Much Like The Original, Reading ‘The Perfectionists’ Won’t Spoil The New ‘PLL’ Spinoff

Pretty Little Liar fans are about to get the fresh infusion of intrigue and murder they’ve been longing for, and it’s about time. Like the original series, PLL: The Perfectionists is based on books by Sara Shepard. But unlike the Freeform series, the book series is neither a direct sequel nor a spin-off of Pretty Little Liars. In fact, Marlene King, who is also showrunning this spinoff series, decided to take quite a few liberties with the original source material, altering it to make it more relevant to the existing PLL fandom. And this isn’t the first time she and her team, with the help of Shepard have chosen to take some liberties with the author stories.

The Perfectionists series consists of two books: The Perfectionists, published in October 2014, and its sequel, The Good Girls, which came out in June 2015. Both books center around the same set of five female characters. Ava, Caitlin, Julie, Parker and Mackenzie, all have different strengths — and different secrets — but they’re brought together by their shared hatred of the class bully, Nolan Hotchkiss. The girls despise Nolan so much they even joke about murdering him, right down to the way they’d do it. But when Nolan actually shows up murdered in the exact same way the girls had joked about, they have to figure out who it is that’s trying to set them up — and why.

While the Freeform show is definitely based on Shepard’s books, the network made a few major changes to the original story. The primary change, per Variety, is that it turns it into a PLL crossover series by incorporating both Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse) and Mona Vanderwaal (Janel Parrish) as the protagonists of this series. Alison and Mona become stand-ins for the original characters Julie and Parker. Cellist Mackenzie is gender-swapped for a gay male character called Dylan. Only Ava and Caitlin retain their original names.

If you thought that Shepard might be unhappy that Freeform decided to shake up her stories so much, it doesn’t look like she minds in the least. Speaking to Bustle at a set visit in November 2018, King encouraged fans to read the books. "Reading the book in no way would ruin the TV show for you, nor the other way around. You SHOULD read it," she says. The showrunner added, "Shepard’s very happy with how we treat her material."

And really, why wouldn’t she be? Over the course of its 7-season run, PLL won a slew of People’s Choice and Teen Choice Awards, earning Shepard even more positive press and garnering interest in her other books series, too.

In addition to Pretty Little Liars and The Perfectionists, Shepard has three other YA series: The Lying Game, The Heiresses, and The Elizas. Freeform (formerly ABC Family) already turned The Lying Game into its own PLL companion show back in 2011. The show, which starred Alexandra Chano as twins Emma and Sutton Becker, only ran for two seasons before being cancelled.

According to Just Jared, The Heiresses was also slated for an adaptation starring PLL‘s Shay Mitchell before it was given the axe before its scheduled 2018 premiere, so if you want to know the answer to that question, you’ll have to read the books.

Currently, no plans have been announced to turn The Elizas into a TV series of its own. But if The Perfectionists can manage to veer more on the side of PLL-level success, or at least surpass The Lying Game and Heiresses, then it’s possible there could be yet another Shepard show green lit in the future.

Additional reporting by Karen Fratti.

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How much money Olivia Jade could make on sponsored posts

Olivia Jade Giannulli may rake in as much as $50,000 each time she peddles products like hairspray, makeup and invisible braces to her millions of followers on social media, an expert estimated to The Post on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old daughter of TV actress Lori Loughlin is best known for her massive online presence — she has 1.4 million followers on Instagram and another 1.9 million on her beauty-focused YouTube channel.

And she’s certainly no dummy when it comes to cashing in on it through lucrative sponsorship deals with Amazon, TRESemmé, Smile Direct, Smashbox cosmetics and others.

“Typically, someone who has her following on Instagram and YouTube would likely be making around $10,000 to $15,000 per post and per video,” explained Stephanie Cartin, the co-CEO of social media marketing agency SocialFly, who does not work with Giannulli.

But the charmed teen gets a sizable boost to her bottom line thanks to her famous mom, who played Aunt Becky on the iconic family sitcom “Full House.”

“We’re estimating … she’s probably making a minimum of $30,000 for a post on Instagram. It could even be an upwards of $50,000,” said Cartin, who has not seen any of Giannulli’s contracts.

And those totals don’t account for a cut in sales she likely receives from her sponsored-content posts.

“She’s more than just a regular influencer — she has that celebrity hook with her,” Cartin said.

What adds to Giannulli’s star power is her “high engagement” with her followers, which is figured by dividing the number of likes and comments on her posts by total followers.

“It’s a whole different world. We don’t see her on TV but online, she’s very well known to the people that she’s influencing,” said Cartin.

