life is learning how to deal with it.”
“40 is good, 50 is great, 60 is fab and 70 is f- awesome.”
“It seems to me that the years between eighteen and twenty-eight are the hardest, psychologically. It's then you realize this is make or break, you no longer have the excuse of youth, and it is time to become an adult - but you are not ready.”
“The role of women has always been undervalued in the spy world, always undermined in terms of recognition. Unfairly so. It's a world that needs women.”
“When you're young and beautiful, you are paranoid and miserable.”
“You write your life story by the choices you make.”


Princess Mary dazzles at Copenhagen Fashion Week


Danish Crown Princess Mary

Looking resplendent in a jewel-embellished black coat, cigarette pants and white jumper, Princess Mary kicked off the Copenhagen Fashion Week in Denmark in the most elegant, dazzling manner.

Dressed warmly but stylish for the wintry weather, the 44-year-old added the final touch to her look by wearing a pair of Valentino rockstud heels. She brightened up her look with a bold pink lipstick and accessorized with dazzling crystal earrings. Everyone at the event fell prey to her characteristic warm smile.
Renown for being the largest fashion show in the Nordic Region, Copenhagen Fashion Week runs every February and August. The main venue of the shoe is at the City Hall of Copenhagen in the city center.
Joining designers at the opening of the annual event at City Hall, the style icon posed for photos with Eva Kruse, CEO Copenhagen Fashion Summit.
Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat, is the wife of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Frederik is the heir apparent to the throne of Denmark. The royal couple have four children, out of which two are twins.
Their story is an authentic modern fairytale between a Prince and commoner. The royal couple met at the Slip Inn, a pub in Sydney, when the Prince was visiting Australia during the 2000 Summer Olympics. They got engaged after three years, and then they married the following year, which received extensive coverage by both Australian and European news media.
The Copenhagen Fashion Week doesn't only showcase designs from established designers, but it also promotes up-and-coming talent as well, particularly with the Designer's Nest Award.
As the patron of Designer's Nest Award, the Australian-born princess presented the winners at the coveted event. The aim of the award is to expose and promote up-and-coming designers in order to boost their chances to make it in the fashion industry.
Australian photographer Natalie Rap spoke with the princess and then told Daily Mail Australia that Mary took the time to speak with guests and take photos. The photographer said the princess was friendly and approachable.
Accordingly, Mary “raved” about the Danish label and praised the historic brand for being sustainable.
“Everyone was really impressed with how she was so friendly and approachable,” Miss Rap said.
“Many locals said to me I was lucky to have the chance to speak with her as it's a rare opportunity in Denmark.”
Mary observed Danish fashion house Fonnesback's Spring/Summer 2017 collection from the front row. Established in Denmark in 1847 by Anders Fonnesbach, the label combines historic pieces with modern fashion to create timeless designs, including a bright yellow gown with cut-out sleeves that took the runway by storm.
Mary wore an off-white dress by Daniel label Julie Fagerholt Heartmade, valued in US$523. The dress is made with silk and features a gold thread with button closure.
She paired the dressed with a rust-colored coat by Fonnesbech, snakeskin and suede stilettos by Italian fashion house Sergio Rosson, and a clutch from Danish label Carlend Copenhagen. Only the crocodile-skin clutch retails online for US$1273.


J.K. burns haters on Twitter


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The author of the famous saga of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, is often vocal about her political views, particularly her support for refugees, the LGBTQ community, women, minorities and her disdain for Donald Trump. Unfortunately, her position has sparked the hate of many Trump supporters that have taken to Twitter to either insult her or criticize her.

