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#Bob Geldof

From TheJournal.ie Funeral of Peaches Geldof to take place later today Kent

Funeral of Peaches Geldof to take place later today

The private ceremony will be held a church in Kent.

From TheJournal.ie Funeral for Peaches Geldof to be held on Monday Tragedy

Funeral for Peaches Geldof to be held on Monday

It is thought that her father, Bob Geldof, will deliver a eulogy.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Peaches and Paula – a mum without a mum and a photograph that spoke a thousand words. Bereavement

Column: Peaches and Paula – a mum without a mum and a photograph that spoke a thousand words.

Nothing prepared me for how the birth of my own children would mercilessly rip the scab off the wound that my mother’s death had left behind. In that way, I could relate to the late Peaches Geldof, writes Claire Micks.

From TheJournal.ie Post-mortem on Peaches Geldof to be carried out 'within days' RIP

Post-mortem on Peaches Geldof to be carried out 'within days'

The 25-year-old was found dead at her home in Kent yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie In Pictures: Peaches Geldof - mother, wife and daughter RIP

In Pictures: Peaches Geldof - mother, wife and daughter

The young mother of two boys was pronounced dead in her home today.

From TheJournal.ie Youth leaders to debate global problems with Geldof and Huffington in Dublin One World Youth

Youth leaders to debate global problems with Geldof and Huffington in Dublin

More than 1,200 delegates from 190 countries will attend the ‘One Young World’ conference.

7 vintage photos from Ireland's music scene in the early days of U2

Bono, Phil Lynott and Bob Geldof hanging out in their prime.

From TheJournal.ie Portraits of Bob and BOD now hang on the walls of the National Gallery of Ireland Say Cheese

Portraits of Bob and BOD now hang on the walls of the National Gallery of Ireland

The photographic portraits of Bob Geldof, Brian O’Driscoll and actor and writer Olwen Fouéré are part of the gallery’s ‘New Portraits’ display.

Bob Geldof has been fitted with a space flight suit, complete with Irish flag

Sir Bob is in training to go into space.

From TheJournal.ie Space rat! Bob Geldof could become first Irishman in space Space

Space rat! Bob Geldof could become first Irishman in space

The Boomtown Rats front-man accepted to offer to go up to space as part of the commercial Space Expedition Corporation flight.

From TheJournal.ie Major European science forum gets under way in Dublin today Science

Major European science forum gets under way in Dublin today

The Euroscience Open Forum runs from today until Sunday at the Convention Centre. It will hear from the likes of Mary Robinson and the director general of the CERN laboratory.

From TheJournal.ie Stephen Roche, Swingball, Big Time bars: Ireland in the 1980s (pics) BIG TIME This post contains images

Stephen Roche, Swingball, Big Time bars: Ireland in the 1980s (pics)

From the Enniskillen bombing to the divorce referendum, from Theresa Lowe to Ray Houghton…. images of eighties Ireland.

Here's everything you missed on last night's 50th anniversary Late Late Show Late Late This post contains videos

Here's everything you missed on last night's 50th anniversary Late Late Show

If you didn’t watch, you actually missed out on a pretty brilliant show. Lucky you, though: here’s your cheat sheet.

From TheJournal.ie Aung San Suu Kyi to get Amnesty award from Bono during Irish visit Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi to get Amnesty award from Bono during Irish visit

The Burmese pro-democracy leader will visit Ireland next month as part of a trip that will take in her acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991.

Peaches Geldof continues family tradition of unusual names

Astala might come from the Norwegian word for ‘love’ or, according to new mum and sister to Fifi Trixibelle, Pixie and Tiger Lily, it’s a Jewish name.

Peaches Geldof "delighted" with pregnancy

The 22-year-old is expecting her first child with fiancé, 20-year-old musician Tom Cohen.

Underworld and M. Ward join Electric Picnic roster… as does Geldof

Sir Bob is among a number of new acts added to the festival line-up, organisers revealed today.

From TheJournal.ie Hey smartypants! Here's your chance to know something that the country's 55,000 Leaving Cert students probably don't Leaving Cert

Hey smartypants! Here's your chance to know something that the country's 55,000 Leaving Cert students probably don't

Nine things you (probably) didn’t know about the Leaving Cert.

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Friday Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Friday

In today’s Fix: an appeal to consumers to stop buying medicines online; Japanese officials say a large radiation leak may have occurred at the Fukushima plant; and we show some of the best results of our caption competition.

