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Amazon opens new family shelter inside Seattle headquarter building

Amazon opens a permanent homeless shelter inside its trendy Seattle HQ that can sleep up to 200 people a night over eight floors

  • Amazon and non-profit Mary’s Place announced the shelter opened Thursday 
  • The family shelter is inside one of Amazon’s Seattle headquarter buildings
  • The shelter is 63,000-square-feet big and takes up eight floors of the building
  • The building also houses Amazon office spaces, which have a separate entrance 
  • The shelter now has 50 families living in it for social distancing purposes
  • When fully operational, it can house up to 200 people and is expected to serve 1,000 families a year 

Amazon has opened a permanent homeless shelter inside one of its office buildings in its downtown Seattle headquarters.

The online retailer and nonprofit organization Mary’s Place announced Thursday that they have officially opened the Mary’s Place Family Center in The Regrade – a family shelter that can fit up to 200 people. 

Although built inside one of Amazon’s office buildings, the eight-floor, 63,000-square-foot shelter is being kept separate from Amazon’s offices through private entrances and acoustical isolation, according to a joint press release. 

Amazon and non-profit Mary’s Place announced the opening of Mary’s Place Family Center in The Regrade on Thursday. It’s located inside one of Amazon’s headquarter buildings in Seattle

The family shelter sits on eight floors of an Amazon office building and takes up 63,000 square feet. The other half of the building is comprised of Amazon office space

Among the shelter’s facilities are an industrial kitchen (pictured), large dining room – big enough for social distancing – and space for Amazon’s legal team to provide pro bono support

A view of a common space in the new shelter, featuring a variety of clothing and shoes

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos thanked Mary’s Place for partnering with Amazon on the shelter

The family shelter and the Amazon offices feature acoustical separation and have their own entrances. Plazas and other public spaces are for use by both families and Amazon workers

Among the shelter’s features are a large dining room – big enough for social distancing – an industrial kitchen with commercial cooking equipment, space for Amazon’s legal team to provide pro bono support and recreation spaces for children and teens. 

Amazon’s VP of global real estate and facilities John Schoettler told Fast Company that the office building was ‘essentially divided in half lengthwise. Half of it is divided for use by Amazon. The balance on the other side is used by Mary’s Place.’        

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos pictured in 2019

Acoustical separation between the two halves of the building was crucial ‘Because Mary’s Place is a 24/7 operation, there’ll be a lot of children and different activities going on one side, while on the other side there could be a lot of heads-down work and quiet space or a lot of meetings,’ he said. 

Plazas and other public spaces around the building were created to be used by both Amazon employees and the families staying at the shelter, though.

One of Mary’s Place’s requests, when converting the office building into a shelter, was to have separate rooms for the families to sleep in peacefully, creating a challenge since the building is a typical office tower. 

The project designers found a solution to the problem after realizing that ‘for the highest-quality sleep that you can get in a communal environment, you don’t need a window,’ Graphite Design’s Peter Krech told Fast Company.  

Instead, ‘You need an acoustic door, you need an acoustic ceiling, and you need a really comfortable space. But you can give the daylight and the high-value experiential spaces to the community and social spaces, and you can take the sleeping program and really make it purpose-built,’ he added.  

Two of the floors in the new shelter are dedicated to medically-fragile children. There’s also a program for new moms and their babies

The shelter is practicing strict sanitary measures and social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Only 50 families are staying in the shelter right now 

Bunk beds are shown set up in a space for families to sleep in with a privacy curtain 

Project designers created windowless spaces specifically dedicated to getting a good night’s sleep, saving windowed spaces for communal areas 

The interior of a sleeping space, featuring bunk beds and a sink. The sleeping areas have soundproofing to ensure a restful night 

A communal bathroom space in the shelter is shown here with changing areas for babies 

The shelter also has communal laundry machines and dryers for residents to use 

Communal meeting spaces have been set up for residents to use while practicing for job interviews or filling out school forms and getting legal help 

The shelter offers computers for residents to use while job searching or doing homework

An outdoor communal space at the shelter, which can also be used by Amazon workers

Two of the shelter’s eight floors have been set aside for medically-fragile children and on-site healthcare is available to them, while rooms have also been set aside for residents and volunteers – including Amazon employees – to use as community center-like meeting spaces.  

