Monday, April 30, 2007

Happy Birthday Kian!

I didn't forget, I just haven't been home!

Happy 27th to Kian for yesterday.

May he not get balder than he already is.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Middle Names of the Twins:

The twins' middle names have been revealed:

Rocco Bertie Byrne (after Georgina's dad)

Jay Nicky Byrne (after Nicky's dad)

Monday, April 23, 2007

Congrats to Nicky & Gina!

I know it's two days late but I haven't been home since Wednesday and only just got the news!

On Saturday the 21st at 9:55am, Georgina gave birth to twin boys.

So welcome to the first baby boys in the Westlife camp - Rocco Byrne (5 pounds 11 ounces) and Jay Byrne (4 pounds 8 ounces).

The twins are non-indentical and were born 7 weeks early - they're still in incubators and receiving special care at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin.

There are no photos so far (obviously), just a few floating about of Nicky leaving the hospital, looking very pleased with himself.

So you should, lad

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Brian Updates

First of all, I can't believe I forgot to wish Brian a happy birthday for the 12th. That's really bloody slack of me. I know he'll never read this, nor care if some random fan remembers his birthday, but seeing as I remembered all the partner's birthday's up until this point except for Delta's (who I don't like, but still felt bad about) I thought I owed it to him.

Ah well, happy birthday for last thursday, Bri. Love ya.

In other news, Brian did his online webchat thingy the other day. To summarise:

1) Album should be released in the US later this year (what about Australia, Bri?)

2) No official video has been made for Only A Woman Can - there will be one when it's released worldwide

3) The new album will be more positive than Irish Son

4) A fan once offered him $50,000 to have breakfast with her, but he said no... he'd already eaten.

5) The collaboration with Mark that was mentioned is a song they wrote together, but which only Brian will be singing. He doesn't yet know if it will make the album.

Hero Brian

SINGER Brian McFadden was hailed a hero last night after saving a boy from drowning while on holiday.

The former Westlife star leapt into a lake at Dubai's plush Jabel Ali Golf Resort when the 10-year-old fell in.

Members of the EUR200-a-round course watched in terror as Brian frantically battled to pull him to safety.

The 26-year-old star told the Irish Daily Mirror last night: "It was pretty scary. The kid was gasping for air when I got him out of the lake.

"My instant reaction was just to jump in. Anyone else would have done the same.

"I had no idea how deep the water was until I jumped in - the kid could have drowned."

The boy is believed to have been trying to fish out balls from the lake and sell them to golfers.

He fell down a steep bank and his friend screamed for help. But within seconds the child had disappeared under the water.

Brian was enjoying a week in the sunshine resort before launching his new single in Ireland. A pal of Brian's added: "He was in shock for about three hours after saving the boy. Brian feared the worst had happened initially.

"There are signs warning how deep the water is but the child hadn't paid attention. Brian was completely drenched and gasping for air when he got out. A course official took him back to the spa complex where he had a shower and was given a change of clothes.

"All the golfers were hailing him as a hero and patting him on the back.

"The child could hardly speak a word of English but he gave Brian a big hug."

Brian paid around EUR2,000 to play unlimited golf and enjoy the facilities at the Jabel Ali resort during the trip with his girlfriend Delta Goodrem.

The five-star complex boasts an 800-metre private beach, a sea water pool and 80-berth marina.

Brian was hoping for a drama-free break as he prepares to relaunch his pop career with a tour of Ireland. His new single Only A Woman Can is released next Friday.

He will be appearing at radio stations and record shops at venues including Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway.

The Mirror

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

PS, We Love It

For those of you not in the know, chick-lit author Cecilia Ahern is Nicky's sister-in-law, and her first book - PS, I Love You - is about to be released as a movie. Of course they're Americanising it, with Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Harry Connick Jr, Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Bates... arh, just check out the imdb page here.

In Westlife-related news, an article appeared in Sunday World about the movie, talking about the test audience's reactions, the upcoming premiere and the usual crap about how she's related to Nicky and her dad's the prime minister.

With that, however, was a bit about how a Westlife song might appear on the soundtrack, seeing as, you know, her brother-in-law's in the band and everything.

While it seems a bit creepy and hanger-on for the lads to be putting their song in a relative's movie, it's about bloody time the lads did something decent to get themselves recognised in the U. S. of A. And I don't mean that the US is some big beacon of golden light that leads to immortalisation in the musical hearts of everyone they come across - they are a boyband after all - it's just that, after all their apparent desperation, their attempts have been a bit...

...well, a bit half-arsed.

And now, especially with kids restricting how much time they can spend buggering off overseas with their wild dreams, this might just be the ticket they need.

But let's wait and see.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Mark's Diary From the Road

Yes, yes, I know it's been ages since I'e posted, but bloody nothing's been happening in Westlife world. Such is the joy of tour-time - they perform, they sleep, they perform, they sleep... you get the picture.

So, in that spirit, here's a rather bland official diary from Mark:

Hi there

Hope you all had a brilliant Easter and ate loads of chocolate, like us! We had a day off on Monday, which was great after another three concerts back-to-back.

The tour is still going fantastically well and even though we’ve played so many dates already, we’re still loving every single show, which is mostly down to the energy and enthusiasm we get from you lot in the audience.

Looking forward to Aberdeen tonight and tomorrow, then another day off before we jump on a plane – Belfast here we come!

Take care

Mark x