From TheJournal.ie Tell me why...I don't like Geldof Tell Me Why...

Tell me why...I don't like Geldof

Singer thinks that his ‘baggage’ may put off potential listeners.

From TheJournal.ie Sorry Bob! BBC apologises over Band Aid claims Band Aid

Sorry Bob! BBC apologises over Band Aid claims

The BBC alleged that millions of pounds raised by Band Aid had been diverted to rebels in Ethiopia.

25 YEARS AGO today, the world joined hands and sang to raise money for Ethiopia in what still remains one of the most-watched TV events of all time.

But for those your whose memories are hazy of the day – or, if you weren’t born – here’s some things you may not have realised.

1. America didn’t really know who U2 were

LOOKING AT THEM NOW, it’s odd to think that U2 were once considered an average-at-best live band – but such was their perception before playing to a worldwide audience of two billion people at Live Aid.

U2 – who were then perceived to have lost some of their rock background – arguably stole the show with a 14-minute performance of ‘Bad’, which was extended because Bono had left the stage to help a girl being crushed at the front of the crowd.

Initially the singer had left the stage and tried to signal to crowds to move back – but the crowd security staff couldn’t get the message, so he jumped off stage and rescued the girl himself.

Their set was so long, they had to cut their scheduled performance of Pride (In The Name Of Love), their first single to make the US top 40 – but Bono’s evident personal appeal carried them through and onto greater things.

2. The Irish were the world’s biggest per-capita donors

So proud were we of our gig organiser, Bob Geldof, and his mangled South Dublin accent, that we donated in vast numbers – enough to make us rank as the highest donors per head worldwide. And so proud was he of us, that he interrupted TV broadcasts to make a declaration to that effect. The fact that the Republic was in the throws of a crippling recession, the likes of which it hadn’t seen before, and was wracked with emigration, made this stat all the more remarkable.

Not, of course, that we were the biggest donors – the Dubai royal family called up, spoke to Geldof personally, and instantly gave £1m in cash.

Which brings us nicely to…

3. If you’re raising money, swearing really works

Aside from being a major musical spectacle, the whole point of Live Aid was to raise money for the poor of Ethiopia. So, of course, Geldof was regularly checking in on the fundraising total. The BBC, on the day, had been repeating a phone number every 20 minutes, soliciting credit card donations, and had also been giving a postal address where viewers could send cheques.

Geldof, frustrated at a reported total of £1.2m after seven hours of gigging, interrupted BBC presenter David Hepworth as he was giving out the address, shouting:

F**k the address, let’s give the numbers!

Shortly afterwards, bubbling with frustration that viewers were simply leaning back to enjoy the spectacle and not bothering to donate, Geldof simply bellowed:

Give us your f**king money!

As soon as he did so, the rate of donations grew to £300 a second. By the end of the day, between £40m and £50m had been raised.

In Philadelphia, Madonna – who had recently appeared nude in Playboy – decided to spite the 35 degree heat and declared, “I’m not taking s*** off today!”

4. It was an extraordinary technical feat

And not just because Phil Collins took a Concord between the two gigs and played at both of them, despite their being 3,500 miles apart.

(Noel Edmonds flew the chopper that took him to Heathrow. On the way to the US, Collins met Cher – who had no idea the gigs were happening, but who followed him to JFK and sang there. A weird day.)

The show was an exceptionally ambitious project. In both Wembley and JFK, enormous revolving stages were built, so that while one act was playing on stage, another two could get their gear in order backstage.

Even the transatlantic satellite broadcasting was a rare feat, though it often succumbed to small glitches (such as The Who’s ‘My Generation’ being cut for some small time) in the travel.

While regular rock bands on tour would use mixing desks with two channels of 40 tracks each, the BBC’s outside broadcast unit had to make do with 12-channel desks. In a technological sense, Live Aid changed the world.

5. Geldof didn’t even want the gig recorded

So insistent was Bob that the gig be considered a one-off, he didn’t even want it to be recorded for future posterity. The gig, he felt, should be a one-off marvel that could live only in the memory.

The gig only survived because the BBC Radio 1 engineer on the day steadfastly refused to obey Geldof’s order that the gig not be recorded. Even ABC, the American broadcaster, deleted its tapes on Geldof’s request.

As a result, only about 10 hours of the 16 were saved and ultimately released on DVD. The rest of the gig, due to technical mishaps and ad breaks, remains lost to eternity.