While the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, the shelter is housing 50 families – each in private rooms – and following a strict cleaning schedule and social distancing rules. It is also offering access to coronavirus testing.  

Under normal circumstances, the shelter is expected to be able to provide housing for more than 1,000 families a year.    

Mary’s Place Family Center in The Regrade is now the largest family shelter in Washington state, according to Amazon and Mary’s Place.   

‘This new shelter, opening when it did, has been our saving grace,’ Mary’s Place executive director Marty Hartman said in the press release. ‘It was our neighbors at Amazon who recognized what we needed before we ever realized it, and this space ensures we don’t have to return families to homelessness during this unprecedented and trying time.’ 

Hartman also noted that at the new shelter, ‘our kids are able to safely finish school – our employees watch children for extended hours to support working parents who lost access to childcare – and moms and dads are able to search for new jobs on new laptops.’

The shelter plans were first announced in 2017, with Amazon offering free rent and utilities to Mary’s Place.   

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos posted pictures of the new space on his Instagram account Thursday and thanked Mary’s Place ‘for their partnership in bringing this creative solution to life. #NoChildSleepsOutside.’  

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Megan Fox Opens Up About Charitable Project After Machine Gun Kelly Video

Giving back! Megan Fox is helping to raise money for a good cause.

In support of Memorial Day, the 34-year-old New Girl alum is teaming up with Redline Steel — a decor manufacturing company owned by veterans — to bring in $2 million in contributions. Fox is working closely with Redline Steel CEO Colin Wayne, a former U.S. Army vet who was injured in Afghanistan 8 years prior, to raise awareness to the initiative that’s benefiting veterans and their families.

“What Colin went through overseas to then create his company now to be able to do this type of give-back is extraordinary,” the Jennifer’s Body actress told Us Weekly exclusively on Wednesday, May 20. “It was a no-brainer to be a part of this Memorial Day promotion and give back to those who knew and are related to ones who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”

Wayne, for his part, told Us what “a pleasure” it has been to have Fox working alongside his team for this charitable initiative. He also noted what “an incredible human being” Fox is and the “impact” she has to help push the cause.

“Initially, we started speaking as part of a collaboration based on her upcoming movie, which is about war, patriotism and hardships,” he explained. “Redline Steel is a veteran owned and operated business and I knew that connecting with Megan could be a great opportunity to help us gain greater awareness and spread Redline Steel’s mission during this Memorial Day which is to donate over $2 million worth of product to veterans and their families to honor those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

The businessman continued, “Megan has made it a point to be an advocate of first responders. It is because of how passionate she is about veterans that our views aligned right from the get-go.”

On Wednesday, Fox and Wayne hopped on an Instagram Live to share his story and discuss the initiative. The pair also briefly touched on her new collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly for his new “Bloody Valentine” music video, which debuted shortly before their live chat.

“Congrats on your Machine Gun Kelly video. I just saw that it went up so it turned out incredible,” Wayne told Fox at the time. “I’ve always been an MGK fan.”

Fox starred alongside Kelly, 30, in his steamy new visual after her split from estranged husband Brian Austin Green was announced on Monday, May 18. A source confirmed to Us that the collaborators “began spending more and more time together because of their work schedules and filming” their upcoming movie, Midnight in the Switchgrass.

“They started off as friends and their relationship grew from there,” the insider explained. “Megan thinks MGK is a really cool guy and their relationship turned more romantic.”

With reporting by Marc Lupo

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WWE legend Mark Henry opens up over meeting ‘disrespectful’ Michael Jordan after meeting at Olympic Games – The Sun

WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry has revealed an angry encounter with “disrespectful” NBA legend Michael Jordan at the 1992 Olympic Games.

