TALK OF THE TOWN: Imogen Poots moves into James Norton's Peckham pad

TALK OF THE TOWN: Imogen Poots moves into McMafia star boyfriend James Norton’s Peckham pad

Imogen Poots and James Norton, pictured, have moved in together in Peckham, south-east London

They are one of the most glamorous couples from the world of stage and screen.

Now I can reveal that Imogen Poots and James Norton have taken their relationship to the next level by moving in together, although they have hardly chosen the most glamorous corner of London in which to settle down.

The 30-year-old actress has moved into the McMafia star’s pad in Peckham, the South-East London suburb made famous by Del Boy and Rodney in the classic BBC comedy Only Fools And Horses.

Imogen and James can be spotted pootling around the now-trendy neighbourhood on their bikes.

A friend tells me: ‘They have been dating now for two years but were getting tired of having a long- distance relationship. James has been settled for a while in Peckham, while Imogen was splitting her time between London and New York.

‘They are much happier with their new set-up.’

Peckham was made famous by Uncle Albert, Rodney and Delboy, pictured, in BBC comedy Only Fools and Horses

The couple met when they co-starred in the West End production of Belleville at the Donmar Warehouse in 2017, and began dating soon after Norton split from Chernobyl actress Jessie Buckley.

They made their red carpet debut as a pair at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Peckham is a far cry from their affluent upbringings. Imogen grew up in West London and was privately educated at Latymer Upper School, while James, 34, went to boarding school in the idyllic North Yorkshire countryside.

Imogen and James, pictured, can be spotted pootling around the now-trendy neighbourhood on their bikes

The Granchester and Little Women star may soon have to swap his modest bicycle for an Aston Martin as he has been tipped to become the next James Bond.

Imogen has just earned rave reviews for her latest project, the dark thriller Vivarium, in which she stars alongside Jesse Eisenberg.

The pair rarely talk about their relationship, but Imogen broke ranks last month, saying the long-distance element of their relationship was ‘all I’ve ever known’.

‘I’ve never known something to fall apart because of distance,’ she added. Sharing a bathroom, however, is quite another matter.  

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Meet the Hosts of Quibi's New Series Close Up by E! News

Aaron Poole; Jarrelle Lee Photography

From Sophie Turner to Zac Efron, many of Hollywood’s biggest stars are heading to Quibi—so it’s only right that E! News is joining them.

That’s right! When the new, mobile-only streaming service launches on Monday, April 6, so will a brand-new pop culture and celebrity daily series produced by the NBCUniversal Digital Lab: Close Up by E! News. Like everything else on Quibi, all of the show’s episodes will be 10 minutes or less. You’ll never be out of the loop again!

And it’ll all be thanks to the hosts of Close Up by E! News, Will Marfuggi and Courtney Tezeno

Marfuggi is an Emmy-nominated E! News correspondent based in Los Angeles. He’s been covering the biggest entertainment news and pop culture stories for over 15 years, all while being a fixture on red carpets at premieres, parties, and award shows and press junkets. His straight forward, unfiltered pop culture commentary explains the biggest news stories clearly and lets his audience know they aren’t getting PR spin. 

When Marfuggi isn’t at work or spending time with his wife and daughter, he can be found trying his best to keep fit through boxing, jujitsu, yoga or pilates and, as always, obsessing over Marvel movies and Bravo reality shows.

Tezeno, a TV host and producer, is also based in Los Angeles. She got her start at a Midwest news station before taking a position as a red carpet reporter and eventually writing, producing and hosting daily entertainment news segments featured on AOL, Huffington Post, and Yahoo. Most recently, Tezeno worked across all Entertainment Tonight platforms, including the Emmy award-winning broadcast and 24/7 streaming network, ET Live. Buzzfeed named her one of the Top 5 Black Female Entertainment Journalists under 30 in Hollywood.

If Tezeno isn’t binge-watching her favorite ’90s sitcoms or managing Beyoncé‘s beyhive, you can find her volunteering in the Los Angeles community. 

Together, Marfuggi and Tezeno will fill you in on what’s going on in Hollywood and why you should care. Every episode features fun, authentic segments like “Today’s Top Story” with what you need to know right now, and “The Scroll Down” with headline hits to keep you pop cultured. 

