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Gladiator star Russell Crowe donates £5k to save UK bookshop hit by Covid and cost of living crisis

GLADIATOR star Russell Crowe has donated £5,000 to help save an independent book shop. The Oscar-winning actor contributed to a crowdfunding campaign launched this week.

He pledged support for Bookbugs and Dragon Tales in Norwich, Norfolk. Bosses Dan and Leanne Fridd were stunned to see the name “Russell Ira Crowe” next to the cash pledge.

Dan, 46, said: “At about 10.30pm on Thursday I noticed the figure jumped from about £3,000 to £8,000. “Then Leanne read the name.

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Sandringham Estate garden house put on Airbnb amid Queen’s health concerns
the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the garden house on the Sandringham Estate has just been listed on Airbnb.Located in the Norfolk Coast Area of England, the country retreat has been traditionally used by the queen and the rest of the royal family during Christmas and the New Year.The castle is also where Queen Elizabeth gives her annual Christmas broadcast speech.According to the estate’s official website, the royal family has owned the property since 1862, when it was purchased as a gift for Prince Albert for his 21st birthday.It is also where the queen’s father, George VI, and grandfather, George V, both died.The garden house on the estate, listed by United Kingdom boutique holiday cottage agency Norfolk Hideaways, is comprised of four bedrooms and two bathrooms and was the former home of the queen’s head gardener.“This charming Norfolk hideaway, owned by HM The Queen, nestled within the heart of her much-loved Sandringham Estate country retreat and the closest estate property to Sandringham House itself, is all about an appreciation of the great outdoors and the beautiful gardens it sits within,” the Airbnb listing states. Built with brick, the house offers accommodation for up to eight guests over two floors.“Guests are able to enjoy a stroll around the Country Park, with over 200 hectares (494 acres) to enjoy in all,” the listing adds.And, of course, as a nod to the queen’s love of dogs, the listing notes: “furry friends welcome.”But to book a stay here, you must act fast.