The wrestling star, known as the World’s Strongest Man, was competing in powerlifting for Team USA when he went to introduce himself to the country’s “Dream Team” basketball squad.

But the former world champion explained how the encounter felt like a “slap in the face”.

He told 247Sports: "During that time, I went to the hotel just because I wanted to see people that I knew.

"[Charles] Barkley being one of those people, and David Robinson and Karl Malone.

"You would think in a perfect world that when somebody walks up on a group of people, they would just greet everybody, 'Hey, guys. How you all doing? What’s going on?' and go from there.

"Well, when Michael walked up, that wasn’t the case. I guess I seemed out of place. And his response to me was, ‘Who are you?’ And I was like, ‘Who the hell are you?’

"You know, I started to get a little bit angry because I was not expecting that.

"It was like a slap in the face. It’s like someone walking up and just slapping you. I was in shock. I was like this is Michael Jordan. And I’m angry, like, "Why? Why? What the hell?'"

Henry then says Air Jordan “backed off' to avoid escalating the potentially volatile situation.

He added: "He backed off. 'Whoa, whoa, wait a minute. My bad. I didn’t want to come across,' but he did.

"I’m sure that that’s not the only time something like that has ever happened in this world, but it had been a long time since that happened to me, and I wasn’t having no parts of it.

"My mother used to say, 'Be careful what you say but even be more careful how you say it.' And the way he said it to me was very disrespectful, I thought. And I checked him about it."

The 48-year-old powerhouse did go on to say that Jordan later apologised to him and invited him to the NBA All-Star game on his birthday a couple of years later.

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FTSE 100 opens flat on 5,846 points as oil prices continue to plunge

FTSE 100 opens flat on 5,846 points as oil prices continue to plunge with BP reporting £3.5bn net loss for first quarter due to global drop in demand

  • FTSE 100 index of Britain’s biggest companies opens flat this morning at 5,846 
  • BP posts a £3.5bn net loss in first quarter as pandemic crushes demand for oil
  • Oil prices fall on persistent concerns about oversupply and lack of storage space
  • Governments around the world are announcing easing of lockdown restrictions
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

London stock markets opened flat this morning as another decline in oil prices offset optimism about the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

The FTSE 100 index of Britain’s biggest companies opened today at 5,846, which is also the level it closed at yesterday.

It comes as BP said it slumped into a £3.5billion net loss in the first quarter as the pandemic crushed demand for oil.

Oil prices weakened again on persistent concerns about oversupply and a lack of storage space, with the benchmarks of US crude down 12 per cent to $11.22 (£9.01) a barrel and Brent crude falling 4 per cent to $19.20 (£15.45) per barrel.

From Italy to New Zealand, governments announced the easing of restrictions, with Spain letting children play outside for the first time since mid-March.

The FTSE 100 has been mostly rising over the past fortnight since April 16, but is flat today 

However UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday that it was too early to relax the lockdown in Britain, while New York state is not expected to reopen for weeks.

Some investors are hoping the worst may be over for the world economy as more countries allow businesses to re-open, but others see reasons to remain cautious, especially as a coronavirus vaccine has yet to be developed.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia said in a research note today: ‘We are less optimistic and expect a slower recovery in the world economy.

‘The risk of reintroducing restrictions is a risk to market participants’ optimistic outlook for a quick resumption of normal economic activity.’

All three major U.S. stock averages advanced on Monday and are all now within 20 per cent of their record closing highs reached in February.

A woman wearing a face mask walks past a board at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange today

BP posted a £3.5billion net loss in the first quarter as the pandemic crushed demand for oil

The benchmark S&P 500 is on track for its best month since 1987, after trillions of stimulus dollars helped US equities claw back much of the ground lost since the coronavirus crisis brought the economy to a grinding halt.

Most Asian shares gained small ground overnight, with China rising 0.65 per cent and South Korea up 0.4 per cent – but Japan’s markets hardly changed.

The US dollar and the euro were little changed as traders refrained from taking big positions before a US Federal Reserve policy decision due tomorrow and a European Central Bank meeting on Thursday.