Giannulli has come under intense scrutiny following the arrest of mom Loughlin and dad Mossimo Giannulli this week in the largest college admissions fraud ever prosecuted by the feds.

The wealthy couple is accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to college prep expert William “Rick” Singer to get Olivia Jade and her sister into the University of Southern California as competitive rowers — even though neither is an athlete.

Olivia Jade cashed in on her allegedly ill-gotten college status with spon-con for Amazon Prime, in which she showed off her dorm room.

But in a YouTube video last year, she nonchalantly admitted that she didn’t “really care about school” but wanted the “experience” of “partying.”

Her posts have sparked public outrage — and placed pressure on Sephora and other companies to sever ties with Olivia Jade.

Meanwhile, she’s been roasted on her social media and in scathing online reviews for her sold-out makeup palette.

“I thought this would give me the ‘just-came-from-crew-practice,’ ‘spent-hours-rowing-on-the-lake’ glow. Turns out it was all a sham!” one person wrote on Wednesday.

Asked whether she could rebound from the cheating scandal, Cartin, who works closely with both brands and social media influencers, said it’s possible — eventually.

“So many of these celebrity influencers bounce back from scandals but it’s going to take time and it also depends on how she positions it and talks about it,” she said. “Is she going to be honest and be real with people?”

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How much is Louis Walsh worth, is he married, why has he quit The X Factor and which bands has he managed?

He is X Factor royalty but his stint on the show has finally come to an end. Here's his story…

Who is Louis Walsh? What is his background?

Michael Louis Vincent Walsh, 66, was born August 5, 1952, in Ireland.

He is an entertainment manager and has starred as a judge on the X Factor.

Originally from Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Louis moved to Dublin in the 90s to get a start in the music industry.

He managed Boyzone and Westlife, two of Ireland's most successful pop bands in the 1990s and 2000s.

In later life, Louis began a career in TV.

He has since become a well-known judge on British and Irish talent shows.

Is Louis Walsh married?

In 2012 Louis "married" Caroline Flack in Las Vegas for an X Factor spoof.

The pair tied the knot at the infamous Little White Chapel and were wed by an Elvis impersonator ahead of a judge's houses segment.

However the ceremony was gatecrashed by Sharon Osbourne.

In real life Louis has never acknowledged having a partner and always deflects questions about his love life.

What bands has Louis Walsh managed?

Louis has managed numerous well-known pop bands, since becoming a manager in the 90s:

  • Boyzone 1993 to 2000
  • Westlife 1998 to 2012
  • Samantha Mumba 2000 to 02
  • Ronan Keating 2000 to 03
  • Bellefire 1999 to 2004
  • Six 2001 to 02
  • Girls Aloud 2002
  • G4 2004 to 07
  • Shayne Ward 2005 to 09
  • Jedward 2009 to 13
  • Wonderland 2010 to 11
  • Union J 2013 to 15
  • Hometown 2013 to 16
  • Shane Filan 2012 to present
  • Myles and Connor 2012 to present

What TV shows has Louis Walsh been on?

Louis is a well-known face on the TV thanks to appearing on X Factor.

But he has also been a judge on other telly talent shows:

  • Irish Popstars
  • Popstars: The Rivals
  • You're a Star
  • Ireland's Got Talent

Have Louis Walsh and Ronan Keating fallen out?

When Ronan Keating announced he wanted to take a break from Boyzone in the 90s, Louis continued to manage his career.

Ronan achieved a number one hit with Life is a Rollercoaster in 2000 while his album sold 4.4 million copies.

But after this, they parted company and then had a bitter falling out.

At the time Louis said: "[Ronan] wasn't the most talented one [out of Boyzone] – he's not a great singer and he's got no personality."

Ronan later told Closer magazine: "That man absolutely tried to ruin me and if he thinks we can ever hug and make up he can forget it.

"I haven't heard from him in three years and I wouldn't have a problem if I never saw him again. He's not a nice character."

The feud between the two men ended in March 2008 when Ronan joined Louis at "Judge's House" round on The X Factor.

Why is Louis leaving The X Factor?

After 13 years Louis is leaving the reality singing show.

He is the longest serving judge and appeared in every series except one since the show began in 2004.

Louis said in a statement: “I’ve had a fantastic 13 years on The X Factor but the show needs a change and I’m ready to leave.

“I’m looking forward to another series of Ireland’s Got Talent, going back to my day job as a manager, writing my memoirs and seeing the world.”