Catch new episodes of Close Up by E! News daily, Monday through Friday on Quibi beginning April 6.

Quibi launches April 6 with new episodes daily, each 10 minutes or less. Enjoy 90 days free for a limited time. Learn more at Quibi.com.

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More Britons have died of coronavirus than in China as UK toll soars

How UK coronavirus death toll has overtaken China’s in just four weeks: A total of 3,605 Britons have now died, 279 ahead of China’s official total

  • China’s official death count is at 3,326 but questions remain about accuracy
  • Friday saw the number of UK deaths rise by 684, overtaking China
  • Department of Health says that over 38,000 people in UK have tested positive
  • It remains vitally important people stay at home and practice the social distancing, says the deputy chief medical officer for England

Just four weeks after the UK recorded its first death from the coronavirus on 5 March, Friday saw the number of UK deaths surpass the reported total in China, the epicentre of the virus.

The UK death toll increased again on Friday as 684 patients died in hospital, bringing the county’s total to 3,605, overtaking China’s official count of 3,326. There are questions over the accuracy of the figures in China, however.

Experts say that deaths are still expected to rise, as people who are currently succumbing to the disease would have been infected prior to social distancing measures being introduced by the government. 

The number of deaths as a result of the coronavirus in the UK has now surpassed those in China, where the outbreak began at the end of 2019

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England, pictured speaking during the Government’s daily coronavirus briefing, has said: ‘This remains a dangerous time’

‘As we have always said, we do not expect these changes to turn the curve on this awful disease immediately – it will take time,’ said Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England, warning: ‘This remains a dangerous time.’

‘It remains vitally important that people continue to stay at home and practise the social distancing that we’ve asked of them, even this weekend as the weather turns warmer.’

London continued to be the UK’s worst hit area by the virus with 161 deaths on Friday, closely followed by the Midlands, which is also seeing a rising rate of hospital admissions with 150.

Department of health figures show that more than 38,000 people have tested positive for the virus since it hit the UK. 

Globally, more than 1.1 million cases have been identified, with over 58,000 deaths. 

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock stands in front of London’s ExCeL conference centre, which has been converted into the NHS Nightingale Hospital

The Nightingale hospital will will accommodate 4,000 coronavirus patients, with two wards each with enough beds for 2,000

WHAT ARE THE CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS?

The virus, called COVID-19, is transmitted from person to person via droplets when an infected person breathes out, coughs or sneezes. 

It can also spread via contaminated surfaces such as door handles or railings. 

Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.  

Mild cases can cause cold-like symptoms including a sore throat, headache, fever, cough or trouble breathing.  

Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory illness, kidney failure and death.  

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. 

Asked whether he could see signs of hope in the crisis, Prof Van-Tam said he absolutely could, saying: ‘I really do, in terms of the massive change in public behaviour that’s already taken place.

‘However, if you’re asking me about the healthcare hospital admission data, then I think it is too early to make any kind of interpretation such as that.

‘There will be day-to-day variations in the number of hospital admissions that occur as a feature of near random chance. One needs to be patient and look for a long-term trend.’

Professor James Naismith, of the Rosalind Franklin Institute and Oxford University, said while speaking to The Daily Express: ‘The rise in deaths reported today, will have brought heartbreak across the country. The awful reality is that we are going to continue to see very large numbers of deaths for some time ahead.

‘What we will see first, as social distancing measures work, is a slowdown in the increase in these daily numbers.’

While the latest daily figures represent another daily increase from Thursday’s 569 deaths, the acceleration was not as steep as it could have been, Prof Naismith said. 

‘I stress that the progress of our efforts to curb the virus must not be judged by day-to-day numbers. It takes several weeks for a reduction in infections to show up as a reduction in deaths.’

After initially spreading quickly through the country, China was able to get the virus under control and flatten the curve, a feat that countries around the world, including the UK, are now trying to emulate.