Meanwhile London-based BP’s first quarter profits tumbled by two-thirds as the crisis hammered oil demand and its debt rose sharply amid uncertainty ahead.

BP said it expected significantly lower refining margins in the second quarter when global restrictions on movement reached their peak, throttling consumption of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

A spokesman said: ‘It is difficult to predict when current supply and demand imbalances will be resolved and what the ultimate impact of Covid-19 will be.’

It said oil and gas production faced ‘significant uncertainties’ linked to plunging oil prices and tumbling demand, as well as due to a deal between OPEC, Russia and other producers to cut global supplies of crude by about 10 per cent.

BP reported an underlying replacement cost profit, its definition of net income, of £643million, still beating the £571million forecast by analysts in a company-provided poll. The company reported a £1.9billion profit a year earlier.

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Liam Payne opens up on mental health for podcast with Jordan Stephens

Liam Payne has opened up about his mental health in a conversation with Jordan Stephens and surprised the podcast host with how ‘sensitive’ he really is behind the scenes. 

Former Rizzle Kicks star Jordan is currently hosting season two of Killing It, a Spotify Original podcast, which sees him sitting down with musicians to talk about mental health issues.

An upcoming episode features a chat with ex One Direction star Liam, and it’s safe to say, it was an eye-opening discussion for Jordan. 

Speaking to about his chat with the pop star, Jordan revealed: ‘I learned that Liam is I think a lot more sensitive [than he comes across]. 

‘I don’t think he’s trying to portray himself as having a lack of sensitivity but I think he has a lot more weight on his shoulders and an incredible expectation. 

‘I think again like everybody, he wants to be a certain version of himself. It was really powerful to hear him speak candidly about how much strength it takes to maintain an expectation of yourself that you’re comfortable with.’ 

Jordan added: ‘To hear that from a member of the biggest boy band in the world is really important and powerful. I think we could have got more, the conversation could have doubled in length. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be in his shoes at the moment.’ 

As well as talking through how he dealt with fame being in One Direction, one of the world’s biggest boy band, Liam opens up about the reaction to his debut solo album LP1 which earned some criticism. 

‘He’s had bad reviews of his album since and I came out of that podcast going, “I just wish there was more of an accessible understanding of him rather than it being this statue that anyone can chip away at”,’ Jordan explained. 

‘He’s a human being the same as everyone else and that’s what I felt.’ 

Jordan continued: ‘These feelings, these pressures almost always result in some kind of consequence and if he feels that he’s developed some kind of inner strength, then that’s really admirable and something that can help a lot of people. 

‘But that’s for him to know.’ 

The podcast host can relate to Liam’s struggles following his rise to stardom as one half of Rizzle Kicks in 2011. 

Alongside Harley Sylvester Alexander-Sule, the group earned four top 10 singles including the hit song Down With The Trumpets. 

Jordan has since gone on to host the ITV2 game series Don’t Hate The Playaz with Maya Jama and is set to release a series of books in 2021. 

The Killing It podcast will also feature an in-depth chat with former Sugababes singer Mutya Buena, who left the group in 2005 after much chart success. 

Recalling her mental health discussion, Jordan said: ‘I was taken aback by the hand that Mutya has been dealt. She has had really, really been through it and there were points listening to that conversation with Petra where I felt heartbroken. 

‘Not because of where she’s at, she is who she is, and she’s incredibly talented and incredibly open which is a blessing. But I think she got famous at 14 and she got really put through it. And it’s just another example of the way in which the public has developed this kind of bizarre barrier between fame and humanity.’ 

‘I would never ever, ever put someone through what she went through.’ 

Relating to his own experience with fame, Jordan explained: ‘The overwhelming [thread] between these conversations is, one of the things I was told when I first became famous, is that you should never complain about fame, just don’t complain about it. 

‘Because people won’t get it. People who were working their asses off every day, in a little flat, or whatever else with a little family and they’re getting f*****g crushed by the government, they’re not gonna want to listen to someone with a record deal saying that it’s really difficult.’

