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Jennifer's centre stage

Jennifer Lopez swept across the Atlantic this week to capture the No.1 spot on the UK singles chart. The Latino star did so with her latest song 'Love Don't Cost A Thing.' Jennifer Lopez is now a high profile artist perhaps because she is the girlfriend of Puff Daddy. She is also very popular because she wears and appears to look stunning in Versace dresses. With 3 tries between June 1999 and March last year Lopez has developed a strong fanbase across the globe which has benefited the singer. She first made her mark in the UK with the song 'If you had my Love' in 1999. It peaked at No. 4 in summer that year. Her follow-up release was the very radio - friendly disco single 'Waiting For Tonight' which peaked at No. 5 in November of the same year. She took centre stage at many of the award shows towards the end of 1999 and in 2000. With almost a year or more since her last UK chart appearance Lopez is now a star in her own right. 'Love Don't cost A Thing' is her debut No. 1 song in the UK. She is the 2nd artist to score a No. 1 in the UK in the new Millennium. 

The band Texas checked into the top 20 this week with 'Inner Smile'. The song released last week is coupled with a video which portrays Charlene the lead singer of Texas taking on the appearance of Elvis Presley. 

Coincidently 'Inner Smile', debuted in the UK singles chart - the week of Elvis birth anniversary. Charlene spent more than 6 hours during the make-up session trying as much as possible to resemble the late king of rock'n'roll. If you were to see the video don't be fooled for the look alike is Charlene. 

Fat Boy Slim's new single 'Demons' entered the chart at No. 16. The dance track features the vocals of soul diva Macy Gray. The song follows Fat Boy Slim's previous single 'Sunset (Birds of Prey'), which peaked at No. 9 in October. 

With wintry conditions prevailing in Europe a very summer-like song has surfaced on the UK chart. The song comes from the David Morales stable. 'Needin' You II' is a disco tune presenting the work of The Face and featuring the vocals of Juliet Roberts. Morales is a remixer and producer. He has worked on several of the club versions of hits that graced the singles chart in UK, US and the continent. But this is the first time Morales has been able to make a break through on his own steam. 'Needin' You II' checked into the UK chart at No. 11 this week. 

Emma Bunton aka 'Baby Spice' has confirmed there will not be a tour by the Spice Girls. The Girls released a double A single and the album 'Forever'. A tour was being talked about in 2001, but Bunton's confirmation that no tour will take place may have dampened the spirit of the group's fans. 

Oasis star Noel Gallagher is reported to be holding crisis talks with his lawyers to try to resolve the divorce settlement with his estranged wife Meg Mathews. His brother Liam was also dumped by wife Patsy Kensit. 

The Irish family band The Corrs intend to raise £100,000 for New Castle Hospital which treated their mother recently. The Corr will stage a charity show to raise the money. 

A television poll of over 100,000 people in the UK on January 8th revealed John Lennon's 'Imagine' as the nation's most favourite single. 

Billie Piper, the teen pop star who is reported to be romantically involved with radio station owner and deejay has denied claims she is pregnant. 

Speculation continues about the All Saints future. Their new single 'All Hooked Up,' was released last week. Rumour has it sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton have signed a separate record deal while other reports talk about a well calculated media campaign by the act for attention. They have been also nominated for BRIT Awards. But will they be together on February 26th to accept the award - if they win. 

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  • Tell me my friend
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  • Don't kill yourself
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  • Tell me my friend

    When I was a child I was told
    Heaven is a place and love is gold
    Peace is yearned for by one and all
    So why can't we make a heaven of earth

    The world goes round and round each day 
    A field of pride on earth we behold
    hatred,murder and the greed for land
    tell me my friend, where do we stand?

    I met a perfect stranger one day
    I smiled to greet her but a frown came my way
    when pride possesses people how strangely they act
    tell me my friend, are you often like that?

    Love is a light that brightens the world
    The price it holds is peace on this earth
    how can we blame each other my friend
    The world we live in gets darker each day

    Heaven on earth, it's just a dream
    But dreams can come true if we truly believe
    Perhaps we light a candle each day
    then the darkness on earth might scatter away

    Sent in by Tania Withanage

    Prayer for peace

    Switch off your lights and in the darkness of your homes kneel and pray to the Almighty God to restore Peace in our beautiful Sri Lanka. Willie Amarasekera. A reader replies:
    Willie Amarasekera.

    I don't think so too

    It is indeed a pleasure to see people expressing their different views even in a small way. I must thank Clothes Line for providing this opportunity to all who wish to do so. Keep up the good work Mirror Magazine. 

    Love is a process. It starts at a point in time and keeps on growing until the parties involved become one. Making love is just a part of this process, which includes lots of other things such as sharing experiences, ideas, and so forth. The physical bond enhances the emotional bond and vice versa. Therefore it is my opinion that it is alright to "do it"-To experience the highest state of love between two people, regardless of marriage, which is a mere legal bond on in some cases a business deal and sometimes has got nothing to do with love. And those who are and have been really in love would know that "it happens when the right time comes" whether you are married or not. Love is something that is concerned with complex human feelings and emotions, which have to be cultivated and grown over a period of time not suddenly after marriage on your honeymoon day. 

    And it is something that one should not be ashamed of or feel guilty about doing. Surely if someone thinks the essence of marriage lies in doing it for the first time on the honeymoon day, they sure have a lot to learn about life and marriage in particular. Therefore I think the time has come to get rid of these deep rooted myths in "our culture". Sorry to disappoint you folks but there was nothing called marriage in original Sri Lankan culture, it is something that we got from European invaders who ruled this land for a period of time in history. 

    'The grass is definitely greener on the OTHER SIDE'

    Don't kill yourself

    Guys, smoking is not cool. It stinks. Gives us girls the impression that you lack self-confidence and brains, to let money go up in flames, so to speak! So all you guys who harbour an idea that smoking will impress a girl, forget it. Even if you do seem to impress some females, those are the ones with no brains themselves! Spend your money on some nutritious food or have fun. Don't puff yourself to the grave, okay? We can tolerate you guys, so don't commit suicide! Tina.

    My friend, my sanctuary

    A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. 
    A friend is a loving treasure, and if you have one, you have one of the most valuable gifts in life. 
    A friend is the one who will always be beside you, through all the laughter, through each and every ear. 
    A friend is one person you can always open up to; the one wonderful person who always believes in you in a way that no one else seems to. 
    A friend is a hand that is always holding yours, no matter where you are, no matter how close or far apart you may be. 
    A friend is someone who is always there and will always care.
    A friend is the one door that is always open. 
    A friend is a sanctuary.
    Nilushi Wijesinghe
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