Wuhan, China, where the virus outbreak began, is today holding a day of mourning to commemorate the ‘martyrs’ that died in their fight against the coronavirus

The people of China are starting to go back to their daily lives, but the people of Wuhan have been encouraged to stay indoors to prevent a second wave of the virus. Official figures say that China had 3,326 deaths, which the UK has now passed, but there are questions over the transparency of China’s public figures

The country where the virus began has since reported more than 81,600 cases of the coronavirus including 3,326 deaths. However, there are questions around the level of transparency China is offering the global community when reporting its figures.

There were signs in the country that the lockdown measures it had enforced to slow the spread of the virus were being eased for some people, but residents of Whuan, Huaibei province where the virus originated have again been told to remain inside once more.

The Guardian reported on Thursday that Wang Zhonglin, Wuhan’s Communist party chief, has said that there is a risk of a second wave of cases as people begin to emerge from their homes and return to daily life.

The UK meanwhile is said to have yet hit the ‘peak’ of the curve which is expected to be reached in the coming weeks, and is still encouraging social distancing measures. 

Fears that warm weather over the weekend could encourage more people to go outside has led to health officials to reiterate the importance of staying inside, and remaining vigilant.

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Birds Of Prey: Cathy Yan Discusses The Movie's Most Gratuitous Scene

Birds Of Prey may not be the deepest movie in the DC cinematic universe, but it’s certainly one of the most fun. As a neon-splashed, ultraviolent romp through street-level Gotham City, it’s delightfully wacky and irreverent–but one moment sticks out from the rest both in tone and context. About midway through, the film’s big bad, Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor) has a complete meltdown in his nightclub, prompting him to viciously attack and sexually harass one of the female patrons while Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) watches on, horrified.

There’s no punchline or wink to the audience, no slap-stick fourth-wall breaking to lighten the mood, just a power-crazed paranoid villain and his victim. In our spoiler review, we denoted the scene was one of the only gratuitous moments in an otherwise gleefully fun movie. And apparently, that was the intent. Director Cathy Yan explained the context of the scene in an interview with THR, as well as the struggle to keep the moment in the film’s final cut.

“I’ll be honest: We had to fight to keep that scene because it was uncomfortable. It was risky, and we had to fight to keep it at all. There are cuts of the movie without it. I think it’s a huge turning point for Roman. It’s a huge turning point for Canary, and the way that we shot it was hopefully not about the sexual violence upon the woman. It was more about Roman, what he’s capable of and Canary seeing him for who he really is for the first time. Now, she can fully cut herself off from him, and I thought it was a really important scene. So, we fought for it.”

Prior to the moment in the club, Roman had been dangerous–but ultimately comedic–in his violence. Whether it was killing his victims with an “ew,” and a campy sneer on his face or demanding that his cronies find the “crossbow killer” because he also “likes crossbows.” McGregor’s take on the DC villain was less Tony Montana and more a gun-toting Liberace. So Yan’s added context certainly does make the scene seem less like an aberration and more like a much-needed character beat.

Birds Of Prey recently received an expedited digital release due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. It is currently available to stream.

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Thousands of pubs to turn into local shops where you can buy food and essentials – and you can order online – The Sun

A new online shop set up through each pub will allow them to list items which customers can then order online.

Launched by StarStock, they explained that people would be able to pick up their essentials such as eggs and milk without needing to go to the supermarket.

Companies which have already signed up include Greene King Pub, Admiral Taverns and St Austell Brewery, with more than 2,000 locations across the UK.

Greene King and Admiral Taverns will allow the service to run at 1,000 of their pubs each, while St Austell Brewery will launch the initiative at 170 of their own.

According to The Grocer, StarStock founder & CEO Sam Ulph explained it would allow pubs to "stay connected [and] offer an essential service and secure an income stream."

Pubs have been forced to close due to the lockdown, following the announcement by the government that only essential stops stay open.

At the same time, supermarkets are facing pressure due to stockpilers and social distancing rules, resulting in long queues and items running out.

Other partners of the new scheme include Coca-Cola, Red Bull, Brakes, Budweiser Brewing Group and Use Your Local.

There will be a 2 per cent fee for each transaction on the not-for-profit website, but any surplus revenue will be given to the NHS.

You can sign up to be alerted for the launch date here.

Morrisons have launched a £30 essentials box for NHS staff, which includes beans, pasta and bread along with toilet roll.

British Gas is also chipping in – engineers will now be sent out to deliver food parcels to vulnerable people.