He added: ‘They just don’t want to hear it and I think that whilst that has some truth in it, I think that has forced a lot of people to harbour genuine grief and genuine sadness, and I think there should be a space to hear that.’ 

Jordan Stephens hosts series two of Killing It. Available to listen to exclusively on Spotify now.

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Baked bean fanatic, 65, opens up about his 4.5ins penis after 10 years without sex – The Sun

A BAKED bean fanatic who hasn't had sex for a decade has opened up for the first time about his 4.5-inch penis.

Captain Beany – formerly known as Barry Kirk – is determined to let any potential partners know he's not out of sauce yet.

The 65-year-old, from Port Talbot in Wales, says his smaller-than-average appendage won't hold him back.

He's hoping by speaking out, he'll not only find a lady who will fall for his personality and not his willy, but also encourage men with smaller-than-average measurements to be more open.

Measuring only 4.5 inches, the baked bean enthusiast – who also runs a bean museum out of his council flat – says his size has resulted in a life of unwanted celibacy.


He has since signed up to dating website Dinky One – a dating profile specifically for those with small willies.

Captain Beany said: "I'm hoping there’s someone out there who will fall for my full-blown personality and not for my half-baked weeny.

"And at long last, there's a dating website that caters for those who feel that their undercarriage is on the wee side of society.

"I've tried everything, from Blind Dates to Plenty of Fish, and it's only the one website, Dinky One, that is ideal for those who fall short of their female expectations.

"I personally have found concerned issues with my own teeny-weeny appendage and firmly believe it's to do with this, rather than my love of baked beans.


"I know that I'm an eccentric but I'm hoping by speaking out, I shall encourage others who may feel inadequate in their undercarriage to ‘come out’ and feel less intimated against the big boys."

Captain Beany says the tight costumes he wears when dressing as a 'baked bean superhero' for charity fundraisers may be responsible.

He said: "My own personal problem is due in fact of parading myself in a most tight-fitting and uncomfortable superhero costume for the past thirty long years.

"In fact, compounded with my training running sessions, it appears that my very own todger has bean shrinking at a most alarming rate recently."

He said he hopes to find a 'Tina Beanz' who values his personality and sense of humour, all while not being too "under-awed" by his "saucy wee tackle".

He said: "I hope that by ‘coming out’ that I can encourage those with their own stigma of feeling anxious and nervous tenancies to make a stand and proudly state that some women prefer those with smaller defined packages.

"I’m even thinking of getting some old boys, like myself, around to create a song about our teeny weanies – we can call ourselves Little Dix."

According to NHS figures, most men in the UK would be eligible to join the site – as the average size for an erect penis here is 5.1 inches.

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Vin Diesel opens up on Fast 9 coronavirus fears: 'We need movies more than ever'

Vin Diesel has responded to the coronavirus fears surrounding his upcoming movie Fast 9.

The film industry has been suffering as a result of the outbreak, with it recently being announced that upcoming Bond movie No Time To Die has been delayed until November.

Addressing the fears surrounding his upcoming flick, which is set for release in May, Vin said he ‘won’t fault anyone in the world for saying, “You guys are stupid for releasing this movie right now.”‘

However, he added to USA Today: ‘We need movies now more than ever. We’re already in a very interesting time where cinema and the cinematic experience is so threatened. So, yes, put it on record we’re going to show up.’

Meanwhile, the actor admitted the fears haven’t affected him personally, explaining: ‘I love to show up for the audience and for the fans because God knows how much they’ve showed up for me. I’m crazy. I’m begging Sony to let me go to China, even now. And you should see everyone’s faces like, “You’re going alone, buddy!”‘

Directed by Justin Lin once again, Fast 9 will see the return of Fast & Furious veteran Vin as group leader Dom Toretto, Tyrese Gibson as Roman and Ludacris as Tej Parker.

What is the coronavirus and where did it start?