Sharon Osbourne will have a scaled-back role in the show when it returns for a 15th series later this year

What is Louis Walsh's net worth?

Louis has amassed quite a fortune since the 90s.

He is worth around £116million.

This is through his TV career and being a band manager.

 

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Islanders show just how much they don’t need John Tavares

That’s one way to get over it.

The Islanders made it a celebration rather than just a riot, as they took advantage of all the energy in the Coliseum upon John Tavares’ villainous return as the enemy to beat his Maple Leafs, 6-1, on Thursday night.

It was Tavares’ first game back here since he left as a free agent to join his hometown Leafs — signing a seven-year, $77 million deal on July 1 after he had proclaimed his desire to stay with the Islanders. The fans started in on him early, kept it going throughout the game, and Tavares knew it was coming.

“Obviously I don’t expect it to be very welcoming when I return,” Tavares said just hours before the game in front of an unusually large throng of reporters and cameras. “Just going to go out there and play the best I can and worry about what I can control.”

The fans had already started piling up in the parking lot in the early afternoon, with Tavares jerseys being treated unnaturally. In what then had to be the most well-attended warm-ups of all time, the fans began letting Tavares have it when he hit the ice and every time he got near one of the boards, lined by fans holding derogatory signs.

Then the chants started — first an anatomical description of what they think of his character, then the sing-song of, “We don’t need you!” from the fans whose Islanders have shocked everyone and are in first place in the Metropolitan Division. As Tavares headed off, a fan threw a jersey at him and just missed.

It only got worse as all the 13,917 fans found their seats. The game started with chants of “J.T. sucks!” followed by more anatomical comments and eventually, “You’re a liar!” He was booed vehemently every time he touched the ice, and worse every time he touched the puck.

Then came the video tribute at the first television timeout, coming with 10:01 remaining in the first period. The video produced by the Islanders went on for about a minute, with the sound hardly audible over the screaming fans. There were highlights of him scoring game-winning goals, including the one that won the franchise its only playoff series since 1993, the overtime tally in Game 6 against the Panthers in 2016.

Both teams were paying attention, and a lot of players tapped their sticks in appreciation. Tavares was on the ice, and he raised his stick in acknowledgment.
Of course, Tavares knew what was coming because he had been familiar with the passion of this fan base for the past nine years, since the club took him with the No. 1-overall pick in the 2009 draft.

“It meant the world to me,” Tavares said of his time with the Islanders. “I always said during my time here — and still say it — it’s a great place to play hockey. I took a lot of pride in playing here, in being an Islander and being a captain and trying to do everything I can to help this team get to where we wanted to get to. Unfortunately, we didn’t accomplish that.”

The Islanders (37-19-7) have now had success since he left, and they hardly blinked when the Maple Leafs (39-21-4) got out to a 1-0 lead with a goal from Zach Hyman at 13:33 of the first period. The Isles answered just under three minutes later with a tally from Anthony Beauvillier to take a 1-1 tie into the second period.

The Islanders dominated the middle period, with a goal from captain Anders Lee at 4:49 that drew chants of, “That’s our captain!” It was followed by a shorthanded goal from Casey Cizikas at 13:40 that almost brought the house down and topped by one from Valtteri Filppula at 19:00 to give the Isles a 4-1 lead going into the third.

The romp then went into full effect as Cizikas tipped in his second of the night just 43 seconds into the third, followed by a Brock Nelson goal at 8:41 that made it 6-1.

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Here’s How Much The Average Wedding Costs In Each State

It is a truth universally acknowledged that weddings in this day and age tend to be pretty expensive. (Thanks, wedding industrial complex.) But when it comes to the average cost of a wedding in 2019, exactly what the price tag might be varies from state to state. Curious about how much a wedding costs in your own state? Good news: Market research firm the Wedding Report exists specifically to track and forecast, among other wedding-related things, spending within the wedding industry — and happily, one of the many ways you can examine their data and analysis is by state.

According to the Wedding Report’s methodology page, their data comes from a variety of sources ranging from the government (federal, state, and local) to proprietary surveys administered electronically. The government data is used to determine how many weddings were actually held in any given year, while the survey data is used to estimate and average out wedding costs. The most recent survey-based data set comprises 6,792 samples gathered in 2018.

In determining wedding costs, the Wedding Report collects data for a whopping 59 different products and services across 10 categories — although then again, given all of the things that many modern weddings involve, perhaps that number is unsurprising. The items tracked here range from big picture stuff (the venue! Food! Flowers!) to the smaller details (place cards! Wedding favors! Postage for save the dates, invitations, and thank you cards!). Average wedding costs are then calculated using a weighted demand average (WDA) — that is, the average spent times the demand. Notes the Wedding report, “Using WDA instead of a summed average gives a better calculation, because it takes into account all items that couples may or may not purchase.”