The new scheme hopes to help the thousands of food banks struggling to cope with the increased demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Fury as dozens of Orthodox Jews break coronavirus social distancing laws to attend rabbi’s funeral in New York – The Sun

A CONGREGATION of Orthodox Jews were seen breaking social distancing laws to attend the funeral of a rabbi on a New York street. 

The city has been declared a disaster zone amid the coronavirus outbreak, with hospitals and morgues saying they are unable to cope with the growing number of victims.

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Video circulating online shows a crowd carrying a coffin through the Borough Park section of Brooklyn on Wednesday morning.

The funeral was for Yosef Leifer, the 96-year-old rabbi of the Congregation Karnei Reim, the New York Post reported.

Leifer was a survivor of the holocaust and part of the Nadvorna Hassidic dynasty, which originates in Ukraine.

Some but not all of them men in the clip can be seen wearing masks.

New York has been the US state worst hit by the coronavirus outbreak, with 92,000 cases confirmed and strict lockdown measures in place.

All but employees in essential jobs are being mandated to work from home, and residents are allowed out of their home only to exercise or to buy food or medical supplies.

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More than 1,500 people have so far been killed by the virus in New York City alone.

Such large gatherings are typical in Orthodox culture, but are not exempt from the lockdown rules.

The NYPD told the Post it had received "no notifications" about the event, and that it had handed by the time they learned of it.

No arrests have been made or summonses issued.

Speaking to the Post, political consultant Menashe Shapiro, who has links with the Orthodox Jewish community said "people have to be buried" but that there was "no excuse for violating social distancing".

"What took place yesterday in that video is utterly despicable under current circumstances since it’s self-defeating and risks many more funerals,” he said.

A man who picked up the phone at Leifer's synagogue told the Post people had "forgotten about" the epidemic.

"People were in such a panic that the [rabbi] had died," he said.

The coronavirus has now infected more than one million people globally and killed at least 54,000 since first breaking out in December.



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Millions of Brits have already signed up for the Government’s job retention scheme with 2.4m in hospitality alone – The Sun


MILLIONS of workers have been signed up for the Government’s job retention scheme.

In the hospitality trade alone 2.4million out of a total of 2.7million staff have been furloughed.

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The extent of the wages bailout for pubs, restaurants, caterers and hotels was revealed yesterday by trade body UKHospitality.

The news came as British Airways confirmed it was putting more than 30,000 on furlough, or temporary lay-off, after the Covid-19 crisis grounded most flights.

Sir Philip Green’s retail group Arcadia said it would be temporarily laying off 14,500 employees, most of them shop workers.

And the National Trust is furloughing 11,200 of the 14,000-strong workforce.

Builders are also planning widespread lay-offs.

The Government scheme pays furloughed staff 80 per cent of salary up to a ceiling of £2,500 a month. This can be topped up by firms.

UKHospitality’s Kate Nicholls said: “Millions of jobs have been safeguarded for now but the Chancellor needs to let business know when they’re getting paid.

“Firms have furloughed workers in good faith with very limited detail from the Government on how to do it and when they will be reimbursed.

"For those paying their teams weekly, that is a huge gamble and we urgently need to know when the money will start to flow, otherwise these cash-starved companies will go bust trying to do the right thing.”

Millions of jobs have been safeguarded for now but the Chancellor needs to let business know when they’re getting paid.

Payments for BA staff are not being capped, the union Unite said yesterday, with the airline topping up government funds.

All those affected will be paid 80 per cent salary, plus 80 per cent of allowances.

Tens of thousands of construction workers will be furloughed over the coming weeks, the Federation of Master Builders reckons.

Elsewhere, some 7,000 jobs are expected to be affected across Britain’s F1 industry.

McLaren, which is based in Woking, Surrey, said 800 of its 850 staff would be placed on the scheme.

A further six UK-based teams — including Mercedes, Red Bull and Williams — could follow suit.




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The untold truth of Adam Schlesinger

He wasn’t known for being a chart-topping star or a well-known solo act, but, behind the scenes, he was one of pop-rock music’s most underrated collaborators. On April 1, 2020, singer-songwriter Adam Schlesinger died from complications due to COVID-19. According to US Weekly, Schlesinger’s attorney, Josh Grier, confirmed the news. 