Coronaviruses are a family of diseases which include the common cold and the virus which caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which originated in China in 2002 and killed nearly 800 people around the world.

The virus causing concern now is a new strain which has made the jump from animals to people, named Covid-19.

It causes fever and a cough and can make it hard for people to breathe, causing viral pneumonia in severe cases.

Over 2,700 people worldwide have now died after contracting the illness.

How does it affect the lungs?

What are the symptoms of the virus?

The virus is more likely to progress into a severe illness or prove fatal among older patients or those with weakened immune systems.

As it is a viral illness, antibiotics will not help and there is no known cure or vaccine.

A scan shows the lungs of a patient with coronavirus (Picture: Reuters)

To avoid the illness, take usual hygiene precautions, such as using a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, and making sure to wash your hands.

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth after touching things like poles on public transport and avoid close contact with people suffering an acute respiratory infection.

You should also avoid unprotected contact with wild or farm animals.

So far, 13 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK.

Hundreds have been tested for it here, with most of the tests coming back negative.

How many people in the UK have it?

Is Coronavirus in the UK?

Where is Wuhan in China, where coronavirus started?

The virus originated in the city of Wuhan in China, where it is believed to have made the jump from animals to people at a seafood market.

Wuhan is the capital of China’s Hubei province, a landlocked province in central China.

It is built along the Yangtze river, and is around 500 miles west of Shanghai and 690 miles north of Hong Kong.

It is the largest and most populous city in central China, although estimates over its population vary.

Michelle Rodriguez is also coming back to the family after skipping Fast & Furious 8 following the tragic real life death of Paul Walker, who played her on-screen boyfriend.

With the number of global coronavirus cases increasing, the entertainment industry has been hit hard, most recently with the cancellation of festival SXSW.

Meanwhile, the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Avril Lavigne, Yungblud and Slipknot have postponed public appearances and shows as a result of fears surrounding the virus.

The number of confirmed cases in the UK has now jumped to 206.

The Department of Health revealed the new figures on Saturday, saying 21,460 people had been tested across Britain so far. On Friday, the UK saw 49 new cases, meaning there has been a slight decrease in the number of new cases per day.

Fast 9 will arrive in UK cinemas on 22 May.

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Chrissy Teigen Opens Up About Getting Breast Implants and Says, “I Want Them Out Now”

Chrissy Teigen has opened up about her past plastic surgery in a candid interview with Glamour UK. In the issue, Chrissy reveals that she had breast-enhancement surgery in her early 20s, saying, “Yeah, I did my boobs when I was about 20 years old. It was more for a swimsuit thing. I thought, if I’m going to be posing, laid on my back, I want them to be perky! But then you have babies and they fill up with milk and deflate, and now I am screwed.”

She added, “Honestly, I kept them the same cup size. I just filled them out, so they are rounder and firmer. I had a quarter ‘teardrop’ cup in the bottom and filled out the breast line.”

Apparently, the supermodel and cookbook author is ready to get her implants removed, but surgery makes her nervous. “I want them out now,” she said. “If I could do one thing, it would be to have a lift. I think you’re supposed to replace [implants] every 10 years. But when you have kids, you think about [the risks] of surgery and I think, This is not the way I want to die, in boob surgery.

Chrissy explained that she wants to be up-front about her procedures because “you can’t set these expectations for people that everything is perfect. Everyone filters their sh*t, edits, or Facetunes so you forget what normal faces or bodies look like. It’s not fair and it makes you jealous of other people’s bodies. It’s lying to people by omission. But also, while you want to teach your kids to be comfortable in their own skin, you want to tell them everything you can and let them decide.”

Damn, just when I thought I couldn’t love her more.

From: Cosmopolitan US

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Bob Geldof opens up about 'unbearable' grief of losing a child in emotional Tommy Tiernan Show appearance

LEGENDARY rocker Bob Geldof has opened up about the "unbearable" grief after losing a child in an emotional interview on Irish television last night.

The Boomtown Rats singer lost his daughter Peaches to a heroin overdose in 2014 when she was just 25.

