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waaaaaaaaaaaaaa! seriously? may top accounting firm ba na nag-verify sa result? so my dream of getting a Rougue Mag will just remain a dream...
CONGRATULATIONS to all winners! pwede ba i-unveil na ang mga identity ng top 3?
to all the winners...CONGRATULATIONS......and to those who were not lucky enough, WINNER pa rin kayo sa puso naming Kachoochays.......you guys made this hauz a happy home.....
HATS OFF ako sa inyong lahat....
Hi KaChooChays, sharing this with you. I researched Jules Knight and got this from Tumblr....
"The dark side of Wills and Kate's uni mate Jules Knight
I thought Jules Knight would be a giggle. A dishy 29-year-old baritone who sings operatic versions of pop songs to lusty middle-aged women? Whose life is a whirl of concerts, functions, polo matches and trips to Mahiki with his socialite pals?
Who also happened to go to university with the future king and queen of England, and is in no way shy about reminding the world of the fact, often through many 24-hour-news channels at once?
"Certainly, I didn’t expect to be sitting in a juice bar near his Fulham flat, dredging up troubled memories of his late father and the misery of boarding school, his own romantic failures like so much froth in the bottom of a smoothie cup. More than once, I worried that he was about to burst out crying. Which, as I say, is not something you’d expect from a member of Blake, an operatic boyband who were once filmed singing a cover of I’ll Make Love To You, by Boyz II Men, in Spanish while walking down Camber Sands in tuxedos.
“'Yes I’m in Blake, yes Blake rely on the publicity machine that we have,'” he says when I bring up the name-droppy thing. “If people choose to ask me questions about William and Kate, if you say positive, celebratory things, I don’t see why I shouldn’t answer.”
"And they sure ask a lot of questions. When the news of the engagement broke, Jules was straight on to the rolling news, reliving the same anecdotes about Wills and Kate’s time at St Andrews, and how, once, he and Wills had jumped into a fountain.
"I can only establish that Prince William never did smoke a joint, snort a line or vomit into a pint glass. They are a “lovely couple”, no skeletons. Did they mind when he was quoted complaining that they had lost touch with their uni pals? “I actually apologised to Kate for that,” Knight concedes. “And she said, I totally understand. The difference between me and you is that Will and I don’t have anything to sell.’ ” Smart lass, that Kate.
"What Blake — Oliver Baines, 27, Humphrey Berney, 30, Stephen Bowman, 30, plus Knight — sell is sentimental songs to the mums’ market, which, as Kate hinted, crosses over quite neatly with the royal market. “We’re the kind of guys they’d like their daughters to bring home,” explains Knight.
"The classical critics hate their blend of opera, pop and showtunes — but their music clearly moves a good number of people and who is anyone to argue with that? Signed by Universal in a £1 million deal in 2007, they have gone on to sell more than 500,000 records and are now writing songs for a fourth album on their own label.
"Although they once went under the name “Project Hackett”, Blake can claim a certain amount of credibility, too. Three members are former choral scholars and Knight’s experience as a choirboy at Winchester Cathedral, where he was sent aged seven, sounds like hard work. In fact it’s a pretty convincing argument never to send your children to boarding school.
“'My mum feels very guilty about it to this day,” he says. Since his brother was a choral scholar too (Jules is the youngest of four from his father’s second marriage), he received a reduction in fees for following the same path, but, as he points out, “it’s not a free ride”. In fact, it was a “military existence”, not even a day off at Christmas. And he was trapped in it after his father bankrupted himself.
"Jules may seem a born aristo but his father, John Kaye, was a self-made man who amassed a fortune through banking and met Jules’s Essex-born mother when she was a secretary at his firm. Jules and his three siblings grew up with tennis courts, swimming pools and many cars — but his father lost everything in the early Nineties recession.
"The marriage ended in divorce, leaving Jules moving between rented houses with his father, who told him he had to borrow £100,000 a year from friends to pay for school fees.
“'It was really messy. He had a nervous breakdown. So did my mum. My mother was still madly in love with him and I think, to a certain extent, he was still in love with my mother, even when he died. Yeah, it sucked.'”
"Jules won a scholarship to Eastbourne College for the sixth form — where he hated choir even more — and, having failed to make Cambridge, went on to Wells Cathedral. He quit after some older members of the choir were investigated for possessing child pornography. Does a lot of that go on? “It seems to. It’s like the priesthood. There’s something about that environment that means people are into that sort of thing.”
"Nothing untoward ever happened to him, he stresses, but there had been enough exchanges with over-friendly masters to put him off “serious” singing for life.