There are, however, a couple of things to keep in mind. First, even though these costs involve weighted averages, they’re still, y’know, averages; obviously not all weddings in any given state cost the average amount. Second, the cost of living isn’t the same across all geographic areas, so it’s worth remembering that just because a state is known for, say, having pricier weddings doesn’t necessarily mean that the weddings are more extravagant there than elsewhere; in some cases, it might just be a result of the services and items themselves generally costing more. Similarly, a state being known for having less expensive weddings doesn’t mean that those weddings are simpler or less elaborate — it just means the cost of services and items might be different.

And lastly, just because weddings in any given state cost a certain amount on average doesn’t mean your wedding has to cost that amount. Anecdotally, I got married in one of the most expensive states on the list (California), but for dramatically less than the average cost of a wedding in that state tends to be; and conversely, if you have the economic means and the will to do so, you can always spring for something way, way more expensive than the average cost in your state of choice. When it comes to weddings, I am a firm believer in the “you do you” principal: If you’re getting married, have the wedding that’s right for you and your partner — no matter what anyone else says.

In case you want some guidelines, though, here’s how much your average wedding costs in each state, grouped by price bracket:

$15,000 – $20,000

The fewest number of states average out in this bracket — just nine — keep their wedding under $20k on average. A lot of that is likely due to cost of living in those states being a bit more affordable than it might be in other geographic areas; with the exception of two outliers — Idaho and New Mexico — all nine states are located in the South.

  • Mississippi: $15,260
  • Alabama: $17,216
  • Arkansas: $17,43
  • Kentucky: $17,607
  • West Virginia: $18,228
  • Tennessee: $18,346
  • New Mexico: $18,470
  • Louisiana: $19,681
  • Idaho: $19,925

$20,000 – $25,000

Meanwhile, the majority of states — 18 — fall in the $20k-to-$25k price point. They’re spread out across the country pretty well, although they tend to be clustered in the South, Midwest, and Southwest.

  • South Carolina: $20,047
  • Missouri: $20,058
  • North Carolina: $20,416
  • Montana: $20,706
  • Florida: $20,933
  • Michigan: $20,942
  • Indiana: $21,004
  • Oklahoma: $21,032
  • Ohio: $21,478
  • Arizona: $21,605
  • Georgia: $21,666
  • Nevada: $21,879
  • Kansas: $22,407
  • South Dakota: $22,896
  • Iowa: $23,426
  • Nebraska: $23,488
  • Wisconsin: $23,680
  • Texas: $24,520

$25,000 – $30,000

12 states keep things in the $25k-to-$30k range. These states are largely in the West, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest; most of them are landlocked, rather than coastal.

  • Illinois: $25,918
  • Wyoming: $26,017
  • Oregon: $26,175
  • Maine: $26,211
  • North Dakota: $26,774
  • Utah: $27,095
  • Minnesota: $27,332
  • Colorado: $27,646
  • Delaware: $28,067
  • Pennsylvania: $28,827
  • Virginia: $29,196
  • Washington State: $29,511

$30,000 And Up

Weddings in coastal states — typically those in New England in the Northeast and in California in the West, or 12 states in total — tend to have the highest average price tags. It makes sense that the state with the single highest average wedding cost would be Hawaii; as Nerdwallet noted in 2018, the fact that Hawaii is an island means that there are limited resources available directly within the state itself. A lot of things have to be flown in from the mainland, which can up the costs considerably.

  • Vermont: $30,257
  • Rhode Island: $30,861
  • California: $31,437
  • New Hampshire: $33,612
  • Maryland: $33,755
  • Alaska: $34,298
  • New York: $34,315
  • Connecticut: $35,702
  • Massachusetts: $35,966
  • Washington, DC: $36,082
  • New Jersey: $36,943
  • Hawaii: $37,827

If you’re curious about the exact breakdown of each state, you can take a look at their individual stats here.

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Does Netflix Brag Too Much About Its Number of Viewers?

Just a decade ago, Netflix was nothing more than a small streaming service that was slowly gaining momentum as a new way to watch television. Now, they are not only an incredibly popular streaming service enjoyed by over 139 million people worldwide, but they’ve also expanded into production.

Netflix original movies and television series are well-watched and increasingly more popular. But is Netflix as popular as they’ve led people to believe?