On March 31, 2020, one day before his death, the singer’s family took to Twitter to share a statement, saying that Schlesinger was being carefully treated by doctors and they were “cautiously optimistic” that he would recover soon. He was just 52-years-old at the time of his death.

Those who didn’t know Schlesinger— or think they didn’t know him — would probably still recognize one of his biggest hits — the pop classic, “Stacy’s Mom.” Schlesinger, along with his Fountains of Wayne bandmates, released that track in 2003, and it remains an American go-to. Schlesinger co-founded the rock band, sang the songs and played the bass guitar, but Chris Collingwood was regarded as the lead guitarist and singer of the group. In 2003, Fountains of Wayne scored two Grammy nominations, one for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for “Stacy’s Mom, which they co-wrote, and another for Best New Artist.

Adam Schlesinger's fantastic career

Over the course of his career, Adam Schlesinger quietly produced some of the most iconic songs in music, film, and theater. Case in point? In 1996, he wrote the song “That Thing You Do,” for Tom Hanks’ musical comedy of the same name. For that, he was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award, according to Billboard

After learning of Schlesinger’s death, Hanks took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late artist, writing, “There would be no Playtone without Adam Schlesinger, without his That Thing You Do! He was a One-der. Lost him to Covid-19. Terribly sad today. Hanx.”

Schlesinger’s genius lyrics also stole the spotlight in the film “Music & Lyrics,” the 2007 romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. According to the Independent, the musician wrote the film’s main track, “Way Back Into Love,” which viewers will know is the heart of the on-screen love story. He also wrote the film’s second biggest song, “Don’t Write Me Off,” which is sung by Grant in the movie. The songwriter even wrote the lyrics for America’s “Work to Do,” the track that plays over the end credits, per the Independent

Adam Schlesinger's lyrics live on

In addition to his work in the film world, Adam Schlesinger also thrived in the world of musicals. Alongside writer David Javerbaum, Schlesinger received two Tony Award nominations in 2008 for Best Musical and Best Original Score for “Cry-Baby,” per Broadway World. Together, they were also nominated for an Outstanding Music and Lyrics Emmy in 2009 for “There Are Much Worse Things to Believe In” a song for Stephen Colbert’s “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!,” per NPR.

Beginning in 2015, Schlesinger co-wrote more than 150 songs for the television show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – for which he was the executive music producer — along with various collaborators, including actress Rachel Bloom. His work on the show earned him five Emmy nominations. At the 2018 awards show, he took home the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for his song “Antidepressants Are So Not A Big Deal.”

US Weekly reports that Schlesinger is survived by his two daughters, Sadie and Claire, whom he shared with ex-wife Katherine Michel. Our thoughts are with Schlesinger’s loved ones during this difficult time. 

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OJ Simpson has ‘not a shred of doubt’ Carole Baskin killed husband after watching Netflix hit Tiger King – The Sun

OJ SIMPSON has waded in on the Tiger King discussion claiming that he has "not a shred of doubt" that animal rights activist Carole Baskin murdered her first husband, multi-millionaire Don Lewis.

The docuseries has taken Netflix by storm, and become a popular choice for many on lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.


It explores the possibility that a murder was committed – and former NFL hero Simpson, himself previously accused of murder, is adamant that was what happened.

The sports star-turned-actor was sensationally acquitted of the brutal killings of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman – that itself became a Netflix series.

Simpson uploaded a clip to Twitter where he gave his thoughts on the Tiger King series.

He said: "Yesterday I watched the show, and oh my God, is America in this bad of shape.

"I watched about six episodes of this show and I couldn't believe what I was looking at. White people, what's with you and wild animals? Leave them animals alone!

"The show is crazy, but it's so crazy, you kind of keep watching.

"One thing I will say – there's not a shred of doubt in my mind that that lady's husband is Tiger sashimi right now, I'm just saying!"

Docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness was planned as an investigation into the illegal trade of endangered animals.

But it ended up focusing on the feud between self-styled Tiger King Joe Exotic, 57, and Baskin, who runs Big Cat Rescue in Florida.