Trolls, however, should know better than to mess an internationally famous writer who obviously has a way with words. There's nothing more entertaining than reading on Twitter how J.K. Rowling brutally destroys Internet trolls with her witty, genius comebacks.
When a Twitter used said “glad I caught this article on yahoo. I will now burn your books and movies too,” referring to J.K. Rowling criticism of Trump, J.K. Rowling had the most amazing response: “Well, the fumes from the DVDs might be toxic and I've still got your money, so by all means borrow my lighter.”
She has also stood out in defense of the LGBTQ community. When a fan tweeted “I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can't see him in that way,” Rowling replied, “Maybe because gay people just look like... people?”
After Trump banned refugees from the USA, J.K. Rowling defended by saying: “If you can't imagine yourself in one of those boats, you have something missing. They are dying for a life worth living.” That defense sparked a criticism from a Twitter troll: “Said the millionaire on her gold iPhone in her mansion.” To that, she responded: “I'd type a longer retort, but these diamond buttons really hurt my fingers.”
The language newspapers and politicians use to depict somebody or a group of people can affect their identity and J.K. Rowling is aware of this fact. That is why when Daily Mail US published a news story with this title “‘Lone wolf' student Alexandre Bissonnette sole suspect accused of killing six at Quebec City mosque”, J.K. Rowling tweeted “He. Is. A. Terrorist. Not. A. Lone. Wolf.” By labeling him “lone wolf” the media is ignoring the fact this act is not an stand-alone event but part of a broader reality, an anti-Muslim sentiment in the West. This was an act of hate and by not depicting as such, media is ignoring how the monster of Islamophobia in growing in Western societies, and how it has turned a group into terrorists as well. When J.K. Rowling calls him a “terrorist”, he is addressing the whole reality. If you can call a Muslim that shoots a number of people in a Miami club a “terrorist”, then you can also call a Westerner that kills people in a mosque a “terrorist”. They were both terrorist attacks with a terror purpose. They are not aimed at one person for personal reasons but to a community to spark a certain response.
People should know better than to go on a “grammar-off” with a best-seller author. But they still do... lucky for us. After J.K. Rowling corrected a spelling mistake on Trump's tweet, a Trump supporter reacted with a derogatory tweet “Nitpicking at it's finest.” But the author of Harry Potter burned him with the best shortest tweet of all time: “*its*”. He had made a grammar mistake by using “it's” which is short for “it is” instead of “its” which is the correct possessive of “it.”


Europe welcomes Trump in hilarious satire sketches


America First   The Netherlands Second

President Donald Trump has pledged to put America first, but all the Dutch ask is that he will put the “Netherlands second” in a hilarious spoof message by news satire show Zongag met Lubach that has racked up millions of hits.

The whole world watched Donald Trump as he gave his inauguration speech when he became the 45th president of the United States. Now what the whole world is watching is the response from a Dutch TV presenter who introduced his nation to the leader of the free world “in a way that will probably appeal to him the most”.
Host Arjen Lubach opens the segment by telling his audience that it's better for the two nations to find a way to get along. Presented as “The Netherlands welcome Trump in his own words”, the voiceover uses a Trump-style accent poking fun at his famous lines, poking at his policies, controversies and other countries.
“The whole world was watching the inauguration,” Dutch comedian Arjen Lubach says introducing the clip.
“He had a clear message to the rest of the world: ‘From this day forward. It's going to be only America first.'
“And we realize it's better for us to get along (so) we decided to introduce our tiny country to him in a way that will probably appeal to him the most.”
The video appears as a fake tourism advert from the Government of the Netherlands introducing Holland to the American president. The voiceover calls the “tiny country” a “really, really fantastic place.”
The spoof is sparks the first chuckles by claiming that they defeated the Spanish - who are “total losers” - and “they're all dead now.”
“We speak Dutch,” the voiceover explains. “It's the best language in Europe. We've got the best words. All the other languages failed. Danish... total disaster. German is not even a real language.”
“They are the best ponies, they are. You can ride them. You can date them. You can grab ‘em by the pony, it's fantastic,” alluding to Trump's scandalous off-the-record talks about women.
In reference to the wall Trump wants to build between the USA and Mexico, the video mentions Afsluitdijk, “it's a great, great wall that we built to protect us from all the water from Mexico. We built an entire ocean... Nobody builds oceans better than we do... And we made the Mexicans pay for it. It's true.”
One of the best parts of the video is when it describes Madurodam as the “greatest miniature town in the world. It's tiny but it's great.” Then it pokes fun at the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration by stating that the squares are so small you don't need many people to fill them, and then cuts to a scene from Ceremony Square during Trump's swearing-in ceremony.
Since Trump has been criticized for being a racist and for his mockery of handicapped people, the video first mentions a racist tradition: “In December, we've got the most scandalous tradition of Black Pete. It's the most offensive, the most racist thing you've ever seen. You'll love it. It's great.” And then a disabled person: “We also have a disabled politician for you to make fun of.”
One of the funniest parts of the video is it pokes fun at Trump's unwillingness to show his tax return. “We've got the best tax evasion system God ever created... You should tell your sons to put all your... sorry... their business here. You'll pay no taxes at all.”
It concludes: “We totally understand it's going to be America first, but can we just say: The Netherlands second?”


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