Tonight, the 68-year-old spoke to presenter Tommy Tiernan about how the "ever-present" loss has affected him.

He said: "Last week I went to the funeral of my mate's son. And he didn't want me to come for fear that I had to relive it. But I had to be there for him because it is unbearable.

"Time doesn't heal, time accommodates and it's ever present.

"You're driving along and you're at the traffic lights and for no reason whatsoever, the person in question inhabits you and I'll cry.

"And then I'll look around to make sure the people next door don't see me or are taking a photo and posting it or something.

"But that happens and that happens to everyone. And so you say, 'ok it's time to cry now'.

"You just do it to the maximum because there's no use holding it in.

"Lights are green, or whatever, and then you go. That'll always be there and you accommodate that.

"Once you understand the nature of this because it is boundless and it is bottomless. The grief and the abyss is infinite."


The music icon also revealed that he doesn't believe in afterlife.

He said: "Blessed oblivion and that's what I hope and I will be very disappointed if there's something afterwards."

Tommy asked Bob about his sex life at 68 and he opened up about feeling lonely after his first wife Paula Yates left him.

He said: "You know that laser driven drive of a 16 year old clearly isn't there. And as you age it tempers, which you must understand at 50.

"By 68, it doesn't always need chemical assistance but it f***ing helps.

"And also you must be very careful because the beauty of a long married wife hides in plain sight and you must always look to that woman who animates you so that she once again electrifies you.

"And It's very easy with my Mrs who I've been with for 25 years. I'm sort of a one-woman geezer.

"And I'm not being soppy here but being happy together is such a turn on."


He added: "When Paula left me and it became almost impossible to live and I was kept going by some close friends, Pete briquettes from the Rats being one of them.

"I remember a futile flight from some thing in Europe and I was going back to nothing because my home, my family and everyone I'd loved… had gone like that.

"And I really didn't understand why I'd lost everything I took to be true.

"And I was on this plane back to nothing and I was like, 'Why am I flying back to nothing?'

"And it was so disorientating, discombobulating and I was sitting there really, sad just doesn't do it, and again I'm very aware that lots of you have been through this.

"Sitting in the plane and there was this couple bickering non-stop and he got stuck into a book and she was reading a mag.

"Ten minutes to landing so everyone starts doing the belt and then you hear the wheels going down and as the wheels came down, she just put out her hand and he covered it. And I was so envious of that unacknowledged intimacy.

"That they'd been arguing.. I wanted to have someone who got on my nerves even. I wanted someone who could do that and there's nothing, you put out the hand and there's nothing.

"The other end of that is when you do have that it's sexy."


He also admitted that his lifestyle as a rocker meant he had a busy sex life.

He said: "If you're in a rock and roll band, literally you shagged the world, literally. It's not even a question of believing your luck, you get so used to it.

"And I don't know about the other guys, but sometimes I didn't even want to, I just felt like I had to. You're all so lonely. You're going, 'How many months have we been out now, here's someone to hold onto for the night. I suppose I've got to shag them, f**k it."

And Geldof spoke about his life growing up in Dun Laoghaire and how dinner times would provide the opportunity for some heated debates.

He said: "When we were children we didn't have TV and stuff and my dad would come home on Friday, he'd be away all week working.

"It was difficult trying to establish a relationship with his three children again. It's boring. I didn't have a mum.

"So it was difficult to try and get a family vibe happening. Seven, eight o'clock on Friday night, he'd do the cooking because he used to be a chef before he was a traveller.

"It was always good the food at the weekend because dad cooked. There'd be silence, you know, we were kind of embarrassed and awkward with this semi-stranger who we loved.

"I didn't love, I feared and had angst with him. But we both ended up loving each other, of course. I was being grumpy and sullen and the aul fella would sit there.

"He'd put down his knife and fork and say… something so manifestly outrageous that all hell would break loose around the table. You had to make your point, impassioned as it might be.

"Conversation was nurtured, it was organised, it was structured. You won the teatime round, sort of, if you could argue the others into submission."

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