An improbable twist of fate saw schoolboy Seamus Clarke celebrate his 11th birthday just hours before his dad James. Seamus' father James marks his birthday today, on February 29, a date which only comes around every four years as a leap day.
While Mr Clarke is actually 44, in 2012 he will only ever have celebrated 11 birthdays on his actual birth date as one of a select batch of leap year babies. Despite missing out on a total of 33 birthdays since 1968, he admitted being born in a leap year does have its benefits. 'I'm used to missing out on my real birthday, but being born in a leap year did have its benefits when I was at school,' he said.
'You know what children are like - especially boys. We were always giving each other birthday bumps or beats. But I usually got away with it because on February 28 I'd tell them "it's my birthday tomorrow" and then on March 1 I'd say "my birthday was yesterday".'
Seamus turned 11 hours before on February 28, something he has enjoyed reminding his father of ahead of a planned joint party. 'Seamus finds it hilarious that he will turn 11 before me,' revealed James. 'He's been telling all of his friends at school and they have a good laugh - it's a real big deal for him.'
New Jersey mom Michelle Birnbaum celebrates her real birthday for only the eighth time today.
And the guest of honor at her party will be another very special birthday girl — her 4-year-old daughter, Rose, who remarkably beat the 2 million-to-1 odds and also was born on Feb. 29.
Birnbaum, 32, insisted that as delighted as she is to finally have a built-in party partner, she never planed to create two generations of Leap Year birthdays.
HONG YI, 26, an architect from Sabah with the nick name of Red Hong, has taken 12 hours to complete painting a portrait of Taiwanese singer Jay Chou using coffee cup stains. She had previously received unexpected fame on the YouTube when she used a basketball to paint a portrait of Yao Ming.
She uploaded her latest undertaking online on Feb 15 (youtube.com/ohiseeRED) and it garnered over 2,000 hits just hours after it was uploaded. By 9pm Malaysia time today (Feb 22) within a week, there have been 159,738 visitors.
Red Hong admitted that she initially had butterflies in her stomach to work on another piece of art following her last success.
“When I received a lot of sudden attention, I became nervous. I have learned that the only person I should satisfy is myself and God,” she told Durie Rainer Fong, of The Star in an interview.
“I delayed this project because it took a bit of trial and error and I was only able to paint on weekends, as I have a full-time job,” said Hong, who works for an Australian firm in Shanghai.
She said Chou’s portrait took longer to finish as the medium she used was more challenging.
“Too much water and the rings would not form easily, and I had to be precise with placing the cup,” she said.
Hong was inspired to paint Chou, who also starred in Hollywood’s re-make of The Green Hornet, from the opening of his song Secret.
“The opening sentence was about lifting a coffee cup off the saucer, which is why I have chosen to use coffee cup stains as the main tool in this portrait,” she said.
“I’m constantly inspired by things I see, smell, touch and feel.
“Art is my outlet and it allows me to fully express who I am”, she said, adding that a bigger project was in the offing.
“It may not be a portrait, but it will be a very interesting piece,” Hong promised.
She is indeed an artist of great promise.
UPDATE:14 APRIL 2012 Portrait of Zhang with 750 pairs of socks
Shanghai: Shanghai-based artist, Hong Yi, paid tribute to Chinese film director Yimou Zhang in a unique fashion—by creating a large-scale monochromatic portrait of him with 750 pairs of socks.
Hong Yi is quite famous for her amazing works regarding portraits of renowned people made from different things.
She first got the idea of this peculiar art work when she stumbled across a little alleyway in Shanghai, filled with clotheslines made of bamboo sticks with various clothing items hanging above her. She was astonished to see such a traditional aspect of life in a modern city like Shanghai.
The unique art medium is also related to Yimou Zhang who uses bamboo sticks in his period films, as well as in the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony he directed.
Hong Yi, also known as “Red”, has got fame on the internet for such projects. She has also made portraits of Yao Ming created with a basketball and Jay Chou by spilling coffee.
In 2012, The Heart Truth marks a decade of commitment to women's heart health. During February's American Heart Month, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) reaffirms its commitment to increasing awareness about heart disease among women and helping women take steps to reduce their own personal risk of developing heart disease.
One of the campaign's signature American Heart Month activities, the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show, serves as a red alert to women that heart disease doesn't care what you wear—it's the #1 killer of women. With the generous support of celebrities and the fashion community, the Red Dress will take center stage on the runway again this February as the national symbol of women and heart disease awareness. While millions of women will be reached with NHLBI's heart health message as a result of Red Dress Collection 2012, the real "heart" of the campaign—hundreds of Heart Truth partners, Champions, and individuals—will organize events and activities across the country to spread The Heart Truth.
