Former concert pianist and beloved Chiswick character killed in lorry crash

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Former concert pianist and beloved Chiswick character killed in lorry crash

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Former concert pianist and beloved Chiswick character killed in lorry crash

Anne Naysmith, a former concert pianist who lived in an old car in West London, has been killed in a road accident. 

Ms Naysmith was a well known and loved character in Chiswick. She involved in an accident with a lorry and killed in the early hours of Tuesday morning. 

For 30 years she lived in Prebend Gardens in her Ford Consul. Sadly, despite her popularity, in 2002 a local resident complained Ms Naysmith’s home was negatively impacting the area and the car was towed away, leaving Ms Naysmith homeless. 

The former concert pianist was a promising musician who once played the esteemed Wigmore Hall but ran into financial problems in the late 1970s and had things compounded by heartbreak. 

The Royal Academy of Music paid tribute to her on Twitter, writing that she was a “cherished Chiswick character.”

On local message boards, residents expressed their sadness at losing somebody who “lived her life exactly the way she chose” and offered to pay her funeral costs. 

Critics give Fifty Shades of Grey a whipping 

It may be the most highly anticipated film of the year, but Fifty Shades of Grey has left critics decidedly unsatisfied.

The film stars Dakota Johnson as naive student Anatasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as BDSM-loving billionaire Christian Grey. 

It is based on EL James’ novel of the same name, which won fans for its kinky sex scenes. 

Critics did not hold back, giving the film a thorough spanking.

Josh Dickey, from Mashable, was underwhelmed: "It's just kind of an above-average and brooding "love" story, not campy or clumsy enough to be so-bad-it's-good, not quite stylish or sizzling or steamy enough to overcome its atrocious source material."

Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian wrote the film was "so awful". 

It wasn't any better across the pond, either. Newsday’s Rafer Guzman called it “painfully dull”, saying “the movie has no pulse” and is “dead from the neck up.” 

USA Today’s Claudia Puig wrote that the film’s dialogue is “laughable” - and described the graphic nudity as “numbing”. Her scathing review said Fifty Shades is a “plodding, inane and wretchedly acted movie.” 

PETA asks aquariaum to take fish n’ chips off the menu

Animal right’s group PETA have asked an aquarium to stop serving fish in their restaurant, saying it was like selling “poodle burgers at a show show.”

Dawn Carr of PETA said fish were “sensitive” and wrote: “After inviting people to look on these glorious, fascinating animals in awe, it's odd that your restaurants then invite people to stick a fork in them.”

However, aquarium Chief Executive Colin Brown did not agree. He said: “We are a science centre and we feel Peta's concerns are a moral argument.

"I do think the idea of producing vegetarian forms of fish is something we can look into. But we don't think it's right to take the choice away from people."

He added that customers did not show any signs of agreeing with PETA: “"We have never had any concerns raised by customers.

"They sometimes joke about whether it's okay to eat fish and chips here or whether they can choose a fish from the tank."

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