For the longest time, Netflix viewership ratings were kept secret and data was unavailable. Now, Netflix proudly boasts it’s viewership in increasingly high (and seemingly unachievable) numbers. But are these 40+ million show viewership ratings accurate? Or is Netflix bragging too much about its number of views?

Netflix and its Silicon Valley ratings

John Landgraf, FX CEO, recently spoke out against Netflix. He said that while he doesn’t begrudge the streaming service for its existence, he’s getting fed up with their “Silicon Valley ratings.” But what does he mean by this?

Landgraf is speaking about a way of rating viewership that is both inaccurate and truthful. The ratings are based on the number of individuals who even started the show. This means that a Netflix subscriber could have watched five to ten seconds of the show before turning it off, and Netflix will still count that as their viewership.

This is obviously inaccurate, as those individuals who watched only a few seconds – or even a few minutes – of a television show or movie have not watched it. They simply wanted to watch it and became too busy or decided that it wasn’t in their field of interest, after all.

What Netflix says versus what Nielsen says

When it comes to television ratings, Nielsen is the name which comes to mind. They’ve handled the vast majority of viewership ratings for decades, and they have a distinctly different take on the actual viewers for some of Netflix’s “best-watched shows.”

The numbers are still quite good, but generally, Nielsen states they’re not nearly as good as Netflix claims. The television shows, You and Sex Education were said to have 40 million views each. Nielsen disagrees, stating that they had 8 million and 3.1 million, respectively. Netflix claimed that Bird Box had 45 million viewers. Nielsen agreed that Bird Box was an unrivaled hit, but did not agree with the numbers. They said the movie only had 26 million viewers.

The three original Netflix series – Fuller House, House of Cards, and The Defenders – are estimated to have reached only about 59% of American households. Netflix did not release exact numbers for these television series, but did dispute Nielsen’s ratings by stating the actual reach was significantly higher.

Nielsen isn’t accurate, either

The problem is that with the introduction of streaming services, Nielsen’s ratings aren’t entirely accurate either. The television rating company can’t track those views which come from mobile applications or computers – which is how many Netflix subscribers use the service.

Nielsen has admitted their way of measuring viewership isn’t applicable for streaming services like Netflix or Hulu. It’s a problem the company is working on, albeit slowly.

Will Netflix find middle ground?

The reality is the actual number of viewers for any given television series or original movie on Netflix probably falls somewhere between what the streaming service says and what Nielsen says.

With the Netflix ratings, views of less than half the total time of any given show (at least) should be subtracted from their incredibly large numbers. But with Nielsen ratings, the given number needs to have the total number of views on both mobile applications and computers, also.

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You’ll Never Believe How Much Money Kylie Jenner Spends on Takeout Food

GrubHub and other food delivery apps ensure users are never more than a few clicks away from a good meal. Whether you don’t know how to cook a big meal, don’t want to, or just prefer the taste of takeout, sometimes delivered food is the way to go. Potential Taylor Swift frenemy Kylie Jenner is no exception, and her takeout bill is off-the-charts crazy. Let’s look at the jaw-dropping amount she spent on delivery food in 2018 and what she orders. But first, we’ll explore how she makes her money.

How she makes her money

She’s only in her early 20s, but Kylie Jenner has the business acumen far beyond her years.

Jenner makes money from appearing in Keeping Up With the Kardashians, but that’s a drop in the bucket compared to her cosmetics business.

Kylie Cosmetics, of which Jenner owns 100%, nets her a lot of money. As a model (in addition to being a mogul and reality TV star), she knows a thing or two about good makeup, but that’s not the only reason the company is a success. Jenner focuses on selling her products online, which cuts overhead and keeps prices low — $29 for one of her lip kits.

As a social media trendsetter, Jenner spreads the word about Kylie Cosmetics’ products without paying for commercials or advertising. That’s why she outearned her celebrity siblings to become the wealthiest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan.

The outrageous amount she spends on takeout food

Remember how we said celebrities tend to do things a little differently than the rest of us and that Kylie Jenner is no different? We weren’t exaggerating.

First, Jenner doesn’t use GrubHub or DoorDash. She prefers Postmates, perhaps because she can order makeup, clothes, and other goodies besides food.

Also, she uses Postmates way more often than other people use food delivery apps. Jenner ordered 186 times in 365 days, according to a Postmates blog post. She places most of her orders early in the day — she typically orders breakfast around 10 a.m.

Finally, Jenner differs from most people not only in how often she orders takeout food, but also how much she spends. She dropped more than $10,000 during her first year using Postmates.