Exotic is serving 22 years in jail for hiring a hitman to kill hippie animal rights activist Baskin.

She, in turn, is dogged by rumours she killed her ex-husband 21 years ago and then fed him to tigers.

The cast of colourful characters also includes a drugs kingpin who claims he was the inspiration for 1983 Al Pacino film Scarface, a dodgy businessman who sneaked tiger cubs into hotels to entertain glamour models and two heterosexual male drug addicts who agreed to a three-way gay marriage with Exotic.

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Virus brings a new kind of mourning as dead are farewelled from afar

They stand metres apart, unable to touch or console each other, self-isolating among the headstones as a minister pays tribute to the life of their loved one.

Travis Trewarne and his family held a graveside service last Thursday for his 101-year-old grandmother Thelma Aujard, who died from pneumonia at an aged care home in Ashburton in Melbourne's eastern suburbs on March 12.

Mourners socially distance at Thelma Aujard’s funeral.

They had trouble hiring a minister and had to move locations twice after a church and event centre closed, the second time only a few days before the service.

Once they accounted for four pallbearers and the minister, that left only five family members at the graveside, each of whom had to abide by the new four-square-metres-per-person rule.

About another 20 family members stood around 20 metres back, all spaced apart, making it hard to hear the minister.

Mrs Aujard’s friends from the Burwood retirement village, where the once extremely social woman had lived, were unable to attend at all due to age-related health risks.

Siblings Travis Trewarne and Marcelle Kelly hold a photo of their late grandmother. Credit:Simon Schluter

“We couldn't really comfort each other, that sense of intimacy at a time like that, it was just gone,” Mr Trewarne said.

As soon as the service ended they went separately to their cars, with no wake to follow.

The family is chatting on the phone and via social media, but for Mr Trewarne it’s not the same as face-to-face contact and is making the grieving process more difficult.

“She would have wanted something befitting of how she saw herself in this world,” he said.

“It doesn’t feel like there’s been closure.”

Some other families are turning to technology to help them mourn their relatives and find closure.

Sarah Holland-Batt threw her father, Tony, a virtual funeral on Tuesday night, alone in her Brisbane study surrounded by nothing but books.

Her mother, Jenny, is immuno -compromised after chemotherapy last year for leukemia, so they decided they couldn’t even risk a small service.

Sarah Holland-Batt (right) and her mother Jenny in 2019. Due to social distancing the family had a virtual funeral for Sarah’s father Tony.Credit:AAP

“The whole thing about funerals is you want them to have a sense of decorum and marking the occasion,” Ms Holland-Batt said.

“I was quite keen to preserve that and that’s when I thought of a video.”

They both recorded eulogies in their homes and an Anglican priest filmed himself giving a blessing and singing a psalm from a 13th century church in Norwich, England.

They also put together two video slideshows with family photos to Mr Holland-Batt’s favourite classical music.

A photo of Sarah Holland-Batt as a child, with her mother and father, which was used in the funeral service video.

The 82-year-old, who had Parkinson's disease, died from pneumonia at a Gold Coast nursing home on March 7.

They sent a link to the film to his friends and family around the world and suggested they watch it at the same time, which most did.

Ms Holland-Batt, a writer and associate professor at University of Queensland, said they were initially confused and worried about how it would turn out.

“But the response was just so, so positive,” she said. “It did feel like we all gathered together, just not physically.”



The Australian Funeral Directors Association says there has been an increase in requests for live streamed services and burials and cremations without ceremonies.

Its chief executive, Dale Gilson, said parents who had lost children could not embrace, while desperate mourners were showing up at services that had reached the 10 person limit, pretending they were visiting other graves.

Clinical psychologist Kim Felmingham said it was important for mourners to connect to their loved ones using technology if it was accessible.

She said not being able to hold a funeral or say goodbye to the dying at their bedside were risk factors for complicated grief, where the bereaved were not able to move on with their lives.

Professor Felmingham recommends mourners seek professional help if they are struggling with the grieving process due to social distancing.

She suggests finding other ways of saying goodbye, such as writing a letter, and to be gentle with themselves.

“You’ve had significant loss in an awful situation. It makes perfect sense you are going to be in distress.”

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