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Spice Girls Shower Geri Horner With Love As Ginger Spice Icon Turns 50: ‘Oh the Adventures We’ve Had!’



Geri’s bandmates shared sweet messages on her birthday (Picture: Getty Images/PA)

The Spice Girls have been showing the true meaning of Girl Power in heartfelt wishes dedicated to Geri Horner as she celebrates the big 5-0.

Ginger Spice reached the milestone birthday on Saturday, sharing a montage of sweet images from her childhood through to her career in the chart-topping group and beyond on Instagram.

Teasing ‘the best is yet to come’, the Wannabe singer wrote: ‘I get to be 50! I’m so grateful to all the wonderful people and experiences I’ve had in my life. Thank you. I love you.’

And Geri wasn’t the only one taking to social media in honour of her big day, with former bandmates Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton and Melanie C penning sweet posts.

Alongside short clips of the Spice Girls’ iconic music videos, Emma, 46, said: ‘Happy birthday my beautiful Spice sister @therealgerihalliwell. 💕🎉💕 Sharing moments with you are some of my favourite memories.💕💗 Have the most special day with your beautiful family, can’t wait to celebrate with you. Love you lots X.’

Melanie, 48, posted three throwback photos, including one from the epic reunion tour and another of the former Australia’s Got Talent judge on rollerblades.

The I Turn to You performer captioned the post: ‘Happy 50th @therealgerihalliwell! My darling Spice sister, oh the adventures we have had. We share so many incredible memories and I look forward to making more. 

Geri with the Spice Girls! (Picture: WireImage)

Geri is 50! (Picture: AP)

‘From bombing about in your battered Fiat Uno, telling everyone how we were going to become the biggest girl band in the world, to reuniting on stage at Wembley Stadium and all of the madness in between. 

‘Happy Birthday to our one and only Ginger Spice. You are the most wonderful collaborator, band mate and friend. I love you with every part of my soul. #friendshipneverends #girlpower ❤️🇬🇧✌🏼🥳.’

Fashion designer Victoria, 48, shared an Instagram Story of the pair of them looking glamorous while hugging in front of a plane.

The mum-of-four added: ‘Happy Birthday @therealgerihalliwell. Hope you have the best day!! Kisses.’

The fifth member of the trailblazing group, Mel B, 47, has not yet publicly congratulated Geri on her big day.

Could the Spice Girls be reuniting later in the year for Geri’s bday bash? (Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Geri said she was delighted to be turning 50 (Picture: WireImage)

But the celebrations may not be over just yet, with reports circulating the Viva Forever band are set to reunite for one night only as a five-piece, for a special performance at Geri’s birthday bash. 

The party is set to take place on September 17 and will be the first time the Spice Girls have performed as a five-piece since 2012, when they performed at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.

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In more exciting news, the legendary performers’ official Twitter account posted a tweet with the hashtag ‘#Spiceworld25’, hinting at an incoming announcement marking the special anniversary.

The film came out in 1997 – so who knows what might be in store next year, but we’ll tell you what we want, what we really, really want: another tour!

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Paul Mescal Receives Apology From BBC After Broadcaster Makes Rather Awkward Blunder



Irish actor Paul Mescal has been called British…again (Picture: Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

His tweet clarifying his nationality may have been the most liked post in Ireland three years ago, but the BBC has had to apologise after getting a crucial fact about Oscar nominee Paul Mescal wrong.

Earlier this week the Irish actor was announced as one of the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards.

The 26-year-old, who is from Maynooth, was given the nod for his leading role in indie flick Aftersun in the Actor in a Leading Role category.

In March, Paul will be going up against Austin Butler (Elvis), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Bill Nighy (Living) and fellow Irishman Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) in the prestigious category.

But when covering the nominations, the national broadcaster made a rather awkward error.

In text appearing on screen, the BBC reported: ‘2023 Oscar nominations: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy are nominated for leading role.’

The BBC has apologised for this mistake (Picture: eyeswideshut/ Twitter)

It has now apologised for the mistake, issuing a statement that read: ‘In text running across the screen we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors who had been nominated for an Oscar for a leading role.’

‘The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish. We apologise for the mistake.’

When the mistake was made, plenty of people pointed it out and reminded the media outlet that Paul is very much Irish.

‘BBC news seems to not know Paul Mescal is IRISH,’ one person wrote.

Another added: ‘The BBC should know that Paul Mescal isn’t British.’

Plenty of people called out the BBC oversight (Picture: Twitter)

This person pointed out that Paul is very much Irish (Picture: Twitter)

Paul was one of several Irish Oscar nominees (Picture: Twitter)

It wasn’t the first time this has happened though.

Back in 2020, when Paul picked up an Emmy nomination for his breakthrough role in Normal People, outlets including The Guardian called him British.

It lead the actor to tweet ‘I’m Irish’, which ended up becoming the most-liked post in his home country that year.

Paul picked up an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Aftersun (Picture: A24 via AP)

The message quickly racked up over 130,000 likes as well as over 12,000 retweets and over 1,600 replies.

His Oscar nomination helped break a record for Ireland too, with the country securing 14 nominations in the upcoming awards ceremony.

Other actors to get nods included Barry Keoghan, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon.

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When his nomination was announced Paul said it was ‘truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun’.

‘To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful.’

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How Many Legs Are in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals? All the Rules Explained



Only four teams remain in the competition (Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Carabao Cup semi-finals continue tonight with Nottingham Forest welcoming Manchester United at the City Ground.

The winner of the tie will face either Newcastle United or Southampton in the final at Wembley on February 26.

With the regulations changing from one competition to another, here is your full lowdown of the rules in play across the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup 2023.

Are the Carabao Cup semi-finals played over two legs?

Yes, the Carabao Cup semi-finals will take place over two legs.

Newcastle beat Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of the first semi-final on Tuesday night, with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm.

Southampton and Newcastle played out an entertaining first leg (Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Manchester United will host Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, February 1 at 8pm.

VAR is in use for the first time in the Carabao Cup this season, having not featured in earlier rounds to ensure fairness across every tie.

Will extra-time and penalties be used in the Carabao Cup semi-finals?

If the score is level after the end of both legs then extra-time, and if required penalties, will be used to determine the winner.

This is the first time this season that matches finishing level in the Carabao Cup will head to extra-time, with ties previously proceeding straight to penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.

The away goals rule will also not be in use for the two semi-finals.

The English Football League scrapped the rule ahead of the 2018/19, which up until that point only came into effect following the conclusion of extra-time.

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How many substitutes are allowed in the Carabao Cup?

Managers will be able to use up to five substitutes across three windows during the game (half-time not included).

An extra substitution is permitted in extra-time, whilst both teams can also use two concussion substitutes if required.

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