"So, after what he describes as “a really fantastic Gap Yah’ experience”, he pitched up at St Andrews to study history of art and English.
"He first met William outside a lecture. “I immediately thought he was just like anyone else of our age who’s had a similar upbringing.” He describes university as “four years of a lot of privilege … very cliquey, very public school. Lots of pink shirts and Crew clothing and talking about Polzeath and Cornwall.” In the second year, he, William and Kate all lived in “a Bathonian crescent, very beautiful, not like normal student digs”.
"He doesn’t have a bad word to say about the happy couple. Looking forward to serenading them at the Abbey, then? “We’re not holding our breath, put it that way,” he smiles, admitting he almost never sees them nowadays.
"The subject to which Jules keeps returning, however, is his father. He died last October, of a heart attack, at 74. Just before he died, Jules felt a sudden compulsion to visit him in Norfolk, where for the first time John Kaye opened up to his son.
“'He talked about his life right from when he was counting pennies in a bank in Skegness and took me through his working career, all through the highs and lows. And I recorded the whole thing … I had my iphone on me and I just flicked it onto record, secretly. Ten days later he had a heart attack.” He found out after a concert at Cadogan Hall last October.
"The father-son relationship was clearly not an easy one. “My dad thought I was an arrogant little *******. We warred. I resented him for the break-up of my parents and I didn’t like being played as pawn in their game. It was a very tumultuous, tense, stressful period, and it lasted a long time. And it was miserable.”
"Does he still harbour resentment? There is a long pause. His eyes swim. “No, I don’t actually. He struggled to keep us in good schools through the financial difficulties. He had a temper on him. There were times when I used to hate him, when I thought he was a ****. But towards the last years … he was able to show the affection and love that he was never able to show when he was a high-flying banker.”
"When I ask about Jules’s girlfriend — he was recently dating Hollyoaks actress Ciara Janson — he tells me they have split up. His love life has left him disappointed in fact. “You make goals for yourself, be they work-related or relationship-related,” he says. “And I don’t think I’m living up to those goals. I’m not going to be a millionaire by the time I’m 30. I haven’t met a girl I would like to marry. I suppose you move those goalposts, because when you’re young you just don’t know how tough life is going to be.”
"And it is tough. Jules is the scarred product of a marriage that failed because his father overreached himself trying to gain a place in the aristocracy. And here he is, doomed to cheerlead the happy marriage of the most aristocratic young man in England — as he frets over his own inability to find a girl who will love him. Does he envy Wills and Kate?
“'I’m so pleased for them because they seem genuinely happy … but, yes, I’d love to have what they have.” He pauses. Again, those eyes swim.
“'To be with someone who’s your best friend. To find someone who means that much to you, and when you’re away you miss them and when you’re back you’re so pleased to see them. That’s probably what life’s all about, isn’t it?'”
Have a great week, ladies!
Thank you for the kind words....I didn't plan to visit today but after reading the above article, I knew I had to share it with you ladies.
Bye for now....
i don't know if this twit from Jules has been posted yet. i just thought it is so sweet of Jules to learn tagalog....
So sleepy....night night everyone. Excited for tomorrow, as I'm looking into getting Tagalog lessons. Have a great morneeeng ma'am sirs x
Thanks mika2004...and hello............
Hi to everyone in this thread!! Im a kc fan eversince. Just found about this thread while searching kc and jules on google. Kinilig din po ako sa kanila and i think po that mr. Jules knight is very suitable for miss kc. I just found out that He is good friends with Prince William and Kate Middleton way back in their university days. He was even in the Royal guest list sa Royal Wedding . He also had some tv interviews about the royal couples story after they announced their engagement. Quite happy for Kc bec jules was really smitten with her. Lol . Looking forward to their growing friendship.
hi drei sweat, i'm ate rose, come and join the Kachoochay family.....and thank you for loving KC.....
hi everyone! Baka pwede nating itanong kay Jules kung bakit gusto niyang mag-aral ng tagalog. Dahil ba sa possible x-mas album niya na gagawin sa pilipinas with filipino talents? or you know.....KC.
gud ebneng, ebribadi!
ate rosechooch, aimechooch, spo4 (waaaaahhh), tita melchoochay, elsachoochay, ginachooch, madam kachooch, edmimchooch, drei sweat, mika2004, at sa iba pang mga kachoochays, kachoochings, kachoopoys na mga tinatamad mag log in at nakukuntento na lang manood!
daan lang para mag-br bago ako matulog.