Helen's Blog - Tuesday February 11th 2014

Hello there

Hope you’re well today

On the show it will be day 2 of the What am I. I shall be adding more clues today at 3.30pm & here are the clues from yesterday:

1: I have roots

2: I am native to Europe & some parts of Asia

3: I am known around the world though



Flame-haired Give Me Love singer Ed Sheeran has scored a high climber on a different type of chart - the  UK's top ten weird crushes.

The Small Bump singer ranked second place in a list of "fanciable stars who are not conventionally good looking," compiled by Heat.
Shooting up from last year's number 10, Ed now sits between TV presenter and comic Matt Richardson who has the number one spot, and Matt Edmonson at number three.

The 22-year-old deposed last year's winner, comedian Russell Howard, who has slipped from the top 10 completely.

Readers of Heat magazine,  heatworld.com  and listeners of Heat Radio voted for their top choice, with past winners including Derren Brown, Jeremy Clarkson and Pointless co-host Richard Osman.

Richardson said of his win: "I'm really happy. I really wanted it. A lot of people might be embarrassed about it, but I thought I'm never going to be 'torso of the week', so I'd better win this one."

Heat editor Lucie Cave said: "Sexiness comes in all shapes, sizes, ages and smells, and at Heat we like to celebrate the unconventional."

Heat's 2014 weird crush top 10 (with last year's position in brackets):

1. Matt Richardson (-)

2. Ed Sheeran (10)

3. Matt Edmondson (-)

4. Jon Richardson (2)

5. Francis Boulle (6)

6. James Corden (-)

7. Dynamo (-)

8. Paul Hollywood (12)

9. John Bishop (14)

10. Jake Wood (18)



A furious customer was locked inside a Natwest branch for an hour and a half tonight after being left in a side room while the bank closed.

Natwest has launched an investigation after the customer popped in just before 5pm to make an enquiry about her account.

The manager of the branch in Waterloo, central London, let the woman phone the bank’s central customer services department in a quiet side room.

But after being kept on hold, the customer went to alert the manager that she hadn’t been able to get through, only to find she was all alone in a locked bank.

The woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, said: “I was calling out when I noticed the alarms were going off. 

“I thought to myself, ‘What’s going on?’ It was then I realised that I’d been locked in. Every time I went towards the doors the alarms kept getting louder and louder.

“I rang the police and told them I was locked in a bank. They said they wouldn’t be able to send anybody round for 60 minutes.”

The customer eventually contacted the bank’s alarm control - where she says she was told to see if she could find her own way out via the fire exit. She said: “I wasn’t going to do that. For all I know my fingerprints would be left all over the bank. I told them I was staying put.”

She said she was told that the bank’s managers had been told to return to the branch - but that it would take them at least an hour. The customer was finally released at 7.15pm - 90 minutes later - by a delivery man. She said: “It’s unbelievable, it’s surreal. I’ve never come across anything like it. The bank needs to be much more professional.”

A spokeswoman for RBS, which owns Natwest, said: “This evening a customer was accidentally locked in a branch after it had closed. As soon as we became aware arrangements were made to let the customer out. We apologise to the customer involved, and are investigating how this occurred.”



With Valentine's Day just around the corner, loved-up Brits are eagerly anticipating sentimental and romantic gifts.

But it seems that a lot of hopeful romantics will be going empty handed this year as a new study reveals one in three people in a relationship spend nothing on a Valentine's Day gift for their loved one.

The latest research also found that a quarter spend £20 or less, and almost half of those who do buy gifts (45 per cent) buy them either the day before or on their way to see their partner.

And it gets worse on the eve of February 14th with 90 per cent of Brits considering it OK to use a discount voucher to pay for dinner.

Once considered a dating faux pas, new research reveals nine in ten Brits (92 per cent) will be enjoying a more affordable romance this year by using a discount voucher to save money on the cost of a date. 

 The survey of 2000 people shows more Brits than ever will accept a discount date as a part of their romantic lives. 

Nearly a third (31 per cent) would think nothing of their date whipping out a voucher at the first meeting, while a further one in ten (nine per cent) say they’d actually find their love interest more attractive if they demonstrated money-saving smarts by producing a voucher.



Samuel L Jackson has been mistaken for Laurence Fishburne in a live television interview.
The Avengers actor was congratulated on his "Super Bowl commercial" by KTLA's entertainment anchor Sam Rubin.
"What Super Bowl commercial?" Jackson replied, and waited for it to dawn on the interviewer that the 
relevant commercial starred Laurence Fishburne.
"Oh, you know what... my mistake," Rubin said, with Jackson then exclaiming: "You're as crazy as the people on Twitter. I'm not Laurence Fishburne!"

After an attempted apology from the anchor, Jackson added: "We don't all look alike!"

He went on to express astonishment that an entertainment reporter could make such a mistake, commenting: "There must be a very short line for your job."

"Let's talk about RoboCop," Rubin said, trying to get the interview back on track, with Jackson responding: "Oh hell no!"

"There's more than one black guy doing commercials," the actor continued, explaining: "I'm the 'What's in your wallet?' black guy. He's the car black guy. Morgan Freeman is the other credit card black guy." 

Jackson currently stars in 
RoboCop, which is out now in UK cinemas and opens in the US on February 12.

Cover art for Superstition

On Air

Steve Shaw playing Stevie Wonder - Superstition