The Daily Populous

Saturday August 5th, 2023 day edition

image for Georgie Grier: Actress who tweeted about empty Edinburgh show has hit on her hands after celebrities rally

An actress who tweeted tearfully that only one person showed up to see her play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe performed to an almost sold-out crowd the following day, after celebrities rushed to console her on social media.

After performing her play “Sunsets” at The Gilded Balloon in the Scottish capital on Thursday, Georgie Grier tweeted: “There was one person in my audience today when I performed my one woman play, ‘Sunsets’ at #edfringe.

The tweet, which has now accumulated more than 6 million views, prompted an outpouring of solidarity from celebrities and members of the public alike.

“We’ve ALL done it,” replied Irish comedian and TV host Dara Ó Briain on Twitter (recently rebranded as “X.”).

More than once I had to buy my audience a drink, as a thank you for being the only ones there.

Best thing though, it’s all stage time, and the show will get better every single time, ready for the big crowds later,” he added.

A spokesperson for the Gilded Balloon told CNN that her Friday afternoon show was a near sell-out. »

A judge has ruled Texas’ abortion ban is too restrictive for women with pregnancy complications

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge ruled Friday the state’s abortion ban has proven too restrictive for women with serious pregnancy complications and must allow exceptions without doctors fearing the threat of criminal charges.

The injunction also applies to women who have a condition “exacerbated by pregnancy” who can’t be effectively treated during their term.

Opponents say that has left some women with providers who are unwilling to even discuss terminating a pregnancy. »

Lithuania declares more than 1,000 Belarusians and Russians to be national security risks

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Lithuania has declared more than a thousand citizens of Russia and Belarus living in the country to be threats to national security and said it is stripping them of their permanent residency permits.

VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Lithuania declared more than a thousand citizens of Russia and Belarus living in the country to be threats to national security on Friday and said it was stripping them of their permanent residency permits.

Those deemed to be national security threats are only a fraction of the Belarusians and Russians living in Lithuania. »

Rudy Giuliani goes on unhinged rant claiming Mike Pence’s wife leads him around on a leash

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Rudy Giuliani claimed that Mike Pence is being led around on a leash by his wife during a mad rant sparked by the former vice president’s comments on Donald Trump’s latest indictment.

The former New York mayor’s rant came hours after Mr Trump pleaded not guilty to four charges at an arraignment in Washington, DC on Thursday.

Ben Goodman, a political adviser to Mr Giuliani, previously told The Independent that the 79-year-old political veteran “unequivocally denies the allegations” in the lawsuit. »

Two US Navy sailors arrested on charges of sharing secrets with China

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WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Two U.S. Navy sailors have been arrested on charges of handing over sensitive national security material to China, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The USS Essex, a U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship, arrives in Hong Kong harbour for a scheduled port visit, November 16, 2010.

Contact details for Wei and Zhao could not immediately be located. U.S. officials at the press conference condemned China's espionage campaign Thursday. »