Kylie Jenner’s orders tend to be a little different, too. She has an affinity for breakfast bagels, but a bottle of tequila and a single carrot comprised one of her orders, according to TMZ.

Kylie Jenner’s net worth will blow you away

Almost every member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan has more money than most people can dream about, but Kylie Jenner earns more money than all of them.

Thanks to her booming cosmetics business and the fact she owns 100% of the company is a boon for her net worth. Some estimate her to be worth $900 million, but we peg Kylie Jenner’s net worth at $300 million. Either way, Jenner has a huge fortune that seems poised to keep growing.

What about Jenner’s personal life and her relationship with Travis Scott?

Like the rest of her siblings, Kylie Jenner lives her life in the spotlight. However, her personal life seems to be stable.

Jenner’s relationship with rapper Travis Scott developed quickly, but they seem happy together. They have one child together, they plan on trying for No. 2 sooner rather than later, and some fans believe Scott will propose to Jenner during his performance at the Super Bowl.

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Hippy Pete ‘The Feet’ who went barefoot for 50 years dies aged 73

Much-loved hippy Pete ‘The Feet’ who went barefoot for 50 years and kept his mummified little finger on the mantelpiece dies aged 73

  • Pete ‘The Feet’ McKenzie, 73, was a local legend in Moseley village, Birmingham
  • He died in his sleep having been a regular fixture in Moseley pubs for 50 years 
  • Pete stopped wearing shoes back in the 60s because they made his feet sweat 
  • He even went barefoot on his wedding day and created his own two-foot logo 

A popular and eccentric hippy who refused to wear shoes for 50 years and kept one mummified little finger on his mantelpiece and the other in his pocket has died at 73.

Pete ‘The Feet’ McKenzie became something of a legend in Moseley village, Birmingham and locals have paid tribute to the ‘lovely gent’ who stopped wearing footwear in the 1960s because they made his feet sweat. 

A telephone exchange engineer from Cumbria who moved to Moseley in the 60s, Pete passed away in his sleep last night. 

He was a well-known figure in several local pubs and took advantage of his popularity by creating his own twin-foot logo, which he used on merchandise including stickers and cigarette lighter covers.

Pete even went barefoot when he married wife Jennifer in 1970 and, speaking in 2014, said that neither his daughter or granddaughters had ever seen him in shoes. 

Pete ‘The Feet’ McKenzie has died at 73 after being a regular fixture in Moseley village, Birmingham for 50 years

He said: ‘I don’t like shoes, or in fact anything on my feet.

‘Even when I got married, I didn’t wear shoes – and that was in a church.

‘My wife has maybe seen me wearing shoes once or twice, but my daughter hasn’t and my granddaughters definitely haven’t.

‘They just don’t suit me, they don’t suit my feet. Ever since taking my shoes off permanently, I’ve been called called Pete the Feet. I won’t put the buggers back on until the day I die.’


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He added: ‘In the sixties it wasn’t uncommon to see people not wearing shoes around Moseley, it was very hippy place back then.

‘I find my notoriety a bit silly, I don’t think people should be so bothered – I find it amusing really.

‘I do get nasty comments but it doesn’t bother me. Sometimes I’ll go to the pub and they say sorry I can’t serve you, you haven’t got shoes on.

The hippy was popular in pubs in the area because he never wore shoes, having given them up in the 60s because they made his feet sweat

He even got married barefoot to his wife Jennifer in 1970. He claimed that his daughter and granddaughters had never seen him in shoes

‘One time I was told that staff couldn’t serve me because they sold food, but as I was being taken out there was woman with a dog, feeding it at the table.

‘I’ve been into pubs where there’s dog muck on the floor in the pub, and they say I’ll bring dirt in. It’s their fault, not mine.’

In recent years, he would be seen on a customised mobility scooter which had PTF1 on the licence plate. 

He has been a local celebrity for years with Birmingham band Katlama writing a song about him and The Bulls Head pub in Moseley having a painting of him on the wall. 

Local artist Rose Fraser even won prizes for her portrait of Pete.

Several pubs have mementos of Pete, pictured here in 1969. Speaking in 2014 about shoes, he said: ‘They just don’t suit me, they don’t suit my feet’

Pete, pictured in 1981, also once said: ‘I won’t put the buggers back on until the day I die’

After the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) joined forces with the charity Changing Faces for a portrait competition, she won both a Changing Faces Commission Prize and the Maguire Jackson People’s Choice Prize.

