It's a Boy for Adele

Over the Moon

It's a Boy for Adele

Adele can now add 'mummy' to her many accolades. According to an article in People Magazine, the 24-year-old British soul singer had a baby boy with partner, Simon Konecki. 

Ever since she announced the news that she was pregnant to her fans, Adele has kept things pretty low-key in the public eye, that is until a recent release of the new Bond song, "Skyfall."

"I'm delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together," she blogged on June 29. "I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we’re over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time."

Though there were rumours that she and Konecki had secretly married, Adele dispelled the gossip via Twitter. Hopefully this will spell a happy time for the singer whose relationship with her father is complicated, to say the least.

She and Konecki have been together since the summer of 2011. Konecki, 38, already has a young daughter from a previous marriage.

Congrats to the happy couple for doing things their way, and for keeping mum about their private lives. It just goes to show that celebrities of Adele's stature can maintain some degree of privacy while still keeping a lifeline with fans through social media.

Are you an Adele fan? Do you think she handles her fame better than some other young celebs? 


Mega Heist: Seven Paintings by 'Masters' Stolen from Museum

One for Antique's Roadshow...

Mega Heist: Seven Paintings by 'Masters' Stolen from Museum

Sad news for fine art aficionados the world over. This week marked a big heist in the artsy world, with not one but a total of seven works by some of the art world's biggest players stolen from a Dutch museum.

According to an article in Gawker, the works—which were brought together in a showing at Rotterdam's Kunsthal Museum for the first time, and sadly the last—included canvases by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, and Paul Gauguin. 

A museum spokesperson said the painting were of "considerable value." Duh, talk about understatement of the century. 

It's the latest scandal to rock the art world, after a Rothko painting was recently vandalized, and a Munch painting that was also stolen in 2004, and recovered two years later, then went on to be auctioned for a cool $120m

Dutch police are searching for witnesses and viewing videotapes of the theft which apparently took place at around 3 a.m. earlier this week. 

Which begs the question: what on earth would thieves do with stolen art of this calibre? It's not like you can flog it at Sothebys, or hang it in your college dorm room. Whoever did this must have done so for kicks, i.e. to show that it could be done.

The exhibition, which featured more than 150 artists, was on loan from the Triton Foundation. Ouch! Imagine explaining that to the lender...

The loot:

  • Picasso's 1971 "Harlequin Head"
  • Monet's 1901 "Waterloo Bridge, London"
  • Monet's 1901 "Charing Cross Bridge, London"
  • Matisse's 1919 "Reading Girl in White and Yellow"
  • Gauguin's 1898 "Girl in Front of Open Window"
  • Meyer de Haan's "Self-Portrait," ca. 1890
  • Lucian Freud's 2002 "Woman with Eyes Closed"

I suspect no one will be rushing to loan anything to The Kunsthal for a while. Having no permanent collection of its own, it was obviously an easy target.

An art lover? How do you feel about such crimes?


Toddlers Can Get Arthritis, Too

Not Something You Think a Two-Year-Old Could Have

Toddlers Can Get Arthritis, Too

"Arthritis isn't something you think a two year old could have." That was Kelly O'Sullivan's reaction upon finding out that her two-year-old daughter Blaze has arthritis. 

According to an article in the BBC, Blaze had a rash all over her body, a high temperature, and swollen joints that prevented her from walking and tearing around like a typical toddler. 

What appeared to be symptoms of a viral infection culminated in knee that swelled to "the size of a tennis ball."  Then Blaze had a stiff neck...Imagine O'Sullivan's surprise when, after several different medicines and antibiotics, and even more tests and visits to different specialists, the little girl was eventually diagnosed with  systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).

Little is known about JIA, even though it's said to affect 12,000 children in the UK, typically setting in before a child turns five, and affecting more girls than boys. 

Occasionally JIA is short-lived, while a "third [of children] continue to have symptoms into adulthood."

Now on daily medication and steroids to control her symptoms, Blaze is able to function better, though she is still unable to join a nursery class. 

"She should be able to run around like any normal toddler," said O'Sullivan. "And I can't get her into a nursery because one of the drugs she takes, methotrexate, affects the immune system and they won't take her. I'm trying to get her a place though, because she shouldn't have to miss out."

Hoping to raise more awareness about JIA, O'Sullivan has decided to participate in a study by the University of Manchester, in conjunction with the charity Arthritis Research UK, of more than 1,300 children. The study began in 2001, and tracks children up to the age of sixteen.

"If that helps another family in the future," said O'Sullivan, "rather than them having to go through months waiting to find out what it is, it's worth it."