Whitney Houston, who was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel room on Saturday, rose from a gospel church choir in New Jersey to become one of the best-selling and most-admired female singers of all time.
Houston won two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards during her record-breaking career. Her album "Whitney" was the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts. She has sold 200 million albums world wide.
Houston holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Grambling State University in Louisiana.
Houston had one child, Bobbi Kristina, with husband Bobby Brown. Houston and Brown were married from 1992-2007.
With hits like “I Will Always Love You” - the theme song of what was her film acting debut in “The Bodyguard” opposite Kevin Costner in 1992 - and “The Greatest Love of All,” Houston won six Grammys and more than 400 other awards in a 25-year career.
Her soaring voice influenced singers ranging from Beyonce and Alicia Keys to Mariah Carey and Celine Dion - and inspired thousands of copy-cat performers on TV talent shows.
Her early successes also made her one of the first black artists, along with Michael Jackson, to find success on MTV. She later became the kind of singer and actress who could cross international barriers as well as ethnic ones.
“She had everything, beauty, a magnificent voice. How sad her gifts could not bring her the same happiness they brought us,” singing legend Barbra Streisand said in a statement.
Critics hailed the range of her voice and the passion behind her performances.
But behind closed doors, her life was far from the romantic dreams she captured so brilliantly in her singing. She struggled for years with drug and alcohol problems, entering rehab again as recently as May 2011.
And on Saturday, her sudden death shocked the world as much as Jackson’s passing from an overdose of sedatives and a powerful anesthetic in June 2009, at age 50. She joins a short list of brilliant singers - Elvis Presley, Amy Winehouse and Jackson - whose lives were cut short by personal problems and drug abuse.
Houston died on the eve of the Grammy Awards, and just hours before she was due to attend the annual pre-Grammy party thrown by record producer Clive Davis - the man who discovered her in a nightclub in the early 1980s and who guided her career through its many ups and downs.
Her death came just over two years after a 2009 comeback following the end of a turbulent 14-year marriage to singer Bobby Brown. She is survived by their daughter, Bobbi Kris.
UPDATE:16 Feb 2012
Whitney Houston to be buried next to father
Whitney Houston will be buried next to her father, John Houston, on Saturday (18.02.12) at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey.
According to her death certificate, Whitney Houston will be buried on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, in the same cemetery where her father was laid to rest in 2003.
UPDATE:22 Feb 2012 Whitney Houston in the first steps as a model!
In fact, since 1981. Then Whitney was only 18 years old and beautiful. WHITNEY: THE LAST PHOTO
UPDATE:25 FEB 2012 WHITNEY FINAL MOVIES "SPARKLE"
In "Sparkle," which is slated to hit theaters on August 17, 2012, Houston portrays the mother of a singer played by Jordin Sparks. "Sparkle" is a remake of the 1976 movie of the same name and follows three sisters who form a successful singing group and are subsequently forced to deal with the fallout of fame and drugs. UPDATE:2 MARCH 2012
Jason Mecier's Whitney Houston 'Pill Portrait' Pays Tribute To Singer
Artist Jason Mecier is best known for taking unusual objects -- everything from licorice to trash that stars send him -- to create breathtaking celebrity portraits.
Among his pieces are a series of controversial works that pay homage to Hollywood personalities who have struggled with substance abuse -- made entirely from pills.
Mecier's latest "pill portrait" is of Whitney Houston, who passed away last month.
UPDATE 8 MARCH 2012
Whitney Houston Will; Singer Leaves Everything To Bobbi Kristina
Whitney Houston left everything to her 19-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
The pop superstar's will doesn't mention specific assets, but leaves all of her furnishings, clothing, personal effects, jewelry and cars to her surviving children. Bobbi Kristina was her only child.
Inside Edition first reported the will, filed in Atlanta, on Wednesday.
Houston's money will be put in a trust. Her sister-in-law and manager, Patricia Houston, was appointed the administrator of the estate.
Upon turning 21, Bobbi Kristina will receive part of the money, more of it at age 25 and the balance at age 30. Houston's trustees can give her money from the trust for various purposes, including tuition, to buy a home and to start a business.
The will was signed on Feb. 3, 1993, about a month before Houston gave birth to her daughter.