Rose tweeted: ‘A few years ago I had the honour of meeting a very special gentleman from Moseley.

‘He was one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met and it was an honour to paint him. A true legend, Pete the Feet thank you for your stories, Rest In Peace.’

And tributes flooded in after news of death became public. 

Tom Carroll said: ‘The mighty Pete the Feet has died. True Moseley legend.

‘Pete is the person who helped to make Moseley the kind of place it is today.’

Writer and stand up poet Rachel Sambrooks tweeted: ‘Remembering Pete the Feet who was a legend from my teen days, serving him at the Traf (now Pat Kav) he was a lovely gent.

‘I had to serve him in a special pint glass with feet on (it was a bit larger than a pint, genius) and he always remembered me even 20 years on.’ 

He has been celebrated by several local artists, including a song by a Birmingham band and an award-winning portrait

Speaking about his fame, Pete said: ‘I find my notoriety a bit silly, I don’t think people should be so bothered – I find it amusing really’

Local Jane said: ‘Moseley legend Pete The Feet passed away last night, in his sleep. Absolute gent, shoeless throughout the 25-plus years I’d had the pleasure of meeting him.’

She added: ‘Nothing will ever replace the joy of running into Pete The Feet in the street, and if you were lucky, scoring one of his handmade, signature lighter covers.’

Ali Jones tweeted: ‘Pete the Feet was a lovely man and a legend in the Moseley area. Always had time for a smile and a chat. RIP Pete. Moseley wont be the same without you mate.’

Now living in London, Keith Marsden, the recently retired award-winning licensee of the Prince of Wales pub in Moseley, which is now run by his son Joe, said: ‘Everybody knew Pete, he was a great character.’

Tara Sparkes, publican at the Patrick Kavanagh pub which was restored in 2017, told BirminghamLive: ‘Pete made some decorative leather straps for us about three years ago to replace some he’d made previously.

‘I don’t know if someone told him years ago he could not come in with bare feet, but I’d have let him in.

‘I used to see him about and he was a character.’

Friends and pub regulars from Moseley have paid tribute to the beloved hippy, who died in his sleep

One well-wisher tweeted: ‘Pete the Feet was a lovely man and a legend in the Moseley area. Always had time for a smile and a chat. RIP Pete. Moseley wont be the same without you mate’

A duty manager at the Elizabeth of York JD Wetherspoon pub on St Mary’s Row had only just started work at the pub and had not met Pete.

But he said: ‘Some of our regulars here knew him and they’ve put a tribute photograph up to him behind the bar.’

In 2003, Pete told the Sunday Mercury: ‘I could get through a pair of leather shoes in three months.

‘Back in the 1960s you could do what you wanted, so I took my shoes off – and I couldn’t be bothered to put them back on. 

‘I’m not going to do it now just so that I can get into a pub. I’ve travelled all around the world over the years without wearing any shoes and I’ve never had any hassle in any other country.

‘I first came to Moseley in the 1960s. As soon as I arrived, I met my wife Jen and knew it was the place where I wanted to spend the rest of my life.’

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How Much Is 'Grace and Frankie' Actress Jane Fonda Worth?

She’s been an anti-war activist, fitness guru, and Oscar winner. Now, the 81-year-old actress Jane Fonda is lighting up TV screens in Netflix’s Grace & Frankie.

In the comedy, Fonda plays a polished businesswoman who moves in with the hippie-ish Frankie after their husbands become a couple. Season 5 of the Emmy-nominated show premieres January 18 on Netflix.

Fonda’s decades-long career is clearly going strong. Here’s a look back at her life, including how much the actress is worth.

Fonda comes from a famous Hollywood family

Fonda comes from a family of actors. Her father is Henry Fonda, who appeared in films like The Grapes of Wrath and On Golden Pond. Her mother was Frances Seymour Brokaw, a socialite who died when Fonda was 12 years old.

Fonda’s brother is the actor Peter Fonda, who starred in Easy Rider. Her niece is the actress Bridget Fonda (daughter of Peter). Her son Troy Garity is also an actor.

She’s had an eclectic career

Fonda’s Hollywood career began in 1960, when she appeared in the movie Tall Story opposite Anthony Perkins. Her role in 1968’s Barbarella, directed by her then-husband Roger Vadim, made her a sex symbol, but she soon refocused on more serious roles. In the late 1960s and early 1970s she starred in well-received movies like They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? and Klute. In the late ’70s and ‘80s she appeared in Coming Home (for which she won her second Oscar) and 9 to 5.  

