Russell Brand 'ditches girlfriend to be with Geri Halliwell'

Tabloid Tales: The comic and Spice Girl, the Essex 'lion' and what minicab-drivers have to listen to

LAST UPDATED AT 09:19 ON Tue 28 Aug 2012

COMIC Russell Brand and Spice Girl Geri Halliwell are an item, according The Sun. Brand, recently divorced from American singer Katy Perry, has dumped his girlfriend Isabella Brewster to be be with "new flame" Halliwell. The couple met at the Olympics closing ceremony where, despite the unfriendly critical reception for Brand's performance, the pair "just clicked". They have been dating ever since, even taking a tour of Hampton Court Palace. Fellow sightseer Greg Oram from Herefordshire told the Sun: "It was 100 per cent obvious they were a couple. Geri was holding his hand the same way I hold my wife's. It was so cute."

WATCHING SEX FILMS LEADS TO PROMISCUITY
Children who are allowed to watch films with a high sexual content tend to become more promiscuous teenagers than normal, a study of 1,200 teens by researchers at Dartmouth College in the States has found. The Daily Mail, which is campaigning for a block on online porn for under-18s, says the researchers found that films like Eyes Wide Shut, starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, can have a big effect on "sensation-seeking" teens. Dr Ross O'Hara, who led the research, said: "Adolescents who are exposed to more sexual content in movies start having sex at younger ages, have more sexual partners, and are less likely to use condoms with casual sexual partners."

ESSEX LION EXPOSED AS A GINGER TOM
The so-called 'Essex lion' scare, which involved 30 police officers and caused panic among some residents of St Osyth near Clacton at the weekend, was most likely caused by a 12-year-old ginger cat called Tom, says the Daily Mirror. Bank Holiday tourists were urged to stay away and residents were told to remain indoors as officers and zoo workers searched the area after several sightings of a lion. But as the hunt was finally called off, a carer at an old people's home told the Mirror it was almost certainly Tom. "He's always out in the fields hunting for mice, rats and even hares. His colouring means he does look a bit like a lion, but he's not dangerous."

WHAT CAB PASSENGERS MOAN ABOUT
The uselessness of politicians is the number one topic for the British public when they chat to their minicab driver, according to a survey conducted by booking firm Wheely. Complaints about the dismal state of the UK economy come second, closely followed by gripes about the impact of the Olympics on business and, in fourth place, "bad boy" footballers. Wheely co-founder Anton Chirkunov told the Daily Express that the fifth most common moan was that those with jobs are having to work harder than ever, but struggling to earn enough. · 

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