In the 1970s, she also became known for her political activism, particularly her opposition to the Vietnam War and controversial visit to Hanoi in 1972. She married political activist Tom Hayden in 1973. (They divorced in 1990.)

Over the years, Fonda’s been involved in many philanthropic causes, especially those related to women’s rights and reproductive health, including the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, which she established in 1994. In 2001, she established the Jane Fonda Center at Emory University in Atlanta, which focuses on adolescent reproductive health. In 2005, she founded the Women’s Media Center with Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan, which aims to increase the visibility of women in the media.

Fonda has written several books, including a cookbook, a memoir, My Life So Far, and a best-selling sex ed book for teens.

Her workout videos

She might be an award-winning actress, but to some people Fonda will always be best-known for the workout videos she released in the early 1980s. After opening a aerobics studio and writing a fitness book, she was persuaded to star in a workout video on a then-new medium: home video. The result, Jane Fonda’s Workout, became one of the best-selling tapes of the decade and helped turn leotards and legwarmers into a fashion trend. Her last workout video came out in 2012.

Jane Fonda is worth $200 million

Jane Fonda | Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

After a long and varied career, Fonda is now worth $200 million, according to an estimate from Celebrity Net Worth. Some of her wealth may come from a large settlement she received after divorcing her media mogul husband Ted Turner in 2001. She walked away from the 10-year marriage with $70 million, according to the Telegraph. Later, she sold both her wedding dress and opal engagement ring at auction, along with the leotard she wore for her famous fitness video.

The engagement ring sold for nearly $20,000, the antique wedding gown went for $3,125, and the striped leotard fetched $5,000.

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Nurse reveals exactly how much she earns after putting her pay slip on Twitter

Joanna Hickey posted the snap of her earnings amid the ongoing dispute between the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) and the government over their salaries.

The picture showed what the “near top of the scale” nurse made in two weeks.

Her net pay was €1,120.80 (£1,000.24) which many commentators said was “shocking”.

Joanna added if she worked weekends and nights away from her child and partner she might make and extra €100 (£89.24).

The move came after claims said that nurses earned around €57,000 a year.

She wrote on the social media site: "A friendly reminder of what an ICU (BSc RGN/ PgD ICU/ PgD CCU) nurse's near top of the scale wages looks like for 2 weeks.

"And if I work weekends and nights away from my child & partner I might make an extra €100."

"My role includes ability to mind complex traumatic brain injuries/ severe sepsis & unstable hemodynamic patients/ continuous dialysis/ know how set up & use multiple ventilators & high flow oxygen delivery systems/ assess ABG's & change ventilation settings inc. #ARDS patients/

"Respiratory chest physio outside of normal hours/ weekend and night time pharmacy access as no pharmacist during these hours/ ward clerk/ help families & deal with social services/ be a clinical nutritionist & start appropriate feeding outside normal hours as no CN at w/ends/

"Recognise the deteriorating patient & act rapid & appropriately/ inter-hospital transfer & competently use mobile ICU equipment/ intra-hospiral transfer & accompany patients from different ICU's nationwide/ educate & train new staff/ teach undergraduate nurses/ liaise with MDT/

"Continuous education, personal development & be up to date with latest research regarding patient management/ competent with ECG reading/ competent multiple transfusion usage/ ability to prone or log roll patient using correct manual handling…

"And the rest… I am tired."



Joanna added she took three hours of parental leave a week “as working ‘39’ hours (more like 45hrs/wk with hand over & patient complexity)” was proving too much as a mother.

"I now do "36" hrs a week… I start at 07:45am and usually get out at 20:45pm. So no personal time off for free…"

The nurse was inundated with supportive messages.

‘Samantha’ wrote: “One of my closest friends is a nurse and will work 12 hour shifts, not because it is simply her job but because it is what her patients need. She is my superhero and I couldn’t respect her and her colleagues more! They deserve better!”

Sandra Morton said: “This is exactly what we need the public to see. No more soon about 57k salaries.”

Lesley added: “Thanks for sharing Joanna. Anyone who’s ever been in hospital knows that nurses (at all levels) are the life blood and the heart of any patients hospital stay. I’ve no doubt the majority will support you all. We know you deserve so much more.”

 

INMO members are planning t go on strike for 24 hours on January 30 over low wages and retention issues.

They intend to hold further strikes if their issues are not addressed.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar recently said he was “saddened” that the nurses and midwives had decided to take industrial action.
He said: We will do everything we can to avoid a strike, but ultimately it is a decision by the unions to go on strike. I am saddened that the unions have taken a decision to strike on a Wednesday.”



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